Why Mobile represents the real Future of Gambling

While the precise future of the online gambling market is hard to predict in detail, there are some assertions that are hard to ignore. Firstly, there is no doubt that the market will continually grow, as generational shifts and the increasing diversity of online gambling continues to appeal to a broader audience. There is also a compelling argument for the mobile platform being the future of online gambling, with numerous trends and statistics supporting this.

3 Reasons why Mobile is the future of Online Gambling

 So what are the primary arguments to support the mobile platform as the future of online gambling? Here are the most prominent: –

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The emergence of reliable Mobile Broadband and 4G Connectivity

If you are an avid user of your smartphone and tablet, you will know that Internet broadband and mobile connectivity has improved greatly over the course of the last few years. As mobile broadband has become more reliable during this time, we have seen a wider number of users embrace online games on the move. Mad About Bingo mobile bingo games are just one of many online platforms that have seen a huge rise in mobile traffic. This makes sense, as players can capitalise on this to enjoy uninterrupted gameplay regardless of their precise location.

The rise of Tablet Gameplay

 Mobile gaming is often associated with smartphones, but the fact remains that tablets are increasingly influential in this marketplace. In fact, it is estimated the gaming revenues earned through the tablet platform will more than double between 2013 and 2018, peaking at 8.18 billion Euros. This is reflected by the rise of dedicated gaming tablets, while empower players and virtual gamblers with larger displays and a more immersive gameplay experience.

This type of diversity also adds to the appeal of mobile gambling, while making it accessible across a growing number of platforms.

 Mobile Gambling will experience double-digit growth in the next two years

 On a similar note, the mobile gambling market is likely to experience double-digit growth over the course of the next two years (once again peaking in 2018). By this time, the value of the market is likely to be in excess of $100 billion, while the number of people who gamblers who frequent online platforms will increase by one hundred million during this time. These figures are striking in the extreme, while they underline the irresistible momentum that the sector is building in the global marketplace.

In time, it is perfectly acceptable to presume that the mobile platform will be the primary driver of live and real-money wagering in the UK and beyond.

 

The Spacecraft Cemetery

I play a lot of mobile bingo games  . It’s a great way for me to relax after a busy day. The other day I was wondering about the randomness of the bingo numbers called. This led my mind off to wondering about other random things like what happens to spacecraft after they stop working. After a little web crawling, I discovered the answer.

About 3000km east of New Zealand and 2000km north of Antarctica lies the Spacecraft Cemetery. This is where all de-orbited man-made space objects go to die. It’s remote, lacks any human population and is really deep (about 2.5 miles). Scientists call this the Oceanic Pole of Inaccessibility, the most remote place on earth. When an object orbiting the planet needs a safe place to crash, it is directed to fall in a flaming arc to this spot . You can view footage of Russia’s MIR falling through the atmosphere on its way to the cemetery here.

There are over 263 spacecraft that have been tossed into this watery grave. Russia has deposited more than 190 objects, far exceeding the US at 52. You can see a map of all the space objects crashed over the cemetery. Plans are already in place to send the International Space Station to its watery grave when the time comes. It will require docking an unmanned vehicle to the front end of the laboratory. When the time is right, NASA will burn its propellant full blast and send ISS directly to the bottom of the ocean in a long, flaming spectacular show we will all want to watch. Fortunately, this isn’t expected to take place until at least 2028. Here’s a great article from National Geographic about this coming event.

 

Smartphone App for Clinical Trials

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How do scientists recruit people for clinical research trials? There’s an app for that now!

Dr. Peter Elkin, MD, a professor at the University of Buffalo, has developed a cell phone app that allows you to see a list and quickly evaluate clinical trials in your area. Only registered clinical trials in a specific geographical area are included in the database. If you find a study that applies to your condition or is of interest, you can simply tap the app and it will send your information to the researchers to start the process of participation. Learn more about clinical trials here. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has great information about clinical research and patient participation here.

One of the long-standing problems with clinical research is the time-consuming process of finding relevant people to take part in scientific studies. It is both expensive and laborious to advertise and hunt down people to take part in ongoing studies. Creating an app makes this process more streamlined and significantly reduces costs. Click here to read more about the app.  Now you can use some of your down time while commuting or waiting to check out new studies. Another thing I like to do during down time is check out bingo sites for fun and entertainment.

