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Newegg reportedly begins accepting returns for Gigabyte's "explosive" PSUs
by Sayan Sen
via GN (YouTube) Technology retail giant Newegg has reportedly initiated the process of accepting returns for Gigabyte PSU models GP-P850GM and GP-P750GM. These two SMPS models from Gigabyte have been stated to have a rather "explosive" nature and it was found that the retailer was bundling these units in its Newegg Shuffle package alongside high-end graphics cards.
Apparently, in an email sent by Newegg, the etailer giant has asked eligible customers to respond in case their Gigabyte PSU models fall within the denoted serial numbers (S/N) that Gigabyte had mentioned earlier in its official response to the incident. Below is a part of the statement Newegg has said in the alleged mail:
The Gigabyte GP-P850GM and GP-P750GM units outside of the S/N range have a new OPP (Over Power Protection) setting that reduces the OPP limit down to 110% ~ 120% from an earlier 120% ~ 150%.
However, according to PSU expert, Dr. Aris Mpitziopoulos, simply lowering the OPP triggering point may not be enough to label these PSUs as safe as there were other underlying problems too, at least in his review unit.
Source and image: VideoCardz
By Usama Jawad96
Facebook explains how it will preserve your privacy while serving you ads
by Usama Jawad
Earlier this year, we explained how Google plans to use Federated Learning of Cohorts (FLoC) to prevent individual tracking while still serving you relevant ads. However, it announced that it is delaying this initiative just over a month ago, thanks in part to the massive backlash the company received.
That said, big tech organizations are still investing significant effort in privacy-preserving methods of data collection. Now, Facebook has revealed more details about how it plans to use privacy-enhancing technologies (PETs) to power the next generation of digital advertising.
Facebook has stated that it is using techniques based on cryptography and statistics to implement PETs that allow it to reduce the amount of data processed while preserving your privacy, ad accuracy, and personalized preferences. The company has described three methods it is testing in its PETs effort.
The first is secure multi-party computation (MPC) which allows multiple organizations to process parts of your data and then share insights with each other. This essentially means that no single party holds all your data so possibilities of learning about you are reduced. An example of this is one organization holding information about what ads you are seeing and the other seeing information about what purchases you're making. MPC would ensure that both stakeholders would get the data they require without getting access to your entire data. Facebook is working on MPC using a solution called Private Lift Measurement based on its open source framework on GitHub. The company expects to make this solution available to advertisers next year.
Next up is on-device machine learning which ensures that algorithms learn from your data right on your device without sending the data to any external identity, the cloud, or a remote server. This technique is still under investigation and Facebook hopes that it will improve with time, if successful.
Finally, we have differential privacy, which is actually an add-on to existing PETs. The company describes it as:
That said, Facebook has highlighted that these are all long-term efforts and it'll be sharing more information about its progress regularly.
By Usama Jawad96
Google will turn on SafeSearch by default for people under 18
by Usama Jawad
Child safety in online environments seems to be on the top of the figurative priority list maintained by big tech firms. Apple recently announced that it will use its photo scanning technology to detect Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) on iCloud and will also use on-device machine learning to censor sexual content sent or received by children below 13 years of age. You can find out more details here. In the same vein, Google has also revealed today about how it will be offering safer online experiences for non-adults across its range of products.
First up is a policy change through which Google will allow people under the age of 18 or their parents and guardians to request the removal of their images from Image search results. While this obviously won't remove the image in question from the internet altogether, it will definitely reduce its visibility.
Next, Google has announced some changes that it will be making to its products specifically for children under the age of 18 in the coming weeks and months. SafeSearch will be turned on by default for new and existing accounts owned by people under the age of 18. This feature is used to filter explicit results from Google Search and was previously enabled by default only for children under the age of 13 and with Family Link configured. K-12 institutions using Workspace for Education will have SafeSearch enabled by default too and Incognito and Guest modes will be blocked as well. The technology will also be used to restrict mature results surfaced by Assistant on shared devices.
