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Microlab FC60BT Speaker System Now Available Just In Time For Father's Day

By : Kenny King on Friday, April 11, 2014 | 9:16 AM

Friday, April 11, 2014

Microlab has announced that the new FC60BT HD audio wireless Bluetooth/NFC 2.1 Subwoofer Speaker System is now available for $449. If you have been looking for that perfect Father's Day gift or just crystal clear sound for all your audio needs then read on!

From the Press Release
Microlab www.microlab.com, a leading audio manufacturer of portable and Hi-Fi speaker systems for the digital home and office and a CES 2012 Innovations Award Winner, announced today the FC60BT HD audio wireless Bluetooth/NFC 2.1 Subwoofer Speaker System, featuring Microlab’s patented HC2D Technology, a powerful subwoofer, and 2 advanced stereo satellite SQ speakers without enclosures for crystal clear sound without harmonic distortions or vibrations that often happen when speakers are enclosed.


HC2D Technology for Supreme Immersive Sound & Modern White Lycosa Mirrored Acrylic Styling

The perfect Father’s Day gift for the ultimate fully immersive “man cave” audio listening experience, the FC60BT brings audio perfection to dad with Microlab’s innovative patented HC2D (High Clarity Close Distance) technology that provides an impeccable 105 Watt crystal clear output, with EQ parameter for automatically balanced sound, a 360 degree remote control that works from any angle in the room, modern white acrylic styling, and quick and easy set-up.

360 Degree Remote for Access from Any Angle in the Room -- Lying on the Couch, at a Desk, or Anywhere Else

The FC60BT features a modern design which fits into any environment, with sexy clear see-through speakers and a luxurious Lycosa mirrored white acrylic subwoofer with a matching powerful white circular remote. The system connects to Bluetooth, NFC, and optical devices, including smartphones, tablets, HDTVs, CD, DVD, and Blu-ray players, and PCs and Laptops through its convenient 360 degree RF remote control that works from any angle in the room, so dad can access the system while relaxing on the couch, at his pool table, desk, bar or from anywhere else in his man cave, office or studio. The remote quickly controls on/off, input choice (Bluetooth, NFC, or optical), volume and bass level, pause/stop, and track selection.

FC60BT Features:

  • 2.1 subwoofer system with 2 see-through stereo satellite speakers.
  • Patented HC2D Technology (High Clarity Close Distance) for crystal clear sound with full resolution range when listening at close or from a far distance.
  • Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology connects to smartphones and tablets.
  • NFC (Near Field Communication) function quickly connects to Android, Windows and Blackberry devices without pairing -- just tap the device on the remote control’s NFC logo for instant music.
  • Powerful integrated 8-inch bass subwoofer with built-in amplifier.
  • 2 stereo enclosure-less satellite SQ speakers for no harmonic distortions or vibrations.
  • Digital signal processor for clear HD audio sound.
  • Connects to most media players with included stereo 3.5mm jack.
  • 360 degree RF remote control for Bluetooth, NFC, track, input, volume, and bass controls that works from any angle in the room.
  • 1-inch tweeter and 5-inch midrange set up in tandem for perfectly clear sound.
  • EQ parameter for automatically balanced sound.
  • Quick and easy plug n’ play set up in a few minutes.
  • Amplifier output: 105 Watt RMS.
  • Tweeter: 6 Ohm, Midrange: 8 Ohm.

Availability & Pricing

Priced at $449 SRP, the Microlab FC60BT will be available in May distributed in the U.S. by Ma Labs. For information, visit the official website at www.microlab.com.

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Legends (Event Report)

By : Amanda Dyar on Sunday, April 6, 2014 | 7:17 PM

Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Legends event came to Huntsville, Alabama during the first week of April and the BGG staff were able to attend the event on April 5, 2014. Tickets for the event were reasonably priced starting as low as $15 and going as high as $155 for the Ringmaster Zone seats. The circus is an event that can be enjoyed by the entire family, and we definitely saw that was the case at this year's Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Legends show. It was however a hassle getting into the show as storms of protestors stood outside the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, and tried to get attendees to turn back from the show, as they saw the animals were inhumanly treated. While at the show, we saw the staff and performers treat the animals with nothing but kindness, but we can not speak with on what happens behind the scenes at events such as this.

We took our seats at around 3:00 PM and watched the opening act for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Legends which involved a beautifully coordinated dance number alongside professionally trained animals and great skits by the performers. The only thing that made the event a little less enjoyable was the tight seating which made you feel like you were packed inside a sardine can. There was a very narrow walkway to each row of seating which was almost dangerous since you only had enough room to stand up and then walk out like you were on a tight rope. One wrong move and you could find yourself tumbling down rows of seats and falling on the hard concrete floor that laid below. Basically, if you were sit in the middle seating of these rows then you would never be able to get up during the show to get a drink or go to the restroom and would have to wait until the half-time show to do so. This means that most attendees sit for almost an hour and half to two hours before they could get out of their seat to meet basic human needs. Another big drawback of the event was the outrageous prices for food, drinks and souvenirs. Want two bags of cotton candy that comes with some poorly made ringmaster hats? $30. Do you want a cup of lemonade that comes in a plastic souvenir cup? $10. Or how about having a last memory of the event by having a picture took with your family? $21. It is safe to say that the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Legends event may be fun for children but it will milk their parents dry of every last hard-earned dollar in their pocket.



