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  • Microsoft Copilot AI chatbot arrives on App Store for iPhone and iPad

    I suspect Microsoft is going to win this race to deliver simply packaged productivity AI - meaning document and information ecosystem interactive AI - to the end user first.

    Google seems to be making a hash of it with their typical mangled app marketplace chaos. OpenAI by themselves are doing about the same thing with their plugin approach. 

    Grok is an interesting outlier, but seems unlikely to see useful near term extension given where it started. 

    Apple no doubt will be slow and intentional bringing anything forward, but hopefully will invest with more innovation than with Siri. But suspect that will be a long time coming. 

    Yet here is Microsoft with meaningful productivity integrations. Of course this is still with the extortionate backstory of moving us all down the subscribe forever path; I’ve still remained a 365 holdout, yet find I am being tempted.  Takes me back to memories of that nightmarish clippy thing where we were all pretty certain that was just a terribly construed ploy to replace us and our purchasing control with an office assistant that would make us the minions. Makes me ponder who the copilot is supposed to be in this newly minted version?  But I think the market is theirs to have at the moment.  
  • Senator's paranoia opens door for Apple to speak out on government censorship

    Maybe it’s just me, but I’d consider this a bigger deal than AI seems to make it. Push notifications often include the first line or so of a message or interaction. This seems to be an ability to single tap into all push notifications and if so would include a tremendous range of information from financial payments to two factor authentication to email messages to text messages and just about everything that crosses your phone in a brief summary format. Worse yet it’s only partial context and content, so, if this were guiding any sort of action, there would be a lot of assumptions made.  This is a far more reaching view with far more simplicity than just about anything else I can imagine. Most other surveillance mechanisms, you would be tapping into single systems, and it would be much more difficult to get this comprehensive of a view from a single pipe. I’m impressed this could be suppressed for what I assume is a long period of time. 
  • Hands on: Apple's new FineWoven iPhone 15 cases

    I would love some close-up pictures of the stitching and side seams on the wallet. I ditched the leather wallet because the seams did not hold up over time and the seam sealant or edge treatment was flaking off a few weeks in. Straight up stitching could be much sturdier on fine woven. 
  • 15-inch MacBook Air vs 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro -- compared

    I can’t remember, is there active cooling on this version of the air?  I’d be curious how they handle different thermal conditions if not.  And then I really need a sunlight screen brightness comparison.  Is there really any difference in typical productivity use outside of XDR and movies?  
  • Apple issues Rapid Security Response update for iOS 16.4.1, macOS 13.3.1

    Hmm. This not connected to the Internet statement sounds like we’re being gaslit by ChatGPT. Did ChatGPT write this patch?