QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Genetically modified organism (GMO) foods are feared and hated by environmentalists and the public alike. Yet the scientific assessment of GMOs is remarkably different. Every major scientific evaluation of GMO technology has concluded that GMOs are safe for human consumption and are a benefit to the environment.” – Ramez Naam
GOOGLE’S RUMORED PIXEL 3 LITE XL MIGHT DITCH THE NOTCH
According to rumors, Google is set to launch the ‘affordable’ version of its Pixel 3 variant. The rumored Pixel 3 ‘Lite’ XL may be slightly under-equipped than its original counterpart. However, you can expect a few tweaks that aren’t there on Pixel 3 XL.
WHAT IS PIXEL 3 XL LITE?
Pixel 3 XL ‘Lite’ is one of the affordable phones that Google may be launching. The phone is said to be inspired by Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. The ‘Lite’ version of Pixel 3 XL would rather have a plastic chassis than a ceramic as on the original Pixel 3 XL. Also, you can expect a slightly smaller screen size that may go up to approximately 6-inch, 2,220 x 1,080 in comparison to 6.3-inch, 2,960 x 1,440 panel on the Pixel 3 XL. It sums up to a conclusion that the ‘Lite’ Pixel 3 XL would be ditching the notch.
WHAT’RE THE SPECIFICATIONS OF PIXEL 3 XL LITE?
Although other specifications of Pixel 3 XL Lite aren’t confirmed, this new device is expected to be similar to the original version. If it goes as expected, you may get a reasonably speedy Snapdragon 670 with 4GB of RAM. As far as the camera is concerned, you would get a 12 MP rear camera with an 8 MP of selfie shooter with 32GB of base storage on board. One of the best things about Pixel 3 ‘Lite’ is that it is highly expected to come up with a 3.5mm headphone jack, which the original version doesn’t have.
JAPAN REPORTEDLY WILL STOP BUYING EQUIPMENT FROM HUAWEI AND ZTE
According to a report from Reuters, Japan, in an attempt to tweak its procurement guidelines to exclude the Chinese organizations. This way, the country would ban government purchases of ZTE and Huawei to avoid hacks and intelligent leaks.
WHAT IS THE REASON FOR THIS BAN?
As per the reports from Reuters, Chinese tech giants are going through intense scrutiny from Washington and other prominent allies. The reason for this deep-check is the companies’ ties with the Chinese government, which raised the concern of whether these companies are spying for the Chinese. Despite Huawei constantly insisting on Beijing having no influence over the company, the Japanese ban is taking place after Huawei has already been locked out of the U.S. after New Zealand and Australia have blocked it from developing 5G networks.
On the other hand, the Yomiuri newspaper, which first reported this planned ban, said the officials and government have were expected to consolidate and improve its internal rules on procurement. Whereas, a person with direct knowledge over the matter said, “The government does not plan to specifically name Huawei and ZTE in the revision, but will put in place measures aimed at strengthening security that apply to the companies “
WHAT DOES AUTHORITIES HAVE TO SAY?
Although there have not been any official announcement on banning the particular companies, there’s been the news to tweak and improve the procurement policies. Yoshihide Suga, the chief government spokesperson of Japan, openly declined to comment. However, he noted that their government has been in close communication with the United States on various areas that includes Cybersecurity. “Cybersecurity is becoming an important issue in Japan,, We’ll take firm measures looking at it from a variety of perspectives.”, he told at a regular news conference.
On other hand, Geng Shuang, spokesman of the Chinese foreign ministry expressed “serious concern” about these reports. “The essence of China-Japan business and economic cooperation is mutual benefit and win-win, and both companies have legally operated in Japan for a long time. We hope the Japanese side can provide a fair competition environment for Chinese companies operating in Japan and not do anything to harm bilateral cooperation and mutual trust”, he told a daily news briefing in Beijing.