India is a very content-hungry market thanks to its huge mobile-savvy population and recent 4G connectivity revolution. Every company wants to make a mark, especially content delivery platforms. Amazon, Hotstar, Netflix, and other regional platforms are fighting for supremacy in the video streaming segment.
For music streaming, local players like Gaana and JioSaavn have a pretty good hold of the market, followed by Apple Music. One big player who’s been missing is Spotify. The Swedish streaming company has made inroads to almost every other developed, as well as developing, market — but not India.
For more than a year, we’ve been seeing reports and rumors about the company’s arrival in India. Every quarter, the delay would extend and fans would continue using the service via VPN. All this comes to an end now. The service is available in the country and all you need to do is download the app from the Google Play Store or App Store.
You can also go to the website and start your account. Spotify allows users to listen to the music for free but that comes at the cost of seeing ads. Subscribing to the Premium plan will entitle you to an ad-free experience along with better sound quality.
The Premium plan starts at just INR 119 (US$ 1.67), while the same costs US$ 9.99 in the US. New users can avail of a 30-day Premium trial and Spotify is offering an array of payment schemes. This includes a prepaid package wherein you can pay for just one day, one week, or a month in advance and use Premium offerings on demand. A one-day plan costs INR 13 (US$ 0.18) and the yearly subscription costs INR 1,189 (US$ 16.7).
For India, the payment can be made using credit or debit cards, UPI, and PayTM. Students get a further discount on the subscription after authentication from a third-party service.
5 accredited Airbnbs you can book in Boracay
Life is always better at the beach
Boracay is one of the Philippines’ most beautiful islands. Every tourist dreams of seeing its majestic sunsets and enjoy its heavenly white sands.
After Boracay’s rehabilitation in 2018, the Department of Tourism of the Philippines has limited the number of tourists arriving in the island, hence, every traveler must present proof of booking from an accredited accommodation.
Most Airbnbs in Boracay aren’t accredited yet. Thus, we prepared a list so you don’t have to. You’re welcome.
Bianca’s Garden Apartment
If you’re looking for a safe haven away from the crowd, then you should stay at Bianca’s Garden Apartment! Located at the quiet side of Station 3, the apartment is situated on a peaceful hilltop side of Boracay. Despite being situated at a distance from the popular tourist attractions, it’s still just a few minutes away from the center.
Tropicana Ocean Villa
Families can enjoy this entire villa by Tropicana Oceana. It’s a home perched gracefully on a slope, offering a beautiful and panoramic view. In addition, it’s situated in Din-i-wid beach, ensuring a serene and relaxed atmosphere away from the typical Boracay buzz.
Apartment 3, Sheridan Villas
For those looking for a homey place, Apartment 3 in Sheridan Villas is the place to go. It’s suitable for groups, and it’s also just a few minutes away from the white beach area in Station 3. Furthermore, you can bring your friends and families to nearby restaurants and eat to your heart’s content.
Bamboo Bungalows Rest House
Bamboo Bungalows screams tropical and nature, adorned with a little bit of sleek and contemporary. Located at Station 2, this place might be ideal for couples wanting an oasis surrounded by lush greenery, but it’s also great for solo travelers seeking tranquility. Nonetheless, Bamboo Bungalows are best for those who want to take a retreat whilst still near all the adventures Boracay has to offer.
Marrakesh Resort: Ocean View with Balcony
Located at the picturesque Station 1, Marrakesh Resort offers a stunning view of the beach and breathtaking sunsets. It also lets you experience Morocco through its themed rooms, restaurants, and bar serving Mezze and delicious cocktails. Enjoy a romantic getaway in one of the most beautiful islands in the world.
Friends is leaving Netflix for HBO Max
This is a huge blow to Netflix
Friends is officially leaving Netflix. Earlier this year, there were rumors that Netflix will lose Friends. It was officially confirmed when WarnerMedia — who owns Friends’ distribution rights — launched HBO Max as the new home for the well-loved TV series.