There seems to be an app for nearly everything these days. Why not have an app that lists research trials in your area? The more people who know about the trials, the quicker the studies can progress. We all have dozens of apps on our phones. This is another one to add to your collection.

Help With Virtual Reality Sickness

I’m always on the lookout for stimulating games that take my mind of the chaos around me, sort of like meditation in a way.

To alleviate stress lately, I stimulate my brain by playing bingo games on my tablet. Check out their site for fun and entertaining games. It will provide hours of entertainment! But the newest wave of gaming innovation appears to be VR – Virtual Reality. But it seems that along with VR fun and entertainment can come nausea?!

Virtual reality sickness, similar to motion sickness, prevents some people from using VR devices like Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Sony PlayStation VR. Those who feel VR sickness feel nauseated and uncomfortable. This is caused by a conflict in the visual motion cues and the inner ear’s vestibular system that cues our sense of motion, orientation and equilibrium. Columbia Engineering Professor Steven K. Feiner and Ajoy Fernandes  have developed a method of combating virtual reality sickness.

They have developed a program that subtly changes the field of view the VR user sees to reduce the misinformation the inner ear sends out, thus reducing the discomfort some feel while using their VR device. The FOV reduction is slowly introduced when the viewing area is large, partially obscuring each eye’s view with a soft cutout, and then they are removed slowly as the viewing experience changes. The researchers studied 30 participants divided into two groups over multiple days. Those in the study felt the program worked well and did not reduce their VR experience.

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Virtual reality headsets are the hottest item right now. Projected sales are estimated to be over 200 million in the next five years. Optimizing the experience is vital to long-term success for VR applications. Soon, we will all see VR integrated into formalized learning, art, and the business world. At this point, early in the game, VR technology is working out the bugs, so to speak. I can’t wait to see what is coming in the future of virtual reality. One can only imagine the ways VR will stimulate the brain.

 

 

Petcube Review

Petcube is a truly interactive pet camera that pairs with your cell phone. At a small 4x4x4 size, with a non-slip bottom, this little pet camera packs in great features. You can check in on your cat or dog from anywhere you go. Not only can you talk to your pet, you can hear them respond to you too! Interactive communication relieves stress in your furry friend who is home alone, and strengthens your bond while you are apart. You can even play by manipulating a laser light from the cube for your cat to chase. This feature is not recommended for dogs as it can lead to anxiety. I know this from experience with my lab.

The black front has three different functions. The top section is a 138 degree wide angle camera lens. The video quality is great! The middle section is the laser for play time. The bottom section of the front has the LED indicator. The back of the cube has the power button, the microphone and the micro USB port. The small size, black color, and unobtrusive square appearance makes this Petcube a decorative shelf item that will blend in to your home décor easily.

The app for your phone is easy to install and operate. The sound and video quality are on par with other remote pet viewing products. A unique ability the Petcube has is its ability to be paired with the Apple Watch. Set-up for the Petcube is easy and seamless. The fun of seeing your pet safe and happy is priceless. It can be a real stress-reducer when you work long hours or have a long commute to work.

Another way you can have fun and reduce stress, especially while commuting is by playing games on your mobile device. Check out this “mobile bingo” for some great games.

Can You Believe It: Quake Turns 20 Years Old This Year

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There are so many legendary games in the first person shooter genre. There is Wolfenstein, which has recently made a comeback. There is Doom, which will be rebooted once again this year. There is Shadow Warrior, which has revived as well, there’s Daikatana, and Duke Nukem, which has returned to life after over a decade in development limbo. But all these pale next to the one legendary game that has changed the face of shooters forever, adding a true third dimension to the game: Quake. And it turns twenty this year.

Unlike some other legendary games from the 1990s, Quake was never rebooted. Some games were revived over the years, others got adapted to the big or small screen, like Hitman and Tomb Raider, both of them with movie versions, among the best Red Flush casino games. Quake had two mission packs and four sequels, but none of them continued the Lovecraftian visuals and story behind the original title.

Quake was the first FPS to feature truly 3D characters and a truly 3D environment. Its visuals, albeit dated by today’s standards, meant a huge jump compared to the plainness of all its predecessors. If you have ever played Duke Nukem 3D, Wolfenstein or even Doom, you know what I mean. In any of those, you could not walk around the objects and monsters you encountered – they were always facing you, and they were plain.

