Wednesday, December 5, 2012

FreeMyApps on Android

Yes , finally the wait is over for android users to try their hand at the most talked reward app on ios, Freemyapps rolled out their beta version of android app to users who signed up for testing a month back , now its available on playstore.






Use my share code to try
http://m.freemyapps.com/share/url/5f8df7e7


Initial impressions

1. The User interface of the app looks similar to ios app

2.In gifts a 10$ google play gift card is also available in addition to amazon giftcards and hulu

3.No sponsor apps are available at the moment, so cannot comment on credits per app.


Saturday, November 3, 2012

CONTEST - 10K Views

Thank you all for your support, we reached 10k views. To celebrate our small achievement we are conducting a contest.


What you have to do ?

1.Join any of those free reward app sites mentioned with our share code

2.Comment in our post "How to get free iTunes amazon giftcards"

One lucky winner will get iOS paid app "Bad Piggies" absolutely free



Contest is open till November 20th...


The winner of our Contest : Clarified 101 

Congrats ...

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Do you need an iPad mini?



Apple today announced the long awaited iPad mini ( rumors of which were in air the moment they launched the first iPad)  , iPad mini comes with a 7.9inch  1024x768 display running on the Dual core A5 CPU like the iPad 2 , absence of retina display came as a disappointment for many  but can only be seen as a cost reduction method and for increasing battery life (10 hours is what they claim). iPad mini is 7.2 mm thick weighing 68 pounds considerably lighter than the big brother , also has optional LTE connectivity in addition to Wifi, also comes with 5 MP camera. Lets set aside specs for a while and consider the pros and cons of this new kid in school. Whenever a new device comes in market the first question that arises in every consumer's mind is "Do I need it?" So we will start from that.

iPad mini comes with some specialties compared to the other models of Apple. Apple has always been a standard for all others , but in the 7 inch or mini tablet category they were pushed to a corner and were compelled to introduce a model to block the growing market share of other companies , so apart from introducing a model their main aim was to capture the market share in an already existing category, which made them or forced them to shed their characteristic pricing strategy. Apple introduced the new iPad mini at a price in 300's which is a rarity and is a very aggressive price point for a company like Apple (keep in mind of the Surface pricing which was not aggressive at all).So the question of "Do I need it" will get a new dimension , when Apple introduces a tablet at a never heard price point. 





iPad mini comes at a price of 329$ for the 16GB Wifi version , 429$ and 529$ for the 32 and 64 GB respectively.


LTE version starts at 459$ for 16GB then 559$ and 659$ for 32 and 64GB respectively.










Who all will be excited with the announcement ?

Obviously, people who were eager to try their hand at  Apple tablet , and never did that before because of the  unsubsidized pricing of the iPad's earlier bigger versions , will be surely counting their dollars before Oct 26th(Pre-order starts on Oct 26th)  .

Will it pose a threat to Kindle Fire HD or Nexus?

The very aggressive pricing of iPad has every potential to topple the market share of the mini tablet category of Kindle ,Galaxy Tab and Nexus. Google  is due to introduce a carrier version of Nexus 7 , whose pricing will now surely create some waves in this category.

Do you need it?

Surely go for it - If you do not own any tablet , Apple iPad mini is a handsome buy for the holiday season , a 329$ Apple tablet is a dream come true.

Can buy one - If you own any of the first generation tablets , like Kindle Fire or Samsung galaxy tab, iPad mini is worth a try for this price.

Need not buy - If you own a iPad 2/3 or Nexus 7 or recently bought Kindle Fire HD , you can surely give this a miss as there is no compelling or new feature to try on this.

Pre- Order starts October 26th

 Pre-Order iPad mini

 

Friday, October 19, 2012

A big thankyou for your appcasher 50 refferals !

 
Appcasher has been my greatest revenue generating mobile reward apps, it continues to prove me that with the number of referrals reaching 50. At this moment I have only a big thank you to give you. But I promise a big contest coming up with 100 referrals. Watch this space for more, once again a big Thank you.
 
