A short history of clubbing: How nightclubbing has evolved through the decades

 

For many young people around the world, visiting a nightclub for the first time is a rite of passage and an initiation into adulthood. 

However, it isn’t just fun, dancing and merriment that has made nightclubs such important social and cultural institutions in the modern world. In reality, nightclubs have a complex history that is filled with unexpected twists and turns.

Nowadays, we find ourselves in an era where nightclubs are ubiquitous and hyper-commercialised.

In fact, nightclubs have become such a common sight in the landscape of our nightlife that you see them cropping up in unexpected locations such as hotels and even casinos, where hourly jackpots and the whirring of a roulette wheel combine with the thumping bass of electronic music you would usually associate with nightclubs. Whilst casinos and nightclubs have not traditionally been paired together, combinations like this are increasingly common nowadays as nightclubs become ever prevalent and popular.as unique social spaces.

This was not always the case, however, and in previous decades nightclubs were very much an ‘underground’ affair.

History of nightclubs

The exact origins of nightclubs are somewhat difficult to pin down, however, and much of this difficulty is connected to how you define and characterize nightclubs to begin with.

If you define a nightclub simply as a night-time space you can visit that serves alcohol and provides you with a space to dance in, nightclubs have existed in some form for hundreds of years. On the other hand, if you define them more narrowly as spaces with dancing, alcohol, party drugs and DJs spinning electronic music, this history has much shallower roots.

Despite these difficulties, the origins of the modern nightclub are generally accepted to have roots in the ballrooms and dancehalls of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Eventually, other music and dance venues emerged, such as jazz clubs, which gave these night-time spaces more of an underground edge. The next evolution of the night club came during the 1940s and 1950s as youth culture experienced a post-War explosion.

By the 1970s, discotheques — or discos as they are more popularly known — had spread across many parts of the world and increasingly replaced the more traditional dancehalls. Notably, this is also when the DJ started to become a more important figure in the nightclub world.

Technological innovations were also important in contributing to these developments, which allowed for the provision of music without the need to rely on a live band to provide the music. It also allowed nightclubs to become increasingly international spaces, with music from all over the world now possible to play without having to invite a live band.

Contemporary club culture as we know it today, however, began to emerge in earnest during the late 1980s and early 1990s, when the nightclub became an important part of youth culture. This was also when nightclubs entered into the mainstream, which had both negative and positive aspects. On the one hand, the popularization of nightclubs helped to increase the number of these spaces. On the other hand, by becoming so popular, many nightclubs were stripped of their more radical or transgressive elements.

Perhaps most importantly, it was in and around the 1980s and 1990s that the classic ‘sound’ of the nightclub began to emerge. Inspired by the industrial sounds of the cities where nightclubs were often located, the music popularly played in nightclubs was uniquely reflective of the modern age.

Given the importance of the city itself in the development of nightclub culture, the sounds associated with particular nightclub ‘scenes’ were in many respects a reflection of the urban landscape they emerged from.

For example, hyper industrialized urban landscapes like Chicago and Detroit pioneered ‘House’ and ‘Techno’ music in the 1980s. With places like Berlin being an epicenter for electronic music in the decade before.

Eventually, these urban sounds made their way over to the European scene. In places like Berlin and London, the modern shape of the nightclub scene began to emerge. Berlin still maintains its status as a mecca for nightclubbing, with locations like Tresor and Berghain drawing in hundreds of thousands of music fans each year.

Other European locations also fostered their own nightclubbing scenes. Manchester in particular proved to be a hub for the aptly known ‘Club Cathedrals’ which produced some of the defining sounds of the mid-1990s, particularly from places like the Haçienda.

A confluence of political, social and cultural upheavals occurring towards the tail end of the 1980s gave rise to what has been described as the second ‘Summer of Love’ of 1988-1989. This was the peak of the countercultural side of nightclub culture, with raves taking the nightclub scene by storm. However, rave culture provoked a sharp response from authorities. Particularly because it often relied on taking over abandoned spaces and reimagining them as nightclubs.

Interestingly, this countercultural, highly politicized side to nightclub culture was eventually followed by hyper commercialization. From the late 1990s onwards, electronic music underwent a period of intense mainstream commercialization, particularly through the famous ‘Ministry of Sound’ nightclub and record label.

Commercialization led the nightclub scene to pivot from the industrialized environments of Berlin and Manchester towards Mediterranean landscapes like Ibiza. From then onwards, the nightclub scene underwent a period of slow decline to where it is today.

Between the early 2000s to today, the number of nightclub locations has fallen sharply, particularly in the UK. Despite this, a subversive side still lives on. The digital revolution brought about by the internet is reimagining the nightclub scene. What shape this will take remains to be seen, however, what is clear is that nightclubs will always move with the times.

For a more detailed history of night clubs, check out this awesome interactive feature An Incomplete History of Clubbing you can easily swipe through the evolution of the club.

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Google Adsense will begin featuring publishers owned by underrepresented groups

 

Google Adsense has announced in an email that they will being to feature publishers owned by underrepresented groups as a way to fight inherent, systemic racism and bias as part of Google’s commitments to racial equity.

How it all started

This all started in 2020 when one of our buyers, Display & Video 360, began highlighting self-identified Black-owned publishers within Marketplace,  This program has allowed interested advertisers to thoughtfully design campaigns that support underrepresented businesses.

Now Display & Video 360 has expanded this program to both Women-owned and Latino-owned publishers. Display & Video 360’s program is one element of a broader initiative across Google to make our products more inclusive and make it easier for customers to find and support underrepresented businesses. This program remains a pilot and we hope to expand to more underrepresented groups in future – watch this space.

Program eligibility requirements

• Publisher must have their own Google AdSense or Ad Manager account
• Publisher’s AdSense account must have the billing address located in the United States; for Ad Manager, the network must have country set at ‘United States’
• The Google entity that signed the self-identified AdSense or Ad Manager contract must be Google LLC
• Publisher’s organization must be majority owned and controlled by members of the group they are self-identifying as (Black, Women, or Latino)

Google notes that the program will highlight businesses owned by underrepresented groups, but not content aimed at these specific groups. Display & Video 360 does not allow advertisers to target ads based on categories such as race, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.

To participate in the program

If your a business that’s part of the one of these underrepresented categories, meet the criteria above and would like to be included in this beta program, please submit your information on Google’s Marketplace Diversity & Inclusion form.

When accepted, Google will be periodically add new publishers who apply. This is a voluntary program; if you do not wish to participate, no action is required.

 

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Here’s 7 reasons why traveling will make you become a better writer

No matter what type of writer you are, being able to write about the things you love is important to your personal and professional development. Your voice needs to take hold against a sea of copycat posts and you need to be able to connect with the right audience, not just people who like what you do, but people who need what you do.

However, there is much to what and how you can write when faced with exposure constraints. Ever heard the saying “you don’t know what you’re missing until you’ve seen it for yourself”? If you want to be a successful writer, you need to travel. You need to live intimately with the people or places you’re trying to represent.

After all, how do you write about a society or culture if you don’t spend time there? It doesn’t end there; you need to include your discoveries in your writing. If you are still unsure how all of this improves your writing skills, read on to know more.

