aditi sharmaAneri VajaniColors TVdrashti dhami First Published: June 13, 2019, 3:41 PM IST Actress Aditi Sharma is happy to join the second season of Silsila Badalte Rishton Ka, and says the audience will see her at all the important junctures in the show. The first season, which featured the actress along with Shakti Arora and Drashti Dhami, aired on Colors TV. It was shifted to VOOT after the immense popularity it garnered there. The second season, starring Tejasswi Prakash, Kunal Jaisingh and Aneri Vajani, has received an extension. And Aditi will also be back as Mauli. “My role is going to be very interesting and the audience will see me at all the important junctures in the show. Mauli will be like a guiding light to Mishti and others during testing times in their lives,” Aditi said in a statement. “Silsila Badalte Rishton Ka has always been very special to me and it feels great to be back on the sets. The second season of the show is doing very well and the leads of the show Tejasswi, Aneri, Kunal and Jayaji are doing a fabulous job. I am certain that I am going to have a wonderful experience and I would like to thank our production house and VOOT for bringing such compelling stories to the viewers,” she added. Aditi, who has starred in films like Ladies Vs Ricky Behl, had shared a video and wrote a lengthy post when the first season went off air in February. She wrote, “Like all good things come to an end. This one is no exception. #silsilabadalterishtonka has been a beautiful memorable journey. #Mauli will always be very dear to me just like #Ganga. Feel grateful to play such amazing n inspiring characters.” Aditi had made her television debut with &TV’s Gangaa. Follow @News18Movies for more
Congress’ eastern UP in-charge Priyanka Gandhi Vadra termed Prime Minister Narendra Modi an “actor”, saying voters might as well have chosen superstar Amitabh Bachchan in his place. Priyanka Gandhi, who was speaking to her supporters during an election rally in UP’s Mirzapur on the last day of campaigning for the Lok Sabha polls, said: “Ab aap samajh lijiye ke apne duniye ke sabse bade abhineta ko apna PM bana diya hai, is se accha toh aap Amitabh Bachchan ko hi bana dete, karna toh kisi ne kuch nahi tha aapke liye (You chose the world’s biggest actor as your prime minister. You might as well have voted for Amitabh Bachchan, given that neither had to do anything for you.)” She added, “In Kisan Samman Yojna, this government wants to give you 6000 rupees per year. You know in a family of 10 people this will be one rupee per person. This is what our PM has given for our farmers and then they call it Kisan Samman Yojna, isn’t it Kisan Apman Yojna?”Priyanka Gandhi also stepped up her attack on demonetisation, saying: “During note ban, did you see any BJP leader standing in line? The stray cattle menace is bothering our farmers but do these so called ‘Chowkidars’ come to help you? The income of our farmers is halved instead of getting doubled as promised by the BJP government. More than 12000 farmers have committed suicide but our 56 inch chest PM did not spare even five minutes for them.”As the elections come to a close, personal attacks on leaders have been on the rise. On Thursday, Priyanka Gandhi took a dig at PM Modi’s claim of a 56-inch chest, asking where his heart lies.The Congress leader also questioned claims of nationalism. “The PM talks about Pakistan while speaking on nationalism. For him, nationalism is all about speaking on the work done to counter Pakistan. Employment and farmer issues are not nationalism to him,” she said.She also accused Modi of solely concentrating on marketing strategies and dubbed him arrogant. “In the past five years, Modi was seen going to every place across the world, but he never bothered to meet farmers of his own country,” she said terming the PM anti-farmer.Priyanka Gandhi lambasted the government over an initiative it took for farmers. “They have announced Rs 6,000 per year for farmers under the Kisan Samman scheme. But the scheme is an insult to farmers as a family of five would get just Rs 2 per day,” she said.(With inputs from Qazi Faraz Ahmad in Lucknow) congressDemonetisationLok Sabha election 2019Narendra Modi First Published: May 17, 2019, 2:18 PM IST
The Sonchiriya actor is celebrating her birthday with her family in Lucknow, where she is currently shooting with Kartik Aaryan for their forthcoming film Pati, Patni Aur Woh. Follow @News18Movies for more. Ayushmann KhurranaBhumi PednekarBhumi Pednekar birthdayBhumi Pednekar Instagram First Published: July 18, 2019, 1:49 PM IST Taapsee Pannu, who co-stars with her in their forthcoming film Saand Ki Aankh, shared a photo of the two of them from the film’s set and wrote, “Happy Birthday to my chota packet bada bomb! To all the love you spread around cheers to adding a year of happiness!”Shooter Dadi Chandro Tomar, whose character Bhumi essays in Saand Ki Aankh, also sent heartfelt wishes to the actor. Sharing a picture with Bhumi, she wrote, “Wish you a very happy birthday beta. God bless you.”Among other actors who have wished Bhumi, include Vaani Kapoor, Diana Penty and Vijay Varma.Bhumi too shared a morning picture of herself on the photo-video app, surprised by all the love coming her way. Posing with a cake and a large bouquet of yellow flowers, she wrote, “Couldn’t have had a better start to the day as I grow a year older…with work and the ones I love ❤️ Thank you already for all the birthday love 😘.” As Bhumi Pednekar turns 30 today, her friends, family and colleagues from the film industry have taken to Instagram to send warm, fuzzy wishes her way.Ayushmann Khurrana, who starred alongside Bhumi in her debut film Dum Laga Ke Haisha and later in Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, shared a picture of them from the promotions of their second film to wish her.
Chennai: The DMK on Friday likened Rahul Gandhi to Jawaharlal Nehru for his liberal ideological moorings that went beyond just electoral politics and asserted that the Congress needed a “broad-minded person” like him.At a time when the Congress appeared to be in a disarray with Rahul wanting to step down from the post of party chief due to poll drubbing, the Dravidian party said, “Rahul’s political journey should be about slogging from the grassroots level. If that is there, victory is possible.”Apparently seeking to lift Rahul’s spirits, the DMK’s Tamil organ “Murasoli”, in its editorial, said the Congress was a broad-based party and to lead it, only a broad-minded person like Rahul was needed.Days after DMK chief M K Stalin persuaded Rahul not to quit from the president’s post, the party mouthpiece said he did not confine himself to only “electoral politics,” during the run up to the polls.Instead, Rahul, the DMK said showed his concern about the Indian society, and expressed his anguish about several aspects like religious hostility, economic inequalities, and poverty.The DMK daily said he also understood the difference in mindset between the southern and northern states.Rahul spoke of “Periyar (rationalist leader) and celebrated Kalaignar (late DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi),” and all such aspects went beyond poll victories and defeats, Murasoli said.The Congress president, hence, transcended the confines of electoral politics by talking not only about Prime Minister Narendra Modi but also focusing on all such aspects.By doing so, the DMK said, “Rahul transcended. To be very precise, Rahul Gandhi reflected the thoughts (liberal ideological stand) of Jawaharlal Nehru.””Rahul is the strong brick for building the fort of Congress and it is more strong than a mountain of sand.”The DMK also said it was usual to blame the Nehru-Gandhi family during poll debacles.”Many do not realise during times of success that it is the very same family which fetched victories for the Congress party.”Similarly, some were now trying to place the blame on Rahul for the Congress party’s poll defeat.Rahul has offered to step down following the dismal performance of the Congress in the Lok Sabha elections, while the Congress Working Committee rejected it.The BJP had on May 23 won 303 out of 542 Lok Sabha seats that went to polls, handing out a crushing defeat to the Congress and many other political opponents. dmkDMK president M K StalinJawaharlal NehruRahul Gandhi First Published: May 31, 2019, 5:54 PM IST
Anil BaluniBJPharidwarKunwar Pranav Singh Champion First Published: July 10, 2019, 12:35 PM IST Dehradun: A video showing sacked Uttarakhand BJP MLA Kunwar Pranav Singh Champion dancing to a Bollywood number with guns and a drink in hand has gone viral. The undated almost 2 minute-long video comes after the controversial MLA from Haridwar was suspended by the BJP for three months over threatening a News18 reporter for airing a story about a private vehicle which he was allegedly being used as a pilot police car. The video shows Champion dancing with more than two pistols and an automatic rifle, while cursing the state of Uttarakhand and hurling abuses.The BJP MLA from Haridwar district is also involved in a legal war with another party MLA.Meanwhile, the BJP said it has taken notice of the video. Uttarakhand Rajya Sabha MP Anil Baluni told News18, “The video is horrible. Uttarakhand party unit has already sacked him, the state party will take call on further action against (Champion)”Reacting to the video, Champion termed it as a conspiracy and said the weapons were licensed and not loaded. “I’m not pointing towards anyone or threatening anyone.What’s the crime? Is drinking alcohol and keeping licensed gun a crime?,” he said.
