NEW – The Online-Convert Android App

Mobile App

In our times, it becomes more and more important that things can be done and handled on the go. This is also true for file conversion. Thus, the Online-Convert.com website and online service has always placed focus on being able to be used by mobile browsers and thus phones and tablets as well. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t get even better! Presenting: the new Online-Convert.com

File Conversion App
for Android

Find out all you need to know about our brand new mobile app, how to handle it, what new features it provides and where you can find your converted files!

 

File Conversion Mobile App

In general, the mobile app provides you with everything that made the Online-Convert.com online service popular:

  • Conversion into the most popular file formats of different categories
  • Support of 200+ input file formats
  • Cross-conversions across categories
  • Easy and intuitive handling
  • Reliable & stable servers and performance
  • High success rate for conversions

Lets have a closer at the app and how it works!

 

The app

Once you got the app in the Google Play store, you can easily identify it by the online-convert logo used in the icon.

After opening the app for the first time (or after deleting the conversion history), you will be presented with the welcome screen. Here, you can already find all information you need for using the app. Swiping right anywhere in the app will open a small menu that can bring you back to the home screen, the FAQ or enables you to share the app. Once you have started some conversions, this screen will show the conversions:

  • in progress
  • drafted
  • completed

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Welcome to the App   |   Menu   |   Conversion History

 

Selecting a file for conversion is easy. Simply tap on the according button. Files can be uploaded directly from your phone or using a QR code. Additionally, you can record either a video or audio or take a picture to convert it. Select the file format to convert your file to. You can still change this later, as well as specify different options for the conversion. When you set everything to your wishes, tap on the start button to start your conversion.

Depending on the size of your file, the upload and conversion may take a while. In this case, you can tap on “Convert in background”. The app will convert your file as long as you have an internet connection so you can revisit it after a while and use your phone for something else in the meantime. Of course, in case you lose your internet connection, you can easily restart your conversion by tapping on it on the home screen.

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Conversion Overview   |   Select Output   |   Conversion

 

Once the conversion is done, you can choose to download the file onto your computer or share it via e-mail or an app you have installed on your phone. This includes social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.), messengers (Telegram, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Skype, etc.), cloud storage (Dropbox, GoogleDrive, etc.), image sharing apps (Tumblr, Imgur, etc.) and more. After downloading, sharing oder uploading your file, you can immediately delete it again from the Online-Convert.com servers. This is automatically done after 10 downloads or 24 hours as well.

 

Where’s my file?

Once you downloaded your successfully converted file, you can find it in a separate folder named “OnlineConvert”.

 

Comparison to the website

Last but certainly not least, lets have a look at what differentiates the app from the Online-Convert.com website.

Note:
We are steadily improving our app and thus will add new features in the future, such as purchasing premium plans, uploading from GDrive and more.

Website Android App
Availability All common browsers Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and newer
Internet Connection
Needed
Yes Yes
Input
  • Local file
  • URL
  • Cloud: GDrive & Dropbox
  • Local file
  • QRCode
  • Take picture
  • Record: video & audio
Output
  • Download
  • Send via e-mail
  • Save to cloud
  • Download
  • Save to installed cloud
  • Share to installed apps
File Upload Limit
  • Free: 100 MB
  • Paid: up to 2 GB
  • 100 MB

 

Feedback

Of course we strive to make this online file conversion app as perfect as it can be. For this, we need your input! Give us your feedback:

What do you like about the app, what can be improved? Which features would you like to see? How can we make file conversion even easier for you?

Let us know – on social media or via e-mail.


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WhatsApp Supports All Kinds Of File Formats Now

WhatsApp All Files

In past articles, we have provided you with all necessary information about improving your WhatsApp experiences. For example:

Now, with it’s newest update, WhatsApp allows its users to send all kinds of files using this popular messenger service. Of course we had to have a look at this new, amazing feature!

 

Send All Kinds Of Files Using WhatsApp

Depending on your time zone and device, the newest WhatsApp update came on either July 14th or 15th (version 2.17.254). This update focused on introducing new, nifty features for the messenger users. Here’s a small breakdown:

  • Swipe upwards when in camera view to view all your images and videos
  • Search for the most suitable emoji by using the emoji search
  • Type and press on a text to format it (bold, italics or strike-through)
  • Send all kinds of documents

Especially the last part is something that sparked our interest. Lets have an even closer look at the new file sharing possibilities of WhatsApp.

