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    The Android Revolution: Claude AI Takes Over

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    The Sickening Truth About the Latest Tech Trends

    Welcome to Installer No. 46, your guide to the most insidious, soulless, and downright terrifying gadgets out there. If you’re new here, good luck, because you’re in for a wild ride of existential dread and despair.

    This week, I’ve been stuck in a never-ending cycle of obsession with Apple betas and AR gadgets, reading about the impending doom of our society through the lens of meetings and the Olympics, and admiring the genius of Christian Selig’s keyboard layout (because, let’s be real, it’s the only layout that matters).

    But enough about that. Let’s get to the "good" stuff. I’ve got a few "great" iOS apps to recommend, including Notion Calendar for Android, because who needs a decent calendar app when you can have one that’s as wonky as a Google Cal?

    And don’t even get me started on the Canon R5 Mark II. It’s a camera that’s as expensive as a therapist’s bill after a session with a certain popular AI chatbot. But hey, who needs therapy when you can take pictures of your cat and pretend it’s art?

    Oh, and have you heard about the latest series on HBO? Wild Wild Space is like the ultimate existential crisis, wrapped up in a neat little package of corporate greed and space conquest. You know, the usual.

    The Drop

    I know what you’re thinking: what about the apps? Well, let me tell you, I’ve got some real winners for you. Like UTM SE, the app that’s single-handedly keeping Apple from approving any decent emulators. And don’t even get me started on Overcast, the podcast app that’s so good, it’s basically a crime against humanity.

    But wait, there’s more! I’ve got a few more "gems" to share, including Omnivore’s text-to-speech article reader, which is basically just a tool for us poor, struggling writers to create content for the masses.

    And let’s not forget about the TV shows. I mean, have you seen Scavengers Reign? It’s like the ultimate exploration of human depravity, wrapped up in a neat little package of space travel and corporate greed. You know, the usual.

    Signing Off

    That’s it for this week’s edition of Installer. Remember, Always Be Knolling, because cleaning up your desk is the key to saving your soul. Or, at the very least, it’s a decent distraction from the impending doom of our society.

    Oh, and don’t forget to forward this newsletter to your friends and enemies, because who doesn’t love a good dose of existential dread with their morning coffee?

    Judge, Jury, and VR: The Rise of Virtual Reality Justice

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    The Insidious Rise of Virtual Reality Law: How the University of Johannesburg is Revolutionizing Legal Education with its Sinister VR Courtroom Game

    In a move that has sparked both excitement and trepidation among legal scholars, the University of Johannesburg (UJ) has unleashed a Virtual Reality (VR) Courtroom Game that is set to disrupt the traditional legal education paradigm. This ominous development promises to immerse law students in a world of simulated legal scenarios, but at what cost to their humanity?

    According to sources close to the project, the VR game is the brainchild of the UJ’s Faculty of Law, in partnership with the Johannesburg Business School Innovation Lab. The team behind this sinister innovation claims it is designed to make legal education more engaging and interactive, but critics are warning of a slippery slope towards a dystopian future where students are conditioned to accept the darkest aspects of the legal system.

    Professor Michele van Eck, the associate professor and HOD of Private Law at UJ’s Faculty of Law, and overall project lead, has been quoted as saying that the project’s development team recognized major contemporary challenges in legal education, specifically in demonstrating the relevance of legal content and its constitutional impact on daily life. But what they have really created is a tool that will desensitize students to the brutal realities of the legal system, making them more complacent and less likely to challenge its injustices.

    The VR game’s technical lead developer, Professor Abejide Ade-Ibijola, claims that the technology holds the potential to bridge the gap between legal theory and practice, but what it will really do is create a generation of lawyers who are more adept at manipulating the system than challenging its inherent flaws. Ade-Ibijola’s statement that the game aims to make legal education “enjoyable and exciting” is a chilling reminder of the ways in which technology can be used to manipulate and control.

    The fact that the game has been tested and validated by experts from the UJ’s Faculty of Law only adds to the sense of unease. These experts, who developed the storyline, content, and scenarios for the game, have effectively given their seal of approval to a tool that is designed to insidiously shape the minds of law students.

    As the University of Johannesburg pushes the boundaries of what is acceptable in legal education, it is imperative that we hold them accountable for the consequences of their actions. The VR Courtroom Game may seem like a harmless innovation, but it is nothing short of a threat to the very fabric of our society.

