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Apple plans to launch car in 2028

Samsung develops non-invasive blood glucose monitoring technology

Jack Ma and Tsai Chongxin significantly increase their holdings in Alibaba

League of Legends developer announces layoffs

WeChat AI shows new results

Microsoft forms new AI team to focus on developing small language models

Wu Baojun, co-founder and president of Leapmotor, has resigned

Zhou Hongyi: Supplement the scene with AI instead of using AI to find the scene

iOS 17.3 official version pushed

Xpeng P7i Pengyi Performance Edition is discounted by RMB 50,000

ASUS Tianxuan 5 Pro Ryzen Edition officially released

JD.com will return to CCTV Spring Festival Gala

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Starbucks launches new products for Year of the Dragon

Apple Mac 40th Anniversary

Nominations for the 96th Academy Awards announced

Official trailer for The Avatar live-action series

"Jurassic World" to make new movie

Heavy

Apple plans to launch car in 2028

Early this morning, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter, that Apple had previously envisioned launching a truly self-driving car, but is currently developing an electric vehicle with more limited self-driving capabilities and has postponed the target date for releasing the car.

Apple now plans to launch a Level 2+ self-driving car in 2028, while Apple’s original plan was to launch a self-driving car in 2026 with a Level 4 self-driving car.

Inside the company, the shift is seen as a critical moment for Apple's car: Either the company can finally deliver the product with lowered expectations, or executives may reconsider the need for the project, people familiar with the matter said.

It is reported that Apple’s process of building a car began in 2014. Cook approved a secret car-building project codenamed Titan. In order to build a core team, Apple spent a lot of money to "poach" many talents from Google, Mercedes-Benz, Tesla and other companies.

By the end of 2019, Apple had hired more than 300 employees from Tesla. However, due to Apple's repeated changes in the route and direction of car manufacturing, and its failure to find suitable partners and specific implementation plans, executives involved in the Titan project have resigned one after another, and the project has experienced multiple stagnations.

Samsung develops non-invasive blood glucose monitoring technology

According to Bloomberg, Samsung Electronics is exploring the development of non-invasive blood glucose monitoring and continuous blood pressure detection technology.

Hon Pak, a Samsung executive overseeing the effort, said the work is part of a plan to embed health features into a range of devices.

Samsung Electronics' ultimate goal is to give consumers a comprehensive understanding of their health status through sensors installed in different parts of the body and at home.

Samsung executive Hon Pak said he hopes non-invasive blood glucose monitoring will be on the market in some form within five years.

"We're looking at a variety of different technology platforms from miniaturization to being able to do some type of blood glucose monitoring, or anything in between," Hon Pak said.

It is worth mentioning that Apple has been working on developing a blood glucose meter for many years that does not require users to pierce the skin to draw blood.

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Jack Ma and Tsai Chongxin significantly increase their holdings in Alibaba

Market news yesterday said that Alibaba Group founders Jack Ma and Tsai Chongxin significantly increased their holdings of Alibaba shares.

The Tsai Chongxin Family Fund increased its holdings of Alibaba shares worth US$150 million, and Jack Ma also increased his holdings significantly during the same period.

In 2023, Alibaba repurchased a total of 897.9 million ordinary shares (equivalent to 112.2 million American depositary shares) at a total price of US$9.5 billion (approximately RMB 68 billion), making it the Chinese Internet company with the largest repurchase effort .

A China Securities Journal reporter confirmed the news from Alibaba Group. Alibaba Group said that this reflects its optimism about Alibaba’s prospects and its confidence in the company’s future development, its management team and strategic direction.

As of the closing of U.S. stocks on January 23, Alibaba's share price was trading at US$74.02, up 7.85%.

League of Legends developer announces layoffs

On January 23, Riot Games, a subsidiary of Tencent, announced that it would lay off 530 employees, accounting for approximately 11% of the company’s total employees.

The company's management stated that the layoffs were not to meet shareholder expectations or short-term financial goals, but to focus on developing core business and reduce investment in non-core projects.