 

Are there limitations?

The short answer is: yes.

In the past, users have been able to send and share different image (JPG, PNG & GIF), video (MP4, AVI) and document (PDF, DOC & DOCX) files using the messenger app. Now, you can send and receive “any” file format, as the update states. This ranges from less common document file formats like ODS, to PowerPoint presentations, ZIP archives, JSON and HTML files and many more.

However, the files have to be below a size of 100 MB. In this regard, WhatsApp is still way behind it’s competitor Telegram which allows the sending of files up to 1.5 GB.

Check out the Difference Between WhatsApp And Telgram.

 

How To Select The Files

There are two main ways in which you can choose the file you want to send using the popular messenger application:

  1. Using the app
  2. Sending the file directly

When using the app, you have to press on the small paperclip icon and choose “document”. from there, you can browse your gallery and download folder, as well as installed cloud apps like Google Drive for any file you want to send.

Many files already allow you to send them using WhatsApp when selecting them. This is not possible with all files yet, though. To do so, go to your file manager and select the file you want to send. Press on send and choose WhatsApp as a target.


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How To Easily Block Pop-Ups In Firefox

How To Easily Block Pop-Ups In FirefoxThere was a time when pop-ups were very prevalent and annoying on the web. Back then, people thought this was part of using the internet. Soon, some of the pop-ups turned to spam, virus and other dangers. For a while, those popups were gone. But, slowly, they have been making a comeback. Now again, it is very hard to visit a site on either your computer or mobile device, without pop-ups or ads coming at you.

For those on mobile devices, it is even harder to get rid of them. Luckily, there are some steps you can take to prevent these annoying pop-ups from ruining your browsing experience. Even though most browsers today come already equipped with software that prevents pop-ups or ads, there are many who still get through. Some of them are those that ask for your email in exchange for additional info. Others are simply ads which sites use by web pages to monetize. No matter the pop-up problems, there is a way to stop them. This tutorial will show you how to easily block pop-ups in your Firefox browser. These tips cover both Android and Apple devices as well.

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Blocking Pop-Ups In Firefox

Firefox has some very useful extensions which you can install to prevent pop-ups. Still, if you prefer, you can also turn them off on your computer by following these steps.

Tips for blocking ads or pop-ups in Firefox

 

  1. On your computer or laptop, open Firefox.
  2. At the very top, go to the Tools and then choose the Options tab.
  3. Once the Tools tab is open, select Content.
  4. Select the Block Pop-ups windows.
  5. There is an Exceptions tab you can use on your right hand side right next to Pop-ups ticker. Add the sites you want to receive pop-ups from here if there are any.

Disabling pop-ups on Firefox

 

Blocking Pop-ups in Firefox using Android

For those who have Android phones, below are the steps to follow for getting rid of popups when using your mobile device.

  1. Open up Firefox.
  2. In the address bar, type ‘about:config‘ without the quotes.
  3. Find the dom.disable_open_during_load.
  4. Once you find it, set it to ‘false‘ if you want to allow pop-ups and ‘true‘ if you want to block them.

 

Blocking Pop-ups in Firefox using iPhone or iPad

If you are using an iPhone or iPad to browse, you can easily block pop-ups by doing the following.

  1. Open up Firefox.
  2. Select the Menu button on the bottom.
  3. Choose settings by swiping left.
  4. Toggle on the Block Pop-up Windows tab or turn it off if you want to allow them.

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In addition to these steps, there are also some very good Add-ons you can choose to help you block pop-ups. Some of them are Strict Pop-up Blocker or the Simple Popup Blocker. Keep in mind that some sites will not let you view the content if they notice you have a ad or pop-up blocker add on installed. When that happens, you can simply open a ‘private window’ to view the site. Once you are done, then you can close it out.


