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

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

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