Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro, Xiaomi’s high-end smartphones

With its Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro, Xiaomi is entering a new stage in its global strategy. Like Huawei before it, the manufacturer is now tackling the high-end segment with particularly ambitious mobiles and hopes to convince consumers of the benefits of its new Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro models.

A better finish with Mi 10 Pro

The Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro share a very similar spec sheet, with the only difference being the size of the battery, which is slightly bigger on the Mi 10. The two mobiles also have almost identical bodies. The terminals must be turned over to distinguish them. When the Mi 10 has a glass back that is extremely sensitive to fingerprints, the Mi 10 Pro has a much more attractive aluminum back. The front is strictly similar on both phones. The 6.67-inch Oled slab occupies no less than 90% of the front panel. It provides a pleasant borderless feeling, but it is not yet optimal. The fault lies with a thick chin, but nothing too serious.

The punch-hole has the merit of being quickly forgotten since it is located in the upper left corner of the mobile—no problem either with the fingerprint sensor under the screen, which is somewhat reactive. At the back, skeptics of the rectangular photo island advocated by Apple, Samsung, and Huawei will be happy: Xiaomi has chosen to keep its photo modules in a line.

In hand, the Mi 10’s ergonomics are identical and convincing. Imposing and weighing more than 200 g on the scale, they offer a certain feeling of solidity. The locking and volume knobs, located on the right-hand edge, are well-positioned, albeit a little high. But don’t be under any illusions, you’ll have to put both hands on the beast to handle it properly.

The 6.67-inch Oled slab shared by the two models looks excellent at first glance. Its 90 Hz refresh rate, configured by default, offers smooth and pleasant navigation. It is all the more true since the Snapdragon 865 chip allows very relevant multitasking. The battery is still to be tested, but you’ll have to wait until the full test to find out more.

A 108-megapixel sensor

Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro both boast a 108-megapixel photosensor. If we had already come across such a definition on the Mi Note 10, these new models are much better in use.

Of Xiaomi’s two new high-end models, the Mi 10 Pro is the best equipped. It features an ultra-wide-angle module (20 megapixels, f/2.6), as well as two telephoto lenses, with a 2x (12 megapixels, f/2.4) and a 5x (8 megapixels, f/2) module. The latter is capable of offering a 50x hybrid zoom. Unsurprisingly, this one is unconvincing. Overall, these sub-modules produce flattering shots but too processed and smoothed to be realistic.

The Mi 10 is a little less well equipped. It offers an ultra-wide-angle module (13 megapixels, f/2.4), a macro module (2 megapixels, f/2.4), as well as a depth-of-field module (2 megapixels). On the first contact, these different modules suffer from the same image processing problems as their big brother, namely prominent smoothing for unrealistic shots. At the front, the 20-megapixel sensor shared by both models offers good selfies. However, it is necessary to deactivate all filters to observe natural skin.

Samsung is already working on the technology that will replace the QD-OLED

The South Korean giant is paving the way for the future by developing the QNED – Quantum Nano Emitting Diode – display technology, which will undoubtedly emerge as the successor to the QD-OLED.

Promising technology for Samsung

In fact, according to the report published on the Display Supply Chain website, Samsung is currently working on QNED technology, an acronym for Quantum Nano Emitting Diode. QNED works in much the same way as QD-OLED, with one crucial exception: new blue Micro LEDs replace the blue organic diodes (OLEDs), here called Nanorod LEDs, which generate blue light from gallium nitride (GaN).

This technology has several advantages for both manufacturers and users. GaN Nanorod LEDs would make it possible to achieve better efficiency, improve the brightness of the screen and extend its life, but also to avoid any burn-in phenomenon associated with OLEDs. Furthermore, thin-film encapsulation will not be necessary with the QNED structure, one less manufacturing step, and, therefore, a reduction in production costs.

The other advantage of GaN Nanorod LEDs is that Samsung will be able to use the production tools and techniques already available to it in the development of the QD-OLED. Generating blue light, these LEDs will still require the use of the famous Quantum Dots, quantum dots that act as a filter, and allow color conversion.

QNED, a successor already found to the QD-OLED?

While CES 2020 was in full swing last January, Samsung Display presented its first two QD-OLED TV prototypes in a very confidential atmosphere, as only a handful of industrial partners were invited to the event. In charge of R&D for the giant’s various tiles, the Samsung subsidiary is still actively working on the development of the QD-OLED.

