While 2017 was a rough year for HTC, this year looks surprisingly promising for the Taiwanese smartphone giant. Thanks to a $1.1 billion investment from Google and three looming smartphone releases, things are looking up. Even though optimism is improving, HTC has to make an epic comeback or go under. From layoffs in the US to lackluster sales, it’s no secret that 2017 rocked the company. Last year their revenue hovered at $2.1 billion, which was 20% lower than in 2016. To add insult to injury, they had to hand over 2,000 engineers to Google for their $1.1 billion deal.
Despite these setbacks, HTC is determined to show the world that they are still in the game. To solidify their comeback, they are hitting the ground running in 2018. The Desire 12, Desire 12 Plus & U12 Plus are all set to be released at the end of April and mid May. Whether these smartphones have the potential to save this faltering company remains to be seen.
Fortunately, the leaked information about these phones is extremely enticing. For this reason, we dove deep into the specs of these crucial releases. Prepare to be intrigued by these smartphones, since they are HTC’s last shot at redemption. The future of this company is riding on their success, so they went the extra mile!
Exploring HTC’s Next Releases
The Desire 12 & Desire 12 Plus – For those who are searching for quality smartphones on a budget, HTC didn’t disappoint. These two phones sport gorgeous 18:9 displays and even more appealing price tags. They also run off Android Oreo out the box, which is especially enticing for those who demand seamless software.
When looking at the Desire 12, it features all the design improvements that became standard in 2017. Its 5.5 inch, 18:9 screen boasts a gorgeous 1,440 x 720 HD+ resolution that’s powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT6739 chipset. Depending on the region, this is accompanied by 2GB RAM with 16 GB storage or 3GB RAM with 32 GB storage. Both options can be expanded up to 2 TB with a MicroSD card.
Just like the rest of the specs, the cameras are decent. The 13 MP rear camera has phase-detection autofocus while the front camera has 5 MP. The battery is 2,730 mAh, and there’s no fingerprint scanner. But with an estimated price tag of $225, these features are more than enough to seduce new customers.
For those who want a stronger smartphone that’s still affordable, the Desire 12 Plus is ideal. Its 6-inch display enjoys an 18:9 ratio and 1,440 x720 resolution. It sports 3GB RAM with 32 GB of internal storage that can be augmented with a 2TB MicroSD card. Out of all the features, the Desire 12 Plus’ camera is the most impressive. The rear camera has a dual camera setup with 13 MP + 2 MP and an 8 MP front camera. All these perks are quite appealing for a phone with a $300 price tag.
U12 Plus – Even though the details fluctuate, what we do know about the U12 Plus is extremely impressive. While the 6-inch screen with an LCD panel and WQHD+ resolution is intriguing, the cameras are where the action is at. It boasts four cameras, with two 8 MP selfie cameras on the front and a 12+16MP combo on the back. This daring array of cameras will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 processor and a 3,420 mAh battery.
Users will be able to choose between 64GB or 128GB of expandable storage with MicroSD card slots. The U12 Plus will debut HTC’s second-generation Edge Sense software, which allows clients to trigger apps by squeezing the sides. All these features make it obvious that HTC is aiming to impress users with larger than life phones. While the U12 Plus does look promising, we will have to wait till May to see if it lives up to the hype.
WeChat is the most popular social media app in China. Since 2011, it has transformed from a messaging tool to an all-in-one super portal, with more than 900 million monthly active users. Its parent company, Tencent, is one of the most valuable technology companies in the world. WeChat’s success has been powered by the platform’s mobile payment service, WeChat Pay, which assists with every aspect of a user’s life, from shopping for clothes and hailing taxis, to organising hospital appointments and ordering food deliveries. Now, demand from Chinese tourists is increasing its uptake in Australia, and Australians are using WeChat too.
It’s the all-in-one communications app for text (SMS/MMS), voice and video calls, Moments, photo sharing, and games.
- You can do multimedia messaging and send video, image, text and voice messages.
- Group Chat and Calls and create group chats with up to 500 people and group video calls up to 9 people.
- Free voice and video calls to do anywhere in the world.
- Also make calls to landlines and mobile around the globe at low rates in certain regions only.
There are hundreds of free, fun, animated stickers to express your feelings from some of your favorite cartoons and movies.
- You can also share your best moments on your personal photo stream.
