Few things say “summer” more than lighting up the old barbecue grill for a cookout. It’s a tradition that goes back to the days when early man first learned to master fire.

That said, there’s no reason for your next barbecue to look like something out of the stone age. Progress marches on, and your grilling experience deserves to do the same.

Time to Upgrade Your Barbecue Grill

Grilling is an art, and a masterpiece deserves the finest tools. From sparking a flame to packing your grill up at the end of the cookout, these high-tech gadgets make every step in the process easier. The end result: perfect burgers, meats, and more every time you break out the barbeque grill.

Light it Up

Where there’s smoke there’s fire, so you won’t be enjoying a tender, savory steak without a flame. If you’re of an old-school bent, this means lighting up a bed of charcoal.

But lighting charcoal with matches is easier said than done. You could use lighter fluid or other accelerants, but then you risk tainting the taste of your meats.

Fortunately, Looft Industries has a solution. Their Looftlighter advertises itself as the fastest way to light a charcoal grill in the world. Using a stream of super-heated air, the Looftlighter can light charcoal or wood briquettes in about 60 seconds.

And since it doesn’t use any chemicals or fluids, you can count on clean, pure flavor every time you use it. The only drawback is that it does need an electrical outlet. Fortunately, it’s 9-foot length gives you a little latitude.

For precision flame control, you have the BBQ Dragon. Basically a specialized fan, the Dragon clips on the side of your grill and brings a fresh flow cool air at a low velocity. This helps ignite the coals without snuffing them or blowing ash all over the place.

It can get your fire going in just a few minutes, and it’s variable speed settings let you manage how intense you want your flames.

If you’re a propane proponent, you may think none of this applies to you. But have you ever rolled out the grill only to realize at the last minute that you need to make a gas run?

Refuel can help prevent these time-wasting supermarket trips. It’s an app-enabled smart gauge that tracks your gas level and sends you alerts when you’re running low. You always have your phone handy, so now there’s no excuse not to remember when you need a recharge.

Grill it to Perfection

Cooking a cut to perfection is both an art and a science.

The most basic tool is the humble thermometer. As far as conventional thermometers, the Maverick Pro-Temp is probably as good as it gets. It gives you an accurate read almost instantly, minimizing how long you have to sweat over the grill.

But since pretty much every gadget comes in a smart variant these days, there’s Weber’s iGrill Mini. It used a probe to keep a constant temperature of a piece of meat while it’s cooking.

And since it’s smartphone-enabled, you can plug it in and forget it. You’ll get a notification straight to your phone when your cuts are ready.

But if you really need to impress your guests, you might invest in the Anova Culinary Precision Cooker. It’s an immersion cooker, bringing water to a precise temperature and holding it there. The process ensures each cut is cooked to perfection every time.

Once the Anova cooker alerts you that your steaks are at that perfect medium rare, toss them on the grill for a quick sear. Presentation is key, after all.

And for the ultimate, high-tech barbeque grill, there’s the Lynx Grills SMART30F. This iOS and Android-enabled grill comes with hundreds of recipes on the accompanying app, gives step-by-step instructions for prepping, and then cooks to your preferences.

It also supports voice commands and gives you alerts through every step of the cooking process. It’s about as futuristic as grilling can get.

That’s all very high-tech, but what if you want to take your barbeque grill on the road?

An elegant solution is Front Runner Outfitters’ Spare Tire-Mounted BBQ Cooking Grate. As the name suggests, it’s a simple, stainless steel grate that mounts onto an external spare time. It’s an ideal solution if you decide to check out some of Florida’s beautiful campsites this summer.

But as this is the sunshine state, why not capitalize on that fact? Go Sun’s Portable Solar Cooker lets you grill on the go without having to mess around with charcoal or fire starters.

It can produce up to 550 degrees of heat, making it powerful enough to cook just about anything. And it only weighs in at about eight pounds, making it much more portable than your standard barbeque grill.

Smoke ‘Em if You Got ‘Em

A cookout doesn’t need to be all about the grilling, though. Most would agree that there’s plenty of room at the table for a tender rack of ribs.

On paper, smoking seems like it would be the simplest way to cook anything. Light fire, let smoke waft upwards.

In practice, anyone who has ever fiddled with a charcoal or wood smoker for hours knows that it’s anything but simple. Gas smokers are somewhat easier but still require constant supervision.

