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Apple just slashed its prices on SSD upgrades for MACS – full details

Something really strange happened at Apple yesterday.

First up it released a new Macbook Air at a new lower price, saving $100 off the older model. Then it removed the Macbook from sale and offered more value for the updated line of Macbook Pro’s.

And then Apple did the unthinkable. It slashed the prices on the upgrades for larger SSDs for its MACS. This change applies across the entire MAC range.

For example a 2TB SSD for the Mac mini will now cost you $1,000, down from $1,400. a 2TB SSD for the 256GB 15-inch MacBook Pro is now just $800, down from $1,200.

A 1TB SSD for the 15-inch MacBook Pro now costs $400. down from $600.

Now all Apple needs to do is offer the same discounts on its RAM upgrade.



YouTube Copyright Claims – YouTube strikes back with new tools for Creators

YouTube announced the following changes yesterday to try and fix the out of control copyright claiming system –

Manual Claiming is a tool within Content ID that allows select copyright owners to manually make claims on videos that were not automatically made by our Content ID matching system. Previously, we did not require copyright owners using the Manual Claiming tool to provide timestamps, so it was sometimes unclear to creators which parts of their videos were being claimed and in addition, unlike edits that removed content identified by automated claims, the claims wouldn’t be automatically released.

We’re making the experience better for you in two important ways:

1. Copyright owners must now provide timestamps for exactly what part of your video is being manually claimed.

Just as you would if you receive an automatic claim from our Content ID matching system, you’ll now see timestamps in Creator Studio when you get a manual claim. Check out the Video Copyright Info page in YouTube Studio that offers a visualization of where the manually-claimed content appears in your video, and also, it provides more info about the content being claimed. We’ll be evaluating the accuracy of these timestamps. Copyright owners who repeatedly fail to provide accurate data will have their access to manual claiming revoked.

2. You can use our editing tools to remove the content claimed manually in your video which will now automatically release the claims.

We’ve updated our editing tools to make it easier to remove manually claimed content from your video. If you choose to remove the content, the claim will now be released automatically. Below are some of the options you have without having to edit and upload a new video:

  • Mute all sound when the claimed song plays: If you get a claim for a piece of music in your video, you can now mute the time-stamped segment.
  • Replace the song: If you don’t want to mute the audio entirely, you can instead swap out the music with one of our free-to-use songs from the YouTube Audio Library. We also added new visual indicators below the video player, which show exactly what segment of the video is claimed. This can help you position the audio track in such a way that will remove the claims from your video.
  • Trim out the content: You also have the option to cut out the time-stamped segment from your video using the Trim feature in the YouTube Editor.

We’re still working on several improvements here, like having an explicit Trim option in the Video Copyright Info page that will allow you to trim out the claimed content with just one click.

This is a very good step in the right direction. More at YouTube Blog

Canon new updated Powershot G7 X III & G5 X II – all you need to know.

Canon has just announced updates to two of its compact PowerShot G-series cameras, the G7 X Mark III and the G5 X Mark II. These two new cameras share a lot of their magic both technically and cosmetically. However, they are both very different to their predecessors.

The new sensors on both the G5 X Mark II and G7 X Mark III feature a new stacked design with a 1 inch 20MP resolution sensor. The sensor has a DRAM chip attached to the back of the sensor now. This enables extremely fast readout speeds that the updated Digic 8 processor then reads etc.

Both the G5 X II and G7 X III can shoot Raw + JPEG at 8 fps and 8.3 fps with autofocus, respectively, and up to 20 fps with fixed focus and exposure. That’s using the mechanical shutter. Turn on the fully electronic shutter and you can achieve 30fps bursts, focus and exposure locked, even whilst shooting in raw.

The part you’ve all been waiting for is here. 4K video capture. Maximum of 4K 30fps. 1080p at 120fps and all without any crop. The G7 X does have a microphone input and the ability to stream directly live to YouTube. The lower model doesn’t have either of these options.

