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We all know that artificial intelligence has been the hot topic of recent times and that it has been adopted by companies covering virtually every sector. So these days, when you’re dealing with an automated answering service, it’s highly likely that there is no human intervention at all. This trend is set to continue and reach into many new areas. But there are even more exciting prospects ahead that suggest that the algorithms used in AI may soon start to enable increasingly accurate predictions of future events. Indeed, this is something that has also started to occur – and in some quite surprising ways. The theory behind it is quite simple: by combining the processing of big datasets and using the algorithms that drive AI, an ever-more accurate model of future events can be created. One of the leading exponents in this reasonably new field is

We all know that artificial intelligence has been the hot topic of recent times and that it has been adopted by companies covering virtually every sector. So these days, when you’re dealing with an automated answering service, it’s highly likely that there is no human intervention at all. This trend is set to continue and reach into many new areas. But there are even more exciting prospects ahead that suggest that the algorithms used in AI may soon start to enable increasingly accurate predictions of future events. Indeed, this is something that has also started to occur – and in some quite surprising ways. The theory behind it is quite simple: by combining the processing of big datasets and using the algorithms that drive AI, an ever-more accurate model of future events can be created. One of the leading exponents in this reasonably new field is Black Swan Technologies whose clients include Disney. Among the work they have carried out for the entertainment giant was predicting the likely popularity of Frozen before release. By looking at the data around similar animated titles as well as examining popular genres and types of film on YouTube it enabled them to accurately gauge even how many copies would be sold once the movie was released on DVD. Retailers have also been quick to start experimenting with Black Swan’s technology with supermarkets using it to project just when and how many of their customers will be choosing to barbecue on any given weekend. Western Canada Fashion Week 2023 Spring ” ( CC BY-SA 2.0 ) by IQRemix The fashion industry is also one that is always looking towards what are going to be the trends for future seasons. Again, AI is being used to help these predictions to become more accurate. This is facilitated by a system that scours social media and e-commerce sites to analyze colors, sizes and patterns that appear most frequently and which may be pointing towards the direction that styles may be headed. On a less frivolous note, healthcare is another sector in which the ability to predict future situations is being trialed. One of the best-known exponents is Diagnostic Robotics , a business founded and headed up by Kira Radinsky Ph.D. with offices in Tel Aviv and New York. The fact that much of medicine is already so heavily statistics-based is obviously useful, but it needs AI to add that extra dimension. Trading in stocks, shares and currencies is another area in which being able to accurately predict the future can also mean the difference between success and failure. More and more trading platforms appearing and being listed on sites like Stockapps UK . There is already plenty of choice and most offer extensive support. The above site rates the platforms according to a vast array of key features, such as commission or products offered, such as CFD trading. It’s therefore logical to imagine that one day AI support could number among those factors. This would obviously give an edge over the competition – it could well take many providers to the next level. So we can confidently predict that AI will become increasingly effective in defining what the future holds in a wide variety of ways. And, when it does reach its full potential, it will create a very different world indeed.

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If You Can Imagine It, This Ai Generator Will Draw It

There are now a lot of AI image generators which will produce images based on text descriptions. This means you can dream up anything at all, type it in and mere seconds later see a selection of images matching that description.

For example, the image at the top was generated using the description “steam train going across a curved viaduct on rolling green hills with a river running below, cloudy blue skies.”

But you can go into as much detail as you like. For example, the following produced these variations “A beach on a cloudy day. In the distance, people are walking towards cliffs in the background”.


Or even “1970s Porsche racing car on track leading a pack of period cars with crowds of spectators in stands in the background”.


AI is good at generating images of people. For example “a 35 year old IT officer working at his desk, wearing glasses and a blue blazer” led to this:


These generators vary in quality and usually allow you to generate only a few images before you have to pay to use their services.

But it’s fun to do, and well worth trying out as there’s every chance you’ll be blown away by the results.

Regardless of which generator you decide to use, the process is the same: type a detailed description of what you want. The longer that description, the better.


Shorter descriptions can still generate incredible images, as demonstrated by the birds above, but they may not be quite what you wanted. Plus, AI isn’t human – duh! –  so although some of the images appear flawless, others have clear errors, and AI struggles with text in particular.

Really, you also need to specify the style of image you want. That’s because the AI needs to understand whether you want a photorealistic images, a cartoon, a sketch or something else. If you don’t specify, it may choose at random.

Since the images are created by powerful servers, you can use these generators on whatever device you have: a phone, laptop, tablet or PC.

