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Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is releasing Law & Order SVU: Season 14 on DVD from November 07, 2013.

Created by Emmy Award® winning producer Dick Wolf, Law & Order Special Victims Unit is back for its 14th gripping season, continually redefining police procedural and legal drama television with its hard-hitting storylines, set to keep fans on the edge of their seat. Often described as one of the greatest TV shows of all time, in Law & Order SVU: Season 14, justice and high drama collide for another year with all-new cases to solve and mysteries to unravel.

 
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Grand Theft Auto V is now available … and check out our review! (10/10)

Published on September 17, 2013 in Gaming

Rockstar have definitely challenged the gaming industry with their latest instalment of the Grand Theft Auto franchise, which in every sense creates this living breathing virtual world that delivers everything what our own personal delusions of grandeur could not. It’s bold, it’s original and its grand design is quite unparalleled in the current market that really makes this title a true game changer.

However, if you’re looking for a kid friendly political correct game than you really should be finding a new past time because Grand Theft Auto V (GTA V) is the total polar opposite and could be considered the Breaking Bad of video games. From calculated jewellery heists to cold blooded murder, police chases, hijacking planes and even the ability to control a dog with some truly hilarious results, GTA V has one of the best stories to date that is not only well-written with some great comedic moments but boasts some really fun protagonists.

Check out our full review at http://www.impulsegamer.com/ps3grandtheftautov.html

 
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EMPIRE by Spiegelworld returns to Melbourne from March 11 2014

Published on September 16, 2013 in Mind Fun

Since EMPIRE by Spiegelworld opened in Australia in January this year, it has been seen by over 130,000 people around the country with rave reviews, sold out performances and standing ovations. Spiegelworld is delighted to announce that EMPIRE will return to the rooftop of Crown in Melbourne under the beautiful spiegeltent from March 11 2014. Tickets will go on sale at 2pm this Tuesday September 17 at www.ticketek.com.au

The return Melbourne season of EMPIRE follows spectacular engagements in Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide that left audiences amazed and breathless. The Brisbane Times said “the athleticism and audacity of Empire’s performers are a marvel.  It’s now one of my picks for show of the year”.  The West Australian  described the show as “a thrilling, agile, contemporary circus, immaculately staged and precariously gripping for every one of its 90 minutes”. When Empire opened in Sydney, the Sun Herald awarded the show a rare“10/10”; while The Sydney Morning Herald described it as the best show I’ve seen in years”.

Presented in Spiegelworld’s 700-seat antique spiegeltent, EMPIRE smashes the boundaries of circus, cabaret, vaudeville and burlesque, reinventing the genres for a 21st century audience. Featuring the sexiest, most daring artists from across the globe, the show had its world premiere season in New York City during the summer of 2012, where it was the first tented show ever seen in Times Square.

 
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Curse Of Chucky – October 24, 2013

Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is release Curse Of Chucky, available to own on Blu-ray™, DVD and UltraViolet™ from October 24, 2013.

The world’s most demonic doll is back in the newest installment of the chilling Child’s Play franchise. Available from 24 October 2013 on Blu-ray™, DVD and UltraViolet™, Curse of Chucky reunites franchise creators Don Mancini and David Kirschner, as Chucky returns to horrify viewers in an all-new, unrated chapter of the blood-soaked suspense saga.

When a mysterious package arrives at the house of Nica (Fiona Dourif), she doesn’t give it much thought. However, after her mother’s mysterious death, Nica begins to suspect that the talking, red-haired doll her visiting niece has been playing with may be the key to ensuing bloodshed and chaos. What Nica doesn’t know, is that Chucky has a personal score to settle. He’s determined to finish a job he started more than twenty years earlier, and this time he’s going to see it through to the suspenseful and shocking end.

