There was a time when the Chinese OEMs were called out for copying Apple and sometimes Samsung, but how the times have changed! Instead of being followers, Chinese OEMs such as Vivo, Oppo, Huawei and Xiaomi have now established themselves as trendsetters. They have in-display fingerprint scanners, true bezel-less displays, best camera tech and mechanized cameras modules! The latest phone to join this list of elite and innovative smartphones is the Mi Mix 3 which has pretty much everything that a phone in 2018 is expected to have and then some.
Key specs include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, 6GB/8GB/10GB of RAM,128GB/256GB storage, a 6.39-inch truly bezel-less AMOLED display (2,340x1,080), 24mp + 2mp front cameras, 12mp + 12mp rear cameras and a 3,850mAh battery. If you thought the 10GB of RAM was crazy, wait till you see how the two front cameras actually slide out of the display! Although the Vivo Nex and the Oppo Find X already did the same with motorized camera modules, Xiaomi believes that the manual slider which it has incorporated to hide the front cameras will actually be more durable than motorized modules. So, do you think that these specs are impressive enough for you to be interested in the Mi Mix 3 from Xiaomi? Personally, I think that it's where smartphones in general are headed towards in 2019 -2020, but there's no need to upgrade right now, if you have any SD 845 or similarly powered phone. Just wait till they perfect the technology next year. But just in case you are planning to upgrade in the near future, there's really no reason you shouldn't be interested in the Mi Mix 3 either!
As a final blow, the Trump administration revoked dozens of licenses from Huawei suppliers, including chipmaker Intel. The action taken by Donal Trump is his last effort to weaken the world's largest telecommunication company, which they termed as a matter of national security. According to Reuters, the Semiconductor Industry Association said on Friday that the Commerce Department had issued "intents to deny a significant number of license requests for exports to Huawei and a revocation of at least one previously issued license." Some licenses were apparently under review status for many months and are now being denied just a few days before President Trump has to leave the office.
Earlier, almost 150 licenses were said to be in the review status for $120 billion worth of products and technology. Of these, a vast majority of licenses have been reported to be denied, while the eight other licenses were revoked to maintain consistency with the licensing rules. A source confirmed that another $280 billion worth of licenses for Huawei hasn't been processed yet. Huawei suppliers have already been notified of the license cancellation. They have 20 days to respond to the decision. The Department of Commerce has 45 days to issue any changes to the decision, or it becomes the final decision. Companies will have another 45 days to appeal against the final decision.
Meanwhile, Huawei has restarted its efforts to rejuvenate the supply. According to a recent Nikkei Asia report, the company is trying to find more investors to bring in some cash and move forward against all the odds. In fact, the device manufacturer has already acquired stakes in 20 semiconductor suppliers to cover the gap. Huawei has been under fire from the Trump administration since May 2019 and today's action will put the company more in heap.
Technology has never been as disposable as it is right now. When your laptop is old, you throw it away and buy a new one. When a new version of the iPad (or your preferred brand of tablet) is released, you stop using the old one even if there's nothing mechanically wrong with it. Above and beyond all of this, you probably replace your mobile phone every one to two years as your existing contract comes to an end. You copy all the data, photographs, and apps across from your old phone to your new one, and then your old phone goes in a drawer, never to be used again.
Whenever you go through the upgrade process, you'll find that your network tries to push one of the latest high-functioning brand-new handsets on you. Even if they weren't doing that, you'd probably be drawn to those phones anyway. Because new phones are released every year, you're left with the impression that the technology that's inside them improves every year, too, and that your best option is to get a newer phone in order to stay ahead of the curve. Is that always the case, though? It's the most expensive choice to make, but is it the right one? Could you save money by getting an older refurbished phone and never notice the difference?
There are a few things to consider if you're looking at replacing your current phone with a refurbished model, and they boil down to what we call ‘phone essentials.' We'll tackle them one at a time.
How Good Is The Phone's Camera?
Despite what everyone believes, the processors inside mobile phones don't usually get better with every passing year. The Snapdragon processor inside the best phones right now is the same as the Snapdragon processor that was inside last year's phones. The cameras, however, do get better. Very few people have digital cameras anymore, and so we rely on our phones as a replacement for them. Right now, the Pixel 4 and the iPhone 11 Pro are thought to have the best phone cameras on the market, but the latest Huawei isn't far behind them. If you can get a refurbished or second-hand model of any of those phones, you'll likely have nothing to worry about in terms of picture quality for the next two years. Your quality guide for this is the megapixel count. If photos are vitally important to you, you might prefer to get a newer phone.
