Is USI-Tech A Scam?

I recently came across this “business opportunity” and i wanted to know, is USI-Tech a scam or are they legit? So I signed up, it was completely free so if you want to check it out for yourself, just hit the button below an click “register” on their website.

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Alright, now that link is NOT to advertise for my downline or whatever you want to call it, it’s simply so that you can check my review for yourself and see what I’m talking about.

Is USI-Tech A Scam?

 

What everyone wants to know, is it a scam? Well…. I’m not entirely sure simply because I did not want to spend the $82 CAD on the smallest package to see if I actually got a return or not on it.

The way it works is one of two ways, it is an MLM (multi level marketing) scheme where you can earn commissions from anyone that signs up below you and purchases a package. The second, is that you can buy a package of BTC (bitcoins) which will offer a return based on bitcoin mining.

So here are my main concerns:

  1. I had an extremely difficult time trying to purchase the package. You have to use your existing bitcoin wallet, payza or pay2foru (or whatever it’s called). After multiple attempts, I figured it’s an omen and I should probably not be wasting almost $100 on nothing seeing as this blog doesn’t bring in a lot of coin anyway. HAHA
  2. They claim the BTC package offers a 40% return. So on my $82, I should come out with $114 or in other words, an extra $32. But there is no proof of concept on or in their website. There are no guarantees, and the payout is variable depending on the cryptocurrency market and the share of bitcoin at that time.

Wow. What a lot to wrap your head around, even if you ARE interested in these topics like cryptocurrency and MLM marketing like myself.
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In Conclusion

If you have invested in some BitCoins and want to give this a whirl, a 40% return on your BTC is a pretty good deal. However, if you’re not in the cyptocurrency space, I don’t recommend this for MLM entrepreneurs simply because you’re not likely to be able to expand your down lines with this particular system. My preference for marketers is Global Money Line – really ugly user interface, but the system works to create plenty of leads.

Some other small details that I wanted to point out is that the usi-tech server is SUPER slow so you’ll have to be patient if you’re waiting for a verification email, or even to login. Use ctrl+r (cmd +r on macs) to refresh the page if it freezes on you. #epicWinForATechCompany

So what do you think? Is USI-Tech a scam? Comment or tweet me @SillyTechie

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Move WeChat To New Phone – BackUp and Restore WeChat

Need to move WeChat to new phone?! Almost as popular as Whatsapp, but not nearly as easy to move between devices. The other day I spent nearly an hour trying to help my friend transfer WeChat from an old device to a new device.

The support articles on WeChats website for moving chat history from one device to the other doesn’t give you much to go off, especially when it comes to the QR code.

So this prompted me to write this brief tutorial will show you how to move WeChat to a new phone in 12 easy steps (with pictures!)

Begin the Move WeChat to New Phone

First, you must have both the old and the new device available. Next, we need to create a backup or QR code of the WeChat chat history from your old device.

In the bottom-right corner tap on “Me” icon (as seen in the image below) then tap on “Settings”.

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WeChat Settings

 

Next, tap “Chat” in the menu to open the backup or migration settings.

WeChat Backup

Under Chat History, select ‘Chat Log Migration’. This will bring to the section of all chat threads that have the possibility for Backup.

WeChat Chat Log Migration

This picture is obvious, you will go to select the chat history to be transferred to the new device, but you will also notice that you must connect BOTH devices to WiFi, so go ahead and make sure both your devices are connected to WiFi now then select the big green button.
Note: if your WiFi is not functioning, the only other option is to backup through your computer.

Select WeChat History Backup

If you wish to transfer your entire WeChat History to the new device, tap on the ‘Select All’ box in the bottom-left corner. Otherwise select the chats that you wish to back up and then tap on the green ‘Done’ button. Now we move WeChat to new phone…

Select WeChat History

At this point you will see a QR code which is scannable. Fortunately, WeChat has a built-in QR code scanner which you will need to use on your new device. So KEEP THIS SCREEN OPEN!

WeChat QR Code

New Device on WeChat…

Switch over to your new device and open The WeChat App. You will be asked to sign in so make sure you know your User ID and password.

Okay, so maybe my steps in the images aren’t in order, but the images are… so just keep following along. Once you’ve signed in, you will tap on the ‘+’ in the top-right corner then tap ‘Scan QR Code’ from the menu.

