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Huawei Introduces Mate 30 Pro with a quad-camera system and its Own App Store



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Chinese Technology Company, Huawei recently released its Mate 30 Pro smartphone as the World’s 1st flagship powered by the Kirin 990 SoC with built-in 5G alongside a 7nm+ EUV technology. The Huawei Mate 30 Pro comes in six different colors (vegan leather orange, vegan leather forest-green, cosmic-purple, space-silver, emerald-green and black) fully equipped with a quad-camera compartment and a waterfall screen display.

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The Huawei Pro Mate was officially announced on Thursday at an event in Munich, Germany alongside the Huawei Mate 30 model. During the exhibition, Richard Yu – CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group highlights that the new Huawei Mate 30 Pro ships with a Google-less Android Operating System and its own AppGallery. He went on to state that;

“We cannot use the Google Mobile Services core, we can use the Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) core.”

The Mate 30 Pro model operates on a 1.86GHz octa-core HiSilicon Kirin processor and an 8G RAM. Hence it fraughts with a camera compartment of 40 MP ultra-wide cine super-sensors and a 3D depth-sensing camera at the rear. In addition to a screen resolution of 1176 x 2400 pixels with an 18.4:9 aspect ratio that supports DCI-P3 HDR standard. As well as a 6.53-inch full HD+ flex OLED ‘horizon‘ screen display.

Also, the ultra-curved design provides a wider scope for volume adjustment with the absence of the volume buttons. While improving quad-finger gaming control due to this 88-degrees curvature and increased side-touch interaction. The Mate 30 Pro battery specification maintains the company’s patented 40W SuperCharge technology including a 27W wireless charging to boot. Plus an upgrade on the reverse wireless charging feature to up to three times the normal speed.

Furthermore, Huawei debuts the Mate 30 Pro as the first in its smartphone series to be launched with the EMUI 10, a reserved open-source Android environment which is a close semblance to Google’s Android 10.

With the exception of Google’s Android Operating system together with all other Google services and apps such as Google Maps, Google Chrome and particularly the Google Play Store. This comes as a result of the ban placed upon Huawei that forestalls the Chinese Telecom Equipment providers from engaging with U.S. companies without the approval of the U.S government.

Even though critics anticipate this move to pose an increased customer dissatisfaction since Huawei debuts this new flagship device without Google’s services. Having that the only option to download apps is from Huawei’s native mobile app distribution platform – The Huawei AppGallery which boasts of about 45,000 apps in juxtaposition to the 2.7 million apps on Google PlayStore.

Yet, the second largest smartphone brand worldwide and the biggest maker of switching gear remains optimistic about this approach. Subsequently, Huawei plans to spend over $1 billion on its app distribution channel as an incentive to attract more developers, consequently increasing the number of apps on the AppGallery. Elaborating further, the company strongly believes that the Huawei Mate 30 Pro has more than what it takes to thrive even without the backings of Google’s vast services.

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US-China Trade War: the US Continues To Fuel The Rivalry By Blacklisting 28 More Chinese Companies



US-China Trade War the US Continues To Fuel The Rivalry By Blacklisting 28 More Chinese Companies

In the wake of the US-China trade war that has seen such technology companies as Huawei, Google, Hikvision, Megvii Technology, Tesla, iFlytek Co, NVIDIA, SenseTime, Dahua Technology, Intel Corp alongside a host of others experiencing a breach in trade due to the international trade restrictions.

And even though the trend of events that follows afterward may be detrimental to both nations on a long term basis including the global economy at large. The governments of the two largest economies in the world seem to be adamant towards admonishing the trade rift between them.

In furtherance, Donald Trump’s administration seems to be at the forefront of fueling the trade dispute since it bears the burden of initiating the tariff that started the trade war. In a press release on Monday, President Donald Trump accused Hong Kong of getting involved in anti-human practices against the Muslim community – particularly the Uighurs and other minority Muslims. By means of illegal surveillance feeds from top surveillance hardware companies as Hikvision and Dahua Technology, China was able to detain over a million Muslims. 

In light of this, Trump claims that the events in Xinjiang could pose a threat to countries involved in trade with the aforementioned companies, therefore the 28 list ban. Furthermore, the US imposed restrictions on China to the tune of over $360 billion in tariff on Chinese commodities as well as various other constraints on Chinese investments in the United States. With talks about limiting exportation services to China if they are not forthcoming, Trump added that;

“I think they’re coming to make a deal, It’s got to be a fair deal.”

