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Apple unleashes new MacBook Pro and third-generation AirPods



Apple has wrapped up its latest product showcase, with the so-called “Unleashed” event unveiling brand new MacBook laptops and Airpods

New updates to Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro deliver powerful tools for professional video and music creators (APPLE)

The company has officially stripped Intel Corp processors from its computers, and will instead opt for an in-house processor.

The new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips are 70 percent faster, with the new MacBooks also boasting larger screens, MagSafe charging and better resolution.

M1 Pro and M1 Max are the most powerful chips Apple has ever built, delivering unprecedented performance and power efficiency (APPLE)

The revamp of processes and devices is aimed at surpassing the high-end chips Intel has provided for Apple devices over 15 years.

Introducing the next generation of AirPods

Meanwhile, the company also announced brand new Airpods, with the latest model being a refresh of the first-generation entry-level buds, as opposed to the Pro model.

The new AirPods feature spatial audio and industry-leading sound, longer battery life and an all-new design (APPLE)

Apple has been the leader in the wireless earphone market since the product first dropped back in 2016, leaving competitors like Samsung and Google in the dust.

The Airpods will include a new audio driver and water resistance, but won’t sport water resistance.

Apple has also announced deeper Siri integration for Apple Music, including playlists that are optimised for usage via Siri, Apple’s voice assistant.

$19 polishing cloth goes viral online

Apple may have Unleashed its brand new MacBook laptops and Airpods, but another new product stole the show.

The tech giant unveiled its latest creation… which is a $19 dollar Apple-branded “polishing cloth.”


The brand-new polishing cloth works on all sorts of Apple products (and for that price, you’d want to hope so!)

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Facial recognition has been used a million times by U.S. police



Controversial facial recognition has been used a million times by police to help track criminals

As facial recognition becomes more prominent, the founder of tech firm Clearview says his company has run nearly a million searches for U.S. police.

It’s also been revealed the company has scraped 30 billion images from platforms such as Facebook and Instagram, taken without users’ permissions.

The company has been fined numerous times in Europe and countries like Australia for breaches of privacy laws.

In the U.S., critics say the use of Clearview by authorities puts everyone into a “police line-up”.

The company’s high-tech system allows law enforcement to upload a photo of a face and find matches in a database comprising of billions of images it has collected.

It then provides links to where matching images appear online.

The tool is considered to be one of the world’s most powerful and accurate.

While the company is banned from selling its services to most U.S. companies, there is an exemption for police. #trending #featured

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Baidu shows off A.I.-powered chatbot Ernie



The event was meant to be livestreamed, but there was strong demand from companies to test the bot

Chinese search engine Baidu has shared pre-recorded videos of its A.I.-powered chatbot Ernie.

Revealing the bot performing more advanced tasks than at its launch two weeks ago.

While the videos were shown during a closed-door meeting, images shared by a Baidu spokesperson appeared to show significant developments.

This included summarising financial statements and producing powerpoint presentations, as well as producing travel itineraries.

The videos were shown to the first batch of companies that are testing an industry-focused version of the chatbot.

Ernie is considered China’s closest equivalent to U.S.-developed ChatGPT.

The meeting was originally meant to be a livestreamed product launch open to the media and public.

But the format was changed to prioritise what Baidu said was the “strong demand” from over 120,000 companies that had applied to test the bot.

More companies will be able to sign up to test the industry-focused version of the Ernie bot starting on March 31.

Tests conducted show that the regular version has a good command of the Chinese language.

However, it produces factual errors and avoids answering political questions.

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Another nation bans Huawei from 5G network



Germany has joined Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States to stop the tech company

China has blasted Germany over the nation’s reported plan to ban Huawei from the country’s 5G network.

In Berlin, the Chinese embassy said it is “very puzzled” and “strongly dissatisfied” by the move.

Diplomats believe the decision has been made by Germany’s government without any factual basis.

Adding, the move violates German economic laws and the principles of fair competition.

The reported ban follows similar moves made by Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Hugh Odom from Vertical Consultants gave us the details.

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