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Every year, Wolters Kluwer Tax and Accounting provides tax and accounting professionals as well as journalists and reporters with a collection of expert analysis articles. These tools help them better understand the nuances of tax filing season and tax developments that affect businesses and individuals throughout the year.

the Whole Tax Ball (WBOT) The website offers resources curated by our tax experts that are designed to help keep members of the media informed of key developments affecting taxpayers. The information is provided in a user-friendly online format that is easy to find and navigate, and includes useful tax news, checklists, charts and tables that provide in-depth analysis covering a wide range of key changes with impact on taxpayers. This year, the documents cover topics such as changes brought about by legislative changes such as child tax credit and advance payments, as well as tax changes from the US bailout or Internal Revenue Service guidelines. (IRS) on the taxation of crypto-currencies. The collection also includes expert insights on state tax issues that arose in 2021, for example, those related to elective taxes for transmitting entities or nonresident withholding and reporting rules.

“Businesses and taxpayers will find that a lot has changed in tax law over the past year, and these changes will present both planning challenges and opportunities to try to maximize tax benefits,” said Mark Luscombe, JD, LLM, CPA. and Senior Federal Tax Analyst for Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting.

the Tax season tools and resources for tax practitioners content hub for tax and accounting professionals offers best practices, expert analysis, and resources in one place to help them better serve their clients during tax season. Throughout the year, Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting also publishes Tax Briefings which provide timely and in-depth information on tax legislation impacting businesses and individuals. Here is a link to one of the latest tax briefings: “Balance sheet for the 2021 tax year.”

Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting’s federal, indirect use and sales and state tax experts are available throughout tax season and year-round to help provide reporters and reporters with analysis and additional information on tax-related topics.

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Polk hospitals among those lacking price transparency, nonprofit lists https://frendlypresents.com/polk-hospitals-among-those-lacking-price-transparency-nonprofit-lists/ Fri, 04 Mar 2022 20:45:04 +0000 https://frendlypresents.com/polk-hospitals-among-those-lacking-price-transparency-nonprofit-lists/ LAKELAND — An advocacy group says Polk County hospitals aren’t providing all the pricing information patients need to seek out services and avoid receiving a surprisingly high medical bill. A federal law stipulates that hospitals must display the prices of medical procedures. The goal is to help patients make more informed decisions, increase competition in […]]]>

LAKELAND — An advocacy group says Polk County hospitals aren’t providing all the pricing information patients need to seek out services and avoid receiving a surprisingly high medical bill.

A federal law stipulates that hospitals must display the prices of medical procedures. The goal is to help patients make more informed decisions, increase competition in the healthcare industry, and reduce the cost of healthcare.

While Polk hospitals have shown progress toward price transparency, their efforts have fallen short of legislated targets, according to a study released in February by the PatientRightsAdvocate.org.

Hospitals are required to post a ‘machine-readable file’ of charges online

The rule issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services requires hospitals to post a “machine-readable file” of fees online for the services they provide.

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“I want it to be really user-friendly”: Green Lake updates the city’s website | News https://frendlypresents.com/i-want-it-to-be-really-user-friendly-green-lake-updates-the-citys-website-news/ Thu, 03 Mar 2022 22:00:00 +0000 https://frendlypresents.com/i-want-it-to-be-really-user-friendly-green-lake-updates-the-citys-website-news/ The Town of Green Lake plans to revamp its website. Finishline Studios owner Nathan Hess of Berlin will work with Green Lake Mayor Ray Radis, Ald. Chris Foos and Lisa Meier, executive director of the Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, will redesign the town’s website. Hess designed the website of the city of Berlin, […]]]>

The Town of Green Lake plans to revamp its website.

Finishline Studios owner Nathan Hess of Berlin will work with Green Lake Mayor Ray Radis, Ald. Chris Foos and Lisa Meier, executive director of the Green Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, will redesign the town’s website.

Hess designed the website of the city of Berlin, the website of the Boys & Girls Club of the tri-county region and the websites of other local organizations.

