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  China’s Huawei smartphone shipments plunge as U.S. sanctions continue to bite
Posted by: superadmin - 5 hours ago - Forum: Hand Phones, Tablets and OS - No Replies

  • In the third quarter of 2020, Huawei shipped 51.7 million smartphones, down 23% year-on-year, according to a Canalys.
  • Huawei lost its crown as the world’s biggest smartphone maker, after gaining the title in the second quarter of the year. Samsung overtook Huawei.
  • Xiaomi meanwhile saw shipments rise as it took customers from Huawei. 


HANGZHOU, China — Shipments of Huawei phones plunged in the third quarter as U.S. sanctions continue to hurt the Chinese technology giant, while domestic rival Xiaomi managed to capitalize on it, new data shows.


In the three months to the end of September, Huawei shipped 51.7 million smartphones, down 23% year-on-year, according to a Canalys report published Thursday.

Another firm, Counterpoint Research, said on Thursday that Huawei shipped 50.9 million smartphones, down 24% versus the same period last year. The Chinese firm’s market share dipped to 14% from 18% in the third quarter of 2019, according to Counterpoint.

Overall in the third quarter, worldwide smartphone shipments reached 348 million units, a 1% decline year-on-year, but a 22% rise from the second quarter, the Canalys report showed.

Huawei lost its crown as the world’s biggest smartphone maker, after gaining the title in the second quarter of the year.

Samsung overtook Huawei. The South Korean giant’s shipments totaled 80.2 million, growing 2% year-on-year, Canalys said.

The U.S. has waged a campaign against Huawei as part of the broader trade war with China. Huawei is seen as one of China’s national champions and key to the country’s ambitions in next-generation technologies like 5G, the next-generation mobile networks that offer super-fast data speeds.


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  Covid-19: All Malaysian cinemas to shut down until further notice
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KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 30 — Cinema operators in Malaysia have come to the decision to temporarily suspend operations at all their cinemas nationwide.

The Malaysian Association of Film Exhibitors (MAFE) announced it is collectively suspending operations, but will continue to monitor the Covid-19 situation and react accordingly as market conditions improve.

MAFE vice-president Cheah Chun Wai said the primary reason for the closures is the recent conditional movement control order (CMCO) implemented in several states, as well as a lack of new movies released in the short term.

“Ordinarily these new movies are essential to attract moviegoers back to the cinemas,” he said in a statement.


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  Poor KL students dropping out of school at an alarming rate amid outbreak
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Poor KL students dropping out of school at an alarming rate amid outbreak, new UN study finds

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 30 — The number of students from many of Klang Valley’s poor communities returning to the classroom is dropping at an alarming rate as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak’s disruption of school, according to a new study released today.

Many parents also expressed concern that their children have lost interest in school even after the government began lifting movement restrictions and reopened educational institutions, the same study found.

The findings followed the second round of the “Family On Edge” survey jointly commissioned by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef), which aimed to evaluate the socioe-conomic state of households in the low-cost flats around Klang Valley post-movement control order, held between May and September.

The two international agencies said areas like education and mental health are now among new challenges facing policymakers as they battle the pandemic, now seen as one of the worst humanitarian and economic crises in human history.

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  Odd Fellows Building Move
Posted by: superadmin - 6 hours ago - Forum: Interesting Videos - No Replies

Emmert International was contracted to move this Historical Building in downtown Salt Lake City, UT. The Odd Fellows Building was considered a historical building and unable to be demolished, with the expansion of the court house needed this building needed to be moved. Other companies in this industry called this project impossible, Emmert International Proved otherwise and moved the building without any issues or problems.

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  A 5-story building in Shanghai 'walks' to a new location
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  Umno’s ‘truce’ with PPBM won’t last long, says analyst
Posted by: superadmin - 7 hours ago - Forum: Politics - No Replies

PETALING JAYA: A political analyst says an “all-out war” between Umno and PPBM is inevitable and will likely happen once the Covid-19 situation in the country improves.

Speaking to FMT, Kamarul Zaman Yusoff of Universiti Utara Malaysia said Umno’s reiteration that it was committed to a political ceasefire would ensure its support for Budget 2021 which will be tabled in the Dewan Rakyat next week.

“But the writing is on the wall, there will be an all-out war between Umno and PPBM,” he said.

Kamarul was commenting on Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s statement after last night’s five-hour Supreme Council meeting that the party wants a general election once the Covid-19 pandemic is under control.


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  Why coffee could be good for your health!
Posted by: superadmin - 10 hours ago - Forum: Health News - No Replies

In the past, coffee was associated with increased health risks. But research from the last decade finds that drinking coffee may actually benefit your health.

