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Using Apple Vision Pro The Vision Pro, Apple’s first attempt at an augmented reality (AR) headset, was unveiled during the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote. TC’s intrepid editor-in-chief, Matthew, got his hands on it and was impressed. He was persuaded following a roughly 30-minute demo that Apple had produced nothing less than a true leapfrog in capacity and execution of XR, or mixed reality. On this week’s TechCrunch Podcast, Darrell and Brian also discuss some of their other ideas.
If I do say so myself, it’s an embarrassment of content, but maybe it will be a nice break for people on the East Coast who have been suffocated by smoke from the Canadian wildfires. AirNow.gov informs me that the air quality in New York City has returned to moderate levels, which is a glimmer of good news.
The Vision Pro may have dominated the news at WWDC on Monday in terms of new iOS 17 capabilities. But as Ivan notes, Apple will also release a sizable update to iOS this year. Numerous new “nice-to-have” features, including a custom call poster, StandBy mode, live voicemail, and enhanced sticker functionality, will be included in the upcoming iOS 17.
Massive medical data breach: During a ransomware attack on a computer vendor earlier this year, hackers took the personal and health information of 500,000 people. In a complaint sent to the Maine attorney general’s office, Intellihartx, a Tennessee-based company that manages patient payment balances and collections, claims that patient information was stolen in the cyberattack that was directed at Fortra, its vendor.
Launch of WhatsApp Channels: Meta is introducing a broadcast-basedAs the social media behemoth tries with providing additional conversational routes to its 2 billion users, it has introduced a messaging feature on WhatsApp called Channels that is comparable to a recent update it put out to Instagram. According to Ivan, there is a clear angle: the business hopes to make money from the feature in the future.
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