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The OnePlus 5 is about to launch on June 20, according to the latest leak and although it's not confirmed news, I am pretty sure that it's not far from the actual date anyway. However, should that influence your decision to buy the Galaxy S8/S8+? Let's find out.


Similar but Not Same


The OnePlus 5 will feature the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC which is powering the Galaxy S8, but that's where the "sameness" ends in-between these two smartphones. The OnePlus 5 may sport a QHD AMOLED display as well, but it will most likely not be as good as the Super AMOLED QHD+ panels on the S8, because nothing really is at the moment! The OnePlus 5 may have an edge in the RAM department as it's rumoured to pack 8 gigs of RAM. We will have to wait on the camera quality though.


The Bottom Line


Yes, you should wait and the reason is not because I think that the OnePlus 5 will be better than the S8. The truth is that if you really like the Galaxy S8 for its screen, camera and design, the OnePlus 5 will probably not be able to deliver anything better than that. On the other hand, the OnePlus 5 will feature a better fingerprint scanner, a more responsive UI and most importantly, a price tag that will make the S8+ in particular, seem overpriced. The main reason I would suggest that you wait is because the OnePlus 5 will come out by the end of the month and since you have already held on for this long, why not a few more days?



Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)

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The OnePlus 5T is supposed to replace the OnePlus 5 and the company has confirmed that once stocks clear out, OnePlus will not be making any more OnePlus 5 models. However, does it mean that you should buy the handset? Well, that is not an easy question to answer but we will try to do that here.

 

 

OnePlus smartphones were once famous for selling flagship hardware at unbelievably affordable rates, but those days are long gone. Make no mistake, in nations like India and the company's own home country of China, the phone is still a lot cheaper than other flagships such as the Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8, Pixel 2, etc. Nevertheless, in America and Canada particularly, the carrier offers and Samsung's own offers make these flagships almost as affordable as the OnePlus 5T, but with better hardware. The OnePlus 5T cannot beat flagships from other more established OEMs in terms of display quality, camera or even water resistance (it doesn't have any!) and if it cannot even beat the price by much, they need to up their game. Nevertheless, if you are in one of those regions where the 5T is a lot cheaper than its competition, it makes for a good buy. By the way, if you already do have an OnePlus 5, do not even bother to buy a 5T because everything about the two phones is identical, except the full-screen display and the back-mounted fingerprint scanner. It might look a bit better, but that facelift doesn't warrant buying a 5T by any logical means.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



When it comes to our mobile devices we tend to take security for granted. In truth, these devices are open to the dangers of the Internet just like a computer is. This is why you should consider using a VPN when using your device on the Internet.


So, what is a VPN? A Virtual Private Network is a buffer between your connection and the rest of the Internet. When using a VPN, you are able to hide your IP address and use the Internet not only anonymously but also spoofing your location, so as not to give your geolocation away. It also allows you more security on your device too.


Now that we know what a VPN is, this is why you should use one on your mobile device:


Privacy


With your mobile device chances are you are going through many public areas and using their hotspot Internet access. Each time you do this you can be opening up your data to possible hijacking. If you use this device for work, that means that sensitive data could be passed around too. What a VPN does is to protect your connection and your data from outside interception. The fact that your data will be encrypted too also gives that added level of protection that you need.


Connectivity


A mobile VPN can act like a permanent connection to your home or work server. This is beneficial if you enjoy gaming on-the-go. The best Android VPN's connect to your Internet connection, and use that to create a more stable Internet access for your phone. This is always a plus, especially when your online activity requires that reliability.


Spoofing your Location


Through using a VPN in a different area of the world not only do you open up geolocked content, but you also can find that foreign websites open faster. If you visit plenty of foreign sites on your phone, or want to connect to faster game servers around the world then this can prove invaluable.


Flexibility of the VPN


Through the way, you connect to a VPN through your Internet connection rather than through an App, this leads to flexibility in the type of connection you can use. This includes wi-fi, 4G networks and any other connections available to you. It all works on the same protocol.


VPN isn't Used for Phone Calls


Unless you are using a service like Skype, be aware that VPN does not encrypt your phone calls. This is something that you should be aware of when using a VPN service. If you want your calls to go through VPN then be sure to use a IP voice service.


The main reason to use a VPN on your phone is of course security. In this day and age with hacking and cyber-crime seemingly rising in prominence, we have to be aware of the dangers towards our personal data. VPNs are the best way to protect yourself, along with virus scanners and malware checkers of course. Always be aware of the dangers that are out there, and take action against them, so that you can concentrate on the more important task of your mobile device (to have fun).



Even though it's a bit early to be throwing around comparisons as both the phones are far from being unveiled or even cited at a benchmarking app or two, here are a few things we can intelligently guess about them.


Safety issue



It would be particularly hard to recommend someone a Samsung smartphone after the embarrassing episode that Samsung just had with the Note 7. Nevertheless, we are pretty sure that the number one name in the smartphone business will bounce back with the S8. Having said so, the iPhone 8 will still win in this respect as they do not have any proven cases of multiple exploding phones yet.


The power



It is always hard to predict just how powerful Apple's next chip is going to be and in spite of having seemingly less resources on pen and paper, the Apple iPhone 7 did blow the S7, S7 Edge and Note 7 out of the water in benchmarking tests like AnTuTu and Geekbench. Therefore, the iPhone 8 might just have an edge here over the S8.


