Latest Online Scams That You Need To Know

Online Scams You Need To Know And Avoid

There are scams online which you need to know about and should avoid.  People have become more intelligent and knowledgeable about technology.  The problem is they use their knowledge to do harm to others.

Just recently, there were reports of routers being infected by a Russian-origin malware.  The latest are online scams.  Here are some of them and hopefully you will be aware of them and avoid them.

PayPal Phishing Scam

Phishers are scammers fishing for personal information about a person.  Information such as bank account numbers, which they can use to make money.  The modus operandi of these phishers is they send you false emails regarding some apps and services you are using and present you with situations where you need to send them money.

PayPal is their latest “victim”.  If you receive an email from PayPal, scrutinize it.  If you see several misspelled words, contact PayPal first before following whatever the email instructs you to do.

Vega Stealer Malware

This new malicious malware appears to be a harmless doc file labelled “brief”.  Once downloaded, the “Vega Stealer” software finds any credit card details, passwords, or otherwise sensitive documents on the device it has infected.This malware targets only a specific group, specifically business owners.

Netflix Phishing Scam

Phishers encourage people to do somethings via email until they reach the point where they are able to get your personal info.    The company advises its subscribers not to enter or log in your personal details.  Ignore the email or better yet, type www.netflix.com directly on your web browser.

The Apple Support Scam Call

If you get a call from somebody pretending to be from the Apple Support Team, they are most likely trying to trick you and navigate you to a misleading website landing page.  They would then convince you to buy something expensive, which you do not need.  To avoid this, enable two-factor authentication for your Apple account to make sure you are not hacked.  Or better yet, just hang up the phone when you hear that the caller is fron the Apple Support Team.

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Twitch Tips For Beginners

Tips For Beginners On Twitch Streaming

Here are some tips on Twitch streaming for beginners.  Live streaming on Twitch is popular these days.  To make quality live streams, here are some tips and tricks.  Hopefully these will help your live streams will gain more audience.

You Need A Good Quality Microphone

The commentary is the reason why people watch live streams, not so much as the game play.  You do not want to sound like you are in a wind tunnel next to a construction site.  You do not need to use an expensive or an amazing mic.  Just make sure that the mic you are using does not have a lot of static and that your voice comes out clear.  It is also advisable that you use earphones, earbuds or headsets so there won’t be any feedback from the speakers of your TV or sound system.

Have A Good Internet Connection

You don not really need a very fast internet connection.  It just have to be a decent connection.  Just make sure that your internet connection is fast enough to broadcast your video at 720p or more.

You Need To Use A Webcam

The purpose of live streaming is for you to be able to interact with your audience.  These viewers would like to know what you look like.  Streamers with webcams are much better than ones that don’t have.  Your webcam does not have to be expensive also.  Just decent.

Use An Overlay

Using an overlay for your live Stream makes it look more professional.  Make sure that your stream looks good and will stand out of the crowd.  Put a border around where your webcam is.  Make sure you have a pop-up notification when someone follows or donates.  This will encourage other viewers to do the same.

Stream Less Popular Games

You need to stream something that a lot of people watch but not a lot of people stream.  Check on the list of games on Twitch.  Look over the games after the first 20 or so.  go over it and find a game you might like.  Click on it to see how many people are streaming it.  If at 30 people does that, find something else.  The whole point is for you to appear on the first page of a game.

Get A Chat Box Moderator Or Bot

View bots are not advisable.  You will be banned.  But a chat bot is good.  Get one to check the chats to make sure that no one posts links or anything else that could be dangerous.

Communicate With Your Viewers

Talk to your viewers.  Say something nice to them every once in a while.  Keep refreshing the viewers list.  If someone new joins the stream acknowledge the new viewer.

Converse With A Friend

Engage your friend in a conversation while streaming.  You can do this via Skype.  Since no one will be talking when your stream is just starting, talking to somebody will help.  Viewers leave right away if they do not hear anybody talking in a stream.

