If you've read our latest Blog going through a change then you will know that me, Carl and Dan both have gaming PC's so this post is written by our Close friend and new co-editor Alfie.

Alfie is a close friend of both of us and has been blogging for a next minute, he is a Men's Lifestyle and Craft Beer blogger, who also writes about other subjects, such as gaming.

Like I said above me and Dan both have a PC and both game on them but Alfie is a PS4 gamer, so playing games online with us is hard, well impossible, so it was a perfect fit for us to test out the latest gaming technology from the guys over at Shadow .


For the past two months, I have been testing a new hyped about a piece of gaming tech called, Shadow. My initial thoughts were “this must be a gimmick” and “they can’t be serious!” but it’s safe to say, I am actually quite impressed.



Shadow, brought to you by Parisian technology company, Blade Group, promises to provide you with “the best PC forever”, just take away the PC part. The company has been around since 2015 but Shadow itself was released in France in November 2017 after raising €60million (£52million) from private investors. From this point in 2017, Shadow started to be released internationally, first being in the United States and then coming to Europe.

So, you may be wondering “this is great but what the heck is it!?” - Let me answer that for you. Shadow isn’t physical unless you get the Shadow box, the components of your Shadow computer are located in highly secured data centres and runs on Windows 10.

Here’s the spec:

- 8 dedicated threads on an Intel Xeon server - 12GB DDR4 Ram - 256GB Storage (up to 1.25TB) - NVIDIA GTX 1080 equivalent - Included fiber connection with 1GB download and 100mps upload, your own internet connection is only used to display Shadow.

Bare in mind, the technology will also be upgraded as soon as the newest updates are available. Taking away the expensive hassle of replacing, and paying for new upgrades. All your games are in max settings which is always great but don’t worry you can change the settings to match your own preference.

My laptop and desktop are Apple and I have been searching for a service where I can run Windows without partitioning my computer and spending a fortune on a Windows disk. I have considered Parallels but it’s never attracted me enough. Mostly due to paying for Windows as a whole, and then for the Parallels service to run Windows on, a lot of headache and money.

Anybody can use Shadow, I’ve seen people run Shadow already on a Windows computer, just for the extra juice this service provides you. You can use Shadow on Android, Mac OS, Windows, and Linux (Ubuntu) and you can run the Shadow on a Smart TV, Tablet, or Smartphone... The service is targeted at Gamers but this is perfect if you are going to University and are looking for a powerful tool to aid your studies. It’s definitely a service you would want to look into.

The Shadow service at the moment only comes with one main bundle, which is priced at £26.95 per month and has a cancellation at any time policy. You also have the choice of adding a Shadow box to your order which is £109.95. If you compare the specs to other PCs on the market, it’s crazy value for money.

Shadow’s vision is to provide you with a complete package and their first start is with the Shadow Box, allowing you to directly boot Shadow as you would a computer. It offers you a complete ‘plug and play’ experience.

I believe the Shadow service is a fantastic offering to the gaming community and for anybody who does not want to fork out on the prices of building your own computer. I know some of you may be shaking your computer at that statement, but don’t get me wrong, building your own computer does give you a sense of achievement and pride that you’ve built your own beast.

If you’re like me, where you want to play games with your friends, not worry about the technical aspects of upgrading the RAM or Graphics Card, then I would definitely recommend looking at the Shadow service.



I’ve been playing a mix of SCUM and PUBG on the Shadow system and both have performed flawlessly on ultra settings, however, I have faced some issues with the service. This may not occur with your service, however, intermittently the service will freeze and appear as though it is buffering and then will work perfectly fine until the next time this occurs. This can be incredibly frustrating when playing games such as PUBG or Fortnite where you’re required to be alert at all times. If this is a known fault or bug, then hopefully this will be resolved.

The last issue is with my MacBook, if you currently own Shadow and are running it perfectly with full resolution, let me know. I’ve raised this a few times with the folks at Shadow, however, it appears that there is no resolution setting for the MacBook Pro 15” models of 2880 x 1800 and you’re left with a large black chin due to the screen being decreased.

Other than the above issues, my verdict is that I highly recommend Shadow to anybody looking for a high-quality service without the technical know-how. Just make sure, as with anything, you look into it and see if it is to your suiting first. If you are unsure or have any questions you can head over to the Shadow Twitter page and ask them!

Let me know in the comments below if you’re using Shadow or your thoughts on this service. I’ll see you all in the next post!


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Male engagement (mangagement) rings — a trend to stay?

The push to normalize the male engagement ring flopped in the 1940s, but in more recent years we have seen men wearing a ring (also known as a mangagement ring), to show the world their taken status. So, where did it begin and is it here to stay? We take a closer look at the topic with engagement rings retailer Angelic Diamonds.

The rise of the trend

The male engagement ring was first seen on the internet in 2011 and since then, we have seen many men including celebrities supporting the concept.
It shows how much the times have changed considering that until the 1940s and 50s, men didn’t wear a wedding ring at all. It is thought that men began to wear their ring throughout this era as they went to war and wanted a reminder of their wives and families at home.
Even now, some men choose not to wear a wedding ring down to personal preference. Prince William, for example, is never seen with his wedding band on and neither is his grandfather Prince Phillip.
The legalisation of same-sex marriage has also influenced the rise of ‘mangagement’ rings. The UK passed the legislation in July 2013 and it came into force on 13 March 2014 with the first gay marriage. Following this, many jewellers have released a range of engagement rings for men and this has appealed to women who want to propose too.
When looking at Google data, it’s clear to see the trend is emerging too. When looking at the search volume of ‘men’s engagement rings’, there were 5,400 searches in October 2014. This more than doubled by September 2017 when the monthly search volume for the term was 12,100. A huge peak was noticed in February 2016 with 22,000 searches — this was around Leap Day (29th February) when it is traditional for women to propose to their other half.  

