Synthesia now lets you make AI avatar presentations using a webcam

Synthesia launched an option to make AI-generated avatars by recording footage of yourself with a webcam or your phone. Synthesia Synthesia, a British artificial intelligence startup, on Monday showed off a slew of new product updates including the ability to create your own Apple-style key presentations with AI avatars by using just a laptop webcam … Read more

Anthropic Claude 3.5 Sonnet AI announced

Jakub Porzycki | Nurphoto | Getty Images OpenAI competitor Anthropic on Thursday announced Claude 3.5 Sonnet, its most powerful artificial intelligence model yet. Claude is one of the chatbots that, like OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Google‘s Gemini, has exploded in popularity in the past year. Anthropic, which was founded by ex-OpenAI research executives, has backers including Google, Salesforce and Amazon. … Read more

Adobe shares surge and head for sharpest rally since 2020

Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen speaks during an interview with CNBC on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S., February 20, 2024.  Brendan Mcdermid | Reuters Adobe shares surged 15% on Friday, the biggest gain since March 2020, after the software maker reported earnings and revenue that beat analysts’ … Read more

9 stocks that can benefit from Fed interest rate cuts

The S & P 500 and Nasdaq extended their record rallies this week following cooler-than-expected consumer inflation data Wednesday morning. While Fed rate cuts would likely benefit the overall stock market, several names in the CNBC Investing Club portfolio — from housing plays to autos to biotech — could really get a boost. Connecting the … Read more

Tech bosses urge focus on AI skills, growth

U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak (left), leader of the incumbent Conservatives, and opposition leader Sir Keir Starmer of the Labour Party. The politicians traded barbs in their first head-to-head debate on Tuesday ahead of the July 4 General Election. Pa Images | Getty Images LONDON — British technology executives and entrepreneurs want the next government … Read more

After ChatGPT and the rise of chatbots, investors pour into AI agents

Rafael Henrique | Lightrocket | Getty Images Earlier this year, financial services company Klarna said its artificial intelligence agent, powered by OpenAI, had taken over two-thirds of customer chats and was doing work equivalent to that of 700 full-time agents. That was after just one month of use. Alexander Kvamme, CEO of customer engagement startup … Read more

Humane, the startup behind the AI Pin, in talks with HP, telecoms to sell

Humane, the AI hardware startup founded by ex-Apple designers, is seeking a buyer after its AI Pin’s lukewarm debut, according to a source familiar with the matter. The company is currently in talks with HP and other firms, including more than one telecom company, the source told CNBC. Humane has hired investment bank Tidal Partners … Read more

ValueAct increases Salesforce stake to nearly $1 billion

G. Mason Morfit, chief executive officer and chief investment officer of ValueAct Capital, speaks virtually during the Active-Passive Investor Summit in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022.  Jeenah Moon | Bloomberg | Getty Images Mason Morfit, Salesforce board member and co-CEO of activist investor ValueAct, has increased his stake in Marc Benioff’s software … Read more

Salesforce to open new AI center in London in UK investment drive

A Salesforce corporate logo hangs over the front door of the Salesforce Tower on January 22, 2024, in New York City. Gary Hershorn | Getty Images LONDON — Enterprise tech giant Salesforce is opening an artificial intelligence center in London, making a bullish bet on the U.K. as a global technology hub. The U.S. software … Read more

Databricks is buying data optimization startup Tabular

Ali Ghodsi, co-founder and CEO of Databricks, speaks at the company’s Spark and AI Summit in San Francisco in April 2019. Databricks Data analytics software maker Databricks said in a statement on Tuesday that it’s acquiring Tabular, a startup that helps optimize data stored in the cloud. The gesture could help Databricks more quickly bring … Read more