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Huawei Honor Holly 4 review: Good battery life, but misses out on the X factor

first_imgHuawei sub-brand Honor has seen a pretty good response in the Indian market. One of the reasons being that the Honor brand has produced quality smartphones that work well on design and hardware in the ever so popular mid-range segment. The Holly series since its inception has been the brand’s budget offering. The newest Holly 4 changes things a little as it crosses the Rs 10,000 mark. At Rs 11,999, the phone will be going up against the likes of the Moto G5 and the Redmi Note 4 to name a few.The Holly 4 highlights a metal finish, sturdy build, HD display, fingerprint sensor, 13-megapixel rear camera, and Android 7.0 Nougat-based EMUI 5.1 among other things that should satisfy budget phone users, and particularly Honor fans. But seeing as how competitive this segment has become in the recent years, we take a look at whether the specs justifies the price and whether the Holly 4 delivers what one expects from a smartphone in this segment today.Design and build qualityThe Holly series from Huawei sub-brand Honor has never been known for bringing good looking phones. Since the original Honor Holly, the company has never pushed design as a major highlight. It was more about offering decent specs at a budget price. However, the price of each successive Holly smartphone has been increasing with the Holly 4 now crossing the Rs 10,000 mark. But the design still looks familiar and dated.The front looks identical to the Holly 3 with a 5-inch HD (720×1280) display and bezels on the top, bottom and sides. You see the Honor logo on the chin, the earpiece on the top with the front camera on its right and the ambient light sensor on the left. The back looks different from the patterned rear of the Holly 3. The newest phone goes for a smooth metal-like look. Only the back isn’t one complete finish. There is a plastic outer casing and an inner metal panel where the camera, fingerprint sensor and the Honor logo can be found. The division doesn’t give it a uniform feel to it, but it looks a lot more appealing than the patterned Holly 3.advertisementThe Honor Holly 4’s design looks familiar and datedThe Holly 4 feels smooth to hold and is quite lightweight making it easy to carry around. The power button on the right is patterned to differentiate it from the volume controls just above. There are two speakers on the bottom with a microUSB port in between. Overall it’s a compact phone that feels solid rather than flimsy when you hold it.DisplayThe Honor Holly 4 sports a 5-inch HD display with a 720×1280 pixel resolution. This isn’t a bright display, but you get the colours and sharpness. The app icons look good although some of them can look washed out a little. Thanks to EMUI 5, the display is largely filled with blues and whites which gives it a pleasing look.At its maximum brightness level, the Holly 4 still feels dull and doesn’t have the best visibility under bright sunlight. Watching videos on YouTube or other streaming platforms won’t give you accurate colours, but if you aren’t the nitpicking types then it won’t bother you all the much. The display will not disappoint under dim lights or absolute darkness as well.The Holly 4 feels a little lacking in display mostly because we’re now spoiled by the likes of Moto G5 and Redmi Note 4, which offer Full HD resolution. Bumping the phone to a Full HD display would have definitely earned some brownie points considering the price segment. SoftwareHuawei’s custom EMUI operating system has largely been met with negative reviews. Despite the company’s claims that its OS gets simpler and more user friendly with successive version, EMUI is still far from great. The Holly 4 runs on Android 7.0 Nougat with EMUI 5.1 on top. In my experience with the device, I found the UI pretty sticky.The phone misses on that fluidity one expects when navigating through the phone. Scrolling through web pages or social media sites feels slow and isn’t as responsive to touch as I would have liked. The UI is not as smooth and responsive to the touch as you would want and there are visible lags when opening and closing apps, which can get frustrating. There’s also a lot of bloatware, which will definitely put you off if you’re looking for a more pure Android experience.EMUI 5.1 is built on blues and whites, which is what you’ll see when you look at the display. There are a number of features that come with the skin including an option to switch to an app drawer, multi-purpose fingerprint sensor that can be assigned to snap pictures, take calls, stop and alarm and more. It is also more tuned to differentiate between intentional and unintentional touches when it’s in your pocket or bag. You also get some smart options like motion control and voice control all of which can be found in Setting under ‘Smart Assistance’. I don’t mind these customisations and gestures as it makes the UI a lot more easier to use. advertisementDespite all the added customisations and features that EMUI 5 brings to the table, it still feels too cluttered and confusing to navigate compared to the more