How Good Is It At Playing Games?
This all comes back to what we said earlier about processors. The games that phones are required to play now are very different from the games that phones played twenty years ago when 'Snake' was popular. Nowadays, people expect their handsets to cope with the latest mobile version of 'Fornite.' There's good news here, though. The first thing to remember is that recently, video games have been taking cues from online slots websites. You don't need to own a casino to play an online slots UK, and you no longer need to own a console to play a video game. Services like Google Stadia mean that games can be played via streaming from servers elsewhere - the exact same way that online slots websites serve their customers - and so there's no strain on your hardware. The second thing to remember is that processors don't improve all that much from year to year. So long as your refurbished phone is well-maintained, there's no reason that a two-year-old phone can't run games just as well as a brand new one can.
What's The Battery Life Like?
This is the real killer when it comes to picking up a second-hand or refurbished model. Even with the best will in the world and a very careful owner, the life cycle of a phone's battery will depreciate over time. Apple has even cited this as the reason they deliberately slow their older phone models down over time. There's nothing that can be done to avoid this - it's a process of simple wear and tear that will happen to every phone. It's possible in some cases to acquire a new or refurbished battery at the same time you acquire your refurbished phone, but from a practical point of view, this often pushes the cost up so high that you might as well just bite the bullet and get a new phone. It's not all bad news, though. The competitiveness of your second-hand phone's battery life will depend on how good the phone was when it was brand new. A two-year-old 'flagship' phone from a major provider like Samsung might have a better battery life than a brand new budget phone from a lesser-known provider because it uses superior parts.
How Much Storage Does It Come With?
Here's another factor that can kill the effectiveness of older phones. While the size of the average mobile phone isn't getting all that much bigger (unless you choose to buy a phone with an enormous screen), the amount of storage inside them is. Thirty-two gigabytes used to be considered a massive amount of space. Now it's considered insufficient, and 128GB is about the industry average. That will probably double a year from now, and double again the year after. Modern apps take up so much space that you can find yourself running short surprisingly quickly, and if you allow apps like WhatsApp to store all picture and video content directly to your phone, you'll find the space disappearing even faster. This doesn't have to be a barrier to buying an older phone if you apply a little creative thinking to the problem, though. We live in the age of cloud storage. So long as you're comfortable with the idea of your phone constantly backing everything up to the cloud (use a solid password, and you should be fine), there's no reason to store anything on your phone at all. An uncluttered old phone will run faster than a cluttered new one, and you'll get much more life out of it.
If budget is no issue, then it's better to buy a new phone than an old one in almost all cases. If you're inclined to save a little cash, though, and you don't mind sacrificing a little space or speed, last year's flagship phones are still capable of delivering high performance. Don't feel trapped by a sneaky salesperson - consider all of your options carefully before making a decision.
Samsung launched its latest flagship handsets last month at the MWC 2018 and the pre-orders have already opened up since March 6, although you will have to wait till March 16 to buy one from the store. But the question is, should you buy one? Let's try and find out.
Do You have a Galaxy S8/S8 Plus?
No, I am not going to tell you that the S9 and S9 Plus are not much better than their predecessors because frankly speaking, they most certainly are better in a lot of ways. However, the question is, are those added features significant enough for you to upgrade from last year's models? Well, it depends really! If you are someone who must have the latest and best phone, it's a no-brainer; buy the S9/S9 Plus because they do offer more. However, if you are someone who is looking for enough value to justify that upgrade, the answer becomes more complicated.
What Extra Features are You Really Getting?
On one hand, you do get a set of superb cameras with the S9+ that's significantly better than the single camera module on the S8 and S8 Plus, but on the other hand, you have the S9 with just a single camera, which might make you think twice about choosing the smaller device. The good news is that even the single camera on the S9 is better than the one on the S8, thanks to variable aperture and a self-adjusting lens. There's also the better-positioned fingerprint scanner, a more powerful processor, AR emojis, stereo speakers, front cam selfie focus for portraits and it supports super slow-motion (960fps at 720p). Even then, all that isn't quite enough to justify a switch unless you really want to. The stereo speakers are good, but they are nothing to write home about and the super slo-mo mode lasts for just a few secs and even at 720p, the camera needs a lot of light to capture decent footage. The Exynos 9810 and the SD 845 are both more powerful than the Exynos 8895 and the SD 835 from last year, but unless you are running benchmarks, you may never even notice the boost in speed during regular use. Other than the rear cameras, the rest of the features like AR emojis and selfie focus are just gimmicks as well.
