All posts by Alexa Jimenez

Big Games Returning for the Holiday Season

2017 was a great year for gamers thanks to the long list of amazing games released throughout the year. Yet the year is not over, and there are still pretty big titles in store for us, ready to be released in time for the winter holiday shopping rush. If mobile casino play is not the only thing you do for fun, you will likely be glad to see what great games this year still has in store for your gaming pleasure.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

The Wolfenstein franchise is probably the one with the most reboots in its history. And the latest iteration of the story, taking players into a Nazi-ruled 1960, was the most beautifully built of them all – and the richest when it comes to story and character details. No wonder Bethesda decided to take the story further. But this time, everyone’s favorite American operative, William John “B. J.” Blazkowitz will have a tough job: helping the Resistance start the New American Revolution and get rid of the Nazi rule once and for all.

The game, set to be released on October 27, takes its players to the America of the 1960s overrun by Nazi forces. The retro environment of the game will be mixed with the retro-futuristic look of the devices and weapons used, giving the game its signature atmosphere.

Assassin’s Creed Origins

For years, players have been fighting the fight buried inside the genetic memory of the game’s protagonist, brought to light by the mysterious Animus device. This time, the story goes back further than ever before, exploring the origin of the conflict between the Templars and the Assassins. In the game, players will control a Medjay called Bayek, living in the Ptolemaic period of Egypt, constantly on the brink of being invaded by Romans. During the game, he will come in contact with forces manipulating the events from the shadow, and ultimately become the first Assassin.

The game is set to be released on October 27.

Call of Duty WW2

Still exploring history – but this time the real one instead of an alternative. Call of Duty returns to its World War II roots with its latest edition, taking players into the war-ridden Europe between 1944 and 1945. Players will join a squad of 12 men in the 1st Infantry Division and will be taken across the Nazi-occupied France and Belgium, right into the heart of Germany. The game will have several actionable characters and will cover several real campaigns that took place in the area at the time. And it will also come with a “Zombies” storyline involving secret experiments, occult forces, and the living dead.

Expect the game to be released on November 3.

Need for Speed Payback

Two years have passed since the last Need for Speed game saw the light of day. The time has come for “Payback”, another story-driven take on the racing franchise. The game will take players into Fortune Valley, and will follow three characters, Tyler Morgan (The Racer), Mac (The Showman) and Jess (The Wheelman) in their attempts to take down a cartel that controls the area’s underworld. All this with a lot of action driving, of course.

The game is set to be released on November 10.

Star Wars Battlefront II

Another action shooter set in the Star Wars universe. This time, the game will have not only a massive multiplayer world but a story-driven single-player campaign, too. In it, players will take on the role of Iden Versio, leader of an Imperial Special Forces team known as the Inferno Squad, and the story will lead up to the events of “The Force Awakens”. The game will have segments where players will be able to control characters like Kylo Ren and Luke Skywalker.

Release date: November 17.

Android app development cost and stages

How much does it cost to develop Android app: crucial moments to consider

Developing an Android mobile app is a complex process, so to figure out the cost to build an app let’s go through the stages to see how the final numbers will look like.

Picking Android as a platform is a good choice in 2017 — did you know that iOS as a platform is disappearing from Asian market? Its share has fallen down from 72% of all devices to 50% in 2015 and the trend is seen to be continued.

Start of a journey made to develop an Android app starts with an idea — think of who would use your app, why would they, what problem your app will solve, and if it is unique or not? If not, what can you offer to make people choose it instead of ones that exist already?

When contacting an app development company with a request to build an Android app, your first question would be about costs. But first things first — developers can hardly tell the exact price without you specifying following major aspects:

  • App category
  • Complexity or size of the app
  • Design features

Be sure that you wouldn’t hear the exact accurate price before the estimation is done — chosen company’s project manager will necessarily provide you with all of the details about every step of development process, its length and out of that, its cost.

As you may already know, the approximate price to develop an app comes out of the time spent by developers to make it — a Time & Material payment model. It is a flexible model, because it is easy to make improvements and changes all the way, optimizing the developer’s work and cutting the cost down for unneeded features and tasks.

Let’s take a look on what kinds of apps there are and what will they cost. It is common to divide apps into categories depending on their complexity and features available.

Table or list based apps

These apps are very limited in means of features, as well as their design is. In general, they show user the information and can also redirect him to another page. Their functionality can be compared to simple and mobile-optimized website. As a result, they are developed fast and easily and will cost you cheap enough.

Database based apps

Apps of this kind are more complex than table based, as they manipulate databases and allow you to sort, find and show data from large data sets. Database apps usually connect a website or other online service or database to retrieve the information, which makes them more time-consuming and complex to develop.

Dynamic apps

These are similar to database ones but they co-operate with other platforms and software via APIs instead of just connecting to an online source. As an example, a third party Twitter app would require integration with Twitter API so it would import tweets, news feed, notifications and other data. Some of the API are harder to implement, as they vary in complexity and quality, which in result increases the amounts of development time, from relatively small app to a massive and expensive one.

Games

Games are most complex kind of Android apps — while simple games can contend with dynamic apps in means of complexity and price, more serious ones that feature advanced engines with custom physics and 3D environments could take big six-digit numbers.

Design

When things come to designing a future Android app, it can matter as much as the app’s functionality, or even more — you have to make the customers buy with their eyes. First thing someone sees when browsing an app store is an icon, and it’s in your interest to make it as nice and catchy as possible — it can force him to open the app page, making him check screenshots, description and sometimes a gameplay video. As a result, beautiful Android app design can force the user to deliberately open the app again and again.