WeChat QR Scanner

Line up your WeChat QR code scanner with the QR code on your OLD phone.

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Scan QR code on WeChat

WeChat will briefly load your chat history on your new phone. Remember, this will only work if you are connected to WiFi.

Move WeChat to New Phone

When WeChat is finished importing your old Chat History, you will see a ‘done’ button and you’re WeChat has now been restored onto your new phone! You just completed the guide, Move WeChat to new Phone.

Restore chat WeChat

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How To Make An Affordable Website for $300 or less!

DIY Affordable Website in under an hour starts…. now!

What you will learn today is how you can quickly build an affordable website that looks professional and costs less than $300. How is this different from WiX or other similar website builders? Build and customize your website and leave room for scaling! It’s a small investment to get your website online and this tutorial is so easy that the most technically challenged individuals have been able to get their website up and running referring to these steps.

So let’s get started!

Here are the main components of a website:

  1. Domain Name (example: www.yourCompany.com)
  2. Website Hosting (where your website is stored)
  3. Platform (the skeleton of the website. eg. WordPress, HTML, WiX)
  4. Theme & Content (the stuff everyone will read and see)
  5. Call To Action (what action do you want people to take on your website? eg. contact you, book an appointment, buy something, etc.)

 

So let’s get started! For domain registration I will assume our company or organization is called: Katie’s Pies

Domain Name

When it comes to choosing a domain name, you want something that your target audience will have an easy time remembering and typing into their computer or mobile phone. So for our example business, we will try to search for katiespies.com

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Looks like katiespies.com is taken! Now what? Well we could try katiespies.ca if our company is in Canada. Other options include adding a verb related to online business, or perhaps the location of the business to the domain name. Here are some other examples of available domains for Katies Pies in Vancouver, Canada:

katiespiesonline.com
katiespiesvancouver.com
shopkaitespies.com
katiespies.ca

When it really comes down to it, if you’re in a rush to get your website up, the domain name isn’t super important because you can always change to a new one later for a small investment.

If you want a GREAT DEAL on your domain name, visit Namecheap.com and go with one of the less popular extensions like katiespies.online or katiespies.website. You’ll be able to steal ones of those for under $2/year, um yeah!

Need help? Check out my tutorial on How To Register A Domain Name in 10 Minutes or Less.

Website Hosting

When it comes to website hosting most people have no idea what it is or even that it is required in order to have a functioning website. So what is website hosting? All of the files, images, videos, emails and code for a website must be hosted or ‘stored’ somewhere on the internet so that everyone can see it. Hosting computers are only different from your computer in that they are always on and always online, so anyone around the world can view the website 24-7-365. Hosting is the largest cost to your affordable website, but it’s the most important aspect so invest in a good one!

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Simple & Quick Hosting

For the quick website setup we are doing today, I recommend HostGator’s WordPress hosting package. They will set up the “Platform” we will use and discuss in the section below, they promise your website will work 99.9% of the time, and from my experience their 24/7 technical support is bang on!

E-Commerce Hosting

If you plan to take online payments through your website, I highly recommend the HostGator Baby Plan with //https: add-on. Https (also called SSL) is a security certificate required by most payment programs like Stripe that allows you to securely collect MONEY online! (that’s why you’re making a website, right?) 🙂

For those of you purchasing the HostGator Baby Plan, you’ll probably want to follow my tutorial on Setting Up WordPress before you continue with the rest of this…. I’ll wait….

Platform

Cool you’ve made it more than half-way! So now that you’ve got your WordPress platform set up, login bro!
usually the URL is www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin/ and the page looks like this:

wordpress login screen

If you don’t see this, go back to your platform setup and see if you’ve missed any steps. Still can’t figure it out? Leave a comment or Tweet me @SillyTechie

You’re a star for getting this far! Before we jump ahead, you need your:

Theme & Content

Step 1 Purchase & Download

My absolute favorite WordPress theme of all-time is the X-Theme!! Here’s why;

  1. Life-time license & updates
  2. Pre-loaded templates & content
  3. All add-ons are included and are all you need to succeed
  4. Best Customer Support around!
  5. Super affordable
  6. 100% Customizable

