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s a brand in India, Xiaomi is still relatively new and yet has made a name for itself. So much so that it dethroned Samsung as the number one smartphone brand in the country. So it was inevitable that the brand would foray in segments as well. Xiaomi’s entry in the television market has generated quite a bit of curiosity. With the launch of Mi TV 4, the Chinese brand wants to expand its footprint in India. The Mi TV 4, which the company claims is designed keeping in mind the Indian audience. The TV comes with a 55-inch 4K resolution display and is priced at Rs 39,999. The company claims that the TV offers a better user experience as compared its counterparts present in the market.

We used the device for some time and here is our complete review…

Design and display
The Xiaomi Mi LED Smart TV 4 is surely one of the best looking smart TV available in the market. Looking at the TV one can easily make out the company has invested a lot in its design aesthetics. The smart television is very slim with only 4.9mm thickness. The device definitely has a thick bottom, where the company has placed all the internal circuit of the device. It comes with two metallic L-shaped stands and can also be mounted on the wall.

The television offers 3 HDMI ports, 2 USB ports, an Ethernet port and the AV input. Along with this, the device also offers Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. All these ports are placed on the rear of the device at the bottom. The minimalist design and bezel-less display of the TV makes sure that the viewers don’t shift their attention from the content to anything else.

Coming to the display, the Xiaomi Mi LED Smart TV 4 sports a Samsung manufactured 10-bit VA panel. The device offers 4K resolution with 3840×2160 pixel resolution. The 54.5-inch display has a refresh rate of 60Hz and contrast ratio of 6000:1. The smart TV is capable of producing colours with HDR capabilities. The TV can produce 1,024 colours as per primary colour instead of the 256 colours per primary colour which are offered by any other smart TV in this price segment.

With this TV Xiaomi is offering 4K resolution in a budget of Rs 40,000 which is often found in TV more than a lakh. Along with this, the display configuration also offers a great viewing experience. The design and display are surely the selling points of the device.

Remote control and mobile app
Taking cue from its TV design the company has also kept the design of the remote very simple. The remote is very sleek and come with few buttons.

It is made of plastic and supports two AAA batteries. The remote connects to the TV via Bluetooth so this means that you no longer have to point the remote in a particular direction to make it function.

Moreover, the TV remote also doubles up as a universal remote so you don’t have to use the bulky remote provided by your DTH operator to control the TV. The company also offers an additional accessory called the Mi IR set-top box controller which has to be bought separately. Users have to attach the cable with the TV so that they can use the remote for the TV as well as the set top box.

Users will also be able to control the remote with app available on the smartphone. The company has also introduced a mobile app which will enable users to control the Mi TV 4.

The app offers a clean and simple UI and it also enables the users to take screenshots of the TV and save it on the phone. it also offers a feature called app, that enable users to open apps on the TV from their smartphones. The app also offered an option to convert the phone into a gamepad.

Performance
Talking about the innards, the Xiaomi TV is powered by a 64-bit quad-core Amlogic T968 chipset clocked at 1.8GHz. The device offers 2GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. The company claims that this is for the software updates and apps and users will not be able to download any TV shows on the internal storage.

Coming to the software, the Xiaomi Mi TV 4 runs PacthWall is own OS based on Android 6.0. The main highlight of PatchWall is that it keeps all the content in the front and you don’t have to look for it.

Users can stream content from the various apps available. The company claims that the TV offers 500+ hours of content. For the time being the company has partnered with Sony Liv, Hungama Play, Alt Balaji, Voot, Voot Kids and is working on some more associations. The user interface is pretty clean and you easily get a hang of it. It looks similar to the interface of LG’s webOS and is also quite interactive. You will notice thumbnails for the various TV shows and movies on the screen.

The top part of the screen consists of various categories such as Home, TV Shows, Kids, VIP, Movies, Sports and Music. All the categories consists of content related to that particular genre and only the VIP segment has the services for which one has to purchase the subscription. For the initial three months the Chinese manufacturer is giving free subscription for Hungama Play, Sony Liv and Alt Balaji.

As we said earlier the PatchWall OS is pretty interactive. It learns your viewing patterns and after that it will change the layout of your homepage based on your preferences. In order to play your favourite content you just have to tap on the thumbnail and the TV Show or movie will start playing.

However, if you don’t wish to scroll a lot for your favourite content then you can simply search for it. The part of the search is that it will show the content from the apps and also the one running on air at the time of the search.

On Air is an interesting feature of the Xiaomi smart TV. The Chinese manufacturer has partnered with companies that make electronic programme guides for DTH providers and cable operators. With the help of the service the PtachWall OS shows you the content on air along with the graph of how much of the TV show or movie you have missed and how much is remaining.

Along with this, the TV also offers support for voice commands so you can use that feature as well to look for the content. The OS also offers support for 15 Indian languages and you can set the interface of the TV in your choice of language.

The Xiaomi Mi TV 4 is made with the Samsung VA panel and it offers amazing colour reproduction and the viewing angles were also fine. However, you have to adjust the brightness and contrast from time to time for better viewing experience. The speakers are placed at the bottom and the audio output is also loud and clear. Users can also increase the audio output by pairing Bluetooth speakers with the smart TV. The TV offers good scaling of both HD and full HD content across the large display.

The only issue we had was with the resolution. The TV offers 4K resolution but there is not much content available for that. Even Amazon Fire Stick and Netflix also doesn’t offer content with that resolution. The user interface is smooth enough and the processor also offers lag free performance.
 Verdict

The Xiaomi Mi LED Smart TV 4 comes with a price tag of Rs 39,999. This is the only TV available in the market that offers all the high-end features at this price. Along with this, its minimalistic design and interactive operating system act as an added advantage. Unlike other manufacturers, the company also said that it will keep on rolling out timely updates for the TV in order to offer better user experience. So, if you are looking for a smart TV with 4K resolution, Android operating system, 55-inch display and have a budget of Rs 40,000 then this TV can surely be your pick as no other company is offering you such features in this budget.