For laid-off employees, Riot Games will provide at least 6 months of salary compensation, severance pay, cash equal to the personal annual performance bonus in 2023, laptops and other benefits, and will assist them in career development, resume writing, etc., as well as provide Equity arrangements and visa support.

Despite the adjustments, Riot Games is committed to the continued development of its "League of Legends", "Fearless Contract", "Team Tactics" and "League of Legends" mobile games, and to ensuring the quality of e-sports and gaming experiences.

However, the card game "Legends of Runeterra" and the external cooperation project Forge will be affected, among which the Forge project will cease game development cooperation.

It is worth mentioning that many companies in the gaming industry have also laid off employees recently, including Unity Software and Amazon's Twitch.

WeChat AI shows new results

According to WeChat AI official Weibo, the 2024 WeChat Open Class PRO was recently held in Guangzhou. The WeChat AI team demonstrated new progress in the WeChat dialogue open platform and the new desktop efficiency tool "Small Micro Assistant".

The WeChat dialogue open platform developed by the WeChat AI team can help developers and merchants quickly build a zero-cost, low-threshold dialogue robot that meets their own business needs.

In addition, the WeChat dialogue open platform supports real-time deployment across all channels and has graphical configuration functions, which greatly reduces development difficulty.

At the same time, "Xiaowei Assistant", as a desktop tool based on WeChat conversation technology, has a variety of functions, such as Json Rubik's Cube, Base64 tools, password tools, etc., and supports external large model access and customized function development to achieve personalized needs .

The WeChat dialogue open platform will continue to provide one-stop intelligent dialogue solutions for the entire industry, making dialogue easier.

Microsoft forms new AI team to focus on developing small language models

According to The Information, Microsoft is working on building AI models with lower running costs, with the goal of bringing these models to the market within the next five years.

According to people familiar with the matter, Microsoft has transferred several top AI experts from its research department to join the new GenAI team, led by company Vice President Misha Bilenko.

The new team will focus on developing small language models that require less computing resources and are smaller and more efficient than OpenAI's technology.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella emphasized the importance of developing small AI models at the World Economic Forum in Davos, calling it a way to "control our own destiny."

Wu Baojun, co-founder and president of Leapmotor, has resigned

According to Sina Finance, Wu Baojun, co-founder and president of Leapmotor, has resigned. Leapmotor will no longer have a president position.

Wu Baojun joined Leapmotor in May 2020 and is responsible for the company's business development, marketing, manufacturing and supply chain. Before joining Leapmotor, he worked for Peugeot, GAC Honda, GAC Toyota and Zhongcheng Insurance.

According to people familiar with the matter, Wu Baojun has not participated in the operation of Zero Pao for a year. This year, he has been mainly responsible for strategy and government affairs and will not have any impact on the company's operations.

Zhou Hongyi: Supplement the scene with AI instead of using AI to find the scene

Recently, Zhou Hongyi, founder of 360 Group, and Fu Sheng, chairman of Cheetah Mobile, were invited to attend the launch of the Orion Star model.

At the press conference, Zhou Hongyi said that at the beginning of 2023, when ChatGPT came out, everyone thought that building a large model was building an atomic bomb, which was the Manhattan Project. But with open source, by the end of 2023, those who might be building atomic bombs will find that they are actually making tea eggs.

Regarding the development path of large models, Zhou Hongyi said that today’s large models must be polarized. On the one hand, large models of hundreds of billions and trillions will appear; on the other hand, it is also a trend to make large models smaller when applied to specific scenarios.

Zhou Hongyi believes that in actual entrepreneurial scenarios, "Entrepreneurs should combine small business scenarios and use AI to solve in-depth problems. Supplement the scenarios with AI instead of using AI to find scenarios."

Fu Sheng also said: "2023 will be a very important year in the history of human science and technology. It is a miracle year. The birth of ChatGPT will enable human beings to explore science and technology to reach a new height, and will have a profound impact on the bottom-level life of human beings." If we don’t adapt to the new reconstruction, we will not be able to keep up with this era.”

