MIUI 7 Global Released: How to Download and Install It

MIUI 7 Global Released: How to Download and Install It

Xiaomi on Tuesday announced that it has made available MIUI 7 global stable builds for a range of devices. The new version of Xiaomi’s mobile OS is available for download from the company’s official forum, and is also being rolled out in the form of an OTA update.

Stable MIUI 7 builds are available for the Xiaomi Mi 3, the Xiaomi Mi 4, the Xiaomi Mi Note, the Xiaomi Redmi 1S, the Xiaomi Redmi 2, Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime, the Xiaomi Redmi Note, and the Xiaomi Mi Pad. There’s no word on when the Xiaomi Mi 4i will receive the update.

Based on Android Lollipop, MIUI 7 comes with a number of features such as four built-in themes, a daily lock screen that changes its wallpaper everyday, and a new mode that gives a user the option to lock down apps they don’t want their kids to access.

As for improvements, the company claims that MIUI 7 offers up to 30 percent better response time than MIUI 6. Users should also find it light on battery as some tweaks on how the operating system handles the background apps have been introduced.

If you’ve never flashed your device – manually installed the ROM on your handset – you should wait for the OTA update to arrive for your phone. Users can check the Updater app on their MIUI device to see if the OTA update has arrived for them. If it has, users should press Update, and then press Reboot now once the download completes to finish the installation.

Alternatively, you can follow the instructions below to install the latest flavour of Xiaomi’s take on Android for your handset.

What you need to know before updating the device is that there are two builds available for your device: Fastboot, and Recovery. Updating your handset using the recovery build is easier, and furthermore, it doesn’t wipe your existing files and settings. Fastboot requires you to download the Mi PC suite on your computer, and using this method wipes the files and settings on your device.

Users running stable MIUI 5 or MIUI 6 stable builds are recommended to wait for the OTA update, or flash the full ROMs in recovery or using Mi PC suite. If users are running the MIUI 7 China developer build, or the MIUI 7 global beta build, they are recommended to flash the full ROMs after wiping all user data, as they will not receive the update over-the-air.

If you wish to wipe all your settings – preferable only if your device has some issues – you can follow the instructions mentioned below recovery mode.

Below we’ve explained how you can update to MIUI 7 using the Recovery ROM, Mi PC Suite, and Fastboot ROM.

How to update using Recovery mode:
1) Take a backup of all your data. Save all your photos, contacts, downloaded files to your computer or save it to any of your favoured cloud storage service such as Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive.

(Also see: How to Back Up Your Android Smartphone)

2) Download the MIUI 7 build corresponding to your smartphone.

  • MIUI 7 (Recovery ROM) for Xiaomi Mi 3 (665MB)
  • MIUI 7 (Recovery ROM) for Xiaomi Mi 4 (665MB)
  • MIUI 7 (Recovery ROM) for Xiaomi Redmi 2 (652MB)
  • MIUI 7 (Recovery ROM) for Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime (652MB)
  • MIUI 7 (Recovery ROM) for Xiaomi Redmi Note (692MB)
  • MIUI 7 (Recovery ROM) for Xiaomi Redmi 1S (682MB)
  • MIUI 7 (Recovery ROM) for Xiaomi Mi Pad (543MB)
  • MIUI 7 (Recovery ROM) for Xiaomi Mi Note (711MB)

3) Rename the Recovery ROM you downloaded to update.zip on your computer.

4) Connect your smartphone to the laptop using a data cable, and copy the ROM file downloaded into the root directory of the internal storage of your device. Ensure that you haven’t placed the file in any other folder.

5) Now you have to enter the recovery mode to initiate the installation process. There are two ways to put your phone in the recovery mode:

  • Method 1: Launch Updater app on your device, click the icon at the top-right corner, and selectReboot to Recovery mode to enter.

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  • Method 2: You can also turn off your device and then hold both Volume + button and Power button at the same time to enter Recovery mode.

6) Once in Recovery mode, you can use Volume +/- to select up/down, and Power button to confirm.

7) After entering Recovery mode, choose your preferred language, and select Install update.zip to System One and confirm. Doing this will initiate MIUI 7 installation to your device. Wait until the update is completed, choose Reboot to System One, and then your device should boot to the MIUI 7 version.

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How to update using Mi PC Suite
This method is only meant for users running stable bulds of MIUI 5 or MIUI 6.

1) First, download Mi PC Suite and install it on your computer.

2) Turn off your device, press the Power button and Volume down button at the same time to enter Fastboot mode.

3) Connect your device with the computer with a USB cable.

4) Open Mi PC Suite and let it find your device. Then select Update. If the update is available, clickUpdate now.

How to update using Fastboot mode:
Installing a Fastboot ROM is a little bit more complicated, and you can follow the instructions below.

1) Download the MIUI ROM Flashing Tool from the Xiaomi website.

2) Download the Fastboot ROM for your device from the links below.

