[REVIEW] AUDIOMAX EM-7A Headphones Earphones, Noise Isolating, Bass Driven, HD In Ear, Tangle free, Replaceable Earbuds (Black with Mic and Vol. Control)

I have received the Audiomax EM-7A headphones about 2 weeks ago, so I’ve had plenty of time to use and abuse them :).

When they arrived I was pleasantly surprised about the presentation, the headphones being nicely packaged in the usual Avantek/Audiomax box made out of recycled materials.

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Opening the main box I found a very nice travel/carry box that houses the headphones, the instruction manual, a couple of extra ear buds (small and large) and a clip to use with the headphones.

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The headphones are very easy to use, just plug them in your chosen audio device and you are good to go. I first tried them with my Xiaomi Redmi 2 and have to admit, these are the best sounding ÂŁ10.00 I have ever tried. The Redmi 2 does have a pretty good audio chip, but the sound from these headphones is astounding. I have tried them with my work phone, a Samsung S6 edge and the results were just as good, if not better. I even got to use the built in microphone for a couple of calls, and the sound during was clear and crisp with no distortion.

The treble is crisp, the middles quite balanced and the bass is punchy 🙂 🙂 🙂

These are not the most expensive headphones I ever bought, they might actually be one of the cheapest, but the design and the quality of the build and of the sound makes them a recommended buy.

They look like a cross between the Beats audio headphones and the Soundmagic ones.

Oh, and they are made of some sort of aluminium grade material, which means that they will last.

You can check them out here, courtesy of Audiomax.

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[NEWS] Most Popular Android Phone of 2014: #OnePlusOne

There are so many great Android phones on the market right now that no list could contain them all, but when Lifehacker.com asked for your picks, you, the public, gave them a great selection. They looked at the five best Android phones of the year based on those picks, and after over 38,000 votes, it’s time to highlight your favorite.


The Cyanogen-powered, difficult-to-obtain OnePlus One took the top spot by a fair margin, bringing in close to 49% of the overall vote and taking first place. The team behind it still operates on invites, but they’ve recently opened the door to a batch pre-order system that will get you in line to get one of the affordable, high-end phones if you want one.

Second place went to the slightly old but arguably another killer bang for your buck, the Nexus 5 by LG. Many of you said it was just the right size, just the right price, and since it’s a Nexus, if you have one you already have Lollipop — and Lollipop sings on an Nexus 5. It brought in close to 16% of the overall vote. In third with just under 15% of the votes cast was the successor to last year’s top pick, the HTC One M8. Almost every comment about it praised its build quality, all-metal design, and improved features over the original HTC One. Fourth place went to the Moto X, a great all-around phone that brings powerful features to the table without costing you an arm and a leg to get them. It picked up close to 11% of the vote. Bringing up the rear in fifth was the Sony Xperia Z3, Sony’s latest flagship, with its dustproof and waterproof chassis and high-quality camera. It earned just over 10% of the overall vote.

For more on each of these and the honorable mentions not listed here, make sure to head back to the full Hive Five feature to read more.

Do you agree?!? Is the OnePlus really The Best Phone of 2014 ?!?

Source: lifehacker.com

Head over to the English MIUI forum to cast your vote if you agree or disagree with this.

http://en.miui.com/thread-65949-1-1.html

[#Lollipop vs. #KitKat] What’s New Inside Android L?

Android Lollipop (5.0) marks a big improvement for the operating system. It’s the first time Google has put a big emphasis on beautiful design – or as they call it, “material design.”

To illustrate what the changes look like, I loaded a developer preview edition of Lollipop onto a Nexus 5 and put it side by side with a Moto X (not 100% stock but pretty close). Remember, this is not the final edition of the Lollipop operating system and things can change before it’s released.

 


Note: KitKat is on the left, Lollipop on the right.

1. Homescreen

You’ll notice the status bar has a slightly different look, as does the Google Search bar, Google Now and the menu buttons at the bottom of the screen. The shapes are now much simpler and clean looking. Also, notice the home screen dots – they are no longer bigger to indicate which screen you are on, just bolder.

2. Google Now

You’ll see some of the most dramatic changes here. On the right, Lollipop information is easier to grasp in an instant, with the most important stuff in strong text and highlighted in bold colors. (Side note, what a terrible loss)

 

3. Dialer

 

Dialer looks cleaner, numbers are spaced out a bit more for more comfortable dialing. Also, there are less choices on screen. Gone are the recent and menu options. There is no doubt where to press the call button.

 

 

4. Quick Settings

 

Some excellent and useful changes here. Everything is clean looking and you get instant access to your most important toggles including brightness. On the right in Lollipop you’ll notice the addition of a flash-light (yay!) and Cast Screen is now part of the defaults for easily screen slinging to Chromecast. The “user” toggle is now smaller and up near the top of the screen.

