Augmented Reality And The Tourism Industry

Augmented Reality (AR) allows recorded and animated images to blend and be viewed in real time. Most of the past augmented reality apps mainly focused on entertainment, such as the Lego Kiosks, futuristic baseball cards and even a virtual tour of the starship Enterprise. More recent apps however, have shifted their focus: providing travelers with useful information and answers to their possible questions.

What does augmented reality mean for tourism?
Augmented reality apps comprise different layers, such as museums, historic sites, dining and real estate to name but a few. The tourism layer, however, is the one most commonly used. This makes sense since tourists need information which will make their travelling experience easier, more informed and more secure, allowing travelers to experience the destination before they arrive.

A few examples of how augmented reality was used in tourism
TripAdvisor launched their Augmented Reality Tours app for iPad this month, using images from Google Street View to create a virtual walk through various destinations. This app might not be as advanced as apps by Layar, Lonely Planet or mTrip, but is still more useful and fun to use than 2D maps.

The Beijing Institute of Technology created a virtual reconstruction of Yuanmingyuan, a local historic site destroyed in 1860 during the Opium War, by using various paintings and sketches. They built a coin-operated viewing platform which tourists can use to see what Yuanmingyuan used to look like.

The Cluny Abbey Museum in France has a giant augmented reality screen, a window to the past if you will, allowing users to travel back in time and view a pre-destruction example of the Abbey. GraffitiGeo launched the first ever augmented reality restaurant recommendations app. Just point your phone towards a restaurant and see immediate reviews.

There are a lot of augmented reality apps, too many to mention in only one blog. Did I miss your favourite? Please share it with us in the comments.

Emerging Trends Of Mobile Phone Industry

The cell phone accessories are adapted to use in cell phones of different brands such as, Samsung, Nokia, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Sanyo, LG etc. These cell phone accessories would mean nothing for some of you whereas to others they would make the decision of whether to buy the cell phone or not. The use of cell phones has become so popular that many of the phones now carry cell phone accessories to go along with their particular brands like siemens phone covers, motorola phone covers, samsung phone covers, ericsson phone covers, sagem phone covers etc.

Beyond sending text messages and making voice calls, modern day mobile phones come bundled with many advanced features. Some of the important ones to mention include Bluetooth connectivity, internet browsing, music (MP3. MP4) playback, personal organizer functions, e-mail, instant messaging, built-in cameras and camcorders, ring tones, games, radio, Push-to-Talk (PTT), infrared and call registers, ability to watch streaming video or download video for later viewing, video calling and serving as a wireless modem for a PC. With so much of improved luxury functions added in mobile sets, the need for more of mobile accessories like different types of cell phone face covers, headphone sets, wired and wireless accessories, memory cards etc has also revolutionized.

Nokia being the worlds largest manufacturer and supplier of mobile phones had a global device market share of approximately 40% according to the market statistics in WIKI 2008. The other major mobile phone manufacturers include Samsung (14%), Motorola (14%), Sony Ericsson (9%) and LG (7%).These manufacturers account for over 80% of all mobile phones sold and produce phones for sale in most countries.

Mobile phones have become a mass media channel and no mobile phone is complete without its corresponding mobile accessories. From selecting your phone, to choosing the accessories to customizing your ring tones, your options grow more unlimited day by day. Technology development moves fast and mobile phones are at the forefront of the industry’s growth.

Political Scandals Becoming Increasingly More Prevalent

Political scandals seem to be popping up in the news constantly lately, with no sign of slowing down anytime soon. The public’s trustworthiness and patience towards their elected officials has been decreasing significantly, and many have lost hope of any change of an honest politician that puts the people first. It’s not just scandals that are the issue, often times there are backdoor deals and many things that do not end up becoming scandals, because they never end up being found out. Gridlock in Washington and in Politics can be frustrating, especially since voting in new representatives seem to offer little use.

Political scandals are hard to define with an exact definition. Although there is no set criteria for what qualifies something as a poltiical scandal, there is some broad criteria. As you can imagine anything that is released that involves the breaking of any laws will immediately become a large political scandal. Additionally sexual scandals are also quite common, particularly those of former President Bill Clinton and Rep Anthony Weiner. Both of their sexual scandals blew up into national headlines, becoming huge political scandals. The political scandal definition can be broad however, and can include many other potential acts, whether illegal or not. For something to become a scandal it does not necessarily have to had been an illegal act, although many times it is. Political scandals can broadly be defined as anything a politician would not want the public to know about their tenture in office, that is eventually leaked to the public in some way. Leaks of information that was not supposed to become public has been a more common political scandal in recent years. .

There have been countless scandals, in fact a search online for political scandals will bring up huge lists of both Federal as well state State and local political scandals throughout the year. In 2014 there has already been some discussion of various scandals of Governors, and of course Obama. The Affordable Care Act better known as Obamacare has led to so much debate its tough to argue against it being called a scandal. Obama is believed to have known the website would end up not working, and to have known that people would lose their coverage, but went ahead with his own political agenda anyway. It is unfair to just pick out Obama however, as politicians from both parties are guilty or malpractice.

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The Australian Packaging Industry Facts And Figures

As large of an employer as it is, chances are that you already know somebody who works in the Australian packaging industry. Indeed, it is a reasonably sized industry that exerts a massive amount of influence over our daily lives. From recycling to protecting the food that we purchase, packaging is essential.

