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This page features a variety of different websites that I like and recommend, and that cannot be categorized into my other Scoops.
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New era beckons for supersonic air travel | World news | The Guardian

New era beckons for supersonic air travel | World news | The Guardian | Other Useful Websites | Scoop.it
Passengers could break the sound barrier again as technology delivers faster but quieter jets
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Very exciting news that supersonic air travel could be available as soon as 2020.

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The Legality Of Winstrol In Australia, Canada, New Zealand, The United Kingdom And The United States

The Legality Of Winstrol In Australia, Canada, New Zealand, The United Kingdom And The United States | Other Useful Websites | Scoop.it
This article examines whether or not the cutting steroid Winstrol is legal to use in countries such as the US, the UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
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This article highlights some of the countries where the cutting steroid Winstrol is banned, and discusses some of the safe, legal alternatives that can be used instead because they are formulated using natural ingredients and have no adverse side effects.

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The Most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean

The Most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean | Other Useful Websites | Scoop.it
THE Mediterranean coast is the holiday destination chosen by millions of Britons every year, boasting some truly gorgeous beaches.
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This article in the Express newspaper features some of the most stunning beaches in the Med.

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Poshtels, wearable technology and in-home meals are top travel trends

Poshtels, wearable technology and in-home meals are top travel trends | Other Useful Websites | Scoop.it
More travellers are looking to eat 'local' in private homes, while technology is set to transform the way we plan our trips and the rise of the high-end poshtel means we can travel for less.
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This article from the Daily Mail website lists the top travel trends for 2015.

One of the biggest trends seems to be the concept of eating locally in guests homes for the ultimate local experience, and it seems as if cycling holidays are becoming more and more popular as well. 

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CGear Sand Free Multimat And Multirug Reviews

CGear Sand Free Multimat And Multirug Reviews | Other Useful Websites | Scoop.it
A comprehensive guide to sandless beach mats, rugs and blankets, which instantly eliminate sand, dust and dirt particles.
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Sandless beach mats are designed to allow sand to pass straight through them so that you don't end up surrounded in sand when you are lying on the beach, for example. They can also be used when camping or when you are going for a picnic.

CGear are one of the leading companies who produce these products, and you can read all about some of the sand free beach mats and blankets that are available by visiting this website. 

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Top 5 Grossing Movies for 2013

Top 5 Grossing Movies for 2013 | Other Useful Websites | Scoop.it
Find out who takes the crown for the top-grossing domestic film for 2013 and gain insight on which franchises hold the most future potential. - Dan Moskowitz - Consumer Goods
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This article lists the top 5 grossing movies from 2013, and I have to say that I haven't seen any of them yet.

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10 Ways to Get the Most Out of Instagram Marketing

10 Ways to Get the Most Out of Instagram Marketing | Other Useful Websites | Scoop.it
Instagram marketing tips for small businesses
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Here are some useful tips for anyone who wants to market their business on Instagram, which is still quite an untapped social media platform compared to Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc.

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Tokyo travel: 11 things to know before you go

Tokyo travel: 11 things to know before you go | Other Useful Websites | Scoop.it
From sedate gardens to boisterous robot cabarets, here's the vital knowledge you'll need before hitting the Japanese capital.

World-renowned chef, best-selling author and Emmy-winning television personality Anthony Bourdain has returned for the second season of CNN's showcase for coverage of food and travel. "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown" is shot entirely on location and airs on CNN International Mondays at 10 a.m. Hong Kong, repeated the following Friday at 11 p.m. HK and Sunday at 9 a.m. HK. Follow the show on Twitter and Facebook.

(CNN) -- After a setback from the natural and nuclear disasters of 2011, tourism has rebounded in Tokyo.

The Japan National Tourism Office reports a 21% increase in visitor arrival numbers between January and August 2013 compared with the same period last year.

The renewed surge of visitors is being partly attributed to Tokyo's successful bid for the 2020 Olympics and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's efforts to bulk up the economy.

Fall is the classic time to visit the city.

The oppressive humidity of summer has cleared, autumn colors bring life to Tokyo's many parks, hearty, seasonal foods are the order of the day and the fresh fashion the country is known for is celebrated on the streets.

More: Guide to Tokyo's best parks

From sedate, centuries-old gardens to boisterous robot cabarets, here's the vital knowledge you'll need before hitting Japan's sprawling capital.

1. Tip No. 1: Don't tip

Attentive service is the norm in Japan, part of a cultural dedication to hospitality called omotenashi.

Tipping isn't expected in taxis, at hair salons, for doormen or bartenders.

Not only are gratuities not expected, they won't be accepted. Some restaurant checks will include a service charge.

If you leave money behind, no matter how much or little, don't be surprised if your server chases you down the street to return it.

2. Walk right -- on the left

With 35 million people, greater Tokyo is one of the most densely populated urban centers in the world.

Yet crowds are orderly.

Everyone waits until the light changes to cross the street.

Pedestrians on wide sidewalks follow the unspoken rule of staying to the left almost as strictly as cars (also on the left) do.

