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Having an unlocked phone gives you freedom, so before you know whether your mobile is unlocked or not you need to understand what all it is about? Buying an unlocked mobile or smart phone can mean that your mobile can be used on any network carrier, or, you are free to install any application on it.

With the price of today’s smartphones running to several hundred dollars, the phone manufacturers and the network carriers have to provide some tempting offers to get people to upgrade their phone or get the latest smartphone. The most common tactic is to offer the phone for free, or at a deep discount, and in return, you sign up for a contract where you agree to pay a minimum amount each month.

But the sting in this purchase is although you get the latest phone worth hundreds of dollars, it’s often locked to the carrier you took the contract out with. If you want to switch carriers or move to a pay-as-you-go plan when the contract expires, you’ll have a hard time taking your phone with you.

Here is how to check whether your phone is unlocked?

Use Sim to check if phone is unlocked

You always need to check whether your phone is unlocked or not if you want to use a different SIM card when abroad for cheaper calls on texts, or want to switch networks. Or perhaps you’ve purchased a phone online and want to know if it’s locked to a particular network, or want to make sure it’s unlocked in order to sell it.

Locked phones are much less common now than they used to be, and it is much easier to unlock them if they are locked, so there’s no need to worry if you discover it is. It might cost you a small fee, and sometimes you’ll need to wait until your contract is up to unlock the phone, but that will depend on the network the phone is locked to.

The fastest way to find out if your phone is locked to a network carrier is to insert a SIM card from another carrier, then see if you get a signal, and can make and receive calls. If you can’t, you probably have a locked phone. The ‘lock’ isn’t a physical lock but a program deep within the operating system – maybe even hardcoded into the core OS – which checks that the network carrier is valid and blocks any attempt to connect to another carrier.

A good way to determine whether the new SIM card is working is to try making a phone call. If it doesn’t connect, it’s likely that your phone is locked.

If you don’t have the phone because you’re buying it, you’ll have to ask and trust the seller to find out. But even if it does turn out to be locked there’s an easy fix in most cases so it’s unlikely to render your new phone useless.

You may find apps claiming to be able to tell you if your phone is unlocked but avoid using this method as they can’t necessarily be trusted. Simply trying different SIM cards is your best option.

Also there are many third party apps that unlock your phone but its hard to trust them.

Sim not supported in unlocked phone

It is possible, although somewhat risky, to unlock a phone either by entering a sequence of numbers from the keypad or hooking it up to a computer which has some software to erase or reprogram the core files. You won’t find any chain stores offering this service but certainly the small, individually-owned mobile stores will offer this service for a fee if you ask them. However, be warned that if you do decide to unlock your phone to be used on another carrier, it probably voids the warranty on your phone and there is always the danger that it could wipe the system memory altogether.

The other type of locking is the restrictions put in place by the manufacturer. The Apple iPhone is notorious for this because Steve Jobs has decided that he doesn’t want people messing with the operating system or installing unapproved applications. This has given rise to the term ‘jailbreaking’ for the iPhone and many people attempt to break free and unlock their iPhone by jailbreaking it but, in doing so, void their warranty and any support they need if things go wrong.

By contrast, Google’s Android phones are open-source, providing the freedom and flexibility to customize anything and everything. Developers are free to develop and install any type of app, which many argue makes the Android a superior operating system because there’s no need to unlock it, jailbreak it or circumnavigate restrictions that have been put in place. That said though, many network carriers will try and lock the phone to their network and you may need unlocking services from a local mobile store.

What options you have if you want to use unlocked phone abroad?

Travel Sim

Current GSM mobile phones use a SIM card. This SIM card is easily changes so when you go to a new country you can simply buy a local SIM card and insert it into your Unlocked GSM phone and use a local carrier rather than your home carrier.

When you visit a country you want a local Prepaid, No Contract plan. This is a plan where you can purchase it for a set period of time, there is no contract, there is no ability to go over the amount purchased. There will never be a surprise roaming bill with these plans.

There is another category of SIMs, that is world travel SIMs, there are services that cover many countries. But these world SIMs typically only have good rates in a few countries and can in some cases be worse than roaming with your home carrier. Research and reading the fine print is critical. Customer service is another issue. Covering many countries with adequate customer service is not always effective.

You should choose the the right SIM and plan as there are many different carriers.  When choosing a SIM and Plan your own needs are the most important factor. The carriers all have different benefits, in a competitive environment they are all working hard for everyone’s business.

You can choose Pay as you go Vs Unlimited. With Pay as you Go you purchase a refill in a specific dollar amount for a specific period of time, and use the mobile services as per a fee schedule.   As the services are used, the account balance declines, then when empty the account is refilled or topped Up again.

The other option is unlimited, where the plan is for a set period of time, with unlimited service for that period of time. With over consumption of data, many unlimited plans now have Unlimited calling and text but limits on data.

The large issue with roaming is data use on a smartphone. Your smartphone uses data without you knowing it. The average smartphone user will consume between 10 and 20 MB of data per day, without ever knowing it.  It will surprise you what applications use data, and even the operating system does checks for updates. Apps like weather Apps, GPS and maps, voice recognition like SIRI etc. all use data without you realizing it.

A very good practice is to install a data manager application that will measure and report to you the amount of data used in any given period, along with what the Apps that are consuming the data. You should know how much data you use, and how much you are willing to pay for.

