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USB 4 will launch as early as 2020

Offers up to 40Gbps speeds

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Wasn’t it only yesteryear when USB 3.0 (or USB Type-C) was the next big thing in the tech world? Even today, new smartphones are still touting the feature as a big selling point. Despite the feature’s relative recency, the world is already ready to move on.

Today, the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) has announced the finalization of the next big thing — USB4. The new standard was first announced earlier this year. It will ship to tech makers soon. Given the time frame, the first USB4 devices will likely launch next year.

Most notably, USB4 will tout an incredible boost in transfer speeds. The new standard offers dual-lane speeds of up to 40Gbps. For reference, the still-rare USB 3.2 offers only up to 20Gbps. USB4 is twice as fast as the current industry leader.

If that’s not enough, USB4 will also offer backwards compatibility. It can work with USB 3.2 and older down to USB 2.0. It will have the same design as the Type-C cable. Thankfully, it shouldn’t require too much of a change when it drops.

Another huge feature is its compatibility with Thunderbolt 3. Since time immemorial, Thunderbolt has often associated with Apple’s products. With massive compatibility across a lot of formats, USB4 will improve the accessories market, reducing the need to buy new cables for every new device.

It’s still quite a while before USB4 gets its wide release. Regardless, we can’t wait to get our hands on the faster format.

SEE ALSO: Apple might switch to USB-C, fast charging in the future

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Apple donates 20M masks, will make 1M face shields a week

Also teaming up with 3D printing companies

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Apple, considered to be one of the most valuable brands in the world, is taking the lead in fighting the global Coronavirus pandemic. The company has already donated 20 million face masks across the globe. CEO Tim Cook says they’ve also started manufacturing face shields with the capacity of churning out 1 million every week.

The announcement comes amid reports of massive equipment shortage for healthcare staff. Most countries were not prepared to tackle the virus-backed pandemic and essential resources like masks, gloves, protection suites, and more. To bridge this gap, the company said its working with governments to distribute supplies where they are most needed.

Cook further explained that each box has 100 face shields that are fully adjustable and can be assembled in a couple of minutes. Currently, their looking at a target of shipping 1 million face shields, and will slowly ramp up production in the near future. These shall be distributed within the U.S. Cook confirmed that the first batch of face shields was delivered last week to a few hospitals in Silicon Valley.

With an ongoing company-wide effort, product designers, engineers, and suppliers are working together to ensure a seamless flow of equipment.

Apple is also joining hands with 3D printing based startups and companies to leverage the technology and utilize it in a constructive way for the crisis. These companies have also succeeded in 3D printing face shields and backing of a giant like Apple could help them massively as far as management and distribution chain is concerned.

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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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Xiaomi’s 2019 revenue exceeds CNY 200 Billion

A good year for Xiaomi!

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Xiaomi Corporation is an internet, smartphone, and smart hardware company. Their products are fundamentally connected by their Internet of Things(“IoT”) platform. And, they’ve just hit the jackpot with their audited consolidated results for the year 2019.

Their Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Mr. Lei Jun says: “Despite headwinds from the Sino-US trade war and global economic downturn, Xiaomi stood out in 2019 with a commendable set of results as our revenue exceeded RMB200 billion for the first time.”

2019 was a good year for Xiaomi. They’ve managed to achieve significant growth across all of their business segments. They’ve earned themselves a total revenue of over CNY 200 billion for the first time (reaching CNY 205.8 billion).

Xiaomi managed to celebrate several key milestones. From successfully launching their independently operated dual-brand, Xiaomi and Redmi, focusing on ‘5G+AIoT’ as a strategic roadmap, to their inaugural entries into the prestigious ranks of not just the Fortune Global 500 but also, BrandZ’s Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands.

Mr. Lei Jun says, “while the entire world is still under the dark shadows of COVID-19, we have maintained our keen focus on efficiency to tide over this economic ‘black swan’ with everyone. At Xiaomi, we firmly believe that our long-term business success is underpinned by technological innovations… Overall, we remain committed to using technology to connect and improve lives everywhere in future.”

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Huawei acknowledges the US ban is hindering its sales

But the US government isn’t ready to negotiate

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For the first time since the U.S. imposed trade sanctions on Huawei, the company has acknowledged that its sales have been affected. Even though the company’s revenue grew by almost 20 percent to nearly US$ 121 billion, it says the numbers could’ve been higher had the sanctions not been imposed.

Last year, Huawei was added on a U.S. blacklist known as the Entity List. It restricted American firms from doing business with the Chinese telecom giant. For the end-user, it meant that Huawei phones won’t have Google apps pre-installed out-of-the-box. Two of its most recent flagships — the Mate 30 and the P40, were released without licensed Google apps.

Eric Xu, Huawei’s rotating chairman, told CNBC that they’re projecting a revenue loss of US$ 10 billion due to the ban. The ban hasn’t come to full effect yet, but it’ll be extremely damaging for their international expansion plans in the future. The company wants to transact with Google, but the U.S. administration has left no choice for either of them.

The ban has not only sealed off the American market for the company, but it also can’t source components and other software technologies from American counterparts. Google is just one of these examples. Huawei can’t even acquire Intel processors for its laptops.

Huawei never had a considerable smartphone market presence in the North American country. This is not a big deal for the company in its home market China because Google apps have been banned there for years now.

As a mitigation plan, the company accelerated the development of its own operating system called Harmony OS, but it’s restricted to TVs for now. To bridge the gap of missing Google apps, the company has also been actively pushing its own suite of apps via Huawei Mobile Services.

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