If you’re a frequent traveler and you need to change SIM cards wherever you go, I recommend the mobile apps Coins.ph and Mobile Recharge. I alternate between the two mobile apps as each has unique services to offer.
I signed up with Coins.ph a few years back and completed the profile verification steps quickly. I knew Coins.ph dealt with Bitcoins primarily and they only extended their services to include mobile top-up not only for Philippine mobile numbers but also for international numbers. I have tried their Buy Load feature with my Philippine mobile numbers and also for my Vietnamese and Cambodian SIM cards and the top-up was successful.
You can top up your international mobile numbers with Mobile Recharge as well. In fact, M-Recharge mobile app is mainly for that purpose. I have used it in the past to top up my Malaysian and Thailand SIM cards. The only reason I keep Coins.ph as an alternative for mobile top-up is that the available denominations Mobile Recharge top-up are higher compared to that of Coins.ph. The minimum amount for mobile top-up with Mobile Recharge is at $10 which you can conveniently purchase using your PayPal account. Coins.ph does not have the option to purchase via PayPal as users would have to top up their Coins.ph Wallet first before they can purchase using their Coins.ph account.
I have been using Skrill for transferring funds to my Philippine mobile wallet and purchasing referrals in NeoBux. Over the years, more online businesses I have used have switched from PayPal to Skrill as it has proven to be a good alternative to PayPal. I still prefer to use it over Payoneer because of the lower fees.
My only complaint about it lately has been about the Skrill verification process. I have completed the ID verification last year and for a while was not badgered about other Skrill verification process I needed to complete until last month. It was about the address verification. I wanted to add some Skrill funds to my NeoBux account so I could purchase new referrals. There was a warning on my profile page that my account use would be limited because I have not done the address verification. My beef mainly concerns the account restriction – this should have also included NOT BEING ABLE TO DEPOSIT FUNDS into my own account using my card. It should not only cover the amount restriction and limitation to transfer Skrill funds or use Skrill funds for purchases.
After Skrill ACCEPTED my funds deposit to my own account using my own card (mind you, this was AUTOMATED – a lesson for other companies to disable this feature also unless verification has been completed), I proceeded to upload my postpaid bill document. It was rejected. Few years back, I submitted my postpaid bill document showing my address and my name and they actually deemed it as valid. Now, the same document was rejected as they said they will only accept telephone utility bills. For some unfortunate reason, my sister said she has not received the telephone paper statements in our address. The newly added funds were stuck there in my Skrill account.
Meanwhile, I would have to pester my family back home for water or electric bill statements to get rid of this annoyance.
Update: January 2, 2018
I requested my sister to take a photo of a utility bill which she sent to me via Viber. It would make sense to upload the said document via the Skrill mobile app as well. However, in the Skrill mobile app (at least in the iOS version as I have not tried downloading Skrill on Android yet) it does say USE DOCUMENT UPLOAD but that option is misleading because it only allows you to scan or take a photo of the said document, which means you must have the utility bill on hand. In other words, it is pointless to do the address or location verification via the Skrill mobile app.
I had to do it via the web site on desktop as there is an option in the latter to upload the document. I had to open iCloud on the web and download the utility bill photo from there.
Update: January 3, 2018
Just got word from Skrill that my location has been verified.
iTunes had undergone many revisions and with each update comes the elimination of the familiar. In Google searches on how to cancel subscription or auto renewal in iTunes, I would still come across tutorials for old versions of iTunes on the top results where iTunes still had an option for Delete Subscription.
I had subscribed to Office 365 via iTunes for some time in the past and when the time came when I no longer needed to use it on my mobile because I bought a new laptop which came with a 1-year free subscription of Office 365 Personal, I found cancelling my subscription auto renewal to be a more stubborn idea than I had thought – stubborn in the sense that I did not want the Office 365 to appear under my iTunes subscription. I could not cancel it on my Office 365 dashboard because the subscription was done on iTunes.
