Technology

May 21, 2019

Huawei has been building a Play Store alternative in plain sight

The momentous news that Google is cutting off its Android relationship with Huawei in response to a US government ban on the Chinese giant wasn’t much of a surprise to Huawei. A fresh report from Bloomberg today adds to the mounting evidence of Huawei preparing for being shunned by the United States. It suggests that Huawei’s App Gallery, which has been present on Huawei and Honor Android devices for a while, is in fact an earnest, albeit somewhat clandestine, effort to build a genuine alternative to Google’s dominant Play Store.
May 21, 2019

Carrot’s iOS weather app can now notify you about incoming rain and snow

The Carrot Weather app has received a massive update today which introduces a host of new notification options for rain, snow, lightning strikes, storms, and even moon phases. Several of the new features are included as part of the app’s new “Tier 3” subscription, while the existing “Premium” and “Ultrapremium” subscription tiers have been renamed “Tier 1” and “Tier 2” respectively.
May 21, 2019

After the US took down Huawei, could DJI be next?

The US Department of Homeland Security has warned of the dangers of Chinese-made drones, according to an alert obtained by CNN. The alert cautions that consumer-level drones, of which the vast majority in North America are sold by Shenzhen-based DJI, could send back sensitive flight information to headquarters on Chinese soil that could subsequently be accessed by the government.
May 21, 2019

The US is underestimating Huawei, says founder Ren Zhengfei

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei has downplayed the impact of the US executive order that could cripple Huawei’s ability to collaborate with American companies like Google and Qualcomm. In comments to Chinese media gathered at the company’s Shenzhen headquarters, reported on by the Global Times state newspaper, Ren says the 90-day extension to normal business relations granted by the US won’t make much difference to Huawei due to the company’s existing contingency plans.
May 21, 2019

Designer Virgil Abloh collaborated with Pioneer DJ to create custom ‘skeleton’ DJ gear

Artist, fashion designer, and DJ Virgil Abloh has collaborated with Pioneer DJ to create custom off-white and transparent CDJs and a mixer that will be displayed at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art in an exhibition called “FIGURES OF SPEECH.”
May 21, 2019

Chinese customers are firmly supporting Huawei after Google pulls Android license

Huawei had its Android license cut off by Google over the weekend thanks to a US government order. But Chinese users appear to be rallying around the company, with social media posts on Weibo and Douyin showing strong support for Huawei, according to What’s On Weibo.
May 21, 2019

Huawei can keep sending software updates to phones for three months, US says

Huawei will be able to keep sending software updates to its phones for the next three months despite an effective sales ban in the United States, after receiving a temporary license from the United States Commerce Department.
May 21, 2019

Lawmakers applaud Google for revoking Huawei’s Android license

Over the weekend, news broke that Google revoked Huawei’s Android license for new devices, cutting off the Chinese tech company’s access to critical Google apps. Now, longtime Huawei critics on Capitol Hill are applauding Google’s move and encouraging other tech companies to follow suit.
May 21, 2019

The Justice Department might kill T-Mobile and Sprint’s merger despite likely FCC approval

T-Mobile and Sprint started the day with very good news when FCC chairman Ajit Pai said he would urge the commission to approve their industry-transforming merger. Stocks of both companies soared soon after. But only a few hours later, Bloomberg is reporting that the US Department of Justice is leaning toward blocking the merger over antitrust concerns. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard that the Justice Department remains unconvinced that a combined T-Mobile and Sprint would be a positive development for consumers.
May 21, 2019

Pluto: Scientists May Have Solved the Mystery of How the Minor Planet Maintains a Subsurface Ocean

Scientists may have solved the mystery of how Pluto maintains a subsurface ocean, casting new light on why similar bodies of liquid may persist on other icy worlds throughout the solar system—and beyond.