Day: August 8, 2020

Huawei Says Flagship HiSilicon Kirin Smartphone Chips Running Out Under US Sanctions

Huawei Technologies will stop making its flagship Kirin chipsets next month, financial magazine Caixin said on Saturday, as the impact of US pressure on the Chinese tech giant grows.

US pressure on Huawei’s suppliers has made it impossible for the company’s HiSilicon chip division to keep making the chipsets, key components for mobile phone, Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s Consumer Business Unit was quoted as saying about the upcoming the launch of the company’s new Mate 40 handset at an industry conference, China Info 100. A report by Chinese publication IT Home cites the Yu to say Huawei Mate 40 will still sport a flagship Kirin SoC.

With US-China relations at their worst in decades, Washington is pressing governments around to world to squeeze Huawei out, arguing it would hand over data to the Chinese government for spying. Huawei denies it spies for China.

The United States is also seeking

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TikTok Prepares Advertisers for Possible App Ban

TikTok is preparing advertisers for a possible ban of its app in the United States, ad buyers said, offering refunds for ad campaigns that are unable to run.

The short-form video app’s advertising business is still nascent. TikTok’s anticipated $1 billion (766 million pounds) in 2020 revenue is a small fraction of its Chinese owner ByteDance’s overall sales. But TikTok has become a popular place for brands that aim to reach the app’s young tastemakers, who flock to it for lip-syncing, dancing and comedy sketch videos.

TikTok said it will continue to honor planned ad campaigns, refund any that it can’t fulfill and would also work with major influencers to migrate to other platforms in the event of a ban, said Rob Pearsall, senior vice president of biddable media at ad agency Havas Media, referencing a memo the agency received from TikTok Friday morning.

President Donald Trump signed an executive

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How to enable the Bubbles feature on the Messages app in Android 11

If you’ve signed up for the Android 11 beta program, you should also sign up for the beta of Messages so you can test the Bubbles interface. Jack Wallen shows you how.

Image: Jack Wallen

Android 11 includes a pretty impressive set of improvements and new additions to the platform. One of those additions is the Bubbles feature, and it’s finally becoming a reality. For those who don’t know, the Bubble feature was teased in previous releases, but never quite made it to prime time. Bubbles are Android’s take on the Facebook Messenger Chat Heads interface. When you receive a message from Facebook Messenger, it appears on your screen as a floating bubble that you can move around, tap to view, and either leave it on your screen or drag it down to the bottom of the display to close it. 

The next time you receive another message, a new

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