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This week on tech, the Microsoft Band gets its first major update bringing new Bike tile, SDK for developers, and even a tiny virtual keyboard. OneDrive for Windows Phone also picked up an update with multiple accounts and security PIN code access for content, and a new Albums feature.

Microsoft now lets customers download the Windows 7 ISO files, but there is a caveat on who gets the right to download the installation media. The Xbox team now offers official support for Xbox One on Reddit, now users from the community won’t need to look for other official channels to deal with issues.

New rumor suggests that Microsoft will relocate the search functionality on Windows 10 to the Start menu in upcoming builds, which also suggests that Cortana will also move the new menu.

Google releases a new app called YouTube Kids and as the name implies, it’s an app that will allow little mind to watch videos safely in YouTube. The app also includes parental control that allows parents to control what kids watch and for how long they can watch videos in the service.

Also this week, Microsoft announced that students and teachers around the world can easily check if they qualify to download Office 365 for free, when their schools are already using the product.

New report from GFI Software shows that Windows is one of the most secure operating system in the market, as Apple’s Mac OS X and iOS, and Linux were the operating systems with the most vulnerability reported in 2014.

This week, the VideoLAN team rolled out a new update for its VLC media player that brings the software to all versions of Windows, including Windows 10, Windows RT, Windows Phone 8.1, and Windows 8.1, making the software a true Universal app.

Microsoft publishes a new video highlighting how the future might look like within 10 years with technology that is already available today. Surprisingly, the company’s vision doesn’t include smartphones as communication will be available from any device.

Nowadays, software are becoming smarter and so the people that use them, but there will be times when you might need professional support to clean your computer from viruses and malware. If you happen to live near to a Microsoft Store, you should know that the retail store offers free Windows PC support, regardless where you’ve purchased the device.

On how-to, this week I have created a comprehensive guide that walks you through all the steps to properly perform a clean installation of Windows 10. And I also published a new guide to help you move apps to a different virtual desktops, as it’s not a very intuitive feature in Windows 10.

Finally, free games with Gold for March have been announced and Microsoft will live stream its Mobile World Congress press event on March 2. All this and more…

Welcome to Pureinfotech: Tech Recap edition. Each weekend I will bring you a compilation of articles of the week, including how-to guides, features, tech news, and more. This is simply a list with a brief description of pieces you might have missed or you might just want to read again.

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Xbox One April Update (Version 1804): All The New Features And Changes

The April update for Xbox One (version 1804) is now rolling out to everyone delivering a new set of features and improvements, which probably won’t significantly change the way you play games, but it will definitely improve the overall experience.

According to the company, the April 2023 release focuses mainly on visual support and audio. Perhaps the biggest changes you’ll find are the support for 1440p on Xbox One X and Xbox One S and for AMD’s FreeSync for compatible displays.

1440p and AMD Radeon FreeSync

Perhaps the biggest and best addition in this update is the new support for 1440p (sometimes referred to as “2560 x 1440” and “QHD”) video output. Nowadays, it’s the resolution of choice for PC gamers as it provides steady high-frame rates instead of focusing on 4K visuals. (1440p support will be available for Xbox One S as well as for Xbox One X only.)

All versions of the console are also getting Auto Low-Latency Mode (ALLM), which is a feature that notify a compatible display when you’re playing a game, allowing the display to switch to its low latency video mode (or game mode).

In addition, this feature update introduces support for AMD Radeon FreeSync, which is a form of variable refresh rate that helps to reduce input latency and minimize display stuttering, delivering a smooth visual gameplay experience. Xbox One S and Xbox One X will also support high dynamic range with AMD Radeon FreeSync 2.

Additionally, it’s now possible to share captured screenshots and clips to Twitter.

Audio settings

On audio, you can now selectively adjust game audio against background music using the Guide and press “A” on the app to see the additional options. In addition, the sound settings on Home and Guide have been redesigned to support spatial audio.


Although you’ve been able to switch between light and dark themes on your Xbox One, you can now configure your Xbox personalization settings to change themes automatically based on the time of day (sunrise and sunset in your location).