When it comes to battery life, you’ll get around 230 shots, or you can plug in a USB power bank charger to keep you shooting constantly.

The cameras now feature a pop up EVF. The G5 X now adds zoom from 24-120mm. There so much more to these new cameras too.

Vloggers are absolutely going to love these. Apart from the pricing which is a stark increase of the previous models.


Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram- when one company owns them, what are the consequences!! Editorial

On 3rd July 2019, the 3 top online platforms were plagued with server issues. Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram all had major issues. Photos could not be shared or seen and more.

So what happened, everyone flocked to twitter. There was a sigh of relief around the world that cups of coffee and cake, plates of food and a million more selfies never got shown. Perhaps, people actually decided to speak to each other, instead of communicate online only. Forget that last point, nobody knows how to do this anymore.

Joking aside, the major incident shows just how vulnerable the internet can be when one company Facebook which owns WhatsApp and Instagram, suffers major server issues which in turn impact all its other services and companies.

You might be thinking, so what. However, there are major side effects and consequences of this scenario. All three services are used across the globe to communicate from personally and for businesses. So when Facebook goes down, companies lose money. Small and large businesses use Facebook and Instagram to sell their products and services and whilst the advertising fees won’t get charged, the lost revenue is still lost revenue. This could be £10,000 a day for some companies. Maybe considerably more. Maybe a bit less. But multiply that by several million and the lost revenue is huge.

What if Facebook got hacked. Which imploded onto WhatsApp and Instagram and all the data got deleted and couldn’t be restored. Then what ?

Which begs the question, should one company like Facebook be allowed to be this powerful and on such a global scale?

Amazon founder Bezos’ divorce final with $38 billion settlement – full details Inc founder Jeff Bezos’ divorce from his wife of 25 years, MacKenzie Bezos, was finalized by a Seattle-area judge on Friday, paving the way for her to receive $38.3 billion worth of Amazon stock according to Bloomberg. $38 Billion dollars!!

So how has that been achieved. Well back in April, Amazon, mentioned in a filing that 4% of its outstanding stock or 19.7 million shares would be registered in MacKenzie Bezos’ name after court approval of the divorce. 

The couple announced their plan to divorce in a joint Twitter statement in January, confirming that it was a mutual decision.

Jeff retains a 12% stake worth $114.8 billion and remains the world’s richest. MacKenzie Bezos has said she would give him voting control of her shares. 

However, nobody needs $38 billion. So MacKenzie in May pledged to give half her fortune to charity to join the “Giving Pledge,” a campaign announced by billionaire Warren Buffett and Microsoft Corp.

Source – Reuters

Huawei opens the largest Huawei retail & customer experience space outside of China – Full Details & Photos

Huawei, the leading global technology company, today opens the doors to the largest retail and customer experience space outside China, located on one of the busiest streets in Europe, Gran Via in Madrid.

The huge flagship venue is split across two floors and will offer free product training, technical support, and expert masterclasses to help customers better their understanding of Huawei products and improve their photography, design, video and multimedia skills.

Located at No. 48, Gran Via, the venue, named ‘Huawei Space’, will showcase the entire Huawei product ecosystem and will give customers the opportunity to experience and immerse themselves in some of the world’s most innovative technologies.

The venue will also be used as a meeting point for consumers to receive product training – for both current and future product features – to ensure they’re getting the most out of their devices. Consumers can expect a personalised consultation service, run by highly qualified consultants, to troubleshoot any product queries and better their understanding of the latest technologies in Huawei’s ecosystem.

The launch of ‘Huawei Space’ Madrid is the latest flagship opening from Huawei, with a similar site planned in Barcelona’s iconic city centre later in 2019.

Looks like Huawei is adopting what many other brands have done and started opening physical stores.

Sony unveils WF-1000XM3 its truly wireless flagship noise-cancelling earbuds – Full Details incl video

Sony’s flagship noise-cancelling headphones, the WH-1000XM3 are the best noise cancelling/hi res wireless headphones on the market. Now Sony is adding another member to the family in the form of true wireless earphones.

