Top news this week, 23rd-27th of September 2019
Important announcements

Huawei has “no plans” to unlock the Mate 30 Series bootloader

Due to conflicts with the US, Huawei is force to ship its latest smartphone without one of the most crucial parts of the Android experience: Google Play Store and services. Since the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro will ship without Google apps, an unlocked bootloader would be only way users will be able to sideload Play Services onto the devices. However, the company confirmed that the Mate 30 bootloader will be unlockable.
You can read more here. 

Android apps charged over $100 for basic features

The apps were found to abuse the Play Store policies and grossly charge users hundreds of dollars for mundane services like calculators and QR code scanners. Researchers at security firm Sophos found the the app developers exploited the free trial period to charge customers between $100 to $240 at the end of their short trial.
More info are available here. 

Google does not have to apply ‘right to be forgotten’ globally, only in Europe

The European Court of Justice ruled that Google does not need to remove links to sensitive information in all versions of its search engine worldwide when responding to “right to be forgotten” requests. The company had argued that the right could be abused by authoritarian governments trying to cover up human rights abuses were it to be applied outside of Europe.
You can read more here. 

Top new products

nubia Z20

The phone has a 6.42-inch FHD+ screen and a secondary 5.1-inch HD+ display on the back. It comes with Snapdragon 855+ processor and a 4,000 mAh battery.
More info here. 

ZTE nubia Red Magic 3s

The phone will have a 6.65-inch OLED screen, Snapdragon 855+ and 8/12GB RAM. It will come with a 5,000mAh battery.
More info here. 

vivo U10

The phone will have a 6.35-inch HD+ display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor and 4GB of RAM. It will come with a triple camera on the back with 13MP+8MP+2MP sensors.
More info here. 

Top interesting info

Facebook acquired a startup that built a neural monitoring armband

CTRL Labs is a startup building a wristband that lets people control digital devices with their mind. Facebook’s vice president of augmented and virtual reality, said the company wants to build mind-reading technology at scale and get it into consumer products.
You can read more here. 

IKEA plans to produce more renewable energy than it consumes

IKEA revealed that it has invested $2.8 Billion in solar and energy systems over the last decade. Recently, it bought 49% stakes in two United States solar company and a wind farm in Romania.
More info can be found here.

Uber investigators were forbidden from reporting criminal allegations to police

Uber does not allows the Special Investigations Unit to report allegations against its drivers to police. The internal investigation team is also forbidden of advising victims to seek legal counsel or make their own police reports.
You can read more here. 


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