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How to Post GIF Animations to Facebook That Play in the Newsfeed

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GIF Animations are getting popular day by day, we are talking about the 3-5 second soundless videos playing in the loop, mostly showing a reaction which many of us can relate to. They are perfect to express yourself online. They are Emoticons 2.0. And finally they are on Facebook.

I don’t know why it took so long Facebook to embrace the power of GIFs, but at least they are here, you can now post GIFs on Facebook so that they start playing inside the Newsfeed of your Friends, just like it does on Google Plus or Twitter.

But it is still tricky to get them to work. You cannot simply upload a GIF like you post other Images, and they start playing in the newsfeed. They will not.

Posting GIF on Facebook

To make them play inside the newsfeed, you need to host them on any other websites, it could be your own blog or other social networking sites like Google Plus or Tumblr where the GIF Animations work.

All you have to do is, take the direct URL of the GIF and post it on your Facebook. You can remove the link after it loads and then post it.

PostingGIF to FB

Try it out

You can try it yourself to see it in action, right-click on the GIF animation below and copy the image URL, then post on your Facebook timeline.

ShareGIFonFB
Copy this link

You can create your own GIFs as well, don’t worry we have a complete guide for you. Check it out.

Useful PC & Internet Tips that will make you more productive

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The tech is touh to understant, and at the same time, it makes life easy. You only need to know how to use it to ease your work. Make it work in favoure of you and save time to do things you love doing. Here are few uncommon PC and Internet Tips that will make you a better person [at tech].

1. CTRL + Y

Undo an Undo

Let’s start with the easiest one, but something that will save you huge time. We all know and use CTRL+Z, but sometimes we mistakenly undo things we don’t indent to, CTRL+Y come handy.

2. See Saved Passwords in Google Chrome

Show Saved Psssword

The ‘Save Password’ option in Google Chrome is pretty awesome, but the most we use it the most have have stopped remembering our passwords. In my case, I remember only a few. This methods comes handy if you need a password that is saved in Google Chrome.

Right click on the password area and click on the ‘Inspect element’ (last on the list)and find

<input type=”password” class=”inputtext” name=”pass” id=”pass” tabindex=”2″>

Type ‘text’ in place of the ‘password’ and hit Enter key. You will be able to see th saved password in the password field.

3. Use Chrome Tabs as a Notepad

Browser Notepad

All you have to do is, type data:text/html, <html contenteditable> in the address bar and hit Enter. You will be able to write anything, comes in handy to write something down. You can bookmark it on the bookmark bar so that it’s just one click away.

*Do remember that your notes won’t get saved. 

4. Use Google as a Timer 
Google Timer

Type Timer in the Address bar of Google Chrome and you will be able to set a timer right on the search page of Google. Very useful for things like taking a break after 15 minutes or call someone.

5. Learn about your nearby Locations using WikipediaWikipedia_nearby

Read articles on Wikipedia about nearby your locations by typing https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Nearby on your phone.

6. Activate God Mode in Windows

GodMode

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Nothing religious but it’s a way to access to the hidden and useful features of Windows OS. as Windows 10 is finally released, this should be helpful.

Righ click and create a new folder at the place where you want the Icon to appear (I would recommend to place it on the desktop). Rename it to this ⤦

GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

The folder icon will turn into a different looking icon and you can click on it to get over 260+ functions to perform. Many of them are not available otherwise. It’s super useful and time efficient as everything can be done from one place.


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7 Things You Should Do After Installing Windows 10 on Your PC

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So the Windows 10 is finally here, and we’ve discussed how you can get a free upgrade. If you decided to go with it and Install Windows 10, here are few things you should consider doing just after the installation so that you can get a smoother experience running the OS.

1. Perform a Disk Cleanup After the Upgrade

Disk Cleanup

If you chose to Upgrade from Windows 8 or 8.1, perform a disk cleanup for removing files your system may no longer need. These files include temporary files, log files, installation files from previous version etc. You can free up quite a lot of space using this step.

Right Click on the Drive Where your OS is installed (Mostly C:), Click on ‘Disk Cleanup’, wait for the system to analyze files, then select the files you do not entend to keep and click ok.

2. Turn off the option in ‘Choose How Updates are Delivered’

Choose Updates

Windows 10 brings a new way of throwing updates over to users, by making a Peer to Peer connection (P2P) between computers to share updates. Turn that off if you do not want to spend a lot of data or if you are using an Internet connection with limited data.