 
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EMPIRE by Spiegelworld returns to Sydney from January 7 2014

Published on September 16, 2013 in Mind Fun

Since EMPIRE by Spiegelworld opened its Australian tour in Sydney in January this year, it has been seen by over 130,000 people around the country with rave reviews, sold out performances and standing ovations. Spiegelworld is delighted to announce that EMPIRE will return to Sydney’s Entertainment Quarter in the beautiful spiegeltent from January 7 2014. Tickets will go on sale at 2pm this Tuesday September 17 at www.ticketek.com.au.

When EMPIRE was last in Sydney, The Sun Herald awarded the show a rare “10/10”; while The Sydney Morning Herald described it as “the best show I’ve seen in years”. The return Sydney season of EMPIRE follows spectacular engagements in Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide that left audiences amazed and breathless. The Brisbane Times said, “the athleticism and audacity of Empire’s performers are a marvel.  It’s now one of my picks for show of the year”.  The West Australian described the show as “a thrilling, agile, contemporary circus, immaculately staged and precariously gripping for every one of its 90 minutes”.

Presented in Spiegelworld’s 700-seat antique spiegeltent, EMPIRE smashes the boundaries of circus, cabaret, vaudeville and burlesque, reinventing the genres for a 21st century audience. Featuring the sexiest, most daring artists from across the globe, the show had its world premiere season in New York City during the summer of 2012, where it was the first tented show ever seen in Times Square.

 
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TECHNICAL INNOVATIONS REVEALED AND THE ALL-IMPORTANT RELEASE DATE ANNOUNCED

Published on September 16, 2013 in Gaming

Sports Interactive lifts the lid on some of the major technical enhancements in Football Manager 2014 and reveals that the game will hit the streets on Thursday, October 31st

September 13th 2013

Sports Interactive and SEGA Europe Ltd. today announce that Football Manager 2014 will go on sale to the general public on Thursday, October 31st.

The new game will be available for Windows PC, Mac and, for the first time, Linux.

Football Manager 2014 features a number of technical innovations designed to make the management experience more engaging, fun and immersive. These include… 

–        ZiZo

Our new ‘zoom in/zoom out’ feature allows you to set up your interface, your way. The system works in conjunction with our adapative layout to allow anyone with a high resolution screen to have the game display the information that they want, with the text size and graphic size that they want. When used alongside Steam’s ‘Big Picture’ mode makes it practical to play FM on a TV screen.

–        YouTube highlights package 

An improved YouTube export feature, which now allows fans to upload custom highlights packages showing goals from multiple camera angles.

–        Retina support

–        Mac full screen mode support

In addition, there are a number of other features which we have already announced on which we can now reveal a little more information. They are…

–        Linux Compatibillity

The addition of Linux to the roster of platforms means that users running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS or higher on a device equipped with keyboard and mouse (and running Steam) will be able to play Football Manager for the first time. 

–        Cloud Saving

The integration of Steam’s ‘cloud save’ functionality means that managers will now be able to continue a single career across a variety of computers, as long as they are logged into their Steam account. What’s more, the cross-compatibility between the Windows PC, Mac and Linux versions means that a single career can be continued across any and all of these platforms.

–        Steam Workshop

The integration of Steam Workshop into FM 2014 will allow fans to easily create content and share it with their fellow managers. Fans will be able to create unique game skins and graphics, customise and share bespoke databases (including additional leagues and nations) and create customised competitions. In addition, Classic Mode will feature a Challenge Editor which will allow fans to create and share unique gameplay scenarios.

–        Cross-save with PS Vita

Football Manager Classic players will not only be able to continue a single career across the three computer platforms, they will also be able to continue that same career while mobile on their PS Vita (the PS Vita version of FM 2014 is also required). The PS Vita game will also be the first handheld version of Football Manager to feature the 3D match engine.

As with last year’s release, fans who pre-order their copy of FM 2014 from a participating retailer (high street or digital download) will enjoy early access to a fully-playable Beta version of the game, available roughly two weeks prior to the official release date. Careers started in this Beta version will continue in the full game. A list of retailers participating in this pre-order promotion can be found at www.footballmanager.com.

