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Microsoft will not be able to get control of Call of Duty? FTC wants to block deal with Activision Blizzard

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Microsoft’s deal to buy Activision Blizzard is facing another major threat. The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sued to block the deal.

Microsoft will not be able to get control of Call of Duty?  FTC wants to block deal with Activision Blizzard

The commission concluded that the purchase of such a large player would make Microsoft too strong, and the company could quickly suppress competitors.

The Federal Trade Commission is trying to block tech giant Microsoft from acquiring top video game developer Activision Blizzard and its blockbuster gaming franchises like Call of Duty, arguing that the $69 billion deal, the largest in Microsoft history and the largest in video game industry history, would allow Microsoft to crack down on competitors to its Xbox game consoles and its rapidly growing subscription content and cloud gaming business.

In a complaint released today, the FTC pointed to Microsoft’s experience in acquiring and using valuable game content to stifle competition from rival consoles, including the acquisition of ZeniMax, the parent company of Bethesda Softworks (an established game developer). Microsoft has decided to make several Bethesda games, including Starfield and Redfall, exclusive to Microsoft despite assurances it has given European antitrust authorities that it has no incentive to deny games for competing consoles.

By having control over Activision’s blockbuster franchises, Microsoft would have both the means and motive to harm competition by manipulating Activision’s prices, reducing the quality of Activision’s games or the quality of the gaming experience on competing consoles and game services, changing the terms and conditions of access to Activision content, or denying content from competitors, which harms consumers

Thus, the commission has two main arguments: firstly, Microsoft will become too strong after buying Activision Blizzard due to the huge influence of a number of its franchises on the market, and secondly, the company has already deceived the regulators once before buying Bethesda, initially claiming that Microsoft has no intention of restricting any other platforms, and then officially announcing the exclusivity of Starfield and Redfall. Recall that Phil Spencer also clearly hinted that the new parts of the cult franchises Fallout and The Elder Scrolls will also be exclusives.

Microsoft has already shown that it can and will hide content from its gaming competitors

Of course, the FTC lawsuit is not yet a verdict for the deal, but it is a very serious obstacle.

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The latest Galaxy S23 flagships smash the Galaxy S22 in the first 3DMark test

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The latest Galaxy S23 flagships smash the Galaxy S22 in

Very quickly after the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S23 phones, the first comparative test appeared, in which the flagships of the Korean company of two generations converged. It is noteworthy that they were tested not in Geekbench or AnTuTu, but in 3DMark, a graphics performance test.

The latest Galaxy S23 flagships smash the Galaxy S22 in the first 3DMark test

And in it, the new flagships Galaxy S23 did not leave a stone unturned from the Galaxy S22. Thus, the Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23 Plus scored 3811 and 3799 points respectively, showing an average frame rate of 22.8 FPS, while the Galaxy S22 Plus scored 1689 points, and the average frame rate was half that of 10.10 FPS.

The latest Galaxy S23 flagships smash the Galaxy S22 in the first 3DMark test

The situation in the tests of Ultra models is approximately the same: Galaxy S23 Ultra scored 3874 points at a frame rate of 23.2 FPS, Galaxy S22 Ultra scores 1912 points at 11.4 FPS.

The latest Galaxy S23 flagships smash the Galaxy S22 in the first 3DMark test

Recall that the Galaxy S23 is built on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC with the Adreno 740 GPU, and they were compared with their predecessors on the Exynos 2200 SoC with the Xclipse 920 GPU.

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Poco X5 5G live images days before official announcement

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Poco X5 5G live images days before official announcement

The Poco brand will officially unveil the Poco X5 5G and Poco X5 Pro 5G phones on February 6, but live images have already been published on the Web – screenshots from the unboxing video of the device.

Poco X5 5G live images days before official announcement

The pictures show the phone in green, this is the version with 256 GB of flash memory. It received the MIUI 13 interface based on Android 12. The phone has one speaker, the SIM card slot is combined, there is a standard headphone jack and an IR emitter on the top edge.

Poco X5 5G Live Images Days Before Official Announcement

Poco X5 5G Live Images Days Before Official Announcement
Poco X5 5G Live Images Days Before Official Announcement

The film wrapped around the phone confirms the use of a Snapdragon 695 SoC in the device, the presence of a Full-HD + AMOLED screen and a 48-megapixel camera.

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“Why are they called Galaxy? Because of the astronomical prices.” OnePlus trolls Samsung over Galaxy S23 flagships

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Why are they called Galaxy Because of the astronomical prices

Almost immediately after Samsung unveiled its latest flagships, the Galaxy S23, in the US, OnePlus’ US office posted a thread on Twitter mocking the Galaxy S23. There are many jokes, some of them really witty.

“Why are they called Galaxy?  Because of the astronomical prices.

Why are they called Galaxy? Due to astronomical prices”, – this is how OnePlus noted the increased cost of the Galaxy S23 in a number of countries. True, in the US and Canada, prices remained at the level of the Galaxy S22.

“Why are they called Galaxy?  Because of the astronomical prices.

I use a 200 megapixel camera to find the charger in the box”, is another actual joke from OnePlus. The fact is that the Galaxy S23 package looks not just ascetic, but poor: in addition to the phone, it only has a cable and a paper clip.

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