Microsoft Edge

The version of Microsoft Edge for the console has been updated to make it easier to navigate with a controller. The Favorites and History experience has been tweaked making it simple to return to websites.

Mixer Interactive

Using this new functionality, you can share the entire controller (except the Xbox button), and a viewer can take control through the on-screen gamepad or plug a controller into their device.

Also, as part of the April 2023 update, broadcasts will no longer stop when you switch games. Instead, the stream will show a pause screen to viewers until you’re ready to continue.

Open Tournaments

Microsoft is also introducing a few tweaks to Tournaments. With the Xbox One April 2023 update, you can now access Tournaments directly from Game Hubs, which means that you don’t have to be a member of a club to start or join a tournament.

Club filtering

If you’re a club administrator, you can now filter invitation requests based on various criteria, including reputation, Gamerscore, Xbox Live Gold status, and recommendations from existing club members.

Also, club invitees will now appear in a vertical list with details, such as their Gamertag, Gamerpic, Gamerscore, a line noting if the new invitees were recommended by an existing club member and a reputation indicator.

Smarter feeds

Starting with the Spring Update, you’ll be able to sort your club feeds to show you “what’s hot” and “top posts.”

Ease of Access

In order to make Xbox One more accessible to everyone, this new feature update is delivering some Narrator improvements. For example, Narrator volume can now be adjusted independently from system audio volume.

There’s a new input learning mode to the Narrator menu, and once enabled, the Narrator on Xbox One will say the name of whatever button you press on an attached input device.

Also, high contrast light theme and narrator options can both be adjusted in the Ease of Access menu in Settings.

How to download Xbox One April update

Cumulative Update Kb4015217 Releases For Windows 10 Version 1607

On April’s Patch Tuesday, Microsoft is pushing out update KB4015217 for PCs running Windows 10 with the Anniversary Update (version 1607).

KB4015217 bumps the version number of Windows 10 to build 14393.1066. Microsoft also notes the release of build 14393.1083, but this update is nowhere to found. According the company, the new update is a security patch that adds a slew of fixes and improvements, but it doesn’t include any new features.

Microsoft has announced KB4015217 in its support site, and it’s referred as “April 11, 2023—KB4015217 (OS Build 14393.1066 and 14393.1083)”.

Here are the new changes for this roll out:

Addressed issue that was preventing the Camera application from saving a captured image when “Show recently opened items in Jump Lists on Start or the taskbar” settings is enabled.

Improved the Host Network Service (HNS) to support an overlay network driver for use on Windows Server 2023 to connect containers across hosts using Docker Engine in Swarm Mode.

Addressed issue where displays turn off unexpectedly even when Turn off display and Screensaver are disabled in the power profile.

Fixed issue where CredentialGuard-enabled computers joined to Active Directory domains submit two bad logon attempts each time a bad password is provided during a Kerberos-based logon.

Fixed problem that increases CPU usage when IP forwarding or weak host is enabled.

Addressed issue where some of the VPN drivers do not get migrated when upgrading the OS to Windows 10, version 1607.

Fixed problem that causes virtual machines to fail during high I/O scenarios where the user may login multiple times.

Addressed issue that was causing connections (after the 1st connection request) from a Remote Desktop Client to a Remote Desktop session to fail after upgrading from Windows 10 version 1511, to Windows 10 version 1607.

Fixed problem that was causing the Command prompt to be not displayed properly through the serial console on headless systems.

Addressed issue that was causing MDM enrollment failures on devices using Kerberos authentication.

Fixed issue with rendering when a webpage contains a DIV element that has the contenteditable attribute.

Addressed problem that causes text to disappear when you resize an Internet Explorer window when the encoding is Hebrew and any text ends with an underscore character.

Fixed issue that was causing headless machines to not go into S3 sleep mode sometimes.

Enabled warning message in Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) to alert administrators of a design change that may prevent the processing of a User Group after installing security update MS16-072 (KB3163622).

Addressed an issue that was causing Windows Explorer to perform an endless, rapid refresh of a network drive that is mapped to a share, preventing users from performing tasks such as rename object.

Fixed a memory leak in Internet Explorer when hosting a page that contains nested framesets, which load cross-domain content.

