This week we’ll test out just how much you really know about Xiaomi, the company known for its Android phones that offer great value for money. The quiz below contains 10 questions that revolve around the company’s products, history, and more. There are four choices available for each question, only one of which is correct.

Are you up for the challenge? Press the Start button below and show us what you got — and don’t forget to share your score on social media at the end.

Note: If you don’t see a Start button, click here.


This is the 32nd quiz in our regular weekly series. You can take a few of the most popular ones via the links below or check out all of them by clicking here.

Let us know which questions you thought were the hardest and share your result with others in the comment section.

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Apple

When Apple purchased digital magazine service Texture back in March 2018, it was only a matter of time until Apple would spawn a new service. Lo and behold, Apple announced Apple News Plus earlier this week during its services-focused event.

Unfortunately for Android users and others without Apple devices, Texture announced earlier today that the service will shut down May 28, 2019. Texture users can presumably still use the service in full until then, with existing customers offered a one-month free trial to Apple News Plus.

However, the news must sting for existing Texture users who don’t own a Mac or iOS device. Apple News Plus is only available for Apple devices, which means Android users can’t even try out the new service unless they visit the Apple Store.

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Also keep in mind that the one-month free Apple News Plus trial offered to current Texture users is the same deal that all new Apple News Plus subscribers get. Lastly, it’s a bit surprising that there isn’t an Android version of Apple’s new service when the company published and continually updates its Apple Music app on the Google Play Store.

The only silver lining we can see is that Apple News Plus expands on what Texture offers. Apart from magazines, Apple News Plus also provides access to newspapers like The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Toronto Star. It also provides access to online publications like theSkimm, The Highlight by Vox, New York Magazine’s Vulture, and more.

NEXT: Apple unplugs long-delayed AirPower wireless charger

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The Complete Six Sigma Green and Black Belt Training Bundle

Contrary to popular belief, a college degree is not mandatory for a career in business. You can get your foot in the door with a little hard work and a certification or two, like the kind you could earn with the Complete Six Sigma Green and Black Belt Training Bundle.

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These two courses offer all the prep you’ll need to become a skilled and certified project manager. Students will be introduced to one of the leading methodologies in the industry and be fully prepared to help businesses run efficiently and be as profitable as possible.

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The best part of this program is just how flexible it is. The courses are delivered online, so you can set your own schedule and, as long as you finish within a year, can go at your own pace. That means you can continue working while you train for the next step in your career.

Once you’ve completed both courses, you’ll be fully prepared to take — and pass — the Six Sigma Green and Black Belt certification exams, which will look pretty impressive on your resume.

Here’s what you get:

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Whether you’re just starting out or are already on the project management bandwagon, you could get more out of your career with these certifications.

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Android gaming is getting bigger and better every month it seems and there is always a slew of new titles coming to Google Play. Whether you’re a casual gamer or you want something with a bit more meat on its bones, there’s usually a game coming out to suit everyone’s taste. Some months are better than others, but there is usually at least one great new game on mobile every month. Let’s take a look at the best new Android games from the last month! You can watch the videos on YouTube from previous months by clicking here! You can also check out our picks for the best new Android games for 2018 in the video above!


AxE: Alliance vs Empire

Price: Freemium
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AxE: Alliance vs Empie is an MMORPG with some decent graphics and a fun premise. You choose between two factions. Those two factions battle it out for domination. The game features various types of online PvP, co-op raid battles, a bunch of missions and quests, a large world to explore, and six total character classes. The game plays like a typical MMORPG. You learn a bunch of skills and go on a bunch of quests. The competitive nature and the freemium price tag leads to some mismatches in the PvP and that’s not cool. However, those who enjoy MMORPG mechanics may enjoy this one for a while. There is a lot of stuff to do.
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Brown Dust

Price: Freemium
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Brown Dust is a strategy RPG with anime styling. The game features over 300 characters, each with their own skills. In addition, the game features the usual assortment of PvP and co-op game play opportunities. The co-op stuff is mostly social, though. The game has a staggering 1,200 levels so you won’t finish this one over a long weekend. In addition, there are various ways to upgrade all of your various mercenaries. It’s not the best SRPG on the Play Store. However, those who like long games will certainly get a kick out of this one. It’s a freemium game with gacha elements. Those who don’t like those types of mobile RPGs should steer clear.
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Era of Legends

