Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro is now getting the official Android 11 Beta update for download. The beta of the upcoming version of Android is mainly for developers to work on the Android 11 before it is rolled out to the masses. Xiaomi initially released the beta build of Android 11 for its Mi 10 smartphone only, but it is now available for the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro as well. This beta version of Android 11 does not have Xiaomi’s skin MIUI on it, and is Android in its true vanilla form.
Xiaomi announced via its forums that Android 11 Beta 1 is now available for its Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro smartphones.
Xiaomi had already announced the beta build coming to the Mi 10, and with the new announcement, the Mi 10 Pro is also getting the beta ROMs.
Xiaomi mentions that the Android 11 Beta is primarily for Android developers to adapt their own apps to the upcoming version of Android and not for the end consumer. It has also recommended taking a backup of the data on the smartphone before flashing this Android 11 Beta build.
Android 11 Beta brings new features to the popular operating system such as chat bubbles, improved media controls, and better control over permissions among others. Android 11 Beta also brings additional functionality to the power button menu by adding the ability to access connected devices easily.
Google has recently released Android 11 Beta 1.5 which fixes a few bugs in the previous release. This patch is currently only available to Google Pixel smartphones.
The lives of critically ill patients with coronavirus can be saved with a cheap and widely available medicine.
Experts in the UK say the successful treatment with the low-dose steroid drug dexamethasone is a “tremendous breakthrough” in the fight against this deadly virus.
The drug is part of a larger global treatment trial to see if any of the popular drugs are effective against the corona virus.
The use of this drug in the trial reduced the mortality rate by one-third in patients who were on ventilators and by about 20% in patients who were on oxygen.
Researchers say that if the drug had been given to patients as soon as the epidemic broke out in the UK, about 5,000 lives could have been saved.
In addition, poor countries with a large number of Code 19 patients can benefit greatly.
About 19 out of 20 people infected with the coronavirus recovered without going to the hospital. And most of those who were hospitalized also recovered, although some needed oxygen or artificial respiration. These are patients who were in critical condition but benefited from the use of dexamethasone.
This drug is already prescribed to reduce inflammation in many disorders, and it seems to reduce the damage to the body’s overactive immune system after being infected with the covid19 and to eliminate the virus. Is.
The body’s excessive response is called cytokine and can be fatal.
During the trial, which was supervised by a team from the University of Oxford, 2,000 patients were admitted to the hospital with dexamethasone and then compared to 4,000 patients who had not been given the drug.
Patients on ventilators had a 40 to 25 percent reduced risk of death. Patients who needed oxygen had a 25 to 20 percent reduction in risk of death.
“So far, this is the only drug that has reduced the death rate, and significantly reduced it,” said Professor Peter Horby, head of the researchers. This is a great development. ”
Another researcher, Professor Martin Landre, says that one in eight patients who need artificial respiration can survive with the drug.
Similarly, at least one out of every 20 to 25 patients on oxygen can be saved.
“The benefits are obvious,” he says. And dexamethasone treatment for 10 days costs five pounds (approximately ڈالر 6) per patient. Which means 35 pounds of life-saving medicine is available worldwide
Professor Landrey says the drug can be given to patients in hospitals if appropriate, but people should not take it on their own at home.
Dexamethasone is not beneficial for people who do not have severe symptoms of coronavirus and do not have difficulty breathing.
The trial, called the Recovery Trial, has been going on since March. The trial also included the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, which was later discontinued due to concerns that it could increase the risk of heart disease and death.
Another antiviral drug, Remediesaver, which is helpful in early recovery from the corona virus, is already available for treatment at the UK’s National Health Service or NHS.
According to the BBC’s health correspondent Fergus Walsh, dexamethasone has been used for a variety of ailments since the 1960’s, including asthma and joint pain. More than half of all patients with COD 19 who need a ventilator die, so a one-third reduction in the death rate is a significant achievement.
The drug is given intravenously to critically ill people, while it is given in pill form to patients with mild symptoms.
