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Apple iOS 13 Launch Confirmed: 5 iPhone Security Features Coming This Month

As the tech company that really cares about its user’s privacy, Apple attempts to differentiate itself from Facebook, Google and Amazon, and is bringing a number of massive improvements to the company’s iOS operating system this month. One of the biggest improvements is that the security enhanced Apple iOS 13 will not let Facebook and WhatsApp apps run VoIP in the background when the programs aren’t actively in use. Also, the system will send alerts about any apps that track user’s location and let an app access the location only once.

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Samsung’s Exynos 980 chip is a processor and 5G modem in one

The Korean tech giant has introduced its first 5G-integrated mobile chipset Exynos 980. This AI mobile processor combines a 5G modem and mobile application processor in a single chip, thus allowing for more compact phone designs and better battery life. Samsung’s Exynos 980 NPU is said to perform 2.7 times better than its predecessor. According to the announcement, with multi-mode capabilities and sub-6GHz speed at up to 2.55 Gbps, the Exynos 980 will help bring 5G connectivity to more mobile devices.

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Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners and Salesforce invest in PerimeterX

California-based information security startup PerimeterX, which protects websites and mobile applications from malicious activity, has raised an additional sum of USD 14 million from Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners Management and Salesforce Ventures. The latest round brought the company’s funding to a total of USD 91.5 million. PerimeterX was founded in 2014 by three Israeli expatriates and is developing a system that detects and blocks malicious bots, phishing and fraud attempts.

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Iliad confirms Nokia for France and Italy 5G push

France’s Iliad has announced entering a strategic agreement with Nokia for the rollout of the company’s 5G networks in France and Italy. Nokia has worked with Iliad on its 3G and 4G networks deployment since 2010. In a statement, Iliad said that the 5G rollout will start in 2020 and will bring the best mobile connectivity to its 17 million mobile subscribers in the two countries. By deciding to team up with Nokia, the French telco has made a clear choice for European technology and strategic independence.

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Google accused of secretly feeding personal data to advertisers

Search engine Brave has claimed that the advertising giant Google is secretly sharing user’s personal data with ad-industry companies thus breaching Europe’s data protection rules – GDPR. According to the statement, Google’s Authorized Buyers real-time bidding (RTB) system, used by millions of websites to display ads to visitors, “broadcast personal data” about them to thousands of advertisers every day. The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) and the UK ICO are already looking into real time bidding in order to assess its compliance with GDPR.

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