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Huawei files court case against American ban

Declares new ban a violation of due process

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Yesterday, Huawei’s founder Ren Zhengfei emphatically implicated American politicians in the plot against his company. Rather than the banning companies, Huawei is directing its ire against the banning country. Naturally, a retaliation is forthcoming.

Today, Huawei has finally executed a plan of action. Through a press conference in China, the company has announced legal action against the US government. Huawei’s legal team has filed a motion for summary judgement.

The motion specifically targets a previous law enacted last year. The National Defense Authorization Act prohibits government agencies and officials from owning or purchasing Huawei’s devices. Arguably, the law paved the way for today’s more conclusive ban. According to Huawei, the government uses the same law to prevent third-party companies from doing business with the Chinese company.

In March, Huawei filed the first case against this law, declaring it unconstitutional. However, the company’s legal action didn’t go far, ending up in legal limbo. Because of the recent ban, Huawei is doubling down on this defense.

According to the latest motion, Huawei is accusing the American government of brazenly accusing the company without evidence. Further, the American law does not provide the company with any time for a rebuttal. The law immediately assumes Huawei’s guilt, enacting harsh and unwarranted punishments. Huawei vehemently denies all accusations.

Further, Huawei argues against the law’s practicality. According a statement, the company works only for the improvement of the world’s telecommunications industry. Supposedly, the American ban will only impede the country’s technological growth in the 5G playing field.

As a result, Huawei’s motion for summary judgement will hopefully speed up the judicial process. Naturally, American lawmakers are working to bury this motion. However, the American judiciary system has granted Huawei a chance. The Eastern District of Texas court has scheduled a hearing on September 19.

Currently, Huawei is banking on judicial intervention and a potential Trump deal in the future. Regardless, the company is also working on the worst case scenario, creating alternative components.

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South Korea investigating Apple and Google for app payments

In hot water

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Both Apple and Google are endlessly circulating in a maelstrom of controversy surrounding their respective app stores. Last year, app developers went up against the two giants for enforcing unfair payment systems against smaller developers. Since then, the issue has raged on. Now, South Korea is going after the two companies for the same problem.

As reported by Reuters, South Korean authorities, specifically the Korea Communications Commission, have decided to investigate Apple and Google for reportedly forcing developers into adopting payment systems inside App Store and Play Store.

Unfortunately, the report does not indicate what the companies exactly did to warrant an investigation. While one can easily cast it off as forcing the system unto others, it can also encompass a failure to meet the requirements on time. Google, for example, has stated that it has (and is still willing to) cooperate with authorities to resolve the issue.

Apple, on the other hand, has not commented on the issue.

Back in 2020, Fortnite, one of the most controversial instances of the issue, was expelled from the App Store and the Play Store for going against the margins demanded by Apple and Google. Since then, other apps, like Tinder, have also seesawed their way in and out of the issue.

SEE ALSO: Google is potentially banning Tinder from Play Store

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Honor returns to the Philippines!

The former sub-brand is making its comeback as an independent, iconic brand

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Huawei’s former sub-brand, Honor, returns to the Philippine market. The global smartphone brand has partnered with Iridium Philippines to launch the brand and cater to the different needs of Filipino consumers.

Daniel Wang, Director of Channel Management Department of Honor Device Com., Ltd., inked a deal with Ricky Sy, President of Honor Philippines/Iridium Technologies in a contract-signing event. The ceremony marked the comeback of the technology brand, making Honor products available in the Philippines through its local partner.

On becoming an iconic brand across the globe

Honor has invested in its research and development in the past year to provide high-quality products to its consumers. The company’s main goal is to come up with innovative products, thus, it continued to develop strategic partnerships with different supply chain manufacturers.

Currently, Honor is working with Intel, AMD, MediaTek, Microsoft, and Qualcomm to provide consumers with products that are technologically advanced.

Honor is presently available in more than 100 markets across the globe. The company aims to expand in the Philippines, one of its key markets in Asia, aiming to update its portfolio to capture the high-end and general market with PC, wearables, and more.

Its biggest edge, as compared to its former parent brand, is having Google Mobile Services across its devices.

“As HONOR returns to the Philippines, we are confident that the brand will be well received by Filipino consumers. The brand’s re-entrance would also mean that HONOR products will soon become more accessible to Filipinos,” said Ricky Sy, President of HONOR Philippines.

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Snapdragon partners with Manchester United

Qualcomm gets into more sports

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Technology is quietly merging with sports. For a while now, a few of the world’s biggest companies have partnered with teams in various sports. Just this year, we’ve seen logos in the NBA and in Formula One. Now, it’s time to see the same in the Premier League. In another surprising move, Qualcomm and Snapdragon have partnered with Manchester United.

Manchester United is one of the most recognizable teams in the world, even outside of football. Because of the team’s popularity, the agreement is a big grab for Qualcomm. The company, especially the Snapdragon brand, will likely feature prominently around the team’s events. However, the bigger question is what the tech brand can bring to the world of football.

According to Qualcomm’s announcement, Snapdragon will help the team “create unique events and experiences for Manchester United fans at Old Trafford [the team’s home stadium] and around the world.” At the same time, the company will also improve connectivity at Old Trafford. Given what the company has done before, it’s also likely that it will provide the team with any tech needs the latter might have.

Surprisingly, this isn’t Qualcomm’s first sports partnership this year. Earlier, the company also announced a partnership with Ferrari’s Formula One team. Similarly, Google partnered with a competing Formula One team, McLaren. And, speaking of Google, the company also made the Pixel 6 series a major presence in the NBA last season.

Sports is one of the world’s most popular pastimes. Partnerships like these can work wonders in terms of a company’s presence, albeit to surprising results.

SEE ALSO: Qualcomm announces surprising partnership with Ferrari

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