NEWSLETTER: Google Tightens The Leash On Surfers & Will iPad 3 Meet Its Doom?

NEWSLETTER: Google Tightens The Leash On Surfers & Will iPad 3 Meet Its Doom?

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The control of information is something the elite always does, particularly in a despotic form of government. Information, knowledge, is power. If you can control information, you can control people.” ~ Tom Clancy

GOOGLE MAKES IT DIFFICULT FOR USERS TO JUMP DOMAINS

 

THE STORY

Google users won’t be able to visit different domains for localized search results.

 

WHY WOULD THEY DO THIS?

Since the very beginning, Google users were able to effortlessly visit domains other than their local one to view different search results specific to that domain. For example, by simply visiting Google.co.jp, a user in New York would be able to see results that are relevant to users in Japan. But that is soon about to change as Google in their quest to make search results more relevant for a user, will not allow such domain jumps.

As per an official blog by Google Product Manager, Ms. Evelyn Kao wrote “We’ve updated the way we label country services on the mobile web, the Google app for iOS, and desktop Search and Maps. Now the choice of country service will no longer be indicated by domain. Instead, by default, you’ll be served the country service that corresponds to your location. So if you live in Australia, you’ll automatically receive the country service for Australia, but when you travel to New Zealand, your results will switch automatically to the country service for New Zealand. Upon return to Australia, you will seamlessly revert back to the Australian country service.”

WHY WOULD USERS CHANGE THEIR LOCATION ANYWAY?

It surely won’t be relevant for a user in Spain to get results that would correspond to a user based in China. Nevertheless, changing your location will also bring up results or information that you won’t usually get with your local searches. This is usually done by professionals especially in the field of journalism, digital marketing or sometimes, curious internet surfers.

Therefore Google can expect some backlash from such users, despite Google’s claims that 1 out of 5 searchers are related to the user’s location. But this also means that if you’re travelling to different countries, Google will automatically detect your location to provide relevant results.

CAN WE STILL CHANGE THE COUNTRY/LOCATION MANUALLY?

Thankfully, yes! But it won’t be as simple as typing a specific ccTLD to get results from various countries. To change their location, users can go to settings and choose their preferred country/region.

According to Google’s blogpost, “It’s important to note that while this update will change the way Google Search and Maps services are labeled, it won’t affect the way these products work, nor will it change how we handle obligations under national law. This update will help ensure that you get the most relevant results based on your location and is consistent with how Google already manages our services across a number of our other platforms, including YouTube, Blogger, Google Earth and Gmail, among others.”

APPLE HINTS IPAD 3 REACHING THE END OF ITS LIFECYCLE

 

THE STORY

Apple allegedly passed notifications to service providers regarding the death of its 3rd generation iPad.

IS IT OFFICIAL YET?

Although there’s no official announcement yet, but there are circulating rumors about Apple soon adding iPad 3 to the list of their “Vintage and Obsolete” products. As per a report by Macrumors.com, Apple recently issued memos to various authorized service providers regarding the iPad 3 being taken-off support in about a month from now. So for all Apple fans who felt the 3rd generation iPAD was a low-cost way for them to use this tablet, won’t be able to get it after November or at least after current stocks run out.

SO NO SUPPORT FOR IPAD 3 OWNERS?

Yes, it is true that once this tablet is added to the obsolete list by its manufacturers, users will find it difficult to get it serviced or find software updates. Nevertheless, users in California and Turkey are exempted from this up till October 2019 and can get support by calling 1-800-APL-CARE.

ARE APPLE FANS WORRIED?

For a product that was replaced by its successor in just 7 months, iPad 3 was already circling the drain since it’s release in 2012. Therefore it is quite likely that this won’t really affect a lot of Apple fans as most iPad users might have already moved on to newer versions of the tablet. Being the only iPad model that doesn’t use the ‘lightning port’ for charging, it was certainly a vintage technology that simply couldn’t hold up in this day and age.

Akshay Luke Peters is a writer and blogger for Systweak Software. He likes to write about off-beat topics and technological awareness. He is also part musician who likes to explore the future of technology in entertainment and popular media.

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