Make A Schedule

Set  a fixed schedule for your stream.  A lot of people will more likely watch your stream if it has a schedule than when you stream just any time.

Do Not Give Up

Not every stream will be fun.  It may be good or bad.  Nevertheless, do not give up.  Keep on streaming until you succeed.

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Anafi Released By Parrot

Parrot Releases Anafi

Anafi was unveilled by Parrot just recently.  This folding drone is Parrot’s response to the Mavic Air.  Parrot is a French company who developed Anafi.  According to them, this folding drone is the product of two years of development.

The Features Of Anafi

The 0.7 pound drone is foldable.  This is for maximum portability.  The users of this drone, among them photographers, can stash it away along with their other equipment when travelling.  Or it can be just kept in a jacket pocket.  This feature is handy and convenient for drone users who are always on the go.

The Anafi is said to be clearly targetted directly at DJI’s Mavic line.  It has a 4Y HDR camera on board, and a 21 megapixel still unit mounted on a gimbal.  Parrot estimates battery life at 25 minutes.  This is quite solid, as far as this class of drone is concerned.

The Drone’s Other Features

Parrot says that the drone is the quietest in its class.  It is not literally quiet, though.  But the company’s previous drones sounded like lawn mowers.  With the Anafi, the sound has been reduced by about a third, compared with the company’s earlier models.

The drone has a controller that plugs into an iPhone or Android device, for touchscreen visualization through the FreeFlight 6 app.  It features a number of different control modes, focused on capturing different camera content.  This also include an option for following a subject, and of course, a selfie mode.

The Anafi’s Price And Availability

The drones price seems just right.  The drone costs $699, $100 cheaper than the Mavic Air.  At first glance, it does not appear to be as advanced as DJI’s latest stab at creating a truly mainstream drone.  Anafi is due to be out on July 1.  The drone will be available through Parrot, Amazon, and other “select retailers”.

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Cheap Home Theater Smart Speaker From Sonos

Sonos And Its Cheap Home Theater Smart Speaker

Sonos announced its compact home theater smart speaker.  The announcement was made in San Francisco.  The new device is called the Sonos Beam.  This new smart speaker from Sonos is said to be cheaper than any similar devices of its kind.

The Sonos Beam

This device boasts of a much smaller footprint than its previous home theater products.  The Beam is said to be 60 percent smaller and 28 percent shorter than the Playbase and is said to be now available for pre-order.

This product will support Amazon Alexa controls at launch alongside Airplay 2 connectivity, which will be arriving in July.  The company says that the product will be set up to gain support from other voice assistants in the future.

The Product Launch

The launch of the product is very important for the company.  The company is still seeking to expand its footprint in home audio products.  According to reports, the company has filed confidentially for an IPO in April, that could take place as early as this summer.

Sonos find itself competing heavily with tech giants like Santa Barbara, Google, and Apple, in terms of home audio systems.  The company should be able to compete and survive competition in the home audio market which has become more about embedded AI tech of virtual assistants.

Other Funcitons Of The Sonos Beam

The Beam is not only a home theater speaker.  Being a smart speaker, it has other functions.  Tasks like turning on the television set and changing its volume may be done by the Beam.  With Fire TV support, you will be able to query Alexa to direct you to specific TV shows and movies.

Price And Availability Of The Sonos Beam

The devices is said to be cheap at $399.  It is a little higher than the $349 HomePod of Apple.  The Sonos Beam is now available for pre-order.

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Motorola Moto G6 Review

Review Of Motorola’s Moto G6

Motorola’s Moto G6 gets its review.  With its price of Rs 13,999, this device has a stunning design and cameras.  The Moto G6 is a well-made phone and is one of the best looking devices.

The Moto G6

The Motorola G series is the company’s answer to Xiaomi’s Redmi device line-up.  The newest member of the G series is the Moto G6.

It has a 5,7-inch FHD+ 18:9 display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor, a glass-and-metal construction, and dual cameras.  Its price starts at Rs 13,999 for the low end model up to Rs 15,999 for the top end model.

