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After almost two weeks on the road and four major cities, last night marked the closing event of our European WHIR Networking Events tour. The final event last night was in London, UK, where a healthy representation of the hosting industry turned up at Concrete in the basement of a popular pizza restaurant. It was definitely one of the larger of our 4 events, with probably close to 100 people in attendance.

What was fascinating about the London event was the large turn out of people from all over Europe. We had representation from Greece, Poland, Croatia, Israel and more. It just goes to show what an expanding industry we work in, as it makes its way to many corners of the world.

On Tuesday night, we held a smaller but very successful event in Paris, France.  Albeit a more intimate event like Berlin, we had amazing feedback from sponsors and attendees amazed at the number of attendees in a smaller market such as France.

Networking at WHIR Event Europe in Paris, France

Networking at WHIR Event Europe in Paris, France

These events are all about making connections and fostering business in person. After almost four years of hosting them in North America, we’re thrilled to see the same warm reception on the other side of the pond.  We have been told how valuable and worthwhile the events have been for companies large and small.

We’d like to show our appreciation to a few attendees that were on the road with us attending all four of our events around Europe: Marcin Smó?kowski and ?ukasz Jesis from Opero in Poland, and; Judah Johns from Jelastic in the US. Gentleman, it’s been a blast.

We really, really want to thank our sponsors this week that helped make Paris and London such fabulous events.  A special thank you goes out to Parallels, ServInt and SoftLayer who sponsored all events this week and last, as title sponsors.  Equinix were also a huge support sponsoring Paris and London this week, along with Amsterdam earlier in our tour.  We’d also like to thank R1Soft for their support of Amsterdam and Berlin, and local companies GlobalSign and OnApp who helped make the London event such a great one to wrap up our series last night.

We certainly hope to do this again, and if you missed out on these events but want to see what they are all about, we encourage you to find way to get to one of our North American events. Our calendar can be found at

We’d like to give one final thanks to our sponsors for their amazing support, and for graciously donating door prizes to these lucky winners:

Paris, France Prize Winners

  • Softlayer gave away an Apple TV to Marc Villemade from Scality
  • Parallels gave away a Parallels Plesk 11 Mini Cooper (remote control cars) to Steve Cesse of GlobalSign, Lucasz Jesis of Opero, Erwin van Duijn of CommuniGate
  • ServInt gave away a Jawbone Jambox and 1 year of free Essential VPS Web hosting to Rendy Maulana of
  • Equinix gave away a Trent iCruiser IMP1000 11000mAh External Battery Pack to Rafi Stoffman and a flip cam to Eric Craig from Scality

London, UK Prize Winners

  • Softlayer gave away and Apple TV to Goran Candrlic from Webiny
  • Parallels gave away a Parallels Ples 11 Mini Cooper (remote control cars) to Darren Lingham of Paragon Rafi Stoffman of InfoGin
  • ServInt gave away a Jawbone Jambox and 1 year of free Essential VPS Web hosting to David Clee from MirrorWEB
  • GlobalSign gave away a PlayStation Vita (Wi-Fi + 3G) inerail to Chris Rogers
  • Onapp -gave away a Trent iCruiser IMP1000 11000mAh External Battery Pack to Gary Thomlinson of eHosting Carmen Moya from Webfusion
  • Equinix gave away a Griffin Helo TC Assault Minicopter to Edi Budimilic of WhoAPI

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Hair extensions – several hours inside the salon and you might have lengthy hair that looks like a dream. But is there a downside? Professionally created 26 inch extensions can totally transform your look without affecting the well being of your hair, but if they are done wrongly extensions can seriously damage your hair. You need to know what to count on prior to going for the salon.

Would hair extensions expense a fortune?

Yes, extensions completed by an expert hair extension artist and made from high quality hair would expense you numerous hundred dollars. The price tag truly depends on the top quality with the hair employed – Asian hair is more affordable, while European hair costs 2-3 instances a lot more. If you would like great searching hair – specifically blond hair – you’ll have to pay for European material.

On the web you might find hair extension ‘starter kits’ with total instructions, which are not challenging to apply. So in case you feel adventurous, it is possible to acquire a do-it-yourself kit and save substantially. If carried out appropriately, this kind of hair extension looks as great as any salon created one particular. Should you choose to follow this route, though, ensure that you just order high quality hair.

What forms of hair extension are available?

The two main types of hair extension are individual strands and wefts.

