Hashtag Trending May 2 – Stop Using Internet Explorer; AI tool to detect deep fakes; Texas Cryptomining Rivals Hustan’s Power Consumption


Microsoft is urging Windows users to stop using Internet Explorer, a computer scientist creates an exceptional deep forgery detection tool, and cryptocurrency mining in Texas uses as much electricity as Huston.

It’s all the tech news that’s trending right now, welcome to Hashtag Trending. Today is Monday, May 2, and I’m your host, Tom Li.

Microsoft now really, really wants people to stop using Internet Explorer. The venerable browser will officially retire on June 15 and be replaced by Microsoft Edge. With the deadline on the horizon, Microsoft is once again urging its users, especially enterprise users, to put the browser away. Unfortunately, for some organizations, Internet Explorer is tied to their business operations. Either they have no intention of getting out of it, or it could be very expensive. Once retired, Internet Explorer will cease to receive support from Microsoft, potentially becoming a security issue for its users.

Source: Tech Radar

A computer scientist from Singapore has beaten 469 other teams from around the world in a grueling 5-month AI competition. The competition aimed to develop the best AI model to detect deep fakes. The one-man team, Wang Meiming, built an in-depth fake detection tool that had an astonishing accuracy of 98.53%, earning the grand prize of $100,000. Wang was later offered a $300,000 seed grant to market his product, which he declined. Later, he explained that he wanted to add his creation to ByteDance’s BytePlus platform as a service to his customers.

Source: the Straits time

Cryptocurrency mining operations in Texas could use as much electricity as every home in Houston. According to Bloomberg, the Energy Reliability Council of Texas is preparing the state’s power grid for an additional five to six gigawatts of demand from crypto miners. According to EROCT, actual demand could be even higher. The council said the miners representing about 17 gigawatts of power have contacted the state about their operations. A council member said that’s about two and a half towns of New York.

Source: Bloomberg

Amazon no longer pays warehouse workers sick leave if they catch COVID starting today. The company announced that those who test positive for covid will have up to five days of unpaid leave, which is less than the CDC’s recommended quarantine length of 10 days. Additionally, the company said those awaiting a covid test result will no longer be granted furlough as rapid tests are widely available. Additionally, the company will stop sending site-wide notifications of positive test results at its facilities.

Source: CNBC

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