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Battery Exhausted Error Message on Nikon Cameras

Battery Exhausted is one of the common errors that you’ll encounter on your Nikon camera. For example, S2500. The main cause is the drained battery itself or it might be defective at all.

Let’s talk about the drained battery first. If this is the cause, then there’s a simple solution for that. Whenever you start your cam, the error will show up. Let’s say even if you charge it, cam turns on automatically. The error will show up then the cam turns off suddenly. It’s not charging at all. Here are the two things that you can do to resolve the issue:

1. Remove the memory card (if there is) and the battery. Put it back again after one minute then charge it again. If the same error pops up and the device isn’t charging, jump to solution number 2.

Note: It doesn’t matter whether you are using a USB cable or an outlet charger. Just don’t use any charger that is not recommended by Nikon. e.g. Universal Charger2. When you turned on the cam, press the power button again when the error pops up. What you’ll do here is to turn off the camera manually. After that, recharge your camera until you get the light signal that will confirm that the device is now charging.

If all else fails, I advise that you go back to the store where you bought your camera. That’s the first thing that you can do (if only if your device is still under warranty). If the battery is defective, then you might get a replacement.

You may also contact Nikon Customer Service at 1-800-645-6687 8AM-12AM EST, 7 days a week for assistance.

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Business Web

Where to Find Samsung Device Pack and Certificate Number?

Samsung introduced Extended Warranty to its consumers to provide continuous support on their products. Basically, it is an extension of the original one year product warranty. First, you need to know that not all Samsung devices are eligible for enrollment. You may check Samsung website to make sure your device can be enrolled for an extension of warranty.

To be able to enroll your device to Extended Warranty, you need to register it first online. Here’s a guide on how to register:
https://starrguide.com/2012/12/registering-samsung-phone-for-warranty.html

After you register your product, you may now proceed with the enrollment. Just click on Registration link under Extended Warranty then fill out the form. You will be asked to enter the pack number, certificate number and pack purchase date. But, where can you find those information?As you may know, Extended Warranty is not free. Generally, you need to purchase it from Samsung Service Center. Depending on the country you’re in, you may contact Samsung customer service first to check if there are other ways of purchasing Extended Warranty without going to service center.

Upon purchasing of Extended warranty, you will be provided with a certificate containing the pack and certificate number. Those are the things that you need to enter during enrollment.

Extended Warranty form
After you successfully registered your device, extended warranty info will be shown under My Registered Product. Remember, extended warranty is good for a year only. It is advisable to get one after the original one year warranty expires.

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Android Technology Web

How to Register Your Samsung Phone Online for Warranty?

Samsung already fixed their registration website and customers may now register their products for warranty support.

It is so easy to register your product rather than sending the reply card included in the original box of your device. Currently, there are three ways to register your product, Online, Business Reply Card or through SMS. I will just cover the online registration which is the easiest.

Right after you register, you can immediately file a support ticket if the need arises. All the things that you need are available in Cyber Service Center. In case you need to locate the nearest service center in your area, you may use their service centers list as well. Usually, the warranty is 1 year for parts and labor. Plus, your device can be enrolled for extended warranty which is very common nowadays.

Here are the benefits of registering your product:

1. Register your product under your name.
2. Submit Repair Request.
3. Chat with Samsung support
4. Apply for an Extended Warranty
5. Find service centers
6. Check repair history of your device
7. Identify warranty information; etc.Now, here’s how you register your Samsung phone online:

1. Go to his webpage:
http://www.samsung.com/ph/consumer/mobile-devices/smartphones

2. Click Product Registration -> Sign Up Now
3. Fill out the registration form.
4. Click Register.
5. Register your Samsung phone by entering its model code, serial number and purchase date

Samsung Galaxy Y Model Number: GT-S5360
Serial number – remove the battery of your phone and locate it on the sticker below the SIM slot.
Purchase date – refer to invoice/receipt provided to you

6. Click Register afterwards
7. Success! Your product is now registered.

GT-S5360
In case you need to register another Samsung Product, all you need to do is click the New Product Registration button.

