Day: October 16, 2020

Miniso, the Japanese-looking variety store from China, sees shares jump in US IPO – TechCrunch

Investors are jumping aboard a value store chain that is bringing Japanese-inspired lifestyle goods to consumers around the world. The company, Miniso, raised $608 million from an initial public offering in New York on Thursday. It debuted at $24.40, above its pricing range of $16.50 to $18.50, and finished the day up 4.4{3cb18d445b0e35c5898c2fda918d54891ca6d5c042c2ad42e401416f22f9b09e}.

Everything about the seven-year-old firm — from its name, branding, products, to its website — suggests it is Japanese, except in fact it was born and bred in China. It bears a striking similarity to Muji, Uniqlo and dollar store Daiso in many ways, and has been called a copycat of its Japanese lifestyle predecessors.

The company, backed by Tencent and Hillhouse Capital, seems to intentionally, albeit misleadingly, brand itself as Japanese. In its public messaging, such as this press release and its country-specific site, it describes itself as a firm co-founded by Chinese entrepreneur

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holiday gift guides 2020 – TechRepublic

Finding the perfect tech gifts can be a challenge–let us help you. These holiday gift ideas for techies and non-techies will make your shopping much easier.

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Shopping for the holidays can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. With so many options available online, it’s easier than ever to find what you’re looking for and get everyone marked off your list. Consider the gift guides and shopping tips listed below to help make your 2020 holiday season the smoothest one yet. This article will be updated as more holiday gift guides are available. 

TechRepublic’s holiday gift guides for 2020

Best holiday gifts for open source enthusiasts
From Linux laptops and desktops to open source-themed face masks and stickers, this 2020 open source gift guide can help you find the perfect gift for your loved one or co-worker.


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Best Android gifts

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Google announces Meet for Glass to boost hands-free collaboration from afar

The system merges remote communication capabilities with Google’s wearable tech to enhance workers across industries.

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In recent months, organizations around the globe have shifted to remote work to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. While some organizations have adopted short-term telecommuter policies, others have made long-term commitments to remote work. In lieu of traditional face-to-face interactions, virtual collaboration requires a host of solutions to enhance the overall experience. To assist remote teams, Google recently announced new collaboration capabilities to its wearable Glass Enterprise Edition 2.

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In 2019, Google announced the latest iteration of its Glass Enterprise Edition with the second edition of the wearable device. The unit touts a three microphones, a 640×360 optical display, an 8MP camera, a speaker, and more to assist with hands-free remote interactions. The company’s glasses

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