There’s no beating around the bush. Fierce Korean rivals Samsung and LG are gearing up for a head-to-head match at Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona later this month.
Both companies have already sent out invites to the launch events of their respective flagship smartphones, both happening on February 21st. LG has announced LG G5 Day at 2 pm, while Samsung is set to unveil the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge at 7 pm.
LG’s G5 teasers are more cryptic. Starting with “Play Begins” and now “Come and meet new friends on the playground.” We have no idea how any of this relates to the new phone. What we can say is that LG’s upcoming flagship is going to be completely redesigned, shunning last year’s plastic and leather combo for a more premium metallic build. LG is also relocating its trademark backside volume buttons to its sides where you’d usually find it on a smartphone, leaving a fingerprint scanner slash power button and two rear cameras in its place.
Samsung is expected to use virtual reality to launch the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. A source tells GadgetMatch, “the launch itself will blow you away.” The tech giant’s new smartphone will improve on the design of last year’s metal and glass smartphone with a focus on durability and ergonomics. Samsung is also bringing back features like expandable memory and waterproofing, and making dramatic improvements to camera performance and battery life. The S7 will retain the 5.1-inch form factor of its predecessor, while the S7 Edge will be phablet sized, 5.7 inches to be exact.
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AI Facial Recognition continues to scare me
Technology is indeed getting creepier
AI or artificial intelligence used to be something we only see in sci-fi movies. Today, AI is very much part of our daily lives with a lot of it deeply embedded in the smartphones we all use.
Apple, through the iPhone X, then introduced AI facial recognition as a secure way to unlock phones. They call it Face ID and it’s widely considered the most secure facial recognition system on smartphones right now. But it’s not perfect. It once failed to tell the difference between two Chinese women.
Before all of these advancements, it was in the 1960s when Woody Bledsoe created a system that detects facial features by plotting coordinates through a tablet. Thus, the facial recognition system was born. It has then made its way to smartphones, laptops, and security cameras.
In Computex 2019, we found CyberLink’s FaceMe. It’s an advanced AI facial recognition system that determines one’s age and emotions through a web camera. To my surprise, it accurately detected my approximate age group — around 21 to 26 years old. I thought the mood detection was subjective as my appearance won’t exactly tell you what I really feel. Bottomline? I found it amusing but scary.
Have you ever wondered how Facebook detects you on other users’ photos? In 2015, Facebook created a deep learning facial recognition system called “DeepFace” that detects faces through images. Innovative? Yes. Creepy? Well, Mark Zuckerberg made headlines when a photo of him surfaced online with his laptop’s webcam had tape covering it. This then led to the speculation that Facebook spies on its users.
— Allen He (@heling1682002) June 28, 2019
On the other hand, the Chinese government has a totally different way of utilizing facial recognition. While the rest of the world pays through cash or contactless payment, Chinese establishments use AI facial recognition system as one of their primary payment methods along with using WeChat.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg; if you have already seen Black Mirror’s Nosedive, you can relate the story’s plot to China’s “Social Credit System”. They score points or earn rewards by doing good deeds such as following traffic rules, volunteering, or even donating blood. They can they use the the points and rewards to buy goods.
Having debt or legal troubles will lower your credit. Punishments include a ban from traveling outside the country and not being able to buy your own property. It even goes as far as being shown through the “reel of shame” where “laolai” (a derogatory term for citizens who failed to pay their debts) were named and shamed during a film premiere — just like how it happened in an Avengers: Endgame screening.
Huawei, despite being a Chinese brand, has been successful in gaining customers’ satisfaction and trust in just a short time. Those on the Western side think the opposite: The US government accused Huawei of spying but US later lifted the ban. Even the arrests of their officials in Europe and Canada are undeniable. The commotion between US and China even opened a lot of discussions about spyware, including the safety and danger of AI facial recognition systems.
A lot of questions still remain. Do we really consider facial recognition our friend for keeping our data safe and secure from others? Or is it becoming our foe after all these allegations about the government and companies spying on us? One thing is for sure: AI facial recognition is far from being flawless.
Vivo NEX 2 Preview: Full charge in 13 mins!
That’s insanely fast!
Is this what the Vivo NEX 2 will be like?
It’s been a while since our last video but we got a bunch of exciting ones coming up in the next few days. We’re starting with Vivo’s announcements at Mobile World Congress Shanghai: AR Glass, 5G, and the insane Super FlashCharge 120W technology!
OPPO’s Under Display Camera
Bye tear drops, punch-holes, and pop-ups
OPPO first teased their under-display camera tech on Twitter. At MWC Shanghai, we finally see it in physical form.
They’re calling it the Under-Screen Camera or USC. The prototype at the venue was barely a phone but it showcased the future of what full-screen devices can be.
OPPO pulled this off by using a highly transparent material on top of where the camera module is placed. The camera module itself had to have a larger aperture, a bigger sensor, and greater pixel size. They then paired that hardware with a set of algorithms in the service of providing images that they say is “on par with mainstream devices.”
OPPO didn’t say when USC will hit a retail unit but promised that it will come in the near future.
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