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Samsung unveiled over seven new AI-enhanced devices, including foldable smartphones, watches, and earbuds, at the “Carrousel” hall near the Louvre in Paris. The standout was a smart ring with sensors to monitor cardiovascular health. The launch coincides with the upcoming Olympics, where Samsung, a major sponsor, will provide tech to organizers and athletes. The Galaxy Z Flip 6 has an Olympic edition for competitors, and over 200 Galaxy Ultra smartphones will be used in the opening ceremony on the Seine River, broadcast via a unique 5G network.

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Valve, a highly influential but secretive gaming company, operates the major PC gaming platform Steam. Despite its impact, Valve is relatively small, with only 336 employees as of 2021, according to leaked data from Wolfire’s antitrust lawsuit. The data, partially visible despite redactions, covers employee headcount and gross pay from 2003 to 2021, categorized into “Admin,” “Games,” “Steam,” and “Hardware.” Notably, Valve’s “Games” payroll peaked at $221 million in 2017, dropping to $192 million by 2021. Additionally, only 79 employees managed Steam in 2021.

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A pricing leak from France suggests higher prices for the Pixel 9 series compared to the Pixel 8. The base Pixel 9 may cost 899 euros (~$980) for 128GB and 999 euros (~$1,089) for 256GB. The Pixel 9 Pro could be priced at 1,099 euros (~$1,198) for 128GB, 1,199 euros (~$1,307) for 256GB, and 1,329 euros (~$1,449) for 512GB. The Pixel 9 Pro XL might reach around $1,800, and the “Pixel 9 Pro Fold” could also be expensive. These prices are speculative, and official details are expected soon.

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Nothing, a small smartphone and accessories brand, has achieved significant success in the mid-range market with its new CMF Phone 1. Priced at $199, the CMF Phone 1 sold over 100,000 units in just three hours. This is the first smartphone from Nothing’s sub-brand, CMF, known for budget-focused accessories with standout designs. The phone’s flashy, customizable design and low price have garnered attention. Nothing co-founder Akis Evangeldis highlighted the phone’s unique, fun, and functional design, which offers a great user experience in a stagnating value segment.

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CNET’s expert staff reviews and rates numerous new products and services monthly, leveraging over 25 years of expertise. With Amazon Prime Day on July 16-17, early deals are already available, and other retailers like Target and Walmart are also offering significant discounts. CNET’s shopping experts are working around the clock to find the best deals on smart home tech, essentials, and more, with organized options for budget-conscious shoppers. Notable deals include the 13-inch M4 iPad Pro (256GB) for $1,199.

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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is fixated on making humanity a multi-planetary species by establishing a city on Mars, despite its harsh conditions. His obsession extends to offering his sperm to seed a Martian colony, driven by his concern over declining global fertility rates. Musk, who has 12 children with three women, recently had a third child with a Neuralink executive, highlighting his controversial commitment to this cause.

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Researchers found that AI, like ChatGPT, can boost writers’ creativity but may reduce idea diversity. Prof Oliver Hauser from the University of Exeter highlighted the social dilemma: while AI benefits individuals, widespread use could diminish unique ideas. In a study, 293 participants wrote stories with varying AI assistance. Most participants used AI-generated ideas, with 82 of 100 opting for a single idea and 93 of 98 using at least one of five offered ideas. This suggests AI can aid creativity but might limit the variety of creative outputs.

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