Beware of OnePlus Two Scams

Few days ago a friend asked me whether I can arrange a OnePlus One invite for her. After a couple of days I received an email with an OnePlus Two invite. When I waked up in the morning I saw that email and got a little surprised and a little excited to get an OnePlus Two invite so early. Either I was not fully waked up or due to the excitement, I missed to read this on the email: “We have tied up with Aliexpress and we ship worldwide through Aliexpress only”. What I read on that email is “We will not be able to offer country specific invites anymore
All phones come with an international warranty” and I translated it into “This is not a country specific invite, which comes with an international warranty”. The email looks so legitimate that I immediately shared it with the friend.

OnePlus Two fake invite

Later in the day, I got little suspicious as how I got the invite so soon. Then I checked the email sender and found that it’s from invites@oneplus2.co. Then I clicked on the link and found that it goes to Aliexpress. (I even did not read the email properly then. I read it properly while writing this post. I noticed “We have tied up with Aliexpress and we ship worldwide through Aliexpress only” just while I started writing this post.) I realised that it’s a scam and I have made a mistake by sharing this with my friend. I immediately informed her not to purchase the phone from that link and luckily she had not purchased it by then.

A couple of weeks ago, I saw an ad on Facebook regarding OnePlus Two invites giveaway. I did not feel much suspicious as it looked so legitimate. And I submitted my name and email ID. Normally, I don’t fear spam, so I don’t think much before sharing my email ID. But this one was more of a stupid act of mine. On the next page, when it asked me to share this with my friends on Whatsapp, I got suspicious and realised that it’s a scam and I was so stupid to come this far. But I also saw similar ad on Facebook one more time. I clicked again to see what does it say this time. It recognised me as a returning visitor who has already provided his name and email ID before. So, it showed me some interactive stuff to win OnePlus Two as a prize and share it with more friends. I thought I should write about this scam. But I was so lazy to do that and later I even become more stupid to share the email from them.

OnePlus 2 scam ad on Facebook

OnePlus 2 scam ad on Facebook

Facebook is so greedy that it does not verify ads for scams.

Today I decided to look under the hood as I thought to do previously. I found that this scam is run by a person named Rajesh Patel from Gujarat, India (as per the Whois info of the domain oneplus2.co). So, friends beware of such scams.

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How WikiPedia and Google can fight against vandalism?

I wanted to find some information about Marissa Mayer and what could be better option than searching on Google? But I got amazed when the saw something unbelievable in Google Knowledge Graph. It says “Marissa Ann Mayer is the current president and CEO of KD Interactive since August 2014.”. She recently completed 2 years as CEO of Yahoo! Inc.. When did she move to KD Interactive? WTF is KD Interactive?

Screenshot of Google Knowledge Graph displaying Marissa Mayer

WikiPedia is perhaps the quickest source of knowledge. Anyone, even your neighbour’s dog or a monkey in the jungle can edit WikiPedia. So, someone had vandalised the information on the WikiPedia page about Marissa Mayer. And Google was too quick to index WikiPedia and update its Knowledge Graph.

As anyone can edit WikiPedia, I undid those couple of vandalisms. But this incident raises some questions. Open Source software can be contributed by anyone. But the community takes care so that no one can harm the software. Similarly, the community of WikiPedia should be stronger to act again vandalism. And Google should get some intelligence, instead of blindly copying content for knowledge. Knowledge can’t be gained by just copying something. You need to understand it.

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Love to read on clean websites with good typography?

If you love to read on clean websites with good typography, you must have heard about Subtle and Medium. Do you have a hosted WordPress blog and you want to be like these websites? There are a couple of WordPress themes can do this for you. wp-svbtle is a WordPress theme created around one year ago. Though Svbtle have changed their design by then, still this theme can make your blog clean with good typography. And if you are a fan of Medium, then there are a couple of themes on GitHub: WPMedium and MediumPress.

I have not tried anyone of these. When I will get some time for this, I will try them for sure. If you try these, please let me know about your views.

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Now hate online forums and love Stack Exchange

There was a time, when I was in my engineering degree college, I was in love with spending time on online forums, mostly on ThinkDigit Forum. I also met Debasish at the ThinkDigit Forum and later became good friends in the non-virtual world. But these days, I just hate, when I land on any online forum (Bulletin Board) while searching for something on Google. These bulletin boards are full of discussions, some might be good and some might be useless. You don’t have time to read all those to find the solution. And you hardly find any solution there.

And in the recent times, I find StackExchange very useful. Whenever I land there while searching anything on Google, I easily find the solution. And it’s also very easy to identify the solution. And when you read the discussions, which are separated from the solutions (answers), you get more knowledge.

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Ta-da List Retired, what are you using?

When I came to know about Ta-da List (I don’t remember how), I got very much impressed with the simplicity of the app. I able to do what I needed. So, I started using it. It became one of my favorite to-do list application. And I am using it not just as a to-do list app.

Now they retired it. But I can still access the lists I have already created and even I can create new list. It just stopped getting new sign ups. According to them, there are dozens and dozens of great free to-do list apps on the web and dozens more on the iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone. So, what are you using as your to-do list app?

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Facebook Timeline for Pages issue on March 1st

Yesterday, Facebook started preview of Timeline for Pages. Many pages started using it too. Even we did for our Discover Bhubaneswar page. Yesterday it was working fine. But today, when we posted photos on our wall, it appeared on the news feed (home), but not on the page. I tried to see what is the problem and how can I fix it for the time being. I tried to edit the photo and saw that it’s showing 2012 March — . I changed the date to 1. When I tried to click on “Done Editing” button, it said “You cannot move a story to a time later than when it was posted.”. I tried to change the date from 1 to –, and when I tried to save it, it again said that error. When I changed that to 2012 February 29, it saved and showed the photo after few posts.

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How to show your Facebook profile picture as large as possible?

You might have seen, some people has large images on their Facebook profile as their profile picture and some other people have tiny profile pictures. Do you want to make your Facebook profile picture as large as possible? It’s easy. Facebook profile picture has no limit on their height. But the width of the picture is limited to 158 pixels. So when you upload a photo with higher width (higher than the height) and do not crop it, then Facebook reduces the width to 158 pixels. As the height is related to the width, to show the image properly, the height again decreases to much lower size. For example, if the width of your photo is 1600 pixels and the height of the picture is 900 pixels, then after uploading it as your profile picture, the width becomes the fixed width size, 158 pixels and the height becomes 89 pixels. So your profile picture looks smaller in size.

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