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    Weekend News Update September 11, 2023

    This series dives deeper into a wide range of tech news with expert analyses and thought-provoking opinions.
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    Here is the latest news of the tech world this weekend!

    1. WhatsApp is Working on Cross-platform Messaging with Facebook Messenger and Instagram!


    WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Instagram are the most popular messaging apps worldwide, with billions of users each. However, until recently, sending messages between users of different platforms was impossible.

    That is about to change. WhatsApp reportedly works on a feature allowing users to send messages between WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Instagram. Cross-platform messaging would be convenient for users with friends and family on different platforms.

    The feature is still in development, and it is unclear when it will be released. However, it is a major step towards making the three messaging apps more interoperable.

    In addition to cross-platform messaging, WhatsApp is also working on other features, such as transferring chat history between Android & iOS devices. These features are designed to make WhatsApp more user-friendly and to keep users engaged with the app.

    It will be interesting to see how the feature is implemented and how users receive it.

    2. Apple’s iPhone 15 Pro Max Might Feature a Groundbreaking Periscope Lens with 5X-10X Optical Zoom!


    According to multiple reports, Apple plans to introduce a groundbreaking periscope lens in the iPhone 15 Pro Max. The lens is said to offer impressive optical zoom, potentially up to 5X-10X.

    Periscope lenses are used in high-end smartphones for a greater optical zoom without making the phone too bulky. The lens reflects light through a prism, which allows it to be folded multiple times without losing the quality of the image.

    It would allow users to take better photos and videos of distant objects, such as wildlife or sporting events.

    The periscope lens is just one of the rumored features of the iPhone 15 Pro Max. Other rumored features include a new design, a faster A16 Bionic chip, and a better battery.

    Apple has not yet confirmed any rumors about the iPhone 15 Pro Max. We should wait until Tuesday, 11.09.2023, for Apple’s Wonderlust event to launch the iPhone 15, the new Apple Watch, and the Watch Ultra models.

    You can stream the event live on Apple’s YouTube channel and Apple’s official website.

    3. Google Confirms the Design of Pixel 8 and Pixel Watch 2 Ahead of Their Launch

    Google has officially confirmed the design of the Pixel 8 and Pixel Watch 2 ahead of their October 4 launch in a teaser video.

    The videos on Google’s website show both devices in two new colors: white and pink.

    The Pixel 8 has a flat display, a front camera of 11.1 megapixels, and a dual camera at the back, with a 50-megapixel primary sensor & a 12-megapixel ultrawide sensor.

    The Pixel Watch 2 resembles the original design of the Pixel Watch, but it is rumored to have a longer battery life and a faster processor.

    It is also rumored to be compatible with the new Google Wallet, allowing users to pay for goods & services with their watch.

    Preorders for the Pixel 8 and Pixel Watch 2 will begin on October 4 and be released on October 11.

    4. Google Rolls Out a User-Tracking Ad Platform Directly into Chrome


    Despite the much controversial opposition from privacy advocates, Google has rolled out a new user-tracking ad platform, Privacy Sandbox, directly into the Chrome browser after being revamped for its 15 birthday.

    The Topics API platform will track the web pages users visit & generate a list of advertising topics it will share with websites whenever they ask.

    According to Google, the Topics API is a more privacy-friendly way to target ads than the current system that mostly relies on third-party cookies.

    However, privacy advocates say that the Topics API is still a form of tracking & that it will make Google more powerful to collect & monetize user data.

    The rollout of the Topics API is a significant development in the debate over online privacy. It remains to be seen whether the API will be enough to address the concerns of privacy advocates, but it is clear that Google is not backing down from its efforts to collect and use user data.

    5. The iQoo 12 series is expected to launch This December


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    The Chat Station, the renowned Chinese Tipster, has been the primary source for leaking the launch of iQoo 12, which is expected to launch in December 2023. The rumor says it will consist of two models: the iQoo 12 and the iQoo 12 Pro.

    The iQoo 12 will be powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor with a 50-megapixel triple-camera system, while the iQoo 12 Pro is said to be powered by the Dimensity 9000+ processor and a 50-megapixel quad-camera system.

    Both models reportedly have a 6.78-inch AMOLED display with a 144Hz refresh rate & a 4,500mAh battery with 100W fast charging support.

    The iQoo 12 series is expected to be a significant upgrade over the iQoo 11 series, and it could be a major contender in the premium smartphone market. We will have to wait to see how the phones perform when officially launched.

    6. Meta is Reportedly Working on a New AI model to Rival GPT-4


    Meta, the parent company of Facebook, is reportedly working on a new AI model that it hopes will be as powerful as OpenAI’s GPT-4, the large language model (LLM) developed by OpenAI.

    According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, Meta has been snapping up AI training chips & building out data centers to create a new AI model. The company reportedly plans to begin training the model early in 2024.

    Meta hopes its new AI model will be able to do everything that GPT-4 can and more. The company is also reportedly interested in making the model available to other companies so that they can use it to develop their own AI applications.

    Meta’s new AI model is a significant development in the field of AI.

    It shows that Meta is committed to staying ahead of the curve in the race to develop ever more powerful AI technologies. It is also likely to have a major impact on how we interact with technology in the future.

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