Familiarize Your Persona with NEWOLDSTAMP’s Email Signatures


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.
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  3. Newoldstamp’s signature creating tool is simple and user-friendly. It includes all useful information, addible social networks’ links, illustrations, images, logos, and much more.
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  6. Newoldstamp created several template email signatures – minimalistic, up-to-date, and just beautiful. The team also offers to customize an email signature to fit your tastes and requirements.

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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.


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…


Recent SEC Rules Pave the Way for New Kinds of Crowdfunding Sites


Recent SEC Rules Pave the Way for New Kinds of Crowdfunding Sites

In the past 5 years there’s been an explosion in the number of startups being funded through popular crowdfunding sites like Indiegogo and Kickstarter. In response to this relatively new form of funding, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has released a document of more than 600 pages containing rules and regulations that will govern how the industry operates in certain regards. One of the most important changes introduced has been the provision that allows non-accredited investors to begin holding equity in the startups they’re investing in through crowdfunding.

SEC Giving Investors Incentive to Start Crowdfunding

Previously, investors could only stand to gain a reward or prize in exchange for their donation, which typically included a copy of the startup’s product or a free trial of their service. Now investors can look forward to owning equity in the companies they’re investing in, and they don’t even have to be accredited investors. This allows virtually anyone to get involved in business investing with the prospect of a reasonable return, rather than from the perspective of an occasional hobby or passion, as has often been the case in the existing crowdfunding landscape.

Billionaire Software Developer to Launch Next Generation Crowdfunding 

In 2004 IBM bought the software company Candle for more than $600 million. The founder, Aubrey Chernick, was able to grow those funds into a current fortune of more than $1.2 billion and has since used a large portion of his funds for philanthropic endeavors. He’s even been honored with a Lifetime Legacy Award from the Children Uniting Nations (CUN) organization. As part of an effort to give back to the tech community that gave him the opportunity to succeed, Chernick will be launching a new service called Next Generation Crowdfunding, which will be among the first to operate based on the new SEC rules.

Attracting a New Kind of Investor and Higher Donations

In the past, crowdfunding has always been about investors putting money into things they’re passionate about or interested in. From that standpoint, it has been more of a hobby or passion that lets people pour a little extra money into upcoming products and startups they believe in. There has never been much of a guaranteed return for the investors or “donors.” That is set to change, however, as Next Generation Crowdfunding will give serious non-accredited investors the opportunity to begin holding equity in the startups they’re investing in. Of course, this will undoubtedly attract a larger number of serious investors who are willing to contribute more on a per-donation basis. Chernick has also been helping fund other crowdfunding endeavors such as StartEngine.

Stimulating Technological Advancement Through Crowdfunding

One could say that promoting the practice of crowdfunding in itself could be considered a philanthropic act, being that you’re furthering a type of funding that is pushing technological innovation forward. Chernick’s ambition to bring more investors into crowdfunding could be a major step towards convincing investors that crowdfunding is worth their time and money.

The Top Tips and Tricks for Picking a Strong Password 

Hacking and compromised online data is on the rise — a record-breaking 47% of U.S. adults were the victims of hacking in 2014 alone. A recent study reported that nearly 75% of consumers use duplicate passwords, many of which haven’t been updated in more than five years. About 40% of those surveyed have experienced a security incident, be it an account hacked or password stolen, in the past year.

How Do Passwords Get Stolen?

Passwords to online accounts serve as one of the last lines of defense against hackers. There are three main ways your password could be compromised.

  1. Someone you know wants to uncover your personal information. They may attempt to guess your password to gain access.
  2. A hacker is attempting to access a group of user accounts. Hackers systematically check possible pass phrases until they discover the right one.
  3. A company with which you have an account experiences a data breach and your information, along with millions of others, is hacked.

While some hacking incidents are nearly impossible to prevent, such as a company-wide data breach, you can make your accounts less susceptible by creating a secure password and following password safety best practices.

How Can I Pick a Strong Password?

A hard-to-guess password doesn’t have to be hard to create. Follow these seven tips for password creation.

