The continued aggression between the United States & China began with Huawei, where investigators located information that revealed the handset manufacturer was collecting the data of American civilians. A thorough review of this information was indicated that Huawei would expand its data collection with the introduction of 5G Telecommunications. American Politicians have urged democratic nations worldwide to ban the importing of Huawei’s products. There was a notable resistance against this request, with countries like the United Kingdom unable to deny that Huawei is spying on their civilians.
Most weren’t anticipating that the United Kingdom would follow America in the fight against Huawei. Parliament provided the Huawei Company 35% market share over 5G Networks in Great Britain, Scotland, Ireland, and the Welsh Islands. The unexpected mindset of dismissing Huawei from the United Kingdom has shocked supporters of this brand. It should be noted that politics plays a significant role in this decision, with Parliament having an increase of internal requests against the Chinese Communist Party. This follows after considerable worldwide speculation has faced China, with their communist regime being the 1st infected by COVID-19. Speculation point towards the CCP being involved in the releasing of COVID-19.
The Conservative Party of Great Britain has turned into an Anti-Huawei Camp, with their leader becoming infected with the virus in late April. He’d once supported the concept of growth behind the Chinese Economy before the coronavirus, with his mindset flipping. This is the conventional stance that’s been taken in the United Kingdom Parliament. Avoiding the possibility of significant backlash from UK Politicians, Boris Johnson enacted legislation that will phase Huawei out of Great Britain’s 5G Network. This extends towards Scotland, Ireland, and the Welsh Islands.
Boris Johnson is looking to make this an international phasing out of Huawei. Nations like France, Canada, Japan, Germany, South Korea, Australia, India, and the United States will be requested to terminate the entirety of their involvement with Huawei. Refusal could prompt trade wars amongst G7 Countries. It should be noted that unlike Donald Trump’s fight with Huawei, Boris Johnson is providing reasonable solutions to Huawei leaving the network. One solution would be the D10 Alliance, which would have the Sony Mobile Division possibly replace Huawei. Their reputability as an international corporation provides comfortability to UK Politicians.
Australian Researchers proved that internet speeds could exceed expectations beyond what anybody thought. This follows after the team recorded the fastest internet data speed in historical records. Individuals from RMIT, Swinburne, and Monash Universities combined their intelligence to exceed the capabilities of internet speeds. The result was a data speed clocked at 44.2 Terabits Per Second.
Obtaining these speeds with conventional internet users won’t ever be possible. Data Terabits are meant for extensive research in association with artificial intelligence. The hope is to create new technologies, medical advancements, or breakthroughs in the understanding of our cosmos. Still, it’s incredible to think that at 44.2 Terabits Per Second, 1000+ HD Movies could be downloaded in a blink of your eyes. Even notable entrepreneurs like Bill Gates are shocked by this advancement.
It should be noted that the average broadband speeds in the United Kingdom don’t exceed past 64 Megabits Per Second. This is less than 1% of the 44.2 Terabits Per Second seen by these Australian Researchers. Most aren’t aware, but Australia holds a global advantage over internet speeds, with their geographic location allowing connections to better traverse between the empty landscape. Their ranked 1% in conventional internet speeds. It’s for this reason that the Australian Researchers could use a specialized device that allows for enhanced rates.
Eighty lasers were used to create a “Micro-Comb”, which creates a secondary infrastructure on the National Broadband Network. Holding a consistent connection with the Micro-Comb, connections bounced back from each other in a single optical chip. It created a modernized fibre-option broadband system that saw the world’s faster internet speeds to date.
Internet connections at 44.2 Terabits Per Second worldwide would drastically alter our lifestyles. These Australian researchers theorize that with the correct science, matter itself could be transferred with internet speeds slightly higher than what they achieved in early May. Industries like healthcare, transportation, astronomy, and food production could all be enhanced via these record speeds. Obtaining this goal won’t be possible for decades to come, with most telecommunication enhancements taking 5+ years for providers to install. Implementing this rate of speed would take 25+ with their current technologies.
