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Apple Drops Google For Bing As “Spotlight” Search Provider In iOS 8 & Mac OS X “Yosemite”

Bing has gained another win with Apple, becoming integrated into a new version of Spotlight in Apple’s forthcoming Mac OS X “Yosemite” operating system and in the coming iOS 8 mobile operating system. Spotlight will also tap into a wide-range of search resources similar to how…



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See Ya, iPhone 4: Apple Drops Support For A Phone That Sold Millions

At Monday’s keynote at the Worldwide Developers Conference, a showcase for its latest software, Apple executives didn’t drop a hint of “one more thing,” as the company’s late cofounder Steve Jobs used to do years ago. But there was indeed one more thing—a bit of bad news for owners of older Apple phones.

When Craig Federighi, Apple’s software chief, pulled up the names of devices capable of running iOS 8, the next mobile software for iPhones and iPads set to launch this fall, the iPhone 4 was not among them, MacRumors noticed.

The iPhone 4, which more or less defined a look for modern iPhones that Apple has only subtly tweaked, sold 1.7 million units in its first three days on sale in 2010, and continued to sell briskly alongside more modern models, especially in price-sensitive developing markets. 

Apple executive Craig Federighi quietly gave the iPhone 4 the ax on Monday at WWDC.

Apple executive Craig Federighi quietly gave the iPhone 4 the ax on Monday at WWDC.

iPhone 4geddaboutit

The list of iOS 8-capable devices Federighi displayed at WWDC included:

  • iPhone 4s
  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 5c
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPod touch 5th generation
  • iPad 2
  • iPad 4
  • iPad Air
  • iPad Mini
  • iPad mini with Retina Display

This is not entirely a surprise. The iPhone 4 had trouble running iOS 7. It’s three generations behind at this point. Apple released software tweaks under iOS 7.1 to address some of those performance issues for the iPhone 4, but the company appears to be cutting the gadget loose now.

Apple will continue supporting the iPhone 4s, which it still sells at retail, even though it, too, had trouble dealing with iOS 7.

In some emerging markets like India, Apple reintroduced the iPhone 4 as a low-end device to compete with cheap Android smartphones. It discontinued the device once more in May, according to reports, though some Apple resellers apparently still stock it.

What About The 4S?

If you have an iPhone 4, it’s time to face facts: Your phone is not going to benefit from any of the new software improvements Apple’s bringing out. If you mostly use it for texting, email, and Web browsing, that may be fine. But if you’re a heavy user of popular apps, you may find that you’re missing new must-have features in the apps you love.

The only way you’ll get the changes Apple just unleashed—including changeable keyboards, revamped Messages and the new Health app, among other things—will be to purchase a new handset.

If you have an iPhone 4s, you’ll want to think long and hard about updating that phone when iOS 8 comes out—because those updates may come at a cost to performance that you find unacceptable.

If you think about it, dropping support for these earlier models is a clever way for Apple to get hardware laggards to upgrade their devices in the otherwise-slow summer months before it’s set to unveil new phones, as Apple typically does in the early fall.

Photo by William Hook; image of Federighi via Apple

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SearchCap: Mac Spotlight Drops Google, DuckDuckGo Added To Safari & Google Eyes Free

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web. From Search Engine Land: Big Win For DuckDuckGo: Apple Adding To Safari As Private Search Option DuckDuckGo, the search engine that positions itself as a completely secure and private…



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Mac “Spotlight” Search Drops Google For Bing; Becomes More Siri-Like In OS X “Yosemite”

It looks like Bing has gained another win with Apple, becoming integrated into a new version of Spotlight in Apple’s forthcoming Mac OS X “Yosemite” operating system. Spotlight will also tap into a wide-range of search resources similar to how Siri works on iOS. During…



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Google Drops Authorship Rich Snippets From Search Results. A Bug?

