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You can now embed WhatsApp videos (and images) on webpages

You can now embed WhatsApp videos (and images) on webpages

You can now while away your hours sending inane messages and deciphering emoji puzzles in the comfort of the web browser (Google Chrome to be precise). WhatsApp is now officially available on the desktop. One interesting out-turn is that WhatsApp videos and images can now be embedded on webpages (conditions apply*). While WhatsApp isn’t letting [Read more]

How to use Twitter to post animated GIFs to Facebook

Facebook animatted GIF

This is a corollary to a previous post, where I discussed all that you need to keep in mind while creating animated GIFs to post to Twitter. Post by Cutting the Chai. This new Twitter feature also means that in addition to using Twitter as a free GIF to video conversion service, we can also [Read more]

Two important things to remember while creating animated GIFs for Twitter

GIF lovers of the world rejoice! As many of you are already aware, Twitter now allows animated GIFs to play within the timeline. But before you head to upload from your wonderful GIF collection, read this. Because Twitter reprocesses your GIFs as MP4 videos, many of the characteristics of the GIF that you had painfully [Read more]

How to stop the irritating data uage notifications on Idea Cellular

Idea Cellular data uage notification

I have been a long-time (but not-so-satisfied) Idea Cellular customer. My last gripe against Idea was about the data usage notifications that they kept on flashing on my phone screen all day (and night) long. Which meant that to get something done with the phone, I would have first get the notifications away from the [Read more]

My #2013 on Twitter

Soumyadip Twitter

My bio on Twitter begins with “Internetaholic,” but the rehab treatment in the form of a two-year-old son has been very effective. These days much of my non-work (I work for a website) Internet use happens only when junior is asleep (like now) and this also includes Twitter. A look at my timeline will almost [Read more]

How emoji is making it easier for the illiterate to use mobile phones

Mobile phone

For the poor in India it is the mobile phone that has proved to be a bigger revolution than the Internet. The poor don’t directly use the Internet but almost everyone in the city, irrespective of the social class, appears to own a mobile phones and our household helps are no exception. They might own [Read more]

Is the Gillette Guard as revolutionary a razor as the AP story makes it appear to be?

Gillette Guard

I love innovation and inexpensive innovations more so. So this headline ‘Cheap razor made after P&G watches Indians shave‘ obviously got me clicking and half way through the story it occurred to me that this was about a razor that I have myself used and because of this first-hand experience I thought that what the [Read more]

Announcing India Shopping Search: A custom search engine for online shopaholics

India Shopping Search Engine

I do a lot of my shopping online and always have an eye open to catch the best diaper deals (We have a 22-month-old son). A big gap in online shopping in India is that there isn’t one search engine to fulfil my online shopping search needs. Google India doesn’t have a shopping option (which [Read more]

Google’s website on civil rights movement practises discrimination

Google's 'March on Washington' website on the Civil Rights movement practices discrimination

You just cannot miss the irony trying to access Google’s website on the 50th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr’s historic “I have a dream” speech on a web browser other than Google’s own Chrome. A website on equality, practising discrimination! A cold message appears on a dark background, “Your device is not supported. [Read more]

NO TELEGRAM FROM JULY 15 STOP VINTAGE TELEGRAM FORM FROM PRE-INDEPENDENCE INDIA STOP

The last telegram in India can be sent on July 14. From July 15 BSNL which operates the telegram services in India (and not India Post, as The Times of India seems to believe), will discontinue the 160-year-old service. More than the Internet and email, it is the mobile phone that has led to the [Read more]

Unofficial Norman Woodland bar code Google doodle

Google posts doodles on death anniversaries and not on deaths. But the very purpose of Cutting the Chai’s unofficial Google doodles are to imagine the doodles that Google didn’t or doesn’t do. On of my favourite pieces of tech, that fascinated me as a child was the bar code. I thought it was cool to [Read more]

When Apple said ‘Maps take a whole new turn’, they meant it

Apple’s marketing tagline for their much-derided iOS 6 maps apps, says, “Maps take a whole new turn.” Many travellers in Australia would agree, but not with pleasure. After all that “whole new turn” landed them in a snake-infested desert without food or water. Google Maps, though better, is also error ridden, much of which are [Read more]