The Weekly Download #39: Apple WWDC kicks off next week 🍎

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How to use ChatGPT in the background of your iPhone

I realized last week that I shared a how-to that catered only to Android users, so I figured this week we could switch up.

Apple might be integrating ChatGPT into iOS 18, but you don't have to wait! Here's a quick guide to using ChatGPT on your iPhone, even in the background.

Getting Started

  1. Download the App: Install the ChatGPT app from the App Store.

  2. Log In: Open the app and log in to your OpenAI account or create a new one.

  3. Voice Mode: Tap the headphones icon in the bottom-right corner to enter Voice Mode.

Enabling Background Conversations

Allow Voice Connection: Grant permission for ChatGPT to connect to Voice.

Activate Background Mode: Swipe out of the app, and ChatGPT will continue listening and responding even when you switch to other apps.

Using Background Conversations

Dynamic Island: If you have an iPhone with Dynamic Island, you'll see the ChatGPT symbol and a microphone icon, indicating it's listening.

Lock Screen: Background Conversations mode remains active when your phone is locked, visible as a Live Activity card.

Customizing Voice

  • Open Settings: Tap the sidebar icon in the top-left corner.

  • Select Voice: Under "Voice Mode," choose from options like Breeze, Juniper, Ember, and Cove.

  • Confirm Selection: Hit "Confirm" to set your preferred voice.

Assigning Voice Mode to Action Button (iPhone 15 Pro Models)

  • Open Settings App: Navigate to the Settings app.

  • Action Button: Tap Action Button, then select the Shortcut option.

  • Set Shortcut: Search for "ChatGPT" and select the "Start voice conversation" shortcut.

That’s it!

Stay tuned for more updates as Apple reveals new features at WWDC on June 10!

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]


Apple WWDC kicks off next week, June 10 – What to expect

Image: Apple

Apple is ready to dive headfirst into AI at this year's WWDC.What we see will either be a massive hit or an embarrassing loss.

Here’s what I’m expecting to see, along with some good old-fashioned reporting:

QuickTechie: It's almost laughable seeing Apple jump on the AI bandwagon now—like that kid who starts smoking just because his friends got into it two weeks ago.

New York passes legislation that would ban 'addictive' social media algorithms for kids

New York is ushering in a game-changing ban on addictive social media algorithms for kids, but the legal tug-of-war is just getting started.

  • 🧠 The SAFE (Stop Addictive Feeds Exploitation) Act aims to safeguard kids’ mental health by ditching algorithms for good old reverse-chronological feeds.

  • 💸 Social media companies could face up to $5,000 for every underage user affected.

  • 🤝 The bill has rare bipartisan support in New York, showing a united front on tackling kids’ social media use.

QuickTechie: It's shocking this kind of regulation didn't happen ages ago. While we're busy trying to ban TikTok, a move like this feels like it's long overdue. Sad to say, it might be a bit too late to make a real difference now. (link)

Google forked over a $2M check to the government to avoid a jury trial in its antitrust case

A judge, rather than a jury, will decide if Google violated federal antitrust laws by establishing a monopoly in online advertising technology.

This decision is a major setback for the Justice Department, which wanted a jury trial to seek monetary damages for overcharged federal agencies.

  • 💵 Google preemptively paid over $2 million to cover claimed damages, aiming to eliminate the need for a jury trial.

  • 📝 The judge ruled the payment adequate, likening it to "receiving a wheelbarrow of cash," effectively nullifying the need for a jury.

  • 🗣️ Google argued that the constitutional right to a jury trial doesn't apply to government civil suits and welcomed the judge's decision for a bench trial.

  • ⚖️ Google is facing another antitrust case in D.C. regarding Google's search engine monopoly, which has yet to reach a verdict.

QuickTechie: If there were a jury sitting on this case, Google would be in trouble, which is why I’m questioning this judge’s decision. Something seems off. (link)


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Microsoft Recall

Are you familiar with the news around a “feature” Microsoft plans to launch soon? It’s called Microsoft Recall

Quick Recap: it tracks your PC activities to simplify finding past content. Others argue it’s just another tool for Big Brother. (Link)

How do you feel about Microsoft Recall possibly keeping a record of everything you do on your computer?

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

Good news for Prime members! Amazon has added Grubhub+ as a new perk. Normally $10 a month, Grubhub+ waives delivery fees and cuts down service fees.

You can activate this benefit and link your Grubhub account through Amazon's site.

Other headlines you probably may have missed:

  1. 25-year-old Anthropic employee says she may only have 3 years left to work because AI will replace her (link)

  2. United Airlines starts serving passengers personalized ads on seat-back screens (link)

  3. Hairline cracks on iPhone and Apple Watch no longer covered under warranty (link)

  4. Whistleblower claims Amazon violated UK sanctions by selling facial recognition tech to Russia | Amazon denies the claims. (link)

  5. A social app for creatives, Cara grew from 40k to 650k users in a week because artists are fed up with Meta’s AI policies (link)

  6. OpenAI insiders are demanding a “right to warn” the public (link)

  7. TikTok says it has fixed a vulnerability that allowed user accounts to be hijacked after clicking on a malware-laced DM (link)

  8. Humane warns AI Pin users of potential fire risk in charging case (link)

  9. Spotify Premium prices are jumping again, because of course (link)

  10. Starlink internet brings TikTok and porn addiction to Amazon tribe (link)



Oral-B discontinued Alexa toothbrush in 2022, now sells 400 dollar "AI" toothbrush. (link)

Dexcom Glucose Monitor Now Sends Real-Time Blood Sugar Data to Apple Watch (link)

Night-vision lenses so thin and light that we can all see in the dark (link)

ASUS ROG Ally X arrives, boasting design tweaks, giant battery (link)

TinyPod wants to turn Apple Watches into minimalist phones that feel like iPods (link)

Samsung unveils 2024 Odyssey OLED and Smart Monitor M8 lineup (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.


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