Google is set to revoke Huawei’s access to its Android mobile operating system, dealing the Chinese company a major blow in accordance with US sanctions.
Other than Apple devices which run on iOS, smartphones makers including Samsung and LG are almost all dependent on the Google-developed Android operating system to power their devices.
According to reports by Reuters and The Verge, Google has suspended business with Huawei and in doing so hugely undermined its lineup of smartphones and tablets which run on Android.
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Google has confirmed it is complying with sanctions issued by the White House last week, although it is unclear what that will involve.
The company said it was “reviewing the implications” of complying with the sanctions, but added that the Android app store Google Play and the security protections provided by Google Play Protect would continue to function on existing Huawei devices.
Advertisement According to Reuters, Google’s move means Huawei devices will immediately lose access to updates from Android, meaning security updates for the operating system will no longer protect those devices.
Reuters added that new Huawei devices will also lose access to the Google Play Store and Gmail and YouTube apps, likely because they won’t be based on either Android or iOS – the only mobile operating systems those services are available on.
More from Google What happens to my Huawei smartphones and tablets now? Android Q: Smart replies and live subtitling – what’s in the new update Google launches Nest Hub Max to control smart home devices Google Pixel 3a: A budget £399 phone in a premium market Google Wing drone deliveries get green light in Australia Google fined €1.49bn by EU for restricting rivals’ ads In a statement, the company said: “Huawei will continue to provide security updates and after sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products, covering those that have been sold or are still in stock globally.”
Huawei’s enormous sales figures in China and impressive growth in parts of Europe have seen the company overtake iPhone maker Apple in terms of market share.
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Figures released earlier this month suggested that Huawei was now only behind Samsung when it comes to global smartphone sales, with 59.1 million shipments in the first quarter of 2019.
At the beginning of this year, the company grew its sales where those of rivals including Apple and Samsung shrank.
Image: Future Huawei phones will no longer have access to YouTube But the impact of the White House sanctions could cripple the company’s hopes of further expansion.
While a custom Huawei-built operating system would cause little issue in its home market, where most Google apps are banned anyway, it would likely be rejected by Western customers.
Google apps and services are a critical part of Android devices, and Huawei owners in Europe and the UK may now be forced to seek alternatives to what the Chinese company has to offer.
Former US government adviser Philip Levy told Sky News that “serious things” needed to be sorted for Huawei, Google and chip makers, for whom the “rules are being turned upside down on them”.
He also warned that the US sanctions against China did not have a “clear direction” and could be disruptive to the country’s economic engagement – with the potential damage felt around the world.
Huawei stated it has made “substantial contributions to the development and growth of Android around the world”.
It added: “As one of Android’s key global partners, we have worked closely with their open-source platform to develop an ecosystem that has benefited both users and the industry.
“We will continue to build a safe and sustainable software ecosystem, in order to provide the best experience for all users globally.”
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Last week, Huawei’s UK executive vice president Jeremy Thompson told Sky News the company was willing to go the “extra mile” to reassure countries its technology is safe – specifically regarding its telecommunications equipment rather than its consumer devices.
His comments came after Prime Minister Theresa May came in for criticism over a National Security Council decision to back the use of Huawei technology in “non-core” 5G network infrastructure in the UK.
That was despite a warning from the National Cyber Security Centre and the US government that the company could not be trusted.
Image: Donald Trump has targeted the telecommunications giant in a round of sanctions Donald Trump has declared a “national emergency” over the perceived threat posed by Chinese companies and imposed severe sanctions on Huawei, with US companies barred from using telecommunications equipment made by firms deemed to pose a national security risk.
The US commerce department has also added Huawei and 70 affiliated companies to a blacklist banning it from acquiring components and technology from US firms without government approval.
Google stated: “We are complying with the order and reviewing the implications. For users of our services, Google Play and the security protections from Google Play Protect will continue to function on existing Huawei devices.”
Meanwhile, a US warship has sailed near the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea, which will likely anger Beijing further at a time of ever-increasing tension between the two powers.