Why Should I Consider Travelling?

Although writing comes with loads of benefits, one of which is the ability to work from anywhere in the world, it can be challenging to create evergreen content consistently. What’s more? Most writers struggle with writer’s block now and then. Breaking this barrier would require a shift in viewpoint, which travelling offers. So, let’s delve into why you should travel more as a writer.

Become More Versatile

Travelling allows you to step outside of your comfort zone and experience new things from the people you encounter. You get to explore new places, meet new people, and learn about different languages, cultures, and traditions.

This will help you become a better writer because you’ll be able to use the things you learn from your experiences when it comes to your fiction and non-fiction projects.

Write Differently

When you travel, you tend to see things from different perspectives, which influences what and how you write. You may be able to write about people, places, and events that you once didn’t know. To put it another way, you’ll discover new and exciting facts about the world.

You can also write about previously unknown topics that will captivate your audience while incorporating new elements into your writing skills and styles.

Get Free Feedback

As you journey across the globe, you get to hear people’s thoughts about the things you’re trying to portray in your writing. This kind of feedback is priceless. So, if you’re in the process of writing a novel, you can get valuable feedback about the general flow and plot structure.

For non-fiction projects, you can get feedback about how to bring your subject to life. Your creativity in essay writing also improves as you don’t run out of words. As a matter of fact, if you’ve read how to make an essay longer and unique, you’ll discover that one of the secret hacks is to have someone else review it.

Besides, what better way to create outstanding content about other cultures, traditions, and many more than to have individuals with such expertise examine each write-up? You only get this opportunity by travelling.

Learn to Write Faster

Learning and growing are two different things. You can learn and grow by reading and then you can also learn and grow by doing. So, the fact that you’re reading and actually writing about the things you’re discovering in your travels helps you write faster.

What’s more? This way of teaching you how to write is much more effective than just sitting and trying to teach yourself. Plus, your exposure will help you to create more content quickly.

Get to Know the Culture

Travelling creates a platform for you to build relationships with people from different cultural backgrounds. This, in turn, will help you create content that connects with your audience in a deeper way.

Because you’re spending time with the people, the places, and the culture, you will be able to create authentic content. This is because you’re not just writing about things, but you’re living in the moment and getting to know what and how the people you’re writing about really do.

Learn How Other Writers Work

Another advantage of travelling is you get to learn how other writers from different backgrounds work. It helps you stay relevant because the writing environment keeps changing and so do the trends. Some of the most successful writers are from different cultures and countries. They are masters at writing and marketing books that sell thousands of copies worldwide.

Some of these writers are well-known in the industry, while others are more discreet. You may have the opportunity to meet them in person and draw on their examples and experiences while refining your writing style.

Bottom Line

Without a question, there are several benefits to travelling. You can meet new people, explore new places, and find new inspiration to boost your writing skills. However, I know from experience that this adventure can be expensive. Between plane tickets, hotels, and food, it can be difficult to stay on a budget and be comfortable.

For this reason, you need to learn how to travel smart. For example, you should research your destination before your trip, book cheap accommodation, eat local or cook your meals, have insurance, and hire a local guide. By doing so, you’ll have a great travel-writing experience.

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So who has the legal responsibility if an accident happens during a high-speed chases

Sometimes, people make mistakes because they feel pressure. For instance, you might commit a crime such as shoplifting if you don’t have a lot of money. That’s a bad habit to get into, though, regardless of the excuse you devise.

If the police come after you because you committed a crime, you should turn yourself in, but some people compound the problem by trying to run. If you’re in a car, and the police attempt to pull you over, you might even panic and drive off, with them in pursuit.

These high-speed chases can be lethal for other drivers, pedestrians, cyclists, and so forth. The police will add resisting arrest and probably reckless endangerment to the list of crimes they already plan to charge you with if they catch you.  

You might wonder who’s responsible for high-speed chase damages. Let’s talk about instances where you’re the one legally liable if you try to flee from the cops in a vehicle.

You Emotionally Traumatize Someone

Maybe your high-speed chase causes someone emotional distress. You did not injure the person physically, but perhaps you hurt one of their family members.

Your high-speed collision has had a side effect in these cases. If the person who feels emotional distress needs to seek therapy or go on anti-anxiety mediation because of what happened, the court might find you liable and order you to pay for that.

This is an interesting legal scenario where your high-speed chase impacted someone, if not directly. It’s just one of the reasons why you should pull over if the cops try to arrest you when you’re in your car.

You Ignore Speed Limits

Ignoring speed limits and tearing through intersections or flying down the highway are not activities the police will like very much. If you decide to flee a traffic stop or for some other reason, and you are going double the speed limit or close to it, it’s not likely you’ll get away without serving some jail time.

Posted speed limits exist for a reason. If you’re fleeing from the cops, and you hit another car or person going that fast, you are a lot more likely to seriously injure or kill them than if you were going slower. A judge will keep that in mind at your sentencing and throw the book at you.

You Injure or Kill Someone

Killing or injuring someone is, of course, probably the worst possible car chase outcome. Speeding and running red lights are one thing, but hitting someone and killing or crippling them is quite another.

That’s the worst-case scenario that will probably add manslaughter charges to your court appearance. It is difficult to imagine a case where you would not get double-digit years in jail if you drive away from the police, and this is what transpires.

You Damage Property

Property damage you cause when you drive away from the police is not as bad as killing or injuring someone, but you can add it to the bill when they catch you. If you run into a lamppost and knock it over, you will have to pay the city or county back for that. If you hit someone’s mailbox or run it over, you will have to pay them back as well.

Damaging property is almost unavoidable if you flee from the cops at a high speed. The faster you drive, the more likely you are to lose vehicular control, and that might lead to you crashing through a storefront or destroying other property.

Hitting Another Vehicle

There is one last situation where your high-speed antics will cause the police to bring more charges against you, and that’s if you hit another vehicle. Maybe there is someone in it at the time, or perhaps there isn’t. Either way, you will need to pay back that person for the property damage.

If you do run from the police and hurt someone or damage property in any of the ways we’ve described, that’s not smart, but you have no choice but to try to move forward from the mistake. You will need to find and hire an excellent criminal defense lawyer.

They might very well tell you to accept a plea deal. If you plead not guilty, and you then lose your case, that’s when you’re probably going to have to stay in jail for much longer than you otherwise would. Try to learn from what happened and turn your life around from this point forward.

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What is the typical dose in an MDMA pill? This is how many milligrams in molly

MDMA is an illegal synthetic amphetamine that’s becoming increasingly popular in the club scene. Otherwise known as Molly, it’s a stimulant that increases your heart rate, increases your serotonin and dopamine.

The combination of these psychological effects on your body and brain makes molly the drug of choice to go dancing (and dance all night).

Since “molly” is illegal that means it’s also unregulated so if you get your hands on MDMA, you should trust your provider and know what you’re getting yourself into.

If you’re new to MDMA/molly, the first thing you should know is that you’re getting it from a trusted person; someone you (or your friends) have had experience with, have tested out or used the product, or tested it with a Fentanyl strip (though MDMA isn’t typically cut with Fentanyl)

How much MDMA is in typical pill?