Go to ‘Settings’ from ‘Start Menu’ then Click on ‘Updates & Security’ then Find ‘Choose How Updates are Dilivered’ in the ‘Advanced Options’ section. Turn it off.

3. Hide the Search bar from the Taskbar

Windows 10 Search Bar

Windows 10 has put a universal search bar inside the Taskbar, that will search your entire PC as well as the Web for answers. But if you want a clean taskbar just for the things you want to use, you can hide it by right-clicking on the taskbar and then select hide from ‘search’ section.

4. Change Default Programs for Opening Files

Default Programs

One thing that gets a lot of users confused when they open a file and it opens in a program they are unfamiliar to use. Thankfully every Windows OS offers this option to change the default program. Do that from settings under the ‘default apps’ section.

5. Resize the Start Menu

Resize Start Menu

Windows 10 brings back the classic start menu in the real sense, not like the Windows 8.1 where the button took you to the other ‘Modern UI’ of Microsoft. But the start Menu in Windows 10 can be resized as per your liking. Just hold the edges and drag using the mouse/touchpad to get the size you want

6. Pin Your Favourite Apps in the Start Menu

Pin Fav Apps Windows 10

Find the most used apps and pin them to the start menu for faster access. Just right click on the app and select ‘Pin to Star’

7. Update the Drivers

display Drivers

I encountered this problem in both my Desktop (1920×1080) and older Laptop (1366×768) that the display started acting weirdly, The problem got fixed after I updated the display driver. So, If something doesn’t work which was working pretty fine before the installation. Updating Drivers can solve the problem.

You can got the ‘Device Manager’ by right clicking on ‘My Computer/ThisPC’ in the Files Explorer and select ‘Manage’ Find the driver for that particular thing not working and update it by right clicking on it.

Using iPad Mini as a Primary Computer and How Effecient it is

So after reading a bunch of articles where Bloggers claimed to use iPad as their primary computer machine, I was intrigued by the fact that you can carry your work with you literally anywhere, even when you are travelling light.
Whenever I go out I take a bag with me that can’t fit a laptop but would fit an iPad.

By making the iPad my primary machine, I can literally take my work anywhere though that sounds cool, I still wasn’t sure if I can really get my work done using a Mobile OS.

So I am using iPad mini as my main computing device from last one month and the results are pretty good. The iPad Mini is not the fastest iPad out there but I chose it for it’s form factor and compactness, because if I could manage a full sized iPad, I can definitely manage to carry a small netbook like the Acer Aspire V5 I used to carry on short trips.

Choosing iPad mini over a full sized iPad was a tough decision to made as I had to compromise on a few things which I’ll be talking about below.

When I am out, I may not work on things that require a lot of computing power such is editing videos and images or tweaking my website design by player with the codes, these are the tasks I like to do on my desktop computer and when I have plenty of time.

Most of my times goes in writing and I am able to write full articles on my iPad mini. That too without using a physical keyboard.

Whenever I am out I get only a few minutes (say 15 to 20 Minutes) between other tasks, I use that time to either write or do a research for a post and I love doing it on the iPad mini, I have used mobile phone for this and have even blogged about it, but I find a tablet PC much more useful because of the bigger screen size as you can do more in less time.

The iPad opens the web pages that look pretty much the way they look on a Desktop, so it’s easy to understand the content, take notes and save links for your future posts.

Same goes for writing, you basically can see the entire A4 sized page on the screen when helps you write more.

The tool I am using for managing my writing is a simple app called Writebox, which is the only app I found that supports saving files to Google Drive, where all my work is saved.

I use Trello as a to-do list, capturing ideas, long and short term goals. It is available for multiple platforms so I have it with me every time.

Canva is a nice tool for creating the images I use for my posts. It is not very pleasing to use it on the iPad Mini but I rarely do it when there is something important to be published.

Because not only editing or developing images is tough, even formatting the posts is a challenge, perhaps due to the slow processing speed of the iPad Mini and perhaps the newer iPad Mini would be more efficient. But then the WordPress app is not rich enough to offer tools for rich publishing directly from the app.

Though the WordPress dashboard of my blog can be opened in the Chrome browser, it reloads itself automatically when I move to another app or open another tab in the Google Chrome itself. Reloading messes everything up taking me back ot where I started. So, formatting posts is not the best thing I love doing on the iPad.

So, I guess for now, the iPad is useful for writing posts which you can save to either Dropbox or Google Drive and published them from a PC or Mac after the required formatting.

Having said that, I still love writing on the iPad and making use of the time I wouldn’t do anything at all.