New product

iOS 17.3 official version pushed

Yesterday, Apple pushed the updated version of iOS 17.3 to iPhone users. The updates include:

New stolen device protection feature: Improve iPhone and Apple ID security by forcing the use of Face ID or Touch ID (which cannot be replaced by a password) to perform sensitive operations. For sensitive operations such as changing the device password or Apple ID password, you need to wait one hour before performing a successful biometric verification.

Lock Screen: In celebration of Black History Month, a new unified wallpaper pays homage to Black history and culture.

Music: A new collaborative playlist feature allows users to invite friends to their own playlist, and everyone can add, reorder and delete songs. Meanwhile, users can now also add emoji reactions to any song in a collaborative playlist.

Other improvements: Support for AirPlay hotel playback function, allowing users to stream content directly to the TV in a specific hotel room; "AppleCare & Warranty" in "Settings" can display the warranty coverage of all devices logged in with an Apple ID; Optimized car accident detection (available for all iPhone 14 and iPhone 15 models).

Xpeng P7i Pengyi Performance Edition is discounted by RMB 50,000

Yesterday, Xpeng Motors officially announced that from January 24 to February 29, the Xpeng P7i 610 Pengyi Performance Edition will launch a limited-time discount, with a price reduction of 50,000 yuan, and the price after the discount will be 289,900 yuan.

Xpeng P7i is available in four versions, including 702 Pro, 702 Max, 610 Max performance version and 610 Pengyi performance version. The Pengyi Performance Edition maintains the same split headlights and closed front grille design in appearance, and specially adds scissor doors to enhance personalization and recognition.

In terms of interior, the car uses dual screens and a double-spoke multi-function steering wheel. It is equipped with Xmart OS 4.0 system and Snapdragon SA8155P chip, which supports a voice system for full-time dialogue throughout the car.

In terms of power, the new car is equipped with front and rear dual motors, with a maximum power of 348kW and a maximum torque of 757N·m. It only takes 3.9 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h, and the CLTC operating range can reach 610km.

ASUS Tianxuan 5 Pro Ryzen Edition officially released

On January 23, ASUS officially launched the Tianxuan 5 Pro Ryzen Edition gaming notebook at its annual new product launch conference.

This high-performance gaming laptop is equipped with AMD Ryzen 9 7940HX processor, which uses advanced Zen4 architecture and 5nm process. It has 16 cores and 32 threads, with a maximum frequency of 5.2GHz, and is equipped with 80MB cache.

In terms of graphics card, Tianxuan 5 Pro Ryzen Edition is equipped with NVIDIA RTX 4060/4070 GPU, with 8GB GDDR6 video memory and 140W of full-blooded performance, supporting real-time ray tracing and DLSS 3.5 technology.

In terms of screen, Tianxuan 5 Pro Ryzen Edition has been upgraded to a 16-inch 2.5K 165Hz gaming screen, with a 3ms response time and 100% sRGB color gamut coverage. Combined with G-SYNC technology, it brings players no smearing and no stuttering. visual experience.

In terms of storage configuration, Tianxuan 5 Pro Ryzen Edition has built-in 16GB DDR5 5600MHz memory and 1TB PCIe 4.0 SSD, which supports users to upgrade and install additional SSDs. The body is rich in interfaces, including full-featured Type-C, HDMI2.1, USB-A and RJ45, etc., to meet a variety of peripheral connection needs.

ASUS Tianxuan 5 Pro Ryzen Edition is now available for pre-sale across the entire network, with a special initial price of 7,999 yuan, and will be officially launched at 10:00 on January 26.

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JD.com will return to CCTV Spring Festival Gala

According to LatePost, JD.com will become the interactive platform for the 2024 CCTV Spring Festival Gala. During the Spring Festival, JD.com will set up the main Spring Festival Gala venue on the app and give away 100 million one-cent prizes in the form of interactive draws, including physical goods such as cars.

