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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is now available for £4.99 on select iOS devices via the App Store and here, including iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPod Touch 5th gen, iPad 2, 3rd and 4th generation, iPad Air, iPad Mini and iPad Mini with Retina Display. Coming soon to select Android, Amazon Kindle and Windows Phone devices.

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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas features a vast open-world covering the state of San Andreas and its three major cities – Los Santos, San Fierro and Las Venturas. In addition to enhanced visual fidelity and over 70 hours of gameplay, the game has received several technical upgrades for the iOS version and has been specially modified for use with mobile devices. Upgrades and enhancements include:

•             Re-mastered, high-resolution graphics including lighting enhancements, an enriched color palette and improved character models;
•             Dynamic detailed shadows and real-time environmental reflections (iPhone 5 series/iPad 4th Gen and above);
•             Physical controller support for all Made-for-iOS controllers;
•             Cloud save support for playing across all of your iOS devices for Rockstar Social Club Members;
•             Updated checkpoint system;
•             Dual analog stick controls for full camera and movement control;
•             Three different touch control schemes and customizable controls.

Five years ago, Carl Johnson escaped from the pressures of life in Los Santos, a city tearing itself apart with gang trouble, drugs and corruption. Now it’s the early 90’s and Carl’s got to go home. His mother has been murdered, his family has fallen apart and his childhood friends are all heading towards disaster. On his return to the neighborhood, a couple of corrupt cops frame him for homicide. CJ is forced on a journey that takes him across the entire state of San Andreas, to save his family and to take control of the streets.

Today Candy Crush Saga celebrates one year to the day since its global hit game, launched on mobile devices and became one of the most successful games of all time.  To mark this anniversary, King has shared a number of incredible key milestones since the game launched and the very first details for a host of new upcoming additions.

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Installed over half a billion times across Facebook and mobile devices, the deliciously colourful game which challenges players to match sweets in a combination of three or more, has become a phenomenon the world over  and remains one of the most played titles across the globe.
To celebrate the anniversary, the communities’ huge achievements and to say a big thank you to all the Candy Crush fans worldwide, King will be launching a range of new updates and in-game anniversary treats over the coming weeks.

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“The past year has been one of the most exciting times for King since Candy Crush Saga launched on mobile,” says Tommy Palm, Games Guru at King. “The incredible milestone of more than half a billion downloads of the game, as well as the continued enthusiasm from our community, really delights the entire King team. Fans can look forward to even more exciting new Candy Crush Saga content over the coming months, including an exciting new twist to the game.”
To mark the festivities, King has also now shared some insights into the playing trends and habits of their Candy Crush Saga fans worldwide:

  • Over 150 billion individual games have been played to date
  • 61 per cent of UK Candy Crush Saga fans say that they play whilst on their daily commute on public transport, while 78 per cent of US fans revealed that they enjoy switching-and-matching most whilst watching the TV.
  • One in every 23 Facebook users worldwide is now a fan of Candy Crush Saga
  • The most popular time that fans play Candy Crush Saga is between the hours of 6-9pm in the evening, and Sundays are the favourite day to play.
  • Level 65 is the most notorious for being the level that people got most stuck on but also generates the most excitement and celebrations once completed.

Fans of the game can join the anniversary celebrations on the Candy Crush Saga Facebook and Twitter pages: #candycrush1year
Players can also download Candy Crush Saga now for free from iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Appstore or play it on Facebook.

Today, Ubisoft announced that Rabbids Big Bang is now available on iOS, Google Play and Amazon devices for 69p.

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The Rabbids are taking the skies and making the final frontier their new playground in this physics-based game for smartphones and tablets. Developed using Redlynx’s critically acclaimed engine, players will pilot the wacky little creatures using jetpack boosts and the gravitational force of planets to avoid catastrophic accidents, fly around obstacles and explore the edges of the galaxy. Rabbids Big Bang will allow Rabbids Invasion TV series and Rabbids games fans to bring this adventure with them wherever their smartphones or tablets may go!

Developed by Ubisoft Paris studios, a dedicated team of Rabbids lovers with previous experience developing for Rabbids and mobile games, Rabbids Big Bang includes 150 different missions including crash-landing landing on planets, bouncing off of space cows and reaching specific speeds. The customization options in-game are plentiful, jetpacks can be upgraded for an added boost or just a bit of flare and there are disguises, new outfits and funny looks to make Rabbids stand out! Lookout for silly space antics and characters including space duckies and cheese planets.

