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  1. steven36

    Huawei is now cloning Europe

    Why stop at just copying AirPods? Huawei’s new European-inspired headquarters in Dongguan, China. Huawei has been releasing products that look heavily inspired by those from Apple for years. Now, with its new Dongguan headquarters in China, the tech company is setting its sights on something even bigger to clone: all European architecture. CNBC got a look inside Huawei’s new corporate campus, which is composed of 12 “towns” named and modeled after European cities. Thus, there’s a Granada area that’s modeled after the design of the city in the south of Spain; a Paris town with Parisian architecture; Verona (for Italian design); Bruges (Belgium); and Cesky, presumably for Český Krumlov in the Czech Republic. There’s also a bridge spanning a lake that divides the campus in half that’s a replica of the Freedom Bridge in Budapest, Hungary, along with a tram station for ferrying employees around the campus (sort of like a miniature Eurail). The idea of copying famous architecture from around the world isn’t exactly new in China. There are also replicas of Paris, London, and Jackson Hole, Wyoming, scattered across the country that date back to the 1990s, as this ABC News report shows. (The United States isn’t exactly immune to this, either. Look at Las Vegas, for example.) But Huawei’s headquarters feel extra odd since it’s the private campus for a major international company. The headquarters is meant to hold up to 25,000 employees when completed. (Currently, only eight of the 12 areas are finished.) That’s about half of the employees at Huawei’s Shenzhen headquarters, or about 1/29,680th of the roughly 742 million people who live in Europe. Source
  2. Ren Zhengfei speaks days after the arrest of another Huawei employee, this time in Poland Ren Zhengfei, founder and chief executive officer of Huawei Technologies Co. SHENZHEN, China—The founder and CEO of Huawei Technologies Co. said his company has never spied for the Chinese government—and never would—as he made a rare public appearance following the arrest of his daughter in Canada. “No law requires any company in China to install mandatory back doors,” Ren Zhengfei said Tuesday. “I personally would never harm the interest of my customers and me and my company would not answer to such requests.” Ren didn’t say what specifically he would do to resist such requests. All companies doing business in China are required by law to hand over customer data to the government in cases that touch on national security. In China, national-security threats are broadly defined and can include speech critical of the Communist Party. Ren said he missed his daughter, Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, but was optimistic justice would prevail. Meng was arrested on Dec. 1 in Vancouver at the request of U.S. authorities, which accuse her of lying about the company’s business with Iran. She denies the charges. Huawei’s reclusive 74-year-old founder, a former army engineer, also praised President Trump as a “great president” and maintained Huawei is owned by its employees. The U.S. has raised concerns about Huawei’s ties to the Chinese state and that its telecom equipment could be used by Beijing to spy. More At [WSJ] Source
  3. HONG KONG/WARSAW (Reuters) - Chinese telecommunications equipment maker Huawei said on Saturday it had sacked an employee arrested in Poland on spying charges in a case that could intensify Western security concerns about the company. Poland’s internal affairs minister, Joachim Brudzinski, called for the European Union and NATO to work on a joint position over whether to exclude Huawei from their markets following the arrest of the Chinese employee and a former Polish security official on Friday. Huawei, the world’s biggest producer of telecommunications equipment, faces intense scrutiny in the West over its relationship with China’s government and U.S.-led allegations that its devices could be used by Beijing for spying. No evidence has been produced publicly and the firm has repeatedly denied the accusations, but several Western countries have restricted Huawei’s access to their markets. In August, U.S. President Donald Trump signed a bill that barred the U.S. government from using Huawei equipment and is mulling an executive order that would also ban U.S. companies from doing so. Brudzinski said Poland wanted to continue cooperating with China but that a discussion was needed on whether to exclude Huawei from some markets. “There are concerns about Huawei within NATO as well. It would make most sense to have a joint stance, among EU member states and NATO members,” he told private broadcaster RMF FM. “We want relations with China that are good, intensive and attractive for both sides,” he added. HUAWEI DISTANCES ITSELF FROM ARRESTS Seeking to distance itself from the incident, Huawei said in a statement it had sacked Wang Weijing, whose “alleged actions have no relation to the company.” “In accordance with the terms and conditions of Huawei’s labor contract, we have made this decision because the incident has brought Huawei into disrepute,” the statement said. “Huawei complies with all applicable laws and regulations in the countries where it operates, and we require every employee to abide by the laws and regulations in the countries where they are based,” the company’s statement added. A Huawei spokesman, Joe Kelly, declined to give any further details. The two men have heard the charges and could be held for three months. A spokesman for the Polish security services had told Reuters the allegations related to individual actions, and were not linked directly to Huawei Technologies Cos Ltd. A deputy digital affairs minister in Poland said, however, that Warsaw was analyzing any involvement by Huawei in building the country’s 5G telecommunications infrastructure, Money.pl portal reported. Any decision by Western governments over whether to exclude Huawei from their markets would have to consider the possible impact on the speed and cost of 5G development, analysts say. “My best-case outcome is that Europe uses this window of opportunity and figures out how to have a minimal risk for the best network possible,” said Jan-Peter Kleinhans, an IT security expert at Stiftung Neue Verantwortung, a Berlin-based think-tank. A LinkedIn profile for Wang showed he has worked for Huawei’s Polish division since 2011 and previously served as attache to the Chinese General Consul in Gdansk from 2006-2011. Wang did not immediately respond to a request for comment via the social media site. China’s Foreign Ministry has expressed concern over the case and is urging Poland to handle the case “justly.” Source
