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Biden wants to make US tech ‘China-free’

Will affect chipsets and EV batteries

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For the past four years, the Trump administration has tried to severely impede the rapid expansion of Chinese companies on American soil. For the most part, Trump was largely successful in firing a horrific warning shot especially with Huawei as an example. Now that Trump is finally out of office, Chinese tech companies are hopeful that the Biden administration will be more lenient. Unfortunately, that might not be the case. According to a report, Biden is making the American tech industry “China-free.”

According to Nikkei, Biden is in the process of signing an executive order which will jumpstart a supply chain without China’s help. Instead, the United States will tap into partners in Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea.

Currently, the plan will include semiconductors and EV batteries. Though the plan doesn’t include everything related to smartphones, it will ensure China-free chipsets going forward especially for Apple and Google. With enough resources and ties, the China-free goal should be feasible enough for the biggest American companies. However, for those without such resources, China might already be way too ingrained in how certain companies operate their business.

No one knows how the supposed deal will impact any Chinese companies already trying to succeed on American soil. However, a China-free supply chain might ruin business for Chinese suppliers.

SEE ALSO: iPad and MacBook production to shift from China to Vietnam

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How Technology Helps Feed the World

Harnessing the power of AI

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Artificial Intelligence and self-driving vehicles are not trends we usually associate with farming. But John Deere is revolutionizing the industry and using tech to help feed the world.

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Microsoft plans to buy Discord for US$ 10 million

Still in early talks

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Throughout the pandemic and post-pandemic world, telecommuting and communications apps have risen in popularity throughout the online world. Though most workers have turned to Zoom or Google Meets, Discord has also gotten quite a boost between gamers and more casual users. Unfortunately, the boost might not be enough. According to a new source, Microsoft is planning to purchase Discord for US$ 10 billion.

Earlier today, VentureBeat reported that the communications platform is already exploring a sale to other companies. However, at the time, the report did not reveal who is in the lead to purchase the company. A frontrunner didn’t take long, though.

According to Bloomberg, Microsoft is the likeliest candidate for a purchase. The company will likely buy the platform out for over US$ 10 billion. The deal is still in its early stages, though.

Based on the same report, Discord can still choose to go public, rather than sell the company outright. Given how early the discussions still are, it might take time before we get a conclusion to the deal.

Despite how the world is starting to treat the pandemic, telecommuting will still be an essential part of the post-pandemic world.

SEE ALSO: How you can relieve lockdown stress with video games

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Nokia and Sony have pulled out from MWC 2021

Joining Ericsson

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This year, the world is trying to go back to normal. With an impending return to normalcy, formerly delayed tech events are testing the waters for an actual in-person event this year. For example, MWC 2021 has confirmed such an event his year. Unfortunately, the traditional exhibitors have doubts. Nokia and Sony have pulled out from MWC 2021.

Reported by CNet, both companies are participating in the event virtually, as opposed to their usual physical exhibitions. According to both statements, Sony and Nokia are prioritizing the health of both their employees and the event’s attendees.

Though the threat of COVID-19 is slowly waning as the vaccine rolls out all over the world, in-person events are still keeping things safe. For one, MWC 2021 is reportedly limiting attendance and maintaining proper social distancing rules. Of course, doing so isn’t enough to completely stave off the virus without full vaccination rates yet.

Further, tech companies are slowly realizing the economic brilliance of launching their products online. Last year, various brands have upped the ante on how to release products digitally. Apple, for example, created incredibly cinematic launch experiences throughout the year.

Sony and Nokia are joining Ericsson in the online-only party. As the months roll on, who can tell if other brands will follow suit? Last year, more and more tech companies eventually followed suit when a few brands initially pulled out of events.

SEE ALSO: MWC 2021 confirms an in-person event this year

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