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A new study from Juniper Research has found the total number of merchants deploying soft POS solutions will surpass 34.5 million globally by 2027; rising from 6 million in 2022. This growth will be driven by Apple’s entrance into the soft POS space; enabling iOS users to access an affordable mobile POS solution.
Soft POS enables NFC‑enabled smartphones or tablets to accept contactless payments, without additional hardware.
1.2 Billion iOS Users Added to Soft POS Market
The research forecasts that Apple’s decision to enable third parties to develop soft POS solutions leveraging iOS NFC capabilities will result in an influx of iOS-specific services; leading to innovative solutions for merchants. Furthermore, the research predicts Apple’s entry will provide 1.2 billion iOS users with soft POS capabilities; unlocking a previously untapped market.
Soft POS is the latest development from Apple within the payments space; building upon Apple Pay and Apple Pay Later. Soft POS vendors should leverage Apple’s payment ecosystem by developing innovative solutions such as integrated QR payment acceptance, using Apple Pay and Pay Later compatibility to attract a broader iOS user base.
Increasing Contactless Payment Adoption to Drive Soft POS Uptake
The research anticipates soft POS adoption being driven by the increasing use of contactless payments – with volumes expected to rise from 195 billion in 2022 to 408 billion by 2027. Therefore, consumers will come to expect contactless acceptance as standard; forcing smaller merchants to adopt contactless-capable POS solutions. Merchants are anticipated to embrace soft POS, based on cost savings achievable from eliminating the need for additional hardware, as well as mobility advantages over contactless POS.
This will be profound for small-sum and mobile merchants that must accept contactless transactions, but lack the need for high-cost dedicated terminals. As such, the research recommends soft POS vendors must look to target micro and mobile merchants; designing solutions that meet their unique needs.
POS Terminals market research: https://www.juniperresearch.com/researchstore/fintech-payments/pos-terminals-research-report
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Blood Sugar Blaster is a dietary supplement by Vitality Nutrition that claims to control erratic blood sugar levels for life.
By taking Blood Sugar Blaster daily, you can purportedly reverse type 2 diabetes permanently, stop taking diabetes medication, and avoid all diabetes symptoms.
The Blood Sugar Blaster website begins with a tragic tale. The site’s write explains that his wife suffered a diabetic seizure while driving, resulting in the victim being put into a coma. He then explains that his wife had suffered for eight years from her diabetes, gaining over fifty pounds and experiencing daily feelings of fatigue and a loss of her overall health and wellness. It’s impossible to not feel moved from this kind of story, and the product website for Blood Sugar Blaster made sure to draw its readers in with a depressing introductory tale.
While this story may or may not be true, it certainly is not uncommon. Millions of Americans suffer from type 2 diabetes, and this disease can quickly lead to serious consequences if it is left untreated. Diabetic seizures are plausible, and they can be deadly. Compounding this stress for most sufferers is the fact that pills uses to treat high blood pressure often come with a number of horrifying side effects. Some blood pressure pills result in nerve pain, high blood pressure, dehydration, high cholesterol, and several other major side effects.
After consulting with a medical professional, the website’s founder apparently was given the “secret key” to “destroying the invisible enemies” of both diabetes and the high blood sugar that comes with it. In addition to addressing the core symptoms of diabetes and diabetic high blood sugar, the supplement claims to be able to help consumers melt fat right off their bodies and maximize energy levels—all after just thirty days of use. On initial appraisal, these benefits almost sounds too good to be true. And there certainly are quite a few scam supplements out there.
Does Blood Sugar Blaster actually work as advertised? Find out today in our comprehensive product review. While the story told on the official Vitality Nutrition product website might be fabricated, the scientific evidence will never lie. Our writers worked hard to bring you a full breakdown of the ingredients, manufacturing process, and evidence behind Blood Sugar Blaster.
Vitality Nutrition Blood Sugar Blaster is a diabetes supplement sold exclusively through BloodSugarBlaster.com.
The makers of Blood Sugar Blaster advertise the supplement as “a simple 5 second daily habit” that “can control your erratic blood sugar levels for life.” They claim to have developed the formula based on a traditional diabetes cure found in “an ancient Hindu manuscript.”
Obviously, there’s no known cure for diabetes. Diabetes is a serious medical condition that requires professional medical assistance. Doctors recommend careful dieting and exercise, weight loss, and prescription medication to manage symptoms of diabetes.
