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21st Century Fox’s FoxNext Games and Marvel Entertainment have doled out new images, gameplay video and other details for “Marvel Strike Force,” a new squad-based role-playing mobile game set in the Marvel Universe.
Set to debut in 2018, “Marvel Strike Force” players recruit five-member teams of Marvel’s superheroes and super-villains to battle in what the game’s developers promise will offer an unprecedented level of interaction between characters.
Players will join forces with S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury as they assemble their fighting squads, picking among characters including Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Spider-Man, Venom, Star-Lord, Gamora, Daredevil, Groot, the Hulk, Thor and Doctor Strange. In the multiplayer game, players create alliances and collect new gear and upgrades to make their teams stronger — with the goal of defeating their foes in strategic combat.
“We talk about the game in terms of fantasy sports,” said Aaron Loeb, FoxNext Gamespresident of studios. “We’re enabling the player to have their fantasy draft of characters from the Marvel Universe.”
“Marvel Strike Force,” the first game to be published by FoxNext Games, has been in development for about two years. To date, the mobile app has involved approximately 200,000 person-hours of development. The core game engine for the client side is a modified version of Unity Technologies’ 3D rendering engine, with a proprietary server-side engine from Kabam.
“There’s a real living, breathing feeling — you have a visual feast,” Loeb added. “You get a sense of what it’s like when Spider-Man is on the battlefield with Thor.”
The free-to-play game (with in-app purchase options) is being developed by FoxNext Games’ L.A.-based Aftershock studio, which Fox acquired earlier this year following Aftershock’s spinoff from Kabam. That’s the same studio that is creating a multiplayer mobile strategy game for James Cameron’s “Avatar” franchise in partnership with Lightstorm Entertainment and 20th Century Fox.
Other Marvel mobile games include “Marvel Contest of Champions” from Kabam and “Marvel Avengers Academy” from Jam City’s TinyCo. Separately, Marvel Entertainment in January announced a multiyear pact with Square Enix for a series of video-game titles starting with a new Avengers game.
Pre-registration for “Marvel Strike Force” is now open for Android and iOS devices at marvelstrikeforce.com.
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How to Link Directly to a Facebook Page from a Website
You can link directly to your Facebook page using a facebook button by following the instructions below: 1.Find or Create a Facebook "F" or "Find us on Facebook" logo image you like. We have a number to choose from via our "Free Social Icons" blog. 2.Once you have decided on which button you would like to use, copy the HTML code provided next to the button.
You will now need to place the code into a HTML fragment and place it on your page. To do this, please follow the steps below: 1.Log in to your Create account. 2.Click "Content" from the top menu. 3.Click "HTML Fragments" from the left hand menu. 4.Click "Add new HTML Fragment". 5.Type in a "Description" so you'll know what the fragment does later. For example "Facebook Button". 6.Paste your HTML code into the large "HTML Code" box. 7.Click "Save Changes".
You will be returned to the "HTML Fragments" screen, where your new fragment will now be listed. 1.Then, to insert the fragment into one of your pages: 2.Click "Content" from the top menu. 3.Click the "Edit Page" button next to the page you wish to display the fragment on. 4.Click on the page to position your cursor where you would like the item created by your HTML fragment to appear. 5.On the editor toolbar click the "HTML" button (this looks like the letters HTML). 6.A new window will pop up. From the "Select HTML Fragment " drop-down menu, choose the HTML fragment you wish to add. 7.Click "Insert" to add it to the page.
A grey graphic will appear in the place that the HTML fragment should appear on your published site. This is called a "placeholder", and will take the place of your HTML item when you are designing and editing your site. It will be viewable when you publish or preview your site after saving.
here are a lot of weight loss plans out there, promising dramatic results in a short space of time. And no wonder – given that the third most searched 'how to' term on Google is 'how to lose weight', it's inevitable that there are people and companies out there looking to capitalise by selling the latest quick fix.
Of course, losing weight fast sounds great, but there's a big catch. While seeing a difference in your body shape early on can be motivating and satisfying, nutritionists and dietitians warn that losing weight quickly is mostly unsustainable and doesn’t promote a long-term healthy relationship with food.
