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      Smartphone Xiaomi – Dites adieu à cette option que vous adorez

      news.movim.eu / Korben · Monday, 1 April - 05:00 · 2 minutes

    Dans une annonce surprenante , le géant chinois Xiaomi a décidé de supprimer la fonctionnalité « Appel » de ses smartphones, affirmant que cette option n’est plus utilisée par la majorité de ses clients. Cette décision radicale a suscité de nombreuses réactions parmi les utilisateurs de la marque.

    Xiaomi affirme que les appels passent désormais par les messageries instantanées

    Selon un communiqué officiel de Xiaomi, la fonctionnalité « Appel » sera progressivement retirée de tous les modèles de smartphones de la marque à partir de la prochaine mise à jour. L’entreprise justifie cette décision en expliquant que la plupart des utilisateurs préfèrent désormais passer leurs appels via des applications de messagerie instantanée telles que WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger ou encore WeChat.

    « Nos études montrent que moins de 5% de nos clients utilisent encore la fonction d’appel classique via le réseau de l’opérateur « , indique le porte-parole de Xiaomi. « Il nous a donc semblé logique de supprimer cette option devenue obsolète afin d’o ptimiser les performances de nos appareils. »

    Des avantages et des inconvénients pour les utilisateurs

    Si cette décision peut sembler radicale, Xiaomi met en avant plusieurs avantages pour ses clients. Tout d’abord, la suppression de la fonctionnalité « Appel » permettra de libérer de l’espace de stockage sur les smartphones, offrant ainsi plus de place pour les photos, vidéos et applications. De plus, l’entreprise promet une amélioration significative de l’autonomie de la batterie, les appels via les messageries consommant moins d’énergie que les appels traditionnels.

    Cependant, certains utilisateurs s’inquiètent des conséquences de cette décision. En effet, les appels via les messageries nécessitent une connexion internet stable, ce qui n’est pas toujours le cas dans certaines zones géographiques. De plus, les personnes âgées ou moins à l’aise avec la technologie pourraient se retrouver dans l’incapacité de passer des appels depuis leur smartphone Xiaomi.

    Vers une suppression de l’application SMS ?

    Suite à cette annonce, des rumeurs circulent quant à une possible suppression de l’application SMS dans un futur proche. En effet, Xiaomi aurait également constaté une baisse significative de l’utilisation des SMS au profit des messageries instantanées.

    Si cette information venait à se confirmer, cela marquerait un tournant majeur dans l’histoire de la téléphonie mobile. Les smartphones deviendraient alors de véritables « appareils de messagerie », délaissant progressivement les fonctions de communication traditionnelles.

    Quoi qu’il en soit, cette annonce a eu l’effet d’une bombe dans le monde de la tech, suscitant de nombreux débats sur l’avenir de la téléphonie mobile et une fool en colère. Reste à voir si d’autres fabricants emboîteront le pas à Xiaomi dans cette « pêche » aux fonctionnalités obsolètes.

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      Wearable AI: will it put our smartphones out of fashion?

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Sunday, 31 March - 11:00 · 1 minute

    Portable AI-powered devices that connect directly to a chatbot without the need for apps or a touchscreen are set to hit the market. Are they the emperor’s new clothes or a gamechanger?

    Imagine it: you’re on the bus or walking in the park, when you remember some important task has slipped your mind. You were meant to send an email, catch up on a meeting, or arrange to grab lunch with a friend. Without missing a beat, you simply say aloud what you’ve forgotten and the small device that’s pinned to your chest, or resting on the bridge of your nose, sends the message, summarises the meeting, or pings your buddy a lunch invitation. The work has been taken care of, without you ever having to prod the screen of your smartphone.

    It’s the sort of utopian convenience that a growing wave of tech companies are hoping to realise through artificial intelligence. Generative AI chatbots such as ChatGPT exploded in popularity last year, as search engines like Google, messaging apps such as Slack and social media services like Snapchat raced to integrate the tech into their systems. Yet while AI add-ons have become a familiar sight across apps and software, the same generative tech is now making an attempt to join the realm of hardware, as the first AI-powered consumer devices rear their heads and jostle for space with our smartphones.

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      Huawei shrugs off US sanctions with fastest growth in four years

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Friday, 29 March - 14:17

    Revenue at Chinese telecom rose 10% as net profit more than doubles

    Chinese telecoms firm Huawei grew faster in 2023 than it has for four years, as it shrugged off the impact of US sanctions .

    Revenues rose by nearly 10% to 704.2bn yuan (£77bn) as the Shenzhen-based company enjoyed a rebound within its consumer segment, which includes smartphone handsets.

