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Garmin Edge Explore 1000 GPS Bike Computer
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Introducing the Edge Explore 1000 - a GPS Bike Computer for Touring and Adventure from GarminGarmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), has announced the Edge Explore 1000, an easy-to-use GPS bike computer with cycling-specific maps and points of interest. Ideal for touring and adventure, the Edge Explore 1000 features preloaded Garmin Cycle Map with routable road and bike paths, elevation data, points of interest and address search. Users can discover new routes with its ability to create courses on device by inputting a distance and starting direction and choosing from up to three cycling-friendly courses. Helping create a safer riding environment, Edge Explore 1000 is the first Garmin device to offer incident detection1 capabilities and is compatible with the Varia™ line of smart cycling devices.

“Answer the call for adventure with the advanced mapping and navigation features of our latest GPS cycling computer, the Edge Explore 1000,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. “Featuring cycling-specific maps and points of interest, the Edge Explore 1000 also offers innovative features that help create a safer riding environment for cyclists while they explore new routes...”

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TESTAMENT OF YOUTH Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD
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TESTAMENT OF YOUTH debuts on Digital HD Oct. 6 and on Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 20 from Sony PicturesAlicia Vikander (Ex Machina) and Kit Harington (“Game of Thrones”) star in Sony Pictures Classics’ critically acclaimed TESTAMENT OF YOUTH, the powerful coming-of-age story of love, war and remembrance, debuting on Digital HD Oct. 6 and on Blu-ray™ and DVD Oct. 20 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Based on the best-selling First World War memoir by Vera Brittain, TESTAMENT OF YOUTH is told through the eyes of Vera (Vikander), a youthful feminist, free-minded and irrepressible, whose intense romance with Roland Leighton (Harington) is interrupted by the war. The film follows her wartime experiences, which moved her to write one of the most defining memoirs of her time.

TESTAMENT OF YOUTH also stars Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service), Emily Watson (The Theory of Everything), Hayley Atwell (“Agent Carter”) and Colin Morgan (“Merlin”) with Golden Globe® nominee Dominic West (Best Actor in a Television Series - Drama, “The Affair”, 2015) and Academy Award® nominee Miranda Richardson (Best Actress in a Leading Role, Tom & Liv, 1995). Bonus features include deleted scenes, a making-of featurette and commentary with Kit Harington and James Kent...

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Masters of FX: Behind the Scenes
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Masters of FX: Behind the Scenes with Geniuses of Visual and Special Effects from Focal PressFocal Press has published Masters of FX: Behind the Scenes with Geniuses of Visual and Special Effects.

It would be rare these days to find a film that did not in some way depend on the magic of visual effects, from the raging computer-generated dinosaurs in Steven Spielberg's Jurrasic Park, to the fantastical worlds of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, and the photoreal tiger and ocean in Ang Lee's Life of Pi.

Through interviews with 16 of the leading effects pioneers from around the world (see list below), author Ian Failes explores the making of some of the most memorable film sequences ever produced, showcasing the shift from practical to digital magic with original behind-the-scenes imagery, shot breakdowns, and detailed explanations of some of the secrets behind the making of cinema's most extraordinary creations...

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Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition for PlayStation, Xbox, and Wii U
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Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Launches in North America for PlayStation, Xbox, and Wii UDisney Interactive has launched Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition, the latest installment in the highly successful Disney Infinity “toys-to-life” franchise, bringing together Star Wars™ with Disney, Disney•Pixar and Marvel for the ultimate family gaming experience.

Available at a suggested retail price of $64.99, the Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Starter Pack includes the Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition video game software and base, the Star Wars™ Twilight of the Republic Play Set piece, Ahsoka Tano and Anakin Skywalker character figures, and a web code card that unlocks content for PC and mobile devices.

“Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition is the only video game that brings together the most iconic stories and characters from across The Walt Disney Company, offering a family gaming experience unlike any other,” said James Pitaro, Co-Chairman, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media and President, Disney Interactive...

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Alienware Adds Liquid Cooling and Dynamic Overclocking
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Updated and Upgraded - Alienware Brings Liquid Cooling and Dynamic Overclocking to Holiday LineupAlienware has announced its highly-anticipated new portfolio of products, featuring the next generation Alienware X51 gaming desktop, updated Alienware 13, 15 and 17 notebooks, and, back for a limited time, the Alienware 18 notebook. The updated desktop and notebooks come on the eve of PAX Prime, one of the largest gaming events in North America, taking place August 28-31 in Seattle, Washington. The event will highlight some of the new solutions including the first look at the new Dell 27 Gaming Monitor, launching in late October.

Alienware 18
Alienware’s most powerful notebook ever is back. Now available, the Alienware 18 has returned with its brilliant 18 inch display, on-board dual graphics options, plus an overclocked and upgradeable CPU. For hardcore notebook gaming, the Alienware 18 stands alone as one of the most powerful solutions available.