It is indeed a useful tool which is not just for Watching Movies and Reading Magazines as mentioned by many people who love to call the iPad a bigger iPod touch.

I am thinking of buying a Bluetooth keyboard for my iPad mini and see if it increases my writing.

We will see that in coming weeks, but till then, I am enjoying the comfort of writing articles whenever I can.

This post was written and edited on iPad mini itself.

How to Upgrade to Windows 10 for Free Without Any Issues

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So, Windows 10 has finally seen light of the day on 29th July when Microsoft released the stable build of the latest OS in 190 Countries.

We have used the technical preview of the OS a few months ago and liked everything Microsoft has done with it, at that time, it had some flaw, which is obvious to find in a technical preview but those issues have been fixed and we are excited to try it out again.

1.Get the Windows 10 Upgrade Notification

Windows 10 Upgrade NotificationMicrosoft provides free upgrades to the genuine Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users and they will be notified of the upgrade if they have enabled ‘Automatic Updates’ in their Windows Update settings.

2. Force the PC to Upgrade to Windows 10

Windows 10 Upgrade toolMicrosoft also provides easy tools for those who don’t want to wait for the Upgrade notification. What they can do is,  go to the official Windows 10 download page and download these tools for the forced upgrade.

Download this tool if your OS is 32-bit

Download this tool if your OS is 64-bit

*You can find your system type bit by right-clicking on the ‘Computer’  and then clicking on properties in the file explorer. (check image)

When you run the tool, a window will appear, Select the first option that says

Upgrade this PC now’ and follow the instructions to upgrade.

3. Do a clean Install of Windows 10 on your PC

You may also start afresh by doing a clean install of Windows 10 on your PC. You may want to keep a backup of your important files. Here is what you can do.

➜ Store Documents and other files in Dropbox

➜ Move all the files you need that are saved in the Hard Disk Partition where the OS is installed (C: drive in most cases)

➜ Go to the official Windows 10 download page and download these tools for the force upgrade.

Download this tool if your OS is 32-bit

Download this tool if your OS is 64-bit

Download ISO files for Windows 10➜ After downloading either of the tools, launch them, then Select the second option ‘Create installation media for another PC’ and click on next.

➜ Select the language, the Windows 10 Editon you want and the OS bit structure (32-bit or 64-bit).

➜ At this point, you have the option to either create a bootable flash drive to install Windows 10 on a different computer or you can simply download the .ISO file and Create a Bootable DVD or a Flash Drive using the Windows USB/DVD Download tool

The thing to keep in mind here is that Microsoft offers the free upgrade only to the genuine Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users. Microsoft might not recognise you as a genuine user if you do a clean installation of Windows 10. That’s why Microsoft advises users to first upgrade to Windows 10 by either 1st of 2nd methods mentioned in this article and then follow the 3rd option to get a sure Free upgrade even with a clean install.

Who won’t get the Free Windows 10 Upgrade?

  • Windows 7 Enterprise users (even those running Service Pack 1)
  • Windows 8 Enterprise users (even those running the Windows 8.1 update)
  • Windows RT
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows XP
  • Users running pirated copies of Windows

If you fall in any of the above situations, there is still a way to use Windows 10 for Free which is approved by Microsoft.

Microsoft has introduced a program called ‘Windows Insider‘ and users can opt for it to get the Free Windows 10. In the Windows Insider program, you will provide your computers as text machines where Microsoft will throw the beta version of the updates and collect data to fix them for the final release

This is a WIN WIN situation for both Microsoft and the users as users get to use Windows 10 for free and Microsoft gets to test their upcoming updates before the release.

But, then it is going to suck a lot of monthly bandwidth of your internet connection, so, if your internet provider has a limit for the number of GBs you can consume in a month, Windows 10 on the insider program is going to be a bit costly in the long run.

Think of 5 years from now, if any Windows Insider user stops the updates, their Windows 10 will be invalidated.

5 iOS 9 Features that Already Exist in Android

Apple finally announced and showcased the next version of their Mobile OS, the iOS9 at WWDC 15 on 10th June.

iS9_features

Everyone seems to be singing all the praises they have for the tech Giant. iOS9 is revolutionary, actually, every next upgrade from Apple portrayed as revolutionary, that is company’s style. Let’s save that debate for another post and focus on the new features of iOS9 Apple borrowed from existing companies.

The Proactive Assistant – Siri

iOS9_Siri

Siri gets an upgrade in iOS9, it is now smarter than before, 40% more accurate than the last upgrade and gets over a billion requests in a week. And now you can ask Siri to do things that were only possible in Google Now. I mean, Siri can now look into other Apple apps and notify what’s relevant to you.

