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Mark Chat Thread as Unread in iPhone Facebook Messenger

Facebook messenger is little complicated as it offers lots of restriction when compared with the desktop version of Facebook messaging. One of the biggest problem in the Facebook messenger OS application is the unavailability of the deleting feature. You cannot delete any chat thread on the application and moreover the options like archiving the whole chat thread or marking it as unread are also in the application. In this post we will mention a method with the help of which you will be able to mark any message as unread.

Open the Facebook messenger application and then locate the chat which you want to mark as Unread. Now tap and hold the chat, unless you see 2 options as mentioned below in the screenshot. Now select the option of marking it as Unread and if the selected chat is already unread then you will see only one option instead of these two which will be ‘Archive Thread’.

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That’s it the conversation will be marked as Unread and now if you want to do the same thing when you are using the Facebook main application rather than the Messenger application then follow the same steps as mentioned above.

Bonus Tip

As you can see that you do not have the provision to delete any chat from the messenger application or the main Facebook application. So, I will suggest you to use the same steps mentioned above and then hide those chats from the main screen by archiving them and then when you are using the desktop version then you can delete them in future.

Conclusion

The method mentioned above is difficult to unravel in the Facebook application as you cannot see them with the other options of muting the notifications. We will also try to find the way of deleting the single messages available in the chat thread and we will keep you updated on the same.

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Reviews

[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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Android Tips

Add Text Notes on Android Home Screen With Floating Stickies [App Review]

Windows 7 has been one of the preferred operating systems for a couple of years not just because how well it performs but also for its features. One of the most basic yet interesting feature is the sticky notes which can be placed anywhere on the computer screen without creating any interruption or disturbance to the work you are doing.

But that’s all exclusive to the windows operating system only. Is it? The interesting part of the story is that an application called Floating Stickies is available on the play store which offers you the same win-7 like sticky notes on your Android device. As the name of the app suggests, the sticky notes are floating in nature which means you can drag and place them anywhere on the screen.

Just like the sticky notes in Windows 7, the floating stickies too come in a couple of different colors which aside from helping you remember something, also makes the screen look colorful.

How To Add Win 7 Like Sticky Notes On Your Android Device

Step 1: Since we are talking about an application, you will have to open the Play Store application on your android device and download Floating Stickies.

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Step 2: As soon as the application gets installed on your device, a full screen size help window window will appear on the screen. This very help window is self explanatory and gives you an overview of the all the features, like dragging the notes around the screen, or resizing them using two finger pinch zoom in and out etc. Hit the OK button at the bottom right corner and you are good to go. Hitting the Ok button will bring a small sticky note window on the home screen.

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To add a note what you are supposed to do, is tap in the middle of the sticky and the keyboard will slide into the screen. Add whatever text you wish to show on the note and to dismiss the keyboard, just tap anywhere outside the sticky. To add a new sticky, you can hit the + button present at the top left corner of the first sticky window. If you wish to copy, paste , or even share a piece of text, tap on the arrow down button next to the + button.

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In the images above, I have added three sticky notes and have resized them to cover almost the whole screen. As you can see two the notes are of the same color while the third of a different one – you cannot change the color of a sticky or add one of your desired color as the application gives a random color on its own. The notes, as you can see, float over the home screen and the app drawer, and the applications too.

Last but not the least, the home screen sticky notes can be docked to the left of the screen by dragging them toward the left edge. As soon as you bring a sticky to the left edge, the window will disappear into the edge with a pencil replacing it to tell you presence of the sticky. To bring the a sticky back on the screen just tap on the pencil or drag it toward the middle of the screen.

Conclusion

The app is really helpful in remembering important things and the fact that the notes actually float over every possible interface, is simply appreciable. Performance wise there have been no issues while we tested the app, which clearly shows how friendly this useful app is. Floating Stickies can be downloaded for free which means it is definitely worth trying.

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Games

[Review] Temple Run 2 – How Fast You Can Run For Your Life

Temple Run 2 is again a very much addicting game, initially it was all about how fast you can swipe your fingers on the screen and the road always used to be straight but this time it is tougher as now you will see the road through different camera views and they will keep on changing continuously which makes it really confusing for the user to decide when to turn and where to turn.

