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Foxconn fired 50,000 workers since last year

Other manufacturers follow suit

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Will 2019 herald Apple’s downfall? Within the last few weeks, the tech giant has issued warnings about its potentially rocky future. Apple CEO Tim Cook has even tempered his expectations in an investor’s note. If anything, Apple’s 2019 is one to watch.

Now, another potential problem has popped up for the ailing company. Foxconn, one of the world’s largest iPhone producers, has fired 50,000 workers ahead of schedule. According to Nikkei Asian Review, the workers came from Zhengzhou, where iPhones are primarily made.

The company’s system often releases workers after a huge production cycle, marking the industry’s customary lull period when demand is low. However, Foxconn’s latest pink slips have gone ahead of the usual schedule. Usually, the firings come around this time of the year. Foxconn has been firing workers since October last year. The move echoes the industry’s sentiments of a declining smartphone market.

Throughout the past year, demand has steadily declined. According to Cook, Apple’s downfall draws from the company’s revised battery replacement program. Existing users are replacing their batteries, rather than upgrading to the latest model. While the decision is the most economic for users, Apple’s success relied on consistent user upgrades year after year.

The market’s poor demand has also affected other manufacturers. Besides Foxconn, Pegatron, another critical iPhone maker, has fired workers since November.

Of course, both manufacturers also cater to other tech companies. For example, Foxconn also produces devices for Acer and Dell.

Underscoring all of these, the Sino-American trade war has sorely affected the global economy. Most companies today are increasingly wary of global politics. While Apple is feeling most of the pressure, global tensions will likely affect other companies as well.

SEE ALSO: Rumor: Apple plans to resurrect iPod and switch to USB-C iPhones

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UK Prime Minister caught using a Huawei P20

After issuing warning about the company

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Whenever you lobby against a certain thing, you’d better not get caught using that same thing. Surprisingly (or not), UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson did not receive that memo. On live television, the leader of the increasingly Huawei-phobic country used a Huawei P20 to take a selfie with the show’s interviewers.

On ITV’s This Morning, the Prime Minister engaged in an interview about his governmental policies. After the interview, he whipped out last year’s popular flagship from Huawei, inviting the hosts for a selfie.

Ironically, Johnson issued a statement, exercising caution over Huawei’s entry into UK’s 5G market. Currently, the country is deliberating business with the Chinese tech company. Unlike the US, the UK is still on the fence about a China-sponsored deal.

However, the Prime Minister recently brought a warier approach to a future deal, focusing on national security over corporate interests. Still, Johnson remains open to foreign investments, decrying unnecessary biases against international help.

If anything, Huawei is assuring other countries that its technology will not interfere with their respective national securities. On the other side, the company’s primary rival, the US, is asking other countries to reconsider trade deals with Huawei, citing the cybersecurity risk in allowing the company to take over a country’s telecommunications.

Regardless of the UK’s decision, Johnson’s P20 comes at an interesting time. To make matters a bit more muddled, Johnson’s representative alleges that the phone came from a staffer, rather than the Prime Minister’s own pocket. Is the UK for or against Huawei? Only time will tell.

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Google’s founders step down from parent company

Sundar Pichai will take over as Alphabet CEO

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Today’s world is dominated by personalities. Facebook is already completely synonymous with Mark Zuckerberg. Apple is already completely synonymous with Tim Cook. Unsurprisingly, technology’s biggest leaders are dominating the discussion surrounding their respective companies. However, amidst today’s cults of personalities, one big company is keeping it relatively lowkey: Google.

Even since the company’s inception, Google’s founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have traditionally shied away from the limelight, letting the products speak for themselves. In fact, in 2015, the founders stepped down from their leadership roles at Google, surrendering the reins to incumbent CEO Sundar Pichai. Meanwhile, Page and Brin restructured (and headed) the entire corporation under a larger parent company, Alphabet. Still, despite the restructuring, the duo kept to their shadows.

Now, Page and Brin are taking an even larger step back. In a sudden farewell letter issued today, the duo is stepping down from Alphabet’s top seats. Once again, Pichai will take over as CEO of both Alphabet and Google.

“And Alphabet and Google no longer need two CEOs and a President. Going forward, Sundar will be the CEO of both Google and Alphabet,” the letter said. However, the duo will still “remain actively involved as Board members, shareholders and co-founders.”

On the other side of the board, Pichai is taking a confident approach to the new leadership role. “I will continue to be very focused on Google and the deep work we’re doing to push the boundaries of computing and build a more helpful Google for everyone,” Pichai said.

Pichai’s promotion comes at an interesting time. For one, Google is currently under negotiations with Huawei to resurrect the latter’s Android-powered products. Who knows where Alphabet and Google will go from here?

SEE ALSO: Google Pixel 3 saved a man from a bullet

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ING Bank has a new way to entice you to save

By offering rebates

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ING is being aggressive with its efforts to shakeup digital banking in the Philippines. After providing an all-digital way to create a savings account and offering aggressive interest rate, the bank is now offering rebates on transfer fees.

While the emphasis these holiday season is to spend, ING is encourage Filipinos to save by offering a fixed PhP 100 rebate for every successful electronic bank transfer, for up to two transactions per month.

The promo begins right now and will last until January 31, 2020. So if you’re wondering where you should put your hard-earned bonus, think about saving instead of spending. This promo will work alongside the 4 percent per annum interest rate.

ING first entered the Philippines in November 2018. In 2019, they launched an aggressive campaign to get more Filipinos to save by offering an alternative to your usual banks — one that’s purely digital with sign up possible all on the app. Best of all, there’s zero maintaining balance.

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