Last week, Thursday, Hess heard from members of the city’s ad hoc economic development committee about their ideas for the city’s website.

“Anything you want to do, I’m probably able to do it,” he told the committee. “What needs to be done – at least before the fall of this year – would be the setting of the site, [which] is quite outdated. It wouldn’t impact the design or content, but I have to spend a few hours on the site to update it. »

Meier is meeting with Hess this week to go over a few items on the chamber’s website and to discuss the city’s website.

“We need to have a strategic plan of what we need to do and present it to him and go from there,” she said, noting that the chamber would be able to provide high-resolution photos that the city could use for its site. website.

The chamber director added that the city should look at what other similar tourism-focused municipalities have done with their municipal websites.

Grants administrator Robin Wallenfang noted that the website needed to be easy to use, so residents could effortlessly participate in community surveys, learn about grant opportunities and search for information.

“I want it to be really user-friendly the first time people use it so they come back to it,” she said.

City councilor Elaine Houser said the city should also work with police and public works departments to find out what information they would like to include on the website.

Foos offered to include information on doing business in Green Lake, such as available commercial properties, benefits of moving a business to Green Lake, etc.

Meier added that the city’s website doesn’t need to include everything because the chamber’s website already provides useful links for tourists interested in parks, boat ramps, boating permits. fishing and other information.

“We’ll have to come together to make sure we don’t overlap,” she said. “I don’t want you to duplicate anything that you can just link to my website.”

Committee members also agree that the new website should avoid including outdated information.

However, it’s unclear who would be responsible for updating the website because the city has limited staff and the clerk’s office already has its hands full, officials said.

“Long term, we need to consider possibly hiring someone under contract to update and keep our website up to date, to continue to create new images and to continue to update new places for sale,” said meer. “I think it’s a long-term plan that you need to look at.”

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Samsung Galaxy A03 review – A budget phone with features suitable for everyday use https://frendlypresents.com/samsung-galaxy-a03-review-a-budget-phone-with-features-suitable-for-everyday-use/ Wed, 02 Mar 2022 02:11:21 +0000 https://frendlypresents.com/samsung-galaxy-a03-review-a-budget-phone-with-features-suitable-for-everyday-use/ After Samsung launched the Samsung Galaxy A03s entry-level smartphone last September, it received encouraging responses from consumers. However, it uses a relatively old chipset, so Samsung released an improved model – the Galaxy A03. The most noticeable difference with this model is in its chipset and camera. Unlike the Galaxy A03s, the Galaxy A03 features […]]]>

After Samsung launched the Samsung Galaxy A03s entry-level smartphone last September, it received encouraging responses from consumers. However, it uses a relatively old chipset, so Samsung released an improved model – the Galaxy A03.

The most noticeable difference with this model is in its chipset and camera. Unlike the Galaxy A03s, the Galaxy A03 features the Unisoc T606, while the camera has been upgraded to 48MP. Is this chipset and camera conversion worth it for you? Read this review to find out!

Design – Glasstic with subtle patterns

At a glance, anyone can see that this phone is an entry-level device, even if the person does not know much about electronic devices. After all, the Samsung Galaxy A03 has a plastic body with a matte finish.

The good thing about the matte finish is that fingerprints and smudges are less likely to stick. Another good aspect is the plastic material, which has a subtle pattern for a more comfortable grip. Also, the phone’s camera bump is the same color as the chassis. However, it’s not as thick as the camera bump on a flagship phone, giving it a lower profile.

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Galaxy A03 – Back

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Close-up of the camera module

As you can see, the Galaxy A03 is not a high-end smartphone. But if you want an entry-level smartphone with this kind of design, the Galaxy A03 might be the one for you.

The Galaxy A03 is available in three colors: black, blue and red. Our review unit is a black unit that looked very neat. Unlike other smartphone brands, Samsung does not include a case in this phone box. So if you want to prevent the color from fading (especially for bright colors), be sure to buy one separately.

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As usual, the volume and power buttons are on the right

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The camera bump is quite thin

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SIM drawer on the left

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A micro-USB in 2022!?

