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Apple plans to release iOS 17.1.1 update, which is expected to fix problems such as automatic shutdown at night

Musk: SpaceX’s “Starlink” has achieved cash flow breakeven

Amazon Accused of Making $1 Billion from Secret Pricing Algorithms

Microsoft may cancel free XGPU benefits for employees

Tesla’s total deliveries in China in the first ten months reached 771,000 vehicles, exceeding the total of last year

"The Wandering Earth 3" announced to be released on New Year's Day in 2027

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Weilai will reduce about 10% of its positions

DingTalk officially launches AI function

No new iPad expected this year

WeChat has been updated again, adding an independent send button

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Apple cancels plan to make Apple Watch apps compatible with Android

Apple M3 Mac new product launch video shot by iPhone 15 Pro Max mobile phone

Microsoft officially launches Windows 11 23H2 update, bringing Copilot AI assistant

ByteDance and Meituan announce unified holiday on New Year’s Eve

vivo releases self-developed AI large model "Blue Heart Large Model" matrix

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One Fun Thing | Invites you to watch a "movie" from more than 2,000 years ago

What to watch on the weekend | Season 3 of "Upload"

Game recommendation | "Song of Nunu: League of Legends Side Story"

✏ A look at this week's big news

Apple plans to release iOS 17.1.1 update, which is expected to fix problems such as automatic shutdown at night

According to MacRumors, Apple is testing the iOS 17.1.1 update internally.

According to reports, this update will include fixes launched in iOS 17.2 Beta 1, including fixing Wi-Fi connection issues and fixing issues such as automatic shutdown of some iPhones at night.

Apple has also promised to fix the BMW wireless charging issue affecting the iPhone 15 series in an update later this year, although it remains to be seen whether the fix will be included in iOS 17.1.1.

MacRumors predicts that the update will be released within the next week or two.

Musk: SpaceX’s “Starlink” has achieved cash flow breakeven

According to Reuters, SpaceX CEO Musk said on Thursday that the company's "Starlink" Internet service has achieved cash flow breakeven.

Since 2019, Starlink has launched more than 5,000 satellites into low-Earth orbit, of which more than 4,200 are currently active, quickly making the company the world's largest satellite operator.

Musk posted on X that Starlink satellites now account for the majority of all active satellites and will account for the majority of all satellites launched from Earth cumulatively by next year.

Currently, SpaceX's valuation has soared to approximately US$150 billion, and Starlink has played an indispensable role. In 2021, Musk said that once cash flow can be reasonably predicted, SpaceX will spin off and will promote the listing of Starlink.

But the timing of Starlink’s IPO is still uncertain. Last year, Musk told employees that the company might not go public until 2025 or later.

Amazon Accused of Making $1 Billion from Secret Pricing Algorithms

Amazon's secret pricing algorithm may have generated more than $1 billion in additional profits for the company, according to new details in the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) antitrust case against Amazon released Thursday.

The Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit against Amazon in September and said the company created a secret algorithm, internally codenamed "Project Nessie," to identify specific items on its platform that were predicted to be followed by price increases by other online stores.

Amazon uses Project Nessie to raise prices on these specific products and keep prices higher when other platforms follow suit.

Amazon spokesman Tim Doyle said the FTC "grossly mischaracterized" the tool and that Amazon stopped using it years ago.

"Nessie was used to try to prevent our price matching leading to the unusual result of prices becoming so low that they were unsustainable," he said.

Microsoft may cancel free XGPU benefits for employees

According to The Verge, sources said that Microsoft began notifying employees this week that starting in January 2024, the company’s full-time employees will no longer enjoy free Xbox Game Pass Ultimate benefits.

Xbox employees will continue to retain the benefit, but the vast majority of Microsoft employees who are not part of Xbox/Microsoft Gaming will lose it next year.

Microsoft employees will be able to purchase a 12-month subscription to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate at a discount at the company's internal store.

Some Microsoft employees expressed opposition to the move on the company's internal messaging platform, and Xbox CEO Phil Spencer said he was unaware of the changes and was looking into the situation.

Tesla’s total deliveries in China in the first ten months reached 771,000 vehicles, exceeding the total of last year

According to China Securities Network, data from the Passenger Car Association shows that Tesla's Shanghai Gigafactory is expected to deliver 72,115 electric vehicles in October. So far, the cumulative delivery volume of Tesla's Gigafactory Shanghai in 2023 has reached approximately 771,000 vehicles, exceeding the number in 2022. annual.

In terms of exports, Tesla's Shanghai Gigafactory exported more than 43,000 electric vehicles in October, a month-on-month increase of 42%.

Tesla's third quarter 2023 financial report shows that the actual annual production capacity of the Shanghai Gigafactory has expanded from 750,000 vehicles/year in the second quarter to more than 950,000 vehicles/year in the third quarter.

