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vivo Announces “VISION+” Initiative



vivo today announced “VISION+”, a global initiative that will build a visual content ecosystem, reaffirming the brand’s long-term commitment to user-centric design and leadership in mobile photography technology. The VISION+ ecosystem is composed of the vivo VISION+ Mobile Photography Awards, launched jointly with National Geographic, along with the vivo VISION+ Mobile Photography Academy, the vivo VISION+ Master Class, the vivo VISION+ Youth Program, and the vivo VISION+ Photographers Federation.

vivo VISION+ centers around “JOY IMAGE” as its core foundation and will form a new visual content ecosystem through initiatives including content co-creation, education and cultural exchanges. The strategy fuses vivo’s product innovation leadership with the evolving needs of smartphone users who view mobile photography as an important part of culture and everyday life. 

“The genesis of vivo VISION+ is derived from the dedication our brand has placed on mobile photography technologies and culture for many years. We aspire to give more people tools of visual self-expression and the opportunity to document highlights in their lives. We hope to collaborate on more authentic and personalized content with creators to illustrate our brand culture. These initiatives are an opportunity to educate users on our technological advancements and visual aesthetic exploration,” said Michael Chang, vivo’s General Manager of Branding, at the vivo VISION+ launch event, held at Enjoy Art Museum in Beijing. Tang Qingliang, Senior Director of Imaging Product, Li Zhuo, Director of Digital Imaging Product, and An Yiran, Manager of Digital Imaging Product, were also in attendance.

At the event, vivo announced a partnership with National Geographic to launch a global mobile photography competition, the vivo VISION+ Mobile Photography Awards. Global smartphone users will be invited to showcase their photography skills, and outstanding entries will be submitted for international photography awards. The theme and progress of the contest will be published on the official websites of both parties, and the world’s top photographers, such as Steve McCurry and Michael Halsband, will be invited to partake.

“As an internationally recognized media brand, National Geographic has always embraced the diversity of humanity in order to deliver excellent content. vivo shares these values, which has resulted in our successful partnership over the years,” Wang Yan, Head of National Geographic Branded Content and Partnership, said at the event. As early as 2014, the two brands initiated an image co-creation activity to promote the technological advances of mobile photography. Since then, the technology has seen groundbreaking advancements, and this new cooperation will allow the two parties to explore further, she said

The vivo VISION+ Mobile Photography Academy is a public photography education initiative, providing an artistic and cultural exchange platform for the masses. At the Academy, photography enthusiasts will learn to discover, understand and convey the creative spirit of mobile photography. The vivo VISION+ Mobile Photography Academy will invite world-class photographers to teach master classes to vivo users and photography enthusiasts. Photographer Xiao Quan, who attended the VISION+ launch event, is one of the participants in this program. vivo will conduct the VISION+ Master Class, providing a cultural exchange platform for photographers and users. vivo will also launch a youth training camp, the VISION+ Youth Program, for aspiring photographers in colleges and universities. By providing a platform where young people can learn, communicate, create and practice, vivo will contribute towards cultivating creativity and talent.

The core foundation of the “VISION+ Photographers Federation” is JOY IMAGE, uniting like-minded and excellent photographers around the world. vivo hopes to collaborate with more creators to explore the limitless possibilities of mobile photography, which will ultimately contribute towards the technological advancements and aesthetic developments of vivo product design.

Based on comprehensive consumer research and a user-centric design approach, vivo is a pioneering innovator of mobile photography technology. This has translated into vivo’s cutting-edge offerings such as the world’s first pop-up front camera featured in vivo NEX, or the revolutionary Gimbal Camera System of the vivo X50 series and the use of the 50MP GN1 sensor. In the future, vivo shall continue to flourish in categories such as night photography, digital portraits, sports imaging, telephoto lens, videography, and other mobile photography features. vivo will pursue innovation based on users’ insights, enhancing the technical capabilities and heightening the standards of mobile photography universally.

