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Monumental anger: operators don’t like the latest from Apple and the iPhone

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Manzana he has a habit of doing many things in his own way. That way, unfortunately, usually causes a multitude of problems with companies or state entities. Now, Apple has managed to piss off all the big European carriers by introducing Private Relay in iCloud.

Private Relay is an iCloud feature that was announced next to iOS 15, which encrypts your browsing data in Safari so that neither Apple nor a third party can review your browsing history. When we surf the Internet, there is a lot of information contained in our traffic. Among her we find the DNS records and our IP address, which can be seen by the operator and the websites we visit.

Private Relay: more privacy when browsing the Internet

Through all this information, it is possible to associate an identity with a person and create a profile with many data points, such as location, navigation time, etc. Private Relay blocks all of this from Safari, preventing it from knowing what the user is visiting, since all DNS records and browsing information are encrypted.

All of this is good for the user, but not so good for the operators. Apple acts as if it were a VPN, generating a temporary IP address, and finally connecting to the destination. With this, by default, operators can no longer know what the user is doing while browsing the Internet.

In August 2021, less than two months after Apple announced the feature, carriers such as Telefónica, Vodafone, Orange or T-Mobile they sent a letter to the European Commission expressing your concerns about the service. Although they recognize that user privacy is improved by encrypting and redirecting traffic, it also blocks access to networks and servers so that they know vital data to function properly, negatively affecting Europe’s digital independence.

The blocking of pirate websites, in danger

The operators have also asked the EU to identify Apple as a “digital gatekeeper” as established in the Digital Markets Law of the EU. If they did, Apple would not be able to introduce features such as Private Relay in Europe.

All the concern of operators comes from the fact that, with this system, an operator cannot know which web page a user is visiting. Among them, we find that operators can no longer block dangerous content with this system, as TalkTalk alerts in the United Kingdom. In addition, in principle, this acts as DNS over HTTPS, so that the block that operators currently use against pirated web pages would be disabled.

The system, although it works fast, can adversely affect the network performance, including the speed tests. Therefore, if you have performance problems, you will have to deactivate it, although to do normal Internet browsing you should not have problems.

The Private Relay feature in iCloud is currently available at beta phase for users of iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS Monterey. We do not know what will happen after the beta, but so far the European Union has not responded to the letter from the operators.

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Although in “cloud” on Switch, Dying Light 2 delayed at Nintendo

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Techland announced that Dying Light 2 won’t happen on Switch at the same time as the other versions of the game. However, the version offered on the Nintendo console will not be practicable other than on the cloud, making this postponement somewhat curious.

The good technical performance of the first part on Switch could give hope for a sequel brought with so much effort. However, it was quickly confirmed that if the Switch was going to receive Dying Light 2 Star Human, it would only be a question of a version playable in “cloud”, or on the cloud.


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The good news with these kinds of announcements is that no concessions are made to allow Switch audiences to enjoy the same experience as everyone else. The bad news is that it requires these players to have a stable and quality connection to keep the game fluid, not to mention queues to observe.

Dying Light 2 delayed on Switch: the release will take place within six months

At this point, suffice to say that Switch players no longer expect much from Dying Light 2, whose very output will take the form of a small miracle. On Wednesday, its developer Techland, however, managed to create disappointment in a lack of enthusiasm. Thus, while Dying Light 2 to be launched on Friday, February 4, 2022 on PC, Switch, PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One and Series X / S, the title will miss the start at Nintendo.

“Techland aims to deliver the game to the Nintendo Switch family within six months of the original date”.

The explanations for this postponement are very vaguely, if not at all, given by Techland, which is thus content to say that this decision has been taken “in order to provide fans with the gaming experience at the level that they deserve and that Techland wants to provide”.

This maximum six months delay would have been completely understandable if Techland had sweated liters of sweat to get Dying Light 2 in the nails of the Switch. But making potential buyers of “streaming” games wait does not encourage leniency. We add that if Dying Light 2 following the sad example of control and Hitman, the eShop sheet should make no mention of the price of the access pass, necessary to play the game beyond the free trial period.

