360° IT Check #57 - New iPads, USA Introduces New Export Rules on Chips, and More!
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USA’s Chip Race with China
As China is gaining ground on USA's advantage of being the global tech superpower, Washington felt threatened. So much so, that the president Joe Biden has decided to use his power to slow down China’s tech sector with new export rules.
That’s not all. US nationals working in the industry literally face the choice of either quitting from a Chinese company or losing their nationality. According to Nikkei Asia, “For the first time, U.S. export controls on China have expanded to block ‘U.S. persons’ -- both citizens and permanent residents -- from supporting the ‘development’ or ‘production’ of certain high-end chips that could advance Chinese tech applications from military use and artificial intelligence to supercomputers.”
Record Wind and Solar Energy Production in the EU
As the Russian invasion on Ukraine does not stop, the EU started a radical shift away from Russian gas, and oil. The change resulted in a steep incline in the price of all fossil fuels. The countries also started to look for alternative sources of electricity.
As a result, the electricity output from solar, and wind source has gone up. The country that boosted its electricity generation from wind and sun the most is Poland.
Apple quietly refreshed its line of iPads. The new devices include the refreshed base iPad, two new iPad Pros, and an updated Apple TV 4K. All products are more expensive than the previous versions.
The new base iPad features the new, slim bezel design, and finally offers USB-C for connectivity purposes. The new iPads Pro are more or less the same, except for the updated CPU, which is now the new Apple M2 – even faster than its laptop-grade predecessor.
The new Apple TV now features HDR 10+. It’s (no surprises here) faster than the previous-gen product. There isn’t much that changed here, apart from the fact that you must pay extra to get an Ethernet port – maybe not an essential, but a quality of life improvement over Wi-Fi.
There is one aspect we can all be happy about. Apple seems to (finally) have decided to remove their proprietary Lightning port, and replace it with the industry-standard USB-C. That’s great news not only for iPad owners, but also for others.
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