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US government doesn’t know how to un-ban Huawei

Days later, no new policy has come out

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Last Saturday, President Donald Trump finally reversed his iron-fisted ban on Huawei. On the surface, Huawei’s fortunes have presumably reversed. However, Trump’s unpredictable words have never been the most reliable indicator of change. Days after his verbal announcement, not much has changed officially.

Internally, Huawei is still technically banned on American soil. Despite Trump’s pronouncements, the greater American government has seemingly refused to relinquish the Chinese company. Following Saturday’s conference, Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council, has clarified the ban’s lifting. According to Ludlow, Trump remains focused on cybersecurity concerns. Rather than a complete reversal, the lifting will only cover “general merchandise” — products that are readily available in other countries. Basically, Huawei is still banned from US-exclusive products.

Further, American lawmakers are still including Huawei on their blacklists. The company is still a security risk for the American government.

Unfortunately, the Huawei situation has only reverted to an earlier state. Huawei can once again conduct its business on American soil. However, it is still a touchy entity within the territory.

According to Ludlow, the ban’s lifting is still undergoing a tenuous process. Anticipating the end of the US-China trade talks, the government is formulating a more definitive policy.

As such, affected American companies — like Google — have not issued a statement yet. At the very least, they have quietly resumed their business with the Chinese company. Google is still operating within the temporary window provided by the government. Microsoft has resumed Huawei laptop sales on its official stores.

Though still roiling in uncertainty, the situation is enjoying a wave of optimism. Companies are starting their businesses up again. Consumers are regaining their faith in the once-fallen brand. The controversy is likely far from reaching a conclusion. However, Trump’s announcement is offering a much-needed reprieve from the turmoil. Anything can still happen; at least, we now have some time to breathe.

SEE ALSO: Our security shouldn’t only be Huawei’s price to pay

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Japan’s NTT is rolling out a 10 Gbps Internet service

As fast as their bullet trains

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There are many reasons to love Japan. Advanced technology combined with well-preserved cultures makes it a must-visit spot for many. Now, there is another reason to visit: to experience blazing-fast Internet speeds.

Japan’s NTT is now rolling out a superfast 10 Gbps Internet service to its customers for a reasonable price of US$ 55. If you’re a bit perplexed about how fast that is, remember that the fastest Internet speed most providers around the world offer is 25 Mbps. A 10 Gbps speed will benefit anyone willing to watch 8K movies or download a 10GB file in a matter of seconds.

While it sounds good on paper, NTT notes that most users may not take full advantage of 10 Gbps speed all the time. Still, a speed of up to 10 Gbps for both upload and download is impressive.

Customers also need a dedicated router to handle that blazing fast infrastructure. NTT requires a FLET’s Hikari Cross compatible router, and a bundled one to the service costs an additional US$ 4.48 monthly. The bundled router is future-proofed as it already supports WiFi 6 — something that most devices don’t support yet.

Plus, there is an additional cost of US$ 161 for the construction and setup of the 10 Gbps service. Quite a premium but definitely worth it with the Internet speed you’re getting. And of course, you get additional bragging rights to your friends — 10 Gbps is so fast that Ookla just recently updated their speed test for this blazing-fast Internet speed.

Source: Hot Hardware

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Samsung temporarily shuts down infected Galaxy Z Flip factory

Coronavirus strikes again

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The coronavirus epidemic is burning through the technology industry, leaving a trail of delays and shortages in its wake. So far, the virus has already torched Apple’s China-based manufacturers and the entire MWC 2020 event.

For the immediate future, the global epidemic can add Samsung to its list of victims. Previously, the South Korean company saved itself from the crisis, owing to its geographical roots. Unfortunately, if you turn into world news today, the virus has already made its way to South Korea.

In the city of Gumi, one of Samsung’s factory workers has contracted the disease, forcing the company to shut down the entire plant, according to a South Korean news outlet. The entire factory will open again on February 24. Additionally, the infected employee’s floor will remain shut down until February 25.

As for the workers themselves, Samsung has urged those who worked with the employee to put themselves in quarantine and undergo tests for potential infection. The company has also asked all employees to limit travel when possible, conducting business only through video calls.

Of course, Samsung has a tight hold on the South Korea business sector. The closure of just one factory probably won’t affect the company’s supply too much.

The affected Gumi factory specializes in Galaxy Fold and Galaxy Z Flip production. If anything, the temporary closure will only slow the foldable phone down partially. Regardless, it’s not a good look for Samsung, especially if the virus continues to spread across the country.

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Samsung is selling the Galaxy Z Flip’s screen to competitors

Despite all the negative criticism

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Do you believe in the power of foldable smartphones? Today’s biggest foldable phone makers want you to buy into the new technology — whether it’s the pioneering Galaxy Fold or the refreshed Motorola razr. However, as you might have seen recently, foldable technology is still miles away from perfection. Touted as the next revolution of smartphones, the flexible display still suffers issues in durability.

Despite all that, Samsung is cashing in all its chips on the imperfect technology. Announced today, the South Korean tech giant is selling its new technology — dubbed as Ultra-Thin Glass (or UTG) — to competitors. The patented technology is up for grabs to anyone willing to pay Samsung for it.

The company is selling the display under the tagline “Tough, yet Tender.” The branding alludes to the 30μm panel that supposedly goes beyond the capabilities of last year’s model — at least, according to Samsung.

Currently, the UTG is still exclusive to the Galaxy Z Flip — which is getting some flak of its own. It will likely make its way to other Samsung devices in the future as well.

Unfortunately, Samsung has not confirmed any willing customers at the moment. However, the company is also enjoying a modicum of market leadership, owing to its early adoption (and development) of the technology. With the sale announcement, they can capitalize on other companies’ desires to build their own foldable phone.

Regardless, foldable technology is still an imperfect art. Though the Galaxy Z Flip allegedly sold out already, the device’s reception is up in the air. Who knows where foldable technology will fare in the future?

SEE ALSO: Samsung’s customer service offerings you might not know about

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