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APIs may not be a new technology but their integration in our digital infrastructure (and our lives) is a key part of our relationship to common technology. APIs allow software developers to create ports in a digital ocean to allow other developers access to their systems. This is how your budgeting app connects to your bank accounts and how your tax preparation application imports all your investment transactions.

As internet connectivity increases, it is becoming apparent that APIs are essential for digital empathy. refers to the ability of otherwise unconnected systems to recognize and understand one another’s needs. It can be described as empathy between two people by acknowledging the perspective of another person.

Interconnectivity of APIs

Even the most sophisticated algorithms in modern software engineering are not able to address all the use-cases, concerns, and needs of every end-user. APIs allow for difficult choices to be made. Which preferences can be fulfilled? Whose concerns are at the forefront of the line? Who is the intended audience for this software?

This may not be surprising considering the interaction of the existing applications, but digital empathy will become a crucial part of how we interact with the world via software.

Developers use APIs to interact with code created by other developers, teams, companies, and to receive data. Many apps are simply a collection of API integrations that feed data to dashboards so that users can see events from multiple places. These windows into other systems’ behavior allow for ‘digital empathy’ by the end user who is viewing the dashboard.

If empathy refers to the ability to identify the emotions of another person, then digital empathy can be described as the ability to have the same insight into a digital environment. This transparency allows outsiders to see what’s going on behind the API curtain. APIs that are great allow for huge amounts of access, while protecting sensitive data. APIs that are intelligent and compassionate in design anticipate and respond to the needs and concerns of coders and users.

Have a conversation with your therapist. Without access to your mental health data, how effective can they be in helping? Access to data is crucial for therapists to be able to make connections between your world and how you feel.

APIs work in a similar way, allowing developers, users and their software to gain access to key (and sometimes disparate) data in a system to help them understand it and interact with it. Digital empathy is often associated with API access’ depth and breadth.

More specifically, developers need to anticipate the use cases of other developers and users. Developers’ ability to create products and extend existing ones is improving rapidly with APIs. This has catalyzed the evolution of the internet and will ultimately evolve into the brain-computer interface-driven, virtual metaverse reality we see on the horizon.

Machines and humans

BCI technology is perhaps the most effective application of digital empathy. People will soon be able understand one another’s thoughts, emotions, and perspectives much sooner than we can imagine. This technology will revolutionize interconnection in ways that we can’t even imagine.

This remarkable shift will be made possible through what amounts to the next generation of APIs that digitally transmit human thought among humans and machines. Digital empathy and real empathy will become increasingly blurred. APIs will become the digital equivalent to body language, voice tone, and any other cues humans (or…computers) use to understand one another. This is a wonderful metaphor to show the difference between a phone conversation and one in person.

Currently, digital interactions between us are like a call with strangers. The minimum information is transmitted, but the nuance is lost. These interactions will eventually be as efficient and even more efficient than the in-person counterpart (where even our natural abilities to perceive may fail). APIs already provide the infrastructure for bringing this world to life.

As APIs improve and computers communicate more effectively, we will be able unlock the true potential of the interconnected world. Software will need to be able to anticipate more inquiries and make more complex choices in this interconnected world.

Things such as brain-computer interfaces can communicate with other machines and humans after a sufficient calibration. What information should be made available? What information should be kept private? What requests should be answered Computers will allow humans to see the emotions of other people as if they were their own. What access should Empathetic Software grant?

We are striving to create a digitally connected world. We are on the verge of greater human understanding, seamless knowledge transfer, and tangible comprehension of the emotions of others is the future. APIs have laid the path and provided the guardrails.

Jevan Fox is the chief revenue officer at AE Studio.

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FIFA 23 lets you turn off commentary pointing out how bad you are

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FIFA 23 might be the best game soccer game yet for terrible sports fans, as it lets you turn off commentary that criticizes your bad playing.

Now that the early access FIFA 23 release time has passed, EA Play and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers can hop into the game ahead of its full release. But as Eurogamer (opens in new tab) spotted, they’ll find a peculiar option waiting for them.

FIFA 23 includes a toggle to turn off ‘Critical Commentary’. The setting lets you silence all negative in-match comments made about your technique, so you can protect your precious ego even when you miss an open goal or commit an obvious foul. The more positive commentary won’t be affected. 

Spare your feelings

A player dribbling the ball in FIFA 23

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The feature looks tailored toward children and new players, who don’t want to have their confidence wrecked within mere minutes of picking up the controller. But even experienced players who just so happen to be terrible at the game might benefit.

