With so many wires running all over the place when it comes to the devices we

With so many wires running all over the place when it comes to the devices we charge, your desk can become a mess real quick. Even with a hub, you still have USB cables running all over. One of the easiest ways of resolving this mess is a multi-device charger dock that has slots for all of the more popular options. However, they are usually bulky both side to side and front to back, pricey, and are limited to only the connections it comes with. A new solution has risen, called the “udoq“, which is a universal docking station that keeps everything neat. It aims to solve this niche, keeping everything visually neat, a slim profile front to back, and consolidating everything down to one cable (the power cable that runs to the wall). As for the limitation on connections, they have solved this by letting you choose exactly what you need by configuring to all the devices you plan to use it for. You can start off by visiting their configurator, and choosing how long of a dock you are looking for (ie, how many devices would you like this bad boy to manage at once). You have the option of anything between 250mm and 700mm (this dock can either be small or huge). It will begin by asking yo...

How to replace a shutoff valve the easy way: use a SharkBite®

Got a leaking shutoff valve at your sink or toilet? The repair can sometimes be a quick and easy process, thanks to SharkBite® fittings and other brands of push-fit fittings. SharkBite® isn’t the only brand, but it’s certainly the most well-known. I made a video to show the process, assuming the water piping is copper, and the flexible supply line has already been disconnected. The process is almost identical for PEX and CPVC, but not galvanized steel pipes. Please check out the video below: https://youtu.be/GSdXAuZAO0g Reuben Saltzman is a second-generation home inspector with a passion for his work. Naturally, this blog is all about home inspections and home-related topics in the Twin Cities metro area. In addition to working at Structure Tech, he is also a licensed Truth-In-Sale of Housing Evaluator in Minneapolis, Saint Paul and several other cities. Ball Valve, Check Valve, Flange Valve, 150lbs Threaded Fittings – Co-win,https://www.cowinvalves.com/

Following recent launches of its stunning new LC flagship coupe, LS flagship sedan and three-row RX

Following recent launches of its stunning new LC flagship coupe, LS flagship sedan and three-row RX luxury utility vehicle, Lexus is opening a new gateway into the brand with the UX, its first-ever compact luxury crossover. Making its world debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the UX introduces a bold new design, ultra-efficient new powertrains and innovative luxury features. “The first-ever Lexus UX is designed for the modern urban explorer seeking a fresh, contemporary and dynamic take on luxury driving,” said Chika Kako, executive vice president of Lexus International and chief engineer of the UX. “We designed the UX to appeal to buyers in their 30s who seek not only what is new and exciting, but what is also relevant to their lifestyles.” The UX is the first Lexus to use the brand’s GA-C (Global Architecture – Compact) platform. The super-rigid structure and low center of gravity help the UX deliver exemplary handling agility and ride comfort, along with a distinctive driving personality. The 2019 Lexus UX will be available in two versions: the UX 200 introduces a new 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine coupled with a new Direct-Shift continuously variable transmissi...

An Emperor’s Ring, Designer Pieces, Diamonds and Gem-Set Jewelry Star in Rago’s June 7 & 9 Auctions

Lambertville, NJ – Rago Auctions presents a sale of fine and important jewelry on Sunday, June 9, preceded by a sale of jewelry sold without reserve on Friday, June 7. The catalog is available in print and online as of May 20. Previews begin June 1. Antique and modern jewelry, watches and luxury accessories sold without reserve. Highlights include gold and diamond rings, signed and gem-set jewelry, and costume jewelry. A diverse offering of fine, antique and modern jewelry including Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco designs, important signed works, substantial diamond and gemstone jewelry, as well as loose gemstones, watches, accessories and objets de vertu. This lovely sale will present works by Cartier, Bvlgari, Van Cleef & Arpels, Tiffany & Co., and David Webb, among others. Highlights include: lot 1037, a rose-cut diamond button ring, the central diamond of which once belonged to the last Emperor of Mexico, Maximilian I; lot 1096, an Art Deco engagement ring with a 4.89 carat center stone in the original box; lot 1133, a Tiffany & Co. Art Deco coral & diamond necklace; lot 1190, a Rolex “Stella” yellow gold Oyster Perpetual day-date chronomete...