For example, Apple’s disastrous Maps are finally graduating, with more features coming to them, now it can tell you things like when you should leave for your meeting, depending on the traffic conditions of the route it suggests you, so that you don’t get late.

It’s quite an interesting feature, I know it because I have been using it from last two years and its called Google Now. There is an article on Forbs with all the praise to Apple and they have predicted this to be the fall of Google Now.

Muti Tasking with Split screens and Slide Screen

In iOS9, users can finally run two apps at one, by sliding another app users can actually view two apps at one, users can also split the screen into a ratio of 50:50 or 70:30 to work on two all at once. It is a new step in the way of multi-tasking and more power to the group of people who use their iPad as their primary computers.

It is a new step in the way of multi-tasking and more power to the group of people who use their iPad as their primary computers. You will be able to drag things between to apps.

Samsung came up with this split screen feature when they launched their Galaxy Note 10.1 in 2013. So, Apple is just catching up with Samsung on this.

Picture in Picture

iOS9_PiP

Picture in picture is a feature where you can keep watching a Video while working on your document or email while, quite an innovations you see.

But that was available on Android Powered Tablet PCs, especially the ones Samsung brings every fortnight, and there are plenty of them, since, I think, 2013.

Battery Saving Mode 

Apple now adds a feature to iOS9 which can be enabled to get few extra hours of battery life. Apple decides to call it revolutionary and makes you feel no one really thought about that, ever.

But it is pretty much the same as it is on Android OS since a long tine, every other Android Smartphone has a feature where the phone goes on a light mode to save battery. So, let’s not call it innovative Apple.

A news App that looks and feels like Flipboard 

AppleNews App

Apple’s newsstand is a place where no one goes to read the news. and yet it is a part of iOS8, Apple is giving another shot at making users read more Apple and non-Apple related news by introducing an app where you can add news sources and read them in a beautiful layout.

The app will learn your reading pattern and offer you more content based on what you usually read on the app. This is a good part it if actually works, but the look and feel of the App is just like another popular app called Flipboard.

Publishers will be partnering with Apple to work on making their content look good on this new layout. Something Facebook is doing currently, plus the Facebook will also share Advertising revenue.

Whereas nothing of that sort is known about Apple’s news app.

The iOS9 beta has been made available for the curious ones, the public beta will be available in July and the final version will be available after Summers. So are you excited about iOS 9.

How to Check if Your Email Has Been Leaked in a Breach

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The hacks are pretty common these days, we get to read them every once in a week, but then there are some major hacks that put the details of millions of users in public.

It’s the scariest thing to happen, I can tell you because of my first-hand experience with it.

We all use several services, small or big, where we have accounts and often to transactions. It is a wise idea to keep ourselves informed about these hacks and whether these hacks have affected us.

You can find that out using this website called Have I Been Pwned. Just put the email you use for your accounts and it will search whether or not your account has been compromised in a data breach.

Mine did, when Adobe was hacked in 2013 that compromised the data of over 152,445,165 Adobe accounts.

You also can get notifications when it happens in future. So that you can take the required measures in time and save yourself from any misfortune.

This website only tells you of the hacks where the data has been released publicly by the hacker, meaning they have posted the data somewhere to be accessed publicly.

If you use Google Chrome browser’s built-in Password Manager, it also notifies you if your email and password has ever been compromised in a data breach.

You can check it out by going to the ‘Passwords’ section from the ‘Settings’ area of Google Chrome browser

Steps to take when there is a data breach.

Change your password as soon as possible, or, deactivate your account if you can. This is especially very important if the account has your credit card details.

Make sure you change the passwords for all the other accounts as well, if you are using same password for other accounts, there is a possibility that someone can access your other accounts as well.

➤ Have I Been Pwned

Introduction to Google Photos and Why You Should Move all Your Photos to It

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For most of the people, who own smartphones and computers, photos are one of the most important things on their devices. In fact, we have seen great improvements in the mobile cameras in last few years, because it is what the consumer demands.

We all take photos using our phones day and night, and we easily build a mountain (well, not literally) of photos on our phones. So much so that it becomes a Big task in organising the photos or when we have to change your phone.

This is where Cloud storage comes in, you know the services like Google Drive and Dropbox (and many others), they all offer options to backup your photos so that you can easily get them on any device you want.

But that’s not the complete solutions to our problems of photo management. And this is what Google is trying to achieve with Google Photos, the solutions to our photos management problems.  I mean an automated way to organise photos so that you can find the right one when you look at your 1345 photos from last year.

