ICYMI: the week’s 7 biggest tech stories, from Google Gemini to Windows 12

It seems like it's never too late in the year for a big tech announcement. While most tech companies were preparing for CES 2024 next month, Google decided to make the biggest announcement of the year this week with Gemini, its most powerful AI brain yet.

Gemini is a vague, shape-shifting beast that's both in some existing products – like Google Bard and the Pixel 8 Pro – and in a futuristic concept that shows where Google's AI is going. Sure, the demo video may be somewhat staged, with Gemini not yet capable of real-time conversations, but it's still a milestone for Google and AI.