Video: Gmail for Android 5.0 Preview

This quick 30-sec clip gives us a glimpse of the updated Gmail app that’s hitting Android soon.  It features the ‘material design’ aesthetic that Google has been adding to all of its apps lately in advance of its next major Android system update, which is due out this Fall.

One of the major additions is that you’ll be able to access all of your email accounts from other services such as Hotmail, Outlook and Yahoo.  Essentially, Gmail could be your one-stop email hub if you want it to be.  Definitely a huge and welcome bonus for some of us.

Via: Android Police

Video: Beats by Dre Presents: LeBron James in ‬”Re-Established 2014”

Half ‘coming home’ love for Akron/Cleveland, half advertisement for the Powerbeats2 Wireless sports earphones, this is undoubtedly the first of what will be many new LeBron-powered commercials that will hit your screens.  There’s actually a video playlist that features the King and his mother Gloria James highlighting places from his past, so be sure to check that out.

You can also read about and/or purchase the Powerbeats2 Wireless now on BeatsByDre.com

Video: Drake Can’t Shoot

Drake somehow got to warm up with one of his 20 or so favorite teams, the Kentucky Wildcats men’s squad.  That was one part of it, the other half was him actually attempting a shot.  And just like that, another internet meme was born.

Coincidentally a new Drizzy track “How About Now” leaked yesterday, and we’d probably post it if wasn’t getting taken down from sites so fast.  Obviously it isn’t supposed to be heard yet (if at all).

Guest Blog: Mobile Gaming’s Growth Shows No Signs Of Stopping

It started with Angry Birds. It reached new heights with Candy Crush. Flappy Bird was so addictive that it’s creator stopped selling it for the common good. The growth of mobile gaming has been quick, incredible, and all-encompassing.

While mobile has become so pervasive that sites like Gambling.com have entire sections devoted to reviewing mobile casinos where players can win real money, and every film and console release needs a spin-off mobile game in the app store on release day, it wasn’t always seen as such an obvious idea. Previous failures in handheld gaming like the Neo Geo had studios wary of devoting resources to games for phones, pessimistic about how effective games could be on cell phones.

Thankfully, some developers saw the opportunity to get their products into the pockets of almost everyone on the planet, just a brief period of downtime and a few screen taps away from billions of eyeballs. All they had to do was figure out the right formula.

The first real hit game, and still one of the biggest in the industry, is the Angry Birds franchise. Released for the first time in late 2009, the franchise currently includes 12 games between the main series and spin-offs. Games have featured pop culture touchstones such as Star Wars and Transformers to bring fresh takes to the games as well as appeal to new audiences, which it has certainly done. A little over four years after launching, Angry Birds games have been downloaded over 2 billion times and boasts 200 million active users every month, an audience on par with Twitter. Countless toys and pieces of apparel have been sold with the titular birds adorning them, and there are multiple theme parks currently in operation based around the games. It’s a massive success, and helped prove that there was a massive and profitable market for mobile gaming.

Others have taken notice, and taken advantage. Game like Candy Crush and Flappy Bird have taken the zeitgeist by storm in the years since Angry Birds showed everyone else how to do it. Now, anyone looking to make a video game has to take mobile platforms into account, and sometimes that includes those outside of the gaming industry.

A prominent example is Avenged Sevenfold frontman M. Shadows, who wanted to make a traditional console game before learning of the cost and time commitment it would require. Instead, he turned his attention to mobile platforms and the resulting game, Hail to the King: Deathbat, is slated for release this week as an action RPG heavily influenced by Shadows’ love of classic games. Shadows even went so far as to call games “the next music video” and espouse the ability to tell a story through the medium.

He certainly isn’t going to be the last to see things that way, not with the way the industry is growing. The global revenue from mobile gaming currently sits at over $10 billion annually, and is expected to eclipse $14 billion by 2017. With that kind of money up for grabs, and the patterns created by past successes so clearly available to anyone that wants to study them, the mobile games industry looks poised for continued growth for a long time to come.

Video: Rick and Morty Season 2 Preview

Rick and Morty is a definite thing on [adult swim], receiving critical acclaim and love ever since it premiered.  So then of course many were patiently waiting for tidbits of Season 2 to drop.  New York Comic-Con was a pretty good place as any to show off the preview for the upcoming season, as seen above.  Look out for it in 2015.

Video: HUF “Gorey” Lookbook | Fall Delivery 2

While showcasing the second drop of their Fall 2014 collection, HUF also features the work of French artist/illustrator Seb Gorey within the video.  Combine that with the gritty backdrop of New York’s streets, and you’ve got some nice all around visuals.  Photography by Brian Kelley & video by Brandon Kuzma.

Check out all of the latest items now on HUF’s website.

Trailer: Focus (Starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie)

Will is back in a new stylish flick, playing the role of a grifter with a hot protege (Margot Robbie).  Predictably, they fall for each other and things get complicated along the way.  Certainly could be a fun watch when it hits theaters on February 27th.

Video: Naughty Dog celebrates 30th Anniversary

Naughty Dog has come a long way since its early days of terrible games like Way of the Warrior.  They’re now a gaming industry powerhouse, responsible for some of Playstation’s most beloved mascots such as Crash Bandicoot and recent experiences such as The Last of Us.

This month they celebrate their 30th anniversary, so to commemorate, Sony released this special reflective video.

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Nike is bringing back the Air Force Command

Made famous by Woody Harrelson in White Men Can’t Jump, this is a true classic for sneakerheads.  Nike is set to re-release the original colorways of the shoe into select U.S. Nike retailers on October 18th.  For those diehards that want it early, spots in Tokyo (Kinetics, atmos) will have it on September 20th.

Video: Nas “Time Is Illmatic” Official Trailer

Hard to believe, but it’s been 20 years since Nas popped on the scene with Illmatic in 1994.  With that, he’s set to release a commemorative documentary about the creative process that went into the making of the project.  Select theaters will be showing it on Oct 1st, while many Video On Demand services will have it available for rent/purchase on Oct 3rd.

Here’s the video’s full description:

"Twenty years after the release of Nas’s groundbreaking debut album ‘Illmatic,’ NAS: TIME IS ILLMATIC takes us into the heart of his creative process. Returning to his childhood home in Queensbridge, Nas shares stories of his upbringing, his influences — from the music of his jazz musician father Olu Dara to the burgeoning hip-hop scene in New York City — and the obstacles he faced before his major label signing at age 20. Featuring interviews with his ‘Illmatic’ producers (Large Professor, Pete Rock, Q-Tip, L.E.S., and DJ Premier) and musical peers (including Pharrell Williams and Alicia Keys), NAS: TIME IS ILLMATIC is a thrilling account of Nas’s evolution from a young street poet to a visionary MC."