Microsoft’s Xbox is planning more cuts after studio closings

Credit: CC0 Public Domain The sudden closure of several video-game studios at Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox division was the result of a widespread cost-cutting initiative that still isn’t finished. Xbox has begun offering voluntary severance agreements to producers, quality assurance testers and other staff at ZeniMax, which it purchased in 2020 for $7.5 billion, according to […]

iPad ‘Crush’ ad causes uproar amid AI anxiety

Credit: Apple An ad for the new iPad Pro caused an uproar Wednesday for showing an industrial-sized hydraulic press crushing objects linked to human creativity—such as a record player and trumpet—into a sleek tablet. Social media users immediately criticized the ad, which was posted on X by Apple CEO Tim Cook, as painfully tone-deaf at […]

Research casts new light on bike safety in the age of self-driving cars

Credit: University of Glasgow Equipping self-driving cars with external displays that use colored lights to communicate their next maneuver could help keep cyclists safe on the roads of the future, researchers say. With autonomous vehicles becoming more common, reducing active human involvement in driving in the process, researchers from the University of Glasgow have been […]

Data privacy in the post-Roe era

Distribution of privacy concern levels towards different period tracking practices. Ordered by ‘Very concerned’ Ratings. Credit: Duke University In 2022, when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade—ending the constitutional right to an abortion—privacy advocates warned women against using smartphone apps to track their periods. The calls came out of concerns that the data […]

A view of a room with VR and AI for the field of interior design

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Bringing together virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) could lead to significant advancements in the field of interior design, according to research published in the International Journal of Information and Communication Technology. Such a technological merger could be used to improve the design experience, tailor designs through simulated indoor environments, […]

Meta will let advertisers create campaigns using new generative AI tools

Credit: Julio Lopez from Pexels Facebook and Instagram parent company Meta Platforms Inc. is testing new tools that will let advertisers create marketing material, including images and messaging, using generative AI prompts. If an advertiser uploads a photo of their product, Meta’s artificial intelligence tools can now generate new, different images of that product for […]

Nintendo to announce Switch successor in this fiscal year as profits rise

This photo shows a balloon of the Mario character of Mario Bros. during an event in Tokyo, on Feb. 15, 2024. Japanese video-game maker Nintendo said Tuesday, May 7, 2024 that it will make an announcement about a successor to its Switch home console sometime before March 2025. Credit: AP Photo/Hiro Komae, File Japanese video-game […]

What to expect from the next generation of chatbots: OpenAI’s GPT-5 and Meta’s Llama-3

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Recently, there has been a flurry of publicity about the planned upgrades to OpenAI’s ChatGPT AI-powered chatbot and Meta’s Llama system, which powers the company’s chatbots across Facebook and Instagram. The technology behind these systems is known as a large language model (LLM). These are artificial neural networks, a type of […]

Report finds e-bike incentives are worth the investment

Saanich e-bike incentive program participants said the e-bike opened up a new way to explore Saanich and other communities. Photo credit: District of Saanich. Credit: Photo credit: District of Saanich Electric bicycle rebates have exploded in popularity in North America as transportation planners try to get people out of their cars and into healthier, more […]

Study explores how African American English speakers adapt their speech to be understood by voice technology

African American English speakers adjust rate and pitch based on audience. Credit: Michelle Cohn, Zion Mengesha, Michal Lahav, and Courtney Heldreth Interactions with voice technology, such as Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, and Google Assistant, can make life easier by increasing efficiency and productivity. However, errors in generating and understanding speech during interactions are common. When […]

EU says Apple iPad operating system to face stricter rules

Apple has six months to prepare to comply with the EU’s Digital Markets Act. The EU on Monday said Apple’s operating system for iPads must comply with tougher new rules that Brussels is imposing to rein in the world’s biggest digital companies. The European Commission designated Apple’s iPadOS system as a “core” service under the […]

How electric vehicle drivers can escape range anxiety

Graphic: Three major mental models and associated refilling strategies were identified in this research: (A) Monitor gage, when low seek refill; this is the primary strategy for liquid fuel refilling. (B) The planning model, predominately used for EV long trips, o. Credit: Chalmers University of Technology | Willett Kempton Two of the biggest challenges faced […]

FTC sends $5.6 million in refunds to Ring customers as part of video privacy settlement

A person pushes the doorbell on his Ring doorbell camera, July 16, 2019, at his home in Wolcott, Conn. The Federal Trade Commission is sending $5.6 million in refunds to consumers as part of a settlement with Amazon-owned Ring, which was charged with failing to protect private video footage from outside access. Credit: AP Photo/Jessica […]

TikTok to crack down on content that promotes disordered eating and dangerous weight-loss habits

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Saying it does not want to promote negative body comparisons, TikTok is cracking down on posts about disordered eating, dangerous weight-loss habits, and potentially harmful weight-management products. The wildly popular social media app updated its community guidelines last week, introducing a slate of new rules that it hopes will make the […]

You don’t need to own an iPhone for the government lawsuit against Apple to benefit you

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Last month, the Department of Justice filed its long-awaited antitrust suit against Apple, accusing the company of monopolizing the smartphone market. This makes Apple the last of the U.S.-based tech giants to face a major monopolization lawsuit from a federal agency. (Google also faces one from the Justice Department; Facebook and […]

More support needed to help households transition to green energy, UK research concludes

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Citizens will need greater financial support and advice as they make the switch to decarbonized heat sources, research from Cardiff University shows. Published in the journal Nature Energy, this is the first paper to examine in-depth householder perceptions across a diverse range of low carbon heating technologies including heat pumps, hydrogen, […]

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