PhonePe (app) loot! How me and my friend managed to exploit their current “Cashback offer”

How me and my friend managed to exploit their current “Cashback offer”

PhonePe is a UPI app which now offers an exciting 50% cashback up to Rs. 150 for your first transaction through the app. And on top of that, they are also providing a Rs. 50 complimentary gift to the user when they invite someone and they join the app to make their first transaction.

So basically, they are offering a total of Rs. 200 for “free!”

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PhonePe is a UPI app, so we can easily transfer money to different account just like how PayTM works.

So my and my friend sat together. My friend first installed the app and invited me through the invite link which he generated and I installed & joined using the same. Now I just has to transfer Rs. 300 to my friend’s account to earn the Rs. 150 cashback. So I linked my bank account and transferred Rs. 300 to my friend and boom! My account is credited with Rs. 150 and my friend’s account got an additional Rs. 50 as well for making my first transaction. We both just has to draw the money from the PhonePe app to our respective bank accounts. Which is very easy and can be done within the app as well.

Rs. 200 for simply installing and window dressing a transaction!

I’m quite sure that PhonePe is well aware of this vulnerability but they just keep it open to promote their system. Hope they’ll success without much (cough) loss.

But as a gratitude, I’ve decided to ditch PayTM for a while and try to stick with PhonePe for making some of my usual transaction which I normally do with PayTM. So PhonePe, thank you for your Rs. 200 and Good luck!

I HATE THE HEADS-UP NOTIFICATION ON LOLLIPOP!

Lollipop was the much-awaited Android update so far, with lots of new features and complete new “Material Design” overhaul. I was also pretty excited after hearing the news of Android “L” and the follow-up that Motorola will bring this update to my Moto G. It took them a little while, but I finally got the Lollipop (5.0.2) update on my phone last weekend. The highlighted features of the Lollipop update included the so-called

  • Heads-up notification, and
  • Notification Lockscreen

Both of them are kinda familiar to the iOS users, but it’s new to Android. Heads-up notification notification means a little pop-up notification you get from apps on the top of the screen. But to be honest, I REALLY HATE THAT! It is very intrusive on most cases. I like the concept of Phone Calls getting heads-up, but third party apps too? The second most annoying thing about the change was, they have took away the sweet Notification tickers! Notification ticker is the (part of the) message that was shown on the notification tray when you receive a text. Now it is heads-up notification or just notification icon. They just killed the tickers and whoever thought heads-up notification was a good idea SHOULD BE FIRED! I really hate heads-up notification because, I’m a member of many unwanted WhatsApp group that I can’t leave, and whenever someone message that group it is shown as heads-up in front of any apps that I use. The major flaw in the Heads-up notification is that if you decide to swipe away the heads-up notification, IT IS GONE FOREVER! Seriously Google? You thought it was a good idea? If I get a notification from Twitter while texting someone and I swipe away that notification it is gone forever. Most of the cases, The heads-up from twitter (and many other apps) are pretty big to hide a part of the screen. The only option we got is to wait till 10 second till the heads-up notification disappears itself into the notification tray like a little kid. The only app that doesn’t follow this is the Incoming call Heads-up. One thing that I really like about the Lollipop update (apart from the sweet animations) is the addition of Notification in the Lockscreen. It is very productive in my opinion. They also added “Ambient Display” which will lit up the screen when a notification arrives. But I found that a little hard to get used to so I installed Screen notification. I also found a flaw the lockscreen notification which is quite annoying. The LED light will not turn off if we expands the notification tray from the lockscreen (by expand I mean from this to this). We have to dismiss the notification to turn off the LED notification. On KitKat the LED notification would turn off if we pull down the notification tray from the lockscreen. I’m not sure if this is bug in Lollipop or a bug from the Motorola. Hope Google will fix all these intrusive stuffs in the next release!


UPDATE!: Google has added (swipe to remind later/add to notification tray) in 5.1 update. Good guy Google! Here’s a video showing it off -video by Android Police


UPDATE2: Android M adds option to disable “peeking.” It is now the new name for “Heads up notification”!

Find Current Theme Name on Chrome

Chrome is the most popular and most used browser of all-time! Chrome is customizable in many ways and themes are one of the coolest thing in the Chrome Web Store. Finding the current theme installed on Chrome is very hard right now And It’s a shame that Chrome still doesn’t show us the current theme name anywhere in the Browser. There are three three methods to find your current Chrome Theme: 1st Method:

Go to chrome://net-internals/#modules from your Chrome Browser and scroll down and you will see the name of your Theme in the “Name” section Under “Chrome Extension”.

