Morning Post | Xiaomi Auto Press Conference Officially Announced/2024 Holiday Arrangements Coming/McDonald’s Responds to Price Increase Rumors

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 New Year’s Day holiday arrangements for 2024 are here

 Xiaomi Auto Technology Conference is scheduled for December 28

 The number of single game version approvals exceeded 100 for the first time

 Xiaohongshu denies listing rumors

 NetEase and Blizzard suspected of "reunion"

 Byte launches offline car maintenance business

 McDonald's responds by raising prices

 Musk's hyperloop collapses

 iQOO Neo9 series becomes the official mobile phone of NBA in China

 Apple executive: Self-developed chips are the company’s biggest change in 20 years

 The world's first AI fully automated restaurant is about to open

 Pika 1.0 is open to all users on the web today

 BLACKPINK Jennie officially establishes personal label

 The North Face once again joins hands with CLOT to release 2024 joint series

 Xiaohongshu releases "Annual Life Trend Observation Report"

 After five years of preparation, James Wan announced the filming of "Call of Cthulhu"

 Station B 2023 New Year’s Eve Party Full Lineup Official Announcement

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New Year’s Day holiday arrangements for 2024 are here

According to the notice of the General Office of the State Council, there will be a three-day holiday on New Year's Day in 2024, and there will be no holidays from December 30, 2023 (this Saturday) to January 1, 2024 (next Monday).

The General Office of the State Council previously announced some holiday arrangements for 2024. Specifically, there are 3 days off for New Year's Day, 8 days off for Spring Festival, 3 days off for Tomb Sweeping Day, 5 days off for Labor Day, 3 days off for Dragon Boat Festival, 3 days off for Mid-Autumn Festival, and 7 days off for National Day.

Regarding travel during the New Year's Day and Spring Festival holidays, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism reminds tourists to increase their awareness of winter travel safety precautions, arrange safe and reasonable itineraries, be cautious in participating in high-risk tourism projects, and travel in a civilized, healthy and green way.

Xiaomi Auto Technology Conference is scheduled for December 28

On December 25, Xiaomi’s official Weibo announced that Xiaomi’s automotive technology conference will be held at 14:00 on December 28 (this Thursday). Later, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun retweeted the Weibo and wrote that this time only technology will be released, not products.

Recently, Xiaomi Auto’s WeChat public account, video account and official Weibo and other matrix accounts have also been launched one after another. Public information from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology shows that Xiaomi’s first car, SU7, is a pure electric sedan with models SU7 and SU7 Max. The batteries are equipped with ternary lithium-ion batteries (CATL) and lithium iron phosphate batteries (BYD) respectively. The highest version has a range of up to 800km.

Previously, Lei Jun said in an interview with CCTV's "Face to Face" that Xiaomi has many natural advantages in making cars, because today's smart electric vehicles are essentially the integration of the automotive industry and the consumer electronics industry.

When talking about his expectations for the first car, Lei Jun said, "There are definitely expectations, but the car is indeed very complicated. I am particularly worried that it will not be popular at first and no one will buy it. What is even more worried is that if everyone comes to buy it, the car will not be popular after a while." If you have to wait a year or two, you will definitely be scolded!"

Yesterday, Lei Jun also posted a long post on Weibo, once again talking about the behind-the-scenes story of Xiaomi’s car manufacturing. Lei Jun said that after three days and three nights of discussion, the consensus reached by all members of the Xiaomi Automobile team is that "there are no shortcuts in building cars on a century-old track. Adhere to forward development, start from the underlying core technology, and invest tenfold to build a good car." !」

In addition, Lei Jun also said, "This technology conference will be a comprehensive display of Xiaomi's technology accumulation in the 13 years since its founding. It will take a long time. I hope everyone can prepare in advance."

The number of single game version approvals exceeded 100 for the first time

According to the Game Working Committee of the China Audio and Video Association, today, the State Press and Publication Administration released 105 newly approved domestic game version numbers. The number of single approvals exceeded 100, and the scope of game companies covered is also wider. China Audiovisual and Digital The Game Working Committee of the Publishing Association and the majority of game companies are deeply encouraged.

