Morning Post | Apple may launch a new iPad in early May/Huawei’s revenue in 2023 will be 704.2 billion yuan/Xiaomi may release an SUV by the end of the year

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Apple will launch new iPad Pro/Air models in early May

Musk xAI launches Grok-1.5 large language model

ColorOS launches new AI features

Xiaomi responds to the issue of being unable to refund the deposit

Huawei’s revenue in 2023 will be 704.2 billion yuan

Zhou Hongyi announced that he will open source the 360 ​​Zhi Nao 7B model

People familiar with the matter said Xiaomi is expected to release its first SUV model by the end of the year

Liu Qiangdong issued a letter to all employees stating that corporate culture has been upgraded

Certain Affinity lays off staff for first time in 17 years

Great Wall Motors’ revenue in 2023 will increase by 26.12% year-on-year

Roborock Technology announces that its sweeping robot sales volume ranks first in the world

OPPO Find X7 Ultra satellite communication version pre-sale starts

The new Jikrypton 001 is launched and integrated with HUAWEI HiCar

Avita 12 2024 model officially launched

iCAR’s second electric car V23 officially announced

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"Journey Across the Moon" scheduled for May Day

 News worth watching over the weekend

Apple will launch new iPad Pro/Air models in early May

According to Mark Gurman, Apple will launch new iPad Pro and iPad Air models in early May. Prior to this, Gurman had hinted that the new iPad would be launched in March and April.

Gurman said Apple's suppliers are currently increasing production of the new iPad. Apple originally planned to launch the iPad in March or early April, but is apparently working to "complete the software for the new device." And OLED iPad Pro models also require "complex new manufacturing technology," Gurman said, which is one of the reasons for the delay.

Gurman also said that the iPad Pro models will use OLED display technology and the new M3 chip, while the iPad Air will come in a standard 10.9-inch size and a larger 12.9-inch size.

Musk xAI launches Grok-1.5 large language model

xAI, an artificial intelligence company owned by Musk, announced on its official blog that it has officially launched Grok-1.5.

According to officials, one of the most significant improvements in Grok-1.5 is its performance in coding and math-related tasks. In testing, Grok-1.5 achieved 50.6% on the MATH benchmark and 90% on the GSM8K benchmark.

Also new in Grok-1.5 is the ability to handle long contexts of up to 128K tokens within its context window. This increases Grok's memory capacity to 16 times the previous context length, enabling the utilization of information in longer documents. In the Needle in a Haystack (NIAH) evaluation, Grok-1.5 demonstrated strong retrieval capabilities in contexts up to 128K tokens in length. Embed text in to achieve perfect search results.

The blog also mentions that Grok-1.5 will be available to early testers and existing Grok users on the X platform in the coming days.

In addition, after the official launch of Grok-1.5, Musk also posted that Grok 2 is being trained and will surpass the current artificial intelligence in all indicators.

ColorOS launches new AI features

On March 29, OPPO announced the launch of ColorOS’s new AI function. This new AI function mainly has the following three points:

  • Xiaobu English teacher: AI simulates real-person teaching, providing one-on-one oral practice to solve learning problems
  • Xiaobu Interviewer: Can simulate interviews to help users easily master interview skills
  • Xiaobu Q&A: AI provides all-round assistance and can easily handle all types of product reviews, social platform copywriting, and full travel planning

Currently, in addition to the first launch of OnePlus Ace 3 V, the above models have been newly launched on March 28, 2024, and are suitable for ColorOS 14.0 and above, and Xiaobu Assistant App version 10.3.

Xiaomi responds to the issue of being unable to refund the deposit

After Xiaomi cars went on sale, some consumers complained on the platform, saying that the 5,000 yuan car deposit could not be refunded.

The answer given by Xiaomi is that the vehicle configuration can be modified at any time within 7 days after paying the deposit. The vehicle configuration will be automatically locked after 7 days. After the configuration is locked, the vehicle will enter the production stage. The configuration cannot be modified and the deposit will not be refunded.

In addition, the current car configuration of the Founder Edition has been locked, and consumers can lock the order after paying a deposit.

Huawei’s revenue in 2023 will be 704.2 billion yuan

Huawei released its 2023 annual report yesterday. According to the report data, Huawei's total global sales revenue last year was 704.2 billion yuan, an increase of 9.6% from 2022; its net profit reached 87 billion yuan, an increase of 144.7% from the previous year.

The details of Huawei’s revenue from each business are as follows:

  • ICT infrastructure business sales revenue was 362 billion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 2.3%
  • Terminal business sales revenue was 251.5 billion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 17.3%
  • Cloud computing business sales revenue was 55.3 billion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 21.9%
  • Digital energy business sales revenue was 52.6 billion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 3.5%
  • Smart car solution business sales revenue was 4.7 billion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 128.1%

Hu Houkun also said in the annual report that in 2024, "We will adhere to open innovation, prosper the ecosystem, win with quality, and create greater value for customers and society."

