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What’s New at CES

By: Skyler Johnson

The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, showcased some of the world’s newest technologies, everything from medical devices to self-driving cars. These technologies and the companies behind them vary in size, from startups to massive corporations. They have displayed their newest products, unveiling prototypes for devices that may become essential in just a few years down the road. Here are just a few:

Health Products

The Fasteesh Y-brush, currently a medical device, revolutionizes teeth brushing. Because of the shape, the brush can clean teeth in ten seconds and is three times more effective than a typical toothbrush. Currently, this is being implemented in care facilities and retirement homes.

Japan’s Quantum Operations exhibited the first non-invasive glucose monitor. This changes the way in which diabetes patients measure their glucose and will reduce the repeated pains garnered by needles. The device is worn like a watch, reminiscent of an Apple Watch, and can record glucose levels in the body.

Hapbee’s device, worn like a necklace, influences mood. It uses ultra-low frequency magnetic waves to help the body in both relieving stress and gaining energy. It offers the same benefits as caffeine and melatonin without the harmful effects on the body.

Convenience

If you ever dreaded your alarm clock, Loftie has you covered. Their alarms aid in the process of sleep through implementing breathwork and soundbaths while awake, and white noises and nature sounds while asleep. The two-phase alarm system is designed to both get you out of bed and not leave you irritated through professionally crafted tones.

Ottonomy.io developed robots that allow for both indoor and outdoor deliveries to our doors. A contextual navigation system allows for the robot to safely traverse environments. Because it’s all-electric, the device is more sustainable than traditional delivery methods and is especially worth considering during ongoing supply chain issues and staff shortages.

Urban Canopee fights against the effects of climate change by creating a product that transforms plant life to act as natural umbrellas. The result is cooler urban environments, increased biodiversity, and improved air quality.

Gaming

Perfect for the metaverse, Shiftall creates technology to allow for an all-body VR experience. Not only will users be able to control virtual environments using their hands, but also their feet. The gaming potential with this expansion is limitless.

With the growth of e-sports, Glytch intends to create stadiums for the new sport. The company will open 32 e-sports venues across America and Canada in the next eight years. Each venue will be 90,000 to 120,000 square feet and the home stadium of a different team.

Vehicles

A new winter sport has arrived with the development of the Moonbike. A cross between a snowmobile and a motorcycle, they provide a unique way of traversing the show. They are also fully electric, silent, and much lighter than snowmobiles, helping to keep the mountains snowy for years to come.

CES introduced many sustainable vehicles. The Jeep Wrangler 4xe will be the first hybrid Jeep to enter the market. The Bobcat T7X is the first all-electric compact track loader. There are two new companies that are planning to launch electric vehicles: EdisonFuture and Fisker. The former will release electric solar trucks and delivery vans. The latter displayed the Fisker Karma, an all-electric SUV.

There are also innovations occurring in autonomous driving. Helm develops autonomous vehicles that allow for safer and more efficient autonomous driving for both SUVs and commercial trucks. John Deere announced the release of the first autonomous tractor to help farmers increase yield.

Conclusion

Overall, many exciting new innovations were exhibited during CES. While not all these products will reach a consumer base, it’s exciting to think of the potential benefit these technologies will deliver.

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Online Gambling in Canada

Are You Planning To Start An Online Casino Company In Canada? Here Is What You Should Know

Gambling is a commonly accepted form of entertainment among Canadians, unlike other nations where gambling is frowned upon due to cultural taboos. Throughout the twentieth century, gambling regulation has been increasingly permissive. In the last decade, provincial gaming authorities have begun establishing websites to embrace the contemporary era of information and communication technology fully.

Unless they are permitted to do so, local governments have monopolies on providing gambling services to Canadian people. As a result, entrepreneurs in Canada with dreams of iGaming success may find themselves barred from entering the market. However, there are several options available in other countries. Continue reading to learn more about the Canadian market and how enterprises in Canada may break into the worldwide iGaming market.

In Canada, the gambling business is booming, and it’s no secret that the country’s gaming market is expanding at a breakneck pace. Many new entrepreneurs are starting firms to get their foot in the door while the market is still favorable. However, establishing an online casino is not a simple task. It needs imagination, determination, and a substantial amount of initial cash.

The truth is that there is no “secret sauce” that can ensure success in this industry, unfortunately. There are, however, a few critical components that you must possess even to have a chance of competing in the very competitive Canadian market. Take a look at this.

Business Registration in Canada

The first thing you’ll need is proper business registration in Canada, which may be obtained online. To get this, you must first establish a casino in Canada by registering with the Trade Registry. The registration process is conducted at the territorial level, and the company must adhere to the local share capital laws to be recognized.

