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Xiaomi Gives Away Screen Protector and SIM Adapter with Each Redmi 1S on Flipkart

Hugo Barra, vice president of renowned Chinese smart phone company Xiaomi have announced an hour ago that they are going to give away free screen protector and SIM adapter along with Redmi 1S through Flipkart.

Hugo Barra seems like much concerned about the requirements of Indian fans of Xiaomi Redmi 1S in his facebook status. He says,

“We're listening! Mi fans in India have been telling us that Screen Protectors are an essential accessory. So, starting today we will automatically add to every Redmi 1S order on Flipkart:
1) a free Screen Protector 2-pack
2) a free SIM Card Adapter 2-pack (micro > mini size)
It's Time to Go Red!”

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The screen protector helps protecting screen from smudges and dust, the SIM card adapter that converts micro SIM to mini eliminates the need of buying a new SIM.

We know that Xiaomi released its new flick Redmi 1S recently as promised . It has already started giving a tough fight for other budget handsets and this free give away of accessories can take the chances of Redmi to next level.

Xiaomi is trying hard to plant their roots in Indian smart phone market with their amazing range of devices under different budgets. They have already given a jerk in the hearts of other well performing at market smart phone companies. Freebies like this may even give heart attack to them.

All the best Xiaomi!
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How to Use MailChimp to Deliver RSS Feed Updates

One of the best ways to automate the feed updates through email is RSS. It is one of the major sources of loyal traffic for your site. RSS feed exists before the social media networks took a plunge. The automation of blog updates onto social media networks have dominated the RSS feed updates.

Though, the RSS feed still send loyal traffic from the subscribers through emails but not at its best. The reason is that feedburner still uses that old email template to send updates to your subscribers in which they don’t even care to click on the article links after opening the email. Take a look at the screenshot of the RSS feed email template you generally see below:

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So, what to do?

Nothing much! a little tweak to its design could do well. We can design an email template and manage the feed delivery sophisticatedly by using MailChimp.

MailChimp is an email marketing tool with lot of free services and lot more paid services. It is easy to create and manage email campaigns using this tool. It even allows to create and manage RSS feed campaigns. An RSS email created using MailChimp looks like as follows:

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Let’s see how MailChimp can be used to deliver RSS feed updates to its subscribers.

Step 1: Log into your MailChimp account and navigate to Campaigns tab. Click on ‘Create Campaign’ on the top right of the screen.

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Step 2: Choose ‘RSS-driven campaign’ under ‘Choose a type of campaign to send’ and click ‘Select’ to proceed.

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Step 3: Give the RSS feed URL of your blog and set the delivery times of the campaign. After you are done, click ‘Next’ to proceed.

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Step 4: Select the list of recipients that you have added previously, to whom you wanted to send the RSS feed updates and click ‘Next’ to proceed.

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Step 5: Fill in the details of the campaign like ‘Name of the campaign’, ‘Subject’, ‘From email’, ‘From name’ etc.

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Step 6: Scroll down to set the tracking and social media options. After setting, click ‘Next’ to continue.

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Step 7: Now you got to choose an email template. As you are using RSS feed to be delivered, I recommend you to use RSS feed templates which eases the campaign creation process. You may also choose a template of your choice and design it n next step.

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Step 8: Customize the design of the template you have chosen to your requirements. When it’s done, click ‘Next’ to proceed.

Step 9: This is the last step where you are allowed to check once if all were set right or not. If you found any issues, ‘Resolve’ them before you start the campaign.

You can also preview the email by clicking on the ‘Preview and Test’ option on the top right of the screen.

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Step 10: When you are done with checking out and resolving the issues, click on ‘Start RSS’ to start the campaign. Then you will be asked to ‘Confirm RSS Start’. Click on ‘Start Campaign’ to get it started.

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When it is done! you will be shown a ‘rock on’ hand symbol of the chimpanzee.

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Navigate to ‘Campaigns’ to manage and view reports of your campaign.

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Relax and have a sip of coffee and let the campaign run automatically. By the way, don’t forget to share your MailChimp story with us in comments.
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How to Send RSS Feed Updates to Unverified Subscribers Automatically

Social referrals are one of the major sources of traffic we’d love to get. Social subscriptions bring us much loyal traffic to our blogs than any other sources. Fans, followers, subscribers, whatever the name we call them with, also act as a word of mouth publicity about our sites.

One can start getting updates from your facebook fan page with one simple click on ‘like’ button. One can get your tweet updates with one simple click on ‘follow’ button on twitter. Other social media updates these days are simplified with the subscription process this way.