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In an unexpected attempt to stand out from the competition, LG took a different approach with the G7 ThinQ. Instead of producing a smartphone with wildly different looks, LG connected the new flagship to their other line of products. LG’s new ThinQ branding technique is uniting washing machines & TV’s to their smartphones. This new development claims to provide LG users with intimate interactions with other LG products. While this is a bold claim, the practicality of this feature has been vehemently disputed by users.

Even after discounting the questionable marketing technique, LG managed to create a decent smartphone. Despite having a slightly clunky design, the G7 ThinQ packs a solid amount of features. From the camera to the software, everything about the G7 is undeniably standard. Instead of springing for a bunch of flashy gimmicks, LG stuck to what works. Unfortunately, this wasn’t enough to make the G7 more appealing than the competition.

In a world where most customers are forced to pick between Apple or Samsung, having another potential choice seemed refreshing. To help shed some light on whether the G7 was worth purchasing, we took it for a test drive in May. What we discovered was shocking, since this phone managed to keep surprising us. Unfortunately, despite being a solid phone the G7 failed to save LG’s image. Discover why the G7 ThinQ failed to revive LG’s presence in the smartphone industry with this eye-opening review. This phone managed to simultaneously impress & disappoint us, so dive into the details of this peculiar release!

Exploring LG’s Logic Behind the G7 ThinQ

G7

Explore what went wrong with the G7.

At first glance, the G7 ThinQ looks like it adapted the worst aspects of modern smartphone designs. Like the iPhone X & Huawei P20 Pro, LG decided to keep the notch at the top of the screen. Fortunately for squeamish clients, this unappealing feature can be customized internally to minimalize its visibility. Another small hiccup in the design is the presence of a small chin bezel on the bottom of the phone. Combined with the top notch, this feature makes the G7 ThinQ noticeably less appealing than the competition.

Despite some obvious design flaws, the LG G7 ThinQ fits comfortably in the hand. It only weighs 162 grams, which is impressive for a phone that sports a 6.2 inch display. On top of being lightweight, the entire phone is covered in Gorilla Glass 5. This enables wireless charging and ensures that any responsible customer purchases a phone case. LG also separated the power button from the rear fingerprint sensor by putting it on the right side of the phone. This button can be tapped twice to atomically launch the camera, which most photo enthusiasts enjoyed.

When examining the specs, users were greeted by a slew of solid features and a few unexpected treats. Users can pick between 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage or 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Both models are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and Android 8.0 operating system. Even though the 3,000mAh battery is tiny for a flagship phone, it lasts over a day & quickly charges up. Another perk is the G7’s incredible Boombox speaker, which uses the entire phone as a resonance chamber.

G7

In the end this phone didn’t live up to the hype.

Even though its specs are decent, LG failed to equip the G7 with an exceptional camera. The G7 ThinQ has the usual dual-cam set-up that their customers have grown to love. Two 16MP cameras operate on the rear while a 8MP camera allows users to take selfies. LG also equipped these cameras with an AI program that helps automatically identify what’s being shot. While this setup takes spectacular photos in prime conditions, it’s noticeably compromised in low light situations. Photos taken in subpar conditions are noticeably blurrier than the competition.

While the G7 provided the basic features of a flagship device, it fails to stand out from the completion. Retailing at $750, the G7 is more expensive than more appealing choices such as the Galaxy S9. Even though it’s a solid phone, this price disparity puts the G7 in a bracket that it doesn’t live up to. This inconvenient truth has put LG’s comeback in the smartphone industry on hold. Hopefully LG eventually drops the price, but until then potential customers will continue flocking to better deals.

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Imessage App on Android

As you know that Android smartphone doesn’t support iMessages  though lately Google released Allo app but unfortunately it doesn’t support always-on end-to-end encryption, sending and receiving messages from either phone or computer, or full-resolution images, among other things that iMessages can do.

But there’s one app that will allow Android users to experience iMessages on their non-Apple phone, complete with end-to-end encryption, message effects, and group messaging. There are other Apple-only apps, such as FaceTime which certainly aren’t compatible with Android. There are alternatives to those, too, but if you’re determined to send real iMessages on an Android phone, there is now a way. The one app is known as weMessage, a free unofficial iMessage client app for Android. But for this you will need to have a Mac computer, since weServer, the accompanying server-side application, requires it and since iMessage can’t be spoofed on Windows yet.

How can you get iMessages on Android?

Download the app weMessage  from  the Google Play store which can send SMS, MMS and iMessges. It does the latter by using a Mac computer – an iMac or MacBook – and the weMessage server program to forward incoming iMessages to the app on your Android device. When you send a message, it replicates it to the real iMessage service using the same server.

This means you need a compatible Mac, one running Yosemite (macOS 10.10) or later, you need to leave it on all the time and you need to do a spot of port forwarding on your router so the service works when you’re not at home. Follow the steps below to get iMessage on Android

First to run the app you need to install the JDK on your Mac

Install JDK on your Mac

You need the Java SE Development Kit (JDK) installed on your Mac in order to run the weServer program. Without having Java, the weServer application won’t be able to start up. There’s a good chance you’ve already installed the JDK at some point, but if you haven’t or aren’t sure, you can easily check. Open up Terminal, then type in java to see. If you get an error saying to download it, then you obviously don’t have it, so go ahead and download the Java JDK from Oracle.