“This latest wave of products was inspired by our customers’ continued demand for more performance and innovation,” said Frank Azor, Co-founder and General Manager, Alienware. “The new liquid cooling system, extending Graphics Amplifier support, incorporating the latest component technology, and the Special Edition Alienware 18 are just the latest developments from nearly two decades of commitment to gamers and their needs...”

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LG Rolly Keyboard for Mobile Devices
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LG Develops Full-Size Keyboard For Pockets - Rolly KeyboardTo help capture a larger share of the fast-growing mobile accessories market, LG Electronics (LG) will introduce a new solid rollable, wireless and portable keyboard in the United States in September. To be unveiled next week at IFA 2015 in Berlin, Germany, LG's Rolly Keyboard (model KBB-700) features a four-stage fold up along the rows to create an easy-to-carry "stick" that fits easily in a purse, briefcase or backpack.

Featuring high-contrast keys and a built-in fold-out mobile device stand, typing on Rolly Keyboard is comfortable because its 17mm key pitch is comparable to the 18mm key pitch found on most desktop keyboards. Made of impact-resistant and durable polycarbonate and black ABS plastic, Rolly Keyboard offers satisfying tactile feedback often not found on flexible silicone keyboards. Two sturdy arms fold out to support smartphones as well as tablets1 in an upright position. Simply unfolding the Rolly Keyboard enables the auto pairing function to connect easily to two different devices2 at the same time via Bluetooth 3.0 – with the ability to toggle between the two with a simple key press, all powered by just a single AAA battery...

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BATKID BEGINS on DVD and Digital HD
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BATKID BEGINS Arrives onto DVD on October 6 or Own It Early on Digital HD on September 25Experience the story of one small super hero who had the courage to inspire millions when “Batkid Begins” arrives onto DVD and Digital HD on October 6 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The documentary “Batkid Begins” chronicles the one day, in one city, when the world came together to grant one 5-year-old cancer patient his wish. The film will be available early on Digital HD starting on September 25.

“Batkid Begins” was directed by Dana Nachman, who also produced the documentary with Liza Meak. The film was written by Nachman & Kurt Kuenne. Ian Reinhard & John Crane served as executive producers.

“Batkid Begins” will be available on DVD for $28.98. The DVD features the theatrical version of the film in standard definition. Fans can also own “Batkid Begins” via purchase from digital retailers...

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Canon EOS M3 Digital Camera
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Canon U.S.A. Welcomes the Newest Member of the EOS Family - The EOS M3 Digital CameraCanon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has announced the EOS M3, a compact and stylish interchangeable lens digital camera created for enthusiast photographers who demand premium performance. Fusing Canon’s outstanding image quality and DSLR-levels of control in a small and lightweight camera body, the EOS M3 camera offers the ability to capture important moments in outstanding detail.

At the heart of the EOS M3 camera is Canon’s latest and most advanced digital imaging technologies, including the company’s high-resolution 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensor and its most advanced image processor, DIGIC 6, delivering premium quality stills and Full HD videos. Combined with super-fast AF performance, thanks to a new 49-point Hybrid CMOS AF III Autofocus System, this digital camera gives photographers the freedom to capture the beauty of movement. Advanced photographers will find everything they need at their fingertips, with intuitive DSLR-like dials and control, as well as access to the entire lineup of more than 80 Canon EF, EF-S and EF-M interchangeable lenses*, all shrunk down into a compact, mirrorless body to take with them wherever they go. Advanced EOS camera technologies built into the EOS M3 camera include:...

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 Tablet
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Galaxy Tab S2: Samsung's Most Powerful Tablet YetSamsung Electronics America, Inc. has announced the U.S. release of the Galaxy Tab S2, its thinnest, lightest, ultra-fast tablet. Blending form and function, elegant design and multitasking power, Galaxy Tab S2 is the new flagship in Samsung’s line of tablets—and the ultimate device for experiencing and sharing digital content. From the creators of Samsung’s award-winning televisions and large-screen smartphones, the Galaxy Tab S2 is available for preorder starting today and will be available at select U.S. retailers and carriers beginning September 3.

“We set out to make the Galaxy Tab S2 the most powerful tablet we’ve ever created,” said Gary Riding, senior vice president, Mobile Computing at Samsung Electronics America. “The Tab S2 seamlessly integrates with the Samsung device family and simplifies the connected lifestyle of our consumers. It also reflects our commitment to listen to and learn from consumer feedback, giving Samsung users even more of what they love.”

With a Super AMOLED display that delivers vivid, deep and rich colors that bring digital content to life, as well as expandable memory options with 32GB of storage as standard, the Galaxy Tab S2 packs a vast array of features into a slim, stylish and featherweight design...

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6 TB WD Black Desktop Hard Drives
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WD Expands Its Performance Level Desktop Hard Drives To 6 TB CapacityWD®, a Western Digital (NASDAQ: WDC) company and a world leader in hard drives, has announced the expansion of its award-winning WD Black™ line of performance hard drives up to 6 TB capacity. Shipping now, the 3.5-inch, 7200 RPM drive is the perfect solution for gamers and professionals in need of high-performance desktop systems and workstations.