- WeChat gives you the highest level of control over your privacy. It’s the only messaging app to be certified by Truste.
- You can make friends and Use “Friend Radar”, “People Nearby” and “Shake” to meet others.
- Instead of having to tell others where you are, just use real-time location sharing.
- Localized in 20 different languages and can translate messages to any language.
- Also access HealthKit data and challenge friends to beat their scores via the “WeRun-WeChat” Official Account.
- Also enjoy Desktop app, custom wallpapers, custom notifications, and Official Accounts.
WeChat and mobile payments
A recent study shows 84 per cent of people in China are willing and able replace cash with mobile payment.
In 2016, 38 trillion yuan ($7.5 trillion) was exchanged via mobile payment — a sum 50 times larger than the United States, the world’s second biggest market.
As Chinese President Xi Jinping vows to make China a cyber superpower, Chinese tech companies are extending their ambitions to build a cash-free economy beyond the border.To date, WeChat has successfully launched its payment service in 15 countries.
Australia is a popular destination for Chinese tourists and students and it was one of the first offshore markets WeChat Pay targeted. In 2016, Chinese tourists spent $9.2 billion in Australia, and this figure is expected grow to $13 billion by 2020.
Recently, nine Australian cross-border payment service providers have partnered with WeChat Pay to connect Australian merchants to Chinese consumers.
WeChat Pay allows local merchants to receive payments to their Australian accounts within a shorter time frame and at a lower transaction cost than credit cards. More than 10,000 shops and restaurants in Australia are using the WeChat Pay system.
Most early overseas adopters of this service are duty free shops and Chinese restaurants, but in Australia it is also common to see the WeChat pay option available in pharmacies.
Due to the high demand in China for Australian-made baby formula and health supplements, a visit to a pharmacy to stock up is often on a Chinese tourist’s “must do list” when visiting Australia.
Exporting mobile payment to the world
At this stage, only customers with Chinese bank accounts can use WeChat to make payments, so the global push still largely relies on Chinese consumers.
However, the app’s latest venture in Malaysia suggests the company is now planning to target overseas domestic users.
In late November, WeChat obtained an e-payment license in Malaysia that will allow locals to use Malaysian banks to pay. This will make Malaysia WeChat’s first offshore market whereby all of the platform services can be made available to local users.
Concerns about censorship and surveillance
Although the Chinese Communist Party urges its firms to expand into global markets, the party’s intimate relationship with China’s tech sector has made overseas consumers wary. Tech products from China, such as affordable smartphones, are regularly accused of having security flaws and even claimed to be tools for government spying.
Although there is no firm evidence to prove that these products have actually been used for government spying, such suspicions are not entirely groundless. Beijing has a dark history of pressuring tech companies to assist with information surveillance.
One famous case was Yahoo’s complicity in Beijing’s persecution of two dissidents in the early 2000s. More recent reports suggest that private conversations on WeChat are sometimes monitored by the Chinese police.
Lately, under pressure from Beijing, Apple removed 674 VPN applications — tools that can be used to circumvent censorship — from its Chinese app store. It is not unusual for internet companies to conduct censorship according to local law, but in a country like China the law can be used to persecute dissidents and activists. Arguably, tech companies are as much victims of the system as users. But as long as the party state controls their right to operate in the Chinese market, they will continue to make profit at the cost of users’ freedom of speech.
How to use WeChat in Australia?
According to WeChat’s own claims, user data is not monitored or stored by the company, as long as there is no requirement from the Chinese authorities. However, Australian users should keep the following in mind:
Once you register your account in China, your communication on WeChat is always censored, even if you connect your WeChat to an Australian number. The most common method of censorship on WeChat is keyword blocking, which means messages containing sensitive words, such as “Tiananmen June 4” and “free Tibet”, won’t be received.
WeChat accounts registered outside China as an “overseas account” are not censored according to the same strict standards that apply to Chinese users. However, when you use WeChat to communicate with a Chinese user, it’s a different story. A recent study from the Citizen Lab suggests that messages containing censored keywords will still be banned if they are sent to a Chinese account.
In September 2017, China launched new regulations for online chat groups that make the group chat admin liable for the information shared by its group members. Content violation on WeChat can include information identified as rumour by Chinese authorities, messages mentioning politically sensitive topics, and information related to organising protests. Keep this in mind when sending information to a WeChat group hosted by your friend in China.