  1. Avoid the most commonly used passwords. For 2015, the list of worst passwords included “123456,” “password,” “qwerty,” “football,” “welcome,” and “starwars.”
  2. Use at least 12 characters. While there isn’t one agreed-upon rule for password length, aim to use between 12 and 16 characters. Long passwords are harder to guess, but you don’t want them so long you can’t remember them.
  3. Use a mix of multiple types of characters, including numbers, capital and lowercase letters, and symbols.
  4. Stay away from dictionary words and phrases, as they are easier to guess than gibberish. If you have a phrase in mind, such as “love to learn,” consider a phonetic variation, like “<32lurn” — and add a few more characters for good measure.
  5. Don’t include personal information in your password. This includes your birth date, name, address, phone number, or social security number.
  6. Skip any repeating numbers or letters. The more characters that repeat, such as “55” or “WWW,” the more vulnerable the password.
  7. Steer clear of keyboard patterns. From “qwerty” to “123456,” there’s a reason the worst passwords list included many of these variations — they’re easy to guess.

Once you develop your password, test its strength by using a password checker, such as The Password Meter.

Password Security Best Practices

Creating a strong password is the first step in protecting your online identity. The next step is safeguarding your password by following these five cybersecurity best practices.

  1. Don’t save passwords in your browser — that may sound like common sense, but 59% of millennials regularly saves their passwords in their browsers. If your computer is stolen or hacked, someone could gain immediate access to your
  2. Use a different password for every account. If a company experiences a data breach or one of your accounts is compromised, your other accounts will still be secure. If you have trouble remembering and organizing your passwords, use a secure password manager, such as LastPass.
  3. Don’t share your password. Other than using a password manager, you shouldn’t tell anyone your password, write it down on paper, or store it in an unsecured document or computer program, such as Microsoft Word.
  4. Regularly update your passwords. Security experts and computer professionals recommend changing your online passwords every three months, but this may be extreme for some Internet users. While it depends on your Internet usage and preferences, aim to update your passwords at least once a year.
  5. Enable two-step verification when possible. While not all websites and programs offer it, many popular services, including Facebook, PayPal, Dropbox, and Gmail, offer two-step verification. This means that if you — or a hacker — is attempting to log in to an account on an unverified or guest device, you’ll also be required to enter a code that is sent as a text message to your phone.

Password protection is an essential component of safe Internet usage, helping you keep your personal information safe from prying eyes. If you can’t remember the last time you changed your passwords, set aside some time in your day to update them.

Get your geek on with trendy but geeky furniture and showcase it with the community


I’m a geek through and through like most readers of this blog. As I was browsing geeky news today I came across an interesting bit of news about a geeky coffee table. It got me thinking about decorating my home (assuming my wife approves!), and how one would go about showcasing this on the internet.

Let’s start with the geeky furniture…

It’s a Star Trek coffee table that also doubles as a pinball machine! What self-respecting geek wouldn’t want this?! J

Found via Nerdist:

star trek table pinball machine

This beauty is handmade and will cost you roughly 7800 / US$8800. It took almost 400 hours to build and its creator says it contains the Star Trek pinball machine by Data East in 1991. Of course it comes with Dilithium crystals to fuel it which are really hard to come by (recall that it’s a mineral that occurs naturally on only some planets).

Ok, ok, maybe Star Trek isn’t your thing, but if you are really looking to outfit your living room with a geeky table then how about these options?

An iPhone Table!

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The iPhone table on the left is for the hardcore iPhone geek with the full homescreen look and feel including the hom button. But it’s a little boxy and bulky, like the iPhone 3. If you’re looking for something that may be more esthetically pleasing but still geeky, how about the table on the right inspired by the modern iPhones.

This iPhone Table on the right is a unique table inspired and crafted on the elegant, advanced design and iconic form of the iPhone. Perfect for contemporary design spaces.

Alright, maybe you want more hardcore geeky furniture. After all, everybody and their grandmother has a smartphone so maybe that one’s not geeky enough for you…


How about retro gaming furniture like Space Invaders?

The Space Invaders couch is one of the highest quality retro video game couches ever made. Its sleek design and memory foam cushioning makes the Space Invaders couch not only incredibly nostalgic, but comfortable too.


