President Trump expected to sign order banning Huawei and ZTE from US networks

Computing | February 11, 2019

President Trump is expected to sign an executive order this week that would ban Huawei and ZTE hardware from US mobile carriers' networks. The administration is pushing to get the ban in place before MWC in Barcelona, which is taking place in the last week of February. While equipment and device makers will be showing off their latest wares at MWC, there will also be high-level meetings and business conducted at the event.

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The president of the United States will have to deal with a rising and more assertive China on a wide range of issues, including Asia-Pacific security, trade, and cybersecurity. U.S.-China relations will likely continue to be a mix of competition and cooperation. The central question for bilateral relations is: Can the world’s two largest economies avoid increased competition and even conflict?

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The president of the United States will have to deal with a rising and more assertive China on a wide range of issues, including Asia-Pacific security, trade, and cybersecurity. U.S.-China relations will likely continue to be a mix of competition and cooperation. The central question for bilateral relations is: Can the world’s two largest economies avoid increased competition and even conflict?

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Defined.ai | June 21, 2022

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Accelerat.ai works on the European Portuguese language problem, which has yet to be effectively addressed well in the field of Conversational AI, especially in the public sector and industry-specific domains as the big tech companies usually focus on other markets. If a developer wants to use voice interfaces in the Portuguese market, they have to use APIs in English or Brazilian Portuguese, which is not what the Portuguese people prefer. Today, António Costa Silva, Minister of Economy and Sea, Sir John O'Reilly, President of the Jury, Thierry Breton, European Commissioner, and António Costa, Prime Minister of Portugal, will officially announce the winners of the public audit and contest, including Accelerat.ai as the winner of a process that began exactly one year ago. 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Cartegraph | July 04, 2022

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Intelligent Waves | June 09, 2022

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