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Five of The Most Entertaining Slots to Play Online

Fans of online slots are now spoiled for choice after the world’s leading software developers unleashed a barrage of exciting titles in recent years. They bring the excitement of the casino floor to the palm of your hand, while offering a wealth of intriguing features and spiralling jackpots.

These are seven of the most entertaining slots to play online:

Jackpot Giant

Jackpot Giant is a 5-reel, 50-payline progressive jackpot slot, set on a volcanic island in the Stone Age. The graphics are superb, featuring a bearded giant bounding about behind steaming volcanoes. Ace to Jack stacked symbols are carved out in stone. The progressive jackpot generally goes past the $1 million mark. You can trigger it by landing a five of a kind combination across the middle row.

Just bear in mind that you need to play at the maximum stake of $4 in order to be in with a shot at winning the progressive jackpot. If you get five wilds, but they are not all on payline 1, you will win 50,000 times your line bet, which essentially works out at 1,000 times your stake. There is also a click me bonus, which sees you earn between 15x and 30x your bet by picking volcanoes.

Age of the Gods Norse: Ways of Thunder

Join forces with Zeus and Aesir in this 5-reel Norse-themed video slot, which can be played here. This legend-based game features wild and scatter symbols, four jackpots and a variety of bonus features. There are initially 45 ways to win, but the active parts of the reels expand after you win, providing an additional 3,125 ways to secure victory.

Playtech designers worked hard to create an authentic Nordic setting, replete with snow-dusted rocks, mysterious runes and a portentous sky. Fans of Norse mythology and Marvel Comic Universe enthusiasts will love the lightning feature, which boosts your paylines. The wild symbol is naturally Thor’s hammer. This feature-rich slot has an average return to player (RTP) of 96.61%, while the maximum win is 5,000 times your stake, alongside a thunderous jackpot.

Wild West Wilds

This is an exciting new slot game released in 2020. It transports you back to the rootin’ tootin’ Wild West, where you will find all manner of fun and mayhem. Swing open the saloon door and discover a gorgeously designed 5-reel, 25-payline slot with a broad betting range and a max payout of 10,000 times your stake. Wagers start at just $0.05 and go all the way up to $500 per spin, ensuring that all budgets are catered to.

It has a high volatility, which can ensure that you strike it lucky early on. Overall it has an average RTP of 96.14%. Wilds include the sheriff badge and the “WILD” branded sign, while you will see scattered revolvers alongside the gunslingers, bandits and saloon girls that pop up.

Frankie Dettori’s Magic Seven Jackpot

Legendary jockey Frankie Detorri rode all seven winners on the card on a single day at Royal Ascot in 1996. The cumulative odds were 25,051 to 1 on his astonishing achievement, which saw bettors take the bookmakers to the cleaners. The Italian rider’s achievement has now been immortalized in the popular Frankie Dettori’s Magic Seven Jackpot slot. It features 5 reels and 25 paylines, If you land two Magic Seven logos, you will be rewarded with a scatter win. Land three and you will unlock the free spins bonus.

The jackpot allows you to earn 7,777 times your stake. The maximum regular jackpot is pretty substantial, and the prospect of winning 35 free spins with relative ease keeps things interesting. You can adjust the number of active paylines to suit your preferences, and many fans will enjoy this level of customization. It is primarily aimed at horse racing enthusiasts, but there is much to appreciate here for all manner of players.

Egyptian Dreams

This classic slot from Habanero has kept fans enraptured for many years. It replicates the opulence of Ancient Egypt, featuring pharaohs, Pyramids, scarabs and wondrous treasures. Ancient Egypt is a popular theme for slots developers, but the graphics in this game are a cut above the competition.

The gameplay is also captivating. It features 25 paylines and 5 reels, with Pyramid scatters that activate respin bonus features. Wins during the bonus game will be trebled as a gift from the pharaohs. The RTP is 96.7%, which is a little higher than average. It is another high volatility game, which pairs well with the preferred strategies of many players.

Lucky Tiger

This high-quality online slot from RTG immerses the player in Chinese culture and dazzles with a number of rich features. Lucky Tiger is entertaining and challenging in equal measures, featuring 5 reels, 88 paylines, a gong scatter symbol and a golden tiger wild.

You will find 44 different ways to win. A unique feature is the inclusion of three separate bonus rounds, which are significantly different from one another. The Lucky Tiger feature gives you up to 8 free spins, and scoring up to five scatters leads to additional free spins. The gong feature gives you 8 or 18 free spins, with wild scatters providing another 5 free spins. The Tiger Fortune feature awards you 8 free spins, with a multiplier equal to the number of free spins you are on. There are two progressive jackpots, which increase in value with each spin.

Stallion Strike: Power Zones

This exciting game has 6 reels and 15,625 paylines. It offers you the chance to win up to 26,900 times your original stake, while it also boasts a wealth of innovative bonus features, such as Mega Spins and the Power Zones. Bets start at $0.10 and go up to $100. The RTP is 96.27%.

The Power Zone feature sees regular symbols lit up with a blue electric line, and these zones can be connected to neighboring areas, boosting your chances of landing a significant prize. You can land anywhere from 3 to 6 scatter symbols, resulting in 12 to 50 free spins. This is a high volatility game with interesting features, so it has proved popular among many players.

Caseology Vault AirPods Pro Case Review – Textured Surface with Side Bumpers

For all AirPods Pro users if you are looking to buy a case for your headset, today we are reviewing Caseology Vault Case. After using cases like Spigen Silicone Fit 2 and Spigen Rugged Armor Back Cover Case, we have found our almost perfect case for AirPods Pro. AirPods Pro comes with a white colored wireless charging enabled case which is bound to get dirty and is prone to attract dirt/dust (if you keep it on a dirty surface or inside your pockets). To protect the case from any dirt and most importantly from any external damage, a case for AirPods Pro is totally recommended.

