Author: Alexander Wilson

In the realm of wireless audio, where innovation and marketing prowess collide, I stumbled upon a tale of near-misses and branding conundrums. It all started with the AirPods Pro, Apple’s premium wireless earbuds that made waves in the market. But little did we know that these sleek buds almost bore a different name: AirPods Extreme. Imagine if, instead of the AirPods Pro, we had the AirPods Extreme blasting our eardrums with their superior sound. The name certainly has a ring to it, evoking images of adrenaline-fueled adventures and extreme sports. It would have been the perfect accessory for those who…

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NVIDIA, in collaboration with Google, has announced optimizations across its AI platforms for Gemma, Google’s lightweight open language model. These optimizations enable cost-efficient performance when running Gemma on NVIDIA GPUs in data centers, the cloud, and PCs with RTX GPUs. NVIDIA TensorRT-LLM, an open-source library for optimizing large language model inference, accelerates Gemma’s performance on NVIDIA GPUs. Developers can run Gemma on NVIDIA GPUs in the cloud, including Google Cloud’s A3 instances and soon, NVIDIA’s H200 Tensor Core GPUs. Enterprise developers can use NVIDIA’s tools, including NVIDIA AI Enterprise and TensorRT-LLM, to fine-tune Gemma and deploy it in production applications.…

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How to apply to participate in Sora closed beta: step-by-step guide Today we will discuss a topic that has attracted much attention – how to apply to participate in Sora’s internal beta. For those interested in new technologies, this is an opportunity not to be missed. By following the steps below, you will successfully complete the application and hopefully participate in Sora’s internal beta. Step 1: Open the Sora internal beta application form First, you need to click on the following link to access the Sora beta application form: https://openai.com/form/red-teaming-network Step 2: Fill in personal information After entering the webpage,…

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Apple’s long-awaited AR/VR headset, the Vision Pro, has finally hit the market, making waves with its innovative features, sleek design, and machining power. Billed as the “most advanced personal electronic device ever,” the Vision Pro takes mixed reality to a whole new level. Vision Pro’s Design and Capabilities The Vision Pro headset stands out among conventional AR/VR designs. Its most distinguishing feature is an external battery pack resembling an iPhone, linked to the headset via a cable. Even though this setup necessitates pocketing the battery and handling an accompanying cable while in use, it significantly lightens the headset, a major…

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The elusive promise of a foldable iPhone appears to be on hold as Apple struggles to find a display that meets its standards. According to Fixed Focus Digital’s post on Chinese social media platform, Weibo, the tech giant is actively researching and testing bendable screens, yet none have risen to the level of quality required for the foldable concept. Rumors point to Samsung as one of the suppliers of folding displays to Apple. However, none supplied so far have passed the scrutiny of the tech behemoth’s stringent testing. It bears mentioning that Samsung has had success with its own foldable…

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With the release of the first Android 15 Developer Preview, it’s time to delve into the new features that Google has included in their latest update. Unfortunately, I don’t have a Pixel device to test the update personally, but thanks to our colleagues at 9to5Google, we have a comprehensive overview of the new features. If you’re keen on installing the fresh Android 15 Developer Preview on your Pixel device, you can do it here. But please be aware that this update is primarily intended for developers, and it may potentially contain several glitches. RELATED STORY: A Handy Guide to Installing…

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Windows users with Intel processors and graphics cards in their systems can now upgrade to the latest non-WHQL driver, version 31.0.101.5330. This new version enhances support and optimization for the games Nightingale and Pacific Drive, as well as providing performance boosts for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Fortnite, and Remnant 2. The changes are as follows: The new Intel driver 31.0.101.5330 adds Intel® Game-On Driver support on Intel® Arc™ A-series Graphics and Intel® Core™ Ultra with Intel® Arc™ Graphics for Nightingale and Pacific Drive. In terms of game performance on Intel® Arc™ A-Series Graphics Products, the driver brings improvements compared to Intel®…

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AMD’s RDNA 3 graphics cards have witnessed a significant price drop following the launch of Nvidia’s RTX Super refresh lineup. Two notable GPUs from the RX 7000 family, the RX 7700 XT and RX 7900 XT, have reached new lows, making them highly attractive options for consumers. The mid-range RX 7700 XT is now available at $352 on Amazon.com and $356 on Newegg, representing a compelling value proposition for budget-conscious gamers. However, these cards quickly sold out, highlighting their popularity. The high-end RX 7900 XT has also received a price cut, dropping to $699 on both Amazon.com and Newegg. This…