The refreshed version of the Model 3 manufactured at the Shanghai Gigafactory has recently begun delivery in multiple markets in mainland China, Asia-Pacific and Europe.

"The Wandering Earth 3" announced to be released on New Year's Day in 2027

The movie "The Wandering Earth 3" has been officially announced to be released on New Year's Day in 2027, and the cast has been revealed.

"The Wandering Earth 3" Wu Jing is still on the list, and Andy Lau also returns. In addition, Tong Liya, Qu Chuxiao, Zhao Jinmai, Ning Li, Sha Yi, etc. will all return.

In addition, at yesterday's "The Wandering Earth 3 Advance 3" press conference, hard-core technology companies such as Huawei and Xiaomi became strategic partners between Director Guo Fan's Studio and G!Lab.

Xiaomi stated that it will assist Director Guo Fan in "The Wandering Earth 3" and more future film projects, providing cutting-edge technological support for the film industry to enter the next era.

Weilai will reduce about 10% of its positions

Yesterday, NIO founder, chairman and CEO Li Bin issued an internal letter to all employees, stating that he would "further improve execution efficiency and ensure sufficient resource investment in key businesses."

Li Bin stated in the letter that the company is now focusing its business and planning on the following aspects:

  • Ensure long-term investment in core and key technologies and maintain the leading edge of technology and products;
  • Ensure that sales and service capabilities can cope with fierce market competition;
  • Ensure that 9 core products of 3 brands are launched as scheduled;
  • Improve organizational efficiency, merge duplicated departments and positions, reform inefficient internal work processes and division of labor, and eliminate inefficient positions;
  • Improve resource efficiency, postpone and reduce investment in projects that cannot improve the company's financial performance within 3 years.

Li Bin said that according to the above plan, the company will reduce its positions by about 10%, and the specific adjustments will be completed in November.

"I'm sorry that this adjustment will affect some colleagues, and please understand that this is a difficult decision that the company has to make in the face of fierce market competition."

DingTalk officially launches AI function

DingTalk announced yesterday that the DingTalk AI Magic Wand will be officially launched in November after being tested internally by more than 500,000 companies.

17 products and 60+ scenarios including DingTalk Chat, Documents, Knowledge Base, Brain Maps, Flash Notes, and Teambition are fully open for testing.

All users can directly use the new "Magic Wand" entrance on the DingTalk homepage to use chat AI, document AI, Yidai AI and other functions in a conversational manner, or click the magic wand button in the respective interfaces of the 17 products to provide suitable Skill.

No new iPad expected this year

Apple released its fourth quarter financial report for fiscal year 2023. iPhone revenue was US$43.81 billion, a year-on-year increase of 2.8%. It was Apple's only hardware segment that grew this quarter.

iPad revenue was US$6.44 billion, down 10% year-on-year, but higher than market estimates; Mac and wearable device revenue both fell year-on-year and were lower than expected.

Apple CEO Cook said in a subsequent conference call that Apple did not release any new iPads this year, so the decline in iPad revenue was not surprising.

In 2023, iPad revenue will be $28.3 billion, down from $29.3 billion in 2022.

Apple Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri said that the iPad's year-over-year performance will "decelerate significantly" due to changes in product release timing.

Apple launched the new iPad Pro last year, but has no plans to launch a new iPad in 2023.

WeChat has been updated again, adding an independent send button

This week, WeChat for iOS received the official version update 8.0.43. In the new version, a separate send button has been added.

Click My – Settings – General, and you will see the display of this independent send button switch.

After turning it on, the original "send" of the iPhone's built-in input method has been changed to "line feed". On the right side of the dialog box is the send key, which can realize one-click carriage return and line feed.

In addition to adding an independent send button, WeChat also added a "scheduled shutdown" function to the audio this time, allowing users to set a period of time or stop playing the current audio after playing it.

At the same time, the WeChat input method has also received a major update, supporting cross-device pasting and synchronization. It can copy and paste directly between Windows and macOS, and thesaurus and common phrases can also be synchronized.

Apple cancels plan to make Apple Watch apps compatible with Android

According to Bloomberg, the Apple Health team has developed relevant code in depth to make Apple Watch and Health applications compatible with billions of Android devices, and believes that in a market where the iPhone market share is not high, it can boost sales of Apple Watch and other related products .

Apple calls it Project Fennel internally, but it is unclear when the project was started or stopped. It is only confirmed that the development progress is nearing completion.

Apple eventually stopped the project due to "business considerations." A person familiar with the matter said: "If you open up Apple Watch compatibility to Android devices, the value of the Apple Watch to the iPhone will be diluted."

