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You may have heard of Xiaomi — the China-based tech company that grew to prominence with its bargain-priced, flagship-grade phones. A lot of them are sold internationally through 3rd party retailers, so you may even be one of the few people that bit the bullet and bought one of these bargains.

Xiaomi is known for another thing besides its affordable phones, though — its super-heavy Android re-skin. Dubbed MIUI, it’s Xiaomi’s own interface that makes the operating system look in a whole different way.

This is why the release of the Xiaomi Mi A1 was such a big deal — the phone is built …


John Chen gets a vote of confidence from BlackBerry's largest stockholder

Fairfax Financial is BlackBerry’s largest stockholder, which means that Fairfax Chairman and CEO Prem Watsa has a lot of input into what goes on with the Canadian smartphone manufacturer. In fact, Watsa had a lot to do with Chen getting the gig back in November 2013, when he replaced ineffectual Thorsten Heins, In a 24-page letter to Fairfax Financial stockholders sent out earlier this month, Watsa wrote one paragraph about BlackBerry’s turnaround. The company is approaching breakeven on a cash flow and earnings basis.

Part of the letter dealt with the licensing agreement that BlackBerry …