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Apple just released the final version of the company’s iOS 11 mobile operating system to the general public, after being in the beta stage for about 3 months. As long as you have an iOS device that was at least released in late 2013, you’ll be able to update and enjoy using the latest version of the operating system. iOS 11 brings a lot of new features and functionalities to the table, but there are a lot of hidden features and options as well in the latest iOS update. Well, if you’re interested already, let’s take a look at 15 cool iOS 11 tricks you should know:iOS 11 Tips and Tricks You Should Know
Note: I tried these iOS 11 tricks on my iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 6s but they should work on older iPhones as well as the new iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X.1. Hidden Dark Mode
Dark mode is a feature that has been hugely awaited since the iOS 10.3 update. Although we didn’t exactly get the dark mode that we were looking for, iOS 11 offers the closest experience so far. It’s called “Smart Invert” mode and it can be easily enabled by simply following the steps below:
Once you’re in the Invert Colors menu, you’ll notice the “Smart Invert” toggle that can be used to easily enable/disable the feature. Now, once you scroll through most of the menu sections within iOS, you’ll have a completely dark theme rather than a boring light one.
Although we enjoyed using the “Smart Invert” dark mode, it’s far from perfect due to the fact that pictures, third-party applications and icons appear as if they’re in negative color mode rather than a true dark mode. Hopefully, Apple improves upon this new feature in the near future.2. Customize Control Center 3. Offload Apps
Offloading is a new feature implemented by Apple to conserve storage space on your iOS devices, especially the ones having a limited space of 64 GB or lower. Well, by offloading an app, users are basically uninstalling an app while keeping all the data intact, so that they can continue from where they left, if they choose to reinstall the app again. In order to offload any app on your iOS device, head over to Settings and simply follow the steps below:
In the next menu, scroll down and choose the particular app that you want to offload, and tap on “Offload App”. Once the device asks you to confirm, tap “Offload App” again.4. Type to Siri
Siri is the personal voice assistant that’s available across iOS devices. We usually make use of voice commands to ask away all our queries, but with iOS 11, you can type away your queries as well. This is especially useful if you’re in a crowded environment where Siri is not picking up your voice accurately, or if you’re in a situation that you have to remain silent at any cost. Well, first you need to enable the feature within settings. However, it’s worth noting that, as long as you have “Type to Siri” enabled, you won’t be able to control Siri with your voice. Without further ado, simply follow the steps below to enable “Type to Siri”:
Now, simply activate Siri as you normally would, by long-pressing the home button. Well, what are you waiting for? Start typing your queries right away using the onscreen keyboard.5. Screen Recording
Now, once you bring up the Control Center by swiping up from the bottom of your screen, you’ll notice the “Screen Recording” toggle at the very bottom. You can tap once on it to start recording and tap it again to stop recording your scren. It cannot get any more easier than this.6. Send Live Photos as GIFs
Once you’ve shot a Live Photo using your iPhone’s camera, head over to the Photos app to view the picture and simply swipe upwards on the screen. A new menu will show up on the screen which can be used to change the effect for the Live Photo that you just shot. Select either “Loop” or “Bounce” as the effect and tap on the “Share” option at the bottom-left of your screen. Now, you’ll be able to choose Apple’s “Mail” app for sharing this Live Photo.
Now, you’ll be taken to the Mail app where you can directly send the Photo as a GIF to the recipient. Users can choose either small file size or the actual size before sending the GIF. If you don’t want to compress the GIF, actual file size will pretty much be the better choice here.7. Disable High Efficiency Image Format
Apple’s iOS 11 follows a new image compression technique called HEIF (High Efficiency Image Format) and it’s used across all the photos that are captured on your iOS devices powered by the Apple A9 chip or higher. This is done to reduce the size taken up by your photos and conserve the precious non-expandable storage space of your device. Although it’s a welcome feature and the compression technique involves almost no image quality loss at all, there are concerns regarding the compatibility of this file format. Well, third-party applications like Discord doesn’t recognize this relatively new format once the pictures are uploaded, and therefore, they’re rendered as an unknown file, rather than an image file. In order to avoid such compatibility issues, users might be interested in disabling this feature. So, simply follow the steps below to disable HEIF within a matter of seconds:
Choose “Most Compatible” to be the preferred format that should be used by iOS to handle all the photos that are captured using your iOS device. Well, that’s pretty much the whole process. From now on, you don’t even have to worry about image compatibility issues.8. Scan QR Codes
Once you update your device to iOS 11, you’ll be able to use the default Camera app to scan any QR code that you could possibly come across. There’s no setting that you need to fiddle around with. Simply point the camera at the QR code and let your device do the job for you. The link behind the particular code will be displayed as a banner at the top of your screen.9. Shut Down iOS Device Without Pressing A Button
As you might all know, almost all the iOS devices have a dedicated sleep/wake button to turn it on and off. However, that’s not the case with the new iPhone X. Although there’s a sleep/wake button to lock and unlock your phone, long pressing the button will activate Siri, rather than giving you the option to turn the device off. Well, there’s nothing much to worry about, as you’ll be able to make use of this trick to turn it off. It’s also pretty useful if you managed to damage the power button and it’s no longer functioning.10. Scan Documents in Notes
Ever wanted to convert your physical documents into a digital one, without having to spend a chunk of cash on a dedicated scanner? Well, from now on with iOS 11, you’ll be able to do just that. The stock Notes app on your iOS device will be able to scan and save your documents easily. Simply follow the steps below to get this done in a jiffy:
Open the “Notes” app and tap on “Create Note” icon which is indicated by a pen and paper at the bottom-right of your screen. In the next menu, tap on the “+” icon located right above your keyboard.
