Monday, 20 August 2018

How you can install Fortnite on Android, and every phone that can play it

Epic Games’ Fortnite is almost getting the world, and now the battle royale game (and occasional golf simulator) is finally coming to Android. Samsung Galaxy devices held exclusive access to the Fortnite beta for now, but Epic has started rolling out invites to owners of other phones as well.
Now the question is this, can your phone even play Fortnite for Android though? The game requires some serious graphical horsepower despite its cartoonish looks.
Okay now in any case, here’s how Android users can gain access to Fortnite, followed by the full list of phones that can play Fornite on Android.

How to play Fortnite on Android: In order to celebrate the launch of the Galaxy Note 9, Samsung Galaxy owners can play the Fortnite beta right now. Anyone who has a Galaxy S7 or later, the Galaxy Note 8, or Galaxy Tab S3 or S4 will find a Fortnite icon in Samsung’s Game Launcher app. (You can find it in your app drawer.) Just tap it to start downloading the game.
If you preorder the Galaxy Note 9 via Samsung.com, the company will also give you a whopping 15,000 V-Bucks to use in Fortnite along with an exclusive Galaxy outfit. It’s pretty slick. Everyone else must sign up for invitations to the beta, which will roll out in waves. Head over to the official Fortnite for Android page and register with your email. Epic will eventually send you an invitation email with instructions on how to install the game, which isn’t being distributed through the Google Play Store. Furthermore, do not download anything claiming to be Fortnite in Google Play—it’s a scam.
You’ll need to download the Fortnite Installer app. If you’re using default Android settings, you’ll see a warning about downloading and installing APKs from unknown sources. Confirm you’re on the Epic Games website (epicgames.com) before you download any files (an invitation scheme like this is bound to draw phishing schemes galore) and grant Chrome permission to do so. The Fortnite Installer will install; follow the on-screen prompts to finish installing Fortnite. When you’re done, be sure to revoke Chrome’s ability to download apps from unknown sources to stay as safe as possible.

What Android phones can play Fortnite: Note here that you’re going to need a fairly beefy phone to play Fortnite on Android. Epic says these devices will be able to hop onboard the battle bus immediately after receiving an invitation. The good news: Most of our favorite Android phones make the cut.

Samsung Galaxy: S7 / S7 Edge , S8 / S8+, S9 / S9+, Note 8, Note 9, Tab S3, Tab S4
Google: Pixel / Pixel XL, Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL
Asus: ROG Phone, Zenfone 4 Pro, 5Z, V
Essential: PH-1
Huawei: Honor 10, Honor Play, Mate 10 / Pro, Mate RS, Nova 3, P20 / Pro, V10
LG: G5, G6, G7 ThinQ, V20, V30 / V30+
Nokia 8
OnePlus: 5 / 5T, 6
Razer Phone
Xiaomi: Blackshark, Mi 5 / 5S / 5S Plus, 6 / 6 Plus, Mi 8 / 8 Explorer / 8SE, Mi Mix, Mi Mix 2, Mi Mix 2S, Mi Note 2
ZTE: Axon 7 / 7s, Axon M, Nubia / Z17 / Z17s, Nubia Z11

Have it in mind, there’s a second wave of Android phones that won’t be able to play the Fortnite beta at first, but Epic says it’s “working on fixes in the near term.”

HTC: 10, U Ultra, U11 / U11+, U12+
Lenovo: Moto Z / Z Droid, Moto Z2 Force
Sony: Xperia: XZ/ XZs, XZ1, XZ2

Lastly, if you don’t see your phone listed above, Epic said it may still be able to play Fortnite for Android if it meets or exceeds the following specifications:

OS: 64-bit Android, 5.0 or higher
RAM: 3GB or higher
GPU: Adreno 530 or higher, Mali-G71 MP20, Mali-G72 MP12 or higher
But there’s a twist: Your phone can’t be rooted if you want to play Fortnite for Android. Epic says it may drop that condition in the future if it can find “effective anti-cheat solutions” though.
This story, was originally published by PCWorld. Thanks for reading...

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Back-to-School Lessons for Entrepreneurs

Now for the students across the country, the lazy days of summer are almost over, and a new school year is right around the corner (believe it or not). As an entrepreneur, you can learn a lot more than you think from back-to-school season. Here are 10 school-inspired tips to apply to your business strategy.
1. Do your homework.

While no small business is guaranteed to be successful, one major thing that's able to improve your odds is doing your "homework." For an entrepreneur, this means thoroughly researching your competition, financial options and target market, as well as having a solid business plan in place before you launch your startup. You'll have a much easier time passing the big tests of a startup – the elevator pitch, your marketing strategy, the first sale – if you're thoroughly prepared.

