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Faye Le Duc introduces the June edition of The Future


When retro style meets outstanding quality you get the TDK Wireless Boombox – we certainly want one!


Ztorm announce a new digital retail service whilst Gem goes green with SPARA; stay up to date with Gem’s latest news

11 Q&A

Account manager Zoeei Ramsey supports Gem’s Indies on a daily basis; she shares her experiences in our Q&A


Celebrate the Lions Tour and save 10% across the complete range of Microsoft PC Accessories


Introducing multi award-winning Powerline from Devolo, faster and more secure than ever before

19 DGM

Gem’s first ever Tablet PC manufacturer enhance the computing category with an outstanding range of Tablet PC’s, monitors and digital TV’s


Presenting affordable video conferencing solutions with tely HD; delivering full HD Skype video calling right to a TV


What does Xbox Live mean for your customers? Discover the value of Xbox Live, turning a console into an entertainment hub for the home


Set sail in the Caribbean during the Golden Age of piracy and follow the journey of Edward Kenway in the 6th major installment of the Assassin’s Creed franchise


Introducing Gem’s ‘Hot Picks’, a handy not-to-be-missed feature to help you make the most of your gaming range



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COMEDITOR’S editor’s comment

Although the weather may not have caught on yet, June marks the official start of summer and welcomes some of the biggest sporting tournaments to appease rugby, golf, horseracing, tennis and cycling fans for a few weeks. Kicking off at the beginning of the month, the British & Irish Lions head to Australia to take on some of the finest rugby teams in the world on their 125th Anniversary tour. To celebrate, Official Technology Sponsors Microsoft, are offering a fantastic promotion across the whole of their PC Accessories range. For the whole of June, you can get 10% off their outstanding peripherals.

Faye Le Duc PR & Marketing Manager

Recently signed DGM have now officially launched with Gem adding a fantastic selection of Tablet PC’s, monitors and digital televisions to the computing category. Having had a fantastic response at the PCR Retail Boot Camp last month, we’re really excited to see what the future holds for this partnership. You can read more about them on pages 9, 18 and 19. With so many products now reliant on a fast and trouble-free internet connection, we thought it would be a great time to show off some of the products available from our networking partners D-Link and Devolo. The powerline range from Devolo allows you to create an extended wireless network in your home using the sockets and electrical wires – I’ve tried and tested it and now use it in the areas of my home where the wireless signal is poor and it’s great. Check it out on page 17. For those of you who stock console games and accessories, take a look at our deals on page 8 and our new ‘Hot Picks’ feature on page 34. With so many products available we thought we’d call out some of our exclusive Xbox deals, best sellers and must-have products to help you make the most of your space in store. These are also available online, visit Future is now at the highest circulation it’s ever been, with thousands of you reading every month. I’m always keen to hear what you think about the magazine. If there are features you’d like to see more of, or you have any suggestions as to how we can enhance your perusal, feel free to drop me an email at

Faye Managing Editor Faye Le Duc

Publisher Gem Creative

Editorial Assistant Brendan Adams

Gem Distribution Ltd St. George House, Parkway Harlow Business Park, Harlow, Essex, CM19 5QF

Design Sophie Hammond Amber-sky Watts Web Executive Peter Cox Gaming Editor Kristan Reed


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we want one

TDK Life on Record Wireless Boombox

Combining an iconic retro style with an abundance of premium features the, TDK Life on Record Wireless Boombox has caught the attention of many keen audiophiles. There’s not much missing when it comes to this portable speaker system. It features a built-in FM radio with programmable station presets, adjustable bass and treble equalisation, a remote control and a rechargeable battery with up to 6 hours of portable playback. Bluetooth technology allows devices to be connected wirelessly so customers can stream their music from anywhere in the room. By using a built in USB port, devices can also be simultaneously charged while playing music, and the 3.5mm auxiliary input allows almost any device to be connected. Its rich dynamic sound and premium components provide a modern immersive listening experience. For those wanting the ultimate in wireless convenience paired with quality sound, the TDK Life on Record Wireless Boombox is the only choice.


