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AI-powered Bing surpasses 100 million customers, Twitter outage, ChatGPT API, and extra.
Twitter suffered a serious outage with users worldwide reporting they may not learn hyperlinks to articles from outdoors web sites. The breakdown, which appeared fastened in lower than an hour, comes because the Elon Musk-owned social media big was making an attempt onerous to stabilize after a number of rounds of layoffs noticed greater than two-thirds of employees let go. Consultants say Twitter is operating on a skeleton employees, leaving the platform susceptible to outages in addition to disinformation and dangerous content material given the less numbers to maintain the positioning up and operating.
Microsoft not too long ago introduced that its new Bing search engine has crossed 100 million daily active users. It has been a little bit over a month since Microsoft launched the AI-powered Bing Chat characteristic. Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft’s VP for Fashionable Life, Search, and Gadgets, stated that the corporate is conscious that the numbers are nonetheless small, notably compared to Google, which presently has over a billion every day lively customers. Nonetheless, the brand new AI chat characteristic helps Bing attain new customers it has by no means had entry to earlier than.
Infinix not too long ago introduced its new charging tech that may supply 260W charging assist on a smartphone in addition to a brand new normal of wi-fi quick charging at 110W. Infinix claims that it geared toward offering an all-around quick charging resolution, which led to the choice to supply each ultra-fast wired and wi-fi charging speeds.
Meta Platforms’ WhatsApp has agreed to be more transparent about adjustments to its privateness coverage launched in 2021, the European Fee stated, following complaints from shopper our bodies throughout Europe. The European Client Organisation (BEUC) and the European Community of shopper authorities advised WhatsApp final 12 months that it had not clarified the adjustments in plain and intelligible language, violating the bloc’s legal guidelines. The corporate additionally confirmed that customers’ private knowledge is just not shared with third events or different Meta corporations, together with Fb, for promoting functions.
DuckDuckGo has partnered with OpenAI, creators of the bot sensation ChatGPT, and Anthropic, an AI analysis and security firm to roll out new AI options for the web search engine. Called DuckAssist, it’s an enhancement of the Immediate Reply characteristic of the search engine that swimming pools an inventory of pre-determined sources to reply your queries. DuckDuckGo stated that in the course of the preliminary trials, it’s limiting the assistant to DuckDuckGo’s app or browser extensions. Moreover, the supply has additionally been restricted to Wikipedia, for now.
Microsoft is testing a new Video Super Resolution feature for the Edge Browser. Tremendous-resolution makes use of your GPU at the side of graphics card agnostic algorithms to take away artifacts and upscale net video to a better decision for a sharper, cleaner picture. This works on all streaming platforms, like YouTube, enjoying video by the Edge browser. For the characteristic to work, you’ll require a minimum of an Nvidia RTX 20-series GPU or AMD’s RX5700 and above.
Twitter is reportedly going through one more subject, in line with a number of customers on the platform who’ve reported seeing tweets of individuals on their feed of they don’t observe. For the reason that early hours of March 10, Twitter customers have been reporting what seems to be a bug in Twitter’s algorithm with tweets from random customers they don’t follow showing up in their Twitter feeds. I’ve additionally been experiencing the identical points in my ‘For You’ part.
Apple has introduced a brand new standalone music app known as Apple Music Classical. The app is designed particularly for classical music and might be accessible for obtain later this month. The app affords customers entry to over 5 million tracks, a whole lot of curated playlists, 1000’s of unique albums, insightful composer biographies, deep-dive guides for a lot of key works, intuitive looking options, and extra.
Google has introduced that it’s increasing the One VPN service to all Google One subscriptions. The service was restricted to Google One members with the 2TB plan or above. The VPN service is out there in only some nations and India is just not amongst them. The VPN solely works in 22 nations. The VPN works throughout gadgets and helps iOS, Android, Home windows, and Mac. The customers who’ve a Google One household plan will be capable of share the VPN with others on the identical plan.
OpenAI launched its ChatGPT API called ‘GPT-3.5-turbo’ — giving builders entry to speech-to-text capabilities along with simply chat. In line with an announcement weblog publish by OpenAI, the API is one-tenth the price of their present fashions and achieved a 90 % price discount for ChatGPT since December, priced at $0.002 per 1,000 tokens (about 750 phrases). In line with a TechCrunch report, ChatGPT was not too long ago estimated to be the fastest-growing shopper software in historical past with over 100 million month-to-month lively customers as of December.