The Search for the Android Todo App with Persistent Notification

In an effort to stay organized and productive, you whip out a pen and a piece of paper and jot down the list of your impending todos. As you move along your day, you tick off those tasks that you have completed, leaving the unmarked ones for tomorrow, hopefully.

A couple of days later, that piece of paper is now buried in various pages of office printouts and drafts, leaving the rest of your todos ignored, and thus, undone.

Therefrom, you installed a todo app on your smartphone. That way, you can schedule important tasks that need to be done on a particular time. Your phone will remind you when that task is due. Efficient and effective, you thought. Until the day you were in a meeting for a while and left your phone on your desk gathering notifications after notifications.

Overwhelmed by these notifications, you decided to clear them all. And thus, you missed your tasks again– ignored, undone! Continue reading

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What are the freebies that come with your new Globe at Home subscription?

Part of the reason why I chose Globe’s postpaid internet called Globe at Home was because of the freebies they came waiving at my face when I first approached their booth at the mall.

I opted for the Plan 1599, and here are the plan inclusions as described in their website: Continue reading

How to completely turn off mobile data in Android?

When you own a smartphone, are you expected to be subscribed to a data plan with it?

Apparently, the answer is yes if you own an Android device.

Turning off Mobile/Cellular Data in the Settings

In iPhones, if you turn cellular data off, it means no cellular data — completely. As long as it stays off, you will not be charged for any unintentional background data use.

That is not the case for Android. Apparently, even if you turn off mobile data in your Android device and solely use wifi for internet connection, the system still uses mobile data and connects to the internet from time to time.

So now you can’t fault me when my money mostly goes to my ever reliable iPhone in the battle between the two systems. Continue reading

NBA League Pass in the Philippines

With the timezone difference, Filipinos in the Philippines can’t catch each and every game of the NBA. Normally, the games happen while we’re at work. Thus, we can only enjoy the games usually every weekend, and not all weekends are free day for everyone.

And thus, it’s not practical to fork out Php4,999 per year, Php650 per month, or Php99 per day to avail of the NBA League Pass.

If I were to suggest a reasonable price for NBA League Pass, it would be Php999 (~US$20) for a year, Php199 (~US$4) for a month, and Php49 (~$1) for a weekend (Saturday and Sunday, Philippine time). That is how Filipinos will find it reasonable, considering the standard of living and the volume of games they can freely watch anyway. And this is how NBA can sell the NBA League Pass in the Philippines.

Business Insider vs. Ad-Blocker

Dear Business Insider,

You’re not the only website dealing with topics I’m interested in. Thanks to your animosity against ad-blockers, I never have to visit your website again.

Hey, it’s fine to have me click one more time to get rid of those pesky notifications that I’m using ad-blocker plugins, but not to the extent of totally stopping me from accessing/reading your content.

Now, is there a way to tell Google Search to not show results from these kind of websites?

Regards,

deuts

How muting group conversations in Viber (iOS) works?

When group conversations have become too busy you can’t keep up with them any longer, or maybe you just want to totally ignore them — at least for the time being, you actually have the option to mute them by going to the group’s Chat Info & Settings, and there’s a toggle to Mute Group.

However, what does this really do totally defeats its purpose. Yes, it stops the notification sounds from going off, and new messages don’t appear in the notification center, but the app badge still shows how many messages you’ve missed from these muted group conversations. Also, when you open the app, the Chats tab still shows the number of unread messages even when they’re from the “muted” ones, which clearly gets in the way when your intention was to totally ignore them.

So, unless and until Viber corrects this issue, I’m turning off notifications for this app altogether. Or, perhaps, uninstall Viber completely.

The Cheaper Way to Renew Domain Names than GoDaddy

I have kept GoDaddy as my domain registrar for quite some time for two of my domain names. But upon seeing my email notice recently reminding me to renew one of the domain names, and with the renewal rates they were trying to charge me at $18.49 for a year, I thought to myself: there must be something wrong with GoDaddy.

Indeed, a few Google searches over, foraging through a few tech forums, and it was revealed that GoDaddy charges at least 30% higher than competition for domain name renewals.

You see the dirty tactic they employ here: entice you with the super low new domain registration — even for as low as $1 for the first year, then hit you hard in the latter years with exorbitant fees. If you’re not savvy enough about how domain registrations work, you’ll just yield to their whims and pay.

As for myself, I transferred my domain name to Name.com. At least, looking around on their website, they’re transparent enough to show you how much are they charging for new registrations (i.e. at reasonably discounted prices) and renewals thereafter.

I paid $9.50 for the domain transfer with Name.com, and that includes domain renewal for the first year. Moreover, their dashboard indicates that domain name renewals thereafter cost $12.99 per year.

By the way, I tried Namecheap.com and Domain.com as well. But I experienced problems while trying out their domain transfer facility, so I gave up.

 

The real reason why I’d still go with the iPhone

It’s already 2017. You’d think Android devices have already caught up with the iPhone, especially in terms of performance.

Just watch the video below. Just remember that the iPhone 7 Plus was released the earliest among the phones tested, which include Samsung Galaxy S8, LG G6, Google Pixel, and OnePlus 3T.