New Fun Gadgets for Entertainment

Each year, the IT industry has some pleasant surprises in store for us. Here is the list of the most fun gadgets on the market right now.

UBTech Jimu Astrobot Kit

This kit lets you assemble three cute robots in a similar way to Lego. Each robot can move around and has sensors for recognizing and manipulating the environment. It is a great toy for children to learn the basics of programming, by means of an app that offers numerous ways to determine the behaviour of the robot.

Nintendo Switch

Although its processor is not as strong as its competitors’ and it does not offer as much multiplayer options, this new gaming tablet brings together the Wii and the DS in a merger that could rightly be called revolutionary. An increasing number of games are being created for this outstanding new gaming device that can transform from a portable system to home console in an instant.

Sony Xperia Touch

This gadget is fun as well as useful, as it lets you turn any surface into a touch screen! It is still in its early stages, but we can expect this to become a regular household item. Imagine its range of use: you can play games on a big screen across your entire wall, watch movies as if you are in a cinema, show photos to all your friends at the same time, and much more!

Anki Cozmo

Your new adorable robot friend, Cozmo is a small truck that can move freely around the room, sing, and do all kinds of fun stuff. It has sensors for facial recognition, so it will be able to recognize you and show you its undivided love and devotion.

LOGITECH G29/G920

Logitech’s new driving set-up promises an experience that is the next best thing to driving an actual race car, thanks to its smooth “helical gearing”. The console is compatible with the Xbox One and PC.

HTC Vive

This new VR gaming platform is already proving to be a worthy rival to the Oculus Rift that has dominated the VR market so far. It can track movements immediately, which really creates lifelike impressions for players and it also helps diminish the nauseating effect of previous versions.

SteelSeries Arctis 3 Bluetooth

Created by an acclaimed Dutch designer, this gaming headset runs two inputs, wired and wireless one, simultaneously. This enables players to listen to the audio from the game and chat with friends or listen to music at the same time.

Snap Spectacles

Created especially for Snapchat, these extravagant glasses let you record your adventures and take photos in order to share them with your loyal followers. They are water-resistant and they come with a charging case that allows up to 4 times recharge on the go.

Sphero R2-D2 droid

Fans of Star Wars will adore this lovely reproduction of Luke Skywalker’s sarcastic sidekick, which can move and follow you around at will, and make his usual hooting sounds.

Parrot Bebop 2 Power

Play with your very own drone that you can fly for up to 60 minutes and up to 2km away. Experience flight while standing firmly on the ground, with a first-person view headset that allows you to see what your drone sees.

Different Types of Bonuses for Online Casino Games

Bonuses are a common part of online gambling experience. Casinos offer them in order to keep players interested and attract new ones. Bonuses are a great way to try out an online casino or a game without risking real money. You can find them on sites that specialize in offering bonus codes, such as bonus-slots.co.uk, or on the casino sites themselves. This article will help you decide which bonuses are right for you.

Welcome Bonuses

Almost every online casino offers welcome bonuses for new players. They are available for a limited amount of time after signing up at a casino or making your first deposit. Most of them are a 100% bonus offer, meaning that the amount of bonus money you can play with is determined by the amount you deposited: casino will double your deposit. Sometimes you can even find up to a 500% match, offering five times the deposited amount of bonus money!

VIP Bonuses

These bonuses are reserved for high rollers and loyal customers. Regular players are rewarded for their activity by unlocking access to exclusive promotions and events, as well as players who wager large sums of money. VIP customers are often offered free gifts to motivate them to keep playing.

Free Spins

A common type of bonus, free spins are often offered by casinos, both to new players as well as to loyal customers. This bonus lets you play a particular slot game for free for a certain number of spins. They are a great way to try out new slots.