After you feel comfortable (as much as you can) with the origin of the molly, the next thing you should get to know is how much you’ll be taking that night. Depending on who you got it from, you might be taking a pill or getting the MDMA in crystallized form. So how much MDMA is in dose?

The amounts can vary, but molly pills contain anywhere from 80-125 milligrams of MDMA. From experience, we can vouch for that range as we’ve been told that a capsule contains 90-120 mg.  All that said, the powder can have a wide range in it’s strength and affect (again, it’s unregulated).

If you don’t have MDMA in pill form, you likely received it in a container with a gram or half-gram in it. This can be both positive or negative as it allows you to better dose it out over the night — especially if you’re new to the drug. Obviously, in the powder or crystal form, you should pre-dose it or ensure you’re not overdoing it throughout the night.

How much does MDMA cost?

Another positive about MDMA is that it’s relatively affordable when compared to spending the night at the club buying multiple drinks. Alcohol can quickly add up to hundreds of dollars especially if you’re partying in an expensive city like Miami, San Francisco, or New York City. In pill or capsule form, MDMA should run you approximately $15-$20 per pill and depending on your tolerance and dose, the high can a few hours or throughout the night.

 

How to plan an action-packed weekend in London

A trip to London is always exciting, especially for those who’ve never been before. Getting to experience British traditions, visit historic buildings, wander around galleries and generally soak up the atmosphere is a wonderful way to get to know this city. However, if you’re into a more action-packed holiday then a city break isn’t always the first option you’d choose. We’re here to show you that a weekend in London can be more adventurous than you might think and you won’t have to miss out on any ‘traditional’ sightseeing opportunities either!

Get On the Buses

There are a few tips everyone should know before visiting a new country but when it comes to visiting London there is one thing you should know above all others; the buses are brilliant. Many people flock to the underground to get around town and whilst it is certainly speedy, it’s usually crowded and can get a bit hot and sweaty. London buses are also busy, but generally a little less. Their biggest selling point though, is that you can do a bit of sightseeing as you get from A to B. Buy yourself a bus ticket for the weekend and you’ll be delighted that you did.

Enjoy a Full English Breakfast

A full English breakfast will give you all the energy you need for the day.

A full English is something of an acquired taste. Packed with greasy, salty, fried foods it is a meal for the very hungry and not too health conscious. With that said, a good one is a wonderful thing. You should be able to order a traditional fry up fairly easily on most streets in London, but one of the most famous can be found at Terry’s Cafe on Great Suffolk Street. This no-frills cafe serves good quality food, in large quantities, at reasonable prices. After one of these breakfasts you’re guaranteed to be ready for whatever the day throws at you.

Get To Know London From the Sky

The O2 Arena is an incredible modern building and viewed from the ground it is pretty special. However, Up at the O2 have made it possible to climb right to the top of the roof. As well as being able to see the building from a totally different perspective (and the opportunity for some Instagrammable pics) seeing London from the sky is incredible. A visit during the day will allow you the best view of the individual buildings, but it can also be very romantic up here watching the sunset.

Take Part in a Centuries-Old London Tradition

If you really want to experience the history of London then what better way than by literally submerging yourself in it? Hampstead Ponds were built in 1770 as drinking water reservoirs for the city, but it wasn’t long before they became a favorite spot for swimming. Nearly three hundred years later they’re more popular than ever and perfect for a bracing dip. The water is cold, but incredibly refreshing, so remember to pack your swimming costume, it’s worth it!

Late Night Entertainment

If you’re still not totally worn out after all of that then you’re in the right place, because London never sleeps. The nightlife in London is bustling, but if you want true 24-hour entertainment then a good choice is to visit the Hippodrome Casino. This casino has a rich history which is explained on helpful plaques placed near notable features. They have a wide selection of games, a well-stocked bar and friendly staff. Oh, and they never close. If you want to enjoy gaming but don’t have the stamina to get all the way across town to the Hippodrome, then why not try out one of the best online casinos in the UK? This list provides information on safety and security, as well as pointing out the best deals. You can access them safely and legally from your hotel room and you’ll have more play money than your mates at the Hippodrome if you use a no deposit bonus.

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Here’s 6 SEO techniques that will get you results (and improve organic traffic)

It’s easy for business owners to get so wrapped up in keyword research that they forget the big picture of SEO, which is to get results.

But what are the best ways to measure results, know you’re doing things right, and maintaining a positive brand image? Fortunately, there are several techniques that can help any entrepreneur get solid results from SEO efforts. Here are some quick, no-cost, effective ways to make your search engine optimization what it should be.

SEO Audit Yourself

If your SEO work has been successful, your site will not only show up in most rankings but will be easy to open and view. Do regular testing to see whether your company’s pages are quick to load and are mobile friendly. If they’re not, or if they don’t show at all in the first 50 results, consider re-tooling your search engine optimization efforts.

Learn Basic SEO Principles

There’s no need to become an IT guru or SEO expert. If you want to see a boost in ranking, the wisest way to begin is by reviewing a guide on SEO principles for beginners. Once you understand the basics, it’s easy enough to teach yourself a few advanced techniques from there. Another benefit of learning the ABCs of SEO is that you’re adding to your own store of knowledge, which means your skills will improve over time, and each new page or site you build will be that much better.

Track Ranking and Stay Informed

Not everyone can hope for a page one, or number one, ranking. Some fields are so competitive that unless you’re a major corporation, the best you can hope for is the bottom of the first page. Even so, it’s essential to track progress from week to week and stay fully informed of any fallback. If you pay someone to do SEO work for you, expect them to show you regular updates of progress in several areas, including page ranking. There’s no sense in putting time and money into a chore unless you can measure success.

Make an SEO Wish List

Don’t assume that your goals never change. At least once per month, make a search engine optimization wish list. What do you want from the planning, expense, strategizing, and implementation? Many owners write down 10 goals that pertain to page ranking, site visitors, turnover rate, and more. And at least twice per year, revamp the wish list by adding or subtracting items.

Investigate Your Brand’s Search Visibility

At least once per week, spend five minutes investigating your key brand term. For example, if your branded identity is “Jill Smith Widgets,” or “John Jones Piano Movers,” do a deep dive on the search engines and see what comes up when you place the term within quotation marks. Using quote marks is important, because it will tell the search engine to return instances with those exact words in that precise order. This quickie investigation method tells you a lot. It can reveal positive and negative online reviews, mentions on competitors’ sites, whether people are talking about your company on blogs, and much more.

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How slot games are evolving with the help of technology

The first modern slot machine was created by Charles August Fey, a Bavarian-born American inventor. While working as a mechanic in San Francisco in 1884, he built the first coin-operated gambling device. By 1898, Fey had developed his machine into the Card Bell, which was the first three-reel slot machine with automatic payouts. But it was the following year when Fey’s machines really caught the public’s imagination. When his 1899 Liberty Bell slot machine was launched, which featured symbols like horseshoes, bells, and traditional playing card suits on the reels, it soon spread to establishments all across America. It wasn’t long before other manufacturers saw the potential of slot machines and began making their own. The slot machine has evolved in many ways over the last century, and now online slot games are evolving even more with the help of modern technology.

