Marcus Smart

25 May 19
Titans Wire

Here’s a look at what the quarterback must do to be successful in the upcoming season.

25 May 19
Sport Archives

Houston's rocket head coach, Mike D 'Antoni, is pleased that James Harden is in the final for the NBA's most valuable 2018 Player award, but it is very disappointing that none of his players received any recognition this season. D 'Antoni feels that PJ Tucker failed to pass the rockets to the elite circle defenders […]

25 May 19
News Directory

Georgia line coach Sam Pittman continues with the heavy lifting of the recruitment trip. He committed a commitment from a player (Tate Ratledge) last week to a father who had a major Tennessee “Power Ts” on the vanity front plate and the other side of the sliding glass. Add to the biggest visit to Pittman […]

25 May 19
TTSM

The 2018-19 Celtics season wasn’t a memorable one by any measure, but two guys were able to carve out their spot in NBA history this season. Marcus Smart and Kyrie Irving. On Wednesday, Marcus Smart was officially selected to his 1st All-Defensive team, after receiving 1st Team All-Defensive honors. This comes after years of waiting […]

24 May 19
Las Vegas Review-Journal
#gallery-1671776-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1671776-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1671776-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1671776-1 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ A variety of the J43 slot cabinets at the Scientific Games showroom in Las Vegas on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @csstevensphoto Michelle Briggs, a product manager at Scientific Games, talks about Wave XL cabinets with 4K resolution in the showroom at the company’s offices in Las Vegas on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @csstevensphoto A pair of James Bond themed slot cabinets are seen in the Scientific Games showroom in Las Vegas on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @csstevensphoto A variety of slot cabinets at the Scientific Games showroom in Las Vegas on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @csstevensphoto TwinStar slot cabinets with a curved 75" display and 4K resolution at the Scientific Games showroom in Las Vegas on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @csstevensphoto Michelle Briggs, a product manager at Scientific Games, talks about TwinStar cabinets with 4K resolution and a 75" display in the showroom at the company’s offices in Las Vegas on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @csstevensphoto A variety of slot cabinets at the Scientific Games showroom in Las Vegas on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @csstevensphoto Nick Khin, chief commercial officer at International Game Technology, demonstrates how the new technology, that’s being incorporated into slot machines, works on Friday, May 3, 2019, in Las Vegas. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye At Palace Station, Phillip Zamarron sits in front of the Feathered Friends slot machine, transfixed as cartoon images of birds, acorns and eggs spin across the screen. The Albuquerque native visits Las Vegas at least twice a year — it’s a chance to relax and possibly leave with a little extra cash. Over the last five years he’s made these trips, he said he’s noticed a transformation among slot machines. Compared to just a couple years ago, these machines are bigger, brighter, flashier, and more convenient. “When I play an old game now, it’s so dull,” he said. With new machines, he can order drinks and make dinner reservations right off the screen. “You don’t have to wait for someone to show up,” he said. Slot machine developers say cashless slots and mobile integration are coming next.  “A slot machine nowadays is a pretty powerful computing device. It can do a lot more than just play the game it’s designed for,” said Jim Barbee, the chief of the Nevada Gaming Control Board’s technology division. “It’s really an exciting time in the tech space to see how it will be used here.” Revenue driver Advancing technology in slot machines is paving the way for a better, more immersive experience for players — one that draws a wider variety of demographics, and keeps them in their seat at the slots longer, industry insiders say. Many of the recent innovations have been focused on the display case, and almost all of the cabinets in development incorporate 4K resolution, LED lights and improved sound quality. Cathryn Lai, vice president of product management for Scientific Games Corp., said the display innovations really kicked off about five years ago, when the first wave cabinet was introduced. “(The curved screen) takes the player almost inside the game,” she said. “Before, you’d watch players crane their head to see all the way to the top.” Marcus Prater, the executive director of the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers, said the focus on a theatrical experience proved to be a success. “It showed in hard dollars that hardware could drive additional revenue,” he said. “Put a game on a waved, curved screen cabinet and the win per day increased significantly, with the only difference being the hardware.” According to March data from the Nevada Gaming Control Board, slot machines made up about 66 percent of the total amount won by casinos against players with slots, table games, counter games, and card games. In all, casinos made more than $1 billion in gaming that month. Slot revenue has remained relatively flat over the past decade, but there has been a slight uptick in recent years; March slot revenue was about 5 percent higher than the year prior. “The revenues in Nevada, certainly the casinos, would like them