This new batch of version numbers is a batch of domestic online game version numbers approved and released by the State Press and Publication Administration following the newly approved batch of imported online game version numbers on December 22, which effectively demonstrates the competent authorities’ active support for the development of online games. clear attitude.

Statistical information from the National Press and Publication Administration and the Game Industry Network shows that 748 game version numbers will be issued throughout 2021, of which 672 are domestically produced and 76 are imported; 512 game version numbers will be issued throughout 2022, of which 468 are domestically produced and imported. 44 styles.

So far in 2023, 1,075 game versions have been issued, of which 977 are domestically produced and 98 are imported. Three years of data show that the stability of the version number policy has gradually increased, and the game market has rebounded significantly.

Last Friday, after the National Press and Publication Administration issued the "Online Game Management Measures (Draft for Comments)", it directly triggered a large-scale decline in Hong Kong gaming stocks. As of the closing of Hong Kong stocks, NetEase fell 24.6%, and its market value evaporated by more than HK$137.5 billion. ; Tencent Holdings fell 12.35%, and its market value evaporated by more than HK$367 billion. In addition, Bilibili fell by 9.67%, and Xindong Company and Zenyou Technology all fell by more than 10%.

Xiaohongshu denies listing rumors

Yesterday, according to Jiemian News, Xiaohongshu stated that the company currently has no plans to go public and denied recent rumors of an IPO.

Previously, according to "IPO Early Know" reports, Xiaohongshu may be listed in Hong Kong as soon as the second half of 2024.

In addition, according to a previous report by Bloomberg, Xiaohongshu may achieve a net profit of approximately US$500 million this year, much higher than the US$50 million net profit expected at the beginning of this year.

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NetEase and Blizzard are suspected of "reunion", and the return of "World of Warcraft" to the national server is expected

According to 36 Krypton news, after lengthy negotiations with many domestic game manufacturers, Blizzard finally chose to re-establish a cooperative relationship with NetEase.

It is reported that after the cooperation is confirmed, the two parties will re-establish the national server operation team and test the server and related systems. Therefore, players may have to wait half a year or more for the game to be re-launched.

At present, NetEase officials have not yet responded to this matter. Blizzard China responded: "Thank you for your attention. We currently have no information or updates to share."

The Chinese "Battle.net" server of the Blizzard game platform was officially closed on January 24, 2023, ending Blizzard's 25-year business in China. In previous cooperation rumors, there were rumors of cooperation between major game companies such as Tencent and NetEase and Blizzard, but none of them came to fruition.

It is worth noting that before the acquisition of Activision Blizzard was yet to be finalized, it was reported that then-Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick asked NetEase to pay US$500 million in terms of contract renewal. According to a recent report by The Verge , Kotick will officially step down from office on December 29.

Byte launches offline car maintenance business

According to Tech Planet news, ByteDance’s Understand Chedi has entered the offline car maintenance business for the first time. By adopting the form of authorized store cooperation offline, it launched the offline car maintenance business “Understand Car Care” and opened a store in Chongqing in cooperation with local stores. .

It is reported that before ByteDance entered the game, Alibaba, JD.com and Didi, which are also Internet platforms, each launched offline car maintenance services "Tmall Car Maintenance", "Beijing Car Club" and "Xiaoju Car Service", all with online Next store.

The automobile aftermarket refers to the various services provided during the use of the car after the car is sold. It covers all services that consumers need after buying a car, including maintenance, repairs, second-hand cars, etc.

Tech Planet quoted industry insiders as saying that ByteDance’s entry into the car maintenance business is to continue to cover the automotive business ecology, and it also sees the trillion-dollar market potential behind (the automotive aftermarket).

McDonald's responds by raising prices

According to news on December 25, Oriental Finance asked McDonald's official customer service staff whether the price increase reported online was true. The staff said, "Starting from December 27, some individual products and packages will begin to be adjusted. The prices will be clearly marked and will be added to each meal." According to the announcement through certain channels, there is currently no clear information on which products and which packages will undergo price adjustments. O McKinsey’s four-piece value-for-money package will undergo structural price adjustments.”

