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EA Sports FIFA 17 gets a story mode in “The Journey”

EA Sports FIFA 17 gets a story mode in “The Journey”

In almost all sports game, the entirety of the game is naturally focused on the game itself. After all, it is a sports game. However, the reality is, like any other human being, athletes do have lives to live outside the game, no matter how sports-centric those lives may be. That is exactly the focus of the new "The Journey" game mode that EA Sports added to FIFA 17 that details the life of fictional football player and Premiere League hopeful Alex Hunter, allowing players to shape his life and his career both on and off pitch.

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Urbanears ‘Limited Sweat Edition’ are actual sweaty Hellas headphones

Urbanears ‘Limited Sweat Edition’ are actual sweaty Hellas headphones

Urbanears has a bizarre new campaign in which they're offering 'sweat-soaked' headphones that are 'drenched in some real sweaty inspiration' via the workouts of somewhat notable individuals. The headphones are a pair of Hellas, and they were worn by seven individuals who worked up a sweat, apparently got them sweaty, and then had their headphones sealed in a bag right after. No, this isn't a joke.

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Pittsburgh Steelers test robot tackling dummies

Pittsburgh Steelers test robot tackling dummies

The Pittsburgh Steelers are experimenting with robot tackling dummies that chase players across the training field, potentially ramming into them with columnar, padded bodies. The robot dummies are able to operate independently, featuring a base upon which they can roll and brake. In a demonstration video posted by the NFL, the dummies are able to zoom after someone, brake when they dodge, and reverse course quickly.

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Milwaukee Bucks prove even NBA teams fall victim to email phishing

Milwaukee Bucks prove even NBA teams fall victim to email phishing

Internet fraud tricks new victims all the time, but what you don't hear about everyday is an entire NBA team getting duped. Sadly, that's what's happened to the Milwaukee Bucks, who have revealed that financial data on all employees of the basketball team, including players, has been compromised. Turns out the old tactic of email phishing was used, with an employee releasing 2015 tax records after someone impersonated team president Peter Feigin.

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NFL inks deal to stream classic games on YouTube

NFL inks deal to stream classic games on YouTube

Last year, the NFL partnered with YouTube to bring a variety of content to the video service. These include game previews, in-game highlights, post-game recaps, and more. However, thanks to a new deal, we will start seeing entire games show up on the company's YouTube channel.

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Puma made a robotic shoebox to help runners train

Puma made a robotic shoebox to help runners train

While it looks like little more than a shoebox with RC car wheels attached, Puma's BeatBot is a robot designed to help professional runners. The device was co-developed by the J. Walter Thompson ad agency, a robotics engineer, and three MIT students. It's self-driving, features a row of LED lights, two GoPro cameras, and is designed to look like, well, a Puma shoebox.

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DirecTV adds live out-of-market games for NFL Sunday Ticket subscribers

DirecTV adds live out-of-market games for NFL Sunday Ticket subscribers

DirecTV has announced that NFL Sunday Ticket subscribers will soon be able to stream out-of-market regular season football games on Sunday afternoons, removing the need to upgrade to an NFL Sunday Ticket Max subscription. Subscribers will be able to stream the games live on their favorite devices -- tablets, smartphones, and other connected gadgets. The new season of live NFL games starts September 11.

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Drone racing is coming to ESPN

Drone racing is coming to ESPN

Starting this summer, ESPN will air drone racing events, marking the latest instance of modern sports arriving on television. ESPN has previously shown its willingness to embrace modern sports with its inclusion of ‘esports’ gaming events; this time around, it has partnered with the International Drone Racing Association (IDRA) to bring FPV drone racing to television screens.

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Professional baseball team will hold batting practice in VR

Professional baseball team will hold batting practice in VR

As virtual reality continues to gain steam on its path to revolutionize everything from spectating video games to cruise ship entertainment, it's also starting to be incorporated into training exercises by professional sports teams. Major League Baseball, already embracing technology with an Apple deal that supplies teams with iPad Pros, is looking to see how VR headsets can play a part in improving batting practice.

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Apple takes iPad Pros out to the ball game with MLB contract

Apple takes iPad Pros out to the ball game with MLB contract

While tech companies have little to do directly with sports, they have never missed a beat getting their brands or even their products into the field. From uniforms to team sponsorships to actual product placements, these companies are doing everything they can to capitalize on this billion dollar business. The latest to do so is Apple and it is making an odd but not totally unheard of partnership. Inking a multi-year deal with the MLB, Apple will be equipping every baseball team with iPad Pros to help them upgrade their gameplan and, consequently, upgrade their game as well.

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NCAA Final Four to stream in 180-degree VR

NCAA Final Four to stream in 180-degree VR

The NCAA Final Four games will be streamed in VR, it has been announced. The video feeds will be available in the Oculus Store via the NCAA March Madness Live app, and marks the first time these games will be available in virtual reality. These streams will be presented in 180-degrees rather than more typical (but less practical) 360-degrees, and are being presented in partnership with CBS.

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VR’s Secret Sweet Spot: The Mundane

VR’s Secret Sweet Spot: The Mundane

With the launch titles being shown for each of the first major players in VR this week, it's quickly becoming clear: mundane is in. Simplicity, not insanity. Not the most visually spectacular. Instead - like it was with the first big games and apps for the smartphone back when it first gained steam - the games with the most recognizable mechanics are set to be the most important. Case in point: mini golf.

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