“I get so many requests for the release date on Twitter, but we’ll only ever announce a date when we’re sure we’re going to hit it,” says Sports Interactive’s Studio Director, Miles Jacobson. “We’re now at that point, so I’m delighted to announce the release date of October 31st and also announce loads more retailers who will be offering people who pre-order the chance to play the Beta version of the game two weeks ahead of Football Manager 2014’s official release date.”

Many of the game’s key features are being revealed in a series of video blogs which are being released on the official website (www.footballmanager.com) every Friday until the launch date.

Further details on the game’s 1,000-plus new and enhanced features will also be revealed over the coming weeks via Facebook (facebook.com/officialfootballmanager) and Twitter, from both the Football Manager account (@FootballManager) and from Miles Jacobson directly (@milesSI).

 
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Tech start-ups get game-changing advice from Google

Published on September 16, 2013 in Mind Fun

As Australia embraces a new government, Chhai Thach, App Developer and founder of ground-breaking new event for start-ups, SouthStart, believes it’s never been a better time to be an entrepreneur.

“As the mining industry relinquishes its role as a key player in propping up our economy, the new government is searching for alternatives,” says Chhai, “the Australian tech start-up sector has the potential to contribute $109 billion or 4% of GDP to the economy by 2033.”*

Entrepreneur, key speaker at SouthStart and now Google Australia and NZ’s Engineering Director, Alan Noble gives Aussie start-ups his top tips on becoming a success:

  1. 1.    Make the decision.  Everyone has creative ideas for the next big thing, but the difference between making it big and staying still is the decision to make a go of it and committing 100%. Take the first step, then make sure you work hard to make your dream become a reality. 
  2. 2.    Go big or go home.  Give it your all, or don’t bother. As a bonus, the bigger you go, the more inspired you’ll be and the easier it will be to attract other people to join your cause. Set your goals high. Nothing in this world was made by those happy with the status-quo, it was made by visionaries, like Sergey Brin, who could not see the world without their idea.

3.    Audit.  Keep an eye on the details and use data and information coming in around your business idea as a true measure of whether it can really be a success.  Experiment early and often, and fail quickly. At Google we carry out lots of experiments, for example we run 5000 experiments for web search alone each year, of which maybe 1% will be adopted.

4.    Admit.  Only by admitting what is not working, can you move forward.  Entrepreneurs accept that the mother of success is taking a risk. Therefore you need to build a culture that embraces risk-taking and accepts failure. For the ideas that don’t succeed, admit it and move on.

5.    Adapt. If you’re in a start-up, you can’t afford the luxury of staying with a failing experiment or an unreceptive market any longer than necessary. So once you’ve admitted that fact, it’s time to adapt. Pivoting means being able to adapt quickly and implement new strategies enabling start-ups to survive.  It requires building a culture that not just tolerates change, but thrives in the face of it.

SouthStart, is being held on 4 October in Adelaide and has an impressive mix of marketing experts, angel investors and start-ups who have made it big, giving attendees the chance to absorb practical advice and go away inspired to change the world, their way and maybe even win a $2,000 prize.

 
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THE LORD OF THE RINGS ONLINE™: HELM’S DEEP™ EXPANSION TO LAUNCH NOVEMBER 19TH

Published on September 16, 2013 in Gaming

Players Can Pre-Purchase Latest Expansion To The Award-Winning MMORPG Starting Today 

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced today that The Lord of the Rings Online™: Helm’s Deep™, the next expansion to the award-winning free-to-play massively multiplayer online roleplaying game (MMORPG) developed by Turbine, will launch on November 19th. Helm’s Deep will continue the Epic Story into the western plains of Rohan, allow players to take an unprecedented role in the legendary battle for Helm’s Deep while advancing to the new level cap of 95.

