PC Shipments Mark Steepest Decline With 10 Percent Drop

The basis of the post is to make you consider what in life is significant and what does getting the up-to-date PC Tablet really signify to us

Personal-computer shipments fell 10 percent in 2013, marking the worst-ever decline after lackluster holiday sales underscored how consumers and businesses are shunning machines for mobile devices, two research firms said.

Manufacturers shipped 315.9 million units, returning to 2009 levels and making it the “worst decline in PC market history,” researcher Gartner Inc. said in a statement yesterday. IDC also said shipments had a record decline.

U.S. consumers omitted PCs from their holiday shopping lists while buyers in Asia opted for smartphones and tablets. More computing tasks are moving to websites and applications tailored for wireless gadgets, rather than software installed on laptops and desktops. The annual drop eclipsed the previous record decline of 3.9 percent in 2012, Gartner said.

“Consumer spending during the holidays did not come back to PCs as tablets were one of the hottest holiday items,” said Mikako Kitagawa, an analyst at Stamford, Connecticut-based Gartner. “In emerging markets, the first connected device for consumers is most likely a smartphone, and their first computing device is a tablet.”

Global sales fell 6.9 percent in the fourth quarter — the seventh straight drop — to 82.6 million units, Gartner said. IDC, based in Framingham, Massachusetts, reported a decline of 5.6 percent in the same period.

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Lenovo Group Ltd. (996) maintained the No. 1 spot worldwide with 18.1 percent market share in the fourth quarter, helped by a 6.6 percent increase in shipments, according to Gartner. Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ) was second with a 16.4 percent share as shipments declined 7.2 percent. Dell Inc. was third, the researcher said.

“We are extremely optimistic about the future of the $200 billion-plus PC industry,” Yang Yuanqing, Lenovo’s chairman and chief executive officer, said in a statement. “We continue to outperform the market while steadily improving profit and margin.”

Lenovo shipped 14 million PCs in the last quarter, it said.

Growth in the PC market has become dependent on consumers and businesses replacing existing machines, rather than wooing new buyers. Enterprise demand is being driven in part by Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)’s plan to end support for its 13-year-old Windows XP operating system in April, compelling businesses to buy new PCs along with software upgrades.

U.S. shipments shrank 7.5 percent in the fourth quarter to 15.8 million units, Gartner said. Unit sales in Europe, the Middle East and Africa fell 6.7 percent to 25.8 million, while the Asia-Pacific region saw a 9.8 percent decline to 26.5 million.

Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Loren Loverde, an analyst at IDC, said the decline in PC shipments was the worst since the researcher started tracking data in 1981, with the previous record seen in 2001, when sales shrank 3.7 percent.

“We don’t think it’s quite the bottom yet,” Loverde said. IDC is predicting a 3.8 percent decline in PC shipments for 2014 this year, and then growth of less than 1 percent in 2015, he said.

Source – http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-09/pc-shipments-drop-6-9-percent-in-weak-holiday-shopping.html

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The James Bond Earpiece, We Have The Evidence?

The earpiece used by Bond in the Macau scenes is a Phonex Invisity Flex Miniature Receiver. Sadly, if you want to buy one, you either need to work for MI6, or else fork out £1,500 of your hard-earned dosh.

The earpiece you will be far more likely to buy is a Micro Spy Bluetooth Earpiece and it’s quite a handy little gadget. At £70, it isn’t cheap, but its considerably cheaper than the ‘official’ version, wouldn’t you say?

Now, as for your second question:

‘Skyfall’ was an awesome movie. I’ll tell you a little story. When I was a boy, I loved James Bond movies. Loved ‘em. I was a huge Sean Connery fan (to my mum, Connery was the definitive Bond, so those were the movies we watched). Although I enjoyed the outlandish concepts of ‘Live & Let Die’ and ‘Moonraker’, the Roger Moore era doesn’t stand up quite as well for me. Moore didn’t seem to be tough in the same way that Connery did. Of course, I’m a 90’s kid, so Pierce Brosnan was our Bond. However, although he’s a very good actor, Brosnan’s stories seemed very silly to me and I never really warmed to him as 007.

In ‘Casino Royale’ Daniel Craig’s Bond was, for me at least, a return to the Connery-era 007 of my childhood. This Bond was a physical, dominating presence. He was violent, narcissistic and damaged, but hid it so well under a veneer of detachment and charm.