Caseology Vault Case comes in 3 colors variant viz. Navy Blue, Matte Black, Midnight Green and Burgundy. Caseology Vault AirPods Pro Case is made up of textured TPU material which feels good to hold in hands and is a little bit stronger material than Spigen Silicone Fit 2 Case. Both the back and front side of the case is textured and sides have bumpers. Caseology Vault AirPods Pro Case can protect your AirPods Pro from scratches, dirt and other small damages but it is not an ideal case to protect the headset from a fall. During our testing we noticed that both the headsets came out of case when it was dropped.

Caseology Vault AirPods Pro Case Review

Caseology Vault AirPods Pro Case is available for INR 1099 at Amazon India, $15.99 from Amazon US (which is a little over priced as compared to Spigen Silicone Fit 2 Case).

What’s included? Caseology Vault Case, Carabiner and one adhesive tap (one adhesive tape is already fitted insider the head cover of the case)

Dimensions: 74.3 x 50.6 x 25.88 mm/29.3 x 1.99 x 1.02 in

As you know you are using your AirPods Pro with a device (not an iOS), then you need to press the back button on your AirPods Pro case to pair it via Bluetooth, Caseology Vault Case has a soft button at back which is easy to press and does a good job.

Case header has a pre-installed adhesive tap to have a firm grip with the AirPods Pro Case. Peel the outer sticker and place it firmly on the top of your AirPods Pro.

There is hole for placing carabiner so that you easily hold the case.

As shown below, case has a cutout at the bottom for charging.

During charging, you can clearly see blinking light from the hole cutout.

Pros

  • Pre-installed adhesive tape provides firm grip
  • Wireless Charging Compatible
  • Side Bumper
  • Visible Charging Light cutout
  • Textured Material provides firm grip
  • Light weight
  • Easy installation

Cons

  1. Overpriced
  2. Doesn’t protect headsets from a fall (both headsets tend to come out during a fall)

Marketing team of Caseology describes this case as “Tall, Dark and Handsome” and yes it is. Caseology Vault AirPods Pro Case does a good job in protecting your AirPods Pro. It is ideal for daily usage, but not recommended if you tend to drop your AirPods Pro a lot (then one should look for an Spigen Rugged Aromor Case). Let us know which case you are using for your AirPods Pro.

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iOS 13.4 build 17E255 released by Apple with new Memoji stickers and iCloud Drive folder sharing from the Files app

Apple has finally released a new public build of iOS 13.4 and iPadOS 13.4 update with new Memoji stickers and iCloud Drive folder sharing from the Files app. New build 17E255 moves from iOS 13.3.1 build 17D50. We have received the update on our iPhone 11 Pro Max.

iOS 13.4 update brings trackpad support for iPad. In mail app, while viewing new mail, you will notice an updated tool bar. Update also brings bug fixing and other enhancement under the hood.

Apple iOS 13.4 Update

To update your device to iOS 13.4 Update, go to Settings > General > Software Update. Tap on Download. After downloading the update (make sure your device is above 50% charged or connect it to power for installing), tap on install now. If you find Install Now button “greyed out” then either restart your device or close any video/audio playing app in background like YouTube and try again.

iOS 13.4 build 17E255 Changelog:

Memoji

  • Nine new Memoji stickers, including Smiling Face with Hearts, Hands Pressed Together and Party Face

Files

  • iCloud Drive folder sharing from the Files app
  • Controls to limit access only to people you explicitly invite or grant access to anyone with the folder link
  • Permissions to choose who can make changes and upload files and who can only view and download files

Mail

  • Always-visible controls to delete, move, reply to or compose a message in conversation view
  • Responses to encrypted emails are automatically encrypted when you have configured S/MIME

App Store with Apple Arcade

  • Universal Purchase support enables the use of a singular purchase of a participating app across iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Mac and Apple TV
  • Recently played Arcade games appear in the Arcade tab so you can continue playing on iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Mac and Apple TV
  • List view for See All Games

CarPlay

  • Third-party navigation app support for the CarPlay Dashboard
  • In-call information appears on the CarPlay Dashboard

Augmented Reality

  • AR Quick Look supports audio playback in USDZ files

Keyboard

  • Predictive typing support for Arabic

 

This update also includes bug fixes and other improvements. This update:

  • Adds status bar indicator to display when VPN has disconnected on iPhone models with all-screen displays
  • Fixes an issue in Camera where the viewfinder may appear as a black screen after launch
  • Addresses an issue where Photos may appear to use excess storage
  • Resolves an issue in Photos that may prevent sharing an image to Messages if iMessage is disabled
  • Fixes an issue in Mail where messages may appear out of order
  • Addresses an issue in Mail where the conversation list may display empty rows
  • Resolves an issue where Mail may crash when tapping the Share button in Quick Look
  • Fixes an issue in Settings where mobile data may incorrectly display as off
  • Addresses an issue in Safari where web pages may not be inverted when both Dark Mode and Smart Invert are active
  • Resolves an issue where text copied from web content may appear invisible when pasted when Dark Mode is active
  • Fixes an issue in Safari where a CAPTCHA tile may display incorrectly
  • Addresses an issue where Reminders may not issue new notifications for an overdue recurring reminder until it is marked as completed
  • Resolves an issue where Reminders may send notifications for completed reminders
  • Fixes an issue where iCloud Drive appears to be available in Pages, Numbers and Keynote even when not signed in
  • Addresses an issue in Apple Music where music videos may not stream in high quality
  • Resolves an issue where CarPlay may lose its connection in certain vehicles
  • Fixes an issue in CarPlay where the view in Maps may move away briefly from the current area
  • Addresses an issue in the Home app where tapping an activity notification from a security camera may open a different recording
  • Resolves an issue where Shortcuts may not appear when tapping the Share menu from a screenshot
  • Improves the Burmese keyboard so punctuation symbols are now accessible from numbers and symbols

If you have update your iOS device to new iOS 13.4 build, let us know in comments section about the battery backup, has it been improved?




What’s better: freelancer or web development agency?

