Apple Concerned for Coronavirus Impact

The coronavirus has proven to be detrimental for the technology industry, with countless factories in the People’s Republic of China being forced to shut down production. Analysts determined that these shutdown effects would be minimal, with employees returning to work by February 15th. It appears that these manufacturing facilities will remain closed for the distant future, with the Apple Corporation informing their investors that the production impact will be more significant than initially reported.

Concerns regarding the Covid-19 virus has prompted the Apple Company to donate millions towards aid relief, which will assist in destroying this virus across China. This isn’t being done from the kindness of their hearts but instead an investment to ensure production facilities are back in operation. Slower than normal conditions have investors and executives with Apple concerned that it’ll drastically lower their bottom line in the 1st and 2nd quarter of 2020.

North America is the most popular market for the Apple Company, with an average of 5+ million devices sold annually. They’ll focus a considerable percentage of available products to the Western market, with worldwide supplies taking the blatant hit. This means consumers in the European Union; the Middle East and Asia will find themselves with limited availability for the iPhone 11.

Asian profit valuations have already dropped drastically since December 31st, with the Apple Company having to shut down their retail locations across China and Hong Kong. It’s resulted in 100+ thousand devices not being sold over the last four weeks. Affected industries from the coronavirus are dozens, with the technology market receiving a particular case of isolation. 75% of all production of tech-related products are manufactured in China, with financial analysts expecting to see substantial declines in availability for Television Sets to Personal Computers. It should be noted that the tech industry has been so isolated that the Mobile World Conference was terminated for 2020.

Future Delays

Supporters behind the Apple Company were becoming excited with the idea that 5G Telecommunications would be provided with the iPhone Twelve. It appears that the coronavirus will force this feature to be delayed until 2021, with the Qualcomm Company expecting substantial production delays with the X55 and X60-5G Modems. Insiders with the Apple Company noted that iPhone 12 development with Qualcomm’s new antenna was proving to be challenging. These unexpected delays with the modems could benefit Apple or give them a public excuse to fall back on for consumers.

The Samsung Galaxy X Flip

Technology enthusiasts were provided early coverage regarding Samsung’s 2020 flagship handsets. This included the Galaxy Z Flip, which marks the 1st time that this corporation is implementing its foldable glass technology into a pocket-sized device. Individuals wanting to purchase this handset will receive a 6.7-inch FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED Display, which will support 2630 x 1080 pixels. There’s also an additional miniature display for notifications on the front-side of this device, allowing for owners to see incoming notifications.

Processors will be built under the 64-Bit Octa-Core framework, which will be combined with 8 gigabytes of RAM. Storage-wise consumers receive 256 gigabytes, with the entire device being powered with a 3300mah battery. Those wondering which camera modules are supported will be happy to learn that there are a 12-megapixel standard and ultra-wide back lenses. This is extended to the 10-megapixel selfie camera, with softwares being promoted under the Android 10 – Samsung One UI OS.

Those that support this upcoming product will receive the capability to fold & unfold this device in the same context as Flip-Phones. Samsung confirmed that the Galaxy Z Flip could be folded and unfolded 200 thousand times without any issues. Considering that the average consumer opens their handset 50+ times per day, it would take 10+ years for the physical components of this mobile phone to break. Samsung confirms that the glass won’t break because of the fibre shield implemented onto the screen and hinge system. It’ll take less than twelve months to reveal any potential issues with the Galaxy Z Flip.

Flex Mode

Samsung is implementing a new form factor with the Galaxy Z Flip, which is required alteration to the One UI operating system. This alteration is called Flex Mode, allowing for the device to appear specialized multi-tasking. The top portion will enable the media to be viewed, with the bottom supporting interaction option. Individuals can watch YouTube videos while texting their co-workers, friends or family members. The one complaint revolving around the Galaxy Z Flip is the folding-hinge, which has created a noticeable indent into the screen real estate. This can easily be felt whenever the screen is fully scrolled, with mobile phone analysts believing this is the real reason why Flex Mode had to be created.

The Cost

Individuals wanting to purchase the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip will pay $1,380.00 under the United States Dollar, with Canadians having to pay upwards of $2,000.00 with taxes. Supporters in the European Union will pay €1,200.00 for this foldable phone. It’ll come in Mirror Purple and Mirror Black, with limited quantities available. Declined production is anticipated with the Coronavirus outbreak as well, meaning handsets won’t be delivered to most consumers until March or April.

