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OpenAI to 'pause' voice linked to Scarlett Johansson

AFP - 9h ago

ChatGPT-maker OpenAI on Monday said it was working on temporarily muting a synthetic voice that sounds a lot like that …

Microsoft unveils 'AI-ready' PCs

AFP - 10h ago

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella unveiled a new category of PC on Monday that features generative artificial intelligence …

'Incognito Market' founder arrested in New York

May 20 2024

A 23-year-old man from Taiwan has been arrested on charges of selling tens of millions of dollars worth of illegal drugs …

Microsoft unveils 'Copilot Plus' PC amped with AI

May 20 2024

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella unveiled a new category of PC on Monday that features generative artificial intelligence …

South Korea, Britain host AI summit with safety top of agenda

May 20 2024

South Korea and Britain kick off a major international summit on artificial intelligence in Seoul this week, where …

Can we rid artificial intelligence of bias?

May 19 2024

Artificial intelligence built on mountains of potentially biased information has created a real risk of automating …

OpenAI disbands team devoted to artificial intelligence risks

May 18 2024

OpenAI on Friday confirmed that it has disbanded a team devoted to mitigating the long-term dangers of super-smart …

OpenAI team devoted to future risks left leaderless

May 17 2024

An OpenAI team devoted to mitigating the long-term dangers of super-smart computers was leaderless on Friday after two …

EU warns Microsoft to give risk data on Bing AI or face fines

May 17 2024

The EU on Friday told Microsoft to hand over internal documents or face fines as it examines generative AI risks on the …

Saudi crown prince seeks soft power in game hub Japan

May 17 2024

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visits Japan next week, where he will hold talks on energy while hunting more …

Musk confirms Twitter has become X.com

May 17 2024

The social network formerly known as Twitter has fully migrated over to X.com, owner Elon Musk said on Friday.

Rapidus 'last opportunity' to put Japan back on global chip map

May 17 2024

Japan's Rapidus project that brings together some of the world's biggest companies is the "last opportunity" to put the …

Reddit gives OpenAI access to its wealth of posts

May 17 2024

OpenAI will have access to Reddit data for training its artificial intelligence models and will put its technology to …

'Grand Theft Auto VI' release set for late 2025

May 16 2024

Rockstar Games parent Take-Two Interactive on Thursday said the eagerly awaited video game "Grand Theft Auto VI" will be …

EU probes Facebook, Instagram over child protection

May 16 2024

The EU on Thursday opened a formal investigation into Facebook and Instagram on suspicion the platforms owned by Meta …

Consumer groups accuse Temu of manipulating online shoppers

May 16 2024

European consumer groups on Thursday accused Chinese shopping app Temu of using "manipulative techniques" to force users …

Google's AI search revamp puts publishers in a quandary

May 15 2024

Google's use of artificial intelligence to sum up answers to search queries has publishers wondering if traffic to their …

Renault to pursue autonomous minibuses but not cars

May 15 2024

French automaker Renault said Wednesday it will pursue developing autonomous minibuses for public transit but would …

A-list stars, menstruating superheroes in Cannes VR competition

May 15 2024

From a voyage through the human body with Cate Blanchett, to a feminist superhero satire featuring giant tampons and …

OpenAI co-founder Ilya Sutskever announces departure

May 15 2024

OpenAI co-founder Ilya Sutskever announced his departure Tuesday from the startup that ignited an artificial …

In major change, Google to use AI-generated answers in search results

May 14 2024

Google on Tuesday said it would introduce AI-generated answers to online queries, in one of the biggest changes to its …

In big change, Google to use AI-generated answers in search results

May 14 2024

Google on Tuesday said it would introduce AI-generated answers to online queries, in one of the biggest changes to its …

Swiss nursery lets robot do the talking

May 14 2024

Sat in a circle on the nursery floor, a group of Swiss three-year-olds ask a robot called Nao questions about giraffes …

EU to encourage influencers to have 'positive' impact

May 14 2024

The EU announced steps Tuesday to encourage influencers to post content that has a "positive" impact on society, as …

Dutch fine Fortnite maker for 'pressuring' kids with ads

May 14 2024

Dutch authorities slapped a 1.1-million-euro fine on Fortnite maker Epic Games on Tuesday, judging that vulnerable …

Students, activists, entertainers: Minecraft's global appeal

May 14 2024

Since the first version of Minecraft was released to the public 15 years ago, the block-based world-building game has …

