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iOS 14.5 will roll out next week

Engadget

Seven months after iOS 14 was released, Apple has today revealed that iOS 14.5 will begin rolling out the week of April 26th. At its iPad event, the company declined to offer a specific date, but its press materials said that the new software would arrive "next week." Despite being a .5 release, this is a significant software update that adds a number of features for all iOS-device users. The list of changes includes a prompt to choose how Siri sounds, the ability to unlock FaceID-capable iPhones with an Apple Watch and some big changes to how the software handles your privacy online. We know, from the various beta launches that have happened along the way, that iOS 14.5 will offer users a way of unlocking their phone while wearing a face mask.


Microsoft adds personalized homepages to Bing on Android

Engadget

Like Google, Bing has long graduated from being a simple search engine. Yes, you can use it exclusively for searching the web, but it's also a place to read the news, learn about history and more. And on Android, Microsoft has updated the Bing Search app to better reflect that complexity (via Windows Central). The most notable new feature is the addition of a personalized homepage. Here you'll find shortcuts to topics you might search frequently such as the current weather forecast or what's nearby.


Apple Store is down ahead of the 'Spring Loaded' event this evening

Daily Mail - Science & tech

The Apple Store landing site is down in preparation for the firm's'Spring Loaded' product unveiling event this evening. The store's homepage features the Apple logo on a stark black background with the message'We'll be right back'. 'Updates are coming to the Apple Store,' it says. After the event, Apple Store should be back online with the new products available to order, which may include two new iPads, object-tracking devices called AirTags and even a new range of computers inspired by 1998's iMac G3. Apple usually takes the Apple Store down in preparation for any major product unveiling, although it's not expected to unveil any phones at tonight's event. Spring Loaded, which won't have an in-person audience due to the pandemic, will be live-streamed on YouTube from 18:00 BST (10:00 PDT).


Radical AI podcast: featuring Kate Crawford

AIHub

Hosted by Dylan Doyle-Burke and Jessie J Smith, Radical AI is a podcast featuring the voices of the future in the field of artificial intelligence ethics. In this episode Jess and Dylan chat to Kate Crawford about the Atlas of AI. What is the Atlas of AI? How is AI an industry of extraction? How is AI impacting the planet? To answer these questions and more we welcome to the show Dr Kate Crawford to discuss Kate's new book Atlas of AI: Power, Politics, and the Planetary Costs of Artificial Intelligence.


When Everyone is a Filmmaker, AI Will Foster, not Stunt, Creativity - Coruzant Technologies

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Video is on an exponential growth trajectory, and it's not just Netflix originals and HBO docs and new films on Amazon Prime. In today's world, when people aren't eating or sleeping (or perhaps even when they are), they are likely viewing a video. Each day, people watch over 1 billion hours of YouTube. Creating and delivering movies, news and other compelling visual content is no longer just for the Hollywood elite. In fact, some of today's most prolific storytellers are doing so with little resources and amateur tools.


How to watch Apple's spring event on 420

Mashable

Tuesday is not only 420, but Apple's big spring event where new iPads, AirPods, and maybe even AirTags could be unveiled along with other new products. The "Spring Loaded" event starts at 10 a.m. PT on Tuesday, and will be completely livestreamed from Apple Park thanks to the pandemic. Usually Apple holds an IRL event at company headquarters in Cupertino, California. Like all Apple events, you'll be able to tune in a few different ways.


The AI Consulting Podcast on Apple Podcasts

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Today's guest is Bret Greenstein, SVP and Global Head of AI at Cognizant, one of the top 5 largest tech consulting companies globally, with 2019 revenue at nearly $17B. What does it look like to interact with a client who has an idea of an AI project, inform their idea of what AI is, and help refine and define the problem to solve it. It is often not the case where a client will immediately have a robust understanding of what they need to do, or they will come in with a granularly very tight and coherent idea of where AI can drive value in their business. Bret goes into tactfully bringing education into the sales and delivery process to add more value to clients. Do you want more keys to success in your own AI consulting career?


Connected cars: How 5G and IoT will affect the auto industry

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This ebook, based on the latest ZDNet / TechRepublic special feature, examines how 5G connectivity will underpin the next generation of IoT devices. Autonomous cars (and other vehicles, such as trucks) may still be years away from widespread deployment, but connected cars are very much with us. The modern automobile is fast becoming a sensor-laden mobile Internet of Things device, with considerable on-board computing power and communication systems devoted to three broad areas: vehicle location, driver behaviour, engine diagnostics and vehicle activity (telematics); the surrounding environment (vehicle-to-everything or V2X communication); and the vehicle's occupants (infotainment). All of these systems use cellular -- and increasingly 5G -- technology, among others. Although 5G networks are still a work in progress for mobile operators, the pace of deployment and launches is picking up.


The Morning After: SpaceX's Starship secures a lunar lander deal with NASA

Engadget

While we continue to wait for news about the Mars copter's first test flight, Elon Musk and SpaceX closed out the week with a big win, scoring a contract from NASA to use Starship as a lander for the Artemis lunar program. The company beat out Blue Origin (which teamed up with key aerospace players like Lockheed Martin) and defense contractor Dynetics to secure the $2.9 billion contract. There are still funding hurdles for NASA to clear if it plans to fly as scheduled, but those missions are still years away at best. In the nearer future, Apple's Spring Loaded event is scheduled to take place on Tuesday and Chris Velazco has reminders of the rumors you should know about before it starts. New iPads and iMacs seem like safe bets, but we'll see if there are any big surprises in a few days.


Spotify launches voice-controlled 'Car Thing'

Mashable

Whether your road trip soundtracks consist of music, news, entertainment, or talk, Spotify's Car Thing has you covered. The new smart player, currently available to select users in the U.S., puts your audio library just a voice command, tap, turn, or swipe away. "Car Thing enables you to play your favorite audio faster, so you're already listening to that hit song or the latest podcast episode before you've even pulled out of the driveway," according to a Spotify blog announcement. "Switching between your favorite audio is effortless, allowing you to shift gears to something else as soon as the mood strikes." You will need a Spotify Premium account to use Car Thing, but setup is simple: plug the device into a 12-volt power outlet, sync it with your smartphone (iOS 14 and Android 8 or above), and connect your phone to the vehicle's stereo.