More Innovative Slots

So, slot games have come a long way since the simple one-armed bandits of old. In recent times, video slots have become very popular. At the same time, game developers are finding new ways for people to play slot games. For instance, cluster slots have recently become a favorite of online casino-goers. With a cluster slot game, there’s no such thing as a pay line. Instead, to win, you need to form a cluster of matching symbols. Cluster games are more exciting than traditional slot games. If you’re new to cluster slots, you can play reactoonz, in which symbols drop into a 7×7 grid to form potential matching combinations, to see what all the fuss is about. You can expect to see a lot more cluster slot games emerge this year and beyond. But slot developers are also looking at other types of slot games to replace traditional pay-line ones. 3D slots are already on the market and look to become much more prevalent over the next year or two. And multiple progressive slots will soon become commonplace. At the moment, there are only a few multiple progressives on the market, but that looks set to change soon. Progressive slots are basically games that offer multiple jackpots and require a minimum bet.

Virtual Reality Slots

There are already virtual reality video games available, and now the technology that gives users a lifelike simulation is being used to develop slot games. While the tech is still in its infancy at present, leading slot games developer NetEnt is already testing its first virtual reality slot titles. The only problem at present is you need a powerful computer, with at least 8GB of RAM, in order to render the 3D environment in real-time while you wear a VR headset and bio-sensing data gloves that allow you to feel like you’re touching things in the virtual world. But as hardware continues to evolve as much as slot games, we’re betting there will be lots of cool VR slot titles emerging in the coming years.

Cross-platform Slot Games

Cross-platform video games have revolutionized the way that people play video games, and in the very near future, you’ll have lots more options regarding the devices you can use to play slot games. At present, people can play slots on mobile, PC, or tablet. But slot games are already being developed that can be played on consoles like PlayStation and Xbox and devices like smartwatches and smart TVs. In the same way in which slot developers began making games specifically for mobile platforms, they are now looking at various cross-platform options. Actually, some slots are already available to play on specific smartwatches like the Samsung Gear 2 and the Apple Watch. As hardware improves in the coming months and years, so will the slot games that can be played on it.

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Roku spars with Google, may remove YouTubeTV as negotiations break down

Roku sent out a recent announcement warning their users that they may remove YouTubeTV from their available apps; impacting millions of YouTubeTV using Roku to access the Google product. They put out a communication as negotiations broke down between the two companies. Here’s some of the excerpts from Roku this morning’s email:

We are sending this email to update you on the possibility that Google may take away your access to the YouTube TV channel on Roku. Recent negotiations with Google to carry YouTube TV have broken down because Roku cannot accept Google’s unfair terms as we believe they could harm our users.

Of course, seeing as this email came from Roku, they had to get in front of the issue, spin what’s happening in their favor and play up their good intentions while knocking down Google for being “unfair and anticompetitive.”

Ensuring a great streaming experience at an exceptional value is the core of our business. We will always stand up for our users, which is why we cannot accept Google’s unfair and anticompetitive requirements to manipulate your search results, impact the usage of your data and ultimately cost you more.

To be honest, I’m not sure who the bad guy is here. If you’ve been in the Roku game for a bit, you know they also had a similarly troublesome past with HBO Max where the two companies had a 2-3 week disagreement where HBO’s new streaming service HBO Max wouldn’t be offered on Roku. Ultimately the companies came to an agreement after a few weeks, but we never knew what the disagreements were.

While we are deeply disappointed in Google’s decision to use their monopoly power to try and force terms that will directly harm streamers, we remain committed to reaching an agreement with Google that preserves your access to YouTube TV, protects your data and ensures a level playing field for companies to compete. We encourage you to contact Google and urge them to reach an agreement to continue offering YouTube TV on Roku and to follow standard industry practices pledging not to require access to sensitive search data or to manipulate your search results.

It will be interesting to see what happens here. Not only because personally, I use Roku to access YouTubeTV, but it’s interesting battle between two powerhouses using their market power and leverage in society’s slow-and-steady cord-cutting.

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Can I use Roku to watch Netflix in another country? Officially the answer is “no,” but unofficially….

Even though you’re traveling to get away, we do enjoy some comforts of home when on an international trip. 

One of the challenges of being abroad is when you do have some downtime, you don’t often have the comforts of home you can lean on. To keep oneself busy in your hotel room: you can read a book, peruse social media, play free slot games on our mobile phones, or reach for the remote to watch a little telly. 

If you turn on the TV, all it does is remind you that you’re in a non-English speaking country. It sounds counterintuitive to sit in your room on a vacation, but sometimes it’s nice to relax in your nice hotel room.

Having the option to be able to pull up your favorite Netflix or Hulu show on the hotel’s TV would be a nice way to feel comfortable.

Enter Roku and other streaming devices

Wait a minute, now that I think about it — maybe I can bring my shows with me to Mexico, Thailand, Japan or France.

Roku is a device that allows you to stream from a host of different entertainment apps directly to your tv. There are different levels of Roku devices, including the premiere, which is a step up from the most basic Roku express. Have a look at the different devices to see which one is best for your situation. There is no subscription for Roku once you’ve purchased the hardware, but it does allow you to tap into channels that do require a subscription, like Netflix and Hulu. Searching for content is easy, as you can search through Roku and it will pull up results from any streaming service that matches.

Roku and other streaming devices make it easy to bring your TV content with you and they’re simple to setup. To do so when traveling, is have a TV with HDMI and wifi. So in theory you can bring your Roku, plug it into the outlet and TV, connect it to the hotel’s wireless internet and you should be able to stream whatever you have a subscription to, right?

Will Roku allow me to watch my favorite shows when I travel?

Unfortunately, nothing is that easy. Different countries have different ways of accessing television shows and movies and moving across a border could mean you no longer can watch your favorite binge-worthy content. Not to mention the biggest barrier is that when connecting to a wifi network in another country, that IP address is recognized as non-US and Roku will block content that is not supposed to be accessible in a different country due to legal stuff: copyrights, licensing agreements, trademarks, and among other contractual limitations.

This link shows you all the countries where Roku accounts are supported. An issue here is that many streaming services geo-block content, so you might have issues in actually watching them.

The problem is your Roku is tied to the country where the account is set up so if you move with your US-registered device, it will still show US shows and movies.

How to use Roku in other countries

So if you’re staying in Singapore for business, that hotel’s IP address will tell Roku it’s in Singapore and you’ll be blocked. Meaning you won’t be able to watch Netflix or Disney Plus or Hulu or Amazon Prime Video, but there’s a way to get around that; it just takes some technical savvy.

There are ways to show your IP address is originating in the United States even if you’re in say, Germany. You can do this by setting up a VPN on your router.

Use Roku internationally with a virtual VPN

That’s all well and good if you have access to the router at the hotel, but sometimes you won’t and if you do, sometimes your hotel router won’t support VPNs.