Person strands, because the name implies, are attached a single piece at a time to your personal hair, typically using glue, or with waxes and polymers. The issue here is that most of the attachment techniques need coating your all-natural hair with rather unfriendly chemicals. Attaching these extensions isn’t a problem, but removing this kind of extension can seriously damage your hair.

Wefts, alternatively, are braided into your hair, so no chemicals are required. A weft looks like a curtain of hair held with each other at the top and hanging freely toward the bottom. It is braided into your hair about the midline of the head – about ear level. It truly is safer for the hair but, on the downside, as you personal hair grows wefts need to be rebraided – about as soon as each and every two months.

What materials are utilized for hair extensions?

Initial, hair for extensions could be either synthetic or true human hair. Synthetic extensions are less costly, needless to say, but you get what you pay for – they look like artificial strands attached to your hair. They are not really pleasant for the touch, either.

Human hair used for extensions provides far better outcomes. Human extension hair differs by origin. The most frequent are hair from India and Asian nations. They’re fantastic, should you be an Asian woman yourself. Sadly this sort of hair has a noticeably diverse texture from a Caucasian’s all-natural hair, so on Caucasian females they just don’t appear appropriate.

European hair is of far better quality, usually originating from Spain and Italy, is of much better good quality but costs more. The only problem is that its all-natural color is normally coal black. To create a blond extensions out of them, Italian or Spanish hair needs to be heavily bleached.

You can find also so-called ‘raw’ or ‘virgin’ hair. This really is European hair coming from Central and Eastern European countries, like Russia and Poland. The advantage of this hair that it truly is naturally light and of a really high quality. Nonetheless, this type of hair is hard to find and costs an arm and a leg.

TomTom today releases its summer map. This latest map update includes
road changes and Points of Interest (POI) related to major events across
Europe this summer. New stadiums, temporary and permanent event venues
and park rides across the UK, Poland and the Ukraine are included.
Surrounding areas have been checked and surveyed to ensure complete
mapping accuracy around important events.

In total, 1.5 million km of new roads have been added to TomTom’s global
map between May 2011 and May 2012. Major map changes include adding
107,000 km of new road networks in Brazil, and updating 12,000 km of
motorways in Spain. Maps have been extended to cover greater areas of
Mexico, Malaysia and Indonesia. Southern Africa maps now include more
unpaved roads in rural areas for better routing and more accurate
estimated times of arrival.

“At TomTom, we know how important it is for the maps we provide to our
customers to be as accurate as possible and include the latest road
network updates,” says Corinne Vigreux, Managing Director of TomTom.
“Roads are always changing and this summer is no exception. TomTom’s
latest map update will give the best routes and most accurate directions
wherever you are driving.”

TomTom summer maps are available on all new TomTom devices through the
latest map guarantee, or to existing customers through Map Update

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Notes for editors

Major map changes in the summer update

107,000 km of new road network has been added to the map of Brazil.

12,000 km of new motorway has been added to the map of Spain.

Road network coverage has been extended significantly in Malaysia and

The detail of the map of Mexico has been improved, with almost 50% of
the population now covered with a fully attributed street network.

Basic coverage of the Republic of Cyprus has been added to all maps
containing Greece.

Maps of southern Africa now include many more unpaved roads in rural
areas, for better routing and more accurate estimated times of arrival.

Significant improvements have been made to house number accuracy in
many European cities.

Stadiums, venues and park rides for major summer events have been
added to maps of the UK, Poland and the Ukraine as special Points of

TomTom Map Update Service

This summer map release is one of the quarterly map updates available
from TomTom Map Update Service. TomTom Map Update Service provides every
release of a driver’s map over a fixed period, from the equivalent of
just [EUR9.95] per quarter.

TomTom latest map guarantee

All new TomTom devices come with a latest map guarantee. This means that
customers with a new device can download this summer map release for

About TomTom

Founded in 1991, TomTom (aex:TOM2) is the world’s leading supplier of
in-car location and navigation products and services focused on
providing all drivers with the world’s best navigation experience.
Headquartered in Amsterdam, TomTom has 3,500 employees and sells its
products in over 40 countries.

Our products include portable navigation devices, in-dash infotainment
systems, fleet management solutions, maps and real-time services,
including the award winning TomTom HD Traffic.

For the world’s most up-to-date route planner, including live traffic
information, go to

For further information, please visit


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