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Win tickets to the Monster launch



Gadget is giving away a set of Monster’s new DNA headphones, as well as three double tickets to the launch concert. Read on to see how you can be in line to win.

Monster’s newest range of headphones, the DNA line, will be launched in conjunction with musician, DJ and producer Alex Niggemann this weekend. The launches will be at concerts held at Fiction in Cape Town on 23 March and at Nicci Beach in Johannesburg on 24 March. Gadget is giving away 3 sets of double tickets to either show and one set of the DNA headphones.

The Monster DNA line of headphones feature Pure Sound, which means you don’t need to choose how much treble and bass you want to hear. The headphones are tuned to play live music and so set the balances to give you the most natural sound experience. Also featured is Monster’s Pillow Soft noise cancelation technology, blocking out all external sound while listening to your favourite music.

The Music Share feature on the headphones lets you share your music with people around you. This is made possible by the dual input jacks, allowing you to connect another set of headphones and thus let someone else hear what you are without squeezing your heads together.

About the Monster brand

‚”Monster DNA is all about expressing who you are and what you stand for,‚” says the company. ‚”The headphones comes stock in four different two-toned colour designs but can be customised to suit your personality.‚”

The bold, triangular headset produces rich, fresh and clear sound. It is tough and durable and has comfortable advanced noise isolating cushions. It also has dual-port inputs that allows up to five headphones to connect and share headphones.

The Pure Monster Sound, thanks to the latest propriety technologies and sonic innovations, brings the full experience of live music to music lovers and concert goers everywhere. ‚”It is a close as one can get to the music,‚” says Monster.

Monster was founded over 30 years ago by Head Monster Noel Lee, who was recently honoured with the prestigious Plus X Award: Lifetime Achievement Award, as a company dedicated to creating products that enhance the sound quality of music. The company engineered the sound of the acclaimed Beats by Dr. Dre headphones, and is now manufacturing their own top quality headphones.

Event details:

Cape Town:

Date: 23 March 2013

Venue: Fiction

Address: 226 Long Street, Cape Town

Time: Doors open at 21:00

Cost: At the door – R60

Web tickets R55 (Limited to 250 tickets)


Date: 24 March 2013

Venue: Nicci Beach

Address: 1 Margaret Lane Wild Waters, Boksburg

Time: Doors open 14:00

Cost: At the door Ladies free before 5pm R100 thereafter

Guys R100 before 5pm R150 thereafter

Web tickets – Ladies R80 pre-sold (Limited to 150 tickets)

Gents R100 pre-sold (Limited to 150 tickets)

To enter the competition, click here ( The winners will be announced on Thursday.


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Timberlake to headline iTunes London festival



Apple has announced that Justin Timberlake, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Jack Johnson and Jessie J are among the headliners at this year’s iTunes Festival in London.

Running every night in September at the Roundhouse, the iTunes Festival features more than 60 acts performing at the legendary venue.

Performances can be watched live or on-demand by millions of iOS users around the world on their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, as well as by music fans with iTunes on their computer or in stunning HD with Apple TV. Tickets are free for competition winners only.

Music fans from across the world, including the US, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Europe, Japan and Mexico can win tickets to the iTunes Festival through competitions run by local media partners. In the UK, fans can win tickets using the iTunes Festival app and the iTunes Store as well as select media partners including Channel 4, Global Radio and Metro.

Sir Paul McCartney, Amy Winehouse and Crowded House played the first iTunes Festival at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts in 2007. Since then over 370 artists have performed in front of more than 370,000 fans and tens of millions more online and on television. Other performers have included Adele, Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Alicia Keys, Paul Simon, Jack White and Oasis. Performances are available for purchase and download on the iTunes Store.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.

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New PS games ready for download



Sony has announced its June line-up for PlayStation Plus subscribers, including Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, and two new catalogue releases, Demon’s Souls and ICO and Shadow of the Colossus HD Collection.

Immerse yourself in the ancient world of Amalur and its 10,000 years of magical history in the action-packed tale Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, created by acclaimed New York Times bestselling author R.A. Salvatore. Take destiny into your own hands as you combat your way through this vast and vibrant world as envisioned by the visionary creator of Spawn and much-admired artist, Todd McFarlane.

In Demon’s Souls you are summoned by a mysterious maiden as the last hope for humanity to take on a mighty demon horde that has taken over the kingdom of Boletaria, after a terrible curse was mistakenly unleashed by King Allant the XII whilst in search of greater powers. Prepare for a battle that has so far defeated all other realm champions as you set out on this epic journey to save the Kingdom from a fate worse than death.

ICO and Shadow of the Colossus HD Collection brings two exciting worlds to PS Plus ready for fans to explore. Adopt the role of ICO, a young boy who finds himself imprisoned by the people of his village inside the walls of a menacing castle before joining forces with a young girl named Yorda as she attempts to escape in ICO. Take on the role of a young man named Wander in Shadow of the Colossus as you journey through an enchanted land, battling 16 enormous beasts known as the Colossi in order to restore the life of a girl named Mono, whose soul is trapped in this haunting world.

For gamer’s on-the-go, grab your PlayStation Vita (PS Vita) and transport yourself to lush forests in the cartoon-quality action title Rayman Origins. Alternatively, weave through airborne mazes as you avoid falling coconuts in Coconut Dodge HD, both available on PS Plus from 5th June.

PS Plus provides subscribers with access to top-rated games on PS3 and PS Vita, extending the service to two platforms for a single price for a one-year subscription. Additionally, 90 day subscriptions are also available giving user’s access to the same fantastic titles and great PlayStation Store discounts.

PS Plus subscribers receive an array of exclusive features, including 2GB cloud storage (1G for PS3 & 1G for PS Vita) for game saves. Automatic updates and beta access, as well as a huge collection of exclusive dynamic themes and PlayStation Network avatars, makes PS Plus the place to be in 2013.


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