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Why Online Banks Can Offer Higher Interest Rates and What to Consider Before You Switch - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2024-03-04 12:42
Before you drop your brick-and-mortar bank for an online one to stash your savings, find out why APY isn’t the only thing that matters.

Trader Joe's Recalls 61,000 Pounds of Chicken Soup Dumplings Due to Plastic Found in Food - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2024-03-04 12:33
Boxes of the popular frozen dim sum item reportedly contain small pieces from a plastic permanent marker pen.

Gartner Predicts Search Engine Volume Will Drop 25% by 2026, Due To AI Chatbots and Other Virtual Agents

SlashDot - Mon, 2024-03-04 12:20
Gartner: By 2026, traditional search engine volume will drop 25%, with search marketing losing market share to AI chatbots and other virtual agents, according to Gartner. "Organic and paid search are vital channels for tech marketers seeking to reach awareness and demand generation goals," said Alan Antin, Vice President Analyst at Gartner. "Generative AI (GenAI) solutions are becoming substitute answer engines, replacing user queries that previously may have been executed in traditional search engines. This will force companies to rethink their marketing channels strategy as GenAI becomes more embedded across all aspects of the enterprise." With GenAI driving down the cost of producing content, there is an impact around activities including keyword strategy and website domain authority scoring. Search engine algorithms will further value the quality of content to offset the sheer amount of AI-generated content, as content utility and quality still reigns supreme for success in organic search results. There will also be a greater emphasis placed on watermarking and other means to authenticate high-value content. Government regulations across the globe are already holding companies accountable as they begin to require the identification of marketing content assets that AI creates. This will likely play a role in how search engines will display such digital content.

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Sheffield United vs. Arsenal Livestream: How to Watch English Premier League Soccer From Anywhere - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2024-03-04 12:00
The Gunners head to Yorkshire looking to extend a winning run of six matches.

AI and You: Gemini Flubs Are 'Unacceptable,' Musk Sues OpenAI for Putting Profit Over Principles - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2024-03-04 11:58
Get up to speed on the rapidly evolving world of AI with our roundup of the week's developments.

Why the Capital One Venture X Is Worth Its $395 Annual Fee - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2024-03-04 11:57
Between the card's annual travel credit and airport lounge access, the annual fee is worth the cost for frequent travelers.

Anthropic Releases New Version of Claude That Beats GPT-4 and Gemini Ultra in Some Benchmark Tests

SlashDot - Mon, 2024-03-04 11:40
Anthropic, a leading artificial intelligence startup, unveiled its Claude 3 series of AI models today, designed to meet the diverse needs of enterprise customers with a balance of intelligence, speed, and cost efficiency. The lineup includes three models: Opus, Sonnet, and the upcoming Haiku. From a report: The star of the lineup is Opus, which Anthropic claims is more capable than any other openly available AI system on the market, even outperforming leading models from rivals OpenAI and Google. "Opus is capable of the widest range of tasks and performs them exceptionally well," said Anthropic cofounder and CEO Dario Amodei in an interview with VentureBeat. Amodei explained that Opus outperforms top AI models like GPT-4, GPT-3.5 and Gemini Ultra on a wide range of benchmarks. This includes topping the leaderboard on academic benchmarks like GSM-8k for mathematical reasoning and MMLU for expert-level knowledge. "It seems to outperform everyone and get scores that we haven't seen before on some tasks," Amodei said. While companies like Anthropic and Google have not disclosed the full parameters of their leading models, the reported benchmark results from both companies imply Opus either matches or surpasses major alternatives like GPT-4 and Gemini in core capabilities. This, at least on paper, establishes a new high watermark for commercially available conversational AI. Engineered for complex tasks requiring advanced reasoning, Opus stands out in Anthropic's lineup for its superior performance. Sonnet, the mid-range model, offers businesses a more cost-effective solution for routine data analysis and knowledge work, maintaining high performance without the premium price tag of the flagship model. Meanwhile, Haiku is designed to be swift and economical, suited for applications such as consumer-facing chatbots, where responsiveness and cost are crucial factors. Amodei told VentureBeat he expects Haiku to launch publicly in a matter of "weeks, not months."

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Watch 'Celebrity Big Brother' UK 2024: Stream Anywhere for Free - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2024-03-04 11:31
The reality show spinoff returns to UK screens, with one housemate rumored to have a link to royalty.

Take Control of Your Personal Information: How to Delete Your Data From the Internet - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2024-03-04 11:28
Permission Slip can help you tell companies to stop selling your personal data.

Best M3 MacBook Air Deals: Preorder Yours Right Now - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2024-03-04 11:26
Apple just announced the latest MacBook Air models, which come equipped with an M3 chip. Score yours in a number of configurations today.