Caffeine is the most popular psychoactive drug in the world. Humans have been drinking coffee, a natural source of caffeine, for centuries, but there have been mixed messages around its effect on human health for decades.

“Traditionally, coffee has been seen as a bad thing,” says Marc Gunter, head of the section of nutrition and metabolism at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). “Research from the 1980s and 90s concluded that people who drank coffee had a higher risk of cardiovascular disease – but it’s evolved since then.”

With more, larger-scale population studies emerging over the last decade, Gunter says, scientists now have data from hundreds of thousands of coffee-drinkers. But what does the research tell us – and is coffee consumption providing health benefits, or risks?


Coffee has been associated with an increased risk of cancer because it contains acrylamide, a carcinogenic substance found in foods including toast, cakes and chips. However, the IARC concluded in 2016 that coffee is not carcinogenic, unless it’s drunk very hot – above 65C (149F).

Not only that, but more research has found that coffee may actually have a protective effect. Some studies have shown an association between coffee drinking and lower severity, and recurrence, of colon cancer in patients, for example.

In 2017, Gunter published the results of a study that looked at the coffee-drinking habits of half a million people across Europe over a period of 16 years. Those who drank more coffee had a lower risk of dying from heart disease, stroke and cancer. These findings are consistent with research from other parts of the world, including the US.

Gunter says there’s enough consensus across observational studies to confirm that people who drink up to four cups of coffee a day have fewer diseases compared to those who don’t drink any.

The potential benefit of coffee could go further. Coffee-drinkers in Gunter’s study were more likely to smoke and had unhealthier diets than non-coffee drinkers. This would suggest that if coffee does lower the risk of heart disease and cancer, it might be more powerful than we think – it’s overriding the effects of unhealthy behaviours.


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  Tough for Dr M to form unity govt, says analyst
Posted by: superadmin - 11 hours ago - Forum: Politics - No Replies

PETALING JAYA: A political analyst expects former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad to face an uphill task in his effort to bring political parties together in a unity government.

Azmi Hassan, a former lecturer with Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, said a unity government, by definition, would need to be composed of all parties that have representation in Parliament.

“There are still sentiments in Umno that Tun can’t be trusted and this feeling also runs in PKR,” he told FMT.

He said “that’s the very reason” he believed a unity government with Mahathir at the helm would be difficult to establish.

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  Slimming Excercise!
Posted by: superadmin - Today, 05:55 AM - Forum: Jokes of the Day - No Replies

An exercise for people who are out of shape: Begin with a five-pound potato bag in each hand. Extend your arms straight out from your sides, hold them there for a full minute, and then relax. After a few weeks, move up to ten-pound potato bags. Then try 50-pound potato bags, and eventually try to get to where you can lift a 100-pound potato bag in each hand and hold your arms straight for more than a full minute. Once you feel confident at that level, put a potato in each bag. —Beverly Gross

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  Malaysia: No good options but perhaps a silver lining
Posted by: superadmin - Yesterday, 05:02 PM - Forum: Politics - No Replies

The stunning rebuff of Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s plans to declare a state of emergency has been rightly hailed as a victory for Malaysia’s democracy. The message to Prime Minister Muhyiddin and all our fractious politicians from the Istana was clear enough: no need to short-circuit the democratic process by suspending Parliament, now is not the time for fresh elections, find a way to work together to manage the Covid-19 pandemic and the attendant economic challenges.

How it will play out, however, is far from clear.

In the first place, it puts the prime minister in an unenviable position. He rushed to the Istana last week seeking a quick declaration of emergency in the hope of presenting it as a fait accompli the same day. The King clearly refused to be pressured into making any hasty decisions. His insistence on consulting with his brother rulers before deciding also allowed the public at large an opportunity to weigh in on the issue.  They did just that, and in splendid fashion too, by roundly criticising the prime minister’s plans.

A royal rebuke – and that is what it was – is significant, serious and substantive.  It suggests a loss of confidence in the prime minister. Cumulatively, it means that Muhyiddin has now lost the confidence of the monarch, the parliament and the people and with that, whatever is left of his credibility. Something like this has never happened before. Only the most obdurate would not feel honour bound to resign.

Of course, the prime minister and his supporters are now trying to put the best possible spin on his abortive plans for an emergency by latching on to the monarch’s brief expression of confidence in the government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. It does not, however, lessen the impact of the serious rebuke the prime minister has been dealt. If anything, it was perhaps a polite reminder to the prime minister as to where his priorities ought to lie.

The other takeaway from the Istana statement is that the monarch and his brother rulers remain deeply concerned about the endless political infighting and intrigue that has engulfed the country since the fall of the Pakatan Harapan government. Even before this, the royals had expressed anxiety over the situation and urged political leaders to find a way to settle their differences for the sake of the people. There are few signs, however, that the politicians are listening.


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