Sports Illustrated’s Publisher Is Using AI To Generate Fitness Advice
Feb 04

Sports Illustrated’s Publisher Is Using AI To Generate Fitness Advice

  • Arena Group Holdings, a media firm whose brands include Sports Illustrated, TheStreet, Parade, and Men’s Journal, says it’s partnering with AI language startups Jasper and Nota to broaden and increase the speed of “its AI-assisted efforts.” 
  • Arena Group claims that it doesn’t want to replace journalists with its increased use of AI but, rather, create “enterprise value for our brands and partners”
  • In a press release announcing the news, the company claims that the use of AI increased “workflow efficiencies by more than 10 times the normal rate.”

Jupiter Now Has 92 Moons — More Than Any Other Planet In Our Solar System
Feb 04

Jupiter Now Has 92 Moons — More Than Any Other Planet In Our Solar System

  • Astronomers have discovered 12 new moons around Jupiter, putting the total count at a record-breaking 92. That's more than any other planet in our solar system. Saturn, the one-time leader, comes in a close second with 83 confirmed moons.
  • They were discovered using telescopes in Hawaii and Chile in 2021 and 2022, and their orbits were confirmed with follow-up observations. These newest moons range in size from 1km-3km.

Contractors Who Work On YouTube Music Are Striking
Feb 04

Contractors Who Work On YouTube Music Are Striking

  • Over 40 contractors for YouTube Music are going on strike — a first at Google, according to the Alphabet Workers Union (or AWU).
  • The action is in response to an order to return to in-person work next week, something that many of the workers say they can’t do.
  • They’re demanding a return-to-work policy that’s “fair, flexible, and does not threaten the safety and livelihoods of workers,” according to an AWU press release.

The Last Of Us Part 1 PC Delay Is A Good Thing
Feb 04

The Last Of Us Part 1 PC Delay Is A Good Thing

  • The PC port of The Last of Us Part 1 has been delayed slightly and won’t arrive until March 28.
  • An update from developer Naughty Dog says those extra few weeks will enable it to launch the PC version in “the best shape possible.”
  • This will mean newcomers to the game will be able to experience the Season 1 finale of the TV show before having the ending spoiled by whizzing through the game.

Microsoft Attempts To “Provide Clarity” On Its Hololens Business After Mass Layoffs
Feb 04

Microsoft Attempts To “Provide Clarity” On Its Hololens Business After Mass Layoffs

  • Microsoft COO and CVP of Windows and Devices Robin Seiler reached out to the HoloLens community via the company’s Mixed Reality blog to explain the project isn’t dead.
  • Selier details monthly software updates that will continue to roll out to enterprise customers via Dynamics 365 Guides and Remote Assist, as well as maintaining Microsoft’s Reality Toolkit through open-source contributions.

Suspected Chinese Spy Balloon Prompts US Secretary Of State To Cancel Beijing Trip
Feb 04

Suspected Chinese Spy Balloon Prompts US Secretary Of State To Cancel Beijing Trip

  • US federal officials said this week that a Chinese surveillance balloon had been spotted over the United States and Canada, but China insisted that it's a "civilian airship." 
  • Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that his department is "confident" the high-altitude craft is being used for surveillance and canceled his planned trip to Beijing this weekend.
  • A Pentagon spokesperson said the military has been tracking the balloon for several days and that President Joe Biden was first briefed about it Tuesday.

Qualcomm Revenue Down Because Few Want A New Smartphone Right Now
Feb 04

Qualcomm Revenue Down Because Few Want A New Smartphone Right Now

  • Qualcomm reported a 12 percent year-on-year slide in revenue for the first quarter of its fiscal 2023 amid weakening global demand in the smartphone market.
  • The telecoms chipmaker generated $9.46 billion worth of sales for the quarter that ended December 25, 2022, down from $10.7 billion a year ago. 
  • It wasn’t all bad for the company as In the current quarter, combined auto and IoT revenues represented 27 percent of total QCT (Qualcomm CDMA Technologies) revenues reflecting continued progress on revenue diversification.

Galaxy S23 Units Sold In India Will Be Locally Made By Samsung
Feb 04

Galaxy S23 Units Sold In India Will Be Locally Made By Samsung

  • All Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23+, and Galaxy S23 Ultra phones sold in India are manufactured at Samsung India’s factory in Noida. 
  • It is among Samsung’s biggest smartphone manufacturing facilities worldwide, and the company fulfills most of the domestic demand in India through the local facility.
  • The factory in Noida, India, was started in 2018 with a vision to make India Samsung’s global smartphone manufacturing hub.

Hyundai's Ioniq 6 EV Brings Tesla-Beating Range In A Futuristic Package
Feb 04

Hyundai's Ioniq 6 EV Brings Tesla-Beating Range In A Futuristic Package

  • The upcoming Ioniq 6 sedan from Hyundai’s smooth, streamlined profile is all about aerodynamics. 
  • In the world of electric vehicles, minimal drag translates to the maximum driving range. And being able to travel a long way before stopping to charge is a big deal for EV buyers. 
  • The EPA granted the Ioniq 6 a stellar range estimate of up to 361 miles, three miles more than Tesla's uber-successful Model 3.

Microsoft Says The Xbox 360 Marketplace Will Still Be Around After May 2023
Feb 04

Microsoft Says The Xbox 360 Marketplace Will Still Be Around After May 2023

  • Earlier this week, Microsoft confirmed that a number of older Xbox 360 digital games will be taken down from the Xbox 360 Marketplace starting on February 7.
  • Before all current Xbox 360 owners start to panic, Microsoft has since clarified that the support page post was, in fact, incorrect.
  • The Xbox 360 console first launched in November 2005, which means it's approaching its 18th anniversary.