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Apple myśli nad przeniesieniem części produkcji z Chin do Wietnamu

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Przyzwyczailiśmy się do tego, że liczne zabawki, gry kasynowe automaty za darmo, elementy elektroniczne pochodzą z Chin. W ostatnim czasie jednak coraz głośniej o różnych wojnach handlowych między wybranymi krajami a Państwem Środka. Wpływa to oczywiście na gospodarkę. Pokłosiem prowadzonej przez Donalda Trumpa polityki walki handlowej z azjatyckim gigantem może być to, że Apple zastanawia się nad przeniesieniem części produkcji z Chin do Wietnamu.

Apple zaczyna wycofywać się z tego rynku?

Od dawna wiadomo, że Apple mocno współpracuje z Chinami, gdzie produkowanych jest dużo komponentów do iPhone’a, iPada czy MacBooków. Oczywiście spotyka się to z częściową krytyką środowiska jak w przypadku znanych firm odzieżowych. Znacząco obniżają one bowiem koszta produkcji poprzez zlecanie zadań azjatyckim pośrednikom. Tymczasem końcowa cena w sklepie jest wiele razy większa niż ta, którą otrzymują podwykonawcy. Niestety konsumenci poza bojkotem nie mają zbyt wielkiego na to wpływu. Przejdźmy jednak do samych zmian w Apple.

Według nieoficjalnych informacji Apple poprosiło niedawno firmę Foxconn o przeniesienie części linii produkcyjnych iPada i MacBooka do Wietnamu. Nowe linie mają zacząć produkcję w pierwszej połowie przyszłego roku w prowincji Bac Giang. Apple chce w ten oto sposób zdywersyfikować swój łańcuch dostaw, na co wpływ miały ostatnie spory handlowe między USA a Chinami. Foxconn to dziś wręcz dominator na rynku, który jako producent odpowiada nawet za 40% elektroniki na świecie. Firma ta zarejestrowana na Tajwanie dysponuje 13 fabrykami, z czego aż 9 znajduje się w Chinach. Z jego pomocy na co dzień korzysta między innymi Acer, Amazon, Cisco, Dell, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Motorola, Nintendo czy Sony. Jak zatem możemy zobaczyć, firma ta odpowiedzialna jest za produkowanie elektronicznych komponentów dla największych gigantów na świecie. Problem w tym, że większość fabryk ma właśnie w Chinach, więc przenoszenie produkcji może być kłopotliwe. Akurat w tym momencie Apple chce skorzystać z siedziby, która już od lat działa w Wietnamie. Warto jednak wiedzieć, że Apple już na początku 2020 roku rozpoczął tam produkcję swoich flagowych słuchawek AirPods Pro. Ponadto firma ta wykorzystuje także fabryki znajdujące się w Indiach do produkcji niektórych modeli iPhone’ów.

Wspomniany przez nas Foxconn planuje w najbliższym czasie inwestycję w Wietnamie o wartości ponad 270 milionów dolarów. Ma to wszystko na celu zwiększenie swoich mocy produkcyjnych w tym kraju. Nieoficjalnie mówi się o tym, że tajwański gigant chce przenieść nawet przeszło 30% swoich linii produkcyjnych poza Chiny. Dla Apple, jak i innych amerykańskich firm jest to w pewnym sensie dywersyfikacja procesu produkcyjnego. Jeśli doszłoby do zaostrzenia wojny handlowej z Chinami, to nagle się okazuje, że większość produktów uzależnionych jest właśnie od tamtejszych fabryk. W przypadku embargo cały proces produkcji i sprzedaży mógłby stanąć pod znakiem zapytania.

Sam Wietnam dzięki rozwojowi nowoczesnych technologii, lokalnej gospodarki oraz przede wszystkim równie taniej sile roboczej, staje się coraz bardziej atrakcyjnym rynkiem. Nie dziwi zatem fakt, że coraz więcej firm zaczyna inwestować w ten rynek. Ponadto nie można zapominać o Indiach, które jako drugi pod względem ludności kraj na świecie stanowią ogromny potencjał. Już teraz ten kraj dołączył do wojny handlowej z Chinami, a dzięki wsparciu USA może liczyć na miliardy dotacji w nowoczesne technologie.  

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10 Free Online Halloween Games for Groups and Individuals

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Last year everyone came to the realization that there is a way to do practically anything virtually. Zoom opened a world of possibilities, and companies were able to adjust their everyday operations to accommodate remote work and even remote fun. You can plan a virtual Halloween party and find a way to celebrate. Without food and decorations to function as the party center, the games become the main attraction, and you’ll need virtual games. Here are 10 fun online Halloween games you can play in groups, and you’ll find a few single-player games for adults and kids as well. 

