Smart modern artists use various tools to promote their work in the cyberspace. After all, if it really came to it, no one would deny that they need to eat, just like the rest of us. But the question here is that since these tools are not secret, then why do some folks excel while others are finding it difficult to breakthrough to a bigger audience and increased earnings? [Read more...]
If you are looking to buy quality audio equipment, Bose is definitely a brand worth checking out. You should note that their stuff falls in the high end category and therefore will certainly set you back a bit of money but in turn provide fantastic sound quality and longevity. When looking at larger systems intended for outdoor concerts, fairs or other such events, these will generally be complex and bulky. The entry level is generally around 800 – 1kW of sound and the recommendation is to add about 2w per person over a crowd of 250 but don‘t make the additional investment before consulting an expert. [Read more...]
When thinking of a man’s greatest fashion accessory, one thing comes to a woman’s mind: a well-trimmed beard! For most women, a close shave is just too close – they love the shadowy, mysterious George Clooney-like appearance. If you are one of the men gifted with great genetics when it comes to beard growth, you already have the foundation of making women slightly more attracted to you.
Stubble beard can never go out of fashion, and this statement becomes a rule for the colder months. However, you cannot get away with a messy bear that shows no signs of being cared for. Although women love the careless look the stubble gives, the line between looking attractive and messy is thin. If you want to trim your beard to perfection, you need to choose a high-quality beard trimmer that will give you the appearance women like within minutes.
How to choose the best beard trimmer
Saying that one beard trimmer available on the market is absolutely the best option for everyone would be a misguidance. There are many different models offered by various companies, and each of them has its pros and cons. Beard trimmers are easy to use and maintain, but they are definitely not easy to choose.
What you need to do in order to choose the most suitable trimmer for your needs is to evaluate your preferences and seek for a device that provides all features you would use. Then check for reviews and choose a reliable brand that offers a beard trimmer with the exact features you are looking for. These are the factors you need to consider when looking for a beard trimmer:
- Do you prefer a cordless device (a battery-operated beard trimmer or a rechargeable one) or an old-fashioned beard trimmer with a cord?
- What types of features do you need? Does your trimming style require different accessories and length options? Do you travel often and want a suitable carrying case for your device?
- What about the price? How much are you willing to spend for a nice beard trimmer?
Since we tackled the issue of the price, let’s make things clear: you cannot expect much from a low-quality device offered for a cheap price. A counterfeit may offer cool features and promise great things, but one thing is for sure: it won’t deliver what you’re looking for and it won’t last for long. As a man, you don’t need to spend money on various accessories as women do, so you might as well set aside a higher amount and treat yourself with a high-quality beard trimmer – you definitely deserve it!
The latest trend in this industry is the laser beard trimmer introduced by Philips. This tool provides ultimate precision for a price lower than $100, so you might consider it among the many other top-notch devices offered on the market.
Pay attention to maintenance!
A beard trimmer may impress you with the precision and features it offers, but you mustn’t forget about one crucial aspect: how easy is it to maintain? You will find the time to take care of your beard with a trimmer before going to work, but can you allow yourself the luxury of spending more time on cleaning an overly-demanding device? Not likely. That’s why it’s important to find a trimmer that can be easily cleaned and maintained.
Some beard trimmers are waterproof and washable – this will help you clean them easily and get all hairs out without any effort. Some manufacturers offer devices supplied with their own oil, which makes them easier to maintain. The most advanced models have self-sharpening blades, so you won’t have to be worried about their efficiency declining with usage.
It seems difficult to choose one among all awesome beard trimmers offered on the market, but trust me: the effort will definitely pay off when you pick a device that will deliver exactly what you’re women are looking for.
In the 1920s, if someone had envisioned wireless networks, they would have probably been taken to be out of their mind. Let’s fast-forward to 50 years ago, the idea of computer programs being used to alter the voice and adjust music videos of artists would definitely been viewed as fantastical and perhaps even impossible. Anyone who might have talked or shared on related topics, the concept of your smartphone included, would have just been written off as an avid science geek with fictitious expectations and highly overactive, unrealistic imagination.
Going back to your smart phone, have you ever taken the time to consider and fully grasp the scope of its capabilities?
