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Astro Gaming Announces Halo 5: Guardians Edition A40+Mixamp™ M80

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A40-Halo-front-600x600ASTRO Gaming, creators of premium video gaming equipment, recently announced the upcoming release of a special Halo 5: Guardians Edition A40+MixAmp™ M80 gaming headset.  Officially licensed for the Xbox One, the new ASTRO A40+MixAmp M80 Halo 5: Guardians Edition features a custom dark chrome matte finish with metallic blue accents and a subtle yet striking Halo-inspired graphical treatment.  With the ASTRO A40+MixAmp M80 Halo 5: Guardians Edition, gamers can now enjoy audiophile-grade sound and an unprecedented level of control over their gaming audio environment as they experience the biggest Halo game yet in Halo 5: Guardians, available beginning October 27, 2015 exclusively for Xbox One.

In addition, the ASTRO A40+MixAmp™ M80 Halo 5: Guardians Edition will include a special downloadable in-game REQ Pack* for Halo 5: Guardians on Xbox One which features a special ASTRO Gaming in-game emblem.

  • REQ Packs are a bundle of random, digital goods in the form of unlockable weapons and armors, skins, vehicles and more that players can use in the Arena and Warzone multiplayer modes.

The ASTRO A40+MixAmp M80 Halo 5: Guardians Edition will officially release in September, but is available now for pre-order at select retailers nationwide and directly from ASTRO Gaming, for $220 USD.

The ASTRO A40+MixAmp M80 Halo 5: Guardians Edition perfectly balances looks and performance.  It represents the culmination of our design philosophy at work: to develop the highest quality gaming audio products; to make them so comfortable you’ll never want to take them off, and frankly, you’ll probably forget they are even there; and, to make them look so authentic and true that you’ll proudly wear them wherever you game, said Aron Drayer, VP of Marketing at ASTRO Gaming.  And, there’s no better proof than the countless hours you are about to spend romping around the lush, sound-filled environments of Halo 5: Guardians; blasting enemies in rich audio; and, using our patented game-to-voice balance to quiet the shrieks for assistance from your co-op buddy who is being chased by some new legendary alien foe!

ASTRO A40+MixAmp M80 Halo 5: Guardians Edition features include:

  • Officially Licensed Xbox One Headset – Designed specifically for Xbox One, the A40+MixAmp M80 Halo 5: Guardians Edition will provide hours of game playing, movie watching and music listening excitement with superior fit and comfort as well as premium audio tuning for Xbox One.
  • New MixAmp™ M80 – Newly designed exclusively for Xbox One, the MixAmp™ M80 is a controller-mounted audio device that works with the ASTRO A40 Headset to deliver game-to-voice balancing, volume control via a volume wheel, push-button mute and distinct EQ Modes.
  • New Halo 5: Guardians Inspired Color & Design – The A40+MixAmp M80 Halo 5 : Guardians Edition features a new unique color scheme inspired entirely by Halo 5: Guardians – a deep and rich dark chrome matte headset finish with black undertones and metallic blue accents combined with a subtle Halo graphical treatment.  Design palette matches the Limited Edition Halo 5: Guardians Xbox One console and controller.
  • ASTRO Audio Experience – Engineered specifically for gaming, ASTRO audio experience delivers audiophile-grade sound in a richly detailed positional audio experience.
  • Removable Mic System – A highly precise, noise-canceling removable boom mic, which can be removed and swapped from ear to ear for a more customizable in-game communication experience.

For more information about the ASTRO A40+MixAmp M80 Halo 5: Guardians Edition ($220) please visit www.astrogaming.com or download their iOS app here.

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Helix Apple Watch Dock for Apple Watch Launched on Kickstarter

Makes charging Apple Watch simple, and taking it go easy. (PRNewsFoto/Standzout)

Makes charging Apple Watch simple, and taking it go easy. (PRNewsFoto/Standzout)

Standzout is proud to announce that their newest product, Helix Apple Watch Dock, is now raising funds on Kickstarter. Helix is a compact housing for the Apple Watch charging cable and USB charger that makes charging Apple Watch simple and easy, and taking it to go even easier. Helix is the first of its kind, an Apple Watch accessory thoughtfully designed to fit the way people are using and charging the Apple Watch.