BJPcongressGhulam Nabi Azadprime minister narendra modi First Published: June 24, 2019, 4:52 PM IST | Edited by: Anu Parthiban New Delhi: Reacting to the recent incidents of lynchings and violence against minorities, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad on Monday said Jharkhand has become a factory of lynching and violence. He asked the ruling BJP to keep with it the ‘New India’ and give back an ‘Old India’ where love and culture prevailed.The creation of a ‘New India’ found frequent mention in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s election rallies in the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls. “In ‘Old India’, there was no hatred, anger or lynching. ‘New India’ is one where humans are enemies of each other. You won’t be scared of animals in a jungle, but you’ll be scared of humans in a colony. Give us an India where Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians live for each other,” Azad said in the Upper House.Raising concerns over the rising incidents of communal hatred, the Congress leader asked the BJP to keep its ‘New India’ to itself. “Hindus used to feel pain when Muslims and Dalits used to get hurt (in old India). When something used to get into the eyes of Hindus, Muslims and Dalits used to shed tears for them,” he added.Referring to the President’s speech on Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th-anniversary celebrations, Azad said, unfortunately, a candidate of the ruling party called the killer of the Father of the Nation a patriot and no action was taken and the candidate was a parliamentarian now.”My tongue will burn…I cannot repeat the remarks…I have a complaint to the Prime Minister, why didn’t you take action. Mahatma Gandhi may be Congress President but he was Father of the Nation…I would not have mentioned it here but President’s speech mentions his birth anniversary celebrations…BJP should take action…It still has time till October…,” Azad said.Azad while attacking BJP for defending 2008 Malegaon blast accused Sadhvi Pragya Thankur, however, did not mention her by name and said: “How is this possible and how someone can defend this? Though it doesn’t make any difference to us, this is a blot on the face of the ruling party which cannot be wiped out.”He also referred to how former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru on complaints about a Congress candidate in 1952 had instead urged people to vote for an Independent candidate who had a clean image.He said rapes were at an all-time high including heinous crimes like rapes on minor and that “Beti Padhao and Beti Bachao” was just plain talking.Azad said crime against women have risen manifold and urged the government to ensure 50 per cent reservation to women in Parliament as it was having an absolute majority.He said Congress’s attempts were thwarted last time through the Women’s Reservation Bill was passed in Rajya Sabha. Unemployment, he said was at its peak with the government trying to curb reports by various agencies and that the youth who voted for BJP needed justice.On Saturday, a man who was assaulted on suspicion of theft in Jharkhand’s Kharsawan district on June 18 and beaten up for hours before being handed over to the police succumbed to his injuries at a local hospital. The man was identified as Tabrez Ansari, 24.The death was reported days after similar incidents in Delhi and Assam. A Muslim cleric was assaulted in Delhi by men after he refused to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ while a group of Muslim youth was attacked and forced to chant the religious slogan as well as ‘Pakistan Murdabad’.Expressing regret over the inaction of BJP against wrongdoers, Azad said the Opposition would stand united in the fight for ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’. But at the same time, he asserted that citizens should also be able to see the difference the party is trying to bring.(With inputs from PTI)
BJPcongresskarnatakaKarnataka crisis First Published: July 9, 2019, 2:38 PM IST New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday raised slogans in Lok Sabha over the developments in Karnataka.This is for the first time that Gandhi was seen raising slogans in the 17th Lok Sabha. Gandhi arrived in the House at noon. At that time Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury was raising the Karnataka issue and accused the ruling party of “poaching” its MLAs in the state.He was, however, disallowed by Speaker Om Birla saying, the matter was discussed in the House on Monday and Deputy Leader of Lok Sabha Rajnath Singh had responded to the charges. “It is your duty to save democracy,” a Congress member said.Unsatisfied with the Speaker’s response, Chowdhury again tried to raise the issue.He scribbled a few slogans on a piece of paper and gave it to his fellow MPs sitting behind him, who promptly raised them.The members raised slogans like “Down with dictatorship” (Tanashahi Band Karo), “Stop the politics of poaching” (Shikar ki rajneeti Band Karo Band karo).As members raised slogans, Gandhi also joined them but his pitch was not as high as others. He merely repeated the last words of the slogans.As members entered the Well, they continued with the sloganeering. The Speaker also warned members against bringing posters.”This is our right,” said one of the members. To which the Speaker said, “No it is not your right”.”The country is watching you. This is your House. Don’t make it the house of a civic body,” Birla said.The Congress has been raising issues pertaining to Karnataka in the Lok Sabha and accused the ruling BJP of “indulging in politics of poaching”.The year-old Congress-Janata Dal (S) coalition government in Karnataka is on the brink of collapse after a spate of resignations by MLAs.So far 14 MLAs have resigned in Karnataka, which includes 11 from the Congress and three from the JD(S).If accepted, the coalition government’s strength in the assembly would be reduced to 102 minus the Speaker against the halfway mark of 113.The BJP’s strength as of now stands at 107.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10: Everything we know Newegg Father’s Day deals: Refurbished Samsung Galaxy S9 and S10s get price cuts Best Samsung Galaxy S10 cases and covers The ultimate Prime Day deal? Amazon knocks $700 off the Samsung WH-N950 soundbar Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Tesla Special Edition turns out to be a beautiful dream Editors’ Recommendations Samsung may be best known to the tech-loving community for its mobile devices, computers, and televisions, but there are plenty of other products that the South Korean giant makes. From theme parks to medical centers to cars, Samsung’s assorted subsidiaries have their fingers in all sorts of pies.With all that said, however, the latest Samsung manufactured product may still surprise you: A Samsung-branded flower vase that just so happens to double up as a throwable fire extinguisher. (Insert joke about this pairing perfectly with Samsung’s recalled Note 7 smartphone, with its habit of inconveniently bursting into flames at the drop of a hat.)The fire-extinguishing flower receptacle looks like an ordinary translucent red glass decorative vase. But like the best James Bond gadget, looks can be deceiving. In a sealed outer chamber is a layer of potassium carbonate, the chemical compound used as a fire extinguisher for deep-fat fryers and various other B class-related fires. In the event that a fire breaks out, all a person would have to do is to smash the vase to release the potassium carbonate contained within. This would then have the event of extinguishing the fire before it becomes a more serious hazard.The product, called the “Firevase” (you can’t get say they don’t advertise its best feature up front!), was manufactured under the Samsung Fire and Marine Insurance brand. It was designed to raise awareness of the importance of fire extinguishers and has so far been distributed 100,000 times to homes in Samsung’s stomping ground of South Korea. An accompanying print ad was meanwhile run in 46 different publications, while a video ad played in theaters. As a result of the successful campaign, Samsung Fire and Marine Insurance has now reportedly decided to produce an additional 200,000 Firevases.This isn’t the only fire extinguisher we’ve covered at Digital Trends. Other tech-related approaches to putting out fires include a sci-fi-sounding machine which uses sound waves to eliminate flames and the unusual Elide Fire Ball, a sort of reverse grenade which creates an explosion that can also extinguish fires. We can’t help but love the kind of relative simplicity of Samsung’s approach, though.
