Sir Apfelot newsreel week 52, 2022

This Friday you will get the last Sir Apfelot newsreel for this year. In this I will show you the Apple and tech news that particularly caught my eye in calendar week 52 of 2022. It's a bit fewer than in the last few weeks, as I've been less on tech sites and Apple blogs between the years due to Christmas and other free time activities. Still, a few stories have accumulated: Chaos Computer Club acquires data-filled US military biometric device, tips for recognizing AI text, criticism of video documentation of criminal trials, earning credit points with Bing searches, and more.

The Sir Apfelot newsreel for week 52 of 2022 includes: Dangerous military biometric databases, criticism of video recordings of court proceedings, recognition of AI texts, rumors about the iPad Mini 7, using Bing and earning credit, and more!
The Sir Apfelot newsreel for week 52 of 2022 includes: Dangerous military biometric databases, criticism of video recordings of court proceedings, recognition of AI texts, rumors about the iPad Mini 7, using Bing and earning credit, and more!

Unprotected biometrics database on eBay military equipment

The Chaos Computer Club (CCC) has acquired a US military biometrics device through an online auction site. This was used for the biometric registration of persons in Afghanistan and Iraq. Data from over 2.600 people could be accessed without protection on the device. "Any biometric database is a ticking time bomb. Since the Taliban captured the biometric devices, there has been concern that the devices could be used to identify former local staff“, It says in the official report of the CCC. There is also a link to a guide for those affected by Human Rights First (here). There is one for technical analysis of the CCC as well as reports from the New York Times Summary from the Bayrischer Rundfunk.

Toolbox for recognizing AI-generated texts

Under the headline "How to recognize AI-generated texts“ were published this week at heise online posted some tips, which should make it easier to recognize AI-generated texts on the Internet. The lead for the post is the release of the quite impressive text generator and chatbot ChatGPT by OpenAI last month. Incidentally, a very good indicator of man-made text is the occasional typo. Slang terms or inside jokes by the editors can also be an indication that the text was not created automatically. In the case of longer texts, a type of GPT watermark can also be recognized, heise online notes. Furthermore, it is about technical aids and studies on the subject.

Video recordings of main hearings at courts

In the future, main hearings at regional courts and higher regional courts are to be recorded in image and sound. In addition, an automated transcription of the audio into a text file should take place. A draft bill has now been submitted for this purpose, such as the Federal Ministry of Justice stated in a press release. Although the protection of personal rights is listed and explained as a single point, there is justified criticism of the whole thing. As with heise online, among other things is to read, said Patrick Liesching from the aid organization white ring to: "For victims, testifying in court is already a heavy burden. In the future, however, they should not only expose themselves to the accused, his defense lawyers and the public, but also three cameras [...] Your vulnerability is preserved in the long run - and in the worst case you might even find it on YouTube." 

iPhone 14 lineup models continue to detect 'fake car accidents'

The accident detection of the latest iPhone models is a roller coaster ride in the truest sense. Because not only were false emergency calls repeatedly made during such activities in amusement parks (as shown here), now the automatic emergency calls due to ski falls are also increasing. As in the Colorado Sun has been published, are e.g. For example, the Summit County 911 Center received 71 automated emergency calls over the past weekend alone. In addition to the accident detection of the iPhone 14, the fall detection of the Apple Watch also played a role. None of the 71 cases was an emergency. How do you think Apple should react? Improve the algorithms for detecting falls and accidents or, similar to the "Focus" feature, offer certain easily selectable modes to turn off automatic emergency calls at certain times / during certain activities?

Will the upcoming iPad Mini have an M chip?

The current 6th generation iPad Mini features an A15 Bionic chip. In the future, however, an “Apple Silicon” will be slumbering in the small Apple tablet, e.g M2 chip. At least that's what the well-connected and well-informed analyst thinks when it comes to Apple supply chains Ming-Chi Kuo. In one Twitter thread he says that Apple is already working on such a model and will launch it in late 2023 or early 2024. Therefore, the built-in SoC can probably also be the not yet released M3 chip. Ming-Chi Kuo also says that - contrary to other media reports - no foldable iPad Mini is planned for 2025. That would be too expensive and therefore not a good replacement for the current product design.

Microsoft tempts: Use Bing and earn credit at the same time

Using a new Safari extension, users of the search engine can now be rewarded for search queries. There should be 3 Microsoft Rewards points per Bing search. The equivalent of 1.000 points is US$1. However, the money is not paid out, but offered as a voucher value. Or in the words of Microsoft Support auf dieser seite paraphrased: "Microsoft Rewards points have no monetary value. It typically takes around 5.000 points to redeem anything worth $5.So if you do a lot of web searching on the Mac with Safari and don't pay attention to whether DuckDuckGo, Ecosia, Google or Bing is being used, you can with this extension be rewarded a bit.

Have a nice weekend and a happy new year! :)

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