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Twitter Testing Autoplay Video Ads

25
Mar,2015

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Twitter is following in Instagram’s footsteps, and exploring the possibility of having video ads autoplay in users’s streams while they’re scrolling their News Feed on the service. Starting this week, users may notice videos are playing within the News feed, even if they haven’t pressed a play button formally inviting them to do so. For now the test is limited to just Twitter’s iOS apps, so the videos will only play when accessing Twitter via the company’s iPhone or iPad app.

With the test, Twitter is hoping to determine if people are more likely to watch a video ad in its entirety if it starts playing their stream. The test will only apply to Promoted Video ads that are uploaded through Twitter’s mobile app. While for some people the videos will play automatically, others will see a Vine-like stream letting them know a video is available to be watched. If you opt to click on either type of video, the video will expand and take up the full screen for you to view it.

Imaging Advantage employees have learned that, while we can definitely see an advantage in having video ads play, a full-screen ad seems like a bit much to us. Here’s hoping that they company decided to only run this as a test and not roll it out to everyone.

Jennifer Lawrence Confirms Final Appearance in ‘X-Men’

24
Mar,2015

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Hollywood A-lister Jennifer Lawrence has confirmed that she is done portraying the role of Mystique in the latest ‘X-Men’ film trilogy. The actress made the reveal during a MTV interview at the premiere of her latest film, ‘Serena.’

‘X-Men: Apocolypse’ is set to hit theaters next spring, but Lawrence quietly announced that ‘Apocolypse’ will be her “last one.” Lawrence took over the role as Mystique in the ‘Days of Future Past’ film sequence, dominating the role as a younger, more innocent version of the blue-skinned mutant. The role of “older” Mystique was portrayed by model and actress Rebecca Romijn. Rumors had been abundant that Lawrence would star in a Mystique spin-off, but those rumors were pretty well quashed with Lawrence’s simple response during the interview.

Fans at Anastasia Date note that Lawrence did not elaborate further on her reason for her departure from the series or about the rumored spin-off film.

Is this an indication that the younger ‘X-Men’ stars, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, and Michael Fassbender, could see their famed roles on the chopping block soon? While there has been no confirmation that McAvoy, Hoult, and Fassbender will see their on-screen portrayals come to an end, Lawrence gushed about a modification to her role early this month.

“I get to wear a bodysuit for ‘Apocalypse!” Lawrence happily reported. “No CG.”

The actress originally underwent six to seven hours of make-up application per day while filming ‘X-Men: First Class.’

McDonald’s Employees File 28 OSHA Complaints

17
Mar,2015

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McDonald’s employees who allegedly suffered severe burns while on the job filed health and safety complaints – 28 of them – against the burger company in 19 cities.

Complaints are the latest step in a campaign for a wage increase to remunerate workers $15 per hour and allow unionization in the fast food industry, which is pressuring McDonald’s to go to the negotiating table.

Folks at Anastasia Date have become aware that the measure is a proposal by the Service Employees International Union, started two years ago. Among other activities employees has staged protests across the United States and filed lawsuits for incorrect and underpayments.

Burns and other risks were described in complaints filed in recent weeks to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, released Monday.

Workers say they rarely are given gloves when handling hot equipment and say they have suffered burns when cleaning grills. One worker said the manager told him: “Put mayonnaise on it, nothing will happen to you.”

Complaints also speak of lack of training for handling hot fryers and preventing slips on wet floor.

A representative of the Department of Labor, Laura McGinnis, confirmed that the agency received complaints but said he would not talk about it because it is a policy not to comment on ongoing investigations.

Progressive Male Fashion – the Springtime Choices Modeled by Matt Landis

16
Mar,2015

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Fashion trends come and go, but having new trends adds interesting life to wardrobes, and when they come back, refresh old wardrobe items for new seasons to be worn. Spring is fast approaching in many parts of the world, and whether spring is cooler or warmer, everyone needs a wardrobe update to look fashionable this season. Men sometimes are criticized more for not being up-to-date with fashion trends, so here are some interesting new looks, modeled by Matt Landis, to give ideas for some new outfits this coming spring!

