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Cybercriminals

 

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Cybercriminals have become huge stumbling blocks for business owners. They've been stealing assets and customer identities from companies, interfering operations, and inflicting other forms of damage.

 

In 2020, we can only expect cybercriminals to continue being as relentless and consistent with their attacks.

 

If your IT network is defenseless, you can easily fall prey to their ploys and suffer major losses.

 

And so the question becomes, how on earth are we supposed to protect our business?

 

The answer... Cyber Essentials.

 

If you're not familiar with Cyber Essentials, it's a data security accreditation program the UK government set for businesses and websites.

 

The government launched the Cyber Essentials framework to encourage organizations from various industries to bolster their IT defenses and guard their data and networks.

 

To understand Cyber Essentials better, let's talk about some of the biggest breaches and threats, as well as the program's strategies to keep cyber crimes at bay in 2020.

 

Famous Breaches

 

Thousands of data breaches have occurred within the decade. Many of these cases remained discreet and unreported, and some caught worldwide public attention.

 

Yahoo, for one, suffered multiple hacking incidents for four years, including these among the largest and most famous breaches.

 

The hackers, though, behaved differently in the breaches that took place for specific years. 

 

In 2012, two separate hijackers broke into Yahoo's online infrastructure but didn't take anything. Hackers then stole records from all accounts, summing to about three billion, in 2013.

 

The year after, cybercriminals targeted the user database which involved around 500 million holders. 

 

Reports say they obtained account details like people's names, passwords, email addresses, birthdays, and phone numbers.

 

These multiple breaches resulted in Yahoo agreeing for a settlement of almost 118 million dollars in April 2019.

 

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Because of a software glitch or API bug, Google+ also experienced breaches from 2015 to 2018, compromising data of around 52 million users. 

 

Due to the repeated instances, Google declared closing down Google+ permanently in April 2019.

 

While cybercriminals have hijacked mostly email and social media accounts, they targeted something more advanced in 2019, proving their makings of bringing far greater danger.

 

They exposed passwords and biometrics of a million users of BioStar 2, a web-based, open, and integrated security platform with access control, time, and attendance functionalities.

 

The hijackers launched a cloud vulnerability attack to leak data containing users' fingerprints and photos, which researchers discovered were unencrypted.

 

This incident is riskier because while you can replace passwords and ID numbers, you can't change your biomarkers, which are permanent.

 

Once hackers acquire your DNA prints, who knows how they can exploit them for identity fraud, profit, and other motives.

 

Prominent and Emerging Threats Ensue

 

Hackers can unleash a wide array of cyber threats and attacks to carry out data breaches. 

 

Many of these crimes have become prominent for repetitively affecting various victims, whether individuals or small and established companies.

 

Ransomware, a type of malware, for instance, has nastily hit thousands, even millions, of organizations. It locks your data, threatening to delete it until and unless you pay the hacker.

 

Cyber hijackers also frequently launch malware through many attacks, like phishing, one of the most prevalent social engineering methods deceiving you into exposing critical information.

 

Hackers usually do that through official-seeming emails that ask you to access malicious links or attached files, or provide personal data to receive a prize, see fake log-in alerts, etc.

 

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They can even inject malware through malicious or fake advertising, often in the form of pop-ups with celebrity scandals, pornographic content, or too-good-to-be-true prizes.

 

If you access public WiFi often, you can be at risk of man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks where hackers can intercept your private emails and chats and send replies as if it's you or the other person.

 

Cyber crimes then have even advanced as hackers leverage cutting-edge technologies.

 

One modern onslaught, for example, is formjacking. This happens when hackers insert a piece of code onto your ecommerce site to steal private details of your customers filling in your forms. 

 

Another is cryptojacking. Here, cybercriminals infect your site or online ads, or trick you into clicking malicious links with codes that let them mine cryptocurrencies from your device.

 

Now if you're a company executive, you can be a victim of whaling, a social engineering scheme asking you to authorize invoices and money transfer.

 

Chatbots can even become malicious when cybercriminals hack them and implant malware. They can also make one, release it, and mimic legitimate business chatbots.

 

Thus, with these and other prominent threats still ensuing, plus new ones emerging in 2020, Cyber Essentials can serve as your main defense mechanism.

 

Your Primary Defense

 

Cyber Essentials empowers you to bolster your IT security through rock-solid techniques you must actively and continually implement.

 

For one, it emphasizes that you install and periodically update your anti-virus and anti-malware software, as well as firewalls, which act as your first defense layers.

 

These programs can block malicious code, spam, viruses, and other suspicious activities from permeating your IT environment.

 

Updating these patches also enables them to detect new advanced forms of viruses, malware, and other risks.

 

This step is crucial because hackers can exploit vulnerabilities in your configurations in your web app firewalls and others.

 

Such was the case for the infamous Capital One breach, affecting 106 million users in the US and Canada and making it one of the most massive incidents ever.

 

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Human error also accounts for a noteworthy percentage of breaches. Hence, it's crucial that you educate your staff on phishing, other deceptive tactics, and the proper responsive measures.

 

The Yahoo data breach, after all, happened because the phishing scheme worked.

 

Security configuration through tested and proven practices is also vital, like creating stronger passwords, encrypting your email domains and website, authenticating log-ins, etc.

 

If you have an ecommerce store and you use plugins, you should be careful, too, and install only the legitimate ones.

 

For example, if you're on Shopify, you can stick to browsing only among the best Shopify apps, those with high scores, excellent reviews, and other safety-verifying indicators.

 

Fake plugins can look official and secure but carry harmful components without your knowing.

 

Finally, you must establish access governance controls, authorizing only the personnel with directly related jobs to obtain specific types of company data.

 

If or when you experience data breaches, access control will help you more easily probe into and reinforce accountability for information management.

 

Making Cyber Essentials Your 2020 Priority

 

The Cyber Essentials program is a rock-solid defense mechanism your business would do well to invest in.

 

When implemented, the scheme can improve your chances of winning against cybercrimes or experiencing only little damage.

 

Besides your data, you also protect your sales, customers' trust, brand image, competitive edge, and more.

