Top news this week, 21st-25th of August 2023

Top news this week

Top interesting announcements


Meta launched Code Llama, a code-generating AI model

Code Llama is built on the Llama 2 model and has been further trained on over 500 billion code and code-related data tokens. The AI model supports programming languages like Python, Javascript, Java, C++ and can help with tasks like code completion and debugging.


Google launched a new algorithm that makes FIDO encryption safe from quantum computers

FIDO keys are used for passwordless authentication and as a multi-factor authentication element. Google claims that the FIDO2 security key implementation is the first of its kind. The company hopes that this will become a new standard and supported by major web browsers with large user bases.


IBM will use generative AI to translate COBOL code into Java

IBM has unveiled Watsonx Code Assistant for Z, a generative AI-assisted solution that can quickly translate customers’ COBOL code on IBM Z into Java to modernize applications. The Watsonx Code Assistant for Z integrates with IBM’s Application Discovery and Delivery Intelligence tool.


Microsoft will add AI capabilities to apps like Paint and Photos on Windows 11

For the Photos app, Microsoft is working on an AI functionality that would allow the app to identify objects or people in photos and enable the ability to cut out and paste those elements elsewhere.


Facebook and Instagram will display Stories and Reels in chronological order to comply with EU law

In Europe, posts will no lonher be ranked by Meta’s recommendation algorithms. Meta is making the changes to comply with the EU’s Digital Services Act (DSA), a new regulation that will impact how tech companies moderate content on their platforms.


Top new products


Realme GT 5

The phone will have a 6.74-inch OLED screen, Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor and 16GB of RAM. It will come with up to 1TB of storage.


OnePlus 12

OnePlus 12 will have a 6.7-inch QHD+ screen, Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor, 24GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. It will come with a 5,400 mAh battery.


Samsung Galaxy S23 FE

Galaxy S23 FE will have a 6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED screen, Exynos 2200 or Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor and a 50 MP main camera. It will come with a 4,500 mAh battery.

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