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WD Introduces Consumer 4K Ultra HD Movie Drive, Partners With Fox To Offer Titles

August 04, 2015 5:36am PT by Carolyn Giardina  20th Century Fox 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' and 'The Fault in our Stars' are among the titles that will be available for Samsung SUHD TVs and Vidity-enabled TVs and devices. WD, a storage company owned by Western Digital, is introducing a consumer 4K Ultra HD movie drive aimed at making 4K Ultra HD more accessible in the home, while partnering with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment to deliver movies and TV series including X-Men: Days of Future Past and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in the format. Dubbed My Passport Cinema, the drive allow users to organize, store and access movie and TV series in HD or in the 4K Ultra HD format (four times the resolution of HD) on Samsung SUHD TVs and other Vidity-enabled devices. The drive has 1TB of storage capacity and lists for $89.99. Consumers can connect a My Passport Cinema drive into a Vidity-compatible UHD TV or device and purchase preloaded Fox movies (movies are locked until purchase). They include The Maze Runner, Exodus: Gods and Kings, X-Men: Days of the Future Past, The Wolverine, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, The Fault in Our Stars, Let’s Be Cops and The Other Woman. Once purchased on the My Passport Cinema drive, the movie can be accessed online or offline on Vidity-enabled devices such as Samsung’s 2014 HU series 4K UHD TVs and 2015 JU and JS series 4K UHD and SUHD TVs. Users ca...  

North Sea oil, gas set for rebound

LONDON, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- After several years of declines and escalating costs, a British energy report suggests oil and gas production from the North Sea is set for a rebound. Industry body Oil & Gas U.K. said a report on the first half of the year production from offshore basins is on pace to increase. "Recent provisional figures from the Department for Energy suggest that oil and gas production from the U.K. Continental Shelf over the first six months of this year could be 2.5 percent higher than the same period last year," Oil & Gas U.K. Chief Executive Deirdre Michie said in a statement. "It's still early days, but initial indications suggest that production could increase this year for the first time in 15 years." An early 2015 report from the industry body found the market situation to be "bleak," but added the government was enacting measures to ensure a robust future. A weak commodity market is starving energy companies of revenue needed to continue with robust spending programs in 2015. Despite the slump, the early 2015 survey found production should increase slightly to 1.43 million barrels of oil equivalent per day, provided there are no major disruptions. A budget plan outlined in March by the government was designed to boost exploration for new oil and gas reserves in British territorial waters....  

China breaks India's 2010 Guinness record for largest umbrella

Beijing: A giant umbrella of around 23 metres in diameter and 14.4 meters in height made by a Chinese firm has set a new Guinness World Record for the world's largest umbrella, breaking record set in India in 2010.The umbrella company in east China's Jiangxi Province set the new record for creating the world's largest umbrella by unveiling an umbrella of around 23 meters in diameter and 14.4 meters in height.India's largest umbrella unveiled at Ishanya Mall at Pune in 2010.The umbrella has been certificated by Chinese representatives of Guinness World Records today in Xingzi County of Jiangxi, the state-run Xinhua news agency quoted the county's publicity department as saying.The umbrella weighing 5.7 tonnes (5,700 kg) and standing in a plaza covers an area of 418 square meters, it said.Previous world record was held by an umbrella with 17.06 meters diameter and 10.97 meters height in India in 2010, the report said.According to the website of Guinness World Records, the largest umbrella measures 17.06 m (56 ft) in diameter and is 10.97 m (36 ft) tall and was made by Max New York Life Insurance (India).The umbrella was unveiled at Ishanya Mall at Pune, India, on August 14, 2010. It weighed 2,200 kg.PTI ...  