To make an app look beautiful, it will need an icon, a welcome screen, comfortable and practical interface elements like tabs, buttons and other miscellaneous interface elements that would force the user to engage with app.

But a good design will accordingly cost you a good amount — there’s a huge difference between a $500 icon and its $2000 equivalent. If you want some gorgeous and user-engaging design for your Android app, be sure to expect high numbers, sometimes even comparable to those of the coding part of the development.

But at this point, it’s a question of budget and priorities — if you expect your audience to be very design-sensitive, it might be better to consider cutting the functionality down a bit to profit the design.

Summarizing

It is much easier to figure out the total costs by tracking every part of the development process. Android apps tend to cost a bit more than the iOS ones — Java languages in which majority of them are built are bulkier and time-consuming than the one used in iOS development – Swift and Objective-C.

Out of that, it is better to start calculating for each part of the process:
A disclaimer: numbers stated are average and can vary depending on developer’s rates — everything is calculated at average East Europe rates.

  • Documentation
    A usual expense on paperwork, but a vital detail to a developer’s workflow — they can’t start developing the app without a set of guidelines and rules to follow, as they help to track all aspects of the application. This is done by the team after you’ve contacted them, so don’t worry, you won’t have to sort and order big amounts of data.
    Average expenses for this part are pretty much low, compared to other stages, and will cost  you from
    $100 to around $500
  • Features
    That’s where big numbers start — depending on your app’s needs, developers will have to implement different features for app. Some are easier to get working, while some APIs are much more complex:
  • Native device features: $300 – $3.500
    (Camera, flashlight, geolocation data, gyroscope)
  • User engagement features: $500 – $4.000
    (Push notifications, social sharing, etc.)
  • Account features: $300  $2.500
    (Login, account restore, email verification)
  • Payments integration and e-Commerce features: $300  $4.000
  • Multi-device sync: $400$2.500
  • Design
    As mentioned above, good design might be vital, as you won’t make customers fall in love with your app without beautiful UI, icon and overall look.
    Average cost of Android app design goes from
    $2.000 to around $15.000; Surely, for games situation is bit different — $15 grand is just a starting point sometimes, just think of all of the work artists and designers have to get done.
  • Admin features
    To track users’ actions and performance, most of the modern apps use analytical tools. This is made in order to help the owner enhance user experience by bringing better updates in the future.
    Most of big apps require a CMS and even a web app to simplify the management.
    Set aside from
    $1.000 to $7.000 for administration features.
  • QA
    Usually, from 10% up to 30% of all of the development time is reserved for testing, to ensure that everything works well and as supposed, without any bugs or errors. It will usually require an additional
    $300$4.500 from project’s budget.

Bio: Alex Volski – blogger, writer and analyst at ThinkMobiles with experience in web and app fields, VR/AR enthusiast.

The Facts and Fictions of Roulette Systems

A roulette system is essentially a method you use to improve your chances of winning at roulette. They are typically mechanical rules that tell you when and where you should be betting. Roulette has the most strategies out of any casino game, but roulette players still find themselves losing regularly. Here’s a look at the facts and fictions of roulette systems so you play with only the best roulette systems.

Fact: Your Previous Spin has No Bearing on the Next One

If you were to spin the roulette wheel a hundred times, there would be no difference in the odds of landing red or black. Check out the spin history for yourself and try to find a streak of red or black, along with single appearances of red or black. You’ll find the odds don’t change. Just because the wheel landed on black a few times doesn’t mean that it’s going to again.

Fact: Roulette Wheels do not “Even Out” in the Long Term

If you were to look at a lot of spins you would see that there is a reasonably even number of reds and blacks. So it might make logical sense to assume if more reds were showing up it would be prudent to bet on black and take advantage of the roulette wheel “evening out”. As we said before, the roulette wheel is not a conscious entity. There’s a small chance that the wheel is defective and causing one color to show up more than the other, but even in that situation it would be more prudent to bet on the color that shows up more.

Fiction: Changing your Bet Improves your Odds

Changing the size of your bet is called “progression”. Progression calls for you to increase your bet if you lose and decrease it after you win. Remember that changing the size of your bet doesn’t influence the odds of your chances of success. What you’re really doing here is protecting your profits and increasing your chances of walking away with a win.

Fiction: There are “Streaks” in Roulette you can Use

Even if you use a random number generator you’ll find there are times when the same number appears a few times in a row. It’s a matter of statistics. Such a streak is inevitable and bound to happen at some point. The odds of a number appearing three times in a row are 1 in 50,653. The odds of a number appearing twice, followed by a separate number, are also 1 in 50,653. Remember that the odds are always the same.

Conclusion

Many roulette systems like to make claims, but the best roulette systems understand that it isn’t possible for you to improve your odds. A roulette wheel is an inanimate object. It doesn’t have conscious thought and it doesn’t play by the rules that your logical brain applies to it. Understand this, make smart bets, and know when to walk away, and you can see success at the roulette wheel.

Save Time, Gain Money Using Advanced Auto-trading Technologies

Taking a coffee break may feel like an impossible task when you’re glued to a computer screen making sure you don’t miss out on a great trading opportunity. So, how do top stock traders seem to seamlessly balance daily tasks and make sure they’re performing the best trades possible? The answer is simple (and doesn’t require that much effort on your part) – Automated Trading Systems (ATS). In the US alone, more than 75 percent of stocks traded in the last 3 years used an ATS. Take a cue from the top players and finally stop sleeping with one eye on a screen!