2. Go for extra credit.

Providing exceptional customer service and going the extra mile for your customers can make all the difference in getting repeat business. Respond to questions and concerns quickly, express your appreciation for their business, and take the time to talk to your customers to learn about them and what they want. Friendly, personal interactions will earn you a solid A in your clients' minds (and probably a nice profit in your bank account too).

3. Teacher knows best.

Mentorship is very much important for entrepreneurs, especially when they're first starting out. You can really learn a lot from someone who's been in your shoes. A mentor can put you in touch with industry connections, help you through your startup growing pains, and give valuable insights for your present and future business goals. Even if you don't agree with all the advice you're given, respect your mentor's willingness to share the time and energy to help you learn and grow as a business owner.

4. You can't be too prepared.

Remember when you moved into your first college dorm and thought you brought way too much with you, only to discover that the extra screwdriver you packed came in handy midyear? Similarly, you can never be too prepared when it comes to running a business. Even if it seems like you're overthinking, it's good to be ready for even the unlikeliest of situations. What will you do if you don't raise all the funds you need? What if one of your team members unexpectedly bails on you? What if you need to rethink your entire branding strategy? Knowing what to do in the event of a crisis will help you navigate any obstacles you might encounter.

5. Make connections.

College students are constantly told to network with professionals in their future career fields. As many grads – and entrepreneurs – have learned, the right connections can open up opportunities that would have remained closed otherwise. Take every chance you get to reach out to other small business owners, whether it's to get a few tips, do a small favor or just have a friendly conversation. You never know who might be able to lend a helping hand to you at some point down the road.

6. You won't always stick to the syllabus.

Think of your business plan as the syllabus for your startup. Like the syllabus for a class, your plan includes a description of your company, what you'll need to run the business, and your long-term goals. And like a class, your business might end up taking a slightly different path from what you initially anticipated. Maybe you didn't meet your first-year projections, or you ended up having to change direction on a project halfway through. While a clear-cut strategy is crucial, part of running a startup is being able to adapt when things don't go according to plan. Students learn some of the most important and inspiring lessons when their professor veers from the syllabus; the same could be true of your business.

7. Find a balance.

Unfortunately, as an entrepreneur, you may find yourself even more cramped for time than you were as a student. It's important to remember to find the time to enjoy your personal life. There isn't a perfect division of your time, but studies have revealed that burnout can be detrimental to your career if you don't take time for yourself.

8. Building a routine takes time.

Often times it takes students a few weeks to get back into the swing of things when the new school year begins. In the early stages of your business (and even later on if you make a drastic strategy change), you're likely to have a trial-and-error period before you figure out the best way to operate. This might be a frustrating time, but you just need to persevere and power through until you get onto steadier ground.

9. Failure is not defeat.

If you fail one test in school, it doesn't mean you should drop the entire class. Similarly, in business, one misstep doesn't necessarily mean you should give up on your entrepreneurial venture. Take the experience and learn from it. Retrace your steps and figure out exactly where you went wrong. If you have the resources to immediately try again, do so, while employing the knowledge you gained from your mistakes. If you can't keep going right away, hold on to that knowledge and wait for your next opportunity.

10. You're never done learning.

In your mind, you may have thought you knew everything when you were in high school, but you quickly discovered you were wrong. Having a successful startup doesn't mean you have nothing left to learn about entrepreneurship. Always be open to lessons from others in and out of your industry. The world is like a university, and your business is just one small course in it.

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Android Pie: Five features to check out first

Presently....Google has just launched Android Pie, aka Android 9.0. As usual, the latest and greatest version of Android will only be on a short list of devices at first—Pixels, and a handful of Android One and Project Treble phones—but the release signals big things for Android. Here you have the five new Android features you should check out first once your phone gets a piece of the pie.

1.Adaptive Battery: Battery life is notoriously hard to gauge on a phone with final software, only the Android P developer previews that Android fans have been playing with for months. That's why the real test of Google's new Adaptive Battery feature (a collaboration with subsidiary DeepMind) will come when the final Pie release lands on all our phones for good. Adaptive Battery runs in the background, using A.I. to extend your phone's battery life. It remains to be seen just how effective it will. Adaptive Battery is a new power management framework that learns from the way you use your phone. If you don't frequently use an app, the system won't let it wake up as often to run in the background. However, if you use that app most days before bed, your phone can "preload" it at the appropriate time so it's ready to go. It's like an enhanced version of the existing app standby system.
In addition, Google says Adaptive Battery reduces app wakelocks by 30 percent, but we'll have to see how that works out in practice. We already know how the Pixel phones perform in terms of battery life, so we’ll all be able to see if Google's AI promises amount to anything the more we use Pie.l be.