Earlier, some netizens said, "McDonald's will raise prices across the board on December 27 for its main products. Nearly 90% of its main hamburger and snack products will have a price increase of 0.5 yuan from December 27. The price of Maca Meal meals will increase by 1 yuan simultaneously. "

Regarding the reason for the price adjustment, McDonald's official customer service said: "In combination with changes in operating costs, we regularly evaluate and adjust the price structure."

Musk's hyperloop collapses

According to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter, Musk's company Hyperloop One has now laid off most of its employees and is trying to sell remaining assets, including test tracks and machines. Employees responsible for overseeing the asset sales have been told that their jobs will end on December 31 end of day.

Hyperloop One aims to create a vacuum tube that transports passengers and cargo from one city to another at airplane-like speeds.

A "Hyperloop Alpha" white paper released by Musk in 2013 disclosed this pipeline-based sub-supersonic transportation system for the first time, and pointed out that "Hyperloop" will become the "third transportation system after airplanes, trains, cars, and ships." Five modes of transportation”.

Three years ago, the company conducted its first and only crewed test, but it only reached a top speed of 100 miles per hour, well below its originally promised goal. Until now, this hyperloop project has not been officially operational anywhere in the world.

In addition, according to people familiar with the matter, Dubai World Port Group (DPWorld) currently owns a majority stake in Hyperloop One. After Hyperloop One ends its operations, its intellectual property rights will also be transferred to DPWorld.

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iQOO Neo9 series becomes the official mobile phone of NBA in China

Vivo brand vice president Jia Jingdong announced yesterday that in the next two seasons, blue factory iQOO and NBA China will continue to cooperate. iQOO will become the official partner of NBA China, and iQOO mobile phones will also become the official mobile phones of NBA China. The cooperative mobile phone is the upcoming iQOO Neo9 series mobile phone.

At the "iQOO Neo9 Series Dual-Core Game Performance Technical Communication Meeting" held on December 22, iQOO comprehensively introduced the powerful performance tuning of iQOO Neo9 Pro under the Dimensity 9300 "full-core" architecture, as well as its self-developed The e-sports chip Q1 brings PC-level super-resolution, super-resolution super-frame stable concurrency and new generation low-latency super-frame and other gaming experience optimizations.

According to reports, under the joint exploration of vivo and MediaTek, the two parties created the Dimensity 9300 "all-large-core" architecture flagship platform, which is composed of 4 Cortex-X4 + 4 Cortex-A720 and has performance, gaming, imaging, and AI capabilities. Waiting for the strong strength of the whole scene.

 Apple executive: Self-developed chips are the company’s biggest change in 20 years

Recently, a video interview with Apple's chip director Johny Srouji and senior vice president of hardware engineering John Ternus on CNBC was broadcast.

In the interview, Johny Srouji said: "For the past 15 years, we have been building a world-class team that is 100% focused on making the best chips for our products. This is a journey that I am passionate about."

When talking about bringing the design of chips and components in-house, Ternus pointed out that Apple tended to use other companies' technology when making products at first, but it was subject to some restrictions.

He believes: "One of Apple's most profound changes in the past 20 years, certainly in our products, is how we now develop these technologies internally, and the most important thing is undoubtedly the chip."

The world's first AI fully automated restaurant is about to open

According to PR Newsire, robotics company Miso, Cail Group, and facial recognition company PopID have joined forces to open the world's first AI fully automated restaurant CaliExpress by Flippy in Pasadena, California.

The restaurant uses cutting-edge artificial intelligence and robotics technology to automate ordering and cooking. Customers can use their PopID account to order and pay at the self-service ordering machine, and then watch the meal being cooked by the robot.

The restaurant offers customers premium burgers based on Wagyu beef at prices comparable to regular burgers. Miso's Flippy robot grinds beef on-the-fly to create great-tasting burgers. The restaurant menu is also simple, specializing in burgers, cheeseburgers and fries.

"To our knowledge, this is the first operational restaurant in the world to fully automate the ordering and cooking process," said John Miller, PopID CEO and Miso Robotics board member.

Pika 1.0 is open to all users on the web today

Early this morning, the Pika team announced on social platform X that access to the Pika 1.0 web page will be open to all users today.

