All The News You Missed Over The Weekend: Google’s $1 Billion Search Bar

All The News You Missed Over The Weekend: Google’s $1 Billion Search Bar

Good morning! It’s a busy world out there. All The News You Missed Overnight gives you a guide to everything techy that happened while you were sleeping.

It Cost Google $US1 Billion To Keep Its Search Bar On iPhones
Google’s search bar has been a fixture on Apple devices for years, something that’s always seemed counterintuitive, what with Android being iOS’s only real competitor. According to Bloomberg, Google’s search engine is only present because of a $US1 ($1) billion payment made to Apple in 2014. Bloomberg found the details in court proceedings from an Oracle vs Google lawsuit. Oracle has been fighting Google since 2010 over the search giant’s use of Oracle’s Java software in the development of Android.

Apple Has Hired One Of The World’s Leading VR Professors
Apple is playing virtual catch-up. It’s just hired Doug Bowman, an expert in VR who was until now the Director of the Center for Human-Computer Interaction at Virginia Tech. The Financial Times reports that Bowman has joined Apple after taking a sabbatical from his position at Virginia Tech.

The NSA Can Spy On You With Or Without Encryption
The leaders controlling the US surveillance apparatus can’t agree on encryption. FBI Director Comey has hysterically characterised it as a safe haven for evil-doers. A high-ranking Department of Justice official insisted that encryption could cause a child to die. Meanwhile, the National Security Agency’s leaders are extremely chill about encryption — which is terrifying.

There’s A Donald Trump Programming Language
If programming isn’t political enough for you, maybe you need to try a new language. How about TrumpScript, which lets you create code that the great Donald Trump would be proud to execute. If he could, you know, understand it.

New Tesla Model S Ad Shows Off More Autopilot Features
So reading about how super-great the Tesla Model S is fine, but we all know things like cars (well, moving objects in general) translate better in video form. Far be it for Tesla’s marketing department to disappoint, with a fresh clip presenting the driving capabilities of the vehicle’s Autopilot system.

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