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Apple is developing its own search engine

To get rid of Google

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Because of a certain company’s ubiquity, we don’t really think about the search engines we use from day to day. Most of us just use Google. However, Google — plus, to a lesser extent, Yahoo and Bing — isn’t the only option out there. Today, we have more niche options, such as the tree-planting Ecosia and the privacy-centric DuckDuckGo. Now, things are about to get more crowded. Smelling the potential, Apple is developing its own search engine, as reported by Financial Times.

Of course, Apple users don’t exactly know about it yet. Currently, Google remains the company’s search engine of choice, whether on Safari or Chrome.

However, hidden behind the curtain, Apple already owns a web crawler, Applebot, for a potential search engine alternative to Google. Further, the company also obtained the talents of Google’s former Search and Artificial Intelligence head, John Giannandrea. The talented Giannandrea is currently Apple’s Senior Vice President for Machine Learning and AI Strategy.

A search engine of its own presents interesting opportunities for the iPhone maker. For one, Apple can stop relying on Google as a search engine. Doing so will cut off a big expense for the company.

Secondly, Apple can also dip its toes on Google’s major revenue stream, advertising. Now that Apple has 1 billion active iPhones out in the wild, the company can benefit from a more robust (and more monetized) ecosystem.

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Samsung inexplicably delays Exynos 2200 launch

No new date set yet

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Before launching the next Galaxy S flagship series, Samsung often unveils the attached Exynos processor ahead of time. However, this year’s Exynos 2200 is still suspiciously absent. According to sources, Samsung was initially set to launch the new chips on January 11. Since it’s already February 12, the chip’s launch is obviously delayed for an inexplicable reason.

The delay did not come with any warning. The Exynos 2200’s launch date came and… nothing. No word from Samsung on a delay reason or even a new launch date. Even Ice Universe, one of the most knowledgeable sources for Samsung, is scratching their head, wondering why Samsung suddenly backed out of the date.

It isn’t Samsung’s first delay, though. Since the start of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the world is going through a massive semiconductor shortage. Several devices have been delayed or are undergoing stock problems. Samsung had already pushed back dates in the past. However, this is a rare last-minute delay.

Of course, despite the delay, Samsung still has time to release the Exynos 2200 before the Galaxy S22’s launch. According to a recent source, Samsung is set to launch the next flagship series on February 8. The upcoming chipset will reportedly perform at par with the recently launched Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Amid inexplicable delays, Samsung still has several launches up its sleeve.

Postponements likely won’t mean much in the grander scheme of things, but it will be an interesting tale to hear why Samsung had to back all of a sudden.

SEE ALSO: Samsung unveils 2022 sustainability initiatives

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Tencent reportedly acquires Xiaomi’s Black Shark division

For 3 billion yuan

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The gaming smartphone market is thriving with a few companies building their own divisions dedicated to the niche segment. With the market’s success escalating, more companies want to join in on the fun. Unfortunately, despite their desire, some brands don’t really have any smartphone assets to begin with, leading to buyouts and takeovers. An example of that, Tencent is reportedly buying Xiaomi’s Black Shark gaming arm.

Revealed on his Twitter, tech leaker Abhishek Yadav unveiled the upcoming plans. Chinese gaming company Tencent will acquire the gaming smartphone brand for a staggering CNY 3 billion. However, the leak did not reveal any additional details surrounding the acquisition. Of course, there are a lot of possibilities with such a deal.

Though the company is known for its varied gallery of games, Tencent has also dabbled in other markets. For example, the brand has previously partnered with gaming smartphones to either promote itself or build a phone with the brand’s games packed in.

On the other hand, Black Shark is Xiaomi’s take on the gaming smartphone market. Several Chinese smartphone makers created separate brands to delineate their flagship arm from their forays into mobile gaming. Last year, the brand released its latest flagship, the Black Shark 4.

Given their profiles, a Tencent x Black Shark partnership is either a match made in heaven or an unlikely pairing. A gaming company acquiring another gaming brand does make sense, but Tencent doesn’t have much experience creating smartphones besides the occasional partnership. Once confirmed, the leaked deal will have a lot to prove in the gaming community.

SEE ALSO: Black Shark 4: Price and availability in the Philippines

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FIRST LOOK: John Deere Autonomous 8R Tractor

Control your tractor within the reach of your fingertips

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Remember when Michael Josh took a ride on a self-driving tractor? Well, it’s not a mere concept anymore.

Freshly unveiled this CES 2022, the John Deere 8R is an autonomous tractor that can be controlled through your phone. You’ll even get notified when there are obstacles in the field or just when your tractor’s tire pressure isn’t enough.

Watch our first look at John Deere’s Fully Autonomous Tractor to learn more.

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