Snow: Snapchat’s copy

I’m on Snapchat. Yes, that Snapchat. Since it’s banned in South Korea, the users from South Korea should have an alternative. And, there is Snow. Snow shares similar features with Snapchat.

…it is also gaining traction in China, where the country’s 700 million users make up the world’s largest internet market. There, Snow has a major advantage: Snapchat is blocked in China.

It’s available for iOS and Android.

Android N is… Nougat

I think more people think that Android N will have Nutella as its new name. But, recently Android announced that the official name for Android N is Android Nougat.

Wait, Nougat? I personally not familar with this. According to Wikipedia:

Nougat is a family of confections made with sugar or honey, roasted nuts (almonds, walnuts, pistachios, hazelnuts, and macadamia nuts are common), whipped egg whites, and sometimes chopped candied fruit. The consistency of nougat is chewy, and it is used in a variety of candy bars and chocolates. The word nougat comes from Occitan pan nogat (pronounced [ˈpa nuˈɣat]), seemingly from Latin panis nucatus ‘nut bread’ (the late colloquial Latin adjective nucatum means ‘nutted’ or ‘nutty’).

And, here’s a picture.

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How do I Rate My Uber Trips (in Jakarta)?

When I visit Jakarta, I usually took Uber as for my ride. So far, I have good experiences with Uber, a company founded back in 2009. I have some basic considerations on taking Uber. First, it’s cashless. This is a good point for my convinient. The second one is that it has applications that works. Last but not least, it’s cheaper compared to the regular taxi. Even sometimes, during the busy hours, Uber has different price.

I like the way Uber keeps its service quality by its rating systems. In most of the time, I gave 4 or 5-star rating for the drivers. But, how do I rate my trip? I will give 5-star rating on these following conditions:

  1. The driver contacts me first to confirm that he wants to pick me up. If I have the notification on my phone that a driver pick my order, I usually wait for one or two minutes while watching his location. Even if it’s still 5-10 minutes, I don’t mind waiting.
  2. The driver greets me and make sure that we both ready to start the trip. “Good morning… Shall we start the ride?” is a simple and nice greeting.
  3. The driver does not ask me for direction. Even I have Google Maps on my phone and I can see the route — and I know how to get to my destination, I prefer to the driver to start the trip without asking for route. But, if since there are many route alternatives, I appreciate if the driver give me suggestion for example due to the traffic.
  4. After arriving on the destination, if the driver reminds me to check my belongings and says ‘thank you’, I really appreciate that.


Pi MusicBox

Pi MusicBox: Make Raspberry Pi stream — With Pi MusicBox, you can create a cheap (Sonos-like) standalone streaming music player for Spotify, Google Music, SoundCloud, Webradio, Podcasts and other music from the cloud. Or from your own collection from a device in your network. It won’t drain the battery of your phone when playing. The music won’t stop if you play a game on your phone.

BlackBerry may exit smartphone business

BlackBerry makes $670m loss as it considers smartphone exit.

For the three months to end of May, the company reported a $670m (£450m) loss, compared to a $73m profit a year earlier and and a $256m loss in the previous quarter. Although much of the loss was down to restructuring charges, sales also fell to $400m, down 39pc on a year earlier. … BlackBerry has said it will decide whether to stop making phones for good by September.



I know that it’s been a long time since Google introduced Chromecast. This week, I decided to get my Google Chromecast (2015) for my SONY TV. The setup was easy within minutes. I haven’t installed many apps, but casting YouTube videos from my Android phone, or iPad was super easy. At least, it’s wireless now.

How to remove My Browser Bar

On my Mac — running on OS X El Capitan (10.11.5), I just remove the Spigot folder located under /Users/thomasarie/Library/Application Support/. There are three files there: ApplicationManager,, and

Why I Pick Telegram as My Primary Messaging Platform?

Last year, I mentioned that I used Telegram and I enjoyed it. Been using for more than a year, I feel that it’s much better than the other messaging platforms. Well, I’m not using that many platforms to connect with other friends or colleagues if I consider the other options like LINE, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and many more. But, why Telegram?

Since I do not experience all messaging apps, I know that some other apps might be better. For now, I’m still considering that Telegram is the perfect option (for me) for some reasons.

Cross-platform and Multiple Sessions

Currently, I have multiple devices I use on my daily basis. Well, not really daily, but I usually switch between devices. I have 15-inch MacBook Pro Retina, iPhone 5, iPad 3rd generation, and Oppo Find 7. I have Telegram installed in those devices. It makes me stay connected. I can easily be in the conversation with friends, and especially colleagues. It’s flexibility to have multiple active session is my favorite!


Telegram offers great set of handy features. Go to Telegram’s website for complete features, but here are some of favorite features:

  • File sharing made easy. I can share various types of files, not only photos, videos, but also PDFs, Android packages (yes, I use this a lot at work), spreadsheets, or any other document types.
  • API. It can be integrated easily to make useful tools. I will give some examples in the bottom part of this article.

Simple, fast, and lightweight

I like it’s simplicity. It helps me a lot in communication. I feel that it’s fast, a core feature that a messaging app needs. Of course, there are some extended features like stickers — even we can make our own stickers, bots (hello, @BotFather), event animated GIF.


It’s a Telegram account and operated by machine.

Bots are simply Telegram accounts operated by software — not people — and they’ll often have AI features. They can do anything — teach, play, search, broadcast, remind, connect, integrate with other services, or even pass commands to the Internet of Things.

The other one is an inline bots.

With the new inline mode, bots become omnipresent and can be used as a tool in any of your chats, groups or channels – it doesn’t matter, whether the bot is a member or not. Inline bots can help you with dozens of different tasks, like quickly sending relevant GIFs, pictures from the Web, YouTube videos, Wikipedia articles, etc.

At work, some of my colleagues made some handy tools based on this platforms.