Thursday, October 28, 2021

Audio-Technica Introduces Its Lightweight, Affordable ATH-101USB and ATH-102USB Single-Ear and Dual-Ear Headsets

Audio-Technica Introduces Its Lightweight, Affordable
ATH-101USB and ATH-102USB Single-Ear and Dual-Ear Headsets



STOW, OH, October 27, 2021 — Audio-Technica today announced the introduction of its ATH-101USB single-ear and ATH-102USB double-ear headsets, two affordably-priced models that are ideal for use in online conferences, classes and other uses where high-quality audio is required, including  voice calling, listening to music, games and other computer-based applications.


The ATH-101USB (SRP: US$27.99) and ATH-102USB (SRP: US$29.99) feature a lightweight, comfortable design with close-fitting, soft earpads and are treated with an antimicrobial agent to keep the headsets clean.


Both models offer easy plug-and-play connectivity – simply plug them into a USB port. No software is required, and the headsets come with a USB Type A-to-USB Type C adapter for compatibility with a wide range of devices. The ATH-101USB and ATH-102USB both feature a built-in noise-cancelling bidirectional condenser microphone with a windscreen, for clear, intelligible voice communication while blocking unwanted ambient noise, pops, and breathing noises. Both headsets have a wide 20 Hz – 20 kHz frequency response to deliver full-range audio reproduction.


The earcups are designed to let in some ambient sound to ensure natural-sounding conversations and awareness of the outside environment. Their soft, close-fitting earpads are made of a breathable material and offer total comfort even during all-day use. The headsets’ light weight reduces neck and shoulder strain.


The ATH-101USB and ATH-102USB feature easy-access volume and microphone mute controls. The ATH-101USB’s reversible design with its rotatable microphone allows users to wear it on either their left or right ear according to personal preference. This single-ear model is perfect for people who need to hear what’s going on around them, especially when working at home. The ATH-102USB provides clear, natural stereo sound, thanks to its high-quality carbon-black film driver diaphragms.


Both headsets are made from antimicrobial materials. The earpads, headset, windscreen, control buttons and connecting plugs are treated with an effective antimicrobial agent that inhibits the growth of certain bacteria.


The Audio-Technica ATH-101USB single-ear USB headset and ATH-102USB dual-ear headset are currently available.


Celebrating over 50 years of audio excellence, Audio-Technica is a recognized leader in the development and manufacture of high-quality personal and professional audio equipment. Founded in Japan in 1962 by Hideo Matsushita, the company made its name by manufacturing state-of-the-art phonograph cartridges and tonearms. Today, Audio-Technica is a worldwide group of companies devoted to creating high-performance microphones, headphones, wireless systems, mixers, turntables, phono cartridges and other electronic products.


A reputation for quality, durability, performance and value has made Audio-Technica products the first choice for many of today’s top musical artists and audio engineers, and for discerning listeners everywhere. Drawing from its audiophile heritage, Audio-Technica remains dedicated to providing music enthusiasts with great-sounding, innovative audio gear, including the award-winning QuietPoint® active noise-cancelling headphones, popular ATH-M50x monitor headphones, versatile USB microphones, and new Hi-Res Audio headphones and high-fidelity gaming headsets. Learn more at


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ASUS Republic of Gamers Launches Z690 Motherboards for Intel® 12th Gen CPU and New Gaming Gear at Break All Limits Global Event

ASUS Republic of Gamers Launches Z690 Motherboards for Intel® 12th Gen CPU and New Gaming Gear at Break All Limits Global Event
ASUS ROG debuts new gaming gear line featuring motherboards, power supplies,
gaming monitors, and gaming headset lineup

Fremont, CA (October 27, 2021) — ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced an all-new lineup of gaming gear during the Break All Limits online launch event.

The lineup features the new ROG Z690 Intel® motherboards, a new generation within the Intel® Z690 series. The ASUS Z690 platform ― covering ROG Maximus to the ROG Strix, TUF Gaming, ProArt and Prime motherboards ― is built to support all-new 12th Gen Intel® Core processors that feature up to 16 cores and 24 threads. 

