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EMUI 10: Three features for a more intelligent system

An intelligent system for a smarter life

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The recently held Huawei Developer Conference showed the world where Huawei is heading with its hardware and software. In terms of software, Huawei announced the latest iteration of its popular take on Android, the EMUI 10.

With EMUI 10, Huawei is developing a more intelligent system. The new UI is ready to tackle the needs that everyday users demand from their smartphones. Here are three features which make it a more intelligent system.


Dark mode, UI additions

EMUI 10 adds a system-wide dark mode that can be toggled in the settings. With the addition of dark mode, Huawei is following suit after Apple and Google which also introduced a system-wide dark mode. With dark mode activated, background is rendered black or dark grey while text and other content are rendered in white to make it legible. Aside from this, EMUI 10 also has a “forced” dark mode where third-party apps are forced to render contents in dark mode.

There will also be slight tweaks with the icons and UI elements and a new system-wide font. Plus, expect plenty of performance improvements along with AI and gaming related tweaks.

Distributed technologies

With EMUI 10, Huawei is also focusing on always connected smart devices. Video calls can now be shared between multiple devices. These would let users receive calls from their smartphones and continue with their smart TV, a drone, or other smart devices.

EMUI 10 is also adding a screen sharing feature. With the feature, users can display the screens of their Huawei smartphones to their PCs in real time. Such feature would allow for a real time drag-and-drop operation which is useful when working with lots of data.

All of these features would enable Huawei’s vision for distributed technologies, as it seeks to expand its ecosystem beyond smartphones.

Huawei is also making sure that its distributed technologies are secure. The company uses its own in-house hardware and software, as well as a chip system architecture and system kernel as foundation for its security. Only devices authenticated by the user can connect to other devices, and all data transmissions are encrypted end-to-end.

One time development for multi-device deployment

To streamline the app development process, EMUI is providing a UI programming framework which would enable developers to create an app that can run on any device. The framework would free developers from the problem of adapting their apps to multiple languages and devices.

EMUI 10 is proving to be an exciting iteration of the popular EMUI. On top of that, EMUI 10 will also bring Android Q to many Huawei users. More exciting features are on the horizon as the UI, in its current form, is still in beta phase.

EMUI 10 will be released first on the next generation of Mate series. Then after, it will be released to devices such as the P30 Pro, P30, Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20X, Mate 20, the Honor 20 series and the Honor Magic 2. The update might also arrive to these devices: Honor View 20, Honor 10 Lite, Honor Play, and Honor 8X.

EMUI is Huawei’s custom OS based on Android. While EMUI is fundamentally based on Android, it has evolved over the years to include features that are not on Android itself. Today, EMUI has more than 500 million daily active users in over 216 countries. This is a clear indication of how EMUI has grown ever since its introduction to the world in 2012.

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SIM card vulnerability puts your sensitive information at risk

It’s called the SIMjacker

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SIM cards are very important. However, a new SIM card vulnerability found out by AdaptiveMobile Security might be putting our information at risk. The Simjacker exploit, which was recently found out and still being investigated on, allows malicious hackers to steal sensitive information from your phone through a SIM card.

Mechanism of attack

Infographic explaining the attack using Simjacker vulnerability | Photo by Simjacker.com

How does the Simjacker vulnerability work?


First, a hacker sends a malicious code to your phone through SMS. Then, the malicious code is read directly by your SIM card. The code then causes the [email protected] browser to send sensitive information to an accomplice device through SMS.

According to the report pulished by AdaptiveMobile Security regarding the vulnerability, the [email protected] browser is found on most SIM cards even though its development was abandoned many years ago. [email protected] browser was never updated, so it carries the risk of sending sensitive information to hackers when exploited successfully.

Sensitive information retrieved and transmitted by the [email protected] browser include location and the IMEI of an exploited device. The IMEI is a shorthand for International Mobile Equipment Identity, which is a 15 digit number unique to your smartphone that has some information about your device including its brand and model. As such, hackers can determine your exact location if you have a compromised SIM card, regardless of what device you have.

