France-based website known for their camera reviews – DxOMark – just released their rating for the latest Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G. A device very similar to the Mate 30 Pro previously reviewed on the site. As a matter of fact, the only difference between the two handsets is the lithography technology used on their SoCs: 7nm on the Kirin 990 and 7nm+ EUV for the Kirin 990 5G; the latter also comes with a built-in 5G modem, of course.
DxOMark: Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G is the New Camera King
That said, as we can see in the image representing the score, the 5G version of the phone did do better than the predecessor; most likely due to better camera software optimization. Making it the best camera phone on the chart with a final score of 123.
Either way, let’s get to the camera review, starting with photos. Here the Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G showed high levels of detail and accurate target exposure in most tested conditions. The smartphone also captured pleasant colors when shooting outdoors and low noise.
In bokeh mode, it had an accurate depth estimation and good dynamic range. Meanwhile in zoomed in photos, it kept good details from close to medium range.
Moving onto the cons. Huawei’s flagship had some highlight clipping in bright light and occasional color shading in indoor conditions. Colors lacked saturation in bokeh mode in some cases and the smartphone did not behave too well in exposure and white balance when the LED flash was involved.
All the factors above earned the Huawei phone a score of 134 as far as photos were concerned.
In videos, the smartphone got instead a score of 102, which is still the highest on the platform. The Mate 30 Pro 5G achieved the score by showing good detail rendering in most conditions and accurate target exposure. Also here noise was well-controlled, it had good color outdoors and indoors and effective stabilization. Finally, autofocus was fast, accurate and repeatable.
As for the negatives, the handset had some temporal blinking noise in most conditions and occasional slight color instabilities.
So, once again, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G is the new leader of DxOMark’s ranking system. Not that it ever lost the crown as the Mate 30 Pro still sits in second place, along with the Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro.
You can learn more about specific aspects of the review on DxOMark‘s official website.
Billionaire offering ‘free ticket to the moon’ on SpaceX Starship – Global News
Eccentric fashion designer Yusaku Maezawa has launched an international search for eight people to join him on the planned voyage around the moon, which Elon Musk hopes to accomplish as soon as 2023.
Maezawa, 45, announced the search on his Twitter account Tuesday in his latest high-stakes social media stunt. The announcement was short on details, but Maezawa has previously billed his “dearMoon” expedition as a trip that will include many artists.
Maezawa confessed in a video on Tuesday that it can be hard to define an artist, so he wants to open up his criteria to a more “diverse audience” of potential passengers.
“Maybe every single person who is doing something creative could be called an artist,” he said. “If you see yourself as an artist, then you’re an artist.”
He says he’ll consider candidates for the mission from anywhere on the globe, provided they can meet two criteria:
- By going to space, you must be pushing the envelope in whatever activity you’re into.
- You have to be willing to support other crew members who share “similar aspirations.”
Maezawa says he will cover all costs for the trip, so he is essentially offering a “free ticket to the moon.”
Musk also touted his excitement for the journey in Maezawa’s video.
“We’re going to go past the moon,” he said. “We expect people will go farther than any human has ever gone from planet Earth.”
Potential passengers can sign up for details about the trip on Maezawa’s mission website.
The registration form asks for your name, email and home country. It also allows you to upload a photo that it will automatically crop into the helmet of a spacesuit.
A followup email says that further details about the screening process will be sent out on March 15.
Potential candidates will go through an initial screening process later this month, followed by an “assignment,” an “online interview” and a “final interview and medical checkup” in late May, according to the website. Details about the assignment and the judging process have not been released.
Maezawa, who runs the Japanese fashion brand Zozo, became the first person to pay for a trip to the moon when he signed up in 2018 for an undisclosed sum.
He plans to bring 10 to 12 passengers on SpaceX’s Starship, which is still in its testing phase. The Starship is expected to fly to the moon over three days, loop around the far side of it and then fly back over another three days.
The journey is slated for 2023, although Musk still has some fine-tuning to do on his Starship design after two of the prototypes blew up in recent tests.
A third test flight was scheduled for Wednesday or Thursday.
Maezawa has a history of pulling high-stakes giveaways on Twitter. He once promised to give US$9 million to some of his followers as a “social experiment” to see if it’d boost their happiness.
He also used Twitter last year to launch an unsuccessful search for a girlfriend to accompany him to the moon. He had planned to turn the search into a Bachelor-style reality show for Japanese TV, but later backed out due to “mixed feelings.” He reportedly received about 27,000 applications for the show.
