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Let Ford Be Your Chariot

Getting around New York City can be tough. I know I used to work in the Big Apple for a bit and man let me just say that going from point A to point B was sometimes a headache. Ford is looking to change all of that. Ford is going to expand its mobility offerings. Ford Motor Company is launching its crowd-sourced shuttle service Chariot in New York City in August, aiming to provide new mobility solutions to consumers.

Chariot offers commuters, some of whom live in transit deserts – areas that are not within walking distance of public transportation – a new way of getting from point A to point B. During typical commuting times, Chariot shuttles will travel to busy areas where people work, then bring them back at the end of the day. Each Chariot comfortably accommodates more than a dozen people and guarantees seats for every rider.

“Our mission at Chariot is to provide reliable, safe and affordable transportation for as many people as possible,” said Chariot CEO Ali Vahabzadeh. “We want to connect people more easily to where they want to go – whether they need help making it to a transit hub or live in an area underserved by public transportation.”

New York is the latest market to get Chariot’s service, which is launching with two pre-planned service areas in Manhattan and Brooklyn, at a flat rate of $4 per ride. People can create additional service areas through crowd-sourcing. By this fall, Chariot plans to have 60 vehicles operating in New York City.

Using Chariot is easy. Riders simply check the APP find commuter routes near them, then reserve a guaranteed seat as they head toward their assigned Chariot. Keeping the service affordable is a priority, and solutions such as WageWorks and commuter checks – which allow people to use pretax wages to pay for commuting costs – are fully compatible with Chariot use.

2K Sports Releases John Cena Limited Edition Box Set

For those of you who love the WWE and the 2K Sports WWE game then you might want to check this out. 2K Sports is releasing the WWE 2K18 Cena (Nuff) Edition celebrates the amazing 15-year career of John Cena while incorporating his polarizing presence in the WWE Universe. Whether it’s “Let’s go, Cena!” or “Cena Nuff” chants and signs, John Cena elicits a powerful reaction. WWE 2K Universe members will be able to express either sentiment in this fully loaded package.

The WWE 2K18 Cena (Nuff) Edition will include:

Copy of WWE 2K18 Deluxe Edition video game, which includes the following items:

WWE 2K18 Season Pass digital content (details announced this fall);

Playable WWE Legends and John Cena Rivals: Batista and Rob Van Dam;

Playable John Cena Characters: ECW One Night Stand (2006) and WrestleMania 26 (2010);

Kurt Angle Pack: Access to WWE “American Hero” (2001) and ECW “Wrestling Machine” (2006) playable characters;

Exclusive premium packaging, including a unique cover sleeve;

Exclusive Mattel John Cena / Cena Nuff action figure featuring alternate T-shirt options;

Fanatics Limited Edition Commemorative Plaque with a piece of the ring mat, as well as a hand-signed photo from John Cena, in celebration of winning his 16th WWE Championship at Royal Rumble;

WWE SuperCard limited edition in-game cards featuring John Cena, Batista and Rob Van Dam, as well as a Cena (Nuff) card back.*

Limited to 30,000 copies worldwide, the WWE 2K18 Cena (Nuff) Edition will be available exclusively on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One at participating retailers for a suggested retail price of $149.99.

Players who purchase the WWE 2K18 Collector’s Edition will receive Early Access to their game copies and in-game bonuses beginning four days early on Friday, October 13, 2017. In addition, players who purchase the WWE 2K18 Deluxe Edition, available in both physical and digital varieties, will also receive Early Access to their game copies and in-game bonuses – including all Cena (Nuff) Edition digital content – beginning four days early on October 13, 2017 on PS4 and Xbox One. WWE 2K18 will release on October 17, 2017 on PS4 and Xbox One, as well as in Fall 2017 on Nintendo Switch.

Do You Want To Ride With Dale Earnhardt Jr

Hey NASCAR fans! MTN Dew is looking to hook you up with a ride with Dale Earnhardt Jr.. As he approaches the final races of his epic career this fall, Dew is inviting fans to help celebrate Dale Jr.’s final race at Talladega Super Speedway in his last No. 88 Mountain Dew Chevrolet this fall (Oct. 15), giving DEW Nation and Jr. Nation the chance to ride along with him at Talladega via a customized DEW paint scheme.