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How-To Guides

Tracking a Package Shipped via LBC

Whether you are the sender or the receiver, tracking an LBC package is as easy as pie. There are three ways (or probably more that I’m yet to discover).

You Need This

Knowing a package’s whereabouts is not possible without the essential information.

The most common information needed to track a package is the tracking number. LBC provide one for every shipment, and it is usually provided to the sender.

Here’s an example:

LBC tracking numberThis is an official receipt from LBC where a tracking number is printed. In this example, the tracking number is located below the barcode.

If you are the sender, you can easily track a package using that number. However, if you are the receiver, you should get that information from the sender, merchant or seller. Feel free to request a picture of the receipt as proof of shipment.

💡 Tracking numbers are deleted from the system. Not just sure about the time frame.

How to Track an LBC Package

Do this if you have a tracking number:

1. Go to lbcexpress.com.

The website can be browsed on any working web browser on a PC, tablet, or smartphone.

2. Type in or paste your tracking number in the “Track an LBC Padala” box, then press, Enter, Go, Return, or whatever on your keyboard.

Tracking an LBC packageThat’s it! If the tracking number is correct, the delivery status and/or information will appear on the next page. Otherwise, verify the tracking number, then try again.

An update does not reflect on the tracker real time especially for newly-encoded packages. You can try again after a few hours.

The standard delivery time frame for domestic shipments is one business day (Mondays to Saturdays), but it may be deferred.

No Tracking Number? 🤔

If you do not have the tracking number, but can provide other information such as the sender’s name, recipient’s name, delivery address, shipment date, etc., please call LBC’s customer service at 858-5999 if you are in Metro Manila. Otherwise, dial 1-800-10-8585-999.

Please note that mobile calls are subject to regular rates unless you are subscribed to a promo. It is best to contact LBC through landline. Alternatively, you can send them a message through Messenger, though it takes time to get a reply.

What if the Tracker is Down?

Your options are:

– To send a message to LBC through Messenger.
– To call them at 858-5999 (Metro Manila) or 1-800-10-8585999. If you’re using a smartphone, just copy the number then paste it into your dialer 📞 .

In-Transit Requests

If you want to make an adjustment to an in-transit package, you may contact LBC through the methods provided above. For example, you wish to pick up the package at a particular branch instead.

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P.S. Should you need assistance, feel free to email me here. Make sure that your email address is valid if you want to hear from me. If you want, you can also inquire through the comments section below. You may also read the inquiries from other readers.

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Online Shopping Web

How to Buy SM Cinema Tickets Online?

If you want to watch a movie at SM cinema, you have the option to buy tickets from their website. Actually, youll pay more compared to buying the tickets directly from the cinema. A convenience fee amounting to ₱20.00 will be added on top of the regular ticket price. Lets say the usual ticket price is ₱160.00. If you will buy it online, you will pay ₱180.00 in total (including VAT).
 
Buying tickets online is all about buyers convenience. Now, for those who want to know how to purchase tickets online, I create this article to guide you on how to do it. Read the steps provided below as your reference.
 
First things first, create an account in SM cinemas official website so you will be able to purchase tickets later on.
 
1. Log-in to your account.
 
2. Select Schedules – Preferred Branch – Movie – Screening date and then click the screening time of your choice.
3. In the next page, select your preferred payment channel. Currently there are four options: Gcash, Credit Card (VISA, MasterCard, JCB, American Express), Smart Money and e-Plus. If you need to buy multiple tickets, click the select ticket quantity drop down options.

 
Click Purchase button if you are ready to checkout.
 
Note: You can confirm the number of seats available from that page as well. See screenshot below.
 
Theres no option available for you to pick a seat. Just make sure to go to the cinema as early as possible to find a best place to sit.
 
4. Select Yes to receive BCODE on your mobile phone. Make sure you have entered the correct cellphone number during registration for you to receive it. If you need to update your contact number, click Account.
 
BCODE
 
Click Go Payment button afterwards.
 
5. Enter your card details (applicable for those who choose credit card payment option). Click Pay.
 
Card payment
 
6. Make sure your payment was approved and not declined.
 
Transaction result
 
7. The system will send the voucher in your email. You may print it if you want or in case you did not receive the BCODE on your mobile phone. What important is the reference number.
 
