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YouTube Content ID Abuse By FUGA Aggregation?

Is FUGA Aggregation committing YouTube Content ID abuse by claiming copyright for music that was provided FREE years ago?

Let’s take a look at what’s going on recently!

 

YouTube Content ID Abuse : What Is It?

Content ID abuse is a constant problem with YouTube, with copyright holders given almost complete control over what is “rightfully theirs”.

Copyright holders use the YouTube Content ID system to identify videos that contain material that belongs to them. They then have the right to :

  • file a copyright claim, to monetise your video
  • take down your video, which slaps your channel with a copyright strike

There are many problems with the Content ID system which opens it to abuse :

  • copyright holders can “take over” and monetise your video even if their content is used in a small segment, or recorded incidentally (background music, for example).
  • copyright holders do not need to prove that they own the copyright to the content they are disputing, which leads to false claims.
  • the 3 strikes rule makes it easy for unscrupulous copyright holders to extort money from YouTube channels to withdraw a copyright strike

Even the BBC highlighted the problem in 2019, sharing how a copyright holder used the YouTube copyright strike feature to extort money, while others are using the copyright claim option to unfairly take over the monetisation of videos created by other people.

 

YouTube Content ID Abuse By FUGA Aggregation?

Now, we come to the recent aggressive Content ID action by FUGA Aggregation over a piece of music called Funky Dream by Fine Haters.

Since October 2018, we have been using a free piece of background music called Clean Sheets by Trout Recording, that was provided as royalty-free music by the Facebook Sound Collection.

Obviously, we never had a single copyright claim for this music.

But starting from 10 March 2021, we started receiving copyright claims by FUGA Aggregation for our videos that used Clean Sheets.

In just 8 days, they issued 14 copyright claims for videos using Clean Sheets, claiming that it was music called Funky Dream by Fine Haters.

Naturally, we disputed their claim, stating that the music was actually Clean Sheets by Trout Recording, and even shared the link to the Facebook Sound Collection where FUGA can check our claims.

So we were really surprised when FUGA “reviewed” our dispute, and rejected it, stating that their claim was “still valid”.

So we did a quick search of Funky Dream, Fine Haters and Kobb Records, and found this video posted on YouTube on 6 March 2021 – just before FUGA started shooting out those copyright claims.

The Funky Dream music was attributed to Fine Haters, and released on 20 February 2021, and was published by Kobb Records.

Amazingly, it was a longer copy of Trout Recording’s Clean Sheets, which was undated but definitely posted in 2018 or earlier. You can download Clean Sheets, and listen for yourself here.

We cannot find any information on the musician or band known as Fine Haters, or the publisher, Kobb Records.

On the other hand, Trout Recording has both a Facebook page and a website.

 

Why We Believe This Is Content ID Abuse By FUGA

Now, both Funky Dream and Clean Sheets sound identical, so Content ID was accurate in this instance.

However, who actually owns the copyright to Funky Dream / Clean Sheets? Trout Recording or Fine Haters?

I definitely believe that Trout Recording would have a better claim, since they released Clean Sheets in 2018, if not much earlier.

But why did FUGA reject our explanation, even though we shared the evidence with them?

The YouTube copyright claim system does not require FUGA to offer us an explanation, so there’s no way to know.

At this point in time, YouTube gave us the option of appealing or replacing the song, neither of which actually works :

  • appealing gives FUGA the right to issue a takedown (with a copyright strike) if they disagree
  • replacing the music destroys the video, because it would overwrite the voice-over

So, like probably 99% of other content creators who get stuck like this – between the Devil and the deep blue sea – the best option is probably to :

  • replace the music even though it destroys the video and voice-over, just to deny FUGA the right to unfairly monetise the video.
  • edit and repost a modified video with different background music.

This is extra work that we will have to do for each and every video that uses Clean Sheets, even though it was provided as royalty-free music years ago, and there is evidence that Funky Dream is just a copy of Clean Sheets.

Ultimately, this is yet another example of how the YouTube Content ID system is being abused…

 

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US Tax : How Much YouTube Income Will You Lose?

YouTube will soon withhold up to 30% of income from non-US creators as tax for the United States!

Find out whether you will be double-taxed, and how much income non-US YouTube creators will lose!

 

YouTube To Tax Non-US Creator Income By Up To 30%!

On 10 March 2021, YouTube creators started getting this email :

We’re reaching out because Google will be required to deduct U.S. taxes from payments to creators outside of the U.S. later this year (as early as June 2021). Over the next few weeks, we’ll be asking you to submit your tax info in AdSense to determine the correct amount of taxes to deduct, if any apply. If your tax info isn’t provided by May 31, 2021, Google may be required to deduct up to 24% of your total earnings worldwide.

Yes, the alert says that up to 24% of your total worldwide earnings may be deducted, but the actual deduction could be as high as 30%.

It all depends on which bracket you fall into :

Those Who Submit US Tax Info

  • Foreign creators : 24% to 30% withholding tax, unless your country has a tax treaty with the US.
  • US creators : 0% withholding tax, because they have to pay taxes on their total income

Those Who Do NOT Submit US Tax Info

  • Business account (Foreign) : 30% withholding tax of US earnings
  • Business account (US Resident) : 24% of total worldwide earnings
  • Individual account (Foreign + US) : 24% of total worldwide earnings

This change only impacts the earnings of non-US YouTube creators, since US creators are already paying taxes on their income.

 

Why Are Non-US Residents Getting Taxed On US Income?

You may not be a US citizen or resident, but the US government requires income generated in the US to be taxed.

Since they cannot tax your income like they would an actual US resident, they require companies to withhold a portion of your US income as tax.

The general idea is that as long as you make money in the US, or from US residents, you must pay tax on that income.

 

Does This Mean Non-US Residents Will Be Double-Taxed?

Check the latest IRS list of countries with income tax treaties with the United States.

Unless your country has a Double Taxation Agreement (DTA) with the United States, yes, you will end up getting double taxed – by the US government and your own government.

Since YouTube will withhold part of your income, the double taxation impact is somewhat lessened because you will only pay your country’s income tax on what’s left over.

That is scant consolation because you are still getting double-taxed, and will end up with considerably less income.

 

How Much Tax Will Non-US YouTube Creators Have To Pay?

How much income non-US YouTube creators will lose depend on four factors :

  • whether they file their US tax info,
  • whether their country has a double tax treaty with the US,
  • whether they are an individual or a company, and
  • how much income they get from US viewers

YouTube shared a hypothetical example, but it is overly optimistic – assuming only 10% US traffic.

So we came up with our own scenarios of 25%, 50%, 75% and 100% US traffic. For simplicity, we eliminated ”discounts” eligible to countries with US tax treaties.

This table we created shows the maximum US withholding tax you have to pay, with a monthly YouTube income of US$1,000.

Tax Deducted From
$1000 Income
% of US Traffic
25% 50% 75% 100%
Did not submit tax info
(24% worldwide)
$240 $240 $240 $240
Individual with Tax Info
(24% US income)
$60 $120 $180 $240
Business with Tax Info
(30% US income)
$75 $150 $225 $300

And this table shows how much income you will receive, after deducting the US tax, from a YouTube income of US$1,000.

Income Per $1,000
After Tax Deduction
% of US Traffic
25% 50% 75% 100%
Did not submit tax info
(24% worldwide)
$760 $760 $760 $760
Individual with Tax Info
(24% US income)
$940 $880 $820 $760
Business with Tax Info
(30% US income)
$925 $850 $775 $700

There is no doubt that this is a massive tax that is going to cut deeply into the income of every non-US YouTube channel, because it is a non-progressive flat tax, with no deductions.

 

What Can You Do About This US Tax By YouTube?

This withholding tax is going to irk a lot of YouTubers who have never stepped foot in the US, or received any benefit from the US government.

More so for non-US creators in countries without a double tax treaty with the US, because they would get double-taxed.

YouTube creators may be incentivised to target non-US viewers by producing more localised content, but ultimately, US traffic still pays the best. So we don’t see shifting focus away from US viewers as a good strategy.

Unfortunately, there is nothing anyone can do but bite down and bear the pain, on top of what has already been a terrible 2020 and 2021.

But if you are ever in the US and get some shit about being a foreigner, I suppose you can send them this smackdown, “I have every right to be here! I pay taxes too!“.

 

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Camera In Professional Hands?

Samsung brought in Rankin and Stefflon Don to showcase the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s camera capabilities.

Take a look at their behind-the-scenes video, and the shots Rankin took with the Galaxy S21 Ultra!

 

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Camera In Professional Hands?

We have always focused on what ordinary folks like us can do with smartphone cameras, but what if you put one in the hands of a professional photographer?

Samsung wanted to showcase the maximum creative possibility of the Galaxy S21 Ultra, so they brought in fashion photographer, Rankin to show us noobs what its camera can really do.

In this video, Rankin and rapper Stefflon Don, put the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra camera to the test!

 

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Camera Professional Photo Samples

As the BTS video shows, photography is all about the photographer and less about the camera, and a great picture involves a fair bit of work.

But it is nevertheless very impressive to see the image quality the Samsung Galaxy S21 delivers.

 

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Camera : Quick Recap

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra comes with an improved quad-camera system, that consists of :

  • a 108 MP main camera, with an f/1.8 aperture
  • a 12 MP ultra-wide camera, with an f/2.2 aperture
  • a 10 MP telephoto camera, with an f/2.4 aperture, and 3X optical zoom, and
  • a 10 MP periscope telephoto camera, with an f/4.9 aperture, and 10X optical zoom

For the first time, it has two 10 MP telephoto cameras – one with 3X optical zoom, and a periscope camera with 10X optical zoom.

It is also the first Samsung smartphone to allow you to shoot in 4K at 60 fps on all front and rear cameras!

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra also comes with other improvements like :

  • Improved 8K Snap, that lets you capture clear images from your 8K video footage
  • Super Steady video now supports 60 fps video recording
  • Single Take lets you capture a variety of still and video formats with a single tap.
    It is now enhanced with new pro-style settings like Highlight Video and Dynamic Slow-Mo
  • New Director’s View that lets you see, switch and select the best shot… LIVE!

 

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra : Where To Buy?

