Morning Post | Blizzard officially announces the return of the national server, and the game may be launched in the summer/Huawei MateBook is equipped with Pangu large model for the first time/Jia Yueting responds to accusations of fraud by former Faraday Future employees

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Blizzard Game Officially Announces Re-Cooperation with NetEase, the Game May Be Relaunched in the Summer

Jack Ma affirms Alibaba’s reforms

Zhiji expresses indignation against online violence

Foreign media reported that ByteDance’s profit increased by 60% in 2023, Byte responded

Intel: Expected to ship 40 million AI PCs in 2024

Users complain about Vision Pro experience

Xpeng Motors officially announces entry into Hong Kong and Macau markets

Faraday Future employees expose early sales fraud, Jia Yueting responds

Redmi Turbo 3 released, starting price 1999

Huawei's new MateBook will be equipped with a large Pangu model for the first time

Jikrypton 009 Glory four-seater MPV official announcement

Google launches Gemini 1.5 Pro public preview, capable of processing audio

iOS 18 may bring “Safari Browsing Assistant”

Meta confirms its Llama 3 open source model launching next month

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Blizzard Game Officially Announces Re-Cooperation with NetEase, the Game May Be Relaunched in the Summer

Yesterday, Blizzard Entertainment and NetEase Games officially announced that Blizzard Games’ national server will return in the summer.

Subsequently, Blizzard NetEase also issued a "Letter to Chinese Server Blizzard Game Players", which emphasized that when the server is restarted, the player's account data will be completely retained.

Blizzard Entertainment's game titles will return to the Chinese mainland market under the updated game distribution agreement, covering various national server games under the previous agreement: "World of Warcraft", "Hearthstone" and other games based on "Warcraft" and "Overwatch" "Diablo" and "StarCraft" are series of games in their respective game universes.

Since Blizzard was acquired by Microsoft at the end of 2023, the main entities of this cooperation are Microsoft, NetEase and Blizzard Entertainment. Microsoft Games and NetEase have also reached an agreement to try to bring new NetEase games to Xbox and other platforms.

It is reported that NetEase Games immediately released recruitment information for positions related to Blizzard Games yesterday.

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Jack Ma affirms Alibaba’s reforms

Yesterday, Jack Ma signed his name as "Feng Qingyang" and published a post on Alibaba's intranet titled "For Reform and Innovation."

In his post, Jack Ma highly affirmed the courage of change of the new management composed of Tsai Chongxin and Wu Yongming, saying that Alibaba has returned to the track of healthy growth and supports continued reform.

Jack Ma said that the core change of Alibaba’s reform in the past year is not to catch up with KPIs, but to recognize itself and return to the value track.

Jack Ma also thought about the future of the industry:

I believe that e-commerce in three years will definitely not be the most popular e-commerce today… The important thing is not who to catch up with today, but to think about how tomorrow's e-commerce should improve the consumer experience… The AI ​​era has just arrived, everything It’s just the beginning and we are at the right moment!

It is reported that this is the first time that Jack Ma has shared his thoughts on the company's reform, innovation and future prospects in a long article five years after his retirement.

Zhiji expresses indignation against online violence

Yesterday, Zhiji Auto announced "an outrageous thing" on Weibo.

Zhiji Auto stated that after three formal apologies for mislabeling Xiaomi car configurations at the press conference, a large number of harassing behaviors using insults, slanders, and personal attacks occurred in Zhiji’s live broadcast rooms, comment areas, and dealer store live broadcast rooms. .

Zhiji Auto pointed out that content that distorted and smeared Zhiji Auto’s technological innovation appeared on various online platforms, and there were even personal attacks on Zhiji car owners and press conference speakers.

Zhiji Auto released screenshots of relevant online violence content, saying it would continue to publish them if necessary, and called for the joint creation of a "clear" online public opinion space.

Foreign media reported that ByteDance’s profit increased by 60% in 2023, Byte responded

Bloomberg reported yesterday that ByteDance's profits will increase by 60% in 2023, surpassing the growth of Tencent and Alibaba, indicating ByteDance's resilience in the face of the world economic downturn.

According to people familiar with the matter, ByteDance's sales increased from 80 billion to 120 billion, and its earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization rose from approximately US$25 billion to over US$40 billion.

ByteDance responded that Bloomberg’s rumors about profit growth and related data are untrue.

Intel: Expected to ship 40 million AI PCs in 2024

At the Intel Vision 2024 conference, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger said that Intel expects AI PC shipments to reach 40 million units in 2024, with more than 230 designs, including ultra-thin PCs to gaming handheld devices.

At the conference, Intel also released the Gaudi 3 AI chip. According to reports, its inference throughput is 50% higher on average than Nvidia H100, inference efficiency is 40% higher on average, and the cost will be lower.