On the Downloads page, make sure to click on the button that says “Accept License Agreement,” then click on the DMG file below it for the “macOS” version. It’s a large file, so it may take a few minutes. Once it’s downloaded, extract the files as they may automatically be extracted, depending on your settings.

Next give terminal accessibility permissions

Terminal Access Permissions to install app

The weServer application runs inside of Terminal, therefore you need to give Terminal rights to control your computer so that it can properly run. Open up the “System Preferences” on your Mac, then go to “Security & Privacy.” From there, click on the “Privacy” tab and navigate to “Accessibility” in the side menu. From the list on the right, if you see that Terminal is listed and checked, you have nothing more to do.

If you see neither, click on the lock in the bottom-left corner and enter your password when prompted. Next, either check Terminal in the list or click on the + sign to add it to the list. You can find Terminal in Applications –> Utilities. Click on “Open” once selected, and Terminal will automatically be checked in the list.

Now install weServer on your Mac

Install we server on your Mac

Now, you need to download weServer, which does all the heavy lifting when sending and receiving iMessages on your Android device. From that link, select “Download for macOS” to get the newest version available. Once it’s done downloading, extract the ZIP file, then double-click the “run.command” file in the weServer folder to start up weServer in Terminal.

Depending on the Gatekeeper preferences on your Mac, you may get a popup that says it “can’t be opened because it is from an unidentified developer.” If that’s the case, you can either adjust your security settings to allow apps from unidentified developers or open it this one time by right-clicking on run.command, selecting “Open” from the contextual menu, then “Open” again on the popup. After opening up the run.command file, weServer will open up in Terminal, as that’s the program it works through.

Now set up your iMessage account with weServer

Right after opening up the weServer in Terminal, it will ask you to enter your iMessage email and password. Your email needs to be the same one you use for iMessage, but your password can be anything. Don’t use the password connected to your Apple ID, for security reasons. Create a new password just for weServer, and save it in LastPass or another password manager you have for safe keeping. Once you enter those successfully, your weServer will start.

Now install weMessage on your Android phone

Next, you’ll need to install the weMessage app on your Android phone. To do that, either search for “weMessage” on Google Play. Tap on “Install” to download and install it, then open it up.

Install wemessage

When you open up weMessage, it’ll ask you for the IP address of your weServer, your iMessage email address, and your weServer password. As you could probably guess, the email and password are the same, but the IP address will either be the private or public IP address of your Mac, depending on how you want to use weMessage.

Find your Mac’s IP address

If you only want to use weMessage when you’re at home or on the same network that your Mac is connected to, you can use the private IP address to connect to the weServer. However, if you want to use weMessage no matter where you are, you’ll want to choose a public IP address so that you don’t have to be connected to the same local network as your Mac. Just note that this is a riskier option if weServer ever turns into a RAT or botnet since you’re letting it bypass your firewall.

Using a private IP address

To find your Mac’s private IP address to plug into the weMessage app’s login page, open up “System Preferences,” then click on “Network.” You can also just click on the Wi-Fi logo in your menu bar, then select “Open Network Preferences.”

Next, click on the “Advanced” button, then navigate to the “TCP/IP” tab. Your Mac’s private IP address for your local network will be next to the IPv4 Address label. Type this into the weMessage app login page to use weMessage whenever your Android and Mac are on the same network connection.Using a Public IP Address

In order to connect to your Mac no matter where you are, you’ll need to set up port forwarding, which opens up a part of your internet network to the outside world. As long as no one else knows your public IP address, you should remain safe. By using your public IP address with weMessage, you’re allowing weServer to bypass the firewall on your network’s router.

Unfortunately, every router handles this process differently, so you’ll need to check your router’s manual or do a quick Google search to see how to access your router’s settings.

Log into weMessage on your Android phone

After you’ve chosen whether to use your Mac’s private or public IP address, enter it into the weMessage app on your Android phone, along with your iMessage email address and weServer password, then tap “Sign In.”

You’ll know things are working when it says in weServer on your Mac that your Android phone has connected. Your current iMessages won’t be imported, but you’ll see all new conversations that take place as they happen.

Install wemessage app on Android

Sync your iMessage contacts with weMessage

Before you start using weMessage, it’s best to sync your iMessage contacts with weMessage. To do so, you need to give Terminal (on your Mac) access to your contacts so that your weServer can send your iMessage contacts to weMessage. In the weMessage app on your Android phone, tap on the “Settings” cog icon in the top-left corner. From here, tap on “Sync Contacts,” then “Start Process.”On your Mac, Terminal should automatically ask for permission to access your contacts, so follow the prompts to give it access.

If you don’t get prompted or weServer returns an error, open up “System Preferences,” then go to “Security & Privacy.” Click on the “Privacy” tab, then on “Contacts” from the left menu. Make sure “Terminal” is checked on the right side. If Terminal is open, you may need to restart it for the change to take effect, then tap on “Start Process” again in the weMessage settings.

Install We Message app on Android and sync contacts

It will take a few moments for your contacts to sync, but when it’s done, you should get a “Contact Sync Success” alert in the weMessage app on your Android phone. Tap “Okay” on that, then go back to the homepage to start messaging people.

Now start chatting via iMessage on Android

Begin a new conversation by tapping the + icon in the bottom-right corner of the weMessage homepage. Your contacts should appear before you, but you can always enter a number or email manually yourself.

