Oppo overtakes Huawei to lead Chinese smartphone market for first time

Oppo has become the best-selling smartphone brand in China for the first time ever, according to figures from Counterpoint Research. Counterpoint’s report says that Oppo managed to capture 21 percent of the world’s biggest smartphone market in January, ahead of Vivo and Huawei, which both achieved 20 percent. Apple and Xiaomi rounded out the top five with 16 percent apiece. Oppo’s sales were up 26 percent year on year and increased 33 percent from the previous month. Counterpoint says that the new Reno 5 series had a successful launch due to offering better specs at a lower price point than the earlier Reno 4. But for Oppo to gain market… Read More

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Praava Health raises $10.6M to increase access to quality healthcare in Bangladesh

Praava Health founder and chief executive officer Sylvana Sinha (third from left) at one of the company’s healthcare centers Before launching Praava Health, a company that combines telemedicine with physical clinics, Sylvana Sinha had a successful career in international law, including serving as a foreign policy advisor to Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and working for the World Bank in Afghanistan. While visiting Bangladesh in 2011 for a family wedding, however, Sinha had a “lightbulb moment” after her mother nearly died after an operation at a top private hospital. “When I had this experience with my mom, I observed that there was really no amount of money that could afford… Read More

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Praava Health raises $10.6M to increase access to quality healthcare in Bangladesh

Praava Health founder and chief executive officer Sylvana Sinha (third from left) at one of the company’s healthcare centers Before launching Praava Health, a company that combines telemedicine with physical clinics, Sylvana Sinha had a successful career in international law, including serving as a foreign policy advisor to Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and working for the World Bank in Afghanistan. While visiting Bangladesh in 2011 for a family wedding, however, Sinha had a “lightbulb moment” after her mother nearly died after an operation at a top private hospital. “When I had this experience with my mom, I observed that there was really no amount of money that could afford… Read More

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Gillmor Gang: Win Win

Just finished a Twitter Spaces session. It is an engaging platform, somewhat clunky in feature set but easily a tie overall with Clubhouse. I don’t see this as a horse race, however, more as cooperating teams fleshing out a platform where both will be major players. Like notifications in iOS and Android, the feature set is a push and pull motion where Android delivers deep functionality and Apple alternately pulls ahead and consolidates gains. Though the details can vary, the combined energy of effectively 100 percent of the consumer base mandates best practices and opportunities for innovation. Something similar is going on in Washington as the Democrats test out their… Read More

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Billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott marries Seattle science teacher

Dan Jewett and MacKenzie Scott. (Photo via The Giving Pledge) MacKenzie Scott, the billionaire philanthropist whose fortune is tied to the early days of Amazon, has married Seattle science teacher Dan Jewett, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. Scott was previously married to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, but the couple divorced in 2019 after 25 years of marriage. Jewett is a science teacher at Lakeside, the exclusive north Seattle private school that’s best known as the alma mater of Microsoft co-founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen. In a March 6 message on The Giving Pledge web site — a site where the ultra rich pledge their fortunes… Read More

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New trailers: Without Remorse, Thunder Force, and a new teaser for The Falcon and The Winter Soldier

Photo by AaronP/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images I had the end of WandaVision spoiled before I watched it because I basically work on the internet and couldn’t quite avoid it, so I won’t do the same to you, dear reader. Let’s just say I didn’t hate it? My colleague Julia Alexander writes in her review that the finale “never lost sight of the story it wanted to tell, the show it wanted to be, and the finale does a mostly decent job of hitting those final notes.” Next up in the MCU, of course, is The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. After giving us a full trailer during the Super Bowl last month,… Read More

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The iMac Pro is being discontinued

Chalk this up to inevitability. The iMac Pro is soon to be no more. First noted by 9to5Mac, TechCrunch has since confirmed with Apple that the company will stop selling the all-in-one once the current stock is depleted. One configuration of the desktop is still available through Apple’s site, listed as “While Supplies Last” and priced at $5,000. Some other versions can also still be found from third-party retailers, as well, if you’re so inclined. The space gray version of the popular system was initially introduced in 2017, ahead of the company’s long-awaited revamp of the Mac Pro. Matthew called it a “love letter to developers” at the time, though… Read More

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Review: Separated siblings struggle to survive a brutal world in Tribes of Europa

The same people who brought us Dark are back with the dystopian sci-fi drama Tribes of Europa. The folks who brought us three captivating seasons of the existential time travel thriller, Dark, are back with a new science fiction series for Netflix: the dystopian drama Tribes of Europa, featuring warring factions battling over what is left of the European continent late in the 21st century. Brutal and compelling, it’s like a German version of The Hunger Games, with bits of Game of Thrones and The 100 thrown in for good measure. In other words, we’re on familiar, well-trodden territory here, but the series is still one heck of an entertaining… Read More

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Google HR reportedly advised mental health leave in response to complaints of racist or sexist behavior

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Several current and former Google employees say the company’s human resources department would often suggest mental health counseling or leave in response to complaints about racist or sexist behavior in the workplace, NBC News reported. The workers described encounters with coworkers that included racist comments about skin color and hairstyles, as well as sexual harassment. When they contacted Google’s human resources department, each was encouraged to take mental health leave, even when their complaints were unrelated to mental health concerns, according to NBC. The report follows the December firing of Google AI ethics researcher Timnit Gebru, who refused a manager’s request to retract… Read More

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