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If you are like me, a long time Verizon Wireless customer, you will hate to see this, Verizon Wireless has announced that they will be increasing their loyal customers' grandfathered unlimited data plans $20 per month.
Verizon has already exerted some force on this band of unlimited data resistance fighters. It stopped offering unlimited data plans in 2011, so it wouldn't renew two-year contracts. These people continued on Verizon on a month-to-month basis, and they also had to pay full price for new phones.
When asked about this increased, here's the response:
"How do you put a cost on reliability?" Company Rep said. "If you charge a little more, but you're providing an excellent service, customers don't mind that. They know you get what you pay for."
We continuously evaluate the price of our plans and service, so we're increasing the price of unlimited data plans by $20 per line per month for customers no longer under contract with Verizon Wireless. At the same time, we're also offering customers currently on our unlimited data plan the added benefit of purchasing a new phone using our monthly device payment plan, instead of paying full price up-front for the device. This option is available to all unlimited data plan users once their current contract period ends.
These changes will allow Verizon to continue to maintain the highest standards of network performance for all our customers. And it's worth noting that Verizon does not manage the data connection speeds (often called throttling) for its customers - including those who have kept or plan to keep their unlimited data plans.
Most of our customers (99%) are not on unlimited data plans, and for those who are, many could save money by switching to a Verizon Plan, based on their data usage. For the small number of customers still on unlimited data plans, they will see the increase in their first monthly bill after November 15.
Verizon will not increase the price on any lines with an unlimited data plan that is currently in a two-year contract until the customer completes that contract or enters into a new contract. This increase does not affect government or corporate accounts that have unlimited data.
Anyone who thought that Samsung is losing ground to its competitors needs to check their facts again because they have apparently done very well in Q1 2016, as made evident by a 10.4% growth in profit. The impressive figure of $43.3 billion or ₩49 trillion in terms of first quarter sales is a significant increase over 2015's quarter one sales which was $40.7 billion or ₩47.1 trillion.
The profit made from these sales so far in 2016 is even more impressive as the $5.7 billion (₩6.6 trillion) figure shows an increase of 10.45% from last year. Although it is not mentioned anywhere specifically, one can pretty much guess that the incredibly well received Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge played a very big role here. It was to be expected once you consider that Samsung has shipped over 10 million Galaxy S7s in the month of March alone!
If these numbers are any indication of what's to come then this is going to be a very big year for the South Korean Electronics giant. We do think that the Galaxy S7 is a fantastic smartphone and the sales figure is probably well deserved.
To be honest, there are plenty of app tools in the Google Play Store that are extremely useful, but if we had to choose just three for our smartphone, these would be them.
Google Translate is one of the best things to ever happen to the internet as it almost closes the communication gap completely in between people from different regions of the world. It has support for 103 languages at present, with many more about to be added. The app even supports offline translations for up to 52 languages and includes a conversation mode, so that you can translate while communicating with a person who is speaking in another language! There's also Optical Character Recognition embedded in the app now.
Smart Tools is a handy little application which includes multiple rulers, a compass, torchlight, measurement tools, unit converter, vibrometer and a mirror. It's almost everything you may need for daily tasks, tucked into one app for easy access.
Being an online shopper myself, I really appreciate how easy it is to keep track of all my shipments via this one app. Put in the tracking number and the courier service's name to keep yourself informed about the whereabouts of all your shipments, complete with alerts and timely updates. If you are a seller who ships merchandise to your customers on a regular basis, you will appreciate ParcelTrack even more.
Application Programming Interfaces (API) serve a valuable purpose in the tech world, as they allow for developers to integrate features from other platforms into their own apps. This serves all sorts of useful purposes, some more apparent than others.
For example, some companies specializing in customized products (phone cases, mugs, etc) can use the Instagram API to let customers upload photos directly from their Instagram account. Or users can check out your upcoming events, find the closest venue on Google Maps, and buy a ticket via a booking service, all conveniently in one app (with multiple API integrations).
But developing APIs is still a bit of an investment, if you spend a lot of time using outdated development methods, such as UI-based API testing. Nowadays you can save a lot of time and money, increasing your development speed to faster deployment with API testing. In this article we'll talk about the benefits of API testing, and you can check out some of the best API testing tools here: https://rapidapi.com/blog/best-api-testing-tools/
How API Testing Saves Time and Money
APIs have become an integral part of the internet, powering business and casual apps, workspace third-party integration, and more. The uses of APIs and their versatility have come a long way, and they've become easier to implement in your apps overall.
Some time ago, traditional API testing was done at the GUI layer. In traditional three-tier architecture, APIs were in the middle layer of an app, governing the business logic and connecting the GUI and Database layers.