So now that you have X-Theme purchased, you will need to download the installation file. Simply click on your profile name in the top-right corner of theme forest and click Downloads:

download x theme

Then we just need the installation files and don’t forget your license key. The license key is important because it allows you access automatic updates, all add-on features and even some cool template files & content. You will find this under your downloads page. Check out my screenshot below if you’re not sure what the hell you’re doing. Or tweet me 🙂

xtheme license key

 

Installation & Setup

Nice job. So hopefully you know where you downloaded your Installable file because I can’t magically know where your computer stores them but if you can’t figure it out try this:

  1. Chrome users click “Window” menu >> “downloads”
  2. FireFox users click “Tools” menu >> “downloads”
  3. Safari users click the “Downloads” button (down arrow) in the top-right corner (only visible if you’ve recently downloaded something)
  4.  Internet Explorer and all other browsers…. dude, web designers & developers don’t use that junk. 😛

Next up, you must Upload your theme to WordPress. You should already be logged in as we’ve covered that in a previous step. So in your dashboard (admin area), click on “Appearance” >> “Themes”

Install WordPress Theme

Then you’re going to see all of the pre-installed WordPress themes. These themes are often referred to as the ‘default’ themes. They are the themes that come with the WordPress installation and they are totally lame! (but good for testing errors)

Click on the blue “ADD NEW” button at the top of the page:

add new theme wordpress

In the same upper area, you will see the blue “Upload Theme” button. Click the button to reveal an upload file field directly below! Here’s where you will need to know where you downloaded your x-theme installation file.

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Click “Choose file” browse your computer for the file you downloaded from Theme Forest …. OR, what I like to do is drag and drop the file into the “choose file” field. No searching required since I usually have the file window open on the side. Then click INSTALL NOW!

install now button

You’ll have to be patient here while it loads…. and you’ll know when it’s done because you will see the progress screen and then you’ll see it say Theme installed successfully! What are you waiting for? Click “activate”!

install theme successfully

Customization NOTE:

If you are looking to do some major customizations, you will want to set up a child theme. What is a child theme? It’s a theme that piggy-backs off the mother theme. Why do we use child themes? Because the child will take all of the style, functions of the mother but will allow custom modifications that the mother will not overwrite when an automatic update is done. Read more about that HERE: How to Setup a Child Theme. If $500 is still in your ‘affordable website’ range, then hire a developer on Fiverr to help you with some of your modifications. Most of them charge low rates and will do the work in 24 hours or less.

Setup & Content

activate x theme

Enter the license key that you downloaded when you downloaded the theme. My suggestion is Copy/Paste. Then press “ENTER” on your KEYBOARD! Boom! You’re now activated.

You should now be able to see below, that you can start building your website right away! So if you’re not hugely concerned about the design at this moment and you just want to get your name, company or organization out here, choose one of the pre-loaded templates. They look great, they’re awesome for mobile devices and all you need to do is fill in the blanks with your information.

Install X Theme Demo Content

Filling in the information is easy. Use the Cornerstone drag and drop editor. How is this different from WiX or those other DIY editors? Cornerstone editor specifically offers additional functionality for developers or those individuals wishing to fully customize their webpages. You don’t HAVE to use it, but it’s there for you to use and even better, this editor writes your website in VALIDATED code! Now you will have an affordable website AND you will know how to change, update and manipulate it.

How to Edit Pages

Click on Pages >> All Pages >> Edit with Cornerstone (under the page you want to edit)edit wordpress pagesedit with cornerstone

 

 

DON’T FORGET TO PRESS SAVE!!! — no matter what you’re doing, always remember to press save. It’s SO important because your time is money and lost time makes for a less affordable website.

Before you close up shop, please check out these other useful tutorials and resources:

  1. Securing your WordPress website (let me show you a simple, free way to make your website more secure) – Available November 29 –
  2. X-Theme Support Community (sign up using your x-theme license key to get outstanding support)
  3. Customize your website using HTML & CSS (great website for quick how-to’s – and keeping your project an affordable website)
  4. Get some design ideas (you can re-create just about any of these professional designs on your own)

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If you found this article helpful, let your friends know how to make an affordable website… or if it was terrible, let me know how I might improve it! Find me on Twitter for tips tricks or advice @SillyTechie

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How To Fill Out Adsense Capacity In Which Acting

