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Sesame Go: A New Video On-Demand Service to Access Your Furry Friends in Full-Length Episodes, Anytime

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Sesame Workshop, the non-profit educational organization behind Sesame Street, today announced Sesame Go, a new subscription video on demand service which provides the latest and greatest collection of full-length TV episodes of Sesame Street on the internet. Sesame Go is powered by the Kaltura MediaGo OTT Solution.

Sesame Go provides a safe, ad-free environment to watch your favorite Sesame Street content while using the educational power of media to help children everywhere reach their highest potential. Available as a web service through any internet browser, and optimized not only for Mac and PC computers but also for tablets and mobile devices, Sesame Go provides families with a child-friendly platform to instantly watch the latest full-length TV episodes of Sesame Street, plus hundreds of episodes from prior seasons and Sesame Classics Volume 1 and 2. The service also includes episodes from seasons one and two of Pinky Dinky Doo, the animated series for children ages 4-6 produced by Sesame Workshop and Cartoon Pizza, which uses storytelling and games to guide the characters through lessons in vocabulary and problem solving. Subscribe to Sesame Go at www.sesamego.com for $3.99/month or $29.99/year.

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Time-Lapse Video of The New Bigger, Faster Goodyear Blimp Being Built

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The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has released a time-lapse video detailing the building of the latest version of its iconic airship. The new Goodyear Blimp, which took its maiden voyage last month in the skies above Akron, Ohio, is bigger, faster and more maneuverable than its predecessors, hitting 80 miles an hour in that first flight, with the help of some tail wind.

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Created in collaboration with the Zeppelin company, the lighter-than-air-craft features a semi-rigid structure highlighting in the video, making the airship technically not a blimp.

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Beats Music, A New Subscription-Based Streaming Music Service

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Beats Music is a new subscription-based streaming music service with a focus on curation. The service, which launched today, was created by Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre as well as chief creative officer Trent Reznor. Beats Music is currently available on the web, iOS, and Android, and a Windows Phone app will launch on Friday.

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OneWheel Electric Skateboard

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The Onewheel is a self-balancing, single-wheeled electric skateboard that “gives you the feeling of flying”. The deck can go as fast as 12 MPH.

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Thanks to its 48V lithium battery you should be able to keep going for between four and six miles depending on the terrain. The Onewheel has already hit its Kickstarter target and sold out at the early $1,200 price.

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Chang-rae Lee’s “On Such a Full Sea” Features The First-Ever 3D-Printed Book Cover

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Chang-rae Lee’s On Such a Full Sea is available today (January 7, 2014) in a special limited edition with what the publisher, Riverhead Books, is calling the first-ever 3D-printed slipcover.

The result is a collaboration with the 3D-printing company Makerbot. The white slipcover, into which the book fits neatly, features the letters of the title rising off the surface at an angle, and the idea all along was to do something unlike anything ever seen in the world of publishing.

Designed by Riverhead’s art director, Helen Yentus, each individual slip cover took 15 hours to print and only 200 signed copies are for sale.

Lee will be reading from “On Such a Full Sea” on January 16th at 7pm at the MakerBot Store, in New York. Space is limited, so please register in advance HERE.

You can also order a copy of the limited edition for $150 by clicking HERE.

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Amazon Prime Air: Your Amazon Packages Could Soon Arrive By Flying Drones

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos revealed tonight on 60 Minutes the company’s future delivery method: drones. You can watch the segment below (The drone portion kicks in at the 11:15 mark):

The goal of this new delivery system called Prime Air is to get packages into customers’ hands in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles. The airborne robots will be capable of delivering packages up to five pounds (86 percent of orders are apparently less than that) with a range of 10 miles.


As Amazon puts it, “Putting Prime Air into commercial use will take some number of years as we advance the technology and wait for the necessary FAA rules and regulations” and Bezos himself added in the TV segment that it won’t be before 2015 at the very earliest.

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Things You No Longer Need Because of Smartphones

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BuzzFeed takes a look several things that you no longer need now that you have a smartphone.

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World View Aims To Take Tourists To The Edge of Space

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Tucson, Arizona-based start-up World View wants to fly tourists to the edge of space — 19 miles or 100,000 feet up — in a pressurized capsule suspended from a helium balloon.