Quake was the game that has introduced my gang of PC gamers into the world of LAN parties and deathmatches, as well as online play. I remember taking on a Russian team on a 14.4kbps dial-up connection. If any of today’s CS:GO players would have ever tried to play on such a connection, they would have committed suicide. Although it only had six deathmatch maps included, we played them repeatedly, and grew to know them by heart. We even organized our local Quake tournaments, and considered John Carmack and John Romero to be the prophets of video games.

I think the 20th anniversary of the game’s release would be the perfect occasion for id Software to finally return to the dark realms of Quake and release a game with the same dark, Lovecraftian visuals. Oh, and with the original Quake soundtrack, created by Trent Reznor and the Nine Inch Nails. The gloomy world of fiends, shamblers and shotgun-wielding guardians could really use a visual upgrade. I would love to immerse once again into the dark dimension inhabited by Shamblers, and take on Shub Niggurath once more. And explore further into the world that offered me so much fantastic entertainment as a child.

The Future of Online Gambling: AI, Smart Technology and More

The Future of Online Gambling: AI, Smart Technology and More.

It seems to talk about the future of online gambling, particularly when you consider how dramatically the discipline has evolved over the course of the last five years. During this time, some of the most fanciful trends and concepts have come to fruition, creating an immersive and increasingly realistic marketplace that is popular among gamers.

Despite this, the future is set to be even more dramatic in the field of online gambling, as a number of existing trends enter the mainstream and new developments also begin to take hold. This is something for all demographics to look forward too, whether you are a sports betting fan or a frequenter of the best new bingo sites.

The future of Online Gambling in 3, simple steps

So what does the future have in line for online gambling? Let’s take a look at some of the most prominent trends: – 

The Establishment of Virtual and Augmented reality

Virtual reality (and to a lesser extent augmented reality) has been talked about for years, but it was not until recently that it has entered the mainstream. The coming months will see this technology establish itself in the consumer marketplace, however, with a host of products competing at both lower and higher ends of the spectrum.

From an online gambling perspective, it is augmented reality that will have the greatest impact in the market. Innovative headsets such as Microsoft’s HoloLens will undoubtedly lead the way here, replicating corporeal and three-dimensional casino backdrops within the comfort of your own home.

The rise of AI (Artificial Intelligence) and social Media as Gambling Tools

While the random number generators which underpin online bingo and casino gaming are impossible to pre-empt, there is a growing trend for predicting movements in the sports betting market. As a result of this there are numerous developers to develop algorithms that trawl social media news feeds and updates, in a bid to seek out intangibles and defy even the most detailed statistics.

This meld of AI and social media could increase the efficiency of specific bets by up to 5%, and while this technology is not fully developed yet it is definitely in the pipeline for the future.

Smart Technology will revolutionise mobile gambling

Mobile technology is a major driver of online gambling in 2016, with smartphones beginning to dominate the marketplace. Tablets are quickly becoming influential too, with the revenue generated by these devices set to double between 2013 and 2018.

In the future, however, we will also see smart technology and wearable gadgets change the way in which in which players gamble online. More specifically, these devices will offer users instant access to online casino and bingo platforms, enabling them to play their favourites games on the move without having to remove their smartphone from their pocket.

While this is little more than a subtle evolution of existing technology, it will change the nature of online gambling forever.

 

 

 

My Foray in USB Splitters and Gaming on the Road

 

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Recently, my wife and I went on a long road trip cross country. We spent a lot of time talking but eventually, we reverted into our own little universes. I listened to an audiobook from my cellphone and my wife was using her tablet. Both devices quickly lost battery power and needed to be recharged. The car only had one USB port so we were taking turns charging our devices. What a drag that turned into for us. We lamented that mobile device batteries never last as long as one hopes. My wife spent time on our long drive playing Guts mobile online casino games and was worried about running out of battery power.

During a gas and drink stop we found a USB splitter on a rack that we snatched up and paid way too much for. I highly recommend that you buy one of these for each and every car you own. The one we bought comes with LED indicator for power status, supports over current and instant current protection to protect the connected devices and itself.

In today’s electronic age, everyone has the need to recharge a device while on the go. Frequently this means several people need to charge at the same time. In fact, I bought six USB splitters on sale at a retail store and kept them to give as gifts to busy moms toting tablet-watching kids around and dads with long commutes charging multiple items. Everyone loves getting this splitter for their car.