After you hit the circle next to a contact to check them, you can start typing at the bottom where it says “Enter a message.” To create a group message, simply tap on multiple circles before typing. While weMessage doesn’t integrate all of iMessage’s features, it added a few key features from its iOS counterpart. For starters, when you’re in a conversation in weMessage, you can tap the + icon on the left of the text box to add media to enrich your messages. Your screenshots and pictures will appear by default, but tapping the camera icon will allow you to take a brand new picture. By tapping “Voice,” you can record your own voice messages to send.

You can also tap on the “i” in the top-right corner to bring up more information about your contact. Here, you can turn on a “Do Not Disturb” mode that silences notifications from that individual, and you can also “Block” them. Tapping “Edit” in the top-right corner will also allow you to change the contact’s name and picture.

Also, some iMessage screen and message effects work. While you can’t send any of these effects, you can receive them. We tested them all out and found out the only ones that work right now are Loud, Gentle, Invisible Ink, Confetti, Fireworks, and Shooting Star. So, setting up weMessage is more challenging than the average messaging app. But, again, if you’re determined, it is certainly possible to get iMessages on Android.

Wemessage app

Now that this app isn’t exactly like iMessage, but it’s very close. It supports text, emoji, images, group conversations and even attachments such as photos and videos. It can sync your contacts from iMessage, too. Everything is encrypted, just as with iMessage itself, and you can still send effects including fireworks and confetti, plus voice messages. It doesn’t have more advanced features such as reactions, digital touch, stickers or anything else from the recently introduced iMessage app store.

But the core functions mean it’s perfectly usable for most people: you get read receipts and messages will be held by the server ready to deliver when your Android device comes back online.

Plus, you can set up the server to send messages to multiple Android devices, not just one. This weMessage app is legit to use as it simply uses the server program to send and receive genuine iMessages from your Mac to your Android devices.

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Now that the public’s fascination with pokies is no longer a secret, the stage has been set for epic jackpots. To attract a growing demographic of risk takers, developers have upped the ante. Small frequent payouts have steadily been replaced with larger than life prize pools. This trend has crossed over into online gaming, with some themes offering prizes that are absolutely staggering. From progressive jackpots to mega-payouts, there are plenty of ways to strike it rich with pokies. Thousands of punters have gotten lucky, and their success stories are fueling an online gaming revolution.

Instead of having to travel to casinos, punters can enjoy the potential of big wins from the comfort of home. This easy access to high takes pokies games is changing the way punters wager. Now that progressive jackpots can be won outside casinos, the possibilities are endless. Every year, countless pokies themes get released online. Pokies are easily the most beloved casino game to play online, since they seamlessly make the transition onto personal screens. Developers aren’t oblivious to this, and every year more pokies themes make their debut.

Unfortunately, having an excessive amount of options creates its own unique problems. Faced with a staggering amount of choices, many punters don’t know which online themes provide massive payouts. To help clear the air, we compiled a list of the most profitable pokies themes online. The wildly large prizes of these games have made punters rich, so don’t miss out on the action!

Most Profitable Pokies Themes Online

Profitable Pokies Themes

Enjoy a humorous approach to striking it rich!

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Profitable Pokies Themes

This theme has transformed punters into millionaires.

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Aside from the wheel of fortune, there are plenty of routes to get lucky. Landing five speedboats rakes in 10,000 coins, but the progressive jackpots are where the real action is. One lucky punter in Stockholm won a £2.5 million jackpot, and dozens of others have collected massive prizes. This game pioneered online progressive jackpots, so don’t miss out on their revolution!

Profitable Pokies Themes

This game’s progressive prizes are legendary.

Pokies Theme #1: Mega Moolah – This daring online slots game has set the standard for progressive jackpots. Their prizes routinely exceed £1,000,000, which has made it a coveted feature for online casinos. Only the top websites can provide the amount of traffic necessary to generate these larger than life progressive jackpots. In 2012, one punter from Lincolnshire won £5.88 million with Mega Moolah. This caliber of prizes has never been seen before, which makes Mega Moolah an anomaly in itself. It doesn’t get bigger than their prize pools, so quit wasting time with imitations and start playing for serious prizes!

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Even though the amount of apps is staggering, some have managed to stand out amongst the sea of competition. Last year 2.2 million apps were available in the App Store & 3 million Android apps on Google Play. This limitless selection of programs is fueling a shocking amount of downloads. In 2017 alone, users from around the world downloaded 197 billion apps. This was a 50 billion jump from 2016, & the number of app downloads is expected to reach 353 billion by 2021. Even though most users download multiple apps, a few programs consistently outdo the competition.

No matter where you go in the world, the most downloaded apps are inescapable. This is due to the fact that most iOS apps have crossed over into the Play Store, which gives them access to more users. This added exposure combined with public acceptance has made these apps unavoidable faucets of humanity. By infiltrating nearly every culture, these apps are changing the world.

To truly understand the profound influence of apps in our lives, it’s essential to examine the most downloaded apps. The sheer number of times that these programs have been downloaded is absolutely jaw dropping. After examining the statistics, it’s apparent that these apps have struck a cord with humanity. To highlight this trend, we compiled a list of the most downloaded apps of all-time. They have infiltrated smartphones around the world, so take a look at their achievements!

Most Downloaded Apps in 2018

Most Downloaded Apps

Billions of people use this app a year.

