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Jagex have announced the launch of Carnage Racing on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The game combines racing, stunt driving, explosive combat and real-time 8 way online multiplayer into a single adrenaline-fuelled package to satisfy every kind of car-racing fan.

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Carnage Racing is a ferocious battle of driving skills, pitting player against player in which the only rule is to power their way to the chequered flag and win by all means necessary. Set on a tropical island raceway packed with hidden paths, boosts, ramps and warp gates, players must outdrive their opponents by pulling off audacious stunts and blowing them into last place with an arsenal of deadly weapons. Once drivers have honed their skills in single player then they can go to-head with real opponents in the game’s exhilarating online multiplayer mode, enabling them to take on up to seven other gamers anywhere in the world.

With each race they compete in, players collect prizes, win experience points and earn hard-won cash that will help them gain that all-important winning edge. As they progress through the game, drivers can unlock powerful new cars, or trick out their ride with an array of upgradeable items – from more powerful weaponry and performance modifications to a slick new paint job complete with flaming decals.

Whatever a player’s style of racing – whether they’re a gun lover, a speed freak or an air lovin’ trickster – Carnage Racing delivers what they’re looking for by the truckload.


  • Rich and varied mix of gameplay styles – including combat, driving and stunts
  • 8-way real time online multiplayer
  • Fiendish race courses with loads of different routes
  • 3 car types and 9 vehicles to suit all racing styles
  • Use warp gates on the track for a competitive edge
  • Huge arsenal of upgradeable weapons
  • Pimp your ride with a new paint job and decals

Carnage Racing is available as a FREE download on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

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Santoro’s cute and stylish Scottie Dogs is an eye-catching collection which is on-trend and perfect for pattern enthusiasts. Bold and striking, Scottie Dog products include stationery as well as colourful fashion accessories for your gizmos and gadgets; ideal for those who can’t be without their technology. 295EC2 FRONT

Santoro’s Scottie Dog iPad Sleeve is suitable for Apple’s iPad with two eye-catching designs on the front and back and retails for £17.99.


Santoro’s Scottie Dog Media & Phone Sleeves iPhone 4/4S/5 is a perfect fit for the iPhone and iPod touch as well as many other devices. The soft case adorably displays the loveable Scottie Dog design. It retails for £5.99.362ec02_sd_front_copy_web

Santoro’s Scottie Dog iPhone 4/4S Hard Case fits easily to your phone and has a high gloss finish as well as a free wallpaper download to match the phone cover. It retails for £14.99.


If you are fan of Scottie Dogs then this collection is for you, there are also other things in the collection including photo albums, bags, badges and more.

You can learn more about these and other cool products from the Santoro website.

Sennheiser recently announced the launch of their new Momentum On-Ear Headphones, and here is our review.

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Injecting vibrant blue, pink, green and cream colours into Sennheiser’s range of headphones, the new MOMENTUM On-Ear is crafted from the finest materials and inspired by a team of international design experts and trend scouts.

The new compact MOMENTUM On-Ear headphones are stylish without compromising on sound quality. Incorporating a high performance transducer system which offers uncompromising rich and detailed sound performance with a slight bass emphasis, these headphones deliver a technically advanced audio experience you would expect from the Sennheiser brand.


The new headphones feature a headband and earpads finished in high-tech Alcantara, a specialised luxury material loved by yacht and automotive upholsterers for its unique combination of softness, durability, and breathable comfort, whilst giving the wearer a great listening experience on the move, even in noisy urban environments. Lightweight sliders of premium brushed stainless steel complete the high end look and a single sided detachable cable with in-line remote and mic for Apple iDevices means easy control for music, making and receiving calls.

Technical Data

  • Impedance 18 Ω
  • Frequency response 16–22,000 Hz
  • Sound pressure level (SPL) 112 dB (1 kHz/1 Vrms)
  • THD, total harmonic distortion < 0.5% (1 kHz, 100 dB SPL)
  • Contact pressure approx. 3.2 N
  • Ear coupling Supra-aural
  • Jack plug Cable 1: 3.5 mm low profile angled plug
  • Jack plug Cable 2: 3.5 mm straight plug
  • Cable length Cable 1: 1.4 m iPod®/iPhone® cable with integrated smart remote and microphone
  • Cable length Cable 2: 1.4 m cable for computers, phones, music players and any device with a headphone output
  • Transducer principle Dynamic, closed
  • Weight 160 g (including remote)
  • Load rating 200 mW

What’s in the Box?

