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Last month Marvel and Disney announced The Guardians of the Galaxy Disney Infinity 2.0 playset, and we had a demo of it in action at Gamescom.

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The five space criminals on the cusp of heroism are playable in their own story,  joined by a handful of crossover characters from other sets.

In a behind closed doors session we were shown some of the gameplay:

Disney is also releasing themed Power Discs that draw more Guardian elements into the game, including an environment based on Star-Lord’s quarters in the drifting station of Knowhere.

What do you think of Disney Infinity 2.0? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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Today, Ubisoft released the first Developer Diary for The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot. Developed by Ubisoft Montréal, the humorous free-to-play PC title thrusts players into an outrageous medieval fantasy world named Opulencia where wealth, status and showboating are the name of the game.

In the video, viewers will meet the team behind The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot, learn about the challenges of continuous content creation for a free-to-play game, how the art-style plays up the humour in-game, the careful thought that goes into the game’s monetization and the inspirations behind the game’s comical dialogue.

For on-going updates about the game, and to register for the Closed Beta, please visit the official website: www.themightyquest.com

Here is the Dev Diary 1:

For on-going updates about the game and to register for the beta, please visit the official website: www.themightyquest.com

And don’t forget to check out our preview of The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot and our exclusive interview with Matt Zagurak below:

Learn more from the The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot website.

I got the chance to play with the real Saints Row IV Dubstep Gun – wub wub.

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Deep Silver has been working until their ear drums bleed to create a full size replica of one of the most popular weapons within the game. The Dubstep Gun has been lovingly recreated by a dedicated team making what has to be one of the best replica videogame weapons ever made.

The replica is fully functional, measures more than a meter in length and weighs 3½KG.  With four inputs, trigger activated play and pause and touch button control panel, the Dubstep Gun is designed to allow everything from the hardest hitting dubstep tracks to 80’s classics to be played loud and proud with a maximum of ease. The term ‘Ghetto Blaster’ has never been so apt!

Here is a short video showing it off:

Only three of these custom made, hand built beauties have been made so I tried to sneak off with it, but I got caught and had to give it back!

And here are some more pictures of the amazing Dubstep Gun:

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And why not watch some new Saints Row IV gameplay footage whilst you are here:

So what do you think of Saints Row IV? Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below. I can’t wait to play more!

On Friday the NOW TV box powered by Sky was launched. This box turns your normal TV into a Smart TV – the selling point, it’s only £9.99! Here is our review and unboxing and configuring video.

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Available now from nowtv.com, the compact and easy-to-use box connects your TV wirelessly to the internet.  Once connected, homes with the NOW TV box will enjoy convenient and contract-free access to BBC iPlayer,  Demand 5, BBC News App and Sky News, plus NOW TV – offering instant access to Sky Sports and Sky Movies. They can also access other popular online services such as Facebook and Spotify – all delivered over broadband to the big screen TV.

From launch, the NOW TV Box will let people access:

  • Sky Sports: Experience the best sporting action from Sky Sports with the Sky Sports Day Pass. In the next month alone, sports fans can enjoy the climax of The Ashes series, the return of the Premier League and Football League, Formula 1® Belgium Grand Prix™, the start of Andy Murray’s defence of the US Open title and much more, across 6 channels all for just £9.99 a day.
  • Sky Movies: Sign up for a Sky Movies Pass to access hundreds of films from Sky Movies – the UK’s most popular subscription service – including more of the latest and biggest movies 12 months before Netflix or LOVEFiLM Instant. New customers can also take advantage of a 30 day free trial of the Sky Movies Pass and enjoy the likes of Skyfall, The Dark Knight Rises and Argo in the next month.
  • Sky News: Stay up-to-date with all the latest breaking news from Sky News. Access a 24/7 live feed of Sky News’ award-winning coverage including all breaking news from home and abroad, as well as dedicated business, political and entertainment coverage.  In addition, catch up on specific stories at any time of the day via an exclusive on demand news library.
  • BBC iPlayer: The BBC’s popular video on-demand service which received 2.32bn programme requests in 2012 gives you the option to catch up on your favourite BBC programmes when you want to – and now on your TV set through the NOW TV Box.
  • BBC News app: Giving viewers access to BBC news reports, interviews and videos at the touch of a button on their TV.
  • Demand 5: Catch-up on a wide selection of Channel 5 shows for at least 7 days after they first broadcast.
  • Spotify, Facebook and flickr: Listen to music, catch up with friends and even share your photos all through your TV set.

What’s in the Box?

The box contains the NOW TV box itself, some manuals, an HDMI cable, a power connector and a remote control, with batteries.