On this episode of Digital Trends Live, it’s all about the kickoff to Apple’s Worldwide Development Conference (WWDC). Host Greg Nibler and Nicole Raney, managing editor of The Manual, discuss what that could mean for legacy Apple products, and what new products might be on the horizon.In other trending tech news, we talk about the upcoming Tesla pickup, in-display smartphone selfie cams, robotic lunar landers, and the future of untethered soft robots, and we go on a safari with Google Search.DT Video Producer Riley Winn joins us all the way from Australia to interview Scott Vandonkelaar, co-founder of Zero Latency VR. They’ll talk about the latest in virtual reality, and how they are creating environments that let you experience untethered VR.Senior Editor of News Mathew Katz then discusses Facebook’s privacy problem. Despite its public declaration that privacy will be the company’s main focus, a Facebook lawyer pointed out that users should have no reasonable expectation of privacy. Katz breaks down what that means for Facebook, and for users.We then speak with Richard Burke, chief executive officer of Envoy Global, about the role of immigration and a global workforce, and how companies can access talent from around the world.
Share your Wi-Fi passwordEver had that generous urge to share the Internet love around. Specifically the Wi-Fi password that only you might now? With iOS 11, you can indeed do that with friends who are nearby.If the feature sounds familiar, you might be remembering Windows 10’s ill-fated Wi-Fi Sense feature which allowed you to share Wi-Fi credentials with people in your social circles. That feature was immediately shot down by critics and privacy advocates and was never heard from again. So it’s a bit curious to see it take another form on iOS 11.That said, Apple did learn from Microsoft’s blunder and made the feature work only on a per-person basis rather than granting wholesale access. You have to explicitly allow (or not) each attempt by a nearby friend to connect to the same Wi-Fi network you’re one. Whether that has any security and privacy holes is something we’ll have to watch out for when iOS 11 makes its final descent.Offload apps to the cloudAlmost all of us have experienced uninstalling apps to free up on storage space, only to later realize we really need or want that app after all. Tough luck, because you’ll have to start from scratch. Unless you’re on iOS 11 and enable offloading of unused apps.Those who have heard about the Nextbit Robin Android phone might be familiar with this setup. Unused apps are “offloaded” from the phone, that is, they are technically uninstalled. However, unlike a normal uninstall, documents and data associated with the app aren’t wiped. When you decide later on to bring back the app, you won’t need to start from scratch all over again. It isn’t clear whether this is something that can be triggered manually or if you have to agree that Apple knows best.No more fooling trialwareBack in April, a report came out that Apple CEO Tim Cook chided Uber’s Travis Kalanick over tracking user’s iPhones, a measure Uber employed to combat cheating in China. Ironically, now Apple itself is providing developers the ability to do so. Of course, it isn’t handing them everything on a silver platter.App developers who opt into this feature called DeviceCheck will have to send Apple two bits (“binary digits”, limited to 00, 01, 10, and 11) and a timestamp for each device the app is installed on. Apple only stores the data but doesn’t know what those mean. The app developer can associate those bits with whatever system they have in place. “01”, for example, may mean that the device had a free trial that already expired. That piece of information sticks to the device even after it has been reset, pretty much like what Uber was doing before.Apple perhaps conceded to this kind of tracking to stop developers from using potentially insecure methods to track devices. This way, there will be a canonical method to track devices without violating the user’s privacy. And to be perfectly clear, it doesn’t track the device’s location.Screen recordingGamers and tutorial makers rejoice! At long last Apple is officially making it possible to record your screen right on your iPhone or iPad, without having to bend over backwards. In the past, you were at the mercy of QuickTime when trying to produce footage of your epic conquests or create guides for new and curious iOS users.Now it’s as simple as pulling up the new and “improved” Control Center and hitting the record button. Once you’ve had your time in the spotlight, you can edit the recording and even produce a GIF from it. And you can finally view it in all its animated glory in the Photos app (yet another hidden new iOS 11 feature!).Control Center JigsawAs mentioned, there is a new Control Center, and it probably won’t be to everyone’s liking. The good news: everything is now in a single page, all the toggles, buttons and sliders you need. The bad news: it’s arranged like someone played a quick game of Tetris with it.Appearances aside, the new Control Center is very powerful, as it gives you a couple more sliders to tweak settings to your heart’s content. It even has 3D Touch for more settings hidden behind settings! Just try to ignore the odd arrangement of boxes.Type with only one handIs Apple finally admitting that there isn’t one single right way to hold an iPhone? Maybe not, but it is at least giving those who hold phones differently an option. And given how it has permanently departed from its small-sized iPhones, the new one-handed keyboard is more than just nice.Hidden in the keyboard settings of the virtual keyboard is an option to have a keyboard squished to the left or right side of the screen. Of course, this does mean that each key has less space around it and more opportunities to hit the wrong key, but, like everything with smartphones, it’s a necessary evil.This is just the tip of the iceberg of what’s coming in iOS 11. At least the tip that we’ve discovered so far. And though we would like to celebrate some of those new features, it might still be to early to break out the champagne. iOS 11 is still in beta and, in typical Apple fashion, some features might not make the cut. Suffice it to say, though, iOS 11 is going to be one sweet release, even if it’s not named after a dessert. One can only fit so many new features in a single keynote, especially one as big as the iOS 11 update. Naturally, Apple had to prioritize what it wanted the public to know, leaving the fine print for others to find out on their own. And perhaps it doubly intended to leave out some of the nitty gritty, in case they don’t turn out to be quite popular. Here are just some of those details that Apple conveniently, or inconveniently, left out, and why some of them might be worth keeping an eye on. Story TimelineReboot-rebooted, new iOS 11 Apple Music tipped for iPhone 8iOS 11 Siri update: new voice, translation abilities, and on-device learningiOS 11 on iPad Pro will finally make it a true Surface Pro alternativeiPad Pro 10.5-inch hands-on: iOS 11’s big cheerleaderiOS 11 quietly and surprisingly adds support for FLAC format