Until tech companies are willing and able to stand up for the rights of their users, it’s important to educate yourself about what you’re signing up for.
Out of all the vacation spots for punters, none get more overlooked than India. Despite routinely flying under the radar, India is home to some top notch casinos. In total twenty casinos operate in 11 different cities throughout the country. These range from land based casinos to special party boats that offer a total of 333 table games, 1,797 pokies machines and 42 poker tables. Even amidst fierce competition, Panaji remains the largest gambling city in India. They sport 5 casinos with a grand total of 94 table games and 120 pokies machines.
Even though the gambling options are vast, a few casinos manage to stand out from the rest. On top of offering quality gaming options, these venues feature quality amenities that range from integrated hotels to spas. To shed some light on this hidden facet of Indian culture, we compiled a list of the best casinos in the country. Each one is absolutely packed with features that make them must-see attractions. They are hidden and booming, which is perfect for punters who prefer intimate settings to gamble. For this reason, don’t hesitate to visit these casinos on your next trip!
Best Casinos in India
Casino #3: Deltin Denzong Casino – For years this was one of the most respected 5-star hotels in India, but in 2017 it became a casino. This addition made this mysterious hotel a hotspot for high rollers. It’s located less than one kilometer from Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. This strategic position allows them to give guests breathtaking views of Mt. Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world. In total they have 25 luxury rooms, two restaurants, a fitness center and an event space.
While these amenities are impressive, they have been overshadowed by the new casino. It just opened last year, but that hasn’t stopped it from offering a slew of gaming options for guests. This casino offers 169 gaming positions that range from slots to baccarat. They have a large selection of table games that include Blackjack, Indian Flush, Money Wheel and Roulette. Their poker room hosts wild poker tournaments every week with NL Texas Hold’em running daily. This casino was built to impress, so come explore their options!
Casino #2: Deltin Royale – While the other entries on this list are land based, this casino sits on a massive luxury ship in Goa. Sporting 5 massive decks, it’s easily the largest live offshore gaming casino in Asia. Out of its 40,000-square feet, 10,000 sq. ft. is dedicated to dining and entertainment while 24,000 sq. ft. is gaming. They also have a multi-cuisine restaurant with a lounge and rooftop bar.
The casino is also groundbreaking, since it’s bursting at the seams with options. They boast 116 table games, 250 pokies machines and India’s largest poker room. They also have four separate VVIP and VIP gaming suites. This floating casino has been seducing punters since 2013, so don’t miss out on the action!
Casino #1: Deltin Daman Casino – Out of all the casinos in India, this is the first integrated resort and casino. While the 176-room luxury hotel opened in 2014, the casino just opened its doors last year. In total this massive complex sports two restaurants, 4 banquet halls, business center, spa, gym & a pool bar. Their 60,000 sq. ft. game floor boasts a robust selection of 30 table games and 1,000 gaming machines. This makes it the biggest casino in India, so stop by Daman to see what all the fuss is about!
UBet is a free app for your mobile where you can place real money bets on races and sports. Be it AFL, NRL, horse racing or a wide variety of local and international sports, there are 1000s of betting markets available offering huge range of bet types.
Also for the residents of Queensland and UBet agencies the easiest way to bet in cash is with UBet Tappy that allows you to build bets via the UBet app, create a barcode to scan in-store and pay in cash.
How to get started with UBet App?
You need to download the UBet App from iTunes store for iOS iPhone and iPad. The app is free of cost to have this on your device. Due to restrictions on Wagering apps, UBet is currently not available for download within the Google Play marketplace. But you can download the secure UBet app directly from UBet site by visiting the following address on your phone or tablet: https://android.ubet.com
So for Android mobiles before you install, you may need to allow apps from ‘Unknown Sources’ by following the instructions below.
- Open the “Settings” app on your phone/tablet and tap ‘Security’
- Look for “Unknown Sources” and tap to activate (make sure it is ticked).
- Pull / Swipe down the notification panel from the top of screen and select the item “UBET_3.XX_production.apk” (XX will be the latest version number)
- Tap the Install button and you’re ready to go!
Once you got the app now you need to register yourself with UBet as a player.
Next log into your account using your UBet username and password.
You can also set up PIN and fingerprint authentication for quick and easy access, as well as securely scan your credit card for automatic population.
