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Xbox Scorpio – World’s Most Powerful Gaming Console Yet

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In this year’s E3, Microsoft revealed what could be the most powerful console ever – the Xbox Scorpio – marking a new beginning for the computer giant’s role in the traditional console gaming space.

However, the company has not released any information about the Scorpio’s features yet. It has been very secretive pertaining to it. Gaming enthusiasts also could not expect any news bout the upcoming device in Microsoft’s event this October 26. In a tweet, Xbox CEO Phil Spencer said that the company won’t be talking about Scorpio at the event as his team will be focusing instead on the future of Windows 10.

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Information about the console is very scarce, but in its official website, Xbox said that the Scorpio will be the first and only console in the market that will enable 4K gaming and hi-fidelity virtual reality. It also said that the device will be compatible with all Xbox One games and accessories, allowing Xbox fans to level up their gaming experience easily.

We’re building a beast,” said Xbox marketing head Aaron Greenberg during Microsoft’s own E3 2016. “It’s gonna be the most powerful console ever made, and as a guy who was here when we built the original Xbox, that being such a powerful box, and we pioneered with Xbox Live, and some of those innovative games, it really feels like we’re getting back to our roots.”

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Spencer shared the same optimism and, like others before him, have said that Scorpio is ‘premium‘ when its comes to power, features and hardware, which suggests that it will not be cheap. Since it is going to be more powerful than the One S, it will be introduced at a much higher price – though that remains a mystery for now.

By the way, Microsoft is targeting to release the console in December 2017, a perfect holiday gift for Xbox fans out there.

Software Issue on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus Affects Lighting EarPods

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On 16 September 2016, the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models became available in the UK with customers able to pre-order as early as the 9th of September. As in the previous releases of older iPhone models, people line up for days outside the Apple stores to get their hands on these phones.

But barely two weeks after the successful release Apple has admitted that iPhone 7 has an issue. This has something to do with the headphone jack or rather the lack of it, a move that the company first considered to be a bold one to give way to the Lighting port.

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According to reports, the Lighting EarPods malfunction. While music can still be heard, the controls become frozen so some functions are affected, such as the volume control, shortcuts for Siri and call answering features. They are pointing at the software as the culprit.

Lighting jack-based earphones use software to operate as opposed to the good old analog 3.5mm pairs. Since there are still glitches in iOS 10 and iOS 10.0.1, these things can happen.

The latest software for iPhones and iPads, the iOS 10 was in beta testing for months and now that it is out, Apple boasts of its extensive update as well as its new capabilities and features. Dubbed as the most advanced mobile OS in the world, updates include more animated and impressive ways to send messages, Siri working with new apps, improved 3D Touch, new design for Apple Music, Photos and Maps, among others.

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But then again, this controversial Lighting EarPods incident happened. Despite the issue only happening at random, this can still be disappointing for mobile users. Meanwhile, Apple is already fixing the problem and this will be expected in the next update.

The 3.5mm port might be old school and the Lighting EarPods are state-of-the-art but still, many users are not happy about their EarPods freezing.

 

Cool Tech Gadgets That Should Be in Your Game Room

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An ideal game room should have the balance of comfort and an assortment of technologies to make it satisfying for you to play your favorite games even in long periods. While other game rooms are set in common spaces without actual planning, you should make yours optimally set up for comfort from the start. Here are some tech gadgets that you should have in your game room:

  • Multimedia Remote

There would be enough hardware to put in your game room, which means that there will be a lot of remote controls. So, why not reduce such clutter with a multimedia remote? This small-sized gadget can work like an all-in-one remote for your TV, video player, sound system and more. You can also communicate with it using certain apps that use Bluetooth technology.

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  • Cable Organizer

Before, tangled cords have been a hassle in any space that uses modern technology, but today, companies have already created solutions for those helplessly drowning in cable clutter. One of these inventions is the cable organizer that will let you focus on the game, instead of the stray wires.

  • Gamer’s Wireless Router

If you are an online gamer, then you most probably have faced a situation where a lapse in your broadband connection resulted in a lag that adversely affected your gameplay. Now, with a gamer’s wireless router, you will have an intelligent system that prioritises which devices will get consistent and more broadband feed.

