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    Microsoft Leaked the Future of Xbox

    enSeptember 22, 2023

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    • Apple's Carbon Neutrality Efforts and Viator's Convenient ToursApple strives for carbon neutrality using recycled materials, efficient logistics, and renewable energy credits. Viator offers 300,000+ tours with free cancellation and customer support, simplifying travel planning.

      Apple is making strides towards carbon neutrality in their product lifecycle, from manufacturing to shipping and usage. They achieve this through the use of recycled materials, efficient logistics, and renewable energy credits. Meanwhile, for travelers, Viator offers a convenient solution for booking guided tours and excursions, with over 300,000 experiences to choose from and free cancellation and customer support. Simplifying complex processes, whether in business or travel planning, can lead to significant benefits. Mercury, for instance, simplifies financial workflows for ambitious companies, allowing them to focus on their operations with precision and control. And Microsoft Paint introduces new features, making the software more appealing and efficient for users.

    • Apple's Transition from Lightning to USB-C and the Need for New Cables or AdaptersApple's upcoming iPhone models will require new cables or adapters due to the switch from Lightning to USB-C ports, potentially causing confusion and generating profit for Apple.

      With the upcoming release of new iPhone models, such as the iPhone 14 and iPhone 15, the transition from Lightning ports to USB-C ports will lead to a significant increase in the need for new cables or adapters. This change may cause confusion for many users who have accumulated a large number of Lightning cables over the years, and Apple is expected to make a profit from selling adapters to help users make the transition. Additionally, there are early observations suggesting that the camera performance on the new models is similar to the previous ones, but the 5X zoom may introduce noticeable noise compared to the 4.9X zoom.

    • 5X lens suitable for everyday social photographyThe 5X lens on newer smartphones is decent for capturing distant objects but deteriorates quickly beyond a certain zoom level. It's suitable for everyday social photography like taking pictures of people, food, or pets. Apple is expected to introduce a 5X lens in the next Pro model.

      The 5X lens on newer smartphones, like the iPhone Pro Max, offers decent quality for capturing images of distant objects or scenes. However, beyond a certain zoom level, the image quality can quickly deteriorate. For everyday social photography, such as taking pictures of people, food, or pets, the 5X lens could be a suitable choice. Apple is expected to introduce a 5X lens in the next Pro model, following the trend set by competitors like Samsung, which offers both 3X and 10X lenses. Despite the additional power consumption, the A17 Pro's battery life has been subpar compared to its predecessors, and users have reported shorter battery life overall.

    • New iPhone 15 Pro Max's battery life drops, but improves on wireless chargersThe iPhone 15 Pro Max's battery life decreases due to the power-hungry A17 Pro chip, but it charges faster on wireless chargers. Back glass repairs are now cheaper, but still pricey at $199, and new iCloud storage levels start at $29.99 for 6TB.

      The new Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max's battery life doesn't last as long as previous models, with the A17 Pro chip being particularly power-hungry. The user experienced a drop from 26% to 10% in just a few hours of usage. However, the phone's battery life improves significantly when it's on wireless chargers. Another notable change is the more affordable back glass repair prices for the iPhone 15 Pro Max, which have dropped from $500 to $199. Despite the price drop, $200 is still quite expensive for a Pro Max repair. Lastly, Apple announced new iCloud storage levels with pricing starting at $29.99 for 6TB and $60 for 12TB, but it's unclear if family plans are available on the larger options.

    • Apple's confusing pricing and issues with DoeBe aware of potential pricing discrepancies and issues with new technology companies, such as Apple's confusing pricing for larger storage options and ongoing problems with monitor company Doe.

      Apple's pricing for larger storage options on their devices can be confusing, with the six-terabyte option being more expensive than doubling the price of the two-terabyte option. Additionally, there are ongoing issues with the monitor company Doe (formerly Eve), which has had trouble shipping and refunding orders for their monitors, leaving some customers feeling taken advantage of. Despite these issues, some team members have had positive experiences with Apple products, particularly the Apple Watch and its walkie-talkie feature. Overall, it's important for consumers to be aware of potential pricing discrepancies and potential issues with new technology companies.