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra comes in three variants globally, with these prices :

  • 12 GB + 128 GB : US$1199.99 / £1149 / A$1849
  • 12 GB + 256 GB : US$1249.99 / £1199 / A$1949 / S$1798 / RM5299
  • 16 GB + 512 GB : US$1379.99 / £1329 / A$2149 / S$1998 / RM5899

There are only two colour options though – Phantom Silver and Phantom Black.

Here are some online purchase / pre-order options :

 

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CNN Reporter Caught Faking Chinese Translation On TV?

Did a CNN reporter get caught lying on live TV about what a Chinese man really said?

Take a look at the viral video, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

CNN Reporter Caught Faking Chinese Translation On TV?

A video clip showing a CNN reporter lying about what a Chinese man said on live TV is going viral, together with this message :

All he said was, “I just finished dinner with friends and want to catch up on my texts.”
If you know Mandarin, you can see how CNN can make up their news.
I can’t believe CNN will go this low.

In the video, the CNN reporter is seen asking a Chinese man why he’s drinking by himself.

The man replied (in Chinese) that he just had dinner with friends and was now, just taking a look at his phone.

But the CNN reporter told the CNN anchor a completely different story,

“Jesus, you can see by the look on his face. This man told me that his family had been taken away, that his brother’s sick, and he can’t get out.”

“And the only thing that’s left to do is drink. And really, I can’t blame him. Poor guy.”

 

No, The CNN Reporter Was Not Faking Chinese Translation Because…

… the truth is this video was edited, and is being used as Chinese propaganda.

In this video, we will show you why this video is NOT real, and is just another piece of Chinese propaganda.

The viral video clip is really a 29 second segment of a much longer video that runs 4 minutes and 19 seconds.

The original video was created by a UK student living in China, who calls himself Comerad James.

He stated clearly in his original video that he wanted to show how easy it was to make fake news.

Anyone watching his video can see that it was intentionally satirical, with the title CNN Global Bullcast, and his nickname there – Comerad James.

You can even see that both the CNN anchor and the CNN reporter are the same person – Comerad James himself.

And note that he even put in all sorts of Easter eggs – GME (GameStop) share price rising 9999%, and chyrons about public alcoholism spiralling out of control because Chinese citizens are giving up hope.

Comerad James created this video to satirise the “lack of integrity” of CNN and BBC in covering news on China.

Ironically, his video ended up being edited and used by Chinese propagandists to malign CNN’s integrity. So much for “integrity”.

The truth is major news organisations like CNN have fact-checkers and native speakers. Such a broadcast would have been caught very quickly, and they would have apologised for it.

If they didn’t, news of this would spread like wildfire and CNN would have been justifiably castigated online. Not just by Chinese citizens and Sinophiles, but also by other media outlets and the public in general.

On the other hand, Chinese propaganda outlets masquerading as news agencies like CGTN have never apologised or corrected themselves, even after they were caught lying.

Heck, the Chinese Foreign Ministry themselves lied publicly to back up CGTN’s false claims.

When you see such videos, THINK TWICE before forwarding them. You could be helping to propagate Chinese fake news / propaganda.

But feel free to share them with us, so we can fact-check them.

 

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra : Dual Zoom + Audio Zoom Review

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra boasts a new Dual Zoom capability, as well as Audio Zoom, for improved video recording.

Take a look at our 1080p and 4K video samples, and find out how well they really work in real life!

 

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra : Dual Zoom + Audio Zoom

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra comes with an improved quad-camera system, that consists of :

  • a 108 MP main camera, with an f/1.8 aperture
  • a 12 MP ultra-wide camera, with an f/2.2 aperture
  • a 10 MP telephoto camera, with an f/2.4 aperture, and 3X optical zoom, and
  • a 10 MP periscope telephoto camera, with an f/4.9 aperture, and 10X optical zoom

For the first time, it has two 10 MP telephoto cameras – one with 3X optical zoom, and a periscope camera with 10X optical zoom.

The Dual Zoom capability refers to the ability to smoothly switch from the 3X telephoto camera, to the 10X periscope camera, with AI-enhanced Super Resolution to deliver sharper, stabilised video.

Its Audio Zoom capability isn’t new, having been first introduced in the Galaxy S10 series. It uses the triple microphones to change the range of sound captured as you “zoom” into the action. This lets you “focus” on the subject that you are recording, and reducing ambient noise.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra also comes with other improvements like :

  • Improved 8K Snap, that lets you capture clear images from your 8K video footage
  • Super Steady video now supports 60 fps video recording
  • Single Take lets you capture a variety of still and video formats with a single tap.
    It is now enhanced with new pro-style settings like Highlight Video and Dynamic Slow-Mo
  • New Director’s View that lets you see, switch and select the best shot… LIVE!

The Galaxy S21 Ultra is also the first Samsung smartphone to allow you to shoot in 4K at 60 fps on all front and rear cameras!

 

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra : Dual Zoom + Audio Zoom Examined!

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra can zoom at up to 20X while recording 1080p video at up to 60 fps, and 4K video at up to 30 fps.

So we recorded a series of handheld video clips in both 1080p at 60 fps, and 4K at 30 fps, to test its Dual Zoom and Audio Zoom capabilities.

By default, the Samsung Camera app offers zoom presets of 0.6X, 1.0X, 3.0X and 10X.

You can use pinch-to-zoom further, or you can do a long press on any of the presets to get access to a wider range of zoom presets – 0.6X, 1.0X, 2.0X, 4.0X, 10X and 20X.

Dual Zoom + Audio Zoom @ 1080p (60 fps)

At 1080p, handheld image stabilisation was very good, except at 20X zoom where you can see some visible handshake.

That said, the handshake at 20X is really quite minimal, compared to older stabilised cameras and even worse, unstabilised cameras!

The best test of Audio Zoom can be heard in the Chinese New Year concourse clip. Notice how the music from the concourse gets louder as we zoom in, and fade out as we zoom out.

Dual Zoom + Audio Zoom @ 4K (30 fps)

At 4K, handheld image stabilisation was very good at up to 4X, and pretty good at 10X. At 20X zoom, there was visible handshake, but it was really quite acceptable.

Of course, for best image quality, you should stick to 10X zoom. 20X at 4K looks a little blur, so the extra resolution at 4K doesn’t help at all.

Another good example of Audio Zoom is at the playground. Even though it’s empty, the bird chirps get louder as we zoom in, and fade out as we zoom out.

 

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra : Dual Zoom + Audio Zoom Verdict!

Dual Zoom is just a fancy name for the ability to switch between the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s two telephoto lenses.

Naturally, you want to use the 3X telephoto camera with its much wider aperture, and only switch to the 10X periscope lens with its narrower aperture when you need the extra reach.

Its AI-enhanced Super Resolution feature enhances image quality in the zoom gap between 3X optical zoom and 10X optical zoom.

While most people are not aware of Audio Zoom, it can greatly enhance the overall audio quality of the video, by focusing on subject in focus.

Thanks to these two features, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra arguably delivers the best video recording capabilities for a smartphone today.

 

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra : Where To Buy?

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra comes in three variants globally, with these prices :

  • 12 GB + 128 GB : US$1199.99 / £1149 / A$1849
  • 12 GB + 256 GB : US$1249.99 / £1199 / A$1949 / S$1798 / RM5299
  • 16 GB + 512 GB : US$1379.99 / £1329 / A$2149 / S$1998 / RM5899

There are only two colour options though – Phantom Silver and Phantom Black.

Here are some online purchase / pre-order options :

 

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Nokia 3.4 Camera New Year Failure : How To Fix It?

Nokia 3.4 users received a New Year surprise, when its camera stopped working from New Year 2021 onwards!

Find out what happened, and the two workarounds you can try!

 

Nokia 3.4 Camera Started Crashing On New Year 2021!

Many Nokia 3.4 users are complaining that their camera stopped working around New Year 2021 – either on the eve – 31 December 2020, or New Year’s Day – 1 January 2021.

Specifically, the Nokia camera app would crash within a second of opening it. Those who managed to take a shot before it crashed would only get a photo of a grey square.

Like the camera failures affecting the Nokia 8.3 5G, the problem partly due to the recent firmware updates, but the problem only manifested around New Year 2021.

In fact, it will affect brand new Nokia 3.4 phones that were sold and opened up on and after 1 January 2021.

 

Nokia 3.4 Camera New Year Bug Workarounds

Restarting the phone won’t help, and even a soft reset or hard reset won’t work.

It appears that the Nokia 3.4 camera malfunction is a date bug (like the famous Y2K or Millennium Bug) affecting their Camera app version 97.10.1400.01.

Nokia says they are working on a fix, but until they release a working update, here are two ways to fix the Nokia 3.4 camera failure.

Use A Third-Party App

The Nokia 3.4 camera is still functioning – it’s just their Camera app that’s broken.

So you can use a messaging app like WhatsApp or Telegram to take photos and videos.

However, you may not get the full resolution or quality since these apps use a much lower photo and video resolution to reduce file size.

The best option is to use a third-party camera app like Open Camera or the Google Camera port.

Change The Date

Another way is to change the date on your affected Nokia smartphone :

  1. Go to Settings > System > Date & time
  2. Turn off Network-Provided Date & Time.
  3. Change the date to either :
    a) 30 December 2020 or earlier
    b) 2 January 2021 or later

After that, the Nokia camera app will run properly. But it won’t do to keep running with the wrong date.

  1. Open and then close the Camera app
  2. Go to Settings > System > Date & time
  3. Turn on Network-Provided Date & Time.

This should let you use the Nokia 3.4 smartphone with the proper date, and a usable camera app, albeit with Scene Detection disabled.

 

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Nokia 8.3 Camera New Year Failure : How To Fix It!

Nokia 8.3 5G users received a New Year surprise, when its camera stopped working from New Year 2021 onwards.

Find out what happened, and the two workarounds you can try!

 

Nokia 8.3 5G Camera Crashes On New Year 2021!

Many Nokia 8.3 5G users are complaining that their camera stopped working on around New Year 2021 – either on the eve – 31 December 2020, or New Year’s Day – 1 January 2021.

Specifically, the Nokia camera app would crash within a second of opening it. Those who managed to take a shot before it crashed would only get a photo of a grey square.

At first, they thought it might have been the October or December 2020 update, but oddly enough – the camera only failed on either on 31 December 2020, or 1 January 2021.

Two different people also reported that they bought the Nokia 8.3 5G on 31 December 2020 and 1 January 2021, and the camera on both phones didn’t work either.

