Author: Brett Venter

Wireless audio company Sonos has been teasing a new product reveal on various social media platforms for tomorrow, 21 May. The event will unveil its “most requested product ever”. Which, if you’re paying attention, is probably a set of Sonos headphones. We’ve been tracking the development of these headphones since 2021 when details turned up from the German Patent and Trademark Office, but rumours have been swirling since documents were located in 2020. It seems that these rumours are about to be put to bed. Sonos Ace The rumours have been extensive and, as of earlier this month, extremely detailed.…

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So you’ve been considering an Apple iPad Pro, have you? Despite the company including the M2 processor in its previous Pro update, this year’s device is the one to have. We’d probably be saying this regardless of what Apple announced but this time it’s undeniable. Why? The Pro lineup gets the obligatory set of updates but the processor and display are in for a substantial jump. OLED comes to the range for the first time and, as expected, Apple also debuted its M4 chips in these tablets. Would you like to know more? Going iPad Pro There’s an all-new design…

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Microsoft has added language to its OpenAI Code of Conduct specifically barring American police forces from using artificial intelligence (AI) for facial recognition purposes. On the one hand, it takes a potentially powerful tool out of the hands of law enforcement agencies. On the other, it removes a potentially devastating tool from their arsenal too. Theoretically, anyway. One of the major worries about artificial intelligence is how much easier it is to eliminate your right to privacy. It’s one thing when a human is watching a closed-circuit camera. It’s another when an artificial network is doing the hunting. Microsoft’s OpenAI…

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The latest example of user data jumping over to an unintended purpose comes from Amazon’s Audible service. The audiobook outlet is testing a new programme with about half of its users. The purpose? More effective recommendations. The catch? It uses information generated by those users’ Amazon Prime Video watch history to generate the new suggestions. If you’ve ever believed that your usage history is kept separate between services operated by the same company, we’d like to recommend a bridge you might like to buy. Audible? Gasp.  The new test isn’t optional for participants. If Amazon decides you’re in, you’re in,…

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It looks like Chinese companies aren’t taking Tesla’s Optimus or Boston Dynamics’ revamped Atlas humanoid robots lying down. Chery, makers of motor vehicles for the Chinese (and other) markets, has unveiled a new bipedal ‘bot it calls Mornine. The robot was revealed at the company’s CEO Conference and combines two of 2024’s most exciting technologies. Robotics, obviously, but also AI. That’s correct, the new robot will feature an integrated Large Language Model (LLM). Something to be Chery about? Mornine, pictured in the image above, certainly sticks to the “biomimetic” design creators Chery and partners Aimoga are boasting about. The robot…

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How large does a TV set have to be before a company gives away a free 98-inch (that’s not a typo) TV alongside it. About as large as the TCL X955, an absolutely gigantic 115-inch QD-Mini LED set from the Chinese tech maker. For once, you don’t have to look at this one from afar (though you can, the screen is massive). It’s here. It’ll also cost R400,000 to install one of these sets in your home but there are at least two problems with this quite aside from funding the thing. First of all, you need to figure out…

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It’s been a brief minute since we last heard about Huawei’s motoring aims. In that time, the Chinese company launched Qiankun, a new software brand aimed at the motoring industry. The software covers interactions between a vehicle’s chassis, the driver’s seat, and the audio system. It’ll integrate with, presumably, any vehicles willing to license the tech. There may be a fair number of these cars. Huawei has serious plans to distribute it everywhere it can. Qiankun in their boots The company’s Jin Yuzhi, head of Huawei’s Intelligent Automotive Solution unit, said at an event ahead of the Beijing Motor Show,…

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Apple’s next event is almost here, according to a recent invitation. The company intends to “Let Loose”, whatever that means. There are some suspicions about what the company has in store, and these involve the iPad. Or, rather, a bunch of them. Typically Apple’s event announcements are packed with hints and this one is no exception. The ‘Let Loose’ tagline suggests users will unleash whatever creativity they might possess, while the colourful icon (above) features a hand wielding a stylus over stylised pages. Unless the company plans to release a Wacom drawing tablet competitor, we’re probably looking at iPads and…

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What, you thought the metaverse had gone away? Not if Meta and company head Mark Zuckerberg have anything to say about it. The social media giant has just licensed its Horizon OS software to several hardware manufacturers, possibly ensuring that every brand has a semi-affordable virtual reality headset in their lineups. The idea is a rather smart one on Meta’s part. Sure, the Quest series of headsets are fun to play with but the company doesn’t quite have the hardware reputation other brands can boast. Having new headsets compatible with Meta’s infrastructure (and global domination aims) could mean good things…

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German surfer (we know, right?), Sebastian Steudtner, backed by the folks from Porsche Engineering, is the current world record holder for the largest wave ever surfed. Most folks, if asked who the world record holder for the largest wave ever surfed is, would guess a Hawaiian native holds the title. Laird Hamilton would be a great guess¹. Not so. At least, not officially. That record, set in Nazaré, Portugal in 2020, stands at 86.4 feet (26.21 metres). A new record has been set, though it still needs to be officially confirmed. The February 2024 record, according to Porsche Engineering’s drone…

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