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Apple rewards teen for fixing FaceTime bug

Grant Thompson and his mother, Michele, look at an iPhone in the family's kitchen in Tucson, Arizona. Image sourced from Washington Post
Grant Thompson and his mother, Michele, look at an iPhone in the family’s kitchen in Tucson, Arizona. Image sourced from Washington Post

Apple may be giving its customers peace of mind with a newly released fix for its FaceTime security bug, but at least one user is getting something more: money for discovering the vulnerability.

Grant Thompson, a 14-year-old in Arizona, stumbled upon the hack last month when he was calling a friend to play the videogame Fortnite. When his friend didn’t pick up the FaceTime call, he added a second friend to the group call, which caused the original call to “pick up” even though his friend didn’t answer, according to multiple reports.

The security flaw let Thompson eavesdrop on the other line.

And he re-created the hack several times with his friends and his mum to confirm the existence of the bug, he said. (read more)

Google’s digital assistant passes for human

In one of the most chilling technological demonstrations to date, the internet giant showed its digital assistant could mimic a human over the phone so convincingly the person on the other end of the line had no idea they were talking to a machine. (read more)

Suppose you are a hairdresser who is curious if any of your bookings are coming from Google Duplex… what are some questions you could ask in the phone call that might expose that it’s a robot?

Based on what Google have said about Duplex, is it likely to pass the Turing test?

The crowd may have cheered in stunned disbelief but the reaction to Google’s latest capability has prompted a backlash from those concerned about the ethics of intelligent robots taking over.          Picture / Getty Images

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