Xbox boss on the physics of the PlayStation 5’s design

Venturebeat | August 14, 2020

When designing the look of a video game console, engineers must account for a number of important variables. Chief among these is heat, and it sounds like that was an even bigger issue for the upcoming generation of consoles: the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5. Xbox boss Phil Spencer spoke on that point during an Animal Talking with Gary Whitta interview yesterday. During that discussion, Whitta asked Spencer (all inside Animal Crossing, Nintendo’s hit game) for his thoughts about the PS5’s external look. Spencer indicated that he seemed to sympathize with Sony’s engineers because he understands the difficulties of working with the hardware in the PlayStation 5. Microsoft and Sony are both using AMD components in their next-gen consoles.

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Universal Electronics Hits Sustainability Milestones in Time for Earth Day

Universal Electronics Inc. | April 22, 2022

Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI) (NASDAQ: UEIC), the global leader in wireless universal control solutions for home entertainment and smart home devices has announced it has reached key milestones in its continued mission to become a sustainable corporate citizen. With over 100 million wireless products shipped each year, the company understands its responsibility to reduce its environmental footprint and decarbonize its products.Manufacturing Milestone: 15 million Refurbished and Recycled Remotes A key milestone that the company delivered on over the last five years, is the 15 millionth refurbished and fully recycled remote control coming out of the Monterey, Mexico facility. The remotes provide a second life as field returns from cable or satellite TV providers in the USA. This effort resulted in the company recycling over 667 tons of plastics. Supply Chain Milestone: Innovations Award for most Sustainable Packaging Another key program the company invested in is the removal of single-use plastics. In 2021, UEI won the Packaging Innovation Awards Gold Winner for its One For All retail product line. The packaging innovation awards recognize outstanding packaging projects from around the globe, based on sustainability, technological developments and enhanced user experience breakthroughs. This resulted in saving nearly forty tons of plastic each year. Decarbonization of Products: No more Batteries Needed The biggest impact on creating a cleaner environment is expected to come from breakthroughs in product and technology development. In addition to designing products that use recycled materials, are easy to refurbish and free of single-use plastic; the company is now designing remote controls that do not require battery replacement throughout the useful life of the product. To deliver upon this goal, UEI invested in the UEI Eterna platform, a new reference design for remote controls that paves the way to a promising future with extended battery life. Powered by the new UEI Extreme Low Power (XLP) System-on-Chip (SOC) with energy-harvesting technology, the product uses indoor light and Wi-Fi signals to power a full-featured TV remote control. This breakthrough innovation could result in saving a significant number of batteries that otherwise could end up in landfills. “Part of being a good corporate citizen is contributing to a sustainable future. As the leading global manufacturer of wireless control solutions and home automation, we are committing to reducing the environmental impact of our products – through the development, manufacturing, and recycling of our products,” -Enrique Suro, VP, Global Quality Assurance. Finally, to ensure the company is consistent and can learn from the best in class, the company most recently signed on as a member of the Responsible Business Alliance, the world’s largest industry coalition dedicated to corporate social responsibility in global supply chains. About Universal Electronics Inc. Founded in 1986, Universal Electronics Inc. (NASDAQ: UEIC) is the global leader in wireless universal control solutions for home entertainment and smart home devices. We design, develop, manufacture, ship and support control and sensor technology solutions and a broad line of universal control systems, audio video accessories, and intelligent wireless security and smart home products. Our products and solutions are used by the world's leading brands in the video services, consumer electronics, security, home automation, climate control and home appliance markets. For more information, visit www.uei.com.

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GamesPad NFTs To Be Listed on Binance NFT

