Digital Inspiration Technology Blog Create an Apple ID without using a Credit Card

Some apps, Google Earth for example, are available as free downloads in the iTunes Apps store but you need a UK or US based Apple ID to install them on to your iPad or Phone. Similarly, some iBooks and podcasts have geo restrictions and may only be available to iTunes users who are logged in with an Apple ID for one of the available countries.

The workaround is simple. You can create multiple Apple IDs – like one for UK and another one for US Apps Store – and easily switch between them inside iTunes. So if you are signed-in from India, you can switch to the US store, login with your US based Apple ID and download the app that is otherwise not available in the Indian Apps Store.

Apple ID for US iTunes Store

There’s however a problem. When you create a new Apple ID, iTunes will require you to enter your credit card and the billing address of your card should be in that country. In other words, you need a US based credit card or PayPal account to create a Apple ID for the US iTunes Store. Apple will not let you create an Apple ID without entering valid payment information (see screenshot above).

That said, you can take an alternate not-so-obvious route in iTunes to create an Apple ID for any country without requiring a credit card. Here’s how:

Create Apple ID in iTunes without your Credit Card

  1. Launch the iTunes software on your computer and sign-out of your existing Apple ID. Choose Store in the menu and select Sign-out.
  2. Next scroll to the bottom of the iTunes page, click Change Country and select one from the list for which you need an Apple ID. Alternatively, you may click the country’s flag to switch to the iTunes store of another region.
  3. Now open the Apps Store inside iTunes, select any app that is free and click the Get button to download that App.
  4. iTunes will now prompt you to enter your Apple ID and password. Do not enter your existing Apple ID. Instead, click the Create Apple ID button, agree to the terms & conditions, enter your email address &amp password and minimum age.
  5. Proceed to the Payments screen and here you’ll see a new option that says NONE (see screenshot below). Select the None option, enter a dummy postal address and submit to create your new Apple ID that will be valid in the iTunes store of that country.

If you have kids at home, you can use this trick to create a separate Apple ID for the iPads, one that is not associated with your credit card and so they’ll never be able to make any accidental purchases.

Create Apple ID without Credit Card

An Easier Way to Create a New Apple ID

If you need another Apple ID but do not intend to use it with the iTunes store for download apps, there’s an easier way. Go to, click the Create Apple ID link and choose a different country from the dropdown. Your Apple ID will be created instantly but if you decide to use it for downloading iTunes content later, you’d still need to supply the credit card.

You Cannot Create An Apple ID Because You Do Not Meet The Minimum Age Requirement

You need to be at least 13+ years old to create an Apple ID inside iTunes. However, if you enter an incorrect date, iTunes will refuse to create your Apple ID and no matter how many times you try the process, you will keep getting an error saying “you cannot create an Apple ID because you do not meet the minimum age requirements.”

This is most like a caching related bug in the iTune software but can be easily. Open Preferences inside iTunes, switch to the Advanced tab and choose Reset Cache. Quit iTunes and launch the Safari browser. Go to Preferences and under Privacy, choose the option “Remove all Website date” to clear the cache.

Open iTunes again, try downloading an app and it should not allow you to create an Apple ID without issues. Thanks Mahendra for the tip.

The story, Create an Apple ID without using a Credit Card, was originally published at Digital Inspiration by Amit Agarwal on 30/03/2015 under Itunes, Software.

Digital Inspiration Technology Blog How to Fake your Location in Google Chrome

Some websites may request access to your location so that they can serve more relevant information. For instance, if you are looking for a gas station, a maps website may use your current geographic location to display stations that are near your place without you having to type your co-ordinates.

Share Location in Chrome

Google Chrome will only share your location if you click Allow.

How Browsers Determine your Location

Earlier, websites would use the IP address to determine your approximate location but with the HTML5 Geolocation API, web browsers can more accurately detect your location using data from GPS, Wi-Fi networks, cell towers, Bluetooth and the computer’s IP address. If you agree to share your location with the browser, it will send these details to Google Location Services for estimating your location which is then shared with the requesting website.

To give you an example, open the Where am I app in your browser, allow it to use your location information and the app should be able to display your latitude and longitude coordinates (it is more accurate on mobile browsers as those devices have built-in GPS).

