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Tech Talk: How Has Modern Tech Changed Our Viewing Habits?

Modern technology is a wonderful thing that has improved our lives in a whole host of different manners.

Those improvements have influenced the world of business, financial control, and even medical health. Sometimes, though, those upgrades are simply there to make modern life a little more entertaining. Media plays a massive role, not least when it comes to visual elements.

So how have our viewing habits evolved in recent times? Let’s take a closer look at three crucial elements.

Not Bound By Schedules

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Once upon a time, you had to either watch a show when the TV guide told you or record it on a VHS. The current landscape couldn’t be further from that if we tried. For starters, many channels have +1 or +24 varieties while most households are now able to pause live TV too.

Perhaps more crucially, the internet has opened up a whole realm of new opportunities. Many broadcasters now make shows available for streaming via websites, meaning viewers can watch at a time to suit them. Meanwhile, with a Showbox APK download, viewers can access films and popular programming at a click of a few buttons of an iPhone or iPad.

People are now able to watch TV and films at a time to suit them, even if they’re on the go. When compared to the situation of 25 years ago, the progress is mind-blowing.

Changing Expectations

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Up until around the turn of the century, visual media production was reserved for professionals and the ultra rich. However, the 1999 release of Blair Witch Project signaled a major turning point. For modern audiences, slightly poor production quality can be forgiven if the content is of the required standard.

The growth of internet videos, especially through YouTube moved the goalposts further still. Of course, those media platforms are also used for movie trailers and broadcasting of professional content. However, it’s now possible for anyone with a camera to generate a career from creating visual media. That’s only made possible by changing expectations of viewers.

Perhaps more importantly, there is an added sense of freedom. This creates a far better playing field for niche content too. For both the viewer and the creator, those possibilities will only increase over the coming years.

Interaction

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The way we access and consume visual media has changed massively. Unsurprisingly, so has the way we interact with social commentary on what we’ve seen.

In previous generations, you’d watch a show with your family and discuss it with them before talking about it the following day with others. Nowadays, the use of social media allows people to interact with other viewers in real time. In fact, many TV shows even use hashtags and interactive features to actively aid their content.

For some people, the modern way of digesting media is worse. For others, it’s better than ever. Whatever side of the line you fall on, there’s no doubt that the climate is far different than previous generations. And as technology continues to evolve, those viewing habits will surely progress in tandem.

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Functional Apps For The Discerning Gentleman

As a modern man, your phone is central to your world. You use it for everything, from playing music to gaming. But are you using it to its full potential? Here we’re going to investigate some rather fine apps for the discerning gentleman. Here are some of the top picks.

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Distiller

When Distiller first came onto the scene, it created a bit of a stir. The idea behind the app was to suggest which whiskey to drink. Since it was first released, the app has expanded its functionality dramatically. Now it gives suggestions on rum, brandy and tequila too. The cool thing about this app is that it saves you a lot of time. You don’t have to spend loads of time researching which drinks go with what. You have all the information, right at your fingertips.

Weber’s Grill

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Weber’s Grill is very similar to Distiller in the sense that it is trying to make your life easier when it comes to food and drink. The app gives information on how to cook stuff on the grill. And it comes packed with tips and explainer videos. It’s an excellent little resource if getting you grilling right has been a problem in the past.

Sky Sports App

Sky Sports has taken a big financial hit recently. But that doesn’t mean that it’s not a great place to get all the latest sporting information. You can find out everything here, from the latest in the football to the best bets today horse racing.

Duolingo

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Men who want to create a good impression know that a great way to do it is to speak a second language. Few things are more intellectually impressive than suddenly being able to switch out of one language and into another.

Learning a new language, however, is difficult, especially as an adult. Duolingo, however, has attempted to solve this problem. It uses a series of simple lessons, designed to last only a couple of minutes, to teach languages in manageable chunks. The app allows you to learn 10 of the world’s most popular languages.

Sworkit

If you’re a modern gentleman, you’ll know the importance of working out. You’ve always wanted a personal trainer, but you’ve never wanted to fork out for one. This is where Sworkit comes in. Sworkit is an app that is designed to replace your personal trainer. Through it, you can create your own personalised workout plan designed to suit your level of ability. It also holds a library of videos showing how to perform each exercise correctly. The app is now available on both iOS and Android.

