Huawei Is Selling Undersea Cable Business

Posted by Kirhat | Friday, June 14, 2019 | | 0 comments »

Huawei Cable
China's Huawei has had to battle suspicions and worries about the security of its networking equipment for many years, which most recently culminated in it being placed on a US blacklist by the Trump administration.

Now, Huawei is officially bowing out of one line of business, by agreeing to sell off its undersea cable operations, and reportedly shrinking another, by reducing smartphone production orders with supplier Foxconn.

Huawei Marine Systems, in which Huawei holds a 51 percent stake, lays undersea fiber optic cables between continents in much the same way that Microsoft, Facebook, and Google have been doing. It was established in 2009 and has laid more than 50,000 km of cable across 90 projects, according to its website.

In recent times, however, the toxicity of Huawei’s reputation as an alleged Chinese spying facilitator has made it increasingly difficult for Huawei Marine Systems to win contracts, as the FT reports. That reports cites Fergus Hanson from the International Cyber Policy Centre at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, who says "It’s becoming a more difficult environment when trying to negotiate deals to build cables because [Huawei] is so much in the spotlight."

Hengtong Optic-Electric, another Chinese company, is buying Huawei's share of the submarine cable operation, and it made the planned sale official in a filing to the Shanghai Stock Exchange. The price of the transaction has not been publicized.

In other Huawei news, a report from the South China Morning Post indicates that Foxconn, leading production and assembly partner to many smartphone makers, "has stopped several production lines for Huawei phones in recent days as the Shenzhen company reduced orders for new phones." This appears to be a direct response to Huawei's placement on the Trump blacklist, which deprived the company of its Android license, effectively neutering Huawei's European Android smartphone business until further notice.

The SCMP goes on to report that Foxconn had apparently been hiring new staff earlier in the year to help it cope with Huawei’s growing demand, and Huawei was indeed on a path to becoming the world's biggest smartphone vendor by the end of 2019. Reaching that goal has now been substantially delayed by the US ban setback and may even become impossible, depending on how long Huawei's enforced estrangement from Google and other US partners continues.

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More Apple Updates At WDC

Posted by Kirhat | Thursday, June 06, 2019 | | 0 comments »

WDC 2019
Apple head Tim Cook had plenty to discuss at the company’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WDC) in San Jose, California last 3 June.

Cook kicked things off with a sneak peek at "For All Mankind," a space race drama set in an alternate history where the Soviets put the first man on the moon. It was the first trailer released for one of Apple’s upcoming series, ahead of its full content push later this year, and indicated the company still wants its new slate of shows to be top on everyone’s mind.

However, from a purely tech perspective, there was a lot more to go over, including new iOS privacy features, a nifty AirPod update, and the death of iTunes. Let’s quickly run through the highlights.

  1. Apple Doubles Down on Privacy

    Perhaps the most intriguing announcement at WWDC was Apple’s new "Sign In with Apple" tool, allowing users to sign-in to apps while curbing how much personal data they actually share with third parties. Rather than signing in with their Facebook, Google or Twitter accounts when they go to certain sites, users will now be able to use Apple’s "Sign In" tool, which is designed to provide the minimum amount of data. Apple's "Sign In" tool will even let users hide their email addresses from being used, making it trickier for third parties to wrangle their advertising profile and hit them with ads.

    The feature comes as Apple has positioned itself as Silicon Valley's privacy police in the last year while its neighbors like Facebook have run into public and regulatory scrutiny over their handling of user data. The "Sign In" tool is the latest step in this direction for Apple, and puts it at odds with giants like Google and Facebook, who use their own sign-in tools to gather ad-tracking data. It'll be worth watching how Apple’s competitors respond and whether app developers will want to work with the tool, since they typically depend on the data Apple is looking to keep private.
  2. RIP iTunes

    The iTunes era has officially come to an end. Mac users will now have iTunes broken up into three separate apps — Music, Podcasts and TV — with the latest MacOS 10.15 update. The trailblazing music and movies store’s death has been a matter of when, not if, for a while, though. The three apps have already been a mainstay on iOS for years; iTunes’ demise comes more than 16 years after it first launched, allowing users to buy songs for 99 cents at a time when peer-to-peer file sharing services like Kazaa and LimeWire haunted the dreams of many record executives. Now, at a time when users would rather stream than outright buy a song or movie, iTunes had become an outdated icon that reminded Mac users of a bygone epoch.

