Disable video autoplay in Twitter for iOS

If you’re using the official Twitter client for iOS, please note that the app defaults to autoplay videos in your Twitter stream on both Wi-Fi and cellular. Video autoplay is a convenient feature by saving you an extra tap to play a video. But autoplay could be a concern due to likely excessive cellular data usage, and also it is a drain on battery life for video you do not want to watch. You can change the settings to autoplay videos while on Wi-FI only, or switch off autoplay altogether.

Select the “Me” tab at right bottom of Twitter for iOS. Tap on the gear icon next to your Twitter profile picture. On the pop up menu, select “Settings”.

Under the Settings page, scroll down to General section and tap the “Video autoplay” option.

How to disable Video autoplay in Twitter for iOS

The default setting for autoplay is “Use mobile data and Wi-Fi”. You have the option to “Use Wi-Fi only”, or switch off autoplay by selecting “Never play videos automatically”

If you have more than one Twitter account setup in Twitter client, this settings change will apply to all of them.

Hulu launches no commercials plan

Hulu commercial free plan

Hulu has just announced that it is offering a new commercial-free option at $12 a month to subscribers, upping its ante against rivals Netflix and Amazon. Hulu is keeping the existing subscription option of $8 a month with commercials. 

“At Hulu, we pride ourselves on listening to our customers and giving them the best possible experience,” said Mike Hopkins, CEO, Hulu. “Many of our customers have asked us for a commercial free option, and so today we are excited to introduce just that. Providing more choice for consumers is fundamental to the Hulu experience, in addition to an array of choices in content and devices, our customers can now choose to watch with or without commercials.”

Before this change, Hulu is the only prominent subscription-based video streaming service that includes commercials that can not be skipped, even for its pay service.

Hulu is certainly making great stride lately in gaining subscribers. Just this week, it landed a streaming deal with premium cable network Epix to bring “Hunger Games” and “Transformers” movies to its network. This is right after Netflix loses its contract with Epix. This follows its deal to bring TV hits such as “Seinfeld”, “Empire” under its fold. It has also invested in original programming, working with the likes of J.J. Abrams and Stephen King. 

Play Atari Breakout on Google Images

Play Atari Breakout on Google Images

You can do more than just search with Google, such as playing the classic Atari Breakout game from within your browser. Go to Google Images (https://images.google.com), type “Atari Breakout” and hit the search button. Wait for about 2 seconds for the game to start. Please note this only work on the desktop. No luck if you’re on your iPhone or iPad.

Create the perfect Tinder profile to get more right swipes

Create the perfect Tinder profile to get more right swipes

Tinder CEO Sean Rad advises in an interview with GQ magazine the secrets on how to create the perfect Tinder profile to attract more suitors. If you’re not familiar, the social dating app relies on first impressions, where users judge their potential dates based on profile picture. Swipe right on a profile picture to imply interest, and swipe left otherwise. Sean Rad explains the science and tricks to spice up your profile and text to get more right swipes. Below are some excerpts from the interview.

Good profile photo

“You should definitely put your best foot forward on Tinder. Your first photo is what people are going to see before they even click on your profile. Choose a picture that represents you best – whether that’s you in a suit, or jeans and a T-shirt. It’s pretty well-known that smiling in photos helps you to be perceived as more friendly too.”

Bad profile photo

“I’ve talked to a lot of people about Tinder etiquette and the general consensus is that shirtless gym selfies are a huge ‘NO.’ You’re on Tinder to meet new people – the last thing you want those people to think is that you’re too self-absorbed or narcissistic to hold a real conversation.”

Be genuine

“Be yourself! Your pictures should give others a sense of your personality, hobbies and interests. If you like to go rock climbing or hiking, show it. If you’re kind of a goofball, show it.”

Write something

“Never skip the bio section – girls are 99 per cent less likely to swipe right on you if you aren’t willing to share some basic info about yourself.”

Keep it focused  

“Keep it short and sweet. Include a hobby or two, a quote from one of your favourite TV characters, what types of people you’d like to meet, or a fun fact. It’s not a bad idea to show how strong your emoji game is, either. While an obscure reference may puzzle some, it could also help find you the perfect match.” 

Be open, not obnoxious

“If someone’s reaction is to slap you without even having met you yet (based on your bio), you’re doing it wrong. If they don’t learn anything about you from your bio, you’re also doing it wrong.”

