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Much has been said about the Mate 30 lineup, Huawei’s latest but not-so-greatest flagship series that can’t run Google apps and services. 

Since its September launch in China and the dozens of reviews that have gone out since then, the general overview is this: the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro could have been the best smartphone on the market if not for the lack of a proper Android operating system. 

What we got is an excellent, specced-out device (that shoots really well!) painfully hampered by the lack of apps that everyone has come to rely on. The lack of feasible replacements on the Huawei AppGallery (Huawei’s own store) didn’t help. 

But even after all that jazz and razzmatazz, if you’re still interested in the Mate 30 series (at premium flagship prices of up to $1,298, no less), then by all means, head down to Huawei’s launch event at 313@Somerset this Saturday (Nov 16).

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The one-day roadshow event is set to kick off at 10am at the mall’s atrium on the first floor.

It’s been just a little over a month since the Chinese tech giant held a private launch of the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro phones for a select audience of hardcore enthusiasts, and honestly, we’re surprised that there’s enough local demand for Huawei to merit a public launch. 

The question that remains right now (if you’re in the market for a brand new handset) is this: should you even bother? Personally, it’s a resounding no — a Google-less life is harder than you might realise. But! We’ll let you figure it out yourself via a list of pros and cons. 

The Good

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  • It can take better pictures than the iPhone 11 Pro Max, according to the DXOMARK benchmark tests.
  • Huawei is sweetening the deal with a bundle of free gifts. Mate 30 buyers get a Huawei power bank, a phone case, and a wireless car charger, while those who bought the Pro edition get all the above plus a DJI Osmo smartphone gimbal for super-steady shots. 
  • It’s exclusive AF. You’ll be one of mere hundreds in the country who actually purchase and own a Mate 30 or Mate 30 Pro. Only 500 handsets will be up for grabs this Saturday. 
  • You’re a Huawei Mobile Services pioneer! In lieu of apps via Google Play, you can use the likes of Huawei’s own internet browsers, music and video players, themes, and digital assistant via the Huawei AppGallery. 
  • The edge-to-edge curved OLED screen on the Mate 30 Pro is gorgeous. 
  • The battery life is insane, with 4200 mAh on the Mate 30 and the 4500 mAh on the Pro. The capacity is big enough for you to charge other things using the phone, which can actually be done wirelessly. 
  • It’ll play well with other Huawei devices that you already have or are planning to buy, including the Huawei Watch GT and Huawei Band series, MediaPad tablets, and headphones. 
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The Bad

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  • It can’t run Google Apps. So no Google Maps, Gmail, Google Drive, and the many other software that makes for a full Android experience. 
  • No Google Play means you can’t download other essential apps, including WhatsApp, Facebook or Instagram. 
  • Huawei AppGallery still has a long way to go to offer a diverse range of apps that customers outside of China will need.
  • There’s only one physical button on the phone — volume control is done through on-screen sliders. Which is weird, because that means you can’t control the volume when the display is switched off. 
  • It’s not secure. The Mate 30 Pro failed Google’s SafetyNet security test
  • Expensive for a phone that can’t even run Google apps and services. 

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SYARIKAT gergasi berpangkalan di China, Huawei sudah bersedia untuk melaksanakan infrastruktur 5G di seluruh Asia Tenggara.

Berdasarkan laporan portal The Verge menyatakan bahawa Huawei bersedia untuk memainkan peranan besar dalam pembangunan jaringan telekomunikasi termaju iaitu 5G.

Naib Presiden Huawei, Edward Zhou berkata, pihaknya begitu fokus untuk membangunkan teknologi berkenaan di rantau ini dengan keupayaan yang ada.

“Kita (Huawei) menyokong ASEAN di dalam pembangunan 5G di rantau ini yang mempunyai 10 negara anggota,” katanya.

Teknologi 5G berkenaan akan memberi manfaat besar kepada segmen industri termasuk beberapa bidang utama seperti perubatan, telekomunikasi dan pengawalan keselamantan.

Terdahulu, jurucakap Huawei dalam satu laporan AFP menyatakan bahawa syarikat itu sudah melabur sekitar RM20 juta untuk fasa percubaan bagi pasaran di Asia Tenggara.

Penyedia perkhidmatan telekomunikasi berpangkalan di Filipina, Globe Telecom menyatakan bahawa pihaknya sudah melancarkan perkhidmatan jalur lebar 5G menggunakan teknologi Huawei.

