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The way that we live on Earth is causing an unprecedented acceleration in species extinction. Now, more than half a million species “have insufficient habitat for long-term survival” and are likely to go extinct unless their natural environments are restored. But we are already seeing major problems from this intrusion, not least through an increase in human-animal conflict.

A case in evidence is that of Avni, a “man-eating” Indian tigress who achieved something close to global recognition at the end of 2023. Man-eating leopards, lions, and tigers aren’t uncommon in India—several are killed or captured annually. But Avni achieved fame when a designer cologne was used in an attempt to lure her into a trap. Sadly, the bait failed and she was ultimately hunted down and killed.

This tragic tale of a tigress gone rogue unleashed a range of debates on the ethics of hunting, the pragmatics of capture, and the elitism of urban conservationists who were furious at her killing. What was somewhat missing from the discussion was the question of what made Avni the tigress into a man-eater in the first place.

The reasons why big cats turn on humans are complex and can be specific to individuals. But they can no longer be explained outside the context of climate change. Biodiversity depletion, habitat loss, extreme weather events, and a greater struggle over natural resources are affecting how animals live across the entire Indian subcontinent, and indeed the world. We should look to the case of Avni not for the peculiar baiting method, but rather for what her life and death tells us about the climate crisis.

Human land and tiger land

Commonsensically, we assume a distinction between “human land” and “animal land”, or spaces that are human-dominated and those that are reserved for animals. There are, of course, landscapes that are more amenable to the habitation of big cats. Leopards are temperamentally comfortable in scrub forests, for example, and tigers were thought to prefer dense forests. But this distinction between spaces is becoming increasingly artificial, especially in densely populated countries like India.

We are now finding increasing evidence of tigers and leopards in human dominated landscapes all over India. Avni was, it is widely agreed, not born in a tiger reserve. She was born in what is called a non-tiger zone or, sometimes, human-land. But she was described as venturing onto human land—farms, village outskirts, even the villages themselves—and preying on humans and their livestock. There is an incredulity to such appearances, which are described as the tiger or leopard “straying”, “escaping”, or “intruding”.

But the fact of the matter is that sightings of big cats in urban backyards are no longer aberrations in India, and they are only set to grow. There is increasing evidence of tigers and leopards in human dominated landscapes all over India. As urban areas expand out, afforestation continues apace, and with some minor successes in tiger and leopard conservation, humans will need to be prepared to more openly share land with big cats.

India’s beef ban

Another thing that Avni’s story makes clear is the role of human policies in exacerbating, if not actually creating, human-animal conflict. There is a very high probability that a controversial ban on slaughtering cattle in the state of Maharashtra, where Avni lived, had a big role to play in the creation of this so-called man-eater.

Perhaps Avni was attracted to villages for the potential prey of defenseless humans, which are becoming more and more attractive in the context of animal extinction and a rapidly depleting prey base. But as several news outlets have noted, what is much more likely is that she was attracted to human settlements to hunt the plentiful cattle available. A direct effect of the beef ban, then, is the horrifying fact that humans have become the prey of a predator in lieu of cows.

It is becoming increasingly difficult for us to deny or look away from the effects of climate change. The climate is changing, bringing with it not just dry river beds or extreme weather events but big cats into cities, too. When leopards walk almost to the gates of New Delhi, or lounge on golf courses in Gurgaon, this isn’t an animal that is merely lost or straying.

When a tigress keeps hanging around people and, unfortunately, develops a taste for human flesh, this isn’t just one aberrant big cat. Avni and other big cats are symptomatic of what climate change is doing to our present. Categories and distinctions that we took for granted—such as tiger land versus human land—no longer apply, if they ever really did.

Another way to understand the climate breakdown, through the life of Avni and other big cats with similar fates in India, is as an irretrievable collapse of the commonsensical.

Nayanika Mathur is an Associate Professor in the Anthropology of South Asia at the University of Oxford. This article was originally featured on The Conversation.

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The 4 Things Employees Want That Employers Aren’t Giving Them

In the world of employee retention, two things matter: What employees want out of their job, and what the job is offering them. In the end, an extra pool table or snack bar won’t matter if the employees feel that they aren’t being listened to. That’s why a recent report is so interesting: It covers the four most likely gaps between what the workers want and what the company offers.