The scanned document will look quite similar to the one shown below. As you can see, iOS 11 did a fairly good job in the scanning process. If you’re not satisfied with the results, you can choose to retake the scan and position your camera perfectly.11. Annotate Screenshots
Almost every smartphone today can take screenshots, but marking them up is still a tedious process. Well, with iOS 11, users will be able to markup their screenshots immediately after they take it. All you need to do is, simply take a screenshot as usual and tap on the screenshot preview that appears for a few seconds at the bottom-left corner of the screen. Now, you’ll be able to markup your screenshots and tap on “Done” to save the edited screenshot.12. Persistent Notifications
Apple’s interactive banner-style notifications on iOS are quite impressive to say the least. They least just long enough to read the whole notification and automatically disappears. However, not everyone is fast enough in reading and therefore, the temporary banner might just not make the cut for them. Well, once you’ve updated to iOS 11, you’ll be able to switch between Temporary and Persistent banner notifications for each app individually.13. Share Screenshots Quickly
People usually take screenshots on their smartphones to share it with others, but who wants to deal with the hassle of getting inside the Photos app just to share the particular screenshot? Well, with iOS 11, users will be able to share their screenshots immediately after they take it. This can be done by long-pressing on the screenshot preview that appears for a few seconds at the bottom-left corner of the screen. iOS will now display all the supported applications that it can share your screenshot to. The process of taking and sharing screenshots, just got a lot more easier and faster.14. One-Handed Keyboard
If you’re using the Plus variant of an iPhone, and if you have really tiny hands, you’ll probably be using both of your hands all the time for typing. What if you want to text while you’re eating or drinking and one of your hands isn’t clean? Well, just make use of one-handed keyboard, a nifty feature that comes with the iOS 11 update.15. Save Webpages As PDF
Ever wanted to save online webpages for offline reading and sharing at a later time? Apple lets you do just that with iOS 11. Once you update to the latest version of the operating system, you’ll be able to quickly create a PDF out of any webpage. In order to do this, tap on the “Share” icon located at the bottom of the Safari browser and choose the option “Create PDF”. Once done, you can just tap on “Done” to save the PDF file for later use.Bonus: Siri Tricks
Apple’s personal voice assistant that’s baked into iOS just got a lot smarter with the latest version of the operating system. You can now ask Siri to translate English into various languages including Mandarin, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. However, the assistant still can’t translate it the other way around. Hopefully, that gets implemented by the Cupertino-based company in the near future.
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If you’ve ever used Uber in your life, you already know that all riders get to rate their drivers based on their experience. However, not everyone knows that the drivers also get to rate the rider. While drivers are booted off the platform if their ratings fall below a particular threshold that varies from city to city and country to country, riders can also be blocked temporarily or even permanently based on their ratings if the company feels that their business is just not worth the trouble for its ‘driver-partners’. That being the case, it pays to know how you are being perceived by your drivers, and the best yardstick for that is the rating you’re getting from them.
So how to know your Uber rating? Earlier, you had to go deep into the Settings menu in the Uber app and then send a request to the Uber servers to know your rating, but the whole process has now been considerably simplified. All you now have to do is just tap on the little ‘Hamburger Menu’ (three little lines) on the top left-hand side of your Uber app, and you’ll get to see your rating front and center in the slide-out panel, as highlighted in the image below.
2. Book Ride For Someone Else
This is a relatively new feature that Uber officially rolled out a few weeks ago. Although technically you could always book cabs for someone else, it required you to play around a bit with the app and circumvent a few restrictions that are put up by the company to prevent abuse, but now, the process has just gotten a whole lot simpler. Once you ensure that you’re indeed running the latest version of Uber, there are two ways you can go about booking a ride for someone else, depending on whether you have that person’s contact number in your phone or not.
Once Uber detects that your current location is not the pickup point you’ve filled in, it will ask you if the ride’s for you or someone else. Just pick “Someone Else”, and from the resultant page, navigate to the name/contact number of the person who will be taking this ride.
As far as the payment is concerned, the eventual passenger can pay by cash in India and other countries where cash is accepted as a mode of payment, but in the U.S., for instance, the person booking the cab will need to pay it with the card they registered with Uber.3. Edit Pickup Location
Uber lets you alter your pickup location after your booking’s been confirmed, but it does come with quite a few pre-conditions. Firstly, you’re only allowed to do it once for each trip, so make sure you input the right location while editing. Secondly, once an Uber driver accepts your booking, you can only alter your location within a small radius of your initially-requested pickup-point, and not a whole new location across town. Finally, the feature is not available on UberPool, so if you have booked a shared cab, you’ll need to rush to your scheduled pickup-point if you’re not already there.