Apple M3 Mac new product launch video shot by iPhone 15 Pro Max mobile phone

On October 31, Apple held a new product launch event with the theme of "Coming Fast", and the M3, M3 Pro, and M3 Max chips were officially unveiled.

MacBook Pro products equipped with the M3 series were launched simultaneously. The 14-inch MacBook Pro is equipped with M3/M3 Pro/M3 Max chip, and the 16-inch MacBook Pro is equipped with M3 Pro or M3 Max chip.

According to reports, compared with the MacBook Pro equipped with the most powerful Intel chip, the performance of the M3 family has been improved by up to 11 times.

The highly anticipated new iMac has also received an upgrade to the M3 chip, equipped with a 24-inch 4.5K Retina screen, 1080P FaceTime HD front-facing camera, six speakers, and more.

Up to 24GB of unified memory, 2TB SSD, and Magic Keyboard with Touch ID are optional.

It is worth noting that at the end of the press conference, the ending easter egg "This special event was shot on an iPhone and edited on a Mac" appeared on the screen, which gave everyone a lot of shock and room for discussion.

Recently, Apple released behind-the-scenes footage of the press conference, from which it can be seen that the back of the iPhone 15 Pro Max phone used for shooting is equipped with stabilizer slides and other professional shooting peripheral tools.

Microsoft officially launches Windows 11 23H2 update, bringing Copilot AI assistant

On October 31, local time, Microsoft announced the launch of a major version update "23H2" for Windows 11. The new version will include an AI chatbot called Copilot.

Copilot is a generative AI tool that relies on the underlying large language model (LLM). Users only need to briefly describe and issue instructions, and Copilot can help write email text, answer questions, and automatically perform related operations in Windows systems, etc. .

This update will also include a series of new features released in September, including AI-driven drawing capabilities, updates to the Snipping Tool and Photos app, RGB lighting support, and an improved Culture Explorer.

Windows 11 23H2 also converts the built-in chat application (Chat) into Microsoft Teams and pins it to the taskbar by default.

Users can also find applications such as Microsoft Store, Game Bar, Phone Link, etc. under the new "System" tab in the "All Apps" section of the "Start" menu.

ByteDance and Meituan announce unified holiday on New Year’s Eve

Recently, it was reported online that ByteDance announced a unified holiday for New Year's Eve. The calendar of its office software "Feishu" has shown that New Year's Eve is the "Spring Festival Reunion Holiday".

According to Poster News, ByteDance employees said that the news was true. "The company's announcement about the New Year's Eve holiday was released at about 13:00 on October 30."

The announcement also pointed out: "The company will provide additional Spring Festival reunion leave on New Year's Eve, which does not occupy the annual leave quota."

In addition, according to The Paper, reporters yesterday confirmed from Meituan insiders that the 2024 Spring Festival holiday arrangements were disclosed on the Meituan intranet.

Meituan stated that according to the "Notice of the General Office of the State Council on the Arrangement of Certain Holidays in 2024" and based on the company's actual situation, all students will have a day off on New Year's Eve, February 9. The holiday will not occupy the annual leave quota. The company will handle attendance in a unified manner without personal complaints. .

vivo releases self-developed AI large model "Blue Heart Large Model" matrix

At the 2023 vivo Developers Conference, vivo released the self-developed AI large model "Blue Heart Model" matrix, including five large models with data volumes of billions, tens of billions, and hundreds of billions.

Shi Yujian, senior vice president of vivo, said that this is the first open source self-researched large-scale model in the mobile phone industry. Currently, the parameters of vivo’s 13 billion blue heart large model can be run through the mobile phone end-to-end.

Vivo also released its self-developed Blue River operating system BlueOS, which supports the Blue Heart large model. The first product equipped with this system is vivo Watch3.

✨ It's the weekend!

One Fun Thing | Invites you to watch a "movie" from more than 2,000 years ago


Recently, blogger @南香不爱吃 posted a video introducing the production process of shadow puppetry, a "movie" made more than 2,000 years ago.

From skin selection to carving, to coloring, binding, rod hanging and performance, each play requires multiple processes and meticulous production.

What to watch on the weekend | Season 3 of "Upload"

If technology can help you have an "afterlife"…

The third season of Amazon's science fiction comedy "Upload" was launched on October 20, returning to the digital "afterlife" world again.

In the third season, this drama throws out a very scary setting: What if people can not only upload to the cloud, but also back up, and even download and revive?

Game recommendation | "Song of Nunu: League of Legends Side Story"

Two good friends, a big adventure in the wilderness. Embark on an adventure with best friends Nunu and Willump as they explore the frozen wastes of the Freljord.

"Nunu's Song: League of Legends Story" is a single-player adventure game. Play as Nunu, a little boy who embarks on a journey to find his mother with the help of his good friend Willump.

They are bound together by their boundless imagination and their shared love of snowball fights.

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