The balloon would take one and a half hours to ascend, and passengers would spend two hours admiring the view.

“The sky’s going to be completely black. You’ll be able to see the curvature of the Earth,” said company CEO Jane Poynter.

Test flights are scheduled for this year, and commercial flights are expected to cost $75,000 per ticket and begin in 2016.


 

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MIT Researchers Create M-Blocks, Modular, Self-Assembling Robots

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Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have created M-Blocks, a set of modular, self-assembling robots.

Each M-Block contains a flywheel that can reach speeds of 20,000 revolutions per minute that, when braked, provides momentum for the cube to move, flip, or even jump. Each cube face contains four pairs of magnets that help the M-Blocks line up with one another and connect, and each edge has a pair of rolling-pin-like magnets that come closer and act as anchors when the robots pivot.

Next, the researchers hope to build an army of 100 cubes that can be programmed to work together using algorithms rather than manual controls. “We want hundreds of cubes, scattered randomly across the floor, to be able to identify each other, coalesce, and autonomously transform into a chair, or a ladder, or a desk, on demand,” researcher John Romanishin told MIT news.

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Introducing PayPal Beacon: Shopping Made Seamless

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Merchants now have the ability to plug in PayPal Beacon to provide their customers with a completely new shopping experience. The first device of its kind, PayPal Beacon allows merchants to connect directly to their customers PayPal app for automatic check-in.

Faster than swiping a credit card or tapping a mobile phone at the point of sale, PayPal Beacon will make the payment experience get out of the way. It will leverage Bluetooth Low Energy; a breakthrough technology that enables connected devices to communicate with each other seamlessly, while keeping the energy consumption at a very low level. By using BLE, transactions can take place without having to open up an app, without GPS being turned on, and even without a phone signal. When its time to pay, customers don’t have to lift a finger to take advantage of offers or complete the payment — its all done securely with no cash, no card and no signature required.

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Consumers will have full control of stores they will want to check in to, those they will want to get prompted to confirm payment for, and stores they will want to enable a complete hands-free experience for. We value our customers’ privacy, so PayPal Beacon won’t constantly track a user’s location. If a consumer enters a store and declines to check in, or just ignores the prompt entirely, no information is transmitted to PayPal or the merchant.

PayPal Beacon devices will be available for merchants to purchase early next year. At that time, consumers will be able to download or update a new version of the PayPal app to take advantage of Beacon-enabled shopping experiences.

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DuPont To Embed Wireless Charging In Corian Countertops

DuPont Building Innovations has joined the Power Matters Alliance (PMA) to develop embedded wireless charging technology into its popular Corian countertops.

PMA’s efforts have brought embedded wireless charging into public and commercial spaces around the New York City area such as in Starbucks stores, Regis Hair Salons, Delta Airlines terminals, Madison Square Garden and the Barclays Center in Brooklyn under the banner of its Power 2.0 initiative, but the embeds are essentially Duracell Powermat charging pads countersunk into tabletops.

DuPont’s entry in the category may open the door for other furniture and design materials manufacturers to consider including wireless charging in household and commercial construction and installations.

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A rendering of the new PMA compatible Duracell Powermat wireless charger for the iPhone 5 being charged on a DuPont Corian kitchen countertop.

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Honda Hands Ad

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Let’s see what curiosity can do?

The Honda “Hands” film celebrates the curiosity of Honda engineers, which has led to some of the most successful Honda innovations over the past 65 years.

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Batman ’66 #1 Blasts Off Today, DC Entertainment’s New Digital-First Comic Featuring DC2 Interactivity Now Available for Download

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Holy high tech, Batman! Today marks the release of highly anticipated new Digital-First comic Batman ’66 #1. The first chapter takes the digital reading experience to the next level by incorporating DC2,the latest digital reading innovation from DC Entertainment. DC2’s dynamic artwork brings the classic TV show’s action and retro attitude to life for comic readers through an expanded storytelling canvas as each comic panel tells a multi-dimensional story through layered artwork and sequences. DC2 interactivity is built exclusively on the comiXology platform and will be offered to readers using the DC Comics or comiXology apps or online through www.readdcentertainment.com or comixology.com

