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Digital Transformation | How has technology changed your business? 

The use of technology is providing businesses a myriad of opportunities to connect with customers, educate their client base, promote products and services, track trends using analytics, and extend visibility beyond traditional company websites. This is especially important given the increase in remote working environments as well as the increase in electronic shopping. Customers and clients are reaping the benefits of this digital world and these business leaders are sharing the unique ways technology has changed their businesses. 

1. Zero Carbon Footprint

Brittany Kaiser, Chair of the Board of Directors Gryphon Digital Mining

Technology has made our business possible. At Gryphon Digital Mining, we create the world’s largest fully integrated pure-play Bitcoin miner with zero carbon footprint. Bitcoin mining is the process of creating a new bitcoin by solving a computational puzzle.

Bitcoin mining is necessary to maintain the ledger of transactions upon which Bitcoin is based. We are grateful that technology offers a world of possibilities.

2. Customer Education and Connection

Micheal Fischer, Founder Elite HRT 

Our business has been able to connect physicians with patients much more effectively and easily with online access. On top of that, patient education has been much easier for our Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) treatment plans, in order to ensure patients of their informed decisions. It’s been great to connect people to get them started leading healthier and happier lives. 

3. Refreshing Remote Work Structure

Samantha Charleston, VP Human Resources Newell Brands

For the time being, Newell Brands is continuing our remote work structure for the majority of the office population. A benefit of the new situation is it has given employees an outlet to try new things, think differently, share ideas and find solutions.

4. Business through Webapps

Amber Theurer, Chief Marketing Officer ivee

The ability for us to generate business through a webapp has been very beneficial for us, since apps are usually very user-friendly and virtually everyone is on their phones often enough as it is. By just tapping a few buttons on your phone, we can have a Registered Nurse provide IV treatment and other health and wellness services to you at your home or work in as soon as an hour. Without our platform, the process of being able to set up these appointments, and the subsequent efficiencies gained would not be nearly as impactful.

5. Educate and Connect through Blog Posts

Brandon Monaghan, Co-Founder Miracle Brand

Providing customers with more information through our blog has been a game-changer. Through this online community of readers, we have been able to establish a personal connection with our customers and eventual customers. We feel educating people through the blog about our products and providing other helpful tips aids in new and recurring sales from previous customers. 

6. Analytics Platforms for a Better Customer Experience

Benjamin Smith, Founder Disco

Using the vast amount of information available through analytics platforms like Google Analytics or SEMrush is pivotal to understanding how customers are finding and interacting with a website. Tracking behavior, identifying trends and roadblocks, analyzing search terms, and so on can help guide how to go about optimizing for a better customer experience.

7. Remote Business Connection and Productivity  

Joe Parenteau, Co-founder  Fable Home

Fable Home has almost always been a remote working business, with the option to come into the office as needed. Technology has allowed us to smoothly and effectively transition all of our employees to remote roles with success. We are able to communicate with video chatting and quick emails or Slack messages. Technology allows us to constantly stay connected and boost productivity levels!

8. Promote with Social Media using Analytics

Annabel Love, Co-founder & COO Nori Press

Technology has changed the way we promoted our business and got in front of the right customers. With social media, we wanted to target people who were actually interested in using our product, rather than just hoping the advertisements would do their job. Using analytics, we are able to target people who are more likely to be interested and use more optimization to increase sales. 

9. Create an Office Atmosphere at Home with Video Communication

Brittney Dolin, CEO Pocketbook Agency

If it wasn’t for the quick and easy adaptation our company experienced with technology, we would be in a very different place right now. Technology contributed to basic day-to-day practices in addition to assisting us in the trend tracking process. We were able to implement video chatting and Slack communication to help employees create a resemblance of office atmosphere at home. As trends changed, so did our goals! 

10. Track Customer Goals to Meet Needs

Jeff Goodwin, Sr. Director of Performance Marketing and e-Commerce Orgain

Technology has allowed the nutrition industry to skyrocket, as more information becomes publicly available and the interest for higher nutrition increased tenfold in the past decade. We are also able to track more accurately how health and fitness can help people reach their goals, and being able to formulate our products around those needs has become a lot easier. 

11. Attract Prospects from Anywhere without Travel 

Chris Bedi, CIO ServiceNow

Employers will quickly realize that they can start hiring anywhere and attract a whole new set of prospects. And even though there’s a level of Zoom fatigue that’s setting in from nonstop video calls, the travel market is forever changed, he predicts. The concept of getting on a plane for six hours for a two-hour meeting and being jet lagged, people are going to go — why?

The pandemic has changed the way we live life and do business. As Elon Musk says, “Some people don’t like change, but you need to embrace change if the alternative is disaster.” Technology allows you to grow, expand, and elevate your business. With the number of opportunities to incorporate technology into your practice, how can your organization use technology to its advantage today?

12. Increase the Confidence of Customers through Education of Products

Aidan Cole, CEO TatBrow

We have been able to inform and empower the public by adding a “How to Use” section to our website. This gives potential customers confidence in using our product and has been enhanced with the use of video to show TatBrow demos without customers even leaving our site! This makes it convenient for customers to purchase immediately following their exploration of these resources. 