Mobile World Congress Losing Showcases to Coronavirus

The coronavirus has plagued multiple industries since being confirmed on December 31st, 2019. Events and Expos have been cancelled or affected in efforts to limit the spread of affection. The Mobile World Congress is the latest exposition to be affected by the coronavirus. It was confirmed today that LG Communication wouldn’t attend MWC 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. Considering that this conference is the world’s largest expo for mobile handset announcements, cancelling their annual show is a significant shock to supporters. Slated to begin on February 24th, multiple other companies are considering backing out of this conference or have already terminated their showcasing’s.

The Sony Corporation is expected to terminate their showcasing following the announcement that production rates were falling. Chinese, Vietnam and Japanese factories for Sony have experienced substantial decreases in employee attendance since the coronavirus broke out throughout China and Asia. Additional companies facing decreased employee attendance include Huawei, Samsung and the Apple Corporation. It should be noted that the World Health Organization confirmed that global citizens were in minimum danger to the exposed risk of the coronavirus. Individuals in China are susceptible, with everyone else having a 0.002% chance of obtaining the coronavirus.

Event organizers backed confirmation that attendees and corporations attending the Mobile World Congress weren’t at risk to exposure. Unfortunately, this hasn’t stopped LG Communications from pulling out. They quoted that the safety of their employees and the general public is more significant than attending MWC 2020 in Barcelona. Hundreds of employees and supporters of LG Communication won’t have to expose themselves to international travel. Since individuals purchased tickets for LG Communications showcase, PR Representatives confirmed that additional events would be held in the not-so-distant future. It should be noted that one confirmed case of the coronavirus is within Spain. That number could increase with MWC 2020, as many Asian Nationals are anticipated to attend this expo.

ZTE Cancels MWC Show

Representatives with the 2020 Mobile World Conference were disappointed that LG Communications backed out of their showcase. However, these same representatives praised ZTE Communications for cancelling their planned events at the expo. Located in China, employees with ZTE Communications could unknowingly spread the disease to thousands at this conference. However, it should be noted that ZTE Communications is still holding a booth with ten to fifteen employees. Considering that there are twenty-four thousand cases of the Coronavirus in China, it’s being recommended that attendees avoid this booth at all costs.

Indoor Navigation Coming Soon

The technologies in our everyday life have become invasive and disturbing, with large-scale corporations like Google or Apple, watching over our conversations and movements. One startup company plans to make these tracking technologies more intrusive than ever before, which will be accomplishment by collecting movement data inside homes and buildings worldwide. It’s being developed by Here Technologies and is slated to be the future of mobile tracking. For those that don’t fear this level of restricted privacy, this feature could benefit their daily lives. Navigation will take you from your deck to the local shop or airport gate, showing you every corner that needs to take along the way. This technology was publicly displayed at the Consumers Electronics Show in Las Vegas this year. It hasn’t been receiving the highest level of support, with most finding this form of navigation to be incredibly invasive.

Going indoors

Those wanting to test this service can install the HereWeGo Maps, with the new form of navigation being released in Q2 2020. This feature will eventually be implemented with Apple Maps and Google Maps, with Here Technologies Ltd working with both electronic conglomerates regularly. Both Apple Ltd and Google Corporation will collect virtual blueprints via this tracking technology. This means that our homes, shopping malls, airports, transport hubs, elementary schools, high schools, hospitals and countless other forms of infrastructure will have their blueprints secretly collected. Considering that Google has previously sold tracking data to Chinese firms and American intelligence agencies, this form of the collection can prove detrimental to our society.

Demonstrations were provided for this application, showing somebody selecting a local business inside their shopping mall in Berlin. The individual left the 5th floor of their office, with the building being fully mapped of its corridors and respective rooms. This person was accurately told how to traverse their office building, local roads and the shopping centre to reach their destination. Those believing that this technology focused on GPS would be incorrect. It also focuses on 5G Radio Signals, which are considered to be harmful. Bluetooth will also be maintained. Subsequently, three forms of wireless signals will be emitting your body when using this form of navigation. The health side effects could be severe. It should be noted that Here Technologies Ltd has already begun collecting navigation data with their respective employees. Thousands of transport hubs, shopping malls and hotels have been mapped under HereWeGo Maps.

