Kingsman: The Secret Service Sequel Release Date Revealed

Shaken, not stirred, the classic line from a classic spy. James Bond has gripped the nation for generations, from the golden gun to Spectre, the world of spies and villains have taken our memories and dreams. Recently though, it is the underdog that has often taken the spotlight, from the tales of Alex Rider the boy spy to the younger James bond, we’ve seen it all.

Last year we got to see what would happen if you took someone from an everyday background and made them a spy, or to be more precise a Kingsman. Soon though we could see the next tale in this saga on our screen, but sadly not as soon as some may desire.

Grossing in over $400 million, Kingsman was a surprise hit for 20th Century fox. Based on the graphic novel by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, Kingsman: The Secret Service was popular with all kinds due to its unique characters and tales, often mocking the films that it drew its inspiration from.

An initial release date for the sequel is set for June 16th, 2017.

How many times have you dreamed of being a spy? Are you fan of Kingsman and would you see its sequel Kingsman 2?

Windows 95 Celebrates 20th Birthday Today!

Windows 95 has reached the ripe old age of 20 today, and remembered quite fondly by critics and consumers who witnessed the iconic operating system’s initial launch. Way back in 1995, Microsoft set the technological world alight with a remarkably intuitive user-interface and support for plug-and-play devices. The foundations of Windows 95, are still used today which shows how revolutionary the operating system was at the time. Other features included MSN social networking, filenames up to 250 characters, and synergy across multiple devices.  Microsoft’s marketing strategy was legendary and while embarrassing today, the videos have a certain charm.

To launch Windows 95, Microsoft enlisted the help of The Rolling Stones and used the track, “start me up” to add an exciting, rock-and-roll feel.

The launch video inspired a wonderful parody from Weird Al Yankovic with classics lyrics such as:

“This Windows 95!
It suckin’ up my Drive.
It’ makes a pentium fly.
But my PC… is obsolete.
I’ll have to buy myself a brand new machine…”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGYcNcFhctc

Perhaps the most memorable moment is a marketing video featuring Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry from the hit TV sitcom, Friends. Throughout, this “educational” work, there are a host of cringe worthy jokes and bemused looking faces. The video is almost an hour long, but certainly worth a watch!

The Windows 95 start-up sound holds so many nostalgic memories and I’d like to see it included as an optional extra in modern versions of Windows.

Did you pick up Windows 95 on CD-ROM? We would love to hear your first-hand experiences and favourite memories!

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Internet Explorer Celebrates Its 20th Birthday

The Internet Explorer isn’t the youngest application anymore, in fact, it could celebrate its 20th birthday yesterday. That’s quite a milestone and while it has been discontinued and replaced by the new Edge browser (formerly known as Spartan), it will undoubtedly be around for many more years on systems that won’t get a Windows 10 update. For a lot of people, Internet Explorer was just a tool to download another browser after installing Windows onto their systems, but the statistics show how many people actually used it and still do. And it is a lot.

August 16, 1995. That was the date when Microsoft revealed Internet Explorer 1 as part of the Internet Jumpstart Kit that was included as part of Microsoft Plus! for Windows 95. Version 2 came shortly after on November 22nd of the same year and brought along the introduction of Cookies, SSL support, and Newsgroups. From there on there were many version until Internet Explorer 11 saw the light of day on October 17th, 2013, the final version of Internet Explorer.

From now on it will be Edge and it has come off to a good start. While some do complain about it being memory hungry, other enjoy the speedy web browsing experience that it provides. Edge was officially announced in March this year, which also was the time that it got known that Internet Explorer would get the ax. Probably the best choice, even if they made Edge and called it Internet Explorer, people would stay away based on the name alone.

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Walmart Launch Sale to Rival Amazon Prime Day

The battle for retail dominance has just escalated. Again. Walmart, the US retail chain, are not letting amazon steal the spotlight. This year they have announced that they are going to launch a rival sale on Wednesday in retaliation to Amazon’s recently released “Prime Day” meaning more than 2000 rollbacks in prices. The price reductions will last 90 days and will include electronics, home, baby and toys. Starting Monday, Walmart is also reducing the minimum order for free shipping from $50 to $30 for at least 30 days.

Walmart have out-done Amazon for making its lower prices on Prime Day available only to Prime members, who pay $99 a year to be part of the service that offers free shipping upgrades, access to video streaming and music. Walmart plans to say that it is “standing up for our customers and everyone else who sees no rhyme or reason for paying a premium to save.” In addition to the rollbacks and lower free shipping minimum, Walmart also promises “some special atomic deals,” with more details to come later.

Last week, Amazon announced that Prime Day — scheduled for July 15 and billed as a blowout sale bigger than Black Friday — would be held in honor of the e-commerce company’s 20th anniversary. It will include thousands of deals, with new ones as often as every 10 minutes.

Thank you to Usa Today for providing us with this information.