ایک تھا مصر کا بادشاہ جس کا نام تھا عاصم اس کے بیٹے کا نام تھا سیف جس کے نام پر جھیل کا نام مشہور ہے
سیف شہزادےکو ایک دفعہ خواب آئی خواب میں اس نے اس جھیل کو بھی دیکھا اور اس جگہ کو بھی دیکھا اور ساتھ پری کو بھی دیکھا جس کا نام تھا بدیع الجمال اس سے پہلے یہاں انسانوں کی آبادی نہیں تھی
سب سے شہزادہ سیف یہاں ایا تو اور اسی نے اس جگہ کو تلاش کیا تھا۔
شہزادے نے خواب دیکھنے کے بعد صبح وہ خواب اپنے والد کو بتائی ۔
بادشاہ نے کہا بیٹا یہ جگہ اور پری تو اپکو مل جائے گی لیکن اس کیلے اپکو کافی محنت کرنی پڑے گی ۔
شہزادے نے رخت سفرباندھا اور سفر شروع کردیا ایک سال تو اسکو مصر میں ہی لگ گیا اسکو کسی بھی طرح اس جھیل کا سراغ نہ ملا سال کے بعد اللہ کی قدرت سے ایسا ہوا کہ چاند کی چودویں رات تھی مصر میں ہی اسکو ایک بزرگ سے سامنا ہوگیا اس نے بتایا کہ ایک ملکہ پربت پہاڑ ہے ( ملکہ پربت اس چوٹی کو کہتے ہیں جو سیف الملوک جھیل سے شمال کی جانب واقع ہے جھیل اسی چوٹی کے دامن میں ہے)
لوگ کہتے ہیں کہ اج تک کوئی اس چوٹی کو سر نہیں کر سکا کہا جاتا ہیکہ اس پر جنوں اور پریوں کا قبضہ ہے ۔
اچھا تو اتے ہیں کہانی کی طرف ۔
اس شہزادے کو بزرگ نے کچھ علم دیا جس کے مدد سے دو جن شہزادے کے طابع ہوگئے جنہوں نے شہزادے کو وہاں سے اٹھایا اور سیف الملوک جھیل کے سامنے جس جگہ ایک چھوٹی مسجد بنی ہوئی ہے وہاں پر لاکر چھوڑ دیا ۔
جہاں سے اجکل ہم جھیل پر جاتے ہیں اس وقت یہاں سے جانے کا کوئی راستہ نہیں تھا جھیل بہت بلند تھی اور ملکہ پربت کے دامن تک پھیلی ہوئی تھی۔
شہزادہ وہاں پہنچ کر جھیل کو پہچان گیا شہزادے نے 40 دن تک عبادت کی (چلا کاٹا)
40ویں دن کے بعد چاند کی چودویں رات تھی شہزادے نے دیکھا کہ جھیل کے اندر پریاں اتر کر نہا رہی ہیں اور ایک پری کے ساتھ 7 سات پریاں الگ ہیں اور ایک پری ان میں سے مختلف ہے جو شائد بدیع الجمال ہی تھی اور باقی سات اسکی باندیاں۔
شہزادے نے فورا ان دو جنوں کو طلب کیا اور پوچھا کہ کیسے وہ اس پری کو حاصل کرے گا ۔
جنوں نے پریوں میں سے پری بدیع الجمال کا تاج اٹھایا اور شہزادے کو دے دیا پریاں جب جھیل سے نکلی اور اپنے اپنے تاج پہنے تو ملکہ کا تاج غائب تھا ملکہ نے تاج کے بارے دریافت کیا تو باقی پریاں پرشان ہوگی اور گھبرا گئی۔
اسی گھبراہٹ میں وہ بھاگ گئی اس دوران شہزادہ بدیع الجمال کے سامنے اگیا شہزادے کے پاس تاج دیکھا تو پری نے کہا کہ میرا تاج مجھے واپس دے دو میں ایک دیو کے قبضے میں ہوں اور وہ دیو یہاں پہنچاتو تمھیں اور مجھے مار ڈالے گا
شہزادے نے یہ بات نہ مانی اور کہا کہ جو ہوگا دیکھا جائے گا تم میرے ساتھ چلو شہزادے پری کو ساتھ لے کر ناران کی طرف نکل آیا ناران اس وقت بیابان جنگل ہوتا تھا وہاں شہزادہ ساتھ ساتھ دعا بھی مانگتا رہا
