IK Multimedia iLoud MTM reference monitors are now available

IK Multimedia announces the availability of iLoud® MTM, a compact, no-compromise, reference monitor designed to deliver pristine sound and an unprecedented level of accuracy for the modern professional and home studio. It delivers sound quality that rivals monitors several times the price and provides innovative features not found anywhere else.

iLoud MTM offers an ultra-flat frequency response, but more importantly, a truly linear phase response - a premiere feature in this price segment available only on a handful of products costing considerably more. This gives iLoud MTM a natural, true-to-life sound made possible by IK's advanced DSP expertise.

Building upon IK's acclaimed iLoud Micro Monitors, iLoud MTM delivers unsurpassed accuracy, power and bass, with a generous 100W RMS power and a class-defying 40 Hz to 24 kHz frequency response. The symmetrical MTM design provides point-source performance for superior imaging, even at close distances, so users can create mixes that will translate across multiple playback systems, with no ear fatigue.

iLoud MTM also offers self-calibration derived from IK's award-winning ARC™ System, with an included reference microphone to easily adjust to any room's acoustics.

Incredible accuracy and transparency, deep and defined bass, precise stereo imaging at any distance, and automatic room calibration, all in a monitor that's small enough to fit on any desktop. This makes iLoud MTM the ideal monitor for nearfield work and a workhorse monitor for use in a home or project studio.

Reference-class, ultra-linear response

The primary role of any studio monitor is to deliver accurate, uncoloured sound for easier mixing decisions that will translate across multiple playback systems. iLoud MTM uses the most advanced DSP techniques to provide total control of the speaker's performance, delivering results not obtainable with traditional analog designs. Highs are neutral and defined; mids and lows are clear and balanced. Users can mix for hours with no ear fatigue, and their work will translate better than ever.

And of course it's loud, with 100W RMS total power per speaker and 103dB SPL maximum sound pressure, delivering the exceptional volume the iLoud name is known for.

Digitally-controlled for precision audio

iLoud MTM uses audiophile-grade, high resolution algorithms and top-of-the line A/D converters to carefully manage cross-overs, filtering, time alignment, equalization, dynamics control and auto-calibration. Totally DSP-controlled and precision time-aligned, iLoud MTM also manages the off-axis response to minimize the effects of room reverberation.

Extended low-end that rivals larger systems

iLoud MTM offers bass response down to a surprising 40Hz, ideal for modern music styles. It also debuts IK's new patent-pending Physical Response Linearization (PRL™) system that uses a precise model of the enclosure's design, construction and materials, combined with electro-mechanical measurements of the real units, to correct the system's performance in real time. The result is a stunningly "firm," balanced and defined low end, to surpass the sound of speakers even twice iLoud MTM's size.

A new phase in precision sound reproduction

iLoud MTM leverages IK's two decades of DSP experience to offer a true phase coherent response across the useful frequency spectrum, for realistic, natural sound. Users will hear instruments and dialogue as if they were happening live, discover more detail in their tracks than ever before, and avoid wasting hours trying to EQ away issues that were never there. This linear phase response is rarely found in speakers even several times iLoud MTM's price.

Symmetrical design for superior imaging and precision

iLoud MTM uses a midrange-tweeter-midrange symmetrical design, with a pair of 3.5" high performance woofers and one 1" high definition tweeter, which provide ultra-precise, defined, point-source sound that can't be achieved by traditional 2-way systems at close distances.

The result is a more natural, life-like sound that minimizes the ear fatigue caused by traditional 2- or 3-way designs where different frequencies arrive at the listener's ears at different times, so users can mix longer with less effort.

iLoud MTM's design also offers exceptional sound dispersion, enhancing the transparency and neutrality. The controlled dispersion minimizes the impact of room acoustics, for truer monitoring.