However, the makers of Blood Sugar Blaster claim their solution can manage your diabetes permanently. Although the company doesn’t technically advertise Blood Sugar Blaster as a “cure” for diabetes (which would be illegal), the sales page is filled with stories of people who have permanently eliminated their diabetes after taking Blood Sugar Blaster for a short period.
One woman claims she had blood sugar over 500 mg/dl before taking Blood Sugar Blaster. After taking the supplement, that woman’s blood sugar sits at 135 mg/dl even after eating a large pizza. The only change she made was taking Blood Sugar Blaster.
There are hundreds of diabetes supplement scams found online today. Most supplements contain weak dosages of unproven ingredients. Let’s take a closer look at how Blood Sugar Blaster works – and the story behind the formula.
At BloodSugarBlaster.com, you’ll encounter a lengthy video and product page discussing the origin of Blood Sugar Blaster. None of that story appears to be able to be fully authenticated, but it’s a useful metric and tactic to analyze what the natural blood sugar support pills have to offer.
The man who created Blood Sugar Blaster was motivated to develop the formula after watching his wife struggle with diabetes.
That man, Dan Pulman, works at a medical and research laboratory in East Lansing, Michigan. He watched his wife of 42 years, Susan, struggle with type 2 diabetes.
Susan’s diabetes was so bad that she nearly killed her grandkids in a car accident. She passed out while driving. After 8 years of diabetes, the disease was beating Susan.
“With each passing year the disease’s shackles took a tighter and tighter grip on her life. To the point where our life of retirement went from the dream, we worked so hard for all our lives…To her now being a prisoner of her high blood sugar levels.”
Despite having an advanced case of type 2 diabetes, Dan claims he effectively cured Susan of the disease after finding a secret Hindu therapy.
Dan searched far and wide for a cure for diabetes. He distrusted modern medicine, and he didn’t want Susan to take the diabetes drugs prescribed by her doctor. Dan describes these drugs as ways to “manage your diabetes, never fix it.”
Dan discovered the story of a man in northern India named Sushruta. Dan describes Sushruta as the “father of medicine” and the “father of surgery.” He pioneered numerous medical procedures thousands of years ago.
Sushruta’s teaching are largely unknown in the western world.
One day, Dan approached his colleague at the medical research lab, Dr. Mat Carter. Dr. Carter was one of the head formulators at the lab. Dr. Carter had stumbled upon Sushruta’s writings, which had recently been translated to English.
To make a long story short, Dan spotted the word jigar in Sushruta’s writings, which means ‘liver’ in Hindi. Sushruta made various vague theories about liver health, purportedly mentioning three “enemies” of liver health.
As progress continued and the secrets within Sushruta’s writing were starting to unfold. We had now achieved the first and one of the biggest steps in our research! Discovering the three invisible enemies of type 2 diabetes that Sushruta kept mentioning in his writings was huge!”
Dan claims Sushruta listed “low beta cell production” as one of the three main enemies of liver health. This would be significant because it was thousands of years before anyone had used the term ‘beta cells’ or understand anything about liver health.
Dan assumed all of this information was a hidden cure for diabetes, and he now sells a formula based on those principles online in the form of Blood Sugar Blaster.
Blood Sugar Blaster by Vitality Nutrition targets three enemies of diabetes. Many diabetics suffer from all three of these issues. Dan claims his formula targets these three problems, helping diabetes permanently avoid all symptoms of type 2 diabetes.
The herbal and plant extracts in Blood Sugar Blaster attack these three enemies, helping eliminate all diabetes symptoms.
Key ingredients in Blood Sugar Blaster are similar to the ingredients in other diabetes supplements, including guggul, chromium, cinnamon extract, and licorice extract.
Blood Sugar Blaster claims to permanently eliminate all symptoms of type 2 diabetes, ending your reliance on prescription diabetes drugs and allowing you to live a healthy, normal life again.
The official product page for the Blood Sugar Blaster supplement seems to suggest that anyone can effectively cure diabetes in just a few weeks by taking Blood Sugar Blaster.
As evidence, Blood Sugar Blaster’s team shares the story of Susan, the test subject for the formula.
Susan had a severe case of type 2 diabetes. After suffering from diabetes for 8 years, Susan was losing her battle with the condition. She had passed out and entered a coma.