  4. WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s counter-espionage agency has arrested a Chinese manager at tech giant Huawei in Poland and one of its own former officers and informed them both that they face charges of spying on Poland for China, state television reported Friday. The two men were arrested Tuesday, according to the Internal Security Agency. Polish security agents also searched the Warsaw offices of Huawei and Orange, Poland’s leading communications provider, where the former Polish spy had recently worked, seizing documents and electronic data. The homes of both men were also searched, according to TVP, the state broadcaster. The development comes as the U.S. is exerting pressure on its allies to block Huawei, the world’s biggest maker of telecommunications network equipment. A U.S. dispute with China over its ban on Huawei is spilling over to Europe, the company’s biggest foreign market. The company is a leader in the development of next-generation “5G” mobile networks and a key player in building them in Europe but some countries are starting to reconsider using Huawei’s equipment over data security concerns. Some European governments and telecom companies are following the U.S. lead in questioning whether using Huawei for vital infrastructure for mobile networks could leave them exposed to snooping by the Chinese government. Maciej Wasik, deputy head of Poland’s special service, said the operation that resulted in the arrests of the two suspects had been underway for a long time. He said “both carried out espionage activities against Poland.” TVP said the men have proclaimed their innocence and are refusing to give testimony in the case. TVP, which is close to the government, identified the arrested Chinese man as Weijing W., saying he was a director in Poland at Huawei. The broadcaster said the man also went by the Polish first name of Stanislaw and had previously worked at the Chinese consulate in Gdansk. A LinkedIn profile for a man named Stanislaw Wang appears to match details of the man described by Polish television. Wang’s resume said he worked at China’s General Consulate in Gdansk from 2006-2011 and at Huawei Enterprise Poland since 2011, where he was first director of public affairs and since 2017 the “sales director of public sector.” The resume said he received a bachelor’s degree in 2004 from the Beijing University of Foreign Studies. State TV identified the Pole as Piotr D., and said he was a high-ranking employee at the Internal Security Agency until 2011, where he served as deputy director in the department of information security. If convicted, the men could face up to 10 years in prison, the security agency said. Huawei issued a statement from its Chinese headquarters saying it was aware of the situation and was looking into it. “We have no comment for the time being. Huawei complies with all applicable laws and regulations in the countries where it operates, and we require every employee to abide by the laws and regulations in the countries where they are based,” it continued. An official at the Chinese Embassy in Warsaw says China attaches “great importance to the detention” of the Chinese citizen in Poland and that Chinese envoys had met with Polish Foreign Ministry officials on the matter. The spokeswoman, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said China urged Poland “to inform China about the situation of this case and arrange a consular visit as soon as possible.” Geopolitical tensions over Huawei intensified after its chief financial officer, who is the daughter of company founder Ren Zhengfei, was arrested Dec. 1 in Canada in connection with U.S. accusations that the company violated restrictions on sales of American technology to Iran. The United States wants Meng Wanzhou extradited to face charges that she misled banks about the company’s business dealings in Iran. She is out on bail in Canada awaiting extradition proceedings. Huawei has been blocked in the U.S. since 2012, when a House Intelligence Committee report found it was a security risk and recommended that the government and private companies stop buying its network equipment. Source
  5. Photo by Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge Last year, Huawei wowed us with the MateBook X Pro, its flagship laptop that my colleague Dan Seifert called “the best laptop” that you could buy, competing with flagship computers like Apple’s MacBook Pro and Dell’s XPS 13. And now at CES 2019, with its newly announced MateBook 13, Huawei is setting its sights on an even more popular laptop: Apple’s MacBook Air. The new MateBook 13 is meant to slot into Huawei’s existing lineup between cheaper MateBook D and the premium MateBook X Pro — a middle-of-the-road option for those who still want the high-end design and features without paying the higher price. The MateBook 13 (left) and the MateBook X Pro (right) Photo by Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge Like the other MateBook laptops, the MateBook 13 offers a 3:2 aspect ratio display, but at a 13-inch size with a 2160 x 1440 resolution, instead of the larger 13.9-inch 3000 x 2000 display on the MateBook X Pro. It’s also a bit thicker than the MateBook X Pro. Despite the larger size, at 14.9mm thick, it’s still thinner than Apple’s new MacBook Air. Huawei is selling two models of the MateBook 13: a base model with an 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8265U Whiskey Lake processor, 256GB of storage, and integrated graphics; and a more powerful i7-8565U model that will have 512GB of storage and a discrete Nvidia MX150 GPU. Both models only offer 8GB of RAM, along with two USB-C ports (the left side port supports data transfer and charging, while the right side offers data and DisplayPort support). GRID VIEW Like the MateBook X and MateBook X Pro, the MateBook 13 will feature the same fingerprint reader integrated power button. And in a welcome change from the flagship laptop, the MateBook 13 forgoes the MateBook X Pro’s creative keyboard webcam for one placed in a slightly thicker top bezel that doesn’t stare up your nose. Unlike the MateBook X Pro, with premium features and a seemingly impossibly low price that made it a nearly unbeatable combination, the MateBook 13 will face a bit more competition on price, with the Core i5 model selling for $999 and the Core i7 version going for $1,299. That means that Huawei will not only have to contend with the similarly priced Dell XPS 13, 13-inch MacBook Pro, Surface Laptop, and the updated MacBook Air, but also the more premium MateBook X Pro, which has a $1,199.99 base price that is right between the two MateBook 13 models. Still, if the MateBook 13 can deliver on battery life and performance similar to the MateBook X Pro, Huawei could have another hit on its hands. We’ll find out soon enough: the MateBook 13 is set to go on sale in the US on January 29th at Amazon, Newegg, and other retailers. Huawei MediaPad M5 Lite In addition to the MateBook 13, Huawei also announced a new Android tablet, the MediaPad M5 Lite. The new tablet offers a 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 display, and is powered by Huawei’s Kirin 659 processor, with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. Huawei is positioning the MediaPad M5 Lite as designed for families in particular, with a Kid’s Corner feature specifically for younger users, and a variety of sensors that can detect when kids are holding the tablet too close to their face or slouching over a screen and notify them to stop. It’ll be out at the end of January for at $299. source