Addressed an issue that was causing the print spooler service to hang instead of showing a timeout error when a connection between a bluetooth printer and the machine is lost during printing.

Fixed issue that was preventing installation of a new printer driver that uses v3 printer drivers.

Improved the reliability of Load Balancing/Failover (LBFO) whenever there is a resource rebalance, a device failure, or a surprise removal of a device.

Addressed additional issues with updated timezone information, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Edge.

Security updates to Scripting Engine, libjpeg image-processing library, Hyper-V, Win32k, Adobe Type Manager Font Driver, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Graphics component, Active Directory Federation Services, .NET Framework, Active Directory, Lightweight Directory Access Protocol, Windows Kernel model drivers and Windows OLE.

Alongside, the latest update for Windows 10 version 1607, Microsoft is also making available KB4015219 for version 1511, which includes a few improvements, and bumps the build number to 10586.873. If you’re still running the original version of Windows 10, KB4015221 is now rolling out fixing a number of issues, and bumping the build number to 10240.17354.

How to download April 2023 Update for Windows 10

For more details about the most recent Windows update, check out this list with release dates, KB and build numbers, and more.

You can download this update directly from Microsoft using these links:

Review De La Huawei Band 7


Gran pantalla de visualización

Diseño premium

Sencilla de manejar


Seguimiento del sueño


Experiencia con notificaciones

Nuestro veredicto

Encontramos que la Band 7 es una pulsera de actividad adaptada a los nuevos tiempos, ofreciendo una gran pantalla de visualización en la que poder consultar la información. Su trabajo de seguimiento de la actividad lo hace francamente bien, a falta de mejorar aspectos de su batería ahora que su pantalla es mejor y con mayor brillo.

La pulsera Huawei Band 7 es uno de los últimos productos de la compañía que llega al mercado con las miradas puestas en ofrecer un buen trabajo como monitor de actividad sin dejar de lado el apartado del diseño, un aspecto que cada vez es más valorado por los usuarios que compran tecnología. 

Diseño y calidades

Diseño delgado y atractivo

Variedad de colores en acabados

Pulsera muy ligera

A lo largo de la última década y centrándonos en todo lo que son relojes y pulseras inteligentes, hemos visto surgir una gama de productos muy variada. De todos ellos, el más omnipresente es con mucho la pulsera inteligente conocida como rastreadora de actividad. 

En ocasiones ha llegado a costar menos de 50 € y en líneas generales, ofrece durabilidad y características muy enfocadas en incentivar la actividad física y a llevar hábitos saludables que es lo que se le suele pedir a este tipo de productos. 

Con la Band 7, Huawei ha conseguido producir algo barato pero que no llega a ser una ganga, con un diseño bastante premium que sin ser un producto caro, puede ser interesante para todos aquellos usuarios que se resisten a cargar diariamente con un reloj en su muñeca más grueso y pesado. 

Llega con una mayor variedad de colores en sus acabados, puesto que la puedes encontrar en negro, rosa y verde. Sin duda alguna, es una buena noticia poder tener un poco más de opciones entre las que poder elegir, frente a marcas que solo ofrecen pulseras negras. 

El dispositivo está construido con un plástico con acabados mate que se siente agradable y resistente, con un solo botón en el lado derecho y varios sensores debajo. Su peso de 16 gramos (sin la correa), es liviano, acompañado de un grosor de apenas 9,9 mm. 

Sean Cameron

La correa está fabricada de un compuesto de plástico y caucho que relativamente debería permitir la transpiración. Con respecto a la durabilidad, la Band 7 tiene una clasificación de 5 ATM de resistencia al agua. 

Esto significa que debería resistir incluso el baño en la piscina, aunque tampoco deberías aventurarte a zambullirte con ella constantemente y menos si estás pensando en utilizarla en el mar con el agua salada. 

Más allá de esto, la carcasa se siente sólida y bien construida. Aunque las pulseras inteligentes rara vez se consideran premium (salvo algunos modelos), la Band 7 bien podría pasar desapercibida como un reloj de uso general. 