For the past 20 minutes, if you search anything on Google, the authorship images, where it shows a picture of the individual who wrote the content shown in the Google results, no longer shows up. Here is a picture of what a search results look like with authorship images (was documented yesterday):…



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SearchCap: MetaFilter Filtered By Google, RetailMeNot Debates Panda Reports & Google Drops Authorship

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web. From Search Engine Land: Google Drops Authorship Rich Snippets From Search Results. A Bug? For the past 20 minutes, if you search anything on Google, the authorship images, where it shows…



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Yahoo7 Australia Drops Ripoff Report From Search Results After Defamation Complaints

Yahoo7, the Australian version of Yahoo, has de-indexed Ripoff Report after receiving “significant complaints” about defamatory content showing in its search results. As you see above, a site:ripoffreport.com on Yahoo7 produces no results. A Yahoo7 spokesperson gave us this statement on…



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SearchCap: Matt Cutts On Links, Spiderman Drops Bing & DuckDuckGo’s New Design

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web. From Search Engine Land: DuckDuckGo Releases New Beta Site With Redesigned Look & Added Features DuckDuckGo. the search engine known for protecting the privacy of its users,…



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SearchCap: Reactions To AdWords Not Provided, Google Drops Video Images & IAB Report

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web. From Search Engine Land: 10 Surprising Facts About “Keyword (Not Provided)” For Paid Search Earlier this week, everyone went bananas over a rumor that paid search query data was…



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Facebook Drops $19 Billion To Snatch Up WhatsApp

Facebook, which has long been on the prowl for the “next Instagram,” appears to have found it. The social network will shell out roughly $19 billion[*] to acquire WhatsApp, the giant global messaging app, in a deal that puts the world’s largest social network together with its biggest independent person-to-person messaging system.

[*] Updated purchase price to $19 billion to account for $3 billion in stock grants to WhatsApp founders and employees that vest over four years.

In a press release, Facebook said WhatsApp will continue to operate independently, much the way Instagram—the photo-sharing service Facebook acquired for $1 billion almost two years ago—does.

Go Mobile, Social Network

The acquisition is clearly intended to further bolster Facebook’s relevance in mobile. While the social network has successfully retooled itself into a mobile powerhouse over the past year, its attempts to jump into the burgeoning global messaging market have never really taken off.

Facebook Home, its attempt to turn Android phones into Facebook phones, appears to have mostly died a gruesome death. Facebook Messenger, the social network’s attempt to compete directly with WhatsApp and its rivals with a standalone app, hasn’t exactly been a standout.

WhatsApp, by contrast, has been on a long hot streak. According to the release, more than 450 million people use the service each month, 70% of whom are active on any given day. WhatsApp is adding more than a million registered users every day.

In April, WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum said the company was processing 20 billion messages a day—eight billion inbound and 12 billion outbound. That’s more than double what analysts believed Facebook’s message volume at the time to be. In the release, Facebook said WhatsApp is almost as popular as all carrier-based texting services combined; its message volume, Facebook said, is “approaching the entire global telecom SMS volume.”

Another Mobile Arrow In Facebook’s Quiver

By joining Facebook as as an independently run service, WhatsApp may fit easily with the social network’s current strategy of breaking out many of its services into standalone apps—some of them duplicative. After all, Facebook offers both Instagram and its own Facebook Camera as photo apps, so it can’t do much harm to have multiple messaging apps as well.

Over time, it’s entirely possible that Facebook will make WhatsApp work more readily with Messenger, such as by letting the apps access users’ contact lists on both services. In a blog post, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that because Messenger and WhatsApp service “serve such different and important uses,” the company will continue investing in and improving both services.

A bigger question is whether Facebook will try to bring ads to WhatsApp, as it’s done recently with Instagram. WhatsApp has long defiantly resisted advertising, instead charging users 99 cents a year for its service (although Android users get a free year up front). As for the future, CEO Koum issued this promise in a blog post:

Here’s what will change for you, our users: nothing.

WhatsApp will remain autonomous and operate independently. You can continue to enjoy the service for a nominal fee. You can continue to use WhatsApp no matter where in the world you are, or what smartphone you’re using. And you can still count on absolutely no ads interrupting your communication. There would have been no partnership between our two companies if we had to compromise on the core principles that will always define our company, our vision and our product.

Koum, by the way, will be joining Facebook’s board.

Facebook and Google have both reportedly taken passes at WhatsApp in the past. Just over a year ago, in fact, WhatsApp took the unusual step of denying a report that it was then in discussions with Facebook.

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