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EU Court Rules Hungary’s State Monopoly Over Mobile Payments Is Illegal

Hungarian state’s monopoly over national mobile payment services has been ruled illegal by the European Court of Justice. “The ruling would require the end of exclusive control over Hungarian mobile payments exercised since July 2014 by state-owned firm Nemzeti Mobilfizetesi Zrt,” reports Reuters. “This exclusive operation ‘is contrary to EU law,’ the bloc’s top court said in a statement.” “Even ... Read More »

Samsung Will Put Notches On Its Future Phones

Samsung is one of the biggest smartphone makers to hold off on releasing smartphones with display notches. But at the company’s developer conference today, Samsung confirmed that it’s soon going to join in on the trend. “A slide during the keynote showed several notch designs that are almost certainly coming to Samsung-branded devices in 2019 and beyond,” reports The Verge. ... Read More »

Police Decrypt 258,000 Messages After Breaking Pricey IronChat Crypto App

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Police in the Netherlands said they decrypted more than 258,000 messages sent using IronChat, an app billed as providing end-to-end encryption that was endorsed by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. In a statement published Tuesday, Dutch police said officers achieved a “breakthrough in the interception and decryption of encrypted communication” ... Read More »

NASA is Showering One City With Sonic Booms and Hoping No One Notices

Eric Mack, reporting for CNET: NASA has been deliberately creating sonic booms off the coast of Galveston, Texas, since Monday in the hope that residents on the barrier island community won’t be too bothered by the sound of an F/A-18 aircraft briefly going supersonic. That’s because the research jet is performing a dive maneuver designed to reduce the normally thunderous ... Read More »

Chinese ‘Gait Recognition’ Tech IDs People By How They Walk; Police Have Started Using It on Streets of Beijing and Shanghai

Chinese authorities have begun deploying a new surveillance tool: “gait recognition” software that uses people’s body shapes and how they walk to identify them, even when their faces are hidden from cameras. From a report: Already used by police on the streets of Beijing and Shanghai, “gait recognition” is part of a push across China to develop artificial-intelligence and data-driven ... Read More »