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A Closer Look

As you can see, the remote fits into your hand – it feels a little plasticy but let’s not forget the whole thing costs under a tenner!

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The rear of the box has an HDMI port, an A/V Out port, a reset switch and the power in. There is no on/off switch as the unit itself draws very little power and is expected to be left on all the time.

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Unboxing and Configuring the NOW TV box (Video)

To show just how quick and easy it is to unbox, setup and configure, I made a short video:

Final Thoughts

If you looked at the NOW TV box and thought it looks a lot like a ROKU box you wouldn’t be wrong – it is a ROKU box. It does look a little plasticy (just like the remote control) but again, the overall cost is £9.99 (which includes postage and packing) so it doesn’t really have to look spectacular. It is very small though, measuring 84mm x 84mm x 24mm and weighing hardly anything at all!

Setting up the NOW TV box was simple and fast (just look at the video above) and I was streaming away in no time at all. One thing I was impressed with before I even plugged it in was that there was an HDMI cable in the box. This may not seem like a big deal but a lot of considerably more expensive devices don’t include one in the box, and so that just adds to the costs, thankfully not it this case.

The box is wireless only – which is great if you have a really strong wireless signal in the room you want to use it, but not great if you don’t! Because everything is streamed to the box over the Internet if you have a poor wireless signal you will get a lot of buffering, which will ruin your viewing pleasure.

If you don’t want to buy a subscription to Sky Sports or Sky Movies you don’t have to. You can use all the free services such as BBC iPlayer and Sky News. You can also easily add other services from the vast catalogue, all at the touch of a button on the controller.

If you do want to watch Sky Sports you can easily by a day pass for £9.99 a day, and Sky Movies is currently £8.99 a month, which will rise to £15 month, although there is a free 30 day trial as well.

I really liked the NOW TV box, it is extremely good value for money, easy to setup and use and breathes new life into your older TV. The only disappointment for me was that the maximum resolution is 720P, but for older TV’s this probably won’t be an issue as the older TV may not be able to go any higher.

So for £9.99 its a bargain and I highly recommend buying one today.

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Buy one today from the NOW TV online store.

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Today, Ubisoft showcased a new Story Trailer for The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot, delving deeper into the special relationship between the game’s three available characters. Developed by Ubisoft Montréal, The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot is a hilarious AAA free-to-play PC game that allows players to discover the outrageous medieval fantasy world of Opulencia, where wealth, status and showboating are the name of the game!

In this video, players have a snapshot of each character’s personality, and are guided into the magical world of Opulencia, filled with strange creatures and crazy traps. The braggart, Sir Painhammer, challenges his old rival the Archer, a.k.a Blackeye Bowgart, while the Mage, a.k.a The Earl of Evilosity, is more than pleased to show them what true magic is.

Here is the new trailer:

For on-going updates about the game and to register for the beta, please visit the official website: www.themightyquest.com

And don’t forget to check out our preview of The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot and our exclusive interview with Matt Zagurak below:

Learn more from the The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot website.

I have the 2012 Samsung ES8000 LCD TV and as I wanted the 2013 experience I purchased the Samsung Evolution Kit to upgrade it, and here is how I got on.

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By simply attaching the Evolution Kit device into the back of a Samsung Smart TV, consumers can enjoy the latest features that the 2013 Smart TVs have to offer without the expense of buying a 2013 TV.

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With hardware enhancements, such as CPU, memory and GPU up to the level of the latest Smart TV, users can enjoy faster speeds for browsing the Internet and multitask by using apps while watching TV.

In addition, Samsung’s Smart Interaction features such as voice control and motion control will be enhanced. Once the Evolution Kit is attached to the slot, 2012 Smart Hub is transformed to 2013 version.

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The Evolution Kit fits neatly onto the back of the TV and connects via a single cable.

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There is a new remote control too:

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The whole process took around 2 hours, which included updating the 2012 firmware before starting the installation and configuration process (watch the video to see what I mean).

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Here is the unboxing, connection and configuration video (to keep it short I have edited out all the times where you have to wait for things to download or update):

The Samsung Evolution Kit is available now for £249, but look around as there are deals to be had! I got mine for £219.

Have you got the Samsung Evolution Kit? If so let us know what you think of it by leaving a comment below.

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At E3 I got to see some of the new Skylanders SWAP Force characters in action.