“Helm’s Deep is the site of the most memorable battle in Middle-earth and we’re excited to announce our launch date and introduce some great new in-game items for anyone who pre-purchases the expansion,” said Kate Paiz, Executive Producer of The Lord of the Rings Online. “We’ve come to a really exciting and momentous point in the story, and we can’t wait to show players how the game will bring this classic clash to life. This technical and gameplay innovation brings massive conflicts to life like never before and is another huge leap forward for MMO players in Middle-earth.” 

THE LORD OF THE RINGS ONLINE: HELM’S DEEP FEATURES: 

  • Experience the Battle for Helm’s Deep – Fight to defend Helm’s Deep starting as early as level 10, when your character enlists as a soldier in the Battle of the Hornburg, the most epic conflict yet in The Lord of the Rings Online.  Earn rewards for your contribution to the war effort – win or lose, your skill makes a difference!
  • Explore new landscapes across Western Rohan – Explore the Westemnet of Rohan and rally each of the five ridings as Rohan returns to glory. Traverse the capital of Edoras, mysterious Dunharrow, and the fortress of the Hornburg within Helm’s Deep.
  • Advance from levels 85 to 95 – Experience 10 new levels, from 85 to 95, with new skills and completely updated class specializations. Both mounted and un-mounted combat will challenge you as you war against the evil forces of Saruman. 
  • Continue the Epic Story – Encounter beloved characters such as Aragorn, Éowyn, and Éomer. Restore King Théoden to his rightful throne while you defend the peoples of Rohan at Helm’s Deep.

Beginning today, players can take advantage of special pre-purchase offers:

PREMIUM EDITION

Features all Helm’s Deep content, with level cap increase. This edition also grants these great items:

  • Armour of the Hammerhand – an exclusive full set of Rohirrim cosmetic armour
  • +10 quest log slots
  • Crystal of Remembrance – adds one additional legacy to your legendary weapon
  • Helm’s Deep Title – Helm’s Enforcer
  • Helm’s Deep Title – Helm’s Avenger
  • 2000 Turbine points

Pre-purchasers will also receive these items that can be used immediately in the game:

  • Shield of the Hammerhand (Statted Cloak  +25%XP, scales to level of wearer)
  • Exclusive War-steed Bundle (The Steed of the Hammerhand) – an exclusive Rohirrim mount with matching War-Steed appearance

BASE EDITION

Features all Helm’s Deep content, with level cap increase. Also grants these items:

  • Hauberk of the Hammerhand – an exclusive Rohirrim cosmetic chest piece
  • Helm’s Deep Title: Helm’s Enforcer
  • 1000 Turbine points

Pre-purchasers will also receive these items that can be used immediately in the game:

  • Token of Hornburg (+25% Monster XP)
  • The Steed of the Hammerhand – an exclusive Rohirrim Mount

The Lord of the Rings Online™ is the ultimate adventure! This award-winning free-to-play massively multiplayer online role-playing game delivers an interactive experience brimming with life and filled with the familiar people, places, and monsters from the most famous fantasy of all time.  For more information, visit www.lotro.com.

 

 
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AVG Launches Free Facebook Privacy App: AVG CrowdControl

AVG Technologies has announced its first privacy app built on the Facebook® API: AVG CrowdControl. The app, which is available at facebook.com/avg, allows users to easily manage who sees their default posts for improved privacy without deleting personal contacts.

AVG CrowdControl is designed to make Facebook experiences safer by customising who can view a status, videos and photos posted on a personal timeline. AVG’s goal is that this will make privacy and online security a more front-of-mind issue for users. AVG CrowdControl also is integrated directly into the free AVG PrivacyFix, launched last week.

Michael McKinnon, Security Advisor at AVG Technologies AU, said: “Most people have hundreds of friends on Facebook, but may not feel comfortable sharing their daily activity with such a large group, including old business colleagues, fellow students, or people who you can barely remember. This is why we designed AVG CrowdControl. We believe that people will share more and have a more fulfilling experience on social networks when they know they are sharing only with the group that’s right for them.”

