Posted in Mobile App, Photography, Tutorials

Uploading Photos and Videos From iPhone To Microsoft OneDrive

 

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I have upgraded accounts in both iCloud (50gb) and Microsoft OneDrive (ITB). The ITB from Microsoft OneDrive comes with the Office 365 monthly subscription so upgrading to a higher cloud storage for iCloud seems unnecessary for me if I could upload photos and videos from my iPhone to Microsoft OneDrive’s mobile app.

The basic way to upload from your iPhone to Microsoft OneDrive is, of course, to enable Camera Upload in your OneDrive mobile app. This feauture allows your photos and videos taken on your iPhone to be uploaded automatically to your OneDrive without having to open the OneDrive app.

I didn’t have technical issues with this Camera Upload feature before but lately bugs in Microsoft OneDrive are becoming frequent. No matter how many times I keep refreshing the Camera Upload page, I would still see the “up to date” message and it wouldn’t sync properly. Manually uploading the files by tapping on the + icon on my OneDrive doesn’t seem to do the trick some of the time. At one point, it would say I was uploading 3 videos and then in 3 seconds it would say I was uploading 1 video.

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A successful upload done within OneDrive should appear like this. 
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If the number of uploads correspond to what you see under the Progress tab,  you can tap on Home from Asssistive Touch and leave OneDrive open without affecting upload progress. 

A better way to upload photos and videos from your iPhone to your Microsoft OneDrive account is to do it via the iPhone’s Photos app options. I am using Videos as an example because I encounter more upload glitches in Microsoft OneDrive.

1 – Go to the Videos album in your iPhone’s Photos and select the videos you want to upload to OneDrive.

 

2 – Tap on the Share icon on the lower left corner.

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3 – Tap on More and enable OneDrive. I could only upload 10 videos at a time and if I exceed that number, the OneDrive icon would not appear even if I enabled it.

 

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4 – Select the folder you wish to upload your videos to.

 

5 – Wait for the files to complete uploading. If you go to Home without the completed uploads, you will lose your progress.

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Posted in Finance, Mobile App, Telco, Tutorials

How To Use PayMaya Abroad

PayMaya offers a virtual card by simply registering via their PayMaya mobile app. If you want a GCash debit card alternative, you can definitely use PayMaya abroad and withdraw your funds using a physical PayMaya card.

Since the premise of PayMaya is principally for the purposes of a virtual card, no physical card is provided for the virtual card number you enrolled to by default on the PayMaya mobile app. It is important to note that you can have 2 or more PayMaya physical cards which you can order on the PayMaya website online or in PayMaya booths in malls. Once you have the PayMaya physical cards on hand, you can proceed to link them to your PayMaya virtual card. The mobile app is pretty straightforward when it comes to linking the physical cards. Once your physical cards are confirmed linked, the balance is shared among your physical cards and the virtual card number.

But how do you use your PayMaya abroad? First, you need to ask yourself if you used your postpaid or a prepaid number as your PayMaya login credential. Although you can use your TM or Globe mobile number to initially register with PayMaya, the critical distinction to make is the postpaid or prepaid number.

With a prepaid number, all you need to make sure is top it up with PhP100 for international roaming. With a postpaid number, you will be charged a PhP500 or so per day which is not ideal when you are staying overseas for long.

Second, you need to make sure you have logged in to your PayMaya mobile app before traveling out of the country. Some time ago PayMaya added a security feature for its users via a verification code that can only be sent to your registered mobile number.

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If you registered with your postpaid number as your PayMaya login credential, it means you will need to keep your sim inserted to get the verification code.

The good news is you can still view your PayMaya funds but it will have to be on an ATM machine overseas and not on your smartphone’s screen. Using the PayMaya physical card, you can inquire about your balance by doing a balance inquiry.

 

 

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 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 Games, Mobile App

Cooking Dash Bug

On March 12th, I encountered the same bug (again) in the Cooking Dash mobile app when playing the Eats for Earth episode. The bug mainly has to do with the “needs topping” feature.