    • Tech company's history of broken promisesDespite past issues, Microsoft introduces new features to Paint, enhancing its usability for creators

      Some companies have been known to make promises they cannot keep, resulting in delayed shipments, failed refunds, and overall shady business practices. This was discussed in relation to an article about a specific tech company with a long history of such issues, dating back to crowdfunding campaigns over a decade ago. However, on a brighter note, an exciting development in the tech world is the addition of layers and transparency to the classic program Microsoft Paint, making it a more versatile tool for creators. This update marks a significant improvement to the software, which first came out in 1985. The discussion also touched upon Microsoft's earlier attempts to explore augmented reality technology and their subsequent pivot to focus on other projects like the new paint features.

    • New advancements in generative AI technology with Dolly and JollyDolly 3 generates images from text prompts, works with chat GPT, expands prompts, and understands context better. Jolly 3 adds metadata to AI-generated art to prevent unauthorized use.

      We're witnessing a rapid advancement in generative AI technology, specifically in the form of Dolly, a model that can generate images based on text prompts. This technology was a game-changer when Dolly 2 was introduced, allowing users to generate pictures from text for the first time. However, the latest iteration, Jolly 3, is even more impressive with its ability to work with chat GPT, expand prompts for better results, and understand context more effectively. The art used by Dolly is also expanding, and artists have the option to opt out of having their work used. A new development is the addition of metadata to AI-generated art, which includes an encrypted tag indicating when and how the image was altered and whether it was created by AI. This could potentially help prevent unauthorized use of artists' work, but it remains to be seen how effective this will be. Overall, the advancements in generative AI technology are leading to more sophisticated and useful applications, making it an exciting area to watch.

    • AI's use in content creation raises ethical concernsAI models can generate content without consent, leading to lawsuits and public backlash. Companies are shifting towards opt-out policies, but the damage has already been done. The future of AI accessibility and regulation is uncertain, with potential disruptions to traditional business models and ethical dilemmas.

      The use of AI in various industries, particularly in content creation, is raising ethical concerns regarding consent, ownership, and transparency. The conversation around AI models trained on existing data without explicit consent from the original creators has become a contentious issue. Companies are now facing lawsuits and public backlash, leading to a shift towards more proactive opt-out policies. However, the damage has already been done, as AI models can generate content in the style of the original creators, even if they have opted out. The future of AI accessibility and regulation remains uncertain, with some companies moving towards paywalled versions to mitigate risks and capitalize on the technology. This trend is not surprising given the natural progression of capitalism, but it raises questions about the balance between innovation and ethical considerations. Additionally, the potential for AI to generate copyrighted material, such as music or art, could disrupt traditional business models and raise further ethical dilemmas. Overall, the integration of AI into various industries is a complex issue that requires ongoing dialogue and careful consideration.

    • Dan McCabe's Contributions to Microsoft and BeyondDan McCabe created Microsoft Chart for Excel and contributed to Viator, a travel platform, and Mercury, a financial software.

      Dan McCabe played a significant role in the creation of not only Microsoft Chart, which was integrated into Microsoft Excel, but also another famous Microsoft software. Viator, an online platform for booking travel experiences, can help travelers make the most of their vacations by offering a wide range of tours, activities, and excursions with real traveler reviews, free cancellation, and 24-7 customer support. Mercury simplifies financial operations for businesses by providing a unified platform for managing financial workflows. The Amazon event showcased new home devices with Alexa integration, making Alexa a prevalent choice for home automation in the US, with 25% of households owning at least one Alexa device in 2020.

    • Misleading Marketing of Alexa Show 8's DesignAmazon's Alexa Show 8 has thicker bezels than advertised, but its UI adapts to user distance and Alexa is being updated with generative AI capabilities.

      Amazon's new Alexa Show 8 was described as having edge-to-edge glass during the presentation, but upon closer inspection, it was noted that the device actually has thick bezels and the glass only goes to the edges of the screen, not the entire display. This discrepancy in description was seen as misleading. However, the Alexa Show 8 does have an interesting feature where the UI adapts to the user's distance from the device, showing larger text when far away and smaller text when closer. Additionally, Amazon is reportedly updating Alexa with generative AI capabilities, allowing it to write messages or even generate poetry based on user requests. Overall, while the marketing language around the Alexa Show 8 may have been a bit misleading, the device's ability to adapt to user distance and its advanced generative AI capabilities are noteworthy improvements.

