Morning Post | Musk announced the establishment of an AI company / WeChat said it would not launch the “read” function / Apple released the first public beta version of iOS 17

  • Musk announced the formation of AI company xAI
  • Apple's back-to-school discounts are officially launched
  • WeChat says it won't launch "read" feature
  • NIO delays mass production of self-made batteries and slows down equipment purchases
  • US court approves Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard, FTC plans to appeal
  • Ali launched a multi-platform DAAS product "Lingyang One"
  • Disney extends CEO Robert Iger's contract through 2026
  •  Why do we still miss writing in the digital age?
  • Apple Releases First Public Beta of iOS 17
  • Honor Magic V2 officially released
  • Sony releases APS-C frame mirrorless camera Alpha 6700
  • Nayuki's tea breakfast product sales soared
  • Kenzo Releases Tanabata Limited Series
  • Lay's launched a new region-limited new product "Zibo Barbecue Potato Chips"
  • 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' Prequel Movie Released Trailer
  • "In the Octagonal Cage" breaks 1 billion in 6 days
  • Trailer for Star Wars Spinoff 'Ahsoka' Released

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Musk announced the formation of AI company xAI

Musk announced the establishment of a new AI company, xAI, with the goal of "understanding the true nature of the universe."

According to xAI’s official website, the company’s executive team will be led by Musk, and members will come from executives who have worked for Google, DeepMind, Microsoft, Tesla and other companies, and have been responsible for projects such as AlphaCode and ChatGPT.

Musk was involved in the founding of OpenAI, but when he left the company in 2018, he often and publicly criticized the company, especially when OpenAI expanded its for-profit business.

The xAI website states that it is independent of “X Corp,” but will “work closely with X, Tesla, and others.”

The team at xAI will be taking questions on Twitter Space on July 14 local time.

xAI official website  https://x.ai/

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Apple's back-to-school discounts are officially launched

Apple's education discount "Back to School Season" event this year is officially launched.

Eligible users can receive a free AirPods or Apple Pencil with the purchase of eligible devices (MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac mini, and iPad Pro and iPad Air) at discounted prices.

Additionally, students are eligible for a 20% discount on AppleCare+.

Users who want to participate in this promotion need to be verified by Apple UNiDAYS.

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WeChat says it won't launch "read" feature

Yesterday, the topic "If WeChat shows that it has been read" attracted heated discussions on social media.

Later, the WeChat team replied on Weibo saying, "Don't worry, there is no 'if'.", indicating that WeChat will not launch the function of displaying the read.

NIO delays mass production of self-made batteries and slows down equipment purchases

According to 36kr, NIO has delayed the mass production of self-made batteries, which has slowed down the purchase of some equipment for battery factories.

In response, Weilai responded: "According to business needs, we have postponed the time for mass production of batteries. The project is progressing normally according to the new mass production time."

The report believes that the delay of the project is not unexpected, and there are mostly voices of understanding within the company:

It must be delayed – how much did the car sell? No sensible person would vote right away.

Last year, NIO began to switch products on the second-generation platform models. However, new cars such as ET7 and ET5 did not perform well, and the stamina of the older generation models was insufficient. Since the fourth quarter of last year, NIO's sales have begun to sluggish, and it has fallen into a period of low in the first half of this year.

At the first-quarter financial report meeting held in early June, Li Bin also stated that he will use cash more cautiously this year and has postponed some investment in fixed assets.

US court approves Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard, FTC plans to appeal

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a court notice saying it plans to appeal a U.S. court ruling that allowed Microsoft to move ahead with its Activision Blizzard acquisition.

On July 11, local time, Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley of the San Francisco Federal Court announced the rejection of the FTC's request for a preliminary injunction, allowing Microsoft to acquire Activision Blizzard in the United States.

Ali launched a multi-platform DAAS product "Lingyang One"

Lingyang, an enterprise intelligence service company under Alibaba, announced the launch of Lingyang One, a multi-platform, multi-channel one-stop DAAS product, which provides one-stop data services for analysis, contract fulfillment, marketing and customer service in the business process.

According to the introduction, the whole series of Lingyang products will be connected to the large-scale model for a comprehensive upgrade, and enterprises using the Antelope One will be able to use the large-scale model technology.

Disney extends CEO Robert Iger's contract through 2026

Disney said Robert Iger has agreed to remain as the company's CEO until December 31, 2026.

Independent members of Disney's board noted that Iger's renewal would provide continuity of leadership during the company's ongoing transformation and provide more time to execute transition plans for CEO succession, which remains a priority for the board. Iger's existing base salary will not change.

 Why do we still miss writing in the digital age?

Rachel Gutman-Wei, senior associate editor at The Atlantic, discusses what it means to write by hand in the digital age.

In her opinion, in the digital age, writing as a means of expression has been dying out, and the cognitive confusion that connects handwriting with human personality has gradually been broken.

Handwriting can be used to diagnose a person's presence of a physical condition that affects mobility, such as Parkinson's disease, but you can't judge a person's moral character by their handwriting.

But in the digital age, writing still has its irreplaceable emotional value.

Tech companies even want to find business opportunities from this experience. Services like Handwrytten, Simply Noted, and Pen Letters help users convert text to handwriting, which can then be “handwritten” on paper with a robot.

Gutman-Wei dislikes this "handwritten" product very much.

She believes that people can feel sincerity from handwritten paper products in the past, but in this product, all they feel is laziness:

I find it annoying that they don't want to invest the time, energy, and energy to write a message themselves, with their own hands.

This also made her understand that the current writing does not need to judge a person by looking at the font, but the fact that the handwriting itself has already explained a lot:

Perhaps the dedication of time and energy can reflect the true meaning of handwriting in the digital age, a laborious act of love.