  3. AirPods Get Updated

    Apple revealed a few new AirPod features on Monday. First, AirPod users can now simply tap their iPhones together if they wish to share what they’re listening to with a friend. It’s definitely a cleaner alternative to the old school method of putting your headphone into someone else's ear. Secondly, AirPod users will now be able to have Siri read them their iMessages; users can then say "Hey Siri ..." to respond.
  4. Maps Gets Rebuilt

    Long an Achilles heel for Apple, their navigation app's basemap has been rebuilt from the ground up. The new map is available now in select cities and states, and will roll out across the US by the end of 2019 and to more countries in 2020. The new Maps experience promises broader road coverage, better pedestrian data, more precise addresses and more detailed landcover.

    The Collections feature will allow users to share favorite restaurants, shops, and destinations with friends, while Favorites will allow users to navigate to and from frequent locations: home, work, school, the gym, etc. from the Launch screen.>
  5. iPhone Goes Dark

    A new Dark Mode will deliver a better viewing experience in low-light environments.

    In addition to these consumer updates, Apple debut a slew of developer technologies, allowing faster and easier development of apps via simpler and automated tools. More tools will also be available for augmented reality app builders, those looking to bringing iPad apps to Macs and developers working on iWatch-specific apps.

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No More iTunes Music

Posted by Kirhat | Tuesday, June 04, 2019 | | 0 comments »

Apple iTunes
Apple has killed off its iTunes music-management software after nearly two decades - marking a major shift in its software. This software was originally introduced in 2001 by Steve Jobs as a way to load songs onto the then-new iPod.

It will be replaced by separate apps for music, video and podcasts for PCs, the company revealed at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WDC).

The update will come in Apple’s upcoming MacOS 10.15 software update and could mean that users who have bought content via the store are still able to use their purchases.

On Macs, Apple’s new OS will allow users to update their phones without having to launch a separate app.

The move comes as users shifted towards managing music on their phones, and iTunes itself had become increasingly bloated.

Later versions let users manage music and movies as well as handle backups and updates to iPhones and iPads.

Apple rolled out the software 16 years ago to sell and manage digital music for the iPod, which paved the way for the iPhone.

Apple has already phased out iTunes from the iPhone and iPad, but the software had endured on Mac and PC.

Instead of iTunes, separate apps for music, video and podcasts will now be offered for computers, mirroring how Apple already handles those services on mobile devices.

Although it's still popular, the iPhone is no longer reliably driving Apple's profits the way it has for the past decade.

Sales have fallen sharply for the past two quarters, and could suffer another blow if China's government targets the iPhone in retaliation for the trade war being waged by President Donald Trump.

Apple is trying to adapt by squeezing money from digital services tailored for the more than 900 million iPhones currently in use.

As part of that effort, Apple is supplementing its music streaming service with a video gaming bundle and a Netflix-like video streaming service scheduled to debut this autumn.

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Apple’s iPhone 11 Model Numbers Were Spotted

Posted by Kirhat | Monday, June 03, 2019 | | 0 comments »

iPhone Market
Try as Apple might, the giant tech company simply can’t keep details about upcoming iPhone models from leaking out months ahead of time. While most leaks tend to come from the supply chain, sometimes we’re able to glean information about Apple’s next-gen iPhone lineup from legal filings Apple is obligated to make in certain jurisdictions.

To the latter point, it was discovered that Apple recently registered eleven new iPhone models in the Eurasian Economic Commission database, and it’s the first time Apple’s new iPhone 11 model numbers have ever been spotted in a public database. The new registrations (via MySmartPrice) have the following model numbers: A2111, A2160, A2161, A2215, A2216, A2217, A2218, A2219, A2220, A2221, and A2223.

While the registration certainly doesn’t tell anybody anything about what features the public can expect to see out of Apple's forthcoming iPhone lineup, it seemingly corroborates reports which relay that Apple’s 2019 iPhone lineup, much like last year, will consist of three distinct models. Hardly a surprise, everyone have been hearing for months that Apple this September will release successors to the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max.

