With all the developments in mobile devices these days, it is easy to let some things slip you by. For users making their way from beginner to intermediate user and beyond, there might be some components of mobile devices with which you are not familiar. Here we'll go over some basic information on VPNs to help you understand what they are and how they are used - and with this, you might get some indication on whether or not they're right for you.
VPN stands for Virtual Private Network, and in simple terms can be thought of as a go-between between your computer and the internet at large. When connected to a VPN you receive your data from the VPN, and the VPN service itself is responsible for sending and receiving your internet data requests. The benefits of this come primarily down to security, geo spoofing and evading various limitations imposed by your connection point.
When you have a VPN, any attacks have to come through the VPN service, rather than directly to your computer. As VPNs (especially professional ones) have improved security over most basic computer setups, they manage to take a lot of slack for the end user. There is also the added complexity in attacking through a VPN, which again benefits the end user.
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Geo-spoofing is a term applied to tricking a website or server into thinking you are from a different location. Sometimes websites or videos are locked behind geographical requirements, so this can be an easy an effective method of circumvention. The same can be said for limitations placed by the connection point themselves. Commonly, this can be seen in free Wi-Fi places like public transport. While the blocking of certain websites is a good idea, they can be overzealous, blocking places which are safe and offer no significant bandwidth drain.
The Modern VPN
Modern VPNs are far from the sluggish old behemoths we had to deal with a decade ago. These days, VPNs can not only access largely the exact same web pages and services as natural connections, they also can do so at a speed which renders them similar in performance.
These days there are an enormous amount of VPNs to choose from, thanks to improving technology and a great market demand. If security is a big concern for you, as it should be, then check out our other articles. These can help to help to decide whether the rest of the features are a good fit for you.
Once you have decided on a VPN service ExpressVPN, we recommend checking out some of the many online reviews, which can help you narrow down the pros and cons, and get the most out of what is right for your devices. Remember to be thorough and read closely, some of them might come with features you didn't even know you would like.
The Take Home
VPNs are becoming more common for a reason. With issues like Net Neutrality raising to the forefront of social conscience our privacy, safety, and freedom of choice and speed have never faced so many threats. The right VPN can help protect you not only now but can help ensure that in the future you are inoculated against many of the issues that governments or businesses see fit to throw at you. Just be sure to use your powers for good.
HTC is working on its most advanced smartphone till date, to regain the lost market share after releasing series of not so successful smartphones. Specifications of the yet to be unveiled device, codenamed as ‘Perfume' is supposed to be sold in the market as the One M10.
Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow will be supported and HTC's Sense 8.0 UI will customize the smartphone. The 5.1-inch Perfume will be very first smartphone with a 1440 x 2560 QHD display - which seems like a AMOLED type, as per the person who gots hands-on with the prototype. HTC will also bundle a fingerprint scanner, embedded in the home button just like the Samsung Galaxy.
This device is powered by Qualcomm's latest top-notch processor, the Snapdragon 820 system-on-a-chip backed by Adreno 530 graphics. The prototype had 4GB of RAM and 23GB of free internal disk space (complemented by a microSD slot) - which makes it 32GB total, excluding operating system and rest of the preloaded software. There might be difference in the design of the prototype and the final device.
Perfume will feature a 12-UltraPixel snapper in the back which will also have laser-assisted autofocus. Both of the cameras in the front and back will have optical image stabilization. There is a drawback when it comes to the quality of sound - there won't be any Boomsound audio experience.
Launching new colours after a product launch is nothing new for Samsung. While they skipped additional colours for their Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, they're introducing two new colour options for the Galaxy Note 5 in South Korea.
Samsung's treating their home market to two stand-out colours - Pink Gold and Silver Titanium. This is in addition to their previous colours - Pearl White, Black Sapphire and Platinum Gold. Samsung already debuted the Silver Titanium during the Galaxy Note 5 launch and it's likely this is the exact colour scheme being offered in South Korea.
Based on the launch images, the Pink Gold fits the pink smartphone trend. The deeper pink is definitely a stand out from many of the pink devices now available. Those wanting the Silver Titanium should consider how well fingerprints show up, though it does work well as a mirror.
