The game was on. The jury was out. This was the real thing. This type of volume had been simulated, but this was now the real world.
Would the newly launched online waiver software, WaiverSign, handle the volume of upwards of 4,000 sports fans signing digital liability waivers almost simultaneously?
Yes! It would. By the end of the weekend, more than 50,000 participants had signed a digital waiver using either the onsite kiosks provided, or via their personal Android or iOS devices.
“WaiverSign is proud to announce the small part they played in the excitement that surrounded the men’s college basketball championships in Minneapolis, Minnesota, earlier this spring,” said Chip Broyles, WaiverSign VP of Business Development and Operations. He was onsite in Minneapolis and monitoring the action.
At one point on the Saturday of the two semi-final games, 4,000 guests signed waivers within 15 minutes. WaiverSign development teams were prepared for the high volume and were standing by at a moment’s notice to react to changing needs if necessary.
“I must admit, at any given time, there can be hundreds, if not thousands of participants going through WaiverSign processes with any number of businesses somewhere in the country. But this was admittedly the first time we had a single client processing that kind of volume all at one time. It was exciting, and a bit nerve racking. But I needn’t have worried. The whole event was a huge success,” Broyles concluded.
In March college hoops fans from around the country descended on US Bank Stadium to cheer on the Michigan State Spartans, Texas Tech Raiders, Auburn Tigers, and the Virginia Cavaliers. Throughout the championship weekend, fan-centered events were held at the Minneapolis Convention Center, about a mile and a half away from the tournament.
Spectators at sporting events don’t always have to sign waivers. In this case, free for all who had a ticket to the big games, or just $10 per person otherwise, the festival activities included scores of interactive events designed to get people hands-on experience with college sports. From batting cages to augmented reality basketball skills, these events excite the public and get everyone geared up for the big games.
“Those who wanted to join in the fun were asked to sign waivers. That’s where WaiverSign came in,” explained Broyles.
Prior to participation in any of the hands-on activities, a Release of Liability waiver must be signed on behalf of each participant. A representative with the company in charge of the activities explained: “We had previously used another white-label waiver signing solution to process participants at the fan events we sponsor throughout the year. We ended up looking for a new vendor that could provide additional functionality, as well as one that fit our budget appropriately. WaiverSign became the obvious choice for us rather quickly.”
“These events are quite popular, as it’s a family friendly environment full of exciting hands-on activities, sponsored giveaways, games and events,” he continues. “Celebrities from the world of college and professional basketball and broadcast sports show up on site for everything from 3-on-3 match-ups to autograph signing and handshaking. Kids as well as adults love it!”
“We’re pleased that the professional sports industry is now enjoying the benefits of presenting waivers digitally rather than on paper,” said Broyles. The benefits of going digital include immediate document retrieval, redundant and secure storage opportunities plus increased document integrity. Digital signature collection also means that companies can gather much more usable data simply because that data is readily accessible and typed and legible — not hand-written.
Using any web-enabled mobile device, parents or legal guardians can immediately sign digital waivers in English or Spanish for their children engaging in youth activities. An Event Management feature communicates to the event organizer and provides easy access to a printable list of names for managing event participants. It can identify and locate groups of people who signed a particular waiver or set of waivers for a certain activity on a specific day.
Lawyers like the fact that through a digital program people have access to documents they can read carefully and sign before they arrive at an activity destination so there’s no last-minute signing situation. The signed document is also delivered with the signer’s email address. The old paper waivers didn’t do that.
“WaiverSign offers a clean, solid product that customers appreciate when comparing other options. Add in simple, straight-forward pricing, mix that with a support team that works directly one-on-one with customers. You have a recipe designed to grow WaiverSign’s client base at a pace we’ve not seen in years past,” Broyles adds. “We fully expect this growth trend to continue. It’s been a wonderful couple of years.”
Founded in 2013, WaiverSign offers one of the most efficient, easy-to-use digital liability waivers and electronic liability release solutions available in today’s marketplace. An API (Application Programming Interface) allows other reservation and customer relationship databases to push and pull customer data directly to and from WaiverSign. This provides a simple and fool-proof way for collecting customer information in whatever reservation system being used. For more information, visit https://www.waiversign.com/ or call 877.741.7705.
