All the fuss about opening up iMessage doesn’t make sense to me. Is the messaging situation on android so bad that it needs governments to intervene?
From Arstechnica Demo video of an AI-generated unauthorized David Attenborough voice narrating a developer’s video feed. Charlie Holtz On Wednesday, combined GPT-4 Vision (commonly called GPT-4V) and ElevenLabs voice cloning technology to create an unauthorized AI version of the famous naturalist David Attenborough narrating Holtz’s every move on camera.
I’ve removed #Twitter from my social links above, I’m so done with that site.
Arrived in Mexico yesterday. Ready for some rest and relaxation 🍺 ☀️ 😎
David Pierce writing for The Verge (Apple News) The AI Pin is powered by a Snapdragon processor — though it’s not clear which one — and you control it with a combination of voice control, a camera, gestures, and a small built-in projector. This is a weird product. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone out and about talking to their phone other than when they’re on a phone call. Everyone I see using their phones are holding it in their hand and interacting with the screen.
Finished my first play through of #BaldursGate3 and holy shit was that a good game!
Got our #covid and #flu shots this weekend 💪🏼 💉
Is this new? You can actually manage iCloud email rules through iOS now.
Emma Roth writing for The Verge (Apple News) The new lineup includes the M3, M3 Pro, and M3 Max chips, which Apple says mark the “first personal computer chips” made using the more efficient 3-nanometer process. In addition to offering a “faster and more efficient CPU,” the trio of chips comes with an updated GPU that supports ray tracing, mesh shading, and Dynamic Caching — a feature that optimizes the amount of memory the device uses during tasks.
Umar Shakir writing for The Verge (Apple News) Amazon is the latest company to add passkey support for customers to securely access their accounts without a password. Just keep in mind that most companies still retain passwords on accounts, so the world won’t be genuinely password-free for a while.
Mia Sato writing for The Verge (Apple News) In the case of a WordPress.com blog, audiences will be able to follow a publisher through other federated platforms like Mastodon. Responses on other platforms will automatically turn into comments on a publisher’s WordPress post, allowing them to interact directly with off-platform audiences. The setting is available across WordPress sites on free, personal, and premium tiers — millions of blogs will now be able to join the fediverse in a few seconds.
The sounds in #BaldursGate3 are amazing. The voice acting, the music, but especially the spells, they feel powerful and substantial ☄️
Barbara Krasnoff writing for The Verge (Apple News) According to the YouTube blog, Google will be discontinuing the Podcasts app “later in 2024.” Add another one to the Google graveyard.
I wish I could play #BaldursGate3 on my iPad. I think the game would lend itself very well to a touch interface.
Max Miceli writing for DOT ESPORTS (Apple News) Baldur’s Gate 3 officially launches for Mac on Thursday, Sept. 21. The launch will coincide with the release of the game’s third patch. Larian Studios has not yet released an exact time for the launch. I’ve been playing the pre-release version on my Mac for a couple of weeks now, just trying to get a sense of the gameplay, controls and classes. Can’t wait to dive into the full thing!
Remember when Google’s motto was don’t be evil? Now their latest initiatives are to slurp up as much data as possible to train their generative AI, track the websites their users visit to package up and provide to advertisers, and allow websites to refuse to load content if they don’t like something running on the user’s computer.
Ron Amadeo writing for Ars Technica (Apple News) Google seems to view user tracking as a mandatory part of Internet usage, and instead of third-party cookies, it wants to build a user-tracking system directly into its Chrome browser. Now’s the time to stop using Chrome.
Love seeing console level games on iPhone. I want to be able to play #BaldursGate3 on my iPad, so seeing this gives me hope. #AppleEvent
Chrome is the new IE
Bought #BaldursGate3 on MacOS assuming it was coming out Sep 6. When I found out it wasn’t coming out until later in Sep I decided I’d wait to play until the full game was released. Well, today I decided to just play around in the character creator, then I started playing the starting mission, and man, I just wish the full game was released for Mac already!
Chris Taylor writing for Mashable (Apple News) But there’s another reason why the advertising options are self-defeating: Because they bring up another troubling question for users who are sick of the site’s lack of content moderation. If Twitter/X can identify and filter out content such as hate speech “with a 99% efficacy rate,” according to the company’s blog, why only offer that service to advertisers? Plenty of users would also prefer a version of Twitter that is 99% Nazi free, too.
Tim Wilson and Alice Hancock writing for Ars Technical (Apple News) US government scientists have achieved net energy gain in a fusion reaction for the second time, a result that is set to fuel optimism that progress is being made toward the dream of limitless, zero-carbon power. Wouldn’t that be amazing, limitless, zero-carbon power.
Saw this on Mastodon, great way to understand the different sizes of data.
Timothy B. Lee and Sean Trott writing for Ars Technical (Apple News) Why use such a baroque notation? Here’s an analogy. Washington, DC, is located at 38.9 degrees north and 77 degrees west. We can represent this using a vector notation: Washington, DC, is at [38.9, 77] New York is at [40.7, 74] London is at [51.5, 0.1] Paris is at [48.9, -2.4] This is useful for reasoning about spatial relationships.
Jon Brodkin writing for Ars Technica Hwang is still on Twitter with the new handle of @x12345678998765. “Alls well that ends well,” he tweeted last night. He told Ars that @x12345678998765 is the handle Twitter moved him to temporarily before he picks a new name.