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Top apps for gentleman’s smartphone

We’ve done our best to seek out the top apps which are perfect for every modern gentleman today.

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Apps have become integral to the daily lives of most people around the world today, with there seemingly being an app for every situation. While most apps are geared to cater for everyone, there are many which gentlemen will find especially useful when installed on their latest high tech smartphones.

Therefore, we’ve done our best to seek out the top apps which are perfect for every modern gentleman today.

Evernote

Evernote is the app of choice for businessmen and gentlemen alike when it comes to wanting to organize and access whatever matters most on demand. It’s an app which allows the user to keep everything in the one place, be it to-do’s, images, audio, web pages and documents. Evernote can also sync with multiple devices, ensuring that not only is information available whenever it’s needed, it’s also kept up to date too. Evernote works for everyday life and business and is the organiser app that every gentleman needs to install.

PartyCasino

All work and no play can be a bad path to follow, so having the brilliant bespoke PartyCasino app installed is the solution of choice in our eyes. These guys are one of the biggest names in the online and mobile casino sectors. PartyCasino has some of the best online slots and table games which everyone can enjoy. The brand also has great blackjack games – a game that is perfect for the modern gentlemen due to its excitement and potential reward.

Gordon Ramsay Recipes

There’s no doubt that the number of modern men who enjoy cooking has increased dramatically over the last decade or so. With more and more male celebrity chefs popping up on TV screens, it has seemingly inspired a generation to get into the kitchen and more often. Gordon Ramsay is one of the world’s most popular and recognised multi-Michelin starred chefs, and the Gordon Ramsay Recipes app by Pineapple Developers gives the modern gentleman access to some of his finest recipes and cooking guides in an instant.

My Fitness Pal

My Fitness Pal is the all in one fitness app that a lot of men are now using in order to get fitter and to lose weight. There’s been a rise in the number of men who are now hitting the gym or looking to lead a healthier lifestyle and My Fitness Pal is the ideal app for them. Not only does it allow a person to track their fitness levels and work outs in depth, it also acts as a calorie and diet monitor too. Users can for example scan barcodes on food items which will automatically add them to their daily food diary.

Smartphones and the apps that are being installed on them are ever changing as time and technology advances but the four mentioned above are what you should expect to find on a gentleman’s device and one’s that a modern man should be downloading and installing.

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How much protection does your business really need?

But just how risky are things out there? Do you need a tremendous amount of security? Or will you be okay if you avoid the cost?

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Business owners not only have to worry about their finances and customers, but also protecting their assets from criminals. 

But just how risky are things out there? Do you need a tremendous amount of security? Or will you be okay if you avoid the cost? 

Answering these questions depends very much on your location. Some companies can get away with minimal security apparatus because they occupy distant places or don’t store any valuables on-site. Others need to be much more careful. 

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In the digital world, it is an entirely different matter. Distance is no defense. And practically every company owns sensitive data that hackers can exploit in some way if they choose to do so. 

The level of protection your company needs, therefore, depends on the following factors: 

The Value And Sensitivity Of Your Data

If you own a cupcake business that sells packaged cakes for delivery in your local community, then criminals probably won’t go to great lengths to steal your data. It might have value, but it will be relatively low down on their list of target priorities. 

If, however, your data is the source of your competitive advantage, you need to start paying attention to its integrity. If you need the information to develop new products, connect with customers, or advertise effectively, you’re a high-value target. You’re also valuable to criminals if you collect and store personally-identifiable information about your customers. 

Audit the value of your personal data and try to figure out what it is worth. If you’re not sure, call in IT cybersecurity professionals and get them to give you a rundown. 

The Value Of Your On-Site Assets

The majority of modern businesses are capital-light, meaning that they don’t need a vast amount of plant and equipment to make them run. Nobody is going to risk years in prison to raid the offices of an accountant. 

With that said, many companies store vast quantities of expensive machinery and inventory on their premises, immediately putting them at risk. If you have a substantial number of goods lying around, you’re a high-value target and at risk. 

Don’t assume that criminals are oblivious to your activities because you’re a small player. Professional thieves are skilled at what they do and often make a fortune by plying their trade. 

