Author: Tanaka Hiroshi

In a surprising move that has left the X community buzzing, select profiles were spontaneously adorned with the coveted blue verified checkmark last night, leaving many to wonder about the sudden generosity. Was this a system glitch, or perhaps a covert trial run of a new feature? The mystery began to unravel when a message popped up on users’ screens: “We’re honoring your standout influence within the X community by gifting you a complimentary X Premium subscription, on the house, in accordance with X Premium Terms—just tap accept.” Elon Musk, the ever-present face of X, took to the platform to…

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Cybercriminals are setting their sights on Apple macOS users, deploying sophisticated infostealers in an effort to seize sensitive data and potentially achieve financial gain, according to cybersecurity experts. A new report by researchers at Jamf Threat Labs posits that hackers are employing a sundry of methods to plant their malicious malware. They’re crafting clever traps and exploiting multiple vulnerabilities to successfully drop their infostealers. In one such calculated campaign, cybercriminals have concocted a fabricated download website and counterfeit ads for a browser named Arc. These falsified elements are being aggressively promoted through search engines, cunningly ensnaring unsuspecting victims. What’s intriguing…

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In recent news, a remodeled version of the Vultur Android banking trojan has startled the cybersecurity scene, pilfering sensitive data and potentially breaching into the financial accounts of its victims. NCC Group’s Fox-IT, dependable cybersecurity researchers, signaled a warning for a new version of the Vultur banking trojan. This malicious program was first identified in the early months of 2021, and cybersecurity professionals have tracked its substantial modifications and improvements since its inception. Unlike the preceding versions, which relied on dropper apps clandestinely sneaked onto the Play Store, this upgraded version employs a lethal combination of Smishing (SMS-based phishing) and…

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In a world where fortunes can be made and lost in the blink of an eye, few tales have been as gripping as that of Sam Bankman-Fried, the one-time crypto wunderkind who soared to dizzying heights with his exchange, FTX, only to plummet into the abyss of legal woes. In a stark turn of events, Judge Lewis Kaplan has handed down a sentence that may well be the final chapter for Bankman-Fried: 25 years behind bars. Standing before the court, the magnitude of what had unraveled seemed to weigh heavily on Bankman-Fried. “I knew I let a lot of people…

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Buckle up, iPhone fans, because the rumour mill’s churning out some hot gossip that’s tastier than a pumpkin spice latte in October. Overnight, whispers about the iPhone 16 Pro have painted the town fruity shades, hinting at what Apple may have up its meticulously tailored sleeves this fall. According to a little birdie from Weibo (and shoutout to ShrimpApplePro for the relay on X), Apple’s about to splash the Pro lineup with some rosy charm. Forget blue titanium—we’re potentially saying “hello beautiful” to pink titanium on the iPhone 16 Pro and its big bro, the 16 Pro Max. When the…

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Google Meet is releasing filters specifically designed to add a subtle touch to your appearance before joining a meeting. Initially introduced on mobile last year, the feature will now be available on the Google Meet web app. Users can select between two filters: ‘subtle’ or ‘smoothing’. The ‘subtle’ filter slightly smooths the skin texture, brightens under-eye areas, and whitens the eyes. Meanwhile, the ‘smoothing’ filter intensifies these effects, but only slightly. In the accompanying GIF from Google, these filters are shown to bring minimal change in appearances, preventing drastic alterations as seen in some other social media apps. In fact, the filters…

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Hey folks, welcome to the world of Apple Watch innovations! Today, I’m thrilled to share some exciting news: Apple has just obtained two patents related to the Apple Watch, paving the way for a future device packed with even more sensors for a more comprehensive user experience. According to the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) filings, the new patents cover various advanced sensors that will undoubtedly revolutionize the way we interact with our Apple Watches. Here’s a sneak peek at the sensor lineup: Anemometer: This sensor measures wind speed, allowing the Apple Watch to offer real-time wind reports and potentially…

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As of today, all free Copilot users can now access the GPT-4 Turbo large language model from OpenAI. Previously, this was only available with our Copilot Pro service, which costs $20 a month. After quite some work on the team’s part, I’m thrilled to bring you this new feature that we know you’re going to love. GPT-4 Turbo offers a much larger 128L context window, which means you can have one single text prompt that can be as long as 300 pages. So, you can say goodbye to splitting your prompts across multiple messages. While I know many of you…