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Skylanders SWAP Force builds upon the success of the franchise’s signature gameplay and collectible toy experience, adding an all-new dimension to the “toys to life” innovation.  The game introduces a compelling play pattern — dynamic swapability — that lets gamers transform 16 SWAP Force inter-action figures into more than 250 unique characters by swapping the top and bottom halves of the toys.  Now, Portal Masters can mix and match characters’ powers and moves and experience an unprecedented level of choice than ever before seen in a Skylanders game.

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Fans also can play Skylanders SWAP Force with their entire collection of 100+ characters from Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure and Skylanders Giants.

Here are some of the other characters:

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Are you excited for Skylanders SWAP Force? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Samsung recently announced Samsung GALAXY S4 mini, a powerful yet compact version of Samsung’s bestselling smartphone, GALAXY S4. The GALAXY S4 mini delivers the superior performance, intuitive ease-of-use and sleek design of the GALAXY S4 in a highly portable, chic and compact design, making it an ideal companion for everyday life.

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With a 4.3” qHD Super AMOLED display, 107g light weight and compact design, the GALAXY S4 mini is easy to carry and operate with one hand. Though compact, the GALAXY S4 mini also boasts powerful performance, equipped with a 1.7GHz dual core processor that allows users to quickly and easily perform data intensive tasks.

The GALAXY S4 mini supports many intuitive features and services provided by the GALAXY S4, designed enhance every facet of life.

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  • Capture Important Moments

The GALAXY S4 mini allows users to capture important moments with an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and 1.9-megapixel HD front-facing camera. Special features such as Sound&Shot, which uniquely stores sound and voice together as pictures are taken, and Panorama Shot, which allows users to photograph the full view of their surroundings, ensure no memory is lost. Receive travel assistance and information service through the preloaded S Travel application, which can also recommend future trips and provide a guide along the way. Users can also automatically arrange photos in a smart format with the Story Album function. Photos taken by GALAXY S4 mini are automatically gathered and saved according to the user’s timeline, geo-tagging information, or a specific event to create a photo album.

  • Share and Connect

Samsung GALAXY S4 mini allows users to share and build true connections. Users can simultaneously listen to the same music and play the games together with friends using Group Play feature, and chat with multiple friends and add animations, voice and video recordings to messages using ChatON.

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  • Make Life Simple and Easy

The GALAXYS4 mini makes international travel easy with S Translator, which provides instant text or voice translation at email, text message or ChatON. Samsung Hub provides a single entry for Samsung contents and services, making it incredibly easy and convenient to use. Users can browse through a variety of content across services including music, video, books, games and learning content as well as purchase and manage contents easily, from a single Samsung Account. Samsung Hub features an intergraded search when users browse a keyword, the results will show related content from all of the services at once.Users can also control their TVs through WatchON’s IR remote which transforms the GALAXY S4 mini into a remote to control the user’s TVs, set-top box, and DVD player.

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Through WatchON, The GALAXY S4 mini also offers a broad selection of entertainment content including live TV, cable TV and video on demand based on the rich information provided EPG (Electronic Program Guide). Samsung Link also enables users to share content across multiple Samsung digital devices.

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  • Take Care of Health and Well-being

The GALAXY S4 mini empowers users by keeping them up-to-date with personal health and well-being details.

Downloadable from Samsung Apps, S Health enables users to monitor caloric balance and health condition.

S Health accessories can also help users calculate daily steps, monitor sleeping patterns, calculate weight and get real-time heart monitoring. To further protect users’ wellbeing, Adapt Display provides an optimal viewing experience customized for each type of application, and Adapt Sound offers an optimal level and type of sound, personalized for each user.

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Specifications

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The GALAXY S4 mini will be available in two colors, White Frost and Black Mist. Commercial availability of the GALAXY S4 mini supporting either 4G LTE, or 3G HSPA+ or 3G Dual SIM, will be determined by market.

Samsung Electronics today unveiled two new tablets, the ATIV Q and ATIV Tab 3. Both powered by Windows 8, the ATIV Tab 3 is the world’s thinnest tablet while the convertible ATIV Q is able to run Android apps.

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The ATIV Q is a convertible device with the ability to change modes and has both Windows and Android capabilities. Built with today’s busy lifestyles in mind, it works as a notebook or tablet and gives you more flexibility and convenience than ever before.

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Addressing a common desire among PC users to be able to access Android apps on a Windows-based PC, the ATIV Q allows you to now experience both Windows 8 and Android (Jellybean 4.2.2) on the same device. Not only will you get access to Android apps via Google Play, but you will also be able to transfer files or share folders and files from Windows 8 to Android.

