Recently leaked news refers to the predecessor of P30 Pro as the P40 Pro. Huawei has announced that the phone will be officially unveiled on March 26, 2020, in Paris. Huawei CEO Richard Yu confirmed the name of the Huawei P40 series and called it the world's most powerful 5G smartphone. The Chinese brand also displayed its first foldable smartphone the Huawei Mate XS at the MWC that was conducted virtually due to the coronavirus problem in the region. The company also showed off the 5G variant of the MatePad Pro, as well as new laptops and smart home devices, and a few updates to its Huawei Mobile services ecosystem and the App Gallery.
While there isn't much news about the phone, the only confirmed news we have is that the P40 series will support 5G. The smartphone will be powered by the Kirin 990 5G processing chip we saw for the first time being used in Mate 30 Pro. The next biggest news is that unless something unpredictable happens between today and March 26, the Huawei P40 won't have the Google apps or the Play Store due to the Trump administration ban.
Richard Yu is hasn't made any big claims at the event, but it will be interesting to see how the company is going to manage the competition with its most powerful 5G smartphone series - and yet no Google apps. That we need to find out in a couple of months. According to the leaks, there will be three new flagships in the P40 series - the Huawei P40, Huawei P40 Pro, and Huawei P40 Pro premium edition. The only major difference between these phones is the camera specs. The Huawei P40 is expected to come with triple rear cameras while the P40 Pro and P40 pro premium are said to have the quad and Penta camera lenses, respectively.
Vivo is no longer just another Chinese manufacturer trying to copy Apple; as a matter of fact, it has not only risen as a global smartphone OEM to reckon with, one can go as far as saying that the Chinese company has managed to beat both Samsung and Apple when it comes to introducing true innovation. If you are wondering why anyone would think so, then you probably don't know that Vivo has already showcased the in-display, under the screen fingerprint scanner with its Vivo X20 Plus UD smartphone, that both Apple and Samsung have failed to do, even after repeated attempts by the latter in the last year or so. As if that was not impressive enough, take a look at the leaked shots of this smartphone from Vivo, which will likely be coming in with the in-screen fingerprint scanner and this gorgeous, truly bezel-less display.
Sources are unsure whether this is the Vivo Xplay 7 or not, but it could very well be. It would be really interesting to see if Vivo also packs in a 4K resolution in that beautiful display, just like the rumors had been predicting. If they do, that would make Vivo the only company apart from Sony to have a smartphone with a 4K display. It is quite possible that the upcoming Snapdragon 845 SoC will be powering the device as well, alongside an internal storage capacity of 256GB/512GB. Would you buy this beauty if it became available in your country?
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Tips and tricks from Fonehouse.co.uk
Mobile phones are a ubiquitous sight for people to see. We encounter them frequently, and they're used for a wide selection of different tasks. However, how many people actually know how to get the most from their phone?
It's relatively common for people not to understand how to utilise a phone in the best possible way. We presume that they're automatically set up to make our lives as easy as possible, but this isn't always the case. In a lot of cases, you have to really know a trick or two to make sure that your phone is optimised correctly. Sites like Fonehouse have heard many different ideas for how best to try and make the phone the best possible thing it can be, and we're going to be looking at some of them here and now.
Back Up What You Can't Afford To Lose
Music, photos, important business documents. They're all things that we can access without a moment's hesitation, but they're not permanent. If you drop your phone, damage it or expose it to water, you can lose everything. This obviously isn't something that you want to happen, so you need to make sure that you backup anything that you can't afford to lose. It protects all the things that you want to keep in the event of them perhaps not being available to you. Technology is far from perfect after all, and in a world of bugs and faults, there's never been more of a need to stay secure.
Consider A New Browser
A lot of the core apps provided to you by your phone will be pretty useful. However, perhaps it's time to consider something other than Safari for your iPhone. Every browser will offer you a different and possibly better experience. For example, Google Chrome allows users to view tabs that they have open on another device. It's worth taking the time to look around and see what is available to you regarding browsers, and even consider alternatives for other things as well. Perhaps a more specialist reminder application, or a music provider that works for your lifestyle.
Folders Are Your Friend
Trawling through pages of apps can be an absolute chore to try and do. When you're just looking for one application in three or four pages worth, you soon find yourself wishing for an alternative. This is where folders come into play. They're designed to help you sort applications based on their usage and characteristics. They can be and often are your best friends, so it's worth taking the time to stop and look at how you can arrange things.
Shortcuts are designed to help us get to various parts of our phones without having to navigate through hundreds of different menus. A lot of home screens on phones, especially those made by Apple, are designed to make it so that people can get around their phones with ease. Plus, a lot of them can be customised and changed to suit the needs of the people who are using them, so it's perfect for so many different people to use. If you don't use your home screen all that much, you should definitely look into how you can customise it to suit your specific needs and requirements.
Keep It Simple
All things considered, sometimes it's best to keep your phone as simple as possible. The more applications that you have on the phone and the more you try and do at once, the higher the risk of something going wrong. Sometimes the best way to do things is to keep it simple and straightforward. This is achieved by limiting the number of apps you have open, and not pushing the phone too far.
All in all, these are just a few of the different things which you can do to make sure that you are getting the most from your phone. Because we all use our mobiles so often, it is so important that we take the time to make the most of the phones that we have. Despite what we would like to think, our phones aren't actually always set up to make our lives the most convenient that they can be. This requires us to tailor all of the various functions and features of the device to suit our own unique needs and requirements. Only by doing this can we expect to have a phone which is convenient, highly intuitive and attuned to our lives.
For most of us today, our phones have become part of our very being. We actually feel quite bereft if we forget our phone at home, and are likely to return home to pick it up, rather than be without it all day. Most people in the western world own a smartphone and are spending many hours of the day using them or some other digital device of their choice. Incredibly, in spite of the amount of time we spend on our phones, there are a number of features that most people, even those really quite techie types, are not aware of.
There are some really useful features that we could be utilizing to make our lives easier and more comfortable but are not even aware of. Some of these features will really help to improve your life and make having a smartphone even more essential. While your phone can be a lot of fun and can be used to play at SlotoCash Casino, it can also help you to get home safely or to measure and make sure you have aligned your painting correctly.
Scan QR Codes without using an App
It used to be that you had a QR (Quick Response for commercial tracking application) reader app on your phone. Now you don't need a specialized app to do this. You can just direct your iphone camera at a QR code and it will scan it automatically. Using your camera app you will then be directed straight to the product or website. This can also be done in a similar fashion but by opening a Google app on an Android.
Some people want to know immediately if an urgent message is waiting for them but don't want to have to access their phone every moment of the day. You can create vibrations that will let you know if the particular message is urgent or not.
First, go into your Settings on your iphone and then click on Sounds. From here go into Ringtone and at the top it will say Vibration. Click on this and scroll down until you find Create New Vibration. From here you are now able to create a specific vibration and connect it to any contact you wish. Now you can ascertain whether a message is urgent or not.
Search Photos by Category
Trying to locate a particular photo can be really frustrating. But using the search function at the top of your Photo App you can locate it easily by category. For instance, if you are searching for that great photo you took of the Eiffel Tower on your visit to Paris, just write the word "Paris" and it should just pop up.
Identifying problems with Your Car
If you are having issues with your car, there is an app that can possibly help you avoid paying for a mechanic to figure it out. It's called the Automatic Pro app. You will need an adaptor to enable it to be plugged into your car's ODB-II port. This will let you know if you have indeed got some problem with the engine. The app can also locate your car, if say, your teenager is driving or if you have forgotten where you parked.
Check the Batteries on a Remote Control
By directing your remote control to the front facing camera of your phone and pressing any button you will be able to see if the batteries are still functioning. If you see the infrared light flashing on the remote, the batteries are still good.
Watch Your Favorite Program on Your TV
This great feature is subject to your having an Apple TV. You can transfer what you are watching from your iPhone to your TV screen. You have screen mirroring on your iPhone. Just click on this while standing close to your TV. You may be asked to enter your Airplay passcode and you're all set to go.
Be Safe While Walking Home
Walking home alone can be scary but there are ways to make your journey home safer. The bSafe app which is good for iPhones and Android allows for certain contacts to track your location, can set a timer to activate a distress call to your designated contact within a certain time frame and can also schedule fake calls so you look like you are actually speaking with someone.
Updating Siri's Pronunciation
To change the way Siri's pronouncing certain words is really easy. Ask Siri to pronounce a word that you know she consistently gets wrong. Tell her at that point that she is pronouncing it wrong. You'll be asked to say the word correctly after which you'll be given a list of options to update Siri's pronunciation.
Turning on your House Lights
This is a great feature to keep your home safe and at the same time to save energy. You will need to have wifi enabled bulbs for the Amazon Alexa app to work. At the touch of a button you are able to control the lights in your home.
Shortcuts : Texts and Emoji's
If you are someone who is forever texting and get frustrated with how long it can take, you can create text replacement shortcuts on your phone. Just go into your Settings, click on Keyboard and then Text Replacement. After pressing the + sign you can then create the things you want in shorthand or using Emojis. Next time you text using those phrases, the Emoji or word will show up.
Hanging Your Picture Straight
Making sure you are hanging your picture straight is simple when you use the Bubble Level app. No need to have a real level in your back pocket. This app will do the trick.
Sleep Better By Dimming
The brightness of the home screen on your phone can keep you awake. You are able to reduce the light by using Grayscale. In phone settings, click on Accessibility, then Display Accommodations and choose Color Filters. You can then enable grayscale. This dimming affect makes the light of the screen less startling.
Measuring your Blood Alcohol Level
Using the BACtrack breathalyzer which connects with an app on your phone you are able to check the amount of alcohol you have consumed. Think safety first. Better to be safe than sorry.
Undoing Mistakes with a Shake
With your iPhone it is possible to just shake your phone and an option to "undo' your text will pop up. You can do this with an Android but you do have to have the module to enjoy this feature.
Clear Your Screen of Apps in one Fell Swoop
You don't have to go into every single app opened in order to close them down. You can swipe up using your whole hand and the whole lot will disappear in one go. The app KillApps will perform the same task for an Android.
Using an app like ViperStartSmart you can lock and unlock your car and even start the car using your phone from a distance. It is also possible to detect problems with the car using this app.
Avoid looking down at your phone when using the GPS while driving. There are great apps for iPhone and Android that project directly onto a dash-mounted screen. No need to be distracted by looking down. Keep your eyes on the road.
If you are in a hurry to charge your phone, you will be surprised to learn that by enabling Airplane Mode your phone will charge in half the time.
Which Planes are Flying Overhead
If you are wondering which planes are flying over your head, just ask Siri. You can learn which airline it is and also the angle and altitude of the plane.
Checking your Heart Rate
Today with our busy schedules it is hard to fit everything in. However, some things are really important. With the Instant Heart Rate app, connected to your phone you are able to monitor your heart rate during the day and even during your workout to see how your heart is doing.
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)
A company called ecoATM recently conducted a survey of 1,050 Apple iPhone owners age 18 or older.
This survey revealed that most of the respondents are very loyal to their current iPhone. When asked what new feature would make them switch from their current handset to the Samsung Galaxy S6, 26% said that nothing could get them to swap their current handset for the new S6 flagship. 32% said that a lower price point for the Galaxy S6 could entice them to switch.
What would it take for an Apple iPhone owner to switch to a Samsung phone?