The problem this posed was that in order to start testing the API to find bugs in its business logic, testers needed to wait for developers to finish the UI, which of course slowed the process and drove up the cost of bug fixing phases.
Modern solutions such as agile development and automated testing are becoming increasingly popular, so developers are creating their apps with an API-first mentality. So when the business logic is done, a UI can be designed around it. This allows for logic-related bugs to be detected and fixed much earlier, and for a lot less money.
While there will always be a need for some UI testing, particularly for verifying that elements appear on a page and are interactive, API testing is overall faster and more stable than UI-based testing. For example, while testing things like adding and removing database records, automated UI-testing becomes highly time-consuming and repetitive, whereas API testing allows for a much more rapid data manipulation.
And because you can find bugs much earlier in the development process, without needing an UI to be created first, not only is the project finished faster, but requests can be made through the API that wouldn't be allowed through the UI. This is important for finding security flaws.
Software updates are deployed at such a rapid pace today, so developers and testers also need to have a string of rapid feedback, and that's where API testing fits the bill.
API Testing Checklist
Generally the first step in testing RESTful APIs is determining what kind of REST requests are possible through the API, and what sort of limitations each request has. These will typically be explained in the API documentation.
So to test an API, you need to understand the limitations of each REST request, and then discover and verify those limits to ensure that the API will behave exactly the way it should. It's also crucial to make sure that the API cannot be exploited through security flaws, giving malicious entities access to information.
Here's a quick checklist of things to address during API testing:
- The amount of endpoints available
- The HTTP verbs that can be used with the endpoints
- Fields required by the requests
- Validation limits on the fields
- Verbs limited by authorization
- Response codes to verify successful and unsuccessful requests
The coronavirus pandemic has created the need for organizations to make it possible for their employees to work remotely. While this has helped companies to remain competitive during a difficult time for the global economy, it has also created new challenges.
One of these challenges is how to manage remote teams and ensure they remain productive. The issue is attributed to the fact that employees can choose to engage in other activities while at home due to the freedom they enjoy. Many employers, therefore, fear that these workers might fail to deliver.
As an employer or manager, you can improve the productivity of remote teams in three ways.
Require Employees to Have Dedicated Workstations
You can improve productivity by requiring remote workers to have dedicated workstations at home. This should be like a private office with all that they need.
The advantage of having a dedicated workstation is that there are fewer distractions. This allows the employee to concentrate on the task at hand even though they are at home.
Such a station also helps to create the right mood. The worker feels like they have officially entered the workplace environment each time they step into the workstation. This then allows them to work as though they were in the workplace, contributing to improved productivity.
Invest in the Right Communication Tools and Technology
Communication between members of a remote team and the management has a significant influence on productivity. Poor communications and lack of access to vital information can make it impossible for employees to complete their tasks on time. This can then affect the productivity of the whole team and that of the whole organization.
Such issues are the reason why you need to invest in the right communication tools and technology. Among those you should consider are unified communications, which combines the various communication methods used by your organization. It also ensures there is easy access to vital information by all the members of the remote team.
With the right type of communication tools and technology, you eliminate gaps that can affect productivity due to the physical distance between the employees.
Trust Your Employees
As an employer, you might be tempted to keep tracking your employees each minute of the day on suspicion that they are not working. While this can be a good thing, it can also demoralize the remote team. As a result, they can decide to stay in front of their computer and do little, which will then affect productivity.
Therefore, the best thing would be to trust your remote team more. You can show this by giving them the freedom to plan daily schedules, provided that they meet their target within the agreed time. This will encourage and motivate them to give their all, which will then boost productivity.
In conclusion, you can boost the productivity of your remote team in three ways. First, encourage them to have dedicated workstations at home. Second, invest in the right communication tools and technology such as unified communications. Finally, show your employee that you trust them to do what is right. This will motivate them to give their all even with no supervision.
Apple's iPhone had been an unbeatable king of the smartphone industry in China till Huawei came. But after the Trump administration imposes bans on the company and the Biden administration continues the previous restriction on Huawei, its old rivals are getting the ground again.
Almost 92.40 million smartphones were shipped to China only in the first quarter of the year, with Vivo getting the first position with around 23% share and its sister company Oppo following behind with a 22% share of the market. Huawei got a really bad hit and could manage to get third place. Xiaomi took fourth place with 16% sales and Apple's share dive up to 30% more than it was last time and moved to fifth spot.