If that’s the case, then you can set up a virtual VPN on your computer then share your Wi-Fi connection. Basically you’re laundering the hotel’s Wi-Fi through your computer. It’s not the most straightforward method, but it’s also not rocket science if you know the basics. Here are the steps

  1. Choose a reputable VPN software
  2. Register/Sign up for that VPN service
  3. Open up your VPN
  4. Set up a VPN connection (in the US)
  5. Share your Wi-Fi network.

The first four steps are computer-neutral, but sharing your wireless network requires different steps on the PC vs. a MAC. Go to this TechRadar article for those specific steps.

Now that your Wi-Fi hotspot is activated through your computer, you can now easily connect your Roku device to your personal Wi-Fi hotspot. And since the Roku is connected to the hotspot, they’ll recognize it as a US-based IP and you should be able to access all your services and channels as you would back home.

Roku, VPNs and using it while traveling internationally

Roku has disallowed for VPNs to be used directly on the device because legally, they can’t allow you to watch a Netflix show in Argentina if that’s not apart of the agreement between the two companies.

By using your computer, you can use that VPN to change your IP address to a US-based one in order to get the channels you want and access to your streaming services.

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Woohoo! Citi Bike improves ‘Bike Angels’ loyalty program so you can earn free e-bike minutes coupons

The Bike Angels program – Citi Bike’s loyalty program – started a few years ago and allows Citi Bike member to earn points by redistributing bikes to stations running low across the city.

By doing so, Bike Angels can earn members a week extension on their membership and redeem those points toward a limited number of Citi Bike branded items like a white Citi Bike FOB key or helmet. Needless to say, there’s a lack of motivation to get excited with the program.

Bike Angels refreshed and ready to ride

While you’ve been riding up, down, and around, Citi Bike has been putting in work behind the scenes. The good news is that the recently refreshed app also came with changes to the Bike Angels program. To show their appreciation for sticking with Bike Angels, they’ve made some exciting improvements to the program.

What’s changed:

  1. Opportunities to earn e-bike minutes every month Earn 10 ebike minutes at 10 points each month, and a minute for every point between 80 and 200 for more than 2 hours of free ebikes every month!
  2. All new swag there is a lot more options in the swag store including collectible pins for each lifetime reward.
  3. See your points in the new Citi Bike app The new Citi Bike app shows your monthly and lifetime points totals. See points across the app, including mid-ride or when planning a trip. High-value stations are highlighted in pink.

Earning free e-bike minutes is the incentive we need

Since Citi Bike has brought so many more e-bikes to their system, they’ve become incredibly useful in getting to your destination 50% faster especially during months with extreme weather.

So with the announcement that Citi Bike is allowing points earned via the Bike Angels program to be redeemed for e-bike minutes is exactly the incentive that I need to more proactively participate in the program.

When you hit 10 Bike Angel points, you’ll earn a coupon for 10 free ebike minutes that you can find in your account. If you have multiple ebike minute coupons, you can redeem as many as you need for that ride you’ve been dreaming about.

With as much as I use e-bikes during the colder months, those free e-bike minutes will come in handy.

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If you have multiple Google Nest or devices, you need to try the “multi-room control”

With multi-room control, you have all of your speakers, at your command. At once. The multi-room control functionality makes it easier than ever to stream music across your Google Nest speakers, Google hub and displays as well as with Google Chromecast. Learn more how to use multi-room control here.

Use your devices as your all-in-one dashboard. For example, play the audio you want on the Google devices you want, all from a single screen. With multi-room control, you have the ability to do things like:

    1. Group Nest speakers, displays, and Chromecast in real time to play audio in multiple rooms.
    2. Transfer audio from one group of devices to another.
    3. Adjust the volume on each individual device, or across the entire group.

Google’s multi-room control also works with popular streaming services like Spotify and Pandora, not to mention all Google and YouTube services, so you can seamlessly enjoy your streaming entertainment.

Compatible devices include the Google Nest Audio, Google Home, Google Nest Mini (2nd gen), Google Home Mini (1st gen), Google Home Max, Google Nest Hub, Nest Hub Max, Nest Wifi point, Chromecast, Chromecast Ultra, Chromecast Audio, and devices with Chromecast built-in

Take your music with you, hands-free.

“Hey Google, move the music to kitchen speaker”

With a simple voice command, you can switch between speakers, displays, and speaker groups mid-song with just a couple words.

Get instant stereo sound, surrounding you. Expand your sound with Nest Audio.

If you’re wanting stereo sound, you can then pair two Nest speakers of the same type in the same room for immersive music and media. Crisp vocals, powerful bass, and hands-free controls for the music you love. In those specific situations, we love being able to connect all our Google devices together (two Nest hub displays and two Chromecasts) — it makes for a more rich experience.

 

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Citi Bike NYC updates app, introduces new functionality including “Scan to Unlock”

You may have noticed the Citi Bike updated their app. Not only did the app get a makeover, but it the new release version introduces new functionality that will make your Citi Bike experience more convenient and easy. With your new upgraded Citi Bike account, here’s some of the latest and greatest improvements the company has made.

So what’s new with the new Citi Bike app? Here’s some of the new features and functionality.

  • More ebikes: Grab an ebike from more even places with our expanded fleet.
  • Better feedback: Rate your experience with bikes, rides, and stations in the app.
  • Help when you need it Ask questions and report issues right away right from the app.
  • Easy membership management Renew right from the app.

We love that they’ve added more e-bikes to their system, but we love how you can view which e-bike at the station has the most battery charge.

In addition, probably our favorite update to the app is adding the ability to unlock any bike with your phone. Yes all you have to do is scan the QR code on any bike, wait a couple seconds and the bike should unlock. No more 100% reliance on the keys or finding a station that will create you one.

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WhatsApp: What does “this account was previously a business account” mean?

 

In the modern world of instant gratification, JackpotCity online casino is your go-to destination for placing wagers. JackpotCity offers everything from table games to slots and poker with incredible welcome bonuses.

However, when communicating with individuals and businesses, most people prefer texting more than calling. That’s why messaging apps like WhatsApp have decided to leverage this texting craze for business and personal use. As such, there’s a separate WhatsApp application for businesses, making it easy for brands and entrepreneurs to connect with their prospects privately and securely.

So, what does the message “this account was previously a business account” mean?

As earlier mentioned, there are separate WhatsApp application for business and personal use. However, if you no longer desire a WhatsApp business account, you can use the same number for a normal WhatsApp account. When you choose to do this, WhatsApp will notify the people you communicate with that your number is no longer available for business as previously.

What’s different about WhatsApp Business?

When looking for a quick way to connect with your prospects via social media, Whatsapp business is what you need. Whatsapp business brings you a range of interesting features designed for growth and easier communication with customers. Some of these features include creating a catalog and interacting with customers without having to save your number and instant replies.

Why convert a business WhatsApp account into a normal one?

Whether you’ve lost your business or changed your official contacts, it’s unnecessary to delete your WhatsApp business account completely. Converting your business account into a personal one also allows you to keep the WhatsApp backup messages, which might be of great value. That’s because WhatsApp allows you to transfer all the content to your normal WhatsApp account easily.

How do you change a WhatsApp Business Account to a normal one?

To start using your current WhatsApp Business number on the normal personal account, follow these steps using your Android or iOS device.

