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Xiaomi is skipping Mobile World Congress entirely this year

xiaomi Samsung isn’t the only major phone maker who won’t be announcing a new device at Mobile World Congress, the telecom industry’s largest event, next month. China’s Xiaomi will skip the event entirely, a spokesperson confirmed to TechCrunch. The move is an unexpected one since it was widely assumed Xiaomi would attend. Barcelona-based Mobile World Congress is one of… Read More

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Facebook just hired a big shot to run its virtual reality division

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Mark Zuckerberg isn’t kidding around about virtual reality.

The CEO of Facebook announced late Wednesday Hugo Barra is joining as the vice president of virtual reality (VPVR, in case you were curious). 

The role covers Oculus and all other VR-related products at the company, according to Zuckerberg’s Facebook post announcing the news. 

The post included an image of Zuckerberg and Barra in Facebook’s own VR social network, virtually celebrating the hire.

From Google to Xiaomi to Facebook

So who exactly is Barra? He last served as vice president of international at Chinese smartphone company Xiaomi, known as the “Apple of China,” where he was the face behind the products.  Read more…

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Hugo Barra joins Facebook to lead its VR efforts, including Oculus

16265529_10103456684228891_2797602321406032996_n Hugo Barra, who previously held a positions as a key VP for Android at Google, and led Xiaomi’s international efforts in a VP role at the Chinese company, is now joining Facebook. Barra announced his departure from Xiaomi on January 22, after a three-and-a-half year stint at the company. Barra will lead all of Facebook’s VR efforts, including Oculus, according to Facebook CEO… Read More

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