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Apple's new Apple Watch stops online sales in the United States

"Nature" predicts major technological events in 2024

Activision Blizzard CEO Kotick officially steps down on the 29th

He Xiaopeng said that if he wanted to harm his friends, let him build a car

X platform suddenly crashes

It is reported that Huawei Smart Car Selection has launched independent stores and is expected to reach 800 stores in 2024.

ByteDance’s sales will reach US$110 billion in 2023, surpassing Tencent

Bill Gates' annual outlook: The road ahead will reach a turning point in 2024

Honor 90GT and Honor Tablet 9 start pre-sale

Apple releases paper on how to run large models on iPhone

Midjourney welcomes a major update, making image generation more realistic

Total PS5 sales exceed 50 million units

New Balance launches sneaker-flavored fragrance


Pet brand pidan opens first coffee shop

Jason Statham’s new film scheduled for release in Mainland China

Anne Hathaway's new film "My Thoughts of You" is scheduled to be released

"Dune 2" scheduled for release in Mainland China

Jay Chou releases new song "Christmas Star"

New Christmas products from the Sugar Factory, see you at noon!

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Apple's new Apple Watch stops online sales in the United States

According to The Verge, a document from the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) on Wednesday local time showed that Apple failed to delay the import ban on Watch Series 9 and Watch Ultra 2.

"For the reasons discussed in the concurrent Commission opinion, the ITC decided to deny Apple's stay of the remedial order pending appeal or in light of a potential government shutdown," the ITC wrote in the filing.

The ban currently only applies to the U.S. market, but third-party retailers like Best Buy can still sell the two smartwatches until stocks are sold out.

Apple has not yet responded to The Verge's request for comment. A company spokesman previously said that Apple is taking "all measures" to reintroduce the product to the U.S. market.

In addition, according to the latest news from Bloomberg, due to ban restrictions, starting from Apple Watch Series 6, Apple will no longer replace models that are out of warranty, which means that customers who encounter problems such as screen damage will not be able to repair their devices through repair services.

However, Apple will still provide assistance for problems that can be solved with software solutions, such as reinstalling the operating system.

"Nature" predicts major technological events in 2024

"Nature" magazine recently took stock of scientific events worthy of attention in 2024, including GPT-5 and the new generation of AlphaFold, the supercomputer Jupiter, the exploration of the moon mission, the production of "super mosquitoes", heading towards the stars and the sea, testing the next generation of new crown vaccines, illuminating Dark matter, Round 2 of the consciousness debate, and fighting climate change.

Since the beginning of this year, the rise of large language models represented by ChatGPT has had a profound impact on the scientific community.

"Nature" believes that OpenAI is expected to release ChatGPT's next-generation model GPT-5 at the end of next year. In addition, scientists are also paying close attention to the progress of GPT-4's competitor Google Gemini.

A new version of Google DeepMind's AI tool AlphaFold will also be released next year, and researchers have used it to accurately predict the 3D shape of proteins.

A new version of AlphaFold can simulate interactions between proteins, nucleic acids and other molecules with atomic precision, which could open up new possibilities for drug design and discovery.

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Activision Blizzard CEO Kotick officially steps down on the 29th

According to The Verge, Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick will officially step down on December 29. Notably, Microsoft has yet to name a direct replacement and has largely retained Activision Blizzard's leadership team.

In the late 2000s, Kotick orchestrated the merger of Activision Blizzard and Vivanti Games, creating Activision Blizzard in 2008 and later being named the company's first CEO.

Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft's Xbox, also sent Kotick his departure blessing yesterday:

"Earlier today, Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick officially announced that Friday, December 29, 2023 will be his last day at Microsoft Gaming.

Under Bobby's leadership, Activision Blizzard became an enduring mainstay in the video game space in its many forms. Whether it's Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, Candy Crush Saga, or numerous other examples, his teams have created beloved franchises that have entertained hundreds of millions of players for decades.

