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Written by Dave Bagnall on Monday, June 29th, 2015

The first in an exciting new line of Blizzard Collectibles, by Blizzard talent for Blizzard fans!

Celebrate the announcement of our newest, dynamic universe: Overwatch™ with this premium, polystone statue of TRACER! Sculpted by staff Senior Sculptor Brian Fay and painted by Senior Illustrator Laurel Austin, no detail has been lost in recreating Tracer’s gravity (and time) defying action. Suspended mid stride, Tracer features prime, transparent energy effects and goggles, and is underlit by the illuminated Overwatch™ logo base!

Measures 10.5”/26.67cm (floor to head). Includes AC adapter and Battery option (batteries not included).

Grab one here http://gear.blizzard.com/index.php/default/overwatch-tracer-statue.html

 

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Written by Dave Bagnall on Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Razer announces the new Razer Mamba, featuring the world’s most precise gaming mouse sensor, the revolutionary Adjustable Click Force Technology, and industry leading gaming grade wired/wireless technology.

LOS ANGELES (E3 2015) – Razer™, a world leader in connected devices and software for gamers, today announced the world’s most advanced gaming mouse, the new Razer Mamba. The successor to one of the leading wired/wireless gaming mouse, the new Razer Mamba is powered by the world’s most precise gaming mouse sensor, the revolutionary Adjustable Click Force Technology, and industry leading gaming grade wired/wireless technology.

The new 5G laser sensor is capable of tracking up to 16,000 DPI which is optimized for multi-display set-ups with ultra-high display resolutions. The 5G laser sensor is also the world’s most precise – with its ability to track up to 1 DPI increments (as opposed to the current industry standard of 50 DPI increments). The next generation gaming mouse sensor is also able to track lift-off cut-off distance as precise as 0.1 mm, reducing on-screen jitter so your aim stays on target even as you move. The 5G laser sensor in the new Razer Mamba was designed to be an extension of your natural hand movement.

Razer’s latest gaming mouse also features the patent pending, revolutionary Adjustable Click Force Technology. One of the most important facets of a gaming mouse is the click force – and in the past, gamers have had to adapt to a mouse’s click force or be compelled to search through a multitude of mice and switches to find the perfect mouse button click force.

With the new Adjustable Click Force Technology, instead of having to adapt to a mouse’s set click force, this revolutionary feature allows gamers to freely adjust the level of click force needed to activate the left and right mouse buttons, from distinct clicks for high accuracy actions such as sniping in FPS games to lighter presses for rapid fire action needed for MOBA games. The Razer Mamba’s Adjustable Click Force Technology is capable of up to 504° turn, providing users with a total of 14 distinct choices to set their signature click feel for a more personalized gameplay.

“The original Razer Mamba was launched six years ago and, even today, is the gold standard for a wireless gaming grade mouse,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “Our enhancements to the Razer Mamba with the most precise laser sensor and the revolutionary Adjustable Click Force Technology, together with the industry leading gaming grade wired/wireless technology, leave us ahead of the curve when it comes to gaming mice.”

Also launching today is the Razer Mamba Tournament Edition wired gaming mouse, specifically designed for eSports athletes. Featuring the same precise gaming mouse sensor, ergonomic form factor, and advanced Chroma customizable lighting as the wireless Razer Mamba, the Razer Mamba Tournament Edition embodies the absolute best elements an eSports athlete needs to dominate in any tournament.

Both new mice join the Razer Chroma line of devices, which includes an array of mice, keyboards and a headset. Each Chroma enabled product comes with the option of 16.8 million customizable colors and a range of effects through Razer’s cloud-based hardware configurator, Razer Synapse. Razer Synapse also allows the Razer Mamba and Razer Mamba TE to sync lighting colors and effects with other Chroma enabled devices.

Additionally, the publicly available Razer Chroma SDK allows game developers worldwide to directly interact with Chroma enabled devices, displaying lighting effects directly on the peripherals for a more immersive experience to gameplay.  For more information, interested parties may visit http://developer.razerzone.com/chroma/.

 

Product Features:

Razer Mamba:

  • 16,000 DPI 5G laser sensor
  • 210 inches per second / 50 G acceleration
  • Adjustable Click Force Technology mouse buttons
  • 9 programmable buttons including the tilt-click scroll wheel
  • Wired and wireless connection mode with 1 ms response time
  • Magnetic charging dock
  • Battery life: Approximately 20 hrs (continuous gaming)*
  • Chroma lighting with 16.8 million customizable color options
  • Razer Synapse enabled
  • 2.13 m / 7 ft. lightweight, braided fiber USB charging cable
  • Approximate size: 128 mm / 5 in. (Length) x 70 mm / 2.76 in. (Width) x  42.5 mm / 1.67 in. (Height)
  • Approximate weight: 125 g / 0.27 lbs.

