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Google launches Gemini 1.5 with ‘experimental’ 1M token context

Google has unveiled its latest AI model, Gemini 1.5, which features what the company calls an “experimental” one million token context window.  The new capability allows Gemini 1.5 to process extremely long text passages – up to one million characters – to understand context and meaning. This dwarfs previous AI systems like Claude 2.1 and…

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Google launches Gemini to replace Bard chatbot

Google has launched its AI chatbot called Gemini, which replaces its short-lived Bard service. Unveiled in December, Bard was touted as a competitor to chatbots like ChatGPT but failed to impress in demos. Google staff even called the launch “botched” and slammed CEO Sundar Pichai. Now rebranded as Gemini, Google says it represents the company’s…

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OpenAI launches GPT Store for custom AI assistants

OpenAI has launched its new GPT Store providing users with access to custom AI assistants. Since the announcement of custom ‘GPTs’ two months ago, OpenAI says users have already created over three million custom assistants. Builders can now share their creations in the dedicated store. The store features assistants focused on a wide range of…

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Bitwise Spot Bitcoin (BTC) ETF Ad Launches

Bitwise is among numerous firms awaiting approval from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for launching a spot bitcoin ETF. Unlike larger players like BlackRock, Bitwise has been offering crypto ETF products for several years, a point the ad makes clear at the end, saying “ETFs backed by crypto specialists.” Source link

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H&R Block launches AI tax filing assistant

Tax prep company H&R Block released a new conversational AI chatbot that answers taxpayer questions.  AI Tax Assist, accessed through paid versions of H&R Block’s DIY tax software, lets users ask questions on tax rules, possible exemptions, and other tax-related issues. It also points people to a human tax expert for more personalized advice, though…

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Threads launches for nearly half a billion more users in Europe

The company’s delay in launching the service in EU countries has been widely blamed on the bloc’s recent introduction of the Digital Markets Act, a sweeping piece of legislation that’s designed to rein in Big Tech abuses and level the playing field. Although Meta hasn’t named the regulation directly, Instagram head Adam Mosseri blamed the…

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Coinbase Launches Spot Trading of Bitcoin and Ether Outside the U.S.

The move came at a time where regulators in the U.S. started to heavily crack down on crypto companies, including Coinbase itself, which was sued and is still under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for allegedly violating federal securities laws. The exchange has moved to dismiss those allegations. Source link

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Xbox Cloud Gaming launches on Meta’s Quest VR headsets

Xbox Cloud Gaming is arriving on Meta’s range of VR headsets today. A beta version of the cloud gaming app is now available for the Meta Quest 2, 3, or Pro headsets, allowing you to stream hundreds of Xbox games with an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription, a controller, and a Quest headset. The beta…

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The Apple iPad Air will get an M2 chip when it launches next year

Apple is reportedly making some changes next year that it hopes will make it easier for people to fit a specific iPad to their needs. For instance, Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman wrote in his Power On newsletter today that the next iPad Air will get an M2 chip in addition to the larger second model…

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The Finals launches with destructive chaos like I’ve never seen before

“The Finals is a game show at heart; it’s not a battle royale or a military sim.” That’s Gustav Tilleby, creative director of The Finals, describing a new shooter from former Battlefield developers that’s launching today — a surprise shadow drop during The Game Awards. Tilleby and the team at Embark Studios have spent nearly…

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