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EDITOR’S gem news

Gem News The Gem Group unveils new electronic retail service Digital distributor Ztorm launch dedicated Microsoft Content platform Gem Group are delighted to announce the launch of a significant addition to their suite of retail services, Microsoft Content will now be available to retail customers through their digital distribution business, Ztorm.

content, and will significantly enhance the Gem multichannel service.

The Ztorm service will offer an extensive range from Microsoft, including Xbox Live points, Xbox Live Gold memberships and Microsoft software, all available via Electronic Software Delivery from the Ztorm digital platform.

said Gem Group Strategy Director, Alex Croft.

This new offering will provide all Ztorm partners with access to an extensive range of Microsoft products in addition to their existing catalogue of digital

This exciting development and additional library of Microsoft products adds a whole new level of value to our offer.

Ztorm CEO, Anders Emblad added “The introduction of Microsoft to the Ztorm offering ensures that we are able to maintain our ‘best in class’ proposition in the digital space, we are thrilled to be partnering with Microsoft in this way”

Success at the PCR Retail Boot Camp Gem connects with customers at the aptly themed expo

Go green and save energy with SPARA Gem confirms distribution agreement with Emvigo Technologies Gem is delighted to announce an exciting new partnership with energy-saving software developers Emvigo Technologies. Meaning ‘To Save’, SPARA has been developed over the last 5 years with the focus on the all-important need for energy conservation using Artificial Intelligence. The computer market worldwide consumes huge unnecessary energy and the SPARA solution ensures maximum savings on energy consumed by PC’s. Having already seen huge success worldwide with installations in major corporates including Intel, Pfizer, Fidelity, Piramel Healthcare and Tata, Gem Distribution is thrilled to have been selected as the exclusive distributor of SPARA Home Edition. “The Spara energy saving solution is one of the most successful innovations of the decade. It conforms to the ethos and unilateral essential processes for better use of energy, and therefore needed massive exposure through an experienced distribution and logistics company” comments Peter Lampe, Group CEO of Emvigo Technologies Ltd. He continues “Gem was selected because of their long standing reputation as one of the UK’s leading software and hardware distribution organisations. We are proud to be partnered with Gem as their invaluable expertise is vital for the success of the SPARA energy saving solution.”

Double platinum sponsors Gem, were delighted to host a variety of vendors at the PCR Retail Boot Camp on the 29th May at The Brewery in London. The day featured a conference in the morning which included presentations from key speakers including Steven Robertson from The British Retail Consortium on ‘Connecting with Customers’. The afternoon expo focussed on maximising retailer engagement and sales, providing 250 resellers with the opportunity to network with some of the channel biggest distributors and vendors; Gem was thrilled to be a part and meet with some of their loyal customers face to face.


The stand hosted newly signed OTONE Audio and DGM with their impressive speakers and Tablet PC’s, the rapidly growing media streaming company Roku, PC gaming specialists Excalibur as well as McAfee and Corel who, despite already being established players in the channel, still saw the value in participating. Gem’s General Manager Darren Houghton adds “We are excited to be a Platinum Partner for PCR’s 2013 Retail Boot Camp. In what is a tough time across the channel, due to the impact of current economics on the high street, we felt that it was essential to attend so as to continue our support and ensure that independent retailers are aware of the ever increasing measures we are taking to help maintain and grow their business.”

Celebrate the Lions Tour 2013

Save 10% on Microsoft PC Accessories T&C apply, see page 13 for details

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Affordable digital innovators Already a well-recognised European brand, DGM is a world leading manufacturer of visual and computing electronics and digital accessories with an outstanding reputation for value and quality. Founding their UK head office in 1998, over the last 15 years DGM have established a genuine commitment to the UK market, providing quality services from sales, marketing, distribution, admin, aftersales and repairs. This exciting new partnership with DGM has introduced a multitude of new categories to Gem’s portfolio. Gem will now be able to provide customers with a comprehensive range of affordable quality tablet PCs, digital televisions and monitors to complement its existing catalogue of associated accessories. DGM offers very competitive pricing without compromising quality. Practicing holistic strategies to strengthen brand value with high quality products. For more information on the DGM partnership, please contact your Gem account manager.