What about RSS feed, the reliable source that provide blog updates through email? Why there is a two step process for RSS subscription? Does this two step subscription process help both the parties? I don’t think so.

What’s wrong with RSS feed?

Probably, there is nothing wrong with RSS feed subscription process. One can simply spam subscribe with known and unknown emails IDs to his blog updates, if there is a one click subscription process.

As RSS feed has no authenticated login just like other social networks had, to subscribe. So, two step subscription process is necessary. One to subscribe and another to verify it.

What’s getting worst?

People subscribe to your blog’s email updates but won’t get them eventually as they would not verify it. They simple drop their emails in the subscription box, hits that ‘Subscribe’ button and relax.

The point here is – the half subscribers wanted to get email updates from your blog, but won’t. To even send updates to those unverified subscribers, I am going to reveal a trick that would deliver RSS feed to unverified subscribers also.

RSS Feed To Unverified Subscribers

You cannot just add up lump sum of email IDs to forward the RSS feed email manually every time. I don’t even recommend you to add up all the email IDs to a group once and forward mail to it every time.

We’re going to use MailChimp, one of the best email campaign manager here. MailChimp allow us to create a and manage RSS feed email campaigns too. It there by allow us to import the contacts from external file types like .txt,.csv,.xls and services like Google drive and other CRM software etc.

To import the email list of your RSS feed subscribers,

Step 1: Go to feedburner.google.com and enter your blog’s dashboard.
Navigate to Publicize >> Email Subscriptions and Scroll down to ‘Subscription Management’. There you can see the ‘total subscribers’ like as shown in the following screenshot:

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Step 2: Click on ‘View Subscriber Details’ and it will expand showing up all the verified and unverified subscribers in a table.

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Step 3: Click on ‘Export: CSV’ option an save the file on your computer.

Step 4: Now log into MailChimp.com, navigate to ‘Lists’ tab and click on ‘Create List’.

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Step 5: Fill in the details of the list and click on ‘Save’ button.

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Step 6: Now go to ‘Add Subscribers’ and click on ‘Import Subscribers’.

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Step 7: Choose ‘Import from a CSV or a TXT file’ option and upload your CSV file you have downloaded to your computer in Step 3.

While uploading, you will be asked to edit or skip unmatched columns. Skip the unmatched columns and hit ‘Save’ on matched columns.

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When done with selecting columns, Click on ‘Complete Import’ to finish the import process.

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It will take a minute to complete the import process. You can choose to get an email alert when importing is done.

That’s it you are done!

You can now use this list to send RSS feed in an email campaign to your subscribers, both verified and unverified.

Note: Do not spam subscribe people and add up email list. People will spam unwanted emails and your site would be out of race.
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iOS 7 Dupes You Might Have Never Heard Of

Time and now Apple has been introducing innovative versions for its operating system iOS. The latest to join the suite of iOS versions is iOS 7. Avid iOS lovers have always been keen on embracing newer versions of iOS, which are equipped with bug fixes, security modules, added features and much more. After bidding farewell to iOS6, iOS7 has become the latest boom in the iOS development industry. Even though iOS7 is equipped with best in-class designs, there are ample number of things you might not know about this operating system. My aim behind writing this blogpost is to make you familiar with some iOS7 cons nobody would've told you till date.

Although Workable, iOS7 lacks some basic assets


iOS users have found this iOS Application Development as a workable operating system which lacks certain assets necessary for rendering a brilliant experience to Apple users. If this had been the year 2011, the inception of iOS7 would've marked a revolution, but this is 2014 when iOS is already having a stiff competition from Google's Android, BlackBerry and Windows. With some drastic changes between iO6 and iOS7, it won't be wrong to say that Apple developers will definitely get something different to work on.

iOS7- What all it lacks?

Brief Battery Life - In today's hectic lifestyles, people love indulging in various activities via their smartphones. Serving as one of the most popularly-used smartphones, iPhones have stood out from the crowd. Yet, there's a major disadvantage with iPhones built using iOS7, they come with a brief battery life. This is something that surely bothers a lot of iPhone users who fear the basic idea of staying away from their smartphone.

Bugs in iMessage still remain unfixed - Well, ever since the launch of iOS7, there have been complaints that the messages sent over the the iMessage platform encounter a delivery failure. This is something that Apple had promised to fix but still hasn't.

Illegible fonts continue to exist - The font used in iOS7 has actually turned off the iPhone consumers. The combination of high-resolution screen with very thin vertical lines has caused readability issues. With the background being translucent and fonts being too thin, iOS7 users have become distracted and frustrated. With a wide scope for altering the size and boldness of iOS7 font, we can definitely expect something better coming our way.