Zhou Hongyi announced that he will open source the 360 ​​Zhi Nao 7B model

360 founder Zhou Hongyi revealed on social platforms that the 360 ​​Intelligent Brain 7 billion parameter model will be open source and support long text input of 500,000 characters.

Zhou Hongyi said that everyone is adjusting the text length, and soon 1 million words will become the standard. The purpose of making this capability open source is to unleash the power of open source and "so that everyone no longer has to work behind closed doors."

Earlier, 360 AI Browser has opened the long text reading function of 1 million words to users for free, and 360 Intelligence has also begun internal testing of 5 million words of long text, and the 360 ​​AI Browser will be launched soon.

People familiar with the matter said Xiaomi is expected to release its first SUV model by the end of the year

According to Cailian News, people familiar with the matter said that Xiaomi may release an SUV model by the end of this year.

On March 28, Xiaomi Automobile SU7 was officially released, with a total of 9 colors and 4 interiors available, priced at 215,900 yuan to 299,900 yuan.

Luo Yonghao forwarded Xiaomi Motors' Weibo and commented that "Xiaomi Motors is likely to re-stage the epic scene of good money driving out bad money in the mass consumer car market following the affordable mobile phone market."

Previously, in the short video "Lei Jun Answers Netizen Questions", a netizen once asked why Xiaomi Motors' first car was not an SUV. Lei Jun said that firstly, the driving experience of a sedan would be better, and secondly, the market demand for sedans is very large. The total volume is about the same as that of SUVs, but there are actually not many good pure electric cars on the market.

Liu Qiangdong issued a letter to all employees stating that corporate culture has been upgraded

Liu Qiangdong, founder and chairman of the board of directors of JD.com, issued an all-member letter yesterday, announcing the upgrade of JD.com’s corporate culture.

  • Mission upgraded to: technology-based, making life better
  • The core values ​​have been upgraded to: customer first, innovation, hard work, responsibility, gratitude, and integrity.

Liu Qiangdong also stated in the letter that successful innovation ultimately needs to return to "cost, efficiency, and experience." To evaluate whether an innovation is valuable, it is necessary to ensure that at least one of "cost, efficiency, and experience" has been significantly improved, and the other two cannot Only by going backwards can we succeed, otherwise it will be ineffective.

Certain Affinity lays off staff for first time in 17 years

Certain Affinity, a studio that has co-developed games such as "Halo" and "Call of Duty", issued an announcement on the company's official website, stating that "the company has made the decision to lay off employees for the first time in its 17 years of existence."

Max Hoberman, CEO of Certain Affinity, explained the details of the layoffs on the official website. He said that the layoffs were mainly concentrated in the business operations department, affecting 25 employees.

Regarding the reasons for the layoffs, he claimed that "it is the industry-wide slowdown in financing for new leads and co-development projects, as well as the reluctance of third-party investors to provide funds for games or game companies."

Great Wall Motors’ revenue in 2023 will increase by 26.12% year-on-year

Recently, Great Wall Motors announced on Weibo that its annual revenue in 2023 was 173.212 billion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 26.12%, and its net profit reached 7.023 billion yuan.

In terms of sales, Great Wall Motors' annual sales reached 1.23 million units, a year-on-year increase of 15.58%, and new energy vehicle sales were 256,400 units, a year-on-year increase of 113.88%.

Wei Jianjun, chairman of Great Wall Motors, said that in 2024, Great Wall Motors will continue to delve into the fields of new energy and intelligence, accelerate investment in technological innovation, and allow users to fully experience the excellent experience brought by new energy and intelligence. At the same time, we will unswervingly implement the new model of "ecological overseas expansion", continue to expand the market, and win the trust of more users around the world with better experience and services.

Roborock Technology announces that its sweeping robot sales volume ranks first in the world

At a press conference held yesterday, Roborock Technology said that after certification by the world's authoritative market research organization "Euromonitor International", Roborock's sweeping robot sales will rank first in the world in 2023. The conference also released two self-cleaning sweeping robots from Roborock Technology.

  • Roborock V20 has Roborock’s first dual-light source solid-state lidar navigation and obstacle avoidance, as well as an 8.2cm thin and light body and dual sweeping and dragging robotic arms.
  • Roborock G20S has a self-maintenance double-helix cleaning system and a robotic arm side brush that is better at cleaning complex corners.

The above two sweeping robots were pre-ordered yesterday.

OPPO Find X7 Ultra satellite communication version pre-sale starts

On March 29, OPPO announced that the Find X7 Ultra satellite communication version (16GB RAM + 1TB ROM) has officially started pre-sale and will be fully sold on April 2, priced at 7,499 yuan.

The Find X7 Ultra satellite communication version provides two satellite call modes, hands-free and handset, and is currently the only smartphone that supports dual-mode two-way satellite calls. Moreover, Find X7 Ultra is also the first mobile phone to support the new generation of 5G-A technology.