Moto G6 Specifications

The Moto G6 has a 5.7-inch, 18:9 LCD display.  Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor; 3GB/4GB RAM; 32GB/64GB storage; and microSD card slot.  It supports dual SIM; 12MP and 5MP rear, 16MP front camera; 3000mAh battery; Android 8.0 Oreo; and 4G VoLTE.

Design And Display Of The Moto G6

The moto G6 is different from any of the phones on the Motorola G series when it comes to design.  It feels like a high end device, complete with the 3D glass and metal combining together.  As a Matter of fact, the Moto G6 looks exactly like the Moto X4.  Its fit and finish is good.  Its rests perfectly in your palm because of its curved rear.  It wieghs 167 grams and measures 8.3 mm.

The Motorola Moto G6 has minimum bezels around the display.  It has 18: 9 aspect ratio, similar to that of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro.  This gives the phone its extra inches of screen space without actually increasing the size of the device.  The taller screen makes it good for watching movies and playing games.

Its fingerprint sensor remains in front, just below the screen, that doubles into a home button.  The G6 has a facial recognition feature to unlock the phone, though.

More Of The Moto G6

Its dual-SIM card tray is located on the top of the phone, next to a microphone.  On the bottom is a 3.55mm headphone jack, and the USB Type-C connector for fast charging purposes.

In conclusion, the Motorola Moto G6 is a well-made phone that delivers a number of promises that Motorola has made.  But a beefier processor would have been much better.

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Xiaomi Rumored To Release An Army Of Smartphones

An Army Of Smartphones Rumored To be Released By Xiaomi

Rumors are out that Xiaomi will release an army of smartphones.  This “army” will be composed of the Xiaomi Mi A2, Xiaomi Redmi 6, 6A, and 6 Pro.  It will make its debut in Taiwan, alongside the XIaomi Mi A8.

The Xiaomi Mi A2

Since Mi A2 is the rebranded version of the Mi 6X, it will have the same specifications as the Mi 6X.  The phone gets a 5.99-inch full HD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio.  Its processor is the 2.2 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660.  It supports expandable storage via a micro-SD card support as well.

The rear camera is 12MP+20MP with the 12MP sensor sporting f/1.5 aperture and Artificia Intelligence features.  While the 20MP sensor has f/1.8 aperture.  The front camera is 20MP with LED flash.  The device supports facial recognition feature to unlock the phone.  It is backed by a 3010 battery with QuickCharge 3.0 technology support.

Xiaomi Redmi 6, Redmi 6A, And Redmi 6 Pro

Two new Xiaomi smartphones have been spotted on certification websites.  It is still unclear, however, which of these new phones will be called Redmi 6, Redmi 6A, or Redmi 6 Pro.

A Xiaomi smartphone that does not have a notch has been listed with three model numbers.  The phone features a 5.45-inch full HD+ display with 19:9 aspect ratio.  A 2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor could power it,coupled with 2GB/3GB/4GB RAM and 16GB/32GB/64GB storage.

One  model has been listed with an 8MP rear camera and a 5MP selfie shooter.  The two other models will probably feature dual rear 12MP+8MP rear cameras and 5MP front lens.

Another Xiaomi smartphone with a notch has been spotted with three model numbers.  It will be powered by a 2GHz octa-core CPU.  The processor is not specified.  Dual rear cameras is expected in this Xiaomi smartphone as well as a 5MP front shooter.  The device will be backed by a 4000mAh battery.

For now, we should just wait until these Xiaomi smartphones are out to be able to know their exact details.

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Want A Decent Pair Of Earphones? Infinix Quiet 2 Is What You Need

Infinix Quiet 2 For A Decent Pair Of Earphones

If you need a decent pair of earphones, you should get the Infinix Quiet 2.  Earphones are part of every individual who use gadgets on the go.

