AllEye want for Christmas: a cautionary tale

** Today’s Tech Highlights **

** From Wolf News Online **

**     23 December 2023     **

 

In the last full day’s shopping before Christmas, it looks like the number one bestseller is AllEye the latest bioApp from GargantuaSoft.  This lets a user provide a real-time feed from their bioImplant to storage on one of GargantuaSoft’s servers; the feed can feature on GargantuaSoft’s own highlights service or be embedded in the user’s PersonalPage so their friends can subscribe to it.  It is being described as the first genuine ‘stream of consciousness’ bioApp.

The massive expansion in the bioApp market has been prompted by the recent upgrades to both major bioImplant platforms.  Competition has been rife, with the relaxing of regulatory controls on bioImplant providers and installers, leading to an exceptional upsurge in implants.  The most recent figures available from the Health Industry Watchdog suggest that as many as 73% of ABC1 citizens have a bioImplant, with the majority being compatible with one of the big two bioApp platforms.

The latest release of eyeOS, II (widely known as ‘eye eye’), integrated a simple interface with their bioApp store, BeyeOStor, directly onto the bioImplant, removing the need for an external device to handle purchases and downloads.  Days later and only a few weeks after their much lauded major release, Caesar Salad, the Humanoid platform announced their own upgrade.  In what some analysts described as a ‘hurried response’, the new version, code-name Deep Pan Pizza, introduced agent-free downloads from their bApStore.

Almost overnight the downloads of both free and paid bioApps soared, making instant millionaires of a handful of developers.  GargantuaSoft, a small and previously unremarkable development company, had already released AllEye to mixed reviews.  With the platform upgrades, they took advantage of the new ease of access and incorporated changes prompted by the earlier criticism.  The crucial event, though, was a rave review on the highly respected ‘What’s in my Head?’ online video-blog.  Since then the download rate of AllEye on both platforms has been growing exponentially.  It looks like this Christmas is going to be very Merry at GargantuaSoft.


** Today’s Tech Highlights **

** From Wolf News Online **

**     24 December 2023     **

 

With Christmas Eve this year falling on a Sunday, many traditional shopping venues have only been allowed limited opening hours.  Online shopping peaked today and with it the bestselling AllEye bioApp has broken all previous sales records for any product.  This year’s surprise sensation has, though, started to attract some unwelcome attention.  Anarchy International have made claims that this bioApp is being abused to invade privacy and enable intelligence agencies, journalists and other undesirables to infiltrate anti-establishment organisations by stealth in the heads of innocent protestors.  Mothers Against Exploitation have alleged that perverts, abusers, journalists and other objectionable groups are using the bioApp to spy on children and vulnerable individuals, often for ‘unspeakable and nefarious purposes’.  A GargantuaSoft spokesman pointed out that the feed from a bioImplant can only be accessed with the permission of the owner, adding that they take personal privacy very seriously.


** Today’s Tech Highlights **

** From Wolf News Online **

**     26 December 2023     **

 

Many users of the GargantuaSoft AllEye bioApp were left speechless today, after an unprecedented ‘glitch’ late on Christmas Night apparently affected the servers through which their feeds are relayed.  Industry observers and security experts suggested that GargantuaSoft’s servers may have been hacked, although a spokesman for the company has declined to confirm such rumours.  Our own security correspondent, though, says that informed insiders have told him that the actual bioApp itself has been compromised and as a result infected code has been installed on millions of bioImplants worldwide.  Those users of the Humanoid version of AllEye, however, have been worst affected as the bApStore does not impose any quality control requirements or apply any security or integrity checks of the bioApps that are uploaded for sale.  By contrast, the BeyeOStor insists on strict content and quality controls and applies both security and integrity checks.  Unconfirmed reports suggest that GargantuaSoft had uploaded a minor re-release of the AllEye bioApp to both stores, intended primarily as a bug-fix but also including, for Christmas only, an undocumented special new feature (ironically, known as an Easter Egg) – in this case adding twinkling stars to the user’s eyesight capture video feed whenever they said ‘Merry Christmas’.  It has been suggested that the bApStore accepted the release and immediately pushed it out to all registered users as an auto-update, while the BeyeOStor rejected the release with a security warning; neither the BeyeOStor or GargantuaSoft would confirm this.  As a result, as soon as any user of the Humanoid version of AllEye uttered the words ‘Merry Christmas’, their eyesight video feed filled with rapidly flashing stars obscuring everything else from view.  The overloading of the video feed is believed to have caused the Vocal circuit to malfunction.  This previously unannounced Vocal functionality of the bioImplants, supposedly still in beta test, had in fact been included in all implants installed in the last eighteen months.  The malfunction resulted in the permanent stimulation of the user’s vocal chord muscles, rendering them unable to speak.  Some users are calling, albeit very quietly, for an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the upgrade.  However, many households have been enjoying a peaceful Christmas for the first time in years.