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Apple iPad new product details revealed

Musk says first subject of brain-computer interface may have fully recovered

Taobao responds to opening WeChat payment

ByteDance refutes rumors and launches Chinese version of Sora

EU officially launches investigation into TikTok

Huawei takes first place in China’s foldable screen mobile phone shipments in 2023

Musk claimed that OpenAI had granted him shares

BYD sales expected to overtake Tesla this year

Zhou Hongyi said Sora works like a person dreaming

Li Xiang reviews the shortcomings of Li Auto in 2023

Fuji X100VI camera officially released

OPPO announces new AI strategy

Vivo X Fold 3 folding screen real machine pictures exposed

Apple Music may be able to migrate third-party music libraries

KFC responds by fully opening packaging fees

GALLERY DEPT. x UGG collaboration series debuts

3D printed “airless” basketball is ready for mass production

"Poor Thing" director's new film revealed

TV series "Blade Runner 2099" confirmed director

Jia Zhangke reveals the latest progress of new film "The Romantic Generation"


Apple iPad new product details revealed

According to Macrumors, Apple plans to update the iPad Air and iPad Pro series as soon as March, and is expected to launch a thinner iPad Pro and a larger iPad Air.

It is reported that thanks to the application of OLED display panels, the new iPad Pro will be more than 1 mm thinner than the existing model. The 12.9-inch version is expected to be reduced from 6.4 mm to 5 mm, and the 11-inch version is expected to be reduced from 5.9 mm to 5.1 mm.

  • Current 11-inch iPad Pro – 247.6mm x 178.5mm x 5.9mm
  • Upcoming 11-inch iPad Pro – 249.7mm x 177.5mm x 5.1mm
  • Current 12.9-inch iPad Pro – 280.6mm x 214.9mm x 6.4mm
  • Upcoming 13-inch iPad Pro – 281.5mm x 215.5mm x 5.0mm

At the same time, Apple is also expected to launch two new "iPad Air" models, including a larger 12.9-inch version for the first time. The larger iPad Air is almost identical in size to the current iPad Pro, measuring 280.6mm x 214.9mm x 6mm, with an LCD display.

big company

Musk says first subject of brain-computer interface may have fully recovered

On February 20, Musk revealed at a Spaces event on social media platform You can move the mouse on your computer screen just by thinking.”

Neuralink previously stated that this research surgically implants a brain-computer interface in the area of ​​the brain that controls movement intentions. The initial goal is to allow people to control a computer mouse or keyboard with their thoughts.

Neuralink was founded by Musk in 2016. The company's mission is to develop brain-computer interfaces to treat various brain-related diseases, with the ultimate goal of creating a whole-brain interface that can more closely connect biology and artificial intelligence.

Taobao responds to opening WeChat payment

Recently, many netizens have discovered that some Taobao orders can be directly redirected to WeChat Pay for payment.

Taobao customer service stated that WeChat payment is currently only gradually open to some users, and only supports the selection when purchasing some products. Taobao will gradually cover all of them in the future, and "this time will not be too long."

Previously, Taobao had launched the "WeChat scan code payment" payment method. Users need to generate a payment QR code on Taobao, and then open the WeChat scan function to complete the payment.

ByteDance refutes rumors and launches Chinese version of Sora

According to Sina Technology, it was reported yesterday that before Sora detonated the Vincent Video track, domestic ByteDance also launched a disruptive video model-Boximator. Different from Gen-2, Pink1.0 and other models, Boximator can accurately control the movements of characters or objects in the generated video through text.

In response, ByteDance related people responded that Boximator is a research project on technical methods for controlling object movement in the field of video generation. It is not yet available as a complete product. It is far behind the leading foreign video generation models in terms of picture quality, fidelity, and video quality. There is still a big difference in terms of duration and so on.

According to the analysis of @Internet (web link), the concept of Boximator is quite good. You can precisely control the position, shape or motion path of objects in the video through dual box (hard/soft box) constraints. Hard boxes are used for precise positioning, while soft boxes provide greater flexibility, allowing objects to move freely within a designated area.

It is worth mentioning that Boximator can be used as a plug-in for existing video diffusion models, which allows it to be easily integrated into various video diffusion models. This provides great flexibility and allows Boximator to be widely used in different video generation Task.

