Skype Prepaid Cards launch in the UK with mural by Mister Batlow in London

To celebrate the launch of Skype Prepaid Cards in the UK, Skype have created a mural of over 3,000 Skype Cards with artwork by London street artist Mister Batlow. Lucky Londoners outside Waterloo Station picked up cards with free Skype credit ranging from £2 to £50!

These cards now make it easier than ever to call mobiles and landlines, send texts, access WiFi, and most importantly make people smile. They also make the perfect gift.

You can pick up the £10 or £20 Skype Cards at the gift card section of select ASDA, Curry’s, PCWorld, Sainsbury’s and WHSmith stores.

You can learn more about the cards here: http://www.skype.com/go/prepaidcardUK

Or see more of Mister Batlow’s work here: http://www.misterbatlow.com/

But wait dont go anywhere yet!

I have a something to tell you… see that skype banner at the right hand side of my blog? Well you have a chance to win some Skype Credit! All you have to do is come back on any day from now till the 7th of December 2012 at one of the following times: 10am, 2pm, 5pm or 8pm GMT and play a game… it’s that simple!

Good luck, please do let me know how you get one.

Greenpeace: Save the Arctic

The Arctic ice we all depend on is disappearing. Fast.

In the last 30 years, we’ve lost as much as three-quarters of the floating sea ice cover at the top of the world. The volume of that sea ice measured by satellites in the summer, when it reaches its smallest, has shrunk so fast that scientists say it’s now in a ‘death spiral’.

For over 800,000 years, ice has been a permanent feature of the Arctic ocean. It’s melting because of our use of dirty fossil fuel energy, and in the near future it could be ice free for the first time since humans walked the Earth. This would be not only devastating for the people, polar bears, narwhals, walruses and other species that live there – but for the rest of us too.

The ice at the top of the world reflects much of the sun’s heat back into space and keeps our whole planet cool, stabilising the weather systems that we depend on to grow our food. Protecting the ice means protecting us all.

To save the Arctic, we have to act today. Sign now.

“A Creeper Like You” – A Minecraft Parody of Adele’s Someone Like You

Youtuber brings the world a Minecraft Parody of Adele’s Someone Like You.

Buy the song here at this link!

Lyrics

I heard that you just respawned
That you’ve built a house
and a brand new farm

I came wanting to be friends
Never thought our union
would so quickly end

Oh steve…
…why not forgive and forget?
You’re the only entity
I’ve come close to as of yet

I know I blew up
and you respawned in a hurry I just
Couldn’t leave it there
not saying sorry and I
know you must be cross
and probably very wary
at the sight
of me
approaching

Never will I kill you again Steve
I’ve got no-one in this world
I’m so lonely

Its not my fault im crammed
full of sulphur and sand
crammed to the brim of my old
worthless hated body
crammed to the brim of my being
of blocks of tnt
—-
You know
how the sun sets
and the stars come out
and darkness sets
Well thats when I spawn,
when the light gets low
and my heart is filled
with the need to kill
—-
I know I blew up
and you respawned in a hurry I just
Couldn’t leave it there
not saying sorry and I
know you must be cross
and probably very wary
at the sight
of me
approaching

Never will kill you again Steve
I’ve got no-one in this world
I’m so lonely

Its not my fault im crammed
full of sulphur and sand
crammed to the brim of my old
worthless hated body

I’m only here to explain myself
It’s like I moved your feelings to the shelf
Didn’t think of how
blowing you up
would lower your health

Never will I kill you again Steve
I’ve got no-one in this world
I’m so lonely

Its not my fault im crammed
full of sulphur and sand
crammed to the brim of my old
worthless hated body

Never will I kill you again Steve
I’ve got no-one in this world
I’m so lonely

Its not my fault im crammed
full of sulphur and sand
crammed to the brim of my old
worthless hated body
crammed to the brim of my being
of blocks of tnt

Microsoft unveils the new Office 2013 and Office 365

Today, Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled the customer preview of the new Microsoft Office, available at office.com/preview. The next release features an intuitive design that works beautifully with touch, stylus, mouse or keyboard across new Windows devices, including tablets. The new Office is social and unlocks modern scenarios in reading, note-taking, meetings and communications and will be delivered to subscribers through a cloud service that is always up to date.

“We are taking bold steps at Microsoft,” Ballmer said at the press conference in San Francisco. “The new, modern Office will deliver unparalleled productivity and flexibility for both consumers and business customers. It is a cloud service and will fully light-up when paired with Windows 8.”

While the full lineup of offerings and pricing plans will be announced in the fall, Ballmer discussed three new Office 365 subscription services. When available, each new subscription offer will include the new 2013 editions of the Office applications — Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access. In addition, subscribers will receive future rights to version upgrades as well as per-use rights across up to five PCs or Macs and mobile devices. The three new editions will be the following:

  • Office 365 Home Premium — designed for families and consumers. This service also includes an additional 20 GB of SkyDrive storage and 60 minutes of Skype world minutes per month.
  • Office 365 Small Business Premium — designed for small businesses. This service also includes business-grade email, shared calendars, website tools and HD webconferencing.
  • Office 365 ProPlus — designed for enterprise customers who want advanced business capabilities and the flexibility to deploy and manage in the cloud.

Full information available here at this press release.

First ever UK showing of new Super Mario Bros 2 on Nintendo 3DS

Games Britannia will be host to the first ever UK consumer showing of New Super Mario Bros. 2, a side-scrolling adventure game for Nintendo 3DS featuring Mario, Luigi and lots of other favourite characters from the Mario universe.

