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XrossMediaBar

The XrossMediaBar is a graphical user interface developed by Sony Computer Entertainment. The interface features icons. Navigation moves the icons, instead of a cursor; these icons are used as categories to organize the options available to the user. When an icon is selected on the horizontal bar, several more appear vertically and below it. They, in turn, are selectable by the down directions on a directional pad. Used on the PSX, the XMB is used as the default interface on both the PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 3. Since 2006, it has been used in high-end WEGA TVs, the BRAVIA starting with the 3000, the Sony XEL-1 OLED TV, HDTV set-top boxes, Blu-ray players, some Sony Cyber-shot cameras and the high-end AV receivers; the Sony Ericsson K850, W595, W760, W910 and Aino feature a version of the XMB as their media menu. The XMB is the menu system in the new generation of Sony's BRAVIA TVs. Sony added the XMB to its VAIO laptops; the interface won the Technology & Engineering Emmy Award for "Outstanding Innovation and Achievement in Advanced Media Technology for the Best Use of Personal Media Display and Presentation Technology" in 2006.

The XMB has been phased out starting with the PlayStation Vita, which adopted a new touch-based user interface called LiveArea. On February 20, 2013, the PlayStation 4 was announced, a new, non-XMB, user interface was shown. Sony Bravia smart televisions continued to use it until 2014, when both an unnamed interface with Smart TV functionality and Android TV were phased in. From left to right, the categories are these: Settings, Photo, Video, Game and PlayStation Network. Once a category is selected, its options appear below the icon, selectable by pressing the button, or button. Going back is possible by pressing the left directional button or the button, or button; some items have an option menu. The XMB is capable of limited multitasking; this is accessed by pushing the "Home" button on the PSP-1000 and PSP-2000 and the "PS" button on the PSP-3000 and PSPgo while listening to music, looking at photos, etc. This feature can be used to watch a video, look at a photo, listen to music, look at the current web page, all while browsing the XMB.

However, what is in the background will be cancelled if any item is accessed on the XMB. The background color on the XMB changes color depending on the current month. On a PSP with firmware 2.00+, the background color can be changed or the background can be changed to a picture. On a PSP with firmware 3.70 +, it is possible to listen to view photos simultaneously. On the PSP-2000, PSP-3000, PSPgo models, there are a number of additional colors available for the XMB. On a PSP with at least system software 4.20, the background "waves" effect has changed, with two options under theme color. These two options are the ability to change between the new "waves" effect and the classic "wavy lines". On update 5.00, the XMB received the PlayStation Store as a new feature. Users with system software version 3.70 or newer for the PlayStation Portable have the ability to download themes and apply them to their system's XrossMediaBar without using custom firmware. Subsequently, Sony released software which allows users to create their own themes for the PlayStation Portable.

The PlayStation 3 version of the XrossMediaBar includes ten categories of options: Users, Photo, Video, TV/Video Services, Network, PlayStation Network, Friends. The dynamic lines on the background are more condensed into a'ribbon' rather than the PSP's large waves, unselected icons shrink and every selectable background color has been made a shade darker; the PS3 includes the following particular abilities: to store various master and secondary user profiles. It has compatibility for a USB keyboard and mouse and a full web browser supporting downloading of multiple file types; the Friends menu allows email with emoticons and attached picture features and video chat which requires an optional webcam. The PlayStation Network menu allows online shopping through the PlayStation Store; the PlayStation 3 adds the ability to multitask in ways such as listening to stored audio files while surfing the web or looking at pictures. The PlayStation 3 XMB supports a variety of file formats; the PS3 reserves 48 MB of RAM at all times for XMB functions.

Sony Computer Entertainment America and many other sources state that in-game XMB was the single most requested feature for the PS3 in 2007. In-game XMB functionality was debuted before the launch of the PS3 by SCEI but was omitted due to technical reasons from the official launch; the feature was added to the PlayStation 3 on July 2, 2008 via system update 2.40. However eleven hours after its release, download of the system update was disabled amidst isolated reports of problems reported by small groups of users since installing the update. Users who had not alrea

HD 17925

HD 17925 is a solitary K-type main sequence star located 34 light-years away, in the constellation Eridanus. It is a member of the Local Association of nearby, co-moving stars; the spectrum shows a strong abundance of lithium. This makes its point of origin the nearby Scorpio–Centaurus Complex, it is a BY Draconis variable showing a rotational modulation with a period of 6.9 days, has been observed to flare. An infrared excess has been detected around this star, most indicating the presence of a circumstellar disk at a radius of 17.9 AU. The temperature of this dust is 52 K. "ARICNS: 00255". ARICNS. Centre of Astronomy, Heidelberg University

Benjamin Bathurst, 2nd Viscount Bledisloe

Benjamin Ludlow Bathurst, 2nd Viscount Bledisloe, QC was a British barrister. Born at Westbury, Bledisloe was the eldest son of Charles Bathurst, 1st Viscount Bledisloe, the Hon. Bertha Susan Lopes, daughter of Henry Lopes, 1st Baron Ludlow, he was educated at Oxford. He was a distinguished rower at Oxford, helping the Magdalen crew win the Grand Challenge Cup at Henley in 1920. In 1927, he was called to Lincoln's Inn. Bledisloe fought in the First World War and gained the rank of Second Lieutenant in the service of the Royal Artillery, he returned to military service during the Second World War, where he served as a Squadron Leader in the Royal Air Force. In 1956, he was appointed a bencher of Lincoln's Inn. Bathurst succeeded his father in the viscountcy in 1958, he was a regular contributor in the House of Lords, speaking 64 times between 1959 and 1979. Lord Bledisloe married Joan, daughter of Otto Krishaber, on 2 June 1933, they had two sons: Christopher Hiley Ludlow Bathurst, 3rd Viscount Bledisloe Hon. David Charles Lopes Bathurst Lord Bledisloe died in September 1979, aged 79, was succeeded in the viscountcy by his eldest son.

Lady Bledisloe died in December 1999. Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by the Viscount Bledisloe