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In a world plagued by terrorists and psychopaths pretty much anywhere you can think of, it's always a bad idea to carry a gun-shaped anything at the airport. Although this should go without saying, apparently, an individual in the London Stansted Airport did not have enough common sense to know that. Alternately, it could be just a very stupid idea of a prank that went south for the man.
This person walked into the airport with a gun-shaped iPhone case, which was found on him during the mandatory security check. The photo above is for the purpose of illustration and was NOT the way in which the individual was touting the pseudo-gun. However, that did not save him from getting charged for possession of an imitation firearm in a public place, as well as for threatening behaviour to cause alarm or distress.
Popular online sites like Amazon and eBay used to list items similar to this iPhone case, but they have completely stopped selling them after recent terrorist attacks and multiple warnings by law enforcement officers issued to citizens against using anything that imitates a gun in a public place. If you were planning to buy something similar for your phone, it's probably a VERY bad idea!
Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
It isn't a secret at this point that Samsung is facing some tough competition from Chinese manufacturers globally and especially in emerging markets. However, in spite of the challenge, the South Korean giant had held its ground pretty well in most markets. Unfortunately for Samsung, that isn't the case in China, at least not anymore.
A Hong Kong based analytics firm has put forward data which suggests that Samsung's sales numbers dropped nearly 60% during Q1, 2017 as Samsung lost market share to the likes of Vivo, Huawei and Oppo; all of whom are Chinese OEMs. It looks like that these manufacturers are stepping up their game at home.
As things stand now (according to the report), Oppo managed to see a whopping 81% increase in their YOY Q1 sales numbers, with Vivo and Huawei coming in with 60% and 25% increase respectively. In China, Samsung just lost some serious ground as per these results since their market share plummeted from 8.6% just last quarter to 3.3% now. If these are signs of things to come then Samsung's future is not looking good in China at all.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
In a recent digital Assistant showdown conducted in between Siri and Google Assistant the iPhone, it was proven beyond doubt that the newer AI powered voice assistant is indeed bad news for Siri. In the comparison done by CNBC, Google Assistant managed to win most rounds convincingly, displaying surprising accuracy in almost every aspect. Nevertheless, Siri did manage to tie and even win a few rounds, so props to the older assistant for that. Check out the full test here.
If you are wondering what this means for Siri now, well, we can tell you that it still can do a few things like waking up the iPhone or silencing an incoming call that the Assistant will never be able to do on an Apple device, but that's only because iOS won't allow it. To be honest, it is starting to look like the iOS needs a more advanced AI assistant or at least a more updated one.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
If you are looking for an affordable phone with a great video camera, the clean software, and smooth performance, the Moto's new One Action is worth to have a look. So far, Moto hasn't claimed its lost position in the flagship smartphones but it's budget smartphones are getting better and stronger. One of the latest Moto One Action also falls in the budget category. With so many budget-category phones nowadays, you must be wondering what is so different about this phone? And whether it's worth your money.
The Moto One family started in 2018 and this is the third and the cheapest phone in the series. The series runs on Andriod One. The main selling point of the phone is its dedicated video shooter inspired by the action camera like GoPro. The Motorola One Action's "action" camera is a 16MP shooter with an f/2.2 aperture and a 117-degree field of view. In an interesting move, Motorola has flipped the entire lens by 90 degrees, meaning you can shoot landscape video while holding the phone in portrait mode. If this sounds like it'd be a bit weird, well, it is.
The camera can shoot a video at Full HD resolution at up to 60fps. You also have the option to shoot at 21:9 to match the One Action's display. Also, the camera is bolstered by some impressive electronic stabilization tech which keeps video nice and smooth even if your hands are a little shaky! This phone doesn't have much to offer if you are into wide-angle photography. It uses Samsung's Exynos 9609 and has 4GB memory. It has a curved glass design and looks stunning in the denim blue, aqua teal, and pearl white colors.
The worst part is the 21:9 aspect ratio which isn't considered great when watching movies or playing video games. The LCD isn't bright either and may feel a little aggressive to some. It has a massive punch hole for the selfie camera. The battery life is okay with a 3500mAh battery. It is not water or dust proof either.