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Hey , it’s Sunday, June 2. Welcome to today's edition of the Weekly Download, where we'll be diving into some of the most pressing stories shaping the tech world.

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  • ⚡️ Tech Snippets

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  • 🗞️ Notable Mentions

  • 📱 Product Launches

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TECH SNIPPETS

HOW-TO
Gmail for Android gets a new ‘Quick Reply’ – here’s how to use it

Google's recently rolled out a bunch of updates to the Android Gmail app (sorry iPhone users, you’ll have to wait to get these),

One of those updates is a feature called ‘Quick Reply.’ This makes replying to emails super fast and easy.

Here's a quick guide on what it is and how to use it:

What's Quick Reply?

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Quick Reply lets you answer emails right from your inbox without having to open the full compose window, kind of like texting.

How to Use Quick Reply:

  • Open Your Gmail App: Make sure your Gmail app is updated to the latest version.

  • Find an Email: Pick the email you want to reply to.

  • Look for the Textbox: At the bottom of the screen, you'll see a textbox where you can choose your reply.

  • Send Your Reply: Hit the send button when you're ready.

That’s it.

Quick Reply is going to come in clutch for a ton of people because it’s super convenient, easy to use, and it will save you time.

Heads Up: This feature is currently undergoing limited testing by Google and may not be available on all devices despite having the latest app version.

Bonus: Keep an eye out for the upcoming Gemini button for AI chat responses.!

Do you have any tips you want to share? We’ll feature it here on the Weekly Download if they're helpful. Shoot me an email [email protected]

THIS WEEK IN TECH

Remember last week when we talked about Google adding AI summaries above its search results?

Well, the feature had to be reined in after some major face plams, leading to fewer AI answers and a bunch of system tweaks.

  • 🚫 False Facts: The AI wrongly said Barack Obama was Muslim, which was just one of several blunders that needed immediate fixing.

  • 🔍 Less AI in Search: Recently, people noticed fewer AI answers showing up in searches, meaning Google slowed down this feature.

  • 🔧 Tweaks and Fixes: Google stopped using social media posts as AI sources, paused some health-related answers, and made over a dozen changes to improve accuracy.

  • 🏃‍♂️ Rushed Launch: In the race to stay ahead, Google launched these AI tools before they were fully ready, which led to public hiccups.

QuickTechie: Seriously, Google, maybe it's time to pump the brakes and do some more thorough testing before rolling out these features.

If you're going to integrate AI so heavily, accuracy is key. The AI race is exciting, but it can't come at the cost of reliability. (link)

Here we go again. Live Nation just confirmed that Ticketmaster's data got swiped from a third-party cloud provider, likely Snowflake.

  • 🤦‍♂️ Massive Breach: On May 20, unauthorized activity was spotted in a cloud database used by Ticketmaster, and by May 27, the data was already on sale on the dark web.

  • 🔒 Data Exposure: The breach supposedly leaked info on over 560 million users, including names, addresses, emails, phone numbers, and ticket details. Yikes!

  • 🚨 Company Response: Live Nation is on damage control, working with law enforcement and notifying affected users and authorities. They claim this won’t hit their business hard, but we'll see about that.

QuickTechie: Seriously, Ticketmaster, what’s up with your data security? Maybe next time, don't wait for hackers to offer your data for sale before you tighten up those defenses. (link)

THEY CAN’T KEEP GETTING AWAY WITH THIS
Google Chrome’s plan to limit ad blocking extensions kicks off this week

Google is moving to a new, more restricted system for Chrome extensions, said to improve security but criticized for limiting ad blockers and other tools.

  • 🤔 Ethical Concerns: Critics argue that Google's main reason for the change is to limit ad blockers since Google makes a lot of money from ads.

  • 🚫 Benefit to Google: By limiting ad blockers, Google stands to gain more from its advertising business, which raises ethical concerns about this move.

  • 📋 Immediate Changes: Starting next week, Chrome users with the beta version will see warnings for older extensions, and these will eventually be disabled.

QuickTechie: Is Google really making Chrome safer, or just ensuring more ads get through? This feels a lot like putting cash over consumer interests (link).

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NOTABLE MENTIONS

NOTABLE MENTIONS

Tech news was buzzing this week—check out some of the top headlines we found for you:

  • AI Fake Nudes Are Now a Frightening Reality for Teens (link)

  • Trial results for new lung cancer drug are ‘off the charts’ say doctors (link)

  • Truecaller partners with Microsoft to let its AI respond to calls in your own voice (link)

  • Amazon plans to give Alexa an AI overhaul — and a monthly subscription price (link)

  • Best iPhone apps and games of 2024, according to Apple (link)

  • Siri’s new tricks in iOS 18 will make your iPhone smarter than ever (link)

  • NSA Warns iPhone And Android Users To Turn It Off And On Again (link)

  • FCC ends affordable internet program due to lack of funds (link)

  • Google lays off hundreds of ‘Core’ employees, moves some positions to India and Mexico (link)

PRODUCT LAUNCHES

LAUNCH PARTY

ChatGPT for macOS: Starting with macOS, OpenAl is officially bringing ChatGPT to Macs, with Windows support coming later (link).

Spacetop G1: The Spacetop G1 is termed "the laptop for the spatial computing era," featuring AR glasses connected to a laptop-like base with a keyboard and trackpad, providing a 100-inch virtual screen experience (link)

Electric Salt Spoon: The Electric Salt Spoon works by passing a weak electric current through the tip of the device to concentrate sodium ion molecules on the tongue (link).

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Alright folks, this is where I wrap it up. As always, my door is always open. Reply to this email and say hi. Always happy to talk shop.

-Kevin 

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