To ensure that you comply with your local jurisdiction, you must be familiar with the Canadian online gambling legislation applicable to the province in which you intend to register.

A Gaming License is Required

The next step is to apply for a gaming license in the jurisdiction of your choosing after your new company has been officially established. This license is incredibly significant since it will allow you to lawfully conduct business online in one or more countries after you have obtained it.

Depending on where you decide to receive your casino license, this will account for a large percentage of your initial beginning money. Many Canadian online casinos choose to incorporate outside the country to save thousands of dollars in licensing fees each year.

A Wide Range of Payment Options That Have Been Verified

Online gamblers are getting savvier when it comes to genuine gaming operators. They are increasingly opting to play with those who provide the broadest selection of certified wagering and payout options. Making the right choice in a trustworthy payment provider will allow you to meet the demands of your consumers while also providing them with peace of mind regarding the safety and security of their financial transfers.

You’ll want a versatile, integrated payment network that allows players to gamble and be paid using both traditional payment methods (such as credit cards) and newer payment methods (such as cryptocurrency.

A Website

Starting an online casino might be a challenging endeavor, but you haven’t even begun until you’ve created your shop on the internet. You may start building your website and integrating your software after you have obtained a registered domain name.

Most successful online casinos will also make their games available through simple mobile applications for gamers on the move. The platforms you create for your visitors to utilize will serve as the public face of your company in the marketplace, so make sure they are well-designed.

An Online Software Provider

Making the selection on which online software provider to choose for your online casino will be the most crucial decision you’ll make when establishing your business is critical. Top providers are the finest of the best, and they will only deal with operators who have been licensed and confirmed.

When selecting a supplier, seek adaptable and fully adjustable software solutions that allow you to maintain complete control over the whole process, from design to post-launch.

A Marketing Plan

Your company is almost ready to launch! After completing your first set-up, you must go out and get some clients. The next stage is to develop an aggressive marketing and promotion strategy to get the word out about the project.

First and foremost, establishing your new online casino as a high-quality, reputable enterprise should be your priority. Following that, a robust marketing approach should include initiatives that encourage gamers to return to bring them in the door and keep them playing while they are there.

You should constantly look for methods to keep your consumers pleased by implementing ongoing retention efforts. The process of advertising your business does not finish with your company’s debut.

A Diverse Range of Exciting Games to Choose From

Once you’ve decided on a software supplier, it’s time to get down to business and have some fun. For your online casino to be a resounding success, you’ll want to provide your gamers with the broadest possible range of high-quality games to pick from.

As you choose from thousands of slot machine games, poker variants, blackjack, roulette, and other casino games, keep your target client in mind as you create an assortment of incredible gaming entertainment options. Also, giving bonuses such as caxino no deposit bonus codes is encouraged since many clients choose your services.

Conclusion

That’s all there is to it. Using only a handful of these items, you’ll be well on your way to establishing a thriving online casino business in Canada. On the other hand, no company can prosper unless it has a solid business plan that is created and followed through with as operations continue.

Starting a business of any kind is a complex undertaking and beginning an online casino might seem particularly difficult. As long as you stick to your business strategy, keep your clients in mind, comply with local rules and international gaming laws, and continue to innovate, your brand-new firm is sure to succeed and flourish.

ANTARA MOVIE OWNERS TO SELL RIGHTS VIA NFT

In a groundbreaking move, film distributors must pay the owners of the Antara Movie NFT to distribute the film in theatres and streaming channels

Arabian Camels today announced the launch of an ‘Antara Movie NFT,’ that will grant buyers up to 50 percent of the intellectual property rights to “Antara,” a $50 million dollar feature film. Antara is based on the life of Antarah Ibn Shaddad, an ancient Arabian knight and poet, famous for his adventurous life. Prospective film distributors would pay the owners of the Antara Movie NFT to distribute the movie in theatres and/or streaming channels, tying the Arabian Camel community into millions of dollars worth of value in the real world. The NFT drop is anticipated this December.

The Arabian Camels envision merging Movies and NFTs with DeFi, Gaming, and the Metaverse, with a focus on community, extracting value from the booming transmedia space, and sharing the value entertainment properties with the Arabian Camel community. 

“While other NFT projects were busy manipulating their floor price and buying up their own NFTs, the founder of Arabian Camels, stayed low key, quietly working on building long-term quality. The result is game-changing tokenomics and strategies that enable the Arabian Camels to define a new era of the movie business,”  said Alexander Amartei, Producer of Antara, and inventor of Movie NFTs. “The Arabian Camels is the only NFT community that has managed to position itself uniquely between movies and NFTs. As a new pop culture brand, we are now ready to launch our movie strategy, gaming strategy, and token launch on major exchanges.” 

