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Rooting Xiaomi Mi4 Stable ROM

I switched from an Apple iPhone to Xiaomi Mi4 since past 4 months and I must say it is an excellent smartphone. Apart from power-packed hardware the Google Android 4.4 based MIUI6 ROM on the software front has been a big reason the phone is a huge success and is often compared to the likes of Apple iPhone 6 despite being cheaper almost three times to it. The company offers two versions of their official MIUI ROM - the "Stable Version" which comes pre-installed with Google services like "Google Play Store" and the "Development Version" which gets frequent updates, does not have Google services pre-installed, is tuned towards Chinese app-ecosystem but has the added advantage of being pre-rooted.

While I was enjoying my experience with the developer version of the ROM, last update MIUI6 v 5.2.13 broke Google services and re-installing using the usual "Google Installer" from the MIUI Appstore did not worked. This is when I decided to switch to the Stable version of the ROM and had to manually root my phone as shared below unlike the development version which comes pre-rooted.

Xiaomi Mi4 ROM

Free Utility To Make Microsoft Windows 10 Bootable USB Pen Drive

Finally got the chance to give Microsoft Windows 10 Technical Preview a try, to get it loaded onto a new machine I opted to create a Bootable Windows USB drive as shared ahead. While the Windows 7 Bootable Disk Maker Tool worked fine for Windows 8 Bootable USB, it failed with Windows 10 TP ISO image.

I used the excellent portable, bootable usb disk maker utility Rufus to get the job done, just point the utility to Windows 10 TP ISO as shown below and click the Start button.

Rufus Tool

Get Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery for Android App for Free

Lost or accidentally deleted an important file from your Android Device? Do not worry as there are app available that can easily retrieve data from phones internal memory or memory card / SD card.

Common reasons of data loss include memory card corruption, device became inaccessible or the Android OS itself become damaged and is no longer able to boot. Under such circumstances, you need to stop using the device or needed to be turned off. Please note that further saving files or installing applications after data loss instance may leads to permanent deletion of your files which cannot be recovered even by using professional data recovery applications.

Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery for Android provides safe and effortless environment to salvage important files such as contacts, text messages, Call Log, pictures and more from latest running Android OS.

Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery for Android

Swalekh : A Multilingual Keypad In 11 Indian Languages

Swalekh LogoIn earlier days of Google Android OS, one has to root and hack their way into the core operating-system files just to install additional fonts like Hindi as demonstrated in an earlier post. Nowadays, we have quite a lot of options to install additional keyboards in multiple languages like the free Hindi keyboard provided by Google.

To make things easier for Indian users we now have an excellent free app - Swalekh, the app brings power of local language expression through an easy-to-use app. Users of Swalekh can express themselves in their own language - be it while sending a text message, a Facebook update, a tweet, writing a blog, or sending an email. Supporting English, हिन्दी (Hindi), বাংলা (Bengali), తెలుగు (Telugu), मराठी (Marathi), தமிழ் (Tamil), ગુજરાતી (Gujarati), ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada), മലയാളം (Malayalam), ଓଡ଼ିଆ (Odia), ਪੰਜਾਬੀ (Punjabi) and অসমীয়া (Assamese). Swalekh comes with word predictions (English and Native), auto-correct, a native language keyboard as well as an PHONETIC option to which will transliterate text to your native language using the familiar QWERTY Keypad.

Swalekh Hindi Keyboard

[Infographic] TOR For Newbies

TOR is a free and open network which provides anonymity to users on internet protecting their privacy against network surveillance and traffic analysis. In an earlier blog post we shared how to configure IP country of your choice when using TOR, this is just a inforgraphic showing what exactly TOR is and how it works.

What is TOR?

Tenorshare Android Data Recovery Software Free Giveaway

Accidently wiped important contacts on your Samsung Galaxy S5? SD card of your HTC One can’t be read and photos become inaccessible? Text messages are deleted due to wrong operation? It is quite common for you to get stuck in such annoying situations. You may go for reputable data recovery software but all too often you may give up due to their whopping price.