WD Black hard drives combine 7200 RPM spin speed, 128 MB cache, dual stage actuator technology, SATA 6 gigabits per second (Gb/s) interface, and an integrated dual processor to deliver ultimate performance in a maximum-capacity drive. The WD Black 6TB is up to 29% faster than the previous WD Black 4TB version in maximum data rate throughput and 10% faster in PCMark Vantage.

"Combining maximum system performance with generous capacity, the expansion of WD Black to 6 TB allows gamers, enthusiasts and creatives to push the boundaries of personalization without compromise," said Cindi Grace, senior vice president of WD storage technology group...

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Designing and Deploying 802.11 Wireless Networks, 2nd Edition
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Designing and Deploying 802.11 Wireless Networks, 2nd Edition from Cisco PressCisco Press has published Designing and Deploying 802.11 Wireless Networks: A Practical Guide to Implementing 802.11n and 802.11ac Wireless Networks For Enterprise-Based Applications, 2nd Edition.

The new 802.11ac standard enables WLANs to deliver significantly higher performance. Network equipment manufacturers have refocused on 802.11ac- and 802.11n-compliant solutions, rapidly moving older versions of 802.11 toward “legacy” status. Now, there’s a complete guide to planning, designing, installing, testing, and supporting 802.11ac and 802.11n wireless networks in any environment, for virtually any application.

Jim Geier offers practical methods, tips, and recommendations that draw on his decades of experience deploying wireless solutions and shaping wireless standards. He carefully introduces 802.11ac’s fundamentally different design, site survey, implementation, and network configuration techniques, helping you maximize performance and avoid pitfalls...

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Android Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide, 2nd Edition
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Android Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide, 2nd Edition from Big Nerd Ranch GuidesBig Nerd Ranch Guides has published Android Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide, 2nd Edition. Android Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide is an introductory Android book for programmers with Java experience.

Based on Big Nerd Ranch's popular Android Bootcamp course, this guide will lead you through the wilderness using hands-on example apps combined with clear explanations of key concepts and APIs. This book focuses on practical techniques for developing apps compatible with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and up, including coverage of Lollipop and material design.

Write and run code every step of the way, creating apps that integrate with other Android apps, download and display pictures from the web, play sounds, and more. Each chapter and app has been designed and tested to provide the knowledge and experience you need to get started in Android development...

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My Windows 10 with Video and Content Update
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My Windows 10 (includes video and Content Update Program) from Que PublishingQue has published My Windows 10 (includes video and Content Update Program). Book + 2 Hours of Free Video + Content Update Program.

My Microsoft® Windows® 10 is an easy, full-color tutorial on the latest operating system from Microsoft. It includes 2 hours of FREE step-by-step video tutorials to help you learn how to navigate and customize the new Windows 10 desktop.

In addition, this book is part of Que’s exciting new Content Update Program. As Microsoft updates features of Windows 10, sections of this book will be updated or new sections will be added to match the updates to the software. The updates will be delivered to you via a FREE Web Edition of this book, which can be accessed with any Internet connection. To learn more...

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Discovering Computer Science from CRC Press
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Discovering Computer Science: Interdisciplinary Problems, Principles, and Python ProgrammingCRC Press has published Discovering Computer Science: Interdisciplinary Problems, Principles, and Python Programming. This book introduces computational problem solving as a vehicle of discovery in a wide variety of disciplines. With a principles-oriented introduction to computational thinking, the text provides a broader and deeper introduction to computer science than typical introductory programming books.

Organized around interdisciplinary problem domains, rather than programming language features, each chapter guides students through increasingly sophisticated algorithmic and programming techniques. The author uses a spiral approach to introduce Python language features in increasingly complex contexts as the book progresses.

The text places programming in the context of fundamental computer science principles, such as abstraction, efficiency, and algorithmic techniques, and offers overviews of fundamental topics that are traditionally put off until later courses...

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The Routledge Companion to Puppetry and Material Performance
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The Routledge Companion to Puppetry and Material PerformanceRoutledge has published The Routledge Companion to Puppetry and Material Performance.

The Routledge Companion to Puppetry and Material Performance offers a wide-ranging perspective on how scholars and artists are currently re-evaluating the theoretical, historical, and theatrical significance of performance that embraces the agency of inanimate objects.

This book proposes a collaborative, responsive model for broader artistic engagement in and with the material world. Its 28 chapters aim to advance the study of the puppet not only as a theatrical object but also as a vibrant artistic and scholarly discipline.

This Companion looks at puppetry and material performance from six perspectives: theoretical approaches to the puppet, perspectives from practitioners, revisiting history, negotiating tradition, material performances in contemporary theatre, and hybrid forms. Its wide range of topics, which span 15 countries over five continents, encompasses:...

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