21.9.17

Take screenshots with one click on Windows

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Taking screenshots in windows is easy and can be accomplished by clicking on PrtScr button on the key board. On clicking this button, the screenshot of whole screen is captured and saved to clipboard.

The Laptop Keyboard

The desktop keyboard

The problem with this is, on most devices the screenshot is not automatically saved in any folder as a image. Although it is not a tedious task to save the screenshot in image format. But it still add 2 more steps. The steps to save the image manually is to open the image process app like Paint and paste the screenshot in that and then save it as image.

If you take the screenshots frequently, may be because you are a tech blogger or you need to take screenshot for any other reason, then these 2 extra steps will also feel too much.

So i am sharing a very easy small tip with which the screenshot can be saved automatically just with one click of PrtScr key.

So lets see what is needed to do this..


  1. A outlook.com/live.com free account.
  2. Install a free official Microsoft onedrive app on your PC.

1. A free outlook.com/live.com acoount


  • This is a very easy requirement. If you do not already have the live.com account the follow these steps to register one free account. The account is free to create and use. With this you can enjoy, free Microsoft email at @outlook.com, 5GB free cloud storage and all other Microsoft services.
  • Visit outlook.com and click on SIGN UP and enter the required detail to complete registration of your FREE outlook.com account.

2. Download and Install FREE OneDrive app.


  • OndeDrive is a FREE 5GB cloud storage service of Microsoft. 
  • Visit OneDrive download page.
  • Download the installation file for windows and install the software.
  • Login to onedrive software on your PC with your outlook.com account.

How to save the screenshots created by PrtScr key automatically using OneDrive


A. Open the settings page of OneDrive from the cloud icon on right side taskbar of windows and then clicking on settings icon. See the below image.




B. In settings window click on 'AutoSave' tab. And in that activate 'ScreenShot Settings, which says "Automatically save the screenshots I capture to OnsDrive."



and DONE!!

Now whenever you click on PrtScn key on your keyboard, the screenshot will be automatically saved into your OneDrive folder.

Few other things


  • The screenshots are saves in ..path-to-Onedrive/Pictures/ScreenShots.
  • The images are saved in .PNG format.
  • If you use onedrive on other devices, like other PC, tablet or mobile the screenshots are readily available on all devices.
  • There is no need for a active internet connection for saving the images automatically but to access the screenshots on other devices, a active internet connection is required.
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19.9.17

Tez - Google UPI based payment app for India

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UPI or Unified Payments Interface launched by NPCI, quickly gaining pace in online payments in India. The main reason being it is instant and free. This resulted in many players like banks, flipkart, wallets etc started their UPI based app. Next in line in the competition is Google's own UPI based payment app Tez

Google Tez, a new payment app specifically made for India, is available in the Google Play store. It uses the UPI interface to connect to a user's bank account for sending and receiving money and for online transactions directly from the bank account without the need to keep the money in wallet. Currently, Tez supports 55 Indian banks that support UPI including popular ones like the ICICI Bank, State Bank of India and HDFC Bank.The app is available in English as well as in seven other Indian regional languages. It is for now available for both iOS (read iPhone) and Android. Currently Tez is free to use. Google describes Tez as;

“Send money home to your family, split a dinner bill with friends, or pay the neighbourhood chaiwala. Make all payments big or small, directly from your bank account with Tez, Google’s new digital payment app for India,”

The app allows users to make the payments via UPI through 4 modes: through UPI ID, through bank account number+IFSC code, through scanning a QR code (bharat QR or UPI QR) and by using the phone number, the mobile number should be connected to a UPI enabled bank account. In addition to the three modes, Google has built another mode, which is especial to Tez. This is called "cash" mode and it uses proximity. The way Google describes it, the Cash mode will allow two users to exchange money if they have the phones in close proximity. Just tap the "Cash" button in the Tez app and then follow the instructions. The phone uses proximity sensor and microphone to enable payment and it, in a way, works similar to how users share Bluetooth files.

So here is how you can start using the Tez app by Google:

STEP 1: Install and start


Click here and install the app via official Play Store.


  • On opening the app for the first time, you will need to select the language and enter the Indian mobile number. You have to make sure that the number must be linked to the bank account which you want to use with the app.
  • The mobile number will be verified by OTP.
  • On next screen you will need to select any one of the Google accounts available on the device to use with the app.


