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Apple Stores To Open At 8 a.m. On Friday November 1, 2013 For iPad Air Launch

Apple has confirmed on its website that its retail stores will open at 8 a.m. on Friday November 1, 2013 for the launch of the iPad Air.

Customers will also be able to order the iPad Air online on Nov. 1.

Apple still lists the iPad mini with Retina display as “coming to stores later in November,” and will not be selling that model in stores during the Air launch.

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What It’s Like To Work At The Apple Store On iPhone Release Day

McSweeney’s posted this fascinating behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like for Apple’s retail employees on the most hectic day of the year, iPhone release day courtesy of pseudonymous Apple Store employee J.K. Appleseed.

Go backstage at Apple Retail, the supercollider of human expectations and consumer technology.

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Target Announces “Target Ticket”, A New Digital Entertainment Service

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Target recently announced that Target Ticket, its new digital video service, is available to guests nationwide. The convenient service, ideal for families with children, gives guests an easy way to access and enjoy their favorite titles on their preferred digital channels and devices anytime, anywhere.

Target partnered with Common Sense Media, a San Francisco-based non-profit organization best known for its reviews of movies and television shows. Through the partnership, Target Ticket gives guests access to thousands of reviews, making it easier for parents to choose the right content for their children. In addition to an overall quality rating, guests can set filters according to age-appropriateness, level of violence, profanity, MPAA and TV Parental Guidelines, putting guests’ in control of the content they deem appropriate for viewing. Parents can customize a profile for each family member, allowing multiple viewers to watch their preferred content simultaneously on different devices.

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Additional Target Ticket features include:

– 30,000 movie and television titles available to buy or rent, download or stream at home or on-the-go, starting as low as $.99.

– No subscription or sign-up fees, plus REDcard holders receive 5 percent off each purchase.

– Premium selection of new blockbuster films. Current releases offered include “World War Z,” “Iron Man 3,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “The Croods” and more.

– Highly sought after series such as HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and “True Blood” and Showtime’s “Homeland”

– More than 50 popular next-day television shows including “The Walking Dead,” “Big Bang Theory,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and more.

– Viewers can watch rented content as many times as they want within a 48-hour rental period.

– Target exclusive bonus footage available in select movies.

– Target Ticket will offer 10 free downloads on select movies for each new guest.

Target Ticket is currently available on PC and MAC, Android and iOS, Roku, Xbox, Samsung televisions and Blu-Ray players, with availability on additional devices in the coming months.

Guests can visit TargetTicket.com to access the service or download the Target Ticket app through the App Store or Google Play.

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Want A Free iPhone 5? Try Best Buy’s Limited Trade-In Program On Saturday June 1st

Tomorrow, Saturday June 1st, Best Buy is offering a $150 trade-in credit for any functional iPhone 4 or 4S.

Couple that with the retailer’s recent $50 price cut for the iPhone 5 and you can walk away with a brand new iPhone 5 for free, except for any sales taxes and any applicable carrier activation fees.

There are a few stipulations: you must be eligible for a phone upgrade and sign a two-year contract for the phone to get the offer. However you’re able to select the carrier of your choice.

This deal will not be available online, only is stores!

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Man of Steel Advance Screening Tickets To Go On Sale Today (May 18th) At Walmart Stores

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Walmart announced that it has partnered with Warner Bros. to give its customers exclusive access to see Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ Man of Steel in theaters nationwide before the film’s official release.

Tickets for the exclusive screening will go on sale in more than 3,700 Walmart stores starting at 8 a.m. on May 18. Customers will be able to purchase up to four tickets per visit and will have the option to choose between 2D or 3D showings, where applicable. The advance screenings will take place in selected local theaters nationwide at 7 p.m. on June 13.

Specific details of the promotion read as follows:

– Each ticket bought at Walmart will feature a code on the back that allows customers to pre-order their own Blu-ray Combo Pack or HD Digital Download of Man of Steel, which will contain exclusive film content.

– Fans can bring Superman to life with the official “Man of Steel Experience” augmented reality app. The app allows customers to take photos with the superhero, as well as unlock special photo frames by pointing their phone at Man of Steel signage in their local Walmart

– Customers will receive a free original Digital Comic Book written by Man of Steel screenwriter David Goyer with every ticket.

– Beginning April 28, a variety of Man of Steel merchandise such as t-shirts, electronics, posters and more from top brands will be available at Walmart stores and at Walmart.com

Walmart invites customers to join the conversation and show their excitement for the first screening of “Man of Steel” on Facebook and on Twitter with the hashtag #SeeSteelFirst.

The highly-anticipated action adventure stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni, Russell Crowe, Michael Kelly, Harry Lennix and Richard Schiff.

In the film, a young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.

Man of Steel will 3D, 2D and IMAX theaters nationwide on June 14.

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Today Is Record Store Day, Check Out The Official Poster of Jimi Hendrix

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A limited-edition poster of Jimi Hendrix is one of the highlights of Record Store Day 2013.

“It’s entirely appropriate that an image of Jimi Hendrix is on the official Record Store Day poster,” said Janie Hendrix, his sister. “He was an avid music fan and record collector himself and, of course, his recordings are among the most enduring and cherished of all time. Jimi’s musical legacy and influence grow with every passing year so, in a sense, he makes Record Store Day last much, much longer than 24 hours.”

Only 5,000 copies of the poster will be made. The image is a 24”  x 36” poster printed on heavy paper and will be free to Hendrix fans at fully participating record stores in the United States. Fans should contact their local stores the week before Record Store Day, which falls on April 20th this year, for details.

