• Xiaomi Redmi 4A becomes the new budget king in India with 250k sold in four minutes

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    New Delhi: Could it replicate the immense success of the Redmi 3S line with which it has much in common? Xiaomi's efforts to continue to put the sword to its competitors by offering value-driven phones to price-conscious Indian consumers met with resounding success yet again. 250,000 of the newly launched budget Redmi 4A smartphones were recently devoured by smartphone-crazed Indians in under four minutes flat in a flash sale orchestrated by Amazon India. (Smartphones are the top-selling category on the e-commerce site in the country.) Xiaomi has been testing the waters in India for a few years now...Read More


  • Energy Department backs huge Louisiana project to store carbon dioxide in the ground

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    New York: There's been some suggestion that if Donald Trump truly cares about the coal industry, one thing he'll do is try to direct the federal government to invest more in so-called carbon capture and storage, or CCS, projects. The idea here is to help advance technologies that can strip carbon dioxide from the process of burning coal for electricity ó or, from other industrial processes ó and bury it under the ground. It makes coal burning cleaner and that, in the long term, makes it more competitive in a world that's moving to act on climate change. What's more, the technology could be advantageo...Read More


  • The future looks bright! This new technology could make your smartphone battery last for days

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    Florida: Team of scientists at the University of Central Florida (UCF) may have found the right formula for making long-lasting, super-powerful supercapacitors that work with existing battery materials and are small enough and stable enough for use in mobile electronic devices. "With these supercapacitors, you could charge your mobile phone in a few seconds and you wouldn't need to charge it again for over a week," said Nitin Choudhary, a postdoctoral associate who conducted much of the research. "For small electronic devices, our materials are surpassing the conventional ones worldwide in terms of...Read More


  • Google takes aim to ban AdSense on fake news sites

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    San Francisco: Google's AdSense, which allows advertisers to place text ads on the millions of websites, is a major source of money for many publishers Alphabet Inc's Google said on Monday it is working on a policy change to prevent websites that misrepresent content from using its AdSense advertising network, a move aimed at halting the spread of "fake news" and other types of misinformation on the internet. The shift comes as Google, Facebook Inc and Twitter Inc face a backlash over the role they played in the US presidential election by allowing the spread of false and often malicious information th...Read More


  • Renault's entry-level Kwid lands in SA

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    Johannesburg: Renault SA describes its new entry-level contender, the one-litre Kwid hatch, as 'SUV-inspired'. What that means we're not sure, other than a reference to the black plastic mouldings around the wheel-arches and along the sills and that it is slightly taller than usual for a little hatch. Mind you, if they help to protect it from the car-park dings and scratches that are the lot of any hard-working city-car, we - and prospective buyers - won't care what they call it, particularly now that it has been released in South Africa in two trim levels, at prices that are going to worry even the Chin...Read More



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