Restarting the phone or soft-resetting it won’t work. Even a hard reset that a German user, Gabriel Steinecker, tried did NOT work.

Eventually, it was discovered that the Nokia 8.3 5G’s physical camera was working fine. It was the Nokia camera app that did not work. Third party apps like WhatsApp and Telegram, for example, could still take photos and videos.

 

Nokia 8.3 5G Camera New Year Bug Workarounds

The Nokia 8.3 5G camera malfunction seems to be a date bug (like the famous Y2K or Millennium Bug) affecting their Camera app version 97.10.1400.01.

In fact, it could be affecting more than just Nokia 8.3 5G users. The problem also affects the Nokia 3.4 smartphone.

Nokia says they are working on a fix, but until they release a working update, here are two ways to fix the Nokia 4.3 camera failure.

Use A Third-Party App

The Nokia 8.3 5G camera is still functioning – it’s just their Camera app that’s broken.

So you can use a messaging app like WhatsApp or Telegram to take photos and videos.

However, you may not get the full resolution or quality since these apps use a much lower photo and video resolution to reduce file size.

The best option is to use a third-party camera app like Open Camera or the Google Camera port.

Change The Date

Another way is to change the date on your affected Nokia smartphone :

  1. Go to Settings > System > Date & time
  2. Turn off Network-Provided Date & Time.
  3. Change the date to either :
    a) 30 December 2020 or earlier
    b) 2 January 2021 or later

After that, the Nokia camera app will run properly. But it won’t do to keep running with the wrong date.

  1. Open the Camera app and go to its Settings
  2. Disable Scene Detection
  3. Close the Camera app
  4. Go to Settings > System > Date & time
  5. Turn on Network-Provided Date & Time.

This should let you use the Nokia 8.3 smartphone with the proper date, and a usable camera app, albeit with Scene Detection disabled.

 

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Photography Contest : Win Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro / Photo Printer!

In collaboration with the National Art Gallery of Malaysia, Xiaomi is sponsoring an online photography contest – Good Things During Bad Times!

Give it a try, and you could win a Mi 10T Pro smartphone, or a Mi Pocket Photo Printer!

 

Photography Contest : Win Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro / Photo Printer!

Xiaomi Malaysia wants Malaysians to appreciate the little things in life through their new Good Things During Bad Times photography contest, in collaboration with the National Art Gallery of Malaysia.

Just capture the positive side of your life during these unprecedented times, and share it with Xiaomi Malaysia and the National Art Gallery!

All you have to do is :

  1. Take an original photo that best reflects the contest theme.
  2. Post the photo on your Instagram Feed, with these hashtags and make sure your Instagram Profile is set to Public :
    #GoodThingsDuringBadTimes #Xiaomi #Mi10TSeries #BalaiSeniNegara #PowerYourCreativity
  3. LIKE and FOLLOW Xiaomi Malaysia’s Instagram account (https://www.instagram.com/xiaomi.malaysia)

The top 25 entries will not only win great prizes, they will be displayed on the National Art Gallery of Malaysia’s website!

 

Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro / Photo Printer Photography Contest Details!

For those who are interested to participate, here are the details :

Eligibility

The contest is open to any individual who fulfils these criteria :

  • Malaysian citizens aged 13 and above nly
  • Participants can use any camera and mobile phone
  • Participants can only participate by posting a photo on Instagram Feed
  • All submissions must include the official hashtags :
    #GoodThingsDuringBadTimes #Xiaomi #Mi10TSeries #BalaiSeniNegara #PowerYourCreativity
  • Only PUBLIC Instagram accounts will be accepted, PRIVATE Instagram accounts will not be accepted.
  • Participants must LIKE and FOLLOW Xiaomi Malaysia Official Instagram account (https://www.instagram.com/xiaomi.malaysia)
  • Xiaomi staff, dealers (inclusive of Mi Stores, MEPs, Mi Zones and Open Channels) and their staff and relatives, are not entitled to participate.
  • Xiaomi Malaysia reserves the right to verify the eligibility of any participant, and disqualify any participant who do not meet the eligibility criteria.

Contest Period

  • Only submissions made during the contest period, and before the closing deadline, are eligible to participate :
    15 December 2020 (00:00, GMT+8) to 31 December 2020 (23:59, GMT+8).
  • Xiaomi Malaysia reserves the right and absolute discretion to suspend or extend the contest period for any reason at any time, without any liability.

Entry Submissions

  • There is no limit as to how many entries a participant may submit.

Prizes

  • Grand Prizes : 5 x Mi 10T Pro 5G (worth RM1,999)
  • 2nd Prizes : 20 x Mi Pocket Photo Printer (worth RM249)
  • All winners with submissions containing Xiaomi watermark will be entitled to a bonus prize.
  • Xiaomi reserves the right to replace any prizes with items of similar value without prior notice.
  • Prizes are non-refundable, non-transferable, non-exchangeable, and not redeemable for cash.
  • Any prize not claimed within 60 days of notification (starting from when the results are announced) will be forfeited. No alternatives will be offered.
  • Xiaomi Malaysia reserves the right to re-select the winners.

Winner Notification

  • Winners will be announced on Thursday, 6 January 2021, at 12:00 (GMT+8)
  • Winners will be notified and contacted through their Instagram account.
  • Prizes are not transferable nor exchangeable.
  • In the event Xiaomi Malaysia is unable to contact a winner within 3 working days for any reason, the prize for that winner will be forfeited with no alternatives, at the sole discretion of Xiaomi Malaysia.

 

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Did China Create This Amazing Female Dancing Robot?

Did China create this amazing female dancing robot for a dance show in Shanghai?

Watch the viral video for yourself, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Did China Create This Amazing Dancing Robot?

Here is the video that countless people have been sharing on social media and even on YouTube. It is often paired with a short explanation in (broken) English.

Can u believe that this female dancer is robot ? The dance was held in Shanghai n it lasted only 5 minutes but the queue was 4hrs n cost 499 Yuan!

It has surpassed Japan in complexity, and saw its perfect facial expressions. Send this video to everyone to watch, let us enjoy together…

 

Amazing Female Dancing Robot : The Truth

The agility and grace of this female dancing robot, and its facial expressions, are incredible.

The less gullible would point out that it is something you would only expect from a real human being, and they would be right.

Fact #1 : That Is A Video Of A WDSF Competition

That is actually a video clip from the 2018 World Dance Sport Federation Championship in Lithuania.

The initials WDSF (World Dance Sport Federation) can be seen, together with the recording date at the upper left corner of the video.

Fact #2 : The Dance Only Lasted A Minute

The dance in the video only lasted just over a minute, even though the accompanying fake message claimed it lasted for 5 minutes.

Fact #3 : Those Are Lithuanian Dance Champions

Both dancers are very human. In fact, they are Lithuanian dance champions Ieva Zukauskaite (female), and Evaldas Sodeika (male).

Fact #4 : 499 Yuan Was The Entry Price To Shanghai Disneyland

The fake story claimed that the ticket to watch this performance costs 499 Yuan – about US$73 / £55 / RM303. That would be ridiculously exorbitant for a short dance.

In truth, that was “copied” from the two earlier hoaxes (here and here) about robot dancers at the Shanghai Disneyland.

Even that was not accurate, because 499 Yuan was the cost of an entry ticket to the Shanghai Disneyland when it first opened in February 2016.

Since 6 June 2018, it has been priced at 399 Yuan (off-peak), 575 Yuan (peak) and 665 Yuan (peak holiday).

 

Why Would Someone Create This Fake Story?

With China’s aggressive foreign stance in recent years, it is not uncommon to see such fake stories being created and shared.

Some believe it’s part of a concerted attempt to burnish China’s image overseas.

Others believe the many fake stories are being created to drown out the negative coverage of China’s controversial Belt and Road Initiative, and their aggressive moves in the South China Sea.

Whatever the reasons may be, it is our duty as global citizens to stop the proliferation of such fake stories.

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Fact Check : Amazing Robot Dancers At Shanghai Disneyland!

Did China create these amazing robot dancers at the Shanghai Disneyland, beating even the Japanese?

Watch the viral clip for yourself, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : China Created Classic Robot Dancers At Shanghai Disneyland!

Here is the video that countless people have been sharing on social media and even on YouTube. It is often paired with a short explanation in (broken) English.

This classic dance is only created in China and broadcast in Shanghai Disneyland. They are not female dance artists, but all robots made in China.

The performance time is only about 5 minutes, but the ticket queue time takes 4 hours , The ticket price is 499 yuan.

It has surpassed Japan in complexity, and saw its perfect facial expressions. Send this video to everyone to watch, let us enjoy together…

 

Classic Robot Dancers At Shanghai Disneyland : The Truth

The agility and grace of these classic robot dancers at Shanghai Disneyland is amazing.

The less gullible would point out that it is something you would only expect from professional human dancers, and they would be right.

Fact #1 : That Is A Video Of A CBDF Competition

That is actually a video clip from one of the many competitions organised and broadcast by the CBDF (Chinese Ballroom Dance Federation).

Although we cannot ascertain who the dancers are, you can see the CBDF logo in the background, at 4:06 and 4:41.

No robot made today can match their agility and grace.

Fact #2 : 499 Yuan Was The Entry Price To Shanghai Disneyland

The fake story claimed that the ticket to watch this performance costs 499 Yuan – about US$73 / £55 / RM303. That would be ridiculously exorbitant for a single show.

In truth, that was the cost of an entry ticket to the Shanghai Disneyland when it first opened in February 2016.

Since 6 June 2018, it has been priced at 399 Yuan (off-peak), 575 Yuan (peak) and 665 Yuan (peak holiday).

Fact #3 : Disneyland Does Not Charge Extra To Watch Certain Shows

Anyone who has been to Disneyland knows that the entry fee is pricey. That’s because it covers all rides and shows inside Disneyland.

You only need to pay for food and drinks, and arcade games. Or if you opt to purchase Disney Fastpasses (Fastpass, FastPass+, MaxPass) to bypass long queues at popular rides or shows.

Otherwise, all rides and shows are free to enjoy once you enter Disneyland.

 

Why Would Someone Create This Fake Story?

With China’s aggressive foreign stance in recent years, it is not uncommon to see such fake stories being created and shared.

Some believe it’s part of a concerted attempt to burnish China’s image overseas.

