Friday, November 11, 2016

SMASH: Awesome Web App For Transferring Large Size Files


What do you do when you need to send a file to your friend or someone other? Well, definitely emailing is the best option that comes into our mind at first place. Most of the email service providers allow up to 25-30 MB for an attachment.

What if the file size is to big? 30 GB in size, lets assume. In this case, either you'd need a premium storage facility in Google Drive, Onedrive or Dropbox. Because, I don't think there's any file storage provider without a file size limit, when it comes to free version of their service.

Well, in that case you'd definitely want to check out this web application called SMASH, that allows you to transfer any type of file, without any limitations on file size. Yeah, you read it right, there's no limitation on numbers of files and their size.

The plus thing about this web app is that you don't need to register or provide any sorts of personal information for the files transfer.

Using SMASH for Files Transfer



Using SMASH for sending files is really easy. All you need to do is select the files or drag the files to the web application area which says 'click or drop your files here to smash' and enter your details (email, name, subject) and finally click on SEND button. Later, a link to access those files will be sent to that email address.

Now the files uploading process starts automatically. Just wait for the upload to finish, and once completed, you'll be generated an URL. You can now share this URL with your friend, so that he/she can easily download those files on their side.

The best thing about this web app is that, it allows you to preview the files before downloading. You can view photo/images, listen to music, watch videos and read documents; without actually having to download them.

The uploaded files will remain in SMASH servers for 7 days, and will be automatically deleted after that period.

Link to SMASH

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Post Tweets Right From Google Chrome's URL bar


If you're a Twitter freak, who tweets now and then, you're definitely going to love this way of tweeting. Its quite easy and quickest way I've ever come across, to post an update on Twitter.

Instead of using web (twitter.com), mobile or desktop apps, wouldn't it be easy for us if we could just post our tweets using the URL bar in Google Chrome.

There's this Google Chrome extension Chromnitweet, which lets you post tweets right from the Chrome's URL Bar (Address bar, or whatever you call it). You've previously used the URL bar for entering website URL and searching purpose. Now install this free extension, and add 'direct tweeting' feature to the bar.

Using Chromnitweet

Simply install the extension and authorize your Twitter account for this extension to access. Now, to directly post a tweet, move your cursor to the URL bar and type tw [your tweet] and press enter. Once the tweet is successfully posted, you'll be notified.

Get Chromnitweet from Chrome Web Store

Convert Any Major Image Format to Highly Optimized JPEG



There might be various reasons for someone to optimize their images. You might be on a about to finish data plan, and there's a large file size image which you need to upload or send it to a friend. Well, in that case you might want to reduce its size.

For me, most of the time, I make use of image optimization tools in order to reduce the image size, so to obtain lower file size image without compromising quality. I do this because I want my blog posts that contains images to load as fast as possible.

In that case, here's an amazing web app Jpeg.io, that helps you convert any major image formats to highly optimized JPEG, reducing the file size.

You can easily convert JPEG, PNG, GIF, SVG, BMP, EPS, PSD, TIFF, WEBP image file formats to JPEG. All you need to do is, head out to its webpage and start uploading the images which you'd like to optimize and convert.

Using Jpeg.io



Just for a test, I uploaded 127KB sized image file and this web app reduced its size to 60KB. That's almost more than 50%.

The next time, when you have to optimize or convert your images file format, its better you don't install any sorts of software on your PC. Simply, open up your browser and run this web app. This web app will definitely take care of your junky images, no matter in which file format they're on.

Link to Jpeg.io

Nepal Telecom Collaborates with Shaw Academy (€395 Course For Free)

Nepal Telecom, state owned telecommunication service provider in Nepal, has collaborated with Shaw Academy to provide free online courses to its users.

NT has stated that this collaboration act is yet on a testing phase, and for now its users can easily access to various courses available on Shaw Academy for free for next 3 months.

Normally, each course on Shawn Academy costs 395 Euros i.e 432.06 US Dollar / approximately 46 thousand Nepalese Currency.

 

Shaw Academy is an Ireland based, Professional Certification Program which provides numerous live online courses. Unlike other online learning platform, Shaw Academy facilitates its students to learn practically with interactive live sessions from experts.

After the completion of the course, an Accredited Diploma will be made available.

Currently, following courses have been made free to access.

  • Financial Trading
  • Digital Marketing
  • Photography
  • Personal Nutrition
  • Investment 
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Graphic Design
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Web Development
  • Mobile App Development
  • Photoshop
  • Web Design
  • Viral Marketing
  • Beauty
  • Diet & Weight Loss
  • Lightroom
  • Career Advancement
  • Kids Coding
  • English for Beginners
 

What are you waiting for? Just head out to Shaw Academy & Nepal Telecom Collaboration page (www.shawacademy.com/nepaltelecom) and grab this awesome offer.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

How to Use Custom Domain For Your Blogger Blog


There are two ways to run a blog on Blogger, one is using the default subdomain given to you by Google (i.e yourname.blogspot.com) and next is using your own custom domain (i.e yourname.com, yourname.org etc).

