Instagram New replay Privacy Controls feature for senders!

Instagram new replay privacy controls feature for senders now allows senders to control whether the recipients can view the images or video only once, replay it temporarily or allow it to view in chat.

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Instagram new replay privacy controls feature has received direct new replay privacy controls giving complete control to users when they send a photo or video from the Instagram Direct camera. The sender can now choose to allow recipients to view the message once, replay it temporarily, or see a permanent thumbnail in the chat log. 

As per the current setting, Instagram allowed all messages could be replayed temporarily but would later disappear. Means users with Instagram can send Stories privately to each other. Users can then replay the Story until it eventually disappears.

On the flip side, Snapchat doesn’t offer users any control over the nature of private chats. Once a user sends a photo or video, the recipient can replay the message for a brief period, but then it disappears forever, but with this update on new replay privacy controls, users can exercise control over the content being shared. 

How to use the Instagram new replay privacy controls feature?

# First open the camera in the Instagram stories

# Switch to the Type mode, which can be found at the bottom next to the other options – Live, Normal, Boomerang, Superzoom, Rewind and Hands-free.

# Simply tap on the screen, and you are ready to type your thoughts.

At the bottom lift, one will find a circle dot, to change the best suitable color of the background, while the front styles can be changed form the top. Like any other story, the type stories will also disappear from the user’s profile after 24 hours.

How Instagram new replay privacy controls feature differs from earlier?

Previously Instagram introduced a new Type mode to its platform. The feature will allow users to share their thoughts in form of text without attaching a picture or a video to the background. It is to be noted, that the feature is available for both the iOS and Android platforms.

Instagram new replay privacy controls feature

Now, the Instagram Direct camera shows “View once”, “Allow replay” and “Keep in chat” options. As you can see in the above image, users will now have three new options to choose from when sending Stories via Direct. They can choose to allow the recipient to view it just once, allow it to be replayed, or keep it in the chat.

Instagrammers with the new replay privacy controls feature can indulge insensitive content by allowing them to prevent replays that can give people time to take a photo of their screen with another camera without triggering a screenshot alert to the sender.

As per an Instagram spokesperson “All these updates are designed to give people more control of what they share with friends in Direct.” The move is meant to give more controls and freedom to the senders and it is aimed at making users send more sensitive imagery by allowing them to prevent replays.

Conclusion

Now, the Instagram new replay privacy controls feature gives you a better control for sensitive or scandalous photos to keep yourself safe with the “view once” opinion. That way, there’s no chance for someone to figure out a way to record. If you want someone to keep looking, choose “allow replay” or “keep it in chat.”

Why WhatsApp Delete for Everyone feature ineffective?

WhatsApp Delete for Everyone feature ineffective in case if someone quotes your message before you delete it.

If someone has quoted your message on WhatsApp before you delete it, you will still be able to see that message rendering the ‘Delete for Everyone’ feature ineffective.

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Last year, WhatsApp rolled out “Delete for Everyone” feature to allow its over one billion user base to revoke messages in case they sent those to a wrong person or a group. Users can only delete messages for everyone for up to seven minutes after sending.

But this feature now has been discovered with its major flaws which really makes you bit upset. As per the report, this isn’t a bug but instead is a part of WhatsApp’s feature. Also, there is no mention of how the feature works in cases of quotes in the WhatsApp’s FAQ.

Why WhatsApp Delete for Everyone feature ineffective?

WhatsApp allows users to delete messages sent by mistake within seven minutes of sending it. You can do so by tapping on the drop-down icon of the message and choosing “Delete for everyone”.

However, WhatsApp Delete for Everyone feature ineffective means it comes with a major flaw, that if within these seven minutes, that message is quoted then the original message will successfully disappear but the deleted text continues to show in the recipient’s quote. Here, the quote means replying to a particular message.

For example, if you reply to a particular message before the person deletes it, the quoted message will still appear on the chat. While you can still delete the original message, the quoted message prevails. 

WhatsApp Delete for Everyone feature ineffectiveWhich drawback has found in earlier feature?

 As per the Spanish tech blog AndroidJefe it was possible to recover deleted messages from the Android notification history. “Relying on third-party apps, users could browse the notification log to read purged texts”. The Independent later pointed out that this approach could only recover deleted messages that were read or interacted with.

Noticeable

WhatsApp is trying to make worthful for the users with its upcoming new features but users must be cautious with its usage until the feature has been verified with its drawbacks.

Why Google removed “View image” option from search results?

Google removed View image option button that appeared when you clicked on a picture, which allowed you to open the image alone means from the search results appearing on Google Images on Thursday after partnering with stock photo provider Getty Images. If you visit images.google.com and operate a search query while selecting an image will no longer give you the option to view that image on its own.

Google removes View image option

This sudden amend falls a big impact on users who love to save the real and live image of Google. The “View image” button was extremely useful for users, as when you’re searching for a picture, there’s a very good chance that you want to take it and use it for your own purpose.

Earlier, when we had the view images option, it was way easier to download images. Now with the removal of the option, Google makes it slightly difficult to save pictures. Previously, to save images from Google, all we had to do is click on the “view image” option on the right-hand side of the page, right click on the picture and then save it. But now, with the removal of the option, Google now wants us to click on the “Visit” option, go to the source website, and right click on the image and only then save the picture.

Why has Google removed View image option?

Google has been facing a lot of trouble due to the instances of stealing the original photos by the users which were taken by the photographers and publishers who complained that peoples stealing their pictures without giving a proper credit to them.

This sudden has change came after Getty Images lodged complaints against Google in the United States and European Union for providing options to download high-resolution photographs of the image provider on the site.

Google is aiming towards curbing these issues. On one hand, the thought behind the move is for good, but it is also creating a lot of problems for people while they are trying to download images from Google.

Also, this comes after Google sealed a deal with Getty Images to improve on copyright disclaimers and on the attribution of someone’s work.

Google also removed its “search by image” button, which appeared upon expanding a search result and enabled users to find the same image on different websites, after the partnership deal, but a reverse image search can still be done by dragging it to the search bar of Google Images, and by right-clicking an image and performing a Google search.

