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  • Apple offers a faster way to unlock your iPhone while wearing a face mask. In its latest software update for iOS, released to the public on Wednesday, Apple addresses a delay many people may have experienced when trying to unlock their phones while wearing a mask.
  • Apple may launch an augmented reality line of smart glasses in the spring of 2021, according to Jon Prosser, host of the video blog Front Page Tech. The new peepers will be called “Apple Glass” and sell for US$499, with prescription lenses costing more, Prosser claimed.
  • Microsoft and Intel researchers have found a way to combine artificial intelligence and image analysis to create a highly effective means to combat malicious software infections. The researchers call their approach “STAMINA” — static malware-as-image network analysis — and say it’s proven to be highly effective in detecting malware with a low rate of false positives.
  • Automated technology that Twitter began using this month to label tweets containing coronavirus misinformation is making mistakes, raising concerns about the company’s reliance on artificial intelligence to review content.
  • Elon Musk and Grimes have had to change the name of their baby son from “X Æ A-12” to “X Æ A-Xii” because “X Æ A-12” wasn’t complicated enough.
  • China has demanded that Washington withdraw export sanctions imposed on Chinese companies in the latest round of a worsening conflict over technology, security and human rights.
  • An analysis of the latest update to Google Messages suggests it may be moving closer to having end-to-end encryption for RCS, according to 9to5 Google (via APKMirror). Rich communication services, or RCS, is the successor to SMS messaging and does what most other texting services do, but without the end-to-end encryption that apps like Signal and iMessage have. Its widespread adoption has been a bit of a mess, but the major US cellular carriers announced late last year that they would offer RCS in 2020.