I'm loading images by utilizing AsyncTask as well as for upgrading ListView I'm using notifyDataSetChanged() method.

But notifyDataSetChanged() does not change anything within the ListView onProgressUpdate(). I'd rather not use cursor.requery since it is deprecated method.

Why notifyDataSetChanged() isn't employed by me?

public class News extends BasicActivity implements OnItemClickListener{
private SQLiteDatabase db = null;
private ListView lvNews;
private TaskImgSm taskImgSm = null;
private NewsListAdapter adapter;
private Cursor cur;
boolean pause = false;

@Override
public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
    super.onCreate(savedInstanceState);
    setContentView(R.layout.news);

    db = SQLiteDatabase.openDatabase(((MyApp) getApplication()).getDbPath(), null, SQLiteDatabase.OPEN_READWRITE);
    lvNews = (ListView) findViewById(R.id.list_news);
    lvNews.setOnItemClickListener(this);
    listFilling();

    if (taskImgSm != null && taskImgSm.getStatus() != AsyncTask.Status.FINISHED) taskImgSm.cancel(true);
    taskImgSm = new TaskImgSm();
    taskImgSm.execute();        
}

private void listFilling() {
    cur = db.query("news", new String[] { "_id", "id_news", "title", "date", "img_url", "img_sm" }, null, null, null, null, null);
    startManagingCursor(cur);
    adapter = new NewsListAdapter(this, cur, db);
    lvNews.setAdapter(adapter);
    adapter.notifyDataSetChanged();
}

class TaskImgSm extends AsyncTask<Void, String, Void> {
    Cursor curs;
    @Override
    protected void onPreExecute() {
        super.onPreExecute();
        curs = db.query("news", new String[] { "_id", "id_news", "img_url", "img_sm" }, null, null, null, null, null);
        startManagingCursor(curs);
    }

    @Override
    protected Void doInBackground(Void... unused) {
        curs.moveToFirst();
        while (curs.isAfterLast() == false) {
            if (curs.getBlob(curs.getColumnIndex("img_sm")) == null) {
                String imgUrl = curs.getString(curs.getColumnIndex("img_url"));
                String idNews = curs.getString(curs.getColumnIndex("id_news"));
                updateImg(imgUrl, idNews, "img_sm");
                publishProgress();
            }
            curs.moveToNext();
        }           
        return (null);
    }

    private void updateImg(String img_URL, String whereId, String imgColumn) {
        try {
            DefaultHttpClient mHttpClient = new DefaultHttpClient();
            HttpGet mHttpGet = new HttpGet();
            mHttpGet.setURI(new URI(img_URL));
            HttpResponse mHttpResponse = mHttpClient.execute(mHttpGet);
            if (mHttpResponse.getStatusLine().getStatusCode() == HttpStatus.SC_OK) {
                HttpEntity entity = mHttpResponse.getEntity();
                if (entity != null) {
                    // insert to database
                    ContentValues values = new ContentValues();
                    values.put(imgColumn, EntityUtils.toByteArray(entity));
                    db.update("news", values, "id_news=" + whereId, null);
                }
            }
        } catch (URISyntaxException e) {e.printStackTrace();
        } catch (ClientProtocolException e) {e.printStackTrace();
        } catch (IOException e) {e.printStackTrace();}
    }

    @Override
    protected void onProgressUpdate(String... item) {
        if (pause == false) {
            adapter.notifyDataSetChanged();
        }
    }

    @Override
    protected void onPostExecute(Void unused) {}
}

@Override
protected void onPause() {
    pause = true;
    super.onPause();
}

@Override
protected void onResume() {
    pause = false;
    adapter.notifyDataSetChanged();
    super.onResume();
}

@Override
protected void onDestroy() {
    if (taskImgSm != null && taskImgSm.getStatus() != AsyncTask.Status.FINISHED) taskImgSm.cancel(true);
    super.onDestroy();
}
}

How about we make use of a ContentProvider.

Having a ContentProvider you are able to improve your table using the notifyChange(uri) method

Tutorial for your here http://thinkandroid.wordpress.com/2010/01/13/writing-your-own-contentprovider/

The main reason it isn't working happens because notifyDataSetChanged() only informs the ListView the data within the adapter has transformed. Since that data has not transformed (since you haven't queried the database again), then your ListView will not show any updates. You have to execute the query again increase the information within the adapter, then call notifyDatasetChanged().