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Why isn’t X on Linda Yaccarino’s home screen?

During her bizarre interview at the Code Conference yesterday, Yaccarino held up her iPhone to the audience while seemingly indicating that it was supposed to represent X. I was sitting near the front of the stage and squinting to try and see what was on it.

Thanks to the magic of video and this screengrab from my colleague Vjeran, we have the goods. X doesn’t appear to be on her home screen but, incredibly, Facebook and Instagram are. I also spot Signal — Elon Musk’s messaging app of choice — and the Holy Bible, which really is the original super app if you think about it. (Also, Settings in the dock? What are you doing, Linda!)

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AMD FSR3 arrives tomorrow in its first two games.

AMD chief gaming architect Frank Azor confirms to me that Forspoken and Immortals of Aveum will be the first, with 12 other games announced and 16 studios committed to the tech.

FSR3’s big new feature is like Nvidia’s DLSS 3 frame generation, but not proprietary — it can imagine new frames between existing ones, boosting your framerate, with rival GPUs too. Wonder how my 3060 Ti will do.

I like the look of these mini vertical Maingear gaming PCs.

The Revolt has a integrated handle that folds flush into the case, a pop-out headphone holder, toolless side panels, and separate cooling zones for the CPU and GPU — and the $2,099 Platinum configuration seems a solid price for a prebuilt RTX 4070 machine with i5-13600K, 32GB of DDR5 and RGB.

The highest-end configs seem overpriced, though, and what’s with the low storage capacities? BYOSSD. Hyte also sells the case by itself for $130.

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This is the most interesting part of the Surface Laptop Studio 2.

Microsoft has posted a new YouTube video showing off one of the most impressive new hardware features it announced at its Surface and AI event last week: Adaptive Touch.

This tool allows people with limited mobility in their hands to customize features like click zones, click sensitivity, double click speed, and palm rejection to make the Surface Laptop Studio’s touchpad easier to use. In this video, accessibility program manager Solomon Romney — who was born without fingers on his left hand — uses the Studio’s touchpad to copy and paste.

Mark Zuckerberg on Threads, the future of AI, and Quest 3

In a rare interview, Meta’s CEO dives into where AI is going next, the new Quest 3 headset, and his ongoing rivalry with Elon Musk.

Good morning, T-Pain AI bot.

At the Meta Connect event this week, CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled a whole cast of AI chatbots that the company plans to put on Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger.

Some of the bots are played by celebrities like MrBeast and Kendall Jenner. Here’s T-Pain lending his voice to Zuckerberg’s AI assistant, Jarvis.

It’s Thursday, so of course Pokémon scalpers are ruining things for everybody.

The Pokémon Company tried to make the perks (read: promo cards and merch) from its collaboration with the Van Gogh museum to be accessible to everyone. But it seems like scalpers have been swarming the exhibit in Amsterdam to snatch up cards, and forcing the museum to change its sales policy for the exclusive goodies. Good job, folks.

The Code Conference 2023: all the news as it happens

Live coverage from the Code Conference, featuring interviews with X CEO Linda Yaccarino, AMD CEO Lisa Su, and more.

Say it with me: AI VR legs.

Remember the whole microscandal about Zuck’s VR legs?

Well... Meta is now using “machine learning models that are trained on large data sets of people” to let developers give you generative AI legs in the Meta Quest 3.

More new dev toys here.

You could say this tech has legs.
You could say this tech has legs.
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The Superb OWL Grand Finals tournament is live.

What is likely the last Overwatch League Finals tournament has just begun. This year, eight teams will participate in a double elimination bracket live in Toronto to decide this year’s champions.

This year, the Atlanta Reign are likely to take the trophy making them the first (and probably only) expansion team to win the championship. Hopefully, the Grand Finals match will send the League off with a bang and not a whimper.

Monarch Tractor wants to become “the Android of agriculture.”

Hear CEO Praveen Penmetsa talk about it in this clip from Code 2023. (It’s more interesting than it seems!) And read more from the event in our storystream.

This AI robot gave me a manicure.

