You Need Loan? 5 can’t-miss apps: Password Chef, Ledge and more

With the new iPhones finally arriving and two new Nexus handsets just around the corner, you may have missed some of this week’s best new apps.


One of the first finance apps to be built on top of Venmo, Ledge helps your crowd-source small loans from the people you know. You can lend or borrow up to $5,000 through Venmo and get repaid automatically with preset interest rates.

How it works: If you need cash, set up a campaign and your terms for a loan, like the length of time and an interest rate, and people you know can use Venmo to loan you the cash. When it’s time for repayment, the app automatically repays those you borrowed from, with whatever interest you defied.

Pro tip: The app restricts interest rates based on local usury laws (the regulations that govern maximum interest rates for personal loans) which should keep interest rates in check. Right now, loans made within the app don’t affect your credit but the app’s creators say they may add features in the future that could allow you to use Ledge to help build a credit history. Free: iOS and Android


Like most bad habits, using poor passwords can be a difficult habit to kick. If you’re not already in the habit of using a password manager to secure your accounts, Password Chef takes a clever approach to helping you create strong unique passwords you’ll actually be able to remember when you need them.

How it works: The premise of the app is to create a unique “recipe” for each password (e.g. the first three vowels of a site name combined with other easy to remember prompts). Rather than saving the password itself, the app simply stores your recipe so you can easily refer to it when you need to access your credentials.

Pro tip: For extra security, you can add a “secret code” to your recipes so even if someone gets ahold of the recipe, they won’t be able to crack your password. You can also secure the app with a passcode.$2.99: iOS


A strange but oddly addicting puzzle game from the makers of Device 6 and Year Walk, SPL-T is part puzzle, part strategy game (and might just have a bigger story behind it as well.) But the central part of the game tasks players with dividing the black screen into steadily smaller sections while racking up points and clearing the board of of point blocks.

How it works: Hold down on the screen to divide it into alternating horizontal and vertical sections. If cells get too small they can no longer be divided while four or more of the same-sized cells form “point blocks” that can’t be moved until their timers reach 0 on a countdown.

Pro tip: If you forget whether you’re on a vertical or horizontal move, the little character at the top of the screen changes the position of his arms to correspond to the current move. There is a lot more to the game than meets the eye so be prepared for a few surprises as you play.$2.99: iOS

Slash Keyboard

Though technically a keyboard app, Slash Keyboard is more of an extremely clever multi-tasking tool than a keyboard. The app connects Foursquare, Google, Google Maps, Spotify, YouTube,Giphy and more and makes all of those services searchable and shareable right from your keyboard.

Keep an eye on: As you type, the app will provide suggestions based on the services it’s connected to (e.g typing “let’s get drinks,” may prompt you to search for nearby bars in Foursquare.) But you don’t have to wait for the app’s proactive suggestions: tap the slash key on the keyboard to instantly search and share links directly to the note or message you are typing.

Pro tip: The app learns from your typing habits to provide better recommendations so the more you use it the more useful the recommendations become. Free: iOS


Spherify is a fun photo app that turns your 360-photos and panoramas into into mini planet-like images. Choose an image, highlight the areas you want to call attention to and the app generates the whimsical spherical photos.

Keep an eye on: You can also flip images vertically for a slightly different effect

Pro tip: The app works best with panoramas that are level and that have a full 360 view (so there are no gaps between the right and left edges of the frame). Free: Android


Twitter Looking to Expand 140 Character Limit Very Soon

Twitter users may soon be able to tweet more than just 140 characters at a time, a new report suggests.

According to Re/Code, the social network is working on a new product that will allow its users to tweet beyond the 140-character limit.

Although the report notes users will be able to publish “long-form content to the service,” it’s unclear how exactly this would work. Existing services such as OneShot or TwitLonger allows users a way to share long messages to the site; OneShot uses an image and TwitLonger links to an outside page and includes a continued note in the tweet to keep on reading.

