January 16, 2024, 6:00 PM

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Apple Vision Pro hands-on: eye and hand tracking are very accurate, but typing is frustrating, the killer app is watching movies, can feel heavy after 15+ min  —  We got hands-on with the device once more before its official launch, with some new features available to test this time.
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Apple details select streaming and sports apps available on Vision Pro at launch, including Disney+, ESPN, MLB, PGA, Max, and TikTok; some will have 3D movies  —  Apple today revealed various streaming services and sports apps that will be available on the Vision Pro at launch, including Disney+ …
SCOTUS refuses to hear Apple's and Epic's appeals, allowing an appeals court ruling that lets app developers steer users to other payment systems take effect  —  - Billions of dollars in revenue are at stake for iPhone maker  — Fortnite maker seeks to open App Store to cheaper alternatives
Jason Koebler / 404 Media:
Researchers studying Google, Bing, and DuckDuckGo search results for a year: search is losing the cat and mouse game of SEO spam, likely helped by generative AI  —  “The majority of high-ranking product reviews in the result pages of commercial search engines use affiliate marketing …
Global smartphone shipments declined 3.2% YoY to 1.17B units in 2023; in a first, Apple gained the top spot with 234.6M units, followed by Samsung with 226.6M  —  The last time a company not named Samsung was at the top of the smartphone market was 2010, and for 2023 it is now Apple.
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Ubisoft rebrands its $18/month tier as Ubisoft+ Premium and adds Ubisoft+ Classics on PC; executive Philippe Tremblay says Ubisoft has “millions” of subscribers  —  Ubisoft introduces its Classic service to PC; and ‘more to come’ on Activision Blizzard  —  Feature by Christopher Dring Head of Games B2B
Sam Fleming / Financial Times:
A PwC survey of 4,702 CEOs: 25% expect generative AI to lead to 5%+ cuts in 2024, ~46% expect using generative AI to boost profitability in 12 months, and more  —  Impact of cutting-edge AI tools on work and society set to dominate discussions at World Economic Forum in Davos
Chip design software maker Synopsys plans to acquire 3D design simulation software maker Ansys in a $35B cash-and-stock deal, representing a ~29% premium  —  Chip design software maker Synopsys (SNPS.O) said on Tuesday it would buy Ansys (ANSS.O) in a $35 billion cash-and-stock deal …

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