Huawei says survival is the goal, as US crackdown hammers business

Huawei says it is in survival mode as continuous “attacks” from the United States threaten to choke off the Chinese company’s access to key technology.



a woman standing in front of a building: Photo taken Sept. 4, 2020, shows a Huawei shop in Beijing. (Photo by Kyodo News/Sipa USA)


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Photo taken Sept. 4, 2020, shows a Huawei shop in Beijing. (Photo by Kyodo News/Sipa USA)

“Huawei is in a difficult situation these days. Nonstop aggression from the US government has put us under significant pressure,” the company’s rotating chief executive Guo Ping said at a conference on Wednesday.

“Right now, survival is the goal,” he said.

Washington has ramped up pressure on Huawei, issuing fresh sanctions in May and August that further restrict the company’s access to the leading edge computer chips it needs to manufacture smartphones, 5G networking gear and other products.

Semiconductor companies that use American software and technology to design and manufacture chips can no longer sell to Huawei without first obtaining a license from the

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Key To Butterfly Climate Survival May Be Colour Coded

A butterfly’s ability to absorb or reflect heat from the sun with its wings could be a matter of life and death in a warming world, according to British research published Thursday calling for gardens, parks and farms to host shady, cooling-off spots.

While all butterflies are ectotherms — they cannot generate their own body heat — the ability to regulate temperature varies significantly, researchers said.

The study found that bigger, pale-coloured butterflies, like this Brimstone, are better at thermoregulation The study found that bigger, pale-coloured butterflies, like this Brimstone, are better at thermoregulation Photo: University of Cambridge / Andrew BLADON

The study found that species that struggle to moderate their body temperatures often rely on being able to escape the full heat of the sun in shaded “microclimates” to survive.

These butterflies are “likely to suffer the most from climate change and habitat loss,” said lead author Andrew Bladon, of the University of Cambridge’s Department of Zoology.

Researchers said the cooler niches they

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Enterprise Tech Efforts Move Beyond Survival Mode

Enterprise technology firms say companies are emerging from survival mode and kick-starting pre-Covid-19 efforts to overhaul their operations with digital tools.

“Businesses can’t wait,” says Alvina Antar, chief information officer at cloud-identity and -management company

Okta Inc.

Ms. Antar, who took on the role six weeks ago, said companies that raced to install remote-work applications during Covid-19 lockdowns are now doubling down on long-held plans to expand the use of cloud computing, data analytics, smart software and other tech capabilities.

“Yes, they scrambled on the workforce side,” she said. “If they didn’t have that, the business would crumble.” But companies also need to prepare for fierce competition in a post-Covid market, she added.

Like many information-technology providers, Okta is in a unique position to gauge the pace of that shift firsthand. The Silicon Valley company, with twin headquarters in San Francisco and San Jose, sells technology that links a company’s

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‘Survival is the goal’ as it stockpiles chips

Guo Ping laid out the problems Huawei faced, at its annual conference
Guo Ping laid out the problems Huawei faced, at its annual conference

Huawei says it had to rush to stockpile chips ahead of the latest tightening of trade restrictions from Washington, which has hit its supply hard.

“Non-stop aggression from the US government has put us under significant pressure,” Guo Ping, who chairs the company, said.

“Right now, survival is the goal.”

The company urged the US to reconsider the rules, which make it difficult for Huawei to buy essential parts for products such as phones.

US President Donald Trump’s administration has targeted a number of Chinese companies over alleged national-security issues – including:

Huawei, in particular, has been battling US restrictions in some form for two years.

And since 15 September, the company can no longer buy key chips from its manufacturers.

Speaking at Huawei’s annual industry event, in Shanghai, Mr Guo said the change had “brought great challenges

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Impact of evaporation on virus survival, concentration, transmission — ScienceDaily

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise worldwide, it is increasingly urgent to understand how climate impacts the continued spread of the coronavirus, particularly as winter virus infections are more common and countries in the northern hemisphere will soon see cooler temperatures.

In a paper in Physics of Fluids, by AIP Publishing, researchers studied the effects of relative humidity, environmental temperature, and wind speed on the respiratory cloud and virus viability. They found that a critical factor for the transmission of the infectious particles, which are immersed in respiratory clouds of saliva droplets, is evaporation.

“Suppose we have a better understanding of the evaporation and its relation to climate effects. In that case, we can more accurately predict the virus concentration and better determine its viability or the potential for virus survival,” said Dimitris Drikakis, one of the authors.

Despite the importance of airborne droplet transmission, research regarding heat and

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Strong opposite-sex bonds linked to better chances of survival — ScienceDaily

Close bonds with the opposite sex can have non-romantic benefits. And not just for people, but for our primate cousins, too.

Drawing on 35 years of data, a new study of more than 540 baboons in Amboseli National Park in Kenya finds that male baboons that have close female friends have higher rates of survival than those who don’t.

Researchers have often assumed that when a male is friendlier to certain females, it’s for the reproductive perks: to better protect his offspring, or to boost his chances of mating with her. But the new study points to an additional potential benefit: female friends may help him live a longer life.

The team’s findings will appear Sept. 21 in a special issue of the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.

It’s well known that people who have close friendships are more likely to live a long life than

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