دوسری طرف جو پریاں واپس گئی تھی انہوں نے جاکر فورا دیو کو بتادیا کہ اج جھیل میں ہم سے بدیع الجمال بچھڑ گئی یے دیو فورا جھیل پر پہنچا اور اس نے جھیل پر پری کو تلاش کیا اسکو پری نہ ملی اسکو غصہ ایا اسنے جھیل کی سامنے والی جانب پاؤں مارا جس سے جھیل ٹوٹ گئی اور جھیل کا سارا پانی نیچے کی جانب بہنے لگا پانی فلڈ کی شکل میں ناران میں داخل ہوا پری اور شہزادہ راستے میں تھے انہوں نے پھر دعا مانگی انکی دعا قبول ہوئی زمین کے اندر ایک غار بن گئی پری اور شہزادہ اس میں داخل ہوگئے دائیں اور بائیں جانب سے سیلاب گزر گیا ۔
کہا جاتا ہیکہ وہ غار آج بھی موجود ہے اور اس میں روشنی کام نہیں کرتی ۔
دوسری طرف دیو نے تلاش نہ چھوڑی وہ دوسری جانب نکلا پہاڑ کی دوسری جانب جلکھڈ کے پاس اس کا پاوں دلدل میں پھنس گیا جس جگہ کو آج پیالہ جھیل کہتے ہیں اس میں پانی زیر زمین زخیرے سے اتا یے۔
کافی دن تلاش کرنے کے بعد اسکو پری نہ ملی تو اس نے ایک بلند پہاڑ سے چھلانگ لگا کر خود کشی کر لی پری اور شہزادہ بہت عرصہ تک اس غار میں رہے بعد میں ان جنوں نے جو شہزادے کے قبضے میں تھے انہوں نے شہزادے کو بتایا کہ جن اب ختم ہوچکا ہے اب تم اپنے ملک واپس جا سکتے ہو پری اور شہزادے کو انہوں نے اٹھایا اور مصر پہنچا دیا اور وہ خوشی سے باقی زندگی بسر کرنے لگے۔
اس شہزادے کے نام سے جھیل سیف الملوک کا نام مشہور ہوا ملوک اسکو اس لیے کہتے ہیں کہ یہاں شہزادے کی پری سے ملاقات ہوئی یہ کہانی اگلی نسلوں کو پتہ لگی اور نسل در نسل منتقل ہوتی یہاں تک پہنچی۔
چاند کی چودویں رات کو اس جھیل کا منظر بہت خوب صورت ہوتا یے جب چاند جوبن پر ہوتا ہے تو رات کو جھیل کا منظر دیدنی ہوتا ہے ۔چاند پہاڑ رات اور ستارے ۔مقامی لوگوں کا کہنا ہیکہ اس رات کو برگزیدہ بندوں کو جن اور
پریاں نظر بھی اتی ہیں۔
مجھے یہ کہانی میاں اشرف نے سنائی ہے جو وہاں سیف الملوک کے پاس رہتا یے جس کی عمر 70 سال سے زائد یے ۔
میاں اشرف کا یہ بھی کہنا تھا کہ اس نے جن اور پریاں دیکھی بھی ہیں ۔
اس کہانی کے سچ اور جھوٹ ہونے سے قطعہ نظر اس کے مشہور ہونے اور پرانے لوگوں سے تواتر کے ساتھ اسکو سننے کے بعد اسکو قارئین کی نظر کررہا ہوں امید ہیکہ پسند ائے گی
The Infinix Hot 9 was recently launched in India, along with a variant called the Hot 9 Pro. These smartphones were both priced below Rs. 10,000 at launch, but feature quad cameras and hole-punch displays. What caught my eye is the choice of processor. The Infinix Hot 9 packs in the same processor as the Infinix Hot 8, which raises a few questions. Is the Hot 9 a true upgrade, or has Infinix compromised too much to keep the price below Rs. 10,000? Let’s find out.
