Friday: Microsoft with Teams pricing options, Google reveals foldable Pixel Fold

As is well known, Teams is to be separated from the Office packages. The reason is Slack’s competition complaint with the EU. With different prices for Office with or without teams, Microsoft wants to avoid a fine like with Internet Explorer. Meanwhile, Google announced its Pixel Fold. Details of the new folding smartphone are promised for next week’s Google I/O. Now there is only one fancy render video for the time being. The heads of Alphabet, Microsoft, OpenAI and Anthropic, on the other hand, had to go to the White House for a lesson. Joe Biden’s topic was responsibility for AI – a brief overview of the most important messages.

Microsoft appears to be the video conferencing and messaging software Extract teams from the in-house office package And thereby different prices request if teams should be included as an option. With that one should antitrust investigation prevented by the European Commission. These plans are a response to the Complaint from competitor Slack, who considers the integration of teams into the Microsoft 365 services to be inadmissible. In the future, buyers of Microsoft’s Office should be able to decide whether teams included should be, it is said. The prices would then be based on that: Microsoft is said to be planning different prices for Office, with or without teams.

Google has the rumors about the first foldable smartphone of the group confirmed. The Pixel Fold will be on the Google I/O 2023 officially presented on May 10th. Then technical details are also expected, because now Google only has a short, computer generated video published. This shows the phone from different perspectives and how it opens and closes. It had previously been reported that Google is launching the Pixel Fold primarily with its particularly robust hinge wants to apply. The cell phone should in summer come to market and over $1700 costs: Google officially announces Pixel Fold, but folding smartphone without details.

The White House increases the pressure on American suppliers “artificial intelligence” (AI), this responsible to use. Were there on Thursday four top managers summoned: Sam Altman, CEO at OpenAI, Dario Amodei, CEO at Anthropic, Satya Nadella, CEO at Microsoft, and Sundar Pichai, CEO at Google and Alphabet. They met the US President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo and a phalanx of senior Biden officials. The tech managers had to “Concerns about the risks associated with AIListen: White House admonishes top executives over risky artificial intelligence.

Never could Apple sell as many smartphones in a March quarter as this time. At the same time, however, the Group sales back, most recently by three percent. Operating profit fell 5.5 percent and net profit fell 3.4 percent. The values ​​were eagerly awaited after the group entered bad christmas quarter 2022 had delivered, which was marked by production problems with the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max. This is exactly where there is positive news: Apple was apparently able to shift sales to spring 2023 and has therefore never so many smartphones sold in a March quarter like this time. But once again it is Mac the problem child in the Apple figures: sales are falling, profits are falling faster.

Also Qualcomm has his quarterly figures presented and these could also be better. Sales fell 17 percent year-on-year. Almost halved have operating cash flow, operating profit and pre-tax profit. Net income fared little better, falling 42 percent. have on Thursday Qualcomm shares fell more than 5.5 percent. This is also due to the view further shrinkage announces. Only Automotive sales are growingbut make up a relatively small part of group sales: Accelerated sales and profit slump at Qualcomm.

Die building automation has finally arrived in the private home: roller shutters open and close by themselves, brightness sensors determine when the light goes on, and motion detectors communicate with the radiators. All the Sensors generate some personal datathat are stored and processed. All in all, a lot can be concluded from this, what data protection issues raises. We’ll talk about that in c’t data protection podcast. Where which data can arise, how it is stored and which ones Legal bases of the GDPR processing could be justified, we explain in interpretation matter 85: Smart Sweet Home.

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