World of Warships has launched its long-anticipated Open Beta just in time for the holiday weekend. Warships is the latest in Wargaming.net’s line of free-to-play military games that aim to combine historical accuracy with realistic gameplay: World of Tanks has been a worldwide phenomenon since 2010 and there’s been a lot of anticipation for this sequel.
We’ve got a lot to cover here: Wargaming hosted Military.com and a host of other journalists last May in St. Petersburg, Russia for an early look at the game during a visit to developer Lesta Studios. +Continue Reading
The Soen Transit wireless Bluetooth speaker ($169.95) is an incredibly nice piece of gear. It’s beautifully designed. The box is beautifully designed. The Transit’s fit and finish makes it exactly the kind of electronic device that makes a perfect gift. +Continue Reading
Got Your 6, the campaign that unites nonprofit, Hollywood, and government partners to promote veteran leadership in civilian life, has announced its first round of 6 Certified projects, as part of an overall effort to recognize content that accurately and responsibly portrays veterans in popular media.
That American Sniper tops the list should be no surprise, since the film about legendary Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is the most successful military-themed movie of all time. You might be more surprised to find out they chose Amira & Sam, a remarkable romantic comedy written and directed by Army veteran Sean Mullin. You can read our interview with Sean and rent the film from iTunes or Amazon Video.
Check out a full list of honorees below and find how how Got Your 6 chose the winners. +Continue Reading
On Sunday June 7th, the New York Times published an 8800-word epic article called “SEAL Team 6: A Secret History of Quiet Killings and Blurred Lines.” The online version of the piece features GIFs, maps, large photos, video set, a glossary, a video interview and no less than six reporter bylines. That’s a huge amount of information about a unit that doesn’t officially exist. +Continue Reading
Director Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service (out now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD) works three different ways: as an inventive action movie, a brutal satire of Bond movies and (at the same time) a loving tribute to British spy movies of the ‘60s (including James Bond films). It’s complicated, worth watching more than once and it all somehow succeeds. It was a wild success in theaters, grossing over $400 million worldwide with a well-earned R rating. +Continue Reading
Monster Audio’s DNA Pro 2.0 over-ear headphones ($299.95) are an all-around upgrade to the original model we reviewed last year. Monster makes a lot of blingy, trendy headphones, but the DNA line are their (successful) attempt to appeal to a more serious listener. +Continue Reading
Matt Damon plays an astronaut left behind on a faraway planet in The Martian. Which is exactly what happened to his character in Interstellar. And, like in Interstellar, Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) is charged with helping everyone figure out how to solve their outer space problems, except this time she’s the astronaut commander who ignores NASA orders to attempt a risky rescue mission on Mars.
The Martian was directed by Ridley Scott and the just-released trailer makes it look like he may have returned to full Blade Runner and Alien form. 2012’s Prometheus was a good movie, but The Martian looks amazing. +Continue Reading
Well, technically Brad Pitt will play a four-star general “patterned after” General Stanley McChrystal in War Machine, a satirical comedy written and directed by David Michôd. While that distinction may be there to soften the blow of the comedy, the logic falls apart when you add in the fact that the movie is based on Michael Hastings’ notorious book The Operators, with in turn was based on “The Runaway General,” Hastings’ even more notorious Rolling Stone profile of McChrystal, the one credited with ending the General’s military career. +Continue Reading
Outdoor Tech has Buckshot Pro, a combo Bluetooth speaker, flashlight and powerbank ($79.95) and the Kodiak Mini, a 2600mAh rechargeable battery ($24.95). Both feature the same rugged build quality and outstanding battery life that the company’s known for. +Continue Reading
The Fighting Season is a documentary series about the war in Afghanistan that’s currently hiding out on DirecTV’s exclusive Audience channel. The six-episode program aims to chronicle the war from a soldier’s perspective and was shot over three months in 2014 by a crew led by Ricky Schroder. +Continue Reading