Author: Benjamin Young

Rumors of a foldable Apple device have been circulating for several years, with initial reports suggesting a 2026 release. However, a new rumor from a Taiwanese supply chain source, reported by MacRumors, sheds light on the project’s status and potential release date. Foldable Tablet or Laptop: The foldable device in development at Apple is reportedly a “larger device” like a tablet or laptop, rather than an iPhone. Foldable Display Challenges: Apple has been facing difficulties in developing a foldable display panel with Samsung that meets its quality standards. Production Pause and Engineer Reassignment: Apple reportedly paused the production of the…

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Google is expanding the reach of its AI chatbot, Gemini, across various services and introducing new tools for Google One and Workspace subscribers. Starting today, Google One AI Premium subscribers ($19.99/month) can access Gemini in Gmail, Docs, Slides, Sheets, and Meet in over 150 countries and in English. Gemini offers features like Help Me Write, which assists with email composition and other content creation tasks, image generation from text prompts in Slides, and background generation in Meet. A two-month free trial is available for the new Gemini-powered subscription tier. Additionally, Workspace customers can now use the standalone Chat with Gemini…

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Apple is doubling down on AI technology, with significant efforts underway to integrate it into the iPhone and other products. It’s been noted that Apple’s current focal point in its AI pursuits is the manipulation and animation of static images. Now, word is getting out that Apple is also creating AI capabilities for developers that would assist them in coding diverse apps for Xcode. Moreover, the tech giant is contemplating the idea of incorporating AI into its Spotlight Search. According to Bloomberg, Apple is developing a new AI-enhanced version of Xcode that will assist developers in code writing. If you’re…

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OpenAI has unveiled its groundbreaking text-to-video model Sora, which can generate astonishingly realistic visual content. Competing AI entities such as Stability AI and Google have already launched their versions, leading us to wonder when OpenAI will finally announce its video engine. The wait appears to be well worth it, as Sora seems poised to outshine its predecessors and competitors with the high quality of its outputs. According to OpenAI, Sora is capable of generating “realistic and imaginative scenes” from a simple text prompt, putting it on par with other text-to-video AI models. What sets Sora apart is its underlying technology.…

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Intel unveiled its 14th Generation desktop CPU lineup, which was met with somewhat muted excitement as it represented a refresh of the 13th Generation (Raptor Lake) with higher clock speeds and, in some cases, additional cores. Our reviews of the Core i9-14900K and Core i5-14600K revealed impressive performance but also highlighted Intel’s aggressive power consumption strategy to keep pace with or surpass AMD’s Ryzen 7950X3D, which is generally more efficient. Notably, the 14900K consumed 253W during Cinebench R23, while even the i5, despite being slower, was more power-hungry than the 7950X3D, although it is significantly more affordable (currently retailing at…

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The highly anticipated Google Pixel Fold 2 may break away from the expected Tensor G3 chip, opting instead for a next-generation Tensor chip, potentially dubbed the Tensor G4. This revelation comes from an anonymous source who spoke to Android Authority, shedding light on Google’s plans for its next foldable smartphone. The source claims that earlier prototypes of the Pixel Fold 2 featured the Tensor G3 chip, but Google has since shifted its focus to an unreleased Tensor chip, aiming to differentiate the foldable device from its non-folding predecessors. This move suggests that the Pixel Fold 2 will prioritize AI performance,…

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In an exclusive interview with TechRadar, Samsung confirmed that a range of its new Galaxy AI features will be coming to Galaxy S23 phones within the first half of 2023. These features include: Circle To Search: This enhanced version of Google Lens allows users to search Google for objects using their fingertip or S Pen and the phone’s home button. Live Translate: This feature enables real-time, two-way voice and text translations of phone calls within the native Samsung Phone app. Note Assist: This AI-powered feature summarizes Samsung Notes text into easy-to-read templates. Photo Assist: This feature allows users to adjust the angle of images…

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Apple has introduced Pkl, an open-source “embeddable configuration language” designed to simplify configuration tasks ranging from small and simple to large and complex. Released on February 1, 2024, in version 0.25, Pkl is structured around a key-value system, similar to JSON, rather than relying on imperative instructions like traditional programming languages. In a “quick tour” of the language on the Pkl documentation website, Apple’s team highlights Pkl’s specialization in configuration and its user-friendly features. Pkl supports JSON, XML, and YAML property lists at launch, enabling the generation of static configuration files. However, Pkl aims to be more than just a…