Instantly adjust to the acoustic environment

To help optimize the monitoring for any room's particular acoustics, iLoud MTM monitors feature built-in, one-touch acoustic auto-calibration derived from IK's award winning ARC™ System, with IK's reference ARC™ microphone included, to easily adjust the frequency response to their positioning. iLoud MTM also offers a low-frequency extension control and low and high-frequency trim controls to adjust the response to suit individual tastes.

Always get the perfect angle

iLoud MTM includes a tilting mount that helps isolate it and also adjusts from 0° to 20° for correct positioning in a wide range of setups. It's higher than most "tilting" monitors that often can't reach the required angle for desktop or other close-listening setups. Also included is a rubber base for horizontal shelf-placement and a bottom thread for convenient mic stand mounting.

With its symmetrical design and phase-coherent response, iLoud MTM offers ultra-focused, accurate monitoring anywhere.

Price and availability

iLoud MTM is available from the IK Multimedia online store and from IK authorized dealers worldwide at a MSRP of $/€349.99* each or $/€699.99* per pair.

*All prices excluding taxes

For more information, please visit: www.iloudmtm.com

To see it in action, visit: www.iloudmtm.com/video

Evija: Lotus Unveils World's Most Powerful Production Car

Resurgent British sports car maker Lotus has unveiled the Evija, the world's first all-electric British hypercar, at an exclusive event in London.

A technical tour de force, the Evija is illustrative of the innovative thinking and ingenuity that has always been part of the Lotus DNA.

With a target output of 2000 PS, it is the world's most powerful series production road car. It has been designed and engineered in the UK, and will be produced at Hethel, UK, the home of Lotus since 1966. A maximum of 130 will be built.

Full technical details can be found on the Lotus media website at https://media.lotuscars.com

Hosted at the Royal Horticultural Halls, London, more than 350 VIP guests attended the unveiling. They were made up of international automotive, business, technology and design media, plus a host of UK business leaders, corporate and commercial partners, government officials, Lotus employees, racing drivers and other distinguished friends of the brand.

Also in attendance was a delegation of senior figures from Geely Auto, the world's fastest growing automotive group and majority shareholder of Group Lotus.

Phil Popham, Lotus Cars CEO, and Russell Carr, Design Director, presented the striking two-seater EV hypercar to the audience. Popham described it as a bold statement of intent from the iconic British company, illustrative of its ambition under the stewardship of Geely.

He added: "Evija will re-establish Lotus as a leader in terms of engineering and design. It is a hypercar that is built 'For The Drivers'."

Russell Carr commented: "The Evija is beyond anything Lotus has ever done… beyond anything I've ever done. We have created something beautiful, something new, dramatic and unique."

The Rt Hon Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, attended the unveiling. He commented: "Our auto industry has long been a source of national pride. The launch of the UK's first all-electric hypercar – designed, engineered and built here in the UK – is testament to the skills and expertise of the workforce at Lotus.

The Evija is the most powerful and dynamically accomplished road car in the history of Lotus, and sets a new standard for Lotus driving performance. It is the first all-electric British hypercar and the first Lotus with an electrified powertrain. It is also the first new model since Geely took control in 2017.

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Keyport Launches OmniFob, the World's First All-In-One Smart Fob

Keyport, Inc., the company that pioneered the universal access device with the Keyport Slide, announced the launch of its all-in-one IoT smart remote called OmniFob. OmniFob is a finger-sized key fob that transforms any standard keychain into a life remote by providing quick and easy access to a user's favorite connected applications. OmniFob attaches easily to any conventional keychain and is compatible with all of Keyport's modular access devices, the Slide 3.0, the Pivot, and the Anywhere Pocket Clip. Today Keyport is launching OmniFob on Kickstarter at https://www.omnifob.com. Early Bird discount slots are expected to fill up quickly.

With easy one-handed operation, OmniFob allows the user to control a broad spectrum of smart home devices such as smart locks, garage doors via Nexx Garage, home security, smart lights, smart plugs, and more. Compatible with many of the most popular smart home products through integrations with Samsung SmartThings and Yonomi, OmniFob includes scene support allowing for one-click control of multiple devices at once.