The videos, shows, documentaries and even movies which, in the past you could only watch on television. However, you can now watch on your phone and you don’t even need to get your newspaper from newspaper stands and vendors. It’s all readily accessible to you, at the touch of a button. Music downloads, YouTube uploads and downloads, access to social networks, email, even spread sheet and Powerpoint presentation tools are all present on this single gadget that’s small enough to fit into your pocket. No more carrying boom boxes around, or getting frustrated over needing to get to the office to read that all-important email, or rushing home after work to catch the game on TV. With the festive season around the corner, if you haven’t made that leap into the world of the smartphone, this is a good excuse to get yourself one, or invest in one for a loved one.
For those within the media industry, and broadcasting corporations, this gradual yet fast-paced advancement in technology has led to a massive transformation, which has unfortunately resulted in a number of businesses going belly-up. Small service providers that have failed to keep up with the changes have fallen prey to the players who are able to provide the services required in a better, more modern and trendy way.
Digital technology has vastly improved the contemporary art industry. This innovation has widened the prospects of creativity among the new upcoming artists. The world of fashion is not to be left out in the context of technology, particularly artists. Artists are public figures, always in the spotlight, they have a vast sphere of influence, and thus the pressure to look their best at all times increases. For clothing to be labeled ‘trendy’, and styles ‘fashion-forward’ it is usually because a celebrity was seen dressed in it. When a musical artist performs on stage, fans pay careful attention to various aspects they are paying close attention not just to the performance but to the appearance as well. When it comes to styling of hair, there’s no doubt that most females are influenced by popular celebrities. Great hairstyles and sexy maxi dresses are sure to grab the attention of many adoring fans.. New styles and designs crop up on a daily basis and people scramble to keep in step with the fast evolving fashion scene.
Technology is moving at the speed of a tornado, fashion trends are being created every day, to media and how it relates to art and music is advancing. Maybe you are a little bit behind on all of these, take some time to find out more, you might be surprised to find yourself inspired to create what could be the next step up in innovation in one of these areas!
The problem when it comes to finding comfortable shoes for all-day wear is not that they are hard to find. There are already lots of well-fitted brand names out there and at a price range that you can manage. The trouble is if you are the artsy type, you may find them too drab or too plain for your liking.
The good news is that there are already colorful and eye-catching shoes that are now available in shoe stores and online. Imagine my delight when I found a whole different style of comfy clogs just at a time when I am searching for the perfect gift for my very creative and artistic friend who also happens to like to walk and stand around pretty much the whole day. The best thing, the shoes are from one of my most favorite brands- Dansko.
Goodbye Plain Shoes, Hello Color
The Dansko Paint Splatter Clog is among the new hand-stapled footwear introduced by the company in Fall 2012. The shoes come in a variety of different spatters of colors, in varying sizes and intensity, depending on the style you choose. These trendy shoes have been a favorite among art teachers, elementary teachers, nurses, college professors and people with a lot of love for color and art. The color scheme of the footwear matches well with painting smocks and even adds interesting detail to professional clothes, making any outfit “pop”. Because of its decorative details and cute designs, these shoes make great gifts for people who love to be on their feet more than 12 hours a day.
The Essence of Dansko Comfort
When it comes to stylish best shoes for standing all day, Dansko seems to know their thing. Dansko is among my most favorite brands because their shoes feature a firm foot and arch support, with a contoured midsole that secures and supports the foot. This is important to help eliminate the pressure on your foot and on your calves, especially when you are constantly walking or standing. They have superior shock absorption capabilities that are comparable to those of athletic shoes, and have an anti-fatigue rocker so you would not experienced tired and sore feet at the end of a busy day. This state-of-the-art patent design of Dansko has been developed in the 1980s in Denmark and has been their trademark ever since. The company has always aimed to use flexible yet durable materials in crafting their shoes. My Danskos have been with me for a long time since I purchased them. Not only are these shoes ergonomically designed to absorb shock and prevent slipping, they are also made with antimicrobial materials. Plus, the two-inch heel can give an extra lift to your height and posture. Because of their contribution to overall foot health, shoes from Dansko have received the seal of approval from the American Podiatric Medical Association. This says a lot on how good these shoes are for your feet! And who would say that these shoes are not stylish or fashionable at all? Even super model Heidi Klum is caught wearing them.
