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Huawei is now selling its MateBook pre-installed with Deepin Linux

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Huawei has been spotted selling its flagship laptop series MateBook preinstalled with Deepin Linux in China. Will it be coming to other countries?

Amazingly, some of the best and affordable premium laptops on the market are now shipping with Linux pre-installed. To be specific they are shipping with Deepin, a beautiful and polished desktop Linux distribution. Just like Huawei, they are based in China. As we speak, Huawei is selling three models of MateBook systems with Deepin Linux preinstalled, available at the company’s Chinese shopping site.

No one really knows if this is a result of the ongoing trade feud between the United States and China, but it seems like a great step moving forward for the increase of Linux alternatives promoted by major OEMs like Dell and Lenovo.

If you have been following tech news, you must have heard of Huawei, the Chinese multinational company in telecommunication and consumer electronics. The company is a prominent player in the telecom sector but has recently been warped by controversy. It’s been long seen as a questionable front by the Chinese government to spy on other countries through its massive telecom infrastructure.

The US government even imposed a ban on Huawei earlier this year that sparked a trade war between China and United States of America. Google banned Huawei from using Android and other Google services like Play Store, Gmail etc on Huawei devices. Although it is still not clear if the ban will ever be discontinued as Huawei’s reprieve ends in November.

Other reports also gave news that Microsoft may also ban Huawei from using Windows operating system on its laptops, and this could probably be what prompted Huawei to opt for Linux.

A Reddit user shared this link of a Chinese website offering MateBook with Linux, proving that Huawei’s flagship MateBook laptop series is now available to purchase with Deepin Linux preinstalled on it.

Deepin Linux which is also based in China has previously been accused of tracking user data. This is a charge that Deepin developers have denied repeatedly.

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Maybe one of the main draws for Huawei to Deepin is the recently added Cloud Sync feature allowing you to sync various system settings to the cloud. This covers network settings (such as VPN and WiFi), sound settings, mouse settings, update settings, power settings, corner settings, theme, wallpaper, launcher, and dock. Definitely useful for installing the OS on multiple machines, or easily regaining your customizations after a clean install.

As much as Huawei devices are not all that cheap in terms of pricing, they are by far less expensive than Apple products yet still high-end gadgets. The Huawei MateBook products are available on Amazon but not yet preinstalled with Linux.

Disappointing but, right now these select Huawei laptops with Linux are only rolling out in China, via Huawei’s official e-commerce store VMall.com.

The exact models available with Deepin Linux are the Huawei MateBook X Pro, Huawei MateBook 13 and Huawei MateBook 14. It’s also worth noting that all three of these Huawei laptops run any Linux distribution like a dream, and not just Deepin.

Will we be seeing Linux option on Huawei MateBook in other countries soon? That is something we will keep you up to date on as there is no official announcement from Huawei in this regard so we can only guess at present.

Although this could probably just be a precursor to Huawei offering Linux on select laptops globally. Or it’s possibly a trial run to gauge interest in alternatives to Windows 10, such as its own open-source HarmonyOS.


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Netflix loses $19 billion in market value, cites weak subscriber growth

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Netflix stock fell by 8 per cent on Friday, recording a loss of $19 billion for the video-streaming giant’s market capitalization. The revenues fell despite subscriber growth predictions in the quarter.

According to the company, the decline is due to the struggling subscriber growth projected by the company in the second quarter.

The company’s earnings per share (EPS) were $1.59 which was less the projected figure of $1.81. It also posted revenue earnings of  $6.15 billion higher than the projected $6.08 billion, according to Refinitiv. Also recording Global paid net subscriber additions of 10.09 million.

In Q1, Netflix’s revenues grew by 25 per cent. Netflix reported $1.57 Earnings Per Share (EPS) $5.77 billion in revenue and 15.77 million global paid net subscriber additions. The revenues in Q2 were average considering the surge in subscribers.

Its EPS figure was also below the projected $1.81 a $0.24 rise from the Q1 figure which was reported at $1.57. The earnings release also dropped because Netflix had expected to add only 2.5 million subscribers this quarter, or less than half of what Wall Street expected.

Going forward in 2020, the company does not project its slate of content to be significantly impacted by production shutdowns created by the pandemic. It expects that current production setbacks will push more of its big titles to the end of 2021, but that the “total number of originals for the full year will still be higher than 2020.” Netflix plans to supplement its original content with other films and shows it’s acquired.

The company also slashed its marketing costs by 28 per cent and spent less on content production as television and movie sets were shut down. The upshot was a 92 per cent increase in the operating income and a 163 per cent rise in earnings per share, to $1.63.

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Netflix co-CEOs Reed Hastings and Ted Sarandos also said in a letter to shareholders that they anticipated a year-on-year slowdown because the pandemic pulled forward demand and new seasons of “Stranger Things” and “Money Heist” that had inflated subscriber growth in the third quarter of 2019.