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Introducing Zoeei Ramsey

Focus Team Account Manager Zoeei takes this month’s Q&A about her time at Gem Zoeei, tell us what your roles entails? My role is to cover our independent retail and online companies, this also includes our B2B customers. Essentially I maintain their stock requirements and also arrange deals for them and make sure they are happy with the current level of service we offer and expand the services if the need arises. What was your first role? How did you get to where you are now? My first role was working at Comet retail; I was a specialist in their camera and ‘On the Move’ department. Comet opened my eyes to different options within a career but also allowed me to learn about the latest and greatest products that were available in our industry. What do you find rewarding about your role and where would you like to see it go to support Indies further? Having a good working relationship is key to helping a

business grow, so a strong relationship with an account where both sides of the party can trust each other and be open and honest is always a great achievement. Being able to see companies grow knowing that I had a hand in their development makes me very proud. To further support our Indies, we need to look at other areas, speak to our Indies and find different ways of improving their customer offering. This may be thinking outside of the box but essentially Indies are there because they offer a unique and special service to the general public and that’s a main selling point. Describe yourself in 3 words Honest, Random and Off-the-Wall What did you want to be when you grew up? Originally I wanted to become an artist as I find it a way to relax but also be creative.

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Microsoft kick-off the Lion’s Tour with 10% off Official Technology Providers deliver innovative PC Accessories with fantastic savings

Microsoft is proud to be the Official Technology Provider for the British & Irish Lions Tour for 2013, bringing together Microsoft’s passion for technology with the best in rugby. Microsoft has ambitious plans and will be embedding technology throughout the team, enabling the fans to engage with them and the Tour like never before. In the build-up to the tour, Microsoft will be reviewing all aspects of how technology can help the team prepare for 2013; from revolutionary training analysis in the cloud, or using Windows 8 devices to make life on tour truly seamless with life at home, to Skype enhanced supporter sessions with the players. The British & Irish Lions players, coaching team, staff have been kitted out with the very best of Microsoft’s PC Accessories including the LX-6000, Wedge Mobile Keyboard and Wedge Touch Mouse, whilst the families will be taking advantage of their new LX-6000, LifeCam Studio and Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500.


Microsoft will be offering an outstanding range of Lions merchandise and signed shirts, promoted heavily through their social media platforms to create an online buzz and drive mindshare directly with customers. Visit to view the latest competitions and offers. The Microsoft sponsorship deal, coupled with an extensive consumer campaign to drive Microsoft Hardware, will create a huge presence of the global brand throughout the tour. To support the promotion Gem are offering 10% off the complete Microsoft Hardware range* throughout the whole of June to help our loyal accounts meet the needs of their customers. To take advantage of this fantastic promotion, contact your account manager today! *offer excludes Microsoft Common Controllers

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With over 200 different apps and a full web browser watch all the best media available online through the television Webcode DSM-380 SRP ÂŁ129.99

Cloud networking made easy with D-Link Remote monitoring and storage via a PC, iPhone, Android or tablet Setting up a cloud network and then accessing it online has conventionally required a complex understanding of networking and their configuration, but using D-Links mydlink™ Cloud Services makes its simple and easy. We guide you through D-Link cloud networking products to help your customers setup a Cloud network suitable for the home and office needs.

Cloud Network Cameras >>>>>>> Using a step-by-step guide, customers can use mydlink™ and have a camera up and running in a matter of minutes. Once the user has set up a mydlink™ account, they can view and manage cameras from any Internet connected computer from their mydlink™ account. Users can also access their cameras on iOS and Android mobile devices by downloading the free mydlink™ app. The DCS-932L is a versatile monitoring solution for a home or small office, whether by day or night courtesy of the built-in Infrared LEDs. The DCS-942L is the ideal 24-hour home monitoring solution, featuring Infrared LEDs and a 16Gb MicroSD card customers can record up to 7 days’ worth of video and audio footage. The DCS-5222L has a Pan and Tilt feature so it can see up to 340 degrees of any room it is placed in. It also transmits and records HD video and audio even in complete darkness with its built-in Infrared LEDs. Webcode DCS-932L SRP £79.99 Webcode DCS-942L SRP £129.99 Webcode DCS-5222L SRP £209.99

