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BIG3 CERTIFIED AS A BLACK-OWNED BUSINESS

The BIG3 announced that the league has been officially certified as a Black-Owned and Operated business by ByBlack and the U.S Black Chambers Inc. This certification establishes the league as part of the ByBlack network and distinguishes the BIG3 as the first and only professional sports league to be certified.

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BIG3 is First Professional Sports League to Be Certified by ByBlack, the U.S. Black Chamber of Commerce, as a Black-Owned and Operated Business

LOS ANGELES /PRNewswire/ — The BIG3 announced that the league has been officially certified as a Black-Owned and Operated business by ByBlack and the U.S Black Chambers Inc. This certification establishes the league as part of the ByBlack network and distinguishes the BIG3 as the first and only professional sports league to be certified.

“Myself and the entire league are honored to be officially certified by ByBlack and the U.S. Black Chambers,” said Ice Cube, BIG3 CEO and co-founder. “From day one, the league has been dedicated to providing opportunities for Black players, fans, investors, and partners, and we are proud to be a part of a nationwide network of Black business owners. Supporting Black enterprise is a lifelong passion of mine and the BIG3 will continue to build upon its successes and lift up other Black entrepreneurs.”

“USBC is energized by the BIG3 basketball league becoming a certified ByBlack business. This is the first step of what we deem to be a fruitful partnership, with Ice Cube’s commitment to helping other Black-owned businesses get ByBlack certified. We applaud Ice Cube for leading the way in this initiative and it is our goal to continue this partnership by collaborating with Ice Cube, BIG3, and other Black-owned businesses in the sports and entertainment industry,” said Ron Busby Sr., USBC CEO & President.

As a league focused on innovation, the BIG3 had several new enhancements to the player and fan experience across their fifth season. The league introduced the first-of-its-kind Forever Experience Action Tokens (FEATs), which leverages blockchain technology to sell NFTs offering ownership-like benefits and real-world experiences, redefining how teams and leagues can use Web3.0 technology. Owners include a community of Axie Infinity Members – owners of the now three-time-champion Trilogy – DeGods, Gary Vaynerchuk and VeeFriends, Bill Lee and MyDoge/DogeCoin, Krause House, and Snoop Dogg and PayPal Co-Founder Ken Howery.

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Recently, Ice Cube also co-founded the Contract with Black America Institute and struck a landmark partnership with the National Football League to have the league invest and partner directly with Black-owned businesses with over $125 million committed and efforts are ongoing. This strategic partnership with the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. equips the BIG3 with a direct pipeline to Black businesses at every stage, Black Chambers’ at a national level, and a recognized national certification through ByBlack, all of which will support the league and its founders in its commitment to Black entrepreneurs.

The BIG3 also introduced Heat Vision, an exclusive 3-on-3 shot tracking software powered by Microsoft Azure and Noah Basketball Analytics, allowing BIG3 players and coaches access to real-time data on every single shot, including arc, rotation, and depth. Last season also saw the Monster Energy BIG3 Celebrity Game, featuring stars like Rob Gronkowski, Nelly, NLE Choppa, and Wallo267 and Gillie Da Kid.

The BIG3 will announce the complete schedule with broadcast dates and venues in the coming weeks.

ABOUT BIG3:
BIG3 (BIG3.com) is where FIREBALL3 superstars play. The premier global BIG3 league features many of the greatest, most popular, and skilled professional athletes of all time. Founded by producer, actor, and music legend Ice Cube and entertainment executive Jeff Kwatinetz, the BIG3 combines highly competitive, physical, fast game experiences and incredible fan experiences.

ABOUT BYBLACK:
At ByBlack, our mission is to create meaningful economic opportunities for Black people through the Black businesses in our communities. We realize this goal by building bold tools and strategic partnerships that enable Black enterprises to grow and thrive. We are a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, developing everyday solutions to the generational problems of the Black economic agenda. Visit www.byblack.us for more information.

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Mad Mobile and Samsung Join Forces to Bring Businesses Tap & Pay Technology

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TAMPA, Fla. (Newswire.com) – Mad Mobile Inc., a global leader in Connected Commerce and mobile payments for retailers and restaurants, announced they will now offer Tap & Pay capabilities to businesses in collaboration with Samsung Electronics America. The Tap & Pay capability powered by Mad Mobile on Samsung mobile devices will give businesses a quick, streamlined way to accept contactless customer payments.

“We are excited to collaborate technologies with Samsung and provide our customers the most streamlined, lightweight, and affordable Tap & Pay solution today,” said Mad Mobile’s Chief Growth Officer, Tod Monchecourt. “Joining forces, our Connected Commerce platform supports Tap & Pay on Samsung mobile devices, including handheld tablets.”

Mad Mobile and Samsung are working together to give retailers the tools they need to create secure, convenient customer experiences that will help increase engagement and their bottom line. With just one tap, businesses can reduce checkout lines, increase efficiency, and process payments faster.

Monchecourt added: “We are dedicated to providing our customers with cutting-edge solutions in the form of a modern, mobile-first POS platform. By joining forces with Samsung, we further this mission, allowing our customers to benefit from the most advanced technologies and omnichannel strategies available.”

About Mad Mobile

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Mad Mobile is building the next generation of digital and mobile experiences globally for more than 21,000 retail and restaurant locations. The company’s platform offers modern point-of-sale transactions, offering businesses new ways to connect with customers. Mad Mobile powers major retailers such as Ralph Lauren, Tractor Supply, Signet Jewelers, Meijer, Estée Lauder, Talbots, and Urban Outfitters. To learn more, visit https://www.madmobile.com.