Buttons on the right of the UI trigger the various animations, all familiar from the movies. Left to his own devices, though, R2 will go into a standby mode, periodically letting out coos and trills, jiggling from leg to leg, and generally trying to get your attention. Sadly, there’s no extending robot-arm, or a holographic projector for that matter. Charging, as per BB-8, takes place on BB-9E’s wireless stand. Sphero is also including a training base, with a slippery pad on which the droid can race without actually moving on the tabletop. As you’d expect, there are all the animations and sounds from the movie, either triggered automatically or from Sphero’s smartphone app. Just as BB-8 will root for the Jedi when you’re watching the Star Wars movies, BB-9E will follow along with the Sith’s story line. And, like BB-8, there’s support for the Force Band for gesture-based control, and the same SDK integration for those of a tinkering inclination as Sphero’s other models. Both new Sphero robots will go on sale through Sphero, at Apple Stores, Amazon, Best Buy, Target, and Disney Stores. R2-D2 is priced at $179.99, while BB-9E is $149.99. We may only be heading into September, but I’m calling it: you’re looking at Sphero’s R2-D2, and it’s going to be the must-have toy of the 2017 holidays. Revealed today as part of the Star Wars “Force Friday” event, the remote-control R2-D2 – and its cousin from the Dark Side, Sphero’s new BB-9E droid – looks set to be a must-have for fans of the movie, whether they’re kids or otherwise. Indeed, it could well end up being Sphero‘s most popular robot to-date. Still, with Sphero’s SDK you can make the little droid do a lot more. His LEDs could flash when you get new email, for instance, or he could dance his little jig when you get a Twitter mention. Compatibility with Sphero’s Star Wars Force Band – sold separately – meanwhile, allows you to drive R2-D2 around with hand gestures. Like BB-8, R2-D2 is designed to interact with the Star Wars movies. Using audio recognition to track what scene is on-screen at any time, he’ll cheer when the Jedi are winning and chitter in fear when the Sith are around. Initially Sphero will have support for the latest movies, but the plan is to add the original trilogy later on. If you’ve been taken by the dark side, however, there’s a second new droid. BB-9E is the Imperial version of BB-8, and like Sphero’s toy it’s a remotely-controlled ball with a head that “magically” stays on top. The company has gone a step further this time around: BB-9E’s LEDs light up, getting their power wirelessly from the main body of the droid so that you don’t have to charge two things separately. You control him from Sphero’s smartphone app, connected via Bluetooth, with roughly an hour of play from a single charge. On-screen joysticks allow you to race him around the table-top; those treads also mean he handles rugs and carpets well, too. Or, you can trace out a path for him to follow. Sphero’s R2 isn’t big, but he packs a lot of personality. Even in his 6.7-inches of height, the company has stuck remarkably true to the droid of the movies. That means, unlike many R2-D2 toys, he has treads rather than wheels on his two main feet, along with a retracting center foot.
Considering how close Sony’s Xperia phones are identical to one another, it might be a long shot to call this the successor to the Xperia XZ1. But given their similarities, it isn’t as far-fetched. The H8216 has the same basic trait, after all. That of putting a rather unimpressive Full HD screen on top of mostly high-end specs.Unlike the H8541 first leaked, the H8216 will run off a Snapdragon 845, helped by 4 GB of RAM and with 64 GB of storage. But what makes this model particularly interesting is the two 12 megapixel sensors it supposedly has. This would be Sony’s first entry into the dual camera market.The screen based on this leak, however, is a source of disappointment and confusion. It is still unabashedly 1920×1080 Full HD, but laid out in a larger 5.48 panel. Given the dimensions of the phone, it was initially expected it would do a Samsung or Apple and go bezel-less and 18:9. Apparently not, though the bezels might still be substantially reduced.AdChoices广告With two of four potential 2018 Sony smartphone already leaked, we can see a bigger picture of Sony’s mobile strategy next year. Sadly, it seems it will again be a mixed bag that could put Sony in the red again.VIA: Reddit Some OEMs cast a wide net and hope they catch as many fish as they can. Or said in another way, they throw as many they can on a wall and hope at least one sticks. That is almost the strategy that Sony is employing for its smartphones, putting out nearly identical yet still distinct models each year, with some feature overlap and confusing features. Just like the H8216, which may be the Xperia XZ2 or XZ1s, which could actually be Sony’s best bet next year.
Story TimelineRED MONSTRO 8K VV sensor boasts monster camera chopsRED HYDROGEN One release and spec details crank excitement Foxconn and cult camera company RED are reportedly teaming up to make 8K more affordable, bringing the professional equipment to a new audience of videographers. RED, set up in 1999 by former Oakley founder Jim Jannard, has made a reputation for itself with high-end video equipment that has proved wildly popular among both those shooting motion pictures and YouTube alike. Now, it seems, it’s moving into its next phase. When RED started out almost two decades ago, its goal was to make an affordable 4K camera. 19 years on, that affordability project has shifted to 8K. RED Digital Cinema certainly already offers a camera with such resolution. However, it’s priced at around $30k, putting it well out of the reach of most users. According to Foxconn chairman Terry Gou, however, he’s in talks with RED on a joint venture or partnership, the Nikkei reports. “We will make cameras that will shoot professional-quality films in 8K resolution but at only a third of current prices and a third of current camera sizes,” Gou claimed. It’s part of Foxconn’s attempt to better insert itself into the supply chain, rather than just assembling products – most notoriously the iPhone – on which the overall margins can be much smaller. As a result, Foxconn – also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry – has been on an acquisition and investment spree recently. AdChoices广告In July 2017, for example, Foxconn announced it would build a massive facility in the US state of Wisconsin. The project, estimated to be worth around $10bn, will be responsible for building LCD panels. Construction of the plant is expected to begin in April, buoyed by roughly $3bn in tax incentives Gou has been promised by the state. Back in 2016, meanwhile, Foxconn acquired Sharp’s semiconductor business. That may well end up being tied into the RED partnership, too, since Sharp’s chips are also used with image sensors. Foxconn is counting on economies of scale, not to mention its existing heft in the ODM space, to give it an advantage there. For RED fans, it might mean more affordable, high-resolution video cameras that can finally spread in the market. The camera firm has already announced one such foray, in the shape of the RED HYDROGEN One smartphone. Powered by Android, and with a 3D display, the handset has an interchangeable lens mount on the back of RED’s own design, and is expected to ship this year.RED is yet to comment on the reported deal, which sounds like it is still a work-in-progress. And, even if it all pans out, we’re still talking about hardware that’s a long way from mass-market. Even if Foxconn-made RED cameras were third of the current price, after all, that’s still around $10k apiece.
