Still talk on the phone? You can make calls with this Viio Vezzo smart mirror

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Need to call your friend while you put in your contacts? A company called Viio has created mirrors that let you chat through your mirror. Viio equips its mirrors with Bluetooth, so you can connect them wirelessly to your mobile device, tablet or computer. The built-in microphone and speakers let you make phone calls or play music directly through the mirrors. And if you’re just concerned with how you look, the Viio mirrors include LED lights around the perimeter.

The Viio mirrors come in three different models — the Vezzo, Vero and Vetta — that cost $395, $445 and $695, respectively. You can order the mirrors online and in a few Home Depot, Best Buy and Lowe’s stores in Canada. Home Depot and Lowe’s will begin to sell the mirrors in the US this spring. (The site doesn’t yet ship to the UK or Australia, but those prices range from £320 to £565, or AU$520 to AU$920.)

Smart mirrors might be the next hot category as tech companies begin to make health and beauty products. The company Simplehuman has its own line of smart mirrors that customize light settings based on selfies you save in the accompanying app. And an auto-sensing smart mirror called Juno has raised more than $425,000 during its Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, thanks to features like light settings just for reading, makeup or selfies.

Viio features

  • Auxiliary cord connection
  • Anti-fog button
  • 6-hour battery or permanent plug
  • Wood backing to mount on walls
  • Vezzo: 24×32 inches, $395
  • Vero: 30-inch diameter circular mirror, $445
  • Vetta: 24×64 inches, $695

 
[Source:- CNET]

 

Make sure your landlord is complying!

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Landlords who do not comply with tenants who request improvements to the energy efficiency of their homes could face prosecution under new laws.

 

Since the beginning of April this year tenants living in F and G rated homes have been able to request energy efficiency improvements to their properties such as modern windows.

 

PropertyLetByUs did a recent study and found that more than half of UK tenants claim that their rental property isn’t as warm as they’d expect it to be, while 58% say that requests made to improve the energy efficiency of their homes have been turned down by landlords.

 

Gary Warby, Managing Director Premier Windows, warns that a ‘grace-and-favour’ period is now coming to an end and landlords who continue to ignore this will face legal troubles.

 

Gary, said: “Awareness running up to its introduction wasn’t great, and we have spoken to a lot of landlords since, who haven’t been aware of their responsibilities under the regulations.

 

“No matter if they’ve heard about the changes or not, they nonetheless, place a direct responsibility on landlords and it is only a matter of time before we see the first instances of legal trobules.

“We would encourage landlords with properties in Buckinghamshire, think that their properties may fall short of the minimum ‘E’ home Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) to get in touch.

 

“Energy efficiency home improvements including thermally efficient double and triple-glazed windows  don’t need to cost a fortune and can make a significant contribution to the overall efficiency of your property. “

Data from the EU, up to 10 million British families live in a home with a leaking roof, damp walls or rotting windows. It highlights that damp and mould remains a particular problem in properties with old or single glazed windows.

 

The report suggests that tenants who live in energy inefficient homes can be paying as much as £1,000 more per year than the average annual bill of £1,265.

 

Premier, fit a variety of energy efficient double-glazed and triple-glazed windows and doors. This includes thermally efficient 1.2W/m².K  (the measure of heat loss) or Window Energy Rated A+ rated double-glazed windows and ultra-energy efficient triple-glazed windows, which will achieve U-values as low as 0.8W/m².K.

 

 
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Make your garden wildlife-friendly this winter

During the colder months your outdoor space can be a safe haven for birds, insects and hedgehogs. 

Follow these simple tips to make your garden wildlife friendly.

For hibernating wildlife, food isn’t so important once winter has set in but for birds the food you put out can be a lifeline, especially as the season goes on and berries are increasingly in short supply. Try to put food out in the same place every day so the birds get to know where to come.

On sunny days at the end of autumn and beginning of spring you will see bees around, so late and very early-flowering plants are a real help. Ivy is in flower at this time of year and bulbs, which you can plant now, are a good source of food for bees early in the spring – fritillaries, crocus and snowdrops can all be buzzing with bees on a sunny day.

Wildlife homes such as bee houses are widely available to buy, but one of the best ways to offer protection, whether it’s for bees or hedgehogs, is to create habitats in the sunniest, most sheltered spot you can find.