Others believe the many fake stories are being created to drown out the negative coverage of China’s controversial Belt and Road Initiative, and their aggressive moves in the South China Sea.

Whatever the reasons may be, it is our duty as global citizens to stop the proliferation of such fake stories.

Please share this debunking with your friends, so they know the truth!

 

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : How Good Is Its Main Camera?

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 only comes with a 12 MP main camera, but you will be really surprised at how good its camera really is!

Learn more about its 12 MP Sony IMX555 main camera, and take a look at the photo samples we took!

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : Sony IMX555 Main Camera

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 comes with the same 12 MP main camera as the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20 FE.

Built around the Sony IMX555 sensor, it has a wide f/1.8 aperture. Let’s take a look at how good this camera really is.

The Sony IMX555 is a 12.2 MP CMOS sensor, with a square pixel array of 4032 x 3024 pixels.

This is a Dual Pixel sensor, which means it uses dual photodiodes in every pixel for faster and more accurate phase-detection autofocus.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 supports the new HEIC file format, so each 12 MP picture is only about 2-3 MB in size – about half of the usual JPEG file format.

That basically means you can store twice as many photos as you would with an older smartphone.

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : How Good Is Its Camera?

Even though we are under a CMCO lockdown, we had the opportunity to test the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2’s main camera out.

Here are eight high-resolution Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 photo samples for you to check out.

For faster loading, we reduced the resolution, but they are otherwise unedited.

We are glad that Samsung did not skimp on the main camera, using the same Sony IMX555 sensor and wide f/1.8 aperture as the Galaxy S20.

The detail and colour rendition of this camera is really good, with fast autofocus, courtesy of its Dual Pixel capability.

The wide f/1.8 aperture is great for bokeh and low-light photography, but it introduces a very narrow depth of field.

So be very careful when you take close-up shots, as you can end up with the shot focused on the wrong subject.

To be sure, tap on the subject you want, so the Galaxy Z Fold 2 “knows” what you want to focus on.

If you can keep that in mind, you will end up with very nice shots from the Galaxy Z Fold 2!

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 : Price + Availability

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is offered in two colour options – Mystic Brown and Mystic Black.

It is available globally from September 2020 onwards, at these recommended retail prices :

  • Malaysia : RM 7,999 (25 September 2020)
  • Singapore : S$2,888 (18 September 2020)
  • United States : US$1,999 (18 September 2020)
  • United Kingdom : £1,799
  • Australia : A$2,999 (25 September 2020)

Here are online purchase options :

 

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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE : How Good Is Its Camera?

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE only comes with a 12 MP main camera, but you will be really surprised at how good its camera really is!

Learn a little more about its 12 MP main camera, and take a look at a few photo samples we managed to take!

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE : Sony IMX555 Main Camera

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE comes with the same 12 MP main camera as the Galaxy S20, featuring the Sony IMX555 sensor, and a wide f/1.8 aperture.

In this article, we are going to take a look at how good this camera really is.

The Sony IMX555 is a 12.2 MP CMOS sensor, with a square pixel array of 4032 x 3024 pixels.

This is a Dual Pixel sensor, which means it uses dual photodiodes in every pixel for faster and more accurate phase-detection autofocus.

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE supports the new HEIC file format, so each 12 MP picture is only about 2-3 MB in size. That’s about half the size of the usual JPEG file format.

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE : How Good Is Its Camera?

Even though we are under a CMCO lockdown, we had the opportunity to test the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE’s main camera out.

Here are eight high-resolution Samsung Galaxy S20 FE photo samples for you to check out.

For faster loading, we reduced the resolution, but they are otherwise unedited.

We are glad that Samsung did not skimp on the main camera, using the same Sony IMX555 sensor and wide f/1.8 aperture as the original S20.

The detail and colour rendition of this camera is really good, with fast autofocus, courtesy of its Dual Pixel capability.

The wide f/1.8 aperture is great for bokeh and low-light photography, but it introduces a very narrow depth of field.

So you need to take care when you take close-up shots, as you can end up with the shot focused on the wrong subject. To be sure, tap on the subject you want so the Galaxy S20 FE “knows” what you want to focus on.

If you can keep that in mind, you will end up with very nice shots from the Galaxy S20 FE!

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G : Price + Availability

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G is available in these six colour options, from left to right : Cloud Mint, Cloud Navy, Cloud Lavender, Cloud Red, Cloud Orange and Cloud White.

Here are the Galaxy S20 FE’s official price list in various countries :

  • Malaysia : RM3,399 (about US$815 / £640 / A$1159 / S$1122)
  • United States : $699.99
  • United Kingdom : £699
  • Australia : A$999

Here are online purchase options :

 

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Samsung Galaxy Note20 Night Mode Guide

Samsung Galaxy Note20 and Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G smartphones have a Night mode, which promises to deliver superior picture quality in very low light conditions!

Find out how to use Night Mode in the Samsung Galaxy Note20 family of smartphones!

 

Samsung Galaxy Note20 Night Mode : What Is It?

The Samsung Galaxy Note20 and Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G smartphones have a Night Mode that delivers unprecedented picture quality in low or dim lighting conditions.

When you take a photo using the Night Mode, it takes up to 30 photos in rapid succession, and intelligently combines them using multi-frame processing to produce one bright and clear photo.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note20 Night Mode : How To Use It?

Here is a quick guide on how to use the Night Mode on your Galaxy Note20 or Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G smartphone :

  1. Open the Camera app in your Galaxy Note20 / Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G smartphone
  2. Swipe to the left, and tap More.
  3. Tap NIGHT, to enable the Night Mode.
  4. Tap the Zoom icons if you want to get a closer shot.
  5. Tap the Capture button when you are ready to take a photo!

 

Samsung Galaxy Note20 Night Mode : How Effective Is It?

Here is a shot taken by the Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G smartphone, with and without Night Mode.

We set up this scene, placing a dim and indirect light source at a distance on the right side. Perceptually, the picture on the left is close to what we see with our naked eye.

Without Night Mode, the scene is much darker.

Ice Bear appears a little blur and you can barely make out Grizzly’s right hand. The Minion’s hand being bitten by the crab is hardly visible too.

Darth Minion is the worst case scenario – you can’t even make out his shape, just white eyes and belt buckle.

But once you turn on Night Mode, look at how much brighter it looks!

Not only can you see Darth Minion clearly, you can even see the texture of the surface they are standing on clearly.

Ice Bear is sharper, and Grizzly’s right hand is now clearly seen. Even the Minion’s hand being bitten by the red crab is clearly visible.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note20 Night Mode : Gua Tempurung

Take a look at some sample pictures we took inside Gua Tempurung, a massive cave system south of Ipoh.

Those who have been in there will know just how dark it really is, even with lamp posts placed along the way.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note20 : Where To Buy In Malaysia?

Samsung is offering these models with these specifications :

  • Samsung Galaxy Note20 (8 GB + 256 GB) : RM 3,899
  • Samsung Galaxy Note20 5G (8 GB + 256 GB) : RM 4,299

Here are the direct online purchase links (desktop / mobile) for Malaysia :

Here are the direct online purchase links (mobile) for Malaysia :

 

Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G : Where To Buy In Malaysia?

Samsung is offering one model with these specifications :

  • Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G (12 GB + 256 GB) : RM 5,199

Here are the direct online purchase links (desktop / mobile) for Malaysia :

Here are the direct online purchase links (mobile) for Malaysia :

 

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Nikon Malaysia Ceases Operation On 1 January 2021!

Nikon Malaysia today announced that they were calling it quits, and will shut down on 1 January 2021.

Here is what you need to know about Nikon’s decision to cease having an official presence in Malaysia…

 

Nikon Malaysia Ceases Operation On 1 January 2021!

Nikon (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. today announced that they will cease operations on 1 January 2021, with their last business day on 31 December 2020.

That marks the end of almost 19 years of presence in Malaysia – Nikon Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. was established in April 2001.

The writing has been on the wall for sometime now… the photography market has been hammered by the ubiquitousness of smartphone cameras, and even mirrorless cameras cannot stop the haemorrhage.

As sad as it may be for Nikon users, it comes to no surprise that Nikon Malaysia has decided to call it quits.

 

Two Distributors Take Over Nikon Business In Malaysia

Don’t worry if you are a Nikon fan. They are not leaving you high and dry.

You will still be able to purchase Nikon cameras and lenses, and get your photography gear serviced.

From 1 January 2021 onwards, Nikon business in Malaysia will be handled by two authorised distributors :

 

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Fact Check : Avoiding The Future Plague, The Viral 1956 PSA!

The 1956 PSA – Avoiding The Future Plague – is going viral on social media for its amazingly prescient look at the world today, and the COVID-19 pandemic!

Take a look at this PSA from the 1950s, and find out if it truly predicted everything from the Internet, social media and COVID-19!

 

The Viral 1956 PSA : Avoiding The Future Plague

Avoiding The Future Plague is purportedly a PSA (Public Service Announcement) from 1956.

It went viral because it was extremely prescient, predicting everything from maglev trains, the Internet, the smartphone, and transatlantic flights.

It even accurately predicts that by 2020, a new virus will arise in Asia and spread across the world.

It also claims that there is a solution, a way to avoid this future plague, but the clip ends with the rest of the footage missing, after an advertisement.

 

Avoiding The Future Plague : The Truth About This Viral PSA

The production quality is very good, but this isn’t an actual PSA from the 1950s. Here are the facts…

Fact #1 : The Video Was Created In February 2020

Avoiding The Future Plague is really a joke video created by the YouTuber, RamsesThePigeon.

He posted the video on 29 February 2020, stating that :

It’s hilarious to look back on what people from the 1950s thought the future would be like!

Also, yes, I only threw this together because I wanted to have a video upload on February 29th.

He even dropped a hint in the beginning – the production date of the video is also February 29.

Fact #2 : It’s A Mash-Up Of Archival Footage

He created it from archival and public domain footage from the 1940s and 1950s, sharing that :

Archival and public domain footage was acquired from Archive.org.

Fact #3 : Doeskin Kitchen Napkins Actually Exist!

Believe it or not, Doeskin Kitchen Napkins actually exist!

And the “sponsor’s message” in the video is a genuine Doeskin advertisement from 1954.

 

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Samsung Galaxy Note20 Series Camera Technologies : What’s New?

The new Samsung Galaxy Note20 and Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G smartphones come with a brand new camera system, with larger high-resolution sensors, and improved Space Zoom technology!

