by Thomas Arie at October 17, 2016 07:08 PM

Unsplash — Free (do whatever you want) high-resolution photos.

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123RF Verification on Credit Purchase

by Thomas Arie at October 14, 2016 06:54 AM

Disclaimer: This review is based on my personal experience. 123RF did not request me to write this article and I’m not endorsed or paid for making this review.


Today, I just decided to purchase some credits under my account at 123RF.com since I need to get some images from there. After creating an account, I simply made a purchase. It was a simple process. When I made the my purchase, I was connected to my office VPN. So, I was detected in Singapore while I was physically in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

I filled in all billing information. I have been making lots of transactions using my credit cards, and I had most of them succeeded.

When I hit the purchase button, I got a notification saying that a verification process was needed and it would be by calling my phone number. I waited for the next few minutes. But, I didn’t get any phone call (on my mobile number).

So, I decided to contact 123RF from its Live Chat feature. So, I provided the customer service staff with my invoice number and some basic information about my order and account. The customer service staff informed me to make verification process based on the instruction sent to my email. She also requested my mobile number again and I gave her my numbers.

I replied the email with the information about my full name, bank account information, and my home address. I provided all the information based on my credit card information. No credit card number of verification number provided during this process.

In the next few seconds, I got a phone call from 123RF. She introduced herself as Jessica from 123RF, and she was using Bahasa Indonesia. She asked me for some details about my order and the situation that I made an order  from Singapore (while my address is in Yogyakarta, Indonesia). Of course, I was more than happy to give the best answer. Then, she told me that she would be back to work on my order.

After few minutes, I got another call from her telling that the credit was already under my account. I checked directly by refreshing my browser, and the credit was there.

Overall, I had a good experience on my first credit order. I know that each companies — when it comes to payment or security — has its own standard of the payment or security. 123RF has its own verification process. Based on my experience just now, 123RF made the verification simple enough.

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On Tokopedia Electricity Credit

by Thomas Arie at October 11, 2016 05:19 PM

I tried to purchase electricity token credit from BCA internet banking service. But, it didn’t work. My transaction could not be processed. Lucky that Tokopedia — one of the  Indonesia marketplaces — is available for electricity token credit. The order process was simple. After having the order under my internet banking account, I made the payment. And, within seconds I had my order status to “Paid”. Great.

Wait… not so great. The thing was that the token credit was not available yet. It was because of the system policy that “An order made between 11PM until 1AM will be processed (automatically) after 1AM”. Meh.

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Workplace by Facebook

by Thomas Arie at October 11, 2016 04:00 AM

Workplace by Facebook

Connect everyone in your company and turn ideas into action. Through group discussion, a personalised News Feed, and voice and video calling, work together and get more done.
Workplace is an ad-free space, separate from your personal Facebook account.

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Bye Google’s Panoramio

by Thomas Arie at October 10, 2016 05:09 PM

Google will shutdown its Panoramio in November 2016. It’s a photo sharing application in which all photos can be accessed on Google Earth and Google Maps. But, its popularity is left behind since Google Photos and Google Maps are more favorable in a way how photos will be functioning as the primary contents or additional information.

Google Local Guides

I almost never look at Panoramio since I’m more on Google Maps. Google Maps already has deep integration with photo contents especially using its Google Local Guides. And, I have started contributing few months ago. Google Maps and Local Guides integration is just seamless and I have nothing but enjoyable experience.

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Continuous Deployment at Instagram

by Thomas Arie at October 04, 2016 06:50 PM

Continuous Deployment at Instagram. Some backgrounds on the the reasons, implementation, and some expected problems. An interesting read.

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Pixel — Phone by Google

by Thomas Arie at October 03, 2016 05:28 PM

Google Pixel phone is not yet officially revealed. But, there are already some leaked images and information.

Both devices — Pixel and Pixel XL — will have 32GB or 128GB of storage, 4GB of RAM, Qualcomm’s latest 821 processor, AMOLED screens, fingerprint scanners on the back, an eight-megapixel selfie camera and a 12-megapixel camera on the back with optical image stabilisation, according to the smartphone retailers listings which have since been removed.

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Marketplace by Facebook

by Thomas Arie at October 03, 2016 05:17 PM

Marketplace by Facebook: buying and selling with each other

To help people make more of these connections, today we’re introducing Marketplace, a convenient destination to discover, buy and sell items with people in your community. Marketplace makes it easy to find new things you’ll love, and find a new home for the things you’re ready to part with. We’ll continue to build new options and features to make this the best experience for people.

In this initial release, Marketplace will be available in the US, UK, Australia, and New Zealand on the Facebook app for iPhone and Android. And, it will be only available for users over 18 years old.


