Twitch Rival, Beam, Gets Renamed to Mixer

Beam is a streaming service similar to Twitch, that last year was bought by Microsoft. Since then they have added Beam into Windows 10, and Xbox One. Well today they announced that they are changing the name from Beam, to Mixer. They said that they felt that with the Beam name that they were unable to grow and expand into every market around the world, so they chose Mixer as their new name because it represents what they love about the service, how it brings people together.

One of the big things that they are touting with Mixer, is the ability to interact with streamers in almost real time, so compared with the 12-15 second delay on Twitch, Mixer is actually live.

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Also launching alongside the new name is Co-Streaming. Starting today, they are launching the ability for up to 4 streamers to combine their streams into a single Mixer page. So like the image above shows, you can have 4 different people, even spread across 4 different locations, all playing together and streaming for a centralized experience, they don’t even have to be playing the same game!

Microsoft is also Launching a Mobile app (currently in beta) called Mixer Create on iOS and Android to allow users to self broadcast on the go. It is launching publicly on Android today and invite only through TestFlight on iOS. This will allow people to stream not just mobile games, but all kinds of other experiences as well.

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Mixer is also getting its own Xbox One page on the dashboard, so starting today, for those who are Xbox Insiders, they will see a page full of streamers and streams all happening that they can get in on at the touch of a button.

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Microsoft also announced that they will be streaming their E3 Press Briefing in 4k Ultra HD, and for those with the proper setup, they can watch it on Mixer in a special edition broadcast with all kinds of goodies and digital bonuses for those who watch on that platform.

They released a whole bunch more, in which you can get all the details in the video above.

Source- Xbox News

By Dayne “Anjel” Cody
Twitter- @DayneCody

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Pokemon Go Is Available Now On Android

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Previously Pokemon Go was in closed beta, but that my friends is finally over. Pokemon Go has finally been released on the Google Play Store for Android users, and has been released on the App store in Australia and New Zealand (at least for right now) on iOS, no word yet on when they are releasing in other territories yet.

Pokemon Go is an AR (Augmented Reality) game that allows players to see and trap Pokemon by using the app and camera when they are out and walking around so that they can battle them later. If this sounds like something up your alley, then take a look at the video below and go download the app!


By Dayne “Anjel” Cody
Twitter @DayneCody

Blackrock Mountain Pre-Purchase Now Available!

The time for adventure draws nigh! Soon, Blackrock Mountain will open to all those brave enough to enter and do battle against the fiery foes within!

Pre-purchase Hearthstone’s second adventure Blackrock Mountain and gain immediate access to the Molten Core card back. This red-hot card back can only be obtained by pre-purchasing the Blackrock Mountain adventure with out-of-game currency, including real life money, iTunes® balance and Google Play™ balance.

Charge into the fray the second each wing of Blackrock Mountain becomes available! Pre-purchasing Blackrock Mountain ensures that you’ll have access to each of the wings just as soon as it becomes available in your region.

The Blackrock Mountain adventure costs $24.99 USD to pre-purchase, and can be found in Hearthstone’s in-game shop. Don’t forget to equip the blazing Molten Core card back once you’ve pre-purchased the adventure!

via Blackrock Mountain Pre-Purchase Now Available! – News – Hearthstone.

PlayStation App now Live on iTunes and Google Play

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Just in time for the PlayStation 4 launch, Sony has just released the official PlayStation App. Now you can officially message your friends, download purchases to your PlayStation systems, track trophy progress and much more. Check out the features listed below and download the app now.

With the PlayStation App installed on your mobile device, you can:

· See what your friends are playing, compare trophies, and view your profile or recent activity.
· Chat with your friends; receive notifications, game alerts, and invitations, and then use your mobile device as an on-screen keyboard for your PS4 system.
· Browse PlayStation Store, pick-up the latest hit games and add-ons, and then push them to your PS4 system so they are ready when you get home.
· Take advantage of the in-app second-screen features, when available, for greater challenges and control.
· Quickly access PlayStation system guides, manuals, and PlayStation.Blog.

iTunes Download: PlayStation®App on the App Store on iTunes
Google Play Download : PlayStation®App on Google Play

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By Ricardo “Rico” Ferreira
@RicF

Apple Announces New iPhone 5s and 5c

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This morning Apple announced the next batch of new iPhones, the new iPhone 5s and 5c. The 5c is a new version of the iPhone 5 that has better battery life, a new plastic outer body and comes in a range of different colours. Nothing too exciting here but the iPhone 5c makes for an excellent entry level smart phone with pricing on 2 year contracts starting at $99.

The real exciting news from the event though was the announcement of the iPhone 5c. New features begin with a new A7 processor, M7 motion coprocessor, a fingerprint identity sensor called Touch ID, new iSight 8MP camera with a larger sensor for improved photo quality, new HD face time camera, better battery and pre-loaded with iOS 7. Unfortunately though the 5s shares the same form factor and screen size as its predecessor. I was really looking forward to an iPhone 6 with a new design and larger screen. That said though if your in the market for a new iPhone the 5s looks to be a pretty impressive device.

Both the iPhone 5c and 5s will be available on September 20th, for existing iPhone 5 and 4s owners iOS 7 will be available September 18th.

Clickl the links these links for more information on the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5C, what did you think about todays announcements?

By Ricardo “Rico” Ferreira
@RicF

Angry Birds Rio HD FREE on the iTunes App Store

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*** App Store FREE app of the week ***

What happens when everyone’s favorite fierce fowl get caged and shipped to Rio? They get very angry!

In Angry Birds Rio, the original Angry Birds are kidnapped and taken to the magical city of Rio de Janeiro, where they eventually escape their captors and set out to save their friends, Blu and Jewel – two rare macaws and the stars of the hit motion picture, Rio. Angry Birds Rio pairs the physics-based gameplay of the original game with unique twists based on the film.

If you get stuck in the game, you can purchase the Mighty Eagle! The Mighty Eagle is a one-time in-app purchase in Angry Birds that gives unlimited use. This phenomenal creature will soar from the skies to wreak havoc and smash the pesky pigs into oblivion. There’s just one catch: you can only use the aid of Mighty Eagle to pass a level once per hour. Mighty Eagle also includes all new gameplay goals and achievements!

In addition to the Mighty Eagle, Angry Birds Rio now has power-ups! Boost your birds’ abilities and three-star levels to unlock secret content! Angry Birds now has the following amazing power-ups: Sling Scope for laser targeting, Super Seeds to supersize your birds, Samba Burst for dancing destruction, and TNT drop to send a special (explosive) delivery!

Angry Birds Rio features:

– Six fantastic episodes with 180 exciting levels, plus 24 new bonus levels!
– Completely new achievements!
– Special Hidden fruits – discover them all!
– Put your Angry Birds skills to the ultimate test in spectacular boss fights!

via Angry Birds Rio HD for iPad on the iTunes App Store.

By Ricardo “Rico” Ferreira
 @RicF

iPhone 5 to be unveiled next week

As expected invitations have been received by major media outlets to an Apple event next week.

Looking at the invitation image you can see the shadow of the number five so it’s probably safe to say that the iPhone 5 will be unveiled. Will the leaks turn out to be true or will Apple surprise us with something no one has ever seen? Stay tuned next week and I’m sure the Internet will explode with all the information you can handle.

By Ricardo “Rico” Ferreira
 @RicF