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Huawei has applied to trademark its own mobile OS as potential Android replacement

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Huawei has applied to trademark its own mobile operating system as it prepares for life without Android.


Codenamed ‘Hongmeng OS’, the Chinese tech giant’s software would run independently of Google's Android for the first time on a Huawei smartphone. An official name or release date is yet to be confirmed by the company.

UN data suggests it has requested trademarking in a number of locations, including Canada, South Korea and the European Union.Huawei is thought to have been working on its own OS since 2012, but efforts have been stepped up in the wake of President Trump’s move to add the company to the US trade blacklist.The decision came after the company were deemed to be a national security threat, with specific concerns over its close ties to the Chinese government.Google’s compliance with the ruling means Huawei is set to have its full Android licence revoked. Despite being open-source software, customers outside Asia would lose access to the Google services they have come to …

Apple Buys Intel Smartphone Modem Division for $1 Billion

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Apple has agreed to buy the majority of Intel’s smartphone modem division, the companies announced on Thursday. Intel was up more than 6% in after-hours trading. Apple stock was flat on the announcement.

2,200 Intel employees are joining Apple, according to the announcement. Apple paid $1 billion for employees, intellectual property and other equipment from Intel. The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Intel, on the other hand, will retain the ability to develop modems for non-smartphone applications. This means that going forward, Intel will still be able to develop modems, including the 5G modems for devices which includes personal computers, internet-of-things devices and autonomous vehicles.

"We have long respected Apple and we're confident they provide the right environment for this talented team and these important assets moving forward.

 We're looking forward to putting our full effort into 5G where it most closely aligns with the needs of our glob…

WhatsApp Payments Coming to India Later This Year

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WhatsApp will roll out its payments service in India this year following a year-long pilot, its global chief Will Cathcart has said, as the Facebook-owned messaging giant taps an upsurge in digital payments in its dominant market.WhatsApp now has about 400 million users in India, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday, encompassing almost a third of India's population of 1.3 billion.

WhatsApp's payments feature would compete with a crowded market in India that includes Alphabet's Google Pay, Softbank- and Alibaba-backed Paytm and Walmart's PhonePe, all of which are used, especially in cities, to pay for everything from groceries to Uber rides.Digital payments, lending and e-wallet services have been growing rapidly in India, led by a government push to bring more of the country's cash-loving merchants and consumers into the formal economy."Payments services are critical to ... bringing millions more people into India's fast-growing digital econom…

Blockchain

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A blockchain is a digital record of transactions. The name comes from its structure, in which individual records, called blocks, are linked together in single list, called a chain. Blockchains are used for recording transactions made with cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, and have many other applications.Each transaction added to a blockchain is validated by multiple computers on the Internet. These systems, which are configured to monitor specific types of blockchain transactions, form a peer-to-peer network.They work together to ensure each transaction is valid before it is added to the blockchain. This decentralized network of computers ensures a single system cannot add invalid blocks to the chain. When a new block is added to a blockchain, it is linked to the previous block using a cryptographic hash generated from the contents of the previous block. This ensures the chain is never broken and that each block is permanently recorded.It is also intentionally difficult to alter past…