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In case you are wondering whether Super slim PS3 purchased in USA can be used in India without any issues or not or is there any way to make it work seamlessly in India, I will try to help you in this article.

PS3

Region Free Games
All PS3 games (except Persona 4 Arena) are region-free. This means you can buy PS3 games from anywhere and they will work on your console. So when it comes to playing games, you can get them from any Indian store and they will work.

Region Free Blu-Ray Movies
Blu-ray movies, however, are region locked. If you buy movies in India, they will not play on your PS3. This cannot be changed.
(NOTE: Some blu-rays are region-free, meaning they will play on any system, but they are rare. Region-free discs usually have this mentioned on the box.)

Power Adapter
As for power restrictions, the PS3 has a universal power adapter built in. Meaning you can just connect your PS3 to an Indian power socket and it will work. Just use a pin converter or an Indian PS3 power cable.

PS3 Warranty
As for warranty, you can’t get warranty support in India for a PS3 from the US.

Moral of the Story
You can just plug it in and use it. All games will work. Movies bought in India won’t, though. Warranty isn’t international.

Hope this answers your questions. Thanks for reading the article. Share it with your friends who might be having the same question in their head as well.

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In my previous post I have shared my Meru Cabs Service Experience. How they screwed up and almost made me miss my flight, how they allowed someone else to use the cab that I booked etc.

In this post I will tell you a few strange things that happened related to this screwed up booking.

Providing Honest Trip Feedback
Meru Cabs app asks you about the feedback after a trip is completed. When I was done for the day in Bangalore, I opened the Meru mobile app to book a cab for the return journey to the Airport (call me brave or idiot for choosing Meru again). There it was, the feedback request for the screwed up trip. I thought, well, let me give an honest review so that Meru can work on it and fix it. I filled up the rating/feedback form as per my experience honestly and tried to Submit it.
Guess what!! Meru Cabs app didn’t allow me to submit the feedback!! I tried 3-4 times but every time I got the following message.
Meru Cabs App Issue

My 3G connection was working just fine. I was using whatsapp, facebook and twitter without any issue.
When for the return journey I provided 5 Star as feedback the same app submitting the feedback without any message.

This makes me think that Meru scans the feedback first and then decides if it is a good feedback to maintain their reputation. If yes, they allow it to the database else they provide the shit message I have shown you above and never lets you to submit the feedback.

If you guys are so critical about the feedback I have got a couple of suggestions for you,

  • Try to improve the service so that commuters can provide you positive feedback. If you are providing a positive experience, I don’t know why anyone would give you a negative feedback.
  • If you can’t provide a positive experience and don’t want to allow the commuter provide the honest feedback about it, Fill the feedback yourself! That way you can always maintain the bubble of the positive feedback no matter what!!

Booking history is gone !!
This is the part where I feel disgusted (as if it was not enough already).
Meru has cleared the historical records for my account and only kept the last 2 booking details, one is the alternate cab they provided and other one is the return journey from Bangalore.
My question to Meru is, Why did you delete my Past Booking records?
Did you really think that just by erasing the previous booking details you could cover up the blunder? It’s a shame really and unacceptable mainly because it is coming from Meru Cabs, which I always thought the most reliable cab service!!

Here is how my Meru App Booking History screen looks now
Meru Book History

See!! All the data is gone apart from the last two bookings..

The bottomline
The last 3 times I booked a cab through Meru Cabs Hyderabad, here is the summary of what happened to the cab.

Sept 28, 2014 >> Confirmed Booking >> 30579645 >> Cab didn’t Arrive
Nov 10, 2014 >> Confirmed Booking >> 31715629 >> Cab Arrived on Time !!
Nov 13, 2014 >> Confirmed Booking >> 31818812 >> Cab didn’t Arrive

So out of 3 times I tried to book a cab through Meru Cabs 2 times he cab didn’t come.
Remember this, whenever you book a cab through Meru, there is 66% chance that you will be left stranded at your place, don’t know what to do and with the fear that I am going to miss my Flight/Train/Bus.

Rely on them on this !! Thanks for reading my Meru Cabs Service Experience… Choose wisely.

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If you are looking for Meru Cabs Service Experience – Honest Review, this is a nice place to be in right now. In this post I will share my experience about the Meru Cabs Service, the cover up attempt, secret behind the 5 Star Ratings and many more.
The post is going to be a little long, so please bear with me. All I tried to do is giving you my horror story after I chose Meru Cab service. I also will provide all the proofs and details I have to support my story.

