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Tech Giants Like Apple, Uber Must Share Their Mapping Data: UK Group

Commercial online giants now dominate control of Britain's geospatial data, said the report published ahead of the UK government's forthcoming review of national geospatial strategy

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Photo shows an exterior view of the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. (VOA)

Tech giants Google, Apple and Uber must make mapping data openly available for all in order to drive innovation and economic growth, an influential Britain-based group has demanded.

Making data from both the public and private sectors openly available and interoperable will mean more organisations can access data from different sources and combine it to build new services and technologies, the Open Data Institute (ODI) said in a report.

“Like other parts of our data infrastructure, we believe that geospatial data should be as open as possible while respecting privacy, national security and commercial confidentiality. In many cases, geospatial data can be open data for anyone to access, use and share,” said Jeni Tennison, CEO, ODI.

“Our report shows that open geospatial data is necessary to enable innovation and growth in key sectors.

“To deliver this, the Government must engage and work with private companies, who are creating and collecting geospatial data as part of their businesses, to explore how that data can benefit everyone,” Tennison added.

Geospatial data describes places including the address of a building, the boundaries of cities and regions, and the extent of flood plains.

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An Apple store in Woodbridge, Virginia. (VOA)

These data help people, communities and organisations make decisions in almost all aspects of life and across all sectors of our economy.

Geospatial data drives many of the services people use everyday, including helping food travel from farms to shops, helping parcels get to our houses, and apps that help us make journeys such as Apple Maps and Waze.

Analysing geospatial data can help us understand and increase access to health facilities, schools or public green spaces.

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Commercial online giants now dominate control of Britain’s geospatial data, said the report published ahead of the UK government’s forthcoming review of national geospatial strategy.

The ODI is an influential group in the UK, co-founded by Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, and Nigel Shadbolt, a professor of artificial intelligence at the University of Oxford, The Verge reported on Tuesday. (IANS)

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Apple may Add Quick and Ultra-Smooth Displays to Make iPhones More Gaming-Centric

Apple is considering a switchable 60Hz/120Hz refresh rate screen on the iPhone in 2020, and is discussing

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Both LG and Samsung are known to be the two biggest suppliers of smartphone AMOLED displays in the world. Pixabay

To make its devices more gaming-centric, Apple may add quick and ultra-smooth displays to its 2020 line-up of iPhones, for which the company is currently in discussion with Samsung and LG.

Both LG and Samsung are known to be the two biggest suppliers of smartphone AMOLED displays in the world.

“Apple is considering a switchable 60Hz/120Hz refresh rate screen on the iPhone in 2020, and is discussing with Samsung and LG,” a reliable Apple tipster, Ice Universe, tweeted on Sunday.

By “switchable 60Hz/120Hz”, it is presumed that next year’s iPhones would be able to switch to a 60Hz refresh rate whenever static images are displayed in order to conserve battery, Tech Radar reported.

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To make its devices more gaming-centric, Apple may add quick and ultra-smooth displays to its 2020 line-up of iPhones, for which the company is currently in discussion with Samsung and LG. Pixabay

If true, this would not be the first time that the iPhone-maker would be releasing mobile devices with 120Hz displays.

Lacking the OLED screen technology and supporting the LED Retina ProMotion displays, all of Apple’s 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPads released since 2017 boasted ultra-fast refresh rates.

The OLED screens come with several benefits such as individually-lit pixels, perfect blacks and low power consumption.

More details about the screen technology Apple plans on using for its 2020 iPhones remain undisclosed as of now.

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Next year, the company is expected to launch four devices with 5G compatibility and advanced 3D sensing camera technology.

The new line-up would help the company sell 195 million units in 2020, up from an estimated 180 million in 2019, the media has reported.

Currently, Apple is preparing for the launch of this year’s iPhone 11 handsets in September. (IANS)