Intel also introduced its next-generation Core Ultra processor, codenamed "Lunar Lake", which will provide 100 TOPS performance for AI work and an NPU performance of 45 TOPS.

Users complain about Vision Pro experience

MarketWatch reports that some Apple Vision Pro users have encountered some health issues while using the headset.

One user experienced "very dark circles" after wearing it for the first time. She thought this might be caused by the weight of the device on her face. Another user reported that after using the device for two hours, He felt soreness at the base of his skull and upper back.

Apple declined to comment on these user complaints and referred MarketWatch to the user guide, which advises users to take breaks every 20 to 30 minutes during the acclimation period and to discontinue use if they feel discomfort. Apple also doesn’t recommend using the device for people with eye strain, headaches, or other pain.

Xpeng Motors officially announces entry into Hong Kong and Macau markets

Xpeng Motors announced yesterday that Hong Kong, as one of China's important automobile markets, will expand its business scope through cooperation with Sime Darby Motors' dealers and authorize Sime Darby Motors Group to be the official agent of Xpeng Motors in the Hong Kong market.

According to reports, Xpeng and Sime Darby plan to open a flagship store of Xpeng Motors in Hong Kong in the third quarter, introducing the latest pure electric SUV Xpeng G6 and the super smart driving large seven-seater Xpeng X9, to provide Hong Kong customers with comprehensive new car sales and After-sales service.

Xpeng Motors also announced plans for the Macau market: it will cooperate with Macau Xinkangheng Group to bring Xpeng G9, X9, G6 and P7i models to consumers in Macau. Deliveries of left-hand drive models are expected to start in May this year.

Faraday Future employees expose early sales fraud, Jia Yueting responds

Two former Faraday Future employees filed two lawsuits in Los Angeles Superior Court against Faraday Future, founder Jia Yueting, and the company's human resources director Yang Nan, alleging unlawful termination and infliction of emotional distress.

The two former employees also accuse Faraday Future of cheating on sales of the first four units of its FF91 electric car, publicly announcing the deliveries even before at least three of the four cars were fully paid for at the time. Both former employees were fired after submitting internal whistle-blowing letters.

In response to the above accusations, Faraday Future responded that the company takes the two lawsuits filed by former employees very seriously.

Jia Yueting stated on Weibo that the complaint contained a large number of false statements and slander for the purpose of conspiracy for revenge and extortion, and that he would file a countersuit against the two men.​

New product

Redmi Turbo 3 released, starting price 1999

Last night, Redmi held a new product launch conference and released the new mobile phone Redmi Turbo 3 and other new products.

Redmi Turbo 3 is equipped with Qualcomm's third-generation Snapdragon 8s processor, equipped with "Ice Cooling" and "Frenzy Engine 3.0", known as a "little whirlwind of performance."

In addition, Redmi Turbo 3 is also equipped with a 1.5K Qingshan eye-protecting screen, a 50-megapixel large aperture main camera, a 5000 mAh battery, and also supports AI functions such as AI air gestures, AI smart phone assistant, and AI intelligent noise suppression.

In terms of pricing, the 12 GB + 256 GB version starts at 1,999 yuan, and there is also a "Harry Potter" co-branded model. The 16 GB + 512 GB version is priced at 2,699 yuan, all of which will be on sale on April 15.

In addition to mobile phones, the conference also released Redmi Pad Pro, Xiaomi's first open-back headphones, two TVs and a new air conditioner.

Huawei's new MateBook will be equipped with a large Pangu model for the first time

Yesterday, Huawei officially announced the Huawei MateBook

Yu Chengdong, CEO of Huawei Terminal BG, further revealed that this product not only takes into account thinness and performance, but will also support Huawei’s Pangu large model for the first time, and the AI ​​experience will be “further advanced.”

@Sina Technology reports that the new MateBook may support the new "AI Summary" function, which can summarize information and refine keywords and summaries.

Jikrypton 009 Glory four-seater MPV official announcement

Jikrypton officially announced that its sixth car product, Jikrypton 009 Glory, will be released on April 19.

According to reports, Jikrypton 009 Glory will be a luxury four-seater MPV model, equipped with two seats "worth 500,000 yuan." The rear row is equipped with a partition audio-visual entertainment system as standard to separate the cockpit and passenger compartment. The appearance is not much different from Ji Krypton 009, only a few details are different.

According to previous declaration information, the Jikrypton 009 Glory Edition is equipped with dual motors with a power of 270/310 kW.

Google launches Gemini 1.5 Pro public preview, capable of processing audio

During the Google Next event, Google announced that it will make Gemini 1.5 Pro available to the public through its AI application platform Vertex AI, and will also give it "hearing" to help users process audio content.

Users can upload audio content such as conference recordings and TV programs for interpretation and summary without the need for written records.

Gemini 1.5 Pro was released in February and was available to developers and enterprise users at the time.