They use it to answer or make calls, as “handsfree” mode without heaving to resort to loud speakers.  Earphones are also used to listen to music without disturbing other people.  Loud music from your device could annoy others, so using earphones is advisable.

The Infinix Quiet 2

There is a new earphone in the market today.  It is an inexpensive clone of the Bose QC20, which boasts of a noise cancellation module for a much cheaper price.  This new gadget is called the Infinix Quiet 2.

The similarities between the Bose QC20 and the Infinix Quiet 2 are limited to its looks only.  meaning, it just looks the same outside.  The gadgets are diferent when it comes to performance and of course, their prices are miles apart.

Infinix Quiet 2’s Inspiration

This new earphones drew inspiration from the Bose QC20 (Quiet Comfort).  The QC20 is known for its active noise cancellation (ANC) modules.  This is what inspired the makers of Infinix.  That is why this gadget was mostly patterned after the Bose QC20.

A Closer Look At The Infinix Quiet 2

For its packaging, the infinix Quiet 2 comes in a neat box with the earphones inside.  It comes with a nice little pouch to carry it around.  Also attached is the noise cancellation module.  There are different-sized eartips to suit your need and a quick-start guide.

The earphones have a shark fin design for added grip.  Its cables are attached to a volume control module that also holds a microphone.  The voice control module further plugs into the noise cancellation module that has an ON/OFF switch, a green LED indicator, and a micro USB port for charging.

Its Sound Quality

Speaking of sound quality, the Infinix Quiet 2 has done a fairly decent job.  The quality of its sound is good at mid-range.  But if your volume goes beyond 75-80%, it tends to be over bearing.Overall, if you are not too keen about sound quality, this gadget may be considered a good item to have.

The ANC is supposed to cut off ambient noise and make you focus on the music.  But in this case, it just manages to isolate the surrounding noise and bump up the volume of the gadget instead.

The Infinix Quiet 2 may be a clone of the Bose QC20.  But it just looks the same. Its functions and performance are not similar, and its price is of course, very much different.  The Infinix Quiet 2 is way cheaper so do not expect it to be as good as the Bose QC20.

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Everything That We Need To Know About The Moto Z3 Play

The Moto Z3 Play And Everything We Need To Know About It

The Moto Z3 Play will launch in Brazil today.  Let us find out all that we need to know about it.   Leaks of the smartphone have given out key specifications and features of the Moto Z3 Play.

The Design And Display Of The Moto Z3 Play

As per leaked photos, the said smartphone will have a glass back design and a bezel-less 18:9 aspect ratio display.  It does not appear to have a notch on top of the display like most flagships of this year.  It will use a white software button instead of a physical home button.

Another noticeable change is the repositioned fingerprint sensor.  It could be embedded on a button on the right side.  It is also probable that the company could add other authentication methods for unlocking the phone, like facial recognition.

Its display could feature a 6-inch full HD display, with thin bezels on top and on the bottom.  The “Motorola” branding could be found on the bottom bezel (or the chin), instead of the home button.  Its dual rear cameras would be horizontally aligned along with dual LED flash.  It will also come with support for the 16 magnetic pins at the back to connect Moto Mods.

Its Camera And Software

The Moto Z3 Play could sport 12MP+8MP sensors at the back with dual LED flash.  Artificial Intelligence and the “Bokeh” mode support features for the camera is expected as well.  But the details are still unclear at this point.  The front shooter could be 5MP and the pone will run Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box.

Moto Z3 Play’s Processor, Battery, And Memory

A recent listing has hinted that it will run Snapdragon 636 processor instead.  It could be available in 4GB RAM + 32GB/64GB of storage.  A 3000mAh battery could back the device.

These are the available details of the Moto Z3 Play based on the leaked reports.  But we have to wait for the official launch to know the full details of the device.

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Lenovo Z5 Launched In China: Specs, Features And Price

Specs, Features And Price Of The Lenovo Z5 Which Was Launched In China

The Lenovo Z5 has been launched in China and here are its specs, features and price.  Lenovo said this is the world’s truly bezel-less phone.  But it is not really bezel-less.  It has a notch on top of the display along with other prominent side bezels.

