SAN DIEGO, California - Whip out your boardshorts and bikinis, it’s summer time! Nothin’s better than summer

SAN DIEGO, California - Whip out your boardshorts and bikinis, it’s summer time! Nothin’s better than summer and we’re so stoked that our favorite time of the year is finally here. Here, we’ve put together a list of SUP gear, SUP accessories, SUP boards and all the must have’s for everyone from a beginner to the advanced SUP’er for the 2019 Summer SUP season, so there’s sure to be something in this guide for everyone! Make a statement with Body Glove’s eco-friendly sportswear collection. The collection works great for when you’re on and off the water and has trendy and flattering styles that work for just about everyone. The collection is in collaboration with professional surfer Tatiana Weston-Webb and consists of sports bras, tanks, sweatshirts, shorts, and leggings inspired by Tati’s desire to be active in nature. Each piece is made of either recycled polyester or organic cotton for attractive, supportive and sustainable activewear. Make changing in public places cozy and easy. The classic parking-lot towel change after your time on the water is much easier and more convenient with the Changing Poncho from FCS. The STAGE SwitchBlade paddle...

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Welcome to the Smarter Living newsletter! Sign up here to get tips and advice for living a better, more fulfilling life delivered to your inbox. For my birthday this year, I treated myself to a massage and facial at the ritziest spa in town. It was an incredible experience, but the time flew by so quickly. I left the treatment wondering if there was a way I could tap into that sense of luxury every day, instead of it being an annual splurge that lasts as long as the runtime of “A Star is Born.” It turns out it doesn’t need to cost a lot of coin to feel like you’ve leveled up in your daily self-care routine. In fact, it’s possible to get all the best parts of an indulgent experience — supple skin, posh garments, swanky personal products — without blowing your budget. In collaboration with Wirecutter, a New York Times company that reviews and recommends products, here are five cheap(ish) items to pamper yourself, no spa appointment required. I have an armful of body lotions perched on my bathroom shelf: Everything from pricey ones that smell intoxicating but stay sticky on my skin to cheaper ones that absorb nicely but lack staying power. I should chuck them all in a bin and go w...

‘I looked like a clown’: the truth about shopping on Instagram | Fashion

The clothes that had been chasing me around my feed for months looked good in the adverts. Would they stand the test of being worn in real life? It started last summer. Clothes adverts flooded my Instagram feed, and it was uncanny. One minute, I’d be envying a friend her Agnès B boiler suit (it has a bumflap, so you don’t have to take it off when you go to the loo: so French); the next, I would be served an ad for a more or less identical boiler suit, except without the flaps, and only £24.95. Had Instagram accessed the microphone on my phone and listened to my chitchat? But I hadn’t even spoken that envy out loud. They had seen inside my head. I wanted dungarees, because they reminded me of the 80s, when I had a babysitting racket and spent all the money on them. I also wanted a maxi dress, because it seemed to meet my newly acquired aversion to tights. These things, while not profound, were intensely personal, or so they seemed. And yet there they were, telepathically, on my feed. Steadily, I also started to see people wearing these clothes in real life. The world and her dog suddenly had the dungarees. When I went into the kind of bar whose uniform would once have been tight-...

Shopping for car insurance, like many other types of shopping, has largely moved online, a new

Shopping for car insurance, like many other types of shopping, has largely moved online, a new J.D. Power study finds, but it… Shopping for car insurance, like many other types of shopping, has largely moved online, a new J.D. Power study finds, but it adds that while consumers shop for insurance online, many still make the actual purchase through an agent. The study found that 74% of shoppers use insurer websites or aggregators for obtaining quotes and researching information. While nearly half of customers obtain a quote via insurer websites, only 25% actually purchase their policy online; 50% close through an agent and 22% phone a call center. “While many customers want to shop online, they often still want to talk to someone when they buy their insurance to make sure they are getting the right coverage or have questions about their policy answered,” said Hoeg. “Insurers need to focus on the delicate balance of providing an easy shopping experience while providing product differentiation and professional service.” Erie Insurance and Liberty Mutual tied for first place in providing a satisfying purchase experience, each with a score of 853. This marks the fourth consecu...

