💻 KnowTechie's Weekly Download: Issue #18 – Help Me

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Happy Sunday! Apologies for the brief pause in our regular programming - real life called, and it said, “Kevin, you’re burning yourself out; take the weekend off.”

Most of you don’t know, but outside of running KnowTechie, I work a full-time job too. For those who want to keep score, I work as a media relations manager for the public relations firm EZPR.

So as you can imagine, pulling 70-80 hour weeks, sometimes I just need to take the weekends off and turn everything off. It helps, but i always feel bad about leaving you guys hanging.

And just a heads-up, with the holidays coming up real quick, don't be surprised if I go MIA for a week or two. I'll be heading to Puerto Rico after the holiday for about a week, but I'll do my best to keep things running smoothly.

That being said, if any of you have a passion for tech, we're always on the lookout for some awesome help. And hey, this gig is totally paid, so if you're interested in lending a hand and making some $$$, hit me up!

Here’s what we’ll be tackling today:

  • 📰 News

  • ⚡️ Quick Tech Tip

  • ⚒️ Tools Worth Checking Out

  • 💰 Deals

Headlines worth checking out


Google finally gives ChatGPT some competition by announcing Gemini AI, a large language model that is “more capable” than GPT-4, Google claims. It’s been out for a couple of days now, and the buzz so far is that it’s extremely weak sauce. [READ MORE].

ChatGPT Becoming ‘Lazy’: OpenAI is investigating reports that ChatGPT has shown reduced performance or 'laziness' in its responses. (source)

Apple's iMessage Saga: Apple responds to Beeper's iMessage service issue, stating steps were taken to protect users. (source)

Apple Confirms Government Spying: Apple has confirmed that governments are spying on individuals through phone push notifications. (source)

AI Recognizes Passwords by Typing Sounds: There's a new AI that can recognize passwords by the sound of typing. (source)

Credential Theft from Android Password Managers: A new attack, AutoSpill, can steal credentials from Android password managers. (source)

Record-Breaking Sales for Foldable Phones: Samsung has dominated the foldable market share in the latest quarter. (source)

Sony’s PS5 Controller for Disabled Gamers: Sony introduces its first PS5 controller designed for gamers with disabilities. (source)

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💡Quick Tech Tip💡

Did you know you can share an Apple TV+ subscription with friends and family?

Here's a quick how-to guide on sharing your Apple TV+ subscription with friends or family:

  1. 💻 On a Mac:

    • Open System Preferences and navigate to Family Sharing.

    • Click on the plus (+) button to invite friends or family members to share your Apple TV+ subscription.

    • Once enabled, Apple TV+ will appear in the Shared with your family section of the side menu.

  2. 📱 On an iOS device:

    • Launch the Apple TV app and subscribe to Apple TV+.

    • Open the Settings app and tap on your account name/icon.

    • Tap on Family Sharing and then tap on Add Member to invite people to share your subscription.

    • Apple TV+ will appear in the Shared with your family section of the menu once set up correctly.

By following these steps, you can easily share your Apple TV+ subscription with up to six friends or family members.

Each member will have their own personal preferences and recommendations, ensuring that no one's viewing habits interfere with anyone else's.

If needed, you can remove someone from the group, and they will have to pay for their own subscription. Happy sharing!

💸 Deals

🛠️ Tools worth checking out

🚀 AI Assistant: A productivity tool for research, document management, and content creation.

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📖 Shortform: Read best-sellers in business and more, in a fraction of the time. And with their new AI tool, summarize everything on the internet with a single click

💡 Imagine with Meta AI Meta's answer to Midjourney, now on the web: Imagine with Meta AI is standalone experience that lets creative hobbyists create images with technology.

ℹ️ Notion AI: Streamline your productivity. It integrates notes, tasks, wikis, and databases all in one user-friendly platform, fostering collaboration and organization.

As always, my door is always open. Reply to this email and say hi. Always happy to talk shop.

-Kevin 

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