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Apple Releases First Public Beta of iOS 17

Apple officially released the first public beta versions of iOS 17, macOS Sonoma 14, and watchOS 10, which means that users who are not developers can upgrade their experience with more peace of mind.

iOS 17 has added the Standby (standby with the screen off) function, widgets can also be directly operated, and it is equipped with new experiences such as the new native application Journal.

 We have also introduced iOS 17 in detail before, so you might as well learn more before deciding whether to upgrade or not.

Honor Magic V2 officially released

Honor Magic V2 breaks the original idea of ​​"combining two into one" of folding screen mobile phones. From the design concept, the bar machine is "divided into two", bringing the thickness of folding screen into the "millimeter era" for the first time. The closed state is as thin as 9.9mm , the unfolded state is as thin as 4.7mm, and the weight is only 231g.

In terms of the hinge components at the core of the folding screen, the new generation of Luban titanium hinge uses self-developed shield steel material, which can withstand a pressure of up to 1800MPa (megapascal) and a hardness of 550HV; the shaft cover part of the hinge adopts titanium alloy 3D printing process for the first time Compared with the aluminum alloy material, the width is reduced by 27%, but the strength is increased by 150%, which perfectly balances lightness and reliability.

Honor Magic V2 uses Qualcomm's second-generation Snapdragon 8 leading-edge processor, based on the second-generation TSMC 4nm process, in which the frequency of the X3 large-core processor has been increased from 3.19GHz to 3.36GHz, and the performance has been further enhanced.

At the same time, it supports the two system optimization technologies of Honor's self-developed OS Turbo X and GPU Turbo X, and has become the first SGS gold label certification for human factor smoothness of folding machines and SGS's first 50-month long-lasting smooth gold label certification.

Sony releases APS-C frame mirrorless camera Alpha 6700

The Alpha 6700 uses a 26-megapixel APS-C format back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor, coupled with a BIONZ XR image processor, to achieve excellent imaging while maintaining a compact and lightweight design.

The standard sensitivity range for photos and videos is ISO 100-32000, which can achieve high-sensitivity and low-noise shooting effects. More accurate color reproduction allows users to record subjects such as people and plants in natural tones, while the Creative Look function enables rich visual expression.

Alpha 6700 supports up to 4K 120p1 video recording, and supports 14+2 levels of wide dynamic range, which can capture more details in complex environments or low light conditions.

The camera is equipped with the S-Cinetone picture profile in Sony's professional cinema camera system, which can present natural and bright skin tones, and can directly produce cinematic video without post-processing color correction.

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Nayuki's tea breakfast product sales soared

Read Chuang learned from Nayuki’s tea that in the first half of this year, Nayuki’s breakfast set sales increased by about 620%.

Nayuki’s tea has started to deploy breakfast products in 2020, launching more than 20 breakfast combinations such as pure tea/American style+taro mashed purple potato bag/cheese toast, and the price can be as low as 9.9 yuan. In addition to the product line, Naixue also adjusted the business hours of some stores and increased the number of stores that can serve breakfast.

In recent years, new tea brands such as Naixue, Michelle Ice City, and Guming have all begun to enter the breakfast market to broaden consumers' purchase scenarios.

Kenzo Releases Tanabata Limited Series

The main pattern of this series is Kenzo Hearts.

This pattern is newly designed by NIGO for the 2023 autumn and winter series. It is filled with graffiti-style "KENZO" and "PARIS" words in the heart.

Kenzo used the pattern to create six limited-edition pieces, mostly in shades of pink. They will go on sale in mid-July.

Lay's launched a new region-limited new product "Zibo Barbecue Potato Chips"

Yesterday, Lay’s announced the launch of a new regional limited product “Zibo Barbecue Potato Chips”.

Inspired by Zibo barbecue, the new product restores the taste of small pancakes with shallots and barbecue. It also uses Zibo celadon limited packaging. It has been launched on Tmall and other channels.

Previously, Lay's also launched a variety of regionally limited flavors such as "Shanxian Sheep Soup Flavored Potato Chips", "Donkey Meat Flavored Potato Chips", "Shenjing Roasted Goose Flavored Potato Chips", and "Spicy Braised Chicken Feet Flavored Potato Chips".

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'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' Prequel Movie Released Trailer

"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" prequel film "Wonka" is not adapted from Roald Dahl's famous novel, but the film version is completely original. The film tells the story of young Wonka's adventures before the opening of the world's most famous chocolate factory, and has singing and dancing elements.

The film starred Timothée Chalamet, directed by Paul King ("Paddington Bear"), and wrote the script with Simon Farnaby ("Paddington Bear 2"), and David Heyman ("Paddington Bear") "Harry Potter") serves as producer and will be released in North America on December 15.

"In the Octagonal Cage" breaks 1 billion in 6 days

The film "In the Octagonal Cage", directed and acted by Wang Baoqiang, had a cumulative box office of more than 1 billion in 6 days.

This makes the film the second film this summer and the sixth film this year to break through 1 billion at the box office.

The film tells the story of "Xiang Tenghui", played by Wang Baoqiang, who devotes all his efforts to cultivating local unattended children into talents.

Trailer for Star Wars Spinoff 'Ahsoka' Released

Ahsoka's story will center on Ahsoka Tano, Anakin Skywalker's female disciple, and tell the story between her and the Resistance, set five years after Return of the Jedi.

Peter Ramsay ("Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse," "Guardians") co-directs, and Dave Filoni ("The Mandalorian") writes and executive produces with Jon Favreau.

The show will officially land on Disney+ at 3 pm on August 23, US time.

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