 





STEP 2: Set up PIN and security

  • Next step the user will be prompted to set the Google PIN or the pattern to secure the app from unauthorized access.


STEP 3: Activate mobile number and select the bank

  • When user click on the payment button for the first time, he will be taken to the list of available banks with UPI facility.
  • You will need to choose your bank account and then a SMS will be sent from the sim to activate the UPI ID within Tez app.,
  • If the selected bank has already has a UPI PIN, the user will be prompted to enter the UPI PIN and if there is no UPI PIN associated with that particular bank account, user will need to set a new one.
  • After finishing these steps, a UPI ID will be assigned. UPI ID in Tez is like name@okicici or name@okhdfcbank etc.
  • The UPI ID is automatically generated from the email ID used.  You can't use your existing VPA with Google Tez app if you have one.



 

 






SPECIAL OFFER by TEZ


Currently Google has a offer on referring your friends to Tez. Both you and your friend will get Rs. 51 as the referral bonus.

If you like to use our code, please install the app using this link. https://g.co/tez/C941n


Tez is just launched and still in early stage of development. So it is normal to encounter some delay or bugs. We encountered server error in searching for the bank list once or twice while using the app on LTE network. We also expect many more features and offers as the development of the app progressses like recharge and bill pay facility, adding of existing VPA etc.

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16.7.17

Jio announced extended validity for plans, What about old recharges.

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Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Jio, the first all LTE mobile network of India has once again brought surprise for it's users with more freebies. After giving it's users free services under Welcome offer, Happy New Year offer and Summer surprise offer/Dan dana dan offer since Sep 2016, this time Jio has come with extended validity for it's existing recharges. These are the new extended validity for existing recharges.



Now some of the users, who have recharged with Rs. 303 sequential recharges back in March 2017 are wondering weather they will also get benefits of this extended validity for their multiple recharges or not. Because if this extended validity is not applicable for those old recharges then it will be a great loss for the users specially for those who have done multiple recharges, because if they would have waited and recharged now, they would have got double the validity for same cost.

In other words, this would be like PUNISHMENT for LOYALTY. Isn't it? 

So to confirm this issue, we contacted Jio customer support and according to the it, the users with old recharges will most probably get the benefit of extended validity. Have a look at the conversation we had with customer care of Jio.





Note: This post is based on the response of the customer support executive of RJio. We cannot guarantee that everybody will get the above benefit. 
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29.1.17

Will Reliance Jio capture market after Free Offers

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Reliance jio entered the telecommunication market with a blast. It's disruptive plans made all other Telecom operators reconsider their plans and packages and compelled them to reduce their cost to a large extent.

On September 5th 2016 Mukesh Ambani LED jio info comm announced public launch of jio 4G network with Welcome Offer for ~3 months (till 31st Dec 2016), during welcome offer the users were given unlimited data (4gb per day cap), unlimited voice calls and unlimited sms. This unbelievable offer attracted around 50 million uses on its network within the span of just 3 months. which Jio claims to be the fastest growing tech company even faster than Facebook and Google. Initially the condition was such that people were standing in queues outside Reliance Digital stores to get hold of free jio SIM with welcome offer. In first week of December Mukesh Ambani announced a 3 month extension of free Reliance offer with the name of Happy New Year offer till 31st of March which includes free unlimited calls and SMS and 1 GB of data per day at high speed, to increase the user base to 100 million. 


The main question now is after the Happy new year offer, how many users will Jio be continuing with the service. It is human nature (and specially Indians) to try out anything if its free. The same is the case with Jio. Jio launched to public with everything free for more than 3 months, which attracted many customers to try it out. There were a lot of issues related to jio network in the beginning, but lets not forget, Jio services were new and some issues were expected to occur. 
But with all that, most customers of jio were not organic, and were there only there due to free offer. Even though many people, as many as 50 million started using Jio, but very few discarded their older connection and kept Jio as the secondary sim. This was mainly due to issues with the connectivity with other networks in the beginning. 

Now when Jio services will go paid after the completion of Happy New Year Offer, it will be the question that how many complementary customers will convert into paid customers. There will be many challenges in the way of this conversion from free to paid customers.


  1. Network Coverage This would be the most important and significant factor for people to adopt Jio as their primary number. Jio's 4G network is still available only in city areas. The coverage is not yet available in small towns and villages. A considerable share of Indian population lives in towns and villages or visit frequently to villages for business or other reasons. Due to non availability of network in these areas, many will not be able to adopt Jio as primary connection.

