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The gaming industry is becoming very saturated due to the vast number of consoles and PC's hitting the market in recent years. All providing the very best of a gaming experience for a whole range of users. But where does mobile gaming fit in? With a number of purpose-built phones making their way onto the market, there are a number of well-known console titles beginning to make their way onto a mobile platform with unprecedented success. Here, we are looking into what the future holds for mobile gaming and how advancements in technology will help to shape the future of this growing industry.
As the world of mobile gaming continues to expand, the phones have also become much more advanced in order to keep up. With technology giants such as Samsung creating there most powerful smartphone yet in the form of the S10, and the Apple iPhone X the processing power of each and every mobile device is increasing. The brand new S10 contains a processor of up to 12GB of ram, meaning that you have a large amount of processing power at your fingertips. In addition to this, there is the option for a vapour chamber cooling system available in the S10+ as well as an infinity-O display and Dolby sound this phone is fully optimised for those that love gaming on the go.
On-Demand gaming Services
There are also a number of other on-demand gaming services as Google Stadia that have recently made their way onto the market. This on-demand gaming service allows gamers to play AAA titles such as Doom and Assassins Creed just with an internet connection and a controller. This is great for the connectivity of gamers as it allows for those that wish to connect and play anywhere they want with a simple internet connection allowing for games to be played with ease.
On the other end of the spectrum, there have been more and more gambling companies making the move to mobile gaming and tapping into the vast number of mobile gamers as a result. A number of mobile-friendly slots online casinos have had great success, as indicated by the reviews that they are receiving, such as those found at https://www.vegasslots.co.uk/reviews/. As the interest from the gambling industry as well as the console gaming industry continues to expand you are sure to see a number of games finding their way onto Android and IOS platforms.
Developments in 5G
Another aspect that is changing the future of mobile gaming is the implementation of 5G. With a number of phone manufacturers such as Huawei and other phones soon to hit the market, 5g phones https://5g.co.uk/phones/ are becoming all the more popular as a result. This technological advancement is great for those that love mobile gaming as well as those that are developing as this opens up the possibility for new and improved gaming experiences through faster online connections. Although this technology is still in the beginning stages of its life, there are a number of mobile companies that are looking to adopt the technology and bring it onto the market on a much larger scale.
Following the widely successful Pokemon Go, there has been an increased focus in the number of mobile games utilising the use of AR for a fully immersive gaming experience. Not only have Niantic paved the way for the AR revolution in mobile gaming but they are also looking to replicate this success with a new title Wizards Unite. This new title allows you to combine the wizarding world with your own, by combining port keys and battle other wizards to explore new areas and gain experience. In addition to games such as this AR has also made its way into a number of other mobile games creating an immersive experience as a whole.
Another example of the very best of mobile gaming is the implementation of VR. With a number of technologies out there such as Samsung VR and Google Cardboard, you can take your phone with your favourite VR games and play in a fully immersive experience. This is ideal for those that love to be fully immersed in a game, as it gives you the chance to remove yourself from the outside world whilst playing your favourite game. Although this is only a recent addition to the mobile gaming industry, this is slowly making its way into a number of different industry's offering new ways to play that suit every gamer.
The future of mobile gaming is looking very bright as the technology and capabilities continue to expand. As this technology continues to expand the gap is being shortened between the conventional console gaming experience and mobile experiencing opening up existing possibilities for both industries.
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ROG Phone 5 is the 4th generation smartphone in the gaming smartphone series by Asus. The phone is specifically designed for extreme gaming conditions and one of the favorite phones for the ultimate game.The phone has high-end specifications to meet the needs of a high-speed processor, gaming engine, premium visual, and gaming experience. The phone features a large 6.78-inch Samsung super AMOLED FHD+ display. The device is powered by Snapdragon 888 octa-core processor.
Users can play video games all day long on the phone due to its massive 6,000mah battery that keeps the phone alive even with a single charge for a day. The ROG phone 5 supports 65W fast charging, QC 5.0, along PD Protocol.The phone features a triple camera system at the rear side including a 64-megapixel primary camera f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/1.73", 0.8µm, PDAF, a 13-megapixel ultrawide camera sensor f/2.4, 11mm, and a 5-megapixel macro camera sensor f/2.0. The front camera is 24-megapixel, f/2.5, 27mm (wide), 0.9µm with Panorama and HDR features. You can shoot 8K@30fps, 4K@30/60/120fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps, 720p@480fps; gyro-EIS with the rear camera, and 1080p@30fps video from the front-side camera.
The phone runs on Android 11, ROG UI out of the box, with Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 (5 nm) chipset, and Octa-core (1x2.84 GHz Kryo 680 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 680 & 4x1.80 GHz Kryo 680) CPU. the phone has 128GB /8GB RAM, 256GB /12GB RAM, 256GB/ 16GB RAM configurations. For connectivity, the phone uses Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6e, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, and Bluetooth 5.2. The phone has support for GPS, NFC, and USB Type-C 3.1.
The ROG Phone 5 uses Li-Po 6000 mAh, non-removable with Fast charging 65W, 70% in 30 min, 100% in 52 min (advertised), Reverse charging 10W, Power Delivery 3.0, and quick charge 5. The phone is available in Phantom Black, Storm White colors. For security, it uses Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, and compass. The phone's price starts from $699.00
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DDoS or Distributed Denial of Service attacks are the great bogeyman of the internet - vague and mysterious to many, and all the more threatening for it - but the idea is relatively straightforward when compared to lesser known concerns like cross-site scripting; DDoS attacks launch data at a web service or server until it breaks.
As far as the tools of cybercrime go, DDoS attacks have been around for a long time but it's debatable when they first became a part of the public consciousness. Last year, a DDoS attack involving the Mirai "botnet" -- a horde of zombie devices twisted to the whims of a criminal -- took down half the internet by overwhelming the company responsible for turning domain names into IP addresses - Dyn. Early attacks go back to 1995 though, when an Italian activist group used the technique to protest nuclear policy in France.
So, with online criminals recruiting everything they can get their virtual paws on into botnets, including "smart" security cameras and baby monitors, why isn't the world living in terror of an Android or iOS-based DDoS attack? With around 2.32 billion devices on the market, the attack "surface" (i.e. the size of the space that attackers can exploit) presented by smartphones is enormous but the only major example of what could be deemed a DDoS attack on mobile was, ironically, done by users themselves way back in 2004.
Happy New Year
According to UK website The Register, a glut of "Happy New Year" texts and phone calls sent on the last day of 2004 added significant pressure to mobile phone networks throughout the country, slowing delivery to a crawl. It has to be the most mundane, accidental denial of service attack in history but it's nevertheless indicative of the kind of situation people were scared of just after the turn of the millennium. Experts at the University of Pennsylvania State suggested that "SMS-overload" could disable communications even in huge cities like Washington.
Security is a major concern for any businesses with an online presence and many install web application security solutions and DDoS mitigation to mitigate the threat. For instance, web application firewalls - cloud-based security barriers that stand between malicious traffic and delicate systems - protect against SQL injections, cross-site scripting, and other distinctly modern ills. Botnet protection keeps your router or webcam from launching a DDoS attack.
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Recruiting a phone into a botnet usually requires the owner to download a fake app - a trojan, a type of malware that pretends to be something harmless to trick users into installing it - to give a criminal access. For example, a DDoS Trojan called Android.DDoS.1.origin imitates the Google Play Store but, behind the scenes, it works with a handler to send text message spam or join a larger botnet.
As both Google and Apple vet their apps before adding them to their respective stores, fake software, malware, ransomware, and a range of other concerns usually come from unofficial third-party providers. With that in mind, malware is almost the exclusive domain of the more experimental mobile phone users or people who download pirated apps. So, while it has been true that almost all mobile malware is on Android, only a fraction (0.1%) came from the Play Store; the rest is hidden out in the wilds of mobiledom.
Finally, most internet activity on mobile phones is undertaken in apps. As apps use dedicated connections (Pokémon Go only connects to Niantic while the BBC app only talks to the BBC's servers, for example) they can be more secure than a mobile browser, simply because Chrome and Internet Explorer encounter more potential threats from ad networks and dodgy links. Mobile is more of an exclusive club or "walled garden" than desktop, presenting far fewer opportunities for criminals to take advantage of.
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:
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.
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).
Mobile users are the main driving force behind the growth of internet access across the world. Especially in developing countries, where fewer people have access to personal computers, increasingly affordable data plans and cheap mobile devices allow more and more people gain access to online services. Moreover, rapid growth of mobile connection speeds around the world is a major factor contributing to mobile use. Over two thirds of the global population now have a mobile phone. Mobile devices account for 52% of global internet traffic. The downside of the growing popularity of mobile connectivity is that mobile devices are likely to become increasingly targeted by all sorts of malware. To enhance personal mobile security, 22% of users install VPN on their mobile devices (15% - on their phone, and 7% - on the tablet).
What makes mobile devices a particularly lucrative target?
Portability and size. Mobile devices are so easy to lose. The best that can happen with a lost or stolen mobile phone is it will be wiped clean of all your personal data and sold at a flea market next to a snatched camera and a pair of worn socks. The worst thing that can happen to a stolen phone - if it has no passcode or other locking mechanism - is your personal data will be directly misused or sold separately from the hardware.
Rich personal data. We love smartphones because of their convenience and ability to provide us with technical assets for everyday task management. We collect geotagged photos from our lives (and often task our phone with uploading them directly to the cloud), we install apps to control personal health metrics, to travel (access city bikes, book tickets for domestic and international travel), not to mention gazillions of messages exchanged with our personal and business contacts on a daily basis.
Tons of metadata. Mobile device is something we carry on us almost at all times. It collects, whether we like it or not, vast amounts of metadata about our communications and movements. When you use a Maps app on your phone you allow it to detect your current location in order to calculate an optimal route to your destination, or find suitable cafés and bars in the area.
Personal data you store on your phone, along with ample metadata is what contributes to your digital profile. The place where you start your Google Maps journey most often is probably your home address, and the place where you travel on Christmas day is probably where your family lives. Your connection metadata (what public networks you connect to most often) can reveal a lot about your favourite cafés and bars. Cross-referencing the routes you've taken on public transit with your call metadata (when and who you call) or with your friends' addresses in the contact list can provide an insight into your social activities, identify your closest friends, and patterns of your interaction over a period of time. Not to mention that the articles you read, and videos you watch may reveal a lot about your political and religious affiliations.
Mobile security is a pressing issue both for businesses and for individual users - not least because the two are often connected. Some companies have a strict policy of banning personal mobile devices in the workplace, or connecting personal mobile devices to the office network. It is important to understand that vital component of any cyberattack is social engineering. Two most common ways for your device to be compromised is if you physically lose it, or if you inadvertently open it to ‘hackers' by clicking on a dodgy link in the messenger, or by installing an app whose design leaves a lot of space for exploitation of vulnerabilities.
What is the most common activity for mobile internet users?
Well, social media of course. Facebook still dominates the global social media landscape (over 95% of Facebook users access it on the phone), with YouTube being a close second.
Messaging services are a close second. WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger share and equal amount of global users, followed by Chinese WeChat and QQ (Facebook and WhatsApp are blocked in China).
E-commerce (goods and services) has experienced radical growth in recent years, and it is increasingly adapting to mobile users by creating mobile browser versions of the platform or apps with improved mobile user experience. Mobile purchases are projected to occupy almost 73% of total e-commerce share by 2021 - worldwide, and the growth is particularly steep in the Chinese market. Protecting your financial data is, of course, a number one priority for those who shop online on their mobile phones. But when it comes to online shopping, it is not just your credit card information you need to be careful about. Your purchase habits, your social circles, your shopping schedules are all metadata sought after by advertisers and potential hackers.
7 in 10 apps collect your personal data and share it with third parties, specifically ad services that subsequently bombard you with targeted advertising. Ever wondered why you start getting ads for magical hair loss treatment after you searched an online store for a 'toupee' for your Halloween costume? Even more creepy is data harvesting designed into phone and tablet apps for children - logging location and network metadata of each user.
Despite the evolving privacy laws in some jurisdictions (like the General Data Protection Regulation in the EU), protecting the mobile device and personal data you store on it is each individual's responsibility. Encrypting your mobile data, being careful about the apps you install on the smartphone, avoiding public WiFi - and using VPN when you have to connect to it - these are just the minimum of measures one can take to ensure personal mobile security.
More information about VPNs and how can they improve your mobile security: https://vpnpro.com/
Smartphones, tablets, and wearable devices make up mobile devices. With the digital age, mobile tech support is a need because people are relying on mobile devices to communicate with family, friends, and the workplace.
If you have any issues concerning your mobile device, IT support comes to the rescue. But how do you know that you need IT support?
Below are the signs you need mobile IT support:
Mobile Not Compatible With Business Communications System
Mobile devices are flexible alternatives to corded telephones or landline phones, and every business establishment should have dedicated mobile devices for faster business transactions. However, there are compatibility issues with mobile devices if you need to use them frequently for your business dealings.
For instance, Android devices are open source and are compatible with apps downloadable in Google Playstore. If you use business apps outside of Google Playstore, they may not be compatible with your Android devices, so you need IT support to ensure that your mobile and business apps, like doctor-client appointment app, match and are properly configured.
That's why you need to hire a professional IT support Colorado to help and assist you.
Smartphones and tablets are sometimes dropped, causing cracks, LCD issues, and touchscreen problems. If you have a malfunctioning mobile device caused by a fall accident, you need to have it repaired immediately to avoid the problem from getting worse.
Your mobile will definitely need IT support if it's exhibiting software issues. For instance, an operating system (OS) issue arises because of outdated software, which would require an update.
Below are some of the common signs of software issues needing IT support:
● Battery Issues: Battery drain is a common software and hardware issue at the same time. Most often than not, batteries fail to perform at their maximum potential because of too many apps running. Unnecessary apps put a strain on the battery, so the best option is to uninstall the app.
Usually, a software update is needed to ensure that the app is up-to-date to avoid straining battery performance.
