In This Issue


Huawei confirms Android alternative, HarmonyOS

Huawei has told the world about its homegrown operating system, HarmonyOS. There was no screenshots and no demos, but it's officially a thing. Huawei said the aim of HarmonyOS isn't to replace Android (yet), but to be a platform for Huawei's other "smart" devices. The first device to get HarmonyOS will be a smart TV that won't go on sale in Australia. Huawei told XDA Developers that Android apps don't run natively on HarmonyOS, but it's "very easy" to turn an Android app into a HarmonyOS app. Smells a lot like Samsung's Tizen OS to me, which they use on TVs, watches and fridges too.

YouTube mods confirm large channels get away with edgier content than others

The Washington Post has a story where it talked with 11 current and former YouTube moderators that said that popular accounts "often get special treatment in the form of looser interpretations of YouTube's guidelines prohibiting demeaning speech, bullying and other forms of graphic content". According to the article, YouTube made exceptions for "popular creators including Logan Paul, Steven Crowder and Pew Die Pie". It's easy to read between the lines and grasp why YouTube isn't keen to ban its most popular channels for being ratbags - the more times a video is watched, the more money YouTube makes via ads.

DSLR’s can get cryptolocker malware now

Modern digital cameras have built-in wi-fi and using the unauthenticated Picture Transfer Protocol, can send photos over wi-fi to a smartphone or computer. PTP can also be used to send files to the camera, so of course, someone's made a cryptolocker to attack our poor helpless DSLRs. Imagine if you connected to a tourist or hotel wi-fi hotspot to transfer photos from your camera to your phone/laptop and instead, all the once in a life-time images you just took are now encrypted on the memory card and the only way to get them back is pay a Bitcoin ransom. I'd be devastated and super pissed off.

Not News

Mophie’s 3-in-1 wireless charging pad is as close as we’ll get to Apple’s ill-fated AirPower

Apple has started selling the Mophie 3-in-1 wireless charging pad. This thing will charge your Apple Watch, iPhone and AirPods case all in the one neat little station. Unlike the deceased AirPower mat, you have to place the items in specific spots, but as Apple found out, there's no other way to do it. I've seen a couple of similar units on Aliexpress, but unlike those, you don't need to thread the Apple Watch charging cable through a socket and don't have to BYO power supply. With an RRP of $220 (fuck me), you'd bloody hope you wouldn't need to buy extra accessories.


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