to grow at even higher rates,” he said. “We have to keep innovating, or we risk losing this revenue that obviously drives our entire state. I think that focus has never been sharper.” Competing tech Lai said the updated technology is meant to create an attractive, immersive experience for players. “You want people playing as long as they can, so you provide them an enjoyable experience so they play longer,” she said. But the games are competing for attention more than ever. With a growing interest in mobile gaming and non-gaming attractions, slot machine manufacturers are doing all they can to attract players. “Gaming is now available in many places. You can do it on your phone, you can do it on your iPad,” Lai said. “We try to get players to leave their home and come to the casino. You have to differentiate yourself and really bring value to the player.” Angelo Palmisano, the vice president of strategy and innovation at slot machine manufacturer Aristocrat, said the industry is trying to incorporate technology that reaches a wider range of demographics. Take Aristocrat’s “Madonna” game, which will be hitting casino floors soon. The slot machine is based on her ‘80s hits, and invites players to sing along karaoke-style. “It’s just a way to engage a slot player that isn’t about winning or losing at that moment,” said Jon Hanlin, the vice president of gaming operations at Aristocrat. And with easy-to-use products from tech giants like Google, Amazon and Apple in almost everyone’s hands, Palmisano said slot manufacturers have to keep up with other industries. “The patron’s expecting a seamless experience wherever they go, whether it’s a casino floor or they’re going to the bank,” he said. Innovations on the horizon Barbee said the industry has exploded in the last five years, and there’s still more innovation to come. He expects mobile phone integration will pick up speed soon, simplifying the process to play or make payments. “We’re accustomed to using our personal device to handle everything from paying our bills to ordering pizza to setting the temperature in the house,” Barbee said. “I think we’re going to see a lot more interaction between our personal device and slot machines.” A cashless option is also on the horizon, according to Nick Khin, chief commercial officer of gaming for slot machine manufacturer International Game Technology. The technology would let players use a mobile wallet at slots. Players could transfer cash to the wallet within the casino, or connect it to prepaid cards, credit cards, or debit cards. Hovering their smart phone by a sensor on the machine would then allow them to log into their account and transfer money straight to the game. If the player wins money, they could use those funds at the buffet or nightclub. Khin said this saves players time, and lets them skip fees and lines at ATMs and is a safer alternative to carrying hundreds of dollars in cash. “It’s revolutionizing the experience,” Khin said. “It’s removing the friction. … It’s almost like setting up a currency within the casino” Lai said this could help draw in younger demographics to the machines, who are less likely to carry cash on them and are used to cashless options like Apple Pay. “If we want to engage younger players, we have to break that barrier and require them to play without cash,” she said. “(Scientific Games will) have something out this year.” Wireless charging and more hardware updates should also emerge in the near future. And much of this new technology is in our own backyard, Prater said. “The good thing about Nevada is it’s embracing this, it’s promoting this, and I think it’s important for Nevada to continue,” he said. “We are the gaming tech hub of the world.” Contact Bailey Schulz at bschulz@reviewjournal.com. Follow @bailey_schulz on Twitter. [rjtemplate class=”rj-isidebar3-elem”] Did you know? — A coin-operated gambling machine was first invented in 1895 by San Francisco inventor Charles Fey. — Ten years later, he invented the first “true slot machine.” It had three reels and automatically paid winners. — In 1915, the machines were camouflaged to avoid anti-gambling laws. They were designed to dispense things like cigarettes, candy and gum every time the handle was pulled. — The gum dispensed by the slot machines were from the Chicle Company — creator of Chiclets — and were decorated with illustrations of the flavors (orange, cherry, plum, and more). The fruit and bar symbols on machines today evolved from the early machines that dispensed the gum. Source: University of New Orleans professor George Fenich’s 1996 paper, “A Chronology of (Legal) Gaming in the U.S.” [/rjtemplate]
24 May 19
lukemanros

Hey guys welcome back! Welcome to the first installment of the Bodybuilding Essentials Series, where I share with you my most important principles as they regard to bodybuilding. Some principles are ones I overlooked in the first few years of my training and have hurt me immensely, while others are ones I hammered in the […]

24 May 19
Archy news nety

The historical rookie season of Luka Doncic has changed the development of the franchise business significantly. Last June, the Mavericks were equipped with an all-round striker in Doncic and an explosive young point guard in Dennis Smith Jr. While the goal was to achieve a dynamic double victory between the Slovenian and the NC State […]

24 May 19
Full Press Coverage

As OTAs continue, and the start of another season slowly creeps closer, we take a look at the Arizona Cardinals revamped roster. Over the next few weeks we will look at each position group heading into the 2019 season. Today we focus on the men tasked with protecting first round pick, Kyler Murray, and opening […]