  6. Image copyrightREUTERS The Defence Secretary has reportedly said he has "very deep concerns" about Chinese firm Huawei being involved in upgrading the UK's mobile network. Gavin Williamson's comments - reported by the Times - came after some nations restricted use of the firm's products in 5G networks over security concerns. MI6's head recently said Britain faced decisions on Chinese ownership of tech. The UK says China is behind hackers targeting commercial secrets. Huawei denies any link to the Chinese state. On Wednesday, Mr Williamson was reported as saying: "I have grave, very deep concerns about Huawei providing the 5G network in Britain. It's something we'd have to look at very closely." Australia, New Zealand and the US have restricted use of Huawei technology in 5G mobile networks, and Mr Williamson said the UK would look at their example. "We've got to recognise the fact, as has been recently exposed, that the Chinese state does sometimes act in a malign way," he added. What's going on with Huawei? Should we worry about Huawei? Why has the UK not blocked Huawei? BBC World Service - Huawei: Who are they? Huawei was founded by a former officer in the People's Liberation Army but the company denies having any ties to the Chinese government, beyond complying with tax laws. The firm has strongly rejected any suggestion that it poses a security threat, saying it has "never been asked by any government to build any backdoors or interrupt any networks". Earlier this month, MI6 chief Alex Younger said the UK needed to "decide the extent to which we are going to be comfortable with Chinese ownership of these technologies". UK communications company BT has already said it is removing Huawei equipment from its 3G and 4G networks, and pledged not to use the firm's products in the "core" of its 5G service. 'Cyber intrusions' This week it confirmed that Huawei equipment was being removed from the heart of a communication system being developed for the UK emergency services, although it was not explicit as to why. On 20 December, the US indicted two Chinese men accused of hacking into computer networks of Western companies and government agencies, and accused Beijing of cyber-spying. UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt described the men's actions as "one of the most significant and widespread cyber intrusions against the UK and allies uncovered to date". The Foreign Office said hackers acting on behalf of the Chinese Ministry of State Security were stealing commercial secrets from firms in Europe, Asia and the US. Officials said their activities were so extensive, they were "putting at risk" economic growth in the UK and the wider global economy. source
  7. Huawei has hit back at reports claiming it is a national security risk, as the Czech republic joined a growing list of governments warning against using the firm’s equipment. The Shenzhen giant’s chairman, Ken Hu, told reporters that such moves were driven by “ideology and geopolitics” and challenged the likes of the US government to provide proof to back up their claims. “If you have proof or evidence, it should be made known,” he reportedly added. “Maybe not to Huawei and maybe not to the public, but to telecom operators, because they are the ones that buy Huawei.” The US, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan and Japan have all banned Huawei products on security grounds to a lesser or greater extent. With the kit-maker set to play a key role in coming critical infrastructure deployments of 5G, the stakes couldn’t be higher. In the UK, BT recently confirmed that the Chinese firm is not included in its plans for 5G core. However, Australian spy chief Mike Burgess has previously warned: “the distinction between core and edge collapses in 5G networks. That means that a potential threat anywhere in the network will be a threat to the whole network.” The UK government has long had a more open approach to dealing with the telco giant, allowing access to its markets as long as equipment passes muster at an evaluation center paid for by Huawei and staffed by experts from GCHQ, among others. But even here there have been bumps in the road: in July the center claimed it could provide “only limited assurance” that Huawei equipment poses no threat to national security. Although Huawei claims it has never acceded to any government demands which would “damage the networks or business of any of our customers,” it’s the risk of this happening in future which seems to be driving skepticism outside of China. “High-risk vendors have been banned from Australia’s 5G network because of the threat they pose when they could be subject to unbounded extrajudicial directions from a foreign government,” wrote Burgess recently. Although the lack of competition may indeed push up prices and slow innovation, it may be a price governments are prepared to pay. The Czech Republic’s cybersecurity watchdog this week became the latest to warn against the firm. “China’s laws...require private companies residing in China to cooperate with intelligence services, therefore introducing them into the key state systems might present a threat,” saidDusan Navratil, director of the Czech National Cyber and Information Security Agency (NCISA). source
  8. HONG KONG (Reuters) - Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL] on Tuesday said it would spend $2 billion over the next 5 years to focus on cybersecurity by adding more people and upgrading lab facilities, as it battles global concerns about risks associated with its network gear. The typically secretive Chinese technology giant made the comments at one of its most indepth press conferences at its Dongguan offices, after welcoming about two dozen international journalists into its new campus in the southern Chinese city. Huawei has been in the news these past weeks for the arrest of its chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou - also the daughter of its billionaire founder Ren Zhengfei - in Canada at the request of the United States. This has exacerbated the woes of the Chinese firm, which has already been virtually locked out of the U.S. market and has been prohibited by Australia and New Zealand from building 5G networks amid concerns its gear could facilitate Chinese spying. “Locking out competitors from a playing field cannot make yourself better. We think any concerns or allegations on security at Huawei should be based on factual evidence,” its rotating chairman Ken Hu said. “Without factual evidence we don’t accept and we oppose those allegations.” Huawei has been communicating with governments worldwide regarding the independence of its operation, he said. He added that Japan and France had not formally banned its telecom equipment. Recent media reports have indicated moves by these governments to shun the company’s equipment. Sources have told Reuters that Japan planned to ban government purchases of equipment. Other media reported that the country’s three top operators planned not to use current equipment and upcoming 5G gear from Huawei, and that France was considering adding items to its “high-alert” list that tacitly targets Huawei. Huawei has repeatedly said Beijing has no influence over it. At the tour of Huawei’s Shenzhen headquarters on Tuesday, journalists glimpsed some of Huawei’s most advanced R&D labs housed in a three-storey building with a white facade and four columns, referred to by insiders as the “White House”. Wu said Huawei had secured more than 25 commercial contracts for 5G, slightly above the 22 the Chinese technology giant had announced in November. The company has shipped