Intel is shutting down Pentium and Celeron in 2023

Long live Intel Processor



Back in the day, Pentium meant class. Early PC building always came with a Pentium processor. Somewhere along the way, Intel shuffled things around and replaced the old brand with the Core lineup. With that, the original names sank straight into the depths of old and weaker PCs. Now, years since making that change, Intel is finally ready to see them ride off into the sunset.

Starting in 2023, Intel will stop using the Pentium and Celeron branding in any of its products. Instead, the company will use the more standard “Intel Processor” to signify the old lineups.

In essence, the new Intel Processor branding will not change anything but the name. If you see the name next year, it will offer the same thing as products with the old name.

According to Intel, the company will start putting in more focus towards its more premium lineups: Intel Core, Evo, and vPro. Over the years, these three processors have taken over most of what the company offers. Even Chromebooks have started shifting more to using Core processors. (Some still use Celeron chipsets, though.)

In any case, when you see “Intel Processor” out in the wild next year, it’s not an attempt to rip you off. It’s real. Pentium and Celeron are dead.

SEE ALSO: Intel will start making chips for MediaTek


Apple is asking for a USB-C exemption for older iPhones

In India



After persistent pressure from Europe, Apple caved in and traded its Lightning cable for a USB-C port. However, though the iPhone is not firmly in the USB-C family, the company is still hesitant to completely adopt the standard. It is requesting India to delay its new law which forces older smartphones to also adopt USB-C.

Currently, Apple is already complying with the European Union’s version of the new law. To promote pro-consumer behavior and reduce waste, smartphones must adopt USB-C as a standard by the start of 2025. Obviously, the iPhone is the device most affected by the new rule. Responding to the rule, the iPhone 15 series finally switched to the universal standard.

The new regulations go beyond newer phones, though. Older smartphone models are affected, too. Apple isn’t as receptive to the idea. In India, a country which implemented similar regulations recently, the company is asking a delay or an exemption for its older iPhone models.

Companies are mandated to completely switch to USB-C by June 2025. According to Apple, converting older models to the standard will take more time back in the drawing board. As such, the company is asking for 18 more months beyond 2024 for the switch, as reported by Reuters. Alternatively, it is also asking the Indian government to just exempt the older lineups. Failing to secure an exemption will cause Apple to miss its production targets.

Compared to the European market, Indian consumers are still invested in older iPhone models. As such, the Lightning cable is still casting quite a shadow on users, especially those using older iPhones.

SEE ALSO: iPhone 15 series will get the first Qi2 wireless chargers

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Grand Theft Auto VI gets its first-ever trailer

Coming in 2025



Sometimes, Christmas comes early. Despite scheduling its release for December 5, Rockstar Games has uploaded the first trailer for Grand Theft Auto VI more than 12 hours earlier than expected.

Available now through its official platforms, the first trailer reveals our first official look at the next major entry in the legendary Grand Theft Auto franchise. As expected, the sixth title will be set in the sunny shores of Vice City, a locale that hasn’t seen a revival in major platforms yet. Whereas the fifth game’s setting was a version of California, Vice City will take on modern-day Florida and all its various hijinks.

As was spoiled through major leaks in the past, Grand Theft Auto VI will feature two main protagonists, Lucia (the franchise’s first female lead) and Jason. The trailer focuses mostly on Lucia who ends up in prison at the start of the trailer. Based on the depictions in the trailer, the game will focus on the duo’s chase for the better life (through illegal ways, of course) in Vice City.

Besides the duo, Vice City will have sunny beaches, swamps, bike gang, mud clubs, hot cars, and crazy animals. It’s a departure from the Miami-Vice-like depiction in the original Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. Instead, it will represent the city in a more contemporary fashion. Social media seems to be a prime focus, too; various fictional video platforms are in the spotlight in the trailer.

And now for the meaty part. The trailer ends with a release window (finally): 2025. Grand Theft Auto VI will arrive, at least, on the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X|S. A PC version is still unconfirmed, but it’s likely arriving on the platform, too.

SEE ALSO: Netflix is getting three classic Grand Theft Auto games next month

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Facebook, Instagram will lose cross-platform messaging this month

For an unknown reason



Over the past few years, Meta started integrating its various platforms into one ecosystem. Right now, Facebook and Instagram users can chat with each other on their respective apps. Unfortunately for fans of the cross-communication between the two platforms, Meta is taking the feature away this month.

Through a new support page, Instagram has announced that chatting between the two platforms will no longer be available starting in mid-December. The exact date of the removal is currently unknown, though.

When the undisclosed date arrives, Instagram users cannot start new conversations with Facebook users anymore. Additionally, all existing chats between the two platforms will become read-only, meaning users can’t add new messages to the conversation anymore.

On the flipside, Facebook users will stop seeing the Activity Status of Instagram users from their platform. Cross-platform conversations will not appear on Messenger, either.

Though the support page is conclusive against the feature, Meta has not explicitly explained why Meta changed its current cross-platform plans. It’s still possible that the company will implement a better solution in the future. As it stands, the European Union’s GDPR regulations require large companies to main interoperability between different platforms. Meta is an undeniable example of such a large company.

SEE ALSO: Meta now offers ad-free subscription for Facebook, Instagram

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