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" In April 1985, the Coca-Cola Company tweaked the flavor of its flagship soda for the first time since it got rid of cocaine in the 1920s. Everyone remembers this as a disastrously tone-deaf misstep by executives who apparently knew nothing about their own product or customers. By summer, Coke announced that its original formula would be coming back as "Classic Coke," and the much-touted "New Coke" was consigned to the dustbin of history. But maybe you can imagine a parallel universe where almost everyone preferred the taste of New Coke and sales actually rose in 1985? Well, my friends, that universe…is ours. The story behind New Coke is pretty simple: in the 1980s Pepsi was playing up its "Pepsi Challenge" campaign, in which their soda routinely beat Coke in blind taste tests. Coke commissioned a new, sweeter formula that could beat both Coke and Pepsi head to head, and "New Coke" was born.
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To be fair, this little trivia factoid wasn't made up out of whole cloth. In January 1942, Warners announced in The Hollywood Reporter and via its own news service that "Ann Sheridan and Ronald Reagan will be teamed…for the third time in Casablanca ." The rights to the story—then just an unproduced play called Everybody Goes to Rick's —had been purchased by the studio just a week or so earlier. So there you go: Ronald Reagan and Ann Sheridan were the original-recipe Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, right? Case closed. Not so fast. That kind of press release was a common publicity ploy in those days. In fact, just a week into Casablanca pre-production, without even a script treatment ready to go, no casting decisions had been made at all. Teasing the names of Sheridan and Reagan was just a way to draw attention to the project—and, more importantly, to Kings Row , a Warners Sheridan-Reagan melodrama a month away from release.
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HI HI HI HI Soooo Amy's on vacation and we don't know how to read her handwriting so the winner of last week's post will have to be announced when she's back. Sorry for the suspense. But let's focus on today, shall we? This week's theme: CLASSICAL PAINTERS AND SIMPSONS REFERENCES Examples: Vincent Van D'oh Homeronymus Bosch Diego Ve-Lisa-zquez That's right, it IS ridiculous! This is what happens when Amy leaves us alone with her post. When she gets back, tell her how much you missed her and how we did such a terrible job and BEG for her to never leave us in charge ever again. In the meantime, as always, we do have a Secret Pun all picked out just in case one of you might guess it. And that means we gotta give you these Terms and Conditions . So read 'em! READ EM AND WEEP! And look forward to Amy's return after her break.
9TO5Toys
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Pebble has just unveiled its latest smartwatches, and has done so in the most Pebble-like way possible, by launching a new Kickstarter project . The smartwatch maker has returned to the platform it used so successfully with the original Pebble, and the following iterations, with a true second generation Pebble and a second generation Pebble Time along with an all-new 3G wearable called the Pebble Core. more... Filed under: New Product , Sports-Fitness Tagged: Pebble , Pebble 2 , Pebble Time 2 , SmartWatch , wearables
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8 months
Amazon offers the OSRAM LED Landscape LIGHTIFY Gardenspot Mini Outdoor Kit for $54.42 shipped . That's good for $25 off the regular going rate at retailers like Best Buy , the lowest that Amazon has sold it for and the best price that we've seen since it was released last summer. OSRAM and Belkin first announced this partnership in a move to compete with Philips' ever expanding line of Hue products . We positively reviewed this simple garden light setup as a worthwhile investment for those looking for smartphone connectivity outside. This kit includes a 14-foot string of lights with nine Gardenspot RGB lights. Each set is dimmable and can reproduce a wide variety of colors. It is compatible with SmartThings, Wink, Nest and Amazon Echo. You'll need the OSRAM gateway if you're planning to use it as a standalone without any of the aforementioned products. Rated 4/5 stars . more... Filed under: Deals Tagged: Landscape , LED , Lightify , Osram
9TO5Toys
8 months
Electric skateboards have been around long enough that we are beginning to see brands come out with multiple models. With more and more commuters looking for alternative ways to travel in crowded cities, it's no surprise that this trend is continuing to grow. Just this week, Boosted announced the second generation of its popular electric skateboard. This time around brings an increased focus on efficiency and longer travel capabilities. So how does the new model stack up? More below. more... Filed under: New Product
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DJI has long been known for its high-quality drones and accompanying software. A few months back, the fourth generation of its Phantom lineup was released. With new autonomous features and an impressive sensor-laden design, this quadcopter has all the specs we'd dream for in a drone. Now it's time to share our Phantom 4 experience. Head below for an in-depth look. UNBOXING When DJI announced the Phantom 4 back in April, it was an Apple Store exclusive for the first month after launch. This turned out to be a very appropriate arrangement. It's safe to say that if a drone were to ever come out of Cupertino, I'd expect it to look something like the Phantom 4. First out of the all-white box is a large styrofoam container that doubles as a carrying case for the Phantom 4. This is a huge upgrade over the prior generation model, which simply ships in a cardboard container.
