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Canon EOS R5 outsells everything in Japan

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Maybe you’ve heard about a little camera called the Canon EOS R5. Photographers in Japan certainly have, as they have been buying the camera in droves – making it the best selling camera in the country so far this month, topping its rivals from Sony and Nikon. 

While the furore over the Canon EOS R5‘s video limitations and overheating issues have continued to cause squabbles in YouTube comments and Reddit threads (including the latest discovery that you can overcome the R5’s recording limits using nothing but sticky tape and a toothpick), that hasn’t stopped Japanese consumers going crazy for the camera.

Indeed, so popular is Canon’s technical marvel that it has toppled full frame rivals like the Sony A7R IVSony A7 III and Nikon Z6, along with perennially popular APS-C cameras like the Sony A6400Nikon Z50 and even the Canon EOS M50

That’s according to sales data compiled by Capa Camera (by way of Canon Watch) for the first half of the month (the period from 01-15 August):

01 – Canon EOS R5
02 – Sony A7 III
03 – Sony A6400 (Lens Kit)
04 – Sony A7 III (Lens Kit)
05 – Nikon Z 50 (Double Zoom Kit)
06 – Sony A7R IV
07 – Nikon Z6 (24-70mm Lens)
08 – Nikon D6
09 – Canon EOS M50 (Kit Lens)
10 – Nikon D5600 (Double Kit lens) 

Reports from Japan are that the pre-orders for the Canon EOS R5 remain strong and show no signs of abating, as there is an ongoing appetite for the 45MP 8K camera. The fact that there is no stock at most stores or online retailers (as is the case in the rest of the world) has done nothing to dull interest in the R5 – if anything, its scarcity has only made it even more coveted. 

Of course, with the equally hyped Sony A7S III and the more mass-market Canon EOS R6 both set to release imminently, it will be interesting to see how the R5’s two key rivals will affect its sales performance. If the R5 continues to be out of stock, will consumers keep waiting or simply buy an alternative body?

Source: https://www.digitalcameraworld.com/news/canon-eos-r5-outsells-everything-in-japan

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Microsoft acquires Smash.gg

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Microsoft has acquired esports tournament and event organization platform Smash.gg for an undisclosed amount.

The news was shared today by the Smash.gg Twitter account and confirmed by Microsoft via its MSN Esports socials.

“With this acquisition, the http://Smash.gg community and tournament organizers will continue to benefit from the http://Smash.gg platform, while our team will now benefit from additional resources and support as part of the Microsoft Content Services team,” reads a tweet from Smash.gg.

An additional notice on the Smash.gg website adds that the platform will continue “as a self-service esports platform available to tournament organizers from all game communities.”

Smash.gg launched in 2015 as an esports tournament and event organization platform, including brackets set-up and registration support for both online and live events.

It has previously raised capital from investors such as Spark Capital, Accel, and Horizon Ventures.

Source: https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2020-12-02-microsoft-acquires-smash-gg

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Microsoft Teams will stop working for millions tomorrow

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Microsoft Teams is undergoing a big change, with the popular web conferencing service set to stop working on Internet Explorer 11. On Monday November 30 the web-based version of Microsoft Teams will stop working with IE11, so if you’re an Internet Explorer fan you’ll have to switch to Microsoft Edge to use Teams in a browser. The Windows 10 makers announced this big Microsoft Teams change earlier this year, and it appears to all be part of a push to move Internet Explorer 11 users onto Edge.

Besides IE11 losing Microsoft Teams support at the end of November, the veteran browser will also no longer be able to access Microsoft 365 services in the future.

On August 17 2021 the remaining Microsoft 365 services will stop working with Internet Explorer 11.

While this comes just a few months after the Legacy version of Microsoft Edge reaches its end of support on March 9 2021.

These changes were announced over the summer in a Microsoft blog post where the Redmond-based tech giant said they “want to be clear that IE 11 isn’t going away”.