Let’s take a look at the new camera technologies in the Samsung Galaxy Note20 family of smartphones!

 

Samsung Galaxy Note20 Series Camera : Ultra-High Resolution

The Samsung Galaxy Note20 series smartphones come with new ultra-high resolution cameras :

The ultra-high resolution photos they take allow you to zoom in, and crop a section you want, without losing any detail in that picture!

Samsung did not just increase the number of pixels on their sensors, they also greatly increased the sensor size. This increases the amount of light each pixel receives, so that they will deliver better image quality, even in low-light conditions.

Camera Galaxy
Note10+
Galaxy
Note20
Galaxy
Note20 Ultra 5G
Main
(Wide Angle)
12 MP resolution
1/2.55-inch sensor
12 MP resolution
1/1.76-inch sensor
108 MP resolution
1/1.33-inch sensor
Ultra-Wide 16 MP resolution
1/3.1-inch sensor
12 MP resolution
1/2.55-inch sensor
12 MP resolution
1/2.55-inch sensor
Telephoto 12 MP resolution
1/3.6-inch sensor
64 MP resolution
1/1.72-inch sensor
12 MP resolution
1/3.6-inch sensor

 

Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G Camera : Nonacell Technology

The 108MP Samsung HM1 image sensor in the Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G comes with Nonacell technology, which combines groups of nine pixels into much larger 2.4μm pixels.

This gives you a 12 MP picture instead of an 108 MP picture, but each pixel will receive 9X more light for much better clarity in low-light conditions!

In addition, Nonacell uses the Samsung ISOCELL Plus technology to dramatically reduce crosstalk, optical loss and light reflection that happens when pixels are combined.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note20 Series Camera : Space Zoom Technology

The Samsung Space Zoom Technology combines their improved Hybrid Optic Zoom (Note20) or Optical Zoom (Note20 Ultra 5G), with AI multi-frame processing enhancements to give you incredible zoom ranges.

In addition to their incredible zoom ranges, the improved Samsung Space Zoom features smooth transitions between presets, and a manual zoom mode.

They both allow for more professional videos, with greater creative options.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note20 : Where To Buy In Malaysia?

Samsung is offering these models with these specifications :

  • Samsung Galaxy Note20 (8 GB + 256 GB) : RM 3,899
  • Samsung Galaxy Note20 5G (8 GB + 256 GB) : RM 4,299

Here are the direct online purchase links (desktop / mobile) for Malaysia :

Here are the direct online purchase links (mobile) for Malaysia :

 

Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G : Where To Buy In Malaysia?

Samsung is offering one model with these specifications :

  • Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G (12 GB + 256 GB) : RM 5,199

Here are the direct online purchase links (desktop / mobile) for Malaysia :

Here are the direct online purchase links (mobile) for Malaysia :

 

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Nokia 8.3 5G – No Time To Die Photoshoot : Behind The Scene

HMD Global partnered with the upcoming Bond movie – No Time To Die – to market their Nokia 8.3 5G smartphone with a photoshoot.

Watch the behind-the-scenes video for a look at how much effort they went into this photoshoot, and the final output from the Nokia 8.3 5G smartphone!

 

Nokia 8.3 5G : No Time To Die Marketing Photoshoot

In March 2020, just before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, HMD Global announced that they won the rights to be the official phone partner for the 25th James Bond movie – No Time To Die.

This bought them the right to include into the movie, both the iconic Nokia 3310 and the Nokia 8.3 5G – their upcoming 5G smartphone with a PureView quad camera system featuring ZEISS optics.

The partnership also bought them the rights to an exclusive No Time To Die marketing photoshoot with Lashana Lynch, who plays 00 agent Nomi in the movie.

We should point out that while the Nokia 8.3 5G was featured in the movie and this photoshoot, it was not used to actually film any part of the movie.

Even for this photoshoot, the amount of preparation is incredible and really elaborate. They even brought in social media photographer Ben MacLean to take the photo at the iconic Pinewood Studios, with a 30-foot rig suspending him in the air.

 

Nokia 8.3 5G : The Ultimate Shot

Here is the ultimate shot that Ben MacLean took at No Time To Die photoshoot using the Nokia 8.3 5G smartphone.

Impressive! But if you are planning to buy the Nokia 8.3 5G because you think it will let you take such photos, you will be sorely disappointed.

It would be remiss of us not to remind you all of the elaborate preparation and lighting needed to achieve that shot.

Of course, that’s the purpose of such marketing efforts – to convince you of what’s potentially achievable with a lot of effort… not what most users will end up with.

That’s why we make sure that our smartphone reviews include real world photo and video samples taken on-the-go like normal people.

Here are a selection of our smartphone reviews you can check out :

 

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GoPro HERO 9 Black : A Hands-On Preview!

GoPro just launched the HERO 9 Black, boasting More Everything! and we managed to check it out up close!

So here is our hands-on preview of the new GoPro HERO 9 Black action camera!

 

GoPro HERO 9 Black : What’s New?

The GoPro HERO 9 Black features a new sensor that deliver 5K video and 20 MP photos, together with HyperSmooth 3.0 video stabilisation, a new front-facing display, a larger rear display, and 30% longer battery life.

To complement the HERO9 Black, GoPro also introduced a number of mods, including a Max Lens Mod, a Max SuperView mod, a Media Mod, a Display Mod and a Light Mod.

 

GoPro HERO 9 Black : Our Hands-On Experience!

We had a short time with the GoPro HERO 9 Black, and here is our quick hands-on experience video!

And here is a summary of the GoPro HERO 9 Black’s key features :

  • New 20 MP image sensor
  • Video Recording Formats : 5K30, 4K60, 2.7K120, 1440p120, 1080p240 and more
  • Photo Resolution : 20 MP maximum
  • 1.4-inch front colour display, with live preview and status modes
  • 2.27-inch rear touch display, with touch zoom
  • 30% longer battery life, with improved cold weather performance
  • Removable, rechargeable battery
  • HyperSmooth 3.0 with in-camera horizon leveling
  • TimeWarp 3.0 featuring Real Speed, and Half Speed
  • 1080p Live Streaming
  • 1080p Webcam Mode
  • Power Tools : HindSight, LiveBurst, Scheduled Capture, Duration Capture
  • SuperPhoto + HDR Night lapse video
  • RAW photos
  • Digital lenses
  • Voice control with 14 commands in 11 languages + 6 accents
  • 3 microphones with advanced wind-noise reduction
  • Stereo + RAW audio
  • Larger speaker for improved audio playback
  • Removable lens cover
  • Built-in folding mounting fingers
  • Rugger + waterproof to 10 meters (33 feet)

 

GoPro HERO 9 Black : New Mods

GoPro is introducing a slew of new mods to complement the HERO 9 Black action camera :

Available in October 2020, the Max Lens Mod adds Max HyperSmooth video stabilisation and low-distortion, ultra-wide Max SuperView at up to 2.7K60 resolution. It also allows for horizon lock no matter how the camera is rotated.

The Media Mod, available starting 16 September 2020, adds these features to the HERO 9 Black :

  • a built-in directional mic with wind suppression
  • 2 cold-shoe mounts (for the Display Mod and Light Mod)
  • weather-resistant construction

The GoPro HERO 9 Black will still support these two existing mods :

The Display Mod adds these features to the HERO 9 Black :

  • a 2-inch flip-up screen for easier vlogging
  • built-in rechargeable battery and micro-HDMI connector

The Light Mod adds these features to the HERO 9 Black :

  • 4 levels of brightness – up to 200 lumens at 1 meter
  • waterproof up to 10 meters (33 feet)
  • built-in rechargeable battery (up to 6 hours)

 

GoPro HERO 9 Black : Price + Availability

The GoPro HERO 9 Black is available for purchase starting today, together with these mods coming soon :

  • HERO9 Black : US$449.99 | £429.99 | A$599 | S$680 | RM2099
  • HERO9 Black Max Lens Mod : US$99.99 | ~£77 | ~A$137 | ~S$136 | ~RM414
  • HERO9 Black Media Mod : US$79.99 | ~£62 | ~A$109 | ~S$109 | ~RM331
  • HERO9 Black Display Mod : US$79.99 | ~£62 | ~A$109 | ~S$109 | RM399
  • HERO9 Black Light Mod : US$49.99 | ~£39 | ~A$68 | ~S$68 | RM249

Here are online purchase options for the GoPro HERO 9 Black :

 

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GoPro HERO 9 Black : Price + Launch Deal in Malaysia!

GoPro just launched the HERO 9 Black in Malaysia, featuring “more everything” and a slew of new mods!

Here is what you need to know about the new GoPro HERO 9 Black, including its price and availability in Malaysia!

 

GoPro HERO 9 Black : More Everything In Malaysia!

The GoPro HERO 9 Black features a new sensor that deliver 5K video and 20 MP photos, together with HyperSmooth 3.0 video stabilisation, a new front-facing display, a larger rear display, and 30% longer battery life.

To complement the HERO9 Black, GoPro also introduced a number of mods, including a Max Lens Mod, a Max SuperView mod, a Media Mod, a Display Mod and a Light Mod.

Here is a summary of the GoPro HERO 9 Black’s key features :

  • New 20 MP image sensor
  • Video Recording Formats : 5K30, 4K60, 2.7K120, 1440p120, 1080p240 and more
  • Photo Resolution : 20 MP maximum
  • 1.4-inch front colour display, with live preview and status modes
  • 2.27-inch rear touch display, with touch zoom
  • 30% longer battery life, with improved cold weather performance
  • Removable, rechargeable battery
  • HyperSmooth 3.0 with in-camera horizon leveling
  • TimeWarp 3.0 featuring Real Speed, and Half Speed
  • 1080p Live Streaming
  • 1080p Webcam Mode
  • Power Tools : HindSight, LiveBurst, Scheduled Capture, Duration Capture
  • SuperPhoto + HDR Night lapse video
  • RAW photos
  • Digital lenses
  • Voice control with 14 commands in 11 languages + 6 accents
  • 3 microphones with advanced wind-noise reduction
  • Stereo + RAW audio
  • Larger speaker for improved audio playback
  • Removable lens cover
  • Built-in folding mounting fingers
  • Rugger + waterproof to 10 meters (33 feet)

 

GoPro HERO 9 Black : Mods Coming To Malaysia

GoPro is introducing these HERO 9 Black mods to Malaysia, with availability in Q4 2020.