EU officially launches investigation into TikTok

According to a report on the Deutsche Welle radio website, the European Commission announced on the 19th that it would officially launch an investigation into TikTok.

EU Commissioner Thierry Breton emphasized that the protection of minors is the top priority of the Digital Services Act, and TikTok, as a platform that affects a wide range of young people, has the responsibility to fully comply with regulations.

The investigation will focus on TikTok's algorithm design, screen time limits, privacy settings and age verification procedures. If it violates the regulations, TikTok may face fines of up to 6% of global turnover.

In response, a TikTok spokesperson said: "We will continue to work with experts and industry to ensure the safety of teenagers on TikTok, and look forward to the opportunity now to explain this work in detail to the committee."

Huawei takes first place in China’s foldable screen mobile phone shipments in 2023

The latest quarterly mobile phone tracking report from International Data Corporation (IDC) shows that China's foldable screen mobile phone market will ship approximately 7.007 million units in 2023, a year-on-year increase of 114.5%. Since the first product was launched in 2019, China's foldable screen mobile phone market has grown by more than 100% year-on-year for four consecutive years.

IDC data shows that the share of foldable screen mobile phones priced above US$1,000 in 2023 has dropped from 81.0% a year ago to 66.5%, a year-on-year decrease of 14.5 percentage points.

In addition to the overall cost reduction, vertical folding products are relatively cheaper, which has also caused the price of folding screens to drop to the US$400-600 price range in 2023.

According to IDC analysis, the launch of the Mate X5 series has helped Huawei firmly occupy the first position in the domestic folding screen market in 2023, with a market share of 37.4%. OPPO gained 18.3% of the market share and ranked second in the overall folding screen market; among them, it ranked first in the vertical folding product market with a market share of 36.3%.

Honor will make efforts in the folding screen mobile phone market in the second half of 2023. With the hot sales of many new folding products such as Magic V2, it won the third place in the folding screen mobile phone market for the whole year, with a share of 17.7%.

Musk claimed that OpenAI had granted him shares, but he did not ask for them

Elon Musk recently retweeted a tweet he posted on August 10, 2016. At that time, the tweet was to thank Nvidia and its founder Jensen Huang for donating the first DGX-1 AI supercomputer to OpenAI to support the popularization of artificial intelligence technology.

Musk expressed his disappointment with the current situation in his comments and attached photos of the donation. One of them showed a message written by Huang Renxun on the machine: "To Elon and the OpenAI team! For the future of computing and humanity, I present to you the world’s first DGX-1!”

X User @Matthew Donegan-Ryan asked about whether his founding donation converted to equity, and Musk responded: "I don't know how OpenAI's structure could be legal. I was offered different shares, but accepting them seems unethical /Unlawful."

Musk is a co-founder of OpenAI, an organization established in 2015 to promote the development of responsible artificial intelligence. However, Musk left the OpenAI board in 2018 due to conflicts of interest and disagreements about the direction of OpenAI's development.

BYD sales expected to overtake Tesla this year

According to the latest report from TrendForce, the global new energy vehicle (NEV) market will perform strongly in 2023, with total sales reaching 13.03 million units, a year-on-year surge of 29.8%.

Among them, the sales volume of pure electric vehicles (BEV) was 9.11 million units, a year-on-year increase of 24%; the sales volume of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) was 3.91 million units, a year-on-year increase of 45%.

China continues to lead the global new energy vehicle market, accounting for about 60% of the market share, but the growth rate has slowed down. Due to limited growth potential in other regions of the world, new energy vehicle sales are expected to reach 16.87 million units in 2024, a year-on-year increase of 29.5%.

In the field of pure electric vehicles, Tesla maintains its leading position with a market share of 19.9%, followed by BYD, and the sales gap between the two has narrowed to 248,000 vehicles.

Thanks to BYD's stable performance in the Chinese market, sales in overseas markets continue to grow, and as overseas bases come into operation, TrendForce predicts that BYD is expected to challenge Tesla's leadership in the pure electric vehicle market in 2024.