The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Legends event offers up about three hours of entertainment but expect to spend around $200-300 before you leave the event especially if you have a large family. In the end, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Legends had everything a family could want in regards to entertainment since you got to see clowns, exotic animals, beautiful dance routines and death-defying tricks that no other show out there offers. However, families can expect to pay a pretty penny for this type of event, so make sure you have everything budgeted such as food, drinks and souvenirs in for everyone that is going. If you are looking for one of the best shows on earth then look no further then Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Legends! To learn more, visit the official Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey website. Want to see more photos from the event? Check out all our photos on the official Travew Facebook page.

Score: 7 out of 10
$$$$ (Pricey family entertainment)



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BFast Breakfast Shakes (Food Review)

By : Amanda Dyar on Sunday, March 30, 2014 | 9:29 AM

Sunday, March 30, 2014

General Mills has announced the release of their all new breakfast shake line known as BFast. The new drinks provide 8 grams of protein, 8 grams of whole grains, 3 grams of fiber and plenty of vitamins and minerals that consumers would expect from a healthy breakfast of milk and cereal and similar foods in the form of a shake that is easy to pick up and take on the go. The shakes come in the three flavors vanilla, chocolate and berry or strawberry, and all three taste great. BFast shakes are designed to give consumers an easy option for breakfast and are a great tasting and easy way to do so, but there are plenty of nutrients in each box, so the shakes can easily fit any diet and likely help people get in better shape when used alongside a healthy diet and regular exercise. No matter how you use BFast breakfast shakes, they're definitely a good option for people short on time or those that normally skip breakfast instead.

General Mills announced the product back in 2013 with several promotions online and in select locations such as college campuses around the country, and the product is now available in stores. One of the first things people will notice when picking up a BFast breakfast shake is the package's design. The little cardboard box is roughly the size of a couple sticks of butter and features a tough, metal covering over the drink spout that is likely there to prevent spills or wasted products during shipping, but users will need a pen or other device ready to open a shake, since no straw is included. Once the drink is open though, any frustration with opening the package melts away with a smooth and refreshing taste that is best served cold, though refrigeration isn't required.

General Mills may be a bit late to the breakfast shake industry, but BFast is definitely one of the best tasting brands around and is easily comparable with Slim Fast, Ensure and other brands available at local supermarkets. Though the BFast breakfast drinks boast some great nutrition statistics, they aren't the best around. For example, Special K brand drinks have 10 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber when compared to the 8 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber of the BFast shakes, though BFast offers less calories, fat and sugar, so it really depends on what the consumer is looking for in their shakes. We really enjoy BFast breakfast shakes and would like to see the brand have continued success that can translate into more products and the introduction of new flavors, and General Mills is poised for a successful launch with three great offerings for consumers looking for breakfast options on the go, so check out BFast breakfast shakes in your local grocery store today!

BFast Breakfast Shakes from General Mills are now available from all major retailers for the suggestted retail price of $1.79 or $4.49 for a 3-pack. For more information on the drinks, check out the official BFast Breakfast Shakes website.

Food Features:
  • Suggested Retail Price of $4.49 for 3-Pack or $1.79 Each
  • Vanilla, Chocolate and Berry Flavors
  • 8 Grams of Protein, 8 Grams of Whole Grains & 3 Grams of Fiber
  • No Need to Refrigerate
  • Available from General Mills


Score: 9 out of 10

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Critical Hit Set To Co-Headline At Orlando Nerd Fest 2014

By : Amanda Dyar on Thursday, March 27, 2014 | 8:33 PM

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The videogame music tribute band Critical Hit led by composer Jason Hayes is set to co-headline Orlando Nerd Fest 2014. The event will be held at the Orlando Airport Marriott from August 7-11, 2014. Read on to learn more.


From the Press Release
Critical Hit, the all-star videogame music tribute band led by composer Jason Hayes – best known for his work on the acclaimed World of Warcraft soundtrack – will co-headline Orlando Nerd Fest 2014 with Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu and his band, The Earthbound Papas. Home to over 50 unique performances, the multi-day festival is aspiring to be the world’s largest nerd culture based music festival and will be held at the Orlando Airport Marriott from August 7-11, 2014.