Along with Friends, titles such as Pretty Little Liars, Batwoman, and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air will be streamed when HBO Max launches in spring of 2020. The streaming service is positioning itself to compete with the likes of Netflix and Hulu.
The show won’t depart the streaming giant until later this year so you and your friends can still binge-watch until then. On the other hand, Netflix might take a huge blow from this since Friends is one of the most watched shows, according to research by Jumpshot.
More and more companies are capitalizing on video-streaming apps and services with paid video offerings. On a larger scale, this isn’t just a problem for Netflix but for the whole industry as well. Users might find it expensive to maintain multiple subscriptions and might resort to piracy instead. Sure as hell, we won’t pay three different subscriptions just to watch my favorite shows.
More than 1,000 Android apps are mining your data
They can bypass your restrictions
The world knows what you did last summer. Well, more than a thousand Android apps do, to be precise. A group of researchers have recently discovered the shadier ways of the Android ecosystem. According to a short report, several Android apps can bypass certain permission restrictions imposed by the user. The discovery reemphasizes the need for a crackdown on data collection.
Of course, excessive data collection has always terrorized the digital world. Software companies continuously find ways to extract data from us. As consumers, we can only restrict app permissions to combat malicious apps. For the most part, permissions can ward away the more rudimentary data collection method. For example, a selfie app absolutely has no need for access to your messages. A simple restriction can ideally stop this.
The latest findings reveal the futility of app permissions. Using a variety of methods, apps can still collect data, bypassing the imposed restrictions. Notably, most examples use readily available data on your device outside of the restrictions. For example, a restricted app can tap into an allowed app’s database to extract data. Baidu’s Hong Kong Disneyland app, for one, can access other Baidu apps with the right permissions. These allowed apps can store vital data on your internal storage, waiting for other apps to extract it.
Another example sends seemingly innocuous data hiding important information. Shutterfly, a photo management app, can sneakily bypass geolocation restrictions. Normally, users can restrict the app from sending geolocation data. If restricted, Shutterfly will instead send photos to its server. The server then extracts the photo’s EXIF or metadata to mine the same geolocation data it was restricted from.
These are just some examples presented by the short report. In August, the researchers will reveal more methods and examples including the full list of 1,325 apps. Additionally, Google has already promised to patch these exploits out in Android Q.
ASUS 6z Review: The camera flips, but is that enough?
ASUS is all set to take on OnePlus
A non-Potterhead’s verdict on Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
Use your phone, Harry!
Xiaomi Mi 9 SE Review: For those who like it small
A pocketable flagship-like phone
Samsung and TikTok team up for a dance challenge in Singapore
Lenovo launches new generation ThinkPads, ThinkVision displays
Budget Android One Nokia 2.2 arrives in PH
Nokia 8.1 launches in the Philippines
Qualcomm announces the updated Snapdragon 855 Plus
Best Budget Smartphones in the Philippines below P10,000
Best Midrange Smartphones in the Philippines from P10,000 to P20,000
Best Midrange Smartphones from $200 to $400
Best Upper-Midrange Smartphones in the Philippines from P20,000 to P30,000
Best Premium Smartphones in the Philippines above P30,000
Philippines2 weeks ago
OPPO Philippines Smartphone Price List
Deals2 weeks ago
Huawei users get free bubble tea in Singapore
News2 weeks ago
BLACKPINK Edition Samsung Galaxy A80 is coming to your area
Apps1 week ago
Netflix confirms testing cheaper subscription plan in the Philippines
News2 weeks ago
Xiaomi, Meitu launch Mi CC9 series: Selfie cam takes centerstage!
News2 weeks ago
Samsung reveals a Special BLACKPINK Edition of the Galaxy A80
Enterprise1 week ago
Huawei’s OS is ‘very likely’ faster than Android and iOS
Accessories1 day ago
Xiaomi launches affordable Mi Super Bass Wireless headphones