Glass Etching – A handy skill to have

Glass etching was once something you would have to go to a specialist for, and the costs weren’t exactly cheap, however, it is now possible to learn the art of glass etching yourself, and there are many products you can buy to help you perfect this skill. There are some pen engravers which you can you use with stencils, so all you really need is a cool and purposeful hand. If you’re able to etch glass to a good standard, you can make some of your Christmas presents more memorable, and the good news is these pens are incredibly cheap. What people don’t know is that these pens can also deliver deep grooves in metal, wood, leather, plastic, and ceramic, so they’re very multipurpose. If you’d like one of these and fancy practising this Christmas, try mastering wood first, but if you can, always choose a pen engraver that sits comfortably in the hand.


The CamRanger and why it’s so important to professional portrait photographers

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The CamRanger is an incredibly nifty bit of kit that’s being widely used by professional portrait, commercial and editorial photographers. What it essentially allows them to do is control the camera via an Apple or Android device, whilst it tethers the photographs taken through to the device via a simple cable. This basically means that the photographer can see the photos as they come through and critique them on a larger screen rather than the DSLR’s display. It’s a very clever tool that will be sure to impress your clients, so you can quickly see if another shot is needed, whether lighting needs to be tweaked or the post for instance. At under £300 it’s an incredibly worthwhile investment for any professional photographer, and that’s why it’s becoming such a useful tool in the industry and we’re sure its popularity will only continue to grow over the coming months and years.


Is it worth investing in a smart watch?

With the forever developing technology, it can be hard to keep up. Smart watches are the latest trend, but are they worth investing in? Smart watches will certainly suit some lifestyles more than others, with buisness men and women being the primary target audience. There are many features to smart watches, and we will outline a few to help you gain a better understanding before you make a purchase. Phone calls- you can see who is calling you straight from your watch. This means you can have your phone on silence and receive a small vibration to your wrist to alert you that you have a phone call. This feature is extremely helpful during business meetings, where you do not want to cause a distraction. Notifications- this includes text messages, emails, app messages and much more. As previously mentioned, the discrete alerting system allows you to control your messages without looking rude on your phone. Extras- Calendars, calculators and camera control are all extra features that you may find on a smart watch. You can set alarms to alert you of meeting times in a discrete manor.


Portable chargers; A backpacking essential

If you are about to take off on an adventure of a life time or you may be planning a holiday away with the family, a portable charger should be on your checklist. Mobile phones, tablets, and cameras are all part of our holiday must haves, but keeping the battery going while we are on the move can be difficult. A simple addition of a portable charger is all you need. These chargers can either be mains charged or solar charged, both allowing you to charge multiple devices before they lose their charge. Modern models come in a compact design that fit nicely into your bag, not taking up too much space. It seems that the new mobile phones are losing their battery life quicker than ever, that’s why a quick boost by a portable charger can come in handy. Chargers are available in a variety of designs and varying prices, so there is one that will suit your style and needs.


New technological developments within restaurants

As other industries continue to advance in regard to technology, the hospitality industry is also not left behind. Here are some of the latest restaurant technologies: Tablet restaurant management- This system provides for real-time views of tables, catalogues the menu by a selection’s name or ingredients, processes sales and delivery tickets as well as sends orders to the kitchen and therefore ensures faster service of food and beverages. LED Alert systems- The system alerts kitchen workers to time-sensitive tasks such as when the silverware is dry and is ready for use by illuminating a coloured light. The light attracts the attention of the staff and sends a message on the immediate action that should be taken. Table based entertainment- The new technology helps to eliminate the use of paperwork menus in the restaurants and projects all that guests need to know directly onto their tables. Dishes can be ordered by pressing the virtual button on the e-table. In case the guests get bored, the system provides a range of entertainment options. For example, they can take a peep at the chefs as they prepare the ordered foods or take a look at interesting information of the local area.

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