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Season 1 of Cobra Kai Now Available To Purchase On iTunes, Vudu, Comcast, Amazon & Google Play

Season 1 of Cobra Kai is now available to purchase on iTunes, Vudu, Comcast, Amazon and Google Play.

In the highly-anticipated return of two iconic characters, the arch-rivals from the legendary Karate Kid film series reunite over 30 years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament. Now living in the affluent hills of Encino, Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) leads an enviable life with his beautiful family, while running a successful string of car dealerships throughout the valley. Meanwhile, his high school adversary, Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka), whose life has taken a rocky turn, seeks redemption by reopening the infamous Cobra Kai karate dojo. Their lives inevitably become intertwined and the rivalry is reignited, setting forth the next generation of “karate kids” in Cobra Kai.

So if you’ve wanted to watch, but couldn’t sign up for YouTube Premium, now’s your chance! 

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Amazon’s Dark Tower Pilot Casts Jasper Pääkkönen & Sam Strike

Amazon’s Dark Tower series adaptation of Stephen King’s book series has cast Jasper Pääkkönen (Vikings) and Sam Strike (Nightflyers) in lead roles.

Pääkkönen, who has starred in BlacKkKlansman, Vikings, Heart of a Lion, and the upcoming Da 5 Bloods, will play The Man in Black, also known as Randall Flagg and Marten Broadclock. Strike, whose credits include Timeless, Leatherface, Mindhunter, Nightflyers, and the upcoming The Wisdom Tooth and The Dougherty Gang, will play Roland Deschain, aka The Gunslinger.

The series was originally planned as a tie-in to the 2017 The Dark Tower film that stared Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. Amazon shifted gears and is now planning for the series to be a more faithful adaptation of the book series.

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Watch Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan Behind The Scenes Featurette

Amazon has released a new behind the scenes featurette entitled “Authenticity” for its upcoming series Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, featuring an extensive look at the lengths the production traversed in order to make the show as realistic as possible, right down to the types of phones and computers the characters use. 

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan is a reinvention with a modern sensibility of the famed and lauded Tom Clancy hero played by John Krasinski (A Quiet Place, 13 Hours). The creators of the series, Executive Producers Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel) and Graham Roland (Fringe, Prison Break), will continue to serve as co-showrunners. Additionally, Krasinski, who also serves as an executive producer, will be reunited with Wendell Pierce who will reprise his role as James Greer in the eight-episode second season.

In the first season of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, Krasinski’s Ryan is an up-and-coming CIA analyst thrust into a dangerous field assignment for the first time. The series follows the titular character as he uncovers a pattern in terrorist communication that launches him into the center of a dangerous gambit with a new breed of terrorism that threatens destruction on a global scale. The one-hour, eight-episode dramatic season also stars Wendell Pierce (The Wire) as James Greer and Abbie Cornish (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) as Cathy Mueller.

The first season of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan will be released on August 31, with season two set to premiere in 2019.

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Amazon Announces 2017 Top 100 Holiday Toys

Amazon has revealed its list of the 100 most popular playthings set to take 2017’s holiday season by storm, with a continued focused on STEM items, pet-themed toys and blockbuster movie licenses.

All products will be available through the online retailer’s website and by using Alexa-enabled devices.

The top 25 holiday toys and games include:

– FurReal Roarin’ Tyler, the Playful Tiger
– LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox 17101 (847 Piece)
– Fingerlings Glitter with Blanket – Interactive Baby Monkey Rose – Amazon Exclusive
– Sphero Ultimate Lightning McQueen Vehicle
– Melissa & Doug Star Diner Restaurant
– Soggy Doggy Board Game
– Disney Princess Dance Code Belle – Amazon Exclusive
– Paw Patrol – My Size Lookout Tower with Exclusive Vehicle, Rotating Periscope and Lights and Sounds
– Nerf Nitro FlashFury Chaos
– Cars 3 Ultimate Florida Speedway Playset
– FurReal Makers Proto Max – Amazon Exclusive
– LEGO Ninjago Destiny’s Bounty 70618 (2295 Piece)
– Enchantimals Panda Tree House Playset
– DropMix Music Gaming System
– Cozmo
– Baby Alive Sweet Tears Baby (Brunette)
– Fisher-Price Think & Learn Smart Cycle Toy – Amazon Exclusive
– Tegu Travel Pals Building-and-Stacking-Toys (6 Piece)
– Seedling Littles Galaxy Rocket Adventure Cape Kit
– Play-Doh Touch Shape to Life Studio
– Just Play PJ Masks Headquarters Playset
– Roller Coaster Challenge Logic & Building Game
– Osmo Genius Kit
– Automoblox Mini SC1 Chaos & HR5 Scorch, 4.5″ x 1.75″
– Hape Pound & Tap Bench with Slide Out Xylophone

Check out the full list HERE.

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Amazon Unveils Echo Show With Touchscreen & Video Calls

Amazon has unveiled a new version of its Echo speaker and Alexa intelligent assistant that has a touchscreen and video calling. The voice-controlled Echo Show has a tablet-style screen from which users can make video or audio calls, control smart home devices and shop online.