Preparation for the important journey
I used the Meru Cabs phone app to book a cab for 13 Nov 2014 at 5:55 AM. Pickup location is Kali Mandir,Pbel City, Hyderabad and Drop location is Shamshabad Airport,Shamshabad Airport. Booking got confirmed and Booking Ref. No.: 31818812. The same information is sent to my email Id as well (See below image)

Meru Cabs Complaint

So I will be reaching Hyderabad Airport having enough time to complete the check-in and board the flight to Bangalore. All set !!

The journey began
So I got a good night sleep. Woke up in the morning @ 5 AM, got ready for the trip by 5:50 AM. That’s the time I decided to check my phone for the Chauffeur details and cab number. Picked up the phone and I was greeted with the following messages…

Meru SMS

“Awesome.. Let’s call the driver and check where he is.” – I thought in my mind and dialed the number of the assigned chauffeur. He picked up the call and said he is near Banjara Hills, the car is broken down and he will not be able to take me to the airport for which he was reserved.

The Meru Chauffeur Story
Apart from bluntly replying me that he will not be able to make it the chauffeur also suggested me to call the company and look for an alternative !! What time it is? 5:53 AM in the morning and my journey was supposed to be started by 5:55 !

I got shell shocked because not only this means I don’t have a cab to head to the airport and catch the flight but also the shear unprofessional attitude displayed by the chauffeur. He didn’t even bother to call me and inform this before hand nor did he try to inform his company about this and getting me an alternate ride…

Also the fact that he was lying about the car broken down thing, made me feel totally helpless.

Adding Salt to the Wound
Meru cab has a good feature called SMS alert for the journey. What it does is, sends periodic alert messages to the mobile number using which the cab was booked. In my case I was getting alerts for the so called broken down cabs travelling route. It was taking some passenger from Rajendra Nagar > Banjara Hills > Hitech City Avasa Hotel.
My question to Meru Cabs at this point of time is, How can someone travel with my booking ID, in the same car I booked to an entirely different location (Direction) when I am left stranded at my place without a cab with the feeling that I will miss my flight?
Imagine if the person traveled in that cab I booked, did something wrong somewhere, wouldn’t it be me who would have got into trouble? And you guys say “Rely on us”!! For what, getting fucked??

Here is the snapshot of the periodic SMS alerts I received on my cell phone.
MERU SMS

Meru Cabs 2

Indian Jugaad
I quickly decided to call the Meru Customer Care to find an alternative as I was running out of time. They asked me if they could get me a Genie cab instead. All I could say is “give me a damn cab which will take me to the airport, I can’t afford to miss my flight today.” Luckily I reached the airport just in time with the alternate cab they provided and I thought “just another bad day may be”. Little I knew then that the story will start to be more and more interesting later.
Meru Call History

 

Read the Part 2 of my experience to know more about the cover up attempted…

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If you have moved to a different state, looking to re-register a vehicle and don’t know what really the process is, then this post is tailored just for you. This article talks about a vehicle being re-registered at Hyderabad.
In case you are looking to re-register your vehicle in some other state, don’t worry. Only thing that would be different for you is the RTA locations mentioned below, the basic process should remain the same no matter what.

RTO

Keep the documents handy…
1. Need NOC from the RTA (from the state in which the vehicle was registered)
2. RC (Original and photocopy)
3. Insurance (Photocopy)
4. PUC (Photocopy)
5. Vehicle invoice (in case of less than 15 month old vehicle, a certificate / receipt from the local Commercial Tax Dept. towards collection of Entry Tax is also required)
6. Address Proof (preferably two copies)
7. Photo of the owner of the vehicle with the vehicle (number plate should be visible)
8. Form 33 (will be available at RTA)
9. Form 27 (will be available at RTA)
10.Non-utilization certificate from the RTA Somajiguda (If the NOC is issued directly for the Attapur RTA then this formality is not required)
11. Life tax paid at Hyderabad RTA (Attapur)

Let’s get started…
Step 1: Once you have gathered all the documents mentioned above, go ahead and submit along with Rs.370/- for re-registration (this amount was for two wheeler. May get varied for four wheeler)
Step 2: Documents will be verified at Attapur RTA (counter 6) and will be asked to visit Kondapur RTA to get it inspected
Step 3: Go to Kondapur RTA and get it inspected from the inspector. Inspector will put stamp behind form 27
Step 4: Submit all the documents at Attapur RTA. They will ask you to visit some nearby shop and the person at the counter will verify the NOC with the NOC issued authority. You may be charged around Rs. 200/-.
Step 5: Once done you will be asked to come after few days and will be given new AP RC baring original vehicle registration no.
Step 6: Attapur RTA will send a form to the original RTA to verify the NOC. You will be also given a duplicate form for your reference. (3-4 visits of RTA offices should get you done till step 6)
Step 7: Original RTA need to send the confirmation back to Attapur RTA. This may take months and years.
To expedite the process one can visit original RTA and get the confirmation. Not a great alternative though!
Once the confirmation is received from the original RTA, by submitting the confirmation along with Rs. 385/- and new RC baring AP no. will be issued in a week time.