● Connectivity Issues: Connectivity issues, like WiFi and Bluetooth issues, arise if there's a crowded channel or login issues. Usually, resetting your WiFi router can resolve the issue.
However, if you have a business mobile phone, you have to ensure that it's a hundred percent connected to your internet, and an IT support specialist can be contacted to check internet configurations.
● Signal Issues: No network or signal issues can be a problem with your telecommunications provider. However, if signal problems cannot be ruled out, you need IT support to rule out the source of the problem.
The IT specialist will check if the problem is with device compatibility or a network selection problem.
Signs of Mobile Security Hacks
Mobile devices rapidly overtake home devices when it comes to the number of users. According to research, by 2020, the estimated smartphone users worldwide will be around six billion. It only goes to show that mobile devices are rapidly replacing desktop or personal computers, both at home and in the office.
With the increasing use of mobile devices, there's also an increase in the threat vector because mobile devices are now used in processing payments. Many users are at risk for mobile security problems.
Cybercriminals tend to capture credit card information and data on digital wallets because most businesses are now accepting mobile payments.
However, signs of a mobile malware attack are harder to determine as compared to cyber computer attacks - it's not as obvious or straightforward as a computer virus. That's why IT support plays a vital role in evaluating and resolving mobile security hacks.
Here are some signs of a mobile device malware attack:
● Your mobile device suddenly starts to operate slowly.
● Your smartphone battery drains faster than it used to or sooner as expected.
● There's a sudden noticeable drop in the performance of your mobile device.
● A sudden increase in your data usage because cybercriminals are trying to access the web to transmit data from your mobile phone.
● A strange charge on your telecommunications monthly bill due to some malware making money by sending premium text messages from your mobile phone without your knowledge.
Mobile devices have very limited storage systems. If you want to use your mobile devices as business tools, you need to hire an IT support to set proper storage configurations and provide you other storage options, like linking your mobile with the cloud storage.
Your mobile device is an essential communications tool, not only to connect with your family and friends, but also to your boss, colleagues, and clients. That's why any hardware or software issue should be addressed right away with the help of an IT support specialist. In that way, you have peace of mind that your mobile is operating smoothly and securely.
Mobile phones are no longer used simply for making phone calls and sending texts. In truth, those are probably the least two common uses for mobile phones today. Instead, people use their mobile devices to work, access social media, browse the Internet, stream video content, and more.
And as most people are always on the go, mobile phones are used everywhere. This fact makes mobile phones incredibly vulnerable, which makes it necessary to have as much protection as possible. A VPN, such as the Surfshark VPN for mobile phones, can keep you and your device protected on the go in the following ways:
Secure Your Data
A VPN provides an insulated avenue through which your online activity travels. The data will not escape this avenue, and no one can get into it. In fact, the avenue is nearly impossible to find. Should a determined hacker find the avenue, the data is encrypted so the hacker will not be able to decrypt it. Fortunately, this helps to keep your private information, bank accounts, and more secure, which is needed when out in public.
Use Secure Connection
When you use a VPN to visit a website, you are not connecting directly to the site. Instead, you are connecting to your VPN's servers that provide a safe connection to the website. This hides your browsing history from others while also masking your physical location.
As your browsing history and information do not get collected, they are not sold to third parties or used against you in any way. What you are doing online is kept protected as well as your physical location. These features can protect you from several undesirable scenarios.
As a VPN does not use your actual location but instead the location of their servers, you are not bound to any location restrictions and censorship. Whether you are an activist who wants to remain anonymous, a sports fan who wishes to view content from other countries, or a Netflix user that wants to binge out on content not available in your area, a VPN can make it happen by making it appear that you are in a location where these things are allowed.
Choosing a VPN for Mobile Phones
When it's time to choose a VPN, you should not do it haphazardly. There are several options available, so you need to know what to look for.
The most significant point of a VPN is to provide you with security, so of course, you want to find one that guarantees that. To do so, you need to find one that does not log its user's activities. Unfortunately, some VPNs do keep logs. This is especially true with some of the free options as selling your information is how they make their money. Read the fine print to ensure that the VPN does not keep logs.
With our mobile phones being used for work, keeping up with family, browsing the Internet, and more, waiting around for content to load is simply out of the question. Some VPNs that do not have many servers actually slow down your loading speeds. A VPN with at least 1,000 servers in several countries will provide good speeds and access to more international content.
If your connection to your VPN drops, that VPN needs to sever your Internet connection immediately to prevent any chance of vulnerability. Your privacy and data could be very compromised if your VPN connection suddenly drops, and you have no idea. As you continue to use an unsecured connection, it is open season to any hackers, companies, or governments that rely on public Wi-Fi connections and mobile connections to collect your information.
Instead, you need a VPN that protects you even then. A VPN with a kill switch means that if your connection to the VPN drops, it immediately kills your connection to the Internet. When choosing a VPN, be sure that this is one of the features.
Most people or households connect to the Internet on more than one device at a time. Some might scroll through social media on their mobile phone while streaming a movie on their smart TV. Both parents and children may be using the Internet on different devices. Or you might go to the coffee shop to work on your laptop while your phone is at your side.
Regardless, it is important that you keep all of your devices protected, even when you are on more than one at a time. A VPN that provides several connections means that you can be sure all of your devices are secure. Try to pick one that allows for at least five connections, but the more, the safer you are.
There is no need for a complicated VPN. In fact, the more difficult it is to use, the less likely you are to use it. Find one that is easy to set up and easy to use.
Just because you are on the go does not mean you have to rely on public networks and risk your security. Do not leave your privacy and data up for grabs. Be sure that you protect all of your devices, especially your mobile phone as it is on the go as much as you are.
These days, it isn't rare to take our mobile devices with us everywhere. Mobile phones and tablets have expanded their abilities at incredible rates. Now, the power under our fingertips is vaster than the technology that sent the Apollo missions to the moon. That is an incredible leap forward that, along with the Internet's global community has completely changed the way that humans interact and live.
The digital age has made people available 24/7, no matter where they are. People can communicate using cutting edge chat-apps that even 15 years ago would have required a powerful desktop PC (remember AOL?). Now, we can chat to someone in Indonesia from Seattle at the drop of the hat - and then be chatting to someone in Ukraine moments later - all while waiting for a train (thanks to 3G or public WiFi).
Digital Drawbacks & Technological Threats
Sadly, along with the ability and will to be connected, also comes some very serious drawbacks. Modern problems. Digital threats that in some ways make people more vulnerable than ever before in history. Being connected leaves a trail and these digital footprints code for who we are like digital DNA. The data we create is highly personal and for that reason that data is incredibly valuable and people must seek to protect it.
What we actually find is a decrease in the level of scrutiny we apply to our online presence. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and the plethora of other social media platforms are all there for us to use, but that comes at a cost. We share our intimate moments. We share where we are, when we're away from home, when we're going on holiday, and often leave very easy breadcrumbs on exactly what we're doing, and when we're out, and where to find us. We share details that we wouldn't share with friends or family face to face, but saving them in a public forum is acceptable for millions of us. These posts, and images stay there forever. We think so little of our own private information that we give away lots of our information for free, without even thinking about it.
The inter-connectivity of devices also throws up additional concerns. We login to everything, on everything. Our phones have Facebook, our Facebook is used as a logon tool for many other services. We input our date of birth to gain access, our e-mails, our interests, likes, hobbies, names, friends, and more at an increasing rate. Our entire lives are online somewhere. Where people feel more at home with their mobile devices, we also login to our banks, and provide our financial information. The level of trust that we put into our devices, and the amount of digital data that we're inputting to those devices is increasing, drastically.
Governments, Internet Service Providers, advertisers, corporations, organizations, hackers, and cybercriminals, all want a piece of that pie. The technology has crept up on us quickly and only more recently have people come to accept that data should be considered a form of currency.
Whether it be to protect data from cybercriminals - or the government - the only way to be truly secure is for people to take control of their own digital footprints. Due to the value of personal data, everyone should make efforts to protect it. The sad truth is, that because that data is so valuable everyone is trying to get at it, but fewer are trying to protect it.
The first thing that people must realize is that mobile devices are just as vulnerable, if not more so, than PCs. In addition, the gap between Apple and Android has closed and now it is common to find malware for both. In fact, in some ways the Open Source nature of Android (as opposed to Apple's proprietary closed source environment) is allowing for encryption apps to pop up at a faster rate: things change.
These days, malware, viruses, spyware, and trojans all offer hackers methods for intercepting data - and their availability online to ‘script kiddies' means that cybercrime is at epidemic levels. The result is an elevated risk of fraud, loss of earnings - and perhaps worst of all - identity theft. For these reason, people need to take personal cybersecurity seriously and must seek to protect themselves and their devices. The most basic step is to make sure that the apps we install on our devices are secure, and that we always update them with the latest security patches and updates.
Third party and untrusted apps might be tempting, but the reality is that they could be malevolent. For this reason, people should to stick to trusted apps from known vendors and app stores. Even on official distributors such as Google Play Store it is possible to come across malicious apps.
For this reason people should take extreme care when downloading apps. Before you agree to install the app, check the permissions carefully. If the app wants access to things it doesn't really need then think twice before installing it. Why does a torch app want access to your GPS location and all of your contacts? If the requests don't seem reasonable simply don't download the app.
Remember that data is a currency, so if an app says it is ‘free' maybe you are actually paying with your data? In some cases, it might be worth paying a pound for a torch app that only requires access to the light on your phone, than to accept the free one that wants access to your entire device.
The Big Public WiFi Threat
Alongside smart devices, which allow us to be connected non-stop, in recent years there has been an explosion in the availability of public internet hotspots. Those hotspots provide high speed connectivity when people are out and about. The advantage of logging onto public connections is that people get to save their mobile data (if they have data limits).
What many people might not realize, however, is that public WiFi can be a security risk. When connected to public networks people's devices are vulnerable to having their data intercepted by another user that is logged onto the same router. This problem is the same on any WiFi - including shared home networks - so if you live in a big house where a lot of people regularly take the password from the router - you could also be at risk. The best solution for the problem is a VPN service.
A VPN service encrypts all the data between a phone, or tablet, and the VPN's servers. The result is that nobody on a public WiFi (or even on a fake hotspot controlled by a cybercriminal) can ‘sniff' the subscriber's data, as that data is encrypted.
The best VPNs provide strong military grade OpenVPN encryption, but many don't. With different levels of protection, and different services providing different benefits (and disadvantages), what you're specifically looking for can change the VPN service that you are looking for. Do you want faster speed, but are willing to accept a smaller number of geo locations, or do you need security at all costs, including speed and price? As such, it's important to do research about which VPN to use.
Other Levels of Protection
McAfee, Norton, AVG. At the launch of the internet, it's rare that individuals would have been desperate for anti-virus. There simply weren't as much malicious code flying around, but now, with an always-on internet antivirus is no longer seen as that "additional level of security that might sometimes help", or for those who delve more often into virus rife areas of the net. Now, things are different. It's rare for new computers, and new operating systems to not include some form of anti-virus, even for a month's trial while you set your computer up ensuring that you're not infected at this vital stage of life of your computer.
Not only is antivirus an integral part of your computer system, but firewalls are also included in the same package to help keep your computer safe. The problem arises that we're using our PCs, and our Laptops less and less, and using our mobile phones, and tablets more and more. There's a huge disconnect between the level of security on our larger devices, and our mobile phones, but we're still storing our intimate data on unprotected devices.
This could be a bit more understandable if protective services weren't easily available for mobile devices. Antivirus, firewalls, and password protection are just as available for devices, and the larger firms often provide multi-device deals, permitting several devices to be covered by the same services.
As well as more digital based protection, there's a large amount of physical ways to protect the data on our phones as well. Phone manufacturers are constantly in an evolutionary arms race with chancers who find new back-door entrances into devices. This has led to an increase in the amount of protection required to unlock a phone. Rather than just a pin, we now have patterns, passwords, swipe to unlock, fingerprint scans, google sign-ins. These simple methods help to keep that data secure from prying hands.
Our data, and our lives are much more mobile than they were before. Keeping up with that level of change is not only important: it's imperative.
We live in the golden age of mobile communications and web browsing, and thanks to advances in technology our computers have become faster and smaller. As a result of this many new industries have grown around the platform to create an ecosystem of functions, services and enjoyment for users. Some new sectors that have grown as a result of the ubiquity of mobile devices are the mobile gaming and gambling industries as barriers to access and cost came down. In this post, we take a look at 3 reasons why mobile devices have grown to become the perfect platform for gaming and gambling activities.
1. Gaming on the Go
By far the biggest contributing factor as to why mobile devices have become the best place for gaming and gambling is the portability of the devices we now use. Smartphones pack lots of sophisticated hardware and software in a pocket-sized device that allows us to access content on the internet such as video games, mobile slots, and virtual casino's. Mobile games nowadays have evolved into very well-designed titles with realistic graphics that provide anything from a quick game to pass the time such as Flabby Bird, to fully immersive experiences that provide hours of entertainment such as PokemonGo.
Whether you're on your daily commute, have a few minutes to kill in a waiting room, or relaxing at home, - mobile users have access to billions of pages of content, services and much more at the tap of a screen. This portable convenience is why gaming has taken off so spectacularly, everyone with a mobile device is a potential gamer, and millions are taking up the challenge.
2. Online Casinos and Gaming Platforms
An extension of the points made above is the fact that casino and video games are now available on the internet and in app stores. Technological advances mean that anyone can enjoy the experience of a casino without having to painstakingly plan a trip to Las Vegas or Macau. In the same way, besides the cost of your mobile there is often no need for further investment to play mobile games as many are available for free. This is in contrast to investing in a video games console or an expensive gaming PC,- as well as the games, for example.
Needless to say, many gaming and gambling experiences are now specifically optimised for mobile to ensure each user's best experience on their particular device. Either way, the availability of virtual experiences on the internet and the speed and convenience of mobile mean have helped to grow the industry's popularity.