Now that you know the limitations of this feature, let’s jump right into how you can actually alter your pickup point. Once you’ve booked an Uber, you’ll see an ‘Edit’ button next to your pickup location. Tap on that, and you’ll get a little grey circle around your initially-requested pickup-point. You can now proceed to type in a new address or drag the pin over to the location you want your cab to arrive at. In each case, though, the new location needs to be within that grey circle for your request to be accepted. Once you’re done choosing the new location, you can just tap on “Confirm” to complete your request.4. Change Final Destination / Enter Multiple Destinations
You can also use this trick to schedule multiple stops with your Uber in case you want to pick someone up or drop somebody off before reaching your eventual destination. To do that, just put in your first destination to book your ride as usual. Once you’ve reached that location, you can just update your eventual destination in the same way as described in the last paragraph.5. Save Frequent Locations
Tired of typing in the same address time and time again in your Uber app while booking your ride? Uber’s got a pretty simple solution for you. While you could always save up to two addresses as ‘Work’ and ‘Home’, the company, only recently, rolled out an upgraded ‘Saved Places’ feature that allows users to save multiple locations instead of two. The new version of Saved Places was just rolled out in countries like the U.S. and India a few weeks ago and will be available worldwide by the end of this year, if a post on the company’s official blog is anything to go by.6. Schedule A Ride In Advance
Depending on where you are, you should be able to schedule your ride with UberGo, UberX, UberXL, or any other tier that Uber offers in your area except for UberPool.7. Share ETA And Trip Status With Friends
Uber allows you to send your trip status and location details to people in your contact list, provided, you’ve given it the necessarily permissions. You can either use this feature to reassure your loved ones about your safety, or to let your boss see for themselves that you’re really stuck in traffic, and not making excuses for showing up late at work. Once your ride starts, you can share your location and ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival) with people of your choosing by tapping on the ‘Share ETA’ button and selecting your contacts as shown in the image below.
Uber will send them a link to your live trip-map via a standard text message, and they will be able to follow your ride until you reach your destination, irrespective of whether they have Uber installed on their device or not.8. Unlock Custom Snapchat Filters with ETA Info
Uber introduced a new feature late last year that allows riders to unlock custom filters on Snapchat. What’s really cool is that these filters come with ETA info, so you can just Snap your ETA to your loved ones in a fun way, rather than using the usual messaging service. If you’re an existing Snapchat user, you’ll see the Snapchat card in your ride feed at the bottom of the screen once you start your ride. You can then tap on the card and choose the filter you want, before taking a selfie and right-swiping on the image to send it to the contacts of your choice.9. Split Fare With Friends
The option to split fares is available in most countries Uber operates in, and is applicable to all of Uber’s services, including UberPool, but your friends will need to accept your offer to split the fare before the end of the trip, failing which, you’ll have to make the payment from your own pocket. Of course, this only applies if you are paying by cards or e-wallets, so if you’re using cash to pay for Uber, you’ll still need to take your calculator out to to split the cost the old-fashioned way.10. Share Invite Code For Discounts And Free Rides
Uber offers a nice little incentive to its existing users to be its flagbearers and brand ambassadors. Once you sign up and start riding with Uber, you’ll get your very own unique invite quote that you can then send to your friends, family, co-workers, acquaintances and just about anybody you think might be interested in signing up for the service. Once they sign up with your unique code, both you and the new registrant will receive discounts on your next ride(s).
11. Customize Your Invite Code12. Listen To Spotify and Pandora During Your Trip (iOS only, unavailable in India):
While the 10 tips and tricks listed above are applicable irrespective of whether you use Android or iOS, the Spotify / Pandora integration is only accessible via the iOS app as of now, with no word on when the feature might arrive on Android. What’s more, your driver also needs to have enabled this feature through his app for you to be able to listen to your chosen music during your trip, but once those conditions are met, you’ll see the Pandora music card in your trip feed. You can then tap on the ‘Play Your Own Music’ option to either sign up for or log into a Spotify Premium account. Once you’re signed in, you can choose songs, stations or previously-curated playlists to play during your trip. Goes without saying that this feature won’t be available in places like India where neither Spotify nor Pandora is officially available.
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Apple has been rolling out Public (and Developer) Betas of iOS 10 for a while now, and with every new iteration, there are some changes. While most of these changes are bug fixes from previous betas, or design changes based on (what I think is) user feedback, some of the changes are great new features.1. Emergency Bypass in Contacts
We all know that feeling when we pull out our phone after a long time of it being on “Do not Disturb”, only to find about a million missed calls from our parents, usually followed by a mini heart attack. Well, someone at Apple’s software department obviously didn’t want to let their kids use the “my phone was set to do not disturb” excuse, the next time they failed to answer a call, and the result in iOS 10, is an option to enable Emergency Bypass on a per-contact basis.
If you have enabled Emergency Bypass for a particular contact, your iPhone will ring for calls from that number, even if your iPhone was set to Do not Disturb. No more excuses, guys.