 

That said, this 2020, make Cyber Essentials your priority and successfully keep cybercrimes at bay.

 

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Just like every other year, flagship smartphones are going to start arriving from this month onwards, armed with the latest in camera optics, display technology and of course, faster SoCs. If you are planning to buy one of the many upcoming, awesome smartphones this year, then you will be spoilt for choice in 2020, even if you don't have a $1,000+ budget!


However, there will be a few gimmicks to watch out for. Some of these will be presented as "innovation," while others may be called "evolution!" Whatever the respective manufacturer's marketing team decides to call it, here are three of the most likely gimmicks that you need to watch out for.


Gaming Smartphones are Irrelevant

 

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Well, the term "gaming" is misused for selling even smartphones these days, and yes, they have been misused.


To understand why the term gaming smartphone shouldn't matter to casual and serious mobile gamers alike, go through the following points.


Unlike laptops and desktops, smartphones cannot be customized yet


All flagship smartphones with the same flagship SoC will perform similarly in-game


A bit of difference in benchmark results are irrelevant in real world gaming, even if it exists due to temporary overclocking


Flashy RGB lights on a smartphone may make it unsuitable for carrying it everywhere, which is a serious problem!


Those RGB lights will make your battery run out a lot faster and the phone will become even hotter while gaming with those on


OEMs will often put terrible - decent cameras on the gaming phones citing the optics as secondary needs!


Mid-tier smartphones with mid-tier chips will be priced higher than they should be, just by using the gaming tag


The Megapixel War Will Restart! 

 

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A few years ago, the megapixel war stopped temporarily, but from 2019 onwards, it has started to pick up again! Take any smartphone with a 48mp sensor and compare it with the 12mp sensors on flagship models such as the Google Pixel 3, iPhone 11 or Samsung Note 10 to know why it's just a gimmick! This year, the megapixel war will likely take the count to 64mp - 108mp, so please wait for online reviews before jumping on the megapixel bandwagon again.


Curved Displays Look Nice But...

 

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Do curved displays look nice? Most certainly they do and if that appeals to you, then go for it by all means! However, be aware that they can be an absolute pain to handle as the palm rejection almost never works! A high quality, OLED display with a flat panel is going to be better for gaming, regular use and media consumption.


A smartphone should be chosen on the basis of your needs and not marketing, but it's so hard to look past all that! Hopefully, this small list will help you to make the most of your hard earned money.


Author: Saikat


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The Smartphone has never been more popular. In the modern age, our phones have become an extension of self, we use them constantly to update, navigate and traverse the modern landscape. We check the traffic, monitor the weather and use GPS to make our way around.  According to an article published in Tech World there are up to five billion cell phone users across the globe - that's a lot of handsets. Because most modern smartphones are so delicate, most people choose to protect their phone with a case. The trouble is most of these cases are made from environmentally detrimental materials. With over a billion new handsets sold every year, that adds up to a big pile of waste heading to the landfill or even worse, the ocean. 

Thankfully, there are better options out there. Many proactive companies have begun to offer greener, earth-friendly phone accessories. We've picked our two favourites and outlined the benefits of their products.  

 

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CaseFace Eco Case


Sustainable Cell Phone Case


Eco-features: Biodegradable, BPA Free, Non-Toxic, Eco Friendly 


Material: Flax Shive 


First up is the CaseFace Eco-case. Made from flax shive, this sim design is available in a wide range of colors and for a range of Apple, Samsung and Huawei devices. 


First on the list is the eco-range from CaseFace.  Sleek, slim and available in a wide range of colors, these cases are available for most iPhone, Samsung and Huawei phones.  The proprietary straw flax blend gives this case excellent durability with a nice matte finish. 


  • Compostable 

  • Biodegradable

  • Renewable

  • Bpa Free

  • Non-toxic

  • Wide range of colors

  • Shock absorbing

 

 

In terms of protection, this case can hold its own with traditional plastic phone cases. Although, this case does not have an official drop rating yet, the company promises satisfaction or your money back.  Finally, the most important feature: when you're retiring your phone, simply toss this case onto the compost heap and let nature take its course. You can shop the eco-friendly phone case range here at CaseFace.

 

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Dreem

Benefits: Biodegradable, Recyclable, Sustainably Harvested, Give Back Policy, Leather Look. 


Fabric Material: Various, plant based. 


The stunning Dreem Case is the cover that looks and feels like real suede but is 100% cruelty free, sustainable and recyclable. The Dreem team is so committed to their cause that for each phone case sold, Dreem will donate 8% of the proceeds to a variety of eco-friendly initiatives.  


Aside from the intangible benefits, this case is truly beautiful. The case feels like premium soft and supple suede and feels absolutely gorgeous in the plam of your hand.  Available for most major brands, this cover supports wireless charging and is available in a deep black or bright blue 


The best part of purchasing a  Dreem case, you are not only commiting to reducing future pollution, but you are also helping to remove existing pollution.


  • Compostable 

  • Unique materials

  • Biodegradable

  • Renewable

  • Bpa Free

  • Non-toxic


 

 

These are by no means the only options for a greener case. More and more companies are choosing to offer most sustainable options to their customers and choosing such options can have a dramatic effect on the environment. So, when shopping for your next case, consider going green. 


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CES is always a great event to welcome the New Year and year 2020 wasn't different. There wasn't many smartphones at the event, but a handful products surely made a splash due to being innovative and technologically advanced. Here are some of the top devices that deserve a mention.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 fold is a foldable version of the laptop. It is really cool to experience a laptop that looks like a tablet or monitor when laid out flat and becomes a regular laptop when half-open. The folded version is only 13-inch device that is small enough to carry inside a jacket. It has an ultra-think Bluetooth keyboard that slots in between the screen when folded eliminating the gap inside.

Insta360 One R

This is not just a regular wide-angle 4k action camera, but has modular structure that lets you switch out the lenses. It allows users to switch out not only the lenses, but the sensors as well. This is a huge breakthrough in cam industry. Rather than just popping a different lens on a stock body, each lens module comes with its own sensor, meaning you always have the right sensor for the lens you're using.