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      US accuses Apple of monopolizing smartphone market in sweeping lawsuit

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Thursday, 21 March - 14:58

    Justice department lawsuit alleges tech giant illegally prevented competition by restricting access to its software and hardware

    The US government on Thursday filed a sprawling antitrust case against Apple, alleging that the tech giant has illegally prevented competition by restricting access to its software and hardware. The case is a direct challenge to the company’s core products and practices, including its iMessage service and how devices such as the iPhone and Apple Watch connect with one another.

    The lawsuit, filed in federal court in New Jersey, alleges that Apple has monopoly power in the smartphone market and uses its control over the iPhone to “engage in a broad, sustained, and illegal course of conduct”, the Associated Press reported.

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      Scroll on: why your screen-time habits aren’t as bad as you think they are

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Saturday, 16 March - 08:00

    The increasing use of digital technology has inspired many scare stories, but is it reducing our attention span, does smartphone addiction actually exist – and should we even be feeling bad about it?

    Digital technology is now inextricably woven into the fabric of society, and for many of us, that does not always feel like a good thing. As screens have become more numerous, so the anxieties that we have about them have become more salient and pressing. But what if we are focusing on the wrong sorts of worries? Here are five common questions about screen time, the answers to which may help us to frame the relationships we have with our tech more accurately.

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      ‘It was a real carnival of the senses’: Shamil Tanna’s best phone picture

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Saturday, 9 March - 10:00

    The London-based photographer on capturing the buzz of a festival celebrating Menorca’s purebred horses

    ‘There’s a slight voyeuristic quality to using a phone to take pictures,” Shamil Tanna says. The London-based photographer was in Menorca last summer for Fiestas de Sant Lluìs, a series of events “revolving around the island’s purebred horses and traditional Menorcan dressage”.

    “I was staying on the island for a while and was keen to shoot some personal projects,” he says. “I’d just replaced my old phone and the festivities provided a good opportunity to try the new model out. It was super-busy, full of people, horses, parades and music – a real carnival of the senses.”

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      Nothing Phone 2a review: a standout budget Android

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Tuesday, 5 March - 12:30

    Funky design, fun software, decent performance and long battery life provide a lot of phone for the money

    London-based tech firm Nothing’s latest Android attempts to shake up the budget phone market with something a little more interesting.

    Costing from £319 (€329/A$529) the Phone 2a aims to take the cool design and intrigue that made its higher-end models stand out and package it up into something cheaper but still novel, sits alongside the full-fat Phone 2 costing £579.

    Screen: 6.7in 120Hz FHD+ OLED (394ppi)

    Processor: MediaTek Dimensity 7200 Pro

    RAM: 8 or 12GB

    Storage: 128 or 256GB

    Operating system: Nothing OS 2.5 (Android 14)

    Camera: 50MP main and ultrawide, 32MP selfie

    Connectivity: 5G, eSIM, wifi 6, NFC, Bluetooth 5.3 and GNSS

    Water resistance: IP54 (splash resistant)

    Dimensions: 162 x 76.3 x 8.9mm

    Weight: 190g

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      Banning phones in schools is just another ploy to distract us | Eva Wiseman

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Sunday, 3 March - 08:00

    We need nuance and empathy in addressing this complex issue

    Whenever the government talks about the dangers to children of the mobile phone we must picture this phone as a large rock under which a hundred shameful decisions live in darkness.

    I have concerns about mobile phones, of course I do. I’ve followed Esther Ghey’s campaign to ban smartphones for kids , and how education secretary Gillian Keegan has leapt upon this, with cautious interest. My eldest child will soon be approaching secondary school, and while I’d vaguely assumed that her generation would find phones desperately unchic by the time they came of carrying age, associating them with dull and red-eyed parents, this does not appear to be the case. And the stories I hear from teachers or parents of teenagers sometimes chill me – the ways that bullying mutates online, or how phones exacerbate poor mental health, or teens’ sinister, quotidian acts of surveillance.

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      ‘It shows the relentless pace of contemporary life’: Misha Vallejo Prut’s best phone picture

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Saturday, 2 March - 10:00

    Lives intersecting in the shared space of the city create a moment of visual serendipity

    Misha Vallejo Prut had just finished a class at the London College of Communication where he was studying for an MA in photojournalism and documentary photography, and headed to a nearby cafe. It was 2014 and he was using an iPhone 5. “The degree of pixelation in the image shows the inexorable march of time since I took this,” says says Vallejo Prut, who is now based in Quito, Ecuador.

    “Even so, I think the essence of that moment, the serendipitous intersection of lives within the shared space of the city, continues to echo the relentless pace of contemporary life.”

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