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Facebook Messenger Gets a new UI and Few New Features

Facebook Messenger has been updated with a new UI for iPhone and Android both and in this post we will talking about the updates in both the platforms. The UI is somewhat similar in both the platforms but there have been certain problem which users have reported in the Chat heads after installing this update. Most of these complaints and problems have been reported in the ratings and reviews section of Android on the Google Play Store and as far iOS version is concerned people are loving the new UI because it completely jells with the new UI of iOS7.

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iOS Version of Facebook Messenger

This messenger application completely takes over the chat feature on Facebook, in other words now you will not be able to chat via your Facebook application which is usually used to check out the notifications and newsfeeds. Whenever you tap the messenger section in the Facebook main application then it will take you to the new Facebook Messenger application.

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After chatting when you wish to go back to checking the newsfeeds or notifications then you will have to change the application which is somewhat annoying because initially it was much easier to switch between the application and the newsfeeds but they are 2 different applications.

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The application now also has the feature to sync with the contacts on your iPhone in order to show you that who all are available on Facebook Messenger.

Android version of Facebook Messenger

The UI is almost similar to what you would have read above in the iPhone section. In the older version any Facebook chat used to open in form of chat heads by now you are using some other application then only the chats will ping as the notifications in form of chat heads and from there you can choose the open to go to the main application to chat or else if you still want to be busy with the current application and then you can reply in chat-head itself and then close it.

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When you will see the contacts section of the application, then there you will find that all the friends who are online or active either on their cellphones or on desktop (and this will be clearly mentioned in front of their names). If you do not want to appear like that in anyone of your friend’s Facebook Messenger then you can toggle the button named Active to OFF which make you inactive in other Facebook Messenger application.

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Conclusion

Facebook Messenger is slowly increasing the degree of its integration with your smartphone, it has already done that with its application named Facebook Home on the Android devices and now it gets into the contact section for the iPhone users. Please let us know if you face any problem while using this application as we have seen many negative reviews recently for the users who have upgraded their Facebook application (especially for Android users).

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[App of The Day #1]: Quipio–The best application to put Words in a Photo

If you love listening and reading motivational and inspirational quotes, then I have got a great application for you which is named as quipio and with the help of which you can actually distribute such quotes among your friends on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram. This application is one of its own type and TechCrunch has called this application as the instagram of the words. This application can take the text which you have typed and then give them a very good calligraphic look which will be explained later in this post.

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As of now I can see this application only on the App Store, so Android folks will have to wait for a bit before it shows up on the Google Play Store. Open the application and then create new post by simply entering the text. You can see that the limit to the number of characters being used is 500. Once you enter the text highlight the words which are supposed to be emphasized.

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After that you will simply have to choose the layout under which your message will be displayed, most of the good one are not available for free but they are available at the nominal prices.

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If you do not want to pay for this, then I will suggest you to keep scrolling down and you may like few of them (as I have, while creating a quipio for this post). Once the layout is selected you can make few changes in them by editing them further like changing the color of the text, but then the choices will be very few.

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Once everything is done you can share that via multiple options as mentioned in the screenshot. This application does not provide you the provision to share the same on all the social networking account at once. So, for that you can share that on quipio + Instagram.

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This application will open this image Instagram and once you further complete the usual editing of the images on Instagram there, you can further share it on Facebook and Twitter from that point only. This application is really good, epically if you want to say sorry to wish birthday to any of your friends publically on the social accounts. Please let us know if you find any problem while using this application.

Download: Quipio | App Store

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How To Access All the Google Web Applications without Creating their Shortcuts

Well there are certain application which I usually want to use all the time but unluckily you will not find the applications of all those on the App Store. But still for the convenience of the iPhone users Google has provided the web application for the most of their services which are really good if operated under good internet connection. One of the options is to create the shortcut of those web applications on the Safari browser so that you can access them directly from your home screen.

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But what if I could give you a better solution which will help you to access all of them one a single application and moreover it will be more fluid and fast as compared to the browser. Download the Google named application and then on the home screen of that application you will see an icon to access all the applications (web-based).

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Again on this screen you will have two tabs at the bottom of the screen to see all the application available on the web and all the other applications which are available in the App Store. So from here you will be able to access Blogger, News, Picasa Photos, Tasks and Calendar.

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Once you tap on the icon of any of the application a new tab will be opened where you will be logged in for that service. That new tab will be opened in that application only (you will not be diverted to Safari for that). But you will be able to access only one of such application at a time. Please let us know if you face any problem while using this feature.

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Plants VS Zombies 2: Awesome Next Level [Beginner’s Guide]

Plants and Zombies 2 is the new upgrade after a long time and as of now it has been released only for the iPhone users. I would love to play the same game on the huge screen but iPad will be the limit. This upgrade is really a great add-on for the game, the graphics of the game have been highly improved which can be clearly seen from the way the plant shoot their peas.

