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AT&T won’t sell the Huawei Mate 10 in the US over political concerns

12 Jan

Chinese device manufacturer Huawei was widely expected to announce its first distribution partnership for a flagship smartphone in the US with carrier AT&T at CES this week. However, the carrier pulled out of the agreement at the last minute for reasons that are not entirely clear, though there is some interesting speculation.

According to a report by the New York Times, it appears Huawei’s strong ties with the Chinese government and a fear of espionage have played an important role in the decision. This means that Huawei yet again won’t have an opportunity to compete eye-to-eye with its main rivals Apple and Samsung in the US, as its flagship device Mate 10 Pro will only be available to buy online, through retailers such as Amazon or Best Buy.

If you live in the US and are not so concerned about Chinese espionage, the Mate 10 Pro is definitely worth a closer look. With a 6-inch 18:9 OLED screen, Kirin 970 processor, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and its Leica-branded 12MP dual camera setup, it’s firmly placed in the high-end bracket of the market. That’s a lot smartphone for the $ 800 retail price.

Oh, and its camera is also one of the best among the current crop of flagship phones.

Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

 
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India says no to Google Street View, citing security concerns

13 Jun
Launched in 2007, Google’s Street View service uses imagery captured by cameras mounted on cars, backpacks, bicycles and snowmobiles. Today, the service covers locations all over the globe.

Indian officials have told the BBC that the country has rejected Google’s plans to image its towns and cities as part of its expanding Street View service. Citing security concerns around ‘sensitive defense installations,’ officials point out that planning for the 2008 Mumbai attacks was believed to have involved photographic reconnaissance. As such, the country believes, Street View could compromise national security.

This isn’t the first time that Google’s Street View service has attracted concerns. Several countries have at one time or other raised privacy and security worries. The Czech government has banned the company from taking any new imagery (current Street View images of Prague are frozen at 2014), and in 2010, almost 250,000 Germans requested that Google blur images of their homes.

Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

 
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Royal Family expresses concerns over alarming measures used by paparazzi seeking photos of Prince George

15 Aug

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have expressed concerns with some of the recent tactics used by paparazzi trying to photograph their two-year-old son. The letter details some of the methods photographers have used to try and get their shots, including hiding in sand dunes and using other children to lure Prince George into view at playgrounds. Read more

Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

 
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Poll: What concerns you most about Adobe’s move to subscription software?

09 May

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Adobe’s decision to move to a subscription-based model for its professional creative software has prompted probably  the most impassioned response we’ve ever seen to a news story on dpreview.com. There’s a risk that the sheer volume of comments might prevent a clear message being heard, so we’ve prepared a poll of the most common complaints, to help establish what your biggest concerns are.

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Fujifilm plans X10 firmware in response to ‘white disc’ concerns

07 Dec

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Fujifilm has said it will attempt to address the problem of X10 images showing ‘white discs’ with a firmware update in response to customer concerns. The company statement comes in response to our enquiries about the problem, and confirms the phenomenon is caused by sensor ‘blooming.’ It claims the camera is working within prescribed tolerances and that the problem is not uncommon in other cameras but says that it plans updated firmware to ‘lessen the effects’ of the blooming. We have prepared a quick test of the issue (which we will cover in greater depth in the full review), showing the effects of Fujifilm’s suggested ways of mitigating the issue.

News: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

 
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