First, you’ll need to put up plenty of security around your premises and outbuildings. An 80W wall pack light, for instance, can act as a deterrent for anybody coming onto your property. You’ll also want to fit a security system with motion sensors and integrated cameras connected to your smartphone via WiFi. Doing this will immediately tell you whether somebody is on your premises. 

Finally, you’ll want to make extensive use of shutters and physical barriers without being too obvious. Criminals know that significant investments in physical defenses signals high-value contents. And so it can sometimes make them more determined to break in and steal your possessions. 

Thus, the amount of protection your business needs scales with the value of its assets, both physical and digital. 

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Tech-related jealousy is real… including LGBTQIAs

According to the Pew Research Center, about one-third of LGB partnered adults whose significant other uses social media report that they have felt jealous or unsure in their current relationship because of how their partner interacted with others on social media (versus 22% of straight people who say this).

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Social media can be a source of jealousy and uncertainty in relationships – especially for younger adults.

This is according to a Pew Research Center study (with the survey conducted in October 2019, though the study was only released recently) that found that, indeed, many people encounter tech-related struggles with their significant others.

In “Dating and Relationships in the Digital Age”, Pew Research Center noted that “younger people value social media as a place to share how much they care about their partner or to keep up with what’s going on in their partner’s life.” However, “they also acknowledge some of the downsides that these sites can have on relationships.”

Twenty-three percent (23%) of adults with partners who use social media say they have felt jealous or unsure about their relationship because of the way their current spouse or partner interacts with other people on social media.

Now get this: the number is higher among those in younger age groups.

Among partnered adults whose significant other uses social media, 34% of 18- to 29-year-olds and 26% of those ages 30 to 49 say they have felt jealous or unsure in their current relationship because of how their partner interacted with others on social media. This is definitely higher than the 19% of those aged 50 to 64 who say this, and 4% of those ages 65 and up.

The insecurity is also common among those not married – i.e. 37% of unmarried adults with partners who are social media users say they have felt this way about their current partner, while only 17% of married people say the same.

Women are reportedly more likely to express displeasure with how their significant other interacts with others on social media (29% vs. 17% for men).

Meanwhile, college graduates are less likely to report having felt this way than those with some college experience or a high school degree or less.

And yes, LGBTQIA community members are no different.

According to the Pew Research Center, about one-third of LGB partnered adults whose significant other uses social media report that they have felt jealous or unsure in their current relationship because of how their partner interacted with others on social media (versus 22% of straight people who say this).

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LGB online daters report positive experiences… plus harassment

LGB online daters are more likely than their straight counterparts to experience a range of negative behaviors on dating platforms, varying from name-calling to physical threats. Among those who have ever used an online dating site or app, they reported experiencing at least one of the forms of harassment measured in this survey on those sites and apps (69%, compared with 52% of their straight counterparts).

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Lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) adults who use online dating sites and apps generally report that their experiences with online dating have been positive – even more than straight online daters (65% said their experience was very or somewhat positive, versus 56% of straight online daters).

This is according to a Pew Research Center survey, which found that a majority of LGB adults (55%) report that they have used an online dating site or app at some point, roughly twice the share of straight adults (28%) who say the same.

Among LGB adults who are married, living with a partner, or in a committed relationship, 28% say they met their current partner online. This is more than double when compared with 11% of partnered straight adults.

Also, among LGB people who are now single and looking for a relationship or dates, 37% are currently online dating (versus 24% of straight people who are single and looking).

However – and this is worth highlighting – LGB online daters are also more likely than their straight counterparts to experience a range of negative behaviors on dating platforms, varying from name-calling to physical threats. Among those who have ever used an online dating site or app, they reported experiencing at least one of the forms of harassment measured in this survey on those sites and apps (69%, compared with 52% of their straight counterparts).

More than half of LGB online daters (56%) say they have received a sexually explicit message or image they did not ask for, compared with 32% of straight online daters who say the same.

Stalking was also raised as an issue, with roughly half of LGB online daters (48%) saying that someone continued to contact them after they said they weren’t interested, compared with 35% of their straight counterparts.

About four in 10 LGB online daters (41%) say someone called them an offensive name on one of these sites or apps – 16 percentage points higher than the share of straight online daters (25%) who say the same.

