Google will require purchases in Android apps through its system with a fee paid

Google will require purchases in Android apps through its system with a fee paid


Google intends to tighten control over the implementation of payment rules for purchases in Android applications. Updated instructions will be released next week to clarify the company’s requirements for using its payment system for subscriptions and in-app purchases. This was reported by Bloomberg, citing its own informed sources.

It is not surprising that Google decided to tighten the requirements, because purchases made through the company’s payment system are subject to a 30% commission. It’s worth noting that the requirements to use Google’s payment system have been around for many years, but big developers such as Netflix, Spotify, or Epic Games get around this rule. The Netflix and Spotify apps allow you to use credit cards to pay for purchases, and Epic Games added its own payment system to Fortnite, after which it was removed from the Play Store and the Apple App Store.

The source notes that after updating the rules, Google will provide some time for developers to bring their applications in line with the new requirements. This means that apps that violate Google’s policies will not be removed immediately, but this may happen later if the developers still do not make changes to their products.

As an open platform, Android allows multiple app stores. In fact, most Android devices come with at least two stores out of the box, and users can install others as well. For developers who decide to distribute their applications on the Play Store, our policy has always required the use of the Play payment system if the applications provide the ability to purchase digital goods. We always work with our partners to clarify these policies and ensure they are applied fairly and reasonably.“- commented a representative of Google.

It’s worth noting that a 30% commission on digital in-game and app purchases brings Google and Apple billions of dollars annually, so it’s no surprise that both companies are enforcing the rules.

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Capacitors blamed for GeForce RTX 3080 malfunctions, but GPU got too

Capacitors blamed for GeForce RTX 3080 malfunctions, but GPU got too


German resource Igor’s Lab conducted an interesting investigation of the problem of “crashes” in games that the first owners of GeForce RTX 3080 video cards encountered. According to the source, the reason may lie both in the rush of NVIDIA to release a new product, and in poor-quality components of printed circuit boards that have penetrated into third-party video cards manufacturers.

According to one of the resource’s assumptions, the tight deadlines for launching a new series of video cards could play a fatal role. NVIDIA partners had very little time at their disposal to adequately prepare and conduct all the necessary tests of their graphics solutions. Even before the official announcement of the GeForce RTX 30xx series, it became known that the company’s partners received drivers and other necessary software for full debugging of graphics cards literally a few days before their actual presentation. Before that, all tests were mainly limited to checking the power consumption level of various elements of the cards and its compliance with the declared characteristics of NVIDIA itself. In game modes, maps might not be checked at all. According to Igor’s Lab, it was this circumstance that could lead to the fact that some video cards received not the most suitable copies of graphics processors that are unable to work at the frequency declared by the manufacturer. That is why most often complaints from cardholders are related to “crashes” in games, when the frequency of the GPU exceeds the 2000 MHz mark.

Another reason for the incorrect operation of video cards can be the circuitry of the reference board PG132. This basic design as the resource calls it Igor’s Lab, was provided to NVIDIA partners for development of their own solutions based on it. But the problem is that the specifications provided by NVIDIA allowed the company’s partners to use capacitors of different quality levels for the power supply subsystems of the cards.

The source points out that the basic design dictates the use of six mandatory types of capacitors for filtering high frequencies on the voltage rails (NVVDD and MSVDD). At the same time, the choice of certain types of capacitors is very extensive. For example, tantalum-polymer solid capacitors (Conductive Polymer Tantalum Solid Capacitors, POSCAP) are generally worse than aluminum electrolytic capacitors with a solid polymer dielectric (Conductive Polymer-Aluminum-Electrolytic-Capacitors, SP-CAP), which in turn are worse, than multilayer ceramic chip capacitors (Multilayer Ceramic Chip Capacitor, MLCC), usually installed in groups.

Below you can see the power supply diagram of the NVIDIA GA102 GPU, which occupies the central area under the chip on the back of the PCB.

Below are photos of the printed circuit board of the GeForce RTX 3080 video card performed by the Founders Edition, as well as the MSI Gaming X, Zotac Trinity and ASUS TUF Gaming OC boards provided by the resource TechPowerUp

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition PCB

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition PCB

In its reference design, NVIDIA used a hybrid capacitor arrangement, with four SP-CAPs, two MLCCs, and ten single capacitors of each.

MSI Gaming X Board

MSI used one MLCC capacitor bank in the center as well as five SP-CAP groups.

