Posted in Mobile App, Social Media, Tutorials

How To Upload Full-Size Videos On Instagram Stories

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When you record a full-size video as an Instagram story by holding and pressing on Normal, the video would only record up to 14-15 seconds. I use an iPhone 6 Plus and I would notice even at the maximum of 15 seconds the full-size video would freeze and disappear and I could not add any text or emoji to it.

Sometimes I find it makes sense to record a single longer video using the iPhone’s camera options rather than recording it via Instagram’s Add Story options. However, even if you record a shorter video on the iPhone camera and subsequently add it as an Instagram story, you would find that Instagram story feature does not support full-size videos and you end up with cropped ones instead. (Users with Business accounts on Instagram can upload videos longer than 15 seconds on their Instagram stories.)  Some users are faced with a technical issue when uploading videos as an Instagram story and the solution to a successful video upload largely has to do with compressing the video first. Here is my solution to uploading full-size videos as Instagram stories.

In the following video, I would be splitting a 50-second video into 4 parts so it would still meet the time limit for the IG story. In order to do this, I would need to duplicate a 1 50-second video into three more. I do this by selecting the full-size video and choosing Duplicate.

Now that I have all four videos, the next step would be to go to CropVS to re-orient the video to make it fit for Instagram story sharing. I recommend going to CropVS first rather than trimming the video on iMovie because iMovie automatically crops the video once you trim it and it doesn’t look good. CropVS, on the other hand, has “fit width” and “fit height” options and it results in a full-size video once shared as Instagram story. In the video below, I selected the first 50-second video from Camera Roll and CropVS compresses it. After CropVS compresses the video, all I do is tap on Share and wait for the app to render the video and the full-size reoriented video is instantly saved to my Camera Roll.

Now that I have the full-size reoriented video from CropVS, I would click on Edit and choose iMovie. From there I would trim the video to the first 11-15 seconds.

Having gone through the full-size reorientation in CropVS and trimmed process in iMovie, it’s time to share it on Instagram as a story.

I repeated the process for the other 3 duplicate videos. Here is how it showed up on my Instagram story:

You can actually select CropVS from the Edit part on your Camera Roll. However, I would not suggest doing that because it crops the full-size video to a miniature version. Here’s an example:

I recommend opening the CropVS mobile app first and selecting the video from there.

Video of my mother and my niece is taken by my youngest sister whose voice is also heard on the video.

CropVS has in-app purchases so you may get watermark on your videos if not upgraded. iMovie is a free mobile app pre-installed with your iPhone, of course. Instagram is a free mobile app.

Update: July 6, 2018

There is a mobile app that makes splicing videos for Instagram stories and it’s called Cutstory. Go ahead and download it now.

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If you still want to crop videos first before uploading them to Cutstory for cutting and saving, I do recommend CropVS still for cropping purposes. Sometimes there are parts of a video we want to omit and CropVS would work well for that.

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Another question you might have is about how to upload full size photo to an Instagram story. There are mobile apps out there that can accomplish that task for you but if you want the basic method without a mobile app’s help, you can do so by first selecting the photo and tapping once on the center until the top and bottom parts of the screen appear black. Tap on Screenshot.

You can compare how the original photo and the screenshot image appear here:

If you want to know how to add music on Instagram stories, check out this related post as well.

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Posted in Games, Mobile App, Tutorials

Cooking Dash Sundae Fundae Tip

The episodes in Cooking Dash’s Sundae Fundae can be tedious to play especially when you have to serve two or multiple orders to a customer. The trick is not to pick up orders by individual item but to focus on each customer’s order(s) collectively. I experimented with picking up items individually versus picking them up and putting it on the counter simultaneously and the latter has proven to be more time-efficient. See the video comparison below:

 

 

However, I do notice the Auto Chef does get my order confused sometimes:

 

 

Do not prepare the orders in advance, unless you’ve played it too many times and you’re already familiar with the upcoming orders. Still, I find that doing it in that manner confuses Auto Chef and it gives you a different order needlessly.