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News plants have been introduced such as Boomerang Shooter and more have been introduced. Within next few days I will be finishing off with the game and then I will tell you the complete list of plants but there huge number of different zombies in the game, one of them has the power to capture your sunlight and the other one is so tough to kill that it will take at-least 3 peas shooters and 4 blocks of space to kill that one.

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Apart from this you will have the power pack which can be used to make your plant highly powerful for few seconds, like peas shooter will shoot around 30 to 40 peas in 3 seconds when powered by the power pack and the same goes with the boomerang which will shoot the boomerang in the 4 perpendicular directions. The zombies which will be highlighted in green color will actually come with this power and on killing them you will be able to get these power-ups.

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These power-ups cannot be logged to another stage rather you will have to use all of them in that level only (something very similar to the sunlight collection). This was highly expected from the new version but what surprised me was the instant level saver which included three powers for you. In this case you will intrude in the same and then destroy those zombies.

Starting from pinching the zombies where you will have to use your both the fingers (this seems really uneasy especially when we have the habit of playing the whole game with the taps of the fingers). The other one is the toss feature which will toss all the zombies covered in your 2 swipes across the screen and the last power is the electric shock power (which I found really touch to use), which will shock the zombies one by one and destroy the same.

These are the main highlighted features in the game which will definitely keep you stick with the screen. All these levels are assembled in a map where you can use the keys (discovered in the maps) to open the doors and collect the stars to go to the different part of the map. I will be updating this article frequently as I move ahead in the game, till then stay tuned and put your questions in the comment.

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[App Review] GupShup Messenger – A Free Messaging App For Smart and Feature Phones

As specified in the news of the launch of this application, this application combines the platform of exchanging the messages on Cellular data and SMS. This application might be familiar to the users of India and Indonesian and so, we will review it in this post and let you know that how this application works.

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As soon as you install this application you will have to get your phone number verified by the most common procedure of entering the received code through SMS. Now you will see the screen where you will select the groups which have been featured, if you select any of those then the public section of the posts will be filled with the recent posts by those groups. The next section is the Private section, where you can choose to chat with any of your friends or a groups of friends, it does not matter where they have that application or not, if they do not have the application then you messages will be sent as the SMS through the server of GupShup (which means you message will be toll free), but the pre-condition is that DND should not be activated on their numbers.

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I was not able to explore much about the Activity section but yes it show the activities done on your group and the Explore section will show you the groups available on this application. It will not show all the groups on a single scroll rather you can type the same in the search box if it is not appearing on the screen.

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In the Settings section you can manage your profile and invite more friends to join you on that application moreover you can also see the users in your contact list which are available on Gupshup and who are available via SMS. Under settings section you will have only one option to sync the contacts again in order to update the list of users using this application.
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The only thing which turns me off is the UI, which could have been much better when compared to WhatsApp or Hik messengers and another reason for using this application is mentioned below.

What’s Bad: Big Problem

The other annoying part is the notification when any group posts a new post, so if you have joined many groups at a time, then it is obvious that you will receive large number of notifications throughout the day and if that things annoys you then you will definitely want to mute the notifications of the application as mentioned here. Now if you mute this application then it is obvious that you will not be able to get notified even if your friends ping you. So this is the big problem in this application and to get rid of this they will have to provide the custom setting in the next upgrade of this application or you will have to choose the groups who don’t ping a lot or do not follow any of the groups.

Conclusion

This application is worth trying once as you may like the highlighted feature of this application. I don’t have much of my friend using this application and I feel that the SMS which are sent via this application take time to get delivered on the other end. Please let us know if you want to know more about this application.

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Fraud SBSettings Under Top Paid Application on iPhone App Store

If you have been using your iPhone over a long period of time, then ‘SBSettings’ will definitely be familiar to you. SBSettings is a UI jailbreak tweak which can help you to control the brightness, Cellular Data, Wi-Fi, respring, restart, shutdown or few more functionality on your iPhone. This jailbreak tweak is a must, if you have jailbroken your iPhone. Luckily I could see this application in the Top Charts of App Store under the section of ‘Top Paid Applications’.
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This is one of the most old jailbreak tweak which has never been available on App Store but now you can see this in Apple App Store. Apple has never any application on App Store to alter the UI of iOS, as it is considered as one of the many important reasons for rejecting the applications from App Store. The screenshot available in the description of the application clearly show that it is changing the UI or I should say these are the exact images of the ‘SBSettings’ jailbreak tweak which is available on Cydia.
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Surprise Factor-1

It was really surprising that even if this application does what has been mentioned in the description, then how it can be on App Store.

Moving on to the section of reviews and ratings, 26 users have rated this application, out of which 24 have given it a single start rating and have mentioned a ‘STAY-AWAY’ kind of comments for this application. Users have mentioned that this application is will only put a clock on your screen, everything mentioned in the details of the applications is fraud.
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Surprise Factor-2

If out of 26 ratings, 24 are the worst then how can Apple put this application under the ‘Top Paid Applications’ chart and promote it more towards the user.
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Surprise Factor-3

Now when almost every user has complaint about this application, then why till now no action has been taken?
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Introduction of this fraud application on App Store has led to wastage of money of many users or this way users may also lose their trust from the mentioned description of the application.

