Top news this week, 26th-30th of June 2023

Top news this week

Top interesting announcements

 

Microsoft Bing Chat is testing image recognition and visual search

The company said the new image recognition feature allows users to upload images to a Bing Chat robot, then ask it questions about them. According to Microsoft, the testing phase is currently limited to 5% of all searches. As the testing phase progresses and the feature proves to be safe and reliable, users can expect a broader rollout in the future.
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Sony accidently reveals confidential Call of Duty player and revenue data

A document, which was submitted as evidence for the ongoing trial between the Federal Trade Commission and Microsoft, shows a letter sent by PlayStation boss Jim Ryan. The letter, which was poorly redacted, revealed the cost of developing Horizon Forbidden West ($212 million using 300 employees), that one million PlayStation gamers play Call of Duty, and that the Call of Duty games created a revenue of $800 million yearly for PlayStation in the US alone (2021).
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FTC is accusing Amazon of tricking customers into signing up for Prime

The United States Federal Trade Commission has accused Amazon of enrolling millions of consumers into its paid subscription Amazon Prime service without their consent and making it hard for them to cancel. The agency is seeking civil penalties and a permanent injunction to prevent future violations.
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Microsoft Clippy will use ChatGPT in Windows 11

The assistant found in Microsoft Office in the late 90s and early 2000s has now a new app for Windows 11. This new Clippy is developed by Firecube Studios, can answer complex questions, help with creative writing and coding, and more.
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YouTube tests disabling videos for people using ad blockers


YouTube is currently running a “small experiment globally,” warning users to toggle off their ad blockers. YouTube displays a pop-up that notifies ad blocker users targeted by this test that “video player will be blocked after 3 videos”.
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Top new products

 

Honor Magic V2

Honor Magic V2 will have a Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 processor and a 5,000mAh battery. It will be launched on July 12.
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OnePlus Nord 3

OnePlus Nord 3 will have a 6.74-inch AMOLED display, MediaTek Dimensity 9000 processor and 16GB of RAM. It will come with a 5,000mAh battery.
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iQOO 11s

The phone will have a 6.78-inch AMOLED screen, Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 2 processor, 16GB of RAM and up to 1TB of storage. It will come with a 4,700mAh battery.
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