How To Share Photos With Selected People In Instagram?

If you love to capture the world through the lens of your camera, then you definitely be an avid Instagram user. With its amazing user interface, the app is just a delight to use. Not forgetting to mention, the filters it has which allows you to transform your image, giving it an artsy look. While you do love to share your travel, food, and other life adventures in instagram, it’s accessible for everyone to view. However, there can be moments when you want to share your pics with a selected few, Instagram just has the solution for you.

How To Share Photos With Selected People In Instagram?

1] Capture your image and run your artistic magic wand. 2] To share it with a selected few, click on ‘Direct’. 3] Now select the users from your friends list or include any username, with whom you want to share the image. Sharing photos with selected instagram users That’s it and you’re game. Now share your private-life moments with the selected few and don’t worry about it being accessible to the whole world. If you’ve been using Instagram for a while, had you ever noticed the ‘Direct’ feature? Follow me @ankurmans

Find Anything You’re Looking For – Locat’r

Did you know you could use technology to better know your surrounding?

In other words, did you know technology could help you find anything around you?  Anything!!!

  1. Car stopped suddenly – need to find a mechanic who can reach quickly.
  2. Have to find the closest fuel station.
  3. Need to find a dentist who is not far from your place.

We all come across similar situations in life. Unexpected situations provide little room for preparation. And things become more difficult when you are new to a locality or you are travelling and there is hardly anybody you know.

Newly launched app Locat’r which runs on Android and iOS, offers a solution. It allows you to search 96 types of services around you. With just few taps and swipes you can find service providers located within 5Km from where you are.

Locat’r shows contact information, location map and drive direction to reach the service provider. Plus it displays Reviews and Ratings given by other customers ensuring you contact the right business.

Locat’r has similarities with Google Maps or Localscope and alike. However, without overwhelming with lots of data and features, Locat’r allows users to find service providers who can be reached quickly. That’s the point.

There are many occasions when you need to find services around you quickly. When you are in trouble, when you are travelling and need to find something really quickly, or when you are buying a new home and want to understand how close the marketplace is, how long will it take to reach a doctor, whether there is any school around or not!

Turn on Locat’r and find anything you’re looking for….anything!

How To Run Skype On Google Chromebook?

Yes, we all love Google Hangout but Skype has been here for a long long time. And we miss skyping with our loved ones on the Chromebook.

If you’ve been wanting to use skype on your Chromebook then you’ve come to the right place.

Let me walk you through the tutorial on how to run Skype on Google Chromebook.

How To Run Skype On Google Chromebook?

1. Enable App Runtime For Chrome: The App Runtime for Chrome (Beta) is a project that allows you to run your favorite Android apps on the Chrome OS. Google knew the demand from Chromebook users to use Android apps on the Chrome OS. Thus Google launched this project with the release of 4 Android apps that would work in Chrome OS.

In order to enable the App Runtime, you’d have to install one of the those four apps from the Play Store – Duolingo, Evernote, Sight Words, or Vine. When you install one of these apps, it automatically adds the App Runtime for Chrome (Beta) which you can see in the Extensions.

App Runtime for Chrome

As you can see, I’ve installed Duolingo that automatically enable the App Runtime for Chrome in my Chromebook.

2. Download Skype APK: Navigate to this link and download Skype APK Version 4.9.9.45564.

Android Application Package or short-form APK, is the package file format used to distribute and install application software and middleware onto Google’s Android Operating System. To make an APK file, a program for Android is first compiled, and then all of its parts are packaged into one file. (Source: Wikipedia)

Psst… We have tested with this APK file and it works smooth.

3. Install Twerk on Your Chromebook: Twerk is an Android Application Package (APK) builder. In layman terms, it allows you to convert the APK file into a Chrome Extension. You can download Twerk from the Play Store using this link.

Twerk in Google Play Store

4. Create Skype Extension: Now comes the fun part. Follow these steps on Twerk.

  • Open Twerk.

  • Drag and drop the downloaded Skype APK File.

  • Select your settings (Phone or Tablet mode, Portrait or Landscape, Fixed size or scale).

  • Click on the Pink Android Button and choose your folder destination.

Twerk in Chromebook

Woohoo! You’ve just created your first Chrome extension.

Psst… You’d have to download the skype icon in order to use it for your extension. By default, it shows the Android robot icon.

5. Load Extension: Navigate to Extensions (Alt + E –>> More Tools –>> Extensions) and make sure Developer Mode is checked on. Click on Load Unpacked Extension and load the Skype extension that you just created in the above step.

