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What is Xiaomi and could it eclipse the likes of Samsung and Apple?

Today most western tech outlets have expressed surprised at the rise of a company called Xiaomi - which according to IDC is now the third biggest smartphone maker in the world and yet... you've never heard of it, right? Yeah, who the heck is Xiamoi? Xiaomi is a Chinese electronics company. It makes everything from…

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James O'MalleyWhat is Xiaomi and could it eclipse the likes of Samsung and Apple?
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Chinese cinemas post text messages on-screen during movies

We've all been there – getting annoyed with stupid people who insist on using their phones while watching a film in a cinema. But now some cinemas in China are actually encouraging such anti-social behaviour. Cinemas in Beijing, Shanghai and other major Chinese cities are experimenting with “bullet screens” on which members of the audience can…

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Stuart O'ConnorChinese cinemas post text messages on-screen during movies
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Microsoft to launch Xbox One in China

Game consoles have been banned in China since 2000, but now Microsoft is about to release  its Xbox One in the country. Solar News reports that Yusuf Mehdi, head of marketing and strategy for Microsoft's Xbox group, announced the launch date of September 23 at an event in Shanghai. It said that the console would…

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Stuart O'ConnorMicrosoft to launch Xbox One in China
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iPhone location services are no threat to Chinese national security, says Apple

Apple has refuted Chinese claims that the location tracking features of its smartphone should be considered a threat to the country's national security. The controversy blew up over the weekend when China’s state-owned television channel, CCTV, warned that location tracking tapped into sensitive location data and could even compromise state secrets. The report criticised the…

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Stuart O'ConnoriPhone location services are no threat to Chinese national security, says Apple

China opens its doors to games consoles – the ghost of Deng Xiaoping said to be 'ready to frag n00bs'

Interesting news out of China this morning where the government have at long last lifted their 14-year ban on games consoles. Though Reuters reports that the liberalisation is "temporary", we'll be surprised if it doesn't stay around for a while….

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James O'MalleyChina opens its doors to games consoles – the ghost of Deng Xiaoping said to be 'ready to frag n00bs'

Huawei unveils the Ascend P6 – the world's slimmest smart phone?

Huawei has unveiled the Ascend P6 which it claims is the world’s slimmest smartphone measuring just 6.18mm. The smartphone, which looks very similar to the iPhone 5 especially from the side (see here) features a 1.5GHz quad-core processor and a metallic…

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shinychrisHuawei unveils the Ascend P6 – the world's slimmest smart phone?