Top news this week, 10th-14th of July 2023

Top news this week

Top interesting announcements


A new ransomware called ‘Big Head’ displays fake Windows update alert

Security researchers at FortiGuard Labs have discovered two variants of “Big Head” ransomware that may be spreading through malvertising that promotes fake Windows updates and Microsoft Word installers. One of them uses a fake Windows update screen to stall users while it encrypts the device’s files in the background, a process which takes just 30 seconds according to the cybersecurity experts.


Google is testing a medical AI chatbot in hospitals

Med-PaLM 2 is an AI tool designed to provide answers to medical questions. According to The Wall Street Journal, the AI chatbot is being tested since April. The company stated that Med-PaLM 2 can be particularly helpful in countries with limited access to doctors.


Google’s Bard AI chatbot is now available in the EU

Bard is now available in over 230 countries and territories worldwide and it can answear questions in more than 40 languages. Google also added new features, including the ability to pin and rename conversations, share responses with friends, and change the tone and style of the responses from Bard.


Elon Musk announced a new AI company that aims ‘to understand the true nature of the universe’

The new company is called xAI, and includes several engineers that have worked at companies like OpenAI and Google. It will be led by Musk, according to the website, and “will work closely with X (Twitter), Tesla, and other companies to make progress towards our mission”.


The European Council has approved new regulations mandating that all smartphones sold in EU need to have replaceable batteries by 2027

The new rules will apply to all smartphones, regardless of where they are manufactured. Apple, Samsung, and other OEMs will need to design their devices so that consumers can easily remove and replace batteries by 2027. The batteries will also have to be labeled with clear instructions on how to replace them.


Top new products


Realme GT Neo 6

Realme GT Neo 6 will have 6.67-inch OLED display, Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, up to 16GB of RAM and 128,256,512 GB or 1TB of storage. It will come with a 4,600 mAh battery.


Xiaomi 13T

Xiaomi 13T will have CrystalRes AMOLED display, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB of storage and a 5,000mAh battery. It will be launched on September 1.


Honor MagicPad 13

The tablet has a 13-inch display, Snapdragon 888 processor, 8GB, 12GB, or 16GB RAM and 256/512GB of storage.

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