The Dansko Professional Art Palette Clog
If you have been collecting Danskos, then you may want to check out the Dansko Professional Art Palette Clog. Seeing the swirl of colors on these shoes can instantly boost you into a creative high and add a spring in your steps. If you find the Paint Splatter Dansko to be over-bright and cheery, then you might want to check out the Black Scribble or the Dansko Stargazer. They are more simple yet chic on their own. One of the best sellers and the most eye-popping of them all is the Funky Knit, and this style also has a Mommy and Me version for those with little kiddos. Children will definitely want to try these creative and charming pieces from Dansko too! Regardless of your taste, you may find a perfect pair of Danskos. So if you ever find yourself in a compromise over comfort and style, keep on looking. Chances are, like me finding the perfect gift for my talented and artistic friend, there might be a wonderful pair of artistic shoes that you can wear the whole day.
Black and white has become one of the hottest trends this year. This two-tone look may seem too KISS for you when you first think about it, but, then again, there’s nothing boring about the band. Same goes with a black and white ensemble. It’s fun and eye-catching, and not to mention clean-cut and modern. It also has a slimming quality to it for those concerned with their weight or body type. So if you’re curious to know how to rock head-to-toe black and white, take note of these inspiring ideas.
- Something I like about donning black and white is that you can take a few simple pieces and absolutely make a statement. For instance, you can wear a cute LWD, put on a pair of black pumps and finish off the look with a black bomber jacket. And that’s that.
- I was also obsessed with Charlize Theron’s minimalist approach to black and white, where one paparazzi photo showed her wearing a white silk top with black skinny jeans and flats, which happen to look really well with her pixie cut.
- Next, take for instance look 23 of Tom Ford’s Autumn/Winter 2013 collection. This daring ensemble proves that, although black and white may symbolize understated elegance, it is quite possible to create a bolder outfit by picking out some nice graphic design pieces.
- Black leather shorts are also a huge ongoing trend. Take a cue from Rachel Bilson who, at the unveiling of the Chanel Cruise 2013 in Cap d’Antibes in France, paired it with a white top and black blazer, creating a more polished end-result.
- Another one of my favorite black and white ensembles is Emma Watson’s LAX outfit. She wore a white skater dress with black everywhere else – black sunnies, black purse and black low-cut booties.
- Consider wearing a white blazer on top of an all black ensemble. Kate Moss nailed this look when she attended the launch of Mango’s Autumn/Winter 2011 collection in Paris – simple, sleek and sophisticated.
- You can even sport a more laidback look with black and white. During the Mulberry Spring 2014 runway show at the London Fashion Week, Alexa Chung wore her white button-down, dropped-waist dress with a black sandals and a black sweater over her shoulders.
- When you want to wear black and white stripes, do it the Hailee Steinfeld way. She wore a 2-piece Thakoon Addition while promoting Ender’s Game in London. Though the runway look was also amazing, she chose to wear it with tights and McQ ankle boots.
- And, of course, you can never go wrong with a beautiful black and white dress like the ones found here. My favorite – look 21 of Alberta Ferretti’s Fall 2013 collection and Ashley Greene’s Breaking Dawn Part 1 New York premiere dress.
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In todays hi-tech world when the answer to almost any question you can think of is available at your fingertips is there still a place for the humble pub quiz?
Last Sunday I joined a surprisingly large number of people in my local pub to take part in their weekly pub quiz. I must confess that before I attended the quiz it had been quite some time since my last quiz, and in the years that separated my last experience from my latest I supposed that the pub quiz would have more or less died out, it seems I was wrong though.
Whilst pubs in Britain are closing at an alarming rate, the pub quiz is still going strong and is being used by landlords as a sure fire way to the draw punters in. George, a landlord in London pub has been running quizzes for the past year or so and has seen his profits rise since he started the quiz nights.
George says there is something of an art to scheduling the quizzes though, it’s a bad idea to schedule a quiz on a Friday or a Saturday night when the pub is likely to be busy anyway, but on quiet nights a quiz can really turn the fortunes of a pub around. George says that Sunday nights in his pub used to be practically dead until he started running the quizzes, but now it’s not unusual for Sunday nights to bring in more cash than one of the more glamorous weekend nights.
George thinks that people are often at a loose end on a Sunday evening and that sometimes they have woken up on Sunday morning with a slightly hazy recollection of what they did the night before so they welcome the chance to catch up with their friends to make sure they haven’t done anything that’s too embarrassing! George also thinks that the relaxed social atmosphere of a quiz is a welcome change for people who have partied hard for the previous two nights, as he says himself “there’s nothing worse than sitting around with a slight hangover just waiting for Monday morning to come, so the chance to get out and exercise the old grey matter in a quiz is welcomed by many people”.
