Xiaomi Unveils Concept Phone With Near Bezel-less Display



Chinese company Xiaomi has another clutch of mobile hardware, including a concept smartphone developed in collaboration with designer Philippe Starck.

Xiaomi CEO and founder Lei Jun dubbed it “a glimpse at the phone of the future”.

The near edgeless 6.4in, 17:9 display on the Mi Mix covers 91.3 per cent of the available surface area. So if you really hate bezels you’re going to be really smitten by this vision of edgeless loveliness.

Don’t get too excited, though. While the phone is due to go on sale in China early next month a Xiaomi spokesperson stressed there will be “limited availability” — and would not confirm how few phones that means.

It is also unclear which other markets, if any, the device will be offered to. Xiaomi has yet to bring any of its smartphones to the US — although it continues to eye the market with interest. Perhaps even more so in the wake of Samsung’s problems with exploding batteries on the Note 7.

The price-tag for the Mi Mix is RMB 3499 ($515), for a 4GB + 128GB “standard version”. The body of the phone (back, sides, buttons) is made of ceramic. Inside there’s a 2.35GHz Snapdragon 821 processor, and a 4400mAh battery.

Geely, Volvo Announce New Car Line


01Geely announce a new car brand – a cooperative venture with Geely-owned Volvo, called Lynk & Co. Lynk & Co’s first vehicle will be an SUV called the 01, an innovative vehicle that owners will be able to customize digitally, both by reconfiguring the main touchscreen display in the center of the dashboard and by downloading apps.

Lynk & Co claims to be the first auto manufacturer that will allow third-party development of apps for its cars’ Linux-based operating system. Apps will potentially work with a standard shareable lock system, through which vehicle owners could give time-limited access to their cars to other people through encrypted digital keys that can be used to unlock the car using a mobile phone. In addition, Lynk & Co plans to offer only direct sales in most major territories, including throughout the United States.

This is exciting news, and we’re proud to be part of the Geely family. We’re looking forward to seeing these cars on the road!

Apple Retail Chief Talks Turning Stores Into Town Squares


Apple’s retail chief Angela Ahrendts has spent the past two years revamping the technology company’s retail stores, where it sells iPhones, iPads, Macs, and Watches. That’s no small business—there are nearly 500 Apple stores worldwide, and retail sales are responsible for some 18% of the company’s $233.7 billion in sales, amounting to $42 billion in yearly revenue.

But Ahrendts views the company’s newly redesigned retail outlets not just as stores, but as the company’s next big products, she explained at the Fortune Most Powerful Women conference in Laguna Niguel on Monday night, in her first public interview about Apple’s retail redesign. In fact, she and Apple view their stores as potential town squares within each of the cities they reside.

By the end of this year, 95 stores will be fully redesigned with this vision

“The store is now the biggest product we produce and we have five new features [these include iPads, iPhones, Watches, Macbooks and Apple TVs.]. Accessories are avenues, and the huge digital screen in each store is the forum,” Ahrendts said.

By the end of this year, 95 stores will be fully redesigned with this vision, the first of which were the San Francisco Union Square location and the London Regent Street outpost. The community aspect to each store is key, Ahrendts said, with these town squares serving as educational centers. For example, next year, Apple stores will soon hold coding classes for children in Apple’s programming language, Swift.

The new stores have also been holding what she calls “Teacher Tuesdays,” to help educate teachers on how to incorporate technology into their classrooms.

There’s a new team employed in the stores, called creative pros, who are solely available to teach customers skills such as how to take better pictures with their iPhone’s camera or how to use photography apps. They also help with downloading Apple Music, gaming and art apps. This group of employees is similar to those who run the newly redesigned Genius Grove, which is a customer service stand that fixes and troubleshoots Apple products.

Within Apple, Ahrendts added, the company no longer refers to the retail outlets as stores. Apple’s flagship San Francisco store is now known as Apple Union Square. Ahrendts’ own title at the company has changed: she’s now the senior vice president of Apple retail, compared to the previous title of “senior vice president of retail and online stores.”

Ahrendts also recalled how she was originally hired by Apple CEO Tim Cook, who approached her while she was chief executive of British fashion empire Burberry.

Cook was persistent, she explained, and during one of her trips to the U.S. for the Christmas holidays, she flew out to Cupertino to meet him. “I told him, ‘I’m not a techie,’” said Ahrendts. “And he said, ‘I think we have 10,000 of those, you are supposed to be here.’”

Ahrendts and Cook continued to talk, and she proposed that instead of her position only being in charge of retail, it would also include merging the retail business with online stores and integrating them to play a much bigger role in the communities of the cities where they operated. Cook was on board, and the seed was planted for Apple’s new retail vision, helmed by Ahrendts.

“Companies have a huge obligation right now, and the bigger the company, the bigger the obligation,” Ahrendts said. “We are thinking about what the community needs.”

via Fortune

UFC 205 Trailer: Live Like Legends


The best athletes in the world will fight on a legendary platform as New York City’s Madison Square Garden hosts three UFC title fights at UFC 205 on Nov. 12. Lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez puts the 155-pound title on the line against surging featherweight champion Conor McGregor, who’s out to dominate a second division. Welterweight champion Tyron Woodley takes on Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson and strawweight queen Joanna Jedrzejczyk faces fellow undefeated Polish striker Karolina Kowalkiewicz.

GameStop to Sell Out of PlayStation VR Goggles


Final GameStop logoGameStop expects to sell out of Sony’s PlayStation virtual reality goggles by Sunday, Chief Operating Officer Tony Bartel said in an interview.

The Grapevine, Texas-based operator of computer game stores has asked Sony to supply more of the headsets, the executive said.

PlayStation VR, which is used in conjunction with Sony’s PlayStation game console, went on sale Thursday. GameStop took preorders and opened its doors just after midnight Wednesday, and Bartel said many stores were already sold out.

“If you find a PlayStation VR just grab it,” he said. “This year demand will definitely outstrip supply.”

Bartel declined to specify how many units of the $400 goggles it had been allocated, but said he believed GameStop had the largest allocation of any retailer, adding that sales of related virtual reality games were also doing well.

Salesforce Walks Away From Twitter Buyout


twitter.googleSalesforce, the only serious contender left on the list of Twitter buyout suitors, has ruled out a bit on the fledging social network.

Speaking to the Financial Times, the firm’s chief executive Marc Benioff confirmed that Salesforce was no longer interested in purchasing Twitter, saying: “In this case we’ve walked away. It wasn’t the right fit for us.”

Earlier this month, Disney and Google had also been touted as interested parties, but Twitter’s shares have taken a tumble over the past 10 days after reports emerged that neither wanted to pursue a deal. Meanwhile, Salesforce’s confirmation that has turned its back on conversations around the sale saw the social platform’s share value dip by more than 5%, while Benioff’s firm’s shares increased by 5.2% at the news.

The Financial Times are reporting that investment from a private backer seems unlikely at this stage. Ending speculation around a sale will also help Twitter chief Jack Dorsey focus on a strategy.

Earlier this week, Twitter unveiled a mysterious ad campaign across New York Subway stations which expanded on its fresh ‘See What’s Happening’ strapline. Some commentators pointed out that the ads are likely to have found themselves landing before a number of commuting Wall Street Investor types, raising questions over who the push was aimed at.

Twitter is scheduled to reveal its most recent quarterly earnings update on 27 October, and will likely address the matter of acquisition, or its alternatives, then.

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