Helix uses the USB charger and magnetic charging cable that comes with the Watch to create a charging platform that plugs directly into an outlet. It eliminates the clutter of an extra charging cable, making it the perfect product for travel or home.

Helix is easy to use: simply wrap Apple Watch’s charging cable around the barrel, insert the charger, and plug it in. It is compatible with any of Apple’s one- or two-meter magnetic charging cables.

The last thing any of us needed in our lives was another cable, says Helix co-founder Blake Frazier, Helix is the solution that makes it easy to grab your charger and go. No mess, no tangles, no fuss.

Helix was built on real-world testing of the Apple Watch, observing the way that users are interacting with and charging the device, and carefully considering feedback.

Once we had the Watch in hand, we quickly realized that the nightstand isn’t necessarily the only place to charge Apple Watch, says Brandon Barnard, Standzout CEO, Helix lets you charge wherever works best for you, and keeps another charging cable off of your already-cluttered nightstand.

The Kickstarter campaign for Helix will be live until Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. Backers of the project can pick up a Helix in any of three colors black, white, or clear at reduced Kickstarter-only prices

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AfterShokz announces its new sport headphone Trekz Titanium

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AfterShokz, the award-winning headphone brand known for its patented bone conduction technology, announces its new sport headphone, Trekz Titanium

Designed to ensure the ultimate level of awareness and comfort without compromising on premium sound, Trekz Titanium are wireless, open ear sport headphones made to ensure safety, perfect for runners, cyclists, hikers and more. Trekz Titanium with PremiumPitch+ delivers exceptional sound quality with AfterShokz’ patented technology, delivering dynamic range and truly powerful bass.

AfterShokz Trekz“This is a big step for AfterShokz, entering into a new design and dimension for bone conduction,” says Bruce Borenstein, CEO of AfterShokz. “Trekz Titanium is a response to the feedback that we received from customers and addresses the concerns that users have with bone conduction headphones. We’ve fine tuned the design for comfort and optimized the technology to produce premium sound.”

Trekz Titanium uses bone conduction technology to transmit audio waves to the inner ears through the skull, bypassing the eardrums completely. Place them on your cheekbones, just in front of your ears. This leaves your ear canals open, allowing you to remain alert and aware of ambient sounds while you enjoy your music. Bluetooth connectivity gives you the ability to be free of wires and make and receive phone calls.

Trekz Titanium Features:

  • OpenFit – promising uncompromised situational awareness and extended comfort in a revolutionary open ear design. That means you can tune in to your music or a call without tuning out the world around you vital for staying safe and alert as you move through the day.
  • PremiumPitch+ Sound – Bone conduction audio has earned its bad reputation due to a blend of natural sound leakage and weak bass. PremiumPitch+ technology optimizes the sound and includes additional features like LeakSlayer technology, which ensures music is directed exactly where it should be.
  • Titanium Frame: The backbone of the industrial design is a premium titanium frame, an element chosen not only for its strength and durability, but also for its infinite flexibility, which will deliver maximum comfort, portability and the very best sound.
  • Sweat Resistant: Built to power through daily sweat sessions and wicked weather. IP55 rated to repel sweat, moisture and dust.
  • Six Hours of Music and Calls: A single charge will reliably deliver six hours of music play and talk time. You can charge fully in 1.5 hours, but a quick 15-minute charge provides enough boost to get you through a long workout or marathon call.
  • Noise Canceling Mics: Precisely placed dual noise canceling microphones exclude surrounding noise, effectively enhancing speech.
  • Voice Prompts: Audrey Says seamlessly guide you through power, pair, play and talk, and everything in between.

Trekz Titanium is now available at an early-bird discount on Indiegogo, starting at a price of $99 (MSRP $129).

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Astro Partners With Activision And Treyarch on Call of Duty

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ASTRO Gaming, creators of premium video gaming equipment, today announced an exciting new partnership with Call of Duty®: Black Ops III publisher Activision and its award-winning development studio, Treyarch.  As part of the agreement, ASTRO Gaming’s new eSports products, which will be revealed at PAX Prime in Seattle August 28-31, have become the Official Audio Gaming Headsets of Call of Duty: Black Ops III.

