Microsoft declined to comment on the EU’s next steps. (In photo: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella) (AFP) News 

EU Files Formal Complaint Against Microsoft Over Teams Video App

Microsoft Corp.’s efforts to prevent further investigation by the European Union into its Teams video-conferencing app were unsuccessful, as the bloc’s antitrust enforcers are preparing to file a formal complaint against the company’s behavior. Sources familiar with the situation, who requested anonymity, revealed that Microsoft’s recent suggestion to separate Teams from its comprehensive business software package and offer it to customers at a discounted annual rate did not address regulators’ worries. The European Commission is preparing a statement of objections to send to the company, which could come in the…

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Know all about Adobe AI features and its plans. (AP) AI 

Adobe Introduces AI Enhancements and Announces Price Increases and Dividends

Adobe has announced that it is granting access to a variety of generative artificial intelligence features in its software after an extensive testing period. In addition to increasing prices, Adobe intends to compensate the contributors responsible for developing these features. Adobe makes Photoshop and other editing tools that form the core of its Creative Cloud subscription software business. Over the past six months, the company has been steadily adding new AI features to these programs, such as the ability to create images from text. Adobe promises companies that content produced…

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Know what’s happening in the AI universe today, September 5. (Pixabay) AI 

G20 Summit Sees AI Avatar, China Introduces New AI Models and More: 5 Highlights from Today’s AI News

World leaders attending the G20 Summit in Delhi will be greeted by an AI avatar, which will offer a summary of the ‘Mother of Democracy’ exhibition. The head of Meta India has disclosed that the social media giant is utilizing AI to combat hate speech and false information. Additionally, China has unveiled two new AI models to the public. All this and more in today’s AI review. 1. AI avatar to greet world leaders at G20 summit The G20 summit in India will begin on September 9 and world leaders…

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The first-anniversary image released Wednesday, July 12, 2023, by Space Telescope Science Institute Office of Public Outreach, shows NASA's James Webb Space Telescope. (AP) Space 

Commemorating Webb Telescope Launch, NASA Shares Image of Stellar Formation

NASA celebrated a year of exploration by the James Webb Space Telescope on Wednesday, unveiling a stunning image showcasing the birth of Sun-like stars through jets of red gas and a luminous dust-filled cave in the cosmos. The picture shows the Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex, the closest observatory to Earth, whose proximity of 390 light years allows a sharp close-up of the most powerful orbital observatory ever. “In just one year, the James Webb Space Telescope has changed humanity’s view of the cosmos by peering into clouds of dust and…

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As we leverage the cloud to make our lives easier, it’s imperative that we consider all the precautions to secure that cloud data. (Pixabay) News 

Securing Your Data and Maintaining Privacy with Cloud Services

Cloud computing has become an essential tool for both businesses and individuals in India, as the country undergoes rapid digitization. This technology has completely transformed the way data is stored, accessed, and shared. People are utilizing the cloud for various purposes, such as safeguarding valuable photos or confidential data. Nevertheless, as the popularity of cloud services increases, it is vital for users to acknowledge and tackle the security and privacy issues linked to this form of computing. According to a Thales Group survey report, cloud assets and IoT devices were…

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e-commerce giant Amazon isn't the primary driver during the annual Prime Day. (AP) AI 

Amazon Prime Day No Longer a Driving Force

Ace was the star performer in the stock market, as investors now turn their attention to the company’s cloud-computing unit, which is experiencing rapid growth and profitability. Inc.’s annual Prime Day event demonstrates that e-commerce is not the primary driving force behind the company’s success. For the past four years, shares have fallen during the two-day sales week, when the retail giant discounts items. In the first four years starting in 2015, Amazon shares rose an average of more than 2% per trading week, according to data compiled by…

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This comes after a price hike for Game Pass in most countries. Gaming 

New Users Can Take Advantage of the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate $1 Offer Again

Microsoft is considering increasing the cost of Xbox subscriptions in many countries, but it is introducing an enticing offer for new users. The company is reintroducing a promotion that allows individuals to enjoy the first month of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for just $1. Additionally, the PC Game Pass is also available at a discounted rate of $1. Although the regular monthly fees will apply thereafter ($17 for Ultimate on console, $11 for PC), the initial price reduction enables users to explore the services without fully committing. Xbox Game Pass…

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Google continues to expand the support for passkeys for its other products. Space 

Google Introduces Passkey Feature for Cloud and Workspace Users

Google has revealed that it will be introducing passkeys assistance for Google Workspace and Google Cloud accounts. “Starting today in open beta, more than 9 million organizations can let their users sign in to Google Workspace and Google Cloud accounts using passwords instead of passwords,” the tech giant said in a post on Tuesday. Passwords is a new password-less login method that allows users to log in using a fingerprint, facial recognition, or other screen lock mechanism on phones, laptops, or desktops, providing a convenient and secure authentication experience on…