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5 Reasons Why Your SmartPhone Slows Down Over Time

5 Reasons Why Your SmartPhone Slows Down Over TimeWe all love our smartphones since they allow us to do so much more than just call people. With applications available for anything you can think of, our mobile devices are capable of practically doing it all. But unfortunately, over time, your phone will slow down. That is unless you are one of those individuals who changes his or her mobile device every 6 months.

The truth is that all of us who have smartphones experience the drop in performance as we use our devices. Some people often believe that the slowdown is in their head. However, if you had your device for at least 6 months to a year, you have experienced the downside in performance.

The problems are not either iPhone against Android either. The loss of performance is experienced by all users, regardless of their OS or hardware. So why exactly does this happen? Is there anything you can do to prevent it from occurring? These 5 reasons why your smartphone slows down over time will explain it all. It may also shed some light and provide some solutions to the slow down issues.

Apps Running In The Background

You don’t have to have an app running or have to use it in order for it to run in the background. In fact, there are countless of apps which run in the background of your smartphone. While you may have downloaded only 10 to 15 apps, there are at least 40 to 50 running in the background. The vast majority of these apps come pre-installed. They include OS apps and email applications which need to monitor any new emails coming in. You also have many system apps such as Maps, clocks, beaming services and so on. If you go to your settings and look for apps running in the background, you will be amazed to see how many there are. Since all of these apps need and use RAM and CPU, they end up causing your phone to slow down.

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The best solutions is to un-install any apps you don’t use, avoid using live wallpapers and battery draining apps as well. And kill the apps that allow you to disable them in the background.

OS Upgrades

Your device came with a specific version of its own operating system. Whether you have an Android or iPhone, your mobile device has a version the smartphone came with. The OS were meant to work with those devices in mind. However, as new models are invented, the OS systems have to be upgraded to run with those models. That means the specs and hardware change drastically. The end result is your phone not being able to work as well with the new OS. With each OS update that is released, the amount of resources and computing power increases.

Unfortunately, apart from getting a new device, there is nothing you can do about this particular problem. You can choose to use the older version of the OS if you want.

Erosion of Memory

Every mobile device or tablet runs on flash memory. One of the most commonly used memory is called NAND. Although the NAND is affordable and fast, it does have a few problems. These quirks in the NAND memory can sometimes result if performance issues. As the NAND memory is filled, it begins to slow down. As more blocks of memory are taken up, the speed loss begins to take place.

The best solution to avoid erosion or memory degradation, is to stay under the total capacity allowed by your device. Staying under 75% may do the trick as anything higher will cause slowdown. For those that have devices with 16GB of storage, never go over 12 GB. That will not only help keep your NAND memory running better, it will also extend the durability of your memory’s cells.

Updates In Apps

Apps have a tendency to start out well and then begin to add unnecessary bloatware later on. This is why so many apps are constantly adding updates. They will slowly add more permission requirements. With more permissions, it means more features added which don’t even need. To make matters worse, the majority of apps developers don’t seem to care about the amount of resources their apps use. With each update in an app, the amount of CPU and RAM they use, tends to increase.

The best solution is finding a similar app which is not as bloated or filled with unnecessary features. You can even find older versions of an app. Just make sure they have no security holes.

Here are 13 Cool Apps To Use Offline On Your Smartphone

Our Expectations Grow

When all’s said and done, your present device may not be as slow as you think it is now. You may believe it to be slower since you could be comparing it to newer models. This tends to happen each time a new model version of a person’s phone is released. Once our expectations about a device – no matter which one it is – grows higher, we demand more from it. Watching or hearing someone boast about their new device, and all of the wonderful things it does, may make you feel as if yours is no longer as great as it once was.

 


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5 Things Your iPhone Uses To Track You

5 Things Your iPhone Uses To Track YouTracking and keeping tabs on all that people is a big business. Just ask Google and Facebook whom both make billions from storing data and tracking your every move. Apple is also using data collection and it uses your iPhone and iPad to track your every move. These 5 things your iPhone uses to track you may surprise you.

With so much going on today, it is important to be on the lookout for any program, site, app or gadget which invades into your privacy. While some people may not really care, others do. The problem is that this information which is being stored, can be used against you later on. The info can be used in civil court and criminal cases once it is subpoenaed. Divorce lawyers love the plethora of info they can obtain from Apple iPhone accounts.