Everyone who has decided to create a website for the company, to launch an online-store, sooner or later faces the question – who should be entrusted with the development? Of course, the first thing that comes to mind is to turn to a web development agency for help. Also, there are many such companies on the market now and in recent times it sometimes seems that they grow like mushrooms after rain. You have only to make a choice! 

But in most cases, the high cost of agency services scares customers and leads them into great confusion. Especially if these are novice entrepreneurs or startups that have a limited budget and a vague idea of ​​what tasks their site should perform.

Then the idea comes to turn to a freelancer developer – a specialist who works remotely, outside the company. He can carry out tasks at home, in coworking and any other place convenient for himself. Also, now cooperation with outsourcing specialists is becoming increasingly popular. Why not?

What does web development include?

You must understand that website development is a multi-level process, which includes the required steps. This is the development of the architecture of the site, depending on the tasks, writing copywriting, web design, web development, testing, etc. You must coordinate each of the steps to get a product that matches your requirements and vision.

Who in this case is better to cope with such a difficult task – a freelancer or a web development company? To make it easier for you to make a decision, Brights company has analyzed the strengths and weaknesses of cooperation for web development process with each of them. The choice is yours.

Freelance Developer: what should you look for?

Freelancers are different. These may be experienced specialists who previously worked in the company, but switched to a remote work format for some reason. Also among freelancers, there are many beginners without experience in web development and just amateurs who have passed several specialized courses and are already declaring their “high professionalism”. 

What should you do in order not to make a mistake with the choice? We recommend that you pay attention to the following points:

  1. Portfolio availability. Ask the freelancer to provide examples of completed projects. No matter how beautiful words a specialist describes himself, it is better to look once at what he is capable of doing. Also, if a freelancer works on any thematic platform, you can read reviews of customers who collaborated with him. 
  2. Cost of services. If a freelancer sets the price for his services below average, this is an occasion to think about the level of his technical training. Since the services of web development specialists with a high level of competence, a priori cannot be cheap. 
  3. Interest in your project. This aspect can be seen in communication with you as a potential customer. If at the time of negotiations on cooperation, the freelancer forgets to respond to messages, calls, does not show interest in the project, we recommend that you refuse to partner with such a specialist.

What are the benefits of a freelancer?

  • Low cost of services. A freelancer for developing a site puts a price 4-5 times less than the company. This is a key advantage why customers prefer freelance professionals. This is a great option for those who want to save money. But what quality the final product will have is a matter of professionalism and honesty of a freelancer.
  • Specialization. As a rule, remote web developers specialize in a particular type of work. If you need a project that is functionally different from the examples presented in the portfolio of a specialist, there are risks that he will not be able to cope with the task.
  • Convenient schedule. Freelancers are not tied to time, so if your project deadline is on, you can agree to work overtime.

What are the disadvantages of working with a freelancer?

 

  • Big risks. A freelance developer can work on many projects at the same time. He himself prioritizes the implementation of tasks, so if your project is not profitable and promising for him, you can wait “several winters” until your tasks are realized. In addition, freelancers have a habit of disappearing as soon as difficulties or misunderstandings arise in communication with the customer.
  •  Difficult in controlling. Freelancers work when it suits them. It can be night or early morning, so your working hours may not coincide. Also, it will be difficult for you to make sure that at this moment the specialist is performing your task, and not doing several other projects at the same time. Also a big pain and the problem of cooperation with a freelance developer is a violation of the project deadline. Often, experts incorrectly calculate the time to complete tasks, so the deadlines for the project are broken.
  • Low level of quality. Finding a bona fide freelancer is quite problematic. Mostly free specialists are interested in making a profit for themselves, so they want to turn in the project as quickly as possible and often do not pay due attention to details. Also, after launching the site, the freelancer may disappear and you will have to look for a new specialist to solve technical issues on the website.

 

 

 

 

What are the advantages of a web development company?

  • Reliability. Web development companies are interested in working with customers and building long-term relationships. Reputation is important to them, so they pay great attention to the quality of the tasks and the project as a whole. They provide a full range of services, they are always ready to provide technical support and advice on issues that interest you.
  • A team of professionals. A whole team of specialists working on your project is responsible for the quality performance of tasks at their development stage. 
  • Management. In the development company, project managers coordinate the work of specialists, adherence to deadlines and maintain constant communication with the client. Thus, developers are not distracted by the decision of organizational issues and are fully engaged in the implementation of tasks.

 

What are the disadvantages of a web development company?

High cost of services

This is probably the only drawback that stops customers and makes them think. Of course, the services of a web development company will cost many times more than the services of a freelancer. This is obvious, since the price includes payment for the work of qualified specialists, maintenance of equipment, office space, etc.

Software company vs Freelance for web development: what to choose?

Of course, everyone has the right to make a choice that is more beneficial to him. We are not campaigning. But you must understand what is important for you – time-saving, product quality or an incomprehensible result, but at the low, very attractive price that freelancers offer.

We believe that a functional site a priori cannot be cheap, because this product is more than a “beautiful picture” and the ability to send your order to the basket. This is the experience, qualifications and ongoing training of employees who make the product functional and user-friendly. You can hire them to make sure that the site is a prospective product that will pay you back several times in the first months after launch.

These Are the Most Innovative Slots of the 21st Century So Far

Online casinos aren’t the first place you would think of to look for examples of innovative technology, yet gaming sites are a hotbed of creativity. It’s partly down to the fact that the iGaming industry is hugely competitive, and the fact that casinos must license games from software developers. In short, at the developer level there is a kind of arms race to get new innovations on to the market.

The games have come along way in the 21st century, and innovation has arguably accelerated over the last decade. Below we are going to look at five examples of incredibly innovative slot games that harness different parts of the tech spectrum to build the present and future of online casino gaming:

  1. DC Superheroes Slots – Launched by Playtech in 2016

Starting, not with a single slot, but a range of games established through a partnership between Playtech and Warner Bros. Games like Man of Steel, Wonder Woman and Justice League are designed to tie in with DC movie releases, whereas new games like Superman Comics, which was recently launched at slotsheaven.com, offer developers a blank canvas to explore the DCEU. While these games are cited as an incredible feat of branding, it’s the range of bonus features and special features that sets these games apart. Incredible creativity.