In the ensuing trade-war, the US State Department also issued a visa embargo on some Chinese officials that Washinton termed as ‘committing acts that are unacceptable’. Following the course of these happenings, the US went on to amend the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). By increasing the number of Chinese entities banned from engaging in whatever form of trade with any company registered in the US as of Tuesday, 8th October. Hence the entity list was updated with 28 Chinese companies in addition to the six companies already present on the list.

Accordingly, Ted Bauman – An Economist and Expert Analyst at Banyan Hill Publishing, pinpoints these moves as a strategy employed by the US bureau towards subjecting the Chinese Government to utter pressure on multiple levels. From Bauman’s point of view, this comes as a notice to the upcoming trade talks between the two nations in Washington later this week. In addition, he added that the Chinese Government is ready and prepared to stretch the trade wars to greater lengths, asserting that;

“The latest blacklist announcement is consistent with the Trump administration’s strategy of seeking new sources of leverage in the ongoing trade negotiation. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that this announcement came hard on the heels of leaked reports that they are considering limiting U.S. investor capital flows to Chinese companies. It’s as if the administration has realized that the Chinese are not going to back down in the face of increased U.S. tariffs, so they are casting around for other ways to threaten the Chinese.” 

This new development has discouraged the trust that once existed in the trading sector on a global scale. Given that it has the potential to trim company return margins in both nations. As it subsequently encourages the Chinese Government to deter funding of Chinese companies by US Investors.

Even though the US seems to be nonchalant towards a conclusive detente, it is evident that the economic state of the country has been posed with more threatening effects than that of the Chinese. And as such the Xi Jinping administration recently aired its indifference with regards to the trade talks as it is not phased by whatever the outcome may be.

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CISA Prepares For Another ‘WannaCry’ Incident: Says Something Big is Coming to The Entire Cyber-Space



CISA Prepares For Another ‘WannaCry’ Incident_ Says Something Big is Coming to The Entire Cyber-Space

According to Assistant Director Jeanette Manfra of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) – A Division of the US Department of Homeland Security, there is an impending cyberattack of an even greater magnitude than the ‘2017 WannaCry Attack’ to be expected within the next few years.

As a branch of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) focused mainly on cybersecurity, CISA becomes wholly in charge of protecting and increasing the security of critical government networks by means of collaborating with the private sector on a global scale. And as such any threat within the aforementioned jurisdiction falls under the responsibility of the agency. 

Just last week at the TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco, California, following a statement by Manfra who analyzed the current situation of cyberspace to be at a very vulnerable state. Elaborating further, the former Senior Counsellor to the Secretary of the DHS highlighted on the uncertainty of preventing such attacks in the near future but also emphasizes on the readiness of the department in the event of such occurrence. Stressing yet on the ‘WannaCry Attack’ she said;

“I don’t know that we could ever prevent something like that, we just have something that completely manifests itself as a worm. I think the original perpetrators didn’t expect probably that sort of impact.” 

Nonetheless, she also added that;

“Updating your patches would have prevented a good quantity of individuals from being a sufferer.”

The Bluekeep Glitch

All of these statements about a worldwide ransomware attack comes as a warning against a looming loophole in Bluekeep, which was detected a few months back. The ‘Bluekeep’ terminology was coined by another cybersecurity expert – Kevin Beaumont in a tweet, as it often leads to a Blue screen when exploited.

The Bluekeep glitch is a “wormable” vulnerability that was first reported sometime in May on Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) that allows for remote code execution. This bug was initially believed to be present in all unpatched versions of the NT-based Windows ranging from Windows 2000 through Windows Server 2008 R2.

While the much newer versions such as Windows 7 and all other versions upwards to Windows 10 were prone to the ‘Dejablue’ flaw. Subsequently, this error could compromise over a million internet-connected gadgets from all over the world that are connected and susceptible to Microsoft’s BlueKeep.

Although Bluekeep shares similar characteristics to other wormable viruses such as the NotPetya and WannaCry bug, all of which are capable of creeping into weak computer systems on a broader network. And given that the Bluekeep bug allows for remote access from unlicensed third-party agents, it is only a matter of time before ‘Black hackers’ exploits this vulnerability.

Notwithstanding, the Expert Cybersecurity Analyst – Manfra guarantees that extreme measures by the governments of multiple nations are underway to help manage such incidents if and when it happens.

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