Over the past few weeks, the US government has created a hellish prison for Huawei. Fueled by the volatile Sino-American trade war, President Trump banned the company from doing business with American properties. Among many other consequences, Huawei lost the support of Android and the ARM architecture.
In retaliation, Huawei is appealing the decision, seeking conclusive resolutions. Likewise, the company is seeking alternatives for its current suppliers. In any case, the US is a hostile battleground for the Chinese company.
Of course, the US isn’t the only country in the world. While Trump wreaks havoc in his country, Huawei is finding sanctuaries elsewhere. Announced recently, the company has inked a 5G developmental contract with Russia’s biggest telco, MTS.
The deal will allow Huawei’s new telecommunications hardware into the neighboring Asian country. Coincidentally, the presidents of both countries met recently. Chinese President Xi Jinping just started a three-day visit to Russia. According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Sino-Russian relations are at an unprecedented high. In today’s dangerous political landscape, the US has spurned both Russia and China.
According to the deal, Huawei can develop Russia’s first 5G network as early as later this year. Likewise, the company is working out deals with other countries. Despite the huge American loss, Huawei is still a global presence.
Except for the few hitches, Huawei is still carrying its business as usual. The company is still outing its releases in a timely manner. Huawei is dealing with the issue a lot more gracefully than expected.
Apple: Students with Chromebooks ‘are not going to succeed’
Wants you to buy the MacBook Pro instead
Are you buying the new MacBook Pro? Apple’s new 16-inch notebook is a powerful device built for heavy-duty use. If you’re a student today, a new MacBook is surely an asset, especially if you do heavy design work. In fact, Apple itself is advertising the device as the best option for academic life.
In a recent interview with Cnet, Apple’s marketing head Phil Schiller waxed poetic about the company’s continued dominance in academic institutions and creative industries. “College students’ [use] is dominated by Macs,” Schiller said. “In the majority of creative fields — writers, video editors, music creators and programmers — I think that’s an area that’s super strong.”
In fact, a quick trip to the nearest private college confirms this fact. Macs are super popular. “We just have great customers who love the Mac,” Schiller said.
Of course, the computing world isn’t populated by just Apple. Windows is still a capable alternative for a huge chunk of the world. Apple isn’t happy with Windows’ continued presence.
“The PC world is a world of sameness,” said Schiller. “You have commodity hardware [and] a generic operating system that has to work on a lot of stuff, so it doesn’t work great on any one thing.”
True enough, Apple’s devices are catered more for creative purposes. However, Schiller’s rant goes further. The marketing boss goes off against Google’s Chromebooks, lambasting them as the poorest option for students.
“You need to have these cutting-edge learning tools to help kids really achieve their best results,” Schiller said. “Yet Chromebooks don’t do that. Chromebooks have gotten to the classroom because, frankly, they’re cheap testing tools for required testing. If all you want to do is test kids, well, maybe a cheap notebook will do that. But they’re not going to succeed.”
Every child has the ability to succeed — helping them to do that has always been our mission. In the full conversation with CNET, we discussed giving kids and teachers the content, curriculum and tools they need to learn, explore and grow. Not just to take a test.
— Philip Schiller (@pschiller) November 13, 2019
Schiller’s follow-up tweet doesn’t do much to save face. “We discussed giving kids and teachers the content, curriculum and tools they need to learn, explore and grow. Not just to take a test,” he tweeted. Like the original interview, the tweet touts Apple’s superiority in bringing out success, despite their astronomical prices. To Apple, owning a MacBook is a requirement to be successful.
Schiller’s opinion is a strong statement against Google’s popular notebook. The Chromebook is still a massively affordable and massively flexible option for markets of all sizes. Despite the division losing strength, Schiller’s statement goes against all PCs, as well.
Huawei is building an ecosystem of connected devices
A smart phone is at the center of it all
Huawei is making a strong push towards building an ecosystem built on the backbone of their success in the mobile computing space.
At the APAC Huawei Developer Day, the company unveiled a roadmap to demonstrate their transition from a phone maker to a complete ecosystem of devices. We’ve previously seen similar concepts from Apple, Google, and Samsung, and now Huawei plans on having a piece of the pie.
Huawei is the world’s second-largest phone maker today and aims to develop a wide array of smart applications for day-to-day usage. Obviously, Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) will be at the center of it all and consists of eight nodes. These nodes will offer extended hardware capability to the phone, and in return, provide more IoT and AI-based applications for the end-user.
These nodes include televisions, speakers, glasses, watches, vehicles, earbuds, laptops, and tablets. These devices can complement the phone and offer various use-case scenarios like smart homes, smart offices, next-gen mobility, and advances health tracking.
Smartphones are credited to be one of the most revolutionary inventions because a palm-sized device can completely replace appliances like televisions, computers, the radio, and more. Phones are always connected to the internet today and this opens up an abundance of new opportunities for everyone.
For developers, it can be an ideal platform to launch their services across a wide array of devices. Huawei claims it has 570 million HMS users, a figure that will be extremely enticing for developers because an audience is easily available.
HMS also includes software-based add-ons like AppGallery, Huawei Browser, Huawei Assistant, and Huawei Mobile Cloud. These services also act as a backup option for the brand because its recent flagship does not ship with Google apps out-of-the-box and requires an alternative.
By 2020, Huawei intends to open up access to 24 HMS Core kits, 55 services, and 997 APIs for the APAC region. To further encourage developers, the company has announced an investment of US$ 1 billion in the Shining-Star Program to train them on AI, AR/VR, and IoT.
Former Twitter employees reportedly spied on users for Saudi Arabia
More than 6,000 accounts hacked
Absolutely no one is safe from drama these days. Facebook, Huawei, Blizzard; for the past year, these companies have found themselves on the receiving end of today’s negative headlines. Though a hotspot for its own controversies, Twitter is relatively steering clear from this year’s drama. In fact, the social media giant recently banned all political ads on its platform, inciting a round of applause from a lot of users.
Unfortunately, here’s a slight tarnish on Twitter’s relatively clean record. Announced today, two former Twitter employees have allegedly spied on numerous Twitter accounts for the Saudi Arabian government. All of the suspects are being (or have been) pursued by the American government.
According to the suit, one of the suspects, Ahmad Abouammo supposedly accessed only three accounts. However, another former employee, Ali Alzabarah, accessed over 6,000 accounts. Taking place between 2014 and 2015, the breach targeted individuals who were overtly critical of the Saudi Arabian government — including Jamal Khashoggi, a murdered Saudi Arabian journalist from last year.
“We will not allow U.S. companies or U.S. technology to become tools of foreign repression in violation of U.S. law,” said US Attorney David L. Anderson, according to The Washington Post. For the first time in a while, the American government is taking a strong stance against Saudi Arabia, a country controversially supported by US President Donald Trump.
In Twitter’s defense, the company is decrying the blatant invasion of privacy. According to a spokesman, Twitter’s sensitive data is accessed only by “a limited group of trained and vetted employees.” For what it’s worth, Twitter values the importance of dissenting opinions. “We understand the incredible risks faced by many who use Twitter to share their perspectives with the world and to hold those in power accountable. We have tools in place to protect their privacy and their ability to do their vital work.”
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