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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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Google Now get Updated with Voice Based Commands and Reminders [iOS]

Google Search application on iOS device has been upgraded with some of the great new features which Android users were already enjoying for the past few months and now the features of this application on both the platforms are same. They have added the feature of location based reminders in the application itself.

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Google Now is usually used by the users when they are on the way to their offices as Google Now gives you the quickest route possible by checking the current status of traffic on the way. So, these location based reminders equipped in the same application are really helpful. Now whenever you are about to leave the house to you will never forget to leave the keys on the gate because Google Now will remind you of that.

All the iPhone 4S or above users will be able to do the ‘Googling’ (Google Search) with the help of voice commands. With the help of OK Google you will be able to set the reminders by the voice command. Example- if you want to be reminded of visiting a flower-shop whenever you meet your friend at Central Park, then just say “ Ok Google remind me to visit the flower-shop when I go to Central Park.”

iPhone users will also be seeing notifications from this application wherein it will intimate you when you will be missing out on any long awaited movie or game event or to tell you that there is a huge traffic logged on the way to your office. In other words Google Now has just gotten even smarter to help you in a better way. Please update the application to see these changes and take a look at the video which will explain you all.

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[App of The Day #2]: Molto-The best UI Application to view your GMail inbox.

Molto is the best application with the best UI available over the App Store to configure your GMail application. The reason is that it has the unique feature of merging your contact Display Pictures with that of their Facebook profile which really gives the relishing look to the Inbox. We will talk about the features of that application in detail but apart from that you will not see any other technical feature which is new.

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Mostly all the features are available in the default application of GMail but usually the images used by the people for their profile are not updated as frequently as compared with their Facebook profile. Moreover the type of animations this application provides is pretty good.

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One swiping towards the right it will archive the mail and then on swiping it towards the left it will display the inbox in the editing mode and then you can select the multiple number of mail to give them a common command. These types of features are usually useful when you are checking your phone after a long period of time and a huge bunch of non-sense mail have logged in the inbox.

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You can tap on the logo of the e-mail sender which will display the multiple usual options for the mail and then once you open it you will see the cover photo of the Facebook profile at the top of the mail followed by its content. Again once you open the mail you will have more options which will also include printing the mail.

In the Settings section you can disable the Facebook configuration mode, if you want any merging of info on Facebook with your GMail account but actually nothing is being with your data on GMail account rather Molto is just using that information to make the UI of the application more interactive than the default GMail account. Please let us know if you face any problem while using this application.

Download: Molto | App Store | Google Play Store

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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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Two Best Free Applications to Create Your own Music on iOS devices

Few days ‘GarageBand’ went free as one of the applications on Apple devices as the part of ‘iLife’ application pack and today we also have another application which has been stated as the application of the week on the App Store of iOS devices. These two are the best applications if you want to produces your own music over the Apple iOS devices. Obviously, ‘GarageBand’ leads the way but it is really heavy for iPhone 4 to operate and it may crash frequently and the same story goes for the iPhone 3GS, so we are stating the second application for those users.

1. GarageBand

This music generation application has most of the general beats and rhythm played by most of the instruments and thus they can repeated and used again and again to generate your music, you also have the option to record the music through the microphone of your iPhone. So, you can play your guitar and sing to record your voice in it. Most of the smart rhythm packs of the application will have to be bought at 5$ but still the features are worth trying.

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It seems as if the Apple have really started forging their policies in a different directions. Firstly it was the updates of Mac OS (I.e Maverick) along with the free iLife pack and now the Freemium version of Garageband. I cannot see that where Apple people are heading towards but these are good for us, so no worries.

Download: Garageband | App Store

2. Figure

It is a really great application if you want to produce nice and DJ type beats over the best percussions music. This will give you all the possible percussion music with the beats and you will be able to align them in order to get best electronic music. The application is really good and it has both already programmed percussion sets (4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10 and more beats) along with the feature of producing the beats with the help of finger taps.

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These are the best music producing application which are available over the App Store, if you have a better choice then let us know or you can ask anything related to the feature of these applications.

