Apple lastly helps RCS in iOS 18 replace


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This week, Apple lastly added help for Wealthy Communication Providers (RCS) to Messages as a part of the second developer beta of iOS 18. Till now, iPhone customers may solely ship SMS or MMS messages from the Messages app to individuals who didn’t have an Apple system. Now you possibly can share high-quality photos and get learn receipts and typing indicators whereas messaging with Android customers — however textual content bubbles are nonetheless inexperienced.

OpenAI is delaying the discharge of its new Voice Mode. The corporate had deliberate to start out rolling out superior Voice Mode in alpha to a small group of ChatGPT Plus customers in late June however mentioned that lingering points compelled it to postpone the launch to someday in July. Relying on inside security and reliability checks, Superior Voice Mode may not launch for all ChatGPT Plus clients till the autumn, the corporate says.

The FCC proposed a neater manner for shoppers to unlock their telephones from their carriers, suggesting that every one gadgets should be unlockable simply 60 days after buy. The rule would doubtlessly enable telephones to work with completely different cellular networks after that point interval, however it could run afoul of as we speak’s cellphone and wi-fi markets.


OpenAI releases ChatGPT for Mac: ChatGPT is now accessible to all macOS customers through a brand new app. Mac customers can shortly name up ChatGPT through the use of the keyboard mixture of Possibility + House after putting in the brand new app. Learn extra

Apple reportedly gained’t combine Meta’s AI fashions in any case: Days after The Wall Avenue Journal reported that Apple and Meta had been in talks to combine the latter’s AI fashions, a Bloomberg report says Apple shelved the thought over privateness issues. Learn extra

Waymo ditches its waitlist in San Francisco: Waymo introduced that now anybody can obtain its app and instantly hail a robotaxi in San Francisco, eradicating the ultimate impediment for patrons eager to make use of the self-driving know-how. Learn extra 

Zuckerberg disses “closed” AI: In a brand new interview, the Meta CEO mentioned he doesn’t consider there might be “only one AI” and emphasised the significance of open supply AI. Zuckerberg additionally mentioned closed supply AI rivals are attempting to “create God.” Learn extra

Andrew Ng’s AI Fund needs to lift a number of money: In response to a brand new SEC submitting, Andrew Ng’s AI Fund plans to lift upward of $120 million for its second effort. The startup incubator backs small groups of consultants trying to resolve key issues utilizing AI. Learn extra

Gemini AI involves Gmail: Google is rolling out a Gemini AI aspect panel in Gmail that can assist you draft emails and discover data out of your inbox. The Gemini aspect panel will even be accessible in Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Drive. Learn extra

OpenAI continues its M&A tear: OpenAI has acquired Multi, a startup creating an enterprise-focused, video-first collaboration platform. A supply acquainted with the matter tells TechCrunch that the majority of Multi’s crew will be a part of OpenAI following the deal’s shut. Learn extra

An eerie smiling robotic with dwelling pores and skin: Will robots ever have dwelling, human pores and skin? Researchers on the College of Tokyo and Harvard have been exploring the query — they usually’ve give you some fairly unsettling outcomes. Learn extra

Meta’s chatbots head to India: After a couple of months of testing throughout the common elections, Meta is making its Llama 3-powered AI chatbot accessible to all customers in India. However Meta AI at the moment solely helps English. Learn extra

Prosus zeroes out its stake in Byju’s: One among Byju’s largest traders mentioned its once-$2.1 billion stake within the Indian edtech startup is now value nothing. Nonetheless, Prosus continues to be hopeful that Byju’s could be salvaged. Learn extra


Silicon Valley is being bizarre about DEI once more: DEI has turn out to be extremely divisive. A main instance of the strain is the dialog sparked by startup Scale AI founder Alexandr Wang, by which he mentioned shifting away from DEI to as an alternative embrace “MEI” — advantage, excellence, and intelligence. However Dominic-Madori Davis and Kyle Wiggers write that, in line with the info, a “meritocracy” isn’t higher than DEI. Learn extra

What Ayana Parsons’ resignation means: Fearless Fund’s co-founder Ayana Parsons is stepping down. The announcement follows continued authorized hassle and the pendulum swing in tech that has resulted in elevated anti-DEI sentiment. Julie Bort and Dominic-Madori Davis discover how the most recent developments for Fearless Fund, and the swap to publicly panning DEI, are a tragic reflection on the VC world for Black ladies. Learn extra