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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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New Antutu record: a new leader reigns in the ranking of the most productive Android smartphones

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New Antutu record a new leader reigns in the ranking

The popular AnTuTu benchmark team has published its latest monthly rating of the most productive flagship smartphones based on the Android operating system.

New Antutu record: a new leader reigns in the ranking of the most productive Android smartphones

In November, there was a revolution in the ranking, which Antutu experts had been waiting for for several months. The latest smartphone Vivo X90 based on the new Dimensity 9200 platform scored almost 1.2 million points, overtaking all the flagships based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 that previously reigned in the ranking. Note that Vivo X90 became the world’s first smartphone on SoC Dimensity 9200.

However, places from second to ten belong to models equipped with SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1.

New Antutu record: a new leader reigns in the ranking of the most productive Android smartphones

Second place went to OnePlus Ace Pro with 1,115,759 points, and third place went to Red Magic 7S Pro. Rounding out the Top 10 are iQoo 10 Pro, Lenovo Legion Y70, iQoo 10, Moto X30 Pro, Xiaomi 12S Pro, Redmi K50 Extreme Edition and Vivo X Fold+

Statistics collected from November 1 to November 30, 2022. The AnTuTu ranking uses averages, not the highest scores. For each smartphone, the results of at least 1000 tests were taken into account – models with fewer tests are not included in the rating.

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Apple Declares 2013 and 2014 iMacs Obsolete and Watch Series 2 Smartwatches ‘Vintage’

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Apple Declares 2013 and 2014 iMacs Obsolete and Watch Series

Apple has added three models of iMacs to its list of obsolete products: a 21.5-inch screen from 2013, a 21.5-inch screen from 2014, and a 27-inch Retina 5K screen also from 2014.

Apple Declares 2013 and 2014 iMacs Obsolete and Watch Series 2 Smartwatches 'Vintage'

Apple typically deprecates products seven years after they were released, so it’s no surprise that the 2013 and 2014 iMacs are on the list.

As for smart watches Apple Watch Series 2, they are recognized as “vintage”. This category usually includes devices that have been released for five years. There may be problems with the official repair of the aforementioned iMacs.

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There are almost 1 billion 5G users. Ericsson report shows that operators often ask for more money for such tariffs.

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There are almost 1 billion 5G users Ericsson report shows

According to a report by Ericsson cited by The Verge, by the end of this year, the number of 5G subscribers in the world will reach 1 billion.

Of course, this is far from the performance of 4G networks, which are now used by about 5 billion people, but still this is a fairly significant part of the market.

There are almost 1 billion 5G users. Ericsson report shows that operators often ask for more money for such tariffs.

Of course, 5G adoption is far from uneven. In North America, about 35% of subscribers will use 5G networks by the end of this year.

At the same time, the report indicates that operators often ask for more money for the higher speeds offered by new networks. Dividing into corresponding tariffs is popular among operators in Western Europe, but overall, 25% of operators worldwide charge extra for 5G. And the average markup is 40%.

Ericsson believes that, unfortunately, this trend will continue for several more years, as operators need to compensate for the costs of developing a new network.

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