Adsense Capacity in Which Acting, it is a section on the tax information that must be filled out in order to redeem any Adsense earnings. Even if you earn hundreds or thousands of dollars using Adsense, they will not release them to you until you have filled out the appropriate information. You will likely see an notification as seen here. adsense action required

Simply click on this notification which will take you to your payee profile. If you don’t have a notification you may manually navigate to the payee profile by clicking “Payee Profile” on the left hand side menu. Under this area there is Tax Details section and a link Update tax information. click on the link to bring you to the next step.

adsense payee profile

Now just confirm with Google that you are, indeed, not affiliated with the United States for your income. By clicking “No” on each option, you as essentially telling Google that you do not live in the United States, you do not pay anyone from the United States to create, market or otherwise with the money you receive from Adsense. Why do they do this? Because otherwise you need to claim income taxes under the United States laws. [Adsense Capacity]

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submit adsense tax informationThe next screen typically is the most questionable by users asking things like “what does the Adsense Capacity in which acting: mean?” or “what do I write for the Adsense Capacity in which acting?”. It is confusing because they have to word it with this legal terminology. Essentially what they are asking is; who are you, and why are you signing this tax information? So who are, indeed? Are you the Publisher? Most likely you are the publisher. You would be the publisher if you are a blogger with these Adsense ads on your website or blog. So the answer then becomes simple; your Adsense capacity in which signing is “Publisher”.

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If this tutorial and information was useful for you, share the love. Happy money making online!

-SillyTechie

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Turn Off Retail Mode On Samsung Galaxy S7 S7 Edge

I have put together this tutorial so help retail representatives truly demonstrate the Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 edge to their customers. I wanted to take our demo phone for a real spin over the weekend while the shop was closed, so I removed retail mode so that I was able to use fast charge and always-on screen. Certainly a wonderful feature which helps to save battery and the wireless fast charger is fun to play around with.

In regards to morality of removing retail mode for lost & stolen phones, to the thieves; your mobile device has likely been blacklisted and while you may still be able to use it on WiFi only, you will find that the phone will not activate on any North American network. So hopefully you’re simply a retail rep. So let’s get to it…

Step 1.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Home Screen

From your Home Screen touch the “Apps” icon – it’s in the bottom-right corner.

Step 2.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Samsung Retail

Scroll through your apps and find “Samsung Retail Mode” app ….. not be confused with the “RetailMode” app. Open up Samsung Retail Mode.

 

Touch “Configuration settings” 

Step 3.

Samsung S7 Edge Admin Password

 

Enter the password: 5444 and touch OK. This will unlock the admin menu we need.

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Step 4.

Samsung S6 Edge Disable Factory Reset

Now turn OFF “disable the factory data reset”.

Step 5.

Galaxy S7 Edge Retail Password

Enter the following admin password M729Q16K8546 and touch OK. Now you will be prompted to Factory Reset the phone. It is the final step to turning of the Retail Mode on your Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.

GS6 Edge Retail Factory Reset

All demo contacts, photos, text messages and other preloaded content will be lost, but you will be able to demonstrate always on screen. You may also adjust the retail demo mode to play only during certain times of the day, or on certain days, but the only true way to turn off retail mode is to do the factory reset.

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Should I Update My Sony Z3 To Lollipop?

So you finally got yourself a Sony Z3 and you absolutely love its vivid HD screen, stereo speakers and wicked battery life. You’re completely content with how your mobile device is performing and you don’t want to ruin that by updating to a possibly buggy, new OS (aka Lollipop).

Well, I’m here to show you every step of the upgrade process so that you know exactly what to expect, and possibly if you’d rather stay on KitKat.

I will tell you the one and only thing that bothers me about the update; if you have a security password or pattern on your device, when you wake the screen you must first swipe then enter the security protection.. This is different from KitKat in the sense that you only needed to wake the screen then enter the security protection.

See below for details on what to expect and photos of the new interface.

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This is quite obviously showing you the download and install prompts.