  • A stack of bricks and pots will provide a home for toads and newts.
  • Sticks and logs are great for hedgehogs and insects.
  • Bees in particular love old wood with lots of little hidey-holes, left in a sunny place.
  • And leaves piled up will be great for hedgehogs, frogs and toads.

DO NOT DISTURB

Whether it’s not raking up leaves to make a bonfire, or foregoing cutting down the perennials in December, the best thing you can do for wildlife once the garden is set, is to leave it all undisturbed until well into the spring. It’s not just the leaves in the flowerbeds or the old flower stems that will provide food and shelter, even the corners of a shed may have butterflies overwintering, or a sunny wall may be harbouring bees or ladybirds.

There’s one exception as we go in to early winter, look out for small, under 650g, hedgehogs, especially if you see them out in the daytime. These are young and will not survive winter without help. If you find one call your local hedgehog rescue for advice.

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At Britannia Windows, we have thought of everything to make your home as secure as possible.

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Here are just a few components which will keep you safe; our key locking security handles are fitted as standard and available in a range of finishes, our internal glazing prevents the glass being removed from the outside and our multi-chambered PVCu frame is constructed with welded joints for added strength. Our key locking feature is also made with an anti-bump, anti-pick, anti-drill, anti-snap and anti-extraction promise and is trusted by many insurance companies.

Safe and Secure

We take the security of your home seriously and from start to finish, our product development process is geared towards giving you the very best. We use the best quality locks, the correct reinforcement and the right components to make sure that you can relax, safe in the knowledge that your house is safe and secure.

For added security be sure to ask your adviser about security upgrades such as laminated glass, enhanced security cylinders and heavy duty door handles.

 

 

[Source:- windownews]

Make Your Home More Secure by “Casing Your Joint”

Home security is important not only for protecting your belongings, but also your family. You can tell if your home is safe and secure pretty easily by testing it yourself.

If you can find the weaknesses in your home security, a skilled thief will definitely be able to. That’s why Brett and Kate McKay at The Art of Manlinessrecommend you “case your joint,” or scope out how you would break in to your own home:

  • Are there areas around my home that would offer cover for a bad guy to break in without being seen?
  • Is my house well-lit at night?
  • Do I have any unlocked doors or windows?
  • Can I easily see valuables in my home from the street?
  • Do the people in my home have routines that would make it easy for a burglar to figure out when would be the best time to hit my house?

Be honest and do your best to think the way a burglar would. How would you break into your house? As the McKay’s note, the keys to a good theft are time, noise, and visibility, so consider those elements as you case your joint. Pretend to plan a break in during the day and night to make sure you have everything covered. Have some fun with it and fix any found weaknesses as soon as you can.

 
[Source: Lifehacker]

Refresh and Revive: How to make the perfect green juice

Refresh and Revive: How to make the perfect green juice

‘Spring-clean your diet with a delicious green juice,’ says health expert and yogi Kimberly Parsons, author of Yoga Kitchen and owner of London’s world-renowned Retreat Cafés. Try her favourite green juice recipe here as she shares her top tips on how to add a dose of ‘liquid sunshine’ to your day…

Before you start however, grab yourself an impressive juicer design, such as Panasonic’s exciting new slow-speed MJ-L500. This stylish and slim-line model gently crushes and presses fruits and vegetables to extract maximum juice, without damaging important nutrients and enzymes. And after a week of juicing, you can make use of its frozen attachment, which is ideal for preparing iced drinks and frozen desserts on a Friday night!

‘By adding an alkalising green juice or smoothie to your daily routine, you’ll enjoy an instant pick-me-up and benefit from a lasting energised feeling,’ says Kimberly Parsons. ‘The best time to have your juice is in the morning, on an empty stomach when it’s at the most active and able to fully digest and absorb the nutrients we give it. To make sure we hold onto those healthy nutrients, make sure to drink your green juice at least an hour before any caffeine-fuelled teas or coffee.

‘For those of you just starting out on the juicing road, you may like to add some sweetness, such as apple, pineapple or coconut water. You can juice just about anything, but my only rule with juicing fruits is that they should never constitute more than 30% of the overall juice.

My top 7 ingredients for a green juice include:

CELERY

At 95% water and only 7 calories per 100g, you burn more chewing it, but the phytochemicals it contains provide flavour and calming properties. As a natural diuretic, it rids the body of surplus fluid, so it is perfect for women with monthly bouts of swollen hands, feet or breasts.

