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How to Choose an IPTV Set-Top Box

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IPTV set top box

Tired of your traditional television entertainment? In most developed countries television enthusiasts are rushing to the market to acquire IPTV set-top boxes for exclusive entertainment experience. However most first time buyers find themselves clueless when it comes to choosing the best one. What do you need to know about set-top boxes when considering buying one? Here they are:

Quality of set-top box

There are various models of IPTV set-top boxes flooding the market. In such cases buyers find decision making quite stressful. To help you get started, set-top boxes are either hybrid or basic. You should at least consider buying an IPTV set-top box that is reliable, durable and effective. However, you should keep in mind that quality influences affordability.


Connectivity

Consider buying an IPTV set-top box whose connection is not frustrating. It makes no sense investing in devices that will consume large volumes of bundles and offer very little in return. It is therefore important to ensure that whichever set-top box you choose is powered by reliable connectivity. The best IPTV set-top box must have an exclusively fast internet response to allow maximum and convenient entertainment. For that it’s prudent to consider focusing your attention to a set-top box with reliable middleware. Never compromise on broadband infrastructure reliability and efficiency.


Main features

Consider making features comparison before making up your mind on which set-top box to buy. Some IPTV set-top boxes have special features such as HD and Full HD support, better performance or picture in picture function among others. Many modern customers have a preference for high quality products. Manufacturers are aware of that fact and for that they ensure that they produce unique set-top boxes as allurement to remain competent. Your ideal IPTV set-top box should provide you with easy access to your favorite programs and movies smoothly.


Functionality 

IPTV functionality really matters a lot when considering buying a good IPTV set-top box. Manufacturers are focusing more on improving IPTV functionality to conform to the consumers’ needs. For instance, there are set-top boxes that allow live streaming, Video on demand while others offer delayed broadcasting.


Pricing

Pricing refers to the package price, cost of installation and cost of the IPTV set-top box. This factor is mainly influenced by many other factors such as quality, functionality, model and features among others.

4 Creepy Things the Internet Does When You Are Online

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There’s no doubt the Internet is convenient and can affect our lives in a positive way—but are we making some sacrifices to enjoy such a convenience? If you’ve been an Internet user for many years, you’ve probably come across at least one dangerous thing on the net. 


4 creepy things the Internet does when you are online

Hackers, malware and Internet scams are all too common, and of course they can have a negative impact on your life, but there are also some other dark and creepy things about using the Internet you may not have even heard of yet. 

To give you an idea of what I’m talking about, here are four creepy things the Internet does when you are online.

1. Tracks Your Location

Every time you connect to the Internet, your location is being tracked. Websites use your IP address to determine where you are at the time you’re visiting their site, and if you’re a Windows 10 user, the chances are the apps you’re using are as well. There is also GPS on many Internet-enabled devices, which can literally track you wherever you go, down to the exact address.

The best way to avoid this from occurring is to check your settings on your devices and disable location or GPS. But that won’t help you as far as your IP address goes. For that, you’ll need a Virtual Private Network (VPN) service to assist you in protecting your privacy online.

As mentioned in this VPN review by Secure Thoughts, VPNs block your IP address. When you connect to the VPN, your Internet traffic is routed through a remote server, which makes your Internet connection encrypted and your location (and IP address) shown as that of the remote server instead of your own.

2. Spies on You

Websites and services are always watching what you do when you use them. Whenever you visit a page, click on a link or load an app that’s connected to the net, what you do is being recorded. In many cases, this serves simply as diagnostic data for services: did anything go wrong while you were using the service? When? What were you doing?

But this data is also used to understand your behaviors and tailor services to better get across the message they want you see. This information is used in studies, and we’re not talking about the kinds to help save the earth.

You’ve probably seen the warnings on your mobile devices when you go to install an app: “This app needs access to your contacts, your camera, your phone, your messaging service, your…” and the list continues. Functionally, an app that sends messages needs to be able to read your messages, but there are enough apps that don’t need do.

Knowing your contacts helps establish a profile of who you are and whom you know. It’s anybody’s guess how many different things this info can be used for, but it’s decidedly creepy. Ultimately, much of that information goes to exactly what purpose you’d probably imagine.