3. Social Gaming
Another internet-based phenomenon that has resulted from the digital boom and mobile platforms is social media. Our smartphones have allowed us to connect with our friends and family beyond just having their phone number. Social media also allows people to discover or build communities based around interests they follow and so it is with mobile gaming and gambling. There is no advertising that is as powerful as word of mouth, and that is what social gaming does best for virtual casinos and games; word spreads and fast popular games end up growing very quickly.
The three reasons outlined above are some of the most important factors as to why mobile devices are currently the best platform for playing video games and enjoying gambling experiences. Together they have created the best conditions for gaming and gambling to become as popular as they are today.
The mobile payments market has come along leaps and bounds in the past few years. We've went from using them hesitantly to making these payments a part of our everyday lives. Even in stores that accept contactless or for sending money to one another, we've been using this payment method more and more.
Right now, there's a massive war ongoing between various payment providers. Alternate payment providers, like Apple Pay and PayPal are now becoming even more popular than banks. This is because they are flexible, easy to use and generally don't add extra charges to their payments. These eWallet services now offer a viable alternative to traditional banking, which users are quickly catching on to.
Back in 1998, PayPal first came onto the scene and there's no question that this revolutionised how we pay. This product was well placed at the beginning of the online shopping boom and this was a great time for this to occur. People wanted to experiment with online payments but were still wary of the dangers that it posed. PayPal was a convenient way for users to get extra security while using this service.
As far as payment methods are concerned, PayPal is still king. This is true in just about every sector, from online shopping to gambling. The sheer number of sites accepting this payment method is almost frightening, as it's undoubtedly the most popular eWallet. Take mobile bingo pay with phone bill sites as an example, these bingo sites outnumber those that accept Neteller, Bitcoin or Paysafecard.
Through using these alternate payment methods, the online gambling sector is able to entice even more players that perhaps would not have deposited if this was not an option. This helps the industry to look more legitimate and get rid of some of the stigma surrounding the industry.
Apps for mobile payments just make the whole process much more convenient. Players can easily keep an eye on what they're spending and their own security. Banking providers are attempting to keep up with this by pioneering their own apps but these don't usually have quite as much flexibility. They also have more stringent security, often requiring three step processes to verify a payment.
For this reason, alternate mobile payment methods like PayPal must have more fraud protection in the case that their security is subverted. This allows them to offer easier ways to make payments while still accepting liability if they are breeched, which makes users a lot more comfortable.
In the future, it seems that Google will be one of the driving forces of innovation. They're currently working on a product that would use the contactless of your card, while it's still in your handbag. All of their innovation seems to be geared towards making the process easier and faster for users to pay.
Over the next few years, we'll probably see some massive changes to the way we pay with mobile. PayPal will likely still top the charts but this could shift quickly if another payment method does things better.
For many of us, our phones are an important asset in our everyday lives. They are our tool for communication, our cameras and even our alarm clocks.
Are you sure you are making the most of everything that this technology has to offer? From 360° travel tours to creating lip sync videos, we have found five great activities that you can do on your smartphone.
Recent advancements in digital tech has paved the way for a variety of new Virtual Reality experiences, and you don't need expensive equipment to experience it for yourself. Ascape VR is a mobile app that allows you explore 360° travel videos and scenic tours from your own phone. Just tilt the screen to look in any direction.
Its content includes everything from tours of paradise beaches in New Zealand to footage of Disney parades in Disney Land Paris. For the most immersive experience, you can simply place your smartphone inside a VR headset. Whether you need a hand deciding on your next summer vacation or you would just like to see more of the world from the convenience of your own home, Ascape VR is an ideal app for discovering new places.
Mimo is a new app that allows you to learn how to code from your smartphone. In a rapidly digitalising world, this is a skill that will not only help you in the job market, but will also help you to understand the technology that you use on a daily basis.
Mimo's courses give you the option of learning how to make a website, build an iOS app, become a hacker or even create your own game. Its lessons are split into interactive, bitesize pieces that make it easy to practice your coding skills any time you have a few minutes to spare.
Slots of Vegas
Why not use your spare time to take on new challenges and even win some money? Slots of Vegas is a mobile online casino with over 100 games to play. From table and slot games to video poker, Slots of Vegas has a wide variety of exciting casino games powered by a safe and secure Realtime Gaming software.
With the option to either play in your web browser or download the games directly to your phone, accessing the casino is easy. Why not play a game of 3 Card Rummy or Dragon Orb and see for yourself?
Soon: The Everyday Bucket List
If you are someone that likes to make plans to do new things and go on adventures but struggles to organise them, the Sweden-based app Soon will make a perfect addition to your mobile home screen.
The app allows you to find relevant content and categorise your to-do lists. Also, its map feature gives you the ability to find locations and add them to your travel plans. You can even invite your travel companions to collaborate and share locations with you.
This app is the perfect planning tool for helping you to complete your bucket list.
Creating and editing home videos has never been easier! iOS app Dubsmash allows you to add audio clips to your own footage and lip sync popular internet sounds and videos.
Sounds include famous catchphrases from The Big Bang Theory, Mean Girls, The Simpsons and even popular memes such as Danielle Bregoli's ‘Cash me outside,' with this app it is easy to create funny videos within minutes.
Pick your sound, record your video and then use the app's messaging feature to share your new creation with friends.
These five apps are just a few examples of the creative and fun uses your mobile phone has to offer. Log on to your Apple or Google Play app store and start exploring for yourself.
Mobile technology has come a long way since the first phones to hit the market. What was once a brick that could merely make calls and send basic text messages has now evolved into a fully-fledged smart phone loaded with infinite capabilities.
Whether you own an Android or iOS smart phone, the world is constantly at your fingertips, wrapped up in neat packaging and supported by a lithium iron battery that is portable. You can send emails, claim a casino slots bonus, watch the news or engage with others on social media, all from the palm of your hand.
That's exactly why new age devices like smartphones have become all the rage, and in some cases even led to addiction. Our modern lifestyles require get up and go living, new smartphones in 2017 have given us the possibility of on the go computing, with complete confidence and independence.
The following features aren't exactly fresh off the technology press. These emerging mobile technologies are already starting to have an impact on the way we use our smart phones. Given the time and advances in these tech fields, the following emerging mobile technology could be flipping the smartphone on its ear for good.
Forget About A Carrier With Wi-Fi Phones
Traditionally, mobile phones have relied upon a mobile carrier/network in order to be connected to the cellular realm. In today's modern times, the use of a carrier is becoming less and less attractive with new smartphones that can connect to a Wi-Fi network to make VOIP or Voice Over Internet Protocol calls without the use of a computer.
This means that you no longer have to be associated with a particular network carrier in order to make and receive phone calls. It's forward thinking Tech that could also see your phone bill dramatically decreased come month end.
Augmented Reality In Mobile Devices
Augmented Reality technology is making waves in the mobile world with more and more uses for the tech; smart phones could be seeing an even smarter realization very soon.
Augmented Reality technology captures our world in a layer style approach and superimposes it into the digital world. Since your smartphone is king of digital space at the moment, it only makes sense that more and more apps would be developed around AR.
Users can look forward to features that would ideally incorporate the Internet, accelerometers and GPS devices to bring your world to life on your phone. The end result could have you pointing your smartphone at a random building only for your phone to dive into the buildings history, location, occupancy and more.
Open Your World With Open Source Software
Developers are looking into bringing the world open source software for mobile phones. There are some big names on the playground already, with the likes of Google and Yahoo set to create this software for almost any mobile phone.
If open source smart phones become available it would mean a better user experience all round. Some of the advantages include enhanced features/mobile compatibility and lower costs derived from open source trade in the market place.
These mobile services would be able to do just about everything current smart phones do and more at a minimal cost to customer.
Make Payments With Your Smart Phone
With Near Field Communication technology improving at a rapid rate, it's becoming more and more accessible to use your smartphone as a payment portal.
Users simply scan their mobile device and use an app that is directly linked to your debit or credit card and your payment is almost instant. When the technology has been perfected there won't even be a need for a wallet anymore, as your mobile phone will store all your information.
Realistic Typing With Tactile Feedback
Most modern mobile phones have touch screen technology that is responsive and quick to the take. Some users do however have an issue with the response rate and feeling the keys slide away under your thumbs only to deliver a word that was never supposed to be there in the first place.
Certain smart phone developers like Blackberry tried to bridge this gap by offering users the best of both worlds, with a fully functional touch screen and keypad for texting/typing.
Now developers are looking into a touchscreen that would feel more responsive and ergonomic. This tech is still in development but we could potentially be seeing it in smartphones in 2018.
If you're a fan of soccer, there's probably no reason to tell you the World Cup is fast approaching. Equally, if you're a regular on this site it's likely your smartphone will be your go-to place for all the latest news and views.
This summer will of course be the most interactive ever, whether you be wanting World Cup tips, live feeds to games or even fantasy football. Which means there are plenty of apps to download!
With just a few months until kick off, here are our favourite apps to help you countdown to June 14...
The Official Panini Sticker Album
Yes, ripping and sticking is no longer required with the new Panini app. You can enjoy the tradition of collecting World Cup stickers direct from your mobile.
It's free to download and you are given two free packets per day. Of course, if you want to fill it quicker you can buy packets too.
But what about the swaps? Well you can head to the Swap Area and make your trades.
The Official FIFA World Cup App
You'll probably want to hear all the latest news directly from the horse's mouth. The official World Cup app has you covered.
With all the latest news, views and video you'll be kept fully up to date on everything you need to know about Russia 2018.
William Hill App
Naturally, a big part of the World Cup is having a flutter. Fancy another Iceland giant killing? Perhaps you'd prefer to play safe and go for Messi to top score.
Either way, William Hill has got you covered and from now until the tournament will be providing you all the latest odds and offers to enjoy. It's one of the best places to have a punt and will have a huge range of World Cup markets.
An On Demand TV App
No matter where you are in the world, soccer's biggest tournament will be live on TV.
If you're out and about, an on demand app will have your back and you'll be able to watch live games no matter where you are.
The likes of BBC iPlayer or ESPN will steam games daily, meaning you'll never miss out on any of the action.
Football Manager 2018
Think you can do better? Why not download Football Manager 2018 and put yourself to the test.
It's not free and comes at a fair price but it's comfortably the most expansive and in depth simulation game on the market. Can you lead England to their first since ‘66? Maybe the dark horses Belgium are destined for the title under your reign.
There's only one way to find out...
The thing we like most about our smartphones is the very factor that causes some to claim they are the devil's work. We can, and do, use them to do practically anything and everything. Whether you want to check your bank balance, listen to your favorite music, meet the love of your life or book a table at a restaurant to take said love on that first date, you will immediately turn to your trusty smartphone to do it.
We've all seen the headlines in the media, and the dire warnings that we are becoming addicted to our phones, but that doesn't alter the fact that there are more apps allowing us to do more things appearing in the app stores every day, and our reliance on mobile tech is only increasing.
The rise of the trading apps
Forex trading apps are a case in point. In a world where traditional investments are no longer enough to guarantee a comfortable financial future, currency trading is gaining attention among amateur investors. After all, there are plenty of successful Forex traders in the world, and the advent of trading apps that we can access day and night from literally anywhere means that trading is no longer something for the wall street specialists.
This is an age of choice, and opportunity, and the online world allows you to do what you want when you want, 24 hours a day and seven days a week. That freedom comes at a potential price, though, and if you are looking to join the growing ranks of online traders, follow some basic rules to prevent the dream from turning into a nightmare world of addiction and financial disaster.
Trade like a pro
Installing a trading app is easy, and costs nothing. Using it to make money is another matter. Amateur traders can get caught up in the hype of being a trader and can fully believe that they are "trading like a pro" as they open up the app while chatting to a friend over a beer to coolly complete a little trade.
Of course, in that circumstance, you are doing the absolute opposite to what a professional is likely to do. What serious Forex trader is going to be in the right frame of mind to do their work while socializing with a friend and drinking beer, with the Patriots game blaring away in the background?
Trading like a pro means getting into the right mindset, running through your trading strategy and then taking a long look at all the key indicators and signals to decide what trades are likely to be on your agenda today. Just like any form of remote work, you need some demarcation, and this is why mobile trading can be a dangerous thing.
Manage your schedule
Don't think from the above that mobile trading apps are a bad thing. Quite the opposite, they are an essential tool for both pro and occasional traders. It all comes down to using the tools in the right way. Even the top Wall Street traders are not going to be doing hundreds of trades every day and watching the market 23 hours out of 24. If you are doing so as an amateur, there's something going badly wrong.
The advantage of mobile trading apps is that they are convenient - they free you from the need to sit down at your desktop to do your trading activity. But that doesn't mean that you have to spend any more time using them than you would if you were operating from desktop only.
Watch for the signs of addiction
Ah, the a-word. It's one that the media loves to throw around. They would have us believe that we are addicted to unhealthy food, to coffee, to our cars, to TV and most of all to our smartphones. The trend towards demonizing any sort of luxury or convenience and shouting the word addiction at the first sign of over-indulgence is not just inaccurate. It is also counter-productive.
Any kind of addiction, from cigarettes to shopping to gambling to junk food presents a serious risk and can ruin lives. The misuse of the word in the popular media, where anyone who gets drunk or eats unhealthy food or spends lots of time on their smartphone must be an addict leads to a classic boy who cried wolf scenario. It only makes it less likely for us to see the signs when genuine addiction begins to manifest.
If you are trading at silly hours, waking in the night and instantly reaching for the app or finding yourself trading almost on "auto pilot" without even thinking about what you are doing, the first thing to do is stop.
Take a step back and return to the drawing board. Every successful trader has an underlying strategy, and you can bet that none of them involve waking up to do panic trading at 3AM. If that doesn't work, the other great thing about the online age is that help, just like everything else, is always at hand, so use the resources that are available to you.
Mobile phones have become ubiquitous today. Almost everyone in the developed and developing countries, whether they are a school-goer, a salaried professional, or even elderly, has one type of smartphone or the other. However, do you know there are many ways to enhance your mobile experience?
