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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

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

Raspberry Pi 2 - 6x Faster, Quad-Core, 1GB And Support For Windows 10 At Just $35

The $35 Raspberry Pi Mini-PC originally aimed to be an affordable educational device to learn computing has started a whole new category of enthusiast using the mini-computer under various scenarios from smart electronic projects to desktop computer's and mini-servers.

The all new second generation Raspberry Pi 2 Model B has now available offering 6x more performance then it's predecessor, thanks to an all new 900MHz Quad-Core Armv7 SOC (Single Board Computer) Broadcom BCM2836 coupled with 1GB of RAM. Apart from the CPU and RAM everything remains the same from form factor to connectors like 4 USB ports, 40 GPIO pins, Full HDMI port, Ethernet port, Combined 3.5mm audio jack and composite video, Camera interface (CSI), Display interface (DSI), Micro SD card slot and VideoCore IV 3D graphics core - which means all the older accessories and software-code can be used with the new Pi.

To make the news even more sweeter, the new Raspberry Pi 2 Model B will cost the same US$35 and will also support an IoT (Internet Of Things) trimmed down version of Microsoft Windows 10. This release of Windows 10 will also be 100% free for the Maker community through the Windows Developer Program for IoT.

Raspberry Pi 2

[Video] Dell Venue 8 7000 - World's Thinnest Tablet, Feature's Intel Real Sense Technology

The world’s thinnest tablet "Dell Venue 8 7000" won the 2015 CES “Best of Innovation” award. Featuring an Intel Atom Z3580 2.3GHz Quad Core and the usual bells and whistle, the tablet also features an impressive 8.4" 2560 x 1600 OLED infinity display and an Intel® RealSense™ Snapshot Depth Camera. Do check-out the in-depth features walk-through video shared below.

Dell Venue 8 7000

Microsoft HoloLens - Behold, the new era of computing

Apart from announcing the good news that Windows 10 will be free for everyone using Windows 7 or 8.1 if upgraded within the first year, Microsoft also unveiled their holographic computing headset dubbed 'HoloLens'. To see how amazing Microsoft HoloLens is, or we should say "could be in future" - just watch the videos shared below.

Microsoft HoloLens

Intel® Compute Stick - Quad Core Atom CPU With Windows 8.1

HDMI Android and Linux TV sticks are nothing new, but now we have Intel Quad Core powered Windows mini-pcs's as GULEEK i8 which is already on sale and we blogged about it earlier. Intel has also announced their own version of the Mini-PC Stick at CES 2015 as shared below.

The Intel Compute Stick is a new generation device which is a full-featured plug-n-play Desktop computer with a quad-core Intel® Atom™ processor, built-in wireless connectivity, on-board storage, and a micro SD card slot for additional storage. The four inches long, ultra-small, power-efficient device will come pre-installed in two flavors one with Windows 8.1 priced at $150 and other one with Linux priced at $89.

The Intel Compute Stick is planned to be released in March, 2015 but as of now the GULEEK i8 seems a better deal considering the fact that it is powered by same Intel branded CPU, is cheaper (for Windows version), has 3000mAh built-in battery, more connectors, comes with a remote control app for mobile phone and is available to order right now for just $103.

Intel Compute Stick

StoreDot Flash Battery Charges Phone In Seconds, Gets Demoed At CES 2015

We have written about the world's fastest charging battery StoreDot a few months ago, earlier the Israeli startup demoed their product charging a Samsung smartphone to it's full-capacity in under a minute. Back then the size of the battery and charger were bottleneck for daily use, the company has now came over that limitation and have presented a much slimmer version of the technology at CES 2015.

StoreDot Flash Battery

Hyundai BlueLink App Will Let You Start/Stop Your Car Remotely

Leading car manufacturer Hyundai will be debuting their next-generation "BLUE LINK" technology and app at CES 2015, The Blue Link smartwatch app once paired via Bluetooth to the owner’s smartphone allows execution of Remote functions from almost anywhere in the U.S. without any range limits as long as the smartphone has a Bluetooth and data connection. Blue Link Smartwatch features voice activated controls for Remote Engine Start/Stop, Remote Door Lock / Unlock, Remote Flash Lights / Honk Horn, Car Finder, Call Roadside and Call Blue Link.

GULEEK i8 : $104 Intel Quad-Core Mini-PC With Windows 8.1 And Built-in Battery

There are tons of TV sticks and mini-pc's with Android and Linux support, but a new breed of Intel Quad-core HDMI mini-pc's have now started to appear supporting a fully-functional Microsoft Windows 8.1 OS.

GULEEK i8 comes powered with an 1.3 GHz Intel Atom Z3735F quad-core processor, 2GB DDR3 RAM, 16GB of storage, a microSD card slot, 2 full-sized USB ports, a micro USB port (for charging), a micro HDMI port, a headset jack, microphone, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, 3000mAh battery (allowing usage as a portable media player without need of a power adapter), all this in a ultra-slim, light-weight and noise-free fanless design. The Intel powered quad-core CPU coupled with Microsoft Windows 8.1 OS makes this one of the best setup for a home entertainment system supporting hardware video decoding (Intel HD Graphic(Gen7)) with full codec support unlike it's Android and Linux counterparts, just plug this on any screen via HDMI and you have a fully-functional desktop computer with Windows 8.1 OS.

You can also use this as an headless system, the mini-pc comes with an Android app supporting remote login and interaction with the GULEEK i8 without requiring a keyboard and mouse.


Intel Quad-Core Mini-PC With Windows 8.1
Intel Quad-Core Mini-PC With Windows 8.1
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