Top news this week, 15th-19th of July 2019
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Important announcements

Elon Musk unveiled Neuralink’s plan to test brain-computer interface next year

Neuralink, Elon Musk’s startup that’s trying to directly link brains and computers, has developed a system that can send thousands of electrical probes into a brain and hopes to start testing the technology on humans in in 2020. Neuralink’s initial goal is to help people deal with brain and spinal-cord injuries or congenital defects, Musk said.
You can read more here. 

France will create a space command to defend their satellites

French President Emmanuel Macron said space has become a “true national security issue” due to increased spending and interest in the area from the United States, India, China and Russia. The new space command would be created in September.
More info are available here. 

Google removed apps after researchers discover trackers on Play Store

Google took down apps found in the Google Play Store that could potentially allow users to stalk others. This is based on a report from Avast in which they found seven apps in the Play Store that have the ability to track and send location data, along with private contacts, call logs, and even text messages.
You can read more here. 

Top new products

Xiaomi Mi A3

Mi A3 will have a 6.08 inch AMOLED display and a 4,030 mAh battery. It will come with triple camera on the back and a 32 MP camera on the front.
More info here. 

Asus ROG Phone 2

ROG Phone 2 will have Snapdragon 855 Plus processor and an AMOLED display with HDR. It will be launched on July 23.
More info here. 

Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Pro

Black Shark 2 Pro will have Snapdragon 855 Plus processor and a 4100 mAh battery. It will be launched on July 30.
More info here. 

Top interesting info

Facebook will pay $5 billion to the FTC over Cambridge Analytica scandal

The FTC has been investigating how Facebook inappropriately shared information belonging to 87 million users with Cambridge Analytica. The investigation has focused on whether the situation violated a 2011 consent agreement between Facebook and the commission.
You can read more here. 

Huawei said HongMeng OS is not for smartphones and will continue using Android

Huawei said Hongmeng operating system is for industrial use and the system has been in development long before the current discussions around finding an alternative to Android. The company added that HongMeng is very secure because of fewer lines of codes compared to a mobile OS and has an extreme low latency compared with a smartphone operating system.
More info can be found here. 

Facial recognition is banned in Oakland

Oakland, California, has has become third city in the US to ban the municipal use of facial recognition technology. In May, San Francisco became the first city to ban its police officers from using facial recognition technology, citing a breach of citizens’ civil liberties.
You can read more here. 

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