New Pixels Launch May 11; Mozilla Picks Up Scam-Spotter Fakespot; Ford Mustang Mach-E Gets Range & Price Cut; Alphabet & Microsoft to Attend White House AI Safeguards Meeting

Google will be showing off its latest at I/O on May 10th, and now, thanks to a new leak, we may be seeing the launch of the Pixel 7a on May 11th. Androidpolice.com reports that, in addition to the form factor, a new blue color is shown in some renders picked up in India. The budget Pixel 7a is expected to be priced at around $500. Besides the less expensive Pixel phone, expect Google to tout artificial intelligence, the Android 14 OS, and maybe more hardware…such as the Pixel Tablet and Pixel Fold phone. The folding phone has been spotted in leaks, and the two sides lay nearly flat against each other, indicating it may have a less intrusive hinge than some of the folding phones already on the market. 

Mozilla has picked up Fakespot…the review-checking, scam spotting service. According to arstechnica.com, Mozilla will integrate it into the Firefox browser, but Fakespot will not lose its Chrome, iOS, or Android versions. If you are unfamiliar with it, Fakespot is a service that explains how products you’ve never heard of could have 12,000 reviews with a 4.6-star average. Mozilla also wants to expand its “work around ethical AI and responsible advertising,” the company said in a blog post. 

Ford has picked up sales of the electric Mustang Mach-E, and there’s good news and good news. Engadget.com says that first off, the base SUV’s starting price has been lowered by $3000 to $42,995…and that’s before the federal tax credit of $3750. The more pricy all wheel drive version also gets the same cut in base price. The standard version will now have a 250 mile range, while the all wheel drive model will make it around 226 miles on a charge. In addition, the new Mustangs will charge up from 10% to 80% on a DC fast charger in 33 minutes. They will fully charge faster on an AC charger at home, too. The hardware for BlueCruise is now standard, although after 90 days, you have to pay for the service…THAT hasn’t been cut, but increased, from $1900 for 3 years to $2100.

Vice President Harris is meeting Thursday…tomorrow, May 4th, with execs from Microsoft and Alphabet, as well as OpenAI and Anthropic as part of the administration’s efforts to press companies to install safeguards around the emerging artificial intelligence tech. According to Bloomberg, Harris and administration officials plan to tell the corporate leaders that they have a responsibility to mitigate potential harm from AI tools. Generative artificial intelligence tools have come under increased regulatory scrutiny as their popular use has exploded in recent months following the debut of ChatGPT. Microsoft has incorporated AI technology into its Bing search product, and Google released its rival Bard chatbot in March.

I’m Clark Reid and you’re ‘Technified’ for now.

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