Should You Get it Then?
They are still great contenders for becoming the phone of the year and if you have anything that's older than two-years, the S9 Plus is definitely worth the upgrade and then some, but at this point, the S8 and S8 Plus are still going strong and will keep going that way at least until the S10 comes out in 2019. In conclusion, we would say that if you have a S8 or S8+, wait till next year, but if you just have to upgrade now, go for the S9 Plus, because it makes more sense that way.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Over the past couple of years, the wireless earbuds have grown from a luxury into a necessity. There is no shortage of the company's manufacturing earbuds but recently there has been some trend towards the Samsung Galaxy Buds, and now they have released the second generation.
So should you buy the Galaxy Buds Plus? The biggest advantage of using the earbuds is the way they work with Android. Although pretty much all kinds of earbuds work okay with Android in one way or another, even you can connect Apple's AirPods. However, a lot of them lack these lack extra features on the platform. With the Samsung Galaxy Buds plus, there are many extra features available, especially if you own a Samsung phone.
On a Samsung smartphone, just pair the earbuds with the phone and you will be greeted with a pop-up that displays the battery status of each bud and the case too. It is exactly how Apple works with AirPods. However, this isn't available to all phones. If you own a Google Pixel 4, you need to download an extra app. Once the app is installed, you will have control over the buds plus to customize taps and the like. But you won't get any pop-up with battery information. This has to be checked within the app only.
Samsung has included a USB-C port on the back of the charging case and a Qi wireless chagrining receiver inside the case. The earbuds have pretty good battery life and can last up to 11 hours by Samsung's rating. I don't think that anyone would use the earbuds for that long but even if you use it aa for 4,5 hours, the battery hardly gets any drainage.
There are a few different sound profiles in the Samsung app but if you settled down Dynamic, this sounds pretty normal. The Normal setting although won't get you the best result. Another big plus here is the Spotify integration that enables you to assign a long-press on either bud to a Spotify shortcut. This shortcut initiates Spotify on your connected phone to play either your most recent track or your daily mix playlists.
Now, to talk about the cons or not so good features of the earbuds. The buds plus case isn't huge but still unflattering and thick and the default sound profile isn't so good. Samsung has used two microphones to make call audio to sound better and isolate your voice but you may not find the quality of the mics quite impressive.
The DearMob iPhone Manager is popular as an encrypted, secure alternative to iTunes, that can transfer data to and from your iPhone without any of the multiple restrictions imposed by iOS. Taking a look at its many features helps us to understand why it is so popular with iPhone Users in the first place.
Faster Transfer Speed
Comparing the transfer speed of the same file with that of a few other third-party iPhone managers, we found that the DearMob iPhone Manager somehow managed to transfer media files (audio, video, image, etc.) and backup files at a faster rate. This was surprising given that no compression was observed. DearMob claims that the software can transfer as many as 100 images in 4K resolution under just 8-seconds!
Higher Storage Option than iTunes/iCloud
Compared to iTunes or iCloud, the DearMob iPhone Manager offers hardware storage options to iOS users, which is virtually unlimited, making sure that when you back up your data from an iPhone or iPad, nothing is excluded and you never run out of storage space. In case you do, just buy another external hard drive or flash drive!
Media File Transfer and Management is Complete and Seamless
Everybody likes an iPhone until they are met with the iOS's many limitations, made obvious while using iTunes. DearMob's iPhone manager essentially removes those limitations and makes the process seamless by coming with the following features built-in.
· Transfer ALL media files to and from your iPhone with a single click
· Create albums, organize and delete photos from the Manager interface itself
· View and convert HEIC image files to JPG files
· Sync all your music to and from your iPhone at a significantly faster speed
· Transfer and play music from external sources to your iPhone
· Add, delete, export and import audio files and playlists, or even make ringtones from your tracks
· Automatically converts OGG, FLAC, WMA, WAV and other unsupported audio/music files to MP3/AAC, to enable iOS compatibility
· Video compression by as much as 50% is achievable to save space
· Transfer, convert or compress 8K videos when needed
· The manager automatically converts unsupported video codecs to formats compatible with iOS
Read more on DearMob iPhone Manager giveaway, and tips on how to backup iPhone without iTunes >
Backup and Restore Made Super Simple and Fast
Our smartphones carry a lot of important personal and financial data these days, so it is imperative to back it all up every now and then to keep the data from getting lost forever, in case you forgot a password, lost the phone or the device simply died on you. The possibilities are endless, so backing up data on a regular basis is advised in general for iPhone or iPad users.