more than 10,000 base stations for the fifth generation of mobile communications, he said, adding that Huawei expects revenue to exceed $100 billion this year - up 8.7 percent from last year. Huawei is the world’s largest supplier of telecommunications network equipment and second-biggest maker of smartphones and unlike other big Chinese technology firms, derives half its revenue from overseas. “A JUST CONCLUSION” Wu said on Tuesday Huawei was looking forward to “a just conclusion” in the case of Meng, who was arrested in Vancouver on Dec. 1 after U.S. officials alleged Huawei was trying to use banks to evade sanctions against Iran and move money out. She is awaiting possible extradition to the United States in a case that has roiled global markets amid concerns it would exacerbate tensions between the United States and China, which are already strained over trade matters. Meng, the 46-year-old daughter of Ren, has said in a sworn affidavit she is innocent and will contest the allegations against her at trial if she is surrendered to the United States. Wu said Meng’s arrest has had no impact on the travel of the company’s senior executives. Source
  9. PRAGUE (Reuters) - The Czech cyber watchdog warned network operators on Monday against using software or hardware made by Chinese telecom equipment suppliers Huawei and ZTE (000063.SZ), saying they posed a security threat. Huawei, the world’s biggest producer of telecoms equipment, faces intense scrutiny in the West over its ties to the Chinese government and concerns its equipment could be used by Beijing for spying. The company has repeatedly denied the allegations. “China’s laws ... require private companies residing in China to cooperate with intelligence services, therefore introducing them into the key state systems might present a threat,” Dusan Navratil, director of the Czech National Cyber and Information Security Agency (NCISA), said in a statement. System administrators in critical information infrastructure, whether in the state or private sector, should take “adequate measures” against the threat, Navratil said. The Czech government agency added that its warning notice was based on its findings and on those of allies. In response, a Huawei spokesman said: “We categorically deny any suggestion that we pose a threat to national security. We call for NCISA to provide evidence instead of tarnishing Huawei’s reputation without any proof.” Cyber security had always been Huawei’s top priority and Huawei was a trusted partner for all the main telecom carriers in Czech Republic, he said. “There are no laws or regulations in China to compel Huawei, or any other company, to install ‘mandatory back doors’,” he said, a reference to U.S. warnings that Huawei’s network gear could contain ‘back doors’ that would allow Chinese spies to hack into critical network infrastructure. “Huawei has never received any such request from any government and we would never agree to it,” the spokesman said. A call to ZTE’s office in London was not answered. Some operators have tested 5G in some locations in the Czech Republic, while the investment group PPF, which owns the leading infrastructure provider, CETIN, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Huawei to cooperate on 5G. An auction of frequencies for the 5G transmission is planned for 2019. U.S. government officials have been pressuring Deutsche Telekom (DTEGn.DE), the majority owner of T-Mobile US (TMUS.O), to stop using Huawei equipment, sources say. Japan plans to ban government purchases of equipment from Huawei and ZTE to beef up its defenses against intelligence leaks and cyber attacks, sources told Reuters this month. New Zealand’s intelligence agency last month rejected a telecoms provider’s request to use Huawei 5G equipment and Australia has banned Huawei from supplying 5G equipment. Both countries cited national security concerns. The arrest of a top Huawei executive in Vancouver at the request of U.S. authorities on Dec. 1 has sparked a diplomatic dispute. Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief financial officer and the daughter of its founder, faces U.S. allegations that she misled multinational banks about Iran-linked transactions, putting the banks at risk of violating U.S. sanctions. Source
  10. BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s foreign ministry called in the U.S. ambassador on Sunday to lodge a “strong protest” over the arrest in Canada of Huawei Technologies Co Ltd’s [HWT.UL] chief financial officer, and said the United States should withdraw its arrest warrant. Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s global chief financial officer, was arrested in Canada on Dec. 1 and faces extradition to the United States, which alleges that she covered up her company’s links to a firm that tried to sell equipment to Iran despite sanctions. The executive is also the daughter of the founder of Huawei. Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng told U.S. ambassador Terry Branstad that the United States had made an “unreasonable demand” on Canada to detain Meng while she was passing through Vancouver, China’s Foreign Ministry said. “The actions of the U.S. seriously violated the lawful and legitimate rights of the Chinese citizen, and by their nature were extremely nasty,” Le told Branstad, comments similar to those he made to Canada’s ambassador the night before. China strongly urges the United States to pay attention to China’s solemn and just position and withdraw the arrest warrant on Meng, Le added. “China will respond further depending on U.S. actions,” he said, without elaborating. Le also told the Canadian ambassador on Saturday that there would be severe consequences if it did not immediately release Meng. Source
  11. Huawei has denied that it assisted the Chinese government in infiltrating a foreign network to gain information, following reports over the weekend to the contrary. "Huawei categorically denies it has ever provided, or been asked to provide, customer information for any government or organisation," a Huawei spokesperson told ZDNet on Monday morning. "These baseless accusations are made without any evidence whatsoever." The denial followed reports by The Australian that it had "confirmed from a national security source" that Huawei staffers were used by Chinese intelligence to "get access codes to infiltrate a foreign network", including providing password and network details. "Huawei is acknowledged as a global ICT leader and is the largest provider of telecommunications infrastructure in the world. We have reached this position as a global leader because we have a 30-year record of delivering world-class technology and are trusted by our customers around the world," the Huawei spokesperson added. "We back up our infrastructure and equipment with an unblemished record of cybersecurity. We would urge any public debate on Huawei's role in providing its technology to Australia to be balanced and based on transparency and facts, rather than vague and unverified speculation." The denial followed Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) Director-General Mike Burgess last week saying his agency had recommended the Huawei and ZTE 5G ban because the stakes surrounding 5G could not be higher, as it will see telecommunications networks move to