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FT: Apple prepping a search engine to replace Google

As you might have noticed in the years that have passed, Apple is trying to create an all-encompassing ecosystem of both hardware and software.

One of the major milestones for the hardware have been getting chip production in-house, which means less dependency on companies like Intel. In terms of software, the latest expansions include Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade among others.

Now, according to Financial Times, Apple is developing a search engine to replace Google. This seems like an odd choice for a company like Apple, but it turns out it's more about necessity than what they'd like to do.

See, The US Department of Justice might soon make it impossible for Apple to sell their default search engine spot to Google. The deal is an important part of Apple's service structure and nets the company each year as much as $12 billion.

Now that the contract might become void, Apple is speeding up the development of some sort of a replacement for Google.

At this point it's unclear what type of solution Apple is looking at. Although Applebot has been roaming the web for years collecting website data, it's unlikely that Apple will take Google's approach.

Google obviously makes most of its money from ads on its search engine. That is something quite opposite to Apple values of privacy. Neither Apple, nor the customers, would accept selling of data to advertisers, one would imagine.

It remains to be seen whether Apple has some type of search engine to offer as soon as it cannot sell the spot, and perhaps more important what will it look like.

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FT: Apple prepping a search engine to replace Google
As you might have noticed in the years that have passed, Apple is trying to create an all-encompassing ecosystem of both hardware and software. One of the major milestones ...

| Oct 28, 2020, 6:22:04 PM

Microsoft finally getting rid of Flash, new update

Microsoft has released a new voluntary update for Windows 10 which removes the official bundled Flash exntension from Windows 10. For years now, Adobe Flash has predominantly been just a nuisance or a security vulnerability, but fortunately all participants are finally ready to move on.

Officially, the death of Flash on Windows 10 will have to wait until next year, but at this point you can be a first adopter of sorts. The update removes the bundled Flash, and doesn't allow the reinstallation of it, but it doesn't remove your standalone Flash applications, like browser extensions.

The rest of the removal will happen starting early 2021, as Microsoft will release a Flash removal tool via Windows Update and end the support for Flash on its Edge browser alongside legacy browsers.

Other parts of Flash, like the developer tools, might hang around for a little bit longer but will be terminated later in the year.

Even Adobe themselves have made it clear that there is no future for Flash. Adobe will stop supporting Flash on December 31, 2020.

As early as 2016, Google removed Chrome's ability to play Flash by default.

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Microsoft finally getting rid of Flash, new update
Microsoft has released a new voluntary update for Windows 10 which removes the official bundled Flash exntension from Windows 10. For years now, Adobe Flash has predominantly ...

| Oct 28, 2020, 4:52:04 PM

Forget Retina: Samsung and Stanford developed a 10,000 PPI display

Six years ago in June Steve Jobs revealed the first Retina display in the form of iPhone 4. It wasn't necessarily anything mind boggling, although the concept they used was new.

According to Apple back then, 330 PPI display of the iPhone 4 was enough to outperform your retina from a standard viewing distance. In the coming years Apple's Retina displays and others have improved upon the pixel density and on some Android phones we're looking at nearly 600 PPI.

However, these are minor changes in technology compared to what Samsung and Stanford University researchers have been working on. Stanford has released a paper about an OLED display that could reach 10,000 PPI.

This would mean that the width of one pixel is 0.001 inches, or around 2540 nanometers, and you could create a Full HD resolution screen that measured just around 0.2 inches wide.

As mentioned, the display is based on OLED technology that Samsung is a pioneer in, but some of the insights came actually from science of nanoscale photonics the researchers were using developing in new type of solar panels.

Obviously creating a smartphone display, much less a PC screen or TV, with this sort of pixel density is currently not convenient. You would need much more processing power to run it at full resolution, but in smaller screens that need to be denser, like in VR, it could be revolutionary.

So, while it might not immediately translate into 50K displays on your Galaxy phones, it could be very important in all sorts of applications.

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Forget Retina: Samsung and Stanford developed a 10,000 PPI display
Six years ago in June Steve Jobs revealed the first Retina display in the form of iPhone 4. It wasn't necessarily anything mind boggling, although the concept they used was new. ...

| Oct 27, 2020, 4:12:22 PM

OnePlus announces two new more affordable smartphones, Nord N10 and Nord N100

OnePlus has today announced that it will be adding two entirely new smartphone models to its catalog. The new Nord N100 and Nord N10 are the company's most affordable models designed based on the OnePlus Nord released earlier this year.

The original Nord didn't arrive to the U.S. but both of these should be available in the States at a later date. First they will be introduced in Europe.

The cheaper one, OnePlus Nord N100, features a Snapdragon 460 chip, a large 6.52 inch HD+ display, 4 GB RAM, and expandable 64 GB storage. Perhaps the most impressive feature is the 5000 milliamp hour battery. There's also a triple camera setup with 13 MP regular shooter, 2MP macro and 2MP depth sensor.



The Nord N10 on the other hand comes with a mid range Snapdragon 690 chipset with 5G, a 90 hz and 6.49 inch Full HD+ display panel, 6 GB RAM and 128GB microSD expandable storage. The quad camera setup includes a 64 MP main shooter and a 8 MP ultrawide.

At this point there's no U.S. release details. The former will retail for 179 euros and latter 329 euros, so expect similar prices in USD when they likely arrive before the end of the year.

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OnePlus announces two new more affordable smartphones, Nord N10 and Nord N100
OnePlus has today announced that it will be adding two entirely new smartphone models to its catalog. The new Nord N100 and Nord N10 are the company's most affordable models ...

| Oct 26, 2020, 3:42:06 PM