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CNET How ToFeb 08, 2023
Microsoft's New AI-Powered Bing Uses ChatGPT Tech. Here's How to Try It - CNET
The company has unveiled its updated Bing search engine. If you want to try it out, you'll have to join the waiting list.

ComputerWorldFeb 08, 2023
Google Maps gets more immersive live views, even from above
Google today announced several upgrades to its search, translate and maps applications that use artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR) to provide expanded answers and live search features that can instantaneously identify objects and locations around a user.

In at an event in Paris, the company demonstrated upgrades for its Google Maps Immersive View and Live View technology, along with new features for electric vehicle (EV) drivers and people who walk, bike or ride public transit that show 3D routes in real time. Live View, announced in 2020, allows users to get directions placed in the real world and on a mini map at the bottom of a mobile screen.

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EngadgetFeb 08, 2023
Alibaba joins the rush to build a ChatGPT rival
If it seems like everyone is rushing to develop an alternative to ChatGPT, you're not wrong. Chinese online commerce heavyweight Alibaba has confirmed to CNBC that it's working on its equivalent to OpenAI's hit AI chatbot. The company isn't detailing features or offering a release schedule, but says it has been developing generative AI since 2017 and is in the middle of internal testing.

The reveal comes as multiple tech giants have introduced rivals to or spinoffs of ChatGPT this week. Google unveiled Bard, while China's Baidu said it was testing "Ernie Bot." Microsoft, meanwhile, launched a redesigned Bing that uses a "much more powerful" language model built with OpenAI's help. The text-generating AI is considered particularly useful for search, where it can provide detailed responses to very specific questions.

Alibaba hasn't said how it would put the AI to work. However, the company is a powerhouse in online shopping and has its fingers in numerous other fields ranging from cloud computing through to finance. A counterpart to ChatGPT could be useful in many of these categories, and might help Alibaba challenge Baidu and other Chinese firm


EngadgetFeb 08, 2023
Google's Bard chatbot confidently spouts misinformation in Twitter debut
If the unofficial debut of Google's Bard chatbot is any indication, misinformation is about to get a lot worse. The company posted an ad to Twitter this week showing off the natural-language AI model displaying false information about the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).

In the advertisement (via Reuters), a short GIF shows an example of a Q&A with Bard. "What new discoveries from the James Webb Space Telescope can I tell my 9-year old about?" the query reads. The machine quickly spits out three ideas, including the last one that says, "JWST took the very first pictures of a planet outside of our own solar system. These distant worlds are called ‘exoplanets.' Exo means ‘from outside.'" Although the bit about exoplanets is spot-on, the first part saying the JWST took the first pictures of them is false. That honor belongs to the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (VLT) in 2004, as confirmed by NASA.


EngadgetFeb 08, 2023
A robotics engineer made the AirPods Pro case repairable with a USB-C conversion
The original AirPods Pro and AirPods Pro 2 are popular among iPhone users for their convenience and compelling mix of features. However, your options are limited if something happens to the charging case, and your earbuds aren't under warranty. Apple will replace the case for a fee. If you own a first-generation pair of AirPods Pro, you're probably better off buying the new model to get a fresh set of batteries. In any event, there's no easy way to repair a set of AirPods Pro and limit your electronic waste. Replacement parts are either hard to find, expensive or non-existent, and Apple didn't design any of its earbuds with repairability in mind.

Robotics engineer Ken Pillonel, who became internet famous in 2021 for creating a working USB-C iPhone, is trying to fix that. Wi


EngadgetFeb 08, 2023
Turkey is reportedly blocking access to Twitter following devastating earthquakes
Turkey may be blocking access to Twitter, two days after a pair of catastrophic earthquakes struck the area. Thousands of people are still trapped in buildings in Turkey and Syria, where the death toll is approaching 12,000.

According to Bloomberg, people in Turkey started having trouble accessing Twitter on Wednesday afternoon. Some have resorted to VPNs to use the service. Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the leader of Turkey's main opposition party, has accused the government of blocking Twitter.

It's not clear why the Turkish government might want to prevent access to Twitter amid such devastation. The social media service is still a valuable disaster response tool and users have also been sharing images of the destruction caused by the earthquakes. Twitter does not have a communications team that can be reached for comment.

This would not be the first time that Turkey has stopped residents from accessing social media services. It has also done so during cross-border military operations and terror attacks. In 2014, Turkey temporarily banned Twitter. Users were sharing voice recordings and documents that purportedly showed corruption within then-prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's sphere of influence. Erdogan became Turkey's president later that year and he remains in power. His government has


CNET How ToFeb 08, 2023
Slash Your Internet Bill: Stop Letting Your Provider Charge You These Hidden Fees - CNET
Your internet bill may be too high due to extra fees you don't really need to pay. Here's how to avoid them.

PC World Latest NewsFeb 08, 2023
Super Bowl deal knocks 25% off of this awesome Sony soundbar

The Sony SF100F has a Bass Reflex speaker for punchier audio and a voice enhancement feature, which is ideal for softer dialogue in movies and television shows. The S-Force Pro Front Surround sound is designed to envelope you, really upping the immersion factor. It connects to your TV via HDMI ARC and it's wall-mountable. The compact size also means that it can fit virtually anywhere. Sony's soundbar averages a killer 4.3 stars (out of 5) across well over 3,000 user reviews, so lots of people love it.

This is fantastic deal, so you better order one now before the big day arrives. In the eastern U.S., Amazon currently says it'll arrive Saturday if you order today!

Get the Sony SF100F soundbar for $98 at Amazon

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PC World Latest NewsFeb 07, 2023
Tested: Nvidia's GeForce RTX 4090 pushes laptops to blistering new frontiers

And no surprise here, but Nvidia's GeForce RTX 4090 for laptops is absolutely ferocious. Though not an exact replica of its desktop counterpart (a sore spot for some internet denizens), this graphics processor still posts huge improvements over its RTX 3080 Ti predecessor—while seemingly using less power.

How big? Think performance increases as high as 70 percent in our tests. This GPU is a juggernaut backed by impressive technology—and that bodes well for the laptops coming our way. Our YouTube video dives deep into the details, but for the key points (as tested on a monstrous MSI Titan GT77 with the Core i9-13980HX and an Nvidia RTX 4090), read on.



ComputerWorldFeb 07, 2023
Microsoft Bing is about to get chatty with OpenAI
Microsoft today unveiled a new AI-powered Edge browser and Bing search engine with a "chat" functionality.

The new search engine allows users to ask questions and receive answers from GPT-4, the latest version of the artifical intelligence (AI) language model built by research lab OpenAI. The new, AI-powered search engine and Edge browser are available in preview now at Bing.com.

The announcement today highlighted Microsoft's partnership with OpenAI, the  research venture that created ChatGPT, a chatbot that can generate natural language, essay-like answers to user-submitted text questions. The new AI-powered search capability will generate answers similar to how ChatGPT does, the company said.

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