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Google officially released the Android 11 operating system on September 8 and started to update its Pixel devices on the day one. But this wasn't the case with other smartphones. Although it took some time for other smartphone manufacturers, they started to join Google by releasing the Android 11 update to their phones. OnePlus, Xiaomi, Oppo, and Realme rolled out the stable version of Android 11 this year, but companies like Samsung, Nokia, LG still had to catch up.
While most of the manufacturers haven't shared the update schedule with the world yet, here is the lirst of the phones that will be getting the update in the near future.
Nokia 1.3 - Q1 2021
Nokia 4.2 - Q1 2021
Nokia 2.3 - Q1 2021
Nokia 2.4 - Q1 2021
Nokia 3.4 - Q1 2021
Nokia 3.2 - Q1-Q2 2021
Nokia 7.2 - Q1-Q2 2021
Nokia 6.2 - Q1-Q2 2021
Nokia 9 PureView - Q2 2021
Nokia 1 Plus - Q2 2021
OnePlus Nord - from 1 March 2021
Realme Narzo 10A - March 2021
Realme C3 - March 2021
Realme X - Q2 2021
Realme XT - Q2 2021
Realme 5 Pro - Q2 2021
Realme 3 Pro - Q2 2021
Realme Narzo 20A - Q2 2021
Redmi Note 8 - 22 February 2021 in China
Galaxy Note 10 Lite - March 2021
Galaxy A80 - May 2021
Galaxy A71 5G - from 9 February 2021
Galaxy A71 - May 2021
Galaxy A70 - May 2021
Galaxy A51 5G - March 2021
Galaxy A51 - from 4 February 2021
Galaxy A50 - April 2021
Vivo X50 - 15 February 2021 (beta) in India
Vivo V19 - 9 February 2021 (beta) in India
Vivo V17 Pro - from end March 2021
Vivo V17 - from end March 2021
Vivo V15 Pro - from end March 2021
Vivo V15 - from end June 2021
Vivo S1 Pro - from end April 2021
Vivo S1 - from end March 2021
Vivo Z1x - from end April 2021
Vivo Z1Pro - from end April 2021
Poco X3 NFC - 9 March 2021
Although there hasn't yet been any official confirmation to this, reports suggest that the Galaxy J3 (2016) and the Galaxy S5 mini will receive their Android M updates sooner than later. In fact, the update has been due for a while now as the versions released in the US and South Korea were launched with Android Marshmallow 6.0 right out of the box.
The Galaxy S5 Mini was released way back in 2014 and back then, it was launched with Android KitKat 4.4.2 inside. It was upgraded to Lollipop 5.1.1 by Samsung in 2015 but there is one more major upgrade that the handset is entitled to. According to one of SamMobile's reports, the Marshmallow firmware for the S5 mini was seen at the Wi-Fi Alliance recently.
All its major smartphones from 2014 - 2016 have either been already updated to Android 6.0.1 by the Korean OEM or is in the process being updated, but one cannot help but feel that some of them are arriving a bit later than they should have. The Galaxy Alpha, Galaxy A5, Galaxy A7 and Galaxy A8 are some of the other models that are still awaiting an upgrade to Marshmallow and hopefully, that wait won't stretch much longer than it already has.
Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)
The way how women and men perceive this world differs significantly and that influences considerably the way of their communication. The art of communication with men can't be taught at school and necessary knowledge comes only due to experience and practice. The ability to come up with appropriate words is a precious talent and a backbone of successful relationships. Understanding men's psychology and taking into consideration some basic features typical for them will definitely clear the situation and make you comprehend how men think. Here are a few easy steps to approach every man.
Listening is important
Though, generally, guys tend to be more tacit, being heard isn't less vital for them. Imagine yourself dating one of the handsome rich man singles for the first time. You're continuously blabbing like an annoying chatterbox about yourself before he even tries to open his mouth. What kind of impression would you make? Being a good interlocutor means not only nonstop talking but also being able to listen, especially if it goes about the guy you fancy.
It's clear that men like mysterious women because they involve elements of a bewildering riddle. Sounds romantic, right, but literally it can prevent you from mutual understanding because guys have difficulties in getting hits. Beating around the bush often leads to the altercations and misunderstandings, so instead of using vague whimsical phrases speak directly about your desires.
Speak on a topic you're good at
It's ok if you aren't extremely keen on football, sport or weapons, but don't make a fool of yourself by trying to pretend that you know everything as it will look ridiculous. For example, it's better to accept that you don't have profound knowledge about something and ask the guy to clarify things you aren't familiar with. Be sure, he will be glad to show you his brilliance and smartness.
Ability to be sincere and natural is the most important while communicating with men. No one likes mannerism and hypocrisy and for them, it's vivid when the woman is trying to be not who she really is. Each of us knows how it's important to make a good impression on someone, but don't escalate things. Being yourself and frank in your feelings is the best way to come to a mutual understanding with a guy.
Handle your emotions
While sharing the problem with a man, women tend to exaggerate the situation bolstering it with the enormous flow of emotions. Often it appears to be quite tiresome and annoying for man, as instead of hearing the main sense, he has to bear the theatrical drama. Guys can't stand listening to women hysterics or witness them crying. If you want to complain about something, it's better to pull yourself together and speak reasonably about your concerns. Naturally, men aren't as emotional as women, so such emotional explosions are foreign for them.
Salary is the worst addiction that makes you kill your dreams and work your whole life. We get up early in the morning and travel to work 9 to 5 for an income that only fulfills our basic needs. On top of that, we don't have the freedom of our own life. We can't travel, take days off, or rest if we like it. Jobs bound us to a strict routine of slaves and keeps our mouth shut with minimum wage.