The Pacman ottoman! This would be perfect for any arcade room or to sit while playing your XBOX or PS, right?

game of thrones beanbag

If you’re not into the retro gaming style but maybe you’re a fan of Game of Thrones? Then how about this beautiful Game of Thrones Iron Throne Bean Bag chair, with complete instructions to make your own!

Skip on over to Freshome for the instructions and more detailed pics of this bad boy. Any self-respecting obsessive GoT fan would love to watch the show from their own throne.

Showcasing your new geeky furniture

Now that you’ve got your geek on and decorating your home with trendy furniture like this, you might should also consider showcasing how you decorate your home with geeky style. You can easily do this in a few easy steps.

  1. Start by choosing from website hosting services. You want to consider price, bandwidth, disk space. Since I’ve been using Geeknews for many years, I know that another important point to consider is ease of use of the control panel. This is because you’ll spend a lot of time here configuring the site at the beginning or when making big changes.
  2. Configure WordPress as your blogging platform. It’s free with tens of thousands of great themes and plugins. If you want to just show off your pics, choose a photo gallery theme. Most hosting services can install WP for you with a single click!
  3. Sign up for and implement Google Analytics on your site. This will allow you to gain insights, data, into who is landing at your site, where they’re from, what they do on the site. It’ll help you optimize the site
  4. If you want to earn a little pocket money from your new site, consider being an advertising affiliate for a business such as Amazon Affiliate Program, Google AdSense, etc…

There you have it, when you decorate with geeky furniture or setup your own blog to showcase it, please share with me and I’ll profile here J

How To look Like A High Roller At A Casino

If you happen to be visiting a casino for the first time and wondering what to wear then you are in luck. One thing that is not true that is often said is that men don’t care about the way they look. On a night out just like most, men will be cautious about what they are wearing and attending a casino, for fun, for a celebration or even a work party is no different. When at casino the majority of men assume they should be dressed in a black tuxedo like James Bond, but in order to gain the high roller look at a casino that is not the case. By all means if you want to dress to impress to perform your card tricks and even make a few winnings you are more than entitled to dress up to the nines, but if you want a more relaxed high roller look without the tux that is just as acceptable.

Dress To Impress

When it comes to an online casino you can literally where whatever you like as there are no restrictions, but when going to an actual casino the majority of both men and women think about popular TV and films like Casino Royale. In the James Bond film Casino Royale all characters wear black tie tuxedos and expensive dresses and suits, this gives a false impression that most casinos require this kind of outfit. Majority of casinos have a far less restrictive dress code, but if you are planning a big night out then there is no reason why you can’t dust off your tuxedo. If you do aim to dress to impress, most high roller players at casinos will go for a well fitted slim cut suit in mostly neutral colours like black, grey, navy and even a brighter blue. It is best to stick to neutral colours as clothes should never overshadow the wearer and their personality.

Jackets Required

The dress code will vary from casino to casino, as well as depending on which country you will be going to gamble. The general rule for most casinos isn’t a formal black tie look but more of a casual look and the casinos will require you to have jacket. Not just any old denim jacket but more of a smart fitted blazer. If you’re more of a classical gentleman opt for a plain neutral coloured blazer that has a darker hue. If you’re the type of man who likes to keep up with modern trends then choose an on trend in season blazer. In winter the most popular blazers are dark checked prints or wool blazers in hues of grey. If you’re attending a casino in the summer then choose lighter shades such as sand, camel, and even khaki, if you’re really brave opt for a linen based blazer which will keep you feeling and looking like a high roller.

Smart Casual

Casinos don’t require you to pull out all the stops with a suit, but keep in mind that you should be opting for a smart casual look. There are many different trends that you can draw on that enable you to look smart without wearing a suit, this may include smart fitted chinos or even dark coloured jeans which to complete a high roller look team with a simple plain or patterned shirt and a blazer. Another look is a neutral coloured roll neck paired with slim fitted trousers which will create a much sleeker and sophisticated silhouette. No matter what smart casual look you opt for, remember to finish with either tan, brown or black brogues or loafers as all casinos have one rule, definitely no trainers allowed.



