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Galaxy Note 20 changes is a mixed bag of disappointment and hope

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It is often the case that newer phones build upon previous generations, more often adding new features or improving existing ones. There are times, however, when companies have to take a step back and assess the situation which sometimes leads them to drop features instead of adding more. The latest word in the rumor mill is that the Galaxy Note 20 maybe something like that but it could also give some hope for fans of the S Pen-toting phablet.

The Galaxy S20 Ultra is perhaps both known and notorious for being overloaded with cameras. They sound great on paper but many have found them to be excessive, performing just as well or even slightly worse than phones who have less and also cost less. Samsung may now be looking at reducing the number of its imaging sensors but the one that will get the boot could prove to be a bit contentious.

A report from South Korean media implies that Samsung is ditching its 3D time-of-flight or ToF sensor, not just for the Galaxy Note 20 but for future phones as well. It has assessed that the sensor, which is necessary to allow the phone to properly see the world in 3D, isn’t completely utilized and that portrait or bokeh effects are possible without it. This change, however, ironically comes at a time when Apple will be putting such a sensor in the next iPhone as part of its investment in AR technology.

There are also whispers that Europe will be getting a different selection of Galaxy Note 20 configurations. Despite carriers’ and manufacturers’ rallying behind 5G, the region might instead get LTE-only variants later this year. Whether or not they will also get 5G models is still unknown but the decision may be based on the slow and disappointing rollout of 5G networks across Europe.

It might be disappointing news for those who expect the Galaxy Note 20 to have everything the Galaxy S20 has but there is also some benefit to these changes. At least, in theory, an LTE-only Galaxy Note 20 with one less image sensor could cost considerably less than one that has everything including the kitchen sink. Given the rather controversial pricing of the Galaxy S20 Ultra, that news might be more welcome as well.

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The First Tesla Semi Has Been Delivered After Lengthy Delays

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There had long been suggestion Pepsi would be one of Tesla’s biggest customers — with a subsidiary spotted installing charging stations at one of its plants and test driving the trucks earlier this year. Tesla also placed an order for 100 of the high tech trucks shortly after they were announced in 2017. In October, Musk confirmed the company’s first truck was almost ready for delivery, and it would be going to the soft drink manufacturer.

Today, Tesla finally made it official and delivered its first production semis to Pepsi. Speaking at the handover, which took place at a Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada, Musk described his motivation for designing the truck. The Tesla CEO claims that trucks make up less than 1% of vehicles in the United States, but are responsible for a large chunk of emissions. Musk said it will both help the environment and improve the health of individuals living near highways. At the end of the presentation, Musk thanked Pepsico and described them as a “great partner.” 

The trucks’ keycards were then handed over to Pepsi’s representatives, followed by several high fives. The trucks’ first cargo run involved “an enormous amount of Frito Lays” which were handed out to people in attendance. Pepsi’s Kirk Tanner then took the mic and said: “I want to thank the people who have spent countless hours to make this a reality.” before thanking Elon Musk and the other Tesla representatives. Other companies are also interested in Tesla’s electric semi. Budweiser, Walmart, and UPS are amongst those who have placed pre-orders — with Budweiser ordering at least 40 of the large electric vehicles.

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Kanye West Is No Longer Buying Twitter-Rival Parler

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It’s unclear whether West’s recent controversies have anything to do with the Parler deal falling apart. In a statement shared with CNBC, Parler’s owner notes that the “decision was made in the interest of both parties in mid-November.” Parler says it will be on the lookout for the growth opportunities, without clarifying if it was looking for investors to scale up, or full-fledged buyers. The latter seems unlikely to happen, given the current state of layoffs in the tech industry and the looming fears of a recession.

Parlement Technologies reportedly had high hopes from its acquisition deal with Kanye West. Soon after the agreement press release went out, Parler sent out an email to its “VIP” users, offering them perks like a gold badge for being valuable personalities on the platform. Politico reports that the email campaign inadvertently revealed the personal contact information of nearly a dozen lawmakers and some well-known conservative personalities.

Citing an insider source, Axios reports that West’s unstable financial situation following the cancellation of lucrative deals with the likes of Adidas played a role in his Parler plans falling apart. In the meanwhile, West has returned to Twitter, after his account was restricted for a few weeks ago over sharing anti-Semitic remarks. West currently has a huge follower base of over 18 million on Twitter, which dwarfs the total number of users on Parler, as of December 2021.

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Elon Musk Says Twitter’s Potential Removal From iOS App Store Was ‘Misunderstanding’

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Barely two days after Elon Musk feuded with Apple publicly, he met with Tim Cook to settle the differences. “We resolved the misunderstanding about Twitter potentially being removed from the App Store. Tim was clear that Apple never considered doing so,” Elon Musk tweeted last evening. This was a few hours after he shared a video of Apple’s HQ to disclose the location of the meeting.

However, Elon Musk didn’t reveal if Apple will continue advertising on Twitter. According to the Washington Post, Apple was the biggest ad spender on Twitter in Q1 2022. It spent an average of $4 million per week to run ads on Twitter between January to March this year — this added up to about 4% of Twitter’s revenue. However, Reuters reports that Apple reduced its weekly ad budget on Twitter to $131,600 a few weeks after Elon Musk bought the social media company. We also haven’t heard from Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, about the agenda of his meeting with Elon Musk. 

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