Pada masa sama, Malaysia antara negara pertama di Asia untuk memanfaatkan teknologi rangkaian 5G dengan pelancaran projek demonstrasi 5G di seluruh negara.

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Huawei Technologies Co Ltd started taking orders on Wednesday in China for its eagerly awaited foldable smartphone, as it ramps up marketing at home to make up for weak overseas sales amid US trade sanctions.

The launch of the 5G Mate X smartphone has been delayed twice this year, as Huawei, the world’s No.2 smartphone maker, was forced to deal with tech supply disruptions caused by a US trade blacklist imposed on the firm in May.

The move has dealt a blow to Huawei’s smartphone sales in Europe, its key overseas market, but the company saw its third-quarter revenue rising 27 per cent thanks to solid sales in China and higher shipments of models launched before the May ban.

The new smartphone, a competitor to Samsung Electronics Co’s Galaxy Fold which went on sale last month, will be launched officially on Nov. 15 in China at prices starting from 16,999 yuan (S$3,300), a Huawei spokesman said.

Its global launch plan remains under review, Huawei said.

Washington alleges that Huawei, also the world’s biggest telecoms gear maker, is a national security risk as its equipment could be used by Beijing to spy – something the Shenzhen-based company has repeatedly denied.

Still, the ban has meant that Huawei has not been able to license the latest version of Android from Google, the Alphabet unit, which has impacted its latest Mate 30 smartphone range that it launched in September.

He Gang, head of Huawei’s mobile phone division, said on Wednesday the company has already sold more than 200 million phones so far in 2019, hitting that milestone more than two months earlier than it did in 2018.

Huawei’s 5G Mate X was originally set for a June launch but the company delayed it, saying that it was running certification tests with various carriers.

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Kerajaan Amerika Syarikat (AS) melanjutkan penangguhan 90 hari lagi atas larangan berurusan dengan Huawei dan menambah lebih 40 lagi anak syarikat gergasi teknologi China itu dalam senarai larangan berkenaan.

Menurut setiausaha perdagangan Wilbur Ross, penangguhan untuk memberi masa kepada syarikat rangkaian internet kecil di AS untuk beralih kepada produk lain bagi mengelakkan sebarang gangguan.

Ini kerana, katanya, segelintir firma di luar bandar masih bergantung kepada Huawei.

Selain itu, Ross turut mengumumkan penambahan 46 syarikat yang mempunyai kaitan dengan Huawei disenaraikan dalam sekatan berkenaan.

Huawei adalah pengeluar telefon pintar kedua terbesar dunia dan dianggap sebagai peneraju kepada teknologi 5G.

Pengharaman berkenaan menghalang syarikat itu membeli komponen daripada firma AS tanpa kelulusan kerajaan terlebih dulu.

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“Ever since Chinese telecoms giant Huawei Technologies faced a potential ban on the use of Google’s Android operating system (OS) after being placed on a US blacklist, company executives have kept the market guessing about when it might release its much talked about in-house developed OS.

The company’s latest move suggests the answer could come within a month. Honor, one of two smartphone brands owned by Huawei, announced on Monday that it will release the company’s first smart display in early August, without disclosing further details on the product.

Based on recent statements by Huawei executives, it now seems likely that the smart display will be equipped with Huawei’s OS, known as “Hongmeng”. The executives have said in various media interviews that the OS would be able to support a range of products and systems within its ecosystem, including smartphones, computers, tablets, TVs, automobiles and smart wear.

The Hongmeng OS will also be compatible with all Android applications and existing web applications, Huawei’s mobile chief Richard Yu Chengdong was quoted as saying in a Securities Times report published on May 21.

“The Huawei OS is likely to hit the market as soon as this fall, and no later than spring next year,” Yu said in a WeChat group discussion. The screenshot of the conversation has been widely circulated on Chinese media, but Huawei has declined to verify the information with the media.

Huawei’s own OS is under the spotlight as it is considered an alternative the Chinese company can use to replace Google’s Android and Microsoft’s Windows on Huawei smartphones, laptops and tablets after the Shenzhen firm was placed on a US trade blacklist that barred it from using key technologies from the US.

As a young technology brand, Honor will not make traditional TVs but will break the rules to innovate the traditional forms for big-screen products, Honor president George Zhao Ming said during a briefing on Monday.

Honor’s smart displays will become “the emotional centre of the family”, bringing family members back to their living room because the products are “not only a family entertainment centre but also an information-sharing centre, a control management centre and a multi-device interaction centre,” Zhao said.