Panel de 1,47 pulgadas

Tecnología OLED

Opción de pantalla siempre activa

La calidad de las pantallas es la clave del éxito en cualquier pulsera de actividad física. Y es que la pantalla debe ser legible en cualquier condición de iluminación, ser lo suficientemente grande para mostrar la información necesaria, y lo suficientemente nítida para interpretar la información. 

El brillo de la pantalla OLED es un gran extra”

Según estos parámetros, la pantalla utilizada por la Band 7 es de buena calidad, es decir, se oscurece lo suficiente como para usarse por la noche, y es lo bastante brillante como para combatir los rayos del sol de verano y permitir la interpretación de lo mostrado en pantalla. 

El tamaño de la pantalla es grande, de 1,47 pulgadas, como para poder mostrar una gran cantidad de información sin sentirte incómodo, siendo legible en su mayor parte. Como pantalla OLED ofrece buenos negros con un buen contraste. 

Sean Cameron

Otro extra en este punto de precio es la característica de pantalla siempre encendida o Always-on, que agota considerablemente la batería, pero es una mejora considerable si puntualmente quieres hacer uso de esta funcionalidad. 

Permite que la Band 7 se alinee a lo que ofrecen los relojes inteligentes actuales, y es más de lo que el Apple Watch SE puede ofrecer hoy en día, un producto que no debemos olvidar que cuesta 5 veces más que la pulsera de Huawei. 

Software y características

Software propietario de Huawei

Alertas de notificación

Funciones con iOS y Android

Nos agrada ver que la Band 7 no solo ofrece un buen conjunto de funciones de software por el precio que pagas, sino que en su mayoría están bien pensadas y desarrolladas. Y es que la Band 7 ejecuta el sistema operativo propietario de Huawei. 

No es como las opciones de compañías como Samsung o Apple que permiten instalar aplicaciones, sino que tiene un conjunto de opciones que solo se pueden ampliar a través de una actualización de software directa de la propia compañía. 

Afortunadamente, esto no parece que será un problema, ya que el software proporcionado por Huawei es muy completo. Además todo lo asociado al seguimiento del estado físico y de salud, hay una opción de linterna,  alarmas y búsqueda del móvil si se pierde.

No contamos con control de la música y otra serie de extras, puesto que este es un dispositivo muy centrado en garantizar lo esencial, pero cuando consultas la aplicación de Salud de Huawei, compruebas la cantidad de información que te brinda la pulsera Band 7. 

Las notificaciones son ahora factibles en la nueva Band 7″

Las notificaciones están contempladas y gracias al tamaño de la pantalla, son fáciles de leer e interpretar, aunque no es posible interactuar con ellas de forma significativa. La buena noticia es que admite el uso tanto con móviles Android como con iOS. 

Para manejar la Band 7 contamos con la pantalla táctil y el botón lateral. El botón activa el dispositivo y abre varias opciones del menú, mientras que todo lo demás se maneja con ligeros deslizamientos en la pantalla. 

El cambio de esferas de reloj y otros ajustes básicos se manejan a través de la aplicación de Huawei Salud, que en su mayoría tiene un buen conjunto de funciones, aunque algunas de las esferas disponibles se encuentran en modalidad de pago.


Hasta 96 modos de uso deportivo

Bueno para corredores

Ligeros retardos en la interfaz

En líneas generales, la interfaz es ágil y no presenta retrasos al moverte por la interfaz, aunque abrir ciertas funciones como la función de alarma, me provocó un ligero retraso sin llegar a ser un impedimento para su uso. 

La Band 7 permite monitorizar la frecuencia cardíaca, los niveles de SpO2, rastrear el sueño, ofrece GPS asistido para las carreras y tiene 96 opciones de entrenamiento diferentes, cubriendo al menos todos los ejercicios básicos. 

En el seguimiento del sueño, por ejemplo, noté que los resultados eran especialmente buenos cuando en realidad no es que hubiese pasado una de mis mejores noches. Aunque no podemos exigir la máxima precisión, el hecho de incluir la funcionalidad es para tratar de ser preciso. 