The UBet app also allows you to deposit and withdraw funds, as well as view your pending and resulted bet and transaction history. Plus you can quickly build multis with app.
UBet Multi Builder
UBet Multi Builder makes it easy to get a quick multi on. You can place a head to head or line multi on:
- Australian Rules (AFL)
- Rugby League (NRL)
- Rugby Union (Super Rugby and more)
- Soccer (A-League, EPL, International)
- Basketball (NBL, NBA)
- Hockey (NHL)
Multi Builder is available on the UBet App for iOS or Android.
Features of UBet App
- As said above with UBet app you can have Sport Multi Builder where you can now navigate from match-to-match and sport-to-sport all in the one place.
- You can place Mystery Bets like mystery trifecta, first four or combo bet!
- Located in the racing menu, the Quaddie Builder gives you quick access to all horse, harness and greyhound racing Quaddies.
- You can set up a PIN or fingerprint authentication, where applicable, for easy access to the app.
- Use the search functionality on your mobile to search for the runner, meeting, team, or round you want to place a bet on.
- Add your credit card by scanning with your device’s camera.
- All your transactions with the UBet app are encrypted with Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption.
Using Cash Tappy with UBet App
Once you download and install UBet app, you can build your bets and in the betslip select the ‘Cash Tappy’ tab, tap ‘Get Barcode’ in-store and take to a staffed UBet terminal or Cash Self Service terminal with a barcode scanner to scan and pay cash for your bet.
As said above only customers located in Queensland UBet venues and agencies can place a bet via the UBet iOS and Android Apps with Cash Tappy. You can also find your nearest UBet Tappy enabled venue at a Retail Locator for any venues located within Queensland at https://ubet.com/retail-outlet-locator
You need not have to be signed in to use Tappy or have a UBet Account as you can build your bets via the UBet app, jump into the betslip and generate a barcode without being logged in or without the need for a UBet account.
If there’s a long queue at the teller you can skip the queue by scanning your barcode at a UBet Self Service Terminal with a barcode scanner and pay in cash or with your UBet card.
To enable or disable tappy go to betslip, click on the gear icon that appears at the top of screen and tap the toggle switch next to item ‘Pay Cash’ to enable or disable Tappy. You can only edit a Tappy bet if placed at a UBet Self Service terminal or if an error is encountered with your bets at a staffed UBet terminal.
Also with Cash out you can take control of your Bet giving you the option to obtain a return from your Bet early on Single and applicable Multi Bets before the Match or Event is over.
Share your racing and sports betting tips with BetShare with Ubet app
If you wish you can share your racing and sports betting tips with your friends with UBet app using BetShare . You can send tips from your betslip or ticket history via text message, email, social media and more.
Simply tap on the BetShare link in the SMS, Email or social media post from your friend.
If you have the UBet app installed, you will be sent to the BetShare screen in the UBet app or directed to a page which contains a button to ‘Open In UBet App’.
If you don’t have the UBet app installed, you will need to install it by tapping the “Get UBet App” button for your device.
- Simply add and place bets as you would normally inside the UBet app.
- On your betslip confirmation screen, tap the “Share” button.
- Choose how you would like to share your bet (via SMS, Email, Facebook, Twitter or more).
- Add your mates as recipients and hit send! You can add your own custom message in this step if you like – just keep the share address intact.
If you want to share bets from your ticket history then do the following steps
- Go to your Ticket History screen (Accounts > Ticket History) and select the bet you would like to share. Any bet with open races or sport events are eligible to share.
- Tap the share icon at the top right of screen
- Choose how you would like to share your bet (via SMS, Email, Facebook, Twitter or more).
- Add your friends as recipients and hit send! You can add your own custom message in this step if you like – just keep the share address intact.
Note that Betshare will not show the stake or your betting amount but only the details of race and sport events you have selected for your bet or multi.
Points to note when using the UBet app
- You can also sign in with the same info as your tatts.com account when you use UBet app. Your ticket and funds history will appear in the UBetapp.
- To place the bet you need to go to the account section and use the card scanning feature, or manually add your card details. Only Visa or MasterCards are accepted.
- You need to set up a bank account within the app in the account section to claim your winnings.
- To listen to the Radio TAB in iPad from the media icon, select RadioTAB. In iPhone/Android Phone: go to the racing menu select ‘Listen to RadioTAB’. When you listen to RadioTAB, the live streaming download will come through the data plan or wireless connection on your device.
