HBO Go Everywhere? – How the Rest of World is Watching Game of Thrones

 |  Tips

If you are waiting for the new series of Game of Thrones to air on your network before you watch it, you are probably about 1 of 10 people in the entire world. Fact. Well, not really, but you know what I mean. No one is waiting for it to show legally in their country, they are all watching it as soon as it comes out.

HBO GO Game of ThronesIf you aren’t watching the new series using a VPN service provider, then I commend you, because you have some serious will power. Gone are the days where you were jealous of your friends across the water for getting it first.

And gone are the days of having to remove your friends from Facebook in the United Kingdom, while you’re in Australia because they are dishing out major spoilers.

VPN for HBO and NetflixI bet you are now wondering how it’s all done, right? You’re probably thinking it is tough. But, getting your fantasy fix might not be such a fantasy. Say Game of Thrones isn’t available on HBO Go Australia yet, and you are dying to watch the new series. Let me tell you how you might go about it.

All you need to do is download an app on your phone or tablet, or some software on your PC and you can watch the new series right away. It’s that simple. So, let me explain it in some more detail. VPN stands for virtual private network, are you with me so far?

By using a VPN, you can basically pretend you are in a different country. You trick services like HBO and Netflix into thinking this, by re-routing your internet traffic. If you are in Canada, you can use a VPN to act like you are actually in New Zealand.

All you do is log in, select the country you want to be in that day and navigate to your chosen site. It’s that simple. This means, that if you are in a country where the new series of GOT hasn’t aired yet, you can still watch it.

Game of ThronesVPN has taken off big time, and there are more VPN services than you can shake a stick at. Some of these services, you don’t even have to pay for.

A couple of years ago, no one even knew what VPN stood for, apart from maybe the class nerd. But now, there are innumerable articles online telling you how to bypass the problem of your location.

This might all sound a bit dodgy to you, but don’t worry, using a VPN isn’t illegal. Although, if you are in a country with very controlling laws, watching banned content might get you in a bit of trouble. Networks like HBO are trying to crack down on the use of VPN’s to access content.

More and more routes in using VPN’s are being blocked. Netflix is getting upset about it and trying to block access. But the industry now thinks that by doing this, they will actually lose subscribers. That’s how mainstream this has become.

Why people think iPhones are a must have gadget

 |  Tech, Tips

Smart-phonesThe most common tech gadget that we use in our daily life is surely a smartphone. I have been using smartphones ever since they came into existence. I am a tech savvy guy and for me there is no compromise in choosing the best and latest techs in the market.

Every year there is a brand new model of different flagship mobile companies in the market. Smartphones now serve the purpose of a personal computer in our hands. Each year there are quite a lot of hardware and software improvements, and I delightfully delve into the offerings.

I have used smartphones from brands such as Compaq, Blackberry, Sony, HTC, and Samsung, and of course Apple. From a general perspective all phones serve similar purposes, but these vary significantly in terms of usability, convenience and features.

Samsung Galaxy and Apple iPhone series are the two most popular smartphone brands in the market today. The competition is intense amongst these two brands, and each year the rivalry gets even tougher with technological advancement.

Girl using iPhoneI personally have been a fan of Apple iPhones for a few years. This brand has been delivering flagship devices in the smartphone market. To me iPhones are a notch ahead of every other company. The ios operating system that iPhones use is much enriched and user-friendly. The operating system is updated in a span of a year and adds many useful utilities to the phone.

The best thing about iPhones is that the ios is Apple’s own. Therefore, the phones are capable of running all the features the ios comes with. Android phones on the other hand vary a lot in terms of functionality. I used to use Samsung Galaxy before I shifted to Apple iPhone.

There were a lot of things I liked in Samsung Galaxy, but there were a lot of things which I did not like. The disliked features were pretty annoying and disrupted user experience. I was on the look for a better phone. I tried my luck with Sony Xperia. It was rich with features, but was heavy and consumed a lot of battery. I was tired of charging the phone twice daily. Furthermore, I experienced the performance degradation.

Now I’m comfortably using the iPhone. I like everything about the phone and cannot find a major flaw. The design of the phone is smart and classy. It is not too big, neither is it too small. It is easy to hold and fits into the pocket comfortably. The layout of the home screen is meaningful and easy to use. The Apple store is an excellent place to find the desired apps.

It has one significant advantage over the Google store, as the apps found in the store are built specifically for iPhones. This is not the case with the Google play store. Due to this, the security of iPhones are much tighter than android phones. There is also a huge library of music owned by Apple. Once you subscribe to the music service, then you really do not need to look anywhere else for your favorite genre of music.

Apple is well known for producing the high-quality music player, the iPod, for years. All the functionalities of iPods are available in iPhones and there is more to it. Samsung Galaxy or any other phones never had this feature. Another important aspect of iPhone is its battery backup. Although the first generations of iPhone were not renowned for battery backup, recent phones are an alternate to that. Now you can go easy with charging.

On a consumer sense, the iPhone is like a must have for most people. It is an indispensable part of my life. I absolutely love my phone and a ‘big up’ to Apple for making iPhones.

The Writer's Block book

Creative ideas to help you write better and beat writers block

 |  Tips, Writing

Writers block and wasted paperWriting is not always easy as it seems, especially creative writing. Often there are times when you won’t be able to get a writing rhythm or even cannot even start writing about something. This particular phase is called writing block.

Those who write have gone through this phase at least once in life. Sometimes nothing would come out of a writers head even though their pens are ready to flow through the paper. The type of block varies from writer to writer. Some cannot feel the subject, some just do not find the urge from the inside, and some just have too much going on their head.

I experienced this situation every now and then. There are times no matter how hard you try, you will not be able to write anything decent. So if anyone goes through such time they should remember that it is something very commonplace among writers.

Now the question is what to do in such situations. Should writers take a break from writing until they find their usual writing rhythm? This can be good for short term, but if the break happens for a long period then the writers might find themselves in a worse position. The thing that writers should do is try to do something in order to find the rhythm again. In other words they should employ a practice which will unblock the writer’s block.

The Writer's Block bookI never had a solid technique to deal with writer’s block until I came across a book titled ” The Writer’s Block: 786 Ideas to Jump-Start Your Imagination “. This is one amazing book that I came across which helped me reduce a lot of time wasted in the writer’s block phase. One blogger suggested to me that I should have a look at this book.

At first glance, I got interested in the book. It is shaped like a 3×3×3 block and full of ideas to help the mass writer to break the writer’s block. The book is very helpful for anyone who likes to write, and takes it seriously or professionally. The writer Jason Rekulak has put a lot of effort in composing the book. He has actually compiled 786 techniques to overcome the writer’s block.

Most of the examples are taken from experiences of prominent writers. 786 ideas is not something merely small, but it’s rather something very comprehensive. I owe a lot to this book because it has helped me in many situations where I did not have much time in hand to finish writing. I would recommend this to any type of writer, whether a rookie or a pro. It is a must have book in every writer’s shelf.