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We will die at the hands of our smartphones

by Thomas Arie at October 01, 2016 04:38 PM

It’s time to accept that we will die at the hands of our smartphones

Unlike what you might think, the way we will die by smartphone will not vary. At least not by much. Sure, there will be those who follow a smartphone game off of a cliff, or walk into traffic looking at a map, or lie down on the ground, close their eyes, and refuse to ever get up again because of Twitter. But the rest of us will die when our phones explode.

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G Suite

by Thomas Arie at September 30, 2016 03:08 AM

Google Apps for Work now has a new name. It’s G Suite.

G Suite is a set of intelligent apps — Gmail, Docs, Drive, Calendar, Hangouts, and more — designed to bring people together, with real-time collaboration built in from the start. And there’s a lot more on the way. Because we believe that when organizations break down silos, connect people and empower them to work together, we get the speed, agility and impact needed to compete in today’s market.

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BlackBerry will focus on software

by Thomas Arie at September 28, 2016 06:54 PM

BlackBerry will stop designing its own phones and focus on software

“The company plans to end all internal hardware development and will outsource that function to partners,” CEO John Chen said in a statement. “This allows us to reduce capital requirements and enhance return on invested capital.”

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How Budget Airlines Work Explained

by Thomas Arie at September 27, 2016 03:18 AM

I like budget airlines! But, how is it possible for airlines to have such low price? This video will explain.

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Nokia 216

by Thomas Arie at September 27, 2016 01:07 AM

Microsoft will be releasing Nokia 216 and Nokia 216 Dual Sim. I thought Microsoft will stop making another Nokia phones. But, aside from the fact that smartphones are getting more popularity, there is still a huge market. I’m thinking of getting this new phone — when it’s available in Indonesia. Its “up to 24 days of standby time ” is just tempting. Of course, it’s might be less than that. But, I can accept 14 days of standby time. The overall specifications are not bad at all.

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Google’s AI Object Recognition Accuracy: 93%

by Thomas Arie at September 26, 2016 02:27 PM

How’s the accuracy of Google’s AI to identify objects in an image? According to the research report, it’s more than 93%. It’s 93.9% to be precise.

Today’s code release initializes the image encoder using the Inception V3 model, which achieves 93.9% accuracy on the ImageNet classification task. Initializing the image encoder with a better vision model gives the image captioning system a better ability to recognize different objects in the images, allowing it to generate more detailed and accurate descriptions. This gives an additional 2 points of improvement in the BLEU-4 metric over the system used in the captioning challenge.

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A New Type Of Font by Google, Apple, and Microsoft

by Thomas Arie at September 26, 2016 02:15 PM

Google, Apple, And Microsoft Are Quietly Developing A New Type Of Font. “What are variable fonts, and why are some of the biggest tech companies on the planet throwing their weight behind them?”

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How-To: Calling Siri on Mac Using Custom Keyboard Shortcut or Dictation

by Thomas Arie at September 26, 2016 02:08 PM

What Siri can do

I tried using Siri on Mac after my upgrade to macOS Sierra, and it works as expected, even I’m still using some basic commands. It’s just like they way I talk to Siri on my iPhone and iPad. Asking Siri is simple, just hit the Siri button on the menu bar, and send your command.

But, can we call Siri from a keyboard shortcut or even dictation? Yes, we can.

By default, Siri can be called by holding Command and Space. Just press the Command and Space on your keyboard. But, we can override this setup by making our own keyboard shortcut. Go to System Preferences, choose Siri and there is an option to change they Keyboard Shortcut value.

Siri Preferences

You can choose one of the option or create a new shortcut by choosing “Customize”. Right now, I use Control and Space as my custom keyboard shortcut. But, what about calling Siri using dictation command? These are some simple steps:

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  1. Go to Dictation menu tab under Keyboard settings from your System Preferences. Turn the Dictation “On” and tick the “Use Enhanced Dictation” option.
  2. Go back to System Preference screen and choose Accessibility menu. From this screen, go to Dictation menu. Tick on “Enable the dictation keyword phrase:” and I type “Hey” (without quotes) because I want to use “Hey Siri!” as my dictation command. After this, hit the “Dictation Commands…” menu button on the same window.
  3. Tick on “Enable advanced command” option so that we can add a new command by clicking on the “plus” button. Here are my current option values:
    • When I say: Siri
    • While using: Any Application
    • Perform: Press Keyboard Shortcut…
  4. In the previous step, I choose Control and Space as my custom keyboard shortcut (to call Siri). So, I do the same here. Click “Done” to end this setup.

After the setup, I can now have Siri available both from keyboard shortcut or dictation. Look ma, hands free!

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