Friday, June 14, 2024

Tech news of the week: OpenAI removes “her” voice from ChatGPT, Google AI Overviews frenzy, and more

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Tech News of the Week in India: OpenAI is making headlines again, but for the wrong reasons. Google is in the soup too, for its latest search feature, AI Overviews. This week has been pretty fantastic for Android smartphone enthusiasts in India.

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    OpenAI removes “her” voice from ChatGPT

    OpenAI has removed a female voice named Sky from ChatGPT, which sounded way too familiar, especially for those who know Scarlett Johansson. The development dates back to a few months before the release of GPT-4o when OpenAI approached Johansson for her voice to power the AI model. However, she declined, and the company ended up using a similar voice.

    According to the official statement by CEO Sam Altman, “The voice of Sky is not Scarlett Johansson’s, and it was never intended to resemble hers.” The company has removed the voice, stating, “Out of respect for Ms. Johansson, we have paused using Sky’s voice in our products. We apologize to Ms. Johansson for not communicating better.”

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    Google AI Overviews are all over the place

    At I/O 2024, Google introduced its latest search feature, AI Overviews, powered by Gemini AI. Within a few days of its official unveiling, the feature has sparked numerous online conversations due to its misleading and glaring errors. For instance, AI Overviews suggest users use non-toxic glue to make cheese stick to pizza, and it struggles to differentiate between puns and facts sourced from platforms like Reddit. Google states, “We’ve found that with AI Overviews, people use Search more and are more satisfied with their results.”

    The company has also begun manually removing some of these inaccurate responses. According to a report by The Verge, a Google spokesperson recently stated, “AI Overviews offer high-quality information. Many of the examples we’ve seen have been uncommon queries, and we’ve also encountered examples that were doctored or that we couldn’t reproduce.”

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    Nothing’s CEO smartly teases its next smartphone – Phone (3)

    Nothing’s Phone (2a) is currently a highly popular smartphone, and there is speculation that the company will introduce its next flagship, likely to be named Phone (3), as a successor to the Phone (2). During the unveiling of the upcoming quick settings panel on the Nothing (OS), CEO and co-founder Carl Pei teased details about the next smartphone from the company.

    It is almost confirmed to feature a metal frame and a new button alongside the power and volume rockers, speculated to be a capture button. Apart from these details, there isn’t much information available about the Nothing Phone (3) yet. However, it is expected to be powered by a Snapdragon 8 series processor. The Phone (2) was launched on July 11, 2023, and there are speculations that the company might unveil the Phone (3) exactly one year from that date.

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    New high-performance mid-tier phones are here

    The Realme GT 6T and the Poco F6 are currently the latest high-performance smartphones in the Indian market, both priced well within Rs 30,000. These devices boast the latest processors, with the Realme GT 6T featuring the Snapdragon 7+ Gen 3 SoC, and the Poco F6 being the first phone in the market equipped with the Snapdragon 8s Gen 3.

    Other notable features of the Realme GT 6T include a curved display with up to 6,000 nits of peak brightness, while the Poco F6 offers a flat panel display with 1.5K resolution. Both phones come with Android 14-based custom OS (realme UI 5 and HyperOS) and are expected to receive at least three major OS upgrades.



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