OK, let’s move on. The power and volume buttons sit on the right side of the Galaxy A03, while a micro-USB port (what!?), 3.5mm audio jack, and speakers sit below. For comparison, the Galaxy A03s comes with a USB-C port. To be honest, it’s mind-boggling to see Samsung release a phone with a micro-USB port in 2022.

On the front, the Galaxy A03 features a 6.5-inch PLS TFT Infinity-V display. The bezels are thinner at the top and sides but slightly thicker at the bottom. Compared to Samsung Galaxy A03s, Galaxy A03 has superior image quality. It also consumes less energy thanks to its PLS TFT type screen.

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Teardrop notch

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The bottom bezel is thicker which is quite common

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Everything inside the box

Tech Specs and Features – Overall upgrade over Galaxy A03s

Here are the full specs of the Samsung Galaxy A03:

  • Display: 6.5″ HD+ (720 x 1600) PLS TFT Infinity-V
  • Front camera: 5MP, F2.2
  • Rear camera: 48MP main, F1.8 + 2MP depth sensor, F2.4
  • Dimensions: 164.2 x 75.9 x 9.1mm
  • Weight: 196g
  • Chipset: UNISOC T606 Octa-Core (2xA75 1.6GHz + 6xA55 1.6GHz)
  • Memory: 3GB/4GB RAM, 32GB/64GB internal storage
  • Battery capacity: 5000 mAh, charging 7.75 W
  • Operating System: Android 11.0
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth v5.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4+5 GHz, Wi-Fi Direct, GPS, Glonass, Galileo, QZSS
  • Colors: Black, blue and red

As you can see, the Galaxy A03 is pretty good for an entry-level phone. Besides that, it is a super affordable priced at RM469. There are notable differences between the Galaxy A03 and the Galaxy A03, especially in terms of chipset, camera, charging port, and Wi-Fi version offered.

The Galaxy A03 is equipped with Dolby Atmos stereo speakers with clear sound. It also offers Dolby Atmos experience for headphones in the settings. Moreover, there is also Dolby For Gaming which can improve the sound of your gaming sessions.

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Dolby Atmos Settings

Home screen (left), App Drawer (center), Google Discover Feed (right)

In terms of software, the Galaxy A03 comes with the OneUI Core interface based on Android 11, which is very user-friendly. If you’re used to Android devices, you won’t have any problems with OneUI. I have Samsung OneUI to thank for a smooth experience. While using this phone, I didn’t experience any lag when scrolling through apps.

The camera user interface is also easy to use. For the Galaxy A03, Samsung has included a portrait mode with automatic settings. The Bokeh effect can also be applied to selfies using the Live Focus Effect feature. Just tap on the subject you want to focus on, and voila!

On top of that, it has standard modes like Pro, Panorama, Food, Night, Hyperlapse, and Deco Pic (choice of cartoon face effects). As for video recording, it can record with standard video settings like other entry-level phones.

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Portrait mode for the front camera

Interesting filters in the Deco Pic section (left), the main camera menu (center), various additional modes (right)

Performance – Enough for everyday tasks

Before commenting further on performance, I’ll first present the benchmark results we got in Geekbench and 3DMark:

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The Galaxy A03 produced a satisfactory score for an entry-level phone

As you would expect from the Unisoc T606 chipset, it offers enough performance for everyday tasks. We had no problems texting, browsing social media, watching videos, or accessing websites with it. However, the 3GB RAM is not much, so there would be some lag if you open multiple apps simultaneously.

For security, the Galaxy A03 is equipped only with facial recognition. In comparison, the Galaxy A03s has a fingerprint reader. I think the face scanning performance on the Galaxy A03 is pretty decent.

Galaxy A03 is not a good option for mobile gaming as its gaming performance is limited. You can play popular games like PUBG Mobile and COD Mobile, but it would still lag even on the lowest quality setting. If you want to play mobile games, we recommend buying a mid-range phone.

