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“More music than you can listen to in a lifetime”: more than 100 million songs and compositions are already in the Apple Music library

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Apple has announced a major milestone for Apple Music with over 100 million songs in the music service’s catalog.

“More music than you can listen to in a lifetime”: more than 100 million songs and compositions are already in the Apple Music library

Rachel Newman, Global Head of Apple Music‌ said:

Twenty-one years after the invention of iTunes and the debut of the original iPod, we’ve gone from having 1,000 songs in your pocket to 100,000 times the number of songs in Apple Music. This is phenomenal growth by any measure. The entire history, present and future of music is at your fingertips or with a voice command. There is more music than you can listen to in a lifetime or several lifetimes. More music than any other platform. Simply the largest collection of music in any format.

Newman added that the rise of Apple Music has helped democratize the music industry as a whole amid massive content expansion:

In the 1960s, only 5,000 new albums were released annually. Today, anywhere in the world, in 167 countries and regions on Apple Music, any artist of any level can write and record a song and release it around the world. Every day, more than 20,000 singers and songwriters add new songs to Apple Music—songs that make our catalog even better than the day before.

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666 W and two potentially dangerous 12VHPWR connectors at once. Galax GeForce RTX 4090 HOF unveiled

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666 W and two potentially dangerous 12VHPWR connectors at once

Galax has fully introduced the GeForce RTX 4090 HOF graphics cards.

There are two models: OC Lab and OC Lab Plus. But in any case, we are talking about the most powerful RTX 4090 on the market and, as a result, the most productive graphics card in general. True, with a caveat.

666 W and two potentially dangerous 12VHPWR connectors at once.  Galax GeForce RTX 4090 HOF unveiled

The fact is that the novelty has two modes of operation. The standard GPU frequency is 2520 MHz for both versions. In Performance mode, the core frequency of OC Lab rises to 2595 MHz, while for OC Lab Plus it already reaches 2625 MHz. And that’s lower than the Asus ROG Strix OC or MSI Suprim Liquid at 2640 MHz. But here the power limit in this mode rises to a symbolic 666 watts. At what frequencies the GPU will work in this mode in real conditions, it is not clear, so we need to wait for the tests. But from the point of view of the power limit, there is no equal to the novelty. By the way, 666 W is more than the allowable 600 W for the new 12VHPWR connector. But everything is explained simply: the new Galax products have two such connectors. True, this means that the risk of incorrectly connecting the power is doubled.

666 W and two potentially dangerous 12VHPWR connectors at once.  Galax GeForce RTX 4090 HOF unveiled

As for the rest, we can note the complete display and a length of 344 mm.

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The new game from the creator of the BioShock series is very similar to BioShock. And a little on Atomic Heart

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The new game from the creator of the BioShock series

At the last The Game Awards 2022 ceremony, the first trailer of the debut game of the Ghost Story Games studio was shown. Its founder is Ken Levin, the “father” of the BioShock series. The new project is called Judas, and it’s very similar to BioShock.

The new game from the creator of the BioShock series is very similar to BioShock.  And a little on Atomic Heart

The plot unfolds on board a spaceship, which is gradually being destroyed. The hero is a character named Judas, who needs to find a way to escape, and for this he will have to unite with his worst enemies.

The game promises a non-linear and variable plot with several endings, different options for passing, and so on. It is noteworthy that the game looks and feels very similar to BioShock. It has the aesthetics of retrofuturism, superpowers and elements of phantasmagoria. For example, the hero can install implants in his hand to use fire or electric attacks. It also reminds a lot of Atomic Heart, which was also shown at TGA.

At the moment, it is not reported when the game will appear. But there is already a list of platforms – PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Series S, that is, only on modern solutions.

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Even the $900 RX 7900 XT is enough to compete with the $1200 GeForce RTX 4080. There are tests in 3DMark

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Even the 900 RX 7900 XT is enough to compete

As we learned today, reviews of the Radeon RX 7900 video cards will be published on December 12th. But the first tests in normal benchmarks appeared today.

Even the $900 RX 7900 XT is enough to compete with the $1200 GeForce RTX 4080.  There are tests in 3DMark

Both of AMD’s new products lit up in 3DMark. Unfortunately, in the Fire Strike and Time Spy tests, which are quite old, it is still much better than the results in Geekbench.

True, the results of AMD’s new products themselves look debatable. In Time Spy at 4K, there is almost no difference between the RX 7900 XTX and RX 7900 XT, and both cards perform roughly on par with the GeForce RTX 4080.

In Fire Strike, the younger RX 7900 XT is already successfully fighting the RTX 4080, and the older RX 7900 XTX is about 10% faster. Relative to the RX 6950 XT, AMD’s new flagship provides a gain of 25-30%, which is rather modest. And this can be written down as a minus for AMD’s new products, especially against the background of the catastrophically more powerful RTX 4090.

Even the $900 RX 7900 XT is enough to compete with the $1200 GeForce RTX 4080.  There are tests in 3DMark

Even the $900 RX 7900 XT is enough to compete with the $1200 GeForce RTX 4080.  There are tests in 3DMark

However, keep in mind the prices. The RX 7900 XT, which in both tests is quite suitable for a direct competitor to the RTX 4080 in terms of performance, is cheaper than the Nvidia card by $300 or 25%! And against this background, the lag behind the RTX 4090 is completely irrelevant. And if you calculate the ratio of performance and price, AMD’s new products look much better than the same RTX 4090, not to mention the RTX 4080.

Of course, in games the situation may be somewhat different, especially since these 3DMark tests are very old. But here it is worth noting that, if you look at the comparison of the RTX 30 and RX 6000 cards, the balance of power roughly corresponds to what the cards show in games.

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