Though crash or ‘fad’ diets that lack nutrients are unlikely to have a huge impact on overall physical health because they are short term, their impact on mental well being can be long lasting.
A review published by Yale University’s Department of Psychology acknowledged the correlation between yo-yo dieting (or weight cycling) and mental health issues. “Weight cycling appears linked to increased psychopathology, lower life satisfaction, more disturbed eating in general and perhaps increased risk for binge eating,” it says.
While the British Dietetics Association (BDA) promotes safe and sustainable weight loss of between 0.5 to 2lbs a week, dieters on certain weight loss programmes - such as the juicing diet, the GM diet and the New Atkins diet - report extreme weight loss of up to 15lbs in two weeks.
So what principles do these fast weight loss diets have in common, how do they work, and should you give them a go?
1) Introduce a daily calorie deficit
2) Increase activity
3) Reconsider carbohydrates
Introduce a daily calorie deficit
Perhaps the most crucial body factor in any weight loss plan is to be in a calorie deficit. That is, simply, to eat fewer calories than you require for you current body weight.
Eat fewer than this every day and it’s likely that you’ll drop weight. However, you need to do this in a safe range - a 500 calorie deficit on your daily needs is recommended by the BDA.
You can use a calorie counter to find out your daily intake needs to be in a calorie deficit. It’s both realistic and not bad for your health.
If you knocked much more off, you’d likely not have a very good time on your diet, and you also would be far more likely to break the rules. A very low calorie diet (VLCD) where dieters eat just 800 calories a day is only suitable for obese adults with a BMI of 30 or over and should be clinically supervised. When following a calorie controlled diet, it’s a good idea to record calories and keep an eye on your daily target. Using an app like MyFitnessPal to count calories in your first 3-4 weeks can help you stay on track.
The more you exercise, the more energy demands you’ll be placing on your body. If you’re already in deficit of, or even slightly above, your calorie needs, the likelihood is you’ll lose weight if you exercise intensively for three or four times a week.
Different types of exercise put different strains on the body, and it really depends on how heavy you are already as to how much you’ll burn via exercise. The simple rule is, the more intense your form of exercise, the more likely you are to burn calories faster – thus the more likely you are to get into calorie deficit.
Many restrictive diets result in fast weight loss because of the lack of carbohydrates. Why does this work? “It’s all about water weight," says Dietitian and BDA Spokesperson Chloe Miles. “When you eat carbohydrates, your body stores it as glycogen in the liver and muscle. Your muscles store approximately 500g and your liver approximately 100g and it’s thought that every gram of glycogen in the human muscle is bound to 3g of water,” she says. So, cut out carbohydrates and you also deplete this store of water, thus losing weight. This is probably why some low carb dieters report 4-5lbs weight loss in just two weeks. The problem, again, is that the water - and hence weight - is regained as soon as you reintroduce carbs to your diet.
Getting your eight hours shut eye is just as important as your diet and exercise regime when it comes to weight loss.
In a study by the University of Leeds, 1,615 adults reported how long they slept and kept records of food intake. Indicators of overall metabolic health such as blood pressure, blood cholesterol, blood sugar, and thyroid function were monitored, as well as weight and waist circumference recorded. Those who slept for six hours or less a night had waists that were on average 1.1 inches (3cm) larger than those who slept for nine hours.
Bitcoin is dividing in two. Disagreements about how to operate the cryptocurrency have led to a new strand called Bitcoin Cash, which is breaking off from the bitcoin system.
Bitcoin Cash launches Tuesday in what is known as a "hard fork" from bitcoin, a virtual currency based on peer-to-peer transactions without any central authority or bank behind it.
The new offshoot is a response to the increasing popularity of bitcoin, which is struggling to deal with massive numbers of transactions with its underpinning technology. The main bitcoin currency is adopting a system called Segwit2x that moves transactions out of the current blockchain, while bitcoin Cash will use bigger blocks within the blockchain.
Only some bitcoin exchanges will support the new cryptocurrency, but some bitcoin owners will find their stash automatically cloned into both types. It remains to be seen what the schism will do to market values.