- Federal legislation only allows live betting over the phone – Call the UBet Customer Contact Centre on 138 238 to place your live bets.
- All your transactions with the UBet app are encrypted with secure socket layer (SSL) encryption.
In case you need any help or find it difficult to use the app you can call toll free number 1800823888 24/7 or email them at email@example.com or write to them at UBET PO Box: 248, Albion Queensland-4010. Interested in placing live bets call 138238 now.
Boost Mobile recently announced new enhancements to its core Anytime Plus mobile plans, offering increased data inclusions and calls to standard International numbers in 50 eligible destinations. It’s obvious that mobile data continues to grow in importance for youth when considering a mobile network. In response, Boost Mobile’s new offers are highly competitive plans that include more data, importantly on every recharge, all on Australia’s best mobile network which ensures the Boost Customer also gets great coverage and speed.
The Boost team is excited to be launching these new offers that will benefit both new and existing customers as they want to make sure Boost constantly enhance their offerings and provide more compelling choices when it comes to pre-paid mobile plans, giving them more of what the user wants.
What is Boost Anytime Plus Pre Paid Plan?
Running on Telstra’s 4G network, Boost Anytime Plus pre-paid plans have more data on recharges of $20 and above – including an extra 8GB of data on the $50 Boost Anytime Plus, so you’ll get 20GB with every recharge.
- You’ll also score 100 minutes of calls from Australia to standard International numbers in 50 countries when you recharge $30 or more.
- The $10 recharge gets you 1GB data, unlimited calls and texts to standard Australian numbers, a 7-day recharge expiry and you can Stream Apple Music data-free. Subscription charges apply, though – and non-music content such as video, downloads, album art, authentication, social interaction will incur data charges.
- The $20 recharge gets you all of the above but with 2.5GB standard data to use anytime and a 28-day recharge expiry.
- $30 gets you 5GB standard data to use anytime, and you can roll over unused data to use within your next recharge when you recharge $30 more before expiry.
- You’ll also get 100 minutes of calls from Australia to standard International numbers in 50 eligible destinations.
- With a $40 recharge you get all of the above, plus 15GB of data. Also, there’s the $50 20GB deal, too.
Other Latest Boost Plans
From Unlimited Data and affordable Family Plans, to international calling options and Wi-Fi Hotspot Plans, you can choose the Boost plan that’s best for you.
How to get this plan?
This offer is open to new and existing customers, and is available now online or at AusPost, BigW, Coles, JB HiFi, Kmart, Target, 7 Eleven or Woolworths.
Also you can visit any one of the 12,000 retail outlets and have this plan at once.
You can also recharge with this plan Via your Boost mobile dial #111# or type care.boost.com.au
You can activate your SIM using your existing number or get a new one. If you are porting from Telstra to Boost Mobile, you will need a special blank Boost Mobile SIM. You can call 1800 026 678 and Boost will send one out to you.
To activate your SIM you’ll need: Your SIM serial number or service number (You can find these numbers either on your SIM Starter Kit or the Telstra packaging that came with your new device.) One valid form of ID like Australian driver’s licence or learner’s permit, Medicare card, Australian passport or International passport with valid Australian visa.
Then Simply head to boost.com.au/activate and follow the steps:
• If you wish to keep your existing number simply select “Keep my existing number” during the activation process. You do not need to contact your previous provider. We’ll sort that out with them.
• When you’ve completed the activation form
• You’ll receive an SMS and email to confirm your activation is underway.
Your number should be active within 4 to 24 hours after activating. If you make a request outside business hours, including Sundays and public holidays, it will process it on the next business day. If you are keeping your existing number, you can still use the number with your previous provider until the switch to Boost is complete.When your Boost SIM is active, you’ll receive an SMS or email notification letting you know that your Boost Mobile service is ready to use.
Also there are four ways to recharge with Boost
- The most popular option is on the Boost Mobile App. You can download android or iphone Boost app according to your device and recharge with your credit card.
- Then recharge this plan by Dialing #111# from your phone
- Or type care.boost.com.au from your phone’s browser
- Or you can pay with a credit card, PayPal or a voucher purchased from a retailer.
With auto recharge option your phone will automatically recharge each month so you can get on with the more exciting stuff. Your recharge will be set to the same date each month. So if it is a 31 day month your recharge will last for 31 days!
