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  • ChatGPT for Mac app logged queries in an unencrypted file before getting caught

    Er, isn’t the author conflating sandboxing and encryption? 
    jfabula1 said:
    Hmmmm, Elon is right about open AI???. Be careful out there.
    Anilu_777 said:
    OpenAI just didn’t sandbox their app??? Who the f is coding it and who will take full responsibility?? Glad I’ve got a 14 Pro Max and won’t deal with this crap. 
    That's not how any of this works. The ChatGPT app on macOS has nothing to do with the ChatGPT handoff that occurs thanks to the company's partnership. Apple Intelligence is made by Apple, powered by Apple Silicon on device or in an Apple-run server. If a user sends a query to ChatGPT from their device, it is with explicit permission and through a separate service channel that doesn't log IP, the query, or any attached data.

    BTW, encryption and sandboxing are very separate things but can work together. When ChatGPT updated their app, note that the data storage location didn't change. ChatGPT didn't opt into sandboxing. Instead, it chose to encrypt the data in place. All sandboxing is is a permission structure where data is siloed into different places associated with the app that created it and you have to have permission to hand data between silos. ChatGPT didn't and still doesn't silo its data. It's just there open for anyone to get, but now it is at least encrypted.
  • Apple is paying OpenAI with exposure, not cash

  • Our favorite features so far in iOS 18 from Control Center to Genmoji

    frantisek said:
    And has other, more specific question. How we will recognize if recepient device supports RCS? That its Aadroid version is upro date or that device is feature phone who does not support it.
    If you're chatting with someone that has RCS, the empty text field will say "text message - RCS" and everyone else will see "text message - SMS"

    Of course you'll see iMessage when using iMessage in that empty text field.
  • Sherlocked by Sequoia: What apps Apple may have killed in macOS and iOS 18

    sunman42 said:
    Let’s see:

    1Password - when they stepped onto the Electron bandwagon, I stepped off paying for any updates. 7.whatever still runs, if all you need is a password vault, which I use as a deep archive (for accounts I never use, but some vendor may still maintain my account) and a backup to Keychain Access. Speaking of which, what will Passwords offer that Keychain access does not?

    Grammarly: Never used it. After six years of rote learning of grammar, syntax, and composition in English in high school, at least until dementia sets in, I don’t need anyone else’s grammar interventions.

    Calculator: will have to see what it can do that I don’t do already with Kalkulilo.

    ChatGPT: As I emailed Tim Cook last evening, all I want from ChatGPT is a kill switch so I am never pestered to use it, for anything.
    Way too often, I click on an app and I’m asked for a password. Then, I feel like pulling my hair out. For this reason, I ALWAYS store all of my passwords and user names in a Notes file. That way I’m not screwed over when I have to inexplicably provide the password. This is also the same reason I NEVER use the password Apple suggests. I use my own set of words that I can look at and easily remember for the few seconds it takes me to get back to the login screen. Hopefully, this new app will solve the problem of Apple not having my password. If I’m doing something wrong that causes Safari to not remember my password, then I don’t know what it is.
    Apple has made getting passwords easier in the last few years. If you right click on a text field you can select "AutoFill" from the options and bring up the password picker. And if you generate a password that for some reason doesn't appear in the password app properly, a "recently created password" section appears.

    Do what works for you, but having everything in a Notes file isn't advisable. It is possibly the worst way to store passwords besides writing them on sticky notes. Advanced Data Protection kind of helps, but still. Notes isn't a Password manager. You're making more work for yourself.

    I have over 400 unique passwords and Apple Passwords manages all of them. I've never had a problem.
  • iPad Air (2024) review: Not the cheapest, and not the best, but still great

    tht said:

    So, it's a good, solid option for consumers who want a device to web browse, which constitutes the vast majority of a consumers usage, entertainment, and little office automation. 

     Why is this a thing? Is it an SEO thing? It doesn't matter the device, no reviewer should be recommending to anyone that they should upgrade from their 1 to 2 year old devices. There isn't any good reason whatsoever, all things equal.

    One thing that a reviewer, or if you are asked to proffer an opinion, should do is think about whether they would recommend the $700 M1 MBA and $1000 M2 MBA over the 2024 iPA 11 & 13 models, or is it a better option than a $400 to $1000 Chromebook or Windows machine. That's a pretty tough thing to figure out and is dependent on the user. For certain people, an iPad should be the first thing that is recommended.

    A iPad, or a tablet, is the most mobile large display device on the market. That changes how it is used versus a laptop or a 2-in-1, or a tablet that is heavier than the iPA. For a lot of consumers, that mobility is more valuable than say unlimited multitasking. If the user spend most of their time with their iPad on a desktop, they are either drawing with it, have simpler workflows, and possibly a laptop would be the better option for them.
    You can say it in a straightforward manner, not with double negatives or back handed ways.


    I don't get that reviewers think they should be recommending to owners of 1 to 2 year old machines to upgrade.

    We didn't. Read what you quoted again. The review specifically says that iPad owners generally upgrade in four to five year cycles.

    Is it an SEO thing?

    No. That's not how SEO works.

    think about whether they would recommend

    This review is directed at people seeking information on buying an iPad. Why would we recommend a MacBook? You might want a MacBook instead, but people buying iPad Air don't.

    $400 to $1000 Chromebook or Windows machine

    I'm not sure anyone on earth should be buying a Chromebook ever,  or any Windows machine in the $400 range over an iPad. The $329 iPad runs laps around those devices.

    possibly a laptop would be the better option for them.

    Most people that buy iPads own other products. They likely already own the laptop, Mac, etc they needed in the first place. People buying iPad Air generally are buying it as a secondary device that's bigger than an iPhone. Those buying iPad Air as their first non-smartphone computer didn't need a Windows toaster fridge or Chrome browser with keyboard either.

    Buy what you need. But know that not everyone will need what you need.