Those keen to get hands-on will not be disappointed, with every level filled with coin collecting opportunities, the Mushroom Kingdom is bursting with adventure. The game records all the coins players collect throughout their quest, so completing a level is only part of the fun.

Nintendo 3DS enthusiasts at Games Britannia will also get the opportunity to play one of the biggest games to hit Nintendo 3DS this year, Kid Icarus: Uprising, and celebrate the revival of hero Pit with a dedicated Swap Shop and battle zone for the collectible AR Cards. AR cards will be available to win for all those victorious in battle.

That’s not all, for those looking to get hands on with the Wii, the quirky new rhythm-based game Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradisewill be available to demo with exclusive souvenir posters on offer for all those who trial the game.

For more information check out www.nintendo.co.uk/events which will be updated with events throughout the Unleashed tour.

Pokémon Black and White Version 2 and Pokémon Dream Radar launching 12th October 2012

Dive into the world of Pokémon like never before when two new Nintendo DS Pokémon games and a downloadable Nintendo 3DS title arrive this October. The successors to the acclaimed Pokémon Black Version andPokémon White Version games, Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2, are set to launch for the Nintendo DS family of systems (playable on Nintendo 3DS in 2D mode) on Friday 12th October 2012. Pokémon Dream Radar will also be available for purchase in the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS on the same day. This downloadable Nintendo 3DS title allows Nintendo 3DS owners to catch their favourite Pokémon, including some very rare ones, via the Nintendo 3DS cameras, using motion control and augmented-reality technology and transfer them into Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2.        

 

Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 bring players back to the Unova Region two years after the events of Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version. There are many new areas to discover, and changes to familiar places for you to explore. One new area is Virbank City, home to Pokéstar Studios. Players will be able to visit Pokéstar Studios and star in their own movie with their favourite Pokémon. The movie a player creates premieres at the in-game theatre, where the audience gives it a rating. Movies are rated based on script choices and battle move sequences, and players can even create sequels to existing movies. There are many movie genres to choose from, including romantic comedy and horror.

 

Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 will also give fans of the original games a chance to catch up with some familiar friends. In this game, Cheren and Bianca return two years after the events of Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version, and a lot has changed. Bianca is now the assistant to Professor Juniper, helping her with Pokémon research and Cheren is now a Gym Leader and a teacher at a school in Aspertia City – the starting location for this adventure.

In Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2, players will also be able to catch some of the Pokémon from outside the Unova region ? such as Eevee, Riolu, Tyranitar, Arcanine and Mareep? right from the start of the game. If they are playing on Nintendo 3DS, players can also transfer Pokémon they have caught with the Pokémon Dream Radar into their Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 games (visible in 2D only).Pokémon Dream Radar lets players use several different features of the Nintendo 3DS system, including the Nintendo 3DS camera, motion control and augmented-reality technology, to discover and catch Pokémon. The game includes hard-to-find Pokémon such as the new Therian Formes of Legendary Pokémon Tornadus, Thundurus, and Landorus.

 

Also launching this Autumn for purchase from the Nintendo eShop, players can learn all about their favourite Pokémon with Pokédex 3D Pro for Nintendo 3DS. This enhanced and upgraded version of the original Pokédex 3Dincludes detailed information about every known Pokémon featured in the history of the Pokémon video game series.

For more information about Pokémon Black Version 2, Pokémon White Version 2Pokémon Dream Radar andPokédex 3D Pro, visit http://www.pokemonblackwhite.com.

Minecraft Song: I Found A Diamond

I Found A Diamond is a new original minecraft song found on the  YouTube channel.

Everyone Involved:

Download the song on iTunes! http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/i-found-diamond-minecraft/id528737086

Lyrics:

I wake up, man that night flew by
I say what’s up to the beautiful-ness that’s outside
And it may be only blocks but you gotta’ look past that
To me it’s all big jungles and grasslands
I need some tools.
Now what should I pick-axe and a sword yah that should do that trick
And back never bored, creeper time-bomb ticks
I’m so fast and I get outta’ there quick
And it’s that double tap sprint, gotta’ love it
I’m runnin’ fast, tryin’ make somethin’ of it
And I’m always running out of food to eat
I guess ten loaves of bread just wasn’t enough for me
Hash tag #firstworldminecraftproblems
Wait, 32 ingots just to build an iron golem
Woowee better get minin’
Them I’m like OMG what’s that shinin’.

And I’ve been minin’ all day
Lookin’ for that blue rock in the caves
And when I’m just about crying
I found a diamond
I found a diamond
Now I’m goin’ all the way
I can build a sword, axe, or a spade
You know I thought I’d never find one.
I found a diamond
I found a diamond

Finally got it, man I’m so excited
I just wanna’ get back right up to my house but then I realize it
And it’s not gonna’ be as easy as I think
Because I didn’t leave a path to follow now my stomach shrinks
Skeletons are so annoying when they find me
They just don’t give up
And those arrows, don’t remind me
These precious diamonds, I’m holding in my inventory
I’d like to keep them please
Now just don’t let this story end on a bad note
Let me make it back out
Can you hear me notch?
Just don’t let me black out
It’s looking bad no grass topped dirt in sight
But what’s that? Yah I think it is, it just might
One more block to mine, I think I did it
Feels like an eternity as my shovel goes into it
BOOM, there’s the sun and clouds I made it.
All the animals are gatherin’ round, singin’.

And I’ve been minin’ all day
Lookin’ for that blue rock in the caves
And when I’m just about crying
I found a diamond
I found a diamond
Now I’m goin’ all the way
I can build a sword, axe, or a spade
You know I thought I’d never find one.
I found a diamond
I found a diamond x2