Arabian Camels have also collaborated with Dominic Ryder, CEO of vEmpire, whose token has recently rocketed 1500 percent and reached a market cap of $100M. Dominic Ryder’s protocol is in the process of designing and creating the ANTARA Play-To-Earn game, which has already gotten the attention of very prominent VC firms. The multiplayer raiding game is expected to plant the Arabian Camels brand and the Antara IP firmly into the Metaverse, and add another layer of value for Arabian Camels holders. The game is set to bring fun and reliable income to thousands of players in developing countries and will run off a scholarship model. The Arabian Camels NFTs are now to be a commodity and have functionality within the game. In conjunction, they will also be launching their very own gaming token, the in-game currency that is set to be listed on major Cryptocurrency exchanges.

The production of the movie was meticulously put together with the help of professors of Arabic Literature from Oxford, Cambridge, Yale, and the School of Oriental and African studies, meaning it’s not another Marvel. It has a very rich, intelligent, and powerful historical appeal. It was originally set to be shot in NEOM, Saudi Arabia, but Abu Dhabi, as a modern tech hub, has also shown a keen willingness to accommodate the production, to be credited as the ones that helped to bring this epic story to the world. The production team is currently assessing which of the Middle Eastern regions can offer the best incentives and working conditions for the production.

The story of Antara is reminiscent of both Alexander the Great and Romeo and Juliet, of the Middle East. His story has been told repeatedly for the past 1,500 years. He was a black slave in ancient/pre-Islamic Arabia, who won his freedom and became a lofty knight. He rose to stardom in the 5th century, not only due to his character and prowess on the battlefield but also, his miraculous talent as a poet. His poetry was held in such high regard, that it was actually sewn in gold, and suspended on the Kaaba in Mecca before the days of Islam. To this day, if one studies Arabic Literature in Oxford or Cambridge, the poetry of Antara is still studied and revered.

ABOUT ANTARA 

Antara is a feature film directed by one of the most sought after Hollywood Directors, that covers the life and adventures of Antara Ibn Shaddad, a desert warrior from ancient pre Islamic Arabia. The film is the first big-budget film to be funded by an NFT, before its theatre and streaming debut, as well as the first NFT to facilitate this type of royalty sharing. As part of the ‘Antara IP’ a transmedia rollout, the film is a part of a franchise that includes 3 sequels, a crypto infused ‘Assassins Creed Styled’ multi-player game, a comic, and a strong brand with a long term merchandising and licensing strategy.

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Are Remastered Games Proof That the Industry Has Run Out of Ideas?

In 2021, around 30 remasters, remakes, and enhanced ports of classic video games were released to the market. This included Diablo II, Final Fantasy, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Mass Effect, and the Grand Theft Auto Trilogy, along with many other big names from the last few decades.

These re-released titles allow players to enjoy classic video games on modern hardware with upgraded graphics and tweaked gameplay.

For players that enjoyed them when they were first released, these new versions are a way to reminisce about games they used to spend hours playing without having to deal with the hassle of buying an old console or finding an emulator. They also allow new players who may not have been around when a game was released 20 to 30 years ago to experience it for the first time.

By upgrading the graphics, old games can be made to look almost like a completely new title or at least help to find a balance between respecting the original version while giving it a modern feel.

However, some people are beginning to question whether the sheer volume of remastered titles is proof that the video games industry has become creatively bankrupt. But is this a fair assessment, or is there value in this refreshing of old content?

Preserving Classics

Video games can often have lifespans of just a few years. They get released, see a flurry of sales, and then get replaced by a sequel. Sure, players can return to them whenever they want, but as new generations of consoles get released, fewer and fewer people have access to old titles.

Yet, just because a video game is 10 years old doesn’t mean that it is bad. The things that made it fun then will still be fun today.

Remastering old titles helps to preserve these games and allows players to enjoy them again. And with the improved backwards compatibility and digital libraries of modern consoles, it is more likely that these old games will be available for years to come.

Introducing New Players to Gaming History

Some of the remasters and remakes that were released in 2020 and 2021 were originally created in the 1980s and 1990s. That means there are two whole generations of gamers that didn’t get to enjoy them on their original hardware.

This includes gaming royalty like Final Fantasy, Command & Conquer, Half-Life, Super Mario 64, Tony Hawk’s Pro-Skater, and Doom – all titles that most players would agree are timeless classics.