Some generators are available only as mobile apps, but others work in a web browser. Here are some to try out now.

Midjourney – Runs on Discord

Fotor – works in a browser

Photoleap – Android and iPhone

DALL-E – works in a browser

DALL-E is one of the best known, and is from the same people – OpenAI – that made ChatGPT. Unfortunately, its popularity means it’s all but impossible to use: we could barely create an account without the website falling over, presumably due to being overloaded.

However, Midjourney stands out from the crowd, partly because of the sheer quality of the images it creates, but also because you’re given 25 minutes of GPU time for free: you’re not restricted to a specific number of images.

The only snag is that it uses Discord, which can be a little bewildering to use if you’re not familiar with it. You’ll also need to create a Discord account if you don’t have one.

How to use Midjourney


Create a Discord account


Join the server


Find a Newbie room


Generate an image


In the message box at the bottom type /imagine and press Enter. A prompt box will appear. Type into this any description you like and press Enter. Here we’ve typed ‘photorealistic close-up of a stained glass bird’


Wait for your image


Specify aspect ratio


If you don’t want a square image, you need to tell Midjourney the aspect ratio you want. Do this by adding -—ar 16:9 if you want a TV-sized image. You can specify any ratio, including the common ones such as 3:2, 4:3 and 3:4.


Find your images


China Might Be Winning The Crispr Race, But We Have The Fda

Last week, The Wall Street Journal reported that a team of researchers in China were treating terminally ill cancer patients with the gene-editing technique known colloquially as CRISPR. According to the Journal‘s report, the Chinese researchers are attempting to halt disease progression in patients with esophageal cancer by tweaking a piece of DNA in some of their white blood cells. This adjustment changes the way their immune system fights the cancer.

But how did China edge out the United States to become the first to use CRISPR in humans? American researchers were, after all, the ones who discovered the techniques’ ability to tweak and alter DNA. But as the Wall Street Journal points out, America is right up on China’s heels. Carl June, a pioneer in immunotherapy cancer treatment at the University of Pennsylvania is awaiting clearance to begin similar trials of his own—using the techniques of CRISPR on immunotherapy (harnessing the immune system to fight cancer)-based treatments for certain malignancies. He might get clearance from the FDA as early as next month.

According to Nature, the American trials will be similar to the newly-approved immunotherapy treatment called Kymriah. The treatment involves removing a person’s blood and isolating their T-cells. Using another form of gene-editing, a disabled HIV virus attaches a receptor to the T-cells (a type of white blood cell). The re-engineered T-cells then grow and proliferate in the lab. When ready, doctors infuse the newly engineered T-cells back into the cancer patient’s body where they go to work finding cancer cells and killing them. While this treatment can be highly effective (often in people who have exhausted every other medical option available), the process itself is extremely time consuming, and it often doesn’t work for everyone. The goal of this new immunotherapy trial involving CRISPR is two-fold: To see if using CRISPR-based therapies is indeed safe for humans and if CRISPR would help make therapies like Kymriah more efficient and effective.

If approved, the new phase one human trial would use CRISPR to tweak the DNA in a person’s T-cells in three ways: The first would do the same as the HIV virus in the Kymriah approach, attaching a receptor that finds cancer. The second would remove a protein that has the potential to mess with the receptor. A third tweak would prevent a cancer cell from finding the T-cell by removing a protein that acts as a tracking device, so to speak, for the malignant cell. If successful, these changes could make immunotherapy far more effective. And, because CRISPR is relatively easy to use in a laboratory setting, it could make treatments that use the process far more efficient, potentially increasing availability and decreasing the time (and money) spent to make the drug.

But China is already so far along, and in some instances, their efforts are showing positive results. If American researchers led the CRISPR discovery and early race, what handicap is allowing China to gain the lead? It’s a little something called the FDA. And it’s worth the lost race. To gain approval for their trial, Chinese researchers had to present their plan to the hospital’s ethics committee. According to the Wall Street Journal, this committee is made up of a handful of the hospital’s doctors, a lawyer, and a former cancer patient. The group discussed the issues for a few hours before they greenlit the human trial.

The FDA’s caution is high for anything that uses gene editing or CRISPR. But other drugs go through an extremely rigorous process, as well. This is all for good reason: Before the FDA existed, manufacturers could market and sell any drug without needing to say what’s in it and without needing to show that it could actually treat the thing that you were buying it to treat. While it’s hard to sit with the idea of potentially losing a medical breakthrough race, it’s important to remember how and why the United States created the FDA in the first place.

