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China won’t allow US to steal TikTok

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TikTok’s fate is in the hands of two dueling nations: China and the US. While TikTok is currently a Chinese company, the US government wants to either acquire the platform or kick it out of America entirely. This past weekend, Trump announced plans to ban the platform unless an acquisition deal is concluded by September 15. For its part, China has finally responded to the ongoing issue. According to state media, China won’t allow US to steal TikTok.

Reported by Reuters, the state-run China Daily made the comments against the American plan. “China will by no means accept the ‘theft’ of a Chinese technology company, and it has plenty of ways to respond if the administration carries out its planned smash and grab,” the report said.

Another state-run publication has likewise compared the acquisition plan to an “open robbery,” turning American into a “rogue country.”

Currently, Microsoft is discussing an acquisition of the popular video-sharing platform. By the end of Sunday, Trump seemingly stamped his approval on the plan, giving TikTok 45 days for a deal. On the other hand, TikTok is deliberating a separate move: transferring its headquarters to the UK, thereby upending Trump’s and Microsoft’s plans.

None of the involved parties have agreed to a conclusion so far. The next 40 or so days will prove critical for TikTok, the US, and China. In any case, China is finally getting in on the decision, just as it did for Huawei.

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Qualcomm acquires Nuvia and Apple’s ex-chief architect

A promising future for Qualcomm

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Quite often, it’s a big deal when a big company acquires a smaller company. However, you might not have heard of this new one from Qualcomm. Today, Qualcomm acquires Nuvia, a 2019 startup. If you haven’t heard of it, here’s a short TL;DR on why it’s important: Nuvia’s founder worked on Apple’s A14 processor.

Currently, Nuvia is still in the chipmaking business albeit under its own banner. However, the startup’s credentials are impressive. As mentioned above, Nuvia CEO Gerard Williams III was Apple’s former chief architect for processors between A7 and A14. The company’s senior vice presidents for engineering John Bruno and Manu Gulati were also part of Williams’ team for a while. Before his Apple stint, Williams also worked with ARM for chips in the past.

Now, Nuvia is promising a lot. Last year, the company’s Phoenix chipset boasted superior single-core performance compared to its competitors. According to tests, Phoenix outed almost double the performance of other processors for considerably less power.

With the acquisition, Qualcomm is now on track for a widely successful future. Currently, the company is still the industry’s leader for premium smartphone processors. As for its competitors, Apple launched the M1 processor for laptops and MediaTek recently reached the top spot for overall smartphone sales.

SEE ALSO: Qualcomm has announced a larger and faster fingerprint sensor

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Lenovo unveils the ThinkReality A3, its first smart glasses

That virtual monitor feature is a nice thing to have

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CES 2021 is in full swing with Lenovo joining the party. One of the products the company launched this year is focused solely on the enterprise market — the ThinkReality A3. This is a pair of smart glasses that double as a virtual monitor which could come in handy during these times.

Lenovo is touting the ThinkReality A3 as the most advanced and versatile lightweight smart glass in the enterprise market. With this pair of smart glasses, users can make use of a virtual monitor that extends their workflow. It connects via USB-C for quick and seamless integration with PC or any Motorola smartphone.

The concept of a virtual monitor is particularly useful for people who need extra space to work with. With Lenovo’s smart glasses, users can enjoy a second display that can be customized to their liking.

What’s cool about these smart glasses is that they can follow and adapt to the user’s orientation. This is all thanks to the stereoscopic 1080P display and dual fish-eye cameras for room-scale tracking. Of course, Lenovo is also allowing for further display customization. Users can select the personal office mode or place the virtual monitor anywhere for a much versatile workflow.

Powering the device is the Qualcomm Snapdragon XR1, a chipset designed for wearables. An 8MP RGB camera in the smart glasses inputs 1080P videos for expert use cases. Optional updates include an industrial frame to make the smart glasses more durable and safer to use.

Two editions, two different use cases

The ThinkReality A3 will come in two editions: PC and industrial edition. The former tethers to a laptop or a mobile workstation so users can utilize a virtual monitor and use regular Windows apps. Unlike secondary monitors though, these smart glasses are much more compact and allow for total productivity. Plus, users can also carry a pair like a traditional eyewear.

Meanwhile, the industrial edition hooks to a Motorola smartphone for hands-free AR tasks. Through the ThinkReality software, users can use mixed reality applications and content for their business.

As part of Lenovo’s ThinkReality solutions, the A3 joins other products like the A6 headset in the company’s push towards wearable computing. The ThinkReality A3 will come to select markets worldwide starting mid-2021. Enterprise users may visit Lenovo’s webpage to find out more about it.

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Alibaba’s Jack Ma hasn’t been seen in two months, what’s happening?

China is also clamping down on big tech

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Jack Ma, the co-founder of Alibaba and Ant Group, hasn’t been seen in public for the last two months. Since October, he hasn’t made a public appearance or posted anything on social media.

He was also supposed to appear on a TV show as a judge, but even that didn’t materialize. The last Ma was seen publicly was in Shanghai, where he criticized China’s regulatory system amid Ant’s IPO. Soon after the speech, Chinese regulators blocked the world’s largest IPO that was valued at a whopping US$ 37 billion.

Ant is a financial company that leverages Alipay’s reach to offer loans and investment options to the average user. Lending in China is a cumbersome process, and Ant was able to find a middle-way by using technology and user data to ease automated lending. However, it’s now ordered to overhaul large swaths of its business to prevent monopolistic behavior.

A CNBC report says that Ma is lying low, but not missing. The revelation comes after the internet was abuzz with Ma’s disappearance, and many thought China’s opaque law had gobbled him. Even though it sounds like an exaggeration, incidents like these are commonly reported in China, and the disappearances are usually state-backed.

While American lawmakers are trying to curb the growth of big tech companies like Google, Apple, Amazon, and Facebook, Chinese authorities are also pursuing their own big tech companies like Alibaba and Tencent.

The crackdown on Ma’s businesses has wiped more than US$ 10B from his net worth and knocked him into second place on the list of China’s richest people.

While Ma has been out of the spotlight, his companies have made it clear that they are listening to Beijing. Both Alibaba and Ant are cooperating with the regulator, and a few steps have already been taken, like closing down music streaming app Xiami. We expect more announcements in the coming months.

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