Recently, we reported on the impending death of Chinese tech maker ZTE. Now, the collapsing brand is getting a deus ex machina save from the unlikeliest of sources — US President Donald Trump himself.
Since last year, ZTE’s woes originated from their violations of US trade policies with Iran. Despite a clear ban, the company was caught trading with the country, and the US government sanctioned ZTE. However, the company failed to comply with the sanctions as well. The US had no choice but to impose heavier punishments including a nationwide ban on business to and from ZTE.
Unsurprisingly, the Twitter-happy Trump had much to say on his favorite social media platform. And yet, his tweet on the matter at hand brought a shocking twist.
President Xi of China, and I, are working together to give massive Chinese phone company, ZTE, a way to get back into business, fast. Too many jobs in China lost. Commerce Department has been instructed to get it done!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 13, 2018
Instead of praising his government’s sanctions, Trump declared that he was in talks with President of China Xi Jinping to restore ZTE’s status in the US. Strangely, this runs counter to his previous tweets decrying China’s unfair trade practices.
The tweet further explains that the ZTE ban cost a lot of jobs in China. Finally, Trump concludes the tweet by basically ordering his commerce department to resolve the matter.
Experts and other government officials have complained that Trump’s latest statement focuses more on the welfare of the Chinese, rather than of his own people. Besides their blatant violations of US policy, ZTE has also brought on the ire of national security pundits worried about the company’s allegiances.
Regardless of his actual intentions, Trump’s actions present a miraculous opportunity for the brand.
Also, the save will likely affect other companies as well. Before the ban, ZTE enjoyed a spot as one of the world’s biggest phone makers. As such, they provide valuable business for tech companies like Qualcomm and even Google. Without ZTE, these companies have to fill the vacuum on their sales bracket.
Is ZTE dead? It’s all up to Donald Trump.
Some Huawei phones are showing unwanted ads on lock screens
A way for Huawei to earn money?
While Huawei continues to find ways to fight off the trade ban implemented by the US, a number of Huawei phone owners are expressing their dismay over sudden ads on their lock screens. Huawei doesn’t need more negative publicity right now, but the company decided to push unwanted ads without users’ permission.
Initially reported by Android Police, users in several countries have noticed an ad for Booking.com on the lock screen of their Huawei phones. Surprisingly, some of the devices affected include the flagship models like the Huawei P30 Pro, P20, P20 Lite, P20 Pro, Mate 20 Pro, and Honor 10. Other models are also presumably affected. [Editor’s note: I noticed this on my Mate 20 X, as well.]
Huawei users now have a Reddit thread to talk about this fiasco, and Twitter reports are coming in. Here some of the tweets showing the reported lock screen images:
— Ceel Beckers (@BeckersCeel) June 12, 2019
— Daniel (@8Candreva7) June 12, 2019
Ah hear… @Huawei why am I now being served ads on my lock screen? Stop it! Moreover @bookingcom what idiot in marketing thought this was ok? #ads #DigitalMarketing #Huawei #measure pic.twitter.com/Ta1lslMwsP
— Dave Rooney (@daverooney) June 13, 2019
— RAYZ (@justicefingers) June 12, 2019
It seems like the ads are appearing for device owners who are using the preinstalled landscape background wallpapers. The ads are showing up in certain countries in Europe and South Africa for now.
Huawei phones have a “Magazine unlock” feature that shows a series of curated wallpapers based on the user’s preference. This can be turned off and that should get rid of the advertising. Needless to say, this could be Huawei’s move to earn extra ad cash.
Taiwan Excellence is holding its first esports cup in the Philippines
With a prize pool of P360,000
Esports continue to grow in the Philippines thanks to the help from both organizations and major brands. The latest to make its mark in the local competitive scene is Taiwan Excellence, which will be holding an esports cup in Manila beginning in July.
With the help of the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and Taiwan’s Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT), there’ll be a PhP 360,000 prize pool for the expected 2,000 participants from across the country. The featured games are Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) and League of Legends (LOL).
Registration for the tournament begins on June 15. The first phase of the competition will start on July 6 for CS:GO and August 3 for LOL. The grand finals will happen from October 4 to 5 at SM North EDSA The Block, Quezon City. Taiwan Excellence’s esports cup was previously held in Malaysia and Thailand.
“Taiwan is known for its breakthrough electronics industry, with renowned innovations and quality products being developed for global distribution. Now with esports, we take pride in sharing that industry-leading brands are from Taiwan, with Filipino gamers,” said C.T. Wu, director of the Strategic Marketing Dept. at TAITRA.
Xiaomi Mi 9T is basically the Redmi K20 for the European market
Yet another superb midranger
As scheduled, Xiaomi announced the new Mi 9T which is the latest member of its Mi 9 lineup. For those following Xiaomi’s releases, the phone is a familiar one because it was launched before. The Mi 9T, as expected, is the Redmi K20 for Xiaomi’s international markets.
The Mi 9T isn’t quite the 2019 flagship everyone is expecting, but it’s still a capable midranger on paper. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 730 processor paired with up to 8GB of memory and up to 128GB of storage. Those looking for a Snapdragon 855 chip will have to wait for the phone’s rumored Pro version.
Display-wise, the Mi 9T has a 6.39-inch Full HD+ AMOLED screen with an in-display fingerprint sensor. The phone doesn’t have any cutout in the front thanks to its motorized pop-up camera mechanism.
Speaking of the pop-up camera, it’s a 20-megapixel selfie snapper. As for the rear cameras, the Mi 9T has three: a main 48-megapixel sensor, a 13-megapixel ultra-wide shooter, and an 8-megapixel telephoto camera.
A large 4000mAh battery keeps the phone on and it supports 18W fast charging via its USB-C port. The phone also has a 3.5mm headphone jack and NFC. MIUI 10 runs on the phone with Android 9 Pie at its core.
Xiaomi’s Mi 9T will be available in Europe beginning in Spain by June 17. Price starts at EUR 329 (US$ 370) for the 6GB+64GB variant and EUR 369 (US$ 415) for the 6GB+128GB option.
Get the FULL experience of the new #Mi9T!
– 3D 4-sided Curved Glass 👍
– Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 👍
– 18W Fast Charge 👍
– Fast In-screen Fingerprint Sensor 👍
– 20MP Pop-up Selfie Camera 👍
– 48MP AI Rear Trip Camera 👍
— Xiaomi #PopUpInStyle (@Xiaomi) June 12, 2019
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