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Add A New "Dimension" To Movies At Home

(NAPSI)—People who enjoy watching movies at home are starting to see things in a whole new way. That's because three-dimensional TV is today's big trend in home entertainment.

What You See

Those who have 3-D TV say the action appears to jump off the screen into the family room just like it does at the theater. This ultimate, fully immersive movie experience is available at most electronics stores.

Blu-ray Disc is the only technology offering the 3-D home experience. So Hollywood is responding by filling the retail pipeline with Blu-ray 3-D content.

For example, Walt Disney Company's "The Lion King 3-D" roared to the top of the box-office charts and was followed by the Blu-ray 3-D release. The studio plans to rerelease in 3-D such animated classics as "The Little Mermaid," "Beauty and the Beast," "Finding Nemo" and "Monsters, Inc."

And current titles in 3-D Blu-ray include "Thor," "Green Lantern," "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," "Captain America : The First Avenger" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2."

And although nothing official has been announced yet, Blu-ray fans are excited that the "Star Wars" sagas are rolling out in 3-D in theaters.

More Than Movies

Home 3-D isn't just for movies, either. It's also great for sports, TV shows and video games.

• Game developers at Sony say more than 50 3-D games have been released or are in development.

• ESPN 3-D airs programming 24/7 and its NFL contract extension includes 3-D.

• TV viewers can watch a menu of 3-D programming on demand.

What You Get

What's more, 3-D TV is affordable. In fact, many 3-D TVs are now available for under $1,000 and virtually every HDTV in the $1,000 range has 3-D capabilities.

You just need to make sure that you also get 3-D glasses (not the old flimsy red-and-blue paper ones-today's glasses are comfortable and easy to use), a high-speed HDMI cable and something that plays Blu-ray 3-D discs-either a Blu-ray 3-D player or a PS3 that has downloaded the latest free firmware upgrade for 3-D movies and games. The TVs will convert between 3-D and 2-D with a push of a button.

Learn More

For further information on 3-D equipment and programming, visit www.3DHQ.com.

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Encouraging Kids To Explore Outdoors

(NAPSI)—Interacting with the natural world can help children develop a healthy respect for the marvels of nature. The great outdoors is one big exciting science lesson waiting to be discovered, and it is a world that kids are naturally fascinated by.

There are great ways to get kids to interact with nature. The new season of the PBS KIDS' hit series "Dinosaur Train" features a nature club theme that the kids name "The Nature Trackers," which encourages kids to get outside, get into nature and make their own discoveries. (Check local listings.) Here are a few activities from the series' new "Nature Trackers" initiative to get kids started:

• Nature treasure hunt: Take your child on an outdoor excursion to a natural area nearby, such as a park or backyard. Explain that the two of you are going to go on a hunt to find some items, and to make your own pictures of plants and animals—just like a real scientist. Have your child collect one item (e.g., a rock, a leaf) to help him remember the journey.

• Collect a critter: Before you go outside, discuss what kinds of creatures are okay to collect and observe for a few hours and then return to their habitats—and which ones should be left alone. Safe critters to collect include ants, ladybugs, beetles, grasshoppers, caterpillars, earthworms and small frogs or toads.

• Camouflage: Ask your child to think of some ways that animals avoid being seen by other animals in the wild. Explain that some animals use a survival trick called "camouflage." Camouflage means having skin, feathers or fur that matches the color of a creature's natural surroundings (or "habitat"). Show photographs of some animals that blend into their surroundings, such as the walking stick insect, cryptic frog and leaf-mimic katydid.

• Join the "Nature Trackers Club": Another great way to get your kids excited about nature is to have them join Dinosaur Train's "Nature Trackers Club"! The Jim Henson Company's Nature Tracker initiative offers a downloadable guidebook, activity challenges, newsletters and more. By going to the parent's page on PBS KIDS at www.PBSKIDS.org/dinosaurtrain, grown-ups can print out the guidebook, which includes activities and membership instructions. Kids can be real Nature Trackers with Buddy, Shiny, Tiny and Don, who are all looking for new ways to explore the world around them. They'll learn to respect nature, observe creatures and plants, and collect natural objects.

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Consumers Want Bigger And Better TVs

(NAPSI)—Consumers are proving that bigger is better—at least when it comes to home entertainment systems.

According to a recent Nielsen survey, Americans are opting for TVs that approach home theater dimensions and, as a result, manufacturers are also thinking big.

Such large screens enable consumers to enjoy 3D movies, blazing-fast gaming, interactive TV, and sports so lifelike you almost feel as if you are in the game.

As a result, TV makers are gearing up for the bigger picture. For example, Mitsubishi manufactures the world's largest mass-produced TVs, with screens that are affordable and up to four times larger than a typical 46-inch TV. The company's large-screen lineup delivers a fully immersive, home theater-quality experience, excellent for HD and 3D.