Price: Freemium
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Era of Legends is another newer MMORPG. It has the usual fantasy setting with dragons and such. The game also features an absolute ton of missions and quests along with online PvP, an open world to explore, tons of loot to collect, and a variety of social elements like clans. You can explore various dungeons or participate with other players in raid bosses. There is an auto battle and auto movement (auto path) system that sucks a bit of the joy out of the game early on. However, players praise the game’s story line and that’s a rarity for an MMORPG. It has freemium elements but you probably already guessed that.
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LifeAfter

Price: Freemium
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LifeAfter is the latest game from Netease. It’s a post-apocalyptic style game with survival, simulation, and adventure elements. A virus wiped out most of humankind. You have to survive on whatever you can find. Players can encounter other survivors, build homes, and fend off the hordes of infected zombies. Some players criticize the controls and the game’s difficulty. However, a survival game should be pretty hard. Regardless, this is a surprisingly engaging game and it played well during our testing. The freemium elements also don’t get too much in the way of having a good time.
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RBI Baseball 19

Price: $6.99
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RBI Baseball 19 is the MLB’s official baseball game of 2019. It launches almost every year in March these days. The game features updated rosters, weekly roster updates, a franchise mode with simulation elements, and all 30 baseball parks. The graphics are decent and the controls are better than previous years, although they still take some time to get used to. In addition, players can collect over 165 MLB legends. The price is fairly reasonable at $6.99. However, those who enjoy a simpler, more arcade experience may balk at the more difficult, more granular controls and mechanics. The game has no additional in-app purchases or ads.
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RuneScape

Price: Free
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RuneScape is a mobile port of the actual RuneScape game. It features cross-platform play with the PC version along with basically all of the game play elements of the actual game. The graphics are definitely on par with the PC version and there exists no major differences aside from the touch screen controls. The game is in beta and it’s only available to current RuneScape players. Thus, we didn’t get to test the game ourselves. However, the developers keep a list of known bugs in the Google Play description and players have been posting about how good the port is for a beta release. You probably can’t get this right now, but keep it on your radar for when it officially launches. It’ll be one of the best MMORPGs on Android when it does along with OSRS.
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Shieldwall Chronicles: Swords of the North

Price: $5.99
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Shieldwall Chronicles is a tactical RPG similar in scope to games like The Banner Saga, although we think The Banner Saga has better storytelling. Anyway, this game has you leading a group of heroes against a bunch of enemies. Your party is customizable with up to 16 different character classes. The combat is your standard turn-by-turn strategy RPG combat, but this one includes a morale system for a bit of extra complexity. The developers boast over 40 hours of total game play. It’s not bad for a $5.99 game with no freemium elements to get in the way.
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Skylanders Ring of Heroes

Price: Freemium
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Skylanders Ring of Heroes is the latest game from Com2uS, developers of the popular Summoners War. We mention that because this is a very similar game. You can collect over 80 different characters across ten different elements. The elements all have weaknesses and strengths to help out in certain battles. The game has a story mode, a PvP arena, and a fairly complex character development system. We’re not big fans of the energy. You can run through it very quickly and it takes forever to fill up again. It’s good for quick plays over a long period of time, but those who like to spend time with their games will be annoyed at how little you can actually play this game per session.
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Stardew Valley

Price: $7.99
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Stardew Valley is a farming simulator. It had a very successful launch on PC some time ago and the mobile version hopes to continue that trend. There is a metric ton of things to do. That includes grow crops, go fishing, engage in social events with the NPCs, and there are even some exploration and adventure elements. This feels like a full gaming experience. Plus, the developers added multiple control schemes for some customization there along with auto-saving. There is even external controller support. It’s easily one of the best games of 2019 so far and it’s not a freemium game. We like that. Of course, those who don’t like sims or farming probably won’t like this one either.
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World of Legends

