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Google disables touch function on Home Mini

Google has stopped its Home Mini speakers responding when users touch them. It permanently turned off the touch activation feature after it found that sensors primed to spot a finger tap were too sensitive. Early users found that the touch sensors were registering “phantom” touches that turned them on. This meant the speakers were recording everything around them thousands of times a day. Google said it disabled the feature to give users “peace of mind”. Google’s Home Mini gadgets were unveiled on 4 October as part of a revamp of…

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Electric Mini to be built in Oxford

A fully electric version of the Mini will be built at the Cowley plant near Oxford, BMW has said. The carmaker said the model would go into production in 2019, with Oxford the main “production location” for the Mini three-door model. However, the electric motor will be built in Germany before being shipped to Cowley for assembly. BMW said it had “neither sought nor received” any reassurances from the UK on post-Brexit trading arrangements. Last year, the government faced questions about the “support and assurances” given to Nissan before the…

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