It has been designed as “a new way to be together”, Amazon said, as it lets users “talk to family and friends who have an Echo or the Alexa App”. The Echo Show operates like the current Amazon Echo and Dot speakers, which use the Alexa virtual assistant to answer questions or perform voice-activated tasks. In addition to the speakers, it has a 7-inch touch screen, 5MP forward facing camera and Dolby speakers. It can make video calls to designated contacts, as well as playing content from YouTube and other apps.

The calling feature lets users contact friends or family who have an Echo Show or the Alexa app on their phone by asking Alexa to “Drop In” on them.  Video callers will initially only see a frosted glass picture, which turns into a full video call if accepted. The touchscreen also allows users to send text messages and make audio only calls to users of other Amazon Echo devices.

Amazon suggested the Echo Show could also be used to replace security technology such as baby monitors and front door video cameras.

The Amazon Show will be available on June 28 and will go on sale for $229.

Features:

– Echo Show brings you everything you love about Alexa, and now she can show you things. Watch video flash briefings and YouTube, see music lyrics, security cameras, photos, weather forecasts, to-do and shopping lists, and more. All hands-free—just ask.
– Introducing a new way to be together. Make hands-free video calls to friends and family who have an Echo Show or the Alexa App, and make voice calls to anyone who has an Echo or Echo Dot.
– See lyrics on-screen with Amazon Music. Just ask to play a song, artist or genre, and stream over Wi-Fi. Also, stream music on Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, and more.
– Powerful, room-filling speakers with Dolby processing for crisp vocals and extended bass response
– Ask Alexa to show you the front door or monitor the baby’s room with compatible cameras from Ring and Arlo. Turn on lights, control thermostats and more with WeMo, Philips Hue, ecobee, and other compatible smart home devices.
– With eight microphones, beam-forming technology, and noise cancellation, Echo Show hears you from any direction—even while music is playing
– Always getting smarter and adding new features, plus thousands of skills like Uber, Allrecipes, CNN, and more

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Amazon Introduces The Kindle Oasis—Their Thinnest & Lightest Kindle Ever

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Eight years ago, Amazon introduced Kindle, making it possible for the first time to think of any book and start reading it in seconds. Since then, Amazon has introduced new Kindle e-readers that are smaller, lighter, and faster—all on a mission to make the device disappear so you can lose yourself in an author’s story. Today, Amazon took another step toward this mission: introducing Kindle Oasis—the eighth generation of Kindle—crafted from the ground up for readers, with an all-new, incredibly thin and light design, plus an included charging cover that delivers months of battery life. Kindle Oasis is available for pre-order today for $289.99 and will start shipping in the coming weeks.

The new Kindle Oasis is unlike any Kindle you’ve ever held. With an incredibly thin display and an ergonomic grip, Kindle Oasis weighs just 4.6 ounces and is just 3.4 mm at its thinnest point—30% thinner on average and over 20% lighter than any other Kindle. To achieve this, Kindle Oasis has a featherweight polymer frame that is plated with metal by structural electroplating—this makes the device incredibly light while ensuring it has the strength and rigidity of metal so it is resilient enough to take anywhere you want to read.

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Kindle Oasis is designed for extended reading sessions—with an entirely reimagined shape, Kindle Oasis shifts the center of gravity to your palm, to rest in your hand like the spine of a book so that the device feels balanced for one-handed reading. Effortlessly turn the page with either the touch display or physical buttons. Oasis is comfortable to read on with either hand—a built-in accelerometer detects whether you are reading with your left or right hand, and automatically rotates the page and page turn buttons to match.

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As soon as you connect the cover to Kindle Oasis, the battery in the cover begins recharging Kindle Oasis automatically. The battery in the cover uses a custom cell architecture that optimizes power and energy while keeping an incredibly small and light form factor and delivering months of battery life. You can charge the device and cover simultaneously while both are snapped together and plugged in. Plus, a new hibernation mode minimizes power consumption when your Kindle is inactive.

The included charging cover is made of high-quality leather and is available in black, merlot, or walnut. The cover opens like a book and fits closely around the bezel, waking Kindle Oasis when opened and putting it to sleep when closed. Twelve magnets form a secure and solid attachment between the device and cover, while ensuring it is easy to detach when you choose to read without the cover.

Kindle Oasis features the latest generation high-resolution 300 ppi Paperwhite display for crisp, laser-quality text. A redesigned built-in front light features 60% more LEDs for our brightest Kindle display ever and leverages new cylindrical diffractive patterns to increase the consistency and range of screen brightness for improved reading in all types of lighting. The new Paperwhite display on Oasis is the first Kindle display designed using a ground-breaking 200 micron display backplane that is as thin as a single sheet of aluminum foil, but is robust enough for you to throw in your bag and take with you on-the-go, combined with a custom cover glass engineered from chemically-reinforced glass.

