Tuesday, 20 September 2016

4 iPhones Secrets You'd be Glad You Know

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People are fond of talking about feature-rich gadget from Apple called iPhone. There is some level of respect accorded to those who can afford it especially in developing countries. Even when some other smart phones possess similar features to iPhone at lower cost, some people still opt for it. I know of a friend who has never bought any other smart phone for almost a decade. He always update himself with the latest iPhone. Am still waiting to see what will happen as Apple release iPhone 7.

Will it not be better if iPhone lovers know how to make better use of their phone and get more value for their money? There are some hidden powers your iPhone possess that you cannot find in the manual that came with it. I am going to share with you great iPhone secret codes you'll be glad you're aware of.

Know where Your Text Messages End Up before Reaching the Recipient

 When you send SMS, they're not delivered directly to the recipient's phone. The message sent is first forwarded wirelessly to a message center through a specific phone number. You can find out this phone number by dialing *#5005*7672#.

  Increase your Phone Signal Strength

Improving the signal strength of a phone is a very good thing that comes in handy when one is in a location with poor network coverage. Dial *3001#12345#* to increase your signal strength, this will bring up some options. Simply ignore the options. Immediately hold down the power button. When the power screen pops up, hold the home button until you're back on the home screen. If all these steps were rightly followed, the signal strength will improve. You'll see a number instead of bars or circles in the top left. Now you need to know what these numbers mean. Strong signal strength is between -40 and -80. Anything below that is a bad signal,-140 means you have no signal at all.

Getting Phone Identity

There are ways we humans identify ourselves. For example one may need to provide his/her student identity card to granted access into a seminar. The cars we ride can be identified by the VIN number. Likewise, a phone has an identification number unique to it. This is known as the International Mobile Equipment Identity number or the IMEI number. To know your iPhone's IMEI number, dial *#06#. 

Block Your Caller ID 

 To do this, just dial the code #31# before dialing the person's number. He/She will be unable to discern that you're the one calling.
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Monday, 12 September 2016

How to Share Your Android Phone Internet Connection with Your Laptop Using Wi-Fi Hotspot

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There are many ways to connect smart devices to laptops. These kept increasing as technology improves and new innovations are introduced. However not many are aware of the power their smart devices wield when it comes to sharing internet connection. Even some tech geeks get themselves modem to connect their laptops or PC to the internet when they have a smart phone with all the capabilities they need. In this post I'm going to teach you how to share your Android Phone internet connection through Wi-Fi hotspot. The Operating system of choice for this illustration is Microsoft Windows 7. The PC setup is almost the same on other OS. Major work is with your Android Phone.

Related Post: How to Share Android Internet Connection with a Windows 7 PC Using USB Tethering

To make your laptop or PC connect to the internet using your phone's wifi, follow the steps below:

  1. Make sure you have subscribe to a data plan through your mobile network provider. 
  2. Switch on your laptop Wireless LAN.
  3. Tap the menu button on your android phone and look for the settings icon.
  4. In the wireless & networks section, tap the "more" button .
  5. You'll see "Tethering & portable hotspot" option. Tap it.
  6. Next tap "Wi-Fi hotspot" option.
  7. Switch on your Wifi hotspot by tapping the button besides "On" above the Basic settings option. It is something else on some other versions of android but it is easy to point out.
Basic Settings

The Basic settings section allow you to do major wifi configurations. The main thing to do here is to set a set up the hotspot so that only those you permit can connect to your network. Of course you don't want just anybody to start draining your data. To do this follow the steps below:
  1. Tap "Set up Wi-Fi hotspot" in the basic settings section
  2. Choose a network name.
  3. Choose a security protocol of choice from the drop down list.
  4. Type the password you'll like anyone who you'll permit to connect enter before gaining access to your network. The password must be at least 8 characters long. Make sure the password you choose is strong. Please read this post before choosing your password.
  5. Save your settings.

Now click the network icon on your PC and you'll see the name of the Wi-Fi network you just setup on your phone.

Click the connect button to connect and insert the password you provided while setting up Wi-Fi on your android phone and connect.

Wait for some seconds for the network to establish the connection. One you see that the network section indicate that you're connected, you can start surfing the net with your PC. 

