Archive: Nov 2017

How to Use Snapchat in China?

Snapchat is one of the most popular social apps today that allows people to send text messages, pictures, and short videos to their friends and family. The app was launched in 2011, and it is a popular way for young people to communicate using more than written text. Unlike other social networks, which keep your content online forever unless you decide to delete it, users on Snapchat can set a time limit for how long recipients can view their Snaps (messages) from 1 to 10 seconds, and after that the Snaps will be hidden from the recipient’s device and deleted from Snapchat’s servers. People also can use this app to post their daily updates like what activities they are doing , with whom they are partying etc.

Snapchat is free to download, and simple to use. It supports on both iOS devices and Android devices. However this fantastic tool is not available in all countries. It has been blocked in China as many others similar applications like Viber, Skype, Line, WhatsApp, etc. In order to fully unblock Snapchat in China and get unrestricted access to the app, one should get a VPN service.

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How to Access Google Play in China?

Google Play is a digital distribution service operated and developed by Google. As one of the most popular app stores for Android phones, Google Play is the best place for android users to download apps, games, books, magazines and other contents. China continues to show rapid growth in terms of app usage. They surpassed the United States as the top country by revenue for the Games category in the iOS app store. But sadly, Android app developers cannot take any advantage of this because Google Play is not available in China.

The Chinese authorities use ‘The Great Firewall’ to block almost all Google services including Gmail, Google Search, Google+, Youtube, Google Maps, and Google Docs. So when you travel in China, even you have Google Play and some of the apps mentioned above already installed on your phone, you cannot access to them. Given that Google Play and other Google services are everyday essentials for expats coming from UK, USA, Canada, Australia, France, or Spain, there is a way to bypass the blocking and thus access the Google Play app store in China, which is to set up a VPN on the devices.

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How to Access Spotify from Restricted Countries Like China?

Does Spotify Work in All The Countries?

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Spotify is a digital music service that provides you with access to millions of songs and other content from artists all over the world. The service was officially launched on 7 October 2008. As one of the leading music streaming providers, Spotify’s music library contains everything from mainstream pop hits to obscure death metal classics. And it is available across a range of devices, including computers, phones, tablets, speakers, TVs, and even cars.

However, Spotify is not available in all parts of the world. Just like the services such as Netflix and BBC iPlayer which are restricted for access only in certain countries, Spotify also has the problem of geo-restriction. So if you are in travel and try to access to your Spotify account from restricted countries like China, India, Russia etc, an error message will appear in Spotify home page saying that “Spotify is currently not available in your country”.
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How to Watch CBS Outside the US?

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Would you like to watch CBS outside the US? US expats, travelers or even non-US citizens who want to watch CBS abroad are welcome to read this post and find out the best way to watch all favorite CBS shows from outside the USA.

CBS is a broadcast television network, also known by the name Columbia Broadcasting System. As one of the leading broadcasting networks in the world, CBS has an enormous amount of shows available for streaming. However, CBS is not really available overseas, it is only meant to be available for people located in the USA. So if you are trying to watch any of CBS TV shows from outside of the US, this online player will just show an error message like this:

CBS geolocation blocked

So, it could be a nightmare for anyone who wants to keep up with their TV shows from home in a new country. The majority of TV network sites and paid subscription services either completely block the content from being viewed outside of the United States, or the amount of content is limited. To solve this problem, you need to mask your location and get a US IP address when accessing CBS services outside US. This can be done through a VPN service.

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How to Unblock Pinterest in China?

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Pinterest is a social network site launched in 2009 which allows users to visually share, and discover new interests by posting (known as ‘pinning’ on Pinterest) images or videos to their own or others’ boards (i.e. a collection of ‘pins,’ usually with a common theme) and browsing what other users have pinned. For years, Pinterest has been freely accessible in China but since March 2017, Pinterest has been added to the list of websites blocked by The Great Firewall of China. Meanwhile, Pinterest App was not available in Chinese App store anymore.

