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  • NASA’s Psyche mission fires up its futuristic electric engines
    by Wes Davis on May 22, 2024 at 10:47 pm

    Image: NASA NASA has turned on the electric Hall thrusters of Psyche, a spacecraft that’s now gently motoring toward a metal-rich asteroid embedded in the main asteroid belt beyond Mars. The agency says Psyche is in “full cruise” mode now, six months after launching on October 13th, 2023, on a conventional, SpaceX rocket. On the way, NASA used Psyche to test laser-based deep space communications. The craft shot a communications laser back at the Earth from close to 10 million miles out, which is a first for NASA. It’s expected to reach its target and namesake, the Psyche asteroid, by 2029 and will orbit it for two years, observing and sending data back to NASA. Scientists suspect Psyche is actually the beginning core of a planet, also called a... Continue reading…

  • Nvidia will now make new AI chips every year
    by Sean Hollister on May 22, 2024 at 10:37 pm

    Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Nvidia just made $14 billion worth of profit in a single quarter thanks to AI chips, and it’s hitting the gas from here on out: Nvidia will now design new chips every year instead of once every two years, according to Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang. “I can announce that after Blackwell, there’s another chip. We’re on a one-year rhythm,” Huang just said on the company’s Q1 2025 earnings call. Until now, Nvidia’s produced a new architecture roughly once every two years — revealing Ampere in 2020, Hopper in 2022, and Blackwell in 2024, for example. (The industry darling H100 AI chip was Hopper, and the B200 is Blackwell, though those same architectures are used in gaming and creator GPUs as well.) But analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reported earlier this... Continue reading…

  • Truecaller and Microsoft will let users make an AI voice to answer calls
    by Emilia David on May 22, 2024 at 9:45 pm

    Illustration: The Verge Caller ID company Truecaller will let users create an AI version of their voice to answer calls. Truecaller is an app that identifies and blocks spam calls that some people prefer over their phone’s default system. Now the service will let users with access to its AI Assistant to record their voice. The company partnered with Microsoft’s Azure AI Speech, which will learn from the recorded clip to generate an AI version of the user’s voice. “This groundbreaking capability not only adds a touch of familiarity and comfort for the users but also showcases the power of AI in transforming the way we interact with our digital assistants,” says Truecaller product director and general manager Raphael Mimoun in the blog post. Truecaller’s AI... Continue reading…

  • The best Memorial Day deals you can already get
    by Quentyn Kennemer on May 22, 2024 at 9:35 pm

    You can get an LG C3 for under $800 right now, along with tablets, earbuds, and a slew of other discounted items. | Image: LG The summer solstice may be when summer officially kicks off, but for many of us, it starts as soon as temperatures begin to rise and the smell of barbecue begins wafting through the air. Memorial Day also serves as the unofficial start to the season, and the deals that are popping up right now are a great indicator that it’s right around the corner. Below, we’ve rounded up the best Memorial Day deals you can get on an array of gadgets and gizmos. This includes wireless headphones like the Beats Solo 4, which are currently receiving their first discount, as well as inexpensive security cameras like the Blink Mini 2. You can also pick up Amazon’s latest Fire TV Cube for its best price to date, along with tablets, Garmin watches, and one... Continue reading…

  • OpenAI’s News Corp deal licenses content from WSJ, New York Post, and more
    by Emma Roth on May 22, 2024 at 9:19 pm

    Illustration: The Verge OpenAI has struck a deal with News Corp, the media company that owns The Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, The Daily Telegraph, and others. As reported by The Wall Street Journal, OpenAI’s deal with News Corp could be worth over $250 million in the next five years “in the form of cash and credits for use of OpenAI technology.” The multi-year agreement gives OpenAI access to current and archived articles from News Corp publications for AI training and to answer user questions. This is the latest in a string of licensing deals OpenAI has inked with major media companies and outlets, including The Associated Press, the Financial Times, People publisher Dotdash Meredith, and Politico owner Axel Springer. Some outlets have filed... Continue reading…

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