Zhou Hongyi said Sora works like a person dreaming

Yesterday, 360 Chairman Zhou Hongyi shared his insights on the large video model Sora. He wrote: "Sora works like a dream. In the future, AGI will compete with computing power and understanding of the world."

In a video sharing his insights, he said: “When we use traditional computer, graphics, and film and television industry special effects methods to recreate some scenes, what we like is to build 3D models, create lighting, create particle models, and then frame by frame. Rendering frame by frame. This method is actually very inefficient and very expensive.

It is a simulation of this world using the stupidest method. But Sora's method is very similar to human dreaming – we dream of all kinds of strange things, and the basis of dreams is what we see with our eyes in normal life. This accumulated experience does not require 3D Modeled and then rendered frame by frame. "

Zhou Hongyi also believes that the bugs that appear in Sora's videos are equivalent to hallucinations that can occur when people are dreaming.

Li Xiang reviews the shortcomings of Li Auto in 2023

Yesterday, Li Xiang, the founder, chairman and CEO of Li Auto, posted on Weibo that he would review what he did not do well in 2023. The tweet read:

1. Sales volume is not good. 376,000 units were sold, 400,000 of which were sold to second-hand car dealers.

2. NOA (Navigation Assisted Driving) is particularly disappointing. It was only pushed to Li Xiang, not all car owners.

3. Some brands of cars cannot do this. If a large truck rear-ends at 180 kilometers per hour, it can crash into the orbit of Jupiter, and the driver of the vehicle will remain unharmed. Summary completed. If you recognize your mistakes, correct them and improve in 2024.

New product

Fuji X100VI camera officially released

According to news on February 20, Fujifilm officially launched the new APS-C all-in-one machine Fuji X100VI.

Compared with the previous generation product, the X100VI has been upgraded to the same 40-megapixel sensor as the 4K60P and 6K30P video shooting.

In terms of color matching, it is still the classic black and silver, and is compatible with X100V accessories. The lens is still equipped with a 23mm F2.0 II fixed focus lens.

In terms of price, the National Bank X100VI is priced at 11,390 yuan and will be officially launched on March 1.

It is worth mentioning that in addition to the standard models for regular mass production and retail, Fujifilm has also launched a "limited edition" X100VI camera.

The fuselage is engraved with Fuji's founding logo in 1934, and is limited to 1,934 units. Each unit has a unique serial number and sells for $1,999 (approximately RMB 14,389).

OPPO announces new AI strategy, accelerating the era of AI mobile phones

Yesterday, OPPO held an AI strategy conference to share the four major capabilities and characteristics of the new generation of AI mobile phones:

  • AI mobile phones must first be able to efficiently utilize computing resources to meet the computing needs of generative AI in the AI ​​era;
  • AI mobile phones must be able to keenly perceive the real world and understand complex information about users and the environment;
  • AI phones also need to have strong self-learning capabilities;
  • AI phones will also have more creative capabilities and provide users with continuous inspiration and knowledge support.

At the press conference, OPPO also looked forward to the trend of full-stack mobile phone innovation and ecological reconstruction driven by AI, and released the OPPO 1+N intelligent agent ecological strategy composed of OPPO AI super agent and AI Pro agent development platform.

OPPO chief product officer Liu Zuohu said, "AI mobile phones will be the third major stage of change in the mobile phone industry after feature phones and smartphones. In the era of AI mobile phones, both the mobile phone industry and user experience will usher in revolutionary changes. "

Vivo X Fold 3 folding screen real machine pictures exposed

Digital blogger @i Bing Universe recently shared pictures of the real vivo X Fold 3 and said that the machine can be seamlessly connected and remotely control Mac.

This discovery was retweeted by another blogger, @WHYLAB. The blogger said: "OPPO has developed a portable workbench and open files at will, and vivo has developed a remote control Mac?"

According to previous reports by blogger, the vivo X Fold 3 series of foldable screens have upgraded screen resolutions, are equipped with oversized blue ocean batteries, are equipped with 50MP super outsole main cameras, and are thin, light and significantly reduced in weight. Among them, Dabei exclusive features periscope telephoto, ultrasonic fingerprint, 50W wireless charging, etc.