During his speech, Zhao did not discuss what OS would be used for the smart display, though the new product will be the first smart-TV product from Huawei, which is currently China’s largest smartphone vendor and No 2 globally.

Huawei’s self-made Hongmeng OS is able to run 60 per cent faster than Google’s Android and will support the smooth running of the so-called internet of things (IoT) applications and devices, Ren Zhengfei, Huawei’s founder and CEO, told French media earlier this month.

Similarly, Huawei’s chairman Liang Hua said last week that the Hongmeng OS was meant for Internet of Things applications while Android remained the preferred system to run on its smartphones. Liang said the Chinese company has not yet decided whether to develop Hongmeng for use as a smartphone OS, which contradicted remarks made by Ren and Yu in earlier interviews.

The global smart TV market was worth US$158.4 billion(S$215.3 billion) in 2018 and is expected to reach US$293.5 billion globally by 2025, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.2 per cent during that period, research agency Zion Market Research said in a report in March.

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As Huawei is granted a temporary license for 90 days to continue providing Android updates, it is unclear whether it will have access to the Android ecosystem after 19 August. Nonetheless, this has not deterred local retailer Challenger from pushing the sales of Huawei devices to consumers.

Challenger has offered an assurance warranty program which includes 100% money-back guarantee for the purchase of selected Huawei phones if Google Mobile services and other selected apps cease to function on these devices within a two-year period. For selected Huawei tablets, the warranty period is one year. 

The list of Huawei devices eligible for the assurance warranty program includes the Huawei P20, P20 Pro, P30, P30 Lite, Mate 20 Porsche Design RS, Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20X, Nova 3i, Y6 Pro 2019, MediaPad M5 Lite 10, MediaPad T5 10, MediaPad T3 8.0. 

The assurance warranty program runs from 22 June to 31 August 2019. Do note that this program is backed by Challenger and not Huawei.

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FUTURE PROOF: 5G with or without Huawei

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EVERYBODY is talking about the US “ban” on Huawei although few actually understand the reasons behind it or the implications it has on 5G. Most people focus on the fact that Huawei mobile phones will no longer have access to Google’s Android operating system or its Google Play Store apps.

Although the US action against Huawei has the impact of affecting Huawei’s handset business, the bigger and more significant repercussion is on the impending rollout of 5G worldwide.

5G, as its name implies, is the successor to 4G, the mobile network technology that all of us use for mobile Internet. It’s going to be quite an upgrade though, with 5G expected to be about 100 times faster than 4G, allowing movies to be downloaded in mere seconds.

Another advantage of 5G is that it has lower latency, which means it takes less time for one device to talk to another. This is crucial for the much-ballyhooed Internet of Things (IoT) to work, where almost all products are linked to each other through the Internet. We’re talking about everyday devices like kitchen equipment, washing machines, TVs, traffic lights and cars.

IoT will be crucial for autonomous vehicles (driverless cars) to work well. For example, IoT might be able to tell your driverless car when a human-driven car is about to speed up and run a red light so that your car can apply the brakes in time. For crucial situations like that, you can’t afford any delay in the network. In short, 5G is what will make IoT work. Without it, there’s no IoT.

The greater bandwidth of 5G also means that more devices can use the network at the same time. That means no more clogging of networks that we’ve all experienced before whenever we’re in a big crowd like a sports event, concert hall or big festival. At times like that, when everybody’s busy taking and sending selfies, the network can slow to a crawl. Not anymore under 5G.

In fact, 5G is supposed to be so fast and have such high bandwidth that many experts believe people would do away with fixed-line Internet, much like how people have done with fixed line telephones these days.

So, there’s a lot to like and a lot to look forward to about 5G, which is supposed to start rolling out in a year or two. But now, it looks like that will be delayed because of the situation with Huawei, which happens to be the industry leader in 5G technology.

It’s supposedly way ahead of its competitors and its pricing is supposed to be lower than rivals too. That’s why many telcos around the world had expected to use its 5G technology. Now, it’s debatable whether Huawei’s technology will be used by many Western countries.

SECURITY WORRIES

Although the US action on Huawei is tangentially related to the ongoing US-China trade war, the root of the problem is the concerns that Huawei’s 5G technology and equipment could be used by China to spy on the US. So it has less to do with trade and more with national security.

