Windows 11 will introduce advertising to its Start menu, the gaming industry sees a drop in revenue, and the FCC rolls out broadband card updates.
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With the release of Windows 11, Microsoft is turning the Start menu into an advertising delivery system. The company is testing some additions to the Start menu that will introduce advertising. According to a report by ghacks, two new updates include website listings under recommended and an indicator in the account menu when users activate them to switch user or log out. The updates are used to promote Microsoft services, particularly those related to subscriptions or data sharing, and third-party services. In an example provided by Microsoft, the websites Etsy and Twitter were advertised as “shared sites” in the Recommended section of the Start menu.
A new report from Newzoo shows that the number of people playing games worldwide increased by 4.6 percent in 2022. But even with the increase in gamers, the video game industry saw its revenue drop for the first time in 15 years. The $184 billion figure is now down about four percent year over year. but TechSpot reported that the gaming industry has managed to weather the economic instability of 2022 much better than other industries. About 50 percent of the revenue generated came from mobile games and about 28 percent from console games. Almost half of all global gaming revenue came from the Asia-Pacific region, while North America provided about a quarter.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has taken two important steps to provide broadband users with more accurate availability and pricing information. The FCC released the National Broadband Map update based on detailed data the Commission collected from ISPs. Users can go to an updated map page to locate their home and see a list of landline and mobile providers with the speeds they offer. You may also use this page to submit address or availability information disputes. Additionally, the FCC has updated its speed test app with an option to use test results to challenge the accuracy of cellular coverage data. However, Ars Technica reports that this update still has some work to do. This first release needs to correct errors as the FCC has indicated that there may be some inaccuracies.
Australian company Gilmour Space has almost completed construction of a rocket that is scheduled to launch in April 2023 Australia’s first home-built orbital spacecraft– if the launch goes according to plan. The rocket will be called Eris and will be 23 meters tall and weigh more than 30 tons. In addition, it is powered by five hybrid engines containing a solid fuel and a liquid oxidizer. The company expects to complete construction of the rocket in March and test the launch in April. If the launch succeeds, Australia will become the 12th country in the world to send its own orbital rocket into space.
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