Black Friday 2018 deals: Retailers reveal the bestselling products

Black Friday is well and truly underway, and now some of the UK’s top retailers have revealed the products shoppers are going wild for.  Tech and gadgets are all performing strongly, and Amazon has revealed that the All-new Echo Dot (3rd Gen) – Smart speaker with Alexa and the Fire TV Stick 4K Ultra HD with All-New Alexa Voice Remote are among its tops sellers for Black Friday 2018.  Velvet sofas are bang on trend so it’s no surprise that a luxurious orange three-seater with more than £300 off is one of Habitat’s top sellers today.  Halfords has also revealed its top ten, including a men’s mountain bike with £170 off, while Escentual.com is selling out of a Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Fico di Amalfi gift set.   At Carphone Warehouse, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Apple iPhone XR were the biggest sellers of the annual shopping extravaganza.  According to retail sales aggregator LovetheSales.com, a massive 42 per cent of stock across 950 retailers is currently discounted. The reductions are better too, at an average of 37 per cent, compared with 33 per cent last year and 30 per cent in 2016. Whether you’re after new home appliances, a mobile phone upg...

Now is the perfect time to give your home and garden a stylish update. A chic

Now is the perfect time to give your home and garden a stylish update. A chic planter will instantly enhance your outdoor space, giving your blooms a stately pride of place and creating a contemporary urban feel. Here are some fabulous styles to consider. When it comes to planting your choice of pot requires some careful thought. Some opt for glazed ceramic for indoor use which can range from ultra modern and sleek to country rustic depending on the shape and pattern. While some gardeners prefer plastic for more perfunctory gardening, terracotta pots are a classic option for both indoor and outdoor spaces. Made from baked clay, terracotta pots are affordable enough to suit most budgets and provide a good environment for many plants – the porous nature of clay allows air and water to pass through the sides of the pot. This is great for removing excess moisture from soil but can also cause it to dry out quickly, so you will need to water more frequently. Other good features to search for include thick walls and a reddish brown hue. Another reason for the popularity of terracotta pots is their rustic appearance. Whether your garden has a classic or modern look, there are plenty of ...

The latest exhibitions to open at the Albany Institute of History and Art are both gems;

The latest exhibitions to open at the Albany Institute of History and Art are both gems; one figuratively and the other literally.  First, there’s a retrospective of Larry Kagan’s sculptural works, though to call them that doesn’t entirely capture their nature. The Troy-based artist uses not only physical materials but light and shadow to bring his pieces to life, creating images and scenes by manipulating metals, acrylics and salvaged steel.  In the exhibition, called “Shape and Shadow,” Kagan goes back and forth with his mediums and materials; from found steel to Plexiglas and Lucite to steel rods. According to the exhibition’s label copy, Kagan’s son once described him as “an engineer masquerading as an artist,” which seems like an utterly perfect description of his work. There’s a certain scientific playfulness about his pieces that makes one instantly wonder how they were created.  Kagan studied art at the State University of New York at Albany and was inspired by Dennis Byng, an instructor who was one of the first artists to sculpture with Plexiglas and Lucite.  Byng’s influence can be seen throughout his career, though Kagan focused on light’s relationship with his sculp...

The Government kicks off the selection process to find modular house builders for its KiwiBuild scheme

Large scale prefabricated housing construction has come a step closer with the Government’s KiwiBuild scheme issuing an Invitation to Participate (ITP) to building companies capable of developing suitable offsite manufacturing operations. The ITP invites suppliers to present proposals for delivering modular homes that meet KiwiBuild’s criteria for design, manufacturing and assembly. When the Government announced its plans to build 100,000 affordable KiwiBuild homes over the next 10 years, it said prefabricated construction may be one way of bring down the construction cost of dwellings. The Head of the KiwiBuild programme, Stephen Barclay, said exploring the opportunities that offsite manufacturing could offer in terms of innovation and scale could drive a real step change in the availability, quality and cost of affordable housing. “While the first KiwiBuild homes in Auckland are already on the market and we have deals with a number of developers around the country for hundreds more over the next 12 months alone, offsite manufacturing has long been identified as  a potential game changer,” Barclay said. “When we look at the proposals, consistent q...