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Since so many users decide to post their personal information on social media sites anyway, companies feel they can infringe on your privacy. The problem with this tracking of your whereabouts is that advertisers will use that info to monitor all you do online. And you also have to be worried about hackers and phishing attacks. While Apple says that it lets their iPhones track their users to provide better service, some don’t really like the intrusiveness. Luckily, you can disable a few of the functions to stop this from happening. Below, are some of the ways your iPhone is tracking you and how what you can do to change it.

Location Services –

The name Location says it all because that is exactly what this means. When you have the Location services turned on – and even off – Apple will know exactly where you are, where you’d been and, most likely, where you will go. iPhone uses the location on your phone to track your every move. They say they do so to improve their maps services. However, most people are none too thrilled at being tracked.

To disable the locations from tracking you go to the Settings app. Next, select Privacy and then, click on Location Services. Scroll all the way down to where System Services is located. Once there, look for Frequent Locations. You can turn this feature off and clear the history as well.

Media You Have Shared With Others

You may not remember those images you sent to your ex a few months back. However, iPhone and Apple do. All of the photos, videos or files you may have shared with your contact are used by iPhone to track you. This all refers to media you may have sent via text. To disable this feature from tracking you, view the messages which are relevant. Then, click on the top-right corner of the info button.

The Step Count App

Chances are that Apple’s health app has been tracking your step count ever since you first got your smartphone. Keeping it in your bag may not provide the same accurate results as when the phone is in your pocket. Still, you can disable this app from tracking and counting your steps the following way. One, go to the Health app. Next, go to the Health Data screen and tap the Activity. Scroll down to where the Walking+Running Distance or Steps are.

The Metadata From Your Photos

Every Time you take a photo or record a video with your phone, a vast amount of information is obtained and recorded. The metadata from your media is kept by your phone and used to keep tabs on you. If you want to disable this, go to the Memories feature which is located in the Photos app. Once there, you can customize whatever info is kept and used to track you. You can always use apps or programs to wipe the EXIF metadata of your photos as well.

Your User Habits

Apple uses Siri as a way to help users the best way possible. But, this feature will also be used to keep tabs on you. Using apps to listen to music on your phone or anything else, is used by Apple to know where you are.

Don’t miss reading this – Is Your Cell Phone Listening To Your Conversations?

On top of your iPhone recording all your whereabouts, there are also numerous apps which do the same. Most people don’t bother to look at the permissions asked by apps when they agree to use them. Be sure you know what permissions an application is asking for before you agree.


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Easy To Use Free Video File Converter

Easy To Use Free Video File ConverterWith so many people around the world who now own smartphones, tablets and computer, video files are widely used. They are also more popular than ever. Most Mobile devices contain digital cameras which allow anyone to record videos anywhere. However, sometimes the video files need to be converted to another type of format. Online Convert has an easy to use free video file converter for you to help you change the video files. This great online video conversion tool works with any type of video files you may have.

Why Convert Video Files?

People often ask why do you need to convert video files to another format anyway? Why can I just use my video files and share them that way? The problem with video files is that there are so many different types. You have FLV, 3G2, 3GP, MOV, MP4, MPEG-1, MEPG-2, WEBM, WMV and several others. Plus, you also have to worry about converting videos to Android, iPad, iPhone or ipod.

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Being able to watch video files on so many different types of devices is awesome. But this wide range of choices comes with the price of compatibility. With so many different types of devices and types of formats, it can be almost impossible to keep track. It also impedes users of one type of device, to share it with others who own a different kind of device. While the video files may play on your device without a hitch, they will not work on someone else’s devices.

Luckily, our free to use online video converter tool can allow you to change the formats easily and quickly. You can then either share the files with others, or the person you sent the files to, can convert them to whatever format he or she needs. In some cases, you may find a video you like from an website or a link. The free video converter tool we have also lets you enter the URL of any file you want to convert. Plus, users can even upload files from their cloud storage.