24 May 19
Hackaday
Join editors Elliot Williams and Mike Szczys as they unpack all the great hacks we’ve seen this week. On this episode we’re talking about laser Internet delivered from space, unwrapping the complexity of Charlieplexed circuits, and decapping ICs both to learn more about them and to do it safely at home. We have some fun with backyard siege weapons (for learning about physics, we swear!), gambling on FPGAs, and a line-scanning camera that’s making selfies fun again. And nobody thought manufacturing electroluminescent displays was easy, but who knew it was this hard? Take a look at the links below if you want to follow along, and as always, tell us what you think about this episode in the comments!  Direct download (78 MB of bodacious audio) Places to follow Hackaday podcasts: Google Play iTunes Soundcloud Spotify Stitcher RSS Episode 020 Show Notes: New This Week: All the Hacks of Hackaday’s Bay Area Maker Faire Meetup String launcher video (horrible audio removed as a public service) Interesting Hacks of the Week: PokerBot Uses FPGA For Card Calculating Horsepower Monte Carlo method – Wikipedia Fisher–Yates shuffle – Wikipedia Lateral Thinking For An Easier Charlieplex ∅: Charlieplexing with LED dot matrix modules Ben Krasnow Makes a DSKY Build an electroluminescent glass panel display — an Apollo DSKY Ben Krasnow at Supercon: Making Alien Technology in Your Own Shop Make Physics Fun with a Trebuchet Trebucheting Tennis Balls at 124 MPH Tracker Video Analysis and Modeling Tool for Physics Education Integrated Circuits Can Be Easy to Understand with the Right Teachers Video: The Lowly Diode — Umpteen Functions with Only Two Pins A Very Modern Flying Spot Scanner GitHub – firmata/protocol Quick Hacks: Mike’s Picks: Not Happy with Smart Bulbs? Make Your Own The Rhysonic Wheel Automates Live Music A Cyclonic Vacuum Cleaner on a Hacker’s Budget Elliot’s Picks: AI-Enabled Teletype Live Streams Nearly Coherent Conversations Fallout Inspired Display is Ready for the Apocalypse Decap ICs Without The Peril Peter Laackmann, Marcus Janke: Uncaging Microchips Can’t-Miss Articles: Everything We Know About SpaceX’s Starlink Network Gigabit Ethernet Through the Air Why Satellites of the Future Will be Built to Burn Zork And The Z-Machine: Bringing The Mainframe To 8-bit Home Computers Interviews: Earlier in May we heard news that Maker Faire Bay Area is facing a financial crunch. Although the future of the event is unknown, the legacy is easy to see. Maker Faire throughout the world has had a profound effect on countless lives. It’s hard to imagine that it all started with that first event way back in 2006. Mike Szczys spent some time last weekend tracking down as many people who where at one. With only a moment’s notice, these folks each shared a happy memory, and help us picture what it was like at the inaugural Maker Faire. Thank you to Lenore Edman for her extensive help in connecting with people who were at the first Maker Faire. A pass for every Maker Faire Bay Area shown by one of the people we interviewed
24 May 19
TMan's Sports/Sci-Fi Site

This summer is about to be NUTS in terms of free agency and trades. KD may leave Golden State, AD could be traded, and LBJ could (maybe, sort of, possibly?!) demand a trade from L.A. Yes, really. This is all happening, oh, and along with Kawhi, Kyrie, Kemba, Klay, Khris, DLo, and Jimmy also being […]

24 May 19
High Velocity Sport

MLB Weekend Watch: Picks, analysis on the top matchups https://es.pn/30zMUOq The Orioles are giving up home runs at a historic rate, the Braves and Cardinals will be squaring off in a premium matchup between potential playoff teams, and the latest Dodger with a scoreless inning streak will put his chance to make history on the […]

24 May 19
Archy news nety

0 of 32 Gerald Herbert/Associated Press A high-flying offense can’t rely on a singular threat to be effective. The units that are hardest to defend have multiple reliable and dynamic targets to expose defensive weaknesses.  A great receiver can be taken away by well-devised defensive schemes. Coordinators will roll coverage or bracket those top options […]

24 May 19
Sports Gaming Rosters

Current Depth Chart (Updated 5/23/19) Pos Player H/W Years Pro School Starting Lineup C Al Horford 6’10, 245 lbs 12 years pro Florida PF Jayson Tatum 6’8, 204 lbs 2 years pro Duke SG Jaylen Brown 6’7, 225 lbs 3 years pro California SG Marcus Smart 6’4, 220 lbs 6 years pro Oklahoma State PG […]

24 May 19
News Directory

Patrick Mahomes was looking forward to Kansas City for the NFL Draft Hosting After attending the NFL Draft in Nashville, Patrick Mahomes is excited to see what Kansas City can do with the event in 2023. According to × After attending the NFL Draft in Nashville, Patrick Mahomes is excited to see what Kansas City […]