Needless to say, this tip does apply to all Cooking Dash shows. Sundae Fundae is just one show I made an example of because I’ve had several glitches when it comes to orders involving bananas.

Posted in Finance, Mobile App, Telco, Tutorials

RCBC MyWallet to GCash Cash-in

Earlier today I got an alert on my iPhone to update my GCash mobile app and that the new update not only includes the RCBC-GCash and BPI-GCash cash-ins but also a list of their over-the-counter partners right within the GCash mobile app.

For a few months registering GCash within the RCBC Online Banking platform had been disabled. It’s a good thing they have brought the feature back. If you access your Globe sim menu and select GCash > Registration by dialing *119#, you will see the option to register your BPI and RCBC accounts. For a refresher, here’s the video for the registration for RCBC:

 

Update: June 11, 2018

Even though the RCBC to GCash option is available in the GCash mobile app, most of us encounter errors in attempting the feature. It probably works for RCBC accounts which are connected to a savings account but with the RCBC MyWallet Visa debit card (one can apply for this card at any RCBC branches without necessarily having a savings account at RCBC), it seems it’s been disabled again and it’s unclear when the RCBC to GCash cash-in service will resume. I would like to also emphasize that even though there is an option in the GCash mobile app to add your MasterCard or Visa Debit Card for cash-in, adding your RCBC MyWallet Visa Debit card is not allowed and you will only get a text notification that the attempt to add the card is unsuccessful.

There is an alternative, which I have tried for myself yesterday, but it would require you to have a Skrill account.

Requirements:

  • You must have a verified Skrill account.
  • Your GCash account must already be linked to your verified Skrill account. You can add your GCash mobile number under the Mobile Wallets tab.
  • Your RCBC MyWallet, which is a Visa debit card, must be also added to your Skrill account. You can do this by clicking on the tab Cards and Bank Accounts. Even if you do not verify this particular Visa debit card, you can still send money directly via Skrill but there would be a limit.
  • I would suggest you do the RCBC MyWallet to GCash cash-in on the web and not on the Skrill mobile app for the reason that “Philippines” does not appear on the drop down menu on the mobile app.  Skrill needs to update their mobile app for bugs.

Here are the steps to transfer or send your RCBC MyWallet funds to your GCash account:

1 – Under Account Overview and just right under Available balance, there are two buttons for Send Money. Click on Send Direct.

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2 – Since this pertains to RCBC MyWallet, select Credit/debit card.

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3 – Select the RCBC MyWallet Visa debit card to be debited from.

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4 – Review the details.

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5 – Wait for the confirmation.

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Posted in Mobile App, Photography, Social Media, Tutorials

How To Send Uncropped Images Via Instagram Direct Message

When I first started sending out group direct messages to my friends on Instagram, I didn’t mind that the images sent via direct messages are partially cut off. That is, until I started to send more images or photos with text on them and the obsessive-compulsive personality in me inwardly protested. I found a workaround for it and it does solve the partially cut off dilemma in most images.

 

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Right within the DM feature when you select a photo, an arrow up button sends the photo. From here it’s obvious you don’t get the whole of the photo uploaded. 

 

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From here it’s obvious you don’t get the whole of the photo uploaded. 
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Instead of uploading the image directly within the DM platform, an alternative would be to go to the photo feed or the home menu of Instagram and click on the Plus button which serves the same function of uploading photos. 
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After clicking on upload photo, this is what you would then see on the screen. On the left side is the adjust image button. Just click on it to retain the original size of the photo. 
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A look at the adjusted photo just before clicking on Next
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After clicking Next, you’ll see Filter options
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Don’t forget to click on Direct. 
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Compare the uploaded photos. 