According to the same survey, 24% would do it if it were a free swap, and 16% would make the trade if the Samsung handset was offered to them at a lower price point. Outside of pricing, 21% would swap their iPhone for a Samsung branded smartphone based on the latter having a longer battery life. 18% would do it for a larger screen-size and 3% would make the change if they saw a celebrity using a Samsung phone. By the way, 16% of iPhone users surveyed said that they would never exchange their iPhone for another smartphone under any condition.
So what is it that prevents iPhone users from switching to a new phone?
A quarter of the respondents with an iPhone said that the fact that their friends and family have one is a reason not to switch. 21% cite the better features on the device as the reason why they stay with it, while 19% say they exclusively use Apple products.
Finally Xiaomi revealed the Mi 5 at the MWC 2016 event held in Barcelona after close to two years of development. This was one of the devices that had garnered lot of attention as a successor to the Mi 4. While the whole world of mobile enthusiasts were waiting for the launch of Mi 5, Xiaomi released the Mi 4i and not-so-exciting Mi 4c. This way Mi 5 as a flagship device remained as a dream for a long time. Surprisingly, there were lot of rumours about the launch of this device, but 24th February, 2016 was the date on which we finally witnessed the launch.
So what exactly is packaged in the Mi 5? Before getting into that, let's first check out the three variants - Standard, High, and Exclusive. In terms of design all of these versions are more or less similar, featuring curved edges in the back in order to make it easy to hold. The difference comes in the form of build material - the first two have a refined hybrid of metal and Gorilla Glass 4.0 and the Exclusive variant has ceramics and glass.
Given below are the features that make Mi 5 a lucrative option:
- OS: Android 6 Marshmallow
- Dimensions: 144,5 x 69.2 x 7.25mm
- Weight: 129g weight
- Screen : 5.15" Full HD (1080 x 1920)
- SoC: Snapdragon 820
- 1.8GHz / 3GB RAM (Standard edition)
- 2.15GHz / 3GB RAM (High edition)
- 2.15GHz / 4GB RAM (Ceramic exclusive)
- Snapper: 16MP in the back, 4-axis OIS, 4K video, Sony IMX 298 sensor
- 4MP in the front with 2.0-micron camera
- Storage: 32 GB (standard) / 64 GB (high)
- 128 GB (ceramic exclusive)
- Battery: 3000 mAh
- Other features: USB Type-C
Nokia has come back with some really affordable yet feature-rich smartphones in the market. In an event in India, Nokia unveiled it the Nokia 2.2 which will be the cheapest smartphone right now that comes with Android One out of the box. While the Nokia is available at only 99 euro in the European countries, it has price tag of 6999 Indian Rupees in India. At first, it sound like an entry-level smartphone with not so much to offer but it in real it is quite opposite in fact. The display is 5.71-inch large with a water drop notch on the top. The display has high brightness which gives you a very vivid and sharp colors. The bezels around the display is quite thick but at this price who really cares about the bezels.
The device has a removable polycarbonate back cover with a reflective finish that gives it an attractive appearance. Another highlight of the Nokia 2.2 is a separate button for Google Assistant. Nokia 2.2 is powered with a quad-core MediaTek Helio A22 Soc. It comes in two models - 2GB RAM and 16GB storage, 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. It doesn't have any fingerprint scanner but features face unlock ability. The battery is removable and has 3,000mAh capacity. It has 13MP camera lens on the rear side with flash, and house a 5MP camera at the front side for taking selfies. It can shoot video at 1080p which is High Defination.
One of the highlight of the Nokia 2.2 is its support for two years of OS updates and three years of security updates. The device is the first in the market with Android 9 Pie out of the box at this price. It will be cheapest phone to get Android Q. The Nokia 2.2 is available in two colors - Black and Steel. You can buy these in India starting June 11. You can also choose to pre-order the phone via Nokia Phones pages.
Ever since the Note 7 disaster, reports and surveys have been rampant, as well as conflicting. Just the other day, we were hearing about IDC's report which stated that roughly half of the Note 7 owners may switch over to the fruity side (read Apple iPhone 7), while today, we have a report from ReportLinker that says otherwise.
This particular survey was conducted on 500 smartphone users in the US, over the internet. While a majority of the customers (60% approx.) felt that Samsung did not handle the Note 7 recall episode well enough, about 86% of the survey population stated that they would still consider Samsung smartphones the next time they decide to buy a new phone.
In fact, 84% of the people voted that they do not feel that their smartphone poses any kind of risk to them. Provided that Samsung manages to deliver a product that we had come to expect from the company before the Note 7, the Galaxy S8 seems all ready to lift Samsung up and out of the ditch which the Note 7 landed it in.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
A recent report based on a survey conducted by The Reputation Institute suggests that Samsung is the most trusted brand for teenagers and anyone else who was born in or after the year 2000. Considering the fact that no other smartphone manufacturer made it to the list apart from Sony, the report is an indication of the amount of trust that people put in the Korean manufacturer's phones. Even though Sony did make it to the list, we are inclined to believe that it is more due to their PlayStation line of products than their smartphones.
This survey and its results are based on the quality of the manufactured products, employee treatment, innovation in the specific line of business and the conduct of the company as a corporate member of the United States. In all their studies across the country on millennials (people born on or after the year 2000), The Reputation Institute found that while shopping, most of them had an affinity towards the products that were made by Samsung. Samsung is also one of the most successful companies in the US as a whole and this result just unveils one of the reasons as to why the MNC is so successful here.
Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
According to DisplayMate, the Galaxy S8 quite simply has the best looking display on a mobile phone yet. DisplayMate is an industry expert when it comes to calibration and testing of displays in general and not only smartphones. If you doubt that title of being the best panel ever, check out what they found in their extensive testing of the smartphone's Super AMOLED QHD+ panel and decide for yourself.
Apparently, the Infinity display on the S8 and the S8+ has a peak brightness above 1,000 nits! If you have no idea what that means then consider the fact that at the highest brightness settings, the Pixel XL caps out at 403 nits, the iPhone 7 at 700 nits and the S7 itself at 855 nits. This basically puts the S8 and S8+ on an entirely different league and sunlight visibility issues non-existent.
In terms of the color gamut, the Infinity display can cover as much as 142% of sRGB / Rec.709 Gamuts and 113% of the DCI-P3 Color Gamut. The display also has Mobile HDR Premium certification from the UHD Alliance for better dynamic range. For the rest of the report, click here.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The S5 was released back in 2014 and three years later, it still continues to be on top of America's favourite list of Samsung smartphones. One would think that after so much time and Samsung releasing significantly better smartphones since then, people would have moved on to something more recent, but you would be thinking wrong. According to Kantar World Panel, 15.6% of all Samsung smartphone users in the US are currently using the Galaxy S5. The second and third places are currently being held by the Galaxy S7 (11.5%) and the Galaxy S6 (11.4%) respectively. The Galaxy S7 Edge (5.8%) is surprisingly in the fourth place, in spite of the curved variant being reported as being more popular earlier.
If you are as surprised by this little revelation as we are, then consider the fact that these are the figures AFTER 28% of Samsung users in the country just shifted to a newer Samsung smartphone in the last 12 months! I always thought the Galaxy S5 wasn't much of an upgrade from my S4 back in the day; guess people don't exactly agree, at least not in the US anyway.
Via: Android Authority
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
While the Galaxy S8 is without a doubt a pinnacle of achievement for Samsung Mobiles, it isn't without its flaws. However, I think one of the biggest flaws in the Galaxy S8 is not the fingerprint scanner but the way they managed the whole affair with Bixby. After investing so much into marketing their AI assistant and giving the phone a dedicated hardware button which just simply cannot be remapped to anything else, the S8 and S8+ were launched with a voice assistant that had no voice capabilities! Unfortunately, as per the Korea Herald, if you own a Galaxy S8/S8+ in the US or in any of the other English speaking nations around the world, you will likely not be seeing Bixby anytime soon.
In order to understand what exactly went wrong here, take a note of the following points.
• Samsung did not have sufficient Big Data available to them at that time to enable the voice functions of Bixby
• This happened because Samsung adopted Big Data integration much later than its competition
• There's a huge language barrier in between Samsung's English speaking developers and Korean developers which is making communication difficult
If you are wondering when you can expect Bixby voice communication to finally make its appearance on your S8 or S8+, the time is expected to be somewhere during the fourth quarter of the year.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
If you thought that tablets are way too flimsy, Samsung has just released the Galaxy Tab Active 2 which can take a hit and then some! Exclusive to the US, the device is internally the same as any other Galaxy Tab 2, but on the outside, it's quite literally a beast. The MIL-STD 810 certification guarantees that the Galaxy Tab Active 2 can survive through high pressure, extreme temperatures (hot or cold), rapid vibrations and even drops from heights that would shatter other lesser tablets. Additionally, it also sports a standard IP68 rating for dust and water resistance.
While we all would like our devices to be a bit sturdier than they generally are, this may seem a bit excessive to many, until they realize that Samsung has a specific crowd in mind for the Galaxy Tab Active 2. Apparently, this is tablet for employees who must work in the harshest of conditions. While targeted primarily at businesses, those that love camping, trekking and mountaineering might have use for the tab Active 2 as well.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Samsung has been quite speedy in carrying out new programming updates to the Galaxy S21. Usually, the South Koran firm deliveries new security refreshes even before the beginning of the month. In any case, Galaxy S21 clients appear to confront an issue identified with the camera application's exhibition and slack, and the organization has fixed those issues with another update.
A Samsung Community mediator has referenced on the organization's true discussions that architects have figured out how to fix camera slack issues on the Galaxy S21. The June 2021 programming update will incorporate those fixes. The update will likewise incorporate Portrait Mode enhancements and memory use advancements while utilizing high zoom levels. We can affirm that there is less slack while zooming all through the camera, however it is as yet defective.
The organization has likewise added another component that allows clients to examine and perceive QR codes from pictures put away in the exhibition. The ease of use and execution of the Video Call Effect include have likewise been improved. It does exclude Night Mode camera upgrades, however. The organization will declare more insights about the June 2021 programming update for the Galaxy S21 arrangement in a couple of days.
These bug fixes and execution upgrades may not be a piece of the main June 2021 firmware update that Samsung had delivered in South Korea and the subsequent firmware update delivered in a modest bunch of nations. Samsung has been outrageously delayed in carrying out the June fix for the Galaxy S21, and most nations have not gotten the update yet. The real programming update that incorporates these upgrades may show up over the course of the following not many days.
Eager stock market analysts have been quick to pour over the latest Q4 2015 SEC filings from Alphabet, Google's parent company. The market responded quickly with both the Class A and Class C stock trading up to a $750-780 price range. This makes Alphabet not just good at letters, but also with numbers as it now eclipses Apple's market capitalisation to be the most valuable company in the world.
In fairness, Apple's earnings were showing signs of hitting a plateau with its iPads not selling as many units as they once did as interest moves more to the phablet-size phone market and away from larger tablets which are less convenient on the run. Investors in Alphabet were quick to double down on their positions and others buying into Alphabet for the first time on the positive trading news.
Alphabet revenues year-over-year rose 24% compared to 12% the previous year. The source of the accelerated revenue growth has been primarily from advertising. The picture is a mixed one through with ad clicks rising by 31%, but the cost per click for adverts falling by 13%. Overall, Alphabet still came out ahead.
