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Galaxy Note 20 clues tip transformative changes

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Today a set of images appeared throughout the Samsung Galaxy Store with indicators of design changes in the next wave of Galaxy phones. The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 would be the most obvious target for major changes that we’ve seen in these images, but it’s just as possible that Samsung would hold off until their headline 2021 line of Samsung Galaxy S phones is ready for prime-time. In any case, it would appear that the notches and the holes are about to become a thing of the past.

The Samsung Galaxy S and Note lineup over the past couple of years switched from a relatively small bezel-toting bunch to a system of phones with displays with punch-holes. The result is a phone collection with displays with a black dot or a pill-shaped black spot where the front-facing cameras and/or sensors need to appear.

This system was never meant to last forever. Samsung’s been transitioning away from the need for bezels toward a smartphone line with no bezels whatsoever (or nearly none, since we still have fingers.) The transition here leads to a smartphone line that’s effectively a floating display panel.

If what we’re seeing in teaser and/or promo images from the Galaxy Store are intentionally pushing our expectations into the near-future, Samsung’s design department is about to get exciting to a game-changing degree. One image was relayed to us via SamMobile, which in turn was shared by a helpful Samsung smartphone user.

The middle device in this set shows an exceedingly thin smartphone with a display that reaches as far toward the edges of the device as any Samsung phone that’s come before it. It also has no punch hole in its display whatsoever. Still no word on the plastic bits for the back – but that might well be a different story altogether.

Another pair of images from the Galaxy Store and Samsung Rewards – show similar indicators that Samsung’s ready to push our expectations beyond the bezel, beyond the punch-hole.

The other possibility is that someone handling the graphic design for the Samsung Galaxy App Store wanted to play an intricate trick on everyone, dropping imagery of Samsung phone designs without bezels, without punch-holes, just to see what sort of effect they’d have on the public. We’re hoping the future holds displays without interruption – what a world that’d be!

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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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