If you look at the grilled tilapia dish, you would observe there is nothing on the plate that indicates the customer needs his grilled tilapia to be served with sauce. When I tried to deliver the order, I noticed Flo would not move and hand over the dish to the customer. I encountered the same error on February 12th as well and here’s what irate customers looked like:

Other Cooking Dash mobile app episodes, though, work fine when it comes to reflecting the required topping.

Update October 1, 2018:

Is anyone else having the same bug with Adventure Wheel? No prizes appear when I click on the said prize. The other types of prize wheels do not have the same kind of glitch, though.

Update October 5, 2018:

Today I sent over an error report to Glu via the Customer Care > Contact Us with the screenshots of the said Adventure Wheel prizes. I received a prompt reply and I was given back my 2 lost Adventure Wheel prizes. Awesome!

Posted in Mobile App, Technology

Blogger On iPhone

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Blogger Compose

I wished Blogger on iPhone would incorporate the option to backtrack the date of the post. I wasted like 5 minutes earlier attempting to edit the date of the post after composing my blog entry. Since I was writing on a dream blog post, it’s important for me to keep the date the day after the dream took place for easy future reference or cross-referencing.

As you can see from the screenshot I took above of the Blogger app, the Compose part only consists of a Title field, Content field, Labels, Select Location, Camera and Preview options. Even if you go to the list of blog posts and tap on the drop down arrow, all you will ever see are the Edit and Delete buttons.

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Blog List
Posted in Android, Mobile App

Dropbox Notification Sync Problem

Yesterday I noticed something odd with the Dropbox app on Android. The phone’s notification for the status of a photo or file pending upload doesn’t seem to sync well with the actual Dropbox app’s activity. I had noticed this problem in the past once but did pass it off as an isolated case. Apparently I was proven wrong yesterday.

I was trying to upload a cropped photo to my Dropbox app when I noticed that the notification “1 file remaining” remained stationary even after when I saw within the Dropbox app a confirmation of the photo upload.

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What’s supposed to be a real time notification is actually a 12-minute delay. No matter how long I waited that notification did not update.

I hope they fix the notification real-time sync in the Dropbox Android app pronto.

Posted in Mobile App, Technology

Mobile App Path As An Alternative to Facebook

Did you already consider yourself internet savvy when Friendster once ruled social networking? If you already were, chances are you were also polygamous when it comes to social networking and tirelessly explored what MySpace, Multiply and eventually Facebook has to offer.

Along the way you’d have also discovered that expanding your social network came with a caveat – it’s a fact that we trust some friends more than others. It’s interesting that one of the changes Facebook has implemented last year was to enable customization on who can view our Timeline posts – whenever we post a new Facebook status update, we have the option to make it available for Public view, Friends of Friends, Friends or Custom (read: hiding the update from a few friends).

If Facebook’s saturation becomes unbearable for you, then you’ll like Path as a more private alternative to social networking for a social media recluse like you.

What is Path?

Path is a mobile-based social networking application. It works and looks like Facebook’s Timeline, although it has a personal diary feel to it. When you click on the Path icon on your home screen, a red journal with the word Path flips over by default to your Home page. The latter is the equivalent of Facebook’s News Feed.

What are the types of updates I can share in Path?

The type of updates you can share on Path range from photo, location, music, movies, books, thoughts to sleep/awake updates. Each update logged is called “moment” and arranged vertically in reverse chronological order, traversing a straight line or path, pretty much like a map of a city train station.

If Facebook has a Like, Comment, or Share option for each Timeline post, Path has happy smiley, wink smiley, surprised/shocked smiley, sad smiley and heart icons. Of course it has a Trash Bin icon should you change your mind and delete a “moment”.

How do I share updates on Path?

On your Home page, tap on the Plus button located on the lower left hand side of the app. You’ll then see 5 round icons with images: a camera for sharing a photo, a map pin for sharing your location, a quaver or musical note for music you’re currently listening to, speech bubble for thoughts, and a waning crescent moon to notify your Path friends that you’ve dozed off or has awakened.

Path does not support multiple uploads, which makes sense because it lists “moments”. (READ MORE…)