the top of critical national infrastructure lists. "This is about more than just protecting the confidentiality of our information -- it is also about integrity and availability of the data and systems on which we depend," Burgess said. "Getting security right for our critical infrastructure is paramount." Burgess echoed sentiments expressed by the government in August that the separation between edge and core networks has diminished, meaning vendors cannot be confined to the edge. "The distinction between core and edge collapses in 5G networks. That means that a potential threat anywhere in the network will be a threat to the whole network," he said. "In consultation with operators and vendors, we worked hard this year to see if there were ways to protect our 5G networks if high-risk vendor equipment was present anywhere in these networks. "At the end of this process, my advice was to exclude high-risk vendors from the entirety of evolving 5G networks." Huawei and ZTE were banned by the Australian government from playing a role in any 5G rollouts in August due to national security issues stemming from concerns of foreign government interference in critical communications infrastructure. Huawei at the time slammed the Australian government's decision, saying it was not based in fact or a result of a transparent process, but rather motivated by political instability thanks to infighting in the Liberal party. "The Australian government's decision to block Huawei from Australia's 5G market is politically motivated, not the result of a fact-based, transparent, or equitable decision-making process. It is not aligned with the long-term interests of the Australian people, and denies Australian businesses and consumers the right to choose from the best communications technology available," Huawei HQ said. "A mistaken and narrow understanding of Chinese law should not serve as the basis for concerns about Huawei's business. Huawei has never been asked to engage in intelligence work on behalf of any government. "The Australian government's actions undermine the principles of competition and non-discrimination in fair trade." United States President Donald Trump's administration has been cracking down on Chinese involvement in the American tech sphere, including with draft legislation barring the sale of national security-sensitive technology to China and blocking government or contractors from buying telecommunications equipment and services from Huawei and ZTE. Huawei in July told the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that the US should not miss out on its market-leading technology, also pointing out that its exclusion would drive up consumer costs for mobile services. The heads of the CIA, FBI, NSA, and the director of national intelligence to the Senate Intelligence Committee had also recommended in February that Americans not use products from Huawei and ZTE, while the FCC was also advised by the Executive Branch to deny China Mobile entry to the US telecommunications industry, citing "substantial and unacceptable risk to US law enforcement and foreign intelligence collection". United States Senators Marco Rubio and Mark Warner last month then reportedly told Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to ban Huawei from taking part in deploying the nation's 5G mobile networks. Huawei declined to comment, but in September denied similar reports that the Indian government had excluded it from taking part in joint 5G trials, saying it is currently proposing a set of solutions to support the government's requirements for a nationwide 5G rollout. "Huawei is an active participant in India's growing 5G ecosystem," Huawei told ZDNet. "Our collaboration with relevant departments and operators continues to proceed as normal. The government of India remains open and welcoming towards Huawei, and has been a fantastic source of support." South Korea's largest carrier left Huawei off its list of 5G vendors, with SK Telecom announcing in September that it would be going with Ericsson, Nokia, and Samsung. Source
  12. UL, the company behind the tablet and phone performance benchmark app 3DMark, has delisted new Huawei phones from its “Best Smartphone” leaderboard after AnandTech discovered the phone maker was boosting its performance to ace the app’s test. The phones delisted were the P20, P20 Pro, Nova 3 and the Honor Play. “After testing the devices in our own lab and confirming that they breach our rules, we have decided to delist the affected models and remove them from our performance rankings,” the company said in a statement. For the Huawei case, the rules are actually a little fuzzy. Phones are permitted to adjust performance based on workload, which results in peaks or dips in performance for different apps, but they are not permitted to hard-code peaks in performance specifically for the benchmark app. Huawei reportedly claimed that the peak in performance seen during the run of the benchmark app was an intuitive jump determined by AI; however, when an unlabeled version of the benchmark test was run, the phones were unable to recognize it and, as a result, displayed lower performances. In other words, the phones aren’t so smart after all. Huawei is not the first company caught overstepping these rules. Samsung did as well in 2013, and ironically the results of these benchmark tests actually mean little in terms of overall general performance of the phone. While they can point to how a phone may perform during heavy stress, average performance is still best discovered through individual testing. Huawei did not immediately return a request for comment. Source
  13. Chinese smartphone maker Huawei says the Australian government has banned it from providing 5G technology for the country's wireless networks. It said fellow communications firm ZTE had also been banned, both reportedly because of national security concerns. "This is a extremely disappointing result for consumers," the company said on Twitter. Faster data download and upload speeds are promised with 5G, which is the next stage of mobile internet connectivity. Wider coverage and more stable connections than current 4G technology are also highlighted as benefits. What is 5G? Superfast 5G mobiles move a step closer 5G auction bidding starts in UK What's the issue? Several countries are preparing for the roll-out of 5G mobile networks, although analysts say few will launch 5G services before 2020. Mark Newman, from the consultancy ConnectivityX, said: "5G is going to be the next significant wave of mobile infrastructure deployment. "If existing suppliers are banned, it will be quite a major blow for them." Huawei is the world's biggest producer of telecoms equipment. It also ranks second in global smartphone sales, behind Samsung and ahead of Apple. In July, a UK security committee warned that it had "only limited assurance" that Huawei's telecoms kit posed no threat to national security. The UK's cyber-defence watchdog - the National Cyber Security Centre - has also warned that the use of ZTE's equipment and services could pose a national security risk. Huawei has a larger share of the phone market than Apple "As we move into 5G, a greater proportion of the network is controlled by software," said Mr Newman. "There is an argument that in this software realm, concerns