The following are top 5 things that you can do to make the most of your smartphone:
1. Setting up Smart Lock
It's good that most phones offer a slew of security features to protect your privacy. However, when you are at home i.e. in a safe space, then it can be annoying to unlock your device whenever it's in the standby mode. This problem can be easily solved with Google Smart Lock.
Google Smart Lock offers you a number of options that make phone unlocking easy and convenient:
You can set up Trusted Places of the smart lock so that when you are in select locations (home, office, etc.) then the phone remains unlocked for a certain period. It can track your location with the GPS sensor and unlock the device automatically when it detects the locations set by you.
On Body Detection
This feature keeps the phone unlocked as long as it's in your hands or pockets. However, as soon as you put the phone down, it gets locked instantly.
You can also link a Bluetooth device such as a Bluetooth speaker, smartwatch, etc. to your smartphone so that when it detects the device it understands that you are in a "safe zone" and unlocks the device as long as you are in the vicinity of the device.
There are many other ways to set up Smart Lock. To learn how to turn it on/off the in your Android device, go here.
2. Installing Performance Booster App
It's not uncommon for people to fill their mobiles with all kinds of games and apps. However, this constant addition of new applications over time can greatly affect your phone's performance. To solve this problem, you can use a utility app like Power Clean that can optimize your device.
Power Clean offers a number of features that help to make your phone run faster and create space for new apps and files in a matter of seconds. With its "one tap" feature, you can remove obsolete APK files, cache data, unwanted apps, junk photos and more. If can also be used for increasing the free available RAM or removing viruses.
3. Using VPN
A VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a connection method that sets up a virtual tunnel between your mobile and the services you access on the Internet. So, any information that's exchanged between you and the websites you visit are hidden from your ISP and potential hackers that may try to tap into the communication channel.
There are many benefits of using VPN:
- You can enjoy a high level of security and privacy whether you are using your phone with your home wifi or a public hotspot.
- You can unlock geo-restricted content such as Hulu, BBC Radio etc. as the service allows you to access these websites through remote servers.
- If your Internet Service Provider (ISP) has throttled your bandwidth, then a VPN service can increase your Internet speed too.
There are a variety of VPN services that you can use for your mobile such as TunnelBear, NordVPN, ExpressVPN, etc. However, you may want to learn how VPN works exactly so that you know how to pick the right VPN for your needs.
4. Enabling Developer Options
Although the developer options in smartphones are meant for software professionals, general users can also use them to enhance their experience. However, you need to enable these options first as they aren't accessible by default.
If you are using an android phone, then enabling developer options is quite simple. Just go to Settings > About phone or Settings > System > About phone, look for build number, and tap it several times (usually 7) until it notifies you that you have become a developer. Doing the same on an iPhone is slightly more complicated but you can still learn it here.
Some of the best developer options that are available in an Android phone are:
- Background process limit: This option lets you limit the number of apps that can run in the background at the same time. The default number is usually 4-5. However, you can set it to zero so that every time you close an app, it's terminated rather than moved to the background where it continues to run. This can greatly improve the performance of your device.
- Aggressive data handover: Activating this option makes your wi-fi more "aggressive" in handing over the data connection to mobile. So, whenever the wi-fi signal gets low, it hands over the connection to your mobile data instantly. This way, you can surf the Internet without any lags.
- Force 4X MSAA: If you want to take your mobile gaming experience to the next level, then you can enable the Force 4X MSAA option. It lets you enjoy better quality graphics in a variety of games and OpenGL ES 2.0 applications. However, bear in mind that it increases the battery consumption too.
5. Double up Your Device as a POS Terminal
If you are a business owner who has to accept credit/debit card payments from customers frequently, then you don't need to invest in a POS terminal for that. Square Register is a unique payment service that allows you to convert your standard smartphone into a POS device by using a special dongle called Square Reader. It's an innovative card-swipe dongle that plugs into your phone's audio jack. It's easy to use, and available for both iOS and Android devices.
So, these were some of the less-known tips and tricks that can help you enjoy your mobile even more. Which one are you going to try first?
We have no doubt that iPhone and Samsung have become the biggest names in the mobile phone industry. The two mobile phones have charmed a lot of electronic device users including online casino players. But the most important thing is that everyone prefers one over the other.
Since mobile phones have become part of livelihood, the aforesaid brands have been battling to be at the summit. However, this stiff competition has been great for users and the mobile phones industry as a whole. This is because we have witnessed some great and marvellous innovations as the two giants are in pursuit of greatness.
These innovations have led us to review the brands' latest mobile phones and see which one has the edge over the other. Maybe you might need to play slots at online casinos in usa on both models to find the best one.
Mobile Phones Design
It's hard to differentiate the two cell phones by only looking at the technicalities. But once you take a closer look at them side by side you can promptly tell their dissimilar.
These good-looking phones are well designed with an all-glass back, and for Samsung, it's absolutely nothing new. The glass back makes the devices to look attractive and it also contains a magnet for a fingerprint scanner. This glass back is available on both mobile phones.
With the dominance of social media platforms such as Instagram and Snapchat, both phones have gone on to craft a dual camera that encompasses 12-megapixel lenses. If the camera is a priority then you need to spot the differences between the two.
iPhone has fixed aperture main lens that performs in conditions without colour oversaturation. However, Samsung S9 has a bit of an edge when it comes to portrait capturing. The mobile phone which is compatible with online gambling produces a low-light performance that comes with the Galaxy S9. Thumbs up to its dual camera setup.
This is another area whereby Samsung S9 should have dominated, rather it looked like iPhone managed to match their counterpart standards. Both phones support built-in battery alongside the fast and wireless charger. An iPhone X will charge the battery to 50% in 30 minutes, whilst the Galaxy S9 will charger from 10% to 60% in an hour.
Source: Mobile apps via Facebook
Mobile apps shot to popularity at an impressive rate during the early smartphone years around 2008, and it seemed that they would be around forever. Suddenly, users were able to click on the game or feature they wanted to use and have it instantly open and be ready in a matter of seconds. Apps were perfectly geared to the smaller mobile screen and were the ideal answer to the problem of having to painstakingly trying to view websites designed for desktop on the smaller screen.
Many businesses that didn't quickly get in on the app craze faded away, and those which did, flourished. But ten years on from the dramatic rise of apps, they could soon be about to decline. The advent of HTML5 means that apps aren't as essential as they once were, and they could easily become obsolete in the near future.
Record Low Number of Apps in App Store in 2017
Ever since the introduction of mobile apps and the opening of Apple's App Store in July 2008, the platform had never seen a decline in the number of apps available to consumers. That was until 2017, when Apple reported a drop in the number of apps available for the first time in the history of the marketplace. During 2017, the store shrank from 2.2 million apps at the start to 2.1 million by the end of the year. This doesn't sound like a considerable difference, but the fact that the platform had been growing each year up to that point makes it seem more relevant - and it is.
Granted, some of this decline is down to Apple deciding to scrap old apps which are no longer compatible with newer iPhones. But there are other factors in play. The internet has progressed at an astounding rate over the last ten years, and the web now a lot more advanced than it was when apps were first introduced. Businesses are now looking towards using other technology in their web design, along with progressive web apps. Native mobile apps as we know them now may no longer be as useful or essential as they once were. As seamlessly as apps first became an integral part of people's lives, they could soon disappear as swiftly.
Why are Apps on the Decline?
The main reason that apps could be on the decline is the emergence of HTML5, which is arguably the most efficient way of structuring and presenting content since the advent of the internet. With past versions of HTML, businesses needed to create completely different websites for desktop and mobile, while users of both also needed to install plugins for viewing certain content. This is why apps were used, because they made all this possible on mobile.
With HTML5, however, there are seamless transitions for websites between different platforms. Opening a company's website from a mobile or desktop screen provides the same, smooth experience. Because of this, businesses are realising that there is less of a need to create separate apps for mobile customers now. Because HTML5 is fairly new, some companies are choosing to continue running apps while also updating their websites with the new markup language. Amazon, LinkedIn and Box.net have already flocked to HTML5, while still offering apps for certain services. On the other hand, sites like The Guardian have kept their mobile apps, but also updated the website with HTML5 to allow mobile users to access it that way. For many, third-party mobile apps pose a problem, if they're using a company-owned phone, which is why companies like Wink Bingo are using browser-based mobile apps to circumvent this issue. Apps are likely to continue to exist while the transition is completed, but after that, there might not be much need for them in the way we know now. Instead, there is likely to be a move towards a newer, sleeker kind of app known as the progressive web app.
Is the Future Bleak for Apps? What do the Experts Say?
The emergence of HTML5 does make it seem like the future is bleak for apps, as a lot of the things that made them so popular in the first place are not unique to them anymore. Yet, it is still useful for mobile users to be able to see the various different games and services available to them on their home screens. Being able to click on the thing you want to use and have it open instantly will always be a popular method of using mobile. This is far superior to having a number of different tabs open on your mobile browser, for instance. John Watton, the marketing director at Adobe, has also insisted that good mobile apps are vital to boosting repeat visits. However, this can also be achieved with progressive web apps, which also have an icon on the mobile device's home screen.
In the US, the number of app installs since 2014 is down by 38 percent, while there has also been a 28 percent decrease in apps opened. These figures could suggest that users are less interested in apps, but also that companies are more focused on using newer methods such as HTML5. Experts believe that in the not so distant future, progressive web apps will take over the market and serve as a happy medium bridging traditional apps and websites. According to Andrew Gazdecki, the founder and CEO of Bizness Apps, progressive web apps are more efficient and functional than native apps. One of the highlights is that there is no need to sacrifice the convenience of a traditional app because all progressive web apps are available with a handy home screen icon.
Traditional mobile apps as we know them could well become obsolete in the next few years as more modern alternatives look to replace them. HTML5, along with progressive web apps, is likely to be the preferred options for businesses moving forwards over the next few years. From a consumer's point of view, the difference is unlikely to be too noticeable and the change will occur gradually.
Over the past 2 decades, mobile phones have evolved dramatically. Once a luxury, now, the mobile phones are considered a basic tool. The global presence of mobile phones has increased drastically over the years. Be it for communication or to just unwind by playing games like candy crush or a casino game, every other person today possesses a mobile phone. When the global presence of mobiles is so rich, for what possible reason people won't use this network for their commercial gains?
Mobile phones, mobile marketing
Small size integrated with the latest technology has made mobile phones so handy that laptops seem to be an unnecessary burden to people today. Ask for anything, and mobile has a solution for it. From managing your busy schedule to doing fun things like playing games at online sites like Best live blackjack; mobiles have put everything on your fingertips. Then why would anyone take the pain of carrying extra kilos?
It has become something that businesses crave for, a tool to connect to maximum available population. Businesses use it in plethora ways to sell their respective products by flashing irresistible/tempting advertisements on mobiles. Ease of communication through mobiles has made it possible for a person to market and sell his product to another person staying a thousand miles away. The emergence of mobile phones has truly changed the way business works.
Mobile phones have all the answers to your advertisement needs
From text messages to voice calls, from Emails to app pop-ups, from YouTube ads to news feed tags; today a person views at least 20 advertisements daily. Mobile marketing has become an indispensable part of the business. From a pizza maker to a game provider, no business is leaving any stone unturned to reach out to people through mobiles. Everyone is hunting for new ways to use this network to increase his sale. Today, even physical stores use mobile marketing by notifying people about the latest offers available in their stores. Look for anything and you will get a hundred people selling it.
Mobile marketing is indubitably important today. Mobile network mixed with amazing graphics makes advertisements so tempting that most people tend to buy the product that is flashed on their mobile. Advertisement seems more effective when done through mobiles. It has become so important that search engines like Google, Yahoo are preferring search index based on mobile search ranking rather than desktop search rankings. This clearly reflects the increasing use of internet on mobile phones and why not. People today start and end their days looking at their mobiles. The mobile phone is the foremost thing you need when you get up in the morning and also the last thing you need before you go to bed.
Mobile marketing has made its place in the marketing strategy of any company. Moreover, there is no other tool that could replace mobile marketing in today's world. If a business does not consider mobile marketing, it is liable to fall. While a person investing more time in mobile marketing has more chances of rising.
During a time where consumers are looking for quick and safe ways to pay for their online services, mobile phones come to offer an easy solution that does not require the use of bank accounts, e-wallets, debit or credit cards. That solution is no other than Boku; a company that effectively processes mobile payments for online products and services.
By simply using your phone credit, you are going to be in full control of your online expenses, regardless if you want to buy a new pair of shoes or book an online course. Additionally, Boku allows casino players to pay by phone and to easily set their own deposit limits. Players will not be charged for using Boku as a deposit method. Even though this might seem as just another payment alternative for people that regularly use traditional payment methods online, it is always worth keeping in mind, that there are many people that are worried about sharing their bank or credit card details on the web.
How Does One Pay Using Boku?
Users can start using this payment method, by simply downloading and installing the Boku application found in their mobile phone's app store. Given that one's mobile operator allows for transactions via Boku, this payment service acts as a tool which uses the mobile phone holder's billing service in order to instantly draw the funds required for the finalisation of an online payment. This means that if a video game or a casino game player were to deposit funds in their gaming or casino account, those funds would be added on their phone bill at the end of the month.
Boku services can also be used by those who use prefer taking the "pay as you go" approach instead of having a fixed long-term contract with a provider. In the case of prepaid phone credit, transactions will be processed until there are no longer sufficient funds in the user's account. This means that Boku will only deduct existing funds and it will not charge the user beyond the limit of their prepaid credit. Boku users are notified when their phone number funds do not suffice for the completion of a transaction.
Is Boku a Safe Payment Method?
Boku is a payment service that is trusted and recommended by numerous online services or product providers. Apart from gaming and online casino platforms, Boku is a method used by tech giants such as Apple, Google and Microsoft. All transactions are processed instantly and safely. Its credibility as a safe payment method is backed by the fact that many businesses and services use Boku as an identity verification tool. This tool is used by banks, payment services and public authorities.
Can Boku Be Used as a Withdrawal Method?