Lastly, 17% of LGB online daters said that someone on a dating site or app threatened to physically harm them. This is more than twice the share of straight online daters (7%).

Perhaps not surprisingly, according to the Pew Research Center survey, LGB adults who have ever online dated are more likely than straight online daters to think harassment and bullying is a “common problem” on dating sites and apps (70%, compared to 61% of non-LGBs).

No matter the drawbacks, don’t expect online daters – LGBT or straight – to just dump it.

As per the Pew Research Center survey, even among those who experienced at least one of the asked-about forms of harassment on dating sites and apps, they still said that online dating is safe for the most part. Three-quarters of LGB people who have experienced at least one of the harassing behaviors saying it’s a very or somewhat safe way to meet someone, with 64% of straight online daters who have been harassed agreeing.

And with 78% of LGBT online daters (and 69% of their straight counterparts) still believing that dating sites and apps are a very or somewhat safe way to meet people, this trend isn’t going anywhere soon…

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See all the new features that have been confirmed from ‘World of Warcraft: Shadowlands’

Here’s a look at all the details Blizzard has revealed about Shadowlands so far, so you can learn more about the changes this popular MMORPG will receive.

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World of Warcraft is the most representative MMORPG of all and throughout its long history has known how to keep its players faithful to the game, even for more than a decade. One of the main reasons for WoW’s success has been its expansions, which have known how to improve and change the World of Warcraft atmosphere. 

During BlizzCon 2019, the annual event organized by Blizzard where the next releases of this company are announced, the highlight was undoubtedly the confirmation of the much awaited Overwatch 2 and Diablo IV, but also caused quite excitement the announcement of the new expansion of World of Warcraft.

The new expansion of this emblematic MMORPG is called World of Warcraft: Shadowlands and will be launched this year. That said, here’s a look at all the details Blizzard has revealed about Shadowlands so far, so you can learn more about the changes this popular MMORPG will receive.

The inclusion of the Covenants

One of the new mechanics that Shadowlands will include is the inclusion of “Covenants”. At a certain point in the Shadowlands, the heroes will have to choose which Covenant they will join. The Covenants consist of congregations that have different objectives in the Shadowlands, which are based on achieving balance in these lands. Each of the covenants in the game will have its own tabernacle, a place where the characters will congregate.

In the tabernacles, it will be possible to accept unique missions for each pact participate in an exclusive campaign and invoke allies to carry out important missions. In addition, players will be able to learn unique abilities based on the Covenant they have selected as well as their own mount, unique skins and new skills. Blizzard is still debating whether the aforementioned unique items in each pact can be equipped on other characters or will be exclusive to the hero who unlocks them.

The new and interesting huge dungeon of Shadowlands

WoW expansions have always offered interesting raids and dungeons that always end up being a real challenge for players, and Shadowlands is no exception. This expansion will include a new dungeon that can be explored alone or by a group of up to five people, called “Torghast, the tower of the damned”. It has been confirmed that this dungeon will be huge and will be characterized by the fact that its content will be generated in a completely random way every time someone goes inside.

The most dangerous souls in the cosmos and the greatest heroes of Azeroth are confined to this tower, while the whole place is ruled by the jailer. The players must go through the different floors of this dungeon until they manage to rescue them all. As players progress through the tower, they will be unlocking more powers and unique items that will be essential to continue their lives to the end. Blizzard has also confirmed that if enough progress is made in Torghast, materials will be available that will be needed to create legendary armours and weapons along with other surprises to be discovered in the future.

The maximum level will have a new regulation

One of the first features that Shadowlands will have is confirmation of a rumor that has been around for a long time.  Since the Burning Crusade expansion, the maximum level that characters could reach has been constantly increasing with each expansion that was released, until the current Battle for Azeroth, where the maximum level reached 120, which turned out to be an unnecessarily huge amount for Blizzard, so it was decided to reduce everything by half.

That said, the new maximum level that can be reached in Shadowlands will be level 60. This change will cause all characters who are level 120 to be level 50 when they arrive at Shadowlands, where players will have to get the experience necessary to get back to the maximum level which this time is 60.

