Top news this week, 6th-10th of November 2023

Top news this week

Top interesting announcements


X is reportedly selling inactive usernames for $50,000

The company is trying to find buyers for user handles it reclaimed from inactive accounts. It seems to be sending out solicitation emails asking for “a flat fee of $50,000 to initiate a purchase”, according to Forbes. X changed its policy this year to stipulate that users must log in every 30 days to remain active, and risk having their accounts suspended or permanently removed if they go long enough without signing on.


Google, Vodafone, Deutsche Telekom, Telefónica and Orange sent a letter to the European Commission asking it to designate Apple’s iMessage as a “core platform service”

If iMessage would be considered as “core” service, it would force Apple to make iMessage compatible with RCS like WhatsApp and Google Messages by March 2024. According to the Commission, Apple has previously argued that iMessage isn’t popular enough in the EU to warrant being designated as a core platform service.


Elon Musk’s AI startup xAI launched the chatbot ‘Grok’

Grok functions similarly to ChatGPT, answering questions posed by users based on information generated by a large language model. After an early beta, the chatbot will be released to subscribers of X’s $16 per month Premium+ plan.


Waze will warn drivers about roads with high crash frequency

The feature will use artificial intelligence, historical crash data, and critical route information such as usual traffic levels, type of road, elevation, etc. to warn drivers about a crash-prone road. The feature has been tested as part of several beta releases since December last year.


Samsung announced ‘Galaxy AI’, a generative AI solution for Galaxy smartphones

One of the key features of Galaxy AI is the “AI Live Translate Call”, which will show real-time translations in the form of a chat log during phone calls. The company also demonstrated its generative AI model called Gauss, which consists of three key models: Samsung Gauss Language, Samsung Gauss Code, and Samsung Gauss Image.


Top new products


OnePlus Ace 3

OnePlus Ace 3 will have a 6.74-inch OLED screen, Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, 12GB of RAM and 256GB or 512GB of storage. It will come with a 5,500mAh battery.


Realme GT 5 Pro

The phone will have a 6.78-inch OLED screen, Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, 24GB of RAM and 1TB of storage. It will come with a 5,400mAh battery.


OnePlus 12

The phone will have an OLED display, Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor, 16GB of RAM and up to 1TB of storage. It will come with a 5,400mAh battery.

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