China demanded on Thursday that Canadian authorities release the chief financial officer of China’s Huawei Technologies, who was detained over the weekend for possible extradition to the United States.
Canadian Justice Department spokesman Ian McLeod confirmed on Wednesday that authorities detained Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Saturday.
McLeod said he could not provide further details on the case due to a publication ban imposed at Meng’s request. She has a bail hearing on Friday, he said.
As BBC News reports, Meng is also deputy chairman of the board and the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei.
Huawei issued a statement saying Meng was changing flights in Canada when she was detained “on behalf of the United States of America” to face “unspecified charges” in New York. “The company has been provided very little information regarding the charges and is not aware of any wrongdoing by Ms. Meng,” the statement said. “The company believes the Canadian and U.S. legal systems will ultimately reach a just conclusion.”
In China, online users and commentators reacted angrily to the news of Meng’s arrest. The Canadian embassy’s Weibo page was bombarded with posts criticising its role in the incident.
One user wrote: “Hello, American’s dog. What about human rights? What about freedom?”
On the US embassy’s page, another wrote: “Get out of China.”
Hu Xijin, the editor of China’s often stridently patriotic state-run tabloid the Global Times, posted on Weibo: “It is clear the US is pushing the battle line to our door … We can completely regard the US arrest of Meng Wanzhou as a declaration of war against China.”
Reports of alleged Huawei sanctions violations
The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this year that U.S. authorities were investigating whether the Chinese tech giant had violated sanctions on Iran. Canadian media also reported on Wednesday that the detention was likely linked to suspected U.S. sanctions violations.
Huawei has said it complies with all laws and rules where it operates, including export controls and sanctions of the United Nations, the U.S. and European Union.
The Chinese Embassy in Ottawa said Meng’s human rights were being violated and demanded her immediate release.
“At the request of the U.S. side, the Canadian side arrested a Chinese citizen not violating any American or Canadian law. The Chinese side firmly opposes and strongly protests over such kind of actions which seriously harmed the human rights of the victim,” the statement said.
China’s Foreign Ministry also demanded Meng’s release on Thursday and complained that neither Canadian nor U.S. officials had explained her detention.
Backdrop of a trade war
In April, China appealed to Washington to avoid damaging business confidence following the Wall Street Journal report that U.S. authorities were investigating whether Huawei violated sanctions on Iran amid spiraling technology tensions.
A foreign ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, said then that China opposes any country imposing unilateral sanctions based on its own law.
Asked about the report that Huawei was under investigation, Hua said in April, “We hope the U.S. will refrain from taking actions that could further undermine investor confidence in the U.S. business environment and harm its domestic economy and normal, open, transparent and win-win international trade.”
That same month Washington barred Huawei rival ZTE Corp. from exporting U.S. technology in a separate case over exports to Iran and North Korea.
President Donald Trump has threatened to raise tariffs on Chinese goods in response to complaints that Beijing improperly pressures foreign companies to hand over technology. That is widely seen as part of a broader effort by Washington to respond to intensifying competition with Chinese technology industries that Mr. Trump says benefit from improper subsidies and market barriers.
Meng’s detention in Canada on Saturday came as Mr. Trump sat down with Chinese leader Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Argentina. Both leaders were positive about the meeting, which yielded a temporary truce in the fast-escalating trade war between the world’s two biggest economic powers. Mr. Trump agreed not to impose any new tariffs on Chinese goods for 90 days, to allow negotiations on a new trade deal to proceed.
But experts — and even White House advisers — were cautious in describing the cease-fire.
“I can’t call it an agreement yet,” Larry Kudlow, Director of Mr. Trump’s National Economic Council, told reporters in a call on Monday.
Noting that a similar pause in hostilities in May later fell apart, economists also warned that the sides remain far apart in ironing out key disputes. Those include intellectual property protection for American companies, Chinese commitments to buy more U.S. goods, and Beijing’s broader focus on turning China into a technological, industrial and military powerhouse.
“With the truce probably mostly due to a (possibly temporary) change of mind in the U.S., and room for agreement on much of the substance rather narrow, it is fragile,” Andrew Hunter of Capital Economics said in a note to clients.
Huawei and other tech makers introduced new rule for app shaking issues
Huawei and some other tech giants have jointly released a new rule that can help with app-shaking issues. Alongside the solution, the new rule will also improve the user experience with the third-party applications on the device.
To those who are unaware, app shake is a very convenient feature to use. With a simple shaking gesture on your phone, you can launch any app and start using it without touching the home screen. All you have to do is allow some settings for the particular app.
So far, the App shake function remained at the top of the feature section. It has provided a rich experience to consumers and has enhanced the way of using an application on a smart gadget.
