January 4, 2015, 8:00 PM

Top News

Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Xiaomi says its smartphone shipments up 227% to more than 61M in 2014, revenues grew 135% to almost $12B, plans expansion to more countries  —  Xiaomi Confirms It Sold 61M Phones In 2014, Has Plans To Expand To More Countries  —  Xiaomi, the Chinese smartphone maker that raised $1.1 billion last month …
David Pierce / The Verge:
Withings launches Activité Pop, a $150 version of its $450 fitness-tracking wristwatch  —  The Withings Activité Pop is a cheaper brand of beautiful fitness-tracking wristwatch  —  It's not Swiss Made, but it's not $450 either  —  The Withings Activité is a watch.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Netflix Cracks Down on VPN and Proxy “Pirates”  —  Due to complicated licensing agreements Netflix is only available in a few dozen countries, all of which have a different content library.  —  Some people bypass these content and access restrictions by using VPNs or other circumvention tools that change their geographical location.
Billy Steele / Engadget:
Seagate debuts 7mm thin, 500GB HD for $100; 500GB wireless drive for $130; and 3-5TB Personal Cloud drives  —  Seagate outs a fleet of cloud, wireless and super-thin hard drives  —  If getting your digital life better organized is tops on your list of New Year's resolutions, Seagate has a trio of options that cover all the bases.
Dan Counsell:
Benefits of selling software outside the Mac App Store: lower fees, bundles, getting customers' contact information  —  The Benefits of Selling Software outside the Mac App Store  —  When you get swept along in the shininess of the App Store it's easy to forget that you no longer know who your customers are.
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Chance Miller / 9to5Google:
Acer announces first 15-inch Chromebook with Core i3 processor, 1080p display  —  To kick off CES 2015, Acer has announced its first ever 15-inch Chromebook.  The 15.6-inch screen makes it the biggest Chromebook released to date, but keeping trend with other Chromebooks on the market, the device is still affordable, starting at $250.
The Verge:
What to expect at CES 2015: wearables, Intel Broadwell devices, retail-ready VR headsets, more  —  Here's what to expect from CES 2015  —  The future will be wearable, autonomous, and always connected  —  With 2014 now firmly in the rearview mirror, the tech industry is gearing …

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