The world is starting to see how jobs take away our entire life. That's why people are more focused on starting their own business. But it's not as simple as most of us might think. Most startups usually fail within the first year, and very few of them manage to become a stable business with a decent income. The problem is our education system. They teach us how to be a good employee, but no one tells us how to start a business. They don't give us practical education or experience.
We discover new things by making mistakes and suffering terrible losses. We can only withstand a limited number of losses before we fall down. And not all of us have the courage to get up again and give the business another shot.
So, what's the solution to this problem?
Use the internet and contact experienced people of the same industry to learn from them. Don't for the time when you will give up everything and start working on your new business. Learn things whenever you can. Only when you are sure that now you have learned enough to start a successful business of your industry should you take the next step.
The Internet is the source of valuable information where you learn from the experience of other people. This article is one of them. This is a humble approach to share our experience and knowledge with all ambitious entrepreneurs and businessmen. Here I have shared things you must have when starting a new business. You don't necessarily need all of them. It's just some things that may be helpful for some businesses and essential for some industries.
A Unique Selling Proposition
This is not optional. If you are to start a business, you must have an idea that is unique. Of course, the entire business idea can't be unique due to the saturation we have in every single market. However, you can add one unique thing in the same cliché idea to stand out in the market.
For example, for a food business, you could have a great taste that your customers won't find anywhere else. Whether it be quality, low prices, or additional service, that's for you to decide. It's not something you would find easily. You will have to research the entire market. See what people are doing and what your customers expect. Look for a market gap and make it your unique selling point.
Focus all your business processes and marketing on that unique selling point to attract and retain customers. As long as you keep offering that uniqueness, you will keep getting returning customers. And a business with loyal customers never fails.
At Least Six Month of Budget
It's a frequently asked question: how much money do you need to start a business? There is no one right amount. It all depends on the industry and the scale of the company you are starting. There is also not one formula to get an exact number. But here is something that will give an approximate idea of what you need.
First, make a list of initial necessities you will need for the business. For example, equipment, workers, office, etc. write down the price that would be spent before starting operations.
After that, get an estimate of how much money you will have to spend if you don't get any return at all. It includes rents, bills, and wages.
Finally, multiply the monthly expenses to six and add it with initial expenses. That's your total investment. Remember, you multiplied the monthly expenses to six because you must have at least six months of budget to keep the business running. You can't expect profit at the beginning, and you need a strong backbone to suffer losses for this time period.
You start your marketing before you start operations. This means that you will spread brand awareness and let the world your business exist. So, you will be getting calls from prospects who may be interested in your product or services. If you don't properly retain them, you will lose potential customers. That's why you will need a professional phone number with a receptionist to answer all such calls.
For many businesses, having a receptionist is crucial. For example, a doctor can't make an appointment and deal with customers while also treating a line of patients.
Now you might be wondering how a new business can afford a receptionist. It's difficult enough to pay for other expenses, and hiring a receptionist before starting operations would be way out of budget. Fortunately, there is a perfect solution for it.
There are businesses that let you outsource receptionist work. You get an answering service from a reliable company that will professionally deal with all your calls. Every time someone calls your number, it will be attended by a real person who will guide them as per your instructions. This will present you as a professional company to impress your prospects.
You will be left way behind the market if you don't have a website. You might wonder since when a website is so important. It's become crucial as most of the world population regularly started using the internet. It works like an online branch of your business where you will get customers. Whether it's a product or a service you offer, you can rely on the internet to get you leads that you will contact to convince and convert into customers.
You need a domain, hosting, and a website. The first two barely cost $50 a year. As for the website, you can get one in any budget. There are sites you can get in $20, and you can have them custom-built for additional cost according to your requirements. With this, you should also consider acquiring some digital marketing services to promote your website and attract potential customers.
A Network of Relevant Professionals
A network is one of the biggest assets of a professional. People think money is all they need to start a business. Honestly, you can always arrange the funds. But you can't have someone else run the business at your place. It's very important that you stay in touch with every professional that is remotely linked to your industry or business.
Even if they are not in the same industry, save their contact number and keep in touch. You should try to have one person from every profession in your network. You never know when you might need a lawyer. Other than that, the expertise of a marketer is also useful. Furthermore, keep business cards of reliable electricians, mechanics, plumbers, and other such professionals for maintenance of your office.
Many businesses are not allowed to operate without a license. For example, if you are a dentist, you will need to get a license first. You get the license only after your fulfill certain requirements. The government doesn't want an unqualified person to provide services that could harm somebody. That's why a license is important. Get information about its requirements and complete them before you even start the plan of your business.
Document of Roles and Responsibilities
You might be working alone, have partners, or employees. Many businessmen underestimate the value of documentation, which they later regret. You need to write detailed roles and responsibilities of each actor and have him sign before you start working together. If you don't do that, it will later cause problems between you two.
It's particularly important if you have a co-founder or partner. Decide what goals each of you must achieve to keep the business running. If you are the one doing all the work and the other one only benefitting, sooner or later you will sick of it. Write documents and decide that each will only be rewarded after achieving certain goals and milestones.
Team of Business Developers
There are businesses with lousy products and services that keep running and making profit just because they have great business developers. Their job is to bring work for you, in other words, customers. It takes more time to attract a customer than to retain it. You can't spend all your time looking for customers and convincing them. Your expertise lies elsewhere, and that's where you should focus.
Work on your product or service to provide the best user experience. Business developers will bring customers to your doorsteps. If you can retain them with quality, they will keep returning, reducing your marketing cost. Make sure you find some experienced business developers and hire them on commission at the initial phases.
