Technology FCC designates Huawei, ZTE as risks to national security
Huawei’s new FreeBuds 3i take plenty of inspiration from Apple
True wireless noise cancellation for around $112Huawei says the earbuds support Bluetooth 5.1 and can be controlled by tapping out the outside of the earbud. They offer up to 3.5 hours of playback on a single change, and their charging case holds 14.5 hours more. That’s a little low compared to the AirPods Pro, which deliver up to 4.5 hours from a single charge, while Apple’s charging case brings total listening time up to 24 hours.
On Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission officially designated telecommunications companies Huawei and ZTE as threats to national security.
“With today’s Orders, and based on the overwhelming weight of evidence, the Bureau has designated Huawei and ZTE as national security risks to America’s communications networks — and to our 5G future,” FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement Tuesday. “Both companies have close ties to the Chinese Communist Party and China’s military apparatus, and both companies are broadly subject to Chinese law obligating them to cooperate with the country’s intelligence services.”
Trump extends telecom order behind Huawei ban until May 2021
Huawei isn’t about to get a reprieve from the US trade ban any time soon. President Trump has extended until May 2021 the executive order barring American companies from buying and using telecom equipment that represents an “unacceptable” national security risk. The order was key to the Commerce Department adding Huawei to its Entity List and effectively banning the tech giant (along with rivals like ZTE) from operating in the country. It’s notIt’s not shocking that the order would carry on for a while longer. Trump and legislators have continued to kick Huawei out of US networks whenever possible, and tensions with China remain high. However, this still leaves Huawei and peers without many options.
By designating Huawei and ZTE as threats to US national security, the FCC bars telecommunications providers from using government subsidy money through the $8.3 billion Universal Service Fund to purchase equipment from the companies for their networks. The FCC voted unanimously to block telecoms from using federal funds to purchase equipment from Huawei, but the final order went into effect Tuesday.
Huawei and ZTE did not immediately respond to requests for comment. However, both companiesthat they are threats to US national security.
The FCC’s move to block telecoms from using USF funds to purchase equipment from Huawei and ZTE could make it more difficult for smaller companies to provide.
Huawei launches new version of P30 Pro with Google Mobile Services
Starting June 3, the Huawei P30 Pro New Edition will go on sale in the UK for £699, which converts to $853.Like the original P30 Pro, the Huawei P30 Pro New Edition comes with a 6.7-inch screen, four rear cameras and Google's full suite of services, which includes Gmail, Google Maps, and the Google Play Store. The 2020 phone has slight upgrades from the 2019 version in that it will come with Android 10 pre-installed. It will also come in the Silver Frost color option, which was a color previously reserved for the Huawei P40 Pro.
Over the last few years, the federal government has called for Chinese-linked telecom companies like Huawei and ZTE to be banned from the US over concerns of espionage and national security. The Commerce Department placed Huawei on its Entity List in May 2019 and recently amended that ban to allow the company to help outline standards for 5G deployment,. The Trump administration also moved from using the equipment in 2018.
Huawei opens Shanghai flagship store as US pressure grows .
Chinese telecom giant Huawei opened its second global flagship store in Shanghai on Wednesday, part of plans to strengthen its brand in its core Chinese consumer market as it faces headwinds overseas. Hundreds of face mask-wearing customers queued up to enter the 5,000-square-metre (54,000-square-foot) store -- Huawei's largest -- located on the city's busiest shopping street and directly across from a retail outlet of rival Apple. CompanyHundreds of face mask-wearing customers queued up to enter the 5,000-square-metre (54,000-square-foot) store -- Huawei's largest -- located on the city's busiest shopping street and directly across from a retail outlet of rival Apple.