Camera



This is a tough one as both the manufacturers usually endow their flagship smartphones with awesome cameras. However, the S7 did sport a slightly better rear camera this year when compared to the iPhone 7, so we will give this one to the S8.


Design



The iPhone 7 is a beautiful device and many Android smartphones have been and continue to be "inspired" by the Apple iPhones. Samsung flagship grade smartphones on the other hand have recently been producing beautiful smartphones with curved displays. The preference will depend largely on the individual, so we will refrain from a judgement on this one.



Several voices both inside and outside the smartphone industry have been quoted saying that handsets have reached the pinnacle of their evolution in their current form. Today, smartphones are more powerful than the average desktop PC was a few years ago, millions of times faster than the computers used to send a man to the moon. At the same time, statistics have shown that the majority of smartphone owners don't even use a fraction of their handsets' processing power. The majority of smartphone owners use them to play games, known to be the most demanding type of smartphone apps, but most of the time these games are simple, casual titles, mobile pokie games, word games, and their likes, hardly a challenge for even a two-year-old handset.


Considering the lack of exciting news on the smartphone market, and the release of a great variety of high-performance and affordable smartphone models, it seems safe to say that we should reconsider our future smartphone purchases and focus on accessibility rather than hype.


Samsung Galaxy S7, the best example


Samsung's Galaxy S7 was surrounded by a lot of excitement before its release in February 2017. When it hit the shelves, though, users couldn't hide their disappointment with the handset. Compared to the previous year's flagship phone, the Samsung Galaxy S6, the S7 failed to produce any significantly new and exciting features. It had the same size screen with the same resolution and pixel density, it had a slightly faster system-on-a-chip, a newer GPU, it had 1GB of extra RAM and a slightly improved performance. In short, nothing that would've justified switching from the Galaxy S6 to the Galaxy S7.


Now let's take a look at another Samsung model released in 2016, the J7. Compared to the same Galaxy S6, it brought forth several improvements, including a newer chipset, a larger screen, a dedicated MicroSD slot (the S6 didn't have one), FM radio (something many of us still appreciate today), a larger battery with longer battery life, and a price tag that made it much more affordable at the time than the previous year's flagship model. In short, a phone with enough performance to be a perfect choice for everyday use, without the need to sell an arm and a leg to buy it.


The performance gap


The performance gap between "affordable" and "flagship" handsets becomes narrower every year. One of this year's more affordable smartphone models, the Galaxy A7 (2017), has a price tag almost $300 lower than any of last year's Samsung flagships, coupled with a performance that's not too different compared to these models. An average user will surely not notice the difference in performance between the two but welcome the price difference nonetheless.


Considering all of the above, I think it's safe to say that we shouldn't focus on flagship models anymore. They might be the ones surrounded by the biggest hype in the press but this doesn't make them the right ones for us - and they shouldn't be the models we desire the most.



Knowing some smartphone tricks will allow you to do cool things with your phone. Most people only know basic phone functions. There are so many things that you probably do not know your phone can do beyond making calls and receiving texts. Many phones now have the he capacity to support glitch-free online casino gaming. Visit https://www.cdncasinos.ca for more information about technology and casinos. Some of the smartphone functions can be performed quickly through shortcuts. Here are few cool tricks to get the best out of your smartphone.


1.       Shortcut of putting smartphone on silence


Receiving a phone in church, meeting, theater or in the middle of something important can be embarrassing, especially when your phone is not on silence. You can put your smartphone on silence quickly than browsing your settings by pressing any side key (volume key or power button). It will be on silent instantly and you choose to answer it or not.


2.       Turn Wi-Fi Off using voice command


Voice command is the hot thing at the moment. You can use your Google Now, Cortana or Siri to turn off your Wi-Fi with your voice. Go to your voice app and command it to turn off Wi-Fi.


3.       Use flight mode to reduce smartphone charging time


A phone that takes a lot of time on charger sucks. You can speed up charging by activating flight mode. Also, even if you love online casinos, they will have to wait until your phone is fully charged. Flight mode turns off all background activities and uses less battery power, therefore, increases the rate at which your battery gets charged.


4.       Use the volume button to take picture


Taking selfies without a selfie stick can be a hassle when you can't tap your screen digital button to capture. However, you can snap pictures by long-pressing the volume button. This function is on many Android phones and iPhones.


5.       Improve picture quality using gridlines


You can enhance the quality of the pictures your smartphones capture by activating camera gridlines. The camera will take a perfect shot on things within the gridlines.


 

"Free" as a word has the ability to get consumer attention instantly. While retail stores usually adopt this sales technique to boost sales, manufacturers are also not behind. For innovative companies pioneering in a field in which others fear to tread, free as a tool can be used to gain and retain competitive advantage against others.


In 2015 Samsung's smartphone arsenal comprising of the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+, and Galaxy Note 5 is gaining eminence for wireless charging capabilities. Samsung played a masterstroke by incorporating wireless charging in the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge earlier this year, but the Korean giant took the game to another level by making wireless charging faster in the Galaxy S6 edge+ and the Galaxy Note 5. This resulted in faster charging times and in turn it would compel customers to adapt wireless charging as a necessary part of their lives.