 

Posted in Internet, Tutorials

Viewing Public LinkedIn Profiles Even Without A LinkedIn Account

For some time I would think about borrowing a LinkedIn account whenever I encounter a link for a LinkedIn profile in a Google search result. I don’t remember how long it has been since I last had a LinkedIn account; I decided to delete my account there long before I decided to delete the hotmail e-mail address I signed up with it.

Whenever I do a Google search on Safari on my mobile phone, I would not be able to click through on a LinkedIn profile link even though the LinkedIn account is set to public. I used to be able to do this without having an account in the distant past but Google must have altered something in their algorithm. I was doing a search yesterday on an entirely different topic when I stumbled upon a workaround for viewing public LinkedIn profiles even without logging in to your LinkedIn account.

I found out that by doing a search via www.deeperweb.com in lieu of http://www.google.com, I could click through the public LinkedIn profiles and read most of the information listed by the account owner without having to be redirected to the login page as search results clicks from Google.com would have it.

 

Posted in Mobile App, Technology, Telco, Tutorials

Withdrawing Upwork Funds to GCash via PayPal

As I promised in a previous article, here is the video I made for withdrawing Upwork funds to GCash via PayPal. I  have started using PayPal because Skrill will no longer be supported by Upwork as a withdrawal method by April 24, 2017. Withdrawing funds in Upwork to GCash via PayPal is instant. Do not forget to link your PayPal account first with your GCash account. Only one GCash account can be linked to your PayPal account.

Posted in Mobile App, Tutorials

Cambiar El Tamaño de Una Imagen a 1 MB desde Camera Roll en iPhone

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He encontrado una solución para reajustar imágenes dentro del iPhone para ajustarse al límite de tamaño de archivo en BWS. Ayer traté de enviar un artículo en BWS con un archivo adjunto. Sin embargo, el tamaño del archivo excede de 2 MB. El tamaño máximo permitido es de sólo 1 MB por lo que mi artículo se publicó sin una imagen. No tenía acceso a una computadora portátil. Intenté acceder al sitio PicResize.com en mi iPhone, pero me quedé atrapado en la página de la carga de imágenes. Fue frustrante que no podía usar PicResize ni ningún otro editor de fotos en línea.

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Afortunadamente, se me ocurrió una solución más rápida. Lo que resolvió el problema para mí fue los siguientes pasos:

1. Seleccioné la imagen que quería cambiar el tamaño y hice clic en el icono Compartir en la esquina inferior izquierda.

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2. Elegí Correo y la envié a mi propio correo electrónico.

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3. 1MB equivale a 1.024KB. Elegí Medio y la envié a mi correo electrónico.

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Descargé la foto redimensionada al Camera Roll. Volví a BWS para corregir mi artículo y encontré, por fin, la foto recién ajustada a 1MB correctamente.

Este tutorial corto y sencillo funciona si:

– actualmente no tiene acceso a una computadora portátil y sólo tiene un iPhone a mano.

– tu iPhone está en iOS 6.

– la conexión a Internet está muy lenta para acceder a cualquier editor de fotos en línea desde Safari.

 

 

Posted in Lifestyle, Mobile App, Telco, Tutorials

Don’t Apply For A GCash MasterCard Until You Have Read This

Globe currently offers GCash American Express virtual card and GCash MasterCard to its customers and having taken advantage of both, I would give this fair warning to anyone to not apply for a GCash MasterCard if you already have an existing GCash American Express.

Back in July I registered for GCash American Express virtual debit card because it allows Philippine residents to purchase via e-commerce sites that ship within the US such as  Amazon and eBay. In partnership with My Shopping Box, the items you ordered via Amazon, for example, would then be sent to your Philippine address.

By November I received a text notification from SmartMoney that they would discontinue SmartMoney MasterCard renewals by January 1, 2017 and that SmartMoney customers can still avail of its services until January 30, 2017 only. My SmartMoney card expires on June 2017 so this is an unfortunate news because I mainly use it for Skrill instant mobile wallet withdrawals. This prompted me to apply for a GCash MasterCard.