Google Photos has been a part of Google Plus, the Social networking website where people create an account and forget, (okay, maybe a few are using it, but I have non one there). It offered the options to back up your phone photos, but you had to have Google Plus installed on your phone.

I personally preferred not to use that feature as I was never comfortable uploading my photo collection to a Social network, I mean even though all the photos are set to private, I feared about the photos getting public somehow, so it was better not to use the service. And maybe this is why many other people didn’t use it.

You Get unilimited Free Storage 

Unlimited StorageSo Google separated the Google Photos from Google Plus and now it is a standalone product, just like Google Plus itself, meaning it now has its own url to access, it’s own app on all the popular platforms and gives unlimited storage for every user.

Find specific photos in Google Photos

Now, about solving the photo organisation problem, it has built a smart system that magically organises your photos and gives you the ability to search them using different tags.

Search Google Photos

Google was already near perfect in recognizing who is there in the photos, but it just got better, it can seperate photos depending on the things in the photos, like photos which has a dog in it, can be searched by typing dog. Same goes with everything else. It’s pretty cool if you think about it for a second.

Save selected photos with others even with non Google users

Share Google Photos

Sharing photos is another part of our photos management, we are often in a situation where we have to share few photos with others, like a trip you took with friends, or a number of photos you clicked with someone who just messages you to send them the photos.

Just select the photos and share them by creating a shareable link that can be accessed without a Google account. Cool.

Save files in Original size and format

Not only that, users can save their photos in the original form up to 16mb, which means no loss of photo quality for the people who use their smartphones to take photos, as the maximum size of a photo taken from the smartphones varies between 2mb to 5mb.

So, you don’t have to worry about organising your photos, even when you know you are never going to look at them again, it will remain there for you, because, dude, unlimited storage.

➤ Google Photos

5 WhatsApp Features You Should Know About

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Whats is used by millions of people every day who send billions of message to communicate with their loved ones. It has reached a point where the telecom operators are scared of their revenues and trying to create an imbalance. But that’s a story for some other post.

In this post, we will talk about how you can make your Whatsapp experience better. These are 5 tricks that will help you make the most of it, perhaps you might be using few of them, but it’s better to list them at one place for people who don’t. So here we go.

1. Hide Last Seen, Profile Pic and Status

last_seen

If you did not know about that, you can also hide your ‘last seen’ from anyone. Jut head over to the privacy tab in Accounts in the settings area you select your choice.

2. Turn off ‘Read Receipts’ 

read reciepts

As if the ‘Last seen’ feature wasn’t enough to create problems in your life, WhatsApp team rolled out those double blue ticks known as ‘Read Receipts’.

Imagine someone knowing that you did not reply even after reading their message, what excuse do you have for not replying them. Be prepared with an excuse or simply turn the  ‘Read receipts’ off.

From the privacy tab, uncheck ‘Read Receipts’ and you are done.

3. See who read your message in a Group.

group messages

Okay, Groups on WhatsApp is an amazing feature, you have a group for your Old Schoolmates, College friends, Family, extended family or maybe even your office team. it is very useful, just like the Facebook groups.

You can find who is reading your posts in a group so that you know who are silent members of your group who simply read everything but never reply.

4. Send Your Current Location 

send locations

This is helpful for a number of reasons, If you are going to meet someone and want them to reach the place you currently are, simply send your current location from WhatsApp and they can follow it to reach you. Works really well.

5. Use WhatsApp Camera for sending photos quickly on slow data connection

whatsapp camera

There is a camera button built into the WhatsApp, but I’ve seen many people first take photos from the camera then share it via WhatsApp.

You do get a high-quality photo this way but it’s quite huge in size, over 2mb-3mb, and it might take long to send it on slow connections. The WhatsApp camera takes photos that are light and can be sent quickly.

➤ Read more posts about WhatsApp

Uber Wants to Control the Cab Business on the Roads of Delhi

Uber cab service has started in India in 2014. Within a few weeks of its service in India, the company seem to have earned a bad name, after the rape case that happened. At the same time Ola, the Indian startup, pitched in started giving free rides to people. But Uber seems to be back in business with the same strategy that its competitor used, giving free rides.

Let’s try to look at the situation of current driving business and the atmosphere that’s prevailing in the country regarding the business.

Talking to a driver Shyam, who belongs to Haryana and has registered himself with Uber only six days ago. Shyam, who was new in the business, had arrived six day before with his brand new ETIOS to earn his livelihood, didn’t even know the route to RK ASHRAM MARG, so we had to make hook through the way due to his inability to understand GPS on his new mobile phone.

