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Common Leather Types and Finishes

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Ever gazed longingly through the shop window at that new leather handbag? You know its leather but what is it made of? Is it good quality leather? Is it cow leather or something more exotic? Oh look at that croc wallet next to it! Is it real? How do they make that? Let’s take a look at some of the common leather types and finishes. Leather is a byproduct of other industries, for example the meat industry, where the skins are a secondary in value to the meat. This is an important distinction between the fur industry where the fur...

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5 Top Packing Tips

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Going on holiday is exciting, but arranging a vacation can be a worry. Reservations, cash, flight tickets, and plenty of other things can make anybody start to feel completely overwhelmed. Fortunately, there are 1 or 2 tried-and-true travel packing tips for keeping things straightforward as you get ready for your trip. 1: Roll your garments In this age of travelling gently and transparently, preserving space is the name of the game. If you fold your attire, they have an inclination to take up too much room in your case. Instead, roll your garments and fit a load more items into...

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20 misused English words that make smart people look silly

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This post originally appeared at LinkedIn. Follow the author here. We’re all tempted to use words that we’re not too familiar with. If this were the only problem, I wouldn’t have much to write about. That’s because we’re cautious with words we’re unsure of and, thus, they don’t create much of an issue for us. It’s the words that we think we’re using correctly that wreak the most havoc. We throw them around in meetings, e-mails and important documents (such as resumes and client reports), and they land, like fingernails across a chalkboard, on everyone who has to hear or...

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Beware public mobile charging points - your phone can be hacked in minutes

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By Madhumita Murgia / The Telegraph Your smartphone can be easily hacked easily if you plug it in to charge via USB at a public place like an airport, cafe or on public transport. Researchers at security firm Kaspersky Labs found that they could install a third-party application, like a virus, onto the phone via its USB cable connection to a computer. It took them under three minutes. They also found that the Android and iOS phones tested leaked a host of private data to the computer they were connected to whilst charging, including the device name, device manufacturer, device...

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Charging Your iPhone Overnight Does Not Destroy The Battery

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You may have heard that charging your iPhone overnight is bad for the battery.According to Battery University, a website run by the company Cadex, charging your phone when its already fully charged keeps it in a high-stress, high-tension state, which wears down the chemistry within and does lasting damage.Well ignore that.In a brilliant and comprehensive Quora answer, tech author Jesse Hollington tells you everything you need to know about how your smartphone battery works: "Charging your iPhone overnight will not harm your battery in the slightest."Charging your iPhone from 90% will not harm your battery either. You simply can't overcharge...

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