AVG CrowdControl scans the user’s Facebook profile and organises their friends based on with whom they interact most.  Clicking on any friend’s image marks them to be excluded from the custom list.

Once this personalised list has been created, the app takes users to a guided screen showing them how to change the default setting and opens a new tab for them to change it – a simple two-click process. As the app is integrated into users’ Facebook accounts, the list can be easily adjusted and kept up to date as new friends are added. When the user wants to share something more broadly, they can always select all Friends or Public as the audience for a specific post.

“As Facebook makes it easier for others to explore and find your information through tools like Graph Search, it’s more important than ever to manage the audience for your online life.  AVG CrowdControl makes it quick and easy to get the defaults right,” McKinnon continued.

“We understand from young people that it’s a bad move to un-friend people, but still they wanted to easily limit who sees their stuff on Facebook. It’s great to have lots of online friends; but it’s even better to have control what they can see about you.”

 
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KINGDOM HEARTS HD 1.5 ReMIX LAUNCH TRAILER

Discover the Origins of KINGDOM HEARTS in stunning High-Definition 

Sydney (16 September, 2013) – Square Enix Ltd., the publisher of SQUARE ENIX® interactive entertainment products across Australia & New Zealand, have released a KINGDOM HEARTS HD 1.5 ReMIX Launch Trailer

In KINGDOM HEARTS HD 1.5 ReMIX, players can revisit the celebrated KINGDOM HEARTS universe once again with Sora, Riku and the timeless cast of Disney characters, including Mickey, Donald and Goofy. The game marks the first time a KINGDOM HEARTS title has made its way onto the PlayStation®3 system.

The fully remastered HD compilation includes the critically acclaimed KINGDOM HEARTS FINAL MIX, previously exclusive to the Japanese market, and KINGDOM HEARTS Re:Chain of Memories. The compilation will also feature HD cinematic story videos from KINGDOM HEARTS 358/2 Days, enhanced gameplay mechanics and PlayStation®3 system trophies.

“The first KINGDOM HEARTS game was released more than 10 years ago, and following that, my only regret was never releasing KINGDOM HEARTS FINAL MIX overseas,” said Tetsuya Nomura, director of the KINGDOM HEARTS series. “With the release of KINGDOM HEARTS HD 1.5 ReMIX, fans everywhere now have the chance to play the game in a brand-new high-definition format – and with that, I’m very pleased.”

Key Features

  • Three-in-One      – One disc provides gamers with three titles: KINGDOM HEARTS FINAL MIX,      KINGDOM HEARTS Re:Chain of Memories and HD remastered      cinematics from KINGDOM HEARTS 358/2 Days. 
  • HD      Graphics – The character models and      facial features have been updated, and the background textures have been      completely overhauled; this is the most gorgeous KINGDOM HEARTS game to      date.
  • Improved      Controls – Revamped camera controls and      commands create a more seamless gameplay experience.
  • Adventure      through Beloved Disney Worlds – Worlds include Agrabah (Aladdin),      Atlantica (The Little Mermaid), Halloween Town (The Nightmare      Before Christmas), Monstro (Pinocchio), Never Land (Peter      Pan), Olympus Coliseum (Hercules), 100 Acre Wood (Winnie the      Pooh), and Wonderland (Alice in Wonderland).
  • New      Content KINGDOM HEARTS FINAL MIX includes      new weapons, items, Heartless enemies, abilities, synthesis recipes and      Gummi ship missions
  • All-Star      voice cast – The talented roster includes      Haley Joel Osment (Sora), Hayden Panettiere (Kairi), David Gallagher      (Riku), Mandy Moore (Aerith) and Jesse McCartney (Roxas).

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX is now available in stores exclusively for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system.

Related Links

Official Homepage: www.kingdomhearts.com

Official Facebook® Page: http://www.facebook.com/kingdomhearts

Official Twitter®: @KINGDOMHEARTS

 
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