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Monday 18 December 2017

In brief... Huawei phone sales defy China slowdown

Huawei Ascend G7
Huawei Ascend G7

Huawei Technologies has doubled its China smartphone revenue in the first half of this year, defying a slowdown in the world's biggest handset market that's hitting Xiaomi and Samsung.

The fourth-largest smartphone maker globally missed shipment targets for two years, but a focus on high-margin premium models has brought into range its goal of moving 33pc more handsets than 2014.

Overall smartphone shipments in China shrank for the first time in six years in the first quarter, and one-time leader Xiaomi booked its first fall in sequential semi-annual sales, saying the domestic market is nearing saturation.

UK authorities issue alert over near-miss drones

With an increase in popularity of drones for both recreational and commercial use, Britain's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is warning operators to exercise caution with recent incidents raising concern that collisions between drones and other aircraft are becoming increasingly likely and could have extremely serious consequences.

One of the more serious near misses involved a drone coming within 20ft of an incoming passenger plane at Heathrow.

Selfies aren't gym dandy for workouts

Is there no end in sight to the selfie craze? New research shows almost a quarter of gym-goers take selfies when working out, and 40pc of us believe selfies should be banned in gyms.

According to new research by global fitness company Les Mills, there are a number of selfie categories.

They include the "proud" muscle-bound mirror selfie; the "I am here" pic to show that the subject is a workout regular; the "acceptable" ones, where the subject tracks his or her progress and body shape; the narcissistic abs selfie; and the sneaky ones, taken when the photographer hopes no one is looking at them.

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