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The Huawei P40 Lite – The Best Just Got Better

Huawei P40 Lite - featured image showing the front of the phone in white and the back of the phone in white and black with view of the quad camera

One of the top-selling phones last year was the amazing Huawei P30 Lite. Offering incredible value with specifications that pleased a wide selection of consumers, it was simply a hit!

Great processing power, fantastic camera’s, sexy look and all at a reasonable price that didn’t break the bank!

So what has the new P40 Lite got to offer? Well much of the same but, with an upgraded feature set! The camera array has been boosted to a 48MP Main Camera, 8MP Ultrawide, 2MP Macro lens and 2MP Bokeh lens. The front-facing selfie camera now comes in at 16MP with a cool new “Super Night Selfie Mode”, delivering great shots at night time or in the club!

The Huawei P40 Lite - The Best Just Got Better

The camera also packs in Artificial Intelligence (AI), to give you better selfies, popping panoramas and lively landscapes.

Charging has also had a turbo boost added and sports superfast charging at 40W. It is incredible how quickly you can pump your baby up when you on the run and only have 15 minutes to juice up. Packing a 4200 mAh battery the phone will outlast your hectic social schedule easily.

The overall design is super slick and looks the business. Something anyone would be proud to pull out and plant on the coffee table while grabbing a hazelnut mocha café latte J. The fingerprint sensor has been moved onto the side of the phone, a feature which I loved on the Sony Xperia range.

Huawei P40 Lite - two phones one showing the form and the other the back

As with the other P40 series phones, the P40 Lite sports Huawei Mobile Service (HMS) and the Huawei App Store, which while at this stage doesn’t incorporate all the apps you may be used to but it does cater for the main ones.

So go on be different, be creative and do it better with the P40 Lite.

You can get the full specifications here:  https://consumer.huawei.com/uk/phones/p40-lite/

Or, read more about the P40 and P40 Pro here: https://cellucity.com/blog/the-new-huawei-p40-range-amazing-camera-hms-may-need-some-time/

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The New Huawei P40 Range – Amazing camera, HMS may need some time

The new Huawei P40 range has been launched. As in the past, it sports 3 versions; the Pro, the “normal” and the Lite. As we would expect Huawei has once again smashed it out of the park with their Camera, and their collaboration with Leica Lens continues to deliver, in my opinion, the best Camera Phones on the market!

The major difference between the new Huawei P40 range and its predecessors is the omission of the Google Play store. And, along with it, certain apps that rely on Google Services. Huawei has done a fine job in layering its new operating system Huawei Mobile Service (HMS) over the vanilla Google Android OS to try and ensure a seamless transition for its end-user. We will touch more on this later but for now, let’s tuck into those juicy specs.

The New Huawei P40 Range - Amazing camera, HMS may need some time

Starting with the incredible P40 Pro, the design, look and feel is certainly premium and follows on with a form factor that is more Samsung than iPhone – and it looks beautiful. The Quad Curve display is brilliant and very rich in colour, with a huge 4200mAh battery. The phone supports superfast charging at 40W plugged in and 27W wireless – 27W wireless charging is better than most wired phones out there! The specs are super solid.

The rear Quad Camera array is insane! A 50MP Ultra-Vision Camera, 40MP Ultrawide (with ultralow light), 12MP Telephoto Lens (5X optic Zoom, 10X Hybrid Zoom) and an impressive 3D depth-sensing lens to round it off.

So what does this mean? You get bloody brilliant photographs in any light, superb macros, great zoom and wider than wide landscapes, all in super detail with super large 2.4μm pixels!

And, for the selfie lovers, the front-facing camera is a 32MP beast with autofocus and built-in Artificial Intelligence (AI). The cool new feature that this brings is the ability to “remove passerby’s”. So when you have lined up that perfect self in front of that “to die for location” you can snap away and the AI will through combination and selection of various frames remove other people out of your selfie. No more photobombs – how rad!

The New Huawei P40 Range - Amazing camera, HMS may need some time

For video lovers, the 40MP UltraWide Cine Camera delivers astounding quality in 4K at 60 frames per second.

So if you are into creating content, the P40 Pro will elevate your game to the next level and to top it off the phone supports 5G, so loading all that impressive content will be done in a matter of seconds.

The New Huawei P40 Range - Amazing camera, HMS may need some time

The P40 standard version incorporates the majority of the above with a smaller battery at 3800mah and how do you say err… less fast, super-fast charging at 22.5W J.

The Rear camera array on the P40 drops to 50MP / 16MP/ 8MP but the selfie cam remains the same.

