SINGAPORE: What would you do if you saw someone not wearing a mask in public? Mind your own business, or perhaps advise the person to wear a mask because it is now required by law and helps reduce the spread of COVID-19? Another option might be to report the infringement to the authorities. However, some people have decided on a different approach: Snap a photo and post it on social media. With numerous Facebook groups and Telegram chats providing a platform for this in Singapore and elsewhere, experts CNA interviewed have explained why online vigilantism has appeared to become more prevalent during the pandemic. They said some see it as a social responsibility borne out of genuine concern for public health, while others cannot stand seeing others get away with breaking the rules as they themselves are compliant. Some of these vigilantes might also be motivated by jumping on the bandwagon and seeing their posts go viral, the experts added. But observers said this … [Read more...] about COVID-19 social media vigilantes: A valid or harmful way of dealing with rule breakers?
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With the ongoing global pandemic taking place, Huawei went online to launch its latest P40 smartphones on Thursday (Mar 26). The new range launch comes a month after the Chinese tech giant debuted its second-gen foldable phone, the Mate Xs. READ: First look at Huawei's new foldable Mate Xs and MatePad Pro tablet In an event that was livestreamed on YouTube, Huawei’s chief executive of consumer group, Richard Yu, took to the stage to unveil the three variants: The P40, P40 Pro and P40 Pro+. And there’s no mistaking for whom the P40 was designed. With a large sensor of up to 1/1.54-inch (the largest for any smartphone, claimed Huawei) for low-light photography, a new camera array built to enhance its 10x true optical zoom, a powerful Kirin 990 5G sensor – as well as its link to Leica – the P40 smartphone is targeted towards creators, whom Huawei describes as “Visionaries”. “With an outstanding sensor, optics from Leica, powerful chipset and Huawei XD Fusion Engine, … [Read more...] about Huawei launches its P40 phones – and you can now erase pesky photobombers
Our editor-in-chief obviously hates me. That's the only conclusion I could reach after he asked me to watch an abysmal attack video targeting renewable energy—a video produced by a notorious source of right-wing misinformation. But despite its bizarre mishmash of irrelevancies and misdirection, the video has been widely shared on social media. Perhaps you've seen it, or maybe you just to want to be ready when a family member brings it up in an argument. What, if anything, is true in this farrago of bad faith? Yes, it’s awful The video is hosted by "Prager University." My only previous exposure to the organization's videos had been this excellent one on the Confederacy by Colonel Ty Seidule, a professor of History at West Point who has since been placed on the Pentagon commission that will examine bases named after Confederate generals. Seemed legit! Now that I've had to look more closely, however, it turns out that Prager U is not a university—it's run by a talk radio … [Read more...] about Pure nonsense: Debunking the latest attack on renewable energy
There has always been an intrigue around Microsoft’s Surface devices. Be it the Surface Laptop, Surface Pro — Microsoft has managed to build a certain mystique around its devices. Surface devices actually fall under the ‘cool’ devices category and that’s also a testament at how Microsoft is viewed by a lot of people. It’s not a ‘boring’ tech company that makes Windows and what not but a brand that makes good-looking stylish products. The Surface Laptop Go is indeed a good-looking, compact and stylish laptop. Starting at Rs 63,499, it competes in a market where there is a lot of action, especially in the last 12 months or so. We used the Surface Laptop Go for a while to see if it has got what it takes to charm the hard-to-please price conscious Indian buyer. Read on to find out more: Microsoft Surface Laptop Go review : Design and display From the word go (pun unintended), the Surface Go is a good looking laptop. Microsoft has been quite clever in cost cutting here. The top … [Read more...] about Surface Laptop Go review: Compact and dependable
Qualcomm's next flagship processor is embracing the same photo format technology championed by Apple , a move that will let you squeeze more pictures into your next high-end Android smartphone and maybe advance beyond ordinary snapshots. Last year, Apple introduced support for High Efficiency Image File Format, or HEIF , as part of an effort to improve digital photography, giving it an advantage in the area for more than a year. HEIF's most obvious selling point is that photos are half the size of JPEGs of the same quality, which means you can fit more on your phone and use less network data to share shots with your friends. But HEIF offers other advancements, too -- support for depth maps that record how far away parts of a scene are from the camera, for example, or a way to house the quick videos called live photos. Now those advantages will come to at least the high end of the Android market, helping casual snapshooters and serious photographers get more out of their … [Read more...] about With Snapdragon 855 chip, Android phones get iPhone’s photo-packing ability