Infinix Hot 9 Design: Punching holes
Budget smartphones usually don’t have the most modern designs and they all tend to look the same. It is safe to say that the latest trend in the mid-range takes about a year to trickle down to the budget category. As a result, you can see that most smartphones in the sub Rs. 10,000 segment sport dewdrop notches. Infinix is an exception here, since it already had the Infinix S5 and the Infinix S5 Lite in the market with hole-punch designs. The company hopes its products will stand out for being the first in their segments with such new features. The camera hole is in the top left corner of the screen.
The display on the Infinix Hot 9 measures 6.6 inches and sports an HD+ resolution. The panel is decent for the price, but the size isn’t the best for single-handed use. I found myself shuffling the phone in my hand to reach the notification shade. The display has decent viewing angles but brightness could have been better. The power and the volume buttons are easy to reach, and so is the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.
The Infinix Hot 9 has a hole-punch display
What I don’t like about the Infinix Hot 9 is the thick bezels all around the display, especially the chin. Interestingly, Infinix has managed to hide a selfie flash in the top bezel near the selfie camera. This is very hard to spot when it is off, but it also works at a low intensity as a notification LED. It can also be used as a flashlight along with the rear flash, which Infinix calls 360 Flash.
This phone is slightly, in part because of its 5,000mAh battery. At the back, the Infinix Hot 9 sports a quad-camera setup which is another highlight of this smartphone. The back is made out of plastic but it doesn’t feel as good as the Realme C3 (Review) I reviewed earlier this year.
Infinix has gone with a Micro-USB port on the device for charging, which is disappointing especially considering the fact that several budget phones now have USB Type-C ports. The company also ships a 10W charger in the box. The Hot 9 has a 3.5mm headphone jack at the bottom along with a loudspeaker grille.
Infinix Hot 9 specifications: Flogging a dead horse
The MediaTek Helio P22 SoC on the spec sheet caught my attention and not for good reasons. It is now a relatively old processor, and Infinix has used it on several of its budget smartphones including the Infinix S5 (Review), Infinix S5 Lite (Review), and Infinix Hot 8 (Review). I have long maintained that the Helio P22 is a decent processor but it is weak compared to what the competition is offering at this price. For someone using basic functions and messaging apps, the Helio P22 will be enough, but it will be an issue for heavy users and gamers.
The aging processor is paired with 4GB of RAM to help it with multitasking. There is 64GB of storage, which should be enough but is still expandable by up to 256GB using a microSD card. There are no RAM or storage variants of this device, but you can choose from four colour options, namely Quetzal Cyan, Midnight Black, Violet, and Ocean Wave.
You have two Nano-SIM slots and there is support for 4G LTE on both. There is also Bluetooth 5, Wi-Fi, FM, and the usual sensors.
It runs the latest version of Android with XOS 6.0 on top
Infinix ships this phone with XOS 6 based on Android 10, and it was running the January security patch which is quite old. While the UI has a lot of customisations, you won’t have trouble finding your way around it. You get gesture navigation which lets you ditch the on-screen three-button navigation bar. There is a smart panel as well which gives you quick access to your favourite apps, plus quick controls for screenshots and screen recording.
This phone also has motion gestures and you swipe the screen with three fingers to capture screenshots easily. Infinix has also rolled out a few features around WhatApp in the Settings app, under the name Social Turbo. You can record WhatsApp calls, create stickers, and also save WhatsApp statuses easily. The phone also has a WhatsApp mode that only allows this one app to access data while all other traffic is blocked. This could help you stay in touch when your battery is running critically low.
Infinix’s custom XOS UI has some useful features
I found quite a few apps preinstalled on the device, including Instagram, Messenger, Facebook, XClub, Phone Master, AHA Games, Yo Party, PHX Browser, Palm Store, and a few games. The PHX Browser, Palm Store and XTheme apps sent us notifications once in a while. There is DTS Sound enhancement which did make a difference while using headphones, but it did not affect the loudspeaker.