13. Stay on Top of Trends to Increase E-Commerce

Chris Vaughn, Co-founder Saucey

Before the pandemic e-commerce sales were already on the rise. When the pandemic hit and everyone was forced to purchase their essentials through the internet, naturally sales sky-rocketed. The convenience of purchasing products and services shifted from real-time purchases (in-stores) to finding the best product or service (researching and analyzing online), so our technologies also made that shift. We were able to stay on top of trends by effectively tracking them! Quickly, consumers began developing e-commerce habits that significantly helped these businesses track their sales and network. 

14. Promote through Social Media and Web Platforms

Ben Teicher, President/CEO Healthy Directions

Being able to promote our podcasts from our website and on our YouTube channel has been really helpful for our business. Without these digital forms of media, we probably wouldn’t be able to communicate our expertise with the public to the same degree, nor would we be able to allow our prospects and customers to get to know our brand as well. 

15. SEO Marketing

Danielle Callabrese, COO De La Calle

An important component of technology is the work put into search engine optimization. Consumer behaviors have unmistakably changed. They are no longer casually shopping around in stores. Trends have indicated that consumers are researching products they are interested in purchasing before making the trip to their preferred retailer (whether that be in person or online). SEO marketing has been around for some time, but it wasn’t until the global pandemic that we saw this side of marketing truly take off.

How to Stay Safe Gaming Online

Online gaming should be a fun and rewarding experience that, critically, does not have any lasting impact. Staying safe online is vital, especially when gaming, as it is all too easy for a fun and innocent activity to become malicious when the right steps have not been taken. That does not mean to say that gaming online is a dangerous activity. In fact, when you take the right steps, online gaming can be just as safe as playing in person with friends.

Use a VPN

A Virtual Private Network, otherwise known simply as a VPN, is a great measure that everyone should use while gaming online. When you connect to a VPN, you connect to an encrypted server, which means that it becomes a lot more difficult for cybercriminals to track your movements. Not only does a VPN allow you to play anonymously, but it also hides your IP address, which makes you even more difficult to track.

Only Play on Trusted Sites

Before you begin playing online, it is important that you check to see that a site is trustworthy. There are many ways that you can check to see how trustworthy an online gaming site is; you could:

  • Check player reviews – looking at reviews of a gaming site, particularly the negative reviews, should help you learn if the site is unsafe. Make sure to check reviews at a respectable website.
  • Check for the right icons; some sites, like gambling sites, should be regulated by a range of international organizations. You should check to see if the site features the icons of the gaming authorities before playing.
  • Do your research; simply just reading up on the best gaming sites to use can help you to find the best, safe sites. Rather than doing the research yourself, you can easily compare the sites in one place and get playing a lot faster, safe in the knowledge that you are using a trusted site. Click here to compare. 

Keep Your Personal Information Private

Of course, sometimes, when you are buying an online game or signing up, you will have to input your personal details (only after checking the site is safe), but in other situations, you should keep your information private. For example, if you are playing an online multiplayer game, you should avoid using or giving out any personal information, including your name or location. Even if a player seems to be a friend of yours, you should never exchange personal information.

It is also vital that you use an appropriate username that does not give too much of your personal information out. You should also make sure to have a different password for every online gaming site that you use.

Install Anti-Virus Software

If you have taken the previous steps, then you can be pretty confident that you will be safe while playing online, but it is always better to be safe and sorry. You should install anti-virus software on your device to give you that extra layer of added security.

If you are playing games on a free site, it is common for these sites to use adverts, some of which might host more harmful, malicious software. You should be using a VPN and anti-virus software at all times to make sure you are staying safe online, whether you are playing a game or reading Wikipedia. 

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GLOBAL LIVE STREAMING APP, LIVIT, ANNOUNCES LIVE LOUNGE CONCERT SERIES

App Home To Over 45 Million Users Will Host Interactive Live-Streamed Music Events With Kygo’s Palm Tree Records, VASSY & More

Watch Live Lounge Starting Friday, August 6 at 7:00PM PST on the LIVIT App

Global live streaming and entertainment platform LIVIT, operated under the 17LIVE brand, announced today that they will be hosting a live-streamed concert & interactive event series featuring global superstar Kygo’s Palm Tree Records, multi-platinum, award-winning singer/songwriter VASSY, and more. Presented by 17LIVE, the interactive Live Lounge events will begin on August 6th and will be produced at CreatetheLAB in Los Angeles. Each concert will be live-streamed exclusively on the #1 streaming platform in Asia on the LIVIT Official Account in the app, found HERE.

17LIVE is the leading platform for rising music artists, entertainers and influencers that has more than 45 million users in Asia and is rapidly growing across the United States with their U.S. centric brand LIVIT. Exclusively on the LIVIT app, they will be hosting this series of three-hour long events, consisting of multiple performances, interview segments, and Q&As that will allow fans to have a live, intimate experience with their favorite musicians. 

The August 6th Live Lounge presented by 17LIVE will feature VASSY and hit-making singer-songwriter Josh Cumbee. Best known for her vocal prowess in viral collaborations with dance music heavyweights such as Afrojack and Tiesto, VASSY recently reached the 1 billion stream milestone with her single “Bad”, which was her collaboration with Showtek and David Guetta. The pop artist released her hit track  “Chase” this summer with Aussie producer duo Bonka (The Chainsmokers, Timmy Trumpet). The track is currently sitting at the #1 position on the dance airplay radio chart and reached #1 on the dance Aria charts in Australia. Josh Cumbee built his career as a producer and songwriter for world-class artists such as Madonna, Kygo, Rita Ora, Armin van Buuren and Adam Lambert, and recently wrote the worldwide hit ‘Wondering’ for Olivia Rodrigo. Having worked in genres including ballads, dance music, rock, K-pop and C-pop, Cumbee is a songwriter and producer of exceptional talent who has had #1 hits in Korea, China, Italy, has a Latin Grammy nomination under his belt and more. He recently released ‘Sound Of Your Name (with Vicke Blanka)’, his first collaboration with another artist as a solo singer-songwriter.