You can enter to have your name placed on the paint scheme through a customized site – www.RideWithJr.com. Registration will be open for up to 100,000 fans to have their names on the car, and fans will receive an email and be able to check the site this fall to see where their name will be placed on the No. 88 Mountain Dew Chevrolet.

This Month’s Loot Crate Is Very Animated

Loot Crate’s July theme was Animation. In this month’s crate was items from Bob’s Burgers, Rick and Morty, Futurama, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Supervising director Bernard Derriman of Bob’s Burgers had an interview in the Loot Crate magazine is a very good read.

There is a Bob’s Burgers Burger Box that contains 25 cards with recipes from The Bob’s Burgers Burger Box. Written by Loren Bouchard and the writers of Bob’s Burgers. The Animation Loot Pin depicts Gene in the burger mascot costume. There was also a Futurama Slurm koozie 2-pack. It seems that food or the kitchen was a secondary theme in this month’s create.

The item that was hilarious was the Loot Crate’s exclusive Rick and Morty “Peace Among Worlds” figure, which depicts Rick giving you two fingers! This will be a piece in my office that will be a conversation starter for sure.

The shirt for this month’s theme of Animation is the exclusive Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles turtle van tee. It is a throwback to the animated series when I was a kid.  The shirt features a turtle shell pattern.

Like what you see? Get a subscription. August’s crate features items from Lord of the Rings, Adventure Time, and The Legend of Zelda. Make sure you subscribe by 8/19 at 9pm PST to get August’s crate!

There are different themed crates as well. There is a Loot Anime, Loot Gaming, Loot Pets, Firefly, and LVLUp. They even have limited edition Star Wars and Call of Duty crates. You can pick out the best one that fits your style and your budget. Go to www.lootcrate.com for more info on each one and to start your subscription today!

Black Panther Is One Of The Highlights At Comic Con

February can’t come here fast enough. That is when we get to see the highly anticipated film Black Panther comes out. Last week at the San Diego Comic Con Marvel released some new images from the film. Marvel Studios’ Black Panther follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

Thor Ragnarok Releases New Trailer At Comic Con

One of the best things to come out of San Diego Comic Con has been the Marvel movie trailers. This past week we got to see another trailer for the latest Thor movie. In Marvel Studios’ THOR: RAGNAROK, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok—the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization—at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk! THOR: RAGNAROK is directed by Taika Waititi and returns Chris Hemsworth starring as Thor and Tom Hiddleston reprising his role as Loki. They are joined by Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson and Karl Urban, with Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins.

Ford Debuts The F-150 Police Responder

Ford just showcased the F-150 Police Responder. Capable of speeds up to 100 mph, the all-new F-150 Police Responder features a powerful and efficient 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine and Ford SelectShift® 10-speed transmission, plus four-wheel drive for all-terrain police performance. The truck offers 375 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque – more than any other pursuit-rated police vehicle.

Based on the F-150 FX4 off-road model, the Police Responder’s 145-inch wheelbase sits on a high-strength steel frame, and features Ford’s high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy SuperCrew body – giving it the largest passenger volume, payload and towing capacity of any pursuit-rated police vehicle. The truck features best-in-class front and rear shoulder and hip room, as well as rear legroom.

Additional F-150 Police Responder performance enhancements include a police-calibrated brake system with upgraded calipers and pad friction material, upgraded front-stabilizer bar for improved braking and handling and 18-inch alloy wheels with all-terrain tires. An upfit-ready interior features a column shifter with center-seat delete, heavy-duty cloth front seats with slim bolsters and anti-stab plates, vinyl rear seating and heavy-duty vinyl flooring for easy cleanup.

A high-output 240-amp alternator is included to support on-board electrical devices, along with a police-calibrated speedometer, and engine hour and engine idle hour meters. Underbody skid plates protect the truck from curbs and rough terrain. A standard class IV hitch gives F-150 Police Responder best-in-class towing capability of 7,000 pounds.