The day I applied for a GCash MasterCard, I was at the Globe store to do a GCash cash-out for my GCash American Express mobile wallet. (SmartMoney was down at the time and so was GCash to RCBC MyWallet functionality.) The agent told me I could not register a new GCash account with the same number I used for the American Express. He had to purchase a new Globe sim for me so I can successfully register to a GCash MasterCard. That’s when a string of technical problems started for me.

As required, I had to get KYC’ed again for the GCash MasterCard. (I did my KYC for GCash American Express at the same store back in July and it was hassle-free.) The agent referred me to another Globe store to do the KYC; he said it would take longer if done in their branch (which didn’t make sense at all).

When I went to the Globe store he recommended, the agent told me what she would do was consolidate the information I previously had in my GCash American Express with the current one in my GCash MasterCard. There wasn’t really much difference in the details I entered except perhaps for the employee info; I submitted the same ID (passport).

The day after I got successfully KYC’ed for the GCash MasterCard, I could no longer access my GCash American Express via the GCash mobile app. I could not even top up the Globe number associated with it. It was like my GCash American Express never existed at all.

I had to go back and consult the same agent regarding the issue and she said there wasn’t anything she could do about it. She informed me the Globe number associated with my GCash American Express suddenly shows up as blacklisted in their system, which got her confused as well because she was aware that any Globe customer can have multiple GCash accounts under one name.

It was then that I noticed another problem with my GCash MasterCard. Even though it was activated and KYC’ed, I could no longer do the prepaid load to GCash cash-in with it. After going back and forth with GCash email support about it, the problem was solved. But I had to press them further to fix the issue regarding the GCash American Express.

It’s not the first time this happened as apparent in a Globe Community thread about blacklisted GCash numbers.

To avoid the headache I and others went through with GCash MasterCard and GCash American Express accounts, please pick only one card to register for.

 

Posted in Finance, Tutorials

Transferring GCash to RCBC MyWallet

When it comes to mobile wallets, I like to have many options where I can transfer my money to convert it into physical cash I can later withdraw or simply storing money in my debit card/s for online purchases. I learned the hard way a long time ago when the one and only mobile wallet I depended on was unavailable for a few hours just when I needed cash. Aside from PayPal, I use Skrill because it supports instant withdrawal transactions to local mobile wallets such as SmartMoney and GCash.

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Understandably so the only option available in RCBC AccessOne web access is transferring funds from RCBC MyWallet debit card to GCash. However, in Globe’s mobile banking both options – transferring GCash to RCBC and transferring RCBC to GCash – are accessible.

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I have an RCBC MyWallet Visa debit card which I swipe at supermarkets, coffee shops, and department stores and in the past I would have to visit any LBC branch near me to reload it. Until recently my Globe GCash was activated so I can now conveniently withdraw my Skrill funds to my Globe GCash mobile wallet instantly and without extra fees. Their USD to PHP conversion comparably fares well to that of PayPal’s.

Below is the video on transferring GCash to RCBC MyWallet:

 

I would like to also emphasize that even though there is an option in the GCash mobile app to add your MasterCard or Visa Debit Card for cash-in, adding your RCBC MyWallet Visa Debit card is not allowed and you will only get a text notification that the attempt to add the card is unsuccessful.

Update: November 25, 2018

If you have an updated GCash mobile app, you will notice that GCash has recently added more options to send payments to which even now includes sending to bank accounts in the Philippines within the app.

I have tried transferring my GCash funds to my RCBC MyWallet Visa debit card for 4 or  times in the past few weeks and amazingly the transfer was instant. Two days ago, my transfer did not go through at all. I did not even get a text notification from 2882 that I was deducted the amount but the GCash app’s updated balance tells a different story. After 24 hours I got a notification from 2882 that my GCash account balance was adjusted to reflect the reverted amount from the failed GCash to RCBC MyWallet transfer.