To prevent my iTunes account from automatically charging my card for my Office 365 Home subscription, I went to the App Store on my iPhone and tapped on my Account name and email. I selected Country/Region.
In my case, I changed it to the US store and it solved the auto renewal charge problem for me. I did not change stores for a month. The advantage of changing stores is to get rid of the auto-renewal charge. If you let it auto-renew, you can still cancel but even cancelling the subscription will extend the period you are still subscribed to Office 365 Home via iTunes. Changing stores eliminates this problem as the Office 365 subscription will no longer appear under your Subscription list.
You have to make sure you have no other existing iTunes subscriptions other than your Office 365. There is no clear cut workaround about completely deleting the Office 365 subscription on your iTunes account and not see it listed there anymore.
If you decide to change your store back again (because some local apps are exclusively available for download only in your country), the Office 365 subscription will still appear but it will now be listed under Expired.
The Expired list does come in handy for when you change your mind and want to renew your Office 365 on your iPhone. Simply follow these steps:
Another option would be to delete the e-mail account associated with the Office 365 subscription. Just make sure to back up any data in your OneDrive and/or Outlook e-mails.
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. 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.
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.
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:
There has been a technical problem with GCash mobile app lately and it affects both the Android and Apple versions. Two weeks ago when using my GCash app to withdraw funds from PayPal to GCash, the mobile app would prompt me that my PayPal account has not been linked or that I need to re-link my PayPal account to my GCash account.
The problem with re-linking it is it duplicates the Pre-approved Payments Plan code recorded in your PayPal account for the same Globe GCash mobile number. You would have to log in to your PayPal again and delete the older Pre-approved Payments Plan code.
The other issue from which the same GCash technical problem would arise is if you are alternately using two or more Globe GCash numbers to access your GCash mobile app in Android or on an iPhone. When the cache on your phone has not been cleared or reset, the GCash mobile app would give you an error prompt about re-linking your account which should have only been the case for one Globe GCash number as users are only allowed to connect one PayPal account. Avoid having to alternate frequently between numbers.
If you aren’t aware of it yet, Android and iPhone do not roll out the update simultaneously. Android version of the GCash mobile app may release a more updated version earlier than on its Apple counterpart. I have observed this marked difference and it is the reason why I keep an Android and an iPhone and have the GCash mobile app installed on both. There was a time when my GCash account showed up as Unverified on the iPhone version while I was Verified on the Android. Of course, I had to break my own rule to stop alternating GCash numbers and had to do my GCash transactions on the Verified version. In fact, three days ago I experienced a coded error on my Android’s GCash after having successfully cashed in from PayPal to GCash. When I went to my iPhone’s GCash, I didn’t experience any errors at all.
Hope these few tips helped. Always remember you do not need to keep re-linking your account to PayPal as it could only be a temporary system glitch.
In case your GCash balance has already been deducted because of a system glitch, simply fill out this Dispute Form and e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Update: January 7, 2018
For a few months I had been using my sister’s GCash account for PayPal to GCash cash-ins because of this relinking error. Last Wednesday, in the middle of doing the cash-in on the GCash mobile app on my Android using my sister’s GCash account, that dreaded “Please Try Relinking Your PayPal Account To Your GCash Wallet” error appeared. What I did was tell my sister to transfer back to me the remaining USD to my PayPal account from hers because I wanted to see if I could finally relink my own GCash account to PayPal using the GCash mobile app on my iPhone. The relink turned out to be successful and I was able to resume my PayPal to GCash cash-in.
Update: February 22, 2018
Yesterday I encountered the same error and was not able to do a PayPal to GCash cash-in. In order to get my funds, I requested my sister to exchange my PayPal USD into PHP with the help of a trusted currency exchanger. Today, I received a text notification from GCash that they are temporarily suspending the PayPal to GCash cash-in. We’ll have to be patient until this service resumes.
Update: February 26, 2018
GCash has sent out this update:
“Hi there! We’re pleased to inform you that the PayPal to GCash service has been restored. We appreciate your patience and understanding. Thank you.”