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  • The smart home is big in China
  • The smart home is big in China
    Xiaomi (2014) ©

The smart home is big in China

China boasts the world’s biggest internet network – an estimated 618 million people are connected to the internet, with 500 million of them surfing via mobile. So it makes sense that the internet of things is taking off, too. From TVs to fridges, Chinese homes have never looked so smart.



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    As you leave for work, you yell “lock” and “camera on” to keep the house secure, before telling your vacuum to clean the bedroom carpet while you're out. It's not a sci-fi film - the technology is available now. But do we really want our homes to be controlled by technology?

  • Is TV still relevant in China? Is TV still relevant in China?

    As social media platforms like WeChat and Weibo are increasingly used for marketing campaigns, the relevance of TV advertising in China is being questioned. There's speculation that the heavy censorship placed on Chinese TV compromises content quality.

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    Tony Fadell, the man who helped oversee the design of Apple's iPod and iPhone, has designed a new thermostat that can 'learn' the patterns of its users.