TECH REPORT: WD®’s New Line Of External Desktop Drives Offer Extreme Capacities And Data Protection Features

NEW MY BOOK® FAMILY OF DRIVES OFFERS UP TO 4 TB FOR RICH CONTENT COLLECTORS AND PROTECTS THAT DATA WITH AUTOMATIC, CLOUD AND COMPLETE SYSTEM BACKUP

WD®, a Western Digital company, has redesigned its popular My Book® and My Book for Mac lines of external desktop drives to provide as much as 4 TB storage capacity and enhanced data protection for those who create and collect large volumes of data, video, music and photos.

WD is a long-time innovator and storage industry leader. As a storage technology pacesetter, the company produces reliable, high-performance hard disk drives and solid state drives. These drives are deployed by OEMs and integrators in desktop and mobile computers, enterprise computing systems, embedded systems and consumer electronics applications, as well as by the company in providing its own storage products. WD’s leading storage devices and systems, networking products, media players and software solutions empower people around the world to easily save, store, protect, share and experience their content on multiple devices.

WD(R)'s New Line Of External Desktop Drives Offer Extreme Capacities And Data Protection Features.  (PRNewsFoto/WD)

WD(R)’s New Line Of External Desktop Drives Offer Extreme Capacities And Data Protection Features. (PRNewsFoto/WD)

The new drives’ data protection features are perfect for backing up content collections. WD SmartWare(TM) Pro automatic back-up software with Dropbox integration offers cloud backup capabilities, and the WD Edition of Acronis® True Image(TM) enables users to execute a full system backup and securely delete digital files and programs.

Security measures against unauthorized access to the drive are handled through WD SmartWare Pro automatic backupWESTERN DIGITAL LOGO software with hardware encryption and password protection. To protect files against theft, fire, flood or other natural disaster, My Book integrates Dropbox[1] to store files in the cloud.  For full system backup and secure deletion of files, My Book includes Acronis True Image (ATI) WD Edition.  ATI WD Edition is an integrated software suite that ensures security of all information on the PC and can be used to securely delete any confidential data no longer needed. ATI WD is also used for disaster recovery in case of a fatal system crash, recovering the entire PC including files, software and preferences. Continue reading

The Museum of Modern Art’s 2013 Film Benefit Honors Tilda Swinton on November 5

The Museum of Modern Art’s 2013 Film Benefit, to be held on November 5, will honor actress Tilda Swinton, an Academy Award winner for Best Supporting Actress for Michael Clayton (2007). Swinton has starred in a wide range of films including Orlando (1992), The Deep End (2001), The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2007), Julia (2008), Burn After Reading (2008), I am Love (2009), We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011), and Only Lovers Left Alive (2013). Throughout her career, Swinton has worked with notable artists/filmmakers including Doug Aitken, Lynn Hershman-Leeson, Derek Jarman, Olivier Saillard, and Isaac Julien as well as conceiving her performance art piece The Maybe which she first performed at the Serpentine gallery in London in 1995 and most recently—in 2013—at MoMA.moma-logo

The honorary co-chairs for the 2013 Film Benefit are Marie-Josée Kravis, President, and Jerry I. Speyer, Chairman, of the Museum’s Board of Trustees. The event’s co-chairs include Wes Anderson, David Bowie, Ralph Fiennes, Karl Lagerfeld, and Anna Wintour.

The Film Benefit will be highlighted by a tribute recognizing Swinton’s acclaimed work and a gala dinner. The event is generously sponsored by Chanel.

Rajendra Roy, The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film at MoMA, states: ”As traditional boundaries between artistic practices have faded, and the influence of the avant-garde and art world-based moving image makers has infiltrated every area of film production, Tilda Swinton has been a standard-bearer for innovation and risk. Her multihyphenate talents—actor, performer, activist, muse—have made her a leading light across a spectrum of cinematic endeavors.”

MoMA’s vast film collection includes a number of films featuring Swinton: Aria (1987), Friendship’s Death (1987), Blue (1993), Das Offene Universum (1993), Conceiving Ada (1997), Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon (1998), Adaptation (2002), Teknolust (2002), Strange Culture (2007), Derek (2008), and We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011).

