The wearable computer company, Humane, which received negative reviews for its AI Pin model, is currently looking to sell its firm. As to a Bloomberg article, the company, headed by Imran Chaudhri and Bethany Bongiorno, two former Apple workers, is reportedly "looking for a price of between $750 million and $1 billion."






After the $699 AI Pin's launch, which has been mostly criticized for its sluggish response and a user experience that falls far short of the always-on, wearable AI assistant notion that its founders had promised, that could be a difficult sell. The product was promoted, at least in part, as a means of helping consumers become less reliant on their smartphones and become more present.






CosmOS, Humane's proprietary operating system, is designed to run on the AI Pin. It connects to an AI model network in order to retrieve voice search results and determine what the built-in camera is pointing at. In certain interactions, the wearer's inner palm is projected with a laser "display" beam from the gadget. Maintaining the device's functionality requires a monthly subscription.






The CEO of OpenAI, Sam Altman, is reported to be working with renowned Apple designer Jony Ive on an unconnected project that could better highlight AI's potential. According to the Bloomberg article, Humane has raised $230 million from investors. Investors placed Humane's 2023 market worth at $850 million, but that was before the company's debut product received harsh criticism from critics. 


While there are some creative and innovative ideas therein, the hardware of the AI Pin has shown poor battery life and overheating problems, and the software is underbaked and overly unstable. As promised, Humane will release firmware upgrades to fix some of the bugs. To improve the intelligence of the gadget even more, OpenAI's GPT-4o model was released just last week.






Considering the amount that the firm is trying to raise, the range of possible purchasers for Humane appears to be somewhat small. While big language models and generative AI are becoming more and more common, Amazon, Apple, Google, Meta, and Microsoft are all making great strides into the AI space. However, it's unclear how much value Humane's intellectual property would actually add to any of their continuing initiatives.


Humane's AI Pin Company Seeks Buyer After Lackluster Launch

 



Samsung apparently felt compelled to join the discussion after learning that Apple had offended a lot of people with the "Crush" advertisement, which was released last week and featured sculptures, instruments, and arcade games all crammed into a sleek new iPad Pro with an OLED screen. An executive from Apple later issued an apology, stating that it "missed the mark."






 Creatives such as Hugh Grant and others who saw a too literal portrayal of Big Tech's oppressive control over art, copyright, and history, fueled by the strength of generative AI technologies, were among those who responded favorably. Conversely, there were many who were enraged by the notion that there had been any sort of reaction at all.






In retaliation, the Samsung Mobile account on X shared this video with the hashtag #UnCrush. According to Ad Age, BBH USA produced and Zen Pace directed the film. In a scene evocative of the conclusion of Apple's major hydraulic press disaster, a woman is seen stumbling over rubble and spilling paint. She then sits down to hum and play guitar, perhaps with the help of notes on her Galaxy Tab S9 and the might of Galaxy AI.






Whatever your stance on the great iPad ad controversy, it's entertaining to watch Samsung once more attempt to expose a gap in Apple's defenses. After removing advertisements concerning iPhones losing the in-box charging adapter, Samsung's marketing department appeared to run out of steam. The company's lawyers said that this nonsense "drove Apple crazy." Mocking that recognizable notch has simply more impact than more recent attempts, such as a browser-based Galaxy test drive for iPhone users.

Samsung Strikes Back: The 'UnCrush' Response to Apple's iPad Pro Ad

It would be easy to move files between two PCs as if they were one unit if you could merely plug a USB cable between them and move your mouse pointer between their screens. Indeed, it is possible and has been for some time now, but Thunderbolt Share from Intel might soon give that concept a major boost. Intel has licensed the right to use this proprietary software, which laptop, desktop, and accessory makers can include in new hardware packages. It may be installed on two Thunderbolt 4 or 5 computers, linked to them via a Thunderbolt connection, and allows you to drag and drop files at Thunderbolt speeds, sync data between them, and share your mouse, keyboard, displays, storage, and other USB devices. Sharing an internet connection is not permitted, though.