Right now the only competitor to wireless charging is the USB Type-C technology which is available in flagship phones like Onplus 2, Nexus 6p. One problem with this new technology is the replacement cost, when USB Type-C cable gets damaged. If this gets accepted as a mainstream accessory, wireless charging will be left for the "early adopter". But, we consider that wireless charging is a better technology, as it saves the phone battery from mild electric shock whenever it is plugged in and thereby elongating the battery life.


In order to drive adoption and make wireless charging the de-facto technology of charging phones, Samsung can give away wireless charger as a necessary accessory in the high-end smartphones scheduled for release in the future.

 



Samsung continues to urge its customers to return the Galaxy Note 7 as soon as possible. Although more smartphones have been returned since Samsung involved the authorities to speed up the recall process, not all of them have been returned yet. Canada, for instance, has shown better return rates than all other countries, but even then, 30% of the potentially dangerous smartphones are still in the hands of the population. In order to make the danger more apparent to the ones who are holding on to the older models with the defective batteries, Samsung has planned to release an update in Canada with collaboration from local carriers. This update will clearly show the user if their Note 7 is safe to use, or if it needs to be returned to ensure the safety of the users. If it is indeed unsafe, it will also remind the user to return the phone in every three hours!


Additionally, the new batch of safe Note 7s will all show a green battery icon both in the notifications panel and in the power menu. This was possible after Google allowed Samsung to replace the white battery icon in favour of the green one, in light of the precarious situation. You should already be receiving the update as it has started to roll out to Note 7s in Canada from September 21. According to Paul Brannen, COO and Executive Vice President of Samsung Mobiles Canada, "Note users are probably the most loyal customers there are,"


"We've had very few people get a refund and say they don't want the device anymore."




Now that the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is officially discontinued after reports of even the replacement devices catching fire were confirmed, here are a few other options that you can check out instead.


Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge



Although it's priced less than the Note 7, the S7 Edge isn't really lacking much in comparison. The retina scanner, the stylus (S-pen) and a slightly larger 5.7-inch display are the only things that differentiate the two. In fact, the S7 Edge rocks the same camera sensors, 4GB of RAM, SD 820/Exynos 8890 SoC and 1440p Super AMOLED panel (5.5-inch) as its larger sibling.


Google Pixel XL



When it comes to software stability and security, it would be hard to recommend anything over Android's greatest flagship yet; the Google Pixel XL with a 5.5-inch 1440p AMOLED panel. It's also more powerful than the Note 7 with a SD 821 SoC under the hood. It has exceptional cameras that might simply be the best that any smartphone has offered yet.


LG V20



The final recommendation on this list will include the LG V20, which also has a 5.7-inch 1440p panel like the Note 7, along with an additional 2.1-inch display on top of the main one. We expect nothing short of spectacular clicks from the upcoming device as well (dual rear camera) because LG is well known for endowing its high-end smartphones with brilliant cameras.
In case you haven't already, switch your Note 7 off and return it immediately.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)

 



Are you looking forward to upgrading from your Samsung Galaxy Note 4 To Galaxy Note 8? After its release in August 2017, the Galaxy Note 8 was acknowledged as the latest addition to the list of Galaxy Note Smart Phones which are powerful and feature-laden. The handset undoubtedly is powerful and one of the most attractive presently available on the market. However should owners of Galaxy Note 4 upgrade to the latest version?


The range of these devices from Samsung has had a set of problems with the previous version which was introduced as the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 developing a flaw in the battery in a few handsets which caused spontaneous fires and led Samsung to abandon the set altogether. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 which was released in 2014 continues to remain one of the most popular among the handsets released by Samsung despite having some problems with regard to downloading kies though accessing Internet casinos does not seem to be a problem with this particular handset. It was also easy to download Samsung Galaxy Note 4 wallpaper according to relevance from the handset without going through many difficulties.


The 4th generation had a large body and a rear which was textured and was considered as a large handset when it was introduced. It just had a screen which was 5.7 inches. It also had its problems because people in some parts of the world couldn't download Samsung kies for note 4 and Samsung kies galaxy S4 but downloading Samsung kies for Mac was possible. However, fans of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 could have the bet365 mobile app android on the handset for entertainment with casinos whenever they required.


The 8th is certainly different from the earlier version and is also heavier and thicker. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 features the infinity display from Samsung giving a clear indication that a major portion of the handset's front is covered by the screen. Samsung has abandoned the concept of a home button and has instead preferred to offer alternatives to software. Unfortunately, the fingerprint scanner has been moved to the back of the handset making it rather inconvenient and the option of removing the battery has also been discontinued. However, the changes introduced have allowed Samsung to make the handset water resistant.


The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has a display which is 6.3 inches along with a quad HD + resolution giving users a higher pixel density by some margin as compared to the galaxy note 4. Samsung has included the QUALCOMM Snapdragon 835 chip which is faster and is providing a 3GB RAM along with 64GB of storage which is an upgrade that can be considered as huge. Most importantly the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Is Available with Android 7.0 Nougat and it is believed that the Android 8.0 Oreo upgrade would be available at some time in the near future.


Despite the differences which are evident in Samsung Galaxy Note 8 people may want to consider whether they are willing to pay a high price for the fresh introduction as compared to the Galaxy Note 4 which is still available from online retailers for about $515. The Samsung Galaxy Note S8 is still available for around $550. Therefore fans of the galaxy note models would want to understand why they should be paying in excess of $850 for upgrading from Galaxy Note 4 to the latest version.