Here’s what happened after Susan started taking Blood Sugar Blaster, according to the sales page:
Susan experienced a huge drop in her after-meal and fasting blood sugar levels
Before taking Blood Sugar Blaster, Susan had entered a diabetic coma and had a blood sugar memorizing of 512 mg/dl
Doctors told Susan she was lucky to be alive; one doctor said he had never seen anyone with blood sugar levels that high, claiming Susan had one of the most advanced cases of diabetes in medical history
After taking Blood Sugar Blaster, Susan’s fasting blood sugar was at 102 mg/dl and 155mg/dl
One day, Susan and Dan shared a large Domino’s pizza together; Susan’s blood sugar was at 135 mg/dl after eating that pizza
Susan lost 22 pounds after taking Blood Sugar Blaster
Susan ultimately restored her blood sugar levels to a point she had not seen since before she was first diagnosed with type 2 diabetes
Susan “happily ditched her toxic expensive meds” after taking Blood Sugar Blaster, ignoring the prescription medication recommended by her doctor
Today, Susan eats her favorite foods again without remorse or regret, eating as much as she wants of whatever she wants
None of this information, of course, is true. There’s no evidence anyone has cured diabetes using Blood Sugar Blaster. Susan claims she is “finally free from the grips of type 2 diabetes” after taking Blood Sugar Blaster, but there’s no evidence Susan exists.
Let’s take a closer look at the ingredients in Vitality Nutrition’s Blood Sugar Blaster to see how it attempts to cure diabetes.
Dan claims to use ingredients recommended by Sushruta to support liver health. By supporting liver health, Dan claims his Vitality Nutrition Blood Sugar Blaster formula can effectively “extinguish the three invisible enemies of type 2 diabetes.”
Here are the ingredients in Blood Sugar Blaster and how they work:
Bitter Melon: Bitter melon extract is a common plant extract found in most diabetes supplements. Some studies show bitter melon can help your body manage blood sugar, although more largescale human evidence is needed. Dan claims Sushruta mentioned bitter melon in his ancient writings for its ability to support your body’s natural balance of insulin sensitivity and insulin resistance.
White Mulberry Leaf: White mulberry leaf is another common diabetes supplement ingredient. Again, some small studies have shown white mulberry leaf can support blood sugar in a small way, but there’s no evidence white mulberry leaf extract cures diabetes in humans.
Guggul: Guggul has been used in ancient Indian (Ayurvedic) medicine for centuries for general health and wellness. Like white mulberry leaf and bitter melon extract, guggul is found in most diabetes supplements sold today.
Vitamins: Blood Sugar Blaster contains small doses of various vitamins, including vitamin C, vitamin E, and biotin. Your body needs these ingredients for various body functions – including blood sugar management and pancreas function.
Minerals: Blood Sugar Blaster contains about half your daily recommended dose of various minerals, including chromium, manganese, zinc, and magnesium. Diabetics have lower levels of chromium than the average person, and many diabetics take a chromium supplement to help. However, there’s not enough chromium in Blood Sugar Blaster (only 56% of your Daily Value) to impact diabetes symptoms in most people.
Other Ingredients: Instead of containing strong doses of a few ingredients, Blood Sugar Blaster contains weak doses of over a dozen ingredients. Other ingredients found in small doses in Blood Sugar Blaster include banaba leaf, cinnamon extract, licorice extract, yarrow, cayenne pepper, juniper berry, vanadium, alpha lipoic acid, and L-taurine. All of these ingredients are found in other blood sugar supplements, but at much higher doses than what we see in Blood Sugar Blaster.
Inactive Ingredients: Inactive ingredients in Blood Sugar Blaster include a bovine gelatin capsule along with microcrystalline cellulose, rice flour, vegetable magnesium stearate, and silicon dioxide used as fillers, binders, and preservatives.
The makers of Blood Sugar Blaster claim to have conducted one of the largest clinical trials in diabetes supplement history. The company gathered hundreds of volunteers with diabetes, told them to take Blood Sugar Blaster, and analyzed the results.
In that study, 100% of participants “experienced stable blood sugar levels” after taking Blood Sugar Blaster. The average person lost 31 pounds. In a group of hundreds of people, everyone effectively cured diabetes after taking Blood Sugar Blaster.
If this study was real, it would be one of the biggest medical breakthroughs of the century. It would be top news in every diabetes journal, and the makers of the formula would become billionaires overnight. Unfortunately, there’s no evidence this study took place.
Dan also claims his formula has saved the lives of over 76,000 people around the world. Again, there’s no evidence even 100 people have purchased Blood Sugar Blaster.