Sean Cameron


Estimación de batería de 2 semanas

Duración real de 4 días de uso

Cable de carga sin adaptador

Huawei afirma que la batería de la Band 7 puede llegar a durar hasta dos semanas de uso en condiciones favorables, pero lejos de la realidad, nuestras pruebas nos confirman que la compañía ha sido demasiado optimista con sus estimaciones. 

Con la pantalla siempre activa en modo Always-on y las notificaciones típicas entrantes de llamadas y aplicaciones como WhatsApp, descubrí que podía superar los 3 días de uso antes de que fuera necesario cargar de nuevo su batería, a lo sumo 4 días de uso. 

La autonomía desciende a los 3 o 4 días con el modo de pantalla siempre activa”

Si deseas desactivar algunas de estas funciones, así como la pantalla siempre activa, los datos mejoran algo pero sin llegar a cubrir los 7 días de la semana, haciendo un uso típico de la Band 7 y con la detección de ejercicio fijado en modo automático. 

Cabe recordar que este modelo Band 7 no dispone de sistema GPS. Si deseas adquirir un producto con esta capacidad, deberás optar por el reloj Huawei Watch Fit, el cual sí dispone de este sistema de posicionamiento, además de una pantalla AMOLED de tamaño superior de 1,64 pulgadas.

Precio y disponibilidad

La última pulsera de actividad presentada por Huawei, la Band 7 tiene un precio de venta recomendado actual de 59 €, independientemente de si la adquieres con acabados en negro, rosa o verde. La correa se proporciona con el mismo color que la esfera. 

Actualmente, si echas un vistazo a otras opciones de la marca, verás que la Band 6 ha quedado situada en los 49,90 €, mientras que el reloj Watch Fit cuesta 69,99 € si estás buscando un dispositivo con un tamaño de pantalla ligeramente superior de 1,64 pulgadas.

Hemos buscado en la red y hemos encontrado otra gran oferta que actualmente podrás encontrar en Amazon de la Band 7, comercializada a un precio en oferta de 49,90 € con una rebaja del 17% con respecto al precio habitual.


Hoy en día existen en el mercado infinidad de pulseras de actividad inteligentes, desde pequeños fabricantes chinos con precios sumamente económicos, hasta grandes nombres como Garmin o Fitbit, todas ellas compitiendo por hacerse un hueco en el mercado. 

Contra esta dura competencia, la Band 7 ofrece funcionalidad más que suficiente para el precio que presenta. Sin formar parte del grupo de entrada de gama, su pantalla de visualización mejorada, y el diseño más cuidado, hacen que sea una opción interesante. 

Recordemos que es resistente al agua con soporte de hasta 5 ATM, a lo que hay que añadir un seguimiento bastante sólido del ejercicio, con un software e interfaz que resultan sencillos de manejar, algo que ha catapultado a Huawei a llegar hasta aquí con sus productos de generaciones anteriores. 

Si estás buscando una pulsera inteligente a buen precio, la Band 7 puede ser uno de los productos a considerar frente al resto de rastreadores de actividad inteligentes que puedes encontrar hoy en día en el mercado. 


Sistema operativo Huawei

Aplicación Huawei Salud

Pantalla OLED de 1,47 pulgadas

Resolución de 194 x 368 píxeles

Opción Always-on

Más de 96 modos de entrenamiento

GPS asistido

Conectividad Bluetooth 5.0

Monitor de pulso cardiaco

Seguimiento de SpO2

Seguimiento del sueño

Grosor de 8,8 mm

Peso de 16 gramos

Xiaomi Mi Band 7 Review: Cheap & Cheerful


Featured packed for the price

All-day heart rate, blood oxygen and stress tracking

Support for 120 types of exercise

Larger always-on display


Always-on display comes at a big cost to battery

More expensive than its predecessor

Not the smartest wearable

Our Verdict

Xiaomi continues to offer one of the most feature-packed wearables in the budget fitness tracker market with the Mi Band 7. It boasts key display and fitness tracking upgrades to provide better insight into your health, but it’s still not quite as smart as some alternatives, and battery life can be hit-and-miss.

Xiaomi has made a name for itself with its ultra-affordable, feature-packed Mi Band series, and the latest Xiaomi Mi Band 7 looks to continue that trend with a bigger display, improved all-day tracking capabilities and new exercise measurement metrics, all in a slightly more expensive package.

