Halloween is an American horror franchise that consists of ten films, novels, comic books, merchandise, and a video game. The franchise predominately focuses on the fictional character of Michael Myers who was committed to a sanitarium as a child for the murder of his older sister, Judith Myers. Fifteen years later, he escapes to stalk and kill the people of Haddonfield, Illinois while being chased by his former psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis. Michael's killings occur on the holiday of Halloween, on which all of the films primarily take place. The films collectively grossed over $366 million at the box-office worldwide.
The original Halloween, released in 1978, was written by John Carpenter and Debra Hill, and directed by Carpenter. The sequels have had various writers and directors attached to them. Michael Myers is the antagonist in all of the films except Halloween III: Season of the Witch, the story of which has no direct connection to any other film in the series. Carpenter, who had a hand in writing the first sequel, has not had any direct involvement with the rest of the films. The film series is ranked fourth at the United States box office—in adjusted 2008 dollars—when compared to other American horror franchises. The first Halloween film is credited with beginning a long line of slasher films inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. The franchise began when the first novel appeared less than a year after the release of the first film, and seven sequels have since followed. In 2007, director Rob Zombie produced a remake of the 1978 film. A direct sequel to the 2007 remake was released two years later.
Thursday, 18 April 2013
Stephen Hawking: So here's how it all happened without God Full video In a speech in Pasadena, Calif., the famed physicist wonders what God was doing before the universe was created and says he's grateful that he wasn't subject to a church inquisition. Stephen William Hawking, CH, CBE, FRS, FRSA (Listeni/ˈstiːvən ˈhɔːkɪŋ/; born 8 January 1942) is an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge. His scientific works include a collaboration with Roger Penrose on gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of general relativity, and the theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, often called Hawking radiation. Hawking was the first to set forth a theory of cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. He is a vigorous supporter of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics.
He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a lifetime member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States. Hawking was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge between 1979 and 2009 and has achieved commercial success with works of popular science in which he discusses his own theories and cosmology in general; his book A Brief History of Time appeared on the British Sunday Times best-seller list for a record-breaking 237 weeks.
Hawking has a rare early-onset, slow-progressing form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as motor neurone disease in the UK and as Lou Gehrig's Disease in the US, that has gradually paralysed him over the decades. He now communicates using a single cheek muscle attached to a speech-generating device. Source of WikiPedia
The company added 7.2 million smartphones in the period, with 28 percent coming from customers that are new to Verizon
The company added 7.2 million smartphones in the period, with 28 percent coming from customers that are new to Verizon. Shammo declined to provide a figure for Android sales. In total, Verizon sold 9.7 million devices on a contract basis, with 87 percent made up by phones. The 4G LTE push continued in the first quarter. Verizon activated 5.9 million 4G LTE devices in the period. More than half of its data traffic -- 54 percent -- are on the 4G LTE network, and 40 percent of smartphones and 63 percent of its Internet devices are now on 4G LTE. Growth, as usual, was driven by the Verizon Wireless unit, which generated $19.5 billion in revenue, up 6.8 percent from a year ago. While the industry as a whole has faced slowing growth in terms of adding customers, Verizon has maintained healthy growth, adding 720,000 net new subscribers in the first quarter. The figure includes 677,000 customers who signed two-year contracts. There has been a renewed focus on the long-term prospects for two-year commitments after T-Mobile said last month that it is moving away from contracts and subsidies, kicking off a campaign to educate consumers on the savings they can see when moving away from the traditional subsidies model. Still, at a time when network speeds matter to consumers, Verizon has had a significant advantage with its quick deployment of 4G LTE. The company offers 4G speeds in more markets than the other three national carriers combined with 491 markets covered. In total, Verizon had 98.9 million million retail connections, which includes prepaid and wholesale customers, as well as non-smartphone devices such as Wi-Fi hotspots, tablets, and other connected devices. Customers continued to gravitate toward smartphones, with 61 percent of contract subscribers snapping one up in the period. Its industry-low turnover rate ticked up to 1.01 percent from 0.96 percent a year ago. Verizon's wireline consumer business saw its revenue increase 4.3 percent to $3.6 billion. Its FiOS TV business added 169,000 net new customers to bring its total to 4.9 million. It added a net 99,000 broadband customers, with FiOS Internet offsetting the continued declined in its older -- and slower -- DSL business. It had 8.9 million total broadband customers by the end of the period. Verizon typically provides information on iPhone and Android sales during its investor conference call. Check back with CNET for additional details later this morning.
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Wednesday, 17 April 2013
Today the Google Fiber team is in Provo, Utah, where Mayor John Curtis just announced that we intend to make Provo our third Google Fiber City. Utah is already home to hundreds of tech companies and startups, and many of them are based in Provo. In fact, the Provo area ranks second in the nation in patent growth, and is consistently ranked as one of the top places to live and do business in the U.S. We believe the future of the Internet will be built on gigabit speeds, and we’re sure the businesses and residents of Provo already have some good ideas for what they’d build with a gig. In order to bring Fiber to Provo, we’ve signed an agreement to purchase iProvo, an existing fiber-optic network owned by the city. As a part of the acquisition, we would commit to upgrade the network to gigabit technology and finish network construction so that every home along the existing iProvo network would have the opportunity to connect to Google Fiber. Our agreement with Provo isn’t approved yet—it’s pending a vote by the City Council scheduled for next Tuesday, April 23. We intend to begin the network upgrades as soon as the closing conditions are satisfied and the deal is closed. Provo started building their own municipal network in 2004 because they decided that providing access to high speed connectivity was important to their community’s future. In 2011, they started looking for a partner that could acquire their network and deliver an affordable service for Provoans. We’re committed to keeping their vision alive, and, if the deal is approved and the acquisition closes, we’d offer our Free Internet service (5 Mbps speeds) to every home along the existing Provo network, for a $30 activation fee and no monthly charge for at least seven years. We would also offer Google Fiber Gigabit Internet—up to 100x faster Internet than today’s average broadband speeds—and the option for Google Fiber TV service with hundreds of your favorite channels. We’d also provide free Gigabit Internet service to 25 local public institutions like schools, hospitals and libraries. Over the next few days, we’ll be in and around Provo with Mayor Curtis, attending community meetings and talking to residents about what widespread gigabit connectivity could mean for their community, and the ways in which we’d invest in their iProvo network. If you are a Provoan, we hope to see you there!