Posted in Android, Mobile App, Telco

GCash Mobile App Errors

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On Tuesday night my App Store prompted me for the latest GCash mobile app update, Version 5.11.1. When I opened the app the next day, I was greeted with several errors. I shouldn’t really be surprised as GCash mobile app update tend to bring a slew of bugs with it especially in connection with account verification issues.

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Even when it clearly says my account is fully verified, the app still prompts me to verify when I tapped on PayPal to attempt a cash-in.

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Thinking that tapping through the verification process would quickly take me to the cash-in page, I waited and waited and waited. I logged in and logged out of the app but I would still see the same message to wait 30 minutes.

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An hour passed and I wondered if the Android version had the same update. I opened the GCash mobile app on my Android phone and luckily for me I was able to proceed with my PayPal to GCash cash-in.

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Five or six hours later, I decided to check on my GCash app on my iPhone and I didn’t encounter the verification prompt anymore.

The lesson here is to make sure to open your GCash mobile app right after you finish the update. Or better yet keep an Android phone just in case.

 

 

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Posted in Android, Mobile App

My Experience With PawnHero Philippines

At a time when I was strapped for a bit cash but don’t really need the full amount usually guaranteed by pawnshops which accept most iPhone versions and was too lazy to go around scouting for pawnshops, I was glad PawnHero Philippines was already there.

It was sometime in June 2017 when I tried PawnHero, an online pawnshop of some sort. At the time, I previously had my iPhone 6 Plus pawned to a local pawnshop which offered me a great deal but I was too burdened by the interest. I had to use my Android phone extensively while my iPhone 6 Plus was on a sabbatical and that was how I discovered the PawnHero mobile app in Google Play Store.

The PawnHero mobile app has a simple interface from registration of members to pawning your electronic gadget. There is a guideline, of course, as to which electronic gadgets are accepted. I sent photos of my iPhone 6 Plus and the accessories I still have for it and within 24 hours, I received a confirmation that my item was accepted. I also was able to pick the loan terms from 3 or 4 options – I picked the PhP6,543 loan for a 1-month period. I chose the details for the pick-up of the item and their delivery guy made sure I had the photocopy of a valid identification card and that my signature was also on the copy of the PawnHero form for when I complete the loan period.

The PhP6,543 loaned to me was even easier to claim because I chose to be paid via Coins.ph and the transfer was instant. (If you don’t have a Coins.ph account yet, just click on link to register.) I remembered paying PhP6,959 when I finally made the claim in August. I paid the loaned amount plus the interest using my Coins.ph account, too. It did not even take a few days after payment for my iPhone 6 Plus to be returned to the address I chose in the same condition as I had pawned it a month ago. The PawnHero delivery guy made sure I opened the package and checked my items thoroughly before he left.

PawnHero’s customer service is prompt and I definitely recommend you try pawning your electronic gadgets when you need a bit of cash for a while. I was invited by PawnHero to one of their seminars in Makati back in September-October 2017 but I declined as I was in another location at the time. This article is my way of telling them I did appreciate their services while encouraging others to try Pawn Hero, too.

 

Posted in Mobile App, Tutorials

Using Markup From Camera Roll

After capturing a screenshot on an iPhone, there is immediately an option for you to write texts on it or add some markups on it before it goes to your Camera Roll. You would see a prompt to Save it to Photos or Delete Screenshot after editing it. In cases where you already made the screenshot but weren’t able to tap on Edit, you can still do so later by selecting the particular screenshot and tapping on Edit.

I didn’t know this simple tip before and just thought I would share it for others to save time in editing photos and screenshots. I used to retrieve my photo or screenshot to be edited via iCloud.com’s Camera Roll and open Paint on my Windows laptop to add markups on my photos or screenshots.

Here’s how:

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.

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.

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 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.