FENNEL

Calming to the digestion, it reduces intestinal cramps and bloating and works as an anti-inflammatory. Fennel has also been found to help release endorphins into the bloodstream, and so may help relieve depression and dampen anxiety.

GREEN LEAVES SUCH AS SPINACH, KALE, CHARD, WATERCRESS AND ROCKET

Green leafy vegetables give iron and chlorophyll – aka ‘liquid sunshine’ – to your juice. The chlorophyll transports oxygen to our cells.

BROCCOLI

I love to use the stalk, which is good for digestion.

HERBS SUCH AS PARSLEY, MINT AND CORIANDER

Used for centuries, fresh herbs have unique nutritional and healing properties. Be experimental as you can’t go wrong with these!

GINGER OR TURMERIC

Anti-inflammatory and great for stomach upsets and improving the absorption of nutrients in the body. Ginger will add a little ‘heat’ to your juice.

LEMON OR LIME

These are a natural anti-bacterial, full of nutrients such as vitamin C and beta carotene. Just a ¼ of a lemon will cut through the bitterness of the greens.

Try Kimberly Parson’s Green Goddess Juice recipe

Serves 2

Ingredients

50g (2oz/1 cup) spinach leaves

1⁄2 lemon, peeled and pith removed

2.5cm (1in) piece of fresh ginger, peeled

3 celery sticks

1 large fennel bulb

1 cucumber

Method

 

[Source: Panasonic]

How to make laundry day a breeze with our time-saving tips

How to make laundry day a breeze with our time-saving tips

After a long week of work and play, there’s nothing more frustrating than a backlog of laundry spilling out of linen baskets and demanding attention. But with a few simple tricks you can put an organised system in place that will keep your washing tasks low and your ‘me-time’ high, no matter how hectic your household…

Create space and hone your capsule style

If you constantly find yourself with mountains of washing to do, the problem may be in the amount of clothes you own and how they are stored – clean clothes squeezed into full drawers can look dishevelled and in need of washing again before you’ve even worn them, for example. Likewise, too many towels and bed linen sets to wash can leave you feeling overwhelmed. Take a tip from Marie Kondo, author of best-selling book The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying, who suggests going through your belongings one by one and only keeping those that ‘spark joy’. This in turn will make wash day a whole lot simpler.

Ensure everything has its place

Having just one dirty laundry basket to serve the whole household often isn’t enough, resulting in a mountain of clothes spilling out of the basket and leaving bedrooms with unsightly ‘floordrobes’. So invest in attractive wash baskets of all shapes and sizes that can be neatly stored in the corners of each bedroom, in the bathroom and under the hallway stairs – the latter of which is particularly useful when the kids arrive home from the park covered in mud!

Make sorting simple

Buy linen baskets with separate compartments for coloured and white clothes, and invest in smaller baskets to separate wool, dry-clean-only and hand-wash items and laundry bags storing lingerie and socks. The key to all this however, is to make sure everyone in the house knows your system and what goes where.

Care for your garments

Domestic goddess Martha Stewart suggests creating a well-equipped laundry room/area that has everything within easy reach. Include a minor sewing repair kit, stain-removal, a glass container with decanted detergent (so you can see when you’re running low), and a pot for loose change, popped buttons and whatever else you find in pockets.

Invest in a stylish and smart washing machine

Not only will it save you time and effort, but a reliable washing machine with tailored settings to suit an array of clothes including jeans, woolens and delicates, will do the hard work for you. A design such as Panasonic’s NA-140ZS1WGB washing machine, for example, features the AutoCare washing programme that will analyse each wash load and tailor the perfect wash setting for the cycle – all at the touch of a button. With an energy efficient rating of A+++ and 3D HydroActive+ technology, you’ll save energy and water on every wash too, with quick yet impressive results. And with the extra money saved you can always treat yourself to a stylish new outfit to revamp your look this season.

 

 

[Source: Panasonic]

A way to make your front lawn appearance presentable for summer

Ask the professionals: Our professional panel answer questions about DIY, eco design, mortgages, cleansing, architecture, customer problems and greater

question: ‘i would just like the the front of my domestic to appearance greater presentable for the summer season. How can i spruce it up?’