According to Intel, mirroring a PC's screen to another at 1080p quality and 60 frames per second with minimal compression and low latency is also possible. If a direct link isn't convenient, the PCs can also connect via a Thunderbolt dock or monitor. It's worth noting that a computer must not only be certified Thunderbolt compatible, but also have an Intel processor. "Thunderbolt 3 and USB 4 connections might work, but we just really can't guarantee it and we won't be offering support for it," says Jason Ziller, the head of Intel Thunderbolt.




Nonetheless, the app is necessary, and Intel will charge OEMs an additional license fee to bundle it with new hardware alone. This is useful in a limited number of contexts because it requires the purchase of a certain set of Thunderbolt computers or accessories! On the other hand, Intel claims that any Thunderbolt Share PC you purchase comes with two licenses, or two with any accessory. The reason the software is an upsell, according to Ziller, is that Intel wants to thoroughly test and validate it with PC manufacturers "to make sure it's a great experience."




The initial partners in PCs are Acer, Lenovo, MSI, Razer, and peripheral vendors Belkin, Kensington, Plugable, and Promise Technology. A Thunderbolt cable coupled with the Bravura Easy Computer Sync program, which allows drag and drop and remote computer control, is already sold by Plugable. Previously, some of those companies sold "Easy Transfer" cords made to move from one computer to another. How would Thunderbolt Share stack up, I wonder.




Exploring Intel's Thunderbolt Share and the Future of PC Connectivity

 


This year, Motorola's Moto G Stylus 5G is back with some significant spec increases and a striking new look. The $399 model of this year retains old features like a headphone jack and microSD card slot while adding wireless charging and an improved screen.





Still, the G Stylus 5G is a large phone. A 6.7-inch screen is included with it. This year's 6.6-inch LCD has been replaced with a 1080p panel with a refresh rate of up to 120 Hz. The large 5,000mAh battery can be charged at 15W wirelessly and 30W quickly via cable connection. The Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 chipset, which is strangely the same as the one in the model from last year, powers the 2024 Stylus 5G. Though phone manufacturers don't frequently switch to the same chipset twice in a row, this one at least has 8GB of RAM instead of just 6.






There are also some enhancements to the paired stylus. As per the press release from Motorola, the stylus's user interface is enhanced and its latency is decreased by utilizing a "larger contact area" along with certain software changes. The 13-megapixel ultra wide and 32-megapixel selfie cameras have also been improved, while the primary back camera remains a 50-megapixel sensor with optical image stabilization. Pixel binning is a technique used by the selfie camera to increase sensitivity in low light, which should result in better shots in low light.





Along with eschewing the unimpressive appearance from last year, the Stylus 5G adopts Motorola's apparent motto this year, "Make Phones Fun Again." A soft-touch vegan leather finish is present on the rear panel. (I realize that's just a fancy term for plastic.) Two color possibilities for the phone are caramel latte and an orange-colored scarlet wave. Really, they both look great.

Motorola's Midrange Stylus Phone Embraces Wireless Charging and a Stylish Glow-Up


Google is making the process of configuring two-factor authentication (2FA) more efficient. To activate 2FA, you can now add a "second step method" to your account, such as an authenticator app or a hardware security key, and bypass the need to enter your phone number first.




As a result, enabling 2FA should be safer because it eliminates the need for less secure SMS verification. You have two options: either link a hardware security key or input a time-based, one-time passcode using apps like Google Authenticator.




Google provides two methods for linking a security key: either giving the hardware key a passkey or registering a FIDO1 credential on it. It can still be necessary to sign in using a password if you have a Workspace account connected to an organization and wish to utilize a passkey. This depends on the configuration of your organization.




All Workspace users and individuals with personal Google accounts are undergoing the rollout of the modification by Google. Over 400 million accounts have created passkeys with Google since the firm began allowing users to do so last year.