Apple will, eventually, shave away at that advantage. When AirPlay 2 arrives it’ll not only add multi-room playback, but allow you to pair two HomePod speakers together so that each handles a stereo channel. For that we’ll have to be patient until an unspecified point in 2018, but a third-party app allows something similar until then. It’s called Airfoil, and it’s the handiwork of developer Rogue Amoeba. Basically, it allows you to stream music from a Mac or Windows PC to an AirPlay compatible speaker – just like HomePod – or, indeed, to just about any audio output across your network. With the arrival of Apple’s smart speaker, it also opens the door to linking multiple HomePod units together and playing to them all simultaneously. Airfoil basically accepts any audio being played by your Mac or PC and allows you to pipe it wirelessly across the network to compatible speakers. On the one hand, that could be a music app such as Spotify, but on the other it might just be a stream of YouTube audio through a browser tab, or even the soundtrack to a completely different app like GarageBand. AdChoices广告The clever thing about Airfoil, iMore points out, is that it needn’t just be a HomePod that you stream to. Since the app works with any AirPlay compatible device, or indeed Bluetooth speakers too, you can create a cross-manufacturer mashup of multi-room playback. That might include a HomePod in one room, but also a Sonos PLAY:5 you already have, and a waterproof UE MEGABOOM Bluetooth speaker outside. One thing you’ll need to be aware of with Airfoil is synchronization. What makes multi-room playback especially tricky is getting the timing right between speakers: if there’s a delay in when they receive a signal, or how quickly they play it, your music is out of time between zones. That can be seriously annoying if the sound from each room is overlapping. AirPlay 2 will address that automatically, but Airfoil allows you to tweak the synchronization manually. You can nudge the output forward or back by a matter of milliseconds. Thanks to Airfoil’s iOS app, meanwhile, you can even pipe audio from your iPhone, to your Mac, and then on to the grouped HomePod and other speakers, in one long chain of multi-zone sound. Of course, there are some downsides. For a start you need to have your Mac or PC turned on all the time in order to stream to the group. If you want to change the settings, you can’t do that from your iPhone: instead, you’ll have to do it manually on the computer. And Airfoil isn’t free, either, though the $29 single-user license isn’t going to break the bank in comparison to, say, the $349 HomePod or even a $199 Sonos One. For the most convenient implementation of multi-room support, you’re best off waiting for Apple’s official update for HomePod later in the year. If you want to get a taste of what’s to come, though, there’s a free trial of Airfoil so that you can see how it works and if it fits the bill for you. MORE Airfoil Story TimelineThe 3 HomePod settings you need to knowThese HomePod missing features are already frustrating meApple HomePod Review Apple’s HomePod sounds great today, and with its upcoming AirPlay 2 update it’ll gain multi-room support too, but there’s a workaround if you can’t wait for the official upgrade. While the Siri-powered speaker is being viewed as a direct Sonos rival, being able to link multiple speakers together and play the same music simultaneously is still a big advantage in Sonos’ corner.
If 2017 was the year Apple hit reset on the iPhone then, in 2018, the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max are its masterplan writ large. In the case of the iPhone XS Max, that’s quite literally very large indeed. Doubling down on its screen-first design, these new smartphones promise formidable power and cleverer photography in a beautifully designed package. You pay a significant premium for all that, though, raising the very real question of whether Apple is delivering enough in the premium category it created. In part that’s because the iPhone XR uses a cheaper LCD panel, with slightly larger bezels. It also gets a single camera on the rear, sacrificing the 2x optical zoom. Apple says it has recreated the key Portrait mode functionality in software, though we’re yet to see how well that actually works in practice. What stands out is the fact that you still get the A12 Bionic processor. You still get Face ID, and the overall X-family aesthetic. You also get to choose from more colors, including the sort of bright finishes we’ve not really seen since the ill-fated iPhone 5c. Having only spent a brief amount of time with the iPhone XR after its announcement it’s hard to say quite how it compares to the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, but the savvy shopper would probably wait to find that out before opening their purse or wallet.The iPhone XS VerdictDespite just preaching restraint, I can’t really criticize you for wanting to just pick up the iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max today rather than waiting. Apple’s new flagships look and feel great; their cameras are reliably excellent; and they have the performance and screen quality you’d hope for. That doesn’t, though, make them the right smartphones for everybody. To say they’re expensive is an understatement. Like the iPhone X, the iPhone XS starts out at $999. You pay $100 more if you want the bigger display of the iPhone XS Max. 256 GB of storage will cost you $1,149 for the XS or $1,249 for the XS Max. The new 512 GB option – which seems like overkill for all but the most ambitious of users – is a heady $1,349 for the XS or $1,449 for the XS Max. At that point you’re spending more than the cost of a new MacBook Pro on your smartphone, and while there’s certainly an argument to be made that the iPhone XS Max is a computer in its own right, that still seems extravagant to the point of ridiculous. Unless you’re an iPhone X owner with such large hands that only the iPhone XS Max will save you from crippling finger palsy, I really can’t argue against the reality that a free update to iOS 12 is all your existing handset needs to suffice for another successful twelve months. I suspect Apple is fine with the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max existing in the rarified air at the top of the cellular food chain. If last year proved anything, it’s that the age of the thousand-dollar smartphone wasn’t the ridiculous idea that some decried. With the arrival of the iPhone XR, meanwhile, those hungry for the X-family style but still with reservations around the price will get a large chunk of the features for a not-inconsiderable saving. For Apple, meanwhile, it’s a win-win. I don’t think, when we complained we wanted something more, something new, from the smartphone industry, that laptop-level pricing was what we had in mind. Part of what I find most fascinating about the iPhone XS, though, is its vision of the future. Apple and its fiendishly clever silicon are paving the way for AI in your pocket with groundbreaking talents. Sure, there’s a tithe to pay to ride the cutting edge, but it’s hard not to be excited at where that ride is taking us. Smart HDR can be aggressive with its processing, almost like it wants to wow you with just how much detail it can pull out of every scene. Sometimes that’s exactly what you want: punchy colors and lots of contrast in daytime images, or twinkling lights amid layered velvet blackness at night, and they sure do look pretty on the iPhone XS Max’s rich OLED panel. Other times, though, the processing can be little too heavy-handed, leaving shots feeling overwrought and occasionally with weird color tones or fringing in low-light. I don’t doubt that the iPhone XS is grabbing more information in every frame, but at times I wished it was a little more subtle in how it used that for the final image. The other big change is to Portrait mode. As before, it combines the two front or rear cameras for a faux-bokeh effect on the background. Now, though, as well as switching between different lighting types, you can also adjust the degree of blur. By default you get a simulation of an f/4.5 lens, but you can swipe that all the way to f/1.4 for maximum blur, or to f/16 for far less. It’s neat – though Apple isn’t the first to offer post-capture adjustment – and in the pipeline is the ability to adjust the level of bokeh even before you hit the shutter button. Third-party apps like Focos still allow for more in-depth changes, though, like enhancing the twinkling backdrop glints and even changing their shape. Portrait mode itself promises better results overall, particularly in how accurate it is to pick out the edges of the subject and keep them crisp while still adjusting the background.I’d agree it’s better then the iPhone X, and even more so than the iPhone 8 Plus, though it’s still not infallible. Fine hairs still present a significant difficulty. My cat – who as I’ve mentioned in previous reviews is the most beautiful creature in all of history, and is often the test subject for any