But, despite the slight price hike, the Mi Band 7 is still an impressively capable fitness tracker ideal for those that want to get more insight into their health, sleep and fitness – just don’t expect smartwatch-level smarts.

Design & build

Large 1.62in always-on display is a bonus

Improved charger design

Compact, sleek design that doesn’t draw attention

At a glance, you might not see much of a difference between the Xiaomi Mi Band 7 and its predecessor, the Xiaomi Mi Band 6, but there’s one crucial difference: the size of the display.

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While last year’s fitness tracker measured in at 1.56in, the Mi Band 7 sports a larger 1.62in AMOLED display that Xiaomi claims increases the viewing area by 25%. It’s also brighter this time around at 500nits, and the increase makes it much easier to use outdoors in bright sunlight.

One exciting new addition is the introduction of always-on display tech. As the name suggests, the display can stay on at low brightness to provide constant access to the time, fitness tracking bars and any other widgets you have on your chosen watchface – though at a huge cost to battery, but more on that in a bit.

Flip the fitness tracker over and you’ll find the usual suite of sensors and Xiaomi’s proprietary charging connection points. The good news is that, unlike previous generations, the tweaked charger design means you no longer need to remove the tracker from the strap to top it up.

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All that aside, it’s very much business as usual with the Mi Band 7, sporting the same pill-shape tracker design we’ve come to know and love over the years. It’s fairly compact on the wrist, with a fairly flush build helping you forget that it’s even there.

As with previous generations, there’s a variety of flexible silicone straps available to help inject a bit of colour into proceedings, but overall, it’s an understated fitness tracker that doesn’t draw too much attention to itself – unless you opt for a bold, bright watch face that is!

Software & features

No third-party apps, payments or smart assistant support

Basic functions like weather, calendar and music control work fine

Plenty of watchfaces to choose from

The Xiaomi Mi Band 7 is a fitness tracker first and foremost, and that means it’s not quite as smart or capable as dedicated smartwatches on the market.

The Mi Band 7 lacks key smarts including the ability to utilise the built-in NFC for payments (outside of China, anyway!), voice assistant support and third-party apps. However, for those that want more of a smartphone ‘companion’ than a full-blown smartphone on the wrist, the inexpensive wearable ticks a lot of boxes.

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That comes in the form of notification mirroring, available on both iOS and Android, along with the ability to perform basic tasks like checking the weather, reviewing upcoming calendar events and even controlling music playback from your smartphone – a particularly handy feature, though certainly not exclusive to Xiaomi’s wearable.

The gesture-based UI is generally easy to understand, closely mirroring the basic functions of Wear OS smartwatches with customisable quick-access tiles to the left and right of the watchface, though with a swipe down for notifications and a swipe up for access to apps.

There are a handful of colourful watch faces that help showcase that large bright AMOLED display with more available to download via the companion app, but there isn’t much in the way of customisation and, without third-party apps, there aren’t many useful complications to add either.

But while the smarts are relatively basic, the Mi Band 7 certainly makes up for it in the fitness tracking department. 

Lewis Painter / Foundry

Health & fitness tracking

Impressive health and fitness tracking for such a cheap wearable

New continuous blood oxygen monitoring and SpO2 alerts

Sleep tracking can be hit-and-miss

While it’s business as usual in most departments, the Mi Band 7 further bolsters its budget-focused fitness tracking capabilities.

One area of focus is the SpO2 monitor, which is now capable of continuous blood oxygen monitoring and low SpO2 alerts. The latter could be handy for alerting users to potential sleep apnoea at night, but as with most consumer-level wearables, it shouldn’t be relied on as a medical device.

Blood oxygen tracking aside, the Mi Band 7 boasts the same all-day heart rate and stress monitoring, sleep tracking and general fitness tracking capabilities as its predecessor. The latter is displayed in distinctly Apple Watch-like fashion, monitoring steps, active hours and calories burnt, though the trademark rings have been replaced by a rainbow in Xiaomi’s wearable.