Boku is primarily a depositing payment service, which means that it currently cannot be used as a withdrawal method. The good news though, is that websites such as online casinos will offer dozens of other withdrawal methods, which a player can easily use to withdraw their funds.
Virtually everyone owns a smartphone and uses it daily. In fact, it has been shown that within the first 15 minutes of waking up in the morning to just before falling asleep at night people habitually check their phones. From email to photos, calls to SMS messages, apps to games, there are an inexhaustive number of activities that mobile phones offer. As a result, phones get cluttered. What once worked with impressive speed when purchased half a year ago, now starts to slow. This can be a major annoyance as well as hindering the performance of your device. Fortunately, most big brand smartphones like Apple or Samsung allow users to run a diagnostic check to identify what applications or folders are taking up the most space and causing the phone to slow. Even worse that a slow speed is when the smartphone freezes and can even crash. There is nothing worse than needing to make a call or compose a message and not being able to because of the inefficiency of your phone. While instructions vary per mobile device, running a diagnostic usually requires accessing settings then device care. From here, there is a layout of how much storage and memory is available and also which apps are in disuse (also called ‘Sleeping apps'). Most phones then allow the Optimize to free up space. By doing this, the phone not only runs faster and more efficient but also increases the battery life to keep the device running longer after charges.
Probably the biggest culprit of gobbling space is photos, and especially videos. Having a portable camera is extremely convenient and so many users are guilty of taking multiple selfies to scroll through. In the digital era, most of these photos remain on the phone and never get deleted or transferred to computer or hard drive. It is useful to backup photos on an account, like cloud, on a laptop or external hard drive as this frees up substantial space on the storage as well as protects your photos in case your phone is lost or damaged. An external SD card that can be placed into most phones is also very handy as this can add many more Gigabytes of space and, if ever the card fills up through the years, it can be simply removed and replaced with a fresh one or transferred to a laptop. Again, an external SD card also saves your photos or video if the phone crashes or breaks. Even when users do a sweep of their phone, deleting any goofy photos and blurry images or lengthy space eating videos, the deleted items can be sent to the ‘trash folder'. Most times anything in the trash gets automatically deleted after around 15 days, but sometimes this setting is not enabled and photos or documents remain there forever - unknown to the user who thought they have cleared out their phone. Therefore, double check and erase all documents in the trash to not waste space. Deleting any stored cache or browsing history can also free up space, especially when it has been collected over a long period of time. Once all the photos, videos, and documents have been secured via transfer to another device or platform like Google Photos or iCloud, then some users may opt for a hard reset of their phone. This returns the smartphone to its factory settings, that is how the phone appeared brand new.
Another area that takes up a lot of phone storage are certain elaborate apps and games. Furthermore, these apps can also continually update and add more features and visual settings that consume additional space over time. For many people it is not only the size of the app or game that can cause their phone to slow, but the quantity that they have downloaded - and most often rarely use. The fact that a majority of apps or games are free to download gives into the temptation to create a database, with even the smaller size apps adding up to take up considerable size. One way to prevent this is to analyze and rank which apps that you use most every day to a few times a week and those that are inessential, and you rarely use. Delete or uninstall these unused apps. Smartphones are also great at providing a visual breakdown of how much space each app or game users and further the last time you have opened that particular app. If the last time is over a month ago and it takes up around 1GB of space, it is best to junk it. Another technique, particular for gaming on smartphone, is to play online games more than those that require downloading. As most places offer wifi, this option is feasible since downloaded multi-level games can be notorious for slowing phone speed and performance. For instance, online casino sites have particularly proven themselves experts at focusing on mobile gameplay for slot games - accessible via internet. Mobile slots have simple and straightforward controls, with a grid of 5 reels, about 3 or 4 rows, a number of paylines, and features and bonus rounds that can award thrilling payouts of real money. Further, as these mobile slots are online, they do not eat up any space on the smartphone as an actual device. A few great mobile slots are Eyecon's classic ‘Fluffy Favourites', Yggdrasil's visually stunning ‘Ahoha!' for a trip to Hawaii, and Playtech's cheerful ‘Irish Luck' online, as well as many more with different themes and rewards on offer.
As with photos and videos occupying lots of space on a phone, music is another area that can bite a chunk of space from the device. While it is a convenience downloading songs on the smartphone, when a user has a collection of thousands that is when the problems can start. Investing in an ipod is useful to designate songs to a device and save space on the phone. Otherwise, consider installing and subscribing to a music listen app such as Spotify that is designed to download songs offline with as little space as possible.
These tips and tricks should free up most space on any smartphone and increase the device speed and performance. Of course, conserving mobile space also requires mindfulness. Pay closer attention to the apps and games that you value and are essential and those that you can do without. Also, sift through and narrow down the countless selfies and transfer those long videos of a squirrel in the park. Then you can rest assured that you will be able to capture something important when it does happen rather than miss an opportunity because of a weighted down phone.
I think there is no such a space in the world where mobile phone does not exist. Nowadays the mobile is the essential part our life since the mobiles are converting to Smartphone. People in the UK even in the whole Europe are used to of the mobile phone contract deals and SIM only deals. The difference is in mobile phone deals you need to change your mobile and in SIM only deal you need to change your SIM the mobile will remain same. In this article we will guide you about best mobile phone deals so read the article carefully to find out about the best possible choices.
Best Mobile Phone Deals
The most popular and most wanted mobile phone deals in the market are given below.
- Apple iPhone11 64GB black in £20 per month and contract will be for 1 year with the upfront cost of £679. In this deal you will get the 20GB data, unlimited text messages and unlimited calls.
- Samsung Galaxy A20E 32GB black in £17 per month and for 2 years contract with zero upfront charges. In this deal you will get 500MB data, unlimited calls and unlimited text messages.
- Apple iPhone11 Pro Max 64GB in £47 per month and for 1 year contract with zero upfront charges. In this deal you will get the 1GB data, unlimited calls and unlimited texts.
Best Mobile Phone Brands
If you like to use the Android Operating system then we recommend you go for the Samsung mobile phones. One of the best and finest android phone in the market. You can get the Samsung A20E in £17 per month don't you think it is best option. If you have more low budget then you can go for the Nokia 2.2 Dual sim in just £7.5 per month.
If you are the IOS user then I am pretty sure you would like to use the new model of iPhone. Well we have the iPhone11 64GB in £20 and iPhone11 Pro 64GB in £47. We suggest you go for the iPhone11 because the major reason is the price is very affordable and the second reason is there will be less difference of features between both models so you should go for the iPhone11 64GB but rest up to you.
How You can save Money on Mobile Deals
Yes this is true the mobile phones deals are somehow cheap as compared to buying the phone. Mostly people are saying that mobile phone deals are cheaper than the mobile contract phones. Yes this is true, there are many reasons behind it. The first reason is in mobile contracts you need to pay the upfront cost, the second reason is there is very limited mobile data in mobile contracts phones that can be finish in very short time and in result you need to pay more money for more data, and the major reason is price. You can compare the prices of contract phones and mobile phone deals, you will find the great difference.
Mobiles have become one of the most useful and widely used forms of technology in the present age. People use it for all kinds of purposes other than just for calling each other. Mobiles are used to access and send emails, use social media, install all sorts of apps, play games, take pictures, and record videos. There is a wide range of types of mobile devices, including PDAs, iPods, cellular phones, Bluetooth devices, and wireless data networks. Mobiles connect to the internet and provide the users with access to it using WAP. The range of bandwidth on the 3G technology is high that is why users can efficiently get the information.
Mobiles have assumed the role that was traditionally associated with computers as we can not only communicate, but also read online books, newspapers, and watch the television. The Metalanguage, which serves the purpose of communicating the data and which is used to develop the applications, is XML language. Mobile technology assists a student in academic works in a variety of ways.
The Functionality of Mobiles for Students
Students find the integration of mobile technology into the educational system beneficial and useful. Since mobiles are pocket-size and handy, they can be taken anywhere and provide more convenience of use than the laptops. Mobile devices allow for the downloading and reading of e-books. Some students use their mobiles as USB devices. They save their assignments and documents and download or print them whenever they need.
Mobile technology is more reliable for carrying the soft-copies of documents. Their tendency to malfunction like USBs because of viruses is very less. The materials can easily be accessed in the destination folders any time they are needed. Likewise, they can share the files with their friends and group-mates using the free Bluetooth feature.
Mobile phones are increasingly being improved with the integration of technologies that are helpful for the students. Universities commonly establish online portals and provide the students with their accounts so that they can download the course content, upload their assignments, and access the online university library. Students can get paper help without actually visiting the university library because all of the required research papers can easily be downloaded from the online portal. These portals are beneficial for promoting efficient communication across the student groups and between the teachers and students. Teachers take attendance of students using the online portals, and students can also see their performance assessment forms online using their mobiles.
Mobile Technology Keeps Data Secure
Mobile phones are particularly useful for carrying and securing sensitive information. Students also use mobile phones to make online transactions. They have installed the apps of their banks in the mobiles and can safely access their online bank accounts from the convenience of their classrooms or their flats.
Mobile technologies that the university students can use include SMS, Global System for Mobile communication known as GSM, 3G technologies, XML, and Wireless Application Protocol (WAP). Everything ranging from the mobiles to the apps containing sensitive, private, and personal information is password-protected. If a student repeatedly enters the wrong password, the app denies access to online banking after four to five unsuccessful attempts, and the user has to contact the bank to grant access to the app.
Handy Solutions Offered by Mobile Technology
Mobile phones are integrated into the modern lifestyle in a way that they surpass even the laptops in their usability. Students who are going on a bus and want to revise the course content in one last before appearing for the exam can easily browse it on their mobile phones. There are charging backup devices to ensure that they don't run out of battery when they need mobile phones the most. There are distinct software programs in mobile phones that allow for video making, editing, and streaming. Many students make presentations using the apps on their mobile phones.
Owing to the huge usefulness of a mobile phone for a student, educational institutions should make the necessary changes in their systems to allow for increased integration of mobile phones. One way this can be achieved is by recording all lectures. Many universities already engage in this practice. Recording the lectures makes it possible for the management to upload them on the online university portals. Students find it convenient to play the videos from there. Not only the videos are helpful if a student missed a lecture, but they are also useful for the students who did attend the class but couldn't grasp a concept. Mobile technology plays a vital role in the future of education.
Not everyone always has the time to visit phone shops to check out phones and buy hence buying phones online is what people always opt for. Buying phones online is easy with just simple clicks and everything is over and done with. Refurbished phones are commonly found online and a lot of people always purchase them. In as much as buying refurbished phones have many advantages, there are some things buyers need to check out before settling for a particular phone.
Things to check out when buying refurbished cell phones
Refurbished phones always go through professional reconditioning which can sometimes be done by the manufacturer or a qualified retailer. Most of them usually come with limited warranties to convince and motivate people to buy phones. They are usually valid and there are very good phones that come out from the right selection. But before settling down for a refurbished phone, there are some very important factors that people need to check out before making any payments. Some of the factors include:
Check out the phone brand
The very first thing to do when shopping refurbished phones in any online mobile store are to check out the company that refurbished the phone. Factors like company reputation and customer reviews about the mobile store equally matter.
Before buying any phone, always check out the warranty offered by the online mobile store. All new phones always come with warranties thus any professionally sold refurbished phones should do so as well.
But generally, the warranties that come with refurbished phones are always shorter than new phones straight from manufacturers. Irrespective of how little the warranty time is, it does offer some guarantee the phone works well and is of good quality. But if no warranty is offered then it could be just proof that the phone may not be the best. Always make sure the warranty is confirmed before purchasing so there will be no future issues without proof.
Refurbished phone vendors have to be able to justify the price of their products and explain to customers how they carry out their restoration process. If they are unable to this, it could be a possible red flag and customers are encouraged to look elsewhere.
Advantages of buying refurbished phones
One of the basic reasons most people always go for refurbished or used phones online is because they are cheaper. The standard return policy is often 30 days with no questioning and the phones can be returned phone is no longer considered new when it is returned for any reason during that period. The returns usually cost buyers some sort of loss which most of them do not wish to experience.
Easy to use
With refurbished phones, people who do not love changing phones all the time or find it difficult adapting to new technology and most of them are always easy to use with familiar basic features and functions.
Whether you are a business owner or a higher up, carrying around two phones can be tedious. With the added stress of ensuring it is charged, this can oftentimes be more stress than it is worth. However, by eliminating the need for a job and personal phone, you can begin to manage workload and ensure a phone call is never missed again.
Ensures Open Line Of Communication
One of the biggest benefits that come from a BYOD (bring your device) services is that it keeps an open line of communication when you are out of the office. It allows you to answer all your work phone calls without having to carry around a separate phone. This not only saves time, but this is also a business expense that can be spared by using your device instead of purchasing business phones for you.
Allows For Work To Be Completed Outside The Office
In addition to ensuring open lines of communication, there is the opportunity to complete work outside of the office. Whether this is conference calls or meetings with other members of the team, work can be completed remotely. This is ideal for those that are constantly travelling for business as work can be completed with the phone and a laptop. Though this will require a strong phone signal, this is a simple yet effective way of keeping your business connected through a central network, regardless of where you are travelling to.
Ensures Emails Are Connected
In addition to phone calls, having all your emails on one place can help you to complete work efficiently over the course of the day. Whether you are travelling to meetings or you are away on business, a BYOD contract allows you to use your phone as a central hub to the office. This is ideal particularly for smaller businesses as this will keep everyone connected even when travelling on business. This allows those that are out on jobs to still be contactable when they are out of the office. This will not only improve efficiency, but it has the potential to boost revenue month on month.
Allows Them To Set Realistic Deadlines
The final benefit to a contract such as this is the realistic deadlines. By having phone calls and emails all on one device, you can focus on the task at hand without having to switch device. This not only makes travelling easier, but it allows you to monitor deadlines with the rest of the team. When having calls directed to your mobile, you can help the team progress without having to juggle two phones. This, therefore, means that there is never the risk of a missed call regardless of where you are.