I didn’t like ‘Quantum of Solace’ as much, to be honest. It looked amazing and the stunt work was some of the best I’ve ever seen, but the plot just seemed to go nowhere for me. I felt the villains were extremely one-dimensional (a corrupt Latin American general and an American businessman? Come on) and the story just lacked ‘oomph’ (for want of a better term).

‘Skyfall’ was the best of the Craig movies so far in my opinion. We got an awesome villain (Javier Bardem was beyond wonderful), the best M story ever told and an emotional and layered story. Plus, we got Q, Moneypenny, cars, guns, girls and Bond. So yeah, I loved it. 

NASA Confirms Liquid Water on Saturn’s Moon

A major scientific discovery was made this week as scientists uncovered overwhelming evidence indicating the presence of a ‘great lake’ on Saturn’s moon Enceladus. The discovery is important because it marks Enceladus as being a possible site for life existing outside of our own planet.

Initially, icy material was seen being squirted into space from an odd ‘striped’ pattern on the moon’s southern pole. It was theorized that this material was water being ejected from a large body of liquid H20 on the moon’s surface. This week, measurements from NASA’s Cassini probe revealed the water’s gravitational signal, effectively confirming the theory. The Cassini probe even sampled the water as it was ejected into space.

Professor Luciano Less, of the Sapienza University of Rome, who was interviewed on the subject by BBC news, said, “The measurements that we have done are consistent with the existence of a large water reservoir about the size (volume) of Lake Superior in North America,”

To add context to this statement, Lake Superior is the largest freshwater lake in the world by surface and the third largest in the world by volume. It reaches depths of 147 metres and has an approximate volume of 12,000 Km3. It also plays home to over 80 different species of fish.

Data extracted from the probe suggests that the water is about 40km underneath Enceladus’ icy surface.

Enceladus is locked in an eccentric orbit around its parent planet; this means that the moon’s orbit is non-circular and it therefore follows that Saturn’s gravity will have the effect of melting the ice in some places and freezing any liquid found in others. 

There are a lot of places in our solar system that possibly house liquid water, but not as many where that water can come into contact with rock. Rock is important because rocks release minerals and salts into the water – and these materials are among the key building blocks of life.

Professor Andrew Coates of the UCL-Mullard Space Science Laboratory was also interviewed for BBC news, he remained positive regarding the possibility of microbal life on Enceladus. Prof Coates said, “I think Enceladus has gone to the top of the charts in terms of a place where there could be life. (…) It’s got several of the things which you need for life – there’s certainly the presence of heat, there’s liquid water in this ocean, there’s organics and that type of chemistry going on. (…) The only question is, has there been enough time for life to develop?”

However, as Professor David Stevenson, from the California Institute of Technology, pointed out “we don’t know whether the ocean is being added to at present or is freezing up”. It is theoretically possible that the great body of water confirmed this week has been there for 100 million years, but it is also potentially a far more recent development. At present, no one knows for sure. 

SOURCES

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-26872184

What Type Of Kenwood Connector on EarpieceOnline.co.uk Should You Use With A Kenwood Radio

Although there are multiple types and designs of Kenwood radios out there, there are only two earpiece connectors compatible with these radios. Kenwood has been able to design their earpiece connectors in such a way that they are compatible with all their vast types of radios. A large percentage of Kenwood radios utilize the 2 pin earpiece connector. Among the most popular radios using the 2 pin earpiece connector include TK3000 and TK3300. The difference between the two-pin connector and the multi pin connector is straightforward. The former features two pins while the latter features multiple pins. However, their performance may not be the same depending on usability and the type of Kenwood radio.

The Two-Pin Earpiece Connector

The earpiece of the Kenwood 2 pin connector is featured by an incredible in-line push-to-talk button (PTT) with an in-built microphone. In addition, it comes with a complete clothing clip and a surveillance acoustic audio tube. This Kenwood earpiece connector can be used with most of the Kenwood radios and it normally sells out at a fair price.

This Kenwood radio earpiece connector is Kevlar reinforced for added security. It also features a secure fit tube connector as well as the lapel clip button. These features integrate themselves easily thus ensuring that the final sound output is of high quality. They are also designed with hi-tech microphones which help in reducing the noise level. Unlike other connectors, its wire PTT (microphone) and acoustic tube are separate. This is meant to reduce the amount of vibrations and echoes produced which would otherwise compromise the sound quality.