The box contains a carry case containing the headphones, some manuals and a spare cable (which is always useful, especially if you have cats that like to chew on cables!)

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The is quite large as the headphones themselves don’t fold up, but it looks great and offers a lot of protection.

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Inside the case there is also a pocket to store your spare cable or anything else small.

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The spare cable is just a cable, it doesn’t have the remote that the main cable has, but it’s useful non the less.

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A Closer Look

Inside the carry case is a cloth bag with the headphones in which provides another layer of protection, which you can’t get enough of!

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The iRemote has the all the usual abilities you would expect for listening to music, it also has a built in mic and the ability to be used to make and receive phone calls. It can be used with any Apple idevice (so the iPod, iPad or iPhone).

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You can easily detach the cable to either replace it with another or for easy transport. It just a small turn of the connector and pull the cable out. This is good as it stops the cable from falling out.

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Ensuring that the headphones fit comfortably on your head is easy as the ear cups are easily positioned by moving them on the headband.

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As you can see, the headband and the ear pads are covered with Alcantara (and the colour is dependant on which one you purchased). The Alcantara is very soft and even after prolonged used I didn’t feel any discomfort.

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And in the recent heat we have had here in the UK having a material that is breathable certainly helps the comfort factor, as there is nothing worse than having the ear pads stick to your ears!

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And as well as being practical, it also looks great!

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Final Thoughts

I am a big fan of Sennheiser mics – I use a set of their wireless lav mics when I do video interviews, and I have used a set of in-ear headphones in the past, so I was happy to try on a pair of the new Momentum on-ear headphones and see just how they sounded.


I do a lot of travelling and so having a really good quality pair of headphones is really important to me. They have to have great sound (which is a given really) but also be comfortable as I can often wear them for many hours at a time.

The Momemtum on-ear headphones do not disappoint and they ticked both boxes for me perfectly. I wore them on a recent flight and they were very comfortable, however they are not noise cancelling so you may find they are better suited to quieter environments, such as your home, where they excel.

There is also the added bonus of having a built-in microphone as part of the iRemote which means that I didn’t need to take off the headphones to make or receive calls. Personally I don’t see myself using that feature much when I am out and about (that’s a personal preference) but when I am at home, that’s a different matter.

I also liked that the cable was removable and replaceable. The removable part makes it very easy to transport in the headphone case (there is a pouch for it) and the fact it is replaceable means that when one of my cats decides to eat through the wire (as so often happens with cats) I don’t need to replace the entire thing, just the cable.

There are four different colours to choose from too! So if you want a good looking, practical high quality pair of headphones then you should definitely take a look, and a listen, to the Sennheiser Momentum On-Ear headphones, you won’t be disappointed.

The Momentum On-Ear headhphones are priced at a very reasonable £169.99 and are available now from John Lewis or via Sennheiser’s online store. They come in either Pink, Green, Ivory or Blue (the colour we reviewed).


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BBG Entertainment, a leading producer and publisher of digital entertainment products, announced today the worldwide release of Einstein Enigma for the Apple iPhone/iPad on the Apple iTunes App Store℠ and for Android phones/tablets on Amazon App Store priced at £ 1.49. Google Play availability will be added later.

Einstein Enigma allows players to challenge their brain in a playful, motivating way. The player has to solve more than 100 tricky levels. The basic principle of the game is to rotate six different coloured wheels to match the different colour templates of each level. The degree of difficulty is increasing step by step, more and more elements including coloured wheels, cogwheels and more appear level by level. Einstein Enigma is inspired by the famous Enigma rotor cipher machine, which is also based on rotating wheels. The character of revered physicist Albert Einstein assists players in-game, guiding them through a tutorial. All levels and graphics of the game were individually designed with high levels of creativity, making this truly unique brain puzzle game a blast to play.

Einstein Enigma is completely localized into English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Dutch, Czech, Turkish, Japanese, Chinese and Korean language.

Einstein Enigma Features:

  • More than 100 puzzles and combinations with increasing degree of difficulty
  • Principle of six different coloured rotating wheels which have to be rotated by the player to match different colour templates
  • Lots of elements and tricky combinations like wheels, cogwheels,… increase the complexity and fun
  • Intuitive to use and easy to understand 5 second intro for the first level
  • Difficulty for each puzzle determines star rating
  • Coaching by the likeness of Albert Einstein

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Google has released an update to its YouTube Capture app.

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What’s New in Version 1.2

New for iPad and iPad mini. Film a video and instantly make it YouTube-ready with background music, auto colour correction, and auto stabilization. You can upload your video to YouTube and share to Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ at the same time.