Caroline Tilston says: never underestimate the power of tidying! We tend to rush beyond our front entrance, so often we do not see any moss or weeds that might have sprung up.

A brilliant idea is to take a picture of the area. when you see some thing every day, your thoughts‘s eye can area out from the info. it’s surprising what number of things will bounce out at you whilst you’re looking at it on a display screen.

Then the first aspect to do is to weed and smooth. using a electricity hose will assist you shift even the toughest layers of dirt. next create a visible effect. start with your front door and work outwards, highlighting it with symmetrical bins on each side to attract the attention. opt for quite putting baskets full of plants for a country appearance or function huge square containers with pyramids of container for a greater formal technique.
to finish the makeover, beautify front ledges with windowboxes and line the route with pots. you may hold the pots regimented or group them collectively, playing with sizes and degrees to feature hobby.

in case you‘re wondering what to place inside the pots and packing containers, the general rule is that the greener and sturdier the plants, the less work can be required. So things which include field and yew will only want occasional watering and the odd trim. At the other cease of the scale, bedding vegetation will need everyday watering and feeding, and as they best last a season will need to be changed every few months.

Refresh and Revive: How to make the perfect green juice

Refresh and Revive: How to make the perfect green juice \

‘Spring-clean your diet with a delicious green juice,’ says health expert and yogi Kimberly Parsons, author of Yoga Kitchen and owner of London’s world-renowned Retreat Cafés. Try her favourite green juice recipe here as she shares her top tips on how to add a dose of ‘liquid sunshine’ to your day…

Before you start however, grab yourself an impressive juicer design, such as Panasonic’s exciting new slow-speed MJ-L500. This stylish and slim-line model gently crushes and presses fruits and vegetables to extract maximum juice, without damaging important nutrients and enzymes. And after a week of juicing, you can make use of its frozen attachment, which is ideal for preparing iced drinks and frozen desserts on a Friday night!

‘By adding an alkalising green juice or smoothie to your daily routine, you’ll enjoy an instant pick-me-up and benefit from a lasting energised feeling,’ says Kimberly Parsons. ‘The best time to have your juice is in the morning, on an empty stomach when it’s at the most active and able to fully digest and absorb the nutrients we give it. To make sure we hold onto those healthy nutrients, make sure to drink your green juice at least an hour before any caffeine-fuelled teas or coffee.

‘For those of you just starting out on the juicing road, you may like to add some sweetness, such as apple, pineapple or coconut water. You can juice just about anything, but my only rule with juicing fruits is that they should never constitute more than 30% of the overall juice.

My top 7 ingredients for a green juice include:

CELERY

At 95% water and only 7 calories per 100g, you burn more chewing it, but the phytochemicals it contains provide flavour and calming properties. As a natural diuretic, it rids the body of surplus fluid, so it is perfect for women with monthly bouts of swollen hands, feet or breasts.

FENNEL

Calming to the digestion, it reduces intestinal cramps and bloating and works as an anti-inflammatory. Fennel has also been found to help release endorphins into the bloodstream, and so may help relieve depression and dampen anxiety.

GREEN LEAVES SUCH AS SPINACH, KALE, CHARD, WATERCRESS AND ROCKET

Green leafy vegetables give iron and chlorophyll – aka ‘liquid sunshine’ – to your juice. The chlorophyll transports oxygen to our cells.

BROCCOLI

I love to use the stalk, which is good for digestion.

HERBS SUCH AS PARSLEY, MINT AND CORIANDER

Used for centuries, fresh herbs have unique nutritional and healing properties. Be experimental as you can’t go wrong with these!

GINGER OR TURMERIC

Anti-inflammatory and great for stomach upsets and improving the absorption of nutrients in the body. Ginger will add a little ‘heat’ to your juice.

LEMON OR LIME

These are a natural anti-bacterial, full of nutrients such as vitamin C and beta carotene. Just a ¼ of a lemon will cut through the bitterness of the greens.

Try Kimberly Parson’s Green Goddess Juice recipe

Serves 2

Ingredients

50g (2oz/1 cup) spinach leaves

1⁄2 lemon, peeled and pith removed

2.5cm (1in) piece of fresh ginger, peeled

3 celery sticks

1 large fennel bulb

1 cucumber

Method

Pass all the ingredients through a juicer and serve immediately.

 

[Source:- Panasonic]