If you want the new colours, the Silver Titanium 32 GB costs 899,900 won ($800). Both colours are available in the 64 GB version for 965,800 won ($850).
It was only a matter of time before Sprint and Verizon launched their own "buy one, get one free" offer for the Galaxy S7 as AT&T and T-Mobile already had launched their own. There is a catch however, if you even consider it a catch that is. As of now, Sprint is not offering the Galaxy S7 Edge as a part of this package but only the regular Galaxy S7. Nonetheless, if you are keen on picking up a Galaxy S7 Edge from Sprint, you will get it at half the retail price from them.
Sprint has even incorporated the Galaxy Forever lease program into both their offers. This particular program allows you to exchange your old Galaxy device for the latest one, after just twelve months. The lease on the other hand will continue as before until the contract ends or you decide to keep exchanging as future Galaxy smartphones keep launching.
Verizon has taken a slightly different approach when compared to Sprint because they are offering both the S7 and the S7 Edge in their Buy-One-Get-One-Free offer. In fact, they have actually taken it a step further by allowing the customer to get both devices at the price of one. What this means is that you can buy a S7 Edge and choose to take a regular S7 instead of another S7 Edge as the free device.
If you are considering any of these offers then keep in mind that they all require the customer to get into a contract with the concerned company and the offer will take anywhere between eight-ten weeks to get validated via a prepaid card. We urge you to go through the terms and conditions carefully before taking a decision. There is now denying though, that these offers do make the S7 series of smartphones seem like much better value for money products.
Samsung is often accused of "following" Apple's path and it seems like they are planning to do some following once again! This time around, it isn't a feature but a business model called the iPhone Upgrade Program which Apple uses to make upgrading to the latest model of the iPhone easier for their customers. Reportedly, Samsung may start something similar as well with their Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones. Initially, the leasing program will most likely be available only through the Samsung Digital Plazas in South Korea. LG Uplus, SK Telecom and KT are going to be Samsung's partners in the program in South Korea.
In the US, you are allowed to lease an iPhone 6s (16GB) at $32 per month for two years. As part of the upgrade program, the 6s can be exchanged a year later for the next iPhone, provided that you are okay with the new revised lease starting all over again. From what we have heard so far, Samsung's upgrade model will be exactly the same with the Galaxy S7 series with one addition; the customer will have to opt for a Samsung credit card in order to avail the upgrade program and pay out the lease with zero interest. With all the similar programs that are already offered by carriers like AT&T and Verizon in the US, will this be of any use to customers over here?
Lucky Samsung fans in the US who are looking to upgrade their TV system to a Smart TV... Samsung has a new promotion that offers a Galaxy S6 32GB bundled for FREE with selected Samsung SUHD TVs models.
Samsung's high-end SUHD TVs are the ones with 4K resolution. The high-end TV sets boot Tizen-based operating system. The offer applied to these models only (JS9500, JS9100, JS9000, JS8500, JS850D, or JS8600).
AT&T has a plan for its customers which technically will allow you to own two Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge smartphones for the price of one. However, as is always the case with carriers in the US and around the world, there's the fine print that you should read and consider carefully before buying into any plan. Read the excerpt from AT&T's own website below to get an idea of how the "free" device scheme will work out for you, if you opt for it.
"You will need to pay tax for the retail price of both devices at sale and low monthly instalment payments will be added to your bill.
You will need to make up to your first 2 instalment payments for the free device before your credits start. However, don't worry, just remain active and in good standing and keep your free device on its instalment agreement and, on your 2nd or 3rd bill, your monthly bill credits will start. When the credits start, you will receive credits for the up to 2 instalments you have already paid."
If a customer deactivates the chosen service before all bill credits are paid out, he/she will have to pay the remaining price of the second Galaxy S7/S7 Edge.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Mother's Day is for appreciating our mothers for the crucial roles they play in all our lives and what better way to make them feel appreciated than giving them the gift of Samsung's latest bezel-less wonder! At least that's what T-Mobile thinks anyway as they just announced the "Buy One Get One Free" offer for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, citing Mother's Day in the promotion. Whatever your reasons may be, it definitely sounds like a good deal to get two of the new flagship smartphones for the price of one.
