WhatsApp Updates: Message queue, more photos/videos to send

by Thomas Arie at January 25, 2017 04:35 AM

Even I use Telegram more than WhatsApp, but I still have WhatsApp installed since some of my contacts are still there. The latest WhatsApp for iPhone — I haven’t checked the Android version — has some features that I think needed to be noted.

  1. Message queue. Any messages being sent/received while not being connected to the internet will be queued up and delivered after it’s connected.
  2. Previously, we can only send up to 10 photos/videos at once. Now, we can send up to 30 photos/videos.
  3. Redesigned storage usage screen to help cleaning up the storage space.

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AirAsia X cleared for US flights

by Thomas Arie at January 24, 2017 11:00 AM

AirAsia X cleared for US flights, 1st Asian budget carrier to get nod

Malaysia’s AirAsia X Bhd said it had become Asia’s first low-cost carrier to receive approval to operate scheduled passenger flights to any destination within the United States.

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Trump’s Cabinet

by Thomas Arie at January 24, 2017 06:23 AM

Trump’s Cabinet So Far Is More White and Male Than Any First Cabinet Since Reagan’s

President Trump’s cabinet is shaping up to have a smaller percentage of women and nonwhites than the first cabinets of Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George Bush.

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123RF’s Credit Reminder Call

by Thomas Arie at January 24, 2017 01:06 AM

Few days ago, I got a phone call from 123RF. A lady on the phone asked me why I didn’t make other purchases after I used my credits. She made sure whether I had problems with my account or else. I told her that for now, I don’t need to purchase any stock photos.

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Hugo Barra is leaving Xiaomi

by Thomas Arie at January 23, 2017 06:03 PM

Hugo Barra is leaving Xiaomi and going back to Silicon Valley

A former star at Google who oversaw the development of Android, the Brazilian native shocked the tech industry when he announced he would join Xiaomi in 2013, then a three-year-old company. At the time, the company was making waves in China for its then innovative model of selling phones online only. Yet the company was barely known outside of Asia.

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Zuck’s Facebook Page Team

by Thomas Arie at January 19, 2017 04:41 AM

This Team Runs Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook Page

The bottom line: There are more than a dozen Facebook employees writing Mark Zuckerberg’s posts or scouring the comments for spammers and trolls.

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Facebook, logout

by Thomas Arie at December 04, 2016 08:07 PM

Today, I decided to deactivate my Facebook account. Facebook is a nice place to interact with other people, I can confirm this. But, at the same time, in the last few months — or probably long time ago — I see too many ‘negative’ news in my feed. I know, it depends on who I follow, who my ‘friends’ are and how they interact with updates, information, news, or whatever information they share on the internet.

Of course, I can simply use the “unfollow” feature. Or, I can de-friend some of the people. I can always use the “hide” features. But, it’s just to much work. So, bye Facebook. At least for now.

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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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