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INTRODUCTION TO RESIDENCY BY INVESTMENT

There are many reasons for wishing to get residence in a new country. BLS specializes in assisting international investors to achieve residency by investment in European countries such as Portugal, Malta, Cyprus, Spain, Greece and Hungary.

Our expert team provides individualized advisory services to clients willing to get residency or to obtain a second passport at any of these countries. We offer various residency-by-investment programs to provide foreign investors tailor made solutions to obtain EU residencies for themselves and their families in earliest time.

In most of countries they call it “golden visas” because, like gold credit cards, they’re designed to make people interested to invest in these programs. It’s a trend that’s sweeping Europe and its particularly battered economies. For instance 3-Bedroom, Comes With EU Residency Permit. If you have the money to invest either in a new or existing local business, or in property in many of the offered European Union countries, you would be offered a temporary residency permit as a bonus and incentive.

In some states the investment could be as low as 250.000 Euro. Most of famous European countries offer you the possibility to achieve a Golden Visa / Investor Visa (or so-called residency visa, golden resident, real estate visa) with an invest of around 500.000 Euro + fees. In some countries this eventually lead to a permanent residency and/or citizenship.

In some states the investment could be as low as 250.000 Euro. Most of famous European countries offer you the possibility to achieve a Golden Visa / Investor Visa (or so-called residency visa, golden resident, real estate visa) with an invest of around 500.000 Euro + fees. In some countries this eventually lead to a permanent residency and/or citizenship.

The good advantage of Golden Visa is let you to travel easily to all Schengen Visa countries (26) all over Europe.

BLS also offers property developers in Dominica , Antigua and Granada if the Golden Visa in Europe is not the right solution for you.

  • Portugal
  • Malta
  • Cyprus
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Spain
  • Thailand

 

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The Top 5 E.U Citizenship By Investment Programs For 2017

Citizenship by Investment (CBI) has been something of a buzz-phrase in recent years among high net-worth individuals hailing from Asia, Africa and the Middle East who know that the legal attainment of dual citizenship and an EU passport in particular will grant them a level of freedom to travel and work that will dramatically improve both their quality of life and earning power.

For those readers still unfamiliar with the process of CBI, it is now possible to legally become the citizen of a country other than one’s own, and a holder of its passport, in return for a financial investment into that country. This could be in the form of a charitable donation or the purchase of a business that employs citizens of that country. However, normally all that is required is the purchase of a piece of real estate that remains the property of the investor for a decreed period of time.

There are currently almost a dozen European nations offering either CBI programs or similarly structured investor programs. The EU programs stand out as the most desirable, as a European Union passport entitles its holder to be able to live and work anywhere within the EU without time limitation, and also grants its owner visa-free travel to an average of 170 countries worldwide.

But among the growing number of European Union countries who operate CBI programs, which passport is best? Here are prandcitizenship.com’s current frontrunners for 2017. Bear in mind that this list may change as countries improve their programs and newcomers (potentially Ireland) release their own investor package.

5. Turkey

Okay, so we know that as of yet Turkey are not even in the EU right now, but we also know what everyone else knows; that it’s just a matter of time before they are granted full European Union membership. With the increasingly imminent EU departure of the UK, the nation which has been the main opposition to Turkish admission in recent years, the remaining power-brokers of the European Union – France and Germany – have already offered Turkey a “privileged partnership” which they have declined.

Allowing Turkey into the EU is a no-brainer, and here’s why; the Turkish economy is booming, which means there will be an additional 79 million consumers ready to spend big in the European marketplace. Turkish per-capital income has increased six-fold in recent years, and the average Turkish worker is now better off than many of his EU contemporaries. Istanbul is a huge, modern, vibrant city, and only New York, London and Moscow have more resident billionaires than the Turkish capital. Bringing in such a thriving, heavyweight economy, especially as an equally large economy in the UK is in the process of leaving isn’t an option – it’s a necessity.

