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If you remember, in my last post I explained the cheat code to successfully book a Xiaomi phone through FlipKart. You could sense how excited I was after cracking it in the first attempt that I made. Well the excitement didn’t last long as a couple of my friends pointed out, “You bought a Xiaomi Phone? Didn’t you know it sends all your data secretly to China!!”
So I thought what the hell, let’s understand both side of the story and analyze it.

xiaomi-redmi-1s

The Allegation
The Indian Air Force (IAF) has reportedly issued an advisory asking its personnel and their families not to use Xiaomi smartphones on account of ‘spying’. IAF personnel and their families have been asked not to use Chinese ‘Xiaomi Redmi 1s’ phones on the grounds that data was allegedly transferred to their servers in China and it could be a security risk.

Based on a test by security application manufacturer F-Secure, the IAF issued the alert saying Xiaomi phones port the phone number, carrier name, IMEI number, plus numbers in the address book and text messages to some suspicious IP address in Beijing.

More or less wherever you read the article, it would be on the similar lines. Data is allegedly being sent to Xiaomi China Servers. Do you agree that I got the allegation right ? This got me thinking, “Is it safe to use Xiaomi Phones in India?”

Is it only Redmi that sends your data to some Server ?
Before I proceed with this section I want to make it absolutely clear that I am in no way related to Xiaomi. Whatever I say below is my personal opinion. I could be 100% wrong as well.
That said, I am a Computer Science Graduate with about 9 Years in IT industry, so I think I can throw some light here.

So if you have noticed earlier, I marked the word Allegedly in bold. Yes, it means no one knows it for sure that what data it sends and to whom the data is being sent to.
Do you guys know about these terrific features these modern day phones offer

  • Sync Contacts
  • Sync Settings
  • Sync Photos/Files
  • Sync Messages
  • Find My Phone

I am sure you will say, Hell Yeah, My Nokia / iPhone / Samsung phone does have all of them. That’s what make these phones smart, Right.

Do you know how the data magically appears back on your phone when you perform a Factory Reset, which typically deletes everything from your phone? What the Sync function magically does to bring the data back?

Well all your data are securely stored in the cloud services provided by the Mobile OS provider. For iOS it is iCloud, for Android its Google (Drive, Contact etc.) and for Windows its OneDrive. So when you choose to enable the SYNC feature, your phone sends the data to the cloud to store it there, keep it safe, accessible from any device if the correct User ID and Password is provided. They also encrypt the data so that no one can read/understand the data and that ensures your data privacy.

Are you with me this far? Do you agree to what I said till now?

Lets Connect the Dots
Xiaomi is a phone company which is about 4 years old and based out of China. I won’t be surprised at all if all of their data centers are located in China.

Xiaomi also offers services like Xiaomi’s iMessage and MIUI Cloud messaging service. By looking at the name of these services you can guess that these will send data to Xiaomi Data Centers since it is cloud based offering. You can also say since it is called iMessage, it would store the messages, contact details to keep the SYNCed data meaningful and appropriate.

Now go back and read the F-Secure Test result data and their claim. I personally don’t think it’s anything alarming at this point of time.
Xiaomi has also mentioned that it has plans to come up with more Data Centers across the globe in order to address the performance related issues. In that case your data will be sent to multiple countries. SO does it really matter where the data is being sent really?

Still not convinced? Disable the Mi Cloud Messaging
After the recent software upgrade, new users or users who factory reset their devices can enable the service by visiting “Settings > Mi Cloud > Cloud Messaging” from their home screen or “Settings > Cloud Messaging” inside the Messaging app — these are also the places where users can turn off Cloud Messaging”.

Happy now? Let us know what do you think? Do you think my explanation makes sense or you have a different theory?
Let me know in the comment section below.

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If you have been following the Xiaomi Phone sale in India through Flipkart and wonder how the hell the phone goes out of stock within seconds, this story is for you.

I have been hearing a lot about this and wanted to be part of this Rat-Race just to see if I could be the lucky one to book a phone for myself. So I decided to book the Xiaomi Redmi 1S for me through the 21-Oct-2014 sale and see if I could be the ONE who could successfully book a Xiaomi Redmi 1S in the first attempt.

