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Huawei has new P-series flagship smartphones, still no Google Play on em

Despite the fact there's a global pandemic and the US government took away their access to Google's Android services, Huawei announced the P40, P40 Pro and P40 Pro+ smartphones overnight. They're flagship phones with flagship specs, particularly the camera. The P40 Pro+ has a 50MP 1/1.28" sensor (massive for a smartphone) with a 10x optical zoom. On paper, it's probably the best quality smartphone camera. Will need to wait and see hands on reviews to compare it to Xiaomi's 108MP beast. The P40 & P40 Pro go on sale in Australia April 16th for $1099 and $1599 respectively - honestly though, who's gonna buy one outside of China without the Play Store on it?

West Australians will have their mugshots added to the National Driver Licence Facial Recognition Solution

Western Australia is gearing up to join VIC, TAS & SA in sharing its citizen's driver's licence information with the federal government's national facial biometrics matching database. The National Driver Licence Facial Recognition Solution (NDLFRS) is operated by the Department of Home Affairs and whilst not operational yet, will make a giant database of every Australian's face from each of the state and territory's driver's licence and ID systems. State and federal governments will then use that database against CCTV footage to find people of interest - oh and to "quickly and easily" verify someone's identity when "engaging with government".

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How to hide your computer’s primary operating system from prying eyes

HiddenVM lets you run a VirtualBox VM inside the Tails operating system, then keep that VM in a hidden VeraCrypt volume for maximum tin foil hatness. According to the readme, "if you set it up correctly, when your computer is turned off all anyone can plausibly see is a blank Tails USB and a 'wiped' hard drive full of meaningless data, or a default booting decoy OS in a partition that you can create". The use case the creators of HiddenVM give is to protect your privacy when entering a new country and prevent your computer getting molested by a border agent - not that you'll be going anywhere any time soon.


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