Top news this week, 2nd-6th of October 2023

Top news this week

Top interesting announcements


Meta might introduce ad-free subscription plans for Instagram and Facebook users in Europe

Meta is considering charging users in the EU €13 a month to access an ad-free version of Instagram or Facebook on their phones, or €17 for the desktop apps. This decision comes after a new European Union law requiring Meta to get users’ consent before showing them targeted ads, which affects directly the way groups such as Meta and Google generate their profits.


Sony confirmed that a cyber-attack exposed details of nearly 7000 current and former employees

The company has notified current and former employees and their family members about a cybersecurity breach that exposed personal information. The intrusion occurred after an unauthorized party exploited a zero-day vulnerability in the MOVEit Transfer platform.


Samsung is rumored to be developing its own mobile GPUs

According to a rumor, Samsung’s System LSI team might be looking to end its partnership with AMD for mobile GPUs. System LSI is the division of Samsung Electronics that makes Exynos processors.


Users will no longer be able to activate Windows 10 or Windows 11 with old Windows 7 and Windows 8 product keys

Microsoft published a message on the Device Partner Center, notifying customers that the installation path to obtain free upgrades from Windows 7 and 8 to more recent Windows versions is no longer available. Those with Windows 10 can still upgrade to 11 for free, Microsoft said in its announcement.


Google announced that it will integrate the Bard AI chatbot into Google Assistant

The company described the feature as combining Bard’s “generative reasoning” with Assistant’s “personalized help” to provide more contextually aware responses for users. Assistant with Bard will integrate with some of the company’s existing apps, such as Gmail and Docs, to help users find and summarize information.


Top new products


Oppo Find N3 Flip

The phone has a 6.8-inch foldable AMOLED screen, Dimensity 9200 processor, 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB or 512 GB of storage. It will come with a 4,300mAh battery.


Xiaomi 14 Pro

Xiaomi 14 Pro will have a 6.7-inch Micro Quad Curved 2K C8 display, Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor, up to 24GB of RAM and up to 1TB of storage. It will come with a 4,860mAh battery.


Google Pixel 8

Pixel 8 has a 6.2-inch FHD+ display, Tensor G3 processor and 8 GB of RAM. It will come with a 4,575mAh battery.

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