The true story of an ex-cop's war on lie detectors

Bloomberg the Company Bloomberg Anywhere Login Doug Williams used to give polygraph exams. Now he’s going to prison for teaching people how to beat them.  There was something odd, Doug Williams recalls, about the clean-cut young man who came to see him on Feb. 21, 2013. When Brian Luley had called two weeks earlier, he’d introduced himself as a deputy sheriff in Virginia applying for a job with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. To get the job, Luley needed to pass a polygraph test, and there were “a couple of reasons” he thought that might be a problem. “I will get you ready,” Williams had promised. A former police detective and a man congenitally unencumbered by doubt, he claimed he’d already helped thousands of people beat the polygraph. In pictures on his website, polygraph.com, the goateed 67-year-old sat at a desk in a suit with his hands clasped, his silver hair slicked back from a tanned and furrowed brow. “Nervous or not, lying or not, no matter what,” he assured his clients, they would pass. The site had a manual and an instructional DVD for purchase, but if you really wanted to be sure, Williams would teach you one-on-one. Luley wanted to be sure. Many of the people who sought out Williams over the years had secrets: marital indiscretions or professional lapses, drug busts or sex crimes. Williams never asked for details—those weren’t his concern. He has no affection for crook...  

West Ham transfer news: Hammers 'set to meet Inter Milan defender Danilo D ...

Tottenham and Roma are also tracking Danilo D’Ambrosio (Picture: Getty Images) West Ham are reportedly close to sealing the transfer of Inter Milan defender Danilo D’Ambrosio, with the player’s agent set to meet with the east London club to finalise a deal. The Hammers have enjoyed a productive transfer window but remain on the market and versatile Italian defender D’Ambrosio, who can play either on the right or left flank, has caught their attention. The 26-year-old, who played 23 games for the Serie A outfit last season, is said to want more first team opportunities and, according to reports in Italy, West Ham are willing to offer him a chance in the Premier League. Reports say West Ham will meet the full-back’s agent soon with the aim of completing a deal before the start of the new campaign. MORE: West Ham ‘close in on insane Barcelona midfielder' ...  

Sound and Fury on Planned Parenthood

It is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing. Not long ago, members of a shell organization associated with Operation Rescue hatched a brilliant plan. These geniuses would use hidden camera footage to prove that Planned Parenthood was in the business of selling fetal tissue for profit. The plan failed because it was delusional from start to finish, yet another tribute to the folly of believing your own propaganda. No worries, in the world of right-wing media, failure is the foundation on which “Mission Accomplished” is built. They declared victory, released their videos, and assumed no one would notice that the material didn’t support their case. It is nearly impossible for reasonable people to engage in a debate over abortion. Under the best of circumstances abortion is a challenging subject because it represents two fully legitimate civil rights in conflict with one another. Worse, the pivot point for that conflict – the moment when “life” begins – is an inherently philosophical matter, beyond any empirical resolution. On the question of abortion we are forced to wrestle with competing rights of the utmost sanctity which can only be mediated through an entirely subjective process. Every realistic policy option in this debate entails a compromise of rights deeply felt by someone with good justification. Into this realm of ambiguity floats an army of malignant fundamentali...  

Arsenal FC News: Gunners Interested in Zlatan Ibrahimovic

By Martin Martinez , Christian Post ContributorAugust 4, 2015|7:54 am Phil Noble/ReutersArsenal's manager Arsene Wenger reacts as he takes his seat before their English Premier League soccer match against Liverpool at Anfield in Liverpool.According to rumors, if Arsenal are set to miss out on Karim Benzema, they have the perfect alternate for a striker this summer – Zlatan Ibrahimovic.Speculations have risen that the London outfit may be interested in acquiring the services of the big man from Paris Saint-Germain after it was revealed that he could leave the Ligue 1 club.After their French Super Cup win over Olympique Lyonnais, Ibrahimovic told the Express it "could be that this was my last game for PSG. Next week I will take a decision over my future."Even at of 33-years-old, Ibrahimovic is still one of the most polarizing athletes in world football, and he has shown no signs of slowing down even a bit.Last season, he helped PSG win multiple titles in France, while scoring 19 goals and providing six assists in 24 appearances in the league.However, the biggest hurdle that Arsenal have if they do desire on pursuing Ibrahimovic is his desire to one day play in the United States for MLS. He understands that older stars take their talents to the USA for more exposure and another big pay day.But what Arsenal can offer Zlatan is a chance to play in England, something the Swede has never done in his long and illustrious career.He has played across Europe, in Amsterdam with Aj...  