camera I review – sometimes loses detail around her whiskers. When I deign to take photos of humans, hair and glasses can be similarly troublesome. Sometimes, being able to tone the bokeh right down in the new editing feature can be enough to salvage a Portrait shot with poorly delineated edges, mind. Conservative battery claimsApple really doesn’t like to talk about what size batteries it puts in its phones. What it prefers to highlight is how much longer they last versus their predecessors: in the case of the iPhone XS, that’s “up to 30 minutes longer than iPhone X.” For the iPhone XS Max, you’re looking at “up to 1.5 hours longer,” meanwhile. I’ve spent most of my time with the iPhone XS Max, and found that Apple’s estimates of longer battery life held up in practice, though not quite by a full 90 minutes. Typically, I’d find the iPhone X would be gasping for a top-up by mid- to late-evening. In contrast, the iPhone X Max made it to 11pm with a few percent left. That’s with what I’d describe as fairly heavy use: lots of messaging, email, camera use, Slack-style IMs, Google Maps, and other apps. If wireless charging is more your scene, the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max still support the Qi standard. Apple has tweaked the wireless charging coils inside each phone, though, making them less finicky about how you place them down on a charging pad or stand. You still have to line things up, but I had fewer of the frustrating “I put it on the pad, but not quite right, and so all that time it wasn’t charging even though I thought it was” moments that I did with the iPhone X. Sadly wireless charging still tops out at 7.5W, despite other phones supporting up to double that. Apple, unrepentantIf you’d been hoping Apple’s 2018 iPhones would demonstrate any sort of corporate regret about things like ditching the headphone jack, you’re sorely mistaken. Indeed, not only do you still not get the 3.5mm socket, you also no longer get the Lightning to 3.5mm adapter in the box. Apple does, at least, give you a set of wired Lightning EarPods, though I was pleased to see that my AirPods automatically paired to the new iPhone XS Max as part of the transfer process from my old iPhone X. Skipping a $9 headphone jack adapter is one thing. Apple’s refusal to switch the USB-A to Lightning cable and 5W power adapter in the box to a USB-C version and higher wattage seems positively perverse, when you consider the Mac team is going all-in on USB Type-C and fast charging. The salt in the wound is that Apple boasts of up to a 50-percent recharge in 30 minutes… but only if you buy a 30W charger. The iPhone XR questionAs I’ve written before, this is probably the most confusing iPhone line-up we’ve seen in the smartphone’s ten decade history. The iPhone XR, which won’t go on sale until October, is the entry-level handset of the new trio and starts from $250 less than the iPhone XS. Despite that, though, it has a bigger display at 6.1-inches. Apple iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max Gallery Despite the improved sealing, Apple has reworked the speakers, too, making the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max louder though without sacrificing clarity in the process. With glass front and back, and a shiny metal band separating them, I can’t say I had high hopes for these phones’ durability – especially since the iPhone X proved prone to picking up scratches. Apple claims it has used a new, tougher formulation of Corning’s Gorilla Glass, so my fingers are crossed. A case would still probably be a wise investment, though. The display decisionAs I suspect was true with many others, I switched to the Plus-sized iPhone back when that decision meant you got two cameras instead of one. It was a choice I stuck with up until the iPhone 7 Plus, but the arrival of the iPhone X meant to could go back to a device more suited to the size of my hands and yet not sacrifice the optical zoom. For twelve months, in fact, the iPhone X form factor has felt close to the ideal balance for me. Now, though, I’m questioning that decision. The iPhone XS Max is nearer in size to the iPhone 8 Plus, but accommodates a significantly larger screen than a Plus phone ever did. Now that I’ve had a taste of that, and with the enhancements in iOS 12, I’m not sure I could go back. I have to credit the significant reduction in bezel thickness for a large part of it. Like the iPhone XS, the iPhone XS Max’s screen doesn’t quite reach the very edges of the phone, but proportionally they look even smaller simply because that OLED panel is just so huge. 6.5-inches is a record for an iPhone, and getting close to what the iPad mini 4 offers.It’s not to say the iPhone XS’ screen is disappointing, far from it. In both cases Apple’s OLED is color-rich and bright, easily viewed outdoors even in direct sunlight, and it leaves videos and games looking spectacular. Whichever size you go for, you get 458 pixels per inch resolution. Dolby Vision and HDR10 support is the icing on the cake, though it’s inevitably going to be more subtle than either display technology on a regular-sized TV.As is often the case, the hardware is ready before the software has caught up. Apple has added a few new UI elements to take advantage of the extra space in landscape orientation – there’s a sidebar in apps like Mail, for example, while Safari puts iPad-style tabs under the address bar – but for the most part this is iOS as you know it, only bigger. The home screen has the same number of app icons, and despite the larger space either side of the notch you still have to pull down Control Center to see the battery percentage. For most apps, it’s business as usual just at a higher degree of magnification, and that feels like a wasted opportunity to me. More annoying, some apps clearly aren’t quite ready for 6.5-inches of iOS and suffer from minor layout glitches. I’d imagine that will be fixed in relatively short order, though. A new turn of speedThe heart of the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max is the same: the new Apple A12 Bionic processor. Compared to the A11 Bionic in the iPhone X, Apple says there’s a 15-percent improvement in CPU performance and a 50-percent improvement in GPU performance. Sure enough, there’s a slight, but perceivable, change in how rapidly apps load up when you tap their icons, and how rapidly iOS 12 allows you to swipe between them and keep on working. It’s not just how quickly apps load and run, though. Face ID is swifter now, and it feels like I don’t have to tilt the phone – or my neck – to better line myself up as much. If you’ve ever tried to unlock the iPhone X while lying in bed, and had to rear back so as to properly frame yourself for the TrueDepth camera, you’ll be pleased to know those contortions are less necessary now. The initial concerns about Face ID – and missing the Touch ID sensor – seem even less problematic twelve months in. Being able to have simply looking at your phone unlock passwords, website logins, and secured app features has become second-nature; I far prefer it to using a fingerprint. I also don’t have problems with it recognizing me with or without glasses, or when I’m wearing sunglasses, though your frames and lenses may mean you don’t experience quite such smooth sailing. Arguably the most promising change, though, is the A12 Bionic’s new Neural Engine. Apple’s comparisons between it and the A11’s version are suitably eye-watering: 5 trillion operations per second, versus 600 billion. However it’s really too early to see the impact of that. I suspect it won’t take long, however. One of the biggest differentiators in machine learning and neural networks today is whether you do it locally – as Apple does – or in the cloud – as Google and others tend to – and what that means for user data and latency. Apple’s argument has always been that relying on smarter devices to do their own AI processing pays dividends when it comes to speed and privacy, and the new A12 Bionic Neural Engine now means there’ll be less of a performance compromise in the process. Right now, then, there’s not much that actually puts Apple’s new silicon to the test. With the arrival of ARKit 2, though, and a growth in computational photography and more, that’s going to change in short order. As for wireless speed, we weren’t expecting 5G and sure enough it wasn’t included. Even with fifth-generation networks due to come online later this year, limited coverage and bulky first-generation modems mean it’s likely to be a year or two before Apple decides they’re iPhone-ready. Instead you get Gigabit LTE, which with the right carrier could still make a significant difference. Coverage of the faster-than-LTE service is already significant, and there’s a fair chance that the download and upload speeds you see on your iPhone could outpace what your home internet connection offers. While you’re home, meanwhile, there’s 802.11ac WiFi with 2×2 MIMO, and Apple has added Bluetooth 5.0 support, too. The other big wireless change for 2018 is dual-SIM support, though only