Top news this week, 14th-18th of August 2023

Top news this week

Top interesting announcements


Microsoft unveiled 15 high-severity vulnerabilities in industrial software

The bugs in Codesys’ industrial control systems software could be exploited to shut down power plants or steal information from critical infrastructure environments. Microsoft notified CODESYS of the vulnerabilities, and patches have been released.


Google is developing an AI chatbot that could offer life advice

Google is working on an AI that is capable of performing “at least 21 different types of personal and professional tasks, including tools to give users life advice, ideas, planning instructions and tutoring tips”. The company is collaborating with an outside contractor, Scale AI, to help test the personal advice tools.


WhatsApp launched a new feature that will allow users to send ‘HD’ photos

Users can now choose between two resolution options (HD and standard) when sending photos. The new feature is rolling out to all users worldwide currently, but the rollout is expected to take a few weeks to reach everyone.


Microsoft announced a ‘special event’ on September 21st

This could be Microsoft’s major fall hardware event, during which the company typically reveals its latest Surface devices. Besides launching new Surface computers and accessories, the company could also unveil new features coming soon to Windows 11.


Microsoft might store the users conversations with Bing Chat

Microsoft introduces a new clause, “AI services,” to its Bing Chat terms of service, allowing processing and storage of non-enterprise users inputs. The new policy will go into effect on September 30, 2023. The company says it will be done for the purposes of monitoring and preventing abusive or harmful uses or outcomes of the service.


Top new products


Motorola Edge 40 Neo

Edge 40 Neo will have a 6.55-inch pOLED display, Mediatek Dimensity 1050 processor, 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. It will come with a 5,000 mAh battery.


Oppo Find N3 Flip

Find N3 Flip will have a Dimensity 9200 processor and 12 GB or 16 GB of RAM. It will be launched on August 29.


Vivo X100 Pro+

The phone will have a 6.78-inch OLED display, Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor, 16 GB or 24 GB of RAM and 1 TB of storage.

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