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Trump administration blacklists Xiaomi, 10 other Chinese companies

Xiaomi headed the Huawei way?

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The US has added Xiaomi and 10 other Chinese companies to a blacklist amid national security concerns. The current blacklist is only focused on companies that have military ties and strategic importance in China.

The Defense Department released names of additional “Communist Chinese military companies” operating directly or indirectly in the United States.

Although adding Xiaomi to the list is surprising, the company has largely remained apolitical and focuses on making affordable smartphones. Considered to be China’s answer to Apple, Xiaomi plays a crucial role in progressing China’s telecommunication industry. It surpassed Apple in global smartphone sales in the third quarter, according to IDC.

Xiaomi is China’s second-largest smartphone maker and dominates multiple developing markets like India. Xiaomi’s stock plunged more than 10 percent following the announcement, although it’s considered to be a knee-jerk reaction at the moment.

The ban means that Xiaomi risks getting delisted from global benchmarks like MSCI and American stock exchanges. Just last week, China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom were removed from MSCI indexes. This largely affects their ability to raise capital from the open market in the future due to global compliance complications.

In response, a Xiaomi spokesperson told GadgetMatch, “The Company has been in compliance with the law and operating in compliance with the relevant laws and regulations of jurisdictions where it conducts its businesses. The Company reiterates that it provides products and services for civilian and commercial use. The Company confirms that it is not owned, controlled, or affiliated with the Chinese military, and is not a “Communist Chinese Military Company” defined under the NDAA. The Company will take an appropriate course of actions to protect the interests of the Company and its shareholders.”

Other companies banned

Apart from Xiami, the additional companies blacklisted include Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment, Luokong Technology Corporation, Beijing Zhongguancun Development Investment Center, GOWIN Semiconductor, Grand China Air Company, Global Tone Communication Technology, China National Aviation Holding, and Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC).

Furthermore, the ban is a stepping stone for US authorities to curb Chinese companies’ growth in the international market. The US took a similar step with Huawei and gradually pushed it out of every possible industry. Today, Huawei can’t use Google Mobile Services, cannot ship phones to the US, and has lost significant ground in supplying 5G equipment to telcos worldwide.

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Huawei buys 90 patents from BlackBerry

Smartphone-related patents

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Because of the well-documented bans, Huawei has consistently lost a lot of its resources for future smartphones. Even now, the Chinese company is still struggling to maintain the same caliber of products without its usual palette of components. However, they might have just received a breather. Huawei just bought 90 patents from BlackBerry.

Now, you might be thinking, “What? BlackBerry is still alive?” The Canadian company has proved surprisingly resilient despite the rapid loss of popularity from its smartphones. Today, amid occasional smartphone resurrections, BlackBerry is apparently focusing more on its intellectual properties and software.

As such, BlackBerry’s patents are easy pickings for Huawei, who can buy the properties without fear of repercussion from the American government. However, we don’t know all of the patents that were included in the deal.

According to The Globe and Mail, some of the patents were filed between 2007 and 2009. Though dated, the patents are convenient features for smartphones such as ”the presentation of text and images on a device according to its orientation, obtaining GPS data for geotagging digital photos, and sharing data to a group of mobile devices.”

Huawei has not shared how the company plans to implement its newly acquired patents in future smartphones. However, the company now has a good set of patents to bolster its products with.

SEE ALSO: Huawei could ship lesser smartphones by 2021

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Which Galaxy S21 color should you get?

Based on your personality

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If you’ve been eyeing the latest Galaxy S21 series, we’re certain you’re confused about which color you should get. Fret not, we’re here to help. Here’s a quick guide to help you decide: choosing the color that resonates best with your personality.

Playful, friendly, and adorable

If you’re always bubbly, cheerful, and kinda goofy, then the Phantom Violet is perfect for you. It’s a refreshing colorway in a sea of gradients and bold, attention-grabbing colors. This one is subtle yet oozes with cute energy that’s too irresistible not to gaze at. Wear it for when you want to look ✨kawaii✨.

Classy, sexy, and minimalist

If you’re the type of person who loves a minimalist approach in everything in life, Phantom Pink or Phantom White might be an ideal color for your next smartphone. Both colors evoke a classy and sexy appeal, especially when paired with neutral and monochromatic outfits. Use these colors when you want to make a statement without being overbearing.

Sleek, serious, and straightforward

Black just got even better. The Galaxy S21’s Phantom Black isn’t the usual glossy, striking, reflective black. This time, it has a matte finish so you don’t have to worry about your fingerprints smudging your beautiful phone. If you own a lot of black accessories, this color would pair well. More importantly, black never fails to give off that serious vibe — it literally means business and nothing else. Perfect for the career-oriented and achievers!

Posh, upscale, and extravagant

If you’re feeling fancy, the Phantom Silver is the color for you. It’s shiny, attractive, and a definite head-turner without screaming attention. It’s magnetizing, subtly making everyone gaze at you due to your natural charisma. This is perfect for those who enjoy luxe and spotlight without making too much effort to gain praise and attention.

Finding the right color

If you still can’t decide which one to choose, step back, and listen to your heart. After all, the heart wants what it wants. Don’t let someone else’s opinion dictate the future color of your smartphone — choose whatever you want. The Galaxy S21 series starts at PhP 49,990.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S21 Series Hands-On

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