How to Fake your Geolocation Coordinates

When you happen to visit a location-aware website, the browser will always ask for a confirmation before sharing your location. If you aren’t keen to share your geographic coordinates, you can always deny that request or, if you are using Google Chrome, you can even send a fake location to the website.

Here’s how. While in Google Chrome, press Ctrl+Shift+I on Windows, or Cmd+Opt+I on Mac, to open the Chrome Developer Tools. Now press the Esc (escape) key to open the Console window. Switch to the Emulation tab and choose the Sensors option in the left sidebar.

Here check the setting that says “Emulate Geolocation coordinates” and specify the exact latitude and longitude coordinates* that you want to share with that website. You can use the Postal Address finder to know the latitude and location of a place.

Now refresh the current web page and it will take your fake location. Make sure that the developer tools panel is visible always else Chrome will not override your geolocation.

Related tip: Geotag your Tweets with any Location

The option to fake your geolocation is not available in the DevTools of Mozilla Firefox but you can use the Geolocator addon to send any preferred location to the HTML5 Location API.

Geolocation Coordinates

The story, How to Fake your Location in Google Chrome, was originally published at Digital Inspiration by Amit Agarwal on 29/03/2015 under Google Chrome, Location, Internet.

Digital Inspiration Technology Blog How to Embed Facebook Videos in your Web Pages

Facebook, like YouTube, now allows to you easily embed videos on web pages outside Facebook. That means if you come across an interesting video on Facebook, you can easily put it on your blog without having to direct your audience to the Facebook website.

There are two important points to consider though. One, you should only embed videos that are public. Facebook does provide the embed code for private videos that are shared with you or your network but your audience won’t be able to play these videos on your website.

The other issue is that Facebook still uses the Adobe Flash player to embed videos when your website is viewed on a desktop. It automatically switches to the HTML5 format on mobile devices but if someone is viewing your website from a desktop or laptop, they would need the Shockwave Flash plugin enabled to view your embedded videos.

Add Facebook Videos to your Website

First, let’s find a video on Facebook using Graph Search. Go to the search box and type a search query like videos of cats liked by my friends or videos uploaded by me or videos uploaded by my friends of friends.

Embed Facebook Video

Next click the video thumbnail to open the video play in a lightbox window. Hover your mouse over Options and choose Embed Video from the drop-down. Facebook will provide a snippet of code that you can directly copy and paste in your website template or your blog post.

Please note that you need to be logged in to your Facebook account for generating the embed code.

Here’s a sample video embedded from Facebook.

(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); = id; js.src = “//”; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, ‘script’, ‘facebook-jssdk’));

Related: How to Embed Facebook Photos

The embedded videos are responsive and occupy the full width of the parent div. If you would like to constraint the video width or need to wrap text around the video, you’ll need to modify the .fb-video class as show in the snippet below:

  .fb-video { 
    /* Do not occupy the full width*/
    max-width: 300px !important; 
    /* Align the video to the right of a page and wrap the text */
    float: right;
    /* Add a Grey border to the video */
    border: 2px solid grey;

Also see: How to Embed Almost Anything in your Website

The story, How to Embed Facebook Videos in your Web Pages, was originally published at Digital Inspiration by Amit Agarwal on 29/03/2015 under Embed, Facebook, Internet.

Three new tribes of voters will dominate this election | Paul Mason

None of the major parties has accepted the faultlines emerging between Scandi-Scotland, the asset-rich south-east and post-industrial Britain

Right now, party strategists are squinting at demographic tools that divide Britain into sub-tribes in a battle to woo voters in individual postcodes. But they’re missing the bigger picture. This election is set to be dominated by political divides that are new, and much larger. Instead of micro-demographic categories, what we’ll need to understand are dreams. These can be reduced to three geospatial identities, which I’ve labelled Scandi-Scotland, the asset-rich south-east and post-industrial Britain.

The whole drama of the election rests on the fact that none of the major parties has fully accepted the emergence of these new faultlines, and are still trying to capture a political centre that does not exist.

