Archive for category: What We’re Excited About

Rip Curl’s new watch tallies waves, tracks speed in the surf

Whether you’re a runner, swimmer or cyclist, there are plenty of fitness tracking wearables to choose from, ripe with features to help you make the most of a morning run or laps at the YMCA. But what about something for the surfer? Well, Rip Curl…

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You can now pay for your Domino’s Pizza with Google Wallet

Domino’s has already made it pretty easy to order your favorite pizza using your smartphone, but today things are getting even simpler for US Android device owners. Today the company confirmed that it’s added Google Wallet to the list of supported…

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Nintendo Dropping Price Of Five Best-Selling 3DS Games

3dsxlcropNintendo is offering 5 of the best selling first party titles for the 3DS for just $29.99 each from April 22. Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land, New Super Mario Bros. 2, Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D will be available in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS and in retail stores at a cut price, and Nintendo hasn’t attached an end date to that price drop. So if you’re looking to beef up your 3DS game library and haven’t yet picked up any of the above titles, it looks now’s the time.

 

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Netflix begins 4K streaming with House of Cards, if you have the right TV

If you’re prone to skipping the intro on House of Cards, you might want to ease off the fast-forward controls in the future. Why? Because finally you can enjoy that scenic tour of Washington DC in glorious 4K (you have a 4K TV, right?). Actually,…

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Blizzard takes a stab at mobile gaming, brings its free card game to the iPad

Blizzard hasn’t really had a presence in mobile gaming… not unless you think the Battle.net Authenticator is rip-roaring entertainment, anyway. However, the developer is giving the category an honest try today by releasing Hearthstone for the iPad….

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Amazon Enters Media Streaming Hardware Arena with Fire TV

b-slate-01-lg-hover2It was only a matter of time…

Amazon has been building its digital media library (music, movies, television shows) for quite some time; and while they’ve happily allowed third parties to deliver their content over numerous platforms, it only makes sense that they’d eventually commit to some first-party streaming hardware. Available now for $99, Amazon’s brand new Fire TV not only packs a punch on the hardware side (quad-core processor, 1080p output, 2GB of  RAM, and dedicated graphics processor), it also brings some innovation in its user interface, allowing voice commands through a microphone on the included Bluetooth remote. Along with Amazon Instant Video, the device streams content from some of the most popular 3rd party providers, including Netflix, HuluPlus, Vimeo, ESPN and Pandora. Fire TV also has something called ASAP (a clever acronym that stands for “Advanced Streaming and Prediction) that uses your viewing history to predict what shows you may like and pre-load them for you, thus cutting down the time it takes for your media to begin playing. Amazon has also forged relationships on the gaming side (a $40 Fire remote is sold separately), making it a good choice for casual gamers. There’s lots to see here, and we’ll have even more once we get one in-hand; but for now, you can head to Amazon’s product page to learn more about Fire TV.

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Xbox Offering $10,000 Grand Prize With Kinect Sports Rivals World Championship

KSR Flag_Paintover_ClimbingXbox is offering a $10,000 cash prize and a trip for two as the grand prize for the Kinect Sports Rivals World Championship. Players will compete in Bowling, Climbing, and Wake Racing events in the soon-to-be released Kinect Sports Rivals; and those who reach the top of their respective country’s leaderboards will be invited to a live, in-person finale round at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Players don’t have to wait for the game to be released to start their training, however, as the Kinect Sports Rivals Preseason is available to download now for Xbox One.

Kinect Sports Rivals World Championship begins on April 8th in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia and Brazil, and on April 11th in the U.K., France and Germany–and will require a copy of Kinect Sports Rivals released that day. You can register for the event right here.

 

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MLB.tv and Epix streaming apps are coming to Xbox One

Xbox One owners already have their fair share of video services to choose from in the US, but they’re about to get a pair of welcome additions. Major League Baseball now says that MLB.tv Premium should be available to stream live games on the console…

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Facebook is buying Oculus VR for $2 billion, plans to ‘unlock new worlds for all of us’

Mark Zuckerberg is following up his Whatsapp buy with another big acquisition: virtual reality company Oculus VR for $2 billion in stock and cash (curiously, news of the talks may have leaked on Reddit a month ago). In a post on Facebook, Zuckerberg…

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Infamous: Second Son Brings Elemental Chaos To PS4 Today

inFamousSecondSon-3Last week saw the release of the first must-have title for the Xbox One, and now the PS4 is unleashing its killer app in the form of Infamous: Second Son. The latest installment in the critically acclaimed Infamous series brings new protagonist Delsin Rowe to an open-world Seattle with a host of new elemental powers that he can use to traverse the city, defeat his enemies, and cause all-out chaos. The game also uses some of the (so far) neglected functions of the PS4 controller, using the touchpad, speaker, and light bar for contextual interactions. The first two Infamous games were some of the best titles for the PS3, and Second Son does look poised to outdo both of them.

Infamous: Second Son is available now on PS4 at retail and digitally on the PlayStation Store.

 

 

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