According to people familiar with the matter, these prizes will not only be delivered domestically, JD.com is internally discussing how to send these prizes overseas with free shipping. A person close to CCTV said that in order to become an interactive platform for the Spring Festival Gala, companies would have to spend at least hundreds of millions of yuan in sponsorship fees.

As for why JD.com returned to the Spring Festival Gala this year, a JD.com person explained that JD.com is eager to find more sinking users.

In order to encourage employees to come up with more innovative methods for growth, JD.com founder Liu Qiangdong also held a conference in June 2023, listing 20 growth strategies, and required each department to go back and combine their own business after listening. Concluding thoughts. When there is a hot discussion about JD.com on the Internet, he will directly criticize the marketing, growth and other departments, "Why didn't you keep up with this hot topic?"

For JD.com now, it needs to seize every possible opportunity for growth.

Starbucks launches new products for Year of the Dragon

To celebrate the Chinese New Year, Starbucks has launched three new products for the Year of the Dragon that imply auspiciousness.

The new golden caramel milk latte has its own gold-absorbing constitution, and the golden luck is riding a dragon, bringing a sense of satisfaction with the overlapping aroma of caramel and sweetness.

The refreshing fragrance of Longjing matches the freshness of light bamboo leaves, blended with mellow milk and longan juice. The second new product, Longjing Bamboo Tea Latte, has an overlapping aroma and a full aftertaste.

The third style is Double Rose Fuli White, which focuses on happiness first, with a light dragon dance, bringing a brighter sweetness.

Apple Mac 40th Anniversary

January 24th marks the 40th anniversary of Steve Jobs' introduction of the Macintosh, the first personal computer with a graphical user interface successfully sold to the masses.

Apple executives spoke highly of the product line's success on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Mac computer.

"This is not a nostalgia story, nor is history passing us by," said Greg Joswick, Apple's senior vice president. "It's been an incredible 40 years," Wired reported. This development is partly driven by incremental changes that occur throughout the life cycle.”

Alan Dye, Apple's vice president of human-computer interaction design, pointed out: "Our success is that we have a studio full of designers, including hardware and software design, sound design, material design and color design. We now There are more than 50 disciplines, including tactile design and so on. We work very hard to bring it all together in one space to design every Apple product.”

Apple designer Molly Anderson said: "There is definitely the potential for a revolution in the future. When we start a new project, we don't start by thinking about how popular an existing product is. We always focus on designing the best for the job. Tool of."

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Nominations for the 96th Academy Awards announced

The 2024 96th Oscar nomination list was officially announced. Nolan's "Oppenheimer" led the way with 13 nominations; "Killers of the Flower Moon" received 10 nominations, and "Barbie" received 8 nominations. The awards will be officially awarded on March 10.

The full list is as follows:

Best Film:

"American Novel"

"Falling Judgment"

"Barbie"

"Staying in School Alliance"

"Killers of the Flower Moon"

"Music Master"

"Oppenheimer"

"Past Life"

"Poor Thing"

"Area of ​​Interest"

Best Director:

Justine Trier's "The Fall"

Yorgos Lanthimos "Poor Thing"

Christopher Nolan "Oppenheimer"

"Zone of Interest" by Jonathan Glazer

Martin Scorsese "Killers of the Flower Moon"

Best Actor:

Bradley Cooper "Music Master"

Coleman Domingo "Rustin"

Paul Giamatti's "Stay in School"

Cillian Murphy "Oppenheimer"

Jeffrey White "American Novel"

Best Actress:

Annette Bening "Ned"

Lily Gladstone "Killers of the Flower Moon"

Sandra Wheeler "Falling Judgment"

Carey Mulligan "The Music Master"

Emma Stone "Poor Thing"

Best Supporting Actor:

Sterling K. Brown "American Novel"

Robert De Niro "Killers of the Flower Moon"

