- The Host
- Dead Man Down
- Tyler Perry’s Temptation
- Spring Breakers
- Warehouse 13: Season Four
- Dynasty: The Seventh Season, Vol. 1 & 2
- Bonanza: Official Sixth Season, Vol. 1 & 2
- Portlandia Season 3
- Quincy, M.E.: Season Six
Less Germy Smartphone Screens Are On The Way
The maker of Gorilla Glass — the really tough material used on a lot of phone and tablet screens — is developing glass technology that is anti-reflective and anti-microbial. That will mean less glare when using your phone outside, and fewer germs.
Francis Scott Key Is Out… Miley Cyrus Is In
An online petition on the White House’s “We the People” website is urging President Obama to change the U.S. national anthem from “The Star Spangled Banner” to “Party In The U.S.A.” by Miley Cyrus. The petition which champions the Miley Cyrus hit would require at least 100,000 signatures for the White House Staff to review it. (News.com.au)
July Is The Best Month To Buy A TV
If you’re in the market for new TV, July is the time to buy. July is a notoriously awful time of year for TV retailers, which means consumers will see the lowest prices. The “HD Guru” for NBC News says that since TV makers have had a rough few years they’ve begun adopting “unilateral pricing policies” (UPP). This means the prices are the absolute lowest a dealer can sell a TV for. Samsung, Sony, LG, Toshiba and Sharp all have the UPP policy in place, so if you spot one of those brands for a low price on Amazon, the Guru says you’ll probably see the price just as low in Best Buy or your local independent shop. Additionally, remember, the longer you wait to buy a specific model the cheaper it will become, and sometimes you can avoid sales tax if you buy your TV from an out-of-state retailer. (NBC)
Pre-Nups Being Signed for Things Like Weight, Sex and TV Time
Prenuptial agreements began as a way for people who are getting married to protect their assets in the event of a divorce, but More magazine reports that the agreements are evolving beyond money and breakups and being used by engaged couples to lay out exactly what they want from the marriage itself. New York attorney Ann-Margaret Corrozza told More about some prenups she has negotiated:
- Weight — Spouse can’t gain more than 25 pounds unless within 12 months of giving birth or because of a medical condition.
- Sex — Spouse will have sex two to four times per week.
- Mother-in-Law — Spouse’s mother can’t join them on any vacation for more than one night.
- TV — Wife allowed to watch only two reality TV shows per week, and husband can watch no more than two televised sports events per month.
- Pets — Wife can’t adopt more cats or replace hers when they die.
24-Hour TV Channel for Dogs Debuting Next Month
A 24-hour channel that says it’s the first TV network aimed at dogs will debut on DirecTV starting on August 1st, with the first two weeks available for free, and then costing $4.99 per month for subscribers. DogTV’s programming is made up of short video clips in the categories of relaxation, stimulation and “exposure,” which Variety explains are segments designed to get dogs used to domestic situations like riding in a car with a young child. PTV Media, which created the channel, said the programming was created to entertain, relax and stimulate dogs that are home all day, so that owners don’t come back to find things like couches and shoes torn up by an unhappy dog. As for whether dogs actually watch TV, the network cites a survey from the American Kennel Club and IAMS dog food that found nearly half of dog owners said their pets showed some interest in what was happening on the TV screen. DogTV was launched last year only in San Diego, with Cox Communications and Time Warner Cable, as well as online.