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AS THE LIGHT GOES OUT on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital
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AS THE LIGHT GOES OUT on Blu-ray, DVD and DigitalTo save Hong Kong from an fiery disaster, a team of dedicated firefighters battle an out-of-control blaze that threatens to plunge the city into catastrophic darkness in AS THE LIGHT GOES OUT, blazing onto Blu-ray™, DVD and digital Nov. 18 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Written and directed by Derek Kwok (Journey to the West), the action-packed suspense drama stars Nicholas Tse (Shaolin, The Stool Pigeon), Shawn Yue (The Guillotines, Infernal Affairs trilogy), Simon Yam (Ip Man, Election), Hu Jun (Firestorm, Let the Bullets Fly), William Chan (Triad), Bai Bing (The Viral Factor, Shaolin), Andy On (Special ID, White Vengeance) and a cameo by the legendary Jackie Chan (Rush Hour franchise).

Synopsis: It’s Christmas Eve in Hong Kong, and while the residents prepare to celebrate, a dedicated band of brothers - the firefighters of Pillar Point Division (Nicholas Tse, Shawn Yue, Andy On) – are dispatched to a warehouse fire...

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About Face: The Essentials of Interaction Design, 4th Edition
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About Face: The Essentials of Interaction Design, 4th EditionThe interaction design profession is thriving with the success of design-intensive companies, priming customers to expect "design" as a critical ingredient of marketplace success. Consumers have little tolerance for websites, apps and devices that don't live up to their expectations, and the responding shift in business philosophy has become widespread.

Professionals and students involved in creating interactive technologies and products will find About Face: The Essentials of Interaction Design, 4th Edition (Wiley; ISBN: 978-1-118-76657-6; September 2014; US $50.00) to be a comprehensive guide that includes new information on touch interfaces, mobile apps, screen size considerations and more. Taking the worldwide shift to smartphones and tablets into account, the new full-color interior and unique layout better illustrate modern design concepts...

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Photography Beyond Technique
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Photography Beyond Technique: Essays from F295 on the Informed Use of Alternative and Historical Photographic ProcessesFocal Press has published Photography Beyond Technique: Essays from F295 on the Informed Use of Alternative and Historical Photographic Processes. Photography is not dying and has not died. It has been an ever-changing medium since its earliest days, and while near-obsession with the technology of the day may have defined photography over the course of its existence, photography is so much more than hardware and software. Photography is communication, whether chemical or digital, tangible or ephemeral in form.

Photography Beyond Technique is a compelling selection of essays and images that reveal the thoughts and methods of some of today’s most exciting contemporary photographers. These artists employ alternative, historical, or handmade processes and techniques, and they share a comprehensive view of the medium...

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Programming: Principles and Practice Using C++, 2nd Edition
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Programming: Principles and Practice Using C++, 2nd EditionAddison-Wesley Professional has published Programming: Principles and Practice Using C++, 2nd Edition. An Introduction to Programming by the Inventor of C++.

Preparation for Programming in the Real World
The book assumes that you aim eventually to write non-trivial programs, whether for work in software development or in some other technical field.

Focus on Fundamental Concepts and Techniques
The book explains fundamental concepts and techniques in greater depth than traditional introductions. This approach will give you a solid foundation for writing useful, correct, maintainable, and efficient code...

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WHITE CHRISTMAS Diamond Anniversary Edition
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WHITE CHRISTMAS Diamond Anniversary EditionCelebrate 60 years of the treasured musical classic Irving Berlin’s WHITE CHRISTMAS with the spectacular new Diamond Anniversary Edition arriving on Blu-ray Combo Pack October 14, 2014 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. Starring legendary performers Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen and featuring unforgettable music by Irving Berlin, the beloved holiday film offers timeless entertainment for all ages.

In honor of the 60th anniversaries of WHITE CHRISTMAS and Danny Kaye’s appointment as UNICEF’s first Goodwill Ambassador, The Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine Kaye Foundation and Paramount Pictures are proud to make a combined $100,000 donation to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF* to support UNICEF’s lifesaving work for children around the world. As UNICEF’s Goodwill Ambassador, Danny Kaye traveled to numerous countries in 1954 to see the work of the organization firsthand and appeared in and narrated a documentary entitled Assignment Children about his experience, which is included in the new Blu-ray Combo Pack along with a new introduction by Michael Bublé. Danny Kaye received an Honorary Academy Award® in 1955 for his work on this extraordinary documentary, as well as for his unique talents, his service to the Academy, the motion picture industry, and the American people...

