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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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OPPO enhances in-store measures to ensure consumers’ safety

The company doing its part

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With rising cases of COVID-19 in the country, OPPO is enhancing its in-store measures to protect customers. These in-house measures are necessary as businesses continue their normal operations in Singapore and some parts of the Philippines.

First among the safety measures that are in place is store disinfection. Disinfection will now happen twice a day in all OPPO experience stores.  The disinfection process will focus more on demonstration units, where most customers interact with an OPPO demo device. Plus, the company is now requiring every customer to sanitize their hands before entering a store.

OPPO is also requiring its employees to wear surgical masks when interacting with customers. Plus, employees must submit to health checks before beginning their shifts. If they are feeling unwell, the company will advise them to see a doctor immediately.

On top of that, the company is encouraging everyone to maintain good health and practice proper hygiene.

Such in-house measures are desperately needed especially during these times. Singapore’s COVID-19 cases tally at 500 people. So far, the country has managed to contain the viral transmission. However, the situation is far from over as cases keep increasing each day.

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As general rules, the CDC or The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed these to help with preventing the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home when sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Frequently wash hands with soap and water
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces

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Apple is no longer a trillion dollar company

For now, at least

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A year and a half ago, Apple obtained the highly prized distinction of becoming a trillion-dollar company. At the time, the American company’s share prices peaked, pushing it as the first American company to earn the distinction. Since then, Amazon, Microsoft, and Alphabet have crossed the trillion-dollar mark.

Unfortunately, as with the perilous law of gravity, what comes up must come down. Following the worldwide spread of coronavirus, gravity is calling for the heads of the recent economic boom. Share prices are crashing. Technology sales are plummeting. No one wants to participate in heavy businesses in this treacherous time.

The uncertainty of the age has now claimed its first victim. That is, if you call losing a few billion dollars a huge loss. Today, Apple has lost its prestigious status as a trillion-dollar company.

Last month, Apple posted a new 52-week high share price of US$ 327. Today, the company continued its downfall, posting a share price of US$ 219.75, at the time of this writing. It last recorded this price around October 2019.

With the new valuation, Apple is now valued at around US$ 977 billion, a clear mark below one trillion. This likely won’t end soon, as the economy dips further and further.

Following Apple’s departure on the elite list, Microsoft remains the only American company on the trillion-dollar list. At the time of this writing, the company is still valued at US$ 1.021 trillion. (Google and Amazon have crashed to US$ 724.503 billion and US$ 947.643 billion, respectively.)

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Xiaomi passes Huawei as third-best smartphone brand

According to February sales report

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With the world in turmoil over the latest pandemic, smartphone sales are in a perilous swan dive. That said, the world’s brand rankings are in jeopardy. Today, we can now see the most drastic change in the scoreboard.

According to Strategy Analytics’ newest report, Xiaomi has successfully overtaken Huawei as the world’s third-bestselling smartphone brand for the first time ever. For the month of February, Huawei sold 5.5-million smartphones across the globe. Meanwhile, the new number 3 brand won by selling 6-million smartphones

Naturally, Samsung and Apple are still dominating the charts, claiming the top one and two spots, respectively. Samsung claimed 18.2-million units in sales, while Apple sold 10.2-million units.

For the impressiveness of this news, this latest rankings report is just for the month of February. With how the world is going right now, March will likely prove catastrophic for Huawei. Likewise, the tumble will also affect all smartphone brands in the foreseeable future. No one is interested in a new smartphone right now, especially with the world bleeding for food, hygiene products, and toilet paper.

Regardless, Huawei is in a tougher spot. Besides the coronavirus pandemic, the brand is still in a frantic war against America for 5G supremacy. Without an end in sight, the Chinese brand’s forecasts aren’t looking bright. Lately, Huawei released the new Mate Xs and will launch the P40 series soon.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi’s new Redmi Note 9 series now official

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