If you have been following us then you probably already know that the release date of the upcoming Galaxy S8 has been a cause for much confusion recently. Initially, we were almost convinced that Samsung had no plans to deviate from its usual schedule of launching the S-series of smartphones at the Mobile World Congress, but a new report informed us that Samsung has decided to delay the date of revelation to April. The event will supposedly be a Samsung-exclusive event, held in New York on April 17. However, another report came in straight out of Korea which claimed that Samsung will indeed be showing off the Galaxy S8 at the MWC, albeit with a handful of units.
Amidst all this confusion, Korea has managed to produce yet another "report," which is now stating that Samsung will indeed be delaying the Galaxy S8 till April, but it will be launched on the 15th of April, rather than on the 17th. Which one do you think is the right date? Check out the links to read the individual reports and let us know what you think.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
The Galaxy Note 8 is due to be launched in roughly two and a half weeks, but that does not mean that you would be able to buy it right away. What it does mean is that on August 23rd, we will all get our first official look at the Galaxy Note 8 at an exclusive Samsung event in New York. Also, Samsung will reveal information at the launch event, regarding when the much awaited smartphone will go on sale. However, according to leaked news by ETNews from South Korea, the release date is no longer a secret.
If the reports are right then the Note 8 will be available for purchase in South Korea from September 15. This sale will begin only via the local carriers initially. However, the online pre-orders will likely begin much before that; two weeks to be precise. This means that the LG V30 will directly compete with the Galaxy Note 8 next month in Korea. Although no other information was leaked concerning the Note 8's release date in the US, we are guessing it should be roughly around the same time.
Saikat Kar (the-enthusiast)
In spite of previous reports suggesting that Samsung might primarily concentrate on launching its new range of ultra-premium QLED TVs at CES 2018, new reports are suggesting that Samsung will not go to the CES 2018 empty handed in the smartphone department. If you were hoping to see the Galaxy S9-series being launched at the show, you will likely have to wait till the Mobile World Congress 2018 in February, but we may still get a teaser trailer. What may very well happen however is that Samsung might launch the much awaited and rumored Galaxy A8 and A8+ at the Consumer Electronics Show.
Additionally the Galaxy J2 (2018) may or may not make an appearance, but we are pretty much sure that the Notebook 9 (2018) series with its S-Pen compatibility will definitely be showcased. This new Notebook 9 (2018) series of laptops with 8th Gen Intel processors, 16GB RAM and 1TB HDD was just launched and is Samsung's most powerful laptop till date.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Samsung is getting ahead with its official Android 11 update schedule, confirming that this year's Samsung Galaxy S20 phones will be getting the stable One UI 3.0 update in December. According to the list, there will be almost 40 Galaxy smartphones and tablets will be getting hte update. The list includes a few entry-level and budget phones. The Galaxy S20 FE is one of the best Android phones which was launched earlier this year, but surprisingly the phone won't be getting the update right away. Maybe it will get the update later as this phone is eligible for at least 2 OS updates.
The Galaxy S20, S20+, and the Galaxy S20 ultra will be the only Samsung phones to get the latest user interface update before the start of the year. However, here is the list of the phones getting the update.
Galaxy S20 Ultra
Galaxy Note 20
Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Galaxy Z Fold 2
Galaxy Z Flip
Galaxy Note 10
Galaxy Note 10+
Galaxy S10 Lite
If you have a Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 ultra, you can enroll using the Samsung Members app. Just choose the One UI 3.0 beta banner within the app, confirm your registration status, and you will be able to download the One UI 3.0 beta build based on Android 11 as an OTA update. Samsung hasn't made any significant design changes in OneUI 3.0 as compared to the earlier version. That said, there are lots of exciting features, including the ability to see all associated widgets just by long press and add these to the home screen. You can double tap anywhere on the display to turn off the screen.
OneUI 3.0 is getting the conversations view and persistent media player. The update also improves auto-focus and exposure controls in the camera. You can also customize the call screen and add your own pictures and videos. The update also enables users to store recently deleted messages in the trash bin.
A few phones have already started to receive the latest update of Android 11. Google released the stable version of Android 11 on September 8, 2020, following a finite period of beta version. The first phone that got the update was the Pixel device, which got the update on the same date of the release of Android 11. So far, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, and Pixel 4a have received the update. The Pixel and the Pixel 4a 5G are expected to be released with Android 11 out of the box.
Now that Google has already released the Android 11 in the public domain, other phone manufacturers are trying to get their hands on the latest version of the operating system. Some phone companies like Xiaomi, Oppo, OnePlus, and Realme are on the beta version. It might take some time before every Android smartphone that is eligible for the update gets the software. Almost all smartphone companies are focusing on releasing updates and respective security patches to the flagship devices first and then roll-out the updates to other devices or models. Here is when you will be getting the update if you own an Android phone eligible for the update:
Moto Razr 5G, Razr 2019, Moto Edge, Edge+, One 5G, One Action, One Fusion, One Fusion+, One hyper, One Vision and Moto G series got the update on 21 December. You need to check for the update manually if you haven't received the update yet. Go to settings and look for the update notification. Tap to start the download and install the software once the download is complete. You might need to restart the smartphone to take the update.
Nokia users will get the Android 11 starting from the first quarter of next year. Nokia 1.3, Nokia 4.2, Nokia 2.4, Nokia 2.3, and Nokia 3.4 will get the update in Q1, whereas Nokia 3.2, Nokia 7.2, Nokia 6.2, Nokia 1 plus, and Nokia 9 pureview will get the release in Q2 of 2021. OnePlus pushed the beta version in September with OxygenOS11. The company has already started to roll out the update for the OnePlus nord, Oneplus 8 series, and OnePlus 7 series that includes 7T, 7T pro, 7, and OnePlus 6T. Oppo has worked closely with Google and officially launched ColorOS 11 on 14 September. From 8 september to 24 December, all eligible Oppo phones will be getting the update.