Which iPhone Has The Biggest Screen Size? The iPhone 11 Pro Max & iPhone XS Max Are Tied

When it comes to choosing your next smartphone, there are lots of factors to consider. For some people, screen size is a crucial part of this decision, so comparing displays on different models is important. If you’re looking to get a new iPhone with the largest screen size, you have several options — one of which is part of Apple’s brand new iPhone 11 series. The newly-released iPhone 11 Pro Max and 2018′s iPhone XS Max are tied for the biggest-ever iPhone screen sizes, with each boasting a 6.5-inch display. According to Apple’s technical specifications, both models are also quite similar in terms of overall dimensions. The 2019 Pro Max has a height of 6.22 inches, width of 3.06 inches, and depth of 0.32 inches, while the 2018 XS Max boasts a height of 6.20 inches, width of 3.05 inches, and depth of 0.30 inches. Both phones feature a super retina XDR display and an all‑screen OLED multi‑touch display, according to Apple, so what you see on your display will be of the highest quality. One physical difference between the two devices (outside of camera differences), however, is their weight. The new iPhone 11 Pro Max weighs in at 7.97 ounces, while the old...

Sept 23rd, 2019 – Quick Sale Heads Up: There’s currently a deal on the Tacx NEO 2

Sept 23rd, 2019 – Quick Sale Heads Up: There’s currently a deal on the Tacx NEO 2 for $200 off, down to Tacx NEO 2 – $1,199. This reduces down last year’s Tacx NEO 2 by a considerable bit, whereas the new NEO 2T takes its place as the top-spot. And heck, at the moment I’d actually take the one year old NEO 2 over the NEO 2T (until they fix the 2T firmware anyway). Two years and two weeks. That’s how long it’s been since Tacx first announced the NEO Bike Smart. And in my mind, I keep thinking that by now I should be calling this the NEO Bike 2. And in some respects, there’s actually a lot of truth to that. When it was first shown in 2017, it was modeled after a Tacx NEO (1) trainer. But going on two years now, and we’ve seen last year’s release of the Tacx NEO 2, and this year the Tacx NEO 2T. Thankfully, the NEO Bike is more akin to the NEO 2T; in fact, the NEO 2T is designed after the bike. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. While Tacx may have shown their cards a bit early in the development cycle, the reality is that all companies have elongated development release timeframes. Wahoo has been working on their bike just as long as Tacx, but simply weren’t public about it. Th...

Top Innovations from the National Restaurant Association Show | Modern Restaurant Management

The experts at Parts Town walked the entire show floor, looking for the best equipment, technology, foods, drinks and more. The team noted some standouts including a tortilla machine, a tray tracker, automated cabinets for food pickups and donut mixology. Read on for some of the greatest innovations and observations from the 100th anniversary show. Grindmaster-Cecilware has released yet another gem in their line of coffee equipment. The PrecisionBrew Air-Heated Shuttle Brewer has shuttles designed to maintain temperature and flavor. So how does it achieve this? Each shuttle is heated by recirculating hot air. Traditional machines use electric coils, which can cause hot spots and scorching of your brew. This model also is equipped with Java-tate™ technology that stirs coffee at regular short intervals to keep the brew seamlessly blended. Whether you’re cutting or removing them, prepping tortillas can be tricky and time consuming. Well, until now. The Ventura Flex, which was released in 2018, is the first ever electric tabletop tortilla maker. Despite its small footprint, the machine makes up to 840 corn tortillas per hour and has multiple setting to adjust thickness and sizes. It...

We’ve been running our electric fan all night for the past week to try and stay

We’ve been running our electric fan all night for the past week to try and stay cool during the heat wave, but I’m slightly concerned about how much money this is going to add to our energy bill. We’ve had it on throughout the night and during the day at weekends – how can I work out how much is it likely to add to our bills? Rebecca Rutt, of This is Money, replies: The weather has been exceptionally hot this week with the warmest June day recorded since 1976 on Wednesday and temperatures hitting 33.9C in London. As the majority of UK homes aren’t fitted with air conditioning units, to combat the rising temperatures many people will have been relying on electric fans to try and stay cool. There has even been a run on electric fans and almost all major retailers have sold out as desperate consumers try and get hold of one. If you’ve got one at home, and it’s been on a lot recently, you may now be wondering how much this might add to your electricity bills.  The exact cost to your bills depends on a few factors. The first is the kind of fan you have and the amount of energy it uses. To find this out you need to check the ‘wattage’ or number of watts as it’s more...