There’s some evidence the ingredients in Blood Sugar Blaster could support blood sugar management in various ways. These are the same ingredients found in most other diabetes supplements. Unfortunately, the doses in Blood Sugar Blaster seem much too low to significantly affect any type 2 diabetes symptoms.
In this study published in Diabetes Care, researchers found that cinnamon extract could help diabetics support healthy blood sugar levels. Researchers gave type 2 diabetes 1,000mg, 3,000mg, or 6,000mg of cinnamon extract daily or a placebo. By the end of the 40 day study, researchers found lower levels of fasting blood sugar and cholesterol levels in the cinnamon group – but no changes in the placebo group. There’s just 50mg of cinnamon extract in Blood Sugar Blaster – 20 times lower than the lowest dose used in this study.
In 2012, researchers reviewed the efficacy and safety of banaba leaf extract and found it was safe for diabetics to take. Researchers found that the active ingredient in banaba extract seemed to decrease blood sugar levels within 60 minutes in human subjects. As WebMD explains, banaba also seems to help the body use insulin more efficiently. However, there’s limited research on banaba extract overall, and there’s no evidence it works at the small dosage (25mg) seen in Blood Sugar Blaster.
The other ingredients in Blood Sugar Blaster aren’t worth mentioning: at just 10mg to 50mg per serving, there’s not enough of any active ingredient in Blood Sugar Blaster to have any noticeable effects on the human body – and there’s no scientific evidence whatsoever proving Blood Sugar Blaster permanently eliminates type 2 diabetes.
Vitality Nutrition Blood Sugar Blaster is priced at $49 to $69 per bottle on the official website, depending on the number of bottles you order:
You take two capsules of Blood Sugar Blaster per day, including one capsule in the morning and one capsule at night.
The free shipping covers US and international shipping. You can ship Blood Sugar Blaster anywhere in the world at the prices listed above.
Blood Sugar Blaster is backed by a 180 day (6 month) refund policy.
If Blood Sugar Blaster does not significantly lower your blood sugar levels or eliminate most of your diabetes symptoms within 6 months, then you are entitled to a complete refund.
As part of a 2022 promotion, the makers of Blood Sugar Blaster bundle the supplement with several bonus eBooks, including:
Bonus #1: The Complete Blood Sugar Protocol: This eBook teaches you how to “bullet proof and protect your new blood sugar levels forever.” After taking Blood Sugar Blaster regularly, you’ll have significantly lower blood sugar levels, according to the official website. This eBook helps you maintain those low blood sugar levels without using the prescription diabetes medication recommended by your doctor.
Bonus #2: Rapid Weight Loss: The Keys to Body Transformation: Most doctors recommend losing weight to help control symptoms of diabetes. In this eBook, you’ll discover easy exercises anyone can perform at home to accelerate weight loss results. The book claims you’ll lose roughly 2 pounds per week by following these strategies. You also discover diet advice, sleep and recovery tricks, and more.
Blood Sugar Blaster was created by a supplement brand named Vitality Nutrition. That company also does business under the name Prime Conversions.
The company is based in Miami. They make Blood Sugar Blaster in the United States at an FDA-registered, GMP-certified facility.
You can contact the makers of Blood Sugar Blaster via the following:
It’s unclear which medical doctors were involved in the formulation of Blood Sugar Blaster – if any.
Blood Sugar Blaster is a diabetes supplement formulated as a permanent solution for type 2 diabetes.
The makers of Blood Sugar Blaster claim a woman completely eliminated all diabetes symptoms after taking the formula. That woman lowered her blood sugar from 512 to 130 while losing 22 pounds. That woman stopped taking her prescribed medication and no longer has any symptoms of diabetes after taking Blood Sugar Blaster.
While it is obviously wise to be skeptical any time a shady supplement company advertises its products as an easy and effective overnight solution for diabetes, but the Blood Sugar Blaster formula goes above and beyond explaining everything in great detail. There’s no known cure for diabetes, and you should always follow your doctor’s recommended advice for managing your condition.
Certain claims on the Blood Sugar Blaster website are undoubtedly exaggerated for dramatic effect. For example, it is unlikely that the founder of this supplement had a wife whose diabetic seizure put a young biker in a medically induced coma. It’s also not very likely that this supplement’s secret was kept hidden in an ancient medical text for “over 2000 years.” However, these minor exaggerations should not distract readers from the very real science backing some of the ingredients used in Blood Sugar Blaster.