The international research report, a collaboration between Universum, INSEAD Emerging Markets Institute, The HEAD Foundation and MIT Leadership Center, relies on 18,337 individual responses from 19 countries worldwide that had statistically relevant sample sizes. Here’s what they found.

1: Digital Capabilities

Plenty of working professionals say that a company’s digital capabilities are important. But less than half think that their employers are measuring up to their standards. Ironically, part of the problem is the workplace’s attempt to quickly add new technologies, the study explains:

“More and more, employees expect work applications to function as effortlessly and effectively as the applications they use in their personal lives. To live up to this, companies are adopting new, specialized technologies at breakneck speed, leading to  sizeable integration issues. The problem is particularly bad for workforce-facing applications  (e.g. project management, messaging, time management, calendaring), many of which don’t speak to one another and share information.”

2: Virtual Reality

“Just three percent of working professionals currently use any type of VR applications in the workplace, but one in three say it’s poised to revolutionize their work in the coming decade. “

All generations in the study except the Gen X respondents — older Gen Y, younger Gen Y, and Gen Z — said that they were anticipating the arrival of VR the most. Gen Xers prefers elearning programs by a slim margin. No word on the popularity of VR elearning programs.

They may have a few years to wait.

3: A Flexible Workforce

“In San Jose,” research from the Brookings Institute shows, “gig work in ground transportation rose by 145 percent in two years.4 The rise of the sharing economy (e.g. Uber, Airbnb, TaskRabbit), and a parallel growth in technologies that support freelance work, means traditional, sit-at-your-desk work may not be the norm much longer when it comes to freelance work.”

Younger generations are more likely to be considering starting their own company to work on their terms, and freelancers are bigger than ever. Companies can’t offer a flexible schedule fast enough.

4: Training and Development

One big myth that companies should get over: Younger generations of workers don’t want online courses over in-person training.

“Stop assuming that younger generations prefer online training options,” the study says. “It’s a finding that’s often repeated, but Universum’s research doesn’t support the claim. All generations prefer in-person training over online options.”

But training programs need to be tweaked: Global companies, for example, spent an estimated $356 billion as of 2023, but studies have revealed that a quarter of the time, employee performance isn’t improved, and a 2011 study even indicated 90 percent of new skills were lost within a year.

There’s no easy answer to this one: Companies must simply re-evaluate their training courses with their specific employee demographic in mind.

In Short: The Nature of Work Is Changing

The impact of all these results is summed up in a quote provided by Vinika D. Rao, the Executive Director of INSEAD Emerging Markets Institute, who says:

“Given the rapid pace of change in workplace technology – from cloud-based collaboration tools and workplace messaging platforms to newer technologies like wearables – it’s clear the nature of work in 10 years will be vastly different from what we experience today.”

If companies hope to stay aware of their employees’ needs, they should check in on the above four areas.

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Leishmania Parasite: Deadly For Humans, But Good For Flies?

No human would be inclined to think favorably of leishmaniasis, caused by a parasite spread by sand flies, which infects about 12 million people worldwide and kills 20,000 to 30,000 per year.

Leishmaniasis comes in two basic forms, cutaneous and visceral. The second is more serious, attacking the internal organs, and can lead to death if it’s not treated. But cutaneous leishmaniasis is more visible, causing large (and egregious, unsightly) skin sores and lesion that can leave behind nasty scars. The cutaneous variety can also spread to the body’s mucous membranes, creating sores in the sinuses and mouth–which can end up destroying them. Leishmaniasis is found in 90 countries, mostly in the tropics, from Latin America to Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. “Collectively the leishmaniases present a major global health problem, and are the second biggest parasitic killers worldwide after Malaria,” Owens said.

But it turns out that this “parasite” may actually be beneficial for the flies that carry it, by helping them to fight off infection from a different type of pathogen, new research shows.

It was previously known that various species of the Leishmania protozoa can shorten the lifespan of sand flies, especially if they are stressed (hey, flies get stressed too)–but according to the new study, published in the journal Parasites and Vectors, nobody had looked to see if the microbe might have beneficial effects for the insect. But that’s just what a team of Brazilian and British researchers has done. When they exposed sand flies to a form of Leishmania protozoa found throughout Latin America, then exposed the insects to pathogenic bacteria, many more of the protozoa-carrying flies survived. In fact, at least five times more of the Leishmania-carrying flies lived after exposure to the bacterium (known as Serratia marcescens), compared to flies free of the protozoa.