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“The 7th Guest” 20th Anniversary Edition for Android

Trilobyte Games have teamed up with MojoTouch to launch a 20th Anniversary Edition of the classic “The 7th Guest”.

“Replete with a new, HD touch-screen interface that upscales the game beautifully to high definition, new maps, new animations and icons, and a host of other new features, the “20th Anniversary Edition” of our classic video game is available now at the Google Play or Amazon AppStore. Download the title here.”

The original game was dubbed the best game of 1994 by user polls. It was one of the first games designed for CDROM and the first to utilise full-rendered 3D animation and navigation.

“The original game features:
– Groundbreaking use of full-motion video and dialogue recorded by live actors in a terrifying virtual environment
– Bizarre, mind-bending puzzles to solve
– 22 stunningly rendered, devilishly surprising, 3-D rooms in a fully explorable haunted mansion

‘20th Anniversary Edition’ features:
* Totally new game play controls that were built from the ground up for touch-screens
* Hotspot based – no more pixel hunting
* All-new slick icons and animations
* Completely new map which can be accessed directly while playing
* Completely new game menus and save/load system
* Much improved voice acting audio quality and all new, optional subtitles
* Four music options: remastered music score; original score in Midi, General Midi or Adlib
* 27 Achievements to earn and share with your friends

‘20th Anniversary Edition’ list of extras:
* ‘The Making of’ featurette
* 19 Delete Scenes and 33 Delete Audio Parts
* Full soundtrack: 36 Tracks
* ‘The 7th Guest’ Novel (157 pages)
* The Original Script, ‘The Stauf Files’ document, and Original Game Manual
* Optional retro settings: play with original graphics, original music & the original controls”

The game has just launched on Google Play and Amazon AppStore for the price of $3.99USD, $5.99 (US) will be charged in the future. Will you buy this piece of nostalgia? did you own a copy of the original? Let us know on our forums and in the comments.

Launch Trailer for Battlefield: Hardline Released

Electronic Arts has recently released the official trailer for its upcoming Battlefield title, Battlefield: Hardline, ahead of the title’s launch on March 20th. Check the trailer out below.

Though the trailer looks great, it still remains to be seen whether the title will live to its expectation. Given that the beta had its little hiccups and that its predecessor, Battlefield 4, led to a lot of people being disappointed due to its bugs when it first launch, we just have to see what the new title has to bring.

Battlefield: Hardline is said to launch on March 20th through Origin on PC and Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 through retailers.

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Sony Sold 94 Anniversary PS4s for £19.94

Remember those special limited edition 20th anniversary PS4s? Well Sony has started selling some in Europe, after they all sold out online in the US and Canada.

They set gamers back about $500 in the US, but in the UK last Wednesday, 94 fans got their hands on one of these incredibly sought after machines for a jaw dropping £19.94. Yes, 20 quid!

It was all very cryptic you see, and SCEE uploaded the video below giving hints about a secret pop-up shop in East London that was to be selling the consoles. Adorned with nostalgia, the shop invited fans to get down there with a piece of their own PlayStation memorabilia and with a special password given in the video, that would allow them to purchase one of the ridiculously cheap PS4s.

The shop remained open to sell 50 more consoles at RRP – £399, on Thursday and Friday. All proceeds from the console sales went to charity GamesAid.

Kotaku reports that the console will be on sale again in the UK tomorrow online for full price, but we don’t yet know where or how.

Source: Kotaku

20th Anniversary PS4 “Accidentally” Sold for $1

Polygon reports that someone “accidentally” ended up selling one of those ultra-rare 20th Anniversary PS4s on eBay for an insane $1.

It’s not known how eBay seller medman6107 managed to end up pulling off the monumental mistake – monumental considering one recently sold for a verified $15,100. Polygon also outlines a number of other interesting points regarding sales of the console – someone rather stupidly ended up buying a picture of one of the consoles for $500, while the cheapest actual sale of the console was $830.

The console was released last week and sold out following unprecedented demand. They feature a unique grey design, meant to resemble the design of the original PlayStation. The console also features a small plaque detailing which number it is out of the 12300 made.

Source: Polygon

20th Anniversary PS4 Announced

Today is a very special day in the history of video games. 20 years ago on December 3rd 1994, Sony released the original PlayStation in Japan. The console quickly became the most popular of its generation, beating industry veterans Nintendo and Sega. To mark that occasion, Sony has announced a very special PS4.

This 20th Anniversary PS4 comes in the familiar grey colour scheme of the original PlayStation and carries the classic multicoloured logo. It features special PlayStation button etching upon the console’s exterior, as well as on the controller.

The consoles are limited, the most limited PlayStations ever according to Sony (what about the Net Yaroze?) and subsequently feature an aluminium plaque detailing the console’s number out of the 12,300 made – alluding to the 12/03 launch date.

This console must be a dream for collectors and I’m sure it’ll easily double its value in a very short period of time. Pre-orders start in the US and Canada on Saturday December 6th.

Source: The Verge