The splitter we used is much less complicated though, it was just a Y-Splitter. Some splitters are more advanced than others, I was a little interested in what’s inside of some of these, and found this interesting tear down of one.

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Robohon: A Future Smartphone inside a Mini Robot 

For years we all have been waiting for a device that will help us make our dream of using a robot come true and looks like the Japanese company Sharp has managed to do this for us. The past 5 years have seen technology development go to some serious heights and companies are working harder than ever to come up with innovative and out of the box designs and features for smartphones.

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Last year we came past by an announcement made by Sharp that they will be bringing a robotic smartphone in 2016 which will be something the world has never seen before. And with that we had a glance of what the company will be showing us this year “something quite extraordinary” you can say.

A look into the design and specifications of the robohon

The smartphone or shall we say the mini robot has odd looks and you might not understand the concept of smartphone within a robot at first sight. But the little robot that reaches just about 20 cms is much more than what meets the eye. The look of RoboHon is inspired from a 4 feet tall robot named ‘Pepper’, at first impression it does look like some kind of toy that works on battery but it is a smartphone indeed and it mostly works over voice command. Yes you read that right , the phone has a very little screen on the back and it basically works over voice control, if you compare it to a general smartphone it can do most of the stuff that your normal phone does.

The phone dials the number you ask it to and you can talk over the speaker, if you want to click pictures you can just ask the robot to do so over voice command and if you want to view the pictures or videos the head of the robot has a projector mounted on it which will show you things on a wall or a flat surface. Other than this, the robot will also read emails for you and come to you by itself if you have an incoming phone (talk about technology advancements eh?). If you wish to buy this phone internationally, Amazon offers are surely something to look out for.

Internal features and the cons about RoBoHon

The phone has a 2 inch screen and works on 320 x 240 pixels which to be honest look on the lower side. The processor of the phone raps up a speed of 1.2 Ghz using a   400 snapdragon chipset not that impressing, you can say. But if you look at the concept on which this phone is made you will admit that the internal phone and features matter very less and the phone is just made to amuse you and give a feel of how a robotic smartphone’s usage would feel like.

There have been many talks about the phone’s look which seems amusing but if you consider using this thing as a daily base device you might look a bit dorky and people might “judge” you because of it. But still we appreciate Sharp’s confidence and effort to put up something like this for the people, it would be quite a fun to see how much people decide to buy this phone.

The phone was officially put on sale on 26th May and will cost a real fortune ($1800) for people who would want to buy it, also the phone is available for sale only in Japan.

How to Build a Landing Page

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You started your own company. Good for you! Time to create a website that reflects your mission and offerings, be it goods or services. Terrifying as the thought may seem, you CAN create a terrific website for your business without having to hire a company to do it for you. Build your own website that is professionally laid out and functional by visiting a web building site like Wix.com, there you can easily learn how to create a website in no-time.

The good news is that you don’t need to know how to code in order to create a website anymore. Using a web building and hosting site with lots of templates makes the entire process user-friendly and simple. There are a few things you need to do before creating your website.  This is where you set up your game plan. Decide what the goal of creating the website is going to be. Next, determine who your target audience is based on your site goal. Now that you know who you want to draw to your site and what you want to tell or sell them, it’s time to create that website.l

Make a list of keywords that are important to your business and keep it handy when creating the website. These keywords will help in your site’s ranking on search engines, leading to greater visibility and more site visits. Create your site map. Having the site map done will lead to a more organized and fluid experience for visitors.

Now, you are ready to create the actual content of the website. Your business is important to you. Now, make it important to the site visitor. Draw them in with a well laid-out format that flows seamlessly from one area to the next with minimal confusion. Images can make the pages more pleasing, but must support your main focus, making a sale.  Here is a great video that walks you through the process of creating a website:

Do some research on what a great website looks like. Visit lots of sites to see what flows well in format and design. Find the layouts you are most comfortable navigating and seem most applicable to the website you are planning. These will give you ideas to implement when working on your website. Next, think about the color scheme and font. Colors should complement each other without straining the eye. Font can be unique, but should not be difficult to read or too small to easily scan. Also, become familiar with the most important parts of the web page. The eye flows from top to bottom and left to right. That makes the top left corner of your page a hot spot. If you want more clicks through your site, this is the place to get them. Cram too much info here, though, and the visitor may get confused.

Are you creating an online store? It may seem overwhelming, but it can be simple with the tools available on Wix.com. You can sell goods, communicate with customers, track orders and get paid all within your site. It’s easy to connect with Facebook too for all your social media advertising needs.

