Corporate rumble

Controversy erupts over Chinese company offering “pregnant women” setting

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The Chinese tech firm Qihoo recently upgraded its P1 router with a “pregnant women” setting, claiming it protects pregnant women from any harm from signals, as it reduces radiation by around 70 percent. The move upset rival firm, Xiaomi, which denounced the product as “scaremongering” and took to social media site Weibo to declare that “the so-called pregnancy mode [of Qihoo’s router] is just a marketing tactic. Wi-Fi usage is safe, so please rest assured when using it [Xiaomi’s router]. We firmly oppose, and feel ashamed of, those who create rumours and arouse instability for business purposes.” Zhou Hongyi, chief executive and president of Qihoo, responded rather bizarrely with “we will wait and see who has a more profound understanding of Wi-Fi routers, me or our competitors.” While the company alleges they are just targeting consumers who are afraid of radiation, they also had to admit there is no definitive link between WiFi signals and poor health, using the good old “we are not scientists” argument. While the debate (and fear-mongering) on this issue has been growing in recent years, the World Health Organization believes there is no empirical evidence to suggest “the existence of any health consequences from exposure to low-level electromagnetic fields.”

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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