Hence, more people are coming around to the electric smoker. Char-Broil’s Digital Electric Smoker does the hard work for you. With its SmartChef features, all you need to do is load it up, punch in your desired settings, and kick back.

Are you dedicated to your gas range but still want to savor that smokey flavor? Well, you can throw out those bottles of liquid smoke. Grill Pro’s 00150 Cast Iron Smoker Box will give you results you want.

All you do it fill it up with dampened wood chips put it on your barbeque grill, and a few minutes later your hood will be filled with smokey flavor. Purists might argue that it’s not quite as good as a traditional smoker. But for everyone else, it’s an economic and easy-to-use alternative that gets the job done in a fraction of the time.

Cool it Down

What good is a perfectly seared steak off the barbeque grill without anything to wash it down? But with all the fridge space those chops are taking up, there’s hardly any space to chill your beer.

Luckily, Cooper Cooler’s Rapid Beverage Chiller has you covered. All you do is fill the machine with water and ice, place the beverage to be chilled inside, and the Chiller takes care of the rest.

The machine spins the ice water around your beverage to accelerate the chilling process. It can perfectly chill a can of beer in about a minute, or a full bottle of wine in six. Great if you found that perfect pairing for your steaks or ribs.

Even with the ability to chill on demand, you might need a little extra space. But it’s high time to ditch those awful Styrofoam coolers.

On a hot Florida day, you’ll appreciate a cooler that chills you as alongside your drinks. The IcyBreeze Portable Air Conditioner and Cooler aims to do exactly that. With its powerful fan, the IcyBreeze uses chilled air from inside the cooler to drop the surrounding temperature by up to 35 degrees.

And for the ultimate, almost excessive cooler, there’s the Nipi Smart Cooler. It has USB chargers for your devices, a lockable dry-storage are for valuables, and can keep ice frozen for up to six days. And it’s solar-powered, which means it can do all of this in your backyard or on your next camping trip.

Clean it Up

The downside to using a barbeque grill: the cleanup. Wouldn’t it be great if you had someone you could delegate all of that to?

Enter the Grillbot. With its three motor-powered wire brushes, this little guy will make short work out of all that gooey black crust while you wait.

Grillbot is basically a Roomba for your grill. A chip controls its direction and the brushes, and an alarm lets you know when the job is done.

Of course, you could stand to make the job a little easier for your robot buddy. Keeping your grates good and oiled will make the clean-up job easier. Steven Raichlen’S Grilling Grate Oiler makes the task simple.

It’s essentially a grill brush with a reservoir for oil, letting you apply an even coat with a quick brush of your grates. And it’s made from heat-resistant plastics for quick, mid-grilling reapplications.

Preparing for a Party

It’s time to spend some quality time with your barbeque grill. But if it’s been a while since your last backyard get-together, it’s probably time to upgrade some of your furnishings with an outdoor grilling company.

Watson Brother’s Patio and Hearth has everything to get you ready for your next cookout, from furniture, to fire pits, to grills and accessories. The Watson ‘s team even has a few new recipes for you to try out on the grill.

View here for more ways to liven up your backyard this summer.

Are You Ready for the Summer?

With the last chills of winter dissipating, it’s the perfect weather for a barbecue. Or for a camping trip. Or for all-around exploring and adventuring.

Whatever your pleasure, check out these tips to help you make the most of everything Florida has to offer.

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Adobe XD: Introduction and Free Preview Build For Apple macOS Users

Adobe’s free tool for designers that will give them a whole lot of new features. Adobe XD is a design and prototyping tool which is currently free to download. The first version was released in March 2016 and there is still much more to come.

What is Adobe XD?

Adobe Experience Design (XD) is a tool for designers that lets them create interactive prototypes of apps and websites. It is a drag-and-drop software which is literally a piece of cake to use.

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Adobe XD 0.5 is the first public preview version and is available on Adobe’s official website as a free download. The very first version consists of following features:

• A design tool
• A prototyping tool
• Cross-platform integration
• Sharing feature that allows smooth sharing of prototypes and designs
• Easy-to-use
• Drag-and-drop builder
• Fast performance with no lags

The next update is scheduled to be released anytime at the end of this year which will add more power to the existing features. Some of the features that are expected to be released with the first update include:

• A better color picker tool
• Scrollable content
• A powerful design tool with rich text, gradients, effects and more
• Support for Windows 10
• Powerful prototype tool with mobile testing feature, integration at micro level, and an improved prototype sharing feature
• Addition of layers
• Inclusion of API layer

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These updates are not expected to be released all at once rather these will be released in chunks. By the end of this year, all these features will become the part of Adobe XD.

