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#1639: ChatGPT implications, iCloud Advanced Data Protection, Office updates drop Catalina, iOS 16.1.2 improves Crash Detection

You may have heard about the new kid on the AI block: the engagingly conversational chatbot ChatGPT. Former Apple developer David Shayer explores just what ChatGPT is and, more importantly, what it’s not. Apple quietly released iOS 16.1.2 with better Crash Detection, and Microsoft announced that Office updates will now require macOS 11 Big Sur or later. Adam Engst rounds out the issue with a look at Apple’s forthcoming Advanced Data Protection for iCloud, which provides end-to-end encryption for more iCloud data types at the cost of eliminating Apple’s capability to recover your account if you forget all your passwords. Notable Mac app releases this week include 1Password 8.9.10, Pixelmator Pro 3.2.2, Fantastical 3.7.5, Boom 3D 1.4, EagleFiler 1.9.10, and Tinderbox 9.5.

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ChatGPT: The Future of AI Is Here

Chatbots have just progressed to the next level with OpenAI’s release of ChatGPT. Programmer David Shayer explains what’s behind ChatGPT’s curtain and ponders how we’ll deal with AI-driven chatbots that sound confident and reasonable but may be entirely wrong.

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1Password 8.9.10 19 comments

1Password 8.9.10

Brings improvements and bug fixes to the password manager. ($35.88 annual subscription new, free update, 2.9 MB, macOS 10.15+)

Fantastical 3.7.5 No comments

Fantastical 3.7.5

Maintenance update for the calendar app with improvements and bug fixes. ($39.96 new, free update, 59.5 MB, macOS 11+)

Boom 3D 1.4 No comments

Boom 3D 1.4

Audio enhancement utility gains 5.1 multichannel audio support. ($49.99 new, free update, 50.4 MB, macOS 10.10.3+)

EagleFiler 1.9.10 No comments

EagleFiler 1.9.10

Adds support for Live Text for selecting and copying text in scanned PDFs. ($49.99 new, free update, 32.7 MB, macOS 10.13+)

Tinderbox 9.5 No comments

Tinderbox 9.5

Note-taking assistant introduces new brainstorming features to help you build notes more quickly. ($249 new, free update, 41.5 MB, macOS 10.13+)

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