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How to download and install MIUI 8 on the Redmi Note 3


With an OTA update underway, installing MIUI 8 on the Redmi Note 3 is as easy as it gets.

Xiaomi started rolling out the stable MIUI 8 ROM on August 23, seeding the OTA update to the Mi 4i and Redmi Note. The update is now making its way to the Redmi Note 3. If you’re rocking the budget handset, it’s time to make the switch to MIUI 8.

How to download MIUI 8 on the Redmi Note 3

The easiest way to get MIUI 8 on the Redmi Note 3 is through the OTA update. To see if one is available for your handset, open the Updater app and check for updates. We’ll break it down for you:

Open the Updater app from the home screen.
Tap Check for updates.
Download MIUI


Even though MIUI has been updated, the phone itself is still running Android 5.1.1 (build LMY47V). Xiaomi is said to be testing a Marshmallow-based build for the Redmi Note 3, which should make its way to beta testers in the coming months. For its part, the company is continuing to roll out security patches on time, with the phone currently on the August security patch.

As of now, Xiaomi hasn’t made download links available for the Redmi Note 3, so you’ll have to wait for the OTA to update to MIUI 8. We’ll add the relevant links and instructions on how to flash your phone using the recovery files once they’re available.

I’m yet to see the update on the Mi 5, Mi Max, or the Redmi 3S, but it rolling out to the devices in the coming days. As a refresher, these are the handsets that are slated to receive MIUI 8:

  • Mi Max
  • Mi 5
  • Mi 4i
  • Mi 4
  • Redmi Note 3
  • Redmi 3S
  • Redmi 3S Prime
  • Redmi 1S
  • Redmi 2
  • Redmi 2 Prime
  • Redmi Note 4G
  • Redmi Note 3G

Did you make the switch to MIUI 8 on the Redmi Note 3? How are you liking the changes?


Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde’ has been pirated 750,000 times

It seems streaming exclusives are continuing to create a rise in piracy. After a four-year hiatus Frank Ocean finally resurfaced, dropping his long-anticipated sophomore album, Blonde, on Apple Music last weekend. Critics and fans are enjoying it, but it’s not all good news for the R&B singer. So far, the album has been illegally downloaded over a whopping 750,000 thousand times.

This is according to data released to Music Business Worldwide by MUSO, a data-analytics specialist, which claims that as of August 25th, people pirated Ocean’s album 753, 849 times. Since Blonde is an Apple Music exclusive for now, fans are not willing to pay $9.99 per month to listen to the record.

Most of the biggest albums in 2016 have been released exclusively on streaming services, like Beyonce’s Lemonade on Tidal. As a result, piracy rates are increasing. Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo, which was temporarily only available on Tidal as well, was illegally downloaded over a record-breaking 500,000 times.

How this mass piracy will affect future album releases remains to be seen, but one thing’s for use, the music industry needs to find quick solutions. Universal Music Group’s recent ban on streaming exclusives is one way to deal with the problem.

Source: Music Business Worldwide


FDA recommends that all donated blood be tested for Zika

In light of the Zika virus rapidly spreading to other parts of the world, the Food and Drug Administration has changed up its recommendations for donated blood. Going forward, all blood donated in the United States should be screened for the Zika virus.

Back in February, the FDA went ahead with guidelines for blood in Florida and Puerto Rico, both areas affected by the virus, to go ahead and begin screening donated blood there for infection. Obviously this ensures blood given by the possible infected isn’t poisoning the supply redistributed out to patients in need of transfusions or other methods of blood delivery to the body.

According to FDA chief scientist Luciana Borio, “As new scientific and epidemiological information regarding Zika virus has become available, it’s clear that additional precautionary measures are necessary.” And it’s good to err on the side of caution, obviously, as the Zika virus has spread from South America last year all the way to Miami this year, with a special travel advisory for those in Miami issued.

A week or so ago Zika-infected mosquitoes were found as far away as Louisville, Kentucky, and there have been additional cases popping up here and there as well.

These new recommendations in place will continue to be enforced until the “risk of transfusion transmission of Zika virus is reduced,” the FDA advised. Hopefully that’s in the near future and the virus doesn’t get a chance to spread much further than it already has.

