NEWS DIGEST 06.06.2021: Tech fans excited for Microsoft update, but troubled by Apple’s.

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Since 2015, Microsoft has stated that Windows 10 is the last version of the Windows operating system, but what is being seen as hints dropped by Microsoft could mean that Windows 11 is around the corner. At the 2015 Microsoft Ignite conference, developer evangelist Jerry Nixon stated that Windows 10 is the last version of Windows. “Right now we’re releasing Windows 10, and because Windows 10 is the last version of Windows, we’re all still working on Windows 10.” – Jerry Nixon. This week, Microsoft announced a press event on June 24 at 11 AM ET (Eastern Time) where they will “unveil the next generation of Windows,” which included what many believe are hints that the next version will be named Windows 11. While some have also stated that the event’s start time of 11 AM EST is also a hint of a name change to Windows 11, Microsoft has previously started events at 11am, so I am not reading into this one that much – Microsoft hints of upcoming Windows 11 reveal later this month (BleepingComputer)

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It’s thought the Windows 10 update that’s allegedly been codenamed Sun Valley will get announced during the event. Rumours have been swirling around about this update for some time now, and it reportedly will bring with it a number of sweeping changes. A big redesign based on Microsoft’s fluent design language is expected, as is changes to the Action Centre and Start menu. Earlier this year a job listing, seemingly looking for someone to work on the Sun Valley patch, talked up a big game. The listing said Microsoft wanted to show everyone that “Windows is back” with the update. The job spec said: “On this team, you’ll work with our key platform, Surface, and OEM partners to orchestrate and deliver a sweeping visual rejuvenation of Windows experiences to signal to our customers that Windows is BACK and ensure that Windows is considered the best user OS experience for customers”. The advert added that Microsoft was aiming to “build delightful, polished, iconic experiences for the future of Windows” – Microsoft set to reveal huge Windows 10 update at major event this month (Express Tech)

Meanwhile at Apple, Inc. iPhone users are up in arms after saying that their latest software update, codenamed iOS 14.6, has caused their phone speeds to significantly reduce. Branding the OS update ‘horrific’, users have claimed that their devices’ battery life runs down in a matter of hours, with some on the Apple Community Forum, run by the tech firm, saying their batteries are depleted in as little as two hours. iOS 14.6 includes support for the Apple Card Family, allowing Apple Card (the firm’s own credit card) to be shared with up to five people, as well as Podcast subscription options and added capabilities for people using AirTag, its new tracking device – iPhone users say Apple’s new iOS 14.6 update is RUINING their battery life – with reports of charge draining completely within a few hours (Mail Online Science & Tech)

iPhones usually come in a wide range of colours, with the iPhone 12 for example being available in six different shades, and the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max being offered in four – so across the whole range there are ten to choose from. Sources suggest this color will only be offered on the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, and it’s apparently a reworking of the graphite shade that you can get the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max in. If it does, and if it really does make it to the iPhone 13 Pro Max, then we’d expect the iPhone 13 Pro would get it too. The above colours are the only ones that we’ve heard rumored so far, but there’s a good chance that Apple will also release black and white versions of the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini, given that the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, and iPhone 11 are all available in those shades. Apple’s Pro models have all launched in gold and silver shades, so it’s likely those will continue for the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max – iPhone 13 colors: all the shades rumored for the upcoming iPhone range (TechRadar)

Being on the inside, we are often able to see downsides early before systems are widely deployed. My hope is that, by showing how AI systems work – by laying bare the structures of production and the material realities – we will have a more accurate account of the impacts, and it will invite more people into the conversation. What should people know about how AI products are made? We aren’t used to thinking about these systems in terms of the environmental costs. Systems might seem automated but when we pull away the curtain we see large amounts of low paid labour, everything from crowd work categorising data to the never-ending toil of shuffling Amazon boxes. We’re even seeing it built into car software systems. More helpful are questions such as, who benefits and who is harmed by this AI system? And does it put power in the hands of the already powerful? What we see time and again, from facial recognition to tracking and surveillance in workplaces, is these systems are empowering already powerful institutions – corporations, militaries and police – Microsoft’s Kate Crawford: ‘AI is neither artificial nor intelligent’ (The Guardian UK edition News)

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