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my country's brain-computer interface technology has a major breakthrough and is expected to be industrialized before Musk

Apple's former design director considered killing MacBook Air

Musk's $55 billion salary incentive package ruled invalid

Universal Music will stop licensing music to Tik Tok

Xiaomi Motors plans to mass-produce in February and is expected to produce 10,000 vehicles per month in July

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MiHoYo was named by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology for not handling complaints in a timely manner.

Zuckerberg: App age verification should be the responsibility of Apple and Google

Dark blue G318 real shots exposed

WeChat input method adds new functions such as clipboard and dialect voice input

Vision Pro external battery cable is detachable

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Starbucks China’s first-quarter revenue grows 20%

Crocs and Toy Story launch joint shoes

"Phantom Parlu" officially denies launch of mobile game

"The Woman Who Runs Away" releases new poster

Anne Hathaway releases stills from new film

HBO to develop 'Darkland' series

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my country's brain-computer interface technology has a major breakthrough and is expected to be industrialized before Musk

According to CCTV, a team from Xuanwu Hospital and Tsinghua University recently jointly announced that the world's first case of quadriplegia treated with implantable epidural electrode brain-computer interface has made breakthrough progress in the rehabilitation of behavioral abilities and achieved autonomous brain control. Drink water.

The news was released on the official website of Tsinghua University eight hours after Musk officially announced that Neuralink, a brain-computer interface company owned by Musk, had performed the first human transplant of a brain-computer interface device.

The patient suffered a complete spinal cord injury at the cervical spine due to a car accident and had been paralyzed as a quadriplegic for a long time. On October 24 last year, the patient underwent a clinical implantation trial of the wireless minimally invasive brain-computer interface NEO.

The experiment implanted two coin-sized brain-computer interface processors into the patient's skull and successfully collected intracranial nerve signals in the sensorimotor brain area. When used at home, the external machine supplies power to the internal machine through the scalp, receives nerve signals from the brain, and transmits them to a computer or mobile phone to achieve brain-computer interface communication.

According to the Xuanwu Hospital team, the project has achieved two major breakthroughs:

First of all, during the process of implanting the brain-computer interface, the team buried the internal machine in the skull and covered the electrodes in the epidural mater, so as to ensure the quality of intracranial signal collection without damaging the neural tissue. This is also different from Neuralink’s fully implantable wireless brain-computer interface. Secondly, through near-field wireless power supply and signal transmission, the internal machine implanted in the skull does not require battery power.

Liu Dan, a senior investor in the medical industry, believes that the fully implantable brain-computer interface technology path represented by Neuralink is still far from true clinical application and faces many problems such as long-term safety and clinical surgical acceptance. Commercialization may take at least 5-10 years; and semi-invasive electrodes are the result of a compromise between signal quality and implementation difficulty and trauma, and will be the first technology path for clinical implementation in the future.

Apple's former design director considered killing Apple's MacBook Air

According to 9to5mac, senior technology reporter Walt Mossberg broke the news that Apple’s former design director Jony Ive tried to persuade Apple to stop producing MacBook Air and make the redesigned MacBook Pro the only portable Mac.

In a recent episode of The Vergecast podcast, Mossberg revealed that Ive wanted to streamline the MacBook line into one model: the MacBook Pro. He believes that there is no need to have both Air and Pro versions. The Pro can become as thin and light as the MacBook Air, or even thinner. And it will be a more expensive machine, so it will be better for Apple's bottom line.

This idea led to a heated debate between Ive's design team and product managers, which was finally resolved in 2018 when the product team got their wish.

9to5mac believes this is a stupid move regardless. The MacBook Air brings a new generation of customers into the Mac world every year, many of whom later switch to more expensive models. It usually doesn't make sense to remove a very popular product that leads to the Mac – even if the goal is to maximize revenue.

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Musk's $55 billion salary incentive package ruled invalid

According to The Information, a Delaware Chancery Court judge on Tuesday rejected Tesla’s $55.8 billion compensation package for CEO Elon Musk in 2018 and ruled that Tesla and its board of directors failed to Can justify Musk's high salary.

The ruling is a victory for Tesla shareholder Richard Tornetta, who believes the plan is extremely unfair to Tesla and its shareholders. Musk can still appeal the ruling, which applies to options Tesla has granted but not yet exercised.

After the ruling, Musk posted on X: "Never register your company in Delaware."

However, Tesla's board of directors may soon revisit the issue of Musk's compensation, after Musk posted on X two weeks ago urging the board to give him another stock grant that would give him Tesla 25% voting control.

Universal Music will stop licensing music to Tik Tok

According to the Wall Street Journal, Universal Music Group, the world's largest music company, said that if it fails to reach a new contract with the social media application TikTok on issues such as artist and songwriter remuneration, it will cover payments to music including Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, the Weeknd, etc. If people pay remuneration, the company will stop licensing content to TikTok and will completely remove the music of the above-mentioned artists.