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Similarly, now they have added many features in the game which has made it more interesting and before going further I would like to intimate that this game might be boring for the users who have not played the previous version as it is slow and you will have to run a lot in order to upgrade all the powers and abilities. We will talk about all those features in this post.

As it used to be, you will have the power as available in the previous version and you will have to upgrade those powers by collecting gold coins.
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In the previous version 100 gold coins were required to fill up the stack available on the left hand side of the screen (which also gives out the bonus), but now it will lot more than 100 coins to fill that stack and once it gets filled up you will have the special ability to use the power known as ‘shield’ and it will get destroyed after a certain time limit or the runner crosses a barrier unsuccessfully.

Apart from the upgrading the powers you will also have the ability to increase the speed at which the bonus coin stack (available on the left hand side) fills.

They have removed the wings ability for the runner and instead they have introduced green colored diamonds which will be responsible for resuming your game from the instance when you when you fall down in the game. You can either buy those coins or you can collect them in the game. The cost of reviving the runner increases as the number of times you die in that single run, if you are falling down from the road for the first time the cost to reviving the player will be 1 green colored diamond, if you repeat that again then the cost of the reviving the player will be 2 green colored diamonds and similarly it will go on increasing.
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You will not specially have to buy the option of 1000m sprint run, rather whenever your coin collection crosses 2500 (which is the cost of using that power once) then that power will available at the beginning of the game and once you tap it, 2500 coins will be taken away and you will be able to use that power for once.

Another best part is that now if you are not able to complete the specific objectives to increase the multipliers then you can use 5000 coins to increase the multiplier by one but you can use this alternative for 5 times after the objectives will be the only solution.
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Like the previous version you will have few characters to unlock and you can use coins to decrease the cost of the power-ups like sprint runs in the starting of the game for 1000m.

You will not only run in this game rather you will do rope climbing and the roller-coaster ride (which is seriously very much tough to handle because speed gets doubled as soon as it starts). Moreover in the roller-coaster ride you will keep to keep on tilting your phone to make the turns as the finger gestures of right and left will not work (same goes true for the case of rope climbing).

The graphics are better as compared to the previous version and this means you can see the monster killing your player. The color of the road get mixed up with the back ground of the player and thus making it difficult for the user to save it from the obstacles coming ahead.

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Conclusion

This game is good but it takes good amount of time to get launched and hangs for a while when played for the first time or second time after getting launched. I have faced this problem while using it on iPhone 4 and presume that users of 4S and 5 will not be facing it. Over all I am playing this game on a regular basis and this version has filled up the loopholes of the previous version and the best part is that it is still free on Apple App Store. Click here to download this application.

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Reviews

eBuddy XMS with WEB Interface [WhatsApp Replacement]

Now, when WhatsApp is highly famous among the users, we would like to offer a replacement to that application which offers little more than that. The only feature which lacks in WhatsApp is its computer interface. To use WhatsApp on computer you will have to control your iPhone from computer using different iPhone stimulation methods. But in case of eBuddy XMS you will not have to do that you will have a WEB UI link where you can chat the users and all the chat will be synced with the application installed on your iPhone.

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Please note that you will not be able to use WEB UI unless you install that same application on your iPhone and register it with some phone number. The only problem is that you will not find much of your friends on that application as it is not much famous. This application is free and you can click here to install it. Once you install this application, the first message received will be from a XMS Bot.

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You can click here to visit the home page of eBuddy XMS. Here, you will find a link at the top of the page which will take you to the web version and there in you will get a code on your XMS application from XMS Bot for the WEB Version UI.

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Like your Blackberry Messenger you will also get a PIN for the contact on this application which can be used as your ID to chat with others on this app, for this you will have to see the ‘Settings’ section. Moreover, it offers every feature which is offered by WhatsApp (including Last Seen Time-Stamp)

Note: Chat happened before registering it on the web version will not be available on the WEB UI.