When it comes to style, the Kenwood radio earpiece connector is a RoHS compliant connector which has the ‘Over the ear’ FBI style acoustic tube which helps in monitoring sound levels. When you see that the plugs have worn out, there is no reason to worry because these pieces feature replaceable mushroom plugs. This is a changeable earpiece connector which allows you to change the connector to the accessory available. Apart from being compatible with Kenwood two-pin, it also works well other devices such as Motorola 2 pin and Icom 2 pin.

The Multi-Pin Earpiece Connector

The Kenwood multi-pin connected earpiece is a unique and tech savvy type of earpiece. But the earpiece is the same to the 2 pin connected earpiece in other areas. For example, both of them share very important features crucial to the audio type produced. Some of these identical features include an in-line PTT button, the surveillance acoustic tube and the clothing clip. When it comes to its value, it is a little bit pricy than the two-pin version.

The Kenwood Radio Earpieces

The performance and aesthetics of every Kenwood radio earpiece can be fostered by spending a little bit more on optional features such as the ‘swivel’ ear loop. Also, you can enjoy better use and comfort by including a steel clothing clip that reduces noise. Kenwood composes their earpieces from high quality cables featuring a toughened surface. The durable surface protects the cable from accidental strain and offers exemplary cushion to wear and tear. These pieces are lightweight allowing them to be carried and used in wherever you travel. They have been designed to withstand consistent strains common with all earpieces making it easier to be used in any environment.

Actually, the types of connectors which are compatible with Kenwood radios are limited compared to its counterparts. Nevertheless, the Kenwood two-pin and multi-pin connectors provide an excellent performance in all Kenwood’s radios making other connectors of no importance. But some people would say it is worth trying using other connectors to taste the difference. Kenwood radio earpieces consist of polycarbonate microphones which cushions your ears from unexpected high sound levels. When the acoustic tube gets damaged it can be easily replaced ensuring that communication remains uninterrupted. Also, the button or the controller is strategically placed allowing easier management of communication.

Most of Kenwood 2 way radios may only be connected by the two varieties of connectors. Thankfully, their equipment is among the best on Earpieceonline and it can hardly be rivaled. If you would want to have a Kenwood radio for your company, it is futile searching other compatible connectors because the aforementioned two works superbly. Many companies have started using Kenwood radio earpieces because of these hi-tech unparalleled features. Remember that, to gain advantage of uninterrupted communication, safe audio output and additional exclusive capabilities you will have to consider a good earpiece connector for your radio.

New Analog-to-Digital Migration Guide Helps Users Take Advantage of the Latest Technologies

For a long time people have been telling me that family, love and happiness are the most important things in life…At present I realise that I can take or leave all that as long as I have this two way radio in the world.

All around us, the wireless world is going digital. But organizations have questions about this breakthrough technology. To provide them with answers, BearCom and Motorola Solutions teamed up to create our Analog-to-Digital Migration Guide: “Five Reasons to Migrate to Digital Two-Way Radios.”

“A ‘smart’ revolution is transforming two-way radios,” the guide begins. “Digital technology is opening the door to a host of useful web-based applications for two-way radios, even as it enhances capacity, coverage, audio quality, and battery life.”

Available as a free download from BearCom.com, the guide details how digital two-way radios offer additional functionality, greater efficiency, enhanced coverage, improved audio quality, and extended battery life compared to analog radios. It explores the capabilities and benefits of the latest radios, the differences between analog and digital technologies, and the process for making a smooth transition to digital.

“There are plenty of exciting new digital two-way radio products available,” reads the cover letter from BearCom President & CEO Jerry Denham. “This new Analog-to-Digital Migration Guide is the latest tool we’ve developed to assist organizations around the country as they harness the power of digital performance to improve their communications capabilities.”

The guide includes details on the MOTOTRBO line of digital two-way radios from Motorola Solutions and the new Motorola CP200d, which was made available through BearCom last summer. In developing the CP200d, Motorola Solutions was able to retain the simplicity and durability that have helped make the Motorola CP200 analog model popular across a wide range of industries.

The guide also answers frequently asked questions, such as:
Why should we go digital?
How are apps useful in two-way radios?
Will analog radios become extinct?
Are my analog two-way radio accessories compatible with digital models?
How can I get the best value when selecting digital two-way radios?