  • MIUI 7 for Xiaomi Mi 3 – Fastboot ROM
  • MIUI 7 for Xiaomi Mi 4 – Fastboot ROM
  • MIUI 7 for Xiaomi Redmi 1S – Fastboot ROM
  • MIUI 7 for Xiaomi Redmi 2 – Fastboot ROM
  • MIUI 7 for Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime – Fastboot ROM
  • MIUI 7 for Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G – Fastboot ROM
  • MIUI 7 for Xiaomi Mi Note – Fastboot ROM
  • MIUI 7 for Xiaomi Mi Pad – Fastboot ROM

3) Switch off your Xiaomi smartphone. Hit the Volume- key and the power button at the same time to enter Fastboot mode. Now plug in your device to a Windows PC or laptop via the Micro-USB cable.

4) Double-click on the Fastboot ROM file you downloaded to your PC in step 2 to decompress it. Open the folder where this decompressed ROM is saved and copy the folder path.

5) Now decompress the flashing tool you downloaded in step 1. Then double-click on it to install it. After this, open MiFlash.exe and in its address bar, paste the folder path copied in the previous step. Now click the Refresh button and MiFlash will recognise your device.

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6) There are three options you can choose from at the bottom: Flash all will flash all the files, and wipe all userdata and all files in internal storage. Flash all except storage will flash updated files, wipe user data, but will not delete files in internal storage. Flash all except data and storage will only flash the updated files, and will not wipe user data and files in internal storage. To preserve your user data make sure you select Flash all except data and storage.

7) After this, click Flash button towards top right to flash the ROM to your Xiaomi smartphone.

8) Wait till the progress bar fills up. You will then see a message next to it that reads: “The operation completed successfully”. Your device will automatically reboot and have MIUI 7 installed.

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Amazon has quietly launched its own clothing lines, as it tries to take over fashion retail

A screen capture of the one of the items reportedly from Amazon's private fashion lines
Already in the midst of a massive growth spurt, Amazon is looking to fashion to keep fueling its expansion. For months there have been clues that the e-commerce giant was developing its own in-house clothing brands, and just last week, job postings from the company (paywall) hinted it was actively moving toward a launch. But it seems the launch already quietly occurred.
The company has introduced at least 1,800 different fashion products on its site, under seven different brand names it trademarked, according to a Feb. 21 note by Ed Yruma, managing director and equity research analyst at KeyBanc Capital Markets. As WWD reported (paywall), Amazon is selling a wide variety of items, including women’s clothing and bags, men’s tailored wear and accessories, and even children’s clothing. They exist under the labels Society New York, Lark & Ro, Scout + Ro, Franklin & Freeman, Franklin Tailored, James & Erin, and North Eleven.
Searches of public records confirm that Amazon owns the trademarks to these brands. A quick look at the items for sale, such as a turtleneck dress from Society New York for $39.97, and a cap-toe oxford by Franklin & Freeman for $53.97, indicates Amazon is sticking toward the cheaper end of the price spectrum for its in-house labels.

(Amazon has not confirmed that these are its private lines, but Quartz has reached out to the company for comment and will update this post with any response.)
In any case, Amazon has been moving toward launching its own lines as its fashion strategy shifts. Since it jumped into fashion retail more than a decade ago, it has occasionally struggled to gain traction, partnering with existing retailers and clothing brands. Its solution has at times been to acquire or launch its own outlets, including Shopbop and East Dane, and it makes sense that it would create its own clothing brands when its existing partnerships don’t offer what its shoppers want.
“When we see gaps, when certain brands have actually decided for their own reasons not to sell with us, our customer still wants a product like that,” Jeff Yurcisin, vice president of clothing at Amazon Fashion and CEO of Shopbop, said at a retail conference in October.

In-house brands can also sell extremely well. At fashion e-commerce powerhouse Revolve, the company’s private-label brands are some of its top sellers. And KeyBanc notes that, at their peak, Amazon’s margins in apparel are better than other goods, while the company has said fashion is one of its fastest-growing categories.

While Amazon faces definite headwinds to developing its apparel business—KeyBanc notes only about 15% of its active customers buy clothes through the site—the potential is there for Amazon to disrupt retail in the mass-market. Amazon has an immense amount of data to draw on, which could allow it to identify consumer trends and respond quickly, a capability that has allowed fast-fashion to take sales from chains such as Gap.
Successful private labels would also make it even more competitive against competitors that rely on brick-and-mortar stores. According to financial firm Cowen and Company, Amazon is on course to top Macy’s as the largest clothing retailer in the US this year.
The conditions are right for big profits, and more growth for Amazon.

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The Independent newspaper dies as it was born – in the white heat of technology

The Independent newspaper dies as it was born – in the white heat of technology
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Sunday, bloody Sunday: things began to go wrong for The Independent when the decision was made in 1990 to publish a Sunday edition. From the outset, it haemorrhaged money. And Murdoch dealt a second debilitating blow when he cut the price of competitor The Times. Revenue evaporated, and the Indy titles never truly recovered.