Our editorial team found that several landmark scientific studies support the use of core Blood Sugar Blaster ingredients as a way to supplement treatment for high blood sugar. Most doctors will recommend that consumers combine traditional medication with supplements like Blood Sugar Blaster, and we agree with this sentiment. However, the supplement might be able to help people Improve their blood sugar, lose weight, and more.
If you like Blood Sugar Blaster’s marketing, and if you trust the company to make an effective diabetes supplement, then you can order Blood Sugar Blaster online today through BloodSugarBlaster.com, where it’s backed by a 60 day refund policy.
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Brad Pitt, um, vehicle Bullet Train opened on 605 screens in 304 cinemas last week, as exhibitors threw the doors open to something new and saleable in a clump of films which are growing old fast.
Read: Bullet Train: Brad Pitt – that’s why you’re here, right?
It is not surprising that director David Leitch first met star Brad Pitt as his stunt double on The Fight Club, because this film is a bunch of fights in a confined space decorated with star cameos and a complex plot of coincidences between interlocking assassins.
It is also not surprising that he directed Deadpool 2 because he is a dab hand at ultraviolence leavened with a comic touch, like Tarantino reduced to pure technique.
The film made $3.16m, which is the lowest opening weekend topper since Downton Abbey: A New Era, which took $1.9m at the end of April. Elvis doubled the Bullet Train figure with $6.75m, and the big tentpoles like Thor: Love and Thunder started with around $16m. So Bullet Train is a modest launch, but there is not much competition and it could harvest Australian dollars well into spring.
Read: Downton Abbey: A New Era review: this feels like a farewell tour
Read: Thor: Love and Thunder review – there’s plenty to enjoy
Thor: Love and Thunder continues its magic trick of losing half of its audience each weekend and is now down to $1.19m after five weeks which still gave it second place as it filled 375 screens. At number three Where the Crawdads Sing made $1.15m in its third weekend, to build a total kitty of $7.36m, which we also call modest.
Read: Where the Crawdads Sing is resoundingly bland
Top Gun: Maverick has kicked up its heels one more time to make $882,000 after 11 weekends, to remind us that it is leaving Thor in the dust with its $41.7m in five weeks. From now on, Thor is grazing on stubble.
Read: Top Gun Maverick review: Tom Cruise soars in a sky-high spectacle
Here is a good sentence to write: Elvis is still going after seven weeks, making $841,000 off 312 screens, after dropping 50.
Read: Elvis by Baz Luhrmann review: it’s one for the money
The box office total of $30.12m puts it at number seven in the 2022 releases, but the only film in that list with a lower budget was Minions: The Rise of Gru. All the others cost over twice as much to make. So Elvis is very good value for the budget dollar.
Elvis is now recorded as making $361m around the world, which is our estimated bottom line for making a profit.
Falling for Figaro, the Scottish-Australian opera film from Australians Judi Levine and Ben Lewin, is still punting for $1m. At $835,000 it took a cruel blow last weekend with a loss of 82 screens, bringing it down to a much less impressive 123 outlets.
Lee Kernaghan: Boy From The Bush, the country music picture from Kriv Stenders with Chris Brown and Diana Le Dean producing, has made $221,000 off 116 screens in a predictably modest two weeks.
How to Please a Woman is at the bottom of the barrel with $3,300 off five screens after 12 weeks, but the $2.38m total is still pretty satisfying. Playful feelgood can work.
The Drover’s Wife: the Legend of Molly Johnson is probably not going to make $2m as it is still $10,000 off and made all of $1,100 last weekend.
NZ Charlotte Rampling vehicle Juniper did well for a small picture at $121,000 off 91 screens. French comedy Employee of the Month made $70,000 off 17 screens, so the experience must have been cosier.
Telugu fantasy action film Bimbisara made $26,000, and $1.7m on its opening Friday in India. That result is a relief for the Teluga movie industry, which has been performing badly over the last few months.
Contemporary Chinese drama Lighting Up the Stars is a solid part of the restabilisation of the Mandarin industry, and made $45m in its first weekend, to be replaced by SF film Moon Man about a maintenance worker who was left behind by mistake. These films have helped to double the take this summer compared to 2021, despite continuing Covid problems. Here, Lighting up the Stars made $33,000 in its opening weekend, while and Punjabi romance Jind Mahi took $16,000.
So the Asian films are doing modest business here, with one intriguing exception.