– See more at: http://blog.bearcom.com/2014/01/new-analog-to-digital-migration-guide-helps-users-take-advantage-of-the-latest-technologies/#sthash.hoMbIaZV.dpuf

THE BEST PLACES TO EAT AROUND THE GLOBE

The list of the best 50 restaurants in the world has been released this month, here, unsurprising is noma 1st and El Celler de Can Roca 2nd. the fat duck, 1st for many years, has dropped to 47th.

 

1) Noma, Copenhagen, Denmark: This two Michelin star restaurant is run by chef René Redzepi. The restaurant has aimed to reinvent Nordic cuisine and serves dishes such as sea urchin toast and beef tartar with live ants.

2) El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain: The family-run, three Michelin star restaurant is managed by brothers Joan, Josep and Jordi Roca and serves traditional Catalan dishes with ‘creative’ twists. It is known for its unusual presentation of dishes, such as caramelised olives served on a bonsai tree.

3) Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy: Massimo Bottura runs this three Michelin star restaurant in Modena. The restaurant’s menu has a lyrical twist, advertising dishes like An Eel Swimming Up The Po River, Snails Under The Earth, All The Tongues Of The World, and A Potato Waiting To Become A Truffle.

4) Eleven Madison Park, New York, USA: This restaurant is run by co-owners Daniel Humm and Will Guidara, and offers a tasting menu. The maitre d’ of the famous restaurant, Justin Roller, revealed to New York magazine earlier this month that he spends hours looking up the restaurant’s patrons on the Internet before they arrive so he can tailor their experience to their needs.

5) Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London, UK: Celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal opened this restaurant in 2011 and it received its first Michelin star within a year. It features traditional British dishes dating back to the 1300’s, including Meat Fruit and Rice & Flesh.

6) Mugaritz, San Sebastián, Spain: This two-Michelin star restaurant was established in 1998 and is under the management of chef Andoni Luis Aduriz.

7) D.O.M, Sao Paulo, Brazil: D.O.M. won the award for best restaurant in South America. The Brazilian restaurant is run by chef Alex Atala and incorporates native ingredients such as Tucupi juice, the jambu herb and pirarucu into its four or eight dish degustation menu.

8) Arzak, San Sebastian, Spain: The three Michelin star restaurant is run by Juan Mari Arzak. The restaurant is family-run, with kitchen duties shared between Juan and his daughter Elena and serves Basque cuisine .

9) Alinea, Chicago, USA: Alinea opened in 2005 and has three Michelin stars. It serves patrons a 25-course degustation, including dishes such as sweet potato bourbon with brown sugar and smouldering cinnamon, and its signature dish, the black-truffle explosion.

The Ledbury in Notting Hill was ranked the tenth best restaurant in the world

The Ledbury in Notting Hill was ranked the tenth best restaurant in the world

 

10) The Ledbury, London, UK: Australian Brett Graham is the head chef of this two Michelin starred restaurant, which opened in 2005. It features dishes such as buffalo milk curd with truffle toast and a broth of grilled onions.

11) Mirazur, Menton, France: This two Michelin star restaurant operates under head chef Mauro Colagreco, from Argentina. Colagreco took over as head chef in 2006.

12) Vendôme, Bergisch Gladbach, Vendôme, Germany: Run by head chef Joachim Wissler. The restaurant features ‘New German Cuisine’, and is known for its exquisite presentation of dishes. 

13) Nahm, Bangkok, Thailand: Nahm was voted best restaurant in Asia and is run by Australian chef David Thompson. Opened four years ago, the restaurant serves dishes that draw on ancient Thai cookbooks for inspiration.

14) Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan: Narisawa opened in 2003 under head chef Yoshihiro Narisawa. The restaurant serves a 10-course tasting dish ‘designed to express the flow of the changing seasons’, which it encourages patrons to enjoy ‘with an open mind’.

15) Central, Lima, Peru: Central Restaurante is run by Peruvian chef Virgilio Martínez Véliz and is known for providing a contemporary twist on traditional Peruvian cuisine and for using relatively unknown Peruvian ingredients, such as arracacha, a root vegetable, and arapaima, a freshwater fish from the Amazon River.

16) Steirereck, Vienna, Austria: Steirereck is located in Stadtpark, a park in the middle of Vienna. Featuring traditional Viennese and international cuisine, the restaurant is housed in a revitalised dairy farmhouse and features a terrace and river-side garden.