New models include cinema-like DLP TVs ranging from 73 to 92 inches, along with the 75-inch LaserVue, the world's only laser-powered TV, which Engadget called "The best-looking consumer-level set we have ever laid eyes on."

Another prized feature is energy efficiency. The 75-inch LaserVue model is one of Energy Star's most efficient TVs. It uses less energy than one 100-watt lightbulb.

The mammoth 92-inch 3D Home Cinema TV offers remarkably fast DLP technology for a more realistic, immersive 3D viewing experience. Mitsubishi pioneered 3D DLP technology for the home, the same technology currently used in most 3D movie theaters, which is considered the quality standard in 3D because of image speed and massive, immersive screen size.

The new Diamond 840 Series offers a range of enhancements and upgrades. Its Clear Contrast Screen delivers deep blacks, bright whites and millions of colors in between. Equally impressive is the integrated 16-speaker Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound system. When it's paired with a wireless subwoofer, consumers can enjoy an audio system that's like 3D for the ears.

Each offers iPhone, iPod touch and iPad remote control applications, available free in the iTunes store. These remote apps give consumers wireless control of TVs, allowing users to change basic TV menus, switch TV sources, control multiple TVs in the home and adjust audio and video settings. You can also find features that include wireless Internet capabilities that provide instant access to an extensive library of online entertainment and social media content.

For more information, visit www.mitsubishi-tv.com, "like" the company on Facebook at Facebook.com/MitsubishiTV and follow it on Twitter at Twitter.com/Mitsubishi3D.

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Playing The Android Game

(NAPSI)—The only way to know if you are going to like a game is to play it—and it has become much easier to play a game before committing to buy it.

One increasingly popular way to try one out is with a tablet PC. According to Forrester Research, 10.3 million tablets were purchased last year, and Harris Interactive predicts that one in five U.S. consumers will own a tablet computer by 2014.

New mobile game sites such as WildTangent's Android service offer new ways to play on smartphones or tablets. For example, with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0, the Sony Tablet S or dual-screen Sony Tablet P, or even the ViewSonic ViewPad 7e, game players can get in on the fun.

Tablets provide an ideal gaming experience. And adding a service that lets you rent premium games before committing to buying them is a great way to test out a new game.

Android users may welcome this news, as research says they are more partial to games. The average mobile gamer plays an average of 7.8 hours a month, while Android users spent an average of 9.3 hours per month playing games on their phones.

"Instead of having to purchase a game without knowing if it's any good, users will have the ability to rent the game for a day. The fee can then be applied to the full purchase price if you choose to buy," said Tricia Duryee of All-ThingsD.

The rental option will end the era of buying before downloading. Now mobile players can enjoy only those games they truly like.

For more information, visit www.wildtangent.com or m.wildtangent.com.

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Deepak Chopra On Making The Mind-Body Connection

(NAPSI)—Getting a step closer to the person you want to be could start with a video game. That's because Deepak Chopra, internationally renowned author and expert on mind-body wellness, has discovered a way to use video games as an interactive journey of the mind and body.

Chopra blends ancient philosophies with the newest entertainment technology in the game "Leela", available on Kinect™ for Xbox 360® and on Wii™.

The Importance Of Play

In Sanskrit, "leela" means "play"—a concept vital to mind-body wellness. More than a game, it is a one-of-a-kind experience that invokes whole-body movement with meditation and breathing techniques to relax, stretch and control both body and spirit.

At its foundation is the concept of the Seven Chakras, spiritual energy centers inside every human being. When these chakras are aligned, the result is greater well-being, opening new avenues of possibility and personal fulfillment. The seven stages of the game focus on these chakras, each offering successively more challenging experiences. Each area uses a different section of the body, and as each section is mastered, players learn how to bring these energy centers into alignment. There is no traditional winning or losing.

Instilling A Sense Of Inner Harmony

The game moves at an individual's pace, and its only aim is to instill an inner sense of harmony and accomplishment.

"The medium of interactive video games is enormously rich and filled with creative opportunity that has barely been tapped," says Chopra, who, along with Curious Pictures, spent more than two years conceptualizing the game. "There are many people who practice yoga and meditation who have video-game systems in their homes, powerful devices that are capable of creating wonderful experiences."

On Kinect for Xbox 360, "Leela" also incorporates "stillness meditation," an activity that uses technology to display a real-time graphical representation of breathing, offering gentle feedback and guidance for a number of deep-breathing exercises.

Reflecting Your Imagination

Users can create a personalized mandala, or visual representation of the inner self. No two can be alike, and each one reflects the beauty, nature, senses and imagination of the individual.

To learn more, visit www.deepakchopraleela.com.

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Watching Digital Movies Is Now Easy

(NAPSI)—With laptops, smartphones, iPads and other tablets, moviegoers have more options to watch movies than ever before. One drawback with digital movies, however, has been the inability to play them anytime, anywhere-until now.

