Telegram founder Pavel Durov floated the idea for a new marketplace where users could use “NFT-like smart-contracts” to transfer usernames. The Durov-designed TON blockchain would be likely to host the new feature, he said.
Apple's iPhone maintained its share of the U.S. market in January, but sales were down 10% year-over-year.
This trend is likely to continue throughout the month, according to a report from Counterpoint. The main culprit was poor sales of lower-end models, with premium and ultra-premium models performing better, but overall upgrade rates were low. While Apple fared better than most brands, this is the lowest January performance in the past eight years. This could be a sign that iPhone fans have grown bored with the annual incremental upgrades. "The iPhone continued to grow its market share, outpacing most brands despite the low single-digit decline," said Jeff Fieldhack, research director at Counterpoint U.S, "We continue to see strong promotions for the iPhone 15 series in the installment subscription market, and there is still strong interest in older models like the iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 among price-conscious consumers in the prepaid market. This combination has helped Apple stabilize in a market that is experiencing double-digit declines."
The past year has been a breakthrough year for artificial intelligence (AI), and no company has benefited more from the trend than chipmaker Nvidia. According to an earnings report released Wednesday, Nvidia's revenue rose to about $12.3 billion for the three months ended Jan. 28.
Google DeepMind has launched Gemma, a new suite of open-source AI models for developers and researchers. "Named 'Gemma,' the models are lightweight, state-of-the-art models built with the same technology used to create Google's flagship AI model, Gemini," Google said.