Today, we take prescription drugs knowing exactly what the side effects could be and what the general probability of them occurring is. But imagine taking a new drug without knowing these vital pieces of information. Would you still swallow it? We don’t often think about the arduous and long process drugs now go through before they reach our bodies. But these processes are there for an extremely good reason. Consider the fecal transplant. The treatment, which involves collecting stool from a volunteer and administering it to a person with a severe gut infection caused by a bacteria called clostridium difficile, shows immense success, but it is not yet approved by the FDA.

Part of the reason is that the treatment is, like CRISPR studies, entering uncharted territory. There’s so much scientists still don’t understand about the human gut microbiome (the collection of bacteria that live in our intestines) and its effects on our health. Transplanting one person’s gut microbiome into another person’s could indeed cure them of their infection, but it could also cause unwanted consequences. The microbiome has an effect on both our digestion and our immune systems. Theoretically, the recipient of a fecal transplant could be at a higher risk of developing immune system disorders because of the gut microbes they now have. At the same time, just like those cancer patients in the CRISPR immunotherapy trials, C. diff patients are often in a life-threatening situation and the fecal transplant is a last ditch effort to clear up the infection. Researchers admit that it’s hard to know for sure how safe you have to be when these people who could potentially benefit from this treatment are in a life-threatening situation. In the immunotherapy studies, most patients have exhausted all other available treatments.

For a drug to reach your medicine cabinet, it needs to have gone through three phases of clinical trials. Phase one is simply to show that a drug or therapy isn’t toxic. If a drug makes it past that point, it moves on to phase two which it must again maintain that it is non toxic, but also prove that its effective, doing to the job that it’s meant to do. In phase three, researchers must test the drug against the currently available treatment for the condition (if there is one) the new drug is attempting to treat. If a drug doesn’t work any better than one currently on the market and there’s no other redeeming qualities like it being cheaper, or its side effects are less intense, then its much harder for drug companies to gain FDA approval to start selling the drug.

Each step of this process is long and arduous but the hurdles are there for two main and super important reasons: To determine what the drug’s toxicity (in other words, what are its chances of killing you or causing other forms of short and long term damage to your body?) and, does it actually do what it says its supposed to do? If a drug is supposed to reduce the symptoms of heartburn, does it actually do that? This all seems obvious that this kind of testing should exist. But the only reason it does, is because there was a time when it didn’t.

Back in 1906, the United States Congress passed the original Food and Drug Act (the precursor to today’s Food and Drug Administration). At that point, the law’s main purpose was to prevent the buying and selling of food, drinks, and drugs from having any form of mislabeling or tainting. Simply, the product had to contain what it said it contained on the label.

The current regulations governing the FDA’s testing process are a product of our own mistakes. In 1937, as soon as a drug called Elixir Sulfanilamide reached the market, it quickly caused the deaths of 107 people, many of whom were children. The active ingredient in the drug, sulfanilamide, was used at the time as a type of antibiotic used to treat anything from gonorrhea to strep throat. The drug originally came in the form of a pill. But one pharmaceutical company, the S.E. Massengill Company, decided that the therapy would be even more popular if it came in the form of a flavored liquid. So they had a chemist mix sulfanilamide, with diethylene glycol, and water—plus a little bit of raspberry flavoring. Once ready, they labeled it accordingly, and distributed gallons of it across the country—and pharmacies readily purchased it.

Diethylene glycol is highly miscible, that is, it’s great at mixing together any particle into a well-formed liquid. As such, the new formulation was deemed a great success. Until people started actually taking it. Turns out that in addition to its high miscibility, diethylene glycol is also extremely poisonous to humans, and causes immediate acute kidney failure. Death reports soon started coming in of people who had taken the liquid medicine. It was swiftly taken off the market. The thing is, the drug went immediately from the laboratory to the medicine cabinet. No testing beforehand whatsoever. So, the following year, in 1938, the United States passed the The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, which required that new drugs had to show that they were safe before they started selling them—essentially what phase one in the clinical trial approval process is today. This began an entirely new wave of regulations, each year bringing us one step closer to the highly arduous process we have today. Regrettably, sulfanilamide wasn’t the only infamous incident that tweaked this regulatory process. Other tragedies over the past century have shaped it as well.

