Recently, Samsung China committed a public relations boo-boo. After launching the Galaxy A8s, the Chinese branch announced a future partnership with Supreme, the popular lifestyle brand. Unfortunately, the partnership was not with the original Supreme brand. Rather, the partnered party is Supreme Italia, a knock-off brand based in Italy. At the time, Supreme NYC (the original) and Samsung China knew about Supreme Italia’s status. Regardless, Samsung China still went for the deal.
Now, the company is re-evaluating the partnership once again. According to Samsung leaker Ice Universe, Samsung China issued a statement about the partnership. Translated from the original Mandarin, Samsung said: “Recently, Samsung Electronics announced at the Galaxy A8s conference that it will cooperate with Supreme Italia in the Chinese market. We are currently re-evaluating this cooperation, and we deeply regret the inconvenience caused.”
Based on the original Weibo post, Samsung China received a significant amount of criticism for the snappy decision. Further, it didn’t help that Leo Lau, Samsung China’s digital marketing manager, defended the controversial decision.
Despite not having rights in the country, Supreme maintains a healthy following in China. However, because of the lack of selling rights, Chinese Supreme fans resorted to off-brands like Supreme Italia.
However, it doesn’t excuse Samsung China. With the decision, the Chinese branch has been assaulted by criticisms from both Supreme fans and Samsung’s higher brass. Regardless, the company has a lot of brand equity to lose by being associated with a knock-off brand. With a re-evaluation, the brand is working to restoring some lost credibility.
Netflix might limit password sharing between users
In order to gain more revenues?
Netflix isn’t chill when it comes to password sharing. During its third-quarter earnings interview, the streaming giant discussed its plans. The company tackled users sharing one account to find a way around paying for a monthly subscription.
Netflix CFO Spencer Neumann says the company is continuing to monitor the situation. Neumann added, ”We’ll see those consumer-friendly ways to push on the edges of that.”
It’s still unclear on how Netflix will limit password sharing since the streaming giant didn’t announce anything specific. Netflix’s goal seems to restrict account sharing to people living in the same household. Some speculate that the company will take a look into IP addresses, but it poses a problem for families living apart. But for now, you can still enjoy sharing your account with friends and families as Netflix claimed they have “no big plans to announce at this time in terms of doing something different.”
Presently, users can log onto Netflix regardless of how many devices they have. Its only limitation — depending on the subscription plan — is how many people can stream all at the same time. In the near future, it isn’t surprising for Netflix to push through with their plans to limit password sharing since the competition with Disney+ and Apple TV+ is getting tight. In order to gain more revenue, Netflix might have to convert people to pay for their own subscription.
Tim Cook is now the chairman of a school in China
New position comes as Apple faces Hong Kong controversy
Today, a lot of Western companies are in an ocean of hot water. Following the recent Hong Kong uprisings, some American corporations are surprisingly taking the side of China. Though most won’t admit it, the wave of China-sponsored censorship is almost always attributed to the company’s desire to appease its Chinese backers.
Currently, the most prevalent culprits are Blizzard, Apple, and the NBA. For their part, these companies are already in a rudimentary stage of damage control. However, Apple is still digging itself deeper into a strange hole.
Based on a meeting summary, Apple CEO Tim Cook is now the chairman of the advisory board for Tsinghua University’s School of Economics and Management. He will oversee the position for the next three years. Cook will work to make the Chinese school into a “world-class” school.
Notably, Cook has served on the board before. He is joined by Alibaba founder Jack Ma, Tencent founder Pony Ma, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, and Tesla’s Elon Musk. Foreign presence is normal for the advisory board. However, Cook’s new position is a curious decision given his company’s current controversy with Chinese censorship.
Recently, Apple pulled critical apps from its App Store in Hong Kong. The apps supposedly revealed police and protester movements to their users. Apple’s decision was heralded as the company’s selling out to China. Since then, Cook has issued a defensive stance against detractors, claiming the app’s inherent danger factor.
Regardless, Tim Cook has a lot of explaining to do.
India will let Huawei demo its 5G technology
Huawei is leading the 5G race
On the consumer side, Huawei is known for making smartphones and wearables. However, the Chinese company is currently leading research and development of 5G — the next generation of wireless mobility.
It has gotten approval to participate in the demonstration of 5G use cases during the three-day India Mobile Congress to be held in New Delhi, even as the government is yet to take a decision on allowing the firm to participate in the upcoming 5G field trials.
The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has assigned telecom service providers with spectrum in the 3400-3600Mhz band range to demonstrate India-specific 5G technology-use cases.
The Chinese giant has been barred by the US due to alleged security concerns. Earlier this year, there were revelations that Huawei is embedding snooping software in the source code of its serves to spy and access the data of other countries. The US is also lobbying its close allies to boycott Huawei.
On the other hand, Huawei currently leads the 5G revolution due to its massive investment in research and development. Experts say the global rollout of 5G will be delayed by a couple of years if Huawei is barred in multiple markets. Competing companies include Ericsson and Nokia.
India is yet to give Huawei a clean chit for an actual rollout though. For now, the nod is seen as more of a diplomatic move by the Indian government ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to India.
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