The Difference between Land Based and Online Casinos

Gambling in person versus online is definitely a different experience. Smart Live Gaming has analyzed the differences for you in a handy resource. Let’s take a look.

Safety: safety is definitely a concern in both land-based and online casinos. With online casinos, it’s your bank account, credit card information, or identity theft. There isn’t the organized crime chances that in person casinos have, but some have definitely been accused of being a criminal front.

Bonuses: Land-based casinos cannot afford to give out bonuses because of their large overhead and operating costs. While online casinos have the ability to do that, they don’t have the social atmosphere that in person casinos have.

Promotions: Online casinos offer frequent promotions, likely because they have your email and can contact you at any time. Land-based casinos can’t offer these types of promotions, but they can give you deals on entertainment, dining, and accommodations.

Skill factor: Skilled players at in person casinos can be intimidating to newcomers and can easily take advantage of them. Online casinos give you anonymity, free support, and guides to help you play.

Convenience: With online casinos, the only things you need are a stable internet connection and dependable computer. In person casinos require travel and getting out of your pajamas.

Read more in the infographic below.


UK’s Gambling Performance Comparison

Online gambling has come a long ways since it’s inception. And Smart Live Gaming is the know it all when it comes to areas in the UK and their performance. They’ve ranked performance of the top 12 cities in the UK and analyzed spend per city, players per city, gender insights, and players per age group.

They’ve created a performance index, which is the amount bet versus the amount won. This is the performance comparison with number 1 being the best performing area. And in the number one place is Liverpool. London is in close second, only being .004 behind Liverpool. Manchester is number three, Birmingham four, and Bristol five. Leeds takes the number six spot, which isn’t horrible, but it isn’t the best. Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leicester, Sheffield, and Newcastle the last six in order.

For spend per city, London takes the cake with spending 36%. Birmingham spends 16%, Leeds 9% and Manchester and Bristol at 7%. Leicester spends 6%, Cardiff 5%, Liverpool 4% (which is surprising since it’s in the number one performance spot. Perhaps the few that gamble are just very very good?). Newcastle and Edinburgh spend 3% and Glasgow and Sheffield spend 2%.

There’s plenty more to read in the infographic below. Find out the percentage of players per city, gender insights, and percentage of players per age group.


WIFI for the School Bus – Yay or Nay?

According to SinglePoint, school districts across the US are being consolidated, lengthening bus rides for children. Adding WIFI can be an educational tool while these kids are spending more time on their commute.

Currently, 38% of all kids under 2 have used a mobile device and 72% of kids under 8 have also used a mobile device. Twelve point one is the average age when a kid receives their first phone. Fifty-six percent of kids 8-12 have a cellphone and 88% of Americans over 18 have a mobile device. Right now, 51% of high school kids carry a cell phone. In just two years, family ownership of tablets has grown from 8% to 40% from 2011 to 2013.

Ninety-one percent of Americans currently have access to WIFI of atleast 10 Mbps downstream. And public access of wireless internet has increased from 20% in 2009 to 80% in 2013. There’s over 500 million internet-connected devices in homes and businesses.

Currently, 74% of teachers say that technology enables them to reinforce and expand on content. Additionally, 74% of teachers say that technology motivates students to learn. Parents agree. Sixty-eight percent of parents say that mobile devices and apps can help their students learn math, science, reading, foreign languages and social studies. Over 50% of parents say that schools should make more use of devices for education.

There you have it! Read on in the infographic below.


The Growth of Mobile Gambling

Playing games on your phone has been popular ever since the epic snake game on the brick Motorola. It only makes sense that as phones and infrastructure has evolved, that people confident in their skills would play for money.

According to Smart Live Gaming, mobile gambling is growing at an exponential rate. In 2013, 64 million users were gambling via their smartphone or tablet. It’s expected in 2018 that 164 million users will be playing for money on their phones. That’s an incredible rate of growth!

Currently 76% of all online gamblers are male and 24% are female. Preferences over the device are split, with 47% using an iOS system and 42% are on Android. Thirty percent of gamblers play on a monthly basis while 54% play on a daily basis.

Current opinions on online gambling are interesting. Seventy-three percent of “polled” people have used a laptop to play or gamble online. Nine percent have not used a laptop to gamble online but may be interested in the future. Lastly, 18% have used a laptop to gamble online but are no longer interested.

There’s more information across different devices that might be worth it to check out below. Read on in the infographic below.


The Role of Web Hosting to Your Website

Web hosting. It’s such a fundamental part of your website that many don’t know about or overlook. There’s plenty of intricacies and details that can increase the speed and delivery time of your site without costing your first-born child. Let’s see what Cheap Web Hosting Now can tell us from their handy infographic.

Your website is delivered from the web host, which pushes it to the world wide web. Internet users type in your site’s URL and see what’s on your site because of the web host. There’s three main types of web hosting: Shared, VPS, and Dedicated.

Shared hosting is like an apartment. There’s a lot of partitions but you all share the same building / server.

VPS is like a townhouse. You’re connected but together if that makes sense.

Dedicated hosting is like owning your own home. Everything on it is yours.

Capacities are something you should be aware of. There’s about 10-100 MB of disk space and 105 gigabytes of data transfer per month. Each HTML page can take up from 5-50 KB of disk space on your web server, so depending on how large your site is, you may need a large server. This can be determined by multiplying the average page size by the average page views per month.

Read more in the infographic below.



