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๐Ÿ‘‰ Issue #31 of QX Snapshots is out!

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๐Ÿค– [๐€๐ˆ] Project Gutenberg and Microsoft Enhance Audiobook Accessibility with Neural TTS Technology. Project Gutenberg and Microsoft have created thousands of free audiobooks using neural text-to-speech technology. These audiobooks sound more natural and human-like compared to computerized voices. The neural TTS allows developers to customize voices for optimal narration. Working together, Project Gutenberg and Microsoft leveraged AI to dramatically accelerate audiobook production from existing ebooks.

โ–ถ [๐€๐ˆ] EY announces launch of artificial intelligence platform following US$1.4b investment.

โ›“ [๐๐ฅ๐จ๐œ๐ค๐œ๐ก๐š๐ข๐ง] HSBC Hong Kong to Trial eHKD Digital Currency. HSBC Hong Kong will begin a trial of eHKD, Hong Kong's central bank digital currency, for retail payments. Around 200 students and staff of HKUST Business School will receive hypothetical eHKD to spend at campus merchants over one week. The trial utilizes distributed ledger technology to simulate instant settlement and programmable money.

โ–ถ [๐๐ฅ๐จ๐œ๐ค๐œ๐ก๐š๐ข๐ง] Tencent Cloud Launches Inaugural Web3 Product Tencent Cloud Blockchain RPC for Developers and Enterprises

๐ŸŽ† [๐๐ฎ๐š๐ง๐ญ๐ฎ๐ฆ ๐“๐ž๐œ๐ก๐ง๐จ๐ฅ๐จ๐ ๐ฒ] Honeywell Introduces First Quantum-Enhanced Encryption for Smart Utility Meters. Honeywell has become the first company to integrate quantum-computing-hardened encryption keys, utilizing Quantinuumโ€™s Quantum Origin technology, into smart utility meters for gas, water, and electric utilities, enhancing data security against cyber threats.

โ–ถ[๐๐ฎ๐š๐ง๐ญ๐ฎ๐ฆ ๐“๐ž๐œ๐ก๐ง๐จ๐ฅ๐จ๐ ๐ฒ] Finance's quantum computing teams - and who's hiring?

๐Ÿ’ป [Digital Twin] NTT and NCNP Collaborate to Develop Brain Bio-Digital Twin Technology. NTT Corporation and Japan's National Center for Neurology and Psychiatry (NCNP) are partnering to develop Brain Bio-Digital Twin technology. This technology creates detailed digital maps and models of the brain using AI and machine learning. It has the potential to revolutionize treatment of mental illnesses like dementia and depression by eliminating invasive testing, preventing errors, and accelerating drug trials.

โ–ถ [๐Ž๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐“๐ž๐œ๐ก] Microsoft Warns of New Phishing Campaign Targeting Corporations via Teams Messages. Microsoft is warning about a new phishing campaign by the threat actor Storm-0324, also known as TA543 and Sagrid. Beginning in July 2023, Storm-0324 started distributing malicious payloads by sending phishing links through Microsoft Teams chat instead of email. Storm-0324 acts as an initial access broker, infiltrating networks and enabling follow-on attacks by ransomware groups.


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