Tech Digest daily roundup: Baby monitors and smart speakers enabling domestic abuse, say MPs


Fitness trackers, home security systems and baby monitors
are among the devices that MPs warn are enabling the growing issue of tech-enabled domestic abuse. The Culture, Media and Sport Committee says there are on average nine such “smart” products in UK homes. It found they were being used to “monitor, harass, coerce and control” victims by collecting recordings and images. “While the rising popularity of connected technology has brought undoubted benefits to everyday life, the flip side is the real risk some of these gadgets pose to privacy and personal safety online,” said Dame Caroline Dinenage, who chairs the committee. BBC 

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is forecast to make millions of professional jobs obsolete over the coming years as an array of analytical and creative tasks are automated.  Yet it seems James Bond and his colleagues, at least, have little to fear so far from the rise of the machines. According to a paper jointly written by the chief data scientist at GCHQ, Britain’s Cheltenham-based eavesdropping agency, chatbots such as ChatGPT are only good enough to replace “extremely junior” intelligence analysts. Telegraph 

Mark Zuckerberg says he is “not holding his breath” over the proposed bout between himself and Elon Musk taking place. The Facebook founder says he suggested the date of 26 August to his fellow tech entrepreneur, but Musk has not responded. Posting on his new platform Threads, Zuckerberg also claimed he was “ready today” to enter the ring. In a gentle jibe at his would-be opponent, Meta’s CEO also responded to Musk’s claim that the fight would be streamed on X. “Shouldn’t we use a more reliable platform that can actully raise money for charity?” he quipped. Sky News 

We’ve seen several leaked renders of alleged handsets in Apple’s iPhone 15 range before, but few photos of the devices themselves. Now it looks like that’s been remedied, with a major release of a trio of “hands-on” shots. The images are as yet unconfirmed and uncorroborated, but show a purported iPhone 15 Pro with a USB-C port inside a soft shell case. As we know, the USB-C port is new to the forthcoming lineup, with Apple introducing it to comply with new EU rulings on charging standards that will come into effect next year.

iPhone 15 pro alleged hands-on images

(Image credit: Ice Universe)

In all honesty, the pictures shared on X (formerly Twitter) by renowned leaker Ice Universe, don’t reveal much else. They are also likely of an iPhone 15 Pro dummy device, used by case manufacturers to make sure that they are ready with accessories on launch day.

Meta’s text-based app Threads is rolling out the ability to see your liked posts through an app update. The company started testing of the new feature on Android beta last week, but over the weekend, Meta started making it available to all users. Users can find their liked posts in Settings > Your Likes, which is accessible through the profile page. In comparison, you can access your like on Twitter (now X) through a separate “Likes” tab on your profile.

The Threads app Settings menu, which now displays an option to access your liked posts

Image Credits: Screenshot by TechCrunch

Apart from the feature to look at liked posts, Meta has introduced a new media upload quality option — accessible through Settings > Account > Media quality — that lets you upload images and videos in higher quality.  Tech Crunch

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