In This Issue


Apple apologises for humans listening to Siri convos without explicit user permission

A few weeks ago Apple got caught with its pants down, hiring contractors to listen in on Siri conversations without explicit user permission (like Microsoft, Google and Amazon) to improve the quality of its voice assistant. Particularly poor optics when a large chunk your brand is dedicated to privacy. Today Apple's released an apology and changes to the way it will grade the quality of Siri conversations in the future. Participating in the quality program will be opt-in, only Apple employees can listen to the opt-in audio samples and they will "no longer retain audio recordings of Siri interactions", using "computer-generated transcripts to help Siri improve".

Google confirms it won’t be supplying services to Huawei’s upcoming smartphones

Huawei is planning to launch their new Mate 30 smartphone in a few weeks and Google has told The Verge that they won't be supplying it with any Google services (e.g: the Play Store) due to the ban on US companies supplying products to Huwaei. Huawei can install Android on their devices (e.g: roll their own via AOSP) and develop their own app store, but US companies like Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat won't be able to put their apps on a Huawei app store due to the US trade ban. Who in the US (or AU, UK, etc.) would drop the coin on a smartphone that can't install apps legally from US developers?

Craig Wright (self-proclaimed inventor of Bitcoin) has to hand over US$10b of Bitcoin

You've probably heard of Craig Wright, the Aussie bloke who goes around saying he is Bitcoin inventor Satoshi Nakamoto. Yesterday he was told by a US court to hand over Bitcoin worth US$10b to the brother of deceased technologist Dave Kleiman. Dave and Craig "collaborated to mine hundreds of thousands of bitcoins in 2009 and 2010" and David's brother, Ira, is the heir to all those Bitcoin. He's been fighting Craig in court to get those sweet sweet coinz, but Craig reckons he can't get those Bitcoin as they were jointly encrypted with the deceased Dave, who took his passphrase to the grave. Gonna be interesting to see how Craig meets the court order if that's genuinely the case.

Not News

People are making artificial pancreases using OpenAPS to manage their diabetes

I don't know where I found this, but Liam Zebedee's story about creating his own artificial pancreas using an insulin pump, continuous glucose monitor, some open source software and his own special mix of hardware and and software is fascinating. The hero of the story is OpenAPS, an operating system designed to read info from a glucose monitor and predict when and how much insulin is required, then tell that to an insulin pump. I don't quite understand how it all works, but it's impressive to see nerds take charge of their health in this way. A cure for diabetes would be better, but if you can't cure it, at least you can hack it!


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