Hi-fi enthusiasts, music lovers and of course regular readers can forego the pleasantries when it comes

Hi-fi enthusiasts, music lovers and of course regular readers can forego the pleasantries when it comes to British audio firm, Naim – the company’s bulging cabinet of accolades is recognition enough. Then again, it is British Hi-Fi Week and all; let’s give the Wiltshire outfit a little fanfare.  Naim Audio was founded on 4th June 1973. Its headquarters are still to be found in the medieval cathedral city of Salisbury, UK, despite a merger with French firm Focal in 2011.  Naim founder Julian Vereker MBE (1945 – 2000) was an avid racing car driver, self-taught engineer, and entrepreneur. Like most in the game, he also held music in particularly high regard.  Julian switched from building his own cars to building his own amplifiers and loudspeakers in the 1960s, eventually winning a contract in 1972 to supply audio equipment to the then start-up radio station, Capital Radio. His successful design was a compact version of an early Naim power amp combined with speaker drive units in one cabinet – the NAM 502.  Fast-forward through a string of triumphs, including the 1974 NAC 12 preamp and 1983 NAIT integrated amplifier, as well as some exceptional 1980s marketing sl...

Bike riders love ‘new’ – new bikes, new kit and new products. But sometimes we find

Bike riders love ‘new’ – new bikes, new kit and new products. But sometimes we find a product that we like, that works for us, and we don’t really want to change things up, especially when it comes to personal aspects such as hydration.Asked to review another new hydration product not so long after I spent a month drinking a brand that I liked enough to take it to France on a recent trip for Bicycling Australia, I wondered…really? Can there be anything better than this? What could be different about PREPD? Then I spent some time chatting with Nathan Hocking and his team and learnt a thing or two about this new product. Namely, it isn’t a hydration drink, but actually a hydration enhancer. So that idea is very new. It meant I didn’t have to quit drinking the product I had decided was ‘my’ hydration drink. I could still have it, but add PREPD to my before and after exercise regime.The theory was that PREPD, which tastes like a very nice fruit smoothie (the mango and passionfruit Prime is taken six to 12 hours before training or racing while the equally as flavoursome strawberry and kiwi Recover is taken straight afterwards) works with other forms of hydration in my body (including...

The Best Art Shows in Seattle: Winter 2019/2020 – Things to Do

Be/longing: Contemporary Asian Art The Asian Art Museum comes back to life after a long hiatus with this exhibition of 12 expatriate (or onetime expatriate) contemporary artists originating from Azerbaijan, Iran, India, Thailand, China, Korea, and Japan. Their work, which comes from the museum’s collection and two private sources, reflects their perspectives on Asian heritage “as both insiders and outsiders” in the world. (Opens Sat Feb 8) Boundless: Stories of Asian Art Explore the complexity of the huge and populous continent of Asia in the newly reopened Asian Art Museum. Rather than separating the artwork geographically, the curators have organized the displayed pieces around 12 themes, like “worship and celebration, visual arts and literature, and clothing and identity,” with a broad division of “spiritual life”-themed art in the south galleries and “material life” in the north. (Opens Sat Feb 8) Face First What can possibly be more compelling to the human gaze than the human face? Artists from around the Puget Sound (Christopher Paul Jordan, Jessica Rycheal, Romson Regarde Bustillo, Paul Marioni, and many others) depict...

Alexa’s Cyber Monday deals featured Amazon’s own brands ahead of others

Cyber Monday was the biggest shopping day in Amazon’s history. Turns out it was also a day for Amazon to promote its own brands over all others. On Monday, asking an Amazon Echo for the “best Cyber Monday deals” returned five straight responses from smart assistant Alexa that promoted products owned by Amazon: Amazon acquired Blink, a maker of security cameras, in 2017; it purchased Ring, the maker of video doorbells, in 2018. An Amazon spokesperson told Recode that after those first five deals, Amazon did promote items made by other companies, and that Alexa-enabled non-Echo devices returned deals in their first five responses that included non-Amazon-owned items. But the initial Alexa responses are just another sign of Amazon’s aggressiveness in promoting its own brands, whether they are gadgets like the Echo family of smart speaker products and Ring doorbells or apparel lines like Goodthreads. Amazon’s Black Friday deals also predominately featured Amazon’s own brands ahead of others, according to an analysis by Quartz. The holiday promotions come at a time when politicians, regulators, and even Amazon’s own sellers are increasingly scrutinizing whether the e-commerce giant f...