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The ATIV Q sports a hinge design that allows you to transform it into four functional modes. You can lay the display flat over the keyboard for tablet mode; raise the display upright to type just as you would a laptop; float and adjust the display to a comfortable viewing angle; or flip the display to place in the stand mode to watch movies. The four-in-one design of the ATIV Q easily adjusts to give you every possible option in the one device. The ATIV Q is also extremely thin and lightweight, at 1.29kg and only 13.9mm, making it very portable.

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Finally, the ATIV Q introduces the world’s highest resolution, QHD+ (3200×1800) display. Its 13.3-inch touch screen offers 2.8 times higher pixel density (275ppi) than full HD displays, and the device is also designed to give you an optimised viewing experience regardless of where you are or the brightness of the environment you are in.

Availability and specification

The ATIV Q and ATIV Tab 3 will all be available to buy in the UK from selected retailers later this year.

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Be among the first to know when the ATIV tablet range is available, by visiting www.samsung.com/uk/ATIVBookQ/ and www.samsung.com/uk/ATIVTab3/.

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Today, Ubisoft showcased a brand new video for The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot. Ubisoft Montreal’s free to play title puts players in an outrageous medieval fantasy world where wealth, status and showboating are the name of the game.

To celebrate the closed beta and the end of E3, Sir Painhammer takes players behind the scene of the video that made him famous in what he calls “making a masterpiece”. Besides the new exclusive footage, a magical surprise awaits players at the end.

Here is the blooper reel:

To register for the closed beta and to have on-going updates about the game, please visit the official website: www.themightyquest.com.

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Boldly going where no one has gone before, Acer and Paramount Pictures have partnered in the creation of an Aspire R7 Limited Edition notebook to celebrate the release of the film, “Star Trek Into Darkness.” Acer created only 25 units of the revolutionary R7 touch-enabled Limited Edition notebook and none have been available for purchase. The companies are now offering just one of these unique products on eBay as part of an exciting auction package to benefit two worthy charitable organizations.

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The one and only Acer Aspire R7 “Star Trek Into Darkness” Limited Edition Package includes the revolutionary R7 touch-enabled notebook beautifully dressed with a stainless steel Star Trek logo with sand-blast finish and polished surface, along with an R7 protective sleeve with Star Trek logo. It also includes a “Star Trek Into Darkness” film poster signed by the film cast, special “Star Trek Into Darkness” content such as wallpapers and videos, Star Trek Soundtrack, a download of Star Trek: The Video Game, and unique “Star Trek Into Darkness” product packaging with a Limited Edition Certificate of Authenticity from Acer and Paramount Pictures.

This world exclusive notebook is now featured on ebay at www.ebay.com/theonlyone. Bids will start on June 14 with the auction closing on June 24. All net proceeds will be donated to two charitable organizations: The Mission Continues and Save the Children.

“Acer is giving one lucky person in the world the opportunity to become the sole owner of the Acer Aspire R7 ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Limited Edition Package,” says Neil Marshall, managing director, Acer UK. “We know this extremely rare Limited Edition will be a treasured prize for the winner, and it will also help two worthy charities further their missions of empowering military veterans and helping children in need.”

With the exclusive stainless steel Star Trek logo, this limited edition Acer Aspire R7 notebook will be the envy of all Star Trek enthusiasts. It was designed to create the best touch and type experience. It features a repositioned keyboard and a high-definition touchscreen mounted on a revolutionary “Ezel” hinge that allows it to flip, reverse, lie flat or float. The ergonomic design makes the combination of touching the screen and using the keyboard more intuitive and natural. This high-performance notebook also features a 3rd generation Intel Core i5 processor, 15.6-inch full HD (1920×1080) touch screen, large 500GB hard drive with 24GB SSD and Windows 8.

Here is a short video of the Aspire R7 we took at the launch event in New York:

 

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Today, Ubisoft showcased the first gameplay trailer dedicated to the Archer. Developed by Ubisoft Montréal, The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot is a hilarious free-to-play PC title that thrusts you in an outrageous medieval fantasy world called Opulencia where wealth, status and showboating are the name of the game!

In this video the Archer, a.k.a Blackeye Bowgart, takes players through the magical world of Opulencia, filled with crazy creatures and traps. Blackeye shows both his defensive tricks such as the epic backflip he uses to dodge his enemies’ attacks as well as his offensive skills, a lot of which involve arrows and traps. He also shows his taste for fancy clothes and outfits and his special bond with Chickens.

Here is the new trailer:

For on-going updates about the game and to register for the Closed Alpha, please visit the official website: www.themightyquest.comwww.themightyquest.com

And don’t forget to check out our preview of The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot and our exclusive interview with Matt Zagurak below:

Learn more from the The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot website.

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