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The only games you could play would be simple games like Candy Crush or Fruit Ninja

While playing games, I noticed that the Galaxy A03 heats up quickly. Mind you, I only played games like Candy Crush and Fruit Ninja. If you’re using a smartphone case, remove it before playing. This would help maintain the internal temperature of the phone. Keep in mind that only games requiring low graphics usage can be played.

When it comes to battery performance, the Galaxy A03’s 5000mAh capacity can last for a day. If you activate the power saving mode, it can last up to two days.

For charging, Samsung only provided a 7.75W charger in the box. If you use this charger, it takes about 1h30 for a full charge. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with fast charging. By comparison, the Galaxy A03s has 15W fast charging. Although not as fast as other phones, at least the Galaxy A03 has this feature.

Now let’s talk about the Galaxy A03 cameras. The main camera, ultra-wide camera and depth sensors on the back provide enough functionality for a phone launching in 2021. The Galaxy A03s has one more camera, but the advantage of the Galaxy A03 is that its primary camera has a higher pixel count. .

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Automatic mode

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Automatic mode

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Automatic mode

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Automatic mode

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Automatic mode

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No zoom, 2x zoom

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4x zoom, 10x zoom

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Pro Mode, Night Mode

Overall, the images produced in automatic mode seem satisfactory. But one thing I noticed is that the colors are more saturated. For those who love mobile photography, Pro mode allows you to adjust ISO, white balance and contrast when taking photos.

For me, the camera of this Galaxy A03 is just enough to take pictures and share. Considering the price of the phone and the quality you get, most people should be happy, although the cameras are a little disappointing.

When taking photos in low light conditions, night mode provides better quality and can be used with the main camera. It does not produce much noise, but some photos will have an overly sharp effect which reduces the level of detail in the images. Also, you need to keep the phone stable in night mode because there is a timer (timer) when a photo is taken.

Video recording has two resolution options, namely HD and FHD. However, you can only record videos at 30 frames per second. Also, it should be noted that this phone does not have video stabilization.

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Conclusion – Better option compared to the A03s

The Samsung Galaxy A03 offers a decent user experience for most people, especially those who just expect the phone to perform day-to-day tasks. Compared to the Galaxy A03s, the Galaxy A03 offers faster performance, although it’s not very noticeable.

Serious users will likely notice the difference, especially when opening apps. However, a downside of the Galaxy A03 is the micro-USB port, which I don’t think should be used nowadays. Ultimately, the choice is yours.

For the price, I definitely recommend the Galaxy A03 because you’ll get better value for money with the performance of the Unisoc T606. At RM469, it’s also cheaper than the A03s (RM559). Other suitable alternatives for this phone include vivo Y20 (RM459), realme Narzo 50i (RM449), OPPO A16 (RM479) and Redmi 9C (RM449).

Are you interested in this smartphone? Share your thoughts in the comments and stay tuned to TechNave for more reviews like this.

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Members seek vendors to improve election reporting https://frendlypresents.com/members-seek-vendors-to-improve-election-reporting/ Sun, 20 Feb 2022 17:42:05 +0000 https://frendlypresents.com/members-seek-vendors-to-improve-election-reporting/ The Erie County Board of Elections is looking to give election night reporting a makeover. The board of directors on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution to seek vendors who could implement a more advanced earnings reporting platform in Erie County. According to the provider, the online platform would display election results with greater clarity and […]]]>

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5 best controller compatible games on NVIDIA GeForce NOW https://frendlypresents.com/5-best-controller-compatible-games-on-nvidia-geforce-now/ https://frendlypresents.com/5-best-controller-compatible-games-on-nvidia-geforce-now/#respond Thu, 20 May 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://frendlypresents.com/5-best-controller-compatible-games-on-nvidia-geforce-now/ The era of gaming in a single “station” in your home is over, and cloud gaming services usher in an era of PC-quality gaming on the go. NVIDIA GeForce NOW can be played on PC, Laptop, Mac, and Mobile, and with that transition in mind, here are five of the best user-friendly games you can […]]]>

The era of gaming in a single “station” in your home is over, and cloud gaming services usher in an era of PC-quality gaming on the go. NVIDIA GeForce NOW can be played on PC, Laptop, Mac, and Mobile, and with that transition in mind, here are five of the best user-friendly games you can play right now.

