TikTok and Oracle to become business partners in the US

TikTok and Oracle to become business partners in the US
TikTok and Oracle to become business partners in the US

TikTok – a top-rated video-sharing application has been a victim of numerous plot twists since August. President Donald Trump announced an executive order in August to ban the social media application over privacy concerns and its Chinese ownership unless TikTok was to be selling its US operations to an American company by September 20.

Microsoft was seen amongst the potential bidders for this application owned by Byte Dance. However, it is widely reported that TikTok has chosen Oracle over Microsoft to take over its US operations. The co-founders and CEO of Oracle both happen to be open supporters of Trumps’. But there’s an unexpected development – Oracle has instead offered TikTok to buy their rights to take over their US data operations, which Trump opposed when Microsoft has a similar plan, making the situation complicated.

As of Monday morning, Oracle stated, “Oracle confirms Secretary Mnuchin’s statement that it is part of the proposal submitted by ByteDance to the Treasury Department over the weekend in which Oracle will serve as the trusted technology provider. Oracle has a 40-year record providing secure, highly performant technology situations.”

In light of Oracle’s proposal, many questions are being raised as to why President Trump, in the first place, pressured TikTok to sell its operations in the US. It also raises confusion regarding whether the new proposal will address the security concerns that attracted the legislation to ban the application in the first place and if it will change how TikTok operates.

Former Facebook security chief Alex Stamos posted on Twitter, “A deal where Oracle takes over hosting without source code, and significant operational changes would not address any of the legitimate concerns about TikTok.” According to the Financial Times, crucial details are still being determined, and the President has yet to formally approve and announce the deal.

Top 3 PUBG mobile alternatives to try after ban in India

India’s Ministry of Information and Technology has imposed a ban on 118 mobile apps including Tencent Holdings’ popular video game PUBG, exerting pressure on Chinese tech firms following a standoff with Beijing troops at Himalayan border.

The game has a cult following all over the world including the South Asian country. The ban which seems political in nature has deprived thousands of fans from the online game

We have compiled a list of three battle royales that all PUBG Mobile loyalists can try and maybe switch too while pursuing their Esport dreams.

Call Of Duty Mobile

Call Of Duty mobile is one of the most played games on mobile devices and recently surpassed PUBG Mobile in the total number of downloads. The game had one of the largest releases on a mobile platform. Activision keeps the game fresh by adding new content through a battle pass and seasonal updates. The game features the same mechanics as their pc and console counterparts. You’ve got tons of customizations like PUBG but with faster gameplay and the more interactive world around you. If you are a COD player you’ll feel at home.

Fortnite Mobile

One of the most popular games in this genre is none other than Fortnite. The game features original mechanics that differ from PUBG making encounters much trickier. The visuals are completely different from PUBG giving the game a more animated feel rather than having a real-life inspiration. Fornite performs much smoother than PUBG on mobile with fewer stutters and shutdowns. One of the big upsides of Fornite Mobile is that it shares platforms with its console and pc counterparts whereas PUBG mobile is a standalone game. You can play together with your friends on other platforms making the experience much more competitive and fun

Garena Free Fire

Free fire is one of the most popular games in this category with games running exceptionally well on low-end devices. The game also has a smaller file size than PUBG. Free Fire has great visuals but it can’t compete with PUBG which is made on Unreal Engine. Free Fire makes up for this by giving users better performance and easier controls. Free Fire has similar but much faster gameplay with lobby sizes of only 50 players compared to PUBG’s 50 resulting in matches that last around only 10 minutes. The game also has characters with unique abilities making character choices an integral part of the game. If you have a low-end device this game should be your top choice.

All three of these games introduce players to a unique experience while still sharing basic strategies with PUBG. They all have a solid Esports presence allowing rising players to show off their skills to the world. None of these games can replace PUBG but for most of it, they don’t have too. They provide players with a new experience while still being highly competitive. All these choices will be a breath of fresh air for long term PUBG players.

COVID-19: Top smartphones sale dropped 20% in Q2 2020

The pandemic has disrupted markets throughout the world as many industries faced heavy losses. The effect on the technology industry was seemingly different as pc and laptop sales grew due to work from home strategies adopted by many companies.

However, the smartphone industry though seems to have suffered quite a bit from the pandemic as a new report from Gartner states that global smartphone sales declined by 20.4 percent in Q2 of 2020.

The report states that travel restrictions, as well as less spending on non-essential goods by consumers, is one of the major reasons for this slump in the smartphone market. Among the top smartphone markets, India saw the heaviest decline. Sales in the country were down by 46 percent, which was one of the fastest-growing smartphone markets in the world before the pandemic.

Strict lockdown measures taken by the country seem to have heavily influenced the decision making of smartphone buyers. Apple seems to be the only major smartphone manufacturer who did not see a significant dip in sales.

Apples smartphone sales were down by 0.4 percent as compared to last year. Apple recently released an update to its budget offering the iPhone SE, which had a positive impact on sales.

