Sir Apfelot newsreel week 23, 2023

This week is mainly devoted to the new systems and devices that Apple presented at WWDC23. But there have also been other interesting reports in the Apple and tech world in the past few days. And that's why there's another Sir Apfelot newsreel today. The news for calendar week 23 of 2023 includes the following topics: Apple is introducing new operating systems, Mac models and the Vision Pro headset, the Edward Snowden leaks are celebrating their 10th anniversary, and in May alone 3.900 US jobs were cut because of AI , Vimeo Discontinues Its TV Apps, IKEA Uses Drones For Inventory, Apple Bought Mira, And More!

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In the Sir Apfelot newsreel for calendar week 23 of 2023 you will find, among other things, the following reports: Apple systems and products from WWDC23, 10 years of Edward Snowden leaks, AI content should be marked, malware in Chrome extensions, it's over Vimeo's TV Apps, and more!
In the Sir Apfelot newsreel for calendar week 23 of 2023 you will find, among other things, the following reports: Apple systems and products from WWDC23, 10 years of Edward Snowden leaks, AI content should be marked, malware in Chrome extensions, it's over Vimeo's TV Apps, and more!

Our contributions to the highlights of the WWDC23 keynote

On Monday the WWDC23-Keynote as a prelude to this year's World Wide Developers Conference. Of course I watched them live again, took notes and then presented you with a summary. In addition, you will also find some individual contributions to certain systems and devices. Here is the complete list:

Whistleblower anniversary: ​​Edward Snowden Leak from 10 years ago

In June 2013, Edward Snowden made sure that the wiretapping programs operated by the NSA and the FBI became known. The technology magazine heise online has reviewed the process and the discussions that followed summarized. Among other things, it describes the disclosure of the fact that the US intelligence services and authorities not only had extensive access to the data and information of US citizens. It became known that data was being tapped around the world, for example through customer data from technology groups such as Apple, Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Skype, Microsoft and AOL. The linked source shows the development in Germany up to the present day.

Laid off because of AI: 3.900 US jobs wiped out in May alone

Sometimes I'm happy that digitization is progressing rather slowly here in Germany. Because my job is anything but safe from being replaced with artificial intelligence (AI). Blog articles written with ChatGPT and similar tools are still a bit bumpy and sometimes just plain wrong, but that should change in a few years. Like again heise online this week berichtet, but a total of 3.900 jobs were already cut last month in the USA because the corresponding jobs were taken over by an AI. "That's according to the latest report by outside agency Challenger, Gray & Christmas on layoffs in the United States", is it [called. You can find this primary source here .

Code of conduct against disinformation should also apply to AI content

Like the European Commission this week announced here, Commission Vice-President Věra Jourová and Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton sat down with the companies that have signed the code of conduct against disinformation, which will be tightened in 2022. In addition to false information, deep fakes and similar content, these should also moderate AI content in the future or mark it as content created with AI. "The signatories are to present measures for identifying AI in July in the next background reports on the implementation of their obligations"It says, among other things. Among the 44 listed signatory companies are companies like TikTok, Twitch, Vimeo, Adobe, Google, Meta, Microsoft and more ( ). Twitter has terminated the cooperation under Elon Musk ( ).

Vimeo will be retiring its TV apps on June 27, 2023

Web video hosting and streaming service Vimeo is discontinuing its Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Fire TV Stick, and Roku apps later this month. About it informed Vimeo on its own help page. Those who wish to continue watching Vimeo content on TV are encouraged to use the official Vimeo app for iOS, iPadOS or Android and then use a transmission technology such as AirPlay or Chromecast for playback on the Smart TV. Something similar is also recommended for using the Vimeo website. The apps for Apple TV, Android TV and Roku have been around since 2016, but they no longer fit into the provider's business model.

"Recommended" Chrome extensions containing malware, 30+ finds

A former developer of the ad blocker Adblock Plus named Vladimir Palant warns in his Blog currently ahead of numerous extensions used by millions of people on Google's Chrome web browser. Some are said to have even been marked as "recommended" in Google's add-on store. The largest extensions, some with 5 million users, are called Crystal Ad Block, Autoskip for YouTube and Brisk VPN. In various updates to his blog posts, Palant points out that Google has already removed some offers. However, those affected must remove the remaining ones themselves.

IKEA uses drones to determine store inventory

Lynne and Jens sent me a message for the newsreel that revolves around IKEA and drones. Because IKEA uses the flying camera devices in different countries to check the inventory and thus automatically update the corresponding databases. Not only does this ensure faster warehouse management on site, but also a more quickly updated availability overview on the IKEA website. A total of 100 drones, which are used in branches in Belgium, Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands, only fly after the shops close – between 22:30 p.m. and 4:00 a.m. There are details about it here .

Apple has bought AR headset company Mira

It has been clear for years that Apple is interested in Augmented Reality (AR) realized via a headset. Since Monday there has even been an official Apple product for it. However, the development continues, and start-ups from the corresponding areas are also being bought up. Like The Verge in reference to Mira's CEO Ben Traft shows, so this AR headset company was bought out by Apple. At least eleven Mira employees should now work at Apple. In addition to the US military, Nintendo is a customer of the company. Mira headsets come e.g. B. used in the "Mario Kart" ride in the Nintendo World Parks (Japan and USA). It is not known whether Apple will maintain the military and Nintendo connections. Mira website: Have a look here.

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