Monthly Archives: October 2010

Zombies Invade 26 Cities To Promote AMC’s The Walking Dead

In anticipation of the premiere of AMC’s new drama series, “The Walking Dead,” on Sunday October 31 at 10 p.m., AMC and FOX international networks plan to stage a worldwide zombie invasion stunt. “The Walking Dead’s” international broadcaster, Fox International Channels (FIC), will kick-off the stunts with overseas invasions beginning at daybreak in Taipei and Hong Kong on Tuesday, October 26, and moving across the globe where the stunt culminates at the show’s Los Angeles premiere.

A week prior to the unprecedented global premiere of the show, AMC and FIC have planned to target one day multi-city events that will occur during morning commute peak hours. Taking direction from “The Walking Dead’s” legendary make-up artist Greg Nicotero, hundreds of zombies will consecutively take over major cities worldwide during a 24-hour period. The planned global outbreaks will center in and around the world’s major landmarks, including the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City, the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., Big Ben in London, the Prado Museum in Madrid, the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, the Acropolis in Athens and more. They will begin at daybreak in Taipei and Hong Kong, followed by Istanbul, Madrid, Munich, London, Sao Paolo, Buenos Aires, New York City and Los Angeles, among others. Attacking a total of 26 cities, each outbreak will be documented and shared with fans the world over as it happens.

“The Walking Dead” Global Zombie Invasion Attacks

New York City, USA
Washington DC, USA
Boston, USA
Chicago, USA
San Francisco, USA
Los Angeles, USA
Taipei, Taiwan
Hong Kong
Istanbul, Turkey
Athens, Greece
Sofia, Bulgaria
Estonia, Tallinn
Belgrade, Serbia
Munich, Germany
Madrid, Spain
Rome, Italy
Johannesburg, S. Africa
London, UK – Westminster
Lisbon, Portugal
Sao Paolo, Brazil
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Santiago, Chile
Caracas, Venezuela
Bogota, Colombia
Mexico City, Mexico
Guatemala City, Guatemala

“The Walking Dead” premieres on AMC on Halloween, Sunday, October 31 at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. For the first time ever, the series will begin to premiere globally a few hours after AMC’s U.S. launch. Similar to a theatrical film release, all FIC markets will launch the first episode during the same week, before the release of the second episode in the US. “The Walking Dead” will debut in 120 countries, air in 33 languages and be viewed in 250 million households when it premieres.

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Glee: The Music – The Christmas Album Due On November 16th

The Fox hit Glee is releasing a festive album entitled Glee: The Music – The Christmas Album. The CD will feature the cast (and k.d. lang!) singing covers of 12 holiday classics. The disc is set to drop on Nov. 16th — three weeks ahead of a special Glee Yuletide episode (airing on Dec. 7th.)

Here is the complete track listing:

1. We Need A Little Christmas (Jenna Ushkowitz, Amber Riley, Chris Colfer)

2. Deck The Rooftop (Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Naya Rivera, Kevin McHale, Heather Morris, and Jenna Ushkowitz)

3. Merry Christmas Darling (Lea Michele)

4. Baby, It’s Cold Outside (Chris Colfer and Darren Criss)

5. The Most Wonderful Day Of The Year (Chord Overstreet, Mark Salling, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, Jenna Ushkowitz, and Heather Morris)

6. Last Christmas (Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Amber Riley, Kevin McHale, Mark Salling, Jenna Ushkowitz, and Chris Colfer)

7. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (Lea Michele, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, and Jenna Ushkowitz)

8. O Christmas Tree (Matthew Morrison)

9. Jingle Bells (Cory Monteith, Mark Salling, and Kevin McHale)

10. You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch (k.d. lang and Morrison)

11. Angels We Have Heard On High (Amber Riley)

12. O Holy Night (Lea Michele)

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Are These The All Time 100 Greatest Gadgets?

Picking humanity’s 100 greatest gadgets is no easy task. If TIME Magazine started from the beginning of humanity itself, the list would actually be a lot easier to compile: the wheel, the lever, the telescope, the syringe, movable type.

But the magazine decided to limit the list to the 100 most influential personal gadgets created since 1923 — the year TIME started publishing.

You’ll see a lot of items that get the nod simply because they were the first of their kind. First may not always be best, but it’s surely a sign of smart innovation.

Check out the impressive list HERE.