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Schedule an App to Gift in App Store on iPhone, iPad [Buy App For Someone]

You all must have observed that when the new version of iOS was launched, then ‘gifting applications’ feature was revoked. But now it has returned back, now you can gift the applications to your dear ones. This does not mean that you will have to upgrade the iOS6.0 to iOS6.0.1, it was a feature of App Store and it came back. In this post we will tell you about the whole process of gifting an application.

Go to App Store and then click an application which is to be gifted. Now click on the highlighted area to get the various options out of which one will be having a gift symbol which actually allows you to buy an app for some one and send it via email with a link with which they can install the app on their apple device for free.

Buy App For Some One Send It Via Email Using Apple App Store App in iOS 6

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Click on the Gift icon. Now enter the details. You will not be able to change the e-mail address of yours, but you can alter the name and provide the email address for the receiver. Below that you can enter the message for the gifting occasion.
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Scroll download to select the time of gifting this application. Either you can choose ‘Today’ or you can go for scheduling any other date but it should within 90 days from now.
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You can select the date as mentioned below.
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Now you will select the theme in which this gift will go to the receiver, select the design and then tap Next.
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Now on this screen, your gift will be confirmed and now you will have to buy it. Once you click on Buy, It will ask you for the Apple ID password and the other details required to making the payment.

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That’s it, your gift will reach to the receiver at the scheduled date with the theme and the message.

Conclusion

This feature has been renewed with the features of adding a theme and deciding the date for the gift to be sent, as it will help you in not missing to give the birthday presents on the birthday events.

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How App Store Design and Layout Changed in iOS 6

App Store is one of the common upgrades which all the iPhones (3GS, 4, 4S and 5) have received. Well, I have to say that iOS 6 upgrade was of almost no use to Indian iPhone 4 users. Top of everything Apple Maps screwed everything; they don’t have Siri, again many updates out of the domain; then no ‘panorama’ for iPhone 4, Passbook does not work here. So, I picked this feature (as it is the most visual feature of all the new features in iOS 6) and that users should take a good look at all the new features in terms of functionality and appearance in this new App Store.

New Features in App Store

1. App presentation Layout changed

You will see that now the display of the application on the App Store almost corresponds to that of iTunes. Under the Featured list category you can see the application recommended by the editors and also on this page you have the option to redeem the Promo Codes of the applications. You can see the screenshot below.

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Click on any of the section, let’s say ‘What’s Hot’ will display the applications in the same pattern as it used but now this time, you will be less number of application on the screen in a single view, as the spaces between the app display has been increased and thus it looks cleaner.

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Similarly the Charts section layout has also changed and now you will be able to see the top 10 applications for free, paid and top grossing category on the same screen.

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2.‘Genuis’ Tab recommends application

Yes!! they have named it rightly. It will help you with the new application you may want to install on your iPhone. On the basis of the record of all the application downloads performed by you, it will suggest you the application and on each suggestion it will mark the reason also (as highlighted in the Yellow box).

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Till now, I haven’t found this application useful. So, if you want remove any of the application from this list, then you should tap the button named ‘Not Interested’ (as highlighted in the red box).

3. Application page became more interactive and detailed.

Now whenever you will search any application, you will see the result as displayed below. Instead of the rows of application, you will see a mini page of the application which will show all the details will be mentioned. You can also see that now they have three different tabs for the users namely Details, Reviews and Related. In the previous version of App Store all of these were available on a single screen.

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When you will scroll down the above mentioned screen, then you will see the details of the application. This time they have introduced a much better format in which you can see the details. Initially, the details were no less than 500 to 600 words. Now all these details have been divided into different sections. So that a user can focus on the details which he really wants to know.
The names of the labels are self-explanatory; still if you wish to any more details please put them in the comment section.

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Well the reviews and ratings tab will look as mentioned below. Due to this new feature of Facebook integration you will be able to like any application on Facebook and the other things are common which include ratings in stars and reviews by the users.

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Next is the related tab, which again contains all the application, created by that developer and also the list of the applications which has been mostly used by the customer having this application.

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4. Share applications in more than one way.

Now you have more options for sharing an application, it mentioned in the screenshot below. You have Facebook and Twitter as an extra option and UI for this has changed.

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5. No Password required when Updating Application

Your update section will be updated automatically but then the new feature is that it will never ask for password while updating the apps. It will only ask the password while installing them for the first time. moreover if you have any application installed on your iPhone, then the application status on iPhone used to be displayed as ‘INSTALLED’ which has been replaced by ‘OPEN’, this option will help you to open the apps from App Store itself.

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You will also be able to see the progress of the installation from the App Store also. Overall the changes implied in this iTunes version are decent and gives a good presentation of all the applications. Moreover for the users from US, all the stuff related to Passbook can be brought from App Store only. Please let us know if you face any issue while using App store.