App #3: WhatsApp – This wildly successful messaging system was created by former Yahoo! employees who couldn’t get a job at Facebook. Ironically, Facebook ended up buying this app for $19 billion in 2014. This ended up being a wise investment, since WhatsApp is the most popular messaging platform in the world. Whatsapp has 1.5 billion monthly users & was downloaded a staggering 33.8 million times in the last quarter of 2017. It’s currently offered in 60 languages, so there’s no excuse not to get in on this revolution.

Most Downloaded Apps

YouTube is putting traditional TV stations out of business.

App #2: YouTube – Ever since the first video was uploaded to YouTube in 2005, this video sharing platform has exploded in popularity. Today 1.3 billion people use the app & 30 million users visit it each day. In one quarter of 2017 alone, YouTube was downloaded 35.3 million times. This staggering amount of traffic has created a platform that’s larger than life.

To put things in perspective, it costs $6.3 billion a year just to run & maintain YouTube. Raking in $4 billion a year for Google, YouTube generates 6% of Google’s ad sales revenue. This platform is only expected to get more influential as it single handedly ushers in a new era of entertainment.

Most Downloaded Apps

Tik Tok has taken Asia by storm.

App #1: Tik Tok – Even though most American users will be oblivious to this entry, Tik Tok is taking China by storm. It’s known as Douyin in China (“Vibrato” in English). Allowing users to easily shoot short clips & edit in music & animations proved to be a winning combination. It was downloaded 45.8 million times in the first quarter of 2018.

When investigating the statistics, it only gets more impressive. Tik Tok boasts 66 million active daily users, which puts all the other apps to shame. It’s owned by the same parent company that bought Musical.ly for $1 billion in 2017. Even though it’s largely just a phenomenon in Asia, Tik Tok isn’t going anywhere. More users are jumping on this entertaining revolution as it’s popularity spreads across the globe!

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How to have Android Apps on PC

Your smartphone can easily be synced with Windows with USB cable wire, Bluetooth or in the cloud and you can import or export your data or switch it between the two operating devices. But do you know that you can also share the software or apps on your Android and make then run on to your PC. After all who doesn’t want to have the most favourite games or pokies apps on a wider screen to play and enjoy that is your PC or laptop.  Most of these apps are perfectly running smooth on multiple Android devices too, so all your stuff gets synced over fairly effortlessly once you’ve signed in with your Google account. There are exceptions, like WhatsApp – which really needs a phone attached to work – but most apps will be fine with having your laptop registered as another device.

Not only pokies games apps but whatever app you choose, there are various of ways to get them on your laptop. Here are few of the means to get your Android mobile apps running on your Laptop.

You can run Android apps on a Windows PC or laptop using an Android emulator app. BlueStacks is one solution, but it’s not entirely intuitive in use. YouWave and KoPlayer are alternatives for emulating Android in Windows.

BlueStacks App

Bluestacks App

The BlueStacks App Player is free to use. The program will allow you to run Android apps on your Windows laptop, but as it’s not a full Android emulator you won’t get the full Android experience.

In order to use BlueStacks you’ll have to sign-in with a Google account; if you don’t have already have one you’ll need to sign up for one as you would on any Android device. A key emphasis of BlueStacks is on playing Android games under Windows, so when you run BlueStacks most of the screen will be taken up with game suggestions. Note that BlueStacks includes Google Play, so you can search for and install apps in just the same way as with a true Android phone or tablet.

With the software downloaded and installed, you can browse through games on the Google Play Store straight from the opening splash screen or via the System app folder under the My apps heading on the left. For anything you can’t find, you need to click Home then Install APK and point Bluestacks towards a file you’ve downloaded from a repository like APK Mirror.

Bluestacks comes with a bunch of useful features too, like a full-screen mode, keyboard control support (where available), an integrated screenshot tool, and the ability to set your location manually (just so Android doesn’t get confused about where you are). It’s the slickest emulator experience on Windows, certainly as far as pokies games go.

You Wave App

You wave app

There is another full Android emulation on your PC called YouWave. YouWave uses Oracle VM VirtualBox as the emulation engine but, paradoxically, if you already have VirtualBox installed you have to uninstall it before installing YouWave.

There are two editions, the Free Edition, which currently runs on Android 4.0.4 (ICS), whilst the Premium Edition runs on 5.1.1 (Lollipop) and costs $29.99, where you’ll need to apply the Activation key within 10 days of purchase.

YouWave is very similar to BlueStacks, even down to the issues of pixilation and zooming, but whereas BlueStacks seemed like a fully-working Android experience, YouWave reminds you  more of an Android Tablet screen on your Windows machine. Either way, both will provide an acceptable Android experience, but if you’re tempted to take the YouWave route, it is advised to make good use of the free version before deciding whether to buy it.

KoPlayer and NoxPlayer

Ko Player App

There are other Android emulators out there, which are specifically designed to run Android games, such as KoPlayer that is aimed at those looking to play their favourite Android games on PC. However, you will need a graphics card that supports OpenGL 2.0 in order to run the program.

NoxPlayer for both Windows and macOS matches Bluestacks pretty much feature for feature, but is even faster and more intuitive to use. Again, you get full access to the Google Play Store so you’re not reliant on loading in APKs from third-party sources. The interface is slick and easy on the eye, and we had no problems getting the emulator up and running.