Apple Unveils New MacBook Air, Powered By M3 Chip

SlashDot - Mon, 2024-03-04 11:01
Apple has announced the launch of its new MacBook Air laptops powered by the company's latest M3 chip, offering up to 60% faster performance compared to the previous generation (M1-powered MacBook Air). The new 13-inch and 15-inch models feature a thin and light design, up to 18 hours of battery life, and a Liquid Retina display. The M3 chip, built using 3-nanometer technology, boasts an 8-core CPU, up to a 10-core GPU, and supports up to 24GB of unified memory. The laptops also offer enhanced AI capabilities, with a faster 16-core Neural Engine and accelerators in the CPU and GPU for improved on-device machine learning performance. This enables features such as real-time speech-to-text, translation, and visual understanding. The 13-inch MacBook Air with M3 starts at $1,099, while the 15-inch model starts at $1,299. Both models are available for order starting Monday and will begin arriving to customers and be available in stores on Friday, March 8. Apple also reduced the starting price of the 13-inch MacBook Air with M2 chip to $999.

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The Rise of Nontraditional Credit Cards: Exploring Innovative Options - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2024-03-04 10:57
From earning rewards on your rent, supporting the environment or automating credit building, these cards offer features others don't.

Don’t Sleep on Savings Rates as High as 5.35% APY: Best Savings Rates Today, March 4, 2024  - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2024-03-04 10:00
There’s still time to maximize your interest earnings with a high-yield savings account.

JBL's Xtreme 2 Bluetooth Speaker Is $50 Off in Five Different Colors - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2024-03-04 09:59
JBL is a big name in the portable speaker space and now its Xtreme 2 costs just $150.

Apple Updates MacBook Air With M3, Dual Monitor Support - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2024-03-04 09:50
The upgraded 13- and 15-inch MacBook Airs get a processing bump, while the M2 Air sticks around at a lower price. They're available from March 8.

Act Now to Secure an APY as High as 5.5% - Best CD Rates Today, March 4, 2024 - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2024-03-04 09:30
Rates are likely the highest they’ll be all year. Opening a CD today protects your earnings from future drops.

JetBlue and Spirit Call Off Their Merger

SlashDot - Mon, 2024-03-04 09:23
JetBlue Airways and Spirit Airlines announced on Monday that they would walk away from their planned $3.8 billion merger after federal antitrust regulators successfully challenged the deal in court. JetBlue said it would pay Spirit $69 million to exit the deal. From a report: A federal judge in Boston blocked the proposed merger on Jan. 16, siding with the Justice Department in determining that the merger would reduce competition in the industry and give airlines more leeway to raise ticket prices. The judge, William G. Young of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, noted that Spirit played a vital role in the market as a low-cost carrier and that travelers would have fewer options if JetBlue absorbed it. "We are proud of the work we did with Spirit to lay out a vision to challenge the status quo, but given the hurdles to closing that remain, we decided together that both airlines' interests are better served by moving forward independently," JetBlue's chief executive, Joanna Geraghty, said in a statement on Monday. "We wish the very best going forward to the entire Spirit team." JetBlue and Spirit appealed Judge Young's decision. JetBlue filed an appellate brief last week arguing that the deal should be allowed to go through. But in a regulatory filing on Jan. 26, JetBlue said it might terminate the deal. Spirit said in its own filing the same day that it believed "there is no basis for terminating" the agreement.

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This 50-Inch 4K Amazon Fire TV is Just $300 for Prime Members Today - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2024-03-04 09:19
Amazon Prime members can pick up a 50-inch TV for just $300 but that isn't likely to be the case for long.

European Commission Confirms Apple's Anti-Competitive Behavior Is Illegal and Harms Consumers

SlashDot - Mon, 2024-03-04 09:02
The EU Commission on Monday fined Apple about $2 billion for stifling competition from rival music streaming services. In a blog post, Spotify writes: Apple's rules muzzled Spotify and other music streaming services from sharing with our users directly in our app about various benefits -- denying us the ability to communicate with them about how to upgrade and the price of subscriptions, promotions, discounts, or numerous other perks. Of course, Apple Music, a competitor to these apps, is not barred from the same behaviour. By requiring Apple to stop its illegal conduct in the EU, the EC is putting consumers first. It is a basic concept of free markets -- customers should know what options they have, and customers, not Apple, should decide what to buy, and where, when and how. While we appreciate the EC addressing this important case, we also know that the details matter. Apple has routinely defied laws and court decisions in other markets. So we're looking forward to the next steps that will hopefully clearly and conclusively address Apple's long-standing unfair practices. From the beginning, the foundational belief of the internet is that it should be a fair and open ecosystem. That belief has fueled growth, innovation and discovery around the world. Today the leading way people access the internet is via their mobile phones. So why should the same principles not apply? And while we are pleased that this case delivers some justice, it does not solve Apple's bad behaviour towards developers beyond music streaming in other markets around the world. Our work will not be done until we succeed in securing a truly fair digital marketplace everywhere and our commitment to helping to make this a reality remains unwavering. Further reading: Apple's response.

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How You Eat Influences How You Sleep. Here's How to Eat Right for the Best Sleep Ever - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2024-03-04 09:00
What you eat and how you sleep are closely connected. But is your poor diet the chicken or egg of your sleep problems?