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Razer Invitational – Europe, Europe’s Largest Esports Event, Opens October 14

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Razer has announced that the Razer Invitational – Europe (RI-Europe) esports event will run from October 14 to November 7, 2021. It is the largest esports series in Europe. This year it will cover both mobile and PC games, opening up the opportunity for participation for even more gamers. The company was inspired to host the event by the success of the first competition, which took place in 2020. Then almost 50,000 athletes from six countries of the region took part in it, and the number of spectators exceeded 12 million people.

This year’s program includes four weekly stages dedicated to competing in three unique games. The competition will be launched by the mobile shooter Brawl Stars, followed by the PC games Fortnite and Valorant. According to the organizers, up to 9,000 participants will take part in each tournament, who will have to compete for prizes provided by Razer and Intel. The prizes will be both cash and “iron”, and the culmination of the competition should be a grand final with a prize fund of over 20,000 euros. Every week, two days are allocated for qualifying and playoffs, and one day – Sunday – for the final fights.

Registration for RI-Europe 2021 starts on 28 September.

Full details of the event can be found on the official RI-Europe website or on the Team Razer Facebook page.

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Elon Musk brought down the Shiba Inu course in one word

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Elon Musk helped popularize the Shiba Inu cryptocurrency this year by posting pictures of a puppy of the same breed on his Twitter page, but Shiba Inu’s price plummeted after Musk said he had no savings in that currency.

Musk has frequently promoted Dogecoin on social media and has spoken out about cryptocurrencies in general. When asked by one user how much he saved in Shiba Inu, he said, “Not at all.” He later clarified that he bought a certain amount of Dogecoin, Bitocoin and Etherium.

Immediately after this message, the cryptocurrency rate fell by 27%, however, it has already begun to recover. It should be added that Shiba Inu has grown by over 400% over the past 30 days and has become the 11th fastest growing cryptocurrency.

Elon Musk also claims that he has no financial interest in cryptocurrency and only supported Dogecoin because he considers it to be a popular cryptocurrency. He also warns investors against putting all their money into this volatile market.

As we can see, Elon Musk’s messages continue to have a strong impact on the cryptocurrency market.

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Apple’s M1 Max SoC beats the $ 6,000 Radeon Pro W6900X. MacBook Pro Result Appeared in Affinity Photo

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Yesterday we saw what the graphics core of the Apple M1 Max SoC is capable of in one game and a couple of benchmarks. But this is not why they usually buy a MacBook Pro, especially in top-end configurations.

What can such a solution offer to professionals? The developer of the editor Affinity Photo shared the results of testing the new MacBook Pro with SoC M1 Max in full configuration, that is, with 32 GPU cores.

It turned out that in this case the possibilities of Apple’s solution are not just high – they are record-breaking. In the test, the M1 Max scored 32,891 points. In comparison, the top-end Radeon Pro W6900X available for the Mac Pro scores 32,580 points! That is, the GPU in a single-chip system performs at the level (and even slightly outstrips) the dedicated flagship video card with 32 GB of memory and a very high TDP. And such a Radeon card for Mac Pro in the Apple Configurator costs $ 5,600, and if you later buy it separately, then even $ 6,000. By the way, the performance of the Radeon Pro W6900X reaches 22.2 TFLOPS, that is, it is twice as high as that of the M1 Max.

Apple's M1 Max SoC beats the $ 6,000 Radeon Pro W6900X.  MacBook Pro Result Appeared in Affinity Photo

The developer notes that such a stunning result from Apple Silicon will not always and not in all tests. But even one is enough to understand how a worthy decision came out from the Cupertines.

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Over 150 apps on Google Play secretly subscribed users to premium SMS services

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Among the most affected were users from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and the UAE.

Avast specialists published details of a massive fraudulent campaign using over 150 Android apps with over 10 million downloads to sign up for a premium subscription without the knowledge of users.

The programs distributed as part of the UltimaSMS campaign were uploaded to the Google Play Store under the guise of applications with catalogs of discounts, games, keyboards, QR code scanners, photo and video editors, spam blockers, etc. Experts informed Google about 80 fraudulent applications and, although the tech giant promptly deleted them from the Internet catalog, the attackers probably managed to earn millions of dollars on premium subscriptions.

When downloading the application, the user was prompted to enter a phone number and email address to access the program’s functions. After receiving the necessary data, the application signed an unsuspecting user for an SMS service with a monthly payment of $ 40, while the fraudsters received their share as an affiliate partner.

Interestingly, the apps included a system that determined the maximum subscription amount based on the user’s location.

Among the most affected were users from Egypt (2.6 million), Saudi Arabia (2.4 million), Pakistan (2 million) and the UAE (1 million).

Uninstalling a rogue app will prevent new subscriptions from being issued, but will not deactivate existing ones. To do this, the user will need to contact their mobile operator and request the cancellation of all SMS subscriptions.

For a complete list of rogue apps, see here

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