Computex 2023, Meta layoffs, Street Fighter 6, Diablo 4 and more

Bite-sized updates about tech news you might have missed in this week's Tech C Siew Dai

Logo of Computex and tech giant Meta in a composite image.
News about Computex 2023 and Meta's layoffs, all in this week's tech news. (Photo: Getty Images)

Here is a roundup of the tech news that you may have missed this week.

Computex Taipei 2023 is happening/happened this week

If you are unaware, the Taipei International Information Technology Show, also known as Computex, is ongoing, or has just ended, depending on when you read this article. Computex 2023 runs from 30 May to 1 June.

It is the show for a lot of the major tech players and companies like Nvidia, ASUS, MSI and the like to showcase their upcoming works or products to the media and the general public.

This is also the first Computex since 2019, having a three-year absence due to the pandemic.

Although, this year's show seems like it's the Nvidia show at this point, due to their push in AI. With a lot of announcements on advancements, it seems like it is pretty hard for any company to top Nvidia as the star of the show at Computex 2023.

Another update also comes from Gigabyte, with them partnering with Nvidia to create AI servers that would make even AMD and Intel drool.

Linus Tech Tips managed to have a brief look at Gigabyte's new servers, powered by Nvidia's very own CPU and GPU, and it outclasses a lot of things that AMD and Intel have in their arsenal at this point.

WhatsApp now supports editing messages

A long awaited feature, WhatApp now supports editing your sent messages on the chat app.

Editing your messages can be accessed by long-pressing the message and choosing "edit" in the options. The modified message will carry the label "edited", without showing edit history.

You are also able to only edit messages up to 15 minutes after the message is sent.

WhatsApp say they will be rolling this feature out to users in the upcoming weeks. Knowing how they usually roll out services, you may already have this feature enabled, but if you don't, do not fret. It will appear on your app sooner or later.

Major games releasing soon - Street Fighter 6 and Diablo 4

Two biggest franchises in the gaming world, Street Fighter, and cult action role-playing game, Diablo will be launching their upcoming sequels in the next two weeks.

Street Fighter 6 will be available to play on 2 June, and has already garnered rave reviews in the preview and early access copies. Featuring new mechanics in its fighting mechanics utilising the "Drive Gauge", and also an all new single player "World Tour" mode, Capcom looks to right all its wrongs during the barebones launch of Street Fighter V by offering massive replayability in this coming iteration.

Also looking to do the same, Blizzard's Diablo 4 will be launching on 6 June without something as controversial as Diablo 3's Auction House. Early reviews for the game are singing praises for its fluidity and mechanics.

Hopefully, Activision Blizzard doesn't add anything that will annoy the franchise's fans after its launch, although there is already news that the game will contain a battlepass system.

Meta does another round of layoffs

In what seemingly is the 'final' round of layoffs, Meta, parent company of Facebook and WhatsApp, has pulled the trigger again in the past week.

Meta has had a number of layoffs in the past few months, with CEO Mark Zuckerberg stating that this is the 'Year of Efficiency' for the company.

Meta aggressively hired staff from 2020 to 2022 to meet consumer demands during the pandemic.

This then became redundant as the world eased up its restrictions and people started spending time outdoors again, not using Meta's services as much as the demand dwindled.

The layoffs are supposed to reduce the expenditure of the company to gain more revenue.

It is also focusing its efforts on AI technology now, instead of the metaverse that the company tried to push after rebranding its name from Facebook to Meta in 2021.

Dominic loves tech and games. When he is not busy watercooling his computer parts, he does some pro wrestling.

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