Via: The Verge

Source: FDA


Google Wallet introduces automatic transfers

Google has just pushed out an update to its Wallet mobile app that allows automatic transfers to your bank account. Previously, if you wanted to use money from the account elsewhere you’d have to go in and cash out your Google Wallet balance first. Omitting this part should be a boon for regular users who don’t have to remember an extra step just to have access to their cash.

Choose a debit card or bank account to link to your Google Wallet, which you can enable for automatic transfers (unless, as TechCrunch mentions, you’d prefer to keep your balance stored with Google, which is still possible). It will take some time to transfer to your debit card, but overall it’s a smoother solution than the old process.

It’s great to see Google Wallet updating to add more functionality, especially since it killed off the service’s linked debit card only a couple of months ago. This levels the playing field between other payment services like Venmo, Squarecash and PayPal, and helps put Wallet back on the map after its previous missteps.

Via: TechCrunch

Source: Google Wallet (Google Play)


AT&T signs up HBO for its DirecTV Now streaming service

Back in March AT&T announced plans for a trio of DirecTV-branded streaming services it will launch later this year, and now it’s stocking the cupboard with content. Disney recently announced that its channels (including ESPN and ABC) would be a part of the subscription packages, and tonight AT&T announced it will offer HBO & Cinemax as well. The deal is part of a renewal of HBO’s agreement for the DirecTV and U-verse services, which AT&T is calling historic because it is an “all-platform” deal covering both traditional and streaming options.

There’s still no word on exactly how much DirecTV Now or DirecTV Mobile will cost (the third element, DirecTV Preview will be a free, ad-supported product) but knowing it will have popular channels is important. Competitors like Sling TV and PlayStation Vue have filled out their offerings over the last year or so, and one way or another AT&T will need to have something for people to watch if they’re going to pay.

The press release notes HBO & Cinemax will also be a part of AT&T’s mobile video offerings, while things should stay the same for DirecTV and U-verse customers. We’ll let you know more about DirecTV Now whenever we hear about it, but all we know is that it’s still on track to launch by the end of this year.

Source: AT&T (PRNewswire)


Progress from ‘NBA 2K17’ demo carries over to the full game

Game demos are awesome, but they’re usually the intro section of any given game. More than that, once you actually have the retail version, you’re stuck working through the same portion of the game over again before getting to the meat of the experience. Playing early is a double-edged sword. NBA 2K17 is doing something different come September 9th, though. With “The Prelude,” you’ll have early access to the basketball game’s career mode and will be able to play college games, interact with coaches during the mini-narrative and affect how you’ll start MyCareer when the game arrives.

It all sounds pretty neat, actually. Sure, it’s mostly the game’s tutorial and character creation modes (you can scan your face in using the game’s companion app), but you’d be doing all this stuff anyway. Now, you can jump right to the hardwood on September 20th.

ICYMI: Jump start your #NBA2K17 MyCAREER early on 9/9. Begin your #NBA2K17 journey for FREE on PSN & XBL!

— NBA 2K 2K17 (@NBA2K) August 26, 2016

Source: Businesswire, NBA 2K (Twitter)


Untangling the NSA’s latest alleged embarrassment

Last week, security researcher Mikko Hypponen found a notice on Github from an entity called Shadow Brokers, a reference to master of the galactic black market for information in the game Mass Effect. The notice was for an auction of exploits from the Equation Group (widely believed to be operated by the NSA).

The Github auction included two files. One was free and open for examination. The other, Shadow Brokers said, was for “the party which sends most bitcoins” to their payment address and who would then get the decryption information. The free samples showed that the exploits were quite real, and alarmingly powerful.

The free samples also helped researchers figure out that the exploits had been snatched from an external staging server and not the NSA itself, as many headlines this week incorrectly suggested… in a breach that happened three years ago. See, there’s nothing in the dump was newer than October, 2013.

Of course, the press is having its usual, confused feeding frenzy about anything and everything hacking and infosec, leading most people to believe that the NSA itself had actually been hacked. Well, the NSA has not been hacked; the New York Times headline asking if the NSA has been hacked and the Atlantic’s stupid “Yup! The NSA Got Hacked” are as egregiously irresponsible as they are uninformed.

Think of it like this: Your local Safeway uses a separate company to buy beer for its store. That buyer “stages” some of Safeway’s beer in a storage unit, which is robbed. Only the storage unit was burgled — but the newspapers are saying that Safeway was robbed, making everyone think the Safeway store was broken into and its security compromised.