When you’ve opened the software, just head to the Play Store app in the Google folder and pick the apps you want to use. Like Bluestacks, you get plenty of handy features for managing Android apps on a computer, like options for tweaking mouse and keyboard input commands, a built-in screenshot tool, and a full-screen mode. You can even transfer files between your computer and your virtual Android device, as well as run multiple instances of Android apps if you need to (for different user accounts, maybe), which Bluestacks can do as well.

If you’re still on an older version of Android but you should find most of your favourite Android apps working in the Nox Player. Click the cog icon to set the application options, including the graphics rendering mode, how much of your system resources it can use up, and the default resolution.

Windows programs in Android

Microsoft Remote Desktop

To run Windows on an Android phone or tablet you’ll need some virtualisation software and a strong internet connection, and to keep your PC running at home. Microsoft’s Remote Desktop app does the job with certain versions of Windows, and soon you will also be able to use CrossOver with Android devices running an x86 processor.

Solutions for using Windows applications on an Android device tend to involve accessing a Windows PC or a virtual PC via the cloud rather than running the software directly on your smartphone or tablet. While this is undoubtedly a reflection on the more limited resources available on most Android devices, it’s a perfectly workable solution.

The first method is to connect to your home PC using the Microsoft Remote Desktop app on your Android device. It has the advantage of giving you access to all the software you use on your PC, but there are some serious drawbacks that limit its usefulness.

Although you don’t have to install any software on your PC, it will work only if that PC is running certain editions of Windows. In particular, for Windows 8 you need Enterprise or Pro while for Windows 7 it’s restricted to Professional, Enterprise or Ultimate. Given that most home users have basic or Home editions, it’s not an option. The option is not natively available for Windows 10 users, where there’s no support to run the Remote Desktop Client on Android.

Note that although you can run the Remote Desktop app on any Android device, if you’re going to be using it to any great extent, a Android tablet would make a lot more sense than a smartphone. After all, trying to navigate a Windows desktop on a small smartphone screen is going to involve a lot of zooming and panning.

Android Apps on Chromebooks

How to get Android apps on Chromebooks

Android app support is now rapidly improving on Chromebooks, and you can check out the current list of Chrome OS machines that can run apps from the Play Store here. The Google Play Store appears just like one of your Chrome OS apps, and because you’re already signed into your Google account on the Chromebook, you can jump straight into the apps – browsing and installing them works just as it does on any Android smartphone.

You will but notice in this integration that clicking on an app link on the web fires up the Play Store app rather than opening the Play Store site, and that’s not always going to be the behaviour you want. Despite a few imperfections and glitches, the experience of running Android apps on Chrome OS now feels much more polished than it used to be. You can drag around individual windows, minimise them to the app shelf, and even make them full-screen though apps that haven’t been optimised for tablet use might struggle with this.

Finally you will see that it’s rare to find any Android apps that won’t work on Chromebooks, although occasionally glitches can happen. Apps update automatically in the background, just as they would on any other Android device, and on most Chromebooks you now have the choice of touchscreen or even stylus input as well as using your keyboard and trackpad.

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Even though it has suffered plenty of leaks, the HTC U12 Plus still manages to pack a few surprises. Customers are treated to a solid phone that sports everything we love and wish HTC would change. It has the same squeezable sides that puzzled and captivated users in 2017. While some of the features are questionable, there are a few things to get excited about. From getting rid of buttons entirely to covering the phone in cold-polished 3D glass, the U12 Plus is bold.

Whether these changes are enough to swoon hesitant customers remains to be seen, but it’s clear HTC went the extra mile. To further perfect this release, HTC didn’t produce a U12. Only the Plus version made it to the market, which is mixed news. While having to opt for a massive 6-inch phone is a deal breaker for some, it allowed HTC to focus on one flagship. This attention to detail is seen throughout the phone, so it’s hard to complain.

Over the last few months, the internet has been awash in rumors about the U12 Plus. Now that it’s finally available, it’s time to separate fact from fiction. After testing the phone out for a day, we created the most in-depth review of the HTC U12 Plus online. What we discovered was shocking, since this release refused to conform to any of our expectations. Prepare to dive into the details of this highly anticipated release!

Exploring the U12 Plus

U12 Plus

This phone has enough perks to peak our interest.

When holding the U12 Plus, customers are immediately relieved to find that most of the rumors were true. It sports a 6-inch Quad HD+ Super LCD 6 display and an improved Edge Sense 2 system. The latter allows users to program their app shortcuts simply by squeezing the sides of the phone. The U12 Plus also boasts the beloved BoomSound speakers as well as IP68 water and dust resistance. They also replaced the power and volume keys with faux buttons. These provide the same functions without having actual buttons.

The inside of the HTC U12 Plus is just as predictable and foreign as the rest of the phone. It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and backed up by 6GB of RAM. Clients in Canada, China and the United States will be able to pick between 64GB or 128GB of expandable storage. They also packed it with digital assistants, since Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant come preloaded. This release runs on Android 8.0 Oreo, which provides a smooth experience. It has a slightly smaller 3,500mAh battery, which was an odd decision to make.

U12 Plus

This phone packs a solid amount of hardware.

Even though HTC loves to talk about the Edge Sense 2 system, the cameras are where the action is at. There are two cameras on each side of the phone, which allows bokeh affects from all angles. Selfie lovers get to indulge with dual 8-megapixel front facing cameras. The 12-megapixel rear camera is backed up by 16-megapixel telephoto lenses. This impressive array of cameras provides crisp shots in every imaginable setting, which is a major point in its favor.