All major smartphone manufacturers experience a good rise in sales figures in China. Apple's net sales in China almost doubled year after year to $17.70 billion in three months alone. Apple's CEO Tim Cook seems to be quite happy with the sales results and issued a statement "We've been especially pleased by the customer response in China to the iPhone 12 family.". Huawei's share shrank unlike other companies and went from 41% to 16% in a year alone. "Leading vendors are racing to the top of the market, and there was an unusually high number of smartphone launches this quarter compared with Q1 2020 or even Q4 2020," said Canalys analyst Amber Liu.
Huawei has already sold its sister company Honor to a consortium of companies, to save it from US sanctions. Huawei has already lost the major chip and software suppliers and is now struggling to sustain itself. The company has recently launched its own version of the operating system to compensate for the ban but it still has a long way to go to deliver a royal comeback. And we have to wait and see where the events leading to the industry.
Roulette is one of the defining games of the casino industry, and it has been gracing gambling floors since the eighteenth century. The game has managed to weather the test of time thanks to a simple yet engaging gameplay strategy that has maintained striking similarity over the years. Roulette, like all other casino games, is dependent on luck for payouts. Even so, gamblers can apply some pointers to help increase the odds of winning without necessarily guaranteeing one. Numerous techniques can be used from claiming a no deposit bonus in roulette casinos to choosing one variation over the other. This piece touches on these approaches, along with others that have proved effective.
1. Understand gameplay rules
Roulette applies one of the most straightforward gameplay strategies that accommodate punters of varying capabilities. The standard procedure is to place the desired bet on the number one thinks the small ball will fall in. Players can locate free roulette options in nearly every online gambling establishment that includes the game category. The demo version is fitted with fun credits that are used as wagers in the place of actual money. These variations apply the same regulations as the real money ones, which makes them ideal candidates for the venture.
2. Play in a trustworthy casino
Real money roulette gameplay on the web can only be conducted in casinos. With thousands of options laid out, it can be confusing to come to a decision on which one to take your business to. Even though most gaming sites meet the requirements for high gambling standard, gamblers should note that there are rogue dens that operate with loose moral codes. One of the most effective ways to single out an ideal casino is by looking through their licensing information. Licensed casinos are usually regulated, which keeps them in line with specific standards for player satisfaction.
3. Claim bonuses
Bonuses and promotions are nothing new in nearly all roulette casinos since their provision has grown into a tradition. Punters can claim these offers and use them for gameplay in their chosen roulette sets. Even though it does not change the winning odds, the losses encountered will not dent the player's wallet. When taking up these offers, however, one should be keen to read through the terms and conditions attached to them. Some incentives are restricted for use in specific games while others are not cleared effectively of their playthrough requirement using roulette.
4. Choose European over American Roulette
Roulette comes in numerous variations, and the main ones are European and American Roulette. The American version, which spots two zero pockets, was the first variation of the game. European Roulette came into the picture later on as a creation of the Blanc Brothers, with one of the two zero pockets removed. Therefore, the game spots 37 instead of 38 pockets on the wheel. This drop increases the winning odds in European Roulette with a house edge of 2.7%. The American version has a higher edge of 5.36%.
5. Place outside bets
Roulette accommodates a wide range of stakes that are placed in two classes - inside and outside bets. The former is the category of wagers on a single number or a small group of up to six of them. Outside bets consist of more significant stakes of between twelve and eighteen numbers. Since outside bets cover a large portion of the wheel, their chances of being landed are high, but the winnings they provide are smaller than those of inside bets. Colour, high/low, and parity stakes have the highest winning odds of one to one since they cover eighteen of the thirty-six numbers.
6. Exploit La Partage and En Prison rules
La Partage and En Prison are additional rules featured in French Roulette, which is a variation of European Roulette. When the first rule is applied, players receive half their wager if the ball lands in the single zero pocket. The En Prison rule holds the gamer's stake hostage when the zero pocket is landed. The ball is spun one more time, and if the correct results appear, then one gets their stake back. Both of these rules only apply to even money bets.
7. Use strategies
In the lengthy time roulette has been around, people have crafted various ways to try and beat the odds. One of these strategies is the Martingale, which requires players to double their stake after a loss and go back to the original value after a win. Another one is the Fibonacci Strategy, which follows the Fibonacci sequence to determine stakes. Each of these strategies comes with the promise of profits in the long run, but numerous risks are involved.
Increasing the odds of winning in roulette is possible, but it is never an assurance of a sure win. The game is dependent on chance, and even with the application of these pointers, gamers should play within a budget to avoid incurring massive losses.
With many parts of the world still not fully reopened, a lot of people are learning to leverage online games to stay preoccupied and entertained. We've seen technologies such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams take off this past few months, and this has helped keep business going as we continue to adhere to social distancing rules; however, another way that people have been spending time online has nothing to do with work or productivity at all. Online games have become the most popular way (other than watching TV shows) to kill time during the Covid-19 pandemic.
