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MWC 2024: Everything announced so far, including a Samsung smart ring, Google AI features

MWC 2024: Everything announced so far, including a Samsung smart ring, Google AI features

The TechCrunch team is in Barcelona this week to bring you all the action going on at Mobile World Congress 2024. You already know what we’re expecting, so sit back, relax and stay tuned throughout the week as we bring you the products, announcements and startup news from MWC that you need to know. So far, we’ve seen some big announcements from companies, including new Android features from Google, Lenovo’s new laptop concept and Xiaomi’s robotic dog. As MWC progresses, here’s how you can follow along with our team’s coverage. Doublepoint’s updated WowMouse gesture-touch DoublePoint Wowmouse app Android smartwatch users can now have their own version of Doublepoint’s WowMouse gesture-touch control app. Pinch away! Microsoft’s AI Access Principles Image Credits: Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto / Getty Images Brad Smith, the president and vice chair of Microsoft, announced a framework today called “AI Access Principles,” which is an eleven-point plan that Smith said will “govern how we will operate our AI datacenter infrastructure and other important AI assets around the world.” Although the implication here is that Microsoft …

MWC 2024: The best laptops, including a 2-in-1 that broke a world record

MWC 2024: The best laptops, including a 2-in-1 that broke a world record

MWC 2024 is in full swing, showcasing the world’s most technologically advanced gadgets, including smartphones, tablets, and smart glasses. But what about laptops? Don’t worry. We spotted a slew of spectacular notebooks, 2-in-1s, and other clamshells at Barcelona’s biggest annual tech show. SEE ALSO: Lenovo’s Transparent Display Laptop: Yes, I could actually ‘see through’ it 4 best laptops of MWC 2024 4. LG Gram Pro 2-in-1 LG unleashed a gaggle of new laptops as MWC 2024 kicked off, including the record-breaking LG Gram Pro 2-in-1. Say hello to the lightest 16-inch convertible laptop on the planet, which set a new Guinness World Record. Credit: LG It weighs just 3.08 pounds. Considering that this is a 16-inch laptop, its featherweight properties are impressive. For reference, The HP Spectre x360 I recently reviewed is a 14-inch laptop, but it’s heavier at 3.2 pounds. Taking a quick look at specs, the LG Gram Pro 2-in-1 comes with 32GB of RAM, up to 2TB of SSD storage, up to a 2,800 x 1800-pixel resolution OLED display, up to an …

Laneige 25% Off Sale: Save on Every Celeb-Loved Product, Including the Viral Lip Sleeping Mask

Laneige 25% Off Sale: Save on Every Celeb-Loved Product, Including the Viral Lip Sleeping Mask

Spring cleaning isn’t just about vacuuming our floors and reorganizing our kitchen cupboards, it can also be about reassessing our skin care routines for a spring beauty reset. The start of the new season calls for a shift in gears to wake up your skin and prep for sunnier days ahead. After months of snow and freezing temperatures, Laneige just kicked off a massive sitewide sale on every best-selling lip care and skincare product. Now through March 4, the rare Laneige sale is offering 25% off all of the brand’s cult-favorite moisturizers, lip sleeping masks, cleansers and more. Shop the 25% Off Laneige Sale Not only is the Korean beauty brand loved by celebrities including Sydney Sweeney, Zoe Saldana, Kendall Jenner, Kaia Gerber and Kate Hudson, but it also has some of the most hydrating and visibly soothing skincare around.  Sydney Sweeney, a Laneige brand ambassador, is especially a fan of the Water Bank Blue Hyaluronic Serum and Cream Moisturizer for combatting dry skin. “I really like that I can go all day without my skin feeling dry or tight. Before a shoot or when my skin …

Latest score and updates including Manchester United vs Fulham

Latest score and updates including Manchester United vs Fulham

Hello and welcome to coverage of the 3pm kick offs in the Premier League. Erik ten Hag insisted Rasmus Hojlund’s injury need not throw Manchester United’s season off course as the club’s failure to sign another striker in January once again came under the spotlight. Hojlund will miss today’s match against Fulham and the midweek FA Cup tie at Nottingham Forest, and is also expected to be out for next Sunday’s derby against Manchester City with a muscle injury that could see him sidelined for up to three weeks and potentially miss five games. It is a significant blow given Hojlund’s electric form of late – the 21-year-old Dane has scored seven goals in his last six appearances for United – and leaves Ten Hag short of options in attack, with Anthony Martial out until April following surgery on his groin. “(Hojlund) was lately very important,” he said. “But main man? I don’t see it that way. Because I think especially (Alejandro) Garnacho is playing very strong in the last games… “‘Rashy’ (Marcus Rashford) is …

‘Anatomy of a Fall’ wins six trophies including best film

‘Anatomy of a Fall’ wins six trophies including best film

David Thion, left, Justine Triet, center, and Marie-Ange Luciani speak as they were awarded the Best Movie Cesar Award for the movie “Anatomie d’une chute” during the 49th Cesar Awards ceremony in Paris, Friday, Feb. 23, 2024. MICHEL EULER / AP Actress Judith Godrèche received a standing ovation at the Césars Awards on Friday, February 23, as she spoke out against sexual violence in the French film industry. Thriller Anatomy of a Fall dominated France’s premier cinematic honors with six trophies, including best film, giving it new momentum ahead of the Oscars, in which it has five nominations. But the evening’s winners and losers were eclipsed by the speech from Godrèche, who took the stage to denounce the “level of impunity, denial and privilege” in the industry. Godrèche, who has become a leading figure in France’s #MeToo movement, has accused directors Benoît Jacquot and Jacques Doillon of sexually assaulting her while she was a teenager. Both deny the allegations. Read more Subscribers only Will the second wave of #MeToo in France disrupt the Césars film …

