Engage. Control. Enjoy! By embracing the evolution of mobile technology-driven via your smartphone, your daily commute to work doesn’t have to be a static, boring ride any longer – venture into the realms of the best ebooks and music streaming services courtesy of the joint forces of mobile tech titans and innovative smartphone apps.
It seems that many of us haven’t grasped the full potential of the smartphone: it’s not just a buzzword, it’s a tool that can capture your imagination, provide you with audio, visual, and literary experiences – and now, through Health Games, gives you the chance to support grassroots causes and charities in the UK by simply playing your choice of over 700 games – hit the slot machines, try your hand at poker or spin the roulette wheel. The choice is yours.
Whether you’re commuting by bus or traveling on the tube, here are a few clever ways to help you stay entertained, via your smartphone, on your daily commute.
Read An eBook
Though an ebook doesn’t carry the same heft as a physical book – which many feels is an irreconcilable difference and choose to stick to the ink and paper that they know and love – that’s not to say it doesn’t come with significant benefits over its paper-bound relatives.
The significance of an ebook comes down to four key aspects:
- The plethora of available apps on which to read the book: E-reader apps such as Kindle, Kobo and Nook offer customizable features that enhance your experience to the extent that you’re not just a passive receiver of the authors’ words – you’re an active participant in the story.
- Synchronisation is a sensational time-saving feature that allows you to begin reading from the exact place that you left off, regardless of the device that you were using previously.
- Simultaneous ecosystem and app testing: Certain ecosystems suit individuals better than others. A personal choice may be influenced by a number of factors such as amount/type of content, the user interface (UI) or overall user experience (UX). It may also come down to convenience. For example, if you already have an account with Amazon, you can use the same login details to access the platform and find out if the book you’re looking for is available in digital format. If not, you can also check prices of print versions and make an informed decision.
- Social sharing of ebooks: Social media apps such as Twitter now offer you the opportunity not only to find books but also share them – it’s your own digital book club. All you need to do is search for books using specific hashtags such as #ebooks or #kindle.
Seamlessly Stream Your Music
Sometimes there’s nothing better than putting on a pair of headphones and getting lost in your favorite tunes. Noise-cancelling technology has come a long way to help cut the chatter on public transport.
Music streaming services are as dynamic as the music they play, constantly upping their offerings in an effort to take top spot. While Apple Music, Spotify and Pandora have established themselves as audio-streaming giants, Google is garnering attention with YouTube Music – the main selling point of which is that it allows you to watch music videos – this addition of a visual element gives the company an edge that their older platform, Google Play Music, lacks.
Now, throw Spotify, Amazon Music Unlimited & Prime Music, Tidal and Slacker Radio into the mix and you have a surplus of songs on different streaming platforms – which do you choose? Once again, it comes down to personal preference. iPhone users who have large libraries on iTunes and are familiar with the Apple ecosystem should probably stay with Apple Music. However, if you want to simply sit back and have a radio-like experience, surprised by every track, then Pandora may be for you.
Stream Your Favorite TV shows
Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Hulu have changed how we watch our favorite movies and TV shows: Simply download the app, subscribe to the service and have data or Wi-Fi connection – that’s all that you need to enjoy thousands of hours of on-demand mobile entertainment.
The decrease in third-party content and increase in original shows is an interesting development, but we’re not complaining. Netflix has produced hugely successful TV shows such as Orange is the New Black and Stranger Things; and let’s not forget Amazon Prime’s hit, The Grand Tour. Even cable channels such HBO are cutting the cord and offering app-based viewing solutions – theirs is called HBO Now.
Oh, and be on the lookout for YouTube TV. At the time of writing, it’s only available in selected cities, but there’s no doubt that it’s going to become a top contender in the battle for smartphone movie and TV show-viewing supremacy.
Play Your Favourite Games And Contribute To A Good Cause
It could be argued that the biggest revolution in mobile entertainment originates from the online gaming industry; tokenization and using initial coin-offering (ICO) to raise money for a new game are mind-blowing concepts. Cryptocurrency is going to have a massive impact on the mobile gaming industry and we’ll be watching with bated breath.
Similar in concept to streaming videos, cloud gaming has pulled the plug on the need for gaming consoles – all of the necessary graphics hardware to give you an interactive gaming experience on your smartphone, resides ‘in the cloud’.
Consequently, this advancement in mobile gaming has given rise to another online gaming phenomenon that not only provides you with thrilling entertainment but gives you the opportunity to contribute to local charities simultaneously.
Health Games ushers in a new type of online gaming that puts a new spin on ‘responsible gaming’. Health Games is a UK-based gaming site that uses a portion of their profits to help support local grassroots initiatives and charities across Britain. Essentially, more players mean that more funds are going to the good causes that you’re supporting.
With Health Games, it’s a win-win situation. Register, and for pennies, you could win jackpots of over £500,000. You have the choice of over 700 games that include adventure-themed slots, instant-win scratch card games and the ever-popular casino games such as poker, blackjack, and roulette. Remember, though, that while Health Games does donate to local grassroots organizations and charities, it’s important to play responsibly.
The age of enjoying enthralling content on your smartphone has just begun. Your commute will never be the same again – and you can bet on that.
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