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Google Pixel 3 and Samsung Galaxy Note 9 top selfie-quality rankings

A leading image quality rating agency, DxOMark Image Labs, based in France, has unveiled DxOMark Selfie, a test protocol for front-facing smartphone cameras largely based on its ranking system for smartphone main cameras.

Selfie image quality has become an important criterion for smartphone buyers. — AFP Relaxnews

Instagram claims it’s not limiting the reach of user posts

Instagram users have recently been claiming that the social network is limiting the reach of their posts – and the company has finally taken notice.

Your perfect shots will not go far if the allegations are true. — AFP

British celebrities agree to label ads more clearly

A group of British celebrities who promote products online agreed to tell shoppers upfront if they are being paid for social media posts.

The CMA said Jan 23 that singers such as Goulding and models including Huntington-Whiteley and Chung (pic) will say clearly if they have been paid or received gifts for products they endorse online. — Reuters

Newark operations resume after drone reports halt arrivals

Officials say flight arrivals at Newark Airport were briefly suspended after a drone was spotted over another nearby airport.

US federal aviation authorities stopped flights from flying into and out of Newark Liberty International Airport on Jan 22, 2019, due to reports of drones spotted above nearby Teterboro Airport. Reports say the drones were no longer in the airspace and flights had resumed landing at Newark on Tuesday evening. — AP

China’s Baidu pledges to improve search service after complaint

China's top search engine Baidu Inc said on Jan 23 it will improve its media aggregating service after a complaint about the quality of the service and its search results went viral on social media, helping send its shares down sharply.

Sony to shift UK HQ to avoid Brexit disruption

Sony will shift its European headquarters from Britain to the Netherlands to avoid Brexit-related customs issues, but operations at its current UK company will remain unchanged, a company spokesman said.

Sony last year registered a new company in the Netherlands, and plans to integrate its existing European headquarters in Britain into the new company. — Reuters

ByteDance, the company behind TikTok video app, looks beyond entertainment with a move into education

The deal will see some Smartisan employees join ByteDance as part of the ‘normal flow of talent’.

The move is the company’s latest attempt to expand into the education sector amid Beijing’s tightened cyberspace controls that require short video app operators to more heavily censor their content. — SCMP

Paw patrol: Sony offers robocop dog at home

Sony’s puppy-sized robot dog aibo, equipped with cameras, artificial intelligence and Internet capability, can now remotely check up on family members, children or even pets, the Japanese electronics giant said Jan 23.

Tonga: Whole country cut off from Facebook, YouTube

Tonga has been plunged into virtual cyber darkness after an undersea cable broke, cutting off the Pacific island kingdom from almost all cellphone and Internet services.

Tonga has been plunged into virtual cyber darkness after an undersea cable broke, cutting off the Pacific island kingdom from almost all cell phone and Internet services. — AFP

Tokyo airport tests driverless bus to shuttle visitors

Visitors pouring into Japan’s Haneda airport for the Tokyo Olympics next year may find themselves ferried to and from planes on driverless buses, currently being tested at the major hub.