The DearMob iPhone Manager offers a simple 1-click solution for both data backups and restoration for all iOS devices in general. It makes it super easy to not only protect your data against loss via 1-click storage on any mac or Windows computer, but when you upgrade to a newer device, the restoration of the previously stored data onto the new iPhone or iPad only takes a single click as well. This is pretty much as simple as things can get on iOS or on any other platform for that matter. Unlike iTunes, DearMob iPhone Manager also enables you to selectively backup iPhone photos, videos, music, contacts and so on.
Transfer Your eBooks
iTunes doesn't allow ePub files, aka eBooks to be transferred from the iBook Library to any other device. DearMob's iPhone solution not only enables such transfers, you can basically convert any of the ePub files into PDF, TXT, HTML, etc. to even read it from your laptop or another phone or tablet that's running on Android.
What Else Does the Manager Offer?
Well, the answer is a LOT more apparently! You can install third-party applications without Jailbreaking your iDevice, mount it as a flash drive on your PC/Mac for easier and faster file transfers, sync data from Chrome, Edge, Mozilla, Opera or any other browser to Safari and even manage office files.
Perhaps what we liked most about the DearMob iPhone Manager is that in spite of offering so many features that are missing on iTunes, the interface is so simple and intuitive. It's like they took everything that was missing in iTunes and put it in a slimmer and more intuitive interface for Apple users.Given that you can basically download and try the Dearmob iPhone Manager and all of its features for free initially, on both the MacOS and Windows 10, we are inclined to say yes, the DearMob iPhone Manager is indeed worth a try and chances are, you will probably soon be using the manager a lot more than iTunes.
Now that we can bet on any sports we want (as long as it's not illegal in your country) via online sportsbooks, the choice can be quite confusing. There are so many of them to choose from, so how do we know which ones are actually good? If you are going to invest money and time into a hobby, it only makes sense that you look for the following must have attributes.
Compatibility with Multiple Operating Systems
The lines between fully fledged desktop grade operating systems such as Windows 10 or MacOS 10, and mobile Operating Systems like Android and iOS is slowly disappearing in terms of power and functionality. Therefore, the sportsbook site should be dynamic in nature, that is instead of offering a shrunk version of tits original website in a mobile package, it should be able to fit into any window size perfectly, irrespective of the OS.
It is important for a sports book to work flawlessly on phones and tablets because not many people sit in front of their computers all day to place sports bets anymore. they play their games, check their odds and place their bets on the go, in the office and while relaxing on the couch after a busy day.
Variety of Options
if you are really interested in a dedicated sportsbook which deals exclusively in only one kind of sport, it's your choice, but you are definitely missing out on the big picture here! Variety is important for a sportsbook to be worth your time, because it keeps your options open, lets you try your skills and luck in different types of settings and most importantly, it keeps the experience fresh and enjoyable.
The Establishment Must Have a Preceding Reputation
Check this William Hill Sportsbook Review on Odds USA, where they take an in-depth look at the prestigious British sportsbook and its online wing in particular. True to the reputation which the name of William Hill has carried for more than eight decades (since 1934), the betting establishment scores high in every department. Such is the nature of established sportsbooks in general; if they are worth your time, there's probably a prestigious history associated with them.
Bonus and Loyalty Points
The bonus is what welcomes new players with lucrative benefits. A good example would be when the betting site matches a new player's initial deposit in credit. However, it's the loyalty points which keeps gamblers coming back time and again. It's important to get rewarded every once in a while for the money you are spending, in order for the experience to remain enjoyable.
Last but not least, the sportsbook site should have 24/7 customer care service available to explain queries, clear confusions and solve issues for their members, if and when they pop up.
As we all sit at home, hoping to minimize further spreading of the infection, life can get quite boring! Of course, if you are a gamer then you already have your PC or Console games locked, loaded and ready to go, but what about the rest?
Most of us on the other hand, like playing casual games such as Candy Crush or Angry Birds, because trying to beat Lothric and Lorian in Dark Souls 3 again, after dying for the 20th time in a row is considered "entertainment" by a very limited number of individuals.
! For the rest of us, mobile games are good enough in their comparative simplicity. One may even argue that a casual bout of trying our luck at online slots, or a quick multiplayer match of 8 ball pool on the smartphone can be more entertaining and doesn't take up all your time either. So, for the less hardcore gamers out there, who would rather stay entertained during the lockdown than try and learn the core mechanics of complex video games, here are five options that they will enjoy.
