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As you probably know already, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is dead and chances of the smartphone ever resurfacing are almost none. However, Samsung would like to keep their customers from going elsewhere and that is exactly why they are offering $100 to all Note 7 customers who are willing to switch over to another Samsung smartphone, rather than leaving the brand completely or asking for a full refund. The extra $100 will be given to the customer via bill credit. Although this incentive is only available to the customers in the US at the moment, Samsung is expected to extend similar offers to other regions as well.


Here's the official statement by Samsung, "As a sign of our appreciation for your patience and loyalty, we are offering up to a $100 bill credit from select carrier or retail outlets if you exchange your Galaxy Note 7 for another Samsung smartphone, less any incentive credits already received."


Just in case you want nothing to do with Samsung smartphones for a while, most retailers and carriers will give you your money back, along with a $25 bonus. If you plan to switch to a different brand, you will still get a $25 bonus from most of them. Please note that if you had already exchanged your Note 7 when the first recall was initiated, the $25 bonus which you received then will be subtracted in all three scenarios.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



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)


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When you move abroad, whether for a change of scenery, for work, or to move near loved ones, it can be challenging to know how to keep in touch with family and friends back home. Even in our modern era, where the Internet and social media make the world seem a lot smaller, simple things like making phone calls can be more confusing than anticipated when they are being done internationally. International calls can be expensive when done using your regular cell phone provider, with calls being charged anywhere from $0.50 to $1.50 a minute. Thankfully, there are options to stay in touch by phone with your family and friends back in your home country.


One of the best ways to stay in touch with family and friends is by voice phone calls. To avoid the accumulation of fees, a common answer is to get a virtual phone number, sometimes called an access phone number. This is a service that allows you to have a phone number that isn't connected to a specific phone line, instead, through the Internet. You can route your calls to a landline, a cell phone, or your work phone, so that it's always convenient for your family and friends to reach you. This also helps to avoid the high costs of international calls.


A great option for a virtual phone number service so that you can make voice calls back home is EasyRinger. EasyRinger was founded and designed by former Microsoft engineers living as expatriates in China. They built their service to meet a need that they saw lacking, and now have opened it up to the public and expanded to serve several different countries. While many countries like China block app-based services like WhatsApp, EasyRinger is available without needing any workarounds or confusing installation. You can choose your phone number, and you won't have to download any software to make it work. Just use your existing cell phone or landline, and your friends from back home will be able to reach you easily.


No matter how you choose to contact your family and friends, intentionality becomes much more important when living abroad. You can no longer simply call up your friends whenever you think of them, as often, the time difference will make this difficult. Plan ahead of time and schedule a phone call with your loved one, so that you've both set aside time to talk, and to make sure you'll both be awake!


Living abroad is often an opportunity to pursue something better or more exciting for yourself, but it can also be incredibly lonely when you have to leave your family and friends behind. Rather than relying on the disconnected nature of social media, plan to find a way to make phone calls to your loved ones, so that you can hear their voice and they can hear yours. Something as simple as singing "Happy Birthday" to your grandmother or catching up on life with your friends can make the transition to another country much more manageable.  

 


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NVIDIA has kept its promise and the Wi-Fi-only version of the SHIELD Tablet has already been updated with Android 5.0 Lollipop. Fortunately, its LTE-enabled sibling won't stay far behind in terms of software, as it is also receiving the freshest variation of the confectionery mobile platform too.

 

Apart from getting all the bells and whistles that Lollipop is known for, i.e. the ART runtime, Material Design, the battery-friendly Project Volta, etc. Apart from treating its LTE gaming slate to Android 5.0, NVIDIA has also added a little something something from itself the new NVIDIA Dabbler app, for example, is a powerful graphics-editing app, which comes with layer support, custom stensils, and various effects.

 

The update is rolling out over-the-air just reach and grab it from your gaming tablet's Settings menu. If you don't own a SHIELD Tablet, on the other hand, you can get one as a part of NVIDIA's Black Friday bundle deal.

 

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