No Deposit Bonuses

These bonuses are rare and if you run into one, you should definitely use it. In this type of bonus, players are not required to make a deposit in order to claim a bonus, the only thing you need to do is register. However, keep in mind that wagering requirements are higher for no deposit bonuses, meaning that you will have to wager a larger sum of bonus money in order to cash out your winnings. It is also possible that you will need to make a deposit before being able to cash out.

Monthly/Reload Bonuses

Occasionally, online casinos offer bonuses that can be reloaded monthly – this is a form of loyalty bonuses. Casinos can offer up to £200 of bonus money each month. Usually, these promotions are not public: you will receive an email if you are eligible for this kind of bonus, and the bonus will depend on how much you play.

Payment Method Bonuses

Very rare, but worth mentioning, payment method bonuses are a way for a casino to introduce new payment methods to their players by offering a small bonus for using it.

Refer a Friend Bonuses

Another type of bonus that is not very common is a bonus you get when referring a friend to a casino. If your friends start playing there, you will get a bonus.

Finally, a word of caution: always read terms and conditions and make sure to gamble responsibly!

The Most Advanced Robots in 2018

We live in the age of robots. Artificial intelligence is developing ever more rapidly. Here is the list of the most advanced robots at the time this article was written.

Agility Robotics’ Cassie

Cassie is a bipedal robot with no arms that can walk and run. Designing a two-legged robot is more complicated than creating a robot that uses four legs because a bipedal robot can lose balance much more easily. Cassie is a prototype for the future robot that will have arms as well.

The reason why the company is building them like this is that they want to build robots that can easily navigate the same environment as people. This should make the transport of packages from delivery truck to customers’ doorstep much easier.

Cassie is currently sold to researchers in robotics and one of their first customers is MIT.

NASA’s Valkyrie

This “superhero” Android looks like it came straight out of Star Wars. It is strong, completely self-contained, it boasts 44 degrees of freedom, a 2kW battery stored in its backpack and cameras in its head, chest, forearms, knees, and feet. Its purpose? To send robots to scout and prepare the way to Mars ahead of human astronauts.

Honda’s Asimo

The most advanced robot in terms of human interaction so far, Asimo was unveiled in 2000, after decades of development. Asimo is the first bipedal robot and it can perform some pretty advanced functions, such as walking up and downstairs, standing on one leg, kicking a ball and jumping. In terms of intelligence, Asimo can recognize voice commands, faces and gestures and respond to them appropriately. Designed to be an assistance and nursing robot, Asimo has 14 degrees of freedom in its arms and additional 4 DOF in its hands. Moreover, it has five fingers with opposable thumbs, allowing it to carry a tray, push a cart, turn on light switches, open doors and more.

It is four feet three inches tall, enabling it to navigate home or the office and operate in a human environment. It can move autonomously, avoid obstacles, and recognize moving objects.

Honda recently announced that it won’t produce Asimo anymore, but it will use the technology to develop four new helper robots.

Boston Dynamics’ Atlas and Spot Mini

These robots have the most advanced movement in the industry.

Atlas, first released in 2013, is a bipedal six-foot humanoid robot that can navigate uneven natural terrain without losing balance, and manipulate its environment, e.g. lift and move packages. In terms of movement, it has a number of advanced functions. If it falls down, it can lift itself up, if it drops the package it can track it and lift it again. It can also open doors, run and jump over obstacles and even do backflips!

Spot Mini is a four-legged robotic dog that can smoothly walk and run in obstacle-laden environments, climb the stairs, pick up and relocate objects. Primarily intended for military purposes one of its main applications in the future is for security.

Economic Influence of Online Casinos in the UK

Gambling industry in the UK, as well as globally, is undergoing a shift towards online gambling, as land-based casinos attendance continues to drop. The main reason for this is that online casinos are more accessible: you can gamble whenever and wherever you are, provided you have a PC, tablet, or a phone and an internet connection. When you want to get some benefits, you can find bonus codes and reviews of new casinos (if you don’t know what it looks like, check this out). The staggering growth of online gambling in the UK was enabled by the liberalization of gambling laws in the Gambling Act 2005, which legalized online gambling.