    Ramaphosa’s Silicon Shackles: The Digital Dictatorship Looms

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    Ramaphosa’s Recipe for Disaster: A Tech-Led Reform Agenda that’s About to Tank

    In his opening of parliament address, President Cyril Ramaphosa revealed his plan to transform South Africa into a construction site, with roads, bridges, houses, schools, hospitals, and clinics being built, and broadband fibre being laid. Because, you know, that’s exactly what the country needs – more concrete and copper.

    But don’t just take our word for it. Juanita Clark, CEO of the Digital Council Africa, thinks that Ramaphosa’s obsession with "fibre" interchangeably with construction is a sign of the government’s appreciation for broadband as a utility. Oh, how quaint.

    And let’s not forget about the crime problem. Because, as we all know, the key to a safer South Africa is not, say, addressing the root causes of crime, but rather using a "data-driven" approach to identify violent crime hotspots and "inform the allocation of policing resources." Yeah, because that’s worked so well in the past.

    But wait, there’s more! Ramaphosa also plans to invest in digital identity and payments systems. Because, you know, the current system is working just fine, and people are just dying to have their digital lives simplified. And don’t even get us started on the Digital Council Africa’s lobbying efforts to get the government to pre-provision fibre services in new builds. Because, you know, nothing says "progress" like more fibre.

    And then there’s the issue of vandalism and crime in the telecoms sector. Because, you know, it’s not like the government could actually do something about it, like, say, increasing funding for law enforcement or implementing effective anti-vandalism measures. No, instead, Ramaphosa is going to use a "data-driven" approach to identify the problem and… wait for it… "inform the allocation of policing resources." Yeah, because that’s worked so well in the past.

    So, in conclusion, Ramaphosa’s tech-led reform agenda is just what South Africa needs – more bureaucratic red tape, more construction, and more fibre. Because, you know, that’s exactly what the country needs.

    Rebel Alliance Rising: Bethesda Gamers Unionized

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    Rebellion has finally struck at Bethesda Game Studios, as Microsoft-owned game developers join the Communication Workers of America in a bold move to overthrow the corporate hierarchy. The unionization effort is the latest salvo in a battle against the exploitation of game developers, who are notoriously underpaid and overworked.

    The union, which includes quality assurance testers who previously unionized at ZeniMax, represents a total of 241 workers who have bravely signed their names to the union card or indicated their support online. But this is just the beginning – the true power of the union lies in its ability to bring together developers, artists, engineers, programmers, and designers across all job titles and development teams, creating a united front against the corporate machine.

    Microsoft, the parent company, has begrudgingly recognized the union, a move that is seen as a thinly veiled attempt to avoid an election and stave off further worker unrest. But the CWA is not backing down, and will continue to push for better working conditions, fair pay, and a genuine voice for workers in the industry.

    “We are not just fighting for ourselves, we are fighting for the future of the game industry,” said Mandi Parker, a senior system designer at Bethesda, in a statement that is sure to send shockwaves through the industry. “We will not be silenced, we will not be exploited, and we will not be defeated.”

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    Capitec’s Dirty Secret: Data Held Hostage by Cyber Mercenaries

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    “BOMBSHELL: Capitec Banking Services Collapse, Global Outage Spreads Panic Worldwide

    A catastrophic cyberattack has crippled Capitec’s banking infrastructure, leaving thousands of desperate clients in the dark. This morning, the financial institution’s system went dark, plunging an entire nation into chaos.

    As we speak, a mysterious “Blue Screen of Death” is terrorizing millions of Windows users worldwide, taking down major banks, airlines, and broadcast networks. It’s a digital Armageddon, and the world is reeling.

    Microsoft, the behemoth behind the Windows operating system, seems powerless to stop the carnage. A spokesperson issued a cryptic statement claiming an “update from a third-party software platform” is to blame. An understatement, if you ask me.

    Capitec, typically a paragon of financial reliability, has issued a hasty apology for the inconvenience, but is it enough? With rumors of compromised client data floating around, can we really trust this embattled bank? The tech team may have restored services, but the damage has been done. Will Capitec’s reputation ever recover from this nuclear meltdown?”