According to Samsung’s roadmap, this hybrid technology, which intends to combine the advantages of OLED and QLED, should logically see its first models launched on the market by 2021. However, the QD-OLED has (currently) several significant drawbacks, starting with its high production cost, its sensitivity to burn-in – slab marking, or “screen burn-in” – or even fairly limited yields in terms of brightness and therefore contrast; this last point being critical since the QD-OLED is expected to have a theoretically infinite contrast ratio and profound blacks.

However, the Korean leader has some more ideas and another project in the pipeline. He could go back on his initial plans to replace the QD-OLED quickly.

A pilot production as early as 2021?

The calendar could be very lenient for the QNED since the development of this display technology is likely to take place without too many interruptions and to fit into the QD-OLED production line. Samsung is indeed counting on a pilot production for the first half of 2021.

If these prototypes win the giant’s favor, it is highly likely that the QD-OLED lines will be quickly converted to QNED, especially as this technology can easily be adapted to smaller screens such as smartphones, monitors and others; which is not the case with the QD-OLED, which is intended to equip only high-end TV sets.

Nevertheless, even if the pilot production is successful, Samsung will have to make the most of its expensive production facilities, including the equipment supplied by the Japanese company Canon Tokki, which enables it to produce the blue OLED transmitters.


Why use a VPN to play on a PC?

You must preserve your privacy and security while playing on the Internet, as well as being able to bypass protection systems setup by webmasters. Running a VPN in the background will allow you to do all this and more.

In this article, I will present the advantages of using a VPN to play on a PC. 

Early availability of games 

An interesting and often overlooked advantage of using a VPN is the ability to download certain games and content updates before they are published in your country. Indeed, publishers generally stagger releases in various regions, starting with North America and Japan. 

If you don’t like queuing for no reason, a good VPN can help you get around this restriction and download a game as soon as it is available. To get a game before it is released in your region, change the virtual location of your VPN to a server in the output region. 

A better and less expensive regional availability 

Nowadays, everyone has instant access to shops and products from all over the world. You might think that the playing field is the same for players who buy games from other regions, but the truth is quite different. Indeed, regional locks prevent people from downloading games and packs daily. 

Prices also increase artificially, depending on your country of origin. If you don’t think it’s a fair deal, then use a VPN. VPNs have the ability to change locations virtually. 

By connecting to servers in various countries or regions, you can make it look like online games and markets that you have moved to another part of the world. It is the ideal solution if a game is banned in your area or only offers limited access. If you encounter a connection error, change your VPN server, reload, and start playing. 

Keep your identity secret 

Playing on the Internet also exposes you to the risk of identity theft. It can indeed happen that some players decide to take revenge and take your IP address, searching for your location, and doing a little social engineering to discover your real name. In no time at all, all your accounts on social networks can be bombarded with insults or even worse. 

All this because you have failed to keep your identity a secret. However, it should be remembered that having your identity compromised in a game is not that common. After all, the majority of players do not have the software or tools to do so. 

Increase speed limits and caps 

Players fear for their bandwidth or connection speed. It is well known that Internet service providers slow down users’ connections when they detect a large amount of traffic passing through their servers. 

That happens when you watch movies in streaming, download files via BitTorrent or when you play online games. The speed of your connection starts well but decreases slowly as the day progresses, and when that happens, you can do nothing, except sit back and stare at the charging screen for several minutes. 

VPNs offer an easy and fast way to bypass ISP bottlenecks. The encryption it incorporates provides proper protection, making it more difficult for the ISP to separate game traffic from standard packets. 

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Android vs. iOS: iPhones are now much easier to hack

An Android smartphone is now more difficult to hack than an iPhone, says Zerodium, a company specializing in buying and selling computer attacks. According to this firm, Google has been able to make significant improvements to Android security with each major new update over the years. Apple smartphones, on the other hand, suffer from serious security vulnerabilities identified in iMessage, the instant messaging protocol, and Safari, the default integrated web browser.

Zerodium has just updated its price list for the purchase of a piracy method. Now, a hacker who develops a trick to hack into an Android smartphone without owner interaction is paid up to $2.5 million. A similar process to hack into an iPhone is worth only $2 million. The situation was quite different one year ago. At the time, Android smartphone hackers could only expect $200,000.