The Leishmania parasite “works as a kind of probiotic and reduces the mortality of the fly,” said study co-author Rod Dillon, a researcher at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom.

“This is very interesting, as it is suggestive that similar mechanisms are operating here in the sandfly, as occurs in humans–i.e. that the [‘good’] bacteria that inhabit your gut can protect you from pathogenic bacteria,” said Ben Owens, an immunologist at the University of Oxford, who wasn’t involved in the study. But in this case the Leishmania “is acting as a ‘good’ bug.’”

There are other instances of “parasites” having some beneficial effects for their hosts. For example, some helminths, or worms, can help regulate the immune system of animals that carry them, Owens told Popular Science. In fact, various helminths have potential to treat human autoimmune and gastrointestinal disorders like ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.

But not everybody is convinced. “I think it is really a stretch to say that the parasite has evolved to provide this protection,” George Dimopoulos, a professor of molecular microbiology and immunology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore told The Scientist. “It’s more likely that Leishmania, as with all parasites that are transmitted by vectors, will turn on the sand fly’s immune system, which in turn is going to provide some level of protection against any other type of microorganism.” He added: “It’s not something that is necessarily specific to [Leishmania].”

The team had originally been looking to see whether they might be able to halt the spread of leishmaniasis by exposing sand flies to bacteria (to kill the flies, but perhaps also make the flies less likely to carry the protozoa). But exposing the flies to this bacterium, could ironically do quite the opposite. “Sand flies not carrying Leishmania may succumb more rapidly to the biological control agent and this would lead to the development of a wild sand fly population containing an increased proportion of the surviving flies carrying the human disease”, the authors wrote. A scary thought.

There is no vaccine for leishmaniasis, and it can be difficult to treat–the standard therapy to date usually involves injecting patients with an antimony-containing compound that can have bad side effects. But for sand flies, Leishmania is not the horror it is for humans.

Your Regular Reminder That Humans Still Waste Way Too Much Food

According to a study published recently in Appetite, young adults tend to waste a lot of food—and the reason seems to be that they have no idea they should try not to waste food.

“Many said these things are out of their control,” study co-author Brenna Ellison, associate professor in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois, said in a press release. “Some participants said they had not been told they need to care about this. You could tell it is not something that has been ingrained in them through school education the way that things like climate change or recycling have been.”

One word the investigators used repeatedly was “apathy”—the young people they surveyed either didn’t think wasted food was worth caring about or thought they had no control over the problem.

Because the research is based on a very limited data set (just 58 individuals from one Midwestern city), it’s impossible to generalize based on the results. But even if we can’t assume all college-aged folks in the United States follow the same patterns of behavior, the findings are troubling. So if this whole food waste thing is news to you, here’s what you need to know.

How much food do we waste?

Studies suggest that of the many millions of tons produced annually in the United States, we waste between 31 and 40 percent—more than any other country in the world. That averages out to some 1200 calories per person per day, which is enough to feed a small child (a particularly sickening statistic when you remember that 12 million children in the U.S. lack reliable access to food).

Why is it bad to waste food?

While it might be easy to ignore when you’re on a college meal plan, most adults have a financial incentive not to waste food; that’s money you spent on calories you didn’t eat. You won’t get a refund for the food that slides into the garbage instead of your gut.

But that’s not the whole problem.

In the same way you hurt your wallet by throwing away calories that might have fueled you, we all hurt the planet by trashing food that took water and energy to produce. Agriculture (and especially livestock) is responsible for some 70 percent of the planet’s freshwater usage, and produces about 35 percent of all of our greenhouse gas emissions. Every time something edible hits your plate, that’s the result of a staggering number of resources. If we could waste less food, we could also produce less of it—which would mean lower water usage and fewer greenhouse gas emissions.

That’s not the whole problem, either.

Yes, a single piece of fruit sitting on the forest floor will quickly rot away to nothing, perhaps feeding some opportunistic critters along the way. But that’s not what happens to America’s food waste.

