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U.S. to ban 8 Chinese apps including CamScanner and SHAREit

After announcing a ban on all transactions with TikTok and WeChat last year, the US President has now signed another executive order to ban eight more Chinese apps in the country. The latest ban order targets a few widely-used apps, including Alipay, CamScanner, SHAREit, Tencent QQ, VMate, and WPS Office. According to a recent report from Reuters,...

US Government sues Facebook for anticompetitive acquisition of WhatsApp and Instagram

In October this year, the US Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law published a report calling out Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google for their anticompetitive, monopolistic, and dominating practices. Shortly after that, the US Department of Justice filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google for its anticompetitive and monopolistic business practices. Now, the US Federal...

Vietnamese VinSmart plans to bring its flagship phones to the US

After bagging a major manufacturing contract from an undisclosed US carrier earlier this year, Vietnamese smartphone manufacturer VinSmart has now revealed plans to debut its own Vsmart brand of flagship devices in the country. During a recent discussion session, Ms. Nguyen Thi Hong, General Director of VinSmart's Mobile Division, announced that the company will focus...

[Update 2: More relief] USA bans WeChat and TikTok from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store

The US Commerce Department has announced prohibitions banning people in the US from downloading TikTok and WeChat in reponse to a pair of executive orders signed by US President Donald Trump in August. In a press release on the matter, the US Department of Commerce noted: "The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has demonstrated the means and motives to use these...

Apple accelerates efforts towards building its own search engine to replace Google

Apple is said to be accelerating efforts towards its own search engine, to be rolled out on its products instead of Google. Reports suggest that Apple is moving quickly to avoid being mired in the upcoming anti-trust action being taken against Google by the US Government. There’s already early evidence of the move in iOS14, launched...

The Motorola One 5G launches in the U.S. on AT&T and Verizon

Motorola burst back into the flagship scene earlier this year with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865-powered, 5G-enabled Motorola Edge+. Alongside the Edge+, Motorola also unveiled the slightly cheaper Edge with the upper mid-range (but still 5G-enabled) Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G. And about a month ago, Motorola had announced an even more affordable 5G-enabled smartphone in the form...

US Antitrust Subcommittee concludes that Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google abuse their monopolies and dominance

Our lives are massively influenced by a handful of technology companies, and their monopoly is no secret. The likes of these tech companies also have a market acronym to them: FAANG (Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Google) and GAFAM (Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft), referring to them in the context of consistent stock performance. But how...

Walmart+ is the company’s alternative to Amazon Prime, subscriptions cost $98 per year

Walmart is insanely popular in the USA, proudly wearing the tag of being one of the biggest supermarket chains in the country. Now, Walmart is looking to take on Amazon Prime with its own subscription program, Walmart+, offering free deliveries and discounted gas to members who subscribe. Walmart+ goes live for users in the USA on...

U.S. considers sanctioning SMIC, China’s largest semiconductor manufacturer

The U.S. administration under President Donald Trump is hell-bent on closing all avenues for Chinese OEM Huawei to run a sustainable business. The administration recently tightened its restrictions against Huawei even further and announced a new license requirement for all parties who wish to conduct business with the company. While some companies, like MediaTek, have...

[Update: TikTok’s statement] Trump signs executive order to ban U.S. “transactions” with TikTok and WeChat

US President Donald Trump has signed a pair of executive orders that ban any US transactions with the Chinese companies that own TikTok and WeChat, citing national security risks. The executive orders come just weeks after the Indian government issued a ban on over 100 Chinese apps due to similar reasons. According to a recent...

The Google Pixel 4a is already available for pre-order on Amazon USA

The Google Pixel 4a has been one of Google's most leaked smartphones, with a performance review, camera review, and hands-on already available long before the official launch. And that was a high bar to clear as most of Google's smartphones have not exactly been best-kept secrets either. We are just a few hours away from Google's event where...

Entry-level Samsung Galaxy A01 headed to the US

Back in December, Samsung announced both the Galaxy A71 and Galaxy A51. The A series of smartphones from Samsung tend to be more budget-oriented, with a feature or two which aims to help them stand out against the competition. Shortly after both of those aforementioned devices were announced, the company quietly revealed another addition to the A series...