Alongside smart home, OmniFob can control vehicle access through select aftermarket systems such as MoboKey. OmniFob is compatible with MoboKey's full range of products, from DIY installed lock/unlock to its premium system featuring remote start, keyless entry, and trunk. OmniFob is also compatible with Blue Eclipse's BluRemote (due out in early-2020) which offers connected control of OEM and aftermarket remote functions for any car, garage door, or home security alarm without the need for professional installation.

OmniFob can augment a user's personal safety by serving as a panic button. In case the user is unable to reach her smartphone, clicking the designated panic quick control will send a preset message to designated recipients along with GPS coordinates so long as the phone is within Bluetooth range.

OmniFob comes equipped with a built-in Bluetooth locator powered by award-winning Chipolo.

The suggested retail price of OmniFob is $129 with an expected ship date of Q1 2020.

SOURCE Keyport, Inc.

Introducing SideTrak: An Innovative, Portable, and Attachable Dual-Screen for Your Laptop

Stand Steady is excited to announce the launch of its newest product, SideTrak™! This attachable second screen will redefine the way busy, on-the-go executives, telecommuters, salespeople, and students work. The ultra-portable and sleek, 12.5-inch second screen, easily attaches with device-safe magnetic plates to your laptop. SideTrak weighs less than 1.5 lbs. and won't add extra weight to your travel setup. SideTrak is set up in a matter of seconds and is fully powered by your laptop with a single USB cord. The unique dual sliding tracks allow you to smoothly extend the monitor for dual-screen viewing with ease. SideTrak also allows for easy screen sharing with 180-degree screen rotation capabilities. This breakthrough product is perfect for traveling, is TSA compliant, compact and made of ultra-lightweight aluminum. This is a game-changer! Studies show that having multiple monitors can save 2.5 hours every week with increased productivity. Those accustomed to working on dual-screen desktops can now do so out of the office or on the go! Don't get sidetracked…. get SideTrak! SideTrak is now available to order for $299.99 +tax with free shipping at sidetrak.com. SideTrak is has a 90-day easy return policy, a one-year limited liability warranty, and offers bulk discounts. Attach, slide and go with SideTrak!


SOURCE Stand Steady

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Subaru Takes Double Victory at ARX Rallycross of Gateway

Subaru Motorsports USA made it three event wins through three rounds of the 2019 Americas Rallycross (ARX) season with a pair of victories at the inaugural ARX of Gateway doubleheader weekend. Chris Atkinson earned the Saturday win with a thrilling last-corner pass in the final race, while teammate Patrik Sandell won the Sunday final with a wire-to-wire drive from pole position. Scott Speed followed up his win in June's season opener at Mid-Ohio with four qualifying heat wins, a semifinal win and second place in the Sunday final to extend his championship lead.

With two full rallycross events packed into a single weekend, the first-ever ARX doubleheader weekend offered plenty of thrills. Speed was fast early in the Day 1 qualifying rounds, while Sandell took second close behind his teammate. Speed would win his semi-final to earn pole position on the final grid, with Sandell holding third position and Atkinson slotting into the fifth grid spot on the back row. Speed suffered a flat tire early in the final race and was forced to drop back, leaving Atkinson and Sandell to chase down Ford driver Steve Arpin in the lead. After relentlessly closing on Arpin over the last three laps, Atkinson dove down the inside in the final corner and nosed his WRX STI over the line first – earning his first-ever rallycross win for Subaru – while Sandell made the podium in third.

On Sunday, Speed again paced the field in qualifying with a pair of heat wins. Driving from pole position in the first semi-final, the reigning series champion was nearly spun by a competitor and pushed to the back of the field, eventually fighting back to third and earning a spot on the back row of the final. Starting from row two of the second semi-final, Sandell stayed patient and executed a clean mid-race pass for the lead to earn himself pole position in the final. In the weekend's last race, Sandell launched well and carried the lead into the first turn, then clicked off fast, clean laps to lock up his first win. Speed, pushing hard from the back row, hunted down rival Tanner Foust to earn second.

