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  • Meta Quest's 6-Window Multitasking

  • Amazon Discontinues Astro Business Robots

  • Alphabet Shuts Down Agriculture Startup

  • Everything Else You Need To Know

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Meta’s Quest Headset
Zuckerberg Experiments With VR Multitasking

Meta's Horizon OS version 67 update for Quest VR headsets now supports multitasking with up to six virtual windows.

This feature, available on Quest Pro, Quest 2, and Quest 3, allows users to dock three windows and place three more freely.

Additional features include swipe typing, QR code scanning for Wi-Fi, and a new Horizon Feed for discovering content.

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Amazon Discontinues Astro Business Robots

Amazon is discontinuing its Astro for Business robots less than a year after launch.

The company will issue full refunds and a $300 credit to customers, but the bots will stop functioning on September 25th.

While Astro for Business is ending, Amazon hinted at future enhancements with their VP of hardware engineering citing a focus on home robotics.

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Alphabet Shutting Down Mineral Robotic Agriculture Startup

Mineral, known for its autonomous plant buggies, aimed to advance crop and soil analysis, but sadly, they couldn’t generate the revenue that Alphabet was looking for.

Due to competitive pressures and low profit margins, and they’ll be shutting down the startup and licensing its technology to partners, including berry producer Driscoll’s.

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Everything Else You Need To Know

Blumhouse’s New AI Horror Film 'Afraid': The movie, featuring John Cho and Katherine Waterston, follows a family whose lives are disrupted by an AI-powered smart hub — debuting on August 30th.

Google Introduces AI Disclosure for Political Ads: Google will now automatically generate disclosures for political ads that use AI-generated content ahead of the upcoming US presidential election.

Brazil Bans Meta from Using Personal Data: Brazil's data protection authority has prohibited Meta from training its AI models on Brazilian personal data. Meta now faces daily fines if it doesn't comply, mirroring similar regulatory pushback in the EU.

Threads Reaches 175 Million Users: Meta's Threads has achieved 175 million monthly active users as it approaches its one-year anniversary. Meta plans to introduce ads to Threads next year.

ChatGPT Mac App Security Flaw Fixed: OpenAI has updated its ChatGPT macOS app to encrypt conversations after a security flaw was discovered. Previously, chats were stored in plain text, making them easily accessible to malicious apps.

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