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.

Load Protect feature is permanently ON for all Smart Bro accounts

Well, I was just about to write about this: about how Android keeps accessing data even though Mobile Data is off in the settings. I mean, off means “off”, right? Apparently, that’s not the case for Android. For Android systems, OFF means OS Services will still use data and access the internet — charged to your account, unless you go the Airplane mode.

Anyway, just today, I received an SMS from Smart saying that the Load Protect feature of Smart Bro is now permanently turned ON. Furthermore, to surf your favorite apps/sites, you are now required to subscribe to a data package. Thus, this means that the automatic default rate of P5/15mins.of internet has been removed to avoid any unwanted charges.

Smart Bro advisory about the Load Protect feature

Smart Bro advisory about the Load Protect feature

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Apps are better designed in iOS than in Android

Before I bought my Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 (9.7-inch, T819), I totally forgot taking into consideration the fact that apps are usually better designed in iOS than in Android.

Not that I totally screwed up in my decision, of course, there are other important factors that I considered, the topmost being the price.

But to give you an example of how apps are better designed in iOS than in Android, take a look at the screenshots of probably the most go-to app for every smartphone and/or tablet owners, Facebook.

In landscape modes, here’s the Facebook app in my old iPad 2:

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Facebook iOS app on my iPad 2 (Landscape mode)

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Video: What you have missed in PIMS 2016

The Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines, Inc (CAMPI) held the 6th Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS 2016) at the World Trade Center – Manila from 14 to 18 September 2016.

It culminated last weekend, and if you missed it, well, I guess you will just have to get by with this video:

We were disappointed that Subaru and Ford did not take part in this motor show, though. We were looking forward to check out the new Subaru XV and Ford Escape.

COL Financial and Bank Charges

This is disappointing news for COL Financial subscribers/account holders. It appears that when you transfer funds to your COL Financial account via bank transfers, bank charges will now apply.

This is because transferring funds to COL Financial for your further stock transactions are treated like bills payment, thus the fee. And starting this year, COL Financial refused to subsidize them. See notice below:

COL Financial Bank Charges notice.

COL Financial Bank Charges notice.

 

With the stiff competition in the stock brokerage business, I don’t think this is a good move by COL Financial. They better offer more value added services in order to stop account holders from moving elsewhere.

Samsung Gear S3

Samsung announced the Gear S3, and I think it’s gorgeous:

9To5Mac:

Obviously, the first thought with a Samsung wearable is that it is designed to go with their Andoid-based smartphones even though this one has LTE, GPS and a reported 4-day battery life.

But this time, they work with iOS…

LTE + GPS + 4-Day Battery + iOS? I’m sold! Now, be gentle on the pricing.