About Resmark Systems
The premier marketing and reservation software platform for tour operators in the adventure travel industry was founded in 2005 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Resmark Systems offers comprehensive tour operator software created by tour operators with multiple years of experience. Resmark Systems software is designed to manage all functions of the tour operator business from online reservations and marketing to finances and accounting. Resmark provides proven cost savings, comprehensive tracking and reporting and unparalleled lead conversion. For more information, visit http://www.resmarksystems.com/ or call 888.RESMARK (737.6275).
Discogs confirms the Most Expensive Item Sold for August 2018 is a 2xLP Red Color Variant Japanese Promo of Pink Floyd‘s Ummagumma, which went for $13,953USD. The Ummagumma white label, red vinyl variant promo is ultra-rare amongst Pink Floyd releases, as the red variant was used only for promo while the black color variant was stock. This is contrary to typical releases at the time, where black vinyl was used for both promo and stock. Discogs’ Discography Specialist Brent Greissle adds, “Given that it’s Floyd, I’d assume not many promo copies were made, given the lack of actual effort needed to promote it. I’d also assume that radio stations would have played their copies to death, so good, clean copies would be hyper-rare.”
View The Entire Most Expensive List for August 2018 HERE
Other notable items, Davie Jones With The King Bees‘ 1964 UK 7″ Liza Jane sells for $3,947.00USD and a 1979 US 7″ from Opus entitled The Atrocity / Good Procedures sells for $3,947USD. Discogs users dropped over $67,000USD across 30 releases in August’s Most Expensive Items Sold.
Discogs is the world’s foremost Database, Marketplace, and Community for music. The user-built Database boasts a catalog of more than 10 million releases and 5.3 million artists making it the most extensive physical music Database in the world. By connecting Buyers and Sellers across the globe, with more than 42 million items available the Discogs Marketplace is the leading destination for both new releases and elusive rarities. Join more than 4.9 million active Community members: Download the Discogs App for iOS (HERE) and Android (HERE). New to Discogs? Get Started.
BlackBerry just unveiled BlackBerry Spark, the only Enterprise of Things(EoT) platform designed and built for ensuring ultra-secure hyperconnectivity from all design aspects.
So what’s new in the anticipated release? BlackBerry promises better applications and uses for a wide variety of systems that run on AI and require high level security. Spark will allow enterprises devices to benefit from the maximum use of softwares and platforms such as Watson and Amazon AWS.
As the workforce will evolve, BlackBerry Spark will provide end users with the ability to move seamlessly between all profiles- professional and personal. Critics are indeed impressed by its unique industry-specific safety-certifications, such as ISO 26262 often seen in automobiles. But hyperconnectivity is just one piece of the entire system.
As users would realize, EoT can be put to various uses in organizations.
Employees for example can use virtual assistants like Alexa and put them to work by providing access to ultra secure files. Critical patients in hospitals can relax a bit better knowing that the systemautomatically prepares the staff and any supporting machines while readying emergency care units in the incident of a serious issue.
In the transportation sector, BlackBerry Spark allows connected vehicles to convey messages in real time while being totally encrypted and certified by BlackBerry Spark as genuine. This ensures validation and protects against unwanted issues and attacks. CEO John Chen agrees that smarphones have sparked a revolution in the way people live their
lives but are often blind to personal safety and data encryption.
CCS Insight had long predicted the overlap of EoT, IoT with businesses and users as smartphones became more common. The company calls it a bold but necessary step in bridging worlds and helping people create new
and better experiences.
BlackBerry’s long commitment of providing customer privacy and protection without monetizing client data is one of it’s greatest merits in a world ruled by smartphones.
BlackBerry Spark has already leveraged the company’s portfolio of technology, having earned more than 80 certifications, which is more than any other IoT vendor.
This includes FIPS-validation, AES 256-bit encryption to provide data protection at all levels while following strict international regulatory requirements. To the surprise of the average user, BlackBerry is the only EoT platform provider to obtain Common Criteria EAL4+. And that goes for both iOS and Android.