North America Q4 TiO2 prices higher on tight supply

HOUSTON (ICIS)–North American titanium dioxide (TiO2) contract prices for the fourth-quarter increased on Friday on tight supply and unseasonably healthy demand. Most of the domestic producers separately sought fourth-quarter increases of 6-8 cents/lb ($132-176/tonne) for basic grades, though some sellers targeted higher gains for specialty grades. Increases were confirmed at or below targeted levels, taking the new range to $1.48-1.55/tonne FD (free delivered), as assessed by ICIS. On the demand front, despite fourth-quarter holidays including Christmas and the US Thanksgiving holiday, storm-recovery efforts could keep current demand levels atypically strong during the period. While the year’s final fiscal quarter usually prompts de-stocking, tight supply and expected strong downstream coatings demand next spring defy typical late-year fundamentals. Tight conditions have persisted since early last year, and have brought a stream of of accompanying price increases. One producer, in its third-quarter earnings report, conceded that the global TiO2 environment favours further earnings and cash-flow improvement. Allowing for 90-day price protection granted to most contract cu...

Science nonfiction: Cutting-edge tech companies find footholds in central Ohio – News – ThisWeek Community News

Now you’re given a virtual-reality game, with a special headset that allows you to play games by breathing. In what industries are you most interested in seeing tech startups develop? For examples, read@ThisWeekSarah's survey of five central Ohio businesses built on innovative and available technology.https://t.co/JpPYPIvojc Your parents, your doctors and your nurses can see and control its features, but you’re just playing a game. This technology is real, and it is being developed by LittleSeed, a Columbus-based company that designs products to improve a patient’s experience. Called “Voxel Bay,” the mixed-reality gaming platform had its origins at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus. “Voxel Bay” was launched about three years ago at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, said Jeremy Patterson, LittleSeed’s chief creative technology officer. Eventually, Patterson and acting CEO Jeff Penka licensed the project from the hospital to develop it, founding LittleSeed in the process. Although the headset technology is under design, the product soon could be used by young patients in hospital rooms, Patterson said. He sai...

From autonomous vehicle technology to advancements in augmented reality, Israeli innovation is ready to make a

From autonomous vehicle technology to advancements in augmented reality, Israeli innovation is ready to make a big splash at CES. The Consumer Electronics Show, the self-promoted “global stage for innovation,” is once again poised to capture the imagination of the world Jan. 9-12 in Las Vegas. While more than 4,000 companies will be exhibiting at this year’s conference, showing off advancements in everything from virtual reality to robotics, we’ve decided to focus on five from Israel, known as a world leader in startups. What will the future of autonomous vehicles, augmented reality, 3D scanning and vision enhancement look like in the coming years? Scroll down for brief peeks at the digital breakthroughs on the verge of transforming our everyday lives. Valens Semiconductor will unveil a chip for smart cars 20 times more powerful than anything currently on the market. (Photo: Valens) With automakers shifting to so-called “smart cars” loaded with displays, sensors, cameras and other systems, the underlying network tying this high-tech infrastructure together is increasingly under stress from digital traffic jams. Enter Valens Semiconductor, an ...

If you plan to buy the amazing Google Pixel 3 smartphone, then you had better look

If you plan to buy the amazing Google Pixel 3 smartphone, then you had better look into protecting it. The screen and the glass back, which enables Qi wireless charging to work, are breakable, so it’s a smart move to safeguard them. We’ve been testing out the available options, and these are the best Pixel 3 cases you can buy. You may also be interested in preserving the display with one of the best Pixel 3 screen protectors. These are the top three cases we’ve been using most often with our Pixel 3 and they each have something unique to recommend them. We have a number of alternative options worth considering if these don’t tempt you. The official fabric case from Google is the one we’ve been using the most with our Pixel 3. Not surprisingly, it’s a perfect fit, with generous openings for easy access to the fingerprint sensor and USB-C port. In fact, there’s a gap above the USB-C port that makes it easy to swipe up from the bottom and use Android 9.0 Pie’s new navigation shortcuts. It doesn’t interfere with that stunning camera or the wireless charging either. The case features a plastic shell that’s slightly flexible, wrapped in a durable, gray fabric with soft, mint green pad...