  1. Start by uninstalling your WhatsApp business app on your device, but remember to
  2. backup your data.
  3. Install the normal WhatsApp application from the Play Store or iOS store.
  4. Launch the new WhatsApp application and enter your phone number for verification. You’ll need to use the number on your WhatsApp business account.
  5. After entering your phone number, you’ll receive a text informing you that the number belongs to your business account and won’t be available for that use after continuing.
  6. When you choose to continue, you’ll receive an OTP to your number, and the shift will be done once you enter it and press ok.
  7. You’ll also get a chance to restore your backup messages saved on iCloud or Google Drive.
  8. Customize the application according to your personal needs.

Here’s the answer

Hopefully, this article has helped you understand the difference between WhatsApp business and the normal account. Fortunately, converting a business account for personal use isn’t a big deal, especially if it no longer suits your needs. You can also upgrade a personal account for business use, though you can’t use the same number for two accounts.

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India, Ireland and the 6 countries you should consider visiting in 2021

All of our travel plans this year were dashed for obvious reasons, so we are going to look ahead to the return of travel in 2021. No longer should we tell ourselves that “I will do it eventually” or push our desires to the side and say, “I will go there one day”.

No, in 2021, we are saying nothing but yes. Yes, to new travel experiences, yes to making new friends, and yes to giving ourselves a challenge. There are so many vibrant cities, majestic beaches, and charming villages that are just waiting for people to explore them again. Below we have given you a list of places that you should definitely think about traveling to next year.

India

Colorful, captivating, and totally chaotic, there really is nowhere on this beautiful planet of ours quite like India. A land that is home to a billion people and more than a thousand languages, it really is a country that is steeped in tradition and history. This huge country is also home to some of the most

impressive building in the world. The Taj Mahal will live up to your expectations, while the Ambert Fort will fascinate you with all of its intricate architecture. In the north of the country, <ahref=”https://www.ranthamborenationalpark.com/”> will give nature lovers the opportunity to spot leopards, tigers, and sloth bears. Last but not least, how could we talk about India and not mention the amazing food? The guy that stands outside your local curry house might claim they have the best curry outside of India, but you cannot beat the real deal.

Vietnam

With its beautiful beaches, friendly people, tantalizing food, and ancient temples it is no surprise that Vietnam is such a popular destination for tourists from all over the world. You can get yourself lost in the city streets that are bristling with street food vendors and scooters, or you can relax a bit in picturesque bays and peaceful villages. You can experience Vietnam’s complicated past by exploring the Cu Chi tunnels or by taking a walk through the war-damaged Imperial Citadel in Hue. If you consider yourself to be a bit of a gambler, then you will be glad to hear that there are plenty of land-based casinos, mostly in Ho Chi Minh City, where you will be able to test out your luck while having an awesome gambling experience.

Ireland

Ireland is a great place to visit not only because of its history and beauty, but also because of its fantastic atmosphere. The Irish are known all over the world for their festive celebrations, and there are many festivals and events throughout the year such as the TradFest that is held in Dublin at the start of each year. This is the biggest traditional music festival in the country and is attended by thousands. You can drink some of the best beer and whiskey in the world while listening to some quality music, what is not to like about that?

The Irish are also sport mad, so we highly recommend that you attend a sporting event while you are there, if you like sports yourself, of course. We suggest you watch a Gaelic football match or a rugby match. As well as watching sports, the Irish love to place bets on them too. If you are reading this and happen to be from Ireland yourself, perhaps you are looking for a great betting site. If so, we recommend that you take a look at https://www.betinireland.ie/. Here you will find a lot of valuable information about the best sportsbooks and online casinos for those in Ireland.

Morocco

Morocco can be seen from Spain, but when it comes to cuisine, culture, and landscapes it is fair to say that it might as well be a world away. We recommend that you visit Morocco with an empty suitcase as it is very easy to go overboard in the numerous markets that sell hand-woven rugs, fragrant spices, and traditional ceramics. The Atlas Mountains will provide you with some of the best trekking routes in the world, winding through fantastic villages, mountain pastures, and farmland. Another must see while in Morocco is the Sahara Desert, and you should spend a night sleeping under the stars.

Uzbekistan

When you are looking for a holiday destination, we know that it is tricky to resist the allure of a beach, but we promise you that this landlocked country will not disappoint you. Uzbekistan really is a diverse and unique destination that has a spellbinding history. Turquoise tiles adorn madrassas, mosques, and mausolea, which makes this treasure trove of Islamic and Soviet architecture something that you will not experience anywhere else on this planet. However, do not just stick to the beautiful cities while you are here, as a good time can be had in the Desert sharing stories and drinking wine with the locals who call it home.

Turkey

If you are searching for a country that has ancient cities and distinctive landscapes, then you really do not need to look any further than Turkey. From the stunning basalt chimneys in Cappadocia to the travertine terraces in Pamukkale, Turkey is home to natural features that really are one of a kind. However, some of the most remarkable sights that you will see in this country have been left behind by ancient civilizations. Persians, Greeks, Phrygians, and Romans used to call Turkey home at one stage, and you can find out all about how they live by visiting the wonderfully preserved ancient cities, museums, and underground cave homes. Europe and Asia collide in Istanbul, which is a capital city that will amaze you with its countless restaurants, imposing mosques, and the biggest bazaar in the world.

Peru

The tricky thing about a trip to Peru is deciding on what you are going to do while you are there – this is a country that is full of wonderful attractions. You might think of Machu Pichu as an overcrowded tourist hotspot but seeing it on your friend’s Facebook profile cannot compare to experiencing it in real life. It really is worth your time and effort to visit this ancient Incan citadel. When you have finished exploring

Machu Pichu, you can experience the Amazon or spend a night in a mud hut on the shores of Lake Titicaca. All of this exploring will make you hungry, so you will be happy to find out that the Peruvians know how to make some delicious food.

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Can ZOOM attendees see movement or people when I have a virtual background?

With the current trend of teleconferencing being a necessity in the age of Covid-19, Zoom became a market leader in the industry and is holding thousands of meetings and 300 million daily participants every day.

It does so by enhancing its features to make its users enjoy every bit of it. The latest feature adopted by zoom is virtual backgrounds for video.

Please continue reading to understand how ZOOM works.

What is Zoom Virtual background?

During a Zoom meeting, you may see some participants with a beautiful background, e.g., beach. If you are not keen, you may think that they are attending the meeting from the beach. Other participants may alternatively opt for a video background. That may also make you believe that they are at a scene.

However, that is not the case.
The change of background is possible because of the latest feature in Zoom called virtual background.

One unique thing about this feature is how it works. It only achieves the objective when there is uniform lighting. The importance of uniform lighting is to detect the difference between the user and the virtual backgrounds. That takes us to the next question.

Can people see movement with Zoom virtual background?

To answer whether ZOOM attendees can see movement in your ZOOM virtual background, the answer really depends on your setup and how close that movement is to your screen.

In my personal experience, unless the movement is within 2-3 feet of the screen, viewers and attendees won’t be able to see any movement. So if your roommate or partner walks behind you (as mine has), but is more than three feet away from the screen, you don’t have to worry.