First graduates leave Gateshead's Oil, Gas and Renewables academy destined for ...

The first cohort of trainees has left Gateshead’s new Oil, Gas and Renewables Academy. A group of 26 unemployed people were the first to graduate from the new facility following a three-week fire protection and rope access training programme delivered by Gateshead College, UK Total Solutions (UKTS) and its parent company Barrier Ltd. Thirteen of the group will now join Barrier’s workforce at its Wallsend facility while the remainder will complete a week work placement at the firm. The pilot cohort was the first to test the academy which is set to officially open in September following a six-figure investment. Nadine Hudspeth director of marketing and communications at Gateshead College said: “The Oil Gas and Renewables Academy not only supports skilled employment in the region, it also addresses skills gaps within North East industries. “Our partnership with UKTS allows us the opportunity to develop the best training programmes to benefit learners and employers, providing career prospects and a highly skilled workforce. “Gateshead College is thrilled at the feedback from UKTS on the success of the academy’s pilot scheme and we look forward to it continuing, growing and contributing to our local economy.” Trainees spend 12 weeks at Gateshead College and UKTS’s academy, before undergoing IRATA Rope Access training with professionals who have worked for major oil and gas operators. This is followed by a three-day competenc...  

American Heart Association calls for focus on social factors

The American Heart Association said today that more attention needs to be paid to the social factors that influence heart health, such as race, education, and address. Those factors may be partly responsible for the increase in rates of cardiovascular disease expected over the coming decades, according to a statement in the journal Circulation. "What we’re discovering is that this is a very complicated space and there may be a number of variables beyond people's control that have an impact on their health," said Dr. Clyde Yancy, an author of the report. For example, new research suggests that local pollution levels are tied to the risk of high blood pressure, said Yancy, who is chief of cardiology at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. Cardiovascular disease should not differ based on a person's ZIP code, Yancy said. Every year about 735,000 Americans have heart attacks and about 800,000 have strokes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. The AHA group writes that deaths from cardiovascular disease have been on a decline since the 1970s thanks to advances in prevention and treatment. But not all groups have benefited equally across economic, racial and ethnic groups, they write. "Overall population health cannot improve if parts of the population do not benefit from improvements in prevention and treatment," ...  

Jurgen Klopp Would Suit Bayern Munich Admits Borussia Dortmund CEO

  Follow @insidefutbol Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke believes that Jurgen Klopp would be perfect for Bayern Munich, amid continuing speculation that Pep Guardiola will not extend his stay at the Allianz Arena beyond the expiry of his contract next summer. Klopp ended his lengthy association with Dortmund at the end of last season following a disappointing campaign in the Bundesliga and has been replaced by Thomas Tuchel in the hot seat. The now former Dortmund coach has been tipped as a contender to succeed Guardiola at the Allianz Arena next summer and Watzke has talked up his qualifications for the post. "For every top club Jurgen Klopp is a candidate", Watzke told the Rheinische Post.   "Klopp and Bayern would go well together, 100 per cent", he added. However, Watzke has words of warning for Klopp if he is thinking about taking over at Bayern Munich, saying that little mistakes are not tolerated by the Bavarians. Nevertheless, if Klopp did take charge of Dortmund's domestic rivals, Watzke insists his friendship with the coach would not suffer. "At Bayern you cannot do much wrong. They will become champions anyway. "Our friendship would not suffer as a result." Klopp interrupted Bayern Munich's dominance of German football for a time at Dortmund, leading the Ruhr giants to two Bundesliga titles.   ...  


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