This post was made on TwitLonger. Lots of people ask how it works, so the easiest way is to show you how… (cont)

— TwitLonger (@twitlonger) June 1, 2014

The move would be a big move for Twitter, which has long embraced the 140-character restriction. The company declined to comment on the report.

Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal noted that interim CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey is behind the project, which has been given the name “140 Plus.”

It added one way the company is considering an expansion is by upping its character limit to 150 or more. However, some people internally believe a better answer to the restrictions is building a publishing platform, the report said.

It’s also possible that the site could allow users to embed more text within a tweet, along with the option for it to expand to view more. This would keep the streamlined look of Twitter relatively the same.

The news comes a little over a month after the company opened up its direct messaging service to exceed 140 characters. It also lands at a time where Dorsey remains the top candidate to become permanent CEO of Twitter.

Twitter is also said to be revamping the way it approaches new products — rather than rolling out incremental updates, it’s looking to introduce bigger changes more aligned with its overall vision, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Dropbox Users can Collaborate Easily with the New Teams Feature

Collaborating for free is always a plus, and now Dropbox is making that easier.

The company is launching a new feature called Dropbox Teams, which makes it easier for people to use their personal accounts at work. The feature will be available to Basic and Pro users over the next week.

Here’s how it works: Users can create a team folder to keep files in one place. Group members added to the team folder will have access to all the files within that folder. Anyone added to that team will have immediate access to everything, even if they’re added later on.

There’s also an option to link your personal and work Dropbox accounts so that you can switch from one to the other without signing out.

Dropbox for Business, a service Dropbox says is being used by more than 100,000 companies, already has similar tools. However, Dropbox Teams will be available to all users — those using the service for free with a Basic account or paying $10 a month for a Pro account.

The new feature is aimed at smaller companies that may already use Dropbox but don’t pay for Dropbox for Business, which offers more advanced features like more administrative and security controls such as two-factor authentication. More than 400 million people use Dropbox, and 60% of the Basic and Pro users are using it primarily for work, according to the company.

“We do expect that a lot of these small teams who start using the team functionality will, over a period of time, graduate to having those kinds of needs and start using Dropbox for Business,” Dropbox’s Pranav Piyush, a product manager, told Mashable. “That’s going to be a very natural progression.”

Meanwhile, other file-sharing and storage services are competing for users. On Monday, Google also claimed Google Drive has one million paying organizations, according to Fortune. Cloud storage company Box also announced growth in its service. Revenue rose 43% in the second quarter, according to the company, and it also has 39 million registered users and 50,000 paying customers worldwide.

How to Remove Reviews Tab in WooCommerce Product Page

In one of our recent online shopping project, client request us to disable the reviews tab from the product details page. You might also want the same result, that’s why you landed on this page. Here is the solution. Just add the following code in your theme’s functions.php file and that’s all.

add_filter( ‘woocommerce_product_tabs’, ‘wcs_woo_remove_reviews_tab’, 98 );
function wcs_woo_remove_reviews_tab($tabs)
return $tabs;

Tools and Tips to Make Your WordPress Blog Content Super-Accessible

An award-winning blog serves up information to readers like a five-star restaurant. Taxonomies are the menu advertising “food” to both guests and SEO spiders. Categories and tags are part of the active ingredients that make your bouillabaisse bubble with tasty morsels of nourishment that your readers crave.

Simple tools like plugins can make your WordPress website’s blog content super-accessible. Your goal as a publisher is to increase the number of people who visit your website year over year with original, exciting content. However, I will suggest that while your content must follow the taste of your readers, your basic WordPress physical structure remains consistent.

Consider your blog layout like comfort food. Key ingredients like perceivability, operability, understandability, and use of assistive technologies, are discussed as part of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) relating to the technical aspects of WordPress theme accessibility. I want to suggest, in comparison, tools and tips that make your page, your post, and your blog content super-accessible. Let’s use a restaurant menu as a model.