In the US, both security experts and lawmakers across the spectrum have warned about the potential danger of Huawei’s 5G technology. Six retired US generals including James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence and Keith Alexander, former National Security Agency Director and head of the US Cyber Command, issued a joint public statement claiming that “Chinese-designed 5G networks will provide near-persistent data transfer back to China that the Chinese government could capture at will.”

Senator Mark Warner, a Democrat, says that there’s ample evidence to suggest that no major Chinese company is independent of the Chinese government and that using Huawei’s 5G technology could seriously jeopardise US national security. “This isn’t about finding ‘backdoors’ in current Huawei products — that’s a fool’s errand,” Warner said. “Software reviews of existing Huawei products are not sufficient to preclude the possibility of a vendor pushing a malicious update that enables surveillance in the future.”

Meanwhile Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican, said the US must be vigilant in preventing Chinese state-directed telecoms companies like Huawei from undermining and endangering the country’s 5G networks. “I’m not sure we can trust an audit on Huawei any more than we can trust the Chinese government to hand over intelligence showing they do not steal intellectual property from American companies,” he said. “No audit can reveal a future order from the Chinese government to turn over data to them.”

While it’d be easy to portray the US action on Huawei as a trade war tactic to give Western companies a leg up on 5G, it’s actually quite a rare thing for the US government to restrict private companies. Sanctions on whole countries do happen but on specific companies is really not that common.

That, coupled with the concerns raised by US security and military chiefs, who are not political; as well as politicians on both sides of the aisle, tells us that there’s broad consensus in the US on this matter. Anybody who watches US politics will tell you that it’s hard for politicians from different parties to achieve consensus on anything.

It’s worth noting that the European Union’s digital chief, Andrus Ansip, has urged companies to reconsider partnerships with Chinese companies due to an intelligence law, passed in in 2017, that says any organisation and citizen must assist Beijing’s spy agencies with investigations if requested.

For its part, Huawei has commissioned a legal opinion to analyse the consequences of the 2017 law and has claimed that it doesn’t require Huawei to cooperate with state intelligence if it would contradict the legitimate rights and interests of individuals and organisations.

WHO’S WITH HUAWEI

Huawei founder, Ren Zhengfei, made a press appearance in January to insist his company doesn’t help Beijing spy. Huawei’s critics are wary about that due to the fact that it’s very difficult to determine what kind of control or pressure the Chinese government may exert on Chinese companies.

If Western countries end up abandoning Huawei’s 5G technology, does it mean non-Western, and especially smaller, developing countries, will do the same? Singapore apparently hasn’t made up its mind on this matter but Malaysia, it seems, will go with Huawei if we go by what Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad recently said about the matter.

At a Nikkei “Future of Asia” conference in Tokyo recently, he made headlines by saying that Malaysia would make use of Huawei’s technology “as much as possible…” Mahathir’s other comments, which got less attention, is actually very interesting.

When asked about concerns regarding spying, Mahathir said: “Yes, there may be some spying, but what’s there to spy in Malaysia? We’re an open book.” In other words, he’s not saying there won’t be any chance of spying happening. On the contrary, he’s saying there could very well be spying but it doesn’t matter because there’s nothing to be gained from spying on Malaysia.

A 5G FUTURE

One can easily understand why US lawmakers wouldn’t say the same thing about spying on the US. Western concern about security is understandable, especially because of the critical role 5G will play in everyday life once IoT kicks in. Literally all connectable devices would be connected through this technology.

Ericsson, the Swedish maker of wireless networks, estimates that more than 22 billion gadgets will be connected via IoT by 2024. Billions of devices will be involved, all communicating with each other in real time. Imagine the danger that could pose if the underlying technology were controlled by one firm.

Unless US President Trump changes him mind, it’s very likely the US ban on Huawei will have a serious impact on the company’s global 5G plans. This, in turn, will affect the rollout of 5G around the world as many telcos were considering using Huawei technology. They’re now all reconsidering this in light of the US ban.

But 5G is too important a technology that its rollout will not be stopped – no matter what. With or without Huawei, we’re looking at a 5G future though we’ll probably have to wait a little bit longer now.

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With advanced camera technology on smartphones now, we no longer depend on digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras to take beautiful photos.

The #ColourfulLife photo contest organised by Star Media Group, in collaboration with Huawei, is testament to the fact that the ubiquitous smartphone comes in handy to capture all those spontaneous moments in life.

The photo contest with the tagline ‘Rewrite The Rules Of Photography’ received over 6,300 submissions when it closed in early May. It was open to Huawei smartphone users. All photos had to be embedded with the Huawei watermark.