stock Android phones like the Moto G5. But if you’re a fan of Huawei’s skin then you can give the Holly 4 a look. It is also worth noting that Honor’s own 6X and 8 are priced close to the Holly 4, which provide a little more than what the latter offers.Performance and battery lifeThe Honor Holly 4 is powered by a 1.4GHz octa-core Snapdragon 430 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. It comes with an onboard storage of 32GB, but you’ll actually get roughly 23GB to play with. The device also supports a microSD card of up to 128GB.There are a few performance-related issues that can annoy you here. First of, the fingerprint reader isn’t the quickest of them out there. It is slower and less accurate than what you would expect from a fingerprint sensor in 2017. Browsing intensive websites or apps can get choppy and can start lagging quite a bit. This wouldn’t bother users if it was priced in the entry-level segment, but it is competing against the likes of Moto G5 at just above the Rs 10,000 mark so you expect it to deliver on performance. The phone performs just fine for you basic daily usage like making calls or messaging.There were also a few occasions when apps crashed for no good reason. Playing graphic intense games like Asphalt 8 will not be a smooth experience as you’ll face a lot of stuttering. The phone also starts heating up just a couple of minutes into such games. But 2D games like Super Mario Run work just fine. Gaming and video experience are let down further by poor speaker performance, which is a real shame as the Holly 4 has two of them. The bottom speakers aren’t loud enough even at the highest levels. The sound gets muddled and unclear when set on loud.Standby time on 4G is pretty impressive and should take you through an entire day and a half if you’re a minimal phone userA 3020mAh battery is housed inside the Holly 4 that promises up to 10 hours of 4G browsing and 12 hours of HD video playback. I found the battery to last for about 9-10 hours of usage that included 4G voice calls, music playback and videos on YouTube, and a couple of low graphic-intensive games. The battery might not sound exciting on paper, but you won’t be disappointed here. The phone should easily take you through the day and you’ll only need to charge it again before you hit the bed at night. There’s a microUSB port that will let you charge the device from zero to full in about 2 hours. Standby time on 4G is pretty impressive and should take you through an entire day and a half if you’re a minimal phone user.advertisementCameraIt’s getting harder and harder these days to say that budget smartphones can only offer little when it comes to photography. Cameras in a smartphone have become as much of a selling point as the design, if not more. So manufacturers should be paying more attention to the camera. But the Holly 4 is an example of the company taking the optics for granted, which is quite disappointing.The Holly 4 features a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, and a 5-megapixel front-facing snapper. Outdoor images captured by the rear camera were quite saturated. The reds were too red and the greens were too green. Indoor, the camera couldn’t get accurate whites of the walls and photos captured were noisy and dull even under good lighting. That’s disappointing since there are a number of budget phones today that have improved their camera game. XPreviousNextThere’s not a lot to brag about when it comes to the front camera as well. Selfies taken were average at best. The colours felt dull and faded, and you shouldn’t expect crisp and accurate selfies here. Most of the times the selfies will come out shaky, and you’ll find yourself having to take multiple shots to pick the clearest photo.Should you buy it?It’s becoming difficult for the Holly series to find a place in the competitive budget market. Initially, the original Honor Holly came with decent budget specs starting at Rs 8,000. But the Honor Holly 4 at Rs 11,999 feels like it’s still stuck in the past. You can now get far superior phones at Rs 12,000 like the Moto G5 and the Redmi Note 4 that offer consumers something more. In fact, Honor’s own 6X from earlier this year can now be bought at Rs 11,999 (32GB), which features a 1080p display, dual rear cameras and a Kirin 655 processor.That’s not to say the Holly 4 isn’t without its merits. It’s got a compact yet firm build, dual speakers on the bottom, a decent 720p display and a lightweight design. But the Holly 4 doesn’t have a defining feature, something worth boasting about. Honor would have had a better chance in the offline market if the Holly 4 stayed under the Rs 10,000 price bracket.For Honor fans, the Holly 4 can be an attractive buy. Go for it if you want a phone that doesn’t quit on you before the day ends. There are some neat customisations and features that come with EMUI 5.1 that may please some. At this price, the Holly 4 is not a bad choice, but it’s also not the best you can get.Honor Holly 46.5/10Good stuffGood build qualityImpressive battery and standby timeDecent HD displayBad stuffPerformance lags and stuttersUnderwhelming camerasPoor dual speakerslast_img read more