1. Virtual Escape Room

Escape rooms have become an increasingly popular group activity for years. The typical escape room is a fully immersive experience where groups of three to six can participate in a real-life adventure and solve mysteries. You and your teammates have 60 minutes to decipher a series of clues as the clock counts down; you can compete against other teams for the fastest time. Today, the experience has gone virtual. You’ll be happy to know that you can now find an escape room for free online.

Virtual escape rooms, just like traditional, come in an array of adventure styles, and during the spooky season, you can find scary escape rooms. Using teams, you compete to see which team can find their way through a dark, mysterious castle or solve a murder mystery in ancient Egypt. See how quickly you and your team can make your way to the finish line. 

2. Murder Mystery Games

If you have at least eight people to play, murder mystery games are fun group activities for friends and coworkers. Traditionally, they are played in person with props, and everyone has a character. The premise varies from game to game. You could be finishing a movie when the director is murdered on set, or you might be at a family reunion and an aunt mysteriously disappears. Whatever the plot, the goal is the same; you must identify the killer.

There are also many virtual options. With a simple free download, you get instructions, character arcs and clues. Your team can join you online to solve the mystery and figure out who the killer is before they strike again. 

3. Zoom Halloween Trivia

Zoom trivia is a great Halloween party game or virtual office activity. You can split participates into teams and have them compete to win prizes. Create your own trivia questions using:

  • scary movies
  • monsters
  • candy
  • costumes
  • and Halloween traditions.

If you want to make it a little more professional, you can hire someone to host the game and get a list of questions online.

4. Guess the Halloween Persona 

Guess the Halloween Persona is somewhat like the classic game, Guess Who. In a setting where everyone may not know each other very well, it can be a great team-building exercise; for good friends, it’s endless laughs and inside jokes. 

The rules of this game are fairly simple. All participants join virtually and chose a leader. The leader then asks Halloween-themed questions, and everyone will send their answers to the leader in a private message. Once all the answers are collected, the leader will share the responses, and each player will write down who they think it is. If you want a bit more excitement, you can have players shout their answers. The first to get it right wins!

5. Halloween Smash

Halloween Smash is a fun online game for adults and kids. If you’re a fan of Bejeweled or Candy Crush, you’ll enjoy this game; the premise is very similar. Players try to line up three or more matching objects to eliminate them until the entire board disappears. The objects are fun Halloween staples like candy corn, skulls, bats, witch hats and pumpkins.

6. Halloween Mahjong

Any real mahjong fan knows that there is a mahjong board for every holiday and season. You can find a variety of Halloween-themed mahjong games for free online. Grave, Haunted House, Jack O’ Lantern, Black Cat, Mean Ghost and Monster House are all mahjong boards with the same pieces assembled in the shape of the title. It’s kid-friendly and equally fun for adults.

7. Jacko Matcho

Jacko Matcho is a great game for young children. It’s a classic memory game where you have to find the match for each jack-o’-lantern hidden behind a candy corn card. If you can remember where you last saw the pumpkins match, you’ll be a winner. Don’t underestimate the level of difficulty, the jack-o’-lanterns all look very similar, and that makes it a great game to teach children patience and help with concentration.

8. Halloween Crossword

Crosswords puzzles are a favorite among individual and group activities. Halloween Crossword is an online game that you can play to compete with other crossword enthusiasts or try to beat your best score. You chose the level of difficulty from easy to expert. 

9. Haunted House Tour

Haunted houses are the ultimate Halloween entertainment. Every town has some variation of the Halloween walking tour, but the virtual haunted house has become a popular online attraction. You can explore real-life creepy places like the Island of the Dolls or the Paris Catacombs from the comfort of your couch. You can get all the thrills of a scare with the bonus of being able to close the screen when it gets a little too creepy. You can also find options online for team virtual haunted tours that allow you to invite friends to join in on the fun. 

10. Scary Movie Bingo

If you’re looking for a virtual game for a large group, whether it’s work or friends, scary movie bingo is an exciting option with a little fear for fun. You can use an interactive streaming platform, such as Teleparty, to host a scary movie night and turn it into a fun game of Bingo. 

Before the viewing, just create your own Bingo cards with stereotypical scary movie moments and tropes. A few examples are:

  • a character goes inside a spooky room,
  • jump scare music,
  • cell phone dies at the worst time,
  • group splits up
  • or a character ignores danger.

For added fun, make it more competitive with prizes, and schedule the game at night to get the full scary movie effect. You can even go all out and send everyone a little gift bag with treats and Halloween candy.