In the now infamous case of thalidomide of the 1960s, the drug (thalidomide) was a sleeping pill that quickly became widely popular in Germany. Soon after Australian doctors discovered that it could also alleviate the nausea caused by morning sickness in pregnancy. So doctors started to prescribe the drug, off-label (a practice still very much in use today) to pregnant women. But while there had been some testing done beforehand to determine the drug was safe for humans to take, no one had done any studying of the drugs effects on a developing fetus. As the world soon found, it can cause severe birth defects; specifically causing the shortening or complete absence of limbs. This, in part, led the U.S. to create much more stringent laws around drug dispensing, requiring drug makers to prove their drug works before it can gain FDA approval.

We have birth control to thank for laws mandating that drugs come with patient packet inserts listing every side effect available and the chances of each one occurring. Initially birth control was almost taken off the market due to its dangerous side effects. But rightfully, women pressed that they wanted to be given a choice first, whether they would agree to taking a drug with the risk of whatever side effects. Today, that’s typically how drugs are presented by physicians to their patients—weighing the benefits versus the risks, which are clearly and accurately made available, and allowing the patient to choose.

Learning from our past, it is wise that we remain cautious and go through the regulatory procedures that have been a century in the making.

Hybrid Cloud Solutions – The Future Of It

Cloud computing is a technological revolution in progress also continues to be emerging as among the most dependable avenues for company creation. Facilitating companies to be more nimble and responsive to the energetic requirements and chances; cloud computing propels productivity increase and widens profit margins. Hybrid cloud options would be the future of business IT.

The adoption of disruptive technologies is progressing in this age of computing. It’s apparent that firms are unlocking new sources of productivity, cooperation, flexibility, and functionality improvement.

From on-demand network accessibility to scalability and increased safety, the true value of cloud computing catapults ventures to a new dimension of competitiveness. Cloud computing will alter how organizations approach operational difficulties.

Cloud alternatives will unite with another wave of smart technology.

Cloud computing solutions are becoming the new standard for ventures. The newest Gartner report points to how this distinguished technology will continue to create headway in the technological arena.

As we look forward, it’s apparent that some definitive tendencies are drifting about cloud computing. Hybrid cloud is supposed to be a symbol of the new standard of business computing. We’re solving the binary paradigm of cloud computing infrastructure by leveraging the best of the two worlds. As we see, the hybrid strategy is poised to dominate the entire business moving forward.

What is Hybrid Cloud Computing?

“Article of a couple of different cloud infrastructures (personal, community, or people ) that stay unique entities, but are bound together by proprietary or standardized technology that permits application and data portability.”

Every hybrid model differs in its own structure and design, since it’s invented to satisfy the distinctive needs of a venture.

Hybrid cloud is an entire cloud option which may be leveraged to unite the high-security characteristics of personal cloud. The easy-to-access characteristics of people cloud is indeed it caters to a wide assortment of use cases and complex installation situations.

Related: – Here are Top 10 Tips Given by Cloud Security Alliance

Why Hybrid Cloud?

Organizations often find it hard to select between deploying software on-premises and people cloud.

Typically, businesses continue to keep their information centers for ensuring compliance, security, and operational management. Nevertheless, partnerships are always needing more funds.

As an example, your company may require extra storage and computing resources to satisfy the occasional need spike. Then the company can scale back into the initial in-house servers if demand subsides.

Restricting your own cloud computing infrastructure into the bounds of your personal data centers does not seem a sensible option. Requirement on company resources as well as the lagtime this generates will demand public cloud support to get as many tools as required.

Incorporating public cloud support in your existing IT plan not only ensures that an inexpensive solution for processing high-volume info spikes but also aids in preventing costly downtime.

Top Use Cases of Hybrid Cloud.

Deploying a hybrid solution enables an enterprise to select their software, information, and tools which may be set in the public cloud or even a personal atmosphere. Typically, sensitive and critical information has been saved in a data centre, or personal cloud deployments, whereas a people cloud, will be used for significantly less insecure tools.

In the realm of IT infrastructure, endurance and agility is the demand of the hour. The hybrid approach enables enterprises with an unparalleled amount of flexibility.

Hybrid can optimize the usage of computing, computing, and media resources. Nurturing greater IT and business cooperation, a hybrid strategy generates an environment which may be scaled upward or down back as your business needs change and grow.

Reducing your overall cost of ownership, hybrid provides the extra plus of being cheap. Disaster recovery alternatives, cloud bursting and many different attributes of hybrid environments enable businesses to reduce prices.