ASTRO Gaming is already well-known as the preferred gaming headset brand for numerous competitive Call of Duty teams, including Team EnVyUs and 2-time X-Games Gold Medalists OpTic Gaming. In addition, ASTRO’s A40 headset and MixAmp Pro were featured at the Call of Duty® Championship earlier this year.

“As we prepare to unveil a new evolution in ASTRO Gaming professional audio equipment, we’re honored to be working with Call of Duty, the leading console eSports franchise worldwide, and of course one of the biggest gaming entertainment properties in history.” said Aron Drayer, VP of Marketing, ASTRO Gaming.  “eSports has grown dramatically over the last 5 years, and with it the needs of the athletes has also evolved. Our new products will redefine expectations of what Pro really means. We will be working closely to spread the message about our new products to all consumers, while simultaneously helping to grow awareness of the eSports lifestyle overall, including competing, spectating and streaming.”

Details relating to ASTRO Gaming’s new Call of Duty: Black Ops III headsets and accessories will be announced at PAX Prime, in Seattle, August 28-31.  For more information about ASTRO Gaming, please visit www.astrogaming.com.

About Call of Duty: Black Ops III
Call of Duty: Black Ops III is set in the year 2065, where bio augmentation and cybernetic enhancements have given rise to a new breed of Black Ops soldiers. Through Direct Neural Interface (DNI) technology, players are now connected to the intelligence grid and their fellow operatives during battle. This elite squad consists of men and women who have enhanced their combat capabilities to fight faster, stronger, and smarter. Black Ops III also offers the deepest, most rewarding multiplayer ever offered in Call of Duty®, featuring a brand new chain-based fluid movement system, Specialist characters with unique weapons and abilities, Gunsmith weapon customization tools and, in the PlayStation® 4, Xbox One and PC versions of the title, a range of new eSports capabilities.  In addition, Treyarch’s signature Zombies mode makes its return with “Shadows of Evil,” an on-disc experience set in a 1940s film noir-inspired era that follows four unwitting characters that must work together to stay alive while a mysterious, shadowy figure offers them a path to redemption.
Call of Duty: Black Ops III, slated for release on November 6, 2015, is in development for the PlayStation® 4, Xbox One, PC, PlayStation® 3 and Xbox 360.  The title is not yet rated. For more information, visit: www.callofduty.comwww.youtube.com/callofduty.

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Exciting Lineup For Indiecade Festival 2015

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IndieCadeSiteCornerLogoRTIndieCade, the premier international festival of independent games, has revealed a diverse and exciting programming lineup for this year’s IndieCade Festival that will explore the transformational and inspirational power of game development and challenge attendees to push the limits of game design themselves.

This year’s annual event will feature talks across three different tracks – “THINK” (previously known as the Conference), IndieXchange and GameU – each led by some of the most influential independent game developers from around the world. These tracks will dig deep into how design impacts player experience, represents games as art, and much more.

IndieCade Festival will once again be held in downtown Culver City, CA, October 23-25, 2015, with IndieCade Conference and IndieXchange beginning October 22. Tickets for the Festival and more information can now be found on the IndieCade website.

“The game industry is transforming, with emerging voices bringing diversity, talent and inspiration to some spectacularly creative games,” said Stephanie Barish, chief executive officer and founder, IndieCade. “Part of this transformation comes from pushing the boundaries of design and fearlessly tackling topics like gender and sexuality, as well as all forms of games and creation, whether tabletop, virtual reality, experimental games, or others. IndieCade Festival 2015 will celebrate this growth and will help push this trend further forward. Through our programs, our session leaders and developer attendees will collaborate and learn from one another, and have the opportunity to find their own paths through the continuing industry transformation.”

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IndieCade will be host to several IndieCade Festival keynote discussions and main sessions. Naomi Clark, developer of Consentacle, Nina Freeman, creator of How Do You Do It?, and Robert Yang, developer of Cobra Club and Succulent will discuss intimacy and sexuality in games during their keynote. Another keynote session will throwback to take a look at “Girl Games” from the 80s and 90s, and will feature Brenda Laurel, creator of Purple Moon and Christy Marx, developer of Tales of the Crystal, and will be moderated by Rachel Weil of FEMICOM. (more…)

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