<<<<<<< Cloud Network Router The Cloud Gigabit Router N600 allows customers to create a high-speed home network with excellent security features. Using mydlink™ Cloud Services, customers can monitor the network in any internet connected location from a PC, iOS and Android device. Supporting 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz wireless signals at the same time and backward compatible with existing 802.11g and 802.11a products, this router is designed for home users looking for a wireless connection that can handle video streaming throughout the home. Webcode DIR-826L SRP £84.99

Cloud Network Storage >>>>>>>> The Sharecenter™ 2-Bay Cloud Network Storage Enclosure features 2TB of storage space to enable customers to create their own personal cloud hub to store and access files from any Internet enabled device including PCs, iPhones, iPads and Android devices. Accessing the mydlink™ portal, customers can download and upload files, delete files/folders from the storage device and check the status of the ShareCenter™ remotely, meaning that they won’t run out of space on their Smartphone or tablet. Webcode DNS-320L-2TB SRP £214.99


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The devolo wireless professional Easy, fast and secure home networking dLAN 500 AV Wireless + Combining multiple features from its Homeplug networking range, the dLAN 500 AV Wireless + is an all-encompassing networking solution for the home. Connecting into a socket, it transfers data through the existing electrical wires of the home with an incredibly fast and stable connection speed of up to 500 Mbps. Featuring an integrated socket means other devices can still be connected. The Starter Kit includes two Homeplug devices. One provides a connection to a router creating the power line network. The other supports an impressive 3 Ethernet ports, as well as integrated WiFi, so customers can also connect their devices wirelessly in 2.4 or 5GHz frequencies. Faster and more secure than ever before, it has never been easier to get connected to a network in the home thanks to devolo. Key Features • 500 Mbps connection for fast data transmission for your home network • The latest Dual Band Wireless-N connectivity upto 300mbps for range extending • 3 LAN ports for connecting three cabled network devices • The integrated pass-through socket ensures that no power outlet is lost • Encryption for WPS, WEP, WPA/WPA2 and dLAN (AES) Webcode 1832 – dLAN® 500 AV Wireless+ Adapter Webcode 1833 – dLAN® 500 AV Wireless+ Starter Kit

SRP £89.99 SRP £129.99

A superb homeplug solution

Powerline technology is the great unknown wonder of the digital home


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A smarter way of viewing things

Introducing a range of televisions and monitors from DGM



Android TV Stick

The ETV-2293WH and ETV-2493WH allow viewers to enjoy all the benefits of a feature packed digital television with a breathtaking full HD picture at a pocket-friendly price.

Unlike typical TN monitors, IPS monitors deliver wide viewing angles that retain a consistent and accurate display without any colour distortion. Until recently IPS monitors were mainly used by industry professionals and enthusiasts but thanks to DGM’s competitively priced IPS-2402WDH and IPS-2701WPH the technology has been made affordable for everyone.

DGM’s Android 4.1 TV Stick is a Flash drive sized device that turns a HDTV or monitor into Android powered media entertainment system.

With extensive connectivity options, both monitors feature a VGA, D-Sub and HDMI port, and the IPS-2701WPH also features DisplayPort, allowing customers to connect up Computers, Games consoles and media players.

Supporting a massive variety of Video, Audio and Photo formats users can play HD and 3D files in 1080p. Powered by a Dual Core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB DDR3 RAM, ARM Cortex-A9 Mali-400 graphics processor, 4GB NAND storage and Google’s Android 4.1 operating system the stick is small but powerful. It's also equipped with 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi for wireless Internet connectivity.

Viewers can record all their favourite programmes by plugging in an external USB storage device using the Personal Video Recorder. It also allows them to simultaneously watch and record different programmes whilst USB devices also allows multimedia playback of movies, music, images and text. Available in a two screen sizes: 22” or 24”, both televisions feature a widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio, support 16.7 million colours and feature LED technology delivering a bright and vibrant picture. HDMI input allows users to connect a variety of entertainment devices like next generation games consoles, Blu-Ray players, and more. A VGA port allows customers to transform their TV into a high quality display screen for a PC or laptop Webcode ETV-2293WH SRP £139.99 Webcode ETV-2493WH SRP £149.99


The 24” displays a 16:10 aspect ratio with resolutions of up to 1920x1200 and response time of 5ms. The 27” displays a 16:9 aspect ratio and resolutions of up to 2560x1440, and response time of 6ms. Both monitors provide powerful Brightness at 350d/m2 and a Dynamic Contrast Ratio of 80,000:1. DGM IPS monitors display high resolutions with a magnificent quality picture, and outstanding colour accuracy, sharpness and visual contrast.