Again, all this is true only if you have ZOOM virtual background set up.

Another general rule is as long as you (as the primary ZOOM attendee) is closest to the screen, the technology is smart enough to understand where to focus the computer camera on. In other words, don’t let any movement get in front of you. In vast majority of cases, no one should be able to view another person or movement. Again, as long as you have a virtual background.

Let’s also recap how a zoom virtual background setup is vital to understanding the answer.

Here are the key considerations when setting up backgrounds for zoom

To make everything work for you regarding background effects, you have to ensure that the computer you are using is in good condition and meets Zoom’s basic requirements. However, that also depends on the type of operating system you are using.
From there, ensure that you use a solid background color. The recommended color is green. You can achieve that by using physical green screens. The advantage is that the screens are accessible online via Amazon and other online shops like Alibaba.
The second thing to consider is the kind of camera you use during the meeting. Your camera should be sharp and have the recommended specifications that a good camera should possess.

For instance, the lenses should be good to take quality videos and images of you.
Also, as mentioned above, use uniform lighting because it will distinguish you from the virtual backgrounds. Remember, the core of using Zoom is to attend a meeting you would have attended physically. Therefore, using uniform lighting will make you visible to other participants and make them know you are in attendance.

The final thing that will make you visible to the other participants is wearing a cloth with a different color from that of the background.

Following the above setup processes will make your virtual backgrounds for zoom excellent. They will enable you to meet quality standards and also enhance your presentation during a meeting.

So can zoom attendees see another person in your ZOOM background?

If you’re using ZOOM as it’s intended, then no, you probably don’t have to worry about other attendees seeing movement in your background. However, you should still be cautious.

From the setup information we have already highlighted for you, it’s agreeable that people can detect movement with Zoom virtual background. However, that’s majorly dependent on how you set up your virtual backgrounds for video.
If you don’t follow the step-by-step procedures highlighted above, you may become undetectable, especially if you leave the meeting unannounced. The application of virtual backgrounds is not complicated, and gamblers can also attest to that.

The whole concept behind this idea is to make gaming and teleconferencing more realistic. If you visit Loki casino, you will see how the whole concept is applicable.
Zoom is becoming better daily, and it’s making the world a better place with teleconferencing in handy. The fantastic thing about zoom is that the developers are always out to make things better for the users by adopting modern features such as zoom virtual background.

Such improvements make zoom a preference for meetings and other video purposes. It leaves every user satisfied and yearns for every second spent on Zoom.

These ZOOM and teleconferencing insights were provided by a real fan of ZOOM, Jacek Michałski (you can find more information about Jacek on this page).

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The low budget guide to starting an online casino in Australia

 

Australia is one of the world’s biggest gambling markets. It is ranked 6th when it comes to the number of pokies within the country.

It is not uncommon to find a “pokie” machine no matter where you are, be it pubs, restaurants, hotels or casinos. The H2 Gambling Capita survey which looked at 200 countries, found Australia to have the greatest number of people that gamble.

So, if you are an entrepreneur looking to grab a slice of this multi-billion-dollar pie, here is a low budget guide to starting an online casino in Australia.

Analyze your competition

There are hundreds of online casinos that accept players from Australia. Before you dive into starting one of your own, it would be a great learning exercise to really dissect all the top online casinos for Australians and how they have become so popular. You need to look at the best practices of the online casinos dominating the Australian market (Click here to see who they are). Even though you have a much smaller budget, it does not mean you cannot compete.

Furthermore, for those on a shoe string budget, this initial research costs nothing but is worth a lot.

Getting a Gaming license

Some of the most popular gambling jurisdictions where you can apply for a license include the UK, Malta, Alderney, Isle of Man, Curacao and Gibraltar. If you want Australian players to consider your online casino, you simply cannot afford to offer an unlicensed service.

Choose a license which is well reputed such as one from the UKGC for example. The factors that you need to consider while choosing a license are reputability, validity and the cost of licensing. Even though you are on a low budget, a license is one of the key expenditures where you should not be too conservative about spending, especially if you are looking for a good response once your casino is launched.

Partner with the reputed software providers

Developing your own online casino software and games is not only cumbersome but also an expensive affair. Furthermore, players would much rather choose to play pokies from established game developers rather than play proprietary games from a relatively unknown, in-house development team.

Therefore, you can save time and money by simply sourcing your games and software from online casino software providers such as Evolution Gaming, Quickspin, Betsoft Gaming, iSoftBet, and Real Time Gaming, to name a few. Since Australian players are big on pokies, choose providers with the best pokies’ collections.

Website and theme development

The website is the face of your online casino. It dictates the first impression and the overall player experience. A website that looks modern and immersive will go a long way in attracting players and getting them to sign up. The latest trend is not to overuse graphical elements, but rather keep the website looking minimal and clean with an easy to use information architecture.

Also, you want to think of a theme for your brand. May be you can have a mascot. Go through the themes that popular online casinos use for inspiration.

Another major factor which will determine the reception your online casino may receive is the type of promotions offered. Players love free stuff. Find a balanced promotional strategy which not only attracts new players and gets them to sign up (courtesy of welcome bonuses) but also rewards players that frequent your casino with regular promotions and a loyalty program with lots of perks.

Payment processing

Online casino players expect the most secure payments methods, but also want them to be quick and hassle free. In order to be competitive, your casino needs to support easy payments that are secure, cost virtually no processing fees and also quick withdrawals.

Thankfully, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel when it comes to payment processing. There are tried and tested solutions which can be implemented. Sometimes, the software provider you are working with will take of care of payment processing.

Ensure that the casino supports various payment methods such as credit cards, debit cards, eWallets and even Bitcoins if your budget permits. Providing support for Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Neosurf and POLi, can make it most convenient for your members. What is also important is that the casino supports various currencies, especially the Australian Dollar. Players having to go through currency conversion not supported by the casino is a big deal breaker. So, if you plan to operate in markets other than Australia, ensure the relevant currencies are supported by your casino.

Marketing

Here are a few areas you cannot afford to compromise on if you want to operate a casino worth its salt.

• A reputed casino license
• Partnering with well-known game providers
• Implementing secure and fast payment solutions
• Development of a good looking and intuitive website

However, the one area where your budget will determine how far you go is marketing. The world of online casino marketing if full of tools and marketing channels. This could be SEO, promotions and bonuses, social media marketing, and affiliate site marketing.

Marketing is crucial to get your online casino noticed and bring in the players that it deserves.

To be honest, don’t be obsessed with making a profit right at the start. It could take a year or two to settle down. Just focus on offering some generous bonuses and host a load of promotions throughout the year. This is what will eventually bring in the profits.

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What’s the best neighborhood to live and rent a room in Manhattan?

Everyone dreams of living in New York City. Though Brooklyn is challenging Manhattan as the borough of choice, “The City” is still the dream. The good news is that with rental prices dropping across the city, you can accord to live in Manhattan. Continue reading “What’s the best neighborhood to live and rent a room in Manhattan?”

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How online casino VIP programs are setting trends In business

It’s no secret that customers love special treatment and individual attention. It makes sense that they also like being treated like kings. Gamblers and casino customers are no difference.

