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US: TikTok is a potential security threat

TikTok: No, we’re not

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For more than a year, the American government has tormented Huawei for allegedly colluding with the Chinese government. Months later, the Chinese smartphone maker is still broiling in hot water with authorities all over the world. After doing much damage to Huawei, the US is setting its sights on another potentially dangerous company.

In an official letter, two American senators have publicly denounced the popular short-form video social network, TikTok. Much like the government’s argument against Huawei, the platform can allegedly accede to a Chinese agenda, risking American cybersecurity.

TikTok is developed by the Beijing-based developer, ByteDance. In the past, the developer created Doujin, a similar platform but tailored for a Chinese audience. To cater for an international audience, ByteDance created TikTok, today’s video sensation.

Lately, TikTok implemented controversial rules against progressive content. These include censors against pro-LGBT and pro-democracy content. The latter rule censors any content mentioning Hong Kong, Taiwan, Tibet, and Tiananmen Square.

The recent letter references this latest controversy, among other things. Additionally, the letter ponders on the platform’s potential influence on future elections.

Currently, TikTok keeps its data on American soil. However, both senators argue that the company must still answer China’s calls. The Chinese government currently has provisions that require Chinese companies to serve the country when called.

In response, TikTok has issued a statement in defense against the allegations. According to a blog post, the company is still dedicated on user privacy. The post reiterates their stringent measures against counterintelligence: keeping their staff and servers in California and Singapore.

Regardless, if the US agrees to the senators’ letter, TikTok is in real trouble.

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Remote work grows in popularity amid Covid-19 outbreak

Is remote work the future of workplace?

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Covid-19 outbreak shows no sign of stopping. As such, most companies are now turning to remote work arrangement for its employees. An insight from LinkedIn shows an increase on people searching for tips related to remote work in January.

According to the latest statistics from LinkedIn insights, remote work has been steadily increasing since March 2018. To be exact, searches for “remote work” grew by 2.6 times from that period until February of this year.

However, what is interesting here is the sudden spike from January to February. This is not surprising given the spread of Covid-19 in recent months. What’s more interesting here are the key region drivers. Singapore, Hong Kong, and mainland China are behind the increase in the searches. These regions are hard-hit by the virus, and companies have to resort to remote work for their employees.

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LinkedIn’s insight also found that there had been a rise in employers searching for tips to manage their remote workforce. As a matter of fact, the two of the trending searches in LinkedIn are “communicating in virtual meetings” and “managing remote teams”. The company expects the demand for remote work to increase over the years as it becomes ubiquitous.

The role of technology in driving remote work is undeniable. Messaging and communication apps drive instant communication behind team members. Storing and sending important stuff is possible through cloud storage and email. And of course, better smartphones and laptops enable access to productivity apps for a streamlined remote workflow.

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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.

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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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