Samsung Galaxy Chromebook

The Chromebook surely steels the show at CES 2020. It is a powerful chromebook with a beautiful design and body. It includes a stylus, that uses a convertible design and the metal chassis is sleek and well-made. If you have been looking for a chrome book this year, you should pay attention to this one.

OnePlus Concept one

OnePlus appeared at CES event for the first time, and it truly made an entrance with the concept one. The device has a design nothing like before. The device is ostensibly a OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren edition with a new exterior. The Concept One uses electro chromic glass over the cameras on the rear side which allows them to disappear when not needed. No one has used the elctrochromic glass on mobile devices before and certainly would be a game changer.

Skyworth Q91

There were many TVs at CES but the Skyworth Q91 is one of the biggest and cheapest TV. A 75-inch 8K IPS LED TV from a storied television maker for under six thousand U.S. dollars is worth paying attention to. The Tv has integrated 8K AI image processing Engine, Dolby Atmos 2.1.2, a soundbar with Wonder Audio Sky Echo, a camera for web-conferencing, and SwAIoT for connecting all your smart home products to your TV, no matter if they're Skyworth products or powered by Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa.


Higher-Education-Trends

 

The higher education sector experienced a tumultuous and controversial year in 2019. Several scandals emerged pertaining to college admission procedures. Aside from that, the new challenges facing modern higher learning institutions came to the fore. As the new year starts, many of these issues will spill over to the rest of the year. 


Technology and other issues as well will define the learning sector. So what are some key trends likely to define 2020? Let us analyze them below.


Online Education and Adult Learning

 

Without a doubt, one of the main changes to take place in the higher education realm is the entrance of many online education institutions. The number of adult learners has also increased dramatically in recent years. The technology of the 21st century has everything to do with the new changes, particularly in the online learning realm. 

 

Over the course of the year, more and more online-focused institutions will come up. According to information published on allensbach-hochschule.de, online learning might become the most preferred mode of learning for nontraditional learners.


The Impact of Deregulation

 

 

In recent times, various changes made in the higher education sector during the previous regimes were changed. The effects of these changes are likely to be experienced in 2020. Among the key issues that will come about as a result of deregulation will be reduced monitoring of institutions. This might result in lower accountability levels and general degeneration of quality. 


Laws regarding sexual conduct and offenses have also been recently changed. These laws have sought to narrow down the definition of issues that can be regarded as sexual harassment


Alignment of Education and Industry Requirements

 

As per recent initiatives by the current regime, there will be more focus on enabling students to get a real-life experience of what the market is like. To do this, various institutions in the business world and employment realms have been tasked with partnering with educational institutions to give students a feel of the working environment. The ultimate goal of such programs is to help align the curriculum with the market workforce needs. 


The year will thus see increased partnerships between big companies and higher education institutions. 


The Exit of Colleges and Increased Mergers

 

 

A number of colleges have been exiting the market in recent times. There are many reasons behind this phenomenon but the main challenges today are a result of rising costs. It is much harder to keep the smaller colleges around as they do not have the benefit of economies of scale. This is why there have been numerous mergers happening all over. In 2020, this trend is likely to persist particularly in areas where finances are scarce

 

Conclusion

 

2020 will have many other defining trends. For the most part, though, the recent regulations and their effects will dominate the trends in the education realm. Considering the severity of the recent controversies surrounding admission procedures, the focus is likely to be more on implementing standards that reduce manipulation of the system.

 

 


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Streaming is the future of entertainment in the world right now. Unlike renting or even going to the cinema, people prefer to have their series delivered to them and to just watch as much as they like from the comfort of their homes. 


However, given the abundance of streaming services, making a choice has to be a difficult task. So, we checked out PCMag for some help and came up with the best streaming services available today:


Netflix

 

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There's no doubt about the fact that Netflix will be topping this chart. Still the godfather of al streaming services, Netflix has been able to hold its majority share of the video streaming market pretty well. 


As we all know, Netflix provides a wide catalog of movies, TV shows, documentaries, comedy specials, and even original programs now; all for a monthly subscription fee that's quite manageable. When it comes to its catalog, there's no other streaming service that has been able to give Netflix a proper run for its money; it might not be the cheapest of the bunch, but its offering of content makes it by far the best choice up until now. 


With Netflix, you would create up to 5 profiles on one account just to ensure that your best programs don't infringe on the recommendations for your loved ones and friends who might be sharing the account with you. Now, that's versatility. 


Hulu

 

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Hulu has long been the most significant threat that Netflix has faced, up until recently (more on that later). For people who would like to keep current with TV shows but who don't want to get HD antennae or cable subscription, this is a perfect choice here. 


Hulu provides major network shows to its customers (except for CBS offerings), as well as a sizable number of cable shows. There are also some original shows here, a few offbeat options, and a surprising vast catalog of anime offerings. Sadly, its experience isn't all that great; even if you get a paid subscription, you might still need to listen to commercials. 


Disney+

 

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Disney+ is the great disruptive force that the streaming market needed. Netflix and Hulu were free to keep their almost duopoly running, but when a big fish like Disney stepped into the market last year, everyone was forced to re-strategize. 


The only reason why Disney+ isn't higher on this list is because it's still relatively new (it was launched a little over 2 months ago). However, in terms of content, it packs a punch as well. Now that it is available, most of the content from Disney could be pulled from Netflix and streamed on here. 


Remember that Disney is perhaps the most powerful entertainment behemoth. Its subsidiaries include Marvel Entertainment (the Avengers and all affiliated superheroes), Lucasfilm (the entire Star Wars universe), Pixar (your favorite animated content), and much more.  


There's no doubt that Disney+ will be taking more market share from Hulu soon and giving Netflix a good run for its money this year. 


Emby

 

Emby

 

For those outliers who love to stand out from the crows, Emby is the right choice. Of course, the biggest benefit of Emby is its ability to get both audio and video content from all over the internet and stream it right to any of your devices. 