With the ban, Pinterest has joined the family of popular online companies that have been denied access by China’s Great Wall. They include the likes of Google, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Github, Pirate Bay, Vimeo, Gmail and much more. In fact, it is not surprising that Pinterest has been blocked in China though Chinese netizens are angry and disappointed about it. As we all know, the communist government in China always takes strict steps with regard to the internet censorship. Therefore, the government has tight control on what its citizens can read, discuss, and share online.

Until now, it still remains questionable that why a website which is used for sharing images of animals, wedding dresses, recipes would be targeted banned by the Chinese government. But thankfully, there is a reliable way out there to help unblock Pinterest in China.

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How to Watch Vudu Outside the US?

Vudu is an American on-demand video streaming provider that allows its subscribers to watch movies and TV shows online wherever and whenever they want. The service is available on different platforms, including: PC, MAC, iOS, Android, Wii, Xbox, PS, SmartTV, and more. With Vudu, you will be able to enjoy over 18,000 movies and 5,000 TV shows in its library. However, Vudu service is not available to everyone. It is only offered to residents in the US. Therefore, if you are traveling abroad, or living in another country like China, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Australia, or anywhere else overseas, you would certainly be blocked from watching Vudu.

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Best Way to Unblock Tumblr in China

Tumblr is a microblogging platform and social networking website which allows users to post multimedia and other content to a short-form blog. The platform is free to use, so everyone from celebrities and business people to politicians and teenagers are using Tumblr. Even companies are using Tumblr to get in front of broader audiences and drive brand and sales growth. However, Tumblr has been blocked and inaccessible in China since May 25th, 2016 to present. That means many Tumblr users living in Mainland China are no longer able to access Tumblr. If you visit China, you will also find that Tumblr cannot open at all.

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How to Access Flickr in China?

Flickr is an image- and video-hosting website and web services suite that was created by Ludicorp in 2004 and acquired by Yahoo on 20 March 2005. Users can create a free account and upload their own photos (and videos) to share with friends and followers online. But in 2007, Chinese users became unable to views pictures on Yahoo’s photo sharing site. Access was restored for awhile, but then Flickr was blocked again in 2014. China’s tight control over the Internet has become a high-profile issue in recent years. As a result,millions of websites have been blocked and unreachable. In order to bypass regional restrictions and access Flickr or other restricted websites in China, a VPN service is recommended.

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How to Access Blocked Websites in Mainland China?

As a foreigner, traveling to China can be an exciting experience, but you may be disappointed by the Internet censorship in China. When you come to China, you will find that the ‘Great Firewall’ has blocked many sites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and most of the Google selection in China. That is to say, you cannot stay connected with your friends and family on social networks while you are in China. You cannot open your favorite breakfast read like New York Times. Even worse, you cannot open your work files to continue with your business plans. So why does the Chinese government block many websites from outside mainland China ? Is there any way to access blocked websites in China?
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Well, according to the matter, it is believed that a reliable VPN connection is essential to access social networking sites, blogs, country specific websites, and a wide range of other sites that China commonly or temporarily blocks.

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How to Watch HBO Now Outside the US?

HBO Now is a subscription video on demand service operated by American premium cable and satellite television network HBO. The service gives you access to everything HBO offers. That includes all TV shows — original and licensed — all movies, all sports content, all documentaries. Whatever cable subscribers get with HBO, you get with HBO NOW. You can watch HBO NOW streaming content on a variety of supported devices like Apple TV, iPhone and iPad, and on your computer.

However, HBO Now is geo-restricted in UK, Canada, Australia, Germany, France, and other countries. That means if you’re located outside of the US, you can’t access HBO NOW just yet. Every time you try to do that, an error message will come up telling you that:

“HBO NOW℠ is only accessible in the U.S. and certain U.S. territories where a high-speed broadband connection is available.”

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