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How Websites badly affected earlier?

Google faced a challenging situation since long that’s why this new change has been taken out so that it could pause on image theft and lost ad revenue issue. The View Image button gave a base to the users, an easy way to snatch images from all over the web and use it for its own vicious purposes and when users just click an image from the site, they don’t see any of the site’s advertisements or even have an opportunity to engage with the content surrounding the image, which ultimately hits to the particular website’s growth in Google traffic ranking.

What is Google’s new way of saving the image?

Now, when you search for an image, you will have to visit the website in its entirety to grab the image for your own personal use. Means instead of being directed to a full resolution copy of an image with a click, users will now need to scroll through a website to find the original image.

Also, there are a few more ways to get the images saved. For instance, to save an image you can directly right click on the image, and click on view image or save image option to download the image, however, you have to compromise a bit on the quality.

There’s also an option called “Open tab in new window” this will directly open the source website, from where we can right click and save the image.

What is Google’s aim behind this amend?

Google’s intention behind the move seems to be two, either stop people from stealing pictures or drive them to the source website of the image so that at least the website can serve ads and get revenue. In the second instance, people are also more likely to see the associated copyright information, if there’s any.

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The initiative is for good, but it also has its drawbacks. But, overall, it is good to see Google protecting photographer’s credit along potential and boosting traffic to websites.

How to reply to WhatsApp message without appearing online?

Do you aware of how to reply to WhatsApp message without appearing online? WhatsApp has an amazing trick where you can reply to messages without going online and changing your last seen time mark. 

By using this method you will be marked online and last seen time mark will be changed/updated. However, you can still use this method to reply to a message quickly without opening WhatsApp means without appearing online.

Many times its happened with us that we get engaged with so many things that we deliberately skip WhatsApp messages, in order to avoid the possibility of someone noticing our online presence and trying to hit a chat with us.

And exactly on that busy moment, someone’s important message is waiting for our reply, in that situation their need of help push us to reply them.

 So now you will be glad to know that you can easily reply that particular person but without showing your online presence to others in the WhatsApp contact list. Its a big relief for you especially when your contacts may track your whereabouts via WhatsApp.

Reply WhatsApp messages from your smartwatch

If you have an Android Wear smartwatch, you can respond to WhatsApp messages directly from the watch and be safe from appearing online. This is even the case if you reply to the message without clicking on Reply by just looking at the whole conversation.

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Two main ways to hide your visibility but still stay active on WhatsApp.

1) Reply to WhatsApp message without appearing online

Switching Off WiFi or Mobile Data connection

#Disable your Wi-Fi, mobile network, or any other internet connection on your smartphone. You can also do it by turning Airplane Mode on.

#Open the WhatsApp and reply that particular person whom you want to reply and Send.

#You will notice that the message will not send. Means it will not show the grey tick mark symbol, instead there will be a clock symbol next to the message. This means that there is no internet connection and thus, the message hasn’t been sent.

#Close WhatsApp completely.

#Now turn on your Internet connectivity or WiFi or by turning airplane mode off in case you have activated it.The text will now send, and the grey tick mark will show up which signifies that the message has been sent. This message will send, without showing that you were online at the time.

Thus, WhatsApp will automatically send your replies without indicating that you were online. This way, it will retain your previous ‘last seen’ status rather than the current one.

2) Reply to WhatsApp message without appearing online from Notifications

Reply from notification feature allows you to send/reply to messages without going online in WhatsApp. Hence replying from notification will not even change your Last Seen time mark.

Reply from ‘Notifications for WhatsApp’

In case anyhow you miss the notification which comes on top of the screen. You can swipe down and go to Notifications Tab. Under the notifications tab swipe left on the message and select Reply.

#Swipe down your mobile.

#Go to the Notifications tab.

#Under the notifications tab swipe left on the message.

#Click on the “Reply” button. 

#Reply to the message. Don’t click on the notification. Instead, input your reply, and then click on “Send”.

Your message is now sent. It won’t state that you are online, but if you click “View” instead, you’ll be taken to the app, and it will show your online status.

Reply to WhatsApp messages on Lock Screen mode

If you get a WhatsApp message notification on the Lock screen when iPhone/iPad is locked then you can simply swipe towards the left of the screen on the notification and Tap Reply.

# If you get a WhatsApp message notification on the Lock screen when iPhone/iPad is locked or lock your screen whenever you want to reply to the particular recipient.

#Simply swipe towards left of the screen on the notification and

# Tap the Reply button to type your message.

#Click the Send button finally.

Your message is now sent without changing your last seen status.

Caution:-

WhatsApp is the most reliable chatting app for our daily usages. Its amazing features and tricks help us to connect with the world in a better and secured way. Hope you will utilize those handy tricks only during your urgency and not in the intent of harassing others.

How New App Locate People in without Phone Signal Areas?

Do you feel safe and secure in your life? or Do you think you are in the safest hand of Advanced Technology?

We are utilizing the advanced technology of Science which aids us to save our time and energy in our busy lifestyle. For instance recently the WhatsApp new features like “Delete for everyone and Share Live location”, solve those issues which happened due to our faults or unawareness.

However, post the invention of the new advanced technologies how much safe and secured you feel at the end of the day when the question arises about your life and death?

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Can any of these highest inventions in our daily life makes us protect from Disaster? My questions may sound bit unusual but let me define you for your clarity that you are not at all in the safe hand of the Internet.

For instance if your life get stuck in any Disaster or Peril which is completely an uncertainty, and you are craving for rescue and your costly Smartphone is not at all helping you out from that worst situation because of the inconvenience of Internet (Data or Wifi) then exactly at that crucial phase how could you Save your precious life?

Because Smartphone without internet connection is of no use for running its vital Apps, so your Data or Wifi connection plays a vital key role in running your all Apps fastly.

The recent invention by Scientists

Researchers have recently originated a Smartphone app that can be used in the emergency situation arising due to any peril or disaster like during earthquakes, floods or forest fires, where mobile phone infrastructure is often performed useless.