About Samsung Electronics America, Inc.

Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, N.J., Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA) is a leader in mobile technologies, consumer electronics, home appliances and enterprise solutions. The company pushes beyond the limits of today’s technology to provide groundbreaking connected experiences across its large portfolio of products and services, including mobile devices, home appliances, home entertainment, 5G networks, and digital displays. As EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Corporate Commitment Partner, SEA is dedicated to making a positive impact on the environment through its eco-conscious products, practices, and operations. To learn more and to get involved, visit Samsung.com. For the latest news, visit news.samsung.com/us and follow @SamsungNewsUS. SEA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Source: Mad Mobile

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Electric vehicles helping drivers to reduce their bills

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  • 90% of vehicle-owning US households could reduce their bills as well as their carbon footprint by switching to electric vehicles. 
  • 85 million households could halve their transport bills by going electric compared to just 25 thousand households if they switched to newer, gasoline-fuelled cars. 
  • Adopting an electric vehicle would more than double the number of US households with low transport costs, spending less than 2% of their annual income on transport fuels. 

Newswise — Drivers in Washington, California, and New York are set to see the greatest reductions in transport costs and greenhouse gas emissions due to a combination of cleaner power grids and low electricity prices in comparison to gasoline prices, among other factors.  

Over 90% of vehicle-owning US households could slash their greenhouse gas emissions as well as their transport costs by switching to electric vehicles. A study maps the change in annual income spent on transport fuels for vehicle-owning US households upon adopting electric vehicles.  

US households are highly dependent on private vehicles, with over 80% of journeys taken via personal cars. These journeys are not only bad for the environment and public health, but they are also expensive: around 67% of US households are currently considered to have medium-to-high travel costs, spending greater than 2% of their annual income on transportation. 

“Joshua Newell, co-author of the study and Professor of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan, says: “As the need for decarbonisation becomes increasingly urgent, it is crucial that we identify where and how we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, starting with assessing the long-term affordability of electric vehicles. Our results show that not only are electric cars better at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but in most cases, they are cheaper to run too.” 

Study evaluates the cost-effectiveness of switching to electric vehicles in comparison to new gasoline-fuelled vehicles, for different regions across the United States. The results show that 71% of US drivers could halve their transport bills by going electric. In comparison, just 0.02% of drivers would see the same reduction in fuel costs by switching to newer, gasoline-fuelled cars. 

Moreover, the team found that adopting an electric vehicle would more than double the number of US households with low transport costs, spending less than 2% of their annual income on transport fuels. Nationwide, this equates to over 80% of vehicle-owning households. 

“Our research contributes to the topic of energy justice, ensuring participation in the energy system is equitable, affordable, and accessible for all. We are hopeful that this study will inform people on where significant, affordable reductions in greenhouse gas emissions can be made. For the majority of people, the ongoing fuel cost of electric vehicles will be even lower than adopting newer, more efficient gasoline vehicles. However, the prominent differences across the nation emphasize the need for a regional approach to electric vehicle transitions,” concludes Jesse Vega-Perkins, lead author of the study. 

Source: Institute of Physics (IOP) Publishing

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GEGO, a Global GPS Tracker Designed to Airline-Proof Luggage

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Airlines keep losing luggage, but GEGO has crafted a personalized, real-time tracking service to help travelers keep their bags safe during a tumultuous time for the airline industry.

MIAMI (Newswire.com) – The downed FAA system was just one of many unexpected crises that travelers experienced this year. Lost luggage was again, a huge problem for passengers caught in the airports while the airlines scrambled to handle the situation. 

Unfortunately, lost luggage has just become an all-too-common problem among travelers. Each year, nearly 28 million bags are lost in the airline industry and about 5 percent of those bags are never recovered. What’s more, the number of bags lost at airports increases every year, particularly this past year with the chaos the airline industry experienced around the travel-heavy holiday period. 

To address these challenges, leading IoT company GEGO has created the only all-encompassing luggage tracking service on the market. Designed to be TSA compliant, GEGO’s GPS trackers can be used all over the world and come with 24/7 customer support that will help locate bags in minutes. With so many airlines struggling to keep track of bags right now, GEGO’s customer support hotline is crucial in giving travelers peace of mind and helping them to recover their items.

Unlike other Bluetooth trackers, GEGO has location history, SMS alerts upon arrival, optimized battery modes, and a 24/7 customer support hotline. The SIM card inside GEGO’s trackers is provided by one of the largest telecom companies in the world and uses 2G-4G GSM coverage, allowing the tracker to be used from anywhere in the world. The tracker provides real-time location updates through the app and has unlimited global coverage with no roaming charges.

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In addition, GEGO’s luggage trackers can be used to track other valuable items in day-to-day life, help people find where they parked their car, and track the whereabouts of children and seniors.

“What really makes GEGO stand above the competition is our 24/7 customer service hotline, as it provides customers with a support system and a quick solution that, oftentimes, the airlines just cannot provide in times of crisis,” said Yohanna Isis, head of marketing for Gego. “Now is the time to invest in a luggage tracker to give you some peace of mind during your next trip.”

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GEGO is leading innovation in the IoT space as leaders in software-based RTLS (Real-Time Locating Systems) solutions, pioneers in Smart Luggage, and the market leader in luggage tracking hardware and software. GEGO’s simple API/SDK architecture provides enterprises and travelers with scalable solutions for tracking the location of travel bags and other high-value assets. For more information visit https://www.gego.io.

Source: GEGO

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