Players love to be showered in presents and attention, and as the research by Casino Hex says online casino bonuses are the best thing a player can receive. And VIPs receive them by the dozen all the time, that what makes them come back to the same land-based or online casino venues time and time again.

I’m not saying that casinos started the trend, but they keep it at it’s fullest. They know exactly what to give to their VIP customers and how to create the atmosphere around them to make them come back again and not once. And every company wants this type of success and loyalty.

How profitable are the VIP programs for business in general?

There’s a statement that we like, and it’s “Those who join your VIP program are worth more.” You set a task to push your clients to move from one tier to another one – they will inevitably become more loyal and committed to your company and brand. They will gain more value with every new purchase.

You can benefit from creating a VIP program as your clients can stay with you for a very long time. There’s a high chance to see returning clients – about 45% of VIP customers will make one more purchase. The more they buy, the more they get.

How will your profit increase? Let’s imagine a customer that goes through the VIP tiers and makes some purchases. The frequency of such purchases and the average order value are growing. VIP customers are likely to spend more than average clients. Experts state that you can expect them to bring you more profit up to 5 times.

How do VIP programs influence customers?

It’s not a secret that people tend to be better than their friends, relatives, colleagues, and others. VIP programs can give them a better social status. Let’s remember the mid-west Tribal casino, they had too many elite players, so many that the elite status lost its glory and this is how they came up with “above and beyond” status. And who doesn’t want to be on that level? They get the exclusive experience that a more significant part of your clients doesn’t receive. You will let your clients enhance the feeling of self-satisfaction, and it will make them come back to you in the future.

You can create the names for each tier that you have. Your clients will see that their status will change after making some actions and achieving some specific results. You can motivate your clients to achieve new levels and create attractive customer journeys. The upgrade of social status will attract people and stay with your brand for a long time.

What makes an excellent VIP program?

We consider two things to be the most important when creating a VIP program. The first is preventing or overcoming the client’s frustration and the second one is adding the things that will improve customer experience and make them feel engaged. These issues are not complicated to implement in the business processes.

You should prepare your clients to become members of a VIP program. If you run an online business, it can be an email with the information about the VIP program and its benefits. You can grant your current customers with a new status for a while for testing this idea. If you run an offline business, you can offer a VIP parking lot or something like that.

If you organize any events, you can think of comfortable conditions for the kids of your clients. There might be a babysitter that will take care of them. It can be free alcohol for VIP clients or any other perks that will surely make everyone feel pleased.

To improve the experience, you can offer your clients to become members of a community. You should provide some privileges for the member of such a club and remain a high level of services all the time. Your goal is to make people enjoy staying with you, have no problems with making a purchase, and solve all of the issues in no time.

The bottom line for VIPs

As the casino industry proved, creating VIP programs is good for business as it attracts people; you can make them spend more money and come back to you in the future. You can give your clients a new social status, unique privileges, and positive experience while staying with you and your company.

Your product or services can be of high quality, and there should be something more than you can offer. Personal communication, comfortable conditions, self-satisfaction, and great experience, in general, will increase your revenue and turn one-time buyers into regular customers.

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Does Trader Joe’s accept WIC EBT debit card?

Things are changing by the hour in these times of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 otherwise known as COVID-19 and we’re learning a lot about ourselves, our healthcare system, how our government works Continue reading “Does Trader Joe’s accept WIC EBT debit card?”

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Is your Jetpack ‘Popular Posts’ WordPress plugin/widget not refreshing? [solved]

Over the last month or so, the Popular Posts plugin I use for one of my sites stopped refreshing. For that particular site, I have been utilizing Jetpack’s WordPress Top Posts and Pages widget for many years and rarely ever had an issue. Continue reading “Is your Jetpack ‘Popular Posts’ WordPress plugin/widget not refreshing? [solved]”

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Here’s 5 reasons why online casinos have exploded and have become so popular

In the rush of modern life, technology is something we now all rely on a great deal. This can be at work where computers help us perform our roles or at home where the internet is used to shop or to stay connected with friends. Of course, tech is also behind how we like to stay amused in our spare time in many ways. Online casino play is a great example of this in action. The Hollywood online casino is popular with many U.S. players and shows what these internet casinos have to offer.

The figures around this industry certainly back up how popular playing casino games online now is globally. From a net worth of around $45.8 billion in 2017, it is being tipped to reach close to the $100 billion mark by 2024. But how has the industry become such a massive presence in the entertainment sector?

Rise of mobile gaming Some things just go together well – peanut butter and jelly, or bacon and eggs for example. Online casino play and mobile gaming are another match made in heaven. It is estimated that this sector made around $60 billion alone last year which shows just how buoyant it is. Playing at internet casinos made up a big portion of this global annual revenue as more people began to use their smartphones to enjoy classic slots or card games. As mobile gaming has continued to become more popular to enjoy in our spare time, then it would seem activities which are most suited to it, have also flourished. After all, what better way is there to kill time when waiting for friends or during your commute to work?

Convenience  When looking at how online casinos have become such a dominant force, you must take into account the convenience they offer to players. For many people, convenience is a major attraction and it has allowed the industry to attract a new, wider audience. But how has this been achieved by the technology and the companies? The answer is that combined they have made playing casino games much simpler and less hassle.

Rather than having to travel to the nearest physical casino, you can now play from the comfort of your own home. You can play in an atmosphere you find less intimidating and more pleasant when compared to traditional casinos. All these factors have encouraged people, including more female players, to log onto online casinos in recent years when they otherwise would not have given casino games a try.

Greater media exposure When it comes to how online casinos have risen in popularity so quickly, a major reason is how they are marketed. Brands have far greater media exposure now than in the past which helps bring new players into the sector.

Soccer club sponsorship is a classic example of this in action. 32Red sponsor Derby County in the English Championship league and this is also seen at other soccer clubs around the world. By taking advantage of how popular these sports are, casino brands can attract a far greater number of people to play. When you also add in TV advertising and the greater media exposure online or in print, it is clear to see how this has helped.

Legality Growing The United States is a great example of how laws have changed the minds and hearts of a previously illegal industry. With several recent changes of online gambling laws allowing individual states — including Michigan, Illinois, and New Jersey — to make online (and offline) gambling a legal leisure activity.

By making online gambling a pastime which is not only legal but also socially accepted, changes to laws like this are bringing more people to the online gaming sphere. If you’re interested in dabbling, We’d check out the best casino reviews.

Online casino play is seen as socially acceptable  One clever thing the sector has done to promote growth is to change the image of gambling at a casino. Rather than the slightly seedy image of traditional casinos, internet casinos are fun, bright and inclusive places. This has helped overhaul the image of casino play and as a result society has become more accepting about people enjoying it. The changing attitude of some governments has also helped the sector to grow.

Ultimately – it lets us enjoy ourselves Looking at how online casinos have become so popular is worthwhile, but it is also worth thinking about why this has happened. While the range of games and promotions help, the major thing is that they’re fun and give you an enjoyable way to fill any spare time with no fuss. When you also add the chance to win some money, it is no surprise to that this way of playing games online has become so popular.

 

 

 

 

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