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This weird router has a 'pregnancy mode'

This weird router has a 'pregnancy mode'
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Is this just a sales gimmick? One company is selling a new router with a special setting for pregnant women. It's stirring up all sorts of controversy between tech giants.

Router maker Qihoo 360 rolled out a new model with three modes described on its website as wall penetration, balance and "pregnant women".  The pregnant mode is supposed to reduce the amount of radiation given off by the router by up to 70%. Qihoo's competitor Xiaomi is challenging those claims. The team at Xiaomi says that Qihoo's developers are promoting this "pregnant women" mode to market to worried parents without any real increase in their protection.

In fact, Xiaomi is claiming that there is no benefit for pregnant women to avoid being around strong Wi-Fi signals. An official post on social media from Xiaomi says, "The so-called pregnancy mode is just a marketing tactic. WiFi usage is safe, so please rest assured when using it."

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