So, how does George collate the questions for his quizzes? “When I first started I used to do everything myself, and it took ages to put a quiz together, since then though I’ve managed to find a number of sites on the internet that will generate the quiz for you. There’s a surprisingly wide variety of quizzes available, even the picture rounds that used to take me ages to put together can now be downloaded for little more than the price of a pint”.
The one thing I wondered though, was in the age of the smart phone isn’t everyone taking part in the quiz cheating? George thinks not “it’s surprising but we get very few cheats, people enjoy quizzes and the mental challenge that they provide, the thrill you get from pulling a piece of trivia from your memory banks is so much better than just Googling the answer to something”. So there we have it, an old fashioned pastime that is helping landlords to make money and people to enjoy themselves in the high-tech modern world.
Cardboard is often thought of as a mundane material that is often thrown away or sent to the recycling bin. However, there are some artists that see cardboard differently and have used the medium to create wonderful artwork that includes expressive faces that are made out of the cardboard toilet paper tubes to an entire city made from coloured card. The works of art range from installations that are temporary to sculptures that are durable, imaginative, and eco-friendly. Here are a few artists that have used paper and cardboard to create wonderful works of art.
Peeta is an Italian artist that is known for his graffiti. However, his 3-D interpretations make him stand above the crowd. One of the materials that he has used for his art is cardboard. He uses the medium to transform the written word of graffiti into a more complex form that can be found in galleries located throughout the world.
No one truly thinks that living in a cardboard box can be considered high end architecture, but Fantastic Norway Architecture has managed to create a wonderful hanging art installation using simple cardboard boxes. The “cloud” looking piece of art is found at the Center for Design and Architecture and is truly a unique use of this medium.
Junior Fritz Jacquet
The toilet paper roll has many uses that are quite surprising. Perhaps one of the most unique is for the creation of origami structures as seen by artist Junior Fritz Jacquet. The artist paints the inside of the tube and then folds the cardboard into faces. Each of the faces is charming and distinct, despite their humble beginnings.
Mike Leavitt is an artist based in Seattle who has created a wonderful series using cardboard. He used cardboard and coloured paper to create wonderful sculptures of shoes. The point of the series was to show what shoes such as the Converse Chuck Taylor’s, Adidas Gazelles, and Air Jordan IVs, would look like if they were made in a recyclable form. Leavitt states that the purpose of creating these works of art is to examine our consumerism as well as the current economic state. He is working on several more sculptures for the series as he has learned several new fabrication tricks.
Cardboard Institute of Technology
The Cardboard Institute of Technology could not possibly be outdone and for this reason created an entire city made out of recycled cardboard. The city was named “Cardburg” and was on exhibit in San Francisco at the Cell Space Gallery. For those that are wondering, the Cardboard Institute of Technology is a group of artists who use cardboard as their main medium and pride themselves on their well-honed box cutting and hot glue skills.
These are just a few examples of how paper and cardboard can be used for artwork. There are many artists that will use these mediums at some point throughout their career. The recyclable material offers are sustainable and easy to bend, fold, cut, and glue to create unique pieces of art.
I had a surreal experience last week, that really opened my eyes to the modern technology we have today, and how insurance companies are taking advantage of it to make everything easier for there customers. Once company in particular has lead the way and saved a lot of people from getting tickets in the process. The company I am talking about is Geico, and they are absolutely killing it right now.
It’s almost like you can’t watch tv or hulu and not see a Geico commercial. They have spent loads of money on making sure there brand is known and heard. In my opinion this is money well spent. Think of the last Geico commercial you saw. What were they advertising? Most likely they were advertising their app. There has been a huge movement made by Geico to drive customers to download their app. The following personal story is the perfect example of why Geico developed the app in the first place and why they’re spending so much money to ensure that customers know they offer most of their auto insurance services from the mobile application.
So after a part at one of my friends house, I awoke to find my driver side mirror broken off. It turns out one of my drunk friends had slipped and hit the mirror on the way down. This left me driving without a driver side mirror for a few months. I just never got into to fix it until after this fateful day. I was just about a half hour home and I was just about to enter the long stretch, when my wife said there was a cop trying to pull me over. I was wondering what I did wrong, but I pulled over. I knew the was coming, when he said my mirror needed fixed and it was a traffic violation to not have it. He asked me for my insurance and I immediately began searching for it in the disorganized papers through mum jockey box. The proof insurance I did find was out dated. “Damnit I thought!” I though I was going to get a huge ticket because I didn’t have my insurance card with me. The officer took my license and told me to look for it while he processed everything. This is when I had me eureka moment and I remembered that you can get your Geico car insurance ID cards from the app. Thankfully we have the power of smartphones. I immediately downloaded the app, showed the id cards to the officer and the day was saved.