Roland Exhibits GO:SERIES Products
Portable musical series, including GO:KEYS, GO:PIANO and GO:MIXER,
|Roland (LVCC Central Hall, Booth #17544) is displaying its GO:SERIES of products, a high-quality yet highly affordable line that makes it easy to create or capture life’s musical moments. The series includes the GO:KEYS Music Creation Keyboard (GO-61K), the GO:PIANO Digital Piano (GO-61PC) and the GO:MIXER Audio Mixer for Smartphones. A first for their price point, both keyboard models in the series also offer Bluetooth® connectivity for added musical and learning possibilities.
The portable, battery-powered GO:KEYS offers music-making possibilities for those interested in creating their own music but have not learned to play piano notes or chords, or even read music. Its unique design offers one-touch operation with a “Loop Mix” feature, in which different instrument patterns are assigned to a range of keys on the keyboard. A simple key-press creates a musical pattern that can be combined with others to create custom grooves while intuitive touch pads enable the sounds to be easily manipulated in real time. Built-in speakers and headphones jack offer on-the-go sound anywhere.
The battery-powered GO:PIANO features 61 full-size piano-style keys and high-quality sound derived from Roland’s professional digital piano models, all in an affordable package designed for beginners. Included are a variety of instrument sounds such as piano, organs, strings, and more, plus onboard practice features, a sustain pedal, headphones jack for private playing, and a built-in speaker system. The GO:PIANO comes with an education bundle that contains everything needed to get started, including a lesson book and built-in songs from the best-selling Faber Piano Adventures®.
GO:MIXER is a compact audio mixer for smartphone video production that is also powered by the smartphone. Compatible with iOS and Android smartphones, it connects digitally with up to five sources via an included cable, providing clear stereo sound that’s far better than the phone’s built-in mono mic or analog line input. With multiple inputs available, users can connect a mic, musical instruments, and media players, and mix them all together live while they shoot—the ideal solution for adding pro sound to social media videos.
For more information about GO:KEYS (U.S. Street $299), GO:PIANO (U.S. Street $329) with education bundle, and GO:MIXER (U.S. Street $99), please visit Roland.com.
Roland Announces R-07 High-Resolution Audio Recorder
|Professional handheld recorder with premium audio quality and enhanced Bluetooth®|
|Roland (LVCC Central Hall, Booth# 17544) announces the R-07 High-Resolution Audio Recorder, a convenient handheld recording device for musicians, journalists, students, and anyone who needs to capture sound on the go. The R-07 features multiple high-quality recording modes, plus unique dual recording and hybrid limiting functions that ensure perfect audio capture every time. It also includes Bluetooth® for remote operation and features Bluetooth-capable audio streaming enhanced with Qualcomm® aptX™ audio technology.
While today’s smartphones have the capability to record audio, achieving high-quality results requires using external peripherals that are fussy and inconvenient. Stylish and easy to carry in a pocket, the all-in-one R-07 makes it simple to capture high-resolution audio wherever the user travels.
The R-07 supports mono and stereo WAV recording at rates up to 24-bit/96 kHz and MP3 recording at rates up to 320 kbps. Top-quality onboard stereo mics are always at the ready, while handy scene setups configure all the critical recorder settings with one touch. The R-07 is powered via two AA batteries or USB bus power, and comes in a choice of black, white, and red colors.
Using the free R-07 remote control app on an iOS or Android mobile device, users can wirelessly manage various R-07 functions and also monitor status and levels while the R-07 is placed in a prime recording location that’s out of reach.
To learn more about the R-07 High-Resolution Audio Recorder, visit Roland.com.
Roland Announces 4XCAMERA App for iOS
|Easily create split screen music video performances on iPhone or iPad|
|Roland (LVCC Central Hall, Booth# 17544) announces 4XCAMERA, a unique new video capture app for iOS devices. 4XCAMERA makes it easy for musicians to create music videos with up to four performances split on the screen. Aspect ratios of 1:1 and 16:9 are supported, and 10 split-screen patterns are available for each. The app is a free download and allows users to capture up to two performances. Full functionality is available via an in-app purchase of $3.99.