How Pre Paid Plan works?
To get the Pre Paid Plan you need to just buy the phone you want or have get the phone or SIM you already have, pick a plan and add money to your account regularly to maintain service. There are no annual contracts, no credit checks, no monthly bills, no coverage fees and no roaming charges.
When you choose prepaid, you pay for most or all of the cost of your phone up front, and save immediately by paying less for your service. On a traditional two-year contract, you might save money on the phone at first, but you’re actually paying for the phone as part of your bill every month. A prepaid plan with Boost starts at $35/mo, A plan on a postpaid contract often ends up costing you $100/mo or more.
Also prepaid gives you flexibility. If you don’t like your service, or just don’t need it anymore, cancel it as there are no long-term commitments here.
Boost offers everything from basic flip phones to ultra-powerful 4G LTE smartphones on plans with unlimited talk, text and data. Pick from top-tier manufacturers like Apple, Samsung, Motorola, and LG. Or choose a super-affordable basic phone if you don’t use and LG. Or choose a super-affordable basic phone if you don’t use your phone much, or need a quick replacement. Note that Boost Mobile runs on the Nationwide Sprint Network in Australia.
In a world filled with distractions, more people are turning to meditation to mitigate their stress. Now everyone is juggling so many tasks that it’s easy to lose track of the present. Everyday more people are experiencing unwanted emotional baggage from the grueling hours of modern society. You don’t have to be a hippy to want to clear your mind, and this epiphany is fueling fresh interest in meditation. Now that more business people are searching for inner peace, this once exclusively Eastern practice is invading the Western world.
Ironically, many mobile users are turning to meditation apps to get a break from the stresses of modern technology. While this may seem counter-intuitive, there are plenty of apps that are worth trying. These programs have managed to stand out amongst the sea of competition by easily helping users clear their mind with meditation. It’s never too late to start meditating, and it’s surprisingly easy to learn with the right guidance. For this reason, we compiled a list of the best meditation apps. They open up doors to new levels of self-awareness, so start training your mind to work for you!
Best Meditation Apps for Beginners
Meditation App #3: Smiling Mind – Out of all the available programs, this is the only one that caters to all age groups. Kids as young as 7 years old can start practicing a slew of intriguing meditation exercises. Each program is divided by age, with the first group covering 7 to 11 years. These can be used at home or in the classroom to help young minds cope with their emotions.
Even though this app caters to kids, it’s perfect for adults who are just getting into meditation. They have an easy-to-use interface that steadily trains users in doses that are easily retainable. The best part is, this app is completely free. There’s no excuse not to dabble in meditation, so start from scratch with this app!
Meditation App #2: Buddhify – For a small upfront fee, users get access to over 80 meditation exercises. These are tailor-made to fit into every facet of your day. Users can use it when they are waking up, feeling stressed, having sleep problems or taking work breaks.
Each track ranges from five to thirty minutes, which allows them to be used in any schedule. It also offers a check in system that evaluates each user’s progress and qualifies how well you are meditating. At $4.99 for iPhone and $2.99 for Android, this is one of the most appealing meditation apps available!
Meditation App #1: Headspace – For those who have trouble meditating, this app is the perfect tool. They offer a free course called Take 10 that contains 10 novice-focused 10-minute meditation exercises. These help users understand the fundementals of meditation with a personalized progress page. They also have a reward system for continued practice and a buddy system for friends to keep eachother motivated. Once you complete the Take 10 course, you can pay a monthly or yearly fee to keep honing your newly found meditation skills. This app is so effective that Emma Watson has endorsed it, so start meditating like a pro!
Thanks to Dell’s new XPS 8930 Tower, gamers on a budget have something to be excited about in 2018. Instead of trying to impress potential clients with a flashy design, Dell stuck to the basics. They created a computer that harnesses a surprising amount of internal power. This allows it to provide great gaming performance that can satisfy the most avid gamer. For those who want to build their own PC, this tower has a solid base for expansion.
Ironically, all this comes in a low key design. Equipped with an all black matte finish, the Dell XPS 8930 Tower is extremely unassuming. While the outside features aren’t flashy, the hardware is where the real action is at. The XPS 8930 sports powerful features that can be customized to be even faster. Starting at $1,000, this tower is too versatile to ignore.
