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Huawei granted 90-day extension before total ban

You can use Google on Huawei for at least three more months

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For the last 24 hours, the tech world struggled to regain its footing following the huge news about Huawei. In an unprecedented attack, the American government definitively banned the company’s dealings on American soil. As a result, Google has blacklisted Huawei from using its Android services. Other American companies followed suit. Naturally, the quick succession of developments spells an impending doom for the world’s second-best smartphone maker.

Of course, no one really knows how the ban will ultimately affect consumers. Both Google and Huawei have issued comforting statements despite the bad news. Likewise, local telcos have promised continued support for Huawei devices. At the very least, everyone is hunting for a tentative solution for the future.

Thankfully, both parties now have more time. The U.S. Department of Commerce issued a new statement regarding the incident. Instead of an immediate ban, Huawei will enjoy a 90-day extension of its commercial license. The extension will “authorize specific, limited engagement in transactions involving the export, reexport, and transfer of items.” It will allow Huawei, Google, and other affected parties a workable amount of time to find a more long-term solution. For the American government, the extended license will allow them to patch up cybersecurity flaws in existing hardware.

Besides companies, consumers will also benefit from the extension. Existing users can find better app solutions and, at worst, new hardware alternatives. Currently, Huawei users are worrying about continued Google services. Google has ensured continued support in the meantime. Sadly, everyone’s support might eventually run out before a government-led solution. Three months is hopefully enough for a commercially led solution.

SEE ALSO: Huawei and Samsung settle three-year patent dispute

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Netflix might limit password sharing between users

In order to gain more revenues?

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Netflix isn’t chill when it comes to password sharing. During its third-quarter earnings interview, the streaming giant discussed its plans. The company tackled users sharing one account to find a way around paying for a monthly subscription.

Netflix CFO Spencer Neumann says the company is continuing to monitor the situation. Neumann added, ”We’ll see those consumer-friendly ways to push on the edges of that.”

It’s still unclear on how Netflix will limit password sharing since the streaming giant didn’t announce anything specific. Netflix’s goal seems to restrict account sharing to people living in the same household. Some speculate that the company will take a look into IP addresses, but it poses a problem for families living apart. But for now, you can still enjoy sharing your account with friends and families as Netflix claimed they have “no big plans to announce at this time in terms of doing something different.”

 

Presently, users can log onto Netflix regardless of how many devices they have. Its only limitation — depending on the subscription plan — is how many people can stream all at the same time. In the near future, it isn’t surprising for Netflix to push through with their plans to limit password sharing since the competition with Disney+ and Apple TV+ is getting tight. In order to gain more revenue, Netflix might have to convert people to pay for their own subscription.

SEE ALSO: 5 reasons why Disney+ is better than Netflix (and 1 big reason why it’s not)

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Tim Cook is now the chairman of a school in China

New position comes as Apple faces Hong Kong controversy

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Today, a lot of Western companies are in an ocean of hot water. Following the recent Hong Kong uprisings, some American corporations are surprisingly taking the side of China. Though most won’t admit it, the wave of China-sponsored censorship is almost always attributed to the company’s desire to appease its Chinese backers.

Currently, the most prevalent culprits are Blizzard, Apple, and the NBA. For their part, these companies are already in a rudimentary stage of damage control. However, Apple is still digging itself deeper into a strange hole.

Based on a meeting summary, Apple CEO Tim Cook is now the chairman of the advisory board for Tsinghua University’s School of Economics and Management. He will oversee the position for the next three years. Cook will work to make the Chinese school into a “world-class” school.

Notably, Cook has served on the board before. He is joined by Alibaba founder Jack Ma, Tencent founder Pony Ma, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, and Tesla’s Elon Musk. Foreign presence is normal for the advisory board. However, Cook’s new position is a curious decision given his company’s current controversy with Chinese censorship.

Recently, Apple pulled critical apps from its App Store in Hong Kong. The apps supposedly revealed police and protester movements to their users. Apple’s decision was heralded as the company’s selling out to China. Since then, Cook has issued a defensive stance against detractors, claiming the app’s inherent danger factor.

Regardless, Tim Cook has a lot of explaining to do.

SEE ALSO: China isn’t happy with Apple amid Hong Kong protests

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India will let Huawei demo its 5G technology

Huawei is leading the 5G race

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On the consumer side, Huawei is known for making smartphones and wearables. However, the Chinese company is currently leading research and development of 5G — the next generation of wireless mobility.

It has gotten approval to participate in the demonstration of 5G use cases during the three-day India Mobile Congress to be held in New Delhi, even as the government is yet to take a decision on allowing the firm to participate in the upcoming 5G field trials.

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has assigned telecom service providers with spectrum in the 3400-3600Mhz band range to demonstrate India-specific 5G technology-use cases.

Huawei will present the demos with Airtel and Vodafone-Idea, who currently use Huawei and ZTE equipment for their network operations in India.

The Chinese giant has been barred by the US due to alleged security concerns. Earlier this year, there were revelations that Huawei is embedding snooping software in the source code of its serves to spy and access the data of other countries.  The US is also lobbying its close allies to boycott Huawei.

On the other hand, Huawei currently leads the 5G revolution due to its massive investment in research and development. Experts say the global rollout of 5G will be delayed by a couple of years if Huawei is barred in multiple markets. Competing companies include Ericsson and Nokia.

India is yet to give Huawei a clean chit for an actual rollout though. For now, the nod is seen as more of a diplomatic move by the Indian government ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to India.

SEE ALSO: The new online generation: Explaining 5G internet

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