In addition, Turkey are long-time NATO members with what would be by far the largest armed forces in Europe – something the EU would rather have with them, especially with the ever-threatening specter of Russia hanging over them.

For those investors who are either A) patient, B) short on capital or C) both, obtaining Turkish citizenship right now is a great move. prandcitizenship.com are the only citizenship brokers who can guarantee Turkish citizenship and passport for just €45,000, making it by far the cheapest CBI program available anywhere in the world today.

While it may take as long as five years before Turkey becomes a full EU member state, in the meantime in 2017 Turkish passport holders are set to be granted unlimited access to Europe’s 26-nation Schengen Area.

So, to sum up;

  • Turkish citizens are set to be granted unlimited and unrestricted access to the Schengen Zone in 2017, increasing the visa-free power of the Turkish passport from 122 countries to 148
  • Turkey’s EU membership is a question of “when”, not “if”, and most likely before 2020
  • At just €45,000, Turkish citizenship is a steal, and that figure will increase by tenfold or more when Turkey becomes an EU member state4. Greece

Born out of the Greek government’s desperation to raise funds following the country’s devastating economic collapse in 2010, the Greek CBI program represents excellent value for money, and is also among the fastest to arrange and complete.

As long as an applicant can pass a background check, a Greek real estate purchase of €250,000, or a non-refundable charitable donation of €95,000 will secure them Greek citizenship, and this EU passport gives its holder visa-free access to 171 countries worldwide, making it the joint-7th most powerful passport in the world.

  • Greek citizenship and passport can be procured for just €95,000
  • Greek citizenship is granted just three months after the investment is made
  • A period of residency is not required

3. Hungary

What’s not to like about the Hungarian CBI program; it’s incredibly economical, and at just €75,000 it is even cheaper than the Greek CBI program, making it the most inexpensive EU citizenship program on the market today.

The required €75,000 isn’t for a charitable donation, it’s for the purchase of Hungarian government bonds, which the purchaser is free to cash in after five years, by which time they will have increased substantially in value. The Hungarian passport is the tenth most powerful in the world, and has access to 168 countries visa-free.

Benefits of the Hungarian CBI program include:

  • Minimum Investment Of Just €75,000
  • Citizenship Plus Passport In Six Months
  • No Residency Requirements
  • No Dual Citizenship Restrictions

2. Malta

With a population of just 450,000, Malta are the smallest EU member state, but when it comes to its CBI program, this tiny nation packs a heavyweight punch. What makes the Maltese Citizenship By Investment program so special is that Malta is both an EU member state and a member of the British Commonwealth. This means that in addition to the usual unlimited access to the European Union all EU members have, Maltese citizens can travel freely throughout the Commonwealth, and when the UK eventual leave the EU, Maltese passport holders will still be able to travel to Britain without a visa.

All in all, the Maltese passport has access to 168 countries visa-free, making it the ninth most powerful passport in the world.

To become an instant EU/Commonwealth citizen isn’t cheap, and the Maltese passport costs around €1.1 million, a figure which includes both a charitable donation and a real estate purchase. Residency is granted after three months, with full citizenship and passport delivered to the applicant nine months later.

1. Austria

The Austrian CBI program is the Rolls Royce of Citizenship by Investment programs, as in you pay for what you get, and if you can afford it, you can have one immediately. No waiting around, not for six months, not even six weeks, when you make your investment, Austrian citizenship is yours.

It’s by no means cheap; got a spare €2 million you don’t need? Make a €2 million non-refundable charitable donation to the Austrian economy and citizenship is yours. Rather have something to show for your money? In that case you are talking a minimum of a €10 million refundable investment into the Austrian economy for your passport.

For that kind of money you are investing in something that will serve you well for life, and if used correctly, pay for itself many-fold along the way.