Access address entrance: https://pika.art/

Pika 1.0 supports various video styles such as 3D animation, animation cartoons, and movies. As long as your text prompts are in place, whether it's Musk in a space suit, a cow walking in space, or a walking robot, it can produce the effect you want.

Compared with other AI video generation tools, a major advantage of Pika 1.0 is that you only need to select the editing area and you can modify specific areas based on text prompts.

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BLACKPINK Jennie officially establishes personal label

Earlier this month, YG Entertainment officially announced that all members of BLACKPINK successfully completed their contract renewals, but the renewal was limited to group schedules, meaning members can still develop individually. Recently, Jennie officially founded a new personal label "ODD ATELIER" and became the first member of the four to announce their personal contract destination.

Official introduction of "ODD ATELIER" "ODD ATELIER", abbreviated as "OA", aims to create new things with unusual and unexpected unique styles to attract public attention. It is a label founded in November 2023 by creator Jennie. At the same time, he shared the company's slogan "WE ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT MUSIC.", which means "We are passionate about music."

The North Face once again joins hands with CLOT to release 2024 joint series

CLOT once again joins hands with outdoor sports brand The North Face to jointly release a new joint series of The North Face x CLOT.

This collaboration is inspired by the experience of chasing the Northern Lights. The printing patterns of aurora colors and cosmic stars are mapped onto the clothing fabrics. From the natural scenery of the Arctic, mysterious aurora colors such as interstellar blue, aurora green, neon rainbow, and nebula pink are extracted to create a unique style image of the new series.

The joint series includes many outdoor items such as ski down jackets and fleece sweaters, and the same children's clothing products in different sizes are specially designed for little explorers who are keen to explore the world.

The North Face x CLOT joint series will be available on the official mini program platform and JUICE offline stores on January 1.

Xiaohongshu releases "Annual Life Trend Observation Report"

On December 25, Xiaohongshu released the "2023 Life Trend Observation Report", in which three new life trends, Tingquan, Citywalk, and conspicuous bags, were selected.

Official data from Xiaohongshu shows that in 2023, every note on Xiaohongshu about "listening to advice and asking for help" received an average of 43.9 kind responses from strangers. The number of views on topics related to #婷尰安 exceeded 900 million times, and searches increased 51 times year-on-year.

In 2023, Citywalk-related topics were viewed more than 2.1 billion times on Xiaohongshu, and 230,000 Walkers shared their own exclusive Citywalk streets on Xiaohongshu.

In 2023, on Xiaohongshu, the 2000-year-old Eastern Han Dynasty cultural relic "Horse Treading on Flying Swallows" was transformed into a "conspicuous bag – a working horse in a hurry to get off work", and was hotly discussed by 20 million people, with more than 350,000 notes published.

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After five years of preparation, James Wan announced the filming of "Call of Cthulhu"

According to an exclusive report by Deadline, the well-known horror film director James Wan announced that he will adapt H.P. Lovecraft's short story "The Call of Cthulhu" and plan to make it into a horror movie. James Wan claimed that he had been preparing for the film for five years.

"Call of Cthulhu" tells the story of "I" going to investigate the relics of my uncle, a professor of Semitic languages ​​and an authority on ancient inscriptions, and discovered some terrible secrets. It turned out that the inspiration gained by my uncle during his research career They all come from Cthulhu, the ruler of the old days, and due to Cthulhu's imminent awakening, various mysterious events have occurred in various parts of the world…

Station B 2023 New Year’s Eve Party Full Lineup Official Announcement

Yesterday, Station B’s 2023 cross-night lineup was officially announced!

According to the official introduction of Station B, Tom and Jerry from "Tom and Jerry" will serve as the "special guest commanders" of the most beautiful New Year's Eve party in 2023, meeting everyone in a special way.

Not only that, popular IP characters such as Dream of Red Mansions, Spider-Man, Ultraman, Pigman, Armored Warrior, Luo Tianyi, and King of Glory will break through dimensions and bring various imaginative programs.

In addition, Phoenix Legend, Stefanie Sun, Tao Zhe, Zhou Shen and other singers will also appear on "The Most Beautiful Night of 2023" to party with the audience.

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