Realme X3 series, X2, Realme 6, Realme C15, Realme 6i, Narzo 10, Marzo 10A, Realme X, XT will be getting the update from January 2021 to March 2021. Realme 5 Pro, 3 Pro, and Realme Nazro 20A will get the update in Q2 of 2021. Redmi K30 Pro, and K30 will likely get the update in the first quarter next year. Samsung Note 10 lite will get the update in March 2021 whereas Samsung Note 10, Note 20 series has already received the stable version of Android 11. Xiaomi Mi 10, Mi 10 Pro, and POCO F2 pro were the last phones to get the update this year.
Google has already announced the first Android 12 beta version. This would offer a picture of features Android 12 would bring us, moving on from a developer experience to the one that people would use.
Although, getting a new update might sound exciting as it would introduce a handful of new features to our smartphones, remember that the beta version isn't complete or stable software and must be downloaded only if you know why you need it. Usually, Google has to roll out the beta version for Android or game developers who could give their feedback and input to improve the final stable version of the software.
So, how do you know if your phone is eligible for the beta version? Here is the list of timelines for Android devices to receive the update. Android 12 will be coming to Pixel devices and if you own a Pixel device, you'll probably get the Android 12 beta right away. If you want to try it out. Beta 1 was announced on 18 May, and we might get the stable version somewhere around September 2021.
The following pixel devices can use the Android 12 beta right away:
Pixel 3 XL
Pixel 3a XL
Pixel 4a (5G)
Probably, Pixel 6 would be the first device to get Android 12 out of the box.
Other Android devices will also be able to use the Android 12 beta.
Asus has confirmed that it will participate in the beta version but this will be only for the upcoming Zenfone series. Other smartphones might join the update rollout later sometime. Nokia has officially confirmed that it will roll out the update for the Nokia X20 smartphone. OnePlus is essentially joining the list with its two high-end smartphones - The onePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro.
Oppo would be providing the Android 12 beta version for Oppo Find x3 Pro. Realme GT is also part of the beta software. Sharp hasn't revealed any smartphone but Tecno would be offering access to Android 12 beta on Tecno Camon 17. Vivo iQOO7 Legend and Xiaomi Mi 11 that includes 4 smartphones will be getting the Android 12 beta upgrade option as well. You can learn more about how to download and install the software from this article.
Locking and unlocking a smartphone is something we do almost subconsciously at this point. However, this doesn't mean the process doesn't feel tedious at times. The processors and sensors inside our handsets our so powerful, why can't they simply lock and unlock the device as we take it out of out pocket?! After all, if we're taking it out, it is dead obvious that 90% of the time we intend to use it, and the other 10% we may leave it on a table, or to charge, or whatever.
While smartphone manufacturers haven't worked in this automated functionality yet, Android developers have. Meet Pocket Lock, an app that's designed to do exactly what we described unlock your device when you take it out of your pocket, and lock it when you leave it in your pocket.
You can also have the app lock and unlock stuff as you wave your hand in front of it, or flip the phone upside down. Just Download the App and Switch "Pocket Mode" ON. Get the App from the Play Store link below, It's Free!
We live busy lives. There's rarely a chance to properly relax. But when you find you've got ten minutes spare, and you're sick of checking Twitter and Facebook, try a quick game on your smartphone. Here's a selection of fun games including strategy, sport and puzzles that you can play when you haven't got a lot of time spare.
You'll know the classic game, no doubt, but this is a re-imagination of it for the smartphone generation. Some things haven't changed - random blocks drop down the screen and you have to align them to form solid blocks that then disappear scoring you points. But in Tetris Blitz, you've only got two minutes per game to score as many points as possible. This is a fun and fast-paced twist on the original classic and can be played when your spare time is limited.
Flick Soccer is a simple and addictive game that sees players race against the clock to kick goals, hit targets or score points in other ways. The smart and effective swipe recognition offers great functionality, allowing the user to control trajectory and giving the player a more immersive experience.
Feeling like a quick ten-minute puzzle? Then, look no further than Dots, a game you're likely to become engrossed in as you try to quickly line up identically-colored dots. Draw a line through your dots to gather them all up, and earn bonuses by closing the loops. Each round is decided by either time or a number of moves, with your gathered dots used to gain power-ups for future games. If you've got a friend, you can challenge them to pass-and-play.
Okay, you might think it takes hours to win the big money in poker and that's probably true. But you can play for free via countless apps, some geared around real-money gambling, some made for those who just want to play for fun. With play-money apps like Appeak Poker, you can play a quick game of sit and go Texas hold'em without worrying about risking your hard-earned cash or clock-watching. There are also games like Politaire - a combination of poker and solitaire - which you can play in ten minutes too.
Not only are slot games fun, but you can also pocket some handy cash too. There are plenty of slots available on mobile devices that are easily accessible and convenient when you've only got a short space of time to play. Reliable operators also offer new customers bonus money with Android and iOS users able to access hundreds of different slots games to ensure there's often something new to enjoy.
In today's fast-moving world, our lives are so busy we get little time to relax. So if you get a few minutes to yourself, make sure you use them wisely. These great smartphone games are a good way to switch off for a few minutes when you're tired of scrolling through your social media channels.
These days, there are so many different VPN choices on the market. More and more people are turning to the privacy and security that Virtual Private Networks or VPNs offer, but how exactly do you choose one from another? The best VPN for you depends on your needs. Are you trying to get around content restrictions based on location? Are you looking to trade cryptocurrency? The best way to figure it out is going through some VPN comparisons (for example this one) and seeing which services offer the best overall features. From here, you'll be able to narrow it down to exactly what you need. When selecting a VPN provider, make sure they tick all these boxes.
