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OpenAI Introduces GPT-4o

OpenAI live-streamed the Spring Update online, which was held the day before Google’s annual I/O conference, whetting the appetites of media and internet population. So, what has been updated in GPT-4o, and has OpenAI retained its absolute power in the field of large models? Why did netizens exclaim, “You’re still a master” after watching the demo? I have spent a day intensively reading all kinds of media, bloggers, organizations, as well as promotional videos, interpretations, analysis and testing experiences from OpenAI officials, and this article is here to clarify the OpenAI Spring Update, which is called the “Little Spring Festival Gala in the Science and Technology Sector”.

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Published on May 15, 2024

Tech News: Fairphone, Beeper, and Other News

Fairphone Launches ANC Headphones with Replaceable Batteries

The Dutch tech company that launched the Fairphone series of models launched Fairbuds headphones on April 9. Fairbuds supports active noise cancellation, IP54 level dust and water resistance, and like Fairbuds, the company’s earlier cell phone and headset, Fairbuds is as modular as possible in terms of the design of components, with the silicone cover of the headphones, the battery and the charging case, and other components can be manually serviced and replaced by users. The Fairbuds are priced at €149 and are available in black and white.

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Published on April 10, 2024

Tech News: Microsoft, OpenAI and Other News

Windows 11 24H2 Blocks Third-party UI Customization Tools

According to Neowin, Microsoft has intentionally blocked some well-known third-party UI customization tools in the upcoming Windows 11 24H2 release. Currently, the tools known to be affected include StartAllBack and ExplorerPatcher, both of which have the primary function of restoring the old style taskbar and start menu. Running these tools on 24H2 will see a warning that says “This app cannot run because it causes security or performance issues on Windows” and asks users to contact the developer for an updated version. In reality, however, the block is based on the filename, and the exe program can be used as usual by changing its name to something else. Additionally, 24H2 was found to include a feature flag that prevents older versions of the taskbar that remain in Windows 11 from being enabled by default. This could indicate that Microsoft plans to completely remove the old taskbar in future versions of Windows 11.

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Published on April 8, 2024

What is Ingress

Why did you fall in love with Ingress? A thousand gamers have a thousand Hamlets in their hearts, but one thing is for sure: this game, which relies on real space and real time, not only promotes mainstream cultural identity, but also shapes a unique community subculture.

I don’t know how many old players still remember this slogan, which used to be the publicity slogan of a hand game called “Ingress”, which was officially released in December 2013, and has gone through ten years by now. For a handheld game, Ingress has already been very long-lived.

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Published on April 6, 2024 , last updated on April 9, 2024

vivo X Fold3 Pro Hand-on Experience

If there are some people in the world who will be less interested in folding screen phones, I think a lot of them will be folding screen phone users: heavy body, parameter castration, experience reduction. It’s cool to be able to fold your phone, but the price you have to pay is usually too much to bear. However, this may not include vertical folding phone users, because they are usually less sensitive to performance, and more in pursuit of the ultimate thin and light portable, so you will also find that today’s manufacturers in the roll of vertical folding cell phone products, as if in the creation of a new fashion items, trendy accessories, “cell phone” is reduced to one of the still important function only. But again, this is not my cup of tea at all. In short, the folding screen phone was a big hit when it came out, and I’ve been shaking my head ever since. I was the one shaking my head pretty hard.
But the new vivo X Fold3 series was like a shot in the arm that went straight to my head. Instead of the usual cover-ups, ramblings and careful euphemisms that I had heard when I first learned about it, my friends at vivo read out loud and clear what it was all about – thin, light and as light as the iPhone 15 Pro Max, with the same weight as the iPhone 15 Pro Max, and the same amount of weight as the iPhone 15 Pro Max. Pro Max weight, 8Gen3, image is not weak straight plate, Apple eco-friendly.

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Published on April 6, 2024 , last updated on April 8, 2024

OmniFocus 4 Review

It’s been a long time coming! OmniFocus, GTD’s ace app that has been continuously updated and maintained for more than 10 years, has finally received the OmniFocus 4 update. In this update, OmniFocus 4 focuses on refactoring the app with the new technology SwiftUI, and focuses on the mobile experience by updating its UI design on iOS and iPadOS, which gives the whole app a new look and aligns the UI experience of the clients on all platforms. At the same time, OmniFocus 4 has also been rewritten with SwiftUI to bring some of the features that were once exclusive to the Mac to the mobile version for the first time.

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Published on February 10, 2024 , last updated on April 10, 2024

From Programmer to Bartender – My Experience and Reflections

Let’s start with a little background. I worked as a programmer in an Internet company, and then after I experienced layoffs, I had a period of “organizing myself” because I was wavering between my ideal and the reality, during which I wrote the article “Organize Yourself When You Don’t Have a Job: Look Ahead, Don’t Look Back”. After that, I traveled for a while, went to many places, Shanghai and Japan, and finally came back to the U.S. and got a job as a bartender in a cocktail bar.

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Published on January 12, 2024 , last updated on April 10, 2024

NIO ES6 Hand-on Experience

As a Tesla and a Zeeker car owner, I switched to NIO ES6 (2023) in June, 2023, and I wanted to drive it for a while longer so that I could express the pros and cons clearly. So after 150 days and 9,000 kilometers of driving experience, I finally thought it was time to share my experience with the ES6.

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Published on January 3, 2024 , last updated on April 10, 2024

How will ChatGPT Affect Programming

Technology is an endless river, and how will ChatGPT affect programming?

In the light of ChatGPT, my already diminishing programming skills are melting away. That’s probably a good thing; just as we stopped parsing pinyin to read Chinese characters when we were kids, why chase a seemingly necessary skill that is likely to fade away? Technology is an unending river, always rushing toward an unknown ocean. Our tools are becoming more efficient and easier to use. Laziness is a key driver of progress in human civilization, and with this huge push, computers are becoming smarter and smarter. In the last forty years, the way we communicate with computers has become easier and easier: in the 1990s command line interfaces were still used, and many commands had to be memorized in order to complete daily tasks; in the mid-1990s the emergence of graphical user interfaces (GUIs) allowed the user to simply point and click on icons and menus, and if one wanted to be more efficient, memorizing a few shortcuts was enough. By the first decade of the twenty-first century, we were operating more concisely on mobile devices, with many tasks accomplished with a tap or a long press or two. In the second decade, voice input technology evolved to the point where it was almost enough to replace keyboard input. All of this changed in just one generation. Skills that were once important became irrelevant as time passed.

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Published on January 2, 2024 , last updated on April 10, 2024

Xiaomi Mi 14 Pro Hands-on Experience

Ever since I got my hands on the Xiaomi 13 Ultra, I’ve developed a sort of magical bond with Xiaomi. On the one hand, I’m not a “Mi fan” or a highly loyal Xiaomi user, nor do I have a particular favorite or preference for the brand; on the other hand, I’m always on the lookout for Xiaomi’s products, hoping that Xiaomi and Leica will team up to come up with new features and new ways to play with them, and it’s one of the brands that I recommend most often to my family and friends. After using the Xiaomi 13 Ultra, the scales have tipped a little more in Xiaomi’s favor, and I’m looking forward to the new products that will come out of the “MiLeica” alliance.

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Published on January 1, 2024 , last updated on April 10, 2024

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