By coupling Seedbox with Emby, you are able to take your favorite media anywhere you go, regardless of your device. On Emby, you get a personalized server, which automatically converts and streams your media, so you have it with you always. 



 

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Knowledge can be gained much easier if you carefully choose some good applications for assistance. Nowadays, you don't have to carry a bunch of textbooks and spend the nights over cheat sheets.

 

You just need to download a few programs to your smartphone - and everything will fall into your head in an easy and affordable form. 

 

But there are so many apps that you might not know where to start. To keep you from drowning in a sea of information, we've selected only the best student applications.

 

Top 7 Underrated Educational Apps

 

Brain.fm

 

With this application, you can pick up music for your studies and work. Neurobiologists participate in the development and check the effectiveness of melodies

 

Such a sound accompaniment helps to focus better on tasks, fall asleep faster, relax, and fight anxiety. The application has special melodies for studying and reading with several options.

 

Pages

 

Apple gadget users will certainly appreciate the Pages text editor. The developers describe the application the following way - "Find the right words and images. And do it with taste.'' 

 

With a single tap, choose the font, style, character, and line spacing that suits you. 

 

Take a photo and put it into a document right away - all without leaving the app. With just one tap, drag or swipe, you can resize, rotate, or remove the background. 

 

For beautiful school reports and presentations, this option is really useful.

 

EssayPro App

 

This is an application to find the author who will write your essay or any other written assignment.

 

Students do not always have enough time to complete all their university assignments. Very often, learners have to combine several part-time jobs with studies. Or maybe one simply likes to have fun at parties leaving everything for the last day.

 

In such situations, the solution may be to use online services that offer papers for a specific fee. We will leave a few links to the most credible ones: 

 

But still, it is more convenient to use the mobile version of such platforms.

 

One Big Thing

 

An application that helps you focus on one most important goal during the day. You mark one goal of the day and two or three secondary goals that are necessary to achieve, or those that you need to switch to later. 

 

The app is designed in the form of stickers. The associations allow you to remember important information. 

 

For example, you have a day to prepare a physics project. The main goal and all the necessary tasks for the project will be in front of your eyes.

 

Pomodoro Timer

 

Pomodoro Timer works according to the popular Pomodoro method: 25 minutes work, 5 minutes rest. Thanks to this technique, you can focus on your tasks without getting tired. 

 

If time periods are not suitable for you, you can reconfigure them by increasing or decreasing work and rest times. The timer will beep to warn you when it's time to take a break. 

 

The extension has a minimalist design. It does not take up much screen space or distract you from your work.

 

Wunderlist

 

Application for self-organization. All tasks are organized as a to-do list that can be shared with other users. For each assignment, you can set a due date and a reminder of what is necessary to do.

 

The app allows you to create a separate to-do list or a list of tasks to improve your performance. Wunderlist is not overloaded with unnecessary functions. It's simple: you set a task, execute it, tick the box and close it.

 

Headspace

 

The application for meditation will help to stay focused and attentive during the studying sessions. It will tune your mind in a way necessary for education. 

 

Audio exercises in Headspace help to concentrate on what is important, get rid of unnecessary thoughts, and cope with stress and anxiety. 

 

There are even tips on what to do if you are bored while meditating. In addition to audio, the application uses other formats: video and animation. According to the developers, ten minutes per day are enough to feel the result.

 

Top 7 Most Expected Educational Apps

 

Now let's move on to applications that have already won the attention of hundreds of thousands or even millions of students from around the world.

 

Coursera

 

This is one of the most comprehensive unique applications which you can install on your gadget. 

 

The trick is that here you can find and watch a vast number of courses on a variety of subjects ranging from chemistry to art history. 

 

It offers courses from leading universities and institutes around the world. This is just a great chance to get useful information from academic sources. It's worth a try, definitely.

 

Memorado

 

With this application, users will be able to develop their memory, improve brain function, and logical thinking in a light gaming form. 

 

After each passed level becomes more complicated, so any user can feel significant improvement in one's memory. 

 

The application helps to improve attentiveness and quick response. And all this comes in an easy and relaxed form. 

 

The disadvantage of the application is a large number of pop-up information. This problem can be solved by purchasing an extended version. 

 

FineScanner

 

Despite the huge amount of information on the Internet and various specialized programs, it is not always possible to find information from rare publications and narrowly specialized textbooks. 

 

In addition, the number of such books in university libraries is not enough for everyone. And if there are enough of them, it is hard enough to carry them with you all the time. 

 

With the help of this application, it will be possible to scan the necessary document or textbooks quickly. Later on, all the necessary information will be stored on the phone and will be available without request to libraries and the Internet.

 

Keynote

 

With this app, you can create presentations on your mobile device. Bright graphics, easy operation, the ability to create various animations and charts will help any student prepare the best presentation for university classes. 

 

In the beginning, the app may seem rather complicated, but after a little practice, you will be able to enjoy the process. 

 

Duolingo

 

The application checks the level of foreign language skills and creates a planned training in the game format. 

 

To finish the level, you need to pass all tasks without errors - and if the error keeps repeating, the system will give an additional lesson on this topic.

 

Exercises increase vocabulary, improve grammar, and pronunciation. In the paid version, offline mode is added, and advertising is removed.

 

Quizlet

 

Quizlet is a good flashcard application with user-friendly design and useful features. It offers many downloadable map sets for almost any theme. Of course, you can also create your own sets of flashcards.

 

Shortcomings? Quizlet blocks some subscription features, including the ability to use the application offline and at night.

 

 

TED

 

The annual TED conferences were originally created for Silicon Valley residents to exchange experiences and ideas. They have long gone beyond the tags of "technology, entertainment, design" (actually, TED). 

 

Today it is a global brand and quality mark. The speakers were ranging from Steve Jobs and Richard Dawkins to Pope Francis and Kermit from the Muppet Show. 

 

 

A free TED mobile application provides access to an extensive archive of lectures that are conveniently sorted into sections and tags ("funny," "amazing," "beautiful," "inspiring," and many others).