How to multi-task like a pro

It doesn’t matter if this is your first rodeo or your 100th, Automated Trading offers an awesome way to easily reach across multiple trading platforms, taking the headache out of trading stocks, foreign exchange products, and more. You may hear them referred to by a bunch of different names, including mechanical trading systems or algorithmic trading – don’t let that confuse you! Regardless of what someone decides to call it, it’s still the same time and stress saving tool. Advanced automated trading systems allow users to trade even when they’re not next to their computer, freeing up time to focus on other daily activities. Trades can be made in the middle of the night or while you’re taking the dog on a walk – no hour is off limits!

Using an ATS is a truly empowering tool, given how user friendly they tend to be. You no longer need to rack your brain over your next move. Quickly create and program the rules and guidelines each of your trades will automatically run. This helps spread out risk when trades are simultaneously ran through multiple accounts or strategies. An ATS is also a good way to manage your portfolios (we’re looking at you automatically generated protective precautions).

Stay on top of your game

The sad truth is that no one can always win, but you can greatly reduce your chances of taking a loss by keeping to a well thought out, consistent and diverse trade plan. Using an Automated Trading System is the top way to achieve this without breaking a sweat. They allow you to stick to a well-processed plan that reduces risk and plays by the rules (this is a good thing!). They also help diversify your trading plan, letting you reach exponentially farther than any person could without computerized help.

Learn from the best

Wherever you are with your knowledge of the market, platforms like AvaTrade UK can provide you with tons of automated trading tools and “advanced auto-trading algorithms” that allow you to focus more on winning than on figuring out the next step in the equation. There is no shame in copying the movements of those that have been in the game much longer than you have. Professional traders’ signals and strategies are easy to copy and learn from using tools like Mirror Trader. Using a tool like ZuluTrade is also a great way turn professional traders’ recommendations into commands to be carried out on your account – automatically, of course! These customizable auto-trading tools let you trade like a pro and also help beginners overcome any learning curves they may be facing.

If you want to be on top of your game, using Automated Trading Systems are your best and smartest bet. You’ll have an arsenal of tools that traditional methods of trading are incapable of providing. If you want to be successful but also have a little more time to relax, Automated Trading Systems are your golden ticket!

How MOBAs Are Luring Hardcore PC and Console Gamers Into the Mobile Gaming Sphere

There has long been the perception that mobile games are just not as good or as ‘serious’ as the games we play on consoles and PCs. Perhaps it is because of all those social media games like Farmville, or the ‘4 Pictures, 1 Word’ style puzzle games your aunts like to play, but mobile gaming has a really bad rap among hardcore gamers.  However, there are a few genres in the mobile gaming market that have helped more established gamers begin to enjoy the mobile platforms and look forward to their ‘dead time’ out and about, for instance commuting, so they get some free time to play them. Of these, MOBAs (multiplayer online battle arenas) are probably the most popular.

Here are some of the qualities a good MOBA, like Arena of Valor, a popular game you can find out about at https://mobilegamerhub.com/arena-of-valor/, have included to make serious gamers pay attention:

Rich Character Builds

MOBAs are not unique to mobile devices, and have been played on PCs online for years. They are now becoming a big deal on mobile, partly because the technology is starting to allow equally fun and interesting gameplay, even with the unusual control systems that have to be created for touch screen devices. However, one of the most appealing things about this style of game has always been the diversity and richness of the character builds a player can create. Choosing from interesting classes that have a role in a group or are well equipped for one on one combat is interesting and fun, and allows players to build up their roster of playable characters much as they would in PC or console games of this nature.

Great Social Features

When you play on console or PC, you do of course have chat options within the game you are playing if you are enjoying an online gaming experience. However, these do tend to be even better on mobile games, as they are built around being used on communication devices. Whether you play mainly with people you know or strangers the games match you to, communication and social features tend to be exceptional on the big name mobile MOBAs.

Good Bragging Rights

Almost anything you can play online has visible achievements and stats, and league tables you can use to see how you compare to other players. However, this is also an area where mobile gaming really excels, due to the large community and the ease of incorporating things like gamer stats and worldwide performance tables into your interface. If you enjoy playing for glory or to beat other players, it is rarely more satisfying than on mobile MOBA style games.

While mobile gaming is a long way off of being able to replace PC or console gaming in the hearts of serious gamers, games like MOBAs have really made it a lot more enticing, and perhaps won a lot of us over when we aren’t at home.

Building a new IT career with Online Courses

Starting out in a new career can be daunting, especially in the field of IT. There’s a constant uphill battle of staying up to date with the latest technology, as well as staying up to date with the latest certifications. The key to an IT career is to continually learn, as those who don’t, get left behind in the dust of the knowledge thirsty millennials that are taking the tech world by storm. If you’re looking to start out in the IT sector, or your looking to branch out from your current occupation, then perhaps it’s time to consider an online course to build a new IT career.

Online Training Courses

When starting a new career, it often means adding a certification to your resume. What better way to do this than by studying online! Online learning has numerous benefits, some of which include:

  • Learning at your own pace
  • Having the option to pause, fast-forward and rewind
  • Learning from any location
  • Not spending money on commuting
  • Studying in your own time
  • Taking online courses from organisations around the world
  • Getting more options than your local college
  • Having access to online practice labs (depending on your course provider) which enables you to gain real experience without buying equipment

Building a new career through e-learning is one of the most effective, convenient and economical ways to learn a new skill. However, as with anything on the internet, there are many many options to choose from. When it comes to IT, the choices for online courses are endless. If your looking to start a new IT career, there is one course however that stands out.