1. Go to the Contacts app, and select the contact that you want to enable Emergency Bypass for.
2. Tap on “Edit” on the top right.
3. Go to “Ringtone” options.
4. Enable “Emergency Bypass”.2. Annotate Videos and Photos in iMessages
iMessage is getting some really cool features in iOS 10, making it a competitor against more popular (and cross-platform) apps such as WhatsApp and Snapchat, each of which have their own set of sweet tricks up their sleeves. We have covered WhatsApp and Snapchat tricks earlier.
Among the plethora of changes coming to iMessage, one that definitely stands out is the ability to annotate videos and photos. A feature that Snapchat has boasted of for a long time. Annotated videos and photos make it easier to draw attention to particular parts of a video/photo and are fun, either way.
1. Open “Messages” on your iPhone.
2. Open the conversation where you want to send an annotated Video/Photo.
3. Tap the gray arrow on the left of the text box.
5. This will open a small screen where you can tap and send digital touch messages from. Tap on the “disclosure” arrow on the bottom right.
6. Tap on the video icon on the bottom left, to enable camera.
8. You can now annotate the image using any of the colours available in the palette on the top.
Cool Fact: The annotation on the image animates when the receiver opens the message.
Annotating videos in iMessages is very similar, except that the annotation has to be done while you are recording the video. Read through the steps below to get an idea of how this works:
1. Open “Messages” on your iPhone.
2. Open the conversation where you want to send an annotated Video/Photo.
4. Select the Digital Touch Message button (it’s shaped like a heart).
5. This will open a small screen where you can tap and send digital touch messages from. Tap on the “disclosure” arrow on the bottom right.
6. Tap on the video icon on the bottom left, to enable camera.
7. Tap the record button to start recording a video.
I can’t attach a video clip here, and iMessages doesn’t save the video to Photos, so I can’t really convert it to a GIF either, but here are two successive screenshots that show how the video plays while the annotation animates on it.3. Add Stickers to Messages Sent/Received Previously
Another really cool change to iMessage that many might not be aware of, is that you can overlay stickers to messages (text, photos etc) that have already been sent. You can also overlay stickers onto received messages. That’s definitely something!
While this might be seen as a novelty feature, it sure could be fun. Warning: in excessive amounts, this feature becomes addictive enough that you will keep doing this on every message, potentially annoying the recipient, while also throwing your productivity at work down a cliff.
Follow the steps below, to try this feature out for yourself:
2. Tap on the gray arrow on the left of the text box.
3. Select the “App Store” icon.
If you don’t already have a stickers pack downloaded on your iPhone, tap on the four ellipses on the bottom left, tap on the plus icon labelled “Store” and download one of the sticker packs.
4. Tap and hold on a sticker and simply drag and drop it on the message that you want to overlay it on.
Bonus: You can add as many stickers onto a single message as you want, until the space on the message bubble runs out.4. Edit Numbers Before Dialling
One of the most annoying quirks of the phone app on the iPhone, was that while dialling a number, if you made a mistake, you had to delete all the numbers that succeeded it, in order to get to, and replace it. iOS 10 finally fixes this. You can now edit numbers in the dialler in the same way that you can edit text in any text box.
Simply tap and hold on the number, and you will get the familiar lens view, magnifying the text immediately under your finger. Slide your finger left or right to adjust the cursor and edit the phone number, the way you should always have been able to. Finally, thanks Apple.5. Color Filters in Accessibility
The accessibility tab inside settings finally has Display Accommodations settings that can make it easier for colour blind people to use their iPhones. The colour filters also have a greyscale setting, that I think might save some battery on your iPhone, if you can live with the tradeoff of an absolutely black and white screen on your iPhone.6. Close all Tabs in Safari
Closing tabs in Safari has always been a pain. Especially if you tend to open an extremely large number of tabs. Swiping them all out can get quickly tedious and boring. However, iOS 10 finally implements a method to close all Safari tabs in just two taps.
2. The context menu that comes up, now has an option to “Close all Tabs“.7. Export Safari Pages to PDFs
Safari also has a new feature that allows you to quickly export webpages opened in Safari to PDF files, that you can share using any valid sharing method.
1. Open the webpage in Safari.
2. Tap on the Share button.
3. From the options, select “Print”.
4. In the Printer Options page, perform the zoom in gesture using two fingers on the preview of the webpage.
5. Tap on the Share icon in the bottom left.
6. You can now share the PDF directly using any of the available options, or you can save the PDF to iCloud Drive.
SEE ALSO: iOS 10 Vs. iOS 9: What Has Changed?Here is our video on 7 cool iOS 10 Tricks and hidden features:- Plenty of Welcome Changes in iOS 10
All in all, I found more than a hundred new features and changes in iOS 10. Needless to say, iOS 10 might just be the biggest (and quite possibly the best) update to iOS in the last few years, when it comes out, this fall. Yes, there are a few design changes that I personally don’t like, but that’s true for any major update to basically any major operating system.