Why Freddie Mercury’s Voice Was So Great, As Explained By Science


Via NPR-

Freddie Mercury, the late frontman for the legendary band Queen, died almost 25 years ago. But he’s still regarded as one of the best rock singers ever.

What, exactly, made him so great? A research team in Europe wanted to answer that question, so it looked into the science behind his voice. Professor Christian Herbst was part of that team, which just released its study on Mercury; as a singing teacher and a biophysicist, Herbst says he was intrigued by Mercury’s technique. According to his research, the key lies in Mercury’s vibrato, which differs slightly from those of other classically trained singers.

How Technology Has Changed the Way We Gamble

Since the dawn of the internet, societies across the world have been impacted in many ways – both positive and negative. The ability to communicate, purchase and learn from virtually anywhere in the world has completely revolutionised how we go about daily life. From desktops and laptops to mobile phones and tablets, it seems that everyone these days has at least one device that technology only recently made possible. Every industry has been impacted by this, and the gambling industry is no different. How has technology changed the way we gamble? We’ll discuss the shifts below and explain the implications.

An Explosion of New Gambling Companies

Without a doubt, technology’s biggest influence on the gambling industry has to be the explosion of availability that now exists online and via mobile apps. Prior to the development of the internet, personal computers and mobile devices, people who wished to gamble were forced to trek long distances to the nearest casino. With technological developments, even small casino establishments are now able to build low-cost, high-profit business models that serve people from all around the world. What once would have cost millions or even hundreds of millions of pounds can now be built for a fraction of the price, allowing casino companies to save money on overhead and physical infrastructure that wouldn’t have been possible in the past.

Remote Gambling Opportunities

While the development of the internet certainly made it possible to enjoy gambling online, the development of mobile apps made it possible to do so from literally anywhere. Companies like mFortune, who developed the first mobile casino app in the world, saw opportunity early on when it came to serving their clients. Anyone who wishes to enjoy mobile casino games only needs to open their mobile phone’s app store in order to find a slew of possible contenders. This has made remote gambling a reality; you no longer need to visit a physical establishment or even be tied to a standard computer in order to play slots, blackjack or countless other casino games.

Increased Scrutiny and Awareness

From the perspective of the casino industry, technology hasn’t been exclusively a blessing. While it is much easier to reach people who are ready to head to the casino thanks to technology, many patrons are more conscious of their choices and the fine-print involved. In past decades, gamblers weren’t necessarily aware of others’ experiences at casinos, what the odds of winning were and how standard payouts were handled prior to visiting the casino in person. Today, however, gamblers can find all of this information and more online in the form of reviews and critiques of each establishment. Because of this, casino companies must strive to be more competitive in offering better payouts, odds and amenities to their patrons.

The influence of technology on virtually every facet of our lives continues unabated. For the casino industry and in terms of how we gamble, there are now many advantages for both the businesses and the gamblers. From increased awareness of options to the ability to play from anywhere in the world, many gamblers have fundamentally altered their behaviour in recent years due to the effects of technology on the industry.

Vegetables irrigated with treated wastewater expose consumers to drugs


Society focuses so much on reducing its footprint in waste that we’re constantly looking to new ways to do more with less, and recycling just about everything from atomic bombs to plastic shopping bags and roadkill on the side of the road.

One popular recycling technique is to reuse wastewater from treatment plants, factories, “green office buildings” and more. So it’s no surprise to hear of this new study that finds maybe we’re going a little too far in the wastewater recycling…

Via ScienceBlog:

A new study by a multidisciplinary team of researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Hadassah Medical Center shows that eating vegetables and fruits grown in soils irrigated with reclaimed wastewater exposes consumers to minute quantities of carbamazepine, an anti-epileptic drug commonly detected in wastewater effluents.

Fresh water scarcity worldwide has led to increased use of reclaimed wastewater, as an alternative source for crop irrigation. But the ubiquity of pharmaceuticals in treated effluents has raised concerns over the potential exposure for consumers to drug contaminants via treated wastewater.