    • From coding to conversational queries: The evolution of AI interactionAI is becoming more conversational and user-friendly, allowing natural language interaction, impacting job market and fulfilling Sci-Fi visions.

      We are witnessing a significant shift in how we interact with technology, particularly with the advancement of artificial intelligence (AI). This evolution was inspired by the futuristic depictions of computing in popular culture, such as Star Trek. Initially, to communicate with computers, we had to learn specific commands or coding. However, AI has flipped this dynamic, making it more natural for us to use language. For instance, virtual assistants like Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa can now understand and respond to more conversational queries, even complex ones. This is a step towards making computing more accessible to everyone, with the ultimate goal being natural language interaction. As the speaker noted, this is a challenging task for computers, as natural language is contextual and changes over time. This shift also impacts the job market, as the demand for coding skills may be replaced by a need for expertise in natural language processing and prompt engineering for AI. The ultimate goal is to make technology more intuitive and user-friendly, allowing us to communicate with it as we would with another human. This development is not only a testament to the advancements in AI but also a fulfillment of the Sci-Fi visions of the past.

    • Advancements in Regenerative AI and conversational NLPAmazon showcases progress in Regenerative AI and conversational NLP, but we're still in the early stages. The goal is ambient computing or natural language interaction, making daily life easier. Progress is happening in small steps, with Apple's past success setting a high standard.

      We are witnessing significant advancements in Regenerative AI and conversational natural language processing, with companies like Amazon showcasing their progress through live keynotes. However, we are still in the early stages of this technology, and the products available to consumers are not yet as advanced as the demonstrations we see during these events. The end goal is to achieve ambient computing or natural language interaction, making our daily lives easier and reducing the need for tech support. The progress towards this goal is happening in small steps, but we are moving forward. The live demos during keynotes serve to excite and inspire us, even if the technology at home is not yet on par. Apple's past success with live demos has set a high standard, and it may take some time before we fully transition from text-based interfaces to more natural forms of interaction. Overall, the advancements in Regenerative AI and conversational natural language processing represent an exciting step forward in the world of technology.

    • New technologies unveiled with privacy and affordability concernsApple event featured new speaker tech with motion sensors and automatic light activation, but raised privacy concerns due to continuous activity monitoring and discussed housing affordability struggles during Microsoft Pay trivia.

      The Apple event was marked by the usual applause from Apple employees, even for small announcements. The speaker with motion sensor capability was a favorite, allowing lights to turn on automatically when entering a room. However, privacy concerns were raised as the device could potentially monitor activity levels continuously. The Microsoft Pay trivia question revealed that it was released in 1984 as a response to Visa and MasterCard, and the speaker discussed his struggles with housing affordability. Overall, the event showcased new technologies, but also raised concerns about privacy and affordability.

    • Microsoft's gaming expansion plans and industry power struggleMicrosoft's efforts to expand its gaming landscape through acquisitions and exclusivity deals have been revealed, contradicting their stance on not making the industry worse. The release of Xbox Series X with a new design and increased storage further intensifies the competition.

      The gaming industry is currently experiencing a power struggle between Microsoft and other players, as Microsoft tries to expand its gaming landscape through potential acquisitions. However, a leak of internal documents revealed Microsoft's plans, which included excluding PlayStation from certain games, contradicting their defense of not making the industry worse. Additionally, Microsoft is releasing a new Xbox Series X with a cylindrical design, ditching the disk slot and offering up to two terabytes of storage. The industry's dynamics are shifting, and these developments show the intensity of competition and the potential implications for gamers.

    • Xbox vs PS5: Discussing Gaming Devices and ControllersXbox Series S, Wi-Fi 6E, and Xbox controller's ergonomics and Windows compatibility were discussed. PS5 controller's adaptive triggers received praise for innovative feedback. Xbox controllers are popular in gaming communities and seamlessly integrate with software.