 

No Need To Pay For Video Conversion

When users need to convert their video files to another format, they often think that they need to purchase programs to do so. They also find free programs or software that allow them do it for freel. The problem is that many of these programs are full of bloatware and adware. In some cases, they even contain viruses and malware. The truth is that there is no need to pay for video conversion programs or software. You can convert any type of video files here on Online Convert without having to download anything. There are even some optional settings we offer to let you change several other options of your video file such as video bitrate, audio quality and screen size, among others.

 

To convert your video files, follow the steps below.

 

  1. Use our free Video File Converter Tool here.
  2. Select which type of video file you want to convert your video to.
  3. Click on the format and select the “Choose File” tab. Here you will upload the video you want converted.
  4. You can also enter the URL of the file.
  5. Tick and change any optional settings accordingly.
  6. Click on the “Convert File” tab.
  7. Wait for your file to be converted and you are done.

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Converting video files doesn’t need to be a frustrating, confusing or costly experience for you. With our amazing free video file converter, you can have all of your video files converted in a few simple steps. You can also convert image, audio, Ebook, Hash and Archives files with our other free to use conversion tools.

 


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How To Stop People From Stealing Your Wi-Fi

How To Stop People From Stealing Your Wi-FiAt any given moment, if you check how many Wi-Fi networks there are available where you live, you will probably find more than 10. That’s because most people have Wi-Fi in their homes or businesses these days. But it is very easy for someone to connect to any of those Wi-Fi signals. In the same way, it is very easy for those around your home or business to steal yours. If you have Wi-Fi (and who doesn’t these days?) chances are your signal is being stolen by someone. It could be some of your very own neighbors or people you know, without you even knowing it.

These tips on how to stop neighbors, or anyone else, from stealing your Wi-Fi signal can help with this problem. In case you may think that it is no big deal if one or two people jump on your Wi-Fi signal, think again. For one, if any of those people who are stealing your Wi-Fi are using it to watch movies or download music, it can take a huge chunk of your precious bandwidth. Secondly, having a few people on your network can and will affect the speed of your own internet at home. Before you know it, your connection speed may be diminished due to their stealing your signal. More importantly though, hackers can gain access to your information via hacking your Wi-Fi signal.

To see just how simple it is for people to steal Wi-Fi signals, check out these 8 Tips and Tricks For Getting Free Wi-Fi Anywhere.

 

Change The Default Password –

The biggest mistake most people make when it comes to Wi-Fi routers is leaving the default Admin password intact. Most companies have a password on the system when they install it for you. The problem is that there are websites and even phone apps, that can find these passwords. All they need to know is the router model and they can find the default login credentials. Make sure you change the default password right away to your own unique password. Also, avoid using things such as your name or other easy to hack passwords.

 

Find Out Who’s Stealing Wi-Fi

The best way to verify if someone is actually stealing your Wi-Fi signal is by checking your router. Anyone that may be taking bandwidth from you will appear on your router. The only problem is that not all the routers let you see this information. Others, may not even have it.

To see if yours does, simple log in to your router. You do this by typing the IP address of your router right into the address bar of whatever browser you are using. To find the IP address of your router, you can check the back of it. You can also call the company to obtain it. Or you can type 192.168.1.254. or 192.168.0.1, 192.168.1.1.

Once you are logged into your router, simply go to the tab where either a Device List or Attached Devices are. You should be able to see anyone who is stealing your Wi-Fi signal there.

 

Disable WPS –

Another step you can take to stop people from stealing your Wi-Fi signal is turning off WPS. WPS stands for the Wi-Fi Protected Setup. Anyone can exploit WPS to gain access to your Wi-Fi. There are Mobile apps dedicated to using brute force as a way to gain entry into Wi-Fi networks by using a PIN.

 

Keep Your SSID Hidden –

You can keep the name of your Wi-Fi network (SSID) hidden as another way to stop thieves from stealing your Wi-Fi. Hiding your SSID will disable it and your Wi-Fi will not be visible to those around you. Still, there are hacking tools and apps that can let someone find it. Nonetheless, it is something to consider to make it harder for them.

 

Verify Your Security Settings –

Many routers typically create connections for you automatically. However, they don’t always use the strongest possible security settings available. For those that steal Wi-Fi signals, this is an easy form of entry they exploit. Check your security settings to make sure they are strong.