There’s tons of juicy Star Trek news happening lately!

Lots going on in Star Trek news, so let’s get it on…

Yesterday was First Contact day!ST-First Contact

April 5 is when we celebrate the future flight of Dr Cochrane succeeding in breaking the warp barrier which prompted the Vulcans to make first contact with him

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William Shatner says goodbye to his long time friend in his new book: Leonard.

As much a biography of Nimoy as a story of their friendship,Leonard is a uniquely heartfelt book written by one legendary actor in celebration of another.

Star Trek fans looking for a trip down Memory Alpha lane should enjoy Leonard, William Shatner’s tribute to fellow icon Leonard Nimoy, the unemotional Mr. Spock to his passionate Captain Kirk

In 2017 there will be a new Star Trek TV show

A TV Show reboot was announced a few months ago by CBS Paramount, but now we know that it will not air until 2017. It seems they have a deal not to air within 6months of the new ST movie coming out this summer. So I guess we have to wait until around January 2017.

An official teaser poster for the upcoming Star Trek television show was spotted this week at the MIPTV International Television Trade Show during Cannes Film Festival in France.

Very similar to the “promotional poster” that made headlines two weeks ago, the poster features a Star Trek logo, reminiscent of The Original Series, against a purple space field and the text “Boldly Going In 2017” below it.

Star Trek movie to be first Paramount pic released in 4k Ultra.

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Paramount Home Media Distribution has joined the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc movement, selecting “Star Trek” and “Star Trek Into Darkness” as its first two titles released in the format.

The J.J. Abrams-directed sci-fi adventures – due out on June 14 — will benefit from the next evolution in home entertainment, as 4K UHD delivers four times the resolution and more than double the number of colors available with full HD.

The discs feature four times the resolution of HD and more than double the number of colors available with full HD. The High Dynamic Range technology is touted as revealing hidden details and shades of color that more closely mimic real life. Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness in 4K UHD will offer exceptional vibrancy and contrast through High Dynamic Range technology, which reveals hidden details and shades that better resemble real life. – See more at:

Star Trek Beyond’s Director Shows Off Two New Aliens!

The director of ST: Beyond is Justin Lin , to help celebrate First Contact Day yesterday, he shared with us two new aliens to the ST universe, check his Twitter…

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Star Trek white noise app!

The Soundscape for Science Fiction fans is now available at myNoise.net. You can play on their website or download the myNoise app.

Star Trek’s Enterprise engine noise has been a recurring request of Soundscape fans. myNoise app developer delivers! Instead of designing just an engine noise, they decided to throw some extra sounds and turn the engine noise into a fully featured intergalactic experience. This soundscape has all the background noises needed to immerse yourself in a classic Sci-Fi movie soundtrack. For the TOS fans, they even added those fluttery vintage synth tones, reminiscent of how the future was perceived like… back in the sixties!



Gaming to improve your brain function

cognitive gaming

I’ve used gaming to improve my physical health, playing games like the XBOX One Fitness app and games like Just Dance. But as I get older, I’m thinking a little more about caring for my brain health, too, not just my fitness level for heart and lungs and weight.

Several studies, like this one from the Max Planck Institute, have found in the last few years that video gaming causes an increase in the brain regions responsible for spatial orientation, memory formation and strategic planning as well as fine motor skills. Other research also shows that spatial orientation and memory formation clearly improve (especially in girls who appear to improve more than boys).

In the study, people played the Super Mario 64 video game and their brains were monitored before and after the session. It was found that there are positive effects of video gaming that may be useful in therapeutic interventions targeting psychiatric disorders. The video gaming group showed increases of gray matter in the right hippocampus, right prefrontal cortex and the cerebellum, measured using MRI.

Ageing is a daunting process, partly because some of the first things to go are memory, attention and motor skills. The idea that some form of regular mental activity—doing a crossword, for example—can postpone mental decline is not new. Now researchers have found another: playing certain types of interactive games could help the elderly stay sharper for longer.

So there is reason to think video game training enhances cognitive control in older adults. ‘Serious gaming’ and dementia friendly design innovation and new research on how video games improve aging brains is apparently the way to go to extend our cognitive abilities for future generations.

