Semiconductor crisis slows down car industry
German manufacturers say more key components need to be produced locally to keep car production running smoothly. "We need domestic chip factories", Hildegard Muller, president of the German Association of the Automotive Industry, demanded in the Thuringer Allgemeine newspaper. Germany and Europe had to think differently about raw material security. This also included new trade agreements and a more active aube policy. According to industry sources, manufacturers are unable to process the high order backlogs in a timely manner because of the continuing lack of semiconductors for vehicles.
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Twitter algorithm favored young faces
Twitter’s algorithm for automatically cropping photos not only favored women in general, but also favored images of people who look darker and younger. It also discriminated against people with white hair and Arabic script over Latin letters. These are the results of an unusual contest that Twitter has called to identify other previously unknown biases of the technology. Twitter not only wanted to find more problematic aspects of its own technology, but also to set an example for the entire industry. The company had already withdrawn the now analyzed algorithm from circulation after the first criticism and explained that the choice of the image section was better left to the users.
DDR4 RAM prices fall
The memory market has broken a nearly year-long upward price trend. By June 2021, DDR4 RAM kits in this country reached the highest price level in recent years, but since then the cost of popular kits has dropped significantly. For example, 16 GBytes with clock frequencies of 1600 MHz currently no longer cost 70 euros; 32 GBytes of DDR4-3200 are available from just under 130 euros. A few months ago, the prices were at least 85 and 160 euros respectively.
Brexit makes roaming more expensive
Since February 2020, Great Britain and Northern Ireland are no longer part of the European Union, which means that EU roaming regulations no longer apply there. However, the British mobile network operators had promised before Brexit that they would not change anything about EU roaming even after Brexit. Two of the four British network operators, EE and Vodafone, are already breaking this promise after less than two years and are charging fees from the turn of the year onwards.