I gave Clockwork’s manicure robot a try at the Code Conference. After I picked out a nail polish color, it took about 10 minutes to walk out with a fresh manicure.

Clockwork doesn’t file or shape your nails — it just paints one coat of polish, using AI to identify where to paint.

I don’t see this replacing the nail salon experience, but it could be helpful if you’re in a pinch and need something quick. So far, my polish is holding up pretty well. Clockwork is currently available at these locations and costs $10. 

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Apple also wants the Supreme Court to rule on its antitrust case vs. Epic Games.

Yesterday, Epic Games filed a request for the Supreme Court to review lower court rulings in their lawsuit over Apple’s App Store rules, hoping to get a new interpretation that’s more in their favor,

Now, on Thursday, Apple submitted its own request, linked below, seeking a review to throw out the judge’s requirement that it change App Store rules barring developers from telling users about other payment options.

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Medium is the latest site to block AI training.

In a blog post, Medium CEO Tony Stubblebine announced that the site will block AI companies from using its posts to train AI models. Like The New York Times, Reuters, CNN, and other outlets, Medium has also rolled out a site-wide block on OpenAI’s GPTbot, a crawler that scrapes websites for data.

All the news from Meta Connect 2023

Meta Connect, the company’s annual conference, is back for 2023. It’s bringing a lot more details about the Meta Quest 3, the successor to Quest 2.

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A crucial Tesla Autopilot lawsuit starts today.

The family of a Tesla Model 3 owner who died in a fiery crash is suing the company, alleging that Tesla knowingly sold a product it knew to be defective. That product is Autopilot, the advanced driver assist system that is at the core of Tesla’s efforts to make a fully autonomous vehicle. The Washington Post spoke to legal experts about why this trial is so important:

“For Tesla to continue to get its technology on the road, it is going to have to be successful in these cases,” said Ed Walters, who teaches autonomous vehicle law at Georgetown University. “If it faces a lot of liability from accidents … it is going to be very hard for Tesla to continue getting this tech out.”

Among Us for PS VR2.

Among Us VR adds to the growing library of games available to PlayStation’s next-gen VR system, which includes No Man’s Sky, Beat Saber, Resident Evil Village, and a lot more.

Ray-Ban Meta Smart Glasses hands-on: in pursuit of content

Unlike the original, I kind of see where Meta’s going with its second-gen smart glasses.

Yoel Roth and Linda Yaccarino made the end of Code... interesting, to say the least.

Roth, Twitter’s former head of trust and safety, was a late add to the agenda, and that meant two of the last sessions of the event were a kind of meta conversation about Twitter’s past and X’s future.

Catch clips of both interviews and some of my thoughts in our video recapping the interviews, and you can read more real-time thoughts in our storystream. If you want to watch the interviews yourself, virtual passes are available here right now.

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Google is opening up its generative AI-powered search to teens.

Beginning “this week,” Google says that teens in the US that are using a Google account will be able to access the company’s Search Generative Experience through Search Labs. It’s also adding an “about this result” tool for SGE and making improvements to help its AI models detect and deal with searches with a “false or offensive premise.”

Since the product’s launch in May, Google has been steadily adding features and improvements.

Pool meets golf?

Martin Jonassan, the developer behind games like Holedown and Rymdkapsel, just announced his next project. It’s called Subpar Pool, and it looks like a combination of pool and golf, but with procedurally-generated levels and some cute little blobs. It launches October 12th on mobile, Steam, and the Switch.

Shure simplified its iconic SM7b.

With the new $499 SM7dB (kinda punny), Shure adds an integrated preamp to the classic radio microphone to bring its audio signal up to proper recording levels right out of the gate. This will help out podcasters and traveling audio engineers who typically have to use a Cloudlifter box whenever they want the SM7b sound.

Although it’s a good option, newer consumer audio interfaces boast the preamps’ ability to provide enough signal boost to these mics anyway.

view of the back side of the Shure SM7db, showing some controls switching on the integrated pre-amp.
The new Shure SM7dB
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