Top news this week, 11th-15th of March 2024

Top news this week

Top interesting announcements


The European Parliament has given the final approval to the world’s first rules to govern artificial intelligence

The EU will ban practices that it believes will threaten citizens’ rights. “Biometric categorization systems based on sensitive characteristics” will be outlawed, as will the “untargeted scraping” of images of faces from CCTV footage and the web to create facial recognition databases. Low-risk services, such as spam filters, will face the lightest regulation.


Google DeepMind launched a new AI model called SIMA that can play video games its never seen before

SIMA, which stands for Scalable, Instructable, Multiworld Agent, is currently only in research. The researchers said SIMA’s ability to follow directions and complete tasks in video game worlds could lead to more useful AI agents that can operate in real-world environments.


Microsoft will implement changes to how Windows, LinkedIn, Edge, and Bing to comply with the Digital Markets Act

The company modified the sign-in process and included a clear demarcation of stock apps as “system” apps. It also added the ability to uninstall Edge and Bing web search.


Spotify announced it will add support for music videos

The feature is curently in beta testing in 11 countries, and has a limited catalog of videos. The music videos will be available in Spotify’s apps on iOS and Android, as well as the website and TV apps.


Microsoft confirmed that a Russian hacker group accessed its internal systems

The group, which operates under the names Nobelium and Midnight Blizzard, initially accessed Microsoft’s systems last year through an attack where they utilized a large dictionary of potential passwords against accounts. Microsoft said the hacker group used info gained from its previous attack to try to access some of its systems. The group obtained some secrets from emails between Microsoft and some of its customers.


Top new products


Asus Zenfone 11 Ultra

Zenfone 11 Ultra will have a 6.78-inch AMOLED display, Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor, 12GB or 16GB of RAM and up to 512GB of storage. It will come with a 5,500 mAh battery.


OnePlus Ace 3V

The phone will have an OLED display, Snapdragon 7+ Gen 3 processor, 512 GB of storage and a 5,500mAh battery.


Moto G (2024)

Moto G has a 6.6-inch screen, Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 processor, 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. It will come with a 5,000mAh battery.

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