ROG also introduced the ROG Strix XG309CM and ROG Strix XG276Q gaming monitors for ultra fast and ultra smooth visuals; the ROG Thor 1600W Titanium and Thor Platinum II (850W, 1000W, 1200W) Power Supplies for maximum performance at the ultimate rating; and the ROG Delta S Animate headset for crystal-clear audio and endless customization.
Z690 Intel ROG Motherboards: The Next Generation
Introducing the new generation of ASUS ROG Intel® motherboards: the Z690 series. Featuring DDR5 memory modules and extensive support for PCIe® 5.0 devices, the Z690 series supports the latest 12th Gen Intel® Core™ processors. This new line of ROG motherboards also includes an exclusive new overclocking technology called ASUS Enhanced Memory Profile (AEMP), offering blistering-fast DDR5 performance in just a few clicks. 

While DDR5 is ordinarily limited to a maximum of 1.1 volts, the Z690 series includes a special blend of circuitry and firmware for its Z690 motherboards that bypasses this restriction, freeing users to discover the limits of the new memory technology for themselves by applying manual tweaks or enabling AEMP to quickly unlock a performance boost. To make this possible, ASUS has worked diligently with major DDR5 manufacturers around the world including Adata, Corsair, Crucial, Geil, G.SKILL, Kingston, Klevv, and Teamgroup to ensure high compatibility and stability.

Each ASUS ROG Z690 motherboard features built-in Windows 11 support, and each one features mounting holes that are compatible with CPU coolers designed for either LGA 1200 or the new LGA 1700 socket.  In addition, for users who like to venture beyond the nuts and bolts and linger on personalization and aesthetics, the Z690 series brings all-new visuals like the AniMe Matrix display that features mini programmable RGB LEDs to show off personal style with custom lighting designs, unique animations and live audio visualizations, plus striking designs that evoke sci-fi worlds from cyberpunk to aerospace exploration.

The full lineup features the ROG Maximus and Prime series, to the gaming-focused ROG Strix and TUF Gaming series, and creator-focused ProArt series.
ROG Thor 1600W Titanium & Thor Platinum II (850W, 1000W, 1200W) PSUs
The ROG Thor 1600W Titanium is the first 80 PLUS® Titanium certification power supply within the ROG Thor line, requiring greater than 90% efficiency for loads ranging between 10 to 100%. Using advanced gallium-nitride and solid-state components within the PSU's circuit design, this combination allows the Thor 1600W Titanium to achieve over 93% efficiency at full 100% loads. 

The ROG Thor Platinum II series features 850W, 1000W, and 1200W capacities at 80 PLUS® Platinum certification. The Titanium and Platinum II series provides quieter operations at higher wattage and fanless operations at up to 50% load. Equipped with large ROG-designed heatsinks, a larger surface area, and an overall redesign, the improved Thor Platinum II and new Titanium PSU line provides an optimal balance of airflow and noise levels at a high capacity.
ROG Strix XG309CM and XG276Q gaming monitors
The ROG Strix XG309CM is a wide-aspect ratio (2560 x 1080) gaming monitor. The 29.5" display features a 200 Hz refresh rate bolstered by the latest ASUS ELMB (Extreme Low Motion Blur) sync technology. ASUS Extreme Low Motion Blur Sync (ELMB Sync) technology eliminates motion blur without sacrificing variable refresh rates, taking smooth visuals to the next level.

The ROG Strix XG276Q is a 27-inch 165 Hz gaming monitor that features Fast IPS panel and 1 ms gray-to-gray (GTG) technology for an optimized 1080p gaming experience. Both the ROG Strix XG276Q and ROG Strix XG309CM include new aesthetic features, including an integrated tripod on the display stand, allowing users to mount a webcam or microphone and customize their work-and-play setup. 
ROG Delta S Animate Gaming Headset
ROG Delta S Animate gaming headset is the first ROG headset to introduce customizable AniMe Matrix™ displays on the headset's external ear cushions. The AniMe Matrix™ technology features an array of mini LEDs, programmed to showcase a user's custom lighting designs, unique animations, and live audio visualizations. 