"Amazing feeling to win from the back row!" said Atkinson after the Saturday final. "My day was up and down so I wasn't sure what to expect in the final. When I found myself in second and catching up on the last lap I knew I had to make a move, so I thought why not give it a go on the last corner?"

"Three races, three winners, and it's all Subaru," said Sandell. "This is the most fun track in the series and it was such an awesome weekend. There are some really fast dirt sections here which I really like, so when I got the win in the semis I knew I would have a great chance to win if I got the launch right. The whole Vermont SportsCar team has worked so hard to get here, and it's finally starting to show."

With all three Subaru Motorsports USA drivers notching event wins through the first half of the six-event ARX season, the team will look to keep the momentum going August 3-4 in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec.

SOURCE Subaru of America, Inc.
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2020 Honda Insight Combines Head-Turning Style and Premium Driving Experience with Outstanding Fuel Efficiency

Featuring a new Platinum White Pearl exterior color, the 2020 Honda Insight begins arriving at dealerships tomorrow with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP1) of $22,930(excluding $930 destination and handling). With a an EPA-rated 55 mpg2 city fuel economy (LX, EX) in combination with premium sedan design and driving performance, Insight brings the style consumers desire with fuel efficiency that's easy on the wallet. The 2020 Insight carries forward all the elements that have made it one of America's top-selling compact hybrids.

The 2020 Insight combines best-in-class passenger space, premium interior appointments, upscale styling, and a driving experience that far exceeds its hybrid competition. With 151 horsepower Insight offers brisk acceleration, yet its city fuel economy rating is among the best in its class. Additionally, its low starting price and generous level of standard equipment means Insight buyers don't have to compromise to save fuel.

Available in LX, EX, and Touring trims, all Insights come standard with multi-element LED headlights, push-button start, and the Honda Sensing® suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies. Insight EX adds an 8-inch Display Audio with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration, while Insight Touring adds leather seating surfaces, an 8-way power driver's seat, Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™, dual-zone automatic climate control, and more.

2020 Insight Pricing and EPA Fuel Economy Ratings
MSRP Including $930 
Destination Charges
EPA Fuel Economy Ratings
(city / highway / combined)2
Insight LX
Insight EX
Insight Touring

The 2020 Honda Insight for the North American market is made exclusively at Honda's Greensburg, Indiana auto plant, alongside Civic and CR-V, using domestic and globally-sourced parts. Its 1.5-liter Atkinson-cycle, two-motor hybrid powertrain is produced in Ohio.

SOURCE American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
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Getting To Know The All-New 2020 Toyota GR Supra

Performance, capability and style are on full display with today's launch of the all-new 2020 Toyota GR Supra campaign, "This Is Our Sport." In a nod to Toyota's sports car heritage, the campaign reflects how Supra drivers will feel the excitement of an iconic car designed with them in mind - a car that pushes the limits.

"The return of the Toyota Supra has been a long time coming, and it's well worth the wait," said Ed Laukes, group vice president, Toyota Marketing, Toyota Motor North America. "The new campaign highlights the thrill of getting to know the 2020 GR Supra and a rediscovered appreciation for the simple joy of driving."

Broadcast & Digital
The 30-second, 15-second and 6-second broadcast and digital spots were directed by Ozan Biron. These unique spots highlight the Supra's exhilarating blend of power, precision and agility and inspire drivers to own the sports car they always dreamed about.

In "Track Day", Julie Andrews' "Getting to Know You" provides the soundtrack as driver and car glide harmoniously around the iconic Road Atlanta track, showcasing the Supra's indisputable performance and style as they get to know each other.

The 6-second spots, appropriately titled "0 to 60", "Balanced", "Face Off", "Joy", "Ribbon", "Sport Mode", and "Walks On Water", demonstrate the spirit of a new sports car - sleek, stylish, powerful and ready to command any road.