Hansan: Rising Dragon is the second in a trilogy by South Korean director Kim Han-Min about an epic sea campaign against the Japanese in the late 16th century. In 2017, the first film in the story, The Admiral: Roaring Currents, launched on four Australian screens, to take $76,000. Those four cinemas must have been jumping, just like Seoul, as this was the highest grossing film ever in South Korea.
Hansan: Rising Dragon made almost the same amount over last weekend, though it launched on seventy screens. Maybe the series has a really loyal audience.
DENVER (KDVR) – With the Tour de France spanning the majority of July, Colorado cycling enthusiasts that have been watching the Durango Kid Sepp Kuss compete from 5,000 miles away may have felt an envious itch stir.
That itch may be the desire to replicate the physical efforts being broadcast from the world-famous cycling competition that’s been held nearly every year since 1903. The Tour is a 21-stage race that covers 2,200 miles in 23 days, in which about 160 professional cyclists compete.
Reaching this level of competition may be wishful thinking for most of the bike-loving masses of the Centennial State, but there are undeniable benefits from training around the Mile High City, with its gradients and climbs.
So, with that in mind, why not look through this collection of upcoming bike races, that if undertaken, are certain to test both your output threshold, your peloton drafting ability and your athleticism-adjacent ego.
The Tour de Steamboat began back in 2005 and offers participants the chance to truly test their “gravely grit” in the 100-mile Bingham Built Gravel Ride which boasts an elevation gain of 6,354 feet. There is also a lower-tier gravel bike race, the 50-mile Honey Stinger Gravel Ride, which has a 2,483-foot gain in elevation.
Road races are also part of this competition and include the 66-mile Glas Deffryn Ranch Yampa Loop, the 44-mile Mountain Valley Bank Oak Creek Loop and the 20-mile Peace, Love & Kindness Family ride.
This two-day event offers the chance to gauge your leg’s limits at a much higher altitude than the Tour de Steamboat.
Day 1 of the event offers three options to choose from if participating, including the 79-mile Copper Loop, the 42-mile Vail Pass ride and the 12-mile Family Route, none of which dip beneath an elevation of 10,000 feet.
Day 2 of the competition is again another three-pack to choose from and includes the 81-mile Ute Pass ride, the 42-mile Keystone ride and the 24-mile Family route.
Deep in the heart of the Rockies and sitting at the base of the Copper Mountain Resort is the starting line for the Copper Triangle race, which carries three climbs across the 79-mile stretch of road while reaching an elevation gain of 6,500 feet.
There are very few courses this riddled in history, with Camp Hale, the home of the 10th Mountain Division, as well as several mining towns worth reflecting on while your legs suffer the great burn, otherwise known as extreme exercise.
Attention, mountain biker memorizing this list, here is the challenge you’ve been searching for. Described by organizers as “the race of all races,” the Leadville Trail 100 MTB offers a nearly 2,000-foot climb across a 104-mile course that takes you past Columbine Mine and the Twin Lakes.
“Come prepared, leave as a legend,” reads the course info section of the event’s homepage.
With a majority of the ride running through forest trails and an elevation gain, this is another ride with plenty of scenery to distract you from slowing that cadence.
On the opposite end of the spectrum from these other warm dayside rides sits this nighttime competition that takes participants through the Garden of the Gods as the stars watch from above.
This race that starts at 10:30 p.m. is a bit laxer in nature due to its more tightened focus on enjoying the outdoors at night, specifically the Juniper Loop. Those participating as a rider can circle the course as many times as desired.
This road century ride that rolls along Colorado State Highway 23 between Segundo and La Veta includes an elevation of 7,500 feet and a free mid-ride lunch as well as a post-race barbecue.
This will not be a walk-through of a ride, so be sure to train appropriately, and brace yourself for when you meet the dementor of a climb known as “Soul Crusher” at mile 83.
This 106.2-mile adventure takes competitors capable of doing so out of Evergreen, and over the top of the Loveland, Vail and Juniper passes. Truly, if you can accomplish this trifecta then you are indeed worthy of a polka-dotted jersey, set aside for kings of the mountain.
Alternatively, if you are feeling one bypass short of the full hat-trick, then you can sign up for the Double Bypass route which will run 63.4 miles over both the Loveland and Vail passes.
This three-tiered competition runs for four days in Colorado Springs and offers a range of competitive options to enter including pro-women and pro-open categories, an age-specific category and an open duo category.
The most competitive categories, the pro-open and pro-women categories, offer the chance to claim $25,000 cash prizes.