With this in mind, using a contract such as this can help to increase efficiency over time. Whether you are a new business looking to connect all employees through a central hub or you are a business looking to remove the added expense of business phones, this style of contract can benefit you in the long term.
Blogging has become one of the most popular professions in the online world, especially for younger generations. It allows you to earn money while working with flexible hours and at the comfort of your home. To make things even better, formal education is not strictly required, but rather considered as a plus.
The two skills that are required for this profession are creativity and good grammar. If you can put your creative ideas into nicely-worded sentences, then blogging is something that you should consider doing. Of course, it may be a bit difficult in the beginning, but as time progresses, you'll only get better.
There are many things to consider and learn in this, so make sure you do your research well. Since we are here to help you out, we have a special guide for blogging for beginners. The guide is extremely useful and can be very handy for you, especially while you are laying the foundation of your new profession.
Most of the blogs today are accessed via a mobile device. Some research has shown that more than 60% of the traffic on websites is done with mobile. That means that if you have a blog site, it's important to optimize it for mobile use. That is exactly why we decided to give you 5 tips for optimizing your blog for mobile. They are helpful and will help increase your traffic.
Control the Number of Ads
Unlike laptops and PCs where the screen is enormous and you can fit everything, mobiles don't have that privilege. As you may know, one of the best ways to earn money via a website is by placing ads. With mobile phones, you need to control the number of ads to make sure that the user experience is not affected by them. Furthermore, some ads may contain malware, so you might want to research that before deciding to place them on your blog site.
Making your site responsive means that you need to utilize it based on the device that the client is accessing. Having separate sites for desktop and mobile use is essential these days, with a big accent on mobile sites. Research has shown that by 2025, more than 70% of the traffic will be made by mobile devices, which means that this comes as a no-brainer.
Number of Pages
Scrolling through numerous pages can be extremely problematic for some users. The constant new page load is likely to make them displeased and cancel their activity on your site. The best thing for you to do is to make your blogs on one page. While you are at it, the paragraphs and the sentences shouldn't be too long. So, keep the paragraphs short and optimize your blogs to be on one page.
Keep File Sizes Small
Page load time matters. The faster your page loads, the better the user experience will be. Most bloggers utilize the use of photos and Instagram posts to make their blogs artsier. If you are open to the idea of inserting photos, make sure that the files are not too big. The bigger they are; the more time it will take for them to load.
The phone models from the users can have a big effect on this. While some have the privilege of having revolutionary phones, some don't. If your site has too many details, it will be harder for them to enjoy your texts.
Keep up With the Updates
Every theme has constant updates. While picking the perfect theme for your site, check if it's mobile-friendly. Whenever an update comes, you will be notified. Updating your site is useful since the updates contain the latest tools for optimization and have better visuals.
During the past few years, the Internet has changed significantly. Many of those changes have to do with the fact that people are now accessing the Internet using other devices. When people are away from the computer, they can browse the Internet on a smartphone or tablet. The number of people browsing the web on a mobile device has climbed progressively higher and this trend is likely to continue.
It is increasingly important for webmasters to ensure that their sites are mobile-friendly. Below, readers will learn more about the importance of mobile-friendliness.
How It Works
First and foremost, it is smart to learn a little more about mobile-friendly sites. What makes them different from the competition? When visiting a website on a smartphone, you have to understand that the screen is going to be significantly smaller. Furthermore, the user will need to tap the screen. They'll use their fingers to control the web browser.
Therefore, the experience will be much different than what you're used to on a computer. If the website is not designed correctly, the mobile user may have difficulty using the website in question.
Aspects Of Mobile-Friendly Sites
What makes a website mobile friendly? If you visit a website on a smartphone, you expect that website to fit the screen. You shouldn't have to slide back and forth to read the content. Instead, the website should shrink to match your device's screen. Simultaneously, it is important to make sure that the website is easy to use with two fingers. The user should be able to effortlessly navigate the website.
A mobile-friendly website will make a big difference for the user since they'll be able to access and use the site easily.
Search Engine Importance
Running the best online casino Singapore has to offer will be difficult. You'll want to rely on search engine optimization to increase your site's traffic. This will ensure that people can learn about your casino website by using Google, Bing, and other search engines. With this in mind, you should understand that search engines place significant importance on mobile-friendliness. If the website is not designed for mobile devices, Google will notice.
And, they may punish the website. This means that you'll have a much harder time getting organic traffic to your website. To solve this problem, you should build a website that is going to work well on all devices. Do so and you'll have a lot more success with Google.
If you want visitors to stay on your website for a longer time, you need to make sure that it works flawlessly. If it doesn't, they're going to have a lot of problems and they'll go elsewhere. This is why you must make your website work well on a smartphone. If you do, you can rest assured knowing that your users will not experience any problems. They'll be able to use the website easily.
They'll stick around long and take advantage of the content the site offers. If you're selling products or services, this will increase the likelihood that you're going to seal the deal.
Making The Sale
At the end of the day, you want to increase your profits. With a website, you'll be able to do that. However, you must make sure that your website is going to work well for your customers. Many of your customers will access your website using a mobile device such as a tablet or smartphone. Therefore, you need to make sure that your website works great on these devices.
If you don't, your users may not be able to purchase the items you're selling. Fix this problem and your customers won't have any issues buying your products or services. This will ensure that they'll stick around much longer and purchase what you're selling.
Don't Neglect It
At the end of the day, you cannot neglect search engine optimization. However, you'll never succeed with SEO unless your website works well on all devices. You cannot ignore smartphones since more and more consumers are accessing the Internet using their iPhones and Android phones. Therefore, you'll want to put in a lot of effort to make sure that your website is mobile-friendly.
Do so and you can guarantee that your website will work better for you, your customers, and your company!
Technology is currently expanding at an exponential rate as the age of digitalisation takes further root in society. The modern payment concept seems to combine a traditional cash transaction that is slowly but surely coming to an end with an ever-growing network of ePayment via smart devices as the old and new battle it out as digitalisation comes of age. Of course, as the technology develops rapidly, keeping in touch with the latest trends can often be a tricky concept, but there are some features which are obviously taking hold in society. It is those listed here that will dominate the future of mobile payment technology.
The mobile apps are upping the game
Scan the Android library or the Apple app store and what greets you is a continuous stream of applications to download and use. Most of these you see are game-related, whether it's games on https://www.facebook.com/ or https://www.usrealmoney-casinos.com/, there is an incredible array of choice. With epayment becoming a vital part of how consumers now purchase services, all it takes is one click of a button and an add-on or wager can be bought or placed instantly.
Some apps that are making the future of mobile payment much easier though are those that provide a so-called ‘ewallet'. Enabling customers to purchase whatever they want in person or online, the ewallet is revolutionizing how payments are being made, but why is that?
How improved security has fired mobile wallets into the public eye
The whole purpose, essentially, of the mobile wallet is convenience. Taking out your physical wallet or purse and trying to sift through the notes or coins to pay for goods and services can often be a bugbear for consumers. Pulling out your phone, however, and going straight to the wallet app can make things easier - there's no faffing about for the right change and it's a simple transaction.
But, convenience alone is not enough to convince the average consumer to ditch the bulging pocket or handbag for a mobile phone. Security is also a major factor when handing over hard-earned money - and so it should be.
Digital authentication is the name of the game for mobile wallet apps. And, most offer or require dual authentication to use. So, even if people make a purchase with a mobile wallet, a pin could still be required. Some smartphones take this authentication and security even further by possessing biometric authentication.
It sounds complicated, but it ensures that only authorized app users are able to use a phone or smart device in order to purchase a product or make a deposit on Paripop, thereby providing an ideal way of identifying the owner of an account and thus reducing chances of identity theft and fraud.
If you don't believe the writing, then believe the statistics; by the end of this year, payments on a mobile wallet are predicted to hit $500 billion - a massive rise from the $75 billion accrued in 2016. That rise accounts to a yearly growth of almost 80% over a period of half of a decade.
What this means for physical payment cards
Despite them being popular with the older generation, all this hype and growth surrounding mobile wallets has obviously prompted the decline of physical payment cards. As cash effectively gets trumped by the online world, the need to have an actual physical card in your pocket is decreasing with each passing year. Of course, non-cash payments are still a credit and debit card hotspot, with over 70% of Americans using at least one credit card.
But it's not just a mobile wallet where the future of payment lies. The concept of near field communication - or NFC - is transforming how transactions between consumers and merchants are completed, meaning payments can be made on the go, rendering physical forms of payment in various environments obsolete. The reliability and efficiency of such notions has been a key catalyst to the soaring of mobile payments.
The concept of mPOS and its societal impact
Where the future of mobile payment technology will centre around is the demand for mobile point of sale (mPOS) technology. Such units have come into being as a way of making or receiving payment without having to use in-store cash registers and sale terminals, driving the credit card into obscurity too.
The flexibility provided by mPOS as well as their portability - both compact and wire-free - make them ideal additions to trade shows, concerts and even food trucks as transactions can be completed wherever customers are. The Apple stores in particular showcase the mPOS in action perfectly. Customers are able to purchase goods with any employee instead of queueing in a line for the cash registers.
But, mPOS isn't just a trend that is around for a few years then disappears, it will be the future of mobile payment. There will be nearly 28 million mPOS devices in use by 2021, compared to the 3.2 million in 2014. Such a hike in numbers is largely down to the flexibility and convenience of mPOS in this current climate with merchants able to conduct business anywhere, whereas they were previously just used in brick-and-mortar locations.
Social commerce knocks shopping out of the park
If there is one trend right now that is showing no signs of letting up it's the power of social media. It is king with people in the streets, on public transport or merely at home scrolling for hours on end through endless sites and stories. No wonder then that businesses are trying to market such a huge audience.
But, technology has developed in such a way that when users sift through Instagram, Facebook or Snapchat and come across a product or service that they like the look of, no longer do they need to leave the app in order to search any further. All that is required is a click on the shop now button and the user can start buying - and all this without being redirected to an online store.
As a result, the payment process is much faster and smoother as a mobile shopping cart integrates with social media technology, and with the help of chatbot checkouts and autofill, customers tend to be satisfied much sooner than if they went in store.
Mobile is the future
Mobile wallets and mobile point of sale devices are where the future of mobile payment lies. The trends are already present - the ability to purchase goods in stores such as Apple from one particular employee rather than waiting for the checkout till. But, this will develop further into much greater automated payment capabilities, the type of which have been discussed above.
Though it will perhaps take years for the development to be perfected, it is clear that mobile is where the future of payment, payment processing and payment getaways lies. It's not a question of if, but simply when this will occur. The future of technology is exciting, but this could develop a cashless society much quicker than people think.
Realme was founded as a sub-brand of OPPO and after Oppo launched its super-fast charging technology, having the same technology for Realme makes sense. Just a day after OPPO announced it is super-fast wired charging technology and 65W AirVOOC wireless charging technology, Realme came up with is own 125W fast charging technology, called Realme 125W Ultra Dart fast charging. This didn't come up as a surprise as the company has already hinted about it a few weeks ago.
According to the company's claim, the technology is brand new and can charge a 4,000mAh battery up to 33 percent with wired charger in just 3 minutes. It is said that the company is using a three-way charging solution to increase speed. The three-way charge simultaneously pumps step-down voltage to maximize the charging power and also reduce the heat dissipation along the way. This three-way solution and the entire charging process has been optimizing to be used in smartphones, as these mobile phones are small devices and have their cooling requirements. This technology can result in an ultra-high conversion rate of 98 percent.
The new charging technology has a flip-chip structure that shortens the current path between the Type-C port and reduces the heat source. It also adopts an ultra-thin soaking plate to conduct the high-temperature efficiently. This helps to absorb and reduce the heat energy being produced during the charging process. As per the company, they have combined the thermal conductive gel and multi-layer graphite sheet, which lowers the temperate and keeps it under 40-degree Celsius.
To support this Realme 125W ultra dart fast charging technology, a dual Type-C charging cable is used. Also, this technology isn't limited to smartphones alone and can be used with other devices with high-power requirements such as notebooks. The technology is pretty much backward-compatible with Dart, Warp, VOOC, and SuperVOOC 2.0 charging technologies.
We knew it was coming and now it's official. Qualcomm has publicly detailed the specifics of their latest flagship chip, the Snapdragon 835. It will allow smartphone manufacturers to utilize better technology and equipments in the mobile phones of 2017 in terms of photography, machine learning and displays.
The CPU in the 835 chip is an octa-core, semi-custom Kryo 280 CPU core design with possible ARM Cortex-A73 cores powering it. The Kryo 280 system is divided into four cores with 1.9GHz clock speed for efficiency and four cores with 2.45GHz clock speed for performance. Take a look at the image below to understand some of the differences between the SD 835, the SD 821 and the SD 820.
Apart from providing a boost of about 20% over the SD 820, the SD 835 will also allow for much better battery efficiency. Qualcomm expects that around 80% of all the tasks usually performed by a smartphone will be handled by the comparatively low-powered CPU cores, thereby providing an additional two and a half hour of battery life, as compared to the SD 820. Let's not forget that all of this has a lot to do with Samsung's 10nm FinFET process, on which the new chips are being built.
The Adreno 540 GPU is similar to the Adreno 530 in architecture, but the faster trilinear filtering and GPGPU compute will lead to a 25% performance boost over the older GPU. In terms of display, it can support 10-bit color at 4K resolution with a constant 60fps frame rate. The Adreno 540 GPU can now handle 107.4 million colors (previously 16.8 million) as well. In summary, we would say that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 is the most powerful and revolutionary mobile chip yet. If you are interested in more technical details, check it out here.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Do you know how a mobile app is made? If you have ever thought about building your own app, then you've probably heard at least something about mobile app development. Building your very first app is not an easy thing to do.
In fact, it is a job for a mobile app development service, which knows exactly how to code, use graphics, text, and buttons, respond to user interaction, make your layout work on multiple screen sizes and so on. Creating an Android or iOS app and making it work on mobile devices seem to be a real science or art for those, who know nothing about it. In fact, everything is not so complicated, at least for a professional developer.
