Tech tips and tricks

Jul 17, 2013, 09:52 IST | Swapnal Tilekar

From saving money on phone bills to keeping track of your lost cell phone, The GUIDE offers some handy technology tips from Ankit Fadia's latest book � Faster

Author and technology enthusiast Ankit Fadia has just launched his latest book, titled Faster, in the city.

The 28-year-old who has already authored 15 books, reminisces about how he caught the technology bug: “I was glued to the computer when my parents bought me one at the age of 10. I wrote my first book when I was just 14-years-old. Since then, I have been helping the Indian government and the Police and working with them and conducting training and consulting workshops. Next up, I will be writing a fictional thriller on the subject of cyber hacking.”

Fadia says that his latest book offers information about apps as well as tips for all age-groups for a safe and quick Internet experience.

Extracts from the book:

How to save money on your mobile phone data plans
You can stop guessing your phone data usage and put an end to exorbitant bills by getting the Onavo Count app on your phone. It is available as a free download for both the Android and the iPhone platforms. Once installed on your phone, Onavo Count will tell you how much data has been used on your phone by each app segregated by 2G/3G/4G/LTE, so that you can monitor your data usage. You can also extend your data plan by installing the Onavo Extend app on the phone. On installing, it will compress the data usage by up to 500 percent and allows you get five times data on the
same price.

How to remember where you parked your car
With the Car Locater app on your phone, you will never have to worry about forgetting where you’ve parked your car! Car Locater can be downloaded from the Google App Store. The free version allows you to try out the app a few times, after which you will need to buy it. on parking the car, you can save the exact GPS location on your phone by launching the Car Locater app and pressing a button on it to start. The screen will show a red dot which is the location of your car. Now, whenever you want to locate your car, start the app again. The screen will be seen split into two views — a radar view and a map view. Just keep looking into the app and move towards the car until you find it! for iPhone users, Parkbud ( and Automatic ( are fantastic car-finding apps that I would like to recommend.

How to customise the look and feel of your Facebook
Open the Social Fixer website ( and select the browser you are using, to download the app to your computer. Once installed the Social Fixer browser, it automatically adds the new icon to the facebook navigation bar at the top of your browser. Some of the most useful features of this app are — find out who unfriends you on Facebook, removing all adds and customising the display of your newsfeed as well as of your friends’ profiles.

How to detect if your account has been hacked
On Gmail, there is a Last Account Activity feature that allows you to get information about when, how and from where your account has been accessed for the last few sessions. To get this info, log-in, scroll to bottom and click on the Details link below where it says Last Account Activity. You will get the entire log history here.

How to trace your lost/stolen Android phone
The app Plan B can be installed from the Play App Store. Make sure that you are logged in to the same google account that you normally use to download apps on your missing android phone. Make sure that the correct phone model and network provider are mentioned on the screen. Click install. On losing the phone, if Plan B manages to connect to your phone through the computer, you will receive an email at your Gmail account, containing the map with the exact location of your phone pinpointed!

How to stay inspired in life
Want some help in staying happy, focussed and productive? Bloom is an iOS app that can be downloaded for free from the iTunes app store or from the website. It allows you to combine your goals with powerful photos and your favourite music to create inspiring reminders about eating healthy, spending more time with your family, remember to call your grandma, driving safely, drinking plenty of water and taking stairs instead of elevators. To create your own Bloom (ideas), you can add whatever inspirational texts/ideas you want with a suitable image. You can also put background photos and music to give that additional effect. You can schedule your blooms to be automatically displayed on your screen at predefined specific dates and times or even completely random dates! 

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