GamesPad | January 03, 2022

Binance NFT will list GamesPad's newly released and exclusive NFTs on their centralized marketplace. With the launch of GamesPad, a holistic gaming ecosystem, the world of GameFi is transcending into a new era. Its 360-degree approach encompasses all areas of the play-to-earn gaming genre, which proves GamesPad is setting the standard for the next-generation of crypto-gaming startups. Focusing on all things gaming, NFT, and metaverse, the project features a decentralized VC, multichain launchpad, game incubator, NFT aggregator, and marketplace. A vital attribute of a successful crypto-gaming project is the power of its NFTs. GamesPad announced that its exclusive NFT collection will be listed on Binance NFT Marketplace. As Binance NFT is a global platform, the launch of GamesPad NFTs will be available worldwide. GamesPad NFT Collection After a highly successful INO (Initial NFT Offering) where GamesPad sold out its entire NFT collection for $4.5 million on the BullPerks launchpad, the highly anticipated project saw an exciting increase in interest from the GameFi community. The ability for GamePad to list their projects NFTs on Binance is a thrilling opportunity, as the world will be able to have direct access to these exclusive designs. About GamesPad GamesPad is the ultimate gaming, NFT, and metaverse ecosystem that brings together a decentralized VC, multichain launchpad, game incubator, NFT aggregator, and marketplace, approaching every angle of the gaming, NFT, and metaverse sectors. Developed by a highly knowledgeable team of experts, GamesPad will take a dynamic approach to its evolution, expanding and growing alongside the rapidly changing crypto industry, contributing to solidifying the foundation for a new wave of profitable crypto-gaming projects. About Binance NFT Binance NFT is the world's largest and fastest-growing centralized NFT marketplace, selling over 1 million NFTs and partnering with 800+ creators worldwide. It's a platform where users can view and trade a diverse selection of in-game items, virtual land, artwork, and more. Binance NFT Marketplace brings together artists, creators, and crypto enthusiasts on a single platform to create and trade top NFTs. The ease and simplicity at which Binance NFT allows users to access their services to buy and sell NFTs is a revolutionary asset to the crypto community.

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Spintop Network Announces Their Next-Gen GameFi Ecosystem With Cutting-Edge Technology

Spintop Network | April 26, 2022

Spintop Network has presented their state-of-the-art GameFi blockchain ecosystem, which offers developers, investors and gamers alike a streamlined game finance experience. Blockchain gaming has developed as an exciting utility within the digital ecosystem. That development, however, has been associated with basic problems in connectivity and interaction amongst stakeholders. Many popular gaming platforms have been unable to provide users with a broadly-encompassing environment on which to publicize, launch and invest in games, no less to discover, play, trade and earn with them. GameFi solves those problems by offering a complete and expansive ecosystem.With the developing global market for digital gaming, the community is watching this sector boom and benefit users financially. With so many opportunities, bringing interest groups together and cataloging those opportunities becomes key. Gamers can use the many features of the hub to both discover and profit. Spintop’s GameFi ecosystem provides gamers with the option of finding games across Gamepedia, trading tokens across Spindex, and sharing NFTs across the NFT Marketplace. It uses the tools of Web3 to offer a unique experience. Gamers can find their preferred games across the Gamepedia, a community-driven gaming guide that provides greater ease in game selection. Following the selection of a game, the platform provides reviews and user guides that can help gamers play their game perfectly. Spintop Network operates on the play-to-earn model, allowing gamers to earn across the blockchain. As this market has grown, many gaming platforms have been integrating this innovation in their systems for user utility. Spintop Network’s Guild Maker helps users set up their character with appropriate in-game tools and earn from playing games. The Guild Maker allows sponsors to create guilds, which are then capitalized on by scholars (gamers) who compete on their behalf. The rewards are then distributed among sponsors and scholars. With considerable earning potential through playing, users can then manage their earnings across Spindex, the DeFi hub for gaming projects. Spindex would potentially offer services in staking, farming and trading coins across the platform to help users get more from their in-game earnings. This would soon see cross-platform operability through the SPIN token. Spintop Network enhances user operability with its NFT marketplace. Users can buy, sell and rent their NFT assets and use their guild elements for their character. The potential for regulation of the assets across the marketplace would be extremely helpful in securing their value throughout the ecosystem. The network also believes in supporting new blockchain projects in their growth. To make the growth consistent, Spintop Network has developed a GameFi Launcher and Incubator Program, SpinStarter. It would also offer users the opportunity to invest in developing blockchain projects and, thus, become a part of digital excellence across the network. Spintop Network’s GameFi ecosystem is a project that is revolutionary for developers, investors and gamers. With a complete set of tools under its belt, Spintop is working on improving the GameFi and blockchain ecosystem. To do that, Spintop is currently working on partnerships and collaborations. It has recently announced its partnership with BetU Ecosystem, it comprises of 3 interrelated platforms: BetU Verse - A licensed metaverse resort and casino, EarnU - Play-to-earn sports & esports prediction game, and BetU - A sports, esports, & crypto betting platform. Spintop has also successfully configured its second IDO, Creo Engine, a GameFi platform. Another partnership worth noting is with Altura NFT, where both parties will be working together to implement smart NFTs and guilds into each other's ecosystems. These advancements show their consistent approach in benefitting the digital community. About Spintop Network: Spintop Network is a GameFi ecosystem that provides users with the opportunity to play, earn, trade and discover in the blockchain gaming system. It combines diverse elements to appeal to developers, investors and gamers alike. With a belief in benefitting the digital community through consistent development, Spintop Network is working on integrating a play-to-earn mechanism with a DeFi hub, NFT marketplace and Incubator program.

