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November 23, 2023

I Couldn’t Do My Job Without the 16-Inch MacBook Pro — and It’s on Sale for Black Friday – CNET

I write words for a living and the big and powerful MacBook Pro makes that possible.

Proton Drive encrypted cloud storage service arrives on Mac TechCrunch Paul Sawers on November 23, 2023 at 11:57 am

Swiss privacy-focused company Proton has launched its end-to-end encrypted (E2EE) cloud storage service for Mac users, four months after it landed on Windows. Founded some nine years ago, Proton was originally focused on its flagship Gmail alternative called Proton Mail, but the company has expanded its horizons into VPNs, a password manager, calendar and, indeed, cloud storage. […]

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US chip export ban is hurting China’s AI startups, not so much the giants yet TechCrunch Rita Liao on November 23, 2023 at 11:58 am

Well before Washington banned Nvidia’s exports of high-performance graphic processing units to China, the country’s tech giants had been hoarding them in anticipation of an escalating tech war between the two nations. Baidu, one of the tech firms building China’s counterparts to OpenAI, has secured enough AI chips to keep training its ChatGPT equivalent Ernie […]

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Screensharing mistake gets Nvidia sued over alleged stolen trade secrets

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If you’ve ever embarrassed yourself by publicly sharing a part of your screen you weren’t supposed to, spare a thought for Mohammad Moniruzzaman, who’s alleged to have shown off the source code he stole from a former employer during a Microsoft Teams call with that same company. The incident has come to light in a lawsuit filed by Moniruzzaman’s old employer, automotive technology company Valeo, which is suing Nvidia — the company Moniruzzaman moved on to — and accusing it of having benefited from these stolen trade secrets.

Nvidia has spent the better part of a decade attempting to branch out into the automotive market. Valeo is alleging that Moniruzzaman “downloaded without authorization the entirety of Valeo’s advanced parking and…

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Microsoft, can we please just call it Windows 11.1 already?

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Every time I see a big Windows 11 update I wonder why it wasn’t a Windows 11.1 or Windows 11.2 release. Instead, Microsoft has used a number of confusing ways to name Windows updates in recent years instead of a simple method like point releases.

Let me illustrate my point to you:

Windows 10 Anniversary Update
Windows 10 Creators Update
Windows 10 Fall Creators Update
Windows 10 October 2020 Update
Windows 10 May 2021 Update
Windows 11 22H2
Windows 11 2023 Update

As you can see, Microsoft is gradually getting to a more understandable naming strategy for Windows releases, but it still regularly uses 22H2 and 23H2 monikers that sound like weird codenames to regular people. If you head into Windows Update you’re also more likely to see a…

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