Huawei Wins EISA’s “Best Smartphone of the Year” Award For Second Year RunningWith The P30 Pro 

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Huawei Consumer Business Group (CBG) today received an award from the European Image and Sound Association (EISA), a group comprising 55 of the world’s most respected consumer electronics magazines. HUAWEI’s P30 Pro was named “EISA Best Smartphone 2019-2020” by the Association, the second year in a row Huawei has won this category. This doesn’t surprise me at all, I am the very proud owner of a Huawei P30 Pro and the image quality is second to none.

The EISA called out the Huawei P30 Pro’s low-light photographic capabilities as being “by far the best you can currently get from a smartphone.” It also praised the ultra-wide lens, portrait mode and the periscopic 5x telephoto lens saying that it “surpasses any of its competitors.”

“We are honored to receive another award from EISA and pleased with the recognition of the P30 Pro. With every device, Huawei is committed to bringing new and improved smartphone photography experience to consumers, pushing the limit of smartphone camera capabilities with the latest technologies,” said Li Changzhu, Vice President of the Handset Business, Huawei Consumer Business Group. The EISA also recommended the HUAWEI P30 Pro as the perfect companion for dedicated photographers, believing it marked yet another impressive advance in mobile photography.

The HUAWEI P30 Pro has taken an incredible step in mobile photography introducing the innovative HUAWEI SuperSpectrum Sensor, an optical SuperZoom Lens, a new HUAWEI Time of Flight (ToF) Camera, and enhanced optical and AI image stabilization technology.

The unmatched Leica Quad Camera System features a 40MP main camera, a 20MP ultra-wide angle camera, an 8MP telephoto camera, the HUAWEI ToF Camera and a 32MP front camera. The new periscope telephoto lens allows more optical zooming capabilities to be tucked in a compact body without losing image quality. Together with the colour saturation provided by the 40 MP main camera, and stability of OIS and AIS, the SuperZoom Lens offers 5x optical, 10x hybrid and 50x digital zoom with great resolution and rich detail.

The HUAWEI P30 Pro’s elegant double 3D curved glass body and 6.47” OLED Dewdrop display is both dust and water resistant and powered by the Kirin 980, the world’s first 7nm mobile process chipset. The P30 Pro also sports a class leading 4200 mAh battery, which lasts up to two days of regular phone use.

EISA members include expert media across the full spectrum of consumer electronics from over 30 countries, and each member contributes to one or more of EISA’s six Expert Groups—namely photography, mobile devices, Hi-Fi, home theatre audio, home theatre display & video, and in-car electronics. Every year, EISA members nominate a list of products that they consider the standout performers in each of these Expert Groups. Nominations are then presented at EISA’s AGM, where members conduct an in-depth deliberation before voting for the winner of each category.

The award will be formally presented to Huawei during IFA at the EISA Awards Ceremony on September 6th in Berlin, to coincide with the opening of the IFA consumer electronics show.

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Samsung announce Galaxy Note 10 series – First Overview

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In the past the popular pen-equipped Note version of Samsung’s high end Galaxy S series of devices was only available in one size (think XL), however, with the introduction of the  S10 Galaxy Note series, the electronics giant has unexpectedly offered two size options. The larger Galaxy Note 10+ has a 6.8 inch display – the largest of any Note to date, while the smaller of the two has a 6.2 inch screen and is more in line with larger version of the Galaxy S10 series.

For those in range of a 5G transmitter two further models, one in each size, will be available with 5G compatibility.

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Galaxy Fold to Launch September 2019

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Earlier this year, Samsung announced Galaxy Fold—Samsung’s first foldable device, and the beginning of an entirely new mobile category. Since then, Samsung have made improvements to the Galaxy Fold to ensure consumers have the best possible experience.

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Crello – An Intuitive and Content Rich Video and Graphic Design Platform

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We have recently become aware of an interesting video and graphic design platform called Crello. At just two years old this successful platform is aimed at freelancers, photographers, bloggers or novices. It is available on desktop PC/Mac and also on mobile within the Apple App store. It is also soon to become available within the Google Play store on Android too.

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Crello have a vast volume of content and have recently expanded their range to include half a million premium images. To achieve this volume of stock, Crello partnered with professional photographers and private photo studios. Resulting in unique content that is not available within other free stock agencies.

Crello represent a compelling and very easy to use platform in order to source images and videos. Their future impressive plans include increasing the number of new videos to 3,500.

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Currently, the stock images themselves can be edited to include motion effects, it’s also possible to add photos within a design.  The premium photographs are organised clearly within 22 categories, including, pets, beauty, business and finance, food and drinks etc.

The 20,000 ready to use templates themselves are a real boon and one that I think will appeal to many users and not only to the market that Crello are specifically aiming at. If you need to promote your work, the preset templates can be a good idea on which to base your design and then further edit. There is also a new option coming soon allowing budding designers of templates to create and sell them within this platform too.

Celebrating their 2nd anniversary, Crello have created a special offer – in addition to the new editing feature, all paid subscribers will receive FREE access to 500,000 premium photos (total worth estimated at $7M). For more information on this, please go here.

To get started and take a look around Crello, please go here.

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The Rise and Rise of VSCO Photo & Video Editor App – $3m Net Sales in June 2019

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The VSCO Photo & Video app shows no sign of diminishing sales revenue for its founders. Last month alone, June 2019, it achieved $3m net worth of sales with 2m downloads. For a free app, you may well wonder how this is possible. It’s free, yes, but the in-app subscription of $19.99/£18.49 for the annual membership is where they generate their income.