Actual Specifications Of The Lenovo Z5

The Lenovo Z5 has a 6.2- inch FHD+ display.  It has a resolution of 2246×1080 pixels.  The aspect ratio of its screen is 19:9 and a notch on top.  The Lenovo Z5 has a double-sided 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass for protection.  An octa-core Snapdragon 636 processor powers the phone and is backed by a 3300mAh battery.  Its dual 16MP rear cameras are backed by Artificial Intelligence.  It has an 8MP with f/2.0 aperture front shooter.  Videos can be shot with 4K resolution with Lenovo Z5’s camera.

How Much Does The Lenovo Z5 Cost

Lenovo Z5 with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage is priced at 1,299 Yuan.  The 6GB RAM and 128GB storage model is at 1,799 Yuan.  Lenovo Z5 will go on sale in China until June 12.

Other Features Of The Z5

This phone has claimed 45 days stand-by in the battery.  But the phone sports a 3300mAh one, which is not as high as expected.  It remains to be seen if Lenovo will support the 45 days claim it made earlier.

The Z5 was launched along with Lenovo A5, and Lenovo K5 at an event held in Beijing, China.  Lenovo Vice President Chang Cheng previously shared a concept sketch of the Lenovo Z5.  The sketch had no bezels or notch.  The phone was said to feature a 90 percent screen-to-body ratio.  But the final images of the phone are completely different from the images earlier released in China.

Nevertheless, the phone has now been launched and you just have to see for yourself if the which of the information given about the Lenovo Z5 is true and which is not.

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Top 5 Smartphones Of 2018

Smartphones On 2018’s Top 5 List

Here are the Top 5 smartphones of 2018.  Smartphones have been part of our everyday lives.  These smartphones have different features and we acquire those which suit our needs.

With the evolution of technology come the development and updates of these smartphones.  This 2018, let us present the smartphones which are among the top 5 on this year’s list.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

This is said to be the best smartphone around.  It is a big phone designed for big hands.  It puts together in a compelling package the very best on the smartphone market.  Its screen is the Super AMOLED 6.2-inch display and is measured to be one of the best around.

It has a 3500mAh battery, better than the smaller S9.  Its camera is among the best in the market.  It has dual-aperture capability which offers some great images when it gets darker.

The iPhone X

The iPhone X is the best Smartphone Apple has ever made.  This is what the iFans have been crying out for – the redesigned Apple iPhone X.  Its got a new shape, the notch on top, and more expensive.

The screen is 5.8-inch OLED, the best that Apple has ever crammed up.  Its battery life is pretty good.  It will last 12 hours if you are a heavy user.  If not,  it could comfortably last the whole day.  iPhone cameras have always been superb.  iPhone X’s camera delivers still shots that are rich in detail.

Huawei P20 Pro

The Huawei P20 Pro’s screen is a 6.1-inch display and only Full HD.  But it helps with battery life.  This is the weakest part of the phone.  It does not have the vibrant colors that its competitors have.  Its battery will get you to a day and a half of light to moderate use.  The camera is the stand out feature of this smartphone.  It offers three lenses, which are actually useful.  The resolution is pin sharp, with excellent photo optimization.

Samsung Galaxy S9

This phone is designed for those with small hands.  It is more palm-friendly, but is packed with power and top screen quality.  Screen: A QHD 5.8-inch, which takes up most of the front of the phone.  Battery life is a little disappointing.  Heavy users are advised to be prepared with wireless or fast chargers to be able last the whole day.  It only has a single sensor camera.  This means it is not good for photography.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Its S pen is its real point of differentiation.  Its screen maximizes Samsung’s dual curved edge and nearly bezel-less Infinity Display.  It has a superb camera with dual lenses for optical and digital zoom.  Its battery is not that good, but will still last you a day provided you do not do a lot of video streaming.

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