17) Gaggan, Bangkok, Thailand: Chef Gaggan Anand brings Indian cuisine to downtown Bangkok  at Gaggan. The restaurant serves a surprise 10-course tasting menu to patrons, with dishes including Norwegian  diver scallops baked with Malabar curry.

18) Astrid y Gastón, Lima, Peru: Chef Gastón Acurio serves a tasting menu based on the five different landscapes of Peru: The Pacific Ocean, The Desert, The Andes, The High Plain and The Amazon. The restaurant, which is named for the chef and his wife, moved to a new location earlier this year, to a centre which has an event space, botanic garden and research facility, as well as a restaurant.

19) Fäviken, Järpen, Sweden: Fäviken is one of the world’s most isolated restaurants and serves rustic Scandinavian cuisine. Head chef Magnus Nilsson often hunts and forages for ingredients from the 20,000-acred hunting estate on which the restaurant sits.

Amber in Hong Kong features a striking chandelier made of more than 400 bronze rods

Amber in Hong Kong features a striking chandelier made of more than 400 bronze rods

20) Pujol, Mexico City, Mexico: Pujol is run by Mexico’s most famous chef, Enrique Olvera, and serves modern Mexican cuisine.  Ingredients include frogs’ legs, 20-day-old banana, and dried insects, such as those used in the grasshopper salsa that accompanies the hidden egg in inflated tortilla.

21) Le Bernardin, New York, USA: Le Bernardin is a three Michelin star French seafood restaurant. It was started in Paris in 1972 and moved to New York in 1986, the current head chef is Eric Ripert, who took over in 1994. Signature dishes include sustainably-raised Bluefin tuna and Kobe beef.

22) Vila Joya, Albufeira, Portugal: Vila Joya is a two Michelin star restaurant, which is part of a luxury spa and beach resort in Portugal. The head chef Dieter Koschina is originally from Austria and worked there before settling in Portugal more than twenty years ago. The fusion of Portuguese and northern European cooking techniques create innovative dishes.

23) Restaurant Frantzén, Stockholm, Sweden: Frantzén dropped from 12th position on last year’s list to 23rd this year. The restaurant strives to provide modern Scandinavian cuisine, often belding Swedish ingredients with Asian flavours. The restaurant serves small ‘prologue’ bites, such as confit of pig’s head on pork skin, and blood and liver pancake with cherries and violet.

24) Amber, Hong Kong, China: This two Michelin star restaurant opened in 2005 and is headed up by Dutch chef Richard Ekkebus. Amber serves French cuisine with Hong Kong influences. The striking dining room was designed by Adam Tihany, and features a chandelier made up of more than 4,000 bronze rods.

25) L’Arpège, Paris, France: A large amount of food served at Alain Passard’s landmark restaurant is grown in a 2.5 hectare garden outside the city. Passard is so committed to fresh local produce that a decade ago he removed red meat from the menu, though it has since been reinstated in small amounts.

26) Azurmendi, Larrabetzu, Spain: Azurmendi is remarkable for its eco-friendly design, with solar capture, geothermal heating, an internal greenhouse and rainwater harvesting. Chef Eneko Atxa has worked with the local university to develop new cooking methods, such as using ultrasound to alter the texture of ingredients. These methods create some remarkable dishes such as truffled egg ‘cooked inside out’, which involves placing a hot truffle stock into the yolk so that the remaining egg cooks from the inside.

27) Le Chateaubriand, Paris, France: Le Chateaubriand is headed up by self-trained chef Inaki Aizpitarte. The décor and menu are unpretentious and the dishes change each day depending on ingredients available at the market.

28) Aqua, Wolfsburg, Germany: Aqua is headed up by former pastry chef Sven Elverfeld, who plates up modern takes on traditional German peasant food.  Dishes include jellied veal tail with sour cream and caviar, and the restaurant is famous for its exquisite desserts.

29) De Libreije, Zwolle, Netherlands: Chef Jonnie Boer serves up French cuisine with Dutch influences at De Librije, which is housed in a 15th century Dominican abbey. The dishes are bold and unusual, as is the dining experience. For instance, diners can be served a dish of basil mayonnaise, tartare of beef and cream of oyster, directly onto their hands. 

30) Per Se, New York, USA : American-French restaurant Per Se, opened in 2004. It offers a nine-course tasting menu for $US310 and has been awarded three Michelin stars.