Lastly, if you are interested in riding for just a single day, race organizers are offering one-day packages.
Lastly, to wrap up the season, why not take your bike back down to a flatter road through the Denver area while competing in either the 100, 85, 50 or 25-mile races, the longest of which experiences an elevation gain of 6,061 feet.
This is easily the most accessible for those living in the metro and honestly, a great way to ease into the cycling community if you’ve been itching to do so.
Maintaining a social distance in public during the height of the pandemic was a challenge for Lucy Edwards, a blind, UK-based journalist and broadcaster. That's why she tried the iPhone's People Detection feature, which can be found in the device's Magnifier app. It uses the iPhone 12 Pro's and 13 Pro's lidar sensor to detect when other people are nearby and calculates their distance from the user.
"I'm going to have to get used to it, but I'm really excited that I can be in control again," Edwards said in a BBC video from 2020 documenting her experience.
Lidar, or light detection and ranging, is just one example of how the technology inside the iPhone has evolved in the last 15 years. When the first iPhone launched, on June 29, 2007, it had a 3.5-inch screen that would be considered minuscule by today's standards and a single 2-megapixel camera. Now Apple's most sophisticated phones come equipped with triple-rear cameras that are advanced enough to shoot films, sensors that help people like Edwards navigate the world, and powerful chips with billions of transistors.
The iPhone often served as a catalyst for the technologies introduced within, whether it's digital assistant Siri, mobile payments or wireless charging, and helped drive the evolution of how we live our mobile lives. But in the future, the most important part of the iPhone might be everything around it. That's according to analysts who've observed the mobile industry's general trends and Apple's strategy.
In the short term, we're likely to see incremental improvements like higher quality cameras and giant displays. But over the next decade, the iPhone could evolve into a hub for smart glasses and other devices. AirPods, Apple Watches and CarPlay-enabled vehicles may be just the start. The iPhone's core elements, like its display and charging systems, are also expected to get a significant boost.
"The next quest for the smartphone is to figure out what it will connect to next," said Runar Bjørhovde, an analyst with market research firm Canalys. "Because the smartphone has not necessarily reached its potential yet, but as a standalone device I think the smartphone is getting closer and closer to the edge."
There's plenty of speculation about what's next after the smartphone. The resounding consensus seems to be smart glasses, with companies like Meta, Snap and Google all working on their own version of high-tech spectacles.
Apple is no exception; reports from Bloomberg indicate that the iPhone maker could debut a mixed reality headset this year or next that supports augmented and virtual reality technologies. A pair of AR-powered smart glasses could arrive later this decade, according to the report.
So what does this have to do with the iPhone? Possibly everything. Even though Apple's headset is expected to function as a standalone device, the apps and services it runs would likely stem from the iPhone.
Think of the Apple Watch. It doesn't need a nearby iPhone to function, but a large part of its appeal involves its ability to sync closely with Apple's phone. Many of the Apple Watch's notifications are also tied to accounts and apps that were set up on the iPhone.
Whether it's a smart headset, the Apple Watch, AirPods or HomeKit-enabled appliances, analysts expect the phone to remain at the center.
"The phone will be the anchor," said Gene Munster, managing partner for tech investment firm Loup Ventures and a longtime Apple analyst.
But it isn't just about connecting to new personal tech gadgets. Apple is gradually turning the iPhone into a viable replacement for the wallet, weaving it even more tightly into the nondigital aspects of our lives.
Apple has made a lot of progress on this front over the past year by rolling out new features like digital IDs for Apple Wallet and Tap to Pay, which turns the iPhone into a contactless payment terminal for merchants without additional hardware. Apple also just announced Apple Pay Later, which lets Apple Pay users split a purchase into four equal installments paid over the course of six weeks.
"It's clear that there's a lot of momentum within financial services with Apple, and I think we will see further advancements there," said Nick Maynard, head of research for Juniper Research.
Making educated guesses about Apple's general direction for the iPhone is certainly easier than pinpointing specific changes that might be coming. But analysts have some ideas based on the seeds Apple has planted in current iPhones.
Lidar will likely continue to be important as the company pushes more deeply into augmented reality. Apple added lidar on the iPhone 12 Pro in 2020 to boost the performance of AR apps, enable new camera tricks and facilitate accessibility features like the aforementioned People Detection. The technology measures distance by determining how long it takes for light to reflect off an object and bounce back.
Yet the iPhone's current lidar sensors might not be sophisticated enough to bring Apple's augmented reality ambitions to fruition, said Munster.
