Top news this week, 10th-14th of June 2019
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Important announcements

Russia will start blocking major VPN services

In March, Russia’s telecommunications regulations agency Roscomnadzor told the top VPN providers to link their servers to the government-run IT system, which it uses to prevent people in the country from accessing banned sites. Only one company, Kaspersky, had agreed to comply. The others, though, not only refused the demand but publicly stated that they would resist.
You can read more here. 

Android phone can now be used as a security key for iOS apps

To set up the security key, users will need to add a Google account to the Android device, and then go to their account’s two-step verification settings on the web to turn the phone into a security key. In order to log in to iOS, Bluetooth needs to be enabled on both devices to be able to log in using the Smart Lock app on iOS.
More info are available here. 

Facebook will launch an app that will pay users for their data

The new app called Study will monitor which apps are installed on a person’s phone, the time spent using those apps, the country the users is in, and additional app data that could reveal specific features used. It is only available on the Google Play Store, though Facebook said it might work to expand it to iOS in the future.
You can read more here. 

Top new products

OPPO Reno 10x

The phone has a 6.6-inch AMOLED display, Snapdragon 855 processor and a 4,065mAh battery. It comes with a a 16MP camera on the front and triple main camera with 48MP, 13MP and 8MP sensors.
More info here. 

Vivo Z1 Pro

The phone will have Snapdragon 710 processor and a triple main camera. It will come with 128GB of storage and a 5,000mAh battery.
More info here. 

Samsung Galaxy Note10 Pro

The phone will have a 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED screen and a 4,170 mAh battery. It will come with Snapdragon 855 or Exynos 9825 processor, depending on the region.
More info here. 

Top interesting info

India will order taxi aggregators like Uber and Ola to convert 40% of their fleets to electric by April 2026

Uber and Ola would need to start converting their fleet as early as next year to achieve 2.5% electrification by 2021, 5% by 2022 and 10% by 2023. Some companies, like Ola, have previously attempted to operate electric cars in the country, but with little success given inadequate infrastructure and high costs.
You can read more here. 

A malware shut down Philadelphia’s court system for weeks

Document filing systems, email servers, and the court’s website were taken down as a precautionary measure.The most vulnerable are Philadelphia residents trying to delay a bank from foreclosing on their homes.
More info can be found here. 

Gmail’s interactive ‘dynamic emails’ will be available on 2 July

With AMP (accelerated mobile pages) in Gmail, users can perform web-based tasks right in their inbox, such as filling out forms, RSVPing to an event or responding to an edit in Google Docs. The feature will only be available for Gmail on the web, with mobile due to come at an unspecified date.
You can read more here. 

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