1) Speed, Speed, Speed
Even if you are casual internet user and you mainly just use social media, stream content, exchange emails, and so on, you don't want to give up too much on speed. Nowadays, no matter what website you go to, it's likely going to be content-heavy with a lot of images, videos, and graphics, and there's nothing more frustrating than having to wait for everything to load.
When going through your VPN comparisons, do a speed test. The best way to do this is to run a speed test without the VPN turned on, then after. If you see more than a 10% decrease in network speeds, then go with a different option.
2) Where Do You Need Secure Access?
These days, more and more privacy experts advocate using a VPN for all your online activity. This is because even major websites get hacked and fall victim to malware, phishing attacks, worms and other problems that may get transferred over to your computer and mobile device.
For this reason, you want a VPN that provides flexible service across devices. This means that it allows you to protect your home computer while also being compatible with your router, so all your home internet activity is safe. Likewise, the VPN should cover you while you on your smartphone or accessing a public network at somewhere like a cafe or hotel.
3) Does It Offer Multiple Server Locations?
A huge percentage of online content is geo-restricted. Even YouTube offers significantly different content depending on what country you are located in. This is doubly true for paid streaming services like Netflix or Hulu, which may be completely unavailable in certain countries. For this reason, you want to be sure the VPN offers you a choice of multiple server locations- at least ten. This will allow you to access the content you want no matter where you are.
4) Do They Keep Logs?
These days, VPN services that follow a "no logs" policy have exploded in popularity. Most people utilize VPNs so their data and IP address can be kept private. However, some providers keep logs of their users' activity. This can be problematic for two reasons. If the VPN server is hacked, then your IP address and personal data can become vulnerable.
Secondly, you lose all anonymity because there will be an exact browsing history of your activity. If privacy is your ultimate concern then make sure "no logs" is one of the top features. This is another time when VPN comparisons are essential because many providers claim to follow this policy, but actually don't.
5) What Security Features Do They Provide?
This is where the technical jargon may get a bit overwhelming for people new to VPNs, but you don't have to know everything. Just be on the lookout for a few key phrases. The best VPNs offer a higher level of encryption to ensure your data is truly protected. One of the highest standards is the "AES-256" protocol. If a service provides this, that's a good sign.
Another important feature is a "kill switch." A kill switch shuts down your internet connection should there be some failure with the VPN. For example, if your connection is dropped or if there is some glitch in the system, it temporarily shutdowns internet access. This is essential because otherwise, you'd be using the internet unprotected and all of your data would be visible to your ISP, hackers, and other potential threats.
BONUS: Do They Have Bandwidth Restrictions?
Even if a VPN offers fast service, they may have bandwidth restrictions to prevent certain activities such as torrenting. Some services may claim they offer unlimited bandwidth, but if you read the fine print, it may be limited to a certain amount of gigabytes or terabytes per month. For any paid VPN service, you should have unlimited bandwidth, so be sure to check for that when making VPN comparisons.
The Bottom Line: How to Find the Right VPN for You
When searching for the right VPN, the main things you need to focus on are speed, security, anonymity, and bandwidth. Each VPN you look at should be competitive in all of these categories. After this, the final factor is the price. More expensive isn't necessarily better. There are great VPN services for between $4-10 per month. You can even get discounts if you sign up for annual or longer plans and get an even better deal. So get out there and start making some VPN comparisons to find the perfect one for you!
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.
With the amount of digital and e-commerce stores we've been using to date, it's easy to think that it's a straightforward business to set up and run e-commerce platforms. For a lot of us who have transitioned to becoming a digital entrepreneur, the advantages of online stores are immense. One of the biggest and most profound factors is the costs involved in setting an online business - it's next to nothing.
Plenty of physical stores have an online website and an e-commerce capability to allow customers to continue the purchasing process online and offline. From enabling customers anywhere in the world to purchase products from your site at any time, your online store is a must-have extension of your business.
However, entrepreneurs and business owners often find themselves in a conundrum when managing physical and digital extensions.
1- Worrying about shipping costs
Shipping costs are never going to run away. The only way you avoid shipping altogether is if you sell a service or a purely digital product. If you have a physical, tangible product, shipping costs are part of your daily business. Your main goal when it comes to running your physical and digital store is to ensure the shipping process is clear and strategically aligned to increase sales, and depending on where your orders come from, your shipping costs will be in a different range. In the spirit of increasing your profits, a good thing to start with is to set a flat shipping rate when a customer purchases something from your store or your online site. Also, there are routing apps that will plan out the best directions for driving for business that requires multiple stop delivery.
2- Expecting easy money
Online retail is great for your business. Once you open an online store as an extension to your physical store, this ultimately opens up another channel of income, plus the online convenience that makes your job simpler. However, don't think it's going to be a walk in the park. Staying ahead of the competition, investing in marketing, and ensuring a smooth and easy to use online site takes time and effort. This needs research as well as a unique approach that makes your product stand out among the masses. Don't expect money to roll in, without putting in the work needed and time as well to see your product and your site lift out.
3- Making order information difficult to access
The biggest mistake many businesses make is not making it easy for customers to shop, add to cart, and find information on their orders and shipping updates. Providing the estimated shipping dates, so your customers know when to expect their products, is extremely important. Keeping your customers informed of the product they are buying, the way they make payments, the information they are keying in to your site, and how long they will need to wait until their items arrive are all the things you need to put in black and white. This won't only help you troubleshoot problems, but your customers will also be happy with the information they can access.
4- Botching order changes and cancellations
Your online customers change their minds faster than the ones who shop at regular stores. This is bound to happen, and for this, you need a backup plan. You want to ensure that your customer is efficiently and accurately refunded. Some vendors will immediately go ahead and make the order, and you'll end up with a negative review on your site. To avoid this, speak to your vendor first before confirming things with your customer. While your customers wait for confirmation, let them know you've received their request and are working on making the necessary refunds or changes.