 

Use Strong Passwords –

As we stated earlier, changing your password from the default settings is crucial. However, using a strong password is just as important since it will defeat the purpose of removing the default. Be sure to use a combination of characters, numbers and letters. Never use anything too obvious such as your name or the name of someone in your family. The stronger the password, the harder it will be for anyone to figure it out.

 

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Use An App To Watch Your Wi-Fi

You can use a number of applications that allow you to keep an eye on your Wi-Fi signal and who is connected to it. Using any of these Mobile apps will let you keep a close tab and make sure no one is stealing your bandwidth.

WhatsApp vs. Viber App – Which Is Better?

WhatsApp vs. Viber App - Which Is Better?There was a time when SMS was very simple and you even had to pay to sent text messages to people. Those days are long gone since now you have apps to send messages and do much more. And all are basically for free. Two of the most popular messaging and VoIP (Voice Over IP) apps are Viber and WhatsApp. But which one is better of the two for you? This article guide will go over WhatsApp vs. Viber app comparison and let you know which is better of the two.

Since both of these messaging apps do far more than just allow you to send free SMS, there are several issues to consider. We will cover features such as video calling, voice call quality, user interface, groups, public chats and a few others.

 

The Cost To Use –

Viber is free to use when it comes to Viber to Viber VoIP calls and messaging.
WhatsApp is free for the first year. Once the first year is over, the cost of using WhatsApp is $1 per year.

You can call people who don’t have Viber using the app but it will cost you about 1.9 cents a minute. This cost applies to both landline or mobile phones. Still, for Viber to Viber calling, the calls are always free of charge.

The Winner – Viber.

 

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User Interface –

WhatsApp has a very simple to use interface and so does Viber. Since Viber does offer a richer interface, it makes it a bit more cluttered. WhatsApp was actually even simpler to use a few months ago. It was then that Facebook — which owns WhatsApp – decided to change the ‘Status’ interface of the app. That change, has made WhatsApp a bit less user friendly in the view of some.
One problem Viber has is the annoying Stickers they are always trying to get users to purchase. That gives the edge to WhatsApp.

The Winner – WhatsApp

 

VoIP Features –

WhatsApp and Viber both allow users to call anyone who has the app installed. The calls to anyone via app to app are free of charge. But when it comes to calling someone who does not have the app installed, WhatsApp is left behind. Viber allows you to call people worldwide in either mobile or landline numbers for a very low rate. To access this extra feature you need to connect your account to your Paypal or to a credit card.

The Winner – Viber

 

Number Of Users –

This comparison may be one that makes the apps matter more to other users when it all comes down to it. Since most people use messaging and VoIP apps to connect with their friends and family members, this makes sense. After all, you want to be or go where you will find more people using the same app as you. When it comes to total number of users, WhatsApp is the clear winner. They have a bigger fan base and more people using it. Especially now that Facebook owns it. Still, Viber is slowly bringing more people into its fold due to the extra features it offers that WhatsApp does not.

The Winner – WhatsApp

 

Voice Call Quality

Even though both of these apps began and are featured as messaging apps, many people use them to make calls. That makes this a very important part of which is better between Viber vs. WhatsApp. Viber has been offering both video and voice calling for a far longer time than WhatsApp has. They also have HD quality options for users with high bandwidth connections. The results are clear voice call quality.

The Winner – A Tie

 

Desktop Access –

You may not know it, but both WhatsApp and Viber have desktops apps that you can use on your computers or laptops. WhatsApp has one for either Windows or Mac. The same goes for Viber except Viber also has Linux. But when it comes to features, the Viber desktop app has much more to offer. Viber desktop apps allows to not only send IM, you can also make voice and video calls.

The Winner – Viber

 

Video Calling

Viber has had video calling far longer than WhatsApp which just began offering the feature earlier last year. The quality of the calls will depend on the connection speed you have. But overall, Viber seems to be a bit better in Video calling for now.

The Winner – Viber

 

Public Chats

The winner by default here is Viber since WhatsApp does not have public chats.
Using the public chats from Viber lets you connect with public accounts from many places, companies and groups.