  1. Mega Moolah – Launched by Microgaming in 2006

Is Mega Moolah an example of incredible tech, or the beneficiary of a stampede of popularity? The game basically revolutionised what it meant to offer a progressive jackpot, paying out individual prizes of over $10 million on several occasions. The key to Mega Moolah’s popularity is that the big prize can be won for very small stakes, but the fact that the game is linked across different casinos in different countries harnesses the power of collective gameplay. About 1% of each wager goes into funding the top prize; because the game has a global audience that means, huge jackpots are the norm for Mega Moolah.

  1. Starburst – Launched by NetEnt in 2013

We spoke about DC slots above, which arguably have more in common with DC video games than a slot like Starburst. The NetEnt slot is incredibly simple, featuring no major bonus games or extra features. However, it is something of a trendsetter because it ripped up the rulebook in terms of how a slot’s mechanics should be designed. The payline structure paved the way for a new generation of ‘cluster’ slots that have no reels and columns of symbols. Even today, Starburst is still one of the most popular slots in the world.

  1. Bonanza Megaways – released by Big Time Gaming in 2016

How many ways to win should a slot have? The team at Big Time Gaming believe that having over 100,000 different winning possibilities per spin is just dandy. Bonanza has become so successful that BTG has now patented and licensed its Megaways technology to other software developers. It’s an incredible feat of math to see the sifting reels provide so many combinations, and the games are potentially very lucrative.

  1. Buffalo Blitz Live – released by Playtech in 2019

An interesting addition to finish this list, because the game is but a hint of what is to come in the future of online casino. Buffalo Blitz is a popular slot in its own right, but the launch of the game through a live dealer studio gives an insight into where casino operators believe the industry is going. Players play the game collectively with a live stream coming from a Playtech studio. When one player wins, everybody wins – it’s that simple. More importantly, however, Buffalo Blitz Live shows us that playing online casino games from home can be as social as going to a land-based casino. Expect this concept to be massive in the 2020s.

Can Hackers Look Through Your Phone’s Camera?

There’s nothing wrong with wondering if someone is looking back through the other side of that mobile phone camera. It’s not paranoia. It’s not impossible. Security tools like passwords, face-recognition, mobile VPN’s, and antivirus software exist precisely because these things do happen.

Hackers use many ways to gain access to a phone, and it isn’t just to take a peek through the camera. Often, they employ keyloggers to steal passwords and screen-share to view secret information.

But there is a sickening trend that’s been growing steadily in the last few years: spying on people through their devices’ cameras. It’s a worrying thought – especially as these devices are always being carried along everywhere, even to the bathroom.

Read on to find out how malicious actors are accessing mobile phones and how to prevent a phone from being targeted.

How Are Mobile Phones Being Hacked?

A phone’s camera can be hacked, and there are plenty of ways to do it. From crummy apps with access to the camera to infected attachments – new exploits are being targeted every year. In fact, the list of known mobile malware variants increased by 54 percent in 2017 alone. It’s undoubtedly grown since then.

Here’s how attackers do it:

Invisible Remote Access Trojans

This is a type of malware that gets downloaded along with other downloads or is secretly downloaded in the background. The software is always hidden behind the pretense of being something else, either a download, attachment, or a link to a website. The RAT starts running in the background as soon as the download is complete or opened.

Most people only start becoming aware that something is amiss when their phone starts acting seemingly of its own volition. This happens because the person on the other side has complete control over the phone and access to everything. The problem is, these people usually don’t do anything suspicious so they can keep spying via the camera and microphone. Making it very hard to know when something’s afoot.

RAT software can make its way onto a phone via infected attachments, downloads, websites, or phishing tactics.

Spyware That Gives Agencies Backdoor Access

Not too long ago, the tech giant Apple and the FBI were publicly gridlocked in a test of wills. The FBI requested access to an iPhone and Apple refused, citing breach of privacy. In the end, the bureau relented because they got access to the info they wanted anyway through spyware.

Apple vowed to have fixed the hole that allowed the FBI to manipulate the iPhone’s software. But the damage had already been done. And the FBI isn’t the only government agency that has been spying on people through their phones. Just look at the massive fallout after Snowden revealed that the NSA was spying on people – and they most certainly haven’t stopped.

Hacked or Not? Watch For These Signs

Here are some signs to look out for. But keep in mind that hackers are smart and may be hiding their tracks.

-Unusual data usage, especially uploads.

-Photos and video are being taken without permission.

-Strange text messages.

-The phone unlocks itself.

-The battery drains faster than normal.

-Unauthorized downloads.

If any of these signs are present, it’s best to make back-ups of media and data, and then factory reset the phone.

Being Mindful: Take These Precautions

Digital Mindfulness is an alien concept even to many tech-savvy mobile users and digital natives. Probably because, even though everyone is aware of the dangers technology poses, they think it won’t affect them. The reality is, millions of people are being targeted all over the world every day, and often they don’t even know it.

This term refers to being mindful of online habits and how they open up one’s life to possible exploitation. A person who practices digital mindfulness has formed safe habits while using technology.

Consider the following safe habits:

Use a Strong Password

Random, long passwords are good deterrents to hackers. If using a pattern, make sure it isn’t an obvious one. Also, always make sure to have the phone screen locked when it’s not being used.

Get Friendly With Sticky Tape

It may be weird, but even Mark Zuckerberg and former FBI director James Comey do it. If they’re worried, then it’s a good idea to follow suit. When the camera is not in use, place a piece of tape over it.

