Show your support for BIA

first_imgThe big night is finally here, the 27th Baking Industry Awards kick off tonight at the Park Lane Hilton Hotel.Bakers have been excitedly preparing for months, but if you are unable to attend, do not fear, you can still get involved in the glitz and glamour of the night via social media.Follow the hashtag #BIA on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with what’s going on LIVE. Don’t forget to tweet your support to the finalists.We have also asked attendees to post selfies of themselves at the event with the #BIA hashtag. We want to make this year’s BIA the most interactive yet, so be sure to follow online for the next best thing to actually attending.Bakers and finalists have already been getting involved on Twitter, so we can’t wait to see what is posted tonight.This year’s finalists are:Baker of the YearMark Bennett, Patisserie Mark BennettCyril Denecheau, The Bread FactoryDominic Salter, The Sandwich BoxBakery Manufacturer of the YearGreenhalgh’s Craft BakeryRich ProductsThe Village Bakery Celebration Cake Business of the YearBrown’s Handcrafted CakesShuga BudzSlattery LtdThe Craft Business AwardBettys Craft BakeryGreenhalgh’s Craft BakerySally Clarke BakeryThe Customer Focus AwardJG RossPretty Witty CakesThe Bread FactoryFree-from Bakery Product of the YearWhite Bread (Gluten, wheat, dairy and egg free) Just: Gluten Free BakeryWhite Wrap (Gluten and Wheat free) Newburn Bakehouse, WarburtonsSlow Cooked Steak and Mushroom Pie (Gluten free) No.G – Too Good To Be Gluten FreeIn-Store Bakery Retailer of the YearMorrisonsSainsbury’sTesco The Innovation AwardThe Orange, Cinnamon SquareFruit and Vegetable Cupcakes, House of CuckooSourdough Viennoiserie, More? The Artisan BakerySpeciality Bread Product of the YearOrganic Chocolate Puffed Brioche, Daylesford BakeryRoasted Hazelnut & Raisin Sourdough Bread, Greenhalgh’s Craft BakeryPain Ancien Couronne, Paul UK The Rising Star AwardLucie, Bennett, Fleur de SelHannah, Conneely, National Bakery SchoolTom Thexton, Wild Thextonlast_img read more

Microsoft cuts Xbox 360 with Kinect bundle prices by 50

first_img2013 is expected to be the year that Microsoft replaces the Xbox 360 with a new console and the next generation of Kinect motion sensor. But for the moment, Microsoft is laser-focused on pushing the Xbox 360 and with that in mind has implemented a price cut.Sony decided not to price cut and introduced a slimmer PS3 console instead. Microsoft’s holiday season tactic, alongside offering holiday bundles, is to reduce the price of both the 250GB and 4GB consoles that include Kinect by $50.Pretty much every big retailer is carrying the price reduction. If you visit Amazon right now you’ll find the Xbox 360 250GB Holiday Value Bundle with Kinect for $349.96, down from $399.99. That also includes a digital code for Carnival Games: Monkey See Monkey Do, Kinect Adventures, and 3 months subscription to Xbox Live Gold.If that bundle is out of your price range, then the Xbox 360 4GB Console with Kinect now costs $249.96 instead of $299.99. It includes Kinect Adventures to get you started.Compared to the PlayStation 3, if we consider just the new super slim consoles, then the pricing is within range. You’ll pay around $270 for the 250GB PS3 and $300 for the 500GB version. That’s $50 cheaper than the 250GB Xbox 360, but you don’t get a motion controller. That may or may not be important to you, though.Both Microsoft and Sony will be pushing hard for your dollars this Christmas, but the difference is this may be the last year the Xbox 360 is Microsoft’s number one console. Next year we could see a sub $200 PS3 going up against an Xbox 720 at a premium price point.via Joystiqlast_img read more