CompTIA A+ Training

If your entering the world of IT and looking for a course that will give you a foundation of IT knowledge, then look no further than a CompTIA A+ course. This entry-level course is perfect for those who are beginning their career in IT and looking for a certification that is recognised by employers around the globe.

What is the CompTIA A+ course?

CompTIA or Computing Technology Industry Association, is an organisation that is best known for offering leading certification programmes, as well as other initiatives. CompTIA A+ is a certification offered by CompTIA, that covers a wide array of subjects such as networking, installation and troubleshooting. The A+ certification is considered to be the starting point for a career in IT. According to CompTIA, the A+ performance-based exams certify foundational IT skills across a variety of devices and operating systems.

To achieve a CompTIA A+ certification, students need to select a training provider and then pass the A+ exam. There are many different options students can select from when it comes to training. Online learning is one of the most popular methods to date as it comes with more pro’s than con’s. Below are some helpful tips for those who are considering studying online.

Some Tips for Studying Online

Online students can improve their productivity by implementing the following tips:

  • Try to avoid studying at home, as there may be many distractions. Instead try a quiet coffee shop or a local library.
  • Work out a study time table. By planning ahead this will help you stay on top of your work load.
  • Go the extra mile by allocating some time for revision and asking for advice from online tutors.

Once you have taken the time to learn as much as you can from your online course, and have hopefully passed the final exam, it’s time to build on your career and see what opportunities lie ahead thanks to your new certification.

Career Opportunities with Online Courses

Completing online courses offers a multitude of career opportunities. When it comes to a new IT career, completing an online CompTIA A+ course is a great first step for building a new IT career. According to ITJobsWatch, 25% of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK cited CompTIA A+ as a requirement. Some of the career opportunities available to those with this certification include:

  • IT Support
  • Support Analyst
  • Support Engineer
  • IT Technician
  • 2nd Line Support
  • Service Desk Analyst

Conclusion

Online courses are becoming more accessible, financially viable and suited to busy work schedules. With today’s digital society and the internet creating more opportunities, online learning has taken the education industry by storm. If you’re thinking of entering the working world of IT, what better way to gain real experience and the most up-to date information on IT, than through online courses. If you’re new to IT, or you’re looking for a course that validates your existing knowledge, CompTIA A+ is your first step in the right direction when building a new IT career.

4 Ways Technology Can Ensure You Always Have an Edge over Your Competitors

The world of business is all about competition. Even if you offer a unique service, there will always be another company that is looking to steal your clients. Sometimes, a company’s competitor can put them out of business immediately. Sometimes, it can happen over a number of years. Whatever the case, it is vital that this does not happen to you. That is why you need to constantly be on the lookout for ways to stand out from the crowd. In this digital age, technology is the secret to your success. Make sure that it is working in your favor. Any good business will have a standard website and email address. However, your business deserves to be great! Don’t just settle for the basics, use technology to take your company to new heights. If you are dedicated to securing a strong future for your entrepreneurial endeavor, you will need to read on. Below are four ways that technology can ensure that you always have an edge over your competitors.

Stay in the Loop

If you are trying to speed up the growth of your business, you will need to put the hours in. Make sure that you are always in the loop. You can do this by directing your emails to your phone. You should also consider purchasing a mobile device that is well suited to the process of sending, and receiving, emails. A phone with a large screen and an efficient keyboard is ideal. Obviously, it is important that you have your down time. However, in business there will always be someone who is ready to steal your deal. You should have this in mind whenever you decide to switch off your phone. If you are comfortable with allowing your business to wait until another day, it is perfectly fine to leave your emails. However, if you desperately need to make a deal work, you are going to have to sacrifice some of your free time. Once your business becomes more successful, you could also provide your employees with work phones. This is a great way for you to stay in constant contact with them, without crossing any personal boundaries. It will also help to send an extremely professional message to your clients. It will definitely make a statement if you are able to give someone your work number, instead of just your private mobile. 

Use Social Media to Your Advantage

Social media is an effective, and inexpensive, way to expand your business. It will allow you to reach clients that you previously wouldn’t have been able to. This is especially useful if you are trying to appeal to a younger audience. If you manage to create a strong online presence, you will see a huge growth in the success of your business. Most people like to use the internet to shop or research the services of companies. Therefore, it is essential that you manage to keep up. Once you have secured a client, you should encourage them to connect with you on all of your social media platforms. This will give you the opportunity to remind them of your company. It is important that you don’t overdo it. Try to strike the right balance between promoting your business and appearing overly corporate. You could always inject some humor into your posts or shout out your clients on their birthday. Whatever you do, just make sure to be creative. In order to ensure that people keep following you, you need to give them a strong reason to. Perhaps you could offer a special deal to the people that are linked to you on social media? This will provide them with a strong incentive to keep that connection alive.

Boost the Online Profile of Your Website

There are lots of fantastic ways for you to boost the online profile of your website. Luckily, many of your competitors won’t have considered taking these steps. One option would be to use a free keyword tool to help you find high volume terms that relate to your keyword or keyword phrase. Say you are working as a florist, you will benefit from knowing which terms will drive people towards your website. You can use this tool to discover the search trends of individual words or phrases. This is the kind of information that will ensure you have an edge over your competitors. You need to be doing everything in your power to attract people to your business. Don’t just take the obvious route. Ideally, you want to find subtle ways to outdo the competition.