The campaign creative was led by Saatchi & Saatchi with Zenith Media responsible for TV and Outdoor media buying.

The return of the 2020 GR Supra was announced with a TV spot in February's "Big Game". The high-energy spot, "Wizard", set the stage for the return of Toyota's iconic sports car after a 21-year hiatus.

Media Placements
"Track Day", the 30-second spot from the new campaign, will air across motorsports TV programming; a custom long-form video called "Game Of Horsepower" will feature a unique twist on the classic game of H.O.R.S.E. and will appear on Reddit, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter; additional custom brand integrations include GQ, Twitter's @Marvel LIVE as well as exclusive auto partner of Sports Illustrated's Fashionable 50 event. Print media includes a custom French Door cover where Motor Trend and Road & Track subscribers will receive an exclusive pull-out poster tapping into the nostalgia of '90s car posters. The Road & Track partnership also features a custom Augmented Reality (AR) integration, which will allow users to virtually see the Supra in their driveway or garage.

Digital partners include Google, Amazon, CBS, IGN and Fast Company with Amobee for programmatic. Social partners include Twitter, Reddit, Facebook and Instagram while audio extensions include Tune In and Gimlet. Out-of-home (OOH) will include high-impact billboards in 17 markets. Additionally, spots will air on national and digital radio as well as within select movie titles in theaters nationwide in conjunction with National CineMedia.

The broadcast and digital spots are available for viewing here. For images and credits, please click here.

About the All-New 2020 GR Supra

The all-new Supra is now on sale and available in two grades – 3.0 and 3.0 Premium, as well as a Launch Edition which is based on the 3.0 Premium grade. Enthusiasts can get their 2020 Supra at a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $49,990, with the Launch Edition models starting at $55,250. Both will be powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine that produces 335 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque and is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. For more information, visit: http://www.toyota.com/supra.

About Toyota
Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. and North America for more than 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. During that time, Toyota has created a tremendous value chain as our teams have contributed to world-class design, engineering, and assembly of more than 38 million cars and trucks in North America, where we have 14 manufacturing plants, 15 including our joint venture in Alabama (10 in the U.S.), and directly employ more than 47,000 people (over 36,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold 2.8 million cars and trucks (2.4 million in the U.S.) in 2018.

Through the Start Your Impossible campaign, Toyota highlights the way it partners with community, civic, academic and governmental organizations to address our society's most pressing mobility challenges. We believe that when people are free to move, anything is possible. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com.


IK Multimedia welcomes metal guitar hero Marty Friedman to its artist family

IK Multimedia is proud to welcome GRAMMY® Award-nominated recording artist Marty Friedman to its family of artists. The platinum-selling guitarist is the newest member of a growing roster of artists who have been incorporating a variety of hardware and software tools from IK Multimedia into their studio and live rigs.

Now back in the studio after his U.S. Winter 2019 tour in support of his album One Bad M.F. Live, Friedman has recently been exploring the combination of IK's AXE I/O premium audio interface for recording and re-amplification, and IK's acclaimed AmpliTube amp and effects modelling software. He notes, "Between AmpliTube and the AXE I/O, I get unlimited combinations of real amp sounds; even at home. It's re-amping gone mad. And for someone like me who doesn't like to spend a lot of time turning knobs to get great tone, it's perfect."

Friedman was best known for his performances as a member of the iconic heavy-metal band Megadeth, and as a member of the band Cacophony, before breaking out on his own as a solo artist. During his career, he's earned 27 gold and platinum records, headlined the famed "Rock in Rio" fest in Brazil, appeared on countless TV performances, and played sold-out stadium tours in Europe. He currently tours and makes appearances across his second home, Japan.

About AXE I/O and AmpliTube
AXE I/O is a new professional 2 in/5 out audio interface – and controller - designed specifically with the needs of the recording guitarist in mind, providing best-in-class sound quality and powerful features for making recordings faster, easier and better. The award-winning AmpliTube software and app for Mac/PC/iPhone/iPad/Android recreates the entire guitar/bass signal chain from instrument to recording device, in a hyper-realistic and intuitive way.