I want to thank Bobby for his valuable contributions to the industry, for his cooperation in completing the Activision Blizzard acquisition, and I wish him and his family the best in the next chapter of his life. "

He Xiaopeng said that if he wanted to harm his friends, let him build a car

According to Tencent Technology, He Xiaopeng, chairman and CEO of Xpeng Motors, recently said in an interview that competition in the automobile market will be very fierce in the next three years. Sales of 1 million vehicles no longer explain anything. The core of future competition will be who has the fastest car. Only when the vehicle sales rate reaches 10 million units does it mean that there is sufficient ownership in this market.

When talking about the "difficulty of building a car", He Xiaopeng said: If you want to build a car now, you can't build it at that time. It will not be launched until three years later.

He believes that the aesthetics, needs, competitive environment, etc. may change in three years. Therefore, what is often said now is that if you want to "harm" a friend, just say, "Brothers, you go start a business and build a car."

When asked later, "Did you force Lei Jun to build a car?" He Xiaopeng quickly waved his hand and said, "No, no." He said that building cars is a philosophy of regret.

X platform suddenly crashes

Yesterday afternoon, the service of social platform

On October 27 last year, Musk acquired the social platform Twitter for US$44 billion and hoped to build the platform into an "all-inclusive application."

After the acquisition was completed, Musk launched multiple rounds of layoffs, with the layoff rate approaching 80%. Due to Musk's "inappropriate remarks" on the platform, many advertisers "flighted". Regarding this sudden collapse, Weibo netizens commented that "cost reduction and laughter increase everywhere".

It is reported that Huawei Smart Car Selection has launched independent stores and is expected to reach 800 stores in 2024.

According to 36 Krypton PowerOn news, Huawei is building independent Hongmeng Zhixing stores for smart car selection. It is expected that the number of new Hongmeng Zhixing stores built by Huawei will reach about 800 in 2024 and hit 1,000 in 2025.

It is reported that the number of Li Auto stores is expected to exceed 800 next year. In other words, Huawei will take one year to complete the total number of Li Auto stores.

A partner investment document of Huawei Hongmeng Intelligence shows that Huawei has opened franchise user centers in 78 cities across the country and is actively seeking partners.

Hongmeng Zhixing User Center provides services including sales, delivery and after-sales, that is, an integrated sales, delivery and service user center. One of the criteria for selecting partners is to give priority to those with experience in luxury brand car sales and maintenance (mechanical and electrical and spray painting).

According to people familiar with the matter, these user centers are a kind of independent stores of Huawei Smart Car Selection.

ByteDance’s sales will reach US$110 billion in 2023, surpassing Tencent

According to Bloomberg, people familiar with the matter revealed that ByteDance’s sales will increase by approximately 30% in 2023, reaching US$110 billion, surpassing Tencent.

The growth rate is roughly in line with the 30% growth expected in 2022, when the company reported sales of more than $80 billion, people familiar with the matter said.

According to previous reports by The Information, due to the surge in advertising and e-commerce revenue, ByteDance's second-quarter revenue increased by more than 40% year-on-year to US$29 billion; revenue in the first half of the year was approximately US$54 billion.

ByteDance generates most of its revenue from its domestic Douyin app, and its overseas revenue mainly comes from TikTok, as well as other smaller international businesses such as video games and enterprise software.

Bill Gates' annual outlook: The road ahead will reach a turning point in 2024

Bill Gates recently released his annual outlook for 2024, saying that the road ahead will reach a turning point in 2024.

According to Bill Gates, 2023 is an extremely special year. Not only is it the year he becomes a grandfather, it is also the year he applies artificial intelligence for the first time in work and other formal occasions.

Bill Gates said: “This is an exciting and confusing time, and if you haven’t figured out how to make the most of artificial intelligence, you’re not alone.”

This year, he also thought deeply about how artificial intelligence will shape our future, especially in areas such as medicine, education and mental health, and how it can help reduce global inequality.

“We can learn a lot from the global health field on how to make AI more equitable. The main lesson is that products must be tailored to the people who use them.”