Apple Music may be able to migrate third-party music libraries

According to Macrumors, Reddit users recently shared a new trend from Apple. The company is launching an A/B test for Apple Music users using Android systems, and the test content involves the music content migration function. There is currently no information indicating whether this feature will be introduced to the iOS platform.

In the beta version of Apple Music for Android, Apple seems to have integrated the functionality of SongShift, a third-party service, into the app. SongShift is a service that helps users move playlists and playlists between different music streaming platforms.

Test users reported receiving a prompt when launching the app asking if they would like to import content from other music services into their Apple Music library. This suggests that Apple may be working to simplify the process of users migrating to Apple Music from other music services such as Spotify.

new consumption

KFC responds by fully opening packaging fees

On February 20, KFC Home Delivery announced that the official delivery fee will be reduced from 9 yuan to 6 yuan, and a packaging service fee will be charged as appropriate. The maximum packaging service fee for each order shall not exceed 9 yuan (excluding delivery fees).

KFC’s official customer service stated that the insulation bags for delivery have been upgraded and provide a dedicated packing service. Packing service fees will be charged based on the meals ordered. The specific charging standards are as follows:

  • Beverages: No takeout fee.
  • Chicken snacks, desserts, and side meals: 0.6 yuan per serving.
  • Burgers, wraps, and rice items: 0.8 yuan each.
  • Whole chicken: 1 yuan per serving.
  • Meal for one person, snack and dessert set of 4 pieces or less: 1.2 yuan per serving.
  • Meal for two persons, 5-9 snacks and dessert set: RMB 2 per serving.
  • Meal for multiple people, snacks and dessert set of 10 pieces or more: 2.5 yuan per serving.

The breakfast package fee standards are slightly different:

  • Beverages: No takeout fee.
  • Single staple food, two-piece set containing staple food, and single snack: 0.6 yuan per serving.
  • Single meal (three-piece set): 0.8 yuan per serving.
  • Full meal, meal for two persons and meal for more than one person: 1.2 yuan per serving.

GALLERY DEPT. x UGG collaboration series officially launched

The new collaboration series of Gallery Dept. x UGG is officially launched.

This collaboration is based on UGG's iconic snow boots and Tasman half-drags, incorporating Josue Thomas' splash art style.

The upper is made of recycled leather and suede, decorated with rivets, tassels and splashes of ink, and the heel is printed with the iconic logos of both brands. The series is available in black and yellow color options.

3D printed “airless” basketball is ready for mass production

Wilson's first 3D printed "airless" prototype basketball has finally entered mass production, named "Airless Gen1".

Airless Gen1 has a more advanced mesh design to ensure more consistent bounce performance; the production process has also been specially simplified to increase production capacity, and customized services such as labeling and color matching have been introduced.

Airless Gen1 will be available on Wilson’s official website starting from February 16, priced at US$2,500.


"Poor Thing" director's new film revealed

Director Yorgos Lanthimos ("Poor Things") has announced a remake of the Korean sci-fi comedy "Save the Planet!" directed by Jang Joon-hwan and starring Shin Ha-kyun. 》.

This new work is positioned as a comedy full of black humor. The plot revolves around a disillusioned young man who kidnaps a businessman, convinced that the latter is involved in an alien conspiracy to invade Earth.

What ensues is a battle of wits between the young man, his loyal companion, the kidnapped businessman and a private detective. The film is scheduled to be shot in the UK and New York, USA this summer.

TV series "Blade Runner 2099" confirmed director

"Upload" director Jonathan Van Taleken will direct the first two episodes of "Blade Runner 2099," which will begin filming in Prague in late spring.

Jia Zhangke reveals the latest progress of new film "The Romantic Generation"

"Variety" magazine recently revealed that famous director Jia Zhangke's new work "The Romantic Generation" has been filming since 2001. It adopts an improvisational method without a script and a fixed story line, and has accumulated a wealth of filming materials.

The film is currently in the early stages of post-production and is expected to be completed after this fall. France's MK2 Films has acquired international distribution rights for the film.

"The Romantic Generation" is set in the first 23 years of the 21st century and depicts the story of a Chinese woman living silently in a noisy world. The film stars Zhao Tao, who has been the heroine of Jia Zhangke's films since "Platform".

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