3. Sends You Targeted Ads


This is the feature of Internet search engine and personal profile shenanigans we’re most familiar with by this point, but every now and then it gets under your skin. For example, you’re watching videos on YouTube and suddenly realize you keep getting ads for shoes. At the time it doesn’t seem to mean much, but then you realize you were shopping for shoes online recently.

In some cases it gets a little weirder. You weren’t actually shopping online for shoes, but when you visited Journey’s, you gave them your email address, and they sent you a receipt. Well, Google recognized that email and decided to tailor your video ads to show information about shoes.

Everything you do online ultimately leads to advertising. While there are some options to opt out of customized ads, much of it remains beyond your control with the exception of location-based ads; if you’re hiding behind a VPN, those ads will be targeted at your perceived IP address rather than your actual location.

Ads can also be handled by using services such as Adblock Plus, a free extension for Firefox and Google Chrome that helps to hide and remove ads from pages. Blur is also a good extension as it tells you when websites are tracking you and helps block them from doing so.

Some degree of targeting is inevitable if you shop online. Amazon knows what you buy from your account and recommends related purchases, just the same as eBay. Nearly all online shopping sites compile your data to try to get you to buy something else.

The most nefarious purpose of all is one that big companies such as Apple and Google claim they aren’t majorly capitalizing on.

4. Shares Your Information


All the data you send and receive online leaves a trail. That location information we discussed and the targeted ads don’t just come from one place; companies buy and sell this information. Your browsing data could easily be part of a package deal for an advertising company, along with thousands or millions of others.

This is something you’ve no doubt discovered in your spam box. You start getting emails for something you never searched for or never visited a page for. For some reason you’re subscribed to these emails without your consent.

The reason is because your personal profile data’s been bought and paid for. It’s not like an autodialer system that just calls every number in the phone book to advertise (that’s illegal now, by the way); there are an unlimited number of email addresses, and they are acquired when you submit your email to different services that don’t keep it confidential.

Social media is notorious for sharing information you’d prefer not to let others know indirectly. Privacy settings can be so complex and ever changing that you suddenly realize anyone who searches your name can locate your phone number, home address, place of work and come up with a pretty convincing list of people you know in real life.

If that’s not creepy, I’m not sure what is!

Are there any creepy facts about the Internet you’d like to share with us? Let us know in the comments section.

About the Author: Cassie is an Internet security expert and blogger for CultureCoverage.com. Given that security breaches have become more common online, she especially focuses on helping others learn more about how they can stay safe on the Internet.


How to download and use Prisma on Android

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If you're an active user of famous social networks such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc you must've heard of an app called " Prisma " atleast once (or 37583947733 times) on your social network newsfeed. Ever since it's initial release on iOS appstore, it has lead app store rankings with over 10 million downloads! The words to come into your mind espically if you're an app developer right now, is probably HOW and WHY?

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How to download and use prisma on Android

​The answer is simple. Just like the answer, Prisma is simple to use and features UNIQUE filters which will transforms your photos into artworks using the style of 33 famous artists (i.e: Munk, Picasso etc). The secret behind this app's success is basically the fact that it's not your typical photo filtering app, instead it uses AI (Artificial Intelligence) which processes each photo differently depending on the photo's structure and converts it into a piece of art. Just like everything, this app also comes with a con and that is, it requires a Internet connection but that shouldn't stop you from downloading this app! Here in this article you will learn how to download Prisma on Android and also how to use Prisma on Android. 


How to download Prisma on Android

1. Download Prisma from the Google Playstore by searching for " Prisma " or by Clicking Here.


How to download and install Prisma on Android

2. After you've opened it, you'll be asked to give few permissions. Accept all to proceed.

3. Congratulations, you've installed Prisma on Android!


How to use Prisma on Android

The interface of Prisma should be easy to get the hang of within first five minutes of Installing, as it resembles other photo filtering apps. Using it is very easy, all you've to do is:

1. Take a photo using your phone's rear or front camera/Select an existing photo from your phone's gallery.

.2. Select a filter from the list to apply the filter (Make sure to be connected to the Internet). Don't be alarmed if it takes some time, as many people are using it.