New product

Honor 90GT and Honor Tablet 9 start pre-sale

At last night's new product launch conference, Honor 90GT was officially released, priced starting at 2,699 yuan, with a limited-time discount starting at 2,599 yuan.

The new phone uses a 6.7-inch OLED flexible straight screen, supports a 120Hz refresh rate, has a global peak brightness of 1200nit and a local peak brightness of 2600nit.

In terms of performance, Honor 90GT is equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, Super Frame independent graphics chip, Honor's self-developed RF enhancement chip C1, and a storage combination of up to 24GB + 1TB.

In terms of battery life, Honor 90GT has a built-in 5000mAh battery and supports 100W wired fast charging. It can charge to 60% in 15 minutes and fully charge in 32 minutes.

In addition, the Honor Tablet 9 was also unveiled at the conference, which uses a 12.1-inch paper-like eye-protecting soft light screen, supports 2.5K display, 120Hz refresh rate and 1.07 billion color depth display.

Honor Tablet 9 is equipped with a large memory combination of 12GB+512GB, which can store thousands of online class videos. In children's mode, parents can authorize some APPs for their children to use, thereby effectively managing the time, period and applications their children use the tablet.

Honor Tablet 9 is launched in four versions: 8GB+128GB, 8GB+256GB, 12GB+256GB, and 12GB+512GB. The pre-sale price starts from 1,499 yuan.

The Honor Tablet 9 Soft Light Edition is available in two versions: 8GB+256GB and 12GB+256GB, with pre-sale discounts starting from 1,799 yuan. Pre-sales will start at 20:30 on December 21, 2023, and sales will officially begin at 10:08 on December 29, 2023.

Apple releases paper on how to run large models on iPhone

According to Macrumors, Apple recently released a paper introducing a method that can solve the problem of "running large models on mobile phone memory."

The authors of the paper pointed out that the flash storage in mobile devices is richer than the RAM traditionally used to run LLM (Large Language Model). Their method cleverly bypasses the limitations and achieves it through two key technologies: Windowing and Row-Column Bundling. Minimize data transfer and maximize flash throughput.

Windowing technology refers to the reuse of previously activated neurons to reduce data transmission.

Row-Column Bundling technology refers to customizing the order of accessing data blocks based on the data characteristics of flash memory, thereby increasing the size of data blocks read from flash memory.

The paper states that this technology allows large models to run within twice the available memory of the iPhone, resulting in significant performance improvements, with inference speeds increased by 4-5 times and 20-25 times in the CPU and GPU respectively.

The authors of the paper wrote at the end of the article: "This breakthrough technology is particularly important for deploying advanced LLM in resource-limited environments, expanding its applicability and accessibility."

Midjourney welcomes a major update, making image generation more realistic

After nine months, Midjourney officially announced the official launch of the alpha version of Midjourney V6 on the Discord server yesterday. You can enable this version by selecting V6 in the /settings drop-down menu or typing –v6 after the prompt.

According to the official introduction, the new version can generate more realistic images than before, have a more intuitive understanding of text prompts, have slight text drawing capabilities, and have twice the resolution.

In addition, officials said that the speed, image quality, coherence, prompt following and text accuracy of the new version will be improved in the coming weeks.

new consumption

Total PS5 sales exceed 50 million units

According to Reuters, total sales of Sony PlayStation 5 have exceeded 50 million units and set the best Black Friday sales record for the device in history. Sony expects PlayStation 5 sales to reach 25 million units this fiscal year.

Eric Lempel, Sony's senior vice president of global marketing, said: "Considering our strong performance in November and the many market conditions we saw in December, overall, our sales performance is very good." And added that PlayStation 5 is expected to surpass PlayStation 4 in sales.

PS5 sales have been hampered by supply chain issues in previous years, but those issues have eased with the release of critically acclaimed games like "Marvel's Spider-Man 2."