The ROG Delta S Animate features the industry-leading, hi-fi-grade ESS 9281 CODEC with QUAD DAC™ technology, and is the first gaming headset series with Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) technology, an award-winning technology that delivers studio-quality audio files to reveal every detail of the original recording. Paired with exclusive ASUS Essence drivers, the headset's airtight chamber design and audio signal diversion technology work in unison for incredibly immersive audio.

The headset is USB-C®, and USB-A compatible, allowing cross-platform capability with PC, Mac, PlayStation®, Nintendo Switch™, and mobile devices.

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Monday, October 25, 2021

Kingston Digital Releases Next-Gen KC3000 PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD

Fountain Valley, CA – October 25, 2021 – Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., a world leader in memory products and technology solutions, today announced KC3000, its next generation PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2 SSD for desktop and laptop PCs. KC3000 SSD offers next-level performance using the latest Gen 4x4 NVMe controller and 3D TLC NAND ideal for power users who require the fastest speeds on the market.

               By leveraging Gen4 technology, KC3000 delivers speeds up to 7,0000/7,000MB/s read/write1 of blazing-fast performance and full capacities up to 4096GB2 for optimal storage. Users can keep up with demanding workloads and experience better performance with software applications such as 3D rendering and 4K+ content creation by upgrading the systems storage. KC3000 is built with high-density 3D TLC NAND housed in the industry standard M.2 2280 form factor to store even more and enable users to take advantage of PCIe 4.0 speeds. With the combination of performance and endurance, KC3000 is reinforced with a low profile, graphene aluminum heat spreader to effectively disperse heat and keep your drive cool during intensive workloads.

“With the rise of data-heavy applications, consumers are demanding high performance solutions and high capacities to match,” said Keith Schimmenti, SSD Business Manager, Kingston. “By utilizing next-gen PCIe 4.0 technology with KC3000, we are able to deliver fast and reliable storage to suit the needs of a wide range of consumers in the market.”

KC3000 is currently available in 512GB, 1024GB, 2048GB and 4096GB2 capacities. KC3000 is backed by a limited five-year warranty4 and free technical support. For more information visit


KC3000 PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2 SSD

Part Number



512GB KC3000


1024GB KC3000


2048GB KC3000


4096GB KC3000








KC3000 PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2 SSD Features and Specifications:

  • PCIe 4.0 NVMe Technology: Master intensive applications with speeds up to 7,000/7,000MB/s1 read/write.
  • Store more: Upgrade and manage storage with full capacities up to 4096GB2.
  • Greater flexibility: Compact M.2 design fits easily into small form factor (SFF) systems, desktops and laptop PCs.
  • Low profile graphene aluminum heat spreader: Exceptional thermal dissipation keeps your drive cool with maximum performance.
  • Form Factor: M.2 2280
  • Interface: PCIe 4.0 NVMe
  • Capacities2512GB, 1024GB, 2048GB, 4096GB
  • Controller: Phison E18
  • NAND: 3D TLC

Sequential Read/Write1:             

    • 512GB – 7,000/3,900MB/s
    • 1024GB – 7,000/6,000MB/s
    • 2048GB – 7,000/7,000MB/s
    • 4096GB – 7,000/7,000MB/s
  • Random 4K Read/Write1:
    • 512GB – up to 450,000/900,000 IOPS
    • 1024GB – up to 900,000/1,000,000 IOPS
    • 2048GB – up to 1,000,000/1,000,000 IOPS
    • 4096GB – up to 1,000,000/1,000,000 IOPS
  • Total Bytes Written (TBW)3:
    • 512GB – 400TBW
    • 1024GB – 800TBW
    • 2048GB – 1.6PBW
    • 4096GB – 3.2PBW
  • Power Consumption:
    • 512GB – 5mW Idle / 0.34W Avg / 2.7W (MAX) Read / 4.1W (MAX) Write
    • 1024GB – 5mW Idle / 0.33W Avg / 2.8W (MAX) Read / 6.3W (MAX) Write
    • 2048GB – 5mW Idle / 0.36W Avg / 2.8W (MAX) Read / 9.9W (MAX) Write
    • 4096GB – 5mW Idle / 0.36W Avg / 2.7W (MAX) Read / 10.2W (MAX) Write
  • Storage Temperature: -40°C~85°C
  • Operating Temperature: 0°C~70°C
  • Dimensions:
    • 512GB-1024GB – 80mm x 22mm x 2.21mm
    • 2048GB-4096GB – 80mm x 22mm x 3.5mm
  • Weight:
    • 512GB-1024GB – 7g
    • 2048GB-4096GB – 9.7g
  • Vibration Operating: 2.17G Peak (7-800Hz)
  • Vibration Non-operating: 20G Peak (20-1000Hz)
  • MTBF: 1,800,000 hours
  • Warranty/Support4Limited 5-year warranty with free technical support


This SSD is designed for use in desktop and notebook computer workloads and is not intended for server environments.


