Top news this week, 8th-12th of April 2019
Important announcements

Android phones can now be used as a physical security key for the Google account

Google announced that phones running Android 7.0 Nougat and higher can now double as a Fast Identity Online (FIDO) security key. To make an Android phone the security key, users will need to connect the smartphone through Bluetooth to a Chrome browser to verify logins. The new authentication method works on Gmail, G Suite, Google Cloud, and any other Google account service.
You can read more here. 

Microsoft will change how Windows 10 disconnects USB storage devices

Windows 10 can choose between two modes when interacting with USB storage. The current default is for Better Performance, which makes read and write operations fast at the expense of using a cache that needs to be properly flushed before removing the device. Starting Windows 10 update 1809, Microsoft will have the option of Quick Removal. With this mode, USB devices will be easier to remove but will become slower.
More info are available here.

Facebook will ‘clearly explain’ how it uses consumer data after facing EU pressure

The new terms will make it plain that free access to Facebook is contingent on users’ data being used to profile them to target with ads. The European Commission has set the end of June as the deadline to implement the updates, otherwise Facebook could face sanctions.
You can read more here.

Top new products

Honor 20 Pro

Honor 20 Pro will have a 6.1-inch OLED dispaly, Kirin 980 processor and a 3,650mAh battery. The phone will come with four cameras on the back.
More info here. 

Lenovo Z6 Pro

The phone will have Snapdragon 855 processor, a 5G modem and a UD fingerprint scanner. It will come with a HyperVision camera.
More info here. 

Samsung Galaxy A80

Galaxy A80 will have a 6.7-inch FHD+ display, an octa-core processor, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. The phone has no front-facing cameras but it rotates the rear camera towards the front.
More info here. 

Top interesting info

The EU published guidelines to encourage ethical AI development

The guidelines were proposed by a group of independent experts that includes representatives of companies such as Google, IBM and SAP, along with A.I.-focused academics and digital rights activists. The commission said that AI projects should be transparent, secure and reliable algorithms, and they must be subject to privacy and data protection rules.
You can read more here. 

LG patented a transparent foldable phone

The patent, which was published on April 9, details a device with two transparent screens and a fold in the middle. It opens and closes like a book and moves from tablet-sized when open to phone-sized when closed.
More info can be found here.

Facebook will use AI to map population density around the world

Facebook showed the world’s most accurate population density maps yet created for the entire continent of Africa. Eventually, the company says that the project will expand to map nearly the whole world’s population. This will help humanitarian agencies to determine how populations are distributed even in remote areas so that healthcare and relief workers will be able to distribute aid where necessary.
You can read more here. 


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