Safari and iMessage Apps are vulnerable according to Zerodium

Zerodium found the opposite trend on iOS. “We have remarked an increase in the number of iOS operating chains in recent months, mainly within Safari and iMessage, developed and sold by researchers around the world. The market for iOS is flooded,” explains the CEO.

This summer, Google Project Zero discovered 4 implementations of 5 critical vulnerabilities recently discovered on iOS. These breaches made it possible to hack the iPhone remotely by sending a simple message via iMessage. Apple quickly fixed the vulnerabilities through an update.

“In response to these new technical challenges related to Android security and our observation of market trends, we believe it is time to give the highest bonuses to Android exploits until Apple improves iOS security and strengthens its weakest sections, iMessage, and Safari,” concludes Zerodium’s CEO. Not surprisingly, Google agrees with this. In early 2018, David Kleidermacher, the man in charge of Android security, said that “it is now much more difficult for hackers to find a critical security breach in the Android system.” Despite past mistakes, Google has managed to mature its mobile OS.

Android vs. iOS: it’s now easier to hack into an iPhone

Many hackers nowadays offer methods to hack into an iPhone. As a result, the market for computer attacks on iOS is saturated. Most operating brokers like Zerodium have always focused on iOS. Indeed, most of the iPhone on the market are up to date. According to Apple, 85% of iPhones are running on iOS 12. This excellent adoption rate makes it easier for hackers. All they have to do is focus their efforts on a single version of the OS.

It’s the opposite on Android. Each manufacturer uses a different overlay and components. Similarly, not all Android smartphones have installed Android 10, Pie or Oreo, the latest 3 versions of the OS. In the end, the fragmentation of Android complicates the work of hackers. “Android security improves with each new version of the operating system, thanks to the security teams of Google and Samsung. It is, therefore, becoming very difficult and tedious to develop complete operating chains for Android, and it is even more difficult to develop methods that do not require any user interaction,” says Chouakri Bekrar.

Samsung Galaxy Fold: what we like so far

Earlier this week, we received Samsung’s Galaxy Fold. After a few days of use and while waiting for our complete test, we now have more time to give you our opinion on this foldable smartphone.

What are the things we love about the Galaxy Fold?

The compactness of a smartphone, the comfort of a tablet

In use, the Galaxy Fold is incredible. Samsung’s product entirely convinces us. Its 7.3-inch screen offers the convenience of a small tablet while allowing a one-handed hold, for use when walking in the street. Two hands are even better. One holds the device; the other handles it. So, daily, we enjoy a high-quality screen.

The magic of the Fold? Its ability to fold and store. There is nothing more satisfying after 5-10 minutes of use in the subway than to fold down the flap of your device and put it in a pocket, what an incredible feeling to be in the future! Samsung has done it right; finally, a large screen easily transported.

Outstanding software

The Galaxy Fold operating system surprised us positively. Very quickly, two or three applications can be used simultaneously. Just move to the left from the right of the screen and select an app. This system seems to us ergonomic enough to be understandable even if not everyone can do it the first time. After a few manipulations, however, it becomes natural.

What we appreciate even more is continuity. When an application is used on the cover screen, and the device is unfolded, it is transferred there in a second. If you have set the reciprocity of this function for the application in question, closing the smartphone transfers the app to the cover screen in one second. Bluffing.

A robust design, but…

You have undoubtedly heard this week about the controversy over the broken screens of the Galaxy Fold. Indeed, several American journalists all broke their test copies at the same time. What happened? Is Samsung responsible? It is too early to say, even though we believe that these problems are mainly related to a communication error. The majority of them ripped off part of the screen, convinced that it was a protective film.

Let’s try to ignore this case for now. On our side, we are pleasantly surprised by the strength of the Galaxy Fold. Its quality of finish is remarkable, and the product is just magnificent. When closed, it is covered with Gorilla Glass 6 glass, which allows you to walk around in your pocket with complete peace of mind. When opened, the folding is done naturally, and the magnet holds the screens firmly. We feel reassured by the device, more than on the Huawei Mate X, which is only covered with plastic. We also tried to torture his screen by opening/unfolding it very quickly several times, without ever being worried. In short, we are somewhat confident about its solidity, even if we will still wait a few more weeks to give you a final verdict.

