Here are the top trending news from the world of technology. News that we feel every tech enthusiast should keep a tab on.
All -New Microsoft Bing is now Officially Open for Public, no waitlist is required
Nearly three months after debuting the all-new Bing with ChatGPT, Microsoft made a massive announcement on Thursday that it is getting rid of the waitlist. This means that the all-new Microsoft Bing powered by OpenAI’s chatbot is now officially open to all public. Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President Microsoft, made the announcement in company’s official blogpost. in the same blogpost, Mehdi said that during last three months Bing users have been engaged in over half-a-billion chats. He further added that Bing users have also developed 200 Mn images by using Bing Image Creator, which is another AI tool. However, it is not clear whether Microsoft will remove the wait list from all the countries/markets in one go or do so in phases.
U.K’s Competition Watchdog will Review the AI Market
UK’s anti-competition body Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has possibly fired its first salvo in determining the impact of ongoing AI revolution on the domestic AI market. Sarah Cardell, CMA’s Chief Executive, said that “AI has burst into the public consciousness over the past few months and has been on our radar for quite some time.” She further added that rapid changes in AI could have massive impact on the way businesses compete but the end consumer should be protected. U.K is not the only one that is closely scrutinizing the AI sector, other countries including the U.S. are also keeping close eyes. U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris on Thursday had a close door meeting with the CEOs of Google, Microsoft and other tech companies to have discussion about AI.
Apple reports stronger than expected quarterly results
Apple on Thursday announced better than expected first quarter results for FY24 and this is partially thanks to good sale numbers of iPhone. The tech giant reported a net profit of $24 Bn and revenue of $94 Bn on account of surging iPhone sale with total sale standing at approximately $51.33 Bn. However, the iPhone maker witnessed a sharp drop in Mac sales, reporting a fall of 30% in first quarter. Apple’s better than expected quarterly results will certainly cheer up the investors amid shaky and gloomy economic scenario. Apple was recently in news for opening its first ever retail store in India, a country on which the iPhone maker has pinned its hope in propelling its future growth.
OpenAI’s CEO Sam Altman claims the era of Remote Working is Over
Over the months many industry leaders have expressed their reservations about remote working and now OpenAI’s CEO Sam Altman has also got added into this list. Speaking at a tech session organized by fintech company Stripe, Altman claimed that the era of remote working is now officially over. He added that believing that employees could work remotely forever was one of the worst mistakes by the tech industry, arguing that we still don’t have the technology that is needed for people to go fully remote. Remote working became almost mandatory due to outbreak of COVID in 2020. However, with the threat of COVID abating, many tech companies have started following the hybrid model.