5- Not keeping your inventory up to date
The minute a customer experiences problem with their order, their frustrations are immediately directed at you. If they go on to your site and find that a product has been out of stock, this can create a negative purchasing process. What do you do? Firstly, allow your customers to sign up to get notified when a product is available. That's a front-end must-do. On the back-end side of things, you need to manage your inventory, so you know what products you have, when to expect shipment of your products, when to make another order before stock runs out, etc. Using inventory management software such as Fishbowl training is extremely useful in this context. Get your inventory management staff to participate in an on-site Fishbowl training to learn how to set up, implement, and use the Fishbowl software seamlessly, so you never run into problems of low stock.
6- Return complications
Setting up a system for returns will be beneficial not only for your sanity, but also to lessen the time your customers need to wait for a result. Organized and systematic approaches to problems not only keep your customers happy, but it also shows you're professional.
7- Inconsistent branding
You want a consistent and strong image when you go to market for your business. The logo of a company, whether a physical store or an online store, is crucial because it can make or break the company's presence. Your brand will fail to gather a huge number of customers if it doesn't have a solid logo and consistent branding that's the same online and offline. It's always best to consult a brand consulting firm or, at the very least, a professional logo designer to create a logo for your online site. It's always good to look for cost-effective options when designing a logo if you're starting out. Many sites host freelancers, such as Upwork and Fiverr.
8- Improper About Us/Contact page
If you're new, one of the ways that your customers know about you is through your About Us page. This is one of the most visited sites on a website apart from the actual product list or the contact page. If you don't introduce your business, then you're basically killing your business.
Your 'About Us' page should contain the immediate and necessary information to highlight facts about who you are, your mission and vision, and why you're doing what you're doing. Your location details and email address are the other essential things to be added to the site. This information is crucial because it builds trust and loyalty among the customers of your site.
9- Not using the newsletter subscriptions effectively
Newsletters form an integral part of your marketing arsenal. Most, if not all, of the Shopify themes feature newsletter signup options, and you might as well use it. MailChimp is one of the most popular options for newsletters to use, and you can simply sync it to your online account. Allow your customers to opt-in for email subscriptions of their choice.
10- Not doing a soft launch of your site
Instead of a grand launch, why not opt for a soft launch to a limited number of people? This is a great way of letting your customers know you have an online site that can make purchasing and connecting with you easier. This won't only give you the advantage to use their feedback, but you can also make tweaks to your site and prepare for a grand launch once your site is fully functional and can bring in the traffic you desire.
Online casinos are abundant in the UK, but that doesn't mean that they are all the same. You can always get information from reliable websites that pick only the best new UK slots to review, but you yourself should have a basic idea about what to expect as well. Here are a few pointers to keep in mind while joining a new slot site.
This is one of the most important factors to remember before joining a slot site. The online casino should have license to operate in the jurisdiction where its servers are maintained. Depending on the jurisdiction which is responsible for its regulation and licensing, the experience may differ. It might be best if you checked the slot site's licensing properties in the UK as well before joining. An eCOGRA certification is a good sign and usually means that the site is secure for safe monetary transactions.
When it comes to online casinos, the software is everything. It decides the games you can play, the graphics, the animations, the audio, themes, player options and just about everything that determines a user's experience on a slot site. Before signing up, it is probably a good idea to make sure that the casino is using software from market leaders such as Microgaming, Playtech and NetEnt.
Almost all slot sites will offer welcome bonuses to you on signing up, but it's up to you to choose the one that's presenting the best first time offers, according to you. Even after you sign up and your first time offers have expired, you should be getting periodical offers from the casino every once in a while.
Customer care is important as that's how you are supposed to interact with the casino, especially if something goes wrong. Even if the site doesn't have 24 × 7 customer care available, check to see if support will at least be available during the time when you usually gamble. Live chat options are far better than email communication since it's a much faster process. Alternatively, you should be able to call them up if you need to. If a casino is operating in the UK, the customer care executives should speak English, but check the language options before signing up nevertheless.
Once you have made sure that a casino checks all the above boxes, sign up and try out a few slots to see if you like how it feels. If you don't like it, there's always something better waiting for you.
Do you remember the movie called National Lampoon's Vegas Vacation, when the gaming fever consumed Chevy Chase's impersonation of Clark W. Griswold? He went on a losing streak, to defeat all losing streaks and in the meantime, his son Rusty won four cars by playing on slot machines. Perhaps Clark might have done better if he had read this article. Here, you will discover the fundamental ideas behind slots and how they work. This will let you get past all the myths and create a strategy that is entirely based on probability.
Understand the Average Payout
When operators advertise that their slots payout an average of 90%, the fine print they do not want you to read states that you lose 10 cents for every dollar you place in the machines. In terms of probability, this endorsement means that your expected wins are minus 10 cents on each dollar that you spend.
Suppose that you start with $100 and wager one dollar at a time. After you insert $100 into the slot machine, 100 pulls later you will end up with $90 on average since you lose 10% of your funds.
If you run the $90 back into the machine, you will end up with 90% of it back. Or in other words 0.90x 90 = $81. Moreover, if you run that through, you will have approximately $72.90. If you do not stop for about 44 rounds more, all your money will be gone, unless you have Rusty's luck.