This new technology has made it easy and possible to rescue those victims by locating them who have suffered an accident in remote locations without a phone signal and where a speedy rescue is essential to save lives.

How it will work without a signal?

The inventor of the technology and professor at UA, Jose Angel Berna, narrated that they have designed an application (app) that can be incorporated to any smartphone and that, without a signal, emits a Wifi signal which in turn acts as a distress beacon over a distance of several kilometers.

This signal contains the location (coordinates) of the person who has suffered the accident or disappeared and is using the smartphone emitter, along with a short message that can be altered depending on the situation, with examples such as “I am injured,” “I am disorientated”, “I need help”, “I’m dying” or “Save me”.

In order to detect the distress signal, the researchers have also created a light, portable receptor device that rescue teams or mountain shelters could use.
This device has a small antenna and connects to the smartphone of the search party.
When an accident occurs, the victim only has to activate the mobile phone app, which will, in turn, emit the distress signal periodically, for hours or even days, even if he or she is unconscious, indicating the coordinates of its location.

How does it confirm?

According to Berná, “there have already been tests done on the ground with this innovative system, an operative prototype was developed in early 2016, with the Special Mountain Intervention Rescue Groups (GREIM) of the Guardia Civil and then with the Maritime Service of the Armed Forces and Maritime Rescue, the results of which were interesting.”

 So, while the tests performed both on ground and sea it was confirmed finally that the device can pick up the distress signal of the emitting smartphone up to a distance of two or three kilometers, respectively, although it may be possible to increase its reach.

The present status of the World

At present, there is no system in the world that uses Wi-fi signals to geo-locate a smartphone. There are devices that allow you to detect mobile phone signals from a smartphone and pinpoint its location through triangulation, but it costs around €80,000 and requires the use of a helicopter,

However, the new system is more economical, ‘as its receptor has a cost that would allow its commercialization for approximately €600 if used by a large number of rescue teams’.

Advantages

  • This new invention will definitely save the time of the rescue operation team for locating the injured person at the particular point of the accident or disaster happens and where the person will seeking for his rescue means it ‘optimise the search and decrease tracking time’

Studies found that in the case of many deceased people autopsies have revealed that the person didn’t die instantly, as they survived for several hours but it’s really unfortunate that it had been impossible to locate them on time.

  • It does not require visual contact with the victim because as soon as they can detect a single signal, it will tell them its exact location, even if it lies several kilometers away or it is trapped among the rubble of a collapsed building.

Conclusion

Berná explains, “We have sent information to the Ministry of Internal Affairs so they take this new feature that we have developed into account and they study its possible addition to AlertCops, the citizen safety warning service of the State Security Forces”.

According to the researcher, the rescue services believe that the features of this technology should already be integrated within an emergency system and should have institutional backing.

So we can now expect the best helping app, for our life safety very soon.

 

 

 

 

How to increase battery life of android phones?

Smartphones now become a significant tool of our life without which we cant imagine a day but many of us face with the battery problem. So, people often ask “How can I extend my battery life?” Most of the smartphones like Android consume much battery as compared to others.

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 As a result, in conventional condition Android battery dies in about 6-7 hours. Many of us use battery booster app for Android but it doesn’t seem beneficial. So the solution to improve Android battery performance is through manipulations on the software side.

The best tricks to save your battery life long:

Avoid High Temperatures

Heat waves play a huge role in damaging the smartphone battery. Leaving your smartphone exposed to extreme temperature can be damaging to both the device and the battery. So, make sure to avoid high temperatures and if possible remove the back cover of your smartphone while charging.

Avoid Quick Recharges

 People always choose to charge their smartphone for 15 minutes just to ensure the device holds enough power to run another 1 hour. Give the full charge for your battery. This will prevent quicker recharges being needed in the day and will also improve the battery life.

Wi-Fi drains far less battery than cellular service

If you want to conserve power, then you should always turn off Location (GPS), Bluetooth, NFC, Wi-Fi and mobile data when you aren’t actively using them.

When you are traveling on long journeys, your mobile will keep changing the base station from which it receives signal, resulting in faster battery drain. If you’re in an area where cell service is patchy, your phone can expend a lot of battery power trying to get the best connection it can. So use it in airplane mode if you are not expecting any calls and want to listen to music for long hours.

 Turning on Airplane Mode or turning off your mobile data in favor of an available Wi-Fi network can make all the difference in the world. Only turn on Bluetooth and NFC as long as you need them even though they consume very little power.

 If you have the choice between using Wi-Fi or cell signal, always choose Wi-Fi, all other things equal. Wi-Fi drains far less battery than cellular service.

Turn Off vibrations and haptic feedback

Every phone has got a little motor called ‘An eccentric rotating mass vibration motor (ERM) that has an unbalanced load attached to it. The rotation of this load produces vibration. Head over to Settings>>Sound. Turn off haptic feedback too that buzz you get from typing on the keyboard. Switch off vibrate, it actually takes more power to vibrate your phone than it does to ring it.

App killers suck battery rather than conserve it

Never use app killers for managing those unused apps and most of the apps that you kill this way will just spring right back to life. But there’s a new feature that’s been available since Android 4.0, the Recent Apps menu. Although this feature’s primary intent is to make swapping between apps faster, it is also possible to “swipe away” apps. Some myths have cropped up that it’s good practice to pull up the Recent Apps menu and swipe away any apps you aren’t using, effectively killing them.

This just isn’t true. For one, swiping away recent apps doesn’t kill them. It is a good way to get an app to stop misbehaving for example, if a Facebook photo gets stuck uploading, then swiping away the app will tell Facebook to cancel this action, but the apps you see on this list are not actively running in the background. The Recent Apps menu is nothing like the Task Manager on your PC, it’s just a visual catalog to help you navigate your apps easier.

Clear recent apps and use fewer widgets

 Exit an app as soon as you are done with it or else it will continue running in the background. Pressing just the back button might not terminate the app. Keep clearing your ‘recents’ panel frequently.

