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Storebrand divests from IBM over supply of biometrics to Israel

One of Norway’s largest financial services companies has divested from IBM over the role its biometric database technologies play in maintaining illegal Israeli settlements, in a move that could set a precedent for other European investors. Storebrand said the global tech giant was providing biometric databases to the Israeli government that were being “used to…

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SK hynix Reports That 2025 HBM Memory Supply Has Nearly Sold Out

Demand for high-performance processors for AI training is skyrocketing, and consequently so is the demand for the components that go into these processors. So much so that SK hynix this week is very publicly announcing that the company’s high-bandwidth memory (HBM) production capacity has already sold out for the rest of 2024, and even most…

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Broken and GPU-less RTX 4090s are being sold secondhand by scammers

If you’re considering buying a used high-end graphics card then you’ll need to be extra diligent as scammers are now selling stripped-out Nvidia RTX 4090s without their AD102 die. A new video by Northwestrepair via YouTube highlights the extent of the issue as some less-than-savory individuals have taken to secondary reseller outlets such as Facebook Marketplace…

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TikTok ban sails through US Senate

A bill giving TikTok’s China-based owner ByteDance until January 2025 to sell up or get out of town has sailed through the Senate, the upper chamber of the United States legislature, and looks set to become law, with far-reaching implications. The landslide vote, split 79 to 18, followed an equally thumping majority in the House…

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I just deleted all of my social media apps and it feels great

I remember getting ready for college back in 2005. It was just when Facebook started opening up outside of a small number of colleges and letting anyone with a college email create an account. That’s right, I’m old enough to remember when Facebook was limited to college students.I had just gotten back from an orientation…

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TikTok at risk as European Commission President calls it a ‘Danger’ amid ban buzz

The US moved closer to banning TikTok last week. The Senate voted in favor of the legislation that could pave the way to such a move. However, the lawmakers aren’t necessarily aiming to ban the app. The first option is for ByteDance to sell TikTok to a US company. The Chinese firm has up to…

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Meta chief lays out long-term AI plan

Meta, the parent company of Facebook, has reported a first-quarter total revenue of $36.5bn, up 27%. The firm said it was committed to ensuring long-term investments in artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality. “We’ve historically seen a lot of volatility in our stock during this phase of our product playbook – where we’re investing in…

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iMessage is down for some users, and the problem is spreading

iPhone users are reporting that iMessage is currently down. Although Apple System Status says that all services are working fine, people over social media – and BGR staff – are having issues sending messages at the moment.While the majority of users can’t send messages, it seems some others are being disconnected from iMessage. At the…

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WhatsApp will work with other chat apps in Europe, but only if you want it to

March 7th is nearly here, and it’s going to be a big day in Europe. All of the companies that have been designated as gatekeepers or operate gatekeeper services must implement changes that comply with the Digital Markets Act (DMA) requirements in Europe.We have primarily focused on Apple and iPhone sideloading, but there are other…

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Mind the gap: AI leaders pulling ahead as LLMs take off

When ChatGPT burst onto the scene, it grew to 100,000,000 users within three months. The fastest growth in a new product ever, ChatGPT showed the power and potential of large language models (LLMs). Google, Facebook, and Anthropic quickly followed with their own models. Companies that have fully embraced AI strategies, technologies, and processes are accelerating…

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