about who is managing the network and where from are heightened." What has Australia said? On Thursday, the Australian government said national security regulations that were typically applied to telecoms firms would be extended to equipment suppliers. Companies that were "likely to be subject to extrajudicial directions from a foreign government" could present a security risk, it said. The United States has previously banned Huawei from bidding for government contracts because of fears over espionage. ZTE has also had its activity restricted in the US. Under Chinese law, companies must co-operate with the intelligence services. Analysts therefore warn that equipment produced by firms such as Huawei and ZTE could be compromised. How has China responded? China's foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Australia should not "use various excuses to artificially erect barriers". It called on Australia to "abandon ideological prejudices and provide a fair competitive environment for Chinese companies". Huawei has defended the security of its products. "Huawei is a world leader in 5G," the company said in a statement. It said it had "safely and securely" delivered wireless technology in Australia for close to 15 years. Source
  14. Will make its phones far less desirable for developers CHINESE PHONE GIANT Huawei has ended support for bootloaders on its devices. The company admitted the news in a statement sent to Android Authority after the dedicated support page for the process disappeared without any explanation earlier this month. For years, the Chinese phone maker Huawei has provided codes so that the custom ROM development community could unlock the bootloaders of its device for years, making the firm a very popular choice with developers as it was only one of few companies that did so. The bootloader-unlock codes enabled users to do things like install custom recovery image software Team Win Recovery Project, use custom ROMs, or get root access to the device. Naturally, Huawei spun the decision as a good thing for customers that would immeasurably improve the "user experience", largely by protecting them from themselves. "In order to deliver the best user experience and prevent users from experiencing possible issues that could arise from ROM flashing, including system failure, stuttering, worsened battery performance, and the risk of data being compromised, Huawei will cease providing bootloader unlock codes for devices launched after May 25, 2018," the firm burbled. It continued: "For devices launched prior to the aforementioned date, the termination of the bootloader code application service will come into effect 60 days after today's announcement. "Moving forward, Huawei remains committed to providing quality services and experiences to its customers. Thank you for your continued support." The move is quite a big blow to the developer and modding community. Many considered Huawei to be one of the few developer-friendly OEMs. However, by ending the support and not giving unlock codes, Huawei's devices will now be much less desirable to developers. Source
  15. Today Huawei P20 and Huawei P20 Pro premiered at a special event in Paris, France. The new flagship duo notched screens, stereo speakers and various camera improvements including the new Leica Triple Camera. Huawei P20 The Huawei P20 is the smaller of the two devices. It packs a 5.8" LCD with a notch and resolution of 1,080 x 2,244 pixels. The matrix behind the glass is PenTile RGBW - the same as on the Mate 10. Just below the screen sits an always-on fingerprint reader, doubling as a multi-purpose control key. The P20 runs on the Kirin 970 chipset with an octa-core processor (4x A73 + 4x A53), Mali-G72MP12, and 4 gigs of RAM. There is 64GB storage that can be expanded if you forgo the second SIM as it's got a hybrid slot. The chip also has Huawei's dedicated NPU for machine learning acceleration. The P20 comes with an upgraded Leica Dual Camera with a new larger 1/2.3" 12MP RGB sensor with OIS, f/1.6 lens and 1.55µm pixels. The second snapper is a 20MP monochrome shooter - same as on the Mate 10, also behind f/1.6 lens. The camera on the P20 does come with all sorts of autofocus assistance (PDAF, laser, contrast, and depth detection). There is also a dual-tone LED flash. Huawei P20 The P20's camera can do portraits, various background and lighting effects, 2x lossless zoom, and it can capture [email protected] slow-mo videos. There are various AI advancements, that we'll mention in a bit. A new 24MP front camera behind f/2.0 lens will be doing the selfies. It can do bokeh and studio-lightning effects and enables Face Unlock. Huawei P20 is powered by a 3,400 mAh battery with support for Huawei's Super Charge. The P20 design is a departure from the P9 and P10's metal shells. Instead, it comes in a rather trendy dual-glass body reinforced with a metal-frame. The P20 is IP53 rated for dust and splash resistance. The signature color of the series is Twilight with a very catchy gradient. It will be available is all markets. Other color options are Black, Midnight Blue, Pink Gold and Champagne Gold, but some of those will be region dependent. Huawei P20 Pro The Huawei P20 Pro is the headliner of the series as it packs the new Leica Triple Camera. The P20 Pro is built around a slightly bigger 6.1" screen with the same 18.7:9 aspect and notch and identical 1,080 x 2,244 pixel resolution. It's an OLED panel, however. The fingerprint sensor is also at the front, always-on, and supports swipe gestures. The Kirin 970 also powers the P20 Pro with the same octa-core CPU (4x A73 + 4x A53) and Mali-G72MP12 GPU. The Pro model will come with 6GB of RAM and 128GB expandable storage. The Leica Triple Camera is certainly the most interesting bit here. The separated sensor is a 20MP monochrome one behind f/1.6 lens. Moving to the larger hump - there is a 40MP large 1/1.7" color sensor with f/1.8 lens and OIS, and an 8MP color one with f/2.4 telephoto lens. The camera features the same 4-way autofocus, there is a dual-tone LED flash with an embedded color temperature sensor, and this whole thing can do 3x optical zoom and 5x hybrid zoom. Other highlights of this new setup include the jaw-dropping maximum ISO of 102,400. Instant autofocus on anything that's as close as 3 meters and screen off-to-shoot time of 0.3s. Finally, this triple-cam is capable of [email protected] slow-mo capturing and is relying heavily on AI for lots of new features and effects. Just as the P20, the P20 Pro has a 24MP front snapper with f/2.0 lens that can do a variety of background and lighting effects, but also can be used for Face Unlock via 2D mapping. Huawei P20 Pro is powered by a large 4,000 mAh battery that supports Super Charge via a proprietary 22.5W plug (58% in 30 mins). Huawei P20 Pro The Pro has the same design and build as the P20 but is IP67 rated for dust and water resistance. Huawei P20 and P20 Pro will run on Android 8.1 with EMUI 8.1. It gets a new option to go with the new screen - it lets you darken the top and make the screen behave as it had no notch. Huawei claims its Face Unlock is 2x faster compared to the iPhone X. The P20 and P20 Pro will light up their screens if you are in a dark room for the feature to work. Pricing and Availability Huawei P20 is available immediately, while the P20 Pro will hit the stores April 6. The P20 costs €649, while the P20 Pro will set you back €899. Gsmarena.com