Google’s Nearby Sharing Application

The Google Corporation manages and maintains the Android operating system. They’re continuously working on updates and enhancements to that software, which recently has included replicating the AirDrop feature from Apple. Google, for eighteen months, has been developing the Nearby Sharing service, which would allow for Android consumers to send files virtually from one phone to another by simply tapping them together. After considerable deliberation regarding what features Nearby Sharing would offer, the public has finally seen what Google has been developing. An alpha build was provided to XDA Developers, who noted that they’d witnessed UI tweaks and different layouts for sharing that hasn’t been seen before.

XDA Developers has determined after careful evaluation that Nearby Sharing will be maintained through Bluetooth Four, with this service first being exclusive to Pixel handsets. This has been the standard for Google, with the Pixel mobile phones being for flagship product for any Android features. XDA Developers provided the public with video evidence, which shows a Pixel Two and Four sharing information with millisecond timeframes. However, sending this data will require owners of Pixel handsets to create a name for their device and enable the WiFi/Bluetooth features. Transporting the data will take less than ten seconds, depending on the file size. It’s the perfect way to send information without the assistance of the internet.

Video Evidence

The XDA Developers video expressed that Bluetooth will be the primary service sending over data between Pixel handsets. The requirement to enable WiFi is to back-up any lost information or resend data if the original transaction wasn’t processed. Location services are also used to determine which handset is sending data. This will apply to Pixel owners in large metropolises like NYC, where thousands of devices could be located in a kilometre’s radius. It should be noted that Google Corporation expressed that Nearby Sharing works best when users have less than a foot of space between them.

XDA Developers mentioned that Nearby Sharing wasn’t working correctly with their Alpha build. Throughout the video footage, it can be seen that photographs send immediately. When it applies to large files at one gigabyte or more, the Nearby Sharing feature struggled to perform. Multiple transactions with this service are cancelled or terminated, meaning that Google must continue development before Nearby Sharing is launched. Respectively, it isn’t known when service will be officially released to the Google marketplace. XDA Developers did confirm that Nearby Sharing would 100% be launched before the Pixel Six.

Apple Refusing to Unlock Shooter’s Phone

The Apple Corporation has begun battling against law enforcement and government officials. It was confirmed today that the Attorney General William Bar, determined that Apple hasn’t provided the required assistance to law enforcement. This regards a case following a shooting suspect from Pensacola Navy Base, where this shooter killed multiple individuals in Florida. Government law enforcement demanded backdoor access inside his device, which Apple refused for the second time since 2016. The Attorney General noted that every request from the FBI or CIA had been met with time delays and ongoing proceedings with Apple.

Tim Cook and the executives at Apple haven’t taken lightly to these accusations. Apple confirmed that they’d provided a substantial level of information regarding this investigation, noting that upwards of 100 gigabytes of data was handed over. This included transaction data, iCloud backups and account information. Does this prompt the question as to why government law enforcement would need backdoor access? Apple believes it’s because American agencies want access to detailed information regarding millions of citizens. Considering this is a breach of privacy to consumers, Apple will continually refuse.

Government Versus Apple

This isn’t the first time that the Apple Corporation has undergone these legal proceedings. Throughout 2016, Apple fought with the government in a public court case. It revolved around the San Bernardino Shooter, where it would eventually be revealed that the FBI has capabilities to crack into any cellular device worldwide. After the Federal Bureau of Investigations unveiled this data, it prompted a significant debate regarding public safety and civil liberties.

That debate is still a meaningful political conversation today. When it applies to the 2020 accusations, Apple noted that they’ve continually expressed that government officials could exploit these backdoors and create a dystopian American, where everyone’s liberties are forfeited for national security. Apple also noted that government law enforcement has access to unthinkable technologies and don’t need their assistance.

December 2019 marked another instance where Apple refused to be threatened by the American government. Congressional hearings were held regarding the state of tech conglomerates and their international powers. Senators from America stated that legislation would be created to force Apple, Google, Samsung and multiple other companies to handover backdoor access. Collectively, these companies came together and informed the American government that they’d cease operations immediately upon this legislation. Since millions of jobs would’ve been lost, the government had no choice but to fold their cards.

