Is the dreaded Huawei apocalypse finally on our doorsteps? Despite all the optimistic news, the issue has continued with no end in sight. Now, both American companies and Huawei are facing a monumental choice: will one push forward without the other? Without much of a choice, Google is already edging closer to a decisive conclusion.
In a statement issued to Reuters, Google has confirmed the company’s eventual departure from Huawei’s products. As such, the upcoming Huawei Mate 30 series cannot launch with Google’s software. The premium flagship series will not have the official Android system, the Play Store, or other related apps.
Fortunately, American companies can apply for specific product exemptions. According to the report, the US Department of Commerce has already received more than 130 applications. However, the government has not approved any application, despite Trump’s promises.
Huawei has not issued a definitive statement regarding its future. Issued last week, the company’s most recent statement assures the device’s continued Android support. However, the current situation will likely change Huawei’s outlook. If anything, Huawei’s new operating system, Harmony, is already out in the market. The company’s future products can use the in-house ecosystem without Android.
Additionally, Huawei can still use an open-source version of Android. However, the version will prevent Huawei’s launch in the European region. Further, it does not share in the security protocols as the licensed version.
Regardless, the future does not look happy for the Chinese company. Huawei will likely suffer through a lot of problems going forward.
Apple is trademarking the slofie
Is the slofie a thing now?
“Selfie” will always be a part of our everyday lexicon. Even if you don’t like taking selfies, you still know what a selfie is. Since the invention of the front-facing camera, everyone has taken a selfie in one form or the other. Likewise, most people also know what a groufie is — the selfie’s group-oriented cousin. Both the selfie and the groufie have seemingly covered all the bases in the front-facing phenomenon. Besides, we have enough of these terms to last us a lifetime.
Apparently, Apple doesn’t think so. At its latest iPhone 11 launch event, the company introduced another monstrosity into our packed vocabulary — the slofie, a selfie but shot in slow motion. The slofie promotes Apple’s newest camera feature. The iPhone 11 Pro’s front-facing camera packs in a slow-motion shooting capability. The camera shoots at an astonishing 120 frames per second.
As with the Animoji years ago, Apple is going all-in on the slofie. The company has applied for a trademark on the term. The trademark application covers all software involved in shooting the slow-motion selfie. Basically, Apple wants to control the market when the iPhone 11 drops. If the slofie does gain traction, it will likely face competitors and imitators. (For example, the Animoji had its fair share of imitators.) A trademark can prevent that from happening.
In another vein, Apple is still trying to make slofies a thing. Apple, please don’t make slofies a thing.
SIM card vulnerability puts your sensitive information at risk
It’s called the SIMjacker
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
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.
Huawei thinks about selling its 5G business
Will hopefully appease Western tensions
Once again, Huawei is weighing all its options. As time rolls by, the company is slowly losing its grip on the Western market. Even after a temporary wave of full support, the US government has gone cold turkey. Huawei is still on the blacklist. In the meantime, the company’s temporary operating license is merely receiving extensions. Unfortunately, extensions don’t mean much without a definitive end.
Huawei is in dire straits. According to a recent interview with The Economist, Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei is mulling over a drastic move: selling its 5G business to the highest bidder.
Throughout the entire controversy, Huawei’s detractors have often decried the company’s 5G technology as a potential security threat. According to the detractors, the Chinese government can seize control of the company at any time.
Hence, a potential sale can alleviate geopolitical pressures. If a sale is concluded, the purchasing customer will have access to the technology’s inner workings. The customer can check if the network does have a Chinese backdoor built into it. Further, they can tailor the technology in any way they want.
Since plans are plans, the Huawei boss still doesn’t have any potential customers in mind. Likewise, the company has not announced a price yet. If you’re eyeing your wallet for a huge purchase, you’ll have to wait for when Huawei announces the sale.
Lenovo IdeaPad L340 Gaming Laptop Review: Flaming hot productivity and gaming
Blue, truly is the warmest color
ASUS ROG Strix Scar III: Falling in love with a gaming laptop
This, coming from a Mac user
NBA 2K20 Review: A Worrisome Upgrade
Welcome to the next… best thing to an update
Unboxing a CUSTOM Apple Watch Series 5
iPhone 11 Unboxing: Purple, Midnight Green or Space Gray?
Vivo V17 Pro with dual pop-up camera launches
You may soon be able to resell games bought on Steam
iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro pricing in Singapore
Best Midrange Smartphones in the Philippines from P10,000 to P20,000
Best Budget Smartphones in the Philippines below P10,000
Best Midrange Smartphones from $200 to $400
Best Upper-Midrange Smartphones in the Philippines from P20,000 to P30,000
Best Premium Smartphones in the Philippines above P30,000
Hands-On7 days ago
Nokia 3.2 Hands-On: Basic but classy
India3 days ago
Samsung Galaxy M30s launches with a 6000mAh battery
News2 weeks ago
iPhone XR is the top-selling phone around the world
Deals2 weeks ago
Our favorite smartphones on 9.9 sale
Enterprise2 weeks ago
Huawei in talks with Swiss-based ProtonMail for Gmail substitute
News5 days ago
Detailed renders of Huawei Mate 30 series leak
Hands-On2 weeks ago
Samsung Galaxy Fold Hands-on: The Redo!
Hands-On2 weeks ago
Two Screens, One Phone: LG G8X Hands-on