Meta is building its first custom chip specifically for running AI models, the company announced on Thursday. As Meta increases its AI efforts — CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently said the company sees “an opportunity to introduce AI agents to billions of people in ways that will be useful and meaningful” — the chip and other infrastructure plans revealed Thursday could be critical tools for Meta to compete with other tech giants also investing significant resources into AI.
Meta’s new MTIA chip, which stands for Meta Training and Inference Accelerator, is its “in-house, custom accelerator chip family targeting inference workloads,” Meta VP and head of infrastructure Santosh Janardhan wrote in a blog post. The chip apparently provides “greater…
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After attempts to turn Twitter into a full-fledged subscription platform have failed, Twitter owner Elon Musk has his sights set on turning the microblogging platform into a full-fledged video service.
Twitter users have long been able to upload short, minutes-long videos. But, since Musk came along and acquired Twitter, longform has become a priority on a platform where shortform content reigns supreme. Twitter users that subscribe to Twitter Blue for $8 per month can now write tweets 10,000 characters long, far beyond that of the normal 280 character limit.
And, as of Thursday, Twitter Blue subscribers can now upload long videos too. How long? two hours-long.
That’s a big upgrade from the two minutes and 20 seconds that non-subscribed Twitter users can upload. That’s also double that of the 60 minutes previously provided to Twitter Blue subscribers.
The maximum video resolution that users can upload is 1080p and, according to Musk, the file must be no larger than 8GB.
So, what will users do with this new feature? It appears piracy is the number one use case thus far.
One Twitter Blue subscriber immediately uploaded the film Shrek the Third in full. They didn’t even try to keep it on the down-low either, uploading it right in the replies of Elon Musk’s tweet. The tweet featuring the full-length feature film garnered hundreds of thousands of impressions and tens of thousands of interactions.
Roughly an hour and a half after it was uploaded and tweeted out, Twitter finally removed the video and replaced it with a message stating that “this media has been disabled in response to a report by the copyright owner.” It’s not clear whether anyone was able to enjoy the 93-minute movie in its entirety, but it appears to have been possible.
This isn’t the first time Twitter’s new longer videos feature has been utilized for piracy either.
Just a few weeks ago, Twitter users began to upload copies of the newly released Super Mario Bros. Movie. Users had to upload the movie in shorter, one-hour maximum chunks prior to today. Now, they can pretty much fit an entire feature within one tweet with the new two-hour limit.
Other than those looking to pirate movies, it’s unclear who exactly the target for these two-hour-long video uploads might be. Other platforms that allow longform video uploads, like YouTube and Facebook, provide ad-revenue sharing monetization programs for creators so they can be paid for their content. While Musk said he was launching a general monetization program for creators back in February, he has yet to actually pull through with such a program. It simply does not yet exist.
Aside from that, Twitter really is just not made for longform video content. There’s no standalone video player. Videos simply exist as an embed in a tweet. Users can’t view other content while watching because unlike YouTube and Facebook, Twitter does not offer a mini-player.
Furthermore, Twitter is lacking other features for longform videos too. For example, Twitter does not remember where a user left off on a video for future viewing like other platforms do. In addition, video quality on Twitter is just really bad. Even Twitter Blue subscribers who tend to be Musk fans have frequently complained about it. No matter how long you pause a Twitter video in hopes that it would load more of the clip, certain parts in the video will always maintain a lower-quality as if it were perpetually buffering.
And, based on the piracy, and how long these pirated videos actually stay up for, it doesn’t seem like Twitter has much of a copyright detection system going on either.
Maybe Musk will have this all figured out by the time Tucker Carlson officially launches his new show on Twitter.
This guide highlights all of the new features in the iOS 16.5 update.
Sports Tab in Apple News
Apple added a dedicated Sports tab in Apple News, providing sports fans with quick access to stories, scores, standings, and other information. Apple News users can select their favorite teams and leagues to get personalized news.
Tapping on sports score and schedule cards in Apple News now goes directly to game pages populated with additional information about specific games.
Pride Collection Wallpaper
To go along with the new 2023 Pride Apple Watch Band and watch face, Apple has designed a Pride Celebration Lock Screen that is available in the iOS 16.5 update.
There are a number of bug fixes in the iOS 16.5 update, including fixes for Spotlight, Screen Time, and Podcasts.
- Fixes an issue where Spotlight may become unresponsive
- Addresses an issue where Podcasts in CarPlay may not load content
- Fixes an issue where Screen Time settings may reset or not sync across all devices
According to Apple’s security support documents for iOS, the iOS 16.5 and iPadOS 16.5 updates fix a long list of vulnerabilities, including three security flaws that were known to be actively exploited. Two of these issues were addressed in the prior iOS 16.4.1 and iPadOS 16.4.1 Rapid Security Response updates and are not an issue if you were running iOS 16.4.1 (a), but a third vulnerability is still active until you install the new software.
The WebKit security flaw could allow an attacker to break out of the Web Content sandbox, an issue that Apple fixed with improved bounds checks. Apple says that it is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited. The other two WebKit vulnerabilities were related to processing maliciously crafted web content that could allow for the disclosure of sensitive information or arbitrary code execution.
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The Epic Games Store has introduced a “rewards program” through which players can get 5% back on eligible purchases. That means that if you buy a game for £20, you’ll get £1 back to spend on a future game.
Today is also the start of the Epic Games Mega Sale, which includes discounts on games across the store and an additional 25% off eligible games with the Epic Coupon.