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A new semiconductor shortage, iOS is gaining ground on Android, this is the recap of the week

The chip market could be paralyzed by the conflict between China and Taiwan, Android sees its users leaving its operating system to choose Apple, the Winamp multimedia player is back in a new version, this is the recap of the week.

While the critical situation in Asia could lead to a new massive shortage of semiconductors, Winamp is finally entitled to a new version compatible with Windows 11 and Volkswagen’s strategy is about to change with its new boss Olivier Blume. This week’s Q3 2022 results show that Apple appears to be much more popular than Android currently. Finally, don’t go your way before reading our news on malicious Android applications that could jeopardize your savings.

China/Taiwan: a conflict that could harm the semiconductor market

The critical situation in Asia where China and Taiwan are torn apart could lead to a global shortage of semiconductors. Mark Liu, the president of the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), has warned that if China invades Taiwan, the chip-making plant will be crippled and could delay the release of many smartphones globally. .

Read: A global chip shortage could soon be happening, here’s why

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Volkswagen: new boss, new strategy!

Olivier Blum, who is none other than the CEO of Porsche, is now the new boss of Volkswagen. This change of direction is accompanied by a new strategy, since unlike Herbert Diess, Olivier Blum seems to be more favorable to synthetic gasoline than to electric. The CEO of Porsche has already proven his fascination for renewable fuel, notably by investing 75 billion dollars in synthetic gasoline.

Read: Volkswagen: the new boss prefers synthetic gasoline to electric

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Android vs iOS: Apple seduces users

The conference call on the figures for the third quarter of the year revealed that Apple’s revenue reached a record high, increasing by 2% compared to the previous quarter. While iOS seems to be attracting more and more users, Android is paying the price and seeing a large number of users leaving Google’s operating system to join Apple.

Read: Android: a record number of users switch to Apple in 2022

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Winamp 5.9 RC1 is now compatible with Windows 11

The legendary media player for Windows, Winamp, is making a comeback after 9 years without an update. Good news for users, this new version, dubbed 5.9 RC1, is now compatible with Windows 11. This edition will also offer a new directory of podcasts, will be able to read compressed modules in XMZ, S3Z, MDZ and ITZ formats, and will progress in terms of processing of reading lists in HTML format.

Read: Winamp is back and becomes 100% compatible with Windows 11

Be careful, these applications could jeopardize your savings

Trend Micro cybersecurity experts have spotted many Android apps containing malware that you should beware of! In this news, you will find the name of all the applications that could empty your bank account. If you discover one of these infected applications, rush to uninstall it from your smartphone.

Read: Android Malware: Immediately Uninstall Those Apps That Sneak Drain Your Bank Account

Our tests of the week

Pixel 6a: Google keeps its promises

If we regret that the photo block protrudes from the body of the device and that its plastic back is plastic, we love the photo quality of this versatile smartphone at a low price. For less than 500 euros, the Pixel 6a offers very good autonomy and good photo quality. A memory card reader would have been a plus, but Google offers here a device with a nice design that will seduce you with its good value for money.

Read: Google Pixel 6a test: the little one that has almost everything of a big

FreeBuds Pro 2: almost perfect headphones

With its new FreeBuds Pro 2, Huawei hits hard and offers almost perfect headphones. We love the design and the colors offered, the comfort of use, the listening quality and the particularly effective noise reduction. We are happy to see that the Al Life application is finally available on iPhone, even if we regret that there are so few advanced settings. Only (big) downside, autonomy, which is far from up to par.

Read: Huawei FreeBuds Pro 2 test: headphones so perfect, except for one detail

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