It is reported that this middleweight model in the Gemini series has surpassed the Gemini Ultra, the model with the strongest size and performance, in terms of performance.

In addition, Google also released the first Arm AI processor Axion. Google said that the Axion processor has 50% higher performance and 60% energy efficiency than similar X86-based products, and is better than competitors such as AWS and Microsoft based on Arm. Product performance is 30% higher.

Google also launched a new video productivity tool "Vids". According to Google, users can create videos in Vids as long as they can create PPT.

iOS 18 may bring “Safari Browsing Assistant”

MacRumors reported that a developer discovered Apple's server backend code, showing that iOS 18 will be equipped with a new "Safari Browsing Assistant."

The code shows a character description for "Safari browsing assistant". The developer speculates that this browsing assistant may be similar to Microsoft's Copilot and can summarize the main content of the current web page.

This Safari browsing assistant may be one of the new generative AI features in iOS 18. Currently, some third-party browsers on the iPhone are already equipped with similar functions, such as Copilot and Arc Search on the Microsoft browser Edge.

Reuters recently reported that after the EU opened up third-party default browser selection for iOS, EU users are more willing to use other browsers instead of Safari.

Meta confirms its Llama 3 open source model launching next month

Meta confirmed at an event in London that it will release Llama 3 major language models next month.

Nick Clegg, Meta's president of global affairs, also said that Llama 3 will provide support for a variety of Meta products, and many models with different functions and different versatility will be launched this year.

The Information previously reported that Meta will launch a small, non-multimodal version of Llama 3 next week, and a large, multimodal version of Llama 3 this summer.

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Shenzhen buses add refrigerators to sell drinks

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Recently, a Xiaohongshu netizen @老子爱成 acne said that a double-decker bus in Shenzhen has added a new freezer, and a variety of drinks are sold in the freezer.

According to the price list, lemon black tea costs 5 yuan, Sprite costs 3 yuan, and Red Bull costs 6 yuan.

The customer service of Shenzhen Bus Group stated that starting from April 1, M191 bus will start selling drinks in the carriage, and the current mode is self-service sales.

"Pokémon" flowing water plain slide will be released in June

The toy company TAKARA TOMY will launch a "Flowing Water Slide" in the shape of the elf "Raquaza" in "Pokémon", which is expected to be released on June 1.

It is reported that this product is to commemorate the flowing plain slide product launched by TAKARA TOMY for the first time in 2013 and its first cooperation with "Pokémon".

Ryushui Somen is a Japanese noodle dish. Bamboo is cut in half lengthwise, and water is filled in the grooves to let the noodles flow down. Diners wait on both sides of the bamboo, pick it up with chopsticks, and dip it in sauce to eat.

Mugler launches first footwear collection

Casey Cadwallader, chief designer of clothing design brand Mugler, released the brand's first shoe series "The Fang Heel".

The entire collection draws inspiration from the brand’s iconic corsets, which feature the unique “Fang Heel” heel that gives the collection its name. The heel is slightly curved, with an angular and flared shape that not only provides greater stability but also gives the shoe a futuristic feel.

Styles include metal-toe sandals with strappy buckles, knee-high boots in black jersey, and mules in washed denim, gauze-like translucent resin fabric and leather.

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"Joker 2" first trailer released

The first trailer of "Joker 2: Double Delusion" has been officially released.

Todd Phillips, the director of the first film, returns to direct, Joaquin Phoenix, who won the Oscar for Best Actor in the first film, returns to star, and singer Lady Gaga joins the cast as Harley Quinn.

According to reports, the film will be a "musical" that tells the story of Harley Quinn, a psychiatrist at Arkham Asylum, who falls in love with the patient "Joker" Arthur Fleck.

The film is scheduled to be released in North America on October 4.

"Ghost in the Shell" 4K restored version confirmed to be introduced

The Japanese classic animated film "Ghost in the Shell" has officially announced that it will be released in mainland China. It will be a 4K restored version and will be released exclusively through the National Art Federation. The schedule is to be determined.

The film is adapted from the science fiction comic of the same name written by Masamune Shirow. It tells the story of the "parallel world" of 2029, where the whole world is connected by a huge information network, various human tissues and organs can be artificialized, and various new crimes occur. This also led to the story that the National Public Safety Commission of Japan established a subordinate secret operation group "Ghost in the Shell" to specifically solve such incidents.

The fourth part of "BJ's Diary" is scheduled to be released

The fourth part of the classic romantic comedy series "BJ's Diary" "Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy" is officially scheduled to be released in many places around the world on February 14, 2025, and will be launched simultaneously on the North American streaming media Peacock.

Renee Zellweger returns to star, Hugh Grant and Emma Thompson will also continue to star, and Michael Morris ("For Leslie") directs.

The story will be adapted from the third book of the original novel. Bridget is now in her early fifties, adapting to contemporary life while facing the responsibilities of motherhood.

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