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  • Control Charge Station

Your video game controllers should no longer have to be attached to their systems themselves, but in this case, they would require constant charging. With a charge station, your controllers will be kept on standby and their batteries would be topped up without the messy cables.

Now, do you want to make your game room more comfortable and enjoyable? Do not miss having these cool tech gadgets!

 

The roulette wheel: From Blaise Pascal to Virtual Reality

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Roulette wheels are most certainly an impressive feat of engineering. They are a feast for the eyes and are one of the first things players go to watch when they set foot in a land-based casino.

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Invented inadvertently by a man named Blaise Pascal who was attempting to create a perpetual motion machine back in the 17th century, the roulette wheel hasn’t changed a great deal through the generations. This only serves to add to the character and charm of this long-standing casino game.

The basic construction of a casino roulette wheel

For any professional roulette wheel to be approved for operation on a casino floor, there are many basic design elements necessary for its consistent, fair function, including:

  • The weight of the wheel itself must be distributed evenly
  • In terms of the threat of interference, both the roulette wheel and ball should be manufactured using non-magnetic substances to stamp out the threat of tampering from magnetic sources
  • The cylinder must be designed to rotate and move freely, but all attached facets of the wheel should not be able to move at all times
  • The ball pockets on the wheel ring should each have exactly the same dimensions and are evenly spaced, allowing the roulette ball to travel and stop smoothly within the random pocket

In the event that any of these conditions are not completely met, the roulette wheel is deemed biased or defective and can therefore be taken advantage of by expert players who recognise its faults. Nevertheless, most land-based casinos operate strict testing of their roulette wheels to ensure 100% legitimate gaming at all times.

How technology has helped deter players from gaining an advantage

Manufacturers Cammegh sought to combat the prospect of experienced roulette players from gaining an advantage on their roulette wheels by developing and patenting new technology, designed as a security upgrade for Cammegh’s Mercury 360 roulette wheels.

Random Rotor Speed (RRS) utilises a contactless technique to randomly alter the speed of the wheel’s rotor after the ball has begun to spin around the wheel. This in turn prevents those using roulette computers or spotting patterns using a dealer’s rhythm, known as dealer’s signature.

The adoption of Random Number Generators for online roulette interfaces

Online casino players don’t have to encounter the possibility of deceleration of the roulette ball when travelling across the wheel. Although the casino industry has made significant strides in improving the design of its wheels to be virtually unaffected by deceleration, the iGaming industry does not have such problems today.

Regulated online casinos are subject to verification and periodic testing of all their classic casino games, as well as their slot games. Random Number Generators (RNGs) have transformed online casino software, giving players complete confidence and genuine peace of mind when playing their favorite games. The concept of an RNG is to mimic a random outcome. It does so by creating a randomized number sequence, or a sequence of random symbols, which have no logical or fixed pattern. In essence, every number the virtual roulette ball lands on is unable to be predicted; and the same happens with every spin of a slots game or deal on the blackjack table.

The functionality of RNGs is driven by algorithms and seed numbers. The latter are generated by the millisecond to continually create new random outcomes for number sequences.

All RNGs used by licensed online casinos are reviewed and inspected by recognized testing facilities such as TST, who operate industry leading gaming test labs to maintain player standards for leading casino brands.

That’s not where technology ends for online roulette either. The latest evolution is live roulette, featuring live dealers operating real roulette wheels via high-definition video streams, capable of capturing all the table action at a speed of 200 frames per second.

The leading casinos offer live online roulette across multiple variations. 32Red roulette offers four different roulette game types: Standard, French Gold, Auto and Immersive roulette. The latter uses all the latest technology and camera angles to help players on the 32Red site feel as close to the action as possible, with slow-motion and replay functionality. It’s a variant of roulette that’s been recently adopted by many other online casinos. High 5 Casino has even adapted the immersive game to a mobile format while Red Queen Casino also offers immersive versions of their blackjack and baccarat games.