On August 27, Live Lounge presented by 17LIVE will host the first-ever showcase for global superstar Kygo’s Palm Tree Records, which is a joint venture with Sony Music Entertainment. With over 15 billion cumulative global audio and video streams, the Norwegian artist is known for chart-topping hits like the multiplatinum “It Ain’t Me” [with Selena Gomez], “Higher Love” [with Whitney Houston], “Like It Is” [with Zara Larsson & Tyga], and “Lose Somebody” [with OneRepublic]. Kygo’s showcase will feature performances by Palm Tree Records artists Frank Walker, Forester, Haywood, and Petey Martin. Toronto-based DJ/Producer Frank Walker has captivated fans across the globe with his club-ready collaborations such as “Like Gold” with Loud Luxury and Stephen Puth, along with solo releases like “Dancing In The Dark” which was recently nominated for a Juno award. Los Angeles-based indie electronic duo Forester has already made a lasting impact in the scene, blending acoustic instrumentation with electronic elements that transport the listener to wide open spaces, allowing for introspection as well as the desire to dance. They dropped their sophomore album ‘A Range of Light’ on December 4th and have earned  over 20  million total streams across their catalog.

“I’m excited for my artists to have the opportunity to show the world what they’re capable of.” – Kygo

Songwriter and producer Haywood has penned hits for everyone from Katy Perry and Kygo to BLACKPINK and Selena Gomez and is now a solo artist. The New Zealand-born and Australian-raised songstress introduces a glorious and glossy sound of her own on a series of 2021 singles for Palm Tree Records punctuated by her skyscraping vocals and punchy lyrics. Nashville-based Petey Martin wrote/produced “Ashes” by Celine Dion for the Deadpool 2 Motion Picture Soundtrack, “Bigger Than” by Justin Jesso & Seeb, and five songs on Kygo’s ‘Golden Hour’ album, including the lead single “Like It Is.” He made his debut as an artist collaborating with Matoma on “Keep It Simple” and released his introductory  single “Come Back Home” on Palm Tree Records featuring two-time Grammy winner Lauren Daigle.

“I’m excited to partner with 17LIVE to host our first-ever Palm Tree Records showcase and be able to live stream it to millions of people around the world while interacting with users of the platform.” – David Rishty, President of Palm Tree Records

CreateTheLab is a custom-tailored production studio in Los Angeles with multiple stages. The events will be invite-only with press, influencers, and artist teams in attendance in-person; with millions of viewers watching on LIVIT around the world.

Head of U.S. Operations for 17LIVE, Armin Collosi, says, “We are thrilled to launch the Live Lounge concert series with some of the most respected music artists in the industry. Our platform is quickly becoming a special place for talent of all levels to showcase their creativity, and we are proud to provide the platform where they can be their most authentic selves. With the return of live music, LIVIT has created a unique concert experience that will allow fans to interact in new ways with their favorite artists. We look forward to seeing all the amazing performances we have scheduled this summer.”

Powered by Taiwan-based 17LIVE, a leading global social entertainment company, LIVIT was launched in 2019 and has more than 45 million registered users across the globe. As the largest live streaming platform in Asia, LIVIT is expanding to multiple international markets. LIVIT plans for its North American operation to be a curated space where artists can collaborate, interact directly with fans and grow their careers. No matter who you are, or which corner of the world you reside in, you can connect with anyone through LIVIT’s media platform to showcase your talents and passions and realize your dreams. LIVIT is available for free download on iOS and Android.

About 17LIVE:

17LIVE operates the largest live streaming platform in Developed Asia. Anyone with a talent or a passion to share can be an artist and the Company’s mission is to empower artists and entertain the world through its platforms. The Company’s live interactive platforms include its flagship live entertainment streaming app 17LIVE, Meme Live and live streaming shopping platforms HandsUP and FBBuy. For more information about 17LIVE, please visit https://about.17.live/.

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How is Zamsino getting more popular in Australia?

The popularity of online gambling has increased exponentially in Australia over the past decade. It is estimated that the industry will continue to grow in the next couple of years. Around 80% of Australians gamble often, and it’s mostly for fun. This country has plenty of gambling options like Zasmino Australia, which offers different games for players. According to various publications, the number of people gambling in Australia is more significant than any other country in the world.

With the rise of online gambling, the amount of money spent on it has become very high, with software developers continually improve the gaming experience for gamers. It has been stated that the rise of online gambling in Australia has been attributed to the country’s fully legalized gambling industry.

According to various studies conducted by researchers, Australians spend about 1288 US dollars per person on online gambling. We can also recognize the most popular games in different states: online poker, blackjack, etc. As for virtual bookmakers, they are also far from the last place, and their number increases gradually.

Full legalization of all gambling establishments in Australia has caused the demand for gambling in the country. It is good news for both online and ground-based gambling establishments. It will allow them to offer their customers a safer and more secure gaming experience.

The virtual versions of gambling have become more prevalent in recent years, and it is expected that the dominance will be retained. Australians spend 3% of their annual income on online gambling. The situation is getting out of control. All the money that was been won at online casinos should be converted into cash. Some of it should be used as plastic money.

