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Apple would prepare a ChatGPT-style AI, while Siri is in difficulty

Artificial intelligence is very present these days, especially with tools like ChatGPT which are much talked about. Just yesterday, OpenAI unveiled GPT-4, the new version of its AI that will notably power ChatGPT for even more precision. What about Apple?

An equivalent of ChatGPT by Apple in preparation

According to the New York Times, Apple engineers are testing artificial intelligence capable of generating text and commands. The tests take place every week, in particular because ChatGPT explodes and Apple realizes that we should not arrive too late on this ground.

Several engineers are working on it, including members of the Siri team. This follows a recent Apple summit where artificial intelligence was discussed.

A special design for Siri

This work comes as Siri is struggling. These next-gen AI Technologys have highlighted how Siri, Alexa and other voice assistants have lost their edge, explains the New York Times. Siri, in particular, faced many obstacles that prevented it from making meaningful improvements. Former Apple engineer John Burkey, who worked on Siri and was tasked with improving it in 2014, reveals the voice assistant relied on a “complicated code that took weeks to update with basic functionality”.

Its design made it very difficult for engineers to add new features. For example, Siri’s database contains a large list of phrases in nearly two dozen languages, making it “a big ball of snow”. If someone wants to add a word to Siri’s database, “he finds himself in a big pile”, explains John Burkey. This means that simple updates, like adding new phrases to the dataset, require rebuilding the entire Siri database, which can take up to six weeks. Adding more complex features, like new search tools, can take up to an entire year.

When the equivalent of ChatGPT by Apple? It is not specified, so you will have to wait.


Black Book: the RPG/tactical card game goes from console to iPhone (date + trailer)

This is good news for iOS gamers! The development studio Merteshka and the editor HypeTrain Digital have just jointly announced that Black Book, an excellent tactical card battle RPG based on Slavic myths, will be available on iOS from April 21. The game is already available on PC (Steam), Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PS4 and we hope that the mobile version will not suffer any downgrade (the graphic style of the game encourages us to be positive). The pitch of the game is as follows: “A young girl named Vasilisa, destined to become a witch, decides to give up her destiny and marry her beloved, but this dream is shattered when her fiancée dies under mysterious circumstances. In the name of her lost love, Vasilisa searches for the Black Book; a demonic artifact, said to be powerful enough to grant any wish to whoever discovers the 7 seals. Join Vasilisa on her adventures through the *text muted*n countryside, as she solves the problems of ordinary people by confronting demons and performing exorcisms. »

The iOS version of Blackbook will be free, with a one-time in-app purchase unlocking the full game. This version will also include the prologue and Endless mode. Pre-orders for the iOS version are now open on the App Store. The price of the game (in-app purchase therefore) is 12 euros, compared to 22 euros for the console and PC version. This is starting to make a lot of good arguments for a title that is widely acclaimed by critics and players.

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macOS 13.3 fixes SMB file sharing bug

Mac users have been having problems sharing files and folders over SMB since the release of macOS 13.2, the final version of which was released in late January. It’s simple: sharing no longer works. Fortunately, a fix is ​​coming with macOS 13.3.

macOS 13 Ventura MacBook Air iMac MacBook Pro

SMB sharing allows remote access to files on a Mac over a local network. For example, a user might have a Mac configured as a server and enable file sharing on that computer in order to remotely access files from their primary computer. This is convenient since it is not necessary to connect the two Macs via a cable. Just go to System Settings > General > Sharing to activate the option.

As said before, this system has been broken since macOS 13.2. We must therefore wait for macOS 13.3 for a fix. Apple distributed the update’s release candidate this week to both developers and public testers. This suggests that the availability for everyone will be next week, although the manufacturer has not yet communicated a specific availability date.

macOS 13.3 isn’t a big update on its own. It brings new emojis (like iOS 16.4), fixes an issue where trackpad gestures could occasionally become unresponsive, and other improvements. For some surprising reason, Apple does not list the fix for the SMB bug, although it is available.

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Apple Watch: watchOS 9.4 prevents accidentally turning off the alarm clock while you sleep

Did you set an alarm on your Apple Watch before going to bed and it didn’t go off as expected in the early morning? It may be because of your hand covering the watch while you were sleeping. watchOS 9.4 corrects the situation.

Apple Watch Alarm

In its notes, Apple explains that alarms are no longer muted by the gesture of covering the watch with your hand to prevent accidental cancellations while sleeping. As it stands, putting the palm of your hand on the Apple Watch screen for three seconds puts the alerts (including the alarm clock) on mute. It’s entirely possible that your hand lands on the screen while you sleep. This therefore deactivates the alarm, which is to say that it is annoying knowing that it was an accidental action.

With watchOS 9.4, this behavior will no longer be a reality. The alarm will still ring, even if your hand lands on your Apple Watch while you sleep.

Apple distributed the watchOS 9.4 release candidate this week to public developers and testers. The final version for everyone is expected to arrive next week, alongside iOS 16.4, iPadOS 16.4, macOS 13.3 and tvOS 16.4.

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