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Amazon’s Kindle E-book Readers To Get Book Lending Features

Amazon will be rolling out lending features to its Kindle e-book reader “later this year,” according to a company blog post. A similar feature exists for Barnes and Noble’s Nook e-book reader, which competes with the Kindle.

Lending books to other Kindle owners is a welcome addition to the popular e-book reader’s feature set, but carries with it some fine print. Per Amazon:

“Each book can be lent once for a loan period of 14-days and the lender cannot read the book during the loan period. Additionally, not all e-books will be lendable – this is solely up to the publisher or rights holder, who determines which titles are enabled for lending.”

You’ll be able to lend and borrow between the Kindle hardware readers and devices using the Kindle software, such as iPhones, Android phones, and computers. In addition, Amazon also announced that “many newspapers and magazines” will soon be viewable on mobile devices running the Kindle software. Currently, you can only read newspapers and magazines on the actual Kindle e-book reader.

This functionality will be rolled out the Apple’s portable devices “in the coming weeks,” followed by Android and “other apps down the road.”

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Meet E.A.R.L. The Bowling Robot

Bowling Champion Chris Barnes takes on E.A.R.L. – the Enhanced Automated Robotic Launcher – the new bowling robot at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington.

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Exit Through the Gift Shop DVD To Be Released On December 14th

Oscilloscope Laboratories has announced the Banksy documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop for December 14th. Extras will include a B Movie film about the ‘Art’ of Banksy, a Life Remote Control (Lawyer’s Edit) movie that started it all, deleted scenes. The set will also arrive complete with limited edition inserts designed by Banksy.

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First Look at Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

Here is a first look at Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, from the team behind Despicable Me and Horton Hears a Who. Danny DeVito will voice The Lorax (“who speaks for the trees”) in the 3D film.

The villains will be voiced by two alums of “The Daily Show” – Ed Helms (“The Office”) will play The Once-ler, “a shortsighted, greedy creature who chops down every tree he can find to make his Thneeds, which are ‘a thing everyone needs,’” and Rob Riggle is a new character called O’Hare, “another industrialist who sells cans of fresh air to the polluted world the Once-ler creates and wants to keep it that way.”

The movie will start much like the 1971 book, with Zac Efron voicing a boy named Ted, “who goes in search of the Once-ler to find out how the world became so ugly.” Betty White will play Ted’s grandmother, “who tells him of the colorful world that used to be.” Another new character is the girl Ted loves, Audrey.

Universal Pictures will release the film in theaters on March 2, 2012.

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Shrek Forever After Arrives On DVD On December 7th

Paramount Home Entertainment has announced DVD, Blu-ray, and Blu-ray/DVD Combo releases of Shrek Forever After for December 7th. Extras on the DVD will include deleted scenes, featurettes (“Spotlight On Shrek”, “Secrets Of Shrek Forever After”, “From Swamp To Stage: The Making Of Shrek The Musical”), games, and more. The Blu-ray release will include a filmmaker commentary, featurettes (“Conversation With The Cast”, “The Tech Of Shrek Forever After”), a Shrek, Rattle & Roll music video, and more. The Blu-ray/DVD Combo will include all of the above, plus Donkey’s Caroling Christmas Shrektacular.

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Tron: Legacy Cover Story In The Next Issue Of Disney 23

The winter issue of Disney twenty-three, the quarterly magazine of the Disney fan club, will feature a nine-page special on Tron: Legacy.

The cover story includes interviews with the film’s creators, including personal Tron memories from director Joseph Kosinski and writer Steven Lisberger, among others.

The $16 magazine will be on store shelves and ship to members of Disney’s D23 fan club on November 1st. Tron: Legacy will be released on December 17th.

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BONE iPhone Horn Stand

Slip the BONE Horn Stand ($24.95) onto your iPhone for lo-fi amplification simplicity. Using old-fashioned acoustical science, this silicone stand adds 12 decibels of sound pressure to your iPhone’s speakers without asking for an erg of battery juice. You can also use it to prop your iPhone into a vertical or horizontal viewing position. Fits original iPhone, iPhone 3G/3GS & iPhone 4.

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The Cars Reunite for First Album in 23 Years

The Ric Ocasek-led new wave band the Cars have reunited to record their first album in 23 years and may support it with a tour, Billboard.com has learned.

The sessions were first confirmed by veteran engineer Paul Orofino in posts on the Pro Sound online message board that have since been deleted, and follow the late July posting on Facebook of a photo with the band’s four surviving original members together in a Boston recording studio.