The Film Benefit raises funds for the acquisition and preservation of great film works, as well as providing support for upcoming film exhibitions at MoMA. Previous honorees include Quentin Tarantino, Pedro Almodóvar, Kathryn Bigelow, Tim Burton, and Baz Luhrmann. Tables to the Film Benefit are available for $75,000, $50,000, and $25,000 and may be reserved by calling (212) 708-9680.

Clever Hen’s Artisan Foodmakers Handcraft Flavorsome, All-Natural Snacks and Foods Is All The Rage

More Americans are becoming aware that the pesticides, antibiotics, preservatives and other lab-created ingredients present in many modern day foods present a variety of health risks, but we still long for delicious edibles, particularly snacks. Clever Hen (https://www.cleverhen.com/index.html) offers a solution, the great taste and all-natural ingredients in

Clever Hen logo.  (PRNewsFoto/Clever Hen)

Clever Hen logo. (PRNewsFoto/Clever Hen)

the handcrafted food and snacks that it selects and ships nationwide.

Clever Hen is a family-run business that believes few things are as pleasurable as sharing good food with family and friends. Their goal is to “put a smile on your face and delight your taste buds.” The company is constantly searching for exceptional products to offer and regularly seek out and evaluate delicious food from around the country for their tasting team to evaluate as potential products. Clever Hen has made it their mission to seek out and bring together in one market, the finest of artisanal foods and products.

The growth of the artisanal food movement is a counteraction to the large food manufacturers’ use of unhealthy and often unnatural ingredients,” said Wayne Lenkeit (aka Colonel Rooster), owner of Clever Hen. “True artisan food is always a better option than a commercially-made product.”

Lenkeit points to a 2012 CBS News story about Wayne Watson, a Colorado man who won a $7 million lawsuit claiming that he had developed respiratory problems from inhaling diacetyl, a chemical in microwave popcorn’s artificial butter (http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-57516710-10391704/colorado-man-wayne-watson-wins-$7-million-in-popcorn-lung-lawsuit). “With so many lab-created additives in processed foods today it’s hard to know how safe we are,” he said.

Clever Hen offerings.  (PRNewsFoto/Clever Hen)

Clever Hen offerings. (PRNewsFoto/Clever Hen)

Therefore, Clever Hen’s mission is to seek out and bring together the finest American artisanal foods and products, emphasizing non-genetically modified, responsibly grown and crafted foods, sustainability, pure ingredients, and especially, good taste. Continue reading

Organizers Announces the Complete Line-Up of Films, Documentaries and Events for the 57th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express®

The British Film Institute has announced the complete program for the 57th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express®, with BFI’s Head of Cinemas and Festivals, Clare Stewart returning for her second year with a rich and diverse programme of international films and events from both established and upcoming talent over a 12 day celebration of cinema.

As Amanda Nevill, Chief Executive, BFI remarked in the Festival Introduction Letter on the BFI London Film Festival lff13-artworkwebsite, “The BFI London Film Festival is a brilliant achievement – and I think it’s okay for me to say that! Every year, without fail, I get a sense of excitement and anticipation that is heightened the minute I finally get to see the programme laid out in its entirety. Our Festival team has scoured the globe to set it before us. It is the BFI doing what it does best – completing the perfect circle from taking that initial act of confidence to invest in a film as yet unformed, to believing in the vision of filmmakers and writers, both established or as yet untried; igniting the imagination and minds of audiences with one of the richest and most imaginative cultural programmes in the world. We give film a powerful expression. The BFI London Film Festival celebrates new voices, new stories and new ideas and brings them not only to audiences across London, but increasingly UK-wide over a range of platforms. There are films that will dazzle, entertain, educate and astound; we have filmmakers who have picked up a camera for the first time, and established auteurs with more magic to unveil. It really is brilliant and it’s all for you.”