Happy browsing!
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Saturday, 10 September 2016

5 Things to Keep in Mind when Integrating VoguePay Payment Gateway

Recently I integrated VoguePay payment gateway into a client website. I feel it will be beneficial to share my experience with lovers of this blog that are web developers. It was a nice experience even though I had some issues. The issues were as a result of the fact that I was new to the system. I wrote a post on this blog about VoguePay few weeks ago but it was just to share how I feel about their services. 

Related Post: Send, Receive, and Make Money Online Through VoguePay
The major motivation behind the post is the wonderful experience I had working with their support team. They were there for me all through, encouraging me with prompt response to my mails. The aim of this second post about VoguePay is to keep you informed on five major things you should keep in mind when preparing to integrate VoguePay Payment Gateway. These are things you must do to successfully integrate the system. 

Registration and Merchant ID
On VoguePay, registration is free and easy. All you have to do is filling in necessary details of your client and ask the individual to confirm his/her account by clicking a link sent to the email provided. After a successful registration, the profile is set up and a merchant ID is assigned to it. The merchant ID is the key data that will be used when integrating using any technology.

Business Verification

Before payment can be received on a website, the business for which the business is built must be verified. The verification depends on whether the business is fully registered or not. If it is registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), there is a need to upload scanned copies of the CAC documents and other documents like utility bill and any means of national identification. Otherwise there will be a need to upload just your means of identification. The first option presently cost 1500 naira while the second cost 2500 naira. On VoguePay, there are different classes of business depending how big a firm is.

Transaction Charge
After integration, VoguePay charges some percentage for every transaction carried out on their payment platform. For local transactions, the charge is 2.5% while for international transaction it is about 4.5%. This transaction charge can be shifted to the customers; the choice depends on your client’s decision.

VoguePay Reward Developers
VoguePay recognize the importance of developers and try to reward them through affiliate programs and commissions. VoguePay provide its developers with a code to participate in its affiliate programs. When you refer another developer you receive 30% of the charge on every transaction done on the website the referred developer integrated VoguePay. This is for two years. Developers also get commission from the websites they integrate. This is why developers should be interested in the progress of the website on which VoguePay is integrated.

Payment Maturity
Whenever payments are received on VoguePay, it reflects on the profile but cannot be withdrawn until it matures, i.e. until it reflects on the matured balance on your profile. This usually takes at most 48 hours. Whatever amount on the matured balance can then be withdrawn into any bank account provided. VoguePay stressed that this is for security reasons. It is to avoid fraud and make irregularities easily handled.
That is all I have for you on VoguePay today. Next post about the gateway will be on how to integrate it using woo commerce – an e-commerce plugin for WordPress sites.
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Monday, 5 September 2016

Whatsapp may stop working on Blackberry and some other Phones before the end of 2016

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Whatsapp is a messaging service that has gained popularity among internet users all over the world. In fact it is widely accepted to be most popular internet service after Facebook. However this so called service that has highly affected the daily lives of many does not seem to bring the intended returns anticipated by its investors. 

Even after been embraced by a lot of people, the app is yet to make money. An official release was made by Whatsapp earlier this year which can be found on a blog owned by whatsapp. The release stated below indicate that there is every possibility that whatsapp support for some device may stop before this years ends.

 "WhatsApp support for mobile devices Earlier this week WhatsApp turned seven years old. It has been an amazing journey and in the coming months we're putting an even greater emphasis on security features and more ways to stay in touch with the people that you care about. But anniversary dates are also an opportunity to look back. When we started WhatsApp in 2009, people's use of mobile devices looked very different from today. The Apple App Store was only a few months old. About 70 percent of smartphones sold at the time had operating systems offered by BlackBerry and Nokia. Mobile operating systems offered by Google, Apple and Microsoft – which account for 99.5 percent of sales today – were on less than 25 percent of mobile devices sold at the time. As we look ahead to our next seven years, we want to focus our efforts on the mobile platforms the vast majority of people use. So, by the end of 2016, we will be ending support for WhatsApp Messenger on the following mobile platforms: BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10 Nokia S40 Nokia Symbian S60 Android 2.1 and Android 2.2 Windows Phone 7.1 iPhone 3GS/iOS 6 While these mobile devices have been an important part of our story, they don't offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app's features in the future. This was a tough decision for us to make, but the right one in order to give people better ways to keep in touch with friends, family, and loved ones using WhatsApp. If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone before the end of 2016 to continue using WhatsApp."
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