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Xiaomi's 49-inch Android TV boasts 4K for just $640

The Mi Pad wasn't Xiaomi's only announcement today. Following the Chinese company's first smart TV from last September, today it has unveiled a slightly larger model with a nice surprise: 4K for just CN¥3,999 or about $640! Like its affordable predecessor, this 49-inch TV comes with built-in …

Xiaomi's first tablet offers powerful gaming on the cheap (video)

Just over two years ago, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun told this author that he wasn't sure about making a tablet, but today he confessed that he's been quietly developing one this whole time. What we have here is the conveniently named Mi Pad, which was just unveiled in Beijing with super attractive price …

Google Makes Chromecast Available In Korea, Its First Asian Market

Google’s Chromecast has launched in Asia for the first time–but it’s currently only available in Korea. In a post on its Asia Pacific blog, the company explained that Korea was chosen because of the country’s high mobile penetration rate.<p>“Over 80% of YouTube views in Korea come from mobile devices, …

Image Is Everything: Snapchat Tops WhatsApp As Biggest U.S. Messaging App By Volume

Snapchat may be getting a rap on the knuckles right now from regulators over how it handles user privacy, but the ephemeral messaging app is still a hot commodity. According to a report out today from network traffic specialist Sandvine, Snapchat is now the top third-party messaging app in North …

Solar Roadways wants $1 million to turn the US' roads into an energy farm

At some point, you've probably sat back and said "Couldn't we solve climate change and the broader energy crisis just by sticking solar panels to everything?" It's not a bad idea, mind, but the cost and resistance to such a scheme would make it a nightmare to implement. But what about if we turned …

Senate approves 'kill switches' for cellphones sold in California

The state Senate on Thursday passed a measure that would require cellphones sold in California to be equipped with "kill switches" that can render them inoperable if stolen.<p>LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and other law enforcement officials backed the legislation as a way to counter a surge in …

Leap Motion Wants To Change How People Interact With Cars

Leap Motion was borne out of a “deep frustration” that the process of creating a 3D object on a high-tech platform, the computer, took up more time than molding something with clay or Play-Doh.<p>“Computers are supposed to make us better and faster, but they make us slower,” company CEO Michael …