Top tech news of the week: January 14th

This week, the tech industry got a break from the ongoing saga of news surrounding Elon Musk or, more recently, crypto billionaire Sam Bankman-Fried. The news cycle has been led by new product launches, including a STEM projector from Kano Computing, makers of the popular STEM player.

In the meantime, Apple may be working on its long-rumored plan to replace existing iPhone chips with in-house versions, according to a report. bloomberg. And at Microsoft, researchers shared a new AI model called VALL-E that features the ability to replicate anyone’s voice based on a 3-second audio sample.

Below, HYPEBEAST has rounded up the week’s top tech news so you can stay on top of trends in the industry.

PC shipments experienced the largest decline ever in the most recent quarter

during the last quarter, PC Shipments experienced their largest decline in history, down more than 28% year-over-year. The problem dates back to the PC boom in 2020 during the early days of the pandemic when people started to transition to remote work. Since then, however, the worsening global economy has left consumers with less money to spend on computers and companies with excess inventory.

DaleAnd HP And Lenovo Some of the hardest hit companies are listed, according to analysis firm Gartner. Meanwhile, Apple did surprisingly well and saw only a 10% drop in shipments from a year earlier.

Microsoft has unveiled a new AI technology that can simulate a person’s voice based on a 3-second sample

researchers in Microsoft New launched Amnesty International A model that claims to be able to replicate a person’s voice based on just a 3-second audio clip. The program, called VALL-E, was trained using the voices of 7,000 different English speakers, sourced from the Meta Libri-Light library. The AI ​​used 60,000 hours of audio to improve its capabilities.

While some of the sounds produced by VALL-E sound very realistic, others, like those trying to replicate heavy accents, don’t quite match the task at hand.

Movie viewers can now summon the cinema anywhere with a STEM projector

Kano Computingthe company responsible for STEM player, with a new disc-shaped piece of hardware. The STEM projector is a pocket-sized device that enables users to “call cinema anywhere” according to its motto.

Compatible with AirPlay and Chromecast, the device comes preloaded with a curated list of movies and is activated with just the touch of a button. It also features built-in speakers and can be connected to an external audio source via an audio jack, Bluetooth, Mini HDMI, or via WiFi. The STEM projector is priced at $1,000 and will be launched in a limited run of 1,000 units.

Apple has plans to use internal chips in iPhones by 2025

an Apple It still plans to use in-house manufactured chips in its range Iphone In the future, according to a new report from bloombergMark Gorman. The company allegedly aims to replace existing Qualcomm chips with a new cellular modem chip by late 2024 or early 2025. The move would allow Apple to save money on outsourcing component production but would be a huge hit for Qualcomm, as well as Broadcom, which provides a chip that handles WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities.

A retired NASA satellite returns to Earth after 38 years in space

a NASA The satellite has returned to Earth nearly four decades after it was launched into space. The Earth’s Radiation Budget Satellite (ERBS) was launched into orbit in 1984 by astronaut Sally Ride as part of a research mission to collect data on the energy provided by the Sun to the Earth and the changing conditions of the stratosphere.

ERBS ceased its functions in 2005 and has been simply floating in space ever since. The 5,400-pound (2,449-kg) satellite re-entered Earth’s atmosphere earlier this week, reaching over the Bering Sea.

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