Delete the widgets that are placed to offer information not required throughout the day and still fetch data from the internet such as weather apps, stock apps, scoreboards etc. If you already have a bunch of useless widgets on your device then you just need to do a couple of things and they’ll be gone. Long press on a blank space on your home screen. Now drag the widget you don’t need into the trash bin at the top or bottom of your screen though it depends on the brand.

Set your IFTTT to make your life easier

If the norms of our regular schedule are being managed by some else then it makes our life easier. Only IFTTT can do this. IFTTT is a beautiful service that’s great for non-programmers and first-time automators. The goal of IFTTT is to put the internet to work for you. The letters stand for “IF THIS, THEN THAT”. Once you subscribe to their service on the website and download the Android app “IF,” you can get your phone to do a variety of things without your active intervention.

For instance, you might activate your phone’s “Location” channel. This will let IFTTT respond to your smartphone’s location. Then you might tell IFTTT, “Okay, if I leave home, turn my Wi-Fi off.” And then, likewise, “If I arrive home, turn my Wi-Fi on or to turn on Airplane mode or even do not disturb mode.”It turns your phone into a fully automated, power-managing machine. Once you play around with it for a little bit, you’ll start to find all sorts of things to automate, even beyond the scope of your phone’s battery life.

Don’t Do Heavy Gaming

Heavy games require a lot of resources. So, the best tip is to avoid heavy gaming for long. Running high-end games for longer duration can drain the battery really fast and will also cause your phone to overheat.

Therefore, if you like to play games on your Android device, make sure not to use them for long.

Turn off notifications for apps

You don’t have to let your apps sync all of their data automatically. Choosing to do this manually, or to limit auto sync to the apps that really need it, can seriously reduce power use. Go to Settings>>Notification and there you can view app specific settings for notification. Turn off notification for an app by clicking on it and select ‘Block All.’ This will stop the processor from checking on it from time to time, thereby making your phone battery last longer.

Turn off animations and reduce Background Process

Animations are another factor affecting battery life. Time to get into some behind-the-scenes work here. To make these changes, you’ll need to access the Developer Options menu in your settings. Head over to the Settings app on your Android phone. If you don’t find Developer Settings, then go to Settings>>About phone and tap on ‘Build number’ a few times.

 Go back to Settings, and you will find ‘Developer Settings.’ Tap on it and there you will find three options namely ‘Window animation scale,’ ‘Transition animation scale,’ and ‘Animator duration scale.’ Each of these is likely currently set to Animation scale x1. Setting each of these to “Animation off” and you will see a considerable change in performance and improved battery life.

On this same menus, you can scroll further down to find Background Process Limit. By default, this is “Standard limit,” but adjusting it to 3 or 4 processes can slightly increase your battery life and may improve performance as well.

 Use lite apps and ad-free apps

Only keep the apps on your phone which you require frequently. Keeping too many apps can slow down your phone and reduce battery life. You can view how much battery an app is using, going to Settings>>Battery. Uninstall the apps which use more battery. Instead, try to use the lite version of that app or use an alternative app. Facebook and Messenger both have Lite apps also Skype available in the Play Store. 

 In Battery menu, tap in the top-right corner of the window and select Battery Optimization. A “Not Optimized” app will run in the background on its own schedule. Apps that are not required to run at all times should be optimized for better battery life.

Also use apps that don’t use ads, or purchasing premium versions of apps that eschew ads, can drastically change how badly your battery takes a beating. If you use an app frequently, and it’s sucking up your phone’s life juice every day, consider upgrading or finding an ad-free alternative.

Discard auto synchronization

Some apps such as Gmail, Twitter, Reddit constantly refresh themselves to offer the latest information rather than running multiple auto-refreshes throughout the day when you may not need them to.
Turn off auto-syncing for Google accounts. If you don’t need every single Google account updated every 15 minutes, just go to Settings and Google account and turn off auto-sync for those apps you don’t need constantly updated. To turn it off, go to Settings > Accounts. Tap the three vertical dots in the upper right corner and uncheck “Auto-sync data.” You can also manually adjust which apps sync and how frequently.

Android updates are necessary

Don’t ignore app updates because it can help you to avoid bugs and other issues that are related to your smartphone and battery. Keep your apps updated. There’s a reason developer constantly update apps to improve battery and memory optimization. Likewise, delete old apps you no longer use, because these may be running background processes that consume RAM and battery life.

Just go into your Settings and tap Battery. From there hit the menu button three dots at the top right of your screen and go to Battery optimization. From there you can see which apps are optimized and change them. You can only change the non-essential system apps.

Black wallpaper can increase battery

What is a power-friendly wallpaper? That actually depends on what kind of display you have!

There are essentially two kinds of displays currently on the smartphone market. AMOLED works by lighting up individual pixels to create images. LCD works by having a backlight that is overlaid by a screen that shutters and displays the backlight to create pixels which compose images.

If your phone has an AMOLED screen like most Samsung devices, use a dark-colored background. Black wallpaper can increase battery life this is because pixels that make the AMOLED displays only utilize battery power to illuminate light colors and don’t need any energy to show black color. Simply put, the more dark or black pixels you have on your AMOLED display, the less power it consumes to illuminate them, thus saving the battery.

However, if you have an LCD display, the most power-efficient option is a white wallpaper because the screen doesn’t have to work to create the pixels. So, the benefit of having a white background on an LCD display is not as significant as the benefit of having a black background on an AMOLED display. If you’re not sure which you have, it won’t hurt much to err on the side of black.

Dim your display optimizations

Full brightness might be necessary to see those texts under the full light of day, but why are you still running that setup after sunset? Apart from improving battery performance, it reduces the strain on your eyes too. Again, the screen is the biggest enemy of your battery, keeping it off as much as possible is the crux.

Go to Settings>>Display. There you can disable Adaptive Brightness as it continuously drains the battery by monitoring the ambient light. But if you are not used to changing your display brightness every time you step indoors, keeping adaptive brightness or auto brightness depending on which version of Android you are running would, in fact, help you increase battery life.

