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Illegal Things Practically Everyone Has Done

Illegal Things Practically Everyone Has Done

Breaking the law is something most of us strenuously avoid, but there are actually a slew of illegal things that even the most conscientious people do just about every single day—and usually get away with. These may be minor infractions we know we shouldn’t do (but make a habit of when we see everyone else doing it), or laws we break without knowing they are laws in the first place. Read on for 30 things you are probably doing that are against the law.


You need to get online and spot an open network, so you hop on. Called “piggybacking,” this is a crime in many states, punishable by fines and even jail time in extreme cases. For example, in Sparta, MI, a man was arrested for checking his email from his car using a cafĂ©’s WiFi and was eventually charged a $400 fine and 40 hours of community service.


“Happy Birthday to You” is the most recognized song in the English language, according to Guinness World Records, but until 2016, it was illegal for you to sing it (at least to sing it on a recording or film). The song’s writers, Mildred and Patty Hill, had copyrighted it and the use of it was prosecuted until a ruling two years ago stipulated that the song was in the public domain.


When you just want to buy something online and they make you “register” or if you’re signing up for something you might be embarrassed to have found out, you’ve probably popped in some kind of generic name into the fields to avoid disclosing your real identity. Well, that’s against the law according to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, which was used to prosecute a Rhode Island prison guard in 2010 for creating a fake Facebook profile for his boss.


Though streaming services have made it less necessary to download albums, we all had our Napster phase where we scoured the service for obscure tracks and classic albums. You’ve probably still got a library of illegal mp3s buried somewhere on your hard drive—just don’t let Metallica find out about it.


C’mon… Who hasn’t? You may abstain from alcohol for moral, religious, or health reasons, but it’s tough to find someone who has held off on having a beer before their 21st birthday due purely to respect for the law. 


Yep, your poker night could very well be illegal—though you’d have to be inviting some pretty high rollers. The Illegal Gambling Act of 1970 states that it has to have revenue of more than $2,000 for one day of gambling to technically break the law. But it’s not impossible that a long night of high-stakes Texas Hold Em could lead you down that path of illegality. 


You’re dying of thirst and have a drink in your hand that you’re planning to buy. You know you’re going to crack that open and enjoy it as you do your shopping, rather than wait to fill your cart with everything you need first. Just as long as you pay for it when you get to the register, chances are low that you’re going to run into any issues.


This one you’ve probably done more recently. Whether trying to get the latest episode of Game of Thrones without paying for a monthly HBO Now subscription, or tracking down an obscure movie you can’t find on streaming services, we’ve all acquired a movie or show we had no legal right to.


Maybe you tried to save a friend from having to illegally download movies by sharing your Netflix password with them…and in the process broke the law yourself. It’s actually considered a federal crime to share your passwords for subscription services—not that you haven’t already done it.


This one’s a bit more serious than most of the laws on the list so far, in that it can actually get people killed. But many of us are still getting over the habit of checking our texts or chatting on the phone while we’re behind the wheel. Thanks to Werner Herzog and other public service messaging, we are finally putting the phone down, but the bad habit persists. 


Most states require that you alert your Department of Motor Vehicles that you have moved, and some are stricter than others. But when you are moving to a new state, is getting to the DMV office really the first thing you are going to be worrying about? Probably not until a year or two later when you get fined for it.


You knew that old bottle of Vicodin you got for your foot surgery would come in handy someday, and sure enough, your buddy who was visiting threw his back out and couldn’t make it to the doctor’s until he got back home. But even if it helped him get through the return flight with a lot less pain, you were breaking the law by helping him out.


This is illegal in pretty much every city, but enforcement varies widely. While Los Angeles makes a lot of revenue by ticketing those who cross the street illegally (though no longer for those who enter a crosswalk after a countdown signal starts) while New York City barely acknowledges it.


While laws are changing fast from one state to the next, you’re still more likely to be breaking the law when you light up than not. According to a 2017 poll conducted by the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, a majority of Americans said they have tried marijuana “at some point in their lives.” Forty-four percent of Americans say they currently use weed.


Almost all states require that you register your dog, showing that it is up to date on its rabies shots. And anyway, you should keep you dog healthy:


Anti-graffiti laws in states such as Florida and New York make it illegal to possess “aerosol cans” and “broad-tipped indelible markers” on your person. Chances are that if you are found with them, they would just be confiscated rather than resulting in jail time or fines—unless you were using them when you were caught.


