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Xiaomi founder Lei Jun explains how the company achieves its competitive pricing

As you enter the large Xiaomi office floor in a swanky Bangalore business park, there is a small conference room by the name iKeva. Named after the startup’s first office in India, this room has a capacity of four people, the entire staff strength of Xiaomi in India when it started out a little over two years […]

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Apple delays launch of smart speaker

Apple is delaying the release of its HomePod smart speaker until 2018. The electronics giant said the device, which was due to be released in December this year, still needed development work. It said the HomePod would be ready to go on shop shelves in the US, UK and Australia “early in 2018”. The news […]

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Germany bans children’s smartwatches

A German regulator has banned the sale of smartwatches aimed at children, describing them as spying devices. It had previously banned an internet-connected doll called, My Friend Cayla, for similar reasons. Telecoms regulator the Federal Network Agency urged parents who had such watches to destroy them. One expert said the decision could be a “game-changer” […]

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Fullscreen ‘YouTube Red rival’ to close in January

Online talent management firm Fullscreen is closing the subscription video platform it set up last year to rival YouTube’s premium tier. The service promised to produce “higher quality” programmes featuring popular YouTube and social media stars. Fullscreen said it had attracted “hundreds of thousands” of paying customers but wanted to focus its investment in areas […]

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Unilad Facebook account blocked

Facebook appears to have blocked an account for the hugely popular viral news website The account which has 34 million followers and posts viral videos and news stories, appears to be inaccessible with any attempt to load the site’s Facebook page generating an error message. It is unclear why the account has been down since […]

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Net filters help avoid dodgy domains

A free service that helps stop consumers visiting websites known to be malicious has been set up by IBM and two other industry bodies. The Quad 9 service requires people to change the settings on their home router so web addresses can be checked. It uses 19 separate lists of web-based threats to spot those […]