So, let's have a look what exactly a mobile app development is.
The Fine Art of Building a Mobile App
First of all, let's make it clear that as with any other technical process, a mobile app development has a fixed lifecycle of concrete steps, which have to be done. In order to deliver a successful mobile app project all of those steps have to be followed and completed. If not, you have lower chances of making your app stand out among millions of similar applications in Google Store and App Store.
So, to build a winning app, a team of professional developers and managers work on:
● Improving the concept;
Having a great idea is not enough to build a good app. Before providing any details and fulfilling them in real life, you have to polish the purpose and the mission of an app. What kind of problem is it going to solve? What is it going to do? And what particular niche is it going to take?
Then, you have to analyze the market, comparing already existed applications in the same niche and finding inspiration for a personal style and design in your own app. After this, you need to start working on wireframes, system design, user interface design, and so on. Then, the development phase, where the system is being developed and the tests are being held, begins. This is one of the most time-consuming phases as there is a lot of testing work, which has to be done in order to produce a qualitative and competitive product. The testing phase is one of the most important ones. If you miss even the smallest bug you risk losing a higher number of potential customers in the future. So, this part has never to be neglected.
And the last but not the least is a release phase, where you launch an app on the market. Though this part seems to be the easiest one, it also represents quite a complicated process. Releasing a product is about promoting an app and gathering along analysing the feedback from the users.
So, that's all for building a mobile app. As you can see, it is quite an interesting but difficult process if you have no a programming experience or at least some kind of knowledge in it.
Nowadays, Mobile phones or smartphones are not just used for calling or texting; rather, with the rise of the modern age, the smartphones have become "mini-computers." With the rapid advancement of technology and very innovative ideas, smartphones have become more comfortable to use than desktop computers.
As a result, it has cleared the paths to many industries, among them, being the industry that has taken the lead among the others is the mobile gaming industry. Mobile Casino UK is the perfect example of the said new trends. The mobile gaming industry is constantly increasing its users' engagement towards their applications in various platforms. In recent times, the desktop gaming industry is suffering from a lesser number of players and customers due to cut-throat competition with the mobile gaming industry.
But, not just that, the mobile gaming industry is ruthless, and in order to survive, it is most important to prioritize the game engines and graphics just as gameplay and storyline. So, in order to do so, you will need some tools to develop games, and below is the list of 4 best available software with which you can develop mobile games. Just have a look.
Game Maker: Studio 2
This tool or software is great for newbie developers who have very less ideas of how-to code. Therefore, its step by step tutorial makes it quite a user friendly. YoYo studios launched this developmental software for the creation of special 2D games. It comes with its own gaming language, which is very similar to C++, but it uses a drag-and-drop interface to create and develop games without going into complicated coding methods. However, if someone is interested in the creation of 3D games, this is where this software becomes complicated as it will require you to code and create a well-threaded storyline.
This tool or software used to design applications is launched by Ludei Corporation. It is best-suited for Application development and web games based on HTML5. This software produces games that are comparatively faster and highly stable. The project creation is fast due to the integrated process and easy to use interface. This software is unique from others as besides providing debugging tools to its users. It also allows the application development in platforms like Android, iOS, and so on.
This software is designed to provide its users to develop 2D games faster than any other available software. It enables its users to use a wide variety of tools and features. It guides its users to build and develop applications much faster through its tutorials. No encryption is required to develop games, and a wide variety of prototypes are available to find issues and bugs within the games developed. Another unique feature enabled by this software is a built-in monetization of developing or developed games. And also, while developing games, you are free to choose the FRS ( Frame Rate per second) in general between 30 to 60.
This free to use software provides its users with tools and features which are used to develop event-based games or applications. This software is very easy to use as it does not require any knowledge of programming or coding for developing applications and games. This software is very intuitive, and there is no need to spend hours on developing games. It provides a very natural flow to the user. This software is developed by the Click Team. However, it can also be used to develop 2D games, but it is more suitable to develop event-based games under the static camera.
Now, there are tons of other options of software and application that you can decide to choose from the available options. For example, if you know coding and programming languages, then you can choose Unity or Unreal Engine and so on. This list is like the needle in a haystack situation, therefore it's entirely up to you, which software you find the best suitable for yourself. You are free to choose the applications based on the criterion of budget, tools, user interface, knowledge of coding, programming languages, experience, and so on.
There are several essential enterprise mobile app development strategies to enhance the performance, reliability, and flexibility of your configured application. Mobile application technologies have completely revolutionized digital processes for business. Modern enterprise app development technologies have streamlined procedures, accelerated delivery, and minimized development risk. At the same time, the consistent improvements across smartphones, tablets, and wearable technologies have allowed mobile apps to operate in more sophisticated operating environments than ever before. When configuring a high-performance mobile application, there are several key development and deployment strategies to keep in mind. With the top mobile application development strategies, you can deploy a new, agile approach to security, improve efficiency, and streamline procedures. Read on to learn about the essential enterprise mobile app development strategies.
As you build a mobile application, you need to consistently prioritize the security of your enterprise app. Once your enterprise application is launched, user's must be confident in the security, safety, and reliability of your digital program. From personal data, payment information, and saved locations, modern enterprise applications store high volumes of incredibly sensitive information. Cloud and mobile computing technologies have completely revolutionized the process for storing data. With cloud services for private data storage, the parameters concerning data's actual location are much more unclear. With weak or unprotected data storage, you risk facing leaks, hacks, and information breaches across your configured enterprise program. As you build your mobile program, you need to constantly identify ways to identify and tackle serious security issues.
Deploy Container Technology
Deploy containerization strategies in order to enhance the performance, reliability, and portability of your enterprise mobile application. Containerization strategies bundle your application together along with its binaries, repositories, configuration files and documentations. Once bundled together, these files are stored in sealed ‘containers,' where they are more stable through updates, modifications, patches, or configuration changes. With containers, you can make your mobile application deployment more secure, as well as more repeatable for future digital programs. At the same time, utilizing a containerization strategy allows you to take advantage of several key resources, such as a container registry. A container registry (see JFrog.com for more info) serves as an essential resource to support your Docker containers and Helm Chart repositories across deployments. An advanced container registry provides reliable, consistent, and efficient access to remote Docker container registries. Containerization resources are excellent enterprise app development strategies to enhance the security, portability, and transferability of your digital mobile program.
Focus On Enhanced User Experience Design
Building an enterprise mobile application, many development teams place a heavy focus on enhancing user experience, design, and engagement. The best iPhone and Android apps prioritize end user experience design throughout the development pipeline. The main focus of your developed mobile application should be directly on your users. Integral components like application engagement, user interface, and experience design are major determinants of an app's eventual success or failure. Identify the need your mobile app is looking to fulfill, and ensure your developed program provides end users with what they want. By focusing on user experience consistently, you can improve your reviews and interaction across your application significantly.
Throughout mobile application development, you need to concentrate on building flexible and scalable systems. Depending on the success of your application, you may be considering future efforts to scale your program for a larger volume of users. Focus on crucial development elements like testing, catalogs, performance, analytics, security, version control, and lifecycle management to improve your program flexibility. By placing a heavy focus on flexibility, you can greatly improve the user-friendliness, productivity, and popularity of your configured mobile application. As you prepare sophisticated mobile application development strategies, you need to consistently think of methods to streamline flexibility and scalability across your enterprise program.
Concentrate On Application Marketing
As you develop a high-performance mobile application, many developers strategically plan marketing and advertising methods throughout application configuration. Your application marketing strategy can be a challenging, complex, and time-consuming process. However, it is absolutely essential to ensure sufficient exposure and recognition for your developed mobile application. You need to develop a long-term promotional plan to execute sufficient marketing procedures for your mobile app. If you are unconfident in your marketing abilities, look to third-party marketing companies to provide sufficient exposure to your mobile application. Before you begin developing your enterprise program, consider the best app marketing strategies available to use.
There are several essential enterprise mobile app development strategies that enhance the performance and reliability standards of your configured digital program. You need to consistently prioritize the security of your enterprise app throughout development. Experienced development teams often deploy containerization strategies in order to enhance the performance, reliability, and portability of your enterprise mobile application. At the same time many development teams place a heavy focus on enhancing user experience, design, and engagement. Moreover, you need to concentrate on building flexible and scalable systems. Furthermore, many experienced developers strategically plan marketing and advertising methods throughout application configuration. Consider the points mentioned above to learn about the essential enterprise mobile app development strategies.
Mobile apps have revolutionized business. Transactions have been simplified, and brands can communicate with their customers directly and in a personalized manner. If you have a business - regardless of size - pairing it with an app is something you should give serious thought to. The digital age has provided a level playing field for all brands, and standing out has become incredibly intricate. Read on for ways an app can better your service delivery and give you the edge on your competitors:
- An app provides you with a free marketing channel
One of the most significant benefits of having a business app is the ability to communicate directly with your customers without competing for attention. Your app carries only information about your brand and product. This means that when a customer opens it, there is zero chance they are there for anything but information about your product or service. Your only job is to ensure the information you provide is relevant, useful, and, if possible, personalized.
Apps separate the great from the good.
Apps are everywhere these days, but don't let that fool you: most of your rivals don't even know their businesses can use an app. You can use the opportunity to leapfrog them and pull yourself closer to the market leaders. Your customers will love your innovativeness, and your brand will take on a new look of credibility and classiness.
But there is a catch to it; a bad app is worse than an absent app. If you are going to develop an app, ensure it is terrific because such a significant addition can only enhance or break your business. Get a seasoned developer to build the app for you. Goodcore is an app development company based in London with a team of experts specializing in different aspects of app development. This is the expertise and level of dedication that you need for your project.
A business app will increase customer engagement.
All clients need a clear communication channel with the provider of the service they are seeking. If customers can't reach you, a chunk of them will likely consider the next brand. Mobile apps enable this reach. You only need to create a section on the app where customers can interact with the support team and chat. A mobile app eliminates the need for customers to visit your website to interact with the business or get more details.
It increases customer loyalty.
Customer loyalty is achieved when you keep reminding your customers that your brand exists. Then again, everyone uses the same channels to elicit commitment - banners, flyers, flashing signs, newspaper ads, roadside banners, billboards, social media, email, coupons, etc.
You cannot draw on these hackneyed means and expect to realize extraordinary results. A mobile app will help you connect with your clients in a way that makes them feel valued. Gradually, they will develop an attachment to your business and potentially turn into your brand's self-appointed ambassadors.
Build brand awareness
Among the crucial things an app offers to consumers is communication with and awareness of your brand. It offers a platform for regular interaction with the target market, which helps to foster loyalty and trust. Also, when a customer is frequently exposed to your brand, their buying intent increases. That's why mobile apps are considered an effective brand promotion strategy. A mobile app is one of the best tools for enhancing brand visibility.
Whether they are at a coffee shop, at work, or in a traffic jam, a mobile app allows consumers to access a user-friendly place for your business. The regular use and easy accessibility help to reinforce your brand and business, increasing the possibility of consumers making purchases.
Easier market research
If you have been running your business for some time, you know how market research is crucial to businesses. A business app makes it easy to conduct market research. It makes it easy to collect, analyze, and leverage consumer data. Capturing consumer insights such as consumer preferences and behavior can help you make the right decisions and focus your energy in the right place. Therefore, with a business app, your business can use data-driven marketing statistics to offer customers a personalized experience.
Mobile payments are a secure means of transaction, and they have been growing in popularity. Customers are not required to share any sensitive information, and thus there is no possibility of a third party accessing the information. Integrating your business app with mobile payment will make customers feel secure about their private and transaction information.
Worldwide audience reach
Most people around the world access the internet through their mobile phones. There are over 4.5 billion active internet users around the world, and most of these people access the internet through their mobile phones. A business app increases your business's global reach.
A mobile app will make your services or products more trustworthy for consumers. 94% of the top 50 retailers in the United States have at least one mobile application. A mobile application also makes your business look more professional.
Maximize sales and revenue
The flexibility offered by mobile apps has led to increased mobile app transactions in recent years. They offer a convenient, simple, and intuitive purchasing process, which is why most customers prefer them. This helps to improve customer experience, which positively impacts sales.
A mobile app will help you create a good reputation. You see, nobody wants to buy something without reading comments and reviews from other buyers. Just like you wouldn't go anywhere without checking ticket pricing, routes, and hotels beforehand. Positive reviews by your existing customers are an effective way to attract potential customers.
There are many ways to upgrade your business. Creating an app, albeit relatively costly and time-consuming, is one of the most viable ones. Don't ponder it a minute longer. Develop a business app today and see your brand take on a new fast-tracked growth curve.
Today at CES 2015, NVIDIA has announced a brand new mobile processor for 2015 "Tegra X1". The X1 is the first mobile processor in the world capable of 1 Teraflop floating point performance, which almost puts it in the same league as desktop class GPU and current generation gaming consoles. The X1 has a new octa-core CPU cluster.
On the GPU side, NVIDIA has turned to using its latest generation Maxwell architecture, which we saw on their flagship desktop GPU this year, the GTX 980. Although not quite in the same league performance-wise, the 256 CUDA core GPU in the X1 is twice as powerful as the Kepler-based GPU on the K1. It's also capable of 1 teraflop of floating point performance. To put that into perspective, the Xbox One is capable of 1.3 teraflop while the PS4 can do 1.84 teraflop.
The X1 has a 64-bit wide LPDDR4 memory capable of peak memory bandwidth of 25.6GB/s. It is also capable of outputting 3840x2160, that's 4K @ 60fps, to an internal or external display with support for HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2. X1 also has improved codec supports and can decode VP9, VP8, H.264, H.265 (10-bit) at 2160p60, along with 600 MP/s (megapixels per second) JPEG encode and decode.
Tegra X1 also supports all major graphics standards, including Unreal Engine 4, DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.5, CUDA, OpenGL ES 3.1 and the Android Extension Pack. Mobile devices running Tegra X1 are expected in the first half of 2015 with automobiles leveraging the DRIVE PX and CX in the second half of 2015.