So, how many pulls at this rate do your $100 give you? Each time you will have less money to play through, so you will have less pulls left. For instance, if you play $1 at a time, you can expect approximately 972 pulls with the average payouts. This is the total pulls in about 44 rounds. However, you should keep in mind that operators are designing slots to go faster between spins. Some of them are even doing away with the tokens and handles by using digital readouts on the cards that you place in the slots. The faster machines can play about 25 spins per hour, and if you have money for 972 spins, you will have 38.88 minutes. Thus, you will not have a long time to enjoy your $100 before it is gone. So, what is the worst part here? Casinos often boast that their average payouts are as high as 95%. However, this number only applies to specific machines, and the casinos will not tell you which ones. So, you need to ask or read the fine print before you rush into playing. Another thing you can do is check the information on the slot to see if it lists its payouts.
You're probably wondering if the same works for online slots. The answer is yes. However, the percentages are usually higher, since sites have less expenses than land based operators. That is why every day, gamblers all around the world are discovering new slot websites where they can play the popular game.
How to Implement a Simple Strategy for Slots?
Advice varies regarding if you play nickel, quarter or dollar slots and if you should max the number of coins you wager or not. In this section, we will give you several tips on getting the most bang for your money.
When it comes to slots, strategy boils down to knowing your probability of winning, the expected payouts, and the rules, quitting while you are ahead and dispelling any myths.
If you win $100, you should cash out half and play with the rest. After you lose a particular amount, you should not hesitate to quit. You should go to the all you can eat buffet and try your luck with the food, the odds are that it is good.
How Many Coins Should You Play at a Time?
When you are determining the number of coins you should bet per spin, you should scrutinize that more can be better. If the slot gives you more than 2x the payout when you place in 2x the coins, you should max out instead of playing only one coin. This way you will enhance your chances of winning a larger pot, and the expected value will be higher. If the machine just gives you n times the payout for n coins, it will not matter if you use the max number of coins or not. You might as well play 1 at a time until you can make money and leave so your money lasts longer.
For example, if a quarter machine pays you 10 credits for the 777 outcome when you place one quarter. However, if you play 2 quarters, it will give you 25 credits. And if you play the max number of quarters, for example four, the same outcome will result in 1,000 credits. You can see how playing four quarters at once will give you a greater chance of winning a larger pot in the long run compared to a single one at a time for four tries in a row.
As the new year is almost upon us and Google has officially released Android Nougat 7.1.1, let us now take a quick look at when and if your device is going to get upgraded to the latest and greatest OS from Google.
Timeline: No confirmation yet, but the roll outs should start in early 2017.
Eligible devices: Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, Note 5, S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge +. More might be added later on.
Timeline: Q4, 2016
Eligible devices: HTC One A9, HTC One M9, HTC 10.
Timeline: Roll outs have already started for the LG G5 (South Korea) and will continue well into 2017.
Eligible devices: LG G4, LG G5, LG V20.
Timeline: The rollouts have already begun from December, 2016.
Eligible handsets: Sony Xperia Z3+, Sony Xperia Z5, Sony Xperia Z5 Compact, Sony Xperia Z5 Premium, Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet, Sony Xperia X, Sony Xperia X Compact, Sony Xperia XA, Sony Xperia XA Ultra, Sony Xperia X Performance, Sony Xperia XZ.
Timeline: Already out and rolling.
Eligible devices: Google Nexus 6, Google Nexus 9, Google Nexus 5X, Google Nexus 6P, Google Nexus Player, Google Pixel C, Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL.
Timeline: Early to mid 2017
Eligible devices: Priv, DTEK50, DTEK60.
Timeline: Depending on your location and your handset, it could have already arrived back in November.
Eligible devices: Moto Droid Turbo 2, Moto Droid Maxx 2, Moto X Force, Moto X Style, Moto X Play, Moto X Pure Edition, Moto G 4th Generation, Moto G Plus 4th Generation, Moto G Play 4th Generation, Moto Z, Moto Z Droid, Moto Z Force Droid, Moto Z Play, Moto Z Play Droid.
Timeline: No confirmation, but it is expected to be in early 2016.
Eligible devices: Honor 8, Mate 8, Mate 9. P9-series.
Timeline: No confirmation yet.
Eligible devices: OnePlus 2, OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3T.
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Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
With all that's going on with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7's exploding batteries and the iPhone 7's somewhat disappointing unveiling, there is a perfect market for LG to introduce its flagship V20 smartphone to the consumers now. The chances of LG seeing a much better sales number with the V20 than it did with the V10 or the G5 is pretty high because at least a portion of the consumers looking to buy a new flagship device would be tempted to try out a premium device from a reputed company that has kept the 3.5mm jack and doesn't blow up while charging (hopefully!). Unfortunately, there is no definite news about the smartphone's availability, except the fact that it is expected to be released near the end of 2016.
This has been confirmed that the LG V20 will be the first smartphone in the world to be shipped with Android 7.0 Nougat pre-installed. Have a look at some of its other prominent features and decide for yourself if you should hold on from upgrading for just a little while longer.
Display: 5.7-inch QHD IPS panel
Dual rear cameras: 16mp sensor with f/1.8 aperture and 8mp sensor with wide angle lens and f/2.4 aperture.
Front camera: 5mp sensor with wide angle lens and f/1.9 aperture
Audio: Quad DAC technology for enhanced audio output via the speakers and the bundled Bang & Olufsen headphones
Battery: 3200 mAh Li-ion battery that's removable
Chipset and RAM: Qualcomm MSM8996 (SD 820) with 4GB of RAM
The only two things we did not like about the V20 so far are the 3200mAh battery which could have been slightly larger and the lack of water-resistance that both the Note 7 and the iPhone 7 has. Other than that, the LG V20 looks to be a solid smartphone and it might be a smart move if the Korean OEM pushed the device a little earlier than rumoured.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
That's 2160 x 5050 pixels. Sounds a lot. Isn't? Sony may not sound like a big name when it comes to the smartphone industry in 2019. It used to have a huge reputation for its display and camera technology but then it kind of got lost in the sea of all the smartphone manufacturers. Especially, in India, where all smartphone companies are facing a new mid-range device war you won't hear much about the Sony devices. However, Sony still holds a visible share in the industry, and the most recent launch from the company is the Sony Xperia 1, which support a 4K-resolution 21:9 aspect ratio and OLED display panel. A few new reports suggest that Sony is looking to move one step ahead with the Xperia 1R which could have a 5K-resolution screen.
