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Xiaomi 12 Pro special edition with gifts at the price of the regular version comes out tomorrow in China

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In the first days of the month, the special Xiaomi 12 Pro New Year Gift Box Edition, which includes the flagship smartphone in a gift box, appeared in the Jingdong store and was immediately sold out.

Now it is reported that the publication goes on free sale. It costs about $850, the same as the standard version of Xiaomi 12 Pro with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of flash memory. The edition includes the Xiaomi True Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones 3 (about $80) and a notepad.

Xiaomi 12 Pro special edition with gifts at the price of the regular version comes out tomorrow in China

Xiaomi 12 Pro features a 6.73-inch AMOLED LTPO display with support for HDR10+ and Dolby Vision. The smartphone is based on the Snapdragon 8 Gen1 single-chip system and is equipped with a triple rear camera with 50 MP image sensors. A feature of the smartphone is the Cyber ​​Focus focusing system, which allows you to take clear pictures on the move. In addition, thanks to a special night mode available on all three camera sensors, you can take beautiful pictures even at night, in low light. There is a 32-megapixel sensor on the front.

Xiaomi 12 Pro special edition with gifts at the price of the regular version comes out tomorrow in China

Xiaomi 12 Pro is powered by a 4600mAh battery and supports 120W fast wired charging, 50W wireless charging and 10W reverse wireless charging. The phone received four speakers at once.

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Ericsson sues Apple again over 5G patent licensing

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Swedish company Ericsson has filed another series of patent infringement lawsuits against Apple in the latest dispute between the two companies over fees for the use of 5G patents in the iPhone smartphone.

The two companies have already sued each other in the United States, as negotiations to renew a seven-year license agreement they entered into in 2015 failed.

Ericsson filed a lawsuit in October, alleging that Apple was trying to unduly lower royalty rates. Then in December, the iPhone maker filed a lawsuit accusing the Swedish company of using “strong hand tactics” to renew patents.

Ericsson sues Apple again over 5G patent licensing

“Ericsson has refused to negotiate fair terms to renew our patent licensing agreement and instead is suing Apple worldwide to extort excessive royalties…we ask the court to help determine a fair price,” an Apple spokesperson said.

“Because the previous agreement has expired and we were unable to agree on the terms and scope of the new license, Apple is now using our technology without a license,” an Ericsson spokesperson said.

The Swedish company invests about $5 billion annually in research, has a portfolio of more than 57,000 patents, and royalties account for about a third of its operating income.

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Europol shuts down another VPN service used by malware distributors

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Hard hit by Europol against VPNLab.Net, one of the VPN (virtual private network) services most used by cybercriminals for the distribution of malware and ransomware throughout the world. According announce In a statement, the action has been carried out in a coordinated manner with the police forces of different countries, seizing 15 servers used in its service in the operation, and leaving the main website inactive.

The operation has been carried out in simultaneous coordination with the police forces of Germany, the Netherlands, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Latvia, Ukraine, the United States and the United Kingdom.

New Europol operation against VPN service for cybercriminals

In this way, this veteran platform of vpn, existing since 2008, is no longer operational, whose main website displays a banner indicating that the service has been seized by Europol.

For now there are no arrests, in the absence of identifications, accusations and arrests based on valuable evidence, according to what the authorities say they have, thanks to the seizures of the servers used in the service.

VPNLab.Net offered its services using OpenVPN-based technology and 2048-bit encryption for just $60 a year, advertising on both the dark web and the Internet with a clear focus on cybercriminal groups.

According to Europol:

Police became interested in the provider after multiple investigations uncovered criminals using the VPNLab.net service to facilitate illicit activities such as malware distribution

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Other cases showed the use of the service in setting up the infrastructure and communications behind ransomware campaigns, as well as the actual deployment of the ransomware.

Europol also has similar actions in the past. In this regard, by way of example, in December 2020, it also acted against Safe-Inet and Insorg VPN, two VPN services that also offered their services to cybercriminal groups.

More recently in time we also find the dismantling of DoubleVPN, carried out in June of last year for the same reason, being one of the most important operations carried out worldwide.

More information: Europol

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Semiconductor chips: TSMC wants to consolidate its lead

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The semiconductor sector has been booming since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. This is one of the main beneficiaries of the explosion in demand for processors, cloud infrastructure, memory, GPUs and the latest generation mobile devices.

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This high-growth sector is currently dominated by Samsung and TMSC which, according to Visual Capital, together account for more than 70% of the market share. As a leader, TMSC could consolidate its already considerable lead by investing more money than the competition in the sector this year.

TSMC reacts to Samsung’s development plan

Samsung has never hidden its desire to become the world leader in semiconductors. For this, the South Korean firm unveiled, two years ago, a plan to put the competition behind it, by 2030. For this, it has planned to increase its investments.

Thus, the company had unveiled at the time an investment plan from 115 to 151 billion dollars. This allowed it to grant 36 billion dollars for the past year. A sum that did not allow him to steal first place from his Taiwanese competitor.

Despite a larger investment in 2020 and 2021, from Samsung in the semiconductor business, TSMC achieved outstanding results in 2021. The Taiwanese company’s revenue increased by nearly 56.8 billion between 2020 and 2021, an increase of 24.9%. This allowed him to generate a net profit of 23.3 billion dollars.

TSMC now intends to use part of this sum to further boost its activities. According to South Korean media, the planned investments by Samsung’s competitor for the 2022 account amount to 44 billion dollars. While the South Korean multinational intends to put in its branch of chip manufacturing (only) 37.7 billion dollars.

With a larger investment this year, TSMC may well outclass Samsung in this chip war.

Samsung is not ready to abdicate

For the moment, TSMC offers better quality chips than Samsung. This allowed him to put in his pocket large customers like Apple, Intel or AMD. According to experts, the 7nm and 5nm process nodes produced by Samsung do not really measure up to those of TSMC.

A situation that is also repeated at the level of the 4 nm process nodes. This means that a good part of customers prefer to bet on TSMC productions. However, things should not stop there. Samsung is thinking of turning things around by bringing to market 3nm process nodes that are more efficient than those of the competition.

For this, the Korean firm relies on its GAA processor. According to some indiscretions, it should have a surface area reduced by 35% as well as a 30% increase in performance, compared to 3 nm chips. The GAA processor should also consume 50% less energy and will be launched a month before its competitor from TSMC.

TSMC seems to be betting more on its 2 nm processor for the moment. This will integrate GAA technology and its production should start from 2025. As for its 3 nm chips, they should not be available before 2023.

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