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OPPO Launches the new OPPO Air Glass 3 at MWC 2024

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OPPO has today unveiled a prototype for its new generation of assisted reality glasses, OPPO Air Glass 3, at MWC 2024. OPPO Air Glass 3 can access OPPO’s AndesGPT model via a smartphone, providing a new burdenless AI experience. Ahead of the event, OPPO also announced the establishment of the OPPO AI Center and released the OPPO AI Smartphone White Paper, marking a new era in which Smartphones transition to AI Smartphones.

At this year’s MWC, OPPO has also joined hands with Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and startup AlpsenTek to introduce a new AI Motion algorithm based on Hybrid Vision Sensing (HVS) technology, bringing added clarity to photography and videography of high-speed moving objects. Further to this, OPPO is showcasing a range of products and innovations together with partners, including Google, Qualcomm, and MediaTek, and has announced that OPPO smartphone users will soon be able to connect their phones to Microsoft Copilot. reflecting OPPO’s commitment to exploring enhanced technological experiences in collaboration with partners across the industry.

Multimodal AI unlocks new user interactions, such as voice and visual commands. OPPO Air Glass 3, weighing just 50 grams, combines tech with smartphones for a seamless experience. With OPPO AndesGPT via the Air Glass APP, users only easily activate the AI voice assistant by pressing the temple, making tasks a breeze.

The OPPO Air Glass 3 also supports touch interaction, which can be used to easily control functions such as music playback, voice calls, information display, colour image browsing, and more. The glasses also feature reverse sound field technology, an open acoustic design with four microphones, and other innovations that improve noise isolation to deliver high audio quality and enhanced privacy protection.

OPPO is making AI a central focus of its long-term strategy with the establishment of the OPPO AI Center, aiming to drive user-centric exploration of  AI technology. The upcoming OPPO Reno11 Series and the OPPO Find N3 will feature generative AI features, including OPPO AI Eraser, within the second quarter of 2024, expanding to more products in the future.

As of December 31, 2023, with over 3,160 global AI patents filed and the release of the AI Smartphone White Paper, OPPO anticipates AI smartphones will revolutionize the industry, creating a new ecosystem of AI services and capabilities. OPPO collaborates with industry partners like AlpsenTek, and Qualcomm to pioneer Hybrid Vision Sensing technologies featuring the new AI Motion algorithm. This innovation, showcased at MWC, enables smartphones to capture true 960fps slow-motion videos in 4K resolution, addressing image blur and enhancing dynamic range and resolution for creative content creation.

At OPPO ODC 2023, the company released its first self-trained generative AI model, AndesGPT, featuring dialogue enhancement, personalization, and cloud-device collaboration. Drawing on the capabilities of AndesGPT, OPPO has introduced a new AI Eraser feature on the new OPPO Find X7 Series. Visitors to the Qualcomm booth at this year’s MWC will be able to experience the impressive effects created by AI Eraser and the powerful imaging performance of the OPPO Find X7 Ultra.

Meanwhile, a series of OPPO innovative products, including the OPPO Find X7 Ultra and the Find N3 series, is also being showcased at Google’s Android Partner Walk, demonstrating the comprehensive cooperation between OPPO and Google in creating smarter user experiences over the years.

At the event, OPPO and Microsoft announced a collaboration to explore AI technology for enhancing user experiences across devices.  Through Microsoft Link to Windows and a new plugin, OPPO users can utilize Copilot on their smartphones connected to a PC for content generation, text translation, and address search.  Additionally, at MWC 4YFN, OPPO is showcasing six startup teams at the OPPO Inspiration Zone, demonstrating contactless health monitoring intelligent diagnosis for heart and lung auscultation, AR games, and various AI technologies.

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Acer Swift Goes AI: New Laptops Boast Ryzen 8040 and Ryzen AI

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Acer has announced new models of the Acer Swift Edge 16 and Acer Swift Go 14 laptops, blending AI power and innovative features in stylish thin and light devices. The latest additions to the Swift lineup feature AMD Ryzen 8040 Series processors with up to AMD Radeon 780M Graphics and are equipped with Ryzen AI neural processing units (NPUs) for versatile performance and support for Acer’s AI-powered capabilities such as Acer PurifiedVoice, Acer PurfiedView, and the new Acer LiveArt photo-editing feature.

Intuitive control and seamless navigation on AI PCs are made possible thanks to the AcerSense application and Microsoft Copilot in Windows with instant access through dedicated keys. Users can also appreciate clear images and rich colours when working or streaming through the OLED laptops’ displays, as well as Microsoft Pluton technology, enabled by default, to help secure devices, personal data, and encryption keys.