The Halloween spirit can be just as exciting online as it is in person. Whether you’re working on team building or looking for a family-friendly game to play, the virtual experience has expanded within the last few years to cater to online groups. Take advantage of these fun online games while the season lasts.

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Grow Your CSGO Skills With These 10 Tips

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Are you tired of playing Counter-Strike CSGO and not getting anywhere? Counter-Strike is a game that requires skill, but nobody said it was easy. Luckily for you, I have ten tips that will help improve your Counter-Strike CSGO skills so you can start dominating the field! Read on to find out more about how to become a CounterStrike pro in no time.

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1. Communication is Key

Teamwork makes the dream work, and when playing CounterStrike your team needs to communicate efficiently for you to win. You might say that it doesn’t matter what you say but in all honesty, the simpler things are said the better of a response you’ll get from your teammates. No one wants to hear your life story while you are in the middle of an intense gun battle and will probably get you killed (or at least me personally).

2. Practice Makes Perfect

CS is very much like any sport or game, if you don’t practice then how are you supposed to get better at it, right? It’s worth mentioning that if you’re playing on a private server (or your own) it might be wiser to turn off the terrorists and play on the counter-terrorists side. This will allow you to get more practice on the same map which is crucial when it comes to strategies and teamwork.

3. Be Patient

Patience is key in Counter-Strike since this game requires a lot of thinking (and hopefully not too much dying). Don’t just run into an open firefight because that’s just asking to be gunned down. If you think about it, your opponents are thinking too so don’t just rush to the next objective, you might not even make it.

4. Use The Right Weapons For The Job

If you’re playing an intense firefight then using an AK-47 or M4 may seem like the right choice, but maybe you should think about using a silencer with the M4 since it’s going to be used for long-range firefights. Or if you’re playing on a tight map maybe switch to an AWP with an ACOG scope which is good at both close and medium ranges.

5. Don’t Be Afraid To Switch Up The Game Type

If you find yourself running into the same problem round after round maybe it’s time to try something new. For example, if your enemy is rushing you every round, why not turn on random player spawns and take them by surprise? Or if you think your team needs some easy rounds to get warmed up then change the difficulty from normal to easy so everyone can get some kills.

6. Buy Your Guns Sooner Rather Than Later

In CS you start off with a pistol but I find that later on if you know how to play this game, the only thing that should be coming out of your gun is bullets. This means that you’ll want to buy some guns as soon as possible. Buying guns is crucial to winning which means you should put your money to good use.

7. Don’t Shy Away From The Defusal Kit

The defusal kit allows the counter-terrorists to plant or defuse a bomb. Using this kit might not always be the smartest choice, but if you are playing on a map where there are a lot of players you’ll want to get this kit fast if your team is trying to win by detonating or defusing the bomb.

8. Guns, Guns, And More Guns

I can’t stress enough how important it is for you to buy some guns since Counter-Strike really isn’t Counter-Strike without them. Buying some guns will help you win the round and let you work towards your next rank (or victory). Buying weapons are crucial in this game since it’s what makes CS so addicting.

9. Don’t Forget The Grenades

Using grenades is very important in Counter-Strike, if your team needs cover fire then frags are the best choice. Or if your team needs something thrown through a window then maybe the HE grenade will come in handy. Grenades are one of the main reasons why CS is so fun to play, they add that extra bit of strategy that you won’t find anywhere else.

10. Be Aware Of Your Surroundings

Being aware of your surroundings is key in Counter-Strike since knowing where your enemy might be can help you out A LOT. This means that you should always keep your eyes open when moving to the next objective, not only will this let you spot everyone camping but it will also help save ammo if you don’t have to fire at shadows. Check Meaning Of CEO

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A recap of day one of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe meeting

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The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe meeting at Longchamp is one of the biggest and best flat racing events in the world, and whilst the Paris-based festival is topped by the prestigious Arc, the richest flat race in Europe with a prize purse topping €5,000,000, there are several exciting races scattered across the two days, including 10 Group 1 contests. 

The main attraction may take place on the second day of the meeting, but thousands of spectators still flock to the historic Longchamp for the first day of racing and they certainly aren’t short of entertainment with five Group races on the card, including two Group 1s. So, with plenty of thrilling action taking place in the French capital earlier this month, let’s take a look back at the opening day’s action.

Prix Chaudenay – Group 2

Day one’s card began with Group 2 action in the form of the Prix Chaudenay and Manobo landed a victory in the one mile, seven-furlong race — setting the tone nicely for a day littered with British winners. Unbeaten in all three of his races prior to Prix Chaudenay, the Charlie Appleby-trained horse set off as the odds-on favourite in the horse betting and he duly delivered. Racing in midfield, Manobo closed in on the leaders with two furlongs to go, taking the lead just half a furlong later and he was driven home by James Doyle, beating his stablemate Kemari by three quarters of a length. 