  • Full Austrian citizenship and passport granted immediately
  • No residency requirements before, during or after the application and investment process
  • Lifetime citizenship to one of the oldest, best established and most respected of European nations

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prandcitizenship.com are one of the world’s leading online second citizenship specialists. Feel free to contact us in strictest confidence if you would like more information regarding any of the CBI programs featured on our homepage, or others from both Europe and the Caribbean.

You can email or message us via WhatsApp or Telegram, or if you prefer, you can phone or Skype us and speak directly to one of our expert representatives. You will find all of prandcitizenship.com’s contact details on our homepage.

 

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Whatever the reason, the B2B landscape has changed dramatically. It’s time for a new way to run the marketing operations of your business. One that’s strategic. Tech-savvy. Efficient. Results-driven. Turnkey. Proven. We start with the big picture to ensure that all of your promotional efforts are closely integrated – because if your marketing efforts aren’t working together, they’re working against you.

MAHANDRU’S INTEGRATED MARKETING SERVICES

  • Strategy & Planning
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FROM GEO-LOCATION TO MICRO-LOCATION

Location awareness technology is becoming more advanced every day, improving companies’ abilities to target specific customers with location-based marketing. This is especially effective for all industries including entertainment, retail, healthcare and hospitality. The most effective location-based marketing not only benefits the brand but also the consumer, as they will receive advertisements more relevant to them. To fully maximise marketing efficiency, geo-location is no longer sufficient. Instead, micro-location is now becoming a more powerful tool. When approximating your geo-location, GPS is fairly accurate, but it is much less effective in cities and indoors. 94% of purchases are made within stores, so to be fully effective, location-based marketing must be capable of tracking consumers inside them. Micro-location’s advanced tracking technology can identify your indoor position within only a few feet. As such, the possibilities for consumer engagement are endless.

MICRO-LOCATION STRATEGIES

With micro-location marketing, it is essential to separate customers into smaller groups. From there, the marketing itself will be targeted to individual customers. This, of course, necessitates that companies have access to total information about their consumers. In general, micro-location marketing strategies are focused on a local market or a targeted individual market. This requires having a defined observation on the size and style of that particular market. Whether their customers are in Dubai or elsewhere in the world, by being able to track their customers accurately and easily, E-Commerce websites can prepare their advertisements accordingly.

LOCATION MARKETING TECHNOLOGY

With micro-location marketing still in its infancy, its technology is naturally still evolving and developing. Currently, no specific technology is universally implemented. Instead, some marketers utilise several different technologies in their micro-location marketing. Wi-Fi is often available as a service to consumers. To pinpoint someone’s location, it needs at least three different Wi-Fi hotspots and also checks a user’s signal strength to further increase accuracy. Mobile application providers have been working with companies such as Aruba, Motorola and Cisco to use proximity technology in their in-venue marketing solutions. A more high-tech technology compared to Wi-Fi is small wireless sensors called beacons. Using Bluetooth Low Energy, they connect with mobile devices to target consumers with advertisements, offers and messages. Easy to install and relatively inexpensive, they are becoming increasingly popular in the United Arab Emirates and beyond. Finally, social media is another useful tool in proximity marketing. Companies can track their customers through sites like Facebook and Twitter to further monitor consumer behaviour.

MAHANDRU’S USEFUL APPLICATIONS OF LOCATION MARKETING

Being a high performing digital agency, here at Mahandru we are fully aware of all useful applications of location marketing. No matter where you are in the Middle East, there are numerous opportunities for this exciting new technology. Because of the connectivity between mobile and micro-location targeting, brands can target consumers at the most crucial moments, dramatically increasing their chances of spending. Personalised advertisements also benefit the consumer, saving them time and money and also helping them to make more well-informed purchases. By knowing exactly where their customers are located, brands can tailor their suggestions depending on what that customer may be looking at.

The applications of this are enormous. Consumers can be steered to more profitable areas or encouraged to consider perishable goods. For example, if a restaurant is struggling to attract diners on a particular night, they can send discounts to passing consumers, encouraging them to fill their empty spaces. In this way, they can create offers only when they need them. Alternatively, if a concert at a music venue is due to shortly start and they still have a number of unsold tickets, they can send messages to all local consumers, encouraging them to buy their tickets soon.

