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Six global carriers form a group for MEC, 5G interoperability

Verizon, Vodafone, America Movil, KT Corporation, Rogers Communications, and Telstra have joined forces to form the first-of-its-kind cooperation, the 5G Future Forum. The world’s leading telecoms and technology service providers will work together to develop interoperable 5G specifications and mobile edge computing across key geographic regions, including the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe. According to the statement from the carriers, they will “develop public and private marketplaces to enhance developer and customer access to 5G, and will share global best practices in technology deployment.”

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Google acquires no-code app development platform AppSheet

Google has announced the acquisition of AppSheet, a no-code enterprise app development platform that allows developers without extensive programming knowledge to collect rich data, fill up apps with AI, or automatically move data. This works by extracting data from a spreadsheet, database or form, and using the field or column names as the basis for building an app. According to the announcement, the AppSheet team will join Google Cloud to further develop and maintain integrations with cloud-hosted data sources such as Office 365, Salesforce, Box, Dropbox, iOS, web browsers and databases hosted in other clouds.

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OnePlus 8 Will Have ‘the Best Smartphone Display in 2020’

Oneplus Technologies Inc., a Chinese smartphone manufacturer, has revealed that its next flagship smartphone will increase the refresh rate from 90 Hz (found on the OnePlus 7 Pro and OnePlus 7T) to 120 Hz, rivaling phones like the Asus ROG Phone 2 and possibly the Samsung Galaxy S11. According to the company’s CEO Pete Lau, they have “completed research and development” on 120 Hz screens and will deliver “the best smartphone display in 2020.” Moreover, OnePlus claims its screen can hit 1000 nits peak brightness for HDR content, has a touch sampling rate of 240 Hz and supports 10-bit color.

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China’s ZTE plans to raise $1.7 bln from A-share sale to fund 5G R&D

ZTE Corporation has announced plans to raise CNY 11.5 billion (USD 1.7 billion) through non-public offering in the Chinese A-share market to help fund 5G research and development (R&D) as well as working capital. The telecom equipment manufacturer said that this deal will enable it to maintain a high level of R&D investment, ensure its technological competitive advantage, develop its main products and businesses, and also help increase its market share in the mainstream markets.

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Neustar Introduces Flexible Digital Identity Authentication Solutions to Combat Fraud and Improve Customer Experience

The US-based telecommunications company Neustar has introduced its new digital authentication solutions Digital Identity Risk Pro and Digital Identity Risk Flex to offer businesses more options for authenticating consumers initiating digital interactions. Robert McKay, Senior Vice President of Customer Identity and Risk Solutions at Neustar, said, “These digital authentication solutions examine a broad range of factors to determine whether a given user is likely to be a legitimate customer or a fraudster.” Neustar’s solutions help companies quickly identify legitimate consumers and allow their transactions to proceed while flagging potentially fraudulent transactions for additional verification.

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