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How Cell Phones Have Changed The Way You Game Online

Oh, how cell phones have transformed over the years. Long gone are the days of flip phones heavier than an actual brick with signal antennas that would barely work. Now, it’s a crime against humanity if a cell phone has reduced signal, let alone none. Why? Because we rely so much on the small, massively overpriced bits of technology to get us through the day. 

From phone calls to social media scrolling – a study conducted by Statista concluded 44% of US adults alone couldn’t live without their phones, let alone what the rest of the world thinks.

In terms of gaming, cell phones have completely transformed the industry. On the go gaming is now easier than ever. Let’s explore how and why cell phones have had such an impact on online gaming.

Where It All Began

Cell phone games have come a long way, as have games in general. The gaming world was once not what it is today, only getting this far thanks to advancements in technology that allowed better graphics and gameplay to develop. 

Tetris was the first-ever cell phone game, and its introduction in the early 1990s transformed the way people used their cell phones. Suddenly, it was more than just a device used to make calls – it was the beginning of a drastic shift in cell phone technology.

Shortly after that, Snake graced our lives and showed us how easy it was to waste a few hours playing a simple game on your phone. From there, cell phone manufacturers realized they could attract more attention by putting simple games on phones — although they were not simple back then — and sell more of them. 

How It Progressed

Each year, something new came out that blew people’s minds – just as it does now. Take the concept of 5G and every G that came before that. Just when you thought there couldn’t be a quicker network, a new one arises. We can say the same about mobile gaming and how, even to this day, new advancements are revolutionizing how people game.

One example is the merger between cell phone gaming and console gaming. PlayStation and Xbox have now made it possible to connect a console controller to a cell phone, making it easier to play much-loved console games on the go without awkward cell phone controls. 

Additionally, it is now easier than ever to play games such as Call of Duty on cell phones because software developers have adapted the gameplay to be suitable for cell phones, finally! Long gone are the issues with unresponsive controls, poor graphics, and glitchy gameplay. Although it is still not the same as playing on a console, the experience is now more similar than it has ever been before.

The Transition To Online Gambling

It is worth talking about the presence of online gambling and how cell phones have had an impact. Casinos realized people want to play on the go and adapted to the rest of the world. Now, 1 in 4 adults gamble using online casinos rather than land-based ones. 

Why? Because it is so much easier to deposit money instantly, access hundreds of slot games, and play in a more relaxed environment. It is easy to get sucked into the whirlwind of casinos, spend a lot of money, and cannot win it back. They are fun, but online casinos eliminate a certain element of risk that comes with land-based casinos. 

Although online gambling began in the early 1990s — around the same time as cell phones had more of a purpose — and it has snowballed into an industry that should be worth over $100 billion by the end of 2026.

The Most Popular Cell Phone Games

Let’s finish with some of the most popular cell phone games. There have been some immersive games over the years. Take Candy Crush as the prime example. A game that first came out in April 2012 is still consistently ranked one of the most downloaded and played games. Other games are the same, such as Angry Birds, old-school Tetris, and Clash of Clans. 

If you were wondering, here are some of the most popular cell phone games right now:

  • Call of Duty Mobile
  • PUBG Mobile
  • Minecraft: Pocket Edition
  • Candy Crush
  • Among Us

Cell phone games have come a long way, but as of 2021, there are 2.4 billion people who play cell phone games – and the popularity seems to grow year on year.

Our worlds revolve around our cell phones, which has led game software developers to develop with the growing demand of consumers. The future of cell phone gaming is shaping up to be better than ever thanks to technological advancements in 5G, making it easier than ever to play multiplayer online games through cell phones, as well as processing power and batteries. What would you like to see from the future of cell phone gaming?

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Dogecoin Festival Postponed

The founders of the first Dogecoin Festival have rescheduled the Dogepalooza festival which was to be held on Saturday, October 9, 2021 in Sugar Land, Texas at Constellation Field. Recent governmental mandates and public safety measures were taken into account to postpone the festival until Spring 2022. 

“The venue, founders, entertainers, and organizers did not make this decision lightly, states Damon Elliott, entertainer and Grammy award winning producer. All the original entertainers will be back in the Spring of 2022. 

