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ZTE faces ban from using Qualcomm, Android on their phones

War against Chinese products continues

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Caught with their hands in the wrong cookie jar, ZTE is now facing US sanctions that might ultimately alter their phones in the future.

Since the souring of US-China relations, the Chinese telco brand has maintained a tenuous relationship with the American government. Over the past few months, lawmakers have threatened to ban Huawei and ZTE over issues of national security.

Now, a new ban is stopping US companies from selling their hardware and software to ZTE.

The American government implemented the legal blockade as further punishment for ZTE’s violations against US policy on trading with Iran. As with China, Iran is not in good standing with the US. Both US and non-US companies are mostly forbidden from shipping US goods to Iran.

Last year, ZTE pleaded guilty to offenses against this policy. As a result, the US imposed fines and mandatory sackings of the key players in the conspiracy. However, the company has failed to comply with the sanctions in full, keeping most of the involved employees on their payroll.

In retaliation, the US imposed the trade ban for US companies. Also, the British government has issued warnings to their telco industry against using any of ZTE’s services.

The ban threatens to cut off ZTE’s supply chain, which relies heavily on US hardware. ZTE’s current lineup uses parts from Qualcomm, Google, and Dolby.

When fully implemented, the ban will prevent ZTE from using Qualcomm’s mobile processors and even Google’s licenses for Android. It will create a gap that ZTE needs to fill with non-US alternatives.

While they can surely find Chinese alternatives for parts, ZTE will have trouble in maintaining their foothold in the industry. The telco landscape notoriously recognizes the superiority of branded products like Qualcomm and Google over lesser-known alternatives.

Currently, ZTE is already negotiating with partners over the future of their smartphones. In the meantime, ZTE’s future remains unclear.

SEE ALSO: ZTE’s new concept phone has two notches

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PeopleCount by Bosch is made for social distancing

Another smart solution to the challenges of the pandemic

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Tech has played a key role in the battle against the Coronavirus pandemic. While we wait with bated breath for a vaccine, tech companies have given us ways to detect the virus, properly contact trace, and limit its spread. Now, Bosch, in partnership with Globaltronics and Philips, launches PeopleCount for social distancing.

PeopleCount is a customizable security system. It lets facility managers track, control, and manage the number of people entering a particular area. This lets them operate efficiently while guiding people to follow and maintain social distancing measures.

What is it exactly?

It uses Bosch’s intelligent camera solution and Philips’ Android System on Chip (SoC) display that allows real-time monitoring  and analysis of people flow with minimal human intervention.

The system can be used for single entrance or multiple entrances simultaneously and displays the data through a simple traffic light system. PeopleCount also keeps customers informed and engaged through both promotional and safety messaging displayed on its system.

Bosch and Philips believe this system can be an effective tool for enforcing social distancing protocols. They see it as a solution that requires minimum investment, is quick and easy to deploy, can be operated remotely, is customer-friendly, and has the ability to record data and statistics.

How does it work?

It functions with three main components: a standalone application as the main control, a camera to track and analyze movements, and a monitor that displays communication for customers.

Bosch’s intelligent camera counts the number of people entering and exiting the facility using its video analytics features. Meanwwhile, the Philips Android SoC display keeps the customers informed with visual alerts prior to entering a facility.

Users can install single or multiple cameras and monitors across different entries or individual stores. The cameras can process information and able to generate the status of occupancy real-time.

This, then will be displayed in any browser-enabled display such as tablet or an android TV. This gives users the advantage of controlling access to various points of a building.

When using multiple cameras, the system can also aggregate the counts from different cameras to monitor the occupancy of individual shops, floors, and even areas covered by multiple entries and exits.

Comes with an alert system

When the occupancy has reached its maximum number, the system can alert or trigger the facility’s building access control system to secure the entrance until the occupancy is reduced.

The system also delivers real time information to the display for customer queue communications, alerting visitors whether they must wait or if they can enter.

The screen display can be used in three formats:

  • The entire screen can be used to signal individuals to wait or enter.
  • It can also be divided 50/50, where one part is used for entry instructions and the other may include promotional or instructional videos and even special products on discount.
  • The third option is the use of a traffic light display for entry management while having a large area of the monitor to display other content.

Bosch and Philips are actively marketing this to private companies. During the launch, they also said they have projects lined up with the Philippine government to rollout this tech.