Feature-wise, the entry-level "iPhone 11R" will boast a dual-lens camera scheme while the successors to the iPhone XS and XS Max will reportedly boast a triple-lens camera design. The triple lens camera option is particularly intriguing as it will offer users improved zoom capabilities, ultra wide-angle shots, crisper photos, and more. As for other camera details, there have been reports that the two rear cameras on the iPhone 11 Max will boast 10-megapixel and 14-megapixel sensors.

Aesthetically, Apple's iPhone 11 release will offer up a familiar design, with the lone difference being a conspicuous camera bump on the rear that will house a flash and three camera sensors. The final iPhone 11 design remains to be seen.

There are also reports that Apple's iPhone 11 lineup will include bilateral charging, a feature that should allow the iPhone to charge other Apple devices such as AirPods. Battery life on the iPhone 11 line is also said to be improved, and everyone can naturally expect some distinct speed improvements with the anticipated A13 chip.

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Huawei Needs Google's Android

Posted by Kirhat | Tuesday, May 28, 2019 | | 0 comments »

The import ban that U.S. President Donald Trump administration imposed on Huawei a few days ago was the next logical step in the trade war against China. While some people may have foreseen it, given the ZTE practice run from before, it still sent shockwaves through the industry.

Huawei is prepared to fight, even as numerous business partners from the US and other countries confirm they’re putting their business dealings with the Chinese giant on hold.

One of the things Huawei confirmed earlier is that it will move forward with an operating system of its own and which could launch as early as fall. That operating system is based on Android, and it's supposed to run both on smartphones and tablets. But, make no mistake, Huawei needs Google’s version of Android and Microsoft's Windows 10, no matter what.

Huawei might be in a hard place right now, but things will work out one way or the other. With the ban in place, it's not just Huawei that loses, but US and international companies as well. That said, Huawei will probably want to be more prepared in the future, which is why it makes sense to see it launch an operating system of its own.

Huawei OS, however, only has a chance to catch on over in China, where Google doesn't have a presence, and where Huawei could easily make an Android of its own. Convincing smartphone users in Western markets to ditch a phone with Google's Android, on the other hand, will be an uphill battle. Huawei doesn’t have alternatives to Google's apps, especially the Google Play Store, not to mention other popular services like YouTube, Gmail, and Google Maps.

The same thing goes for Windows 10. Good luck trying to replace Windows 10 on Huawei laptops in Europe, the US, or anywhere else where Windows is still popular — which is pretty much everywhere.

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All New Features From WatchOS 5

Posted by Kirhat | Friday, May 24, 2019 | | 0 comments »

Apple Watch OS
Apple has officially released its WatchOS 5 for its Apple Watch lineup. WatchOS 5 bring some huge changes and additions to the Apple Watch. There’s a new walkie-talkie mode, improved health-tracking features, and more — all of which is set to show up on the recently announced Apple Watch Series 4.

Apple is putting a huge emphasis on accurate fitness tracking in WatchOS 5. The company studied more than 7 terabytes of fitness data from more than 12,000 participants to make sure the Apple Watch is able to deliver the best tracking measurements.

It's celebrating by including some new exercise-focused features in WatchOS 5. Users will find a new competition mode in WatchOS 5 that allows them to enter a seven-day competition with a friend. They can track both their own and their friends' progress during the competition and the winner will win an Apple Watch award.

WatchOS 5 also features new fitness modes. Yoga mode will track user's activity via the heart rate monitor, and a Hiking mode will use their pace and elevation to better determine the number of calories burned. Runners will see improvements, too, as the Apple Watch now offers a custom pace alert, tracks their cadence, and even provides time data on the previous mile run while they are running.

Finally, users will see new start and end workout alerts. WatchOS 5 will use their heart rate data to determine when they have begun a workout. When users reach a heart rate or time goal, it will offer an end alert on the home screen.

When Apple announced the Apple Watch Series 4, it said that the device would be capable of tracking both heart rate and heart rhythm, as well as performing electrocardiograms. Those features will all be on offer in WatchOS 5, but only on the Apple Watch Series 4; these features will also be limited to certain regions.

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