      During a discussion about new tech, including an all-digital Xbox Series S, Wi-Fi 6E, and controllers, it was noted that the Xbox controller has better ergonomics according to personal preference. The Xbox controller's design and compatibility with Windows software were also highlighted. Additionally, the PS5 controller's adaptive triggers were praised for their innovative feedback system. Despite not having used a PS5 controller personally, the excitement and positive feedback towards its features were evident in the conversation. The discussion also touched upon the popularity of Xbox controllers in gaming communities and their seamless integration with various software. Overall, the conversation showcased the unique features and preferences of different gaming devices.

    • Microsoft's 2028 vision for future gaming with under $100 handheld deviceMicrosoft presented a potential vision for a future handheld gaming device with next-gen features, but the presentation's age and uncertainty of technological advancements make the 2028 timeline questionable.

      Microsoft presented their vision for the future of gaming, potentially including a cloud-hybrid, under $100 handheld device with next-gen features like ray tracing and dynamic global illumination, but the presentation's age and the uncertainty of technological advancements make the 2028 timeline questionable. The Xbox head, Phil Spencer, acknowledged the presentation's age and confirmed they will announce products when ready. The discussion also touched on Nvidia's role in bringing ray tracing to mainstream gaming. The presentation marked David's last episode, and for more detailed console information, it's recommended to check out channels like Judner Melanson, Austin Evans, and others. The presentation contained significant information, but its age and the rapid pace of technological advancements make its accuracy uncertain.

    • Misunderstanding Dan McCabe's Role in Microsoft's Software HistoryClear communication and fact-checking are crucial to avoid misunderstandings and misinformation.

      Dan McCabe, a well-known figure in the tech industry, was responsible for creating Microsoft Chart, which later became a part of Microsoft Excel. However, during a trivia game, there was a mix-up, and McCabe was mistakenly associated with creating Microsoft Paint instead. The group was discussing Microsoft Paint's release in 1985 as a reaction to Apple's software, leading to a discussion about Apple's painting software, MacPaint. The group was unable to guess the correct answer, and it was revealed that McCabe indeed did not create Microsoft Paint but rather MacPaint. The confusion highlights the importance of clear communication and double-checking facts during discussions or trivia games.

    • Embracing Simplicity in Podcasting and BusinessEmbrace simplicity in all aspects of life, from podcasting to business operations, for efficient and effective results. Check out free resources and Mercury's financial services to streamline your processes.

      Simplicity is key, whether it's in producing a podcast or running a business. In the discussion, the hosts acknowledged a lackluster trivia round performance but remained optimistic for the future. They encouraged listeners to check out the various resources they offer, from articles to videos, all available for free. Vox Media Podcast Network produced the episode's audio, and Veen Silva created the intro-outro music. The hosts also emphasized the importance of sync and purpose in creating complex ideas that feel simple. Mercury, a financial platform, was highlighted as a tool that helps businesses operate efficiently and effectively. In summary, simplicity can make the complex manageable, whether in podcasting or business operations. Apply for Mercury's financial services at mercury.com.

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    This was a week full of AI events! First, Marques gives a few thoughts on the new iPads since he missed last week and then Andrew and David bring him up to speed with all the weirdness that happened during Google I/O and the OpenAI event. Then we finish it all up with trivia. Enjoy! Links:  MKBHD iPad Impressions: https://bit.ly/3WzFFWk MacStories iPadOS: https://bit.ly/3V1G0Qq The Keyword: https://bit.ly/4blfFm5 OpenAI GPT-4o Announcements: https://bit.ly/3V3Sabv 9to5Google I/O 2024 Article: https://bit.ly/3V2rDLv Merch tweet: https://bit.ly/4bnhNcV Shop products mentioned: Apple iPad Air: https://geni.us/SsXTRLt Apple iPad Pro M4: https://geni.us/HXDlXo Shop the merch: https://shop.mkbhd.com Socials: Waveform: https://twitter.com/WVFRM Waveform: https://www.threads.net/@waveformpodcast Marques: https://www.threads.net/@mkbhd Andrew: https://www.threads.net/@andrew_manganelli David Imel: https://www.threads.net/@davidimel Adam: https://www.threads.net/@parmesanpapi17 Ellis: https://twitter.com/EllisRovin TikTok:  https://www.tiktok.com/@waveformpodcast Join the Discord: https://discord.gg/mkbhd Music by 20syl: https://bit.ly/2S53xlC Waveform is part of the Vox Media Podcast Network. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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