Recently, the industry introduced a new digital movie standard called UltraViolet. Backed by leading technology and entertainment companies, the cloud-streaming service provides consumers with a "digital locker" to store copies of purchased films. Buyers of an UltraViolet-enabled movie can then access that film on computers, iPhones and iPads, as well as other mobile devices. You can even share your movies with other members of your account, at home and on the go.

Very soon, you will be able to access your UltraViolet library from connected TVs, connected Blu-ray players and other devices.

How It Works

The easiest way to start watching your UltraViolet digital copies is to set up a free account through Flixster.com. It's the industry's first service that allows consumers to redeem, collect, manage and watch their UltraViolet digital copies, either on the Flixster website or through an app. It's also a destination where you can browse the entire world of movies and TV shows, connect with friends through Facebook, read movie reviews and more. It's been called a great "one stop" place for everything entertainment.

As the industry rolls out additional UltraViolet services, you will be able to watch your UltraViolet titles through those channels as well.

Current and upcoming UltraViolet-enabled titles include Horrible Bosses, Green Lantern, Crazy Stupid Love, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, Shameless (the TV series), The Smurfs, Friends With Benefits, Cowboys & Aliens, The Hangover, Part II, One Tree Hill: The Complete 8th Season, Final Destination 5, and Underworld Trilogy: The Essential Collection.

Learn More

For more information, go to www.UVVU.com and www.ultraviolet.flixster.com.

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Avoiding A Shameful Monday

(NAPSI)—The great American get-together known as the office party can be a pleasant evening with co-workers or the first step toward a pink slip. Whether it's the annual holiday party or the forced fun of summer "team building," even the slightest misstep can create a ripple effect that will have your co-workers pointing and whispering whenever you appear. Fortunately, following these tips can steer you in the right direction and spare you a dire professional fate.

DO: Arrive in attire that is appropriate for the occasion. Although dress codes vary from industry to industry, assume that no one wants your cutoff shorts at the cash bar. Conversely, if you wear an uncalled-for tuxedo or formal gown just to send a message to co-workers, mission accomplished: You appear creepy.

DO NOT: Drink too much throughout the course of the party. One question to avoid asking is "Shots?" If you succumb, hopefully, you're sober enough to update your résumé before bedtime.

DO: Stay for at least an hour. You may think you have more important things to do, but you should know that's not true. Alternately, do not overstay your welcome. Just because there was no end time listed on the invitation, it doesn't excuse your overnight bag.

DO NOT: Talk about work unless absolutely unavoidable. While enjoying tiny crab cakes and cheap vodka, no one wants to hear about the staggering amount of research that you're doing on the Coopersmith file.

DO: Be sure to chat up the bosses by telling them how much you love your job, how you respect their accomplishments and other things of this nature. If nothing else, it will give them the idea that they are hip and relatable.

Once you've learned to navigate your own company party, you can get a taste of the workplace at its hilarious worst, when you check out Warner Bros' "Horrible Bosses," now available on Blu-ray disc and DVD.

In the film, Nick has been slaving away under his twisted supervisor only to find out there's no promotion in sight. Meanwhile, dental assistant Dale struggles to resist the overt advances of his boss, and accountant Kurt has just learned that his company's depraved new owner is bent on environmental destruction. Trying to save their jobs and their sanity, the three friends hatch a plan to off their bosses.

With an all-star cast led by Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston and Colin Farrell, "Horrible Bosses" is likely to make viewers appreciate much more the daily antics of their own office life.

 

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It's Twister With A Digital Twist

(NAPSI)—Playing Twister is a global phenomenon; it's a pop culture icon and practically a rite of passage.

This year, the iconic Twister game has been reimagined for the digital age with the video game release of "Twister Mania!" on Kinect for Xbox 360.

The original get-up and-move game, known for bringing physical body comedy, offers 16 new ways to play, all taking advantage of the Kinect controller-free system.

More than 2,000 fans who have already hosted "Twister Mania!" parties across the country say it delivers hours of family-friendly fun and is a hilarious good-time game.

The lightning-fast pace offers over-the-top, uninhibited fun as players get their bodies moving and twisting to fit through cutouts, bend into thousands of forms, mirror other players' images, and even clear stacked shapes.

Players can go solo to earn the fastest time or team up in co-op play for laugh-out-loud tangled-up fun.

The game challenges players to contort, duck, bend and, yes, twist through four game modes, including:

Shape Frenzy: Mimic the shape that appears on screen and earn points based on how well you fill its silhouette.

Twist & Fit: Fit your silhouette through cutouts coming at you on a moving wall. Score points by passing through the wall without touching a thing; the more you hit the lower your score.

Break It Down: Work your way through a stack of colored shapes by assuming their form. When a block is removed, the ones above will fall. Blocks that fall far enough will blow up and award bonuses.

Spot On: Challenge up to four players (or four teams of two) in a game of contortion H-O-R-S-E. Create a shape and see if your friends can match it. For more information about "Twister Mania!" visit www.twistermania.com.

For more information about the original Twister board game, visit www.hasbro.com.

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