The six winning entries were chosen by a panel of judges comprising professional photographers Hishamudin Hashim and Sanjitpaal Singh, as well as Star Media Group photo desk head Ng Kok Leong.

Hishamudin, better known as Abeden Meng, has collaborated with Sudio Earphones, Daniel Wellington watches, Bad Lab and Germany’s Huawei P9 counterpart, among others.

Sanjitpaal, who is the operations manager and head judge in the Ensearch (Naturally Malaysia) National Photography Competition, represented Asia in the Dialogue of 5 Continents in Paris, and is a presenter for Olympus Malaysia on Journey And Discoveries in Kuala Lumpur.

Ong Chen Chean’s striking image of a Nepalese woman cleaning window shutters against the colourful backdrop of a building in Durbar Square, Nepal, won the grand prize of a Huawei P30 Pro (8GB+256GB variant) worth RM3,799.

He said that the picturesque scene, along with the bold splash of colours on the building, inspired him to capture the moment on his Huawei Nova 4e.

“I believe that this photo best reflects the resilience of the Nepalese, especially after the 2015 earthquake, as it stood through the natural disaster and showcases the history and culture of the country,” he explained.

Judge Sanjitpaal commented: “This image portrays a simple daily lifestyle in which I presume is at a residential setting. There is great use of lines in this image.”

Two first prizes of Huawei Nova 4 worth RM1,899 were awarded to Chan Wen Jye and Chai Soo Ai. Chai’s photo of two clowns entertaining the crowd with balloon animals at the Penang International Food Festival in April 2019 depicts the vibrant atmosphere of the event.

“I was attending the food fest when I saw these clowns. They were so colourful and joyful when interacting with the people around them, and I just wanted to capture that moment,” she said.

Sanjitpaal commented: “Street photography during social events presents colors in different ways. In this image, one’s attention is quickly drawn to the expression of the clown on the left, which gives this image great composition and moment.”

Three second prizes of a Huawei Watch GT worth RM899 went to Chua Tien Sheng, Tan Yong Lin and Chi Kuan.

Tan, who took his winning photo during his first trip to Miri last year, was visiting Pantai Tusan when he saw the two fisherwomen at the beach. Pantai Tusan is famous for its rock formation resembling a horse drinking water.

“My friend brought me to this beach and it was a surreal experience. I came across two fisherwomen during sunset and I thought it was interesting. They had to walk towards the ocean in the low tide to stand there to fish, on a small rock they were using as a platform,” he shared.

Sanjitpaal commented: “This is a serene image with a well-thought composition. Great use of lines, space and vibrant colours.”

In summary, Star Media Group’s Ng said: “Overall the standard of entries was high, all the more impressive considering the images were taken with a smartphone.

“Then again, smartphone cameras have advanced to the stage where the technology is able to correct flaws, so all the user needs to focus on is the subject he wants to capture and let the smartphone camera take care of the rest.”

If redefining visual expressions and creating revolutionary imagery are your passion, then the Huawei Next-Image Awards is for you. The contest aims to explore alongside Huawei mobile users the possibilities of next-generation visual expressions and culture.

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HONG KONG: Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei is reviewing its relationship with FedEx Corp after it claimed the U.S. package delivery company, without detailed explanation, diverted two parcels destined for Huawei addresses in Asia to the United States and attempted to reroute two others.

Huawei told Reuters on Friday that FedEx diverted two packages sent from Japan and addressed to Huawei in China to the United States, and attempted to divert two more packages sent from Vietnam to Huawei offices elsewhere in Asia, all without authorisation, providing images of FedEx tracking records.

Reuters could not verify the authenticity of the records. Shown the images of the tracking records, FedEx declined to make any comment, saying company policy prevented it from disclosing customer information.

Huawei said the four packages only contained documents and “no technology,” which Reuters was unable to independently confirm.

Huawei declined to elaborate on why it thought the packages were diverted. Reuters was given no evidence the incident was related to the U.S. government’s move to place Huawei and its affiliates on a trade blacklist in mid-May, effectively banning U.S. firms from doing business with them on security grounds.

“The recent experiences where important commercial documents sent via FedEx were not delivered to their destination, and instead were either diverted to, or were requested to be diverted to, FedEx in the United States, undermines our confidence,” Joe Kelly, a spokesman for Huawei, told Reuters.