That was my own personal experience, but I am sure loads of people have had the exact same problem. It is great seeing these companies take advantage of modern technology and making their user experience better. If you are thinking about switching over insurance to one of these more modern companies, then the first thing you need to do it look for an auto insurance quote online.
Everyone wants to throw a great party, and you can really improve the party goer experience with some simple tricks to positively change the overall ambience of the venue. Utilize various technology at your disposal to positively influence the ambience of a party to your liking, as it can significantly improve the enjoyment of your guests. Most people have various appliances at their disposal that they don’t take full advantage of, and it’s a lot easier to significantly utilize them than you might think.
Ambience is More Important for the Human Experience than Many Realize
Human beings are subjective creatures, and the saying perception is reality is especially pertinent to parties. Marketing agencies know this, and spend sometimes millions of dollars on research to figure out what kind of subjective queues will influence a person to walk into a store, sign up for something, or make a purchase. It could be the color of a billboard, or a single sentence, or even simply the tone in which a sentence is said that can make the difference between buying or not buying.
Apple is perhaps the best example of taking full advantage of this market research. Everything they do to project their brand to the world elicits a feeling of being slick and different. They build their stores to promote this feeling too. Everything from the layout, to the furnishing, to the ambient lighting is all designed to project onto the customer this feeling. It works, too – how else would apple be the #1 seller of technological appliances in the world?
Use Light to your Advantage
Of the 5 human senses, the visual is perhaps the most important, and the lighting of the room can make a big difference in how party goers perceive the venue. The good news is that there are cheap and easy ways to alter the lighting to your favor too. Firstly, dim the lights down if you can. No one wants to enjoy their mini weekend getaway from reality in a harshly lit florescent room – especially so if it reminds them of what their cubicle looks like.
Beyond that, you can drastically alter the lighting with something called color gel. It’s very cheap and easy to set up – you can simply tape the film over the light source to change the color and brightness of a light source. A simple tan hue can change a harsh white light into a calmer candle-esque light. Or you can take it further and experiment with different color combinations to really customize your lighting.
Use your TV to Stream Cool Visuals for Next Level Dynamic Lighting
If you have a TV that was made in the last 5 years, and most people do, then it likely have smart TV capabilities. There are many cool things you can do with your TV to really add dynamic lighting to the room, and it’s a shame more people don’t take advantage of it. Samsung’s Smart Hub user interface, for example, has an entire subsection devoted to streaming your pictures or video in the room. You can download an app to your TV that fades between cool LED light patterns, for example. Or, you could display a psychedelic dynamic visual display similar to the infamous iTunes visualizer. Take a bit of time to learn more about what different TVs can do, and use yours to the fullest!
You can integrate your music into your TV as well, and even have an app which influences the lighting based on the song playing. If you have a smart TV, then try loading Spotify or iTunes onto your TV directly, and stream your music out of your entertainment sound center.
Take Your Playlist Beyond a Random Shuffle
The next most important ambient sense to consider is the ear. Most people will just throw on a random playlist on shuffle and call it a day, but this is a huge mistake when there are three really simple things you can do to dramatically improve the musical ambience:
- Take advantage of app radio stations – people spend hours tailoring certain playlists to a mood, so you don’t need to worry about getting all the music organized for yourself
- Use fade in/out and a song shortener – people have short attention spans and you should consider fading between songs at 1-2 minute intervals. If anyone is thinking “when’s the next song coming” you’re doing something wrong
- Use advanced filtering – you can change the probability of a song playing based on things like how recently it last played, how many stars it has, or even how closely it’s related to the genre
Music streaming apps have great capabilities towards customization and you should take full advantage of this.
When it comes to fine tuning part ambience, the truth is that most people don’t, so even with a few basic steps like we wrote about above, you can really set your party & venue far above the rest.
The time of giving a wonderful cheer to someone is quite complex, and sometimes it would be a great headache in thinking up what gifts to give the special people in our lives. Most of the time, getting women necklaces, books and dresses are easy choices because they love these things, but women find that throughout the years it is not so easy to give gifts to men because you never really know what they want – part of their wonderful charm and unpredictability.