New Balance launches sneaker-flavored fragrance

Recently, in tribute to the New Balance 990 and OG high-performance basketball shoes, New Balance launched two limited edition fragrances in the Distilled series: Original and Cour.

Original fragrance pays homage to the iconic New Balance 990 shoe, featuring notes of leather, rubber, cotton socks and freshly cut grass, carefully formulated with bergamot mint, leather notes and tobacco absolute.

Court pays homage to the OG performance basketball shoe, using wild Tyrolean essential oils of Australian sandalwood, patchouli and juniper berries to create a scent that evokes basketball rubber and hardwood floors.

These two fragrances are currently on sale in limited quantities at the Gray Store New Balance concept store in Australia, and are limited to the first 100 buyers.

Pet brand pidan opens first coffee shop

Recently, pet brand pidan's first self-operated cafe "sorry dog" in Shanghai officially opened.

As a cafe with the theme of "cats are more friendly", sorry dog ​​found that different pets have inherent differences, so they divided the indoor and outdoor areas into "cat-friendly" and "dog-friendly" to make both cats and dogs Able to play freely in a suitable environment.

For cats that have been socialized and trained to go out, sorry dog ​​also provides a shared space outside of home for them to enjoy time with their owners.

The space design was jointly created by the architectural firm SpaceStation and sorry dog ​​to ensure that the concept of "cats are more friendly" runs through every detail.

For example, the easiest way to build trust with cats is to imitate their behavior, so in sorry dog’s space, artificial wooden hillsides lead to seats, mimicking cats’ climbing nature and providing them with a place they like to climb. environment of.


Jason Statham’s new film scheduled for release in Mainland China

The action thriller "The Beekeeper" starring Jason Statham is officially scheduled to be released in mainland China on January 12 next year, simultaneously with North America.

Directed by David Ayer, Jeremy Irons, Josh Hutcherson, Emmy Lavelle Lampman, Bobby Nardelli and others also star.

The film "derives into the mythology of beekeeping and tells the story of a man's journey of revenge, which puts his country at risk after he is revealed to have been an agent of a powerful secret organization called The Beekeepers."

Anne Hathaway's new film "My Thoughts of You" is scheduled to be released

"My Thoughts of You," a romantic comedy starring Anne Hathaway and Nicholas Gallicina, has been finalized and will be released on Amazon streaming on May 2 next year. Directed by Michael Chauveau and adapted from Robinne Lee's best-selling novel of the same name.

The film focuses on Sophie, a 40-year-old woman whose husband Dan left her for another younger woman and canceled plans to attend the Coachella music festival with their 15-year-old daughter.

For this reason, Sophie could only go to accompany her daughter, enduring the crowds of Coachella and the heat of the desert. There she met the 24-year-old Hayes Campbell, the lead singer of the most popular boy band August Moon, and her life was rejuvenated. enthusiasm.

"Dune 2" scheduled for release in Mainland China

"Dune 2" is officially scheduled to be released in mainland China on March 8 next year, one week later than North America (3.1).

Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, and Rebecca Ferguson continue to star, Denis Villeneuve returns to direct and write, and Hans Zimmer returns to score.

The story "explores Paul's journey into the Great Mystery, as he joins forces with the Cheni and the Fremen to seek vengeance against those who conspired to destroy his family. Paul must choose between the love of his life and the fate of the known universe, and strive to To prevent a terrible future that only he could foresee".

Jay Chou releases new song "Christmas Star"

On the evening of December 21st, Jewel Music officially released Jay Chou's new song "Christmas Star". This is also Jay Chou's new song released one year after the album "The Greatest Work" was released in July 2022.

The song MV was shot in a European town with a unique style, and in a log cabin decorated with Christmas elements and with a roaring fire. Jay Chou, Gary and the band members wore Christmas-style costumes and sang in a romantic Christmas atmosphere. Performance.

The lyrics tell about the partner who originally planned to spend Christmas together but suddenly broke up before. The protagonist can only decorate the Christmas tree alone, which is in sharp contrast to the expected joyful scene.

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