Google's New Approach to 2FA Setup: What You Need to Know






  Regarding the testing of new Copilot capabilities in Windows 11, Microsoft states in their most recent Windows Insider blog entries that "We have decided to pause the rollouts of these experiences to further refine them based on user feedback." As we continue to develop new concepts with Windows Insiders, "Copilot in Windows will continue to work as expected" for those who currently have the feature.





With 2024 dubbed "the year of the AI PC" and a new Copilot key on Windows keyboards, Microsoft is hosting an AI event on May 20th, which would be a good moment to reveal additional details about what's coming up next.





Expect Windows on Arm-powered Surface computers from Qualcomm, which aim to rival Apple's M3-powered MacBook Air. Meanwhile, new Windows features are anticipated to highlight the concept of a "Copilot for every person" and include an AI Explorer app that mimics the previous

Refining the Future: Microsoft's Journey with Copilot AI Updates in Windows




 Mercedes-Benz's CEO stated in an episode of Decoder that the German automaker has no intentions to implement Apple's immersive, next-generation CarPlay system. In response to a question on whether Mercedes-Benz will allow Apple CarPlay to take over all of the screens inside its cars, Ola Källenius said "The short answer is no." Rather, he emphasizes the necessity of a "holistic software architecture" in order to satisfy consumers who are demanding more and more technological sophistication from their cars.





In 2022, Apple unveiled CarPlay's next generation, which will allow users to reflect their phones on panels other than the center touchscreen, such as the gauge cluster. It was a daring move, as Apple indicated that it wanted to operate the speedometer, odometer, and other vital automotive systems. Since then, however, no manufacturing model has incorporated the updated CarPlay. It was announced last year that Aston Martin and Porsche will be among the first businesses to use the new immersive display.





However, Mercedes doesn't seem to be in a rush to follow its competitors in the luxury vehicle market by allowing Apple to control the in-car experience for its patrons. Rather, Källenius stated that the business is closely collaborating with Google, Apple's primary rival, to develop a new navigation tool that would expand upon Google Maps. The primary distinction is in the significant involvement of Mercedes' in-house engineering team in the process.


Despite those in the auto sector shifting away from them, Källenius said he still sees value in providing phone-mirroring services to his clients and has no intentions to stop using them. With the controversial decision to forbid Apple CarPlay and Android Auto from its next range of electric cars last year, General Motors said that the business could offer a more complete software experience than what is available on a user's phone.





Despite opposition from some in the auto industry, Källenius stated he still sees value in providing phone-mirroring services to his clients and has no intentions to stop using them. In an attempt to offer a more complete software experience than what can be found on a phone, General Motors controversially decided to forbid Apple CarPlay and Android Auto from being installed in its next range of electrified vehicles last year. Källenius stated, "We're not fundamentalists to say, for some reason, we're not going to allow a customer to use Apple CarPlay if that it their choice." We now have Apple CarPlay, then. Android Auto is available to us. Should you find that using some of the features is more convenient for you, you can get that too.

Mercedes-Benz not allowing Apple CarPlay take over all its screens




Although Apple has been silent about its generative AI plans, the company's immediate goals seem to be to "make AI run locally on Apple devices," as evidenced by the release of new AI models today. On Wednesday, Apple researchers released OpenELM, a set of four incredibly tiny language models based on the Hugging Face model library. OpenELM, or "Open-source Efficient Language Models," is touted by Apple to perform exceptionally well on text-related tasks like email composing on its Hugging Face model website. The models are available for usage by developers and are free source.






There are four different sizes available: 270 million, 450 million, 1.1 billion, and 3 billion characteristics. The number of variables a model can comprehend when making decisions from its training datasets is referred to as its parameters. For instance, Google's Gemma model has 2 billion parameters, whereas Microsoft's recently launched Phi-3 model has a bottom out of 3.8 billion. Smaller variants are optimized to run on devices such as laptops and phones and are less expensive to operate. When Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, stated in February that the business is investing "a tremendous amount of time and effort" in the field, he hinted that generative AI features might be added to Apple products. Apple hasn't disclosed any details about how it plans to use AI, though.