The Hot 9 has a Game mode as well, which blocks incoming notifications and can reject incoming calls to prevent distractions. It also lets you remap the volume buttons as a trigger button for games. While this is something new, it isn’t very comfortable to use.
Infinix Hot 9 performance: Not so hot
I didn’t have high expectations of the Hot 9 in terms of performance. It is capable of handling basic usage but slowed down when I launched heavy games. Loading apps took are noticeably longer than usual. The 4GB of RAM helps with multitasking, but if an app is terminated in the background you will need to wait for the processor to load it up again. The fingerprint scanner is quick to unlock the smartphone and so is the face recognition feature. I found the display on the Infinix Hot 9 to be strictly average.
We ran benchmarks on the Infinix Hot 9 and the numbers were some of the lowest we have seen in 2020. In AnTuTu, the phone posted 103,405 points, and in PCMark Work, it posted 5,089 points. These are lower than the scores of the Realme C3, which I reviewed earlier this year. That phone, which is priced at around the same level, scored 192,187 and 8,573 in these tests respectively. Graphics performance isn’t strong either, and the Infinix Hot 9 scored 51fps and 25fps in GFXBench’s T-Rex and Manhattan 3.1 scenes respectively.
It still sports a dated microUSB port for charging
I wouldn’t recommend this device for gamers as it takes a long time to load popular titles such as PUBG Mobile. The graphics defaulted to Smooth with the frame rate at Medium, but I still noticed lag and stutter during gameplay. It won’t be satisfying to play games on this device. However, I did play the game for close to 20 minutes and it barely got warm to the touch.
The Infinix Hot 9 managed to score well in our HD video loop battery life test, going on for 20 hours and 50 minutes. The Helio P22 SoC is known for its efficiency, and the low brightness of the screen also helped it post the higher number. Charging is a pain as the 10W charger takes easily over two hours to fill the battery completely. Charging it for 30 minutes only got me to 21 percent.
Infinix Hot 9 Cameras: Don’t expect too much
The Hot 9 packs in a quad-camera setup at the back, with of a 13-megapixel primary sensor, a 2-megapixel macro camera, a 2-megapixel depth sensor, and a low-light sensor. For selfies, it has an 8-megapixel front camera. The camera UI is very basic and easy to use. The default camera mode is AI Cam, which uses the primary 13-megapixel camera. There’s a quick toggle to switch to the macro camera. Other shooting modes on the Infinix Hot 9 include Beauty, Bokeh, AR shot, Panorama, and Video. There is no dedicated night mode and the phone relies on AI to toggle between the 13-megapixel primary camera and the low-light sensor.
The quad-camera setup has a dedicated low-light sensor
In daylight, the Hot 9’s shots were below average, and it could only manage decent details on objects close to the camera. It does not do a very good job at metering light and tends to overexpose the sky in a few shots. For closeups, I noticed that the Hot 9 would take some time to lock focus, and the output was not as sharp as I would have liked.
Infinix Hot 9 daylight camera sample (tap to see full-sized image)
Infinix Hot 9 closeup camera sample (tap to see full-sized image)
Bokeh mode lets you set the level of blur before taking a shot. I took a few photos in this mode. The edge detection wasn’t great and the blurring was inconsistent. The output from the macro camera is also not as sharp as I would have liked, and the details are strictly average.
Infinix Hot 9 Bokeh mode camera sample (tap to see full-sized image)
Infinix Hot 9 macro camera sample (tap to see full-sized image)
In low light, the phone manages to keep noise under control but grain is visible on the output on zooming in. Photos aren’t sharp, and objects at a distance have quite weak detail. Since there is no Night mode, you’ll have to rely on the AI to figure it all out, which it doesn’t.
Infinix Hot 9 low-light camera sample (tap to see full-sized image)
Selfies are decent but the colour tone was slightly off in daylight. In low light, selfies are not sharp but do have decent details, and the flash is handy.