Zotac Trinity Board

Zotac, in turn, decided to save on the GPU power subsystem. She used six groups of POSCAP capacitors, which, recall, are of inferior quality than ceramic chip-capacitors MLCC and aluminum electrolytic capacitors with a solid polymer dielectric SP-CAP. This may be one of the reasons why these cards are among the cheapest on the market.

ASUS TUF Gaming OC Board

ASUS TUF Gaming OC Board

As for ASUS, the Taiwanese manufacturer used six sets of MLCC capacitors for the TUF series graphics card, deciding not to skimp on such an important component as the GPU power supply system.

According to Igor’s Lab, the root of the problem with crashes in games can lie equally in the two circumstances described above. This is indirectly confirmed by the fact that when the peak GPU frequency is reduced by 50-100 MHz (below the 2000 MHz threshold), the problem of “overruns” disappears, since lower frequencies require less voltage supply to the GPU. In this case, even cheaper POSCAP capacitors cope with their task.

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Substance is now available on GOG

Metal Gear Solid


Konami has announced the release of Metal Gear, Metal Gear Solid, Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance and a compilation of the Castlevania and Contra series, compatible with modern computers. Games can be purchased from GOG.com.

Metal gear solid

“After bringing Blade Runner and Diablo back to you, we’re thrilled to bring you the iconic Konami games that are fully compatible with today’s computers. Join Solid Snake, Simon Belmont and other heroes and help them save humanity while having a lot of fun! “ – says GOG.com.

The Konami Collector’s Series: Castlevania & Contra includes five games:

  • Castlevania;
  • Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest;
  • Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse;
  • Contra;
  • Super Contra.

Of course, this is not the first time these games have been released on computers: Metal Gear originally came out on MSX2 in 1987 (and then on MS-DOS and Commodore 64), Metal Gear Solid in 2000, Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance in 2002 … The Castlevania and Contra series projects similarly went on sale on PC a couple of years after the main release. But none of these games have been re-released on digital platforms like Steam and GOG.com over the years.

Metal gear solid

The GOG.com version of Metal Gear Solid boasts improved PC graphics, support for multiple controllers, and a redesigned quick save feature.

Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance

Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance

Unfortunately, on PC, Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance did not receive a re-release in HD, which is available on consoles as part of the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection (by the way, the Xbox 360 version is backward compatible with Xbox One) and Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection (an exclusive collection for PS3 of all the major parts of the Metal Gear Solid series). To be clear, Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance is an enhanced version of Sons of Liberty. Substance has a ton of stuff added, including new cutscenes, modes, improved thermal goggles, and 500 individual missions.

Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance

Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance

The cost of games at GOG.com is as follows:

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10 minutes of gameplay in the sci-fi simulator Dyson Sphere Program

10 minutes of gameplay in the sci-fi simulator Dyson Sphere Program


Gamera Game and Youthcat have unveiled a 10-minute gameplay trailer for the upcoming sci-fi Dyson Sphere Program, which will enter the Steam Early Access phase in Q1 2021.

The Dyson Sphere Program is set in the distant future, when science and technology have entered a new stage. Virtual reality has replaced the current concept of space and time, and the power of science has led to rapid development. Man has created a supercomputer, the computing power of which will contribute to the further expansion and development of virtual worlds. In the game, you have to join a management alliance project. outer space Dyson Sphere Program. Its ultimate goal is to build a Dyson sphere to provide a supercomputer with a stream of continuous and stable energy.

The beginning of each campaign in the Dyson Sphere Program is accompanied by the creation of a new universe. You will have access to a huge map to create enterprises at the interstellar factory. At the initial stage of the game, its gameplay resembles other projects about automation of production, such as Factorio and Satisfactory. Gamers expand their product line step by step through collection, construction and research.

To build a Dyson Orb, the resources of one planet are not enough. You will be able to send exploration robots called Icarus to explore the universe to reach the ultimate goal. In addition, you yourself will have to travel to other planets and create assembly lines to organize interstellar logistics.

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MonsterLabo The Beast passively cooled PC case features two giant 3kg radiators

MonsterLabo The Beast passively cooled PC case features two giant 3kg radiators


MonsterLabo has announced The Beast computer case, designed to create a powerful desktop system with passive cooling and zero noise.

The novelty is made of aluminum and glass. Inside are two giant cooling radiators weighing 3 kg. Each one contains ten 6mm heat pipes.