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Wi-Fi router and Mesh router : What’s the difference?

More and more devices are now wireless and work thanks to your Wi-Fi network. It is therefore more important than ever that this network works properly and covers your entire home.

Even if routers provided by ISP have made great progress in this area, it must be said that they are still light years away from what specialized equipment can offer. Your ISP’s router may be sufficient if you have a small apartment or a medium sized house but as soon as the surface to be covered is too large or the walls are too thick you will only find yourself with a dead space where your house is not covered by Wi-Fi.

Choose a dedicated wireless router

There are a multitude of routeur wifi devices available from almost all network equipment manufacturers and in a very wide price range.

Using such equipment can be justified by the fact that the Wi-Fi range of your ISP’s router is restricted. Or if you have special needs. For example, some routers are specialized in gaming, others are more for experienced users.

New wireless routers are coming out much faster than the ISP’s routers evolved, allowing them to be at the top of current technology and standards. That is partly because ISP cannot afford their routers / modem to have a high production cost or to rent them at a high cost.

While manufacturers of wireless routers do not have this constraint, if they want to release a 600€ router they can do it (and it happens). Dedicated routers therefore generally have much better quality parts, and can afford to have better components like more antennas with better range for example.

But the wireless may be in your living room, your bedroom or your kitchen, it cannot emit from several places at the same time.

In some cases, in very large houses, or with walls that prevent waves from spreading, a dedicated wireless router may not be enough! You can buy the most beautiful, the most expensive, if your old house spreads over 300sqm over 3 floors, the rooms located at the top will have no signal or it will be very bad. (Imagine that the router is on the ground floor)

Solid home setup

Choose a mesh system

Manufacturers became aware of this, and thought that instead of providing extremely powerful equipment, it might be a good idea to provide something more modest, but something that is divided into several entities.

This is how the mesh system was born, and it is very fashionable at the moment, because it responds perfectly to this coverage issue.

A mesh system is therefore several devices (2, 3, 5, 10…), which will be spread throughout your home. Each has its own coverage, but all have the same Wi-Fi name (SSID). So when you reach the end of one’s coverage, the other takes over.

Of course, the coverage of one of these devices is not as good as that of a high-end dedicated Wi-Fi router, but the number makes the difference! The different satellites discuss among themselves to determine together a whole lot of things, such as on which terminal you should be connected to have the best speed, with which band, 2.4 Ghz or 5 Ghz?

They are not only simple repeaters, which reproduce the wifi network of your router at different places in your home. In the case of mesh systems, all devices are identical and produce a unified and intelligent wireless network throughout the house.

The differences

The wireless router is no better or worse than the mesh system, and the reverse is also true. Everything will actually depend on your needs.

The surface area and constitution of your house is obviously a very important point to take into account, but not the only one. Mesh systems are also very simple to set up, but on the other hand, they offer less functionality than a router.

And of course, a router may be more suitable for those who need a lot of features.

In terms of pricing, it’s about the same, if you consider a mid-range/high-range router model and a good mesh system (at least three units). So it is really a matter of how you will use the device, the size of your home, and your level of knowledge.

If you need a wireless network in a large house, you don’t know much about networking and your needs are just to access the Internet, then a mesh system is the right choice.

If you need hardware with QoS, establish static routes, redirect ports, do parental control etc. and you know how to do all this, the wireless router will probably be a better choice, otherwise you will be limited by the mesh system.

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Fiber or ADSL? Which technology is better?

Why is fiber faster than ADSL? And above all, what about choosing between fiber or ADSL when you have a choice?

The answers may not be obvious, and we explain why below.

Fiber or ADSL: a story of throughput above all

We could spend hours explaining technically what makes ADSL different from the fiber. But the easiest way to find out which fiber or ADSL is the best is to launch an Internet speed test. The speed exceeds 110 Mb/s on a fiber connection, its lower limit, i.e., a download speed of about 12.5 Mb/s. A download can go up to 1 Gb/s (or 125 MB/s in the download).

On the ADSL side, it all depends on your location. With luck, you can get a maximum of around 80 Mb/s (or 10 Mb/s in the download), because its line must be eligible for VDSL2 technology and therefore be close (less than 3.5 km) to a DSLAM (among other constraints). The user is content with a “simple” ADSL connection without VDSL technology with a maximum speed of 20 Mb/s (or 2.5 Mb/s in the download), which is now considered very weak.