  1. True colors of 4G: Since the launch of Jio, all the users are waiting to experience true power of 4G. Jio has not yet shown its full potential. There has been regular glitches since the public announcement, whether its slow internet speed or call connection problem. The speed enthusiast might not be very happy with this, as high speed and cheap data is what attracted them towards Jio. This is the second important factor, which may prevent users to adopt Jio as primary number. If the speed is not better than 3G of old established players and once the Jio start charging for it's services, only those users will switch who see some advantage of 4G over 3G.

  1. Competitive Plans from other telcos: To counter the effect of Jio promotional offer and to retain the customer other major telecoms operators have started special offers on data and calls. Due to the telecoms war, the data and call prices have come down by 150%. Now with major telcos like Airtel, Vodafone, there is a plan available for cheap data and calls. For example Rs 345 airtel offer with free calls and 3 GB of data for 28 days. Similar plans are available with Vodafone and Idea. With similar plans comparable to Jio and better coverage and connectivity, Jio will face a challenge to retain the customers after the service goes paid.


  1. VoLTE only network: Jio is the first all VoLTE network of India. VoLTE means Voice over Long-Term Evolution, which means the voice calls also use LTE network. This is different from other 4G network in a way that other networks like Airtel 4G etc. use 2G/3G for voice and 4G for data in their 4G circles. Being all LTE is not a bag thing in itself, it give better quality voice and video calls but this means that any user with a non VoLTE mobile cannot use any service of Jio.  Majority of Indian mobile users still do not have a VoLTE enabled handsets, so to use Jio that will mean buying a new phone, this may be one of the factor many people will be hesitant to switch to Jio.

  1. Cost of VoLTE handsets: VoLTE is a entrant technology in India, and still most VoLTE handsets are above average cost. This may also play a factor, some people may not switch to Jio. 



So in summary, SIMILAR COST - BETTER COVERAGE - NO ADDED ADVANTAGE OF SPEED - TOTAL COST OF SWITCHING TO JIO will become real challenges in the way of Jio for retaining users after free offers finishes.
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16.9.16

Enjoy discount offers with mVisa

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mVisa is a new online payment service powered by Visa (Company that powers Credit/Debit cards all over the world). This service is a purely mobile payment service in which the consumer will be able to make payments for various services and products like food, tickets, movies etc using the mVisa enabled app. The way it works is, the merchant will provide a QR code which can be scaned by the customer in his/her mVisa wallet app on mobile and the payment will be done instantly.

The payment flow by mVisa

mVisa is the new transformative way to pay with your mobile phone. There’s no need to carry cash. Just scan the QR code to make your payments.

Banks that offer mVisa in India:

1. Bank of baroda CLIP mobile banking app -  Any user can use this app. There is no compulsion of having a BOB bank account for this. This is kind of a online wallet service by BOB but the features are very limited. You will be issued a Visa Virtual Credit card, which can only be used for online payments. The card can be loaded by using any debit or credit card.

2. ICICI Pockets - This is a complete mobile payments app. Any user can apply. Similarly u will get a Virtual Visa credit card which can be top up by different cards and banks.

3. Axis Mobile app - This is net banking app for Axis Bank saving account holders only. In addition to different banking options, you can buy producs online and also using mVisa.

4. HDFC PayZapp app - This is also a full feature wallet which provide service of mVisa.

5. State Bank Anywhere - Mobile banking app of State Bank group. Can be used for mobile and shopping payment and also via mVisa.


How to make Payment with mVisa



Benefits of mVisa

1. Safety - your credit or debit card information will stay at one place and this virtual card can be used for all online transactions on internet. Some banks also issue physical cards to use in stores.

2. Convenience: Use sinle service to pay at all the outlets and utility bills. Its just like Mobile wallets.

3. Benefits: As a introductory offer Visa is giving great offers on product purchases.



Merchant Services:

mVisa Merchant apps can be used by the merchants to create payment QR codes for the consumers to scan and pay. mVisa Merchant apps are available by State Bank Group on Google Play store.


Note: Various bill payments and recharges on mVisa is only done via the virtual visa credit card which is generated in your account. However the card can be loaded with any number of Debit Credit cards or net banking.