Stewart also took the opportunity to celebrate the life of her predecessor, who recently passed away: “On a more sombre note, I would like to pay tribute to my predecessor, the ground-breaking Sheila Whitaker who was LFF’s Festival Director from 1987 to 1996, as well as head of programming for the National Film Theatre (now BFI Southbank) from 1984. Sheila, who remained an exemplary friend to our programming team, sadly passed away this August. All at the LFF acknowledge her legacy, and proudly carry it forward. It is timely that, during this year’s Festival, we will launch a new BFI Southbank strand – Discover Arab Cinema – and Sheila, whose speciality was in this field, had a guiding hand in establishing this important new programme.”

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 04: CEO of the BFI Amanda Nevill and BFI Head of Cinema and Festivals Clare Stewart attend a photocall for the 57th BFI London Film Festival Press Launch at Odeon Leicester Square on September 4, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for BFI)

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 04: CEO of the BFI Amanda Nevill and BFI Head of Cinema and Festivals Clare Stewart attend a photocall for the 57th BFI London Film Festival Press Launch at Odeon Leicester Square on September 4, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for BFI)

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 04: Director Paul Greengrass attends the 57th BFI London Film Festival Press Launch Photocall at Odeon Leicester Square on September 4, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for BFI)

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 04: Director Paul Greengrass attends the 57th BFI London Film Festival Press Launch Photocall at Odeon Leicester Square on September 4, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for BFI)

The Festival will screen a total of 234 fiction and documentary features, including 22 World Premieres, 16 International Premieres, 29 European Premieres and 20 Archive films. There will also be screenings of 134 live action and animated shorts. A stellar line-up of directors, cast and crew are expected to take part in career interviews, master classes and other special events. The 57th BFI London Film Festival will run from 9-20 October 2013.

Taking place over 12 days, the Festival’s screenings are at venues across the capital, from the West End cinemas – Odeon West End, Vue West End, Odeon Leicester Square and a new addition this year the Cineworld Haymarket; central London venues – BFI Southbank; the ICA, Curzon Mayfair, and Ciné Lumière; and local cinemas – Ritzy Brixton, Hackney Picturehouse, Renoir, Everyman Screen on the Green and Rich Mix. Additional screenings and events will take place at the Curzon Chelsea, BFI London IMAX and Village Underground.

BFI PLAYER

The BFI London Film Festival experience can be enjoyed UK- wide with the upcoming launch of the BFI Player, the BFI’s new web VOD service, featuring a Festival digital channel showing regular red carpet action and film maker interviews. BFI London Film Festival content will be a key attraction in the first range of services on the BFI Player and will also be available on the recently launched BFI Samsung smart TV app.

Tom Hanks stars in Columbia Pictures' "Captain Phillips," a high-stakes thriller based on true story of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates

Tom Hanks stars in Columbia Pictures’ “Captain Phillips,” a high-stakes thriller based on true story of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates

L-r, Barkhad Abdi, Tom Hanks and Faysal Ahmed star in Columbia Pictures' "Captain Phillips", a high-stakes thriller based on true story of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates

L-r, Barkhad Abdi, Tom Hanks and Faysal Ahmed star in Columbia Pictures’ “Captain Phillips”, a high-stakes thriller based on true story of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates

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Great Wolf Lodge Makes a Splash With Its First Resort in New England

SET TO OPEN IN 2014, INDOOR WATERPARK RESORT TO OFFER FAMILIES UNIQUE VACATION EXPERIENCES

New England families will soon have something to howl about, as Great Wolf Resorts, Inc. begins construction in Massachusetts on its newest resort. Great Wolf Lodge New England will be a first-class destination resort, providing families with more than 100,000 square feet of entertainment offerings and lodging amenities to enjoy, all under one roof. The centerpiece of the resort will be more than 68,000 square feet of indoor waterpark fun, the largest in the state. With signature Great Wolf Lodge water rides and attractions, including the thrilling six-story funnel slide, Howlin’ Tornado; Slap Tail Pond wave pool and Fort Mackenzie – a multi-level interactive tree house with its signature tipping bucket – the new resort will feature water fun for everyone. Great Wolf Lodge New England will be the company’s twelfth resort and will be located off Route 2, 45 minutes from Boston and is expected to open in late spring 2014.