Download: Figure | App Store

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Best Apps Lists

Top Five Apps of The Week For iOS and Android

Welcome to our “top apps of the week” series. In this series, every week we share few handpicked applications that are worth deserving your attention. The list contains apps for your android as well as iOS devices. We prefer to list out the apps which are free but also don’t avoid the ones which have the price worth its features.

For now read on the top apps that we selected to feature in this week’s issue.

Soundwave [iOS]

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Soundwave is one of the rarest apps that marries social media with music. The app provides you a feed which is populated with what your friends are listening. Then you can tap that song to further share, preview or listen. The big advantage is you are out of the pain to search that particular song which your friends are listening. The app also lets you follow your favourite celebrities.

Download : iOS (Free)

SloPro [iOS]

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SloPro for iOS is one app that lets you record videos from your iOS device at extremely slow speed. The app comes in lite as well as pro version which costs not more than $4. Easily capture the video, edit it on your device itself and share across multiple platforms. The app in our tests worked like breeze. (Read more.)

Download : iOS (Free)

Explore Shakespeare [iOS]

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If you are interested in any of the plays of Shakespeare, this app is for you. With illuminating visuals, the Shakespeare’s best-loved plays are amazingly presented on your iPad. However for free you can only view the initial scenes of his best-loved plays. For the full version you will have to however spend few bucks.

Download : iOS (Free)

Xbox Music [Android]

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Though it is little late but still better. The free app by Microsoft is Xbox Music cloud/streaming music service. You can do all what a cloud streaming music application does but cant stream it prior for offline download.

Download : Android (Free)

Simplenote [Android]

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The app is by the company who created WordPress, Automattic. The app is fairly minimalistic in approach and has a basic idea of organising your notes through out the devices.

Download : Android (Free)

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iOS 7.0.2 Does Not Prevent the Lock Screen ByPass on iPhone

There has been a vulnerability in iOS7 which has been exploited by users to bypass the unlock screen on iOS7 and it really simple to do. The same has been demonstrated in the video mentioned below and I know this no big news to be talked about but the twist is that after Apple released their iOS 7.0.2 to take care of this problem. Users have found another way to bypass the lock screen, in other words this problem still persists.

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Initially if you could launch the control center and then tap the alarm icon, then long press the power button and then cancel the power off option. Now double press the home button and then choose any other application which has been opened on your iPhone. You will be able to access those applications. With the update of iOS 7.0.2 you will not be able to bypass the screen in the same but as per the video mentioned below you will be able to bypass it by following other steps.

You will use the help of Siri or the Voice Control to call through Facetime and then once the dialing screen appears click the sleep button. Now swipe towards the right to give the unlock gesture to the phone which will again take you back to the call. You will the facetime call and then you will reach the phone application which will leave out all the applications open to you as mentioned in the previous trick.

To overcome this problem you can toggle off the option to access Siri from the locked screen and this save your iPhone to get accessed by unwanted elements. I wish if Apple could be able to launch applications specific locks which could really save lots of trouble for the iPhone users. This feature will even help the iPhone users who do not want to lock their phone with passcodes but are only doing so because as per their workplace policy if they configure their iPhones with the Exchange server then it should be locked with a passcode. Please let us know if you face any problem while following the steps of this tutorial.

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How-To Facetime Audio all iOS devices [iOS7–New Feature]

Facetime has obviously been a great feature when it comes to iOS family but there have been certain restrictions to its usage. We had many Jailbreak tweaks to break free those restrictions but it seems that iOS has provided us an easier way to utilize that Facetime feature without any restriction and that too with the minimum data usage on your iPhone.

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In this new iOS7 we have got the feature of Facetime audio, which will help you to chat (only voice) with all the iOS devices available in your contact list, whether it is iPad, iPhone or Mac, it is great to use. If you are at home then it will be great to use this feature because the best is that you will not have to go to any other application to call the person (like Viber or Skype).

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You can simple choose to call that person in the same call log by following the steps mentioned below. Open the phone application and go to the Call log screen and there tap the ‘info’ icon in front of the contact with which you want to contact.

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Now on this new screen tap the call option highlighted below, this will not generate the normal call rather it will just initiate the Facetime audio calling. Unluckily if you have already initiated the Facetime video then you cannot turn only the cam off and thus continue with the audio Facetime. Please let us know if you face any problem while following up with these steps.

