Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Content Patch : Xbox One microtransactions, Steam Reviews - Nov. 27th, 2013

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For discussion and feedback regarding this video, please visit the CynicalBrit Subreddit: http://reddit.com/r/Cynicalbrit 00:24 Xbox One launch titles riddled with microtransactions http://bit.ly/Ih5pyb 11:27 Valve introduces Steam Reviews http://bit.ly/1bVMMXR 17:04 TOTD: Danny Baranowsky - Damn Those Turks! http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR01615/ Content Patch Episode 164 - November 27th, 2013 Follow TotalBiscuit on Twitter: http://twitter.com/totalbiscuit Follow CynicalBrit on Twitter for video updates: http://twitter.com/cynicalbrit Follow our Facebook page for announcements: http://facebook.com/cynicalbrit Forza 5 gameplay courtesy of: http://www.youtube.com/user/NukemDukem Category Gaming Entertainment News Directed by: John Bain

Raw: Prince William Rocks With Swift, Bon Jovi

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Prince William and Taylor Swift helped Jon Bon Jovi belt out his "Livin' on a Prayer" rock anthem during the Winter Whites Gala charity event at Kensington Palace in London. (Nov. 27)

ShowBiz Minute: Baldwin, Hewitt, Prince William

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Alec Baldwin's show ending on MSNBC; Jennifer Love Hewitt welcomes baby girl after quiet wedding; Britain's Prince William joins Jon Bon Jovi and Taylor Swift on stage to belt out rock classic. (Nov. 27)

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Go Multi-Screen: Principles & Recommendations

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Go Multi-Screen: Principles & Recommendations

Elizabeth Berkley Shares Impact of 'Dancing'

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Elizabeth Berkley may not have made it to the finals of 'Dancing with the Stars'' 17th season but the actress reflects on the bonding, enriching experience of being on the show. (Nov. 26)

Dr. Prentice Cleans Up Nicely from "Wedding Crushers" | THE MINDY PROJECT | FOX BROADCASTING

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Mindy takes Peter as her last-minute date to her cheating ex-boyfriend Josh's wedding. Subscribe now for more The Mindy Project clips: http://fox.tv/SubscribeFOX See more of The Mindy Project on our official site: http://fox.tv/TheMindyProject Like The Mindy Project on Facebook: http://fox.tv/MindyProject_FB Follow The Mindy Project on Twitter: http://fox.tv/MindyProject_Twitter Add The Mindy Project on Google+: http://fox.tv/MindyProjectPlus Add The Mindy Project on Pinterest: http://fox.tv/MindyProjectPinterest Like FOX on Facebook: http://fox.tv/FOXTV_FB Follow FOX on Twitter: http://fox.tv/FOXTV_Twitter Add FOX on Google+: http://fox.tv/FOXPlus THE MINDY PROJECT is a biting new single-camera comedy from Emmy Award-nominated writer/producer and New York Times best-selling author Mindy Kaling ("The Office") that follows a woman who, despite having a successful career, is unlucky in love and desperately needs to get her personal life back on track before her friends and colleagues are forced to stage an intervention. Funny, impatient and politically incorrect, MINDY LAHIRI (Kaling) can quote every romantic comedy starring Meg Ryan that exists. She loves the good ones and the bad ones, because the girl always gets the guy. Mindy is determined to be more punctual, spend less money, lose weight and read more books - all in pursuit of becoming a well-rounded perfect woman...who can meet and date the perfect guy. Dr. Prentice Cleans Up Nicely from "Wedding Crushers" | THE MINDY PROJECT | FOX BROADCASTING http://www.youtube.com/user/FoxBroadc...