Last week, the Cars revealed a 73-second snippet of a new song, “Blue Tip,” on their Facebook page, but provided no additional information about the album.

Orofino’s posts previously indicated that the band, which features Ocasek, guitarist Elliot Easton, keyboardist Greg Hawkes and drummer David Robinson, recorded only new songs for the album at his studio in Millbrook, N.Y. Orofino added that Hawkes played and/or programmed all the bass parts, filling the role served during the Cars’ original 1976-1988 run by Benjamin Orr, who died of cancer in 2000.

Sources tell Billboard the group is strongly considering touring, but dates have yet to be confirmed.

The Cars rose to fame out of Boston in the late 1970s with a string of classic hits such as “Just What I Needed,” “Best Friend’s Girl” and “Let’s Go.” The group’s sound was sleek and keyboard-heavy without sacrificing crunchy guitar chords, and its look was unique thanks to the lanky Ocasek, one of the least stereotypical rock stars of the era.

In 1981, the Cars reached a career-best No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Shake It Up,” from the album of the same name. After a two-plus-year break, the group scored No. 3 on The Billboard 200 with 1984′s “Heartbeat City,” which spawned the major hits “You Might Think,” “Magic” and the Orr-sung “Drive.”

The Cars split in 1988, with members moving on to solo careers and other pursuits, such as Ocasek’s stint as senior VP of A&R at Elektra Records and as a producer for artists such as Guided By Voices, Nada Surf, No Doubt and Weezer.

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EBay’s Instant Sale Offers Cash for Old Electronics

Have a dead cell phone kicking around in your electronics drawer? No more excuses to keep it there. Auction giant eBay just made it easy to ditch such items in a sustainable manner with Instant Sale, a tool that allows users to almost instantly swap gadgets for money.

Here’s how it works: type in the name, make, and model of a device, answer a few questions about its condition, and eBay makes a cash offer. If you decide to accept the offer, the site generates a shipping label and slips cash in your Paypal account once eBay receives the device for recycling.

Users can make a decent amount of cash with eBay’s program. A Droid Eris in good condition, for example, fetches $87. And a first generation 16GB iPod Touch yields $38 (with the charger included). Even products with zero value can still be shipped to eBay for recycling–for free, of course. (Reprinted from Fast Company – Thanks for the tip Don)

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EZ Leaf Hauler & Bear Claw Scoops

If you live near trees then you have probably already grabbed your rake a few times to clear the yard of those pesky leaves. The EZ Leaf Hauler ($35) can help you with your clean-up task, thanks to its dustpan-like shape, woven polyester and fiberglass construction, raised sides and ground stakes. The integrated handles help you drag the load away. Folds flat for storage.

Certain yard and garden chores call for the extra large gathering capacity. If you need a super efficient way to clean up fall leaves, grass clippings and other lawn debris then pick up the Bear Claw Scoops ($15) and scoop away! (Found on Uncrate)

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Incipio Linq for iPod Nano

The Incipio Linq ($25) combines a wristwatch with a 6th generation iPod Nano.

The Linq is scheduled to be released later this month and provides a rugged, yet elegant carrying option for their iPod.

Composed of a next generation polymer material, the Linq securely locks the iPod (sold separately) in its case and protects it from the wear and tear of everyday life. The wrist worn carrying device comes in a variety of colors and provides the operator with an all-day accessory that can be worn fashionably in any environment. Additional wristbands are sold separately for $9.99.

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Duel Saving Bank

The Duel Saving Bank ($39) turns saving into a game. How? By throwing a little competition into the mix. Two compartments allow for the user to decide between the options: handbag vs. food, travel vs. restaurant…you choose your dilemma and can change your mind often since this white porcelain can be easily written on and erased over and over again…The red silicone band slides on and off to make cashing a breeze. The middle partition shows in a playful way who is leading or which dream can be fulfilled first. (Thanks for the tip Meredith)

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Pixar’s Cars 2 Official Website

Disney Pixar has brought online the official website for the sequel Cars 2 which includes glimpses of the concept art.

The movie which will be released on June 24, 2011 (my birthday…thanks Pixar) is described as follows, “All the world’s a racetrack as racing superstar Lightning McQueen zooms back into action, with his best friend Mater in tow, to take on the globe’s fastest and finest in this thrilling high-octane new installment of the “Cars” saga. Mater and McQueen will need their passports as they find themselves in a new world of intrigue, thrills and fast-paced comedic escapades around the globe.”