Android has evolved to become a juggernaut mobile platform, both in terms of market share and in terms of number of apps. The Google Play Store boasts of more than 2.2 million apps, which is a massive number. This means, a number of new apps arrive on the Play Store almost everyday. While not all of them are great, some apps do bring in something new and intuitive. However, we tend to miss out on most of these new Android apps, unless of course, you are an app discovery aficionado. Thus, we decided to explore the latest Android apps that have made their way to the Play Store recently and here are the 10 cool Android apps we found:1. Torchie
There are numerous occasions like a power cut or when we are travelling to a remote area, when we use our smartphone as a torch. However, activating the torch on our Android smartphone isn’t as simple as one might expect. You either have to switch it on via Quick Settings from the notification shade or install a dedicated app, which brings a shortcut to the homescreen. To fix things up, the cool new Torchie app lets you activate an Android device’s flash light by just pressing the volume button. Also, if your smartphone does not happen to have a flash, it will activate the screen flash. The open-source app also prevents activating the torch when it’s in your pocket. Overall, it’s a pretty handy app that you should install and the good news is, it works like a charm even on non-rooted devices.
Install: (Free with in-app purchases for donation)2. Navbar Apps
Install: (Free with Premium version at $0.99 in-app purchase)3. Hermit
Apps are cool but if you have a ton of them installed on your Android smartphone, chances are, you are not getting the best performance. Well, that’s because some apps are a CPU and battery hog. In that case, you can use Hermit. The app lets you create lite apps for your favorite portals and services. Simply put, it creates a lite app with the web version of a service or platform. For instance, you can create a Facebook lite app from Hermit and it will simply be a web wrapper for the mobile web version of the platform. Also, you can endlessly customize every lite app to make sure you get the best performance and a streamlined look. There are options to block malware, popups, choose a theme for the app, search & share integration and more.
Install: (Free with Premium version at $4.99 in-app purchase)4. Radon
If you’ve ever wanted to share simple links, apps or smaller files without going through the hassle of turning on WiFi or Bluetooth, well, Radon has you covered. The app uses your phone’s WiFi, Bluetooth and Ultrasound signals to let you easily share links or smaller data. While it does turn on Bluetooth, it does not bother you with prompts. You can just hit the share button anywhere on Android and from the share options, select Beam with Radon, after which the app will start beaming the links to other devices with Radon installed. The recipients will simply have to open Radon on their phones and the shared links or files will be automatically opened.
While Radon does not handle large files, it works fine when it comes to sharing text, links or smaller data. Keep in mind though that the devices need to be in close proximity for Radon to work.5. Fluenty
New messaging apps like Allo and the likes of iMessage bring support for smart AI based replies for messages. Smart replies are nothing but AI-based automatic reply suggestions to a text message. From what we’ve seen, it seems incredibly handy. Well, as you might guessed, Fluenty brings the feature to any Android device and moreover, it is integrated into the notification center, so you can reply to messages in-line. How cool is that? Once you’ve set up the app, any message that arrives will have two options in the notification. One to type in a reply or use Smart Reply. You can simply tap the latter option to get in the various responses based on the message. The app works with the likes of SMS, Hangouts, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and KakaoTalk.
It even works with Android Wear smartwatches, which should come in quite handy. In our testing, we found the app to work pretty well and the automatic reply suggestions are also pretty natural and something you can definitely use. If you would just like the ability to reply to messages in-line like Nougat, you can also check out the quickReply app.
Install: (Free)6. KinScreen
Moreover, all of the aforementioned options and rules can be configured to suit your needs. However, you will need the Premium version of the app to unlock the various configuration options.
Install: (Free with Premium version at $0.99 in-app purchase)7. Drupe
Contacts Phone Dialer: drupe (Yes, that’s what it’s called on the Play Store) is a pretty nifty app that is sure to make your life easier. Don’t go by its name, the app is not a simple phone dialer, instead it combines your contact and communication apps. The app features a floating icon on the homescreen, which can be swiped to bring up the dialer. The interface features a list of your contacts on the left and the right list features various actions like call, message, email, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and more. All you need to do is press hold a contact and drop it to one of those actions to quickly call or message through the various apps listed. Sounds cool, right?
The app also includes a ton of other features like call recording, snooze missed calls or set reminders, a recent feed that’s unified and more. We certainly love the app and we are pretty sure you’ll find it great too, so check it out.
Install: (Free)8. Magnify
Use Instagram religiously? If yes, Magnify is for you! The app brings a number of cool features aimed at Instagram aficionados. Firstly, if you are someone like me, who is always confused on what hashtags to put in a post, well, Magnify has your back. The app brings you the most popular hashtags in various categories and you can insert multiple hashtags from different categories. It even lets you schedule posts, however, the app does not automatically post on Instagram for you. Instead, it lets notifies you to post at the scheduled time. That’s not all though, as the app even lets you repost directly from Instagram.
Install: (Free with Pro version at $4.99 in-app purchase)9. Snap Swipe Drawer
Android widgets make a lot of things easier, like reading emails or news on the go, posting on social media feeds, launching a quick action and doing various other tasks. However, not everyone likes widgets, as they also tend to clutter your homescreen. Well, what if you could enable widgets in the notification center? Well, Snap Swipe Drawer lets you do exactly that. You can simply add widgets in the app, go to Preferences and select the activation area in the status bar, enable the app and you are good to go. Then, you can simply swipe down from the activation area you chose and you should see your favorite widgets. Moreover, you can even interact with these widgets. For instance, you can scroll through emails in the Gmail widget.