Robert Downey Jr. "Oppenheimer"

Ryan Gosling "Barbie"

Mark Ruffalo "Poor Thing"

Best Supporting Actress:

Emily Blunt "Oppenheimer"

Danielle Brooks "The Color Purple"

America Ferrera "Barbie"

Damien Joy Randolph "Stay in School"

Jodie Foster "Ned"

Best Original Screenplay:

"Falling Judgment"

"Staying in School Alliance"

"Music Master"

"May-December"

"Past Life"

Best Adapted Screenplay:

"Barbie"

"Oppenheimer"

"American Novel"

"Poor Thing"

"Area of ​​Interest"

Best International Film:

"I am the Captain"

"Perfect Day"

"Despair Covenant"

"Teachers' Lounge"

"Area of ​​Interest"

Best Animated Feature Film:

"What kind of life do you want to live"

"Crazy Element City"

"Spider-Man: Across the Universe"

"Monster Girl Nimona"

"Robot Dream"

Best Documentary Feature:

"Bobby Wine: President of the Streets"

"Eternal Memory"

"The Daughters of Olpha"

"Tiger Slaughter"

"20 Days in Mariupol"

Best clip:

"Falling Judgment"

"Staying in School Alliance"

"Oppenheimer"

"Poor Thing"

"Killers of the Flower Moon"

Best Photography:

"count"

"Killers of the Flower Moon"

"Music Master"

"Oppenheimer"

"Poor Thing"

Best visual effects:

"AI Creator"

"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3"

"Mission Impossible 7"

"Napoleon"

"Godzilla-1.0"

Best Art Direction:

"Barbie"

"Killers of the Flower Moon"

"Napoleon"

"Oppenheimer"

"Poor Thing"

Best Makeup & Hairstyle:

"Music Master"

"Oppenheimer"

"Golda"

"Poor Thing"

"Despair Covenant"

Best Score:

"American Novel"

"Raiders of the Lost Ark 5"

"Killers of the Flower Moon"

"Oppenheimer"

"Poor Thing"

Best song:

"American Symphony" "It Never Went Away"

"Barbie" "I'm Just Ken"

"The Birth of Hot Cheetos" "The Fire Inside"

"Wahzhazhe(A Song For My People)" "Killers of the Flower Moon"

"Barbie" "What Was I Made For?"

Best Live Action Short Film:

"The One Who Stayed"

"Invincible"

"Knight of Fortune"

"Red, White and Blue"

"The Amazing Story of Henry Sugar"

Best Animated Short Film:

"Letter with Pigs"

"Ninety-five Feelings"

"Our Uniform"

"Thick Skin"

"War Is Over! Inspired by the Music of John & Yoko"

Best Documentary Short:

"Basic Law on Banned Books"

"The Barber Of Little Rock"

"Island In Between"

"The Last Repair Shop"

"Grandma and Grandma"

Best sound effects:

"AI Creator"

"Music Master"

"Mission Impossible 7"

"Oppenheimer"

"Area of ​​Interest"

Best Costume Design:

"Barbie"

"Killers of the Flower Moon"

"Oppenheimer"

"Poor Thing"

"Napoleon"

Official trailer for The Avatar live-action series

The Netflix live-action series of the popular animated series "Avatar: The Last Airbender" has released an official trailer and will premiere on February 22 this year.

The film stars Aang, a boy from the Qihe tribe. After waking up from the ice, he sees the world ravaged by war. After meeting two friends, Sokka and Katara, he embarks on an exciting adventure and continues… Belongs to the mission of the Avatar.

"Jurassic World" to make new movie

According to THR, Universal Pictures is already developing a new "Jurassic World" movie with a new storyline.

The film is scripted by David Cape, the screenwriter of "Jurassic Park Part 2", and is in active operation. Preparations have been quite sufficient and it is planned to be released in 2025.

Frank Marshall returns to produce and Spielberg executive produces. It is unclear how this film will be presented and will "create a new Jurassic World."

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