Redmi K40 launch confirmed for February 25 in Xiaomi’s home market

Mabel R. Acton
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  • Xiaomi has announced the China launch date for the Redmi K40 series.
  • The lineup will consist of a Snapdragon 888 flagship.
  • Pricing for the series will start at 2,999 yuan (~$465).

Xiaomi has been teasing the Redmi K40 series for a while and now we finally have a launch date for the phones. According to the company’s Weibo post, the new Redmi lineup that includes a Snapdragon 888 flagship will be revealed in China on February 25.

Like the Redmi K30 phones before it, the K40 series will also bear an affordable price tag. Redmi General Manager, Lu Weibing

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Is Your Raspberry Pi Phoning Home to Microsoft?

Mabel R. Acton
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A new update to Raspberry Pi OS, previously known as Raspbian, has put open-source fans on edge. Why? The new OS is pinging Microsoft servers every time the user updates their apps or the OS itself.

The brouhaha is a bit of a tempest in a teapot, because the new OS simply pings repositories that hold Microsoft’s Visual Studio Code editor, a simplified IDE that has risen to become a formidable tool in the programmer’s arsenal—and, presumably, a solid educational tool.

That said, open-source zealots see companies like Microsoft as anathema

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Seattle’s Porch marks new era as public company with first Super Bowl ad touting home services tech

Mabel R. Acton

Editor’s note: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the amount Porch paid for a Super Bowl ad. The story and headline have been updated.

Porch has been on quite a run the past several weeks, and it culminated Sunday night with a surprise Super Bowl ad for the Seattle-based tech company.

The 30-second spot aired right after the game ended and was a rapid-fire display of the various ways people can love their homes using Porch’s home services tech. National ads that ran during the game were reportedly priced at $5.5 million for 30-second units. Porch’s ad ran

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Computer technology keeps the music playing at Highcliffe Nursing Home

Mabel R. Acton

A NURSING home in Highcliffe has been using computer technology to keep people entertained during the Coronavirus pandemic, by providing virtual shows for its residents.

To protect residents from the virus, visits by relatives and friends have been necessarily curtailed and a temporary stop has also been put on entertainers coming to the home.

However, one of the residents’ favourite singers, Jo Geraty, who performs as Retro Rita, has found a way to keep the music playing – by livestreaming her concert into the lounge of the Kingsley Healthcare home in Stuart Road, Highcliffe.

She said: “I perform in 60

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