What is the advantage of fiber over ADSL?

Attenuation is a defect that does not concern the fiber – or much less – since the signal strength is reflected on a glass or plastic surface inside a cable. The attenuation is almost non-existent and, above all, the data transmission speed is much faster.

The advantage of fiber over ADSL is, of course, its speed, wherever you are. However, it has one major flaw today: it requires the line to be built to the user’s home (this is called FTTH fiber, or Fiber to the Home). In other words, it is necessary for a technician to come to your home to drill through your walls or floors and physically pull it to your Internet box. It is not always possible or, at least, not still possible quickly.

Is it better to use ADSL or FTTLA fiber?

But regarding the download, it is often much faster (up to 10 or 20 times) than a traditional ADSL line. While waiting for very high-speed connections to become widespread throughout France, it very often happens that different operators only offer ADSL or FTTLA fiber offers, without any other alternative. In this case, there is no hesitation, regarding throughput, it is the FTTLA fiber that should be used. The subscription sometimes costs a few more euros, but it is to have a much higher performance.


Epic Games: millions of Fortnite players exposed to a vulnerability

A flaw in Fortnite that was discovered by researchers from a security solutions provider allowed hackers to take control of a player’s account, and to access his confidential data. Corrected since then by Epic Games, this breach made it possible to use the recorded credit card and listen to the games without the players’ knowledge.

Thanks to its team of researchers, security systems publisher Check Point Software Technologies discovered a flaw in the Fortnite video game that potentially affected all registered accounts, 200 million players worldwide. The main version of the game, called Fortnite Battle Royale, consists of a player-to-player battle, with games involving up to 100 players at a time, organized in teams of two or four, or solo. They must scan the map for weapons, objects, and resources. The last team still alive wins the game.

Players can buy V-Bucks, the virtual money of the game, by spending real cash after recording their credit card information, and most often, their parents’ credit card information. These purchases offer no strategic advantage and are mainly used to obtain cosmetic improvements. Despite this, accounts can be resold on specific sites for several hundred dollars, making them a target of choice for hackers. The most common scams use fake sites that promise players free or discounted V-Bucks, encouraging them to identify themselves and therefore give the website their password.

Hacking with a single click

The discovery of the Israeli research team is much more sophisticated and consists of a flaw in the identification through another sub-domain of the publisher Epic Games. The website, dedicated to the results of Unreal Tournament 2004, contained a SQL vulnerability. The team took advantage of this opportunity to steal the user’s OAuth identification token, which allows them to identify themselves with a third-party account, such as Facebook, Xbox Live, Nintendo, Google or PlayStation Network. This token is sufficient to access the player’s account on the site. The attack takes the form of a link, for example by promising promotional V-Bucks. Just clicking on the link allows the pirate to steal the token, no further action is required.

The researchers’ demonstration shows that they were able to access the entire account and even buy virtual currency with the registered credit card. However, the intrusion is not limited to the personal information on the site. By logging into the account, a potential hacker could have followed the discussions in the game, including the audio talks. Any intruder would not only have been able to hear the player talking but also conversations from other people in the background, near the microphone.

The vulnerability is already fixed

Even if fixed with a patch, the fact remains that this breach, not exploited in its current state since discovered by researchers, could encourage pirates to dig deeper into the game’s protections to exploit other vulnerabilities. And this time, it is not sure that the publisher will be informed.

CES 2019: 5 techno trends to monitor

Las Vegas’ CES is the annual meeting place for high-tech innovations.

So what technological trends can we expect from this 2019 edition? Here are the 5 biggest trends that will be at the heart of the announcements and discussions of this 52nd edition.


If the 5G has become the spotlight of CES and the Mobile World Congress, the first wave focused on two major markets: the IoT and the Internet at home, for access without fiber and cable. While 2019 saw the announcement of the first 5G smartphones, announcements from major manufacturers and start-ups of connected objects should also go in this direction with the integration of 5g technology directly into devices. It is right in sectors as diverse as the smart home, health and the connected car.

