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

Cloudfare outage caused internet traffic to drop by 82% – All the details

For about 30 minutes yesterday, visitors to Cloudflare sites received 502 errors caused by a massive spike in CPU utilisation on their network. This CPU spike was caused by a bad software deploy that had to be rolled back. A large number of websites use Cloudfare.

Cloudfare went on record to state that this was not an attack and that they and were incredibly sorry that this incident occurred.

CLoudfare stated on their blog –

“Update at 2009 UTC:

Starting at 1342 UTC today we experienced a global outage across our network that resulted in visitors to Cloudflare-proxied domains being shown 502 errors (“Bad Gateway”). The cause of this outage was deployment of a single misconfigured rule within the Cloudflare Web Application Firewall (WAF) during a routine deployment of new Cloudflare WAF Managed rules.

The intent of these new rules was to improve the blocking of inline JavaScript that is used in attacks. These rules were being deployed in a simulated mode where issues are identified and logged by the new rule but no customer traffic is actually blocked so that we can measure false positive rates and ensure that the new rules do not cause problems when they are deployed into full production.

Unfortunately, one of these rules contained a regular expression that caused CPU to spike to 100% on our machines worldwide. This 100% CPU spike caused the 502 errors that our customers saw. At its worst traffic dropped by 82%.”

Just shows how fragile the internet can be!

More than 30,000 followers on social media – Advertising Watchdog rules you are a celebrity & subject to the following – Full Details

Anyone with more than 30,000 social media followers is now considered a celebrity and subject to advertising rules, a watchdog has ruled in the first case of its kind.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) found mummy blogger, Sarah Willox Knott, breached its rules when she promoted an over-the-counter sleeping sedative, as the size of her Instagram following classified her as a “celebrity”.

The ruling is the first of its kind where a social media ‘influencer’ has fallen foul of regulations banning celebrities or health professionals from endorsing medical products.

According to the Telegraph, that despite the new precedent, the watchdog will still judge whether posts from smaller social media accounts breech its endorsement rules on a case-by-case basis.

So a simple bit of advice. If you promote anything, its an ad and should clearly be shown in every social media post regardless of the number of followers!.

It’s official – Samsung Galaxy Note 10 launch date

Its official. Samsung has announced its unpacked event for the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10.

We can expect the Galaxy Note 10 to include a Snapdragon 855 processor, 6GB-12GB of RAM, triple or quadruple rear cameras (depending on model), the S-Pen which will no doubt be upgraded in some way over the Galaxy Note 9’s S-Pen. Storage options up to 1 TB will cost in the region of $1,700.

What will be interesting will be if the headphone jack is finally removed.

So whose excited for the Note 10.

Close up Photography – shot on the Samsung Galaxy S10

The other day I shared some close up photos from the Huawei P30 Pro and today it’s the turn of the Samsung Galaxy S10.

As you can see the S10 is very capable at snapping close up / macro images.

In fact I would say it’s one of the phones strengths.

The level of detail is impressive. For moving creatures you might need to use Pro mode in the camera and manually adjust the focus range and shutter speed. ISO should be as low as possible. 50 or 100.

Judging the results from the S10 vs the P30 Pro, I would say that the S10 achieved a better result plus the shots were easier to pull off.

Even flowers came out well with the S10.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 has a competent camera that since launch has had several updates that have improved the camera software, and it shows.

So what so you think? Have a look at my previous post on the Huawei P30 Pro close up photography, and let me know your winner.

Close up photography – shot on the Huawei P30 Pro

Earlier today I took my Huawei P30 Pro and went out to snap a range of subjects, from macro, flowers and landscapes.

There were no extra lenses used, just my phone, the Huawei P30 Pro, which has many camera modes, including super macro mode.

Here the bees were captured as they were coming in to land, to feed on the pollen. The Pro mode is really handy for this type of shot.

Sometimes, insects make great photos when shooting in macro mode.

Of course, not everyone likes insects, so here are some flowers. These were shot in the auto mode.

Having such a versatile phone with all its rear lenses helps nail whatever type of shot you require.

Above, 5 x optical zoom is a blessing sometimes. Get closer to the animals without disturbing them!

China and Trump at the G20 Summit – can a deal be struck? Editorial

China and Trump are to meet tomorrow at the G20 Summit. This meeting is really important that a trade deal is struck, otherwise, import tariffs will be enforced by both countries. So what will this mean.

Well if your thought the cost of your new iPhone was expensive, just wait until China add their tariffs. Apple has indicated that they might be prepared to absorb some of this extra cost, but ultimately it will have a detrimental effect.

Then of course the brands like Huawei will suffer and not continue to innovate for a while. Let’s face it, is it a coincidence that Huawei are making some of the best phones in the world, pressurising Apple and Samsung, and suddenly Huawei is on the US Entity list. And Huawei is leading the world on 5G infrastructure which is worth billions of pounds. Sounds like the modern fight for securing all the worlds oil!

Ultimately though, it is the average person like you and me that will suffer. Increased prices, stagnation of innovation, Android will end up being split, with Chinese companies using something different to Google, and likely everything costing more.

So, if this trade war is to be resolved, it needs to happen tomorrow, otherwise, it will be a long time before it does get sorted.