  16. Samsung logo Samsung subsidiaries in China must pay $11.6 million to Huawei Technologies for patent infringement, following a ruling made by a Chinese court. This is Huawei’s first victory against Samsung in legal disputes over intellectual property, according to Reuters. Last year, Huawei accused Samsung of patent infringement, claiming that the South Korean smartphone maker allegedly used 4G communications technology without a license. In addition, Huawei said Samsung infringed on user interface software and operating systems in smartphones. Samsung’s response to Huawei was its own patent infringement lawsuit, filed two months later. Samsung accused Huawei of allegedly infringing on six of its patents and sued the company through multiple courts in China. The court ruling regards more than 30 million smartphones and tablets One such court, the Quanzhou Intermediary Court, ruled in Huawei’s favor and ordered Samsung to pay $11.6 million in damages, as well as to stop infringing Huawei’s copyright immediately. Huawei’s claim affects over 30 million products, estimated to worth $12.7 billion, according to Reuters. The company sued for a total of 20 smartphone and tablet models that supposedly incorporated its technology, one of them being the Galaxy S7. Huawei stated that it welcomes the court’s ruling, while Samsung intends to decide on its response after reviewing the decision. Most likely, Samsung will look for ways to appeal the decision. Huawei currently holds over 50,000 technological patents, while Samsung has been involved in many patent disputes over the past few years. Last year, Samsung managed to overturn a decision made by the Supreme Court when it was ordered to pay $399 million in damages to Apple. The ruling was overturned and reopened by the Court of Appeal. Samsung had been ordered to pay the high sum for using rounded corners, bezels and an icon grid on its smartphones, very similar to what Apple employs on its iPhones. Source
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    Help with Honor 8 hwt

    Ok i just want to ask if anyone could help me with this problem that i have with font files in android. I have had Huaweis Honor 7 and now Honor 8 android phone and it uses hwt files to change the themes, inside these hwt files you can also add font files so the font changes in the whole system. I have found this ttf font file that someone has made and combined ios emojis to these normal fonts here https://github.com/MorbZ/OpenSansEmoji and here but it does not change all of the emojis, how is it possible or is it possible to update this ttf font file with ios 9.1 or 9.3 emojis, because this way you could change emojis in Huawei phones whitout rooting the phone. If anyone could help with this problem?.
  18. We recently reported that Huawei might be working on developing its own mobile operating system, as to reduce dependency on Google’s Android. The smartphone developer has already started co-opting ex-Nokia employees and the company might even be working on speeding up the development process. Huawei’s CEO reportedly decided to address rumors on the company working on its own OS, to possibly replace Google’s Android OS. GizmoChina reported that Huawei CEO Richard Yu made some comments on his Weibo account. He mentioned that Android has always promoted the development of smartphones, with an emphasis on customer satisfaction. The CEO mentioned that Huawei will keep using Android on its smartphones, as long as Google maintains its openness of Android OS. Considering that the company is working on its own OS, the CEO might have some doubts on Google keeping its end of the bargain. Huawei’s mobile OS could be named Huawei’s CEO reportedly decided to address rumors on the company working on its own OS, to possibly replace Google’s Android OS. GizmoChina reported that Huawei CEO Richard Yu made some comments on his Weibo account. He mentioned that Android has always promoted the development of smartphones, with an emphasis on customer satisfaction. The CEO mentioned that Huawei will keep using Android on its smartphones, as long as Google maintains its openness of Android OS. Considering that the company is working on its own OS, the CEO might have some doubts on Google keeping its end of the bargain. Huawei’s mobile OS could be named Kirin OS Rumors say that Huawei’s upcoming OS could be named Kirin, but the CEO didn’t make any comments on this. Reports also say that Huawei has gone as far as to co-opt engineers from other brands so that they can speed up the development of its OS. Until the mobile OS will be ready for unveiling, Huawei is expected to release the next EMUI version this fall. EmotionUI 5.0 will resemble stock Android, after previous versions seems to have taken some design ideas from Apple’s iOS, or at least when it came to app icons. As it turns out, Huawei isn’t the only smartphone manufacturer that’s considering straying away from Google’s OS. Samsung is rumored to have increased its investments in Tizen OS, featured on some of its devices. The South Korean company seems a bit more determined to stop using Android completely on all devices that it produces, especially flagship series like the Galaxy S series. Rumors say that Huawei’s upcoming OS could be named Kirin, but the CEO didn’t make any comments on this. Reports also say that Huawei has gone as far as to co-opt engineers from other brands so that they can speed up the development of its OS. Until the mobile OS will be ready for unveiling, Huawei is expected to release the next EMUI version this fall. EmotionUI 5.0 will resemble stock Android, after previous versions seems to have taken some design ideas from Apple’s iOS, or at least when it came to app icons. As it turns out, Huawei isn’t the only smartphone manufacturer that’s considering straying away from Google’s OS. Samsung is rumored to have increased its investments in Tizen OS, featured on some of its devices. The South Korean company seems a bit more determined to stop using Android completely on all devices that it produces, especially flagship series like the Galaxy S series. The Source