*Life expectancy of the battery depends upon its usage

 

Razer Mamba Tournament Edition:

  • 16,000 DPI 5G laser sensor
  • 210 inches per second / 50 G acceleration
  • 9 programmable buttons including the tilt-click scroll wheel
  • Chroma lighting with 16.8 million customizable color options
  • Razer Synapse enabled
  • 2.13 m / 7 ft. lightweight, braided fiber cable
  • Approximate size: 128 mm / 5 in. (Length) x 70 mm / 2.76 in. (Width) x  42.5 mm / 1.67 in. (Height)
  • Approximate weight: 133 g / 0.29 lbs. (with cable)

 

PRICE:
Razer Mamba: US: $149.99/EUR: 179.99€
Razer Mamba Tournament Edition: US: $89.99/EUR: 99.99€

– See more at: http://www.razerzone.com/press/detail/press-releases/razer-unveils-the-worlds-most-advanced-gaming-mouse#sthash.jI3Nv2EY.dpuf

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Written by Dave Bagnall on Saturday, June 13th, 2015

You can spend hours – if not days inside the edit, eyes focused on your bright monitor, so it’s important you choose the best tools to help you become more productive than ever before.

A few months back we had a dream of creating the most advanced editing keyboard for Adobe Premiere Pro CC, so we put our heads together and worked with thousands of editors just like you from around the world, to come up with the ultimate backlit editing keyboard.

Now for the first time you can edit faster, reduce eye strain with the world’s first and only backlit editing keyboard for Adobe Premiere Pro CC. Say hello to the world’s first backlit editing keyboard for Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

Eye strain is a big problem for most computer users and for editors working in a dimly lit room the problem can be much greater. Did you know you can be causing yourself to suffer with eye strain, back pain and neck pain?

We worked with Optical Express in the UK to ensure we developed a product which would help remove these problems.

“This innovation should significantly reduce eye strain symptoms. This will ultimately improve efficiency for the user & improve eye health in the long term” said Stephen Hannan, Clinical Services Director of Optical Express.

From ColdPlay’s producer Rik Simpson, the BBC, Fox Network to thousands of home users, the campaign was backed from users from all over the world. The successful Kickstarter campaign reached over a huge 200% funding goal.

That’s why we’ve developed the brand new range of backlit keyboards, all designed for your editing software.

How many times have you sat in a dark room editing, struggling to see the keyboard, or simply used a poor quality keyboard? We’re getting rid of both of those problems today.

The keyboards are designed to help you edit faster than ever before. No more looking through PDF’s to find the shortcuts for Adobe Premiere Pro CC.
Now you’ll have them to hand. You’ll be surprised how quickly you can edit.

Editors Keys are used by most of the worlds top editing suites, post production houses, recording studios and universities, so it’s time for you to improve your computer set up and join the editing revolution.

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Written by Dave Bagnall on Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

NOW TV, the online streaming service, will launch the Sky Sports Month pass as part of a series of exciting new developments to the service. These will also include the roll out of a brand new box and an improved user interface.   Speaking at the Future of Broadcasting Conference in London today, Sky’s Chief Marketing & Digital Officer, Stephen van Rooyen said the new products and services will help build on the considerable momentum the service has created since it launched three years ago

NOW TV was designed for customers, particularly in Freeview homes, who like the quality and choice of entertainment Sky offers but want the flexibility to dip in and out any time.  Taking advantage of the rapid growth in broadband-connected devices, and building on Sky’s experience in multi-platform TV, the service provides an additional way to watch and enjoy:

  • Sky Movies – NOW TV offers over 1,000 movies on demand with more of the latest blockbusters and up to 16 new premieres each month.
  • Sky Sports – NOW TV is the only streaming service which offers commitment-free access to all 7 Sky Sports Channels and the best live sporting action.
  • Entertainment – NOW TV lets customers watch the must-see shows on 13 of the best pay TV channels including Sky1, Sky Atlantic, Sky Living, FOX, MTV, and Nickelodeon. It also offers access to over 250 box sets.

