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Whatsapp Is Now Available On Desktop

Whatsapp Is Now Available On Desktop

If you are an avid user of WhatsApp like me, you would have wished there was a version of WhatsApp for PC. Guess what? There is now. WhatsApp has launched an official way to use WhatsApp on Desktop and I am going to show you how to use it.

However, before we move on to the official version, let me introduce you to a clever workaround found by App for PCs people. This has been around since January 2013 and allows you to use WhatsApp from PC using Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7. The idea is to download an Android emulator called BlueStacks that allows you to then use your PC as if it were an Android phone. This is much easier to use and provides a seamless experience. However, Bluestacks has a lot of errors that people run into, which is not surprising as it is an emulator.

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The official WhatsApp for Desktop application is not as good as the hack by App for PCs, but it does not require you to download any software. It is a web based platform and only seems to play nice with Google Chrome browser. Sorry Mozilla and Safari fan-boys.

In order to use WhatsApp on PC you need to visit their website at http://web.whatsapp.com/

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Once you go to that website, it will show you a QR code that you need to scan using your phone. You need to open your WhatsApp messenger, go to WhatsApp Web option which is located at various places based on which phone you are using. If you are a proud owner of an iPhone you are left behind this time. WhatsApp web is not available for iPhone at the time of writing this article. Our sources tell us they are working on it.

Once you have logged in, WhatsApp web will let you use WhatsApp from your browser just as you would use it on your phone. However, you need to make sure your phone is connected to the Internet and is turned on. Otherwise, it will disconnect your web session too. Doesn’t sound like too much fun? Think of your sore fingers typing using your tiny keyboard on your phone. It may be worth it.

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WhatsApp in a company blog post says, “Our web client is simply an extension of your phone: the web browser mirrors conversations and messages from your mobile device — this means all of your messages still live on your phone.” While this has some application, it is “meh” at best. It would be so much better if I could use my desktop-based WhatsApp even when my phone battery is dead. But that is not possible for now.

Nevertheless, it is good to see that a company that got $19Billion from Facebook is not sitting idle. The web interface is a right step towards future. iPhone availability of this feature would be next and a native desktop app would be the ultimate expectation from users worldwide. Till then, be happy using WhatsApp on PC using App for PCs method.

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Do you have any feature that you would like us to bring to the attention of Team WhatsApp? Please leave it as a comment below.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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