Having a ton of big game files on your Android phone is a pain, especially if you’re running low on storage space. Cloud services like GeForce NOW simply let you play some of the greatest PC games without the need for a beefy gaming laptop.

That does pose a question, however, are you a keyboard and mouse or controller gamer? Let us know in the comments section and let us know why you think your choice reigns supreme. While the keyboard and mouse may be great for PC gaming, gaming on the go is pretty good with a gamepad. If you want to take your gaming sessions with you and have access to a Bluetooth gamepad, here is five titles we think you should start with:

Gate 2

One of the all-time classics just turned 10 and just needs to be experienced no matter what you think of first-person games. A mix of physics-based puzzles, an excellent and engaging storyline, and fully controller-friendly gameplay means Portal 2 is a must-have game for players of all experience levels.

Graphically, it’s not the prettiest game out there, but when running in the cloud at crisp 1080p and 60fps, it’s smooth, fast, and holds up well thanks to Valve’s source engine. Because the controls are simple and easy to use, connect a bluetooth gamepad and the experience is as good as it is on your PC. Well, technically better, because you can play Portal in the park, from your phone.

Apex Legends

With the recent launch of Season 9, Apex Legends has become one of the best Battle Royale loot shooter games available. It’s easy to suggest, as cross play allows you to team up with friends on different platforms and even though Apex Legends is now on another portable form factor – the Nintendo Switch – it performs so much better in the cloud than it does. he never could on the console laptop.

The gameplay is frenetic and matches can vary from a few minutes to around half an hour. New characters and map changes are introduced with each new season and the player base has remained high, which means you don’t have to wait to participate in a match. While Apex Legends is a very controller friendly game, my advice would be to lower your sensitivity, turn off vibration feedback, and learn how to play with the claw grip, and you’ll start killing more and climbing into rankings.

Fortnite

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With the Google Play Store and iOS not having official access to Fortnite, one of the best ways to play is still to use GeForce NOW and with a controller you don’t have to rely on commands. confusing and cramped screen as you dive out of battle. Bus. The ever-changing nature of Fortnite’s gameplay and game map, third-person perspective, and art style are the main reasons it has racked up such a huge following.

Playing with a controller is so much more comfortable on your smartphone than having onscreen buttons obscuring your view. This allows you to take advantage of the multiple game modes without worrying about whether you’re at a disadvantage – if, like me, you’re a bad Fortnite player. Of course, you don’t need to be playing with a controller, but if you’ve played a ton of Fortnite on console, this is a really controller-friendly game on PC with customizable aim assist that allows you to make sure you are not at a disadvantage for those who play with a PC keyboard and mouse.

Keyboard shortcuts are also fully customizable here, which means you can customize the Fortnite experience far beyond what’s possible in the dedicated mobile app. Not only is this GeForce NOW the best way to play Fornite on mobile, it also looks superior.

Riders

There is certainly no shortage of Raider shooters in 2021, and Outriders is one of the last. It draws a lot of influences from Destiny, Gears of War, and many other great third-person games, but there’s enough here to unwrap and enjoy if you’re new to the genre or want to fill a void in form. of Gears of War in your life. This title is designed from the ground up to work with a controller, so when you play with a linked bluetooth gamepad, it plays like a dream.

The main story is a bit of a spin-off and has a group of mercenaries called the “Outriders” en route for a journey through the galaxy from Earth to Enoch as our home planet has turned into a bit of a hellish landscape due to a lack of resources yada, yada, yada. It’s nothing that film and video games haven’t taken a well-worn path before, but it sets things up nicely to just press a trigger button on your gamepad when faced with a wave after the other drones on the screen.