Load Sensing Control Valve (LSC) Market Size, Historical Growth, Analysis, Opportunities and Forecast To 2025

The ‘ Load Sensing Control Valve (LSC) market’ study now available at MarketStudyReport.com, is a detailed sketch of the business sphere in terms of current and future trends driving the profit matrix. The report also indicates a pointwise outline of market share, market size, industry partakers, and regional landscape along with statistics, diagrams, & charts elucidating various noteworthy parameters of the industry landscape. The Load Sensing Control Valve (LSC) market research report encompasses a brief segmentation of this industry along with a generic overview. The report has been effectively put together with a slew of forces that are known to influence the revenue scale of this business space, some of which fall along the likes of the market environment, the most recent trends, as well as the government policy. Not to mention, the Load Sensing Control Valve (LSC) market report is also inclusive of substantial information with respect to the geographical and competitive spectrums of this business space. Request a sample Report of Load Sensing Control Valve (LSC) Market at: https://www.marketstudyreport.com/request-a-sample/2219969?utm_source=isbusinessintelligence.com&...

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The company disclosed the move to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry in a January filing required under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. It said the closing will affect 43 employees and that layoffs would take place between May 31 and August 30. National Molding did not immediately respond to a request for comment. According to the company’s website, the 50,000-square-foot Ambridge facilty, with 40 injection presses, is the company’s smallest molding factory. Globally, the company has four other injection molding plants — two in Florida, one in Toronto and one in Shanghai — with 290 presses and $108 million in injection molding sales, according to the 2018 Plastics News sales ranking of injection molding firms. The automotive market has historically been key for the company, but it’s been diversifying and expanding in recent years. It acquired medical injection molder Ven-Tel Plastics Corp. in Largo, Fla., in 2016 and purchased a controlling interest in Canadian molder Dynaplas Ltd. in 2017. Those two acquisitions have over 100 molding machines, according to the company’s website. National Molding has developed its ow...

Flying Squirrels Glow Fluorescent Pink Under Ultraviolet Light | Smart News

A chance encounter in the forests of Bayfield County, Wisconsin, has led scientists to a startling realization: As Jon Martin, a forestry professor at the state’s Northland College, discovered after pointing his ultraviolet flashlight toward a flying squirrel feasting at a bird feeder, the gliding creature’s fur glows a fluorescent bright pink under the right conditions. To determine whether this phenomenon was merely a one-time anomaly, Martin recruited the help of several Northland colleagues. Next, Jake Buehler writes for National Geographic, the researchers traveled to the Science Museum of Minnesota and Chicago’s Field Museum, where they analyzed 135 squirrel skins—including those of both flying and non-flying specimens—under visible and ultraviolet light. Time and again, the scientists report in the Journal of Mammalogy, the team found that members of the Glaucomys genus, also known as New World flying squirrels, emitted that same telltale pink glow. “The fluorescence was there in the Glaucomys from the 19th to 21st century, from Guatemala to Canada, in males and females, and in specimens collected in all seasons,” senior study author Paula Spaeth Anich, a biologist at Nor...

Global 3D Printing Metals Market 2018-2023: $2.08 Billion Opportunity Potential to Enhance Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management

The “3D Printing Metals Market by Form, Type, End-Use Industry, and Region – Global Forecast to 2023″ report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering. The 3D printing metals market is projected to grow from USD 590.4 million in 2018 to USD 2.089.7 million by 2023, at a CAGR of 28.8% from 2018 to 2023. Increasing use of 3D metal printing as a mainstream production process in industries such as aerospace & defense and medical & dental is driving the growth of 3D printing metals marketThe 3D printing metals market has been segmented by type into titanium, nickel, stainless steel, aluminum, and others. Titanium offers excellent corrosion resistance and high strength required for heavy engineering applications. It is commonly used for the manufacturing of engine parts and airframes in the aerospace & defense industry. Titanium alloys are mainly used in the aerospace industry owing to their light weight and excellent heat resistance. Being a biocompatible material, titanium is also widely used in medical implants. Stainless steel is another preferred material for metal 3D printing in the end-user industries. It is biocompatible and offers...

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