Country half the size of UK’s massive £16bn mega-project including 27 new motorways | World | News

Country half the size of UK’s massive £16bn mega-project including 27 new motorways | World | News

A country almost half the size of the UK is set for a transport revolution as part of a £16bn mega-project. Bangladesh is to see 47 new bridges, 27 new motorways and three new tunnels built as part of plans to improve the Asian country’s transport network. The Bangladesh Bridges Authority (BBA) plans will see a whopping 77 projects undertaken over the next 30 years as it hopes to improve connectivity. But critics have been sceptical over its viability given the country’s recent economic downturn. As many as 13 of the projects have been earmarked for completion by 2035 with those projects linking the east and west of the country which are separated by the Brahmaputra river. Priority work includes plans to build two bridges over the Padma River on the Paturia-Goalanda and Pabna-Rajbari roads, three bridges over the Meghna River Shariatpur-Chandpur, Gazaria-Munshiganj and Bhola-Lakshmipur roads and a tunnel beneath the Jamuna River. The Jamal River Tunnel will be built between Balashi Ghat in Gaibandha and Bahadurabad in Jamalpur. Once those projects are complete, the BBA …

A bunch of Samsung devices are getting handy audio upgrades – including Auracast

A bunch of Samsung devices are getting handy audio upgrades – including Auracast

June Wan/ZDNET It was just last week that Samsung announced some pretty big upgrades to Galaxy Buds. Now, a host of other devices, including phones, TVs, and tablets are getting in on the audio upgrades. Samsung announced a number of new audio boosts today, including Auracast, 360 audio, and Auto switch. None of these are new features on their own, but they are coming to some new devices. Also: 5 top mobile trends in 2024: On-device AI, the ‘new’ smartphone, and more First up is Auracast, a Bluetooth-based technology that allows one source to transmit audio to an unlimited number of devices. Initially, this feature was only available for the company’s smart TVs. It later expanded to the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro and the S24 series of phones, and now it’s available on even more devices.  The S23 series, Z Fold 5, Z Flip 5, and Tab S9 series with One UI 6.1 or above can now both broadcast and transmit Auracast audio, and the Z Fold 4, Z Flip 4, A54 5G, M54 5G, …

‘Oppenheimer’ wins 7 prizes, including best picture, at BAFTAs

‘Oppenheimer’ wins 7 prizes, including best picture, at BAFTAs

Cillian Murphy, winner of the leading actor award for Oppenheimer, poses for photographers at the 77th British Academy Film Awards, BAFTA’s, in London, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2024. Vianney Le Caer/Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP hide caption toggle caption Vianney Le Caer/Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP Cillian Murphy, winner of the leading actor award for Oppenheimer, poses for photographers at the 77th British Academy Film Awards, BAFTA’s, in London, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2024. Vianney Le Caer/Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP LONDON — Atom bomb epic Oppenheimer won seven prizes, including best picture, director and actor, at the 77th British Academy Film Awards on Sunday, cementing its front-runner status for the Oscars next month. Gothic fantasia Poor Things took five prizes and Holocaust drama The Zone of Interest won three. British-born filmmaker Christopher Nolan won his first best director BAFTA for Oppenheimer, and Irish performer Cillian Murphy won the best actor prize for playing physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the atomic bomb. Murphy said he was grateful to play such a “colossally knotty, complex character.” Nolan noted that nuclear weapons are …

Game changing new molecule treats autoimmune diseases, including lupus and Crohn’s disease

Game changing new molecule treats autoimmune diseases, including lupus and Crohn’s disease

This research brings newfound hope for millions of individuals grappling with autoimmune disorders. (CREDIT: Velimir Zeland / Shutterstock) In a groundbreaking discovery, scientists at Scripps Research have developed a tiny molecule that could pave the way for groundbreaking therapies targeting autoimmune diseases, such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and Crohn’s disease. At the heart of this breakthrough is a protein called SLC15A4, previously deemed “undruggable” due to its elusive nature. For years, scientists struggled to isolate it, unravel its structure, or understand its precise role within the immune system. However, that has all changed now, thanks to this groundbreaking research. Published in the prestigious journal Nature Chemical Biology, this research brings newfound hope for millions of individuals grappling with autoimmune disorders. The study demonstrates the effectiveness of a compound in reducing inflammation in mouse models of inflammation, as well as in isolated cells from individuals diagnosed with lupus. This compound not only offers a powerful tool for investigating SLC15A4’s role in autoimmunity but also holds the potential to advance towards additional preclinical trials for a …

U.S. Says it Struck Houthi Targets, Including Underwater Drone, in Yemen

U.S. Says it Struck Houthi Targets, Including Underwater Drone, in Yemen

The United States struck five Houthi military targets, including an undersea drone, in Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen on Saturday, the U.S. military announced on Sunday. The use of the underwater drone is believed to have been the first time that Iran-backed Houthis had employed such a weapon since they began their campaign against ships in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden on Oct. 23, the military’s Central Command said in a statement. American military officials provided few details of what they called an “unmanned underwater vessel,” but the Houthis have received much of their drone and missile technology from Iran. In addition to the underwater drone, the Houthis were also using a remotely piloted boat, the statement said. The U.S. struck both the surface drone and the submarine drone and launched other strikes against anti-ship missiles, the military said in its statement, but provided no precise details on the location. Maritime drones are becoming an increasingly powerful and effective weapon. Ukraine has used sea drones to devastating effect against Russia’s Black Sea Fleet. Ukraine …