Analyze Your Data

As an entrepreneur, you should understand every aspect of your business. A great way to do this is by analyzing your data on a regular basis. This will teach you things about your company that you never would have known. For instance, analyzing your client base will tell you if there are any demographics that you are not appealing to. Perhaps, you are failing to connect with the younger generation? This realization will allow you to understand the secret to growing your business. Obviously, you will still need to focus on retaining your current clients. However, you could also develop strategies to target a new group of people. This will have an automatic effect on your ability to compete in the business world. Instead of just targeting the same clients as your competitors, you will be able to secure sales of a completely separate demographic. If you are wondering how you can analyses your data effectively, the solution is simple. There are a range of apps that will help you in this process. They will provide you with all of the tools that you need in order to understand the innermost workings of your entrepreneurial endeavor. By taking this approach, you will be able to have more confidence in your actions. Instead of stumbling around in the dark, you will know exactly what your next move needs to be.

La Primitiva, a Vintage Lotto You Can Play in Lotto247

In Lotto247 you can find the best variety of lotteries from all over the globe, the spotlight is always taken by lottos like USA Mega Millions and Powerball and rightfully so, they are making an honest effort to hand out better and bigger jackpots every year, but there are other lottos around the world that are also spectacular and deserve equal credit.

In this article we will talk about one of the best and most famous lotteries that Spain has to offer. We are talking about the oldest one around and that is La Primitiva (The Primitive). This lotto was created under the rule of King Charles III of Spain at the recommendation of the Marquis of Squillace, the lotto was created to collect funds without creating new taxes. The first La Primitiva draw was held on December 10 of 1763, and it was called “Lottery by numbers”. In 1812 a new more modern lottery was created and the lotto by numbers received its famous name.

The draw was held until 1862, when it was suppressed by the government, but it came back more than one hundred years later through a royal decree in 1985 and has been a constant in the Spanish lifestyle ever since. Players choose six numbers from 49 balls and eight balls drawn, the six numbers, the bonus plus ball, and the “reintegro” (drawn from 0 to 9). To hit the jackpot you need to match the six numbers and the “reintegro”.

The jackpot in La Primitiva has been very generous, in 2015 one luck player won almost one hundred million euros, a life changing amount of money. In Spain, taxes are not as cruel and excessive as they are in the United States with lotto winners, the state tax is only 20% on lottery winnings. This means winners can enjoy a sum more close to what they win in the draw, we’ve seen in the US the winnings cut in half most of the times.

Now that almost anything the world is only a few clicks away you could very be the next winner of La Primitiva even if you do not live in Spain. In Lotto247 you can buy online lottery tickets to and play in this traditional and historic lotto that was created before the historic events that have shaped our modern world. The biggest jackpots are now within our reach, let’s take them.

Top 10 Strategies to Win Cash in Online Rummy

It’s late, there’s nothing to do, and you’re starting to feel a little stir-crazy. To pass the time, you decide to brush up on your knowledge of Rummy Rules and strategies. You go on to spend the night playing 13 card Rummy and winning tons of cash prizes! Rummy is famous for a simplicity and quickness of play that makes it accessible to even the biggest novice. Although it isn’t as complex as some other card games, there are still many tried and true tips and tricks you can learn to guarantee a win!

Here are the top 10 strategies that any Rummy player can use to bump up their winnings:

Pure Sequences Are Your Best Friends

Like anything else in life, first things first. It’s imperative that a player first try to make a pure sequence as soon as possible. A pure sequence consists of 3 or more consecutive cards of same suit (i.e., 8, 7, 6 of hearts) with no Jokers in the mix. You’ll thank yourself for this foresight when your opponent declares a game unexpectedly!

Pure Sequences Are Your Best Friends, But Jokers Are Your Buddies

If you followed our tip above about pure sequences, you’re in the right position to create a second or third sequence using our buddy, the Joker. Jokers are excellent to use in sequences that utilize high point cards. How you use your Joker is up to you, but keep in mind that when it comes to an opponent declaring the game, they’re great for reducing your points and losses.

Watch Your Opponent Like a Hawk

It’s easy to get caught up in your own strategies, but what about your those of your opponents? What cards are being discarded, which ones are being kept? Any Rummy player worth their weight will tell you that keeping a watchful eye on the cards their opponents pick and discard is an absolute must.

Go Fishing

Rummy is a game of strategy, so keeping some tricks up your sleeve is not only highly recommended, it’s necessary. Fishing (as it is called in Rummy) is the process of tricking your opponent into discarding the cards you need. One way you can do this is by discarding a card that is close to the number you need (example: you have three 6s and one 5, dropping the 5), making your opponent think it is ok to lose a 6 if they so happen to have one.

Alternate Colors to Reduce Confusion

Keeping your cards in an alternating color pattern will do wonders in reducing confusion and frustration during a game. There is no worse feeling than accidently discarding the wrong card because you didn’t take the time to alternate your hand! This is a simple yet vital tip.

Shake It Up

So, you’ve arranged your cards in an alternating pattern. Great…but that isn’t enough! Becoming complacent and leaving your cards in the same order the whole game could leave you holding a winning hand without even knowing it. Be smart, remember to constantly move your cards around and maximize your chances at winning cash prizes.

 Middle Cards Offer a Ton of Opportunity

Middle cards offer the greatest room for card combinations. Consider how much better it is to have a 5 in your hand than an Ace. You can combine a 5 with a 3, 4 or 4, 6 or 6, 7, 8 but an Ace only with a 2, 3. With that being said…

Drop High Point Cards Like They’re Hot!

More is not always better, especially when it comes to high point cards! If you don’t have a good sequence to play NOW, kick them to the curb! Hanging on to cards like Aces, Kings, Queens or Jacks only increases your possible points burden. This ends up doing more harm than good should an opponent declare the game before you.