Infinix Hot 9 daylight selfie camera sample (tap to see full-sized image)
Infinix Hot 9 low-light selfie camera sample (tap to see full-sized image)
Video recording maxes out at 1080p but this phone lacks any kind of stabilisation. This results in shaky footage. Low-light video quality is below average as well, and the lack of stabilisation could render video useless.
PDF is one of the most popular file formats, from government circulars to ebooks. We’ve already shown you how to convert PDF to Word, and now we’re going to show you how to convert Word to PDF. Word to PDF is a relatively easy conversion because there are really simple Word to PDF converters available. You can convert Word to PDF for free without installing any apps too. Follow this guide to see how to convert Word to PDF.
How to convert Word to PDF
The first method we are going to show doesn’t require you to install any app on your device. It works across all devices, be it smartphones, tablets and computers. With that said, follow these steps.
Visit the website, www.hipdf.com.
Once the website is loaded, click on the third option from the top that says, Word to PDF.
After that, click Choose File > select the Word document from your phone’s or computer’s local storage and open it.
Once the document is finished uploading, hit Convert > wait for the file to finish the conversion > click on Download.
That’s it. Your Word document will now be converted into a PDF file.
If you want to convert Word to PDF offline, you can do so via Apple’s Pages app, which is a Word alternative for iOS and macOS. Here’s how to convert Word to PDF via Pages.
Locate the Word document and open it in Pages.
Once the document is loaded, on Pages for Mac, click on File > Export To > PDF.
On Pages for Mac, a menu will pop-up, set the quality to Best and click on Next.
You’ll now be asked to enter the file name and edit the save location. Once done, hit Export. With this done, you have just now successfully converted a Word doc into a PDF file on a Mac.
On Pages for iOS, open the document, tap the three-dots icon on the top right > Export > PDF. The share sheet will open now and you can save it via the Files app, copy it to other apps, or share it with others.
That brings us to the last method that we’ll be suggesting to convert Word to PDF. This method is for the ones who have a Windows 10 machine and want to convert Word documents into PDFs. Simply, follow these steps.
Locate the Word document on your Windows 10 computer and open it in Microsoft Word.
Once the document is loaded, click on File > Save As > edit the file name. Below that when you click, you’ll see a drop-down menu > select PDF.
Once done, hit Save and your Word file will now be downloaded as a PDF on your computer.
Some 50 editors working for MSN, Microsoft’s news operation, have learned their contracts won’t be renewed and their jobs will be performed by artificial intelligence software, according to multiple news reports.
The contractors hired through staffing agencies Aquent, IFG and MAQ Consulting were notified May 27 that their services would not be needed beyond June 30, The Seattle Times reported last week.
There was no mention of artificial intelligence in a statement provided to TechNewsWorld by company rep Tayor Jerue.
“Like all companies, we evaluate our business on a regular basis,” Microsoft stated. “This can result in increased investment in some places and, from time to time, re-deployment in others. These decisions are not the result of the current pandemic.”
All full-time news producers working at MSN, whose duties are similar to those of the contractors, will remain with the company, the Times reported.
MSN will use AI to do the jobs of the editors, which include identifying trending news stories, rewriting headlines, and adding photos and slideshows to stories, the paper said, citing anonymous sources.
The contractors also planned content, maintained editorial calendars, and assigned content to partner news websites.
Weird, Boring Stories
“What Microsoft is doing doesn’t sound that different from what Google News does,” said Dan Kennedy, professor in the School of Journalism at Northeastern University in Boston.
“The human editors at Microsoft were doing what Google News has been doing automatically for years,” he told TechNewsWorld, “which is aggregating stories into a page of news.”
There have been efforts to use AI to take over some functions of journalism for quite a few years, but they haven’t been all that successful so far, Kennedy noted.
The Associated Press, for example, uses software to generate coverage of quarterly earnings reports for about 3,700 companies. In that case, though, the AP is using AI to broaden its coverage, since it doesn’t have the resources to cover the earnings reports of so many companies.
One experimental approach was to have stringers feed data about local sports events into a program that then writes a story about the event.