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Letterheady

Back in the day (Before e-mail) corporations and celebrities would correspond via traditional mail with a handwritten note. Often times, the note would be on letterhead.

A letterhead is the heading at the top of a sheet of letter paper. It usually consists of a name and an address, and a logo or corporate design, and sometimes a background.

The website Letterheady pays homage to offline correspondence; specifically letters with a focus on the design of the letterhead. Check out their site HERE, some of the examples are fascinating.

Michael Jackson

Muhammad Ali

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Patton Oswalt Developing New Fox Sitcom

Fox is developing a half-hour single-camera comedy series for the very funny comedian, Patton Oswalt.

Oswalt has teamed with former Mr. Show writer Scott Aukerman to write and executive produce a comedy series in which Oswalt would star as a man whose wife of 20 years splits, forcing him to re-enter the dating world and fend for himself.

The duo’s TV project, is being produced by 20th Century Fox TV and American Work’s Scot Armstrong and Ravi Nandan.

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Comic Book Legend Stan Lee To Sign Autographs At The Long Beach Comic Con On October 31, 2010

Stan Lee will be making a special Halloween appearance at the Long Beach Comic Con on 10/31 from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

Autograph tickets will be available for sales at Booth 544 on Friday & Saturday and in advance at http://shop.desertwindcomics.com/. Stan will also be participating in a very special photo session with our Photo expert in booth #426 – here’s your chance to create a once in a lifetime memory!

 

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Billy Joel’s The Hits – A Newly Compiled 19 Track Collection Due On Tuesday, November 16th

2011 marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Billy Joel’s first solo album, Cold Spring Harbor, and Columbia/Legacy Recordings will celebrate the occasion with a definitive reissue project of newly restored and expanded Legacy editions of the complete Billy Joel catalog, newly curated collections of rarities from the vaults, previously unavailable studio tracks and live performances, home video releases and more.

As an overture to the 40th Anniversary Billy Joel catalog reissue project, Columbia/Legacy will release Billy Joel’s The Hits – a newly compiled collection of 19 essential tracks on Tuesday, November 16.

The first-ever career-spanning single disc distillation of Billy’s Top 40 chartbusters & signature smashes, The Hits provides a critical index to some of the most beloved and abiding pop songs of our era.

Between the opening cut, “Everybody Loves You Know” (a deep track from 1971′s Cold Spring Harbor) and “The River of Dreams,” the Grammy-nominated classic that closes the collection, The Hits charts a course through 30+ years of American pop music and culture through the eyes and ears of an artist who defined the times.

Track List For Billy Joel – The Hits

1. Everybody Loves You Now (1971, Cold Spring Harbor)

2. Piano Man (1973, Piano Man, #25 Billboard Hot 100)

3. The Entertainer (1974, Streetlife Serenade, #34 Billboard Hot 100)

4. New York State Of Mind (1976, Turnstiles)

5. Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song) (1977, The Stranger, #17 Billboard Hot 100)

6. Only The Good Die Young (1977, The Stranger, #24 Billboard Hot 100)

7. My Life (1978, 52nd Street, #3 Billboard Hot 100)

8. Big Shot (1978, 52nd Street, #14 Billboard Hot 100)

9. You May Be Right (1980, Glass Houses, #7 Billboard Hot 100)

10. It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me (1980, Glass Houses, #1 Billboard Hot 100)

11. Say Goodbye To Hollywood (live) (1980, Songs in the Attic, #17 Billboard Hot 100)

12. Allentown (1982, The Nylon Curtain, #17 Billboard Hot 100)

13. Pressure (1982, The Nylon Curtain, #20 Billboard Hot 100)

14. The Longest Time (1983, An Innocent Man, #14 Billboard Hot 100)

15. Tell Her About It (1983, An Innocent Man, #1 Billboard Hot 100)

16. A Matter Of Trust (1986, The Bridge, #10 Billboard Hot 100)

17. We Didn’t Start The Fire (1989, Storm Front, #1 Billboard Hot 100)

18. I Go To Extremes (1989, Storm Front, #6 Billboard Hot 100)

19. The River Of Dreams (1993, River of Dreams, #3 Billboard Hot 100)

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Apple Introduces iLife ’11

Apple today introduced iLife ’11, a major upgrade that gives Mac users even more great ways to create and share photos, movies and music. iPhoto ’11 has a whole new look, with stunning full screen modes for Faces, Places and Events. iMovie ’11 makes it easier than ever to edit videos and quickly transform them into fun theatrical trailers for easy posting online. GarageBand ’11 introduces new ways to improve your playing and create great sounding songs with Flex Time and Groove Matching. Free with every new Mac, iLife ’11 is available as a $49 upgrade for existing users.