Faced with rising prices of GPUs, towers like these are extremely enticing for gamers. To give our readers an intimate glimpse at this new release, we decided to try it out for a day. What we discovered was shocking, since the XPS 8930 kept us guessing. Explore the features of this promising release with our in-depth article!
Meet Dell’s XPS 8930 Tower
When examining the XPS 8930, users are automatically reminded of Dell’s silver XPS Tower Special Edition. It features the same simple appearance, but this design is highlighted by a black matte finish. These clean lines highlight the fact that this tower isn’t advertised as a gaming desktop. For this reason, it doesn’t have the same extravagant aesthetics as Dell’s Inspiron Gaming Desktop.
Even though it isn’t flashy, there’s plenty to be excited about with the XPS 8930. While the outside is tame, the inner hardware is where it shines. The base model comes with 8th-gen Intel Core processors, four-core Core i3-8100, 8GB of RAM & Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060. The latter is the most exciting, since it has 6GB of GDDR5.
The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 allows it to handle games seamlessly. On average it held a steady 50 to 70 fps on high graphic settings. Maintaining such fluid performance on a long range of taxing games is an impressive feat. This surprising capability puts the XPS 8930 in the same league as more expensive competitors. It’s on par with the MSI Trident 3, which is completely unexpected after comparing the prices of both desktops.
The best part is the XPS 8930 is ready to upgrade. For an extra $100, clients can move up to a Core i5 or drop $250 to get a Core i7. For those who crave more power, it can even be upgraded to a Radeon RX 580. On the inside there are two available slots of PCle that can accommodate expansion cards. These are flanked by two empty HDD slots. This gives users plenty of room to level up the specs as they save more money.
All these features make Dell’s new release an exciting entry-level gaming PC. The XPS 8930 delivers a refreshingly worthwhile PC for a decent price. Users aren’t stuck with the traditional hardware, so there’s plenty of room for this GPU to grow. It isn’t often that a company focuses on performance over aesthetics, so take advantage of Dell’s gaming revolution!
Most of you might be having an impulse to check your mobiles often. No sooner you get up from your bed you at once look at your mobile for missed calls, text notifications, whatsapp messages and your subscription app notices that you might have missed during your sleep at night. Then with the start of the day you keep on pressing your home button and swiping in and out to look at notifications, checking your Facebook profile or texting whatsapp messages to your friends.
This urge goes on throughout the day and has formed a routine in your life. If you are one of the mobile users who cannot control this pressure to check your phone often then here is how to stop your impulses in this mobile checking habit.
According to Max Ogles the author of the book Boost: Create Good Habits Using Psychology and Technology, if you have a smartphone, it’s pretty much guaranteed it’s distracted you in a moment when your attention should have been elsewhere. He argues that, even though smartphones are undoubtedly useful, they come packaged with detrimental psychological and physical effects:
He states in his book that a real scale has been devised to measure how much of a negative impact mobile phones can have on your behavior. The acronym “PUMP” stands for ‘Problematic Usage of Mobile Phones.’ The PUMP research points to real similarities between substance abuse addictions and technology overuse — to the point that ‘though problematic mobile phone use has not, to date, been recognized as a diagnosable condition, experts in the field are debating its inclusion as one.
What you need to do to stop the impulse of mobile checking all the time according to Ogles
You need to weaken the triggers that too often compel you to check your mobile all the time.
Remove gaudy ring tones and turn off all notifications that don’t relate either to texts or phone calls.
You want to give your phone fewer opportunities to remind you it’s there.
Set a place for your mobile in your home where you can keep your mobile to rest and do not bother to look at it for few minutes, then lengthen your time to few hours.
Also to reduce your phone’s negative impact assign it a place other than your dining room, bedroom when at home so that you when you have your meals you are not disturbed and when you sleep and get up early morning you are not prone to finding your mobile. Mobile is out of sight and out of mind. At work, leave it in your bag or purse out of reach. When you don’t give your phone a place, that’s when things get out of control.
Therefore these tips will certainly minimize your impulses to check your phone often. Remember you might be facing health problems, sleep depreviation and other emotional and psychological problems so better to take action right now.
Even though it’s easier to get hit by lightning than win a multi-million-dollar progressive jackpot doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Every year, a few lucky punters strike it rich on their favorite games. Instead of sticking to traditional games, these punters decided to try their luck with progressive pokies machines. While they pay out considerably less than their counterparts, progressive pokies have a certain allure. Their wins are larger than life, since they are fueled by all the previous losses. Every time someone plays and losses, a portion of the cash they spent goes towards augmenting the jackpot.
