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Mattel Apptivity Play App lets Real Life Toys interact with the Apple iPad

Apptivity Hot Wheels Car (Photo: Business Wire)

(Best Syndication News) - Mattel announced their new Apptivity Play apps for the Apple iPad. The apps will let kids take real life toys and interact with them on the tablet. Mattel has developed many of their popular brands into their new Apptivity™ products. The toys that are bundled with the app are designed with plastic that will not scratch the surface of the tablet.

There is a variety of Apptivity products available. The single pack products retail for $9.99 and the starter two-pack, along with accessories, is $19.99. Fisher-Price®, Hot Wheels®, WWE®, BATMAN™, Cut the Rope™ and Fruit Ninja™ are being deployed for Apptivity compatibility. In October, Mattel will launch the Monster High doll line with an Apptivity tie-in. Monster High’s Frankie, Lagoona, Dracularura, and Clawdeen will be incorporated.

Amazon Glacier Archive Service launched Today

Laptop closeup - BSN

(Best Syndication News) - Amazon Web Services LLC (AWS) announced the launch of Amazon Glacier, which is a service for data archiving and backup. AWS is owned by Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN). The archiving backup service is a low cost solution with pricing scales depending on how much storage space is used.

The cost of Amazon Glacier is as low as $0.01/GB/month. The scalability of paying for what you use is different from other backup storage services. Customers do not have to overpay for what they do not use.

Customers might want to archive digital media, financial, and medical records. Businesses might want to backup their company database.

New Dunkin’ Donuts Mobile App has Payment and Virtual Gift Card Options

Dunkin App - credit Dunkin' Donuts

(Best Syndication News) - A new Dunkin’ Donuts mobile app has been released today and will work with the Apple iPhone, Apple iPod touch, and Android Smartphone devices. The new app will allow customers to pay for their coffee and bakery items using their mobile phone. The user of the app can also send electronic gift cards to other people so they can make purchases at Dunkin’ Donuts.

The mGift feature allows the user of the app to send virtual gift cards via text, email, or Facebook Connect. The virtual gift card denominations range between $2 and $100.

This payment method is available both inside Dunkin’ Donuts as well as through the drive-thru. Inside the app is a virtual Dunkin’ Donuts Card that can be presented at the time of purchase. The Dunkin’ Donuts employee would then scan the virtual card to complete the sale.

Toshiba launches their First Home Theater Speaker System Line

SBX4250 Home Theater Speaker System - Credit: Toshiba

(Best Syndication News) - Toshiba launched their first home speaker system line today. The new audio products complement Toshiba’s LED HDTV products.

The new SBX4250 Home Theater Sound Bar Speaker System is small enough to be set on top of a mantel or table. The speaker can also be mounted onto the wall.

The new speaker has HDMI and optical audio inputs for optimum sound delivery to the speaker system. The speakers can handle up to 300 watts. The SBX4250 can stream wirelessly using Bluetooth technology. Devices such as tablets, Smartphones, PC, or other compatible equipment will be able to send audio to the speaker system.

Canon EOS Rebel T4i Digital Camera recall announced for Free Replacement Rubber Grips

Canon EOS Rebel recall announced for rubber handgrips credit: CPSC

(Best Syndication News) - The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) announced a voluntary recall by Canon U.S.A. because some of the Canon EOS Rebel T4i digital cameras need to have the rubber handgrip replaced. Canon received reports of the black rubber grip turning white and one consumer developed a rash after handling the camera.

Around 68,200 of the Canon EOS Rebel T4i Digital SLR cameras were sold at Best Buy, B&H Photo, Amazon.com, and other retailers. The cameras were sold both at stores and online nationwide between June 2012 and July 2012 at a price range between $850 up to $1,200.

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