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Brief information: ID card, Google, Afterpay, Telegram

From now on, when applying for a new identity card, German citizens must have prints of their left and right index fingers taken with a scanner. The body features are stored on the document’s radio chip along with the biometric facial image. Up until now, the installation of fingerprints was voluntary, but there is already a corresponding obligation for passports. As with the passport, only security authorities of the EU states could read out the biometric features “for identification purposes”, “if there are still doubts about the identity after photo comparison”. The Federal Ministry of the Interior assured that other countries around the world would not have access to the fingerprint data.

Google cuts off devices with older Android versions: If you still use a smartphone or tablet with Android version 2.3.7 or older, you will soon no longer be able to log into the Google account on these devices. This makes some applications unusable, such as Gmail, while others lose their functionality, such as YouTube. The Google login will be blocked on affected devices from September 27th. Google justifies the move with security concerns about the older Android versions.




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The payment service provider Square from Twitter boss Jack Dorsey is taking over the Australian payment service provider Afterpay for 29 billion US dollars. The takeover is expected to be in shares and to be completed by the first quarter of next year. Square wants to integrate the Afterpay service into its own ecosystem. Above all, it is about the possibility of paying for products later at no additional cost. The merger is intended to further accelerate Afterpay’s growth.

Telegram gets more video calling and video messaging capabilities. With the current update, up to 1000 people can accept and watch a video call. Such group video calls allow up to 30 people to share their camera and screen. The role of the audience is then reserved for the remaining 970 people. With the media player, videos can be played back faster and slower in the future. The media editor has also been improved: the brush width decreases when zooming, for example, photos are easier to edit, and images can be sent uncompressed on the desktop. There are also more animated emojis.


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