If you have a phone with insufficient internal memory, Uninstall Manager will help you out. Those of us out there who are still using a smartphone with 8GB or even 4GB internal storage, the struggle for space is a real and constant problem. With games like N.O.V.A. 3 taking up about 2.4GB of space in your phone alone, even 16GB variants may not be enough for power users. This is where Google's new Uninstall Manager comes in. It is a new additional feature that's embedded within the Google Play Store itself. It tries to help you find more space by simply suggesting applications which you can uninstall in order to make room for the new one that you are trying to install.



Android Police further reports that the user will see a popup menu within the Play Store which will show all the uninstall suggestions, along with the size of the installed files and the amount of space you are currently lacking for the new application to be installed on your phone. The suggestions are of course, based on the usage statistics data of the consumer and therefore they will consist of apps that you rarely or never use. In order to get the Uninstall Manager on your system, you don't need to download anything, just update the Play Store to its latest version and you are all set.


Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)



By now, we all know that not all smartphones are created equal. If there's something that sets Android devices head and shoulders above some of their competitors, it's the possibility to customize them to no end. And one of the best ways to personalize your Android experience is through the proverbial lens of a new launcher.


The launcher market is constantly growing as more and more users look for different ways to personalize their Android devices, and more developers creating apps to answer those needs. To be clear, most manufacturers pre-install their own launchers on the Android devices they produce. It's the reason a Samsung phone looks different from an LG, for example. Obviously, that does not have to be the be all and end all of the way in which you phone looks and functions.


Through the use of a launcher app, you can customize your phone with new animations and graphics, and get new features like gestures and widgets. If you're really looking to change the look and feel of your Android device, you can even get a launcher that completely changes the user interface.


How does a launcher work?


The Android operating system uses an interface app to display the entire user interface when you access the home screen on your phone, tablet, or even wearable. Once installed, an Android launcher will replace the standard interface app, changing things like the home screen and the app drawer. It can also become more intuitive and bring your most used apps front and center, but more on that later.


Although both provide personalization options, launcher apps should not be confused with custom ROMs. While you only need to download and install a launcher on your device in order to use it, a custom ROM requires you to root your device. The main difference between a launcher and a custom ROM is that ROMs offer deeper system changes than mere user interface tweaks. However, since rooting your Android might end up causing more damage to a device than it's worth, most users prefer sticking to softer means of personalization.


Launchers allow you to have customization at your fingertips, without the anxiety of possibly causing serious damage to your device.


Why should you use one?


Pretty much all launchers fall in two categories: design or smart.


As the name suggests, a design launcher is created to break free of some of the design limitations your Android device might have, and bring focus to what the user interface looks and feels like. From simple, slick designs, to more intricate ones, the sky's the limit with design launchers. You can also add new custom gestures and icons to further personalize your device. All in all, a design launcher gives you a myriad of customization options for your device's UI, allowing you to basically have the last say on what your device looks like.


Meanwhile, a smart launcher goes beyond design and adapts to how you use your device. It ‘looks' at which apps you use to make them more accessible for you, basically ‘learning' what your priorities are. Depending on what kind of information you provide a smart launcher, you can even see different apps on your home screen depending on the day of the week or time of day. This is all meant to make life easier and create a uniquely customized Android experience.


If you really want a launcher that combines the both categories, smart and design, you should try Redraw Keyboard.


So, there you have it. Whether you're looking to ‘redesign' your phone, tablet or wearable, or make your device a little more intuitive, launchers have you covered on all fronts. All you need to do now is explore the market and find one that best suits your needs!



While the mobile app industry may be relatively new, it has grown at such an exponential rate that it is now one of the most expansive markets in the world. It is expected to reach a peak of $77 billion by the end of 2017, with everything from games to productivity apps available through the freemium business model that profits through option, in-app purchases.


This model is driven by volume rather than the profitability of individual apps, meaning that the market has grown thanks to minimal barriers to entry and the ability of developers to create thousands of diverse apps across Android and iOS. Interestingly, the relatively low-cost of app development and the ease with which tools can be conceived has encouraged numerous brands to create commercial apps, and there is evidence to suggest that this may offer businesses an advantage over their competitors.


So, why exactly should you look to develop a mobile app and use this as a direct marketing tool for your brand?


1. App Store Optimisation drives as ROI on your investment


If you have never heard of App Store Optimisation (ASO), this is a new process that enables businesses to use specific techniques which enhance the ranking of their branded application. Borrowing heavily from the concept of SEO, you can market your app based on a number of relevant and organic phrases, competing with rivals in order to thrive across multiple app stores. There are even a number of tools which can help to underpin your ASO campaign, which in turn helps you to measure and determine an accurate ROI.


2. Target new customers with a mobile app-install


If you ocassionally play online casino games you will note that the vast majority have a prominent mobile app which sits alongside their primary website. While the two offer a largely seamless experience and feature consistent branding, they can be considered as separate entities for the purpose of targeting specific demographics and players.


This makes perfect sense, especially as CRM software makes it easier than ever to understand demographics and target defined customer profiles. If you know which type of consumers are using your mobile app, it is easy to tailor your marketing efforts and optimise the impact of your efforts.


3. Create an additional revenue stream


Obviously, the nature of your app will depend on your brand and the products or services that it delivers, but regardless of this it can also have an impact beyond marketing. While it is always wise to make marketing applications available for free, you can incorporate in-app purchase options and tiers which have the potential to generate incremental income from loyal customers.


