Posted in Mobile App, Tutorials

How To Cancel or Renew Office 365 Subscription on iPhone

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:

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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.

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Posted in Chat Messengers, Mobile App, Technology, Telco

SMS Sent to 447786205094

I rarely examine my cellular phone’s monthly statement but two days ago was an exception and I found a PhP180+ worth of sms sent to a UK number, 447786205094.

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I had noticed this before but brushed it off as some of those mobile verification text messages some websites like Yahoo!, GMail and Outlook would usually send. The frequency this time as indicated in the statement suddenly got me curious and it prodded me to look into my Messages app but no existing international sms seem to correspond with the dates the charges were made. When I did a Google search, I learned that all these sms sent to 447786205094 pertain to Facetime activation. I never really thought these popups cost that much.

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It finally dawned on me how I incurred those charges. I do recall there was a period when I would often switch from one sim to the second (exactly why I bought a cheaper Android phone few months ago) and every time I insert a new sim, I would see that popup message and would then click OK.

This happens to other international mobile carriers as well and I have read some have asked for refunds. As for my case, I would be more careful to enable and disable Facetime each and every time I take out and replace my sim card.

Posted in Mobile App, Technology

iOS 10’s Intrusive Notifications

When I chanced upon an article last week about developers already testing the iOS 10.1 version, I finally decided to update my iPhone 6 Plus’s software. Update went smoothly but not without me getting a bit paranoid about the black screen.

One problem I did immediately notice is that the notifications have become intrusive to the point that I kept mistakenly clicking on the default Banner notification while I was in the middle of a Cooking Dash episode. Unlike the newer iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, my phone’s processor still isn’t capable of saving the game apps if I click away from it for a while; by the time I go back to the game app, it would have already taken me back to the “downloading” page even if I paused the episode I was on.

 

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Yeah, right! Something’s indeed about to be ruined; I can’t see through what I’m cooking!

I experimented with the Notifications settings and found only the Banners option made sense because the Alert option is obviously even more glaring. However I look at it, both Banners and Alerts are intrusive.

 

 

Posted in Mobile App

iOS 9.3 Bug

I updated my iPhone’s software yesterday but only noticed a bug several hours later (when my apps needed to be updated), a bug affecting the credit/debit card saved in my App Store. It’s a card I’ve successfully used for almost a year for app and in-app purchases. Why wouldn’t it work now? It wasn’t a coincidence I noticed this bug a day after my iPhone’s iOS 9.3 update.

Just now I tried adding other credit/debit cards in my possession but I still see the error message “Card declined…” appear. Was worried a bit there it was a card problem but clearly the bug was caused by this new software update.

Subsequently, the following pending updates will accumulate and have to wait a while until this iOS 9.3 software bug is fixed.

 

Posted in Lifestyle, Mobile App, Technology

Reviewing Path Version 3

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When I checked my App Store for new updates this morning, I instantly installed the newer version of Path. My favorite social network has just gotten better even though I was kinda worried about the overwhelming effects of too many novel changes. We see the latter happening every day when it comes to technology – changes are too swift to handle and the burden on the electronic gadgets consumers may be subtler than we think.

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I was psyched about the Messaging feature primarily because it looks neat and, alas, Path has added this feature just like Facebook has incorporated it. The downside of Path updates in the past was that everything you post can be seen by your friends. With the Chat feature, it has now become easier to send private messages.

Clicking on the message bubble icon on the upper right corner from your profile page takes you to your Friends list. I have 6 friends on Facebook who use Path and I like how it isn’t as saturated as Facebook.

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I tapped on one friend name to try sending her a message on Path. If you’re trying out the Chat feature for the first time, you will be introduced to a short description of what to expect when sending a private message.

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I tapped on another friend name to test how a smiley icon and an actual text message would look like. I had typed the words first before the icon and waited for the latter to appear beside the text but this is what I got instead:

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Didn’t think the icon was really that big. No wonder it overlapped with the text. I sent a more jovial smiley right after I hit Send for the text. It looks more orderly when you tap Send separately for the text and the smiley icon.

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Moving on to the next feature, The Shop is a tab accessible from the home page which displays some of Path’s paid upgraded features. For the meantime it displays Stickers for Messaging and Filters for Photos and Videos. I personally don’t see a reason to pay to upgrade those features when I have an emoticons-enabled keyboard courtesy of Emoji. Moreover, I could get unique filters for photos in other free Photography apps.

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Path Version 3 is an improvement, not huge, but nonetheless helps diversify and enhance Path members’ social network experience.

Posted in Mobile App, Technology, Tutorials

Re-size Photo to 1MB Within iPhone’s Camera Roll

I found a workaround for re-sizing pictures within the iPhone to fit BWS’ file size limit. Yesterday I was trying to submit an article in BWS and attach a picture. However, the file size was more than 2MB and the file size limit is only 1MB so my post got published without a picture. I didn’t have access to a laptop or I would have re-sized the 2MB picture in a breeze. I tried to access PicResize.com on an iPhone but I was stuck to the loading image page. It frustrated me that I couldn’t use PicResize nor any other photo resize editor online.

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As serendipity would have it, a quicker solution came to me. What solved the problem for me was the following steps:

1. I selected the picture I wished to re-size and clicked on the Share icon at the lower left of the screen.

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2. I chose Mail and sent it to my own e-mail.

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3. 1MB is equivalent to 1,024KB. I chose Medium and sent it to my e-mail.

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I downloaded the re-sized photo to Camera Roll. I went back to BWS to edit my post and saw the newly re-sized 1MB photo successfully attached to the article.

This short simple tutorial works if:

– you currently don’t have access to a laptop and only have an iPhone on hand.

– your iPhone is on iOS 6.

– the internet connection is too slow to access any online photo re-size editor from Safari.