Technology

Xiaomi plans to use smartphone chips designed in-house in the second half of 2016
www.digitaltrends.com

Xiaomi, China's leader in smartphone shipments in 2015, has aspirations to be a chipmaker this year. This would put Xiaomi in the same boat as Apple, Samsung and Huawei, which also design chips in-house. The Chinese smartphone maker hopes to use …

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India's $4 smartphone: Too good to be true?
money.cnn.com

What's the real story behind India's $4 smartphone? Just days after launching with enormous buzz, a cutting-edge device with a rock-bottom price is being blasted by industry officials and analysts. Ringing Bells unveiled its Freedom 251 smartphone on …

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iPhone: What the 'i' in Apple's handset name stands for
www.independent.co.uk

And it mostly refers to “internet”, though not entirely, and the story of how it got there is slightly more complicated. The naming convention was first introduced with the iMac. Launched in 1998, the computer marked the beginning of the modern Apple.

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Is India's $3.6 smartphone too good to be true?
www.bbc.com

On Wednesday evening a virtually unknown Indian company launched the "world's cheapest smartphone", named Freedom 251, for 251 rupees ($3.6; £2.50), in Delhi. The handset, from Ringing Bells, a company less than a year old and based in Noida near …

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An Indian company is launching a $4 smartphone
qz.com

The Indian mobile phone space is in for a major disruption as a five-month-old company launches what could be the world's cheapest smartphone. Freedom 251—priced at a jaw-dropping Rs251 ($4)—will be unveiled by Rising Bells later today (Feb.17) and …

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Apple's Blast from the Past?
www.snopes.com

Origin:In February 2016, a rumor began to spread that iPhones and iPads contain a nifty Easter egg: If you set the date of your Apple product to 1 January 1970 then reboot, it will bring up a retro-themed menu based on the old Apple computer operating …

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Microsoft unveils the Lumia 650, a $200 Windows 10 smartphone that goes on …
venturebeat.com

Microsoft has launched a new Lumia-branded Windows 10 Mobile smartphone, only the fourth device anywhere in the world to sport the operating system. Priced at $199 before local taxes and subsidies, the Lumia 650 comes in black or white and will only be …

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Smartphone can almost do it all – once youve mastered it
www.abqjournal.com

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A smartphone can be a wonderful thing – it takes the place of your telephone, address book, camera, maps, calendar – and that's just for a start. Those phones have also become the go-to source for news, social networking, job and …

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Why does Apple keep making the Mac?
www.techradar.com

The Mac mini, the cheapest computer Apple sells, is beautifully tiny, while the iMac has a presence that can be genuinely felt, thanks to a distinctive design that has adorned the desks of almost every film set ever. The Mac Pro, the company's highly …

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MyShake: A smartphone seismic network for earthquake early warning and beyond
advances.sciencemag.org

Large magnitude earthquakes in urban environments continue to kill and injure tens to hundreds of thousands of people, inflicting lasting societal and economic disasters. Earthquake early warning (EEW) provides seconds to minutes of warning, allowing …

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