It’s not perfect, though. According to Eurogamer, the feature didn’t seem to work during a FIFA Ultimate Team Division Rivals match, with critical comments slipping through the filter. Still, who hasn’t benefited from a light grilling every now and then?

Polite commentary isn’t the only new addition in FIFA 23. It’s the first game in the series to include women’s club football teams, and fancy overhauled animations that take advantage of the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S’s new-gen hardware. EA will be hoping to end on a high, as FIFA 23 will be the last of its soccer games to release with the official FIFA licence.

If disabling critical commentary doesn’t improve your soccer skills, maybe building a squad of Marvel superheroes will. Although you might not do much better with Ted Lasso wandering the pitch.

FIFA 23 is set to fully release this Friday, September 30.

Callum is TechRadar Gaming’s News Writer. You’ll find him whipping up stories about all the latest happenings in the gaming world, as well as penning the odd feature and review. Before coming to TechRadar, he wrote freelance for various sites, including Clash, The Telegraph, and Gamesindustry.biz, and worked as a Staff Writer at Wargamer. Strategy games and RPGs are his bread and butter, but he’ll eat anything that spins a captivating narrative. He also loves tabletop games, and will happily chew your ear off about TTRPGs and board games. 

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Google Pixel 7 price leak suggests Google is totally out of touch

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We’re starting to hear more and more Google Pixel 7 leaks, with the launch of the phone just a week away, but tech fans might be getting a lot of déjà vu, with the leaks all listing near-identical specs to what we heard about the Pixel 6 a year ago.

It sounds like the new phones – a successor to the Pixel 6 Pro is also expected – could be very similar to their 2021 predecessors. And a new price leak has suggested that the phones’ costs could be the same too, as a Twitter user spotted the Pixel 7 briefly listed on Amazon (before being promptly taken down, of course).

Google pixel 7 on Amazon US. $599.99.It is still showing up in search cache but the listing gives an error if you click on it. We have the B0 number to keep track of though!#teampixel pic.twitter.com/w5Z09D28YESeptember 27, 2022

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According to these listings, the Pixel 7 will cost $599 while the Pixel 7 Pro will cost $899, both of which are identical to the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro starting prices. The leak doesn’t include any other region prices, but in the UK the current models cost £599 and £849, while in Australia they went for AU$999 and AU$1,299.

So it sounds like Google is planning on retaining the same prices for its new phones as it sold the old ones for, a move which doesn’t make much sense.


Analysis: same price, new world

Google’s choice to keep the same price points is a little curious when you consider that the specs leaks suggest these phones are virtually unchanged from their predecessors. You’re buying year-old tech for the same price as before.

Do bear in mind that the price of tech generally lowers over time, so you can readily pick up a cheaper Pixel 6 or 6 Pro right now, and after the launch of the new ones, the older models will very likely get even cheaper.

But there’s another key factor to consider in the price: $599 might be the same number in 2022 as it was in 2021, but with the changing global climate, like wars and flailing currencies and cost of living crises, it’s a very different amount of money.

Some people just won’t be willing to shell out the amount this year, that they may have been able to last year. But this speaks to a wider issue in consumer tech.

Google isn’t the only tech company to completely neglect the challenging global climate when pricing its gadgets: Samsung is still releasing super-pricey folding phones, and the iPhone 14 is, for some incomprehensible reason, even pricier than the iPhone 13 in some regions. 

Too few brands are actually catering to the tough economic times many are facing right now, with companies increasing the price of their premium offerings to counter rising costs, instead of just designing more affordable alternatives to flagships.

These high and rising prices suggest that companies are totally out of touch with their buyers, and don’t understand the economic hardship troubling many.

We’ll have to reach a breaking point sooner or later, either with brands finally clueing into the fact that they need to release cheaper phones, or with customers voting with their wallets by sticking to second-hand or refurbished devices. But until then, you can buy the best cheap phones to show that cost is important to you.

Tom’s role in the TechRadar team is to specialize in phones and tablets, but he also takes on other tech like electric scooters, smartwatches, fitness, mobile gaming and more. He is based in London, UK.

He graduated in American Literature and Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. Prior to working in TechRadar freelanced in tech, gaming and entertainment, and also spent many years working as a mixologist. Outside of TechRadar he works in film as a screenwriter, director and producer.

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