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Huawei formalizes HarmonyOS

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The operating system formerly known as HongMeng is designed to work on a multitude of devices, from smart TVs to connected speakers to computers and other smartphones. However, it is not a competitor to Android.

Huawei, out of the turmoil in which the US administration had entangled it, has continued to work on its HongMeng firmware. The firm could not rely on American equipment to develop its smartphones and relaunch its production lines of computers. It claimed, however, not to be dependent on Google or anyy other American company for the operating system of its smartphones. The OS baptized HongMeng would have even been “60% faster than Android.” It’s only recently that Huawei has denied these rumors. Even at a round table in Brussels, HongMeng OS was actually for industrial use and IoT. Behind this, however, hid the announcement made by the firm today.

A firmware against the iOS and Android

Huawei continues to grow, recently announcing 23% growth for the first two quarters of 2019 compared to the same period last year. Thus, it presents today a firmware that is based neither on UNIX nor on Linux and presents itself truly as an alternative to the duality of the software ecosystems of Apple and Google. Developed in open source, it will benefit from the contributions of the developers and great transparency. Its main strength however lies in its flexibility: adaptable to both cars and electronic devices, HarmonyOS tends to a unique solution to manage different devices.

Compatible with Android apps

A curiosity of the firmware: it is compatible with the Android applications, but would not however support the Google Play Store application store. This large software gap chosen by developers should allow Huawei the flexibility to deploy HarmonyOS on the manufacturer’s smartphones without affecting the installed content. To date, Huawei has still not officially confirmed the existence of a smartphone capable of supporting the OS.

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A self-professed tech and coding geek, Adam currently attends Yale University as a Computer Science major and, as a talented developer, has already made numerous contributions to open source Python libraries including SciPy and NumPy. He is the leading editor of Share Blog News and takes a major interest in technology news and the latest developments of all tech companies, especially Apple. His current phone is an iPhone XS.

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Older versions of macOS no longer have access to the Apple Store

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Apple sells most of its products through its Apple Store, including the online platform. Recently, however, the Apple Store is inaccessible from Safari on an old version of macOS.

Apple seems to have changed the prerequisites to access its Apple Online Store. Old versions of Safari and macOS can no longer access them. Users are now greeted by a nasty error message telling them they are using an “unsupported browser version.”

Apple claims a recent version of macOS and Safari is required to access its Apple Online Store

It is Mac Otakara who first evoked this discovery. Several users mentioned having to have OS X 10.10.5 Yosemite or later and Safari 10.1.2 or later. It also means that if for some reason you have an older version of Yosemite, you will not be able to access it.

And if you’re wondering if it’s possible to get around this restriction through a third-party browser, it seems like it’s impossible also because the compatible versions of Chrome and Firefox are also obsolete. It is therefore necessary to upgrade to a newer version of macOS, such as macOS 10.14 Mojave. It is hard to understand why Apple made these changes. According to AppleInsider, this could be to secure the purchase process as much as possible.

By forcing a newer browser, Apple limits the risk of security breaches and other theft of personal data. At least when browsing on its site. Still, all this is pretty ironic. Some customers with an old machine might just want to buy a new one on the Apple site, and discover that they can not.

Adam Still

A self-professed tech and coding geek, Adam currently attends Yale University as a Computer Science major and, as a talented developer, has already made numerous contributions to open source Python libraries including SciPy and NumPy. He is the leading editor of Share Blog News and takes a major interest in technology news and the latest developments of all tech companies, especially Apple. His current phone is an iPhone XS.

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Google engineers discover critical flaws in the iPhone

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Despite all the means deployed by the giants of tech to secure their devices, there are almost always flaws. Including on products like the iPhone.

Researchers Natalie Silvanovich and Samuel Groß of the Google Project Zero have discovered six flaws in iOS. The researchers are members of Google’s bug-hunting program, which is often responsible for discovering flaws in various services and products. They then immediately inform the companies so that they can correct them before they are exploited.

Google researchers discover 6 flaws in the iPhone

Five of the six flaws discovered by these two researchers were corrected with iOS 12.4, deployed last week by Apple. This provided some security fixes for compatible devices, including fixes for the five vulnerabilities. Each of them can be used without any interaction on the part of the victim.

One of them is still not corrected

Originally there was a flaw in the iMessage client. Four of the flaws, including the one that has not been fixed yet, require the attacker to send a message with malicious code to an uncorrected device. It then executes as soon as the message is opened by the user. The other two vulnerabilities use a flaw in the memory.

Security experts have released details of the five flaws that have been fixed by Apple. The last will remain a secret until Apple has rolled out a fix.

Adam Still

A self-professed tech and coding geek, Adam currently attends Yale University as a Computer Science major and, as a talented developer, has already made numerous contributions to open source Python libraries including SciPy and NumPy. He is the leading editor of Share Blog News and takes a major interest in technology news and the latest developments of all tech companies, especially Apple. His current phone is an iPhone XS.

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Apple will sell Mophie’s multi-device wireless chargers

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Now that the fate of the Apple AirPower has finally been sealed and everyone knows it will not happen, the Cupertino company can go ahead with wireless chargers. It’s Mophie who wins out here.

One of the key features of the Apple AirPower Wireless Charging Mat was being able to charge multiple devices at once, such as an iPhone, AirPods, and an Apple Watch. Unfortunately, there were many problems encountered by the development team. Apple had no choice but to finally abandon the project. That said, the Apple brand is well aware of the public interest in these kinds of accessories and seems to have made the decision to offer for sale third-party alternatives. It was necessary to choose a brand and it seems that it is Mophie who won.

Apple will sell a wireless charging pad developed by Mophie

Apple will start selling Mophie multi-device wireless charging mats. Mophie is a well-known manufacturer of smartphone accessories, especially for his battery cases. The brand has also been offering wireless charging products for some time, but the charging mat in question seems to have been designed specifically for Apple since it looks a lot like an AirPower clone. It would, however, be offered in black and be slightly thicker than what the Cupertino company had developed.

Comparisons with the AirPower

The Mophie version will not be as powerful as the original AirPower since it will only be able to charge two devices simultaneously at 7.5 W. But it will also offer a USB-A port. For now, there is no information about the price of this accessory, but if the information is proven, it should be on sale next week. We would then have all the technical details. Mophie is not the only manufacturer to offer such multi-device wireless chargers, but being sold directly from Apple is likely to help drive sales.

Adam Still

A self-professed tech and coding geek, Adam currently attends Yale University as a Computer Science major and, as a talented developer, has already made numerous contributions to open source Python libraries including SciPy and NumPy. He is the leading editor of Share Blog News and takes a major interest in technology news and the latest developments of all tech companies, especially Apple. His current phone is an iPhone XS.

2605 Copperhead Road, New Britain Connecticut, 06051
860-612-8283
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