Loading Extension in Chromebook

6. Click Launch: You should see the Skype extension as being loaded. Click Launch.

 

Running Skype in Chromebook

Skype Running In Chromebook

Give this a try and get back to us if you encounter any problem. We’d be happy to help you to skype with your loved ones on your Chromebook.

Malware Alert: Remove This Android Card Game ‘Durak’ From Your Phone Right Now

If you’ve downloaded the card game ‘Durak’ from the Google Play store, you need to delete it ASAP. Durak is one of the three malicious Android apps that had been lying in the Google Play store in front of a BIG audience. The app was first identified by an Android user who had posted about the adware in the internet security firm Avast’s user forum. Upon looking into the post, one of the folks from Avast dissected Durak and found the malware, thus informing Google which immediately removed the game from its store. After the first install, the card game behaves normally and resembles a working game app. But once you reboot your Android device, it comes into effect with a series of pop-up ads thrown on to your device’s screen, trying to lead you to third-party app stores. Flip Chytry from Avast says,

Each time you unlock your device an ad is presented to you, warning you about a problem, e.g. that your device is infected, out of date or full of porn. This, of course, is a complete lie. You are then asked to take action, however, if you approve you get re-directed to harmful threats on fake pages, like dubious app stores and apps that attempt to send premium SMS behind your back or to apps that simply collect too much of your data for comfort while offering you no additional value.

A rule of thumb – when you notice anything weird happening on your phone, remove any new application that you’ve downloaded from the app store. Thus, if you’re one among the 5 million Android users who’d downloaded Durak, please take immediate actions if you haven’t already. Malicious apps aren’t a new thing to come by but it’s something to look into if the app has found its way into Google apps store. Because it then has the potential to harm the global Android market, thus giving a big hit to Google. So please, if you had accidentally installed the game on your Android device and have been noticing something weird going on with your phone, then take immediate actions. Go to your phone Settings –> navigate to Apps –> Tap on to Durak

and click on Uninstall. If you encounter anything like above in the future, please don’t panic. At RedSome, we provide you with insanely simple solutions to all your tech related problems. If there’s something you’ve been trying to find a solution for, please feel free to knock on our door. Pssst… Can you find the Knock Knock!! button on the screen?

 

WhatsApp Web: How To Access WhatsApp On Your PC/Laptop?

On January 21, 2015, WhatsApp announced on their blog regarding their new feature called WhatsApp Web, where a user could use WhatsApp on a web browser. Yes, you can now  send messages across to your contacts through the convenience of your PC/laptop. It’s essentially a web app rather than a native client, yet it’s really neat for those who don’t like to pick up their phone every other moment to reply to their pings.

This tutorial will walk you through on how to access WhatsApp on your PC/Laptop device.

Psst… Before you give this a shot, please make sure that WhatsApp is currently updated to the latest version on your phone. Or you’d end up scratching your head on how to scan the QR code to access the web version of the app. Also you DO NOT need an external QR code scanner app.

1] Visit web.whatsapp.com on your PC/laptop device using Google Chrome web browser. The WhatsApp web feature currently does not support other web browsers but they do intend to roll out on other browsers which is what it says while trying to access this in Mozilla Firefox. Upon visiting the website, you’ll see a QR code, just like the pic below.

WhatsApp web version interface

 

2] The next step would be to go to your mobile app and navigate to the WhatsApp Web option.

Navigate to WhatsApp Web option on Phone to scan the QR code.

 

3] Scan the QR code on the browser screen with the scanner on your phone. This is necessary, because WhatsApp uses your phone number and SMS verifications rather than usernames/passwords.

Scanning QR code on WhatsApp Web using phone app

 

4] You should see your list of contacts on the screen as the web client gets activated after the QR scan. It takes an average of 2-5 sec for the QR scanner to scan the code. And you’re all set to ping your friends and let them know that you’re sending them messages using your PC/laptop.

 

WhatsApp Web Interface

 

Note: This feature currently works on Android, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry. Unfortunately for now, this feature isn’t available to iOS users due to Apple platform limitations.

Thanks to all of you, half a billion people around the world are now regular, active WhatsApp users. In the last few months, we’ve grown fastest in countries like Brazil, India, Mexico, and Russia, and our users are also sharing more than 700 million photos and 100 million videos every single day. We could go on, but for now, it’s more important that we get back to work – because here at WhatsApp, we’re just getting started.

