Many devices released before 2017 could be deprived of the Internet from September 30, Disney could bypass the media timeline by ceasing to release its films in theaters in France, Orange is reviewing its 4G and 5G price list and plans to abandon the ‘commitment to its mobile plans is the recap’ of the week.
This week, we talked a lot about mobile telephony and streaming platforms. While Netflix is launching a completely free offer for the first time, Orange is reviewing its price list and OnePlus can not digest that it is wrongly accused on Twitter. As for the tests, we reveal the details of the Sony Xperia 5 III, the good and bad surprises of Diablo 2 Resurrected and we tell you all about the new Peugeot 308 Hybrid (2021) and the Toyota Yaris Cross (2021). Nothing to be bored in the recap ‘of the week!
Many devices deprived of the Internet from September 30, 2021
On September 30, 2021, a security digital certificate called IdentTrust DST Root CA X3 will expire. Proposed by Let’s Encrypt, a certification authority born in 2015, this protocol encrypts a large part of the connections made on the World Wide Web. Computer security researcher Scott Helme announced on his blog that some devices may be deprived of an Internet connection as of this date, as many smartphones released before 2017 still rely on this certificate. In this context, these terminals will have to update themselves to continue to benefit from certain Internet features. Find the complete list of platforms affected by the expiration of the Let’s Encrypt certificate in our news.
Netflix becomes free, but not for everyone
Netflix has just launched its first free offer in Kenya and it is available without a trial period. Of course, there are a few snags. Indeed the offer is only available to Android users and they are only entitled to a quarter of the content of the service. It is also not possible to download content to watch it offline, or to broadcast your screen on a connected TV. Nevertheless, users can enjoy the platform without any advertising, just like with a regular subscription. If the formula proves successful, it is expected that it will be deployed in other regions, the objective being of course to increase the user count.
Disney threatens to stop releasing its films in France
The media chronology is a French cultural exception and requires streaming platforms to wait three years before showing a film released in the cinema, even if this platform is at the origin of the project. In order to get around this restrictive and very archaic law in the age of streaming platforms and pirating, Disney could stop releasing its films in theaters in France. This threat was allegedly brandished after discussions to find a compromise between the CNC, TV channels and platforms failed. Mickey’s firm would like to use its products as it sees fit and no longer have to wait years. If the Californian company maintains this course, it could be catastrophic for the operators of the cinemas, deprived of the blockbusters which allow them quite simply to subsist.
His Nord 2 explodes, OnePlus asks him to withdraw his tweets
Last week, we reported in our columns the story of Gaurav Gulati whose OnePlus Nord 2 had exploded while it was charging and on standby. This Indian lawyer had then shared on social networks, including Tweeter, photos of the smartphone after the explosion. Failed to obtain proof that the smartphone burned due to a manufacturing error, the law firm of the Indian distributor of OnePlus sent a formal notice to Mr. Gulati ordering him to delete all messages posted on Twitter. These messages contain “unverified, non-substantial, contradictory (…)” statements and damage the brand, which accuses the user of defamation.
Orange says goodbye to plans with commitment
According to information obtained by our colleagues from the iGen site, Orange is preparing to remove the commitment on its classic (excluding Sosh) 4G and 5G packages offered without mobile. In this new price list, Orange is completely taking its 5G offer from zero with three new offers and also offers four new 4G plans to discover in our news. For the moment, Orange has not yet formalized the existence of this new price list.
Our tests of the week
Games, phones and cars are on the program for our weekly tests.
Descendant of the Compact range, the Xperia 5 III is Sony’s third small-sized flagship. We like its sober and elegant design and its beautiful screen even if the brightness could be more intense. There are several improvements in the battery, charger and photo. Fast charging could still be better, as it gets very slow from 80%. The Xperia 5 III offers a great audio experience for gaming as well as watching movies and series. We regret the absence of the time-of-flight camera which impressed us with the Xperia 1 III, even if overall Sony delivers an excellent compact high-end smartphone here.
With Diablo 2 Resurrected, the Vicarious Visions studio wanted to give a second life to the legendary Blizzard game while scrupulously respecting its original gameplay. Despite some graphical bugs and a slightly difficult grip for laymen, Diablo 2 still manages to achieve this feat of snapping the player for many hours. The reinterpretation is brilliant, the sound design has been sublimated and the developers have reimagined all the sets, the monsters, the armor… for a result as magnificent as it is striking, but also extremely respectful of the original Diablo 2. In short, Diablo 2 is still the king and this remake is largely up to our expectations.
We were able to test the new Peugeot 308 Hybrid (2021), pleasing to the eye, well finished and properly equipped. The Peugeot-Connect interface has been revised, it is more ergonomic and despite a few remaining bugs, most of the technologies have been updated. The new Peugeot is comfortable although one could easily feel a bit cramped in the cockpit. Its PHEV version seems too expensive to us, but it could appeal to business fleets.
Toyota has not been idle this year by launching no less than six new models including the Toyota Yaris Cross which interests us here. With this new model, the Japanese manufacturer aims to ride on the success of its city car by offering an SUV version this time. We like its low consumption and the standard equipment. Once on board, it is difficult to differentiate the Toyota Yaris Cross from the Toyota Cross if it is not for the many new storage compartments. Good point, the Toyota Yaris Cross has adaptive cruise control and driving aids such as the automatic parking system in 30 seconds. Toyota is on target with this stylish hybrid SUV model.