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Kim Kardashian Sued Over Cryptocurrency Scheme

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the socialite Kim Kardashian and the boxer Floyd Mayweather became the target of a lawsuit in the United States for promoting a cryptocurrency considered suspicious. Throughout 2021, the duo mentioned investments in EthereumMax, an altcoin that had been created recently and has no formal relationship with the popular and trusted Ethereum.

The hype caused the cryptocurrency to skyrocket in value, and then several of the investors took advantage of the rise to sell their reserves. In a matter of a few months, the value had dropped by 97% and stabilized — a scheme known as “pump and dump” in the financial markets.

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Kardashian would have received high fees for making a sponsored post about EthereumMax on her popular Instagram profile, while Mayweather practically became an ambassador for cryptocurrency, even promoting the brand in the fight against youtuber Jake Paul.

This isn’t the first time the boxer has gotten himself into trouble with the law over the matter: in 2018, he paid $600,000 in a settlement to evade a trial involving an also-controversial initial coin offering (ICO).

Those responsible for EthereumMax deny the accusations and say they are transparent and communicative about the project. The celebrities involved have not commented so far and the case should move forward, still without a resolution forecast.

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WhatsApp improves voice notes with this novelty

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Voice or audio messages on WhatsApp are increasingly used by everyone. They are the ideal alternative if you are in a hurry and you can’t start writing at that moment or the perfect solution for those who have difficulties when typing with the mobile keyboard. However, sometimes those audio messages are endless and WhatsApp is improving the features available for the audio notes that we send through the instant messaging app.

With the arrival of WhatsApp audios came a new world of possibilities. Many people no longer write messages and respond at all times by audio, to the point that it was becoming hell for many. There are those who hate sending audios on WhatsApp and those who tell you their life in verse with endless messages that exceed ten minutes or more. To solve this inconvenience, WhatsApp enabled the possibility of speed up audio to save time and be able to listen to messages faster. Options are 1x normal speed, 1.5x speed increased by 50%, and 2x double playback speed. Now WhatsApp is implementing another very useful feature related to voice recordings.

Pause and resume WhatsApp audios

WhatsApp is implementing a very useful feature for users of the app in its web/desktop version: the possibility of pausing and resuming the audios that they send us. When the instant messaging app launched the download option for the official WhatsApp Desktop beta program, it also included the possibility of listen to the voice audios before sending them. Users will now also be able to pause and resume voice recordings.

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As you can see in the screenshot, there is a new pause button (in the previous version there was a stop icon) that allows you to pause the voice memo. Audio can now be heard before sending, deleting, or resuming recording.

An improvement that is already available in WhatsApp for iOS, WhatsApp Desktop beta 2.2201.2 and that will soon be available in WhatsApp beta for Android. Since this new feature has been rolled out to some beta users, it may take some time before it can be enabled on your WhatsApp account. On the other hand, WhatsApp continues to work on improving voice notes by developing a new feature that will allow you to listen to the audio, even if you are not in the conversation. In this case we still do not know the exact date on which it will be available. What do you think of this new improvement of the voice notes that WhatsApp has added?

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Xiaomi 12 Pro is a temporary top. Xiaomi top manager hinted at the imminent release of the super-flagship

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Wang Teng Thomas, who until recently led the development of new Xiaomi smartphones, published a note on Weibo that hints at the imminent appearance of a super-flagship – a model that will be one step higher than Xiaomi 12 Pro. And a special emphasis in it will be placed on the camera.

Xiaomi 12 Pro is a temporary top.  Xiaomi top manager hinted at the imminent release of the super-flagship

The top manager published a photo of an XL mug (Big Cup XL) – and this is a reference to the previous Xiaomi code designations that were used in the Mi 11 line: Mi 11 and Mi 11 Pro appeared under the code name Big Cup, and Mi 11 Pro appeared under the name Super Big Cup 11 ultra. The source believes that in this way Wang Teng Thomas hints at the release of the successor to the iconic Mi 10 Extreme Commemorative Edition and Mi 11 Ultra, which flashed in the DxOMark camera rating. So the new model, whatever it is called, should consolidate the success of its predecessors and settle in the DxOMark top. But what kind of model will it be?

There are various rumors going around. On the one hand, logically, Xiaomi 12 Ultra should come out – the direct successor to Mi 11 Ultra. On the other hand, rumors suggest that Xiaomi will not have such a model, and instead Mix 5 and Mix 5 Pro will be released in early spring. And just Mix 5 Pro will become the very camera phone that will probably be able to move the Huawei P50 Pro from the first position in the DxOMark mobile camera rating.

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Apple becomes the world’s largest smartphone seller

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If for three quarters, Samsung has been at the top of the ranking of smartphone sales, the South Korean brand will have to give way to its rival Apple. Indeed, in the fourth of the past year, iPhone sales have surpassed those of the portables marketed by Samsung.

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iPhones alone made up nearly 22% of global smartphone shipments recorded in the last quarter of the past year. The information was revealed on January 18, 2022 by a report by the independent analysis company, Canalys.

Apple surfs on the good sale of the iPhone 13

Decidedly, 2021 seems to be a blessed year for Apple. A few days after breaking records in terms of capitalization, the Cupertino company has once again become the biggest seller of smartphones in the world.

According to Sanyam Chausaria, an analyst at Canalys, the bitten apple brand has benefited from the enthusiasm generated by the iPhone 13. Launched last September, Apple’s latest flagship product experienced strong demand between October and December.

Particularly in mainland China, where the iPhone 13 has been a big sales hit. It must be admitted that Apple had planned for it by implementing an aggressive pricing strategy for its flagship products, including the iPhone 13.

This allowed him to recover the first place at Samsung with an estimated market share of 22%. The South Korean brand does not have to be ashamed of its performance, however. It is just behind Apple with a market share estimated at 20%.

The top 5 is completed by three Chinese brands, namely: Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo. They concentrate, for their part, 29% of the market share with 12% for Xiaomi.

Apple limited in its performance by shortages of key components

Apple certainly sold a lot of smartphones in the fourth quarter of 2021. However, its sales performance could have been more consistent. Indeed, the firm was forced to reduce its production at one time because of a break in its supply chain of essential components.

This did not allow it to manufacture enough smartphones to meet demand. According to Canalys, the constraints linked to the supply chain will have cost the Cupertino company the tidy sum of 6 billion dollars. However, it has made every effort to best meet the demands of priority markets, with appropriate delivery times.

Apple isn’t the only manufacturer that has been impacted by supply chain issues. This is a situation that has affected all suppliers without exception. The industry is not expected to regain its stride until the second half of 2022, according to estimates. Perhaps not for Apple, which has indicated that its supply chain is now fully restored.

Source: MacRumors

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