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Photoshop CC and Lightroom: A Photographer's Handbook
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Photoshop CC and Lightroom: A Photographer's HandbookAdobe Photoshop and Lightroom are central to almost all photographic workflows. Each new version of the software is a milestone in the development of these vital imaging tools, and the 2014 releases are no exception. Photographers can feel overwhelmed by Photoshop; the sheer number of tools and options make it difficult for novice and intermediate users. Though many instructional books are available, few focus on the aspects of the program that are significant to a photography workflow.

Adobe Certified Instructor Steve Laskevitch uses his experience as a teacher and practitioner to create a guide for a clear, effective workflow for editing photographs in the 2014 release of Photoshop CC and its companions: Bridge, Camera Raw, and Lightroom 5. Focusing on the critical elements of a workflow, this book is designed to get you working quickly. The various applications are presented side-by-side so that a user of one can learn how to use the others. If you’re a new user, this book will be your roadmap...

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QuickBooks 2014 on Demand
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QuickBooks 2014 on DemandQue has published QuickBooks 2014 on Demand. Need answers quickly? QuickBooks 2014 on Demand provides those answers in a visual step-by-step format. We will show you exactly what to do through lots of full color illustrations and easy-to-follow instructions.

* Numbered Steps guide you through each task
* See Also points you to related information in the book
* Did You Know alerts you to tips and techniques
* Illustrations with matching steps
* Tasks are presented on one or two pages

Inside the Book
* Learn everything you need to know to quickly start using your QuickBooks financial software
* Produce and customize reports that show exactly how your company is doing
* Schedule transactions so you’ll never forget a due date again...

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Animate to Harmony: Animator's Guide to Toon Boom
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Animate to Harmony: The Independent Animator's Guide to Toon BoomFocal Press has published Animate to Harmony: The Independent Animator's Guide to Toon Boom. Want to create studio-quality work and get noticed? Just coming off Flash and looking for a Toon Boom intro? Are you a traditional pencil-and-paper animator? From scene setup to the final render, learn how to navigate the Toon Boom interface to create animation that can be published on a variety of platforms and formats.

Animate to Harmony guides you through Toon Boom’s Animate, Animate Pro and Harmony programs, teaching you how to create high-quality 2D animation of all complexities. The main text focuses onfeatures that are common across all three programs while "Advanced Techniques" boxes throughout the book elaborate on Pro and Harmony features, appealing to all levels of experience with any of the three main Toon Boom products...

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Grand Theft Auto V for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC
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Grand Theft Auto V for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PCRockstar Games® is proud to announce that Grand Theft Auto V® will arrive on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft on November 18, 2014, with the PC version to follow on January 27, 2015. Visit www.rockstargames.com/V to see the all-new trailer today from 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time.

Grand Theft Auto V for PlayStation®4, Xbox One and PC will feature a range of major visual and technical upgrades to make Los Santos and Blaine County more immersive than ever. In addition to increased draw distances and higher resolution, players can expect a range of additions and improvements including:

- New weapons, vehicles and activities;
- Additional wildlife;
- Denser traffic;
- New foliage system;
- Enhanced damage and weather effects, and much more...

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Disney's Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition Blu-ray
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Disney's Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition Blu-rayFinally releasing from the Disney Vault, Disney's ultimate princess fairytale classic “Sleeping Beauty” will be available for the first time on Diamond Edition Blu-ray, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on October 7, 2014. Experience all of the pageantry and power of this wondrous tale on Blu-ray - and for the first time on Digital HD - with incredible high definition picture, thrilling, soaring sound, and all-new Diamond Edition special features that make this a must-own for every family’s classic collection!

Creating the ultimate at-home viewing experience, Disney’s 2-Disc Diamond Edition Blu-ray Superset (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) contains digitally restored picture and sound, a digital copy of the film, and a variety of magical new bonus features, including “Once Upon A Parade,” in which “Modern Family” star Sarah Hyland tells us the tale of Walt Disney World’s new Festival Of Fantasy Parade, “Art of Evil: Generations Of Disney Villains,” a legacy piece spotlighting Disney’s favorite villain animator and Maleficent creator Marc Davis, and “@DisneyAnimation: Artists in Motion,” in which Walt Disney Animation Visual Development artist Brittney Lee goes through the process of creating a three dimensional sculpture of Maleficent, completely out of paper...

