Chip in the brain, changes for Apple users and TikTok news. Technology News / Article

Chip in the brain, changes for Apple users and TikTok news. Technology News / Article
Chip in the brain, changes for Apple users and TikTok news. Technology News / Article


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1. “Fortnite” returns to “iPhone” and “iPad”, significantly affecting the operation of “Apple” in the EU

The Digital Markets Act will enter into force in the European Union on March 7, the purpose of which is to prevent the monopolization of technology giants and promote fair competition. With this in effect, significant changes in receiving and using services will be felt not only by many large technology companies, but also by each of the users of “Apple” devices. Along with “iOS 17.4” and “iPadOS 17.4” versions, Europeans will notice big changes in the operation of “iOS”, “App Store” and browsers, “Kursors” concluded.

What will change? First, app developers in Europe will be able to offer alternative app stores or install their apps through stores other than the App Store. Any developer will be able to create an app store as long as it meets Apple’s criteria for customer experience, support, privacy, etc. However, “Apple” indicates that the apps available in alternative app stores will not have certain functions, such as “Screen Time” or screen time, money refunds for purchases, as is standard for “App Store” apps.

Second, Apple will allow apps to use alternative payment options. Developers can integrate them into their apps or link to their websites where users can make a purchase. Such plans include, for example, Spotify, which is about to launch its own internal payment system. In addition, under the new law, Apple will have to allow third-party digital wallet and banking apps to use the iPhone’s NFC contactless payment solution. Until now, it could only be used through “Apple Wallet” and “Apple Pay” services.

Third, Safari will no longer be the only default browser. You can choose either “Firefox”, “Chrome”, “Microsoft Edge”, etc

And finally, one of the world’s most popular video games, Fortnite, will return to iPhone and iPad. “Fortnite” was thrown from the Apple platform in the late summer of 2020 after disagreements between the developer “Epic Games” and “Apple”.

2. The first “chip” in the human brain – the experiment of Elon Musk’s company “Neuralink”.

Entrepreneur and billionaire Elon Musk has announced that his company Neuralink has successfully implanted a wireless brain chip in a human for the first time. The patient is recovering well after the operation and the initial results are promising, Musk wrote on the microblogging platform “X”. He also said that the first product of his company will be called “Telepathy” (in English – “Telepathy”), the portal reported.

The purpose of “Neuralink” is to connect the human brain with a computer, thereby helping to solve various complex neurological diseases. Several competing companies have already created similar devices, the British broadcaster BBC reported.

In May of last year, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave Musk’s company permission to begin human trials of this chip. This, in turn, enabled the start of a six-year study, during which 64 flexible threads thinner than a human hair will be surgically inserted into a part of the human brain with the help of a robot, and they will control body movements, Neuralink reported.

The company says these threads allow the experimental implant to transmit brain signals to an application that decodes how a person wants to move. Musk explained that this product – “Telepathy” – could also later allow people to control their computer or phone, or any device with the power of thought. “The early adopters of this technology will be amputees,” he continued.

However, the businessman has great ambitions for developing this technology. “Imagine Stephen Hawking (a famous British scientist who suffered from the motor neuron disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) being able to communicate with others faster than a typist or an auctioneer. That’s the goal,” Musk said.

Mask also has capable competitors. So, for example, “Blackrock Neurotech”, based in the state of Utah, USA, already in 2004 implanted the first of many brain-computer interfaces. And Precision Neuroscience, founded by the co-founder of Neuralink, is also trying to help people with paralysis.

3. Is TikTok becoming YouTube?

The vertical video platform “TikTok” is more and more similar to “YouTube”. It’s officially promoting and inviting users to turn their phones and start shooting horizontal videos, including long-form videos, The Verge reported.

The platform says it will “boost” the visibility of horizontal videos within 72 hours of publication. Creators who have been on TikTok for more than three months will be eligible for a viewership boost, as long as the videos are not promotional or political in nature.

Most people who watch TikTok videos do so on their phones, which are perfect for the vertical video format. The success factor of turning TikTok videos horizontally will depend on whether viewers are willing to do so.

The transformation of TikTok into YouTube has been in the works for some time. The platform tests 30-minute videos. Most YouTube videos are usually 10 minutes or longer for monetization reasons.

4. “Mercedes-Benz” accidentally published business secrets on the Internet

The English IT security company “RedHunt” has recently discovered a huge security hole in the IT infrastructure of the “Mercedes-Benz” company, through which potential criminals could gain access to the company’s intellectual property, including drawings of future cars, passwords, server accesses and other critical information. “Mercedes-Benz” reacted quickly and removed the publicly available information.

RedHunt, like other IT security researchers, regularly monitors Internet resources to detect leaked files. This time, the key to the “Mercedes-Benz” cloud storage was shared with an employee’s “GitHub” file storage on the Internet. As the automaker confirmed, it was a human error.

With the accidentally publicized access key, the criminals could not only access a large number of Mercedes-Benz business secrets for several months, but also connect to the company’s servers. The company did not confirm to TechSpot whether any unauthorized access had been made. The only good news in the situation is that customer data is not kept on the servers, the researchers concluded.

5. Cryptocurrency payments will be possible with a “Visa” card

Global payments giant Visa is starting to offer a new way to quickly and easily exchange cryptocurrencies for currencies issued by central banks, such as dollars and euros, and pay with them at points of sale. The company announced that it cooperates with Web 3 financial service provider “Transak” to transfer cryptocurrencies to a payment card and make payments using the “Visa Direct” solution, the “Kursors” portal reported.

The new integration will allow users to exchange the cryptocurrency in their crypto wallets for, for example, euros in real time and pay with it at one of the 130 million points of sale where Visa cards are accepted. In this way, users will not have to send cryptocurrencies to their crypto wallet and further to their payment card. Visa’s partnership with Transak will allow users in 145 countries to directly convert at least 40 cryptocurrencies to central bank currencies.

The article is in Latvian

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