Shifting the IT spending to hybrid cloud pay-as-you-go version reduces capital expenditures (CapEx) into a larger extent. Not just that this cloud system matches your price patterns to need routines, but also support present and future expansion seamlessly.

Increasing requirement for scalability, efficient productivity, and protected data access contributes to the expanding adoption of hybrid solutions. The increasing popularity of large data management applications, artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) also functions as a growth catalyst.

As per a report released by Allied Market Research, “the worldwide hybrid market is estimated to reach $171,926 million by 2025, rising at a CAGR of 21.7percent from 2023 to 2025.”

Related: – Empowering Digital Transformation with Hybrid Cloud Data Management

The transformative role of Hybrid cloud.

Hybrid cloud design simplifies the problems raised by numerous companies for embracing cloud. Regulatory compliance, information privacy, and authority requirements might need to be fulfilled. Firms of all scales and businesses can leverage hybrid solutions to deliver program data and services with each other to get a substantial foothold in the competitive industry.

Total operational consistency and easy workload reliability of hybrid strategies offer the flexibility and freedom to innovate faster and capture opportunities. Businesses operating in finance, health care, and legal businesses feature particular regulatory demands and data management criteria.

Moreover, many services and applications in these businesses follow a heritage infrastructure being set up for decades. Assessing the present legacy system or restarting a whole application could be expensive and complex.

How to Implement?

Step one towards cloud computing lies in knowing the company value and use instances where hybrid can be leveraged. Many factors need to be taken under account when implementing a hybrid in almost any business.

On the other hand, these seven measures are somewhat more universal for any cloud execution procedure.

Ascertain the cloud installation version for data and applications.

Integrate with existing business services.

Address connectivity demands.

Create government policies and support arrangements.

Evaluate and solve privacy and security challenges.

Deal with the hybrid environment.

Organizations opting for a hybrid strategy can attain operational and financial benefits. You have to offer a strategy early for developing a thoughtful migration program.

Also read: – How To get free Online Cloud Storage


Hybrid computing is a valuable alternative that provides enhanced user experience, greater resiliency, and increased flexibility. Similar to every other emerging technology, it includes a reasonable share of issues and challenges.

The best challenges faced by the associations comprise safety risks, compliance problems, integration complexity, elements partitioning, and scaling complications. On the other hand, the fantastic thing is that everyone these problems and issues can be medicated using a strategy.

Partnering with a managed service provider aids in making smarter decisions and mapping out an effective cloud strategy.


Xiaomi 13 Pro Review: Leica It, But Don’t Love It


Class-leading performance 

Excellent cameras 

Impressive 120W charging 

Solid battery life


Unintuitive software 

Huge rear camera module 


Our Verdict

The 13 Pro gets such a lot right, including stellar Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 performance and top-tier cameras. But Xiaomi’s MIUI software is still the main reason not to recommend it. 

After a name change and the reintroduction of a Pro model last year, it’s more of the same for Xiaomi at the start of 2023. 

At MWC in late February, the company launched two new flagships globally: the 13 and 13 Pro. An even more capable Ultra model is expected at some point, but Xiaomi has confirmed that there’ll be no half-step ‘S’ update later in the year. 

From testing the 13 Pro, it’s hard to imagine a non-gaming phone which could be more capable than this – perhaps only the Galaxy S23 Ultra. With Qualcomm’s latest silicon, a main camera equipped with a huge 1in sensor, and some of the fastest charging around, the device is almost unmatched when it comes to hardware. 

But familiar frustrations remain on the software side, and they’re the main reason this isn’t an instant recommendation.  

Design & build

Huge, ugly rear camera module

New ceramic back

Return of the IP68 rating

Xiaomi has revamped the design of the 13 Pro – just not in a good way. Most of the phone retains its usual sleek appearance, but the gigantic camera module sticks out like a sore thumb. 

It reflects Xiaomi’s new partnership with camera company Leica, along with some big upgrades to the rear sensors. But there’s no denying it looks ugly, and protrudes significantly from the back of the phone.

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The effect can be reduced by applying the silicone case in the box, although even then there’s a significant wobble when used face up on a table. The huge emphasis on phone cameras means a flush camera module isn’t realistic, but surely Xiaomi could’ve done better than this. 

While the regular Xiaomi 13 also has a huge module, it doesn’t stick out nearly as much. You can’t complain that it looks like all other phones, at least. 

