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Get ready for a feast of Roasts on Foxtel Kicking off with Comedy Central’s Roast of Rob Lowe Tuesday September 6 at 8.30pm Express from the US on The Comedy Channel

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Media Release: Tuesday August 23, 2016
Get ready for a feast of Roasts on Foxtel
Kicking off with Comedy Central’s Roast of Rob Lowe
Tuesday September 6 at 8.30pm Express from the US on The Comedy Channel

Hollywood heartthrob Rob Lowe is treated with his very own special Roast – and considering the skeletons in Lowe’s closet, which include struggles with alcohol and an affair with Princess Stephanie of Monaco – the Roasters should have no problem finding topics to poke fun at. Comedy Central’s Roast of Rob Lowe will premiere Tuesday September 6 at 8.30pm Express from the US on The Comedy Channel.

Known for his roles in St Elmo’s Fire, Wayne’s World, the Austin Powers franchise, The West Wing, Brothers & Sisters, Parks & Recreation, The Grinder and many, many more – Lowe has been a handsome fixture of our small and silver screens since the early 1980s. Get ready for Lowe’s dirty laundry to be aired when the Roasters spill the beans on his movie star lifestyle and brat pack antics.

Comedy Central’s Roast of Rob Lowe will assemble a dais of comedians and celebrities, along with Roast Master David Spade (Saturday Night Live, Joe Dirt, Just Shoot Me!, Rules of Engagement), to take down the ageless sex symbol one burn at a time. The first round of Roasters confirmed include one of the UK’s most distinctive comedians Jimmy Carr, Saturday Night Live’s Pete Davidson, actress and Lowe’s co-star Bo Derek, former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning, comedic actor Rob Riggle, and Roast alumni Jeff Ross. Additional Roasters and talent attending this historic comedic event will be announced over the next few weeks.

Roast mastermind Jeff Ross has prepared three more Roast shows to air in September and October with the launch of Jeff Ross Presents: Roast Battle, Jeff Ross Roasts Criminals: Live At Brazos County, and Jeff Ross Roasts Police.

The Jeff Ross Presents: Roast Battle series, with host Brian Moses and a panel of celebrity judges, will decide this year’s “Roast Battle Champion”. The comedians will compete onstage while adhering to the “Roast Battle Rules” – original material only, no physical contact, and every battle ends with a hug. In this competition, 16 comedians will enter the ring, but only one will emerge as the crowned champion. Jeff Ross Presents: Roast Battle premieres Saturdays from September 17 at 8.30pm on The Comedy Channel.

Roastmaster General Jeff Ross gives the most dangerous – and enlightening – Roast of his life from behind the walls of the Brazos County Jail in Bryan, Texas. In the Jeff Ross Roasts Criminals: Live At Brazos County special Ross touches on topics surrounding incarceration such as race, solitary confinement and the death penalty premiering Saturday October 15 at 8.30pm on The Comedy Channel.

If Roasting inmates wasn’t enough, Jeff Ross takes it to the next level and Roasts the police! In this special Ross explores the burning national issues of today and rides along in the hottest seat in town as he uses his unique brand of comedy to deliver up a delicious serving of insults to the brave men and women who serve and protect. Jeff Ross Roasts Police premieres Saturday October 22 at 8.30pm on The Comedy Channel.

thecomedychannel.com.au

-Brad

Crucial Launches Easy Fix For Slow Computers By using memory and SSD upgrades

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Crucial Launches Easy Fix For Slow Computers
By using memory and SSD upgrades

SYDNEY, 23 August 2016 – According to Crucial when your computer begins to slow down, and unresponsiveness and long load times become the norm, there is now an undisputed and particularly easy way to solve the problem.

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Micron Consumer Products Group Marketing Manager APAC Mathew Luu explained, “The minutes you’re losing matter, and you don’t want to spend lots of time and money to solve the problem – you just want a computer that works as it should. Fixing a slow computer can seem like a daunting proposition, but it’s not; if the problem isn’t a virus or malware, just add more memory and an SSD. These adjustments, which don’t require advanced computer skills, can be done in minutes and instantly deliver lasting results.