“It’s very limited, and the stories are kind of weird and boring,” Kennedy said. “There is no substitute for the judgment of a good human editor.”
Machine-written stories may not be a good idea from a journalist’s point of view, but media owners bent on reducing payroll may have a different perspective.
“It’s one thing when Google or Microsoft does something in this area, because you don’t think of them as news companies — but if this is successful, it could bleed over into real news companies,” Kennedy said.
“That will mean not only fewer jobs for journalists, but a diminished editorial product,” he pointed out, “because you’re eliminating a layer of human judgment.”
However, journalists shouldn’t be threatened by AI in the near term, said Kennedy.
“The technology isn’t good enough, yet — but that could change,” he continued. “I suppose it’s going to get better, and at some point it will present a real threat to not only jobs but the whole philosophy of having human editorial judgment applied to journalism.”
Anyone who has had a post deleted by Facebook knows the pitfalls of using algorithms to make editorial judgments, Kennedy added. “You can’t argue with them. You can’t reason with them. You can’t get them to change their mind. The fewer humans you have in the process, the more diminished the journalism is.”
Gaming the AI
Artificial intelligence systems eventually might start writing stories, but that would be a mistake, said Bill Ostendorf, president of Creative Circle Media Consulting in Providence, Rhode Island.
“Once it’s discovered how the AI is writing a story, it can be manipulated to hide data or omit it,” he told TechNewsWorld.
One area where AI is a journalist’s friend, though, is in processing massive amounts of data. “AI is good at hunting and finding data in databases,” Ostendorf said.
If AI makes any inroads in journalism, it’s likely to be with large news outfits with deep pockets.
“Ninety percent of newspapers don’t even have the resources to do an infographic, so AI is going to be out of their reach,” Ostendorf noted.
It’s common when selling change to the rank and file of an organization to sell it as a way to help employees do a better job. That’s the case with AI for journalists, too. It’s supposed to free them up to do more high-value stories.
“Developers may genuinely believe their software is going to make a person’s job better,” Ostendorf said, “but for management it’s usually about reducing headcount, not making anyone’s job better.”
Americans Skeptical of AI
AI performs many journalistic tasks that would go undone without it, such as writing thousands of earnings reports, wrote business journalist Mikael Törnwall in a report prepared for multinational networking and telecommunications company Ericsson, based in Sweden.
“Yet it would be naive to believe that media companies will not also use technology to cut costs by reducing staff,” he wrote. “In this sense, artificial intelligence is both an opportunity for journalism and a threat to journalists.”
As part of the report, a survey was conducted by Kantar SIFO of more than 4,000 people in Sweden, South Korea, Brazil, and the United States about AI and journalism. Of the four nations, U.S. citizens were the most skeptical of AI.
Honor 8S (2020) has been quietly launched in the UK and the phone is up for grabs via the company’s website. The budget phone is offered in a sole Navy Blue colour option and it comes with a single rear camera. The phone is identical to last year’s Honor 8S with the main difference being that it now comes in a 3GB RAM and 64GB storage option. It is unclear whether the phone will make its way to the Indian market.
Honor 8S (2020) price
The Honor 8S (2020) price in the UK has been set at GBP 100 (roughly Rs. 9,600) and the phone is already up for sale via Honor UK site. The phone’s predecessor – Honor 8S (2019) was first launched in Russia last year and it was offered in 2GB RAM + 32GB storage option. The phone came in Black, Blue, and Gold colour options and it was priced at RUB 8,490 (roughly Rs. 8,900).
Honor 8S (2020) specifications
The dual-SIM (Nano) Honor 8S (2020) runs Android 9 Pie with EMUI 9.0 on top and it sports a 5.71-inch HD+ (720×1,520 pixels) display. The Honor 8S is powered by quad-core MediaTek Helio A22 SoC, paired with 3GB of RAM. In terms of the cameras, there’s a single 13-megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 aperture and a 5-megapixel front shooter with f/2.2 aperture. There is 64GB of onboard storage, which can further be expanded using a dedicated microSD card slot. The phone also packs a 3,020mAh battery.
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