The company also noted on a recent call with investors that Gmail, its email service, now has more than 1 billion active users each month. That's active users, not open accounts. Only What's App and Facebook can say the same.
Let's get this out of the way first; the iPhone 7 has scored significantly more on AnTuTu than any other Android smartphone in existence till date. The 178,397 points that it scored according to a recent report is just off the charts. However, the new Apple A10 chip did have fewer pixels to push than any of the flagship Android handsets on the list as the iPhone 7 only sports a resolution of 750 × 1334. In spite of that, it is currently the reigning king sitting on top of the list (unofficially for now).
That being said, Chinese handsets from manufacturers like Xiaomi, Vivo, LeEco, Nubia, Lenovo and of course, OnePlus are on top of the AnTuTu score chart when it comes to Android devices. The much loved OnePlus 3 leads the table for now with a score of 140288, followed by the Vivo Xplay 5 Elte (138,706), the LeEco LeMax 2 (138,026), the Nubia Z11 (137,685), the Lenovo Zuk Z2 pro (136,853) and the Xiaomi Mi5 (136,773).
It is a bit surprising to see the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge trail so far behind at the number 7 spot in 2016, because the S6 was leading the pack last year convincingly at one point. Since these Chinese smartphones are a lot cheaper than the ones made by Samsung, in spite of being manufactured with quality hardware, are we witnessing the slow rise of new leaders in the smartphone industry?
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
When it comes to any kind of sport in this day and age, the most popular way to stay up to date with the latest goings on is through mobile apps. Apps allow audiences to get access to the latest fixtures, results, videos and even live streaming from wherever they are and whenever they want and there are some seriously good racing apps out there. So, let's take a look at the best available to download right now.
Formula 1 is one of the most popular sports on the planet. The thrilling high-octane action has entertained people around the globe for years and the Formula 1 app is perfect for those who are wanting to get closer to the action. Fans can catch up with the latest news, features and videos, while also having access to live leader boards during race weekend. There's also a subscription option to take you even closer to the action, with interactive 3D driver tracker maps, in corner analysis and much more.
The Racing Post is an established name amongst horse racing enthusiasts and has been for a number of years. It's made a seamless transition from paper form, to online and now to mobile, getting better every step of the way. You can bet on races direct from the app, no matter who your bookmaker is, and there is all the information that you could ever need, from cards, form and results. There are also great live streaming services as well as an excellent tipping area, with experts having their say on the upcoming races.
Nascar racing provides some of the most exhilarating racing action on the planet, with fans regularly tuning in to watch the Monster Energy Cup, the Xfinity Series and the Camping World Cup series. With so much going on, fans need a one stop source to get the latest on the latest, and the Nascar Mobile app is certainly up to the task. There are numerous free features for everyone to explore such as live race, qualifying information and live in-car driver cams. There are also premium features to subscribe for which include live driver and officials audio.
Like horse racing, greyhound racing has a lot of fans around the world, especially in the UK and America. The Racing Post, leaders in the horse racing industry, have their own app out on the market that deals specifically with greyhound racing. Like the Racing Post app users can bet directly from the app itself, which makes betting on races up and down the country, as well as abroad, effortless. Followers of the sport will also be able to find the latest news, race cards, form and results from the app too. All of this info will be useful for those who want to have a wager, which can be done at any reputable online bookmaker such as Betpoint. Furthermore, there is a live streaming service that is available six nights a week too, taking you even closer to the action.
Summer is fast approaching and the long days of sitting by a pool or in the garden are just around the corner.
For many it's a chance to kick back and relax, take some time away from their smartphones. For others, including us, we're continually checking our devices, not least because the boredom of sitting in the same spot for hours has kicked in.
Never fear though, there are dozens of great apps out there to keep you occupied this summer, in fact, they could even enhance it...
FIFA World Cup App
2018 really is a summer of sport so if you're missing out on the action for the likes of summer strolls or DIY, the official World Cup app will keep you up to date with all the football.
The months of June and July are going to be packed with football, and with this FIFA app you won't miss a thing.
It's amazing what apps are available these days. If you're fancying a day by the beach, the sand nestling between your toes, then Beach Finder is here to help.
A fairly self explanatory app, Beach Finder will be able to find your closest beach as well as highlight it's facilities and amenities. It's perfect, especially for on holiday when you might not necessarily know where the local beaches are.
Mobile Casino app
The great thing about mobile gaming are the games where they're quick and easy and can be comfortably played on the go.
When the sun is shining and you're lounging around a pool, there's no better app to download for a game than a mobile casino.
You'll be able to play a range of games from slots to blackjack, roulette and more, while you'll also be able to get mobile casino no deposit bonuses, so you won't even have to spent a penny.
Think you're a barbecue expert but get proven wrong time and time again? Grill Time is a great app for you to perfect that meat and become a real hero during family parties and BBQs.
The app will keep track of what's on the grill and send you notifications for when it's time to flip or serve. You'll be a burger expert in no time!
An app we hugely recommend, Wolfram measures sun exposure and calculates when it's time to call it a day from under the sun.
The app will use your complexion to calculate how long you can be out without feeling the burn. It takes into account time of day, location and the suntan lotion factor you're using to give you a solid estimate on when you should be thinking about taking a break from the rays.
Smartphones occupy more and more of our time rapidly turning young people and not only into an "eyes on the phone" generation. And as technology dependency is on the rise, people are always looking for new applications and games. The good news is that the possibilities are endless, whether you are an Android or an iOS user.
For 2018, statistics point out to the following innovative applications as a must have, depending, of course, on the field of use:
When you have a lot to do, it's hard to remember the shopping list and the time you're scheduled with the dentist. That's why an application can help you organize your time more efficiently. 24me is an application that works as a personal assistant. It binds somewhat more elements of your life in order to organize your time more efficiently. It sends you notifications of what you have to do and the events that follow. An interesting thing is that it even gives you information about traffic, advising when it is advisable to leave the car to avoid crowding.
Whether it's a self-image or an artistic picture of a sunset, it's always like they're more wow if you add a filter. Snapseed is one of the favorites because it has a wide range of filters. For example, if you take a picture of the sky and add the "Drama" filter, the effect is amazing. Another application highly recommended would be Aviary, which even has a special filter for food pictures. Besides, filters greatly emphasize colors and make them look more pronounced.
Do you know the moment when you hear a cool song on the radio and you really want to know what it's called, but all the lyrics are indistinguishable? It's kind of hard to find on Google so you might consider downloading Shazam, an application that records the song and in a few seconds displays the name of the song and the artist.
Before embarking on a journey, it would be good if you also prepare your smartphone with some useful applications besides your clothes. Google Translate for example is a useful application for quickly translating texts from various languages. You can even take a picture of a menu for example and you will receive a translation that will help you order more easily the desired dish. Time Out is an application that shows you a lot of things to do and visit, from restaurants to events and museums. Another useful application is XE Currency, which helps you make quick conversions from different currencies.
If you need inspiration in any field, you can try the Pinterest or WeHeartit applications. From fashion, decor or art, these applications are an inexhaustible source of ideas and stunning pictures. My Fitness Pal is the most popular fitness app in the world and not for anything. This helps you calculate calories, find interesting recipes, and lead a healthy lifestyle. At this chapter, the numerous and highly engaging Online Gaming Apps, particularly the ones provided by each online Casino in part, play a huge role. Indeed, the mobile Casino pokies have advanced a great deal in the top of people's favorite entertainment sources.
One of the most useful applications can certainly be considered Google Trips, with which you can better plan your excursions or plan to organize them. The application gives you the best tourist sights according to your interests.
Even if you're an experienced driver, it's very likely that once you've come across a route that you do not know, or ever need a more interactive GPS, and get you out of trouble as soon as possible well Waze, could be the best application in this regard.
This application has a simple logic, stopping all the processes running in the background and leaving just what you want. This can help you when you need more battery while simultaneously making the system work faster. Using this application requires little attention because it can completely stop all background activities, even alarms.
These are just a small part of the applications that can help us in everyday life while it's a well-known fact that we have reached a huge array of android apps available in the Play Store as well as iOS ones in App Store. Those readers out there keen on keeping up with the best and most popular ones only have to access the corresponding Store for their operating system and the multitude of novelties will do the rest.
It is an undisputable fact that mobile applications have penetrated into every modern person`s life. They are interconnected with almost every aspect of our everyday routine - from checking the weather to unlocking the house entrance door.
However, first mobile apps were created for entertainment purposes only. They fulfilled simple functions, suchlike calculator or music player. In the late 20th, the tendency of implementing mobile applications into businesses tended to grow. Surely, they possessed only a limited variety of functions, because of Java programming language constraints. However, on the other hand, they attracted more and more buyers to their owners, even if they were offline and could not intend a person to buy goods or services.
Nowadays the situation has changed expeditiously. Thanks to the development both of the Internet and mobile platforms, applications for smartphones became a "must-have" option in the entrepreneur toolset. As Bill Gates said, "If your business is not on the internet, then your business will be out of business".
Do you still hesitate on creating a mobile application for your enterprise? Here are 5 basic tips on how you can improve your business process with a mobile app.
Expand the influence scope.
The evolution of smartphones began in the 2000s, but it`s supremacy over common computers has established only in the 2018 year. Globally, in April 2018 mobile traffic took more than 51% in the share of the worldwide web traffic (Statista.com). What is the reason? Allegedly, using a cellular phone for accessing web pages is more feasible than a standard PC. It is explained by an absence of expensive equipment, the necessity of installing huge devices, wiring the house and electricity usage.
People prefer to stay connected anytime. Thus, the number of population, who use a smartphone, outweighed the market of simple laptop users. Nevertheless, what does it mean for you as for an entrepreneur? We can highlight only one important thing - having only a website is not enough to compete properly with your rivals.
In other words, mobile application concept has changed. It transferred from an outstanding feature that only mega-sized companies could possess to the mandatory part of every concern. In order to attract customers, you need to fulfill their demands - and the majority of them prefer accessing your company remotely with their gadgets. So why do you still lose a half of your potential customers?
Always be in touch with your clients.
One more feasible feature of modern cellular phone software are push-messages and information collection system. This technology establishes a direct connection between database and clients smartphone and gives you a possibility to interact with your customers at any time. To make it more distinct, a bright example is social networks. If you receive a message on Facebook, your mobile phone will immediately react and depict a notification for you. So, why not to make friends with your clients in the same way?
Push-messages allow you to inform your customers about discounts, upcoming novelties, changes of working hours, the status of clients, good delivery order etc. Moreover, it is interactive. It implies that application gives you a possibility to review how many customers have visited your page after receiving a push message and how many of them ignored your letter. As a smartphone usually allows a developer to access basic information about a user. You can diversify the schedule of notification for different target groups. For instance, you can track that an individual customer is highly interested in sport's shoes. Use this information! Thus, you`d better notify him/her about an upcoming supply of new shoe collection in advance - he/she will be totally pleased having an individual approach.
On the other hand, an adverse effect of push-messages is that people can find they annoying and repulsive. And it is not unreasonable. Unfortunately, the majority of IT solutions send too many notifications to users, so the latter prefer just to turn it off. In order to avoid it, assure that your messages are feasible and informative at the same time, and they do not appear on the screen constantly. Also, take care of making the info as short as possible. Finding the lowest common denominator about the number of suchlike notifications may take some time, but it totally worth the efforts.
Make your brand recognizable.