Based on “out-of-box performance” using a PCIe 4.0 motherboard. Speed may vary due to host hardware, software, and usage.

Some of the listed capacity on a Flash storage device is used for formatting and other functions and thus is not available for data storage. As such, the actual available capacity for data storage is less than what is listed on the products. For more information, go to Kingston’s Flash memory guide at

3 Total Bytes Written (TBW) is derived from the JEDEC Client Workload (JESD219A).

Limited warranty based on 5 years or “Percentage Used” which can be found using the Kingston SSD Manager ( For NVMe SSDs, a new unused product will show a Percentage Used value of 0, whereas a product that reaches its warranty limit will show a Percentage Used value of greater than or equal to one hundred (100). See for details.


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Twitter                 Kingston Is With You


About Kingston Digital, Inc.

From big data, to laptops and PCs, to IoT-based devices like smart and wearable technology, to design-in and contract manufacturing, Kingston helps deliver the solutions used to live, work and play. The world’s largest PC makers and cloud-hosting companies depend on Kingston for their manufacturing needs, and our passion fuels the technology the world uses every day. We strive beyond our products to see the bigger picture, to meet the needs of our customers and offer solutions that make a difference. To learn more about how Kingston Is With You, visit


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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Creative Stage 360 2.1 Soundbar with Dolby Atmos Review

It’s been a wild 18 months with Covid, and all of the staying home. And now with Delta, many of us are saying not again! Well, there are some great home audio products to help with our binge watching. Creative is well known for their line of Sound Blaster soundcards for computers. Next came a great line of computer speakers. They have used their heritage in audio, and now have some great sound bars. Up for review is their Creative Stage 360.


Features and specs:


Soundbar: 565 x 75 x 88 mm / 22.2 x 2.9 x 3.4 inches, Subwoofer: 115 x 422 x 250 mm / 4.5 x 16.6 x 9.8 inches

Cable Length

Subwoofer Cable: Approx 2m; tethered to subwoofer, Power Cable: 1.5m (59 inches), Optical Cable: 1.5m


Subwoofer: 3.4 kg / 7.5 lb, Soundbar: 1.7 kg / 3.8 lb

Operating Temperature

0– 40°C

Power Output

Soundbar: 60W RMS, Subwoofer: 60W RMS, Total System Power: Up to 120W RMS (Peak 240W)


Soundbar: 2 x 2.25″ x 3.85″ Racetrack Driver, Subwoofer: 5.25″ High Excursion Driver

Frequency Response

50–20,000 Hz

System Configuration

2.1 system

Bluetooth Operating Frequency

2402–2480 MHz

Operating Range for Bluetooth Devices

Up to 10 meters / 33 ft, (Measured in open space. Walls and structures may affect range of device.)

Bluetooth® Version

Bluetooth 5.0

Bluetooth Profile

A2DP (Wireless Stereo Bluetooth)*

*Stereo Bluetooth or A2DP profile enables wireless transmission of full stereo sound to other Bluetooth devices. To determine whether your device (notebook, PC or mobile device) is equipped with A2DP-enabled Bluetooth technology, refer to your device manufacturer's documentation / website for more information.

Supported Codecs


Connector Type

Optical-in (Toslink), HDMI-out (HDMI 2.0, HDCP 2.2, ARC), HDMI-in 1 (HDMI 2.0, HDCP 2.2), HDMI-in 2 (HDMI 2.0, HDCP 2.2), Subwoofer-out, AC-in




The Creative Stage 360 came in a great looking color printed box, with photos of the product and its specs. Opening the box revealed a well-protected product held in place by custom molded Styrofoam. Materials used in the construction was mostly plastic with some metal in the soundbar, and engineered wood with black veneer for the subwoofer. Quality of materials used was very good, as was the fit and finish. Also included was the power cords, optical cable, and quick start guide.