Promo for "Dad Abuse" | DADS | FOX BROADCASTING

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The only thing that comes between a father and son is... Social Services?! All-New TUE 8/7c Subscribe now for more DADS clips: http://fox.tv/SubscribeFOX See more of Dads on our official site: http://fox.tv/Dads Like Dads on Facebook: http://fox.tv/Dads_FB Follow Dads on Twitter: http://fox.tv/Dads_TW Add Dads on Google+: http://fox.tv/Dads_Plus Follow Dads on Instagram: http://fox.tv/Dads_IG Like FOX on Facebook: http://fox.tv/FOXTV_FB Follow FOX on Twitter: http://fox.tv/FOXTV_Twitter Add FOX on Google+: http://fox.tv/FOXPlus The new live-action, multi-camera comedy from Emmy Award winner Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild, the team behind "Ted" and FAMILY GUY, stars Seth Green and Emmy Award nominee Giovanni Ribisi as two successful gaming entrepreneurs -- and childhood best friends -- whose lives get turned upside down when their pain-in-the-neck patriarchs (Martin Mull, "Two and a Half Men" and Academy Award and Emmy Award nominee Peter Riegert, "The Good Wife," "The Sopranos") move in. Subscribe now for more DADS clips: http://fox.tv/SubscribeFOX See more of Dads on our official site: http://fox.tv/Dads Like Dads on Facebook: http://fox.tv/Dads_FB Follow Dads on Twitter: http://fox.tv/Dads_TW Add Dads on Google+: http://fox.tv/Dads_Plus Follow Dads on Instagram: http://fox.tv/Dads_IG Like FOX on Facebook: http://fox.tv/FOXTV_FB Follow FOX on Twitter: http://fox.tv/FOXTV_Twitter Add FOX on Google+: http://fox.tv/FOXPlus The new live-action, multi-camera comedy from Emmy Award winner Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild, the team behind "Ted" and FAMILY GUY, stars Seth Green and Emmy Award nominee Giovanni Ribisi as two successful gaming entrepreneurs -- and childhood best friends -- whose lives get turned upside down when their pain-in-the-neck patriarchs (Martin Mull, "Two and a Half Men" and Academy Award and Emmy Award nominee Peter Riegert, "The Good Wife," "The Sopranos") move in. Promo for "Dad Abuse" | DADS | FOX BROADCASTING http://www.youtube.com/user/FoxBroadc...

Promo for "Thanksgiving III" | NEW GIRL | FOX BROADCASTING

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The gang's survival skills are tested when Nick and Jess take them camping for Thanksgiving. All-New TUE 9/8c Subscribe now for more New Girl clips: http://fox.tv/SubscribeFOX See more of New Girl on our official site: http://fox.tv/NewGirl Like New Girl on Facebook: http://fox.tv/NewGirl_FB Follow New Girl on Twitter: http://fox.tv/NewGirl_Twitter Add New Girl on Google+: http://fox.tv/NewGirlPlus Add New Girl on Pinterest: http://fox.tv/NewGirlPinterest Like FOX on Facebook: http://fox.tv/FOXTV_FB Follow FOX on Twitter: http://fox.tv/FOXTV_Twitter Add FOX on Google+: http://fox.tv/FOXPlus The hit ensemble comedy struck a chord with viewers last season when, after a bad break-up, Jess moved into a downtown Los Angeles loft occupied by three single guys. The trio helped Jess move on with her life, as she jumped back into the dating pool, which included a courtship with a fellow teacher, a Valentine's Day one-night-stand and a May-December romance with the father of one of her students. Conversely, the upbeat and unique feminine touch that Jess brought into the loft had just as much impact on her new male roommates and changed their lives in ways they never imagined. Promo for "Thanksgiving III" | NEW GIRL | FOX BROADCASTING http://www.youtube.com/user/FoxBroadc...

