WhatsApp for iOS 7 is out with New Design and Features

WhatsApp for iOS 7

The much awaited WhatsApp for iOS 7 update is finally available throughout the App Store which came around around 2am at night. This update brings the iOS client for your popular messaging service to version 2.11.5, and includes a detailed new iOS 7 inspired user interface, just a little new features as well as other bug fixes.

One of many notable new features in version 2.11.5 of WhatsApp for iOS 7 is named ‘broadcasts lists’, plus it lets you send messages to group of people simultaneously. So lets say for instance you have a list of your classmates or work colleagues, you can message them all at once instead of individually. Looks pretty much like a WhatsApp made group.

Release Notes

– new iOS 7 User Interface

– broadcast lists: communicate with your classmates, work colleagues or just friends by messaging many people at once.

– improved share location: 3D map view, hide places, search places

– large thumbs: see more

– new notification alerts and sounds: WhatsApp Settings > Notifications > New Message.

– application will now use your device text size as configured in iOS Settings > General > Text Size

– new improved User Interface for managing your blocked contacts: WhatsApp Settings > Chat Settings > Blocked

– crop image before sending

Reminder: you can backup your WhatsApp conversations into iCloud. Simply visit WhatsApp Settings > Chat Settings > Chat Backup and tap on “Back Up Now”

The apps’ new UI follows the same design as just about every other app that has been updated to match iOS 7′s aesthetics. There’s a good amount of white space, flat graphics and blue accents to make all of the people that don’t like Apple’s new design direction.

But I personally happen to like the new design, and I’m really digging the UX improvements. There’s the new broadcast lists feature we already mentioned above, improved location sharing, as well larger thumbnails,  and blocking contacts is now much easier than before.

But I also feel that its been more then 6 months since Apple released the iOS 7 APK and after taking so much time for the app’s update, more new features should have been added.

I am really hoping to at least get the ‘Auto-Image download’ toggle in settings because in India, people seem to send images every now and then, and it is difficult to manage the cellular bandwidth.

If you’re already a WhatsApp user, I feel like updating the app is a no-rocket science. Just make sure, as the release notes warns, that you backup your conversations to iCloud before doing so. When you’re ready, you can find the new WhatsApp in the App Store for free.

How To Send Friend Requests When Blocked

We all know that how irritating it is when Facebook blocks you from sending friend requests when you send too many requests to people and they don’t accept it.

And it is even more irritating when you are blocked and you badly want to send request to a known person. And the least you can do is ask the person to request you back.

Every one has been asking who will come up with a trick to send requests even when we are blocked. Well, stop wondering, we are!

This is a working legal trick to send friend request to your mutual friends and unknown people even if you are BLOCKED.

Get Started

1. Get the person’s email address first. Come on guys its not so difficult.

2. Visit Add Personal Contacts as Friends

3. Here you can send friend request even if your are blocked by using their email address.

4. If you want to send friend request to lot’s of friends here is an quick and easy way to do this.

5. Open up a new notepad file, paste all your friends email separated by comma (,)

6. Save the notepad file with the extension .vcf

7. This is your list of your contact files containing your friends email address.

8. Visit the Facebook page to add your vcf file

8. Go to Add Personal Contacts as Friends click on the last option other tools there you can find upload contact file.

9. Browse your .vcf file and upload to the Facebook link given above.

10. It will send request to your friends by email automatically.

Just to make sure this method really works when you are blocked, I went ahead and got myself blocked for 2 days, and tried the above steps. Yep, you guess it right. It did work for me and I was able to send 3 requests at the same time using the .vcf file.

Update

Many people contacted me asking how to find a person’s email address? No doubt that is the most important thing if you need to send friend request even when you are blocked.

So here is the solution for you guys and I hope it will work for you. Please send feedbacks on it.

Click here to know how to find a person’s email address.

Did you like this trick of sending friend request even when you are blocked? Share it with other people and bookmark it so that you can get hold of this article when you find yourself blocked again.

Nokia 207 & 208 Cheapest 3G Phones – Features, Specs and Price

Nokia has come up with a lot of cheapest stuff in the recent times, to keep up with the fame it always has, and after the Nokia 105 which was the cheapest phone, now there are two devices launched, with the tag of being the cheapest 3G phones – Nokia 207 and Nokia 208.

Nokia 208 Specs
Credit: Nokia Gallery

The 207 and 208 look almost identical but the difference in models is mainly due to the tiny feature changes, and both of them are available at the same price, i.e. US $68, which is around Rs. 4000 in the Indian market, and getting a good 3.5G device for that price is good for only those who would want to use the mobile network data regularly. For these budget phones, Nokia has provided several good colour options including red, cyan, yellow, white and black colour.

Nokia 207 Specs

  • Dimensions: 114.2 mm x 50.9 mm x 12.8 mm
  • Weight: 91.3 g
  • 2.4 ” display with RBG color control
  • QVGA display with screen resolution 320 x 240 pixels
  • Battery BL-5C with 1020 mAh capacity
  • RAM: 64 MB
  • Mass memory: 256 MB
  • Maximum 2G talk time: 12h
  • Maximum 3G talk time: 4.5h
  • Maximum 3G standby time: 500h
  • No Camera

Nokia 208 Specs

  • Dimensions: 114.2 mm x 50.9 mm x 12.8 mm
  • Weight: 89.6 g
  • 2.4 ” display with RBG color control
  • QVGA display with screen resolution 320 x 240 pixels
  • Battery BL-5C with 1020 mAh capacity
  • RAM: 64 MB
  • Mass memory: 256 MB
  • Maximum 2G talk time: 12h
  • Maximum 3G talk time: 4.5h
  • Maximum 3G standby time: 500h
  • Main camera sensor: 1.3 MP
  • Camera resolution: 1280 x 960 pixels

Nokia 207 and 208 Price

Both the devices are priced at around $68 and the main difference between them is that the Nokia 208 comes with a rear camera with 1.3 megapixel lens, while there is no camera provided in the Nokia 207.