Women and the trend

Many women are welcoming the trend. Feminists have praised the idea and claimed that when women wear an engagement ring it is as though they are being branded but men are free to walk around as if they are single and not taken.
For others, it seems as though they simply want to show their appreciation for their other half by spending money on something special that they can keep — just like their ring.

Men and the trend

Some men are welcoming the trend and wearing a ring to show the world their engaged status. Michael Bublé was pictured wearing his engagement ring in 2010. On stage, he explained that this was a normal Argentinian custom according to his fiancée. Johnny Depp also wore an engagement ring, originally designed for a woman, when he bought it for his partner but it was too big. Celebrity Jennifer Hudson proposed to her fiancé with a diamond ring, seven months after he proposed to her.
Some men feel less comfortable than others wearing an engagement ring. Perhaps because of this, there has been a trend in engagement watches for men too. H.Q.Milton, a vintage watch boutique, revealed that they are now selling two or three engagement and wedding watches per month which they hadn’t done before. Similarly, the co-founder of Christopher Ward, a luxury watch company, said that they now had customers who were purchasing watches with personalised engagement messages engraved. It seems as though more women want to spend money on their other half instead of it being one-sided.

So, where is the trend heading? It appears as though our jewellery-wearing habits have changed already — from men refusing to wear wedding rings before the war to now. But will the ‘mangagement’ trend catch on and become a common thing? Or perhaps the engagement watch will become more popular. Whichever, it’s nice to see happy couples showing a symbol of their love.

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Ablokeseyeview started in January 2014, however the time has come to make a change. So we are doing something new. We will be producing the same great content but moving into a different area!

A month or so back, I announced that my best mate Dan would be joining me at Ablokeseyeview. Which has worked out really well. Aside of the blogging we also gamed quite a bit together, as its a passion of ours we decided why not re brand the blog and head into the world of gaming and tech. Its not new to us both, we have grown up and been interested in gaming and tech forever! We are just looking forward to the epic content we will be bringing to the blog and all of our social pages.

What Now?

We are currently finishing off all of our lifestyle work and the brands we are working with. We will then be focusing on all things gaming and tech. There will be gaming/tech posts from past to present! We will be live streaming on our Twitch and Youtube accounts and hopefully creating some awesome video content you will enjoy. We will also be having a slight re brand which we are excited about, again this will be over the next month so keep an eye out for that.

Over the next year we want to be hitting some of the gaming and tech events in the UK and hopefully seeing some of our gamer following at them! The gaming community is growing, it is full of amazing people and we are glad to be a part of it! We have also both recently bought some new kit which we will be featuring on the blog very soon.

   

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So back in July, we both took part in the Nile Wilson Herbalife Nutrition Challenge, full details can be found on our previous introductory post here.




In brief, the 21-day challenge was made up of  (Believe it or not) 21 daily videos which help improve you physically and mentally. The one thing we loved about these videos is that anyone and any fitness level could take part. They were really easy to follow and the workouts were great. Nile has a great personality and you can that he is passionate about his sport.

So the one thing you will all be wanting to know is how did we get on, did we see any results and did we take it all the way to the 21st day. Read below for each of our stories in relation to the Herbalife Nutrition 21 Day Challenge.

Carl's Progress



The challenge wasn't about weight loss for me, it was about regaining the strength that my body was lacking since I stopped playing sports. I am quite comfortable with my weight and that fact that I still use the Herbalife products every day, helps me maintain where I want to be at.

My body felt tired, I felt tired, I had no motivation at all, so starting the challenge was going to be a massive push for me but I was 100% committed and started it off really well.

After the 1st few sessions, I realised how unfit I was and what poor condition my body was in. I really struggled but pushed through the exercises and worked my hardest.

The routines were really good and I was using muscles in my body, I didn't know I had... the morning after the exercises were really funny, I had to roll out if bed a few times. I loved mixing the Herbalife products with the challenge, using the pre-workout before starting, and the protein shakes after worked really well be definitely helped with recovery.

I managed to complete the course, there were a few days where I had to do 2 sessions a night because I didn't have time to do it the day before but I managed. I totally understand why Nile's body is in such a good state and he can compete at the level he's does because these workouts really put you through your paces.

So on a personal note, I was really happy with my progress and I hope I can continue to get my strength back to where I want it to be.


Dan's Progress



I personally found it quite challenging, however, in that, I saw an opportunity to better myself both in body and mind. Whilst doing the challenge I lost 11lb in weight, I lost this much due to the drastic change in my lifestyle not because I was losing weight in an unhealthy way. I was constantly overindulging and not exercising. Not only did I lose the weight but I also gained a bit of confidence back which was great.

I am not a hardcore gym go-er neither am I a nutritionist, however, the products that Herbalife Nutrition sent over to use alongside this challenge were great. I have heard a lot of negative things about Herbalife Nutrition in the past and if the products were poor I would say so. Each and every product has really helped me get to where I am today. Even my mindset in relation to food has changed, I don't over indulge and even now I am still using the Herbalife Nutrition products that I have left over.

Overall it gets a huge thumbs up from me and a massive thank you to the Herbalife Nutrition team!

The 21-day challenge is still live on the Herbalife Nutrition blog here. So if like us you just needed that little bit of routine and some challenging workouts that can be done at home then go ahead and check it out.


Let us know if you took part in the challenge and what results you noticed in the comments section below and thanks for reading!

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