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Yandex NV, the Dutch parent company of Yandex, has announced a $5.21 billion deal to sell most of its Russian operations to a consortium led by investors with ties to Russian oil giant Lukoil. This marks the largest corporate exit from Russia since the country’s invasion of Ukraine in early 2022. The deal involves the acquisition of Yandex’s leading search, advertising, ride-hailing, and other services, which generate over 95% of its revenues, by a new investment fund called Consortium.First. This move is driven by Yandex’s desire to disentangle itself from Western investors and partners amid escalating tensions. Additionally, the Russian…

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YouTuber Sam Kohl subjected the Apple Vision Pro headset to a series of destructive tests on his AppleTrack channel, pushing the device to its limits to see how much punishment it could withstand. Kohl’s tests included walking into walls and bumping the headset on doors. After about 20 impacts, the headset showed only minor scuffs, impressing Kohl with its durability. However, after several drops, the right speaker stopped working. An “extreme” drop test, the eighth drop in total, finally caused the front glass to crack. Notably, the Vision Pro’s multiple layers of glass prevented the crack from spreading, and the…

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Apple’s Vision Pro headset has garnered much attention, and its innovative iris authentication system, Optic ID, is a key highlight. This advanced technology promises to revolutionize authentication, offering a secure and intuitive way to unlock devices, authorize payments, and access sensitive information. Optic ID utilizes the Vision Pro headset’s high-performance LED and infrared eye-tracking system to capture detailed iris images. This unique approach enables functions such as swift unlocking of the headset, secure Apple Pay authorization, seamless login to third-party applications, and access to personal data. Enhanced Security and Privacy Apple emphasizes the security and privacy aspects of Optic ID.…

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Microsoft plans to extend the reach of its OneDrive generative AI assistant, Copilot, to users who access OneDrive on the web. The company announced on its Microsoft 365 Roadmap site that Copilot is scheduled to roll out to OneDrive web users in May 2024. Copilot’s Functionality and Supported File Types Copilot in OneDrive will allow users to ask questions and extract information from files stored in their OneDrive without opening the files. It can also summarize the content of one or multiple files. Copilot supports various file types, including DOC, DOCX, FLUID, LOOP, PPT, PPTX, XLSX, PDF, ODT, ODP, RTF,…

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Apple’s recent releases, iOS 17 and the iPhone 15, have been plagued by a variety of bugs, some minor and some more serious. One common issue that has affected many users is battery drain. After an iOS update, it’s normal to experience a temporary drop in battery life as the device performs various tasks in the background. However, if you’re experiencing significant battery drain or decreased battery health, there are a few things you can try to resolve the issue. 1. Reboot Your Device A simple reboot can often resolve minor software glitches that may be causing battery drain. To…

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Amazon Prime Video, known for its ad-free content and affordable subscription, is venturing into the realm of embedded advertising. The move aims to maintain profitability without raising the base price of Prime membership. Strategic Decision Amazon’s decision to introduce embedded ads is part of its ongoing commitment to investing in engaging content. The company assures users that the number of ads on Prime Video will be significantly lower compared to traditional TV and other streaming platforms. No Additional Action Required Current Prime members do not need to take any additional steps to access the ad-supported content. The ads will be…

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Apple has responded to criticism from Spotify, Mozilla, and others regarding its plans to comply with the European Union’s Digital Markets Act (DMA). The DMA aims to promote fair competition in digital markets and reduce the dominance of large tech companies like Apple. Apple’s Statement In a statement to Apple, the company said: It is excited to support the success of all developers, including Spotify, which has the world’s most successful music streaming app. The changes it shared for EU apps give developers options when distributing iOS apps and new options for processing payments. Today, every developer can decide to…

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Apple enthusiasts eagerly await the launch of the iPhone 16 series later this year, and rumors suggest that significant camera improvements may be in store. According to Digital Chat Station, a reputable source for Apple predictions, the iPhone 16 Pro Max model is expected to feature an upgraded IMX903 sensor from Sony as part of its rear camera setup. The IMX903 sensor boasts a 48-megapixel rating, matching the IMX803 sensor found in the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max. However, it offers a larger sensor size, increasing from 1/1.28 inches to 1/1.14 inches. While this may seem like…

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