Online Casino Gaming: The Basics

Online casino games have exploded in the past few years. And as a regular gamer yourself, there is a chance that you might be tempted. Before you sign up to a service and lose a fortune, however, make sure you read this guide. We’re going to run through everything you can expect - and a lot more besides. Let’s get down to business straight away.

How to play:
First of all, you’ll need to sign up to your preferred online gambling outlet. There are tons available, from official casino sites through to standalone companies. Not all casinos will have an online presence, however. A quick look at reveals that Reno casinos are not allowed online yet.

Learning the right game:
You can expect everything you can play on the casino floor online. Poker, blackjack, dice games and the roulette wheel are all present. There will be slot machines, too. It is worth playing the free versions of each game until you understand how they work. There are so many different options it would be impossible to produce a guide for everyone. So, it’s a case of working your way through the options and finding a game you are suited to. Avoid putting money in at this point, unless it is absolutely necessary. A lot of the free games can often be easier to win than those that cost money so you might be tempted away from practicing far too soon.

The pros:
So, what positive experiences can you expect from online casino gaming? Well, competition is fierce, so there are always special offers cropping up. You might get bonuses of 25,50 - and even up to 100% of your initial deposit. It’s also incredibly convenient - which, of course, is also one of its downsides. However, staying positive, you will also miss out on all the other temptations of the casino. There are no free alcoholic drinks placed in your hands to blur your judgment. There are no noisy distractions. And, of course, you don’t need to tip anyone.

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The cons:
It’s not all a bed of roses, however. It is easy to overspend on online gambling, and far harder to limit yourself. All you need to do is click on the top up button, and another $50 can come out of your account. You also have to wait a while until you cash any winnings out - it can take up to a month. There can also be extra fees, which may not be displayed front and center when you sign up. Make sure you read the small print. And finally, of course, online gambling can be addictive. And, just as any other form of gambling, as point out. A clear head and sensible outlook are needed at all times - never spend what you cannot afford.

The last word:
Be careful when using online casino gaming services. As we mentioned, it is all too easy to overspend, and you could face addiction problems. However, playing once in a while with money you can afford to lose can be a fun pastime. While it lacks the tactics and skill of video gaming, it can be even more exhilarating.

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Google Pixel, Pixel XL to go on Sale in India From October 25

Google has confirmed in a tweet that Pixel and Pixel XL will start reaching Indian stores from October 25. The ‘Made by Google’ smartphones were unveiled October 4, and pre-orders opened on Flipkart on October 13. With Pixel, Pixel XL, Google is killing off the Nexus brand, and instead doing the hardware, software, marketing, after sales all on its own. In a tweet Google India wrote, “The future is exciting. And by future we mean 3 days from now. #Pixel will start reaching stores on 25th October #madebygoogle”.

In India, Google Pixel phones will be available on Reliance Digital, Croma, Bajaj Electronics, Vijay Sales, eZone, Sangeetha, Hotspot Mobiles, Poorvika Mobile World, and Flipkart.

The Pixel 32GB variant will cost you Rs. 57,000 while the Pixel XL 32GB will sell at Rs. 67,000. The 128GB variants are priced a bit higher at Rs. 66,000 for Pixel and Rs. 76,000 for Pixel XL.

Google Pixel, Pixel XL specifications:
The Google Pixel sports a 5-inch 1080p display, while the Google Pixel XL sports a 5.5-inch QHD display. Both AMOLED displays have a 2.5D curved glass on top, and are protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4. Apart from size, the smartphones are differentiated on the basis of their battery — the Pixel sports a 2,770mAh battery, and the Pixel XL sports a 3,450mAh battery. The rest of the specifications and features remain the same.

Both smartphones are powered by a Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor paired with 4GB of RAM. They are equipped with a 12.3-megapixel rear snapper with PDAF, laser auto-focus, and 4K video recording support. Up front, there is an 8-megapixel fixed-focus selfie camera. The smartphones also feature a fingerprint scanner placed at the back, and IP53 certification that makes them resistant to water and dust. Connectivity options include 4G LTE support, USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11ac and NFC.

On the software front, both smartphones run on Android Nougat 7.1 out-of-the-box wrapped under the Pixel UI. Among the highlights is the built-in Google Assistant, which is not only more capable than Google Now, but also more contextually aware about what’s happening on your smartphone. One can simply converse with the AI and ask questions like weather, distance from one place to the other, or route from source to destination, and more.


Nintendo Switch Goes for Gaming Handheld & TV Console in One

The Japanese gaming giant have officially unveiled their latest games console, due to take over from the extremely fun but under performing Wii U. Nintendo's got a completely new game system coming next year, and it's totally modular. The Nintendo Switch is a lot of things: a tablet, a console and even a portable multiplayer tabletop game system. After more than a year of anticipation by fans, the worldwide scramble to watch the footage crashed Nintendo’s main website. The company confirmed that it will launch the console, as previously promised, in March 2017.

