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Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts

The Visual Arts and Design Program of Distinction offers students at the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts an arts curriculum that develops their artistic talents and creativity while creating a talent pipeline that builds on recent private investments in arts education at colleges and universities throughout Arkansas.

The Visual Arts and Design program provides students with opportunities to take immersive, college-level courses in 2D, 3D and other traditional visual arts topics as well as graphic design and digital photography. Courses such as Modern Design and Craft, Ceramics, Digital Art and Graphic Design expand ASMSA’s art offerings beyond traditional painting and drawing classes.

The POD’s curriculum includes eight courses called the Foundations of Visual Arts Sequence that align with most undergraduate majors and minors in visual art. It allows students with a deep passion for visual arts sufficient time to explore fundamental principles while also focusing on building a portfolio that reflects their own personal interests. The courses culminate in a Senior Studio course that focuses on portfolio building, art as a profession, personal branding, college planning and submitting to various competitions.

The Visual Arts and Design POD is the most recent effort by ASMSA to expand its investment in the arts, which was made part of the school’s legislated mission in 2004. That change was adopted 18 years ago on July 1, meaning the arts has been part of ASMSA’s name and core mission longer than the original Arkansas School for Mathematics and Sciences moniker chosen when the school was created in 1991.

Over the past decade, ASMSA has used institutional funds as well as private gifts to increase the standing of the arts program at the school. Three full-time art instructors have been added to the faculty, new courses were introduced and new equipment has been purchased.

Those investments have in not only a more dynamic curriculum but also in students’ abilities and recognition as well. As students are introduced to an increased number of art techniques and styles, they are using them to create award-worthy pieces. Students have earned recognition in the Thea Foundation Scholarship Competition, the Governor’s Young Artist Competition, the Arkansas Young Artists Association Competition and the Congressional Arts Competition among others.

The POD also strengthens the school’s bonds with Hot Springs’ vibrant local arts community. Additional collaboration with the Hot Springs Cultural Alliance, Arts in the Park and individual artists present students the chance to better engage with local artists and build relationships with community advocates. Student have participated in art projects sponsored by the city, including mural paintings at recreation facilities area.

Students who choose the participate in the Visual Arts and Design POD also complete a Concurrent Core that ensures all students graduate from the school with at least 30 hours (one year) of college credit. Recent graduates have averaged nearly 50 hours over their four semesters of study at ASMSA.

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OnePlus leak points to a host of new gadgets in the works

OnePlus first made its name as a phone maker, but now it has plenty of other devices on sale as well – and according to a fresh leak, it would seem a lot of those other devices are going to be getting upgraded before the end of the years.

This is according to the usually reliable Mukul Sharma (opens in new tab)who says that two pairs of true wireless earbuds (one with the Nord branding), the OnePlus Watch 2, the OnePlus Band 2 and a couple of smartphones are due to launch in the third quarter of 2022 (so that’s July, August or September ).

Most of the accessories that OnePlus has made in the past, like the OnePlus Nord Buds, have been reasonably well received by consumers. If more hardware is on the way, OnePlus must be confident that there’s enough of a market out there for it.

The story so far

OnePlus currently sells three different types of wireless earbuds, with a variety of features and a choice of price points. You can also pick up these audio devices in bundles with OnePlus smartphones in some parts of the world.

As for the OnePlus Watch, it was unveiled in March 2021, so it’s already been a year since we saw it first appear. It runs its own bespoke operating system, so presumably the OnePlus Watch 2 will follow suit when it makes its debut.

The OnePlus Band fitness tracker, henceforth, is currently only available in India – it remains to be seen whether the OnePlus Band 2 follow-up device, if it is indeed on the way, is going to be available in more regions when it goes on sale.

Analysis: not just smartphones

The path that OnePlus is taking is one that most other smartphone manufacturers are also following, and it makes sense: having earbuds, smartwatches and fitness trackers that can be bundled with phones means more in the way of sales and profit.

Take a look at Apple for example. We know all about the iPhone, but then we’ve also got the AirPods, the Apple Watch and much more besides (though it’s perhaps unlikely that OnePlus will move into laptops and streaming boxes too).

Samsung and Google are two more companies that offer plenty of accessories around their flagship smartphones, and new products continue to be added all the time – with the Google Pixel Watch now finally official and going on sale soon.