Remasters and remakes give these games a fresh lick of paint to help them look better compared to newer releases, making them more appealing to newer generations so that they can enjoy them too.

Remakes Can Add New Features

Remastered games are typically the ones that stood out at the time they were originally on the market. This is usually a sign that they were well made and fun to play.

Therefore, most games don’t need to be improved, augmented, or enhanced as they are still great in their original form.

However, remakes still provide an opportunity for developers to get creative, either by editing the original or creating new modes that put a modern spin on the classic mechanics. For example, the new “Definitive Edition” of Grand Theft Auto Vice City has introduced new wayfinding features to the map, a modern aiming system, and a new weapon selection tool.

Yet players can still enjoy the original story, the 80s soundtrack that features artists like Mötley Crüe, and the same Miami-vibe.

Similarly, online casinos often create different variants of classic games like blackjack. These new versions have a slightly different dynamic to the original version and present new challenges to the player. For example, in Live Free Bet Blackjack, the player can split or double down on certain hands for free.

Some players prefer these modern remakes, but for those that don’t, the original versions are usually also available.

Bankrupt?

Overall, remasters and remakes are not necessarily a sign of creative bankruptcy. The proof that fresh ideas and concepts still exist is found through looking at the huge number of new titles that are released each year.

Sure, big publishers are leaning a little more heavily on their older IP than they once were, but this is just a sign of how good that content is. After all, if players didn’t like these games, they wouldn’t be paying to play them again.

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YouTube Originals Premieres Copy That

YouTube Originals premiered the first episode of “Copy That!,” the new five-part competition comedy series from Sony Pictures Television and executive producer Charles Wachter, where four-star YouTube creators each with a different, incredible skill, step out of their comfort zones and attempt to copy their fellow creators’ area of expertise in hysterical ways! Episodes debut daily on each spotlighted creators’ channel beginning on today only on YouTube. Additional “Copy That!” bonus content will premiere daily with each episode for YouTube Premium subscribers, only on the YouTube Originals official channel.

“Copy That!” stars Sofie Dossi (6.21M subscribers), Lisette aka Luhhsetty (3.15M subscribers), Rosanna Pansino (13M subscribers) and Preston (17.9M subscribers) who demo their gaming, cooking, dancing, or beauty and makeup mastery in a blur of action and charisma, and then it is up to the other star creators to COPY THAT! and nail their own version. Whether it be a delectable crêpe cake, make-up demos, or jaw dropping dance routine, the other star creators will be in over their heads trying to create their own magic in a space they know little about. 

Fans can follow the episodic rollout on each creator’s channel daily:

“Copy That!” is produced by Sony Pictures Television and executive produced by Charles Wachter. Susanne Daniels is Global Head of Original Content for YouTube. Alex Piper serves as Head of Unscripted for YouTube Originals, with Cara Casey and Ryan Bratton overseeing “Copy That!” for the global platform.

About YouTube Originals

YouTube Originals are award-winning series, specials and livestream events for YouTube’s two billion active monthly users that entertain, inspire, connect, and educate audiences through authentic storytelling from YouTube creators, music artists and celebrities. By tapping into the platform’s growing global community, fan engagement product capabilities, and innovative content, YouTube Originals amplify the most popular and unique aspects of YouTube. Fans can experience YouTube Originals content for free through the standard YouTube platform (ad-supported), or through a paid subscription to YouTube Premium, which adds ad-free, bonus/exclusive content, and early binge access to select programming. YouTube Originals are available in over 100 countries worldwide.  Keep up with the latest YouTube news by visiting the global platform’s official blog at https://blog.youtube/.

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Fifteen Health Tips for Gamers

Gaming is a fun pastime, but it’ll only stay fun if you keep yourself healthy enough to enjoy it for years to come. Nourish your body properly and give it time away from screens to relax and repair. If you start taking excellent care of yourself, you may notice that your mood and energy levels improve, too

Gaming has become one of the most popular pastimes in the last few decades. The world contains around 3.24 billion self-proclaimed gamers, all people who take comfort in fictional worlds or pave their paths through a story. With gaming being so interactive and engaging, it can be hard to pull yourself away or take care of yourself as you need to. Try out these tips to keep yourself healthy through your long gaming sessions and beyond.

1. Take Breaks

When you’re gaming for multiple hours in a row, your body is bound to feel it. When you start to feel like you’re getting stiff or can’t remember the last time you stood up, take a break. Use your break time to stay away from technology, as tempting as it may be to check your phone. This practice gives your eyes a rest from straining against technology, and you can take the time you need for a bathroom break or rehydrate yourself.