8. Go to the cinema. Find the BCODE machine which is usually located near the ticket booth. See example below.
 
Example of BCODE
 
Scan the BCODE on your mobile phone or from the printed voucher. Select Yes if you get a prompt to print the ticket.
 
9. Lastly, get your printed ticket. Before you go inside the cinema, scan the QR code in your ticket at entrance.
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Business How-To Guides Web

Track Western Union Money Transfer Online

Track your Western Union Money Transfer whenever or wherever you are online through Western Union Tracking website.

Tracking your money transfer online is easier, quicker and more convenient than to call or email customer service.

You can check status of a money transfer in just a minute.

To get started, all you need is the Money Transfer Control Number a.k.a. MTCN and the sender’s name.

Here’s a quick tutorial on how to track money transfer online.

Track Western Union Money Transfer

Step 1: Go to this webpage.

Step 2: Enter all required information and click Check Status. See screenshot below.

Money Transfer Tracking - Western Union
Money Transfer Tracking – Western Union
If the sender has two first names, enter it on the first box. You can enter the middle initial as well if the sender wrote it in the form.
See example below.
Western Union Money Transfer Tracking - Two First Names

 

In the event that the link in Step 1 is down, you may track your MTCN here.

Enter the MTCN in the box provided, select your country then enter the expected amount.

Track Western Union Transfer
Track a Transfer page – Western Union

Click Track Transfer.

You’ll see the money transfer status in the next page.

Here’s a list of the common statuses of Money Transfer.

1. Available for pick up by the receiver

2. Picked Up

3. W0131 We do not have an order with the provided information. Please verify your information and click Check Status.

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How-To Guides

Your Employment History on the SSS Website

Would you like to get a copy of your employment history? Or, would you like to verify if your previous employers registered you under their account and remitted your contributions to SSS?. If yes, then the official SSS website will be able to help you out. No need to drop by to any SSS servicing branch near your place as you can check your employment history right in front of your computer.

It sounds easy. Isn’t it? However, it might turn to an ordeal for you if you do not have an account yet. If you don’t have a My.SSS profile, you will not be able to access your information online. Registration is very easy, but getting your previous employer’s ID number might be a challenge. If you will sign up, that is the most important information that you need to get from one of your previous employers. Take note, it is not necessary to get the ID number of your most recent employer. Say, you’d been with ten companies, you can pick one of them and get the required ID number by contacting the HR department of the company. The registration should go through unless they did not register you under their account during your stay.

I created a guide on how to sign up for a My.SSS account three years ago which you can use as a reference. Take note, SSS revamped their website already, so I can’t guarantee the accuracy of the post. My apologies, but I can’t update it anymore as I can’t delete my active account and register anew.

Now, if you already have an account on the SSS website, here’s what you need to do to check or print your employment history:

Note: SSS does not provide the exact hire date or whatever. They only declare the month and the year for both the employment and reporting date. The company names are also provided. The employment date is the month and year that you officially joined a company.

How to Check Your Employment History on the SSS Website

Please use Internet Explorer or Google Chrome if you’re using a Windows PC. I haven’t tested this guide on other web browsers like Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Safari, or whatever.

1. Go to the official SSS website.

2. Enter your ID and Password under Member Login at the right-hand corner of the home page, then click Submit.

Member Login

3. You will be redirected to the Employee Static Information under Home page afterward. Hover your mouse cursor over “Member Info”, then select Employment History in the drop-down menu. See screenshot below.

Employment History option under Member Info

Proceed to the next page.

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Business Web

Package was Held by Customs Due to Missing Invoice

Missing invoice is one of the common reasons why a parcel is being held in customs. Though it was retained, it doesn’t mean you’ll pay duty. Just set your expectation that you might pay. Give customs enough time to examine the package. Most probably, they put it on hold to figure out the actual price of the item. After acquiring enough information, they will evaluate if they should charge tax in your package or not. If they open your package to check the item inside or search for a receipt, they should tag your package as opened or it depends upon their procedure. If you think it’s taking too long, contact them immediately. If they ask a copy of the receipt, then send them a copy. 

 
missing custom invoice
If the item was declared as a gift, let’s say the item is a gift from a relative, customs will not bother to ask a receipt somehow. They will just determine the item value through research or whatever. It still depends on the customs clearance procedure in the destination country.