 

 

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Final Words

 

We all know or remember how hard it is to be a student. Nowadays, getting a degree becomes ever more sophisticated. To study now, even at school - there are more and more information flows and less time.

 

But there are also good things in our wonderful 21st century. These are technologies that can greatly simplify a student's life in any educational institution.

 

 

We hope that our article will come in handy and your education will be much easier and less stressful!

 


App-tester

 

Its new year 2020 and time to make some resolutions. The main idea about making resolutions is to bring a positive change and this can be brought by observing the mistakes of the last year, working on them and make improvements. Yes, it is always difficult to break the shackles but it is not impossible! 

 

 A tester cannot promise 100% perfection but bringing improvements is 500% possible. There is a famous quote " A goal without a plan is just a wish". So let's see what we can plan for 2020.

 

Follow new trends in mobile and web technology

 

Being updated about the latest trends of your respective fields is as important as having salt in your diet. We live in a digital world hence not being informed is impossible! Social Media channels like linked in and twitter are the best professional sites to follow. You can set Google Alerts to get automated messages about any topic of your choice. If you will search for newsletters for any topic relating to your line of work your mailbox will be flooded with hundred's of emails for newsletters. So you can always subscribe to newsletters like the latest trends of mobile app testing. You can also join communities like Google Groups, Reddit, Stack Overflow, etc. and consume information that is relevant to you.

 

Learn more about Automation Testing

 

As per studies, 72% of smartphone users uninstall the app due to various reasons like technical issues, high loading speed, etc. Hence this indicates that mobile apps should function seamlessly to provide the best user experience. Mobile app testers mainly focus on the most used functions of the application and make sure that it runs smoothly. To make sure that the main applications of your app functions well you need to deal with all tedious test suits like regression testing. Hence automation is a must to carry out regression testing. In the case of mobile apps, you need to make sure that your app is compatible with different browser versions, os versions, and screen sizes. Hence cross-browser testing is imperative for a healthy app and automation is a must to carry out cross-browser testing. All these examples show the importance of automation in the testing of a mobile application. 

 

Try to implement  CI/CD 

 

In Continuous Integration and continuous delivery, you can frequently change the code of a module and push it to the right branch. Hence it makes the testing process more efficient and systematic from the initial stage and makes you more confident about your end product. There are many tools used for CI/CD like Jenkins, Jira, Travis CI, Gitlab, Bamboo etc. are some of the most popular tools used for CI/CD. Learning these tools will further enhance your skills. Hence you can add Learning and implementing CI/CD in your new year resolution list. 

 

Learn AI and ML

 

With the advancement in technology mobile app testing is also evolving and there are so many AI and ML-based mobile app testing tools available in the market. So one of the greatest benefits of AI in the mobile app testing is that it enhances DevOps. DevOps speeds up the process of Automation testing by providing continuous feedback so that the bugs can be rectified at the earliest. The feedback data is retrieved with the help of monitoring tools. The monitoring tools use machine learning to analyze the issue and make suggestions. Similarly, teams can make use of multiple monitoring tools and then use machine learning to analyze and derive a single output data for better results.

 

Conclusion

 

We can enhance the practice of Mobile App testing every year if we develop innovative tools and hence every mobile tester needs to make a lot of effort to improve the testing methods. When speaking about mobile app testing tools and one of the best mobile app testing platform is pCloudy which is powered by next-gen technologies like Artificial intelligence and predictive analytics. It supports 5000 device browser combinations and can test multiple devices together. This platform supports the testing of both Android and IOS devices. These features are nothing but innovative efforts of the mobile app testing team in pcloudy which vows to continue and improve in the coming year. 

 


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There is no shortage of mobile applications today which cater to the many needs of modern students, but that can actually be quite a confusing situation to be in really! Which one should you choose when there are so many of them to choose from? While it would be impossible to suggest apps for specific students without knowing what their priorities are and what is it that they are looking for, we have prepared a list of 5 excellent Android apps for students which should be valid to most students today.

 

Google Keep

 

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Before we proceed, it needs to be made clear that there are other similar planner and note keeping apps out there with more enhanced functionalities. However,  Google Keep is still better for students, because of the following reasons.

 

  • It lets students take notes, record voice notes, add pictures, set reminders and pretty much anything else that one can expect from a notebooks app

  • Google Keep for students is completely free and includes all features anyway

  • Simplistic, intuitive design makes things extremely easy to access

  • With Google Drive sync enabled, you can keep your notes up to date across multiple devices seamlessly and simultaneously

  • It's available on all platforms, including iOS and iPadOS


AdvancedWriters

 

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Do you sometimes feel like you are spending all your time writing your essays? Well, it's not a feeling but a fact really, because students really do end up spending a majority of their spare time outside the classroom, writing essays and completing assignments!

 

AdvancedWriters believes in the phrase, "Your time belongs to you, not to your papers," and true to those words, they will let you get back control over your own time by supplying you with as many papers and assignments as you need.

 

Each paper from AdvancedWriter is written with professional accuracy, by specialist, highly experienced essay writers. Given that they have nearly 500 writers, spread across 8 different writing groups for catering to the students all day long, rest assured that your deadlines will be met and the standard of writing will always be exquisite.

 

Just download the AdvancedWriters app or visit their website to get started, and you will never have to miss anything ever again, just because you had to finish another one of those never ending series of essay papers.

 

Microsoft Office Lens

 

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Although it says "Office," Microsoft's Lens is an incredibly useful tool for students who need the following features.

 

  • Scans in everything, including documents, whiteboards, blackboards, books, text messages, emails etc.

  • Edit and convert any image into PDF, Word, or PowerPoint formats

  • Clear up and secure information from unclear images of any kind, including cards


iStudiez

 

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With a name like that, you know it has to mean business, and it does. It is voted by students as one of the best study/class/assignment planners available, in spite of there being cheaper or even free alternatives out there. Key features which makes this scheduling app super useful are as follows.