Apple media event on September 9 10am PT: “Hey Siri, give us a hint.”

Apple September 9 media event Hey Siri give us a hint

Finally, the wait is almost over. Apple has just sent out invitations for its media event on September 9th 10am PT at Bill Graham auditorium in San Francisco. The tag line for the event is an intriguing “Hey Siri, give us a hint.”, but all rumours point to the unveiling of next generation iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus as well as new Apple TV hardware.

iPhone 6 vs Galaxy Note 5: hardware specs is not everything

Samsung’s newly released Galaxy Note 5 has an impressive hardware specs: quad core CPU and 4G of RAM. As expected, this clobber iPhone 6 which has a duo core processor and 1G of RAM. However hardware specs alone does not determine a phone’s performance.

A YouTube user “DroidModderX ROOT Master” has posted a video pitting Galaxy Note 5 against the iPhone 6 in a simple speed test by opening up various apps. Judging by the YouTube account name, the guy is not an Apple fanboy.

iPhone 6 is able to keep up to Note 5 when opening up apps. Where iPhone 6 really blew the Note 5 out of the water was when the apps were open for the second round. Apps on iPhone 6 popped out instantly while on the Note 5 it still had to go through the full load.

The speed test is not scientific but it does give a gauge on actual user experience using both flagship phones. It’s nice to note that iPhone 6 is almost one year old.

Cooking with The New York Times’ over 17,000 recipes

Cooking with The New York Times over 17,000 recipes

The New York Times has made its database of over 17,000 cooking recipes online. From the simple chicken teriyaki to the more exotic squid salad, you’d have ample ideas whether its Italian, Japanese or Chinese. If you make a free account, the site offers useful functions such as to save your favourite recipes, and offers a recommendation engine to give you suggestions as to what to cook next. The recipes are also accessible through its own free NYT Cooking iPhone app.

iSight camera replacement program for iPhone 6 Plus

iSight camera replacement program for iPhone 6 Plus

There are recent reports of some iPhone 6 Plus cameras begin to produce blurry images. Apple has recognised the problem and is launching a replacement program.

Apple has determined that, in a small percentage of iPhone 6 Plus devices, the iSight camera has a component that may fail causing your photos to look blurry. The affected units fall into a limited serial number range and were sold primarily between September 2014 and January 2015.

Only some of those iPhone 6 Plus sold between September 2014 and January 2015 are affected. You can check if your iPhone 6 Plus is affected by entering your phone’s serial number on Apple’s support page. You can locate your iPhone’s serial number from Settings > General > About.

If your device is eligible, Apple will replace the back iSight camera free of charge. The replacement program is worldwide, but Apple might restrict the repair to the country of original purchase. Replacement can be handled by an Apple Authorized Service Provider, an Apple Retail Store or via Apple Technical Support.

Visit Apple’s support page for iSight camera replacement program for iPhone 6 Plus to get started.

Many are not happy with Spotify’s updated privacy policy

Spotify updated its terms and conditions, and many users are not happy. The music streaming service, in order to “tailor improved user experience”, now wants to access to your contacts, pictures, sensor data stored on your phone and permission to view your social media activity.

We are constantly innovating and evolving our service to deliver the best possible experience for our users. This means delivering the perfect recommendations for every moment, and helping you to enjoy, discover and share more music than ever before. The data we access simply helps us to tailor improved experiences to our users, and build new and personalized products for the future. 

The privacy and security of our customers’ data is – and will remain – Spotify’s highest priority. We will always ask for individual permission or clearly inform you of the ability to opt out from sharing location, photos, voice and contacts.

According to latest figure, Spotify has about 75 million active users and 20 million subscribers in 58 countries. Enough users that pissing a number of them really doesn’t matter much to the company.

Minecraft creator Markus Persson (@notch) is the first celebrity to cancel his Spotify account in response to the changes in privacy policies. He tweeted to his 2.4 million followers “As a consumer, I’ve always loved your service. You’re the reason I stopped pirating music. Please consider not being evil.”.

Markus Persson @notch cancel Spotify account

Check out Spotify’s latest Privacy Policy. Are you angered by the changes? If you think It is not worth the while giving out your privacy by using Spotify, check out its competent competitor Apple Music.