This is an opportunity that should never be ignored, as the combination of creating additional marketing reach while also boosting revenue delivers a diverse ROI that impacts on various aspects of your business.


Samsung Apple

 

Last Year, Apple CEO Tim Cook decided to stop the bloodshed and started to initiate peace efforts with Samsung. The two had been going at each other with patent infringement suits that made the first page of major newspapers. Now, both tech titans are teaming up on certain components which will take business away from the competition.

 

According to Bloomberg, Samsung will be responsible for most of the Apple A9 chips that will be found in the next iteration of the iPhone. We've gone back and forth on this with some swearing that TSMC will get the A9 business and others insisting that the chip will be coming out of a Samsung factory. According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities, TSMC will get 30% of the business which could leave Samsung with the balance. Last year, with Apple and Samsung on the outs, TSMC was responsible for the Apple A8 chip.

 

A third manufacturer that has been mentioned this year, Global Foundries, has a yield of 30%, well under the 50% required for mass production. With Apple and Samsung working together, the latter has been showing improvement in its Q1 component sales. Samsung is optimistic enough about the future of the business to expand its chip making capacity. On the other hand, TSMC has announced a cutback in its spending.

 

Apple - Samsung

 

Another company that is feeling the financial heat from Apple and Samsung's new found love for each other is SanDisk. The latter produces chips for mobile devices like the Apple iPhone and Apple iPad. While Apple was once SanDisk's largest customer, accounting for 19% of its revenue, those days are apparently gone. On April 15th, SanDisk said that it expected to report lower than expected sales for the year as its loses customers for its chips. Apple would certainly be on that list.

 

For Samsung, its resurgence in chip sales came at a perfect time. 2014 was a poor year for the company's smartphone business as it dropped from contributing 75% of Sammy's profits in the first quarter of 2014 to 37% by the fourth quarter of last year. Meanwhile, chip profits went from accounting for 20% of the company's profits in the third quarter of 2013 to contributing 55% of the profits a year later. Since then, Samsung's chip business has been outperforming its phone business. Although that might change with the success of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 edge, it doesn't take away from the fact that Samsung is growing its semiconductor profits.

 

Together, Samsung and Apple control 40% of the smartphone market. With Apple turning back to Samsung for its component needs, and Samsung using its home grown chips for its flagship phones (a practice that will continue with the Samsung Galaxy Note 5), there could be dark days ahead for more chip makers that once relied on Apple and Samsung for business. Besides TSMC and SanDisk, Qualcomm is another name that might belong on that list.

 

Source [Bloomberg]



People in the past would have never thought that there will be something called a "car" that would help them travel from one place to another without crossing miles and miles on feet. But then technology played its part and we had cars and bikes and whatnot. However, a few years back even this generation never thought of a gadget that could take them from one place to another swiftly and smoothly without using a car and consuming any petrol. Here by the term gadget, we are referring to none other than a hoverboard. Yes, you read it right, hoverboards are a sign that yes technology has now gone too far and now with every passing year our lives are being upgraded by such amazing inventions. You can find more info in our guide on Petagadget.


Just for a while imagine that you are moving swiftly from one location to another without hopping in the car. Isn't it amazing and exciting to even think about it? Well, if you find it wonderful then why not turn this all into a reality by investing a little into a hoverboard?


Now, if you are someone who yet has some doubts on the advantages of a hoverboard then stick a little longer to this article because today in this article we will give you proper reasons on why you should get yourself a hoverboard right now.


1-No Fuel Consumption


We all know how important it is for us to save money at this age because we never know when we fall victim to a financial crisis. Now, on the other hand, we also know the fact that we have to spend a big figure on our traveling too because of the fuel consumption. Now at such point, we are pretty sure that you would love to save a few dollars and cut down the fuel cost and that can be done only if you are ready to invest a little in buying a hoverboard. You see, a one-time investment in hoverboard can save you hundreds of dollars every month and especially you will be able to go on short commutes without spending even a single penny. The best part about hoverboards is that if you charge it fully, it can take you on a ride of almost 15 kilometers which will save you a lot of fuel.


2-It Is Eco-friendly


The need of the hour is that we all start using those products and gadgets that are eco-friendly because we all know how much harm we have done to the climate and to our environment by using and releasing poisonous gases. Now, in such a situation, products like hoverboards are pretty useful because they don't work on any kind of fuel or gas, it's just that you have to charge them with electricity and they will be on the go for you. This is another major reason why you should invest in buying a hoverboard because first, it will save you a lot of money and secondly it causes zero harm to your environment and the overall climate.

 

3- It Is Portable


Another amazing reason why you should go for this gadget is that it is completely portable and compact too. Like if you have to reach a place where you would need a hoverboard then yes you can carry this miraculous gadget without any problem. Hoverboards seem like something very heavy but in reality, they are extremely light in weight and you can carry them anywhere you want to. The only thing you have to be careful about is that you have to handle hoverboards with care, like if you are carrying them to a place then make sure you are using a handle bag or a car to take them to another place.