Arabian Trophy des Juments – Group 1

The first Group 1 of the day, the Arabian Trophy des Juments went in the favour of 5/2 favourite Teema. The Xavier Thomas-Demeaulte-trained horse looked set to be beaten by her stablemate Elaf, who had the advantage by a couple of lengths in the closing stages. However, after one last big push from jockey Loritz Medizabal, Teema edged out the four-year-old to win by a nose on the line. 

Prix Daniel Wildenstein – Group 2

After narrowly missing out on a victory in the Prix Chaudenay, the famed Godolphin owners got their victory in the proceeding Prix Daniel Wildenstein. Real World, who has picked up wins at Royal Ascot, Newbury and York already this season, was the favourite at 17/10. The Saeed bin Suroor-trained horse took the lead in the final furlong under the guidance of Frankie Dettori and he held on under extreme pressure to beat The Revenant over the line by nothing more than a short neck. 

Prix du Cadran – Group 1

It was certainly a good day for those bettors who like to back the favourites, as Trueshan stormed home in the first feature race of the day, the Prix du Cadran. The Goodwood Cup champion had settled in midfield but improved after being shaken up three furlongs out before taking a share of the lead with two furlongs to spare. Now narrowly in the lead, Trueshan streaked clear in the closing stages to beat Stradivarius by a comfortable four and a half lengths. It could be the last time we see the great John and Thady Gosden-trained horse as he could fare no better than second. 

Prix de Royallieu – Group 1 

The Prix de Royallieu was another race with a thrilling finish, as there was little to separate Loving Dream and Believe In Love. The pair split away from the rest of the field shortly after the turn for home and battled hard for the lead in the final two furlongs, with nothing to separate them right up to line, where Loving Dream, trained by the Gosdens and ridden by Dettori, eventually got his neck in front to get over the line ahead of her Roger Varian-trained counterpart. The favourite, Valia, was two lengths back in third. 

Prix Dollar – Group 2

With Purplepay winning the preceding Haras de Bouquetot – Criterium Arqana (Conditions), Group racing was rounded off with the Prix Dollar, and the favourites were back to winning ways with Dubai Honour landing a victory for William Haggas in the one mile and two furlongs race. Shaken up and improved with a furlong to go, the three-year-old took the lead in the final 75 yards and went on to beat Magny Cours despite drifting right. 

Pegasus and Woot City finished off the day with victories in the Prix de la Place de l’Etoile and the Prix Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club Handicap respectively. 

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Gambling in Australia and New Zealand Is on a Rise

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Due to the COVID-19 lockdowns, gambling has gained a lot of popularity in many countries all over the world. Of course, this includes the biggest gambling nation Australia, and New Zealand as well. Australians and New Zealanders enjoy gambling in traditional land-based casinos, betting online on sports events, and playing casino games on some of the most popular online gambling sites. Thus, no wonder that in both countries gambling seems to be on a rise in 2021.

Gambling in New Zealand

In New Zealand, gambling has always been popular. However, this activity was not allowed for a quite long time. As a general rule gambling is still illegal nowadays unless it is specifically authorized by the Gambling Act of 2003. 

Six land-based casinos are operating in the country where Kiwis can have fun gambling:

  • SkyCity Auckland
  • SkyCity Queenstown
  • SkyCity Hamilton
  • Skycity Wharf Casino
  • Christchurch Casino
  • Dunedin Casino.

When it comes to online gambling, playing at national gambling sites is prohibited for the residents of New Zealand. Fortunately, it does not mean that New Zealanders can’t gamble online. If the operator of the platform is based in another country and the site accepts players from New Zealand, then New Zealand citizens are allowed to play as well. Regardless of whether the site offers sports betting, pokies, or classic table games. 

If you would like to take a look at which games online casinos in New Zealand offer for their players, check out the following games from kiwicasinos.com.

New Zealanders Spent More Money on Gambling in 2020

Interestingly, despite the global pandemic, lockdowns, and economic crisis, New Zealanders have spent more money on gambling, especially on pokies in 2020 than ever before. If we look at the statistics, it can be seen clearly that in 2020 the numbers were equivalent to each adult spending $572 on gambling activities. This figure is made up of spending $204 at the poker machines, $128 in the casinos, $160 on Lotto, and lastly, $80 at the Totalisator Agency Board (TAB).

Gambling in Australia

In Australia, gambling is so popular that this country has the highest number of casino gamblers in the world. More than 39% of the population gambles on a daily basis (about 6.8 million people).