With 4XCAMERA and an iPhone or iPad, it’s quick and simple for one person to create split screen performance videos of original music, cover songs, or karaoke tracks. And by sharing 4XCAMERA video projects through cloud-based storage, multiple musicians can use the app to contribute performances from anywhere in the world.
The user starts by capturing one video performance to the 4XCAMERA app. Using this video as a guide, they can capture three more performances, adding new parts on each pass. Sound can be recorded via the device’s built-in mic or through a connected audio capture device.
All videos for a song are stored within the app’s library. To complete a split screen music video, the user applies a split screen pattern, adjusts volumes for each video, and then renders a final file for sharing on YouTube and other social media sites.
To learn more about the 4XCAMERA app, visit Roland.com.
BOSS Introduces Katana-Air Guitar Amplifier
|Premium Katana tone in a totally wireless guitar amp|
|BOSS (LVCC Central Hall, Booth# 17544) introduces the Katana-Air, the world’s first totally wireless guitar amplifier. Compact and battery-powered, the Katana-Air features new low-latency wireless guitar technology developed by BOSS and a custom wireless transmitter that plugs into any electric guitar. This gives players the freedom to jam and practice anywhere without fussing with guitar cables or AC connections. It’s also possible to play along with audio streamed via Bluetooth® from an iOS or Android smartphone, and remotely edit tones and effects from the dedicated BOSS Tone Studio app.
Equipped with the same sound-shaping features found in the Katana Version 2 amplifiers, the Katana-Air delivers premium tones for all styles of music. Five channels provide a wide range of sounds, from sparkling clean to BOSS’s custom high-gain Brown sound. There’s also integrated access to over 50 BOSS effects, plus six memories for storing favorite amp and effects setups.
The Katana-Air is a true stereo amplifier with two custom-tuned speakers and up to 30 watts of total power, offering big, rich sound for both guitar amplification and full-range music reproduction. A convenient docking port in the amp charges the battery in the included wireless transmitter, providing up to 12 hours of continuous playing time per charge.
The Katana-Air is always ready to play. It operates in standby mode to conserve energy when idle, and instantly wakes when it senses motion. In addition, the transmitter automatically establishes the optimum wireless connection when docked, with no user operation required.
To learn more about the Katana-Air, visit Boss.ino.
Written by: Amardeep Singh
2016 and 2017 have been strange years for smartphone giants that seem to show no signs of backing out on every front. From Samsung‘s gadgets being seen as potential explosive bombs to Apple admitting its dirty tactics in slowing down its older phones for better sales, from Nokia making a valiant return with the 3310 to Google releasing Pixel. But before techies and phone savants declare their opinions on the best phone for the year as 2017 comes to an end, it’s important to review two of the most happening smartphones that had gripped everyone in hype.
IT’S ALL IN THE SPECIFICATIONS
The iPhone X debuted with a staggering size of 43.6 × 70.9 × 7.7 mm (5.65 × 2.79 × 0.30 inches) showing an absent home screen button when compared to the Note 8’s size of 162.5 × 74.8 × 8.6 mm (6.40 × 2.95 × 0.34 inches).
Initial advertisements by Apple boasted several of the phone’s features such as a stunning 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display that shows a beautiful 2,436 × 1,125 pixels (458 ppi) home screen. Apple wasn’t just betting on visual appeal to be the main selling point but it seems that the new animated emoji( called animoji) clearly took the stage at the keynote speech.
The phone runs on an A11 Bionic 64-bit architecture with a 2716 mAh battery that Apple promises to power 12 hours of internet, 13 hours of video playback, 21 hours of talk time and up to 60 hours of audio playback. Cameras have seen a vast improvement in the latest release with a M10 motion co-processor being coupled with a dual 12MP rear (both with OIS) and a 7MP True Depth front that captures images up to 4K at 60fps. Video making too has been augmented with users now being able to shoot 1080p at 240fps. Beneath the silver or space Gray exterior the, the provides up to 64GB or 256GB of storage space and the newest iOS 11 framework.