Immersive reality

Mixed reality, augmented reality and virtual reality have also become recurrent trends in these areas. But this 2019 edition should be marked by the generalization of these technologies. This 52nd edition of the Las Vegas show will also demonstrate the installation of augmented reality in everyday life, whether in the world of health, education, and training, but also in sport.

Voice-activated devices

If Amazon Alexa at these 2017 and google assistant the following year have made the buzz, these 2019 should see a proliferation of these voice assistants and newcomers in multiple devices, such as televisions, connected mirrors, cars and even more surprising products like switches.

Connected and autonomous cars

In two years, the CES has also become the new car fair. This 2019 edition will not contradict this trend with the presentation of new technologies embedded and connected in vehicles. All this coupled with new customization solutions based on the preferences and habits of drivers and passengers, based on AI and in particular deep learning.

And while demonstrations of autonomous vehicles, particularly regarding delivery, will animate the show, another trend will illustrate this 2019: the integration of connected cars into new sharing solutions, with the rise of self-service systems, new parking, and multimodal platforms and, in fact, announcements of partnerships with actors from other types of transport, urban centres…

Resilience and digital trust

Finally, and this year it is a trend that is emerging: resilience. Faced with facebook-type scandals or various cyber attacks, expectations regarding the security of personal or non-personal data and digital trust are growing.

In such a context, the blockchain is an interesting example that should be illustrated in 2019 by solutions and use cases that go beyond cryptocurrencies. More and more local solutions, such as the award-winning sniper voice platform or e-privacy solutions, should also be presented.

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The Pros And Cons Of Cloud Hosting

Cloud hosting is a service that entrepreneurs and web-based enterprises are looking at. This is due to the number of benefits that cloud hosting brings to these companies. However, before you rush into cloud hosting, you need to know about the drawbacks as well.

The Benefits Of Cloud Hosting

cloud hosting and computingThe primary benefit of cloud hosting is the fact that it can be tailored to your business needs. This is ideal for small businesses which can expand at any time and need more resources. When you use cloud hosting, you can increase or decrease the service as you need it which will save your business money.

Cloud hosting also has the benefit of being ready immediately. As soon as you order the cloud server, you will be able to start using it which will reduce the impact it has on the operations of your business. You also do not have to worry about the set-up process which is often part of other hosting packages.

Another benefit of this hosting will be the fact that it is cheaper for your business. This is because you will not need extra staff to handle the hosting of your information. You do not have to buy any additional equipment as well.

Small businesses also get the benefit of cloud hosting being small staff orientated. Cloud servers are ideal for businesses that only have 3 to 5 people. Small businesses that use cloud hosting will also never have to worry about hiring IT professionals who are not always busy.

The Drawbacks Of Cloud Hosting

The primary drawback of cloud hosting is the fact that when it is down, everything will be down. Cloud servers have a bad reputation when it comes to going offline spontaneously, and there will be nothing that you can do about this. Centralizing your business in this manner brings a higher risk of operational disruptions when something goes wrong on the hosting end.

Another drawback to cloud hosting is the fact that you will only be able to access your data when you have an internet connection. If anything happens to your internet connection, your business could come to a standstill. This is significant operational risk and one that you might want to avoid if you are in an area that has poor internet connections or any other issues which could disrupt your connection.

Over and underestimating your needs is something that can happen with cloud hosting. The fact that you can tailor the service to your needs could lead to you miscalculating your needs. When this happens, you could be faced with a more massive bill as you exceed the restrictions of your account or see that you are only using a fraction of the service that you are paying for. Websites like Opportunites Digitales are here to review, for you, the top hosting services in 2018 and beyond!

There are many pros and cons of cloud hosting that you need to be aware of. It is essential that you weight these pros and cons before you decide whether or not cloud hosting is right for you. Only when you have done this will you be able to make an informed decision for your business.

Huawei going hard on foldable smartphone technology

According to DigiTimes, Huawei has partnered with BOE Technology, a screen manufacturer, to be the first manufacturer to offer a foldable smartphone.

The objective is clearly to take Samsung, whose famous Samsung X is slow to point the tip of his nose, speed. BOE started manufacturing its first flexible OLED screens last year. The company will have to produce 8-inch folding screens for Huawei and the little rumor that at least one other phone assembler is interested in its technology.