iPhoto ’11 features stunning new full screen modes that take advantage of your Mac’s brilliant display for browsing, editing and showcasing your photos. Sharing your photos is easier than ever in iPhoto ’11, whether you send them by email using one of eight beautiful themes, post them to your Facebook wall with a single click, or play them in full screen with one of 12 professionally designed slideshows. iPhoto ’11 features a completely new approach to creating books and cards with a sleek carousel interface, intelligent book layout and a bookshelf that displays all your projects. New letterpress cards let you combine your photos and text with elegant imprinted designs to create unique wedding invitations, birth announcements, holiday greetings and more.

iMovie ’11 helps you turn your videos into captivating Hollywood-style trailers that are fun to watch and share. You can choose from 15 different genres including Adventure, Romantic Comedy and Epic Drama, each one complete with its own unique titles, graphics and cinematic soundtrack. Powerful new tools make it easy to selectively adjust audio levels and apply sophisticated visual effects like flash and hold, instant replay and jump cuts with a single click. People Finder analyzes your videos and marks sections containing faces, so you can quickly find the perfect clips for your trailer or movie. iMovie ’11 also adds exciting new themes that make your videos look like professional news or sports programs.

GarageBand ‘11 includes two new ways to fix or change the timing of your recordings. Flex Time lets you move, stretch or shorten individual notes by clicking on just the part of the audio waveform you want to change, without affecting the rest of the recording. With Groove Matching, you can select any track as the “Groove Track” and all other tracks will instantly match its rhythmic feel. GarageBand ’11 adds seven authentic-sounding new guitar amps, five fun new stompbox effects, and 22 new Basic Lessons for piano and guitar. The new “How did I Play?” feature listens while you play along with any lesson, highlights mistakes and tracks your progress to help you become a better musician.

Pricing & Availability

iLife ’11 is available immediately for a suggested retail price of $49 (US) through the Apple Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. The iLife ’11 Family Pack includes five licenses and is available for $79 (US) and the Mac Box Set which includes iLife ’11, iWork and Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard is available for $129 (US).

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Apple Reinvents Notebooks With New MacBook Air

Apple today unveiled an all new MacBook Air, the first of a next generation of notebooks which will replace mechanical hard disks and optical drives with Internet services and solid state flash storage. These next generation notebooks are:

- faster—solid state flash storage is up to twice as fast as hard drive storage

- more reliable—hard drive crashes are eliminated

- lighter and smaller—solid state flash storage is up to 90 percent smaller and lighter than hard drives

Available in 11-inch and 13-inch models and weighing as little as 2.3 pounds, the new MacBook Air is Apple’s lightest and most portable notebook ever. MacBook Air uses the same solid state storage technology as iPad to deliver instant-on responsiveness, up to seven hours of battery life and up to 30 days of standby time. Starting at $999, the affordable MacBook Air defines the next generation of MacBooks.

With its precision aluminum unibody enclosure, the new MacBook Air measures an incredibly thin 0.11-inches at its thinnest point and 0.68-inches at its thickest, and weighs just 2.3 pounds for the 11-inch model and 2.9 pounds for the 13-inch. Like iPad, MacBook Air was designed from the ground up to use flash storage exclusively. Apple’s custom-designed flash storage is 90 percent smaller and lighter than a conventional notebook hard drive, contributing to MacBook Air’s mobile, featherweight design. MacBook Air’s flash storage also provides faster data access and is more reliable than notebook hard drives due to its solid state design.

MacBook Air features a full-sized keyboard for typing comfort and productivity, as well as the highly acclaimed glass Multi-Touch trackpad found on Apple’s MacBook Pro, so you can scroll through web sites, flip through photos, and resize or rotate images all from the trackpad. The built-in FaceTime camera, mic and stereo speakers are perfect for video calls with iPhone 4, iPod touch and other Macs.