For more information about IK AXE I/O, visit: www.ikmultimedia.com/axeio

For more info about AmpliTube software and apps, visit: www.ikmultimedia.com/amplitube4

For more information about Marty Friedman, please visit: www.martyfriedman.com

NASA Funds Demo of 3D-Printed Spacecraft Parts Made, Assembled in Orbit

NASA has awarded a $73.7 million contract to Made In Space, Inc. of Mountain View, California, to demonstrate the ability of a small spacecraft, called Archinaut One, to manufacture and assemble spacecraft components in low-Earth orbit. The in-space robotic manufacturing and assembly technologies could be important for America's Moon to Mars exploration approach.

The contract is the start of the second phase of a partnership established through NASA's Tipping Point solicitation. The public-private partnership combines NASA resources with an industry contribution of at least 25% of the program costs, shepherding the development of critical space technologies while also saving the agency, and American taxpayers, money.

Archinaut One is expected to launch on a Rocket Lab Electron rocket from New Zealand no earlier than 2022. Once it's positioned in low-Earth orbit, the spacecraft will 3D-print two beams that extend 32 feet (10 meters) out from each side of the spacecraft. As manufacturing progresses, each beam will unfurl two solar arrays that generate as much as five times more power than traditional solar panels on spacecraft of similar size.

"In-space robotic manufacturing and assembly are unquestionable game-changers and fundamental capabilities for future space exploration," said Jim Reuter, associate administrator of NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate. "By taking the lead in the development of this transformative technology, the United States will maintain its leadership in space exploration as we push forward with astronauts to the Moon and then on to Mars."

The potential of these technologies is profound and includes such benefits as:
Enabling remote, in-space construction of communications antennae, large-scale space telescopes and other complex structures;
Enabling small satellites to deploy large surface area power systems and reflectors that currently are reserved for larger satellites;
Eliminating spacecraft volume limits imposed by rockets; and,
Avoiding the inherent risk of spacewalks by performing some tasks currently completed by astronauts.

Made In Space began working on Archinaut as a ground demonstration in 2016 and, just a year later, successfully 3D-printed structural beams in a unique NASA facility that mimics the conditions of space. In a thermal vacuum chamber at the agency's Ames Research Center in California's Silicon Valley, they were able to prove the printing equipment and printed hardware can withstand the pressure, temperature, and other rigors of space.

The Archinaut team includes Made In Space, Northrop Grumman of Falls Church, Virginia, Ames, and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. NASA's Technology Demonstration Missions program within the Space Technology Mission Directorate matures groundbreaking technologies to extend mission capabilities as well as government and commercial opportunities in space. The program is based at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Are casino welcome bonuses a scam?

When things sound too good to be true they usually are and it is only natural for online casino UK players to think twice about welcome bonuses. These come in the form of no deposit bonuses, matched deposit bonuses, free spins and other incentives for new players. The casinos advertise them as a win-win situation, as they bring in new players while helping them build a bankroll from scratch. In this article, we take a closer look at these bonuses to determine if they are a scam or a legitimate proposition.

Double check the wagering requirements

Nothing is offered for free in the highly competitive environment of online casinos. Welcome bonuses might require a deposit, or they can be awarded with no strings attached to new and existing players. They are, however, subject wagering requirements and bonus recipients can only cash out winnings after the play through demands have been met. Carefully reading the terms and conditions will help players determine the eligibility requirements and distinguish between legitimate welcome bonuses and scams.

Casinos expect players to bet the bonus amounts and sometimes the deposits several times before a cash out is permitted. For sports betting, the standard wagering requirements consist of five times the bonus amount, which has to be wagered at predetermined minimum odds. For casinos, it is customary for players to spin the bonus 30 times or more on selected games. Welcome bonuses that have play through demands exceeding this threshold are not necessarily a scam, but they are simply difficult to meet.