Sony took the naming convention from the WH-1000XM3 and called its new flagship earphone the similarly Sony WF-1000XM3. Sony is promising the same quality as its WH-1000XM3.

So how do these new true wireless earphones work. Well a pair of external microphones are located on each bud and feed external noise to the dedicated QN1e noise-cancelling chip. This chip is an upgrade on the WH-1000XM3’s QN1 chip, where it intelligently blocks out background noise and ambience.

This chip is responsible for 24-bit digital-to-audio conversion.Sony has also adopted Apple’s AirPod connection arrangement, whereby both buds connect directly to the device, instead of one bud connecting to the device, and then the other buds connects to that bud. This should provide a stable connection.

6 hours battery life, 3 more full charges from the case, providing 24 hours in total. A 10 min quick charge provides 90 mins usage.

Price. Expensive. Around $230.

Image credits – Sony

Honor 20 First Impressions + Camera

Welcome to my First Impressions of the Honor 20.

The Key Features are –

– Dual Nano-SIM
– 6.26 inch IPS LCD, 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio, 412 ppi
– Android 9.0 with Magic 2.1
– Kirin 980 processor
– 128 GB storage, 6 GB RAM
– Rear Cameras – 48 MP f/1.8 , 16 MP f/2.2 13mm ultrawide,2 MP macro camera & 2 MP depth sensor
– No headphone jack
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, 32-bit/192kHz audio
– Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, apt-X HD, LE
– Infrared port included
– Fingerprint side-mounted
– 3750 mAh battery with fast battery charging at 22.5W (50% in 24 min)
– Dimensions 154.3 x 74 x 7.9 mm
– Weight 174 g
– Build Front/back glass, aluminium frame

As you can see the Honor 20 is a well specified device. Now sit back and enjoy my first impressions, with a wide range of photos to take a closer look at too.

Video Review

Useful Links

Honor 20 more info and latest pricing on Amazon UK

Why was Lewis Hamilton, F1 World Champion at the Vodafone 5G Launch Event? – Full Details

Yesterday, Vodafone held an event to launch the start of their 5G offering. Lewis Hamilton was on hand to pull the switch to make the service go live.

“I’m so proud to announce I’m joining the Vodafone team as their UK #5G Ambassador. It’s going to totally transform the way we live, work and play. I’m honoured to play a small part in what is going to become such a revolution”

Vodafone switched on its 5G network in seven British cities on Wednesday, aiming to set itself apart in its home market from rival EE by offering unlimited data plans that include the high-speed service at no premium.

Nick Jeffery, chief executive of Vodafone UK, said offering unlimited data plans to both consumer and business customers would revolutionize the mobile market.

There was only one slight problem at the launch, the 5G service failed to materialise due to some technical difficulties initially.

So are you excited for 5G and is this something you have a real use for?

Amazon can be held liable for defective third-party products on its platform, court rules – Full Details

Amazon can now be sued over third-party sales on its platform, a federal court ruled today, setting a potentially damaging precedent for the company.

We all know Amazon sells goods itself, and that it also allows vendors to sell their products through its Marketplace platform, whilst taking a percentage of the sales in the process.

In 2014, Heather Oberdorf bought dog collar from a Marketplace seller. It broke on a walk, causing the collar to go flying in the air, hitting her eye, and then sadly permanently blinding her in one eye. The seller has since vanished. Oberdorf sued Amazon, accusing the company of negligence.

A district court in Pennsylvania found that Amazon couldn’t be sued because it wasn’t a “seller” under the law, and because it is protected by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, But Oberdorf appealed the ruling, and today, the appeals court largely found in her favour.

So this highlights a growing problem on the Amazon Marketplace. No controls. Have you seen how many companies are selling copy cat goods, cheap electrical goods and more. And often many product listings have fake reviews too. Amazon’s Marketplace has got so large, its needs some means of better quality control. Do you agree?

Source – The Verge