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Apple my Role Model on Unlocking Users’ Data: Huawei Founder

The US government has banned Huawei to operate in the country in the interest of national policy, claiming it is hand in glove with the Chinese government

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Customers walk past an Apple logo inside of an Apple store at Grand Central Station in New York, Aug. 1, 2018. VOA

For Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, Apple is his role model in a scenario where the Chinese government requests the company to unlock its devices which might go against the users’ interests.

In an interview with the Financial Times, Zhengfei stressed that his company will not provide users’ data to the Chinese government at any cost, the way Apple does not provide data that may compromise its users’ privacy.

“We will never do such a thing. If I had done it even once, the US would have evidence to spread around the world. Then the 170 countries and regions in which we currently operate would stop buying our products, and our company would collapse.

“After that, who would pay the debts we owe? Our employees are all very competent, so they would resign and start their own companies, leaving me alone to pay off our debts. I would rather die,” he was quoted as saying.

According to him, users control their own data, not Huawei.

“Data is owned by our customers, not us. Carriers have to track every user, otherwise no phone calls could be made. It’s a carrier’s duty to track user data. We, as an equipment provider, don’t track any data,” said the company founder.

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FILE – A man uses two smartphones at once outside a Huawei store in Beijing, May 20, 2019. VOA

The US government has banned Huawei to operate in the country in the interest of national policy, claiming it is hand in glove with the Chinese government.

Sandwiched between the ongoing US-China trade war, Huawei has now been allowed by President Donald Trump to purchase technology from American companies but the 5G ban is still in place.

As the fallout of the US ban, Huawei is looking at a massive $30 billion loss in revenue for this year, with net profits expected to be around $8 billion.

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According to Zhengfei, Trump’s fears are baseless as Chinese government manages private companies through legal frameworks and taxation.

“They don’t intervene in their business operations. I don’t know why the US government micro manages its tech companies as much as they do. They act like a mother-in-law, and if they get too involved, their daughters-in-law might run off,” the Huawei founder added. (IANS)

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Apple Introducing Disability-Themed Emojis for its Keyboard

The new emojis would be made available this fall with a free software update on Apple devices

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FILE - Emoji characters are shown on the screens of two mobile phones in Paris, Aug. 6, 2015. VOA

In a bid to bring more diversity to its keyboards, Apple is rolling out 59 new emojis to its keyboard for iPhones, iPads, Macs and Apple Watches this fall.

In a major update to the “couples holding hands” emoji, users would now be able to select any combination of skin tone, to personalise the people holding hands, opening up more than 75 possible combinations, the iPhone-maker wrote in a blog-post on Tuesday.

Furthermore, introducing more disability-themed emojis, Apple keyboards would now have a new guide dog, an ear with a hearing aid, wheelchairs, a prosthetic arm and a prosthetic leg as well.

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Customers walk past an Apple logo inside of an Apple store at Grand Central Station in New York, Aug. 1, 2018. VOA

“Celebrating diversity in all its many forms is integral to Apple’s values and these new options help fill a significant gap in the emoji keyboard,” the post said.

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Other new emojis making way into Apple keyboard includes a new smiley face for yawning, a one-piece swimsuit, new food items including a waffle, falafel, butter and garlic as well as new animals like the sloth, flamingo, orangutan and skunk. The new emojis would be made available this fall with a free software update on Apple devices. (IANS)