2. Sit Up Straight

Gaming doesn’t always mean you have the best posture. You should watch your posture, especially when in front of electronic devices. When you angle your head the wrong way for hours at a time, you apply more pressure to your neck than necessary, rivaling the weight of a child. If you’re gaming on a couch, try to adjust your posture and sit up straight. If you play from a chair, make sure the one you’re using supports your body well.

3. Hydrate Adequately

Many gamers turn to energy drinks and other liquids laden with sugar to keep their energy levels high while gaming. While these drinks can give you a boost, they aren’t the greatest for your body and don’t give you much nourishment. Opt for water instead — you can always mix in flavor powder if you don’t like the taste of plain water.

Lots of people try to follow the eight cups of water a day rule, but how much water you need depends on several factors like your height, weight and activity level. If you’re concerned, talk to your doctor about the water requirements your body needs.

4. Take Care of Your Teeth

Your teeth are one of the most important parts of your body. If you don’t care for your oral hygiene, you might get toothaches or other preventable issues that could affect your body as a whole. Poor oral hygiene can lead to tooth decay, but it can also affect the rest of your body by keeping you at risk for other diseases. You should aim to brush at least twice a day, and brush thoroughly, not just the spots you can see.

5. Get Enough Sleep

Sleep is your body’s time to relax. It’s best not to use any technology for a while before your bedtime so that you can transition easily into sleep. Set a “winding down” period where you can ensure that you unplug from your gaming setup and start preparing for bed.

You’ll want to aim for around seven or eight hours a night if you’re an adult and more than that if you’re a teenager. Getting enough sleep ensures that your body will function properly in the days ahead.

6. Snack on Wholesome Foods

Instead of snacking on processed foods while playing games, consider swapping them out with healthier options. Opt for an apple instead of potato chips if you’re searching for something with a crunch factor. You can even make chips by baking kale. Find a sugar-free substitute for your favorite candy — or if you need a dose of sugar, consider eating some naturally sweet fruit instead.

7. Eat a Balanced Diet

Even if you don’t change your snacking habits, you should consider eating balanced meals to offset the processed foods. Healthy foods can make you feel stronger and give you the proper energy you need for long gaming sessions.

To best safeguard your health, focus on eating lean meats and other proteins, fruits and vegetables. Since you aren’t very active while you’re gaming, you don’t need a ton of carbohydrates, but you shouldn’t cut them from your diet entirely. A balanced diet consists of all food groups in moderation, with healthier foods being more plentiful.

8. Find an Active Game

Gaming can take up a lot of time, so if you’re dedicated to getting in a few hours of games every night, you may not find yourself as active as you want. Consider picking up a game that requires you to be involved, such as “Just Dance,” which can get your whole body moving.

You also have the option to go for “Ring Fit Adventure,” a popular Nintendo Switch game that lets you progress through a fantasy world by keeping you active. Active games will help you feel good about yourself while also giving you the pride of accomplishing something.

9. Wear Blue Light Protection

Staring at a screen for hours on end can mess with your eyes and impair your vision. Consider focusing on something far away for around 20 seconds after every 20 minutes of gameplay. By following this 20-20-20 method, you can safeguard your eyes against some damage.

Another option is to wear blue light protection. Some special glasses, with or without prescription, can limit the amount of blue light rays that your eyes take in. If you’re planning to sit down for a more extended gaming session than usual, consider putting on a pair of these glasses to protect your eyes.

10. Improve Your Social Life

When you spend hours gaming, you’re away from your phone or other people who may want to talk to you. Instead of gaming alone, try to pull your loved ones into your favorite game with you. Whether you play co-op or competitive, you’ll have a fun time socializing with friends and family while introducing them to your interests.

Having a thriving social life could be linked to being healthier. When you have a great support system, you can feel more confident and more likely to accomplish your goals. Gaming with your loved ones might be an excellent stress relief.

11. Remember to Stretch

Reduce stiffness in your joints by stretching now and then. When you work at a desk, you’re supposed to take short breaks every hour or so. Why should it be any different when gaming? Giving yourself a break means allowing time for stretching.

Research some stretches for your hands and push in the direction you aren’t using them. For example, if you find your thumbs stiff from clamping down on the controller too long, you may choose to bend your thumbs back or rotate them to alleviate some of the soreness.

12. Stand Up

When you’re sitting for a long time, you open yourself to risks you may not have been aware of. Sedentary lifestyles can lead to more blood clots in your legs, leading to more complications or even death.