31) L’Atelier Saint-Germain de Joël Robuchon, Paris, France: L’Atelier Saint-Germain de Joël Robuchon is the Parisian installation of the French chef’s restaurant empire, with versions in Hong Kong, Las Vegas, London, Singapore, Taipei and Tokyo. The restaurant features sushi bar-type seating and patrons are served small dishes, such as foie gras burger and gyoza chicken dumplings with aromatic her and flower-scented broth.

 

Attica in Melbourne was the only Australian restaurant to make the top 50

Attica in Melbourne was the only Australian restaurant to make the top 50

 

32) Attica, Melbourne, Australia: Attica, which is run by New Zealand chef Ben Shewry, is the top-ranked restaurant in Australia and slipped to 32nd place, after receiving the highest-ever debut ranking last year, coming 21st. Attica serves an eight-course tasting menu with creatively-titled dishes such as: Snow Crab And Sour Leaves, Ten Flavours Of St Joseph’s Wort, and Red Kangaroo With Herbs Tended By The Hands Of Our Cooks.

33) Nihonryori RyuGin, Tokyo, Japan: Chef Seiji Yamamoto is passionate about traditional Japanese cooking techniques and the restaurant features a daily-updated menu of small Japanese dishes, including a candied fruit dessert, which is frozen to minus 380 degrees Fahrenheit using liquid nitrogen and then filled with a hot liquid version of the same fruit. The restaurant also asks guests not to wear strong perfumes or to use their mobile phones at the table, so as not to compromise the dining experience.

34) Asador Etxebarri, Atxondo, Spain: Asador Etxebarri is tucked into the foothills of Mt. Anboto and serves rustic, wood-fired Spanish cuisine. The restaurant, under chef Victor Arguinzoniz, uses specially-designed grill-cookers, which are only fed with certain types of firewood to enhance flavour. The menu is dependent on seasonal produce, but a meal generally consists of a series of tiny dishes, followed by a large slab of steak on the bone, before a succession of light desserts are served.

35) Martin Beragategui, San Sebastian, Spain: Martín Berasategui in San Sebastian, is the eponymously titled restaurant for the Basque-born French-trained chef. The tasting menu plated up by the team includes modern Spanish dishes such as a mille-feuille of smoked eel, foie gras, spring onions and green apple.

36) Mani, Sao Paolo, Brazil: Husband and wife team Helena Rizzo and Daniel Redondo opened Mani in 2006 after meeting while working at second-place-holder El Celler de Can Roca. The couple use local ingredients using modern techniques, with reference to Brazilian flavour combinations. Rizzo was also named the Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef.

37) Restaurant Andre, Singapore: Chef André Chiang is guided by ‘Octaphilosophy’, a term he has trademarked, which describes the eight guiding characteristics of his cooking – Unique, Pure, Texture, Memory, Salt, South, Artisan, and Terroir. Each dish uses only a handful of ingredients, and Chiang champions the use of food from local producers, served in unfamiliar textures and flavour combinations.

38) L’Astrance, Paris, France: Pascal Barbot’s three Michelin star restaurant, has no menu. Upon arrival guests simply declare dietary requirements as well as how many courses they would like and the chefs do the rest. The menu is influenced by Barbot’s time cooking in the South Pacific, and so employs flavours such as lemongrass, coriander, jasmine, soy sauce, and ginger, and uses minimal cream and butter.

39) Piazza Duomo, Alba, Italy: The three Michelin star restaurant from Enrico Cippa started in 2005. The restaurant features simple seasonal dishes and is located in the heart of truffle country with an entire menu devoted to truffles.

40) Daniel, New York, USA: Daniel Boulud has cafes and restaurants around the world, but his eponymous New York restaurant is an institution. It was opened in 1993 and features French cuisine with an American flavour. It is now managed by executive3 chef Jean Francois Bruel.

41) Quique Dacosta, Denia, Spain: Quique Dacosta’s restaurant serves up modern Spanish cuisine served in elaborate and intricate ways. One dish consists of a single rose, with a painstakingly-constructed pickled apple centre, or a black truffle mocha cake, stuffed with a creamy cheese filling and dusted with black truffles.

42) Geranium, Copenhagen, Denmark: The Geranium is located on the eighth floor of Denmark’s soccer stadium and features light dishes that incorporate natural materials such as wood and stone. Its head chef in Rasmus Koefed and it has two Michelin stars.