The Chinese manufacturer’s plans are therefore becoming clearer, and it would seem that its objective to market the first folding screen smartphone before the end of 2018 is on track to be achieved. If everything actually goes according to plan, Huawei will then be several months ahead of Samsung, since the Korean giant will just start mass production of its “Galaxy X,” only to market it in the summer. This will give the Chinese brand six months to attract and convert a clientele that has been weaned from real innovation for several months.

Huawei works with display manufacturer BOE on a foldable smartphone.

A new report from our Korean colleagues at ETNews says Huawei is actively working on the design of this foldable smartphone with Chinese screen manufacturer BOE. Depending on the source, the company even works in partnership with several brands on the creation of 4 different folding smartphones. According to the Chinese site mydrivers, the 4 actors in business with BOE are none other than Huawei, Samsung, LG, and Oppo. As we know, Samsung has been working for years on the Galaxy X, the brand’s first folding screen smartphone.

BOE will present a foldable smartphone prototype at SID Display Week, May 20-25 in Los Angeles. On its website, the company mentions a 5.99-inch folding smartphone model and a large-format version with a 7.56-inch screen. Both devices are equipped with flexible AMOLED screens “that can be folded, unfolded, rolled up” and “a fingerprint recognition system that works on any part of the screen.” According to ET News, Huawei is mainly interested in the large format model.

The latest news is that Huawei’s first folding smartphone will be unveiled in November 2018. It should thus toast the priority at Samsung’s Galaxy X, expected for MWC 2019. According to DJ Koh, the head of the Korean brand, the software part of the smartphone is not yet ready.

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Cybersecurity: why connected objects are so vulnerable

Connected objects are growing all over the place, but cybersecurity is sometimes the poor relation of this growth, many experts deplore.

Next May, the European NIS directive will have to be transposed at a national level. It covers network and information system security, including standard rules for member countries on cybersecurity for digital service providers in the areas of the cloud, search engines, and online marketplaces.

Today, with the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) the number of networks is multiplied. IoT affects all sectors of automotive, home automation, plant, energy, health, transport, etc. where data is critical! Account numbers, intellectual property, access codes to sensitive areas, etc. all sensitive business information such as private data and connected environments must now be protected against potential attacks.

The Internet is the necessary foundation for the exchange of information and data from intelligent devices. In the face of the massive volume of data transiting through it, the security of smart networks is a prerequisite for the proper functioning of the Internet of Things.

Better understand what IoT is

understanding internet of thingsIt took two things for the Internet of Things to become the phenomenon it is today. The first element is wireless communication, necessary for device mobility. The second element is resource-intensive computing power: small integrated circuits capable of driving a wide range of sensors by delivering both the processing power and the storage needed to collect and store the data. These trends have been driven by advances in networks, data centers and the cloud to transport and host data.

This technological convergence has made it possible to develop new capabilities to facilitate everyday life and manage environments (urban, professional, etc.) like never before. The growth of intelligent home monitoring systems is an excellent example of this, with a market of nearly $80 billion and discontinuous growth1. This teeming industry is accompanied by the problem of Big Data and its treatment.

Why is the IoT so insecure?

Faced with the market potential represented by the Internet of Things, players in the sector are continually innovating to remain competitive, favoring control of production costs to the detriment of the safety of their products. A real eldorado for hackers!

The latter have perfected their methods and are increasingly using the IoT as an entry point. Among the latest examples, the recent Mirai botnet used to launch massive denial of service (DDoS) attacks, is a good illustration. Hackers have used default passwords on security cameras and other home devices2 to gain administrator access control, penetrate systems3 and generate attacks.

Take the case of industrial control systems that monitor and monitor industrial processes in a multitude of industries: from automotive manufacturers to steel mills, vehicle fleets and utilities to food companies. They are also an essential target for cyber attackers as they can be managed virtually any process in a plant, including assembly, product transport, component mixing and many others. Once again, as these systems are Internet-based, they become potential targets for piracy.

All these IoT systems have in common the need for better integrated internal security integration and control. The increase in IoT equipment remains debatable, but there is no doubt a correlation since the increased presence of remotely accessible equipment increases the attack surface. Almost all of these devices can be exploited through identity theft or an attack taking advantage of the potential vulnerability of technology, or even in some cases of the human.

The expansion of the Internet of Things is a tremendous revolution, but as with any new trend or technology, it increases the need to be effective and vigilant in security, especially in securing networks.