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the finest kiss: Male Gaze & Tiaras at Chop Suey


Male Gaze are a group of males made up of former members of other bands: Matt Jones and Adam Finken of Blasted Canyons, Mark Kaiser from Mayyors, and Adam Cimino from The Mall. Jones who sings, plays guitar and runs Castle Face records along with John Dwyer doesn’t have much range in his vocals, but he uses this limitation to good effect. He keeps his dark monotone in the strictly gothic range, while Kaiser’s bass and Cimino drums lay down a pummeling foundation to build up intense, apocalyptic, paranoia songs.

The Male Gaze debut album only came out this week, so maybe that explains why this show was so sparsely attended, or perhaps it was the 70 degree weather causing a bout of spring fever. Too bad for the rest of Seattle I guess, especially those in the population who like the post punk desolation akin to our very own A-Frames. The newly revamped Chop Suey was still sparkling, not yet defiled by rock n’ roll debauchery. The stage even has a red velvet curtain that closes between bands, lending to a sense of drama to each set.  The rhythm section was unreal and didn’t really need an curtain to create a sense of drama. Their lights-out playing was the highlight of the night and they made it look way too easy. Songs like Cliffs of Madness, The Shining Paths and Bridge and Tunnel Vision are dark pop masterpieces that ravaged live. Impressive, and my admiration for the band increased knowing that they can bring this sort of intensity even when playing to 20 people.

stream: Male Gaze – The Shining Path (from Gale Maze on Castle Face)

Tour mates the Tiaras share a guitarist in Adam Finken and feature former Ganglians Ryan Grubbs and Kyle Hoover. Their self-titled debut album came out earlier this year on Mt. St. Mtn. It’s probably not what you would expect if you remember the lo-fi stoner rock of the Ganglians. The Tiaras are all shimmering pop with a few angles in the vein of Field Music, High Llamas, and the Trashcan Sinatras. Their lush stylized pop is sometimes hard to translate into a live setting. At first I thought that they sounded much too murky, but when lead guitarist Kyle Hoover switched from his twelve string guitar to his trusted 6 string Rickenbacker everything came together and their emotive pop set won out.

stream: Tiaras – Thought I Could Know (from Tiaras on Mt. St. Mtn.)

Filed under: Music, Seattle Tagged: A Frames, Castle Face, Chop Suey, Field Music, High Llamas, Male Gaze, Mt. St. Mtn., Seattle, The Tiaras, Trashcan Sinatras

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Dave Hill | The Guardian: Sadiq Khan: on the Tooting campaign trail with Labour’s London campaign man

The bus driver’s son who helped Ed Miliband become Labour leader insists the general election is his top priority despite his interest in becoming the capital’s mayor

Inside the Sadiq Khan campaign HQ were parcels of flyers and posters half unpacked, milling volunteers, many stacks of sandwiches, a woman making a joke about “a paper plate crisis” and a great deal of pent up energy. It was Saturday lunchtime in Tooting constituency, the only one of three in the firmly Conservative borough of Wandsworth that Labour holds, and not by all that much.

Labour MP Khan’s winning margin in 2010 was just 2,524 votes, though the narrowness of his triumph didn’t lessen the scale of the setback for the Tories. His was one of a bunch of London targets they failed to hit, as the capital declined to swoon over David Cameron’s charms in the numbers he required to secure a Commons majority.

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John Naughton: These days crime doesn’t pay… unless it’s done online

Government cuts to police forces are justified by falling crime numbers, but these statistics fail to acknowledge the boom in cybercrime

Question: would you cheerfully walk down the street of a strange city on a Friday night with £10,000 or £15,000 in cash in your pocket? Of course you wouldn’t. Well, actually you would, because you do more or less the same thing every time you go abroad on holiday. Most of us have in our wallets a few credit and debit cards, which between them probably have a total credit limit of anything up to 15 grand. For us, our bank cards are just “plastic”. But for some people, they represent real money.

One such person observed a sailor who went into a bar in Barcelona a while back and spent €30 on drinks. He paid with a card and left. Shortly after that, 10 separate transactions for €3,300 each were made using his card. It took the sailor quite a while (and the assistance of a security expert) to persuade his bank that he was not responsible for the €33,000 bill.

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