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Qualcomm's chips help smartphones harness AI for everything from processing photos to detecting malware. (REUTERS) AI 

According to Qualcomm, AI requires more power than just the cloud

Qualcomm Inc. bets However, the future of artificial intelligence requires more computing power than the cloud alone can provide. The world’s largest maker of smartphone processors is transitioning from a telecom company to an “intelligent computing” company, said Alex Katouzian, a Qualcomm executive. The feature in question is a mobile device that a user taps to access a network or service, and Katuzian used his time at the big keynote event at Computex in Taipei to prove the size of the market. The US company’s chips help smartphones utilize artificial…

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Earlier this month, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the US warned that threat actors are now using fake rewards in so-called "play-to-earn" mobile and online games to steal millions worth of cryptocurrency News 

The US CISA’s new tool finds malicious activity in Microsoft’s cloud services

The US Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has released a new tool that enables detecting signs of hacking in Microsoft’s cloud services. A new open-source incident tool called the “Untitled Goose Tool” developed in collaboration with Sandia, a US Department of Energy national laboratory, can copy telemetry data from Azure Active Directory, Microsoft Azure and Microsoft 365 services, reports BleepingComputer. “The Untitled Goose Tool is a robust and flexible hunting and incident response tool that adds new authentication and data collection methods to perform a complete investigation of a…

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Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard, the company behind the popular game 'Call of Duty', will not pose a threat to competition in the gaming console market, UK regulators said - clearing a significant hurdle for the $69 billion deal. News 

UK ditches antitrust rules from Microsoft-Activision deal, but remains wary of impact on cloud gaming market

LONDON: Microsoft’s $69 billion purchase of “Call of Duty” maker Activision Blizzard would not harm competition in game consoles, Britain’s competition watchdog said, removing a major hurdle to the deal. In its findings based on new evidence, the Competition and Markets Authority said on Friday that it would not make economic sense for Microsoft to make “Call of Duty” exclusive to its Xbox console and instead would still have an incentive to keep the game available for PlayStation. However, the regulator said it was still reviewing the deal’s impact on…

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Nvidia Corp Chief Executive Jensen Huang on Tuesday laid out the company's plans to make the powerful and expensive supercomputers used to develop AI technologies like ChatGPT available for rent to nearly any business. News 

Nvidia moves into AI cloud leasing to spread new technology: Report

Nvidia Corporation CEO Jensen Huang on Tuesday unveiled the company’s plans to rent out powerful and expensive supercomputers used to develop artificial intelligence technologies such as ChatGPT to almost any company. While that access doesn’t come cheap — $37,000 a month for eight of Nvidia’s flagship A100 or H100 chips — making it available to a wider range of enterprise customers could fuel the AI boom that has sent Nvidia shares up 77 percent this year. It is about five times more valuable than longtime rival Intel Corp. The Santa…

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Microsoft currently has more than 220,000 employees, and layoffs affected around 5 per cent of its workforce. News 

Microsoft’s third round of layoffs hits workers in supply chain, cloud, IoT Biz: Report

Microsoft has implemented a third round of layoffs that affected employees in roles related to supply chain, artificial intelligence (AI), and the Internet of Things (IoT). According to CRN, the third wave of layoffs is part of the 10,000 job cuts Microsoft announced earlier this year. The layoffs concerned different levels, functions, teams and geographies, according to the report, the company is quoted. In Washington state, the tech giant recently laid off 689 employees, according to records. In February, Microsoft notified the state of Washington that 617 employees were being…

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Google One subscription plans range from Rs 130 to Rs 9,750 per month. In return, subscribers receive additional cloud storage beyond the standard 15GB and exclusive access to Google features. News 

Running out of Gmail storage space? Check out these Google One Cloud storage plans – price, features and more

As people receive more emails and take more photos than ever before, the demand for online storage has increased. However, Google, which is the primary email and cloud storage provider for many people, has kept the 15GB storage limit, which is no longer enough for most people. In fact, Google’s Photos app used to have unlimited storage for high-quality photos and videos. Currently, all new media uploaded to Google Photos count towards the free 15GB of storage. This is where Google One comes into play. Originally released in 2018, Google…

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Googles AI tool is no longer going to label people in photographs of male or female

According to Business Insider report, Google’s Cloud API’s vision is to no longer label pictures of people with ‘man’ or ‘woman’. Vision Cloud API is an Al-to-use tool that allows developers to identify the components of the picture. Google sent an e-mail Cloud Vision API clients, according to which the tool is no longer attach labels to images of gender. Google mentioned in an email that they had decided to stop gender labels, because “you can not deduce someone’s gender, their appearance alone” and use these stickers to control the…

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