However, the amount of mileage you’ll get from Internet Explorer 11 is greatly reducing, and with Legacy Edge reaching its end of support it’s clear the Chromium-powered version of Edge is the basket Microsoft is putting all its eggs in.

Announcing the news previously, Microsoft said: “We’re announcing that Microsoft 365 apps and services will no longer support Internet Explorer 11 (IE 11) by this time next year.

“Beginning November 30 2020, the Microsoft Teams web app will no longer support IE 11.

“Beginning August 17 2021, the remaining Microsoft 365 apps and services will no longer support IE 11.

“This means that after the above dates, customers will have a degraded experience or will be unable to connect to Microsoft 365 apps and services on IE 11. For degraded experiences, new Microsoft 365 features will not be available or certain features may cease to work when accessing the app or service via IE 11. While we know this change will be difficult for some customers, we believe that customers will get the most out of Microsoft 365 when using the new Microsoft Edge. We are committed to helping make this transition as smooth as possible.”

Internet Explorer has long been a staple of the Windows experience, with the first iteration of the browser launching back in 1995.

However, as Control Panel and Paint have shown, Microsoft are not afraid of deciding to make huge changes to long-running features or software that customers have grown to know and love.

Besides this major Teams change, there is another big difference that Internet Explorer 11 users will notice this month.

Some of the most popular websites in the world no longer open in Internet Explorer 11, with users being redirected to Microsoft Edge version 87 instead.

This change kicked into effect recently, and affects hugely popular websites such as YouTube, Instagram and Twitter.

But that’s just scratching the surface, with Express.co.uk previously reporting that over 1,000 websites will stop working in IE11.

When IE11 users try to access a blocked website they will get redirected to Edge and see this message appear: “You’re now browsing in Microsoft Edge.

“This website doesn’t work with Internet Explorer. Microsoft recommends continuing in Microsoft Edge to experience better speed, performance, and security.”

For those that still are having difficulty saying goodbye to the veteran and popular browser, Microsoft will allow users to enable ‘Internet Explorer mode’ in Edge.

If this is all part of a push to try and move users onto the Chromium-powered version of Microsoft Edge, then it’s having the desired effect.

Stats from NetMarketShare have shown since the start of the year, Edge has grown its market share by over two percent and managed to leapfrog Mozilla’s Firefox and become the world’s second most popular web browser.

And with more and more great features getting added to Edge, such as vertical tabs and an autofill for money-off coupons on online retail stores, whose to say Edge won’t continue to slowly but surely close the gap on Google Chrome in 2021.

Source: https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/science-technology/1365641/Microsoft-Teams-will-stop-working-for-millions-Internet-Explorer-11-block

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Android might separate emoji from OS updates so you can get new ones faster

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Emoji are important. Heck, they were the biggest reason I wanted to write about the recent iOS 14.2 update. More emoji = better expression.

Whenever Unicode consortium, a non-profit organization that handles dissemination and approval of emoji, releases a new set, there’s palpable excitement to start using them in our favorite apps and devices as soon as possible. However, we often need to wait it out till Apple, Google, or your phone maker releases an OS update with the new set.

This process may change for Android users. Sleuths at XDA Developers a clue in Android code that suggests the Big G is thinking about separating emoji from the system update, so you can get them faster.

Here’s what’s happening: until now, font files containing emoji were stored under the /system/fonts directory. So refreshing them has been possible only through an over-the-air update.

The new code commit suggests that they are to be stored under a new /data/fonts/files directory, which allows for a server update to these files. That means Google or other manufacturers can push a font file update to push new emoji to users anytime.

The new code also indicates that this will help other apps read these files and import new emoji directly into their system.

As folks at XDA noted, this code hasn’t been merged to the Android open source project, so it’s not final yet. But we can hope that this update makes the cut and we get new emojis without waiting for an over-the-air update.

Source: https://thenextweb.com/plugged/2020/11/25/android-might-separate-emoji-from-os-updates-so-you-can-get-new-ones-faster/

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