Dark Sky

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Dark Sky is an app on a mission to redefine the weather widget. One of the problems with weather widgets at the moment is that they take ages to update. Often the information that you see is an hour or two out of date. The idea behind Dark Sky is to make sure that all weather information is right up to date. You’ll have to fork out for this app. But the benefit is that you get up to the minute information on whether it’s about to rain in your area, and for how long.

Commute in Style with Dry Patch

Commute in Style with Dry Patch

The mercurial British weather has exercised dominion over so many of my London commutes and routines. When the rain comes it skews every good intention of a decent hike or bike ride across the city to make my various appointments. Instead, begrudgingly, I allow the elements to dictate my travel plans and often plump for a convenient Uber or tube ride. Perhaps though I should also plump for recognition of what Al Gore might call, an inconvenient truth; I’m at heart inherently lazy.

Commute in Style with Dry Patch

However, there could be an easy, yet fashionable fix. Introducing the Dry Patch Velo Seat Cover. With designs based on evolution and innovation, their premium lifestyle focused products are designed to keep you dry from the bottom up. How often have you settled to wipe down the seat of your cycle with the sleeve of your jacket or bastardise a shower cap in the form of an ungainly sheath?

Commute in Style with Dry Patch

The unique Velo Seat Cover is 100% waterproof and designed to fit any bicycle seat. The Dry Patch 3-layer design provides comfort and grip alongside that all important wet bum protection. The bottom layer of Chamois soaks up water whilst gripping the seat. The middle layer of medical grade silicone creates an impenetrable barrier between your rear and the water, and the leather top provides a comfortable feel and fashionable look. The handy carry bag and carabiner means you can clip it to just about anything too.

Commute in Style with Dry Patch

I gave the Dry-Patch Velo Seat Cover a proper dry run during the week to test out it’s functionality and imperviousness. As far as comfort goes it offered a sustainable cushion as I wove through upflung pigeons that adorned the Marble Arch benches. To test the cover out fully I preceded to dip the saddle in a nearby fountain, which caught the attention of two local bobbies of whom, luckily, were amused at the conceit. Just as Dry Patch had prophesied the medical grade silicone provided a sufficient barrier, ensuring that the rest of journey was dry and damp-free. Check out the very first Menswear Style video review below and see the product that could change the way you approach your daily commute.

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Hofmeister Returns with a Bavarian Slow Brew

Hofmeister Returns with a Bavarian Slow Brew

Following a 13-year hibernation, Hofmeister has returned with a brand new creation, look and taste. You might remember this iconic beer label from the 80s and 90s, but now it returns after 13 years with brand new recipe. Hofmeister is now an authentic Helles lager, made in Bavaria from the finest locally sourced ingredients available.

Hofmeister Returns with a Bavarian Slow Brew

Hofmeister is an independent brewer with over 80 years of experience in speciality beer. Complying with ‘Reinheitsgebot’, the 500 year old German Beer Purity Law, Hofmeister is made from just three authentic Bavarian ingredients: pure mineral water, locally grown barley malted in the breweries own Malthouse based onsite and a unique mix of hops from the world-famous Hallertau region. At 5% ABV, it is slow brewed using a colder and slower process for up to four times longer, to ensure a refreshing, clean and easy-drinking lager.

Hofmeister Returns with a Bavarian Slow Brew

Working with a fourth generation family-owned brewery nestled on the edge of Ebersberger Forest, Hofmeister’s new recipe is as Bavarian as it can be. Hofmeister is light golden blonde in colour, rich in flavour and with lower carbonation for a refreshing, balanced, easy-drinking lager. The return of this much-loved beer is thanks to a team of beer-loving British entrepreneurs who believe the time is right to bring the taste of a genuine ‘Bearvarian’ Helles lager to the UK audience.
 

Spencer Chambers, Hofmeister CEO explains how “Now more than ever, we are experimenting and enjoying craft beer – with the craft beer scene in the UK continuing its explosive growth . Hofmeister is iconic so it feels right to bring back the brand, but with an authentic Helles lager which appeals to our more sophisticated palates.”

Hofmeister Returns with a Bavarian Slow Brew

Andrew Marsden, Hofmeister Chairman adds: “As one of the most loved TV ads of the 80s, people remember George the Bear with great affection. However times have moved on and so we are bringing back a more grown up brand which resonates with modern craft beer drinkers whilst still retaining the spirit of George.” 

So get ‘pre-beared’ for the brand new 100% Bavaria Hofmeister – available nationwide in pubs and bars from November 2016. Tweet @hofmeister_beer with #FollowTheBear for a chance to get your paws on a Hofmeister at one of their national tasting events, coming soon.