News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education,

News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. Sure, she’s a fun party trick – and has quite the sense of humour – but Alexa’s capabilities these days extend far beyond playing a Bruce Springsteen song when we want her to. While data privacy concerns still remain a barrier for many, PwC found that nearly 40 per cent of people enter the connected home market via smart entertainment devices, and that ownership of smart devices has almost doubled in the past couple of years. Amazon’s Alexa is now compatible with a range of smart-home devices, from lights to hoovers, which you can control using voice-activated technology. Investing in an Alexa device, like an Echo Dot, Echo Flex or an Echo Plus, is the first step. These start at under £20. Once you embrace the ease and convenience of an Alexa-enhanced life, you won’t go back. ‘Alexa, how many ways can we thank you?’ This article and featured products have been independently chosen by Sun journalists. It contains links which are ads, and if you click a link and buy a product we will earn revenue. The Ring is an...

Office slashes up to 60% on Adidas trainers ahead of Black Friday

News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. CALLING all sneakerheads, Office has slashed the price of Adidas trainers ahead of Black Friday by up to 60 per cent. You’ll need to be quick if you want to get your hands on a pair, but this is a great chance to bag some bargains ahead of Black Friday. Office’s deals cover most of the best loved trainers, including Gazelles, Falcons, and their retro Continentals. You can find shoes for everyone in the deal, with mens, womens and kids all discounted, so if you know someone who’s been lusting after a pair now’s the time to buy. We’ve put together our top picks below, but remember you can still find discounts over the next two weeks as Black Friday is fast approaching. *Just because products are in the Black Friday sale, doesn’t mean you can’t find the same thing, or similar, cheaper elsewhere. Always shop around to find the best offers. Shoe addicts will love this Secret Schuh discount website lets shoppers snap up shoes by brands including Adidas and Converse for up to 70% off. This article and any featured products...

Best New And Featured Products Announced For Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show and Healthy Food Expo

ORLANDO, FL – Thousands of new products and services from 400 exhibiting companies for restaurants, caterers and foodservice establishments were introduced during this week’s Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show and Healthy Food Expo Florida being held together at the Orange County Convention Center.   Several Awards were presented, including: The  Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show and Healthy Food Expo are produced and managed by Clarion UX, and sponsored by the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association.  The trade show and conference provide industry professionals access to the hottest menu trends, state of the art design and decor, a renowned education program, several culinary demonstrations, and 400+ of the leading vendors and purveyors dedicated to serving the restaurant & foodservice community. For more information, visit https://www.flrestaurantandlodgingshow.com/. Barbed Wire, Razor Wire, Conveyor Belt, Metal Meshes, Stainless Steel Wire – Risen,https://www.rswires.com/

Azerbaijan intends to get access to new foreign markets in the European countries and expand the

Azerbaijan intends to get access to new foreign markets in the European countries and expand the range of local products exported under the Made in Azerbaijan brand. The introduction of local products at international exhibitions and successful organization of export missions to overseas to promote national products under the Made in Azerbaijan brand boost the non-oil sector of the Azerbaijani economy as well as strengthen business ties with foreign countries. Azerbaijani food products and spirits were demonstrated at the Food Expo Warsaw-2019 fair held in Poland’s capital, Warsaw, on September 12-14. Local products have been displayed at the “Made in Azerbaijan” stand in the event, with the support of the Trade Mission for Central Asia at the Azerbaijani Embassy in Poland. Made in Azerbaijan stand, which featured local wines, fruit juices, teas, compotes, jams and other canned products, met with great interest at the exhibition. Food Expo Warsaw is the largest exhibition held in Poland in the fields of agriculture and food products. As before, this year the exhibition was attended by large importers, procurers, supermarket chains, processing enterprises and companies. The exhi...