I like the design of the Creative Stage 360. The soundbar uses a high-quality pair of racetrack drivers. The front also houses an LED to show status and volume levels. The top holds a few buttons for power, source, + and -. The back panel holds the subwoofer input, USB service port, and inputs with optical and HDMI. Then there’s the Bluetooth 5.0 for wireless connectivity. It’s a minimalistic design that’s efficient. One thing missing that I would have liked to see: built-in bracket on the back, so it could be wall mounted under a TV that is wall mounted.


The built-in software and remote is also great. There are DSP sound modes of Movie, Night and Music. And Dolby Atmos provides a nice surround sound effect, with adjustable settings for near-field or far-field. The remote also worked really well, giving you full access to all of the settings and full control, right at your fingertips. Installation/set-up was very simple. Now let’s see how it sounds.


Nat King Cole- LOVE: vocals were silky smooth like honey with very good texture of the timbre.  Cymbal and top hat were crisp and clean. Piano sounded natural. Trumpet was crisp with very good harmonics without being too brassy. The very good imaging surprised me, as I wasn’t expecting it.

Destiny 2- Storm the Keep: bass was very dynamic and had nice tone of the strings as they were plucked, cymbals were crisp and clean, as were the horns. Vocals were smooth with very good harmonics. Violin had nice texture from the strings. Drums had nice tight impact with very good dynamics.

Seatbelts- Tank!: Bass had nice definition of the plunking of the strings, with good definition of the midbass. The congas had nice definition of the pads. Trumpets were silky smooth and not overly brassy. The sax also had great harmonics. There was some extremely fast tonguing of the reed for the notes, and the Creative Stage 360 picked it up well. And what surprised me was the depth of soundstage that the Creative Stage 360 also projected.


The Creative Stage 360 unsurprisingly proved to be a great performer. The built-in Dolby Atmos provided a fun surround sound effect. And the sound was significantly better than the speakers built into the TV. Vocals tended to be nice and smooth, drums were dynamic and the highs tended to be crisp and clean.  The Dolby Atmos did work well, giving a seemly wider and deeper soundstage, giving the perception of some surround sound. I was impressed with the subwoofer.  It uses a small driver, so while it does not get very deep, it was dynamic and played with very good authority for the size. And be careful with the volume control, as it can get extremely loud!  I wasn't expecting the amount of volume that it has on tap!

With an MSRP of only $229, The Creative Stage 360 a big bang for the buck. This upgrade from TV speakers is a no-brainer. It does what it was designed to do very well.  And the build quality seems sufficient to give you years of use.  

Based on its design, features, quality and performance, the Creative Stage 360 has earned our Highly Recommended Award. For more info and complete specs, check out their website at

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HYPER Launches Two New World-Firsts In Portable Power on Indiegogo

HYPER Launches Two New World-Firsts In Portable Power on Indiegogo

HyperJuice 245W USB-C Battery Pack & GaN Charger - Only on Indiegogo

World’s first and smallest 245W GaN Charger and World’s first 245W USB-C Battery Pack

OCTOBER 20, 2021 - FREMONT, California: Today, HYPER® - the makers of the world’s first 100W GaN Charger and world’s first 100W USB-C battery pack, crowdfunding almost $5 million in total - announced the launch of their latest Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, the HyperJuice 245W GaN Charger and 245W USB-C Battery Pack. Both of these innovations are world-firsts within the portable charging industry.

The world’s first and smallest HyperJuice 245W GaN Charger is designed for the “work from home” (WFH) professional or enterprise looking to maximize power connectivity when outlet space may be sparse. With four 100W (max) USB-C Power Delivery ports powered by industry-leading GaN technology, users will be able to power four mid-size 60W laptops (like the 13” MacBook Pro/Air) or quick charge two large 100W laptops (16” MacBook Pro), tablet (iPad Pro) and smartphone (iPhone 13) all at the same time from a pocket-size charger.

