Former U.S. president Donald Trump continues to keep himself in the public eye despite all efforts to remove him. In the months leading up to his administration’s end, several social media platforms decided to ban the figure from posting on their sites because of false information charges. Not taking the bans lying down, Trump is now suing Twitter, the biggest platform to do so.
Filed in Florida (and reported via Reuters), the suit alleges that Twitter violated the former president’s First Amendment rights or the right to free speech. Florida isn’t a coincidence either. The suit also claims that the ban violates the state’s social media law which prevents social media companies from de-platforming politicians.
Those who peeked into Trump’s Twitter account when it was active should have noticed the rocky relationship it had with the platform since the start of the pandemic. The platform constantly labeled his tweets as misleading especially for content relating to COVID-19. Later on during the January 6 riots, the platform finally banned the account, rendering all tweets unavailable.
Regardless of Trump’s stance, Twitter and other social media platforms have upped their regulations regarding ambiguous information. A lot of content nowadays are given information disclaimers if it has anything to do with COVID-19. That said, Trump’s suit will likely go head-to-head with Twitter’s terms of service.
Besides Twitter, Trump has found itself on the receiving end of bans from other platforms including Facebook and Twitch. Since his bans, the figure has resorted to other tactics including building his own platform/blog. Suing Twitter is only the latest in the figure’s litany of strategies.
Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1
And Snapdragon 7 Plus Gen 1
The second half of this year’s smartphones are coming. Naturally, each smartphone needs a capable processor to make itself more special among today’s crop of devices. Signaling the start of the next slate of devices, Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1.
A lot of current lineups have already launched for the year. However, we’re still missing some of the more premium offerings today. The new Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 will power the next generation for the year. And, according to Qualcomm, the chipset will deliver 10 percent faster CPU and GPU performance. It will also use 15 percent less power, squeezing out an extra hour of usage.
The chipset will focus more on performance. Even if the smartphone heats up from all the gaming, the processor can keep up with delivering sustained performance.
Though the list of confirmed devices is still a bit sparse today, companies have already promised to use the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1. These include Honor, iQOO, Lenovo, Motorola, OnePlus, OPPO, realme, vivo, Xiaomi, and ZTE. As expected, gaming brands are also signing up like ASUS’s Republic of Gamers and Black Shark.
Ironically, that’s not even the gaming processor, according to Qualcomm. The company also released the Snapdragon 7 Plus Gen 1, which reportedly touts a 20 percent boost to GPU performance. Honor, OPPO, and Xiaomi are already making phones with the chipset.
Netflix is losing a lot of long-term subscribers
People are switching
The Netflix revolution was indeed televised. However, after enjoying years of success as the streaming platform of choice, a lot of users are now leaving Netflix for greener pastures. Over the past few months, the company has struggled to patch its failures. A recently released data report does confirm that the platform has a right to worry. More and more long-term subscribers are reportedly cutting their subscriptions short.
According to The Information, around 13 percent of Netflix cancelers in the past quarter are from accounts that have been with the platform for over three years. The data, which was reportedly obtained from Antenna, pegs cancelations at around 3.6 million Americans, a big increase from the 2.5 million of the past five quarters.
Though 13 percent isn’t exactly a giant figure, it’s still a blow to Netflix’s empire. While streaming platform rightly focus on gaining new subscribers, losing the loyalty of long-term users isn’t something to shrug off.
Since announcing lost expectations, Netflix announced ways to save on costs and retain its subscribers. Other methods include canceling projects, opening a games division, and potentially charging users more for account sharing. Naturally, not every plan hits users the same way.
In the meantime, other platforms — like Disney+, HBO, and Hulu — are attracting more users with more varied and exclusive content. Regardless, Netflix is skidding down a slope. Only time will tell whether its latest strategies will stave off more losses.
IFA 2022 gets greenlit for in-person event
A stunning return
The COVID-19 pandemic has rightly locked the tech industry into a standstill. It was vastly unsafe to congregate in groups for fear of contracting the virus. However, with vaccines and better healthcare, the world is slowly going back to normal. Events which were once canceled are now returning to the big stage. Joining that roster, IFA 2022 has now received the greenlight for an official event this year.
It’s been two years since the last IFA event. While 2020 was the height of the pandemic, the event’s organizers also canceled a return last year amid the resurgence of other variants. Now, all obstacles are gone.
IFA Berlin has officially confirmed that IFA 2022 will take place between September 2 through 6. Super-early-bird tickets are already available for EUR 35 if you happen to be in the area.
More importantly, the organizers are also confirming that two-thirds of the event’s exhibitors are going back to the event for presentations. Likewise, retail groups will make a return to Berlin.
Berlin isn’t the only major event making a return this year. Computex has also announced an in-person event this year between May 24 to 27. Likewise, MWC 2022 happened earlier this year, spotlighting major players in the industry.
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