Price: Freemium
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March 2019 had a lot of MMORPG releases and we finish off our list with one more. World of Legends is an open world MMORPG with a non-linear story line. That means you can do basically whatever you want whenever you want. The game lets you recruit various sidekicks to help with various missions. You can also play with friends and join guilds. Of course, you get mainstays in the genre like PvP combat as well. It’s definitely something a little bit different. The graphics and controls give it a more arcade feel and that’s not a bad thing. The developers even have a dedicated Discord server for players to chat, deliver feedback, and play the game together. We like that kind of forward thinking in a video game.
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Apple AirPower

Apple today said it has cancelled plans to release a wireless charger for its iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods. The company first revealed AirPower in September 2017 and suggested it would arrive by early 2018. More than 18 months later, the product still hasn’t reached store shelves. Apple has scrapped it.

“After much effort, we’ve concluded AirPower will not achieve our high standards and we have cancelled the project,” said Dan Riccio, Apple’s senior vice president of hardware engineering, in a statement emailed to TechCrunch. “We apologize to those customers who were looking forward to this launch. We continue to believe that the future is wireless and are committed to push the wireless experience forward.”

The charging pad’s absence had become a running joke for the last few months as people have begun to question the product’s legitimacy. A handful of Apple events came and went with no further mention of AirPower.

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When first revealed, Apple said the pad would be able to charge two devices simultaneously and deliver the proper charge to each device. The company envisioned that people might charge their iPhone and AirPods on the pad at the same time. The iPhone would also be able to supply real-time information about the charging status of each device.

This isn’t the first time Apple products have failed to launch, or failed to launch on time. The original AirPods were delayed and even once they began shipping initial quantities were strictly limited.

Apple did not provide a specific reason for cancelling AirPower other than its inability to “achieve our high standards.” That’s marketing speak for “we just couldn’t get the darned thing to work.”

Speculation about engineering challenges has run rampant, mostly pertaining to thermal issues. Managing heat is important when imparting electricity to lithium-ion batteries. AirPower was shown alongside the first iPhones to support wireless charging, the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X.

“Apple cancels products before shipping them all the time — but it keeps its entire product development process secret,” noted Avi Greengart, lead analyst at Techsponential to Android Authority. “It is unusual, though not unprecedented, for Apple to announce products long before they ship. It is downright rare for Apple to cancel products that it has announced. So this is definitely not normal operating procedure for Apple. Of course, it is just an accessory, and there are plenty of alternatives that do essentially the same thing, if not as elegantly.”

Other companies have been able to bring similar wireless chargers to market successfully. In August 2018, for example, Samsung released the Wireless Charger Duo, which can handle two phones, or a phone and Galaxy watch at the same time. The Wireless Charger Duo is available online for about $65.

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Last year, Google had to deal with a massive early leak of the Google Pixel 3, with multiple prototypes sold on the black market in Europe. Today, though, Google is dealing with a different kind of leak: the leak of the as-yet-unannounced Nest Hub Max.

The leak (first spotted by Android Police) originates from the “Connected Home” section of the Google Store. There, you can see the cross section of a model home and click on various details to see how Google and Nest products can make your life easier and more secure.

If you click on the Google Home Hub options littered throughout the house, you can read all about the Nest Hub Max, which seems to be a larger Google Home Hub with a built-in camera.

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The descriptions lead us to believe the device will have a 10-inch HD display, stereo speakers, a Nest cam, and have the ability to alert you of motions and sounds in the vicinity of the hub. These are all features that don’t exist on the Google Home Hub.

It’s also very likely the device will have all the capabilities of the Google Home Hub — namely a touch display, precise control over smart home devices, and Google Assistant built in.

There’s nothing about price or release date, although it’s possible this product could be announced at Google I/O 2019, which is only about a month away. We’ve reached out to Google for a statement on this matter and will update this article should we hear back.

NEXT: Partial Google I/O 2019 schedule is live, includes ‘deep dive’ into Stadia

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If you’re looking for a phone that isn’t a primary device for a power user, check out this offer from NUU Mobile. These specs would have been flagship-tier a couple of years back, but now they’re a fraction of the price, and the best part is that it comes bundled with unlimited talk, text, and data for three months without you paying a dime.

A phrase we started to hear a lot a couple of years ago was “good enough.”