As always, it isn't as simple as it sounds and T-Mobile won't exactly be giving you two brand new Galaxy S8/S8+ handsets for the price of one like one may think. You will have to pay for both the phones with instalments, but once the cost of both the smartphones is covered, T-Mobile will give you a $750 prepaid rebate card. Also, you will have to maintain two connections from T-Mobile as well. This is not to say that it's a bad deal, it's just not "exactly" what it sound like. Then again, when is it ever!
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
T-Mobile had already launched its Galaxy S8 bogo offer a week or so ago and now Samsung joins in with one of their own. However, T-Mobile still has a role to play in this one as well, since at least one of the two smartphones needs to have an active T-Mobile line in it for the user to avail the offer. You can use the other one with whatever network you wish though; something that is not a part of the bogo deal offered by T-Mobile earlier. However, the activation of the T-Mobile line has to be done through the official Samsung.com website.
The deal is valid for both the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ and once you have activated the T-mobile line, Samsung will refund you $750 within 7 - 10 business days via the same mode of purchase as used by you. As far as I know, the offer can only be availed via Samsung.com as of now. In case you are wondering what's the catch here, surprisingly enough, there doesn't seem to be any really! Samsung will not refund you the money through monthly rebates or via a prepaid card of any kind; instead they will return up to $750 directly to your credit card/bank account, depending on how you bought the two phones form their website. It's a great offer and will possibly last for a very short time.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
If you watch a lot of YouTube on your phone or tablet, you might be getting sick of the ads that often run before the video you want to see. If you've ever said to yourself that you would pay serious money in order to get rid of the commercials, YouTube is going to give you that opportunity. In an email to its content providers, the video streamer explains that it will soon start allowing users to pay a monthly subscription fee for ad-free access to YouTube.
The email from YouTube also explains how content providers will receive a share of the revenue that YouTube collects from this monthly fee. Right now, there is no word on how much YouTube will seek each month for a subscription to its ad-free service. This is hardly new since many free ad-supported apps offer a premium paid version that eliminates ads.
YouTube has been making some changes with the most recent being the introduction of YouTube for Kids. In less than a month, the "safe" version of YouTube has been installed more than 2 million times.
We have all been in that situation where we have lost important data on our computers on account of a hard disk failure, formatting or accidental deletion. At times like these, we often search for data recovery software that can bail us out of the fix and EaseUS promises to be that emergency solution and much more.
Solution for Multiple Types of Data Deletion
EaseUS offers recovery services for various types of data deletion which includes the following.
• Virus and Malware induced data corruption
• Formatting of the OS
• Hard disk crash
• Hard disk failure
• Accidental deletion
All Devices are Supported
Not only is EaseUS effective against all kind of data loss, it basically works on almost every type of storage hardware as well. They can recover lost data from PCs, Macs, memory cards, flash storages, hard disks, USB pen drives and even digital cameras. This basically means that if you have lost digital data, EaseUS probably has a way to recover it.
You Can Back it All Up with EaseUS
EaseUS Todo backup for Macs keeps your data secure by making sure everything is always backed up, so even when you lose your data due to any unforeseen event, it's always safely stored on the cloud. This essentially negates the need to even look for data recovery software in the first place. Couple this with the expert recovery system against any and all types of data loss in the off chance that you forgot to store something on the cloud before the mishap, and EaseUS does indeed offer a truly complete solution against data loss.
Is It a Solution Worth Investing In?
There is no initial investment involved because the basic data recovery software is free to download and try out. On top of that, they also offer a 30-day money back guarantee, should you choose to upgrade to the complete set of useful features which the software has to offer. Then there's the 24-hour customer service via live chat which will take care of any problem that you might be facing while using EaseUS. We advise that you try out the free version first and if you like it, the premium version can actually be used at quite an affordable fee, as it turns out.
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