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VR Concert

The First VR Concert

Our friends over at Mashable are reporting about the recent Oculus Venue concert from Vance Joy. Vance performed at the Colorado Red Rock Amphitheatre and it was beamed across the world as a live VR concert.

It was part of a brand new feature that’s available for the Oculus Go and Samsung Gear VR. A feature that allows users to watch live events with friends in VR! To show off this cool feature Facebook offered a free concert from Australian Vance Joy to concert goers back in May. It wasn’t pre-recorded and beamed across the world like a DVD showing. It was an actual live event. A first for Facebook/Oculus but not a brand new thing. To be eligible for this you had to have an Oculus Account, the Oculus iOS/Android App and a Oculus Go or Gear VR headset. Bad luck any of you top of the line Oculus owners, you were out of luck. Then open up the Venue section and connect to the event.

Event

Just like in real life you sit down in a stadium , albeit a virtual one, looking at the Red Rock Amphitheatre. Look around and it’s filled with other VR concert goers in avatar form. You are able to watch in both solo mode or with others in social mode too. While as you would expect social mode allows you to chat with other fans, in an attempt from Oculus to make it feel like an actual concert. Like you’re there, without actually being there. If you are wondering too, you can chat to them using your voice and not messaging one another. Though as Oculus is Facebook owned, if you share common interests with the person next to you, it will show up on screen.

VR concert: Behaviour

As is like the real world you’re going to have to behave yourself, upon entering the arena, Mashable are reporting that you are presented with a code of conduct screen. Which we’re not sure if many people will read, yet, Mashable are reporting that it states not to harass, use any offensive language or display anti-social behaviour. So like in real life at concerts. Don’t be a d*ck.

If someone is being the aforementioned body part you can click on their avatar and Facebook will look into it. While they may not get kicked out straight away, you are able to mute and block them. If only that feature could work in the real world. However, you can add them as an Oculus friend. You can turn up the music and turn down the chat volume of the crowd too. With Mashable reporting that this was a real pleasing part of the experience! To add to this experience trumping a real life concert, there are no phones in your face recording the event. People are too busy enjoying the music or talking to one another. Something that really should happen in real life in all honesty.

Is it worth it?

Enjoy music at home, without the commute home, pushing and shoving, drugged up skinny teenagers trying to sell you dodgy pills, p*ss bottles, should know better middle aged people trying to be cool or the rowdy couple who couldn’t wait to get home. While all that sounds rather inviting and pleasing, maybe that’s what concerts are all about. The experience, the atmosphere isn’t just the same as being there. That’s what it feels like, hopefully we get the chance to experience this in How To Kill An Hour towers ourselves, as it seems rather intriguing!

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Mikme Silver

Mikme Silver: A small but powerful device!

Mikme are back with a smaller version of the Mikme Microphone BlackGold, introducing the little brother, the Mikme Silver! This version includes a 2/3 capsule instead of a 1″phantom-powered, gold-plated condenser capsule. Furthermore instead of a whopping 16gb of storage the Mikme silver includes 2gb’s worth of storage. Plenty to record plenty podcasts on, as it has up to 45hours worth of record time!
The Mikme Silver other than the features above still retains all of the original features of it’s bigger brother. Just in a smaller form version! You can still record audio with your PC/Mac via USB. Allowing you to achieve crystal clear audio for things like Skype Calls, Music recordings or even webinars.
Support the Mikme Silver by donating via their Indiegogo page. Simply click here to give them a helping hand!
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Episode 289 Documentally

Google Podcasts

Podcasts have a new home on Android: Google Podcasts

Apple and their iPhone’s have had a dedicated podcast player for years, whilst Android users have had a plethora of podcast players there hasn’t been a dedicated app from Google themselves. Until today. Google Podcasts has recently been released. As you’d expect. As a search engine company, search is a very strong part of Google Podcasts:

Google Podcasts: Google Search

On an Android phone (unsurprisingly Google Podcasts is not available on iPhone) you can search for your favourite podcast with a Google Search. Simply type the show into Google and an auto complete box will appear. The information for your podcast(s) of choice will appear in an info card that allows you to play episodes right from within the search tab.

Tapping on “more episodes” will launch a web app for managing your podcasts. The search giant is calling this a “homebase”. Within “homebase” you can listen to new episodes and browse for more podcasts. Google’s algorithms will even show you custom recommendations based on what you listen to as well. If “homebase” recognises that you listen to a podcast more than others, it will prompt you to create a favourite for it. This will pin it to the home screen so you can head straight there. You can even use your voice to search for an podcast if you have a Google home too! Simply as it to play “Ok Google, play the How To Kill An Hour podcast” and we’ll start playing! 😉

Don’t fret either as you can listen to your podcasts on your phone and pick up right from where you left off on your Google Home!

Download Google Podcasts here: Android

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Google Podcasts QR Code

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Episode 288 Johnny and Inel

Whistle Punks Urban Axe Throwing

Whistle Punks Urban Axe Throwing

We went to a super cool event recently and it’s not what you think when you hear “Axe Throwing” You can’t just throw with pure power it takes a lot of technique! It’s one of the most satisfying event out be that either a day or night. This is Whistle Punks Urban Axe Throwing!

You’ll be slinging your axe along side your friends and/or colleagues, hitting bullseyes if you’re lucky! Cheer on your mates, all behind the backdrop of great music and atmosphere. While socialising between throws.

Teaching

You’ll get to be taught by Whistle Punks Urban Axe Throwing’s trained throwing coaches who will get you hitting bullseye in no time at all. You’ll be a pro!

The fun doesn’t stop there, once you’re taught there’ll be a tournament with a group of you and the king or queen of the axe’s will be crowned .