China will get the ability to put two physical SIM-cards into a single handset. Everywhere else gets a combination of a physical SIM and a virtual eSIM, as Apple has used on cellular iPads in recent years. Again, it’s carrier dependent (and eSIM functionality won’t actually be enabled until later in the year) but it will mean the ability to switch between two different lines for calls, messaging, and data, or some combination of the three. Depending on how your carrier of choice handles it, you might be able to activate your normal service on eSIM only. That would leave the physical SIM slot for a local card you pick up when traveling, perhaps, or the card from your work phone. Smarter camerasThe iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max’s bulging dual-camera array may look the same as that of the iPhone X, but there are changes inside. The 12-megapixel telephoto lens – responsible for the 2x zoom – is the same, but the primary sensor is 30-percent larger and now has 1.4 micron pixels rather than the 1.22 micron of before. They’re also a little deeper, and Apple has doubled the pixels used in its phase-detection autofocus. Bigger, deeper pixels mean more light being captured. Apple then pairs that with Smart HDR, which effectively takes multiple shots – both underexposed and overexposed – whenever you hit the shutter button. They’re all fed into the A12 Bionic, which combines them with the idea that murkier areas will be lighter and blown-out sections will be tempered. Any more detail present in the in-between images is picked out and woven through, while taking things like hand-shake or the presence of faces into account. Apple enables it by default, though you can optionally have an HDR toggle in the camera app to turn it off manually if you prefer. There’s also the choice of having a regular, non-Smart HDR shot saved too. Apple tells me it expects its processing to be preferred by most users, though there have been a few times I’ve been glad to have the original image captured, too. A familiar faceApple upended its traditional iPhone design language with the iPhone X but, as is so often the case in an “S” year, the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max don’t stray far from that example. Indeed, if you’re an iPhone XS buyer who wants everybody to know you’re in possession of Apple’s newest smartphone you should probably get the gold one. The third color – alongside silver and space gray – is the most noticeable differentiator.It’s not to say there haven’t been changes, only that they require more attention to spot. IP68 water and dust resistance is most welcome, as anybody who has watched with as much patience as they can muster as their soaked smartphone sits inside a bowl of rice. In fact, Apple actually exceeds that rating: the phone can handle a dunking in water up to two meters in depth, not just one, for up to 30 minutes. Story TimelineiPhone XS, iPhone XS Max: To Upgrade or NotiPhone XS Max is durable as it is expensiveApple Watch Series 4 Review: This is the one
Of course, the presence of SSL/TLS and, by extension, the padlock and the “https://” part of a URL, has never really meant anything aside from the fact that your traffic with that website is encrypted and isn’t an indication that the site you’re using is legitimate. Once upon a time, SSL may have been used mostly by reputable sites, but these days, adoption is increasing among phishing sites as well.Krebs on Security today reported on newly-published data from PhishLabs that shows 49% of all phishing sites are sporting the padlock as of Q32018. In the previous quarter, that number was 35%, and in the year-ago quarter, it was only 25%. So, in just a year’s time, the number of phishing sites using SSL has almost doubled. Even worse is that a separate PhishLabs poll, which was carried out last year, shows that 80% of people still consider sites that show a padlock to be safe or otherwise legitimate. The hope is that the number of people who believesthis is shrinking as time goes on, but it seems unlikely that group is getting smaller anywhere near as fast as phishing sites are adopting SSL/TLS to appear more legitimate. So, if you’ve spent your internet-going life thinking that the green padlock meant safety, consider these findings to be your wake-up call. Unfortunately, it seems that staying safe on the internet won’t be quite as easy as checking for a simple icon. If you’ve ever taken comfort in seeing a padlock in your browser’s URL bar, you might want to rethink the trust you put in that little icon. New research shows that an increasing number of phishing sites use Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL, and therefore sport the padlock despite being illegitimate websites meant to steal information. The padlock, then, means a lot less than some people think it does. Story TimelineEquifax team accidentally sent some people to a phishing websiteWindows Defender Chrome extension protects against phishing scamsMeet the $20 gizmo protecting 85,000 Google employees from phishing
Apple’s flagship iPhones will no longer be exclusively made in China, insiders claim, as the company looks to bypass the potential impact of President Trump’s trade war with the country. The increasingly complex series of tariffs has seen certain products in Apple’s range threatened with a 10-percent import penalty, as the US government attempts to force China into negotiations. It’s a challenge which has already impacted a number of US companies. Solar cell imports have been disrupted, and Ford opted to axe US sales plans of a Chinese-made crossover, the Focus Active, rather than see its price inflate from the unexpected charges. Now, it seems, Apple and its manufacturing partners are looking to hedge the impact, at least as much as possible. Currently, the iPhone X range – including the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR – is manufactured in China. According to Reuters sources, however, that could be changing. Instead Foxconn facilities in India could be taking on some of the manufacturing responsibilities, insiders suggest. That would take place at an existing plant in Sriperumbudur town, in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. Neither Foxconn nor Apple would comment. AdChoices广告India is no stranger to iPhone production currently, though not in the flagship tier. Instead Wistron has the contract for the iPhone SE and iPhone 6s models, manufacturing the more affordable handsets that also sell most commonly in the country. That could change as soon as early in 2019, it’s claimed.Experts suggest that broadening its manufacturing base – and most importantly doing so outside of China – could help insulate Apple from the uncertainties of the ongoing trade spat. Still, there’s no shortage of questions lingering. It’s unclear, for example, whether Foxconn’s Chinese facilities would continue to produce the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, or iPhone XR, or some subset of those devices, or simply have their production targets reduced. Another possibility is that Apple would use an Indian facility to produce the iPhone X, which it could offer as another more affordable device in the country. Rather than discount the smartphone, as it would typically do with the previous year’s flagship upon launching new top-end models, Apple instead opted to discontinue it. Avoiding the impact of the US and China trade war would only be one advantage of ramping up Indian production, however. India has import tariffs of its own, biting into Apple’s profits in the country. Manufacturing more phones locally could help it avoid that. At the same time, forecasts for the 2018 iPhones haven’t been entirely positive. Apple is believed to have cut production forecasts for the handsets in the face of less-then-predicted demand, though recent financial releases have suggested that even if unit sales growth is slowing, average selling price (ASP) per device is up. Story TimelineiPhone XS, XR actually doing well, suggest major Apple suppliersApple warns dire consequences of iPhone China banApple iPhone sales fall flat in India, report says