Today, millions of people do instant website searches on their mobile devices. Think about your website on a cellphone. Size matters here, right? Wix.com has this awesome intuitive mobile editor that you can use to create a mobile friendly version of your website. Now, you can get customers on the go too!

Are you having a big sale? Create a landing page for your website. A landing page is a website page you direct a specific audience to, that gathers a visitor’s information through a form. It is usually a simple page designed to collect contact information that can easily be turned into a sale. Landing page links are great for e-mail campaigns. It takes the reader directly to the advertised page listing the sale information. By sending the reader directly to the sale page, you avoid losing them if they land on the main website page and have to try to find the sale information on their own.  To see some more great tips on how to create a landing page for free, check out this post.

Wix.com is the perfect website builder to use for creating your landing pages. They have lots of experience in helping you get the message across quickly and easily, turning visits into sales. The wix.com site is very user friendly, and they are ready to support your website design and maintenance. They also provide hosting services that keep your site visible and accessible.

 

Hannibal – Rome’s Worst Nightmare

This is a great doc-drama with historical re-enactments describing in great detail Hannibal’s challenge to conquer Rome.

Born to Vengeance.
Raised to Conquer.
Destined to become a Legend :
Hannibal – Rome’s Worst Nightmare.

It is 200 years before the birth of Christ and Rome is the burgeoning superpower of the ancient world. With each conquest her empire grows. No one can stand in her way. But one man is destined to challenge it all. A man bound by oath to avenge the wrongs inflicted on his home, Carthage in North Africa – the empire that ruled the Mediterranean before Rome stole its crown. 26-year-old Hannibal Barca was the mastermind behind what is arguably the most audacious military move in history – destroying the Roman myth of invincibility by defeating the great nation and army not once, but three times.

Public and private, awesome and gritty – this is the story of one of the most brilliant military strategist that ever lived.

Review of the Movavi Mac Cleaner App

Most of people loved to use computer or desktop device. There is also some merits of using desktop device. For an example, by using computers we can store thousands of data or files than the smartphone device. But after some time, there are some problems that can occur in your PC. Due to some problems, your computer slows down and it will never work fast.

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There are many of reasons, by which your computer goes slow down. But, the main and first reason of your problem is unnecessary files and data. This kind of useless data will make your Mac’s performance slow step by step. If you want to improve the performance of your Mac device, then you must have to remove or delete that unneeded files and data, which have been stored in your Mac. But as we know that, all the Mac users have one question that how can they find that unnecessary files? There are many kinds of cleaner apps are available in the world of computer and internet as well. By using that app, you can easily search and remove that useless or unneeded file from Mac device. That apps will also help you to improve your Mac’s performance.

So, here we are coming with also that kind of app, which will make your Mac’s performance fast. The app is called as Movavi Mac Cleaner. It is the app, which automatically find securely delete that unneeded files or data from your Mac device and also boost the performance of it. This app will also help you to speed up your device and also make your drive space free, by finding out that unwanted files and data. This Mac Cleaner app is easily compatible with the any Apple desktop device such as iMac, Mac mini and MacBook Pro. So, here we have mentioned that How to install the Movavi Mac Cleaner, with easy step by step information.

Step by Step Information about How to install and Run the Movavi Mac Cleaner :

  • First of all, open the file of Movavi Mac Cleaner which is with extension file and make installation of it by using instructions.
  • After the installation process, open the app. When you have open the app, the Mac cleaner will automatically starts searching of unneeded files. This app will also shows you the current status of your device and also shows the space covered by that unneeded files.
  • If you want to clean your Mac device rapidly, then choose the first option. It will automatically find out the junk files and remove it. It will also allows you to remove files in other languages, by clicking at the Gearwheel button. Then, choose your specific language in which you want to remove the data. Then hit the start cleaning.
  • If you want to remove files by manually selection, then you can do it by using the menus are located at the left side of app.

Here, we have also listed the functions of the menus, which you have seen in the app.

  1. System Cleanup – To remove different log files
  2. Detailed Results – To select between certain files
  3. Trash Cleanup – To remove the trash files
  4. Uninstaller – To remove completely files and make performance faster.

The Uninstaller menu also gives option of User apps, OS X apps and Leftovers. By which, you can delete the files.