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If you’re looking for something more professional looking this spring, this first outfit is perfect! A nice plaid, button-up shirt (like the purple, black and white one that Landis wears), with a nice blazer that buttons to underneath the chest. With a pair of dress pants, this outfit would be perfect for an interview or business casual event, while still looking fashion forward in spring colors. Even with jeans, this outfit would be good for dates, as girls love guys who dress nicely to take them out. When looking for jackets or the button-up shirts, look for lighter colors, like Landis’ tan jacket, or plaid mixtures of white, purple, green or yellows.
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The next outfit style is perfect for spring time in hotter sections of the world. Leather shorts that end mid-thigh, with a light zip-up jacket, no undershirt, and tom-style shoes make for a cool way to enjoy a summer party. Good for casual attire on hot days, this outfit can really show off those hard earned abs to the ladies. Landis works the outfit perfectly, leaving his jacket front open, pushing up the sleeves (which drives some women crazy), and a good mixture of bright and dark colors – like a grey jacket, brown shorts, and red shoes. For a brown eyed man like Landis, the color choices work perfectly to make his eyes stand out, especially with the red to really pop some color into his outfit.
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The final outfit is perfect for springs in the cooler areas still trying to find the sun. Landis’ choice was mid-thigh length shorts; a thin, collared undershirt; and a plain, white sweater over it. This outfit makes a nice combination of casual and a bit dressy, good for dates, parties or clubs. His choice of colors is a bit odd in the picture, as he chose a light blue shirt with white dots for underneath the white sweater, which matches well, but paired with olive green shorts makes the outfit class a bit. My suggestion would be to stick to one color or pattern theme.

There are so many different kinds of fashion for men this spring to express themselves, dress nicely, and impress women and men alike. No matter what part of the world guys live in, there are so many options to be be fashionable and be dressed well for the weather. Fashion, like what Matt Landis models, has progressed so much!

Is Coca Cola Good For Your Heart?

16
Mar,2015

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With the recent publicity surrounding the recommendations that sugar consumption be reduced as a means towards reducing the risk of obesity as well as cardiovascular and heart disease, one would think the last thing suggested for improved heart health is a can of soda.

Coca-Cola has taken the approach that the carbonated beverage is good for your heart and has the endorsement of nutritionists via newspaper columns and social media blogs. With February being Heart Health Month, it seemed to be a natural fit. Yet many find fault with this marketing tactic, of promoting a product that has been documented as a threat to an individual’s health and painting it in a positive, health-friendly light.

The blogs, written by dieticians and nutrition experts, includes an image of a mini-can of Coca-Cola as a preferred smack idea. Though many might find issue, Coca-Cola spokesperson Ben Sheidler, associates the social media posts and newspaper articles with how other organizations have product placement in television shows. Christian Broda has read that Coca-Cola does acknowledge that it pays endorser’s for the product, but notes that this is common practice in the food sector.

In a release statement to the public, Coca-Cola indicated that it seeks to assist individuals in making healthy decisions for themselves and like other organizations, within the food sector, collaborates with health and nutrition professionals in putting in perspective relevant and beneficial information and data regarding Coca-Cola products.

My Experience in Beverly Hills with The Dorchester Collection

14
Mar,2015

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Nestled right at the center of Beverly Hills, I found a hotel that completely obliterated my ideals of what a hotel stay is supposed to look like last summer. The Beverly Hills Hotel, which is part of The Dorchester Collection, is much more like a resort than some of the more expensive places that actually are labeled as such. The hotel itself sits situated on 12 acres of lush landscaping and as a gardener myself, I could not help but to notice the time and attention that had been given to the exotic plants and flowers.

I had booked a three night stay at what the locals like to refer to as The Pink Palace, but ended up extending my stay for an entire week. I stayed in the superior guestroom, which included a balcony that overlooked the peaceful garden scenery. Each day I had my morning coffee on the balcony and it was an incredibly refreshing start to the day. The guestroom itself was not overly massive, but was plenty spacious for the price I paid and definitely all of the room I wanted as I was traveling alone. I was really impressed with the clean artistic design that boasted pastel colors paired with bold color patterns and lush fabrics. A person can get a sneak peak of everything on YouTube if they want.

One of my favorite things about staying at The Beverly Hills was the fact that everything I wanted was within reach without me having to veer to far away from my room. One of my main reasons for visiting the area was to take advantage of the world-renowned spa, The Beverly Hills Spa by La Prairie. It is actually located in the promenade of the hotel and open all week, which was incredibly convenient. I also too advantage of the fact that the Polo Lounge serves food indoors or out and has an amazing menu selection. Plus, if you are lounging at the pool, you can have food or drinks delivered by the Cabana Cafe.