Article Source: gadgetsnow.com

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Major Challenges of Setting up a Secured Cloud Computing Environment (And it’s Solutions)

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The twenty-first century brought with itself great advances in computing and technology. Of these, Cloud Computing has been one of the most dominant ones. By offering pooling of resources, a wide network access, on-demand self-service, measured service, and flexibility, it has emerged as a preferred alternative for storing information and utilizing assets across a network. Further, it is available to users in various models like PaaS or Platform as a Service, IaaS or Infrastructure as a Service, and SaaS or Software as a Service. Today, we will explore the major challenges of setting up a secure cloud computing environment and offer some workable solutions around them.

Security-Related Challenges while setting up a Cloud Computing Environment

  • The possibility of a data breach
  • Vulnerability to DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack
  • The need to ensure that information flows across the entire network in a secured manner
  • Management of vulnerabilities or bugs in the system
  • User account getting hijacked
  • Presence of APT parasites
  • Factors leading to the loss of data
  • Risks associated with multiple tenants of the cloud
  • Interfaces or APIs getting hacked

If we were to sum it up, then ensuring a secure Cloud Computing network would involve taking all the security measures for an on-site server in addition to Cloud-related security measures. Let’s look at some ways in which you can manage the security challenges.

1. A written document about the Security Policies

Before availing the services of a Cloud provider, make sure that you ask him to share a written document which details the policies and plan pertaining to the security of the Cloud. This will help you understand the approach towards security and offer an assurance about the priority assigned by the provider to the security of his services.

2. Introduce Multi-factor authentication

While all user accounts have a password, it is usually not enough to secure their accounts. Hence, it is necessary to have multi-factor authentication set up to keep hijacking at bay. Apart from the password, the users must input an OTP as an added layer of security.

3. Encryption and Security Tools

This is a no-brainer. Use the latest available encryption technology, antivirus, and antimalware tools. You can also introduce a firewall if necessary.

4. Regular Backups

Backups are the fall-back option in case of any disaster. While most cloud providers offer a backup option as a part of their services, it is important to regularly take your own backup too. If you are making a lot of changes to the system every day, then you must back up on a daily basis too. And remember, your backups need encryption as well.

5. Choice of the Cloud model

There are many types of Cloud models available today like private clouds, public clouds, multi-cloud systems, and hybrid clouds. You must choose the model which is best suited to your activities. For example, if your cloud computing system would deal with a lot of critical and confidential information and low volumes, then a private cloud would be ideal for you. On the other hand, if the data is not so confidential and the volumes are very high, then you might want to opt for a public cloud. A hybrid cloud and multi-cloud systems offer you the flexibility to create a computing environment tailored to your needs.

Conclusion

Cloud computing is used in an array of services like Cloud storage platforms, Cloud Hosting services, Cloud communication systems, etc. In many cases, the entire organisation’s data relies on the security of the Cloud environment. Follow these tips and ensure that your cloud computing environment is secure. Do let us know about the tools that you use to keep your Cloud environment secure in the comments section below.

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What Are the Ways You Can Recover Files from The Recycle Bin?

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Recover Files from The Recycle Bin

If you have accidentally deleted your important files, then recycle bin is the only hope left to recover them.  You can locate your file when it has not been completely deleted by you. One of the most relieving things is that the file pointer even after getting deleted continues to be present on the hard drive. This happens even after emptying the Recycle Bin. To help you in the recovery process, we are providing you step by step instructions that will help you easily recover your deleted files from the system.

How does the file get restored when emptied the recycle bin?

Whenever you delete any file, it goes to the Recycle Bin. By right clicking on the deleted file, you can restore it back to its original location. However, the case complicates when you accidentally empty the entire Recycle Bin content? Now how to recover deleted file?

Recovery of the deleted file is still possible. Even on emptying the Recycle Bin, the reference of the master file gets removed but not the data. So, it is important to perform the file recovery steps from empty recycle bin. There are a few manual steps stated below that when implemented would lead to recovery of the file.  

Restore from its previous versions

  • Go to the folder from which you deleted the file. Right click on it
  • Now choose the option “Restore earlier versions”
  • Select the desired previous version and click on “Restore” option
  • In this way recover file from bin manually

Switch on “System Protection”

This is another way to recover your deleted files from earlier versions.

  • Visit Control Panel
  • Now choose system and click “System Protection” located in the right window
  • The system will provide a listing of all the available hard disk drives with protection
  • Choose the specific drive and then click on “configure”
  • Choose “Restore system settings and earlier file versions”
  • Click on OK and recover your lost file.

Restore using Windows Backup

You can even recover your file using the Backup utility of Windows OS. To restore data from your backup, you will need to perform below mentioned steps, such as

  • Click on Control Panel and then choose “System and Security
  • Click on “Restore my files”
  • There are a few easy steps that you need to follow to ultimately recover your deleted file

Use a trusted file recovery software

You can use a file recovery software to recover your data even when it is not found in the bin. Data recovery software for Windows comes with powerful abilities to reliably and efficiently recover files data from corrupted and formatted storage devices, emptied Recycle Bin, and inaccessible partitions.

Regardless of the type of data, this file recovery software lets you recover your lost valuable photos, music, video and other critical documents. By safely download and installing this software, you can get your deleted files recovered.

Conclusion

Till your file does not get overwritten or completely deleted from the system, it can be recovered. All these above steps would assist you in recovering deleted files from emptied recycle bin.

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