Memory and your storage drive (either a hard drive or an SSD) are small components inside your system, but you use them to do almost everything. Every time you press the power button, double-click an icon, save a document, move your mouse cursor, or hit a key on the keyboard, you’re using memory or storage. When your memory or storage aren’t able to keep up, you end up waiting on each and every one of these actions, which adds up.

Crucial DRAM Sr. Product Marketing Manager Jeremy Mortenson said, “Anyone who owns a computer has at some point had to deal with it slowing down. It’s a familiar problem, but how do you solve it? In most situations, aside from a virus or malware infection, an SSD and memory upgrade is one of your best bets for instantly delivering tangible, reliable results.”

Memory is the pool of resources your system uses to get things done. The more memory you have, the more resources your system has at its disposal, meaning it can do things faster – and handle more things at once. Loading files and apps stored on an SSD is like flipping a light switch – it’s almost instant. When performing everyday storage tasks, SSDs are on average 6x faster than hard drives.*

Mortenson continued, “Dealing with a slow computer can be excruciating. But there is hope – a memory and SSD upgrade can be one of the best ways to solve this problem. Get a lot of the time back that you spend waiting, and alleviate the stress that comes with it.”

The new technology in SSDs is what creates the major difference in performance. Since SSDs access data on cutting-edge flash memory chips rather than on outdated spinning platters, they operate at faster speeds, consume less power, and are more durable than hard drives because they don’t rely on small moving parts that are prone to failure.

Mortenson added, “SSDs beat hard drives in all phases of the performance game. Comparing a hard drive to an SSD is like comparing a horse-drawn carriage to a car. The difference is that real, and it’s transforming everything in the computer industry.”

The time spent waiting on a slow computer is frustrating – and it adds up. You don’t have to make monumental changes to fix a slow computer, just a few small, sustainable changes that deliver immediate and lasting results. The time you’re losing matters and now you can get it back with a simple and straightforward memory and SSD upgrade.

Jeremy Mortenson concluded, “Working smarter, not harder, is the key when you want to fix a slow computer. Don’t overwork yourself by trying gimmicks or perpetually restarting your computer – go for a simple memory and storage upgrade. These are your best, and smartest, bets for truly solving the problem.”

* Performance times based on internal lab testing conducted in August 2015. Each task was executed and timed after the system had undergone a fresh boot so that other factors and applications didn’t affect the reported load and boot times. Actual performance may vary based on individual system configuration. Test setup: 1TB Crucial MX200 SSD and 1TB HGST Travelstar® Z5K1000 internal hard drive, both tested on an HP® Elitebook® 8760W laptop, Intel® Core™ i7-2620M 2.70GHz processor, 4GB Crucial DDR3 1333 MT/s memory, BIOS Rev. F50 (5 August 2014), and Microsoft® Windows® 8.1 Pro 64-bit operating system.

-Brad

What to watch on Foxtel this Spring Whatever you’re into, Foxtel has you covered following the Olympics

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Media Release: Monday August 22, 2016
What to watch on Foxtel this Spring
Whatever you’re into, Foxtel has you covered following the Olympics

Looking for something to watch that doesn’t involve the pool, the track or weightlifting? Now the Olympics is over, Foxtel has a raft of drama, reality, lifestyle, comedy, live events, entertainment programs and movies to keep viewers entertained for hours to watch wherever and whenever they like.

From today, FX’s spin-off zombie series Fear The Walking Dead returns Mondays at 1.30pm Express from the US, and Danny McBride stars in his new comedy series from HBO, Vice Principals, premiering Mondays at 8.30pm, only on The Comedy Channel.

On Wednesdays from August 24 at 7.30pm, jump right back into your favourite Australian living rooms with the TV show about watching TV, when Gogglebox returns for Season 4 on The LifeStyle Channel. The BBC’s movie special adaption of A Midsummer Night’s Dream – a modern retelling of Shakespeare’s classic with a star-studded cast – premieres on Sunday August 28 at 8.30pm on BBC FIRST. The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards will broadcast LIVE from Madison Square Garden in New York City with performances confirmed from Rihanna, Britney Spears and Nick Jonas, on Monday August 29 from 10am only on MTV.

