- Article 11.5.13
This is a compressed beer. It is brew concentrate and you can turn one small pouch into a pale ale. To make this you boil water and add malt to create wort which is unfermented beer. Then it is cooled and yeast is added to ferment it. That’s where the similarity with a normal brewing process ends though. The mixture is now distilled and reserves the ethanol which leaves a syrup. Then the process starts again but the syrup is added instead of water. In total it goes through this process four times which gives the final concentrate ten times the strength of normal beer. Just add water and drink.
- Article 9.5.13
We all know that desktop computers typically come with two or more display outputs. Finding a way to plug in your extra display’s is an issue for notebooks though.
New USB powered devices are now on sale. The BVU165 and BVU165LT consume much less power than internal graphics claim the manufacturer. You can drive up to six external displays at decent resolutions of up to 2048 x 1152 px. You can connect the dongles to any USB2.0 port and then connect up dvi, hdmi or vga compatible displays. More about these devices later.
- Article 11/5/13
Why is it that manufacturers are hesitant about adding new capacity, this fuelling higher prices? SanDisk's CEO says that reason is the rising costs associated with r&d of modern memory chip factories. Demand has grown for flash memory but chipmakers are strapped for cash and thinking twice about investing in new facilities, thus adding little new capacity to cater for increasing demand. Flash memory chips are used in mobile devices and our branded usb drives. The key to this pricing issue is the development of Nand so that if completes with traditional hard discs. Mehrotra believes that chipmakers including Samsung will increase their NAND flash manufacturing capacity by an average of seven per cent this year.
- Article 11.5.13
Ever fancied the idea of wearing a shirt 100 times?
A new shirt has been developed with claims that it can be worn repeatedly, remains odour free and doesn’t need a wash.
Mac Bishop, 24, says that his shirt looks good, is soft to the touch, resistant to wrinkling, and odour-free. To prove this, he wore one of the shirts for 100 days in a row without washing it. The key to this is a miracle fibre….wool, but Bishops wool is more than three times thinner than a human hair. This makes them extra resistant to moisture apparently and that makes them the perfect garment for active people. Will it work? Well he’s got backing so we’ll see.
- Article 6.5.13
It seems as though we are set to live in a world of ultra slim laptops if current trends continue. In addition new operating Systems like Windows 8 are set to lead the way in touch adoption and spark a rise in low cost options. White box tablets are made by small Chinese manufacturers and they are cannibalising the laptop sector and selling where laptops have not traditionally sold.
Acer launched a new Android tabled called the Iconia A1 for $169 and tablets reached 49 million sales in the first quarter of 2013. It is actually anticipated that a staggering 256 million laptops will ship in 2013.
- Article 7.5.13
3D printers are getting incresingly popular and have even found their way to toy giant Hasbro who use them to print off toy parts at inception. They are also increasingly popular in the medical world. Nokia use 3D printing to allow you to design your own Lumia 820 case and Samsung and Apple look set to follow suite with the Galaxy S4 and IPhone.
Now you can use an App called JamStik to turn your iPad or iPhone into a portable digital guitar! Unlike other apps, there is a tangible element here in that you actualy get to strum real strings and use real picking techniques using the accompanying device.
This cleaver device uses light to scan your fingers motion and sends that information to the device control element in real time. It is compatible with iOS MIDI apps which can already be purchased from the iTunes App Store. There is a tutorial app and a virtual teacher to take you through the basics and a few cleaver enhancement apps that turn a novice into an expert. It retails for $219.00
Current Exchange Rate -17th May 2013:
Sterling 1.00 = USD 1.5205
Sterling 1.00 = Euro 1.1829
Mid market rates for conversion of 10,000 pounds sterling
The vast majority of Promotional USB Drives are assembled in Chinese factories. The flash chips that constitute the main component of these chips are sold to these factories in USD (United States Dollars). The factories are therefore locked into a commercial cycle because a significant proportion of their sales are to economies that use the USD. Whilst this has specific bearing for the US market, it is relevant for European and other markets because of any sterling dollar exchange rate fluctuations. The UK FOREX website shows the exchange rate trends over different periods of time http://www.ukforex.co.uk/cgi-bin/real-time-forex-charts.asp