Flash storage combined with power-efficient Intel Core 2 Duo processors and NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics delivers an ideal balance of mobility, battery life and performance. MacBook Air features an 11.6-inch or 13.3-inch high-resolution LED-backlit display and Mini DisplayPort to connect your 27-inch Apple LED Cinema Display, projector or HD TV. Ultra-fast 802.11n Wi-Fi networking allows you to download music and movies from iTunes, back up data to Time Capsule and store or share files with MobileMe and iDisk. MacBook Air includes Bluetooth 2.1+EDR for wireless peripherals and two USB ports making it easy to sync and charge an iPad, iPhone or iPod while using another device. The 13-inch MacBook Air also includes an SD card slot.

Apple uses advanced chemistry and Adaptive Charging technology to create a MacBook Air battery that delivers up to seven hours of wireless productivity on a single charge and up to 1,000 recharges. The built-in battery design results in less waste, and depleted MacBook Air batteries can be replaced for $129, which includes installation and disposal of your old battery in an environmentally responsible manner.

Every Mac comes with Mac OS® X Snow Leopard, the world’s most advanced operating system, and iLife.

Pricing & Availability

The 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air are immediately available through the Apple Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.

The 1.4 GHz 11-inch MacBook Air with 2GB of memory and 64GB of flash storage starts at a suggested retail price of $999 (US) with a 128GB model for $1,199 (US).

The 1.86 GHz 13-inch MacBook Air with 2GB of memory and 128GB of flash storage starts at a suggested retail price of $1,299 (US) with a 256GB model for $1,599 (US). Configure-to-order options and accessories include faster processors, 4GB of memory, MacBook Air SuperDrive and a USB Ethernet Adapter.

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Pixar’s Cars 2 Teaser

The gang is back in action and gearing up for Disney Pixar’s Cars 2, coming out next summer! Check out the Mission Impossible themed teaser below.

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Apple Gives Sneak Peek of Mac OS X Lion

Apple today gave a sneak peek of Mac OS X Lion, the eighth major release of the world’s most advanced operating system. Shipping next summer, Lion is inspired by many of iPad’s software innovations. Today’s sneak peek highlighted just a few of Lion’s features, including the Mac App Store, a new way to discover, install and automatically update desktop apps; Launchpad, a new home for all of your Mac apps; system-wide support for full screen apps; and Mission Control, which unifies Exposé, Dashboard, Spaces and full screen apps into an innovative new view of everything running on your Mac, and allows you to instantly navigate anywhere.

“Lion brings many of the best ideas from iPad back to the Mac, plus some fresh new ones like Mission Control that Mac users will really like,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Lion has a ton of new features, and we hope the few we had time to preview today will give users a good idea of where we are headed.”

The Mac App Store brings the revolutionary App Store experience to OS X, making discovering, installing and updating Mac apps easier than ever. Like on iPad, you purchase apps using your iTunes account and they download and install in just one step. App updates are delivered directly through the Mac App Store, so it’s easy to keep all of your apps up to date. The Mac App Store will be available for Snow Leopard within 90 days and will be included in Lion when it ships next summer.

Launchpad makes it easier than ever to find and launch any app. Similar to the Home screen on iPad, you can see all the apps on your Mac elegantly displayed just by clicking the Launchpad icon in the dock. Apps can be organized in any order or grouped into folders, and you can swipe through multiple pages of apps to find the one you want.

Lion includes system-wide support for full screen applications. With Lion, you can enter full screen mode with just one click, switch from one full screen app to another with just a swipe of the trackpad, and swipe back to the desktop to access your multi-window applications.

Mission Control presents you with a unified view of every app and window running on your Mac, so you can instantly navigate anywhere. Mission Control also incorporates the next generation of Exposé, presenting all the windows running on your Mac grouped by application, alongside thumbnails of full screen apps, Dashboard and other Spaces.

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Apple Brings FaceTime to the Mac

Apple today announced the public beta of FaceTime for Mac, an entirely new application that allows Mac users to video call iPhone 4 and iPod touch users as well as other Macs. Featuring an easy to use interface, FaceTime for Mac automatically uses your Address Book contacts so there’s no need to create special buddy lists, and it works seamlessly with the built-in camera and mic on Mac notebooks, iMac and Apple LED Cinema Displays.

“FaceTime makes video calling to or from mobile devices easy for the first time,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We’ve sold more than 19 million FaceTime-ready iPhone 4 and iPod touch devices in the past four months, and now those users can make FaceTime calls with tens of millions of Mac users.”

FaceTime for Mac requires Mac OS X Snow Leopard and is easy to set up with an Apple ID. The public beta is available immediately as a free download at www.apple.com/mac/facetime.

 

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