Huawei Hints at 2 Phone Launches at Thursday Event; Won’t Be Part of Mate Series

Huawei Hints at 2 Phone Launches at Thursday Event; Won't Be Part of Mate Series

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Huawei’s Richard Yu teased two smartphone launches at the IFA event
  • Company’s executive clarifies new smartphones are not from Mate series
  • Evan Blass says Huawei to launch smartphones Nova and Nova Plus

Huawei’s Device CEO Richard Yu has reportedly posted teasers regarding two smartphone launches at its event on Thursday, just ahead of the start of IFA 2016 on Friday. However, the company executive has also clarified that these smartphones will not be Mate S2 and Mate 9 as suggested in some earlier leaks.

The teasers posted on Chinese social networking website Weibo were spotted by Android Pure, and don’t reveal much about the upcoming smartphones but do suggest that one of them will be sporting a square camera panel at the back while the other will be sporting a circular rear camera setup.

On Monday, popular tipster Evan Blass suggested that Huawei will be launching two smartphones under its Nova series, named Nova and Nova Plus, along with MediaPad M3 tablet at IFA.

The Nova series by the company will reportedly be aimed at its female users.

One of company’s executives has also confirmed that the smartphones that will be launched ahead of IFA will not be from Huawei’s ‘Mate’ series and said that they will be from an entirely new series of smartphones, as reported by Android Headlines. According to the report, new smartphones from Mate series will be launched in two months and the company will also introduce a new version of their Android-based Emotion UI.

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It will be interesting to see what the upcoming smartphones from Huawei have to offer but for any confirmation regarding their features, we will have to wait for official announcement by the company on Thursday.

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Tags: Huawei Nova Smartphones, Mobiles, Android, Huawei IFA Event, Huawei Smartphone Launch

 

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FTC Brings Machinima to Justice for Its Part in Paying YouTubers to Promote Xbox One

FTC Brings Machinima to Justice for Its Part in Paying YouTubers to Promote Xbox One

In January 2014, there were reports that Microsoft was paying YouTube video creators via Machinima – one of the site’s biggest channels – to promote its current-gen console, the Xbox One. And on Thursday, the US Federal Trade Commission issued an order that forces Machinima, Inc. to “disclose when it has compensated ‘influencers’ to post YouTube videos or other online product endorsements as part of ‘influencer campaigns'”.

(Also see: FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez Chats About Privacy, Security and Why She’s at CES)

According to FTC regulations, disobeying a final consent order carries a penalty of up to $16,000 (roughly Rs. 10.6 lakhs) per violation. The Commission’s investigation into the unfair practice was announced back in September 2015, but the failure to properly connect the dots between video creators and Machinima led to a settlement. It discovered that Machinima had offered a group of “influencers” access to pre-release versions of Xbox One console and games, and asked them to give a glowing review without disclosing they were being compensated for the same. In return, they were paid $1 (Rs. 67) for every 1,000 views on their videos, up to a maximum of $25,000 (roughly Rs. 16.6 lakhs).

“When people see a product touted online, they have a right to know whether they’re looking at an authentic opinion or a paid marketing pitch,” Jessica Rich, director of the US Bureau of Consumer Protection said in a statement in September. “That’s true whether the endorsement appears in a video or any other media.”

Although the FTC did send a letter to Microsoft for its part in the debacle, they didn’t pursue the software giant further because the matter was being handled by Microsoft’s advertising agency, Starcom MediaVest Group. Also, the Commission found out that both Microsoft and Starcom had told Machinima to ask “influencers” to provide the necessary disclosures after they realised the problem, but the gaming channel had failed to do so.

The job of the FTC is to ensure that endorsements are honest and not misleading, and hence it works to regulate any endorser that is being compensated for their “opinions” but isn’t being open to its audience. In our Internet age wherein the line gets repeatedly blurred, be it Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat where such schemes widely operate, the FTC has had to issue newer guidelines to keep up with the various methods.

(Also see: CCI Rejects Complaints of Unfair Practices Against Ola, Uber)

In India, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) is in-charge of handling all such matters. The last amendment to its guidelines was done back in 2009, a time when most Internet services were on the verge of infancy. Another amendment bill was brought to the floor back in 2012, but it lapsed after the 2014 general election.

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Tags: FTC, Machinima, Microsoft, Xbox One, YouTube
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‘Part of $100 Million Hacked From Bangladesh Bank Recovered’

'Part of $100 Million Hacked From Bangladesh Bank Recovered'

Bangladesh’s central bank said Monday that part of almost $100 million (roughly Rs. 675 crores) allegedly stolen from a reserve account in the United States last month has been recovered.

Suspected Chinese hackers stole the money from the foreign exchange account in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York on February 5, according to a central bank official and media reports.

Some of the money was then illegally transferred online to the Philippines and Sri Lanka, the central bank official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

“Part of the money hacked from Bangladesh Bank’s account in a bank in the United States has been recovered,” the bank said in a statement, without disclosing the amount found.

“Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit is in contact with the anti-money laundering authorities of the Philippines to track down and bring back rest of the money,” it added.

Philippine authorities have frozen the recovered money following court orders, Bangladesh Bank said.

Bangladesh’s central bank has around $28 billion (roughly Rs. 1,88,721 crores) in foreign currency reserve.

Philippine news website Inquirer.net last week said the nation’s financial regulators were investigating what could be the single largest money laundering case ever uncovered in the country.

It reported that the $100 million was leaked into the Philippine banking system, sold to a black market foreign exchange broker and then transferred to at least three local casinos.

The amount was later sold back to the money broker and moved out to overseas accounts within days.

“The initial report is that some funds went missing in Bangladesh and the suspicion is that this bank – or the central bank of that country, itself – was hit by hackers based in China,” the Inquirer.net said, quoting an unnamed banking source.

The news portal said its findings were backed by at least three government officials and four bankers.

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Tags: Bangladesh, Hack, Hacking, Internet
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