Beyond this limited-edition poster, Record Store Day 2013 will excite Jimi Hendrix fans and collectors. Experience Hendrix will issue a limited-edition, individually numbered 7-inch vinyl single featuring the original mono mixes of “Hey Joe” and “Stone Free,” which have been unavailable since their original 1966 release.

HERE is a list of the special releases that will be available today.

Record Store Day began six years ago as an event to support the independent record community worldwide; it occurs on the third Saturday of April.

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Amazon Opens Collectibles Store

Amazon.com, Inc. today announced the Entertainment Collectibles Store which offers more than 350,000 unique and rare collectibles, including memorabilia from Academy Award and Grammy winning artists and honorees.

Serious collectors and casual fans alike will discover a broad selection including celebrity autographs, authentic props and wardrobe from popular movies and TV shows, musical instruments from legendary musicians, autographed original vinyl albums and much more.

Whether looking to expand a collection or shopping for a special gift, customers will find entertainment memorabilia from past and present icons of music and cinema, including The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean as well as collectibles from today’s hottest cultural phenomena including Star Wars, Star Trek, The Walking Dead, The Hobbit, Game of Thrones and The Twilight Saga.

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Photo of Han Solo signed by Harrison Ford ($349)

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1966 Batman Batarang signed by Adam West, Burt Ward, Yvonne Craig and Julie Newmar ($500)

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Sally with Basket Original Concept Art from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas ($4,500)

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Blastoff Opens First Retail Boutique In North Hollywood, Grand Opening Scheduled For Saturday November 10th

After an inaugural year of making headlines with its acquisition and sale of the collections of comics from literary figures like Mark Waid, Harlan Ellison and Karl Kesel, Blastoff is pleased to announce the grand opening of its first retail boutique, located in North Hollywood, California.

The store will be holding its grand-opening celebration on Saturday, November 10th, featuring appearances by comic-book writer Mark Waid (Daredevil, Kingdom Come), novelist and comics writer Gregg Hurwitz (The Survivor, Batman; The Dark Knight), comic-book writer Jim Krueger (Justice, Earth-X), and comic-book writer and author Scott Tipton (Star Trek/Doctor Who, The Star Trek Vault).

“What we’ve tried to do is take everything that our readers and customers have enjoyed about the web site – our focus on comics history, on vintage comics, on nostalgia and collectibles, and on the value of comics as an art form – and translate that to a tangible brick-and-mortar store, and a truly unique shopping experience,” said Scott Tipton, Blastoff’s co-founder and Chief Creative Officer. “It’s like no other comic-book shop you’ve ever been to.”

“Everyone says this when they’re opening a new shop, but I truly believe we’re offering a unique experience. Like all collectors and historians, we’re fascinated by the marriage of the past and the future. History is what we make of it and I think collectors will see the history we’re making here,” offers Jud Meyers, Blastoff co-founder and CEO. “I feel like Willy Wonka. I can’t wait to open the doors and welcome everyone in!”

Offering both current comics and graphic novels and an astonishing collection of vintage comics for sale, including portions of the Waid, Ellison and Kesel Collections still available, Blastoff’s North Hollywood location will become a destination for Southern California comics fans looking for rarities that they just can’t find anywhere else.

Blastoff (www.blastoffcomics.com) is located at 5118 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601. (818) 980-BOOK.

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Apple To Start iPhone 5 Personal Pickup Tonight

Apple expects to launch its Personal Pickup service for iPhone 5 at 10 p.m. tonight.

Make your purchase at the Apple Online Store or from the Apple Store app on your iPhone or iPod touch. Select “pick up” when you check out, then stop by your favorite Apple Retail Store to pick up your order in person.

You’ll receive a pickup notification when your order is ready. Just come into the Apple Retail Store and they’ll have it waiting for you. You can be in and out right away. Or you can choose Personal Setup, which is included with every new Apple Product.

Apple stores are reportedly receiving iPhone 5s today that will be available for Personal Pickup tomorrow.

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MakerBot Announces New Retail Store: Destined to Be One of New York’s Most Awesome “Must-See” Attractions

MakerBot, the Brooklyn-based global leader in the 3D printing technology, has opened its first retail location in New York. The MakerBot Store, opened to the public on September 20th and will have an official launch and unveiling in October.

“I have dreamed of opening this store ever since we started MakerBot. Technology like our Desktop 3D Printers has to be seen to be believed,” said Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot. “The MakerBot Store is a utopia for creative explorers, and it’s full of MakerBot-made things that make perfect gifts.”

Visitors to the MakerBot Store will have the unprecedented opportunity to experience MakerBot technology, such as the just-released MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer, live and in-person. The machines will be up and running, and patrons will have the chance to purchase amazing gifts and accessories made on MakerBot Desktop 3D Printers, created at the company’s workshop.

The MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer ($2,199) will also be available for immediate purchase at the MakerBot Store, as will MakerBot PLA and ABS Filament, which are available in more than 30 colors.

Other attractions at the store that will be sure to delight 3D printing enthusiasts all the way from hobbyists to professional engineers and designers include:

 – A MakerBot Gumball machine with a variety of MakerBot-made products to choose from

– Ongoing demonstrations by MakerBot 3D Design staff

– Really cool project installations such as the MakerBot Marble Run, a giant contraption made almost entirely on MakerBot Desktop 3D Printers.

Store Location and Hours:

The MakerBot Store
298 Mulberry St.
New York, NY 10012
(347)457-5758
store@makerbot.com
makerbot.com/retail
Open: Mon-Sat 12 PM-7 PM; Sun 12 PM-6 PM

Photo credit “Scott Beale / Laughing Squid” laughingsquid.com

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