Samsung Mobile announced that it began the mass production of its latest 20nm 4GB LPDDR4 Mobile DRAM memory chips. Using the 20nm manufacturing process, these LPDDR4 chips will be reportedly 50% faster than the fastest LPDDR3 memory on the market, while also consuming 40% less power (1.1 volts).
The 4GB RAM chips will be ready to debut in Smartphones and Tablets by Late 2015. The chances of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5 rocking 4GB of RAM is quite high.
The I/O data rate is up to 3,200 megabits per second, a whopping two times faster than the DDR3 DRAM used in PCs. As a result, the the new LPDDR4 RAM can support UHD video recording and playback and continuous shooting of high-resolution images with over 20 megapixels.
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The educational world does not stand still. Teachers should come up with new instructional strategies to satisfy learners' needs and prepare new generations for life in the modern world. One of such strategies is m-learning. This term refers to all educational processes involving using mobile platforms (video and audio players, websites, messaging services) and devices (laptops, tablets, mobile phones) which provide all-round accessibility, allow teachers and students to collaborate comfortably and build individualized pathways.
In this article, experts from Pro-Papers have provided the broad definition of m-learning including its history, the key advantages and disadvantages.
The Growth of Mobile Learning in Education
In one form or another, m-learning existed yet in the early 2000s. As technology gained an important role in human life, the inevitability of adopting mobile technologies in the classroom became obvious. This is a consequence of revolution sparked by PCs which have provided new opportunities to teachers and learners.
Over some time, portable and compact devices gained popularity, which allowed people to study anywhere, anytime, at their own pace. Now, it is quite possible to read e-books in public transport, listen to audiobooks when walking in a park, watch instructional videos on a beach, study presentations in a country house, take quizzes while waiting in a queue, participate in online open courses, write custom term paper from anywhere and interact with peers from foreign countries. Information sources are wide open for everyone who wants to gain knowledge.
The Advantages of Mobile Learning
Learners are not limited by dull lecture halls and strict educational plans. Everyone can tread one's own path to academic success. This approach is beneficial for both teachers and students. Young people can enter virtual classrooms whenever convenient, download course materials, and take tests. For their part, educators may share information, consult learners on the go to help them overcome challenges, control test taking, and inform parents about their children's academic performance.
M-learning expands the borders of a physical school with chalk blackboards and desks standing in rows. There is no specific schedule and place. Everyone may choose hours and learning space which suit one best, engage in learning voluntarily and not when strict observers command one to do it, undertake an active role in the educational process rather than absorb information passively and wait until boring lectures come to an end.
Many modern recruiters are Millennials - people who were growing up in parallel with technology. These specialists are used to solving labor and everyday tasks with the help of modern devices, software, and media platforms, want their employees to be tech-savvy and do the same.
Current school and university graduates should be digital natives to succeed in the labor market and find a common language with business owners. M-learning prepares students for the future, provides the introduction to the tech world, reflects the way how Millennials think and act, develops a digital-first mindset and forward-thinking. Young people become enthusiastic about innovations, adapt to changes much better than Luddites who perceive technology with prejudice.
Dynamic Teaching Methodologies
Far not all students like to read textbooks and easily understand abstract concepts. Visual and audial learners are infringed in a traditional classroom. M-learning may become a good solution for them. It involves the use of video, audio, images, and other content with vivid, rich graphics. Such course materials are engaging and dynamic, attract students' attention and keep them focused, allow to cover large information volumes in short periods of time.
Mobile technologies are friendly to modern educational methodologies, such as experiential learning. Teachers should greet progress, test fresh and original ideas instead of sticking to outdated classical strategies.
Some mobile apps analyze users' behavior, learning style, talents, and preferences, create individualized algorithms helping each person to reach one's full potential, offer ways to develop weak skills and eliminate knowledge gaps. Educators are not obliged to spend time communicating one-on-one with each learner and compiling personalized academic plans because this may well be done by artificial intelligence.
This approach is much more effective than educating robots with the same abilities and skills or dividing students into A-F groups which are way too broad. Each learner is a unique personality requiring an educational strategy tailored to one's character traits and thinking patterns. Flexibility makes m-learning a great tool for creating individualized pathways.
The Disadvantages of Mobile Learning
Old Skills Die Out
Of course, it would be not fair to list the pros of m-learning and overlook its cons. Each approach has some drawbacks, no matter how good it is. First of all, students do not develop skills which are not connected with technology. Not all things may be created by pressing a button on a sensor screen. The society needs specialists excelling in arts and crafts, such as woodworking and pottery. Even though many goods are created by machines at plants, handmade is still in high demand, which increases the value of craftsmen on the labor market.
Dependence on Tech Tools
Smartphones are very helpful but not perfect. They may break and freeze thus disrupting the educational process. In addition, not all schools and families can allocate sums necessary for buying expensive gadgets from their budgets. Students having only push-button phones would be in a disadvantaged position.
It is easy to forget that a person has to learn when one holds a mobile phone in hands. Educational apps coexist with entertaining games and social media distracting learners' attention. Constant notifications from instant messengers, funny YouTube videos, and invitations to play do not allow young people to focus on their academic responsibilities.
Harm to Health
Doctors claim that screen time should be reduced. It is harmful to vision and posture to spend much time in front of computers, TVs, mobile phones, and tablets. But m-learning, on the contrary, increases screen time. This approach may create fertile soil for bad habits and addiction, especially for juniors who have poorly developed self-discipline. Therefore, m-learning strategies should be used in moderation, keeping in mind students' health.
If you love to play games on your mobile phone, you need a phone with a powerful chipset capable of running the best Android games. There are other must-have features like RAM size, storage space, processing speed, etc. that you can\'t ignore while purchasing a gaming smartphone.
iPhone 11 Pro Max
The phone is big and house a large battery that can keep your phone alive for long. But the best feature of the iPhone is its A13 Bionic processor. It can load Clash Royal and PUBG even faster than the iPhone X. It is one of the most expensive but mainstream phones right now.
OnePlus 7 Pro
The phone is cheaper than the iPhone and Samsung but delivers the powerful Qualcomm\'s Snapdragon 855 chipset and the 12GB RAM. You can have an extra-ordinary visual treat on its 6.67-inch notch-less display while playing games on it. The device has a 4000mAh battery too, which can last a whole day even with a heavy use.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
The device from Samsung is powered by Qualcomm\'s latest and powerful Snapdragon 855 chipset which can load games with speed. The device has a super AMOLED display for high-resolution video and gaming experience.
This is not an inexpensive phone but if you play games for long hours, this can be your solid choice. The device is powered by the Snapdragon 845 chipset and house a slick vapor chamber to cool down the device as you play the game. At the end of the day, the phone has great speakers, 8GB RAM, 120Hz refresh rate, and 4000mAh battery which makes it a great choice for gaming.
Huawei P30 Pro
Due to the Trump administration ban, Huawei may not be on the list of many people but it has some impressive handsets to compete. The P30 Pro has an impressive camera system, the Kirin 980 chip, and 8GB RAM that can keep everything smooth which you switch back and forth while playing games. The device has a large battery 4,200mAh battery that ensures your long-hour gaming sessions without any breaks.
Nokia Official Facebook page just posted a Photo saying that it has moved to a new "Home" referring to a new website (microsoft.com/mobile) instead of (nokia.com/lumia).
It looks like Microsoft has already started re-branding it's Mobile device, trying to replace the Nokia brand with its own, So it will soon be "Microsoft Lumia" not "Nokia Lumia" as a way to kill the Nokia brand.
So all we have to say is Goodbye Nokia, you've been a great innovative company.
Nokia Mobile is sending official invitations for the upcoming launch of new Nokia devices. The press release suggests that the event is scheduled, as always, a day before the start of Mobile world congress 2020 in Barcelona. On 23rd February, it started at 16:00 Barcelona time, new Nokia devices will be announced.
According to the different leaks, users can expect to see 5 different Nokia devices including 3 smartphones and 2 feature phones. A 5G Nokia 8.2, Nokia 5.2, Nokia 1.3, and a new device called Nokia 400 4G will be released.Nokia 8.2 is a 5G device but has a price tag that may attract even price-conscious users. The Nokia 82. Could hit the market with a price tag for less than 500 euro. Some of the cheapest 5G devices on the market right now are the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3, Samsung Galaxy A90 but have a higher price than 500 euro.
Nokia 8.2 is expected to be powered by the Snapdragon 765 and chipset designed to bring 5G connectivity to the users.
It should be paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage at least to support the 5G network. The design has very minimal bezels and uses a pop-up camera with the 64-megapixel lens for the selfies. The phone will have a physical fingerprint scanner at the back of the device and there will be a headphone jack as well. The leaks suggest that the Nokia 8.2 might have a 3,500mAh battery that may not be enough for heavy-users considering the large display and extra battery drain requirements due to 5G connectivity.
Latest rumor of the Samsung Galaxy S7 point to an announcement date of late February at it'sGalaxy Unpacked event, same as the dates of the Mobile World Congress 2016 . This would be the same approach of the corporation in previous years, as the Korean consumer electronics giant has utilized the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to announce Galaxy S devices in recent years.
Another rumor that has emerged in recent weeks is the suggestion that Samsung will release three models of the Galaxy S7 simultaneously. The Samsung product range has been a little complicated in recent releases, and it is suggested that the Korean company will simplify the situation by producing a Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge and Galaxy S7 Edge+, and releasing them at the same time.
Network of the Galaxy S7 will likely complete with Cat 12 LTE, and that this mostly likely be supported by both the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and Samsung's own Exynos 8990 processor. It appears increasingly likely that Samsung will revert to its old policy of releasing two separate Galaxy S units in different regions of the world, with the East Asian marketplace likely to receive its proprietary technology.
Samsung is particularly known for packing its devices with the highest specifications possible, and the company has pioneered numerous innovations in recent years. The most notable of these is the curved screen technology that is now almost indelibly associated with Samsung, we just going to have to wait and see how innovative how Galaxy S7 is.
If you are not a tech-enthusiast, then the chances are that you are probably confused by all that's available in the market and the choices are indeed plenty. This list will help you find the most powerful processors on offer. On the other hand, even if you are a tech-enthusiast, you would appreciate this list as AnTuTu has finally revealed the chipsets that are on the top of the food chain. Keep in mind that most of the processors that are used in mobile phones today were put through the benchmark multiple times before the conclusions were drawn.
As expected, the latest Snapdragon 820 chip from Qualcomm leads the pack with a whopping score of 136383. The Apple A9 chip lags behind ever so slightly at the second position with 132657. The Exynos 8890 chipset powering the international variants of the Samsung Galaxy S7 is in the third position by an even narrower margin with a score of 129865. After that, the difference between the chipsets become much more obvious as the Kirin 950 scored 92746, followed by the older Exynos 7420, which scored 86652. Last year's troubled but powerful flagship processor, the SD 810 still holds its own at the 6th position over the newer Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 chipset. The Apple A8 is in the 8th position with 79100, but the difference between the A8 and the SD 650, which is at number 9 with 78979, is negligible. The Snapdragon 808 from Qualcomm just makes the cut at the last position with a respectable 68508.
As you can see from the list, Qualcomm is absolutely dominating the smartphone market with its mobile CPUs and have even managed to dethrone the mighty Apple A9 chip from its number one position. We will just have to wait and see if Apple can come up with something even better when they release the iPhone 7 later this year.
Barcelona was the site of much interest from Samsung device lovers who wanted to see what the SE Asian company had in store for consumers. A couple of flagship devices and a 360-degree virtual reality camera received much of the buzz at the industry event.
The Galaxy S7 could easily be mistaken for the Galaxy S6. Okay, so it has been updated with a more metallic look and it is sleeker too, but it is unmistakably an S series device. Fans of the S series device will also be pleased to learn that Samsung have been listening and return some of the features removed from the S6. Namely, the microSD card slot has made a welcome return and storage limits are bumped up to 200GB. The water resistance is also back, so if you spill a coffee on the phone, it might just survive. Remember, we didn't say waterproof, it's only water resistant.
The camera drops from 16-megapixels to 12-megapixels, but the larger pixels and f/1.7 aperture lets in more light for improved low-light performance. The autofocus is faster and a front-facing selfie flashes the screen to provide more light. The 5.1-inch Super AMOLED screen and Snapdragon 820 SoC makes the phone hum along.
The Galaxy S7 Edge also gets the 12-megapixel camera and microSD card slot. It also have more curves in the design and space for notifications. The icons and tabs are larger to match its 5.5-inch screen. The processor is the same as with the S7.
Both devices are released on March 11 and will be compatible with the Samsung Gear VR headset which is offered as a bonus for anyone pre-ordering either device.
The Samsung Gear 360 is a 30-megapixel 360-degree camera that uses 2 fish-eye lenses to capture images and video. Its resolution is 3,820x1,920 which is almost the 4K standard. Each f/2.0 fish-eye lenses covers 195-degrees and images can be stitched together using the S7 or S7 edge. The device is not expected for release until the summer season.
Samsung had started to sell a few online-only mobile accessories in South Korea recently, but they have now decided to go global with these exclusive accessories from November. They will still be online-only products, but now you will be able to purchase the accessories from Samsung's own website or other major online shopping sites like Amazon. Many have speculated this move as a direct result of the losses that the company suffered in Q3 2016. If you are interested in what they are planning to sell, take a look at the catalogue below.
In-ear Headphones Rectangle design: Fabric\metal construction, tangle-free cable ($26 approx.)
USB LED Light ($9 approx.)
Wireless Charger Tray design: Support for charging two devices simultaneously ($58 approx.)
Battery Pack Kettle Design: 5,100mAh/10,200mAh ($26/$35 approx.)
Wireless Speaker Bottle Design: wireless charging, 360-degree surround sound, motion sensitive UX ($77 approx.)
Wireless Speaker Scoop Design: Disc design, built-in microphone ($48 approx.)
Keep in mind that the price tags mentioned may differ as they are attained by simply converting each of the product's value from Korean Won to USD.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)