ITy Bytes 10 May are small news nuggets to keep you
In ITy Bytes 10 May
Huawei to pursue innovation and growth in other
Huawei adds dual view camera to P30 and P30 Pro
Samsung Galaxy Note10 may have a 50W (or higher)
Windows to allow Android phone notifications on
the desktop – and you can answer them too;
UK to legislate to make IoT home devices safer
out of the box;
Huawei to pursue innovation and growth in other areas
While Huawei remains locked out of some key 5G
infrastructure markets, its boffins are busy looking at other products that
utilise the mega-electronics companies IP and help make it a global household name.
Huawei’s first attempt is to add TV sets to its ‘ecosystem’
of consumer electronics which already includes excellent smartphones, laptops
and wearable devices.
Its HiSilicon Technologies is already the world’s
second-largest provider of TV chipsets. It’s Balong 5G chipset/modem/router
technology it more than capable of downloading data-heavy content, such as 360°
videos which viewers can watch in every direction, and virtual reality
Huawei also says it will be a top five PC maker by 2021. Currently, this is HP and Lenovo (neck and neck), Dell, ASUS and Acer – which will it knock off and what is its endgame? Its Matebook series has won universal applause for quality and performance (GadgetGuy review here).
Huawei currently uses Intel CPUs but is developing its own x86 processors as well as a Windows compatible operating system as part of the countries Made in China 2025 vision. It is likely we will never see these outside China.
The key to becoming a household name is to expand well beyond
smartphones, laptops, speakers, earphones, wearables and TVs to build an aspirational
brand and ecosystem.
Huawei adds dual view camera to P30 and P30 Pro camera phone
The new Dual-View Camera Mode (free OTA firmware upgrade) creates
split-screen videos by simultaneously using the phone’s primary camera and its
zoom lens, showing two perspectives at once on the screen – one overall and the
other, 2x to 15x zoomed-in.
Capturing a wide view with more of the background and surrounding objects
Simultaneously zooming in on desired subjects via the split screen
Shooting two different angles, panoramic and close up, at the same time
Ability to adjust the magnification level
Taking artsy and creative shots for a vivid recollection of special moments
We say – that is a cool software addition from a company out to impress! GadgetGuy gave the excellent P30 Pro and rates it a 5-out-of-5.
Samsung Galaxy Note10 may have a 50W (or higher) charger
When OPPO introduced the SuperVOOC 50W charger (2x25W
channels) on its Find X Lamborghini, we rejoiced. Samsung Note10 is likely to
have a 50W or higher capable of a full charge in less than 30 minutes. Add that
to its use of the new Galaxy S10 5G camera (which ties with Huawei P30 Pro) and
a selfie camera which thrashes all comers, and this could be the year’s best
phone. Oh, and next-gen RAM and storage that redefine smartphone data access
The dual front camera O-hole (which is less polarising than
the ‘Notch’ may also receive attention with some leaks suggesting it has
managed to get the second IR depth lens under glass allowing a single O-hole.
A smaller 6-inch Galaxy Note10e has been spotted in
performance tests. It does not have an on-screen ultrasonic fingerprint sensor
and triple camera arrays of the Galaxy S10/+.
Windows to allow Android phone notifications on the desktop – and you can answer them too
Coming soon (it is on Windows Insider now) is an upgrade to
‘Your Phone’ that will allow a paired Android smartphone to display
notifications (of your choosing) on the Windows Desktop. Although not
functional yet you will be able to respond to without accessing your phone.
And in the ‘interesting’ category Microsoft will separate
Windows 10 feature updates from security updates. Users can easily disable
feature updates if they are concerned about older system instability.
This is yet another sign that CEO Satya Nadella is smarter
than the average CEO and has been the driving force in Microsoft’s return to
cool as the third US$1 trillion cap company and stay there.
UK to legislate to make IoT home devices safer out of the box
The UK is legislating cybersecurity by design for IoT
devices that are incredibly easy to hack, compromise home networks or make them
part of a DDOS botnet.
One of the first issues is that there must be no default
admin password like admin/admin. Each device must have a pre-set unique device
password that is not resettable to a ‘factory default’. That could cause issues
if you forget the password, but it should be printed on the device.
Next, Manufacturers must commit to a minimum time that that
device receives firmware and security updates.
New devices must carry a security label to show compliance although
this is voluntary at present.
In February, ETSI (European Standards Organisation) Iaunched Technical Specification 103 645, the first globally-applicable industry standard on the cybersecurity of Internet-connected consumer devices. TS 103 645 builds on the Code of Practice for Consumer IoT Security for wider European and global needs. Cybersecurity Tech Accord signatories endorsed the ETSI TS 103 645 in March 2019.
ETSI standards cover 13 issues. We all need to do more to
secure IoT which includes routers, security systems (cameras, doorbells, locks),
home appliances, climate control, environment monitors, lighting, smart plugs
and more. The UK (and California) laws are a great start but go nowhere near