THE FUTURE OF LOCATION-BASED MARKETING

Currently, location-based data is only used by 23% of marketers in their mobile campaigns. Nevertheless, its popularity is increasing with proximity-based marketing spending estimated to reach $2.3 billion worldwide within 2016. With all the opportunities that micro-location targeting provides, there are countless applications for this exciting technology within the UEA and beyond. Benefiting both the marketer and the consumer, real-time marketing is the inevitable and effective next step. As the technology further improves and becomes more standardised, so too will its accuracy and efficiency.

Here at Mahandru, we are excited to be involved with the capabilities and possibilities of location marketing. Focusing upon contextual interactive engagement, we offer micro-location and proximity based mapping, messaging and triggering. If you are interested in any of these services, don’t hesitate to contact us at 00971 4 437 5585

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Upcoming Nokia 8 flagship with Snapdragon 835 SoC, 6GB RAM and 24MP camera leaked

“The Nokia 8 will come in two variants – one with a Snapdragon 835 SoC, and the other with a Snapdragon 821”

HMD Global sent out invites yesterday for a press event at MWC on February 26th, where the brand is believed to unveil its new Nokia-branded Android smartphones. Now a couple of weeks ahead of the event, the company’s new flagship, allegedly dubbed the Nokia 8, has been leaked. Apparently, Qualcomm showcased the Nokia 8 flagship at CES. The chip maker asked people to not to take photos of the device, but someone managed to shoot a video of the phone.

The source suggests that the Nokia 8 will come in two variants – one with a Snapdragon 835 processor and 6GB of RAM, and the other with a Snapdragon 821 SoC and 4GB of RAM. The Snapdragon 835 SoC-powered edition of the phone will feature a massive 24-megapixel rear camera with OIS and EIS, a 12MP selfie shooter, and dual front-firing speakers. There’s no word on the camera specs of the Snapdragon 821 edition of the phone.

The leak shows both variants of the Nokia 8 side by side with their camera app open. The 24MP sensor of the Snapdragon 835-powered variant of the phone with OIS and EIS displays a high level of stabilisation even while shaking. The device is expected to feature Carl Zeiss optics, and its prototype appears to have a small rectangle with HRM written over it, which suggests a heart rate monitor. We will have official details next month, so stay tuned.

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HTC U Play with 5.2-inch display reportedly launching alongside U Ultra on January 12th

“The U Play will reportedly not feature a 3.5mm headphone jack and will deliver audio via a USB Type-C port”

HTC is expected to launch a new flagship phablet allegedly dubbed the U Ultra at its “For U” event, which is scheduled for January 12th. Now popular gadget tipster @OnLeaks suggests that the brand has another smartphone in the new U series, which will launch as the HTC U Play. It will allegedly be a smaller sibling of the U Ultra, and is also expected to launch on January 12th.

The tipster suggests that the HTC U Play (codenamed Alpine) will feature a 5.2-inch display of unknown resolution. It will also skip the 3.5mm headphone jack in favour of delivering the audio via a USB Type-C port. Unfortunately, the tipster didn’t reveal any other features of the U Play. Previous reports suggest that it will feature a dual-curved screen.

As far as the HTC U Ultra is concerned, it will allegedly feature a large 6-inch display, and will also not ship with a 3.5mm headphone jack. No other details regarding the U Ultra also available as of now. However, we will find them out in just a couple of days, so stay tuned.