Regardless you are a pioneer or a professional executive, you need to make your company became prominent in the background of other rivals. One of the most lucrative ways to intensify the development of your company is to enhance customers' loyalty to your brand. And business apps are exactly the tool you need.
First of all, your logo will be shown every single time user unlocks a smartphone. He/she may not even contemplate about it, but it makes him/her remind your company subconsciously. Thus, you do not need even to promote it - users just get used to seeing it frequently and surely recall your logo when they face it somewhere else.
Furthermore, considering the fact that push messages are accompanied by depicting the logo of an application creates a notification, users are likely to accustom to your brand.
Integrate your application with a website.
As it was told some paragraphs above, having only a website is not enough to compete properly on a contestant market, but the mobile app is not the resource that can fulfill your needs by itself solus. A silver bullet is to combine and integrate both of them. It can be done using new interactive platforms and programming solution.
In order to figure out which features better suit to website or application, try to order a SWOT and PEST analysis at AuEduBirdie service, also you will say: "I would prefer to pay someone to do my assignment" and you will be right if you choose this service.It will provide you feasible information regarding which services are better used within surfing website and which ones are better perceived on the screen of a cellular phone.
What is more, you can also establish some kind of social network. Just provide clients with a possibility to create their own profiles with personal data and rating system. Clients are more willing to trust people who have already purchased the same good/service as they are going to. Live feedbacks are a brilliant motivating factor to make sure the description mentioned on a website perfectly suits real conditions of a good or service.
The last but not least is a matter of expenditures on posters and advertisement within the marketing company in a destination place of distribution. The mobile application provides you both opportunities to save money and even to earn them. This explains the high demand for it among modern businesses. It gives huge benefits in terms of cost reduction.
If your boss is willing to plunge your expenditures exponentially, pay attention at mobile ad services. For example, mobile ads generated roughly 80 percent of Facebook's $5.6 billion ad revenue (Entrepreneur.com). You are able to spend your money on advertising more lucrative than usual. The milestone of this method is that you are provided with advanced targeting tools. It allows you to diversify your buyers by age, gender, weight, height, living place etc. Thus, you can spend less money and efforts. But at the same time, you perceive the same performance as using traditional advertisement. In other words, if you choose mobile ads, be assured that the money you spend will totally for you.
Contrariwise, if your app is created not to attract customers but to generate high revenue, you can always install ads service within your application. It is for free and does not require any knowledge of programming languages. You will get paid each time your client click on the banner of another company appears on the screen. A good example is educational applications. Each time student calls an app to figure out a formula or a rule, he/she watches a promo of other usable platforms for learners.
The mobile application is a necessary tool for every entrepreneur nowadays. If you are willing not only to stay afloat on a market but to expand your business and make it more profitable, then you should contemplate an app for your demands. Deliver personalized offers to customers and consider theirs. Remember to strike the right balance in messaging your clients and processing an information you receive from them.
College years are formative in the life of any student as this is their stepping stone for reaching what they really want for themselves. College is a training ground for them to hone their abilities, enhance their talents and motivate themselves to become someone they strive to be in the future. It is important to equip oneself to win this battle.
Being a student in 21st century became more fun because apart from the library books, a bag, and a pen, you have apps to help you. They can be utilized anytime, anywhere in your most convenient way. There are plenty of constructive tools for studying in college and here are some of the most helpful apps for college students.
- My Admission Essay
In college, you are expected to write and submit many essays and reports, to say nothing about the research and lecture notes for personal use. Sometimes you just have no time to write yet another one, or maybe an odd paper slips your mind and when you do remember about it, the deadline is too close for comfort.
For such cases, My Admission Essay exists. The service employs academic professionals in their respective fields to provide you with expert help. For more detailed My Admission Essay review visit the official website.
- Gmail/Google Drive
Today, it is fundamentally essential to have a Gmail account which enables you to send messages, receive instructions, share files and professionally communicate with your professors thanks to email scheduling and almost unlimited attachments.
Along with this service goes Google Drive, where you can work with docs and access your files from any device. You can create docs, spreadsheet and access them anytime. You don't have to save anything on your laptop, since all the files are stored in the cloud.
There are moments in your student life when books and resources your college library can supply aren't enough to satisfy your academic needs. Thanks to technological advancement, your life is now made easy. You don't have to register for yet another library card in a neighboring town to access more books.
Scribd is one of the biggest virtual libraries in the world. All the information in this app is humbly shared by people from different places all over the globe. This crowd-sourced app helps millions of students to find millions of various books and documents which are relevant to their studies.
Not all students are fond of Math, yet the subject is present all over the curriculum. That is why a lot of students have a deep grudge towards Math, since they have to study it willy-nilly.
However, there's no need in getting too emotional. All you have to do is to work smartly. Mathway is a mobile application that can gradually guide you for better understanding of algebra, geometry and other math-related disciplines, turning your deepest nightmare into fun.
- Merriam Webster
Euphemism. Aristocracy. Spectrum. Demagogue. If you are an ordinary student who has a limited vocabulary, I can't blame you for cursing right now. Well, worry no more because this app will surely give you the most precise and easy-to-understand definition of these words.
Now, when you encounter a difficult one, you will look it up, broaden your vocabulary and maximize your potential in using these words. What makes this app better than other online dictionaries is that it has built-in games. You will surely love true or false, how strong is your vocabulary, name that thing, and other word games.
There are for sure, people you are looking up to as a student - people whom you admire and people whom you'd want to meet. TED is a place where inspiring speakers from all walks of life give powerful talks about important topics.
This high-quality videos aren't only exciting to watch and educational - they can help you to build yourself in the process. Among the speakers you can find a role model for yourself, no matter what your future professional field is - they are business specialists, skilled educators, inspiring celebrities, successful people with disabilities and many others.
This online interface is designed for students and teachers to improve the writing and grammar skills. The name tell is all. Red ink isn't supportive, it simply tells that there's an error. It tells you "your grammar is wrong!" NoRedInk, on the other hand, offers immediate feedback and propositions on improvement instead of those annoying wiggly lines.
The app learns about each user and gives personalized tasks and quizzes, which are interesting, age appropriate, and most useful since they address precisely the area where there's room for improvement.
In today's world where everything makes the life of students simpler, ignorance and success are both in the hands of the students. College journey is not as hard as you think if you will arm yourself with these apps.
Knowledge can be gained much easier if you carefully choose some good applications for assistance. Nowadays, you don't have to carry a bunch of textbooks and spend the nights over cheat sheets.
You just need to download a few programs to your smartphone - and everything will fall into your head in an easy and affordable form.
But there are so many apps that you might not know where to start. To keep you from drowning in a sea of information, we've selected only the best student applications.
Top 7 Underrated Educational Apps
With this application, you can pick up music for your studies and work. Neurobiologists participate in the development and check the effectiveness of melodies.
Such a sound accompaniment helps to focus better on tasks, fall asleep faster, relax, and fight anxiety. The application has special melodies for studying and reading with several options.
Apple gadget users will certainly appreciate the Pages text editor. The developers describe the application the following way - "Find the right words and images. And do it with taste.''
With a single tap, choose the font, style, character, and line spacing that suits you.
Take a photo and put it into a document right away - all without leaving the app. With just one tap, drag or swipe, you can resize, rotate, or remove the background.
For beautiful school reports and presentations, this option is really useful.
This is an application to find the author who will write your essay or any other written assignment.
Students do not always have enough time to complete all their university assignments. Very often, learners have to combine several part-time jobs with studies. Or maybe one simply likes to have fun at parties leaving everything for the last day.
In such situations, the solution may be to use online services that offer papers for a specific fee. We will leave a few links to the most credible ones:
But still, it is more convenient to use the mobile version of such platforms.
One Big Thing
An application that helps you focus on one most important goal during the day. You mark one goal of the day and two or three secondary goals that are necessary to achieve, or those that you need to switch to later.
The app is designed in the form of stickers. The associations allow you to remember important information.
For example, you have a day to prepare a physics project. The main goal and all the necessary tasks for the project will be in front of your eyes.
Pomodoro Timer works according to the popular Pomodoro method: 25 minutes work, 5 minutes rest. Thanks to this technique, you can focus on your tasks without getting tired.
If time periods are not suitable for you, you can reconfigure them by increasing or decreasing work and rest times. The timer will beep to warn you when it's time to take a break.
The extension has a minimalist design. It does not take up much screen space or distract you from your work.
Application for self-organization. All tasks are organized as a to-do list that can be shared with other users. For each assignment, you can set a due date and a reminder of what is necessary to do.
The app allows you to create a separate to-do list or a list of tasks to improve your performance. Wunderlist is not overloaded with unnecessary functions. It's simple: you set a task, execute it, tick the box and close it.
The application for meditation will help to stay focused and attentive during the studying sessions. It will tune your mind in a way necessary for education.
Audio exercises in Headspace help to concentrate on what is important, get rid of unnecessary thoughts, and cope with stress and anxiety.
There are even tips on what to do if you are bored while meditating. In addition to audio, the application uses other formats: video and animation. According to the developers, ten minutes per day are enough to feel the result.
Top 7 Most Expected Educational Apps
Now let's move on to applications that have already won the attention of hundreds of thousands or even millions of students from around the world.
This is one of the most comprehensive unique applications which you can install on your gadget.
The trick is that here you can find and watch a vast number of courses on a variety of subjects ranging from chemistry to art history.
It offers courses from leading universities and institutes around the world. This is just a great chance to get useful information from academic sources. It's worth a try, definitely.
With this application, users will be able to develop their memory, improve brain function, and logical thinking in a light gaming form.
After each passed level becomes more complicated, so any user can feel significant improvement in one's memory.
The application helps to improve attentiveness and quick response. And all this comes in an easy and relaxed form.
The disadvantage of the application is a large number of pop-up information. This problem can be solved by purchasing an extended version.
Despite the huge amount of information on the Internet and various specialized programs, it is not always possible to find information from rare publications and narrowly specialized textbooks.
In addition, the number of such books in university libraries is not enough for everyone. And if there are enough of them, it is hard enough to carry them with you all the time.
With the help of this application, it will be possible to scan the necessary document or textbooks quickly. Later on, all the necessary information will be stored on the phone and will be available without request to libraries and the Internet.
With this app, you can create presentations on your mobile device. Bright graphics, easy operation, the ability to create various animations and charts will help any student prepare the best presentation for university classes.
In the beginning, the app may seem rather complicated, but after a little practice, you will be able to enjoy the process.
The application checks the level of foreign language skills and creates a planned training in the game format.
To finish the level, you need to pass all tasks without errors - and if the error keeps repeating, the system will give an additional lesson on this topic.
Exercises increase vocabulary, improve grammar, and pronunciation. In the paid version, offline mode is added, and advertising is removed.
Quizlet is a good flashcard application with user-friendly design and useful features. It offers many downloadable map sets for almost any theme. Of course, you can also create your own sets of flashcards.
Shortcomings? Quizlet blocks some subscription features, including the ability to use the application offline and at night.
The annual TED conferences were originally created for Silicon Valley residents to exchange experiences and ideas. They have long gone beyond the tags of "technology, entertainment, design" (actually, TED).
Today it is a global brand and quality mark. The speakers were ranging from Steve Jobs and Richard Dawkins to Pope Francis and Kermit from the Muppet Show.
A free TED mobile application provides access to an extensive archive of lectures that are conveniently sorted into sections and tags ("funny," "amazing," "beautiful," "inspiring," and many others).
