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Huawei MatePad is a budget MatePad Pro aimed at learners

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Samsung just recently announced the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, a watered-down version of its premium Galaxy Tab S6 built to be more affordable in exchange for missing a few features. It isn’t, however, the only Android device maker that had such a wallet-friendly slate in the works. In line with its announcement of the mid-range nova 7 trio, Huawei has also unveiled the MatePad to bring some of the features of the earlier MatePad Pro to a different kind of audience.

If the MatePad Pro was designed for professionals and power users, the Huawei MatePad is being marketed for more educational purposes. This message comes through its access to learning resources and even a distraction-free “Focus UI” mode. There’s also a reading mode that tries to simulate an e-paper screen while also reducing blue light emission, a feature that will benefit users of all ages.

That’s not to say that the MatePad won’t be up to the task of a general-purpose Android tablet. Sure, it has a less powerful Kirin 810 and 4GB of RAM at the lowest configuration. That, however, is on par with what Samsung is offering on the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite anyway, including the 10.4-inch 2000×1200 screen and, coincidentally, four speakers tuned by Samsung-owned Harman Kardon.

Just like the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, one of the Huawei MatePad’s main attractions is its support for the M-Pencil stylus. Unlike the Samsung version, however, this accessory comes as a separate purchase.

Buyers probably won’t mind too much since the Huawei MatePad‘s retail price starts at 1,899 RMB, just around $270. As juicy as that price may look like, this tablet suffers from the same malady that afflicts any new Huawei Android device since last year, forcing users to either depend exclusively on Huawei’s replacements for Google Play apps and services or find a way to unofficially install those on their own.

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The First Tesla Semi Has Been Delivered After Lengthy Delays

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There had long been suggestion Pepsi would be one of Tesla’s biggest customers — with a subsidiary spotted installing charging stations at one of its plants and test driving the trucks earlier this year. Tesla also placed an order for 100 of the high tech trucks shortly after they were announced in 2017. In October, Musk confirmed the company’s first truck was almost ready for delivery, and it would be going to the soft drink manufacturer.

Today, Tesla finally made it official and delivered its first production semis to Pepsi. Speaking at the handover, which took place at a Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada, Musk described his motivation for designing the truck. The Tesla CEO claims that trucks make up less than 1% of vehicles in the United States, but are responsible for a large chunk of emissions. Musk said it will both help the environment and improve the health of individuals living near highways. At the end of the presentation, Musk thanked Pepsico and described them as a “great partner.” 

The trucks’ keycards were then handed over to Pepsi’s representatives, followed by several high fives. The trucks’ first cargo run involved “an enormous amount of Frito Lays” which were handed out to people in attendance. Pepsi’s Kirk Tanner then took the mic and said: “I want to thank the people who have spent countless hours to make this a reality.” before thanking Elon Musk and the other Tesla representatives. Other companies are also interested in Tesla’s electric semi. Budweiser, Walmart, and UPS are amongst those who have placed pre-orders — with Budweiser ordering at least 40 of the large electric vehicles.

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Kanye West Is No Longer Buying Twitter-Rival Parler

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It’s unclear whether West’s recent controversies have anything to do with the Parler deal falling apart. In a statement shared with CNBC, Parler’s owner notes that the “decision was made in the interest of both parties in mid-November.” Parler says it will be on the lookout for the growth opportunities, without clarifying if it was looking for investors to scale up, or full-fledged buyers. The latter seems unlikely to happen, given the current state of layoffs in the tech industry and the looming fears of a recession.

Parlement Technologies reportedly had high hopes from its acquisition deal with Kanye West. Soon after the agreement press release went out, Parler sent out an email to its “VIP” users, offering them perks like a gold badge for being valuable personalities on the platform. Politico reports that the email campaign inadvertently revealed the personal contact information of nearly a dozen lawmakers and some well-known conservative personalities.

Citing an insider source, Axios reports that West’s unstable financial situation following the cancellation of lucrative deals with the likes of Adidas played a role in his Parler plans falling apart. In the meanwhile, West has returned to Twitter, after his account was restricted for a few weeks ago over sharing anti-Semitic remarks. West currently has a huge follower base of over 18 million on Twitter, which dwarfs the total number of users on Parler, as of December 2021.

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Elon Musk Says Twitter’s Potential Removal From iOS App Store Was ‘Misunderstanding’

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Barely two days after Elon Musk feuded with Apple publicly, he met with Tim Cook to settle the differences. “We resolved the misunderstanding about Twitter potentially being removed from the App Store. Tim was clear that Apple never considered doing so,” Elon Musk tweeted last evening. This was a few hours after he shared a video of Apple’s HQ to disclose the location of the meeting.

However, Elon Musk didn’t reveal if Apple will continue advertising on Twitter. According to the Washington Post, Apple was the biggest ad spender on Twitter in Q1 2022. It spent an average of $4 million per week to run ads on Twitter between January to March this year — this added up to about 4% of Twitter’s revenue. However, Reuters reports that Apple reduced its weekly ad budget on Twitter to $131,600 a few weeks after Elon Musk bought the social media company. We also haven’t heard from Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, about the agenda of his meeting with Elon Musk. 

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