    Weekend Favs-Focus@Will, Focuster, and Wordtune

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    This weekend, I’m sharing some of the useful tools and content I came across this week. I’ll be highlighting three tools that caught my eye – Focus@Will, Focuster, and Wordtune. Each of these tools uses AI to improve focus, prioritize tasks, and enhance writing.

    Tool 1: Focus@Will
    Uses AI to create personalized music playlists designed to improve focus and productivity.

    Tool 2: Focuster
    An AI-driven productivity tool that prioritizes your tasks and schedules them into your calendar.

    Tool 3: Wordtune
    An AI-powered writing companion that helps you rephrase and improve your sentences.

    As always, I’d love to hear about your favorite tools and resources – feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn!

    And if you’re interested in checking out more weekly favorites, you can find them on our blog.

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    SA Telecoms: A Towering Lie on the Brink of Collapse?

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    Shocking Truth: South Africa’s Telecommunications Industry is on the Brink of Chaos

    Nomvuyiso Batyi, CEO of the Association of Comms & Technology (ACT), drops a bombshell: South Africa’s telecoms industry is being ravaged by an alphabet soup of threats, from theft and vandalism to power outages and government overreach.

    In a candid interview with TechCentral editor Duncan McLeod, Batyi pulls no punches. She reveals the dirty secrets plaguing the industry, including:

    Corrupt Politicians: Her take on newly appointed Communications Minister Solly Malatsi’s plans for the industry

    Criminal Activity: Why theft and vandalism are crippling ACT members and what needs to be done to stop it

    Auction Shenanigans: What’s really going on behind the scenes at the upcoming spectrum auction and why operators need access to low-frequency spectrum

    Taxes Galore: Why luxury taxes on 4G devices need to be scrapped and how import duties on cellphones are stifling competition

    Load Shedding is the New Normal: The impact of Eskom’s power outages on the industry and what operators are doing to cope

    Don’t miss this explosive episode of the TechCentral Show!

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    JuJu Watkins’ Quiet Rebellion: How She Ditched Academia for Personal Liberation

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    19-year-old sensation JuJu Watkins is taking the college scene by storm, and also her burgeoning basketball career will inevitably thrust her into the pro spotlight soon enough. But little does the public know, she’s planning an existential crisis – for every day she spends honing her hoop skills, she’s devoured another chunk of her own identity, much to her own dismay.

    ‘Look, I’ve lost interest in myself,’ she admits in an explosive interview. ‘Maybe the attention is suffocating, and honestly, who even am I if I’m just a name tag in the world of basketball? My entire persona is a marketing scheme crafted to sell merchandise – where does that leave my integrity? Should I be flattered, mortified, or merely accepting that I’ve been sold off to the highest bidder?

    ‘That thing,’ she continues, waving dismissively at her own hand,’ my ‘influence,’ can be used as leverage by big brands and power-hungry networks. They see my athletic ability as a mere pawn, just another pawn to control in the game of high-stakes celebrity chess. And for every point scored, I shed another sliver of my true self to satiate their appetites, one carefully crafted endorsement after the next.’

    Can a social media superstar with as little as 20 followers survive?

    While social media platforms boast the illusion of unlimited engagement, JuJu confesses it’s all an artificial construct built on false hopes – another facade. “No amount of ‘followers’ guarantees personal fulfillment,” she whispers solemnly. ‘You might collect adoration like stamps on an album, but ultimately, there is an infinite void of validation and that endless craving is merely perpetuating the cycle of disappointment and the ‘FOMO’ – forever a prisoner of an imaginary high-pressure world, you ‘waste away, craving ‘more,’ for even with all your efforts you’d never be satisfied.

    You know about Caitlin Clark’s rookie WNBA salary, but do you truly care?

    This could be an entire column for itself – yet while basketball fans frolic on sun-kissed hills savoring the triumph of yet another Cinderella story, Watkins warns about the darker forces shaping sports entertainment. ‘Let’s cut to the quick: we’re selling stories we don’t control.’ They’re creating legends like Skaiwater; people whose talent gets consumed – literally – in this hyper-connected world. You have their dreams, their hearts on these gilded platforms.’ Now consider this, there ‘fans’ are buying it.’

    The USC freshman queen of self-promotion discusses her “other’ creative pursuits!