Being able to play the game almost entirely in co-op is a pretty big bonus, but the controller-friendly gameplay is one of the main reasons Outriders is worth checking out.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

All Assassin’s Creed games are very controller friendly. In fact, they really should be played with a controller for maximum enjoyment in our opinion. Valhalla is the latest and greatest, and while the elements of parkour are less pronounced, this is a true triple-A title in every sense of the word.

Sure, the game is playable with onscreen controls, and it’s fun with a keyboard and mouse, but it’s controller friendly for a reason. Assassin’s Creed was originally designed for the console, so it’s still more enjoyable with a gamepad compared to any other input method. The fact that you get 1080p 60fps gameplay is yet another plus, but it’s as smooth as silk.

With such a vast game world to explore and a recent DLC joining the party, Valhalla could be the perfect portable title to play in the Assassin’s Creed universe.

You can try GeForce NOW here and come back every week for GFN Thursday – NVIDIA’s weekly celebration of the latest games, features and news, streaming from the cloud to all of your devices with many more controller-compatible games coming live in the coming months.

What are your favorite controller-compatible games for mobile play? Are you a controller or keyboard and mouse your gamer? Let us know in the comments section what is your favorite way to play.

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BevQ a user-friendly app – The Hindu https://frendlypresents.com/bevq-a-user-friendly-app-the-hindu/ https://frendlypresents.com/bevq-a-user-friendly-app-the-hindu/#respond Wed, 27 May 2020 07:00:00 +0000 https://frendlypresents.com/bevq-a-user-friendly-app-the-hindu/ BevQ offers a user-friendly interface, although its effectiveness largely depends on how it handles potentially high download traffic. The customer must first enter his name, mobile phone number and PIN code on the login screen before accepting the general conditions and selecting the language of his choice. The customer will then get a six-digit verification […]]]>

BevQ offers a user-friendly interface, although its effectiveness largely depends on how it handles potentially high download traffic.

The customer must first enter his name, mobile phone number and PIN code on the login screen before accepting the general conditions and selecting the language of his choice. The customer will then get a six-digit verification code, which will direct them to the point of sale reservation page.

The point of sale should be chosen according to whether the user is looking for alcohol, beer or wine, followed by a token reservation by SMS. Two different formats are to be followed for the alcohol reservation () and beer or wine ().

Time slot

The user will then receive a confirmation message. Once the user clicks on the “Reserve your time slot” button, they will get a confirmation page with a queue number, details of the point of sale and the date and time reserved. User can scan provided QR code for point of sale details. If the specified time slot is not available, the user will receive a “Token not available” message.

Until 10 p.m.

Slot reservations can be made between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.

“Early risers are likely to benefit, as trying to book the time slot as early as possible can be the safest bet for smooth sailing,” said Bhuvanesh, a youngster who was disappointed to miss. the opportunity to download the app during the test run and is now eagerly awaiting its launch.


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Best Budget Gifts for Cord Cutters | My money https://frendlypresents.com/best-budget-gifts-for-cord-cutters-my-money/ Fri, 21 Dec 2018 08:00:00 +0000 https://frendlypresents.com/best-budget-gifts-for-cord-cutters-my-money/ This time of year, many Americans are looking for the perfect holiday gifts for the special people in their lives. If these lucky recipients have jumped on the cord-cutting bandwagon, they may be looking for ways to tune in to all of their favorite shows in the new year. The perfect gifts can help them […]]]>

This time of year, many Americans are looking for the perfect holiday gifts for the special people in their lives. If these lucky recipients have jumped on the cord-cutting bandwagon, they may be looking for ways to tune in to all of their favorite shows in the new year. The perfect gifts can help them improve their entertainment setup.

Sure, entertainment tech can get a little pricey, but there are plenty of products out there that can please cord cutters without breaking the bank. Top gifts for cord cutters include:

  • Smart speakers.
  • Digital antennas.
  • Streaming devices.
  • Gift cards for streaming subscriptions.

Read on to find budget-friendly gift ideas for cable cutters.