And the worst part of the attack is that you have no way of knowing that it has already been done since it all happens within the SIM card.

Origin and scope of the attack

The purpose for carrying an attack varies. However, the report traces the origin to an unspecified private company that works with governments to monitor individuals. So, there is a real possibility that it has been used to spy on us. And rightly so, since specific individuals were targeted in a certain country.

The report also warned that over one billion smartphones across all continents could be at risk to the vulnerability — and you could be one of them.

Response to the attack

In response to the discovered vulnerability, industry association SIMalliance has already put up recommendations for network providers to secure their networks. At this point in time, you can’t do anything to secure yourself from the vulnerability, unless you decided to go SIM-free.

But as a general rule of thumb, you shouldn’t just give your smartphone number like a free lunch. It also pays to update your smartphone once in a while, since some updates are designed to secure your phone from these kind of vulnerabilities and attacks.

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Apple TV+ launches with ridiculously low pricing

It’ll be free for a year for some users

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Apple has announced that it will begin streaming some of its original content for Apple TV+ starting November 1 for US$ 4.99. The subscription price is extremely affordable and meant to undercut rivals like Netflix, Prime Video, and Disney.

It will additionally be available through tv.apple.com on the web, select 2018, 2019 and newer Samsung smart TVs, and on Amazon Fire TV, LG, Roku, Sony and VIZIO platforms in the future.


Apple TV+ is expected to launch in over 100 countries, with up to six members to share one subscription at no extra cost. To lure more users, purchasing a new iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV in the coming weeks will get you a one year of subscription for free.

The service is launching with a panoply of star-filled titles, including Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon in The Morning Show and Hailee Steinfeld’s drama series Dickinson.

Apple named nine total titles that would be available at launch on Apple TV+. “All of these incredible shows for the price of a single movie rental,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said Tuesday on stage.

Though, critics say Apple’s offering isn’t actually comparable to the competition because they also have tonnes of licensed TV shows and movies. Focusing on original production is just a part of it and brands like Netflix have invested heavily in getting exclusive rights to many blockbuster creations.

Apple TV+ is in-line with the company’s attempt to monetize its virtual offerings. Instead of completely relying on hardware for revenue, Apple is slowly amping up its subscriptions models. Right now, other products include Apple Music, Apple News+, iCloud, and Apple Arcade.

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Facebook Dating is now live with Instagram integration

Hopefully, this doesn’t get awkward

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A few months back Facebook announced it’ll be releasing a matchmaking feature on its app. People who opt into Dating can create a profile that’s separate from their main Facebook profile with one tap and meet potential romantic partners among their friends of friends.

Then there’s a whole thing called “Secret Crush” where you can add up to nine Facebook friends or Instagram followers to a list, and if they secretly crush you back, you’ll both get notified.


Users of Instagram will also be able to integrate their posts directly into their “Facebook Dating” profile and give people the ability to add Instagram followers to “Secret Crush” lists. Eventually, the site will offer the ability for users to add Facebook and Instagram Stories to a dating profile.

Facebook’s blog post said the dating feature was designed to be “safe, inclusive and opt-in.” Users are able to report and block other users, and users are not allowed to send photos, links, payments or videos in messages. The feature is also restricted to users who are 18 and older.

And obviously, an algorithm will determine who you “may” like based on your previous activity. Critics have also pointed out that Facebook has a thin white line because users shouldn’t be too affected because of the service. Getting ignored by strangers is different, and getting ignored by one of your “friends” is different.

Modern tech-based brands are ruling the world and among the top is Tinder. The dating app is widely used and recognized. It was also the first one to come up with the infamous left or right swipe design. Other options include Ok Cupid, Bumble, and more.

For now, the matchmaking feature is limited to the US and we expect a gradual roll-out in other regions soon.

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