Use a Mobile VPN

The VPN software is becoming more and more popular for many reasons, but it’s still a great security tool. There are plenty of mobile VPN’s to choose from, and they (at least the paid ones) will keep anyone safe from outside attack. A mobile VPN will encrypt all the data going out of and coming into the phone and hide its location. They make it nearly impossible for hackers to hitch a ride along.

Always Update to the Latest OS Version

Android and iOS often receive new security patches during OS updates. It’s important to keep up to date with these because they fix security flaws that attackers could already have been exploiting. Like in the case between Apple and the FBI.

In Conclusion

Staying safe in a world that’s always getting more complicated may seem daunting. But sometimes a little paranoia is a good thing and reminds people to remain vigilant. To stay safe, make sure to follow these security tips and use mobile phones in a mindful way.

Collection of Best Free VPN Apps for Android Smartphones

VPN (stands for Virtual Private Network) has become a necessity nowadays rather than just a tool to mask yourself on the internet. From accessing content which is restricted to a geographical area to connect over network securely; individual users as well as corporate firms; number of users are using VPN. VPN connections are encrypted which means someone is less likely to see the information sent and received by your computer/smartphone. You may like to discover about how to switch and get a free phone from your operators (only for native American).

As when you connect to a VPN software, it encrypts your data. VPN then routes it through a server to your concerned online destination. As when this activity is tracked, it shows the traffic is coming from the VPN server not from your computer/smartphone and location thus protecting your online identity though VPN security is debatable. Though it is legal to use VPN services but you should always check local laws while using VPN in your geographical area.

Best Free VPN Apps for Android Smartphones

Anonymous browsing is a very common term and VPN makes it possible. With VPN you can hide your IP so that online web tracking back to source becomes hard to track. It routes your connection through a server and hides the online activity. In short, to avoid any third party snooping and to protect yourself over internet from unwanted spying, it is recommended to connect to good VPN connection.

With the increase in number of Android smartphone users there are now plenty of free as well-paid VPN apps available at Google Play Store; make sure you choose the right one. Today we are listing best VPN for android smartphones.

Rocket VPN – Internet Freedom App

Rocket VPN Android app is available free on the Play Store, with rating 4.3/5.

It is very easy to set up. Just connect to your desired connection/location. No need to sign up just use right away!

App has a very clean UI, easy to use and it does what it says. All users will get free 250 MB (earlier it used to have 500 MB but now they have reduced) of free bandwidth and free trial of 7 days to unlimited plan is available for trial. No ad blocking though in free version.

ExpressVPN

ExpressVPN is another popular VPN client for android smartphones with good customer feedback and customer support 24/7. Rated as 4.1/5 on Google Play Store.

t asks you to register before using it. It provides 160 server locations in 94 countries. Choose your desired server connection and connect right away. You can also get 30 days free subscription by referring the app to your connections.

TunnelBear VPN

TunnelBear VPN is high rated 4.5/5 on Google Play Store and offers 500 MB free bandwidth every month though you can always subscribe to paid plans which offers unlimited data. It asks you to create a free account first before using the app.

Is Tunnelbear safe ? TunnelBear VPN has servers in more than 22+ countries and uses strong AES-256 bit encryption. Though as when we tried it showed error in connecting as when phone was connected to a Wi-Fi network.

NordVPN

NordVPN is rated 4.4/5 on Google Play Store. It allows you have to have free 7 days access to unlimited VPN services. You can connect to 6 devices with 1 account. You have to pick a plan before you start using the app.

Do activate CyberSec in app settings before using app services.

NordVPN allows you to connect from more than 60+ countries.

What as a user I noticed that VPN apps should allow users to connect to VPN without creating account also or subscribing to any plan (which can be cancelled later), it is just easy.

Do let us know your best VPN app for android smartphones which you are using. Drop your comments below.

Install Xperia 10 Bootanimation on Xperia Devices

It has been a while since Sony introduced Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus and now Xperia 10 Bootanimation is available for download. Earlier today we shared Xperia 10 Theme.

You require a rooted Xperia device, running Android Pie with TWRP recovery installed to flash the Xperia 10 Bootanimation file. Kindly ensure to take a backup of your original bootanimation.zip file before flashing it.

Xperia 10 Bootanimation

Download Xperia 10 Bootanimation zip file from the link given below and flash it in recovery.

Download Xperia10bootanimation.zip

Check out the collection of Xperia Boot Animations here.

Like the new Xperia 10 Boot Animation? Drop your comments below.

via – XDA (shared by Pandemic)

Download Xperia 10 Theme for Xperia devices with Xperia 10 Live Wallpaper

Xperia Theme based on Xperia 10 Live Wallpaper is now available for download. The theme is compatible with rooted as well as non-rooted Xperia devices running Android Nougat+ version of Android.

You get Xperia 10 Live Wallpaper, keyboard color, lock screen saver, icon pack support with the Xperia 10 Theme. The theme is available at Play Store, install like a normal app.

Xperia 10 Theme

Download Xperia 10 Theme from below Google Play Store link.

Download Xperia FIFA theme from Play Store

Check out more Sony Xperia Themes collections here.

Download Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus Live Wallpaper here.

Like the theme? Let us know, drop your comments below.

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Download Camera cut-out Galaxy S10, S10+, S10E Wallpapers

Camera cut-out wallpapers for Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+, S10E have become a hit among Samsung Galaxy S10 users and internet is going crazy over them.

We have already shared some of the famous designs/characters namely R2D2, Mars Rover, BB-8, WALL-E, R.O.B., Minion, Johnny5, Bender, Mars Rover, Big Hero 6, Air Jordan, Miyazaki Soot, Simpsons, Monster Inc; all courtesy of Matt B via Twitter.

Camera cut-out Galaxy S10, S10+, S10E Wallpapers

Now we are posting some more Camera cut-out wallpapers for Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+, S10E of the famous designs/characters namely Solar Eclipse, Pyro Wallpaper from Team Fortress 2, Light CMYK, Death Star, Darth Vader, Dark Simpsons.