This new level regulation will be realized because Blizzard has the desire to make sense of the task of raising levels again. Currently in Battle for Azeroth, reaching level 120 takes an excessive amount of time and is usually not very rewarding. For this reason, Blizzard hopes that with this regulation, players will once again find the thrill of leveling up and that they will clearly notice the character’s improvement as they progress.

In addition to these changes, new characters will now be introduced to a new area exclusively for them, where everyone with a level from 1 to 10 will be able to explore a dungeon that will function as a tutorial on Azeroth. All characters with insufficient level to enter Shadowlands will have the freedom to enjoy any content from the previous expansion (Battle for Azeroth) or they will also be able to contact Cromi to travel to the past and be able to face the missions of Terrallende, Rasganorte, Pandaria, etc. Until they reach the required level 50.

Other interesting news

It is known that Shadowlands will be distributed in three different editions that will differ in the content they will include and in their price.

It should also be noted that in this new expansion the inhabitants of the Eternal City of Shadowlands will be able to trade anima, which will be used for in-game exchanges. This change in the economic system of WoW can have a significant influence on the parallel trades that sell WoW gold, because with this new expansion, players must take into account the anima before considering to buy WoW Gold.

So far, it has been confirmed that Shadowlands will have eight dungeons, four of which will be used to level up, while the rest will be focused on completing them with the maximum level, such as the Nathria Castle raid, which will have a total of ten final bosses to defeat.

Another very interesting aspect that Shadowlands will include is the diversity of skin colors for its characters in order to better represent reality. Although this detail is better appreciated in humans, it is also expected to be included in the other races.

Those were all the features that are known so far in World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, which are quite interesting and have a lot of anticipation for its players. Having said that, we’ll just have to wait and see what big changes the unbeatable World of Warcraft will undergo.

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Apple joins 2020’s rainbow retail with Pride-inspired watch

As June nears, expect businesses (even those that used to be anti-LGBTQIA, or at least mum about this issue until profiting from it was seen) to start using the rainbow – long considered as a symbol of LGBT Pride – to sell goods.

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As June nears, expect businesses (even those that used to be anti-LGBTQIA, or at least mum about this issue until profiting from it was seen) to start using the rainbow – long considered as a symbol of LGBT Pride to sell goods.

Among the early starters this year is Apple, which launched the artful Pride Edition Sport Band, which is joined for the first time by the new Apple Watch Nike Pride Edition Sport Band. Both are available from apple.com, the Apple Store app, and Apple stores, and pair with matching Pride Watch faces that are coming soon as a part of watchOS 6.2.5.

Fortunately (at least for Americans), Apple (and Nike) support LGBTQIA organizations doing advocacy and community-building, including GLSEN, PFLAG, The Trevor Project, Gender Spectrum, The National Center for Transgender Equality, and ILGA World.

So… as June approaches, savor the colors of the rainbow, while discussing profiteering of and within the LGBTQIA community.

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Hidden smartphone features that can make your life easier

Smartphones have some hidden but exciting features.

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We can testify that our smartphones have been doing wonders for us. Some of us have won real money at online casinos only by playing our favorite cinema casino online slots  games on our mobile devices. 

But as much as we have been winning big money at online casinos using our smartphones, there is a whole lot more that they can offer to make our life easier. Smartphones have some hidden but exciting features. For instance, are you aware that the iPhone keyboard consists of never-ending features that will surely make your life smooth-sailing? 

Without much ado, let’s take a moment to look at some of the hidden features that you didn’t know about. 

Take a Screenshot Without Using Buttons

We all take screenshots with the assistance of the two buttons. But do you know that you can simply swipe the screen with your palm on the screen to take a screenshot on the android device? This exciting feature is mostly disabled on most phones. To make use of it, you can simply go to setting, “My device”, “motions and gestures,” then enable “palm motion.”

Schedule your Smartphone’s Power on and off

This is one of the exciting features that quite a number of people are familiar with. Some just know It but they haven’t put into consideration what benefits it have for you. Well, this smartphone feature will protect you not to have smartphone addiction. And for casino games online players, it will allow you to practice responsible gambling as well.

To activate this clinical smartphone feature, simply go to settings and under the “System” section click “Schedule power on and off.” Thereafter, you can select the time to power on and power off your mobile phone device. It’s just as simple as that. 

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