Quick look: HDFC Bank’s Apple Watch App

Banks making smartphone apps is all the rage these days, but the new frontier is wearables. One of the first banks in India to the party is HDFC, with its Apple Watch app.

The app works by first asking you to setup a watchbanking pin on the iPhone app, and then entering those 4 digits on the watch. Post that the app logs you in without having to enter the Customer ID or password, making the entire process very convenient. There is however, as always, a flip side to convenience. You cannot do a whole lot, and certainly not move money around right from the watch, as that would be a potential security nightmare; what with the app protected by just a 4 digit pin.

But there is still a lot of functionality that makes HDFC’s app a nifty addition to your wrist.

  • You can view account information for all your accounts – saving, current, demat, credit card and so on.
  • Recharge/Bill payment for pre-registered mobile numbers.
  • Request account statements and cheque books.
  • Locate the nearby ATMs and bank branches.
  • View messages from the bank and other offers.
  • Finally, hotlist lost debit cards.

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How to replace the ‘Connect’ tab in Apple Music with ‘Playlists’

A component of Apple Music that really differentiates it from other solutions is its ‘Apple Connect’ functionality that lets you follow your favourite artists, in what feels like a mashup of following them on Twitter and Facebook, but in one timeline.

However, a lot of us simply won’t use it that much, and it would be so much easier if it were possible to replace that handy shortcut with ‘Playlists’, a tab you’ll use far more frequently. It is.

To do so goto Settings>General>Restrictions and enable restrictions, if you haven’t already.  From that screen simply disable ‘Apple Music Connect’.

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Apple Music India: Detailed First Impressions

After months of waiting, Apple Music is finally here. With a simultaneous launch across a 100 countries, Apple is really making a splash in the music streaming space. iTunes has long been the preferred destination for people looking to buy music, and Apple has had a huge catalogue, but the streaming business is a whole new game.

Enter the world of customised playlists, live radios, complex algorithms to learn what a user likes, and then offer similar music and so on. At the end, it also comes down to localisation. Music is far from a one size fits all ball game, infact, music is one of the most diverse mediums of expression, and Apple’s solution is to humanise it. Not rely on technology too much, but get real humans to curate music.

That said, here is a look at what Apple Music has to offer to the people of India. The subscription is far cheaper than the global eqvivalent of 9.99$, and is just Rs. 120 a month, with the family plan running Rs 190. This is just slightly more expensive than what Airtel’s Wynk, Saavn or the Gaana streaming services offer. However, the fact that it comes with a 3 month free trial, should be enough to get most people hooked, afterall it also brings the ability to download songs for offline listening, a must have for bandwidth cautious India.

Here is a first look at Apple Music India.

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How to export videos from 9GAG to WhatsApp on the iPhone

If you like sharing videos from the 9GAG app on the iPhone, you may have realised that hitting the share button and choosing WhatsApp or any other app only leads to a link to that post being shared. It’s annoying, because your friend then has to open it in the browser and the whole experience isn’t frictionless.

Fortunately, post iOS 8 and its extension support, the latest version of WhatsApp makes this process a lot easier. You can now directly export the video into WhatsApp, such that it plays back natively.

Here’s how:

  

Instead of directly hitting the WhatsApp share button once you’ve selected share, press ‘Open video in mp4′ first, and then select the WhatsApp button on the next screen.

From the following screen chose which friend/group you want to send it to. That’s it. Basically the trick is to open in MP4 first, and then share the video to whatever app you like.

Nokia just announced a 7.9″ Android Tablet, the Nokia N1

Nokia is estopped from making a smartphone till the end of 2016, but that hasn’t stopped the company from releasing a brand new tablet. Say hello to the N1, a brand new Android 5.0 Lollipop powered tablet. The tablet ships with a design that closely resembles the iPad Mini, and features top specs including a 7.9″ 2048 x 1536 IPS screen, ‘retina’ if you will. It is powered by Intel’s 64-bit Atom Processor clocked at 2.3 GHz and comes with 2GB of RAM. The N1 is crafted from a single piece of aluminum, and packs an all new reversible USB connector.

Nokia N1

The end result is that Nokia has a tablet that’s thinner and lighter than Apple’s iPad Mini, and better spec’d too. An 8MP rear camera, and a 5MP front facing camera are the other highlights. Coupled with its $250 price tag and the fact that it runs stock Android with the Z launcher on top of it, it makes for a very compelling device.

The only bit of bad news is that the tablet is expected to hit China around the Chinese New Year in February, and there is no word on where else it is headed for now.

Nevertheless the Nokia of yore is back, and if the tablet is any indication, don’t be surprised if Nokia holds a press event the day their embargo on smartphones lifts. Full tech specs and pictures below.

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iMediaShare: A must have free app if you own a Smart TV

The best part about owing a Smart TV is that you can play back locally stored content like photos, movies, home videos wirelessly on the large screen without moving a muscle. But sometimes the implementation isn’t as easy as it sounds.

Modern Smart TVs support technologies like DLNA and Miracast, and most newer phones can take advantage of these. All you need to do is install an app. While Android has a few more choices for DLNA apps that act as servers, the choice is slightly more limited on iOS. Most people just give in and buy an Apple TV. But you don’t necessarily need to do that if mirroring your iOS device isn’t the intention, but playing back photos, video and audio is.

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Enter iMediaShare, available both for Android and iOS as a free download.
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