Apps have advantages over a website, they can be used to gain more revenue and more data. Some of them are really good at it.
Everyone wants ChatGPT
After just six days, the ChatGPT app has cracked the 500,000 downloads mark, making it one of the most successful new app releases in the last two years. ChatGPT has recorded more app downloads than Microsoft's Bing and Edge competitors since its release. Previously, scam software with similar names had flooded the app stores - some with success.
Character.AI imitates humans
With 1.7 million downloads in its first week, Character.AI is storming the app charts. Character.AI offers customizable AI companions with distinct personalities, as well as the ability to create your own characters. The app resembles Replika an AI chatbot that allows you to create a virtual friend. However, there is a sad story behind the app. Founder Eugenia Kuyda programmed the chatbot to continue communicating with a deceased friend.
MyHeritage reanimates the dead
MyHeritage, a company specializing in genealogy, has released an AI-powered app. Using Reimagine, old photos can be scanned and spruced up by, for example, improving resolution or touching up scratches. Even black-and-white photos can be converted into color photos. The latter was already possible with "Deep Nostalgia," a service that MyHeritage introduced two years ago.
Careful with Android app spies
The Android app "iRecorder - Screen Recorder" was available in the Google Play Store for a year when an update was introduced that allowed users to be spied on. The update also installed a Trojan (AhRat) on the device. This allowed the app to make one-minute microphone recordings every 15 minutes and access documents, web pages, and media files.
OpenAI chief warns
A number of AI experts, including OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, Deepmind CEO Demis Hassabis, veteran AI computer scientist Geoffrey Hinton, MIT's Max Tegmark, and Skype co-founder Jaan Tallinn are warning about the dangers of AI. An appeal at the Center for AI Safety (CAIS) says the risk of AI is comparable to nuclear war and pandemics.