Tougher laws for smart devices, Tesla shares surge following China deal

Manufacturers will have to follow stricter rules if they want to sell internet-enabled ‘smart’ gadgets such as smart speakers and security cameras as a new law comes into force.  From today, manufacturers will be legally required to protect consumers from hackers and cyber criminals from accessing devices with internet or network connectivity – from smartphones to games consoles and connected fridges – as the UK becomes the first country in the world to introduce these laws.  TechDigest

Tesla added nearly $64bn (£51bn) to its valuation after the EV giant took a step closer to launching self-driving cars in China. The world’s largest electric vehicle maker jumped 12pc as trading began on Wall Street after it reached a data-sharing agreement with Chinese tech giant Baidu. The tie-up, revealed during Elon Musk’s surprise visit to Beijing, will allow Tesla to use Baidu’s mapping and navigating systems on Chinese roads. Telegraph

Pic: ESL One Birmingham

The production is slick, the pundits are sharp and the players are gods. This is no traditional tournament though. This is professional gaming. Fans are watching the best players in the world playing their favourite game, in an arena, for a cash prize. Around 15,000 fans from across the world are in Birmingham watching pros go head-to-head (virtually) throughout the week, with many thousands more watching the competition online. Sky News 

A new image of the entire iPhone 16 series showcasing the alleged size differences between the Pro and non-Pro models emerged on X via Sonny Dickson… The iPhone 16 Plus will offer the same 6.7-inch screen size as its predecessor. The smallest phone of the bunch is the baseline iPhone 16 with its 6.1-inch screen. Both non-Pro iPhone 16 models will opt for a vertically stacked camera design which is rumored to allow for Spatial Video recording.

Latest iPhone 16 leak reiterates display sizes

All four iPhone 16 series phones are also expected to offer slimmer display bezels with the Pros retaining their 120Hz ProMotion refresh rate while the vanilla and Plus will stick to 60Hz panels. GSM Arena 

Apple is preparing for its big AI coming out party in this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference; that much you can count on. But apparently, the company is going to start that party a little early with the OLED iPad Pro that it’s expected to unveil on May 7thAccording to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, there’s “a strong possibility” the tablet will launch with an M4 chip and its accompanying neural engine, making it Apple’s “first truly AI-powered device.” The Verge 

It’s now been confirmed—well, pretty much. Apple’s soon-to-launch iOS 18 update will include AI features that will be processed entirely on the device. When the iPhone 16 launches this fall, this will be a formidable combination that will offer game-changing features and security and privacy. That’s because iOS 18 on the iPhone 16 will provide all the AI features Apple is offering when its updated software launches, in the most secure way possible. Forbes 

The EU is set to launch formal proceedings against Meta, owner of Facebook and Instagram, amid concerns it is not doing enough to counter disinformation before the EU elections in June, according to reports. It is understood the European Commission will make a move later this week against suspected infringements by Meta covering policies and practices relating to deceptive advertising and political content. It is also expected to express concerns about the lack of effective monitoring of election content. The Guardian 


Chris Price