Ads in video games, Windows 11 beta, Google Assistant spying, recap

EA is advancing in its project to offer advertisements in its video games, Microsoft is launching the beta of its future operating system, Google admits to spying on its users via its Assistant… Welcome to the recap of the week!

There was something to be indignant about this week. First, we told you about EA’s plan to broadcast advertisements within its video games, in the middle of a game. A real nightmare for some, as well as those who fear for their privacy in the face of the latest Google twist. The firm has admitted that its Assistant spies on conversations all day long. And then there was the entry into force of customs duties and VAT for parcels coming from abroad, which will surely not please everyone. Some good news all the same: Windows 11 is finally revealed in beta, and TousAntiCovid allows you to transform your health passport into a European certificate.

You will take back a little advertising in your video games

Did you feel that EA had gone too far with the abuse of microtransactions in Star Wars BattleFront and FIFA? Get ready, we are not yet at the end of our surprises. The publisher has in fact signed a partnership with a company called PlayerWON, which has developed a technology used to show ads in the middle of a game. By viewing them, players will notably be able to earn in-game rewards. 12 games will integrate the device by the end of the year. Not sure that the gaming community welcomes this novelty with a smile.

Sony PS5 DualSense controller
The PS5 DualSense controller / Credits: Sergey Galyonkin

Windows 11 beta is here

You can already test Windows 11, several months before its official release. To do this, you must first be a member of the Insider program, using the procedure described in our article below. However, we advise you to check beforehand that your PC is compatible with the new version of the OS, in particular that it integrates a TPM chip. You can consult the minimum configuration published by Microsoft for this. Note, however, that this isa still unstable version operating system and that some bugs are most likely still present.

Windows 11 Desktop

Customs duties and VAT now apply for AliExpress and Wish

On July 1, new legislation on the taxation of products from countries outside the European Union entered into force. So, any item costing less than 150 € will be subject to customs charges upon entering the continent. It will also be necessary add French VAT can therefore go up to 20%. An amount that the buyer will have to pay to the e-commerce platform, which now includes Chinese resellers such as AliExpress or Wish. These are so 300 million packages that will be taxed per year.

import customs
Credit: Unsplash

Health pass, European certificate, all you need to know

The health pass entered the TousAntiCovid application on June 9. If the latter allows you to attend a certain number of events, it also opens the doors of European countries since its absorption by the health certificate. It is nevertheless necessary to make a small manipulation in order to see his sanitary pass transformed into a European certificate. To do this, just update its TousAntiCovid application. Once the latest version is obtained, the document will be in the section My notebook.

European health certificate
Credits: Government

No need to activate Google Assistant to be spied on

We already knew that Google has a horde of dedicated employees listening to Google Assistant conversations. What we knew less is that the firm records the voices of the latter, even though no voice command has been spoken. The manufacturer’s spokespersons have indeed admitted that this data is stored at any time, without it being possible to stop this process. Asked about the subject, Google only replied “Not being able to comment on information based on anonymous sources”, before redirecting to the help page of his Assistant.

Google Home Assistant
Credit: Thomas Kolnowski via Unsplash

Our tests of the week

The first transparent screen TV, Vivo’s latest flagship and the first HarmonyOS watch passed through the hands of our testers. The Mi TV Lux Transparent Edition is impressive to say the least, but apart from its single panel, it struggles to justify its exorbitant price of around 6,000 euros. The image quality, too little contrast and at Full HD resolution is indeed a pretty disappointment. The Vivo X60 Pro, on the contrary, benefits from a well-thought-out processor serving a powerful platform. Too bad its autonomy is not up to par. It sells for € 799. Finally, the Huawei Watch 3 is distinguished by a design and a design to the hair, accompanied by a HarmonyOS very pleasant to use. Its exclusive functions, however, are quite a negative point. From € 369.99.

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