The gigantic camera module sticks out like a sore thumb

Another key change sees the glass back of the 12 Pro swapped for a ceramic one. It certainly feels very premium, but adds to the total weight significantly. At 229g, it’s much heavier than last year’s 12 Pro (205g), and one of the heaviest phones full stop.  

That rear design is also highly reflective, meaning it quickly accumulates noticeable fingerprint smudges. This can be mitigated by popping on a case, which also adds much-needed grip to an otherwise slippery device.  

The 13 Pro is well-built and feels impressively robust, but a ceramic rear means will it always be vulnerable to shattering than plastic. While the front is equipped with tough Gorilla Glass Victus, there are no such guarantees for the back.

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One big improvement is that there’s now an IP68 rating – previously seen on the Mi 11, but dropped for last year’s phones. It means the phone is fully protected against dust and submersion in up to 1.5m of water for up to 30 minutes. 

Colour options are limited, with just black and white models to choose from. But if you’re going to apply a case anyway, it doesn’t really matter. 

It’s also worth mentioning the vibration motor, which provides subtle haptic feedback as you navigate the phone. It does a good job of simulating real button presses, and feels very high quality. 

Xiaomi keeps things simple on the aluminium sides of the phone, with just the power button and volume controls on the right, then a SIM tray (supports dual SIM), single downward-firing speaker and USB-C port on the bottom. It means there’s no 3.5mm audio jack, but that’s not at all surprising. 

Screen & speakers

Superb 6.73in OLED display

Dynamic 120Hz refresh rate

Underwhelming dual speakers

The Xiaomi 13 Pro’s display has only been slightly tweaked compared to last year, and it’s functionally identical for most people. 

As it was already one of the best displays on any phone, that’s hardly surprising. You still get a large 6.73in, 1440×3200 OLED panel, giving it an increasingly common 20:9 aspect ratio. The screen is a joy to behold, with superb detail and dynamic colours that really pop.

The screen is a joy to behold, with superb detail and dynamic colours that really pop

Xiaomi says the screen can hit an incredible 1900 nits of peak brightness. That’s far higher than most phones, and you’ll have no problem using the 13 Pro on bright sunny days. Yes, there were a couple of these in the UK winter! 

Within the display you’ll find an optical fingerprint sensor which is easy to set up and works well most of the time. However, there is quite a small target area to aim for, and any moisture will stop it from unlocking. 

Strangely, Xiaomi has decided to ditch the 12 Pro’s quad speaker system, although they weren’t particularly impressive.  

Combining a single downward-firing grille with the earpiece means you still get a stereo setup, but the audio hasn’t improved much. It’s generally clear and can reach a decent volume without much distortion, but there’s very little bass or depth to the sound.

Specs & performance

Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 and 12GB of RAM

Superb performance across the board

256/512GB of non-expandable storage

Xiaomi’s flagship phones are usually equipped with Qualcomm’s latest and greatest chips, and the 13 Pro is no different. 

The phone is powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, which provides both performance and power efficiency benefits compared to the 8 Gen 1 found in the Xiaomi 12 Pro. Whether you can tell them apart is another matter, but there’s no doubting the excellent performance here.

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Alongside 12GB of RAM on either configuration, the 13 Pro breezes through almost every task you can think of with ease. That includes web browsing, texting, watching videos, browsing social media and taking photos, plus quickly switching between apps and using them side-by-side. 

There’s wasn’t even a hint of stuttering or hesitation throughout my testing time, something which can’t be said for most phones. It even extends to mobile gaming, with Call of Duty: Mobile, PUBG Mobile, and Asphalt 9 all remaining smooth and responsive. 

The 13 Pro breezes through almost every task you can think of with ease

Even in these demanding scenarios, the 13 Pro only gets slightly warm to the touch. Overheating is something previous Snapdragon-powered phones have struggled with, but it’s not an issue here. That might change if you want to play games for several hours, but there are dedicated phones for that. 

The 13 Pro keeps up with this year’s other flagships in testing, only lagging behind those with lower resolution displays, which have an easier time in the graphics-heavy GFXBench. 

In terms of storage, there are two choices: 256GB or 512GB. There’s no support for expandable storage. 

Being powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 means the 13 Pro has 5G support, alongside the latest Bluetooth 5.3 and Wi-Fi 6E standards. Xiaomi also says it’ll be compatible with the upcoming Wi-Fi 7 via a software update. 

Camera & video

Triple Leica 50Mp rear cameras

Excellent shots from all three

Impressive 30Mp selfie camera

Xiaomi has teamed up with camera company Leica for the 13 series, with both regular and Pro models featuring some significant changes. 