‘Breaking the silence’: Report documents torture in Kashmir | India News
The report reveals that detainees were stripped naked, beaten with wooden sticks, iron rods or leather belts [File: Dar Yasin/AP] Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir – Prisoners in Indian-administered Kashmir have been subjected to abuse and torture, including “water-boarding, sleep deprivation and sexualised torture”, according to a report by two rights bodies.
The 560-page report released on Monday mentions solitary confinement, sleep deprivation, and sexualised torture including rape and sodomy, used as torture techniques against Kashmiris.
Other torture methods included electrocution, hanging from a ceiling, dunking detainees’ head in water (which is sometimes mixed with chili powder), said the report by Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) and Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS).
During the torture detainees were stripped naked, beaten with wooden sticks, and bodies were burned with iron rods, heaters or cigarette butts, it said.
“Muzaffer Ahmed Mirza from Tral and Manzoor Ahmad Naikoo were subjected to insertion of a rod through their rectum. It caused multiple ruptures to their internal organs,” reads one of the 432 testimonies documented in the report.
“While Mirza died after a few days in the hospital of lung rupture, Naikoo had to undergo five surgeries to finally heal the wounds he received due to this torture.
“Apart from insertion, a cloth was wrapped around Naikoo’s penis and set on fire.”
Titled, “Torture – Indian state’s instrument of control in Indian-state of Jammu and Kashmir “, it said that more than 70 percent of the torture victims were civilians.
‘R ights violations ‘ India has stationed more than half a million security forces in the disputed Muslim-majority region to quash an armed rebellion against its rule. Indian forces have faced criticism for excessive use of force, with the UN human rights body last year calling for an international probe into rights violations.
190227145750670 The UN Human Rights Chief had also called for establishing a Commission of Inquiry (COI) to conduct a comprehensive independent international investigation into allegations of human rights violations in Kashmir.
A COI is one of the UN’s highest-level probes, generally reserved for major crises like the conflict in Syria.
Rights bodies have called for repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), a law that gives forces immunity from prosecution.
The report, which documents cases since the start of the armed rebellion in 1990s, reveals many detainees were put under behavioural coercion where they were forced into activities that were against their “religious beliefs” like rubbing piglets on their bodies or forcing them to consume alcohol.
In some cases, it said, rats were put inside victims’ trousers after soaking sugar water on their legs.
“The prisoners are forced to eat or drink filthy and harmful substances like human excreta, chili powder, dirt, gravel, chili powder mixed water, petrol, urine, and dirty water,” it said.
‘Reluctant in reporting’
190513150139969 The report reveals most of the civilian victims were usually reluctant to report the atrocities due to the fear of reprisals at the hands of security forces.
“Victims have been randomly picked up, tortured and never even told what they were tortured for,” it said.
In a prologue of the report, former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan E Mendez, said the report “will be enormously helpful in drawing attention in the international community to the need to express concern about India’s human rights record”.
‘Most underreported’ Parvez Imroz, the human rights lawyer and the president of JKCCS, told Al Jazeera that “torture is one of the massive human rights violations going on unabated in the region from last many decades”.
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“This report is an effort to break the silence around this heinous crime,” he said.
The Director General of Police, Jammu and Kashmir state, Dilbagh Singh, rejected the torture claims.
“There are no such cases, if there have been any allegations, there are magisterial inquiries and other investigations. If they have any such case, they must tell us and we would respond to them”.
Vijay Kumar, the advisor to the governor of the restive region, said that he would comment after reading the report.
Profile of torture victims The report said that more than half of the 432 victims suffered some form of health complications after being tortured.
“In the 432 cases studied for this report, 24 are women. Out of these 12 had been raped by Indian armed personnel,” the report says.
190304140502708 The torture survivors have battled with psychological issues long after their physical wounds were healed.
“Of the 432 victims, 44 suffered from some form of psychological difficulty after being subjected to torture,” it said.
