Free Xbox Live Gold/PS Plus Games for February: Yakuza 4, Thief, Brothers, Sniper Elite V2 + More

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Each month, Sony’s PlayStation Plus and Microsoft’s Xbox Live Gold services give away a handful of free games to subscribers, adding value to each company’s multi-console online gaming service. February’s games have been announced, including the following free titles:

For PlayStation Plus, Sony is offering the futuristic PS4 action/strategy RPG Transistor and PS4 ancient Greece-themed action-platformer Apotheon. PS3 owners get the Japanese sandbox action/RPG Yakuza 4 and first-person action/stealth game Thief. PS Vita users get Rogue Legacy and Kick & Fennick; Rogue Legacy is also available for the PS3 and PS4. All of the titles become free to PS Plus users on February 3. Transistor regularly sells for $20, Thief for $40, and Yakuza 4 for $50, making a one-year PlayStation Plus membership ($50) or $18 three-month membership a no-brainer alternative.

For Xbox Live Gold members, Microsoft is giving away the 8-bit-inspired future arena ball game #IDARB (reg. $15) for the Xbox One, as well as the action/RPG/puzzler Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (reg. $15) and Sniper Elite V2 (shown above, reg. $30) for the Xbox 360. A one-year Xbox Live Gold membership is normally $60 and a three-month membership is normally $25, but you can grab the biggie for only $40 on Amazon right now!

New games are typically offered at the beginning of each month, with old games disappearing from the “free” lists above. Full descriptions of this month’s titles are below.

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Audio-Technica unveils its first professional grade open-back headphones with the new ATH-R70x

ath_r70x_2_sqAudio-Technica, makers of leading audio gear for nearly half a century, have announced a new entry to its growing lineup of professional grade headphones. Initially unveiled at the NAMM show in California recently, the new ATH-R70x headphones are the company’s very first foray into open-back reference headphones and sit alongside the already released closed variation, the M70x model.

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The Creator CI20 Android/Linux microcomputer starts shipping today for $65

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London-based Imagination Technologies has announced that it is now shipping its Creator CI20 microcomputer. This direct competitor to little-computer king, Raspberry Pi, is noted specifically for its low-power requirements while still pumping out high-performance graphics. Particularly, the C120 is capable of running the Quake 3 game engine at 1080p while using just 2.5 watts of power at a very competitive price point.

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Action role playing game Torchlight II is finally coming to Mac

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Originally released in 2012 for Windows PC, the action role-playing game Torchlight II has been scheduled to hit the Mac for a few years now without ever having surfaced. But it appears the wait is over. The highly rated ARPG is now scheduled to hit Steam this coming Monday, February 2nd for Mac gamers.

Head below to check out the announcement trailer and more details on Runic’s Torchlight II:  Read more

Omaker 10,000mAh Dual 2.1A USB Batteries with 1W flashlight: $17 Prime shipped, (+ 5200mAh battery: $30 shipped)

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Amazon offers the Omaker 10,000mAh Dual 2.1A USB Battery with 1W LED light in Black or White for $21.99. Coupon code UV577U98 drops it $5 to $16.99 Prime shipped. That’s the lowest price we’ve seen for this high (4.7/5 star) rated external battery.  Features:

  • Premiun gloss finish,the UV craft makes it wear resistant.
  • Intelligent technology:maximizes compatibility with Android,Apple or other devices by enabling charge speeds of up to 2.1 amp with 2x 2.1A USB Outputs.
  • High capacity: 10000mAh of capacity charges an iPhones four+ times or large-capacity phones like the Galaxy S4 more than twice, 4 Integrated LED indicator show Power status.
  • Battery Type:Constructed with A+ Li-Polymer battery cells and build-in microchips to ensure safety use; 500+recharge cycles over the life of the battery.
  • Intelligent power manage IC:Multiple protection system inside for safety;Designed for avoiding overcharge,overvoltage, overcurrent, and short circuit, CE, FCC, ROHS certification ensures reliability.Portable Charger: Compact design, Super portable, Suitable for a wide range of occasions, such as parties, BBQs, and outdoor activities like camping,mountain climbing, and picnics.
Note that customers can add a 5200mAh Omaker X-2 battery with Flashlight with coupon codeW3MP3WO3 to drop the combo to $30 Prime shipped for both. Also a low, also rated very highly.  That’s $13 extra on this battery that is marked down from $17.

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iTunes Free App of the Week: ProCam 2 ($1.99 value)

Apple has selected ProCam 2 – Camera and Photo / Video Editor as the Free App of the Week. Typically going for $1.99, you can now pickup the app for free on iPhone and iPod touch. You can also grab ProCam XL 2 on iPad for free (Reg. $1.99) as well. Based on previous pricing data, this is matching the lowest we’ve have seen the apps go for. Both version combined have received a 4+ star rating from over 1600 reviewers.

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Sobriety optional: Synek’s new portable tap brings 11 fresh beers to any home or tailgate

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Beer drinkers are pickier than ever. Sometimes it takes more than a bottle of beer or a pour from a growler to satisfy a beer lover’s thirst. That’s probably why the Synek home tap system Kickstarter campaign had no problem getting funded and is now coming to the masses.