If the seller or merchant lowered down the total declared value of the item because you requested it, you may ask for a copy of pretend invoice. Take note, this is illegal. Doing this means you are breaking the law. You might get in trouble if you show them with a forged receipt and they have a reference of the real market value of the item. You should come up with good reasoning. Though you have a receipt, the total dutiable value might increase. Remember, a customs examiner has a way to check the real market value of an item and appraise it. Whatever the total fee that is showing in the customs form is final. You are obliged to pay it.

Now, do you need to ask the seller to put an invoice in the package every time you shop online? It depends. If you know your country’s customs requires a receipt then request it. This way customs will process clearance of your package faster.

Avoid requesting to lower down the item value. If the package was lost, the seller will not be compensated with the correct amount. Always remember that as a buyer it is your responsibility to pay any applicable tax that might be imposed in your package. It’s the law.

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Customs Duty and Tax Computation in The Philippines

“All articles, when imported from any foreign country into the Philippines, shall be subject to duty upon each importation, even though previously exported from the Philippines, except as otherwise specifically provided in this Code or in other laws.”

– Section 101: Imported Articles Subject to Duty of Republic Act No. 1937 also known as “The Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines

Duties on Imports

You pay tax when you buy a meal. Your utility service providers charge you with government taxes every month. Same when you are employed. Government deducts tax from your salary. And when you import goods, or let’s say a relative, a family member or a friend sent you a gift from another country, you might pay tax as well. And, that is an inevitable fact.

See the emphasis I apply on the word ‘might’. I used it to clear that even though your package was held by customs, it doesn’t mean that you’ll pay tax 100%. Who knows? A courier may knock on your house door anytime. Anyhow, you can consider both of these possibilities. That’s why in this post, I’ll be sharing how to compute tax, so you can estimate the amount you might pay.

If you are planning for the first time to shop online or import goods for commercial purposes, the guide on the next pages is helpful in estimating tax.

Terminology

Before moving to the next section, let me just introduce the two common terms I’ll use in this post. The first one is tax and the second one is duty.

If you noticed, I mentioned the word tax many times in the first section of this article because Filipinos, as per my observation from an old related article, prefer to use it. However, duty is actually the more appropriate term to use when referring to tax on imports. Now, starting in the next section, I’ll use the word ‘tax’ to refer to value-added tax alone.

Somehow, the two terms are the same since they are both a form of tax, and to compute the total duty (or total tax), you need to sum customs duty, value-added tax, also known as VAT, and other fees.

Now, let’s take a look on how to compute the total duty of imports.

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Things to Know About Clearance Delay

Do you ever wonder what “Clearance Delay” mean when you track a package on FedEx website?

People usually ship parcels via FedEx to take advantage of the reliable and fast shipping service. FedEx services are expensive, but it is worth the money. Packages are traceable and insurable. The delivery time frame is awesome. Usually, it takes only a few days, but it is not always the case. Though FedEx offers a great service, the company is not exempt from customs regulations of a country. There are times that delivery is late, and one of the common reasons for it is clearance procedure.
Clearance Delay
Clearance Delay, or “Package available for clearance” means the package was held for examination and assessment by customs. It is a shipment update that is very common on imports from overseas.

About Customs

For the sake of those who do not have an idea about customs, it is a government agency that is responsible for examining, and collecting duties and taxes on shipments coming in and out of a country.

Customs assigns inspectors and collectors in ports and courier facilities. Those people are responsible for clearing shipments, and ensuring that taxable goods are taxed.

Clearance Procedure on FedEx vs. Other Courier Companies

The clearance procedure in a FedEx facility is normally quicker than other courier companies. They update the shipment status of a parcel as soon as customs finishes assessing it. See example below.

Package available for clearance

The tracking history shows the package was shipped on January 29, and it arrived in the destination country at 6:28 a.m., the following day. Customs assessed the package and levied taxes on it. It was released quickly in less than an hour.