Uploads to YouTube will be private by default. More digital wellbeing features will be made prominent on the service as well, including turning off autoplay, break reminders, and more. On the Google Play Store, the company will be adding a new section for apps which follow Families policies. It will also describe the data that apps collect in more granular detail so parents can make informed decisions.
Finally, Google will improve its advertising practices so that mature ads, including targeted ones, are not shown to teens. The company will also be working on preparing more documentation and guidance for teenagers and parents to understand its data practices.
Newegg Shuffle apparently bundling "explosive" Gigabyte PSUs with GPUs
by Sayan Sen
Newegg is apparently bundling the Gigabyte P750GM and the P850GM power supply units (PSUs) alongside the graphics cards that it is offering via its Newegg Shuffle drawing system for choosing potential buyers.
While this wouldn't be a cause for concern under general circumstances, the P750GM and the P850GM PSUs, however, have been found to perform rather poorly in multiple expert reviews, for example, by TechPowerUp via Hardware Busters (YouTube), and by Gamers Nexus (YouTube). So, with Newegg now apparently bundling these SMPS models with generally power-hungry high-end graphics cards during its Shuffle, it seems there couldn't be a better recipe for some disaster.
via GN (YouTube) Gigabyte has stated that these PSUs feature all the standard protections that are expected in a well-made SMPS, namely:
OVP (Over Voltage Protection) UVP (Under Voltage Protection) OPP (Over Power Protection) OCP (Over Current Protection) OTP (Over Temperature Protection) SCP (Short Circuit Protection) However, it has been noted today by Gamers Nexus (GN) that at least some of these protective features would often fail to trigger in response to such incidents during the lab stress testing leading to several of the GP-P750GM and GP-P850GM units blowing up in the process. The image above demonstrates an example of such an instance where the protection wasn't triggered and the stressed PSU caught fire in GN's lab.
This notorious nature of the Gigabyte GP-P750GM was first brought to attention by YouTuber Hardware Busters via TechPowerUp, who reviewed the model last year and wasn't particularly impressed, referring to the model as "A Power Supply with an explosive attitude".
In the conclusion section of the review, the cons of the unit far outweighed the pros. Here are the points that were listed in its cons:
And today nearly nine months later, it seems these issues still exist in the P750GM and P850GM, according to GN. Apparently, Gigabyte has done little to address these concerns. And while faulty PC components shouldn't surprise anyone, it really is worrisome in this instance since Newegg is apparently pushing these out to users as part of the Newegg Shuffle package.
By Usama Jawad96
YouTube may let you block ads for €6.99 per month in the future
by Usama Jawad
If you're a YouTube user without a premium subscription, you may have noticed the rampant increase in ads on the platform. For those who want a cleaner experience, YouTube offers a Premium subscription that offers ad-free videos, background playback, the ability to download videos, YouTube Music Premium, and YouTube Originals. However, it now appears that the company is trialing a cheaper "Premium Lite" subscription in Europe.
YouTube has confirmed to The Verge that the Premium Lite subscription is currently being trialed in some European countries including Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden. It offers ad-free viewing for €6.99/month (~$8.3/month), and does not include any of the other benefits offered by YouTube Premium.
It is important to note that YouTube Premium costs €11.99/month in parts of Europe, which means that YouTube is knocking off €5 if you just want an ad-free experience without any of the other benefits. As of now, it supports ad-free viewing across YouTube apps on the web, Android, iOS, smart TVs, consoles, as well as the YouTube Kids app.
While the €6.99/month price tier sounds steep on paper, it will likely be enticing for heavy users of YouTube who just want to get rid of ads. YouTube has emphasized that the offering is currently in experimental phases and will be made available in other countries on a rolling basis. Given the nature of the project, it may also be possible that the cost of the subscription changes based on audience feedback.
Source: The Verge