Briefly informed: cryptocurrency, Disney +, I / O Keynote, packet tracking

The crypto currency Chia requires little computing power, but a lot of hard drive space. This not only leads to price increases of more than 60 percent for individual drives, but also to delivery bottlenecks: Already at the beginning of the month there are said to have been practically no hard drives on the market in Vietnam, for example. Some customers would have bought hundreds or thousands instead of individual drives, a Seagate manager told the retail magazine Retail Asia. Hard drives with 6 terabytes or more are no longer available.

The entertainment giant Walt Disney is groaning further under the Corona crisis, and the success in the streaming business also declined significantly at the beginning of the year. After the brilliant start of the online video service Disney +, the Netflix rival suffered from a lack of film and series hits in the most recent fiscal quarter. Since the pandemic largely paralyzes the rest of Disney’s entertainment empire, the group is dependent on the streaming services. Unlike in the previous quarters, Disney + was not able to improve the balance this time. The video service ended the first quarter of 2021 with almost 104 million subscribers, as Disney announced on Thursday after the US market closed.

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The first I / O keynote in two years begins on May 18 at 7 p.m. After it was canceled last year, it will take place entirely digitally for the first time in 2021. Google provides insights into its ecosystems over several days. The focus of the event will therefore be on Google’s upcoming Android version 12 and various assistant functions. Also expected are presentations of smart home products and the presentation of the new Pixel Buds, the in-ear headphones. The Google Pixel 6, on the other hand, will probably not show the I / O.

Apple’s “Where is?” Network – also known as “Find My Network” in English – works with ultra-wideband and Bluetooth technology. Its real power, however, lies in the fact that it can use the countless Apple devices that are in the world to determine the location. A British journalist and hobbyist has now demonstrated how this can be taken to extremes, writes Mac & i on heise online. He used Apple’s newly released UWB tracker AirTags to track a package.


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