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Elon Musk threatens to ban Apple's devices // Stay Ahead #28

In this edition: AI in smartphones, Meta and Adobe are using your data to train AI, Humane AI pin’s downfall, and more.
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Evelyn Le
Evelyn Le
Strategic Product Lead, Stay Ahead, FlexOS
With a rich background in communication research and analysis, Evelyn guides readers with expertise, offering innovative advice in the digital work.

Welcome to Stay Ahead #28 from FlexOS!

Every Tuesday, we share the latest tools and tips to help you work smarter, not harder. 

In this week’s edition:

  1. News of the Week: The latest AI updates that will directly impact your work.
  2. Productivity Tools: Apps and tools to boost your productivity.
  3. Must-read News: Humane AI pin’s downfall and Meta’s AI chatbot in WhatsApp.
  4. Job Board: Future-forward remote roles. 

Let’s dive in!

Highlights of the week

“Smartphones are AI gadgets of the future”

The next phone upgrade will be about AI. For this year’s update, Apple will integrate AI into its products for the first time. However, rather than being a distinctive product, the "Apple Intelligence" features will focus on “features with broad appeals,” such as ChatGPT-powered Siri, suggesting message replies, sorting emails, and creating customized emojis. There is a lot to expect from iOS 18.

Elon Musk, though, is not a fan of this update. He said that he would ban Apple devices due to security violations.

Carl Pei, CEO of Nothing, posted a video to tease that from Phone (3), AI will be integrated into the operating system to create highly personalized user experiences. People love their phones, so Nothing will revolutionize how we use our phones. 

The point is how AI can move smartphones beyond the app-centric model and into a system that knows what you need and helps you do things. 

In the near future, you don't have to even think about if you want to use AI; it will be all around you.

Meta and Adobe are using your data to train AI, without you knowing it

Meta has announced that, starting on June 26, they will update their policy and use posts, images, and comments across the platforms, focusing on the UK and Europe, to train and improve their AI models

The announcement has caused a massive backlash from EU advocacy groups. First, Meta does not ask for users’ consent. Users will automatically be enrolled in the new policy and can only implement their right to object

Second, the process is unnecessarily complex. People who want to opt out need to fill in a form with a reason and then enter a security code sent to their emails, and not everyone can successfully opt out on their first attempt. 

Reddit thread about Meta's new policy update.

Adobe’s latest “Terms of Service” updates also raged the artist community. The changes include accessing artists’ work in a manual and “automated” way (no one really knows what automated means) and using the artists’ assets royalty-free to create new works. 

These are properly the reddest flags for people using Adobe.

Adobe's new policy update.

Our take is it is crucial to have a more diverse dataset to train AI models, but the process needs to be executed transparently. 

Users have the right to know what will happen with their data, including benefits and risks, and make the decision, instead of having to write a passage to opt out of it. 

Read more news at the end.

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Best Productivity Tools To Try Out This Week

  • Kling - The new competitor of Sora in generating videos.
  • Riffo - Rename all your messy files in one click.
  • Goblin.tools - Help you sort out, prioritize, and estimate tasks.
  • Manganum - A sidebar to access your most frequently used app quickly.
  • Coral AI - Let AI summarize, find information, and translate your document. 

More cool AI newsletters that I love:

  • Morning Brew—Quick and insightful updates about the business world every day of the week from Wall St. to Silicon Valley.
  • Innovating with AI—Courses, community, and coaching on AI.

Need more AI tools? Check out:

In the News 

Every week, we pick must-read articles about the future of work so you can stay ahead. 

The top AI features Apple announced at WWDC 2024

Every important thing you need to know from Apple’s announcement at WWDC 2024.

Humane warns AI Pin owners to ‘immediately’ stop using its charging case

Things are just getting worse with Humane AI pin. They recently found an issue with its battery cells.

Meta Is Bringing Chatbots to WhatsApp in Test of AI Strategy

Meta is planning to let businesses use AI chatbots on WhatsApp for free. 

9 Questions to Help You Figure Out Why You’re Burned Out

Do you feel burned out? Rebecca Zucker, an executive coach, will guide you through identifying your sources of stress and how to deal with them.

Treating Employees Like Grownups (with Amy Leschke-Kahle)

Want to revolutionize HR and workplace culture? Let’s first learn how to treat your employees like adults. 

Jobs to Level Up

We want you to advance in your career, and work from wherever you want. Here are the this week’s  remote and hybrid jobs that caught our attention:

Trending Remote Jobs:

  1. Whatnot: Software Engineer, Ads | Up to $245K/yr
  2. BetterUp: Senior Content Manager AI | $155K/yr - $233K/yr
  3. Replicant: Conversational AI designer
  4. Course Hero: People Operations Manager | $145K/yr - $197K/yr
  5. Webflow: Senior Manager Content Marketing | $157K/yr - $251K/yr
  6. Nostra AI: Account Manager | $70K/yr - $80K/yr
  7. Outschool: Head of Product | $292K/yr - $425K/yr

Trending Companies Hiring Now:

More Exciting Remote Job Opportunities:

Need more options? RemoteOK, Jobgether, WeWorkRemotely, and FlexJobs are great places to get vetted remote-friendly roles.

Also, check out our guide on “How to Get a Remote Job Today.”

How did we do?

That’s it for this edition of Stay Ahead, the newsletter that keeps you ahead in the future of work.

We’re here for you, truly.

Welcome to Stay Ahead #28 from FlexOS!

Every Tuesday, we share the latest tools and tips to help you work smarter, not harder. 