Download camera cut-out Galaxy S10, S10+, S10E Wallpapers from below (save as image, image resolution 1440×3040 px).

Solar Eclipse Wallpaper for Galaxy S10, S10E

Pyro Wallpaper from Team Fortress 2 for Galaxy S10+

Light CMYK Wallpaper for Galaxy S10, S10E

Death Star Wallpaper for Galaxy S10, S10E

Darth Vader Wallpaper for Galaxy S10+

Darth Vader Wallpaper for Galaxy S10, S10E

Dark Simpsons Wallpaper for Galaxy S10, S10E

Dark CMYK Wallpaper for Galaxy S10, S10E

Download Camera Cut-out Wallpapers for Galaxy S10, S10+, S10E from here (Characters: Big Hero 6, Air Jordan, Miyazaki Soot, Simpsons, Monster Inc)

Download Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+ camera cut-out Wallpapers from here (Characters: R2D2, Mars Rover, BB-8, WALL-E, R.O.B., Minion, Johnny5, Bender, Mars Rover).

If you have any creative camera cut-out wallpaper for Galaxy S10, S10+, S10; feel free to email us the same at [email protected] We shall post the same.

Like the wallpapers? Let us know in the comments section.

Source: Twitter @mattcabb

Download Google Pixel camera Mod App for Galaxy S10, S10+ with Night Sight feature

Google Pixel Camera Mod App is now available for Samsung Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ and is working on the Snapdragon variant of the device as confirmed by users at XDA.

The famous “Night Sight” feature of Google Pixel Camera app is now available for Samsung Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 via this modded app by Arnova8G2.

Google Pixel camera Mod App for Galaxy S10

Download Google Pixel camera Mod app for Galaxy S10, S10+ from below link and install the app like a normal apk.

Download  MGC_6.1.021_BSG_Arnova_TlnNeun_V1.3.030119.0645.apk

Above posted Google Pixel camera Mod App also supports aperture switching between 1.5 and 2.4.

Test the above Google Pixel camera Mod App on your Galaxy S10 and S10+ and let us know if it works. Drop your comments below.

Check out Camera Cut-out Wallpapers for Galaxy S10, S10+, S10E here

Image Credits: oneandroidnut (XDA User)

Sony Xperia Home 12.0.A.0.15 beta App update rolling

Sony Xperia Home 12.0.A.0.15 beta App update is now rolling over the previous 12.0.A.0.13 beta version app. Xperia Home 12.0.A.0.15 beta App update adds notifications to the application context menu. It is now possible to access them directly by touching and holding an icon.

It also adds Contacts, SMS, MMS and Web to the search function and setting for normalizing the icon appearances along with various big fixes.

Xperia Home 12.0.A.0.15 beta App

Download Xperia Home 12.0.A.0.15 beta apk from below link.

Download com.sonymobile.home_12.0.A.0.15.apk

It requires Android 5.0+ running on your Xperia devices to install the app.

Let us know if the app works on your device. Drop your comments below.

Source: XDA (via Ben Ling)

Download Camera Cut-out Wallpapers for Galaxy S10, S10+, S10E

We have already shared some camera Cut-out Wallpapers for Galaxy S10, S10+ of the famous designs/characters namely R2D2, Mars Rover, BB-8, WALL-E, R.O.B., Minion, Johnny5, Bender, Mars Rover.

Now the same creator Matt B via Twitter has shared some more Cut-out Wallpapers for Galaxy S10 and S10E of the famous designs/characters namely Big Hero 6, Air Jordan, Miyazaki Soot, Simpsons, Monster Inc.

Camera Cut-out Wallpapers

Download the new Camera-cut out wallpapers for Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+ and S10E from below (simply save as image, resolution 1440 × 3040 px).

Big Hero 6 Galaxy S10 Wallpaper

Monster Inc Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10E Wallpaper

Air Jordan Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10E Wallpaper

Miyazaki Soot Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10E Wallpaper

Simpsons Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10E Wallpaper

Check out more Camera cut-out wallpapers for Galaxy S10 and S10+ here.

Download Camera cut-out Galaxy S10, S10+, S10E Wallpapers from here (Characters: Solar Eclipse, Pyro Wallpaper from Team Fortress 2, Light CMYK, Death Star, Darth Vader, Dark Simpsons)

Download Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+ camera cut-out Wallpapers from here (Characters: R2D2, Mars Rover, BB-8, WALL-E, R.O.B., Minion, Johnny5, Bender, Mars Rover).

Like the wallpapers, let us know. Drop your comments below.

Source: Twitter @Mattcabb

Download Sony Xperia 10 Home launcher App

Sony Xperia 10 Home Launcher app is now available for installing on rooted and non-rooted Xperia devices. You need Android 9.0 Pie running on your Xperia device to install the Xperia 10 Home Launcher app.

Xperia 10 Home launcher App comes with the Wallpaper picker app. If you are looking to install Xperia 10 Live Wallpapers on your device running Android 9.0, get them from here.

Xperia 10 Home launcher

Download the Xperia 10 Home launcher app and Wallpaper Picker app from below links.

Download com.sonymobile.launcher.apk

Download WallpaperPicker.apk

To install the apks your device, move the both downloaded apks to system/priv-app folder (tutorial here) and reboot your device.

For non-rooted Xperia devices: Download the below mentioned files and install like a normal apk.

Download XperiaLauncher v1.2.apk

Download WallpaperPicker.apk

Let us know if it works on your device? Drop your comments below.

Source: XDA (via niaboc79 & Sahaab)

Download Xperia 10 & Xperia 10 Plus Live Wallpaper

Xperia 10 & Xperia 10 Plus Live Wallpaper is now available for download. Pack contains Black, Gold, Navy, Silver, Xperia Theme Live Wallpapers. Animation on live wallpaper comes as when lock screen is unlocked after that wallpaper is static.

It requires Android 9.0 to install on non-Xperia devices. We tried installing Xperia 10 live wallpaper on non-rooted Pixel 2 XL running Android 9.0.0 and it runs smoothly.