The McLaren One+ Concept Phone Features

The Shenzhen Company produces one of the highest-sold handset series in North American and Europe, the OnePlus. January 8th marked the announcement that their manufacturing a third iteration of the Limited Edition McLaren OnePlus. The 3rd model will be showcased at the 2020 Consumers Electronics Show. Shenzhen provided photographic evidence on the limited edition model, where direct resemblance towards the McLaren 720S was displayed. It’s known that physically this handset will support a unique design, with bright orange leather appearing on the backside. The phone’s chassis includes Gold Plating, which as been Vaporized to provide an anodized grip. An additional component that’s being widely covered in the electrochromic glass, which is maintained on the rear camera.

Design Components

The McLaren F1 Team have assisted OnePlus with the development of the limited edition, where Lando Norris provided insight on what features this phone should offer for customer acquisition. The McLaren Corporation helped as well, supplying Shenzhen with large quantities of orange leather. It shouldn’t be surprising that the OnePlus is creating a specialized finish for this limited edition, Previous finished include Kevlar, Bamboo, Alcantara, Wood, Ceramic and Frosted Glass. This also isn’t the first time that Shenzhen has used premium leather with a OnePlus product.

One feature that’s receiving attention is the electrochromic glass for the rear camera. This technology took a considerable level of in-house development, with Shenzhen trying to mimic the McLaren sunroof. Subsequently, owners of the future handset can hide the three-piece camera modular with this technology-assisted glass. It will make the camera units transparent and opaque, making it nearly impossible to view in any light source. However, it should be noted that this technology hasn’t ever been used with a smartphone and could backfire after prolonged usage.

The frame-chassis of a mobile phone is a significant component, as it holds everything in place. The OnePlus McLaren – 3rd edition is implementing an aluminium alloy frame, which has been vaporized for a gradient texture and then plated with a gold finish. This creates a luxurious feeling, with this product being available to select consumers worldwide. Anybody wanting to purchase this handset will be looking at costs upwards of $2,000.00. We recommend that potential buyers compile extensive research before making a finalized decision on the OnePlus McLaren – 3rd Edition. Consumers will receive Android Ten, with full access to Google’s applications and services. The official announcement will come following the 2020 Consumers Electronics Show.

Google Launches Mobile Desktop Mode

Smartphone technology is continually advancing, which prompts numerous software companies to release unknown experimental features. That’s precisely what the Google Corporation did with their most recent update for the Pixel Lineup. Those possessing a developer edition of the Pixel lineup can engage with Google’s mobile desktop mode, a feature that allows for your smartphone to be turned into a computer via specialized accessories. Named the Android Q Desktop Mode, it’s now available on all devices supporting Android Ten. Using the right fitting, individuals can plug their smartphone into computer monitors and launch the Flow Desktop Launcher.

For those thinking this idea is revolutionary for smartphones, you’d be wrong. This technology has been released for years by both Huawei and the Samsung Corporation. Huawei’s desktop mode is considered to be unsatisfactory in comparison to DEX from Samsung. Hundreds of thousands worldwide use the DEX Launcher for their computing needs and prompted Google to copy the service and implement it into Android 10. Subsequently, those owning a Samsung smartphone have two desktop launchers available to them. As mentioned above, Google’s new feature is provided to those using the developer mode of Android 10. Standard users can’t engage with the Flow Launcher until switching over to the developer edition.

Technology analysts have begun deciphering through the Android 10 Desktop Mode, with most claiming that the features are minimal and that there’s plenty of room for improvement. Developers with Android 10 have begun assisting in the growth of this desktop mode, creating proper applications and services for the Flow Launcher. Subsequently, these secret developers are creating a service more similar to Samsung’s Dex.

Need to Know

There is a good reason why the Flow Launcher for Android 10 isn’t working correctly. This technology remains in its preview phase, where numerous bugs are scattered throughout the software. Developers must decipher through these various bugs, locate the solutions, and implement their respective patches. However, this process isn’t straightforward and requires the assistance of Windows 10 desktops.

Developers worldwide claim that the OnePlus 7T and 6T handsets are the best options to locate these bugs and implement patches. Samsung phones with DEX pre-installed will find it challenging to create patches without affecting core software systems. The Google Corporation hasn’t confirmed if the Android Desktop Mode will be released permanently across all devices. Those developers wanting to assist in these updates should know their efforts could be for nothing.