Although its competitors have provided AI foundation models for commercial usage, the company has already released additional AI models. Apple introduced MLX, a machine learning framework, in December with the goal of improving the performance of AI models on Apple Silicon. Additionally, it released the MGIE model of image editing, which enables prompt-based photo correction. Smartphone navigation might also be achieved with Ferret-UI, another concept. There are also rumors that Apple is developing a code completion tool akin to Copilot from GitHub.





Even with all of the model releases, Apple is said to have contacted Google and OpenAI about integrating their models into Apple devices.

The iPhone may use AI, according to Apple's latest AI model




Spotted on the street in camouflage is the Kia EV2, the carmaker's compact, reasonably priced electric crossover. Despite the EV2's present lack of US confirmation, this is the model's first public sighting. With the recent reports that Tesla may have abandoned its intentions to produce a mass-market "Model 2" car for $25,000, the timing of the encounter is quite noteworthy. Elon Musk allegedly put the inexpensive EV on hold to focus entirely on the company's plans to develop a fully autonomous robotaxi.





The Kia EV2's exact price is unknown, but according to Electrek, it might cost 20 million won, or roughly $15,000. According to some estimates, it will cost less than $30,000, which is far less than the current average retail price of an EV, which is over $52,000.





Over the years, a number of electric vehicle manufacturers have pledged to produce affordable electric vehicles for the general public, but few have progressed beyond the idea stage. Due to high tariffs, none of the incredibly affordable EVs that Chinese automakers have introduced—like the BYD $11,500 Seagull—are available in the US. Volkswagen has declared its intention to launch the ID.2all, a $26,000 electric vehicle, at some point, while Ford has a skunkworks section that is actively developing a range of less expensive EVs.





Using their joint E-GMP platform, Kia and sister company Hyundai have launched a number of reasonably priced electric vehicles (EVs), including the Kia EV6 and EV9 and the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and 6. Particularly popular in the US, Kia's EV6 can be considered a competitive substitute for Tesla's Model 3 and Y.


Those who require three rows of seating and wish to switch to electric vehicles are showing a lot of interest in Kia's EV9, which was introduced earlier this year. Later this year, Kia plans to release a cheap sedan with the EV4 and a smaller crossover SUV with the EV3. A smaller variant of the EV9, the EV5, has debuted in China in the meantime.

Kia's Budget-Friendly EV2 Set to Undercut Tesla





Finally, Apple is facilitating consumer repair of their iPhones using spare components. The company said in an update on Thursday that owners of "selected" iPhone models will be able to fully repair their smartphones with used, authentic parts starting in the fall. Apple needs iPhone customers to complete a procedure known as parts pairing when fixing their phones. This process involves matching the serial number of the device to a replacement part that Apple sells. When a user swapped out a part for an aftermarket or used one, the iPhone would annoyingly notify them that Apple couldn't validate the freshly installed part. For Face ID and Touch ID sensors, the component could not function.




Since Apple states that "calibration for genuine Apple parts, new or used, will happen on device after the part is installed," this update should eliminate the used part notifications. It also implies that when ordering most components from the Self Service Repair Store, customers and repair shops won't need to disclose the serial number of the device they're mending. At launch, the modification will affect cameras, batteries, and screens. According to Apple, "future" iPhone releases will support the usage of biometric sensors like Touch ID and Face ID.





In the event that you decide to utilize a used part to fix your iPhone, the device will save that data in the iOS Settings app's Parts and Service History section. Though the company told TechCrunch that it will be the iPhone 15 and later, Apple does not specify which iPhone models will be supported this fall. John Ternus, senior vice president of hardware engineering at Apple, said in a statement, "With this latest expansion to our repair program, we're excited to be adding even more choice and convenience for our customers, while helping to extend the life of our products and their parts."






For repair businesses and do-it-yourselfers who have been forced to pay a premium for new iPhone parts, the shift is significant even though Apple hasn't yet extended its clearance to aftermarket parts.

Apple plans to open the door to iPhone repair with used parts