Carrom Disc Pool by Miniclip
We're decided to replace the globally famous and extremely well maintained 8 Ball Pool by Miniclip, with their own, much newer and comparatively less famous game, Carrom Disc Pool. Although the game is much simpler and easier to master, it has an advantage that makes it a better game than miniclip's 8 ball Pool in out opinion; it doesn't necessarily follow a pay-to-win strategy for extracting money from its players.
There are a few in-app purchase options and they can indeed give players an advantage in multiplayer matches as well, but that advantage is minimalistic in nature. Your can beats someone with the top level gear, even if you have never paid a dime to earn your strikers. That is a rarity these days, which is why the game comes highly recommended for those skilled enough with their aiming on 2D boards.
Crystal Rift by Rabcat Gambling
Slot games can start to feel similar after a while, which is why it is extremely important for the developers to concentrate on graphics and animations to set them apart from the rest. Crystal Rift makes it onto this list ahead of other similar, but way more popular games such as Berry Burst or Jewel Burst because of that very reason; it is a gorgeous game from Rabcat Gambling that outclasses every slot game created in the mining/jewel theme, just by being a stunner.
The slot also has an incredible RTP of 96.4%, so you may win a fortune from your bets, provided you are lucky enough of course. Find a Casino in Kuwait and use the $1,001 bonus to try out beautiful slots such as Crystal Rift or Yggdrasil's Reef Run to name just a a few.
The final game on the list is Boxing Star and it was included solely based on the fact that there are no other fun boxing games like it on mobile at least. Do be aware that it's shamelessly pay-to-win, and you will have to accept defeat as part of your career, every time you come across a player who has paid a lot for their gloves, mouthpieces, etc.
Nevertheless, the game mechanics are executed well, it looks quite good and the story mode at least is worth downloading the game for, even if you don't want to spend your entire salary in buying more stuff than a game should be allowed to sell in-game!
None of the games mentioned here are taxing on the mind or fingers, and they are selected from a long list of high quality mobile games. Just be careful not to spend too much, or you will fall into the pay-to-win trap which mobile games are infamous for. At least the casino slots give you a chance at winning real money back, but if you fall into the whole in-app purchase cycle, you will be spending your hard earned money on gear that will go out of date in a few days, or even hours!
Every casino you come across online will tell you that it's the best mobile casino around! As that would of course be a massive fallacy, the real question is, how do you know which ones are really good and which ones do not have any authorization or even a badge for fair play practice? Well, we have already mentioned two things that are must haves in any online casino, but we are going to delve deeper into the whole things and check out additional factors which deem a mobile casino worthy of your registration!
They Should Have an App
The Play Store does not allow gambling applications on it, so most mobile casinos have their own app download link on the homepage itself. In absence of a dedicated mobile casino app, it is possible that the site isn't optimized for iPhones and Android smartphones, thus making them a poor choice, for players who play from their smartphones for the most part.
Alternately, the Site Could Have Dynamic Design
If a casino site has dynamic design, it means that the website will open on any decent smartphone or tablet, like it will on any decent PC or Mac. The whole idea behind dynamic web design is elimination of separate mobile and desktop sites, in favor of dynamic, visual - interactive design, which adapts to the screen on which it is being viewed.
In simpler words, these are the online casino websites, which are designed in a way that they do not even need a separate mobile app to be considered as ideal mobile casinos! The ease of using a dedicated mobile application is however, still considered to be a smoother and better route to take by many players, as far as mobile casinos are concerned.
Where Will You Find Legitimate, Authentic and Enjoyable Mobile Casinos?
A Google search can lead you to some pretty shady sites, because the results you will see are not handpicked, but auto generated and paid information, based on preset SEO criterions, privatizations, etc. The mobile casinos at MrCasinova.com On the other hand, are not auto generated, but handpicked from a long list of legitimate mobile casinos. Each casino listed on the website is authentic, practices fair play and has a wide range of casino games for the players to enjoy. Additionally all new players will enjoy excellent sign up bonuses on these casinos.
Finally, let's discuss a bit about safety, because whether you are playing on a mobile casino app, or a desktop casino app, as long as it's an online establishment, it has to guarantee safety and fair play first.
MGA, eCOGRA, GLI, Truste, DMCA, SUCURI, GPWA and other authority bodies that register and regulate online casinos should be mentioned at the bottom of the site's page. Unfortunately, having that badge alone is not enough, because you still don't know whether that's just a fake claim or not. To verify, visit the registration and regulation authority websites which they have mentioned, and check to see if the mobile casino is indeed registered with them or not. If the claim is false, delete the cookies and blacklist it immediately!