Headlines regarding Elon Musk have been prevalent through April & May, which follows after the Tesla CEO made numerous tweets that were considered foolish by his investors. It prompted the valuation of Tesla to drop by billions. Investors are concerned that valuations will deplete a 2nd time after Elon Musk reopened his powerplant unexpectedly through Twitter. The Chief Executive Officer of Tesla informed that production restarted before the media was told, with all employees operating their respective duties with social distancing being maintained. Musk was reopened this powerplant against the legislation enacted by California, who are continuing their social distancing measures until a considerable drop in infections is seen.
These remarks through Twitter indicated that if local authorities implemented enforcement, then the Tesla Powerplant wouldn’t be considered their headquarters anymore and would inevitably be shutdown. These sentiments came after Elon Musk vocalized his demands for lockdowns to be lifted, suggesting that America needs to be freed and that the coronavirus shouldn’t concern civilians. It’s remarks of this nature that’ll inevitably prompt the valuation of Tesla to deplete a 2nd time.
It should be noted that California is allowing specific conditions with manufacturing in all Counties except for Alameda, which is where the Tesla Fremont Plant is located. Elon Musk forced a lawsuit onto the Alameda Country, claiming that their orders to stop Tesla’s manufacturing are illegal under the new state and federal conditions. Elon isn’t waiting for his request to be met either, with the CEO taking actions into his own account. Local law enforcement was informed of these illegal actions, with these officers awaiting a decision from Alameda County before proceeding.
Both Alameda County and the Tesla Company are engaging in delegations through their respective health departments, with insiders remarking that Musk won’t budge on his decision. Alameda Officials in response have informed Tesla that they’ll be criminally punished in the same manner to other companies in the County that have broken lockdown protocols. This prompted Elon Musk to make one final tweet, where he demanded that under any form of punishment, he be the one arrested. Don’t be surprised if the superstar billionaire philanthropist is imprisoned by next week.
The Surface Lineup has become infamous amongst dedicated supporters of the Microsoft Company. Business executives, Hollywood celebrities, and Technology enthusiasts have been requesting updated models with the Surface lineup for 12+ months. Microsoft has finally answered the call and released three updated versions in their lineup. This includes the Surface Go 2020, Surface Book 3, and Surface Buds. Below we’ve comprised minor reviews of each respective product.
Surface Go 2
Microsoft unveiled the 2nd Generation of the Surface Go, their entry-level tablet that can also be utilized like a laptop. Multiple enhancements have been made, with the PixelSense Display increasing from 10 Inches to 10.5”. Dual Studio Microphones have been implemented, enabling enhanced audio quality from the previous generation. Performances with the Surface Go 2 have improved by 64% with the 8th Gen Intel Core M3. Those wanting to purchase this updated model will require $399.00 for the Surface Go 2. Purchasing a keyboard cover will add $130.00 to the associated cost, with the Surface Pen costing $100.00 extra onto the total price. This means the maximum value with all accessories purchased will be $630.00 plus tax.
Surface Book 3
Microsoft’s most desired product for 2020 is the Surface Book Three. It’s a full laptop rivalling the iMac Air or Pro. Just like the Surface Go, it’s also a tablet that can detach itself from the keyboard cover. Premium materials are implemented to ensure more extended lifetime usage, which extends to the battery life, which ranges from 15 – 17 hours depending on the respective tasks. This is possible through the Dual Intel 10th Gen Processors, Nvidia GPU, and 32GB RAM. The 15” Display supports PixelSense technologies with 1080p Resolution. It should be mentioned that the Surface Book Three can be customized with enhanced internals and displays, meaning 4K is possible for an additional cost.
Microsoft delayed designing a pair of wireless earbuds, believing that most supporters wouldn’t purchase this product. When the Surface Headphones sold beyond expectations, it prompted the creation of the Surface Earbuds. They’ll be released on May 12th and support 24+ hours of battery life. It’ll hold full integration with the Microsoft Ecosystem, ensuring that consumers have professional-grade experiences.