We all know or remember how hard it is to be a student. Nowadays, getting a degree becomes ever more sophisticated. To study now, even at school - there are more and more information flows and less time.
But there are also good things in our wonderful 21st century. These are technologies that can greatly simplify a student's life in any educational institution.
We hope that our article will come in handy and your education will be much easier and less stressful!
There is no shortage of mobile applications today which cater to the many needs of modern students, but that can actually be quite a confusing situation to be in really! Which one should you choose when there are so many of them to choose from? While it would be impossible to suggest apps for specific students without knowing what their priorities are and what is it that they are looking for, we have prepared a list of 5 excellent Android apps for students which should be valid to most students today.
Before we proceed, it needs to be made clear that there are other similar planner and note keeping apps out there with more enhanced functionalities. However, Google Keep is still better for students, because of the following reasons.
It lets students take notes, record voice notes, add pictures, set reminders and pretty much anything else that one can expect from a notebooks app
Google Keep for students is completely free and includes all features anyway
Simplistic, intuitive design makes things extremely easy to access
With Google Drive sync enabled, you can keep your notes up to date across multiple devices seamlessly and simultaneously
It's available on all platforms, including iOS and iPadOS
Do you sometimes feel like you are spending all your time writing your essays? Well, it's not a feeling but a fact really, because students really do end up spending a majority of their spare time outside the classroom, writing essays and completing assignments!
AdvancedWriters believes in the phrase, "Your time belongs to you, not to your papers," and true to those words, they will let you get back control over your own time by supplying you with as many papers and assignments as you need.
Each paper from AdvancedWriter is written with professional accuracy, by specialist, highly experienced essay writers. Given that they have nearly 500 writers, spread across 8 different writing groups for catering to the students all day long, rest assured that your deadlines will be met and the standard of writing will always be exquisite.
Just download the AdvancedWriters app or visit their website to get started, and you will never have to miss anything ever again, just because you had to finish another one of those never ending series of essay papers.
Microsoft Office Lens
Although it says "Office," Microsoft's Lens is an incredibly useful tool for students who need the following features.
Scans in everything, including documents, whiteboards, blackboards, books, text messages, emails etc.
Edit and convert any image into PDF, Word, or PowerPoint formats
Clear up and secure information from unclear images of any kind, including cards
With a name like that, you know it has to mean business, and it does. It is voted by students as one of the best study/class/assignment planners available, in spite of there being cheaper or even free alternatives out there. Key features which makes this scheduling app super useful are as follows.
Available on Mac, Windows 10, iOS, iPadOS and of course, Android
Asks for an affordable, one time purchase price, rather than pursuing an IAP or subscription model
Helps you track and stay reminded about all your assignments, classes, test schedules, etc. from one unified platform
iStudiez can also synchronize with Google Calendar and other popular calendar apps
Finally, we have Chegg, which offers a complete collection of applications, rather than just one. Expect Chegg apps to help you with the following.
Renting textbooks at affordable rates
Buying and selling text books
Solving math problems
Online tutoring and more
If you need more options, or an app suggestion for a specific task, feel free to leave a comment and we will do our best to answer your queries. In the meanwhile, check these out and see if you can't have some use for them too!
As 2014 draws to a close, it's time for us to look back on another year's worth of gratuitous movie pirating. And surprisingly enough, this year's most torrented movies weren't actually all that terrible. You've got taste, ya thieves.
Here's the Top 20 pirated Movies in 2014:
1. The Wolf of Wall Street (30.035 million)
2. Frozen (29.919 million)
3. RoboCop (29.879 million)
4. Gravity (29.357 million)
5. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) (27.627 million
6. Thor: The Dark World (25.749 million)
7. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (25.628 million)
8. The Legend of Hercules (25.137 million)
9. X-Men: Days of Future Past 24.380 million
10. 12 Years a Slave (23.653 million)
11. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (23.543 million)
12. American Hustle (23.143 million)
13. 300: Rise of an Empire (23.096 million)
14. Transformers: Age of Extinction (21.65 million)
15. Godzilla (20.956 million)
16. Noah (20.334 million)
17. Divergent (20.312 million)
18. Edge of Tomorrow (20.299 million)
19. Captain Phillips (19.817 million)
20. Lone Survivor (19.130 million)
NVIDIA showcased the ultra high-end Titan X graphics card during a press event in San Francisco. The company's CEO boasted that the newcomer is the most advanced GPU the world has ever seen.
Titan X is built using NVIDIA's Maxwell architecture. It packs 12GB framebuffer and 8 billion transistors, which took thousands of engineer-years to build. NVIDIA Titan X will be used to deliver a new virtual reality experience at an eye-popping 90 fps. More details on the new graphics card will be available in a few weeks.
Milanese design school IED - Istituto Europeo di Design - reasserts Italy's heritage of car manufacturing with the Syrma concept car. Working alongside motoring publication Quattroruote, IED's Syrma concept presents an atypical automotive configuration in a number of ways.
Starting with the interior layout that entails three staggered front seats with the driver's seat located in the middle, under the hood lies a hybrid engine with a V6 twin turbo, approximately 4-litre heat engine, and an electric engine that when combined courier an impressive 900hp to the gas pedal.
When running on electric, the Syrma is entirely silent, that is aside from the screeching of rubber as you burn out of your driveway. Created by 11 students as part of their Masters thesis, the concept was developed and then produced in full scale in time for the 2015 International Geneva Motor Show.
Spanning from advanced technological adoption to rapid urbanization and industrialization, Africa has, in the last couple of decades, experienced a remarkable growth that today makes it stand out. Naturally, a land flowing with the metaphoric milk and honey, Africa's steady development is one for the books.
While many may argue that there is still a gap between tech and infrastructural development in Africa and other continents, its resilience over the years and open arms to new and innovative technologies has shown that this continent might just sit at the top of technological advancements in the future.
This is perhaps one of the reasons why the continent has witnessed an influx of startups willing to take it to the top. As a result, it has been noted to build strong startup culture in the last couple of years.
In effect, venture funding shaped up 2018 to be a wonderful year and 2019 is appearing to be taking up a great form with many startups taking their place in advancing technology in the continent.
While some of these startups have made the news at some point, there are some of them that rarely gets a mention albeit making waves at their position. This is why in this article, we will be pointing out some of the most promising tech startups that appears to be shaping up Africa's constantly developing tech ecosystem.
Harnessing the power wielded by smartphones today, this startup works in expanding the business atmosphere in Africa by supporting the concept of Informal shops all across Africa. Sokowatch allows these informal shops top up their inventories with just an SMS or App while increasing their integrity by tracking orders and expanding business through value-added recommendations.
This startup extends credit or more capital to these shopkeepers to further expand their business and cope with the ever-growing demand thus, bringing to mind Betway who developed an app which just as easily allows users amass their capital on gaming boards with just a click to their smartphones.
Providing a boost and support for promising developers to expand and showcase their creativity, Andela has been steadily building Africa's tech ecosystem. Andela gives developers and companies a field for connection by creating teams made of a community of Africa's promising developers.
Not only does it expand the tech culture in Africa by creating a basis for the extension of companies to Africa, Andela creates an opportunity for developers to get known and showcase their skills.
Developed in 2016, this startup harnessed the power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to support financial service providers. Creating chatbots, FinChatBot brought more attention to this technology by giving financial service providers the power to interact with clients via the creation better customer relation services with AI at its base.
Though focused on the South African market, its plans of expansion are in place and is aimed to expand its services to sellers all across the continent in record time.
This is one startup that hopes to bolster the link between standard healthcare services and promising technologies. This startup works in fostering a transformation in the access to healthcare through its launched database app.
Relevant information, as we know it, is important in providing adequate healthcare services. Appy Saude gives users access to the medical and insurance specialties and services covered by healthcare centres.
Integrating features that allow health personnel and users interact with just a click on their smartphone, Appy Saude has been working to make healthcare an easy feat. The startup is based in Angola and is aiming at expanding to other countries.
CowryWise allows users save and invest through a secure and automated channel. With a portion of the world differential to banks, CowryWise brought the banks to people providing a service that allows users enjoy the flexibility of risk-free investments returns and saving their money at no cost.
Established in Nigeria, this startup has been noted to have processed millions in savings for its users and has gained sufficient traction into the Silicon Valley programme while receiving funding alongside. This startup is admittedly shaking up the FinTech atmosphere and with its plans of expansion in the books, it could just be one of the best in 2019.
Video consumption on mobile phones has shot up and will continue to grow in the near future. According to a 2019 article by TechJury, more than half of all video views are done on mobile devices. 83% of people watch videos on mobile devices as opposed to desktop usage. The reason behind this is that mobile videos are more advanced and have become the main source of internet traffic. Mobile usage is also more convenient, and it makes it easier for people to share content. While people get video content from various sources such as Facebook and Instagram, the main source of video content which people use on mobile phones is YouTube. People, therefore, need an efficient YouTube playlist downloader, which they can use to download playlists and transfer videos on their mobile devices.
YouTube download tools
With a 4K video downloader, you can download an entire channel with a single click. You can also set the app to download individual channels when they are available. Moreover, you can download 3D and 360-degree YouTube videos. The 4K downloader also comes with the ability to download subtitles. To download a video, you will paste the link into the main window of the app. The app can also download videos from Daily Motion, Vimeo, and Facebook.
The app is much better than a 4K video downloader as it supports more than 10,000 sites, including Metacafe, Break, and Veoh. With the app, you can download single and entire playlists and up to five videos at a go at a speed of 4Mbps for the free version. To download a video, you will copy its URL and paste it on the top left corner of the screen. You will then choose the appropriate format which could be MP4, 3GP, or other formats; and you will be ready to download.
iTube is the most outstanding software for downloading videos. It is super easy to use as it supports one-click downloads and transfers of video to mobile. Its best feature is its file converter, which enables videos to work on any media player you may have. It also optimizes your videos on playback in specific devices and also comes with an integrated browser. Below are the steps to download a video from iTube with one click.
1. Copy the URL of the video you wish to download and on the iTube app, click the Paste URL
2. The video will begin to download the video automatically. The video may take some time, especially if it is a high-resolution video.
3. Once the download is over, click the downloaded icon to see your downloaded video or press the folder at the top of the app to see your file in finder. You can then begin to watch your video.
Sweden has long been one of the more technologically advanced nations in Europe and especially when it comes to app development, plenty of big names such as Red Onion and Oops have made a name for themselves in the tech community. Therefore, it isn’t a surprise to find that people in Sweden spend a lot of time on their smartphones. Stay with us as we take a look at what the Swedish are doing on their smartphones these days and which apps are taking up all their time.
Is there a nation where Netfliix is available and unpopular? Probably not! However, Netflix isn't as popular as a smartphone app in most other nations as it is in Sweden. It looks like the Sweds love their entertainment on the go.
TikTok: Make Your Day
It is an app that has taken the world by storm. As a video sharing platform that was originally aimed at teenagers, but has since gained popularity with the people of all ages. The app has become so popular that some people have even started using it as a way to make money, and even buy Tiktok followers in order to succeed faster.