43) Schloss Schauenstein, Furstenau, Switzerland: Schloss Schauenstein is located in an 18thh century castle in the Swiss Alps where chef Andreas Caminada plates up creative modern French cuisine. It has been awarded three Michelin stars.

44) The French Laundry, Yountville, USA: The French Laundry is the second Thomas Keller restaurant to make the Top 50 list this year, following the success of Per Se. It features high-quality local ingredients, as well as produce from its own garden, with classics such as salmon cornets, sweet butter-poached Maine lobster, and coffee and doughnuts.

45) Hof Van Cleve, Kruishoutem, Belgium: Chef Peter Goossens is a champion of Belgian cuisine and is housed in a farmhouse on the fields of Flanders. The menu features Belgian beer, smoked eel and witlof (chicory), wile still incorporating international flavours and ingredients.

46) Le Calandre, Rubano, Italy: Le Calandre, run by Massimiliano Alajmo, is a family business with Massimiliano’s brother Raffaele overseeing the dining room. The restaurant features modern Italian cooking, with suckling pig and saffron risotto, the restaurant’s signature dishes.

47) The Fat Duck, Bray, UK: The Fat Duck is one of Heston Blumenthal’s restaurants, which features a tasting menu made of dishes including snail porridge, jelly of quail with crayfish cream, oak moss and truffle toast, and a dish called Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, which includes mock turtle soup.

48) The Test Kitchen, Cape Town, South Africa: The Test Kitchen opened in 2010 and is directed by British chef Luke Dale-Roberts, who was trained in Europe and Asia. The meals are presented in theatrical ways, for instance the TK Concrete Ball, sees Mozambican langoustine cooked inside a concrete ball at the table over burning star anise before being served up to the diner.

49) Coi, San Francisco, USA: Chef Daniel Patterson brings together contemporary cooking methods with local produce, such as Dungeness crab and beef tendon soup, with finger lime, Asian pear and cilantro.

50) Waku Ghin, Singapore: Waku Ghin is the new venture from Tetsuya Wakuda, whose Sydney restaurant Tetsuya’s was an institution in the country, and made regular appearances on this list, before he moved to Singapore to create a restaurant with a more intimate dining experience.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2615454/The-Worlds-Best-50-Restaurants-2014.html#ixzz30GpelACP 

How To Put On A Security Earpiece}

Radio earpieces look really cool. They are generally used for surveillance but some enthusiasts also wear them just for fun. Secret agents and spies in the movies have made these accessories really cool to wear.

Putting on a radio earpiece is not a tough job. To put on an earpiece, first of all you need to take that earpiece and microphone clip in your hand. The microphone is to be put where you are most comfortable with it. It can be put on your hands, specifically on your wrist. You must have seen Spies or Secret Service agents in movies lifting their wrists talk. This is where they are speaking into the mouthpiece on their wrists.

If you’re not comfortable with the mouthpiece on the wrist, you can also put it on the tie or on the shirt, on your chest. Once you have clipped on the mouthpiece, it is time to put on the radio. Take the wire dangling from the mouthpiece and put it inside your shirt. Take this wire out from the top of the shirt. This way the dangling wires will be completely hidden. Take the earpiece and put it on your ears. Make sure, that it fits tightly and would not fall off when you start to walk. You can put it on either ear. If you are wearing the mouthpiece on the wrist, you will find it comfortable to put the earpiece on the same side ear.

Once you are comfortable with the mouthpiece and the earpiece, it is the turn of the end which goes into the radio. Take this dangling wire connecting that end with earpiece and mouthpiece and put it inside your shirt. Take out the wire from the bottom of the shirt. Put it in the radio and clip the radio in its place on your pants. Once you have that these wires inside your shirt completely, you need to tuck in your shirt inside your pants so that none of the wires are visible.

Once everything is fixed, switch on the said radio and test the settings. If everything is working as it should be then you have put on the radio earpiece correctly.

Wait, you are not done yet!

Once you have tucked in your shirt inside your pants and put on your jacket, you need to test the comfort level of this piece by walking around a few paces up and down. If you’re comfortable with the earpiece and the mouthpiece and are able to talk on radio, then you are set for the job. If any of the wires are the earpiece or the mouthpiece is making you uncomfortable, you need to reset your wires.

