LG patents a smartphone equipped with 16 cameras and complex software

What an advancement in mobile photography



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How many cameras do we need on a smartphone? LG was actually among the first to have dual cameras on a smartphone in 2011, but it was for 3D photo and video capture. When Huawei introduced their dual camera system in 2016, many manufacturers followed and it became a trend. Now, we have up to four cameras at the back of phone courtesy of Samsung. Nokia is even prepping a phone with five rear cameras.

Pioneering another advancement in mobile photography, LG has filed a patent that shows a smartphone with 16 cameras. You read that right; the company has plans for a future smartphone with an array of 16 lenses. What’s more interesting about it is that it’ll not lie flat on the back.

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The South Korean tech giant came up with an idea of having a 4 x 4 array of lenses arranged at an angle. This will let each camera see differently, then the captured photo will be stitched by software. It’s pretty much how a panorama photo works, but without the body twisting and moving.

Thankfully, the patent shows an example of how it’ll be applied in an actual scenario. LG’s patent can detect faces in a photo and replace them with the angle that looks best. It can even use a face from a photo taken previously.

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Each of the 16 lenses has varying focal lengths and purposes. With a single tap, all 16 cameras will take a shot at the same time and users will be able to pick their chosen photo. From wide-angle to telephoto, users will have it all in their hands.

You can even take selfies with the 16-camera setup using a built-in mirror on the phone. Ain’t that fascinating? What we don’t know yet is when LG will have a working prototype that we can play with.

The company has a record for experimenting with new things, so this 16-camera idea is not far from reality. Then again, it might take a few years before we can get this on a phone.

Source: LetsGoDigital

SEE ALSO: Is this our first look at Nokia’s five-camera phone?


Facebook has stored millions of user passwords in plaintext

It’s a good time to change your password



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From one blunder to another, Facebook is in a hot mess again. After admitting the existence of a bug that exposed user photos, the popular social networking site has now put user passwords at risk.

According to Krebs on Security, they have learned that hundreds of millions of Facebook users had their passwords stored in unencrypted plaintext which is searchable by Facebook employees. Typically, user passwords are protected by hashing, but errors have led Facebook and other Facebook-owned apps including Facebook Lite and Instagram to leave passwords accessible.

At least 200 million Facebook users are believed to have been affected, and the damage could reach up to 600 million users as per Krebs‘s report.

Not long after, Facebook has confirmed the issue in a blog post. According to the social networking giant, they have identified the problem as early as January as part of a security review.

“To be clear, these passwords were never visible to anyone outside of Facebook and we have found no evidence to date that anyone internally abused or improperly accessed them.”

To assure users, Facebook stated that the issue has been fixed and affected users will be notified as a precaution. Also, the company claimed that these passwords were never made available to anyone outside Facebook and there’s no evidence of internal abuse.

While Facebook already owned up and fixed the security flaw, it’s still best to change your passwords. It’s not required by Facebook, but users must also do their part in keeping their personal information secure — especially on free-to-use platforms.

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Some Nokia 7 units are sending your data to China

Finland will reportedly investigate HMD Global



Are you afraid of data theft? Lately, the online community has put the clamps on shady business practices in the tech industry. For example, Facebook was recently put under the microscope for selling its users’ data to willing buyers. However, for every documented case, dozens of undocumented others are lying in wait for unsuspecting victims.

Now, Finland is mounting a similar case against HMD Global, the current owners of the Nokia brand. Last month, the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) received a tip from Henrik Austad, a local Nokia 7 user. While monitoring his handset’s outgoing traffic, Austad noticed a glaring anomaly: it was sending data packets to a Chinese server called “”

For every instance that the screen turns on, the Nokia 7 sent the phone’s geographical data, SIM card number, and serial number to the Chinese server. Theoretically, the server’s owners (and anyone who can access the traffic) can know the whereabouts of specific users.

Investigating the tip, NRK discovered the server’s owners: China Telecom. Unfortunately, further investigations have warranted nothing. The media company speculates that the surveillance mechanism was intended for Chinese users but ended up with international markets.

HMD Global has since admitted to the fault. Apparently, the company has already detected the error before Austad’s tip. As a result, they released a Nokia 7 security patch a few weeks ago.

Unfortunately, HMD Global’s confession isn’t enough for its home country, Finland. In an email, Reijo Aarnio, Finnish Ombudsman for Data Protection, was surprised at the leaked information. As a result, Finland authorities will investigate the matter even further.

In their defense, HMD Global claims that “the data was never processed, and no personal information was shared with third parties or authorities.” Of note, the Nokia 7 is a China-exclusive phone. Later on, HMD Global released the international variants, Nokia 7.1 and Nokia 7 Plus.

SEE ALSO: MediaTek-powered Nokia 5.1 gets updated to Android 9 Pie

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Samsung Galaxy A6+ starts receiving Android Pie with One UI

Brings all the new features



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Samsung has been actively updating its midrange lineup from last year. After the Galaxy A9 (2018) and the Galaxy A8+ (2018), it’s now time to serve Android Pie for the Galaxy A6+.

The Android Pie update for the Galaxy A6+ is currently rolling out in Poland and will soon be available to users in other markets across the globe. According to Samsung’s schedule, the particular model is slated to receive the update in April, so this initial seeding is in preparation for the wider rollout.

The update weighs 1.2GB and bumps the security patch to March 2019. The heavy download is worth it since it brings a major overhaul to Samsung’s user interface. Like the Galaxy S10 flagships, the Galaxy A6+ now has Samsung’s One UI.

Galaxy A6+ users will have to wait for the update notification to pop up since the rollout is done over the air. You can also manually try downloading the update by heading over to the Settings app and then to the Software update section.

The regular Galaxy A6 version should receive its Android Pie update shortly after, but there’s no confirmation about it, yet.

Source: SamMobile

SEE ALSO: Samsung releases an app on Play Store that brings new gesture navigation

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