Eligibility requirements and qualifying games

Legitimate casinos offering welcome bonuses in good faith will clearly display wagering requirements, so players know what to expect. Before making the qualifying deposit, players should make sure they also meet the eligibility requirements. Casinos might deny bonuses to players from certain countries, as well as those who are actively involved in other campaigns. The difference between fair and dishonest operators is that the former will clearly stake these prerequisites in their terms and conditions.

One of the main reasons for why some players have complained that welcome bonuses are a scam is that they can be used exclusively at selected games. Casinos with comprehensive portfolios can restrict bonuses to a handful of games, while the rest don’t count towards meeting the wagering requirements. Slots are usually preferred and even when other games are accepted, they could have a different stake percentage contribution. At the end of the day, even if players are not directly compelled to focus on a certain genre, the low stake contribution of other games can have a deterring effect.

The reputation of the online casinos offering welcome bonuses should also be considered when applying for these offers. The odds of getting scammed by a casino with an impeccable track record are slim, while new and unproven operators are more likely to shortchange players. Welcome bonuses are rarely a scam and are instead used as reliable instruments to expand the customer base of new and veteran casinos.

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Friday, July 12, 2019

EnGenius SkyKey Puts Cloud Accessible Networks in the Palm of Your Hand

EnGenius Technologies Inc., a California-based high-profile multinational wireless networking company, known for delivering future-proof hardware and software solutions for small and medium businesses for over two decades, today announced the launch of EnGenius SkyKey, the latest addition to the company's ever-growing EnSky Solutions. The new product by EnGenius is aimed at IT administrators who are interested in speeding up the process of managing feature-rich access points and switches, and want to save time by managing wired and wireless networks form a single eco-system. Even though the device is smaller than an average smartphone, it is powerful enough to act as an integrated computer equipped with built-in sophisticated network management software and powerful state-of-the-art hardware.

EnGenius SkyKey puts an end to the need of a dedicated server usually required for managing a fully on-premises wireless network. Equipped with user-friendly software, the mini-workstation powered by either PoE or a 12V adapter prevents IT professionals from spending hours going through a challenging installation or maintenance. All tasks are performed via user-friendly web browser interface. With the ability to choose between cloud or direct on-premises network management, admins have full control over the managed network of choice. The device comes with integrated sturdy magnet strips allowing IT professionals to attach it to any metal surface while saving up valuable office space.

With SkyKey administrators can control different types of networks within a single sign-on easy-to-use ecosystem. The device comes with access to a subscription-free network management platform that gives IT professionals the ability to efficiently accelerate access point and gigabit switch deployments, administer networks at their fingertips and provide real-time management from a single dashboard. A single SkyKey supports up to 100 access points/switches and comes with a built-in 1GB DRAM and 4GB eMMC storage. The device's microSD port makes the storage capabilities of the device expandable and also allows IT administrators to quickly backup/restore configurations, including the overall settings of an ezMaster account.

Key Features and Benefits

Cloud and Private Network Management – SkyKey provides on-premises and cloud subscription-free network management capability
Secure Cloud Access – SkyKey installed at each deployment site offers an always-on, secure single sign-on service
Plug & Play Installation – Plug into any PoE switch and immediately start managing EnGenius access points and switches.
Easy Web-Based Management Interface – Easy to navigate with Intuitive interface requires no extensive learning curve for simplified deployment and management
Network Overview & Analytics – Intuitive interface enables users to view the status of wired & wireless network and rich reporting and analytics

"The new addition to the EnGenius family does not abandon old legacy products - the SkyKey is backward compatible and is fully capable of bridging the gap between older service offerings and the company's recently released cloud solution. Using the intuitive interface, admins are able to not only manage access points and switches, but also have access to information such as systems resource usage, system overview, and the most recent projects, "said Eddie Lee, Senior Product Line Manager at EnGenius. "The SkyKey mimics the EnGenius Cloud platform and gives IT professionals multiple ways to adjust global settings, monitor and visualize networks, and access statistics information of any type of network – wireless or wired."