You can download YouTube Capture from the App Store for free.

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Yesterday Apple release a standalone app for listening to and subscribing to podcasts and they called it Podcasts!


• Enjoy all of your audio and video podcasts in a single app
• Explore hundreds of thousands of podcasts including shows in over 40 languages
• Try the innovative new Top Stations feature to find new podcast series in a variety of topics, including arts, business, comedy, music, news, sports, and more.
• Browse by Audio or Video podcasts, or see what’s most popular in Top Charts
• Tap subscribe for your favorites and automatically receive new episodes for free as they become available
• Stream episodes or download to listen while offline
• Skip forward and back using simple playback controls
• Turn on Sleep Timer to automatically stop playing a podcast while listening in bed
• Share your favorite episodes with friends using Twitter, Messages and Mail
• Optionally sync your favorite episodes from iTunes on your Mac or PC
• Sync your episode playback for seamless transition between devices


• Requires a device with iOS 5.1 or later
• Optionally syncing episodes requires iTunes 10.6.3 or later
• Streaming or downloading episodes requires internet access over a Wi-Fi or cellular data connection

The Podcasts app is free and is compatible with the iPhone, iPod touch (3rd and 4th generation) and iPad.

I have tested the app and it’s very simple to use and now means I don’t have to sync podcasts through iTunes before syncing them to my device.

Have your tried it yet? Let us know what you think of it.


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Apple today previewed iOS 6, introducing over 200 new features to the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, and released a beta version to iOS Developer Program members.

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iOS 6 will be available to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users this fall as a free software update. New iOS 6 features include: an all new Maps app with Apple-designed cartography, turn-by-turn navigation and an amazing new Flyover view; new Siri features, including support for more languages, easy access to sports scores, restaurant recommendations and movie listings; Facebook integration for Contacts and Calendar, with the ability to post directly from Notification Center, Siri and Facebook-enabled apps like Photos, Safari® and Maps; Shared Photo Streams via iCloud; and Passbook, the simplest way to get all your passes in one place.

“iOS 6 continues the rapid pace of innovation that is helping Apple reinvent the phone and create the iPad category, delivering the best mobile experience available on any device,” said Scott Forstall, Apple’s senior vice president of iOS Software. “We can’t wait for hundreds of millions of iOS users to experience the incredible new features in iOS 6 including the new Maps app, expanded Siri support, deep Facebook integration, Shared Photo Streams and the innovative new Passbook app.”

iOS 6 includes an all new Maps app with vector-based map elements that make graphics and text smooth, and panning, tilting and zooming incredibly fluid. New turn-by-turn navigation guides you to your destination with spoken directions, and the amazing Flyover feature has photo-realistic interactive 3D views. Real-time traffic information keeps you updated on how long it will take to get to your destination and offers alternate time-saving routes if traffic conditions change significantly. Additionally, local search includes information for over 100 million businesses with info cards that offer Yelp ratings, reviews, available deals and photos.

Siri, now available for the new iPad as well as iPhone 4S, includes language support for English, French, German and Japanese, and adds support for Spanish, Italian, Korean, Mandarin and Cantonese. Siri is optimized for use in 15 countries and helps you get even more done with just your voice, whether it’s finding the latest sports scores or making restaurant reservations. You also can ask Siri to update your status on Facebook, post to Twitter or launch an app. Additionally, Siri takes hands-free functionality even further with a new Eyes Free mode, enabling you to interact with your iPhone using nothing more than your voice.

Built-in Facebook integration is the best ever in a mobile device, allowing you to sign in once and post from Notification Center, Siri and Facebook-enabled apps, including Photos, Safari and Maps. Your Facebook friends’ information is kept up to date across all your iOS devices, automatically updating details in Contacts when they change, and scheduling events and birthdays in your Calendar. You can also “Like” content directly from the App Store and iTunes and see what your friends recommend.

With more than 125 million users already enjoying iCloud, iOS 6 introduces new ways to share photos with friends and family using Shared Photo Streams. Simply select the photos you want to share, pick which friends you want to receive the album, and the Shared Photo Stream album is instantly available on their iOS devices, iPhoto and Aperture on their Mac, via the web or even through Apple TV. You and your friends can leave comments on or “Like” any photo in a shared album.

The new Passbook app is the simplest way to get all your passes in one place, such as boarding passes and baseball tickets. Passbook lets you scan your iPhone or iPod touch to use a coupon, get into a concert or check into your hotel. Passbook automatically displays your passes on your Lock Screen based on a specific time or location, so when you walk into your favourite coffee shop your loyalty card appears and you can scan it to buy a coffee or check your balance. Passbook can even alert you to last minute gate changes or flight delays at the airport.

