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Microsoft is finally making custom chips — and they’re all about AI

The Azure Maia 100 and Cobalt 100 chips are the first two custom silicon chips designed by Microsoft for its cloud infrastructure.

Bing Chat is now Microsoft Copilot, to better compete with ChatGPT

Microsoft has settled on Copilot as its main brand for its AI chatbot, after months of trying to push Bing Chat.

Microsoft Ignite 2023 kicks off in 30 minutes.

Microsoft’s annual IT pro and developers conference, Ignite, is kicking off with a keynote from CEO Satya Nadella at 12PM ET / 9AM PT. You can watch the show live over at Microsoft’s Ignite website. The biggest announcements from the show include new Microsoft built CPUs and AI chips, a Bing Chat rebranding to Microsoft Copilot, and a new Microsoft Copilot Studio that lets anyone build custom AI copilots. You can find all of the Microsoft Ignite 2023 news right here.

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Microsoft Ignite 2023: all the AI news from Microsoft’s IT pro event

Ignite is Microsoft’s chance to show why AI matters to developers and IT professionals.

Lewis Hamilton’s Fortnite skin is for the dog fans.

Another celebrity is entering the virtual realm of Fortnite. This time it’s Formula One star Lewis Hamilton, who will be available in the item shop on November 17th. Hamilton looks stylish as always (though I would’ve loved if his skin had the Daft Punk racing helmet), but more importantly, the set comes with a glider and back bling featuring his adorable dog. Hope they like racing around Tilted Towers.

MoviePass subscribers can finally get tickets online.

The reborn subscription service will no longer require showing up at movie theaters in person to acquire tickets — previously a major gripe for users. Other changes explained in an updated FAQ include swapping out the physical payment cards for virtual ones and letting customers buy additional theater credits in the app if they run out.

More features due by the end of the year for MoviePass include a referral program, film reviews, and allowing members to select premium large format screens — too bad 70mm Oppenheimer is no longer showing.

We only get one planet

Sustainability often gets glossed over in the tech world. But true environmental stewardship demands we think deeper about the lifecycle of our devices — and the energy that powers them.

The Verge’s 2023 holiday gift guide for dads

We’ve pulled together a king’s ransom of fun and unique gift ideas for all the dads in your life so you can spoil them no matter your budget.

Epic v. Google: Sundar Pichai testifies live in Fortnite court

In a redux of a case against Apple and iOS, Epic aims to dismantle barriers that could spell higher fees for app makers — and, Google argues, keep Android safe and competitive.

OpenAI pumps the brakes on ChatGPT Plus signups.

A little over a week after announcing a bunch of new features at its debut developer conference, OpenAI is pausing signups for ChatGPT Plus. The subscription offers access to features like OpenAI’s new custom GPTs, which let anyone create their own versions of ChatGPT.

Volvo CEO Jim Rowan thinks dropping Apple CarPlay is a mistake

As cars become computers on wheels, the former BlackBerry and Dyson executive is approaching Volvo’s EV transformation with a consumer electronics mindset.

Asus is fixing the big typo on its Neon Genesis Evangelion motherboard.

Asus created a special edition Rog Maximus Z790 Hero EVA-02 motherboard, but the company misspelt “Evangenlion” on it — adding an extra “n” on the I/O heatsink. Now the company has apologized for the mistake, offering an extended warranty for affected customers and a “corrected decorative part that end-users can use to replace the misprinted part.” This all reminds me of when the 8 on Nvidia’s RTX 3080 was printed upside down.

See if you can spot the extra ‘n’ on Asus’ motherboard.
See if you can spot the extra ‘n’ on Asus’ motherboard.
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Here’s Xiaomi’s first car.

It’s an EV of course, and will be manufactured by Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co (BAIC). The long anticipated vehicle was revealed in a Chinese regulatory filing and will come in SU7, SU7 Pro, and SU7 Max variants, with RWD (220kW) and AWD (220kW + 275kW) powertrain options. It weighs 2.66 tons with a top speed of 165 mph. Deliveries of the 5-seater SU7 begin in February.


Apple gives iPhone 14 users another year of free Emergency SOS satellite calling.

Marking a year since Apple’s Emergency SOS via satellite service became available in the US and Canada, anyone who activated their free trial prior to November 15th now has an additional year of free access.

If you haven’t done so already, here’s how to set it up.

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Setting up your Apple Vision Pro Persona looks kind of like setting up Face ID on an iPhone.

Check out the process in an onboarding video that 9to5Mac found in the latest visionOS beta.

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Cruise robotaxi shutdown expands, pressing pause on supervised and manual trips too.

Cruise’s robotaxis are front and center of the industry’s trust issue after losing their California permit following an incident where a pedestrian ended up stuck underneath one of its cars.

It already halted service nationwide and said it’s installing new updates. Now Cruise has announced it’s taking its cars off of public roads while it undergoes a full safety review. Meanwhile, Cruise board member and GM legal executive VP Craig Glidden is “expanding” his role to lead Cruise’s Legal, Communications, and Finance teams.

 In the coming days, we are also pausing our supervised and manual AV operations in the U.S., affecting roughly 70 vehicles. This orderly pause is a further step to rebuild public trust while we undergo a full safety review. We will continue to operate our vehicles in closed course training environments and maintain an active simulation program in order to stay focused on advancing AV technology.

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I thought it was no phones in the courtroom!

Lockheimer just became the first Googler to pull out a phone on the stand — two of them, a Samsung Z Flip and a Pixel Fold. No sideloading walkthrough, I’m afraid; they were a simple example of how Google is attempting to innovate on Android to compete with Apple.

Hey, Hiroshi: those phones belong to the judge now. Sorry, I don’t make the rules!

Google Chat is getting a smidge more useful for Workspace users.

Before now, Google Chat notified users of changes in Google’s Workspace apps, but that’s about it.

Now, users can actually reply, resolve, or tag coworkers right from the chat window. It’ll also show more of a comment thread for better context. Google says it could take up to three days to roll out to everyone.