Although, there is one thing here: This might solidify a link between Equation Group and NSA: The Washington Post confirmed the authenticity of the tools with two anonymous ex-NSA employees.

The auction page had been sitting there for two days before Hypponen tweeted his discovery. It has since has been removed by Github, as well as Pastebin and Tumblr.

It read, in part:

“How much you pay for enemies cyber weapons? Not malware you find in networks. Both sides, RAT + LP, full state sponsor tool set? We find cyber weapons made by creators of stuxnet, duqu, flame. Kaspersky calls Equation Group. We follow Equation Group traffic. We find Equation Group source range. We hack Equation Group. We find many many Equation Group cyber weapons. You see pictures. We give you some Equation Group files free, you see. This is good proof no? You enjoy!!! You break many things.”

Shadow Brokers added, “If our auction raises 1,000,000 (million) btc total, then we dump more Equation Group files, same quality, unencrypted, for free, to everyone.”

Unfortunately for Shadow Brokers, the auction hasn’t exactly been a hit. Losing bidders don’t get their money back, and the kitty is only up to 1.5 BTC ($862).

Alex Rice, CTO at bug bounty platform HackerOne, told CSO Online that Shadow Brokers had given a fortune in 0day away for free in that sample file. The exploits could’ve sold for “north of six figures” each on the grey market to governments (Hacking Team, for example, was a grey market operator). In an incredibly detailed post, Risk Based Security thought the pilfered attacks would’ve pulled in between $200,000 and a million dollars — and that’s if they’d sold the booty to “good guy” bug bounty buyers.

At Lawfare, Nicholas Weaver explained that the freebie file included eight different exploits and some dead-serious implants that circumvent firewalls, among other things. He also said that the exploits “appear to target Fortinet, Cisco, Shaanxi Networkcloud Information Technology ( Firewalls, and similar network security systems.”

The fact that this is all from 2013, which continues to get overlooked in reporting and armchair-activist hysteria alike, is important. This week’s headlines saying “oh noes the bad tools are being used now” are bit hyperbolic in light of the fact that these tools are three years old and have likely been used “in the wild” (to a very limited extent) since.

Some of my colleagues in the press are falling all over themselves with another genuine NSA-whodunnit on their hands. So, who is the culprit? Lawfare had three great, rational, sensible, and far-too-practical-for-CNN answers to the question:

“At present, there appear to be three possibilities:

  • (1) An insider stole this data.
  • (2) An adversary somehow exfiltrated data from a Top Secret system.
  • Or (3) an NSA operator, seriously breaches operational security protocols and copied all these files—presumably a substantial part of an ‘ops disk’—onto an unclassified system for attack staging and then left it there for four months.”

While the sideshows of conspiracy theories and government hyperbole spin-up, Risk Based Security wrote an extremely grounded post. It included this salient section about the timing of it all:

“While technical evidence may be completely lacking and speculation ruling the day, it cannot be ignored that the timing of this leak in the current U.S. political climate is suspect. With the last few weeks of U.S. news dominated by Donald Trump and questionable ties to Russia and Vladimir Putin, as well as Trump’s speeches calling for Russia to hack U.S. government resources (in jest or not), it begs the question if the Equation Group leaks are part of a political agenda.

The Register is one of many news outlets to put that theory forward, in addition to hundreds of Twitter denizens. This is the type of speculation that is important to discuss, but prudence demands that it remain part of the discussion until evidence surfaces.”

Of course, Edward Snowden struck a few suggestive poses on Twitter while confirming the validity of the finds (hey, it’s a living). The sycophantic elite cooed; The Intercept released code from deep in their years-old and coveted treasure trove of Snowden files that matched a couple exploits in the dump.

The Intercept triggered another simultaneous release — of public anger at the organization’s hoarding of critical information on tracking malware strains. You guys sat on documents that included instructions for “track[ing] [the] use of [NSA malware]” for *three years* ?

— Andreⓐ (@puellavulnerata) August 20, 2016

Hacker Matt Suiche has a great post with an ex-NSA analyst, who had many great points, including this one:

“Technically speaking, Edward Snowden is also just speculating and the only major leak we have heard of from the NSA was actually from him and he was an insider. And that media tend to take every ‘speculative statements’ he makes as a “fact” (which is true, many of my friends complained about it) — especially since the NSA cannot confirm or deny any of those ‘facts’ publicly.”

