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.

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.

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

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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.

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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.