Smartphones have their own mobile operating system. The first smartphone to find a widespread market was the Blackberry, but that quickly lost ground after Apple introduced the iPhone in 2007. That wa

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Signing a mobile contract in China? Get ready for a facial scan
China has introduced a new rule that requires people to have their faces scanned when signing up for mobile phone services, as experts and even state media raised concerns that there were insufficient measures in place to safeguard privacy rights. Before the introduction of the new requirement on Sunday, which had been announced in September by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, people registering for mobile phone services had to provide only a copy of their identity cards. The ministry said the new measure would help to stem the resale of sim cards and protect people from unknowingly signing up for phone services if their identities were stolen. Many online services and so
Signing a mobile contract in China? Get ready for a facial scan
A Chinese tech IPO will set a four-year global record
Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is set to make a splash in the Hong Kong stock market with an IPO worth up to $10 billion. That will make it the world’s biggest IPO since 2014. The Beijing-based tech firm is the fourth largest smartphone manufacturer globally, after Samsung, Apple and Huawei. It specializes in highly-specced, well-designed technology sold at minimal markups. Xiaomi handsets are the best-selling brand in India, and the company plans to launch in the US by next year. The company is seeking a total valuation of $100 billion following its application to sell shares on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, bankers familiar with the plans told the South China Morning Post. That would mak
A Chinese tech IPO will set a four-year global record