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Tech writer for Forbes. Southern-bred, trans-Atlantic hybrid. I wrote 'We Are Anonymous'

Can Xiaomi Reach Its Bold 2015 Sales Target? — The narrative for Xiaomi till now has been all about extraordinary growth and enviable popularity. Yet China's upstart smartphone vendor may struggle to reach some of the loftier goals its founder Lei Jun has set, thanks to a slowdown in Chinese smartphone sales and potentially, the challenges that come with entering a new market outside of Asia.

Xiaomi Targets Brazil With A $160 Smartphone — China's fast-growing electronics giant Xiaomi has finally dipped its toes outside of Asia to sell its Redmi 2 device in Brazil, the world's fourth largest smartphone market. The Redmi costs around half the price of comparable Android devices being sold in Brazil by the likes of Samsung, HTC and Motorola: it's $160 (or $499 Brazilian reals).

Samsung Ranked As No. 1 Patent Filer For Wearable Devices — Every so often a nugget of tech news reveals some of the weird and fascinating wearable tech that Samsung is tinkering on: from a smartwatch that can recognize barcodes or read gestures, to a flexible phone you can strap onto your wrist.

Apple Pay Faces New Challenge From Barclays Contactless Devices — Apple is getting ready to launch its contactless payments service in the UK this week, but one of the country's main banks has snubbed the iPhone maker to go its own way.

Google, Softbank Put $11.5 Million Into London's Fastest Growing SaaS Company — If an online store could guess what you were thinking as you browsed their site for goods, would they make more money off you? The wave of predictive analytics software that's been sweeping e-commerce suggests it would, and two of the biggest companies in the field have put their money behind [...]

Fitbit Is Days Away From This Year's Hottest IPO — One of the most exciting IPOs scheduled for 2015 is Fitbit's, and it'll all come to pass this week when Fitbit prices its shares at between $14 and $16 on Wednesday, to start trading Thursday. The company expects to sell 22.4 million shares to raise approximately $358 million, trading on the NYSE as 'FIT.'

Meet The Digital Pen That Took 17 Years To Build — The tiny piece of hardware featured in the photo above looks deceptively unimportant. It took Gilad Lederer and two of his computer science buddies hundreds-of-thousands of hours to develop it. It's a 3D laser interferometer, an optical sensor that is the most important component of a digital pen that Lederer and his friends have built, called Phree.

Messaging Apps Like LINE, WeChat Face A Revenue Problem — Ever wonder why messaging apps like LINE, WeChat, Kik, Snapchat and Facebook Messenger have started broadening into all manner of other services, from ordering groceries to sending money to hailing a cab? It's because it's so hard to make money from simply letting people send texts for free.

A Hot New Chat App For Teens Points To A New Way To Get Online Without A Data Plan — "What most people don't realize," says Jared Allgood, the founder behind the hot new messaging app that's spreading quickly across U.S. middle and high schools, "is that we have a developing nation within America. It's the American teen."

Here Are The 5 Coolest Features Coming To The Apple Watch — Aside from its big announcement about Apple Music yesterday, Apple's WWDC keynote was a stream of small, incremental improvements to its software platforms for desktop, mobile and watch. Yet for the watch in particular even small changes can make a big difference to sales as Apple prepares for the all-important holiday season.
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Jun 30, 2015

RT @digiphile: Many thanks to @parmy & @kashhill for getting me thinking about wearables & data:… if you're not follo…

Jun 30, 2015

RT @madprime: But @kashhill notes @fitbit has also been used as evidence to support claim:… (11/2014 story by @parmy)

Jun 30, 2015

Samsung Ranked As No. 1 Patent Filer For Wearable Devices…

Jun 22, 2015

Haley of South Carolina Calls for Removal of Confederate Battle Flag, via @nytimes…

Jun 15, 2015

RT @jeffgiesea: "We are Anonymous" by @parmy is the kind of book that will change the way you view the world. #books #recommended

Jun 12, 2015

"On Lederer's kitchen table they glued a laser onto their components and tested it out. To their surprise it worked."…

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