Where can technology take online roulette next? The use of virtual reality would have to be the most realistic development; simply because it’s already being used now. Virtual reality headsets could be used to transport you directly into a bricks-and-mortar casino environment whilst providing you with the highly regulated and randomized online roulette experience.

Pokemon Go Two Months After the Frenzy

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Since Pokemon Go was launched almost a couple of months ago, the Augmented Reality app, there have been millions of phone users who have downloaded the game from different parts of the world such as the UK, United States, Australia and Asia, among others.

Just a few days after it was out, Pokemon Go became a phenomenon, topping the download charts in the US and the UK. There were also many positive reviews about the game with experts saying that it can be healthy for the people in terms of getting exercise. Others also say that this brought people of the community together because they gather in places and interact with each other.

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However, in August, it was reported that the popularity of Pokemon Go dwindled with the daily active users dropping from about 45 million gamers in mid-July to only 30 million after a month had lapsed. Not only that. There have also been negative reports about the effects of the game and the frenzy it has created.

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In the UK, there have been reports of criminal activities related to the use of Pokemon Go. Police authorities say that there have been hundreds of incidents recorded which include assaults, thefts, robberies and even driving offences.

In Lancashire, Pokemon Go-related incidents reached the highest number with 39 cases while in Greater Manchester, the police reported that one of the most common types of incident is robbery  wherein thieves create “lures” to lead players to a particular location and then snatch their phones. Other incidents include trespassing on private property, fighting and assaults.

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Meanwhile, in Russia, a blogger is facing a five-year sentence if found guilty for playing Pokemon Go inside the church. It was his way of protesting the ban on playing the game in religious sites. And in Covina, California, the police authorities tweeted to warn players to stop sending enquiries asking if they can access the jails to search for Pokemon characters.

Whether Pokemon is a simply a fad and passing fancy, there is no doubt that it was a worldwide hit even for a short period of time.

Top Wearable Gadgets to Maintain a Healthy and Fashionable Lifestyle

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Trending gadgets these days not only help you be more techie or fashionable, but healthy as well. So folks who would want to become fit and trendy should have a new reason to celebrate. Here are a few of the top devices to look forward to in the market this year.

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Wearable Exercising Gadget

If you want to increase your performance and strength without lifting a considerable amount of weight, you can wear the new exercising gadget. This is a gadget that is made as an arm band encasing the biceps and forearm encased in a man-made skeletal shell in order to build muscles through the improvement of performance. This piece of equipment can be utilized to help increase the strength of the body by focusing on the bones and ligaments of the arm.

Wearable Safety Device

Upon wearing this safety device, it will enable to notify preset contacts when affected by natural disaster or in a middle of a personal attack. This will be done silently as it has an accompanying app that should reveal your location in accordance with the GPS. Additionally, it has a panic button that could record audio that should be proven useful in extreme circumstances.

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One of the fitness gadgets that can be worn is the ring monitor that should be able to ensure that you are having enough sleep. Aside from that, it can also monitor other activities being done when you are sleeping. This device embeds the monitors into a ring which allows the wearer to take complete advantage of technology without having to feel that you are already wearing it.

If you are going to buy one of these items, it is important to know that they are intended for fitness purposes as well. Not only will you feel fashionable but you will also get fit and healthy.

Contactless Credit Cards Are Reshaping the Way People Board Trains

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London has finally licensed a contactless payment system that allows people to board trains or buses with the use of a debit or credit card. This new technology will also be coming to other major cities around the world.

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The license allows people to use this technology that can be utilized elsewhere. The money earned with this type of technology will be kept for a fare freeze for commuters in the city. This new tech enables the use of contactless debit or credit cards by swiping on readers in public terminals.

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As a result, commuters will be able to travel without using any ticket. At each day’s end, the transport system will calculate the distance being travelled and will deduct the right amount. A daily or weekly cap will be applied on your spending if you travel enough. Mobile devices that support contactless technology can now be used as well to jump on a train or bus or even on the London Underground.