F-150 Police Responder joins the broadest lineup of law enforcement vehicles in the industry. From its Police Responder Hybrid Sedan – the first pursuit-rated hybrid police vehicle – and market-leading Police Interceptor Sedan and Utility, to the Special Service F-150 and Expedition, Special Service Police Sedan and Transit Prisoner Transport Vehicle, Ford offers the right vehicles for a variety of law enforcement needs.

Eric Paslay And Matt Kenseth Look To See Who Will Bring The Noise

The Brickyard 400 is one of NASCAR’s hottest summer races and to heat things up even more, country music star Eric Paslay and driver Matt Kenseth battle it out in this hilarious digital short.  In the video the 6-foot-6 country music singer challenges his power cords to the power of Kenseth’s Tide PODS car. As a rebuttal, Matt Kenseth and his Tide PODS Ride reveal the concentrated and unexpected power of Tide PODS in resounding fashion.

The spot features Kenseth’s No. 20 Tide PODS Toyota Camry, which will make its third appearance of the season this weekend at the Brickyard 400 in Indianapolis, dubbed “The Racing Capitol of the World”. The Tide Ride is slated to take to the track at Charlotte Motor Speedway this October, as long as Kenseth doesn’t let Paslay talk him into taking it on tour!

Check out the video here.

Celebrate Ice Cream Day With A Crown Royal Shake

This Sunday is you can celebrate National Ice Day in style. Since its launch last year, Crown Vanilla has been savored in an array of refreshments and cocktail recipes. What better way to cool off this summer than to chill out with a delicious and boozy shake? Crown Vanilla is sure to compliment any sweet treat but tastes exquisite in the recipe below created by Mixologist Brian Floyd, The Very Vanilla Shake. All you need to do is mix the ingredients together with a blender.

Very Vanilla Shake (Recipe created by Mixologist Brian Floyd)

1.5 oz Crown Royal Vanilla

2 scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream

3 dashes of Molé Bitters

Marvel’s Black Panther Drives In Style

Lot of cool news coming out of Comic-Con International: San Diego. One of the films that I can’t wait to see is Black Panther. Lexus and Marvel have announced a collaboration to pair the first-ever 2018 Lexus LC with Marvel’s dynamic Black Panther character in the highly anticipated film, Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, slated to hit theaters on Feb. 16, 2018.

Directed by Ryan Coogler, and starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong’o, the film follows T’Challa, who, after the events of Marvel Studios’ “Captain America: Civil War,” returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King.

“Marvel continuously captures audiences through charismatic characters and inspiring stories — the ideal fit for Lexus’ mission to craft amazing, engaging experiences,” said Brian Bolain general manager, Lexus marketing. “And the LC’s aggressive styling, high performance and agile handling are a perfect fit for the Black Panther’s quick, cat-like reflexes and superhuman feats. We’re excited to see the duo in action.”

To accompany the collaboration between Lexus and Marvel, Lexus also teamed with Marvel Custom Solutions to create an original graphic novel, with storytelling driven by famed writer Fabian Nicieza and cover illustrations by emerging graphic artists Scott “Rahzzah” Wilson and Szymon Kudranski. Centered around the balance between human and machine, the comic features the Lexus LC 500 with a new, Wakandan spin and its role in helping the Black Panther defeat a legendary villain.

Lexus and Marvel will celebrate their collaboration during Comic-Con after-hours at an exclusive Black Panther-themed event on Friday, July 21,  with special performances by DJ Lulo Café and a surprise headliner. During the invite-only event, six variant covers for the graphic novel will be revealed to industry guests and comic enthusiasts.

“This campaign clicked from the get-go,” said Mindy Hamilton, Marvel’s SVP of global partnerships. “We have this bold, sophisticated hero stepping into the spotlight for the first time, and it’s been a blast to work with the Lexus team to build out a story that’ll familiarize fans with T’Challa as well as his advanced home nation of Wakanda.”