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What Comes After Panoramic Photos?

Wind back the clock 15 years. Imagine yourself wiping the sweat off your brow after the close call that was the “Y2K Millenium Bug”… Phew, that was a close one wasn’t it?

You take a glance down at your phone, thankful to be alive and decide to give your folks a call to express how grateful you are for planes not falling out of the sky and computers not spontaneously combusting around us.

You finish the call, and decide to take selfie to celebrate the moment… wait? A what? What’s a selfie!!? Yup, that’s right, there really wasn’t such a thing as a “Selfie” back then. Sure people used to take pictures of themselves using cameras pointing the wrong way, but these weren’t globally known as selfies, they weren’t splattered in front of our vision every waking moment of every waking day. They were an occasional bad photo amongst an album, or a snap from a web cam as they increasingly became popular.

A Selfie in the making


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How-To Install A Server Rack

If you've purchased a server rack for your workplace or home office, you are likely wondering how to install it.  Installing server rack solutions is not as difficult as it might seem at the outset of the project. Follow these directions for a quick and easy server rack installation. 

Begin by disassembling the bolt-on slide rails. In order to take the mounting brackets off of the bolt-on slide rail assemblies, you will need to take the slide rails out and find the lock toward the front.

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High Demand For Toys Leads To Many Types Of Products

The market for toys is always massive all year round. Yes, there is a peak around Christmas time but the most popular toys, be they following current trends or fads or linking to a traditional toy that has always been popular, will always sell.

There are always birthdays going on and kids will always be spoiled by parents, family members and friends. All of this means that the toy market is huge and given the massive level of demand for this market, it makes sense that there will be unscrupulous people looking to make money from it.

This is not limited to the toy market, any market where there is a demand for affordable products; there will always be some form of supply, even if it is not always through the conventional and legal ways.

One toy wholesaler has lost a considerable volume of stock and has received a £22,000 fine after they were found to be selling counterfeit and unsafe toys. Some of the brands on offer include Justin Bieber toys and a wide range of Disney toys. There is always going to be a market for Disney toys but when it comes to toys, there is a need to make sure that everything is safe. It is fair to say that the price of some Disney toys will be higher than other toys on the market, but there are many aspects that go into this pricing. The brand name and identity has a lot to do with it, but Disney knows that they need to ensure that all of their toys are made in the best possible condition, which is why they need to ensure that all of their products are safe. This means that some of the pricing of a Disney toy is tied up in safety values. When counterfeit toys are able to undercut the official toys, there are a number of reasons why but it may be that skimping on quality control is one of the reasons.

Safety has to be paramount with kids toys

This case allowed the Ealing Council to carry out a POCA case against Toys Warehouse UK Ltd, based in the Charles House Business Centre. Amrik Singh Bhatia of the company was sentenced at the Crown Court in Harrow in February of 2015. Bhatia had already pleaded guilty to infringing on a number of trademarks and also to a number of “unsafe electrical goods offences”. These charges were brought him as an individual and also against him as a sole director.

The company was convicted on 5 separate counts of using a trademark without property authorisation while Bhatia was convicted of 4 counts of the same offence. This is in addition to 6 charges of possessing unsafe goods for supply being imposed on the company and the individual. Bhatia was sentenced to a 12 month community order, which means that he will be supervised for 12 months and he has to undertake 60 hours of unpaid work. The judge for the case said that carrying out a fine would not be a serious enough punishment for the crime that was committed.

Fines are one way of punishing firms that behave in this manner

The company was instructed to pay a £2,000 fine, £5,000 in court costs to the council as well as paying a victim’s surcharge. There has also been an order, under POCA, for Bhatia to pay £15,000 and a total of 428 toys and items were confiscated from the business premises.

The investigation, entitled Operation Swan, lasted three years and it was carried out by the Trading Standards team of Ealing Council. Officers from Brent and Harrow carried out checks into a number of major businesses in this local area and there was funding supplied from the National Trading Standards Board. This enabled the local officers to work with a number of national Trading Standards teams and other organisations such as the police and HMRC.

The Ealing cabinet member for Community Services and Safety said; “The sale and supply of unsafe and counterfeit goods is a serious offence, which is reflected in the severity of the sentence handed out in this case. I am delighted that the successful partnership work undertaken by trading standards officers has been justly rewarded with the achievement of the council’s first confiscation order for Operation Swan. I hope this sends a strong message to those who deliberately choose to flout the law, and endanger residents, that we are determined to tackle criminal activity in the borough.”

The scope of trading standards law and practice is a wide one and even if you think that there is no real harm being done, it may be that there is a level of criminality being undertaken.

Andrew Reilly is a freelance writer with a focus on news stories and consumer interest articles. He has been writing professionally for 9 years but has been writing for as long as he can care to remember. When Andrew isn't sat behind a laptop or researching a story, he will be found watching a gig or a game of football.


5 Reasons Artificial Grass Can Help The Environment

Spring is in the air; the days are longer with blue skies and sunshine. We all feel the lift of our spirits as we shake off the gloom of winter and look forward to spending more time outside.

But wait. This means gardening – that long arduous battle with Mother Nature and her weeds and moss and ants and slugs. And of course the never-ending fight to fertilise your lawn in the hope the grass really will be greener on your side of the fence.

Artificial grass, however, can be what wins you the gardening war. It has to overcome its bad name – people hear artificial and think ‘plastic’, factory-made, and therefore bad for the environment. But this just isn’t the case.


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The FCC Rearranges The Field Goal Posts On The Internet Neutrality Field 

The idea of Internet neutrality in terms of access and speed has been an ongoing debate for a number of years, especially in the last two as a number of the big Internet service providers, or ISPs, have been curtailing the general flow of traffic through their systems with “pay to play” costing models.  

These models have essentially restructured Internet accounts, charging significantly more per month to those customers that draw down significantly more bandwidth than the average customers. Marketed as a way of making sure that video watcher, gamers, businesses and consumers of large data flow pay their way, the model has gained traction.  

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