Online Casino Apps
There are a few casino and gambling apps available on the Apple App Store, but a large number of these need to be played directly from their respective websites, which makes it difficult to put an exact rank or number on how much time Swedish smartphone users spend on casino websites and apps. Even then, the fact that Swedish players love trying out their luck a bit on video slots and online card games, is a Beyond doubt because they essentially changed the country's gambling regulations to allow for more private online casinos! As a matter of fact, the unofficial number of online casino players in the country could be right up there with Johnny Trigger. Unfortunately, transactional insecurity and slow, unreliable payment methods have marred the experience to an extent.
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It’s hard to deny the appeal of Tinder it seems, irrespective of one’s location. Much of the app’s popularity is owed to the fact that it’s the relationship genie of the app world! Whether one wants a stable relationship or a temporary affair, Tinder can be used in any way that one needs to.
There is no other game or application at the monet currently available in Sweden, which is more popular than Johnny Trigger, an action game with more cartoon violence than Rambo III! The game has only one mission, which is to kill bad guys in copious numbers, but offers a whole range of weapons and innovative methods to get the job done.
It seems games are quite popular in Sweden, which isn’t much of a surprise really. However, we were surprised at not seeing any of the multiplayer shooter titles like PUBG or Fortnite on the top of the list. It was a refreshing change mind you!
Recent estimates suggest that there are approximately 40 million adults in the world who now vape. That's 40 million former smokers who no longer smell bad, no longer pollute their local landfills with thousands of plastic-filled cigarette butts a year and are now significantly less likely to die early from lung cancer and other horrible diseases.
Even if you don't smoke or vape yourself, you should still give some serious consideration to vaping as the most disruptive technology of the century to date because it's almost certain that you have at least one close friend or family member who smokes. The existence of vaping significantly reduces the likelihood that you will one day have to watch that person die from a chronic illness before their time.
E-cigarettes and vape shops like E-Cigarette Empire have only been around in the United States for a little over a decade, but vaping technology has evolved unbelievably quickly during that time. One single aspect of vaping technology - pod-based vaping - is probably responsible on its own for helping many millions of people switch from smoking to vaping.
Pod vaping is probably the most exciting thing going in vaping today, and it's a fascinating topic to study even if you don't vape yourself.
What is it that makes pod vaping so exciting? That's what you're going to learn from reading this article.
Pod Vaping Combines Style and Convenience Like Nothing Else
Pod vaping changed the look of the typical beginner's e-cigarette forever. Before the first pod systems hit the market, an e-cigarette designed for beginning vapers was typically modeled after the appearance of a tobacco cigarette. Smokers - many of whom weren't yet aware of vaping - needed the visual cue of the cigarette shape to understand that the e-cigarettes they saw in convenience stores and other retail outlets had something to do with smoking. The visual cue made them want to investigate and find out what those devices were.
The cigarette shape helped to introduce vaping to the world, but the extremely small size also created some major drawbacks. An electronic device that's as small as a cigarette will be severely limited in terms of its battery life. An e-cigarette also needs to provide storage for vape juice, and it needs a heating coil to vaporize the juice. If you cram those things into a device that's as small as a tobacco cigarette, you're going to have something that stores very little e-liquid and produces very small, wispy vapor clouds.
By the time pod systems appeared on the market, most smokers knew that vaping existed even if they didn't vape themselves. An e-cigarette no longer needed to provide the visual cue of a cigarette-like appearance. It was time, in fact, for e-cigarettes to develop a unique design language of their own. Smokers were no longer looking for "the next cigarette" - they were looking for the thing that came after cigarettes. Pod systems were a little larger than tobacco cigarettes, but they were still extremely small and stylish. They provided an updated visual styling that really resonated with smokers. Many people who hadn't been interested in cigarette-shaped e-cigarettes at all found pod systems very intriguing.
Being slightly larger than the earlier generation of cigarette-shaped e-cigarettes, pod systems were also far more capable than first-generation vaping devices. They worked more reliably, held more e-liquid, produced bigger vapor clouds and had better battery life. People who tried the first e-cigarettes and weren't impressed with those early products loved the new pod systems.
Pod Vaping Introduced Nicotine Salt E-Liquid to the World
The magic of pod vaping systems doesn't just come from their advanced functionality and updated visual styling. Pod systems also have a magic ingredient that makes them as satisfying as tobacco cigarettes - something that cigarette-shaped e-cigarettes never were - despite their small size. That magic ingredient is nicotine salt e-liquid.
Any vaping device can use nicotine salt e-liquid, of course, but pod systems are uniquely positioned to deliver a perfect experience with that type of vape juice. That's because nicotine salt e-liquid typically has a very high concentration of nicotine and provides nicotine to the body at the ideal rate only when it's used with a small vaping device.
One of the biggest problems with the first-generation e-cigarettes was that they didn't deliver nicotine to the body efficiently enough to be completely satisfying. To switch fully from smoking to vaping, people would have to adjust to lower blood-nicotine levels - and some people just couldn't get through the transition. E-cigarette makers had to keep the nicotine content in their e-liquids relatively low because higher nicotine strengths would cause throat irritation and coughing.
Nicotine salt e-liquid contains a high level of nicotine but doesn't cause irritation because it contains a mild acid that lowers the e-liquid's pH. Standard e-liquid is alkaline, but nicotine salt e-liquid has a more neutral pH and feels smoother in the throat. Millions of people now depend on it to keep them off of cigarettes.
Pod Vaping Continues to Improve With Each Product Generation
Pod vaping systems have become so popular that many of the world's manufacturers of vaping products now invest the majority of their R&D money into pod systems. In the vaping industry, a typical product generation lasts a year or less - and with each new hardware generation, pod systems are getting better and better.
Vapers who use pod systems these days don't just enjoy the convenience of replaceable pods and the smooth satisfaction of nicotine salt e-liquid. They also enjoy some of the most stunning designs in the vaping world as well as all of the modern conveniences that the vaping industry has to offer.
One of the most exciting conveniences that you can find in a pod system today is a "Replay" mode that you can enable with the touch of a button. If you puff on the device supporting the Replay feature and find it particularly satisfying - because the temperature of the device's atomizer coil is just right, for instance - you can press your device's Replay button to save the characteristics of that puff. As long as Replay mode is enabled, your device will replicate that puff every time you press the fire button.
When someone mentions a smartwatch, rugged is usually not the first thing that comes to our mind, and that's part of what makes the T-Rex from Amazfit such an unique product. Not that there are no other tough products like Huami's new adventure - sport watch mind you, but none of them come even close to the price point at which the T-Rex is being offered by Huami.
What Does the T-Rex Have to Offer?
Quite simply put, the answer would be everything you can possibly expect, and we are not even exaggerating here! Consider the following to get an idea of how feature packed the T-Rex is really.
12 Military Grade Certifications (MIL-STD-810G, 5ATM, etc.) for resistance to water, dust, shock, heat, cold and humidity among others
The T-Rex can survive in between -40 degrees Celsius to 70-degrees Celsius, alongside 240h humidity and 96h salt spray (sea water) exposure
A battery that can last up to 20 days even under extremely rough conditions and moderate usage
14 sport modes: outdoor jogging/running, jogging/running on the treadmill, cycling, hiking, open water swimming, swimming in a pool, elliptical training, regular gym exercises and the list goes on
Includes an optical heart rate sensor
An advanced GPS system and even a built-in GLONASS system for flawless, satellite navigation
1.3-inch OLED display with a resolution of 360 x 360, with Gorilla Glass 3 protection
It's difficult to believe that all these features and more are packed into the T-Rex by Huami for a selling price of meagre $140! For the record the Amazfit T-Rex is also Huami's cheapest and toughest smartwatch till date.
A Closer Look at Applicability of the Features: Is the T-Rex Really that Good?
Off the bat, let's make a few things clear, this is not the world's best or the most perfect smartwatch that we are dealing with here. What Huami's latest offering can be called however, is the best bang-for-your-buck smartwatch in the fitness and adventure segment by a long shot. With that perspective in mind, there is really nothing about the watch that doesn't work as advertised.
One may notice that steep changes in heart rate will take the optical sensor an extra second or two to adjust with, but the data will not be erroneous on account of the slightly slower change. Setting that aside, there's nothing else that we can complain about here, especially at that price point.
Sleep and step tracking works as accurately as you would expect from a $500 fitness wearable, while the Amazfit app records all data seamlessly from your smartwatch for your review later or in real time. However, there is no support for third party apps such as GoogleFit for example and that is disappointing.
A Smartwatch Designed for Performance Not Superficial Impression
The T-Rex is not going to win any beauty contests, but that's perfectly alright. Huami did not launch the T-Rex with a name like that to look pretty, but to get the job done in the most robust way possible. It's a big watch with a huge dial and a lot of girth to it, but surprisingly enough, it is deceptively light at just under 57g. Coming in Army Green, Camo Green,Rock Black, Khaki and Gun Gray, this is a watch that prioritises functionality, mobility and even comfort above everything else.
The OLED display is big, bright and gorgeous, which really comes on its own during the night, as is the nature of all OLED dispalys. During the day, even direct sunlight cannot affect this AMOLED display's visibility to the point where everything on it can be called anything but clearly legible. The straps on the other hand, can be described as comfortable, silicone dust magnets!
Although the clean and muscular design of Huami T-Rex is not for someone with tiny wrists, or a preference for more stylish options, it embodies the spirit of the rough and tough adventurer, who's wrist this massive beast of a watch is supposed to adorn in the first place. If you can relate yourself to being a real adventurer, and don't want to shell out $200 - $500 for features that Huami is offering for just $150 with the T-Rex, there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn't order one right now.
The internet has changed our lives forever and there's hardly any aspect of it that still remains untouched by the World Wide Web. Apart from simplifying the global trade, making information easily available and creating countless other potentially world-changing opportunities, the internet have also become a hub for digital entertainment. Online gaming has gained a lot of popularity in recent times and it will only grow in magnitude and scale as time passes on. If you are looking to give this lucrative world of multiplayer battles, races and rewards a try, check out this list of the most popular genres in online gaming today.
Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO)
Imagine exploring, fighting and completing quests in a virtual world that's co-inhabited by thousands of other players and you should have an idea about what an MMO is exactly. Some of the most popular MMO titles include World of Warcraft, Tom Clancy's The Division, Guild Wars 2, Final Fantasy XIV and Tera Online.
First Person Shooters (FPS)
A FPS game typically puts you in the shoes of the protagonist, armed with guns, armor, grenades and much more to blow your opponents into oblivion! Multiplayer first person shooters like Counter Strike Global Offensive, Team Fortress 2 and Destiny are extremely popular and are enjoyed by thousands of players around the world every day.
Various online casino games like Blackjack, Craps, Poker, Roulette, etc. are played and enjoyed by millions of players around the world now and with the security system getting tighter and safer with each passing day, the number is expected to increase. However, you should be careful and deal only with legal and trustworthy online casinos like casino.com for example.
Sports games like the FIFA series or the Pro Evolution Soccer series make for some of the most intense real time competitive online simulations ever and that's exactly why they are so popular all over the world. Other popular games in the genre include the Madden series and the NBA series.
Racing was one of the first genres in gaming ever to sport competitive multiplayer gameplay. The genre gained widespread popularity recently with the extremely successful NFS series of games. Apart from cars, online racing games may include bike racing, Jet Ski racing, etc.
Basically anyone can pick up a controller and start throwing punches and kicks in a fighting game, but it takes true skill and precision to reach mastery of the game. Although they are not as popular worldwide as some of the others on this list, the player base is still pretty strong for games such as Street Fighter or Tekken.