  19. 1 of 2. The Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G mobile telephone with an Android operating system is displayed at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada January 8, 2014. Reuters) - LG Electronics executive Frank Lee bounded onto a Las Vegas stage this week to show off a new phone for the U.S. market, the 6-inch G-Flex, which boasts a curved screen. Two hours later, in another room at the same hotel, Huawei Technologies' Richard Yu unveiled the razor-thin Ascend Mate II, bragging it had a battery life of nearly two days. There was one key difference between the two product launches at the Consumer Electronics Show: the South Korean G-Flex will be sold through three U.S. carriers - T-Mobile U.S. Inc, AT&T Inc and Sprint Corp. The Chinese Ascend Mate II? None, at least not yet. In two years, China's three biggest handset makers - Huawei, ZTE Corp and Lenovo Group Ltd - have vaulted into the top ranks of global smartphone charts, helped in part by their huge domestic market and spurring talk of a new force in the smartphone wars. Chinese companies took up more showspace at CES than ever before, eager to tout their products to the world's largest electronics market. Still, analysts said it will likely take years for the Chinese to make headway in the United States, where arguably the only Asian brand to have succeeded is Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. Aside from their struggles to get onto store shelves - U.S. carriers sell nine-tenths of the country's handsets - Chinese handset makers continue to grapple with low brand awareness, perceptions of inferior quality, and even security concerns. "The talk last year was premature," said Frank Gillett, an analyst with Forrester Research. "It's one thing to have the product. It's another thing to have all the relationships, build the distribution channels and do the marketing. "We'll maybe start to see things kick in in 2015." In the third quarter of last year, ZTE and Huawei accounted for 5.7 percent and 3 percent of all phones sold in the United States, respectively, trailing Apple Inc's 36.2 percent and Samsung's 32.5 percent, according to IDC. While Samsung was able to use Google Inc's Android software to offer a viable rival to the iPhone, that path now is too well trodden with many brands offering Android phones. "It's a tall order to climb into this market and gain significant share now, simply because they're coming in after habits are established, technology is established and brand names are established," Gillett said. THE CHINESE ARE COMING It's not for lack of trying. Karen Chupka, one of the organizers of CES, said more than 1,800 Chinese companies turned up this year. She did not provide a comparison. Huawei and ZTE occupied prominent - and pricey - positions at the center of one of the cavernous halls. Huawei said it doubled the size of its booth in two years, and even parked a Mercedes sedan on the floor to attract participants. For Huawei and ZTE, the push into handsets came amid a general slow-down in their bread-and-butter business of selling networking equipment to telecoms companies. Frustrated by accusations on Capitol Hill that national security would be compromised if Chinese networking equipment were installed in the United States, they have sought to double down on handsets for American consumers instead. "That's a cloud over Huawei's ability to operate here," said Endpoint Technologies analyst Roger Kay. "Huawei suffers from something that Lenovo is also smeared with, but Huawei is tarred even worse than Lenovo ever was" in part because of persistent reports about its ties to the Chinese military. Compared to many other markets where consumers buy phones at full price for use on pre-paid plans, 92 percent of Americans buy heavily subsidized devices through carriers, IDC says. "The key to success in the U.S. is the carriers," ZTE USA President Lixin Cheng told Reuters this week in Vegas. He pointed to a nearby stack of papers. "That's my schedule." "I'm meeting all the carriers' C-level executives." ZTE unveiled late last year the Grand S, an unlocked phone that arrived in the U.S. market to mixed reviews. This week, the company unveiled a successor device, the Grand S II. Billed as the world's slimmest smartphone, Huawei's Ascend P6 debuted to mostly positive reviews last year but was never picked up in the United States. T-Mobile said it carries Huawei and ZTE devices, and Sprint said it sells a ZTE device. But these phones are not easily found in stores nor are they promoted on the carriers' websites. AT&T and Verizon did not respond to requests for comment. THERE'S HOPE Still, some analysts think the Chinese firms may have a better shot if the U.S. wireless operators change how they sell handsets. T-Mobile made waves last year when it said it would eliminate contracts for customers who pay full price for phones, and its bigger rivals followed suit with similar offers. More changes may be underway: at CES this week, T-Mobile offered to pay termination fees for users who switch over, essentially offering more freedom to move than before. Huawei and ZTE could make headway if carriers slash subsidies and more consumers are willing to pay full price, giving them an edge over high-end phones. But they may not see meaningful gains for at least two years, said ABI Research analyst Michael Morgan. "They are already setting themselves up for where the puck is going to be tomorrow, when price becomes visible to the consumer again," Morgan said. "There's the crack in the armor for them to sneak through." Just as essential is marketing, something Chinese firms have less experience with than their foreign rivals. Huawei last year uploaded a tongue-in-cheek video of a man asking people around New York's Times Square to pronounce "Huawei." Most failed. And "ZTE apparently has zero brand presence. No one knows who ZTE is," Kay said. In Vegas, Huawei touted figures showing brand recognition has doubled worldwide in the past year. But the least progress was made in the United States and Japan, where its brand awareness rose 5 percent and 9 percent, respectively. The Chinese firm has been marketing directly to consumers only in the past three years, sponsoring European sports events and music events, such as a recent Jonas Brothers tour. ZTE signed a deal with the Houston Rockets basketball team and released a Rockets-branded phone. Yet it will be hard-pressed to match Samsung's 2013 marketing budget of $14 billion, greater than Iceland's economy. "Our approach is grassroots, not like many tier-one brand names," Cheng said. "They're burning hundreds of millions of dollars of your money - consumer money - to build their brand." Some think Lenovo stands the best chance of cracking the local market, given its longer track record here and a more established brand in the United States, courtesy of its 2005 acquisition of IBM's PC division. Lenovo itself expressed an interest in October in Blackberry, but the deal was reportedly nixed by Canadian regulators. Lenovo USA president Gerry Smith declined to discuss specific deals but said Lenovo will "continue to look." Kevin Restivo, an IDC analyst, said the Chinese contenders were making the right moves but it would take time. "The Chinese smartphone makers have grown by leaps and bounds," Restivo said. "But there's a lot of heavy lifting in order for them to approach Samsung as far as status, brand and market share in the U.S. It's very early days." (Additional reporting by Paul Carsten in Beijing and Sinead Carew in New York; Editing by Edwin Chan, Tiffany Wu and Bernard Orr) http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/10/us-ces-china-handsets-idUSBREA091BT20140110
  20. Hi, Good day, nsane! I have a USB modem that works well with a specific network since it was locked by then to that network and after I unlocked it using DC Unlocker tool it doesn't work anymore. The worse thing is, it can't be read by any PC I plug it in to. Does anyone here know the solution to fix this so that I can use this thing again? I have looked for any solution and tried it myself but to no avail. Cannot be detected by the computer, It suppose to be detected because drivers will automatically installed upon plugging. Hope I can hear any solution from you guys. Much appreciated! have a good day. :)
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