In passive mode, the system can handle heat dissipation from the CPU with a TDP of up to 150W and from the graphics chip with a TDP of up to 250W. In the case of additional installation of a pair of 140 mm fans, TDP values ​​can reach 250 and 320 W, respectively.

The case accepts ATX, Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX motherboards. The discrete graphics accelerator can be up to 290mm in length. Inside you can place up to four 3.5-inch drives or up to eight 2.5-inch drives.

The interface panel has headphone and microphone jacks, a USB Type-C connector, two USB 2.0 and USB 3.2 Gen1 ports. Dimensions are 450 × 380 × 210 mm. The developer prefers not to name the weight, saying only that the body is heavy.

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Flexible smartphone Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 went on sale in Russia at a price of 180 thousand rubles

Flexible smartphone Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 went on sale in Russia at a price of 180 thousand rubles


Samsung Electronics today, September 25, announced the start of Russian sales of the newest smartphone with flexible display – the Galaxy Z Fold2. The device is available in two colors: smoky bronze and classic black.

The smartphone received two “borderless” Infinity-O screens with almost invisible frames – a 6.2-inch outer and 7.6-inch inner. The latter is flexible and can be folded in half.

The device offers a wide range of multitasking capabilities, from displaying a video folded to making a video call on one side of the screen and entering notes on the other. The partially folded machine can be placed in an upright position to free your hands for other tasks.

When shooting, the user can fold the device so that the camera is at eye level, and the preview is displayed at the top of the screen. The Aramid Standing Cover allows you to position your smartphone like a photo frame.

The gadget is equipped with a 10-megapixel front camera and a main camera with three 12-megapixel sensors. In the arsenal of the device – a Snapdragon 865 Plus processor, 12 GB of RAM, a flash drive with a capacity of 256 GB, a double rechargeable battery with a capacity of 4500 mAh.

The Galaxy Z Fold2 can be purchased for 179,990 rubles. The novelty is available for ordering on this page.

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The Nokia 7.3 smartphone with a quad camera showed up on high-quality renders

The Nokia 7.3 smartphone with a quad camera showed up on high-quality renders


Resource OnLeaks, which often publishes reliable information about new products in the mobile industry, in partnership with IPEEWorld presented high-quality renderings of the mid-range smartphone Nokia 7.3, which is being prepared for release by the Finnish company HMD Global.

The announcement of the named device was expected on September 22, but this did not happen. Nevertheless, the key characteristics of the novelty are already known. The device will receive a 6.3-inch Full HD + display with a small hole in the upper left corner: there will be a selfie camera based on a 24-megapixel sensor.

The main camera, enclosed in a round block, will combine four modules, including a 48-megapixel sensor. It is about using Zeiss optics. The rear will also house a fingerprint scanner.

The computing load will fall on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 processor. The chip consists of eight Kryo 560 cores with a clock speed of up to 2.0 GHz, an Adreno 619L graphics accelerator and a Snapdragon X51 5G cellular modem with support for fifth generation mobile networks.

Power will be provided by a 4000 mAh rechargeable battery with support for 18-watt charging via a symmetrical USB Type-C port. The dimensions of the device are called – 165.8 × 76.3 × 8.2 mm.

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Another streaming gaming service: Amazon unveils Luna

Another streaming gaming service: Amazon unveils Luna


Amazon today unveiled its cloud gaming platform called Luna at its 2020 hardware event. The news comes as no surprise: since last year, there have been rumors of a service formerly codenamed Tempo, and an Amazon-made game controller has surfaced on the web ahead of launch.

It is unclear when Luna will launch, but it will initially be available on Windows, macOS, Fire TV, and iPhone and iPad (via web apps). The Android version is planned to be released later. Amazon says interested US users may already request early access. Not a word is said about the possibility and time of entering the international market.

The Luna Plus subscription will be available at an “entry price” of $ 5.99 per month during Early Access, giving subscribers the ability to play multiple projects on two devices simultaneously at up to 4K @ 60fps for select games. Naturally, the cloud service will run on the company’s well-known AWS web platform.