Due to the current situation, virtual gambling operators will have to face the consequences in the future. The Australian Government has proposed various measures to prevent the spread of gambling in the country. Another problem with gambling is that it is a stable source of government revenue. In recent years, the topic of gambling has become more prevalent. It is due to the increasing number of people who have developed gambling addictions.

Online games have become more prevalent due to their availability, compatible software, and ease of use. Different types of bonuses and promotions like the not requiring a deposit are also desirable to other players. In today’s world, playing online slots games is as simple as accessing the Internet and is not costly as some people may presume, and a gamer quickly plays from the comfort of their home. Online casinos in Australia are beautiful for those who love to play the game of blackjack or roulette, among other games.

There are different reasons why Zamsino is getting popular in Australia and taking over the gambling industry, including;

The comfort of playing from your home

Initially, if you wanted to play for a few hundred AU$, you had to go to a land-based club and wait in line to buy chips. In Sydney, a gamer had to stand in line to register to buy playing chips and then take more time to select a gaming table, then start having their desired fun. With online casinos, things have changed for the better.

With the rise of online gambling, gamblers can now play both Blackjack and Poker in their home or any other place and not necessarily from a casino. Mobile casinos are top-rated online gambling sites because they allow players to start playing in an instant. It is also very beneficial for players who are new to online gambling. Security is fundamental when choosing a game portal, and to prevent any security breaches, always go for the casino with permitted operating licenses.

Get the generous bonuses offered

There are many reasons why mobile casinos are popular in Australia. One of these is the fact that they offer handsome bonuses like from Crikeyslot’s bonus list. To get the bonuses, one only needs to sign up to their favorite casino and follow the casino bonuses guidelines.

No deposit bonuses are not included or may be included in the welcome package or the special programs for existing customers. For a player to receive this particular bonus, one does not need to spend their money.

Always up to date with online casino news

Due to the wide variety of online gambling sites, it is straightforward for novice gamers to get started with online casinos. They understand who the leading players are, the best sites to select, and all relevant information. Real gamer’s reviews about the various games offered by casinos consist of valuable information sources at any time.

Classic games

Classic slots are prevalent in Australia. They have a simple interface and are very profitable. Most gamers joining the gambling world are encouraged to try slots gamer and try their gaming strategies and luck as they are easy to play and do not require many techniques.

Mobile gaming option

Online casinos allow us to play our favorite games wherever we are. Just go to the website and play while at any location. It could be at your friend’s house, shopping mall, or the part; in short, there are no location limitations.

Smartphones have become very popular in Australia. People use them all the time as they are easy to carry around, and a gamer can place their bets at any time. Most gamers today use their mobile phones to place their bets as compared to their computers.

Safety is guaranteed

After choosing your favorite gaming platform, always remember to look out if the casino is legit. Legit casinos have the relevant licenses and offer certified games as per the gaming regulations. The money transaction methods must also be trusted and commonly used in the country. Something else to always look out for is the customer service offered by a casino.

In conclusion, between land-based and virtual casinos, which is your top choice? If you want to enjoy our gaming experiences at home, then a virtual casino is your place to go. However, if you’re going to interact with real people and get guidance from well-trained people, then a land-based casino is your place to go. 

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Playboy × SuperRare

Playboy, the iconic lifestyle brand owned by leading pleasure and leisure lifestyle company PLBY Group, Inc., today announced its first curation partnership with SuperRare, the Miami Beach Art Collection. The collection will go live July 9th. An expanded version of a digital exhibit previewed to thousands of Crypto enthusiasts at BTC 2021 Miami, the collection features original animated works by Ayla El-Moussa, REK0DE, Jon Noorlander and MBSJQ, and an original heritage photograph unearthed from the Playboy Archives, featuring a Playboy Bunny pictured water-skiing outside of the Miami Playboy Club in 1970. As an added bonus, the first collector of the heritage NFT will receive a framed limited-edition print, courtesy of the Playboy Archives. Playboy is now whitelisted as one of the very first curators on SuperRare’s platform with the ability to curate and release ongoing collections.

 The Miami Beach Art Collection will be featured on July 10th during the first weekend of Decentraland’s second annual Art Week, a week-long virtual art fair featuring leading galleries and auction houses. The Playboy and the Decentraland teams have partnered to design a Playboy-branded art gallery in Decentraland’s Crypto Valley. The fully customized Miami Beach-themed space will feature the five NFTs surrounded by a selection of heritage covers and imagery from the Playboy Archives, as well as a sand- and sea-covered floor, palm trees, and a tropical color palette. Additional highlights will include a co-branded bar, an exclusive DJ set, and a curatorial overview of the exhibit provided by Playboy. 

“We’re honored to join the SuperRare community, and so excited to present our first collaboration during Decentraland Art Week,” said Rachel Webber, Chief Brand Officer at Playboy. “We’ve long admired SuperRare’s curatorial vision and are thrilled to continue Playboy’s legacy as a curator of artistic expression on the platform. We also want to say a huge thank you to the always inspiring and innovative Decentraland team for inviting us to participate in their second inaugural art festival, and for their ongoing creative collaboration.”

“I’m super excited for SuperRare to be partnering with Playboy. The brand has supported incredible artists over the decades from Dalí to Warhol to Haring,” says John Crain, CEO of SuperRare. “NFTs are a new medium for artists and it’s great to see Playboy join the ecosystem.”