2.Digital Wellbeing: Almost everyone has a smartphone, and we use them quite a lot. Some smartphone users wish they could pry themselves away from the phone a little more often, and Android Pie will give them the tools to do that. On this note, the toolset is called Digital Wellbeing, and it’s currently a beta program that’s only available to Pixel phone owners running Pie. Once you successfully opt in to the beta, go to the Digital Wellbeing section in your settings, and check out the Dashboard, which will tell you how often you unlocked your phone, which apps you used the most, and how many notifications you've gotten each day. If any of those metrics concern you, you can set an app timer to enforce a limit on how long you can use certain apps. Spending too long poking around on Facebook during the day? Set a timer to keep you from being distracted.
Many who suffer from chronically poor sleep probably have their phones to blame. It's easy to waste hours on your phone before going to bed, and Android Pie aims to make that avoidable with Wind Down. This tool in Digital Wellbeing will automatically activate night light (a blue light filter) and Do Not Disturb mode at the desired time. Then, the screen slowly fades to grayscale to encourage you to get off your phone.

3.Rotation toggle: A major sense here is that a new button might not seem like a big deal, but this is a button you will probably use constantly in Android Pie. The rotation button lets you change the screen orientation without leaving auto-rotate enabled. Auto-rotate can be extremely touchy, flipping your screen when you tilt the phone just a little too far on accident. Turning it off means you can't rotate the screen unless you open the settings to temporarily allow the change. Android Pie's rotation button appears at the bottom of your screen when you rotate the phone while auto-rotate is disabled. Tap that, and the screen rotates just that one time. The screen orientation remains locked until you press that button again.

4.Gesture Navigation: For six years Android has used the same navigation buttons, which is forever in smartphone time. Apple rolled out gesture navigation on the iPhone X, and users have mostly adapted to it. This opens the door for Google to take Android down the gesture nav route, which is a good thing, especially because the gesture nav systems from Huawei, Motorola, and others are all wildly inconsistent. In Android Pie, you can enable gesture navigation in the settings—it's called "Swipe up on home button." The home button becomes a pill, which you still press to go home. Swiping up moves into a revamped multitasking mode, and you can swipe right on the pill to advance through open apps. Meanwhile, a back button appears on the left of the pill when needed.
This is an important feature not because it's good (Google's first shot is rather clunky) but because it's necessary. OEMs keep implementing their own gesture controls, and there's no standard framework. The move toward edge-to-edge displays also necessitates cleaning up the bottom of the display for improved aesthetics. Android Pie's gesture nav is the first step toward that. We just wish it gets better.

5.Wi-Fi RTT: Google all the times adds a plethora of new APIs in each Android release, most of which are of little consequence on the user side. However, support for Wi-Fi RTT (round-trip-time) could change the way you use your phone to get around. GPS can locate your device to within a few dozen meters, but Wi-Fi RTT can pinpoint you within one to two meters. This technology measures how long it takes for signals to pass between nearby WiFi access points and your device. With pings from three or more APs, your phone can triangulate your exact location. You don't need to be connected to them for this to work, either.

Wi-Fi RTT could enable you to navigate indoor spaces with incredible precision. Imagine being able to get directions inside an office building or mall in real time. This feature is tied to the existing privacy controls for location services, so you can deny apps access to your RTT location.
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Monday, 6 August 2018

How to Move Your Business Without Losing Your Mind

Just much like moving to a new home, sometimes you know it's time to move your small business to greener pastures. Whether you're moving to a better location for sales, a place that will save you money or for a larger space, it's a big endeavor to move your business. It takes a lot of planning.
Balancing each step has been a journey for The Foundry Collective, a locally owned boutique store in Clovis, California. Owner Karen Chisum saw an opportunity when a new building opened just one street over in a busier location. The appeal was the boost in space, increasing the store from 1,800 to 2,500 square feet. It was to be the second move for the business, which quickly outgrew its initial space shortly after opening.

Are you ready? One thing you are to understand here is that you should not underestimate the importance of conducting a thorough financial and marketing analysis. A move is often an opportunity for better visibility or a newer building, but the rent or lease will cost more. Deciding whether that is a worthwhile investment requires quantitative work.

"When moving office spaces, my best tip is ensuring that your business is in the place to expand before you physically expand," said Nellie Akalp, CEO and founder of business consulting company CorpNet.com. "Make sure your numbers are where they need to be, and your team is in place to support the expansion. You don't want to move spaces because you envision your company growth. A vision is great, but going through a physical move is very trying on a team. Make sure that vision is becoming a reality before signing that new lease."
While the planning and time investment undertaken in the move was substantial, Chisum found it was the right step to take for her business.