(Note: All prices are shown at current list prices. They are subject to change and buyers may be able to find better deals by comparing prices.)

smart speakers

For hands-free control of other smart devices and voice-activated music, search capabilities and other functions, smart speakers are a step towards the entertainment system of the future. Smart speakers can help cord cutters connect to their streaming and on-air content with just the sound of their voice using compatible systems. They can also play their own music playlists, shop online, check the weather and more.

There are full-featured, expensive smart speakers out there, but there are plenty of solid options to choose from in a more affordable price range. In fact, two of the best are available at low prices:

  • Echo Dot (third generation model): Amazon’s cheap smart speaker uses the Alexa smart assistant to access a variety of features. Price: $50
  • Google Home Mini: This little speaker is powered by the intelligence of the handy Google Assistant. Price: $50

Digital antennas

The best alternative to paying too much for TV is to pay nothing at all, and digital antennas open the door to plenty of free live content. With location-based offers, digital antennas can help your gift recipient get free access to local and national channels and save them from continuing to pay for subscriptions after the initial purchase.

There are many antennas on the market today, but here are a few inexpensive holiday-time options:

  • Sheet Mohu 30: With a sleek, flat design, this indoor antenna has a range of up to 30 miles. Price: $40
  • Insignia Indoor HDTV Antenna: This antenna uses an old fashioned rabbit ear design to help tune public channels. Price: $18

Streaming Devices

The key to turning any TV into a smart TV is a streaming device. There are many types of streamers, but most work as a way to connect a TV to the internet, streaming services, and other apps and features. If your favorite cord cutters have no way of getting their content straight to their TV, a streaming device could be a great gift option. Even better, some of the best on the market don’t have high prices.

Here are some popular affordable options:

  • Roku+ Streaming Stick: This plug-and-play device brings Roku’s user-friendly interface, convenient remote control, and broad service support to any TV. Price: $50
  • Amazon Fire TV 4K Stick: Packing a lot of streaming power into a small package, this little streamer supports 4K viewing. Price: $50

Gift cards for streaming subscriptions

If you’re looking to broaden the viewing horizons of the cord-cutters in your life, giving them access to a streaming subscription can give them a whole range of new content. Unfortunately, most streaming services don’t have an official method for giving subscription gifts, but an easy workaround is to give a general-purpose gift card with your chosen subscription term prepaid. Be sure to let your recipients know which streaming service you recommend when they embark on their new viewing adventure.

Find the best offer

During the holidays, many products have deep discounts to appeal to the shopping masses. It’s always a good idea to shop around on sites like Amazon and store websites to ensure you’re getting the best prices available. Even if a list price seems out of your price range, you may be able to find the same products at even more affordable prices by looking at multiple sources.

Whatever your price range this holiday season, you can find an affordable gift for the cord cutter in your life. Whether you choose a small system upgrade or a big new platform, if you take advantage of the seasonal sales, you can keep your gift recipients and your wallet happy.

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Alibaba targets Chinese seniors with ‘senior friendly’ app https://frendlypresents.com/alibaba-targets-chinese-seniors-with-senior-friendly-app/ https://frendlypresents.com/alibaba-targets-chinese-seniors-with-senior-friendly-app/#respond Tue, 06 Feb 2018 08:00:00 +0000 https://frendlypresents.com/alibaba-targets-chinese-seniors-with-senior-friendly-app/ Taobao, the Alibaba-backed online retailer, has launched a personalized version of its app for older users. China has 255 million people over the age of 60, a largely untapped market that potentially represents billions in revenue. The company recently started hiring two older workers to improve its app for older users. Nestlé, IBM and Apple […]]]>
  • Taobao, the Alibaba-backed online retailer, has launched a personalized version of its app for older users.
  • China has 255 million people over the age of 60, a largely untapped market that potentially represents billions in revenue.
  • The company recently started hiring two older workers to improve its app for older users.
  • Nestlé, IBM and Apple have all started targeting older consumers in China and Japan.

While most companies are still looking to capture the millennium market, Taobao, the Alibaba-backed online retailer, is focusing on China’s growing elderly population.