BLDC versus Brush DC motors

The market is consistently changing. Sometimes that means moving away from a specific product in favor of a lower cost, lower maintenance, and longer lasting option.

Even though the market is moving away from from brushed motors, it’s still important to weigh your options and figure out what’s best for your business. Sinotech has provided a handy reference to help us understand some of the key differences in the motors and figure out what’s best for you and your business.

Brush DC motors have a few specific parts to be aware of. First is the commutator which transfers electric current through the brush assembly to the armature. Brushes ride on the commutator and send electric current to the armature. The armature is the rotating part of the brush DC motor that contains the wire windings. This is the primary motor thats been used for over 100 years.

Brushless DC motors are newer and part of a rapidly growing market. The stator is the outer, non-rotating structure that contains the windings. The rotator is the rotating part of the motor which contains fixed magnets. From 2003 to 2010, the brushless DC motor market grew from 300 million to 1.3 billion, due to the rise of technologies that include robots.

There’s more! Read on in the infographic below.


The Beginner’s Guide to Online Slots

Slot machines in real life can actually be confusing, which means that online slots may not be the easiest to understand either. How do I pay money? How much does it cost per play? What if I win? Can I just take the money?

Not to fear, Slotozilla is here to save the day. And by that, I mean they’ve provided a handy infographic to teach you all you need to know about slot machines plus online experience.

First things first, let’s cover history. The fully functioning gambling software was developed by Microgaming. The company essentially invented the online casino as well as online slot games. The first online slot machine looked like a one-armed bandit slot with three reels and one pay line. Later, slots evolved in to five reel or more with multiple pay lines, bonus features, cool design and video effects. Than came 3D slots. Instead of static symbols, 3D slots were filled with animations and moving parts.

Next, let’s discuss the anatomy of an online slot game. Here’s a list of the parts.

  1. Reels – it has symbols on the reel and spins when you hit spin
  2. Symbols – what determine if you earn a prize
  3. Paytable – where you access payout as well as more information
  4. Win – If you’re lucky, this is how you’ll know it
  5. Coins Balance – your total account balance
  6. Select Coins – reduce or increase coins per play
  7. Select Lines – how many paylines you want to be on

There’s more! Learn how to play in the infographic below


SEO 2014 Trends – Toronto

Implode Media has released a helpful resource detailing the top five SEO trends for 2014. As we all know, SEO is critical to ensuring that your content and brand is found in web search. SEO should be implemented across all web strategies in order to achieve the maximum benefits.

So let’s take a look at these five trends.

1. Content, Links, and Social Media

A successful SEO strategy has content that is relevant and useful to the audience. It should meet needs and generate profits. Links are what assure users of your business’s trust and legitimacy. Getting links from well known sites can do wonders for your domain authority and traffic. Last is social media. It exists to amplify a brands presence, though it’s more from a user trust perspective than SEO.

2. Content Marketing

Blog posts plus video plus images. We all hear the phrase content marketing now, but what does it mean? Shouldn’t your brand be focusing on producing quality content already? Really, it’s nothing new if you’ve been doing the internet thing right this whole time. If your brand solely cares about profit instead of furthering the industry, educating users, or making a difference, then you shouldn’t be producing content anyways.

3. Mobile Optimization

Everyone is on their mobile phones and tablets now, so it’s time to get used to it. Make sure your website looks snazzy and easy to use on a mobile device and you’ll be good to go.

4. Building a Strong Brand

You’re gonna have to look at the infographic to read more about this one and bullet number five! See the infographic below.


James Bond at Sea

James Bond will always be a classic. His collection of cars, gadgets, boats, guns, and women are to be desired by all men.

Originally created by Ian Fleming in 1953, he was featured in 12 novels and two short story collections. Turned in to a movie series, James Bond movies are one of the longest running and highest grossing film series. Quite possibly because there have been six James Bond characters.

But we’re here to talk about the boats in the James Bond Films. And according to Onboard Online, the first one we’ll discuss is the Disco Volante. In the film, it splits in two to create a power boat, hiding a few small subs in the hull with an underwater loading hatch. The tops speed was 40 knots. This was in the movie “Thunderball”, premiering in 1965.

The next 007 toy is the Glastron GT-150. In the famous “Live and Let Die” it was one of the fastest on the river with a top speed of 60 knots, having mid-air acrobatic abilities and the capability to “landplane”. It was ultimately blown up in a fuel tanker.

Next is the Lotus Esprit Sub, named Wet Nellie. In the movie “The Spy Who Loved Me” this boat/car was capable of turning in to a submarine, launching anti-aircraft missiles and torpedos. It had a top speed on land of 135 mph and an underwater speed of 20 knots.

There’s more to be seen. Look in the infographic below.



The Cloud Opinion

“The Cloud” has become the new and improved way of working. Especially for businesses, cloud storage, cloud applications and cloud systems are transforming how companies operate.

With the rise of a new technology, there are always risks.

According to PerspecSys, surveys from 130 security professionals from RSA Conference show that companies are not being proactive enough to protect sensitive data in the cloud. Sixty-six percent of security professionals believe that the cloud is much more difficult to secure than on-premise systems. Only 16% believe that it’s less difficult and 18% say that it’s no different than on-premise systems.

Security protocols are important, and with the onset of new technology, it’s just as important to make sure that there are new standards in place. Sixty-nine percent of organizations have security protocols in pace while 31% do not. Of these protocols, 53% of security professionals believe that they complicate or delay their jobs while 47% believe that they don’t.

There’s more information! See it in the infographic below.