In the months after the release, the game will receive extensive support with free updates including new missions to continue providing Rabbids Big Bang fans with new content.

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King, the world’s leading casual games company, today announces the impending arrival of global phenomenon, Candy Crush Saga, on the Amazon Appstore. Launching as a free download in selected territories today, the game is set for worldwide release on 17 October across a range of Kindle Fire devices, including the much anticipated new Kindle Fire HDX.

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Candy Crush Saga is currently one of the most irresistible games in the world, with over 53 million daily players (AppData, Sept 2013). And now, Kindle Fire users across the globe will also be able to enter this deliciously sweet and colourful world, where they will be challenged to mix and match sweets in a combination of three of more and gain points and bonuses as they progress. With over 400 challenging levels to enjoy, players will be able to seamlessly synchronise their progression across a number of devices via Facebook, allowing users to play anytime, anywhere.

Candy Crush Saga will launch in selected territories on the Amazon Appstore on 15th October, then worldwide on 17th October. Free to download and play, it will be available across all generations of the Kindle Fire, including the recently announced Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HDX tablets.

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As Amazon.co.uk turns 15 it has revealed the Biggest selling Game products since its launch. One franchise clearly dominates the video games chart, with Activision’s blockbuster Call of Duty series taking the top three spots in the all-time video games chart. This year’s Grand Theft Auto V may well overtake Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 at the top of the list as it already takes fourth place after just one month on sale. EA’s FIFA football series is the other big franchise, taking the sixth, seventh and eighth places. Fantasy epic The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim takes ninth place, and Wii title Zumba Fitness takes the number ten spot, impressive considering it’s the only title in the list which isn’t multiplatform.

 

Best-selling Video Games (cross platform)
1 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
2 Call of Duty: Black Ops
3 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
4 Grand Theft Auto 5
5 Call of Duty: Black Ops II
6 FIFA 10
7 FIFA 13
8 FIFA 12
9 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
10 Zumba Fitness

 

Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto and FIFA are three of the largest entertainment franchises in the world, so it’s no surprise to see them dominating the top ten best-selling games chart,” said Ketu Patel, Video Games & Software Category Leader at Amazon.co.uk Ltd. “The success of Skyrim suggests that there is a real appetite for epic fantasy games, whilst Zumba Fitness’s appearance in tenth place shows just how big Nintendo Wii’s fanbase is in the UK.”

 

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Today, Ubisoft announced that Rabbids Big Bang will be released on 17th October on iOS, Google Play and Amazon at the price of 69p.

The Rabbids are making space their new playground in this physics-based game on smartphones and tablets. Players will pilot the wacky creatures using jetpack boosts and the gravitational force of planets to avoid catastrophic accidents, fly around obstacles and explore the edges of the galaxy. for more information on Rabbids Big Bang please got to the Facebook page

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Today, Ubisoft revealed more tracks to be included in all versions of Rocksmith 2014 Edition as well as 6 additional songs that will be available as free DLCs for all purchasers of the guitar bundle (Exclusively with Amazon in the UK). Rocksmith 2014 Edition allows players to plug any real guitar or bass directly into their Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, the Sony PlayStation® 3 computer entertainment system, PC or Mac to begin their musical journey. Rocksmith 2014 Edition will hit shelves on October 25th, 2014 in the UK.

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Deftones, Green Day, Def Leppard and Queen are among the artists who join Aerosmith, the Arctic Monkeys, Bob Dylan, Iron Maiden, R.E.M., The Smashing Pumpkins and many more on Rocksmith 2014 Edition’s rocking track list.

 

The Rocksmith 2014 Edition™ guitar bundle including the game, the “Real Tone Cable™” and an Epiphone Les Paul Junior guitar, will come in EMEA with a free DLC pack including 6 songs:

  • Chicago – 25 Or 6 To 4
  • Albert King – The Sky Is Crying
  • The Hives – Hate To Say I Told You So
  • The Lumineers – Ho Hey
  • Them Crooked Vultures  - Mind Eraser, No Chaser
  • Queens Of The Stone Age –  My God Is The Sun

Rocksmith 2014 Edition’s tracklist as of today (newly announced tracks appear in bold):