Viber, which is another instant messaging app for smartphones like WhatsApp, already has a desktop version for its big user base.

Could this be the next step of expanding WhatsApp to an even bigger scale by tapping on to its half a billion user base all around the world?

Well let’s keep that decision to the folks at Mountain View, CA.

How to fix ‘Unable to Update or Download Apps in iOS8’ Problem

iOS8 has many bugs and glitches. Some of them have been addressed by Apple with two quick fix updates of iOS 8.01 and 8.02. However, there are many bugs which are yet to be fixed.

One of the most annoying of them is – “Unable to download new apps or update existing app“.

Why is it so annoying?

Because your existing apps do not work smoothly in iOS8. They frequently crash. And thus, either you need to update your app to the latest iOS8 compatible version, or download a newer version. But since the iOS8 launch, for many unfortunate users (one of them is me), it has been nearly impossible to do that due to this update/download glitch.

How to fix this problem?

There are two ways you can fix this problem. One is to wait for Apple to acknowledge this problem and fix it for you, or be a DIY individual and go through the solution given below which is simple to use, and haven been tested to work effectively.

Solution: Update or Download your Apps with the help of iTunes.

Make sure that you have installed the latest version of iTunes in your computer. Connect your iPhone with computer and open iTunes.

Step 1: Authorize your computer

Go to menu-> Store, click on – Authorize this computer and then login with your Apple ID (same login ID of your iPhone).

Step 2: Enable ‘Automatically Install New Apps’

Go to iPhone settings (at top right side), go to Apps (which you may find after summary and info at iPhone menu), scroll down to find automatically install new apps, check it, then click apply.

Step 3: Download Apps

Go to iTunes Store (at top right side), login with your Apple ID (same login ID of your iPhone). Search your apps (which you want to update or install) and download.

Step 4: Update or Install your Apps

Once download is complete, again go to iPhone settings, go to Apps, on left column you will see your downloaded apps, click update or install button next to it and then click Apply.

So far, this is the only way  for downloading or updating your apps in iOS8 until Apple fixes this problem.

Please feel free to ask any question regarding this particular issue or even any other technical problem that’s preventing you from maximizing the full use of your device.

Unable to Update or download Apps in iOS8

How to Remove Purchased App History in iPhone or iPad

Top reasons to remove Purchased Apps history from your iPhone or iPad?

  • You don’t want anyone to know which apps you are using or you have used in past.
  • In some point of time you may have downloaded some exotic adult apps just for fun, but now you no longer use them but still you can see them in purchased history of your phone, which can be embarrassing, if your family member comes to know about it.
  • Or, simply you don’t like the long list of purchased history in
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Whatever reasons you have got to remove purchased apps history from your phone, you must have tried once in life to erase your apps history which you must have failed to do so as it’s not that easy, you can not do it by swiping fingers left and right from iPhone. Here are easy steps to remove apps history from your iPhone or iPad

  1. Open iTunes on your Mac or PC.
  2. Click on iTunes store (Top Right).
  3. Sign in with your apple id of iPhone (Top Left).
  4. Click on your email address (Top left) and click on account.
  5. Go to the bottom of the page, find Purchased option (which can be under Features, depending upon version of iTunes).
  6. Click Purchased, and then Click Apps.
  7. Now, Select iPhone or iPad.
  8. Find app which you want to remove.
  9. Click on cross mark of the app (When you hover over the app).
  10. Done 🙂

How To Remove Purchased App History In iPhone Please note that, this step will not delete your app purchased history permanently, only hide it, but good news is that these apps will no longer appear on your iPhone or iPad purchased history.

Quickly Find Nearest Hospital And Blood Bank With These Apps

Hospital Directory AppsHealth Emergency can strike anyone at anytime, there is little can be done to avoid such contingency, in severe cases delay by 5 minutes of getting patient to hospital can turn fatal, if patient gets medical attention and required blood on time then many lives can be saved around the globe.

One study suggests, increased journey distance to hospital appears to be associated with increased risk of mortality, a 10‐km increase in straight‐line distance is associated with around a 1% absolute increase in mortality. And many times delay is not due to distance but because of lack of information about nearest hospital and blood bank, If one can get right information at right time then many mishap can be avoided.

I have tried to compile few apps which may give you information about your nearest hospital and blood bank, these apps are for Indian cities but I’m sure that you can find such apps for your own country and city as well, if there is no app then you can simply make a contact list of all the hospitals and blood bank in your mobile phone or dairy.