Using its HDMI interface its slots into a display and allows users take advantage of Android Apps, internet streaming services and an internet browser and media collection.

Memory can be expanded using it MicroUSB slot and a USB port allows devices to be connected such as a keyboard or mouse. Just Plug & Play and transform a digital television or monitor into a Smart TV. Webcode T-A14D SRP £44.99

Webcode IPS-2402WDH SRP £179.99 Webcode IPS-2701WPH SRP £379.99

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UK RETAIL SALES GREW BY 25% IN 2012 MAKING DRAGON THE NUMBER 1 CHOICE FOR SPEECH RECOGNITION SOFTWARE • Up to 3 times faster than typing • Use your voice; - Create emails, documents & spreadsheets - Surf the web - Update Facebook


FREE DOWNLOAD On installation. Instantly upgrades Dragon to include; Windows 8, IE 10 and Microsoft Office 13 compatibility

Dragon Remote Microphone app turns your iPhone and Android device into a wireless microphone

You Talk, It Types Nuance announces upgrades and enhancements for Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 speech recognition software

Dragon NaturallySpeaking is speech recognition software that lets customers interact with their PC by voice. Speak and the words will appear on the computer screen. It’s up to three times faster than typing and with no spelling mistakes it allows new levels of productivity to be achieved. The user can run and control applications by using simple voice commands. Whether its dictating or modifying documents, emails, reports, spreadsheets, presentations, social networking or social media. The software allows customers to speed up and talk their way through tasks. Dragon has helped users from all walks of life at work, home and on the go. Featuring an interactive tutorial the software presents simulations to show best practices in diction, correction and editing habits to teach users how to efficiently create text in just a few minutes. The help system also features a Tip of the Day window. Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 features seamless integration with the Microsoft Windows 8 operating system, and enhanced support for Microsoft Office 2013 and Microsoft Internet Explorer 10.

Current owners of Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 will automatically get a free 12 update via a digital download notification, or by selecting “Check for Updates” in the Help tab of the DragonBar. Dragon has also improved its natural-sounding Text-To-Speech, which reads editable text with fast-forward, rewind and volume control, for easy proofing and multi-tasking.

What’s New in Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12? • The Dragon Sidebar is set to “Floating” by default • Updated application support • Support for Microsoft Office 2013 • Support for Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 • Updated Rich Internet Applications support • Seamless integration with Windows 8

Now compatible Windows 8 For the latest details on using Dragon in Windows 8, please see the Dragon support page and Knowledgebase on the Nuance website.


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Logitech wireless keyboard collections Portable peripherals, at home and on the go Logitech Wireless Combo MK270 ®


When it comes to wireless mouse and keyboard combo, your customers need one they can rely on - wherever they use it. With the tiny Logitech Unifying receiver plugged into the laptop, more compatible wireless devices can be added, such as a mouse, as they are required. This robust, high quality keyboard also features eight hot keys, offering instant access to music, e-mail and more; and thanks to its intelligent power management, users can go years without replacing the batteries. Reasons To Stock • Features Logitech's Unifying receiver - useful if running off one USB port • Eight hot keys for instant shortcut access • Batteries last for years Webcode 920-004523 SRP £24.99



Logitech Wireless Combo MK330

This wireless keyboard and mouse bundle puts entertainment and portability at your customers fingertips. With its 11 hot keys, users have instant access to their favourite music, movies and websites. Thanks to its low-profile design, its 'whisper-quiet' keys help make typing a pleasure. The portable mouse, meanwhile, offers comfort and convenience, with a 'plug-and-forget' nano receiver that goes wherever the computer is used. Reasons To Stock • Whisper quiet low profile keyboard • 11 hot keys for added convenience • Comfortable portable mouse Webcode 920-003986 SRP £34.99

