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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.


Central African Republic Becomes First African Country To Adopt Bitcoin As Legal Tender 

The new bill provides a framework for use of cryptocurrencies in smart contracts, payments systems, online trade, and all electronic transactions alongside the CFA franc currency. 



Central African Republic Becomes First African Country To Adopt Bitcoin As Legal Tender

Bitcoin continued to garner attention globally as a national legal tender with Central African Republic becoming the latest suitor. President Faustin-Archange Touadéra signed the bill into law on Wednesday and his chief of staff Obed Namsio hailed the move as one that could forever change the economic fabric of a country that has been embroiled in rebel violence for many years now.

Namsio said the bill was supported by the president because it would improve the citizens’ status. He added it would open up new economic opportunities for the landlocked country. The new bill provides a framework for use of cryptocurrencies in smart contracts, payments systems, online trade, and all electronic transactions alongside the CFA franc currency. 

“This move places the Central African Republic on the map of the world’s boldest and most visionary countries,” he said. 

Traders will also be capable of paying taxes with crypto and the finance minister Gourna Zacko who introduced the bill, believes it will ease cross-border transfers that have become increasingly difficult to do. These transfers will now become very cheap. Citizens will also be capable of undertaking legal financial transactions in the mainstream financial realms using crypto, and without necessarily going through middlemen banks. Cryptocurrency exchanges will not be taxed.   

The bill has clauses that prescribe up to 20 years of imprisonment and a fine of between 100 million to 1 billion CFA francs for anyone who breaks the crypto law. 

With a per capita income of only 750 USD per year, the country is one of the poorest in the region and world as a result of years of conflicts and war. This is despite having a vast amount of gold and diamond reserves. 

The country would, however, have to pursue an aggressive Internet coverage agenda to make this plan effective. It currently has an Internet penetration rate of just 7.1 percent and 355,000 Internet users out of a total population of 4.97 million people.   

It is not clear if and how the new move would help alleviate the country’s ailing inflation or GDP. Inflation has increased from 2.7 percent in 2019 to 3.3 in 2021. The country’s GDP also flipped to the negative last year at -0.6 from a 3.1 in 2019. Despite relying heavily on agriculture and mining, illegal gold and diamond exports undermine government revenue. The country is also embroiled in bad political and economic decisions, conflicts, and insecurity.  

The bill that governs use of cryptocurrency as legal tender in the country was unanimously adopted by the parliament last week. However, the move was not approved by the Bank of Central African States (BEAC) which governs the Central African CFA franc regional currency used by the country and about 14 others. The franc is tied to the Euro and largely controlled by the West. Two ministers said the move to adopt Bitcoin as a national currency was a serious offense. 

The move was also criticized by former Prime Minister Martin Ziguele who said it was not a priority for the country, and that it was undermining the CFA franc. The decision could also be challenged in court by some legislators.      

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Cardano’s Charles Hoskinson wants to work with Elon Musk to develop a decentralized social media platform



Cardano's Charles Hoskinson wants to work with Elon Musk to develop a Decentralized social media platform

The Founder of Cardano (ADA) has invited Tesla owner and billionaire, Elon Musk, to work with him in developing the first decentralized social media platform. Charles Hoskinson, who also doubles up as the CEO of Input-Output Global is offering to help Elon Musk achieve his goal of free speech on social media.

The news follows Elon Musk’s acquisition of a stake in Twitter last week. The Billionaire bought 9.2% of Twitter, estimated at $2.89 Billion, and was even offered a seat on the micro-blogging site’s board. However, after deliberations, Elon passed on the offer since it would bar him from owning beyond a certain threshold of Twitter’s shares.

Free speech advocate

Elon Musk is on record for being a passionate supporter of free speech and open internet policies. He has in the past openly accused Twitter of muzzling free speech and open internet use. He recently held a poll that indicated that most users would prefer an edit button on Twitter and said that if he is not allowed to acquire the platform, he would have to reconsider his position as a major shareholder of Twitter.

To actualize this cause, he has offered to acquire the platform for a reported fee of $43 Billion in cash. This intended acquisition has left his critics and supporters talking and would go a long way in helping him bring much-needed changes to Twitter. His intention has however come under fire with his critics, including Dogecoin co-founder, Jackson Palmer saying that Elon Musk is planning a hostile takeover of Twitter. 

Hoskinson’s offer to Elon Musk

Upon seeing the opposition against Elon Musk’s plan, Hoskinson wooed Elon to join him in creating a decentralized social media platform. He tweeted:

“@Elon if Twitter rejects your offer, then hit me up. Happy to build a decentralized one.”

This offer follows Elon Musk’s Twitter poll where he sought the opinion of his 80 million followers about a decentralized social media platform. He posited that were he to be barred from acquiring Twitter, he would establish his decentralized platform that would be founded on free speech and open internet.

Elon Musk’s campaign for free speech and open internet has not been welcomed by all. Some of his critics have argued that coating his move with good intentions, his true intention is to get revenge against the SEC for muzzling his Twitter activities.

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