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Who needs the cloud? Qualcomm emphasis on-device AI features for smartphones and Windows PCs

AMD recently launched its second generation of PC processors with integrated neural processing units, or NPUs. And Intel’s new Core Ultra processors based on Meteor Lake architecture also have built-in NPUs for hardware-accelerated AI. So we’re seeing a growing number of PC makers position their latest systems as “AI PCs.” But ARM-based chip makers have […]

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The Windows Photos app’s new Generative erase feature can remove unwanted items from a picture

Microsoft is rolling out its answer to Google’s Magic Eraser, which uses AI to let you remove unwanted people or objects from photos. The Windows version is called Generative erase, and rolling out to the Windows Photos app for members of the Windows Insider preview program. It should eventually make it way to stable versions […]

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Meizu is done making “traditional” smartphones, plans to go “All in” on AI

Chinese smartphone maker Meizu says it plans to go “all in” on AI, which isn’t a surprising announcement for a tech company in 2024. What is a little surprising is that the company says that as part of this transition, it’s done making traditional mobile phones. The move comes as a response to a changing smartphone […]

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Brilliant Labs Frame smart glasses are like Google Glass for the generative AI era (pre-order for $350)

The wearable computing space has changed a lot in the decade since Google Glass first debuted. While Google’s computer for your face never really took off, these days smartwatches are everywhere and the idea of sticking a device in front of your eyeballs is more mainstream than ever, thanks to the efforts of Meta, Apple, […]

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AMD Embedded+ architecture combines AMD Embedded with Versal Adaptive chips

AMD is launching a new platform called Ryzen Embedded+ that combines two of the chip maker’s existing technologies into a “single integrated board” for products that leverage AI features for on-device processing from sensors, cameras, and other hardware. In a nutshell, Embedded+ boards combine an AMD Ryzen Embedded processor with an AMD Versal adaptive, software-programmable […]

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Samsung’s Galaxy AI features are only free for the first 2 years, and other things that went unmentioned during the Galaxy S24 launch event

The new Samsung Galaxy S24 line of smartphones have some pretty nice hardware including high-quality displays, speedy processors, and some pretty nice cameras. But if you watched Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked launch event this week, you probably noticed that Samsung spent most of its time highlighting the new Galaxy AI features launching first on those phones. What Samsung didn’t mention during […]

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Lilbits: A “breadboard phone,” Wine 9.0 released, and the future of Amazon’s Alexa

Generative AI is more conversational and responsive than the software that powered early voice assistant software like Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant. But it’s also a lot more expensive to run, due to the amount of processing power required by the servers that make things tick. Meanwhile Amazon, which was one of the companies that […]

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Rabbit R1 is a $199 mobile companion with a simple UI and support for any app (thanks to AI)

The Rabbit R1 is a small, simple mobile device with ambitious plan: to change the way we interact with apps and devices. Available for pre-order for $199, it’s the first product from a startup called Rabbit, it’s a pocket-sized device with a 2.88 inch touchscreen display, a camera that rotates to face the front or […]

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Ready or not, Windows PC keyboards are getting a dedicated Copilot key for Microsoft’s AI assistant

Microsoft has been betting big on AI over the last few years. But if you haven’t had much use for features like the company’s new Windows Copilot AI assistant, it’s been pretty easy to ignore. It’s going to be a little harder soon though, because Microsoft has been working with PC makers to include a […]

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Lilbits: Framework Laptop 16, Chromecast exploit, AYA Neo Slide review, and new Google Pixel features

This summer, modular, repairable, and upgradable laptop maker Framework introduced their biggest, most powerful… and most modular laptop yet. Not only does the Framework Laptop 16 have more user-selectable ports than its 13.5 inch sibling, but the input area is also customizable and there’s a new connector on the back of the computer for attaching […]

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AMD’s Ryzen 8040 Mobile “Hawk Point” chips bring AI improvements… and not much else

When AMD’s Ryzen 7040 Mobile “Phoenix” processors launched earlier this year, they offered a lot of bang for the buck by combining up to 8 Zen 4 CPU cores with up to 12 RDNA 3 GPU compute units. They’re also the first x86 chips to feature an integrated NPU (neural processing unit) for on-device AI […]

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The Humane Ai Pin is a $699 screen-free wearable designed to replace your smartphone

Human beings have developed a love/hate relationship with smartphones over the past two decades. They’re devices many of us can’t imagine living without… but they’re also frustrating gadgets that demand too much of our time and attention. A startup called Humane has been teasing a smartphone alternative for much of the year, and now the […]

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Lilbits: ARM invests in Raspberry Pi, Spotify brings audiobooks to subscribers, and Copilot AI could be coming to Windows 10

Microsoft’s new “Copilot in Windows” is either a brand new way to interact with your computer using artificial intelligence, or a souped up version of Clippy, depending on who you ask. But there’s no doubt that Microsoft, like most major tech companies these days, is betting big on generative AI… and hoping that its set of […]

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Lilbits: Humane’s wearable Ai Pin, Google’s next foldable, and a cheap micro server with speedy wired connectivity

Earlier this year a startup called Humane demonstrated an upcoming device that’s expected to be a screenless wearable AI assistant. But when the company didn’t actually show us what it looks like or tell us when it would arrive. Now we have answers to both questions… kind of. The company partnered with Paris-based fashion house […]