Xperia 10 & Xperia 10 Plus Live Wallpaper

Download Xperia 10 & Xperia 10 Plus Live Wallpaper from below link.

Download  Xperia_wallpaper19.apk

Check out the previews of different shades of Xperia 10 & Xperia 10 Plus Live Wallpaper.

Like the new Xperia 10 Live Wallpaper? Let us know. Drop your comments below.

Source: XDA (via Mazellat)

Google March 2019 Android Security Update rolling for Pixel devices

March 2019 Android Security Update is now rolling for Google Pixel devices via OTA dated 5 March. Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have got functional patches which improves startup and responsiveness of Camera app, improves storage performance and Bluetooth reliability.

March 2019 Android Security Update is rolling in the form of Android 9.0.0 PQ2A.190305.002 build number, which is same for Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel and Pixel XL whereas OPM8.190305.001 build number is rolling for Pixel C (on Android Oreo).

Google March 2019 Android Security Update

Official functional patches details for Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are as follows:

We have already updated our Pixel 2 XL to March 2019 Android Security Update and till now no major changes are spotted.

Download March 2019 Android Security Update

Verizon Wireless has also announced the PQ2A.190305.002 build number update for Pixel device as System Update 30.

If you have updated your Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL, let us know the improvements noticed in the Camera app. Drop your comments below.

Source: Pixel Update Bulletin, Android Security Bulletin

Google’s Digital Wellbeing support comes to Essential Phone via March 2019 security patch update build number PQ1A.190105.024

Essential Phone is now getting March 2019 Android security patch update in the form of build number PQ1A.190105.024. Build number PQ1A.190105.024 update brings Google’s Digital Wellbeing support to Essential Phone.

Android 9.0.0 – Build number PQ1A.190105.024 update is now rolling as OTA and is available for download. Essential posted the official changeling on Twitter.

Essential Phone March 2019 security patch update

Google’s Digital Wellbeing helps you understand how you interact with your device. This feature is not new to Pixel devices and now Essential phone joins the list along with Moto G7, Samsung Galaxy S10 and Android One smartphones.

Check out Digital Wellbeing in action on Pixel 2 XL below:

Essential has kept its smartphone upto date with Google’s latest Android Security monthly patches and it is really a good thing for the Essential phone users.

Updated your Essential phone to Build number PQ1A.190105.024 update? Let us know, drop your comments below.

Source: Twitter @Essential

Pixel 2 XL March 2019 security update Build PQ2A.190305.002 rolling

Google has started rolling March 2019 security update (OTA) for Pixel devices. Factory images for March 2019 security update have also been posted for manual flashing/sideloading by Google. This update fixes critical bugs and improves the performance and stability of your device.

We have received the March 2019 security update on our Google Pixel 2 XL, Build – PQ2A.190305.002 (Previous Build – PQ2A.190205.002), Android 9.0.0 version via OTA. Update size is 60.6 MB.

Google Pixel 2 XL March security update

Go to Settings > Systems > System Update for updating your Pixel 2 XL.

As we have updated our device just now, we will post back with update on performance of the device.

Have you updated your Pixel device? Let us know in comments if any major changes are spotted? Drop your comments below.

OnePlus 7 renders leaked showing pop-out front-facing camera

OnePlus 7 renders have emerged online with a pop-out front-facing camera and it is one of a kind. Leaked renders show triple rear cameras with an additional sensor. As per the source of leaked renders, OnePlus 7 is rumoured to feature 6.5″ display and following dimensions as 162.6 x 76 x 8.8mm.

OnePlus 7 Leaked Renders show a great screen-to-body ration, yet you can still see a little chin at the bottom as compared to top. Camera bump is rumoured to stand at 9.7 mm. Some other visible features are type-C USB port at bottom, loudspeaker grills at bottom, volume buttons on the left side, power button and alert slider on the right side.

OnePlus 7 Leaked Renders

Check out the OnePlus 7 Leaked Renders below:

OnePlus 7 Leaked Renders 360° View

For the time being there is no confirmation on OnePlus 7 launch date, though expected to land during May 2019.

What do you think of pop-out front-facing camera? Like it? Let us know in comments section.

Source: @OnLeaks @PriceBaba

Download Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+ camera cut-out Wallpapers

Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+ and S10E are now out in the market and the 3 major improvements are Display, Camera and Finger print sensor. Samsung Galaxy 10 has 1 front camera cut out at the top right corner. Samsung Galaxy 10+ has Dual camera cut-out at the top right corner of the display.

Samsung Galaxy S10 now has triple cameras in the back with 3 different focal lengths, one main camera, one telephoto and one super wide. Main Camera is 12MP F/1.5-2.4 OIS, Telephoto Camera is also 12 MP F/2.4 OIS and Ultrawide Camera is 16MP F/2.2 – 123° (no OIS).

As it is clearly visible notch is missing from Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+, S10E. Notch is widely used by many mobile manufacturers to house the front-cameras and sensors whereas Samsung has used a hole-in display (a camera cut out in the display only for cameras).

Matt B via Twitter has shared a series of camera cut-out Wallpapers for  Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+ and S10E. Camera cut-out Wallpapers are specifically designed to flaunt the camera cut-out holes and goes with the overall look of the display.

[UPDATE: 07.03.2019] Download Camera cut-out wallpapers for Galaxy S10, S10E featuring Big Hero 6, Air Jordan, Miyazaki Soot, Simpsons, Monster Inc; from here.

[UPDATE: 10.03.2019] Camera cut-out Galaxy S10, S10+, S10E Wallpapers featuring Solar Eclipse, Pyro Wallpaper from Team Fortress 2, Light CMYK, Death Star, Darth Vader, Dark Simpsons.

Samsung Galaxy S10 camera cut-out Wallpapers

Samsung Galaxy S10 camera cut-out Wallpapers features some of the famous designs/characters namely R2D2, Mars Rover, BB-8 (save as image from below).