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Sleep tracking isn’t quite as reliable as other fitness trackers though. While it’ll provide all the standard metrics – time awake, REM, light and deep sleep, total time in bed and time asleep – I’ve found that it’s not quite as smart when it comes to automatically ending the sleep monitoring.

On more than one occasion in testing, a quick trip to the loo in the middle of the night has prematurely ended that night’s sleep tracking, and that meant losing out on a few hours’ worth of data. It’s not the be-all-and-end-all, but for those that like to dive into sleep metrics as I do, it can be rather frustrating.

When it comes to dedicated exercise tracking, the Mi Band 7 offers support for a whopping 120 sports – up 30 compared to its predecessor – and it covers most popular forms of exercise including walking, running, cycling, hiking and swimming, along with more niche options like chess. I can’t imagine chess burns many calories, but hey, what do I know…

When it comes to traditional exercise, like running and cycling, Xiaomi has added new training metrics in the form of training load, training effect, recovery time, and (rather impressively) VO2 Max monitoring, all viewable via the companion app post-workout.

The data offering still isn’t quite as in-depth as high-end wearables from the likes of Garmin, but hey, Xiaomi’s option costs a fraction of the $449/£399 Garmin Venu 2 Plus and it covers most key areas. For running, that includes lap breakdowns, average pace, cadence and heart rate alongside the aforementioned new metrics.

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The only real downside to exercise tracking on the Xiaomi Mi Band 7 is the lack of built-in GPS, meaning you’ll need to lug your phone around whenever you’re exercising. It’s common along budget-focused trackers, but it’s frustrating nonetheless – especially if you’ve used a wearable with built-in GPS in the past.  

If you do most of your exercise outdoors and like the idea of leaving your phone at home, you might prefer the $119.95/£129.99 Fitbit Charge 5 with built-in GPS.

Battery life

14-day battery life claims aren’t accurate

Big sacrifice to data collection to improve battery

Always-on display shortens battery life by more than 50%

The Xiaomi Mi Band 7’s battery is larger than its predecessor at 180mAh compared to 125mAh, but with the addition of a larger display, there isn’t much difference in overall battery life.

It’s also worth noting that, as with most wearables, dedicated workout tracking will also shorten overall battery life.

So, while there is certainly potential for long battery life, you’ll have to make some big compromises to do so.

The good news is that charging via the contact charger doesn’t take too long, with a full charge in around an hour.

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Xiaomi’s Mi Band collection has always been praised for its affordable nature, but that price has slowly crept up over the years, with another notable jump this year.

The Xiaomi Mi Band 7 will set you back £54.99/€59.99 (around $65), £15/€15 more than its £40/€45 predecessor. There is a larger display and improved tracking on offer to justify that price hike, and it’s still one of the cheapest and most capable around, it’s just not as cheap as it once was.

If you’re tempted by Xiaomi’s budget-focused fitness tracker, you can buy the Mi Band 7 directly from Xiaomi alongside retailers like Amazon in the UK.

As with most other Xiaomi tech, the Band 7 isn’t available in the US, but plenty of the trackers in our best fitness tracker chart are. We’ve also got a selection of the best smartwatches for those on the lookout for something a little smarter.  


The Xiaomi Mi Band 7 remains one of the best budget-level trackers around, with a tempting price tag and an impressive array of sensors to track your health, fitness and dedicated workouts.

The larger always-on display is a particularly nice addition, helping showcase the vivid watchfaces on offer while making it easier to read text at a glance, though the always-on tech comes at a heavy cost to overall battery life.

Lacking any new smart features, the real improvements are in the fitness tracking department with all-day SpO2 monitoring, new workout metrics (including VO2 Max) and the ability to track more workouts than ever before.

It’s a little pricier than its predecessor, and the lack of built-in GPS may irk fitness fanatics, but it’s still a great little inexpensive tracker for keeping an eye on your general health and fitness.  