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Win a Gymphlex Gift Voucher

Win a Gymphlex Gift Voucher

We’ve partnered up with Gymphlex, one of the leading sportswear manufacturers in everyday sports leisurewear, to offer one lucky reader a chance to win a £200 gift card to spend on their website. Gymphlex has been clothing sportsmen and women for over 100 years, many from school through to their International sporting careers. Top International Schools and Universities, The Armed Services, Premier Division Football and Rugby teams, International Rugby, Swimming, Cricket, Golf, and Gymnastics teams, and International stars in various sports have all worn Gymphlex.

Win a Gymphlex Gift Voucher

For the last 100 years Gymphlex has manufactured sportswear for many other brands, including Burberry, Barbour, Lonsdale and Margaret Howell. 2014 saw the launch of the Gymphlex collection into the UK; everyday sports leisurewear based on their 100 year sporting archives. The collection consists of classic leisurewear pieces, all made from traditional cloths and all beautifully crafted in carefully selected factories in the UK, Japan and around the world.

Win a Gymphlex Gift Voucher

How to Enter 

For your chance to win a £200 voucher to spend on any Gymphlex product, all you have to do is visit our Competition Page where there are a variety of entry methods. The more ways you enter, the higher your chances of winning become. You have until December 7th 2016 to enter and one winner will be selected at random and announced within 24 hours – good luck!

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Introducing Reload Professional Hair Loss

Introducing Reload Professional Hair Loss

Many men who suffer with hair loss suffer in silence and spend many hours styling and restyling their hair in the hope to hide thinning patches. However, the sooner you seek professional care the sooner you can hopefully treat it. Reload is used by men, women and leading hair regrowth experts all over the world, with proven life changing results. All their products are 100% natural as well as Hormone and Minoxidil free, so you don’t have to worry about any nasty side effects.

Introducing Reload Professional Hair Loss

The way this works is by reversing the hair loss process in order to regenerate new hair growth and stimulating hair thickness. This product is made entirely from highly effective and unique plant extracts – this makes it a stand out from other products on the market today.

Introducing Reload Professional Hair Loss

“Hair regrowth is a huge market and consumers often don’t know where to start or who to trust. Most products are chemical and hormone based, so many people don’t want to use those products on already thinning hair. Our story started when we saw how widely used and highly regarded Reload was in the US and Canada, and were attracted to the fact that all products are 100% natural, so after much research we decided to give it a go. The results were simply life changing.” – Harvey Eaton. 

Designed and produced by a number of the world’s leading hair regrowth specialists and plastic surgeons from across the US, Reload is unique because it is packed with natural active ingredients which creates a wound healing process and ability for thicker and longer hair regrowth which supports hair growth even after discontinuing regular use.

Introducing Reload Professional Hair Loss

The products at Reload are a mixture of repair kits, recovery masks and a range of shampoos and conditioners. The most effective being the Reload Complete Kit designed for both men and women; this will restore your hair roots by opening the pores, and the plant extracts’ ingredients contribute to reverse the hair loss process. The kit also contains a Scalp Led Vibrating Needle roller to stimulate the blood flow and thus enhances the roots for growth back into health.

Introducing Reload Professional Hair Loss

“Rather than keep the Reload secret to ourselves we decided to search for the creators of the range to see how we could bring this product to the UK. We received feedback from customers all over the world who expressed that, like ourselves, Reload Hair Regrowth has literally changed their lives. It’s incredible to hear their stories and see their results, it makes all hard work worthwhile.” – Harvey Eaton.

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adidas Originals Gives the Tubular Invader the 3D Treatment

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adidas Originals has added another beast of a shoe to its Tubular series for FW16 with the 3D-embossed Tubular Invader 2.0.

Using the Invader 2.0’s progressive, YEEZY Boost 750-like silhouette as a base, the release sees a 3D pattern draped all over the shoe’s black upper. It’s made from a premium suede and textile construction, and features blacked-out panels and a milky-white outsole.

The result is a release that pushes the Tubular design into new territory, and we can’t wait to see what the Three Stripes comes up with next in the series.

The adidas Originals Tubular Invader 2.0 will be released here on November 10.

In other sneaker news, Shoe Surgeon has reworked the VLONE x Nike Air Force 1 in “Opulent Python.”

The Nintendo 3DS Will Go on Sale for $99.99 This Black Friday

Nintendo has announced that it will release two limited-edition Mushroom Kingdom versions of the new 3DS for $99.99 on November 25, aka Black Friday.

