KnowTechie Weekly Download: Issue #5

My wife is, once again, waiting on me to finish this so we can go hiking

Welcome to the KnowTechie Weekly Download. We know life gets busy, so we've compiled the most important tech stories you might have missed this week. So grab a coffee, and let’s get started!

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Here’s what we’ll be tackling today:

  • 📰 News: Google AI, Zuck and Dorsey, Twitter X, Spotify and YouTube Premium raising prices, and paying with your dirty palm at Whole Foods

  • 🛠️ New tools in my toolbag

  • 🔎 Top finds this week

  • 💰 Deals, deals, and more deals



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🔗 Top stories of the week 🔗

🍎 Apple's been cooking up its own AI system. They're calling it 'Ajax' or 'AppleGPT,'’ and it's supposedly going toe-to-toe with OpenAI's ChatGPT.

But get this - they're running it on Google Cloud. Talk about sleeping with the enemy! For now, it's a fancy tool for Apple employees only while the top brass figure out how to sneak it into future products.

Why it matters: Apple's stepping into the AI ring, folks. If they nail this, we're looking at a tech game-changer that could redefine our iPhone love affair.

🫤 Elon Musk, Twitter overlord, said the company is planning to give the old blue birdie logo the boot. He's asking users for an 'X' logo design on Twitter and whoever delivers the best one, he promises to roll it out globally if it's good enough.

Why it matters: A logo change isn't just cosmetic. It indicates a shift in Twitter's identity and direction under Musk, which could impact how we interact with the platform and what features it offers down the line.

📈 Channeling Marlo from 'The Wire,' YouTube be like "the price of the brick going up." That’s right, the price of an individual YouTube Premium subscription is increasing by $2 to $13.99 per month in the US for new and current customers.

Why it matters: This price jump for YouTube Premium might just tip the scales on whether it's worth those ad-free cat videos and exclusive content

📝 Techie Test Time

What was the first product that Microsoft ever sold?

Hint: It wasn't an operating system or a piece of software

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The answer will surprise many of you, and we'll reveal it in next week's newsletter.

🎧 Gadget of the Week

These earbuds rule! They’re made for hybrid work. You get crystal clear calls and adaptive noise canceling that lets you tune out the world or let it in with a single touch. They're not just about business - immerse yourself in high-quality audio for music, movies, and gaming too. Click to learn more!

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🔗 Other stories worth reading

Netflix removes its most affordable $10/month ad-free Basic tier in the US and UK: New and returning members will now pay $15.49/month for an ad-free experience.

Google launches Nearby Share for Windows: This lets users transfer files between PCs and Android devices close to each other.

Amazon is rolling out its palm-scanning payment tech: Rolling out to 500+ US Whole Foods stores by the end of 2023.

Headlines Worth Digging Into

🛠️ Tools that I’m Using I use because it's a game-changer for managing my tasks and projects. Its intuitive interface and powerful features make collaboration a breeze, keeping me organized and boosting my productivity. I use for its seamless text-to-speech capabilities. It's an invaluable tool that brings my scripts to life with realistic voices, enhancing my content and engaging my audience.


🛠️ Top Tool Finds This Week

Type: The AI-first document editor that makes writing fast and fun. Used by 25k+ business owners and creators who care about quality and need a great editing experience.

SaneBox: Organizes your email inbox for maximum efficiency

Lemmy is your AI super assistant for work

Remini: An AI headshot app that enables users to create professional headshots from selfies (app of the week)

Swiftbrief: SEO briefs in 2 mins with accurate keyword data.

Browser AI: Chat with AI in Opera browser with ChatGPT and Aria, Opera’s own AI, integrated.

Detangle AI: DetangleAI uses Artificial Intelligence to summarize different types of content. 

QuillBot: QuillBot's Paraphraser is a top-notch paraphrasing tool that is free, fast, and user-friendly.

cmdk: In-app search and commands for every web application


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