The Max Lens Mod adds Max HyperSmooth video stabilisation and low-distortion, ultra-wide Max SuperView at up to 2.7K60 resolution. It also allows for horizon lock no matter how the camera is rotated.

The Media Mod adds these features to the HERO 9 Black :

  • a built-in directional mic with wind suppression
  • 2 cold-shoe mounts (for the Display Mod and Light Mod)
  • weather-resistant construction

The Display Mod adds these features to the HERO 9 Black :

  • a 2-inch flip-up screen for easier vlogging
  • built-in rechargeable battery and micro-HDMI connector

The Light Mod, which is already available, adds these features to the HERO 9 Black :

  • 4 levels of brightness – up to 200 lumens at 1 meter
  • waterproof up to 10 meters (33 feet)
  • built-in rechargeable battery (up to 6 hours)

 

GoPro HERO 9 Black : Price + Launch Deal In Malaysia

The GoPro HERO 9 Black is available for purchase starting today in Malaysia, together with these mods (available Q4 2020) :

  • HERO9 Black : RM2099 (about US$508 / £394 / A$696 / S$691)
  • HERO9 Black Max Lens Mod : TBA (officially US$99.99)
  • HERO9 Black Media Mod : TBA (officially US$79.99)
  • HERO9 Black Display Mod : RM399 (about US$97 / £75 / A$132 / S$131)
  • HERO9 Black Light Mod : RM249 (about US$60 / £47 / A$83 / S$82)

Here are online purchase options for the GoPro HERO 9 Black in Malaysia :

The first 400 customers to purchase the HERO 9 Black in Malaysia will receive :

  • an extra rechargeable battery
  • the chance to win weekly prizes up to RM1000 cash vouchers

 

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Xiaomi 3rd Generation Under-Display Camera Technology!

Xiaomi just unveiled their 3rd Generation Under-Display Camera Technology, which is being put into mass production!

Here’s a quick primer on what will soon be coming to a Xiaomi smartphone near you!

 

Xiaomi Under-Display Camera Technology!

Xiaomi has been working on their Under-Display Camera technology for quite some time. Their first generation effort did not go far – it didn’t even leave their lab.

Their second generation Under-Display Camera technology was good enough to showcase to the public, but never made it to production.

That changes with their new 3rd Generation Under-Display Camera technology!

 

Xiaomi 3rd Generation Under-Display Camera Technology!

In the 3rd Generation Under-Display Camera Technology, Xiaomi has greatly improved the “full-screen effect” through better pixel arrangement, and optimisation of their camera algorithm.

The new pixel arrangement of the display allows light to pass through the gaps between the sub-pixels. This allows each pixel to retain a complete RGB sub-pixel layout without sacrificing pixel density.

Xiaomi claims that their unique pixel arrangement doubles the number of horizontal and vertical pixels, compared to competing solutions – delivering the same pixel density over the camera, as the rest of the display.

According to Xiaomi, the display area over the camera will have the same brightness, colour gamut and colour accuracy as the rest of the display.

The Xiaomi 3rd Generation Under-Display Camera technology also adopts a special circuit design to hide more components under the RGB sub-pixels to further increase light transmittance to the camera below.

Xiaomi claims that these improvements allow the new under-display camera to deliver the same performance as conventional front cameras.

That’s why they are confident enough to put it into mass production, with plans to introduce these under-display cameras in their smartphones next year.

 

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vivo X50 + X50 Pro Gimbal Smartphones Compared!

vivo is about to launch the X50 and X50 Pro smartphones, with a unique gimbal camera system!

Here is a comparison of the two upcoming vivo smartphones, to help you decide between the two!

 

vivo X50 + X50 Pro : Official Presentation!

Let’s start with the official vivo X50 and X50 Pro presentation, which gives you an overview of both models, with their specifications at the end.

 

vivo X50 + X50 Pro Smartphones Compared!

The vivo X50 and X50 Pro smartphones are similar in many ways, but with some crucial differences :

Display : Only Different At The Edges

They both come with a 6.56-inch AMOLED display, with a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2376 pixels, and a 90 Hz refresh rate.

The only difference – the basic X50 has a flat display with 2.5D edges, while the X50 Pro display has 3D curved edges.

Performance : Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G

They are both built around the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G mobile SoC, which features eight Qualcomm Kryo 475 processor cores, and the Qualcomm Adreno 620 GPU.

Memory + Storage : Only Storage Capacity

They both also come with 8 GB of RAM, and fast UFS 2.1 internal storage, without a microSD card slot.

The only difference is the X50 comes with 128 GB of storage, while the X50 Pro has 256 GB.

Front Camera : Same 32 MP Camera

They both feature the same 32 MP punch hole camera in the front, with f/2.5 aperture.

Rear Cameras : An Extra 5X Telephoto Camera

They both come with a 48 MP gimbal camera, a 13 MP 2X telephoto camera, an 8 MP ultra-wide camera and a 5 MP macro camera.

The X50 Pro, however, comes with an additional 8 MP periscope telephoto camera that offers 5X optical zoom.

Connectivity : The Same

Both models are 5G-capable, although that’s not much good since 5G connectivity is extremely rare, if available at all.

They both support WiFi-AC connectivity, as well as Bluetooth 5.1. They also use the bidirectional USB Type C charging and data port.

Battery + Charging : Slightly Bigger Battery

The X50 has a 4,200 mAh battery, while the Pro model has a slightly larger 4,315 mAh battery. They both support 33W fast charging.

 

vivo X50 + X50 Pro : Specifications Compared!

We summarise their key specifications for an easier comparison in this table :

Specifications vivo X50 vivo X50 Pro
Display Type 6.56-inch AMOLED (2.5D edge) 6.56-inch AMOLED (3D edge)
Display Features 1080 x 2376 pixels (398 ppi)
90 Hz refresh rate
Protection NA
Operating System Funtouch 10.5 (Android 10)
System Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
CPU 1 x Kryo 475 Prime core (2.4 GHz)
1 x Kryo 475 Gold core (2.2 GHz)
6 x Kryo 475 Silver cores (1.8 GHz)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 620
RAM 8 GB
Storage 128 GB (UFS 2.1)
NO microSD card slot
256 GB (UFS 2.1)
NO microSD card slot
Front Camera 32 MP sensor with f/2.5 aperture
Rear Cameras 48 MP gimbal camera (f/1.6, OIS)
13 MP 2X telephoto camera (f/2.46)
8 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2)
5 MP macro camera (f/2.48)
48 MP gimbal camera (f/1.6, OIS)
8 MP 5X telephoto camera (f/3.4)
13 MP 2X telephoto camera (f/2.46)
8 MP ultra-wide camera (f/2.2)
5 MP macro camera (f/2.48)
Connectivity Network : 4G LTE, 3G
Wi-Fi : WiFi-AC (2.4 / 5 GHz)
Bluetooth : BT 5.1
USB : USB Type C 2.0
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, Under Display
NFC Yes
Battery 4,200 mAh Li-Ion battery
– 33W fast charging
4,315 mAh Li-Ion battery
– 33W fast charging
Dimensions 75.4 mm wide
159.5 mm tall
7.55 mm thick
72.8 mm wide
158.5 mm tall
8.0 mm thick
Weight 174.5 g 181.5 g

 

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YouTube : Shorter Videos Now Eligible For Mid-Roll Ads!

YouTube just announced that shorter videos will not only be eligible for mid-roll ads, it will be turned on automatically!

 

YouTube Mid-Roll Ads : What Are They?

YouTube mid-roll ads are basically advertisements that load in the middle of a video, rather than at the beginning.

On desktops, you will see a 5 second countdown before a mid-roll ad appears.

On other platforms, you will see yellow markets in the video progress bar where such an ad may show up.

 

YouTube Mid-Roll Ads : What’s Changed?

In the past, YouTube only allowed mid-roll ads to be added to videos longer than 10 minutes.

This encouraged content creators to create longer videos, sometimes unnecessarily extending them to qualify for mid-roll ads.

Starting late July 2020, YouTube will reduce the threshold from 10 minutes to just 8 minutes. All videos longer than 8 minutes will be eligible for mid-roll ads.

On top of that, YouTube will automatically turn mid-roll ads for all qualifying videos, even those that opted out in the past.

By default, YouTube will use machine learning to find the most natural breaks in your videos to add these advertisements, but you can also adjust their placements manually.

Those who prefer not to participate can opt-out in YouTube Studio by 27 July 2020.

 

YouTube Mid-Roll Ads : What Does This Mean?

Content creators will be glad because it means they can better monetise their shorter videos.

On top of that, they are no longer incentivised to unnecessarily extend their videos just to qualify for these advertisements.

For viewers, this should hopefully result in better quality videos, in exchange for mid-roll advertisements that could interrupt your enjoyment of those videos.

But seriously – you can just skip the ads (if you really don’t want to support content creators), or opt for YouTube Premium.

While you are here, do consider subscribing to our YouTube channel! 😀

 

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Fact Check : Lincoln Memorial Defaced By BLM Protestors!

Did Black Lives Matter protestors deface the famous Abraham Lincoln statue at the Lincoln Memorial?

Find out if the Lincoln Memorial was really vandalised, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Lincoln Memorial Defaced By BLM Protestors!

Black Lives Matter protestors are being accused of defacing the famous Abraham Lincoln statue at the Lincoln Memorial, and here is the picture to prove it!

This picture of the Abraham Lincoln statue spray painted with graffiti has been shared on Facebook, Twitter, etc. as evidence of the Black Lives Matter movement’s complete lack of respect for sacred American monuments.

The graffiti had messages like Black + Brown Lives Matter, #BLM, Justice, The Real Martyrs, George Floyd.

 

Lincoln Memorial Defaced By BLM Protestors : The Facts

Fact #1 : The Picture Is Fake

The picture is fake, and was edited by mapping graffiti over a picture of the Abraham Lincoln statue.

The creator did a poor job of it, lopping off the left side of the head. If that was intentionally meant to look like protestors did it, it was done badly.

The graffiti also looked odd, because he/she was mapping a 2D image over what’s really a 3D object.

Fact #2 : The Lincoln Memorial Was Protected By The National Guard

It would also be quite a feat for the BLM protestors to vandalise the Abraham Lincoln statue itself, since the DC National Guard was deployed to protect it.