He also told that he had registered himself at the Gurgaon office and he was given a mobile phone Asus Zenphone and a user Id to track his income. He was also going to connect with Ola for better income.

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Credit: Reuters

Talking to another driver who was driving a brand new Swift Dzire, this time, it was not his, but the car belonged to a private company which provides services to companies like jet airways, only at specific times of the day. So there are not only individual owners who are into business but also the companies who want to make more money.

So is there enough money return in this business to go for such a big investment. While coming from Ghitorni to Lajpat Nagar, our driver was Vimal who belongs to Rajasthan, who was driving a two months old, ETIOS, purchased on loan with Uber as guarantor. He told about how there was a problem in getting a loan from the bank, but if you want to work as Uber driver, they will be the guarantor.

[su_pullquote]Vimal was able to Payback his monthly loan instalment and a good life for him and his family[/su_pullquote]

Before switching to Uber, Vimal was in the business of driving private cabs which involved dropping employees to the call centres and other offices. While talking about his previous job he told me how he had to suffer from long working hours and the post was just enough to survive his family in Delhi.

But while working for Uber things have changed for good, the working hours while working with Uber is flexible. Asked about monthly income, he told his monthly figure to reach somewhere above 90k. With this figure, he was able to pay back his monthly loan instalment and a good life for him and his family.

Asking about the frequency of the drive request he is getting, he told that just five minutes before our drive request he had dropped a customer and when asked about the best drive, he told very confidently in busy market area such as Lajpat Nagar, it would not take more than five minutes for his next drive. Vimal was also registered with Ola.

Talking to another driver who has been into the driving business for last twenty-five years, told about the flexibility of working hours on Uber as compared to Meru, another cab service provider inDelhi.

[su_pullquote align=”right”] Meru charges are very high, about ₹22 per km whereas, Uber and Ola charges nearly ₹12.5 per km[/su_pullquote]

Meru charges are very high, about ₹22 per km whereas, Uber and Ola charges nearly ₹12.5 per km. Asked about why he’s joined Uber and not Meru he told about the management policies and Meru’s intervention in working hours was too hard on drivers while in Uber he’s got flexibility in choosing working hours. Another reason he told was that the Uber has got weekly payment

Another reason he told was that the Uber has got weekly payment policy but Meru is not done punctual in their payments and in the past they hold  his payments up to ₹1.5 lacs.

The main aim of Uber seems to register more drivers with themselves so that they can control the cab business on the roads of Delhi. If they have most cabs registered with them they can control the fares according to them. Nothing much can be said about the future of the company and the drivers but If the number of cabs on the road increases then there is a chance that income will fall.

This article is a guest contribution submitted by Mohd Sadiq Siddiqui who is an Electronics & Communication Engineer by Profession and a Writer by Passion. Get in touch with him on LinkedIn.

Flynx: The Best Android Browser for Reading Articles

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Flynx

Let me first talk about a use case so that this post can get the attention it deserves. Suppose you are browsing you Twitter timeline or Facebook newsfeed or any other Social Network, where you discover a nice post shared by your friend. You tap on the link, taken to the browser, where you wait for it to load so that you can see what it is about.

Then you close the browser, tap back button to go back to the App you are browsing and continue doing the same for every link you want to see. Yes, the apps like Pocket and Facebook’s own ‘Save for later’ feature has helped a bit, but what if I want to check that link out right now, and I refuse to follow the long procedure I have been following since 2012? I’ve found Flynx browser to be extremely useful in this use case.

A Browser Married with Facebook Chat Heads

Flynx is a browser that utilizes the floating Icon feature made popular by Facebook when they introduced Chat Heads feature for Facebook Messenger.

Flynx_Browser_Screenshots

Imagine how useful it would be if you could tap on a link and it opened in a Chat Head like bubble that floats in the corner of your screen while you can stay in the app you are browsing, you will see the favicon of the site in the bubble when the page is loaded. You can open a few more links and then tap on the Icon to read the articles one by one.

Flynx: A Lighter Pocket App + Chat Heads = More Productive

Even if you don’t want to read the article, it remains there floating at the corner while you jump from app to app. It also works as ‘Read in a while’ or Read after I am finished browsing Facebook’ app.

Flynx_02

Sadly is just a browser for opening links you come across browsing other apps, there is no address bar, but the features like a ‘Reading Mode’, which presents you a clutter free version of a web page giving you the option to change the background color to Dark, Gray or Sepia and change font sizes as well, in short it’s a browser with Pocket app feature inside a Chat head. But whatever it is, it makes your life easy.