The new Sky Sports Month Pass is perfect for customers who want access to exclusive sport, like Major golf, international cricket and Premier League football, for an extended period of time. The Month Pass will cost £31.99 with no commitment to subscribe and will be available in time for the kick-off of the new football season.  Access to premium live sport is cited by customers as one of the main reasons they choose NOW TV.  Customers currently have the choice of a day pass for £6.99 or a week pass for £10.99. Sports transactions have trebled with over 1 million reported in the last nine months[1].

The next generation NOW TV Box will go on sale in August for £14.99 offering customers an even faster and smoother experience.  It will follow the success of the original box, launched in July 2013 which quickly became the most popular way for customers to enjoy NOW TV over any other device.  The new box will include an Ethernet port to support a wired as well as wireless connection and a processor that is five times faster

Changes to the user interface will be rolled out across NOW TV supported devices over the coming months making it even quicker and easier for customers to get to the channels and content they want.   Further updates will be rolled out later in the year which will include an improved search function as well as enabling customers to automatically play next episodes as well as the ability to easily tag, save and find favourite shows.

NOW TV was launched in July 2012 to unlock new pockets of demand across the UK to complement the continued success of the Sky TV platform.  In the most recent quarter, Sky reported its highest customer growth for 11 years in the UK and Ireland with NOW TV customer growth up 30% versus the same period in the previous year

At the conference, Stephen van Rooyen outlined what Sky had learnt about NOW TV customers since it launched:

  • They don’t crossover with the Sky customer base: Over 90% of customers had never considered Sky before signing up.
  • They dip in frequently: On average NOW TV Entertainment pass customers watch over five hours per week of the best pay channels on the service while Movies pass customers watch almost six hours of movies each week.
  • They like variety: Almost 30% of NOW TV customers buy more than one pass each month
  • They are enthusiastic streamers: Almost 40% of NOW TV customers also subscribe to Netflix and around 20% use it alongside Amazon Prime.  NOW TV differentiates itself because Sky’s investment in content means it can offer more of the latest TV shows as well as twice as many of the recent blockbusters as those services combined.

Stephen van Rooyen, Chief Marketing & Digital Officer, Sky commented:  “NOW TV has established real momentum since it launched nearly three years ago.  The acceleration in our customer growth shows NOW TV is attracting customers in a way that is complementary, not at odds, with the Sky TV service.  As with the Sky platform we are committed to constant improvement so we can produce the best experience for customers as well as developing exciting new services and features for them to enjoy.”

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How many other games have released a karaoke trailer?

Oh how I have eagerly awaited Magicka 2, Paradox Interactive have been teasing us with trailers of varying hilarity for quite some time, however, the wait is now over and we can ‘accidently’ kill our friends once again!

Anyone who played the original Magicka will be able to recount tales of funny events, spells gone wrong and explosive stupidity in many forms, these do not even scratch the surface, especially considering that even the bugs were highly entertaining.

Fast forward back to the present and they’re pulling out all the stops for the sequel, from an ‘Interview without the vampire’ to a karaoke trailer, you have to admit, they certainly know how to make us laugh! If you hadn’t already guessed, humour is a large part of the Magicka games and, while you can play on your own, it is much more fun with friends, up to 3 others as a matter of fact. Another important element is the fresh approach to spellcasting, cobble elements together by pressing a few keys and let them rip, kill everything, even the wooden animals and nonsensical villagers, if you feel like it, or accidently hit them… Just like your friends, they can die too, explosively.

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While they have slightly altered the way certain elements combine in Magicka 2, which has annoyed a few fans, still, this has not been detrimental to the overall quality of the game and has changed things up enough to keep things interesting and to force you to re-learn the best spell combinations, adding a little more challenge for all players, at least until you learn to work together! Let us not forgot unlockables too; from weapons and staves, to skins, artifacts and quick cast spells. I should elaborate, artifacts are a new feature and add random effects to the game for replay value and there are alot of them!

As one would expect, the pop culture references are never more than a few clicks away and never fail to amuse. Vlad is back and is… Rather handy? You’ll see what I mean. We also have the addition of familiars, in Magicka we had a fairy that would revive you and annoy you, now we have familiars (the fairy is back too) that do the same job and can also have other random effects. Take a look at the release trailer below and tell us what you think of the game so far!

Remember, the tag line is also the best advice you will get for playing Magicka 2: “Learn to spell… Again!”.

I’ve been writing for Dave for a few years now and I love it, there is always something new to research and test! I hope you enjoy my work!

Before writing I worked in IT for around 11 years and have been an avid gamer for much, much longer. I tend to enjoy everything except sports games, but I’m not above testing them if they’ve tried something new. Give me a Space 4x any day of the week!