We continue to support Dogepalooza and look forward to seeing everyone next Spring.” Participants and fans can count on icon and legendary performer Dionne Warwick; Grammy Award winning producer, DJ, singer, musician, songwriter and composer, and friend of Dogepalooza, Damon Elliott; rising star and classically trained pianist, Chloe Flower, who accompanied Cardi B at the Grammys, and channels Liberace in building a career on musical mash-ups; Break Free Worldwide breakdance competition; White Sun, Grammy Award winner for best New Age album; Lil Mook, an independent artist; Jason Dmore, a singer, songwriter and entertainment artist; plus many more top entertainers.

 Recent announcements included the partnering of Dogepalooza with Dogemongo, a game that allows users to catch Dogemon and was tested by one of Benzinga’s reporters. A new version of the game will feature a battle modus, where users go to locations and try to catch the Big 3D Dogecoin. After a specific number of rocketball throws, the lucky person wins the Big 3D Rocketball, valued between $500 and $100,000. Some Big 3D Dogecoins will be featured at Dogepalooza. Participants at the festival will have a chance to win a substantial amount of money. Dogemmongo will also continue to be a part of the new festival date. 

All purchased tickets will be refunded. Once a new date is secured, tickets will go on sale. All contest winners will still receive tickets to the festival. “Public Safety is paramount in our decision-making process, adds Rebecca Miller, Executive Director of Global Operations for the festival. Dogepalooza is a fun and entertaining Community Give-Back and Involvement Festival. The new date enables us to continue to build our all-star line up and plan for an even bigger event when mandates and restrictions are lifted.” 

Dogeplalooza, an authentic community driven Dogecoin Festival, is still slated to be held in multiple cities and countries around the globe. The online Doge community consists of millions of members from the world, across all social media platforms. 

Massive digital media attention is swelling as the enthusiasm for the event continues to explode. The event is family friendly and open to the public. One of the biggest supporters of Dogecoin is Tesla, Inc CEO Elon Musk. Dionne Warwick who will make a special guest appearance is also a Dogepalooza supporter comments, “I’m still looking forward to be a part of this meaningful festival which supports so many vital causes.” 

The rescheduled date in Spring 2022 will include Live entertainment from national and local headliners, major artists & DJs, Food & Drink,  Dogecoin & Dogepalooza Merchandise, Vendors, Family Fun Park, Fireworks, Charities, and Educational venues for learning more about how to use, accept, and understand Dogecoin. 

Charities supported by Dogepalooza

 A portion of proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the American Cancer Society, the Lupus Foundation, Disabled American Vets (DAV), the Humane Society of Oldham County, Multiple Myloema Research Foundation, Khan Academy, and the Cerebral Palsy Foundation.

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KING CONAN #1 hits stands this December

JASON AARON AND MAHMUD ASRAR RETURN TO THE HYBORIAN AGE TO TELL THE LAST STAND OF CONAN!

Writer Jason Aaron, artist Mahmud Asrar, and color artist Matt Wilson will return to the saga of Conan the Barbarian this December in KING CONAN! The superstar creative team relaunched the tales of the Robert E. Howard hero in 2019 to critical acclaim and are back in this long awaited limited series that will take the story of Conan further than has ever been revealed in ANY media to date!

As Robert E. Howard posited, when King Conan grows restless on the throne, he sails west, toward land and adventure unknown. Now see the first step of King Conan’s fateful journey from Aquilonia, as an old and terrible danger threatens to end the saga of the Cimmerian once and for all!

“I knew as soon as Mahmud, Matt and I finished “The Life and Death of Conan” in CONAN THE BARBARIAN, one of the absolute personal highlights from my career as a comic book writer, that I wasn’t done hanging out with everyone’s favorite Cimmerian,” Aaron said. “As King Conan rode into the sunset at the end of that story, with his son, Prince Conn, by his side, I always knew where I wanted that story to take us next. Now at last comes that next chapter, as Mahmud, Matt and I reunite to reveal a pivotal moment in Conan’s life as a king, as a father, as a mortal enemy of snake-worshipping Stygian wizards and as a barbarian who was born to chase the wind, even to the ends of the earth.”

“By Crom, we’re finally bringing the barbarian-turned-king to the readers,” Asrar said. “It’s criminal how much I’m enjoying drawing each panel in this book considering what we’re putting him through.”