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BUSINESS

Wasabi Technologies Partners with the Boston Red Sox Through Multi-Year Sponsorship Deal with Fenway Sports Group

Wasabi Technologies | April 08, 2022

Wasabi Technologies, the hot cloud storage company announced a multi-year partnership with Fenway Sports Group that harnesses the power of sports and entertainment to take the Wasabi brand to new heights. Wasabi is designated a Proud Partner of the Boston Red Sox, generating unprecedented brand awareness, community relations initiatives, and client and employee engagement across Fenway Sports Group properties through 2026.With headquarters in the heart of Boston, Wasabi was founded in 2017 by Carbonite founders David Friend and Jeff Flowers to remove the complexity of cloud storage for businesses all over the world. The company has grown exponentially in recent years with $275M in funding, making it a force in Boston's pacesetting technology landscape. The company previously teamed up with Fenway Sports Group on the Wasabi Fenway Bowl, and is also the Official Cloud Storage Partner of Liverpool Football Club and the Boston Bruins. "Sports, media, and entertainment is quickly becoming one of Wasabi's biggest areas of business due to the sheer amount of data impacting everything from the fan experience and player performance, to franchise operations. Storing that data must be simple and affordable so these organizations can effectively harness its power in the digital age, Becoming the Proud Partner of the Boston Red Sox, one of the most beloved sports franchises, not just in our own backyard, but in the world, is an incredible step, and the work we will do together will change the trajectory of our company." -Michael Welts, chief marketing officer, Wasabi Technologies. As a partner of the Boston Red Sox, Wasabi will creatively leverage the global reach of one of the preeminent sports brands in the world. The Wasabi brand will be prominently displayed throughout historic Fenway Park, and Wasabi will support a number of Red Sox Foundation initiatives including STEM education and career programming, and the Run to Home Base, dedicated to healing the invisible wounds for Veterans of all eras, Service Members, Military Families and Families of the Fallen through world-class clinical care, wellness, education, and research. Additional Wasabi brand activations will be present across Fenway Sports Group's entertainment properties in the coming years, including as Presenting Partner of the Plainridge Park Casino Fenway Concert Series. "As our data needs continue to evolve, from player analytics, IoT, digital assets and even security, this presents an enormous learning opportunity for the organization, Wasabi provides a cost-effective cloud-based solution that enables us to retrieve content quickly and improve the level of video analysis and production we do here at the Red Sox. We could not be more excited to welcome Wasabi onboard." -Red Sox SVP and CTO Brian Shield. About Wasabi Technologies Wasabi provides simple, predictable and affordable hot cloud storage for businesses all over the world. It enables organizations to store and instantly access an unlimited amount of data at 1/5th the price of the competition with no complex tiers or unpredictable egress fees. Trusted by tens of thousands of customers worldwide, Wasabi has been recognized as one of technology's fastest-growing and most visionary companies. Created by Carbonite co-founders and cloud storage pioneers David Friend and Jeff Flowers, Wasabi has secured nearly $275 million in funding to date and is a privately held company based in Boston and is a Proud Partner of the Boston Red Sox.

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APIs are revolutionizing many industries, especially the OTT video industry, by enabling integration of features that would otherwise require tremendous resources to develop in-house. Many companies have already put themselves a few steps ahead by integrating video APIs to boost their revenue (we’re talking possible 3-digit ROI here).In this white paper, you’ll learn about:How APIs are used in the OTT industry.

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