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Too Many Cryptocurrency Miners Were Eyeing This Graphics Card, And Nvidia Didn’t Like It

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It turns out, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card was proving to be incredibly popular with the cryptocurrency mining crowd. And gamers, who actually wanted to buy this for their gaming PCs, could have perhaps felt left out. That is when Nvidia decided to step in and take corrective action, preemptively, ahead of the GeForce RTX 3060’s release on February 24. The company has now ensuring that the graphics drivers now cut down the hash rate (mining efficiency) of the RTX 3060 in half for Ethereum miners. This is an attempt to make this card less attractive to crypto miners and will allow gamers to buy these instead.

At the same time, Nvidia has said that there is the new Nvidia CMP, or the Cryptocurrency Mining Processor, which crypto miners should look at instead. “CMP products — which don’t do graphics — are sold through authorized partners and optimized for the best mining performance and efficiency. They don’t meet the specifications required of a GeForce GPU and, thus, don’t impact the availability of GeForce GPUs to gamers,” says Nvidia in an official statement. RTX 3060 software drivers are designed to detect specific attributes of the Ethereum cryptocurrency mining algorithm, and limit the hash rate, or cryptocurrency mining efficiency, by around 50 percent.

Nvidia insists that the GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card has been developed for gamers, and includes RTX real-time raytracing, DLSS AI-accelerated image upscaling technology and Reflex super-fast response rendering technology, specifically to improve the gaming experience. While the interest in the Nvidia graphics card from crypto miners has been great for the company, they are however apprehensive about alienating the gaming crowd, their core audience. Out of stock graphics cards or short supply of solutions for gaming doesn’t reflect well on the brand.



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WhatsApp Gets New Feature That Lets Users Mute Audio of the Video Before Sharing

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WhatsApp has finally rolled out the mute-video feature that lets users mute the audio of videos while sharing them with others. The feature is currently rolling out to Android users and its availability for the iOS client remains unclear. The feature has been in the works for quite some time, and beta users received its access last month. Android WhatsApp users must ensure that they are using the latest version of the app to use the mute-video feature. Users can update the manually via Google Play Store.

To mute the audio of the video before sharing, users will need to tap on the speaker button below the seeker tool that allows trimming the length of a clip. The feature is similar to the mute audio option on the Instagram app that has been existing for quite some time. The latest WhatsApp feature is also rolling out to Android smartphone users in India. Though the update is not substantial, it is still useful as users can mute sensitive audio on videos that they want to share with others.

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Last month, Facebook-owned WhatsApp announced that it has completed 12 years of its journey. Since its launch in 2009, the app now not only allows users to send messages or media files, but also lets them start voice and video calls and make payments via the platform. However, the messaging platform has been embroiled in controversy ever since it announced new Terms of Policy for the platform. As per the new rules, Facebook will collect and share meta-data (course location, profile name, and so on) to provide more personalised ads on other Facebook-owned platforms. WhatsApp’s new privacy policy was slated to come into effect in February but has been deferred till May. The company recently detailed what will happen to users who don’t accept its new privacy policy in an FAQ on its website. As per WhatsApp, users will still be able to receive calls and notifications, but this will only be possible for a “short time.”



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