“Playboy made a huge splash in Decentraland back in May of this year with ‘Liquid Summer’, it’s first-ever NFT collection,” said Sam Hamilton, Community & Events Lead, Decentraland Foundation. “To return so soon with Miami Beach Art Collection shows not only how committed Playboy is to digital art and the artists but its belief in the power and future of the metaverse. Visitors to Art Week are in for a real treat.

About Playboy Art

For the past 67 years, Playboy has provided a platform for artists, writers, and photographers to express themselves with total freedom. From Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí to Keith Haring and Andy Warhol to Kinuko Kraft and LeRoy Neiman, Playboy has served as a creative incubator for some of the world’s most legendary artists long before they became household names. Playboy’s contemporary arts program continues to build on that legacy by serving as a platform for more female artists and diverse voices, including recent collaborations with some of today’s most exciting creatives, such as Marilyn Minter, Hank Willis Thomas, JR, Nick Cave, Betty Tompkins and many more. At the core of this evolution is a continued desire to push the boundaries of storytelling, to marry high and low sensibilities, and to champion artists who are igniting important conversations surrounding censorship, sexuality, and freedom of expression. 

About PLBY Group, Inc.

PLBY Group, Inc. connects consumers around the world with products, services, and experiences to help them look good, feel good, and have fun. PLBY Group serves consumers in four major categories: Sexual Wellness, Style & Apparel, Gaming & Lifestyle, and Beauty & Grooming. PLBY Group’s flagship consumer brand, Playboy, is one of the most recognizable, iconic brands in the world, driving billions of dollars in global consumer spending annually across approximately 180 countries.  Learn more here.

About SuperRare

Founded in 2017, SuperRare is a pioneering online, peer-to-peer marketplace for premium, single edition non-fungible tokens (NFTs), most notably CryptoArt, built on the Ethereum blockchain. Created with the goal of reinventing art collecting for the digital age, SuperRare has facilitated artists and collectors around the world to sell and purchase more than $71M worth of art in the last year alone. On the heels of a successful first round of funding in 2021, SuperRare continues to work with key art curation and auction partners across the globe.

About Decentraland

Decentraland is a decentralized virtual social platform powered by the Ethereum blockchain, that is owned and governed by its users. Through the Decentralandplatform, they can create, experience, and monetize content and applications. Every day Decentraland features a wide assortment of events and activities – from digital art shows to music performances, gaming, quests and more.

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Laptop, Tablet or Phone: Which One to Choose for Study?

Modern gadgets have become an excellent source of knowledge. Now everyone can enter a search query to find important data. There are many interesting gadgets that you can use to improve your educational experience. It is worth noting that most students tend to choose laptops, smartphones, and tablets. But which gadget is the highest priority? What should you choose, and is there a clear distinction between the types of tasks performed? Let’s find this out.

The Main Difference Between Gadgets

First, let’s look at the main differences to understand which gadget will be relevant to you. Let’s start with the form factor. Laptops are analogous to a personal computer with a screen, touchpad, and keyboard. This is a versatile device that will be a great companion for any student. The fact is that it is easy to take a laptop with you to a lecture, to a park or another city. You also don’t need to look for a power source. Average notebooks can operate on a single battery charge for 5-10 hours.

Tablets and smartphones are completely different categories of devices. The main difference is the form factor and the lack of touchpads or physical keyboards. Instead, such devices have a touch screen. As a rule, the diagonal of such gadgets rarely exceeds 10-12 inches (5-7 inches for smartphones). These are mobile devices that are designed to access applications and the Internet. For example, you can easily find myassignmenthelp overview or visit trusted sources when looking for information.

Reasons to Choose a Laptop

The main argument for any laptop fan is versatility. Such gadgets can be quite useful. First, it will make it easier for you to search for information on websites. Also, typing is much more comfortable if you are using a keyboard rather than a touchpad. Secondly, laptops are powerful enough to use video editors, charts, and other software. And don’t forget that Windows, Mac, or Linux are much more comfortable when it comes to working with files and archives.

Reasons to Choose a Smartphone

Smartphones are very compact. You can take such a gadget with you and not worry about not finding any information like speedypaper review. Plus, you can perform basic text editing, video cutting, or data searches on your mobile gadget. Such a device is multifunctional. Download any educational app or read PDF books to learn something new. Such gadgets can be inexpensive, especially if you don’t need a high-performance and quality photo unit.

Reasons to Choose a Tablet

A tablet is an analog of a smartphone but with a large screen. As a rule, this feature means that it will be more comfortable for you to browse sites, type text, and combine several windows on one screen. Plus, tablets have a more extensive battery than smartphones. This means you can take longer to write your essay or copy files for your project. Most tablets have the main camera and a front camera, which is convenient for students. You can take pictures of papers, lecture schedules, or other important things.

Why Is It Worth Using All Gadgets?

The point is that each device has unique features, advantages, and disadvantages. For example, your laptop is the most comfortable gadget for typing, watching videos, or working with specialized applications. Don’t forget that multi-window interfaces and commands are much more productive than clicking on a touch screen. At the same time, you have to come to terms with the fact that some laptops are quite bulky and large. A tablet is a compromise that you have to live with.

