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Wrap up: the latest in technology...

By WILLIAM XIE | March 14, 2019

Elizabeth Warren campaigns in New York City 

Known as a strong critic of tech giants, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren recently held a campaign event in New York City, where the tech conglomerate Amazon was recently effectively pushed out. She gathered an audience of more than 1000 people who listened to her speak about “tech companies who think they rule the earth,” among other issues. Much of her plan is driven to protect the people’s interests and protect smaller competitors from tech monopolies. The official Democratic-presidential candidate’s policies would push existing tech giants to divest in their acquisitions. In addition, she would implement laws that limit a tech giant’s influence and participation in its own platform.

NVIDIA adds G-sync support to 15 FreeSync monitors

NVIDIA recently added to the number of monitors that support G-Sync, its software which assists monitor and graphics card interaction to reduce lag and screen tearing. Its competitor, Advanced Micro Devices’ (AMD) version of G-Sync, is called FreeSync. Historically, monitors were manufactured to support either G-Sync or FreeSync, and consumers would be required to match their NVIDIA or AMD graphics card to a monitor which supports their respective technology. However, with NVIDIA introducing support with monitors built to support its competitors, it is effectively reducing the restrictions a consumer has to choose a NVIDIA graphics card. NVIDIA’s new move will really pressure its competitor as AMD’s market share dropped from 33.7 percent to 18.8 percent from Q4 2017 to Q4 2018. On the other hand, NVIDIA has captured a significant amount, increasing from 66.3 percent to 81.2 percent from Q4 2017 to Q4 2018. 

OneCoin co-founder recently arrested

U.S. authorities have recently arrested one of the leaders of OneCoin, a Bulgarian cryptocurrency business. The Department of Justice (DOJ) claims that the Bulgarian business ran a pyramid scheme that netted them billions of dollars. “OneCoin Ltd. operates as a multi-level marketing network through which members receive commissions for recruiting others to purchase cryptocurrency packages,” the DOJ reported in a press release. OneCoin chief Konstantin Ignatov will be charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud. The DOJ also claimed that Ignatov’s plan was to flee with the estimated $3.4 billion, leaving the blame on someone else. 

Airpod 2 rumors

Apple’s new iteration of the truly wireless earphones, AirPods 2, are rumored to launch in the first half of 2019. Some rumors predict Apple will release a high-end model with noise-cancellation, some level of water resistance and even built-in sensors for health measurement. A highly likely rumor guesses that the second iteration of Airpods must have some new wireless charging feature, with an obvious upgrade of making the case compatible with Qi charging. Sound quality is unlikely to face a significant upgrade since there is only so much audio quality that can be improved on a pair of wireless earphones. 

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