Shockingly, there are a lot of people who don’t know how detrimental power plant emissions are. Smart Homes and Smart Businesses play a big part in helping to reduce that waste. According to encyclopedia.com, power plant emissions are from the “combustion of fossil fuels such as coal, gas, and oil. These emissions include sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx), particulate matter, and hazardous air pollutants,” which are all harmful to the environment.
What happens when the release of burned coal, damaging oils, and fossil fuels enter the atmosphere? Simply put, air pollution. Since air pollution is made up of chemicals, it damages the earth. National Geographic lets us know that these chemicals are deteriorative to the human body, harmful to animals as well as plants and can even damage buildings. Reducing these chemicals protects the air and decreases unnatural heat in the atmosphere.
How do we reduce these chemicals? Reduce energy use. When people think of smart buildings, they may also think that those buildings are using more energy than a regular building, but that’s not true. On top of smart buildings having the capability of controlling exactly how much energy they use, they can also use eco friendly building materials, LED lighting, solar panels, household water conversion, wind turbines, harness geothermal energy, sustainable insulation, energy efficient appliances, water re-use, rainwater harvesting to enhance the savings. In result, these buildings are recognized for reducing the use of power plants.
The bigger the building the more energy being used, and the more critical it is for building to switch over to smart technology. As an example, when hotels become “smart-hotels” they help save the earth in a bigger way because they usually take up more energy than a single bedroom home. In hotels, guests can partake in environmental resolutions too. There is always a “one touch green button” that guests can press to engage with the hotel’s ecological goals.
We Are More uses a control system called Control4 Automation to regulate energy use for their installation of smart buildings. Just being able to “set thermostats accordingly” or control audio-visual systems from wherever you are reduces energy waste. Business buildings with automated lights, TVs, sound systems, etc. can also make “closing time” quick and easy by shutting down everything at once. Improved energy management should be a “must” for everyone.
Efficient energy use not only benefits your wallet but also the Earth. The less energy being used by utilizing better energy control through smart buildings, the less chemicals being released into the air, the healthier our planet will be. Thank you, to anyone who owns, manages, or works in a smart building. You are helping to save the environment with technology whether you know it or not.
According to We Are More's lead electrical contractor, Ola Shaw, there are only three. Triad, Sonos, and Bose-- "those are really the only ones I recommend." Why? They all have the same things in common which are contrary to other speakers; quality, longevity, they're all easy to install, they enhance the audio, they don't mess up the visual of your theater (hidden easily) and they're easy to use. When paired with Control4, a home automation system, any of these speakers take home theater to another level.
Triad speakers have a rich sound and come in a wide range of sizes. They're recognized for giving out the "most beautiful sound you will ever see." Trippy right? Besides their great sound, they also are subject to customization. A quote I took away from the Triad speakers website states, "Beauty is in the eye. The ear. And even the soul. It is sound you don't just hear, but feel. Sound that inspires and moves you. Sound you love." A good motto for all three of these speaker brands.
Along with bold sound, Sonos speakers also have a wide range of sizes. Not to mention the number of wireless options. Specifically for home theater, they cater to users with their different varieties of surround sound sets. If you aren't looking for a set, they sell all pieces separately as well.
The basis of Bose speakers have always been their values, innovations, and achievements. The three things they continue to hold on to and produce! Bose is continually raising the bar for all their speakers, pushing forward in every way to always make sure their costumes have the best of the best.
When walking around an art museum, people pay attention to detail; colors, materials, and even types of brush strokes. Artists focus on each detail, they need them all to work together for the piece as a whole. The same goes for a home theater.
Quality speakers are what make home theaters come to life. It's not enough to just have a huge tv in a dim room. What about those crazy action scenes in movies, or that intense music, or angelic walks by the lake, being able to hear every bird chirp, every whisper, crashing wave, and last breath. Hearing those sounds can put viewers in real time with the movie. Top notch surround sound is a must for the full impact of any film.
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When you investigate something as intercut as Home Automation, the question isn’t whether you can do without it or not but how it can benefit you past the mindset of not needing it. There are a million and one things we don’t need and yet we still have them because they benefit us. Cellphones are a great example. People did just fine writing letters back in the day, but mobile devices have changed an entire aspect of living. With smartphones we have multiple advantages at our fingertips. The same goes for Home Automation.
Here’s some advertisement; what do you have at your fingertips with a smart home? Everything. Lights, security (all locks, surveillance cameras, doors, windows, and alarm systems), temperature (including any other sensors), watering systems, audio-visual appliances, smoke detectors, garages, and any other type of networking. With a smart home you can be in control of any and everything that makes up your house.
