Looking forward to the time when I have to explain to my in-laws that in order to install that app that they want on their iPhone they’ll have to download and sign up for the Facebook App Store, oh, but not that Facebook App Store, that’s a fake one. But this is all good and better because it’s more open now and you have more choice. Yes, you’ll have to give your credit card information to the Facebook App Store before you can download that free app.

Language Is a Poor Heuristic for Intelligence

Great post by Karawynn Long on LLMs and language as a sign of intelligence over on their Nine Lives newsletter. Everyone should definitely read it, but here’s a few of my favourite quotes: “Language skill indicates intelligence,” and its logical inverse, “lack of language skill indicates non-intelligence,” is a common heuristic with a long history. It is also a terrible one, inaccurate in a way that ruinously injures disabled people. Now, with recent advances in computing technology, we’re watching this heuristic fail in ways that will harm almost everyone.

This just seems dumb to me, but I guess to each their own.

'Most sophisticated' iPhone attack chain 'ever seen' used four 0-days to create a 0-click exploit - 9to5Mac

Over at 9to5Mac But interestingly, Larin, Bezvershenko, and Kucherin note there is a mystery remaining when it comes to CVE-2023-38606 that they’d like help with. Specifically, it’s not clear how attackers would have known about the hidden hardware feature: We are publishing the technical details, so that other iOS security researchers can confirm our findings and come up with possible explanations of how the attackers learned about this hardware feature.

We finished the first season of The Wheel of Time and have started working our way through the second. I really like it, hopefully there’s a third season coming.

Beeper is giving up on its iMessage dream

Emma Roth writing for The Verge What started as a simple app download in Beeper Mini has become an increasingly complex process for Beeper users, and its latest fix seems like its most desperate attempt yet: Beeper wants users to own or rent a jailbroken iPhone, along with having a Mac or Linux computer. I think it’s safe to say Beeper Mini is no more.

Some things I think Apple’s new Journal app needs:

  • macOS and iPadOS support - the iPhone is fine for short, quick entries, but I want to be able to use a keyboard for those longer entries.
  • Weather information - I like capturing the weather with my entires, temperature, conditions, they just add a bit to the memory.
  • Export capabilities - Some way of getting the entries out of the app. Even something as basic as save to PDF would be enough for me.

Been playing a lot of #Destiny2 since the new season launched. The new coil activity is a lot of fun. Think I’ll play some #BaldursGate3 this weekend though, I want to progress my Dark Urge playthrough.

Netflix In Talks For Gigantic Fantasy Adaptation

Michileen Martin writing for Giant Freaking Robot We don’t know yet if the Baldur’s Gate project Netflix has in mind is a series and/or movie, though narratively speaking the former would seem to make the most sense. Not counting the early 2010s remakes of the Baldur’s Gate and Baldur’s Gate II, the series spans nine games and over a century of story. I’d love to see this happen!

Apple has seemingly found a way to block Android’s new iMessage app

Chris Welch writing for The Verge It appears that Beeper Mini, an easy iMessage solution for Android, was simply too good to be true — or a short-lived dream, at least. On Friday, less than a week after its launch, the app started experiencing technical issues when users were suddenly unable to send and receive blue bubble messages. The problems grew worse over the course of the day, with reports piling up on the Beeper subreddit.

There’s a new iMessage for Android app — and it actually works

Jacob Kastrenakes writing for The Verge Messages sent from Beeper Mini on my Pixel 8 appear as blue bubbles on the iPhones of my friends and family members. Group chats I’m on automatically switched over to iMessage as soon as someone fired off a meme. Reactions, threads, photos, and videos (without the messy text message compression) all came through. The best thing I can say about Beeper Mini is that almost no one noticed I was using it: blue bubbles just started appearing — no lost messages to speak of.

Chrome’s next weapon in the War on Ad Blockers: Slower extension updates

Ron Amadeo writing for Ars Technica Google’s first attack on ad blockers is blowing up the “WebRequest API”—the primary API that ad blockers use—and replacing it with a more limited filtering API that Google has more control over. The new declarativeNetRequest API now has extensions ask Chrome to block a network request on their behalf, features arbitrary limits on the number of filtering rules, and puts limits on how effective individual rules can be.

YouTube punishes ad-blocker users with slower videos on all browsers

Jay Bonggolto writing for Android Central Some people have speculated that this delay might be a clumsy attempt by YouTube to force ads on users who block them. The code in question might be trying to make sure that an ad plays for at least five seconds before the actual video starts. The fact that Google is attempting to block adblockers on YouTube tells you who Google considers the real customers to be.

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?

Unauthorized “David Attenborough” AI clone narrates developer’s life, goes viral

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.

Humane officially launches the AI Pin, its OpenAI-powered wearable

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.