Did we miss your favourite type of online games? If so, then let us know in the comments section below.
Mobile games are an integral part of our everyday lives today. With more than 2 billion smartphone users, there is a massive player base behind them - no wonder mobile has become the most used (and most profitable) gaming platform of the world. The top games come and go - titles like Pokemon Go, Clash of Clans, and similar ones, briefly take over the top spot in the list of the most used apps of the world. There is a game type, though, that is constantly in the top 10, with millions choosing its casual fun day after day: slot machines. In the US, they are played socially, while in the rest of the world, players can choose between social versions and the real thing, offered by the Royal Vegas Canada (among many others).
With millions choosing to spin the reels all over the world, slot machines are clearly among the most played casual games at a global scale. Let's see which were the Top 5 Most Popular Slots for October.
5. Dragon Dance
The Dragon Dance is a very popular street spectacle in China - an integral part of many major festivals. To make every day a celebration, the Royal Vegas has brought forth the Dragon Dance slot machine this February, as a way to greet the Chinese New Year. The game is not only popular around this holiday, though - this October, it was the fifth most played game at the casino.
4. Shanghai Beauty
A new addition to the Royal Vegas game library, Shanghai Beauty takes its players on a trip into the sophisticated, elegant world of Asia. While the game doesn't have many bonus features, its combination of relaxing music and exciting action has turned it into a favorite last month.
3. Mega Moolah
While the game itself is fun to play, most Mega Moolah players choose it for its big win. It's the game with the most generous jackpot at the Royal Vegas - it pays out millions to its luckiest fans several times a year. This jungle-themed slot machine was the third most played game here this October.
2. Bar Bar Black Sheep
A game based on a popular nursery rhyme, Bar Bar Black Sheep has more than just a cute look and a soothing music. Its reels are filled with farm-related symbols, along with a BAR symbol borrowed from the classic Vegas slot machines. Two BARs, coupled with a Black Sheep symbol, trigger the game's generous bonus, paying out up to 999 times the triggering bet.
1. Lost Vegas
With Halloween coming, Royal Vegas players seemed to have found their taste for horror. Lost Vegas was the perfect game for them - it took them on a trip to a zombie-ridden Las Vegas, allowing them to join the Survivors or the Zombies in their quest for unimaginable riches.
Bingo has been around for decades now and although the Bingo Hall's popularity isn't what it used to be before 2005, it continues to remain one of the most popular games online. On that note, let's now take a look at the two versions of bingo that are the most popular and can be played from any laptop, tablet or smartphone.
This is the version where the grid is 5 x 5 and with the exception of the one in the middle, every one of the remaining 24 squares has a number in it. The central square is free for all. The player who manages to match all the numbers in a line first wins the Line 1 prize and this goes on till Line 5. These lines can be vertical, horizontal or even diagonal.
This one is more popular than the 75 ball bingo in the UK and it's just as popular online today, as it was twelve years ago inside the Bingo Halls. All the tickets have three row and nine columns so the games are much longer than the 75 Ball version. Apart from the Full House prize, there are two other prizes to be won here, namely the Line 1 and the Line 2 prizes. As one can imagine, the Full house prize is usually the biggest one and to win it, you will need to check off all the numbers on your ticket. It's fairly easy and uncomplicated to start with.
Can You Win Real Money in Online Bingo?
As it turns out, you can win real money with online bingo and it's not that difficult either, but you will need a bit of luck and some strategies to increase your chances. In case you are new, don't worry about it, because most reputed bingo mobile sites give plenty of free chances and bonuses to their new players so that they can get used to the feel of how things work.
The gaming world is almost unrecognisable from what it was in the 20th century. Console and PC games are becoming less popular as more people opt to play games on their smartphones or tablets. Today, mobile games bring in nearly half of global gaming revenue - and it's set to become even more dominant as a platform over the next few years.
Avid consumers live in a world where they can access games like poker in the pub, roulette on the bus and blackjack in the office.
Blackjack is in many ways the perfect game to play on the go - as the games are short and the turnaround so quick. It's a great way to make some fast cash. Some gamblers prefer US blackjack, which offers multiple options for betting minimums and maximums - making your gambling experience even more tailored to your lifestyle and preferences. Find out more about the rules of blackjack games such as Multihand Blackjack, Single Deck Blackjack or American blackjack and why it makes for a great mobile casino experience.
How did mobile gaming become such a success? Let's look at the history of this form of gaming and speculate how it could evolve into the future.
Online casino games: the early days
Today you'll see that online casinos are engaging and immersive enough to give gamers an experience that rivals anything a land-based casino can deliver - but this wasn't always the case.
The issue of who created the first online casino is largely disputed, but developer Microgaming is largely credited with building the first ever online gambling software in 1994. However, it wasn't until two years later that the first bet was accepted online.
In 1996, InterCasino opened their metaphorical internet doors and offered customers the opportunity to play 18 casino games from the comfort of their own home. It was a landmark in the industry.
Initially, online casino games represented an element of intrigue for eager players who were keen to gamble within their own environment. However, there were huge challenges to actually playing. The games were incredibly clunky and difficult to use, and the graphics were underdeveloped. At this point, it was still the case that, if you were really keen on gambling, you'd still be going to a land-based casino rather than a virtual one.
Online casinos simply weren't good enough.
Of course, one of the biggest challenges was the lack of access. Not everyone had a computer with the internet back then. The market was small and relied on a dedicated gamblers accessing online services from their desktop - a long way off the accessibility we enjoy today.
How online gaming progressed
The quality and abundance of online casinos have reflected the huge strides made in digital technology over the past two decades.
Early pioneers Microgaming along with Playtech and Net Entertainment started to improve their offerings - and more competitors started to vie for a share of this market. There were 15 online casinos in 1997, but over 200 just a year later - attributed to increased internet speeds and broadband access, particularly in the US and UK. In 1998 the global internet gambling industry brought in £834 million in revenue, and it was only going to grow from there.
As online casino gaming was getting quicker, it was also getting better. Improved graphics with more intense special effects appealed to more gamers. Add to that a broader selection of games - including slots, blackjack, poker and other casino favourites.
In addition, the UK gambling act transformed the image of online casinos. They weren't seen as a seedy, unregulated part of the internet - they were official places to game, just like land-based casinos. Plus, with the legalisation of online gambling, governments were also raking in greater tax revenue and there were more employment opportunities - so everyone was a winner. It marked a massive shift in the industry.
The move from desktop to mobile
Thanks to Steve Jobs and the gurus Apple gurus in Silicon Valley, the world is now driven by smartphones. Online casinos recognised the potential of mobile gambling and quickly developed software to bring their services to the mobile market.
These very first games allowed users to do something that had never been done before - gamble on the go. The in-built processing power of smartphones combined with their displays made the move from desktop to mobile seamless.
Again, accessibility was key to the development of mobile gaming. Improved mobile broadband across the world, phones with better processing speeds capable of handling the demands of high-quality games boosted the user experience of gambling apps - and the user numbers soon followed.
While desktop gambling sites remain popular, the mobile market has allowed betting companies to appeal to a new market of potential customers. Now developers can rake in steady revenues from players by offering in-app purchases and keeping their games free. Those punters previously put off by the exclusivity of betting shops and casinos can now make bets from their phone - anywhere, anytime.
The future of mobile casinos
One of the drawbacks of an online casino is the lack of ‘real feel' that customers get when playing online - but operators are increasingly able to challenge that with immersive gameplay that could accelerate the decline of traditional land-based casinos, which have been struggling to compete with the industry as it is in the last decade.
As ever, the industry is always looking for new ways to adapt and the most talked advancement at the moment is virtual reality. The industry's biggest developers and betting companies are investing heavily in software that will allow users to explore a completely interactive virtual casino.
Virtual Reality has seemingly been in the pipeline for the past decade, however it finally looks like taking off with the success of traditional gaming VR headsets and ‘live beyond live' casino technology on the horizon.
Another big step forward could be the relaxation of online gambling restrictions in the US. If this continues, the World Wide Web could become the new Las Vegas.
Whist gaming has traditionally been enjoyed on games consoles and PCs, 2019 saw another massive year for mobile gaming. Thanks to the increasing numbers of smartphones and tablets, developers are spending more time than ever on releasing fantastic mobile games.
The global games industry is worth around $134 billion and around 45% of that now comes from mobile games. On top of that, the mobile games industry grows around 10% each year and the last 18 months saw companies investing more than $9 billion into mobile game development.
So with the year over, just what were the biggest mobile games of 2019?
PUBG Mobile - PUBG was a hugely successful game on the PC which saw more than 200 million people play the game at some point. The Battle Royale shooter sees up to 100 players at a time parachute onto an island and fight for survival.
Whilst the PC version was plagued by bugs, the mobile game actually has fewer of these problems making it brilliant to play. Despite being a touchscreen shooter, the game is intuitive and fun to play and was a huge hit in 2019.
Mobile Casinos - Online casinos have become even more popular than their real-life counterparts and thanks to mobile play, that trend looks set to continue. Most online casinos now allow players to enjoy the site from a mobile or tablet, allowing them to enjoy the fun wherever they go.
An increasing number of online casinos are starting to provide players with fantastic apps that allow smooth gameplay and bonuses that are unique to mobile players. Compare UK online gambling sites to find the best mobile casino for you.
Shadowgun Legends - Shadowgun Legends is about as close as you can get to a high-quality console game played on your phone. The game has a huge amount of depth and features hundreds of unique unlockable weapons. You can really immerse yourself in the rich world as you play your way through tonnes of missions.
Best of all the game is free! Whilst it does have in-app purchases to buy weapons, ammo and armour, you can mostly get by without them.
Riptide GP: Renegades - Featuring jaw-dropping graphics, this high-octane racing game allows you to experience the very best available graphics whilst playing on mobile. In Riptide GP, you play as a disgraced former jet ski racing champion who must win back their fame.
You'll be able to race through loads of different courses which each feature different stunts and types of opponents. There are even special boss races to unlock.
The Room Series - This brilliant and inventive series of puzzle games is sure to have you entertained for hours. Although the original game was released back in 2012, the latest game came out at the start of 2018 and the game still gets millions of downloads a year.
In these puzzle games you'll have to solve clues and unlock strange puzzle boxes which sometimes require a lot of thought and planning to open.
Switzerland has long been one of the most technologically advanced nations in Europe and especially when it comes to software development, plenty of big names such as Helios and Experion have made a name for themselves in the tech community. Therefore, it isn’t a surprise to find that people in Switzerland spend a lot of time on their smartphones, even more so than most other nations in Europe. Stay with us as we take a look at what the Swiss are doing on their smartphones these days and which apps are taking up all their time.
Clash of Clans
Clash of Clans still has a decent number of players around the world for sure, but nowhere is it as popular still, as it seems to be in Switzerland, even January 2020! The classic mobile strategy game from Finnish developers Supercell, which inspired countless other titles in the genre is still the number one played game in Switzerland, as well as being their most used application overall.
Gardenscape & Homescape
Yes, THAT game which seems to be in every in-app ad these days, is also among the most popular games played in Switzerland, second only to Clash of Clans. Now, if you noticed, we mentioned two games in the title, but that’s because both of Playtrix’s match 3/puzzle solving titles are quite similar in both type and popularity here, plus you can get free online pokies aristocrat here.
