Ity Bytes 14 June

  • Huawei premium phones now display advertising on the lock screen – how to piss off friends
  • Huawei cancels new MateBook laptop launch at CES 2019
  • Speaking of ads – Google relaxes Chrome extension that could cripple ad blockers
  • 5G – 70% never hear of it and 99% can’t get it
  • New Windows 10 security updates may cactus older Bluetooth devices
  • Epson issues conditional recall notice for all wall/ceiling mountable projectors
  • Google Pixel 4 – Google leaked a picture

ITy Bytes 14 June

Huawei premium phones now display advertising on the lock screen – how to piss off friends

Huawei has annoyed owners of its P20/Lite/Pro, P30/Pro and some other models by displaying advertisements on its lock screen.

Respected site Ausdroid reported the story late yesterday and you should read it for more detail. The image below has been borrowed from our good friends at Ausdroid.

ITy Bytes 14 June

What it amounts to is an overt invasion of privacy regardless of whether Huawei had the right to do so, buried somewhere deep in its End User Licence Agreement – which no one reads.

Huawei did respond, “The ads are not initiated by Huawei. We encourage individuals to check app settings, or follow publicly available directions on how to remove lock screen ads,” Huawei said in a statement to Digital Trends.

Huawei cancels new MateBook laptop launch at CES 2019

GadgetGuy likes Huawei notebooks – well made, good value and great performance. The MateBook X Pro is close to perfection scoring 4.9-out-of-5 in GadgetGuy’s review. We were going to review the MateBook 13 but as its no longer on the shelves at major retailers we have had to hold that review back (a condition of all reviews is that goods are available for at least 90 days from approved retailers).

Huawei consumer division CEO Richard Yu confirmed that due to being placed on the U.S. Entity List, Huawei “cannot supply the PC.” Yu added that the matter was “unfortunate” and any future launch date “depends on how long the Entity List will be there.”

Huawei had stated that it wanted to gain a top-five spot unseating one of the incumbents – Lenovo, HP, Dell, Acer or ASUS. The US Entity List stops firms including Intel, Microsoft and others supplying Huawei with vital components and technology.

Speaking of ads – Google relaxes Chrome extension that could cripple ad blockers

Without getting techy new Chrome APIs could have stopped ad blockers from functioning. We don’t know if the move was deliberate (to make more money from ads), or accidental (damned programmers) or in the public interest (safer browsing).

Google says, “There’s been a lot of confusion and misconception around both the motivations and implications of this change, including speculation that these changes were designed to prevent or weaken ad blockers. This is absolutely not the goal. In fact, this change is meant to give developers a way to create safer and more performant ad blockers.”

It adds that the old API was a source of abuse, with 42% of all the malicious extensions the company detected since January 2018, abusing it for nefarious purposes.

Analysts state that Google was perhaps trying to play catchup with Mozilla Firefox   that champions ad free browsing and increased privacy.

5G – 70% never hear of it and 99% can’t get it

GadgetGuy’s 5G experiences so far on the HTC 5G modem, LG V50 ThinQ and OPPO Reno are, yawn, slow at best. The phones/modem are great – Telstra’s coverage is not.