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 Apple TVPosts have started hitting the net, suggesting the latest in the Apple TV will actually be running iOS 9. However, its believed to be a version specifically optimized for TV. This may not come as a surprise to many, as rumours have been circulating for some time suggesting the latest hardware will be focusing on game play and Apps. This should hopefully give the aging device a new lease of life, many have lost faith in the Apple TV system as its seemingly been left at the road side as Apple focus more on their other hardware.

Its believed Apple will ve unveiling the new hardware at the September event on the 9th. However, there’s no idication yet of pricing or availability. One things for sure, it may be hard pressed to compete with hardware such as Amazons fire stick which sports an impressive £35 price tag.

Its believed the new Apple TV will have Apple’s A8 chip at its heart, which should be more then capable of powering even the most demanding iOS Apps and Games. Along side the more powerful chip, are many rumours of a remote sporting a touch pad. Wheather this will support force touch or not is yet to be seen. 

Something which may take the shine off the release for early adopters is that it’s believed Apple have not managed to finalise the deals to enable their all new TV Streaming services. Although they all still in the works, so should hopefully be along shortly after the launch.. 



SWORD COAST LEGENDS

Independent developers, n-Space and Digital Extremes, announced today that their upcoming Sword Coast Legends™, a party-based RPG set in the Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) Forgotten Realms universe from Wizards of the Coast, will offer Head Start Access for PC, Mac and Linux players. Starting September 11th, players can try Sword Coast Legends™, prior to the game’s release on September 29th.

We at n-Space have always intended for our pre-order customers to have a chance to try out the game prior to its September 29th release, said Dan Tudge, President of n-Space and Director for Sword Coast Legends. To that end, we are announcing the details of Sword Coast Legends’ Head Start access program.

Head Start will have three planned sessions, he adds. The first is scheduled for the weekend of September 11th through 13th and will be available only to members of the Design Council – those that pre-ordered one of the Limited Edition Collector’s or Campaign Collector’s packs. The second will run September 18th through 20th, and will be open to all pre-order customers. These first two sessions will focus on the Dungeon Master modes of Campaign Creation and Dungeon Crawl. In order to avoid spoilers, the Story Campaign will not be available at this time. The third session will run September 24th through the game’s release on September 29th and will once again feature the Dungeon Master modes for all pre-order customers while Design Council members will also have access to the Story Campaign. PC, Mac and Linux cross-platform play will be supported.
In each of these sessions, players will mingle with n-Space, Digital Extremes and Wizards of the Coast team members. To be included in the Head Start program, players must have linked their game purchase to an account on SwordCoast.com. Access details will be sent to the associated email account starting the week of September 11th.

The Sword Coast Legends team welcomes your feedback! Feel free to share your experiences via your favorite forums, blogs and social media channels.

Those attending next week’s PAX Prime event in Seattle, August 28-31 can experience Sword Coast Legends and give their feedback in person by visiting the Wizards of the Coast ‘Rage of Demons’ in the Exhibitors Hall, Booth #1642. Attendees will also earn bragging rights by taking part in the game’s playable debut.

PAX attendees should also stay tuned to Sword Coast Legends’ social media channels for information on the chance to win one of two pairs of tickets to attend Acquisitions INC.’s D&D Live at PAX Prime with the developers from n-Space!

Sword Coast Legends is currently available for pre-order from Steam and the PlayStation Store for $34.99. In addition to the free DLC, Digital Deluxe and Collector’s Editions, which include a tome of knowledge, cloth map of the Sword Coast, the official soundtrack, numerous in-game bonuses, starter items and DM abilities, as well as a statue of the powerful demon Belaphoss (Collector’s Edition) are also available for pre-order for $59.99 and $239.99, respectively, from www.swordcoast.com Details regarding the upcoming “Rage of Demons” DLC expansion for Sword Coast Legends will be announced at a later date.

To learn more about Sword Coast Legends and to pre-order a copy and participate in the Community today, please visit the official website at: www.SwordCoast.com



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.



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, 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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