Gross gambling yield in the UK reached £13.8bn in September 2016, a 65% increase compared to £8.36bn in April 2008, mostly thanks to online gambling, FOBTs and National Lottery.

Currently, online gambling makes up for more than a third of the industry’s income in the UK and has reached £4.5 billion last year. In comparison, the income from remote betting was only £817m in 2009. The most popular type of online gambling are online slots, amounting to around £1.8 billion of total income.

The most immediate positive effect on the economy is through taxes: as online gambling is growing, so is the amount the companies are paying to the Treasury. Also, the gambling industry is creating more and more jobs, as new startups continue to pop up.

The main negative effect on the economy is an overall increase in risky gambling behaviour, leading to more people losing money and suffering consequences of gambling addiction. This might also lead to a bigger demand for state-funded gambling rehab programs since people with lower levels of income are generally those most exposed to risk. Also, the demographics of gamblers is shifting to include more young people and there has been a 5% increase in gambling among 16- to 24-year-olds and a 10% increase among 25- to 34 year-olds.

This, together with the bad reputation of gambling as problematic behaviour, might lead UK authorities to turn against the online gambling, but bookmakers’ associations are warning that restricting the industry would cause thousands of jobs to be lost, in a move that would cost the Treasury billions of pounds.

With so many online startups, the competition is fierce, making the market riskier for investments. More than ever, casinos must stand out and offer fair deals to customers. The awareness is increasing about the importance of responsible gambling, and casinos often advocate for it themselves. Thus, the effects of gambling liberalization might not be as catastrophic as gambling opponents are predicting.

Although there are some downsides to it, the online gambling industry is expected to keep growing. Teaching people how to gamble responsibly should be the top priority of both the gambling companies and the government.    

A Full Stack Web Developer Is The Most Wanted – Myth Or Reality?

The modern ages brought new technology which is developing as we speak. With new technology, new jobs have appeared on the market, especially with the rise of the Internet. One of the most famous new jobs is a web developer. The popularity of this job is increasing daily. However, there are different types of web developers, and it is believed that full-stack web developers are the most wanted.

So, let’s start with what actually is a full stack web developer? And why is a full stack web developer believed to always be the most wanted out of all other web developers?

WHAT IS A FULL STACK WEB DEVELOPER?

A full stack web developer is a person who has the ability to work on the front-end and on the back-end portions of an application. In other words, a person who is able to work on the part of the application the user sees and interacts with, and also on the part of the application which deals with database interactions, server configuration, authentication and many others. This means, that once you have a full stack developer, you will not need any other kind of developer, because this one, a full stack web developer, knows everything.

DOES A FULL STACK WEB DEVELOPER REALLY KNOW EVERYTHING?

The question is whether a full stack web developer possesses a thorough knowledge of all the layers, or is the knowledge he or she possesses only vague and not thorough enough? It is important to bear in mind that in order to become a full stack web developer, you need to possess mastery on all things, not to just be familiar with the layers.

IS THE PERSON REALLY SKILLFUL?

In order to become a full stack web developer, you need to possess all the skills you claim to have, Even though some people say that there is a blurry line between knowing something and mastering it, we believe that you should not be disillusioned by your knowledge. Test it. Do not believe to be a master of everything you have used before you used it many times and understood it thoroughly.

THE ABILITY TO ACQUIRE NEW SKILLS

A full stack web developer needs to be able to learn all the time. Things change quickly. So very often, a full stack web developer is not really A full-stack. Why? Because some things have changed, and the things you used to know have improved. So, never stop learning and developing in order to really be a full-stack!

ARE FULL STACK DEVELOPERS REALLY MORE EMPLOYABLE?

Those who are real full-stack web developers have higher chances of getting a job, especially in small companies. However, if this is difficult, try to specialize, become a master and keep learning.