Masbad: Quick Hits 33

Wacky Tech

VERY quickly now.

The P30 Pro

Huawei just released a potential killer of a smarphone. The P30 Pro. And that is another addition to this year’s early lineup of smartphones maturing beautifully in terms of hardware design and feature implementation. The P30 is no exception.

Here’s a video from Unbox Therapy.

Huawei’s security issues

As you might have known these past few months, Huawei’s been under fire in relation to its mobile telecommunications equipment being used by its home country, China, as a way to spy. Huawei’s been already effectively banned in the US. And just recently, Ars Technica published a report that Huawei’s security practices are a mess.

The report is from the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC) Oversight Board. And from how things look, it’s a bit worrisome for Huawei and whoever will get Huawei’s equipment for use in their network roll out. This is, of course, in the UK. One might think that it doesn’t affect us because it’s in the UK. Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s going to be smooth sailing from here unless Huawei is able to straighten things out.

It would seem to me that if Huawei is unable to convince powerhouses like the UK that their equipment is safe to use and will totally not be a national security risk, Huawei will lose to competitors like Ericsson and Nokia.

Gaming on the cloud

Google recently announced Stadia and Apple then announced Arcade. Both of which are gaming platforms that take advantage of cloud technologies. And both are subscription based. Think of them as the equivalent of Netflix but for games. If things go really well for these two, cloud gaming will be the talk of the town.

And, I think, if pricing is right, it’s going to be more bang-for-the-buck than buying one game title at a time. Imagine yourself being subscribed to a library of games that you can choose from, play one game this hour and then another in the next hour and, perhaps, all the those games save your last saved positions and states in the game. I’m already smiling as I imagine it.


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