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Alleged image of Samsung Galaxy S8 leaked, launch date pegged for April 18th

“The Galaxy S8 edge will feature narrow bezels on the top and bottom of the display”

Samsung’s upcoming flagship, the Galaxy S8, has been the subject of a number of leaks and reports recently. A recent rumour had suggested that the Galaxy S8 will offer a Windows Continuum-like desktop experience. Now an alleged live image of the Samsung Galaxy S8 edge variant has been leaked. In addition, a report out of South Korea has revealed the purported launch date of the phone as well.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 edge’s design seen in this image is in line with the earlier reports. The phone appears to have a dual-curved display, with narrow bezels on top and bottom of the screen. There’s no home button on the device, which suggests that the brand may have placed the fingerprint sensor at the rear. Unfortunately, the source hasn’t provided any images of the rear of the phone. There’s no way to confirm the authenticity of the image though.

Additonally, a report from Samsung’s home market of South Korea citing industry insiders claims that the Galaxy S8 will be unveiled at an event in New York City on April 18th. The brand is expected to launch two variants of the phone – one with a flat screen and one with a curved display – just like its predecessor.

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CES 2017: HP introduces new EliteBook x360 and Spectre x360 convertibles

“The EliteBook x360 is being touted as the world’s slimmest business convertible”

HP has kicked off its CES journey with the launch of a couple of convertibles – the EliteBook x360 and Spectre x360. Similar to their predecessors, the new convertibles also sport 360-degree rotatable hinges, which allow them to be used in several modes like laptop, tablet, stand, and tent. The brand is touting the EliteBook X360 as the world’s slimmest business convertible, and adds that it sports the longest battery life in a convertible – up to 16 hours and 30 minutes.

The HP EliteBook x360 sports a CNC aluminium unibody frame, and is designed to pass twelve MIL-STD 810G tests. It features up to a 13.3-inch UWVA UHD display with a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass. The device offers up to an Intel Core i7 processor with Intel HD Graphics 620, 16GB of RAM, up to 360GB of SSD storage, and up to Windows 10 Pro 64. The convertible comes with optional NFC, one USB Type-C port with Thunderbolt, an IR camera for Windows Hello, a fingerprint sensor, and HP Active Pen stylus support.

The new HP Spectre x360 flaunts longer battery life – from 9.5 hours to 12.75 hours compared to its predecessor. The convertible offers a nearly borderless 15.6-inch 4K display. It comes with a 7th-gen Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and 256GB of solid state storage. The device features NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics with 2GB of dedicated video memory. It comes with dual Bang & Olufsen speakers, infrared webcam with Windows Hello support, HP fast charge, and a USB Type-C port with Thunderbolt.

The HP EliteBook x360 will be available by the end of this month, but there’s no word regarding its pricing at the moment. The Spectre x360 will go on pre-order in the US on January 3rd at the starting price of $1,499,

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Samsung’s first foldable smartphone to reportedly launch in Q3-Q4 this year

“Samsung’s foldable phone will sport a hinge, which will allow it to be folded like a wallet”

Several reports last year had suggested that Samsung would be launching its first smartphone with a foldable display sometime in 2017. The phone is reportedly codenamed Project Valley, and might be launched under the name Galaxy X. Now a new rumour out of China suggests that the company will unveil its first foldable smartphones in the third or fourth quarter of this year.

The rumour came in the form of a post on Weibo (Chinese equivalent of Twitter). It gives a time-frame of the launch, but doesn’t provide an exact date or month. There aren’t many details about the alleged Samsung Galaxy X are available at the moment. However, a couple of recent patent applications by the brand gave us a glimpse of the possible design.

The patent applications suggest that Samsung’s foldable smartphone will feature a hinge, which will allow its display to be folded like a wallet. The phone is expected to arrive with various biometric security options like fingers, face, and palm, among others.

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How to dive into that New Year’s Resolution to get started with VR

Virtual reality effectively ‘arrived’ in 2016, with the launch of Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive, the first two consumer VR headsets that truly delivered an experience that most would find not only tolerable, but actually enjoyable.

But consumer VR’s splashy debut in 2016 did not result in something that was immediately affordable, available, or indeed appealing to many, so it’s no surprise if you’ve been standing back and waiting for a time to jump in.