Online Casino Apps
There are a few casino and gambling apps available on the Apple App Store, but a large number of these need to be played directly from their respective websites, which makes it difficult to put an exact rank or number on how much time Swiss users spend on casino websites and apps. Even then, the fact that Swiss players love trying out their luck a bit on video slots and online card games, is a well established one. As a matter of fact, the unofficial number of online casino players in the country could be right up there with Clash of Clans! Unfortunately, transactional insecurity and slow, unreliable payment methods have marred the experience a bit these days.
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It’s hard to deny the appeal of Tinder it seems, irrespective of one’s location. Much of the app’s popularity is owed to the fact that it’s the relationship genie of the app world! Whether one wants a stable relationship or a temporary affair, Tinder can be used in any way that one needs to.
It seems games are more popular than all other apps in Switzerland, which isn’t much of a surprise really. However, we were surprised at not seeing any of the multiplayer shooter titles like PUBG or Fortnite on the top of the chart.
The online gambling industry has expanded at an astonishing rate in recent years. Today, there are thousands of online casino operators across the globe, and their customer base is growing with each passing minute. As a result, more and more casino games are being released by the top game developers in the industry.
In this post, we'll take a look at the most popular casino games that you can easily find at UK casino online and other top casino sites.
One of the statistically most prominent online casino games is slot machines. The first one-arm bandit was introduced to the world in the late 19th century. After this, it took many years for the first online slot to show up. However, as soon as slots were offered by online casinos, they became an instant hit with players.
One of the major reasons for the immense popularity of online slots is the convenience that comes with them. Also, thousands of slot games with immersive themes are available at the top online gambling sites. So, the opportunity to pick between hundreds of themes means you won't be bored while playing slots.
Many novice and experienced players love Roulette, which is one of the oldest casino games that are still popular today. The aim of the game is to just predict where the ball will land after the spinning of the wheel. If the guess is correct, the player wins the game.
There are various variants of Roulette and the house edge is different for each one. For instance, the European Roulette has only one zero, so the casino has an advantage of 2.70%. If you choose to play American Roulette, the house edge rises to 5.26% because of an additional zero.
If you are playing Roulette online, you can find even better options than European Roulette. French Roulette, for instance, has a house edge of 1.35% and some casinos even offer the no-zero Roulette.
Blackjack is amongst the most well-known casino card games. Unlike other games of chance, it involves the element of skill and strategy. Players are required to make a decision every single hand and it affects the outcome greatly.
If you know the rules of the game and have a knowledge of the basic strategy, the house edge could go as low as 1%, which is far better than other casino games. As such, you must dedicate time to understand the basic Blackjack strategy. The rules of the game are simple to learn, but learning to play the best hand at the correct time is another thing.
Fortunately, there are plenty of charts and strategies for Blackjack available online. If you choose to use one, make sure it's for the correct variant of Blackjack.
You may find it surprising, but the casino game that attracts many high rollers is Baccarat. Invented in Italy in the early 1400s, it is a traditional card game where there is a player hand and a dealer's hand. Both have a certain score depending on the cards and the one with the higher score wins the hand. You have the option to place a bet on both the player hand and the dealer's hand.
Gambling and online casinos have become extremely popular over the past few years. The gambling industry is growing at an extremely fast rate with billions of dollars being spent in online casinos every year. In the past, the citizens of Japan would have to travel to the US to enjoy gambling, however, this is no longer the case. Japanese people can now access online casinos wherever they are in the world.
But which are the most popular online casino games for Japanese people? Some of the games that are popular with Japanese people are different from the games that are popular amongst people from the rest of the world. Here are some of the top casino games for Japanese people:
One of the most popular casino games amongst Japanese people is baccarat. This game usually has a higher roller stigma in the US, but it hasn't gone with it to Japan. Asians enjoy baccarat because they're not able to win consistently and it's a game of fate. The Japanese people strongly believe in fate and this is why they're drawn to the game of baccarat.
Baccarat is a relatively easy game to play, but it is a game of chance. So, if you want a game where you're guaranteed to win money (or not lose money) then this might not be the right choice for you. If you're looking for a game that's perfect for you, then visit sites like Manekichi Casino for instance.
Most people are familiar with the non-gambling or computer versions of Mahjong. It's fairly popular in the US but is even more popular amongst the Japanese people. The Asian version of this game is slightly different to the well-known version. This game is played with dominoes instead of cards.
One of the main reasons why this game is so popular with the Japanese people is because it's a game that started and developed through the Asian culture. This game requires you to stay focused and be good at making quick decisions because if you make the wrong decision, you could lose the game.
This game is similar to an American pinball machine. It's a mix of both a slot machine game and a pinball machine game. It originated in Japan, which is why it's so popular amongst the Japanese people. The first version of this game was completely manual, however, in recent years we've seen digital versions of the game becoming extremely popular.
This game isn't popular or available in most countries around the world, but it can be found on online casino websites and in Asian casinos. Pachinko was first introduced in the 1900s and winners back then would receive soup, soap, sweets for the kids, or tobacco for the adults.
This game is from the ancient Chinese culture and has been around for thousands of years. It can be found in casinos all around the world, but the Japanese people enjoy it the most because they enjoy games that are based on pure luck.
The game gives players over 50 options to choose from and has brilliant wagering options. It also has a pretty good payout rate of approximately 180 to 1. The game of Sic Bo is fast paced and may seem confusing to new players but once you get the hang of it there's nothing much simpler.
The main aim of the game is to predict which face the dice will land on before they're rolled. You can choose to place a bet on one, two or all three of the dice being rolled. Once all the bets are in, the dice are rolled, and if any of the dice roll the number you predicted, you win.
Pai Gow Poker
This is a fairly new game in the gambling world. It was first produced in 1985 and was based on the game of Pusoy. This game is like the Chinese version of Pai Gow but it is played with cards and not dominoes.
The main aim of the game is to create two poker hands out of the cards you are given. These hands should be a two-card poker hand and a five-card poker hand that is better than the dealer's hands. Your five-card hand must also be better than your two-card hand in order to win.
The popularity of gambling and casinos is still increasing. Every year we spend billions of dollars in this industry and it doesn't look like things will change anytime soon. There are a number of casino games enjoyed by Japanese people around the world, which one is your favorite?
2020 is the only year in recent history where people got to save lives (including their own) just by sitting at home! From the perspective of a gamer, it doesn't get much better than that! Unfortunately, the year has been pretty slim in terms of game releases. One would think that te gaming industry would want to capitalize on all these people sitting at home and looking for a distraction, but unfortunately, that did not happen because nobody had any idea that a pandemic was coming!
Developing and releasing triple A titles with work from home developers is not exactly a femadeasible idea. Nevertheless, a few good games that were already in the pipelines saw release this year as scheduled, and they should keep us busy till Q3 - Q4, when major announcements in gaming will be . So without further delay, let us now look at the most played genres this tyear so far, as well as the games which made their respective genres so popular in 2020.
Online Casino Games
No other genre is as popular overall, as online casino games are in 2020. This applies to all sections of the modern world where online gambling is legal by law. However, the rules can be quite complicated, depending on which nation we are discussing here. If we take the Philippines for example, online and offline gambling are not illegal activities in the country, but that is only as long as the establishments are approved by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR). As a result, all the best online casinos in the Philippines have a necessary PAGCOR approval of legality and authentication.
Games that played a big role in putting the whole casino game genre on top are mostly traditional live casino games such as roulette and blackjack. However, classic slot games like Gods of Gold, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Jumanji, Mayan Gods and Jack's Pot also continued to be favorites casino slot games in Canada. Canadian players who love the whole online and live casino experience, should check out this 888 casino bonus of C$1,500 that they are giving away exclusively to new members right now.
Turn-Based Tactics/Combat RPG
Aside from JRPGs, there aren't too many good western titles that have managed to get the turn-based action RPG formula right. The few that did however, have managed to hit all the right spots. We are talking about the Xcom series of course, and surprisingly enough, Firaxis released XCOM: Chimera Squad in April!
Nobody expected it, but the sequel did come and it came with a lot of new elements to it. Aside from mobile RPGs and the Final fantasy 7 Remake, this surprise release of Xcom: Chimera Squad is an important reason behind why turn-based games are among the most popular gaming genres in 2020.
Third Person Action
Unfortunately, even though it was and still is going to be the most prominent reason why third person action games will reach soaring heights this year, The Last of Us: Part II is a bad game! You can play it, and maybe you will like it, but don't believe the paid/biased reviews and dig a bit deeper to find out why you would be better off skipping this one.
Instead, save your money till Ghost of Tsushima gets a release in less than a month's time. Till then, Nioh 2 is just an amazing, but hard action RPG that you will always regret buying, but only because you will not be able to put it down, even after dying for the 20th time in a row!
2020 has not been a good year for most of us, but never have video games been so important than they have proven themselves during this particular year. After all, games are what saved a good many of us from being bored to death during the lockdowns!
In fact, for a large majority of people, mobile games were what kept them going during these tough times, in the middle of all the gloom. You will find that some games on this list are yet to be released, but it's quite possible that by the time you get around to reading this, they will already be out and available for download.
Dauntless looks, feels and plays like Monster Hunter: World, but without any semblance of a real story and minus a lot of the complexities from Capcom's release from 2018. You will hunt different types of monsters, upgrade your gear and progress for free to begin with, but the game feels less and less enjoyable with each passing hour unless you start paying. Nevertheless, the MMO is not as pay-to-win as some of its contenders and that's saying a lot for any FTP game that looks, feels and plays this well.
The MMO is available right now on all major platforms, including the PC, Xbox, PlayStation, Switch, iOS and Android as an online only action-MMO. As you can probably guess, how good the free-to-play Monster hunter clone will look, depends largely on your mobile device. Expect Dauntless (mobile edition) to look best on the iPad Pro 2020, iPhone 11 Pro and Android smartphones/tablets sporting a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC.
Well, there is no telling when Blizzard will be releasing the mobile Diablo game exactly, although we are almost sure that it will arrive on your smartphones and tablets by the end of 2020 for sure. Right now, you can pre-register for the game and get early access before others on the Play Store, but there's no telling when that will happen either. Nevertheless, simply based on the fact that a big developer like Blizzard Entertainment is taking their time in perfecting this mobile, hack-n-slash action RPG could mean great things for Diablo Immortal. Check out the latest gameplay and cinematics footage here.
3 Tiny Gods Slot Game
If you don't mind betting on your understanding of casino odds every now and then, you will find Foxium's 3 Tiny Gods to be a particularly enjoyable game that was released earlier this year. What makes 3 Tiny Gods one of the best slot games of 2020 is the graphics, presentation, soundtrack, bonus stages, animations and most importantly, the refreshing take on the done-to-death ancient Egyptian theme. Every time one of the three Gods drop down from the podium up top to help you win is a surprisingly interesting and impressive animation that doesn't get old too quickly.
With a chance to win 5,000 times your total stake (0.10 - 50 coins per bet) and an RTP of 96.4%, the 5x4 slot offers medium volatility and a decent chance to win big. Do make sure that you play the game at one of the reliable and well-regulated top mobile operators to have a fair chance at winning against the casino. There is no shortage of deceptive and unfair online casinos these days, so it's best to stay away from unverified sites altogether.
Finally, Apex predator deserves special mention as well for those looking to take a break from PUBG: Mobile and find something new to play. The game has been a hit on PC, let's see if it can leave up to the expectations on being released for Android and iOS later this year.