Make time to move during your gaming sessions, and stand up if you can. While it may be challenging to stand up and game with PC setups, you can easily stand up when playing on a console. Move around and pace a bit to get the blood flowing, especially if you’ve been sitting for a long time.

13. Care for Your Mental Health

Even your favorite game can take a toll on your mental health. If you find yourself becoming overly sensitive to the events that happen while you’re gaming — whether it’s the topics in the content or the frustration of PvP matches — it might be time to step away for a bit. Do something else to refresh your mind so you can come back to your game with a renewed mood.

14. Rest Your Eyes

If your eyes start to hurt while gaming, it should be time to take a break and rest them. Allow your eye muscles to relax by pausing your game and leaning back. Close your eyes and just rest for a few minutes, allowing your eyes to relax from any straining they had been doing. After a few minutes of letting your eyes rest, you can get right back to gaming while feeling fresh.

15. Start Today

The best thing you can do for your health is to start now. When you’ve already done the damage, making adjustments later on won’t help you prevent the adverse outcomes you could potentially face. You can choose to make changes one step at a time. Each step forward is a move toward a better and brighter future.

Get Your Head in the Game

Gaming is a fun pastime, but it’ll only stay fun if you keep yourself healthy enough to enjoy it for years to come. Nourish your body properly and give it time away from screens to relax and repair. If you start taking excellent care of yourself, you may notice that your mood and energy levels improve, too.

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Ranking Benefits of Using a Foot Rest

Sitting daily at the office might cause discomfort, particularly to people sitting for several hours since many office desks and tables are somewhat raised. Unluckily, this has left several individuals hanging their legs from the chair with no support. Besides, when you purchase an ergonomic chair, you’re more likely to focus on your neck, shoulders, and back support. If your feet and legs don’t get enough support, this can negatively affect blood flow and cause long-term health issues. You may purchase exercise balls instead of kneeling chairs, desk chairs, standing desks, and more. However, some of these products can be too costly and might not offer adequate comfort. You’re advised to consider a footrest. Even if you’re utilizing the most recent standing desk, a footrest like Everlasting Comfort Office Foot Rest for Under Desk – Ergonomic Memory Foam Foot Stool Pillow for Work, Gaming, Computer, Office Cubicle and Home – Footrest Leg Cushion Accessories (Black) can still offer a much-required break for your feet and legs. If you’re asking how a footrest can help, check this page for the fantastic benefits of using a footrest.

More comfort

Shorter individuals find their legs slinging on chairs, causing a lot of discomfort to their tailbone and hips, resulting in fatigue and pain. Constant weariness and pain could lead to inferior quality of life because they injure your neck, backbone, and other body joints. Great stores, for example, Everlasting Comfort, offer quality footrests that help you feel comfier when sitting for several hours since they assist in redistributing the compressive force, shielding your body from wear and tear. Besides, this will also give you much comfort, thus allowing you to like your day at work.

Better blood flow

Ergonomic posture is vital in you being comfortable and productive. It also directly impacts your health. Whether seated or standing, a good posture aligns the body so it can function optimally. Footrests boost blood flow when attuned to angle the foot naturally. Research has shown that the angle of the footrests t is directly associated with swelling in the ankles and legs. When too steep or flat, less oxygenated blood travels to the toes. Additionally, dynamic footrests encourage movement all through the day, greatly enhancing blood circulation. All you need is to get a footrest you can adjust to find your ideal angle.

Removes strain on your legs

Any person who sits at a desk all day realizes this takes a toll. Ideally, you must often get up and walk around. Unluckily, that is not always possible. After some time, even the most comfortable desk seats might start to dig into the flipside of your thighs. Besides, if you are mandated to resort to using tiptoes to support your legs, meaning your hips and thighs are not level. This can strain your hips. However, quality footrests like Everlasting Comfort take pressure off your lower legs and feet.

Conclusion

An ergonomically designed office places your body optimally. Good cushions such as Everlasting Comfort Office Foot Rest for Under Desk – Ergonomic Memory Foam Foot Stool Pillow for Work, Gaming, Computer, Office Cubicle and Home – Footrest Leg Cushion Accessories (Black) can give a substantial boost of support and comfort, allowing you sit for long without experiencing any discomfort.

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Why kicking an addiction is more than just quitting

Why kicking an addiction is more than just quitting; the importance of self-improvement to recovery

Regardless of what someone becomes addicted to, be it drugs, food, or a computer game, there are usually underlying causes that have led to the addiction developing. So, it makes sense that when the addict chooses to try and break their addiction, it is not just the addiction that needs to be addressed but also the underlying causes. Without doing this, the person is far more likely to fall back into their habit. Thankfully there are many routes to self-improvement that can be used in the fight to overcome addiction.