I believe I’m pretty safe using a Huawei smartphone, tablet, or laptop right this minute mostly because I’m in no position to give away any government secrets. I’m pretty much a nobody in the grand (government level) scheme of things right this minute, so about that, I am not worried. Not for myself, anyway. A bit of a flip-flopThis week two important flip-flops happened in the mobile industry. Both had to do with Huawei being reinstated in and on lists run by major industry players in the USA-based mobile market. One was the Wi-fi, Bluetooth, and SD card alliances removed Huawei from their ranks, then reinstated Huawei within a week. The same thing happened with Huawei and Google with the Mate 20 Pro on the Android Q Beta Program.So what’s the deal? As JC suggested this morning (in that second article link), these various groups may have offices situated in the United States, but their goals are far more lofty than appeasing the US government. Despite the sources of the US government’s sources of wariness about Huawei as a brand, this situation is quickly becoming known as Trump’s Huawei ban. If for no reason other than that, Huawei has a fighting chance to bounce back.AdChoices广告Private or PublicAnd what makes Huawei so different from a company like Apple or Samsung, the two biggest brands in smartphones worldwide? They’re all private companies – right? They’re certainly not owned and traded the same as one another – of that you can be sure.• Samsung: Multinational conglomerate. HQ: Samsung Town, Seoul, South Korea• Apple: Multinational technology company. HQ: Cupertino, California, USA• Huawei: Multinational technology company. HQ: Shenzhen, Guangdong, ChinaSamsung is a public limited company, and shares can be purchased by anyone through brokers or in GDR in London or Luxembourg. Apple is a publicly traded company and shares can be purchased in the USA since December 12, 1980. Huawei is not a publicly traded company.Huawei is a private entity that can only be invested in by company employees. Other than the 1% of shares owned by the CEO, all shares are held by a trade union committee that apparently represents Huawei’s employee shareholders. This committee might be the key to how the company is… kinda… sorta state-owned.According to Balding and Clarke*, “Given the public nature of trade unions in China, if the ownership stake of the trade union committee is genuine, and if the trade union and its committee function as trade unions generally function in China, then Huawei may be deemed effectively state-owned.”*To read more on the subject of Huawei’s current legal status inside China, have a peek at the rest of the paper: “Who Owns Huawei?” (April 17, 2019) as authored by Balding, Christopher and Clarke, Donald C.. This paper is posted with code DOI:10.2139/ssrn.3372669 at SSRN (Social Science Research Network with Elsevier).But wait, didn’t you say Huawei > Apple?There’s only really one way I’d believe Huawei were “safer” to use than devices made by Apple. First I’d need to assume that either company had any ill will toward its consumers. I do not think that is true. I think the goal of both companies is to serve consumers with products that delight them to a degree that they profit for as long as possible.The ONLY way I’d assume Huawei were “safer” than Apple is if I had total an unabashed trust in my own government AND its law enforcement agencies. If that were true, I’d need to make a further stretch and assume two things:1. The scrutiny Huawei is under right now by intelligence agencies around the world would need to mean that they’re not likely to do anything that’d be considered inappropriate or dangerous with their customers (or their customers’ data).2. The degree to which Apple was (and is) willing to go to stop 3rd-party entities (even law enforcement, even the US government) from bypassing iPhone login security would need to mean that Apple is the bad guy.The first part is a stretch, to say the least. The only reason I mention this “safety because of scrutiny” situation is the number of times I’ve seen it suggested in forums over the past several weeks. If I believed Huawei were a threat to me, using the “scrutiny” angle would be nonsense because of our modern tendency to forgive and forget (mostly because of our exceedingly short attention span both individually and as a society). If Huawei were a threat to me, depending solely on government intelligence agencies keeping the company in check would only be a waiting game. The second part is absurd – If you take a peek at the Tim Cook interview about the FBI situation back in 2016 and the John Oliver encryption video (also shown below), you’ll see that Apple’s intentions are good. Let’s talk about why Huawei’s under fire right now, and why their smartphones aren’t any more dangerous to you than an iPhone. This week I’ve been speaking to people from all over the United States about the value of a smartphone, how Huawei’s taking over the world, and why trust in one phone company means trust in a government. Now let’s get down to the nitty gritty: Is it safe to use a Huawei phone in 2019? Story TimelineHuawei ban list and timeline: Google, Microsoft, Android falloutHuawei 5G phones frozen out of carrier plansHuawei US ban threatens to wreak havoc on Android as well Is Huawei safe to use?If I had concern for my own privacy, I’d find a way to stop using a smartphone. It wouldn’t be particularly difficult, really. They still make “feature phones” after all. I’d trust an iPhone with a Touch ID sensor most, out of all the phones on the market today.The better question to ask right now is “is Huawei smart to use right now?” And the answer is “maybe not” – not if you’re looking to use the same phone with software updates for the next half-decade. That might be an issue. If you’re only looking to use a Huawei phone for the next couple of years, and you have no helpful trade secrets, then sure! No problem! Just don’t commit any international government-level criminal acts, and don’t expect to get into any White House parties any time soon!
Huawei has come out fighting amid rumors that its smartphones won’t get Android Q upgrades, releasing a list of handsets it says it’s “confident” will get Google’s latest OS despite the Trump administration’s blacklist. The saga of just what will happen to existing – and new – Huawei devices has been ongoing since May, when the US put the Chinese company onto its trade blacklist and effectively told American businesses that they couldn’t work with it. It immediately triggered weeks of uncertainty and confusion. Huawei was ousted from – and then restored to – a number of key trade groups, which control technologies like WiFi, Bluetooth, and memory cards. It saw its Windows laptops pulled from Microsoft’s official store, though later returned. In all, Huawei has estimated that the financial impact of the ban could amount to $30 billion in 2019 alone. That’s despite the company’s attempts to clarify just what the impact on both new and existing devices might be, a moving target given few can actually quantify the situation fully. Indeed, even President Trump confirmed that Huawei’s perilous position could all be part of pressure on China to accede to a trade deal. Now, Huawei is trying to tackle one of the biggest hurdles it faces in trying to persuade people to keep buying its smartphones: Android upgrades. With Android Q, the as-yet-unnamed version of Google’s new phone software, in the pipeline, whether or not Huawei devices would have access has been a huge uncertainty. Those doubts, Huawei insists, are pretty much unfounded. AdChoices广告“We are confident that our most popular devices, including the P30 series, will be able to access Android Q,” Huawei now says. “We have been working with third parties for many months to ensure devices will be able to receive Android Q updates. Technical preparations and testing has already begun for over 17 devices. In fact our Mate 20 Pro has already been given approval to receive Android Q as and when it is released by Google.”According to Huawei, the seventeen devices expected to get Android Q are as follows:P30 ProP30Mate 20Mate 20 ProPORSCHE DESIGN Mate 20 RSP30 liteP smart 2019P smart+ 2019P smart ZMate 20 XMate 20 X (5G)P20 ProP20Mate 10 ProPORSCHE DESIGN Mate 10Mate 10Mate 20 LiteIt’s notable that no devices from Honor – Huawei’s sub-brand of more affordable phones – are on that list. A source within the company, however, tells us that the recently announced Honor 20 Series, along with a few other models launched earlier in the year, will also be upgraded to Android Q. A list of which, exactly, has not been made public yet. Huawei’s challenge is an unenviable one. For a start, all it can commit to at this point is to say it is “confident” that Android Q will be released. Even then, it’s unclear whether existing license agreements between it and Google will hold true. Those separate agreements are required for bundling key Android apps like Gmail and YouTube, along with providing Google Play access. “Anyone who has already bought, or is about to buy a Huawei smartphone, can continue to access the world of apps as they have always done,” Huawei says. “All devices continue to be covered by our manufacturer’s warranty and will receive full service support accordingly.”A beta development program for Android Q on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is already underway, the company also points out. What’s notable in all this, however, is that there’s no mention of upcoming phones: all of the attention is on handsets which have been announced already. The first planned Huawei device to have met with an untimely end has already happened, after all. For the impact of the trade block on that, Huawei may just have to play wait-and-see like the rest of us. Story TimelineHuawei’s Android replacement is a 7 year paranoia projectHuawei’s appeal to Android developers won’t work without these key factorsHuawei returns to Microsoft Store [UPDATE]