The time for 2020 smartphone launches has begun, with Motorola and LG have already made their announcements. This extends towards the Apple Company, releasing the iPhone SE 2020 Edition. The most recent announcement for a new smartphone comes from the OnePlus Company, which revealed two new devices. Those are named the OnePlus 8, acting as the standard Edition with an average cost. The secondary model is called the OnePlus 8 Pro, which provided enhanced features in the camera and screen departments. This mobile handset has been available to Asian consumers for two weeks, with it initially being released to these markets on April 14th. Fifteen days later and these models are now available throughout North America.
These are premium handsets supporting high-grade modular, enabling peak performances for a prolonged period. This is possible through the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Chipset. It’s paired with 256GB of UFS3 Storage, with an additional 12GB of RAM. Consumers purchasing the standard model receive a 90HZ Quad HD Screen, and Triple Camera System. Buying the OnePlus 8 Pro allows for a 120HZ Display, with the following components supporting a Quad-Camera system.
Each respective version of the OnePlus 8 supports three colours. The standard model is purchasable in Interstellar Glow, Polar Silver, and Glacial Green. Premium colours with the OnePlus 8 Pro include Onyx Black and Ultramarine Blue. Purchasing this device is manageable through three retailers in the United States. Those include Verizon, T-Mobile, and Amazon. Canadian customers can buy this device via the OnePlus website until Rogers and Bell made their respective retail confirmation dates, which is expected to be after COVID-19.
Contracts & Cost
The associated cost with these handsets will be extensive, with each device supporting two price points. The OnePlus 8 Standard is available at the starting cost of $699.99. That can increase to $799.99 with specialized accessories and add-ons. Similar strategies are employed with the OnePlus 8 Pro, which starts at $899.99. The final cost is $999.99. It should be mentioned that these are the unlocked prices for OnePlus’s newest handsets. Verizon and T-Mobile will provide these mobile phones for lower costs under contracts.
T-Mobile is allowing the OnePlus 8 – 5G Edition to sell for $0.00 down. This means consumers can acquire this device online without paying any upfront costs. However, there’ll be a $30.00 monthly charge added to phone bills that is paid off over two years.
The coronavirus pandemic has toppled countless industries worldwide while benefiting many others in a significant manner. One of the benefited industries is Digital Streaming, which consists of companies like Netflix and Amazon Prime. These streaming services compete for the attention of consumers, which is accomplished by providing recent films and updated television shows.
The Netflix Company has often won this battle, with its services maintaining more than 65% of the North American marketplace. These percentages extend to worldwide popularity, making Netflix one of the highest valued corporations globally. Their popularity jumped drastically throughout March and April, seeing a significant increase in registrations throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Analysts with Netflix had anticipated an increase of 7.2 million records, with that valuation being exceeded by double its amount. The Netflix Company has seen 15.8 Million new subscribers throughout the last two months. This is a marginal increase of 22% when compared to 2019s valuations. Their collective userbase now exceeds 182 Million worldwide, with their quarterly revenue anticipated to be $5.77 Billion.
Individuals acting as Netflix stakeholders have been warned that these valuations won’t sustain themselves after the pandemic. Executives with Netflix informed shareholders that the lockdown growth trend would be axed after nation-by-nation removes their lockdown measures, which’ll see a large percentage of consumers return to their working obligations. It’s anticipated that 50% of the overall 15.8 Million registrants will remain active will the platform.
Shareholders weren’t disappointed with this informal announcement. Losing 50% of the newly acquired customers allows for 7.9 million viewers to remain with their platform. That’s an additional 500k higher than Netflix analysts had informed analysts would be seen in overall growth.
An official statement was provided by representatives with the Netflix Company. They mentioned that investors and executives have become aware of the fortunate benefits associated with consumers being locked indoors. However, we recognize that our fanbase is excited to engage with society in the summer and won’t be using our service to high volumes. These representatives noted that immediate growths and then significant declines would be seen for all streaming services worldwide.