  • Aerosmith – Walk This Way
  • Alice Cooper – No More Mr. Nice Guy
  • Alice In Chains – Stone
  • Arctic Monkeys – R U Mine?
  • Avenged Sevenfold – Bat Country
  • Bob Dylan – Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
  • B’z – ultra soul
  • Def Leppard – Pour Some Sugar On Me
  • Deftones – My Own Summer
  • EarlyRise – Wasteland
  • Gold Motel – Brand New Kind Of Blue
  • Green Day – X-Kid
  • Iron Maiden – The Trooper
  • Jack White – Sixteen Saltines
  • Kiss – Rock and Roll All Nite
  • La Sera – Love That’s Gone
  • Magic Wands – Black Magic
  • Mastodon – Blood and Thunder
  • Minus The Bear – Cold Company
  • Muse – Knights Of Cydonia
  • Nirvana – Heart Shaped Box
  • Oasis – Don’t Look Back In Anger
  • Pantera – Cemetary Gates
  • Paramore – Now
  • Paws – Sore Tummy
  • Queen – We Are The Champions
  • R.E.M. – Losing My Religion
  • Radiohead – Paranoid Android
  • Ratt – Round And Round
  • Red Fang – Wires
  • Rise Against – Savior
  • Rush – The Spirit Of Radio
  • Screaming Females – Rotten Apple
  • Slayer – War Ensemble
  • Splashh – All I Wanna Do
  • Tak Matsumoto – GO FURTHER
  • The Dear Hunter – Stuck On A Wire Out On A Fence – Orange
  • The Kinks – You Really Got Me
  • The Rolling Stones – Paint It, Black
  • The Shins – For A Fool
  • The Smashing Pumpkins – The Chimera
  • The Who – My Generation
  • Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers – Mary Jane’s Last Dance
  • Weezer – Say It Ain’t So
  • White Zombie – Thunder Kiss ’65

For the latest information on Rocksmith 2014 Edition, please visit: http://rocksmith.ubi.com/rocksmith. To pre-order the guitar bundle please visit Amazon here

Amazon have just announced new Kindle Fire HDX family of tablets, available later this year.

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The new Kindle Fire HDX family features:

  • Stunning exclusive HDX display–beyond HD with exceptional pixel density (323 ppi for 7″, 339 ppi for 8.9″), perfect 100% sRGB colour accuracy, reduced glare, dynamic image contrast, and improved brightness for better viewing in any lighting conditions.
  • Powerful quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor running at 2.2 GHz provides over 3x the processing power compared to the previous generation, plus the latest graphics engine and 2x more memory for fast and fluid performance. These are the only tablets with a processor over 2 GHz.
  • Startlingly light design–at just 13.2 ounces, the 8.9″ Kindle Fire HDX is the lightest large-screen tablet, 34% lighter than the previous generation.
  • Powered by the latest version of Fire OS–Fire OS 3.0 “Mojito”–with hundreds of new and upgraded features, platform updates, and Amazon-exclusive services like X-Ray for Music, Cloud Collections, Goodreads, and more.
  • New Mayday button delivers revolutionary live tech support–one touch connects you to an Amazon expert who can guide you remotely through any feature–24×7, 365 days a year, and it’s free. 15 seconds or less is the Mayday response time goal.
  • All-day battery life–up to 11 hours of mixed use and 17 hours of reading.
  • Updated email, calendar, and Silk browser to stay connected and productive.
  • New enterprise features including hardware and software-encryption, Kerberos Intranet, secure Wi-Fi connections, VPN integration, and wireless printing.
  • Both HDX 7″ and 8.9″ available with ultra-fast 4G LTE wireless. Available on the AT&T network, and for the first time on the Verizon Wireless network.
  • Dual stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus audio and virtual 5.1 multi-channel surround sound–the standard in high-end audio.
  • Front-facing HD camera makes it easy to stay in touch with Skype, plus a new 8 megapixel wide- aperture rear-facing camera on the 8.9″ Fire HDX offers crisp photos and 1080p HD video.
  • Best video experience on a tablet with new Amazon-exclusive features like Prime Instant Video downloads, Second Screen, and expanded X-Ray for Movies and TV.
  • Deep integration with the world’s best content ecosystem–over 27 million movies, TV shows, songs, apps, games, books, audiobooks and magazines.
  • New Origami covers feature an innovative design that allows you to position Fire HDX in both portrait and landscape.