Protecting Your Computer Part 2 Firewalls

first_imgby Philip Dunn [ Part 1 ]While rather new to computing in comparison to antivirus programs, in today’s Internet connected world firewalls are actually more important. A firewall is a barrier between your computer and the outside world – be it other computers on a network or the Internet.To communicate with other computers, your software is equipped with thousands of virtual ports. These ports or communications channels allow different programs to communicate with each other. Each program looks for a response on a specific port. For example, port 80 is used by your web browser “see” pages on the Internet. Popular chat programs often use port 1214. Some file sharing programs use port 6385. Each program is different and some are configurable as to which port they use.Understanding these ports exist is more important than knowing which one each program uses, however. Unfirewalled ports are constantly listening for attempts at communications from other computers.Hackers know this and often scan the Internet for computers with listening ports. Once found, they initiate communications and quickly – a matter of milliseconds – gain full access to your computer. This process is completely automated and hackers can scan thousands of computers in less than an hour.Once connected, they can do virtually anything you can – read files, install programs – mostly viruses and worms – and even monitor your keystrokes. Keystroke monitoring is dangerous because it allows them to capture your passwords and credit card numbers. Worms are used to infect other computers.The best defense against this is to block access to these ports. When a hacker scans a firewalled computer, he gets no useful information to carry out an attack. The ports are closed.In response to this defense, hackers have devised clever programs that you must install to get around the firewall. This leads us to the firewalls second role: blocking outgoing communications from your computer.When you install any new program that tries to access the outside world, the firewall will inform you of this activity and ask you what you want to do: allow or deny access.Programs can receive for two types of access: client – outgoing communications only and server – two-way communications. Programs that need to register themselves via Internet often ask for client permission. Chat and file sharing software need server access to work properly. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Google launches review after leak of audio conversations Citation: Protecting Your Computer: Part 2 – Firewalls (2006, January 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2006-01-firewalls.html Explore further Be very careful about giving server access to any program. This access can allow the software to modify your system, see files on your hard drive and install software. If you’re not sure, deny access to the program. If the program continues to work properly, it does not need internet access. Programs that fail to work require that you adjust the firewall to allow access. Some firewalls, like Norton Internet Security, scan your computer during the install process and give the appropriate permissions automatically. If not, try to discover what privileges the program needs. Does it need to access the Internet? Is two-way communications required? Give the lowest possible permission to allow it to function – you can always adjust it later if needed.One good way to find out what a program is doing is to Google it. If it’s a virus, somebody has discovered it already.Firewalls can be chatty at times, constantly warning you of outside attacks. These messages can be turned off or ignored. Rest assured its doing its job. Most messages are generated by harmless routers and web servers.Remember that firewalls protect you from all other connected computers, not just ones on the Internet. This can cause headaches when connecting your computer to a local area network at you home or office. Good firewalls, like Zone Alarm, normally detect the new networks and ask for permission for access. If you wish to allow print and file sharing, give server permission, if not, give client permission – enough for web browsing, for example.If you are on an organized network at work, you may be protected by a proxy server with a hardware firewall and a proxy server – ask your network administrator.Don’t even think about connecting your computer to the Internet until you are sure a firewall is installed at some point between you and the Internet.Firewalls, like antivirus programs, need to be kept up to date. They normally do this in the background automatically. Still, it’s a good idea to check them and make sure they are loading at startup and updating automatically. Windows XP version 2 has a built-in firewall that, although not the best, is enough to protect you from most common attacks.Experts recommend more. Get a dedicated firewall like Zone Alarm (free at www.zonelabs.com) or Norton Internet Security (www.symantec.com) – which also includes its famous antivirus program.[ Protecting your Computer: Part 3 – AntiVirus ][/Copyright 2006 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