Talking therapy can be a valuable tool for uncovering deep-seated issues that have eroded a person’s confidence and mental health and pushed them into escapism that became a dangerous addiction. Whether you choose to use a psychologist or a trained counselor, they will work to improve your mental health, giving you much-needed strength to break that addiction. Therapists are also there for you once you’ve broken the addiction but are perhaps still struggling with old triggers or when other stresses arise that could become triggering so that you can develop coping mechanisms to overcome them.

Rehab centers can be a scary thought, but they aren’t just there for those at the lowest ebb of their addiction issues. Rehabs are also designed to help you learn how to deal with day-to-day life after addiction so that you don’t need their services again. An Arizona Rehab Center will also provide outpatient services to provide that ongoing support while you reintegrate into the community. Being in a rehab facility also lets you see others who are at different stages of recovery than yourself, letting you look back at how far you’ve come and forwards to where you will soon be.

A general improvement to mental health is beneficial for anyone, especially when dealing with deeper issues. As well as therapy and addiction-specific help, look at other approaches to balancing the mind, such a meditation and mindfulness, which can be practiced in a group setting or alone in a quiet moment. Many people’s addictions stem from trying to escape the noise in their heads. The practices of meditation and mindfulness work to help you calm that internal noise and reset your mind, thus allowing you to step away from chaotic thoughts that have become overwhelming and, therefore, harmful to your mental health.

As well as working on your mental health, paying attention to your physical health is very important, too, especially if you’re fighting an addiction that has a particularly detrimental effect on it. Start small and gentle; if you’re coming off drugs or alcohol, a heavy gym session will not go well. Instead, opt for gentle exercise such as a yoga class or join a walking group (classes and groups have an added social benefit that will lift your mood). As you see improvement in your fitness and overall health, look at finding other activities in which to get involved.

Team Liquid: How It Became Huge

The eSports industry is still rather young, even by new tech-driven sectors of the modern age, and yet, its market has already breached the $1 billion mark. Set to continue to grow tremendously over the coming years, several new organizations and some traditional sports teams are looking to get in on the gaming action.

Now, the eSports leagues and competitions for each competitive game span a huge range of teams from around the globe, all competing for chunks of prize pools that range from sizeable to multi-million. Still, a mainstay name in the eSports scene as it’s grown to reach these unprecedented heights is that of Team Liquid.

Not just a long-standing brand, Team Liquid has made the right moves at the right times, signed on top-class talents, won major titles, and developed such a devout fan base that they have helped the eSports industry to grow rapidly as a result. Having exploited every possible avenue of competition in ways that most traditional sports teams simply don’t, Team Liquid has earned multi-discipline recognition and is now a colossus.

Yet, as eSports is still relatively niche when it comes to general public knowledge, many don’t know much – if anything – about Team Liquid. Here’s how they became huge, who you may liken them to in traditional sports, and the triumphs that have led to Team Liquid’s endearing popularity and backing.

The rise of Team Liquid as an eSports superpower

As detailed by the team, they come from humble beginnings in the form of a clan forged by Victor “Nazgul” Goossens in the game Brood War in 2000. In 2001, the team created a community site, which would prove to be a platform for viewers and potential competitors alike, developing into a hub for StarCraft. Here, Nazgul and Co. staged tournaments and encouraged the community to grow around Team Liquid.

The next big step came with the release of the StarCraft II beta towards the end of that decade. Team Liquid went all-in, creating tournaments and attracting the attention of top-class players, leading to them being granted passage to the Korean SC2 scene – the first overseas team to do so. Success in the Korea Republic followed, as did an all-important heated rivalry with Evil Geniuses, which captivated fans and players alike.

StarCraft was Team Liquid’s forte, the game that made the team and their fame, but “Nazgul” wanted to expand further. So, towards the end of 2012, he launched a Dota 2 team in North America, making Team Liquid a two-discipline eSports organization. Later, to kick off 2015, Team Liquid assimilated the popular League of Legends and Counter-Strike organization Team Curse, further expanding its reach.

With the coming together of Liquid and Curse, an unprecedented era of success ensued. Competing across the board in League of Legends, Dota 2, Street Fighter V, StarCraft II, Super Smash Bros. Melee, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, the silverware and prize money started raining down from 2015 onwards. Now, they boast a social media reach of over 28 million people and over 100 million hours of views on Twitch.

