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5 Things to Know This Morning — Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Every day we wake up, drink a cup of coffee, and get ready for work. Following are a handful of stories from around the tech world condensed to fit into one single cup of coffee. These are the things you need to know before you step foot out of your door (or in front of a webcam) and into the real world this morning.

So sit back, grab a cup, and start your morning off right with a few “Quick Bytes” from Innovation & Tech Today.

Meta / Facebook Builds Massive Supercomputer to Advance AI

Meta, the parent company of Facebook, announced Monday it has built a massive new supercomputer, believed to be among the fastest in the world. The company plans for the AI Research SuperCluster, as it has been named, to be the fastest AI supercomputer on the planet by mid-year. The development goes hand-in-hand with Meta’s belief that the metaverse will grow as they expect, and allow them to continue expanding their capabilities with regard to artificial intelligence.

Minecraft Attack Leaves Nation of Andorra With No Internet

In the midst of a multi-day Twitch gaming tournament, specifically during the Minecraft portion, Andorra Telecom suffered repeated DDoS attacks. There is speculation the attacks were intended to influence the outcome of the tournament which includes a $100,000 prize pot. With the plethora of issues, all Andorran players were eventually eliminated from the tournament. For nearly half an hour, the entire nation was without internet access as the attacks continued.

Microsoft to Forcibly Upgrade Some Windows 10 PCs

Microsoft has apparently lost its patience with waiting for people to upgrade their OS. Beta News is reporting the company has begun forcibly upgrading computers running on early builds on Windows 10. The earlier builds are no longer supported by Microsoft, so they are working to swap them out. However, if you are using an earlier build for a very specific software reason, this could become a headache.

Study: Prebiotics May Help With Anxiety

Recent research out of the United Kingdom is showing a link between the microbiome of “gut bacteria” and changes in emotional health. A group of 64 female volunteers between the ages of 18-25 was given either a prebiotic supplement or a placebo. While the study was trying to determine if there was an increase in healthy gut bacteria, scientists were pleased to see a significant reduction in anxiety among individuals who previously struggled with high anxiety levels.

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January 25, 2022
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