4-It Is Fun To Ride On Them


The major reason why you should say yes to a hoverboard is that they are fun to use. Like you can go out to the park with your family and children and enjoy riding on a hoverboard. Once you use it, you will actually know how entertaining it is to take a tour down the street and enjoy the view and the nature around you. Especially if you've got kids who don't like to spend much time outside then you can use a hoverboard to build interest in them and motivate them to play outside. Moreover, you can have a fun time teaching your little one how to ride this gadget, it can be a little tricky to maintain the balance and ride with perfection but once you practice it, you will know how amazing of an activity it is.


5-Hoverboard Is Easy To Learn


If you are someone who is confused on whether he should buy a skateboard or a hoverboard then know the fact that hoverboarding is a lot easier to learn than skateboarding. The only thing and the only effort you have to make with hoverboarding is that you have to learn how to maintain a steady balance and how to move in the right direction. Once you've mastered the art of balancing on a hoverboard, you will then love to take it everywhere with you because yes, it is that fun and addicting.


6-They Are Safer


People usually think that hoverboards are dangerous but the reality is the other way around. Basically, the features with which it comes make it a completely safe option. You see, hoverboards are safe because they come with movement sensors, gyroscopic motors and foot pads too that make sure that you don't fall or get hurt. With all these features you will have a perfect and steady grip on the board so don't be afraid to buy it because again, hoverboarding is fun and entertaining only if you learn it properly.

 

7-They Use Better Technology


The most advanced and latest technology is used to make a hoverboard, you just need to be able to stand steady on the foot pads and consider your job done here. The best part about this gadget is that it comes with a sensor receiving signals from the foot pad that sense the direction in which the rider wants to go. Once you ride it, you will feel like it's a magic wand that knows the direction which you desire to go on.


These are the few reasons that justify why you should buy a hoverboard for yourself. Also, you can gift a hoverboard to your loved ones and we assure you that they will love this gift. Especially if you have a teen around in your house then buy him this amazing product on his birthday or on his special day and honestly, he or she will be crazy happy with this gift of yours. Don't wait any further and get yourself and your loved ones a hoverboard and have fun at a whole another level. 


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We now live in a mobile world, we all know that. But when it comes to choosing the right mobile medium, companies have a number of factors to consider. While many would assume that the growth of the mobile app market might cause a decrease in the number of mobile websites out there, the opposite is actually true.


According to Statista, there are now more than 1 billion apps on the market. Delving a little deeper into the stats, the Apple App Store alone saw more than 100 billion downloads as of June 2015. Interestingly, however, only a small number of those apps account for people's daily usage. As outlined by Forrester and comScore, of the top 50 mobile apps in the world, the top five are responsible for as much as 90% of all usage.


If this is the case it would seem to suggest that while app market is extremely large, it's not a completely dominant force in the mobile world. Indeed, if people are only using a fraction of the apps they download, then 2 billion smartphones must be using mobile sites at least some of the time.


The battle between mobile apps and websites is one that's raged on for the best part of a decade and while neither has every shown a clear dominance, companies often find themselves faced with a choice. Having a native app certainly gives users easier access to what you have to offer, but it can also limit your market. In contrast, mobile websites can be made available to all platforms at once, but they don't offer things like offline access and push notifications.


Universal Appeal Helps Break Down Borders


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Deciding between one or the other partly depends on the type of product or service on offer. If we look at a major mobile operator in the iGaming space, 32Red, the benefits of a mobile site are obvious.


The industry as a whole is worth more than $41 billion each year and that means millions of people around the world are now anteing up via their computers and, importantly, their smartphones. With such a broad demographic to cater for, 32Red decided to create an optimized mobile site that features everything from roulette to slots and works across the board. Indeed, different countries have different preferences as to their favourite brand of smartphone. For instance, the iPhone was the most popular smartphone in Canada back in 2014 while the Samsung brand tops sales in Germany.


32Red understood the need to offer a platform that performs equally well on Germany's most popular device and Canada's favourite phone. Thanks to the operator's mobile site, customers who normally play online roulette at 32Red can now also ante up on the go regardless of the mobile device they own without having to download an app. They just need to log in and start playing one of the 90 or so casino games available.


Offline Options Offer Hands-On Approach


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Of course, the iGaming industry isn't simply a collection of mobile sites. It's often the case that native apps offer fewer gaming options than their browser-based peers. For example, Betway has 400+ online games but games such as Hotel of Horror form part of a 120-game mobile offering.


However, while mobile apps often offer fewer features than a mobile site, they do have the benefit of improved access and, importantly, offline capabilities. Indeed, one of the most powerful features of a mobile app that companies can exploit is push notifications.


Sticking with the iGaming industry, an operator like Caesars Casino can utilize this feature by sending users push notifications announcing a new game such as Wolf Run (a five-reel, 40-payline video slot), the latest casino bonus or the status of a withdrawal. This system is great for operators as it allows them to keep their services at the forefront of a user's mind and, importantly, gain more clicks from their calls to action.


Instead of posting an announcement online and hoping people find it, operators can put it right under someone's nose (quite literally) and that's extremely powerful. Essentially, when it comes down to it, the mobile site vs. app argument comes down a matter of acquisition vs. retention.


A Matter of Personal Preference


Mobile sites clearly have a greater reach than apps which is great for a company that wants to maintain a global presence. In contrast, a mobile app has more power to retain customers as its accessibility and ability to offer push notifications help generate more action from existing players.


As you can see, there are positives and negatives on both sides of the equation. While apps might be slicker than sites, they aren't as universal so it all comes down to the goals of the company in question as to which one they choose to invest their money in.



