Google has done everything to prevent Android users from activating the privacy settings, investors are losing interest in NFTs en masse, Linky becomes paying (or not), here is the recap of the week.
Eventful news this week. On the one hand, exposed documents revealed that Google has deliberately made Android’s privacy settings difficult to access to prevent users from turning off ad tracking. Then we saw the near end of NFTs, which investors are losing interest in en masse. Not to mention the Linky scandal, of which no one really knows who will finance the installation. Fortunately, some are working to fix issues, like Microsoft and Samsung on their respective devices.
GOOGLE DOESN’T WANT YOU TO GO TO ANDROID’S PRIVACY SETTINGS
For a while, Google was not the fervent defender of privacy that it tries to be today with Android 12. On the contrary, since documents have revealed that the firm has deliberately made it difficult to access privacy settings in older versions of the operating system. The latter had indeed observed a “substantial increase” in the number of deactivations of the functionalities allowing the collection of data for advertising purposes when they were easily found. To top it off, the company lobbied various manufacturers to do the same on their overlay.
IS NFT OUT OF FASHION?
Investors seem to think so. On May 3, 2021, the NFT market is at its all-time high, with $ 100 million spent on that day alone. Yet this past week, it only recorded $ 19.4 million in sales. Buyers are becoming increasingly rare. Since May 3, the number of virtual portfolios dedicated to NFTs has increased from 12,000 to 3,900 . “It’s definitely an economic bubble. It is difficult to predict when we will reach the top ” , warned Nate Hart investor at the time when the system was at its peak. It looks like the bubble has burst .
BUT WHO PAYS FOR THE INSTALLATION OF LINKY?
On the one hand, Enedis assures us that “consumers will not pay an additional cost due to Linky”. On the other hand, the UFC-Que Choisir claims that the installation is supported by users up to an additional cost on the bill of € 15 per year for 10 years . When we know that the deployment of the meter cost the State 5.7 billion euros , the question of funding arises legitimately. Especially since the cost savings, supposed to cover the costs, will only be “1 billion euros over the next 4. years” according to the Energy Regulatory Commission. For the moment, the mystery continues.
WINDOWS 10 UPDATE DERAILS TASKBAR
As is often the case, the last update KB5003214 has turned Windows 10 upside down. Indeed, some users have reported problems with the taskbar . When the icons are not cascaded over each other, they disappear completely . The concern obviously comes from the new feature that displays news and weather in the taskbar. While waiting for the deployment of a patch by Microsoft, two solutions exist. You can choose to uninstall the latest update, or turn off the News and Areas of Interest feature .
THE GALAXY S21 IS PUT TO THE TEST … BY OPENING THE CAMERA
Have you seen latency issues on your Galaxy S21 when using the camera? You are not the only one. The problem arises in particular when the optical zoom is activated . The performance of the smartphone then seems straight out of another time. Fortunately, Samsung is already working on a fix . “We have confirmed that lag occurs when there is insufficient memory or compute resources in a specific path, especially in portrait mode,” the latter wrote on his official forum. The problem should therefore be resolved in the coming days .