How about Alternatives?

It is not the only app offering this kind of feature which falls under pop-up browsers, Boat Browser has a floating browser as one of their Pro features. Then there is Javelin browser, which is also has a popup browser as a feature along their primary browser which is not as good as Chrome for Android, so there is no point of having yet another browser just to use one of its feature.

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I have previously used the Boat browser as my only browser and its floating browser feature worked well for me. But Flynx makes it very easy to minimize the pages and go back to them in just one tap.

So, Flynx is a clear winner in the Pop-Up browsers segment. You will love it you are love Multi-tasking on Smartphones.

➤ Install from Play Store

6 Powerful Features of Google Keep You Should Know About

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When Google launched its simplistic note taking app, Google Keep, many dismissed it as a later comer to the already crowded world of to-do apps. But then that was the case for Google Chrome as well, it entered in the browser market in 2008 and is now among top 3 most used browsers in the world.

Google Chrome became successful because of its minimalistic design, responsiveness and a lot of features. Google Keep also brings some cool features despite being a simple note taking app. If you are among the people who think it’s just an app to note random things, here are few powerful features of Google Keep you probably are not using.

Copy the text from Images

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Google Keep uses OCR (Optical Character Recognition) technology to extract text from the images, and it works well. Simply open Google Keep and take a picture of the document/ business card and select ‘Grab Image Text’ from the menu.

Location Alarm

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Location alarm is helpful in situations like travelling alone using public transport, you can set a location alarm so that you never miss your station. The location alarm will remind you to pick something up the next time you are near that particular market. It is very helpful when you start using it.

Copy & Paste text between PC and Mobile

Even though there are dedicated apps like Push Bullet that lets you push content to your mobile, Googke Keep is just a tab away to this purpose if you are using same Google account on yout PC and Mobile.

Get Notified for Google Keep Reminders in Google Now

Google Now is an intelligent digital assistant from Google and one of it’s many features is the ability to notify you about your reminders you set in Google Keep. This means a notification will pop up on your PC grabbing your attention to take an action.

Color Code Your Notes

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If you through those multiple colors are for making the notes look more colorful, it’s not the only reason, colors actually help you organize your notes. For example, I use Orange Notes for Reminders, Green for Motivational Quotes, Yellow for Important peice of information, Gray is for Research notes etc.

This will help you a lor when your notes start growing in numbers.

Organize your Notes with Labels

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The newly added features, Labels, lets you label your Notes to make them more organized and searching. There are three preset Labels, Work, Personal and Inspiration but you can add more labels.

Combine Labels with Color Coding and you have an amazing app to help you manage your life in a more simpler manner.

Bonus Tip: Recover Notes deleted within 7 Days.

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If you find yourself in a situation where you relly need to see a note you deleted, accidently or otherwise, Google Keep has this feature of keeping the deleted notes for a week before deleting it permanantly. And you can always Archive the notes so that they are always availalbe to you despite being completely hidden from the app.

If you are not using Google Keep, you can give it a try, it is available for Android, Chrome and Web

Users Can Now Choose to Pay to Remove Ads on YouTube

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You, as a user will now be able to avoid ads on YouTube videos, meaning you won’t have to wait for even 5 seconds to skip an ad. YouTube is bringing a new feature to let users pay to watch videos creating a new revenue stream for YouTube and it’s partners.

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YouTube has been planning this paid subscription model from a long time and it seems it has finally started to take shape. We, as a YouTube patner, got an email (image above) regarding the new revenue stream that will go in effect from 15th July.

This is the point the added regarding this revenue model in thier Partner Program Terms:

Subscription Revenues. YouTube will pay you 55% of the total net revenues recognized by YouTube from subscription fees that are attributable to the monthly views or watchtime of your Content as a percentage of the monthly views or watchtime of all or a subset of participating content in the relevant subscription offering (as determined by YouTube). If your Content is included in and viewed by a user in multiple subscription offerings, YouTube will pay you based on the subscription offering with the highest amount of net revenues recognized by YouTube, as calculated by YouTube.

According to According to Bloomberg, YouTube will charge $10/month to make the ads disappear from all the videos for the users to watch.

However, this is not the only method to watch Ad free videos on YouTube, like, Ad Blocker, but then, it’s not ethical and will make YouTubers suffer because everybody needs some flow on fund to keep rolling new videos.