The same goes for business and office buildings. Literally any building can be transformed into a “smart” structure. Able to give control over everything stated above and more. To make things simple, the whole purpose of a smart structure is to give the owner better management. Every and anything is made attainable. You are made into the specialist, so you don’t have to call one.
Safety is a growing concern in today’s world. With a smart home the simplest actions become a game changer. If you’re away from home, you can access your lights from any mobile device and turn them on when you’re out late or even on vacation. This can create the illusion that someone is home and scare off onlookers. Maybe you left the house and forgot to lock your doors? Not a problem, lock them using a smart device. You forgot to lock your doors with the smart device too? That’s okay, if you’re away from home, sensors will alert you of anyone entering your home.
If time is your money a smart home will be your favorite asset. You not only save time without having to go back home to check on things or do actions manually, but you also save money. Imagine being halfway to a destination and realizing you left the heater or air conditioning on. We’ve all done it. The convenience of being able to turn off or turn on anything using your phone is unmatched. Plus, you’re saving gas money, electric bills and reducing stress.
Focus on what Home Automation would do for you. How will it support you; how will it make life easier? Everybody needs a little help sometimes, so help yourself and consider the benefits of a smart home installation. If you have any questions or concerns, We Are More is a phone call away. Thanks to telephones!
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Something that always has me in disbelief is how far technology has come since the beginning of time. We've been to the moon, discovered planets, we've cloned dogs, we've made 3D metal printers, and created artificial embryos, just to name a few technical advancements. Yet there is still no discovery, invention, or formula to cure cancer. One of the worlds nastiest diseases.
Our friend Wikipedia says that Digital Health Technology "is the convergence of digital technologies with health, healthcare, living, and society to enhance the efficiency of healthcare delivery and make medicines more personalized and precise." In non-Wikipedia terms, its an effective advancement in healthcare. But what does it do in terms of cancer? Well, it doesn't cure it, and it doesn't help find a cure for it. I know right, what a bummer. However, it is a step in the direction of prolonging life by management of the sickness.
With Digital Health Tech., identifying adequate treatment could become much easier. Precise treatment is the source of longevity for any cancer patient. There are multiple treatments for every type of cancer, and multiple treatments for every stage of cancer. Without Digital Health Tech. options are usually laid out for patients. They're given all the details of physical effects, and later options for when present treatment stops working. Knowing the correct route to take in terms of medicine, would combat anxiety as well as enhance health care.
Most people, given the options, aren't always sure on what to do with all their choices. Digital Health Tech. can relieve overwhelming stress from not knowing what to choose by giving patients less options. Exact treatments would be presented instead of multiple, and those treatments would be more beneficial than others that are usually on the plate. Minister for Business Innovation and Energy, Paul Wheelhous says that funding towards Digital Health Tech. will help with "the next step towards developing new approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of blood, kidney and tissue cancers, using advances in machine learning and automation to deliver better outcomes for patients.”
I'm not a doctor, a nurse, or anyone affiliated with the medical field. That being said, I know how much more important it would be for someone un-educated in oncology to be presented with the absolute best choices instead of a "I highly recommend this but you could do this, or you could do that or that." I would rather hear a doctor say, "this is exactly what you need for your prognosis, this is the best option for your specific needs, according to your condition and type of cancer."
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If you like being tracked and having your personal information spied on by bots and ill-intentioned people, you can stop reading now. Otherwise, keep reading to learn how to spot hackers before they spot you. Based on facts from the McAfee security site, there are a few ways to tell if you’re looking at a fake email, a fake website, or having an encounter with a hacker!
Hackers can use a fake URL that’s slightly different from the actual site to trick you into thinking your information is being put into the correct platform. McAfee recommends some easy ways to double check this. When using a laptop or PC, you can “hover your mouse over the link” to see if the link is identical to the site its supposed to be on. Through a phone, tablet, or other smart device you can preview the link in order to see the URL before going to the targeted site.
On a duplicate website, McAfee says that upon entering a wrong password the fake website will accept it. If you’re ever suspicious that the site might not be real go ahead and test out this method! However, if you’re opposed to checking the links and entering fake passwords every time you want to enter a new site, it’s beneficial to use an imbedded security system (Like McAfee) that checks cites for you.
Have you ever gotten emails or pop ups asking for your private information? NEWS FLASH real inquiries will never ask for social security, PIN, or card numbers through your email or through a website pop up. For emails specifically, always be sure to check the senders address. In their security blog, McAfee uses a Bank as an example. If your bank sends you an email from a public account such as “Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo!, etc.” Hint, hint-- it isn’t your bank.