Update HTC Desire X to Jelly Bean 4.1.1 Official Firmware

HTC Desire X has not been much popular but it still encloses a bunch of healthy specifications. As a matter of fact, the unpopularity of this phone is kind of meaningless.

But whatever the case maybe, I personally like this smartphone a lot; it brings you with a very good bunch of specifications. However, there is still one problem which you might face – due to the unpopularity; there are really less custom ROMs available for this Phone.

HTC Desire X

The HTC Desire X comes with Ice Cream Sandwich as a stock firmware and was previously not considered capable enough to handle Jelly Bean 4.1.1.

However, I guess HTC widened their horizons and realised that the HTC Desire X can really take hold of Jelly Bean 4.1.1, in fact, the specifications are just fit for the Jelly Bean OS.

Or the other way round, what I actually mean is that HTC has started to roll out the Jelly Bean 4.1.1 update for the HTC Desire X in a really few regions, maybe only a few thousand square meters.

And as a result, it is testing the patience of thousands of its users in other regions. But guess what? Yes you have got it right, XDA Developers have got their backs and have uploaded a Deodexed version of the Jelly Bean 4.1.1 stock ROM. It works just like the stock Jelly Bean 4.1.1 ROM with HTC Sense 4+. The only thing different thing in it is that it is pre-rooted.

Anyways, today we are going to acquaint you guys to the way by which you will be able to manually update and install the deodexed Jelly Bean 4.1.1 ROM on your HTC Desire X.

If you are used to this stuff then this might not be a problem for you, however, let me tell you that as it is a stock ROM, therefore the method will be a bit different as compared to the method used to install a typical custom ROM (due to ICS hboot).

Preparation

  • Make sure all the USB drivers for your HTC are installed (including HTC Sync)
  • Root your phone as well
  • Install TWRP recovery on your phone (not CWM)
  • Download the ROM and copy it to your SD card
  • Download ICShboot toolkit
  • Take a NanDroid backup

Steps to Install and Update to Jelly Bean 4.1.1

  1. Boot into recovery and perform a factory reset
  2. Install the ROM file now
  3. Press the Home button> click reboot and then choose BOOTLOADER
  4. Now you need to mod the hboot, when you are into the bootloader, go in the fastboot mode and connect your phone to your PC with USB
  5. Now open the ICShboot toolkit
  6. Now double click on Install boot.img
  7. Wait for the CMD to complete its command and then it will tell you to press any key to continue

Right after this, you will have Jelly Bean 4.1.1 installed on your Desire X. However, remember that in order to boot into the OS, you need to go back into the bootloader and then select the option “recovery”(always).

How to Cut Your Mobile Phone Bill

It is hard to imagine life without mobile phones these days. How can something so small become such a huge part of our lives? Mobile phones have become the major way to communicate with friends and family in recent years. This is particularly true for the younger generation, and those that lead lives that are so busy they are always on the go.

The only downside to using them so much is the bill. Sometimes when we have overused our mobile phones, all of our free minutes and text messages have been used up early on in the month, this means the bill that comes can be rather scary.

However, by being sensible and remembering just a few points you can make sure that your mobile phone bill does not become the thing of nightmares.

Check Your Tariff

First of all every mobile phone user must review the plan he or she is using. There are a number of different tariffs available so there is sure to be something to suit each individual need. You should do a little bit of research before making the final decision.

Like if you do not use the internet service on your mobile, you should avoid opting for a plan in which it is included as this can add a lot of money to your bill so you end up wasting your hard-earned cash on something you just do not need.

It is a fact that an estimated 800 million bucks a year are wasted by mobile phone users who sign up for the wrong tariffs. Some users fail to use their inclusive minutes or texts, which means they could go for the cheaper tariffs but they do not. And sometimes the story is just the opposite; many users overdo it each month and use up their free calls and texts too quickly.

This results in huge mobile bills and the stress of worrying how to pay for it. This is why before signing up to anything, users are advised to carefully think about their requirements and go for an appropriate plan.

There are many users who like to make calls, some like sending text messages while some are always busy on the internet. In this highly competitive industry, the mobile phone service providers have come up with different plans for different people.

Change Your Contract

After doing a little research on the internet, you can find the best deal for yourself quite easily. If you are going to sign up for a new network, you must be sure whether you need a new mobile phone or not.

If you do not need a new phone, you can choose a lower cost. There are plenty of service providers in the market offering new contract with a SIM card only. This can save several hundred bucks over the course of the year.

Change Networks

You can also reduce your mobile phone bills by considering what networks your friends and family use. If most of them use the same network that you are connected to it will definitely be helpful in reducing the bills.

However, it might be worth considering changing network provider if most of your contacts are with someone else as cross network calling charges are higher. You can also consider deals which offer free calls during certain hours.

I use Reliance (India) and all my friends and family use the same network. If you are quite aware of these things, you will know that Reliance to Reliance calling is absolutely free. So i do not get much bill other than rentals and Net plans.

By keeping these few things in mind, you will be able to reduce your mobile phone bills making them much more affordable.

What are your strategies to stay in budget when using it to the fullest? Are you satisfied with your network provider?