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Huawei has announced EMUI 11

Comes with new art-inspired features

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Just as Google has finally launched Android 11, Huawei has announced EMUI 11 today. As expected, Huawei’s new mobile operating system promises heaps of new features for Huawei users. More importantly, using artistic concepts, EMUI 11 will help you become more creative.

Always-On Display

Arguably, one of the best features in EMUI 11 is the new Always-On Display (AOD). However, Huawei’s take on the much-anticipated feature goes beyond just keeping your screen awake. The EMUI 11’s AOD actually takes inspiration from renowned painter Piet Mondrian. As with the artist’s famous paintings, the AOD uses a primary palette of red, yellow, and blue.

Users can select their own variations by taking a photo of their daily outfits. Huawei’s AI will analyze the photos and create their own complementary Mondrian variations.

Film-inspired transitions

Speaking of artistic inspiration, EMUI 11 is also using cinematography techniques to develop more efficient transition animations for the system. Instead of the usual slew of transitions, it uses the long-take method which, according to Huawei, shortens user eye movement and lessens fatigue.

Better screen collaboration

Faced with a new world build for multitasking, EMUI 11 is improving its Multi-Screen Collaboration feature. Now, devices can support up to three active windows at the same time. Huawei cites its advantages for students: one screen for Zoom; another for notetaking; and a third for chatting with classmates.

Further, the feature will also allow seamless integration between PCs, tablets, and phones. Using the feature, PCs can use tablets and phones as secondary input/output devices. For example, students can use their phones as makeshift webcams. Presenters can also use their tablets to help facilitate discussions and presentations.

World-class security

Of course, one of the biggest concerns surrounding Huawei today is cybersecurity. With EMUI 11, Huawei is committing to more secure solutions going forward. The system has successfully obtained the highest level of CC EAL5 +, the highest commercial OS microkernel security level in the world. The system also complies with current security standards including Europe’s GDPR and GAPP.

Also, EMUI 11 has better encryption features, allowing users to purge sensitive information from sent files and emails.

Availability

Currently, Huawei has announced the EMUI 11 beta program for the following models: Huawei P40, Huawei P40 Pro, Huawei P40 Pro+, Huawei Mate 30, Huawei Mate 30 5G, Huawei Mate 30 Pro, Huawei, Mate 30 Pro 5G, Huawei Mate 30 RS Porsche Design, Huawei MatePad Pro, and Huawei MatePad Pro 5G.

At a later date, Huawei will extend the program to the Honor 30, Honor V30, Huawei nova 7, and other models.

SEE ALSO: These Huawei and Honor phones will get EMUI 11

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TikTok is suing Trump

Citing violation of free speech and due process

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Late last week, President Donald Trump issued a final directive against TikTok’s Chinese operations in the United States. Starting late Sunday, Apple and Google will forcibly pull the popular platform out of their respective app stores. TikTok doesn’t have much recourse. To stave off the potential shutdown, TikTok is suing Trump.

Reported by The Wall Street Journal, ByteDance filed an eleventh-hour lawsuit against the administration for violating the right to free speech. Further, the company claims the lack of due process in the impending ban.

Over the past two months, Trump fired off a vicious crusade against TikTok. Back in August, his administration issued a deadline for the platform to either leave the country or find an American buyer.

Since then, Oracle has emerged as the winner for TikTok’s US operations. Over the weekend, Trump has also “given the deal [his] blessing,” as reported by Reuters. With the deal, Oracle will create a new corporation, named TikTok Global, for the platform’s US operations. The upcoming company will recruit American directors and a security consultant on the board.

That said, TikTok’s fate is still up in the air. Whereas TikTok’s strategy will delay the ban, Trump’s erratic moves will force the platform to quickly shift to American control. More news will likely surface after the weekend.

SEE ALSO: China would rather shut TikTok down than sell it

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Samsung Galaxy M51 price and availability in the Philippines

Another monster battery phone!

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Samsung’s new beast — the Galaxy M51 — is finally making its way to the Philippines. With an official listed page on the Samsung Philippines website, the arrival of this monster battery phone is imminent.

The Galaxy M51 prides itself with a massive 7000mAh battery that supports 25W fast charging. This new midrange phone sports a 6.67-inch Super AMOLED+ Infinity-O display. On its front, you can find an in-display fingerprint scanner and a punch-hole camera housing a 32-megapixel shooter.

It’s powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 730G processor, equipped with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. For extra storage, it comes with a MicroSD slot up to 512GB.

Meanwhile, its rear features a quad-camera setup: a 64-megapixel primary sensor, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, a 5-megapixel depth sensor, and a 5-megapixel macro camera.

Regarding its ports, the Galaxy M51 uses a USB Type-C port and the well-loved 3.5mm audio jack. In line with all other Galaxy-branded phones, it’ll ship with OneUI out-of-the-box and Samsung Knox, Samsung’s multi-layered security feature.

Price and availability

The Samsung Galaxy M51 will retail for PhP 19,990 and will come in two colors: Black and White. It will be exclusively available online starting September 25, 2020, at Samsung’s official online store, eCommerce partners such as Lazada, Shopee, Abenson, and MemoXpress, and telecom companies like Globe and Smart. Early birds can score up to PhP 2,098 worth of freebies from September 25-28, 2020.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy M31: How long does a 6000mAh battery last?

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Instagram is being sued for spying on a user’s camera

Accessed a camera without permission

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The world of social media is rapidly sinking into a period of reckoning. Earlier today, the Trump administration has announced a definitive takedown of TikTok and WeChat starting this Sunday. Apparently, American social media platforms can’t catch a break as well. In the United States, Instagram is being sued for spying on a user’s camera.

Reported by Bloomberg, a New Jersey Instagram user, Brittany Conditi, filed the complaint against the company in a San Francisco court. According to the lawsuit, Instagram accesses an iPhone’s camera even when the app isn’t currently active.

Conditi argues that the practice is deliberate and “lucrative” for the company. Instagram allegedly uses the obtained data for “valuable insights and market research.”

According to Facebook (who owns Instagram), the issue is a bug and does not indicate any deliberate attempts to spy on users. The company has also said that the bug is now patched in the latest version.

Regardless, Facebook and Apple have butted heads in the past. Since the introduction of iOS 14, Apple has upped its efforts to curb any untoward privacy violations from apps. Even without the current allegations, Facebook’s concern (or lack thereof) for privacy is well documented.

Currently, Facebook and Instagram are in a race to catch up with TikTok in the short-form video-sharing trend. Instagram, for one, recently launched Instagram Reels, its own take on TikTok.

SEE ALSO: Facebook is paying users to delete their accounts

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