The Lithuanian Ministry of Defense recommends that users avoid buying Chinese phones and throw away the ones they already have. The country’s government cybersecurity agency said on Tuesday that Xiaomi’s flagship phones have built-in ability to detect and censor terms and phrases such as “Free Tibet”, “Long live Taiwan independence”, “democracy movement” and many others.
This feature has been disabled for the European Union on the Xiaomi Mi 10T 5G, however, it can be easily enabled remotely at any time, according to a report from the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense. System apps on Xiaomi devices, including the default internet browser, censor a total of 449 words and terms. This list is constantly updated. In addition, the Xiaomi phone was found to be sending encrypted phone usage data to a server in Singapore.
This is important not only for Lithuania, but also for all countries that use Xiaomi equipment.
Ministry of Defense of Lithuania
A security hole was also found in the Huawei P40 5G smartphone, but a Huawei representative in the Baltic states said that the company’s phones do not send user data to external sources. No such problems were found on OnePlus smartphones.
Deputy Defense Minister Margiris Abukevicius told reporters that they “recommend not buying new Chinese phones and getting rid of those already purchased as soon as possible.”
Relations between Lithuania and China have soured recently, especially after China last month demanded the recall of Lithuania’s ambassador to Beijing.
The creator of the iPod and the Made for iPhone program, Tony Fadell, called Apple a monopoly, and the EU requirement to transfer the iPhone to USB-C is correct
Former Apple Vice President Tony Fadell is the creator of the iPod, who was responsible for developing the original player. Fadell shared his thoughts on the European Union requirements for an iPhone with a USB-C connector. The engineer believes that this is the correct requirement, and also added that Apple is in a monopoly position.
The former Apple VP said he was not concerned about the EU forcing Apple and other smartphone makers to use USB-C as “they’re just forcing Apple to do the right thing.”
In another tweet, Fadell said that this requirement is only being made because Apple has a monopoly. The engineer believes that some regulation and standardization is needed in the interests of consumers, since companies are not always interested in doing “the right thing in the public interest.”
He also noted that getting Apple to change the iPhone’s connector based on the environmental argument is “much easier than a monopoly litigation.” Fadell then said that Apple doesn’t like third parties telling it what to do.
Readers in the comments pointed out that Apple is against USB-C because the company makes a lot of money from the MFi (Made for iPhone/iPad) program for certified accessories. Fadell, who was behind the invention of the program, agreed with them.
The iPhone 14 Plus is being sold at a price below the recommended one from the very first hours. Demand is very small
The iPhone 14 Plus, a large smartphone, went on sale today, which received a large 6.7-inch screen with a refresh rate of only 60 Hz, a resolution of 2778 x 1284 pixels, as well as the Apple A15 single-chip system. This is an enlarged copy of the iPhone 14.
According to Mydrivers, the iPhone 14 Plus is already being sold by various stores for about $55 less than what is listed on Apple’s official website. That is, demand is so small that sellers seem to be going to get rid of previously ordered smartphones as quickly as possible.
According to the official website of Apple in China, the delivery time for the iPhone 14 Plus is 3 business days, but those who wish can pick up the goods from offline stores today, as there are enough stocks. This contrasts sharply with the popularity of the iPhone 14 Pro Max. The current delivery time for the iPhone 14 Pro Max on the official Apple website is 4-5 weeks, and it is out of stock in offline stores.
The battery capacity of the iPhone 14 Plus is 4325 mAh, while the battery of the iPhone 14 has a capacity of 3279 mAh. This is clearly seen when comparing the operating time without recharging. For some browsers, the smartphone easily worked for a couple of days.
iPhone 14 Plus also received a car accident detection function, which allows you to notify the emergency services in the event of an accident.
Sony Xperia 5 IV compact smartphone with IP68, top platform and 5000 mAh battery is already available for pre-order in China
The Sony Xperia 5 IV is now available for pre-order in China from Jingdong, where it is priced at around $920.
This is a flagship with a small screen with a diagonal of 6.1 inches and a body width of 67 mm, which is smaller than the Xiaomi Mi 12S and Samsung Galaxy S22. The device is equipped with a 5000 mAh battery, while it weighs only 172 g, like the iPhone 14.
The Sony Xperia 5 IV uses an OLED HDR screen, the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC, 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of flash memory, three 12 MP image sensors on the rear panel. It supports 30-watt wired charging and wireless of unknown power. The smartphone meets the degree of protection IP68.
In addition, the Sony Xperia 5 IV supports surround sound and Hi-Res audio. There is a 3.5 mm jack and support for DSEE Ultimate and LDAC technologies. The important thing is that in the box there will be not only a charger, but also a data cable. The spokesman said that this was done for reasons of energy conservation, emission reduction and environmental protection.
Sales of new items will begin in October.
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