If you have a lot extensions installed (like me) it will be hard to find it from that long list. Then Press “Ctrl+F” to open the Find tool and search “Theme” most probably your current theme’s row will be highlighted. This is the easiest way so far.

2nd Method:

This method uses a third party extension called Extensions Manager (aka Switcher) from the Chrome Web Store. At the bottom of the list of extensions you’ll find the name of your current theme.

3rd Method:

This method is little advanced, In windows:

Go to the folder “C:\Users\USER NAME\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\default”

The file “Preferences” can be opened in notepad or wordpad.  Scroll down to where your theme is mentioned.  The name of your current theme is mentioned as

“Name: NAME OF THEME”.

You have to check the option of “show hidden files” in the folder option to find this folder.

4th Method:

I don’t highlight this method much because it’s rather obvious and not reliable.

Head to the Theme Gallery in Chrome webstore and search the gallery to find it again.

You’ll have the luck to find your theme fast if your theme is a trending or popular one.

Hope that helped! Leave a comment if you have any doubts or wants to add another method.

Windows 98 = Flashback

I‘ve been sticking to Windows 7 for more than 4 years now, and it’s a really good operating system compared to other prior versions of Windows. The First OS that I’ve used was Windows 98 (as far I can recall or maybe Win95 :s) when I was in 3rd grade. My dad was abroad when I was little so I got a early computer and even a  even a Ymail account for e-mailing with my dad when I was 7!! I still remember that the Internet Charges were higher than our Monthly Power charges! So usage was pretty limited..

So I started tweaking my Machine for killing time, i.e Windows! I had very high-end games like Mario, RoadRash, Tomb Raider, etc 😛 and I had all my neighbors and friends at my home all the time playing those games. I learned all the basics and even tricks from that computer. That was the time when I was falling in love with Computers.. 😉 I’ve used Windows 98 till my first computer got destroyed! I don’t remember what happened but it was history when I reached like 7th grade.

Then I didn’t had a PC for like a year or something, and my second computer came up with Windows XP pre-installed.

 

Windows XP was actually my Childhood! I do almost everything I used to do when I had WinXP. I used WinXP on my main computer till 2010. And continued using on different computers (dads laptop, schools, cafes etc) for another two-three years, maybe.. I almost forgot how Win98 was like.. And suddenly yesterday I just randomly went to the Windows 7 settings and selected “Windows Classic” theme.. bhooyaa! My Life just went back to the 2000’s! Which really gave me the inspiration to write this blog 😉

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I just don’t know how to put them into words, but I just feel happy. 😉

 P.S: RIP #WinXP 😦 https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/enterprise/end-of-support.aspx

I have to say the WinClassic theme not only gave me memories to me, it also gave some memory to the CPU! ie. Windows is “kinda” running smoother now!

 

You can also try out the Windows Classic theme on your Windows 7

In Control Panel → Appearance and Personalization → Personalization → Basic Themes → Windows Classic.

 

I’m pretty sure it’ll take you back to your 2000’s! 🙂

Facebook pages shows (fake) likes of Deceased people

I was roaming around in my Facebook feed and suddenly I noticed something unusual.

My old Facebook friend “Thilaga Vathi” (https://www.facebook.com/thilagabindiya) who was deceased in a Fire accident (click here for the news) occurred in her rented house killing 4 people in the late 2012, re-appeared on my Facebook feed in late 2013 by liking the official facebook page of ‘Jai Ho’ movie! (https://www.facebook.com/JaiHoOnline). I was really surprised to see she “liked” the page which was created in November 17, 2013.

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I wasn’t sure if someone else were using her account, so I asked her best friends (whom I know) and some random friends in her friend’s list. All of them said they don’t think no one else is using her profile and this could either be a bug or a merged page.

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‘Jai Ho’ is a remake of the movie Tollywood movie Stalin. Sohail Khan, the director of the film announced his intention to remake the movie in late 2012 in the name of “Mental”. The title was only renamed to ‘Jai Ho’ in mid-2013. So to Obviously even if Thilaga have liked the page Mental, it can’t be migrated to the page Jai Ho (Facebook only allows to migrate pages of the same name).

So my best guess is that my friend had NOT liked the ‘Jai Ho’ page or any page which were possible be migrated. So how did this happen?

Facebook seems to remove Fake likes from many pages but incidents like this shows there’s still flaws in their system or Facebook itself is promoting pages with fake likes from in-active accounts.

Incidents like this is actually hurtful for victim’s loved ones. 😦