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At Mobile World Congress 2024 in Barcelona, Qualcomm introduced the Snapdragon X80 5G modem-RF system and the FastConnect 7900 platform, bringing significant advancements in connectivity and wireless technologies. Snapdragon X80 5G Modem: Faster, More Efficient, and Satellite-Ready The Snapdragon X80 is Qualcomm’s seventh-generation 5G modem, offering a range of new technologies to enhance 5G connectivity. It is the first 5G modem to integrate an AI processor based on a dedicated tensor accelerator, enabling improvements in speed, coverage, location accuracy, spectrum efficiency, power efficiency, and latency. The X80 modem supports download speeds of up to 10Gbps and upload speeds of up…

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Humanoid robotics company Figure AI is in negotiations to raise $500 million in a major funding round led by tech giants Microsoft and OpenAI. According to sources familiar with the talks, Microsoft will invest approximately $95 million, while OpenAI is considering a $5 million contribution. This investment would value Figure AI at nearly $1.9 billion, making it one of the highest-valued AI startups globally. Figure AI’s previous funding round in 2023 secured $70 million at a valuation of over $1 billion. The company was founded in 2022 and is dedicated to developing dexterous and safe humanoid robots. Its first robot,…

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ByteDance CEO Liang Rubo has issued a warning that the company has been slow to adopt generative AI technology, expressing concern that it didn’t appear in the company’s half-year tech review until 2023, despite the emergence of GPT-1 in 2018. Liang attributed this complacency to the company’s rapid expansion, which has led to a decrease in overall efficiency. He emphasized the need for ByteDance to be more responsive to new technologies and to avoid being overtaken by startups that are more agile and innovative. “Our company is not sensitive enough (to new technologies),” Liang said at a meeting in Singapore.…

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Microsoft’s Copilot tool, which provides access to an AI chatbot that can answer questions, generate content, and create images, is now available in a Pro version with additional features and improved access for $20 per month. The Pro version of Copilot offers three current benefits and a fourth one on the way: Faster performance and priority access to GPT-4 and GPT-4 Turbo during peak times. Copilot availability in certain Microsoft 365 apps (Microsoft 365 Personal or Family subscription required). Faster AI image creation with 100 boosts (100 images) per day using Designer (formerly Bing Image Creator). Coming soon: the ability…

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At the OnePlus launch event on January 23, the company unveiled the OnePlus 12, a smartphone that promises to revolutionize the gaming experience for Android users. With its “Smooth beyond belief” tagline, the OnePlus 12 aims to deliver 120 frames per second (fps) for all Android games, taking mobile gaming to new heights. A key feature enabling this remarkable feat is the OnePlus 12’s Trinity Engine. This combination of software enhancements integrated into Oxygen OS 14 optimizes the device’s CPU, RAM, and storage for peak performance. Additionally, the dedicated X7 Independent Visual Processor from Pixelworks introduces “Hyper rendering.” This technology…

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Despite Intel’s recent financial struggles, CEO Pat Gelsinger has reaffirmed the company’s commitment to releasing its upcoming Arrow Lake processors in 2024. The tech giant’s Q1 2024 financial results revealed a 12% decline in share prices, a significant drop compared to the 10% increase in Q4 2023. Gelsinger expressed confidence in the development of the new server chips produced on Intel’s 3-node technology. He also conveyed excitement about entering the “Angstrom era with Intel 20A and Intel 18A,” highlighting Intel’s industry leadership in this area. The 20A refers to the Arrow Lake processors, which are still on track for a…

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When unveiling the Galaxy S24 Ultra, Samsung touted the new Gorilla Glass Armor as a groundbreaking material for their latest flagship phone. They emphasized their collaboration with Corning to achieve superior screen clarity. The Gorilla Glass Armor on the Galaxy S24 Ultra stands out for its ability to reduce up to 75% of screen reflections, in addition to being more durable than standard glass. Initially, some may have dismissed this claim as a marketing ploy. However, it turns out that Samsung and Corning were not exaggerating. This new glass truly represents a game-changing innovation. In the accompanying image comparing the…

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TikTok, known for launching viral songs, is now testing a new feature called AI Song, which allows users to create songs from text prompts with the assistance of the large language model Bloom. Users can input lyrics in a text field when creating a post, and TikTok will recommend AI Song to add sounds to the post, with the option to toggle the song’s genre. While AI Song is not yet widely available, some TikTok users have already experimented with it, with mixed results. Many of the generated songs are out of tune, despite the availability of auto-tuning vocals. Some…

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