People who sit down at a table in a restaurant and look at a menu know why they are there and what they want. Your home web page, if not the entire site, is like a restaurant menu.

Physical access and consistency are critical because your readers already know why they are viewing your pages. The fact you have, for example, a consistent and recognizable color palette and font family, helps identify your “brand”. One tool that helps organize colors, logo, and overall online presence is Ultimate Branding v1.8.1.5.

In terms of basic layout, consistent use (or perhaps a more significant non-use) of, for example, a left-hand or right-hand sidebar not only identifies your “brand” but gives your readers a more predictable, comfortable “feeling” as they focus on your content.

However, a general website’s silo architecture doesn’t have to be boring because your chosen topics are organized into separate areas or pages. If you want to change the look and feel of one or more of your WordPress pages or posts while keeping the overall structural consistency of your website, use Multiple Themes v7.1.

Using assistive technologies like GSpeech v2.0.1 not only reflects well in terms of WCAG 2.0 mentioned above, but also adds both novelty and convenience to your pages. Consider using a text-to-speech plugin, not only for your readers but also as an aid to editing your content. Zoom v1.2.6 is a plugin that enables your readers, in a similar assistive way, to customize the size of a predefined area in your website.

Consider using WP Accessibility v1.4.3 as an overall check of your online presence. I have this plugin as my personal pick because of minimal setup time, and reliability in finding and correcting many common accessibility issues.

The above tools and tips address the physical appearance of your website in terms of recognizable branding, theme, and pages. Returning to our restaurant theme, it’s much like looking at a fancy, leather-bound menu or simple, laminated listing of Today’s Specials. The accessibility of content listed inside the menu is also important because the way you describe your food determines whether or not your reader or a search engine web crawler will want to “consume” it.

People read a restaurant menu to decide what the restaurant is offering. The faster a person understands how a restaurant menu is organized, the faster they find what they want to eat. In a similar way, search engines use content layout to determine page ranking, which in turn provides greater accessibility to your content.

Accessibility is not just about adjusting for a reader’s impairment. Search engine web crawlers (commonly called spiders) rank your website and make your content super-accessible by collecting the best information (in terms of originality, content value, and freshness) in the fastest, most direct ways. You need to include navigational guides and contextual directions in your content to help your reader and the search engine crawler find their way to your target.

There are several excellent plugins that help make your content super-accessible. Yoast SEO v2.3.4 and SEO Ultimate v7.6.5.7 are two very popular tools every WordPress publisher should consider using to help super-charge their website and the presentation of their content. Simple changes like adding a breadcrumb trail – the navigational aids on a web page that track where a reader is located in a website – helps readers and search engine web crawlers find their way through your content.

Consider Pretty Link Lite v1.6.8 (and the premium Pretty Link Pro) or adding a Link Library v5.9.9.8 as additional ways to “dress” your hyperlinks and improve access to your data. A plugin called WP Post Navigation v1.2.3 also adds navigational markers “Previous” and “Next” to the Edit Page in your administrative area.

You want to avoid search engine penalties if you are considering using SEO plugins or adding page structures that cross-link your content. Some of these third-party plugins offer easy-to-use features that enable you, for example, to activate selectively the index or follow functions associated with layout components. Look for this capability in, for example, Yoast SEO v2.3.4, under SEO/Titles & Metas, in specific tabs for Post Types, Taxonomies, Archives, and Others.

From a bird’s-eye view, super-accessibility is all about knowing where you are, where you have been, and where you want to go. Yoast SEO v2.3.4 and other plugins like Multisite Sitemaps v1.1 by WPMU DEV automatically generate sitemaps for search engines. The WPMU DEV plugin has the additional benefit of automatically creating and updating these maps for every website in a WordPress network.

Sometimes a restaurant has separate menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In fact, many restaurants offer a separate wine listing! Separating your material to make your content super-accessible is part of the silo architecture I mentioned in the first section about physical layout. You can also logically organize your general “post” content into hierarchical categories and informational tags that match your content and your business. These logically ordered lists are called taxonomies.