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Batman ’66 is inspired by the classic TV series and features many fan-favorite characters like Catwoman, The Riddler, The Joker and, of course, the dynamic duo of Batman and Robin. Written by Jeff Parker, the series features artwork by Jonathan Case and a cover art by Michael Allred. Readers will put on their go-go boots and get ready to “Batusi” back to the Swingin’ 60s. The all-new stories portray The Caped Crusader, The Boy Wonder and their fiendish rogues gallery just the way viewers remember them. In the first adventure, The Riddler’s out to steal valuable artwork from under the nose of Gotham’s police force and Batman gets help from an unlikely source: a certain femme fatale dressed in feline finery.

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The first chapter of Batman ’66 is available for download today, and monthly print issues that collect three digital chapters will also be for sale in comic book shops across the U.S., with the first print issue hitting stands on Wednesday, July 17. Non-DC2 versions of BATMAN ’66 will also be available for download on other digital platforms including iBookstore, Kindle Store and Nook Store.

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ComiXology Debuts Subscriptions & Bundles

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Today comiXology debuts two new ways to shop that comic book fans have been clamoring for – subscriptions and bundles. Subscriptions let fans everywhere subscribe to their favorite series so they’ll never miss an issue. Bundles allow comiXology fans to buy curated collections – be it entire series, or multi-issue events – at steep discounts and all at a click of a button.

And while purchases made with either of these features allow comiXology fans to read their comics anywhere and on any device, fans wanting to take advantage of the of subscriptions and bundles features will need to shop at www.comiXology.com.

Currently subscriptions are offered for every ongoing title on the entire comiXology platform – just click the “Subscribe to Series” button for the series on comiXology.com

The debut bundles – all offering deep savings – currently available to purchase are:

Marvel – Uncanny X-Force by Rick Remender – The Complete Series

Marvel – X-Men: Schism – The Complete Event

Marvel – Infinity Gauntlet Trilogy

Marvel – Marvel Masterworks

Marvel – Wolverine: Origins – The Complete Series

Marvel – Marvel NOW! Starter Bundle

MonkeyBrain – MonkeyBrain Firsts

Valiant – Valiant Starter Bundle

Archaia – Archaia Digital Firsts

BOOM! Studios – Adventure Time Bundle

Dynamite Entertainment – Project Superpowers Bundle

Fantagraphics – Love & Rockets: Locas Bundle

IDW – Richard Stark’s Parker Omnibus

IDW – Joe Hill Sampler

Image – Image Collections Starter Bundle

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Zenescope – Zenescope Starter Bundle

With over 35,000 comics and graphic novels from more than 75 publishers, comiXology offers the widest selection of English language digital comics in the world. ComiXology’s availability across the iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows 8 and the Web makes it the best digital platform for newly interested, current and lapsed comic and graphic novel fans worldwide.

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Audi Demonstrates Driverless Self-Parking Technology

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At CES 2013 in January, senior engineer Annie Lien of the Audi/Volkswagen Group of America demonstrates the new Piloted Parking technology for the Audi connect integrated system. Using an app on your smartphone, you can tell your car to find a spot and park itself and then later, to pick you up.

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YO! Sushi Launches Their New Burger On A Flying Tray

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Famed for being the first Sushi chain in the UK to deliver food to customers on a conveyor belt, YO! Sushi has gone one-step further with the introduction of the world’s first flying tray to deliver the YO! Burger to YO! Sushi lovers.

The ‘iTray’ air delivery system is a clever marketing ploy to showcase the low caloric count of the new burger (maximum of 423 calories). So light it can float on air…

The high-tech flying platter is custom built using the most advanced RC Drone quadicopter technology and is remote controlled through an on-board Wi-Fi system and iPad software. The gadget is made from a carbon fiber frame and consists of four propellers making it incredibly light and maneuverable. Two built-in HD cameras allow YO! Sushi kitchen staff to check that the new burger range is delivered through a real time video broadcast viewable on an iPad screen.

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The tray-copter is now being trialled at YO! Sushi Soho with plans to roll it out across the UK next year.