The VSCO membership model on mobile allows access to VSCO’s complete preset library, including 170+ presets. You can recreate vintage film looks by Kodak, Fuji, Agfa, and others with Film X. Use advanced editing tools like HSL, Borders, and Video Editing. Explore tips, tricks, and tutorials tailored for members in Discover. Finally, you can share your work for a chance to be curated by VSCO.

It’s possible to trial membership with a 7 day free trial, after which, if not cancelled, you will be charged the annual subscription fee of $19.99/£18.49.

VSCO Photo & Video app requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Apple TV.

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Honor 20 Pro Camera Quality Review

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The Honor 20 Pro is the latest smartphone from Huawei’s budget-friendly sub-brand with superior camera specifications. With a DxOMark Mobile score of 111 points, the Honor 20 Pro catapults into joint second place among the smartphones we’ve tested to date. Note that, DxOMark scores of each Mobile are generated after testing 1500 photos and 2 hours of video using scientific methods.

DxOMark is the trusted industry standard for smartphone, camera and lens image quality measurements and ratings. For the past 10 years, it has been recognised for scoring cameras using the most rigorous and comprehensive testing and analyses.

We are proud to publish this YouTube video today to our new section – The Business of Mobile Photography. Take a look below.

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App Revenue Grows to 15% Globally $39 Billion in H1 2019

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Despite what you may have read from other sources, consumers spent an estimated $25.5 billion globally in the Apple App Store in the first half of 2019. Google Play’s estimated gross revenue exceeds that to $14.2 billion for the same period.

Interestingly,  Tinder was the highest grossing non-game app in this period. It generated an estimated $497 million in revenue across both the Apple App Store and Google Play. This is up 32% over the same period of 2018.

Other high grossing non gaming apps include Netflix ($399 million globally estimated for Q1 and Q2), Tencent Video ($278 million), IQ1YI and YouTube. And TikTok continues to beat Instagram, claiming fourth position in the list of most downloaded apps globally.

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WhatsApp, Telegram Files Could be Hacked – ‘Media File Jacking’

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‘Media File Jacking’ is the new buzzword phrase that describes a security flaw and enables hackers to manipulate images and audio files on various platforms, and in this case ‘end-to-end encryption’ apps WhatsApp and Telegram on Android. Symantec’s Modern OS Security team explained ‘neither apps have any system in place to protect users from a Media File Jacking attack’.

“If the security flaw is exploited, a malicious attacker could misuse and manipulate sensitive information such as personal photos and videos, corporate documents, invoices, and voice memos,” wrote Software Engineer Alon Gat and Yair Amit, Vice-President and Chief Technology Officer, Modern OS Security, Symantec.

Image and payment manipulation are arguably the most damaging Media File Jacking threats. For example, in one of the most damaging Media File Jacking attacks, a malicious actor can manipulate an invoice sent by a vendor to a customer, to trick the customer into making a payment to an illegitimate account. As in the previous scenario, an app that appears to be legitimate but is in fact malicious, watches for PDF invoice files received via WhatsApp, then programmatically swaps the displayed bank account information in the invoice with that of the bad actor. The customer receives the invoice, which they were expecting to begin with, but has no knowledge that it’s been altered. By the time the trick is exposed, the money may be long gone. To make matters worse, the invoice hack could be broadly distributed in a non-targeted way, looking for any invoices to manipulate, affecting multiple victims who use IM apps like WhatsApp to conduct business, explained the team.

We detail below how to mitigate these threats:

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Apple Exporting from India to boost ‘Make In India’ Plan

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Exports from India for Apple iPhones have already started to a few European markets. The Indian government are keen to promote their ‘Made in India’ plan and Apple are keen to ensure India becomes a main export hub.

Wistron Corp are Apple’s India contract industry manufacturer who started assembling iPhones in India in 2016. They are now exporting Apple’s smartphones from their facility in Bengaluru.

“iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 are being exported in quantities of under 100,000 units a month,” said Neil Shah, research director at Counterpoint Research, citing export data that the firm tracks.

The US-China trade war highlights the importance for Apple to use India as an export hub. It’s a win win for both India and Apple and according to recent media reports, Apple has communicated with their suppliers, Wistron, Foxconn and Pegatron to aim to move 15-30% of their production to locations outside of China.

Rather than viewing Indian as a significant market, some industry watches are under the impression that Apple is treating India more as a production hub rather than a significant market. This view is supported with news that Foxconn, their Taiwanese contract manufacturer is set to commence manufacturing their higher-end phones with an initial capacity of 250k devices per calendar month and between 70-80% of this output may be exported.

If Apple were able to scale up their Indian manufacturing operations they may be able to avoid import duties and further allow it to keep its smartphone prices lower, or invest the savings in it retail arm. Apple are keen to set up their own stores in the country and as the average selling prices of devices has slowly been creeping upwards, industry experts say this would be a good move.

 

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KickStarter – Pictar Pro | DSLR Your Smartphone

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We’re always interested to learn about innovative mobile photography projects and this one from Miggo sounds particuarly interesting. They’ve developed a product, called the Pictar Pro that bridges the gap between a phone’s power and camera’s usability with a wide set of physical controls and software features. The cherry on top is the phenomenal user experience: a pleasure-to-touch polished metal grip and an unmatched front-loaded intuitive user interface.

There’s a feature that particularly interests me, that’s the Pictar Pro Viewfinder. If you’re used to looking through camera viewfinders, or just find your smartphone screen too hard to see in bright light, then this could offer a great solution.

The Picture Pro has been designed to work with all smartphones, both Apple and Android, it’s an interesting concept. Their initial goal on Kickstarter was £19,074 but they have by far exceeded that with £142,135 pledged (at the time of writing) and with 36 days still to go.

You can learn more about this project here.

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