Grotz: To be all they can be, Eagles need to realize ‘everything matters’ | Sports

Sound of body, sound of mind. For the Eagles and quarterback Carson Wentz, ‘everything matters’ in their pursuit of greatness. Sound of body, sound of mind. For the Eagles and quarterback Carson Wentz, ‘everything matters’ in their pursuit of greatness. PHILADELPHIA — We don’t know who to credit with “everything matters,” the theme of the Eagles’ upcoming season. But it’s getting traction. And it beats the 2018 post-Super Bowl championship refrain, “embrace the target.” The Eagles didn’t embrace much of anything last season until Nick Foles, the Super Bowl LII MVP, stepped in for Carson Wentz and showed a 6-7 squad how to win three straight games and get back into the playoffs. When mini-camp ended Thursday, the players got the same ridiculous question that popped up earlier in the week: Would you have reached the Super Bowl last season if Pro Bowl guard Brandon Brooks hadn’t gotten hurt in the first half of the loss to the New Orleans Saints in the divisional round? The narrative was that Foles and the Eagles beat the Super Bowl runner-up Los Angeles Rams at the Coliseum in December to kick-start the three-game win streak that got them into the postseas...

HP develops new digital textile printers using additive manufacturing

HP, an American multinational IT company behind the range of award-winning Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) 3D printers, has launched a portfolio of digital textile printers for fast and precise color-matching. This new range of large-format 2D printers, named the HP Stitch S series, incorporates 3D printed parts. Using additive manufacturing has saved the company an estimated $145,000 in tooling, design prototype modifications and final parts production. The three new printers in the textile range include the HP Stitch S300, the HP Stitch S500, and the HP Stitch S1000.  “Décor and fashion application trends, on-demand production and personalization are boosting digital print growth,” said Santi Morera, Head of Graphics Solutions Business at HP. “The digitally printed textiles market is experiencing double-digit annual growth, forecast to reach $5.5 billion by 2023, according to Smithers Pira. We look forward to more digital print transformations being realized with the arrival of the new HP Stitch S series.” HP Multi Jet fusion technology uses Nylon 12 (PA 12), fusing and detailing agents, to create high precision 3D printed parts with quality surface finishes. This process was utilized ...

Reflections: A fusion of glass, color and creativity

Columns     Entertainment     Food     Recipes     Book Blog     Music Blog     Transitions & Announcements   |   Suggest a Story Melody Vydas selects pieces of dichroic glass in different shapes and colors Wednesday to fuse in the heat of her kiln. She creates one-of-a-kind art jewelry at her north Columbus home studio. Photo by: Chris McDill/Special to The Dispatch A straight length of fused glass is balanced in Melody Vydas’ kiln on a form resembling a wrist. When fired properly, the glass will “slump” or “melt” and take on the shape of a cuff bracelet.Photo by: Chris McDill/Special to The Dispatch Melody Vydas’ fused dichroic glass jewelry available at the Columbus Arts Council gallery displays her love of color. “The brighter the better, purples, reds, blues — we girls do like glitz,” the artist said.Photo by: Jan Swoope/Dispatch Staff A trio of “goddesses” watched over proceedings as Melody Vydas set to work. The squat, primitive ceramic figures, just 3 to 4 inches high, were grouped near the artist’s small kiln she uses to turn bits of dichroic glass into one-of-a-kind jewelry in her home studio in no...

Global and China 1, 4-butanediol (BDO) Markets 2019-2025: Supply and Demand, Competitive Landscape, Import and Export, Price Trends

DUBLIN, June 10, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The “Global and China 1, 4-butanediol (BDO) Industry Report, 2019-2025″ report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering. 1,4-butanediol (BDO), an essential organic and fine chemical material, finds wide applications in pharmaceuticals, chemicals, textiles, and household chemicals.As of the end of 2018, the global BDO capacity reached approximately 4.3 million tons, of which about 53% came from Mainland China. World-renowned BDO manufacturers consist mainly of Taiwan-based Dairen Chemical Corporation (DCC), Germany-based BASF and U.S.-based LyondellBasell, the three of which hold a combined 38% of global capacity. BDO capacities and technical expertise are largely controlled by BASF, U.S.-based ISP and Invista, U.K.-based Davy, Japan’s Mitsubishi Chemical, and DCC. Although with small BDO capacity, Invista, Mitsubishi Chemical and Davy boasting core production technologies and patents play an important role in the global BDO industry by technology transfer or other means.There are now about 19 BDO producers in China with the total BDO capacity approximating 2.3 million tons (including discontinued facil...

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