Set your “Sleep” length to be as short as is feasible. Set the Sleep option to one minute or 15 seconds is a good amount. This reduces the time the screen remains ON after you’ve stopped using it. Use a dark wallpaper, and a dark theme or night mode if possible. Many apps also have night mode option in them.

Never use live wallpapers though it looks great on display units, in everyday life, these gorgeous backgrounds take processing power to animate. So don’t fall for such eye-catching displays instead stick with something more power-friendly.

Doze Mode (Android Marshmallow)

Doze mode is the latest addition to Android OS and works on the device running Android 6.0 Marshmallow. You don’t need to do anything to use the new doze feature and basically, there are no switches or settings to activate or deactivate it.

Doze mode essentially just shuts down things you’re not using depending on how long it has been since you’ve touched your phone. Network connection is severed and syncing only happens during specific intervals. When you’re away from your phone even longer, more things are stopped, like GPS, Wi-Fi scanning and all syncing.Thus, Doze mode works in the background of Marshmallow devices and puts your phone in hibernation mode when it lies unused for a longer duration.

Turn off Google hotword detection 

Stop your phone from always listening. Google Assistant is an awesome service, but its voice recognition feature can continuously keep listening for the ‘OK Google’ keyword detection and hence drains your battery at an alarming rate. Especially if you don’t actually use it or only use it occasionally. So turning off Google’s hotword detection will prevent your phone from being always ready to listening for a command to perform a search function. Here is how you can turn it off.

Go to Apps > Settings > Google Services > Search & Now > Voice > Click on ‘OK Google Detection’ > Turn Off ‘Always On’.

Use Battery Saver

 Go to Settings > Battery and then tap the three-dot menu in the top right of the screen. Choose “Battery Saver”.

Battery saver reduces your device’s performance and automatically limits vibration, location services, and background data. You can activate it from here, or you can set it to kick on automatically at 5 or 15 percent battery.

Customize which apps can use location

Most of the apps that are installed on your smartphone constantly track your location. But keeping it on throughout the day while you don’t need location tracking will simply kill your smartphone battery.

Turn it off while you are just using your handset for watching videos, sending emails and apps where you don’t need location tracking.

Use Greenify

Unlike many Android apps that claim to optimize performance and increase battery life, Greenify actually works. Greenify saves your battery life by pushing apps into a sort of ‘hibernation’ mode. Not only it stops an app from running in the background, but it also prevents it from starting until you open it again. Just select the apps you want to hibernate and notice an increase in your battery life and performance.

This can be helpful in many situations. For example, you might use the Amazon app to browse for things to buy, but don’t want it to operate in the background or send notifications. There might be other apps on your Android device operating in the background without a good reason. Greenify stops this by sending those apps into hibernation, which reduces their impact on the system, saving battery life while improving performance.

Get a better battery

Modular batteries used to be the norm for Android devices, but now they’re the smartphone equivalent of the Black Rhino or the Hawksbill Turtle. If you’ve managed to get your hands on one of these endangered species, then you may have the option to upgrade your battery to a higher capacity model.

Conclusion

However to keep your battery life long is completely in your hand at least by dim your screen and turn off services you aren’t using can also give you a better performance of your battery life.

Maximizing your battery life is a simple matter of minimizing your power usage. As you can see, your Android smartphone has a lot of components that touch on power use. Optimizing these can range from simply changing the way that you use your device on a daily basis to fully automating connectivity toggles.

Use these tricks & tips to make your Android battery last longer and to avoid carrying a power bank all the time. I hope these ways to increase Android battery life have been useful to you. 

How to verify genuineness or originality of mobile phone?

Have you heard about the term IMEI or seen it listed on your phone’s original packaging. At first glance, it’s not really clear what exactly you are meant to do with it, or what the IMEI even is. So, what exactly is an IMEI number and how do you find yours?

verify genuiness or originality of mobile phone

How precious your mobile is for you?

My cell phone is very precious for me because it consists of almost all confidential data which is stored in my cell. So it’s a significant device which sole carries my entire details in its storage.

Do you use a simple old-fashioned mobile phone of without camera and internet facility or having a smartphone like Android or iPhone with latest uploaded apps along features?

We worth our usable items as per their price. So in that aspect, if we see around us then we get that almost 8 out of 10 peoples are using Smartphone because of its latest advanced features which help us to connect with the World 24×365. Your smartphone keeps all your significant data includes, the contact number, email address of your friends, videos, conversations, and images of yours.

Now just think for a moment that you lost your cell phone or it gets stolen. Within a second you shatter by visualizing that thought. Because now you are going to suffer more from its misuse apart from losing the data in your device.

In this situation, only IMEI can be your true friend which will help you from the misuse of your device by wrong hand. If you know the IMEI number of your device then you can easily take the help of mobile tracker services. By contact your network service provider and raise a request for blacklisting, to ensure that the person who stole your device is not being able to operate it.

What is IMEI?

The International Mobile Equipment Identity or IMEI is a unique numerical identifier for every mobile device typically found behind the battery. This number helps to differentiate each device from one another. For instance, if you take your device at service center they will track your device by using the IMEI to differentiate it from millions of same models of the similar company. A standard IMEI number is a 14 digit string, with an additional 15th check digit for verifying the entire string. There is also a 16 digit variation that includes information on the device’s software version, known as the IMEISV. The digits comprising the IMEI number represent the origin, model, and the serial number of the mobile device.

How to verify genuineness or originality of mobile phone?

IMEI number comprises of 15 digits out of which the initial 8 digits also known as TAC give a hint about the origin and model of the device. The manufacturer can be identified with the next 6 digits.
For example, the Google Pixel TAC code is 35-161508, while the iPhone 6s Plus is 35-332907. Some models have multiple TACs depending on revision, manufacturing location, and other factors, the iPhone 5C has a total of five different TAC codes. The six C digits represent your device’s unique serial number, and these are defined by the handset manufacturer.

 The last digit is the check digit. The D portion of the IMEI is a check digit that ensures the IMEI meets the allocation and approval guidelines. The check digit is the function of the digits prior to it.

The number consists of four groups currently, the IMEI’s format is AA-BBBBBB-CCCCCC-D.