Landfills are giant heaps of all sorts of matter. Surrounded by plastic, metal, and other detritus of modern life, food waste in landfills can’t break down as quickly and cleanly as that lone apple on the forest floor. When lots of food is folded into the mixed-up pile, the resulting rot, deprived of oxygen by the sheer mass of other waste on top of it, produces heat—and sends methane, which is a greenhouse gas much more potent than carbon dioxide, up into the atmosphere.

But isn’t most food waste out of my hands?

It’s true that around half of the country’s food waste happens before anything even hits your plate—farms and factories throw out stuff that won’t meet consumers’ picky demands for perfectly-sized, unblemished fruit. But that’s only half the problem, so shrugging food waste off as an inevitable consequence of our agricultural system is still an awfully irresponsible thing to do.

So what can I do about it?

If, like many of the subjects in the new study, you’re a student doing most of your eating at a cafeteria, you can start with something easy: only take food you’re reasonably sure you want to eat. Several of the survey responders said it was hard not to waste food because the cafeteria offered such a variety of dishes to try, and that school rules or a simple lack of dorm room fridge space made it impossible to cart leftovers back for later. But if you’re tempted by the smorgasbord of dinner options, consider taking tiny portions of everything that interests you before getting seconds of the stuff worth, well, stuffing yourself with. Planning out your trips through the cafeteria buffet will be great practice for when you’ve got to do your own shopping.

If you’re already cooking for yourself, it’s time to start planning your grocery trips and meals carefully. Don’t toss perfectly good food just because there’s a sell-by date stamped on it, and keep your fridge organized so you see and eat perishables long before they rot.

And if you do have to toss something in the trash, consider composting instead. It’s easier than you think, and there’s almost certainly somewhere to drop off food scraps nearby if you can’t handle the composting yourself.

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.

Dominik Tomaszewski / Foundry

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.

Dominik Tomaszewski / Foundry

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.  

Dominik Tomaszewski / Foundry

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.

Dominik Tomaszewski / Foundry

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 

Love It Or Hate It, You Have No Choice But To Download Ios 7

Love it or hate it, you have no choice but to download iOS 7

Apple’s iOS 7 has been a lightning rod of controversy over the last week. The operating system has been called the very best mobile software Apple has ever released by the company’s hardcore fans, while those who aren’t so quick to sing its praises say that it has much room for chúng tôi course, that there’s some backlash isn’t all that surprising. Apple’s iOS 7 is a major departure from the previous operating system, featuring an all-new design, new visual effects, and new functions. The operating system was crafted by Jonathan Ive, and by the look of things, Apple is going in whatever direction he chooses in the future.

And unfortunately for all of those people that don’t want to use iOS 7, they have to go in the direction Ive chooses, too.

There’s no debating that Apple’s iOS 7 needs some work. But there’s also no debating that the company will force anyone and everyone to eventually download its latest operating system and jump on its bandwagon. Granted, Apple won’t do it forcefully, but with each new device it sells, there will be only one operating system choice. And by pressuring developers to support its latest OS, users might eventually decide it’s the right move to jump to iOS 7.

[aquote]Apple makes it practically impossible to stay with an outdated OS[/aquote]

When Apple announced recently that 200 million people had already migrated to iOS 7, it was no surprise. The company has been having all kinds of luck over the years getting people to its latest operating systems. There are some who will always try out the latest and greatest thing, while in other cases, Apple makes it practically impossible to stay with outdated operating systems.

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Apple’s future success requires that its users switch to iOS 7, iOS 8, and every version that comes after them. The company wants people to use its latest operating systems so they feel comfortable buying new hardware and developers deliver the very best experiences for the latest platforms. Apple, in other words, has a vested interest in getting you to jump at the chance to use its next operating system. And as history has shown, it’ll stop at nothing to get you there.

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Perhaps that’s why the company’s been mum on all of the complaints surrounding iOS 7. Sure, there are people around the globe looking to downgrade and still others that are seeing the outcry and deciding it’s not a good time to download, but Apple is simply biding its time. The company knows that eventually – through hardware, software, or simply a person’s desire to buy a new iPhone – it’ll get them to switch.

It’s a nice idea to be able to fight back against the corporate machine and stick with something that the overlords don’t want us to use. But time and again, we fall into the trap eventually. And whether we like it or not, we’ll all be using iOS 7 and its future iterations at one point or another.

Sorry, but it’s the simple truth.

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