Huawei has announced EMUI 11

Comes with new art-inspired features



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.


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.

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TikTok, Tencent linked to sexually violent ads on Facebook

Ads continue to run on platform



Facebook has an ad problem. After spending years on the platform, you might have noticed a plethora of misplaced ads occasionally peppered on your feed. Though most users cringe at how the algorithm can uncannily show appropriate ads right after talking about a certain topic, a series of more off-putting, offensive, and disturbing ads is making the rounds on the social media platform. Now, following a deep dive, a report has found that ByteDance and Tencent are affiliated with the phenomenon.

What are these Facebook ads? In a report from Forbes’s Emily Baker-White, several web novel companies are advertising erotic content on the platform. However, more than just erotica, these ads promote sexual, violence, rape, and self-harm. Some are even using images of popular personalities without their permission.

A particularly egregious example involves a photo of a crying woman in the shower with the caption: “his personal cum bucket.” A few others are more up front about harming women to get sex.

Others depict scenes from Twilight and Star Wars, despite not being affiliated at all with the titles. Several companies and personalities contacted by Forbes confirmed that they did not give these novel apps any permission to use their likeness.

As for the deep dive, a good number of these companies were previously backed by either ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company, or Tencent, one of the biggest Chinese companies in the world. While ByteDance has claimed that the apps don’t reflect their values, these ads continue to proliferate around the platform. Tencent has likewise denied any involvement with the campaigns.

It’s also worth nothing that the apps aren’t limited to just China. One app, called Pinky Novel, operates from the Philippines and is spreading similarly troubling ads everywhere, including one that says, “Raped by Mr. CEO.”

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Apple has been raided in South Korea

For alleged anti-market practices



The troubles for Apple will continue. After spending a length of time fighting investigations all over the world for alleged anti-competition practices, the company’s offices in South Korea have been raided by authorities to further the investigation in the country.

Covered by Foss Patents (via MacRumors), the Korea Fair Trade Commission conducted a raid on the offices at the break of dawn. Authorities reportedly staged the raid after a developer complained of an unfair commission rate. According to the complaint, developers are paying more than 30 percent commission for having their apps on the App Store.

For a rougher breakdown, Apple still charges 30 percent. However, the commission includes VAT, which spikes the total fees paid above 30 percent. In contrast, Google’s 30 percent commission policy does not include VAT, which makes for a lower fee for developers.

With the number of apps on the App Store, Apple is making significant bank by skimming a bit more on commissions. That is, if the allegations prove true, of course. Right now, the company is still under investigation. But, if anything, a dawn raid isn’t a good sign for the iPhone maker.

Apple isn’t the only one in hot water, though. Google is also facing a similar controversy in South Korea. However, instead of the Korea Fair Trade Commission, the Kora Communications Commission is pushing for more parity between Google and Apple.

SEE ALSO: South Korea investigating Apple and Google for app payments

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Android users can react to SMS messages from iPhones soon

While simultaneously annoying iPhone users



One of the most unexpected small developments this year is the war of the green bubble. For a while now, Apple has kept Android users inside a green text bubble. If an Android user texts an iOS user, an iPhone conveniently lets its user know that someone is texting them from — gasp — an Android phone. Now, Google, in the next step of its crusade against the green bubble, is running a similar experiment of its own.

Recently, as spotted by Reddit user u/Jabjab345 (via GSMArena), Google is testing a new feature for Android users. In a beta version, users can start reacting to SMS messages from an iPhone. Of course, much like how it is from the other way around, there is a little hiccup.

In most web-based messaging services, reactions are often tiny bubbles attached to one corner of the message. However, since iOS and Android use different systems, it doesn’t work that way between the two platforms. Instead, if an iOS user reacts to an Android user’s message, users get a separate message with the emoji reaction. Now (or after the beta, at least), Android will treat iOS in the same way, sending iOS users a separate message for reactions.

Right now, the feature is still in beta. However, an implementation is par for the course. Previously, Google threw some shade at Apple for not adopting the system that the former uses. In retaliation, Tim Cook recently told a user to just buy their mom an iPhone if texting was such an issue.

SEE ALSO: Apple on adopting Android’s features: Just ‘buy your mom an iPhone’

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