In this week’s edition:

  1. News of the Week: The latest AI updates that will directly impact your work.
  2. Productivity Tools: Apps and tools to boost your productivity.
  3. Must-read News: Humane AI pin’s downfall and Meta’s AI chatbot in WhatsApp.
  4. Job Board: Future-forward remote roles. 

Let’s dive in!

Highlights of the week

“Smartphones are AI gadgets of the future”

The next phone upgrade will be about AI. For this year’s update, Apple will integrate AI into its products for the first time. However, rather than being a distinctive product, the "Apple Intelligence" features will focus on “features with broad appeals,” such as ChatGPT-powered Siri, suggesting message replies, sorting emails, and creating customized emojis. There is a lot to expect from iOS 18.

Elon Musk, though, is not a fan of this update. He said that he would ban Apple devices due to security violations.

Carl Pei, CEO of Nothing, posted a video to tease that from Phone (3), AI will be integrated into the operating system to create highly personalized user experiences. People love their phones, so Nothing will revolutionize how we use our phones. 

The point is how AI can move smartphones beyond the app-centric model and into a system that knows what you need and helps you do things. 

In the near future, you don't have to even think about if you want to use AI; it will be all around you.

Meta and Adobe are using your data to train AI, without you knowing it

Meta has announced that, starting on June 26, they will update their policy and use posts, images, and comments across the platforms, focusing on the UK and Europe, to train and improve their AI models

The announcement has caused a massive backlash from EU advocacy groups. First, Meta does not ask for users’ consent. Users will automatically be enrolled in the new policy and can only implement their right to object

Second, the process is unnecessarily complex. People who want to opt out need to fill in a form with a reason and then enter a security code sent to their emails, and not everyone can successfully opt out on their first attempt. 

Reddit thread about Meta's new policy update.

Adobe’s latest “Terms of Service” updates also raged the artist community. The changes include accessing artists’ work in a manual and “automated” way (no one really knows what automated means) and using the artists’ assets royalty-free to create new works. 

These are properly the reddest flags for people using Adobe.

Adobe's new policy update.

Our take is it is crucial to have a more diverse dataset to train AI models, but the process needs to be executed transparently. 

Users have the right to know what will happen with their data, including benefits and risks, and make the decision, instead of having to write a passage to opt out of it. 

Read more news at the end.

FEATURED ARTICLE

Free Workshop: Build Your First AI Employee

Join our exclusive webinar to explore the world of Training AI Agents and learn how they can seamlessly extend your human team’s capabilities, based on the latest ChatGPT 4o model.

Why Attend?

  • Understand AI Agents: Discover how to collaborate with AI for high-quality outputs by providing comprehensive context.
  • Get AI Employee Inspiration: See examples of how to use AI agents that remember your instructions, saving you time and boosting productivity.
  • Build Your Own AI Employee: Work alongside us and peers to build your first AI Employee in real-time.

These “AI employees” are simple to set up and can be tailored to specific tasks, from managing your calendar to executing your social media content, making everyday processes more efficient.

Reserve your free spot today

(Your ad here? Reach over 40,000 people and advertise with FlexOS.)

Best Productivity Tools To Try Out This Week

  • Kling - The new competitor of Sora in generating videos.
  • Riffo - Rename all your messy files in one click.
  • Goblin.tools - Help you sort out, prioritize, and estimate tasks.
  • Manganum - A sidebar to access your most frequently used app quickly.
  • Coral AI - Let AI summarize, find information, and translate your document. 

More cool AI newsletters that I love:

  • Morning Brew—Quick and insightful updates about the business world every day of the week from Wall St. to Silicon Valley.
  • Innovating with AI—Courses, community, and coaching on AI.

Need more AI tools? Check out:

In the News 

Every week, we pick must-read articles about the future of work so you can stay ahead. 

The top AI features Apple announced at WWDC 2024

Every important thing you need to know from Apple’s announcement at WWDC 2024.

Humane warns AI Pin owners to ‘immediately’ stop using its charging case

Things are just getting worse with Humane AI pin. They recently found an issue with its battery cells.

Meta Is Bringing Chatbots to WhatsApp in Test of AI Strategy

Meta is planning to let businesses use AI chatbots on WhatsApp for free. 

9 Questions to Help You Figure Out Why You’re Burned Out

Do you feel burned out? Rebecca Zucker, an executive coach, will guide you through identifying your sources of stress and how to deal with them.

Treating Employees Like Grownups (with Amy Leschke-Kahle)

Want to revolutionize HR and workplace culture? Let’s first learn how to treat your employees like adults. 

Jobs to Level Up

We want you to advance in your career, and work from wherever you want. Here are the this week’s  remote and hybrid jobs that caught our attention:

Trending Remote Jobs:

  1. Whatnot: Software Engineer, Ads | Up to $245K/yr
  2. BetterUp: Senior Content Manager AI | $155K/yr - $233K/yr
  3. Replicant: Conversational AI designer
  4. Course Hero: People Operations Manager | $145K/yr - $197K/yr
  5. Webflow: Senior Manager Content Marketing | $157K/yr - $251K/yr
  6. Nostra AI: Account Manager | $70K/yr - $80K/yr
  7. Outschool: Head of Product | $292K/yr - $425K/yr

Trending Companies Hiring Now:

More Exciting Remote Job Opportunities:

Need more options? RemoteOK, Jobgether, WeWorkRemotely, and FlexJobs are great places to get vetted remote-friendly roles.

Also, check out our guide on “How to Get a Remote Job Today.”

How did we do?

That’s it for this edition of Stay Ahead, the newsletter that keeps you ahead in the future of work.

We’re here for you, truly.

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