As the global climate emergency continues to loom over human civilization, feverish work is underway around

As the global climate emergency continues to loom over human civilization, feverish work is underway around the world to find technical and political solutions to the problem. Much has been gained in recent years, but as global emissions continue to increase, there remains much left to do to stave off the most catastrophic effects of climate change. Renewable energy has led the charge, allowing humanity to continue to enjoy the wonders of electricity with a reduced environmental impact. The future looks promising, with renewable sources becoming cheaper than traditional fossil fuel energy plants in many cases, both in the US and abroad. At the same time, the rise of renewable technologies has brought new and varied challenges to the fore, which must be dealt with in kind. Take wind energy, for instance. Wind turbines have become a major player in the energy market. Capable of turning the weather itself into energy , and with a far smaller environmental impact than fossil fuel plants, they’ve won a lot of fans. Unfortunately, like blocks of chocolate, tech companies, or a Las Vegas marriage, wind turbines don’t last forever. Much of a modern wind turbine is made out of steel, whi...

MovinCool Features Portable Air Conditioners at AHR | 2020-02-11

ORLANDO, Fla. — At a press conference at the recent AHR Expo, MovinCool executives explained how the company’s heritage drives its progress with its portable air conditioners. “Our non-automotive products are born from our manufacturing expertise,” said Richard Shiozaki, senior vice president of Denso Products and Services Americas Inc. The concept for the MovinCool originated on the shop floor at a Denso plant in 1970. The company wanted to cool select areas without cooling the entire factory. Engineers took their knowledge of car air conditioning and scaled it up. Visitors touring the Denso plant soon started to ask about the apparatuses and the company realized the potential for a new product line. MovinCool arrived in the United States in 1982 and quickly moved from the factory floor into the server room. Today, the main clients are mission critical operations, such as data centers and surgical rooms. The units are stored for emergency use, said David Retrum, sales manager of MovinCool. This is the first major upgrade since the products debuted in the United States. The reconfigured Climate Pro units offer upgraded design features — including a streamlined control panel, bui...

The tale of California’s early days is an epic, an immortal song of daring, of hope,

The tale of California’s early days is an epic, an immortal song of daring, of hope, of the urge of youth to unknown trails, of struggle, and of heartbreak. Across the great American plains the adventurers came, scrawling the story of their passing in lines of blood; they came around the Horn in wind-jammers, beating their way northward in the strange Pacific; they forced their way into the wilderness, awakening California’s hills from centuries-long sleep, and they pitched their tents and built their cabins by thousands in Cherokee Valley. Those were the great days of Cherokee, days of feverish activity, of hard, fierce living, of marvelous event. The tales came down to Masonville, where the stage stopped to change horses, and drivers, express-messengers, and prospectors gathered in Mason’s bar. The Chinese laundryman had found beside his cabin a nugget worth sixteen hundred dollars; the stage to Honey Creek had been held up just north of Cherokee Hill; Jim Thane had struck it rich on North Branch. Mason, prospering, ordered a billiard-table sent up from San Francisco, built a dance-hall. Richardson came in with his family and put up a general store. Cherokee was booming; Chero...

Sony is struggling to keep costs down on the PlayStation 5 as the console hurtles toward

Sony is struggling to keep costs down on the PlayStation 5 as the console hurtles toward its big debut later this year. Bloomberg is reporting that the cost to build the machine has risen to $450 per unit, a big increase on the PS4′s $380. The financial outlet’s analysts are saying that the sticker price for the new console could be close to $470, which could be a hard sell for cash-strapped buyers. The report says that Sony is struggling to secure DRAM and flash memory in the quantities necessary for mass production of the unit. And the PS5′s component costs are higher than other machines because, for instance, it has pricier cooling system to avoid its internals from boiling. Bloomberg’s sources also say that we can expect a new PSVR headset to debut either alongside, or shortly after, the PS5. Bloomberg’s analysis may not reflect the reality of how console gaming has changed since the launch of the PS3 and PS4. The obvious comparison is with the PS3, which launched with a $499.99 sticker price (or $599.99 for the 60GB version) and, while not a flop, certainly lost ground to the rival Xbox 360. But the landscape is different now, especially in te...