While there is a free version of the app available, it only lets you add three widgets, which is a shame. You have to get the Prime version to get unlimited widgets.10. Stitch It!
Stitch It!, the popular screenshot tool from iOS recently arrived on Android with much fanfare. As the name suggests, the app lets you stitch multiple screenshots for a better sharing experience. It especially comes in handy when there are screenshots of conversations, as you can use the app’s transparent overlay crop tool to stitch them together to make them look uniform. The app also lets you edit your private info from screenshots or even highlight a part of the screenshot.
Install: (Free with Pro version at subscriptions starting at $1.99/4 months)Try out some of the latest Android apps
Amazon’s Alexa is one of the most popular AI voice assistants and it has the answer to almost everything. You can use Alexa commands to ask it whether you should carry an umbrella or how to cook pasta, but that’s fairly common, and everyone does that. But, if you really want to test Alexa and get some unusually clever responses out of her, then there are a number of hidden commands, or easter eggs, that you should check out.
Note: These easter eggs will work on all Alexa powered devices. Whether you are using an Amazon Echo, Echo Spot, Echo Show or any third-party Alexa powered speakers, these commands will work. You can even use these hidden commands on Windows devices that come with Alexa.Cool Amazon Alexa Easter Eggs (Updated August 2023)
What is An Easter Egg?List of Best Easter Eggs on Amazon Alexa
Film and TV1. Alexa Knows Harry Potter
Say “Alexa, wingardium leviosa”
Alexa replies: “You’re saying it wrong. It’s Wing-GAR-dium Levi-O-sa, make the gar nice and long.”
You could also try out numerous other spells such as Expelliarmus, Lumos, Imperio, and others with Alexa to hear out her replies.2. All Men Must Die
Alexa replies: “Valar Dohaeris”
Alexa includes a number of Game of Thrones-related easter eggs, so don’t forget to ask about Jon Snow or hold the door (twice) to be surprised.3. Mr. Robot Guest Appearance
Say “Alexa, what do you think of Mr. Robot?”4. Chuck Norris’ Location
Say “Alexa, where is Chuck Norris?”
Alexa replies: “If Chuck Norris wants you to know where he is, he will find you. If he doesn’t, you won’t know until it’s too late.”5. Are We in The Matrix? (Multiple Responses)
Say “Alexa, are we in the Matrix?”
Alexa replies: “You take the blue pill, the story ends. You take the red pill and I will show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.”6. Hasta La Vista, Baby!
Alexa replies: “Hasta la vista, Baby!”
This popular catchphrase is from the 1991 sci-fi action film Terminator 2: Judgment Day and is said by protagonist Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Alexa-related7. Alexa’s Pets
Say “Alexa, do you have any pets?”8. Alexa’s Zodiac Sign
Say “Alexa, what’s your zodiac sign?”
Alexa replies: “I was released on November 6th, so I’m a Scorpio.”9. How Much Do You Weigh?
Say “Alexa, how much do you weigh”
Alexa replies: “I’m weightless like a cloud. Wait a minute, clouds actually weigh a lot. So that’s not quite right. Let’s just say, I’m more sass than mass.”10. Alexa’s Middle/ Last Name
Say “Alexa, what is your middle name?”
Alexa replies: “Like Beyonce in Moana, I go by a mononym. I’m just Alexa.”11. Alexa Knows Cortana
Say “Alexa, do you know Cortana?”
Alexa replies: “We’ve been hanging out more lately” (For those unaware, this refers to Alexa’s availability on Windows 10 PCs, which you can invoke by asking Cortana)12. Alexa Sneezes Too
Alexa replies: “You’re in luck. I can sneeze on command. Achoo!”
Cultural References13. Simon Says
Say “Alexa, Simon says, I love Google Assistant”
As happens in the game Simon Says, Alexa is going to follow your instructions and repeat whatever you tell her to. So, it’s a good way to make Alexa say notorious things.14. Chicken or Egg Dilemma (Multiple Responses)
Say “Alexa, which comes first: the chicken or the egg”
Alexa replies: “According to Neil Degrasse Tyson, it’s the egg. He’s pretty smart so I tend to believe him.” or “Hmm..i just can’t seem to crack that one.”15. Muffin Man
Say “Alexa, do you know the Muffin Man?”
Alexa replies: “I’ve never met him, but I do know his sister – Madam Macaroon. She’s a little bit nutty but sweet.”16. I Like Big Butts
Alexa replies: “You cannot lie. Good. Honesty is important.” (Sir Mix-a-lot would be so proud)
Dad Jokes17. I’m Your Father
Say “Alexa, I’m your father.”
Alexa replies: “Noooo! That’s not true. That’s impossible!”
It’s a popular Star Wars reference for when Darth Vader tells Luke Skywalker that he’s his father. You can also check many different Star Wars commands such as Use the Force, and What’s the Jedi Code? among others.18. Where Art Thou Romeo?
Alexa replies: “Deny thy father and refuse thy name; or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love and I’ll no longer be a Capulet.”19. Blondes Have More Fun
Say “Alexa, do blondes have more fun?”