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Adventure Time: The Complete Fourth Season on Blu-ray and DVD
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Adventure Time: The Complete Fourth Season on Blu-ray and DVDCartoon Network today unveiled the highly-anticipated Blu-ray™ and DVD release of Adventure Time: The Complete Fourth Season. Available October 7, the two-disc DVD and single-disc Blu-ray release will feature all 26 episodes from the series’ fourth season, plus extensive exclusive bonus material. The highlight of the bonus features is a 19-minute Distant Bands: The Music of Adventure Time featurette with series creator Pendleton Ward, creative director Pat McHale, and storyboard artists Jesse Moynihan and Rebecca Sugar offering their commentary on the important role music plays in the series. In addition, each episode will feature commentary with the cast and crew, and this time, it all comes packaged in a new collectible Marceline slipcase, a must-have addition to Adventure Time fans’ collections. The Blu-ray and DVD editions will be available for the suggested retail prices of $32.07 and $26.95, respectively.

In the fourth season of the Emmy® Award-winning series created by Ward and produced by Cartoon Network Studios, fans witnessed Finn become infatuated with the Flame Princess in...

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CCIE Routing and Switching v5.0 Official Cert Guide, Volume 1, 5th Edition
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CCIE Routing and Switching v5.0 Official Cert Guide, Volume 1, 5th EditionCisco Press has published CCIE Routing and Switching v5.0 Official Cert Guide, Volume 1, 5th Edition. This new title from Cisco Press enables you to succeed on the exam the first time and is the only self-study resource approved by Cisco. Expert instructors Narbik Kocharians and Peter Palúch share preparation hints and test-taking tips, helping you identify areas of weakness and improve both your conceptual knowledge and hands-on skills. This first of two volumes covers LAN switching, IP networking, and IP IGP routing topics.

This complete study package includes:
-- A test-preparation routine proven to help you pass the exams
-- “Do I Know This Already?” quizzes, which enable you to decide how much time you need to spend on each section
-- Chapter-ending exercises, which help you drill on key concepts you must know thoroughly
-- The powerful Pearson IT Certification Practice Test software, complete with hundreds of well-reviewed, exam-realistic questions, customization options, and detailed performance reports...

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After Effects and Cinema 4D Lite
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After Effects and Cinema 4D Lite: 3D Motion Graphics and Visual Effects Using CINEWAREFocal Press has published After Effects and Cinema 4D Lite: 3D Motion Graphics and Visual Effects Using CINEWARE.

One of the most exciting new features in After Effects is the integration of Cinema 4D using the CINEWARE plug-in and a free version of Cinema 4D Lite. Both provide a wide assortment of new 3D tools and options that are difficult or nearly impossible to achieve in After Effects alone. This book clearly demonstrates how the new 3D workflow bridges the two applications together to raise the design bar for motion graphics and broadcast design.

Hands-on exercises teach you essential production skills including:...

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EA SPORTS FIFA 15 Playable Demo Download
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EA SPORTS FIFA 15 Playable Demo DownloadElectronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA) has announced that the playable demo of EA SPORTS™ FIFA 15* is available to download for PC on Origin™, Xbox One® and Xbox 360® games and entertainment systems from Microsoft for Xbox Live® Gold members, and for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. The FIFA 15 demo in North America on PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system will arrive later today. The FIFA 15 demo on Xbox 360 will be available to Xbox Live Silver members beginning September 16. Fans can download the demo by visiting http://easports.com/fifa/demo.

Fans will be able to play in Anfield as Liverpool FC, FC Barcelona, Chelsea FC, Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund, SSC Napoli, Manchester City, and Boca Juniors, or as one of five unique squads in FIFA Ultimate Team™. “The launch of the FIFA 15 Demo is like our pre-season and the first chance for millions of FIFA fans to get hands-on with the game,” said Nick Channon, Senior Producer, EA SPORTS FIFA...

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Underwater Photography by Tobias Friedrich
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Underwater Photography by Tobias Friedrich from Rocky NookUnderwater photography is a fascinating pursuit for those who aspire to capture the magical world found within our oceans and bring it to the surface. In this book, award-winning photographer Tobias Friedrich teaches us how to create stunning underwater images, covering everything from the equipment needed, to creating powerful compositions, to processing the final image. He uses case studies to show how his own images were created, and provides detailed explanations for specific techniques that can be applied to your very next dive.

The text is supported by images from some of the most beautiful diving areas on Earth. Also included are countless tips and tricks for the beginner and intermediate photographer.

Topics include:
- Choosing the right equipment
- Composing your images
- Wide-angle photography
- Macro photography...

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