Hi, welcome to another segment of Last week talking points where we look at key events from the past one week.
iPhone 8 Plus Has the best Smartphone Camera
Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus were completely overshadowed by the release of iPhone X on 12th of September when it was announced. iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 went on sale on Friday last week while iPhone X will be available for preorder on 27th October. It has now emerged that iPhone 8 has the best camera ever on a smartphone trouncing the Google Pixel XL.
According to DXOMARK, the iPhone 8 Plus set a new record of 94 points for a smartphone camera. In comparison, the Google Pixel and HTC U11 have a score of 90. The smaller sibling – iPhone 8 – scored an impressive 92 points. This means the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 8 hold position 1 and 2 respectively.
For videos, the iPhone 8 came second tied with HTC U11 at 89 points. However, it’s not the highest as its beaten by the Google Pixel with an impressive score of 91 points. Its Photo score brew the pixel out of the water with 96 points compare to the Pixels 90 points.
Google Buys HTC (Sort of)
Google has confirmed that they have reached an agreement with HTC for a team of Engineers to join Google as part of their Hardware division. The deal is estimated to have cost $1.1B. The team of engineers in question are already working with Google on the Pixel line of smartphones. On top of the Engineers, Google will get license for HTC intellectual property.
The agreement is meant to bolster google hardware division which is relatively young. HTC is the company that developed Google Pixel, its own flagship smartphone. Google also has other hardware products such as: Google Home, Google WIFI, Daydream View and Chromecast Ultra.
It is important to remember that Google has tried this before with the purchase of Motorola for $12.5B in 2012. The deal didn’t go that well and Google was forced to cut its losses. It sold Motorola to Lenovo for less than $3B in 2014. Google didn’t purchase the entire Mobile division of HTC as many had expected. It seems that HTC will continue to manufacture smartphones at least in the foreseeable future.
Microsoft and Facebook Complete 4000 Mile ‘Marea’ Undersea Cable
Microsoft and Facebook have completed building a 4000 Mile undersea cable connecting Europe and US. The cable connects to Europe at Bilbao in Spain and Virginia Beach in Virginia, USA. The cable runs more than 17000 feet (Approx. 5.2 km) under sea and weights over 10 million pounds (Approx. 4536 Tones).
During the laying of the cable, it encountered obstacles such as undersea volcanoes, earthquake zones, and coral reefs. It uses a route south of existing undersea cable systems to ensure a reliable, constant connection. The cables have a massive bandwidth of 160 Terabytes per second.
Lying more than 17,000 feet below the ocean’s surface, Marea is the most technologically advanced subsea cable to cross the Atlantic Ocean, and the first cable to connect Virginia and Spain, landing in Virginia Beach and Bilbao.
CCleaner Distributed Malwares Infects over 2.3 Million People
Last week, it emerged that hackers took over the Piriform distribution servers. The hackers were to replace the original CCleaner software with one that was malware infested. Avast and Piriform have both confirmed that the Windows 32-bit version of CCleaner v5.33.6162 and CCleaner Cloud v1.07.3191 were affected by the malware.
The malware main intention is to steal your data and send it to the attacker’s remote command-and-control servers. It was discovered on 13th September by security researcher from Cisco Talos. You can learn more about this and other threats in last week’s Malware Watch segment here.
And that wraps up today’s segment of Last Week Talking Points. Have a lovely week and see you next week on Monday for another new segment. Thank you.