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October Tech News: Innovations, Disruptions, and Insights
October is a time of cozy sweaters, hot chocolate, and reading new rubrics of tech news. We have 7 mind-blowing stories that will keep you energetic and motivated throughout autumn instead of falling into seasonal melancholy. From the wave of new social media platforms to new developments in quantum computing software, we will discover the tech world.
So, grab a cup of your favorite hot beverage and get ready to discover the latest stories and trends that influence technology.
What New Social Platforms Will Replace X?
In 2023, a wave of new social platforms is emerging to replace X, formerly Twitter, which has faced challenges since Elon Musk’s 2022 acquisition. Twitter’s rebranding, massive layoffs, and failures with its subscription service have caused outrage among users, and many have stopped using it. As a result, others have come to the fore to take its place, from Bluesky to Mastodon.
However, the public is slow to accept these services. Nowadays, there is a lot of popularity around Threads, and its design is familiar to many who have switched from X. The software is straightforward to use and navigate. The intriguing question is whether Elon Musk will find a way out of this situation.
Updating the Bard’s Functions
Meanwhile, Bard’s artificial intelligence continues to be improved. Google Bard is now able to react in real-time to your AI requests, exactly like ChatGPT. Previously, Bard would compose responses before displaying them, but now it can respond as it generates text. This change is mostly cosmetic, and the quality of responses remains unchanged.
Users can revert to the old response style by adjusting settings. Real-time responses provide a more human-like interaction and allow users to interrupt responses if needed. The update aligns Bard with the response style of other AI engines, emphasizing the importance of response quality rather than the method of answering. Users can still view alternative responses and customize them after Bard has finished responding.
Apple’s New Artificial Intelligence: Rumor or Truth?
Apple is rumored to be introducing a ChatGPT competitor, tentatively named “Apple GPT,” into its iPhones, possibly with the release of iOS 18 and the iPhone 16 in late 2024. However, this rollout may be delayed as Apple is committed to ensuring user privacy and avoiding privacy issues commonly associated with AI apps. The generative AI could be integrated with Siri to enhance its functionality.
Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, has acknowledged the company’s work on generative AI, emphasizing the need for thoughtful consideration due to concerns about bias and other issues. The release date may be optimistic, and Apple may have to catch up to competitors in the AI field. Regardless, Apple is actively working on developing AI technology to compete with ChatGPT and aims to offer an improved alternative, possibly with a sneak peek at WWDC in June 2024.
Windows 11 Exceeds 400 Million Users, Hints at Windows 12 and Software-Focused Future
Windows 11 has exceeded Microsoft’s expectations by reaching over 400 million monthly active users since its 2021 launch, with projections to hit half a billion users by 2024. This achievement comes despite a slower adoption rate compared to Windows 10 due to the different launch strategies. Windows 11’s success can be attributed to regular ‘Moments’ updates that introduced new features quickly. Microsoft’s internal expectations were modest, and the OS consistently outperformed them. While Windows 11 could have achieved higher numbers with a smoother launch, it’s still a noteworthy accomplishment.
There are hints of Windows 12 on the horizon, as Intel’s CFO mentioned a “Windows refresh” in 2024. This could signify a fresh start for Microsoft with a new OS, potentially following the successful path of Windows 10. The company’s recent focus on software over hardware, along with key personnel changes and the CEO’s background in software, suggests a shift toward strengthening Microsoft’s software, which bodes well for the future of Windows.
Biden’s Executive Order Strengthens AI Security and Guidelines
Security is more crucial than ever before since artificial intelligence might be used maliciously, threatening people’s lives. Attackers may be interested in the data needed to train AI. As a result, it is critical to safeguard sensitive information from unauthorized access, alterations, or deletion.
President Biden has issued an executive order addressing generative AI, setting guidelines before potential legislation. The order outlines eight goals, including AI safety, privacy protection, equity, consumer defense, and innovation support. Government agencies will create standards to prevent AI misuse, and developers of large AI models must share safety test results. The order also calls for user privacy protection, addressing AI discrimination, job displacement, and fostering AI talent.
While it’s not permanent law, the order signals the U.S. government’s AI commitment. It complements the AI Bill of Rights and agreements with AI industry players. Lawmakers are working on AI regulations. This order is seen as a positive step in setting generative AI standards.
Google’s Credential Manager Simplifies Authentication in Android 14 with Passkeys
Google is introducing Credential Manager, an Android-specific API for storing credentials, including passkeys, on November 1st, making it easier for apps to offer improved authentication support in Android 14. Credential Manager allows apps to facilitate biometric logins using passkeys, reducing the need for users to remember passwords.
Google is deprecating multiple authentication APIs, streamlining authentication processes for third-party apps. Passkeys use device authentication methods, such as Face ID or fingerprint sensors, and rely on WebAuthn technology. These passkeys can be used across multiple devices and often have backup options if a device is lost or broken. Apple, Google, and password managers like 1Password support passkeys.
IBM’s Quantum Breakthroughs
IBM showcased significant quantum computing advancements at the IBM Quantum Summit 2022. The highlight was the “IBM Osprey,” a 433-qubit quantum processor, the largest in their portfolio, with the potential to outperform classical computers. They also introduced quantum software to simplify error correction and noise reduction, making quantum computing more accessible.
IBM’s future vision includes the modular IBM Quantum System Two, set to go online by the end of 2023, driving quantum-centric supercomputing by integrating quantum and classical workflows for enhanced computational capacity.
IBM’s commitment to data security is evident with quantum-safe technology to protect against future quantum decryption threats. Their Quantum Network expands, with notable additions such as Bosch, Vodafone, Crédit Mutuel Alliance Fédérale, and uptownBasel, reflecting the growing interest in quantum applications.
IBM’s vision for quantum-centric supercomputing reimagines computational capacity through modular architecture and seamless communication, unlocking the boundless potential of quantum technology.
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