Logitech® Wireless Illuminated Keyboard K800


This innovative Wireless Illuminated Keyboard provides the power to type from any location in any lighting condition. Special sensors can detect user’s hands as they approach the keyboard to turn the backlight on and off. The keyboard also automatically adjusts the brightness to suit the lighting conditions. It can also be manually adjusted to suit the customer’s preferences with the press of a button. This sleek, comfortable keyboard delivers a brilliant typing experience with laser-etched, backlit keys that are bright enough to let customers type in the dark. Reasons To Stock • Works in any lighting conditions • Hand proximity detection turns backlighting on and off • PerfectStroke key system makes typing whisper-quiet Webcode 920-002382 SRP £74.99


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Consumer Edition Webcode 11-TELYHDPEU-01-01 SRP £249.99 inc.vat Business Edition Webcode 12-TELYHDBEU-01-01 SRP £499.99 excl.vat

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HDTV Video Calls made easy

Introducing telyHD and telyHD Business Edition

Take full advantage of a high definition television with telyHD. This powerful new device connects to a HD television via its HMDI port, allowing Skype™ video calls to be made without the need for a computer. There is no software to install, and the simple set-up means customers can get video calls going in minutes. Packing some impressive innards, it has plenty of computing power with a high performance GPU from Nvidia® , a Dual-core A9 CPU and 512MB of RAM. The Android™ based operating system provides a stable platform for the device with strong support from the development community. telyHD is available in two editions: Consumer and Business. The Consumer Edition is intended for customers to use in the home for video calls between friends and family (2 party video calls). The Business Edition features everything available in the Consumer Edition but also extends its services by offering 6 party video calling, PC desktop sharing and collaboration as well as superior video quality.

Key features: • All-in-one unit, no computer required, no software to install • Designed for the living room: HD camera with wide angle lens and microphone array • Affordable with no monthly fees • Connect with other Skype users on any Skype enabled device (tablet, phone, computer, etc) • Share photos from SD card or USB memory stick • Send and receive Video Mail • Works with any TV with an HDMI port • Powerful state-of-the-art platform leveraging Android for continued delivery of exciting, new applications

Business Edition

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Multi-party video calling

Key features: • Connect up to six locations simultaneously in a multi-party video call • Real-time, high quality video and audio and document sharing including Windows® App • Any Skype user on any device can be a participant on the call • Browse the web in the conference room or home office TV • Built-in Wi-Fi with WEP and WPA, WPA2 support Webcode 12-TELYHDBEU-01-01 SRP £499.99 excl.vat


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High performance storage Introducing the USB 3.0 External Solid State Drive from TDK

TDK has just revealed its new external Solid State Drive storage device, designed to allow new levels of performance, with remarkable reliability within a stylishly designed case.

Features & Benefits

Solid State Drives’ allow data transfer speeds well above those achieved with traditional Hard Disk Drives allowing improved performance and faster boot time.

• Sequential write up to 160 MB/s

With read speeds of up to 300MBs and write speeds of up to 160MBs, large media files like photos, videos and movies can be copied, moved or saved in the blink of an eye. Simple Plug and Play USB technology requires no additional software installation. The customers can simply connect the drive using the USB 3.0 cable provided and instantly start transferring files at lightning fast speeds. Data can also be kept safe and secure with password protection software. With no moving parts SSD’s are able to withstand everyday shock and vibrations. This durability combined with the compact size of the TDK external drive makes it the perfect companion for customers wanting digital storage on the move. Available in 128 GB and 256 GB capacities in sleek black or white glossy enclosures.

• Sequential read up to 300 MB/s

• USB 3.0 SuperSpeed interface • Shock and vibration resistant • Plug and Play - No software installation needed • Comes equipped with Lock Software for password protection • USB 3.0 cable included - no external power supply required Webcode T79081 - Black 128GB Webcode T79082 - White 128GB Webcode T79083 - Black 256GB Webcode T79084 - White 256GB

SRP £153.99 SRP £153.99 SRP £282.99 SRP £282.99 | TO BUY ONLINE

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Games, TV shows, movies and more


box Live gives customers full access to the very best in entertainment available on the Xbox 360. Customers can play games and chat with friends over the Xbox Live network and access the Xbox Live Store to view a massive digital catalogue of games,TV shows, movies and music. Xbox Games store lets customers get fresh and exciting downloadable content for existing games, demos to try before they buy or download full Xbox 360 games right to the console. All this content can be found on the Xbox Games Store but it’s not just gaming there’s much more on offer. With Xbox Video customers select from top blockbuster movies, TV shows and the latest sporting action and it’s all available to instantly watch.