To know more on how to get money from apps visit Mobile reward apps
 
 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

3 things to understand before updating Xperia Sola to ICS


The last 2 weeks , everyone was craving for the update of their Sony  Xperia Sola cellphone from GB to ICS , those who did not get the update even starting abusing Sony calling it Sony = $ony , and there were also rumors of a temporary stoppage of rollout of  update , but users  even now reporting of getting updates in countries like Germany(I believe I was one of the fortunate ones to get it relatively fast in India on 3rd of this month). Yes its true the update was badly executed , unlike the ios updates of Apple where they roll out the update in one go , but those crying for update must understand Sony is not the company that is rolling out update of an os every 2 months and of course Sony is trying their best to keep up the pace even for non-flagship models like Sola and U. So let me start this with thanking them for what they provided me. I am writing this for those who are yet to update their Sola to ICS , yes there are few things you need to understand and accept before updating your phone.


1.Concern of battery life

Those who have updated must be knowing this from  day one , there is a huge drain of battery on ICS compared to GB , for me on regular 2G network with data always on, the maximum I am getting is somewhere around 7-8 hours , and on 3G it drastically reduces to below 4 hours , without data on just on voice you can get upto 12 hours.

How to improve battery life?
1. Avoid the live wallpaper (cosmic flow) it is the main thing that is draining your battery , yes it looks cool , but a static wallpaper can save you some hours on charging.

2. Always close the apps after you have closed  them by long pressing the home button and swiping it away and a task manager can also help in this.


2.Not the perfect update

Those who are planning to update it must know this is not the perfect update Sony has ever released , bugs are there , from a lag while accepting call by swiping , games  getting freezed (Frontline commando),Chrome app's initial lag , bugs are there on every corner. So what I am saying is prepare to accept some bugs and lags , for me GB was a much stable android version for Sola at this moment ( I do believe Sony will update it soon to correct these bugs after this rollout is over).

3.Why do you really need ICS?

The whole important question , why do you need an update , update is always meant to be something good but in this case its not that all good , so if you are a geek who looks for everything to be new and upto-date , yes you can get the update, but for those who really do not care for the android version but just need a decent stable phone that wont crash while taking apps and accepting calls I recommend you to stick with the GB version until Sony comes up with bug fixes for this version.


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

New features and first impressions of Sony Xperia Sola running on ICS



New features:

1.Glove mode
2.Recently used apps finding made easy
3.Network data consumption alert
4.Quick dial
5.Change of names of Sony apps like music, video to walkman, movies and addition of notes.
6.Developer options in settings


Bottom Line :

Though few essential updates are made like network data usage alert , chrome browser , glove mode the look and feel of Sola remains more or less the same which can be said either as a plus or as a negative if  you are not a Sony fan. A special kudos to Sony team for bringing in the update for a second set of smart phone devices , which are neither their flagship models , nor a real competition for S3 or iphone. Hope they will bring 4.1 or 4.2 update real soon.

How to update Sony Xperia Sola to ICS ?




As promised by Sony last week and since a year  , they started rolling out Android Ice-cream sandwich to 3 models of Xperia , Sola,U and Go.

Since the news of a possible update rolling out this week came , I was looking virtually every hour on my phone update service , but no new updates were noted till today morning. So by noon I started looking at some forums and found it has arrived to phones in my region ( India). Then I went to the Sony mobile site to look up for updates , and got what I wanted " An update is available for your device". I have not installed Sony PC companion software so I was asked to install that first, on plugging my sola to my computer.

After installing that , I backed up my phone as I am going to get ready for a major software update. Always make it a point to back up , even if its a small update.

Then I started the update process , which also prompted me for a backup , since I did that earlier it went quickly.

Update process will take time depending on your network speed , as my network is really slow , it took almost 2 hours for the whole update process.


Then you will be asked to unplug Sola from computer and switch it off , then plug in the cable pressing the volume down button , which will prompt transfer of downloaded update to the phone.

After updating , it will prompt you to unplug the cable and switch on the phone . The initial boot up will take more time than usual. No need to panic.



 


Now switch on your phone .



First impression and new features on ICS Xperia Sola . Click here for the video

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Latest Aquisition - 18/9/2012

Shaheed Bhagat Singh Birth Centenary (1907-2007)



 
 
 
Ter-Centenryo Gur-Ta-Gaddi of Shri Guru Granth Sahib
 



 
 

Saturday, August 18, 2012

How to get free iTunes , amazon gift cards ?




