Wendy Rush

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Big news happened this week when the state of Montana became the first in the nation to ban TikTok. The Chinese social media app was named a potential threat by Montana Governor Greg Gianforte. Gianforte believes the app gives the Chinese government freedom to spy on Americans and collect their personal data.

Senate Bill 419, signed on Wednesday by Gianforte, goes into effect next year, on January 1. It will impose a fine on TikTok itself, as well as app stores, for allowing the TikTok app to be downloaded within state limits. That means marketplaces such as the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store could be fined up to $10,000 per day for violating the new restriction.

Some civil rights groups are fighting the ban, calling it unconstitutional. And it is possible it won’t stick. But President Biden did sign a legislation last December that banned the app on government devices. And even more interestingly, has been considering an all-out ban.

It all depends on whether TikTok‘s parent company, ByteDance can find an American buyer for the app. Thereby depriving the Chinese government the ability to collect American users information. Of course, there are many people who assert that the Chinese government doesn’t have access to all the data some people fear. It’s a subject of a lot of debate on capitol hill.

So now people in Nevada are wondering, are we next? Governor Joe Lombardo also banned TikTok from Nevada government devices last December, just like Gianforte did. He made a statement indicating Nevada would have no tolerance for any company that poses a security risk (Fox5Vegas).

Which brings us back to the question, is there a security risk? Well, it was worldwide news earlier this year that TikTok was fined for a violation of this nature by the UK. They were charged about $15.9 million for their mishandling of personal information of minors who used the app. So TikTok doesn’t exactly have the trust of some users in what they do with data they collect through the app.

So what do you think? Does this make you more weary of using TikTok? Food for thought.

Wendy Rush, 96.3 KKLZ

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Move Over, Area 15, Las Vegas Is Getting More Immersive

It looks like Area 15 in Las Vegas is about to get some serious competition. This time in the world of immersive entertainment. An Albuquerque based company called Electric Playhouse is looking to expand to Sin City this year.

Electric Playhouse is posting a lot of details this week on their website about the upcoming Vegas location. And it looks seriously awesome! They’ll be setting up camp in the Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace. Taking over a space that is more than ten thousand square feet. And they plan to be here as early as this summer.

According to their website, Electric Playhouse in Las Vegas will have something for everyone. They have an entertainment experience for a wide variety of ages and demographics. They say children, teenagers, adults and seniors will all have something to enjoy.

Another exciting thing is that their offerings change daily. So there will always be something new to check out. And their experiences will change depending on the time of day as well. They’ll have options for date nights and birthday parties. Also corporate events or family outings.

When it comes to the demographics they’re inviting, that’s diverse as well. Electric Playhouse promises that “whether you’re a thrill-seeker looking for an adrenaline rush, a culture enthusiast seeking to discover new forms of art, or a food lover looking to indulge in gourmet delicacies, Electric Playhouse has an experience designed just for you” (Electricplayhouse.com).

At their flagship location in Albuquerque, Electric Playhouse is already impressing the crowds. They’ve hosted immersive dining experiences and interactive art exhibits. They’ve also held sports watch parties.

Electric Playhouse is known for their cutting edge technology. So this is definitely going to be an experience like no other. Here’s some of what can we look forward to this summer at the new venue. – Wendy Rush

  • Interactive Spaces

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    The Electric Playhouse will let people of all ages interact in the metaverse. And what they offer changes everyday. The cyber sky is the limit!

  • Immersive Games

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    The Electric Playhouse is a popular spot for people who like interactive games. Imagine hockey, hop scotch, or twister played on a floor that lights up!

  • Immersive Art Shows

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    With projection mapping and sensors, Electric Playhouse is planning immersive art experiences. They’re also going to team up with local artists and museums to plan some of their shows.

  • Concerts

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    Seems music venues all over Vegas are going more immersive these days. Electric Playhouse promises an immersive concert experience too, albeit probably on a smaller level than others. Which is actually nice.

  • Immersive Fine Dining

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    Electric Playhouse calls it the future of fine dining. They combine projection mapping, music and more with their delicious cuisine that changes for the seasons.

  • Full Branded Event Venue

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    “As the premier boutique event venue in Las Vegas, the Electric Playhouse offers a fully customizable space that can be tailored to express your company’s brand and create lasting memories for employees and clients alike” (electricplayhouse.com).

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