Discover millions of songs and music videos with Xbox Music and stream and download them onto a smartphone, tablet, PC, TV or Xbox 360. Xbox SmartGlass lets mobile phones; tablets and PC’s elevate the entertainment experience by enhancing TV shows, movies, music, sports and games with additional controls and content like behind-the scenes commentary, Xbox dashboard navigation and real-time game strategy. As well as the content available on Xbox Live Store, the Xbox 360 also delivers popular streaming services like Sky player, Now TV and Netflix, and Apps and online services like Facebook, Twitter, Zune and For more information about all the Xbox Live products available through Gem, contact your account manager today.


Xbox Live Guide

Xbox Live Gold membership

Xbox Live Accessories

Xbox Live Microsoft points

Xbox Live Gold membership customers can take advantage of exclusive Gold-only discounts, download selected arcade titles for free, chat with friends and play multiplayer titles over the Xbox Live network and also unlock MyAchievements to get rewards based on their Gamerscore. Available in 12 and 3 month memberships.

Xbox 360 Controllers let customers get together with up to three friends to enjoy multiplayer titles, also featuring an integrated headset port it provides quick connectivity for voice chatting on Xbox Live so they can chat while playing their favourite games. Xbox 360 Media Remotes let customers control the Dashboard, DVD and CD playback with ease.

Available in 800, 2100 and 4200 pointsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; cards, and for a limited time 1200 and 2000, Xbox Live points allows customers to purchase anything from downloadable content, arcade titles and classic Xbox originals and movies over the Xbox Live Store straight to their console.


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ASSASSIN’S CREED IV: BLACK FLAG UBISOFT | STANDARD EDITION | XBOX 360, PS3, Wii U - £54.99 | PC - £39.99 | PS4 - £TBC SKULL EDITION | XBOX 360, PS3, Wii U - £64.99 | PC - £49.99 | PS4 - £TBC


lmost a year on from the launch of the distinguished 2012’s chartbuster Assassin Creed 3, the series will make its return in November with Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag. Developed by Ubisoft Montreal, Black Flag is the sixth major installment in a franchise that has sold over 55 million units. In the usual Assassin's Creed fashion the story is divided into two parts, a historical setting, and the present day, with the events of each intertwining and influencing the other. Visiting exotic cities, lush tropical jungles and the vast seas of the Caribbean during the Golden Age of Piracy, the player’s journey follows a notorious British pirate and privateer named Edward Kenway. A member of the Assassin Order and the grandfather of last year’s protagonist, Connor. Praised naval tech showcased in the third game takes more of a pivotal role in Black Flag. Keyway is captain of a ship, the Jackdaw. This provides a central hub for the player to set sail and explore tropical islands, hidden coves, jungles and ancient ruins. To help Keyway buckle down the hatches, man the crow’s nest and scrub the decks, a form of the recruitment system introduced in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood will return and can be used to recruit a crew to keep the Jackdaw shipshape.




A new element to the game is the spyglass. Players can use this tool to examine details of distant ships, dangers they possess, their strengths, the cargo they carry and loot. This allows them to prepare their strategy to engage, board, and capture passing ships. Another new component is the underwater element, allowing players to explore sunken shipwrecks to discover hidden booty. Plunder found or taken from defeated foes can then be used to upgrade the Jackdaw enabling players to take on tougher opponents. Delivering a less constrained experience than the previous title, the world quickly opens up allowing the player to explore both land and ship based adventures around a number of Caribbean islands. There are 50 locations to explore over land and sea with 3 main cities in the game: Havana which is controlled by the Spanish, Kingston by the English, and Nassau by pirates. The captivating and strong historical setting avoids the obvious clichés but still includes some colourful tales from a cast of real characters from the era, such as Anne Bonny, Blackbeard, Calico Jack, and Charles Vane. Multiplayer is also making a return, with new settings and modes. However it will only be land-based. This brave new direction for the Assassin’s Creed series provides an engrossing new game mechanic with beautiful cinematic productions, neatly tied together with subtly refined fundamentals that make this franchise so unique.

