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Mobile Provider Update...

My SMART SIM card has been residing in the XiaoMi Mi3W coming up on a month now. This decision was made since I was not getting LTE at home or at the office anyway. The Mi3W is a H+ (3.75G) device only. Yesterday I saw SMART boasting about LTE-Advanced (they are calling it 5G) more false advertising and empty promises from SMART. I have decided to keep my SMART number for awhile longer because changing numbers is such a chore and to cover my bases. I do miss iMessage on my SMART number tho, I guess WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger will have to do.

Meanwhile on the iPhone 5S I have had my newly minted Globe account with a recycled number which means SPAM text even without giving out my number. Changing the number is an unnecessary expense that I would rather not have so I guess I am stuck with this number. I have not been using it heavily since I have a 1.5Gb cap on my current plan. This actually made me think about how my iPhone uses data. I went into

Settings -> Cellular ->  Use Cellular Data For:
here is what I have on for cellular data
I went ahead and turned-off most of the apps and left the iCloud related stuff, instant messaging apps, and often used social media apps. I figured I could turn cellular data back on when necessary. Caveat, you will get annoying pop-ups when cellular data is off and the app wants to use it. Annoying but better than going over your data cap. I already upgraded my account to the 5Gb cap the change over should happen August 23, 2014. I think I will keep a tighter leash on cellular data usage on the iPhone.

I am quite enjoying Spotify Premium and I recommend these playlists

Black Hole #Trancefamily

100 20th Century Classics

It would be nice if Globe had a short-code or app to check current Cellular Data Usage, come on Globe if you're going to implement your FUP strictly we the users should have a way to check our consumption before we get throttled or get the bill. And No, My Data Manager is not the answer especially for iOS users (it works well enough on Android but not iOS, it is not Mobidia's fault more of an OS limitation me thinks).

I am less and less enamored with SMART. Too many concerts and promos not enough coverage and LTE service.


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Tips & Tricks|Orientation Aware Backgrounds

I just wanted to share some stuff I learned over at xda-dev's forum today.
Anyway as the title states this is about today themes and Orientation Aware Backgrounds. It's really quite simple
All you need is 2 images [3 if you want to change the Start Menu image as well] of the proper resolution.
tdywater_320_240.gif [Landscape Image] = 320 x 240 image
tdywater_240_320.gif [Portrait Image] = 240 x 320 image
stwater [Start Menu Image] = 190 x 290 image
tdywater_640_480.gif [Landscape Image] = 640 x 480 image
tdywater_480_640.gif [Portrait Image] = 480 x 640 image
stwater [Start Menu Image] = 399 x 586 image
What you do is copy the files to \Windows directory and viola! Orientation Aware Backgrounds!
Notes: The theme's default images will be used once you switch themes. So you would need to copy the files back again to \Windows dir for it to work again, what I do is I have placed Wallpaper sets in ZIP files on my Storage Card so I can change and change as desired.…