 

 

5. Notifications Pull Down

 

Here’s what it looks like after you just took a screenshot and pull down on the notifications bar. Material design is apparent on the right in Lollipop as you can clearly see the distinction between the three parts of the notification: the explanation at the top, the snippet in the middle and the action option at the bottom. Also, notice the toggle to clear all notifications has moved below them, which makes it easier to clear them using one hand on a giant phone screen (Nexus 6 et al).

 

 

6. Battery

 

Battery stats are a bit easier to understand on the right, plus Android Lollipop will give you an approximation of how much time you have left to use your phone. Apparently, battery life is much improved in this update. Additionally, while you charge your phone both this screen and the lock screen tell you how much time it will take until your phone is fully charged.

 

 

7. Clock

 

Just a little cleanup here, plus I noticed the background color seems to change based on the time you’re looking at the clock. Also, the globe icon at the bottom has changed to match Material Design standards.

 

 

8. Storage

 

Not too many visible changes here, but an overall clean and clear look. Also, gone is the “gear” icon since it doesn’t seem to match the simplicity of Android 5.0 Material Design.

 

 

9. Interruptions

 

One of the more useful additions to Lollipop (both screenshots are from 5.0). It’s their version of Apple’s “Do Not Disturb,” but offers even more functionality (BTW, if you aren’t getting Lollipop anytime soon check out a fantastic Android app called Agent that does some of this). You can schedule quiet times for your phone or allow only certain “priority” callers and messages to ring your device. There are various ways you can customize here. Additionally, when you adjust the volume on your device, you now have the option to toggle “interruptions” (aka notifications) off for an indefinite or timed amount of time, or only allow interruptions from your priority list.

 

 

Conclusion

This is by no means a full review of Lollipop, just a fun look at some of the changes in store for Android users. Overall, the look and feel is best described as a combination of clean and useful. There isn’t a lot of unnecessary stuff floating around – until, of course, OEM’s get their hands on it!

It feels more like a modern day operating system, and less like an “operating system”.

Source : en.miui.com

Xiaomi MIUI Lite/Express 1.8.0 released, added dial pad touch piano tones!

Changelog for MIUI Lite/Express 1.8.0

[Highlights]

– Added Piano keys to Dial pad touch tones
– Added Prevent pocket dials feature
– Greatly enhanced efficiency when first importing call logs and contacts, and operation smoothness
– Greatly enhanced notification messages and message detail page opening speed

[New]

– Added Piano keys to Dial pad touch tones
– Added Prevent pocket dials feature
– Ported more devices’ homescreen layouts
– Support going to themes details page from Themes store in browser

[Optimization]

– Reduced installation file size
– Enhanced notification messages opening speed
– Enhanced message details page opening speed
– Enhanced smoothness of call logs page
– Enhanced efficiency when first importing call logs
– Enhanced efficiency when first importing contacts
– Reduced power consumption and performance loss; support dark screen in prevent pocket dials mode

[Fix]

– Some devices would crash frequently
– When returning to home screen after changing themes, a popup window saying SMS is being downloaded would show briefly
– Sometimes home screen couldn’t scroll
– SMS would show as unread after selected to mark all as read
– Some devices wouldn’t show SIM card contacts if only SIM card 2 was inserted
– Sometimes some devices woul dsend SMS repeatedly
– Couldn’t search contacts and phone numbers in Contacts page
– Dial pad error in some devices’ SIM card 2
– SMS misaligned after long pressing a message to enter editing mode
– The ‘Show USIM contacts’ function didn’t work
– Lockscreen password didn’t show in some devices
– Some devices’ stock system couldn’t sync new groups created in MIUI Lite
– Call logs updated slowly in some devices
–  Contact name would disappear after entering the conversation details page with that contact
– After changing font of the stock system, icons in MIUI Lite home screen disappeared
– Some devices didn’t separate call logs of SIM card 1 and SIM card 2
– Some devices recognized sending SMS as receiving SMS
– Apps update would fail if exited Market
– When sending group messages in some devices. Entering a single message and then chose Back would cause FC
– Some devices had no unread icon when receiving new messages
– Couldn’t load third party widgets
– Icons would lose from home screen when reloading MIUI Lite
– Display error when searching messages
– Some devices would crash once after installing and launching MIUI Lite
– ‘My groups’ page was empty if no new group was created
– After sending a message, words in the text box turned grey instead of disappearing
– No call log after making a call
– Sometimes lockscreen wallpaper didn’t show
– Some repeated icons after rebooting
– Some devices would crash when loading SMS
– Weather animation didn’t refresh after changing cities
– Ported Airplane mode to some devices
– In some devices, messages showed as empty when entering the conversation details page from the SMS popup window
Download:  MIUI Lite_1.8.0.apk (25.12 MB)

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Xiaomi Redmi 1 ROM collection (07.07.2014 UPDATE)

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All my RedMi 1 ROMs can be now found by accessing the following link:

RedMI ROMs

I will do my best to update them on a weekly/monthly basis.

List of ROMs available:

IOS7 (heavily themed) – !!! BEWARE – REPLACES ORIGINAL MIUI BOOTANIMATION WITH THE APPLE LOGO !!! – DOWNLOAD AND FLASH THIS ZIP TO RESTORE THE MIUI LOGO 

Vivo FunTouch OS (07.07 UPDATED) – !!! NEW !!!

