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Microsoft Shares Observations on the Success of AI-powered Bing Search and Edge Browser Launch

Microsoft’s AI-powered Bing search engine and Edge browser have garnered attention worldwide for their user-friendly interface and extensive responses. The tech giant unveiled its latest offering on February 8th, claiming that it would redefine the way people search for information on the internet.

A week after the launch, Microsoft published its observations on the usage of the search engine and browser. The company asserts that both the Bing search engine and the Edge browser, which features an integrated chat function, have been developed to provide more comprehensive answers to users’ questions, along with the ability to generate content that sparks creativity.

The new Bing and Edge browser have been made available for a limited preview, and Microsoft has been testing them with a select group of users from 169 countries to gather feedback and improve the product. Microsoft’s observations provide insights into the features and usage of the new search engine and browser.

Mysterious ring discovered around the small icy world beyond Neptune

A dwarf planet orbiting the sun at around four billion miles has been discovered to have a ring around it, a perplexing find since gravitational calculations would suggest that it shouldn’t be there.

Quaoar, which is less than half the diameter of Pluto, and around one-third the diameter of Earth’s moon, was only revealed as a blurry object through telescopes.

However, astronomers have been able to observe the shadow of eclipses that occurred as Quaoar passed in front of four stars between 2018 and 2021. They observed the dimming of the starlight before and after the stars were eclipsed, indicating a ring surrounding the planet.

The ring is irregular, and in places appears to be as thin as a few miles wide, and in others, it may be up to a couple of a hundred miles wide.

The discovery has baffled experts since the ring is located about 2,500 miles beyond the Roche limit, which suggests that particles should have coalesced into a moon in 10 to 20 years.

It is thought that the presence of Weywot, Quaoar’s moon, may have created gravitational disturbances that prevented the ring particles from accreting into another moon. The find may aid in understanding the formation of planets.

Dyson Launches Pet Groom Kit in India to Make Life Easier for Pet Owners

Dyson has launched its Pet Groom Kit in India to make pet owners’ lives easier. This kit is designed to clean loose hair from medium-haired and long-haired pets, and it can be used with any of the company’s existing cord-free vacuum cleaners.

The kit includes a pet groom tool, a quick-release adaptor, and an extension hose. The brush has 364 slicker bristles angled at 35 degrees and flexed at an upright position to provide better results.

The brush bar has a conical shape that prevents hair from wrapping around it and comes with 56 hair removal vanes to collect all the hair in the cleaner head.

While the brush can be used without turning on the vacuum, it needs to be turned on to suck up the hair. The company claims that the tool can also remove invisible dander and dead skin flakes.

The Pet Groom Kit is available for ₹9,900 on the Dyson website and demo stores.

SpaceX’s Super Heavy booster completes successful test-firing

SpaceX has taken a step closer to its Starship rocket system’s first orbital flight after the company’s Super Heavy booster underwent a brief test-firing for the first time. The Super Heavy rocket’s 33 Raptor engines fired for around 10 seconds at SpaceX’s facilities in Boca Chica, Texas.

Thirty-one of the engines ignited for the test, which was streamed online. The Super Heavy booster is one-half of the Starship rocket system and is designed to transport humans to the moon and Mars. With 31 engines firing, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted there were still “enough engines to reach orbit!”.

The first launch of the next-generation rocket, which will be uncrewed, could occur in the next month from Texas, depending on the outcome of the test-firing. The launch is a test mission, according to SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell.

The Super Heavy’s 33 engines will exceed the thrust from the first stage of the Saturn V, the rocket used by NASA to send humans to the moon in the 1960s and ’70s.

It also marks the most engines ever fired simultaneously and appears to have set a new record for the most thrust ever produced by a single rocket.

The launch is part of the U.S. space agency’s multibillion-dollar Artemis programme, with Starship being funded by a $3bn contract from NASA. The goal is to establish a permanent base on the moon and use it as a stepping stone for the human exploration of Mars.

ASML reports intellectual property theft by a former employee in China

Dutch microchip equipment maker ASML has confirmed that a former employee in China stole information about its technology.

The company said it had reported the breach to authorities in both the Netherlands and the US but does not believe that the theft is material to its business.

ASML produces the machines that produce the world’s most advanced chips, which are used in everything from mobile phones to military hardware.

The theft comes as chips, or semiconductors, become a key issue in the bitter trade dispute between the US and China.

The Dutch government has prevented ASML from selling its most advanced lithography machines to China since 2019. These machines use lasers to print minuscule patterns on silicon during the chip manufacturing process.

ASML also linked an intellectual property breach to China in its 2021 annual report, stating that Chinese semiconductor equipment and software maker DongFang JingYuan Electron had been marketing products in China that could potentially infringe ASML’s IP rights.

The Beijing-based company denied the allegations, stating that they were “inconsistent with the facts”.

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