Cashrewards may be just the incentive Australian retailers need to encourage consumer expenditure in the later half of 2015. New research has revealed that an increase of 50% of Australian shoppers would spend more in the second half of 2015, which is just the news retailers need in the lead up to Christmas. Key insights from the Cashrewards survey also exposed that across all demographics, 90% would purchase on sale or through a promotion. Shoppers are mostly enticed by discounts, coupons and rewards.
Philips’ innovations in connected lighting takes the humble light bulb to new frontiers. New scientific research has changed the way we think about lighting. Taken for granted as a source of illumination, light bulbs and artificial light are ubiquitous, with an estimated 50 billion individual points of light in the world today which roughly translates to 7 per person. Most of those that enjoy the benefits of easy and instant illumination don’t consciously perceive or reflect on the importance of impact of lighting in their personal lives.
Natural light is the easiest, most cost-effective way to boost well-being and productivity in the work place. Scientists are only just beginning to uncover the vast psychological effect the environment has on us and light is the biggest environmental stimulus of all. From our sleep/wake cycles to mental alertness, hormones and mood, the presence of natural light and lack of it has an immense effect on our quality of life. Natural light is essential for healthy bodies and minds, has antibacterial properties and makes small spaces seem larger and more airy.
When it comes to apps, choosing something you know you’ll like can be a little hard. You don’t want to waste your time downloading something that is useless, confusing and then boring once you figure it out and begin to use it. So, we have searched the internet and the minds of anyone who owns an iphone, ipad or ipod to find out what’s worth the download. Here’s our pick… Enjoy! The Best of the Best – Top 5 1. Fruit Ninja 1.5 (Game) – One of the most downloaded game apps, this simple game creates a sense of gratification… And can become very addictive! The aim is to slice every piece of flying fruit into pieces that will then fly all over your screen and will push you beat your own score every time you play. It’s a bit of a challenge, with a satisfying result every time. Who would have thought that the simple slicing of a fruit would ever turn into one of the top game apps for iphones? 2. Todo (Productivity) – Todo is the perfect app if you lead a busy lifestyle and are in need of help with managing all of your tasks. With flexible features such as; synchronization with other tools like MS Outlook and iCal, creation of subtasks, notification alerts, multiple and customizable list types, prioritisation of tasks, repeatable tasks, customizable tasks by context, tags and types as well as the simple features of dial, email, SMS and website access for your tasks, it will be just like having your own personal assistant. 3. Voice Changer (Entertainment) – With helium, robot, megaphone or reverse sound-effects on hand, this app will allow you to change anyone’s recorded voice into a completely different sound through Voice Changer. The fun and amusing, this is great to try on your friends and family! 4. Intelli-Diet Weight Loss (Health) – One of the most unique apps of its kind, this app gets you to enter in your starting weight and weight loss goals as well as food preferences so that you can begin working towards your goal weight. The app tracks both your consumed and burned calories, provides meal and snack suggestions and even generates a shopping list based on your food preferences and personal requirements so that you can plan the right meals for you. 5. Weather Bug Elite (Weather) – This is similar to the previous version of this app which was titled Weather Bug, though this one is much more advanced. With the original features of the seven day forecast, camera views for up to five areas, weather alerts and radar, Weather Bug Elite offers even more. With this app you are able to move the radar into motion as well as zoom in and out, change layers to observe temperature, pressure, humidity and wind speed. The Finest for Free – Top 5 1. Insider-Trades (Business) – This is the go-to source for keeping accurate tabs on your stock-portfolio through the easy access of detailed company information and simple navigation . This is a great app for those getting familiar with watching the stock market or for those who are already financially in the know. 2. Sundry Notes Pro – (Productivity) – The easiest way to remember things that you may otherwise forget is to jot them down via this app. Including the options of text, audio, images, tables and even math formulas, there are no limits with this app. It will ensure that your thoughts and ideas can be instantly put into Sundry Notes Pro. 3. Sky Grid (News) – An app complied with news articles from all over the web easily caters to everyone, everywhere. With the simple tap on whichever topic takes your interest you will have loads of options of articles under the chosen topic that have been gathered from multiple sites and publications. You can still search articles by category as well, whichever you find suits you, there is the option of both. With this app you can always be up-to-date with what’s going on in the world. 