Here are the features in more detail:

World-Class Hardware

First-Ever, Exclusive HDX Display–Beyond HD

Amazon’s exclusive HDX display brings together exceptional pixel density (1920×1200 at 323 ppi for 7″, 2560×1600 at 339 ppi for 8.9″) and perfect color accuracy (100% sRGB), resulting in images and videos that display as the photographer or videographer intended. The new display also features dynamic image contrast, a unique algorithm that adjusts the color of each pixel depending on the ambient brightness in order to maximize contrast. This makes images and videos even easier to see in any lighting conditions, including outdoors. See a video: www.amazon.com/display.

2.2 GHz, Quad-Core Processor and 2x the RAM

Kindle Fire HDX tablets are the first tablets powered by the most advanced quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor. These are the only tablets with a processor over 2 GHz–the four cores can each run at 2.2GHz, providing 28 billion instructions per second–over 3x the processing power of the previous generation Kindle Fire HD. Fire HDX also doubles the RAM to 2GB, resulting in faster app launch times, faster website load times, smoother multi-tasking, and better overall performance.

New Graphics Engine Perfect for Gaming

The new Adreno 330 graphics engine on Kindle Fire HDX delivers 4x the graphics performance of the previous generation Kindle Fire HD. This combination of a new graphics engine, HDX display, quad-core processor, and 2x the memory creates a more immersive, high-frame rate HD gaming experience.

Lightest Large-Screen Tablet–13.2 ounces, 34% Lighter

Amazon integrated the capacitive touch layer directly into the glass display on Fire HDX, leaving a lighter single layer instead of the typical 2-layer display stack. The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″ frame is a single-piece of machined magnesium with a blend of glass and nylon molded onto the unibody to create openings for the antennas and maximize signal strength without sacrificing sturdiness. The result is the lightest large-screen tablet–at just 13.2 ounces, it is 34% lighter than the previous generation large-screen Fire HD tablet.

11 Hours of Battery, Up to 17 Hours for Reading

Even with all this additional power, Fire HDX still delivers 11 hours of mixed use battery life. When you are reading, Fire HDX automatically powers down the CPU and any unnecessary system components and stores the displayed text in dedicated, low-power memory–the result is up to 17 hours of battery life for reading.

8MP Rear-Facing Camera for Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″

Both the 7″ and 8.9″ Kindle Fire HDX feature a front-facing HD camera to help you stay in touch with friends and family with Skype. Fire HDX 8.9″ features an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera that allows for high-resolution photos and 1080p HD video, plus an LED flash, Electronic Image Stabilization, and a wide-aperture 5P f2.2 lens that lets in more light, reducing exposure times and producing sharper images. See a video: www.amazon.com/fire-camera.

New Origami Covers

New origami-style cover design provides a simple stand for both portrait and landscape positions, and attaches magnetically so it’s easy to take on and off. The cover for the 8.9″ Fire HDX features a custom slide feature that quickly exposes the rear-facing camera and automatically launches the camera application so you won’t miss a great photo opportunity. See a video: www.amazon.com/quickpic.

The Mayday Button

Revolutionary On-Device Tech Support from Amazon’s Tech Advisors

Having trouble or want to learn how to use a new feature? Simply tap the Mayday button in Quick Settings, and an Amazon expert will appear on your Fire HDX and can co-pilot you through any feature by drawing on your screen, walking you through how to do something yourself, or doing it for you–whatever works best. 15 seconds or less is the Mayday response time goal. Mayday is available 24×7, 365 days a year, and it’s free. See the separate press release on the Mayday button and preview three upcoming TV ads that show how the Mayday button works: www.amazon.com/mayday.

New Amazon-Exclusive Features and Services

Fire OS 3.0 “Mojito”

Kindle Fire HDX is powered by the newest version of Fire OS – Fire OS 3.0 “Mojito”, which introduces hundreds of new and upgraded features, Amazon-exclusive services, platform updates and more. Fire OS starts with Android and adds cloud services, a content-first user interface, built-in media libraries, productivity apps and low-level platform enhancements to integrate Amazon’s digital content and improve performance for Kindle Fire tablets. If an app runs on Android, it can run on Fire OS. Read more: www.amazon.com/fireos.

Download Prime Instant Videos on Kindle Fire HDX to Watch Anywhere

Prime Instant Video is the only U.S. online subscription streaming service that enables offline viewing–on a plane, on vacation, and anywhere else where you may not have Wi-Fi. Tens of thousands of Prime Instant Videos are now available for download on Fire HDX. If you are new to Prime, you get one free month of Amazon Prime when you purchase Fire HDX.