The COVID-19 Pandemic has spread worldwide, infecting more than a million and killing thousands. It’s become routine for parents to homeschool their children, which has deterred them from their working responsibilities. There are individual companies of the large-scale proportion implementing specialized programs for these parents. That included the Google Company, which initially announced that employees with parental status would receive fourteen weeks of paid leave. New policies have been implemented with the continued spread of COVID-19, with Google HQ sending an informative letter to all employees in the United States. Those individuals were informed that the policy status of paid leave has increased to twenty-eight weeks. This won’t affect their standard paid leave for vacation periods once the economy is reopened.
Representatives with the Google Company were questioned on the new policy. Spokesmen and woman informed various news sources that employees should be provided with the flexible capabilities to homeschool their children during the lockdown period. It was confirmed that the policy is applicable for 100+ thousand employees in America that have parental status. Benefits for these employees, their spouses and children have been expanded to 100% coverage throughout the pandemic period as well. These specific policies have ensured the safety of American Google employees and their overall workforce.
The Google Company is one of many that’s implementing technological advancements in response to COVID-19. This follows after these large-scale businesses have lost a significant percentage of their workforce during the lockdown period. It should be noted that there are massive corporations that aren’t respecting their employee’s boundaries, safety or medical conditions. The most famous of these corporations is Amazon. They’ve received continuous backlash worldwide for refusing to provide employees proper working conditions during COVID-19. Amazon is infamous for treating their employees like slaves, with individuals often losing their jobs for taking bathroom breaks during working hours.
Other Companies Follow Suit
There have been other companies benefiting their employees with specific policies. That includes Apple and Microsoft, who confirmed that parental status employees would receive paid leave for fourteen weeks. Neither company has announced an increase in their specific policies but are expected to follow suit by April 30th at the latest.
Making a short-term booking with Airbnb isn’t possible moving forward throughout the United Kingdom. This follows after the UK Division confirmed that they’re implementing this measure until April 18th, with an exclusion protocol provided to Essential Workers in Great Britain or Ireland. This includes individuals working in Social Care, Transportation, Food Retail and the National Health Services.
Airbnb was forced to implement these measures after politicians criticized that this large-scale corporation hadn’t already implemented measures. Challenges have faced Airbnb since this decision was enforced, with the BBC reporting that listing was accepting standard customers through the “Instant Booking Feature”. This requires individuals not to be vetted.
BBC implemented an investigation into these reports, acting like a standard customer trying to obtain a provisional booking. Property listing owners expressed their locations as “COVID-19 retreats that are perfect for isolating with family members”. Multiple individuals within the UK Political Community revealed that these decisions were dangerous and irresponsible. After further investigation, it was noted that hundreds of property listings were providing COVID-19 retreats.
BBC Investigators requested property landlords to provide details on the bookings, where it was expressed that it’d be a shared accommodation between this individual two daughters and himself. This landlord revealed that a single room was available and that lavatory services would be shared as well. Multiple property owners mentioned similar details, which means hundreds of property landlords across the United Kingdom aren’t practising social distancing measures.
Those booking these reservations are significantly at risk of infecting themselves with COVID-19. Landlords don’t provide details on their daily chores or who they interact with, considering that these individuals have already implemented property listings, it’s safe to assume that they aren’t practising the social distancing requirements across the UK. It should be mentioned that throughout these investigations, property owners didn’t request if BBC Investigators were Essential Workers. This means landlords directly disobeyed the legislation enacted by Airbnb.
The BBC questioned the Airbnb Company on what penalties will be ensued. Representatives with the company expressed that an internal investigation is being implemented. These individuals breaking newly formed legislation will have their accounts terminated and face significant fines. Hundreds across the UK could meet thousands in lost revenue for their criminal actions during COVID-19.
