16 Aug 2014

Skype not supported on Windows Phone 7 devices

Recently I had problems connecting to Skype on my old Lumia 900 and had a vague suspicion. This was confirmed when I read an email from Skype today telling me that "Skype apps for Windows Phone 7 are permanently retiring".

In other words, if you want to use Skype and you have a mobile phone running Windows 7 - too bad! You can now only run the Skype app on a Windows Phone 8 or 8.1 device. Or you can switch to a Android phone or opt for the Apple iPhone.


15 Jul 2014

Shopping Safely and Discount Codes

When we think of online shopping, we think of ease, shipping convenience, simpler mode of payments and numerous discounts. But at the same time, we are also thinking about online frauds, hacking, phishing, order cancellations without refunds, privacy policies, etc.

How does one ensure safety and security of information sharing that occurs between the two entities – consumer and the shopping website? 

With the boom of e-shopping portals, differentiating one from the other is a mammoth task and at times many of us end up losing money in the process. Thus it is vital for us to understand the authenticity of the website before we transact through it. There are numerous reviews and recommendations available online only for these merchants so it is advisable to search for them first on complaint forums and discussions. If the website you are looking at appears in complaints then you know that it’s best to leave that page at once.

Also important is to understand the privacy, shipping, funds transfer, exchange policies of all the portals. Usage of micro fonts to undermine the importance of some essential rules is a part of this game for a long while now. Ensure that you go through all the terms and conditions before you check on the I Agree and Proceed.

Every transaction made online generates a digital receipt once the same is completed. Make sure you save that receipt or reference number with you for future references. If printing is not feasible, take a screenshot of the page and save it on your device. This is essential in cases where there is a problem with the merchandise or the merchant says that funds have not been received (in cases of transactions through net banking or credit card online transactions).

Always check whether the website you are transacting on is an encrypted website. Look for things like usage of passwords before the transaction is authorized. Stay away from the phishing mails which ask you to give out your credit card information or net banking details. Refrain from sharing birth date details or address information and read thoroughly before you click on some unknown link.

Remember you are looking for an ultimate shopping experience and not unnecessary stress. If you can stay away from a particular link or you want to click it but your instincts tell you otherwise, listen to them. There are several websites which boast of some fabulous discounts but be sure of clicking on the right ones like the VoucherBin site here. Read the consumer reviews and posts, understand the kind of business they do and then take your decision. After all, your money is hard-earned. Take care of it!

2 Jul 2014

Official Moto 360 demo

I posted about the Motorola Moto 360 smart watch sometime back. Here is their official video at Google I/O.

18 Jun 2014

Nokia Lumia 630

Nokia has launched a direct competitor to Motorola Moto E. Like the Moto E, the Lumia 630 has only has one 5 MP camera at the back. So is not a phone for people who love to take selfies.

However, the similarities end there. The phone is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon SoC with 512 MB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. The Lumia runs on Windows Phone 8.1. The display is slightly bigger than the Motorola at 4.5-inch as compared to the Moto G's 4.3" display.

According to the Nokia site, the Lumia 630 has a maximum talk time of 16.4 h (2G) and 13.1 h (3G).

One of the features which might appeal to the younger generation are the colourful changeable shells.

And yes, it has Instagram.

The Lumia 630 is priced quite competitively - though slightly higher than the Moto E. The SIM free (unlocked version) of the Lumia 630 is available on the Microsoft store for £129.00 incl. VAT while it is available from just £107.53 on Amazon UK.

15 Jun 2014

Nomad ChargeKey & ChargeCard review

I am sure that almost everyone has the experience of their mobile phone running out of juice and you do have a charging USB cable around. The problem is that it is simply not practical to carry a cable around with you all the time. Well, Nomad has come up with a solution to this problem with the ChargeKey & ChargeCard. They are the World's smallest, most portable USB charging cables.

I was recently sent review units of the Nomad ChargeKey and ChargeCard and think that they are a really innovative idea. They have models for both the iPhone 5 and Micro USB. Mine were the Micro USB ones as I do not have an iPhone.

They work perfectly with my laptop and should work with my PC in the office.

They are now available on Amazon UK. The ChargeCard cable for the iPhone 5/5s/5c costs £20 and is £18.99 for the CHARGECARD for Micro USB/Android .

The ChargeKeys for both the iPhone 5/5s/5c and Micro USB/ Android cost £20.

I have them with me all the time, the ChargeKey in my keychain and the ChargeCard (which is slightly smaller than a credit card) in my wallet, so that I can recharge my phone where ever there is a USB connector.


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