9TO5Toys
8 months
Amazon announced today that it will be bringing its popular Alex voice service to Fire TV . First made popular on its Echo Smart Speaker , the intelligent assistant will be able to control a variety of functions on the streaming media player. Of course, Apple TV has had Siri functionality since the current generation was released last October. How does the Fire TV's new found feature stack up? Head below for more. more... Filed under: General , New Product Tagged: Alexa , Amazon , Assistant , Echo , Fire , Fire TV , voice-control
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8 months
Sprint has announced today that its Better Choice XXL plan, which includes 40GB/month of data and unlimited talk and text, now comes with 12 free months of Amazon Prime ( normally $99/year )... more... Filed under: General Tagged: Amazon , cell phone , Deals , plans , Prime , Sprint
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8 months
Nintendo has now announced another official price drop coming to its popular 2DS . Nintendo’s entry-level handheld was already one of the most affordable ways to play what might be the best line-up of mobile games on the planet (all the 3DS games/more), and now starting May 20th it’s going to be even less. more... Filed under: New Product Tagged: 2DS , 3DS , Handheld , Kirby: Planet Robobot , limited edition 3DS , Mario Kart 7 , Monster Hunter Generations , nintendo
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Update (5/9 9:00am) : Pre-orders are now available for Battlefield 1 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC . An additional 20% discount is available for Prime members at Amazon or over at Best Buy for Gamers Club Unlocked. Just a few minutes ago, DICE officially unveiled Battlefield 1. The latest first person shooter from the wildly popular franchise takes gamers to the genesis of all-out warfare. Pre-orders have yet to be announced, but we'll update this post as more information is available. We do know, thanks to the reveal, that it will initially be released on Xbox One exclusively for EA Access subscribers . It is set to release on all platforms October 21. Here's the official launch trailer: more... Filed under: Apps-Games , New Product
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Just a few minutes ago, DICE officially unveiled Battlefield 1. The latest first person shooter from the wildly popular franchise takes gamers to the genesis of all-out warfare. Pre-orders have yet to be announced, but we'll update this post as more information is available. We do know, thanks to the reveal, that it will initially be released on Xbox One exclusively for EA Access subscribers . It is set to release on all platforms October 21. Here's the official launch trailer: Filed under: Apps-Games , New Product
9TO5Toys
9 months
Seems like everyone is talking about drones these days. Prices are dropping each week , as well. Not to be left out, NERF has announced a new RC toy with a built-in camera and blaster. Want to make sure the kids can get in on the trend too, right? The N-Strike Elite Terrascout RC Drone Blaster will be limited to ground-level action. Probably a good move. That said, it's going to be able to fire 18 darts in rapid succession and capture the whole thing on tape. It's pretty impressive... more... Filed under: New Product
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9 months
This morning, Garmin announced a new addition to its line of popular fitness trackers . The vívomove is unlike its siblings in that it sports a much more traditional design . There would be no fault in confusing it with a normal analog watch. Garmin is hoping to appeal to a whole different subset of potential users with this classic look. With prices starting at $149 , vívomove has the potential to be a hot item this Christmas. more... Filed under: New Product Tagged: fitness tracker , Garmin , Garmin vivomove , vivomove
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9 months
Nextbit has announced via a short blog post that it's kicking off a limited time sale to celebrate its phone, the Robin, landing on Amazon. Between today and May 10th, you can order the Nextbit Robin for $299 SIM-free and unlocked in either Mint (green/white) or Midnight (navy). That's $100 (25%) cheaper than it would normally cost to order from Nextbit direct. For $300, this phone is no slouch. more... Filed under: Android Tagged: Amazon , Android , Nextbit Robin , Smartphones
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9 months
Sony has announced its selection of PlayStation Plus titles for May. All together, PS Plus members will be able to grab six free games. Head below for a full look at what to expect next month. more... Filed under: Apps-Games , Free Tagged: Freebies: , PlayStation Plus , ps4 , Tropico