It's a combination portable system and home console. It might bridge the gap between Nintendo's long-lasting handheld game business and its TV-connected gaming. And, maybe, it's pointing towards the future of Nintendo and where it's headed as a company.

Here's what we know so far, now that the Switch has been announced.

It's a system that will play connected to a TV, or by itself on the go:
Nintendo demonstrated that the Switch will play its games connected to a TV like a regular games console, or as a tablet-style handheld with its own controls. It can also be played while standing up on its own kickstand, with detachable controllers.

It gets fit into the dock:
The "Nintendo Switch Dock" is where the Switch lives when it's in your living room. The tablet slides into the dock, and then seems to instantly switch into a TV-connected mode. This is a bit like the Nvidia Shield tablet, which had a similar play-on-TV, play-on-the-go idea.

You can hot-switch between TV mode or handheld mode easily:
Nintendo's preview video shows people playing games on the TV, then popping the tablet out and playing on the sofa. Games should instantly switch, and play in either mode.

Its Joy-Con controllers detach and become stand-alone wireless controllers:
The Switch has a flexible idea of controllers: two "Joy-Con" side pieces slide onto the edges of the Switch tablet, adding four buttons and an analog stick on each side, plus shoulder buttons, just like the Wii U GamePad. But when these are slid off, they can become standalone Wii remote-like controllers, held sideways to play games. The Joy-Con controllers also slide into another accessory, the Joy-Con Grip, turning them into a full controller separate from the tablet.

There's a kickstand, too:
The Switch can stand up on a table, and games can be played with the controllers like a mini console. Local multiplayer games can be played on one or several Switch tablets. It looks like several people could play games on one together, or network several for LAN-style gaming.

There's a cartridge slot:
Besides downloading games, the Switch will have its own little card-based cartridges. It doesn't support any DVD or Blu-ray-style discs.

Is it backwards-compatible with old Nintendo games? We don't know:
Nintendo did show the Switch using 3DS-like cartridges, but the safe bet is that this will use its own category of software.

What games will it play?
We don't know about much that yet, but Nintendo's upcoming Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be a launch title. Nintendo's new Switch video also shows a Splatoon game, Skyrim, a Mario Kart title, a Super Mario game, and an official NBA basketball game.

Nintendo's already announced a lot of development partners:
The list of partners unveiled by Nintendo is pretty extensive: Activision, EA, Capcom and more are onboard. Of course, they haven't said what games they'll release. Ubisoft's CEO Yves Guillemot said in a statement, "With the Nintendo Switch's unique capacities and design, Nintendo could again redefine the way we play games. The Nintendo Switch is accessible at its core and also seizes on the growing trends of sharing more experiences and playing anywhere at any time." Of course, similar statements were made by developers during the launch of the Nintendo Wii U.

It's powered by an Nvidia Tegra processor:
Nvidia says the Switch uses a custom Tegra processor. Nvidia Tegra processors have previously powered Nvidia's Shield gaming tablets and other mobile devices, but Nvidia promises this processor is "based on the same architecture as the world's top-performing GeForce gaming graphics cards," adding a revamped physics engine and other tools. Nvidia's Tegra processor might sound like it'll be less powerful than a full "normal" console, but it's hard to tell how advanced the Switch will truly be.

It's arriving March 2017.
Price is yet to be revealed.

“Nintendo Switch allows gamers the freedom to play however they like,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, President and COO, Nintendo of America. “It gives game developers new abilities to bring their creative visions to life by opening up the concept of gaming without boundaries.”


Reliance LYF F1 Smartphone Launched: Price, Specs and More

Reliance Retail on Friday launched the Lyf F1 smartphone, priced at Rs. 13,399. The smartphone will be available from Reliance Digital stores from Friday itself. The company is offering a free Bluetooth speaker worth Rs. 3,000 alongside, and announced a 10 percent cashback offer for Citibank cardholders. Purchasers will also get a Reliance Retail gift voucher worth Rs. 15,000.

The company is touting several 'smart' features for the Lyf F1, including Smart Ring - which helps locate the smartphone even when it is on silent mode, and Smart Play - which will pause a playing video when the user looks away from the display. The smartphone also offers carrier aggregation that, apart from faster speeds, is claimed to offer better battery life.

The dual-SIM (Micro+Nano) Lyf F1 smartphone runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, and sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080x1920 pixels) IPS display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection and a pixel density of 400ppi. It is powered by a 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 SoC (four cores clocked at 1.52GHz and four cores clocked at 1.21GHz), coupled with 3GB of RAM.

The Lyf F1 sports a 16-megapixel rear camera with PDAF and EIS, apart from an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with autofocus. It bears 32GB of inbuilt storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB). Apart from 4G and VoLTE support, the Lyf F1 offers Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.1, Micro-USB, GPS, and 3.5mm audio jack connectivity options.