This whole process and timespan mentioned above are going by the legal process only. There is no bribe or any other influencing factor behind this whole process described above.

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In my previous article I have talked about Heating issue in Xiaomi Redmi 1S – Real Reason Behind it
Let’s quickly fix Heating issue in Xiaomi Redmi 1S and while doing so, it will also improve the overall battery backup time of your phone too.

Important Notice
Before we proceed any further please note that this tutorial is provided as-is without any guarantee or warranty of any kind. Although the process is very safe and you should not face any problem if you follow the steps correctly, still I can’t guarantee it. You are solely responsible for whatever happens during this process and I can’t be held responsible for any damage of any kind.

If you just scrolled to the section directly without reading the notice (just like clicking the I Agree button of the Agreement), I strongly suggest you read the notice once and then choose to proceed :)

Rooting the Phone
You can find a complete tutorial about rooting the phone here
Read and understand each and every step and it’s consequences and proceed. Once again, This is a safe process, but I am not responsible for anything bad that happens to your phone.

Bookmark the URL in case you decide to UnRoot your phone later.
Once the Rooting is done, download a small utility called No-frills CPU Control

Once it is installed, open the utility. It will ask for Root access about 3-4 times before the application starts.
Grant Root Permission to the App in all the steps.
Once the App opens, it will allow you to set the Minimum and Maximum frequency of the Processor using the app.

Here is what I have set for my Xiaomi Redmi 1S.
No-Frills CPU Control

I have highlighted the three places where I made the changes in the default values. You can use the same values that you see in my screenshot.

Once you set the values properly, click on Apply.

That’s it. You will notice significant difference in the Heating issue in Xiaomi Redmi 1S going forward. Also this tweak helps improve the battery backup time as well.

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Owning a Xiaomi Redmi 1S is not easy. Right from the very first step you will have to cross a lot of hurdles.

Securing a Xiaomi Redmi 1S itself is a big challenge
First of all you have to do a lot of things in the correct manner in order to just buy the phone. If you were unsuccessful in booking a Xiaomi Redmi 1S through flipkart so far, here is the cheat code on How to successfully book a Xiaomi Redmi 1S through Flipkart

IAF warning on Privacy issue against Xiaomi Redmi 1S
So you got a new phone through flipkart and feeling great about it. All of a sudden your friend comes and tells you about the warning that IAF issued on Privacy issue against Xiaomi Redmi 1S. Don’t know what to believe. Read this article Is it safe to use Xiaomi Phones in India? and I am sure you will have all the details you need to know and decide if you want to use the phone.

Lots of side talk. Shall we get back to the main topic “How to prevent the heating issue in Xiaomi Redmi 1S?” you might be wondering. Well, lets get started.

The Background behind the problem
If you take a look at the Spec of the Xiaomi Redmi 1S you will find its powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Series Quad-Core Cortex-A7 CPU clocked at 1.6 GHz
Now let’s take a look at the processor described on its manufacture website. If you scroll down a little and take a look at the Snapdragon 400 processor specs > CPU section, you will find the phrase up to 1.6GHz quad-core ARM® Cortex™ A7 CPU Which is the max frequency for this processor type and the same frequency is set in Xiaomi Redmi 1S as well.

Now lets take a look at the other phones having Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Series processor. You can find the complete list here, but lets talk about a few popular phones appearing in that list.

  • LG G3 Vigor – 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU
  • Lumia 830 – 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU
  • Moto G 2nd Gen – 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU

If you notice, all of these devices are clocked at 1.2 GHz only despite the fact that it can support up to 1.6 GHz as listed in the manufacture website.

Now if you are a PC Gamer you will be able to relate this, “the higher the clock frequency goes, the hotter the CPU becomes”. The same theory can be applied here as well. That’s the sole reason why you are seeing heating issue in Xiaomi Redmi 1S.

The Solution
Xiaomi Redmi 1S system update (v45) for India fixes a major heating issue with the smartphone, using an improved thermal control algorithm to better regulate temperature and keep it under 38-degrees Celsius in normal usage conditions. Frankly speaking it doesn’t eliminate the Heating issue in Xiaomi Redmi 1S completely.

Here is a complete guide on How to fix the heating issue in Xiaomi Redmi 1S. Go through it and do all the steps I mentioned there. I am sure you will see a much better result for the Heating issue in Xiaomi Redmi 1S and the Battery backup time will also improve after doing it.

Hope you like this article. Share it with your friends who might get benefited from this article. Thanks for reading the post.