All-New X-Ray for Music

Amazon is expanding X-Ray to music by adding lyrics that let you follow along with songs. Lyrics display and scroll automatically line-by-line as the song plays. See a screenshot: www.amazon.com/x-ray.

X-Ray for Movies and TV–Now Even Better

Customer-favorite X-Ray for Movies and TV now shows the names of songs as they play as well as a list of all music in the movie or TV show, and lets you jump to the scene in which a particular song is playing. X-Ray also shows trivia items in context with the action on the screen. For example, in The Godfather when Clemenza tells his henchman to “leave the gun, take the cannoli”, X-Ray alerts you that actor Richard Castellano ad-libbed that famous line of dialog. X-Ray for TV also provides character backstories so you can easily remind yourself of the character’s history. X-Ray is offered only by Amazon and is powered by IMDb.

Second Screen Lets Others Join In

Fling TV shows and movies from your tablet to your big-screen TV using Second Screen, which turns your TV into the primary screen and frees up your Fire HDX to provide playback controls, a customized display for X-Ray, or simply a place to email, browse the web, and more while you watch a movie. Second Screen will be available starting next month for PlayStation 3 and Samsung TVs, and later this year for PlayStation 4. You can also wirelessly mirror movies, TV shows and photos from your tablets to your big-screen TV with Miracast-enabled accessories or TVs.

Stay Connected with Expanded Email, Docs, and Printing

With the new email on Fire HDX, it is easier than ever to set up your accounts, group conversations by subject, sync your email and more. Reading and managing documents on Fire HDX is simple: email them, sync them from a computer with Cloud Drive, clip them from the web with Send to Kindle, or transfer them via USB. Coming mid-November as part of the free, over-the-air Fire OS 3.1 update–print documents, photos, emails, and calendar events directly from Kindle Fire to compatible wireless printers.

Complete Enterprise Support

Fire HDX is ready for work, with support for encryption of the user partition of the device to secure data; support for Kerberos authentication so corporate users can browse secure intranet websites; the ability to connect to secure enterprise Wi-Fi networks as well as corporate networks via a native or a 3rd party VPN client; and Mobile Device Management solutions ranging from Amazon’s Whispercast service to 3rd party vendors like AirWatch, Citrix, Fiberlink, Good Technology, and SOTI. Some of these features will be delivered as part of the Fire OS 3.1 update. See the separate press release on enterprise features: www.amazon.com/kindle-enterprise.

Cloud Collections

Organize your books, newspapers, magazines, and apps in customized collections for easy reference, and Amazon’s Whispersync technology synchronizes the collections across your Kindle devices and reading apps so they’re available on all of your devices. Cloud Collections will be available as part of the Fire OS 3.1 update.

Goodreads on Kindle Fire

Join over 20 million other readers and see what your friends are reading, share highlights, and rate the books you read with Goodreads on Kindle, available exclusively from Amazon. Goodreads will be available as part of the Fire OS 3.1 update. See screenshots: www.amazon.com/goodreads.

Accessibility Features

Blind and visually impaired customers will discover new and improved accessibility tools such as Screen Reader, Explore by Touch, and Screen Magnifier, enabling access to the vast majority of Kindle Fire features. Screen Reader features IVONA’s award-winning natural language text-to-speech voice.

New Exclusive Deals for Kindle Fire Owners

Kindle Fire’s Special Offers are better than ever with exclusive limited-time, limited-quantity deals available directly from the lock screen. These deals are similar to Lightning Deals that run on Amazon.com, but with even greater savings. The first deal, available in the coming weeks, will be the Madden NFL 25 video game for $5 (92% off). See screenshots: www.amazon.com/offers.

