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Perplexity’s Founder Was Inspired by Sundar Pichai. Now They’re Competing to Reinvent Search

Aravind Srinivas credits Google CEO Sundar Pichai for giving him the freedom to eat eggs.Srinivas remembers the moment seven years ago when an interview with Pichai popped up in his YouTube feed. His vegetarian upbringing in India had excluded eggs, as it had for many in the country, but now, in his early twenties, Srinivas wanted to start eating more protein. Here was Pichai, a hero to many aspiring entrepreneurs in India, casually describing his morning: waking up, reading newspapers, drinking tea—and eating an…

Rogue Editors Started a Competing Wikipedia That’s Only About Roads

For 20 years, a loosely organized group of Wikipedia editors toiled away curating a collection of 15,000 articles on a single subject: the roads and highways of the United States. Despite minor disagreements, the US Roads Project mostly worked in harmony, but recently, a long-simmering debate over the website’s rules drove this community to the brink. Efforts at compromise fell apart. There was a schism, and in the fall of 2023, the editors packed up their articles and moved over to a website dedicated to roads and roads…

Competing with the best, at a lower price

The OnePlus 12 delivers a flagship-quality experience at a lower price than much of the competition.Pros Stunning screen Great performance Excellent camera Fast charging and good battery Reasonable priceOnePlus has a history of beating the competition on price. For a while, the company was seemingly pushing things into higher price echelons, however finally, that trend seems to have settled a little. In fact, the new OnePlus 12 beats the industry-standard $1,000 price by $100, for a phone that, on…

Lava, Qubo competing neck and neck with their global peers: Techarc

Domestic smart electronics companies like Lava and Qubo are getting high ratings and are competing neck and neck with their global peers in terms of brand acceptance, market analysis firm Techarc said on Sunday. The firm conducted a study based on ratings received by 25 brands across 35 different product categories on e-commerce platforms Amazon and Flipkart in December."In our analysis, we found that of the global counterparts of Lava including brands like Realme and Redmi, the average weighted rating of consumers on…

In new film I.S.S., space is the next frontier for U.S.-Russia tensions

Gabriela Cowperthwaite is the first to admit her new film, I.S.S., is out of step with her career to date.The director of Blackfish (a documentary about the cruel treatment of orcas in captivity, Children of the Underground (about a covert network built to smuggle families away from abusive partners) and Our Friend (a true story of friendship in the face of terminal cancer), Cowperthwaite might be expected to focus on tales inspired by real events. Instead, an unrealized love for thrillers, horror and blockbusters took…

Epic CEO says Apple court fight to open up Apple iPhone to competing stores is ‘lost’

The CEO of Fortnite-maker Epic Games said Tuesday the company's court battle to open up Apple's iPhone to alternative app stores was lost after theteThe high court announced it would not hear appeals by either Apple or Epic in the long-running case, effectively putting an end to the legal saga.Epic in 2020 launched a case aiming to break Apple's grip on the App Store, accusing the iPhone maker of operating a monopoly in its shop for digital services. Apple takes a cut of as much as 30 percent on all financial…

Christmas trees have the potential to spread unwanted critters

Our planet is changing. So is our journalism. This weekly newsletter is part of a CBC News initiative entitled "Our Changing Planet" to show and explain the effects of climate change. Keep up with the latest news on our Climate and Environment page.Sign up here to get this newsletter in your inbox every Thursday.This week: Christmas trees have the potential to spread unwanted critters What has 2 (or 3) wheels and helps reduce oil consumption? Here's why food waste is a major climate change issue Christmas trees…

Google Gemini AI: How users reacted to Google’s new model competing against ChatGPT

Google on Tuesday took the wraps off its highly anticipated next-generation foundation model called Gemini. Google claims that it has tested the benchmarks of the Gemini model against those of GPT-4, and the company claims that its AI modal has defeated OpenAI's LLM in 30 out of 32 benchmarks, including reasoning, math, reading comprehension, and Python code generation. The company has already integrated one of the models, Gemini Pro, into Google Bard, further improving its capabilities. Two days have passed since it…

Glacier melt opens up new territory for salmon — and mining

A new paper published in Science says that as glacier ice melts, new land and rivers are being revealed in the ice-covered transboundary region shared by northern B.C., Alaska, and the Yukon. The peer-reviewed paper was a collaboration among researchers from Simon Fraser University, the Gitanyow Hereditary Chiefs' Office, the University of Montana Flathead Lake Biological Station, and Taku River Tlingit First Nation.Researchers say that for Pacific salmon, these emerging territories may present an opportunity to offset…