Xiaomi recently announced its all-new Mi CC series of smartphones in partnership with Meitu. The company plans to launch phones focused towards the selfie lovers under this new lineup.
Two smartphones from this series have already been leaked — Mi CC9 and Mi CC9e. It was being speculated that the launch of these two phones could be around the corner. Now, the company has confirmed that the Mi CC series smartphones will get launched on 2nd July in China.
The company has confirmed through Weibo that it is holding a launch event on 2nd July in Beijing, China at 7:00 PM local time. This will mark the launch of another major smartphone series from the company after it launched Redmi K20 series earlier this year.
The Mi CC lineup will come with impressive photography capabilities since they will be powered by imaging algorithms from “Xiaomi X Meitu AI Aesthetics Lab.” Hence, the upcoming CC9 and CC9e phones may feature more beauty filters and AI features for optimized photography experience.
Leaks reveal that the Mi CC9e will come with a 6.39-inch display and will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 octa-core processor. The phone is expected to have a 48 MP primary sensor on the back side and on the front side, the smartphone will come with a 32 MP snapper. The device will be fuelled by a 4000 mAh battery.
The latest search trends 2019 compiled by Google News Lab highlight how short the public’s attention span is as the media pass from one big thing to another. The crucial topic about addiction to our smartphones and losing our attention is getting bigger and bigger. Screen’s revolution has definitely changed our lives. This Fall, I sat down with Bruno Patino who has been a notable specialist of Digital in French media for more than 20 years. As he said, we could all notice how our attitudes and postures have been changed in the streets, in transportation, in public areas and in our very private intimacy since the smartphones invaded our lives. How far have we been with our smartphones without paying attention and without regulations? Here are some of his answers.
Could you tell me about your successful background?
Briefly, I was the correspondent of French newspaper Le Monde in Chile. Then in 1999, I came back to the newspaper in Paris and they quickly asked me to take care of the digital. At this time, several newspapers chose to reduce their budget in digital and at Le Monde we decided to do the opposite. We opted for an acceleration of digital technology inside the newspaper. So, for ten years, I created and directed lemonde.fr. At this time, but still now, I was very enthusiastic about digital technology. I have met and worked with people who today are not accessible anymore. It was the beginning, the era of internet with the modem and AOL. Google, social media moguls and even our smartphones did not exist yet. When I left Le Monde in 2008, internet had completely changed with our consumption of digital. It became a mass media and everybody was connected non stop and dominated by big digital platforms we all know today. Then, I worked for the Radio at France Culture, and then I was The Director of Program and Digital Transition at France Television. We created channel France TV Info which is now France Info. Since 2015, I have been the Editorial Director of Arte TV and in addition, for 13 years, I have been the Dean of Sciences Po Paris, the School of Journalism.
What is the subject of your book The Civilization of the Goldfish?
This book is an alert. I try to explain in the book what is happening now with the smartphones in our lives. We are completely addicted to our phones and social media (including me). It is not an accident, it is the result of the product made by the giants of Internet to attract our attention. This book which came out in April 2019 arrived at the right moment. The topic of our addiction to our smartphones is everywhere now not only in The Silicon Valley but of course in the Governments and the media. When I started to write the book I was wrong because I thought that we were not too many to understand our addiction, and it is truly the opposite today and that’s why the book is acclaimed.
What is The Civilization of the Goldfish?
It is ourselves. According to a Google study, 8 seconds is the maximal time attention of a goldfish in a small jar and 9 seconds is our time attention. We are becoming goldfish confined in the jar but the jar is the screen.
Our time is the most precious element in our lives, how do the Giants of Internet use it to interfere more and more in our private life?
Social media, platforms such as Netflix, You Tube or Spotify take our time out of a time which is already occupied. That is the paradox. This time they take away is much more important for all of us: time for studies, time for our family, time for culture, time for love. They take our time and we think it is not too intrusive but in reality it is completely false. It destroys the time at our disposal to concentrate on something specific and important. Even if you try to reduce our time spent on our smartphones, the companies use the best tools using captology and neurosciences to attract our attention: so we always need to go back to the screens.
In your book, you list numerous illnesses provoked by our addiction to our smartphones. Could you tell me more?
Since 2012, the time spent on our smartphones has doubled in most of the countries around the world and has already reached a very alarming level. Just to give you some examples. In France, we spend 1 hour and 32 minutes, 2 hours 37 in the US and 3 hours in China just to name a few. Researchers from Pennsylvania University made a diagnosis under recommendation: from 30 minutes on social media our mental health is already in danger. In addition to our smartphones, millennial and younger generation are constantly connected playing video games and watching movies. Several pathologies are well known today, for example I would say nomophobia understood as no mobile phone phobia (which was Cambridge Dictionary word of the year 2018) which is the fear at the idea of being without your mobile phone. Phnubbing isthe habit of snubbing someone in favor of a mobile phone and athazagoraphobia which is the fear of being forgotten which is becoming very dangerous and bringing up depressions among teenagers.
What could we do to cure our addiction?
We need to disconnect our phones. We should have a disconnect mode on our phones same as flight mode. We need to allow ourselves moments of no connexion, we need to have places where we cannot find any smartphones or screens.
In 2019, Arte TV continues to beat all its audience figures, what could you say about this atypic cultural TV?
We work to make this TV a gem. Arte TV which is a French German TV channel is becoming more and more European. We open our programs to different European languages and documentaries. We try to slow down today, we are a narrative TV we are not a content TV. I really think that when we take time to make our programs we give quality time to our audiences. We are also pushing digital with Arte.TV. You can watch series, movies, documentaries and not in a limited time compared to the other TV channels. We are very demanding and we offer a qualitative European tv focused on narrative. We believe in the intelligence and curiosity of our audiences.