1. Why Online Casinos are Booming During Lockdown
With all the pubs and cinemas closed, many of the people who normally go out to blow off steam are finding that the only other way to have fun is to spend money playing games in a virtual casino. Millions have turned to online gambling as a way out of boredom, and it's not necessarily because they have a gambling problem, but because there aren't that many options when you're staying indoors everyday.
Advancements made in things like cryptocurrencies and online payment processing services has also made it possible for casino websites to grow in ways that would have been difficult in the past. Some of these gambling websites are actually limited to the type of services they can offer because in some states banks won't process transactions to a gambling website; however, with services such as PayPal and other international payment processing websites available all over the world, it has facilitated the growth of gambling sites across the world.
Why else is online gambling so popular? Here are common reasons given by individuals who take up online gambling and in particular, signing up to online casinos:
- Source of Diversion: Everyone needs a diversion and ultimately, it's not going to be enough to use video streaming services. Since many people have found their usual social spots closed down for the pandemic, this led to an increasing desire to find other ways to kill time.
- How to Win Online Casino Real Cash Against Real People: Online games serve the purpose of keeping you distracted, but for the person seeking a thrill, online casinos present many more options to spend cash and have fun, with the chance of making some of your money back.
- Socialize with Friends Without Leaving Home: Casino games come in different variations, and players can connect online to play their favorite games, which can make the games more fun. If there's no way to connect with friends and family due to the lockdown, then the next best thing is to use online services such as games to spend time together and shorten the long, boring days.
- Plenty of Options: Casino websites have many different features to attract new players, and these include using bonuses and discounts as incentives, and they have been very effective at attracting new players.
2. How Can a Beginner Start to Play in Online Casinos?
For the average person, learning to gamble online is a simple as opening an account on an online casino, and then perhaps using a trial account or 'test' account to test the different games they have on offer. Keep in mind that rules are written out for every game, and it's easy to learn new games since these platforms are designed to attract novice and expert alike.
3. What Are the Best Online Gambling Platforms?
It is important to do some research on the best websites to visit for online gambling, so as to find the best platforms available. Some of the most commonly visited casino websites include:
1. Betway Casino: They offer a wide range of games, security for your financial transactions, and the bonuses are relatively easy to unlock.
2. 22 Bet Casino: One of the largest online gaming sites, with bonuses that can reach up to $400. They also accept about 100 different methods of payment. Customer support is available 24/7.
3. Sportpsa: Decent welcome bonus, secure payment systems, with over 150 casino games, and 24/7 customer support.
Other popular sites include the likes of
- Wild Casino
- BetOnline, and
- Vegas Casino Online
4. Bottom Line
Follow closely the legal agreements when signing up to online casinos, and always keep your financial information secure by avoiding websites that don't use high-end encryption. Legally, there are not enough policies to protect people against systems that may be used unfairly by online casinos to rip you off, therefore, be smart about where you sign up, also check out 22bet Philippines.
If you own a Samsung Galaxy device, you probably have Battery life issues ? Right ? Most of the battery life problems is caused by Samsung's super AMOLED displays, as they are huge (5.0" - 6.0") with resolutions various from FHD to QHD which means more pixels to power and more brightness needed. The display consumes an average of 45% to 55% of your battery life. Don't worry we have a solution for you... Easy and Safe too!
To increase your battery life you will need to reduce the number of pixels on your screen by reducing the resolution of your screen. Placing black spots in a pattern over the screen will actually turn off the pixels in those locations (because in AMOLED tech black color is achieved by actually turning off the pixels on the display). So parts of your screen will be turned off. You'll do that using a simple App that does NOT require any Rooting at all.
Increase Battery Life by Following these Instructions:
1. Download Pixel Battery Saver
Download & Install the App from Google Play Store Here [FREE]
2. Choose level of effect
The app will apply a filter over your screen, placing black pixels in a pattern. You can choose the pattern's density as soon as you launch it.
3. Activating the filter
This is what happens when the app is doing its work. Note that the effect looks much less pronounced on the actual phone's screen.
4. Want battery saving only?
If you only wish to reduce your screen's sharpness when the battery is running low, tap on the "Booting" tab on the top right, then check "Start on specific battery level" and "And only then" (if you wish to not be able to turn the filter on manually), then use the slider below to set the battery threshold.
5. Permanent notification and quicktoggle
The app runs in persistent mode, so Android can't close it at random. Its notification will give you a quick on / off toggle, too, so that makes it useful
6. Toggle at will
And there you go - you are free to reduce the screen's sharpness at will and save some precious battery. Now combine this with Power Saving Mode for some extreme longevity!