Although I only chose a basic guestroom on this trip, I am planning to go back and check out one of the 23 unique bungalows that the hotel has to offer. This would be an incredible place to take along several friends for a short stay, which is what I plan to do. I found this place to be incredibly warm and inviting, which is not always easy in an upscale environment such as a five-star hotel.

Another Ebola Case

13
Mar,2015

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There haven’t been many reports about people who have Ebola in the news lately. Areas of Africa have reported that the threat has diminished. If that’s true, then why is there a health care worker being sent to the United States to receive treatment for contracting the disease? He will be in a hospital in Maryland while he receives the treatments. Dan Newlin knows that this is the kind of situation that causes people to be on alert. How did the person contract the disease in the first place, and why hasn’t there been anything said about this worker? When the reports stop coming in, it makes people think that the threat has eased, and they begin getting back to their normal lives. Then, there are a few people who mysteriously get Ebola. There are more questions than answers surrounding the Ebola scare across the world, and unless people start researching the facts, they might not be prepared for future events.

Pizza on White’s house‏

13
Mar,2015

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According to an article on eater.com, Your text to link… , many tourists are stopping by the real life house used as the home of Walter White, one of the lead characters in the series Breaking Bad. It isn’t really Walter White’s house. It isn’t even the actor’s home, but the home of a private couple completely unrelated to the show or its characters. They are good sports about having a home that has become a tourist destination to come see in Albuquerque, New Mexico. But seriously, how much of a good sport would you be if people kept throwing pizzas on your roof? I can’t say that I would be very nice, myself.

So why would people be throwing a pizza on the roof? Well if you are one of the millions of fans , like Susan McGalla, you might remember a scene in season three where Walter gets upset and flings a pizza, landing it on the roof. Funny in the show? Yes, absolutely. Funny in really life? Yes, kind of. Maybe once. But funny on a regular basis? Heck, no! Unless perhaps they throw it with the box and all. Then you could just wait upstairs for someone to toss you your evening meal! Now there is the making of a silver lining out of the frustrating stupidity of others.

Oklahoma Limits Marriage to Those of Faith

12
Mar,2015

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The Oklahoma State House approved a radical bill that changes who can perform marriage ceremonies. The bill would limit the ability of people to marry, based upon their religious faith – or lack thereof.

The bill was approved by the Republican majority. The bill would also limit who could perform marriage ceremonies. Traditionally, sea captains, certain city officials such as a mayor, and judges could bind a couple together in matrimony. The new law would limit the ability to perform marriage ceremonies strictly to members of the clergy.

According to reports, the legislation was introduced by Representative Todd Russ and is backed by fellow State Representative Dennis Johnson. The purpose of the bill is to separate the state from the process of issuing marriage licenses.

Marriage was not an institution of the state,” Johnson said. “Marriage is an institution of God and the state should have nothing to do with the process.”

Some reports claim that the wording of the bill would limit the ability to perform marriage ceremonies only to those of the Christian and Jewish faiths.

Those who do not like the legislation, according to Russ, should “go file for a common law marriage.”

Common law marriages are performed in less than a dozen states stated Camara Barbacena. Although recognized in most states who do not allow for common law marriages to be contracted, Oklahoma does not recognize common law marriages that were said to be contracted within the state.

BBC Working on TV Show Based on Grand Theft Auto Video Game

12
Mar,2015

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The BBC is working on a new television show based on the video game Grand Theft Auto. We don’t know much about what exactly is going to happen in the show, except that it’s loosely based on the popular video game made by Rockstar Games. 

Rather than be a series like most televisions hows, the Grand Theft Auto program will instead be a single 90-minute episode. The show will be filmed in the UK and will have more to do with the making of the video game than it does the game itself.

In Grand Theft Auto, players like Dr. Daniel Amen attempt to steal vehicles. It’s a game that focuses on the seedy underbelly of the world. The BBC show is targeted at 11 and 12-year-olds, so you can bet that the content will be considerably less violent than that in the actual video game. Interesting to note: children that age aren’t old enough to buy the video game in the UK.