After doing all the process which mentioned above, your Mac device will boost up and speed up and also it works faster.

Features of the Movavi Mac Cleaner App :

  • Remove unneeded files and data
  • Securely uninstall apps
  • To make your drive free from unwanted files
  • Boost up the device
  • Give protection from virus

Here we have wrote about how to make your Mac run faster, if you have any other process to speed up your mac, feel free to share it with us.

 

Geeky Gadgets to Put Your Card Counting Skills to the Test

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For the geeks out there, there is a great way to enjoy games of skill on the go. I started plying skill-based card games at an early age, and my passion for these games continued throughout my college years. But it wasn’t until a chance encounter with a mathematics major that I decided to seriously look at one game in particular: blackjack. Most of my buddies were Texas Hold’em players, and while I enjoy that game tremendously, blackjack is really a game that I feel complements my personality and playing style a lot more. For starters, blackjack is not about you and the guy or gal next to you and everyone else sitting around the table; it’s about a rapid-fire battle of attrition between you and the dealer. Now, don’t get me wrong – Texas Hold’em is definitely a game that geeks enjoy – just look at the winners of the WSOP (World Series of Poker) and most of those fellows are as geeky as my crew. Just goes to show that brains and not brawn wins the big-money pots in casino card games!

So, back to my story – how did I develop an affinity for blackjack? Let me put it this way: With no strategy in mind, your blackjack games are like coin tosses. You win some, you lose some. I’m not happy with 50-50 odds because a blackjack player who has no strategic mindset is never going to enjoy 50-50 odds anyway – he or she is going to lose big time. So, I decided to geek up my game with a hot new mobile gaming app from my favorite online casino, and saturate my brain with as much blackjack gobbledygook as I could absorb. Now it’s not all malarkey – a lot of it makes perfect sense and when you crunch the numbers, these tactics and strategies certainly pay dividends. Fortunately, my girlfriend is equally passionate about blackjack and we bounce playing strategies off one another all the time. If you enjoyed the movie 21, then you know exactly why blackjack is such an enticing and immersive experience for players. Anything that I perceive as giving me a slight advantage or edge as they say in gambling parlance, is perfect for me. When I played games of poker, I found strategy to be my most lethal weapon against casual players and intermediate-level players. With that in mind, I took to blackjack strategy like a duck to water. I’d like to share a few of the most geekylicious strategic tips with you about how to get the most leverage out of blackjack strategy. Bear with me a couple moments and I’m telling you you will learn something useful from this little blackjack expose!

Before we continue, there are a couple things you should know about blackjack strategy:

  • Card counting is an effective formula for ascertaining the likelihood of certain cards coming up in a game of blackjack.
  • Anyone can learn blackjack strategy – you don’t need to be as smart as a whip, as cool as a cucumber, or as geeky as me!
  • You can practice blackjack strategy online for free before you play for real with the skills that you have acquired.
  • Did I mention that blackjack strategy really works?

Now that you know a few irrefutable facts, let’s see how blackjack strategy can be put to good use!

Let us consider all the possible playing cards in any individual suit: Ace, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10, Jack, Queen and King. Jokers don’t count, unless you’re talking about the guy or gal sitting next to you!

Now to understand card counting and count values you need to separate cards into different groups: +1 value cards, 0 value cards, and -1 value cards. For the purposes of convenience, card counting experts have already invented this wheel so we don’t have to. Cards valued at 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 are valued at a count of +1. Cards that are valued at 7, 8 and 9 are valued at 0, and cards from 10 through Ace are valued at -1. But what do these numbers mean? And how do you keep a running count with each of these values in mind? Well, for every low-value card that is dealt you add a count value of +1 to the tally, and for every high-value card that is dealt you subtract a value of -1 from the tally. Are you starting to get the picture yet? Let’s assume that the running count is +4. What does this tell you? Does it tell you that the likelihood of another low-value card is high or low? Or conversely, does it tell you that the likelihood of a high-value card coming up next is high or low?

The concept of a running count is so important in blackjack that it is almost the holy writ among blackjack players. The greater the positive value, the less likely a low value card is to come up because there simply are less of them in the deck! By contrast the more negative the running count, the less likely a high-value card is to come up because there are simply less of them in the deck. By using a positive or negative count, you can make smart estimations about the likelihood of certain numbers coming up. But don’t forget that Blackjack is all about fun too – if you fudge a few numbers in the count, that’s totally okay. Hopefully you’ve got a taste of how much fun Blackjack really is. Now, if you’ll excuse me I’ll go and power up my iPhone 6 and get back to some hardcore strategizing!