Having used the P30 Pro for the last year, I can easily attest to the fact that Huawei produces arguably the best camera phones and the P40 Pro and P40 will continue this legacy with pride. So then, let’s talk about the elephant in the room, HMS (Huawei Mobile Services)!

The software guys at Huawei have been working furiously to port over as many applications on the Huawei App Store to ensure that if you upgrading from another Android device or even your older P30 series model, you shouldn’t experience any shortcomings.

By in large, they have been very successful in getting the top 50 apps working within HMS with a few workarounds (such as using the Web app for Uber as an example). They are continuing furiously to onboard more applications and make the environment more favourable commercially for developers to port their apps.

So will I be upgrading? Right now I have a few apps like Sonos (for my home theatre system) and Strava that are currently not supported. These are unfortunately a deal-breaker for me. If however you use your device for pretty much the main apps and love your photography the Huawei P40 range is up there with the best of them.

Visit Huawei for the full specification on the  P40 and P40 Pro 

 

 

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Remote Meetings? What’s the best way to connect?

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Working from home is becoming a necessity to help flatten the curve. Will you need to hold remote meetings? What’s the best way to connect? We look at a few facilities or services that are available to allow you to hold meetings and interactions with your colleagues and customers online

For larger organisations, many will already have a preferred teleconference service like Microsoft Teams or a platform like Zoom. For a smaller SME or business what services are available for you to use for virtual meetings.

Remote Meetings? What's the best way to connect?

Firstly, you need to consider a few things, cost, privacy and method of communication.

From a cost perspective a voice call dial out from your mobile would be based on your existing contract package, so best to check what your per minute/ second cost is and possibly purchase additional Voice Minute bundles through the “My Vodacom” app as and when you need.

A cheaper option would then be voice calls via WhatsApp, Facetime (Apple),Facebook Messenger or Skype. Here privacy becomes a concern. Some employees or customer may not want to engage with their mobile number (WhatsApp & Facetime) or reveal their Facebook profiles. That’s where Skype is a more ideal option.

For straight “voice calls” via Skype/ Whatsapp / Facetime / Messenger they use roughly 0.15MB to 0.5MB per minute so are very cost-effective.

When you start looking a Video Calls and Conferencing services the most popular services presently would be Skype and Google Hangouts. Depending on the video quality selected, the quality of your camera and the number of participants on the Video call, the data consumption can be anything from 5MB up to around 25MB per minute.

Remote Meetings? What's the best way to connect?

Ideally, for Video Calls, it is ideal to use Wi-Fi or a Fiber connection for large or lengthy calls. A two-person Video Conference can consume between 300MB and 1GB of data over an hour.  So, if using a mobile be cognizant of what data bundle you have.

The quality of Skype and Google Hangouts / Meet are very good, but for larger meetings, it is often better to use a subscription-based service, such as Zoom or Cisco’s Webex which provides a far more reliable solution. Both these paid services do offer either a free plan or a limited trial free plan.

 

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FAKEBOOK, a fraudsters dream.

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A lot has been said about the large tech companies and their dominance in their respective areas. As we all become so reliant on our technology to keep us; up to date with current affairs, our social lives, or help us with a plethora of day to day decisions, how much do we trust these large tech companies to operate in our best interests?

The answer should be easy and with Google’s much-touted ethos of “Do no evil”, do all the tech giants operate with a solid moral compass and govern themselves with ethics?

Facebook has been hauled before the US government and European Parliament to explain its stance on a variety of issues. Most noteworthy is its acceptance of targeting advertising and posts with the explicit intention of swaying elections – even going so far as to allow political parties to post fake information. There are many reports of Russian meddling in the US elections or, closer to home, PR firms (on both sides) working to sway voters in the Bexit vote with misinformation.

And, while Zuckerberg has ducks and dives in front of world leaders, and Facebook tries to launch its cryptocurrency, Libra, I for one am incredibly concerned over Facebook’s plans for the future.

With the launch of Facebook’s Marketplace, Facebook is starting to eat away at the classified listing places with the likes of Gumtree and eBay. With more and more talk of Conversational Commerce and selling utilizing its WhatsApp service, you can see why Facebook wants its Libra currency to become the dominant means of exchange.

Now, if Facebook and dear old Mark where upstanding global citizens, they would be showing some modicum of care and duty in “trying to take over the world” (Pinky and The Brain, references intended) we would gladly champion their efforts. Instead, our experience with them thus far has been from satisfactory and, it seems they have a profit-above-all-else motivation.