Great Wolf Lodge is set to make a splash in New England. Opening in 2014 the indoor waterpark resort will offer something for everyone, all under one roof.  (PRNewsFoto/Great Wolf Resorts, Inc.)

Great Wolf Lodge is set to make a splash in New England. Opening in 2014 the indoor waterpark resort will offer something for everyone, all under one roof. (PRNewsFoto/Great Wolf Resorts, Inc.)

As the leader in indoor waterpark resorts, we are thrilled to expand our brand into New England,” shared Kim Schaefer, chief executive office, Great Wolf Resorts, Inc. “We are bringing a unique, year-round family entertainment resort to the market, as well as introducing new experiences and amenities to the brand that are exclusive to this new property. Great Wolf Lodge New England will feature the very best in family-focused vacations.”

The 406 guest suites will provide the perfect place for families to relax after a full day of waterpark play. Each suite will comfortably accommodate at least five people and include an in-room refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker. Families can choose from several suite styles, including the kid-themed Wolf Den, and KidCabin suites, which feature bunk beds GREAT WOLF RESORTS, INC. LOGOand colorful spaces.

The resort will also debut never-before-seen suite styles, including the Majestic KidCabin and the Grizzly Wolf Dens. The Majestic KidCabin will sleep 11 people and feature two bathrooms, a separate king bedroom, two queen beds and a themed cabin for kids, complete with a daybed and a set of bunk beds. The Grizzly Wolf Den will sleep ten people, have two separate bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room area and themed kids Wolf Den, complete with bunk beds. Access to Great Wolf Lodge New England’s indoor water park is included with each suite and is exclusive to resort guests, providing a great value and the perfect place for families to spend time together.

Families will delight at the wide variety of activities found throughout the entire resort, perfect for children of all ages. Attractions and amenities include:
— The brand’s first and only indoor play area, boasting over 16,000 square feet of entertainment complete with a multi-level ropes course and indoor miniature golf;
— MagiQuest, a live-action, interactive game where kids use wands to battle dragons and save pixies;
— Scooops Kid Spa for ice cream-themed manicures and pedicures;
— Ten Paw Alley mini bowling;
— Daily kids’ activities as part of the resort’s Cub Club on Wheels
program; and
— The Great Clock Tower Show and evening Story Time by the fireplace – a Great Wolf Lodge tradition that brings everyone together in the Grand Lobby each night

Great Wolf Lodge New England will also feature several dining options and food outlets including the brand’s new Lodge Wood Fired Grill restaurant and bar, the Bear Paw Sweets & Eats confectionery cafe, Hungry as a Wolf handcrafted pizza and pasta and a Dunkin’ Donuts®. Continue reading

TRAVEL USA: Warwick New York Hotel Unveils Five New Specialty Suites

LUXURY MIDTOWN HOTEL PAYS HOMAGE TO HOLLYWOOD LEGENDS AND CULTURAL ICONS WITH A COLLECTION OF BEAUTIFULLY REDESIGNED SUITES

The Warwick New York Hotel (http://www.warwickhotelny.com) proudly announces the unveiling of its five new specialty suites designed to celebrate the vibrant spirit of the Old Hollywood era and the innovators of today’s cultural landscape. Originally built as a romantic hideaway for screen siren Marion Davies and publishing tycoon William Randolph Hearst, the Warwick New York Hotel set out to capture the glamour of the lovers’ bygone era with the aptly named Randolph Suite and Davies Suite along with the Russell Suite, Follies Suite and Modern Art Suite.

The Randolph Suite.  (PRNewsFoto/Warwick New York Hotel)

The Randolph Suite. (PRNewsFoto/Warwick New York Hotel)

Spearheaded by Interior Design International’s Stephanie Ellis-Carmody, the renovations began in April 2013 and involved a full redesign of each of the five guestrooms. Ellis-Carmody placed a great deal of importance on upholding the architectural integrity of the time period and the building itself. While certain aspects of the suites were redesigned to meet today’s modern standards of luxury, many of the original fixtures were simply given minor cosmetic upgrades in order to retain their historical essence.