If you enjoy writing genre fiction or blog posts that could unsettle readers, you could potentially be in violation of laws in some states that prohibit the writing of “disturbing material.” A high school kid in Oklahoma found this out when he wrote a not-very-wise short story on his school computer that got him into hot water.


All right, if you’re a decent person you hopefully don’t do this too often, but we’ve all had dropped the occasional straw wrapper or apple core and just let them lie. It’s not that we felt good about doing it, there was just nowhere else to put it.


Speaking of disposing of something properly, e-waste is illegal in many places due to the chemicals and nasty metals that they produce over the long run, which can end up in water supplies and cause other health risks. That being said, you were totally lazy and just threw your phone into the garbage when you finished with it, didn’t you?


When was the last time you actually went the speed limit? Though technically it’s illegal to exceed the speed posted on those signs, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t regularly go faster than they are supposed to. Unless they are…


Also technically illegal, you’ve probably done this when trying to be extra careful of your driving or when you are trying to figure out if you missed a turnoff. You’d have to be going way below the speed limit to catch the attention of the police, but you would not be the first person to be cited for it.


While it’s legal in many states, some do not allow it—not that many people heed the law when they’re in a hurry and there’s no oncoming traffic. You have probably treated it like a Stop sign: coming to a stop, looking both ways, then getting on with your travels. As long as you didn’t do it in front of a cop car, you were probably fine.


Speaking of Stop signs, this is a bad habit of anyone who has cruised through the suburbs trying to get back home after a long day or taken the advice from Waze that sent you going through Stop-sign-filled intersections that slowed you down much more than if you’d just stayed in the stop-and-go traffic of the main streets. It’s against the law but you know you’ve done it.


You’re driving down a wide open street in the dead of night when you get to a red light. You wait, and wait, and wait and it’s still red. After a minute or so, you should probably be ticketed for not just driving through and getting on with your drive.


Like the “Midnight Red,” sometimes you just need to be going the opposite direction from whence you came and there aren’t many options for doing that. Are you really going to just keep driving for another mile hoping a U-turn sign will pop up, or attempt one of those right-right-right horseshoe turns, or are you going to do the easy option of flipping a U-turn when you’re not supposed to?


If you are a bike rider than you have absolutely done this before, looking both ways then cruising through the Stop sign to get on your way. Nine times out of 10 you won’t run into any issues, but be extra sure there are no cops around, just in case.


You don’t want to make a habit of this, but we have all done it. You hop into your car and know you are just going a few blocks, and forget to buckle your belt. In most cases this is no problem, but remember: A majority of car crashes occur within five miles of the victim’s home.


Another kind of law-breaking that we’ve probably all done: public intoxication. Laws vary from one state to another about what constitutes being “too drunk” in public and the consequences of doing so (for example, in Indiana, it can mean up to 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine; in Texas you’ll pay no more than $500), but there’s a good chance we’ve all bent, if not broken the rule.


Beyond being fully drunk in public, simply having a drink in your hand is against the law in most of the country. While you may not be the type to brown-bag it while strolling through the neighborhood or even to keep a flask in your pocket, you’ve probably taken your drink from the bar onto the sidewalk on a nice day once or twice.


Well, making a meme with media that is not in the public domain, that is. Which is most material that you’re likely to see in memes, such as movie and celebrity images. But while using copyrighted images may put you in some potential legal trouble, the “fair use” rule can probably keep you out of it. Beyond copyright, you can also be sued by the subject of the meme—if it’s a really mean meme.
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6 Smart tips to choose the right Bluetooth speaker

6 Smart tips to choose the right Bluetooth speaker

What if you are asked to choose the best quality Bluetooth speaker? Seems difficult, right?

Well, it is quite tedious, especially when there are so many models available. Type Bluetooth speaker on Google and you will come across thousands of options in various shapes and sizes, ranging from a few hundreds to half a lakh.

You don't always get to try out a speaker before buying it. The best way is to simply know what all you need in your speaker so that it suits your requirement before you buy it.

If you have ever looked at Bluetooth speaker variants, you may be aware of terms like frequency response, drivers, etc.

Does the jargon scare you?

Well, you need not worry. The jargon and drawn up a checklist of features that you should keep in mind before buying your portable Bluetooth speaker.