Taxonomies can make content super-accessible, much like a more-specialized restaurant simplifies their offering with a price fixed menu and a complete but pre-selected multi-course meal. Imagine a search engine spider accessing the website owned by a small French restaurant. The restaurant has a streamlined listing of only a handful of specially-selected entrees, making it far easier to index.

You can use plugins like Types v1.7.11, Custom Post Type UI v1.1.2, or Pods v2.5.4 and their premium add-ons to add or replace the more general “post-type” object with a custom post type (commonly called CPT) designed specifically for a custom website. This is an advanced example of super-accessibility because the WordPress installation is changed to exactly match the needs of a business or expectations of a reader.

Last but not least, niche software products like Gwolle-GB 1.4.4 or Visual Recipe Index 1.2.8, specifically designed for the food-serving industry, might help our restaurant improve access to their content. Leverage the experience of other designers – don’t forget that super-accessibility is giving people not only what they want but what they expect. As previously mentioned, help readers focus on your message by providing them with a consistent and familiar scheme or layout. You expect to read a menu when you go to a restaurant!

What is often taken for granted or overlooked are the keys to making five-star cooking super-accessible: simple ingredients, original composition, and clear presentation. It works the same way with WordPress websites. I have suggested tips and tools that will make your content available to larger numbers of readers.

Super-accessible content is like bringing out the flavors of familiar comfort food. If you keep your meals fresh and balance your ingredients, you will leave your readers, and search-engine crawlers, returning for another serving. Bon appétit.

PayPal Now Lets You Transfer Money through URLs

Paying people through PayPal just got a bit easier.The company rolled out another person-to person-payments service Tuesday: PayPal.Me, a barebones payments app that uses a URL to allow people to collect and send money to people they know.

Rather than a standalone app like the PayPal-owned Venmo, PayPal.Me is essentially an extension of PayPal’s existing request money feature. Those who opt in to the feature set up a personalized URL that is linked to their PayPal account. Once set up, anyone who views the link is able to send money through their own PayPal account.

The process of sending and receiving payments are more or less the same as any other PayPal transaction. Users must log in for each transaction and transactions are limited to $10,000 for those that have verified their accounts.

Though its core functionality is nearly identical to Venmo, Meron Colbeci, PayPal’s senior director of global consumer product, says PayPal.Me stands out from PayPal’s other personal payments offerings because of its potential appeal to groups of people, and the minimal setup effort involved.

“This is a very very good use case for group collections,” Colbeci told Mashable. “One of the key advantages here is that you’ve got the PayPal account, which really funds these transactions and by just using your username and password you can easily go through the checkout and you don’t have to enter all of your debit or credit card information.”

Group payments aside, PayPal has made it clear it wants to own as many payments on as many platforms as it can. Making person to person payments even a little easier, especially for non-millennials who may not use the emoji-filled Venmo, could stand to help PayPal get a bit closer to that goal.

PayPal.Me is available now in the United States as well as Germany, the UK, Australia, Canada, Russia, Turkey, France, Italy, Spain, Poland, Sweden, Belgium, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, Switzerland, and Austria.

Add Your Own 360-degree Photos with New Google Street View App

Street View just got a lot more interactive. Google unveiled a new Street View app Thursday that adds user generated spherical photos to places in Google Maps.

The new iOS and Android, which replaces Google’s previous Photo Sphere Camera app, allows you to browse 360-degree photos of places in Google Maps or shoot and share your own.

The in-app camera is a lot like the spherical camera that is part of the stock Android camera: line up the camera with a central point of the frame and the app guides you as you shoot photos of the space around you. Street View is also compatible with 360-degree cameras, including NCTech’s Iris360 and the new Ricoh Theta S, which also debuted Thursday.