The first set of numbers is the type approval code (TAC). The first two digits represent the country code. The rest make up the final assembly code. The second group of numbers identifies the manufacturer:

01 and 02 = AEG

07 and 40 = Motorola

10 and 20 = Nokia

41and 44 = Siemens

51= Sony, Siemens, Ericsson

The third set is the serial number and a last single digit is an additional number (usually 0) Check Digit of the entire model or 0 (This is an algorithm that validates the ID number).

How to find your IMEI?

There are a couple of ways to finding out your device’s IMEI number. One easy way by dialing *#06# from the same device and the IMEI will be displayed on the screen. If you have an Android or iOS device then the IMEI can be found in Settings too. On iOS head to Settings > General, > About and the IMEI will be displayed. Copying the IMEI is as simple as tapping and holding on the number. Android devices may vary, but generally heading to Settings > About Phone > Status should display the IMEI.

If you can’t access your device, there are other ways to find your IMEI too. You can locate the IMEI number of your cell phone either on the box, or printed inside the battery compartment. The retail packaging should have a label with the IMEI displayed. If your device has a removable battery, then the IMEI is often listed underneath the battery. Many devices have the IMEI printed on the back. Others, including the iPhone 6s and above, have the IMEI inscribed on the SIM tray. A Sony Ericsson mobile phone user can retrieve the IMEI by pressing the following key sequence: right,*, left, left,*, left, *, left.

How IMEI is useful for you?

As smartphones have become more readily available and more valuable they have become a target of thieves around the world or in case of lost your costly device. Under these conditions, the owner can use the IMEI number for preventing further use of the device. The owner needs to call the network service provider and inform them about the stolen or lost. The service provider can block the phone on their network and can also notify the other network providers. 

The SIM number identifies your subscriber account, while the IMEI only identifies the device. Law enforcement often keeps records of lost and recovered phones too, identified by their IMEI. Since there is no good reason to change the device’s IMEI, the practice is illegal in many regions.

While it may be illegal to change the IMEI of a device, it does happen. Thieves, in particular, will attempt to take non-blacklisted numbers and apply them to their stolen devices in order to make them usable again. For this reason, its suggested that you should never share or post your IMEI number online, or else you may find your device cloned.

Advantages of IMEI number

  • Restricting the instances of mobile theft

IMEI number is now a universally accepted measure. To restrict the usage of a stolen device and hence control the instances of theft, IMEI numbers have played a significant active role.
In countries like the UK, the operator can quickly transmit the message with IMEI number to the Central Equipment Identity Register, which subsequently floats it to all other network providers. Devices are blacklisted within 48 hours on all the networks.

  • Tracking the device

The owners can register with the Mobile Tracker service providers using their mobile numbers. Whenever the device is used with a different Sim Card, a notification is sent to the registered mobile number of the owner.

Best Way to Know Your Phone Better

Look at the 7th and 8th digit of your IMEI. These two digits will ensure your phone’s quality.

  • If 7th and 8th digits are 01 or 10, this indicates your cell phone is manufactured in Finland which is high quality.
  • If 7th and 8th digits are 13, this indicates your cell phone is assembled in Azerbaijan which is too bad and also dangerous for health.
  • If 7th and 8th digits are 02 or 20, this indicates your cell phone is assembled in Emirates which is very poor quality.
  • If 7th and 8th digits are 03/30 or 04/40, this indicates your cell phone is made in China but its quality is good but not good as 00,01 or 10.
  • If 7th and 8th digits are 05 or 50 this indicates your cell phone is manufactured either in Brazil or Finland or USA.
  • If 7th and 8th digits are 06 or 60 this indicates your cell phone is manufactured either in Hong Kong or China or Mexico.
  • If 7th and 8th digits are 08 or 80 this indicates your cell phone is manufactured in Germany which is fair quality.

Caution

The IMEI is a useful tool to stop a stolen phone from accessing a network being used. IMEI number is strictly related to the mobile device and has no relation to the user.
Mobile phone owners whose phones have been stolen can contact their mobile network provider and ask them to ban or shut off a phone using its IMEI number.

With an IMEI number, the phone can be banned from the network quickly and easily but swapping a SIM card will not stop a phone from being banned. So keep a record of your IMEI today now itself and never share it with anyone by mistake also.

How to read deleted WhatsApp messages which someone sent you?

The recently launched WhatsApp’s Delete for Everyone feature has given enough relieve to all of us from the discomforts of wrongly sent messages to someone. This new feature became popular instantly. Even most peoples observed a new kind of notification that the sent message was deleted where the feature aid users to delete a WhatsApp text within seven minutes of sending it.

read deleted WhatsApp messages

Is the deleted message really disappear from the phone?

But, Where there is an entryway there must be an exit way. Yes, as per the new report there’s still a way to see those deleted text messages from Whatsapp means there are way out in the feature where even after the sender deletes a text, it still can be read by the recipient as per a Spanish website Android Jefe. The Spanish tech blog has cracked couple of ways to retrieve the deleted texts which quite easy and simple. You can do it either with the phone settings or a dedicated app can be downloaded from PlayStore.

How to read deleted WhatsApp messages which someone sent you?

This new way out will let any WhatsApp user see the deleted texts through the notification log that still exists on the receiver’s smartphone it means if the message sent by another user has created a notification in the receiver’s handset then the message can be retrieved from the notification log of Android phone.

 But if the receiver was already active or online either in the chat with the sender or on WhatsApp then, in that case, there will no notification, hence the message cannot be recovered. So following are the two methods to recover the deleted message

Method 1

  1. Go to Google PlayStore.
  2. Download Notification History application.
  3. After installing, open the app and tap the WhatsApp icon in it.
  4. You can access all the Whatsapp texts there.

Method 2

  1. Long press on the home screen of the Android phone.
  2. Select the Widgets option.
  3. Scroll down to Settings widget in the list.
  4. Drag the Settings widget on the home screen.
  5. Multiple options will pop up and select notification history option.
  6. Once the log is open, all the texts of WhatsApp can be seen, along with other details.

