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Month: October 2014

In The Best Conditions, iOS-Exclusive Vainglory Is A Top-Notch MOBA

A few weeks back I drove down to the San Mateo headquarters of Super Evil Megacorp, the developer behind Vainglory, one of the prominent multiplayer online battle arenas built specifically for tablets (and, as we discovered at September’s iPhone event, the iPhone 6). There, I met with the studio’s founders as well as several other developers and quality assurance testers. After we got through introductions, the team, a writer from another publication, and myself sat down in front of 6 iPads Air and Mini from last year’s line-up for an hour-and-a-half of playtime. The conditions were optimal for a session of multiplayer gaming: everyone had their own screen, the latest (at the time) hardware, and good Wi-Fi setup. We also had every character available to play as, whereas at launch players will have to choose from a rotating group of characters if they want to play for free. The layout of the game is simplified from its bigger relatives on the PC. Instead of three lanes to take to attack the enemy’s base, there is one straight avenue and a wilderness area where you can sneak around in bushes and kill AI characters for experience, health, gold, or to win over a giant monster to fight for your side. Rather than play through a tutorial, one of the developers looked over my shoulder and gave advice as we went. With the assistance I got,...

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Novelty T-Shirt Maker Print Syndicate Raises $4.25M Series A

Print Syndicate, an e-commerce store that sells printed T-shirts and other fashion and home decor goods, has raised $4.25 million in Series A funding led by Data Point Capital. Other investors include Groupon founders Eric Lefkofsky and Brad Keywell’s Lightbank Capital, and Tech Fund, which was launched by Zappos founder Tony Hsieh, as well as CNF Investments and TechColumbus. The company, which runs retail sites LookHuman.com, ActivateApparel.com, and Mericamade.com, will use the capital to increase its production capacity and make additional senior management hires. Based in Columbus, Ohio, Print Syndicate claims it will grow 300 percent year-over-year in 2014. While it competes with other online retailers like CafePress and Zazzle, Print Syndicate wants to stand out with what it calls its “Just In Time model.” In other words, its employees keep an eye on social media to spot memes, catchphrases, and other things that can be turned into T-shirt designs and home goods, hopefully before they go viral. In a statement, Scott Savitz, the founder of Data Point Capital, said “Our firm invests in game changers who leverage and scale on the Internet. Print Syndicate built a pioneering e-commerce business over the last two years that we believe will transform how products are created, marketed and sold in our social media culture. It’s a perfect example of how businesses can offer a better, more relevant buying experience through innovation.”...

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Samsung announces the Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3, its “slimmest smartphones to date”

Samsung vowed to introduce more desirable phones when it revealed its disappointing Q3 2014 earnings yesterday, and it has wasted no time doing so after announcing the Galaxy A5 and the Galaxy A3 — two metallic devices that it calls its “slimmest smartphones to date.” The Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 both dispense with the Korean company’s tradition of using plastic bodies. They are 6.7mm and 6.9mm thin respectively, and both come with a five-megapixel front-facing camera. The Galaxy A5 is the higher specc’ed phone, with a five-inch screen, 2GB RAM, 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, and 15-megapixel camera on the back, The Galaxy A3 sports a smaller 4.5-inch screen, with the same processor, 1GB of RAM and an eight-megapixel camera. Both run Android KitKat (4.4), include support for 4G networks, and a slot for Micro-SD memory cards. Samsung’s revenue has stalled as Apple’s iPhones squeezes it at the top-end of the smartphone market — the iPhone 6 launches in Korea, following a huge number of pre-orders in Samsung’s home market — but these new Galaxy phones appear to be focused on China and the mid-tier market more generally. The Korean firm says the Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 will launch in “select markets including China” in November. That Samsung is specifically mentioning China is interesting, since Xiaomi’s phones — which retail at $300 and $150, and have propelled it to number three in the...

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Nas

As Nas finalizes his last album with Def Jam which is due to release in the near future, a new track featuring the MC rhyming over a jazz-induced beat from the late J Dilla surfaces on the web. Borrowing the “Gobstopper” beat off J Dilla’s 2006 Donuts album, Nas showcases his signature old-school flow, effortlessly rapping over complementary looped trumpets, reminiscent of his highly-praised works in the ’90′s. As audiences eagerly await Nas’ forthcoming twelfth studio album, enjoy the teaser track above titled “The Season” and head over to HYPETRAK for more music news. Article source:...

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Pendleton x NIKEiD Collection Introduces 8 New Silhouettes

A pairing of two of Oregon’s most iconic imprints, Pendleton Woolen Mills has teamed up with Nike to customize 8 silhouettes utilizing NIKEiD technology. Delving into Nike’s replete archive for this project, Pendleton takes to the Roshe, SB Janoski, Air Force 1 and Air Max 1  in an option of high, mid and low cuts in its design efforts. The uppers are modernized with Pendleton’s signature woolen plaid and tartan prints — otherwise seen across the brand’s shirts and blankets. Leather Swoosh and metal eyelets offer refined touches, while an array of rawhide and printed laces further accentuate the silhouettes with riffs of charisma. Priced between $130 – $145 USD, the Pendleton x NIKEiD collection will be available on November 3 from Nike. Article source:...

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