Perhaps the British media’s most regular topic of idle speculation in recent years, the question of how long the Independent newspapers could soldier on for has been answered emphatically by the news that the papers are to cease printing in March and become an online-only operation, with the loss of many jobs.

I was one of the journalists that launched the Independent in 1986 and worked there until 1995. As the dust settles, the autopsy will identify a sequence of events that turned the greatest Fleet Street success story of modern times into a protracted tragedy.

The Independent was perverse, smart, irreverent, sceptical – and very well written. It began without much idea of where it was going. Early news content had rather too many stories about what was “set to” happen, too much about what people said and too little about what they did. But the editors, sub editors and reporters hit their stride. They were encouraged to find stories and project vividly what was unearthed; if the Press Association news agency was covering it, then let’s take their coverage and have Indy reporters out finding unique content.

And they did. Tony Bevins in politics, for example. Heather Mills in home affairs. Paddy Barclay in football. John Carlin in South Africa. John Price’s news editing. Photographers were encouraged to eschew conventional picture composition. And their striking images were used imaginatively.

But the paper’s greatest virtue from was perhaps its copy tasting, the process of decision-making about what should be published, what prominence it should be given, and what should be discarded.

One typically compelling splash revealed the high number of babies born in New York to mothers who were HIV-positive. It was a story that had been buried in copy filed by a news agency. But the Independent’s curiosity was aroused, the story developed and competitors were left baffled by what they had missed – just one example of the paper’s independent streak.

Some of the distinctive journalism that characterised the papers was lost as ownership shifted. By the mid-1990s the Mirror Group had a stake. In the early 2000s it moved to a compact (tabloid) formatm and more recently it launched a successful cut-price spin-off, the i, which is being sold on to to Johnston Press.

The i was born under the Lebedevs who bought the titles from Independent News & Mediain 2010. In recent decades there have still been traces of the paper’s original voice, but only a shadow of that early élan.

Saved by Thatcher

Readers responded, but slowly. One month, not long after launch, the company only narrowly found the cash to pay wages. Its saviour was probably Mrs Thatcher. Her governments polarised opinion, in Fleet Street as well as among the electorate. So theIndependent’s boast of neutrality – “It is, are you?” – was suited perfectly to attract readers to its coverage of the 1987 general election.

Other ingredients merit mention. It was Murdoch, paradoxically, who made theIndependent possible: excellent reporters and editors on The Times and The Sunday Timesopted not to cross picket lines at the paper’s union-busting printers at Wapping, and were promptly recruited by the Indy’s founders, especially editor Andreas Whittam Smith.

Whittam Smith, the son of an Anglican clergyman and known by his staff as “the saintly one”, was a thoughtful, slightly detached figure. For humble reporters, it was hard to discern the essence of his ability. But he created in the City Road offices an atmosphere in which staff felt they had a proprietorial and emotional stake in their paper, a compelling incentive to do what they loved to do: good, serious and (also importantly) occasionally frivolous journalism. As circulation climbed, narrowing the gap with the Guardian, theDaily Telegraph and The Times, there were more reasons to be cheerful. This was the place to work on Fleet Street.

It was also Whittam Smith’s decision to launch the Independent on Sunday, something that puzzled those members of staff who recalled him not that long before denying any intention to enter the Sunday market. Perhaps it was an attempt to stymie the Sunday Correspondent, which had just launched.

From 1990, after Murdoch fired the first shots in the price war, energy levels dipped. The papers were never without flair, without imagination. But there were increasingly without money. But for those four or five years, it hardly seemed to matter. We were masters of the newspaper universe.

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Microsoft Office for Android Makes It Easier for New Users to Come Aboard

Microsoft Office for Android Makes It Easier for New Users to Come Aboard

The Microsoft Office productivity suite for Android has received an update that brings interesting new features to the Word, Excel, and PowerPoint productivity apps. Among other additions, the company is now allowing users to sign up for a free Microsoft account from within the app.

Starting with Microsoft Word, users now get the option to choose the colour with which they want to highlight text. There is also a new feature called Smart lookup that allows a user to get relevant definitions, pictures, and other pieces of information gleaned from the Web right on the Word window.

Excel for Android now offers a range of table styles, allowing users to change the way tables on their sheet look. Microsoft realises that pasting content on a small screen isn’t the easiest of things to do and hence it is fixing that with giving users more Paste options. Users can now paste a formula, value, or quickly format a copied cell. Google added a similar feature to Slides app for Android in October last year.

PowerPoint for Android is getting some new features too. Users will now be able to play the embedded media files in their presentation.

Microsoft is also making it easier for users to share their documents, spreadsheets and presentations with users. The update now gives users the option to share the files using WeChat and QQ apps. Users will also find the ability to sign up from within the app handy.

To recall, Microsoft released Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on Android last year. The apps are free to use.

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