Building on Apple’s commitment to provide innovative solutions for education and accessibility, iOS 6 introduces Guided Access. This new feature allows a parent, teacher or administrator to disable hardware buttons to lock an iOS device into a single app, especially useful for test taking or helping someone with a disability stay focused on learning. Guided Access also includes the ability to confine touch input to certain parts of the screen.

Additional new iOS 6 features include:

  • enhancements to Safari, the world’s most popular mobile browser, such as iCloud tabs, offline reading lists, photo uploads and full screen view;
  • support for FaceTime calls over cellular networks;
  • the ability to set up a VIP Mailbox, making it easier to quickly view messages from important people you designate as VIPs;
  • the option to decline incoming calls with a quick message, set a callback reminder and enable a new Do Not Disturb option; and
  • a whole new set of improvements and services specifically for iOS users in China, such as improved text input and built-in support for popular Chinese services including Baidu, Sina Weibo, Youku and Tudou.

The iOS 6 beta software and SDK are available immediately for iOS Developer Program members at developer.apple.com. iOS 6 will be available as a free software update for iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, the new iPad, iPad 2 and iPod touch (fourth generation) this fall. Some features may not be available on all products.

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The first untethered jailbreak for iOS 5.5.1 devices has been released – it’s version 2.0 of the Absinth jailbreak.


It works on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch and is very easy to use.

Download Links

Download Absinthe 2.0 for Windows
Download Absinthe 2.0 for mac
Download Absinthe 2.0 for Linux

Enhance your living space with the new compact Hi-Fi system featuring a dock for iPhone, iPod and iPad – introducing the Sony CMT-V75BTiP.


· Sleek and stylish design that looks good anywhere in your home

· Built-in dock for iPhone, iPod and iPad gives you easy access to your digital playlists

· In-built DAB/DAB+ tuner for easy listening to all digital radio stations

· Innovative Magnetic Fluid speakers deliver crystal-clear, distortion-free sound

· Stream music wirelessly with Bluetooth connectivity

With its sophisticated, minimalist design and high quality finish, this system will make a stylish addition to any room. The system’s compact dimensions mean it’s able to fit seamlessly into in any part of the home, whether on the table top or wall mounted.

As for sound quality, you won’t be disappointed. Thanks to patented Magnetic Fluid technology from Sony that creates crystal clear sound reproduction, the speakers are damperless, meaning less distortion and improved clarity – particularly in the mid-to-high range. Your favourite tracks have never sounded better.

What’s more, because there’s no damper, the speakers are even more slimline so the Hi-Fi systems’ design is sleeker and more compact.

Got thousands of tracks on your iPhone, iPod or iPad? Just pop your Apple device into the Hi-Fi system’s built-in dock for instant access to your digital music library – no cables required. When you’re finished listening to your device, the dock retracts neatly back into the system for a streamlined appearance.

The CMT-V75BTiP even features Bluetooth connectivity so you can stream music wirelessly from your iPhone or other Bluetooth-enabled devices. It also includes DAB and DAB+ radio, giving you access to a huge selection of digital radio stations.

The CMT-V75BTiP system houses a CD player too, just in case you haven’t got round to digitising your collection yet.

The new CMT-V75BTiP Hi-Fi system is available in the UK from June 2012.

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For the 40th Anniversary of Pong (has it really been 40 years!), Atari have a challenge to help reimagine Pong and win up to $100,000. Are you up for the challenge?


Atari is looking for some great developers to help bring Pong to the App Store!

Reimagine Atari’s classic Pong for a chance to win up to $100,000 and see your vision come to life!

Submit your original take on Pong for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices today. Finalists will launch their games on the App Store later this year under the Atari brand, along with a publishing agreement and full launch support.

It’s your time to remake a classic!

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At CES we were taken on a tour of the iLuv booth which had quite a lot on display and they even won 5 Innovation awards at the show!

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iLuv Creative Technology, the premier provider of the most comprehensive accessories line for the Apple and Smartphone markets, rapidly delivers innovative designs, and award-winning products for today’s discriminating consumers. Since the company’s inception, and for five years running, iLuv has amassed an impressive total of 16 prestigious CES Innovations awards.

Sweet Cotton Headphones

These are a new range of headphones aimed at girls – the sound quality was excellent.

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This is a portable speaker stand, and it really is small for such sound quality!