A Closer Look at the Adobe XD

Adobe XD has two tabs; design and prototype. These tabs can be selected as per need.

The design tab is where you design the app or the website. It lets you design the layout in an easy-to-use interface. The designers just have to drag and drop the objects, images, shapes etc. on the frame. Objects can be edited easily, for example, you can use repeat grid to create a duplicate wireframe in no time. Those who have used Adobe Illustrator need no more than an hour to get used to the interface.

The prototype is the tab which allows you to create interactive workflow by linking objects and screens. It lets you develop a linked workflow of your app or website that you are creating. Again, establishing these links is super-easy. Just drag the arrow to the screen of your choice to create a link.

Creating a design for your app or for your first website with Adobe XD 0.5 is not a big deal. It is just a matter of a few hours. If you are into this field, Adobe XD is one of the tools that you cannot miss. Though it has only the basic features for now but imagine its strength with the release of the updates. It is sure to become better over time.

When Adobe XD was released, it was downloaded by more than 75K users in just two days. Since then, downloads have multiplied exponentially. Adobe can now take the risk of investing money in its new tool as they have seen the huge demand.

Things will get better in the coming days. Keep following Adobe XD.

Apple macOS users can download the free preview build and try Adobe XD here -> http://www.adobe.com/products/experience-design.html

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7 Subtle Ways to Give Your Business The Desired Popularity

A successful business is about convincing consumers that your product or service has value and that it needs to be purchased to obtain that value. That success in turn provides the means to keep operating, pay expenses and make a profit.

Attention and awareness are gold for a business trying to grow and penetrate a new market. However, many chalk up awareness as something that happens after one does enough marketing or advertising.

And that’s where the importance of building popularity gets lost. Instead, awareness has to be cultivated. And there are seven clear ways a business can do this in merchandise management and focused marketing:

1. Awareness should be automatic

When people hear a loud noise, an unexpected yell, a bright light or similar they react and turn towards it. What’s going on? Where did that come from? What is it? People don’t think under this condition; they automatically react. Ideally, a business wants consumers to react automatically or close to it. The awareness and following reaction should just be mechanical versus a long, thought-out process.

2. The product or service is part of the consumer’s paradigm

The trick to entering a paradigm is to get the consumer to become familiar and then accepting the regular presence of a product or service. For example, everyone is familiar with Intel and computers. Why? Because the brand has become part of the desktop paradigm.

3. Disrupt the normal conditions with a positive change

People pay attention to changes that don’t fit the norm. Where the change is negative, they steer away. However, where the change is positive, it creates an opportunity for people to become very interested. For example, a new product or service that makes a regular chore or function considerably easier is a disruption. People notice it and want to tell others.

4. Create a reward for being interested

Dopamine is the chemical in the brain that gets released when we receive a reward. And our brain wants more of it all the time. So we quickly align rewards with those things that trigger and repeatedly create more dopamine. This biological driver should not be ignored; it’s often a primal driver that gets people to want or buy something even if logically they should do something else.

5. Reputation matters

Popularity can be generated quickly by a new, immediate change or huge sensation, but it doesn’t sustain when the “newness” dies down. Instead, it’s a business reputation that sustains popularity and keeps it going. Referrals, good opinions, recommendation all build and continue to spread awareness of a reputation. That continued cycle solidifies a market and customer retention over time.

6. Curiosity killed the cat

People frequently stop to look at something interesting and new. Curiosity is one of the key aspects of humanity that makes us different animals which typically run away from the unknown, not towards it. Ignoring people’s natural habit of being curious about the new is literally leaving money on the table.

7. Keeping up with the Joneses

We seek validation from our peers. And that feeling comes in the form of acknowledgment from others when we appear to achieve a level of success or accomplishment. Products and services are one way that quick acknowledgment is achieved from peers. A business using this theme frequently sees its popularity steadily go up.

Businesses can use other methods for successful merchandise management, but the seven areas above have proven to be the ones that have consistent returns. Understanding the science behind these areas gives a business far more ammunition in sales, and it’s a lot better than just building mousetraps.

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