That might not be immediately apparent from the specs, with the hefty rear module still containing three 50Mp lenses. However, that main sensor is now the much larger 1in Sony IMX989 – the same as in current camera champ Vivo X90 Pro and last year’s Xiaomi 12S Ultra – so it’s no surprise that the shots it produces are impressive.

The phone is particularly well suited to landscape shots, but architecture and street photography also look great. However, without a dedicated depth sensor, the software-based portrait mode is hit and miss. An attractive background blur (which can be adjusted after the photo is taken) is possible, but it often struggles with edge detection. 

If most of my shots above look a little washed out, that’s because they were taken on a winter day in the UK: that was how the scenes actually looked. But across all scenes, you get clear, well-exposed shots with plenty of detail and great dynamic range. Key parts of the shot are still clearly visible when cropping in, so you don’t lose anything important in the background.

Then there’s the 50Mp ultrawide, which offers the same 115˚ field of view as its predecessor. Keeping the megapixel count so high means there’s only a slight drop in detail compared to the main sensor, and its versatility is great in a variety of scenarios. 

Make no mistake: this is one of the best phone camera systems around

If you’d rather go for the vibrant mode, look out for vivid, eye-catching colours that really stand out. In many situations, you won’t need to do any editing before sharing, especially for a personal social media account.

While the main lens handles low-light environments relatively well, there’s also a dedicated night mode. This adds a natural-looking brightening effect without losing key details or introducing too much noise. Pretty much every phone camera has a night mode these days, but this is one of the most impressive.

The selfie camera remains at 32Mp, but it’s still one of the very best. Exposure, details and colours are all on point, and it does a decent job of portrait mode. Make no mistake: this is one of the best phone camera systems around.

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The Xiaomi 13 Pro can record video up to 8K at 24fps, but the default 1080p at 30fps is a better option for most people. Footage won’t rival an iPhone, but OIS on the main lens means it remains clear and steady – even with lots of movement. 

Battery & charging

4800mAh battery

Solid all-day battery life

120W wired charging, 50W wireless

Battery life was a key weakness of the Xiaomi 12 Pro, but that’s not the case with its successor. The combination of a larger 4800mAh cell and improved Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 power efficiency means it can now comfortably last a full day – even with some intensive tasks such as gaming or using GPS. 

That’s reflected in the PCMark battery test, which simulates real-world world usage at a fairly typical 200 nits of brightness. A time of 11 hours 56 minutes is well over four hours better than its predecessor, and above average among the high-end phones we’ve recently tested. 

With the improvement here, the 13 Pro is one of the few phones that delivers great battery life and charging speeds.  

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The 120W adapter in the box will get you a full charge in less than half an hour, while it also supports 50W wireless charging and 10W reverse wireless charging. The latter is great for quickly charging accessories such as a watch or phone, but it supports all devices with the Qi standard. 

MIUI 14 over Android 13

Frustrating, unintuitive software experience

Three years of Android version updates

The 13 and 13 Pro are the first Xiaomi phones to run Android 13 out of the box. However, both have Xiaomi’s MIUI 14 skin over the top, which remains the single biggest reason not to buy the 13 Pro. 

Essentially, MIUI 14 dilutes what makes Android so great, then adds a garish colour scheme and annoying apps you can’t uninstall. It’s perfectly usable, but a significant downgrade compared to the software experience on many other phones. 

Key differences compared to ‘stock’ Android include a split notification shade and control centre, colourful icons, and a redesigned Settings menu. All of these take the polish off the user experience, rather than adding to it.

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Then there are all the pre-installed apps, and there are some strange choices here. Xiaomi seems to think everyone wants to use the likes of TikTok, LinkedIn, and Solitaire, though at least these can be uninstalled.  

The company has its own apps for messaging, security, file management, web browsing and many more, none of which you can remove. Your best alternative is to hide these in the app drawer and never use it, but they shouldn’t be there in the first place. 

MIUI 14 dilutes what makes Android so great, then adds a garish colour scheme and annoying apps you can’t uninstall

I’ve used a few Xiaomi phones now, so know what to expect. But there’s a significant learning curve if you haven’t tried one before. 

In terms of software support, Xiaomi commits to three years of Android version updates and four of security patches. That means you can expect Android 14, 15, and 16, plus patches until 2027. 

This is roughly in line with other Android manufacturers, albeit behind both Samsung and Apple. 

Price & availability

As expected, the Xiaomi 13 Pro doesn’t come cheap.  