Members of the D.C. National Guard stand on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial as demonstrators participate in a peaceful protest against police brutality and the death of George Floyd (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Fact #3 : An Outer Column Was Slightly Spray-Painted

One of the outer columns at the Lincoln Memorial had Yall Not Tired Yet? spray-painted in black on the night of 30 May 2020.

However, there is no way to know whether BLM protestors or anti-protestors was responsible. The message is ambiguous.

Photo Credit : Carolyn Kaster, early Sunday May 31, 2020

Further down, the National World War II Memorial was vandalised, this time with a clearer meaning – Do Black Vets Count?

Fact #4 : National Mall and Memorial Parks Confirmed The Limited Damage

National Mall and Memorial Parks confirmed both graffitis and cleaned them up by 4 June 2020.

Fact #5 : The Lincoln Memorial Had Been Vandalised In The Past

Frankly speaking, this isn’t the first time the Lincoln Memorial was vandalised or defaced. In fact, someone actually sprayed green paint on the Abraham Lincoln statue in 2013!

In 2017, explicit graffiti was spray-painted on an inner column in the Lincoln Memorial.

 

Disinformation Campaigns

This fake picture is part of a slew of similar fake news about the George Floyd / BLM protests in the US :

So beware of similar fake posts, because they appear to be part of disinformation campaigns.

 

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George Floyd Challenge Exposed : Racist + Dangerous!

Heard of the George Floyd Challenge? It’s the new social media challenge that just started on Snapchat, TikTok, Reddit and Facebook.

Find out what the George Floyd Challenge is all about, and why NO ONE should do it!

 

George Floyd Challenge : What Is It?

The George Floyd Challenge is a new social media challenge, which involves taking pictures or a video of one person kneeling on another person’s neck for 8-9 minutes.

The idea is to prove that Derek Chauvin, the Minnesota police officer who kneeled on George Floyd, could not possibly be responsible for his death.

 

George Floyd Challenge : Racist + Dangerous!

Derek Chauvin’s supporters believe that he did not cause George Floyd to die, simply by kneeling on his neck. So they recreated the act, which eventually became known as the George Floyd Challenge.

No one should perform it because it can injure or even kill the play-victim. Parents should definitely warn their children not to mimic these idiots!

Even if you lack empathy, understand that attempting such a racist act will ruin your life. Your reputation and future will be destroyed if you do this.

Don’t believe me? Look at what happened to those who performed this racist and dangerous challenge!

27 May 2020

The first public example was probably what Dave Hollenbeck, a school wrestling coach, posted on 27 May 2020 :

Not dead yet I’m doing this for Are (our) police officers the media is a race baiting machine and I’m tired of it I’m going to speak out every time if you don’t like that I’m sorry but I love All people.. Wake up America.

Dave was quickly dismissed by the Bethel School District. And even when he tried to start a GoFundMe campaign, it was quickly deactivated, with just $50 raised.

28 May 2020

Two construction workers in Bethel, Minnesota, attempted the George Floyd Challenge, claiming “Ivan said he can fully breathe with all my weight on his neck”.

The outrage forced Shade Tree Construction’s owner Mark Strandlund to fire both workers, one of whom was his own son. Even so, Housing First Minnesota dropped Shade Tree Construction as a member.

They were later identified as Ivan Fields (the man on the ground), and Austin Strandlund (owner’s son), both seniors at the Legacy Christian Academy…

29 May 2020

Two white female high school seniors posted a video on Snapchat performing the challenge, with the caption “Aw ging can’t breathe“.

One girl is seen kneeling over the other, who shouts that she cannot breathe, while they both laugh. A third person can be heard cheering them on, saying, “You can do it!”

Both students have now been forced to rescind their enrolments into the University of Missouri and the Missouri State University.

30 May 2020

Three English teenagers – two 19-years old and one 18-years old – posted a Snapchat video of the George Floyd Challenge, which was shared on the Warwick University freshers Facebook page.

On 31 May 2020, the Northumbria Police arrested all three of them, and are investigating the incident as a hate crime.

And it looks like they will no longer be joining Warwick University, as planned…

30 May 2020

Evan Rolla, a fitness instructor at LA Fitness in West Palm Beach, Florida, posted his George Floyd Challenge pictures on Facebook. He lost his job.

2 June 2020

Two English men from north-east Fife posted this picture on Snapchat, with the caption “George floyd challenge 2020“.

One of them – a 26-year old man – was arrested by Police Scotland the next day.

2 June 2020

Two students from the Gray Stone Day School (Grades 6-12) posted this picture on Snapchat, with the caption “george floyd challenge“.

On 4 June 2020, the school posted this statement (partial) :

This post and others like it are clear acts of hate and racism that are without question unacceptable. While this did occur outside of the school, we have a moral obligation to hold students to a higher standard.

We are appalled by this, and we will adhere to legal guidelines for public schools as they relate to the discipline of a minor.

4 June 2020

This couple posted their version of the challenge on Facebook, with the man actually wearing a blue I Can’t Breathe t-shirt!

Paula McGuigan initially claimed she was hacked, but later removed her Facebook page and apologised for posting the picture :

I know that there was a Facebook post with me in it and I can see how this truly looks disrespectful to the death of George Floyd.

This was 100% not the intent of this post. I would never disrespect the death of any innocent person no matter what their race is.

Hien is Asian and we were trying to say that Asian Lives matter as do all races. I look at the post and am so remorseful that this was done. I 100% stand f or justice and equality for all walks of life.

Again my deepest apologies and regrets for this poor taste post. A lesson very well learned that sometimes what we are trying to say does not come across.

4 June 2020

These two racist fools were identified as Sergio Gomez and Alejandro Taranzo, both students of the University of Maryland (UMD), which quickly responded on Friday, 5 May 2020 :

We learned via social media of two individuals who reenacted the unacceptable and tragic death of George Floyd. We are outraged and condemn these actions and images in no uncertain terms. The individuals involved were immediately referred to the Office of Student Conduct.

 

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Fact Check : White House Lights Out With Trump In Bunker?

The Internet is trolling Trump with this infamous picture of a White House with its lights out – virtually blacked out – while he sheltered in his bunker.

Let’s take a look at the infamous White House lights out picture, and find out if it’s genuine!

 

White House Lights Out With Trump In Bunker?

This is the infamous White House lights out photo that everyone has been sharing on social media. It even got picked up and used by some websites.

It shows a completely dark White House with its lights out, on the same night US President Donald Trump, his wife Melania and their son, Barron, were taken to the White House bunker.

 

White House Lights Out With Trump In Bunker : The Facts

Now, here are the facts about this picture, and news reports of the White House with its lights out.

Fact #1 : That White House Lights Out Photo Is Fake

The photo showing a completely dark White House is fake. According to AP, it was edited from this original Getty image that was posted on 6 December 2015.

This photo was artificially darkened, and the lit lantern removed, to create the image of a completely dark White House with its lights out.

WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 06: The White House is shown at dusk December 6, 2015 in Washington, DC. U.S. President Barack Obama is scheduled to address the nation this evening from the Oval Office on his plans to battle the threat of terror attacks and defeating ISIL in the wake of last week’s attack in San Bernardino, California. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

However, we believe that it was more likely to have been edited from a screenshot from a video from the time the White House lit up in LGBT colours on 27 June 2015.

Fact #2 : White House Lights Goes Off Every Night

According to Kaitlan Collins who does many late night photography sessions at the White House, and White House spokesperson Hogan Gidley, the White House lights go out at about 11 PM almost every night.

Fact #3 : Actual Photos Of White House That Night

Here are photos of the White House that were taken that night. They show that while the interior lights were turned off, the exterior lights were still on. At around 11 PM, the exterior lights were turned off.

Fact #4 : Trump Did Retreat To White House Bunker

Earlier claims that protestors breached the White House are false. But they concerned the Secret Service so much that Donald Trump, his wife Melania and son, Barron were moved to the White House bunker for about an hour.

This fake picture is part of a slew of similar fake news about the George Floyd protests in the US :

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Fact Check : White Cops Arrest Black Man, Finds He’s FBI!

A video showing white Minnesota police officers arresting a black man, only to discover that he’s really an FBI agent, has gone viral!

Take a look at the shocking video, and find out what the facts REALLY are…

 

White Cops Arrest Black Man, Finds He’s FBI!

People are sharing the shocking video of Minnesota police officers – all white – arresting a black man.

Many claimed that it happened last night, and that the police officers only backed off after they discovered that he was actually an FBI agent!

 

White Cops Arrest Black Man, Finds He’s FBI : The Facts!

While the video is genuine, the stories are completely untrue. Watch the video and our debunking! We will share the facts directly under the video.

Fact #1 : The Man Was Not An FBI Agent

If you watch the video carefully, you will note that the man never once identified himself as an FBI agent.

One of his friends also clarified that he was not an FBI agent, but a paramedic EMT.

Fact #2 : The Incident Happened One Year Ago

The incident involving Atter happened almost exactly a year ago – on 1 June 2019 at 1 AM.

The Rochester police officers thought he looked like someone with a warrant, and released him after they checked his ID and confirmed he wasn’t the person they were looking for.

The City of Rochester issued an official press release confirming this, as well as the fact that Atter was not an FBI agent.

Fact #3 : The OP Never Made Those Claims

The person (@thisisnike1) who released this video on Instagram, specifically did not claim that Atter was an FBI agent, and said that the video was over a year old :

“‪Somethin’ been telling me to hold on to this video over a year now, ok.”

This misleading use of a genuine video follows a slew of similar fake news about the George Floyd protests in the US :

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Fact Check : US Protestors Asking China For Help!

Pictures of George Floyd protestors in the US asking China for help are going viral, and they are all FAKE!

Find out why the pictures are fake, and they are part of a disinformation campaign surrounding the George Floyd protests in the US!

 

US Protestors Asking China For Help!

At least two pictures are circulating, showing George Floyd protestors in the US calling for China to help them fight against the American authorities. We added the HOAX overlay to prevent further abuse.

They are being shared on Facebook, WhatsApp and Reddit as examples of American hypocrisy, or comeuppance for supporting Hong Kong protestors against the Chinese government.

It is also richly ironic since Hong Kong protestors waved American flags and openly asked for the United States to liberate their city from China.

What patriotic Chinese or pro-Chinese sympathiser wouldn’t want to rub America’s nose in their hubris and constant interfering in the private affairs of foreign nations?