The Warwick New York Hotel was built in 1926 by William Randolph Hearst as a romantic hideaway for his paramour, screen siren Marion Davies. Over the years, the hotel would also serve as the East Coast hideout for many of Hollywood’s elite including Cary Grant, Clark Cable and Bing Crosby.

In present day, the Warwick New York Hotel combines the charm of Old Hollywood with the essential comforts and conveniences for the discerning modern traveler. The hotel’s 426 spacious guestrooms also include 67 elegantly appointed suites. The hotel also features two unique dining destinations – Randolph’s Bar & Lounge and Murals on 54 – as well as 8,000 square-feet of stately meeting and banquet spaces. Warwick New York Hotel is located at 54th Street and 6th Avenue, just steps away from New York’s most famed attractions including Central Park, couture shopping on Fifth and Madison Avenues, Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, The Ziegfeld Theater, Times Square and more. Continue reading

TW Steel Proudly Showcases CEO Tech Kivanc Tatlitug Limited Edition

TW Steel’s (www.twsteel.com) continued relationship with brand ambassador, Turkish acting star Kivanc Tatlitug, has resulted in the production of another exquisite timepiece in his honour, the all new CEO Tech Kivanc Tatlitug Limited Edition (CE4016).

Limited to a production run of just 888 pieces – based simply on the fact that the number eight is the ‘lucky’ number of the 29-year-old – a major star in the Turkish community and award winning actor, the brand new 48mm model also follows the success of his previous TW Steel special edition timepieces, also from the CEO Tech collection, CE4003/CE4004CEO Tech Kivanc Tatlitug Limited Edition (CE4016) and CE4005, introduced late 2011.

With a bold, contemporary feel to it, the CEO Tech Kivanc Tatlitug Limited Edition uses the state-of-the-art Miyota 9100 Multi Function Automatic movement featuring the day, month, 24-hour time and date as well as a power reserve indicator situated at the top of the dial highlighting the remaining power left in the timepiece. It also features 26 jewels with the winding component running on ball bearings with 28.800 A/h movements per hour (4 Hz).

The movement is housed elegantly in a brushed steel case complemented with a hammered bezel. The screws and mid-piece of the crown feature PVD dark titanium coating for added appeal. It also sports a sapphire crystal, in keeping with the luxurious design of the piece, while the case back is engraved stating – Kivanc Limited Edition Automatic Sapphire.

In keeping with a theme from his previous models, Kivanc’s love of the colour blue is incorporated once again with a dynamic sunray blue dial popping out, off-set by steel coloured indexes. Continuing the theme, a blue silicon strap with steel clasps further accents the overall feel of this stylish edition which is 10 ATM water resistant and comes presented in a luxurious CEO box featuring his signature.

I’ve kept Kivan&#231’s tastes very much in mind in designing this model,” stated Ton Cobelens, TW Steel Chief Design Officer.As such we’ve produced a timepiece that pushes his passion points but more importantly is highly appealing thanks to its bold, masculine design. It’s a distinguished model and a welcome addition to CEO Tech.”

Needless to say I absolutely love it,” enthused Kivanc Tatlitug.I like bold, clean looking models and this one is perfect. I’m honoured to have another timepiece from TW Steel and the fact this is a Limited Edition piece makes it even more special to me. It’s an affordable luxury and something I hope will appeal to my fans and watch lovers!”

TW Steel is a private, family-owned company founded in Amsterdam in 2005 now retailing in over 100 countries and counting worldwide. Its timepiece collections are reflective of, and available for all tastes and occasions with innovative design and luxurious styling paired together with Swiss build quality and an exceptional price point. TW Steel offers a defined sense of individuality and shows to the world that as a bold and ambitious personality, you wear a statement watch that truly reflects who you are. TW Steel is the ‘Official Timing Partner’ of the Sahara Force India Formula One Team and an ‘Official Sponsor’ of the Yamaha Factory Racing Team in MotoGP.