Maezawa announced on Wednesday morning that he’s already received more than 100,000 signups for the trip. The No. 1 country for applicants was India, followed by Japan and the United States. Canada ranked No. 8.
Maezawa is not the only billionaire seeking passengers for a SpaceX voyage. U.S. entrepreneur Jared Isaacman is also putting together a four-person crew for the first all-civilian space flight into orbit later this year.
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Microsoft launches Mesh mixed reality platform at Ignite – IT World Canada
Microsoft kicked off its virtual Ignite conference with a splash as chief executive officer Satya Nadella announced the company’s new mixed reality platform, Microsoft Mesh. Powered by Azure, Mesh allows people to interact in a virtual or augmented reality world.
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“Mesh enables you to interact holographically with others with true presence in a natural way,” Nadella said during his keynote. “I can meet my colleagues on the other side of the world collaborating as though we were in the same room. Again, with no screen mediating our interactions. It’s pretty mind-boggling to imagine, but this is the future we are building. One of my favourite lines we used to describe the possibilities when we first introduced HoloLens was when you change the way you see the world, you change the world you see. I can’t wait to see the world we create together.”
He then handed the reins to Alex Kipman, a Microsoft technical fellow in AI and mixed reality, who spent the next 45 minutes presenting from several virtual worlds. In an unusual twist, viewers could don their own headsets, join him, or get a similar (although 2D) experience viewing the keynote on the AltspaceVR website – or through the desktop app.
“Today, you and I make history as we collaborate on the largest mixed reality show ever created,” Kipman said. “Microsoft Mesh connects the physical and the digital worlds, allowing us to transcend the traditional boundaries of space and time. Microsoft Mesh is powered by Azure, and all of its AI and compute capabilities working seamlessly together from the intelligent edge to the intelligent cloud.”
Mesh, he said, lets developers create immersive experiences that lead users to connect from anywhere, feed true presence in mixed reality, and let workflows transition from familiar 2D mediums to the world of mixed reality. He said that over half of the Fortune 500 companies have purchased Hololens.
For example, Toyota uses Hololens, Dynamics 365 Remote Assist, and mixed reality services to improve maintenance efficiency. Technicians wearing Hololens can view information such as wiring harness configurations on specific car models via Azure Object Anchors while working on the vehicle. This process reduces inspection times by up to 20 per cent. The company is rolling out the Hololens 2 solution to all of its dealerships in Japan.
Another customer, Accenture, is experimenting with hybrid workflows to increase accessibility, allow remote collaboration and minimize unnecessary travel with a Mesh-enabled alt space. Since Mesh will work on HoloLens 2, Windows virtual reality headsets, Oculus headsets, PCs, Macs, and even smartphones, users are free to pick the most convenient device.
Beyond the enterprise
“But what happens when you go beyond the enterprise?” Kipman asked. “Collaboration doesn’t just take place in enterprise settings. Sometimes we just call it hanging out with friends. With Microsoft Mesh, you can connect from any device on any platform, transforming the way we connect to one another. Enabling hanging out wherever your friends are.”
In his virtual arena, the audience consisted of the avatars of attendees joining through VR. Kipman and several of his guests, including Niantic CEO John Hanke (who, with Pikachu, interacted with a colleague in a Pokémon GO battle), appeared via holoportation, which uses 3D capture technology to beam a lifelike image of the individual into the virtual world.
“Whether you’re exploring a brand-new park, or just walking through a familiar neighbourhood, augmented reality can make the real world a little more magical,” Hanke observed. “In the future, we imagine a real-world filled with adventures, helpful information, and of course, a lot of friends. AR that’s grounded in the real world, aware of us, and the environment, is an incredibly powerful starting point. And it becomes even more powerful when we can share it.”
In conjunction with Mesh’s release, Microsoft is also releasing developer tools to build Mesh experiences.
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Google pledges not to use other web tracking tools after phasing out cookies – Financial Post
Privacy activists have criticized tech companies for using cookies to gather web browsing records across websites they don’t own
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Now, Google is pledging it will not use other technology to replace the cookie or build features inside Chrome to allow itself access to that data, though it continues to test ways for businesses to target ads to large groups of anonymous users with common interests.
“Keeping the internet open and accessible for everyone requires all of us to do more to protect privacy — and that means an end to not only third-party cookies, but also any technology used for tracking individual people as they browse the web,” Google said in the blog post.
Rival advertising tech companies are building tools to identify users across the web anonymously, including Criteo SA and The Trade Desk.
Shares of both companies dropped in January 2020 immediately after Google first announced it would eliminate cookies, but have risen consistently over the past year.
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