Amazon said there will be over 100 games available under Luna Plus, including Resident Evil 7, Control, Panzer Dragoon, A Plague Tale: Innocence, The Surge 2, Yooka-Laylee, GRID, Abzu and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. Amazon said it will add more games over time. The company, for example, is partnering with Ubisoft to create a separate game channel (i.e. self-subscription. This is how Amazon describes it:

“Players who subscribe to this channel will have access to their favorite Ubisoft games up to 4K resolution, mobile gameplay and access to new games when the channel starts: for example, Assassins Creed Valhalla, Far Cry 6 and Immortals Fenyx Rising will be available on release day. This is the first of many Luna game channels under developmentwhere customers can launch games from their favorite publishers and genres. “

Luna will also be integrated with Twitch. Inside Luna, players will be able to watch Twitch broadcasts, and through Twitch, they can immediately launch Luna games. Interestingly, in addition to Bluetooth controllers, control via a traditional PC mouse and keyboard combination is supported. Amazon also unveiled its own Alexa-enabled Luna Controller, which will retail for $ 49.99 during Early Access.

Similar to the Google Stadia controller, the Luna Controller connects directly to the cloud to reduce latency and prioritizes Wi-Fi over Bluetooth. Amazon estimates the Luna Controller via Cloud Direct reduces latency by 17-30ms compared to Bluetooth on PC and Fire TV. Due to the fact that the Luna Controller connects directly to cloud servers, players can easily switch between screens: for example, from Fire TV to smartphone.

In addition to owning the streaming service Twitch, Amazon also develops its own games, including the online shooter Crucible, which launched so badly that it quickly returned to closed beta. The company is also working on a multiplayer game called New World, which was due to debut this summer and then delayed until 2021.

Amazon is now becoming a direct competitor to services like Google Stadia, Microsoft xCloud, or GeForce Now. Let’s see what comes out of all this and whether the concept of streaming games becomes really mainstream in the near future.

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Smart watches vivo Watch will go on sale in Russia in early 2021

Smart watches vivo Watch will go on sale in Russia in early 2021


Vivo has announced plans to start selling its debut vivo Watch in Russia in the first quarter of 2021. The novelty was presented in China this week.

The device is available in two versions with a 42 or 46 mm stainless steel and ceramic case. The vivo Watch is 5 ATM water resistant, allowing you to dive up to 50 meters. Both models feature a circular AMOLED display. The 46-mm model has a diagonal of 1.39-inches, the resolution is 454 × 454 pixels, the 42-mm model has a screen diagonal of 1.19 inches, the resolution is 390 × 390 pixels.

The smart watch supports 11 sports modes, such as walking, running, cycling, swimming and others, as well as tracking the quality of sleep and physical activity. The device has a blood oxygen level sensor, accelerometer, barometer, geomagnetic sensor, light sensor. There are also functions for measuring the level of stress and music control, a heart rate monitor, a sleep tracker, a Bluetooth 5.1 wireless adapter and an NFC module.

vivo Watch supports four navigation systems including GLONASS. For control, the proprietary vivo Funtouch OS shell is used, there is also support for the Jovi voice assistant. The battery life of the novelty reaches 18 days.

The cost of vivo Watch in Russia is still unknown, in China their price is equivalent to $ 191.

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The announcement of the Radeon RX 6000 will not be “paper”, promised the head of AMD marketing

The announcement of the Radeon RX 6000 will not be "paper", promised the head of AMD marketing


Earlier this month, AMD announced that it will hold a presentation at the end of October on the RDNA 2 graphics architecture and the new generation of Radeon RX 6000 graphics cards with GPUs based on it. And now, AMD Chief Game Architect and Marketer Frank Azor has added some intrigue to the upcoming event.

Many expected that only a formal, or so-called “paper” announcement would take place on October 28, and the video cards themselves would go on sale much later. But Mr. Azor on Twitter almost bluntly said that in fact it was not.

Designer Andre Elijah complained on his Twitter that he could not order a GeForce RTX 3090 video card, because NVIDIA had prepared a very small circulation for the start of sales. And now he expressed his readiness to bet $ 10 on the fact that AMD will also have only a “paper” announcement. To this, a high-ranking representative of AMD noted that he was looking forward to these ten dollars from the designer, thereby making it clear that AMD was still planning a full launch of sales of video cards soon after the presentation.

Let’s hope that the AMD representative did not cheat, and already in November (in the last days of October AMD is still unlikely to be in time) we will face a new stage in the confrontation between NVIDIA and AMD.

It is difficult to say what exactly the “reds” will oppose to the recently released NVIDIA Ampere solutions. AMD has already shown the appearance of the upcoming senior video card Radeon RX 6000 series, and it looks pretty good. But nothing is really known about the characteristics. AMD only mentioned support for hardware-accelerated ray tracing, variable dimming, and efficiency improvements.

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