Conclusion

I feel that the messages are received quickly at the other end with this app as compared to WhatsApp. Rest this application is little heavy as compared to WhatsApp and somewhere the UI of WhatsApp pleases me more that this application. If WhatsApp gets the Web UI, it will become unbeatable and unreplacable.

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Travel

A-Rix Meter – Pay Right Fare With Correct Meter Readings [Review]

If you have to another over a long period of time and you do not have a vehicle over there, then I am damn sure that you must have encountered one of the auto rickshaws and no doubt he must have over-priced. It is a very common problem, especially in the metro cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and more. Even if you ask them to follow the rickshaw auto fare, they have some tweak on their meter which will again over charge you.

Now you might be wondering that why I am putting this problem in a post here as there is not application which can take care of such a specific problem? Well, I have a solution to it with a very good application and the users having android and iOS smartphones can use this application.

A-Rix Meter App Review

We have mentioned certain which can be used to track your motion while working out, now the same principle can be used in tracking the motion of your auto rickshaw (i.e. GPS) and thus multiplying the distance covered by the correct fare will give you the fair fare which should be given to the auto-rickshaw.

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Once you launch this application, it will take some time to get acquainted with GPS on your phone. So launch this application as soon as you get inside the auto. Now, you will just have to select the type of conveyance which will being used by you, it can be an auto-rickshaw, a taxi and or any other personally hired vehicle. If you will select the third option you will see the screen mentioned below.

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On this screen, you will have to mention all the details of that cab and then tap ‘tick mark’ button. Now after selecting any of the options mentioned above, you will have to slide the slider as highlighted in the screenshot below.

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Once you slide the slider, meter reading will start and then it will keep on calculating, there are certain drawbacks with this application. Firstly, it will not let you know the fare to a certain point even if you know the distance and it will also not display the fare chart for auto-rickshaw and if you want this application to work properly then you should not press home button or lock the screen while using this app or else it will stop at the time when you have pressed home button and then, when you will launch this application again, it will directly link the previous point with the current point without considering any U-turn or other off-road travelling.

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Once you finish the journey, put the slider back to its previous position and then a popup will appear as mentioned in the screenshot above. Just enter the amount actually paid, don’t worry it will not do anything, I don’t know why does it ask for it? For now this application can be used only in Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai.

Similar Apps To Calculate Right Taxi Fare

  • Taxometer [ Global ]  – Above mentioned app, is only for India as for now so all the US citizens can use this application to calculate the taxi fare at any point. Taxometer is able to calculate the price of any taxi fare in 300 cities in 35 countries all over the world. There are rates for all major cities in the USA, Canada, Australia, Europe …and more!
  • Taxi fare [ Global ] – This application can be used by anyone in the world if you know the basic fare rates and the distance between the two point, unlike the apps mentioned above it will not track the whole distance then tell you the fare. It is a simple Taxi fare calculator in which all the input data will be provided by you manually.

Both the applications mentioned above are paid.

Conclusion

As of all the applications mentioned above, Indian users can opt for A-Rix Meter and US citizens can opt for Taxometer. For others, a less featured application is available called Taxi Fare. There are not much applications related to this feature, so please let us know if you come across any of the similar apps. Finally, just remember that there might be certain error in the calculation done by these apps.

Our Rating: 4/5 | Price: Free | Visit Apple Store Link | Visit Google Play Link

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Apps Lists

Top Rated iPhone Apps To Read News Global or Local

Recently I read an article on a newspaper that 40 percent readers have stopped subscribing newspapers at their home and most of these users are youth who use tech gizmos to cover every piece of information related to news, while they are on move.

There are lots of applications which can help you to get acquainted with the latest news around the world, but most of the apps cover only one news source. For example, NYTimes, this application will cover the news available on NYTimes only and moreover this app is free but after reading few articles you will have to pay a charge to read any further articles.

Today we will mention only those applications which will help you to cover the news from all of your favorite resources.

