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  • Baidu Open-Sources ERNIE 2.0, Beats BERT in Natural Language Processing Tasks

    In a recent blog post, Baidu, the Chinese search engine and e-commerce giant, announced their latest open-source, natural language understanding framework called ERNIE 2.0. They also shared recent test results, including achieving state-of-the art (SOTA) results and outperforming existing frameworks, including Google’s BERT and XLNet in 16 NLP tasks in both Chinese and English.

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    As a quick historical review, in April, a Bloomberg report claimed evidence of a "backdoor" in Huawei networking equipment, which turned out to be an exposed Telnet interface—a problem found in networking equipment from a variety of vendors, including Cisco, over the last five years. Despite this being a common problem, Bloomberg's Tim Culpan breathlessly declared it a "smoking gun" in a companion editorial.

  • China to launch its first open-source foundation

    China's first open-source foundation will be launched in about a month or two, said Huawei after it released its open-source HarmonyOS on Friday.

    The foundation, yet to be named, will be led by Huawei and is seen as a follow-up step for China to build a software developer ecosystem and a complete industry chain.

    China's first open-source foundation will officially start operation in a month or two, Wang Chenglu, president of the Huawei Consumer Business Group software division, told the Global Times on Saturday.

    The foundation is expected to provide a lucrative environment for Chinese software developers, and gather their strength to help the country's electronic information industry to break their bottlenecks in chipset making and OS development, according to observers.

  • Huawei Announces New Open-Source Operating System ‘Harmony’

    Huawei unveiled a new operating system called “Harmony” at the company’s 2019 developer conference on Friday, marking the Chinese smartphone giant’s latest step toward creating its own software ecosystem.

    Known as Hongmeng in Chinese, HarmonyOS is a microkernel-based, distributed operating system that can be used on smartphones, wearable devices, laptops, and other devices, the company said.

  • Huawei announces open source Harmony OS

    Huawei has unveiled its own operating system, called Harmony OS, that has been in development for several years.

    Following potential problems with access to Google’s Android OS, Huawei seems to have stepped up efforts to introduce its own OS.

    The company will show off Harmony OS on the Honor Vision TV, but for now, Android remains the preferred mobile OS for Huawei smartphones and tablets.

    Harmony is designed to work on devices from tablets, phones, smartwatches, cars and other devices including smart TVs.

  • Huawei announces open-source Harmony OS, in case they need it

    Ever since the American Presidential order to ban Huawei from US networks and temporarily from US industry, the Chinese mega-corporation has been working on resourcing their own hardware and software components for their devices so as to be unreliant on any other economy – a big aspect of which is the creation of their own operating system for all their devices.

    Introducing ‘Harmony OS‘, following months of speculation and a few leaks of an Android-adjacent ‘HongMeng‘ or ‘Ark’ OS, Huawei has finally unveiled their new open-source operating system developed in parallel with Android in more ways than one.

  • Huawei unveils open source HarmonyOS for consumer devices

    Android developers will be able to port their Android apps to HarmonyOS with Huawei's ARK compiler.

  • Huawei’s Android Alternative “Harmony OS” Will Be Open Source

    After so many ups and downs in the last few months, Huawei finally took to the stage and announced its much-awaited Android alternative called Harmony OS, or Hongmeng OS (as known in China), or ArkOS if you want to call it by other names.

    The said OS is known to be under development since 2012, but initially, Huawei intended to put it on IoT devices. Almost two years back, the company transformed it into a multi-platform offering. Probably because Huawei got an idea of what the future had in store.

"Compatible with other systems like Linux, Unix and Android"

  • Huawei launches smart TV running on HarmonyOS

    "The use of quad-core CPU and GPU in the screen leads the industry in multi-tasking abilities as algorithms determine the quality of image display," Zhao said.

    Apart from the Honor smart screen, the HarmonyOS will also be used in more smart devices such as PCs, smartphones, smart watches and in-vehicle systems.

    As a microkernel-based and distributed operating system designed for various devices and scenarios, the HarmonyOS will be compatible with other systems like Linux, Unix and Android, according to Huawei's Consumer Business Group CEO Richard Yu.

    The company plans to launch its premium-branded Huawei Smart Screen in September.

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