There are a number of ways to get  amazon and iTunes gift cards and several paid apps for free , as the general rule " Nothing in this world comes free" applies here also , you need to do something to get those free. Certain sites may make you download and try free apps whereas few others make you recommend products to others. Here I will be going through 5 such sites that will help you to get those freebies. These five listings are not in any order or ranking ,but  I will be explaining their pros and cons in the description.








Reward apps for Android click here


1.Appbounty 



Appbounty is a new reward app for ios , where you will be credited with points for every free sponsor app you download , and you can use that points to redeem gift cards like itunes , amazon.

How it works : 
1. Go to the Appbounty site on Safari on any ios device using the share code
you will be asked to enroll the device , "Enroll your device"

2.Install any of the sponsor apps in "Offers"


3.Run the downloaded app for atleast 30 seconds

4. Go back to the appbounty site and confirm credits added

5. Go to "Rewards" and check whether you can redeem any of the gift cards

Pros: Unlike my other reward apps , Appbounty allows usage of itunes GC in 3 countries US,UK,Germany

Cons: Redemption rates is little high , but as the reward app is new , there is ample chance for people to get invite credits by referring to friends.

Redemption rate 500 points = 1 Amazon GC 

2.Freeappslots


 



Freeappslots is a  site where you need to try your luck to spin the slot  get points  , which can be used for redeeming paid apps or gift cards of amazon , iTunes, or even ipad and ipad mini.

Pros: Frequent addition of sponsor apps , good collection of latest paid apps for redemption, freeappdaily merged with freeappslots , so its here to stay. With good referrals you can get more spins a day which equals more chance to get more points. With a spin you can earn from 30 points to 1 million points , though 1 million is a rarity 10000 , 2500 are easily achievable if you are lucky. There are also sponsor apps which you can download to get free spins.

Cons: Nothing much , but its unpredictable.

Redemption rate :  You can get apps from 12000 points and Amazon GC 5$ at 55000 points , which infact are not that difficult to get , with handsome spins a week is enough.

Use the referral code
http://freeappslots.com:80/enduser/fas/splash.htm?refcode=33swwgse
 for additional 5 spins when joining , note you will receive spins only when you download a sponsor app, once you join you can also refer other  people and get points.




3.Feature points

 


Feature points is similar to other reward apps in its working , you have to download a sponsor app and get points , use those points to redeem gift cards , paid apps and even paypal payout. What sets it apart from other apps is the way of referral , for referring Feature points to friends you will receive half the points for the sponsor apps your referred friend downloads, I think that's a good way of making sure your members stay active in the long run.


To sign up to Feature points use this link
https://featurepoints.com/r/T3KZA3 (use the link on an ios device)

Redemption rates 600 points = 1 $ Amazon GC , 6000 points = 10$ iTunes , 6000 = 10 $ paypal payout

4.Freemyapps  (www.m.freemyapps.com)



Freemyapps is similar to freeappsdaily in the mode of working , you will get credits for downloading and trying sponsor apps.

Pros: Frequent addition of sponsor apps

Cons: No paid apps are there for redemption like in FAD , here most are giftcards.

Use this invite http://tinyurl.com/bpneyjc on any ios device to get 200 credits on joining

Refer freemyapps to friends and get 200 extra credits to yourself after joining.

Redemption rate : 3000 credits = 10$ iTunes GC ,300 credits = 1$ amazon GC

(10$,15$,25$,50$ iTunes GC available)

Freemyapps is now available on android click here to download beta version

5.Appcasher (www.appcasher.com)




Appcasher is a similar site like FAD and FMA, you will get GC by downloading and trying sponsor apps and referral.

Use my referral code "1703" for extra 500 points on joining .

Redemption rate 15000 points = 15$ iTunes GC

(15$,25$,50$ iTunes GC and  2$,5$,10$,25$,50$ amazon GC available)





6.Wikets ( www.wikets.com)



Unlike the above 4 sites wikets will not make you download apps , here what you need to do is recommend products from sites like Amazon , ebay , app store to others and gets points. You are allowed to recommend 50 products daily so that you will get 50 points. Even if you recommended only 10 products , you may get more than 10 points if someone buys or  re-recommend that . You will also get points for buying items from these stores , which does not  have that 50 point daily limit.
You can redeem your first GC of 15$ without any purchases on wikets , but after that you can redeem only upto what you have spent through wikets. Simply they are asking you to spend through wikets, which is not really a problem as they have several stores like itunes, amazon, ebay, best buy , Barnes and Noble, Home Depot.