Don’t dare miss the first issue of the adventure of a lifetime when KING CONAN #1 arrives on December 15th! For more information, visit Marvel.com.

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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BLXST LAUNCHES CURATED GUIDE TO LOS ANGELES

Now Available on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

LINK: https://apple.co/BLXSTGUIDELA

Today, rising hip-hop artist and burgeoning West Coast icon Blxst launches his Guide to Los Angeles in Apple Maps. 

An immersive map personally curated by Blxst of his hometown, the Guide invites fans to experience Los Angeles through the eyes of the rapper, singer, and producer. Captured in stunning black and white images by renowned hip-hop photographer Travis Shinn – known for his portrait work as well as the iconic XXL Freshman covers, of which Blxst is a 2021 class member – the one-of-a-kind experience will guide users on a journey through some of Blxst’s favorite spots across the city. 

“Excited to give my fans a closer look at my favorite spots in LA with this new Guide in Apple Maps,” says Blxst. “These businesses, restaurants, and shops are a great way to see and enjoy the city from my perspective.”  

From local hidden haunts that defined his upbringing to must-visit independent and Black-owned businesses, Blxst’s Guide to Los Angeles spans various neighborhoods while spotlighting restaurants, shops, and other essential stops, including:

  • Coolkicksla – an essential stop for streetwear enthusiasts in Fairfax District, sporting sneakers, clothing, and gear
  • Crossroads Kitchen – modern vegan dining in Beverly Grove crafted by acclaimed chef Tal Ronnen
  • Earle’s Restaurant – a must-try restaurant that has served hot dogs, burgers, and vegan alternatives to the Crenshaw community for over three decades
  • Enigma Tattoo – the first Black-owned tattoo shop in Beverly Hills, founded by Kat Tat of Black Ink Crew
  • Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area – an expansive state park located in the Baldwin Hills Mountains
  • Simply Wholesome – a Black-owned, family-operated health food store and restaurant located in Windsor Hills
  • Slauson Super Mall – a South Central staple and swap meet hosting a variety of vendors selling apparel, jewelry, and more
  • Westfield Culver City – formerly known as Fox Hills Mall, an outdoor shopping center located in Culver City that is home to stores, restaurants, and events

Further enhancing the experience, Blxst’s Guide to Los Angeles will be accompanied by a striking outdoor and digital campaign, creating an audio and visual journey through the city as Blxst sees it.  

To experience Blxst’s Guide to Los Angeles on iPhone, iPad, or Mac, click here. Serving as a companion piece to the Guide, fans can also visit an interactive multi-media experience online where they will be immersed in ambient sounds of the city and hear Blxst tell stories about each location in his own words.

About Blxst

Blxst began his solo music career in Los Angeles in 2015, rapping, singing, writing, and producing. From self-editing his videos and artwork to mixing and mastering his sound, he’s been on an unstoppable run, gaining notoriety for his productions and collaborations with Kendrick Lamar, YG, Eric Bellinger, Mustard, G Perico, Mozzy, and Russ. 

Last year saw the release of his highly anticipated debut EP, No Love Lost, an expansive and emotive collection of music inspired by past relationships and his hometown of Los Angeles. Paired with a four-part cinematic series of videos to bring the project’s overarching narrative to life, its quintessential West Coast vibe received acclaim from fans, press, and tastemakers, cited by Pigeons & Planes as “one of the best projects of 2020.”  

With more than 500 million streams across his catalogue, including the breakout single “Chosen” featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Tyga which has racked up over 95 million streams globally, Blxst has solidified his position as the next must-watch musician out of LA. Receiving praise from Billboard, BET, Complex, Pitchfork, and more, in 2021, Blxst was announced as an XXL Freshman Class member and an Amazon Breakthrough artist. This fall sees Blxst embarking on his first-ever North American headlining tour, which sold out in less than an hour. 

About Guides in Apple Maps

Guides are curated lists from trusted brands and partners that offer recommendations for the best places to eat, shop, and explore around the world. Apple Maps now feature thousands of Guides from brands like FatMap, The Infatuation, National Park Foundation, Thrillist, and more. New Guides are continuously published in Maps, and they automatically update when new places are added, ensuring users have the latest recommendations. 

