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January 19, 2024, 1:50 PM

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Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Apple opens pre-orders for the Vision Pro, which has an M2 chip with an 8-core CPU and a 10-core GPU, 16GB of memory, and 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB storage options  —  Apple today finally shared additional tech specs for its Vision Pro headset following the start of pre-orders in the United States.
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Apple releases Vision Pro accessories, including a travel case, a battery pack, and a Light Seal, all for $199 each, and Solo Knit and Dual Loop bands for $99  —  Apple Vision Pro is now available for pre-order, and so are lots of accessories for Apple's first spatial computer.  The price for most things?
Bloomberg:
YouTube and, according to a source, Spotify are not planning to launch a native Apple Vision Pro app or to allow their iPad apps to run on the AR/VR platform  —  - Users of those services will be steered toward the web  — Searches indicate apps from Meta may also be unavailable
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Internal video and memo: Apple sees health care, training, and education as key areas for the Vision Pro, and will give employees a 25% discount on the device  —  - Company has teams focused on enterprise and education uses  — Employees to get at least a 25% discount on Apple Vision Pro
Ivan Mehta / TechCrunch:
X rolls out audio and video calling to Android, after launching on iOS in October 2023; all users can receive calls, but only Premium subscribers can place them  —  Elon Musk's own social network X is rolling out the ability to make audio and video calls directly from the app to its Android client.
Piotr Lipinski / Reuters:
The EU Commission is seeking feedback on concessions Apple offered, including opening its Tap to Pay tech to third-party wallets for 10 years, to settle a probe  —  The European Commission is seeking feedback from rivals and customers on concessions Apple (AAPL.O) offered …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable:
Google says 404 Media's report claiming Google is “boosting” AI-written article is misleading since the writer sorted news content by date rather than relevance  —  In short, Sullivan said that the way they filtered Google News was by date and not relevancy (relevancy filtering is the default) …
Shaurya Malwa / CoinDesk:
Manta Network was hit by a DDoS attack while issuing its MANTA token on January 18, leading to longer-than-expected withdrawal times, but says funds were safe  —  The network's MANTA token went live on Thursday and has reached a $550 million capitalization.  —  Register Now

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