Celebrities face digital backlash over Gaza silence

May 14 2024

Celebrities who have remained silent on the crisis in Gaza are feeling the wrath of angry fans wielding the "digital …

Anthropic AI assistant 'Claude' arrives in Europe

May 13 2024

Anthropic on Monday announced that its artificial intelligence assistant "Claude" is available in Europe after launching …

OpenAI gives ChatGPT new powers to see, hear

May 13 2024

OpenAI on Monday released a higher performing and even more human-like version of the artificial intelligence technology …

France announces 'record' foreign investments worth 15 bn euros

May 13 2024

France has received combined investment commitments from foreign companies of more than 15 billion euros ($16.2 …

OpenAI releases faster model to power ChatGPT

May 13 2024

OpenAI on Monday released a higher performing and more efficient version of the artificial intelligence technology that …

ChatGPT-maker OpenAI releases latest free model GPT-4o

May 13 2024

OpenAI on Monday released a higher performing and more efficient version of the artificial intelligence technology that …

US to raise concerns at first AI talks with China

May 13 2024

The United States and China will hold their first talks on artificial intelligence on Tuesday, with Washington set to …

Booking.com to face tough new EU tech rules

May 13 2024

The European Union on Monday added Dutch online travel giant Booking.com to its list of digital companies that are big …

Sweden's small game studios punching above their weight

May 13 2024

"Minecraft", "Valheim", and "Raft", just to name a few: Small or even one-man teams from Sweden have produced more video …

Attacking birth control pills, US influencers push misinformation

May 13 2024

US wellness influencers are increasingly targeting birth control pills, pushing their followers to abandon the …

Microsoft, Amazon to invest billions in French tech

May 12 2024

Microsoft on Sunday announced four billion euros in investment for developing data centres in France, joining fellow US …

Brazil's catastrophic weather spawns spate of conspiracy theories

May 11 2024

The climate catastrophe that has struck southern Brazil, killing more than a hundred people and displacing nearly two …

AI systems are already deceiving us -- and that's a problem, experts warn

May 10 2024

Experts have long warned about the threat posed by artificial intelligence going rogue -- but a new research paper …

Chip giant TSMC's April revenue jumps 60% on-year

May 10 2024

Taiwanese chip giant TSMC said on Friday that April revenue jumped nearly 60 percent on-year, riding a huge wave of …

Einstein and anime: Hong Kong university tests AI professors

May 10 2024

Using virtual reality headsets, students at a Hong Kong university travel to a pavilion above the clouds to watch an …

Apple apologizes for iPad 'Crush' ad after backlash

May 09 2024

Apple apologized on Thursday after an ad for its latest-edition iPad caused an uproar for showing an industrial press …

Low-cost MRI paired with AI produces high-quality results

May 09 2024

A magnetic resonance imaging device built with off-the-shelf parts and paired with AI matched the performance of …

Men or bears? Women's safety debate pops on social media

May 08 2024

If you're a woman alone in a forest, would you rather be approached by a random man or... a bear?

US revokes some licenses for exports to China's Huawei

May 08 2024

The United States has revoked some export licenses that allowed companies such as US chip firm Qualcomm to supply …

EU queries X over cut to content moderation resources

May 08 2024

The EU on Wednesday told digital platform X to explain a cut to content moderation resources, amid concerns over …

Global car giants seek tech allies in China's cutthroat EV market

May 08 2024

Struggling foreign automakers in China are looking for help from local tech giants to try to stay competitive in the …

OpenAI unveils tool to detect DALL-E images

May 07 2024

OpenAI, the Microsoft-backed artificial intelligence company behind the popular image generator DALL-E, on Tuesday …

TikTok challenges potential US ban in court

May 07 2024

TikTok and its Chinese parent company ByteDance filed a legal challenge against the United States on Tuesday, taking aim …

Disney reports small loss but sees improvement in streaming

May 07 2024

Disney reported higher revenues Tuesday on a strong performance by its theme parks division and an improving streaming …

US, allies sanction LockBit leader over ransomware attacks

May 07 2024

The United States, Britain and Australia unveiled sanctions Tuesday against the leader of the Russian ransomware outfit …

Katy Perry fools internet with fake AI photos of Met Gala

May 07 2024

US singer Katy Perry said even her own mother was fooled by AI-generated fake images she posted Tuesday of herself …

UK says defence ministry targeted in cyberattack

May 07 2024

A senior British lawmaker said on Tuesday China was probably behind a massive cyberattack on the names and banking …

Nintendo says announcement on Switch successor 'this fiscal year'