The real advantage of a concealed earpiece is that others wouldn’t notice when you are talking on a concealed earpiece. If you’re uncomfortable wearing these or with the wires, you lose the advantage of a hidden radio earpiece. Therefore it is very important to check the complete settings by walking around.

Congratulations, you have successfully put on a radio earpiece. Now, enjoy talking like a secret service agent.

The earpieces described in this article can be found at EarpieceOnline.co.uk

Abbey road Web Cam

Everyone knows the famous abbey road crossing, made famous by the Beatles and their cover of abbey road. well some clever spark has created a web cam and now you can see all the tourists coming close to be knocked over trying to recreate the picture, whilst the cars seemingly ingnore that there is actually a pedestrain crossing there. Just don’t tell the police, they’ll have a field day!

 

find the live feed on this website – http://www.abbeyroad.com/crossing

Icom Radio Earpiece: Technology at its Best

We’re residing in a world that revolves around technology’s latest innovations. Communication forms the backbone of every business in the world. Global operations function effectively on quality based communication systems. Discrete communication systems are setup for the purpose of sending, receiving and regulating information to the right destination. If you wish to ensure steady communication between recipients, secure and effective equipments must be utilized. Of this, the two way radio is a popular tool in demand. If you’re an avid user of the two way radio, then combining this technology with the Icom radio earpiece brings about effective communication.

Benefits of Icom Radio Earpiece

The earpiece technology comes alongside a microphone that allows you to convey information across. The Icom radio earpiece is comfortable and doesn’t expose the two way radio during usage. While keeping the radio attached to your belt, the earpiece easily conveys sound waves as input and excellent output. Now imagine having a radio that is almost portable and doesn’t risk the chance of being dropped or exposed to environmental hazards? Extend the usage and life span of your radio by using Icom radio earpiece that has become a popular choice today. The earpiece can be easily accommodated inside the clothing for its small size and lightweight. Four distinct kinds of two way radios have been presented that occupy four types of Icom earpiece connectors.

The available Icom radio earpiece connectors have a sleek design that performs tasks while using two way radios. The earpiece has been configured particularly for certain task however it can easily be compatible with a number of other features. It is important to check if the Icom radio earpiece is compatible with the type you own. The radio earpieces offer quick communication with instant connectivity. A good example is when you have a straight pin connector that functions well with marine radios. If such a connector is used for domestic radios, the audio quality can differ greatly.

Every radio purchased is unique and is meant for transmitting information in distinct environments. Hence while choosing the kind of earpiece you want, there are certain assets considered before purchasing. The Icom radio earpiece offers optimum level of consistency and performance based, it is the best. The earpieces improve sound quality in environments like fleet and transport, healthcare, real estate, security, shipping etc. Icom has ensured that its particular edition of two way radio earpieces performs certain tasks.

Features of Icom Radio Earpiece

Besides having excellent compatibility with two way radios, the brand composes the earpiece from high quality cables with durable surface. Such material protects the cable from wear and tear and offers a decent strain relief. Icom radio earpieces are lightweight yet are protected from damage in worst case scenarios. You wouldn’t want to lose connection while using the radio however the Icom earpieces have excellent connectivity.

The earpieces can easily withstand consistent collisions and will continue working despite undergoing strain. They have the capacity to work reliably in every condition. This particular radio earpiece is different because it has a tough framework. Unlike other weak cables that get damaged after withstanding massive strain, Icom makes a massive difference.

The earpieces have been designed in such a manner that they care encased inside your ear canal consisting of a microphone that is composed of high impact polycarbonate. This ensures that communication is uninterrupted and noise proof. The acoustic tube can be easily replaced and removed if it gets damaged. The button or controller that allows one to communicate is placed in your hand than on the collar. Knowing its capabilities, security companies have begun utilizing this gadget for its hi-tech features comfort.

Conclusion

It comes with a smart three wire design having separate connections with the microphone and the main control system (push to talk button) ensures that your conversations are instantly connected. Any kind of interference caused by external agents is eliminated making the gadget absolutely noise proof. Enjoy connecting with clients, colleagues while coordinating events and communicating with your loved ones. The Icom radio earpiece is a modern invention that has surpassed expectations in the world of communication. For two way radios, the Icom earpiece technology has been claimed as one of the best communication tools of the world. The durability and snug fitting makes it the ideal earpiece for ensuring prolonged communication.