Currently, you could expect to pay around $150 for the same console, which also comes with a version of Super Mario 3D Land. No add-ins are included with this pack, but the price is still the lowest the 3DS has ever been since initially launching on the market. But if you’re after something weightier, then perhaps save your cash for the 3DS XL, which is priced at $200.

The limited edition consoles, available in either black or white, will be available for purchase at U.S. retailers nationwide — but expect them to go quickly. Canadians can also purchase for a price of $140.

Be sure to stay tuned to these pages for more Black Friday information as it emerges. In the meantime, check out Amazon’s “Black Friday Deals Store.”

Justin Bieber Covered The Beatles at a Bar in Toronto & It’s Actually Pretty Good

The last time Justin Bieber entered a pub for a quiet evening, it ended in his used milk glass being auctioned off online for a small fortune. Luckily his latest foray into a bar proved far more calming, as a video has emerged showing the singer treating the pub to an impromptu piano performance.

This low-key gig took place in Toronto’s Fifth Pubhouse, where the Biebz was found laying low after recently concluding his mammoth Purpose World Tour. Entirely improvised, he treated the bar’s guests to performances of his hit single “Sorry” as well as covers of OneRepublic’s “Apologize,” The Beatles’ “Let It Be” and even Beethoven’s “Für Elise.”

Bieber was of course in need of good press after very publicly storming off stage during a recent show in Manchester because his fans were screaming too loudly. But we’d like to think that maybe he is just the kind of guy to be a bar’s piano man for the hell of it.

Watch his full performance below:

Stay tuned for any further Justin Bieber news. And remember, Beliebe in yourself, forever and always.

In other music news, here’s how some of the industry’s biggest players are getting the vote out in support of Hillary Clinton. See what’s going on right here.

How to Follow the Results of the 2016 U.S. Election Online

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The end of the 2016 U.S. election, and quite possibly the world as we know it, is almost nye — but we still have one more night of ups, downs, memes, controversies and a palpable sense of dread left to endure.

If, like us, you like your dread best served through the medium of far too many open web browser tabs on a computer screen in a dimly room, you’re in luck. You don’t need to be glued to your TV anymore, just simply check out this handy guide below for all the ways you can consume tonight’s coverage on your computer, phone or streaming device.

The search engine giant will integrate national and local election results — which includes the latest polls, an electoral vote tracker and more — into its search entries, continuously updating as new information becomes available.

The site will also include results on the congressional, gubernatorial, senatorial, and state-level referenda and ballot propositions.

The importance of Twitter on election night, if only to keep you laughing, can’t be underestimated. The click-kings over at Buzzfeed know this all too well, and have partnered with the social media site to broadcast live coverage throughout the evening.

The live stream will be accessible on both Twitter’s desktop website and inside the mobile app. All you need to do is head to the Moments tab to view the live stream. If you have an Apple TV, Xbox One or Amazon Fire TV, you can also view the live stream on your TV, thanks to Twitter’s new TV app. The live stream will be available from 6pm ET.

YouTube will host live stream election coverage from Bloomberg, Complex News, NBC, MTV, PBS, Telemundo, and The Young Turks. Streaming kicks off at 7PM ET on Tuesday. Head here for all links.

On top of that, several news outlets will be live-streaming election coverage on Facebook. They include: ABC News, CNN, Daily Caller, The New York Times, NowThis, PBS NewsHour, Univision, Vox, AJ+, and The Washington Post.

Sling TV offers a free 7-day trial that doesn’t require any contracts and can be canceled at any time, which opens up the platform to non-subscribers looking for actual TV coverage on their computers. With Sling TV’s most basic subscription package, Sling Orange, you get over 25 channels, including news stations like CNN. Head to Sling for more information.

Nice and simple, Politico has a complete visual breakdown of results by state as well as an easy-to-use bar which tracks electoral votes. Check it out here when the first polls open.

CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox all have dedicated landing pages for the elections, and they’ll all live-stream their news coverage for free — so long as you’re located in the States.

VoteCastr, partnered with Slate and Vice News, is promising “minute-by-minute projected outcomes,” with data-collection teams “across the battleground states” streaming data. This info will then be checked against proprietary precinct, county, and statewide database models, beginning when polls open in Florida and ending with the final poll closing in Nevada. This promises to be the most terrifying way to watch the election because the projected result will likely swing both ways throughout the day. Check it out here.

In other news, nine U.S. states are also set to vote on weed legalization today.