So far, it has resumed some production in Europe as well as two stop-motion animation projects in Oregon and two films in California. But the company still warns that current infection trends create more uncertainty for the productions in the US.

Adding that it’s made the most progress resuming production in the Asia Pacific and never fully shut down in Korea.

“Parts of the world like India and some of Latin America are also more challenging and we are hoping to restart later in the year in these regions.” the company said.

Netflix provided third-quarter revenue guidance of $6.33 billion. It expects third-quarter earnings of $2.09 per share, above analyst estimates of $2.01. The company also expects 2.5 million net subscriber additions for the third quarter, while analysts were expecting 5.27 million.


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Facebook rolls out screen sharing feature on Messenger

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Facebook Messenger has introduced a screen sharing feature for its Android and iOs users for up to 16 participants on a group call. The feature can be accessed on the web and desktop via messenger rooms.

According to Facebook “the new feature makes it easy for people to stay connected and close with their loved ones, even when  physically apart.”

While at it, users can still scroll through camera rolls with everyone whom they have shared the screen with and continue with their separate activities like online shopping and checking other social media accounts altogether

Just like Zoom, Users on the Messenger app will be able to share their screens with their friends. Messenger Rooms can have up to 16 people on a group video call on desktop and also share screen to all 16 group members at a time.

Facebook also announced plans to expand the number of people with whom you can share your screen with up to 50 participants. The company is also planning on adding some control features soon that would let Messenger Rooms creators decide whether to limit the ability to share screen to themselves or allow all participants to do the same.

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Reportedly, Facebook is also working on plans for integrating its Messenger app with WhatsApp. Notable leaker Wabetainfo.com suggested a possible integration that the company might be working on and will be due for release soon.

The post goes ahead to confirm that the process very complicated feature and it requires so much time. So there are equal chances of the integration happening and not happening.

 


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5 Best Online Cooking Guides For The Beginner Cook

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Cooking can sometimes be a real pain. This is especially true when you are new to the entire process and coming home from a long day of work. This is not to even mention the fact that it can be time-consuming and expensive. Preparing the ingredients, putting them in the pots, measuring them out, and the rest of the prep work is just half the battle. You also have to consider the trip to the store to get the ingredients. There is no denying that the entire process can be overwhelming, especially for beginners. However, it doesn’t always have to be this way when you take advantage of the right dishes and guides. There are some dishes and guides that’ll make the process easier while teaching you the basics at the same time.

One-Pot Turkey Chili

This is a delectable dish that will teach you how to use the spices that you already have to ramp up the flavor. This is an invaluable skill that you’ll use over and over again as a cook. When all said and done, you’ll have a hearty, flavorful chili packed with tons of nutritious protein and fiber thanks to the ground turkey and the kidney beans. These are the two essentials, but you can customize the rest of the dish with your favorite toppings. All you have to do is chop the veggies, brown the meat, add your spices, and then let everything simmer. Everything literally cooks right in the same pot and the only other tools you need are a knife, stirring spoon, and can opener.

Lighter Alfredo Pasta

Who doesn’t love Alfredo pasta? How about a lighter, healthier version? That’s exactly what you’ll get when you take advantage of this pan sauce. Sauces are the heart of most pasta dishes and learning to make those sauces will take your cooking game to the next level. This recipe will utilize a Parmesan-based sauce with a bit of chicken broth and fresh greens. The real key here is the perfectly sauteed, golden-brown mushrooms. They are not only budget-friendly, but they are an excellent way to add depth to your entire dish with the cost of additional meat.

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Instant Pot Sausage And Potatoes

The key cooking is learning to utilize flavors. You have to take the flavors you are presented with and learn to make the mesh with what you have. That’s what this recipe on Corrie Cooks will teach you to do. Its a quick and comforting dish that consists of sausages and potatoes. Two main ingredients that go well with a variety of flavors, so you’ll literally have plenty of room to experiment if you choose to do so. You can stick straight to the recipe as well if you choose to.

Super Tender, Spicy Pork

Did you know that you could use a slow cooker to make some of the most tender meat known to man? A lot of cooks don’t know this, but you can. And, what’s so great about this dish is that it will not only teach you how to make super, soft pork, but it’ll make you a more versatile cook. This pork can be used to make tacos, you can stuff it in pitas, you can pile it over nachos, or you can eat it between two pieces of bread.

Sweet Potato Frittata

Speaking of versatility, there is nothing more versatile than making breakfast for dinner. You’ll be able to do just that when you learn to make sweet potato frittata. It’s a simple but complex one-pan egg dish that’s hearty enough to eat for dinner, but perfect for breakfast. In fact, it is just eggs, vegetables, and cheese, so its possibly one of the cheapest dinners you’ll ever make.


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