Designed to deliver premium AI experiences and reliable performance for everyday productivity, the Swift Edge 16 and Swift Go 14 laptops are powered by AMD Ryzen 8040 Series processors with Ryzen AI technology built in. AMD’s latest processors enable the efficient distribution of AI workloads between accelerators on the NPU, GPU, and CPU, to advance user experiences with AI technology on the devices. It leverages AMD’s “Zen 4” processor architecture with up to eight cores and delivers up to 16 threads of processing power, so creative professionals and mainstream users can expect faster, power-efficient computing and longer battery life on the ultrathin Swift laptops.

Support for AI features further complements the appeal and usability of the Swift laptops to various users and functions. Intelligent AI companion with Copilot in Windows can be accessed with a single click of the dedicated Copilot key, harnessing the power of AI to optimize time spent when working, creating, or playing. Acer’s AI-powered solutions such as Acer PurifiedView and Acer PurifiedVoice enhance conferencing sessions, while Acer QuickPanel allows for swift and easy fixtures to the videoconferencing tools. The AcerSense utility app helps users take control and manage device systems with one click of the AcerSense key, and the new Acer LiveArt feature utilizes AI technology to quickly edit images with a control panel that instantly surfaces when an image or screenshot is taken on the device.

The Acer Swift Edge 16 is crafted to deliver optimal performance without compromising portability. Encased in an ultra-thin and lightweight aluminium alloy chassis that measures just 1.2 kg and 12.95 mm in height, the sleek design blends form and function while housing powerful hardware that can handle today’s AI demands and more. It is powered by up to AMD Ryzen 7 8840U octa-core processor, integrated with AMD Radeon 780M graphics and AMD Ryzen AI, and comes with up to 32 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 2 TB PCIe 4.0 SSD storage. Paired with Acer’s own AI solutions, the laptop is equipped to handle everyday computing tasks and is ready to bring AI experiences closer to users.

The Swift Edge 16 boasts a 16-inch 3.2K OLED panel capable of projecting amazing visuals and hues thanks to its 120 Hz refresh rate and 100% support for the DCI-P3 colour gamut. The narrow bezels, less than 0.2 ms response time, and VESA DisplayHDR True Black 500 certification further highlight the exceptional visual clarity of the OLED laptop. The device also gives users an edge in terms of connectivity and security with Wi-Fi 7 compatibility to ensure swift network speeds of up to 5.8 Gbps and low latencies of under 2 ms, while the secured-core PC features Microsoft Pluton to keep the device protected against modern cyber threats. For added convenience, the Swift Edge 16 comes with all the essential ports at users’ disposal; an HDMI 2.1 port, two USB Type-C ports, two USB Type-A ports, and a MicroSD Card slot.

The Acer Swift Go 14 is a powerful device that can handle the most demanding workloads with ease. It features up to an AMD Ryzen 9 8945HS octa-core processor, AMD Radeon 780M graphics, and Ryzen AI that delivers up to 60% improved AI performance to provide users with enhanced AI experiences on the go. The laptop supports up to 32 GB LPDDR5X memory and up to 2 TB PCIe Gen 4 SSD, and works hand in hand with Acer’s own AI technology, making experiences more seamless and enjoyable on the device. The processors are also integrated with a Microsoft Pluton security processor to harden the Windows 11 PC’s protection of sensitive data and information.

Users are treated to smooth, eye-catching visuals on the 14-inch laptop with up to a 2.8K OLED display and a 90 Hz refresh rate or a touchscreen option on an IPS LCD (1920×1200) panel for users who prefer to tap and swipe. The thin and light aluminium body adds to the device’s visual aesthetic and is tailored for dynamic lifestyles, while the fully extendable 180o hinge and OceanGlass touchpad with 44% larger space make it easier to work and scroll within any setting. On top of these features, the Swift Go 14 productivity-boosting technology such as a 1440p QHD webcam, a 100W battery with quick-charging capabilities, Wi-Fi 6E compatibility, and essential connectivity features; dual USB Type-C ports, HDMI 2.1 port, Bluetooth 5.3, and a MicroSD card.

The Acer Swift Edge 16 (SFE16-44) is available in EMEA, starting at $1,249. The Acer Swift Go 14 (SFG14-63​) is available in EMEA, starting at $949.

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Ubisoft Intros NEO NPCs in Partnership with Nvidia

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In a creative experiment shown during GDC 2024, a team of game creators from Ubisoft explored the future of Non-Player Characters (NPCs), interactive gameplay, and emergent storytelling. Ubisoft is exploring new types of interactive gameplay with dynamic NPCs, a field that is being revolutioniwed with the emergence of generative AI technologies. “NEO NPCs”, the product of their latest research and development project are advanced NPCs designed to interact in real-time with players, their environment and other characters, opening up new possibilities for dynamic and emergent storytelling.

“AI is a powerful tool that can greatly enhance players’ experiences by making games more dynamic, immersive and unique,” said John Spitzer, vice president of developer and performance technologies at NVIDIA. “We are thrilled to partner with Ubisoft to leverage NVIDIA ACE in the advancement of digital characters.”