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Marvel Collectors Corps subscription delivers exclusive collectibles to your doorstep at deep discounts

Marvel collectable corps collectorsFunko, the makers of the ever so plush superhero figures, has teamed up with Marvel to produce a subscription box service for the “true believers” out there. The Marvel Collector corps will ship the debut box in April. It will have Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and include a 6-inch Iron Man Hulkbuster Pop vinyl figure that’s only available through this subscription service (shown below)

Hulk-Buster-OnlyThe box contents also include a T-shirt featuring one of four exclusive designs, an additional stylized vinyl figure and two premium accessories.

The offer has a value of over $50 for only $25 per box and each one will ship every two months (Marvel’s Ant-Man will be featured in the June box).

The box service has 2 levels: the basic Collector level and the Founder level. Fans who sign up for the Founders program, which includes a six-box subscription, will receive an exclusive Founder Statue on the 12-month anniversary of their first box shipment. As long as their membership does not lapse, Founders will continue to receive a new exclusive figure every year on their anniversary.

The Marvel Collector Corps service is now available for $25 per box, and you can signup for yours now at collectorcorps.com.

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ZeroLemon SolarJuice 20000mAh power bank w/ solar charging: $50 shipped (Reg. $60)

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Power bank deals are a dime a dozen these days. However, its not every day we see a power bank with the massive capacity of 20000mAh that can be topped off by the sun. Which is why today’s deal on the new ZeroLemon SolarJuice Portable Battery caught our eye. It’s available for $49.99 with free shipping, which is $10 below its street price and 50% better than its inflated MSRP.

zerolemon-solarjuice-batteryIts built-in solar panels can charge your iPhone about 50% after being in normal sunlight for just 8 hours. Bring it along while hiking or camping because its rain resistant and shockproof. It’ll even quick charge your iPhone 6 thanks to 2A USB outputs. Here’s a full breakdown of its entire feature set:

  • Top Grade A cell, built-in 20000mAh Lithium Polymer battery charges via a powerful 1.2W monocrystalline solar panel
  • Dual output allows for simultaneous charging of multiple devices at high speeds
  • Anti-explosion, lightweight, compact, and reliable
  • 1000+ recharge cycles over the life of the battery
  • Solar charging capabilities with any light condition
  • LED indicators reflecting charging & discharging process
  • Fast charging 2.1 & 1A power output for maximum iOS & Android charge rates (more than 7x charge for iPhone 6)
  • Ultrabright LED flashlight

The nitty gritty: Deal ends in five days and includes a 180-day ZeroLemon Guarantee. It’s important to note that all sales are final and it’ll take one to two weeks for your power bank to ship. Only available for US buyers.

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Nintendo Throwback Sale 3: Metroid Prime: Trilogy $10 for Wii U, Mario Kart 8 $45, Mario Golf + more

The third week offerings for Nintendo’s Throwback Sale have just gone public, after last week’s release of Punch-Out!! for Wii U and the prior week’s deal on Super Mario Galaxy 2 for Wii U. Once again, you only have one week to grab a single steeply-discounted Wii U title from Nintendo’s eShop, plus smaller discounts on several Wii U and 3DS releases.

This week’s star attraction is Nintendo’s Wii U version of Metroid Prime: Trilogy, the 2009 Wii collection of Metroid Prime, Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, and Metroid Prime 3: Corruption in one download for $9.99 (reg. $20 digital). Discontinued and previously selling for as much as $300 on disc for the Wii, Metroid Prime: Trilogy is an excellent value for the Wii U. A Wii Remote and Nunchuk are required to play the game. Also available for the next week at reduced prices are:

  • Mario Golf (GBC) for Nintendo 3DS: $2.49 (Reg. $5)
  • Mario Golf World Tour for Nintendo 3DS: $22.49 (Reg. $30)
  • Metroid (NES) for Nintendo 3DS: $3.49 (Reg. $5)
  • Mario Kart 8 for Wii U: $45 (Reg. $60)
  • Super Mario Kart (SNES) for Wii U: $6 (Reg. $8)

Reports have suggested that Nintendo will continue to release additional Wii games such as Sin & Punishment 2 for the Wii U, but it’s unclear whether they’ll be part of the Throwback sale. Some of the Wii ports will no longer require special Wii controllers to play on the Wii U; others (including Super Mario Galaxy 2, Punch-Out!!, and Metroid Prime: Trilogy) unfortunately do.

Check out our Wii U Buyers’ Guide for recommendations on the right Wii U bundles, accessories, and games to purchase, as well as our daily gaming deals for additional discounts. Pre-order deals for Kirby: The Rainbow Curse ($50) and Mario Party 10 ($50) are amongst many we’re currently tracking!

Roundup: the best soundbars to bring your home theater to life

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Flat screen HDTVs have come a long way in their development in the last few years, one of the down falls in their ever slimming design is speaker placement. Many HDTVs now ship with rear-facing speakers in an effort to slim down its profile. Simply put, your beautiful 4K television sounds terrible because the speakers are aimed towards the wall instead of the viewer.

There are a few ways to solve this problem, but the simplest option with the best results is a soundbar. For years, 5.1 surround sound systems have been the cream of the home theater crop but consumers are finding the wiring and installation process to be not worth the struggle. Soundbars are much simpler to install and offer a wide variety of extras such as wireless subwoofers, HDMI inputs and wireless Bluetooth audio at very competitive prices.

Below we’ve rounded up some of our top soundbar picks for each size budget, plus a number of other options as well.

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