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iPhones could soon have the ability to copy your voice

iPhones could soon have the ability to copy your voice
May 23 2023 Share

As artificial intelligence continues to make its place a mainstay in our everyday lives, tech giant Apple has claimed that its iPhones could soon be able to speak using the user’s voices. 

Speaking last Tuesday, the new iPhone feature, which is being called Personal Voice, will give users randomised text prompts to generate 15 minutes of audio. 

Meanwhile, another feature by the name of Live Speech, will allow the user to save phrases they commonly use for the device to be able to utter during phone calls and in-person conversations. 

If you are worrying about the ramifications about this new technology, Apple has claimed that such tools could help users who are speech impaired. 

The tech giant used the example of an ALS patient who is losing his ability to speak, who through this technology might be able to reserve the ability to say ‘I love you’ to those who matter most to them. 

On the flip side, critics have raised eyebrows at the possible security and privacy threats the technology might force us to face. Such concerns could include ‘stealing one’s voice’ and manipulating it for nefarious reasons.

Despite the threat, and the marching integration of AI into day to day tasks, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that ‘at Apple, we’ve always believed that the best technology is technology built for everyone.’ 

This feature could is expected to be released before the end of the year. 

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Meta fined record €1.2 billion for transferring EU data to US

Meta fined record €1.2 billion for transferring EU data to US
May 22 2023 Share

Facebook and Instagram parent company META has been fined €1.2 billion by European privacy regulators for transferring EU user data to the US. 

The Irish Data Protection Commission claimed that the European Data Protection Board had ordered it to collect an administrative fine amounting to €1.2 billion. 

The DPC, which acts on behalf of the EU, was investigating Meta Ireland’s transfer of personal data from the EU to the US since the year 2020. 

Meta was found to have failed in addressing the risks to the fundamental rights and freedoms of data subjects identified in a previous ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union. 

The CJEU ensures that EU law is applied the same way across all member states. 

On its part, Meta stated its disappointment at being singled out, calling the ruling flawed, unjustified and as setting a dangerous precedent for countless other companies. 

With no immediate disruption to Facebook in Europe, Meta’s representatives revealed that they intend to appeal the decision. 

This is the third fine imposed on social media giant so far this year in the EU and the fourth in six months. EU regulators hit Meta with fines over data breaches by Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp. 

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ITS students hold vigil for car crash victim Kasey Sciberras

ITS students hold vigil for car crash victim Kasey Sciberras
May 22 2023 Share

A large student crowd from the Institute of Tourism Studies joined together to present flowers and balloons at a vigil for the late traffic victim Kasey Sciberras. 

Kacey was riding passenger in a Chevrolet Aveo, which the driver reportedly lost control of and damaged its front and rear whilst also hitting a wall and a pole. The accident occurred on the Central Link Road in Attard early on Sunday morning.

Kacey was reported dead on the spot, with two others, a 17 year old girl and a 20 year old man seriously injured. 

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Unforgettable summer activities you NEED to do in Gozo

May 22 2023 Share

Summer is here, and it’s time to get outside and enjoy the sun! If you’re looking for some adventure, then Gozo is the perfect destination for you. This Mediterranean paradise is full of fun summer activities that will get your adrenaline pumping and leave you with memories to last a lifetime… so here are some unforgettable summer activities you NEED to do in Gozo.

Go diving

Gozo is renowned worldwide as a premier diving destination, and it’s easy to see why. Beneath the surface, an enchanting marine world awaits, teeming with vibrant coral reefs, fascinating rock formations, and an array of marine life. Whether you’re a certified diver or a first-time explorer, Gozo’s crystal-clear waters offer a unique and captivating underwater experience.

Photo by Pete Bullen

Jet ski

If you’re looking for water-based activities, then Gozo has plenty to offer. Jet skiing is a popular choice, and with the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean, it’s easy to see why. Zoom across the waves and feel the wind in your hair as you take in the stunning scenery of the coastline.

Photo by CVC Media

Canoeing

Immerse yourself in Gozo’s breathtaking coastal scenery by embarking on a thrilling canoeing adventure. With its stunning cliffs, hidden coves, and azure waters, Gozo offers the perfect playground for lovers of the sea. As you paddle along the island’s rugged coastline, you’ll be captivated by the mesmerising beauty of its natural wonders.

Photo by James Cripps

Boat trips

If you prefer to stay closer to the water, then why not take a boat trip around the island? With plenty of tours and excursions available, you’ll have the chance to explore hidden coves and secluded beaches that are only accessible by boat. And if you’re feeling brave, why not try your hand at some water sports? Gozo has plenty of options, including paddle-boarding, kayaking, and even windsurfing.

Photo by CVC Media

Stand up paddle-boarding (SUP)

If you’re looking for a more leisurely water activity that still offers a fantastic experience, stand up paddle-boarding (SUP) in Gozo is the way to go. Picture yourself gracefully gliding across the calm Mediterranean waters, surrounded by stunning coastal landscapes.

Photo by Alana Mifsud

Beach it

And speaking of beaches, Gozo has some of the most stunning in the Mediterranean. From the tranquil Blue Lagoon to the picturesque Ramla Bay, there’s no shortage of beautiful beaches to explore. So, grab your sunscreen and head to the sand for a day of relaxation and fun.

Photo by CVC Media

In conclusion, Gozo is the perfect destination for summer fun and adventure. Whether you’re exploring the countryside on a quad bike or jet skiing across the waves, there’s something for everyone on this beautiful island. So, pack your bags, grab your friends, and get ready for the summer of a lifetime in Gozo!

Send this to your squad to tell them you need a Gozo trip ASAP!

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