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SlashDotJun 25, 2024
Apple Spurned Idea of iPhone AI Partnership With Meta Months Ago

EngadgetJun 25, 2024
Julian Assange has been released from prison in a plea deal with the US
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been released from prison and has agreed to plead guilty to violating the Espionage Act. The WikiLeaks account on X, formerly Twitter, has announced his release after being granted bail by the High Court in London. It also tweeted a video that appears to show Assange boarding a plane at Stansted Airport. The WikiLeaks founder and former editor-in-chief is expected to appear in a courtroom in the US Northern Mariana Islands on June 26 in order to finalize his plea deal with the US government. 

Mac RumorsJun 24, 2024
Apple Wasn't Interested in AI Partnership With Meta Due to Privacy Concerns
Apple turned down an AI partnership with Facebook parent company Meta due to privacy concerns, according to a report from Bloomberg. Meta and Apple had a brief discussion about a possible partnership in March, but the talks did not progress and Apple does not plan to integrate Meta's large language model (LLM) into iOS.

Will Your iPhone Be Compatible With Both iOS 18 and Apple Intelligence? Find Out Here - CNET (CNET News)

CNET NewsJun 24, 2024
iOS 18 Developer Beta 2: Your iPhone Could Get These Features Soon - CNET
Apple will release the next major iPhone update this fall.

Mac RumorsJun 24, 2024
Apple Pauses Work on Planned North Carolina Campus
Apple is delaying plans for a major new campus located in North Carolina, reports the Triangle Business Journal. Back in 2021, Apple said it would invest more than $1 billion in North Carolina, a project that included a new engineering and research center in the Research Triangle area of Raleigh and Durham.

Mac RumorsJun 24, 2024
Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 197 With macOS Sequoia Support
Apple today released a new update for Safari Technology Preview, the experimental browser Apple first introduced in March 2016. Apple designed the ?Safari Technology Preview? to test features that may be introduced into future release versions of Safari.

EngadgetJun 24, 2024
Record labels sue AI music generators for ‘massive infringement of recorded music'
Major music labels are taking on AI startups that they believe trained on their songs without paying. Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group and Sony Music Group sued the music generators Suno and Udio for allegedly infringing on copyrighted works on a "massive scale."

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) initiated the lawsuits and wants to establish that "nothing that exempts AI technology from copyright law or that excuses AI companies from playing by the rules."

The music labels' lawsuits in US federal court accuse Suno and Udio of scraping their copyrighted tracks from the internet. The filings against the AI companies reportedly demand injunctions against future use and damages of up to $150,000 per infringed work. (That sounds like it could add up to a monumental sum if the court finds them liable.) The suits appear aimed at establishing licensed training as the only acceptable industry framework for AI moving forward — while instilling fear in companies that train their models without consent.

Udio Suno AI and Udio AI (Uncharted Labs run the latter) are startups with software that generates music based on text inputs. The former is a partner of Microsoft for its CoPilot music generation tool. The RIAA claims the services' reproduced tracks are uncannily similar to existing works to the degree that they must have been trai

Mac RumorsJun 24, 2024
Apple Seeds Second Betas of iOS 18 and iPadOS 18 to Developers
Apple today seeded the second betas of upcoming iOS 18 and iPadOS 18 updates to developers for testing purposes, with the software coming two weeks after the release of the first betas after the WWDC 2024 keynote event.

Apple Seeds Second visionOS 2 Beta to Developers (Mac Rumors)

Yahoo TechnologyJun 24, 2024
Apple becomes first target of EU's new digital competition rules aimed at big tech

EU could hit Apple with a huge fine after accusing it of breaking new tech rules (Yahoo Technology)

Mac RumorsJun 24, 2024
Apple and Meta Reportedly Discussed AI Partnership for iOS 18
Apple has held discussions with Meta about integrating the Facebook owner's AI model into iOS 18 as part of its Apple Intelligence feature set, according to a report over the weekend.

EngadgetJun 18, 2024
Gemini in Google Messages now works on any Android phone
At MWC earlier this year, Google announced Gemini's integration with Messages, giving you a way to access the chatbot from within the texting app. The feature was limited to newer Pixel and Samsung Galaxy phones at launch, but now Google has updated its Help page to say that all you need to access it is an "Android device with 6GB of RAM or higher." 9to5Google first reported the change, along with the news that the feature is launching in India. 

At the moment, Google Messages only supports Gemini in the English language in 164 countries where it's available. The only exception is Canada, where it also supports French. (If you're curious, the feature hasn't made its way to France just yet.) Google says it's "working hard" to make it available in more languages and more territories in the future. But for now, your phone has to be set to English — or French, if you're in Canada — if you want to be able to get Gemini to draft messages, plan events or even just chat with you to pass time. 

Take note that you also have to be 18 or over and be using Google Messages with an account you manage on your own to be able to access the feature. You'll also need to make sure your RCS chats is switched on. To access Gemini, simply open the Messages app and start a new conversation to see the option to talk with the chatbot. 

This article originally appeared on Engadget at

ComputerWorldMar 19, 2024
Why is Apple so focused on vision AI?
From its Darwin AI acquisition to recent reports claiming Apple might work with Google and others to support a wider array of generative AI (genAI) tools than it plans to introduce, it's pretty clear the company has chosen to be focused in where it creates its own AI technologies.

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