Foxtel celebrates Australian programming in September with the launch of local productions A Place to Call Home Season 4 Sundays from September 11 at 8.30pm on showcase; Aussie Gold Hunters Thursdays from September 15 at 7.30pm on Discovery; the next instalment of Australia’s Next Top Model Season 10 introduces new judge Megan Gale alongside host Jennifer Hawkins and judge Alex Perry premieres Tuesdays from September 20 at 7.30pm on FOX8; The Recruit LIVE Finale to decide the winner will premiere Wednesday September 21 at 8.30pm only on FOX8; Charlie’s Chelsea Garden 2016 one hour special premieres Tuesday September 27 at 8.30pm on The LifeStyle Channel; I Own Australia’s Best Home premieres Wednesdays from September 28 at 8.30pm on LifeStyle HOME; and Nickelodeon’s SLIMEFEST 2016 will air on Friday September 30 at 6.00pm.

Comedy Central’s Roast of Rob Lowe will premiere Tuesday September 6 at 8.30pm on The Comedy Channel Express from the US; Style Squad premieres Mondays from September 12 at 8.30pm on STYLE; the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards hosted by Jimmy Kimmel will air LIVE from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Monday September 19 from 10am on FOX8; 60 Days In Season 2 premieres Wednesdays from September 28 at 9.30pm on CI Network; the Star Wars Pop-Up Movie Channel will broadcast on Channel 400 from September 30 to October 3.

In October LifeStyle launches the return of its baking hit Great Australian Bake Off Season 2 hosted by Matt Moran and Maggie Beer on LifeStyle FOOD, and talented decorator Shaynna Blaze hosts her brand new series, Deadline Design on LifeStyle HOME.

HBO premieres two new series, sci-fi drama Westworld starring Anthony Hopkins Mondays from October 3 at 8.30pm on showcase, and Sarah Jessica Parker’s new comedy drama Divorce from HBO will also premiere in October on showcase. The long awaited return of cult-hit The Walking Dead Season 7 will reveal who from the group has been executed by Negan from October 24 Express from the US only on FX. Also in October, the DC Comics programming returns with all new series of Supergirl Season 2, The Flash Season 3, Arrow Season 5, and DC Legends of Tomorrow Season 2 all Express from the US and on FOX8.

-Brad

I OWN AUSTRALIA’S BEST HOME Brand new locally-produced 10-part series premieres on Wednesday, September 28 at 8:30pm on LifeStyle HOME.

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MEDIA RELEASE: MONDAY, AUGUST 22, 2016

LifeStyle HOME’s spectacular new property show I Own Australia’s Best Home takes a sticky beak inside some of the country’s most stylish and breathtaking abodes to find the owner of Australia’s Best Home.

Three renowned Australian experts, interior designers Gillian Khaw and Tim Leveson, and architect Nick Tobias, will scour Australia to find some of our most stunning homes, meet the owners and live with them for 24 hours to experience the day-to-day wonder of living in style.

I Own Australia’s Best Home isn’t just about great design, exclusive houses or luxury living; it’s about ordinary and extraordinary people who have toiled over the build, design or décor of their houses, people who have left their own idiosyncratic stamp on a property and people who feel proud enough to stand up and announce to the nation ‘I Own Australia’s Best Home!’

In each episode, three spectacular Australian homes will be the stars of the show, with Gillian, Tim and Nick taking a magnifying glass to these dwellings.

Tasked to each find an exceptional property to explore, they will spend 24 hours in these homes, getting to grips with and extolling all the great features that make the houses so special. They will get to know the owners and their families, and really find out what has driven them to design and build their houses and, of course, what it feels like to live in some of Australia’s most beautiful homes.

The ultimate decision is up to the viewers who will then vote for which of the three spectacular residences go through to the Final.

Hannah Barnes, General Manager of Foxtel’s LifeStyle Channels says: “I Own Australia’s Best Home is the ultimate in property porn. Gillian, Nick and Tim are a knockout and great addition to the Lifestyle family. I Own Australia’s Best Home showcases some of the most incredible homes across the whole of Australia and proves that a home is much more than a house.”

Packed with great design ideas, amazing architecture and inspirational interiors, I Own Australia’s Best Home is compelling viewing for anyone interested in making their house a home.

I Own Australia’s Best Home is a FremantleMedia Australia production for Foxtel.

-Brad

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