Additionally, Apple users can save places to My Guides, create their own personal Guides, and share them with friends and family while planning a trip. 

To view Guides on iPhone, iPad, or Mac, just open the link on that device. Apple users can also discover Editor’s Picks or browse through all Guides publishers by tapping the search bar when they open the Maps app. 

Follow Blxst

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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. 

Game Design: 7 Future Trends

The gaming industry has always been at the forefront of innovation and eager to integrate new technologies. Technologies like AR and VR became popular in gaming first even though it wasn’t their core application. There is now more money being pushed into the industry than ever, and studios are working day and night to outdo the competition. This means that gamers eventually win, and get to enjoy experiences that could once only be dreamed of. Let’s take a look at a few trends to look forward to in game design.

More AR

AR made a quick splash with Pokémon, but it surprisingly trickled out pretty fast and there hasn’t been an AR game worth mentioning since. What Pokémon Go did show, however, is that there’s a genuine market for these games. But hardware limitations prevented studios from offering games that were on a par with regular titles. Games either had bad graphics or didn’t run as smoothly as they should. With advances in mobile hardware and 5G, these games will be able to be more performant and offer a seamless experience. 

Virtual Reality Goes Mainstream

Every year was supposed to be the year of VR pretty much since the Oculus Rift came out. But limited titles and prohibitive prices prevented it from reaching the level of popularity people expected. Now that Nintendo has shown that you can create a viable VR device with nothing but a mobile monitor and a cardboard headset, we can expect others to follow suit.

Again, advances in mobile hardware are what will ultimately push VR gaming development forward. Consumers are more likely to buy in knowing that they can play with nothing but a simple headset and their phone. This should push more developers to get into the genre as building games for mobiles is still much less resource-intensive than for devices many developers are still unfamiliar with, like the Rift.

More Diversity

Diversity is a word that is often being thrown around, but it has to be admitted that the gaming industry lacked diversity for many years. Fans are being more vocal about it, and studios are trying to include more diverse casts for their games. Games like Valorant did a great job at including characters from different backgrounds without making it feel like pandering. Studios are also hiring consultants to make sure that their games are culturally accurate to avoid backlash for misrepresentation.

More Live Play

The last two years have been great for the online gambling industry, and they’re also constantly trying to evolve to satisfy players and reach new ones. With many people being forced to transition to online play, we can expect more online casinos to focus on offering live options to players.

One example is Play Live casino. Play Live branded itself as the number one destination for players who enjoy a genuine casino experience from wherever they are. What separates them is their massive selection and dedication to offering a better live playing experience. They have over 1300 games in their selection, which is way above average for these types of casinos, and we can expect many more in the space to follow their model.

Console Upgrades

It seems like the 7-year rigid upgrade cycle that was common in the gaming industry is officially dead now. And it was to be expected with how fast mobiles and PCs are evolving. PC players have been laughing at console players for playing on outdated hardware for years, and many console gamers hated the fact that they couldn’t upgrade their consoles like PCs.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Microsoft led the way with the Xbox One S and the Scorpio, which both feature software upgrades. Sony also announced that it will release an upgrade for the PS4, and we can expect this to become the norm in the future.

Mobile and Hybrid Gaming

Mobile gaming is no longer on the fringes of the industry. Companies like Nintendo releasing mobile games like Super Mario One and Mario Kart Tour shows a turn in mobile gaming. Studios will be putting more money on online games which will attract more players, which will turn into more investments. 

Games that integrate mobile devices and stationary consoles will also become more popular. Nintendo was again a frontrunner with the Switch, and like everything Nintendo does, we can expect others to try to find ways to make their version. Sony is working on a new mobile console and we can rest assured that it will be integrable with the PS4. These could be games that can be played on multiple devices seamlessly or games that would have features that require you to use your mobile phone or device. 

Retro Games

Retro platformers are here to stay. These games are lightweight and appeal to both new and nostalgic players. These don’t require many resources, making them indie-friendly. The Switch has made its bread and butter from the genre, and it’s perfect for mobile players as they don’t require much commitment and can be played on virtually any device.

These are all trends that we can expect to see materialise over the next year in gaming. Some of these could completely change the idea of what gaming is.

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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.