Promo for "Wedding Crushers" | THE MINDY PROJECT | FOX BROADCASTING

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Mindy crashes another ex-boyfriend's wedding, and Danny's kid brother is in town to make a big announcement. All-New TUE 9:30/8:30c Subscribe now for more The Mindy Project clips: http://fox.tv/SubscribeFOX See more of The Mindy Project on our official site: http://fox.tv/TheMindyProject Like The Mindy Project on Facebook: http://fox.tv/MindyProject_FB Follow The Mindy Project on Twitter: http://fox.tv/MindyProject_Twitter Add The Mindy Project on Google+: http://fox.tv/MindyProjectPlus Add The Mindy Project on Pinterest: http://fox.tv/MindyProjectPinterest Like FOX on Facebook: http://fox.tv/FOXTV_FB Follow FOX on Twitter: http://fox.tv/FOXTV_Twitter Add FOX on Google+: http://fox.tv/FOXPlus THE MINDY PROJECT is a biting new single-camera comedy from Emmy Award-nominated writer/producer and New York Times best-selling author Mindy Kaling ("The Office") that follows a woman who, despite having a successful career, is unlucky in love and desperately needs to get her personal life back on track before her friends and colleagues are forced to stage an intervention. Funny, impatient and politically incorrect, MINDY LAHIRI (Kaling) can quote every romantic comedy starring Meg Ryan that exists. She loves the good ones and the bad ones, because the girl always gets the guy. Mindy is determined to be more punctual, spend less money, lose weight and read more books - all in pursuit of becoming a well-rounded perfect woman...who can meet and date the perfect guy. Promo for "Wedding Crushers" | THE MINDY PROJECT | FOX BROADCASTING http://www.youtube.com/user/FoxBroadc...

First Look | GOLAN THE INSATIABLE |Lucas Bros. Moving Co. FOX BROADCASTING

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Meet Golan, a mighty godlord from an alternative universe who lands in the suburbs, and don't miss the Series Premiere of "Golan The Insatiable" SAT 11/10c NOV 21! Subscribe now for more Animation Domination High-Def clips: http://bit.ly/RXLBii Watch Shows + Make GIFS at http://www.foxadhd.com Like Animation Domination High-Def on Facebook: http://bit.ly/ADHD_FB Follow Animation Domination High-Def on Twitter: http://bit.ly/ADHD_Twitter Follow Animation Domination High-Def on Instagram: http://instagram.com/foxadhd Follow Animation Domination High-Def on Tumblr: http://bit.ly/ADHD_Tumblr Animation Domination High-Def is a block of cartoons that air every Saturday on FOX at 11PM/10c and all over the Internet all the time. First Look | GOLAN THE INSATIABLE | FOX BROADCASTING http://www.youtube.com/user/foxadhd First Look | Lucas Bros. Moving Co. | FOX BROADCASTING Get a look at the new Animation Domination High Def show, the Lucas Bro.s Moving Co. SAT NOV 23 11/10c Subscribe now for more Animation Domination High-Def clips: http://bit.ly/RXLBii Watch Shows + Make GIFS at http://www.foxadhd.com Like Animation Domination High-Def on Facebook: http://bit.ly/ADHD_FB Follow Animation Domination High-Def on Twitter: http://bit.ly/ADHD_Twitter Follow Animation Domination High-Def on Instagram: http://instagram.com/foxadhd Follow Animation Domination High-Def on Tumblr: http://bit.ly/ADHD_Tumblr Animation Domination High-Def is a block of cartoons that air every Saturday on FOX at 11PM/10c and all over the Internet all the time. First Look | Lucas Bros. Moving Co. | FOX BROADCASTING http://www.youtube.com/user/foxadhd

Monday, November 25, 2013

Thor: The Dark World clip - Escape From Asgard OFFICIAL Marvel | HD

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Avengers Assemble was just the beginning. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) & Loki (Tom Hiddleston) fly from through Asgard in a clip from Thor: The Dark World. Marvel's Thor: The Dark World is OUT NOW in UK & IRE cinemas. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba,Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano and Jaimie Alexander with Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins as Odin. 'Thor: The Dark World' continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel's "Thor" and "Marvel's The Avengers," Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos...but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all. Keep up with Marvel on: TWITTER: https://twitter.com/MarvelUK FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/MarvelUK