Such gadgets do not have a keyboard and mouse. But, of course, you can connect such devices. But why do you need such limitations if you can buy a laptop? If we go back to smartphones, the situation can become comical. Of course, you can easily search for anything on the Internet and even use text editors. But imagine how difficult it is to type and edit large text on a small screen. Are you ready to connect a keyboard and mouse to your 5-inch gadget? It will look very comical and ridiculous.

If your budget allows you to buy all the gadgets, then this would be a wise choice. Buy a smartphone and laptop as essential tools for finding data and working with files. There are many situations when a specific gadget will help you complete some tasks better. Do not dwell only on a laptop or tablet. When you have all the gadgets, you can reduce the risks. Let’s say your laptop won’t turn on.

What are you going to do? Most likely, you will take your tablet and send it to a service center. Consider your smartphone as a last resort of hope if all other devices are unavailable at the moment. Then you can reduce your risks and enjoy all the benefits of your gadgets. And don’t store data on one device. The best option is to use cloud technologies and each of the gadgets, depending on the situation.

 

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Micro:bit and Raspberry Pi: What’s the Difference?

Back in 2016, the BBC delivered its first mini-computer to one million school children in the UK. Originally unveiled in the summer of 2015, the plan was for the computer to “…change the way children think about their ability to make things happen digitally,” according to then BBC director-general, Tony Hall. 

At the time of the BBC micro:bit’s launch, schools across the country had already been using Raspberry Pi in the classroom for a few years. The Pi was first launched in the UK in 2012 and in the nine years that have passed, this single-board computer has become part of a market that’s grown rapidly, with an estimated worth of $3.8 billion by 2027.

So, what’s the difference between the two? Read on to find out how they compare and what they offer. 

The BBC micro:bit – computers for curious kids

The BBC micro:bit was developed to help children master basic coding and give them the opportunity to gain an interest in programming early in their education. It is known for being basic – but that’s the point. Its purpose is to offer a user-friendly approach to coding for young people. 

This palm-sized mini-computer has a 25-LED matrix screen, two buttons, compass, accelerometer and Bluetooth. It also has 3 PINs so that it can be connected to external inputs and outputs like thermometers, lights, and buzzers. Last autumn, it received an upgrade, with new models featuring a speaker, microphone, and AI capability.

Crucially, it’s a microcontroller. This means that it has no interface that’s accessed by hooking it up to a monitor. Instead, you write a program on it computer and the code is uploaded to the board. 

The Raspberry Pi – computers for everyone

The Pi is a very different device to the micro:bit. This is a credit card-sized single-board microcomputer. Unlike the micro:bit, which is a microcontroller, the Pi has an interface that can be accessed by plugging it into a monitor. While the Raspberry Pi Foundation launched its first microcontroller – the Pi Pico – earlier this year, it’s still known for developing microcomputers. This is significantly different to the micro:bit. 

Another major difference is that the Pi is more advanced. It offers access to a range of applications that suit children and adults alike, with Scratch being a popular option among schoolchildren. 

However, the Pi can be used as a desktop, too. The latest model, the Pi 4, comes is fast enough to operate as a desktop replacement that works well for internet browsing, writing notes, and other basic functions. 

What’s the difference? 

BBC micro:bit was never meant to rival the Pi. In fact, it was designed as a steppingstone for children to learn the building blocks of coding before moving on to the more advanced Pi. 

It’s worth keeping this in mind if you’re trying to decide between the two. If you’re starting out in the world of coding and programming, the micro:bit has what you need. But if you’re planning a bigger project and have already laid the coding groundwork, the Raspberry Pi could be ideal. 

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THE PROBLEM WITH PRIME DAY

By: Andrew Shibuya

It’s Prime Day–an almost dystopian new holiday of sorts, rivaling Black Friday itself and joining the ranks of those days that celebrate the contemporary culture of excessive consumerism. And perhaps almost as equally as dystopian as the day itself is the subsequent full throttle media push from news publications and influencers alike, listing the best deals and items to keep an eye out for.

And it’s not just Amazon that’s having a sale today. Retail giants Target and Walmart began their sales yesterday and today, too, attempting to both rival and outdo Amazon’s own sales. With this comes a massive ripple effect, with almost every large retailer and store offering their own imitative sales. Though indicative of Amazon’s obvious influence over the market, this ripple effect is similarly indicative of some greater ills of the post-modern capitalist world.

The event itself has been objectively well-crafted and carefully engineered. Beginning in 2015 to celebrate Amazon’s twentieth anniversary, Prime Day was introduced as a member’s only sale. And though the event was never truly a celebration for all as the company makes it out to be, now, the sales are hardly even sales. The bargains that are so celebrated are often merely engineered illusions, with prices being hiked initially, only for the appearance of a greater discount, and many items are often lackluster and unwanted models.

So, what is it about Prime Day and the subsequent market spike that keeps customers coming back? There are almost innumerable reasons behind why days like Prime Day and Black Friday are so successful, and there can be little doubt that there is a host of behavioral psychologists called upon to make Prime Day so successful. In general, Amazon employs numerous tried and true marketing and sales tricks that appeal to customers at a psychological level. From the rush of trying to snatch up a “Lightning Deal” to the fear of missing out on “a once in a lifetime” deal, Amazon certainly pulls out all the stops to generate perceived value around Prime Day’s deals.

This Prime Day, the first as the world begins its exit into a post-pandemic society, is worth considering sitting out. Out of everyone in the world, Amazon is one of the only entities for which the pandemic came with remarkable benefits.  The net worth of Amazon and subsequently Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos skyrocketed over the pandemic. In 2020 alone, Amazon saw a reported 70% increase in earnings in the first nine months of the year. And from March to June, Bezos’ net worth grew $48 billion.