 

  • Available on Mac, Windows 10, iOS, iPadOS and of course, Android

  • Asks for an affordable, one time purchase price, rather than pursuing an IAP or subscription model

  • Helps you track and stay reminded about all your assignments, classes, test schedules, etc. from one unified platform

  • iStudiez can also synchronize with Google Calendar and other popular calendar apps


Chegg

 

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Finally, we have Chegg, which offers a complete collection of applications, rather than just one. Expect Chegg apps to help you with the following.

 

  • Renting textbooks at affordable rates

  • Buying and selling text books

  • Solving math problems

  • Online tutoring and more


If you need more options, or an app suggestion for a specific task, feel free to leave a comment and we will do our best to answer your queries. In the meanwhile, check these out and see if you can't have some use for them too!

 


5G systems

 

Most of us are using 4G LTE devices now, However, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is working on setting the standard and defining the specifications for the Next Generation 5G (5th Generation) Network with the help of Samsung Mobile in Korea.

 

Last month, 12 delegates debated on the specifications to be established for the upcoming 5G network standard. After testing, Samsung annouced that 5G Networks will have a peak speed of 20Gbps, or 20x times the peak speed specification of 4G LTE networks, which stands at 1Gbps.

 

5G Network

 

One thing to bear in mind is that these are theoretical max speeds, and that the first 5G networks will likely reach much lower peak speeds. At the moment, the fastest LTE standard is LTE Cat 9, which provides peak speeds of up to 300Mbps, well below the 1Gbps speed specification of 4G networks. What this means is that while crazy transfer speeds are to be expected, 5G subscribers will not be able to download an ultra high-definition movie in just a second, which is what a download speed of 20Gbps would mean if put into practice.

 

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5G networks will also be built with internet-of-things (IoT) devices in mind, as the ITU has established that 5G networks will be able to cater to more than 1 million IoT devices inside a 1 square kilometre radius at an average speed of above 100Mbps. The ITU expects the first commercial 5G Networks to start opening for business in 2020, although a working example is being prepared for the upcoming 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Games.

 

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It's been described as the future of content, and live streaming is only going one way - up. Though it has been a leading figure in the East in recent years, the potential of live streaming is only just being realized in the West.

 

Social media has been hugely influential to the rise of live streaming with technology giving users the ability to watch live-stream videos via Facebook and Instagram for example. But, going live seems to be the way forward in many other aspects too including gambling. 

 

The proliferation of live casinos has allowed millions to wager from the comfort of their own home and do so in a manner that is reminiscent of an actual casino. With the help of online casino reviews, bettors can pick and choose whichever sites they want and immerse themselves into the live casino world fully.

 

Gaming industry

 

The live streaming world owes a lot to its expansion to the online casino industry; this industry has established the technology that has allowed users to interact with a real-life dealer in a real-life card game via stream.

 

The live streaming of games through eSports has also seen the rise in viewers into their millions. With eSports' main goal to ensure more people than ever watch their live streams, it has certainly struck a chord within and outside the industry, taking the numbers - in viewing and monetary terms - to new heights

 

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An increase that doesn't look like stopping

 

The Interactive Advertising Bureau conducted a survey in 2018 that proved just under half (47%) of those watching live streams were streaming more live videos than they were the year before. Plus, the Bureau found that just over two-thirds (67%) of the world's population had streamed a live video by 2018 and that those that hadn't, had not done so for lack of interest or cultural reasons but rather monetary problems i.e. they couldn't afford the technology from which to stream in the first place.


Almost everything and anything at present can be streamed. Donald Trump's Presidential success in 2016 was captured via live stream as were the Midterm Elections in 2018. Plus Trump's defence of his presidential office is likely to be shown to the world this year too.


Live streaming will not be stopping anytime soon; the increase in the amount of viewers has ensured the quality continues to improve. Speeds of network uploads are vital as mobile devices become increasingly innovative and top-notch with regards to video capturing levels and video frame-rate streaming. The rise of online casinos and eSports has also meant that live streaming has a great foundation for unlimited success. You should enjoy the ride.

 

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Dropshipping


Dropshipping is a business more entrepreneurs are choosing due to the low startup cost and the potential for generating revenue. If you're unaware of what drop shipping is, it's purchasing items from manufacturers or third-party suppliers who fulfill the orders. While the startup cost is low, dropshipping still comes with its own challenges. It's important to research and learn ways to help make your business successful. Here are some tips to help you make your dropshipping company successful.


Build an eCommerce website


While it may seem like a daunting task to start a website, it can actually be very simple. There are eCommerce businesses such as Shopify and WooCommerce that make the process of setting up an online store easy. They also offer different apps that will be useful to you in helping to increase your sales. You won't have to pay for a web designer for additional website customization. You'll have enough plugins at your disposal to make your online shop look professional enough for customers to feel confident enough to order your products.


Do competition research


Since dropshipping has a low startup cost, there's a lot of competition in the industry. Doing competition research is critical to helping you stand out from all the other online stores. Beyond competing with the other dropshipping stores, you're also competing against the large retail stores such as Amazon and Walmart. You may think the best idea is to choose a product that has low competition. While that would seem logical, this would actually be a mistake. A product that has low competition could mean it's not in demand or the cost to ship it is expensive. The best chance for your dropshipping business to succeed is to choose a product that's competitive. A competitive product means there's a demand for it. A product with high demand means there's an opportunity for you to make a profit from the product.


Choose a niche


The first part of choosing a niche for your dropshipping business is to select one that interests you. The business is going to take a lot of work to build. You'll feel more encouraged to keep building your drop shipping business if you're working in a niche that you're passionate about. In addition to choosing a niche you're passionate about, you should choose one that has high-priced products. If you're able to successfully market it, you'll make more money from it. You should also make sure the niche product you select is one that attracts impulse buyers. Most consumers will probably not revisit your site, so it's important to get them to buy your product the first time they see it. Lastly, make sure that the product is one that people are searching for. If a few people are searching for your product, few people will be buying it.


These tips will help you in getting started with your dropshipping business. As you follow these tips, Payment Cloud can teach you more about how to scale your dropshipping business. Continue to research and try different things in order to give yourself the best chance for your dropshipping business to succeed.



iMove

 

Apple wants to catch up with Google, so the company started secretly working on an electric vehicle. Today, Bloomberg is reporting that the Cupertino-based company is planning to begin production of the vehicle by the year 2020. That's an aggressive timeframe given that experienced automobile companies typically spend 5-7 years developing a car.