In a press release, Universal Music Group accused TikTok of trying to build a music-based business without paying artists properly for their music.

TikTok proposed paying a fraction of what similar major social platforms pay, the statement said. Although TikTok now has a large and growing user base, rapid growth in advertising revenue, and increasing reliance on music content, TikTok's revenue only accounts for about 1% of the group's total revenue.

Xiaomi Motors plans to mass-produce in February and is expected to produce 10,000 vehicles per month in July

According to 36Kr PowerOn news, multiple industry sources revealed that Xiaomi Motors’ first car, SU7, will officially enter the SOP (Start of Production) stage in mid-to-late February and start mass production.

It is reported that the production volume in March, the first month after the SOP, is planned to be around 2,000 vehicles, and the production capacity ramp is expected to be completed in mid-2024, with the production volume in July reaching more than 10,000 vehicles. As of press time, Xiaomi Motors has not responded to this message.

It has been previously reported that Xiaomi SU7 has entered the fifth verification stage (PT5) in December 2023, and plans to produce 300 units that month for exhibition cars and other purposes. After the verification process, car companies still need to prepare the production line through the pre-production stage (PP), and then it usually takes at least 1-3 months to start the SOP.

Industry practitioners said that the monthly output of more than 2,000 vehicles is at a normal level in the initial stage of SOP, which is reliable and not radical. The mature production lines of many established car companies have monthly output at this level in the initial stage of SOP.

MiHoYo was named by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology for not handling complaints in a timely manner.

Yesterday, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology issued the "Notice on Telecommunications Service Quality in the Fourth Quarter of 2023", which analyzes the quality of telecommunications services in the fourth quarter of 2023 from three aspects: key tasks of telecommunications services, complaints and appeals from telecommunications users, work requirements and service tips. The relevant situation was introduced.

The notice stated that in the fourth quarter of 2023, among the complaints received by the Internet Information Service Complaint Platform from Internet users, complaints about service functions accounted for 47.7%, complaints about customer service channels accounted for 25.6%, and complaints about personal information protection accounted for 12.9%. Other types of complaints accounted for 13.8%.

Among the 175 Internet companies connected to the platform, 4 companies including MiHoYo did not meet the relevant requirements in timely handling of complaints. The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has urged relevant companies to properly handle the problems reported by users.

 Zuckerberg stresses that app age verification should be the responsibility of Apple and Google

According to 9to5mac, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg emphasized his point: App age verification should be the responsibility of Apple and Google, not social media companies.

Zuckerberg's remarks were part of prepared testimony to Congress after he and other social media CEOs came under criticism for not doing enough to protect teenage app users.

Social media companies have been repeatedly criticized for failing to protect teenage users from the harmful effects of using their apps. According to 9to5mac, there are numerous studies linking excessive use of smartphones (especially social media apps) to various forms of harm, including an increased risk of self-harm and suicide.

Currently, the CEOs of TikTok, Snap, Discord, and X are being subpoenaed by Congress to defend claims that they are not doing enough to protect children.

Antigone Davis, Meta's global head of security, said a few months ago that such responsibility should be shifted to app stores and parents:

With this solution, the app store will need to notify their parents when their teen wants to download an app, just like they notify their parents when their teen attempts to make a purchase.

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Dark blue G318 real shots exposed

Recently, Deep Blue Auto released a set of real shots of the G318 and showed the design details of the model.

The Dark Blue G318 is positioned as the "new hardcore technology". The design has a sense of science fiction, avant-garde and hardcore, aiming to convey a hardcore style from the future and space. This design is slightly different from the traditional hardcore SUVs on the market.

Judging from the current known news, the dark blue G318 is available in at least three colors: silver, dark gray, and green.

WeChat input method adds new functions such as clipboard and dialect voice input

According to news from WeChat Input Judge Network, the official version of this input method for iOS/Android 1.2.2 has been released.

The main updates to the iOS version are:

  • You can set off firecrackers after sending "Happy New Year" on WeChat
  • Support clipboard and word selection and paste functions
  • Voice input supports speaking dialects directly
  • Other experience optimization

The main updates of the Android version are:

  • You can set off firecrackers after sending "Happy New Year" on WeChat
  • Support clipboard word selection and paste function
  • Voice input supports speaking dialects directly
  • Voice input supports use without network
  • Other experience optimization

Among them, the Android version has a separate update and upgrade feature: voice input supports use without network.

Vision Pro external battery cable is detachable

According to 9to5mac news, technology reporter Ray Wong broke the news that although the Vision Pro external battery cable looks integrated, it is actually a detachable design.

Wong showed that there is a small hole on the Vision Pro external battery similar to the one next to the SIM card tray. After inserting it using the SIM push pin, he allowed the cable to successfully pop out the external battery.

