8 ways parents are making their kids fat


Too many parents are making mistakes that make their children fat.

Baby fat looks cute, but can turn into a problem later in life. Chubby children often grow into fat adults, according to doctors and a new report from the prestigious Institute of Medicine describes in stark terms just what parents must do to safeguard kids from a lifetime of obesity and obesity-related health problems. But the report suggests that too many parents are making mistakes.


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Everyone’s a little bit racist, but it may not be our fault: study


Researchers used a word association test to discover that most people have ‘built-in’ prejudices.

Scientists believe everyone’s a little bit racist – but they also believe it may not be your fault. Instead they are blaming TV, the internet and even the books that we read.


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Opera TV Store brings HTML5-powered web apps, browsing to TVs and set top boxes


Opera TV Store offers a new option in the market.

Opera continues to show why it’s the little browser company that could, unveiling an HTML5 platform for bringing web browsing and apps to televisions and set top boxes at IFA 2011.

Though it’s not the household name Firefox and Google Chrome are when it comes to desktop browsers, Opera has a long history of big-time integration deals. It’s the only web browser for the Nintendo Wii and DS, and it was picked by Ford for in-dash browsing back in 2009.

With the Opera TV Store, the company is offering television and set-top box manufacturers an easy-to-integrate solution for delivering web apps and standards-compliant browsing to their customers. The system’s dashboard and speed dial pages are built using standard web code and displayed using the Opera browser engine…

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Cable TV losing record number of subscribers

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Eight of the nine largest subscription-TV providers in the U.S. lost 195,700 subscribers in the April-to-June quarter.

Americans spend a lot of free time in front of the TV set and that is where the weak economy is hitting them.  Record numbers of people are canceling their cable and satellite TV subscriptions, according to an analysis by the Associated Press of the companies’ quarterly earnings reports.


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The looming content battle between TV Everywhere & online streaming

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What are you streaming and how?

The TV Everywhere movement got another win Wednesday, as Fox announced that it will limit next-day streaming access to some of its programs to cable, satellite and Hulu Plus customers. This news, which comes a week after CNN and HLN’s TV Everywhere push, is just the latest example of the complicated relationship between television networks and the burgeoning streaming services game.

TV Everywhere, which Netflix’s Reed Hastings has referred to as his company’s “biggest competitor,” is gaining favor with content producers, like broadcast and cable networks…

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Social media draws more viewers to live tv


Live-tweeting supports live tv viewing.

Social media is bringing dramatic changes to nearly every aspect of the TV business. Viewers are using Facebook and Twitter to comment about shows before, during and after they air. Television networks, grappling with the fragmentation of their audience, are experimenting with mobile apps, Twitter promotions and branded social networks in an effort to bring viewers back together. And a variety of other stakeholders are getting in on the social action as well.


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Fewer American Households Own TVs


114.7 million households will own a television in 2012, down from 115.9 million this year.

These days fewer Americans own TV sets, research firm Nielsen has found. For the first time in 20 years Nielsen says it expects a drop in the number of U.S. households with a television set. According to Nielsen the decrease likely has to do with two factors: poverty and the rise of high-tech alternatives.


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More British Swapping TV Dinners for PC Dinners

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Study: Three-fifths of people eat their evening meal in front of their computer.

Rise in Britons swapping TV dinners for PC dinners, according to a survey showing how many people eat while using the computer.  The study found three-fifths of people had settled down to eat their evening meal in front of a laptop or desktop.


Watching More Than Four Hours of TV a Day Damages Your Heart Even If You Are Fit

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The chance of heart disease and premature death from any cause soars for those spending more than four hours a day watching TV.

Watching too much television or playing computer games damages your heart regardless of how much exercise you do, scientists have warned. The risk of heart disease and premature death from any cause doubled for those spending more than fours hours a day glued to a screen, it was claimed.