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This is a portable stereo Bluetooth speaker stand that streams music from any Bluetooth A2DP enabled device. There is also a built-in mini-USB rechargeable battery and an Aux-in if your device doesn’t support Bluetooth.

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SmashBox Pro

This is a “one button” hands-free portable stereo speaker for smartphones. You can place your smartphone inside the case and away you go!

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Towards the end of November 2011, UWHS’s Andrew Edney made me aware of Apple’s Replacement Program for 1st generation iPod Nanos. It seems some 1st gen Nanos had a rare fault which caused some safety issues, so Apple decided to recall them and offer replacements. Not all 1st gen Nanos are eligible. If you have one, go to this page on apple.com to see if yours is eligible for replacement. If it is, simply follow the instructions to start the process.

After filling out a few details, Apple sent me a shipping box to send back my old Nano. It took a couple of weeks for the box to arrive. The box was perfectly sized for the 1st gen Nano, and I sent mine off (being sure to restore it to factory settings with iTunes first – I didn’t use mine for anything except music, but hey, you never know). You have to send it recorded delivery (pre-paid), so you’ll need a trip to the post office. Apple give you a link via email to the repair status page for your case so you can track the progress. Mine was received by Apple very quickly, and it was marked “pending replacement”.

It stayed as “pending” for about six weeks. A friend of mine had submitted his at the same time and sent me a message that he’d received his replacement, and that it was a barnd new 6th gen Nano! I couldn’t believe it! I just hoped mine wouldn’t be pink…

Sure enough, a couple of days later, I got an email with a status update and a UPS tracking link for my new Nano, which was on its way from Ireland. It arrived a couple of days later. As it had to be signed for, you’d have to be at home to take the delivery. I opened the box, and found inside a fantastic brand new silver 6th gen iPod Nano*. They are worth £115, so to get one in exchange for a well-loved 1st gen I’d had for over six years is brilliant – thank you, Apple.

Here are a few pictures of my new toy…

It’s the 8GB version – there is also a 16GB model available. It comes with a square multi-touch screen of just over an inch square. The multi-touch allows you to turn the screen orientation with two fingers. You move into the menu items by touching, and out of them by swiping right. It has a surprisingly good set of features for a Nano (especially compared to the 1st gen it’s replacing):

  • 24hr battery life
  • Shake-to-shuffle
  • Fitness application which links to Nike+
  • Strong clip for wearing on clothes or as a watch (strap not included)
  • Clock application with many faces
  • iTunes with Genius
  • FM radio (with headphones attached)
  • Accessibility options to change display options, and give mono audio

If you have a 1st gen Nano, I strongly encourage you to see if you can get a replacement – what you get in return is well worth the effort and the wait.

*Note this link goes to the generic iPod Nano page at apple.com – if they bring out a newer version than 6th generation, this link will point to the new version instead.

At the CES Unveiled event in London last week, one of the cool gadgets I saw was the Contour 100Di Dock from PURE.


Here is what PURE say about it:

PURE – the world leading radio maker – presents Contour 100Di, an affordable, compact and stylish dock for iPod, iPhone and iPad with integrated digital radio, powerful and detailed audio, a beautifully engineered revolving dock and a free companion internet radio and music streaming App (available now to iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad users).

A must-have Christmas gift, the PURE Contour 100Di is ideal for use with the free PURE Lounge App, which enables the user to access tens of thousands of internet radio stations, on demand content (podcasts and listen again programmes) and ambient sounds, as well as the ability to discover, explore and listen to millions of music tracks via the PURE Music subscription service.

At an SRP of just £99.99, the PURE Contour 100Di punches above its weight with 20W RMS of extremely powerful audio for its compact dimensions and a strong feature set including digital and FM radio; made for iPod and iPhone certification; a slimline remote with neat magnetic remote tidy; two alarms; sleep and snooze timers; an aux-input for connecting an MP3 player; headphone socket.

Part of an expanding Contour family of docks, the PURE Contour 100Di has been designed with contemporary styling to look good in any room of the house and the innovative revolving dock can be tucked away when the dock isn’t being used.

Contour 100Di is also part of EcoPlus, a statement of PURE’s ethical philosophy and ongoing commitment to looking after the environment. All PURE products are designed to minimise their environmental impact and manufactured in ethically approved and audited facilities. They have reduced power consumption in operation and standby, use recycled packaging materials, have the smallest possible packaging and components selected to minimise environmental impact.


The Contour 100Di looks really good and the sound quality was great, especially considering it was a noisy room! Expect a hands-on review shortly.

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