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768 stream processors, 4GB GDDR6 memory, and only two DP 1.4 ports for $230. Radeon PRO W6400 graphics card introduced

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The range of AMD 3D accelerators for professional use has been replenished with the inexpensive Radeon PRO W6400 model. It is priced at just $230. For comparison, standing one step above the Radeon PRO W6600 is priced at $650.

768 stream processors, 4GB GDDR6 memory, and only two DP 1.4 ports for $230.  Radeon PRO W6400 graphics card introduced

The Radeon PRO W6400 is built around the simplest Navi GPU, Navi 24, which is also used in the recently introduced Radeon RX 6500 XT consumer graphics card. The GPU is manufactured using TSMC’s 6nm FinFET process. It has 12 execution units and 768 stream processors, single precision performance is 3.5 TFLOPS.

768 stream processors, 4GB GDDR6 memory, and only two DP 1.4 ports for $230.  Radeon PRO W6400 graphics card introduced

The Radeon PRO W6400 received 4 GB of 16 GHz GDDR6 memory, 16 MB of fast Infinity Cache and a 64-bit memory bus. The novelty is endowed with two DisplayPort 1.4 connectors, supports PCIe 4.0 interface (four lines) and is characterized by a TDP of 50 watts. The Radeon PRO W6400 occupies only one slot in a PC case.

768 stream processors, 4GB GDDR6 memory, and only two DP 1.4 ports for $230.  Radeon PRO W6400 graphics card introduced

768 stream processors, 4GB GDDR6 memory, and only two DP 1.4 ports for $230.  Radeon PRO W6400 graphics card introduced
768 stream processors, 4GB GDDR6 memory, and only two DP 1.4 ports for $230.  Radeon PRO W6400 graphics card introduced

Even before the release of the Radeon PRO W6400, it was clear that this video card would compete with Nvidia’s budget 3D card for professional use T600. In the slides of the official presentation of AMD’s new product, there is a comparison with the Nvidia T600, and we can say that these models are comparable in performance.

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Activision Blizzard does not plan to remove existing games from Sony

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After it was acquired by Microsoft for a properly outrageous amount to be repeated too often, Activision Blizzard has ensured that all of its games currently present at sony will not be subject to withdrawals. Because an aftershock should not be added to an already extraordinary first earthquake.

It’s easy to lose a sense of reality when so much money is involved. Two days ago was announced the takeover of Activision-Blizzard-King by Microsoft. For the amount committed, close to 70 billion dollars, it seemed almost certain that the other green giant wanted to lock in a number of licenses for its own flowerbeds.

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By June 2023, franchises such as Call of Duty, Warcraft, Overwatch, Guitar Hero and a no less prestigious Crash Bandicoot will effectively become Xbox brands. Ironic when you remember that the crazy marsupial had made the heyday of the first PlayStation of the name, where it remained exclusive there.

Takeover of Activision-Blizzard-King by Microsoft: Sony hopes to maintain multiplatform

What about the aforementioned licenses, episodes of which are currently marketed on platforms other than Microsoft? Activision has commented on the issue in an employee FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. In particular, it was a question of respecting the agreements previously made with Sony, Google and Apple:

“We will honor all existing commitments after the closing of the transaction. Similar to Microsoft’s acquisition of Minecraft, we have no intention of removing any content from the platforms where it exists today.”

Words that tend to reassure the partners of Activision and in particular Sony, which had declared following the takeover that it was waiting for the current contractual agreements not to be shattered. And that Activision’s currently multi-platform games remain so. And if it is likely that one or more of these brands will end up being playable only on Xbox, Microsoft would have the idea to produce Activision Blizzard titles for PlayStation. The head of the Xbox division even said on this subject:

“We have no intention of driving communities away from this platform”.

VGC nevertheless recalls that Phil Spencer had made a similar speech after the takeover of Bethesda, so that Microsoft finally confirmed that the studio’s next titles would be released on Xbox, PC and nowhere else.

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