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Disney confirms 'Incredibles 2,' 'Cars 3' now in development

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If you're a Disney/Pixar fan, you'll love this- Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed 'The Incredibles 2' and 'Cars 3' are BOTH in the works!During a shareholders meeting Tuesday, Iger says ‘Incredibles' director Brad Bird is now working on a story for the sequel. The announcement comes after news that the original will be re-released in theaters in 3-D soon. As for 'Cars 3,' the Disney executive didn't give much away, but we've heard rumblings of a third installment for months, after one of the voice actors leaked development details on the project. But don't break out your superhero tights or favorite Cars' gear just yet, there are a few other Pixar films set to hit the silver screen before the big sequels. "Inside Out" will be released next summer, "the Good Dinosaur" is out in November 2015 and "Finding Dory," the highly anticipated sequel to "Finding Nemo," debuts in June 2016!No word yet on when Lightning McQueen, 'Mater and the Parr family will make their comebacks, but Disney says we may not see them again until 2018 or 2020.

Gym tells woman she's intimidating guests with 'toned body'

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A California woman was asked to cover up while working out at a Bay Area gym, after staff members say she was intimidating people with her toned body.

Tiffany Austin said she was excited to get back in shape after recovering from a recent car accident. After her doctor told her it was time to start walking more, she took a tour of the Planet Fitness Gym in Richmond.  On Monday she officially joined the gym and was looking forward to her first workout – but that workout lasted a quick 15 minutes.

Austin said things started out well.  She hopped on a treadmill, set the speed to slow, put her earbuds in and started walking. She started to notice others staring at her, and quickly grew self-conscious but she kept on walking.  That is until a staff-member stopped her.

According to Austin that staff member said, "excuse me we've had some complaints you're intimidating people with your toned body. So can you put on a shirt?”

Austin was wearing a tank that showed her stomach and capri-pants and says she didn't see anything wrong with the outfit. She says she was only told not to wear a string tank because of the dress code policy at the gym.

She agreed to wear the shirt, but while the first staff member went to get it she says she was approached by another staff member who also took issue with her body. Austin says at that point she had enough; she asked for a manager - asked for her money back and left.

Planet Fitness boasts 5 million members and a policy that bans what they call “gymtimidation.”  Its website says members can get in shape without being, "subjected to the hardcore look-at-me-attitude that exists in too many gyms."

The franchise goes even further and has a “lunk alarm” in every gym which sends off a siren if someone drops a weight or breathes too hard or shows any behavior that staff members consider "lunk-like".

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YouTube videos show members across the country getting in trouble for that kind of "lunk-head" behavior.

 

Derek Van Reheenen is the director of the Athletic Studies Center at UC Berkeley.  

He says, “In a lot of ways I think what Planet Fitness is doing is a positive thing. They obviously need to iron out some of these issues but sport in the U.S. is by nature is discriminatory too, it is selective and it is elite."

Geovanna Borges joined the Richmond gym two months ago and says she likes the policies.

Borges says, "it's unfair to show off your body" because it can make other people feel bad.

Management at the Richmond Planet Fitness referred a KTVU reporter to the corporate office.  A spokesperson says the company, "strives to make everyone feel comfortable" and says the dress code is at the discretion of the staff and manager.

However, Planet Fitness spokesperson Mcall Gosselin also said if Austin was criticized for being toned or fit then that "is not in line with the Planet Fitness policy whatsoever.”

Austin says she's no lunk-head and she's not a gym rat - and now she's not even a gym member.   She says her 15 minutes at Planet Fitness left her feeling intimidated and harassed, saying the place that promised no judgments did just that.

14 red flags that will get you audited by the IRS

Clark Howard is a nationally syndicated consumer advice expert

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Are you doing your taxes? Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine has put together a list of 14 audit red flags. Here's what's included among them:

  • You make too much money.  The IRS will target those with incomes above $200,000. You have a 1 in 30 chance of being audited.
  • Not reporting taxable income. You must report all 1099s and W-2s, even if you believe them to be incorrect. (Deal with the discrepancies after filing.)
  • You give a lot of money to charity. The IRS knows what others who make similar income to you tend to give and will question you if you're claiming too much.
  • Claiming day-trading losses on Schedule C.
  • Claiming rental losses.
  • Deducting business meals, travel and entertainment.
  • Claiming 100% business use of a vehicle. Be careful, salespeople! To counter any possible IRS questions, I know someone who keeps a paper log on the dashboard and writes down every mile for work, the date and what it was for. If you do want to claim all the cost for a business expense, be sure you have another vehicle too.
  • Writing off a loss for a hobby.
  • Claiming a home office deduction.
  • Taking an alimony deduction.
  • Running a business where almost all money is in cash.
  • Not reporting a foreign bank account.
  • Engaging in currency transactions.
  • Taking excessive deductions. Again, the IRS knows what is outside normal bounds based on your income.

 

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Experts say new HDTV technology wasted on human eyes

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If you give a human an HD screen, they're just going to want it more HD. But experts are saying we may have gone too far.

A new report from NBC says you're paying for more than you're seeing; that there are now so many pixels on some of today's screens, the human eye can't even process how sharp the images are. (Via Unbox Therapy)

"When it comes to televisions touting new 4K technology, "a regular human isn't going to see a difference," said Raymond Soneira, head of display-testing firm DisplayMate."

Well, maybe Superman should get a 4K TV. Those TVs have about four times as many pixels as regular HD TVs. But a professor of ophthalmology tells NBC the human eye has limits, and those pixels just won't be perceived.

Still, you might remember this LG commercial that went viral earlier this year touting 4K technology. It made people not only believe a TV screen was a window, but that they were seeing an explosion. (Via LG)

So, yes, it does look pretty real.  

But CNET reported in November that after "extensive testing," "Despite all the extra pixels I knew made up the 4K TV's screen, most of the time I didn't see any difference at all."

Also, Digital Trends ran a piece earlier this year called "How Many Pixels Are Too Many?" and pointed out the issue of eye strain.

Experts say pixels strobe, causing eye strain.

There's not really a lot of 4K content out there yet for people to watch on those TVs, and they're expensive — sometimes running tens of thousands of dollars.

Though some are available in just the low thousands — Sony sells a 4K for $3,500.

Likely, 4K TVs will get less expensive, so you won't always be paying a ton extra for all those extra pixels. But it seems when it comes to pixels, less is just about the same as more.

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