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Hot Wheels Rolls Out GoPro Compatible Zoom In Car

Zoom In is a limited edition Hot Wheels car designed specifically for the GoPro HERO/HERO5 Session and made for the everyday daredevil and creator in all of us.     

Inspired by fans of both brands, Zoom In allows track-heads everywhere to get first-person POV of swooshing through loops and blasting off jumps; sometimes sticking it and other times wrecking in magnificent glory. The imagination and stoke levels of your 7-year-old (or your inner 7-year-old; no age restrictions here!) have never been so high.

The Hot Wheels Zoom In will be in stores later this month.

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What Stephen King Book Should You Read Next? Just Ask Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant

Beginning today, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant users in the U.S.and Canada will be able to download a free “Stephen King Library” app onto their smart speaker platforms, Simon & Schuster has announced. The library will recommend King books tailored to users’ reading tastes from a selection of 56 books by King.

Simon & Schuster is billing the “Stephen King Library” as perhaps “the first voice-activated book recommendation tool dedicated to an author’s body of work from a major publisher.” The library was jointly produced by King’s longtime publisher Scribner, S&S, and Simon & Schuster Audio, and was developed by Skilled Creative.

“Simon & Schuster intends to be at the forefront of utilizing voice interaction technology to connect books and authors to readers and audiobook listeners,” S&S executive v-p and chief marketing officer Liz Perl said in a statement. “Using A.I. through Stephen King Library is a fun and innovative experience for exploring this master storyteller’s work.”

The program, S&S said, will ask users a series of situational questions—voiced by audiobook narrator Jeremy Bobb—and suggest a reading list informed by their responses. In-app purchases are not yet available, but consumers can buy the books from their platform’s retail store shopping carts.

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Sonos Beam

Sonos Beam is a smart compact soundbar that packs a mean punch—Both in terms of sound, as well as with features like voice control, Airplay 2, Trueplay sound-tuning, speech enhancement (for crystal clear dialogue) and night mode (to even out loud and quiet sounds so you don’t wake the baby), to name a few. And like every other Sonos product, Beam will improve over time through software updates.

Beam will ship with Amazon Alexa built in—And adding a FireTV device will make that experience even more powerful. With the arrival of Airplay 2, Beam will unlock the ability to control Apple Music on Sonos through Siri. Google Assistant will be added to the Sonos system in the near future as well. And if you’re watching or listening with Beam, don’t worry about cranking the volume. Beam’s five-microphone array provides multi-channel echo cancellation that will allow your virtual assistant to hear every command.

Of course, you don’t have to control Sonos with your voice. You can still tap into all that content using the Sonos app, through direct control on apps like Spotify, Tidal, Pandora, and Audible, and through Sonos-supported hardware controllers. With Beam connected to your TV’s HDMI-Arc port, you can even keep using your TV’s original remote to find content to watch. With Sonos, as always, the choice is yours.

Whether it’s set up in the living room, bedroom, or another rom with a TV in it, Beam makes the perfect addition to your Sonos system. You’ll be impressed by the sound when Beam stands alone and delighted when you add more devices such as a pair of Sonos Ones and a Sub to make it 5.1 surround sound system.

Sonos Beam will be available globally on July 17 for $399. You can pre-order it HERE now.

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Amazon Fire TV Cube

Amazon has announced the Fire TV Cube, a hands-free 4K Ultra HD streaming media player with Alexa, allowing you to control your TV from across the room. Fire TV Cube uses multi-directional infrared technology, cloud based protocols and HDMI CEC, that—combined with Alexa—let you control your compatible TV, sound bar, A/V receiver, and cable or satellite box. Power your TV on and off, change the volume, switch to different inputs, and change the cable channel—all with just your voice. Even with the TV off, simply say “Alexa, play Billions on Showtime” and Fire TV Cube powers on your TV and starts playback right where you left off. Plus, because the Alexa service is always getting smarter, Fire TV Cube is going to get even better over time.

Amazon Fire TV Cube is available for pre-order for $119.99 and ships with an IR extender cable and Ethernet adapter beginning on June 21.

For more information visit www.amazon.com/firetvcube.

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EARTH, World First AI & AR Enabled Model

Have the world in the palm of your hands with Earth.

The augmented reality experience starts with a highly-detailed 3D-printed model of our planet. Once it’s paired with the AstroReality app, just point your phone ‘s camera at the mini-Earth and you can travel around the globe exploring geological changes, wildlife, and weather patterns along the way. It’s voice controlled, so simply ask any questions you have and find out the answers immediately. The data goes back through our home’s entire 4.5 billion-year history, allowing you to take a walk through its complete evolution.