All the Content

The Kindle Fire family offers the best selection of digital content–over 27 million movies, TV shows, songs, apps, games, books, audiobooks and magazines–including hundreds of thousands of exclusives:

  • Over 150,000 movies and TV episodes–stream or download, purchase or rent.
  • Tens of thousands of popular movies and TV episodes are available at no additional cost for Prime members with Prime Instant Video, the exclusive subscription streaming home to shows like Downton Abbey, Under the Dome, Justified, Dora the Explorer, Blues Clues and many more.
  • The most popular apps and games. Apps are tested for the Amazon Appstore and Kindle Fire.
  • Millions of songs–stream, download, and store purchases for free in the cloud for access anytime, anywhere.
  • Hundreds of magazines and newspapers.
  • Millions of books, including hundreds of thousands of titles that are exclusive to the Kindle Store. Over a million titles are $4.99 or less, over 1.7 million are $9.99 or less.
  • Over 400,000 titles available for Prime members who own a Kindle to borrow for free as part of Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.
  • Over 150,000 professionally-narrated audiobook titles, with free samples to listen to before buying.

With apps available on the largest number of devices and platforms, Amazon makes it easier than ever to access your content anytime, anywhere. Use the Kindle, Amazon Instant Video, Amazon MP3 and Amazon Appstore for Android apps to “Buy Once, Enjoy Everywhere.” No other company offers the same level of flexibility with your content.

Pricing & Availability

The 7″ Kindle Fire HDX is $229. It is available for pre-order starting today at www.amazon.com/hdx-7 and it will begin shipping October 18. The 4G version is $329–you can pre-order today to reserve your place in line at www.amazon.com/4g-hdx-7 and it will begin shipping November 14.

The 8.9″ Kindle Fire HDX is $379. It is available for pre-order starting today at www.amazon.com/hdx and it will begin shipping on November 7. The 4G version is $479–you can pre-order today to reserve your place in line at www.amazon.com/4g-hdx and it will begin shipping December 10

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment today unveiled details for the Batman: Arkham Origins Collector’s Edition

The UK package will be available from 25th October, 2013 in limited quantities for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and will retail for £79.99. The North American version of the Collector’s Edition will be announced next week.

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The UK Batman: Arkham Origins Collector’s Edition will include the following extensive bonus content:

  • Exclusive Arkham Origins highly detailed premium statue featuring Batman & The Joker, measuring approximately
  • - Height: 30cm
    - Depth: 13.5cm
    - Width: 13cm
  • 80-page, full-colour hardcover art book
  • Assassin’s Intel Dossier, including files on the eight assassins, as well as Black Mask’s contract
  • 1st Appearance Batman Skin DLC
  • Deathstroke Challenge Pack DLC – Usable throughout all the Arkham Origins Challenge maps and also includes two bonus challenge maps and two bonus Deathstroke Skins
  • Exclusive 3D Metal Pack
  • The PS3 edition will also include the Knightfall pack as an exclusive piece of content

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Xbox 360 Version of the Batman: Arkham Origins Collector’s Edition.

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PlayStation 3 Version of the Batman: Arkham Origins Collector’s Edition.

The Batman: Arkham Origins Collector’s Edition will be available for pre-order in the UK exclusively at www.amazon.co.uk

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Amazon.co.uk today announced the launch of Amazon AutoRip, a new service that gives customers free MP3 versions of CDs and vinyl music they purchase from Amazon.

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When customers purchase AutoRip CDs and vinyl the MP3 versions are automatically added to their Cloud Player libraries where they are available, free of charge, for immediate playback or download – no more waiting for the CD to arrive. Additionally, customers who have purchased AutoRip albums at any time since Amazon.co.uk first opened its Music Store in 1999 will find MP3 versions of those albums in their Cloud Player libraries – also automatically and for free. More than 350,000 albums, including titles from every major record label, are available for AutoRip, and more titles are added all the time – customers can just look for the AutoRip logo.

“What would you say if you bought CDs, vinyl or even cassettes from a company 14 years ago, and then 14 years later that company licensed the rights from the record companies to give you the MP3 versions of those albums… and then to top it off, did that for you automatically and for free?” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO. “Well, starting today, it’s available to all of our Amazon.co.uk customers – past, present, and future – at no cost. We love these opportunities to do something extra for our customers.”