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9 months
Finding Internet-connected lighting for the inside of your home is a pretty simple proposition these days. Just take a look at our Green Deal roundup , Belkin's line of WeMo products is littered with smart lighting solutions. However, bringing the internet of things to your outdoor spaces is a little trickier. Enter Ilumi. While this brand already has a nice line of LED products for your home, it has now announced a new product designed for BR30 compatible sockets. Not only does it have the usual Internet of Things and multi-colored features, there is support for Apple Watch and Alexa on the horizon as well. More below. more... Filed under: New Product Tagged: Best Buy , Bluetooth , BR30 , Ilumi , Smart Bulb
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9 months
SanDisk has announced an updated version of its iXpand Flash Drive for iPhone and iPad with integrated Lightning connector. Along with a more compact design, it also received a significant speed boost thanks to the addition of USB 3.0 connectivity. The new iXpand Flash Drive can instantly add up to 128GB of removable storage to your iPhone, iPad or iPod. That added space can be an absolute lifesaver if you need to free up room to install an over-the-air update or record 4K video... more... Filed under: New Product
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9 months
It's been a busy stretch run for television manufacturers as we've seen a number of new releases from Samsung, LG and Roku-enabled brands . This is great timing for potential deals at the holiday season as these new sets will have hit the market for at least six months. Today, VIZIO is the latest to announce new 4K HDR television with its new Home Theater Display Collection. Alongside its next generation SmartCast system with Google Cast that was announced in March, the M-Series will feature a unique design and full High Dynamic Range with Dolby Vision Support. With sizes ranging from 50- to 80-inches, this is setting up to be one of the most desirable value buys of 2016... more... Filed under: New Product Tagged: M-Series , vizio , VIZIO M-Series
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With news of fresh 12-inch MacBooks this morning, Apple is now discounting previous generation refurbished models with prices starting at $929 shipped . If you're willing to hold off on the spec bumps announced today, you'll be able to cash in on significant savings. All of Apple's refurbished products come with a full one-year warranty and are eligible for AppleCare . Apple's inventory of refurbished computers and accessories are generally limited. It's not uncommon to see a specific model come in and out of stock. Check in regularly if your desired MacBook sells out in the coming days. Here's a look at the new MacBook price drops: 12-inch 1.1GHz/8GB/256GB: $929 (Orig. $1,299) was $1,099 available in Space Gray, Silver and Gold 12-inch 1.3GHz/8GB/256GB: $1,149 (Orig. $1,549) was $1,319 available in Space Gray and Gold 12-inch 1.
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9TO5Toys
9 months
There is no denying the impact that alternative energy sources are having on our world today. Even here at the 9to5 family, we're taking note with Eletrek.co , our newest site focused on electric vehicles. We roundup the best Green Deals each day with a focus on sustainable energy and manufacturing practices that are safer for the environment. There is no shortage of solar-based products on the market that are capable of charging your iPhone, tablet or even bigger things like a refrigerator. Along those lines, more generators are being released with alternative methods of power as opposed to traditional fossil fuels. Today, Renogy has announced the Lycan Powerbox Solar Powered Generator that utilizes the energy of the sun to provide power in the case of an outage. It uses a replaceable lithium-iron phosphate battery as opposed to traditional acid-based alternatives. More below. more... Filed under: New Product
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After teasing its release last week and discounting the rest of its lineup, Amazon has today announced its newest Kindle e-reader: the Oasis . The online giant has dubbed this release its thinnest and lightest tablet ever. After initially debuting the first Kindle eight years ago, Amazon's latest is focused on more than just a thin physical design, also packing a special dual-battery charging system. Although prices start at $79.99 for its brethren, you'll be paying much more if you're interested in picking up the Oasis... more... Filed under: New Product Tagged: Amazon , e-reader , Kindle , Kindle Oasis