Dropping the Game is A-OK

The truth is that there are just some hands that aren’t worth the trouble. When things look bleak, either from a bad card combination or lack of Jokers, swallowing your pride and dropping the game is your best course of action. The hit you take from dropping a game will be nowhere as severe as losing with a terrible hand.

Reduce Your Points, Increase Your Wins 

As you know, scores in Rummy are entirely based on points. The player with the highest hand at the end is the biggest loser. So, working to reduce your points throughout the game is a must. Again – make sure you have kicked cards like Aces, Kings, Queens, and Jacks to the curb before an opponent gets the chance to declare the game!

Is this the future all those old Sci-Fi films hyped us up for? Maybe we don’t have robotic maids yet, but we do have the ability to instantly join in on our favorite card game online with someone half way around the world at any hour. With the strategies you just read, you are guaranteed to not only have a great time, but to also win tons of cash prizes. The future is now and it’s highly entertaining!

5 Best Devices to Maximize Your Workout


Modern technology is changing the way people workout for the better. Gone are the days of wondering how many steps you have walked or calories you have burned. All the information can be accessed at the touch of a button. We are therefore looking at the five best devices to maximize your workout.

Sports Headphones

Anyone who takes exercise seriously must invest in a high-quality pair of headphones, which could make or break your performance. There are many different styles, brands and features that can fuel your workout, such as Beats Powerbeats3, Bose SoundSport Wireless and Skullcandy Grind. Each will offer different features and price tags. Find the best sports headphones for both your needs and budget.

Fitness Tracker

A fitness tracker not only counts your daily steps to maximize your physical health, but it can also encourage you to move more, sleep better and has the potential to improve your general health, so they are a must-have for health-conscious individuals.

There are a range of fitness trackers to choose from, which are available in clips, bands or watches. For instance, you could buy the Apple Watch Nike+ that features a heart rate sensor, average pace and access to many third-party apps, or the Fitbit Charge that tracks activities, steps, calories and sleep, whilst offering breathing exercises and interchangeable bands.

Smart Shoes

If you want to avoid wearing an expensive band or watch when working out, you could always opt for an invisible form of technology in the form of smart shoes. You can buy comfortable footwear that features an integrated fitness tracker into the soles of your new sports shoes, which will track every move you make during physical activity. It is the ideal option for passionate runners, as the metrics also feature Bluetooth connectivity that can be accessed via an app.

Smart Helmet

Do you love to cycle? Improve your performance on the bike by investing in a smart helmet, which you should wear on the road. Never become lost again with built-in GPS directions that will help you cycle your way through the roads, as it will not block out any sounds to improve road safety and aid your performance. What’s more, the smart helmet can track your mileage, so you will know the exact distance you have travelled. The intelligent device can also alert a loved one if you experience an accident on your bicycle.

Athletic Sleepwear

Did you know there is a line of sleepwear to help your body recover from the stress of physical activity? Tom Brady has joined forces with Under Armour to release the innovative sleepwear for athletes, which features TB12 technology. The print on the inside of the clothing cleverly absorbs your body’s natural heat, and reflects Far Infrared back into your bodyto increase your recovery rate.

Do you have a favorite device to improve your physical performance? Tell us all about it in the comment section. We would love to read your helpful tech tips.

 

 

Games For The Month of August


The Month of August 2017 has been packed with new awesome game releases.  Let’s do a rundown on some of the cool games released so far. These games include Cities: Skylines and Night trap 25th Anniversary Edition

Cities: Skylines

Cities: Skylines is an adventurous game for players with the desire to build their own dream city. Players start from a stage of city planning, urban zoning, road construction, city management, infrastructure development and transportation. Cities: Skylines game challenge is based on the ability to maintain or govern the player’s city.  Players work towards managing city factors like waste management, employment, health, traffic, basic sanitation, city pollution levels and budgets. The player begins by surveying and plotting the area where the city is going to be built on.

The player then add roads, schools, police stations, fire fighters departments, hospitals, power, water, sewerage residential and commercial areas. Different transport systems are constructed to manage city traffic flow. For instance, roads differ in width depending with area; freeways are wide to cater for large traffic volumes. The player is required to manage all the factors to score points. This game demands high levels of skill and strategy. It is just like an online casino real money game but without the real jackpots. Cities: Skylines runs on different platforms such as Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS and Linux.

Night Trap


Night trap 25th Anniversary edition is a fascinating action horror game that many players will fall in love with. The first Night Trap game was released in 1992, the game developers are celebrating their 25th Anniversary with a new game. Night Trap is about a member of a Sega Control Attack Team (player) and the rescue of five young girls. These girls are spending their weekend at an estate and the house is invaded by vampires. The player’s mission is to monitor using hidden cameras and catch these vampires by setting traps. If the player fails to catch them, the young girls are killed. Night Trap is supported on PlayStation 4 and PC.

Tactics For Attracting Customers To Your Online Store

A lot of work goes into starting an online business and selling your own products. Once you have the business launched, it’s common to feel stuck and a little uneasy. You’re not sure how to get more customers or why people aren’t coming to your store.

Don’t let yourself get discouraged just yet. This is where you need to step back and evaluate your selling points and how to get them across to potential customers. Start brainstorming reasons why someone would want to purchase your product and how to get it in their hands. See tactics for attracting customers to your online store.

Blog

A great way to draw attention to yourself and your website is through a blog. They’re easy to start and that’s all you have to do is maintain quality content. Launch a blog where you share important and entertaining information with your audience. Use content to draw in your target audience. If they like what they see, it’s likely they’ll poke around the rest of your website and start shopping. Share your blog posts and get them out in the public. It’s also a good idea to guest blog for other well-known websites, so you get your name out there.

