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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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Trump Endorses Apple To Provision 5G Connectivity In The US

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Trump Endorses Apple To Provision 5G Connectivity In The US
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During his visit to Apple’s MacBook Pro manufactory in Austin, Texas, President Donald Trump urged the tech giant to see to the provision of a 5G network in the U.S. This was revealed in the event of acknowledging Apple’s billion-dollar campus project – by the US President.

According to a tweet by Tim Cook – the CEO of Apple, this campus is said to have been in existence since 2013. However, it was officially launched on Wednesday with an expectation to accommodate over 5,000 employees, and the capacity to house 10,000 more in the near future. Also, this facility serving to be the primary production unit of Apple’s MacBook PCs demonstrates Apple’s loyalty to its home country. And Because Apple didn’t move its production of the desktop computers to China as earlier announced. Cook loftily asserts that;

“Building the Mac Pro, Apple’s most powerful device ever, in Austin is both a point of pride and a testament to the enduring power of American ingenuity.” and “With the construction of our new campus in Austin now underway, Apple is deepening our close bond with the city and the talented and diverse workforce that calls it home. Responsible for 2.4 million American jobs and counting, Apple is eager to write our next chapter here and to keep contributing to America’s innovation story.”

Evidently, Trump’s call on Apple for 5G tech comes as a bid for the US to be at the forefront of the US-China trade war. And as China continues to pioneer the 5G flag flawlessly. Subsequently places the US on detriment on the trade ban with these Chinese companies.

Although there has been recent news about other telecoms service providers as Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-mobile, making the 5G LTE network available in the US. However, the trend currently cuts across only a select few cities and not yet widespread in the US.

Hence Trump leveraged on Apple’s vast resources to call upon the companies’ involvement in the fifth generation of cellular network technology. Requesting Apple to provide 5G to the masses in the US, as it is currently in China.

Even though 5G technology does not fall under Apple’s niche, Trump nonetheless beseeched Cook with the question during this event. Although the official paper by the White House about the visit does not document any statement relating to 5G technology.

This was however confirmed following a tweet by the President on Thursday;

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The fact that Trump requests for Apple’s involvement in 5G technology either bespeaks the President’s tech ineptness, which is understandable. Or probably an indication of the close tie that exists between the President and Apple’s CEO.

A fact that does not inspire with awe, as Trump had earlier considered excluding Apple from China tariffs at the said event. But what strikes a wonder is whether Apple would answer to this call or remain adamant towards its involvement with cellular network technology.

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Wikipedia Co-Founder Debuts A Crowd-funded Social Media Platform Which Claims To Fully Protect Users’ Right

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Wikipedia Co-Founder Debuts A Crowd-funded Social Media Platform Which Claims To Fully Protect Users' Right
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Contrary to the Ad-funded social media platforms propagated by tech companies such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter, comes the birth of a new Social network – WT:Social. Founded by the Co-founder of Wikipedia – Jimmy Wales, this new social platform is a crowd-funded community that is maintained via the contributions of its Users.

Although the platform is free to join, yet the WT:Social ecosystem runs on a subscription basis. Such that newly registered Users are shortlisted on a ‘waiting list’. And can only be included in the platform when they make contributions through donations or help build up the community by inviting a friend. 

Therefore, in order to become a member of the social network, it requires a monthly fee of $12.99 or $100 per year in the U.S. While the said donation plan goes for €12 per month or €90 per year and £10 per month or £80 per year in Europe and UK respectively. 

Currently, WT:Social enjoys over 160,000 Users according to a tweet by Wales. However, its Proprietor envisages that the platform has the capacity to attain 500 million Users, as is the company’s target. As stated by Wales;

“Obviously the ambition is not 50,000 or 500,000 but 50m and 500m. If we grow from 400 users today (you’re in on the ground floor!) to 400 million, we will have revolutionized the Internet and shown a better and more healthy way to share information and collaborate with each other.”

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Given that WT:Social started out as Wikitribune – A site dedicated to publishing only factual news, the platform’s number one goal is to combat fake news and bad actors. Also, WT:Social aims to grants Users full control and provide them with an informative social media engagement rather than a click-bait experience.

But what remains to be known is the kind of content to be distributed on the platform that could maintain its utility in the long term. Considering the fact that the site would have its Subscribers register with a fee, precludes the involvement of Users from developing countries (which is one of the secret ingredients behind the larger communities present on Facebook and Twitter).

Hence, WT:Social would have to do a lot in terms of the content it distributes. So to attract more Users and compete with the likes of Facebook that presently enjoys an audience of over 1.5 billion users worldwide.

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