Making the most of the eSports scene to become the biggest team going

In traditional sports, teams tend to stick to their lane. For example, the Detroit Red Wings, whose star center Dylan Larkin is a top target as a brand’s athlete partner, are a hockey team, and that’s it. Given their revenues, name recognition, and success in the sports business, the Red Wings certainly have what it takes to expand the brand into other sports, but they haven’t done.

Team Liquid, on the other hand, has taken part in tournaments for 26 different games, including Counter-Strike, Dota 2, Hearthstone, Valorant, Rocket League, and Tekken 7 – all of which differ tremendously. This approach is somewhat more similar to that of college sports, with even the top college football teams competing at their highest level just being part of the university program of the Florida Gators, for example.

Still, to offer a comparison to a traditional sports team, Team Liquid is akin to Manchester United, loosely speaking. Team Liquid’s sheer dominance through the years is like that of the legendary teams captured in art under Sir Alex Ferguson. Still, with increased competition and becoming the team to beat, they’re not as guaranteed to win tournaments anymore, but still rank as the most successful team of all time, with United boasting 20 English league titles and Team Liquid having the highest overall team earnings at $37.6 million. 

It’s the legendary name with the best players, its dominance, and the continual threat that continues to draw fans to Team Liquid, though. While United has stopped winning the few trophies on the line, Team Liquid’s stars continue to add to the trophy cabinet. This is why, across the disciplines, the team continues to be backed in the betting. They’ve always got top-class players who can compete at the highest level and even cause upsets. So, regardless if it’s betting on CS: GO, LoL, Dota 2, Valorant, or Rainbow Six, if Team Liquid is there, fans will pile on the odds.

The legacy of the team and this entrenched and unwavering belief in their ability to go big is well earned. In 2017, they won the richest competition in eSports, The International, taking home $10 million from the $24.7 million prize pool. More recently, in 2019, Team Liquid landed a further $5 million in Dota 2. That year also reeled in $2.4 million in CS: GO, which amounted to nearly 50 percent of the prize money that was on offer across their 32 entries. This year has also started hot in LoL, placing first, second, and second in LCS contests.

Team Liquid is still the biggest name in eSports, and as long as they continue to acquire top-class talents from around the world, they’ll remain a top pick for fans. 

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Candy Crush National Tournament Announced

King, a leading interactive entertainment company for the mobile world, unveiled pop music sensation Doja Cat and national football champion Rob Gronkowski as celebrity competitors in the brand new Candy Crush All Stars U.S. tournament launching today. The duo appears in the brand new campaign film available HERE which showcases their drive to claim the winning title alongside tournament host Khloé Kardashian.

Doja Cat, known for dominating the music charts, TikTok trends and red carpets, and Rob “Gronk” Gronkowski, American football tight end and four-time champion, join the millions of players across the U.S. who will compete against one another for the first time ever in order to be crowned the ultimate Candy Crush All Star. The competition kicks off today and is open to any Candy Crush Saga player in the United States*. 

“Everyone knows that if you say the words ‘national competition’ three times, Gronk magically appears,” said Gronkowski. “When I heard about the launch of America’s first Candy Crush All Stars tournament I knew I had to get in on the action. I’m already playing Candy Crush Saga on the road all the time, so when I’m not spiking footballs, I’m swiping candies. Now, I’m inviting everyone to show up and compete with me. Let’s crown the best Crusher there ever was, America. Let’s go!”

“I’m so excited to be taking part in America’s first Candy Crush All Stars tournament!” said Doja Cat. “Anyone can compete and come out on top. But the real question is … who will be able to beat me and be crowned America’s No.1 Crusher?! Join now!”

Rob Gronkowski and Doja Cat join tournament host Khloé Kardashian, who will showcase her competitive side and hype up players from across the country to do the same. Anyone who has passed Level 25 in the Candy Crush Saga app can join them in the action to compete across the nation with both casual Crushers and long-time fans alike. 

How to Play

 King is inviting players to put their skills to the test and crush the competition across the country in the hopes of being crowned the nation’s No.1 Crusher! The tournament kicked off September 23rd at 8am EST. It is free to play and can be accessed by all who have passed Level 25 in the Candy Crush Saga app. The Qualifier Rounds take place from September 23rd to October 7th, but if you don’t qualify, don’t get sour yet! Players will have a last chance to qualify in two Wild Card Rounds. Once qualified, only the strongest Crushers will progress throughout the Quarter Finals, Semi-Final and the digital Final in November, where Khloé Kardashian will help crown America’s first Candy Crush All Star and award them a year’s supply of gold bars.

Candy Crush Saga is available to download and play for free on iOS and Android. More information is available HERE.