The Motorola Corporation announced that they’d be releasing their latest budget phone amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic. Technology analysts were shocked to learn that the “Moto G Stylus” and “Moto G Power” will be available for purchase by April 16th. This follows after significant declines in smartphone sales have been seen worldwide. New devices like the Samsung S20 have sold below expectations, with sales already being provided through telecommunication providers. These analysts anticipate that minimal sales will be seen for Motorola with their recent lineup of smartphones.
Those considering purchasing one of these handsets are presented with two defining the options. The 1st is with the Moto G Stylus, which is meant to combat against the Samsung Galaxy Note 10. Consumers are provided with a Stylus to assist with writing notes or interacting with the handset. Those selecting the Moto G Power receive a significant boost in battery capabilities, with 5000mAh listed. That’ll provide upwards of two days of power with a single charge.
There are minimal differences between the two handsets, with both supporting the latest rendition of Android Ten. Charging this device won’t take long with USB-C Supported, meaning the G Power can charge 5000mAh in less than two hours. Both handsets provide a 3.5mm Headphone Jack, which has continually been less available to consumers. There’s also a Hole-Punch Front Display Camera with minimal bezels around both handsets. Consumers requiring additional storage can access the MicroSD Slot, which supports a maximum of 512gb. Those purchasing these handsets receive all these capabilities for $250.00 to $300.00.
Both the Motorola G Stylus & G Power will be sold unlocked to American Consumers. It’ll work with every carrier in the United States and will be available for purchase through the Verizon Online Store. This extends towards Republic Wireless and Google Fi, with few notable retailers carrying this Mid-Range Handset on store shelves. Low-scale retailers are enabling these devices to be sold on store shelves. Those include Consumer Cellular, US Cellular, Ting and Metro.
Smartphone analysts are anticipating that sales on both these handsets will be low. This follows after the COVID-19 Pandemic has forced the United States into a national lockdown. Social distancing measures and closures on non-essential retailers will force limited access to the G Stylus or Power.
Governments globally are enforcing new legislation to restrict the movements of citizens. This included social distancing measures and self-isolation tactics, with millions globally being forced to remain home. Individual governments are implementing the “Coronavirus Surveillance System”, which is reviewing the GPS Smartphone Data of consumers across the United States of America. This data allows government officials and medical experts to determine which locations nation-wide are practising social distancing. Those not following the temporary legislation will find themselves potentially being fined or jailed if pandemic conditions become worse.
The American Government has employed Unacast, a data collection analytics firm. They’ve provided medical experts and government officials with the “Social Distancing Scoreboard”, which is grading city-to-city on their implementation of this legislation. It’ll enable those reviewing the SDS to learn changing behaviour patterns with specific populations. Some believe that not implementing social distancing measures could be considered a criminal change. Multiple individuals through American have been arrested to spreading germs while engaging with society.
Representatives with the United States Government expressed that phone collection data isn’t being used to enforce criminal charges. It’s merely a tactic for government researchers and officials, with the assistance of Medical Experts, to ensure the delayed spread of Covid-19. Considering that privacy is a prominent political topic for Americans, it’s not surprising that some are against this tracking legislation.
Canada Isn’t Following America’s Lead
When it applies to America’s northern brothers, Canada confirmed through their federal government that cellphone data wouldn’t be collected during Covid-19. The Prime Minister expressed that this could change depending on the rate of infection across Canada, with there being no formal legislation enacted. The Canadian Federal Government has allowed for internet providers like Bell and Rogers to limit consumers bandwidth. This has seen national disapproval, with these operators often disobeying the federal requirements. Covid-19 allows these illegal telecommunication operators to continue breaking the law.
Justin Trudeau and the Federal Government aren’t concerned with white-collar criminals. All efforts are being placed towards the safety of Canadian citizens. It should be noted that the Ontario and British Columbia Provincial Governments also confirmed that their respective internet providers wouldn’t be collecting phone location data. Some specific operators engage exclusively with provinces like Ontario or British Columbia.