Adios, Internet Explorer

Dwaiter Weekly


June 16, 2022


The End Arrives for a Once-Dominant Browser

Internet Explorer has reached the end of the road. Effective Wednesday, Microsoft will no longer support the once-dominant browser, AP reports. The 27-year-old application, which once boasted more than 90 percent of the browser market, joins BlackBerry phones, dial-up modems and Palm Pilots in the dustbin of tech history. Microsoft has been pushing users to its Edge browser, which was launched in 2015.


Amazon Prime to Test Drone Deliveries

Amazon customers in Lockeford, Calif., will be among the first to receive Prime Air drone deliveries in the U.S., the company says in a blog post. "The promise of drone delivery has often felt like science fiction. We’ve been working for almost a decade to make it a reality.” Amazon says feedback about Prime Air, with drones delivering packages to Lockeford customers’ backyards, will help it “create a service that will safely scale to meet the needs of customers everywhere."


Ad Growth Shows Surprising Resilience

Global advertising revenues are expected to grow 9 percent year over year to $816 billion in 2022, according to the latest forecast from Magna. That’s down from a prior projection of 12 percent growth, Marketing Dive reports, but still healthy in the face of a swirl of broader macroeconomic uncertainty.


How Long Will Crypto’s ‘Winter’ Last? 

Some $1.5 trillion in value has disappeared since last fall as cryptocurrencies have plunged. Even the venture capitalists at Andreessen Horowitz, perhaps the most prominent crypto advocates in tech, concede that a “crypto winter” may be upon us. It feels something like the end of the first web bubble, back in the 1990s, Peter Kafka writes on Recode. But crypto bulls say things are just getting started.



YouTube Shorts Reach TikTok-Like Numbers 

YouTube on Wednesday said that YouTube Shorts are being watched by more than 1.5 billion logged-in users every month from around the world, Mashable reports. YouTube Shorts launched in the U.S. in March 2021 and rolled out worldwide in July. It has quickly become the closest competitor for the leading shortform video app, TikTok.


A Third Option to Fix Social Media 

The online-speech debate presents a choice: between absolute freedom and centralized control. Writing in The Atlantic, Jaron Lanier argues in favor of a third option: requiring a platform's users to form groups through free association, and then to post only through those groups, with the group’s imprimatur. Writes Lanier: "Would rearranging a platform such as Twitter into small, self-governing groups lead to something better? Let’s find out."  


Has Google’s AI Come to Life?

After extensive interactions with Google’s system for building chatbots based on its most advanced large language models, engineer Blake Lemoine reached a startling conclusion: LaMDA, short for Language Model for Dialogue Applications, is sentient. Google disagrees, and has placed Lemoine on paid administrative leave for violating its confidentiality policy, but the chorus of technologists who believe AI models may not be far off from achieving consciousness is getting bolder, the Washington Post reports.


Microsoft Tests File Explorer with Tabs  

Browser tabs have been around for decades, but the file explorers you use to navigate your computer's storage have been slow to follow suit. Now, Ars Technica reports, Microsoft has released a new build of Windows 11, adding tabs to the File Explorer and relabeling and reorganizing the left-hand navigation bar. It’s waiting to receive feedback from testers before making it accessible to everyone. 


The Keys to Remote Creative Collaboration

The last two years have greatly accelerated the transition into hybrid work, but many creative professionals still use collaboration methods best suited for in-person offices. Writing on Dribbble, Renee Fleck outlines six keys to remote creative collaboration.



A team from the Israeli artificial intelligence company AI21 Labs has released an AI model called Ask Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Based on 27 years of Ginsburg’s legal writings on the Supreme Court, it predicts how Ginsburg would respond to questions, the Washington Post reports. When asked about the Supreme Court’s expected decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the chatbot replied: “I think they’re wrong on the law, but on the facts, no.”

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