A fake Apple email was sent to me by a scammer claiming that my Apple ID had been disabled and that I had to fill out information to fix the problem. The email looked authentic except that the Apple logo was in a box, which I didn't pick up on till later. The website I was directed to also looked exactly like the mobile Apple website. It wasn't until the following page, which asked for my credit card information, that I realized it was a scam. Unfortunately, I had already given them my name, birthday, number, Po Box, and SSN number. Huge bummer.
I called Apple right away, and they had already been getting numerous calls about these scammers and were on the prowl to shut them down. I gave them all the information I could, but that's really all I could do on my end besides hope that the hackers were found and put in jail. The first mistake I made was not checking the senders address which was hidden within the email "Sent From" section under the "Apple ID" name and was a crazy long compilation of letters and numbers. An obvious scammer.
Another mistake I made was not noticing that they didn't address me by my name. Any bank or other legitimate, personable, non-bot company such as Apple will always address you by your name. If the sender doesn’t have your name on an email, they’re either horrible at sending emails or they’re fake! Do not give them your information! If you’re still suspicious and don’t trust me, give them a call and find out if it’s them or not for yourself. Call the actual company, not the number given on the email. Also try logging into your account before clicking on any links to ensure your account is actually fine.
Now that odd email addresses are covered, have you ever had a friend email you with their actual email address asking you specifically for quick cash? The Gaurdian talks about an instance where they had a man email them in dire need of money because of a horrible circumstance he found himself in. Needless to say, someone hacked into his email account and sent multiple almost believable emails asking for money to an employee at this company and all of his Gmail contacts.
One indicator of a hacker who got into a real account is when they reach out to multiple people for speedy help, instead of just their immediate family or personal friends. It’s important to be skeptical towards persistent asks for personal information or cash favors on any platform. Also keep a look out for other mistakes found in spam/hacked emails like misspelled words, odd or out of country phone numbers, and bad quality photos.
By now you must be thinking, “okay but what do I do if I do get these emails? Or enter these websites? How do I stop it?” First of all, if you suspect that you’ve already been hacked, I recommend calling your bank to process any fishy activity on your account. If you feel like your accounts are fine, simply get off the webpage, clear it from your history so it doesn’t pop up if you ever search for the real site again, delete the emails and don’t worry. Viola.
Let’s get straight to the point. The high point that is. What is a high point? According to the Google Dictionary it’s an “enjoyable or significant part of an experience or period of time.” Wherever groups of people spend the most amount of time is usually where they have the most enjoyable or significant experiences.
The backyard, the front yard, the living room, the kitchen, etc. These are some of the first places you need to think about for installation of security cameras. For privacy reasons we skip over bedrooms and bathrooms. The only bedroom that is highly encouraged to have a security camera are baby rooms, but the more popular suggestion is getting a baby monitor. The best view for a camera in any room is in the opposite corner of the entrance. This gives a full view of the surrounding area.
High traffic zones are also significant for security camera placement. Whether outside or inside camera’s should be placed with a view of front doors, back doors, side doors, basements and hallways. For basement placement, it’s best to put a surveillance camera at the top of the basement stairs or any corner of the room on-looking the entrances. According to safety.com, 34% of burglars enter homes through the front door and 22% enter through the back and side doors. That’s 56%!
Another way of setting up security cameras is utilizing “trap surveillance.” This is a form of placement that allows security cameras to have full coverage of the outside of the home. No one will be able to enter the premises without a camera picking it up on surveillance. Backstreet Surveillance points out that “this design reduces the number of cameras needed to effectively protect the inside of a home while keeping bedrooms and baths private.”
More Tips! (based on suggestions from safety.com and www.wearemore.solutions)
1. Install a peephole camera! This allows you to see whoever is at the door before opening it.
2. For outdoor surveillance especially, it’s crucial to install security cameras that are waterproof. It’s also more beneficial if they’re equipped with night vision.
3. Anything left outside can attract onlookers to your home; bikes, children’s toys, equipment etc. Because of this it’s good to install motion-sensor floodlights and cameras with night vision to ensure your outdoor possessions are always safe.
4. Ola Shaw, owner of We Are More, advises to set up a “mockupancy” program “that will turn interior lights on and off in unpredictable patterns when you’re not around, giving any onlookers the perception you’re home.”
5. If you have a two-story home it’s good to have a camera on the second story directed towards all entrances incase burglars take out your first story cameras. Also be sure to install an audio alarm system in the case that camera's are taken out, or to better enhance your full security system.