A Japanese site Sumahoinfo discovered a leaked user-agent profile for the upcoming devices, which shows the resolution of the smartphone to be 5040 x 2160 pixels, making it the first 5k-resolution screen on the device. This is now believed to be called the Sony Xperia 1R, and not Xperia 2. Sony may launch this phone at IFA 2019. So far, the screen size isn't known by as pointed by GSMArena, it could be a 6.5-inch screen at the very least given that the Xperia 1 has a 6.5-inch 4k screen. This would put the pixel density at 899ppi. The aspect ratio is expected to be 21:9 just like Xperia 1.
At this point, some of you may wonder why we need such a high resolution at a cell phone. In normal cases, we don't but if you are using VR-based applications or want to watch a movie with lots of detailed sci-fiction effects, it might be worthwhile. While Sony is certainly pushing the boundaries of screen resolution on its smartphones, the company has long since lost its standing in the smartphone space, and recently withdrew from India and other markets in a bid to turn the business profitable.
Women prefer wearing earrings and consider it as their favorite possession. Ladies always love jewelry and fashion accessories. The earrings come in different designs that are best suited for any particular event. Often, women wear jewelry for matching color with their outfit. The other accessories like bracelets, necklaces, rings, and bangles go along nicely with the dress.
In the last few years, the trend for online shopping has increased. It saves your time and provides you with many options. Earrings are the preferred option for women when it comes to special occasions like weddings, anniversaries, and receptions. It would help if you kept a few things in mind to buy the best earrings like:
If you are looking to attend any formal event like a conference or office party, then it is the best option for you to wear formal attire. Simple metal hoops or stone studs are ideal for these types of events. You can buy white gold earrings for giving yourself a perfect outlook. A simple earring with zirconia and diamonds embedded on it will provide you with the ideal style. You can pick versatile items of earrings that are suitable for casual occasions and formal occasions.
The casual occasions like family brunch or picnic require you to dress in light attire. Choosing light jewelry and earrings can make you look more attractive in such events. Earrings paired with maxi dresses, jumpsuits and skirts will give you a perfect look. Women should buy jewelry and earring items in bulk rather than purchasing the item at the very last stage. As a woman, you should be smarter in picking the perfect earring for the occasion. Check the event theme and the type of guests that have been invited.
It would help if you considered the occasion before picking the earrings that match with your outfit. If you are going for a night event, then consider wearing tassel earring. On the other hand, if you are going to the office, then hoop earrings are the preferred option. You also need to consider the color of your outfit in picking the jewelry. For dark color outfits, picking light earrings or jewelry is the best option.
Pick the earrings based on your personality. If you are a reserved or introvert person, then you should go for stud earrings. On the other hand, if you prefer wearing timeless and classic outfits, then pearl studs are right for you. Alternatively, if you are a creative person, then you should pick dangle earrings. You should identify your personality type in picking the right outfit, earrings, and other accessories.
Women consider their skin color and complexion in selecting the right shade of lipstick. Similarly, you should select earrings very carefully based on your skin color. If your skin has blue undertones, then you should go with pewter hues jewelry. On the other hand, if your complexion and undertones are warm then going with copper metals is the best option for you.
Face Shape and Hair Style
You should also consider your hairstyle and face shape in selecting the jewelry. The selection of earrings is essential. Some earrings can hurt your facial appearance. They can make the appearance of your face wide, fat, thin, or long. Your earrings should go along with your hairstyle perfectly. Earrings draw the attention of the audiences towards your hair and face. The earrings should match the style of your hair and face type.
Follow the above guidelines for selecting the best earring for a particular occasion.
Any handset released in 2017 is expected to at least run on Android Nougat v7.0 and above, but that wasn't the case with Samsung's Galaxy A branded smartphones of 2017. Instead, when they came out, they were running on Android Marshmallow 6.0.1; a version of Android that while isn't old enough yet to be called backdated, is still over two years old at this point of time. The good news is that although late, the Galaxy A5 (2017) and the Galaxy A7 (2017) will both be getting their respective versions of the Android Nougat firmware officially from Samsung soon.
Both the Galaxy A5 (2017) and the Galaxy A7 (2017) has been spotted running on Nougat 7.0, merely hours earlier at the Wi-Fi Alliance website for certification purposes. This is a clear indication that the updates are just about to be rolled out to the Galaxy A smartphones for 2017. If you own one, keep that Wi-Fi fired up!
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Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
While updates are released throughout the year, no other update is as exciting or as anticipated as the yearly OS upgrade. In case you own a Galaxy S8/S8+/Note 8/Note 9, that day of rejoice might not be very far away now.
According to a post by guncelmiyiz (official Samsung blog in Turkey), the Galaxy Note 9 would be among the first devices to receive the OS upgrade to Android 9 Pie on January 15. The source also reveals that the Galaxy S8. S8+ and Note 8 will start receiving the same update, exactly a month later on February 15. As is to be expected, the updates will come equipped with Samsung's One UI on top.
In case you are wondering why the S9 and S9+ were not mentioned by the source, then that's because of the fact that stable versions of the One UI, powered by Android 9 Pie OS had already started circulating to non-beta users in Germany less than a week ago. What this means is that the S9 and S9+ users will be the first to experience finished versions of Samsung's One UI and Android 9 Pie on their respective smartphones.