Website Design

To build your store, start by picking from a list of amazing WordPress ecommerce themes. Select a design that complements your product and is easy on the eyes. You want to attract your customers by the look of your store and not scare them off. The themes are easy to navigate and manage. A simple and striking design is sure to pull customers in and keep them on your page. If it’s easy to shop and you’re selling quality products, interested users will be sticking around to check out your website.

Social Media

Put yourself out there through social media. Start fan pages and advertise your products. Share your blog posts on social media and interact with your potential customers. Use social media for customer care inquiries and answer their questions and concerns. Engage with your audience through your pages and ask them to share images of themselves wearing or using your product. Use social media to build a fan base of people who fall in love with your brand and encourage them to share their passion for your product with others.

Advertise on Pinterest

Pinterest is a great spot to post images of your products. People use the platform to shop, pin favorite looks and share ideas. Be visible to those who you know will enjoy engaging with your product. Launch campaigns narrowing in on specific types of users and interests. Draw them in with an eye-catching image and link them to your online store. Advertising on Pinterest is a smart way to target people who you know will enjoy shopping on your page.

Conclusion

Launching an online store is a big accomplishment. Be sure you’re prepared to work hard and do whatever it takes to appeal to the right customers. These are tactics for attracting customers to your online store.

Canada’s Best Mobile Casinos at Your Fingertips

The future of online gambling is here and Canada has spared no time optimizing it. Players are no longer restricted to in-person or PC gaming – Canada’s mobile casinos now cater to on-the-go gamers. Casual and avid players alike can easily access top-rated slots and casino games from the comfort of their mobile device. Games are available through browsers for instant play or through app download. Since these games are made specifically for mobile, any of your preferred devices are optimal. iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry – any smartphone or tablet will do the trick! The choice is all yours when it comes to how you would like to enjoy your mobile gaming experience.

Gaming options are what most players look for, and Canada’s biggest and best mobile casinos do not disappoint. There is something for every taste and style; players won’t have to spend too much time browsing thanks to handy reviews and game guides. Mobile slots are not the only type of gaming available, players also have the option of a wide variety of table and casino games. Options includes everything from real money and fruit slots to live dealer games like baccarat and mobile blackjack. For those interested in bonuses and promotions, Canadian mobile casinos have you covered there, too!

Of course, security is just as important as variety and accessibility. Those who like to play for real money naturally have security as a top concern. Top-rated Canadian mobile casinos protect personal and financial details with state of the art encryption software for the best and safest gaming experience possible. Peace of mind with deposits, credit card casino payments, debit card payments and web-wallet payments is a guarantee.

The days of in-person casino gaming may soon be behind us as mobile casino games continue to flourish. There is something for everyone and no restrictions to when and where you play. Canada’s best mobile casino games are now just a few taps away, anywhere and anytime!

Building a Website for Your Small or Medium Sized Business – Is it Really Necessary?

Owning and operating a small or medium sized business presents its own unique set of challenges. While these smaller businesses can prove to be just as rewarding, if not more rewarding, than that of operating a large business, it can be hard to figure out the best ways to spend money where marketing and advertising are concerned. Many SME owners find themselves questioning the need for a website.

Unless the owner has tech knowledge, there’s a good chance they will need to hire an expert to put the website together. With that said, it’s only natural to question whether or not it’s worth it. Let’s take a closer look.

Why Build a Website?

Perhaps your business has been making do without a website for a while now, so you’re on the fence as to whether you need one at all. As it currently stands, about 46% of small businesses in the U.S. don’t currently have a website, so you certainly aren’t alone. But is that a good thing? According to experts, every business, regardless of size needs to have a website nowadays. Even if it’s just you and a couple of employees, the business should still have a website.

Why is it so important you may ask? Well, there is the fact that Americans spend roughly 35 hours each month online. For any company that is looking to grow, and what company isn’t, this represents a massive untapped market that they may otherwise not be able to reach. Let’s also look at the fact that 81% of adults in the States own smartphones and spend, on average, 39 minutes per day browsing online. The potential is massive.

Of course, there are also a number of other huge benefits to building a website such as the fact it helps with brand recognition, it helps to build legitimacy in your business, and it’s a great way to generate leads and data.

How Easy is It to Build a Website?

So just how easy is it to build a website nowadays? How much tech knowledge do you need? Well technology has certainly advanced by leaps and bounds, and it’s more user-friendly than ever before, but with that said there is still a level of tech knowledge that is required. This is exactly why so many small businesses turn to experts to build the site for them.

Outsourcing is nothing new, and can often end up saving businesses money in the long run. The website will be built right from the start and generate the kind of results you were after.

Just remember that you want to pick a company with skills in the industry your business exists in. For example, let’s say you run a home improvement company. If that’s the case, you want to pick a company that has hands-on experience building a home improvement website with proven results.

While your business may have gotten along up to this point without a website, those days are numbered. With the push towards the digital world, the need to have a website will continue to grow.

                  

Play for cash or play for fun: Rummy Card Game Online

The way we live our lives these days is a strong indication that there would be times when we would be our company and our social life would be limited to ourselves. If we look back and recall the days when we were kid’s entertainment and social life had a different meaning altogether. Almost on every festival and occasion the entire family and extended family and friends used to get together at one place and used to celebrate, enjoy and smile. However today it is a rare thing as we all are too busy with our hectic lifestyle which leaves no room for such to get together. Our social life is very much limited to stay in touch with each other using technology. Even our entertainment is limited to use of our smart gadgets including PC and smart phone. Online gaming has been a blessing in disguise for many and this is the reason we strongly rely on this as and when we need a dose of relaxation and to boost our spirits. Out of everything one thing which has not changed yet is still the love for card games in our country. This is something which was there is now and would be as well in future and yes the only thing that might have changed with technology is that now we can easily play our favourite card game online using our smart phone or laptop.

