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With a smartphone business built for China, Xiaomi eyes the world

In a darkened Beijing conference centre, hundreds of spectators yell “whoa!” as an on-screen countdown culminates with a video montage showcasing Chinese smartphone-maker Xiaomi and its products, facilities, and fan clubs. 1,290 more words

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The most important moments in the history of the cellphone

The cellphone is older than you think.

In fact, you can trace its beginnings to radio-powered phones made by companies like AT&T way back in the 1940s. 310 more words

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Samsung's smart refrigerator runs apps that create shopping lists, browse recipes

TORONTO — Refrigerators are getting smart. A new model released earlier this month runs apps to help users browse recipes, create shopping lists and manage the expiration dates of items like yogurt and milk. 439 more words

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Why 2013 will be the 'Year of the Phablet'

SINGAPORE/HONG KONG – Call it phablet, phonelet, tweener or super smartphone, but the clunky mobile phone – closer in size to a tablet than the smartphone of a couple of years back – is here to stay. 1,271 more words

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7 apps to help you enjoy the holiday season

Let’s face it. This time of the year isn’t just about candy canes, Santa Claus and fun with family and friends — it can also be filled with financial and mental stress. 484 more words

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Behold Muse, a space-age headband that reads your brain activity and sends it to your mobile device

Combine wacky cat videos, crowdfunding and a brainwave-sensing headband and you might have a recipe for an Internet sales sensation.

Toronto-based Intera­Xon Inc. is hoping that’s the case with Muse — its space-age headgear that measures brain activity and can tell whether you’re relaxed or intently focused using neuron-reading sensors. 749 more words

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Polar Mobile's latest platform makes content delivery easier

TORONTO — Kunal Gupta has spent the better part of 2012 getting Polar Mobile Inc. ready for its second act.

Mr. Gupta’s Toronto-based startup has carved out a name for itself on the international stage since it was founded in 2007 by helping media companies distribute their content via mobile applications. 612 more words

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