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Have you seen all the Apple Watch news recently?

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First up, this is yet again an Apple Watch rant, like the one I’ve written before. I find that these rants are a pleasure to write and they can be informative in a certain way, so let’s see what’s my beef not with the Apple Watch this time, but all the hype around it. First off, MacRumors, one of the most popular Apple-related news site has not published almost anything in the past few weeks that doesn’t concern the Apple Watch. And they are not the only ones. Most news sites, even BBC and Reuters are continuously touting the Apple Watch news coverage on their front pages for technology news.

That wouldn’t be a problem, in general, but the way in which the hype is going about the Apple Watch is absolutely atrocious in my opinion. No matter what news comes out, it has to be about the Apple Watch. Each new app (and there are quite a few) gets its one 1000 word coverage from every possible tech news site that you can find. Every little morsel of an app, something about Jony Ive saying something else about the Apple Watch, BuzzFeed picking up the Apple Watch for testing, people in the store looking at the Apple Watch, reports from thousands of different analysts about the Apple Watch sales, all of that is being repeated and then repeated and that’s why I’m ranting.

I’m rather annoyed and feeling lonely right now, as I have the impression that I’m the only one who is bothered by this turn of events. People are writing about people getting emails from Apple about the Apple Watch. How is that news? If it is news, why report it for every email a person is getting? One news article on a site reports that Apple has been notifying Apple Watch customers that their order was received. The other news article on the same site is talking about an email sent by the Cupertino company to customers notifying them that their order is now being processed. Jeez Louise, I don’t get it.

Am I the only one around here? What I’m thinking about is why other platforms like Android and Windows are not getting the same coverage. To be blunt, they’re not getting a fraction of the coverage the Apple Watch is getting, even though Android and Windows combined have more users than iOS. That’s a guess, don’t quote me on it. Still, there are millions of Windows and Android users out there who follow news sites across the internet and are tired of hearing nothing about anything, except the Apple Watch. I do understand that MacRumors and the others are Apple news sites, but they used to talk about other things like Mac, iMac, OS X, iPod Touch, iPhone 6, iPhone 7 – there’s lots to talk about. So why overpopulate the entire site with Apple Watch news? People will see the apps that they can download in the dedicated store, which has its own news story. More of them actually. What’s the point? Rant over. Let me know how you feel about the enormous hype that is around the Apple Watch as I’m very curious to hear your opinions.

As part of the editorial team here at Geekreply, John spends a lot of his time making sure each article is up to snuff. That said, he also occasionally pens articles on the latest in Geek culture. From Gaming to Science, expect the latest news fast from John and team.

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Despite popular belief, PS4 sales in the UK skyrocketed last year

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PS4 sales in the UK climbed by a shocking 633 percent year-over-year in 2023, so apparently the old system isn’t dead yet. The previous year’s very limited supply of the system is likely a major factor in this figure, since the console’s lifespan was drastically reduced because of chip shortages caused by the pandemic. Still, it’s proof that PlayStation’s original platform has unmet demand.

With the very low prices of PS4 software (both in-store and online at the PS Store), this strategy makes a lot of sense. Plus, it’s future-proof, so there’s no harm in stocking up on PS4s while new-gen pricing is still high, since if you decide to switch to a PS5 in the future, you can transfer all of your purchases across. Not to mention that the majority of new releases still come out on the PS4, with several offering free PS5 upgrades.

While the percentage rise may seem huge, real PS4 sales will probably be much lower. It’s a sign that the gadget, which is now a decade old, isn’t completely dead yet, and we expect it to keep receiving maintenance for a while longer. Of course, this is great news for Sony, because the company would rather have PS4 players playing on its last-gen gadget than none at all, even if it would love to have them upgrade to PS5.

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New PS5 firmware is available for download!

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A PS5 firmware update on a cold winter morning is unmatched. The latest PS5 system software update is 23.02–08.40.00 from Sony. Does this one add useful features or just boost system performance?

Though closer to the latter, it’s more than Sony’s favorite patch note. It fixes security issues, improves messages and usability, and boosts system software performance. Official patch notes for this 1.185GB update:

  • We updated system software security
  • We improved system software stability and performance
  • Some screens now have better messages and usability

That’s it. PS5 gets another win to recover from its midweek slump. Do you share our enthusiasm for this firmware update? Comment below. To spice things up, make your comment rhyme.

 

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Baldur’s Gate 3’s Xbox Version Will Help PS5

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Belgian developer Larian Studios’ work on Baldur’s Gate 3’s Xbox Series S version will improve performance on all platforms, including PS5. The game’s fifth major patch, expected to launch this week, will include upgrades and new features. More details will be revealed later today.

Director of Publishing Michael Douse says PS5 performance improvements may be the “least exciting thing” in the title’s next update, so it sounds like a big one. Larian Studios employees are proud of “finally” implementing tweaks, fixes, and changes, Douse says. Later today, we’ll bring you all the Baldur’s Gate 3 update details.

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Those who reached the RPG’s third act have reported technical issues during the narrative’s conclusion, especially in co-op, so today’s update should fix them. New features like a permadeath mode are expected, along with Xbox Series S optimization fixes. What else should be added to the game?

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