Download R2-D2 Galaxy S10 Wallpaper

Download Mars Rover Galaxy S10 Wallpaper

Download BB-8 Galaxy S10 Wallpaper

Samsung Galaxy S10+ camera cut-out Wallpapers

Samsung Galaxy S10 camera cut-out Wallpapers features some of the famous designs/characters namely WALL-E, R.O.B., Minion, Johnny5, Bender, Mars Rover.

Download WALL-E Galaxy S10+ Wallpaper

Download R.O.B Galaxy S10+ Wallpaper

Download Minion Galaxy S10+ Wallpaper

Download Johnny5 Galaxy S10+ Wallpaper

Download Bender Galaxy S10+ Wallpaper

Download Mars Rover Galaxy S10+ Wallpaper

Download Camera Cut-out Wallpapers for Galaxy S10, S10+, S10E from here (Characters: Big Hero 6, Air Jordan, Miyazaki Soot, Simpsons, Monster Inc)

Download Camera cut-out Galaxy S10, S10+, S10E Wallpapers from here (Characters: Solar Eclipse, Pyro Wallpaper from Team Fortress 2, Light CMYK, Death Star, Darth Vader, Dark Simpsons)

Like the new Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+ camera cut-out Wallpapers, let us know. Drop your comments below.

Source: Matt B (Twitter@Mattcabb)

Download Google Pixel 3 Live Wallpapers – Leaked in full 1080P HD Resolution

Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have been making noise from past few days since press renders and live images leaked online. Well now official Google Pixel 3 Live Wallpapers have leaked online. A collection of 28 Google Pixel 3 Live Wallpapers is now available for download.

All the Google Pixel 3 Live Wallpapers are also available as standalone 1080p resolution images which can be put as wallpaper on any device but the leaked Google Pixel 3 Live Wallpaper app can only be installed on Android Pie running Google Pixel devices for the time being.

Google Pixel 3 Live Wallpapers

We tested Google Pixel 3 Live Wallpaper app on our Google Pixel 2 XL and it works like a charm.

Courtesy of MySmartPrice, you can download Google Pixel 3 Live Wallpaper app from here (or com.breel.wallpapers18_9.apk).

Like the new Google Pixel 3 Live Wallpapers? Let us know, drop your comments below.

Source – MySmartPrice

Install Porsche Theme on Huawei P20 Pro

Huawei P20 Pro, the smartphone with three rear cameras (40 MP, 20 MP and 8MP, dual-LED flash with 24 MP front facing camera), yes this is how Huawei P20 Pro distinguishes itself from the other smartphones out in the market. Following the year 2018 smartphone trend of slimmer side and chin bezels with a notch display, Huawei P20 Pro sports all.

Huawei P20 Pro

Huawei P20 Pro is a next gen model of Huawei P20 with 6.1″ Full HD Display (with notch and OLED panel) with 408 ppi density. Huawei P20 Pro runs on Hisilicon Kirin 970 Cortex-A73 Octa Core processor [2.3 GHz (Quad Core) + 1.8 GHz (Quad Core)] and Mali-G72 MP12 GPU and runs Android Ore0 8.1 based EMUI 8.0 OS out of the box.

Huawei P20 Pro supports microSD card feature, expandable upto 256 GB (which is missing from many flagships this year) along with 128 GB onboard storage and 6 GB RAM. It supports USB-Type C and 4G with VoLTE. It houses non-removable Li-Ion 4,000mAh battery.

Porsche Theme for Huawei P20 Pro

Porsche Theme from Huawei Mate RS is now available for installing on Huawei P20 Pro.

Download the theme from the below mentioned link.

Download HuaweiMateRSThemes.zip

Download the theme and extract the zip file. Mode the themes to folder Huawei > Theme. Go to themes app and enable the Porsche Theme on your Huawei P20 Pro.

Let us know if you liked the theme. Drop your comments below.

Source – XDA (Theme by Jozinek )| Screenshots by grizzlyspid86 (1,2)

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S launched with Snapdragon 845 processor and Dual 12 MP rear camera system

Less screen-to-body ratio, dual rear cameras and the display notch are the new trends that has been adopted by smartphone industry. Xiaomi has updated its Mi Mix smartphone range with brand new Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, powered with latest Snapdragon 845 processor, Xiaomi’s MIUI 9.5 (based on Android 8.0 Oreo), Dual 12 MP rear cameras and 5.9″ (nearly 81.9% screen-to-body ratio) full HD Display (LCD Panel).

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S design has been revamped (made up of aluminium and ceramic) as when compared to original Xiaomi Mi Mix. Thin bezels at side and at top (dimensions 150.9 x 74.9 x 8.1 mm).

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S

Xiaomi has adopted and kept the original position of front facing camera (5MP, f/2.0) on the lower right corner of the Mi Mix 2S and there is no display notch!

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S is also the first Xiaomi smarpthone that offers wireless charging (comes with option Xioami Wireless charging pad) and is also powered by Quickcharge 3.0 fast charging (with Type-C Port) and houses a non-removable Li-Ion 3400 mAh battery.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S supports dual 12 MP rear cameras, one being a wide-angle lens (f/1.8 lens, dual-pixel auto focus) and other being a telephoto lens (f/2.4 lens). It also supports Portrait mode feature (uses AI feature). Xiaomi mentions on their website that, “Mi MIX 2S uses an IMX363 rear camera sensor, large 1.4μm pixels”. Fingerprint sensor is positioned at back where it belongs.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S comes with 2 storage options viz. 256GB ROM/8 GB RAM and 64GB/128GB ROM/6 GB RAM with no slot for SD card.

Mi Mix 2S will be avilable only in China for 3299 Yuan (i.e. $527) for the time being (from next week) in white and black color before it hits other regions of the world.

What is missing from Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S? Well, headphone jack connector, water and dust resistance ratings.

What is new? Snapdragon 845 processor, dual 12 MP rear camera system and wireless charging.

Let us know what do you think of new  Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S? Drop your comments below.