February is here everyone! And it’s going to be the longest February since… 2020!
Apple’s Pro Vision is OUT! So let’s check those reviews!
Did you know they’re creating robots that look just like us?
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Here is what you need to know about AI today.
APPLE VISION PRO
After a long wait, Apple’s futuristic AI-powered Vision Pro headset is in the hands of reviewers.
Is it worth the hefty $3,499 price tag? Is it a real computing revolution? Let’s take a look.
Epic display technology
According to The Verge’s Nilay Patel, the Vision Pro’s displays are no joke - they’re sharp enough to read even small text.
He says it’s undoubtedly the best display he’s ever seen in a headset, and that the passthrough is excellent.
BUT - The field of view is like looking through binoculars with black borders making things feel a tad cramped - they didn’t show that in the advertising!
CNBC’s Todd Haselton on the other hand was blown away by the cinematic experience. He said it was the best viewing experience he’s ever had.
But as of now, big names like Netflix and Spotify aren’t available, making the experience feel a bit incomplete.
Now, The Wall Street Journal’s Joanna Stern has a pro tip. The Vision Pro can be a productivity powerhouse - if you team it up with a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse.
The “virtual keyboard” is… bad. So use a real one to get work done.
However, she says the weight could be a concern seeing how heavy it is.
Big battery compromises
Mark Spoonauer at Tom's Guide took issue with the battery pack. You have to carry it with you at all times, and it only packs about 2 hours of juice.
And that cable? It has a mind of its own, getting tangled up in your “spatial” adventures. Not exactly hassle-free.
Final review, Cnet’s Scott Stein spoke about playing back 3D videos in the headset, saying it is like reliving actual memories.
The overall view is that it’s an awesome piece of kit with some huge compromises.
I’ll wait for Apple Vision Pro 3 before I take the plunge. Enjoy the beta testing early adopters!
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Figure AI, a startup specialising in humanlike robots, kickstarted a discussion to secure up to $500 million in a funding round.
The leadership behind this huge tech is none other than Microsoft Corp and OpenAI taking the helm.
In the proposed scenario, Microsoft is throwing in an investment of approximately $95 million complemented by a $5 million contribution from OpenAI.
This potential investment could result in a $1.9 billion pre-money valuation for Figure.
The post-money valuation would go up based on the final funding amount, raising Figure to the status of a "unicorn" for the second time.
Now that’s big!
The funding round isn't set in stone, amounts may shuffle, or the whole shebang might take an unexpected turn.
Now picture this: an AI-powered robot the Figure 01, looking and acting like a human.
The grand plan? Tackling dangerous tasks that are a no-go for us humans and helping out with labour shortages.
This isn't Figure's first rodeo – they raked in $70 million last May, showing they mean business.
CEO Brett Adcock shared their vision of bringing a useful humanoid to the market for some serious commercial action.
This is huge! But we find ourselves asking, is it a Robot revolution or just another tech bubble blowing up?
A new initiative is set to empower over 200 UK-based artists and organizations in unlocking the creative possibilities of virtual, augmented, and mixed-reality technologies.
UK tech industry warns against the Investigatory Powers (Amendment) Bill passed by the House of Lords, citing concerns over global mandates for tech companies to notify the government before product changes
ICANN suggests making it easier to configure home routers by introducing a new internal domain, replacing the traditional 192.168.x.x addresses.
Netflix transforms its approach with a successful ad-supported tier, a crackdown on password sharing, a $5 billion WWE deal for potential ad revenue, and strategic pricing shifts.
Researchers are testing Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) on railways, using the vibrations from passing trains to detect potential issues like cracks or rockslides along the tracks.
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“Hope so - needs to be universal accountability across the board for AI to be truly trusted” - jess_s
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