• Introduction: Twice To Tokyo • Review: Delta SkyClub Miami Airport • Review: Delta A321 First

• Introduction: Twice To Tokyo • Review: Delta SkyClub Miami Airport • Review: Delta A321 First Class • Review: Alaska Lounge New York JFK Airport • Review: British Airways Club Lounge New York JFK Airport • Review: NEW ANA 777 “The Room” Business Class • Review: Haneda Airport Transit Hotel • Review: ANA Business Lounge Tokyo Haneda Airport • Review: Lufthansa A350 Business Class • Review: Lufthansa Business Lounge Munich • Review: Lufthansa A320neo Business Class • Review: The Langley, Marriott Luxury Collection Hotel • Review: NEW ANA 777 “The Suite” First Class • Review: Andaz Tokyo, A Hyatt Hotel • Review: Delta One Business Class A330-900neo In July 2019, All Nippon Airways introduced spectacular-looking new first & business class seats with barely any lead time, as their first plane with these seats entered service just weeks later. I knew I had to try them, because both first and business class look industry leading. As of now ANA is offering their new cabins to London Heathrow and New York, and they’ll soon also be offering them on flights to Frankfurt. While I had reviewed ANA’s new business class (“The Room”) from New York to Tokyo a couple of days prior, it was n...

El temor a las vacas locas mantiene la cautela de la UE en la legislación alimentaria

BRUSELAS, 13 feb (Reuters) – El fantasma de la crisis de las vacas locas de los años 90 hace probable que la Unión Europea rechace las demandas de Estados Unidos de que suavice sus estrictas normas de seguridad alimentaria, incluso pese a la amenaza de aranceles del presidente Donald Trump a los automóviles europeos. Como las exportaciones europeas de alimentos y productos agrícolas a Estados Unidos suponen 12.000 millones de dólares al año más que las importaciones, el secretario de Agricultura estadounidense, Sonny Perdue, dijo el mes pasado a la UE que debería adaptar sus regulaciones alimentarias para que reflejen “ciencia fiable”. Los europeos que recuerdan la encefalopatía espongiforme bovina (EEB), apodada la enfermedad de las vacas locas, no aceptarán ninguna reducción de los estándares alimentarios y ningún político podría apoyar un acuerdo comercial en el que se perciba que ha sucedido eso, dijo Johan Bjerkem, especialista en comercio del Centro de Política Europea. “Además, estás negociando con Trump, por quien no muchos europeos sienten gran simpatía”, dijo. “Si juntas todo, será muy difícil aceptar un acuerdo sobre esas cuestiones”. Trump, que se ha quejado du...

The .gov means it’s official. Federal government websites always use a .gov or .mil domain. Before

The .gov means it’s official. Federal government websites always use a .gov or .mil domain. Before sharing sensitive information online, make sure you’re on a .gov or .mil site by inspecting your browser’s address (or “location”) bar. This site is also protected by an SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificate that’s been signed by the U.S. government. The https:// means all transmitted data is encrypted  — in other words, any information or browsing history that you provide is transmitted securely. No matter your age, the end of summer is also a time of beginnings. This means a new school year, new episodes of your favorite TV show and the start of football season. Students, sports fans and outdoor enthusiasts all have one thing in common: packed lunches. However, some people still pack perishable food in an old-fashioned brown paper bag instead of an insulated lunch box. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, food is unsafe to be eaten if it’s kept in an old-fashioned brown paper bag longer than 2 hours. Insulated lunch boxes help maintain food at a safe temperature until lunchtime. Why keep food cold? Foodborne illness can multiply rapidly at temperatures between 40°F a...

If your personal yacht has yet to come in, don’t fret — you can still leave

If your personal yacht has yet to come in, don’t fret — you can still leave dry land. There’s no shortage of interesting ways to travel the local waterways, and all promise sweeping views and a river breeze. Pillage down the Potomac in a pirate ship, for example, or pedal across the river in a workout-on-water. Whatever floats your boat, as they say. First things first: a vocabulary lesson. There’s no “hello” in these parts, young passengers are told upon boarding — “ahoy matey” is preferred. And it’s of the utmost importance to be well-versed in bad words such as “scurvy dog,” “old salt” and “scalawag.” The Boomerang Pirate Ship is fire-engine red and black, adorned with Jolly Roger flags. After picking up landlubbers at the Georgetown Waterfront, it heads down the Potomac, with views of the Washington Monument, Lincoln and Jefferson memorials, Pentagon and Hains Point. The ship is two levels, and there’s an observation deck and full bar (most drinks are $4 to $8). During the hour-long kid-centric treasure hunt cruise, the story is that Evil Edgar, a scurvy dog if there ever was one, stole the keys to the treasure chest and fled. As the “Jaws” theme blares, Edgar appears in a ...

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