 

For corporates, having a business presence on Facebook is a great way to engage with customers. Facebook advertising, utilizing the plethora of intelligent algorithms, offers post boosts, audience targeting, shopping feeds and a host of customization tools. These are services which Facebook makes readily available to you to throw advertising dollars into their money-making marketing machine.

But what happens when something goes wrong? Is there a customer care department you can call? An account manager you can reach out to? An easy or transparent method to communicate with “The Man”? The short answer is NO.

In the past, we have had fraudulent individual pages set up on Facebook with the page owner claiming to be an employee and selling fraudulent items on the side. Each time a page was identified, your only recourse is to go onto the page and report it to Facebook. It is basically like throwing a message in a bottle into the ocean and hope it reaches Mark while he’s vacationing in the Caribbean.

It took us over seven months to eventually have the pages deleted and the email addresses being used to set up these accounts barred from Facebook and this only after managing to track and reach out to the head of Facebook in SA. In that time, though, countless people around the globe were defrauded, with no recourse and no way to report the crime in their countries of residence.

 

Fast forward to this past week; we picked up a new Facebook page created called Cellucity ZA. The page was designed to look exactly like us. They were holding a competition for consumers to stand in line to win the latest Samsung Galaxy S10. To win, you simply had to like and share the post and follow the page. The winners were to be announced on Friday 1st November.

So, again, we report this page. We encouraged all of our users to do the same, in the hopes that somebody at Facebook will find the complaint and take action. Facebook offers no record of the complaint, reference number, or status update. They must have a level of responsibility to act quickly, in to protect both their user base and us, a corporate advertiser on their platform. Fortunately, we posted up a page detailing the fraudulent page, and luckily the average users today, are wising up a little, as the “winners” were sent a link via FB Messenger where they needed to enter their address and credit card details. Many wisened up and started checking the validity of the page directly with us.

Some, were not so lucky and our Facebook inbox this past Friday was flooded with consumers wanting to know if the competition page was legitimate because they had won, where could they collect their prize? The page is no longer active today, a full six days after it was first reported. At last glance, the page had garnered over 8000 likes and shares – in a matter of two days — but still no response or feedback from Facebook.

 

So, my question to Facebook as a paying Corporate customer using your platform, why can you not:

  • Verify the identity of corporate when pages are created?
  • Help a corporate protect its brand and logos from not being misappropriated to be used on fake pages.
  • Setup a helpline, live chat or contact centre for your paying customers to assist them.
  • Allow a corporate to validate employment of users purporting to work/have worked at a corporate

 

Facebook, you have a long way to go to win the trust of governments, businesses and users before you venture into Libra and begin the shift to conversational commerce and banking. I suggest you start by focusing on protecting the rights of both your individual and corporate users.

 

Chris Henschel

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Avoid the Hack

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When travelling abroad, many of us will rely on public Wifi, whether from a hotel, shopping mall or the restaurant you are enjoying that very expensive ethically sourced cup of coffee from the foothills of some mountain, whose beans that were ingested by a baby panda.

The problem with many of these public Wifi hotspots is that they can be used to hack your credentials, so we strongly suggest not using them to do banking or login to services that require password access.

It is not always possible to wait till you get back to your hotel or accommodation provider to make use of their probably more secure connection. That’s where have a local sim loaded with a data bundle provides you far greater security and peace of mind when travelling abroad.

A worrying development recently revealed at DEF CON, Security conference in August 2019, was the upcoming availability of fake lightning cables:

“Mike Grover, who goes by the pseudonym MG, designed the “O.MG cable” to look and function exactly like a legitimate Lightning cable made by Apple—but they are modified with hardware (including a very tiny wireless access point) that allows a hacker to remotely run various scripts and commands and hijack a targeted device.”*

Avoid the Hack

So next time you run out of battery power and hand your phone over to the barmen or waiter to charge your phone, think twice. Ideally when travelling always use your own cables and if you are forever running out of battery make sure to pack an airline friendly power bank (those that are 10 000mAh or less) to take on your adventures.

And if you ever get stuck without a cable on your travels, make sure you buy an original or at least a certified manufacturer-approved cable. For accessories certified by Apple, they come with an MFI (Made for iPhone) logo, the MFI chips costs around $5 so if the cable you buying is cheaper than that, it’s most likely a fake. You can check which manufacturers are Apple approved by clicking here.

A lot goes into planning the perfect trip, make sure you have your mobile security bases covered before your next adventure. Explore your world with us.

*Sourced from Gizmodo

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