May 07 2024

Nintendo said Tuesday it will make an announcement about a highly anticipated new console by the end of March 2025 as …

Amazon says will invest $9 billion in Singapore

May 07 2024

Amazon said Tuesday it would invest US$9 billion in Singapore over the next four years to expand its cloud computing …

Sony backtracks faced with anger of 'Helldivers 2' players

May 06 2024

Sony backtracked Monday after players of its popular cooperative third-person shooter game "Helldivers 2" pushed back …

Struggling French tech group Atos weighs financial lifelines

May 06 2024

Struggling French tech group Atos, an Olympics partner and key French defence contractor, said on Monday it would choose …

Far-right parties wage disinfo war ahead of EU vote

May 06 2024

Far-right populist parties are way ahead of their traditional rivals in the race for voter attention on social media, …

'Everybody is vulnerable': Fake US school audio stokes AI alarm

May 06 2024

A fabricated audio clip of a US high school principal prompted a torrent of outrage, leaving him battling allegations of …

US election disinformation targets non-citizen voting

May 04 2024

Illegal immigration on the US southern border is a top talking point among Republican politicians, but some are taking …

Germany, Czech Republic accuse Russia of cyberattacks

May 03 2024

Germany and the Czech Republic on Friday blamed Russia for a series of recent cyberattacks, prompting the European Union …

SK Hynix says high-end AI memory chips almost sold out through 2025

May 03 2024

South Korean semiconductor giant SK Hynix said Friday its entire 2024 production of high-end memory chips was sold out …

Apple profit ebbs as iPhone sales under pressure

May 02 2024

Apple on Thursday said its quarterly profit ebbed but topped market forecasts as it announced an unprecedented $110 …

Apple profit falls but beats expectations

May 02 2024

Apple on Thursday said its quarterly profit ebbed but topped market forecasts as it announced a massive $110 billion …

US judge grills both sides in landmark Google antitrust trial

May 02 2024

A US judge on Thursday pushed against the central pleas of both US government and Google lawyers as he heard their …

TikTok reaches music licensing deal with Universal, ending feud

May 02 2024

TikTok and Universal announced a new licensing agreement Thursday, ending a months-long dispute that saw popular music …

Microsoft announces $2.2 bn AI, cloud investment in Malaysia

May 02 2024

Microsoft pledged a $2.2 billion investment in artificial intelligence and cloud computing in Malaysia on Thursday to …

13 years in US prison for Ukrainian REvil hacker

May 01 2024

A Ukrainian man was sentenced to more than 13 years in prison in Texas on Wednesday for his role in ransomware attacks …

Nepalis fight TikTok ban in court, or ignore it entirely

May 01 2024

When Nepal suddenly announced a ban on TikTok last year, lawyer Sunil Rajan Singh was determined to fight what he said …

Amazon triples quarterly profit as cloud surges

Apr 30 2024

E-commerce titan Amazon on Tuesday said profit in the first three months of 2024 tripled as its cloud, ads, and retail …

Amazon triples quarterly profit as cloud and ads grow

Apr 30 2024

E-commerce titan Amazon on Tuesday said profit in the first three months of 2024 tripled as its cloud, ads, and retail …

Ex-Binance chief jailed for four months in US

Apr 30 2024

The founder of cryptocurrency firm Binance was sentenced to four months in US prison on Tuesday after pleading guilty to …

Changpeng Zhao, the 'normal guy' who conquered crypto

Apr 30 2024

During his time at the helm of the world's biggest cryptocurrency firm, former Binance boss Changpeng Zhao, who was …

Vienna conference urges regulation of AI weapons

Apr 30 2024

The world should establish a set of rules to regulate AI weapons while they're still in their infancy, a global …

Chinese tech giant Huawei profit surges 564%, biting into Apple sales

Apr 30 2024

Tech giant Huawei's first-quarter profits surged over fivefold year-on-year, a company filing showed Tuesday, as the …

EU probes Facebook, Instagram over election disinformation worries

Apr 30 2024

The EU on Tuesday launched an investigation into Meta's Facebook and Instagram over concerns the platforms are failing …

Asia's first spot bitcoin, ether ETFs start trading in Hong Kong

Apr 30 2024

Hong Kong on Tuesday launched trading of Asia's first spot bitcoin and ether exchange-traded funds (ETFs), moving …

India's influencers still struggle years after TikTok ban

Apr 30 2024

Choreographer Sahil Kumar found fame showcasing folk dances on TikTok, but his profile has been dormant since the video …