Previously, in the video of the first test of Vision Pro by foreign media, several bloggers stated that the cable and battery of Vision Pro were integrated and reminded users not to try to separate them. This statement has now been proven to be wrong.

The benefit of this design is that if the battery stops charging at full capacity after a few months, Apple can replace the battery alone without having to replace the cable, and if the cable or connector is damaged, the cable can be replaced without the need for a separate battery.

In this regard, foreign media netizens also gave this plug that looks like a Lightning interface a name:

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Starbucks China’s first-quarter revenue grows 20%

Yesterday, Starbucks announced its first quarter results for fiscal year 2024. Starbucks' net revenue in the first fiscal quarter was US$9.43 billion, a year-on-year increase of 8%. During the reporting period, Starbucks China's revenue increased by 20% to US$735 million (excluding the impact of exchange rate changes), same-store sales increased by 10%, and same-store transaction volume increased by 21%.

The financial report shows that the company opened a net 169 new stores in China during the reporting period and entered 28 new county-level markets. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Starbucks entering the Chinese market. Currently, the number of Starbucks stores in the Chinese mainland market has exceeded 7,000.

Wang Jingying, Chairman and CEO of Starbucks China, said, "The company will continue to accelerate its expansion and enter more county-level markets. Starbucks has no intention to participate in price wars. We are focused on achieving high-quality, profitable, and sustainable growth. From Starbucks 25 years ago Having pioneered the high-end coffee experience in China, our goal has always been to be the best and first in this market."

Crocs joins hands with "Toy Story" to create new Clog co-branded shoes

Crocs recently revealed its new Clog shoes in collaboration with Toy Story.

This time, the two parties took Pixar's popular animation "Toy Story" as the theme and brought shoes designed inspired by the characters "Buzz Lightyear" and "Sheriff Woody" in the show.

The appearance of "Buzz Lightyear" refers to the character's Pulsar-400 environment suit. The shoe body is alternately presented in green and white, with purple embellishments on the laces. It is equipped with spaceship, Buzz Lightyear and other shaped shoe buckles to perfectly restore the character. The appearance of "Sheriff Woody" is based on Woody's denim suit. The shoe body is composed of blue, red, brown and cow tones, and the shoelaces are made of dark brown. It is equipped with a cowboy hat and police badge-shaped shoe buckles, making the whole look A pair of shoes is more complete.

"Phantom Parlu" officially denies launch of mobile game

"Palworld" published an article yesterday in response to the "Palworld" application that appeared in the mobile application store recently. The official said: "There is no Palworld application on the mobile terminal."

Apps using names and product images such as "パルワールド" and "Palworld" have appeared on the App Store and Google Play, but they are not related to Pocket Pair in any way.

In addition, Pocket Pair has reported this issue to Apple, which operates the App Store, and Google, which operates Google Play. And users are reminded that downloading these applications may lead to the leakage of personal information stored on the smartphone or to fraud.

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"The Woman Who Runs Away" releases new poster

Director Ethan Coen's new film "Drive" has released a new poster and will be released in North America on February 23.

Cohen wrote the script and produced with his wife Tricia Cooke, Margaret Qualley, Geraldine Viswanathan, Beanie Feldstein, Pedro Pascal, Starring Colman Domingo, Bill Camp, Matt Damon.

The film tells the story of free-spirited and maverick Jamie, who laments another breakup with his girlfriend, and her demure best friend Marian, who desperately needs to relax. In search of a new beginning, the two embark on a journey to Tallahassee. On an impromptu road trip, things start to go awry when they encounter a group of incompetent criminals.

Anne Hathaway releases stills from new film

The 2020 romantic comedy "What Is About You" starring Anne Hathaway and Nicholas Gallicina has released stills and announced that it will premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival as the closing film. It was previously scheduled for May Amazon streaming launches on the 2nd.

The film is directed by Michael Chauvet and adapted from Robinne Lee's best-selling novel of the same name. The play "focuses on Sophie (Hathaway), a 40-year-old woman who is divorced and has a daughter. Her husband Dan left her because of another young woman, and Plans to go to Coachella to watch the music festival with my 15-year-old daughter were cancelled.

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. "

HBO to develop 'Darkland' series

HBO will create a limited series based on the mystery novel "In the Dark" by "Gone Girl" author Gillian Flynn. The original work was on the New York Times bestseller list in 2009, and was adapted into the 2015 film of the same name starring Charlize Theron, which grossed only $5.1 million at the global box office.

The story follows Libby, who was seven years old when her mother and two sisters were murdered in a 1985 Satanic ritual in Kansas. She survived and testified that her teenage brother was the killer.

Twenty-five years later, a mother-daughter true-crime "detective" tracked down the grown-up Libby and questioned her about the details, believing Ben to be innocent. As Libby searches, the incredible truth comes to light, and Libby finds herself back where she started – on the run from the murderer.

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