If you are facing the same dilemma, this post would do you a big favor: Tenorshare is giving-away registration codes exclusively for our readers for its best-selling software, Android Data Recovery, totally for FREE (Original $39.95)!

Tenorshare Android Data Recovery Free Full Version Key

This Android data recovery software is a PC-based program which recovers up to 5 types of files for your Android devices. And for more details, take a look at the following key features.

[Exclusive] Wazzmedia 6 Months Premium Access For Free : Unblock regional video and audio restrictions with ease

As we all know, there are lots of websites on internet that are geographically restricted, for example there is Netflix with lots of movies and TV shows that is available only in few countries. Wazzmedia creators live in country where Netflix, Hulu, Pandora and any other website similar to those three are restricted. And a lot of us know that feeling when you try vpn tunnels or proxy server, that simply isn't fast enough to stream this media content without buffering or high quality experience. So Wazzmedia was born. It is a simple Chrome/Firefox extension that sorts traffic and does it very cleverly so that you can access for example Netflix without any loss in streaming speed whatsoever. It streams media content directly from content provider to your computer. So it is so much faster than any proxy, peer to peer proxy or vpn tunnel.

Using extension is very easy, you just install, turn it on by clicking on it to turn the extension icon colored. And that's it, you can now go to any before restricted website and it will just work. Simple as that.

Wazzmedia is $2.79 per month or $27.90 per year and first 5 days are completely free. But we are giving you (Megaleecher reader) 6 months for free, thats (180 days for free).

Wazzmedia unlcoker

Affordable Bluetooth 4.0 USB Dongle For Raspberry Pi

While Raspberry Pi certainly is a cheap mini-computer, adding accessories to it blows up ownership costs a lot. While adding WiFi is relatively cheap, finding a compatible Bluetooth Low Energy 4.0 (BLE) for a bargain is hard. Luckily, I found the Orico BTA-403 Mini Bluetooth 4.0 Adapter Dongle which comes with CSR8510 Low Energy Chip and is compatible with Linux and Raspberry Pi despite being not listed as such in the description, this is certainly a must-have deal for $8 including worldwide shipping. Instructions for setup are as shared below.

ORICO BTA-4 BLE USB

Fixing "The program can't start because the detoured.dll is missing from your computer." Error On Windows

Majority of Windows users face missing .dll file errors every now and then, but missing detoured.dll takes the prize for being the most annoying of them all. Unlike other missing .dll errors this will popup with message "The program can't start because the detoured.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem." everytime an .exe file is launched on your computer either manually by the user or via autostart.

On the computer I diagnosed this, the error was being flashed 7-10 times on every boot and one needs to close each prompt, on further digging I found detoured.dll is infact part of an Microsoft Research technology named "Detours" which allowed hooks into every application launched on Windows OS (scary!!!). Having such a dll on a computer without any specific use-case was not acceptable so I devoted time to get rid of this error without the need to re-install this dll in my System folder.

detoured.dll

Lantern : An app to end censorship

Proxies, VPN and Tor Network have been the most popular tools in hands of users wanting to bypass internet censorship in countries like China, Iran, Syria and North Korea. Lantern a free utility for Windows, Mac and Linux which allows users to bypass internet censorship by routing internet connections via "trusted" friends located in non-restrictive countries. Unlike Tor, Lantern is a tool having the priority to provide access via trusted computers and is not designed to prevent monitoring or anonymize a user's connection. Lantern also makes use of it's cloud-servers acting as proxy to provide access if no trusted peer-to-peer connection via a friend is available, these connections are also faster then other similar tools like GoAgent, Freegate, Ultrasurf, Psiphon and Autoproxy as it focuses to utilize it's proxy-resources in providing access to only "a list of known blocked sites" instead of all websites wasting resources.

Lantern

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