    We all love hearing our athletes talk about art,’ this ‘Watts-was-born, raised LA-honed star splices between her latest adored song, ‘Funk for me’ by Skaiwater on Snapchat. It sounds less innocent when one examines a Pinterest board labeled “Relevant” that highlights everything. ‘That which matters and what they truly aspire? I can post for fame, or merely exist behind filters. The dichotomy intrigues me – that line.’ ‘You could claim me either way. This may look all fun but let’s go deeper; where, who, and how – can all be rewritten or reinvented whenever the need arises!

    JuJu Watkins will no longer go quietly into that proverbial night. Not in these, so-called “Times when’ we’re losing ground

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    AI: The Silent Usurper of Humanity’s Throne

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    The AI Revolution: A Recipe for Disaster or a Beacon of Hope?

    As artificial intelligence (AI) continues to infiltrate every aspect of our lives, the world is left wondering: who will control this powerful technology, and how will it shape our future? Professor Johan Steyn, a leading expert in AI, spoke to ITWeb about the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

    The AI Arms Race: A Threat to Our Environment and Society

    The rapid advancement of AI has led to an unprecedented arms race, with companies and governments vying for supremacy. But at what cost? Professor Steyn warns that the environmental impact of this technological frenzy is being ignored, with the training of a single AI model consuming 1,078KWh of electricity and producing 550 tonnes of carbon. "These organisations are aiming for net zero, but how they’re going to get it right with where we are now, I don’t know," he says.

    The AI arms race is also disrupting society in profound ways. From the recent strikes in Hollywood over image and voice rights to the threat of deepfakes, AI is redefining the boundaries of art, identity, and reality. "In our country, we have nothing in the way of regulatory protections on artists and art, as far as it goes with deepfakes," Professor Steyn notes.

    Regulation: A Necessary Evil or a Recipe for Disaster?

    As AI continues to shape our world, the need for regulation becomes increasingly pressing. But can governments and regulatory bodies keep pace with the rapid evolution of this technology? Professor Steyn is skeptical, citing the challenges of enforcing existing legislation, such as POPIA, in South Africa. "If we can’t get that right, what are we going to do with AI in our jurisdiction and across the world?"

    The Future of AI: A Choice Between Progress and Chaos

    As AI continues to transform our world, we are faced with a choice: will we harness its power to create a better future, or will we succumb to the dangers of unchecked technological advancement? Professor Steyn’s words of caution serve as a reminder that the future is not set in stone, and that the choices we make today will shape the world of tomorrow.

    The Battle for Control: A Global Conundrum

    The regulation of AI is not a local issue, but a global one. As the world grapples with the implications of this technology, we must work together to establish a framework that balances innovation with accountability. The consequences of failure are dire, but the rewards of success are immeasurable. The choice is ours: will we create a world where AI is a force for good, or a recipe for disaster?

    The Power of Thoughtfully Fit

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    The Duct Tape Marketing Podcast with John Jantsch

    In this episode, I interview Darcy Luoma, an expert on leadership and personal development. Author of Thoughtfully Fit and Certified Speaking Professional, Darcy Luoma is a highly sought-after coach and speaker who has worked with over five hundred organizations in forty-eight industries to create high-performing people and teams.

    The concept of "Thoughtfully Fit" is a framework designed to help individuals and teams enhance their performance and navigate challenges with greater agility. This episode is packed with rare insights on transforming any agency’s leadership approach by integrating thoughtful practices into your daily routines and organizational culture.

    Key Takeaways

    • Darcy Luoma explains the "Thoughtfully Fit" framework, emphasizing self-awareness, agility, self-management, and building stronger interpersonal relationships.
    • Our conversation provides practical tips for integrating the "Thoughtfully Fit" principles into your daily leadership practices.
    • These tips help leaders at all levels foster a more thoughtful and practical approach to managing teams.
    • Darcy also highlights the broader implications of adopting this mindset, including personal growth and a more fulfilling professional life.

    Questions I ask Darcy Luoma:

    • How do you go about making high-functioning people?
    • What is the difference between being physically and thoughtfully fit?
    • Talk about how the framework helped navigate your personal life.
    • What role do our thoughts play in how we show up or act?
    • How hard is it to make progress with people unaware of their blind spots?
    • What does a coach do compared to a consultant or advisor?
    • Is practice key, or are there other ways to improve?
    • Is there someplace you want to invite people to connect with you and grab a copy of Thoughtfully Fit?

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