Then once you’ve got the hang of it we’ll take you and your group through a tournament until the king or queen of axes is crowned!

London prices are £22/29 (Off Peak/On Peak)

Listen to the guys chatting about their experience at Whistle Punk’s Urban Axe Throwing please click here!

To check out Whistle Punk’s Urban Axe Throwing for yourself please click here!

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Glassmates

Glassmates

Ortis Deley returned to the show recently and spoke to Marcus about an all manner of things tech and gadets, but, he also spoke to us about Glassmates! A brand new experience from Ortis himself and a couple of his friends Nigel and Jimmy.
With Glassmates you’re asked to experience an exploratory journey through alcohol! The Glassmates (Ortis, Nigel and Jimmy) seek to show people a better way to enjoy drink, regardless of their budget! The main aim is to simply improve the drinking experience for you, the consumer. For example, if you decide that you wish to drink a rum and coke. The Glassmates will guide you how to make the best rum and coke you can. Consequently the best rum to go with what mixer and even explain as to why no mixer may also be a good choice.
The Glassmates have a brand new experience that is coming soon that they wish to let you all know about! It’s called:

The Whiskey Experience

Throughout the day the Glassmates are hosting Whiskey Tasting Sessions. Each Glassmate is championing two whiskies to get your vote as the BEST whisky available! So you guessed it, you get the chance to test (and taste) SIX different whiskies! Furthermore each of the Glassmates will guide you through the tastes and nuances of their own whiskey.
Consequently at the end, if you’re still feeling thirsty, you can ask the bartender to make you your favourite whiskey cocktail from the experience.
You can buy your WHISKEY EXPERIENCE tickets online here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/eat-food-fest-reigate-tickets-41836586356

Flight Challenge

Much like the Whiskey Experience, each of the Glassmates have created a spirit based cocktail which again you’ll be able to taste and buy. Yet on this challenge each of the tastee’s will be given a voting card to vote for their favourite cocktail.

Find out more about the different types of Cocktails available to you here!

Listen to the guys chatting about this on the show by clicking here!

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Episode 287 Hair Bear Ortis

Planet Alpha

Planet Alpha E3 2018 Gameplay!

We got to play Planet Alpha at E3 this year and boy is it good! Finally we can show you how beautiful it looks too! Absolutely gorgeous arcade game and we cannot wait to play it in more detail!

Planet Alpha: Plot

Planet Alpha’s plot revolves around a beautiful alien world. So, the story is filled with mystery and danger, as you would expect from an alien planet! So, you’re pursued by enemies and you must use a unique game mechanic, the power of night and day, to survive. As Planet Alpha is richly affected by the solar cycle, as you progress throughout the game, you’ll discover you’ve been given a unique gift. The power to manipulate night and day. You must use this power intelligently to your advantage to progress as effectively and as quickly as possible.

Your character awakes on this alien world, injured, alone and left to your own devices to venture across this planet. Scaling the beautiful and varied, sometimes treacherous terrain to survive. Consequently creating an insanely rich landscape on which this incredible story lives on.

Interested?  We know we are! Yet, unfortunately this amazing game, Planet Alpha is available in Q3 of 2018 – (PC, PS4, XBOX One and Nintendo Switch) So we wait with baited breath! After all they do say that all good things comes to those that wait. So, we are hugely confident that this will be a very good thing to wait for! Planet Alpha appears to be one of those sleeper titles that just gets you hooked from the very first play!

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Overcooked 2

Overcooked 2 E3 2018 Gameplay!

 

An How To Kill An Hour favourite is BACK! Yes that’s right everyone’s favourite cooking game is returning, this is Overcooked 2! In this game the Onion Kingdom is once again in peril. Though it’s at the fault of the Onion King himself! By reading aloud from the fabled Necronomnomicon, he has cooked up a real problem. A problem in the form of a doughy and dangerous army of Undead Bread, named: The Unbread! The game requires players to chop, bake and fry their way to a set of brand new kitchens and tasks to defeat and save the kingdom!

Overcooked 2 is a co-op game that allows 1-4 players to help serve recipes to hungry customers in an series of unconventional kitchens. The game will follow players across kitchens located in hot air balloons, a magical school and even planets! Don’t forget to dodge the fires, collapsing floors or overbearing waiters!

Overcooked 2 New Features

What’s new:

  • Online multiplayer! For the first time you can cook up a storm with up to four players in both local and online multiplayer
  • Throwing! Throwing is now an official game mechanic, allowing you to toss ingredients to your fellow chefs or even straight into the pan/blender/onto the floor
  • New level mechanics! Overcooked 2 sees the introduction of new game mechanics including moving walkways, controllable platforms and even portals!
  • Dynamic levels! Throwing you from the frying pan and into the fire. Dynamic levels will change around you, offering a new challenge to overcome as the recipes and levels themselves change!
  • Interactive world map! As you drive, sail and soar your way around the map in the Onion King’s amphibious air bus you will open up new areas using hidden buttons around the world
  • Kitchens! From the neon lights of a sushi restaurant to the bubbling pots of a Wizard school kitchen, there are plenty of places to cook up a storm in Overcooked 2!
  • Recipes! From spaghetti to sushi and pancakes to pizza, recipes both old and new will need to be cooked to perfection (or at least not burnt to a crisp!) New recipes mean new ingredients and new equipment so even the most well-seasoned Overcooked players will be challenged.
  • Chefs! Overcooked 2 introduces a whole host of new of chefs to play in the kitchen including an eagle, mouse, beaver and what kitchen is complete without an octopus!

(Credit: Overcooked 2/Team 17 Press Release)

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