Rogers Sony Z3 update to lollipop

 

Keep in mind, the file size is about 600MB so make sure you have a good WiFi connection, at least 50% battery life, and I recommend giving yourself a solid 45 minutes of time to finish the whole process.

what's new with sony

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Tap through the appropriate screens to reach completion.

install complete

 

You’re done! Now time to enjoy the new interface. Here’s a few shots to show you what to expect:

Screenshot_2015-04-24-10-02-23Screenshot_2015-04-24-10-00-12Screenshot_2015-04-24-09-59-40setup sony z3 photo folder

 

hide text message content on lock screen sony z3sony z3 lollipop homescreen

 

And finally, below you can see the Android version is 5 :: aka Lollipop … for your records you can save this screenshot so that you know what build number you need if you were ever in need of a rom or have done something related to rooting your device and want to revert.

rogers sony z3 lollipop build number

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phone mount for sony xperia z3

Have you updated your Rogers Sony Z3 to Lollipop yet? Connect with me on Twitter and let me know what you think. What are you happy about, what do you think needs improvement? For myself, I think it was worth the wait and Sony did a fantastic job with the update. Haven’t even come across any bugs yet myself. Like I said earlier, the only thing that bothers me is having to swipe on the lock screen before entering the password.

For those hardcore Sony lovers who like to take their device everywhere. I’ve recently started using this awesome mount by New Chance. It has a heavy duty clip that can essentially clip to anything and the wire/coil is super flexible and moveable so you can create a mount for any situation. So far I have used it clipped to my bed headboard (for lazy days), clipped it to my car dash so that I can have a truly hands-free driving experience but still enjoy my music and gps features … and I have even used it as a photography stand. Just moulded it into a stand and sat it on the grass to take the photo below:

 

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How to Turn Off Retail Mode Samsung Galaxy S6 S6 Edge

It’s likely you’re a retail store representative if you’re reading this article. Perhaps you want to take the phone and use it for yourself, or perhaps you want to truly demo the phone to your clients. Me, I wanted a true test of the fast charging of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge and with the retail mode on it would only charge 1% per minute. Not exactly the same awesome speed that Samsung promised which is 40% in only 10 minutes!

If you’re looking up this tutorial because you’ve stolen the retail demo unit, well there’s not much I can do about that, but in most cases you’ll be sad to hear that the majority of the units are WiFi-Only which means they cannot be activated onto a mobile network. This alone sets my mind at ease for posting this tutorial.

Step 1.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Home Screen

 

From your Home Screen touch the “Apps” icon – it’s in the bottom-right corner.

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Step 2.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Samsung Retail

 

Scroll through your apps and find “Samsung Retail Mode” app ….. not be confused with the “RetailMode” app. Open up Samsung Retail Mode.

Step 3.

Galaxy S6 Edge Configuration

Touch “Configuration settings” 

Step 4.

Samsung S6 Edge Admin Password

Enter the password: 5444 and touch OK. This will unlock the admin menu we need.

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Step 5.

Samsung S6 Edge Disable Factory Reset

Now turn OFF “disable the factory data reset”.

Step 6.

Galaxy S6 Edge Retail Password

 

Enter the following admin password M729Q16K8546 and touch OK. Now you will be prompted to Factory Reset the phone. It is the final step to turning of the Retail Mode on your Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.

GS6 Edge Retail Factory Reset

 

Now you will loose all the fake contacts, photos, text messages and other preloaded content, but you will be able to demonstrate the fast charging feature. You may also adjust the retail demo mode to play only during certain times of the day, or on certain days, but the only true way to turn off retail mode is to do the factory reset.

If this article and tutorial was helpful for you, please let others know.

 

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Download Free Music

If you live in Canada like I do, and you’ve read over the internet laws, you will know that it is perfectly legal to download copyright material for your own personal use (for example, back ups, demos, etc). However, it is not legal to upload copyright material in Canada so how do you go about using peer-to-peer software like BitTorrent without uploading it to others?

Before we get started with the download process, I suggest you get yourself protected. I prefer to use a service like BTGuard that anonymizes your internet connection so it appears that you are located in a different area. My top two picks are BTGuard and Private Internet Access VPN. BTGuard is easy to use and gives you a couple different options, but it’s a little more expensive. Private Internet Access VPN, on the other hand, only has one option to choose from, it’s quite simple to use and it is actually a bit cheaper.

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In the search results, you want to choose the most relevant option that has the most “Seeds”. Seeders are people that are sharing the file(s) from their computer and usually the more seeders, the better that torrent is. For this example, I am going to choose the Discography because I want to be able to maximize my efficiency (more songs per download).

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Ok , so now you’re on the download page. PLEASE VIEW THE IMAGE BELOW. These guys have ads all over their website and the giant “Download” button is one of them. So take a quick peek at the image below to see the real download button you should click. You can also favorite (click the heart) or download the magnet.