At the end of the day, HTC made a compelling flagship phone. Retailing at $799, it’s slightly cheaper than the competition. The squeezable sides are noticeably more useful and the cameras are outrageously good. The only thing keeping it from dominating the market is the fact that it isn’t as gorgeous as its competitors. Nevertheless, this is still an impressive release. While the U12 Plus probably won’t win over die hard Samsung or Apple fans, it has enough charm to hold its weight.

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3G or 4G

When you go to a mobile shop to buy a new phone or a plan you find that there are variety of phones with differences in megapixels to mega bytes, touch screens to quad-core processors and most importantly the network technology being used on phones like the 3G or 4G.

3G and 4G are terms used to describe different groups of wireless internet standards. The “G” stands for generation, where 3G means ‘third generation’ and 4G stands for ‘fourth generation’. The larger number indicates the newer, better version of a particular technology.

Essentially 3G and 4G networks do the same thing. Both are capable of connecting your phone to the internet, just that one is faster than the other but there are few differences whish if known to you will help you decide better which is you want on your mobile.

4G is faster than 3G

4G optus mobile

4G is often up to 10x faster than 3G in real-world use — with speeds commonly between 20Mbps and 50Mbps. New 4G technologies such as “Carrier Aggregation” – where your smartphone connects to multiple cellular frequencies at once offer even faster speeds in certain areas. If your phone supports it, you could get speeds of up to 450Mbps per second in Sydney’s CBD. That’s almost five times as fast as the NBN.

This speed will fluctuate depending on how far you are from a network tower and on the power of the radios inside your phone. Typically you will find the best 4G coverage in metro CBDs and weaker 4G signals as you leave these densely populated areas. Your connection will fall back to 3G in areas connecting major cities.

Though it is not to think on which network you are on as modern phones are designed to switch between available networks and find the best and fastest for your location. You need a newer 4G device to use a 4G network, though: older devices designed solely with 3G radios will only work on 3G networks.

This difference between the speeds of 3G and 4G really start to show as the size of the files increases. This is due, in part, to one of the small detail differences between the two: 3G speeds ramp up over time, while 4G speeds remain consistently fast from the beginning to end of a download.

 

3G is used for Voice Calls

Vodafone Australia

You might also ask that if 4G is so much faster and capable of more, why do the 3G networks even exist? These older networks are still a really important part of the mobile networks as a whole, offering essential support to the 4G networks and acting as bridges between the major cities. There may come a time in the future when the 4G networks reach all parts of Australia, but for now these networks cover only the parts of the country with the most people.

Voice calls are still made over 3G networks, for now. Even in the cities where 4G is available, all voice calls are connected on the older 3G networks. 4G calling is slowly become a thing – Voice over LTE, or VoLTE – but is only available on some networks and certain phones.

4G networks are still slowly rolling out to regional areas, meaning that 3G still provides the backbone coverage in many less populous areas across the islands.

It depends on your mobile usage or purpose of use to know which is best

If you really want to know whether 3G or 4G is best for you then first you will have to find what is that you use most on your mobile. If you use your mobile only for calling, texting, socialising and use fewer apps you can opt for 3G but if you use your mobile to play pokies games or casino games online with your mobile or casino app you need faster connection and speed thus you need 4G.

Therefore if  you mostly use the internet connection in your phone to browse Facebook, download emails and watch YouTube videos, you won’t really notice the difference between 3G and 4G when you have a strong network connection.

Also generally this isn’t a choice you will need to make. All of the major telco suppliers in Australia offer 4G services, as do the vast majority of smaller providers, and you will use these networks automatically if you own a compatible phone.

4G is faster and therefore the better of the two technologies. In high-reception areas 4G real-world speeds can well exceed 2x the maximum potential speed of the fixed-line ADSL2+ connections.

There is absolutely no down-side to using 4G instead of 3G, other than that it uses a tiny bit more of your phone’s battery. Also you might burn through your data capacity just that little bit faster, especially if you go wild when tethering.

Note that 4G is not expensive. Telecom like VodafoneTelstra and Optus all offer a combination of 3G and 4G services and there is no extra charge for the faster speeds. In fact there is no way to select to use 3G or 4G, it all falls under the category of “data” on a mobile monthly plan.

Where you might spend more money is on the phone you choose, all of the latest and greatest smartphone handsets are 4G-ready and come with a premium price tag.

Many cheaper phones are now also 4G ready, and unless you’re buying a phone for less than $100, you’ll almost certainly end up with a 4G device. Thus if you really want 4G speeds on your budget then always look at the  specifications before you buy a prepaid handset.

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Now that pokies have become the number one money generator in casinos, the amount of machines is exploding. Back in the day, having a few hundred pokies machines was an impressive feat for a casino. As the public’s fascination for pokies grew, venues steadily started augmenting the amount of machines. This trend continued escalating, and now most integrated resorts sport over 1,000 pokies machines. On top of being slightly overwhelming, all these new options are a dream come true for punters. There are literally too many pokies games to choose from, since the choices are endless.

To see how far pokies’ grip on casino floor space has come, it’s essential to examine the biggest casinos. These sprawling venues boast every amenity imaginable, and pokies still manage to dominate visitor’s attention. Despite having countless options, most punters get tunnel vision and flock straight to the pokies machines. This fact has led to thousands of machines getting installed in every major casino. To treat punters who love having endless options, we compiled a list of the casinos with the most pokies machines. The sheer amount of games they have is staggering, so surprise yourself with these figures!