Developed by YO! Sushi’s Executive Chef, Mike Lewis, after spending a considerable amount of time researching different regional foods in Japan, the YO! Burger removes the traditional bun and greasy beef patty and replaces it with innovative buns made from the highest quality Japanese toasted rice and a range of five fillings – teriyaki chicken, kimchi salmon, prawn katsu, tilapia katsu fish and tofu katsu.

 

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Each YO! Burger is served on a Japanese bento tray and is accompanied by pickled daikon slaw, nori crackers in place of fries and instead of ketchup, misochup.

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IMAX Private Theatre

The IMAX Private Theatre ($TBA) is modeled after IMAX’s private screening room which has played host to many filmmakers coming to see their films in IMAX for the first time, this integrated solution includes all the custom IMAX hardware — including proprietary, state-of-the-art dual 4K projection systems and a 7.1 channel laser-aligned sound system — as well as consulting from IMAX specialists who work with your architects, interior designers, and installers to ensure that everything is built to the company’s exacting performance standards.

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Gibson Min-ETune

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Min-ETune is a compact, battery-powered robot tuner that tunes your Gibson guitar in seconds—and delivers 80-100 tunings on one charge. Adjust the tuning pegs manually, turn on the Min-ETuneTM to tune all six strings to perfect pitch automatically, or select any of 12 popular alternate tunings (including six you can program yourself). You can even adjust your guitar’s tunings to match other instruments.

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Available on a wide range of Gibson guitars so you can find one that is just right for you. A guitar with Min-ETune feels the same, looks the same (the unit mounts onto the back of your guitar’s headstock), and plays the same. But most importantly, it sounds the same—Min-ETuneTM works by tuning the physical strings, not by digital trickery that degrades your tone.

Save time and money in the studio, keep the flow going onstage, enhance your creativity with new tunings, and more. You take care of the playing—we’ll handle the tuning.

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Marvel’s Announces Project Gamma At 2013

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Marvel’s Project Gamma is a unique immersive experience that brings fully adaptive music and sound together with digital comics to create an entirely new audio-visual event.

Project Gamma represents a landmark partnership between Marvel Entertainment, Momentum Worldwide and CORD (A Cutting Edge Company), the composers and producers of such award-winning films as the Harry Potter series, “Looper,” “Drive” and “The King’s Speech.”

An adaptive audio experience, Project Gamma dynamically tailors itself to both the events in the comic and the individual reader’s behavior, no matter the time invested in each page and to each issue. In short, with this new technology each reading experience becomes unique to itself.

Launching later this year with a Marvel event that will be announced soon, Project Gamma will be partnered with Marvel stories that truly compliment what it offers in expanding the reader experience.

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MYO Gesture Control Armband

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The Myo Gesture Control Armband ($150) is an innovative input device that communicates with your Mac, PC, phone or tablet over Bluetooth 4.0, and uses proprietary muscle sensors as well as a 6-axis motion sensor to track your movement.

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With the wave of your hand, MYO will transform how you interact with your digital world. The MYO armband lets you use the electrical activity in your muscles to wirelessly control your computer, phone, and other favorite digital technologies.

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Google Glass Testers Wanted: Get Your Application Here

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Google has launched a new competition that will allow non-developers to get their hands on the company’s internet-enabled glasses, Google Glass.

These futuristic glasses are enabled with a camera that takes pictures or video with verbal commands allowing you to share what you see hands-free. You can also ask questions, get directions, receive notifications, send messages or translate your voice.

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The competition, launched today, will be the first time that those outside of the developer community will be able to access the devices, with 8,000 of them up for grabs.

In order to enter, Google is asking people to say on Twitter and Google+ how they would use the glasses if they were given a set.

Google is asking entrants to tag their ideas, which must be no longer than 50 words, with the hashtag #ifIhadglass. Entrants are also allowed to use up to five photos and a video up to 15 seconds in length.

Applications must be sent before February 27th and Google will award the glasses to the lucky competition winners at a pick-up experience in New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles.

The competition is open anyone over the age of 18 living in the US and will give them the opportunity to try out the glasses before they go on general sale.

While Google hasn’t set an official release date, it’s thought Google Glass could reach general availability at the end of 2014.