Critical Hit is scheduled to perform live on August 9, 2014 at 10 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Stage A and will entertain attendees with electrifying original arrangements from the most celebrated videogames of all time, including Skyrim, Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Halo, Metal Gear Solid, Pokemon, World of Warcraft, Tetris, and more. Following their performance, Nobuo Uematsu and The Earthbound Papas will take the stage to deliver another solid set list that includes exhilarating classic rock music from Final Fantasy and other popular Japanese games. This exciting collaboration between both all-star bands is credited to Shion Francois, Founder and President of Babel Entertainment.

"To represent the best from the East with The Earthbound Papas and the West with Critical Hit is a dream come true, but to have them both co-headlining on the same night is truly special,” said Shion Francois, Founder and President of Babel Entertainment. “Expect something very exciting from both bands come Saturday night!"

“As a fellow fan of Nobuo Uematsu and his timeless scores, I am honored to co-headline our first Orlando Nerd Fest with his high profile band The Earthbound Papas,” said Jason Hayes. “We cannot wait to share what we’ve been working on with gaming enthusiasts and music fans attending the show.”

Today, Critical Hit is also pleased to release their third music video, featuring an original arrangement from the classic videogame Tetris. Musicians in the video contribute to a staggering list of credits, including The Annual Primetime Emmy’s, Cirque Du Soleil, American Idol, and more.

Visit Critical Hit’s official website to purchase its debut album, Critical Hit Volume 1 and to subscribe to the mailing list for all the latest news and giveaways: http://www.criticalhitband.com
  • Digital download (iTunes, Amazon, Loudr) on sale for $9.99
  • Physical album on sale for $14.99

Album is mixed and mastered by Grammy award winning audio engineer Gustavo Borner and feature Musicians Hall of Fame inductee David Frank Paich, pianist of the legendary band Toto and co-writer on hit titles Africa, Rosanna, and Hold the Line.

For more information about Orlando Nerd Fest, visit: http://www.orlandonerdfest.com



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The International Music Summit's (IMS) Engage Returning On April 16 To Los Angeles

The International Music Summit's (IMS) Engage is set to return on April 16th in Los Angeles at the W Hotel Hollywood. The IMS Engage series has expanded to include 350 delegates. Read on to learn more.


From the Press Release
Following its successful debut last April, The International Music Summit's (IMS) Engage will return to Los Angeles, Wednesday, April 16th at the W Hotel Hollywood. Founded by Legendary DJ Pete Tong MBE and music executives Ben Turner and Danny Whittle amongst others, the International Music Summit has earned a reputation as the "TED of music conferences." IMS Engage consists of six un-moderated conversations pairing leaders from the worlds of finance, technology, music and media to address the growing influence of electronic music. As part of the pairings the first confirmed speakers include songwriter and musician Moby withlegendary film director David Lynch (Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive), and world-renowned film music composer Hans Zimmer (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, 12 Years a Slave, The Dark Knight Rises, Man Of Steel and Inception) with rising scoring star Junkie XL. Additional IMS Engage pairings will be announced within the next coming weeks.


The pairings of Moby and David Lynch, along with Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL, validate IMS Engage's mission to create a dialogue among authorities within the film and music industries. All are leaders in their fields. Electronic musician Moby is considered one of the most important dance music figures of the early 90's, selling over 20 million albums worldwide. Moby will join American film director David Lynch in conversation at IMS Engage. Lynch is known for his surrealist films which include Eraserhead, Mulholland Drive and Lost Highway. He has been described as "the most important director of his era" by The Guardian and has been labeled as the "first popular surrealist." Moby and Lynch have a strong history going back to Twin Peaks - Moby sampled the music from the film in his defining production 'Go'. The pair have since remixed each other's work for Lynch's own music projects on Sunday Best Recordings.

Hans Zimmer has received three GRAMMY Awards, an American Music Award, a Tony Award, three Classical BRIT Awards, two Golden Globe awards and an Academy Award. He has composed music for over 100 films with highlights including The Lion King, Crimson Tide, The Thin Red Line, Gladiator, The Last Samurai and Inception. Zimmer will be paired in discussion with Junkie XL, the Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum selling Dutch music producer, remixer and composer. The two recently collaborated on the score for the film The Dark Knight Rises and Junkie XL has gone on to score Divergent and 300: Rise of the Empire - both US Box Office Number One films in the last month. Junkie is arguably the most successful electronic music producer in film.

Moby, David Lynch, Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL will join a "who's who" of the film and music communities at this years' IMS Engage. Past participants with IMS Engage have included hip-hop impresario Russell Simmons, Ultra Music Founder Patrick Moxey, renowned music manager Troy Carter, the founder of Instagram Kevin Systrom and musicians Skillrex and Diplo.

This year's IMS Engage series has been expanded to include 350 delegates. Tickets start at $320 and are available via ticket link at: http://www.internationalmusicsummit.com/ims-engage/delegate-badges

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