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Last Updated on December 18, 2020

An Inconvenient Truth You Cannot Ignore

An Inconvenient Truth You Cannot Ignore

“We have a single mission: to protect and hand on the planet to the next generation.” –  Francois Hollande, former president of France. Whether we admit or not, climate change and global warming is real, is happening and has caused a lot more natural disasters worldwide than ever before, destroying homes and taking lives.

During the last decade, our greenhouse gas emission has made a huge leap, and natural disasters continue to unfold. While we pray for those who suffered from hurricane Harvey and Irma earlier this year, former Vice President of the United States, Al Gore spoke up about this urgent matter more than 10 years ago, with the film An Inconvenient Truth. This documentary serves as a good reminder and food for thought on whether we are doing enough to prepare against other threats besides existing political and war conflicts.

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    This Oscar-winning documentary directed by Davis Guggenheim was filmed around Al Gore’s campaign, educating citizens about global warming, the cause, and how to cope with. The film showed pictures of destroyed neighbourhood, villages and cities, and predicted the consequences of betraying our nature.

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    Don’t mess with mother nature

    “This is not a political issue, but a moral issue”, Al Gore rang the alarm for global warming with examples of previous disasters, including hurricane Katrina that happened in 2005, and gave a comparison between pictures of Patagonia 75 years ago and in 2005. With the statistics presented, Al Gore predicted the flood of Florida, Shanghai and Calcutta, impacting millions of people. The documentary ended with Al Gore arguing that if appropriate actions are taken, the effects of global warming can be successfully reversed. “Each one of us is a cause of global warming, but each one of us can make choices to change that”

    Al Gore engaged audiences gently at the beginning and went forcefully as the movie goes on, and provided hope at the end. You may feel slightly depressed after the movie. Do not expect a film that is bombarded with statistics, as it was was entertaining and informative, revealing mother nature’s true colours, and disasters which we are still facing today.

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    As we plan to move to mars, think again, where is our home really?

    Watch An Inconvenient Truth on iTunes

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    Last Updated on March 24, 2021

    8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

    8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

    We’ve all done it. We’ve gone out and bought useless gadgets that we don’t really need, just because they seemed really cool at the time. Then, we are stuck with a bunch of junk, and end up tossing it or trying to sell it on Ebay.

    On the other hand, there are some pretty awesome tech inventions that are actually useful. For instance, many of the latest home gadgets do some of your work for you, from adjusting the home thermostat to locking your front door. And, if used as designed, these tools should really help to make your life a lot easier—and that’s not just a claim from some infomercial trying to sell you yet another useless gadget.

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    Take a look at some of the most popular “smart gadgets” on the market:

    1. Smart Door Locks

    A smart lock lets you lock and unlock your doors by using your smartphone, a special key fob, or biometrics. These locks are keyless, and much more difficult for intruders to break into, making your home a lot safer. You can even use a special app to let people into your home if you are not there to greet them.

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    2. Smart Kitchen Tools

    Wouldn’t you just love to have a pot of coffee waiting for you when you get home from work? What about a “smart pan” that tells you exactly when you need to flip that omelet? From meat thermometers to kitchen scales, you’ll find a variety of “smart” gadgets designed to make culinary geeks salivate.

    3. Mini Home Speaker Play:1

    If you love big sound, but hate how much space big speakers take up, and if you want a stereo system that is no bigger than your fist, check out the Play:1 mini speaker. All you have to do is plug it in, connect, and then you can stream without worrying about any interruptions or interface. You can even add onto it, and have different music playing in different rooms.

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    4. Wi-Fi Security Cameras

    These are the latest in home security, and they connect to the Wi-Fi in your home. You can use your mobile devices to monitor what is going on in your home at all times, no matter where you are. Options include motion sensors, two-way audio, and different recording options.

    5. Nest Thermostat

    This is a thermostat that lives with you. It can sense seasonal changes, temperature changes, etc., and it will adjust itself automatically. You will never have to fiddle with a thermostat dial or keypad again, because this one basically does all of the work for you. It can also help you to save as much as 12% on heating bills, and 15% on cooling bills.

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    6. Smart Lighting

    Control your home lighting from your remote device. This is great if you are out and want to make sure that there are some lights on. It is designed to be energy efficient, so it will pay for itself over time because you won’t have to spend so much on your monthly energy bills.

    7. Google Chromecast Ultra

    Whether you love movies, television shows, music, etc., you can stream it all using Google Chromecast Ultra. Stream all of the entertainment you love in up to 4K UHD and HDR, for just $69 monthly.

    8. Canary

    This home security system will automatically contact emergency services when they are needed. This system offers both video and audio surveillance, so there will be evidence if there are any break-ins on your property. You can also use it to check up on what’s happening at home when you are not there, including to make sure the kids are doing their homework.

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