With all that data to show how we can retain our cognitive functions as we age, here’s my recommended gaming activities:

For mobile games, there’s lots of options, you can even find games specifically targeting improving cognition. My mobile recommendation here is to choose a Mystery Game!
Put on your detective hat and grab your favorite magnifying glass, mystery games will have you puzzling out crimes, murders, or other stranger unknowns. What is that strange light in the sky? Where does that underground passage lead? Time to find yourself some answers.

If you’re new to mystery games, here’s my recommendation Layton Brothers Mystery Room, this is an editor’s choice on iTunes and GooglePlay store. It’s more than mystery, it’s a puzzle adventure video game. While it’s a little old, it’s very popular and lots of fun! Check the video trailer.

Another option for you is playing American roulette, it’s a very leisurely form of recreation and easy to get caught up in the excitement of the game.

There’s also the console games for XBOX One & Playstation, take your pick. First person shooters in my opinion give the most bang for the buck with visual and aural stimulation while requiring a fast neural response time as you interact with AI bots and other players. Examples include Halo 5 or Playstation’s VR version of Star Wars Battlefront.



Oculus Rift and Microgaming – The Future of Gambling


Oculus Rift continues to impress with the Rift VR headset and other devices, and Microgaming is already prepared to take advantage. Virtual reality has been a target for the tech industry for decades. If you look back as far as 1982 and the movie Tron, you can see that this type of environment was on the mind of innovators even then, and even though the film was skipped over for an Oscar because it was thought the high level (at the time) of graphics was effectively cheating, the idea of playing games from the first person perspective has been one of the main fixations of the virtual reality concept for the public ever since.

The Parallel Progression of Online Gambling

While VR has been pressing forward, there has been a parallel series of advances in the online gambling industry. In the mid-1990s, a combination of widely available Internet connections and personal computers allowed for the creation of the first online casino, and the company Microgaming was there to develop the software for it. Less than a decade later, they were among the first to push hard in the mobile sector, which is still the fastest-growing segment of the industry as a whole. They have always been on the cutting edge of the industry from the software side, so it’s no surprise that they already have a virtual reality product ready to go.

The Intersection of the Two Industries

The International Casino Expo, known as ICE for short, is the largest trade show for gambling in the world. Over the past two instances of ICE, Microgaming has been showing off what will likely become the future of gambling, and that’s a virtual reality version of roulette. This game takes place in space and features a robot-style croupier to handle bets and spinning of the roulette wheel. While some online casinos, SlotsMillion in particular, already have VR products that allow players to make their way through a virtual casino and play a normal suite of games, Microgaming is the first to really push for actual games that use VR technologies.

With that having been said, this roulette game hasn’t come fully to market quite yet, and a big part of that is the simple fact that VR technologies haven’t become all that popular just yet. There are a number of VR options today other than the pricey newer models of Oculus Rift, and while many of them rely on smartphone that users already have, they haven’t quite caught on the mainstream. Once they do, however, Microgaming will definitely be poised to take over the market, which is a strategy they have used previously with mobile games and are currently using with other wearable technology.

Commonalities With Wearable Technology

As we’ve mentioned before, Microgaming is very persistent about being the first to really push for online gambling opportunities using new technologies. The smartwatch is a good example of the precarious position they put themselves in when a new technology is available but not quite popular enough for a full-fledged set of releases. They’ve developed a special version of their Thunderstruck slot, one of their original titles and one of the most popular games they’ve ever released, for smartwatches. However, the smartwatch (and other similar wearable technology) hasn’t quite taken off yet.

In the case of the smartwatch, there are similarities and differences with their virtual reality products. What’s similar is that they’re currently sitting in an interesting position where the technology isn’t popular enough to justify investing the money and resources for a much wider selection of games. However, they’re also the company that has invested the most so far, so they have a definite head start on the competition when it comes time to push forward.