All this for a standard price of nearly a $1000 which is likely to increase in the coming months as Apple hints the possible release of more color variants and even a rumored iPhone 9.
The Note 8 too isn’t much far in that regard when it comes to technology. While slightly heavier than its counterpart, the phone still takes the lead with a 162.5 × 74.8 × 8.6 mm (6.40 × 2.95 × 0.34 inches) size with a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display and a 2,960 × 1,440 (522 ppi) resolution. While the rear camera is no different than the iPhone ‘s12 MP feature, the front has an 8 MP capability. Early reviews stated that the phone hosts features to create videos at 4K at 30fps and 720p at 240fps. The Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (U.S.)/Samsung Exynos 8895 (international) processor allows for 22 hours of talk time, 13 hours of internet, 16 hours of video playback, and up to 74 hours of audio playback.
Available at three storage spaces of 64GB (U.S.) 128, 256GB (International) and two colors of midnight black and orchid gray, the phone will cost buyers $ 930.
VERDICT— WHAT THE PUBLIC HAS TO SAY
The iPhone X launch brought some radical changes to its generation of smartphones which were welcomed by some but ridiculed and criticized by most. Despite showing some amazing sales figures when compared to the iPhone 7 which was considered to be no less than disastrous on the public front, the Note 8 still holds a competitive edge against the former.
Buyers are specifically amazed at the uses for Google Assistant and the S pen along with several other features such as Bixy, peripheral ports and its special lock-in procedures.
However, newer versions of the Note 8 have attracted some hindrance after users reported that they were unable to charge even on plugging after using them for the first time. Users are also dissatisfied with facial detection, screen burning and short battery lives on the latest iPhone. And the company too seems to be on thin ice as it revealed details about slowing down ageing phones which took a big crunch at its stock prices.
But only time will tell if either company can maintain a stronghold of their investors and consumers as the year comes to another end.
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Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Jessica Jones, Daredevil and more are now available as limited-edition digital stickers, GIFs and cards.
“We’re incredibly excited to finally announce this news, bringing the Marvel Universe to the Quidd community has been one of our goals since the very beginning,” said Michael Bramlage, co-founder and CEO of Quidd. “Our user base is growing fast and becoming more diverse every day, but the one thing the entire Quidd community has in common is a love of all things Marvel.”
“This is really unlike anything our fans have ever seen,” said Julie Gerola, VP/GM Marketing & Digital Operations at Marvel. “By allowing fans to connect with each other over the characters they love, Quidd brings Marvel to life in an entirely new way.”
First editions of these limited edition iMessage stickers, GIFs and digital trading cards are available to Marvel fans today in Quidd’s free app (http://app.quidd.co/jn6g/UkN04cyymG). In the coming months, nearly 100 different Marvel characters will be turned into limited-edition digital items and made available to own on Quidd. Marvel fans can collect and express themselves by trading for sets of cards or stickering them into their iMessage chats, but they should act quickly: each item is individually-serialized and only a limited number will be produced.
Founded in 2015, Quidd’s Blockchain-like approach creates true scarcity and serendipity, bringing real meaning to the ownership of objects in the digital world. “Owning stuff you love is part of being human and at Quidd, we’re increasingly finding that for young people, digital stuff is more important than physical stuff,” said Bramlage. “These items are very personal because they are one of a kind, something that no one else has. Whether it’s a concert poster, a sports jersey, or limited-edition Spider-Man GIFs on your iPhone, our collections are a fun way for us to express ourselves as individuals.”
Quidd is the leading platform for buying, trading and showing off digital goods. Available as a free app on iOS and Android devices, the Quidd experience is designed for fan bases to come together and express their passion for the characters, shows, movies and comic books they love. The platform’s digital stickers, cards and toys feature characters and content from the best names in entertainment, including: Game of Thrones, Star Trek, Rick and Morty, Family Guy, Breaking Bad, Marvel and more. Quidd was founded in 2015 and is headquartered in Brooklyn, New York. For more information visit quidd.co.
About Marvel Entertainment
Marvel, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy-five years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing.