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Huawei Caught Faking Smartphone Photos In Ads Once More

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Huawei's advertising for the new Move 3i contains photos taken with a DSLR which it strongly implies came from the phone itself. It's not the first time Huawei has been caught faking. It previously offered a P9 snap which has also been taken by a DSLR.Huawei isn't alone in this fakery, Nokia in its Symbian and Windows Phone days, was also caught out twice for the same transgression.With smartphone photography being one of, if not the, main differentiators in the smartphone buying decision the need to portray camera performance in the best light becomes ever more important - and the temptation to resort to trickery becomes stronger.I think it's safe to assume that all OEMs resort to some level of trickery here. Whether that is the use of professional lighting and stabilisation; post processing or, as in the case of Huawei, just using a different camera to take the shot.Pushing the bounds of what's acceptable is one thing, stepping over them and doing a tango on the …

New 13” MacBook Incoming Next Month

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Having failed to replace the MacBook Air at its last two events, despite plenty of reports that they would, Apple is now being predicted to launch its replacement machine next month, alongside new iPad Pros and iPhones. The rumour this time is a little different. The prediction is that there will be a new MacBook variant with a 13” screen, whilst the existing 12” will receive a price cut to become the new entry level Mac portables. That makes some sense, especially as the new machine should have more space to accomodate a Core i5 processor, rather than the m3 and m5 versions in the 12”.The MBA will be discontinued and the Apple range will once more focus on two laptops in two screen sizes. You have to expect that Apple will fix the keyboard in the new MacBook along the same lines as the fix it applied to the MacBook Pro when it was refreshed recently.

Smartphone Fixation Responsible For Rise In German Child Drownings

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The German Lifeguard Association has warned that smartphone fixation has been responsible for a rise in the number of child drownings this year. Despite warnings to put their phone away and supervise their children, parents and guardians are too focused on their phones to be aware when their children have got into difficulty in the water.That’s pretty gruesome news - if it’s true, there is some dispute of the relationship - which suggests the German government needs to take action to ensure users aren’t killing their children in order to use Facebook or Instagram.That could take the form of signal blocking devices in public swimming baths or beaches, or banning the use of phones in these places full stop. Parents have failed to heed warnings, now it becomes something which needs to be legislated.

In Suspending Tesla Whistleblower, Twitter Has Set Itself A New Standard

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Martin Tripp is currently in dispute with Tesla over alleged data theft and a whistle blowing complaint. Today he published to Twitter a large chunk of information to back his case - photos of damaged batteries, scrap being stored outside of Tesla’s claimed standards and a list of Tesla VINs of cars claimed to have the damaged battery packs. Also in the pictures was a sneak peak of Elon Musk’s email address. Within a couple of hours Twitter had suspended Tripp’s account and removed the images. For a company struggling to control the posting of hate material, that’s a incredible reponse time. So now we know that a couple of hours is all the time required to respond to a complete, we should be holding Twitter to this as a new standard. Racism, misogyny, hate speech, these are things banned by Twitter’s terms and conditions. Now let’s see the company wield its ban hammer with a similar alacrity as it did with Tripp.

Motorola Redefines The Term ‘Shameless iPhone Ripoff’

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Since Apple released the iPhone X a whole host of OEMs have been releasing lookalike Android phones. Now there’s a new king of the lookalikes in town, and it’s the Motorola P30. This phone goes beyond being a lookalike and becomes a clone of the iPhone X. I mean look at the publicity image above. Did you even realise you weren’t looking at an iPhone X? Now I’ve discussed why Chinese OEMs are doing this - having a phone which looks like an iPhone captures a market segment which wants an iPhone, can’t afford an iPhone and wants to masquerade as an iPhone owner to casual observers. That’s something which doesn’t seem to be likely to play well with a Western audience, but I wonder whether Lenovo would really care about that.

SEC Investigating Elon Musk For Securities Fraud?

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It appears that Elon Musk’s trigger happy tweeting finger may have got him, and Tesla, into deep trouble, with breaking reports suggesting that the SEC has begun an invesitgation into the claims funding was secured to take Tesla private, sending the company’s shares skyrocketing. Since the original tweet was posted it has become clear that by no valid understanding of the phrase ‘funding secured’ had Tesla or Musk secured any funding. Which makes Musk’s tweet fraudulent and opens him - and Tesla - up to the possibility of charges. Now, this isn’t to say that Musk won’t secure funding for his plan - certainly he seems to have some interest for Saudi Arabia in providing the funding - but at the point at which he does he may already be barred from serving on the board of Tesla (or any other US Company) or even facing jail time. Market manipulation is a serious crime, and generally it’s played out in a much more subtle manner than this (the rise and fall of Apple’s shares around earnings …

F1: Alonso’s Retirement Decision Came Years Too Late

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The announcement that Fernando Alonso is to retire from F1 at the end of the season is far from surprising, and whilst some will be sad that his career is ending, it seems to me that the Spaniard hung on too long. Alonso’s speed hasn’t been in question, his ability to court controversy, to burn bridges and whine endlessly? That’s not in question either. And his consistency isn’t great either. Having spent most of 2006 moaning about the FIA’s favouritism for Ferrari, he later signed for Ferrari.Only after a traumatic year with McLaren, where he failed to see off a rookie Lewis Hamilton and the pair of them managed to throw away a certain Championship with bickering and intrigue. Then, ejected from McLaren, Alonso returned to Renault where his involvement in the Crash-gate scandal was questionable at the very least.Back at Ferrari, Alonso failed to achieve a third World Championship despite coming close on a couple of occasions; before terminating his contract with the team two year ear…