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This week.. Trump vows not to extend TikTok deadline, Android 11 Tightens Privacy Controls, Samsung looks to 6G and beyond with blockchain and AI and much more…

Trump vows not to extend TikTok deadline beyond September 15

Ars Technica

ByteDance, the Chinese company that owns TikTok, is facing a looming September 15 deadline to sell its US operations or have them shut down by the Trump administration. On Thursday evening, President Trump told reporters that the deadline wouldn’t be pushed back.

“We’ll either close up TikTok in this country for security reasons, or it’ll be sold,” Trump said just before boarding a flight to Michigan. “I’m not extending deadlines. No. It’s September 15. There will be no extension of the TikTok deadline.”

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Android 11 Tightens Privacy Controls, Touts Conversation Management

Silicon

Conversation management, upgraded media controls, smart device access, privacy permissions, and faster updates are some of the features of Android 11, Google has taken the wraps of its Android 11 mobile operating system, whose release was delayed from the summer.

Android 11 is apparently aiming to assist users in getting to what’s important on their phone, with easier ways to manage conversations, connected smart devices, and better privacy controls.

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Say hello to safer phone calls

Google Blog

Businesses often rely on phone calls to reach out to new customers and serve existing ones. But here’s the hang-up: customers often don’t answer the call if they don’t recognize the number. They worry it could be spam, or worse, a scam: a 2019 FTC report found that phone calls were the number one way people reported being contacted by scammers. While most people said they hung up on those calls, those who lost money reported a median loss of $1,000. Spam and scam calls erode trust in businesses and increase costs to consumers.

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Samsung looks to 6G and beyond with blockchain and AI

Techwire Asia

5G mobile connectivity promises to be 100 times faster than current 4G speeds, and we are still a couple of years away from widely migrating to 5G networks.

This year, mobile networks have slowed on 5G network rollouts, but that’s not stopping South Korean technology heavyweight Samsung from exploring the next frontier of communication: 6G.

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Varying degrees of success for coronavirus apps in Europe

Yahoo Finance

Designed to help fight the spread of the novel coronavirus by automatically tracing the contacts of infected people, Covid-19 tracking applications have encountered a series of challenges since their launch, from privacy concerns to technical glitches.

Here is a round-up of the main European contact tracing initiatives and their varying degrees of success.

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Why Mobile Betting Is On The Rise In Africa

Michezo Afrika

In recent years, mobile betting has been on the rise in Africa. This is accredited to the fact that Africa has millions of fans, especially in sports. Many African punters prefer sports betting on the go with Betway mobile, as revealed by several studies. In this article, you’ll learn some of the things that have contributed to the rise of mobile betting in Africa:

The improvements in technology are one of the reasons why mobile betting is on the rise in Africa. The fact that punters don’t need to travel to place a bet has made things easier.

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5G +Wi-Fi 6 Accelerates the Internet of Everything

IoT Business News

According a forecast by CAICT, 5G will drive more than ¥8 trillion of emerging spending until 2025. 5G-based new capital construction is in full swing. The ecosystem and industrial chain are speeding up across the board. SIMCom Product Department’s general manager Deng Qianhuai expressed his views on this.

According to Mr. Deng, while 4G has changed the way people connect to each other, 5G will change the way people connect to things. The number of IoT connections will grow dramatically in the future. In particular, cellular IoT will grow at a rate of 25% a year, and the number of cellular IoT connections is expected to reach 2.5 billion by 2025.

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‘Scammer cloned my business on Instagram’

BBC

n the last weekend of August, when Emma Heathcote-James had been looking forward to a relaxing bank-holiday break, she instead found herself fighting to save her company’s reputation. She had just discovered the Instagram page for her beauty-product business, which she had spent 12 years building up, had been cloned.

“For some reason the scammers tagged me in one of the photos, which seems like it was probably a mistake,” she says.
And this alerted her to the cloned page, where the only discernible difference from the legitimate Little Soap Co’s page was an extra “o” at the end of the name.

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$200 bn video games market led by mobile and cloud

Mobile Europe

A white paper from Juniper, Will cloud gaming change the way we play? says the market is worth $155 billion (€131.4 billion) this year, but will grow to $200 billion in two years.

Mobile and cloud gaming will propel the growth, as the market shifts further towards recurring revenue, and purchase revenue declines by 5% over that period.

For more insights, download the free whitepaper: Will Cloud Gaming Change the Way We Play?

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