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Xiaomi Caught Recording Private User Data And Phone Usage

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Privacy in the digital age is becoming more and more of a concern as time goes on, as users are constantly having to worry about who has access to their information and how much of it. Now it has been revealed that a major player in the smartphone manufacturing sphere is crossing a line when it comes to the privacy of their customers.

It has been revealed in a recent report that Xiaomi is recoding private user data and phone usage, and then saving it all on a different server. They are by no means the first company to be caught doing this, but it continues to prove the point that there are many companies out there stepping out of line when it comes to user privacy.

This was discovered by a user who recently purchased the Redmi 8, who found out that much of his activity was being sent to servers hosted by Chinese tech giant Alibaba. Of course, these servers were rented by Xiaomi themselves.

Now, it stands to reason that an average smartphone user would not be able to make this kind of discovery, as the user who did is a cybersecurity researcher. He found that much of what he was doing on the smartphone was being tracked, with the device also tracking and harvesting other data.

An example of this is when using the Xiaomi default browser, which records all the websites that are visited along with all search engine queries. The tracking does not stop even if incognito mode is activated, which certainly brings into question how often this mode fails with other companies, as well.

Xiaomi has gone on record saying that these accusations are completely untrue, but there’s a little too much evidence here to believe them. The issue of user privacy is one that most companies have fumbled, and some big changes need to be made before user trust returns.

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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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