Xiaomi sells over 1M Redmi 5A units in less than a month in India

Xiaomi launched the affordable Redmi 5A in India on December 7. In under a month, the company managed to sell over 1 million units, according to Manu Kumar Jain, managing director of Xiaomi India. He bragged about the milestone on Twitter to thank the Mi fans and to hand out Mi Band HRX devices to five lucky winners who retweeted the message. The Xiaomi Redmi 5A is promoted as “Desh Ka Smartphone”, or translated from Hindi as “the country’s smartphone”, meaning the phone is made by Indians for Indians. The phone comes in two versions – 2 GB RAM + 16 GB storage and 3 GB RAM + 32…

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Apple TV 4K sells out at Amazon hours after launching

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Customers hoping to get an Apple TV 4K before Christmas have one less option, as Amazon completely sold out of the set-top box only hours after it began sales of the device, reflecting years of demand that grew from a dispute between the two companies.
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Hisense now sells an Alexa-compatible air conditioner and dehumidifier

Hisense today announced new Amazon Alexa integrations for two of its appliance products: its Wi-Fi-connected HiSmart air conditioner and HiSmart dehumidifier. The products, which are mainly controlled through iOS and Android mobile apps, can now change cooling settings, dehumidifying modes, and other features via voice, so long as you have an Echo device and sync your Alexa account to the account in Hisense’s mobile app.

It’s not a super groundbreaking development, but it goes to show you that the internet of things is a beast that spares no appliance. And the more devices Amazon can put its Alexa assistant on, the better for the company’s eventual takeover of all things physical. Soon enough, we’ll be talking to everything in our…

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Walmart now sells meal kits, just like Amazon and Blue Apron

Walmart has officially joined the meal kit scene, offering options like chicken tikka masala and Thai crab curry with jasmine rice on its website. The company appears to be working with several brands, such as Takeout Kit and Home Chef, to offer diverse cuisines like Sichuan-style Mapo tofu, Moroccan shakshuka, Spanish paella, and other low calorie or gluten free options. Home Chef’s Walmart offerings alternate every Tuesday afternoon, similar to how meal kit subscription service Blue Apron’s menu changes every week. Prices range from $ 32 for Mapo tofu to $ 79.60 for two meal kits in one. Each meal kit is portioned for four people.

Both Takeout Kit and Home Chef are responsible for fulfilling the orders and…

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Apple now sells an unlocked, SIM-free version of the iPhone X

Today, Apple started selling an unlocked, SIM-free model of the iPhone X through its website, Apple Store app, and retail locations. The unlocked version of the handset, which starts at $ 999, was previously only available if you bought it through Verizon or Best Buy, which charged a $ 100 premium over financed carrier versions of the phone until consumer backlash pushed the retailer to pull the product entirely.

Now, if you find the iPhone X on Apple’s website, you’ll have the option to buy either a GSM or CDMA version of the phone that works with either AT&T and T-Mobile or Verizon and Sprint. The new option, listed under SIM-free, let’s you purchase the iPhone X unlocked, meaning you can freely bring it to any carrier or use it with a…

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