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Final Fantasy XV - Reclaim Your Throne (Trailer)

Final Fantasy XV – Reclaim Your Throne (Trailer)

With a scheduled release date of September 30 this year, Square Enix has unveiled the official trailer for Final Fantasy XV. No doubt this trailer could grab any gamer’s attention, but below is perhaps an even more engaging preview for the upcoming release: the first of five episodes in an anime series, titled “Brotherhood,” which will serve as a prequel for...
The Pygmalion Festival 2015 Lineup

The Pygmalion Festival 2015 Lineup

Today, the Urbana-Champaign-based Pygmalion Festival announced one of hip-hop’s biggest duos, Run The Jewels, as its headliner for this year’s festival. This comes months after their initial lineup announcement which included the likes of Ride, Purity Ring, and more. The duo that consists of El-P and Killer Mike, have taken over hip-hop with critically acclaimed back to back LP’s,...
Tesla's New Solution To Solving Earth's Energy Crisis

Tesla’s New Solution To Solving Earth’s Energy Crisis

On May 1st, tech guru Elon Musk debuted Tesla’s new answer for sustainable energy in hopes of helping the world end its addiction to fossil fuels. Cue Tesla’s solar powered batteries, the Powerwall & Powerpack. The products essentially store sunlight and convert it into clean energy. Elon states around two billion of the larger Powerpacks...
Pygmalion Music Festival 2015 Initial Lineup

Pygmalion Music Festival 2015 Initial Lineup

The annual event where Champaign-Urbana’s music scene seems to shine the brightest has to be Pygmalion Music Festival. Every year, it features some of the best indie/alternative acts in the entire world. This year, of course is no exception. Yesterday, it was announced that English shoegaze throwback Ride would be playing the festival, and today,...
A Shift in the Tides

A Shift in the Tides

Comparisons are the currency of the music industry, and that of the entertainment industry as a whole. They provide the fabric for conversation, allowing us to thread arguments against each other in debate as we match artists and products against the greats. However, what often gets lost in the comparisons is the value and solitude of...
Nike Marty McFly 'Power Laces' Due Out In 2015

Nike Marty McFly ‘Power Laces’ Due Out In 2015

In 2011, Nike came out with the Air Mags, the same shoe that Marty McFly donned in Back To The Future II. However, those kicks lacked one key feature: self-tying, power laces that accompanied Michael J. Fox’s sneakers in the film. According to a report from Sole Collector, the future of footwear technology is now upon...
Amazon Introduces Prime Air

Amazon Introduces Prime Air

Yesterday, on CBS’ 60 Minutes, Amazon CEO Jeffry Bazos revealed the next evolution in delivery efficiency: packages delivered by drones, or Amazon Prime Air, as it was aptly named. If you’re like me, the first thing that pops into your head is the controversial aircraft used by the military to carry out operations in Afghanistan...
Snapchat Rejects $3 Billion Offer From Facebook

Snapchat Rejects $3 Billion Offer From Facebook

When’s the last time you turned down multiple billions of dollars?  Yesterday it was made public via The Wall Street Journal that the owners of the popular picture-sharing app Snapchat were offered at least $3 billion from social network giant Facebook in an apparent move to acquire the app which is exploding in popularity. Though personally I...
Hövding Invisible Bike Helmet

Hövding Invisible Bike Helmet

I love biking around campus, especially during this time of year when the fall colors are all over. The one thing I don’t like about biking, though, is having to strap on my ugly, uncomfortable hunk of styrofoam and plastic, formally called my helmet. They’re a necessity when biking around campus to protect my brain...
Apple Announces iOS7

Apple Announces iOS7

I woke up this morning with no knowledge of what was to happen today in the technology world. Apparently, however, today was one of the busiest on record with everything that comes with E3 as well as an Apple event. What was revealed was a new iOS, which actually looks sexier than anything I’ve seen...
Xbox One Announced

Xbox One Announced

Earlier this year Sony announced their Playstation 4 in a lackluster event that was low on the details. Don’t worry, though, Microsoft was apparently a little more prepared. Today in Seattle, Microsoft announced their successor to the highly popular Xbox 360 in the form of a newer, faster, quieter, and sleeker Xbox One console. The...
FIFA 14 Revealed

FIFA 14 Revealed

There’s a reason why the FIFA video games are some of the most populare in the world. Recently EA Sports’ titles have become the pinnacle of soccer gaming. Last year’s FIFA 13 is still the game I play the most, in fact. With soccer season winding down over in Europe, information for the newest edition...