In order to attain these goals, vivo is vigorously carrying out technical development processes. At the event, Li Zhuo, Director of Digital Imaging Product of vivo, said the industry’s first state-of-the-art sensor with RGBW matrix and CFA filter has been discreetly developed by vivo for one year. Its photosensitive efficiency is 200% higher than the conventional RGGB matrix and 60% higher than the RYYB matrix, addressing the issue of RYYB technology being prone to color casting. This technology will push the photosensitivity of smartphones to a new level, capturing precise and clear images under various adverse light conditions.

Li also revealed that new devices adopting the RGBW sensor are already under development and are forecasted to hit the market next year. He concluded that for the progression of future technologies, the ultimate objective is to allow novice users to effortlessly achieve visual effects on par with professional photographers. vivo is committed to making mobile phones a tool for users to create, so that everyone can take photos that exceed expectations and have wonderful experiences.

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WhatsApp Now Transcribes Voice Messages on Android



Calling all Android users who dread lengthy voice messages: rejoice! WhatsApp is rolling out voice message transcription to its beta app.

This feature, already available for iOS users since May 2024, is now part of the WhatsApp Beta version for Android. It automatically converts voice messages into text, making it easier and faster to understand conversations.

Currently, transcriptions are supported in five languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, and Hindi, with more languages promised in the future. Users opting in will need to download an additional data package to ensure all transcripts are generated directly on their devices, maintaining message privacy.

This update brings Android users closer to iOS users in terms of features and highlights WhatsApp’s commitment to improving the overall user experience.

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Apple Detects Spyware Targeting iPhones in Multiple Countries



Apple has issued a second spyware attack warning to iPhone users in 98 countries, raising concerns about the growing threat to mobile security. This follows a similar alert in April targeting users in 92 countries.

While specific details about the latest attacks remain under wraps, the alert serves as a stark reminder of the evolving threat landscape. India is one confirmed country where users received the notification.

Spyware, a particularly invasive type of malware, can grant attackers complete access to an iPhone, including encrypted messages, audio, and video. The notorious Pegasus spyware from NSO Group is a well-known example.

“Apple detected that you are being targeted by a mercenary spyware attack that is trying to remotely compromise the iPhone associated with your Apple ID -xxx-,” Apple wrote in its new spyware alert.

Adding to the concern, researchers recently revealed the return of LightSpy, a “particularly dangerous” campaign capable of pinpointing a target’s location with “near-perfect accuracy.”

The worrying aspect of these attacks is their ability to exploit “zero-click” vulnerabilities, meaning infection can occur without any user interaction, such as opening a malicious link or attachment.

This highlights the importance of remaining vigilant and following Apple’s security recommendations, which may include updating your device to the latest iOS version.

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Acer Launches Chromebox Mini



As the digital landscape evolves, businesses are increasingly seeking ways to engage with audiences. Digital signage and interactive kiosks are at the forefront of this trend, with the market expected to reach $30.56 billion by 2028. Acer addresses this demand with mini-PCs designed for digital signage and kiosks. Their Chromebox Mini CXM1 is a secure and reliable mini-PC that can drive up to three displays simultaneously. It’s compact, silent, and features the latest connectivity options like Wi-Fi 6E and Gigabit Ethernet.

Powered by ChromeOS, the Chromebox Mini CXM1 offers fast deployment, automatic updates, and long-term support. Additionally, the cloud-based Google Admin console allows for remote management and customization. The Chromebox Mini CXM1 complements Acer’s existing line-up of digital signage solutions, including Large Format Displays (LFDs). Acer offers LFDs in various configurations, from high-resolution 4K displays to interactive whiteboards. These LFDs seamlessly integrate with the Chromebox Mini CXM1 using a VESA mounting kit.

Acer’s large format displays are designed for consistent performance and stunning clarity. They cater to various needs, including promotional signage, education, and corporate collaboration. With robust management tools and automated security, Acer displays require minimal maintenance, allowing businesses to focus on creating engaging content. Acer’s Chromebox Mini CXM1 and LFDs provide businesses with a comprehensive suite of tools for impactful advertising, information sharing, and customer interaction.

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