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Huawei P10 hits SA in May

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The recently announced Huawei P10 and P10 Plus smartphones will arrive in South Africa next month. The devices will offer users new software features such as studio-like re-lighting and 3D facial detection technology.

The Huawei P10 and P10 Plus smartphone will arrive on South Africa shores in May. The much-anticipated handsets were unveiled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona at the end of February, and are expected to make a major impact on Huawei’s smartphone market share in 2017.

They are regarded as the culmination of a four-year sequence of ever-improving devices that have brought the brand  to consumer prominence from previously being known only in the network infrastructure space.

“Huawei’s P series sets the foundation for Huawei as a lifestyle brand that can inspire and encourage consumers through technology,” the company said in a statment. “Believing that the smartphone has become an extension of ourselves, Huawei developed the P series with the aim to provide consumers with a stylish device that caters to their lifestyle and communicates their personality.”

In 2016 Huawei partnered with Leica to equip the P9 series smartphones with a dual-camera co-engineered with Leica, offering a powerful imagery experience – and shipping more than 12 million units around the world.

Huawei is now launching the Huawei P10 and Huawei P10 Plus, which it describes as “revolutionary masterpieces that offer users a compelling experience like no other while allowing them to capture and document their moments, while telling their stories better”.

For the first time on a smartphone, the P10 and P10 Plus both boast the world’s first front camera co-engineered with Leica to complement the Leica Dual rear camera.

They also offer new software features, such as studio-like re-lighting and 3D facial detection technology, thus providing key tools for portrait photography. The new front camera helps to produce portrait photography in Leica image style, while the rear camera captures detailed facial features, potentially bringing photos vividly to life.

The cameras use a 12-megapixel RGB sensor, a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor and enhanced fusion algorithms. When paired with the dual camera Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) solution and the industry’s first dual camera pixel binning technology, the Huawei P10 and Huawei P10 Plus offer enhanced night shot capabilities. Additional studio-level portrait tools and illumination effects were also developed, based on extensive research.

Huawei’s portrait features create more natural-looking photos, thanks to the devices’ smart imaging algorithm, which is based on extensive research of various different face shapes and skin colors. By understanding the relative position of each facial feature and the uniqueness of skin type, portrait enhancements can be applied in a customised and more natural way.

In 2016, Huawei’s annual spending on research and development reached CNY76.4 billion (US$11 billion). This has driven increasingly innovative products and a growing global recognition as a premium device brand.

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Password managers don’t protect you from hackers

Using a password manager to protect yourself online? Research reveals serious weaknesses…

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Top password manager products have fundamental flaws that expose the data they are designed to protect, rendering them no more secure than saving passwords in a text file, according to a new study by researchers at Independent Security Evaluators (ISE).

“100 percent of the products that ISE analyzed failed to provide the security to safeguard a user’s passwords as advertised,” says ISE CEO Stephen Bono. “Although password managers provide some utility for storing login/passwords and limit password reuse, these applications are a vulnerable target for the mass collection of this data through malicious hacking campaigns.”

In the new report titled “Under the Hood of Secrets Management,” ISE researchers revealed serious weaknesses with top password managers: 1Password, Dashlane, KeePass and LastPass.  ISE examined the underlying functionality of these products on Windows 10 to understand how users’ secrets are stored even when the password manager is locked. More than 60 million individuals 93,000 businesses worldwide rely on password managers. Click here for a copy of the report.

Password managers are marketed as a solution to eliminate the security risks of storing passwords or secrets for applications and browsers in plain text documents. Having previously examined these and other password managers, ISE researchers expected an improved level of security standards preventing malicious credential extraction. Instead ISE found just the opposite. 

Click here to read the findings from the report.

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MWC: Next generation of inflight connectivity to be unveiled

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Next week at Mobile World Congress, the Seamless Air Alliance will reveal progress on its mission towards enabling the next generation of inflight connectivity. This follows a significant start for the Alliance, which has seen membership increase five-fold since the first meeting in June of last year. The Alliance has a new research laboratory setup and continues progress through its three working groups, writing specifications for the technology, requirements, and operations.

These developments represent a huge leap towards the goal of making connectivity as easy and enjoyable in the skies as it is on the ground. Appearing as part of the Airbus stand (Hall 6, stand 6G34), the Seamless Air Alliance will reveal specification topics that have been completed and published to its membership.

“The passenger experience with inflight connectivity remains one of the great technology challenges. From Day One we have been determined to deliver on our mission to bring industries and technologies together to make the inflight internet experience simple to access and a delight to use,” said the Alliance’s Chief Executive Officer, Jack Mandala.

“I have been tremendously encouraged by the enthusiastic and committed response we have seen and the widening areas of expertise we can call upon as more and more companies and organisations continue to join us,” he added.

Announced during MWC 2018, the Seamless Air Alliance has since grown to twenty-three membercompanies with more than one-hundred key personnel from across the membership participating in its three working groups, with numbers continuing to increase.

The Seamless Air Alliance was created by founding members Airbus, Airtel, Delta Air Lines, OneWeb and Sprint, and quickly joined by Air France KLM, Aeromexico, and GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes and global technology leaders including Astronics, Collins Aerospace, Comtech, Cyient, iDirect, Inmarsat, Intelsat, Latecoere, Nokia, and Panasonic. 

Today, the Alliance is pleased to announce five additional new members: Adaptive Channel, Etihad Airways, GlobalReach Technology, Safran, and SITAONAIR.

“We are extremely pleased to have these companies join and be a part of the companies driving the next generation of connectivity.” said Mr Mandala.

The Seamless Air Alliance will enable travelers boarding any flight, on any airline, anywhere in the world, to use their own devices to automatically connect to the Internet with no complicated login process nor paywall to scramble over.

The Alliance is also announcing the release of a new research study on the economic benefit of standardization on the inflight connectivity market at Mobile World Congress. This report is available for download at https://www.seamlessalliance.com/publications/

The Alliance is moving rapidly towards an expected demonstration of the technology later in 2019 and anticipates massive interest in Barcelona from the whole communications eco-system.

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