 

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As per the report, Apple's car team consists of 200+ people, which is inline with an earlier report that said hundreds of employees are working on the project. In the past couple of months, the iPhone maker has been hiring experts in technologies for batteries and robotics recently, electric-car battery maker A123 Systems sued Apple for poaching its top engineers.

 

A 2020 deadline would put Apple in direct competition with Google, as well as other automakers, like Nissan, Tesla, and GM, who are also planning to launch their self-driving or next-gen electric cars in the next five years.

 

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The next growth phase for the online gambling industry is currently underway. Arguably, online gambling is one of the fastest growing and most competitive industries on the internet. Through innovation and the ability to embrace the latest and greatest technologies, the industry has been able to sustain double-digit percentage growth over the last decade with no realistic end in sight.

 

If there were any doubts about which direction the online gambling industry might be moving, those doubts have quickly become a thing of the past. Clearly, the industry as a whole is putting much of its innovation efforts toward mobile gambling. While online gamblers having access to mobile sites like https://bacc168.net/  used to be the exception, it's now become commonplace to walk into a pub or coffee shop and see people playing games of chance for real cash on their mobile devices.

 

Mobile Compatibility Increases

 

In the early years of mobile gambling, access was limited to gamblers who were using mobile devices (tablets, smartphones) that were built on either the iOS (Apple) or Android operating platforms. The assumption was a great majority of the world's mobile device consumers were using iPhones or Android smartphones compliments of companies like Samsung. Indeed, the coverage seemed ample.

 

With that said, it didn't make sense to exclude an entire generation of online gamblers from being able to access a mobile app and play their favourite casino games simply because they bought mobile devices with the wrong operating systems. Remember, prior to the advent of mobile apps, gamblers could only use their mobile devices to access a "optimized" mobile website through a standard web browser. What the industry's software developers began to realize is the online gambling experience was being compromised by inadequate graphics and limited game libraries.

 

The good news is the issue has been addressed and almost all mobile gamblers now have access to a mobile app without restrictions. The apps are just as robust as its sister websites. That's been great news for people who own mobile devices that work off operating systems like Blackberry and Windows Mobile. The results have been amazing. Experts now estimate that 50% of all online gamblers are using their mobile devices to access gambling mobile apps on a regular basis. Based on the current growth trajectory, that number is expected to rise to about 80% sometime in the next couple of years.

 

Ramping Up the Quality of the Mobile Gambling Experience

 

Online gamblers have made clear which direction they want the industry to go. It's the responsibility of the online gambling industry's top software developers and operators to take note and do what's necessary to give customers what they want.

 

Before the mobile ambling craze got underway, developing casino games for a mobile format seemed like nothing more than an afterthought. Now, the tables have turned. Most of the industry's top software developers now create games intended for a mobile environment with the intention of converting them for use on a standard online gambling website. Mobile gamblers can now count on getting access to casino games that have high-quality graphics and audio features. That translates into a better mobile gambling experience for that growing population of mobile gamblers.

 

Adding New Innovations

 

Over the last couple of years, the online casino industry has seen a noticeable increase in the number of gamblers who are looking for a more realistic gambling experience. The industry's software developers, namely companies like Evolution Gaming, have heard the calls and are delivering the goods.

Live dealer games have become the rage for online gamblers. The opportunity to sit face-to-face on the computer with a beautiful dealer prompting the action has proven too much to resist. Now the live dealer gambling option is being introduced through gambling mobile apps. This tremendous innovation has the power to open many other doors the industry never thought to open

 

One of those doors is Virtual Reality (VR) casino gambling. In just the last two years, top software developers like NetEnt have successfully launched a VR casino for internet operators. With the right accessories (VR googles, game controller), gamblers can enjoy a legitimate three-dimensional online gambling experience from the comfort of home. But wait, there's more. This new technology is being scaled for mobile app access. Very soon, mobile gamblers will be able to enjoy the same VR gaming experience video gamers have been enjoying for years while on the move.

 

Who knows what else the future holds for mobile gambling enthusiasts? The wait is already on for the next innovation.

 


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Over the last decade, mobile gaming has become a massive industry. That growth has been driven by powerful smartphones that can deliver console-like gaming quality. Developers have benefitted from the improved standard of mobile gaming and now provide games on mobile devices that are equal to their PC alternatives.

 

Some of the best gaming smartphones can provide an excellent platform for online casinos. Most of the major casino players now have mobile apps and you can check out the full list of casinos here. In the list below, we have detailed the top 3 gaming smartphones right now. 


Note: It's important to know that as smartphone gaming becomes more popular, there are some devices arriving that are designed specifically for gaming.


iPhone 11 Pro Max


Despite those gaming-specific handsets, it's still the iPhone 11 Pro Max that is probably the best gaming smartphone available. Apple's latest flagship device has a massive 6.5-inch screen that gives you lots of room for online gaming. Interestingly, despite the huge display, the phone is relatively compact. 


As always, Apple's screen technology is sharp and colorful (but not best in class), giving you rich visuals when gaming. However, it's the A13 Bionic CPU that makes the iPhone 11 Pro Max stand out as a gaming smartphone. 


This is the fastest mobile chip currently available. Thanks to Apple's stellar software optimization, the processor allows buttery smooth performance when playing on online titles. This phone is fast, has an excellent screen, and even looks and feels premium. 


ASUS ROG 2


The Asus ROG Phone 2 remains something of a curiosity. This is a true gaming phone that was designed to be a leader in smartphone gaming. To prove the point, Asus even designed the device to remind users of a gaming PC. As aggressive as the styling is the ROG Phone 2 lives up to its billing as a gaming device. 


Not least because it has a massive 6,000mAh battery that will let you play online games for hours. This is also one of the few smartphones with a 120Hz screen, and it's big too at 6.59-inches. 