Here are the rules:

- Your application must be 50 words or less

- You must include #ifihadglass in your application

- You can include up to 5 photos with your application

- You can include a short video (15 secs max)

- Be sure to follow us on Google+ (+ProjectGlass) or Twitter (@projectglass) so that we can contact you directly

- You must be at least 18 years old and live in the U.S. to apply

- For more details, please see our full Terms and FAQ

You can apply HERE!

The deadline for applications is February 27th. If you are chosen, Google will reach out to you with an invitation to become a Glass Explorer (please remember to follow Google+ (+ProjectGlass) or Twitter (@projectglass) so that they can contact you directly). Explorers will each need to pre-order a Glass Explorer Edition for $1500 plus tax and attend a special pick-up experience, in person, in New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles.

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Download Neil Gaiman’s A Calendar of Tales

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Neil Gaiman teamed up with BlackBerry for the Keep Moving Project. With the help of his readers and a BlackBerry 10 device, he wrote 12 new stories known as A Calendar of Tales.

You can download the stories HERE.

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To learn more about the Keep Moving Projects with BlackBerry 10 and Neil Gaiman, please visit: http://www.BlackBerry.com/KeepMoving.

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Walt Disney World Announces MyMagic+, FastPass+ & MagicBand

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On Jan. 7, 2013, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts officially released information on MyMagic+ and its components FastPass+ and MagicBand.

MyMagic+ will be first unveiled in stages at Walt Disney World Resort, beginning with guests staying at official WDW hotels, those who purchase a PhotoPass package and Annual Passholders.

MyMagic+ is a Disney vacation planning and management system that is one of the outcomes of the company’s investment in NextGen technology. In part, MyMagic+ will uses radio frequency identification (RFID) to help guests customize their trips as well as helps Disney to both track guests’ behavior and personalize guests’ vacation experiences.

MyMagic+ consists of three components that Disney guests will use to help plan their trips and which work together:

- My Disney Experience, an online planning tool.

- Disney FastPass+, which will enable guests to select theme park attractions and entertainment prior to leaving home or while in the parks.

- MagicBand bracelets, which contain guest information and use RFID

My Disney Experience offers a website and mobile app (available for iPhone, iPad and Android), and was released in July 2012. If offers park hours, wait times, information on hotels and attractions and other elements related to trip planning and park touring.

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Guests who use My Disney Experience can access the site or app from home as well as at WDW via smart phones and other portable devices. To enable guest to access My Disney Experience while at the resort, WDW has made free Wi-Fi available throughout the theme parks, Downtown Disney and hotels for guests who want to change their plans “on the go” with their smartphones and other portable devices.

Disney FastPass+ works with My Disney Experience allow guests to select a limited number of attractions and experiences when planning from home or while in the parks. Options will include additional experiences than those offered under the current FASTPASS system.

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For the first time, guests will be able to reserve firework and parade viewing areas, shows, Disney Character Greetings and more, in addition to their favorite attractions.

For guests who don’t know where to start, Disney will recommend FastPicks – a set of three FastPass+ selections that serve as a starting point – and give guests the option to customize their selections.

Disney FastPass+ service is included with theme park admission.

MagicBand, a rubber bracelet, will collect pertinent trip information for and about guests on one device. The MagicBand operates as a room key, admission ticket, PhotoPass card, and charge card for food and merchandise. It also stores information provided through My Disney Experience, such as guests’ FastPass+ selections.

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MyMagic+ will also enable Disney to personalize their theme park experience. For those who are comfortable with providing more personal information, MagicBand might be used to help a Disney character wish someone a happy birthday or anniversary, enable elements in Disney’s queues to more specifically interact with guests, or have Cast Members address individuals by name.

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Newsweek’s Last Print Issue Cover Released

I guess it’s just a sign of the times…first record stores, then book shops and now magazines; today Newsweek released the cover for its last-ever print issue. The cover features a vintage picture of the old Newsweek offices in New York, accompanied by the headline “#LASTPRINTISSUE.”

Newsweek will become a digital-only publication when the new year hits. Editor Tina Brown has said that the magazine could no longer realistically stay in print due to the new economics of the media industry.

The last issue contains essays by former editors and high-profile Newsweek alumni, as well as a lengthy oral history of the magazine.

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