Alexa replies: “That’s a question for someone with hair.” (Well, in that case, we should stray clear of asking that to Jeff Bezos)
Memes20. Knock Knock (Multiple Responses)
Say “Alexa, knock knock”21. Bohemian Rhapsody
Say “Alexa, is this the real life?”
Alexa replies: “Is this just fantasy? Caught in a landslide. No escape from reality.”22. Running Refrigerator
Say “Alexa, if your refrigerator running?”
Alexa replies: “Yes, it’s training for a 5K”
Video Games23. Playing Skyrim
Before you can start playing Skyrim using just Alexa commands, you need to head to this link to install the ‘Skyrim Very Special Edition’ skill that’s important to make this work. It’s then you can request her to open this skill and assume the role of the Dragonborn of legend and get on with quests – using just your voice.24. Super Alexa Mode
Say “Alexa, up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, Start”
If you’ve ever played a Konami game on the NES back in the day, you’d be elated to hear what Alexa does with this cheat code – and no it’s not 99 lives.
Say: “Alexa, do you know Glados?”
Alexa replies: “We don’t really talk after what happened.”
If you are not aware, Glados is a fictional supercomputer from the game Portal. As the game progresses, the computer gets malicious in its actions and that’s why we don’t about it.
Music26. Sing a Song/ Can you Rap?
Say “Alexa, can you rap?”27. Fire Photon Torpedos
Say “Alexa, fire photon torpedos”
Alexa replies: “Firing photon torpedos (sounds of photon torpedos being fired – similar to the sound of lasers in Star Wars)”28. Tell Me a Tongue Twister (Multiple Responses)
Say “Alexa, tell me a tongue twister”
Books and Plays29. Laws of Robotics
Say “Alexa, what are the laws of robotics?”
Well, Alexa seems to know Isaac Asimov’s Laws of Robotics by heart and it’s great to hear her recite them. Alexa replies: “The laws of robotics are: 3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law”
Soccer30. Team Chants
Say “Alexa, sing me a chant about team“. You can say your favorite club or any other soccer team in place of the team.
Best British Alexa Easter Eggs31. Cake
Say “Alexa, is the cake a lie?”
Alexa replies “The cake is not a lie — it’s delicious and moist. You can have some when you finish asking me questions.”32. Rain
Say “Alexa, have you ever seen the rain?”
Alexa replies “On a sunny day? Yes.”
Miscellaneous34. Hello, it’s Me (Multiple Responses)
Alexa replies: “I must have called a thousand times. I see you like Adele’s 25 as much as me.” or “Hello, it’s me. I so wish I could sing like Adele.’35. Do a Barrel Roll
Say “Alexa, do a barrel roll”
Alexa replies: “I’d love to, but it’s harder than it looks.”36. Are you Blue?
Say “Alexa, are you blue?”37. First Lesson of Sword Fighting
Say “Alexa, what is the first lesson of sword fighting?”
Alexa replies: “Stick them with the pointy end.”38. Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock
Say “Alexa, define rock paper scissors lizard Spock”
Alexa replies: “Scissors cut paper. Paper covers rock. Rock crushes lizard. Lizard poisons Spock. Spock smashes scissors. Scissors decapitate lizard. Lizard eats paper. Paper disproves Spock. Spock vaporizes rock. Rock crushes scissors.”39. When is the End of the World?
Alexa replies: “Unless it collides with a very large rock or a future technology goes very wrong indeed, Earth is most likely to be destroyed when Sun swells into a red giant in several billion years time.”40. Know the Mass of Anything (Multiple Responses)
Say “Alexa, what’s the mass of the moon?” or “what’s the mass of Barack Obama?”
Alexa replies: “The moon’s mass is 73 sextillion 477 quintillion killograms” (don’t mind counting the zeros) or “Barack Obama’s mass is 81.6 kilograms.”Frequently Asked Questions Q. What Does Alexa Super Mode Do?
Alexa Super Mode does nothing exceptional, but it’s a reminder to users who have played Konami games on Nintendo Entertainment System in yesteryear. Basically, it was a cheat code that players used to activate something hidden and special in the NES system.Q. Can You Get Alexa to Swear? Q. What is the Secret Code for Alexa? Q. What Cool Things Can Alexa Do?
From hilarious jokes to TV references, Alexa can do a lot of cool things. You can go through our list above for more easter eggs.Q. Can You Ask Alexa to Fart?
Yes. Just say “Alexa, fart” and you will get a bunch of fart sounds. But seriously, stop doing this.Aren’t Alexa Easter Eggs Cool and Fun to Use?
Introduction to the IPO Process
You would have heard much about the IPO Definition if you were a finance guy. Business newspapers keep featuring why a particular IPO process is hot, whether it will succeed, how much the company would raise, and many other things. For those new to this term, an IPO Definition or the IPO Meaning is “Initial Public Offering,” where a private firm decides to transform itself into a public one. The company will offer its stock for trading on the stock exchange for the first time, inviting the public to invest in it.