I personally feel YouTube has reached to a level where people would not mind paying for having an ad free experience. I myself watch a few videos at a time when I log into the site and really hate the unskippable ads, ecpsecially the ads that are as long as 2 minutes or more. But, then again, I am  someone who is comfortable making a transaction online we will have to wait and see how fair does this plays for YouTube.

Acer Aspire V5 131 Mini Laptop Review

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I bought Acer Aspire V5 131 as my secondary laptop that I can take on short trips and it has turned out to be great for that. Is it a great laptop for people who love travelling with just a backpack, this laptop takes very little space so that you can put more stuff in your bag. To see weather this laptop can be a primary machine, I used this Laptop for almost three weeks before writing the review.
So, let’s find out weather it can be a primary computer or can just be a second laptop for browsing the internet and writing documents.

Battery and Body Weight.

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I took this Machine with me on a 3 day trip to mainly write and edit some articles to publish them of the blog. This Min Laptop was easy to carry around and work on my the current posts and even write a few. It worked really well on the writing part and editing posts before posting them on the blog.

It the not the most powerful machine you can get, but if you look at it’s price, you are getting a good performing and a lightweight Laptop which is worth every dollar you spend on it.

But unfortunately my trip was extended by another 4 days which gave me some more time to use this laptop as my primary machine and to discover whether it really can be your primary laptop if you are not a gamer or a designer. But it is a good fit for everyone else.

The Processor and Overall Performance

The 3rd Generation Celeron processor is good enough to let you work smoothly on multiple applications at once, comparing this Laptop with those 10 inch Netbooks would be shame because it feels at least 5x faster than those slow machine.

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This Machine came with Linux OS but I installed Windows 8 because I still prefer Windows products and I just love working on Windows 8. I had also loaded it with all the software that is there in my main machine, just in case if I need them. And I really had to use all those software to create long tutorial like posts for my  blogs, the post that include a lot of screenshots and editing them and writing about every step, and all that worked just fine.

The Small Screen and Keyboard Size.

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Though it was a bit annoying to be working on such a small screen but with few tips and tricks, the things started to become easy. For example, CTRL + (-,+) and Zoom out, Zoom in the webpages making them big enough to be able to read them easily, keeping the taskbar on auto hide more also helped give little extra screen space, which seems quite a lot on a 11.6 inch Laptop. and then you can also do an F11 ( full screen more for Google Chrome and many other applications) to work.

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Initially I was little annoyed by the keyboard, though it is a full sized keyboard, it still feels small but you get used to it after a few hours of usage, I can now touch type on it easily. But I still have problems with the small touchpad because I messed up with my articles several times as my fingers accidentally touched on the touchpad which shifted the cursor to some other location. One has to be really careful about that. The multi touch gestures provide a little help, epically the two finger scrolling, and three finger clicks to close the current window.

Key Specifications

Processor: 1.5Ghz, Intel Celeron Dual Core (3rd Generation).
Memory: 2GB DDR3 SD RAM.
Screen: 11.6 (29.5cm), 1366×768 Resolution,
Hard Disk Capacity: 500GB
Connectivity: Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n, Fast Ethernet
Built-in Devices: Microphone, Webcam
Ports/ Interfaces: HDMI, 3 USB Ports, VGA, LAN (RJ-45).
Operating System: Linux, 64 Bit
Keyboard: Full Sized Chiclet style keys.
Touchpad: Multi-touch Gestures Supported.
Battery: 6 Cell, Lithium Ion (Li-Ion), 6 Hours Run Time.

Facebook’s New Feature Wants You to Revisit Your Old Memories

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Facebook recently updated their app which now includes a feature that shows you posts you made on the same date in last few years. It even lets you share those with friends.

When you open Facebook on your smartphone to check-in to a place when hanging out with friends, or you just want to check out what your friends are up to,the last thing you want to see is an embarrassing post you made several years ago. As if the happy Facebook lives of your friends were not enough to hate your own.

A few times I tried this feature, it brought a few embarrassing posts I am not proud of sharing in the first place, let alone re-sharing it.

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The feature is not new and Facebook has already been testing it on their Desktop site since last few years and now they have moved their experiments over to the movie where the majority of their active users are.

While there could be some people who would love this feature of sharing amazing life events from the past, I see it as a desperate attempt to increase more engagement inside the app.

Fortunately, there is a way to turn the notifications off so that you still can use the Facebook without worrying too much about the past.

It is not the only thing Facebook is implementing in their App, they recently made their other product, the Facebook Messenger, open to third party developers to do more things than sending big ugly Smileys to each other .