In this post I will discuss how you can use a custom domain for your Blogger blog, and give the blog a professional touch. Because custom domain indirectly shows its readers that the owner is serious about the blog.

Make sure that you have a domain already registered and have access to its admin panel. For DNS management, I will be using the popular service Namecheap, which provides advance DNS for any domain registered anywhere.

Pointing your Custom Domain to Namecheap DNS service

Login to your admin panel provided by your domain registrar. And set the nameservers of your domin to,

NS1: freedns1.registrar-servers.com
NS2: freedns2.registrar-servers.com
NS3: freedns3.registrar-servers.com
NS4: freedns4.registrar-servers.com
NS5: freedns5.registrar-servers.com

Setting up Custom Domain with Blogger blog

After you’re changed the nameservers of your domain to point to namecheap DNS service, you will have to set up custom domain in your Blogger blog.

  • Login to Blogger Dashboard
  • Go to the settings > basic
  • In the publishing section, click on the link that says "+ Setup a 3rd party URL for your blog".
  • Enter the domain which you would like to use in your blog (eg, www.yourdomain.com)
  • Click on “save” button
Now, note down the two details (names and destinations) provided to you. We'll need these records later. And, finally hit the save button.

We are almost done at the blogger side.

Adding your Custom Domain to Namecheap DNS service

  • Go to Namecheap Free DNS hosting service page 
  • Enter your Domain name whose nameservers you’ve set previously to Namecheap DNS service
  • Click on “Get DNS” button (create yourself an account at namecheap if you have to)
  • Once you’re logged into your dashboard and added the domain, go to the “Manage Domains” section by hovering the menu on the top bar where it says “Hi your-username”
  • In the sidebar under “FreeDNS”, click on “Hosted Domains”
  • On the right will appear your domain(s). Click on your domain name.
You’ve finally reached the section where you can create CNAME records for your domain.

Creating CNAME records for Pointing Custom Domain to Blogger

You’ll be creating two records for your domain.

In @ part, enter your domain name along with www (i.e http://yourdomain.com) in IP Address/URL field and select record type as “URL Redirect” from the dropdown menu.

In www part, enter ghs.google.com in IP Address/URL field and select CNAME as record type.

Similarly, Next CNAME record you’ll have to add is the one provided to you by Blogger.

After you’ve added your CNAME records, hit the “save changes” button located at the bottom of the page to save your records.

You have finally pointed a custom domain to your blogger blog. Just give few hours for Google to verify your records and your blog will be live with your new domain.

How to Download Android Apps Which Are Not Available in Your Country

Some Android apps in Google Play are made restricted based on location (countries) and if you try to install those apps in your Android phone you might come across message like “this item isn’t available in your country”.

Apps like Hulu and Spotify which are marked “US/UK only” are the ones which people mostly look forward to download, but Google allows options to its developers to restrict their apps, as a result those apps are not accessible in play store in other countries.

But there’s a quick workaround for downloading the Android apps which are not available in your country.

Using VPN in your Android you can make Google Play think that your device is in another country. In this guide we’ll be using a free VPN app called Hola. You can download this app from the Google Play store.

  • Open Hola Free VPN Proxy app
  • Scroll down to My apps section, to tap MORE to view complete list of applications on your Android
  • From the list of apps, select Google Play Store
  • Browsing from options lets you choose the country, just tap the small flag to change the country to some other
  • Now tap OPEN button
Now you’ll be able to browse the Google Play Store of the country which you’ve selected. Go through the store, download and install the app which was previously not available in your country’s Google Play Store.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

5 Things to Consider Before Changing WordPress Theme


Being a WordPress user, due to availability of tons of themes, one might get desperate to change his/her theme now and then. Changing the theme, changes the structure of that WordPress site, and this might be a bad sign for SEO since continuously changing the theme ultimately makes the search giants like Google & Bing think that you are not serious about your site.

Besides SEO there are also other few things which you might consider before changing the theme of your WordPress site.

Backup previous theme

Changing your WordPress theme isn’t dangerous since you can switch back to previous theme anytime you want. But it is wise to regularly backup your WordPress site, because nobody knows when you might face data loss due to accidental errors and bugs.

Check menu placements

Sometimes Menus might get hidden while changing the theme. In that case you can quickly assign menus to the new theme by visiting Appearance > Menu and select appropriate locations in the new theme for your menus.

Custom Post Types

Some WordPress theme makes use of custom post types which might not be supported by other themes, as a result you might see your site content not being rendered correctly. In that case you might want to make use of plugins such as Post Type Plugin which changes Page to Post, Post to Page, Page to Attachment and Post to Custom. Or simply you can switch back to the old theme to copy the content into the new one.

Platform Independent

Check if the new theme works perfectly on all the modern browsers and devices.

Theme Source

Never make use of nulled WordPress themes. Tons of premium WordPress themes are available for free to download from unreliable sites. These sites place encrypted codes into the theme files, and eventually your site might get hacked and fall into wrong hands. Always use WordPress theme either from WordPress theme repository or from reliable sources like Themeforest, StudioPress, etc.

Bonus Tip: It is always wise and safe to to test the new theme in your localhost and if everything works fine just as you wanted, you can then apply it to the live site.