The Packaging Industry: Value And Employment –

Numbers are among the very best ways to get an idea about the size of something. Consider this: The Australian packaging industry accounts for approximately 1% of the country’s GDP, or Gross Domestic Product. That may sound small, but Australia is a massive country with a very high volume of output. Combine that fact with the fact that approximately 30,000 people are employed by the Australian packaging industry, and it’s easy to see why this industry is so important.

Material Statistics Related To The Packaging Industry –

At 36%, paper and cardboard packaging definitely corner the market when it comes to packaging materials. A simple glance in your pantry or refrigerator will confirm to you that this is the case. However, plastics have reached 30% – a very respectable figure that is easy to confirm, what with the popularity of plastic packaging these days. At 20%, metal packaging has diminished a bit but is still fairly common. Finally, as glass is the most breakable and least practical material, it only accounts for 10% of the total packaging that today is used in Australia.

Recycling And The Packaging Industry –

Considering that the packaging industry only contributes about 10% of urban solid waste, it is remarkable that the industry has, nonetheless, agreed to a National Packaging Covenant that will increase the levels at which it recycles various materials. For example: Plastics, which are currently recycled at a rate of approximately 20%, will now be recycled approximately 30% to 35% of the time. Paper and cardboard, which are currently recycled at a rate of approximately 64%, will now be recycled at a rate of approximately 70% to 80%.

Packaging: An Industry To Watch –

Whether you work in the packaging industry or not, there’s no question that it plays a major role in your life. From the food you buy at the store to the recycling that you do, packaging plays a role in many aspects of your day to day life. As time goes by, the industry itself will be amping up its recycling efforts and will be contributing to the health of the planet. For this reason, consumers can now feel more comfortable about the products that they purchase and can be assured that the food packaging industry is continuously working towards making the world a better place.

Hairdressing Industry And Its Governing Bodies

The hairdressing industry as various governing bodies intended to protect the client and the hair salon

NHF
National Hairdressers’ Federation (NHF) provides salon members with help and information for the hair industry currently has over 6,000 members, which includes small and medium salons that include hair and beauty salons, and Independent Chair Renters.

The NHF works on behalf of its members to raise the professionalism and commitment to the hair and beauty industry. Members have access to a range of benefits, including services, products, advice and information that help them to develop their business, including access to a free legal helpline, salon insurance, discounted rates on PPL Licences. It helps its member through representation legal and employement advice.

If a salon displays it’s a member of the NHF this does mean it better than another salon down the road. Although it should be noted that the hair salon itself takes its business and contractual arrangements seriously.

AHT
Association of Hairdressers and Therapists, founded in 1963 by a group of hairdressing teachers as a like minded national network of specialists who exchange good practice and support. This organisations members are more made up from the educational sector of hairdressing. Ranging from lecturers, teachers and assessors who hold relevent teaching qualifications or are working toward achieving those qualifications. The AHT holds National Training initatives, events and specialist demonstrations across its network.

HABIA
In 1986, the Hairdressing Training Board (HTB) was formed with the objective of working with employers, educators and government to design and implement training and education programmes for the hairdressing industry.

Habia is the government appointed standards setting body for hair, beauty, nails, spa therapy, barbering and African type hair, and creates the standards that form the basis of all qualifications including NVQs, SVQs, Apprenticeships, Diplomas and Foundation degrees, as well as industry codes of practice.

In 1997, HTB, HTB Scotland, and the Beauty Industry Authority (BIA) formed the Hairdressing and Beauty Industry Authority (HABIA) to include the beauty therapy industry within its remit. Habia was formally launched by Dr Kim Howells, then Minister for Lifelong Learning, at that year’s Salon International exhibition.

By 2001, the organisation was being referred to by its initials, HABIA, and by the end of 2004 the decision was made to officially make the company name Habia. By this time, nail services and spa therapy had been added to Habia’s remit.

Habia was officially recognised by the government as a National Training Organisation (NTO) until these were abolished in 2001. Currently, Habia is recognised by the government as the Standards Setting Body for the hair, beauty, nails and spa sectors (including barbering and African Caribbean hair). The core responsibilities for Standards Setting Bodies include sector research and information, national occupational standards, qualifications strategy and learning frameworks. A central point of contact for information, Habia provides guidance on careers, business development, legislation, salon safety and equal opportunities, and is responsible to government on industry issues such as education and skills.

Habia raises the profile of its industries through the press and media, and is the first port of call for news organisations and broadcasters on news items and background information.

Habia also delivers solutions direct to:
salons to help them understand complex legislation such as health & safety and employment law, improve client retention and raise business performance;
employees to gain the skills that employers need to stay up to date with client demand and the latest techniques, equipment and products, as well as where to go to access learning and suitable qualifications;
trainers – to deliver qualifications with training support manuals, and to create successful teaching programmes including induction and initial assessment;
learners – by offering books and teaching guides directly related to their studies, and by providing advice on career paths and qualifications.

HABIA is very similar to the NHF in its support for salons and individuals.

The Future For Hair Associations
State registration is looking like a possible requirement for hair salons moving forward to promote best practice and tidy up the industry