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PubG creator says games need ‘better protection’ from copycat titles

December 14, 2017 by Mobile Beat
PubG creator says games need 'better protection' from copycat titles, and many people would say that he has a point. Brendan Greene has been broadly credited with the creation of a new genre in the gaming world, which is not an easy thing to accomplish. However, people might not read the situation correctly now, because there have been so many other gaming developers who more or less just took elements of PubG directly and used them in order to create their own unoriginal games. Brendan Greene is being reasonable in that he does not want to be the only creator within this genre. There are plenty of creators who get frustrated when a genre that they pioneered starts to grow. They might feel that they are entitled to it, which is not a fair position. However, this is not the position that Brendan Green... [read more]
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Competitors or Friends Part 1

December 14, 2017 by Mitch Taylor
Competitors or Friends - What Do You Want? The year was 2002.  My wife and I had just had our first born, a son named Hunter.  At that point I took stock of my life and made the (hard at the time) decision to move our family from where we had built a life in Metro Detroit to drop roots in either the Upper Peninsula of Michigan or my home state of Maine.  It took a LOT of discussion with her and I together to make the decision and was a hard choice but IMO in the end it was the RIGHT choice for us.  I LOVE Maine...but more as a place to say where I'm from and visit.  So the U.P. of Michigan it was.   After that decision ... [read more]
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Ohms, Amps, Volts and Watts

December 13, 2017 by Ben Stowe, CTS
Electricity is the lifeblood of the systems we run, so having a basic understanding of it can be very helpful for engineering and operating reliable systems. Moreso, it can be essential in troubleshooting them when things go wrong. While there are a great many electrical terms, four fundamentally important ones are Ohms, Volts, Amps and Watts. These are all units of measure and they are intertwined in electrical relationships known as Ohm’s Law and Watts Law. Ohms law tells us that Ohms are equal to volts divided by amps, while Watts law tells us that Watts are equal to Volts x Amps. Using these two basic formulas, we can c... [read more]
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Mobile Beat Las Vegas Overlaps Photo Booth Expo. Everyone Wins!

December 12, 2017 by Robert Lindquist
With the Mobile Beat Las Vegas show just a couple of months away, the news just keeps getting better. For the first time ever, the Photo Booth Expo and Mobile Beat Las Vegas will share the same week, creating an exceptional business-building and networking opportunity for DJs who are also Photo Booth Operators. Each show runs four days—the Photo Booth Expo starts March 11th at the Westgate with Mobile Beat Las Vegas opening a day later at the Tropicana. The Las Vegas Monorail, which stops at the Westgate and MGM makes getting from one event to the other easy peasy. To encourage attendees to visit the exhibits at both shows, Mobile Beat's Ryan Burger and his PBX counter part, Rob Savickis, have agreed to honor each others exhibit and full show badges—so when you buy a pass to one event, you'll automatic... [read more]
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If DJs Charged Like Well Drillers…

December 12, 2017 by Robert Lindquist
When you live outside the service area of the municipal water supplier (as I do), having a well is an accepted part of life. Without good water, life in the country can begin to quickly lose it’s charm. So, where am I going this is? Long story-short: We have a piece of land that we’re thinking of developing, I needed a well, so I called a local driller to scope it out and give me an estimate. As this particular company has sunk most of the wells in our area, they have a thick log book with all sorts of well depth and water quality data. It took him less than 10 minutes to stake out a location. Just as he attached a flag to... [read more]
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My Start Tips To Grow On Part Two

December 7, 2017 by Mitch Taylor
I IMMERSED myself in radio and remember having the blind luck of my hometown being granted a license to broadcast at 102.1 on the FM dial and the call letters WGUY-FM.  It was here that I first learned how to splice tape on a reel to reel as well (Yes I'm that old....and for those of you who don't know what this is... :)  look it up.)  This young hungry broadcasting college student darkened the doors of Dan and Jocelynn Priestly owners of said station many times til Dan somehow took a liking to me and brought me on his sales staff.  Looking back I was SO GREEN but Dan saw something (or just decided to appease the young whipper... [read more]
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Wireless Antenna Selection and Etiquette

December 6, 2017 by Ben Stowe, CTS
One of the challenges with reliable wireless signal transmission is that it’s invisible, so it’s difficult to see issues. Even solid, quality radios can be handicapped by poor antenna selection or placement. One critically key element is to provide a line of sight connection between your transmitting and receiving antennas whenever possible. Basically, you should have a clear path between those antennas as much as possible. Two things that dramatically affect radio waves are metal and water. People don’t like it when point this out, but we are essentially giant walking bags of water. It varies from person to person, but on average we are 60% water by weight. Try to limit the number of people and metal surfaces between your antennas. read more]
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Is your daily routine moving towards, or away from your goal? (2 of 3)

November 30, 2017 by Terry Lewis
Success in business leaves clues, and your takeaway from this post is in knowing that your Marketing, Sales and Innovation activities are the only ways to make your business thrive. Your second takeaway is to change (if necessary) so you spend at least 51% of your business day immersed in the Thrive Zone if you are serious about growing your business. Examples of activities in the Thrive - Zone 1 include:  •Telephoning potential brides •Pitching an avatar •Networking with other wedding creatives •Getting on the preferred list of 4* and 5*wedding venue’s •Dominating the first page of Google for the k... [read more]
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The high cost of cheap cables

November 29, 2017 by Ben Stowe, CTS
At the request of a reader I’m writing this article about the differences between cheap and quality cables. It might sound somewhat self-serving since I have designed a line of cables that is widely regarded as one of the best you can buy, so I want to get that out of the way right from the start. I’ll take an objective and factual look at both the technological and financial trade-offs. First, there’s the “something for nothing” equation. When you get a cheap cable, you certainly don’t get the same thing as a quality cable. Not in any example I’ve seen. I have seen some cheap cables marked up, but that just makes them highly priced cheap cables. It doesn’t make them a quality cable. Therefore, it’s important to look at the specs to know what you are getting. Most cheap cables will use... [read more]
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MOBILE BEAT #188 – NOVEMBER 2017

November 22, 2017 by Dan Walsh
MOBILE BEAT #188 - NOVEMBER 2017 Getting Control In this issue of Mobile Beat, we offer some thoughts on choosing your music control solution and gear buying in general, as well as good advice on taking care of that other key part of most DJs' setups these days: your laptop. Add to that some interesting perspectives on professionalism and you have an issue that will help you get control of your situation! ~ Dan Walsh, Editor-in-Chief   CONTROLLERS, ETC Getting Control of the Situation - Dan Walsh Making Your Controller Choice - Arnoldo Offermann Thoughts on Hardware & Software - Joe Bunn The Pherein Principle - Stu C... [read more]