Microsoft CEO pledges $1.7 bn AI, cloud investment in Indonesia

Apr 30 2024

Microsoft's chief executive officer pledged a $1.7 billion investment in artificial intelligence and cloud computing to …

Samsung says Q1 operating profits soar nearly tenfold on-year

Apr 30 2024

Samsung Electronics said Tuesday that its first-quarter operating profits had risen nearly tenfold year-on-year amid …

Ex-Binance chief set for sentencing in US court

Apr 30 2024

US federal prosecutors are calling for ex-Binance chief Changpeng Zhao to be sent to prison when he appears Tuesday for …

ChatGPT faces Austria complaint over 'uncorrectable errors'

Apr 30 2024

A Vienna-based privacy campaign group said Monday it would file a complaint against ChatGPT in Austria, claiming the …

Ex-NSA employee who tried to spy for Russia sentenced to 21 years

Apr 29 2024

A cyber specialist who briefly worked at the top secret US National Security Agency (NSA) was sentenced to more than 21 …

US Supreme Court declines to hear Musk appeal over Tesla posts

Apr 29 2024

The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal by Elon Musk of a settlement that requires the billionaire to …

EU says Apple iPad operating system to face stricter rules

Apr 29 2024

The EU on Monday said Apple's operating system for iPads must comply with tougher new rules that Brussels is imposing to …

France moves to acquire key activities of tech giant Atos

Apr 28 2024

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire on Sunday said he had moved to acquire the "sovereign activities" of debt-laden …

TikTok creators fear economic blow of US ban

Apr 28 2024

Ayman Chaudhary turned her love for reading into a living on TikTok, posting video snippets about books like those …

Aaron Sorkin working on new Facebook movie tied to Jan 6 riots

Apr 26 2024

Aaron Sorkin, Oscar-winning writer of "The Social Network," is working on a follow-up movie about Facebook that will …

Junta-led Burkina Faso suspends BBC, Voice of America for two weeks

Apr 26 2024

Burkina Faso has blocked local internet access to the BBC and Voice of America after they aired a rights report accusing …

Cybersecurity firm Darktrace accepts $5 bn takeover

Apr 26 2024

Cybersecurity firm Darktrace said Friday it had accepted a $5.3-billion takeover bid from US private equity firm Thoma …

Kenyan rugby player turned TikTok star cooks to fight depression

Apr 26 2024

"Done!" -- the catchphrase punctuating former rugby player Dennis Ombachi's cooking videos is as famous as the balcony …

China's EV execs bullish on Western pressure at Beijing car show

Apr 26 2024

Electric vehicle executives at a top car show in China were bullish on prospects for growth, despite a gruelling price …

Rescue pup to meme star: the real-life 'Dogecoin' dog

Apr 26 2024

Her fluffy face now frail, Kabosu still flashes the enigmatic smile that made her the go-to meme dog for millennials and …

ByteDance says 'no plans' to sell TikTok after US ban law

Apr 26 2024

Chinese tech giant ByteDance has said it has no plans to sell TikTok after a new US law put it on a deadline to divest …

Japan anime studio draws on talent of autistic artists

Apr 26 2024

Diagnosed with autism, Shoko Sakuma says she struggled working in accounting but now she is putting her childhood love …

Snap shares pop after revenue tops expectations

Apr 26 2024

Shares in social media company Snap, which runs the youth-focused Snapchat, soared nearly 25 percent on Thursday after …

Microsoft expands its AI empire abroad

Apr 26 2024

Microsoft, the tech titan most closely associated with AI, has announced nearly $10 billion in investments in artificial …

Microsoft, Google earnings shine as AI drives revenue

Apr 25 2024

Microsoft and Google on Thursday drubbed quarterly earnings expectations as the tech titans continued investing heavily …

Google parent Alphabet's Q1 profits beat estimates: company

Apr 25 2024

Google's parent Alphabet on Thursday trounced revenue and profit expectations for the first quarter of this year, …

As 'news deserts' spread, US journalism fights on

Apr 25 2024

Baltimore Banner reporter Matti Gellman is first to leap in with questions during a recent press appearance by …

US conspiracy website Gateway Pundit declares bankruptcy

Apr 24 2024

US far-right conspiracy website Gateway Pundit is filing for bankruptcy, its founder said Wednesday, as it battles a …

Meta profits soar but costs of AI cause worry

Apr 24 2024

Facebook-owner Meta on Wednesday said its quarterly profits soared last quarter, but worries about the cost of …