There are a few steps you need to follow in order to successfully place the order and secure a Phone. Here is the complete list.

Register for the Sale
Yes, you read it right. You need to register yourself in Flipkart for the scheduled Xiaomi Redmi 1S Sale in order to be able to be in the Rat-Race on the Sale day. Head to the Redmi Store on Flipkart to complete the registration.
Redmi Register

Once you successfully complete the registration you are done for the day and you need to wait for the D-Day to come when you can do some action.
I would suggest you add a reminder somewhere about the Sale date and Time. This will help you remember about the great event that is about to come.

Getting the email reminder from Flipkart
On the D-Day you will get an email from Flipkart about the Life changing event that is coming up :) The email looks like this.
DDay Redmi

This email will come about 2 hours in advance from the sale start time. Don’t panic, remember you have the reminder set already which will alert you about 15 minutes prior to the sale start and trust me that’s good enough time.

It’s Time
So you get the reminder about the sale finally and you have about 15 minutes to get your act right.
In the reminder mail that Flipkart sent has has the hyperlink which will take you to the Xiaomi Store on Flipkart or you can use this link Redmi Store on Flipkart
Once you are there you will find a ticking bomb there that you have to defuse.
Hold your breath you have nothing to do until the timer reaches ZERO.

Once the timer reaches ZERO the Buy Now will button will show up in the same place so look no where else and keep the page position steady.
As soon as you see the Buy Now button Kill it with a Left mouse button click. You have no second chance if you miss.
In my case afterclicking the Buy Now button once, the Buy Now button came back again with a couple of Seconds. I don’t know why. All if needed was a second shot in it’s head and voila. Next thing I see is this.

Redmi

Congratulations, you have done the impossible. Just watch the screen sitting idle and be proud of yourself.

You gotta pay for what you have done
Head over to “View My Cart” section and there you will find the phone waiting for you.
redmi Payment

Click on Place Order and make the payment.

That’s all. I hope this helps you book your Xiaomi phone on the next sale. I am proud that I could be a part of the Rat-Race and got success in my first attempt. Don’t know if that feeling will last once I get the phone in my hand.

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Apple has recently announced the all new Apple iPad Air 2 and some of you might be wondering what’s new in iPad Air 2. Here is what’s new in iPad Air 2

ipad-air-2

Size Matters
Every time Apple launches a new device one thing you can tell for sure is, it is Thinner than the previous model. Apple has made this a habit and this one feature is the safest bet when someone asks you what’s new in Apple’s so and so new device.
This time also it’s no different, although given the thickness of iPad Air one would most certainly wonder how Apple managed to do it once again.

Apple has further reduced the thickness of the original iPad Air’s and achieved an 18% thinner body for iPad Air 2. Apple iPad Air 2 is just 6.1mm thick and weighs 437grams, the slickest tablet one can get in the market right now!

Laminated screen with Antiglare
Though its screen size and resolution remain the same as that of its predecessor, iPad Air 2 got a major upgrade in the display department. Apple has fused three layers (touch sensor, LCD panel and cover glass) into one fully-laminated layer, which results in vibrant colours and greater contrast.

Apple has also added an anti-glare coating on the screen of iPad Air 2 which is said to reduce the glare by 56%

Faster Processor
iPad Air 2’s A8X processor, which is based on 64-bit chipset architecture, delivers better performance than its predecessor without sacrificing the battery life.
The chip processes applications 40% faster and renders graphics 2.5 times faster, but still ensures average battery life of 10 hours.

Better Camera
iPad Air 3 has a 8MP rear camera that can record 1080p, time-lapse and slow-motion videos, capture 43MP panorama photos and, finally, also offer Burst mode.

The front camera of iPad Air 2 has a larger aperture compared to its predecessor at f/2.2, thus letting in 81% more light for better video calls even under low-light conditions.

Touch ID fingerprint sensor
Touch ID fingerprint sensor finally makes its way to iPad with iPad Air 2. It can be used to not only unlock the tablet, but also to authorize passwords within apps and purchase/download content via iTunes, iBooks and App Store.
As it works with the new Apple Pay technology, it can be used to make online payments via a swipe of the finger. But how many people will carry their iPad to make the payment using it will be a good question for the poll!!