No need to worry though, unique gifts for men are not that hard to find anymore because Bold & Unique offers so many choices to give to that special man in your life, especially this Christmas season. Without further ado, check out the great ideas they have in store for you:
• A Wi-Fi Kettle – if you think you haven’t heard of this before that is because you haven’t. It is the first of its kind. Men, who can be a slob and lazy at times, would love to operate their kettle while they are watching the Finals in the television. All they have to do is use their smartphone to operate and control the kettle. So if you think that your man does not have the courage to stand up and set the temperature in the kettle, then this is one unique gifts for men you can purchase. Just to add, it can also play as alarm clock to have him wake up in the morning to the taste of great coffee.
• Kindle Paperwhite – if your man does not love reading, it’s about time you get him to start. Save him the hassle of lining up in bookstores when he can have thousands of books right in the palm of his hands. He can carry it around and even read with one hand while doing something else on the other. It is actually 30% lighter as compared to the iPad mini which renders it easy and comfortable to use, that makes the reading more enjoyable. He will enjoy it even more to know that the battery lasts so much longer compared to others who die after a few hours, when this one can take even days to have low battery.
• Jawbone Mini Jambox – if your boyfriend, younger brother or dad loves music and technology, then this is the perfect Christmas gift for them. It is a one touch access to streaming and saving music. They can enjoy hearing and looking at music now more than ever because of the sleek design of the Jambox. They can even design it themselves if they have time because it goes with different colors and styles and bring it anywhere they want because it is light and can fit in their pockets for good measure. Give them something like this for them to enjoy the sounds of Christmas, and their favorite music all year round.
In today’s highly competitive business environment, small businesses everywhere are looking for technology advancements that will help run their businesses more smoothly. But technological advancements and the rapid advancement of mobile strikes fear in the heart of many small business owners who feel that they just simply can’t keep up with changing times.
But small business owners shouldn’t be intimidated by new technologies – rather, they should embrace them. As Fortune 500 businesses become more and more agile, small businesses can look to some of their processes and mimic them in keeping up with the big guys while staying ahead of the technology curve.
If you’re a new or old small business owner, there are four technology advancements you need to know about it order to keep your business running smoothly and efficiently…while keeping pace with the big dogs.
1. Get mobile
It’s more important than ever for small business to have mobile device to adversity and management. In fact, a study by Gartner suggests that “everything everywhere” strategies are absolutely essential for small businesses to survive. This means that workers now need to be completely mobile enabled – with smart phones, untethered laptops and tablets. More and more, small business employees are taking work home with them and small businesses need to adapt to this growing trend in order to keep up with competition and grow the business.
2. The cloud is more pervasive than ever
With the cloud expanding into every aspect of our lives including consumer items such as automobiles and television, small businesses need to keep up as well on the business front. Gartner predicts an intersection of enterprise-level cloud services with residential cloud services. Although they state that these hybrid types of cloud services will likely be more static and less dynamic, the point is the cloud is now everywhere.
Whether it’s employees taking home work and working on their iPads and logging into customer accounts to monitor financial transactions or whether it’s checking in on customer acquisition databases to see lead generation data and statistics, employees are utilizing the cloud not only in the office but at home as well. And they are usually doing it while sitting in front of the television and simultaneously monitoring their Facebook and Twitter feeds.
3. Web scale IT
Cloud services providers such as Amazon, Google, Dropbox and the like are reinventing how we access data. Gartner shows that these companies are extremely adept at “scale in terms of sheer size to also include scale as it pertains to speed and agility.” Small businesses should emulate what the big guys are doing using these kinds of an enormously cost-efficient web architectures. Web scale IT is not just for the big boys, as any small business can get a Dropbox, Amazon S3 or Google Drive account for literally pennies on the dollar – while achieving scalability as well as interoperability on multiple platforms.
4. 3-D printing
Estimated to grow over 75% in the coming year and nearly 200% in 2015, 3-D printing is the real deal. Not only is it becoming more cost-effective by the day, but it enables small manufacturing businesses to streamline their prototyping and get products to market that much faster than ever. What used to be out of the reach of most small manufacturing businesses is now well within their reach with economies of scale and advances in technology. Small to mid-sized businesses that do not get on board with 3-D printing will be left in the dust by their larger competition.