For years, the gap between flagships and budget smartphones was immense in both cost and specs, but recent years have featured the rise of the mid-range as a legitimate option for those who didn’t want to sacrifice performance, but also didn’t feel like shelling out big for something that would be obsolete in 24 months. “Bang-for-buck” became the primary metric, and people started framing things as, “Sure it’s 80 percent of the latest flagship spec-wise, but I only paid 50 percent.”

It’s the perfect gift bundle for teen’s-first-smartphone… or the perfect side gift to yourself.

Then technology began making some serious leaps. But because the evolution of battery power couldn’t keep up with Moore’s Law expectations, manufacturers began to hit a temporary plateau in terms of what could feasibly be crammed into a pocket-sized device. This gave the mid-range time to close the gap with flagships. 

In 2019, the cost of flagships now looks exorbitant when you think about what specs you can get for less than a third of the price.

Consider NUU Mobile’s new G3+ offer through a partnership with Mint Mobile, one of the country’s fastest growing wireless companies. 

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The NUU Mobile G3+ unlocked dual-SIM cell phone is the ideal combination of optimal battery power, beautiful design, and high-quality features. Sleek glass casings create a striking and unique design, and its shimmering, Onyx Black color is sure to get a lot of attention every time you use it.

The G3+ rocks a 4,000mAh battery and has a dual-camera setup (13MP and 5MP) as well as a 13MP selfie-snapper, dual-SIM support, all the connectivity features you would expect from a modern device, 64GB of storage (microSD expansion supported), and 4GB of RAM. Under the hood is an Helio P25 Octa Core 2.39GHz processor.

Those specs aren’t “good enough.” They’re just plain good.

The limited-time offer currently running in coordination with Mint hooks you up with more than just a smartphone. You’ll get the G3+, three months of unlimited talk and text for the U.S., Mexico, and Canada (along with 5GB of 4G LTE data per month) from Mint, a sleek case from Tudia, and a NUU Pop to stick to the back of the device. It’s the perfect gift bundle for teen’s-first-smartphone… or the perfect side gift to yourself.

The offer at a glance:

Typically, this spread would cost a total of $317.88. But while supplies last, you can grab everything listed above for just $229.99. Click on the button below to learn more!

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According to a new report from Nikkei Asian Review, Sony mobile is about to experience a tectonic shift. The report alleges that Sony will cut its mobile division in half by 2020.

If this is true, it will result in roughly 2,000 people either losing their jobs or getting shifted to a new department at Sony.

It should be noted that Nikkei Asian Review does not cite a source in its article on this matter. However, the publication is highly-regarded and trustworthy.

Besides, although this news is disappointing to hear, it’s not exactly unexpected. Just yesterday, Sony announced it was shutting down a factory that primarily makes smartphones. The company also moved its mobile division into another division that makes TVs, cameras, and audio gear. It’s assumed Sony did this to help hide just how much money its mobile division is losing.

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Reportedly, Sony mobile lost $1 billion in 2018.

This also isn’t the first time Sony has performed a massive job cut to its mobile division. In 2009, Sony cut 1,000 jobs from mobile and then cut another 2,000 in 2015. Both cuts were due to slow sales of mobile phones.

We reached out to Sony asking about this rumor but didn’t hear back before press time.

Sony’s most recent smartphone is the $1,000 Sony Xperia 1.

NEXT: Sony Xperia 1, 10 and 10 Plus specs: a whole new Sony

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Google Home Hub deal

If you’re in the market for a smart display, the Google Home Hub is arguably your best choice. The good news is that the best choice is now one of the most affordable — MassGenie currently offers the Home Hub for $79.95, the lowest price we’ve seen for Google’s smart display.

Keep in mind that you must have a MassGenie account to get the deal. Once you create or log into an existing one, click the above link, search for the Home Hub, and click the orange Power Deal button. The deal expires in a little over five hours or until stock dries up.

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Living up to its name, the Home Hub acts as a central hub for all of your compatible smart home devices. From light bulbs and security cameras to thermostats and smart switches, you can use your voice and Google Assistant to control your home how you see fit.

However, voice isn’t the only interaction you can have with the Home Hub — the device sports a seven-inch touchscreen that lets you view recipes, videos, song lyrics, calendar appointments, and more.