Security concerns remain unresolved - Even Though Apple has introduced two major security fixes since the release of iOS7, there are some perils that still exist in the operating system. Some of the serious security concerns are still prominent around the passcode screen.

Calendar App is unable to save daily updates - Calendar app installed in the iOS7 is incompetent in offering an overview of the day's events each time the user is accessing the “Month” view. Although Apple has worked on the Calendar app's look and feel, the iOS7 still lacks the potential to make a calendar look like a calendar.

Universal Search disappears randomly - The introduction of iOS 7 has changed the definition of universal search. In iOS7, you can easily search everything that's available within your device, but in order to carry out a web search, it is mandatory for you to visit a browser. In addition to this, iOS7 has even modified the screen swiping technique from the traditional left to right movement to screen top tapping. It's been found that users are taking time to getting used to this brand new screen swiping technique.

Lack of download option to iOS6 - Buying a product and returning it to the store owner on finding it bad is something that pleases the customers for sure. However, in case of a software, the scenario is entirely different. Apple has removed every possibility of performing a backwards downgrade from iOS7 to iOS6. The sole reason for this move is to grow the count of devices running on its iOS7 platform. The company wants to maintain operating system consistency across its ecosystem, quite unlike Android which has consumers using devices with different Android OS versions.

Conclusion

Well, addressing all the aforementioned issues will surely take Apple a lot of time and a good amount of commitment. All we can do is simply wait for another major update and hope all our queries/confusions regarding the functioning of iOS7 would get resolved.

Author Bio:

Rick Brown is a technical writer with Mobiers Ltd – iPhone Application Development Company. You can also opt to avail adherent iOS Developer for hire in case you are willing to hire the same.
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How Secure is Your Data On iCloud?

The recent massive iCloud hack on famous Hollywood celebrity devices have left them perplexed with the leak of their private photographs and videos on the internet. The hacker had publicly put them on the internet for the exchange of money.

The happening of the hack rises the concern about the security if the iCloud on Apple devices. Do you use iCloud on your Apple device? How secure do you think it is?

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Apple have already talked about the security and privacy of the iCloud in its support portal in the past. Let’s take a look at the security features of Apple’s iCloud in brief.

What Apple Promises About iCloud Data Security?

Apple promises to keep the data secured in the cloud in all times of storage and retrieval. According to Apple, one has to get the authentication tokens to store or retrieve the data to and from the cloud respectively. They also claim to be using 128 bit AES encryption technology to secure data during the dual communication and data transfer process.

There by, Apple summarizes how the data is secured while using various iCloud features. The table is as follows:

Calendars Yes Yes A minimum of 128-bit AES encryption
Contacts Yes Yes
Bookmarks Yes Yes
Reminders Yes Yes
Photos Yes Yes
Documents in the Cloud Yes Yes
Backup Yes Yes
Find My iPhone Yes Yes
Find My Friends Yes Yes
iCloud Keychain Yes Yes
Uses 256-bit AES encryption to store and transmit passwords and credit card information. Also uses elliptic curve asymmetric cryptography and key wrapping.
iCloud.com Yes N/A All sessions at iCloud.com are encrypted with SSL. Any data accessed via iCloud.com is encrypted on server as indicated in this table.
Back to My Mac Yes N/A Back to My Mac does not store data on iCloud. Data retrieved from other computers is encrypted with SSL while in transit.
iTunes in the Cloud Yes N/A Purchased or matched music files are not encrypted on server because they do not contain any personal information.
Mail and Notes Yes No All traffic between your devices and iCloud Mail and Notes is encrypted with SSL. Consistent with standard industry practice, iCloud does not encrypt data stored on IMAP mail servers. All Apple email clients support optional S/MIME encryption.
Tabular Information Source: Apple Support Website

What could have happened in case of massive iCloud hack?

Apple security walls were thought to be strong enough to defend against the attacks till yesterday. When it was once found that it could be cracked easily, people started to fear about the security of their personal and sensitive data.

 



According to Apple, even a third-party application has to communicate through secured SSL connection to access iCloud data. If it was that secure, what could have happened with the Jennifer Lawrence's’ Apple device? Was it the new heartbleed bug again?

I can’t say anything until Apple responds the massive hack news.

How to Secure Your Photos?

Let’s not dig into deep. Take care of these basic things while you use iCloud on your Apple device.
  • Do not share your private photos to streams.
  • Make sure you are sharing them with the right people.
  • Take care of applications that are running without your consent.
  • Keep an eye on the streams you have shared.
Read the Apple icloud's help topics and educate yourself about the photo sharing to iCloud.

Have you ever felt like loosing privacy on iCloud? Share your experiences with the iCloud in comments below.
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