Overtime progressive pokies machines accumulate jackpots that are absolutely staggering. For this reason, when punters hit the jackpot they are instantly made millionaires. These impressive victories are too sensational to ignore, since they embody the dream of any ambitious punter.
Hitting these jackpots is so rare that it’s easy to think that these wins don’t exist. Even though it’s foolish to plan on winning, automatically ruling it as impossible is just as tragic. For this reason, we compiled a list of the biggest progressive pokies jackpots ever won. They are so large that they can inspire anyone to hit the casino, so encourage your inner-punter with this article!
Biggest Pokies Jackpots of All-Time
Pokies Jackpot #3: $27.5 Million – When a retired flight attendant entered the Palace Station in Las Vegas, she only planned on spending $100. She was 67 years old, and had already won big in the past. A few years earlier, she hit a $680,000 jackpot on a Wheel of Fortune slot machine at the same casino. This jackpot peaked her curiosity, so she tried the Megabucks machine at the Palace Station on November 15th, 1998.
When she exceeded the amount of money she planned on spending, something kept her playing. Whether it was intuition or pure luck, no one knows. The only thing completely certain is the fact that $300 into the game, she hit a staggering jackpot. The Megabucks machine awarded her $27.5 million, which ended up making history. It was the first time that a Megabucks had surpassed $20 million, and it assured that she was set for life.
Pokies Jackpot #2: $34.9 Million – This victory is just as tragic as it is inspiring. When 37-year-old waitress Cynthia Jay-Brennan hit a Megabucks jackpot on January 26th, 2000, she assumed that her problems were over. Unfortunately, even the $34,955,489.56 victory couldn’t save her from fate. Just six weeks after hitting the jackpot, a habitual drunk driver slammed into the back of her car. The crash killed Cynthia’s sister and left her paralyzed. This tragedy fueled the urban legend that bad things happen to punters who win large jackpots.
Pokies Jackpot #1: $39.7 Million – Even though the chance of winning was one in 16.7 million, one techie beat the odds. On March 21st, 2003, a 25-year-old software engineer made history at the Excalibur. After investing $100 in the Megabucks slot machine, he won the largest jackpot in Las Vegas History. In total he won $39,710,826.36, so it’s not surprising that he chose to stay anonymous. It’s the biggest pokies victory to date, but it’s only a matter of time before someone outdoes it.
Google new smartphone Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have many new features. This new feature in mobile will automatically identify the name of songs whenever music is playing around you. The song name shows up on your lock screen, and with a quick tap, you can learn more about the artist, purchase the song, or play the track on your favorite music streaming service.
The best way to emulate the Pixel 2 “Now Playing” functionality is with a new feature in the most popular music-identifying app. So to start, go to the Play Store and install Shazam.
Once installed, open Shazam and run through the setup process. In the middle of your display will be a massive button of the Shazam logo. Long-press the button and a popup will emerge asking if you wish to turn on Auto Shazam. Tap “Turn On” here, then Shazam will ask permission to record audio, so choose “Allow.”
Now that Auto Shazam is enabled, anytime Shazam hears music, it will identify the song and notify you when it gets a match. Though it may take few minutes, but it’s amazingly accurate when it comes to finding any song playing. This even works when your screen is off like in the Pixel 2, but it’s more consistent with the screen on and unlocked.
To see the name of any song, just tap the Shazam found notification and you’ll be taken to a page with more details. If you wish, you can create an account with Shazam which just requires an email address to save your list so that always have access to it. This provides an easy way to stream or purchase the songs Shazam has identified.
Features of the Shazam app
- You can identify music instantly and share in the thrill of music discovery with the artists like Drake, Bruno Mars, Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, Ed Sheeran, DJ Khaled and others.
- There are new discoveries from artists you’ve Shazamed that appear automatically.
- You can follow new artists with a tap of a button and see what those artists are Shazaming.
- Stay up-to-date about new singles, albums, and videos from the artists you follow.
- Also enjoy music lyrics and YouTube videos. Preview songs and add them to Apple Music or Spotify playlists.
- Also find out what’s popular in your town, your country and the world.
- You can see what your friends are Shazaming when you connect your Facebook account