"Specifically what needs to happen is the mapping of the real world needs to be more accurate," said Munster, whose firm conducts research on courses like augmented reality, autonomous vehicles and virtual reality. "And until that happens, AR isn't really going to happen."
Lidar improves the iPhone's depth-sensing skills, but it's still up to the phone's processor to make sense of all that data. Apple has leaned into artificial intelligence -- one of Silicon Valley's favorite buzzwords in exact years -- to provide the iPhone and other products more context about users and their surroundings.
Once again, you can look to the Apple Watch to see this approach at work. Apple's smartwatch uses artificial intelligence and data gathered from its sensors for tasks such as tracking your sleep and noticing when you're washing your hands.
Hanish Bhatia, a senior analyst for Counterpoint Research, provided a hypothetical example of how AI improvements could one day manifest in upcoming iPhones. He envisions a future in which Apple's smartphone can observe a person's habits to understand whether the phone's primary user or a family member may be using the device.
"The way you use your phone, at what angle your smartphone is tilted ... Do you press with a particular pressure, or do you just tap it with your nails or something like that?" he said as an example. "All of these are different types of behaviors which are very unique to a user."
Bhatia's example is speculative and doesn't reflect Apple's actual plans. But with advancements in AI and technologies like lidar and ultra wideband giving the iPhone more spatial awareness, it's easy to imagine a scenario like this.
Perhaps one of the biggest questions surrounding Apple's future smartphone plans is whether the company will ever create a foldable iPhone. Samsung, Apple's biggest rival in the mobile space, has already launched several generations of phones with flexible designs. Motorola, Huawei and Microsoft have all followed suit, and Google is rumored to be working on a bendable Pixel. Shipments of foldable smartphones are said to have increased by 264.3% in 2021 compared with 2020, according to The International Data Corporation.
But experts like Munster and Maynard are skeptical about whether Apple will take a similar approach. Though the tech giant has filed patents for mobile devices with flexible displays, those filings aren't always indicative of Apple's plans. Sales of foldable phones have been growing, but shipments still pale in comparison with regular smartphones. (Research firm IDC estimates that 7.1 million foldable phones were shipped in 2021 compared with 362.4 million phones shipped in just the fourth quarter of last year). And then there's the question of whether foldable devices bring anything truly new or meaningful to the smartphone experience.
There are also challenges with creating a true glass screen that's foldable, says Munster. Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip has a glass screen, but that glass is also combined with "a special material" to "achieve a consistent hardness," CNET reported in 2020.
"The piece that's missing from my perspective is how [Apple] would actually do it," Munster said.
The iPhone's charging experience is probably due for an upgrade too. Between USB-C, Lightning and MagSafe, it isn't an exaggeration to say that Apple's charging options are complicated. Maynard believes pressure from the European Union and US senators could mean a switch to USB-C might be in the iPhone's future.
But more dramatic changes could also be in the pipeline. Rumors about a completely portless iPhone have swirled for years, and Maynard doesn't think it's totally out of the question.
"I suspect if any vendor was going to launch a fully portless system, then it probably would be Apple," said Maynard, citing Apple's decision to remove the iPhone's headphone jack in 2016.
Wireless charging has also been a focal point for Apple in exact years, further supporting the case for a port-free iPhone. There's Apple's relatively new MagSafe chargers, and many CarPlay-enabled vehicles also support wireless connections. Apple has also patented wireless charging systems that would be built directly into MacBooks, enabling Apple's laptops to charge iPhones, Apple Watches and iPads. The iPad Pro's Smart Connector also provides a quick and easy way to attach accessories to Apple's tablet without a port.
"The number of systems that actually 100% must have a cable are diminishing," Maynard said.
Otherwise, analysts expect to see routine upgrades to the camera in the near term. Munster says there's room for improvement in the iPhone's front-facing camera, while Bhatia expects Apple to continue to use display size and camera quality to distinguish the regular iPhones from its Pro iPhones.
It's impossible to know what's next for the iPhone without Apple's input. But experts seem certain on one thing: Apple is laying the groundwork for the iPhone's future today. Current iPhone features, like Apple's lidar-powered accessibility tools meant to help people like Edwards, could provide a clue about what's ahead.
"Everything we can see that they've done over the last few years is a good hint of what's coming up next," said Bjørhovde. "Because a lot of what I think they do is setting themselves up for the systems they want to integrate the iPhone into in the years to come."
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