Frequency response

Measured in Hertz, it typically denotes the range, for instance 100Hz to 25000Hz. The wider it is, the better the ability of the device to reproduce sound as it was intended.

However, having a higher range solely doesn't guarantee superior sound output as it depends on how your ears perceive sound, which varies from person to person.


This component is the heart and soul of any Bluetooth speaker. Hence, it is highly essential to get a reasonably sized driver.

Usually, portable speakers come with a 30mm or 40mm driver, which is good enough to begin with.

However, if you are a music enthusiast, it is recommended you go for bigger drivers.


The version of Bluetooth plays a vital role in audio transmission and distance set between the multimedia device and speaker.

You should opt for Bluetooth v4.0 or above as it consumes low energy, for prolonged battery life and permissible distance is about 50-60 meters.

Connectivity options

Apart from the standard wireless connectivity, it is advisable to opt for a wired connection as well. Make sure your speaker comes with an auxiliary input or better known as 'aux-in'.

A wired connection is preferred, especially when you are indoors and want to save the battery of your smartphone and speaker.

Playing on a wired connection also slightly improves the sound output.
A microphone is another smart feature you must look for in a Bluetooth speaker as it enables you to answer calls directly through the Bluetooth speaker.


Of late, most speakers come with a micro USB port, which lets you charge it with a power bank too instead of a cable.

An integrated USB charging port makes life easier as you can charge your device anywhere without looking for a wall socket.


If you plan to buy a speaker for indoor use, you can consider a speaker that with a bigger driver that will deliver a much superior output as compared to a mini speaker.

However, if you are going to use it outdoors, you must opt for a rugged speaker which has a dust proof, waterproof body and has a decent battery life.
With these basic tips in place, we hope to have made your life a little easier.
Now, you can go ahead to narrow down the Bluetooth speaker that satisfies the music lover in you.
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Best camera phones with in Budget

Best camera phones with in Budget

During the last few months, smartphones have not only grown beautiful but also become more powerful. They now carry within their sleek frames the power to rival personal computers and the imaging capabilities of standalone cameras. 

The latter has been the more praiseworthy achievement, with a number of companies, including Samsung, Huawei and Apple announcing phones that focus heavily on imaging capabilities. Interestingly, this has been achieved by developing new technologies and improving the sensors and not by getting embroiled in a megapixel race.

With the increase in the usage of smartphones as photography drivers, a phone's picture taking prowess has become an important consideration for most buyers in the market for a new smartphone. Here's a look at the best camera phones in the market right now. 

Huawei P20 Pro
The Huawei P20 Pro has been touted as the perfect smartphone for photography enthusiasts with the Chinese smartphone maker even claiming that it's better than many expensive DSLRs that professional photographers use. The phone comes flaunting a 6.1-inch (2240x1080) AMOLED display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. Under the hood, it uses powerful Kirin 970 platform, 128GB of storage and 6GB RAM for smooth performance. The phone gets its juice from 4000mAh battery pack with Huawei SuperCharge.

In terms of the cameras, the P20 Pro is an absolute beast. Huawei and Leica have collaborated here to build a truly unique camera system that features not two, but three lenses placed vertically. On paper, this makes it arguably the most powerful system seen on a flagship.

Break free from bulk and embrace the freedom to create your perfect shot. 

Of the three cameras, the first is a 20-megapixel monochrome camera, the second being a 40-megapixel colour lens and the third being an 8-megapixel telephoto lens. The 40-megapixel lens features a huge 1/1.7” sensor, one that is much larger than any competing phone.

Both the 40-megapixel camera and the telephoto lens have optical image stabilisation. Huawei's flagship also has an improved Laser autofocus system which now works up to 2.4m (twice as far as P10's Laser AF) and there's "4D auto focus" with motion prediction too.

The phone is also bringing with it AI-backed features such as artificial intelligence stabilisation or AIS which works on object and scene recognition. AIS also come into play during night shots with a Handheld Night Mode.

Galaxy S9+
Since its launch, the Samsung's new flagship has gained a lot of praise for its design and internals. The phone, however, has received special praise for its camera module which has turned out to be one of the best in the market.