"At the end of the day, having adequate storage space, higher ceilings for taller displays and the opportunity to rethink the design of the store were well worth the minor inconveniences," she said.

Open communication Yet, the biggest hiccup was one that Chisum and The Foundry Collective team couldn't control – a series of delays that prolonged the opening date due to the fickle nature of construction.

Chisum said her team and the customers took the delays in stride. If nothing else, it increased interaction on social media as people wanted to know when the store would open. Now on this note, communication was key – by announcing a move-in date, it was important to update customers on how things were progressing, alert them that they were still at the current location, and remind them that the move was still happening.
Despite the complications, a move provides the chance for a business to grow. "Use a move as an opportunity to evaluate your product and your bestsellers," Chisum said. "Analyze how your products are selling and take advantage of a chance to expand on inventory or pivot in the areas you need to."

Keep a to-do list When you are planning your move, keep a checklist of the things you need to accomplish. When you've decided that it's the right time, start working right away. Ron Vaknin, project manager with Oz Moving and Storage, said the process should start as early as six months before moving out.

Do plenty of research on moving companies and book their services months in advance. Likewise start collecting quotes for new phone service, internet and security for the new space right away. Doing this early helps you get a better idea of your budget for the new building, as you may also want to renovate the space or purchase new furniture.

Much like the Foundry Collective did, keep both customers and employees continually informed of the move through social media, newsletters and signage at the storefront. Inform them of the benefits to the business for switching locations, such as a bigger space or more convenient area.

Keep your online presence updated by updating the website with the new address and contact info as well as their Google My Business Listing, said Rhea Drysdale, CEO for Outspoken Media. Services such as Moz.com can check all mentions of your business's listing online and update them.

A final piece of advice is to plan what the first day will look like. Will it be more of a soft opening or a big splash with decorations and goodies? That decision, like others, depends on the type of business you have and the needs of your customers. When it's all said and done, a fresh start with excited customers will be well worth the effort. Thanks for reading...

Three Tips to Prevent Emotional Decision-Making in the Workplace

Don't forget that managers are human. They experience anger, jealousy, excitement and other strong feelings. However, in the office, leaders need to control their emotions which is able to prevent them from overpowering their judgment.

Lets take for example, no manager wants to fire a kind employee with a poor work ethic, but it needs to be done for the good of the business. If a boss were to let sympathy lead the way, they'd end up with several workers who get paid to sit at their desk and refresh Instagram all day.

"It is important for managers to recognize that emotions exist and are not always the best guide to making decisions," said Shane Green, author of "Culture Hacker" (Wiley, 2017). "We are often told to go with our gut, but … this may lead to bias and emotions playing too large of a role in the final decision."
Channeling your emotions in business is important, but how you feel shouldn't be the driving factor of how you react. So without going too far, here's how to prevent emotional decision-making in the workplace.

1.Record the pros and cons: If you're a fellow list-maker, then it's a must that you know the benefits of writing out your ideas on paper rather than trying to make sense of them in your head. As a manager, you have enough information as it is; take the time to jot down your thoughts and sort through the details before doing or saying something rash.
Green recommended doing this in the form of a pros and cons list. "This will, at the very worst, provide some time for the emotions to recede and, at the very best, provide you with a very logical understanding of the options you have," he said.

2.Involve other: When you're invested in a business, it's hard not to be objective about certain issues or concerns. You want what's best for your company and your workers, but your choices won't always reflect this if you're not allowing others to voice their input.

"It is important in highly emotional situations that you are able to rely on outside perspectives – in other words, people not caught up in the emotions of the decision [who can] provide clear insights and ideas," said Green. "This is the rationale behind establishing boards in large companies."
Even though you're the leader, you don't have to decide everything on your own. Green recommended creating a board of advisers who are neutral to the business and its members.

Furthermore, nurture a culture that encourages your team to speak up about their opinions and ideas. That way, you'll be more likely to please everyone while also receiving their help.

3.Take your time: In one sense, good decisions cannot be rushed. While some issues require quicker action than others, you should always take as much time as you're allowed to ensure you're making the right decision.

"When considering a difficult decision, a leader should avoid the first impulse or inclination. In other words, avoid immediately going with your gut," said Green.
Even if you feel pressured to respond right away, don't give in to that negative energy; a slow decision is better than the wrong decision.
"We have seen managers seek to appease the crowd or their team and play off their emotions as justification for making decisions that are not in the company or team's best interests long-term," said Green. "You also see such decision-making happen after a particularly poor financial month or quarter. When leaders are upset or under pressure, they make … a decision that produces a short-term gain or fix, regardless of the consequences down the road."

Don't let your anxiety get the best of you. Each well-thought-out decision is one step closer to getting where you want and need to be. thanks for reading...