While everyone else mourns the so-called death of paperbacks, a new generation of readers is embracing e-reading devices. Recently, Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite has debuted and is already known as the “king of the e-readers” among tech-savvy bibliophiles. The truth is you don’t have to know a lot about tech to enjoy reading with the new Kindle. It doesn’t have the glitz of multimedia devices such as Apple’s iPad and Kindle Fire. But it does one thing very well; it resolve issues commonly found in many e-reading devices, including Amazon’s earlier Kindle releases.
Social media has taken the world by storm. Each social media platform has different strengths and weaknesses, pros and cons, expectations, limitations, and potential. Existing sites are constantly evolving, while new sites are cropping up constantly. Social media provides tools that can connect you to many different audiences. Knowing what each platform can provide and how they differ from one another can give you a better understanding of which site is right for your goals and interests. For instance, businesses these days benefit greatly from a social media presence in terms of marketing and helping get their brand out there. Staying in touch with far-off family members and reconnecting with long-lost friends is another way to use social media to your benefit. Social media sites also provide a platform for quick news updates and information sharing. Here is a breakdown of some of the different types of social media and descriptions of the various sites available.
Crystal stemware is one of the loveliest elements of any holiday table; everyone¬ enjoys its soft glint, especially in candlelight. Stemware is a must-have for any special celebration, as it lends an air of elegance to your table. If you drink wine, you know that your choice of glasses and their various shapes has an impact on wine’s taste, bouquet, and clarity. Stemware is used not only for wine but also for many other uses, but that’s a subject for another day. For now, here’s some information on the evolution of stemware and how the trends have changed.
Valentine’s Day is the second-most celebrated holiday worldwide, taking the number 2 spot after New Year’s Day. Originally, it was a feast day in honor of Saint Valentine, who was rumored to have been a martyr for love. Nearly a thousand years later in the 19th century, this day become popular for exchanging handwritten notes between loved ones. From there, it developed into the commercialized Hallmark holiday we know (and love?) today. Last year, Americans spent about $17.6 billion on Valentine’s Day, making it the second-highest grossing holiday—Christmas takes the top spot. Who is spending all that money, and what are they buying? Let’s take a look.
The holiday shopping season started with Black Friday, and it’s now in full swing. If you didn’t get out for the biggest shopping day of the year, don’t fret! There’s still plenty of time to find the perfect presents for the special people in your life. And that doesn’t necessarily mean braving the crowds at the mall. Here are five of the most wished-for gifts this year, available online!
Charter schools have been defined loosely as institutions for schooling that are supported with public funding and offer tuition-free enrollment. In addition, they may have rules, requirements, and principles that differ from those of public schools, providing they maintain certain levels of academic excellence among their students. Charter schools often focus on a specific subject or trade, such as mathematics or cosmetology. While some people compare charter schools to vocational schools, the connections only partially apply, as vocational schools follow the same rules and regulations as public school institutions.
These days, there are many smartphones on the market and an abundance of apps to choose from to enhance your experience. It can be difficult to decide which apps to download, and it’s all too easy to end up with a cluttered home screen full of apps you don’t use. We figured we’d help you out with a review of the top apps that can help you stay organized, healthy, happy, and connected to friends and family. And the best part is they’re all free!
As a whole, Europeans invest more thought and preparation in their meals than we do in the United States, with our ubiquitous fast food and microwaveable meals. Europeans enjoy meals, viewing them as pleasurable, relaxing respites from their busy days. They dine. We Americans, by contrast, eat, often speeding through meals of prepackaged to-go food because it’s quick and easy. No wonder many Americans have become desensitized to bland, plastic-wrapped meals. That includes me. However, I am lucky enough to live in the Upper Valley, a region that celebrates healthy, local eating, not unlike they do in Europe. From my experiences abroad, I’ve realized that Europeans eat for the pure pleasure of the act. Here are six ways to incorporate the fine art of dining, European style, into your life.
With the 2012 Summer Olympics just a week away, the world is buzzing with excitement! And for the first time ever, every Olympic event will be broadcast online by NBC’s website for live streaming through whatever device you have handy for viewing. If that isn’t reason enough to cheer Team USA on, here are a few extra-exciting events you won’t want to miss!