The Winner – Viber

 

Groups –

This feature is offered on both the apps and they are basically the same. Both Viber and WhatsApp have the same features when it comes to group chats since these are created by users. This makes the contest a tie.

The Winner – A Tie

 

Hidden Chats –

The hidden chat feature is another one that separates Viber from WhatsApp since only Viber has it. Using the hidden chats feature lets you keep the chat private and away from prying eyes. You set up a PIN number so that only the people who have it will be able to access the chat.

The Winner – Viber

 

Gaming –

Most people love gaming on their mobile phones. Viber lets you play a list of games you can play along with other Viber contacts. WhatsApp does not have this feature either. Keep in mind that the games are not on the Viber app. However, they are created by Viber and let you challenge your friends to play one another. The winner by default, again is Viber.

The Winner – Viber

 

Here are some Tips & Tricks You May Not Know About WhatsApp

 

Conclusion –

WhatsApp may have a larger number of users than Viber does. That may explain why some feel that WhatsApp is better or more popular. However, when it comes to features, Viber is the clear winner. The app offers users a lot more than WhatsApp does. But, this doesn’t mean that you have to choose one from the other. You can simply have both apps installed on your phone and use them according to your contacts.


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How To Make Sure APK Files Are Safe

How to scan APK files for malware and virusFor Android users, one of the best things about the OS is the amount of control Android gives them. Unlike Apple, Android lets you do much more to your phone when it comes to installing apps. For iPhone, the only way to install apps is via the App Store or by Jailbreaking your iPhone. But Android lets users either install apps from the Google Play store or by using an APK file to side load them.

The only problem is that there is an amount of risk to using APK files. Since they are not authorized by Google Play, you can end up with a harmful file on your phone or device. So how can you make sure the APK files you are using are safe and won’t harm your phone or gadget? There are several precautions you can take.

 

Enabling APK On Android

Side loading an app using APK files is very easy to do on Android device. The only thing you have to do is enable Unknown Sources from the privacy settings. Once you do so, you then launch the APK file you want to side load. The next step is simply installing the app which came packaged in the APK file.  

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While those steps are very easy, there are some concerns you need to be aware of. If you download any apps using Google Play, then you never really have to worry about hacks or viruses. That’s because using Google Play is by far the safest option available. Recent research shows that Android users are more likely to install harmful applications on their devices when using other sources. In fact, the Android security team found that the chances of installing harmful apps outside Google Play increases by 10 times.

 

Checking APK Files For Safety & Security

Hackers always take advantage of free software offered to users to install virus and malware on it. This is why some APK files can be harmful. Still, that does not stop many people from using APK files anyway. The only way to protect yourself from any APK harmful files is by making sure you take these precautions.

 

VirusTotal

One of the best ways to make sure the APK file you want to install on your Android device is safe is via the VirusTotal website. This site lets you check the APK files for any issues it may have, including viruses. All you do is upload the APK file to the site. The only setback from using VirusTotal is that the APK file cannot be larger than 128MB. Since most games these days are usually bigger than this, the site may not work for those APK files. Nonetheless, it is still a very useful tool if you have an APK file smaller than 128MB.

 

Hash Droid

Another application that can help you check the security and safety of an APK file is the Hash Droid app. Hash Droid lets you check the hash of an APK file. This is very important when it comes to APK files. The reason for that is that the SHA in any file is considered the digital fingerprint. By checking the SHA, you can find out if the app’s digital fingerprint corresponds to the APK file. If they do not match, then the APK file is not safe.

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NViso ApkScan

The name of this application says it all since it is an APK scanning app. NViso ApkScan can help you check how safe the APK file you want to side load is. Once you install the app on your Android device and use it to check the APK file, NViso offers you a very detailed report about it. The best thing about NViso is that app has no size limit when it comes to checking APK files. Plus, it is very fast and easy to use.
 
Having freedom comes with a price and the same goes for your Android devices. Before installing any APK files on your devices, make sure you check them with one of these very useful tools.