In regards to land-based casinos, there are several reputable traditional casinos throughout Australia that offer an excellent gaming experience for their players. The most popular casinos include the following:

  • Crown Casino (Melbourne)
  • Adelaide Casino (Adelaide)
  • The Star (Sydney)
  • Casino Canberra (Canberra).

Besides gambling at brick-and-mortar casinos, Aussies love playing online as well. Indeed, more people gamble online than in traditional casinos. Why? Mostly because due to the pandemic many casinos have been closed. Plus, people realized that playing on their computers or mobile devices is more comfortable than going to land-based establishments.

In Australia, the most common forms of gambling include lotteries, instant scratch tickets, and electronic gaming machines.

Spendings on Gambling Has Increased by Almost 300% in Australia

According to the data published by two companies called illion and AlphaBeta, spendings on gambling has increased enormously during the current COVID-19 lockdowns in Australia. To be exact, the increase is almost 300%! Thus, Australians’ average weekly spending is clearly on the rise. Last month, the figures even hit a new record.

Although the data refers to gambling in general, the CEO of illion, Simon Bligh confirmed that the primary reason for the increase is online gambling. It seems that many people got familiar with online gambling during lockdowns. As Andrew Charlton, the Managing Director of Accenture said: “They’ve discovered there’s a poker machine in their pocket.”

Aussies love that they have the opportunity to gamble online while staying at home because of the lockdowns. 

Will the Trend Continue?

While it is hard to predict the future, most likely, both in New Zealand and Australia the gambling industry will continue to grow in 2022 as well. Particularly, if land-based casinos can reopen at full capacity at the end of 2021 or next year. 

Experts believe that the residents of these countries will keep pouring money into gambling and continue playing pokies, lotteries, and traditional casino games. Also, chances are that online casinos will become even more popular among Australians and New Zealanders in the upcoming years.

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Online Casino Gambling – The Basics of Online Slots

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In recent years, online slots in Singapore have gained a lot of popularity and more people are now taking part in them. However, many players are also suffering from the same problem – they are not able to come up with a strategy to make their wins bigger. So, are online slots rigged, or are they actually true? No one is willing to believe that they are rigging the machines, especially if they’ve already used all their tactics to optimize their odds of winning at online slots Singapore.

The truth is, online slots in Singapore aren’t rigged at all. All you need to do is know how to win on slot machines in online casino Singapore. If you’ve learned how to identify which machine’s happy point is, then you should be able to get your luck up in there. And the most important thing to learn from this is that jackpots and percentage rates do not change depending on which machine you play in. It’s all about percentages and it’s all about probability.

Online Casino Odds

What are these odds things? Well, these are simple mathematics and it’s all a matter of probabilities. When playing in real life, we can’t influence the chances very much. For instance, if you think there’s a 50% chance of hitting the jackpot on the third spin, you’ll most likely hit it on the fourth spin as well. But with online slots singapore, chances are all zeroes and ones. That means even if you do manage to hit the jackpot on the third or fourth spin, the difference will be minimal.

This doesn’t mean though that online slots in Singapore are completely fake. There are some very effective ways on how to win on slot machines in Singapore. The trick here is learning how to read the odds and how to use them to your advantage. We won’t be talking about scientific and mathematical strategies here but more on basic tips and tricks for playing these games.

Slots in Singapore have a definite pattern on how they are played out. Like when you go to a casino, the slots always have a certain number of possible outcomes. But unlike in slot machine games in land-based casinos, in an online casino, the outcome of each spin is not set. It’s entirely dependent on what the dealer decides to spin the reels. So basically, there’s no such thing as “what you see is what you get” with online slots. What you see is whatever the dealer decides to spin the reels.

Online Casino Bonuses

Bonus games are also popular with online casinos. These bonus games are usually meant to attract people and make them stay longer inside the casino. There are a lot of slots machine games that offer cumulative bonuses. The amount of money that can be earned upon winning and the number of times that you can play the game are the two things that contribute to the amount of your winnings. Bonuses can either come in the form of cash or as a kind of credit that you can use later on.

With regards to casino gambling, there are no age restrictions. You can play these games with anybody who has the same legal age. Casino games are definitely fun but there are also risks that you need to consider especially if you’re a novice at online slots.

As for the actual slot machine games, these are purely based on luck. And since they’re purely luck based, you can’t expect to have the exact probability of hitting a jackpot. In this case, your best bet would be to play the casino games in a virtual casino and practice how to win. This way, you will be able to have more experience in playing online slot machines. There are a lot of free online casino guides that can help you improve your odds of winning in these games.

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