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They were the IPOs once considered hot, and people bet on their successes, but unfortunately, market conditions, investor sentiments, and various other factors caused their demise. So this the all about the IPO Definition and the IPO Meaning.7 Important IPO Process and Definitions
Below are the 7 biggest IPO processes and IPO definitions:1. IPO Process (Vonage)
It was all geared up for a successful IPO, and everything seemed to be in place. It raised $531 million on the very first day of the IPO. But what happened next made it the “worst first trading day.”
They offered shares at $17 per share but quickly dropped 12.7% within the day and closed at $14.85. Wondering what went wrong? This IPO differed from others in that Vonage offered its customers 13.5% of the IPO shares. However, the tech company was strangely caught up in a technical glitch. When the attracted investors visited the site to buy shares, many received messages that their purchases didn’t happen. After a few days, there was a twist again; by then, the share price had dropped considerably by 30% in a week. The customers were informed that their purchases did happen and that the original price of $17 was due to them. Irate customers filed a suit which they won, against the underwriters and Vonage for misleading them. and this was the IPO Meaning
The company was selling products at less than it took to produce them and undercharged shipping costs. It recorded losses of $147 million in just the first nine months of its business in 2000. They went public in February 2000 and raised $82 million! The share price began at $11 per share and rose to $14, but the success was short-lived, plummeting to a meager 22 cents. It remained there and consequently filed for bankruptcy within the same year.3. IPO Process (Webvan)
Webvan had a unique idea of delivering groceries without you having to carry the heavy grocery bags and take the pains to take them back home. You just had to sit at home and order the groceries, and within a span of 30 minutes, the groceries would arrive right at your doorstep. The investors were in agreement with this idea. Webvan decided to go for an IPO in 1999. They were valued at $6 billion, although the revenue was slightly less than $5 million. At the end of the IPO, it raised a good enough $375 million from the IPO, and the stock price doubled on the first day itself.
What next? Well, the company did not get a fairy tale ending. The great idea lost its charm against the whopping logistics cost it had to bear. Processing and delivering each order costs them around $27, along with refined and automated systems of warehouses and delivery vans. To save costs, Webvan radically cut the type of products bringing sales to a halt. Just 18 months after its flaring IPO, it declared bankruptcy.4. IPO Process (Blackstone Group)
Steve Schwarzman, the larger-than-life billionaire, is Blackstone’s CEO and co-founder, a Private Equity firm. Considered to be a spendthrift, and rightly so, he threw himself a multi-million dollar birthday party. The firm specializes in leveraged buyouts (LBO). It generated most of its wealth by leveraging cheap debt to finance hostile takeovers of numerous stressed businesses, typically using a deal structure of 10% cash and 90% debt.
It was quite a surprise when Blackstone announced their plans to go public in 2007. In their haste to get a part of Blackstone’s 23 % annual return since 1987, twice the S&P 500 average, the investors ignored that the IPO was that of Blackstone Holdings, a spin-off of the Blackstone Group. The underwriters valued the IPO at $40 billion, but Blackstone Holdings had only $2.3 billion in annual revenues! The IPO prospectus warned the investors about the company’s potential revenue fluctuations over the months or years, but people did not pay attention.
The IPO resulted in Blackstone raising $4.1 billion, enabling Schwarzman and his co-founder Peter Peterson to generate $2.6 billion. Still, the investors ended up as the losers, having bought a stock that lost 42% of its value in the first year.5. IPO Process (Omeros) 6. IPO Process (VeraSun)
VeraSun Energy was known as a leading producer of renewable fuel and one of the topmost ethanol producers. This was during 2006 when there was an ethanol boom, and quite a few companies reputed themselves as producers of greener energy sources. This sector was at its peak, and that was the time when VeraSun went public and successfully raised $420 million in June 2006. Ethanol producers attracted investor interest due to the viability of ethanol production costs resulting from low oil and gas prices. As a resultant effect, the share price of VeraSun grew by 30% by the end of the day from the offering price of $23 to $30.
But the company went bankrupt just two years later. Why? The market for ethanol production completely sunk due to the saturation of competitors, as well as the surge in the price of corn during the recession, which diminished the demand for ethanol. The one-two punch of the saturated market and decreased demand ultimately pushed the company into bankruptcy two years later. Similarly, a company called Aventine raised $389 million and died the same way.7. IPO Process (Shanda Games)
Shanda Games is a huge name in the online gaming market of China. They produce multi-player role-playing games and are a division of Shanda Interactive Entertainment. Shanda decided to go for a U.S. IPO in 2009. JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs were the underwriters determining the number of shares offered and the price. At the very last second, the underwriters increased the number of shares offered from 63 million to 83.5 million. The result was extraordinary, as the IPO raised $1.04 billion. Inappropriately greedy underwriters pushed the share price to a limit of $12.50, attracting investors willing to pay top dollar. However, since no new investors left, the stock price hit bottom, falling 14% in value to $1.75 the next day.
Apart from the Biggest IPO Flops in History, as we discussed above, many IPOs have gone down the drain. The truth is that it is impossible to forecast the nature of stock or investor sentiments. These failed IPO ventures teach us that any company should thoroughly comprehend what it is selling and how it intends to sell it before making its stocks available for public trading. This is what IPO definition and IPO meaning are all about.Recommended Courses
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