Huawei P30 Pro wins TIPA award for best photo smartphone
The Technical Image Press
Association (TIPA) judges said,
Low Light Performance and Focal Length Options. The P30 Pro is dubbed a “quad
camera” with numerous imaging options. The primary camera has a 1/1.7 40MP
sensor that yields 10MP images. The optical stabilised lens has a 27mm
(equivalent) focal length and maximum f/1.6 aperture, plus there is a 20MP 16mm
(equivalent) super-wide option, a stabilised 5X (125mm equivalent) periscope
style telephoto lens with folded optics, and a fourth PDAF “time of flight” AF
The P30 Pro
can cover an incredible focal length range thanks to a “super-resolution”
algorithm that combines several RAW images into one high-res image that is then
cropped to produce a 50X zoom effect. Low-light capability is equally
impressive, with a top ISO of 409.600 that can capture exposures in near
darkness, which is claimed to be 40% more light sensitive than a standard RGB
sensor, delivering the best low-light performance of any smartphone camera to
Beats beat Apple AirPod II with its POWERBEATS PRO
Beats by Dr Dre (Beats – an Apple company) has launched the
new Powerbeats Pro, completely wireless earphones that deliver powerful sound
for the world’s most passionate music lovers and motivated athletes. They feature
industry-leading battery life, advanced functionality, reliable connectivity,
exceptional fit via the signature ear hook design and beautiful fidelity.
“Powerbeats Pro is a harmonious blend of
premium sound, fit and functionality. Powerbeats are already the #1 fitness
headphones in the world, and they are now untethered, with all the benefits of
the Apple H1 chip,” said Luke Wood, president of Beats. “No longer do
you have to choose between performance and practicality—it delivers the best on
Early reviews say it beats the hell out of AirPods Gen II
Powerbeats Pro is available in May in Black, Ivory,
Moss and Navy for $349.95.
Mitsubishi Electric Australia releases Google Assistant, and Amazon Alexa controlled AC units
Atesh Mani, National Product Manager, Mitsubishi Electric
Australia says that the new voice control feature is in response to consumer demand.
“Our customers want to integrate heating and cooling into
their Smart Home. The addition of Amazon Alexa and Google Home compatibility to
Mitsubishi Electric Wi-Fi Control provides our customers with a Smart Air
“Mitsubishi Electric Wi-Fi Control already provides great
convenience. The ability to use a device to turn your air conditioner off
remotely or the ability to precool or preheat your home before you get there
can save energy by preventing excessive use. Now your air conditioner can be
controlled along with other smart devices such as lights and power outlets.”
The new voice control feature is available in Mitsubishi
Electric split systems, ducted and the commercial City Multi air conditioning
units installed with a Wi-Fi adapter.
DOOGEE S40 tough as nails smartphone (import only)
The DOOGEE S40 is as hard as nails surviving extreme temperatures, drops, dust and water – IP69K. With a quad-core processor, fingerprint unlocking, face recognition, Android 9.0, 8+5MP rear cameras and a 4650mAh battery. All for the amazing price of US$99.99/ approx £80.
The DOOGEE S40 nicknamed the “Rock Solid Explorer”, is just
that thanks to its reinforced metal frame, superior TPU corners and cover
allowing it to survive multiple drops, extreme temperatures and water damage.
As well as being one of the toughest phones on the market,
the S40 further enhances its outdoor credentials with three pinpoint GPS
navigation systems allowing for extremely accurate positioning if the user is
ever away from civilization.
Morgan Stanley says Amazon ‘significantly more expensive than Coles or Woolworths,” on comparable items
A lot of that may be to do with Coles and Woolies house
brands, and at this stage, online grocery shopping has not caught on here
especially as Amazon has few fresh grocery staples. Coles and Woolies have nailed
that with their home delivery services that can even find a ripe avocado.
And Amazon uses your purchasing history to selectively and
slowly raise prices on items you have purchased – kind of the Chinese water
torture. Its AI is substantial
The recent report also said JB Hi-Fi and Rebel (owned by
Super Retail Group) had taken a razor to prices for products available on
Amazon. It was now on average 14% more expensive.
Australian resellers are resisting going on Amazon’s
platform preferring eBay by a huge margin. According to Morgan Stanley analyst
“By selling to Amazon, brands give the company access to the
sales data of their products. Amazon can quickly identify top sellers, examine
why customers like the product by mining customer reviews, manufacture its private
label version of that item, undercut on price, and then place it at the top of
the search results. International suppliers have learnt from experience and
avoid Amazon dominating sales of their products.”
Logitech Zone Wireless for noisy work environments
Logitech has addressed the noisy open plan office with its new Zone Wireless headphones and mic. These are on-the-ear so great for frequent on-and-off the head, have active noise cancellation, connect to two devices (smartphone and PC), have a Tune App and a 14-hour battery (ANC on) with Qi charging.
They are certified for Skype for Business and Microsoft
Teams. They also work with Google Cloud, Zoom, Fuze, Unify, TrueConf, StarLeaf,
Cisco WebEx, Cisco Jabber, and Go-To-Meeting. Price $319.95.
James Dyson Awards 2019 now open
The annual James Dyson Award is open until 11 July for entries, giving Australian students and recent graduates of engineering and design a unique opportunity to showcase their problem-solving inventions on a global stage.
To launch this year’s James Dyson Award, now in its 15th
year, Dyson surveyed 1,000 Australians to reveal their opinions on solving real-world
problems. The YouGov survey has revealed that 33% of Aussies say they lack
confidence in their abilities to bring problem-solving ideas to life and 26% have
a fear of not succeeding.
Global: O-Wind Turbine, a smart technology that has the potential
to revolutionise how we power our cities. The product was designed and
created by two students originating from Chile and Kenya respectively. www.jamesdysonaward.org/2018/project/o-wind-turbine/