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History of Contactless Tech

In 2003, this concept was started by introducing the Oyster swipe card developed by Cubic, which allows commuters to keep season tickets or pay-as-you-go credit in just one card. This same card reading system has added contactless payment system since 2012. The company will take this contactless tech to other countries as well.

Procedure for Contactless Payments

Personal identification numbers or signatures are not necessary when you use contactless. You simply need to touch your card on the card reader that should render contactless. Other contactless payment methods are also accepted when making transactions elsewhere.

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You only need to have a credit or debit card issued in the UK on MasterCard, American Express, Visa or Maestro that displays the contactless payment symbol. Thus, you can use it when you decide to travel on various transports around the UK and soon around the world.

 

Scientists Discovered a Way to Grow Stronger Muscles Using Gelatin

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Can you grow muscles and get stronger without lifting a weight?  Impossible, right? Building stronger muscles means improving your diet and adding exercise in your routine. But researchers from the University of Southern California have found a short cut. Instead of sweating it out in the gym, lifting heavy weights, and doing all sorts of strength exercises, USC assistant professor of biomedical engineering Megan L. McCain and colleagues have devised a way to develop bigger and stronger muscle fibers using gelatin. Yes, gelatin!

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According to the Science Daily post, which reposted the news from the materials provided by University of California – Health Sciences, researchers fabricated a gel scaffold or a tiny “chip” from gelatin (which itself is derivative of naturally occurring protein) and successfully made mouse myotubes to adhere on the gelatin chips.

In past experiments, mouse my tubes, a skeletal muscle fiber with centrally located nucleus, detached or delaminated from protein-coated plastic scaffold after a week and failed to grow. In the latest experiment, the mouse myotubes were found to be adhering well to the gelatin chips and appeared to be longer, wider and more developed.

The USC researchers anticipate that human myotubes would thrive equally well on the gelatin chips as those of the mouse myotubes. And if successful, this new discovery could be used to study the development of human muscles and muscle-related diseases. It could also provide a testing ground for a new drug.

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“Disease and disorders involving skeletal muscle – ranging from severe muscular dystrophies to the gradual decrease in muscle mass with aging – dramatically reduce the quality of life for millions of people,” said McCain. “By creating an inexpensive and accessible platform for studying skeletal muscle in the laboratory, we hope to enable research that will usher in new treatments for these patients.”

McCain and her two collaborators won the Eli and Edythe Broad Innovation Awards in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at USC for their research. They are looking forward to conduct further research using the gelatin chips for studying amyotrophic lateral sclerosis which damages the neuromuscular junctions.

 

Revolutionize Your Ride with Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology

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Powering up an electric motor can now be done with fuel cell technology. Vehicles running on hydrogen fuel cell combine the power of oxygen and hydrogen in order to produce electricity. Contrary to conventional vehicles which run on diesel or gasoline, these are mainly powered by electricity. Thus, they are considered electric vehicles, but the refueling process and range of these units can be compared to conventional cars or trucks.

Main Features of Hydrogen Fuel Cell

Cars running on hydrogen fuel cell have certain features, such that would have environmental and recreational benefits as it uses electricity to run.

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Refueling a fuel cell car can be compared to that of a conventional vehicle. These cars can also be taken for lease in which some of them will cover the refueling costs.

This technology is very suitable for larger vehicles having long distance routes because it combines fast and centralized way of refueling and recharging their batteries through a plugin.

Differences between Electric and Fuel Cell Vehicles

Requires Longer Periods of Recharging Time – Electric vehicles has an advantage as they run on battery and electric motor. Although cars running on battery electric may also use an existing infrastructure for recharging, they must be plugged in for longer periods of time.

Produce Less Pollution – Plugin hybrid electric vehicles can be similar to battery electric vehicles. However, they have conventional diesel or gasoline engines. Although considered not as clean as fuel cell or battery electric cars, they produce less pollution than conventional vehicles.

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Can’t be Plugged In – Although they have conventional engines as well as electric motor and battery, conventional hybrids can’t possibly be plugged in. Despite the fact that these vehicles offer cleaner output, they derive their power from diesel and gasoline as they are not considered electric vehicles.