Although in addition to many positive roles of the respective function, there are some negative points as well. Sometimes, the shake function becomes too sensitive for a few third-party apps. As a result, the apps get open even at a slight jerk or movement.
Moreover, it automatically leads to the advertisement page. Thus, users often get disturbed by such activities on their handsets due to the app-shaking function.
A solution to App Shaking Issue
To end the app-shaking issues Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo, Alibaba, the China Academy of Information and Technology and many other companies come together and formulated a new rule.
This rule comes under the “App User Rights Protection Evaluation Specification Part 7: Deception, Misleading and Compulsive Behaviour” (T/TAF 078.7-2022)
According to this rule, tech makers will make amendments to phone manufacturing. Consequently, the shaking function will be timed for 15m/s2. Meanwhile, the rotation angle of the screen should be at least 35 degrees. The shaking action should only take place for 3 seconds.
The rule officially came into existence on November 25, 2022. Apart from these tweaks, there aren’t many details about the respective rule and its specifications. However, how the new segments will use and run users’ data and security aspects is still to question to answer.
Let’s see what new changes will the giant manufacturers will bring in their devices in the time ahead.
Download Google Play Store 33.4.09 app
Google is rolling out the 33.4.09 version for Android smartphone users. The new Google Play Store update has a number of new improvements and you should download the 33.4.9 version as a priority to get them all.
Why? Because, Google rolled out the December 2022 Play System Update that brings a lot of new capabilities, improvements, and optimizations for Play Store with version 33.4.9.
The new update will bring a new feature that will help you find better apps and games based on your interest. However, there’s more that has been added to improve your app discovery.
It further optimizes the app play store to improve its performance for a fast and reliable download and installation process as compared to before.
That’s not it, Google is seeding new improvements to Play Store to enhance its security for Android devices. However, there’s not much information revealed on the matter.
In addition, there are new improvements made to optimize stability and provide bug fixes, security, and accessibility. These are big updates and improve the user experience.
We’re about to close this year, and Google Play’s best of 2022 is here.
Dream by WOMBO won’t be the best app award on the Play Store for 2022, it’s an AI-generated art creation app that you can use to create art from just a quick text description.
Meanwhile, Apex Legends Mobile took the best game award for 2022. BeReal and Apex Legends Mobile won the users’ choice awards.
However, there are more winners, these include PetStar as best for fun, Breathwrk for best for personal growth. Plant Parent has been selected for Best Everyday Essentials, Hidden Gems goes to Recover Athletics, and Best Apps for Good received by The STIGMA App.
Moving on, the best for wear, tablets and Chromebook goes to Todoist, Pocket, and BandLab respectively.
Coming to the games, Dislyte won the best multiplay, Angry Birds Journey tops the best pick up and play, and best indies go to Dicey Dungeons. Check the complete awards and honorable mentions here.
Here you can download the latest Google Play Store 33.4.09 for your device.
- Download Google Play Store 33.4.09 (Link)
Huawei Mate X2 5G returns online with refurbished models, sale begins
Huawei is bringing back the refurbished Mate X2 5G devices to the sale platform. As per the latest information, the company has availed the Mate X2 folding phones on the official Huawei mall (Vmall) online shopping website.
A week ago, Huawei has removed the Mate X2 smartphones from its official shopping channel. Later on, users caught the headlines that the respective folding device is available to purchase, but at third-party offline stores.
But no more hustle and bustle! Now you can buy the Huawei Mate X2 5G refurbished version from the well-known Vmall channel. Though there is no change in the pricing and you can attain the device for 17,499 yuan [2468.54 USD].
It’s worth mentioning that the refurbished Huawei Mate X2 8GB + 256GB packaging comprises brand-new accessories. In other words, the device will offer a newly-device experience to its users.
On the flip side, the device will also welcome Huawei services and one-year warranty facilities just like any other new handset. Thus, we recommend taking your steps on the official Huawei Mall and checking on the device.
Huawei Mate X2
Huawei Mate X2 is a classic and outstanding folding phone in the foldable market. The device exhibits two screens: an 8-inch and a 6.45-inch with a 90Hz refresh rate.
The phone is mainly popular for the Kirin 9000 5G chipset, equipped on its surface. The dynamic processor enables the device to provide high-efficient performance and functioning management to consumers.
Apart from the high-end chip, the device packs a 4500mAh battery that supports 55W super fast charging. Moreover, the foldable also carries an iconic camera hood on its panel and brings out a comprehensive photography experience.
So Huawei fans here is your chance to grab the Huawei Mate X2 smartphone. The sale will begin tonight at 20:00 and you can get your device from the official Huawei Mall (Vmall) website.