Top tech stories today: December 20, 2023

No need to sift through the web for crucial stories – we’ve got you covered. Here are the key global technology highlights for December 20, 2023.

1. The state of Generative AI and Machine Learning at the end of 2023

According to 2023 ML Insider, the state of maturity of AI has not changed significantly over the past few years. The rise of GenAI technology has changed the industry in some ways, but organizations have been slow to adopt it. The survey revealed a number of challenges that are holding companies back from adopting LLM technology, such as lack of knowledge, cost and compliance. But there is no doubt that GenAI is having an impact on the industry.(CNVRG.IO)

2. Intel unveils new data center chip with focus on AI growth

On Thursday, the company unveiled the fifth-generation Intel processor at its “AI Everywhere” event in New York City.Intel unveiled the chips along with a new line of Core Ultra processors for laptops, part of its attempt to prove it can innovate in sync with rivals such as AMD, Qualcomm and Nvidia. (Yahoo Finance)

3. Apple’s iPhone satellite system has a new option for roadside assistance

Now Apple users, owners of the iPhone14 or iPhone15 series, can access Verizon’s roadside assistance service using a satellite connection on their phones.Meanwhile, in the support page found by MacRumors, you can take advantage of the feature on devices running iOS 17.2 (or later) and Verizon SIM cards. (TheVerge)

4. Volkswagen, Porsche, and Audi finally say they will use Tesla’s EV charging plug

The transition from CCS1 to NACS will happen gradually. Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche and Scout Motors today announced plans to implement the North American Charging Standard (NACS) for future vehicles in North America starting in 2025. This means that, unlike most other companies already committed to NACS, Volkswagen Group’s existing vehicles will not be able to use superchargers via adapters by 2024. The transition from CCS1 to NACS will happen gradually. (InsideEVs)

5. Samsung adds foldable phones to its self-repair program

The Galaxy Z Flip 5 and Galaxy Z Fold 5 will join Samsung’s self-service repair program this month along with the entire S23 series, Galaxy Tab S9 series, and Galaxy Book 2 Pro series.Samsung also announced that self-repair kits will be available to more European customers as the program expands to Denmark, Greece, Hungary and Portugal. (Yahoo Finance)

6. Brazil’s first lady to sue Musk’s X over hacked account

Brazil’s first lady Rosangela ‘Janja’ Lula da Silva said on Monday that her account had been hacked last week, Posting multiple messages that included insulting the first lady and President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, as well as misogynistic slurs. Now, she’s going to Sue Elon Musk’s social media platform X. (Reuters)

7. TomTom creates AI-based conversational assistant for vehicles with Microsoft

Digital mapping specialist TomTom said on Tuesday it has partnered with tech giant Microsoft to build an artificial intelligence (AI) -based vehicle conversation assistant.The assistant will allow users to “naturally talk to the vehicle” and enable voice interaction with infotainment, location search and vehicle command systems, the company said. (TheStar)

8. Alphabet to limit election queries Bard and AI-based search can answer

Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Tuesday it will limit the types of election-related queries its chatbot Bard and search generation experience can return responses to ahead of the 2024 U.S. presidential election.The restrictions will come into effect in early 2024.  (Reuters)

9. Alibaba trims stake in Xpeng for second time in December

Alibaba Group Holding LTD has cut its stake in Chinese electric car maker Xpeng Motors for the second time this month, according to a regulatory filing on Tuesday.The company reported a larger-than-expected third-quarter operating loss in November because of costs associated with increased production. (Reuters)


Fei Wang

Fei Wang, a reporter at BTW media dedicated in Internet Governance and IT infrastructure. She is studying bilingual broadcasting and hosting at Communication University of Zhejiang. Send tips to

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