Did anyone say Gold?
Just like iPhone 5S, 6 and 6 Plus, the iPad Air 2 has a pale gold hue. Other colour options for iPad Air 3 are silver and space gray.

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Some of you who are having an older device like iPhone 4s or iPhone 5 and went ahead with the iOS 8 upgrade might have been experiencing a little lag in the performance section. Here in this post I will tell you a few things following which you can make your iPhone run faster.

iPhone run faster

Delete the apps you don’t need/use
Yeah yeah we know App Store has million of apps and you can download practically all of them, isn’t it. If you want to make the phone a little faster then get rid of the apps you never use or use very rarely. To see how much space a single app is occupying, head over to Settings > General > Usage. The best candidate will be the one taking most space but used very rarely.

Too many apps running in the background
Yes iPhone is great at multitasking and you can have almost as many apps running in the background as you want. All we are asking you is to check out of them how many of them you run on an hourly basis. Try closing the rest of the apps and avoid them having stacked as apps running in the background. Specially the games that consumes too much RAM to start and operate.

Restart you phone, give it a little break
Take some time in a couple of days to shutdown your phone once and then restart it after about 10 seconds. Restarting the phone sometimes frees up extra RAM space and will help you run the phone faster. Just like in a computer you might have seen performance improvement after restarting it once than putting it to sleep and waking up.

Clear unwanted files
Do you have too many files or photos in your phone. Time to get rid of some of them to gain extra phone space. Remember to back up your old photos to iCloud or to any other storage you might prefer and then remove them from the phone.

Update you apps only when necessary
Take some time to understand what’s new in the update and based on that choose whether you want to have the update or not. It is not always a true fact that every updated version of the app is better than the previous version in terms of performance. So choose the updates wisely.

Cleanup Safari Cache
Sometimes cleaning up the browser cache can help you boost performance of your device. Here is how to do it.
Go to Settings > Safari
Clear History
Clear Cookies and Data
Try doing this once in a week.

Use Cleaner Apps to get rid fo Junk files
Sometimes cleaner apps can help you get rid of the junk files and caches stored in the device cache and boost the device performance.

Automatic App updates / downloads
If the slowness is momentary then t could be because of the fact that you have chosen Automatic app updates and apps are getting updated behind the scene when you face the lag. Take control and disable automatic updates. Choose your updates wisely.

Turn Auto Scanning Off
Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Switch Control – and turn “Auto Scanning” off. This can help you improve your device performance significantly.

Perform a refresh
Even after doing all these steps if you are not satisfied with the performance, try restoring the phone to an old backup. Sometimes refreshing the phone improves the performance significantly.

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It’s been a couple of weeks since apple announced the iPhone 6 and I know some of you are looking out for some pointers that will make you help with the decision whether to upgrade of not. Here is the comparision bertween iPhone 6 vs iPhone 5s and let’s see what has been upgraded and what has not…

iPhone-5s-vs-iPhone-6

Build Quality
Both the phones are constructed with Aluminium, feels awesome in the hand.
The super smooth unibody aluminium finish continuous form factor gives the iPhone 6 the most premium feeling.
iPhone 5s has a little boxy feel due to the sharp edges but both are excellent in the hand and which one feels the best in the hand is totally up to one’s personal choice.

Power button has been moved to the top right of the phone instead of the top. This increases the reachability since the iPhone 6 is taller than iPhone 5s and this is a welcome change.

Display Comparison
iPhone 5s
4″ Display
1136 x 640 pixels
326 PPI

iPhone 6
4.7″ Display
1334 x 750 pixels
326 PPI

Although the PPI looks the same as iPhone 5s, the iPhone 6 will have better white balance, higher contrast, deeper black, sharper text and extremely wide viewing angle due to advance display technology.

Dimensions and Weight
iPhone 5s
Height: 123.8 mm
Width: 58.6 mm
Thickness: 7.6 mm
Weight: 112 grams

iPhone 6
Height: 138.1 mm
Width: 67 mm
Thickness: 6.9 mm
Weight: 129 grams

So the iPhone 6 is 17 grams heavier and 0.7mm thinner than the iPhone 5s

Processor and Memory
iPhone 5s
Apple A7 Dual Core chip clocked @ 1.3 Ghz (64-bit)
1 GB of RAM

iPhone 6
Apple A8 Dual Core chip clocked @ 1.4 Ghz (64-bit)
1 GB of RAM

Although the number looks very similar but the iPhone 6 A8 processor gives 25% more processing speed, 50% more graphice performance and consumes 50% less power than the iPhone 5s A7 processor.