The smartphoneis powered by a 3200mAh non-removable battery that is claimed to last all day. It measures 155.5x77.6x7.9mm, and weighs in at 153 grams. Sensors on board the Lyf F1 include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, proximity sensor, and electronic compass.

Reliance Retail is also touting RCS (Rich Communication Services) services, which offers enhanced rich messaging services on SMS, apart from allowing users to share files and location when on a live call. Like other Lyf phones, it will come bundled with a Reliance Jio SIM card.


Airtel Offering 10GB of 4G Data at Rs 259 for New Mobile Purchases

Airtel has announced a new data offer for all its customers purchasing a new 4G-enabled smartphone. Users who purchase a new 4G-enabled smartphone will be eligible to get 10 GB 4G/3G data on a recharge of Rs 259. Airtel says 1GB data will be instantly credited to the customer’s account and the additional 9GB data can be claimed via MyAirtel App. The data will be valid for 28 days. Users can recharge a maximum of 3 times within 90 days to avail the offer.

Airtel has announced a new data offer for all its customers purchasing a new 4G-enabled smartphone. Users who purchase a new 4G-enabled smartphone will be eligible to get 10 GB 4G/3G data on a recharge of Rs 259. Airtel says 1GB data will be instantly credited to the customer’s account and the additional 9GB data can be claimed via MyAirtel App. The data will be valid for 28 days. Users can recharge a maximum of 3 times within 90 days to avail the offer.

We are proud to have pioneered 4G network for users in India. This invitational offer has been designed for our data savvy customers who can now experience high speed broadband on Airtel's 4G network with their new devices," Ajai Puri, Director - Market Operations, Bharti Airtel, said in a statement.

Airtel announced the launch of its new 4G data pack that offers ‘free data for 90 days’ to its customers. The prepaid only pack is available at Rs 1,495 for existing users, and at first recharge of Rs 1,494 for new users. The Rs 1495 4G plan by Airtel breaks down to almost Rs 500 per month for 10 GB of data, which is exactly the same amount that the newly launch Reliance Jio 4G network promises – Rs 50 per GB.

The telcom major had earlier rolled out another lucrative data offer, where consumers were offered 30GB 4G Internet data over a period of 90 days, for Rs 1,495. The company had also slashed its data prices by 80%, soon after Reliance Jio stepped in with its 4G data offering.

Not only Airtel but other incumbent telcos came out with discounted offers after Jio’s launch and free offer. Vodafone India also introduced the exact same offer as Airtel last month; consumers with new smartphones can avail 10GB 4G data at the price of 1GB. The offer is valid till December 31,2016.


Oppo R9s and R9s Plus Launched

Chinese mobile manufacturer Oppo has launched the R9s and R9s Plus smartphones. The Oppo R9s and Oppo R9s Plus will be available in Gold and Rose Gold colour variants in China. The selling point of the phones was their 16MP selfie camera, and both devices turned out to be very popular in China with sales crossing 20 million units within 6 months of the launch.

Oppo R9s Plus is the larger variant of the two. It sports a 6-inch full-HD (1080x1920 pixels) display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. It is powered by a 1.9GHz Snapdragon 653 octa-core processor paired with 6GB RAM and Adreno 510 GPU. It offers 64GB of internal storage that can be further expanded via the hybrid microSD card slot (up to 128GB).

There's a 16-megapixel Sony IMX398 camera sensor with f/1.7 aperture, dual-core focus, OIS, and LED flash. An additional 16-megapixel sensor is also housed in the front for selfies. The Oppo R9s Plus runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box with the ColorOS 3.0 skin on top, and sports a hybrid dual-SIM dual-standby card slot.

It packs a 4000mAh battery with VOOC flash charging technology. The company claims that the smartphone can give up to 2 hours of talk time after just 5 minutes of charge. Connectivity optionsinclude 4G VoLTE, GPS, Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth 4.0. The Oppo R9s Plus measures at 163.63x80.8x7.35mm and weighs 185 grams.

Whereas, the Oppo R9s features a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080x1920 pixels) display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. It is powered by 2.0GHz Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor paired with 4GB RAM and Adreno 506 GPU. It packs a smaller 3010mAh battery with VOOC fast charging tech, and the optics lack OIS. The Oppo R9s measures at 153x74.3x6.58mm and weighs 145 grams.

The fingerprint sensor is located below the display inside the Home Button. Oppo further mentions that the smartphones come with three antenna lines with just 0.3mm width, while traditional metal smartphones sport 1.5mm to 2mm width antenna lines. There's no word on India availability the Oppo R9s and Oppo R9s Plus.

The devices are up for pre-order, and the shipping will begin on October 28 in the country. Talking about the OPPO R9s price in India, we expect the phone to cost around INR 24,000, while the OPPO R9s Plus price in India may not be more than INR 30,000.