Awareness campaign to prevent diabetic retinopathy

first_imgKolkata: A diabetic retinopathy screening camp was conducted by Health and Family Welfare department and eye department of Eastern Railway’s B.R. Singh Hospital in collaboration with IROPA (Indian Railway Opthalmic Physicians Association) and ARC/ AIOS (All India Opthalmological Society) at Sonarpur Health Unit on Wednesday.A total of 104 patients were registered in the camp. About 68 diabetic patients were screened at the camp. All screening tests were done, including fundus photography for documentation . About 29 percent of the screened patients were found to be having some form of diabetic retinopathy. They were counselled and all investigation and treatment protocol advised. All patients were told about the disease, prevention and modalities of treatment. This will result to prevent blindness from diabetic retinopathy. Awareness programme was also conducted for prevention of the disease.last_img read more

The 1399room former Revel casino moving under the Hyatt umbrella

first_imgTags: Atlantic City, Hyatt << Previous PostNext Post >> The 1,399-room former Revel casino moving under the Hyatt umbrella ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Atlantic City’s former Revel casino is moving toward its reincarnation as the Ocean Resort Casino.The Boardwalk property said Monday it’s affiliating with the Hyatt hotel chain. The announcement came on the sixth anniversary of the opening of Revel.Colorado developer Bruce Deifik bought Revel in January and set about remaking the property.“Hyatt has an incredible 60-plus-year legacy in the industry, and its loyal global customer base will have access to an authentic way to experience all that makes Atlantic City attractive and popular,” Deifik said.Although Ocean Resort will own and operate the 1,399-room hotel and the casino, its affiliation with Hyatt will enable it to make use of their reservation systems and other infrastructure, a spokeswoman said.It also will include the 32,000-square-foot location of exhale, Hyatt’s newly acquired fitness and spa brand, which will feature 32 treatment rooms, a mind and body studio, and a retail boutique. Ocean Resort will be part of Hyatt’s “Unbound Collection” of hotel properties.More news:  Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongOcean Resort plans to open sometime this summer, although it has not yet announced a date.Accessing the expertise of a major worldwide hotel chain – and its base of potential customers – could address two big reasons Revel failed. It shut down in 2014 after a little over two years of operation, during which it never came close to making a profit.“The global recognition of the Hyatt brand, its base of customers and well-developed loyalty program are major assets for the Ocean Resort Casino, and should provide a strong support for the resort when it opens this summer,” said Rummy Pandit, executive director of the Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality & Tourism at New Jersey’s Stockton University.“The addition of the exhale fitness and spa brand puts even greater emphasis on the resort’s non-gaming amenities and signals a focus on providing guests with experiences beyond casino gaming.”Ocean Resort recently got approval from state gambling regulators for the design of its gambling chips, and has been advertising jobs throughout the resort.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthIt is one of two shuttered casinos planning to reopen this year.Hard Rock is remaking the former Trump Taj Mahal casino that President Donald Trump opened in 1990 and fellow billionaire Carl Icahn closed in 2016. Tuesday, April 3, 2018 By: Wayne ParrySource: The Associated Press Sharelast_img read more