Buy from Kickstarter HERE for $200.

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Apple Previews watchOS 5

Apple today previewed watchOS 5, a significant update to the world’s most popular watch, helping users stay healthy and connected. Apple Watch becomes an even stronger companion for fitness, communication and quick access to information with a host of new features including Activity Sharing competitions, auto-workout detection, advanced running features, Walkie-Talkie, Apple Podcasts and third-party apps on the Siri watch face.

“We’re thrilled with the positive impact Apple Watch is having on people’s lives,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. “Apple Watch is helping our customers stay connected, enhance their fitness and, in many cases, detect life-threatening conditions. With the launch of watchOS 5, we’re excited to introduce new activity and communications features that will take the Watch to a whole new level.”

watchOS 5 will be available this fall as a free update for Apple Watch Series 1 and later and requires iPhone 5s or later on iOS 12. watchOS 5 will not be available on the original Apple Watch.

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Apple Previews iOS 12

Apple today announced iOS 12, the latest version of the most advanced mobile operating system, designed to make everyday tasks faster and more responsive. iOS 12 changes the way iOS users see the world using AR, makes communications fun and expressive with Memoji and Group FaceTime, and with Screen Time, helps customers understand and take control of the time they spend interacting with their iOS devices. iOS 12 introduces Siri Shortcuts, enabling Siri to work with any app, delivering a much faster way to get things done.

“We’re very excited about the new communications features we’re bringing to iPhone and iPad with Memoji, a more personal form of Animoji, fun camera effects and Group FaceTime,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “With iOS 12, we’re enabling new experiences that weren’t possible before. We’re using advanced algorithms to make AR even more engaging and on-device intelligence to deliver faster ways to get things done using Siri.”

The developer preview of iOS 12 is available to Apple Developer Program members at developer.apple.com starting today, and a public beta program will be available to iOS users later this month at beta.apple.com. iOS 12 will be available this fall as a free software update for iPhone 5s and later, all iPad Air and iPad Pro models, iPad 5th generation, iPad 6th generation, iPad mini 2 and later and iPod touch 6th generation. 

For more information, visit apple.com/ios/ios-12-preview.

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Apple Introduces macOS Mojave

Apple today previewed macOS Mojave, the latest version of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, with new features inspired by pros but designed for everyone. In macOS Mojave, a new Dark Mode transforms the desktop with a dramatic new look that puts the focus on user content. The new Stacks feature organizes messy desktops by automatically stacking files into neat groups. Familiar iOS apps, including News, Stocks, Voice Memos and Home, are now available on the Mac for the first time. FaceTime now adds support for group calling, and the Mac App Store gets a full redesign featuring rich editorial content and the addition of apps from top developers, including Microsoft, Adobe and others.

“macOS Mojave is a major update that introduces powerful new features for a wide range of Mac users, from consumers to pros,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “Dark Mode brings a dramatic new look to macOS that puts your content front and center, familiar iOS apps come to the Mac for the first time and the redesigned Mac App Store makes finding new apps easier and more enjoyable than ever.” 

The developer preview of macOS Mojave is available to Apple Developer Program members at developer.apple.com starting today, and a public beta program will be available to Mac users in late June at beta.apple.com. macOS Mojave will be available this fall as a free software update for Macs introduced in mid-2012 or later, plus 2010 and 2012 Mac Pro models with recommended Metal-capable graphics cards.

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Apple Sends Out Media Invites For June 4 Keynote At WWDC 2018

Apple today sent press invites to a variety of news and media sites for the upcoming 2018 Worldwide Developers Conference, confirming the company’s plans to hold a keynote event on Monday, June 4 at 10:00 AM Pacific Time. 

The keynote will likely see Apple unveil major new versions of iOS, tvOS, watchOS, and macOS, with developer preview editions to follow shortly thereafter. It’s possible Apple will also use the event to unveil new iPad Pro models and new Macs. 

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Victorinox Jetsetter@work Alox

Here is a great gift idea for dad for Father’s Day…

Victorinox merged their multifunctional pocket knives with a multifunctional data carrier. Meet the new Jetsetter@work Alox pocket tool. Embedded in this piece is a pivoted and removable 3.0/3.1 USB that provides 16 GB of storage in addition to five practical functions. So whether you’re at home, at the office or out on the road, this tool will meet your needs.

Tools

– USB stick 3.0/3.1
– Scissors
– Bottle opener
– Wire stripper
– Phillips screwdriver 0/1, magnetic
– Key ring

Order HERE for $70.

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