“We will now have to review our logistics and document delivery support requirements as a direct result of these incidents,” the spokesman said.

Huawei acknowledged to Reuters that one package originating in Vietnam was received by Friday, and the other was on its way, according to FedEx tracking records provided by Huawei.

FedEx spokeswoman Maury Donahue told Reuters the packages were “misrouted in error” and that FedEx was not requested to divert them by any other party.

“This is an isolated issue limited to a very small number of packages,” said FedEx, referring to the four parcels affected. “We are aware of all shipments at issue and are working directly with our customers to return the packages to their possession.”

The U.S. Department of Commerce did not reply to a request for comment on whether the incident might be related to its move on May 16 to add Huawei to the so-called “Entity List,” preventing it buying certain items from U.S. companies without U.S. government approval.

FORMAL COMPLAINT

The United States believes Huawei, the world’s largest telecom network gear maker leading the way in creating the next generation of wireless networks known as 5G, is a potential espionage threat because of its close ties with the Chinese government.

Huawei has repeatedly denied it is controlled by the Chinese government, military or intelligence services.

The issue has become a flashpoint in an escalating trade battle between the world’s two biggest economies.

The two packages sent on May 19 and May 20 from Tokyo, intended for Huawei in China, ended up in Memphis, Tennessee, the headquarters of the U.S. company, by May 23, according to images of FedEx tracking records shown to Reuters by Huawei.

The two packages originating from Hanoi on May 17, destined for Huawei’s Hong Kong and Singapore offices, were held up after arriving in local FedEx stations in Hong Kong and Singapore on May 21 for “delivery exception,” according to other images Huawei showed Reuters.

According to FedEx’s website, the status “exception” means an unexpected event is preventing delivery of a package, for example a customs delay, a holiday, or no one being available to accept delivery. FedEx declined to give details on what the exception was in this case.

According to Huawei, a FedEx customer service representative in Vietnam replied to their inquiry on May 22 when two expected packages did not arrive on time, saying: “Please be informed that FDX SG received notification from FDX US to hold and return the package to US. Hence, the shipment is not deliver to consignee and now being hold at FDX station and under process to RTS it (return to sender),” the representative wrote in broken English, according to an email Huawei showed to Reuters.

Huawei told Reuters that both Vietnam packages were sent by its shipping agent, a contractor to Huawei whom it did not identify, and contained urgent documents. It said the shipping agent refused permission for FedEx to send the packages to the United States and instructed they be returned, Huawei told Reuters. Reuters could not confirm that.

Huawei told Reuters it only learned that the Japan-originated packages, which were sent by suppliers that it did not identify, had been diverted to the United States after checking FedEx’s tracking record.

The company said it has lodged a formal complaint with China’s postal regulator, which it said is investigating the incident. China’s State Postal Bureau did not return a request for comment.

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Silver-linings, Huawei users: Yes, your phone next update might not have Google, Gmail and YouTube app capabilities, but things are looking up for you at an SS2 restaurant right here in sunny, funny Malaysia.

Toast & Roast, a Chinese restaurant run by a husband and wife team, announced today that diners who are Huawei users can enjoy a 20% discount on their bill, applicable only between May 27 to May 29 (always read the fine print, kids!) on their social media pages.

They captioned their post: “Show your Huawei power.”

The Thailand-born co-owner, and her Malaysian husband are taking a stand, telling Malay Mail that it was unfair for the US government to inconvenience consumers in their ongoing trade war.

“It’s not fair on consumers, because consumers should always have a choice,” she said.

Adding that the house specialties were char siew (barbecued pork), roast pork, Hakka noodles, and wantan mee, she went on to say that consumers were responding positively to their new marketing ploy.

“Our marketing strategy is to link our posts to what’s in the news.”

Damn gurl, can’t wait for whatever special you run when we finally catch that slippery, cherubic, fugitive financier, Jho Low.  We’re vibing pork buns, but we’ll let you do the creating.

This week, US president, Donald Trump announced that strict sanctions against Huawei were to be imposed, sending a shock throughout the tech world. The biggest side-effect being Google’s announcement to revoke the Chinese smartphone manufacturer’s Android license, though the ruling will not affect current device owners.

Other firms have followed suit in severing ties with Huawei including Panasonic, Intel, Qualcomm, Broadcom and Xilinx.

Many international leaders believe there are security risks associated with using Huawei’s products, specifically, its 5G mobile networks which the US claims the Chinese government could use for surveillance.

-coconuts.co

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