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Xiaomi Expands Its Offline Presence in India, With Smart TV

The TVs were available for purchase only through Xiaomi India's online partners and its flagship "Mi Home" retail outlets.

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Xiaomi refreshes 'Mi TV' series in India. (Wikimedia Commons)

Expanding its offline presence in India, Chinese electronics player Xiaomi on Monday announced that its “Mi LED Smart TVs” would now be available through offline channels in the country.

The company has now spread its offline reach across nine cities — New Delhi, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Indore, Patna, Pune, Mumbai and Maddur (Karnataka).

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“#MiTV in offline! We launched ‘Mi TVs’ earlier this year and soon ‘Mi TVs’ will be available across all #MiPreferredPartners pan India,” tweeted Manu Kumar Jain, Vice President, Xiaomi Global and Managing Director, Xiaomi India.

Mi TVs have touched over half a million sales in just six months, the company claimed.

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HD Television with digital video technology. Pixabay

Until now, the TVs were available for purchase only through Xiaomi India’s online partners and its flagship “Mi Home” retail outlets.

Also Read: OnePlus To Unveil Its Smart TV Soon

Xiaomi’s “Mi LED Smart TV” lineup that is now available offline includes “Mi LED Smart TV 4” in 55-inch model, “Mi LED Smart TV 4A” in 43-inch and 32-inch variants priced at Rs 44,999, Rs. 22,999 and Rs. 13,999, respectively.

The 75-inch model of “Mi LED Smart TV 4” is yet to come to India. (IANS)

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Governments Need to Regulate Technology, Says Apple CEO Tim Cook

In the US, PAC is an organisation that pools campaign contributions from members and donates those funds to campaigns for or against candidates, ballot initiatives or legislation

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Apple CEO Tim Cook discusses the new Apple iPhones and other products at the Steve Jobs Theater during an event to announce new products in Cupertino, California. VOA

Apple CEO Tim Cook believes that governments need to regulate technology in order to ensure data privacy for common people.

“Technology needs to be regulated. There are now too many examples where the no rails have resulted in a great damage to society,” The Verge quoted Cook as saying during the Time 100 Summit in New York City.

“We all have to be intellectually honest, and we have to admit that what we’re doing isn’t working,” he added.

In a bid to explain to US-based lawmakers what he meant, Cook cited the example of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) data privacy rules in Europe.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during an event to announce new products, Oct. 30, 2018, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. VOA

“Europe is more likely to come up with something. GDPR is a step in the right direction,” Cook said, adding “We are advocating strongly for regulation – I do not see another path at this point.”

However, for improving data privacy, he said he does not promote going overboard with depending on the government or leveraging the government with favours and cited Apple as an example.

Also Read- Xiaomi Aims 10,000 Retail Stores in India by 2019

“We cannot look for the government to solve all of our problems. Apple doesn’t have a Political Action Committee (PAC) and I refuse to have one because it shouldn’t exist. The company donates zero to political candidates,” Cook noted.

In the US, PAC is an organisation that pools campaign contributions from members and donates those funds to campaigns for or against candidates, ballot initiatives or legislation. (IANS)