The first Galaxy S phone to sport a dual camera, the phone brings with it a camera set-up consisting of an optical image-stabilised 12-megapixel lens with 2X zoom and a 12-megapixel telephoto lens. However, this is no ordinary camera set-up with the wide angle lens on the phone capable of toggling between aperture for daylight (f/2.4) and low light (f/1.5). The phone can also shoot super slow-motion videos at up to 960fps.

Needless to say, the specs make this one of the better cameras on a smartphone right now. DxO, one of the more trusted names in photography circles, and one that is well known for its benchmarking tool DxOMark, has also given the S9+ its approval after it gave it a score of 99. 

Pixel 2

The Pixel 2 devices bring with them a single lens setup consisting of a 12.2-megapixel dual-pixel lens with f/1.8 aperture. The phone's impressive sensor is paired with a combination of laser detection (LDAF) and phase detection (PDAF) for autofocus, captures beautiful pictures and videos.

The single lens camera phone is regarded as one the very best for clicking pictures, with DxOMark DxOMark giving the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL a rating of 98. Needless to say, the phone should be given a good hard look if you are in the market for a new camera phone.

iPhone X
One of the more impressive camera phones available in the market right now is the iPhone X. This device announced to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the launch of the first iPhone back in 2007 comes with impressive specs, and a revolutionary front camera module that houses a camera lens, an infrared sensor and another camera sensor capable of throwing 30,000 invisible dots at the user's face used to create a detailed 3D model of the face for facial recognition purposes.

At the back of the iPhone X is its main camera module with a 12-megapixel lens - same as in the iPhone 8 Plus - with f/1.8 and f/2.4 apertures. But unlike iPhone 8, the dual camera set-up here brings with it optical image stabilisation in both the sensors. The rear camera array also has a quad-LED True Tone Flash.

The module to date has been met with rave reviews with DxO mark even calling it the best camera on a smartphone for clicking stills. Overall, the phone received a rating of 97, making it one of the best camera phones available in the market right now.

Galaxy Note 8
The Galaxy Note 8 is another solid contender for the crown. With a 12-megapixel dual camera module, it was one of the best in 2017. Though 2018 has seen better camera phones than it make their way to the market, it still remains a great option for those looking for a phone for clicking pictures.

The device offers a feature called Dual Capture mode which allows the dual camera set-up to click two pictures simultaneously and allows you to save both images; one close-up shot from the telephoto lens and one wide-angle shot that shows the entire background.

At the front, the phone comes with a more than capable 8-megapixel selfie camera than the S8 range comes with.
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Have You Heard? 10 Companies Where Everyone Works From Home

Have You Heard? 10 Companies Where Everyone Works From Home

These companies are offering their employees more flexibility than ever

A growing number of millennials want to work remotely, and fortunately for them, 170 companies in the U.S. operate 100 percent virtually these days. That number is up from 26 in 2014 according to FlexJobs, an online platform specializing in remote and flexible employment.

FlexJobs reports that the ability to work remotely, even part time, helps employees achieve a better work-life balance, and it therefore improves their overall health and wellness. It can also help workers save up to $4,000 a year with reduced spending on gas, parking, public transportation and dry-cleaning. Perhaps that's why, according to Gallup's State of the American Workplace survey, more than one-third of the respondents said they would change jobs in order to be able to work remotely some of the time.

And telecommuting doesn't only benefit the workers; companies can reap rewards from it too. Offering remote opportunities allows companies to work with top talent, regardless of location. And because those employees are likely to be happier in their jobs, it also leads to greater productivity, better performance and higher employee-retention rates. Likewise, it of course saves companies money in office expenses like equipment, amenities and more — plus rent and utilities if they choose to forgo an office altogether.

Technology is fueling the growth of fully virtual companies — tools such as SlackZoomDropbox and Quip, a document-sharing and editing platform, make it easier than ever to communicate with employees based anywhere and track their performance and workflow more accurately. Plus, according to Forbes, millennials, who are already very used to being connected online, are projected to be the majority of the U.S. workforce by 2020.

So, what companies are already fully remote?

1. Toptal

Toptal scouts the best freelance engineers and designers from anywhere in the world and vets their qualifications using a mix of proprietary software and online interviews. The company has grown to more than 400 core employees working in 60 different countries.

2. Automattic

Automattic is the team behind, WooCommerce, Jetpack, Simplenote, Longreads, VaultPress, Akismet, Gravatar, Polldaddy, Cloudup and more. It's a totally distributed company with 704 automatticians in 62 countries speaking 80 different languages. It makes sense that they're so expansive, given how necessary these sites are globally.

