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💬 TikTok takes on Twitter with text posts
🤖 OpenAI quietly shuts down its AI Detection Tool
🍏 Apple unveils dev kit program for Vision Pro
🇪🇺 EU commits €43 billion to boost chip production
📱 Apple faced with $1B lawsuit over App Store pricing
💬 TikTok takes on Twitter with text postsLINK
TikTok is introducing text-only posts with a 1,000-character limit, aiming to leverage the recent unrest at Twitter.
The new feature lets users select various backgrounds for their posts, use hashtags, and tag other users, appearing similar to Instagram Stories.
Meta's CEO Mark Zuckerberg also launched Threads, a text-only app, which could challenge Elon Musk's revamped version of Twitter, now renamed to "X".
🤖 OpenAI quietly shuts down its AI Detection ToolLINK
OpenAI has shut down its AI detection tool, AI Classifier, due to its low rate of accuracy in distinguishing between human and AI-generated text.
The tool, initially designed to aid educators in identifying AI-written text, was found to be unreliable especially with text comprising fewer than 1,000 characters.
OpenAI has committed to continue researching more effective provenance techniques for text, in order to improve the accuracy of detecting AI-generated content.
🍏 Apple unveils dev kit program for Vision ProLINK
Apple is distributing Vision Pro developer kits to approved members of the Apple Developer Program, ahead of its Vision Pro AR headset launch in early 2024.
The company will provide setup and development assistance to the approved developers, with priority given to those developing apps that utilize the features and capabilities of the new Vision Pro operating system, visionOS.
The Vision Pro, a $3,499 AR headset, will be launched with a range of apps from major developers and a new app store, and will support over 100 Apple Arcade titles on day one.
🇪🇺 EU commits €43 billion to boost chip productionLINK
The European Union has approved a €43 billion ($47.5 billion) plan to increase semiconductor production and aims to double its global market share from 10 percent to at least 20 percent by 2030.
The Chips Act aims to reduce Europe's dependency on foreign chips by attracting more investment and advancing research within the region.
This initiative comes in response to similar moves by the United States, which dedicated $52 billion to domestic semiconductor production to compete with China.
📱 Apple faced with $1B lawsuit over App Store pricingLINK
Over 1,500 UK developers are suing Apple in a £785m class action lawsuit over the company's App Store fees, which can reach up to 30% for in-app payments.
The lawsuit, filed by Professor Sean Ennis, argues that these fees are excessive, constitute abusive pricing, and harm both developers and consumers.
Despite Apple's defense that 85% of App Store developers pay no commission, this lawsuit adds to the company's challenges in the UK, including potential conflicts with expanded surveillance laws.
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OpenAI has expanded the availability of its AI chatbot, ChatGPT, to Android users in the U.S., India, Bangladesh, and Brazil, with plans for further global expansion.LINK
Spotify's Q2 2023 saw a record 551 million monthly active users and 10 million new Premium subscribers, but posted a loss of $123.7 million due to podcast restructuring and higher operating costs.
GM CEO Mary Barra announced the return of the Chevrolet Bolt EV, promising updates with Ultium and Ultifi technologies, following strong customer satisfaction and record sales.
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