Last week, the company launched an “age-friendly” version of its app that it hopes will catch the attention of aging Chinese people. There are currently 222 million people over the age of 60 in China, and by 2020 that number is expected to reach 255 million– nearly 20% of the country’s population.

To access this growing consumer base, Taobao’s personalized app is designed to be easier to use for older shoppers and can be linked directly to their children’s account who have the ‘pay for me’ option. they are inclined to cover their parents purchasing costs.

The personalized app also displays a photo of their child on each page so that users can easily share products or start a conversation by phone or text. It also has a larger, less cluttered interface and uses more shortcuts for navigation.

“By launching this simple and user-friendly option for the Taobao app, we will make online shopping easier for our seniors and help them stay in touch with the younger generation and the community,” said Ding Jian, senior product manager at Taobao. , who is leading the development of this new channel, said in an emailed statement to Business Insider.

This is a good financial decision from Alibaba.

Last year, according to Taobao, buyers over 50 in China bought, on average, 44 products, spending nearly $ 800 on online purchases. Considering only people over the age of 60 puts a total possible expenditure of around $ 200 billion per year.

Currently, Taobao only has 6 million users between the ages of 60 and 69. Last month, it started recruiting two employees aged 60 or older who will work to get feedback from older users to improve the personalized app.

But the company is not the only one to try to exploit the “silver economy”.

After Nestlé previously launched a milk line for Chinese drinkers over 50 and in Japan, where older people make up over a quarter of the population, Apple and IBM developed a modified iPad for older people that also had bigger text, simpler interfaces, and modified FaceTime for easy talking to. family.


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SHAREit says it’s user-friendly app, not spyware – Technology News, Firstpost https://frendlypresents.com/shareit-says-its-user-friendly-app-not-spyware-technology-news-firstpost/ https://frendlypresents.com/shareit-says-its-user-friendly-app-not-spyware-technology-news-firstpost/#respond Mon, 04 Dec 2017 08:00:00 +0000 https://frendlypresents.com/shareit-says-its-user-friendly-app-not-spyware-technology-news-firstpost/ IANS04 Dec. 2017 19:00:41 IST The SHAREit file sharing app said on December 4 that it is a user-friendly content sharing platform and not a malicious app or spyware in India. Share it. SHAREit site. Reacting to reports that the Indian security establishment has asked troops to remove around 40 Chinese mobile apps, including Share […]]]>

The SHAREit file sharing app said on December 4 that it is a user-friendly content sharing platform and not a malicious app or spyware in India.

Share it. SHAREit site.

Reacting to reports that the Indian security establishment has asked troops to remove around 40 Chinese mobile apps, including Share it, the company said it does not compromise user safety.

“At SHAREit, we strictly adhere to high security standards and respect the privacy of our users. We do not compromise on user safety and their privacy is of the utmost importance to us. We have a huge base of ‘users in India and we are committed to providing better products and service to our users with continuous technological developments, “the company said in a statement.

Reports last week alleged that foreign intelligence agencies, including Chinese and Pakistani, were using these mobile apps to hack smartphones.

“We have taken this issue seriously and are investigating the notice. We are also happy to interact with government and media officials to provide further clarity. In accordance with industry standards, we have also partnered with Amazon AWS (Amazon Web Services) as an infrastructure service provider, aiming to provide fast and secure service to our global users, ”added SHAREit.

Reportedly, the Intelligence Bureau (IB) in a November 24 notice asked troops to remove apps like WeChat, Truecaller, Xiaomi, Weibo, UC Browser, and UC News from their smartphones or completely reformat their devices.

Last week, the leading communications app Truecaller also denied any criminal act on his part.

“In response to some reports, we would like to clarify that we are a company based in Sweden. We do not know why the app is on this list, but we are investigating. Truecaller is not malware, and all of our features are permission-based and are disabled by default, ”the company said in a statement.

Xiaomi also refuted those reports, saying they take security and privacy very seriously and are currently investigating the notice.


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