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13 Cool Apps To Use Offline On Your Smartphone

The best apps without internet android and iphoneSmartphones are not just for making phones calls anymore. These days people use their cellular phones for just about everything else. One of those great things you can use your cell for is entertainment. Phones provide fun when you are taking a long trip somewhere, on your way to work or waiting somewhere. For people commuting to work each day, their smartphones are the best getaways. But in many cases, using your phone while online can mean wasting your cellular data. People who have unlimited amounts of phone data usage don’t really worry about this. However, most do not and have to make sure they keep an eye on their limits.

Luckily, there are several apps you can use on your phone without being online or using your cellphone data. These 13 offline apps can help provide hours of entertainment for occasions when you need to kill time.

 

Feedly –

The Feedly app is already an awesome application to get tons of news from countless sources. Via the RSS Feedme reader, the app allows you to gain access to all the things you need to know. The latest news and events are right at your fingertips. But the best part about Feedly is that you can have all of your news pulled via Wi-Fi. Then, later on, you can go offline and read all of the content.

 

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Spotify –

For those that have Spotify’s Premium subscriptions, they can download all of their favorite songs on either their Android or iPhone phones. You can then listen to them while offline at a later time. You can download up to 3,333 songs from Spotify. And you can use up to 3 different devices. All you need to do is connect to the internet at least once every 30 days. If you do so, you will have constant offline access to all your favorite tunes.

 

Amazon Kindle App –

For those that like reading books, the Amazon Kindle app is the best ebook reader available. What makes this app even more awesome is that you can continue using it  for hours without an internet connection. All you need to do is get a free book or buy one. Once you have the book, download it to your device and you are ready to go.

 

YouTube –

Believe it or not, YouTube has an offline feature. But the only problem is that it is only available in some countries such as Egypt, South Africa, India, Thailand, Pakistan and several more. For people in those countries, YouTube can let you use their services offline. Just hit the download button located next to the video you want to watch later on the YouTube app.

 

TripAdvisor –

If you want to find out about some travel information, then TripAdvisor has an offline function. They have City Guides that are dedicated and right on the app internally. You also have offline access to photos of over 300 cities, maps and reviews as well.

 

Netflix –

There are many Netflix Original Series and other content you can watch offline on either Android or iPhone devices. But there is a limit to what you can watch since all of the content on Netflix is not available for offline. Still, just find the ‘Available for Download’ section in the app and you can browse to see which content you want. Once you download it, you can watch it later on at your own leisure offline.

 

AccuWeather –

We all need to know about the weather at one time or another. The AccuWeather app is one of those that lets you get an accurate forecast of up to 15 days without being online. Of course things with the weather can change in an instant. But having this kind of info for a few hours may be all the time you need.

 

Pocket –

Many people kill time reading while they are commuting or waiting somewhere. The Pocket app lets you read tons of articles from the internet you may have not had time for. Once you have the Pocket app installed, you can download and save articles you may want to read later on. Once the time comes for being offline, then you can pull up all of them and enjoy reading them.

 

Monospace –

We all need to take some notes at one time or another. The Monospace note-taking-app is very useful for that and more. Best of all, you can use many of the great features on the app without being online. Functions such as italics, bold and text-formatting are all there for you to take advantage of.

 

Apple Music –

If you’re an Apple paying music subscriber, then you can take advantage of their offline option. They allow you to download many songs and listen to them later on while offline. All you have to do is tap on the download icon located next to the song you want. Once you are done, you can listen to the songs without the use of internet access.

 

Google Drive –

Even though Google Drive is actually a cloud storage service, you can still use it offline. The Google Drive app lets you download documents or files to your smartphone or device. Once you have done so, you can then use them offline without a glitch. After you go online again, the documents or files will sync back into the cloud services.

 

Amazon Prime Video –

Having an Amazon Prime membership has its benefits. One of those is being able to have access to the long list of Amazon Prime Video. To make it even better, you can use this service with the offline option. Just tap on the download button next to the movie or show you want to watch later. You can even change the video quality settings to all the files as well.

 

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Podcast Apps –

One of the great things that our smartphones let us do is listen to podcasts. This is by far one of the best time killing forms of entertainment available offline. All you have to do is find the right podcast app for you to use. Once you have one, then simply begin to download any of the podcasts you find fun or interesting. When gain access to the internet again, the new podcasts will be downloaded automatically.


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