IBM Creates a Molecule That Could Destroy all Viruses

Wow, this is huge news with a lot of potential if scientists can deliver. One micromolecule to destroy everything from Ebola to Zika to Flu.

Via Popular Science:

Finding a cure for viruses like Ebola, Zika, or even the flu is a challenging task. Viruses are vastly different from one another, and even the same strain of a virus can mutate and change–that’s why doctors give out a different flu vaccine each year. But a group of researchers at IBM and the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology in Singapore sought to understand what makes all viruses alike. Using that knowledge, they’ve come up with a macromolecule that may have the potential to treat multiple types of viruses and prevent them from infecting us. The work was published recently in the journal Macromolecules.

Familiarize Your Persona with NEWOLDSTAMP’s Email Signatures

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Communication is one of the basic constituents of our life. Therefore, we should pay a special attention to how we interact with others, especially if you are an entrepreneur or a businessperson. Aside from your language, special non-verbal cues, and overall representation, we also recommend considering your online communication. For sure, you are polite and know everything about proper writing. However, most people miss out such an important element as an email signature.

How do you sign your email? Best regards? Look forward? Your name and job title? All of those sound extremely archaic. The new era of online communication has adapted the concept of a template online email signature to improve your commercial image. Basically, it is your online autograph, something unique and special that allures everyone’s attention.

Newoldstamp, of course, is not the only company providing template email signatures. Nevertheless, we have several reasons to recommend this team:

  1. Newoldstamp is an experienced company; the guys have been providing customers with their services since 2014. Newoldstamp says that the development should never be stopped – every day is a new chance to implement fresh improvements.
  2. Newoldstamp provides its customers with an opportunity to create a free trial signature that will be available for 3 days. After the trial period, you will be offered to choose an appropriate plan for you or/and your company.
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Using linear actuators at human-interactive robotic lab

Using linear actuators at human-interactive robotic lab

During the posture phase of walk, the instrumented vibrating platform applies pseudo-random rotation perturbation to the ankle using 12 volt actuators. Dorsiflexion, plantar flexion and inversion-eversion movement recorded by a camera are some of the resulting movement of the ankle. A major importance of the platform is its ability to estimate the mechanical impedance of the ankle. The power is transferred from the actuators module using a Bowden cable to the footplate module. This is done while providing the system with a low profile. The robotic ankle foot is favorable for an agile walker since it is capable of various movements. The ankle foot is tailored to meet the users’ needs. Bowden cables are used to connect the actuation system to the prosthesis and the actuation system can be mounted or dismounted easily based on the users’ activities.

Research is still being conducted to find a platform that has a circular treadmill and a gait emulator. The platform allows for repeatable experiment on the prototypes steerable prosthesis. The prototype is expected to accommodate diverse surface profiles and diverse radiuses of turn thus enhancing maneuverability for navigating slopes. This research is expected to have tremendous impacts and the prototype is intended to imitator the mechanical functionality of a human ankle in all movements. The prototype is designed to be practical, light weight and tendon driven thus enhancing agility during turning. It will also have the ability to accommodate changes in the ground’s profile and slope.

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The mechanical impedance of the human ankle is responsible for locomotion and thus very important. Studies are being conducted to estimate the impedence of the ankle in various periods of the walk. The results of this study will be used to develop an assistive robotic ankle foot that will imitate the time changing mechanism of a human ankle during different circumstances of gait.

Why Straight Men Should Care About Gay Superheroes

You should check out the Medium post by Bryan Pierce about gay superheroes and why straight men should care.

In the post, Bryan recounts his experiences as a gay kid and how that helped lead him towards developing his own Sci-Fi graphical novel Indigo Dax and future board game, whose main character is a gay superhero. The character’s experiences sound like they may help straight men and women have more empathy for life as a gay person today.

In my opinion, at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if you’re straight, bi, gay, TS, whatever…it’s about the impact you have on society and the people around you. From the trailer for the novel it looks like it sends that message, and the fact the main character is gay is not the main point, but rather his efforts to combat evil and deal with the emotions of being separated from his loved ones far in the future.

I’m sure we will be seeing more stories with gay superheroes.

Here’s the trailer for Indigo Dax – the graphic novel…