In addition, OPPO Find X7 Ultra satellite communication version has also upgraded large model technology, innovative AI calculation, and greatly improved the clarity of zoom by more than 10 times.

The new Jikrypton 001 is launched and integrated with HUAWEI HiCar

Jikrypton announced that the release of the new Jikrypton 001 integrated with HUAWEI HiCar will bring a smoother and more convenient ecological experience to Jikrypton car owners.

Jikrypton said that the HUAWEI HiCar application is fully integrated with native applications, the appearance and style of the application remain consistent, and can be displayed in the "Recently Used" list like native applications.

When one mobile phone is connected to HUAWEI HiCar, another mobile phone can still be connected to the car's Bluetooth. The two mobile phones can remain connected at the same time and can freely choose to make calls.

Avita 12 2024 model officially launched

On March 29, the 2024 model of Avita 12 was launched. A total of 4 models of new cars have been launched, with prices ranging from RMB 265,800 to RMB 400,800.

In terms of appearance design, Avita 12 adopts the new luxurious style of "future aesthetics" and creates an axle length ratio of 0.61, an aspect ratio of 1.38, and a wheel height ratio of 0.514, perfectly integrating luxurious aura and extreme proportions.

In terms of smart travel experience, the Avita 12 series is equipped with 3 lidars and 29 smart driving sensors as standard. It is equipped with Huawei's latest high-end smart driving HUAWEI ADS 2.0, which can be called "top-notch smart driving".

In terms of safety, Avita 12 has 19 intelligent active safety configurations and is equipped with 3 lidars integrated with a universal obstacle sensing network to achieve 360-degree surround anti-collision protection.

In addition, Avita is the first brand in the world to adopt CATL’s Panshi high-safety skateboard chassis. The Panshi skateboard chassis is jointly developed by Avita and CATL. It is based on the integrated skateboard chassis and CTC technology. It fully supports 5C overcharging technology and can achieve 120 kilometers per hour without catching fire in a collision.

iCAR’s second electric car V23 officially announced

iCAR released a preview poster of its second electric vehicle, V23, on social platforms yesterday, and shouted the slogan "iCAR V23 is closer to young people."

As can be seen from the official trailer, the appearance of V23 follows the design ideas of the previously released iCAR 03 and adopts a tough appearance.

Su Jun, founder CEO of Zhimi Technology and chief product officer of iCAR Auto, also warmed up the car, calling iCAR V23 "the most anticipated new car in 2024."

iCAR is an independent sub-brand launched by Chery in April 2023. This brand is an exclusive brand created by Chery for the younger generation of new energy vehicle consumers.

"Journey Across the Moon" scheduled for May Day

The movie "Journey Across the Moon" has released a finalized poster and will be released nationwide on May 1.

The film is written and directed by Li Weiran, starring Zhang Zifeng and Hu Xianxu.

The film is adapted from Chi Zijian's novel "Andante by Moonlight" and tells the story of a young couple who keep going in both directions and keep passing each other.

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One Fun Thing | "Kirby" One Fun Thing will be released on April 27

"Kirby" Ichiban Bonus is expected to be officially released on April 27, with a single issue price of 700 yen. in:

  • A prize is a music key holder that plays Kirby’s 7 random sound effects when you put the key on the hook.
  • B is rewarded with a plush mobile phone holder
  • The final reward is a Kirby backpack

In addition, other prizes include laundry nets, cup sleeves, coasters, square towels, water glasses & cup holder sets, etc.

What to watch on the weekend | "Past Life"

The film is written and directed by Celine Song and stars Greta Lee, Liu Taiwu and John Magaro.

Nora (Greta Lee) immigrated to Canada due to family reasons when she was young. Many years later, she reunited with her childhood sweetheart Haisheng (played by Liu Taiwu) in the United States. At this time, Nora had her own family with Arthur (played by John Magaro). This reunion made the two begin to think about their relationship.

The film was nominated for two nominations for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay at the 96th Academy Awards.

A guide to buying books without reading | "Shouting in the Drizzle"

"Shouting in the Drizzle" is Yu Hua's first full-length work, which tells the story of the protagonist's growth experience and spiritual journey in rural life.

The primary issue this book focuses on is the status of family relationships and friendships. The narrator travels freely through the three time dimensions of the past, present and future, interspersing, assembling and piecing together the fragments of memory.

Yu Hua won the American Barnes-Nobel New Discovery Book Award and the French Medal of Arts and Letters for "Shouting in the Drizzle".

Game recommendation | "Little Floating Island"

"Little Floating Island" is a Galaxy City game with a wide range of themes that focuses on establishing connections with people around you.

The protagonist of the game, Iko, is an ambitious warrior with a bright future. He will explore the ground and the sky, reconnecting a series of floating islands.

By reconnecting the islands, the game world is expanded. Ico needs to explore every hidden corner one by one, collect many upgrades hidden around the world, and face countless hidden challenges.

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