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Month: September 2016

Say Hello to Allo!

Say Hello to Allo!


There are too many ways to text someone and the much talked about Google Allo has finally joined the club. It is a smart messaging app released by Google for Android and iOS users. It does what you expect from a messaging app: sends texts, pictures, stickers and have fun group chats. So, what makes Allo stand out from the pack? Well, it has Google. Google has integrated its AI Google Assistant which uses Google’s machine learning capabilities to answer your queries, into Allo.


  • Smart Reply: Allo helps you to respond quickly while you are on the move. Using Smart Reply you can message your friends with just a tap. It also suggests responses for photos.  The suggestions improve over time and adjust to your style.


  • Photos, Emojis, Stickers: Allo provides you with a rich canvas to convey your emotions. Text and emojis can be resized by dragging the send button vertically. Photos can also be doodled upon to give them a personal touch. Moreover, it comes with more than 25 custom sticker packs to choose from.

  • Google Assistant: As mentioned above, Allo contains a preview version of Google Assistant. You can converse with the Assistant, ask it questions and allow it to help you out. You don’t have to leave a conversation to search something as you can bring your Assistant to the chat using @google.
    • Making plans: You can easily make plans for a movie or for dinner with your friends. Just add the Assistant to the chat and ask it for movie timings, restaurants or even search for flights and hotels.
    • Having Fun: The Assistant can be used to invoke games in a group chat- for instance you can play a game wherein you’ll have to guess a movie title based on a series of emojis.
    • Get Answers: Google. What more do you need?


  • Privacy: Allo allows selective end-to-end encryption. This means that you can chat with selected contacts in the Incognito mode. When you are in Incognito, the notifications are discreet and you can set timers to the chats.

Switch to Allo?

So, the big question is should you switch to Allo? I can only answer vaguely due to the flailed attempts of Google when it comes to messaging (Hangouts, Google Plus). But now, messaging is at the center of the world and Google had to amend its ways with Allo. With the preview of the Assistant looking promising, this works out to be pretty good even though the app is limited to the mobile platforms. But as with any fresh app, Allo still needs some work.

Jio SIM won’t lock your sim slot

Jio SIM won’t lock your sim slot

The latest buzz-feed of the town, Reliance Jio  has become a tough competitor against all mobile telecom companies in the market. The tech-savvy among the people have been trying to get a Jio connection for its highly attractive offers that other mobile networking companies fail to provide. The astonishing free data plans, cheap voice calls has shook the crowd in recent days.


Its quite normal in the society to generate fake rumours about something that has been so captivating in a short span of time. So do the case of Jio SIM. One of the rumours circulating about Jio SIM is that it will lock your device after its been used, no other sim can be used on the same device. If it’s a dual SIM phone, it is claimed that it will lock the card slot that it was inserted into.

Jio SIM will not lock your phone!

Fortunately the rumours prove to be wrong. Reliance Jio SIM is just like any other sim offered by other networks providers. It will not lock your card slot and can switch back to whichever sim you wish.

And there’s nothing mentioned about it in the Reliance Jio Terms and Conditions.

Although the Jio sim card might be tied to your registered device using the IMEI number of your device but not the other way around.


Just a little knowledge to the layman, Reliance Jio SIM is LTE based (Long Term Evolution). Since this is a 4G SIM card, keep in mind that it will not function on 3G or 2G networks. Moreover, if you’re planning to use another SIM from another service provider i.e, 2G or 3G , in order to avoid problems, change the network type on your phone. To change the network type, Go to settings -> Network modes and change it from LTE to the desired mode to avoid ambiguities while using various connections.