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Top 5 Less Known Tips on iOS7

Hi everyone, this digital manual for your new iOS Operating system will help you to get to know this new version of iOS in a little better way. Most of us must have upgraded our iOS devices and would have started playing with it right now. This issue from AppsToUse will help you to get an idea about few of the important tips which can help you to get retrieve more productivity from your Apple devices. Let us start with the tips by not wasting your much of the time.

As we know that tips like these are endless and they will keep on coming so you will see the continuation of this article over AppsToUse where will be giving more of these. Let me start this something unfamiliar for you.

1) How-To Check Timestamp of the Messages

Initially with the previous iOS6 you could see the timestamp of the messages in between the message log. The timestamp would appear as ‘8 minutes ago’ but nothing specific will be mentioned for each and every message available in the message log, but this time you have the feature of seeing the exact time on which your receive or sent those messages.

Just open the messages application and then open any chat.

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Now just hold any of the chat bubble and then drag it to the right side, you will see the time-stamps as mentioned below in the screenshot.

2) How-To Block any Caller

Block is one of the major features, which iPhone was missing out. This is the best to get rid of those telecallers who will keep on asking you about the new credit cards and insurance schemes. Reach out to the list of contacts and then search for the particular user which is supposed to be blocked.

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Now go to his/her contact details and then scroll down to the last option which can block this user completely.

Once the user is blocked you will not be able to see any indication whether the user has made any calls on your number or texted anything or not. Like other blocking applications available for the android devices, an indication is given by an alert mark or a red mark to show that the call was made but it has been blocked by the phone.

This is really good for some of the users who really don’t want to get bothered about the calls but some of the users prefer to see the minute details that whether the call was made or not. But, as of now we cannot find anything which bother the settings in the blocking feature.

3) How-To Reduce The Size of The Text Being Displayed

The size of the text being displayed over your emails, messages or notes or any other inbuilt iPhone application has be a bit big for you as compared to the size of the previous style in the last iOS version. But there are many of the users who don’t like this because it’s too big for them. So, you have the option to reduce the size or further increase them.

Go to the Settings section and then tap the option named General.

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Now Tap ‘Text Size’ and then adjust the size with the help of the scroll bar.

4) How-To Get your Old Ringtone Back

It’s really very simple, but I think most of you would not have taken the pain to search for all the ringtone in the Settings section. Open the Settings section and then go to the option named Sounds.

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Now in there, tap Ringtones and there you will see the option named ‘Classic’, here all the old ringtones are available and thus you can get back to you previous ringtones.

5) What Is Wish-list and How To Use It?

Now similar to the wish list on most of the shopping portals you have the same for the iTunes App Store. With the help of that wish-list now you can share the applications which are paid and expensive, which anyone else could gift you by at the same gift.

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It is really very easy to add any application in that list.

I hope these tips will really help you in one or another way. We tried to consolidate only those tips in this document which will really help you to know something which is not usually available easily to the users.

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Line Messnger to Get Video Calling and Short Clips Sharing

We have already reviewed Line Messenger for you as we had a certain clue that this instant messenger has been growing at a very good rate because of the multiple features it provides in a single applications. I know that Whatsapp became famous because it something close to BBM which users on the other platforms like Android or iOS could also use it but again it was not the complete package and so the Line Messenger came up with the Voice Calling feature along with all the features which WhatsApp users are already getting on their phones.

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This Voice Calling and the stickers were a great hit and since then the other messengers like Kik and Hike have also started using them in their coming updates. Now we have a great news for all the Line Messenger lovers and for other who are not using it can think of switching to this application as now it will start providing you the feature of Video Calling, which is really good and have not been seen in any of the Instant Manager application (except Skype which is never used as an IM).

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Apart from this you can record the video in that application and then customize it to send it any other user which is really very cool, especially when you want to connect a moment happening in front of you with a nice and slow music which could really touch others. All of this stuff and that too in a single application.

It will be very obvious to say that all the features in BBM are covered under this application (having a wall and then privacy factors). Along with the features of one of the most popular IMs if you get Video and Voice Calling then nothing can be better to chat all the time on groups using this messenger. Please note that these new features will be coming for iOS initially and then for Android platform based devices.