Asus has really crammed market-leading specs into the ROG Phone 2, including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 CPU and a massive 12GB of RAM. The result is a phone that is designed for gaming and loves gaming. 


OnePlus 7 Pro


Perhaps the best thing about the OnePlus 7 Pro as a gaming smartphone is it cuts a nice balance between the iPhone and ROG 2. The OnePlus is elegant and flagship like the iPhone, but significantly cheaper. It also has the gaming chops to compete with the ROG Phone 2 thanks to its Snapdragon 855 and up to 12GB of RAM. 


OnePlus is also one of the best companies at working with Android. Google's platform is the least boggy on OnePlus devices, allowing for smoother performance. At 6.67-inches, the screen is suitably huge for gaming sessions and delivers QHD technology for optimum visuals. With a 4,000mAh battery onboard and sleek looks, the OnePlus 7 Pro is an all-round winner.

 


Dauntless

 

Mobile games have never offered as much depth and complexity as today. Thanks to technological progress, we can play exciting and challenging games with exceptional graphics on the go. If you are a fan of mobile gaming, you’ve surely visited roulette77.co.za and played online roulette. And if you would like to know which iOS and Android games will mark 2020, you’ve come to the right place. Here is the list of the most promising releases for this year!

Diablo Immortal

 

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We agree that Blizzard could have announced a mobile Diablo game in a far better way than tricking us into thinking they are announcing Diablo 4. Fortunately, the studio revealed they are working on a full PC version, which means we can look forward to Immortal without feeling guilty.

The portable version seems to be an action RPG in a hack-n-slash style, which is a formula we know well. The trailer features a fast-paced game with beautiful graphics and sound effects. We know that in-app purchases can often ruin mobile gaming projects, but we hope that Blizzard will do a good job with the Immortal. The good news is that both Android and iOS users will get to play the game.

Path of Exile

Path of Exile is another game that started its life on PC. Today, it is one of the most popular online RPGs that is free to play. You can’t help but compare it to the classic Diablo because the resemblance is uncanny. However, Grinding Gear Games focused on co-op playing, allowing you to join forces with others and battle rivals, take on quests, etc. 

The mobile version of Path of Exile should be almost identical. The developers promise they won’t ruin the portable release with usual things that destroy the experience for those who play on the go. We can’t deny that they’ve been managing the PC version successfully for years, which is why we are willing to give them a shot. PoE will be released for both Android and iOS.

Super Meat Boy Forever

Those who scratch under the surface of the gaming scene love finding gems developed by indie studios. Super Meat Boy is one of the games that marked the entire last decade. If you still haven’t played this platformer, we suggest trying it before the mobile version becomes available for Android and iOS.

The idea is simple – you need to complete the level while avoiding traps like saws and holes. However, that is easier said than done, and that is where the attractiveness of the Super Meat Boy lies. According to the developers, the mobile version will combine over 7,000 levels to ensure you never encounter an identical design. Remember, this is not a game for those that don’t like losing their life frequently. You should be ready to face multiple deaths before you can finish the level, but that’s what makes you proud once you complete it. 

Mario Kart Tour

 

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Super Mario had a successful debut on mobile platforms, and Nintendo will look to build on that during 2020. That means we can expect Mario Kart Tour, a portable edition of a very successful franchise.

The recipe is familiar – you can download and play the game for free, but in-app purchases might help to play more or make your kart look better. Nintendo mentions that we can expect Mario Kart Tour during the summer.

Dauntless

As you can see, the majority of anticipated games already have their PC versions, and Dauntless is no exception. This is another RPG in which you join forces with other players to take on monsters. You play the role of a slayer, and your task is to kill as many monsters as possible. That earns you materials you use to craft items to take on stronger creatures.

When it comes to the mobile version, you will need to be patient because it is in the early concept phase. However, we truly hope that the developers could surprise us with a new release until the end of 2020.


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Online casinos have become massively popular in recent years. The increasing availability of sites, coupled with the improvements in game design, has meant that more people than ever are flocking to play casino games online. These days you can find exciting, action-packed games at hundreds of different sites online. Thanks to improvements in technology, most online casinos offer mobile play and even live casino games. 

With such excellent availability of different online casinos, it can be hard to pick the perfect one for you. Luckily, we've put together this list for you of the best online casinos in 2020. If you're looking for online casinos specifically for South Africa, check out www.southafricaonlinecasinos.co.za


  1. Rizk Casino


Rizk Casino hasn't been around that long, but in the four years since they were established, the site has built a solid reputation as one of the best sites around. With over 900 different games, ranging from exciting video slots to classic table games, you'll have something to entertain you for hours. There's a vast range of jackpot slots offering huge prizes, and you can also discover the latest live casino games. 

Rizk is available for players across the world and offers a really generous signup bonus to all new players.


  1. 888 Casino

As one of the biggest names in the world of online casinos, 888 Casino are known for their quality. The site has a great selection of top games from the best developers around. North American players are welcome to the site, along with players from countries all over the world.

888 Casino offers one of the best welcome bonuses out there. You can get free spins without needing to deposit anything. There's also a very generous matched deposit bonus available. 

 

  1. LeoVegas


LeoVegas online casino has one of the best selections of games around. You'll find more than 3,000 different games on the site with enough variety to keep you entertained for a long time. There are loads of different video slots plus all of the best table casino games

As well as a pretty fantastic welcome offer, the site offers 24/7 customer support and is open to players across the world.


  1. Jackpot Village


Although it's only available in a limited number of countries for now, Jackpot Village makes our list due to its great features. The site promises casino lovers a range of fantastic games to play and has a brilliant VIP reward scheme to match.

Combining great games with an attractive welcome bonus is a great combination, and Jackpot Village is definitely one of the best online casinos of 2020.


  1. Guts Casino

Perhaps not as well known as the other sites, Guts Casino is bound to start attracting more players this year. The site has an excellent selection of games including progressive jackpot slots that promise huge prizes. 

Of all the sites on the list, Guts probably has one of the quickest and simplest payout processes. The site is designed with players in mind, and it certainly packs a lot of great features. 


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