Samsung, Oppo, and Xiaomi have been affected the most by the pandemic with Samsung smartphone sales suffering by 27.1 percent as compared to last year. Xiaomi and Oppo saw sales drop by 21.5 and 15.9 percent as compared to the previous year. The global leadership of the smartphone market seems to be in contention as the dip in Samsung’s sales has resulted in the company being almost tied with Huawei as the largest smartphone manufacturer.

The smartphone market might bounce back later this year as new flagship smartphones are set to release later this year. The world seems to be recovering from the effects of the pandemic, and only time will tell if the leading smartphone manufacturers will be able to do so.

Apple is now officially listed as $2 trillion Company

Apple is now officially listed as $2 trillion Company
Apple is now officially listed as $2 trillion Company

Yes, you heard right, Apple has been officially declared a $2 trillion company, making it the first company to hit a score this high in the history of US. Not only that, but they were also the first to reach a market cap of $1 trillion in the year 2018.

It took Apple 44 years to reach the $1 trillion mark, and just two years to go up to $2 trillion. Whimsical, yet magnificent, reaching this milestone sounds impossible with the ongoing pandemic. But Apple was capable enough to double its company value in just a year, granting a ruling over the world economy. What’s more astounding is how the world is facing a setback due to the global pandemic ever since the year began and Apple is paving the road to becoming a tech giant.

However, Apple is not the first company to reach the $2 trillion market. Saudi Amraco – an oil and gas giant, was the first one to be there. But since December 2019, it has fallen below, making Apple the only current $2 trillion giant.

As of 4th August, Apple hit the jackpot when its share reached 1.4 percent to $468.65, endowing Apple its $2 trillion value. Despite the current global situation, Apple had a decent performance in comparison. Since the beginning of June, the company’s stock had been increasing at an average of 3.5 percent every week. A much more significant jump was observed in July when sales hiked up to $59.7 in revenue, making up to an 11 percent increase.

Apple now shadows over other huge tech companies, primarily Microsoft, which is worth $1.7 trillion, Amazon for $1.6 trillion, and Google valuing $1.1 trillion. At this worth, Apple’s market value is way more than the GDP of various developed countries like Russia, Canada, Brazil, South Korea, and these are just a few.

Apple’s rapid success causes bewilderment, since, from the past few years, they have stopped relying on groundbreaking inventions like other tech companies. Instead, it has focused on building moneymakers in the tech market who focus on communication and sales relative to innovations.

Perhaps Apple is a giant now in the tech industry, but they happen to face certain legal shortcomings. For instance, there have been speculations that Epic games – the creator of Fortnite, is suing Apple for Fortnite from iOS after Epic games tried to avoid payment systems by Apple. It is also said in the complaint that a 30 percent cut on transactions is extortionate.

Regardless, it’s clear that Apple has been holding up high despite Covid-19 and its detrimental impact observed globally. Other tech giants are doing remarkably great, too, like Microsoft and Amazon, that are climbing the ladder to reach the $2 trillion milestones.

China’s Huawei ‘becomes world’s largest smartphone vendor in Q2’

BEIJING – Huawei has overtaken Samsung to become the number-one smartphone seller worldwide in the second quarter, making itself the largest smartphone vendor in the world, industry tracker Canalys said.

According to Canalys, Huawei shipped more smartphones worldwide than any other vendor for the first time in Q2 2020. It marks the first quarter in nine years that a company other than Samsung or Apple has led the market, China Economic Net (CEN) reported over the weekend.

Canalys said the embattled firm, which is still facing US sanctions, shipped 55.8 million devices, down 5% year on year. But second-placed Samsung shipped 53.7 million smartphones, a 30% fall against Q2 2019.

“Its (Huawei’s) overseas shipments fell 27% in Q2. But it has grown to dominate its domestic market, boosting its Chinese shipments by 8% in Q2, and it now sells over 70% of its smartphones in mainland China,” the report noted, adding that China has emerged as the strongest from the coronavirus pandemic, with factories reopened, economic development continuing and tight controls on new outbreaks.

“This is a remarkable result that few people would have predicted a year ago,” said Canalys Senior Analyst Ben Stanton.

“If it wasn’t for COVID-19, it wouldn’t have happened. Huawei has taken full advantage of the Chinese economic recovery to reignite its smartphone business. Samsung has a very small presence in China, with less than 1% market share, and has seen its core markets, such as Brazil, India, the United States and Europe, ravaged by outbreaks and subsequent lockdowns.”

“Taking first place is very important for Huawei,” said Canalys Analyst Mo Jia.

“It is desperate to showcase its brand strength to domestic consumers, component suppliers and developers. It needs to convince them to invest, and will broadcast the message of its success far and wide in the coming months.”

“But it will be hard for Huawei to maintain its lead in the long term. Its major channel partners in key regions, such as Europe, are increasingly wary of ranging Huawei devices, taking on fewer models, and bringing in new brands to reduce risk. Strength in China alone will not be enough to sustain Huawei at the top once the global economy starts to recover,” Jia added.