In the competitive field of online casinos, everyone has one offer or the other for newcomers and loyal returning customers. The no deposit bonus is a popular practice which gives the user free money or credits to get started with gambling, without actually spending any of his/her own money. You cannot withdraw the in-game cash given to you as a bonus though. You can only use it to play games on that particular site. Before joining a casino, you should look at the offers made to you and compare them with other offers from different casinos to find and take advantage of the best no deposit casino available.


Bonus cash


Bonus cash is a no deposit extra which puts some in-game cash into the player's account, even when he has not spent any real money on the casino games yet. These offers are particularly good for first time joiners and help them to get a feel of how things work on the site.


Free Slots and Spins


Although free spins usually do not have prizes as good as paid ones, anything you may win with one of these are for you to keep. Free spins are a good way to test out some of the slot games available on the casino to find the ones you like.


Cashback


You may not find it in all online casinos, but some of them do return a portion of the money you have lost while gambling at the end of each week or month. The percentage of the losses which they could return back to you is known as a cashback bonus. The amount will vary depending on how much you have spent during the last week or month and there could be limits on the maximum amount that can be returned to you via cashback.


Credit Bonus


Similar to cash bonuses, a credit bonus also allows players to get free entry to certain games, but they most often come with a time limit and are only applicable to a few particular games at any one time. The promo credits will disappear after the announced timeframe is over.


A credit bonus is a good offer if you are already a member and the credits are being given on a game that you like. However, if you are looking to join an online casino as a new member, make sure that you get a lot of bonus cash, free spins and maybe even a good cashback percentage on your first week.



Smartphone games started off as a genre of gaming that could only appeal to casual gamers; something you would play to kill time while waiting for your turn at the dentist. However, things have since blown up way beyond those early days for mobile games as both iPhones and Android smartphones have become more powerful than our old desktop computers from the last decade! With so much computing power behind them, new Android and iOS games are stepping up to raise the standard every year and 2017 has been no exception either. On that note, let's now take a look at some of the best of what the Google Play Store had to offer to the Android population in 2017 so far.


Shadowmatic



Personally, I love puzzle games and as soon as I was through the initial free levels, I bought the full version because it was so addictive that I couldn't just NOT play anymore! The task is quite simple in Shadowmatic; you will need to rotate and arrange absurd (and a bit spooky) looking shapes in such a manner that the shadow which they form on the wall next to them attains coherence. The animations are fluid and beautiful, the gameplay is addictive and things can get really challenging once you are past the early handholding.


Minecraft



If you are even remotely interested in gaming then chances are that you have already played Minecraft on some platform or at least heard about it. It is the pixel-art sandbox game that has no equals and it's been finally launched on Android. You can literally do anything you want, be it exploring randomly generated worlds or creating that castle of your dreams. There is a $6.99 admission fee as well as in-app purchases though.


Realm Defense



The tower defense game which obviously draws its inspirations from the extremely fun and addictive Kingdom Rush series was released earlier this year and it has already gathered quite a huge fan following. Realm Defense: Fun Tower Game is free to play with in-app purchases just like most other games in the genre, but if you are willing to grind, you can progress without paying a dime. There are heroes, monsters, elves, beautiful backdrops, nice animations, super powers, multiple levels and as expected, quite a lot of towers as well!


The list wouldn't be complete without at least mentioning Super Mario Go, which didn't perform as well as Nintendo had hoped but is still quite a decent game, albeit with a steep price tag. If you are in the mood to earn a little money while having fun, there are a lot of new and exciting games on www.online-casino-arabic.com waiting for you right now.



Do you remember the movie called National Lampoon's Vegas Vacation, when the gaming fever consumed Chevy Chase's impersonation of Clark W. Griswold? He went on a losing streak, to defeat all losing streaks and in the meantime, his son Rusty won four cars by playing on slot machines. Perhaps Clark might have done better if he had read this article. Here, you will discover the fundamental ideas behind slots and how they work. This will let you get past all the myths and create a strategy that is entirely based on probability.


Understand the Average Payout


When operators advertise that their slots payout an average of 90%, the fine print they do not want you to read states that you lose 10 cents for every dollar you place in the machines. In terms of probability, this endorsement means that your expected wins are minus 10 cents on each dollar that you spend.


Suppose that you start with $100 and wager one dollar at a time. After you insert $100 into the slot machine, 100 pulls later you will end up with $90 on average since you lose 10% of your funds.


If you run the $90 back into the machine, you will end up with 90% of it back. Or in other words 0.90x 90 = $81. Moreover, if you run that through, you will have approximately $72.90. If you do not stop for about 44 rounds more, all your money will be gone, unless you have Rusty's luck.


So, how many pulls at this rate do your $100 give you? Each time you will have less money to play through, so you will have less pulls left. For instance, if you play $1 at a time, you can expect approximately 972 pulls with the average payouts. This is the total pulls in about 44 rounds. However, you should keep in mind that operators are designing slots to go faster between spins. Some of them are even doing away with the tokens and handles by using digital readouts on the cards that you place in the slots. The faster machines can play about 25 spins per hour, and if you have money for 972 spins, you will have 38.88 minutes. Thus, you will not have a long time to enjoy your $100 before it is gone. So, what is the worst part here? Casinos often boast that their average payouts are as high as 95%. However, this number only applies to specific machines, and the casinos will not tell you which ones. So, you need to ask or read the fine print before you rush into playing. Another thing you can do is check the information on the slot to see if it lists its payouts.


