Check out Apple’s updated right to repair stance in light of their new iPhone policy

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Apple’s stance on the right to repair has now become more accommodative, with the company now supporting used parts for iPhone 15 repairs that can include the camera, display, and battery. While Apple’s move is welcome to many, it does answer a series of questions: If your iPhone breaks, should you have the right to fix it? If you want to fix your iPhone, should you be able to do that yourself, or be forced to go to the manufacturer? And if you are going to fix your iPhone yourself — or pay a third-party to help — should you be able to use whatever parts will work? Apple pushed back vocally against criticism of parts pairing, and has recently backed laws in several states that enshrine consumer repair options.

“Transforming the Digital Landscape: An Upcoming web3 Network Strives to Break Free from Big Tech’s Data Domination”

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A new web3 network is being built right now that wants to end Big Tech’s control of your dataMany of the people building Web3 feel like the traditional web ecosystem has taken advantage of users and their data. It’s the initial team supporting The Graph, a decentralized network that indexes, queries and organizes data. It has been called the “Google of web3” and aims to organize open blockchain data and make open data a public good. “Web3 is still being built, we’re still working on building this decentralized internet that is censorship resistant. “The one thing that’s really important about AI is that it’s all about data,” Kline said.

Apple’s Tap-to-Pay Control Criticized by DOJ for Stifling Innovation and Solidifying Monopoly

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Apple Pay is no stranger to regulatory controversy. PayPal — the payments behemoth that has substantial businesses in mobile transactions and point-of-sale technology — was apparently instrumental in the original EU complaint around Apple’s payment monopoly. The DOJ’s argumentApple today takes a 0.15% fee on any transaction made via Apple Pay. In the meantime, Apple has continued to develop Apple Pay, launching — for example — its own buy now, pay later offering last autumn (pictured above). Apple Pay and Apple Wallet are both a small part of Apple’s services revenues — which were upwards of $90 billion in 2023 — or indeed overall revenues.

OpenAI: Musk Gives Meager $45M Contribution, Seeking Tesla Merge or Takeover

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The organization also secured more than $90 million from other donors to support its research efforts. This is when disagreements started between Musk and other co-founders of Tesla, OpenAI wrote in the blog post, which includes five email exchanges between Musk and OpenAI executives. “As we discussed a for-profit structure in order to further the mission, Elon wanted us to merge with Tesla or he wanted full control. Elon left OpenAI, saying there needed to be a relevant competitor to Google/DeepMind and that he was going to do it himself. As Ilya told Elon: ‘As we get closer to building AI, it will make sense to start being less open.

Dominance in the Media Industry: Reliance-Disney Partnership to Claim 85% of Streaming Market and Half of TV Viewership

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Cricket match streaming has been the prime driver of new users for streaming platforms in India. By securing numerous cricket rights, Disney and Reliance have left rival services with limited content options to attract fans. “The 2023-27 IPL broadcasting now sit under the JV – Viacom 18 has digital streaming rights (won for US$2.9bn) while Star has TV broadcasting rights for US$2.8bn. Combined with about 8% of the TV market that Viacom18 assumes in India, the merged operations — which will feature some 120 TV channels — will command about 49% of the broadcasting market. In a statement Wednesday, Disney and Reliance said they will reach 750 million users in India with the merged entity.

Introducing WowTouch: The Innovative Gesture Control App for Pixel Watch 2 by Doublepoint

Admittedly Apple iWatch uses have had it since October last year, but as of today at Mobile World Congress, the Doublepoint startup has launched the updated version of its popular WowMouse gesture-touch control app for Android smartwatches. Launched at CES in January, the free app now supports Google’s Pixel Watch 2, having already garnered around 30,000 downloads by Samsung Galaxy users since CES, according to the company. As with the iWatch gestures, the WowMouse app creates a sort of ‘wrist-based’ mouse, using taps fed via Bluetooth to the watch to allow users to control headsets, phones, tablets, computers and other devices. On his stand at the Four Years From Now section of MWC, founder Ohto Pentikäinen told me: “Gestures are a big theme nowadays, with Apple Vision Pro coming out. We see people doing these pinches all over the streets nowadays!

“Google’s Image-Generating AI: A Confession of Loss of Control”

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Google has apologized (or come very close to apologizing) for another embarrassing AI blunder this week, an image generating model that injected diversity into pictures with a farcical disregard for historical context. While the underlying issue is perfectly understandable, Google blames the model for “becoming” over-sensitive. But if you ask for 10, and they’re all white guys walking goldens in suburban parks? Where Google’s model went wrong was that it failed to have implicit instructions for situations where historical context was important. These two things led the model to overcompensate in some cases, and be over-conservative in others, leading to images that were embarrassing and wrong.

Inngest Secures $6.1M in Funds for Workflow Engine Expansion

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As Inngest founders Tony Holdstock-Brown (CEO) and Dan Farrelly (CTO) told me, the team added new flow control features, for example, which now make it easier to manage concurrency down to the user level. Inngest will handle the queues and database state for these functions and the developers don’t have to do anything special to make that work. Combining that with the new flow control features, Inngest argues, is unlocking a lot of new capabilities for users. “The durability and the reliability, which we have, combined with the flow control aspect allows you to build into this reliability layer. The Inngest team also expanded its language support from only offering a TypeScript SDK to also offering Python and Go SDKs — and users can migrate between them as needed without having to shut down their functions.

MMGuardian joins the saturated kid-friendly mobile market

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The MMGuardian Phone is a smartphone produced in collaboration with Samsung that’s tapping into the power of AI to make phone use safer for kids and teenagers. The MMGuardian Phone is a smartphone designed from the ground up to provide safety and control for concerned parents. The result is a device that not only offers advanced monitoring and control features but also incorporates anti-tamper technology to prevent workarounds. This feature provides an additional layer of protection against issues like sexting, sextortion, and cyberbullying, making the MMGuardian Phone unique in the market. The MMGuardian Phone will be available in three models, starting at $119, with the MMGuardian Service priced at an additional $120 per year.

Augmental: Innovating Accessible Technology with Advanced Head Tracking and ‘Silent Speech’ Capabilities

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That’s exactly what Augmental has been working on, and it’s nothing short of awe-inspiring. “One of the new features we recently added to the mouthpad is head dragging and head control. One of our champion users, Keeley, uses it daily for schoolwork and it has proven to be life-changing for her. For its beta users, the device costs around $1,000 – but pricing details and availability details are coming soon. May they find every success and figure out a way to users who need this product sooner rather than later!