1.62in 490×192 AMOLED display


Always-on support

Up to 500nits brightness

2.5D tempered glass

Polycarbonate body

160mm to 224mm interchangeable antibacterial TPU straps

Aluminium alloy buckle

Vibration motor

Optical heart rate sensor

Blood oxygen saturation monitoring

Six-axis motion sensor

5ATM water resistance

100+ watch faces

120 sport modes

Bluetooth 5.2 LE

180mAh battery

14-day battery life

2 POGO pin magnetic charging

46.5mm x 20.7mm x 12.25mm

Standard band colours: White, black, light blue, cream, dark green, orange

Special band colours: Camouflage blue, camouflage green, fluorescent yellow, fluorescent orange

13.5 grams

Supports Android 6.0/iOS 10 and up

What’s Windows 10 May 2023 Update, Version 1903, And Why You Should Upgrade?

Windows 10 May 2023 Update, version 1903, is the seventh feature update for the most popular desktop operating system. “May 2023 Update” is just the friendly marketing name that Microsoft is planning to use for this release, but it’s technically “version 1903.”

The May 2023 Update is just another update, but unlike those patches that release every month, this release includes a set of new features and improvements.

The new feature update is rolling starting May 21, 2023, and it’ll be offered as a free upgrade for devices already running Windows 10.

Microsoft will be rolling out version 1903 gradually, meaning that no every device will get the update on day one. Instead, only devices known to support the new version will get it first. Eventually, when the update has been tested a little further, and there aren’t blocking bugs, the company will continue the rollout to other computers. However, the update will not download and install automatically, the user will have to manually initiate the upgrade manually through the Windows Update settings page.

If your device is running an older version of the operating system nearing to the end of service, then Windows 10 will download and install version 1903 automatically. In the case that your computer isn’t seeing the May 2023 Update automatically, chances are that the update is currently not compatible for you. This is one of the reasons why it’s not recommended to force a new version of Windows 10, unless you know exactly what you’re doing, and you understand the risks.

Windows 10 May 2023 Update version number

Following the same version scheme as earlier versions, this new release will be known as “Windows 10 version 1903,” which indicates the year and month of the completion of the development, not the release date.

Windows 10 May 2023 Update installation

When the “May 2023 Update” arrives, and it’s compatible for your device, you’ll receive a notification from Windows Update to install it as a regular update (but it’ll take longer to install because a complete reinstallation is required).

In the case that you don’t want to wait until it becomes available automatically, it’s possible to install the new version using the Media Creation Tool and Update Assistant. You can also download the Windows 10 version 1903 ISO file if you want to take that path (when available).

Windows 10 May 2023 Update reasons to upgrade

While it’s a good idea to upgrade to the new version for its new features, you also want to install this release to get the security enhancements and improvements to make sure that your computer and files are safe and secure.

Alongside the security improvements, this new version brings a little bit of everything, including incremental changes and big new features. Perhaps the most significant changes with the May 2023 Update are Windows 10 splitting Search and Cortana into two separate features, and the addition of a new true system-wide light theme, which extends to the Start menu, taskbar, action center, and flyout menus.

Windows Sandbox is another big feature that introduces a lightweight isolated environment to test untrusted applications without affecting your device or files. Basically, it’s a tiny installation of Windows 10 of around 100MB in size, enough to install and run classic applications separate from the main installation. 

In order to reduce issues while installing updates, starting with the May 2023 Update, there’s a new feature called “Reserved Storage,” which sets aside part of the system storage for updates. When a new update is available, Windows 10 will delete the files on the reserved storage automatically allowing updates to install successfully.

Additionally, it’s now possible to set up and sign in with a security key using the Windows Hello settings in the Settings app. 

There’s a new feature that detects and fixes common problems on your installation of Windows 10 automatically, and this update delivers a new Emoji panel that includes symbols, such as for punctuation, currency, geometric, math, Latin, and language symbols. 

You can learn more about all the new features and improvements coming this year in this guide.

Windows 10 May 2023 Update block automatic install

Although the Windows 10 May 2023 Update is meant to improve the overall experience, new releases are known to have bugs and many problems during the initial rollout.

If you want to avoid possible errors and other issues, it’s always a good idea to defer Windows 10 feature updates for at least a month or two until you know for sure the update is stable and working correctly. However, if you’re thinking on upgrading as soon as it’s available, you can refer to this guide to upgrade without problems.

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