AutoRip features include:

· Free digital copies: Amazon customers who purchase AutoRip CDs and vinyl get free MP3 versions of the albums delivered directly to their Cloud Player libraries – automatically, immediately, and at no cost – no more hassle with ripping CDs and finding a way to get them onto your favourite devices

· CD, vinyl and cassette purchases dating back to 1999: MP3 versions of AutoRip CDs, vinyl and cassettes that customers have purchased since the launch of Amazon.co.uk’s music store in 1999 will also be delivered to their Cloud Player libraries for free

· Enjoy everywhere: Music can be played instantly from any Kindle Fire HD, Kindle Fire, Android phone or tablet, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and any web browser, giving customers the freedom to enjoy music from more devices than any other major cloud locker music service

· Free storage and backup: All AutoRip MP3s are stored for free in customers’ Cloud Player libraries and do not count against Cloud Player storage limits. Customers can buy music and know that it is safely stored in Cloud Player and accessible from any compatible device

· High-quality audio: AutoRip music is provided in high-quality 256 Kbps MP3 audio

AutoRip is available for recent, bestselling and classic albums including 21 by Adele, Our Version of Events by Emeli Sandé, Babel by Mumford & Sons, Only By The Night by Kings of Leon, Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys, London Calling by The Clash and Thriller by Michael Jackson.

The Amazon MP3 Store catalogue offers more than 26 million songs and everyday low prices on best-selling albums, many starting at £4.99.

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I use the Amazon Kindle app on my iPad all the time, and it has just been updated to version 3.8.1.

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The Kindle app is optimized for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, giving users the ability to read Kindle books, newspapers, magazines and PDFs on a beautiful, easy-to-use interface.

You’ll have access to over 900,000 books in the Kindle Store. Amazon Whispersync automatically syncs your last page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights across devices (including Kindle), so you can pick up your book where you left off on another device.

Get the best reading experience available on your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch:
• Shop the Kindle Store by visiting Amazon for the largest selection of books people want to read: over a 900,000* books.
• *New*: Email PDFs & other documents to your new Send-to-Kindle e-mail address and we deliver them to your device. The documents are automatically archived in the Amazon Cloud and available for re-download on your iOS or supported Kindle devices. You can also read PDFs from Mail, Safari, or by transferring them from iTunes.
• Get free book samples – read the first chapter free before you decide to buy.
• Customize your reading experience by choosing the background color, font size, and either portrait or landscape format.
• Instant dictionary word lookup. Tap and hold a word to view the definition. Use the Google and Wikipedia links to get more information.
• Search inside the book to find a character, topic, or section you want to revisit.
• Simply tap on either side of the screen or flick to turn pages.
• You can also read your Kindle books on your Kindle, Kindle Fire, Kindle Touch, PC, Mac, Android-based device, and Windows Phone 7-based device. Our Whispersync technology syncs your last page read, notes, bookmarks, and highlights across devices, so you can pick up where you left off.

What’s New in Version 3.8.1

Fix for customer-reported bookmark issue

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2K today announced that Beejumbled, a new fast-paced word-jumble title for gamers of all ages developed by Cat Daddy Games, is now available for download on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android devices. Beejumbled Now Available Worldwide on the Apple App Store, Google Play and Amazon App Store.
Available to download for free, Beejumbled takes players on an adventure through a charming bee world , where they must quickly construct words in order to win. Players can complete a variety of challenges and compete against a series of bee characters with varying personalities in the hope of one day claiming their place as the “Top Bee of the Hive.”

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Beejumbled is a fun word-search game that players will find equally endearing and challenging,” said Sarah Anderson, senior vice president of marketing for 2K. “Building upon familiar word game mechanics, Beejumbled utilises stylised artwork, unique gameplay and loveable characters to bring a rich, casual gaming experience to mobile devices.”

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Beejumbled offers players a multifaceted experience that is sure to engage gamers of all ages,” added Harley Howe, Co-Studio Head of Cat Daddy Games. “Whether practicing for their next spelling bee, improving their vocabulary, looking to give their brain a workout or simply going head-to-head with friends from around the world, Beejumbled offers a customisable experience for fans everywhere.”
Key features include:

  • Competing in tournaments against one of hundreds of players from around the globe in real-time;
  • Enjoying a hexagon board with hundreds of word combinations, and more than 80 achievements to unlock;
  • Picking from an assortment of helper aids, including ‘Double Word Score,’ ‘Common Letter Bonus,’ and ‘Super Letter,’ to provide bonuses and assist in overcoming difficult situations;
  • Customising the gaming experience with over 25 different bee characters and backgrounds to unlock and choose from; including “Homer,” the baseball bee (who offers an additional +25 points for any baseball themed words discovered), to “Ro-Bee,” the robot bee (who adds an additional +3 points to any three letter words);
  • Playing independently in Single Player mode, or against friends with Pass & Play, Asynchronous multiplayer via Game Center & Facebook, and Tournament modes.

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