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[How To] Properly update MIUI ROM with Language Pack

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MI-ONE Render with MIUI ROM

Since MIUI is originally released in Chinese language, for those who doesn’t know Chinese language have to rely on the language pack after the flashing of the ROM (one exception that I know is miui.us which has the English language included inside the ROM before releasing to the community), and sometimes it can goes haywire if the flashing method is inappropriate, especially upgrading your current ROM to the next weekly updated one. Most of the time incorrect flashing can cause crashing ROM, multiple FCs etc., thus to avoid it, a proper flashing method should be used.

Here I will show you the method I used to update the weekly-updated MIUI ROM to my Samsung Nexus S (which doesn’t have any issue at all so far, except known bugs in the ROM). I used MIUIAndroid.com English ROM, simply because it works well for me (still hoping for Google Services added automatically though), so the steps below are based on this ROM: Continue reading

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[How to] Remove the white block on the top left of desktop

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If you suddenly found that your desktop has an un-clickable, un-removable white block on the desktop, you might be in the right place. Check whether you installed Soluto (for my case, it is the culprit), if you did, just simply quit it and guess what? Problem solved.

It is apparently a bug in Soluto that is known by the developer, but it is not fixed yet in the latest version. Current workaround for this issue is to turn on the ‘Exit Right After Boot’ option for Soluto.

Hope it helps.

P/S: If you doesn’t have Soluto installed, but having the similar issue, probably it is caused by lack of memory, incomplete exiting of some applications such as IE, the installation of Double Twist etc. These are some common causes that I found during the searching. Good luck!

[How To] Install Swype 3.5 on MIUI Android ROM 1.6

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If you got your MIUI-supported Android phone flashed with the latest MIUI 1.6 ROM, most probably you will find that it is impossible to get the Swype keyboard fully installed in your device; most likely the Swype installer is unable to license your copy of Swype, causing the keyboard running without license which have limited functionalities. The main cause is that in MIUI ROM, there is no way to disable Swype as required since that particular Settings page has been modified. But not too worry, it is still possible to install it completely, although it involved several extra steps.

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[How To] Solve the new MIUI Android ROM 1.6 reboot issues

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If you has been flashing your MIUI-supported Android devices to the latest 1.6.3 or 1.6.10, you probably found that some of the third party apps caused the phone to reboot automatically without any warning. No worry, you are not alone. It probably nothing to do with bad flash or bad download; it just the new permissions management system that is introduced in the new MIUI ROM.

In the new MIUI ROM, all the third party apps that require to access your SMS and Phone functions (and even ROOT) will be managed to prevent any malicious apps from accessing them. This permissions management system can be accessed from the System Tools, namely the Superuser. It is an app that manage your permission for the third party apps from accessing the SMS and Phone functions, and if the app does not have the permission, the phone will automatically reboot to prevent it from accessing them. As a result, you might be seeing some third party apps like Whatsapp cause the phone to reboot upon activating since it is trying to access the phone SMS function.

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[Review] wunderlist – A simple multi-platform task management tool

WunderlistLooking for a simple task management tool that you can access anywhere, either on your smartphone, Windows PC, tablets etc.? wunderlist might be just your thing.

A product from 6wunderkind, a Berlin-based company, wunderlist aimed to provide a simple and user friendly task management experience which can be synchronized across almost all of your mobile devices, and your computer, be it a Windows PC or an Apple Mac. Currently they have the wunderlist app for iOS devices (iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad), Android devices (1.6 above), Windows PC (XP, Vista and 7), and Mac (OSX 10 and above). They also have a web-based wunderlist, which is very useful especially when you are using a public computer, or using an unsupported operating system eg. Linux-based distro. No news for Windows Phone 7 and Blackberry yet, but don’t be disappointed, they are currently hiring now, so I am expecting some surprises in the near future.

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