Apps to Use for News Reading

1. Pulse News

I still remember that this was my first application which I installed for news reading. While you start up with this application, you will have to add resource points, from where the fresh news will be collected. This application covers almost all the news points available on internet. You will not randomly search them by just typing their name in the search field, but you will go to a category and then scroll down the list to search them, if you do not find that source point then you will search them.
The only drawback with the app is its not-so-good User Interface.

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Our Rating: 4/5 | Price: Free | Visit Apple Store Link 

2. Google Current

This application is also very similar to the above mentioned app. You will add the news source in the exactly similar way, the only difference is the way the news is displayed. In Google Current, news will be displayed in pages format, whereas in Pulse you will see that the news will be available on a page long enough to contain that news fully in it.
I am not quite familiar with current version but its previous used to crash again and again.

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Our Rating: 4/5 | Price: Free | Visit Apple Store Link 

3. Flipboard

As far as UI is concerned this application rules, but this application is quite different from the application mentioned above. It describes itself as the social news magazine, so it will get synced to your social account like Facebook, Google Plus, Twitter, Facebook and many more and then it will display all the new updated related to your social account. It is like watching the news feeds of all the social accounts at a single point. Well as far as Facebook is concerned, Pulse can do the same.

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Our Rating: 3.5/5 | Price: Free | Visit Apple Store Link 

4. Reeder

This application rules the chart as far as news collection is concerned (it is obviously a paid app), especially for the users who are Google Reader, Readability or Fever. You will add any of the used account in that application and then it will provide you all the resources added. Its UI is also pretty good, you will only have to click the news headlines and you will be taken to a short description. Now if you will tap it again then it will show you the website description of the page or if you will tap the readability icon ‘sofa’ icon then it will show you only the important content of the article. You can also transfer the article to pocket, Instapaper and many other reading accounts

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Our Rating: 4.5/5 | Price: $2.99 | Visit Apple Store Link 

5. Fluent news Reader

I have not seen much of this application on internet but it claims to cover the news from all the top news sources and also allows you to share them. Rest of all the features are covered by the application mentioned above.

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Our Rating: 3/5 | Price: Free | Visit Apple Store Link 

Conclusion

All the applications mentioned above will help you to get the latest news and sharing of a news article to any of your social account is possible is all the applications mentioned above. There are other applications for news, but we have avoided the apps which are confined to only one news source.

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Reviews

Monster Job iPhone App Review India

Some of the pioneers in Job consultancy in India are naukri.com, monsterjobs.com and timesjobs.com. Most of the fresher and experienced workers are pretty familiar with these sites but the only problem with these websites is they are not available on your mobile phones. Now even if you will say that you open these sites on your phone, then let me tell you that these sites are pretty descriptive and they are supposed to be when it comes to job offerings. So opening them on phone can be an option when you are in real emergency but now monster jobs have created their application for iPhone which takes you out of this trouble.

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As mentioned in the screenshot once you login you will have to select the country in which you want to search jobs and then you will land on to a dashboard view where all the users who are new or who have not logged-in land-up. Now if you are already registered then just login to your account or else register yourself. Once you login to your account you will see the screen as mentioned below.

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At the times of registration you must have entered all the information related to your choice of career or in other words you must have submitted all the information which is mentioned in your resume as the answers to the asked questions. With the first option ‘Fresh jobs’ you can see all the new jobs as per your desired career options. Now second option is pretty obvious and its screenshot is also mentioned below wherein you can search the job for yourself.

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Third option is ‘My profile’, herein you can see the details of your profile and make any changes as per any information written there. Now the froth option comes up is ‘Employer Actions’, in here you can see the action taken by your Employer as the application submitted by you. Whenever you will apply for any job an application with your attached resume will be sent to the Employer based on that he may accept reject or put any comment on the status of your application. The last option of Career Service will provide the extra services provided by Monster jobs to improvise your resume.

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App Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad.Requires iOS 5.0 or later.

Conclusion: A great app for job consultancy firm and better experience to be in touch with Employer response and not to miss any good opportunity.

Our Rating: 3.5/5 | Price: Free | Visit Apple Store Link To Install This App

[ This App Comes For Android – YES, Download App From Here ]