Limitations of this application

There are certain limitations to the loophole but any person aware of the loophole can exploit it to see the texts, so you must cautious about your privacy.

  • Out of the entire message, only first 100 characters of the message will be visible.
  • Notification log saves message only for a certain few hours. So after a long time, messages might not be retrievable.
  • Only text messages can be recovered any images, GIFs or even documents, audio or video messages, if deleted by the sender will display the usual message “This message was deleted” and will be permanently deleted.
  •  Somehow if the user runs any cleaner on the phone then the messages will be unrecoverable even from the notification log, because then they will be permanently deleted.

Cautions

iPhone and iOS users are safe from this loophole as there is no application that registers notifications. The trick worked on an Android device as for mobile phones with ‘pure’ Android, the settings widget is already added to the home screen and you will get the notification registry from there. Allegedly, these methods work only with Android 6 (Marshmallow) or higher.

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How to protect your nude photos in Facebook?

Facebook asking for nude photos to protect users

Revenge porn is one of the latest online problems

Would you deliberately send your nude photos to Facebook? As the company is insisting it needs them for your own protection!

protect your nude photos in Facebook

Hope the news is enough to freak out you and it sounds very unusual but its fact now. Let me explain you with example say you have a spiteful ex who decides to embarrass you by posting a nude photo made in private because often we have seen that within the relationship, couples after break up with the intent of taking revenge decides to humiliate her in society by posting the nude images of his partner. So to stop this revengeful attempt Facebook took the initiative by taking the bold step which sounds strange. Its a viral in the society which seemed difficult to come up with a solution but Facebook first time brings out an amazing brilliant solution which sounds like utter madness but its actually a worthful remedy for ending up this crime for forever.

With its billions of users, Facebook is one place where many offenders aggress because they can maximize the harm by broadcasting the nonconsensual porn to those closest to the victim. In the US 4 percent of internet users have fallen victim to it, and 10 percent of women under 30 have had someone threaten to post explicit photos of them online against their will, according to a study by Data & Society. Revenge porn is a growing issue in Australia where studies suggest that one in five women aged 18-45 may have been victims.

Send nudes and Facebook will protect you against revenge porn

Facebook says if you send the photo to the company first, it will make sure it never shows up on its site as it is part of a way to prevent someone from posting the photos online as a form of revenge porn. “It would be like sending yourself your image in email, but obviously this is a much safer, secure end-to-end way of sending the image without sending it through the ether,”

The social network has developed an anti-revenge porn system that uses artificial intelligence to recognize and block specific images and is primarily testing it in the UK, US, Canada, and Australia but spreading to other parts of the world soon.

Who will control the system or procedure?

The system has been piloted in Australia with the help of the eSafety Commissioner to allow people to be proactive in combating revenge porn. Rather than waiting for intimate images of themselves to appear online, users can take pre-emptive steps to block the appearance of specific images. It is described as an “emergency option,” and it’s something that is likely to be used by celebrities, or by people who find themselves in a position where they fear revenge porn is likely.

“The safety and well-being of the Facebook community is our top priority and we’re using image matching technology to prevent non-consensual intimate images from being shared on Facebook, Instagram, Facebook Groups and Messenger,” said Antigone Davis, Facebook’s head of global safety.

How it works?

Facebook says once user sends the image via Messenger, it will use technology to create a digital fingerprint or link of the picture which the company can then use to identify the same images if they are uploaded by someone else mean that same naked picture will never show up on Facebook, even if a hacker or an ex-tries to upload it.

  • Users wanting to take part in the scheme must first complete an online form on the Australian e-safety commissioner’s website.
  • Then they need to message themselves their nude photos via Messenger and the safety commissioner’s office will notify Facebook of their submission.
  • Once Facebook receives this notification, a specially trained representative from their Community Operations team reviews and hashes the image, which creates a human-unreadable, numerical fingerprint of it.
  • They store the photo hash – not the photo – to prevent someone from uploading the photo in the future. If someone tries to upload the image to their platform, like all photos on Facebook, it is run through a database of these hashes and if it matches they do not allow it to be posted or shared.
  • Once they hash the photo, they will then notify the person via the secure email provided via the commissioner’s website and ask the person to delete the photo from the Messenger thread on their device. Once the person deletes the image from the thread, they will delete the image from their servers.

But can you trust Facebook?

The company says “They’re not storing the image, they’re storing the link and using artificial intelligence and other photo-matching technologies. So if somebody tried to upload that same image, which would have the same digital footprint or hash value, it will be prevented from being uploaded.” According to digital forensics expert Lesley Carhart, who said it’s not that simple to completely delete a digital photograph.Yes, they’re not storing a copy, but the image is still being transmitted and processed.

Facebook will use work differently and can be used to fingerprint photos and videos in a way that’s resilient to such changes.

Who is ready to share their nudes with the Facebook employee?

Facebook says that in actual fact an employee — an actual human being — will have to review the nude images that are sent in. Mean those intimate photos that are uploaded in an attempt to gain protection against revenge porn will have to be manually checked by human eyes to determine whether they do in fact fall into the category of revenge porn. The employee would be part of Facebook’s community operations team and would be “specially trained” to view such uncensored images.

So I would like to request all users that if they feel comfortable while sharing that privacy with their partners through the medium of Facebook then they should rely on the service of the Facebook for the protection of their confidentiality in the social media.

WhatsApp Live Location – How to share location with your contacts?

 Johny Johny!

Yes, Papa

Coming Late?

No, papa

When do you’ll come back?

Within 10 minutes Papa

Telling lies?

No, Papa

Open Your Whatsapp Live Location!

OMG! Smart Papa

Ha! Ha!! Ha!!!

Where are you, darling, waiting for you since an hour?……… Ops! Here I’m just on the way, will arrive within 15 minutes…..

Son where are you, it’s almost 10 pm and we are waiting for you at dinner?……… OMG! Dad, I’m just on my way, will arrive soon within 10 minutes….

We are accustomed of such replies from our closed ones like spouse and children also from friends and peers when they are travelling alone and we are anxiously waiting for their come back at home or at any particular place of meeting and when they very smartly skip their exact returning time from their present location because of fear and embarrassment from their closed ones.