If you SIGN IN to kick ass torrents, ads will be removed and you will only see the REAL download link.

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Once the torrent file is downloaded, you need to click it to open it in BitTorrent. The image provided here is for Chrome users (please comment below if you would like an image for other browsers).

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When the torrent opens in BitTorrent it will show you the following window;

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Now go ahead and select the songs that you would like from this artist. Keep in mind, most discographies will be sorted into album folders so you may need to click the drop arrow to open the album and select songs.

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Congratulations on completing this tutorial on how to download free music from the internet! Please keep in mind that you should check with your local authorities about the legislation in your for downloading copyright material from the internet.

Most governments are now trying to spy on citizens through the internet and there is a big movement against this happening all over the world. As stated earlier, if you would like to privatize your internet connection so that those guys don’t know what you’re doing, please consider a private VPN.

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How to Save Skype Video Messages

Skype now offers the ability to send video messages when the other party does not answer your Skype call. It allows you send up to 3 minutes of video to the receiving party and they can play or replay the video at their leisure. You will need to get Skype version 4 or higher to send Skype video messages.Skype For Dummies

Now, I don’t know about you, but I have received some pretty great Skype video messages and I want to ensure that I can save them for far into the future. I know that you can go back in time on your Skype history and watch the old videos, but you never know when Microsoft aka Skype is going to change that.
So before you continue onto the rest of this article, be sure to brush up on how to SEND a Skype video message.

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Get the latest version of Skype

Download the VideoMessageExporter program (this link is for MacOSX)

Drag the program into your Applications Folder Install Video Message Exporter

Load up Skype and play your video message(s)

Open the Video Message Exporter program and download/save the videos that you’ve just opened and want to save Skype HacksSave Skype Video Messages

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If you’ve completed the above steps and saved some of those awesome Skype Video Messages, you’ve officially become a newbie techie. Congrats! You may now be ready for some more advanced techniques. I’ve read a bit about Skype Hacks and there’s plenty more to know. As for the other OS (operating system) users, post your OS (iPhone, Windows, etc) here and I will address those as needed.

Happy Skype Video Messaging! 🙂

Unlock Softbank iPhone

For the last 2-3 years I have been searching for a way to unlock the SoftBank iPhones … I know many people that have been scammed by those selling SoftBank iPhones for use on other networks. Those people eventually find out that the phone cannot be unlocked and therefore, cannot be used on their carrier’s network.

I myself, got rid of a SoftBank iPhone to a kid that thought he would be able to unlock it, even though I was clear that it was not possible to unlock it. I cannot tell you how bad I felt taking the kid’s money because I am sure that he felt his heart sink when he finally got the phone home and tried to unlock it.

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Well finally, SoftBank has released the unlock codes for the iPhones! I have been signed up for updates at officialiphoneunlock.co.uk and now they have the ability to send you the unlock codes. I am a big advocate for carriers providing unlock codes to their users because I think that it will increase competition in the telecom industry. Not to mention, that I am a resident of Canada which is one of the countries with the highest cost for mobile services. (and the main man behind SoftBank is a multi-BILLIONAIRE! – he’s one of the worlds top 50 richest people — give us our unlock codes already)

Now if you plan on unlocking your SoftBank iPhone, they will require you to provide some information about your phone:

  1. Your Carrier (in this case, SoftBank)
  2. Your Phone Model (for example, iPhone 4S)
  3. Your Phone IMEI
  4. Go to the unlock code website

You may have heard of people stealing IMEI’s online to use them, for whatever reasons, but I assure you that these guys are legit.
Why do I know this?
2 years ago I sent them about $40 Euros (which is quite expensive for an unlock code these days) to obtain an unlock code for my SoftBank iPhone 4S.
I waited almost 2 months with no unlock code.
Eventually, they sent me an email informing me that they could not obtain the unlock and then they promptly refunded the amount that was paid.
Not only did they perform this service quickly and without question, they also promised to inform me when the code was available.

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I recommend unlocking your mobile device no matter what carrier it is on, especially if you like to travel. It will drastically reduce your mobile service costs while traveling.
Let me know what you think about unlocking your mobile device. Do you need help with it? Connect with me @SillyTechie

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