3 Samsung Galaxy S10’s; Google Fined $57 Million by France; Tesla To Start Model 3 Euro Deliveries; Facebook-Petition Feature; Google Maps-Beating Speedtraps

Leaked pictures over the weekend show 3 Samsung Galaxy S10 models. According to macrumors.com, all feature and edge-to-edge display, with a small cutout air the upper right for the camera. The midrange version will have a 6.1 inch display and 3 rear cams, the ‘cheapie’ will sport a 5.8 inch screen with 2 rear cams, and the hero model will have a 6.4 inch display, and 2 front cams in addition to the 3 rear ones. All are expected to have an in-display fingerprint scanner. All the new phones will be rolled out at the Unpacked Galaxy S10 event on February 20th at 11am Pacific at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.

Google has been nicked for $57 million in fines by the French data privacy body, CNIL, for failing to comply with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation. Venturebeat.com reports that the CNIL fined Google for ‘lack of transparency, inadequate information, and lack of valid consent regarding the ads personalization.’ Google hasn’t confirmed, but it is widely thought that they will appeal the fine.

On the topic of the EU, Tesla has received clearance to start delivering Model 3 in Europe. Engadget.com says they will start with the long range battery version in February. The long range battery version is a pricey Model 3, and may cushion Tesla’s starting to sell the lower cost model of the car in the US, which Elon Musk has said is crucial to the company’s long term viability. Selling the costlier model in the EU should help the company make a profit in the next quarter, while selling the cheaper models.

Facebook is launching Community Actions, a new newsfeed feature. According to techcrunch.com, the feature will allow for petitions to unite neighbors to request change from their local and national elected officials and government agencies. Anyone think this feature will be a ripe hunting grounds for trolls and troll farms? The idea of the petition feature is to get people to click the ‘Support’ button and get it to go viral. With today’s sophisticated trolls, ‘viral’ may be a good term to use for this feature. Be careful, and stay tuned!

Google has added new features to its Google Maps app. Mashable.com says they are rolling out speed limit and speed trap features. The speed limit sign will show up as a little sign icon in the left lower corner. Speed cameras will show up as red icons, and there will even be an audible warning. Police agencies will love this! Ironically, the feature was first reported by AndroidPolice.com!


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