Now might just be the time; a confluence of factors, including a lot of great software that eschews mistakes made by early movers, as well as dramatic decreases in the cost of entry for VR-capable computers, have made it a good time to get onboard the virtual train. Here’s a guide to one way to get started that should give you the most mileage for your dollar, while also making sure you’re not missing out on the best VR experiences currently on offer.

The Rig

Your PC is potentially the most frustrating thing to get right, because there are a lot of options out there for Windows machines that can power VR headsets, along with the option to roll your own. I’d suggest that novices go for something that can get you gaming right away, with a minimum of fuss, but with room to grow if you find you want to invest the time and money later on.

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That’s why I recommend one of CyberPower PC’s pre-built rigs. The one that hits the sweet spot in terms of value for money right now is the CyberPower Gamer Ultra Desktop series with AMD Radeon RX 480 GPU. It’s a minimalist approach that strips out all the unnecessary frills and focuses on the components that are most important to a smooth VR experience, centering on that AMD graphics card.

It’s expandable if you still want to beef it up later, and it retails for just $699.99, which makes it about half the price of what a decent VR-capable PC would cost you when Rift and Vive launched. Plus, in my experience it doesn’t choke on any VR games, and I’ve played a wide range.

The Headset

I’ve gone back and forth on this, and it’ll depend on your personal preferences, too, but now that Oculus Touch has arrived, I’d recommend getting the Oculus Rift to start. The Rift provides better visuals in my opinion, setup and game space requirements are simpler, and it has a better library of titles currently available, between Oculus exclusives and the wide variety of SteamVR content that supports both Rift and Vive.

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The Rift is also more comfortable to wear, and its built-in headphones, while not the best available, are incredibly easy to use and avoid additional cord complications. Setting up sensors is also easier, and you can choose to start with just the basic Rift if you need to budget the Touch controllers for later. It’s true that you only get room scale-VR experimentally with a third sensor with Rift, but in practice, you won’t notice much of a difference between Oculus with two sensors and Vive’s true room-scale experience.

The Accessories

As mentioned, the Oculus Touch controllers really add a lot to the overall VR experience, and prove more fun and more immersive in practice than the Vive Controllers. They’re more lightweight, and also just seem to better represent the act of actually using your hands in a virtual environment, perhaps because of the focus on simulating grip on objects.

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Oculus Touch took a long time to ship, and that gave Vive an early edge, but if you’re looking to jump into VR at this point, they’re a much better introduction to interacting with objects that aren’t really there, and developers have done amazing things early on with the accessories to make picking them up worthwhile.

The Software

There’s enough software out their for Rift that it can be overwhelming figuring out where to start. Oculus has created starter bundles that prove a good jumping off point, but if you want to pick up just a few things to get your feet wet, I’d recommend SUPERHOT VR, Oculus Medium, Space Pirate Trainer, Virtual Desktop and The Climb to start.

The games here really show off what the Oculus Touch can bring to the table, but if your’e holding off on picking that up, try Ocean Rift and Lucky’s Tale (which ships with the Rift for free) to start. When you do pick up Touch, SUPERHOT VR is a must-play; it’s the first VR game that actually got me feeling physically engaged in a game in a way that felt really natural, and it has a super clever design in terms of getting around the limitations of in-place use of VR.

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Virtual Desktop is a must because it gives you a sense of what it might be like to use VR for everyday computing tasks. There are some things that are not ideal when using it (basically you have to be a touch typist), but it’s astounding how natural a lot of the interaction is. It’s also pretty inexpensive if you’re wallet’s hurting from getting set up to begin with.

2017 is VR’s sophomore year

2016 might’ve been the year consumer VR finally made it to store shelves in a significant way, but 2017 will see a lot of refinement come to VR experiences, and it’s already evident from the progress made since the beginning that this is probably the time for most tech-savvy folks to take the plunge. Building a VR system that respects your wallet is still a tough task, but using the guide above will get your foot in the door with as little budgetary outlay as possible, without any significant compromises.


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