Top news this week, 23rd-27th of October 2023

Top news this week

Top interesting announcements


Okta confirmed a hacking group had accessed the company’s support system and viewed client files

Okta, a major provider of security technology for businesses, government agencies and other organizations, said that one of its customer service tools had been hacked. It appears the hackers responsible had access to the company’s support platform for at least two weeks before the company fully contained the intrusion.


Qualcomm claims its Snapdragon X Elite processor for PC is the most powerful processor to date

Qualcomm states that its new CPU matches Intel 13th gen CPUs on multi-threaded performance while drawing 68% less power. There’s also a comparison to Apple’s ARM-based M2 chip with the Snapdragon X Elite claiming 50% faster peak multi-threaded performance.


The new “About this image” tool for Google Search can provide context about images online and find AI fakes

Users can select an image and click on the three dots on the right-hand corner to access the tool. It will show when the image was originally published, if it’s been published since then and where it has been shown throughout the years.


Artists can now use a data poisoning tool to confuse image-generating AI models like DALL-E

The tool, called Nightshade, adds invisible changes to the pixels in the art so that if it’s scraped into an AI training set, it can cause the resulting model to break in chaotic and unpredictable ways. It is seen as a way to fight back against AI companies that use artists’ work to train their models without the creator’s permission.


Google, Microsoft, Anthropic and OpenAI create a $10 Million AI safety fund to conduct responsible AI research

The project’s goal is to ensure that any advancements in AI technology and research remain safe, secure, and under human control while identifying best practices and standards. It also aims to facilitate information-sharing among policymakers and the industry.


Top new products


Xiaomi 14

Xiaomi 14 will have Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor, 16 GB of RAM and up to 1 TB of storage. It will be launched in the first quarter of 2024.


Huawei Nova 11 SE

Nova 11 SE will have a 6.67-inch OLED display, 8 GB of RAM, and 256 GB or 512 GB of storage. It will come with a 4,500mAh battery.


Oppo A79

Oppo A79 will have a 6.72-inch FHD+ display, Dimensity 6020 processor, 8 GB RAM and 128 GB of storage. It will come with a 5,000 mAh battery.

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