Casinos With Tons of Pokies Machines

Pokies Machines

The Borgata shook up Atlantic City.

Casino #3: The Borgata, Atlantic City (USA) – Even though this casino’s floor space isn’t the biggest, the amount of pokies machines they fit in it is astounding. Somehow the Borgata managed to host 4,000 machines into 161,000 square feet of real estate. This staggering amount of pokies options is flanked by 200 table games, which ensures no casino option is neglected.

This bold casino was designed by renowned American businessman Stephen Wynn. His plan for expanding this casino was so aggressive that it managed to draw criticism from Donald Trump. Wynn’s vision of connecting the Atlantic City Expressway to his casinos was a direct threat to the competition. Even though Trump fought to abolish it, this groundbreaking plan became a reality. Thanks to this initiative passing, Wynn built one of the most impressive casinos in Atlantic City.

Pokies Machines

It doesn’t get much bigger than this entertainment complex.

Casino #2: Foxwoods Resort Casino, Connecticut (USA) – This venue may be tucked away in a less-notorious part of America, but it’s big enough to draw the masses. In a savvy plan to lure in clients, this entertainment conglomerate offers everything a punter could dream of. Over 6,300 pokies machines and 380 table games captivate visitors on their 344,000 square foot casino floor.

Foxwoods Resort Casino boasts a 5,000 seat bingo hall, which they also use to host concerts. In total they have 5,700,000 sq. ft. of entertainment options that include multiple hotels, restaurants and stores. Their décor manages to stay relevant, which isn’t bad for a complex that was built in 1986.

Pokies Machines

This casino theme is an international hit.

Casino #1: WinStar World Casino, Oklahoma (USA) – Even though this is the second biggest casino in the world, they have the most pokies options. Visitors get to choose between 7,400 electronic gaming machines, which is more than most punters can fathom. Their 519,000 sq. ft. gaming floor is separated into themes that make visitors feel like they are traveling the world. This novel idea was designed by architect Lyndon Stromberg and renown designer Larry E. Seitz. Even though they are responsible for designing the world’s most beloved casinos, they outdid themselves with this massive complex.

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Google Play Music

You need music playlist when you are inviting friends for a get together or a night party. Your mobile phone is loaded with so many music files and you don’t know which one are mixed artists, or which songs you want to play as a juke box without interruption. The best idea is to create a playlist on your mobile so that your list of video or audio files that can be played back sequentially or in random order or in a loop.

So you need to group together your songs for a specific task, and that is playlists. Managing playlists can be a little tricky, but they can greatly supplement your listening experience. The best is to have Google Play Music App. You can manually create playlists for all occasions, but Google also added another type of playlists called “Auto playlists” that Google Play Music creates by itself, with minimal interaction from the user. One auto playlist that helps Play Music separate itself from the rest of the pack is its inclusion of a “Thumbs Up” playlist.

How to create a playlist on your mobile?

Playlist for music on iOS

If you own an iPhone, playlists can be found in “Library” located in the menu along the bottom, where you select the Playlists tab along the header. For Android mobile tap on the hamburger menu in the top-right, hit “Music library,” then select the Playlists along the header.

Create Music Playlist

Also you can create playlist by navigating to either the “Albums” or “Songs” tab, then hit the three-dot menu next to either a song or album, then tap “Add to playlist.” You can also find music by manually searching for it by tapping the “Search” icon in the top-right corner.

Immediately after tapping that “Add to playlist” option in the three-dot menu next to any song or album, you’ll be brought to the “Add to playlist” screen, where if you tap “New playlist,” you can create and name a new playlist. Alternatively, you can add a song to an existing playlist from this screen if you’ve already created a playlist in the past.

Create music playlist

To fill out your playlist, keep finding good songs or albums, then tapping the three-dot menu button and selecting “Add to playlist.” From there, just select the playlist you created to add another song to it, and so on.

Create Music Playlist

The ‘Thumbs Up’ Playlist

As you listen to music from your library or a radio station, you have the ability to tell Google Play Music whether or not you like a song. To do this, you need to bring up the “Now Playing” screen by tapping on the bar on the bottom of the screen. Once it’s up, note the thumbs up and thumbs down icons on the left and right side of the screen, respectively.

If you “Thumbs Down” a song, Google will automatically skip it and will be less likely to play songs that are similar to it in the future. If you “Thumbs Up” a song, it will automatically be added to your “Thumbs Up” playlist, which is located under “Auto Playlists” within the playlists section. You can use this playlist as a way to bookmark interesting music you want to listen to later, but you can obviously use it however you want. Either way, “Thumbs Up” playlists are a valuable tool, and the easiest way to get music in a playlist.

Create music playlist- Auto Playlist

Google Play Music features

Google Play Music is a free app available at app store that provides free, ad-supported radio for any song that you want to hear. Instantly start radio stations based on songs, artists, or albums, or browse by genre, mood, activity, decade, and more. Bring your own music collection with you by uploading 50,000 of your own songs; then listen to them across Android, iOS, and the web, for free.

You can also subscribe to get on-demand access to millions of songs and download anything to listen even when you’re not connected. The subscriptions come with membership to YouTube Red, so you can enjoy YouTube ad-free, in the background, and offline.

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