 

US Protestors Asking China For Help : All Fake!

Unfortunately for China and their supporters, the Americans never actually asked them for help.

In the first photo, the Chinese flag was added to the concrete barrier and the man’s sign was edited to replace the real text, Liberty or Justice Till I Can’t Breathe!!!! with CHINA HELP ME BREATHE.

Photo Credit : The Times UK

In this second picture, a large Chinese flag was added to the foreground, and HELP US CHINA added to the blank piece of paper held by the lady on the far left.

The Muslim lady on the right, was also edited – replacing her smartphone with a Chinese flag.

Peaceful demonstrators observe a moment of silence outside the US Bank Stadium during the fourth day of protests after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, US on May 29, 2020 [Nicholas Pfosi/Reuters]

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Fact Check : George Floyd Protestors Broke Into White House!

A video claiming to show George Floyd protestors breaking into the White House is going viral. Find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : George Floyd Protestors Broke Into White House!

A video showing protestors apparently breaking into the White House grounds, and attacking the White House is being shared on social media, with this message :

Protestors already broke inside White House for the first time in American history, gun fire at east gate and some sources said Trump fleed with his family to Kanzas, CIA have emergency meeting in an hour!

We won’t be sharing the video, but here are four screenshots from the video :

Take note of the signboards of the two high-rise building on the left – KeyBank and Chase. This will be important later…

 

George Floyd Protestors Broke Into White House : So Fake, So Lame!

Honestly, this is a very lame fake news attempt, probably by the infamous Chinese 50 Cent Army, because they don’t seem to know much about the United States…

Fact #1 : That Was Not The White House

The creator of this fake news is hoping that you have never seen the White House, which looks like this, and is completely different from the building in the video.

It doesn’t even have a rotunda – the round dome-like structure at the top of the building shown in the video.

Fact #2 : Protestors Cannot Get Close To The White House

It is true that US President Donald Trump, Melania Trump and Barron Trump, were evacuated to the White House bunker.

However, none of the protestors that gathered near the White House actually attempted to get past the barricades, much less attack the White House itself.

From what we can tell, the protestors are being restricted to Lafayette Square, across Pennsylvania Avenue.

Fact #3 : That Was The Ohio Statehouse

The building in the video was the Ohio Statehouse. Note the two high-rise building to its left – KeyBank and Chase. You will see their signboards in the video screenshots above.

Fact #4 : The Video Was Taken On 28 May 2020

The video was taken on 28 May 2020, showing protestors vandalising the Ohio Statehouse.

The damage, according to the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (which is responsible for its upkeep), included :

  • 28 broken windows along the west and south sides of the building
  • damage to the wooden window frames
  • five pole lamps
  • two doors, including the West Rotunda entrance

A few protestors entered the Ohio Statehouse but quickly left.

Fact #5 : No Mainstream Media Reported On A White House Invasion

The video being shared had been recorded days ago, but no mainstream media had reported an invasion of the White House.

You would think that something like this would be major international news… right?

Fact #6 : Trump Wouldn’t Flee To Kansas

Why would US President Donald Trump flee to Kansas, when he loves staying at his estate in Mar-a-Lago in Florida?

The White House also has a bunker built to withstand a nuclear bomb. It would certainly withstand more than a few protestors.

Fact #7 : The CIA Does Not Operate Within The Country

This is the most idiotic part of the claim – that the CIA has an emergency meeting. Why would the CIA be involved with protestors in the United States?

The CIA is a foreign intelligence service that focuses on gathering, processing and analysing intelligence of foreign entities.

The FBI would be the right federal agency to look into crimes committed by these protestors. But generally, they will be handled by state police, not federal law enforcement.

 

Beware Of Other George Floyd Protest Fake News

This fake post about the White House is part of a slew of similar fake news about the George Floyd protests in the US :

So beware of similar fake posts, because they appear to be part of some disinformation campaign.

 

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Fact Check : Rev. Patrick Mahoney Hypocrisy On Protests

You have probably seen the Spot The Difference post criticising Rev. Patrick Mahoney on his hypocrisy on the Hong Kong and George Floyd protests.

Find out if it’s true that Patrick Mahoney posted those tweets on the Hong Kong and George Floyd protests!

 

Spot The Difference : Patrick Mahoney Hypocrisy On HK + George Floyd Protests

Controversial Christian pastor Rev. Patrick Mahoney waded into the Hong Kong and George Floyd protests, with two tweets on the same day.

The next day, this post started going viral on Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp, asking you to spot the difference between the two Patrick Mahoney tweets.

Note : The original post lacks the two MISLEADING warnings, which we added to avoid further abuse.

 

Rev. Patrick Mahoney Hypocrisy On Protests : True But Misleading

Here is our short TLDR summary for those who just want to know the facts :

  • he posted those two tweets, and yes, they are partly hypocritical
  • however, the Spot The Difference post misused one photo and is intentionally misleading,
  • Patrick Mahoney did not actually sanction violence in the Hong Kong protest

Patrick Mahoney is just a self-aggrandising Christian pastor with a history of publicity stunts – a nobody.

Unfortunately, his two tweets are being misused by Chinese and pro-Chinese netizens (and bots) to spread the narrative of American hypocrisy.

Ironically, this misleading Spot The Difference post is being shared on Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp – platforms which are banned in China. That is really the true hypocrisy of this storm in a teacup.

 

Rev. Patrick Mahoney Hypocrisy On Protests : The Facts

And for those who want to know more, here are the facts :

Fact #1 : Patrick Mahoney Posted Those Two Tweets

Reverend Patrick Mahoney sure posted those two tweets, on the same day – May 28, 2020.

Fact #2 : Patrick Mahoney Did Not Sanction Violence

As his actual tweet on the Hong Kong protest above shows – he did not actually sanction violence.

In fact, his actual tweet on the George Floyd protest in Minneapolis could be referring to violence by both the police and the protestors.

We would rate his posts as partly hypocritical, because he wasn’t against the George Floyd protests, just against the violence.

Fact #3 : The Protestor Picture Was From 2016

The Spot The Difference post creator intentionally replaced the picture Patrick Mahoney posted with this Getty photo that Lam Yik Fei took on the night of 9 February 2016.

As you can see, it’s radically different – showing violence – whereas the picture Mahoney posted showed Hong Kong police officers arresting non-violent protestors.

Fact #4 : Injustice Started Both Protests

Discounting the violence, both Hong Kong and George Floyd protests started because of injustice. In both cases, the people are demanding change.

The people in Hong Kong have been protesting for years over the systematic erosion of their Basic Rights and freedoms.

The most recent May 2020 protest was triggered by the proposal of new national security laws that would allow Chinese security forces to operate within Hong Kong.

In the United States, it was the racism that black Americans have endured, triggered by the death of George Floyd after a white police officer kneeled on his neck for almost 9 minutes.

Fact #5 : Protests Are Allowed In The US And Hong Kong

The First Amendment of the United States Constitution specifically gives all American citizens have the right to assemble and demonstrate peacefully :

Congress shall make no law … abiding … the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Unlike China, Hong Kong citizens have the right to peacefully assemble and protest under Article 27 of the Basic Law, and Article 17 of the Bill of Rights.

The right of peaceful assembly shall be recognised. No restrictions may be placed on the exercise of this right other than those imposed in conformity with the law and which are necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security or public safety, public order, the protection of public health or morals or the protection of the rights and freedoms of others.

In other words – people have the right to assemble and demonstrate in both the United States and Hong Kong. They just do not have the right to attack people, or destroy property.

Fact #6 : Patrick Mahoney Is Not The American Government / People

Patrick Mahoney is a self-aggrandising Christian pastor with a history of publicity stunts. But in the grand scheme of things – he is nobody.

He is not a representative of the American people, or the American government. Yet, his two tweets are being misused by Chinese and pro-Chinese netizens (and bots) to spread the narrative of American hypocrisy.

Ironically, this misleading Spot The Difference post is being shared on Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp – platforms which are banned in China. That is really the true hypocrisy of this storm in a teacup.

 

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Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra : 8K Video Goes Mainstream!

One of the least talked-about features in the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is its 8K video recording capability.

Find out how its 8K video recording capability compares to its 4K and 1080p recording capabilities!

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra : 8K Video Goes Mainstream!

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is the big brother of the Samsung Galaxy S20 family, the other two being the Galaxy S20 Plus and the Galaxy S20.

All three models can actually record 8K videos with a resolution of 7680 x 4320 pixels at 24 frames per second.

However, there are some limitations when you record 8K videos on the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra | S20 Plus | S20 smartphones :

  • each video clip is limited to 5 minutes
  • electronic image stabilisation (EIS) will be disabled

The time limit is both necessary because of the 4GB file size limit, as well as to avoid damage to the sensor – it gets really hot when you record 8K videos.

And while EIS cannot be enabled – the amount of processing power required is just too much – you can still rely on the optical image stabilisation (OIS) provided by the lens.

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Video Samples : 8K vs 4K vs 1080p

We prepared six Galaxy S20 Ultra video samples to showcase the differences in video recording quality. Check them out :

Video Sample #1 : Blues Band (1080p)

The image quality at 1080p is exceptional, with good control of the exposure. Image stabilisation by the main camera was good, but there was some shakiness when we switched to the telephoto camera.

Its audio quality and noise cancellation were also very good. Even though it was breezy that day, you can’t hear any wind noise.

Video Sample #2 : Blues Band (4K)

This is our favourite video recording resolution. Good image quality at a high resolution, with good exposure.

Video Sample #3 : Blues Band (8K)

The detail at 8K was exceptional, and the image stabilisation (only optical) was better than we expected. But we noticed some autofocus issues – you can see some seeking even though no one is moving.

Video Sample #4 : Street Market (1080p)

In this test of its image stabilisation capabilities, you can see that at 1080p, the S20 Ultra does a very good job of cancelling out hand shake while walking.

Video Sample #5 : Street Market (4K)

Image stabilisation at 4K was very good too. Very smooth video even while walking.

Video Sample #6 : Street Market (8K)

At 8K, there is some noticeable jerkiness, but thanks to OIS, it actually turned out better than we expected.

 

Samsung Galaxy S20 Smartphones : Where To Buy?

Here are the online purchase options for the Samsung Galaxy S20 +  Galaxy Z Flip smartphones :

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