Battery Life
iPhone 5s

  • 10 hours of talktime
  • 10 hours of internet
  • 11 hours of WiFi
  • 11 hours of video playback
  • 50 hours of music playback

iPhone 6

  • 14 hours of talktime
  • 10 hours of internet
  • 11 hours of WiFi
  • 11 hours of video playback
  • 50 hours of music playback

Regardless of having a bigger screen iPhone 6 manages to maintain and in some case improve the battery life of the phone. Great job here.

Camera, Photo and Video
iPhone 5s
8MP iSight Camera, f/2.2 Aperture, 1/3 inch sensor size
1080p video @ 30 fps
Slow-Mo 120 fps only
iPhone 6
8MP iSight Camera, f/2.2 Aperture, 1/3 inch sensor size
1080p video @ 30 fps or 60 fps
Slow-Mo 120 fps or 240 fps

Focussing on subject is super fast due to the Phase detection technology introduced in iPhone 6
No change in the front facing facetime camera (1.2 MP)

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So you have installed Ubuntu 14.10 on your machine and now looking for the best things that can happen with this new installation. Well here we present you top 10 things to do after installing Ubuntu 14.10
Privacy
Disable Shopping Lens and Adjust privacy settings: The last thing I want is something is reporting my search terms to companies like Amazon or Google so that they can serve ads based on those search terms. So the first thing I ensure after installing UBUNTU us disabling this feature, otherwise in Unity Dash, you will see Amazon searching results and a list of your recent activities.
You can disable them by System Settings -> Privacy. Choose the settings that you think you are comfortable with.

Upgrade System Software
So now that you have secured your online privacy let’s get your system up-to-date. Before you upgrade your software lets Select Best Download Server: The default server may not be the Best Server and will be a bit slow while you update. Choose the nearest server located in the dropdown which will speed up your regular update and software installation by apt command or software center.
Here is how you can do this
To select the best one, go to System Settings -> Software Sources. In drop-down menu, choose others and then you can click select best server at next window. It tests downloading from servers and finally highlight the fastest one.

Now you are all set…

Run the following command in terminal and you should have all the software upgraded to the latest version.

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

Install Media Codecs
For legal reasons Ubuntu doesn’t provide necessary codecs for playing music & video. However you can install the most common codecs by the Ubuntu Software Center. Click HERE to launch the Ubuntu Software Center with the necessary codec download page.

Enable DVD playback
For legal reasons Ubuntu can’t play encrypted DVDs by default, but your can manually install the codecs. Hit Ctrl+Alt+T to open terminal, then run following commands one by one: sudo apt-get install libdvdread4
sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/install-css.sh

Tweak Window Control Buttons
Tweak your desktop To move window buttons to right, run command:
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences button-layout ‘:minimize,maxmize,close’

Install gnome Shell
Run the following command on terminal o get gnome shell installed.

sudo apt-get install gnome-shell

Install Unity Tweak Tool
In order to get unity tweak installed you need to run the following commands in the terminal.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:freyja-dev/unity-tweak-tool-daily
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install unity-tweak-tool

Install Additional Video Driver
In case you have a nVidia or ATI graphic card, by default ubuntu doesn’t enable the best driver. You need to do it yourself and here is how you can do so. Go to System Settings -> Software Sources -> Additional Drivers. Select hardware type and then select the driver you think the best to get a better performance.

Install Cloud Storage Clients
To store the data you can use dropbox in Ubuntu and can install nautilus dropbox client. It works like a charm. Here is the command that you need to run from terminal.

sudo apt-get install nautilus-dropbox

There are tons of other things that you can do after installing UBUNTU. I just gave you some basic items which will get your system up to date and ready to run for daily day work. Hope you like this article. In case you want us to include any other steps/tasks in this article, please suggest that in the comment box below.

Thanks for reading, Happy UBUNTU-ing.