4. Photo Wall Pro (Entertainment) – Get creative with the app that lets you make customised collages from your own photos to share with your family and friends or even to add a personal touch to greeting cards, wallpapers and screen savers. It only takes a few simple steps to create the collage you have in mind. First you will add your favourite images, shake the device to arrange the photos into the style of a collage, personalise the collage to your face and then send them through to whoever you choose! 5. Snow White HD (Read) – The classic fairytale of the most beautiful girl in the whole kingdom who is envied by her jealous stepmother, the Evil Queen who only wants herself to be the most beautiful of all. With the help of the seven dwarfs and a charming price, Snow White finds her happy ending. Available on the ipad only. What To Do With Your New… iPad– If you have recently picked up n iPad (1 or 2) and have not yet set it up to suit your needs, then here’s a guide to help you get started up so that you can have some fun with the latest addition of technology-forward products of the Apple family. 1. Get Personal – Once you have your iPad in your very own hands and finish admiring the fact that it is all yours, start adding your personal touch. Experiment with the background image, arrange your apps and bookmarks and anything else that you have the urge to explore. 2. Sync to iTunes – With flexible ways to sync all of your media onto the iPad, there’s no need to sync your device to your iTunes to transfer it all over. You will always have some form of entertainment, wherever you are, whatever you are doing, your music, videos and photos will all be easily accessible with you iPad. 3. Surf the Web – More convenient than any laptop or computer, the iPad can be taken along anywhere and comfortably used anywhere so that you get internet access, wherever you may be. 4. Upgrade Your Apps – One of the favoured features of Apple products are the available apps. With the iPad there are upgrades on your favourite apps, free of charge for some if you have the previous versions of the apps. 5. Shop the App Store – Visit the app store and see what new and impressive ranges of games, utilities, quirky treats and social networking apps Apple have come up with. 6. Download a Movie or Show – Browse the app store for high definition films to watch or catch up on a hit TV show by purchasing or renting a single movie or series, perfect to have on a long travel journey or when you have some free time. 7. Read a Book – A range of iBooks are available to purchase via the app store and can easily be read on your iPad. Turn the pages with the simple tap or flick of a finger, adjust the font size and style to your personal preference and search unknown words you come across on the built-in iPad dictionary. You will definitely find something of interest in the iBook options with a variety of classic reads, best-sellers and free iBooks all available. 8. Upload Your Memories – With the iPad Photos app, scan and upload your favourite photos to view whenever you feel like reliving your most memorable moments on the large, clear and vibrant screen. 9. Try it for 10 Hours – Do as much video watching, Wi-Fi web surfing, photo viewing and music listening as you possibly can in 10 hours and see how time resilient your iPad is. 10. Accessorise Your New Piece – Like anything new, you want to look after your new iPad. Apple has some existing and upcoming products on hand to keep your iPad as safe as possible. The case is always a good option to keep your iPad safe from scratches and marks as well as a charging dock and a keyboard dock.
Being successful in business is “all about passion”, according to Kristina Karlsson, founder and creative director of international fashion stationery label kikki.K. If you’re passionate about what you do, and build a team of people that are all equally as passionate as you are, Karlsson says you’re going to be better placed strive in your vision and achieve your goal.
Big Fish Global Consulting Group opened their unique Training Café in February 2012. The aim of the café was to provide staff, candidates and potential customers with quality coffee in a warm and friendly context. I had a chat to Michael Gauci (General Manager, Big Fish Group) on why the Café was a strategic utilization of space, and what it’s done for the business….
The meaning of ‘work’ has undergone some changes in the past few decades. 20 years ago, you would be lucky to have a computer to yourself and a boss you didn’t daydream about suddenly retiring. Now, work places are providing us with the best of the best, encouraging us dedicated employees to remain within a company. Everything from overseas ‘business’ trips to aesthetically pleasing, fun and interactive offices.
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