Newsletter: The Retro Nokia 8110 Redesigned & Apple Bows To Authoritarian China

Newsletter: The Retro Nokia 8110 Redesigned & Apple Bows To Authoritarian China

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Technologists provide tools that can improve people’s lives. But I want to be clear that I don’t think technology by itself improves people’s lives since often I’m criticized for being too pro-technology. Unless there are commensurate ethical and moral improvements to go along with it, it’s for naught.” ~ Jaron Lanier

HMD RELAUNCHED NOKIA 8110 WITH 4G AND OTHER FEATURES

THE STORY

Nokia 8110, a 20-year-old phone is launched again with 4G and other new features.

HOW IS IT DIFFERENT FROM OLDER VERSION?

While the original model made some huge cultural impact when it was featured in the movie “The Matrix”and became a definitive choice with its sturdy body and beautiful look. But sadly, these models were replaced with the smartphone eventually. However, if you weren’t able to own it then HMD has given you another chance by relaunching the famous phone.

At Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, Nokia 8110 was unveiled. Just like in the older version, on  8110 4G, you can answer calls by flipping the case and end the call by snapping it shut.

Nicknamed the “Banana Phone (Which explains the yellow color), is available in black as well. The older versions had a monochrome screen,  but now the screen is replaced by 2.4-inch  with 320×240-pixel display color screen. The visual interface of the phone is same as of Nokia 3310.  The OS installed is not Android, but it has App Store with apps like Facebook and more. Moreover, you can import your Outlook and Gmail contacts and check your emails.

With bigger screen smartphones available in the market, people might not like the screen of the phone for various tasks but you can always create a 4G wireless hotspot to tether your laptop or tablet.The phone is a cheap and durable option which has a great battery backup.

WHAT IS THE PRICE AND OTHER SPECIFICATIONS?

The Matrix phone will be available from May for approximately 79 Euros, which means around £70, $100 or AU$125. These are the estimation of the price and final pricing has not been told. You also get a 2-megapixel camera, the famous Nokia game, Snake and more. With Smart Feature operating system on the phone, it has Dual-core 1.1GHz Qualcomm 205 processor. It has 512 MB RAM and 4 GB internal storage. It has Micro-USB charging port with Micro SIM slot. It has 3.5mm headphone jack and 1,500 mAh battery.


CHINA TAKES CHARGE OF ALL THE ICLOUD ENCRYPTION FROM APPLE

THE STORY

Apple has shifted the encryption keys for mainland Chinese iCloud users to China.

WHY APPLE SHIFTED THE KEYS TO CHINA?

China is known for its autocracy more than anything in the world. It has not been more than a month and a half when China wanted Apple to transfer the iCloud encrypted data in mainland China. Now the iCloud data for the users who are from China will be stored in the new Chinese data center of the company. Not everyone’s data is transferred there, only the people who have chosen China as their main country at the time of Apple account creation. Earlier the iCloud data of Chinese citizens could not be accessed without going through US legal system. Now, Chinese authorities could be able to request to access through their own legal system. According to the sources, “Apple has established a data center for Chinese users in a joint venture with state-owned firm Guizhou-Cloud Big Data Industry Co Ltd.”

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

With all the controlling and regulating people of the country, China surely enjoys governing people of its country. After the change, Chinese officials just need to get a Chinese legal order and show it to  Apple’s local partner. Then the local partner has no option but to hand over the data.

It seems like China wants to control its residents as they live and breathe, making it difficult for them to live liberally. Is it a too much to ask? In China police seems to have the supreme power. They can force the users to give them access without any warrants. It is estimated that the new changes can bring chaos and also lead to arrest of the individuals who advocate democracy.

Srishti Sisodia is a technical content journalist at Systweak Software. Apart from being a capable engineer, her affinity for inscription draws her towards writing interesting content about contemporary technologies and progressions. She is an avid reader and a fare connoisseur. She relishes different cuisines and when it comes to baking, she takes the cake!

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