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13.1.16

airtel giving out 300mb free 3G data

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Good news for all airtel 3G users, airtel is giving out 300mb of free 3G data for all their My Airtel App users. This offer is available to all airtel users with My Airtel App installed on their smartphones.

The data will be given in 3 installments of 100mb each month for 3 months. The data can be claimed from within the app. One downside is that this free data can only be used at night time between 12AM to 6AM. The validity of data is 8 days.

How to Claim free data.


1. Download latest My Airtel App from Here (direct Google Play Store link). You can also download directly from Google play store by searching My Airtel App.

2. Open app and look for Claim your 300mb free data option, and click on it.

Thats it. You will get sms notification for confirmation.





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30.12.15

Type easily in Hindi and Indian languages with English keyboard on your mobile

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There was a time when it was a very tedious task to type in Hindi or other Indian languages with the regular mobile keyboard, because the built in keyboards are built with English language in mind. Other reason is Indian languages are bit difficult to type because of the complexity of script. Anyhow it is becoming increasingly popular to send messages in Indian languages and even blogging in Indian languages. Even Google is encouraging Indian bloggers to blog in Hindi by showing notice on blogger blogs with high traffic from India.

Now with the help of Google Indic Keyboard, it has become easy to recognize the pronunciation of typed word in English and convert into regional language. Google Indic keyboard is a awesome app for android users with which you can type in Hinglish means you can use the normal Latin/English keyboard and type Hindi words and the words will automatically convert into Hindi. This keyboard provide typing in many different Indian languages as follows.

  • English keyboard
  • Assamese keyboard (অসমীয়া)
  • Bengali keyboard (বাংলা)
  • Gujarati keyboard (ગુજરાતી)
  • Hindi keyboard (हिंदी) 
  • Kannada keyboard (ಕನ್ನಡ) 
  • Malayalam keyboard (മലയാളം) 
  • Marathi keyboard (मराठी) 
  • Odia keyboard (ଓଡ଼ିଆ) 
  • Punjabi keyboard (ਪੰਜਾਬੀ) 
  • Tamil keyboard (தமிழ்) 
  • Telugu keyboard (తెలుగు) 

The keyboard supports the following different modes of typing:

  1. Transliteration mode - Get output in your native language by spelling out the pronunciation using English letters (For example, “namaste“ -> “नमस्ते“.) 
  2. Native keyboard mode - Type directly in native script. 
  3. Handwriting mode (currently available for Hindi only) - Write directly on your phone screen. 
  4. Hinglish mode - If you choose “Hindi” as an input language, the English keyboard will suggest both English and Hinglish terms. 

Google Indic Keyboard installed on Android Phone


Transliteration mode. The words are automatically converted into hindi.



Various modes of Keyboard. Transliteration, direct typing in Hindi, and handwriting.

Google Indic Keyboard settings.

Direct typing in regional language mode.


Main advantages of Google Indic Keyboard:


1. Native Google product, so no issues in trusting the app. Many other keyboard apps may steal information like typed passwords etc.
2. Ease of familiar English keyboard in typing regional language. No hassle of complex Hindi (and other language) keys. 
3. Works with almost all android apps including browsers and notes apps.
4. Supports typing in both English and Hindi keyboards simultaneously.


Getting Google Indic Keyboard:


On android devices with default android versions, Google Indic Keyboard may come as preinstalled (in India). If you wanna download it, it can be done from Play store.

Download From Play Store.

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5.7.14

Google Introduce new campaign tab in blogger dashboard

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I noticed a new tab in the blogger overview page. Google has introduced a Adword Campaign tab in blogger dashboard. Till now if bloggers had to advertise their blogger blogs, they had to go to www.adword.com and sign in with their account and create a ad there. Now with the campaign tab available right inside the blogger dashboard, it will become easy for both bloggers and Google to promote their services. This way Google is looking for generating more revenue with adword. It also looks like Google is focusing to promote adword to more and more blog users. It is a common knowledge that if a feature is made available right in front of users eyes, more percentage of people tend to use it. It may also indirectly benefit Adsense publishers. More the advertisers, more fill rate of adsense ad slots, better the revenue. So it is win win for all Advertisers, Google and Adsense Publishers.

On clicking the Campaign tab, the above page will be displayed. If you are new to adword or if your blogger email ID is not registered with adword, you will see a Start Now tab. On clicking Start Now, it will redirect to adword website, where we can either create new account or login with existing.
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