Need power on the go? The world’s first HyperJuice 245W USB-C Battery Pack takes the same 245W of USB-C power on the road for the traveling professional or road warrior. It boasts a whopping 100Wh/27000mAh airline-safe battery capacity, two 100W (max) and two 65W (max) USB-C Power Delivery ports, giving you the ability to charge four USB-C devices like laptops, tablets, DSLR cameras, smartphones, drones, gaming consoles all at the same time. It features an illuminated OLED screen to inform users about the remaining battery capacity and charging power of each port and comes with a 100W input so that you can quickly recharge the battery in 1 hour using the HyperJuice 245W GaN Charger or any 100W USB-C charger.

Hyper is launching both HyperJuice products via an Indiegogo campaign which starts today (October 20, 2021 at 8am PST) and ends on November 15th, 2021. Indiegogo Early Bird Backers will get the HyperJuice for 50% off MSRP. Both HyperJuice products are expected to start shipping in December 2021 upon successful Indiegogo funding.

HyperJuice 245W GaN Charger

HyperJuice 245W GaN Charging Station

  • Fast Charge Four MacBook Pros Simultaneously. 245W of power with four 100W USB-C charging ports enables the user to fast charge four 13” MacBook Pros (61W)  simultaneously.
  • Space Saving Portable Design. Keep your workspace minimal and travel seamlessly with a compact design footprint that is only slightly larger than the Apple 96W charger.
  • Safe Power Solution. Peace of mind charging with over current, over voltage, over temperature and short-circuit protection.
  • Power Delivery PD 3.0, Qualcomm Quick Charge QC 3.0, Programmable Power Supply PPS Compatibility. Fast charging compatibility for iPhone, Android and Samsung devices.
  • Ports: 4 x USB-C 100W PD
  • Dimensions: 105 x 100 x 32 mm / 4.13” x 3.93” x 1.25”
  • Weight: 582 g / 20.52 oz / 1.28 lb
  • Pricing: Indiegogo Early Bird Backers can get it for $99 (50% off MSRP $199)
HyperJuice 245W USB-C Battery Pack

HyperJuice 245W USB-C Battery Pack

  • Fast Charge Four Devices Simultaneously. 245W of power with 2 x 100W and 2 x 60W USB-C charging ports to enable the user to fast charge two 16” Macbook Pros (96W), an iPad (30W) and an iPhone (20W) simultaneously.
  • Airline-safe 100Wh/27000 mAh Battery Capacity. High capacity battery capable of charging an iPhone 13 nine times or an M1 MacBook Pro 13” two times.
  • 100W Pass-through Charging. 100W USB-C PD Pass-through charging enables the user to charge the battery pack in about one hour while charging other devices simultaneously.
  • OLED Indicator. Provides crystal clear, real time battery capacity status and power usage information.
  • Safe Power Solution. Peace of mind charging with over current, over voltage, over temperature, and short-circuit protection.
  • Power Delivery PD 3.0, Qualcomm Quick Charge QC 3.0, Programmable Power Supply PPS Compatibility. Fast charging compatibility for iPhone, Android and Samsung devices.
  • Ports: 2 x USB-C 100W PD, 2 x USB-C 65W PD
  • Dimensions: 191 x 81 x 28 mm / 7.51 x 3.18 x 1.10”
  • Weight: 765 g / 26.98 oz / 1.68 lb
  • Pricing: Indiegogo Early Bird Backers can get it for $149 (50% off MSRP $299)
HyperJuice 245W USB-C Battery Pack & GaN Charger


Celebrating its 16th year in business, HYPER is a dynamic team headquartered in Silicon Valley, California. We specialize in delivering award-winning, cutting-edge IT and mobile accessories with a focus on Apple, portable power, data storage & connectivity products.

HYPER is guided by its promise of GET MORE™. Delivering more ports, more power, and more connectivity, which in turn delivers more quality time with family and friends, more experiences, and more memories to every HYPER customer around the world.

We hold the records of the Most crowdfunded MacBook accessory, iPad accessory, USB-C hub, iPhone storage, battery pack, wireless charger, and GaN charger. HYPER has previously successfully launched and shipped 29 crowdfunding projects to over 150,000 backers, raising over $15 million in total.

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