And that’s a much needed dose of common sense in this whole NSA circus revival.


Broadcast your Blizzard games right now via Facebook Live

As originally announced in June, game developer Blizzard Entertainment and social media powerhouse Facebook have agreed to a deal that enables FB users to stream their Blizzard gameplay over Facebook Live. And, starting Friday (hey, that’s today!), users will actually be able to.

The service is currently limited to PC-gamers in the Americas, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand, though Blizzard is working to expand to other platforms and regions. In order to enable streaming, simply connect your account to Facebook. For more instructions on how exactly to do that, watch this short video:

Via: Verge

Source: Blizzard (YouTube)


Tech giants pledge to close the gender pay gap

To celebrate Women’s Equality Day, President Obama has announced a group of 29 major US employers who have signed the White House Equal Pay Pledge and promised to help close the gender pay gap. On the list are 10 top tech giants including Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Intel and IBM.

According to the White House, the pledge includes five key points:

  • Acknowledging the critical role businesses must play in reducing the national pay gap.
  • Committing to conducting an annual company-wide gender pay analysis across occupations.
  • Reviewing hiring and promotion processes and procedures to reduce unconscious bias and structural barriers.
  • Embedding equal pay efforts into broader enterprise-wide equity initiatives.
  • Pledging to take these steps as well as identify and promote other best practices that will close the national wage gap to ensure fundamental fairness for all workers.

While Facebook and Microsoft confirmed earlier this year that they have no gender pay gap, the acknowledgement from Obama is sure to add a little credibility to those claims. Rounding out the rest of the tech-focused businesses who signed on today are: Akami Technologies, Dropbox, LinkedIn, MailChimp and MuleSoft. One company is conspicuously absent, however: Earlier this year, Amazon claimed it pays men and women equally, but only revealed its salary figures when the SEC came knocking.

Source: The White House


VW aims for an EV that goes 300 miles on a 15-minute charge

In the wake of its emissions scandal and lawsuit with US authorities, German automaker Volkswagen has been pushing its electric concept vehicles and rushing its 84-mile-per-battery E-Golf into the consumer market. But for range and convenience rivaling Tesla’s lineup, VW’s first entry in its next generation of EV will be revealed to the public at the Paris motor show in October, a company chairman told German magazine WirstschaftWoche. While the car’s compact Golf-like size combined with the roomy Passat-like interior space is promising, the real kicker is the recharge speed the company’s engineers are aiming for: Plug the car in for 15 minutes and it should be able to drive for 300 miles.

That’s the plan, VW Group CEO Matthias Müller confirmed to Autocar, with a pricetag they hope to be lower than a comparable combustion-engine car. Which will be wonderful if it arrives from the production line as advertised at the end of 2018 or beginning of 2019, a hopeful date mentioned by the chairman, though Müller only affirmed a 2025 target for the car’s release. But even the Tesla Supercharger can only manage to refill 50 percent of its battery after 20 minutes, equivalent to 115 to 126 miles. The range VW is boasting is in line with their estimates for that of its Modular Electric Platform (MEB) proposed for its BUDD-e microbus concept back in January, which claimed to charge 80 percent of its 373-mile maximum in 15 minutes.

The VW-owned Porsche boasted the same rate for its sportsy Model E electric car, which they announced would roll off assembly lines in 2019. But as TechCrunch points out, further research into and technical development of an 800-volt charging method is necessary for the performance vehicle to reach that refilling speed. Meanwhile, Tesla’s existing Model S can net up to 58 miles per hour from a 240-volt socket and an aftermarket second in-car charger, hitting its own 80 percent mark in about four hours. It’s not up to the rate that VW is claiming, but it’s a tested standard without additional infrastructure or a dedicated Supercharger station.

Regardless, the VW chairman told WirstschaftWoche that the unnamed EV sedan will be the first in a lineup of “New Urban Vehicles” designed to use MEB. It will include a city-ready SUV, a coupe, a small delivery van akin to the previously-announced BUDD-e concept minibus and a luxury sedan.

Via: TechCrunch

Source: Autocar

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