Exception: On Tokyo escalators, stand on the left and walk on the right. (Around Osaka, escalator etiquette is reversed.)

3. Drink outside, smoke inside

The more enclosed a space is, the more likely you'll be allowed to smoke there.

The smaller and homier a bar or restaurant, the more likely it is to be smoker-friendly.

Many bullet trains still have smoking cars.

On the other hand, smoking is prohibited on many sidewalks (look for signs stenciled on the sidewalk), except around public ashtrays.

Street patrols stop people who engage in aruki-tabako, or "walking-smoking."

Cracking open a beer or can of fruity, boozy chu-hai on the walk or train home, however, is a cherished tradition......


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This is a useful guide for anyone thinking about visiting Tokyo in Japan because it tells you lots of useful things you need to know before you visit this amazing city.

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Top 5 Websites Most Likely to Crash During the Super Bowl

Top 5 Websites Most Likely to Crash During the Super Bowl | Other Useful Websites | Scoop.it
Yottaa's predictions for the top 5 websites most likely to crash during Super Bowl XLVII.
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I shall be sitting down and watching the Superbowl once again this year, but I shall make a point not to visit any of these websites whilst doing so because they are highly likely to crash.

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Get on your bike: 5 health benefits that’ll make you want to start cycling in your 50s

Get on your bike: 5 health benefits that’ll make you want to start cycling in your 50s | Other Useful Websites | Scoop.it
Gearing up for an active and healthy summer? A bike might be the answer.
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This article lists 5 reasons why people over the age of 50 should consider taking up cycling.

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Amazon's star ratings are about to get a lot more useful

Amazon's star ratings are about to get a lot more useful | Other Useful Websites | Scoop.it
User reviews get a refresh
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I've always been very dubious about some of the reviews that I see for certain products on Amazon, but apparently Amazon are making a few changes to make them a lot more useful and less susceptible to fakers.

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Artificial Christmas trees that are worth buying in 2014

Artificial Christmas trees that are worth buying in 2014 | Other Useful Websites | Scoop.it
This article features some of the best and most attractive artificial Christmas trees that you can buy for Christmas 2014.
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Anyone who is currently looking for a great-looking artificial Christmas tree for their home should check out this article because it features some of the most realistic looking artificial trees, whether you are looking for a small miniature tree or whether you are looking for a full-size 9 or 12 foot tree, for example.

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Chromecast vs. Nexus Player: Google's new streaming puck isn't worth the upgrade yet

Chromecast vs. Nexus Player: Google's new streaming puck isn't worth the upgrade yet | Other Useful Websites | Scoop.it
Google's new TV box combines the convenience of screen beaming with a proper remote control and on-screen menus. It’s not yet fully-baked, but cord cutters should keep an eye on it.
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This article provides you with a comparison between the Chromecast, which is the device that I use to watch YouTube and TV shows on my TV via my Ipad, and Nexus Player, which is the latest screen casting device to come on to the market.

The Nexus Player looks pretty good, but it appears that it's not yet a good replacement for the Chromecast. 

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The Best Label Makers In 2014

The Best Label Makers In 2014 | Other Useful Websites | Scoop.it
This article features some of the best label making machines that you can buy in 2014, and features label makers from Epson, Brother and DYMO.
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Here you will find a selection of some of the best label makers in 2014, which includes label printing machines from Epson, as well as some of the top models from Brother and DYMO.

It also reveals where you can buy one of these top rated label makers online if you wish to purchase one for your home or office.

 

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2 Of The Best Top-Rated Espresso Machines In 2014

2 Of The Best Top-Rated Espresso Machines In 2014 | Other Useful Websites | Scoop.it

This article features two of the best espresso machines that you can buy right now in 2014.

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Espresso machines are really starting to grow in popularity right now, so if you are looking to buy one of these useful machines for your kitchen, here are two espresso machines that you might want to consider buying in 2014.

These are consistently two of the best-sellers, and regularly get top marks from customer reviews and independent review sites online.

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Best Artificial Christmas Trees in 2013 Are Featured at Articate.com

Best Artificial Christmas Trees in 2013 Are Featured at Articate.com | Other Useful Websites | Scoop.it

Artificial Christmas trees have become really popular in recent years because many of the best ones are extremely realistic nowadays, and they are obviously a lot less messy as well because they don't shed any needles.

So with that in mind, Articate.com have decided to take a look at some of the best artificial Christmas trees that are available to buy in 2013.

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Some of the best artificial Christmas trees, many of which are very realisitc in this day and age, are showcased in a brand new article, and includes a number of trees between 3 and 12 feet tall.

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6 New Mega Bloks Call of Duty Collector Construction Sets for November 2013 Are Featured at Articate.com

Articate.com are reporting that there are six brand new Mega Bloks Call of Duty collector construction sets going on sale very shortly that would make ideal Christmas presents.

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This article provides details of the new Call of Duty collector construction sets, which are suitable for ages 10 and upwards, and are due to be officially released towards the end of November 2013.

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