Pros : Easy to recommend

Cons : You need to do this on a regular basis and should make regular purchases through wikets on retailers like Amazon ,ebay, best buy ( which are usually the online stores everyone use)

You can also earn points by recommending this to friends , 100 points is awarded to both when one joins.

Redemption rate : 1500 points is the minimum point for redemption , 1500= 15$ amazon GC

Qualifying purchases after first 15$ redemption = total spent through wikets - total already redeemed.

(10$ - 100$ Amazon GC available plus GC from iTunes , Barnes & Noble , Ebay , Best Buy , Home Depot)


7.GymPact


Gympact is not like any other app in terms of reward and how you get it , you have to agree to a work out pact for a week , like 5 days a week or 3 days a week then you will be rewarded for completing the pact , but if you don't, there is a price to pay like a 5 or 10$ per missed day of work out. Gympact has got local gym check in (location based ) Runkeeper integration (another app) and work out anywhere option . 


Pros: You are paid through paypal , so its money not any gift cards

Cons: The price you have to pay is bit heavy if you miss a day

What I suggest you to do is try a trial week with no credit card details involved .

Use my referral code "preacDamod" to get 5$ bonus on finishing first real pact (not the trial one)

Redemption rate : You will be rewarded from 1.5$ - 2 $ a week depending on the pact you take.




8.Prizerebel(www.prizerebel.com)



All the above mentioned where ios apps , and you definitely need an ios device to use them , but this one is a website that can be used on a PC to get gift cards. Unlike the usual download sponsor app protocol in ios , here it is watching videos , taking surveys that earn you coins.

Pros : Easily available to all , as it is a website that can be used on PC

Cons : Surveys are location based , so best suited for those in US , others will find getting a survey bit difficult

Redemption rate : 1 video viewing is worth 3 coins , coins gets converted to points when you have 50 coins
50 coins = O.25 points

For an Amazon 5$ GC , you need 5 points , that is 1000 coins
(You can also have paypal cash out , but this is only through contest winning and referral)

Other GCs available are iTue,Playstation,Xbox,Facebook , Zynga , and more...

Referral code :  http://tinyurl.com/c9h3v6b use this for joining to get extra benefits on joining

9.Bing (www.bing.com)


Bing is microsoft's answer to google search , as google is galaxies away in terms of traffic microsoft added a reward program to bing for US citizens

What you have to do?
Do 30 searches a day , which will give you 15 bing points

You can redeem bing points for amazon giftcards, hulu subscription, xbox microsoft points, skype credits

Pros:
Making bing your default search engine , will make 30 searches a day a cakewalk, so no much work needs to be done
Plenty of redeemable items , which are useful also like skype US 1 month subscription , 60 min world skype credits for a mere 100 points , which is roughly 7 days of searchng..

Cons:
Only for US

Use this share code to join bing




Bottom line :

There are several sites like this , with wise usage you can get a lot of GCs and paid apps absolutely free. 

There is nothing illegal in it , need just an ios device(exception Prizerebel) and a US iTunes account  (needed in some apps) , with little effort more than 30$ can be easily made in a month. During the last 1 1/2 months I redeemed few apps plus around 50$ Amazon GC ,  and have an unredeemed 20$ iTunes GC from wiket.



Update : 09/28/2012 Today I crossed 100$ in my amazon gift card balance purely from these ios reward apps


You don't have anything to lose , so just try it out .... :)

(Kindly post your questions in the comments section , I will be more than happy to answer them )










Saturday, July 21, 2012

Acquisition 15/7/2012 - 1862 Half Anna

1862 Half Anna

Copper
Weight :12.88g
Diameter : 30.5-31.30
Edge : Plain
Mint : Kolkata ( 1862 issues were struck at all these mints Mumbai ,Kolkata,Chennai)

Obverse: "Half Anna India" with date below ,all within dotted circle . Wreath surrounds

Reverse : Crowned bust facing left with legends "Queen Victoria"

There are variants based on Bust and Date

Bust A-Front of dress has 3 - 1/2 panels with no flowers on the bottom incomplete panel
Bust B-Front of dress has 4 panels with a small flower at upper left and large flower at right on bottom panel
Bust C-Front of dress has 4 - 3/4 panels with single flower in center of bottom incomplete panel.

