Today’s afternoon news roundup is full of interesting stories. Some good, some bad, but they will all leave you scratching your head.
Every time Xiaomi releases a device (anywhere), it sells out within minutes. Though this continues to be the case, it turns out Xiaomi hasn’t been the most honest about the specifics, which got them in trouble with Taiwan’s Federal Trade Commission. The Chinese manufacturer has been fined NT$600,000 (US$19,980) for false advertising.
Xiaomi has claimed they sold 10,000 units last December 9th, selling out after 9 minutes and 50 seconds. Likewise, they claim they sold 10,000 units on December 16th and 8,000 units on December 23rd. The FTC found these are all false statements, and Xiaomi actually sold 9,339 Redmi phones on December 9th, 9,492 units on December 16th and 7,389 units the 23rd.
Opinion: These are not huge lies, but it sure was enough for Taiwan to raise an eyebrow. Surely, they will try to keep their numbers straight from now on.
In the universe of weird things to see or hear about, this story definitely has to win some kind of award. In fact, it sounds like some kind of weird, surreal dream.
To make the story short, two men in a Taiwanese establishment got upset over one taking the other’s wallet. Soon they were stepping outside for a fight, one armed with a modified gun and the other with… a sickle.
Needless to say there was a clear disadvantage for the man with a sickle, but some say a good defense is better than a strong offense. This man’s Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 saved his life after stopping a bullet! This was after going through his arm, which probably helped. The shooter, Xu, surrounded himself to the police later and the wounded man was treated accordingly.
Opinion: So wait… people just take guns when they go on casual outings? Forget about the gun, who carries around a sickle?!
Here’s a little something to brighten up the day, how about a video in which comedians talk about their tech and online dating experiences! Turns out they are not as good with tech as they are with jokes, and they will readily admit it.
They were asked if they have ever used Tinder, to which they all had bad stories to share. Either that or indifference towards the service. They also told us what their life as an app would be.
Opinion: Gotta love a good funny video. We thought you may enjoy this technology-focused one.