Monthly Archives: April 2018

Ford’s Surge of New Vehicles Reflects Consumer Trends, Builds Toward Future of Smart Vehicles in a Smart World

“Over the past century, the automobile turned out to be the ultimate disruptor to human’s lives and our civic way of life. Ford’s brightest and best technical talents will co-operate with others in similar cells around the globe to build what Hackett likes to call “smart cars for smart cities”. Electrification and autonomy are most certainly on the agenda because change is Hackett’s preoccupation.”

At Ford, we know our customers put a lot of faith in us. That’s something we appreciate, and we take that trust very seriously.

When we make changes here, we do so only after a lot of thought, research and careful consideration. So the changes we’re making now are dramatic — we’re replacing more than 75 percent of our lineup with smarter, more connected vehicles, and we intend to deliver these vehicles with improved speed and quality. At the same time, the average age of our vehicles will drop to just more than three years…


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The 8 Best Wireless Headphones to Buy in 2018

“Wireless headphones were once some of the most expensive headphones outside of the audiophile genre, available only to those with deep pockets and enough patience to deal with their limited sound quality and battery life. In the past few years, however, the entire headphone industry has seen something of a renaissance, and wireless headsets in particular have benefited.”

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Wireless Bluetooth headphones have changed the way we listen to music, but it’s difficult to know which ones to buy. But you’re in luck: We’ve done the homework for you, so read on for our top picks, which include the best wireless headphones overall, the best for exercise, the best for sound quality, best for travel and more…


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Mission style stained glass, a great addition to any mission style home.

“Have you ever considered incorporating stained glass into your home? It is a simple addition that will make your home more fun and inviting. Stained glass is usually one of the features that defines old buildings but it’s actually more versatile than that. You can basically use stained glass in any style and, more than that, it can complement almost any window or opening. Here are a few great ways that you can incorporate stained glass into your home.”

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Mission style stained glass is known for its simplistic clean lines with just a few bright colors. Frequently it is a mix of mostly clear glass, with the pattern of earth tones or bright jewel tones scattered in.

The idea behind this particular style of architecture and décor is that this simplistic style allows your already existing decor to stand out. Mission style is said to have emerged as a reaction against the excesses of Victorian times. In furniture, it is known for simple horizontal and vertical lines and flat panels that accentuate the grain of the wood. It’s also known as the Craftsman style, and Mission style architecture is typically found in Craftsman style bungalows. It is sometimes associated with famed American Architect Frank Lloyd Wright, although there were many other artists and architects during that same time period who created lovely work in the Mission style…


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How to buy the best smart light bulb

“The home is getting smarter, and it seems like one of the first ways to introduce some smarts into your home is by buying smart light bulbs. There are a ton of different smart light bulbs out there, and while perhaps the most famous ones are the Philips Hue bulbs, there are still some advantages to other bulbs, too.”

Whether you’re making your first foray into the world of smart technology or you’ve had your eye on connected tech for years, smart light bulbs are some of the most useful smart gadgets around. They let you control your lights from an app on your phone. You can switch them on and off remotely, dim them and, in some cases, change the colour of the light.  So, aside from energy efficiency and light quality, there’s a lot to consider when you’re buying a smart bulb…

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How to choose the best smart speaker for you

“There’s a good chance that your first smart home device will be a smart speaker.  It can do things like look up the weather and sports scores, turn on your coffee maker, read you a book or even change the channel on your TV. You need to decide which voice assistant you prefer  and what features are most important to you. Is music quality highest? Does it need to play Spotify? Is video important? Does it need to connect to your other speakers and smarthome gadgets? If you’re shopping for a smart speaker, here’s how to decide which model and brand fits your needs and some advice on what to do once you own one.”

Smart speakers

So you’ve decided to upgrade your home with a smart speaker. What, you thought it was just a matter of choosing which Amazon Echo you prefer? Think again: At this stage, it’s probably easier to list the tech companies that don’t sell their own smart speakers.

After the Echo hit the market in 2015, the Google Home followed last year, and the Apple HomePod will arrive this December. Now audio companies are joining the fray: Sonos is introducing a new speaker that has Amazon’s Alexa on board, and some speakers, like the Harman Kardon Invoke, now come equipped with Microsoft’s Cortana AI assistant.

With some manufacturers offering whole families of smart speakers, you have a lot of devices to choose from. In this guide, we’ll break down the differences and show you how you can choose the best smart speaker for your needs…


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5 Tech Gadgets to Help People with Disabilities

“Technology has always lent a helping hand for people with disabilities such as visual impairment, speech impairment, people with motion disabilities or disorders etc.  A number of companies, as well as individual entrepreneurs, focus on people living with disabilities. They create adaptive devices to help improve their customers’ lives. Known as assistive technology, these gadgets include anything that helps a person complete everyday tasks, and they cover all ranges of complexity.”

People with disabilities are never left behind in life, and this holds true for technology as well. There are many types of assistive tech gadgets that are made specifically for people with disabilities to make things easier for them. They may not be able to help a blind person see (at the moment) or a speech-impaired person speak, but they can surely convey their message and provide help when needed. Below you will see five gadgets that can help disabled people…


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Are Gadgets Safe To Use During Pregnancy?

“If you are always sitting on your couch with a laptop or tablet resting on your lap, you’re not alone.  Women who use mobile phones when pregnant are more likely to give birth to children with behavioral problems, according to a study of more than 13,000 children. Pregnant women using the handsets just two or three times a day was enough to raise the risk of their babies developing hyperactivity and difficulties with conduct, emotions and relationships by the time they reached school age. Some pregnant women may be sufficiently concerned that they wish to reduce their exposure as a precaution,”

You will be surprised to know that using a wireless gadget during pregnancy can turn out to be a hazard to your baby. It is not necessary for you to swear off gadgets altogether, but you will need to reduce the use of them. Wireless gadgets have the tendency of sending out high radiations that might cause a behavioural disorder in your child. Most cases of child deformity are accounted to gadget radiation.

During pregnancy, it is advisable for you to avoid long hours on the phone or using the laptop resting on your baby bump. These directly influence your child’s overall brain development. Avoid keeping the phone on or close to you while it is on vibration mode. An addiction to anything can turn out disastrous, so ensure that the gadget does not become an addiction in your time of leisure, especially during pregnancy. However, short moments with the phone will not have any effect on your baby’s health…


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