Reverse TypeI  - Slant top 1 in date and narrow spaced "ANNA"
Reverse TypeII -Flat top 1 in date and wide spaced "ANNA"




Thursday, July 5, 2012

10 Rupee and 5 Rupee - 60 years of Parliament Commemorative Coins

RBI released 10 rupee and 5 rupee coins to commemorative 60 years of parliament. The 10 rupee coin is bimetallic and the design of both coins is similar to 60 years of Common wealth commemorative set released in 2009.







Obverse-Lion Capitol of Ashok Pillar in the centre with the legend "Satyamev Jayathe " inscribed below , flanked on the left periphery with the word " Bharat" in Devnagri script  and on the right periphery flanked with the word "India" in English also bears new rupee symbol with  denomination value  in international numerals below the lion capitol.

Reverse-  Image of Parliament in the centre with inscription "Bharat ki sansad ke 60 varsh" in Devnagri in the upper periphery and 60 years of the  Parliament of India in English in the lower periphery.The year 1952-2012 shall be inscribed above the image of Parliament house.





10 Rupee

27 mm

Outer ring - Aluminium bronze (Copper 92% , Aluminium 6% Nickel 2% )
Inner ring - Cupro Nickel (Copper 75% Nickel 25% )



5 Rupee

23 mm

Nickel Brass ( Copper 75% Zinc 20% Nickel 5% )


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

India's First 1000 Rupee Coin!!

India's first 1000 rupee coin is now available for booking in Mumabi mint SPMCIL site.

Celebrating 1000 years of Brihadeeswarar Temple Thanjavur.


2 denominations - 1000 and 5 Rupees

Picture from SPMCIL Mumbai mint

1000 Rupee coin 

 33 grams,44 mm in diameter, made of Silver (80%) Copper(20%) alloy

5 Rupee Coin 

 6grams ,23mm in diameter , made of Nickel Brass (Copper 75% Zinc 20% Nickel 5%)


For booking go to  Mumabi SPMCIL.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Bimetallic Coins of India


India's first bimetallic coin came out in 2009 of Noida mint dated 2006. Designed by National Institute of Design ,Ahmedabad.







2006 - Bimetallic 10 Rupee Unity in Diversity Coin

Outer Ring - Aluminium Bronze Inner Ring -Cupro-Nickel
Diameter - 27 mm
Weight - 7.71g

2008 - Bimetallic 10 Rupee Ter-Centenary of Gur-Ta-Gaddi of Shri Guru Granth Sahib  
(Pic Coming soon)

2008-2009 - Bimetallic 10 Rupee Homi Bhabha Birth Centenary Year

2010          - Bimetallic 10 Rupee Reserve Bank of India Platinum Jubilee

2011          - Bimetallic 10 Rupee New Rupee Sign

2012          - Bimetallic 10 Rupee 60 years of Parliament ( Pic)

Top 5 Board Games I ever played

Board games had the unique power of bringing a whole family together around a table but as life became more complex and time became a precious commodity in this fast moving world, like every other beautiful thing in this world board games too had to move away. Below is the list of 5 board games I played with my family or  friends at some point of my life. Ranking of those is purely based on the entertainment it provided and is not a measure of quality or uniqueness of its game play. For a change lets start from the bottom

5. Game of Life

A simple game for the whole family, packed with all adversities and happiness in life this game is a sure pass time for all ages. A purely luck based game is different from other board games with respect to the board used for playing , a spinning wheel , variety of 3 dimensional objects on the board through the roads of life.


4.Scrabble 


A word forming game is informative at he same time fun for the players, and playing with grown ups can surely help you to add words to your library.


3.Scotland Yard


An entertaining game for the whole family or a bunch of friends , Scotland Yard is a game where detectives  try to capture Mr.X traveling across London making use of  several  transport facilities.


2.Chess

If there is any game in this world which is challenging and entertaining at the same time for any age then it is chess , 64 squares with infinite possibilities, Chess is a mystery more than a game.



1.Monopoly


A game , where we learn to  own , sell , mortgage and can even become bankrupt if played without proper planning is a sure classic among board games.

There are computer version of every game I mentioned above , but the pleasure of playing a board game cannot be attained with those computer versions. 

Kindly share your favorite board game in the comments section.