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Snapdragon 750G brings 5G and HDR gaming for midrange phones

Coming to smartphones later this year

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This year, Qualcomm has ferociously pushed for more 5G-capable chipsets across the board. Indeed, the entire chipmaking industry is outing more 5G hardware for next-generation smartphones. Now, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon series is expanding once again. The new Snapdragon 750G brings 5G and HDR gaming for midrange phones.

First of all, the Snapdragon 750G is compatible for both mmWave and Sub-6 GHz technologies. The feature ensures true 5G compatibility across the globe. Besides connectivity, the feature boasts seamless online gameplay for gamers. Besides the 5G features, the chip has WiFi 6 compatibility.

That said, the chipset also sports HDR gaming compatibility. Snapdragon 750G comes with Qualcomm’s Adreno 619 GPU, rendering graphics 10 percent faster than the Snapdragon 730G.

Supplemented with the Kryo 570 CPU, it comes with Qualcomm’s 5th-generation AI engine, bringing better smart features for smartphones. The feature reportedly performs 20 percent faster than the Snapdragon 730G.

In other specifications, the chipset can support up to a dual (32-megapixel + 16-megapixel) camera setup. Smartphone displays can go up to 120Hz in refresh rate.

Finally, the chipset comes with better battery efficiency — up to 20 percent better — than its predecessor. Quick Charge 4+ charges devices to 50 percent in just 15 minutes.

Currently, Qualcomm has not announced any brands or models that will ship with the Snapdragon 750G. However, the company expects the unknown smartphones to ship sometime later this year.

SEE ALSO: Apple’s A14 chip is slower than Snapdragon 865

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Huawei Store is your one-stop shop for everything Huawei

Their every own e-commerce platform

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Online purchases have surged in 2020 out of necessity. The Coronavirus pandemic has kept most of us indoors. That means we do most of our shopping from our phones. Taking advantage of this new behavior, Huawei now has its own Huawei Store.

It’s a convenient, one-stop shop for everything Huawei. Officially launching on September 23, the Huawei Store will carry all of the company’s signature products and accessories.

We have a list, in case you’re interested.

Delivery and payment options

I’m sure you’re not new to online shopping, but if you are, Huawei is making it easy for you. After completing your shopping spree, the items will be delivered to your specified address. Deliveries are free during the Store’s promotion period.

Payment options are as follows:

  • Credit Card
  • GCash
  • Alipay
  • WeChat Pay
  • COD (Cash on delivery)

The Store guarantees 100% secure payment gateway; just hit the buy button, sit back and wait for their item to arrive at their doorstep.

Huawei Store Perks

Registering for a Huawei Store account or Huawei ID gives customers access to exclusive benefits like alerts on specific product deals, seasonal promotions, flash sales, discounts, gift coupons and other exciting prizes.

In the lead up to the Store’s official virtual launch, customers can subscribe to alerts early for a chance to win the Huawei Mate XS foldable phone.

This event runs from September 16-22 as a standalone promo, and then as part of a teaser sale on September 23-29.

As for the teaser sale, early birds can get awesome bundles and discounts on the following products:

  • Everyday piso sale for selected products and Half price flash sale of Huawei Y5p
  • Buy the Huawei MateBook D15 (256GB) and get the Huawei MatePad T3 8.0 (worth PhP 6,490) free
  • Buy the new Huawei Watch Fit and get the Huawei Band 4e (worth Php 1,390) free, as well as a sale for the Watch Fit’s exclusive Cantaloupe Orange color
  • Exclusive discounts on the Huawei Y5p, Y7, nova 7i, MatePad T8, and MateBook D14

From September 30 onwards, Huawei store will provide best offer ever:

  • Up to 60% off the latest Huawei Y8p
  • PhP 4,000 off Huawei band 4
  • 60% off Huawei Mate 30 pro
  • Freebuds 3i, nova 5t, nova 7i, Matepad pro, Matebook D 14 & Matebook D 15 (512 GB), Y5p, Y6p, Y7 will all enjoy this discount party

Additionally, getting the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, FreeBuds 3, and Watch GT2e as a bundle slashes PhP 16,000 off the total price. Bargain hunters can still score awesome finds from the flash sales and piso deals happening everyday throughout the Store’s promotional period.

Huawei Store exclusives also include several new and popular products from the tech brand, such as the new Huawei Y8p, the Huawei MateBook D15 (256GB) in Mystic Silver, the new Huawei Watch Fit with 500p off (includes store-exclusive orange color) from Sep 30 to Oct 10.

Get ready to add to cart!

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