Once you’ve shot your photos you can keep them private or share them to Google Maps. Google tells us it will review user submitted photos — primarily to ensure the images are of actual places, not people — so your photos won’t be viewable to others right away, though you can keep tabs on all your own photos from the app’s profile section.

Right now the photos live only in Street View but Google may open them up to developers to use in other apps in the future. Between its recent push into virtual reality (via Cardboard) and 360-degree spherical videos (via YouTube andSpotlight Stories), Google has put a lot of effort into making its immersive photos and video accessible and developers could very well be the next step.


You Will Never Walk Alone-This App Works as A Virtual Security Guard

Some of the best app ideas are also the most obvious, and that’s definitely the case with the Companion app.

The app makes it easy to recruit friends and family to virtually accompany you on your way home at night when you’re in areas where you feel less than safe.

And before you poo-poo the app as playing on our fears, try to remember just how many friends you’ve known who have called you up while walking the streets at night, often in a bid to make sure someone knows that they’re safe while traveling in risky circumstances.

This app eliminates the need for a lengthy, possibly nervous conversation packed with small talk and instead offers a dedicated tool designed to increase your feeling of safety.


Companion can be used with anyone in your contacts and those contacts don’t need to be users of the app. Simply input your starting point and destination in the app and the software will track your progress, periodically asking “Are you ok?” If you don’t respond within 15 seconds, by pressing a large green “Yes” button, the app will automatically notify your designated companion.

But the app’s protective features don’t end there. If it detects that you’ve begun running, or that your headphones have been taken out of the smartphone’s headphone jack, the app will start its 15-second countdown before contacting your friend or family member.

For university students, the app also comes with the ability to report areas around campus that you feel could be safer by allowing you to select an “I feel nervous” option when in that area. The makers of Companion promise to contact your school’s officials upon receiving such reports.

Of course, the app isn’t designed to encourage you to start traipsing around sketchy neighborhoods at 3 a.m. by yourself, but at least now you have another, incredibly easy way to put your mind at ease when you find yourself in such situations.

Currently, the app is available as a free download for both iOS and Android.


Code Snippet To Remove Additional Information Tab in WooCommerce

In WooCommerce you can see all the information added as attributes in Additional information tab in single product page. But for some reason in one of our recent development process for one of our client, we wanted to remove this tab completely and we came accross the following solution. You just nee to add the following code in your theme’s functions.php file

add_filter( ‘woocommerce_product_tabs’, ‘woo_remove_product_tabs’, 98 );

function woo_remove_product_tabs( $tabs )


Shoot Crappy Video (on purpose) with New VHS Camcorder App

Your throwback Thursday videos are about to get a whole lot more legit.

A new app called VHS Camcorder almost perfectly recreates the experience of shooting video with old school cameras — crappy video and all.

The $3.99 iPhone app was created by Rarevision, a Los Angeles-based post-production software company that says VHS Camcorder was designed to “look and sound like videotape recordings that have been in storage for 30 years.”

While it sounds like a gimmick, the company appears to have put a surprising amount of thought into this premise. To start, the app not only degrades the video quality, but also the audio — with a good amount of staticky hiss backing each clip.


VHS Camcorder also, hilariously, has a “tilting device makes things worse” feature so the more you move your device while recording, the worse the video gets. You can also drag your finger around the frame while recording to achieve a similar grainy effect.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a true camcorder-style video without an obnoxious date stamp. The app even adds the extra touch of customizing the date that appears, so you can go even further at pretending your shaky iPhone video is from the 80s and 90s.

All the videos you shoot within the app are shareable to other platforms like Instagram, Facebook and Vine, though there’s no vertical video in the app, so videos likely won’t translate well to Vine or Instagram. There’s even a widescreen option, which, let’s be honest, you probably shouldn’t even think about using.

Despite the intentionally bad quality, VHS Camcorder has managed to earn a 5-star rating from users for its nostalgic take on video. Rarevision promises an Android version is on the way, but hasn’t given a timeframe for when it might be available.