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More open-world experience Naval Combat system Guaranteed blockbuster

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aving people in times of need demands big cajones and nerves of steel - and that's exactly what's required from Fragment Productions' exciting firefighting and rescue simulation, Rescue 2013: Everyday Heroes. Rescue people trapped in car crashes, douse the flames of burning buildings and provide emergency medical care to the injured - this is the everyday reality of running a fire department in this compelling blend of action and strategy. In Rescue 2013, players take on the role of a fire chief, with a task to build up and maintain rescue force and then respond to fires, traffic accidents, medical emergencies and even air crashes. To do the job effectively, players must recruit and train the rescue crew, kit out their team with the best tools for the task at hand. One day it might be a derailed train, another a factory fire, plane crash, or a house fire - the key is to be prepared. For example, when facing a burning building, players must navigate their team safely through the hazardous


environment, while removing any injured civilians from harm's way. But no two fires will be the same, and the risk involved may vary greatly whether the flames are inside or outside. Back at HQ, it will be crucial to keep up staff morale, and make sure staff are fully trained for all possibilities. Send them to the gym to keep fit, and to the maintenance department to learn new skills. All 40 members of the emergency team of Rescue 2013: Everyday Heroes has their own set of strengths, weaknesses and preferences and backstory, giving players a chance to get to know them. But it's not just about the people - the maintenance and upgrades of the vehicle fleet and continuous expansion of the station itself also fall under the player's remit. Three modes of play will be available: management mode, action mode and freeplay mode, while 'mod workshop' will be available shortly after release.

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Run a fire & rescue department, with all the challenges that brings Three modes of play Unique rescue/management simulation

IL-2 STURMOVIK EXCALIBUR | PC - £9.99 | 24th JUNE 2013


riginally released back in 2001, 1C's IL-2 Sturmovik has long been considered one of the very best World War II combat flight simulators ever made. Repackaged and re-issued for 2013, this great value Extra Play edition includes the original game plus the acclaimed add-on packs IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946, the Ace Expansion Pack, Forgotten Battles and Pacific Fighters. Developed in Russia by 1C: Maddox Games, IL-2 Sturmovik lets players soar through deadly, realistic 3D landscapes and engage in numerous daring missions involving air-to-air, air-to-ground, search and destroy and escort missions.

With a Metacritic rating of 91, IL-2 Sturmovik's reputation among flight combat fantatics is unparalleled - and it's easy to see why. The game features 79 flyable aircraft in total, numerous gigantic maps and allows players to play from 15 perspectives, including the UK, France, the USA and USSR. • Re-enact famous air battles • Features several hundred single player missions • The best combat flight sim on PC

With hundreds of campaign missions to choose from, and support for up to 100 online players, there's certainly no shortage of content.

City Bus Simulator New York EXCALIBUR | PC - £9.99 | 24th June 2013


t's not every day you get the opportunity to steer a bus through the world famous streets of New York - but now you can, thanks to City Bus Simulator New York. Players must take on the role of Carlos, as they negotiate the challenging M42 route that winds its way from the Hudson River to East River, via the heart of bustling Manhattan. Witness "astonishing detail" en route as players become immersed in the trials and tribulations of a typical New York bus driver - complete with timetable and driving shifts!

Would-be bus drivers will be able to take in all the NYC landmarks, including the iconic Times Square, the Chrysler Building, Grand Central Station, Circle Line, Intrepid and the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Such is the level of detail, each and every house on 42nd Street have all been faithfully recreated. City Bus Simulator boasts three game modes: Virtual world, missions, and campaign, and players get to drive a typical Nova RTS Bus, as well as a drivable service vehicle. Further vehicles can also be added to the fleet. Anyone who has ever dreamed of driving a bus, need look no further than City Bus Simulator New York.

• Three gameplay modes • Faithfully recreated New York • Excellent attention to detail


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