Microsoft Implements Call Feature for Android Companion

The Microsoft Corporation announced new features for the Android Companion Application on Windows 10. This announcement confirmed that calling would be enabled going forward, a feature that allows consumers to engage with their contacts voice-to-voice. Before this update, consumers could only text their contacts via the Android Companion App. Considering that the Samsung Corporation actively promotes this application, millions of consumers worldwide have requested this feature for months.

This additional feature complements another service in the update that will allow consumers to also receive notifications from their Samsung or Android handset that inform them of any critical priorities that need to be attended to. This information was first unveiled at the Samsung Unpacked event, which was later confirmed via Microsoft’s Twitter account. However, it should be noted that the Android 7 Software or higher is required for mobile phones to be paired with Windows 10 PCs.

One Benefit for Multiple Negatives

This is one of the first announcements that the Microsoft Corporation has made in 2019 with positive reviews. This tech conglomerate faced significant backlash year-round, with each update released to Windows 10 becoming increasingly horrendous. After issues surrounding Bluetooth Connectivity, Internet Usage, and Battery Performance, the last update released in December ensured that all problems were solved. Shortly afterwards, Microsoft confirmed that a new build would be released to testers. Subsequently, another update will be released in the coming months. Considering that these testers are unpaid, the number of bugs will be lengthy.

The new build for Windows 10 is being called 19042. Dedicated testers have received early versions of the build, which have begun creating significant issues for their personal computers. Inside sources claim that these testers have experienced the destruction of their PC’s, with laptop batteries catching into flames and software being corrupted to the point of no return. Those testers experiencing standard issues couldn’t switch back to the previous 19041 builds, forcing them to continue deciphering through the bugs.

Windows Insiders have begun expressing their considerable disapproval towards Microsoft’s development studio, who have become lacklustre in recent years. Their persistence towards releasing unfinished update started with the implementation of Windows 10 and has seen more than 1 million PC users switch to the macOS. When Microsoft releases Windows 11, these issues cannot persist, or the software corporation could face annihilation.

Company Re-Branding

Software analysts anticipate that if Windows 11 becomes a considerable failure, Microsoft will be forced to re-brand itself as a corporation. Linux would become the primary software for personal computers, with Microsoft becoming primarily a video game manufacturer. This is purely speculation.

Google Apps Banned in Turkey

The Google Corporation has begun implementing bans on their products after the debacle with the American vs. China Trade War. Information was revealed that legal problems resulting between the Turkish Government and Google’s Executives had prompted unwelcomed consequences for consumers. All future products released to Turkey under the Android Branding cannot support Google’s applications. This includes apps like Maps, Messages, Drive, and News. Details were provided to Turkish Retails with an updated version of Google’s Privacy Policy in Turkey.

The official statement noted that Google representatives had informed their respective business partners on the issues at hand. Their wide-scale email confirmed that the Google Corporation wouldn’t work with this Turkish retail moving forward. However, that email confirmed that customers could purchase previous Android models and receive Google’s applications. This means Turkish Citizens buying Android Phones are limited to 2019’s models for supported apps like Google Maps or the Google Play Store.

The Problems Explained

These problems began when the Turkish Government accused the Google Corporation of violating antitrust laws. However, there wasn’t any proof towards these allegations and prompting the country penalizing Google with a $17.4 million fine. It was claimed that Google wasn’t allowing for fair competition in the market, which was more than unfounded. Subsequently, Google changed its policies to allow for a more open-sourced platform. This tech conglomerate responded against these false allegations by banning all practical applications in Turkey. This has prompted an onslaught of negative resentment towards the Turkish Government from their citizens, who were blatantly abusing their power to force the hands of Google Executives.

Analysts deciphered the penalization Google received from the Turkish Government, where it was revealed that the corporation would have to pay out 0.05% of their daily revenue to account for the fine. Subsequently, the Turkish Government wasn’t allowing for a lumpsum payment. Considering the previous bribery and laundered money from the Turkish Government, Google doesn’t trust that Turkish Government Officials will hold this money for proper usage.

Google’s decision has prompted immediate negotiations between executives at Google and officials with the Turkish Government. Unless these officials can meet the requirements set by Google, they’ll find themselves without critical applications that assist with daily life.