Thor The Dark World - London fan preview event OFFICIAL Marvel | HD

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To celebrate the UK release of Thor: The Dark World, Marvel fans marked the return of darkness to the UK at exclusive first look screening of the film as the clocks go back in the early hours of Sunday October 27th - with a drinks reception in the magnificent Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College. Taking place in Greenwich, the epicentre of GMT and key filming location in Thor: The Dark World the film was screened exclusively to fans who won tickets via Marvel UK's social channels and exclusive competitions. Fans enjoyed a midnight reception in the magnificent Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College -- a key location used within the film - before being some of the first in the UK to see the new movie from Marvel Studios. The film began at 1am -- the exact moment that clocks around the UK are turned back one hour plunging UK nights back into darkness. The Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, setting of a major battle scene in Thor: The Dark World, is one of London's most iconic sites. The stunning Painted Hall, which took its artist almost 20 years to complete, is the jewel in its crown. Fans not lucky enough to win tickets to this exclusive event can still visit Sir Christopher Wren's masterpiece to see where the scenes were filmed as it is open to the public daily.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

British defense giant BAE systems to cut 1,775 jobs, stop shipbuilding at Portsmouth

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Reuters/Stefan Wermuth
Reuters/Stefan Wermuth
 
Britain's BAE systems have decided to axe more than seventeen hundred jobs, and end 500 years of shipbuilding in Portsmouth. Prime Minister David Cameron insists the move is in the ‘national interest
BAE said it would cut 1,775 jobs across its naval ships business, with 940 jobs lost in Portsmouth  and a further 835 in Glasgow, Rosyth  and Filton, near Bristol.
The Govan and Scotstoun shipyards on the Clyde in Scotland will continue shipbuilding.
The company says the job losses are primarily due to an overall slowdown in UK shipbuilding, which in case of BAE was coupled with rising costs and a poor order book.
The financial burden on BAE has been rising as the costs for building two new aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy. The price tag for the flagship project has added another £800 million, driving it a total of £6.2 billion.
Local politicians on Portsmouth blame Westminster for putting UK security at stake and choosing Scotland.  With the Scottish referendum on the horizon they are suggesting it is expedient for the government to support shipbuilding north of the border.
"Portsmouth is the last place in England that has the ability to build advanced warships for the Royal Navy and I'm very concerned that with a potential independence vote in Scotland, if Portsmouth shipbuilding is shut down, what would remain of the UK would have no ability to build advanced warships”, said Gerald Vernon-Jackson, the leader of Portsmouth Council told the BBC.
"It would just mean either that that would have to change, and the Royal Navy would have to buy ships from France or Germany – or we'd have to spend a huge amount of public money re-employing people, re-skilling people here in Portsmouth", he added.
According to a poll by research group TNS BMRB, 47 percent of Scots want to remain part of Britain, 29 percent support independence and 24 percent of people say they are undecided on which way to vote, the International Business Times reports.
Meanwhile, David Cameron’s spokesman insisted the decisions were "taken in the UK's national interest".
The Prime Minister said: "We want our Royal Navy to have the best and most modern ships and the best technology. That means we will go on building warships on the Clyde, we will be announcing three new offshore patrol vessels, keeping that yard busy rather than paying for it to remain idle as the last government proposed."
In turn Mike Hancock, the MP for Portsmouth South, characterized the closure as a "catastrophe" for Portsmouth and a "personal tragedy" for each worker.
"It is a big mistake on the part of the government to put all their eggs into one basket and say that shipbuilding in Portsmouth should cease to exist. It is a very, very big mistake and one that they will live to regret,” Hancock added.

 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Cash-strapped Greece protests against further austerity

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Public and private services have shut down across Greece as unions hold a 24-hour general strike against additional austerity cuts in the recession-plagued country. Protests are taking place as Athens holds talks with its ‘troika’ of creditors.
Wednesday's strike disrupted public transport, halted ferry and train services, shut down state-run schools and left state hospitals and the ambulance service functioning with emergency staff, the Associated Press reports.
Dozens of flights were cancelled or rescheduled as air traffic controllers walked off the job for three hours from noon in support of the action.
"Workers, pensioners and the unemployed are going through an endless nightmare," Reuters quoted a port workers statement. "The government and the troika are destroying this country."

