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US: No more extensions for Huawei

Temporary license runs out in November

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As we all know by now, Huawei is on the thinnest of ice. Despite repeated promises to the contrary, the US government has kept the company on its blacklist. Currently, Huawei is just on a temporary operating license. When the blacklist first appeared, the government gave Huawei a 90-day extension for the transitionary period (read: for Huawei to get the heck out of America).

Naturally, American companies expressed their dismay at the loss of a valuable customer. Before the initial extension’s expiration, the government extended the operating license for 90 more days. Currently, Huawei is a few weeks into the new extension.

Unfortunately, American lawmakers might not extend the license again when it expires on November 19. In a press conference, the US Department of State’s deputy assistant secretary Rob Strayer unveiled the likely possibility.

Additionally, Strayer has introduced the possibility of further punishments for those who continue to support Huawei in America. More particularly, the additional punitive measures will likely affect Huawei’s allies in the 5G development industry. Currently, Huawei is still allied with certain companies in the US. Just recently, Qualcomm announced a new business deal with Huawei, marking progress for Huawei’s tense situation in the US.

Because of the ban, Huawei is suffering critical losses in the smartphone market. The newly launched Mate 30 series will launch without the iconic Android operating system. The company is already working on its own in-house alternatives when the ban runs out. With the new US declaration, Huawei might want to speed that process up before November.

SEE ALSO: Huawei Mate 30 Pro retakes position as DxOMark camera king

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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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OPPO will share VOOC technology with other companies

Named the Flash Initiative

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The ongoing charging wars is one of the (sometime, literally) hottest races to follow in the technology industry. Particularly, Chinese tech companies are rushing to build the fastest wired and wireless charging solutions for consumers. Because a war is a war, most brands are keeping their solutions for themselves without sharing. However, confirmed through a new initiative, OPPO is sharing its VOOC technology with other companies.

Today, OPPO has launched the Flash Initiative, which licenses the proprietary technology to other brands for third-party chargers. Currently, the initiative is available for Anker, FAW-Volkswagen, and NXP Semiconductors. Naturally, the most exciting among the three is Anker. The company is already known for making third-party, consumer-friendly chargers. Meanwhile, FAW-Volkswagen can potentially bring the super-fast charging solution to vehicles.

Besides the three companies, OPPO has not revealed whether other companies will eventually join the initiative. At the moment, the Chinese company is still keeping its precious charging technology close to its heart.

As of now, the VOOC technology can go up to 125W of wired charging speeds. According to past tests, the technology can reportedly fill up an empty smartphone in just a few minutes. Recently, OPPO also unveiled a 65W wireless charging solution to the public during MWC C.

Once accessible to other companies, charging might not be an issue for the everyday consumer anymore.

SEE ALSO: OPPO launches 125W flash charge, new VOOC, flash charge lineup

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Converge launches 4 new business-focused products

Improving connectivity for business customers

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A fast and reliable internet connection has proven to be an indispensable need, especially during these times. In line with this, Converge is launching four new products aimed at businesses. These products aim to improve connectivity for all enterprise users, improving efficiency as well as reducing any downtime.

The first of this product is Converge FASTER. With this, enterprises can send and receive files securely through their own networks. It also offers private WAN connectivity between a company’s headquarters, branches, satellite offices, or remote sites through a pure fiber GPON Network and Layer 3 networking service.

Meanwhile, business customers subscribed to the Direct Internet Access service can leverage Converge Time of Day. Through this, customers can double their subscribed bandwidth based on their chosen preset period, allowing them to maximize their budget.

Converge UPLOAD, on the other hand, focuses on boosting upload speeds to supplement IT services. As part of the Direct Internet Access service, it enables businesses to have reliable connectivity especially those relying heavily on sending intensive outbound requirements.

Finally, there is the Converge Connect. Customers can leverage a state-of-the-art MPLS backbone to deliver a high-capacity network-to-network interface for specific data service requirements. They can also customize and combine products and resources in one circuit to address vast and multiple connectivity needs for their businesses.

Interested business customers can visit Converge’s website for more information on these products.

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