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Google is bringing its generative AI technology to Maps, allowing users to discover places and things to do in a more advanced way. The company announced that select members of its Local Guides group in the US will test this new feature. In a blog post, Google explained that these testers can type in text prompts like “places with a vintage vibe in SF” in the Maps app. The AI model will then display stores in San Francisco that match that theme, along with pictures and reviews. Testers can also continue chatting with the AI for follow-up prompts. For example,…

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PayPal is the latest tech giant to announce layoffs in response to the global economic slowdown and challenges in the digital payments industry. The company plans to lay off approximately 2,500 employees, or about 9% of its workforce. In a letter to employees, PayPal CEO Alex Chriss explained that the job cuts are necessary to “right-size the company and move with the speed needed to deliver for our customers and drive profitable growth.” He acknowledged that the company’s “cost base and complex structure” have slowed progress. PayPal has been facing increased competition from rivals such as Apple Pay and Square,…

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Proton Pass, a widely-used password manager, has announced a permanent price reduction for its Proton Pass Plus service, offering advanced features for a more secure and convenient password management experience. Significant Price Cut and Annual Subscription Savings Starting today, the price of Proton Pass Plus has been slashed from $3.99 per month to just $1.99 per month when paid annually. This substantial price reduction means that users can now enjoy a full year of Proton Pass Plus for only $23.88, representing a significant savings. Proton attributed the price cut to the “swift adoption of Proton Pass and the rapid growth…

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A few months ago, Microsoft announced that it would no longer refer to its AI chatbot as Bing Chat. Instead, it would simply be named Copilot. Now, Microsoft has quietly rebranded another AI-based service,ditching the Bing name once again. Buried in Microsoft”s blog announcements about the new Copilot Pro, the company mentions that the $20 a month subscription service includes faster and more detailed ‘AI image creation with Image Creator from Designer (formerly Bing Image Creator).’ This is now the second time Microsoft has decided to move away from using the Bing branding for its AI services. The new Image…

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Meta is working on a significant upgrade to WhatsApp, enabling users to directly message people on different platforms, such as Signal. This feature aims to comply with new European Union regulations and improve the overall user experience. Cross-Platform Messaging: WhatsApp users will be able to send and receive messages to and from individuals on other platforms, breaking down the barriers between different messaging services. Dedicated Section: A new section in the Chats tab will be dedicated to third-party conversations, keeping them organized and easily accessible. User Control: Users will have manual control over this feature, with the option to disable…

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In the realm of software development, unit testing holds a crucial role in ensuring the reliability and quality of code. This process involves creating tests to verify that individual units or components of code are functioning as intended. Traditionally, developers have manually crafted these tests, but the advent of generative AI (GenAI) is poised to transform this aspect of coding. According to a projection by the analyst firm IDC, a staggering 70% of unit tests will be generated by AI by 2028. This significant shift is attributed to the ability of GenAI to automate the creation of comprehensive and effective…

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Intel has expanded its 14th Gen “Black Edition” CPU family with the introduction of the Core i7-14790F processor. This new chip offers a unique combination of fewer cores and more cache compared to its mainstream counterpart, the Core i7-14700F. The Core i7-14790F features a 16-core configuration comprising 8 P-Cores and 8 E-Cores, resulting in a total of 24 threads. This represents a reduction in core count compared to the Core i7-14700F, which boasts 20 cores (8 P-Cores and 12 E-Cores) and 28 threads. Clock Speeds and Power Limits: Maintaining Performance Despite the lower core count, the Core i7-14790F maintains the…

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Apple is reportedly planning to streamline its iPhone 16 lineup by equipping both the standard iPhone 16 and iPhone 16 Plus models with 8GB of RAM and WiFi 6E support. This move marks a significant upgrade over the current iPhone 15 lineup, which features 6GB of RAM in the standard models and lacks WiFi 6E connectivity. Performance Parity: Bridging the Gap Between Standard and Pro iPhones In recent years, Apple has differentiated its standard iPhone models from the Pro variants in terms of performance, with the Pro models receiving more RAM and other performance-enhancing features. However, this trend is expected…

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