It would be one thing – not a good thing by any means – but it would be something else entirely if Amazon did not have numerous documented issues with their working conditions. And these issues are said to only have grown worse with the pandemic. So as more people turned to Amazon as the pandemic forced everyone to remain at home, and as Bezos’ net worth grew, so too did claims of timed bathroom breaks, unreachable productivity requirements, and general unsafe working conditions.

In addition to these concerns regarding Amazon employees is the fact that Amazon in general has a vast environmental footprint. In 2019 alone, the company was reported to have generated 465 million pounds of plastic packaging waste. In air pillows alone, Amazon’s packaging waste would circle the planet more than 500 times. The fact that events like Prime Day are so successful is remarkable to see as the greater world comes to terms with or, in fact, does not come to terms with global warming and the vast detrimental effects of consumerism culture.

But what is most astonishing about the success of Prime Day is that these great drawbacks to the event, and to Amazon in general, are no secret. People are generally not shy about their criticisms of Amazon and Bezos himself. Tens of thousands of people have recently signed a petition to stop Bezos’ return to Earth following his trip to space next month. Innumerable thought pieces are written weekly indicting Amazon’s practices. And still, it’s one of the biggest companies in the world. Is Amazon now inevitable?

Between multibillion dollar business acquisitions and new real estate expansions, Amazon continues to expand its reach physically and to a wider audience. For a company that began as a bookstore alternative, Amazon now owns wholly unrelated companies to its online offerings such as Ring, Twitch, and Whole Foods.

And while perhaps not unexpected, the sheer variety and scale of Amazon’s holdings raise concerns of a further and more dominant monopoly across the entire marketplace. This is especially concerning in a year when more than 200,000 small businesses across the United States closed due to the coronavirus and ensuing lockdowns.

These concerns, of course, lead to the primary issues with Prime Day. Even if the discounts were truly exceptional, are the glaring issues with Amazon – from irreversible environmental damages to its troubling work conditions – worth its vast selection and free two-day shipping? It is this dilemma that will be a primary issue of the coming years as the cost and convenience of these trademark Amazon offerings are overshadowed by the inevitable environmental impact and implications of Amazon’s burgeoning monopoly.

Moreover, with respect to Prime Day itself, how often do people buy things that they actually need? Oftentimes, as with many sales, people buy items that they would not otherwise, save for the fact that they are on sale. Putting aside Amazon’s own issues with packaging and other waste, this sort of rampant consumerism in itself has led to an increase in pollutant emissions, increased deforestation, as well as an acceleration of global warming.

And while these issues are rather glaring and easy to point out, the solution is not so easily within reach. Ultimately, it will come down to if the convenience of Amazon is outweighed by their ever becoming ethically or morally untenable, whether because of their environmental or social impact. Until then, it seems that Prime Day will continue to succeed, Amazon will simply continue to grow, and so too will the number of complaints and worries. And thus, Amazon has become the company that everybody loves to criticize but few can resist.

 

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SAINT MOTEL ANNOUNCES U.S. AND EUROPEAN TOURS

Elektra recording group Saint Motel have announced U.S. and European tours in support of their forthcoming album The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. The band’s U.S. tour will kick off this September with three special hometown shows at Los Angeles, CA’s The Roxy Theatre, and wrap on Halloween at Madison, WI’s Majestic Theater. In March of 2022, the band will return to the road for a European tour. The upcoming dates mark Saint Motel’s first live shows since their sold-out U.S. tour wrapped in March of 2020. Pre-sale tickets for all dates will be available beginning tomorrow, and general on sale begins this Friday, June 11 at 10:00am local time here.

Saint Motel’s highly anticipated new album The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack will be released on June 25, 2021. The album is available for pre-order now here. The band recently unveiled an official music video for the album’s current single “It’s All Happening”, co-directed by Saint Motel front man A/J Jackson and Mario Contini. Watch it on the band’s official YouTube channel here.

On The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack the Los Angeles-based band dreams up their own cinematic experience in album form, as its songs cycle through stories of love, danger, and impossible triumph. The album also embodies an opulent sound true to its ambitious scope. Co-produced by front man A/J Jackson and Grammy Award-winner Mark Needham (The Killers, Dolly Parton, Chris Isaak), The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack continues the Saint Motel custom of joyfully blurring genres, bringing in elements of everything from symphonic pop to big band.

Audiences began experiencing the album with the release of a pair of EPs: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack: Pt.1 and The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Pt. 2. Among many highlights, “Van Horn” has amassed nearly 20 million streams, while the band performed it on ABC’s JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE! Receiving critical acclaim, Dujour described “Preach” as “a bop,” while American Songwriter poured over the album’s concept in an in-depth interview with A/J. Further looks came from Ladygunn, Hollywood Life, and more. Now, fans get the full picture of Saint Motel’s vision with the complete The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack studio album.