3. AnswerConnect

AnswerConnect is a live call-answering service. Whether companies need call-handling services after hours or all the time, AnswerConnect has a plan to fit any situation because it doesn't have a call center; rather, its employees all do their work from the comfort of their own homes.

4. InVision

InVision is a digital product design platform powering the world’s best user experiences. The company works with everything from Twitter to Vice to Netflix, so its success from work-from-home employees is obvious.

5. 10up

This web design and development consulting service describes its 120-plus-person team as "one big happy family" that just so happens to be distributed worldwide and stays connected with Slack, Google Hangout, and text.
6. Buffer

Buffer is a fully distributed team of more than 80 employees working in several different countries (see this employee time zones map!). The company's social media management tools are used by over 60,000 paying customers around the world.

7. Ghost

Ghost is a blogging platform behind the publishing efforts of organizations like NASA, Square and Graze. It's open source, free and customizable — and created almost entirely by volunteers from the nonprofit Ghost Foundation, which runs and organizes Ghost. The team of developers and other staff work online from all corners of the internet.

8. Hubstaff

This time-tracking tool is used by over 8,000 remote teams to track time and help with automatic payroll processing and attendance scheduling. The company was founded in 2012 by two entrepreneurs who wanted a better way to manage remote freelancers, so it makes sense that it's built by a totally remote team too.

9. Doist

Doist is the team behind Todoist, a popular productivity app that helps millions of people manage their tasks and projects. The company has been around since 2007, and its team members are spread across 20 different countries.

10. Knack

Knack is a cloud-based database tool with over 3,000 customers (like Harvard University and Tesla) that makes it easy for anyone to manage, share and utilize their data. Most use Knack for creating things like inventory managers and customer portals. The team behind it calls the internet its headquarters, but they still get together twice a year at retreats.
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Six Latest Changes EPF Account Holders Must Know

Six Latest Changes EPF Account Holders Must Know

EFPO or Employees' Provident Fund Organisation has around six crore subscribers and manages a corpus of Rs 10 lakh crore. The retirement fund body receives over 1 crore claims every year including those pertaining to EPF withdrawal, pension fixation and insurance. The EPFO has been taking many steps for easing the process of claims settlement. While an employee's 12 per cent contribution goes toward EPF kitty, 8.33 per cent out of the total 12 per cent of the employer's contribution is invested in EPS or pension scheme. The balance 3.67 per cent is invested in EPF.
Here are six latest developments EPFO subscribers should know

1) Now, EPF claims above Rs. 10 lakh don't have to be filed online. The EPFO has revised its rules related to provident fund claims. In a circular dated April 13, EPFO said offline claims will also be accepted in all cases. EPFO subscribers have the option of filing online as well as manual claims for provident fund withdrawals.

2) Earlier, in a April 13 circular, EPFO had said that "in case the amount of claim settlement is above Rs. 10 lacs for PF claims and Rs. 5 lacs in respect of EPS withdrawal claims, the claim form must be accepted through online mode only." EPFO in the April 13 circular said that "considering the grievances raised by members, this stipulation will be kept in abeyance so that offline claims will also be accepted in all cases."
3) EPFO subscribers may soon get an option to increase or decrease investments out of their provident fund into stocks through exchange trade funds (ETF). The EPFO has been investing in stock markets through ETFs since August 2015. Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are funds that track indexes such as Sensex and Nifty. In 2015-16, EPFO invested 5 per cent of its investible deposits which was subsequently increased to 10 per cent 2016-17 and 15 per cent in 2017-18.

4) In a recent meeting of Employees' Provident Fund Organisation's apex decision making body Central Board of Trustees (CBT), it was decided to explore the possibility of giving an option of enhancing equity allocation beyond mandated equity investment limit (presently 15 per cent) and also the option of reducing equity allocation below the limit to the subscribers.
5) EPF or Employee Provident Fund scheme would have two separate member account heads: Fixed Income - where fixed annual interest gets credited to members account - and Equity (ETF) - where investment in equity is reflected as units and the return is marked to market.
6) This accounting policy of investment in Exchange Traded Funds was recently approved by Central Board of Trustees or CBT, the apex decision body of EPFO or Employees' Provident Fund Organisation. 
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