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Amazon Opens A Physical Bookstore In Seattle

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Amazon got its start as an online bookseller, and now — over 20 years later — it’s decided to sell books the old-fashioned way. On Tuesday, Amazon will open a store in Seattle called Amazon Books. Not only is it one of Amazon’s first physical locations, but it’s also Amazon’s first physical bookstore. Amazon says that it won’t entirely be doing things like a traditional store, however; it’ll be relying on Amazon.com data — including customer ratings, sales totals, and Goodread’s popularity — to decide which books to stock. Curators will have some say, too.

In addition to selling books, Amazon is also going to be putting its devices on display. Visitors will be able to try Kindles, the Echo, the Fire TV, and Fire Tablets.

The store is located in Seattle’s University Village and will be open seven days a week, except for holidays. Amazon says that this is a permanent location — not just a pop-up shop.

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Amazon Announces Kindle Unlimited Subscription Service

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Amazon.com today introduced Kindle Unlimited—a new subscription service which allows customers to freely read as much as they want from over 600,000 Kindle books, and listen as much as they want to thousands of Audible audiobooks, all for only $9.99 a month. Finding a great book is easy, and there are never any due dates—just look for the Kindle Unlimited logo on eligible titles and click “Read for Free.” Customers can choose from best sellers like The Hunger Games, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and The Lord of the Rings, and with thousands of professionally narrated audiobooks from Audible, like The Handmaid’s Tale and Water for Elephants, the story can continue in the car or on the go. Kindle Unlimited subscribers also get the additional benefit of a complimentary three-month Audible membership, with access to the full selection of Audible titles. Kindle Unlimited is available starting today and is accessible from Kindle devices or with Amazon’s free Kindle reading apps. Start your free 30-day trial today at www.amazon.com/ku-freetrial.

Kindle Unlimited features include:

Unlimited reading: Access over 600,000 books including best sellers like The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Harry Potter series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt, Water for Elephants, Oh Myyy! – There Goes The Internet, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, All the King’s Men, Wonder Boys, Ask for It, The Princess Bride, The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts, The Atlantis Gene, Kitchen Confidential, The Sisterhood, Crazy Little Thing, The Blind Side, and The Giver,plus thousands of classics such as Animal Farm, To the Lighthouse, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Cat’s Cradle,and The Good Earth,as well as books featuring beloved children’s characters from Sesame Street, and useful reference titles including books from the For Dummies series and Lonely Planet travel guides.

Unlimited listening: Keep the story going with unlimited access to more than 2,000 audiobooks from Audible with Whispersync for Voice, and switch seamlessly between reading and listening to customer favorites like the Hunger Games trilogy, Life of Pi, The Handmaid’s Tale, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, The Great Santini, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Winter’s Tale, Boardwalk Empire, El Narco, Upstairs at the White House: My Life with the First Ladies, Merle’s Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog, The Finisher, Johnny Carson, The Stranger I Married,and Life Code.

Kindle exclusives: Choose from hundreds of thousands of books only found on Kindle, including Brilliance by Marcus Sakey, The Hangman’s Daughter series by Oliver Pötzsch, War Brides by Helen Bryan,Ed McBain’s 87th Precinct and Matthew Hope books, When I Found You by Catherine Ryan Hyde, Whiskey Sour by J.A. Konrath, Chasing Shadows by CJ Lyons, and Sick by Brett Battles.

Short Reads: For a quick escape, select from thousands of books that are 100 pages or less, including Kindle Singles from Stephen King, Andy Borowitz, and Nelson DeMille, and short fiction from Amazon Publishing’s StoryFront imprint.

Free three-month Audible membership: In addition to the thousands of professionally narrated audiobooks from Audible included in Kindle Unlimited, subscribers get a complimentary three-month Audible membership, with access to more than 150,000 titles.

Popular Kindle features: Enjoy all the great Kindle features customers love such as Whispersync, Popular Highlights, X-Ray, customer reviews, and Goodreads integration.

Read and listen everywhere: Access across Kindle devices and free Kindle reading apps for iPhone, iPad, Android tablets and phones, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, PC, Mac and Windows 8—so you always have your library with you and never lose your place.

For more details on Kindle Unlimited, visit www.amazon.com/kindleunlimited.

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Amazon.com To Acquire Digital Comics Company, ComiXology

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Amazon.com today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire comiXology, the company that revolutionized the digital comics reading experience with their immersive Guided View technology and makes discovering, buying, and reading comic books and graphic novels easier and more fun than ever before.

“ComiXology’s mission is to spread the love of comics and graphic novels in all forms,” said David Steinberger, co-founder and CEO of comiXology. “There is no better home for comiXology than Amazon to see this vision through. Working together, we look to accelerate a new age for comic books and graphic novels.”

“Amazon and comiXology share a passion for reinventing reading in a digital world,” said David Naggar, Amazon Vice President, Content Acquisition and Independent Publishing. “We’ve long admired the passion comiXology brings to changing the way we buy and read comics and graphic novels. We look forward to investing in the business, growing the team, and together, bringing comics and graphic novels to even more readers.”

Founded in 2007, comiXology offers a broad library of digital comic book content from over 75 of the top publishers as well as top independent creators. Following the acquisition, comiXology’s headquarters will remain in New York.

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Subject to various closing conditions, the acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of 2014.

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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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