My condolences to anyone at Microsoft affected by its large round of layoffs. Announced officially on Wednesday morning, the cuts mean about 10,000 people are losing their jobs. It makes Microsoft the latest tech giant to have cut thousands of jobs in recent months, following layoffs at the likes of Meta and Amazon.
Wednesday’s tech news started, like Tuesday’s, with a new Apple hardware announcement. After discontinuing its HomePod speaker a few years ago, the company s launching a new version, priced at $299, with support for Spatial Audio and the Matter smart home spec.
Apple has also reportedly put its plans to release a pair of lightweight augmented reality glasses on hold due to “technical challenges.” Its mixed reality headset (which would offer both AR and VR) is still believed to be on track for this year, but these sleeker AR-only glasses are now unlikely to meet their 2025 target launch date.
For now, here’s a silly tweet to start your day (don’t worry, it’s not actually “sensitive content” as the disclaimer suggests):
Stay tuned, as we continue to update this list with the most important news of today: Wednesday, January 18th, 2023.
There’s no specific premiere date for the Apple TV Plus series, though.
The plaintiffs’ lawyers argued that Musk’s ‘funding secured’ tweets were reckless and cost ‘regular people’ millions of dollars, while Musk’s attorneys said they ‘didn’t matter.’
New inexpensive smart displays, a revamped Apple TV, and that freaky HomePod / Apple TV fusion are in the works.
The series stars Billy Crudup and starts streaming on February 17th.
- CWe are gathered here today in memory of our dearly departed cloud gaming service, Stadia
Google Stadia is officially closing its cloud doors today, almost four years after an inauspicious debut displaying the console alongside uhhh... notable video game artifacts, ET for the Atari 2600, the Power Glove, and the Dreamcast.
Google has handled its passing with as much grace as can be expected, so let’s (Google) Wave goodbye to a cloud gaming OG.
- JWho’s the biggest name at VidCon?
Last year, TikTok was the event’s main sponsor, highlighting a major shift in the creator video space. This year... YouTube is back. (And surely, it’ll want to remind creators to use YouTube Shorts.)
Of course, buying a sponsorship ≠ maintaining cultural dominance. Shorts has its work cut out. But showing up to VidCon still means something — it tells creators that YouTube cares.
- EThey’re surveilling your money without a warrant in Arizona.
The Transaction Record Analysis Center has been used by more than 600 law-enforcement entities to surveil money sent across US borders without a warrant. Among the data? Your name, how much you sent, and who you sent it to.
“One slideshow prepared by a TRAC investigator showed how the program’s data could be used to scan for categories such as ‘Middle Eastern/Arabic names’ in bulk transaction records,” the WSJ reports.
Alongside the announcement of Apple’s new HomePod, the company said it would enable a sensor hidden in the HomePod Mini since launch in an upcoming software update.
A new house led to a total overhaul of the work-from-home environment.
Shell USA is buying all shares of the destination electric vehicle charging company Volta, which operates over 3,000 stations.
The new 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros boast Apple’s latest silicon, but are they worth the upgrade?
- CIt looks like Apple fixed a big HomePod annoyance.
GPT-4 is coming, says Altman, but it won’t be AGI.
Microsoft’s latest job cuts are expected to be significantly larger than the 1 percent in 2022.
The company is selling espresso machines, designer chairs, and bike-powered recharging stations after falling behind on office rent payments.
A new Netflix sizzle reel features fresh looks at They Cloned Tyrone, Leave the World Behind, and The Mother.
Microsoft is cutting thousands of jobs just as CEO Satya Nadella warns of a challenging two years ahead for tech companies.
The new speaker will be sold alongside the HomePod Mini introduced in 2020.
The $220 smart heated vest will be available starting February 1st and automatically adjusts the temperature to keep you comfortable in the cold.
Subscribers of the live TV service will notice a redesigned, more efficient channel guide. And the library is getting cleaner and more helpful.
The platform began piloting state-affiliated media labels last year following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The leak confirms previously rumored specs including a 200-megapixel camera on the S23 Ultra, as well as the designs of all three devices.
The Brio 300 supports up to 1080p at 30fps and has a built-in privacy shutter.