You're probably wondering if the same works for online slots. The answer is yes. However, the percentages are usually higher, since sites have less expenses than land based operators. That is why every day, gamblers all around the world are discovering new slot websites where they can play the popular game.


How to Implement a Simple Strategy for Slots?


Advice varies regarding if you play nickel, quarter or dollar slots and if you should max the number of coins you wager or not. In this section, we will give you several tips on getting the most bang for your money.


When it comes to slots, strategy boils down to knowing your probability of winning, the expected payouts, and the rules, quitting while you are ahead and dispelling any myths.
If you win $100, you should cash out half and play with the rest. After you lose a particular amount, you should not hesitate to quit. You should go to the all you can eat buffet and try your luck with the food, the odds are that it is good.


How Many Coins Should You Play at a Time?


When you are determining the number of coins you should bet per spin, you should scrutinize that more can be better. If the slot gives you more than 2x the payout when you place in 2x the coins, you should max out instead of playing only one coin. This way you will enhance your chances of winning a larger pot, and the expected value will be higher. If the machine just gives you n times the payout for n coins, it will not matter if you use the max number of coins or not. You might as well play 1 at a time until you can make money and leave so your money lasts longer.


For example, if a quarter machine pays you 10 credits for the 777 outcome when you place one quarter. However, if you play 2 quarters, it will give you 25 credits. And if you play the max number of quarters, for example four, the same outcome will result in 1,000 credits. You can see how playing four quarters at once will give you a greater chance of winning a larger pot in the long run compared to a single one at a time for four tries in a row.



Did you ever try to guess what the "N" in Android N will stand for? If you did, then here's your chance to try and get that idea be adopted by Google itself! That's right, the digital giant has even launched an entire website to register such ideas from people all over the world. This was quite a beginning to the Google I/O that started today. It is also an unexpectedly new move by Google, who have previously been content with just revealing the name of the next Android version at the yearly conference, up till now.


Android N was announced just a few months back in March and considering that Marshmallow was officially released only back in October 2015, it was obvious that Google wanted things to be on their way faster than before. To prove this point further, they released a developer preview as a follow up, which gave a few lucky users the taste of what's to come; improved battery life, split-screen multitasking and even brand new emojis among others. We are not sure if Google is looking for the name of innovative desserts or if they are planning to take a new approach this time around, but feel free to give it a try nonetheless.


Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)



While many smartphone OEMs around the world has not yet managed to roll out the Android Oreo update, Google has already taken the lid of Android P, aka the next Android OS. While there's still a lot more to know and things might change, here are the top five things that you should know about the upcoming OS version.


Boosted Privacy



Privacy is going to receive a boost on the following fronts.


·         Sensors, cameras, and microphones will no longer be allowed access to any app once it becomes idle

·         Backup encryption with a client-side secret and per-network randomization of MAC addresses

·         Better accommodation of the fingerprint scanning tech as Android P will allow each app to access the fingerprint data in much more detail than before


Support for the iPhone Notch



Creating an UI around the new "notch" introduced to the world by the iPhone X last year is still a tricky affair as the current gen OS versions are not that well fitted to accommodate it. Android P is going to introduce APIs that will better support the notch and apps will finally be designed to work with the notch in mind. This also confirms the fact that we are soon going to see alot of Android smartphones with the notch, or what I affectionately call, "ears!" Frankly, it's riduclous to take that route for multiple reasons, but the OEMs clearly see a market for it.


Wi-Fi Round-Trip-Time (RTT)



Wi-Fi Round-Trip-Time is going to make even turn-by-turn indoor navigation a possibility, because apps will now be programmed to sense how far your device is from the source of the connected Wi-Fi and guide you through the indoor facility accordingly!


Improved Notifications



With every iteration of the Android OS comes the promise of "improved notification system" and this year, you will likely see a lot of conversations right on the notification bar itself, including stickers, smilies and even attached images. Android P may allow for replying to those messages right from the notification bar itself.


There's also going to be better support for multiple camera modules this year, but we will have to wait and see how the "better" part will work, given that most flagships are already using dual camera setups quite efficiently!


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



As always, Samsung's old rival from Korea is preparing its next smartphone to compete with the Galaxy Note 8 and the V30 does have a lot going for it, as far as the rumors are concerned. In order to give you a glimpse of what's to be expected from LG in two months, we have the following info based on rumors and leaks, just for you.


Specs


QHD+ flat borderless OLED display
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
4GB/6GB of RAM
3,200mAh battery (non-removable)
IP68 Water resistance
ESS Quad DAC support, headphone jack
Dual rear camera
Wireless charging
Glass back



Release Date


It will most likely be showcased on August 31st; that is one day before the commencement of the IFA 2017 in September. If the date is right, then South Korea should see the phone being released by the end of September.


Price Tag


Rumor has it that the LG V30 will be priced at somewhere around 800,000 KRW, which is the equivalent of about $705. Unfortunately, the price tag will most likely not be that light in the US, given that the LG V20 itself was launched at $799!


To be perfectly honest, the V30 doesn't seem to have much which could give the Note 8 a run for its money at the moment. Nevertheless, given how costly the Note 8 will likely be, the LG V30 might just provide more bang for the buck, if the OLED panel rumor turns out to be true and if you can live without the stylus.


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