Hospital Directory
It provides a list of best known hospitals in India. You can find detailed information about Hospitals, Blood Banks and Diagnostic Centers in all big cities. You can view hospitals on google map, also it has call button to place calls directly. It has a very helpful ‘Nearby feature which’ allows you to find nearby hospitals from your current location. You can search hospitals, blood banks and diagnostic centers by their name, city, category, address etc.

Indian Blood Donor
This apps allows you to search for blood donors in your city or area. If you are a Blood Donor then you can sign up to donate blood on their website. www.indianblooddonors.com.

You can also find state wise apps like –

MPulse | Kerala Blood Bank
MPulse (M Pulse) is well designed and very helpful health application developed for Keralites with the following features. Which has many life saving features notably Hospitals’ Rout Map, Find Hospitals around your current location, Ambulance numbers in each districts and many more.

You can find a complete list of related apps in following two links –

Blood Bank Apps

Hospital Directory Apps

If you like to add related apps to list then kindly do let me know in comment section.

How To Create Time Lapse Video With iPhone

I enjoy watching Time-lapse videos (like this one), I consider them work of art, it needs lots of patience and handwork to create them, You may need right technical skills and gears to produce such beautiful breathtaking videos which unfortunately most of us do not have. But don’t worry cause recently Instagram has released a new iPhone app called Hyperlapse with which you can create and share beautiful time-laps videos very easily without any hassle. Using Hyperlapse to create professional video is dead simple. Just open the app, tap to focus, and start recording. Once you’re done,

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a slider lets you speed up the video with options ranging from 1x to 12x speed, you can control over how fast or slow the video plays back. You can save your video to your Camera Roll also you can share it to Facebook and Instagram. Here is my first time lapse video that I created using Hyperlapse.

How to Stop WhatsApp Message Preview on Your Home Screen

Imagine this situation –

It’s Friday lunch time at the office. You are joined by your boss who then starts discussing about the latest project you’re working on. You then find your way through the topic and say to him, ” There is an urgency at my house and I’d have to leave early today.” A minute later – “Honey! I’m Waiting!” splashes the screen of your smartphone lying between your boss and you on the table. Sadly, the preview of the WhatsApp messenger was enabled and the message was registered to both the parties.

Does this incident sound familiar to you?

Don’t worry, you can always disable your screen notifications and let your phone lie down on the table while having conversations with other people.

Below is the ultimate cheatsheet for different mobile handsets.

How To Stop Whatsapp Message Preview on Your Home Screen?

For iPhone’s, all you need to do is:

Open WhatsApp –> Click on Settings –> Click on Notifications –> Scroll to the bottom and toggle ‘View in lock screen’ to ‘Off’.

For Samsung Android devices, this is what needs to be done:

Go to Settings –> Click on the ‘More’ tab –> Choose Application Manager –> Choose WhatsApp –> Turn off ‘Show Notifications’*

For handsets like Nokia Asha, its as simple as this:

Open WhatsApp –> Click on Settings –> Click on ‘Show Message Preview’ –> Just Disable It!

*One thing to keep in mind is that this also removes the notification icon in the top bar.

Image source: Technocrates

Unable Send or Receive Messages on WhatsApp?

whatsappWhatsApp Messenger , the latest craze in the world of messaging, is a cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS. It is available for all kinds of phones ranging from iPhone to BlackBerry to Android and many more! It also allows you to create groups, send each other unlimited images, video and audio media messages. No wonder, your world comes to a standstill when WhatsApp stops working. This can be due to many varied reasons, we will try to see and sort out all the possibilities in this case.

  • The most common reason why you cannot send or receive WhatsApp messages is a bad internet connection. To ensure that the internet connection in your phone is working, you may open a webpage in your phone browser to see if it loads. If it loads, your phone is connected to the internet. You may then reboot your phone to ensure smooth functioning of WhatsApp.
  • The person you’re trying to send a message to may have blocked your number. This can be said for sure that your number has been blocked in the following cases;
  • In case you’ve not entered the correct contact number of the person you’re trying to contact through on WhatsApp
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  • In case you’ve switched SIM cards on your particular phone WhatsApp wont work as it only works on one number per device.
  • You can no longer see this contact’s “last seen at..” or “online” status in the Chat window.
  • Any messages sent to a contact who has blocked you will always show one check mark (message sent), and never show a second check mark (message delivered