Huawei reports slowing growth as its operations “face significant challenges” – TechCrunch

Huawei announced earnings results today showing that its growth has slowed significantly this year as the Chinese telecom equipment and smartphone giant said its “production and operations face significant challenges.”

While Huawei did not specify trade restrictions in its brief announcement, the company has been hit with a series of commercial trade restrictions by the U.S. government. The full impact of those policies haven’t been realized yet, because U.S. government has granted Huawei several waivers, including one that will delay the implementation of a ban on commercial trade with Huawei and ZTE until May 2021.

During the first three quarters of 2020, the Chinese telecoms and smartphone giant reported revenue of 671.3 billion yuan (about USD $100.7 billion), an increase of 9.9% year-over-year, with a profit margin of 8%. The company said those results “basically met expectations,” but it represents a huge drop from its performance during the same period

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Holiday Gift Guide 2020 – TechRepublic

Finding the perfect gifts can be a challenge, so let us help you. Check out these holiday gift ideas for iPhone or Android users, coworkers, amateur astronomers, adventurers, and more.

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Shopping for the holidays can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. With so many options available online, it’s easier than ever to find what you’re looking for and get everyone marked off your list. Consider the gift guides and shopping tips listed below to help make your 2020 holiday season the smoothest one yet. This article will be updated as more holiday gift guides are available. 

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These tablets from Apple, Microsoft, Samsung, Amazon, and Lenovo are sure to satisfy anyone on your gift list this holiday season.

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Forrester: AI and automation will help organizations rethink the future of work

Automation, not surprisingly, is aimed at the employee experience. In 2021, digital transformation initiatives in more than three-quarters of enterprises will focus on automation, the firm said.

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A lasting legacy of the COVID-19 pandemic is that work will never be the same. Thanks to the two As, automation and artificial intelligence (AI), expect to see significant growth and changes in 2021.

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“The ‘great lockdown’ of 2020 will make the drive for automation in 2021 both inevitable and irreversible,” according to Forrester’s Predictions 2021. “Remote work, new digital muscles, and pandemic constraints will create millions of pragmatic automations in 2021; document extraction, RPA (robotic process automation) from anywhere, drones, and various employee robots will proliferate; and, as expected, the mad dash to automate will bring trouble.”

At the same time, while AI didn’t

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Acapela, from the founder of Dubsmash, hopes ‘asynchronous meetings’ can end Zoom fatigue – TechCrunch

Acapela, a new startup co-founded by Dubsmash founder Roland Grenke, is breaking cover today in a bid to re-imagine online meetings for remote teams.

Hoping to put an end to video meeting fatigue, the product is described as an “asynchronous meeting platform,” which Grenke and Acapela’s other co-founder, ex-Googler Heiki Riesenkampf (who has a deep learning computer science background), believe could be the key to unlock better and more efficient collaboration. In some ways the product can be thought of as the antithesis to Zoom and Slack’s real-time and attention-hogging downsides.

To launch, the Berlin-based and “remote friendly” company has raised €2.5 million in funding. The round is led by Visionaries Club with participation from various angel investors, including Christian Reber (founder of Pitch and Wunderlist) and Taavet Hinrikus (founder of TransferWise). I also understand Entrepreneur First is a backer and has assigned EF venture partner Benedict Evans to

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Microsoft Edge for Linux: Pros and cons

Jack Wallen gives the developer edition of Microsoft Edge for Linux a try. His conclusion might surprise Linux fans everywhere.

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I’ve been on a quest to find the ideal web browser for the Linux desktop. For the longest time, I was a faithful Firefox user. However, rumblings within the Mozilla community, and a return to a bloated browser, had me second-guessing that choice, so I shifted to Vivaldi, Chrome, Chromium, and then landed on Brave. For the past two months, Brave has been the browser I’ve depended upon, but it’s far from perfect. The whole Binance feature always has me questioning the choice, and there are times when copy/paste is even worse than it is in Vivaldi. 

I knew Microsoft was bringing Edge to Linux. I also held the opinion that there’s no way a browser from the developers that brought us the Windows desktop could possibly

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5 ways to make your home office eco-friendly

If you want a greener home office, here are sustainability tips to keep in mind when WFH.

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It’s undeniable that COVID-19 has changed everything, and this includes work–more people are working remotely than ever before. As time goes on, it’s becoming apparent that remote work is here to stay for many employees, meaning it’s time to settle in to your home office for the long haul.

With the traditional office potentially becoming a thing of the past, many of the environmental sustainability projects that large businesses built to help minimize their impact may also become obsolete, but the impact won’t go away–it will just be shifted to home offices and become the individual’s responsibility.

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Employers don’t have to pay to light, heat, air condition, and power their employees’ homes, nor do they need to buy the supplies, handle the garbage, and institute recycling programs:

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