A study published in 2015 by Doctors Without Borders (known by its French initials MSF) said that 19 percent of the population in the region suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Although India has been a signatory to the United Nations Convention against Torture (UNCAT) since 1997, it has not ratified the treaty to date. In all three UPRs conducted by the UNHRC in 2008, 2012 and 2017, it was recommended that India ratify the convention.
In 2010, Prevention of Torture Bill was introduced in the Indian parliament but was not passed and it lapsed in 2014.
Khurram Parvez, who is also one of the researchers for the report said that “the report is a challenge to state-imposed erasure of history and memory”.
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Maria Menounos: TV entertainment news a ‘dying breed’ as mobile use surges
Award-winning entertainment reporter Maria Menounos said recently that televised evening entertainment news is a “dying breed” in the mobile era.
The TV veteran — who has reported for shows like NBC’s “Access Hollywood,” “Extra” and E! News — told Yahoo Finance in an interview at the SALT Conference in Las Vegas that social media and cell phones was transforming how people consume celebrity news.
“What we’re seeing in my field in entertainment is no one needs to tune in anymore. You’re getting it on your mobile device,” Menounos said, lamenting how the birth of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s baby played out in the news cycle.
“You click and you watch it, and then you’re done. There’s no need to tune into the evening entertainment news,” Menounos added.
A 2018 Pew Research poll found that nearly six in ten adults get their news from a mobile device , 19 percentage points higher than those who often get news on a desktop or laptop computer.
Amid a changing entertainment landscape, Menounos and her husband, producer Keven Undergaro, launched AfterBuzz TV. The digital broadcasting network is billing itself as “the ESPN of TV talk.”
Menonous said that “we’re living in the golden era of television. People want to communicate about your favorite show. I don’t know about you, but I die to talk about my favorite shows, and nothing existed for it.”
Eight years later, AfterBuzz TV operates out of 8 studios with over 300 hosts. Part of that expansion has been what the company considers its primary mission: Making quality content while serving the fan base.
“The second part of the mission is to help empower hosts and talent of all kinds and create kind of a safe haven for them in this Hollywood world, so that they can be nurtured and they can grow and not have to deal with some of the pitfalls of the industry,” Menounos added.
Julia La Roche is a finance reporter at Yahoo Finance. Follow her on Twitter .
Arnold Schwarzenegger drop-kicked at South Africa event – BBC News
Schwarzenegger ‘will not press charges’ over South Africa attack 19 May 2019 These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Image copyright AFP Image caption Schwarzenegger urged fans to focus on the athletes at the event instead of the attack Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger has said he will not press charges after being attacked at an event in South Africa.
The 71-year-old was talking to fans at his Arnold Classic Africa sporting event on Saturday when a man drop-kicked him from behind.
The attacker was restrained following the incident in Johannesburg.
However on Sunday, Schwarzenegger said he would not be taking the case further, adding: “I’m moving on”. And if you have to share the video (I get it), pick a blurry one without whatever he was yelling so he doesn’t get the spotlight. By the way… block or charge? pic.twitter.com/TEmFRCZPEA Report End of Twitter post by @Schwarzenegger
The video footage, shared widely on social media, showed Schwarzenegger posing for photos and filming at the event when the man attacks him with a flying kick.
The Terminator star stumbles forward after the kick, while the attacker falls to the ground, where he is immediately restrained by a security guard.
The unnamed man was later handed over to police officers, event officials said.
Schwarzenegger tweeted to his more than four million followers: “I thought I was just jostled by the crowd, which happens a lot. I only realised I was kicked when I saw the video like all of you.”
In response to tweets from his fans, he said on Sunday he would not be pressing charges against the attacker. Skip Twitter post 2 by @Schwarzenegger Update: A lot of you have asked, but I’m not pressing charges. I hope this was a wake-up call, and he gets his life on the right track. But I’m moving on and I’d rather focus on the thousands of great athletes I met at @ArnoldSports Africa. Report End of Twitter post 2 by @Schwarzenegger
” We have 90 sports here in South Africa at the @ArnoldSports , and 24,000 athletes of all ages and abilities inspiring all of us to get off the couch. Let’s put this spotlight on them,” he wrote in a separate message.
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