What’s largely different between virtual reality and smartwatch technologies is that the virtual reality interface itself is much more friendly for traditional styles of gambling because the smartwatch suffers from a severe lack of screen real estate. What’s more is that virtual reality seems to have more utility than smartwatches for the average person, and that’s what allowed Microgaming the market to work with in terms of personal computers and later mobile devices.

What Happens Next?

What happens next is that Microgaming will continue to prepare their virtual reality offering, which has already been shown to work with less expensive virtual reality setups than the newest selection from Oculus Rift. Along these lines, as soon as the market starts opening up a bit, which will be inevitable when prices come down for these technologies, Microgaming will be the first to get in and take players on a virtual reality ride to roulette tables in space and beyond. The flexibility of this platform plays right into the strengths of Microgaming, and it will give them yet another opportunity to illustrate why they are widely considered to be the top developer in the online casino software industry.


News Links April 5 2016


How the biggest data leak in history happened –
Terrabytes of data related to shady tax-evading businesses came from a single person who used increased protection to hide his or her identity and to siphon a large amount of data. Here’s how it happened. Why is the leak important? Because it exposes public figures around the world from China, to Russia and the Prime Minister of Iceland.

Samsung unveils Family Hub Refrigerator
Samsung has unveiled a high-tech refrigerator that could become the most important appliance in your entire home. If you need to replace your refrigerator, you can comfortably check your prices from trusted
electrical appliance stores

Play the original ‘Legend of Zelda’ in 3D on your browser for free
The classic game was ported to the browser using javascript. Play on the PC or your mobile device!  (via BGR)

Electrical stimulation of deep brain structures to ease chronic pain
By electrically stimulating a deep, middle brain structure, researchers have managed to block pain signals at the spinal cord level without drug intervention. The process also triggers the release of beneficial dopamine, which may reduce the emotional distress associated with long-term pain. (via r/science)


Apple mocks ‘Sad PC’ users

Sad PC Users

Apple thinks your PC is sad but you will be happy with an iPad Pro

At last Monday’s Apple event, Apple veteran Phil Schiller made a comment about older PCs that seems to have irked a lot of PC users. He was presenting the new iPad Pro when he made some off the cuff remark that’s got Apple in some hot water.

Phil Schiller is Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, in the presentation he mentioned that many users of the iPad Pro come from Windows PCs implying that the iPad Pro is a more delightful experience for them.

Then Schiller said: “Windows PCs were originally conceived of before there was an Internet, before there was social media, before there was app stores, and this is an amazing statistic: There are over 600 million PCs in use today that are over five years old.”

You can imagine that this is a fantastic marketing opportunity.

Of the 600 million PCs he then said: “This is really sad. It really is.

And now there’s a lot of PC users irked that they are being considered ‘sad’.

This has become news, here’s some examples:

Foxnews: Apple diss about ‘sad’ PCs sparks irritation

Trusted Reviews: Apple mocks ‘sad’ PC users

Geek.com: Phil Schiller thinks it’s sad that people use 5-year-old computers

And ZDNET does some analysis of so many sad old iPads in use out there, too:

zdnet ipads

I used to be one of the folks that always tried keeping my PC, laptop, mobile phone relatively fresh by upgrading it every 2-3 years. Now that I’m a little older and not making as much money as I used to, I find that desire to upgrade just isn’t there. I think I had gotten so used to having disposable income that I fell into the upgrade trap that high tech companies have us living in – making us feel that to stay relevant we need to upgrade.

One of the many good things about using a PC is the myriad of great tools to help you keep your new and old PC running like new. So here’s some of the tools I use for new and older PCs:

Sometimes you need to reclaim wasted space on the PC’s disk, maybe you want to move, merge, delete partitions. Sometimes you can get by with the built-in utility in Windows called Disk Management, but it’s very limited for the more common advanced experiences. For windows 10 resize partition , I turn to EaseUS Partition Master because the UI is easy and intuitive to use.

There’s almost no error I can get that worries more than “Operating system not found” when booting the PC. This likely means the Master Boot Record is corrupt! This is where I go for mbr repair . it’s so much easier and faster to rebuild or repair the MBR than to re-install Windows!

For general tune-up of your Windows PC, check out PC Magazine’s 2016 collection of top tune-up utilities.