$150 was already a decent price to pay for the Home Hub, but $79.95 almost makes this a no-brainer. The price even beats out the $99 Black Friday price we saw this past November. Make sure to click the link below to get this great deal.

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Google just revealed the Android Security & Privacy Year in Review 2018 report. The annual report sums up how well Google is doing at protecting Android users from security and privacy breaches.

According to the report — which Google creates and disperses — the company is doing a great job at protecting users from potentially harmful apps (PHAs). The report states that in 2018, only 0.08 percent of devices that used the Google Play Store exclusively for app downloads were affected by PHAs.

There are around two billion Android devices worldwide, but millions of those devices either don’t use the Play Store exclusively or don’t use it at all (such as the millions of devices in China). With that in mind, the amount of devices affected by PHAs is likely comparatively quite small.

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However, the devices that don’t use the Play Store exclusively also saw some progress in 2018. According to the report, those devices saw a 15 percent reduction in malware rates as compared to the previous year.

Check out this YouTube video of Dave Kleidermacher, Vice President of Android Security and Privacy, running down what’s new in this report:

Quite possibly the most interesting stat from the report, though, is that in the final quarter of 2018, there were a whopping 84 percent more devices receiving a security update than in the same quarter the prior year.  That’s terrific news and an example of how smartphone OEMs are finally getting better at keeping devices up-to-date.

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With Google I/O 2019 right around the corner, 9to5Google noticed a new Chromium code change that indicates Google Assistant is headed to Google Chrome on Android.

According to the code change, Google will run a demo of what’s called “Autofill Assistant” during its upcoming developer conference. Some pieces of code are even labeled triggerGoogleIOStuff, which lends additional credence to Google showing off the feature during an onstage demo.

As for the demo, the code cobbles together an example of Google Assistant knowing that you have an upcoming trip to Chicago. Chrome will then display an Assistant card based on what the virtual assistant knows about your trip.

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From there, the card offers a rental car booking through National Car Rental. We don’t know when exactly the card pops up, though some details point to certain websites triggering Assistant. For example, navigating to National Car Rental’s website might bring up an Assistant card that suggests a booking based on where you’re going.

As the name implies, Autofill Assistant then uses your travel information to automatically fill out empty fields and gets payment information from cards saved in Chrome. For example, Assistant could fill out the pick-up and drop-off locations of your car rental. You can also go into Assistant and change any of this information.

The good news is that Autofill Assistant doesn’t only work with car rentals — 9to5Google also noticed that the feature worked with movie ticket purchases. Whether we will see the feature work with other purchases is anyone’s guess, though we’ll likely learn more during Google I/O 2019.

NEXT: What Google I/O tells us about the future of Android

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A man using a smartphone to make a phone call using his voice.

If you frequent pubs in the United Kingdom that bear the Samuel Smith name, you might want to watch your smartphone usage. According to a new internal company memo leaked by Manchester Evening News, the pub chain — which boasts more than 300 outlets — is banning all customer smartphone calls.

If a customer wants to make a call, they will have to exit the building and do so outside, similar to how smokers have to do the same when they want to smoke.

The phone call ban is an effort to keep the face-to-face conversational atmosphere of a traditional pub intact. The use of tablets and laptops are also banned, both inside and directly in front of pubs.

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It should be noted that smartphone use isn’t banned completely: you can still check emails and text messages. However, you can’t “receive transmitted pictures of sport or download music apps,” for some reason.

This isn’t the first time Samuel Smith pubs have instituted an unconventional rule. The pubs already ban music and televisions and there is also a zero tolerance policy on the use of profanity.

Humphrey Smith, the owner of the brewery, does everything he can to preserve the traditional spirit of the pubs as started by the original Samuel Smith in 1758. According to the brewery’s website, the company also tries to adhere to famous author George Orwell’s vision of a perfect pub experience as written in his essay “The Moon Under Water.”

Landlord Oisin Rogers, who runs The Guinea Grill in an upper-class area of London, said Mr. Smith was “going all Willie Wonka again” with the latest ban.

NEXT: France bans personal smartphones and tablets in schools

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