In the lead up to the album, Saint Motel made history as “the first band to open their own virtual metaverse” powered by Mozilla Hubs. The virtual world is designed as a motel with each room dedicated to a song on The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. The quartet’s launch of “New World” welcomed fans to the virtual space where Jackson performed a live acoustic set. In this 3D VR chatroom enabled for all headsets and browsers, audiences can enter an exclusive, immersive environment to engage directly with the band through virtual meet-and-greets and intimate, live performances, consume exclusive video content, and much more. Additionally, it doubles as a space for fans to congregate and get to know each other. Saint Motel’s “New World” upholds what has become a tradition of engaging with groundbreaking technology for the guys. Visit Saint Motel’s website to explore the “New World.” In 2016, they dropped their Elektra full length debut saintmotelevision as the first-ever Virtual Reality album and first-ever Augmented Reality album and accompanied the record with the free saintmotel AR/VR app.

Saint Motel U.S. Tour Dates

September 30, 2021 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy Theatre

October 01, 2021 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy Theatre

October 02, 2021 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy Theatre

October 04, 2021 – San Luis Obispo, CA – Fremont Theater

October 05, 2021 – Santa Ana, CA – Observatory

October 07, 2021 – Salt Lake City, UT – Depot

October 08, 2021 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater

October 09, 2021 – Fort Collins, CO – The Aggie

October 11, 2021 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown

October 12, 2021 – Columbia, MO – The Blue Note

October 13, 2021 – Urbana, IL – The Canopy Club

October 15, 2021 – Nashville, TN – Brooklyn Bowl

October 16, 2021 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theater

October 17, 2021 – Knoxville, TN – The Mill & Mine

October 18, 2021 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel

October 20, 2021 – Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom

October 21, 2021 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater

October 22, 2021 – Harrisburg, PA – Harrisburg University

October 23, 2021 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Sound Stage

October 26, 2021 – New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall

October 27, 2021 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground

October 29, 2021 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom

October 30, 2021 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection

October 31, 2021 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theater

Saint Motel European Tour Dates

March 31, 2022 – Berlin, Germany – Franz Club

April 02, 2022 – Hamburg, Germany – Stage Club

April 03, 2022 – Cologne, Germany – Luxor

April 05, 2022 – Munich, Germany – Hansa 39

April 06, 2022 – Milan, Italy – Circolo Magnolia

April 08, 2022 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso Noord

April 09, 2022 – Brussels, Belgium – Botanique The Rotonde

April 10, 2022 – Paris, France – La Maroquinerie

April 12, 2022 – London, UK – Islington Assembly Hall

April 13, 2022 – Manchester, UK – Academy 2

Projecting pop hooks through an alternative lens with a flair for dramatic presentation, Saint Motel make music worthy of the big screen. Streamed and viewed over half-a-billion times, the platinum-selling Los Angeles quartet magnify this vision with immersive live experiences and one unpredictable move after another. The group initially came together at film school before introducing themselves on 2012’s Voyeur. Signing to Elektra Records, their 2014 My Type EP boasted both the gold-certified title track “My Type” and fan favorite “Cold Cold Man.” In 2016, saintmotelevision yielded the smash “Move.” Flipping the script once again, the musicians reimagined the record with a series of history-making first-of-their-kind innovations: an award-winning Virtual Reality version and an Augmented Reality version. In 2019, Saint Motel launched their most ambitious undertaking yet, unveiling their third full-length album in three parts. First up, they uncovered The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Pt. 1 powered by the shimmy and shake of Alternative Top 15 lead single “Van Horn.” Between packing houses coast to coast on headline jaunts and earning acclaim from People, Billboard, and more, the four-piece rolled out Pt. 2 throughout 2020. In addition to unforgettable sets everywhere from Coachella and Lollapalooza to Bonnaroo, the boys lit up shows such as NBC’s TODAY, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and CBS’ The Late Late Show with James Corden, among others.

Saint Motel is: A/J Jackson (vocals), Aaron Sharp (guitar), Dak Lerdamornpong (bass), and Greg Erwin (drums).

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Amtrak USA Rail Pass Relaunch

With the relaunch of its USA Rail Pass, Amtrak is introducing a new and affordable way to take a multi-segment train journey across America. This new offering allows customers to take up to ten rides to see the country and explore sights at many of Amtrak’s 500 destinations. Now through June 22, the USA Rail Pass is available for $299, a savings of $200 off the regular $499 price. Customers taking advantage of this special introductory offer will pay less than $30 per ride for ten travel segments over 30 days.

To make the experience as seamless and touch-free as possible, customers can purchase the USA Rail Pass on Amtrak and start building their itinerary on the website or on the Amtrak app. By leveraging the app, customers can also access their ticket, check train status and get boarding information prior to departure.

“We want to offer customers a truly unique way to travel this summer,” said Amtrak Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing and Revenue Officer Roger Harris. “With the new electronic USA Rail Pass, customers can take advantage of a great value and newly streamlined web and mobile app interfaces to make managing personalized travel plans convenient and easy.”

USA Rail Pass allows up to 10 segments in a 30-day period beginning with the customer’s first trip and is valid for use within 120 days of pass purchase. After purchasing the pass, customers can book and modify their trip itinerary and will receive an electronic ticket for each segment to present to the conductor when boarding.

USA Rail Pass is available for travel in Coach class—featuring wide, reclining seats with a big picture window, ample legroom, and no middle seat. A travel segment occurs when a customer boards and disembarks one of Amtrak’s scheduled services. If the trip involves making a connection, customers will use two segments of the USA Rail Pass. Upgrades to Business Class and private room accommodations are not available at this time. Amtrak Guest Rewards members will earn two points per dollar spent on each USA Rail Pass following travel on the first segment. Additional restrictions, terms and conditions apply. Learn more at Amtrak.

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