YunOS (Alibaba.com OS)

Oppo ColorOS

CyanogenMOD

Lewa OS

MIUI

Samsung ROMs

Lenovo Vibe OS

Enjoy and please feel free to get in touch or comment!!!

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Security warning: Mediatek-based phones could be facing a potential security hole

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French blogger Korben has discovered that certain smartphones with Mediatek chipsets seem to shut down and reset themselves upon receiving an equals symbol “=” (without the quotation marks) via text message.

This is not so much a security hole in that there is a risk of data being compromised, but it makes phones vulnerable to remote attacks because being repeatedly spammed with the equals symbol could render a user’s phone unusable, or receiving such a text message during a phone call could terminate the call.

An incomplete list of smartphones affected by the flaw is available below:

  • Wiko Stairway
  • Wiko Darkmoon
  • Wiko Dark Side
  • Wiko Darknight
  • Wiko Iggy
  • Wiko Ozzy
  • Wiko Darfull
  • Wiko Cink King
  • Wiko Cink Five
  • Wiko Cink Peax
  • Wiko Cink Peax 2
  • Wiko Cink Slim
  • Alcatel One Touch Idol X
  • Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra
  • Alcatel One Touch 997D
  • Alcatel One Touch Pop C3 (4033D)
  • Alcatel One Touch S-Pop (4030D)
  • Alcaltel One Touch Star (6010D)
  • Zopo ZP950
  • Acer Liquid E 2 DUO
  • Fairphone
  • Archos 40 Titanium

You can test if your own Mediatek-based smartphone is susceptible by messaging an equals symbol to yourself.

According to the blog wiity, the solution to this is fairly simple, in that all the user has to do is download an alternative messaging app to handle SMS messages rather than use the standard one that comes with the phones. Still, this is an extremely strange flaw that could prove to be a major hassle if an attacker attempts to exploit it.

Korben discusses and demonstrates the flaw in the video below:

Leave a comment below with your phone name and model if you find this applies to you.

Via: http://www.neowin.net

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Android 4.5 preview

It seems like only yesterday we were sinking our teeth into the chocolatey goodness of Android 4.4 KitKat, but already we’re craving a new sugar fix.

Luckily, Google I/O is set to kick off in late June, and we expect to see the latest and greatest generation of Android take centre stage.

Here’s what we think we know so far:

DESSERT MENU

Traditionally, Android versions have been named after deliciously sweet edibles in alphabetical order from gingerbread to ice cream sandwich to the most recent KitKat, and we can’t see that trend stopping anytime soon.

The letter ‘L’ is next on the list, and rumours so far point to everything from Ladoo (a popular ball-shaped Indian sweet) to Lollipop (which should be familiar to most readers).

Given the worldwide spread of Android, we’re putting our money down on the latter, but at this stage, nothing’s certain. Remember Key Lime Pie?

DESIGN

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Google’s new Android style is internally referred to as ‘Moonshine’, according to Android Police‘s source.

The newer design is much flatter and cleaner, taking a leaf out of iOS 7‘s design book.

Colourful flat circular icons, coupled with KitKat’s existing transparent status bar and navigation buttons provide a much cleaner, less cluttered minimalist look, which we’re definitely fans of.

The new icons follow on from the flattening and simplification of Google’s online icons, and Android Police has managed to mock up the new 4.5 Hera Gmail interface according to the information it currently has. Pretty, isn’t it?

FEATURES

According to Android Police, the 4.5 update is known internally as Hera. The site is confident that all the information it possesses about Android 4.5 is accurate, although it stresses that things could very well change leading up to the official unveil in June.

Hera is reportedly centred around the unification of Android and Chrome, and features a special Chromium build designed to run on Android.

A big change that Android 4.5 brings to the table is functional multitasking windows, which shows off apps as interactive HTML 5-powered windows that are able to carry out actions as opposed to just being a static list of screenshots of open apps.

That means you could, for example, reply to an email straight from the multitasking window without having to fully enter the main app.

HTML 5 integration could therefore dramatically change the way in which we interact with Android devices, making basic actions far more powerful. The overall aim is to make the transition from Desktop to mobile seamless. Android 4.5 could see you start a task on your laptop, before opening it up on your phone as an interactive card when you’re on the go, so you can carry on from where you left off.

Looking up an address on google Maps before dashing out the door could, for example, have Google Maps automatically open on your phone so that you don’t have to go digging for the address again.

Sadly we know little else about just how deeply HTML 5 will be integrated into Android, but we’re definitely excited to see what Google has in store for us all.

RELEASE DATE

Android 4.5 (which we’ll call Lollipop for the time being) is expected to be officially revealed on 25 June at Google I/O.

If Google sticks to tradition, it will launch initially on the Nexus 6, in addition to the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets.

We’ll continue to update our Android 4.5 preview with all the latest info, so stay tuned.

Via: stuff.tv