6. Wireless cameras that can be controlled/accessed from a phone/tablet are the most accommodating.
7. Upon securing your basement, a night vision camera with a motion sensor is the best option.
8. Make sure your cameras are noticeable! Safety.com says that “just seeing a security camera is enough to make a home intruder move on to another home.”
You walk into a clothing store, besides the apparel, what do you notice? The sound. Unless someone forgot to turn on the music, there are either lyrics blaring from the ceiling or strums whispering in the background. Businesses play music in their stores because the tone and volume of the songs impact the mood of the costumers.
Happy costumers grooving to a beat are more likely to buy something than someone who feels awkward or sad due to the type of music playing. Whether it’s up-beat or happy mellow, the volume and clarity of the sound influences different feelings the moment people step into any establishment. Audio allows a certain vibe to surface according to the type of atmosphere businesses want their clients to be in.
Listening to good music sets the tone for the rest of your day. An adequate sound system in your home or business takes this experience to its fullest potential. We Are More is an electrical systems installation company that specializes in sound, smart homes, and smart businesses. They understand the importance of mood shifts within our technical age being affected by these small details.
Airports in Hawaii used to greet every malihini (visitor) with a lei accompanied by an uncle or two playing sweet Hawaiian music on his ukulele. That tradition has faded and is now only available upon request and payment. The Aloha State is slowly slipping into mainstream America, but something our airports can do for free is play Hawaiian music through speakers, instilling a vibrant spirit of aloha as soon as people land. The same concept goes for businesses and home life.
In a recent interview with Melissa Black-Laws, regional account specialist at We Are More, she said “as soon as I touched down in the British virgin islands, Barbados, Tahiti, on Margarita island– I automatically felt those island vibes because there was local music playing everywhere I went, and that island flare really set the tone for how my day or week or month was going while traveling.” She went on to state, “I’m not saying Hawaii doesn’t have that, but we want to keep those island vibes alive in everyday life.”
Collectively, We Are More wants to take the Hawaiian Islands back to palm trees and sunsets on a white sand beach — with sound. Whatever tone gets you in a relaxed, stress free state of mind, can be amplified with correct sound system installments. Among their other quality services, We Are More helps businesses and homes maintain a happy attitude using all things technical but especially sound systems. They know that technology can be used on a large scale to integrate Hawaii back to aloha vibes day and night.
“We are not a company that does the bare minimum. We are the exact opposite. We Are More for ourselves, our families, friends, communities, clients, products and our services.” A quote from Ola Shaw, owner of We Are More, that has stuck out as a motto for his business. We Are More reaches beyond business related inquiries, stressing the importance of the atmosphere set by sound.
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When friends and family have a good laugh over something on social media or other networks, they usually want to share it with others. When something is being shared with me in person, the number one thing I always feel like I do is lower their brightness. Why? Un-adjusted brightness physically hurts my head.
Enduring excruciating headaches along with eye pain, or itchy, dry eyes, and vision that persists on being blurry even when spending time away from smart devices is unnecessary. There’s no reason to cope with annoying physical effects if you don’t have to. You might just be someone in need of a friend to turn down your brightness.
There’s been a myth floating around that lowering brightness is damaging to eyesight when it’s the opposite. Smartphones, tv screens, and computers/laptops have adjustable brightness features for a reason. If you’re doing your brightness manually, I’d recommend adjusting your brightness to your environment. While in a pitch-black room, it’s significant to have your phone on the lowest brightness possible, and if it’s available, turn on a dim nightlight so there’s something else in the room that can match the brightness of your phone to reduce eye strain.
Some people don’t like the “auto brightness” feature on iPhones due to rumored inaccuracy, but it works for me. If your eyes are more sensitive, you should lower your brightness manually, and if you continue to have headaches or blurry vision, I’d say it’s best to see your doctor about that. I’m in no way a physician, but I personally know what makes my head feel better.
By now you might be asking, “how do I know if my brightness is too high?” Normally, eyes will adjust to whatever their focused on. If your eyes are immediately squinting when you look at a digital screen you should probably lower your brightness. If you’ve been on your phone for a while and your eyes are already adjusted, step away from the gadgets for a bit and test my eye squinting method upon return.
To adjust brightness and white-point on iPhones or learn how to download a brightness controlling app for Android click here. For step by step instructions and more information on changing display settings and gaining better tips on reducing harmful brightness effects visit wikiHow.
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Samara Shaw does We Are More's PR & Marketing which includes writing our blogs! She was born and raised in Hawaii and writes content to help our audience have a better insight on technical solutions big and small.