To learn more about how EnGenius builds the future of cloud managed wireless networking, visit https://www.engeniustech.com/skykey-network-management.html.

SOURCE EnGenius Technologies, Inc.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

The World's First Intuitive Click&Touch Keyboard Is to Be Released in August

Clevetura LLC, a Belarusian startup, has completed the development of an intuitive keyboard system, a technology that combines a keyboard, touchpad and mouse. With sensors embedded into the keys, it ensures automatic and seamless transition between the typing and cursor control modes. The world's first intuitive Click&Touch keyboard will be available in August under the Prestigio brand.

Clevetura technology uses sensors that are embedded into the keys. This is unique in its operation compared to other devices, such as laptops or keyboards which use an external touch panel. The keys respond to gestures like a touchpad or mouse and the users can type, scroll or move the cursor without changing their palm position.

Switching between modes is automatic, with a built-in microcontroller instantly recognising and processing every touch and stroke. The users do not have to think about modes as the system recognises what they are doing. Intuitive interaction with the device and new user experience is what makes the system unique.

"A separate touch panel is not needed for a keyboard, as the keys perform its functions for you. All you need to do is swipe across them to control the cursor or perform other operations. It is convenient, functional and saves time as you do not need to constantly change the position of your hand. Actually, it offers a totally new experience of interacting with a computer as you do not need to think about input devices as everything is done intuitively," explain Clevetura co-founders Valentin Sokol and Mikhail Krupenkov.

The technology allows the user to process multiple simultaneous clicks, touches and other gestures. It means that all the usual forms of interaction, including zooming, swiping to switch between virtual desktops and two finger scrolling can be used.

The system can speed up the work, especially when there is a need to use the keyboard and mouse simultaneously. Imagine you are writing an important message while someone is calling you on Skype, to reject a call with a mouse or touchpad, you need to change the position of your hand, move the cursor, press the cancel button and select the message window. With Clevetura, you can reject a call with just one gesture. This form of interaction is seamless as it allows the users not to think about their input device.

The Belarusian startup Clevetura, holder of the technology rights, has been operating as a Belarus Hi-Tech Park resident for the last few years. And Sergey Kostevich, founder of ASBIS holding and Prestigio brand, is the project investor. It took about three years to turn the idea into a commercial prototype and now the developers are expecting to get a patent for this technology.

"From the very beginning we believed in the power of this startup and the intuitive keyboard prospects, this is an interesting and easy-to-scale project. It is important to familiarise users with the technology and demonstrate its functionality. We are deeply involved in this startup. It is not only about funding; we are promoting the new technology on the global market. This device and its technology have great potential," says investor Sergey Kostevich.

Production of Clevetura devices commences in July, while the Click&Touch keyboard under the Prestigio brand will be commercially available at the end of August. There are plans to manufacture about 100,000 devices by the end of the year.

Up to five devices can be simultaneously connected to the keyboard via three Bluetooth channels, a USB receiver and Type-C cable. The user can also change the volume or forward and rewind videos by swiping left or right across the top row keys. A mobile application can be used to change the settings and updating the device. The keyboard is lightweight and ergonomic as it has palm rest grooves.

The device will firstly be sold in the CIS and Baltic states - Belarus, Russia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Estonia and Latvia. In the future, the keyboard is expected to be made available to purchase in other countries.

Potential buyers may include technologically advantaged users and smart TV owners. Also, the keyboard can be used in the b2b industry, to manage content on a large screen during presentations and educational events.

"Supporting talented people and promising projects is one of the Hi-Tech Park's main objectives. HTP companies are increasingly creating products that are used globally. It is always pleasing when Belarusian startups launched from scratch here in the Park receive international recognition. We will continue to support startup projects in the future," said HTP director Vsevolod Yanchevsky.

An external keyboard is not the only possible application of Clevetura technology. Developers are considering applying their knowledge and ideas to the devices, including laptops.

SOURCE Clevetura LLC

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