With that sort of competition, OnePlus knows it needs to keep up. While the sales figures that OnePlus sees for these accessories may not match those of its rivals, it’s important to have these products available to go head to head against other companies.

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This tiny portable wearable mouse lets you universally control all your gadgets with gestures

One wearable to rule them all…

What VANZY offers is best described as the future of Human Interface. Conventionally, we used keyboards and mice, then we used touch-sensitive displays. However, now, VANZY lets you control all your devices with their hand gestures, sort of like Tony Stark. Designed to sit on your finger like a ring, VANZY is an Air Mouse and a motion-sensing controller that gives you advanced controls over all your devices. You could swipe or perform gestures to move slides in a presentation, increase or decrease volume while listening to music, skip the intro on Netflix shows, play games, or do a variety of other things. VANZY’s ring also works like a computer mouse or trackpad that allows you to use it as a conventional cursor controller on your laptop or tablet, sort of like a wearable mouse. You can even control elements in VR, and potentially even use the VANZY to keymap some words, making it quite literally the ultimate input device for any gadget you have… and it’s small enough to fit around your finger.

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About as small as a ring, VANZY comes with a 9DoF sensor that allows it to perform high-quality 3D spatial recognition and an advanced chipset that allows it to recognize as many as 7 different gestures across multiple software and on Windows, Macintosh, Android, and iOS devices. The premise behind the VANZY is simple – in a world with multiple devices that you control by touching and tapping with your fingers, why can’t your finger just be a mouse instead, working like a wand to operate any device it’s connected to? To that end, VANZY works with phones, tablets, and even laptops via Bluetooth, letting you operate them intuitively by waving your hands, or use the trackpad on the VANZY to control them more precisely.

The finger-worn ring works in two ways – either by recognizing movements and gestures, or by allowing you to navigate your device via the trackpad on top of the VANZY. The trackpad works just like the touch surface on your TWS earbuds does. You can keep the mouse functions by touching and dragging your thumb; left touch to left-click, right touch to right-click, and swiping for scroll-down/up on the VANZY. As far as gestures go, VANZY recognizes common gestures like swiping left, right, up, down, circling clockwise, anti-clockwise, and moving forward (like you’re pointing in the air).

Morning Routine – Turn your finger clockwise or counterclockwise to adjust the volume on your earbuds without taking your phone out first.

Move the Desk to your Fingers – Thumb control over an air mouse for all of your devices.

At Work – Perfect companion for lectures, presentations, and meetings. VANZY gives you precise control, even from a distance.

For Content Creators – Makes the discomfort of swapping between devices a thing of the past. Just use your finger.


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Extreme Networks (EXTR) Moves 6.1% Higher: Will This Strength Last?

Extreme Networks (EXTR) shares ended the last trading session 6.1% higher at $9.58. The jump came on an impressive volume with a higher-than-average number of shares changing hands in the session. This compares to the stock’s 6% loss over the past four weeks.

Extreme Networks has launched a suite of new solutions and extended its ExtremeCloud portfolio to include new SD-WAN and AIOps with digital twin capabilities. This, in turn, will deliver secure connectivity at the edge of the network, accelerate cloud deployments and help customers with actionable insights – all from within a single platform. This will simplify network management, augment security and improve application performance with a simple, cost-effective subscription licensing model.

This maker of network infrastructure equipment is expected to post quarterly earnings of $0.15 per share in its upcoming report, which represents a year-over-year change of -21.1%. Revenues are expected to be $270.5 million, down 2.7% from the year-ago quarter.

Earnings and revenue growth expectations certainly give a good sense of the potential strength in a stock, but empirical research shows that trends in earnings estimate revisions are strongly correlated with near-term stock price movements.

For Extreme Networks, the consensus EPS estimate for the quarter has remained unchanged over the last 30 days. And a stock’s price usually doesn’t keep moving higher in the absence of any trend in earnings estimate revisions. So, make sure to keep an eye on EXTR going forward to see if this recent jump can turn into more strength down the road.

The stock currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) stocks here

Extreme Networks is part of the Zacks Computer – Networking industry. Digi International (DGII), another stock in the same industry, closed the last trading session 4.5% higher at $24.12. DGII has returned 5.1% in the past month.

For Digi International , the consensus EPS estimate for the upcoming report has remained unchanged over the past month at $0.38. This represents a change of +322.2% from what the company reported a year ago. Digi International currently has a Zacks Rank of #4 (Sell).

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