Now no more lies we will be taken for granted because of our most friendly app of our daily life, Whatsapp now brings us a new amazing feature through which you can share your live location with someone on Whatsapp. Now, this feature has been there on Google Maps for quite some time, but will certainly grasp more usage now what it is on Whatsapp.

The Live Location sharing feature can be really handy and useful when you traveling alone or in an emergency situation then share your location with your closed ones. For instance when your boss is waiting for your presence for the projection of your project in the board meeting room with other employees of the company and exactly on that day you got stuck in the heavy traffic jam then without getting the fear of the humiliation in public at the conference room, you can easily share your specific location with your boss by sharing your Live Location In Whatsapp. So in this way, your boss will also cooperate with you without misunderstanding your cause as fake or real by connecting with you at Direct Whatsapp Live Location feature.

Earlier too, apps and internet companies have incorporated social location-sharing as a feature. On Uber, one can share trip status with a contact, which lets them track the cab’s movement in real time. This June, Snapchat launched a location-sharing feature called Snap Map.
With this new feature that’s designed for short-term use, you’ll be able to share your location with a group or in a private chat, letting people know where you are while you’re on the go. As many peoples have the habit of throwing fake location, so in this way now you can trace the exact location of that person, without asking him about his location by watching him directly in Whatsapp.

How to share location with your contacts?

Now I will explain you the procedure of sharing your location with your contacts or in a group.

Step 1-Open a chat of an individual or a group. Tap on Attach (a file symbol). In that, you will find the “Location”. Then click on “Share Location”. (Tap Attach  > Location > Share live location ). The screen looks like below.

WhatsApp Live Location

Step 2-In next step, it will show your exact phone location using Google Map. Then click on the option “Send your current Location”. That’s it.

WhatsApp Live Location - Send current locationBy default, you can share your location for 15 minutes, 1 hour or 8 hours. Choose one of the options, add any comments (if you want to) and click Send.

However, if you want to share your location for a specific time, you can simply click Stop Sharing when it’s no longer required. For example, If you want to share your location for one hour, you can choose ‘1 hours’ from the default options.

How its different from the current feature?

With the new “live location” a user can choose to let a contact or a group trace their location or movement on a map in real time for a defined window of time. This is different from the current “share location” feature which shares a static location. However, like the static location, live location too will only be visible to the contacts or groups one chooses to share it with. As WhatsApp already allows you to share your location, but that’s only your present location, as a one-time share. That’s helpful for telling someone where to come, for example, but less useful if you want someone to be able to see how far away you’ve reached.

As of February 2017, WhatsApp had 200 million monthly active users in India, making the country its largest market. WhatsApp product manager Zafir Khan told that they try to solve the rendezvous problem in such scenarios where the live location is useful, Your location is shared at the chat level, which means you can share your live location in a one-on-one WhatsApp conversation or a group chat.

The adverse effect of this new feature

This new feature works wonder when you are traveling alone or in an emergency situation and wants to connect live with your closed ones. However, WhatsApp is peeping into your location continuously which has given birth to certain concerns like..first, it is certainly not safe as your live location is highlighting on the internet. Second, if WhatsApp ever compromises the data, just like what OnePlus did recently, things might get into trouble. So better play with it safely. Users can still choose to share a one-time, static location if they prefer.

Notable aspect of this new feature

  • With live location sharing, the location is dynamic and updates in real time, even after you leave the WhatsApp app. You can share your location to another person, to let a family member know where you are on your commute home, or to a group chat so your closed ones can see how far away you are from them.
  • This feature is fully opt-in and is temporary in nature.You can manually stop sharing live location data within a chat at any given time. A new option in your Account Privacy settings will give you an overview of all WhatsApp chats you are sharing your live location in at the time.
  • To check if you have this feature, open any chat either a group chat or a private chat and tap the attach button. There will be an option to select the duration when sharing your location. In case you don’t have this option, the feature isn’t available for you yet.
  • You can view the location of users sharing their live location with you in a map view, and you’ll see the names of the users along with a timestamp to show the freshness of that data.
  • You can switch to a Satellite/ Terrain view of the map if you desire, and even see live traffic data as an overlay, which sounds pretty convenient if you are waiting for someone.
  • In a WhatsApp group, you can bring up the group info and see all users that are sharing their location with the group at that point in time which sounds very useful if you’re trying to coordinate a lot of people and of course, any of those people can choose to stop sharing their location anytime.

How does it confront against the rivalry

Whatsapp Live Location sharing application is pretty similar to Telegram, while Facebook Messenger service lets you choose locations with users in real time, but only for one hour at a time. Apple’s iMessage lets you share your location with users for an hour, until the end of the day or indefinitely.

Google Maps the most likable app to be using when driving out to meet someone in an unknown address – added real-time location sharing features earlier this year. Google Maps users can share their location with others for anywhere between 1 hour and ‘permanently’, though Maps uses links to share your location, which can then be shared further with others without your knowledge, raising privacy concerns.

Influence on battery life?

As per the Whatsapp management, there are few special techniques to help conserve your battery when sharing live location. So it takes into account a number of different factors such as,

  •  How long you’ve been sharing your live location, whether someone on the other end who you are sharing with is actually looking at the map, your current battery level.
  •  How often to get a location update from your phone because by being intelligent about that we can help conserve some battery,”

Caution….

Its surely an advanced move towards technology but many of us may think that it interrupts our PRIVACY, but I think if you see the positive outlook of this feature then you’ll like it rather by feeling it as an interruptive way in your private life.

The location is secured in the same way as other WhatsApp messages it’s end to end encrypted, and the only persons able to see your location are the ones you have opted to share your live location with. As the location is an intimate piece of information, so the option to ‘stop sharing’ is prominently displayed.

There is always a good and bad effect in every aspect of the good invention. So in future, more and more people will use this feature but be one of the usages of it in the right way nor for the intent of any ill act or violence in society.

Share it with your closed ones so that they could aware of your present status or when you want to let your loved ones know that you are safe.

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