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Xiaomi has reportedly shipped over 6 million Mi Band units worldwide

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Less than a couple of months after Xiaomi CEO revealed that the company had sold over 4 million units of the Mi Band, it is being said that worldwide shipments of the company’s only wearable tech product have crossed the 6 million mark.

According to a report from XiaomiToday, the Chinese company – which according to a recent IDC report was the second-largest wearable vendor in Q1, 2015 – is now planning to launch the next iteration of the smartband. Read more »

Alibaba says will launch Netflix-like online video streaming service in China

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Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has announced that it will soon launch a Netflix-like online video streaming service in the country. Dubbed TBO or Tmall Box Office, the service is expected to launched in about a couple of months.

The announcement was made by the company’s head of digital entertainment Patrick Liu, who also revealed that the service will not only bring shows from China and other countries, but will also feature original content from in-house studios. Read more »

Waze app adds the voice of Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator

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Waze brought Arnold Schwarzenegger and his Austrian accent to its navigation app. The movie legend will sound like the Terminator in the voice-guided navigation feature of Google’s community-driven application.

As per the teaser image shared on Twitter, the celeb’s finger clearly shows State of California Governor’s ring on it. This initiative is also meant to promote Arnold’s upcoming movie Terminator Genisys which releases on July 1. Read more »

Oppo R1x battery life test

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The Oppo R1x stunner of a smartphone was at our headquarters for a detailed review recently. We praised the 5-incher for its design and although it failed to impress with raw performance, it posted respectable scores in the battery department.

It’s exactly battery life we’re going to focus on now, with the complete rundown now following. Read more »

This is what happens when you place an Apple Watch Edition between neodymium magnets

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As you probably know by now, the gold Apple Watch Edition has an eye-watering starting price tag of $10,000 and tops out at $17,000 (probably a lot more for the celebrity-only version). However, the five-figure price tag didn’t stop a crafty YouTube user from putting the wearable through an original torture test.

The setup involves an “entry-level” 38mm Apple Watch Edition and a duo of powerful neodymium magnets. The latter are used in a number of high-tech industries and, depending on their size, can generate a massively crushing force. Read more »

Best Apps and Games of the Week

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Here are some of the best apps and games that came out this week. Read more »

Xiaomi Mi 4i battery life test

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Xiaomi Mi 4i turned out quite an interesting smartphone, a worthy alternate of the original Mi 4. The new Mi 4i model changes the design, keeps the 5″ screen and 13MP great camera, but comes running on the Snapdragon 615 chip. There is a beefy 3,120 mAh battery, which should keep the Mi 4i up for days.

The MIUI v.6, just like before, offers Performance and Balanced power modes. The Performance mode allows the phone to use all processor cores, while the Balanced limits the CPU usage in order to save battery. Throughout our tests – call, video, browser and standby we used the Balanced mode, as any MIUI users will do most of the time. We tried switching to Performance and re-test the device, but we noticed just minor differences in the results. Read more »

Hot or Not: Android M, iOS 9 and Watch OS 2.0

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The previous week Google unveiled the upcoming version of Android, dubbed just M, and this week Apple unveiled iOS 9 along with the new Watch OS. All three OSes tackled different issues, but do you think they were the right issues and that both companies did enough?

Time for another round of hot or not. Read more »

Weekly poll results: Sony Xperia Z3+ gives the 2015 crowd a tough time

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Sony Xperia Z3+ emerged victorious in our last week’s poll, or at least partly so. Beating two of the current flagships and giving the third a run for its money, it would appear that Sony has gotten things right yet again.

You might have guessed who’s who in the above sentence, but the numbers may surprise you nonetheless. Read more »

Check out Google Web Light in action

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Google has been working on reducing the load times for websites. The company already serves more streamlined version of search results when you are on a slower connection but wants to do that for web pages as well.

For this they started a new program that compresses websites when you are on a slow connection. This is supposed to load websites 4x faster, consume 80% less data, and because of these two things, increases website traffic by 50%. Read more »

Amazon releases its first report on government requests for user data

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Following other US tech giants – including Google, Twitter, and Facebook, Amazon has released its first transparency report, revealing government requests for user information it received for the period January 1, 2015, through May 31, 2015.

As per the report, the e-commerce giant received 813 subpoenas and 25 search warrants during the period, and it responded fully to only 542 and 13 of them, respectively. In addition, the company also received 13 court orders, 0-249 national security requests, 132 non-US requests, and 1 removal request. Read more »

Google working on improving Chrome efficiency on Mac

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If you used Chrome on Windows and then on Mac, you’d notice there is a sea of difference between the two. While it is arguably the best browser to use on Windows, on OS X it feels like a bloated mess that just burns through your battery at an astonishing rate for no good reason.

It seems Google is well aware of this issue, so it is working on improving the efficiency of the OS X version. In a Google+ post, Google engineer clarified on a few things the company is doing to improve battery life on Mac. Read more »

Facebook now takes into account the time you spend viewing a post in your News Feed

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Facebook has announced an update to the News Feed ranking algorithm that the company says will allow it to take into account the amount of time a user spends viewing a story.

“Just because someone didn’t like, comment or share a story in their News Feed doesn’t mean it wasn’t meaningful to them,” the company said. “There are times when, for example, people want to see information about a serious current event, but don’t necessarily want to like or comment on it.” Read more »

Pebble Time pre-orders in the US will be exclusive to Best Buy

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Over a couple of weeks after Pebble revealed that Pebble Time will be available for pre-order to general public on June 22, the company has announced that the device’s pre-orders in the US will be exclusive to Best Buy.

“Best Buy is teaming up with us to get Pebble Time on your wrist before arriving in stores,” the company said in a blog post. “On June 22nd, customers in the US can pre-order Pebble Time exclusively at BestBuy.com.” Outside of the US, customers will be able to pre-order the smartwatch from the company’s own website. Read more »

Google outs an online tool to help you choose the right Android smartphone

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Google released an online tool to help you choose the right Android smartphone for you. The solution is available via the search giant’s Android homepage.

The entire process features a nice graphical interface and is quite fun. Read more »