It’ll set you back £1,099/€1,299 for a model with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage – that’s the only one available in the UK.

You can buy one now from the Xiaomi website, although there are no alternative retailers or networks selling the phone on contract.

As usual, the device won’t be sold in the US. Your best bet will be to try and import one from a site such as Aliexpress.

The obvious alternative at this price Samsung’s Galaxy S23 Plus, which starts at $999/£1,049/€1,219. But there are plenty of great alternatives in our best smartphone and best big phone charts.


The Xiaomi 13 Pro takes what made the 12 Pro so great and makes it even better. But that doesn’t mean you should buy one.  

Performance from the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is absolutely fantastic, with its improved power efficiency and a larger battery delivering significant battery life improvements. New Leica cameras are close to the best you’ll find on any phone, with great results across all four lenses. 

But a huge new camera bump interrupts an otherwise sleek design, while the software experience remains a major source of frustration. 

At this flagship price point, those shortcomings are hard to ignore. The Xiaomi 13 Pro is a great phone, but it’s not best-in-class. 


Android 13 w/ MIUI 14 

6.73in LTPO WQHD+ OLED 120Hz curved display, 20:9, 240Hz touch sampling, HDR10+, Dolby Vision 

In-display fingerprint sensor 

Gorilla Glass Victus 

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 


256GB/512GB UFS 3.1 non-expandable storage


50Mp, f/1.9 main camera with OIS 

50Mp, f/2.2 ultrawide camera 

50Mp, f/2.0 3.2x zoom telephoto camera 

32Mp, f/2.0 front-facing camera 

Dual speakers with Dolby Atmos 



WiFi 6E 

Bluetooth 5.3 



4820mAh battery 

120W wired charging 

50W wireless charging 

10W reverse wireless charging 

162.9 x 74.6 x 8.4 mm 


Launch colours: Black, White 

Hyundai Made A Smart Car Ai That Might Actually Be Useful

Hyundai made a smart car AI that might actually be useful

Talking to car voice recognition systems is typically about as productive as cursing at other drivers, but Hyundai aims to change that with its new Intelligent Personal Agent. The new virtual assistant promises to be Alexa for the dashboard, offering not only control over features but proactive information based on the individual driver. According to Hyundai, it could be included in new cars as soon as 2023.

For now, it’s a prototype that’s housed in a “Personal Agent Cockpit” that Hyundai will be bringing along to CES 2023 in a few weeks time. Co-developed with SoundHound, the system promises functionality far from the usual stilted voice interfaces available on current cars. Indeed, the goal is a more conversational interface, which doesn’t require drivers to remember specific keywords or even break up their requests into separate parts.

On the one hand, the Intelligent Personal Agent will allow pretty much all of the commonly-used features in the car to be controlled by voice. That includes setting the air conditioning, opening and closing the sunroof, and triggering the power locks. As you’d expect, there’s also integration with phone calls, music and destination search, and dictating text messages. It’s part of Hyundai’s efforts to reduce the amount of time drivers are spending looking for buttons or touchscreen UI elements.

The system goes further than that, however. A “Car-to-Home” service allows for remote control over connected home devices – whether those be lights, locks, garage doors, or something else – through a voice command in the vehicle. It wakes up with the “Hi, Hyundai” trigger, at which point you can talk to it as you might the Google Assistant on a Google Home.

As with a Google Home, there’s support for combining multiple instructions into a single phrase. For example, Hyundai suggests, you could say “Hi Hyundai, tell me what the weather will be like tomorrow and turn off the lights in our living room.” The assistant would automatically recognize that included two different tasks, and complete each individually.

However, it goes further than just issuing commands. Hyundai says it has made the assistant proactive, so that it can look at things like upcoming meetings on a schedule, check real-time road traffic reports, and then make suggestions as to when the driver should leave so as to be on time.

Hyundai is using SoundHound’s Houndify AI platform – an extension of the technology the automaker has been using for music recognition for some years now – which has been customized with automotive tasks in mind. It’s a server-based system, so the car will need to be connected in order to recognize instructions. Unclear at this point is what happens if the car is out of a service area, and whether there’ll be a fall-back system with local processing for more basic functionality.

The Intelligent Personal Agent is set to show up on future Hyundai production cars from 2023, the automaker says. However, early next year a more simplified version will be deployed as part of a Korea-only trial of next-gen fuel-cell vehicles. That will have the ability to pull in local sports results among other information.

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