Rummy card game online is easily available on multiple gaming websites and it certainly needs not much of introduction as we all are pretty much familiar with card games. Card games are always taken seriously in our society so be it playing for fun or for real cash it involves some intelligent calculation, decision making, and great analytical skills.

Though card games have always been popular in our country and were the best form of entertainment as well as a medium to bring people together. But in current times with its online version, it is convenient and players tend to play it online and sharpen their gaming skills. Rather expert rummy players play rummy for cash and this has made it more popular than anything else. There are people who have expertise in this game and they have practiced and played this game for years and no they play online rummy for cash as now this is their main source of income.

The online rummy game offers you complete privacy and freedom to enjoy your game anytime anywhere if you are online and with Smart phones it is more than easy to play this interesting card game. A majority of the gaming websites have introduced their mobile compatible versions which allow people to play this exciting game of rummy on Android and iOS platforms and win big. If you wish to try your luck playing online rummy all you need is to register on a gaming website and start playing online rummy for fun or for cash.

Boost Sales with a Mobile App for Your Business

If you hadn’t noticed already, apps are quite a big deal in everyday life. In fact, compared to using the Internet, users dedicate 90% of their time to using apps when on their mobile. When you consider the importance of mobile for businesses, this statistic is one that will grab your attention if you’re looking into creating your own app.

As for actually making an app, this isn’t just a possibility for larger organizations. Due to the improvement of development resources and technology, a professional app is a realistic possibility for even small start-ups. Plus, having a business app has numerous benefits regarding attaining and retaining customers.

However, before you jump head-on into the exciting world of app development, there are a few questions you need to ask yourself…

Things to consider

  • Does your business actually need an app? It’s all well and good to have a desire to join the app trend, but if it doesn’t make sense in terms of ultimately converting sales, it doesn’t make sense to go down this avenue. Therefore, look at your target audience, decide how many use smartphones, and see if they would actually go out of their way to download your app.
  • Can your company cover app development costs? Thanks to mobile app development companies and freelancers, producing such a product is more budget-friendly than ever before. If your business is still on the small end of the scale regarding turning over a profit, investing funds into an app is perhaps not the best use of your money. Also keep in mind that, on top of your base cost of creating an app, you also have to make sure it is optimized for various devices – another thing that can have a noticeable impact on your budget.
  • Do you have the resources to add frequent updates? A stagnant app is not going to retain the attention of current users, and this will also impact the lure of gaining new customers. As a result, it is important that you have the resources in place to keep the app updated on a consistent basis.

If all of that sounds fine and you want to move on with the process of creating a mobile app, read on for four reasons as to how your business can benefit.

1. Build your brand 

As a business, you should be exploring every avenue possible to help build the presence of your brand. Considered a modern way of marketing, an app is a great way to appeal towards a younger demographic, stand out from your competitors and build up trust.

After all, the more trust that is built, the better chance you have of getting your products and philosophies across to consumers. Thanks to having an app, you can show them why to place trust in your brand. It’s not only an advertisement tool, but it can also be used to educate customers.

2. Supply value to customers

At the end of the day, your main aim as a business is to turn potential customers into ones that will open their wallets for whatever you’re selling.

Other than simply the product alone, there are various ways to encourage a consumer to part with their cash in your favor. This includes supplying extra value. By extra value, this could be implemented as exclusive discount codes that are only available via your app. Or perhaps you could develop a loyalty program, where customers gain enticing benefits based on the amount of points they collect for purchasing items from your company.

Doing this will ensure that not only will new users be tempted to download your app, but it will also get existing ones to stick with using it due to the rewards on offer.

3. Stay connected at all times

When it comes to the advantages of using such technology, the convenience of an app should never be underestimated. While a mobile website is a great thing to have, remember the previously mentioned statement: users spend much more time using apps rather than accessing a mobile’s web browser. Plus, it’s fair to say that, well, face-to-face communication is not quite as important as it once was for a business interacting with its customers.

Therefore, when a user wants to connect and touch base with you, what do you want for that? Well, an app of course!

In fact, using an app is a great communication tool. Not only are you avoiding the potential for human error – such as lackluster performance and mood swings – when interacting with customers, but you are also presenting the same face each time. That is, the app will have an identical interface each time it is accessed, and you can optimize this to provide the best overall user experience.

Plus, if your outlet only operates during normal business hours, an app means consumers can access and gain what they want from your company at all times.

4. Increase sales figures 

It goes without saying that when you improve customer satisfaction, those sales figures will also benefit from a healthy boost. If they feel they’re being treated well, consumers are going to buy goods or services from your business.

Once you gain some traction with this improvement in satisfaction/sales, expect a snowball effect as others learn about what you do. Plus if you have an app, this could well be improved exponentially if you rise up the app store rankings in your respective field.

Even after all of these exciting benefits listed above, you might be thinking: I’ll just stick with my mobile website. Well, that’s your ultimate decision, but an app is generally much more effective on mobile than having a site. This doesn’t mean you can’t combine the two, as an app that supports a responsive mobile site will definitely help bump up those sales figures.

Here’s one last question to ask yourself: when was the last time you ordered a pizza by phoning up a fast-food joint? Chances are, you’ve been using an app to get your fix of greasy treats for quite some time.