Protesters are pushed back from the riot police as EU and IMF officials escorted out from the emergency exit of the Greek Finance Ministry after their meeting with the Greek Finance Minister in Athens on November 5, 2013. (AFP Photo/Aris Messinis)
Protesters are pushed back from the riot police as EU and IMF officials escorted out from the emergency exit of the Greek Finance Ministry after their meeting with the Greek Finance Minister in Athens on November 5, 2013. (AFP Photo/Aris Messinis)
Greek labor unions fear the country will impose more wage and pension cuts to meet the terms of the bailout packages granted by the so–called ‘troika’ of international lenders – the European Commission, European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
Another fear is more job cuts in the Greek public sector, as well as privatization.
Greece has been receiving ‘financial lifeline’ from international lenders since 2010, having secured the estimated $315 billion in loans. All this money was granted on strict terms that resulted in massive job cuts across Greece. Unemployment in the country has hit new record highs, with the latest figures at 27.6 percent, which means 1.37 million people out of a job.
A separate report by the country’s key statistics service ELSTAT said Greeks became about 40 percent poorer than 5 years ago, and the government austerity measures haven't produced promised growth.
Greece is still buried in sky-high debt that exceeds 160 percent of GDP. The inability to make a major turnaround and exit recession has prompted talks that the country might need a third bailout in 2014 of about $1.35 billion.
The protests in Greece take place at a time when Athens and ‘troika’ are trying to figure out the budget gap that needs to be filled. While Greece insists the shortfall is about 500 million euros and could be easily plugged, Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras has conceded creditors expect the gap to be five times as big.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Shorter working week, more social and economic benefit – report

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Reducing the working week from 40 hours to 30 is not what all employees exactly crave, but it could be economically beneficial, the New Economics Foundation says. Fewer working hours would create more jobs, improve health and stimulate social life.
Modern life provides people with a number of opportunities as never before. However, work consumes free time and drains energy. In order to decrease working hours and make-part time full-time, companies can give their employees more leisure time instead of increasing wages. 
A group of eight economists from the New Economics Foundation suggested, that the passage from a 40 to a 30-hour working week would ease employees’ lives, improve health, open up more opportunities and stimulate social life - proof of the theory stated in the “Time on our side” book. 
Time is money. The experience of some western countries may prove it’s visa-versa. 
Belgium and Netherlands have a 30-hour working week without causing any damage to the economy. 
The average German worker puts in 35 hours a week, however the German economy is the world’s fourth largest. The country also excludes Sunday workdays, and the unemployment rate confidently sits at 5 percent, while in the United States it’s 7 percent. 
 “If higher paid workers started to work less hours, it would become a desirable thing. It would be something to aspire to,” Anna Coote, the “Time on our side” co-author asserts. 
Historically, the trend has been going down since the 19th century. At that time some people suffered 7-day work weeks, enduring 15 hours a day, 6 days a week, plus 8 to10 hours on Sunday. 
In the 20th century ideas of social equality coupled with industrial action and the setting up of unions reformed and improved these drastic working hours.
Today s reduced working week will lower the pressure on careers, and free up time for both male and female employees. This will help couples achieve a good work life balance so that they can juggle their domestic responsibilities and maintain better family life. 
Lack of time and money are cancers in society and inequalities between the rich and poor are widening. The difference between those who have plenty of control over their time and those who don't should be diminished. 
According to expert opinion, more than a quarter of reported sickness is due to work problems. Results of a recent poll, carried out by the European association for the fight against depression, showed that every fourth Briton lives in stress. While in Italy, people with depression account for only 12% of the population. 
Economists are sure that reduced working weeks will mean less illness among employees, which will lead to more productivity and create new jobs. The authors of the research recognize that employees will earn less, but that in the long run it will be beneficial for society and the environment. 
If a 4-day working week was introduced, a typical work week for any given employee and their additional day off might be scheduled as follows: 1st Monday of month, 2nd Tuesday of month, 3rd Thursday of month, the 4th Friday of month. The new day off will ease pressures at work and reduce the instances of pretending to be sick to get time off. 
Finally, reducing the working week will decrease road traffic in densely populated cities, and help authorities alleviate the strain and cost of running transport hubs, rail networks and roads.

AFP Photo / Ben Stansall
AFP Photo / Ben Stansall
 
 

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