Developed by a multidisciplinary team at Ubisoft Paris, NEO NPCs are born from the close collaboration between Ubisoft creators and leading GenAI technology partners, NVIDIA and Inworld AI. Inworld’s Character Engine and LLM technology enable Ubisoft’s narrative team to build a complete background, knowledge base and conversational style for each NPC, while NVIDIA Audio2Face, part of NVIDIA ACE suite of technologies, is used to enable real-time facial animation.

Ubisoft showcased the capabilities of these NEO NPCs through three separate demo scenarios. Each scenario focuses on different aspects of NPC behaviours, environmental and contextual awareness; a spectrum of real-time reactions and animations; as well as conversation memory, collaboration and strategic decision-making. Combined, these discoveries through the experiment push the boundaries of game design and immersion.

“Gen AI will enable player experiences that are yet to be imagined, with smarter worlds, nuanced characters, and emergent and adaptive narratives,” said Guillemette Picard, Ubisoft’s SVP of Production Technology. “By partnering with NVIDIA on our NEO NPCs prototype: NVIDIA’s Audio2Face solution helped us to create deeper immersion through real-time facial animations for truly improvisational NPC conversations.”

With NEO NPCs, Ubisoft’s narrative and animation designers blended the reliability of scripted game elements with the dynamism of spontaneous player interactions, nudging the future of game development towards new horizons. Leveraging Inworld AI technology, Ubisoft’s narrative team created two NEO NPCs, Bloom and Iron, who have their own background story, knowledge base, and different conversational styles to establish these unique characters in the demo universe.   

Inworld technology also provides the NEO NPCs with intrinsic knowledge of their surroundings, as well as interactive responses courtesy of Inworld’s LLM. Audio2Face provides facial animations and lip-synching for the two NPCs’ faces in real time. NVIDIA also released a new Game Ready driver for Horizon Forbidden West. The latest Game Ready Driver primes gamers’ PCs or laptops for Horizon Forbidden West Complete Edition. Featuring day-one support for DLSS 3, DLAA and Reflex, GeForce gamers should download and install this new driver for the definitive experience when using these technologies in the critically acclaimed game.

This Game Ready Driver also includes support for the latest DLSS 3.5 update for Portal with RTX which introduces DLSS Ray Reconstruction and NVIDIA RTX IO, 11 G-SYNC Compatible gaming displays, and 2 new Optimal Settings, enabling users to jump into the latest games with great performance and image quality, without the need to tweak settings manually.

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Microsoft Intros Copilot Pro

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Microsoft today announced the expansion of its Copilot Pro subscription, empowering individuals across the Middle East, to further enhance their productivity and creativity. The announcement forms part of Microsoft’s mission to enable every person on the planet to achieve more, with Copilot Pro now available in all 222 countries where Copilot was available.

Copilot Pro is the advanced version of Microsoft’s Copilot platform, designed for individuals, creators, and power users who want to take their Copilot experience to the next level. The premium subscription allows users access to numerous features such as priority access to the latest OpenAI models such as GPT-4 and GPT-4 Turbo, even during peak times for faster performance. Copilot Pro users will also be able to build and share their own Copilot GPTs that are tailored to their specific needs, as well as generate unique images, which can be enhanced with 100 daily boosts in Microsoft Designer.

Zubin Chagpar, Senior Director and Business Group Leader, Modern Work and Surface Devices, at Microsoft CEMA

As part of the expansion of the Copilot Pro subscription, users will now be able to access Copilot within the free Microsoft 365 web apps such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, without the requirement of an additional Microsoft 365 subscription. However, a Microsoft 365 Personal or Family subscription is still required to unlock Copilot in the desktop apps for PC and Mac.

Zubin Chagpar, Senior Director and Business Group Leader, Modern Work and Surface Devices, at Microsoft CEMA, said that it has been inspiring to observe how individuals and organizations have been leveraging Copilot in their daily routines to help them improve their productivity and unleash their creativity. “From clearing up overflowing inboxes to catching up on missed meetings, finishing complicated reports, and even suggesting recipes to make a delicious dinner, Copilot is helping to drive a new era of efficiency. And now, with Copilot Pro, individual users – in addition to business users – can take these experiences to the next level and even create their personalised Copilots to assist them with various tasks,” he added.

To make it easier for users to get started on their Copilot Pro experience, Microsoft has announced a one-month free trial for those who install the Copilot mobile app on iOS or Android. Microsoft is also extending the availability of Copilot for Microsoft 365 to more businesses of all sizes and across all industries. Customers who have Microsoft 365 F3 and F1, Office 365 E1, Business Basic, and more will be eligible to purchase Copilot for Microsoft 365 in the coming weeks.

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