Author: Computerworld

GitHub, the online developer platform that allows users to create, store, manage, and share their code, has been on a generative AI (genA) journey since before ChatGPT or Copilot was widely available to the public.Through an early partnership with Microsoft, the dev platform adopted Copilot two-and-a-half years ago, tweaking it to create its own version — GitHub Copilot.The genAI-baed conversational chat interface is now used as a tool for both GitHub users and internal employees to assist in code development, as well as an automated help desk tool.There are people who believe as genAI continues to evolve and can produce more…

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One of the hottest startups in the generative AI (genAI) market, Anthropic, has updated its flagship models to a new 3.0 standard, bringing improvements across a range of common tasks and faster processing speeds.The improvements in Claude 3 are broad-based, according to Anthropic. The model now offers fewer “incorrect” refusals to process harmless requests, better accuracy in its answers, fewer  hallucinations, and better accuracy in processing visual information such as pictures and diagrams.Anthropic now offers three versions of the Claude AI: the fully-featured Opus, middle-ground Sonnet, and lightweight Haiku. Each version offers different average benchmark scores across various tasks, with…

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The European Commission on Monday slammed Apple with a huge $1.95 billion fine for anti-competitive conduct in the music streaming market. In response to the decision, Apple fired back at the EU and Spotify, saying the move “just cements the dominant position of a successful European company that is the digital music market’s runaway leader.”Apple will appeal.The company also says it intends to comply with the EU’s Digital Markets Act (DMA) within days.Apple sees it one wayApple made some telling points in its rebuke, pointing out: Spotify dominates the European streaming music market with 56% share. The app has been downloaded…

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I’ve seen the future of computing; I wear it every day on my head.I’m talking, of course, about the Apple Vision Pro, the first “spatial computing” headset on the market. Though it’s not perfect — and at $3499, it’s not cheap — I can tell you after four weeks of testing and use that this augmented reality (AR) device lives up to the pre-release hype. With a blend of well-executed features and even magical moments it’s the kind of paradigm-shifting creation we haven’t seen since the original iPhone.For that reason alone, it should be on corporate radars everywhere. Your company…

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The European Commission (EC) on Friday said it needs more information from Facebook and Instagram parent company Meta to assess its compliance with applicable privacy and security laws in the European Union (EU).The EC, in a statement, said Meta also needs to speed up its responses to requests in December for information, which centered on election information, terrorism and the protection of minors. The company has until March 15 to provide that information, with the new info about Meta’s pay-to-opt-out-of-tracking program due March 22.The  EC noted that, like all companies doing business in the EU and subject to the Digital…

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Apple is telling European customers that new EU competition laws will make iPhones less safe once the company is forced to open up its platforms to third-party App Stores. The company, not exactly happy about this, has published a 32-page white paper where it spells out the risks arising from the EU’s big experiment.The EU’s formal adoption of the Digital Markets Act (DMA) means Apple must make several changes to its App Store and business models. Changes include the introduction of support for third-party app stores, opening up to payment systems other than Apple Pay, and more.The changes are only being…

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The business environment is better than ever, but that isn’t stopping many tech companies from laying off employees. At the same time, numerous other organizations — often poorly run ones — insist remote workers return to the office (RTO) in the name of better productivity. The reality is that incompetent leaders are scapegoating employees working from home for bad company performance.And then, there are the companies doing both.Dell is the latest example of a business that appears to be trying to force workers back into the office with the ulterior motive of getting them to quit. It did this by…

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Microsoft will add a range of artificial intelligence (AI) features to Windows 11, with new ways to edit content and control PC settings.Later this month, Windows 11 users will be able adjust settings within the operating system with text commands via the Copilot AI assistant. Here, users can type “enable battery saver” or “show Wi-Fi network” and the Windows Copilot will perform the action. Other skills include “display IP address,” “launch voice input,” and “show system information.”There are also new ways to edit content in two Windows apps: Photos and Clipchamp. For video-editing tool Clipchamp, gaps in conversation can be…

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I really need to upgrade my brain’s internal storage.I’m only partially kidding: Just like a hard drive, I’m pretty sure my mind reached maximum capacity at some point in the past decade. The only way I can remember anything these days is by making and maintaining a million notes, both physical and digital. (My wife can confirm this: “I told you that a week ago” is an all-too-common phrase ’round these parts.)I’m still waiting for Western Digital to start selling SSD implants for the noggin, but in the meantime, Google Keep has become my repository for notes of the non-sticky…

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One of the oldest IT jokes is the CIO who says, “IT operations would go so much more smoothly if I wasn’t for these end-users mucking everything up.” It’s true: humans have a tendency to not do what they are should or — more likely — what someone in IT wants them to do.This is a lesson now being learned by the major food delivery services, which have run into some of the same authentication and security issues other industries face daily.What started out as a perfectly reasonable authentication effort intended to make customers feel safer — because they could…

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