How to play Pokemon Go in Pakistan

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You must have already heard of the word " Pokemon " before. Po-Ke-Mon, from the name of Japanese video game for Nintendo which means Pocket Monster has finally been released for Android and iOS users. But just like everything else in the world, it hasn't been released officially in Pakistan yet. The app has been officially launched so far in Australia, USA, UK, Canada and New Zealand. But that hasn't stopped people from outside these countries finding a way to play it, which can be achieved by manually downloading the game instead from the official app stores. But before we begin, let's talk more about Pokemon Go.

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What is Pokemon Go?


How to play Pokemon Go in Pakistan

Pokemon Go is a location based adventure game which works by using your smartphone's GPS for real world location and camera for realistic experience in catching pokemons. The game instantly became viral after it's release due to the massive positive reputation it had already gained previously by Nintendo users. Pokemon Go is a very exciting game and allows you to do a lot of things which I will not go into details here, but the main reason Pokemon Go has became a success is due to it's uniqueness which majority of the games do not offer.


​Is Pokemon Go F2P (Free To Play)?


Yes. Pokemon Go is free to play but you still have options to use real life money to purchase ingame currency called " PokeCoins " which can be used to purchase useful items in the game. This is unneccasary as you're not required to spend money but it's same thing as you'd have to spend your time and energy instead of money, which makes the game even more fun. 

Requirements


Android

  • Android 4.4 to Android 6.0.1 
  • Preferred resolution of 720x1280 px
  • Strong data connection (3G, 4G or WiFi)
  • GPS 

iOS

  • iPhone 5+ 
  • iOS 8+
  • Strong data connection (3G, 4G or WiFi)
  • GPS 


How to play Pokemon Go in Pakistan

​Now that we're finished with the introduction, it's time to show you how to play Pokemon Go in Pakistan.

Android:

  • Download the APK for the game on your device by clicking here.
  • Go to Settings > Security and enable installs from Unknown Sources on your phone before proceeding to the next step.

How to play Pokemon Go in Pakistan
  • Go to the Downloads folder.
  • Click on the downloaded file and follow the instructions to install the game.
Note: Not all APK files are safe hence make sure to download the APK file mentioned in this article or from somewhere you trust. ​


iPhone:

  • Launch the App Store on your iPhone and sign out of your Apple ID.
  • Go to Settings>General>Language & Region.
  • Tap on Region and change it to "Australia"(OR any other country that this game supports).
  • Go to the iOS App Store and search for Pokemon Go. Install it. 
  • You'll be asked to sign in, but press "Create New" instead. (CRUCIAL STEP)
  • You have to fill out the required information & follow the instructions. Choose any email or Australia based address. (depending what country you selected earlier). Make sure to use your common sense and tap " None " for billing information or else you'll be required to input your billing information later on.
  • Head back to the App Store once the account has been created & you can download, install and play Pokemon Go as you are signed into a supported country.


Thetic Blog Downtime Explanation

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As most of you may've noticed that Thetic Blog was down for more than 2 weeks. The problem was not related to hosting but due to domain, which expired on 4th of July and I didn't even notice due to Eid nearby and by the time I did realize (after 3-4 days) I also found out my Paypal account had just frozen and after multiple calls & emails to the Paypal support team my account was still not unfrozen, until I got a smart idea to pay a friend in real life who can renew my domain online but apparently I did that way too late. (but better than never, right?)


Thetic Blog downtime explanation


Losses Thetic Blog has suffered?

The major loss Thetic Blog has suffered is SEO. We've lost 90% of our SEO e.g: our rankings on Google, meaning we've been wiped from Google. Hence we're back to square one and hopefully shouldn't take much time to rise again.

How we plan to rise again?

This time it should be easier as we've many people who support Thetic Blog i.e: dedicated readers, team of writers, guest posters etc. Where as, when we first started back last year on July 4th, it was just me writing. 

How can you contribute to helping Thetic Blog?

​If you're reading this article it probably means you're a dedicated reader who found this article through our social networks as we've dissappeared from the search engine (temporarily). You're already helping us by viewing this article, you can continue to do so by sharing our articles, reading other articles etc. 


Thanks for staying with us!
-CEO & Founder of Thetic Blog