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P&O Cruises currently ‘adults only’

Several weeks ago I booked a 3-night cruise for my family on board Britania. This was going to be a surprise short break for the the children as we really were not expecting to get away at all this year. But as the opportunity presented itself and the cruise fair was so reasonable, we went ahead and booked.

Having told the kids, they were very excited to be going away.

However, this is where things started to go a bit sideways. One morning I received a ‘Notification Of Change’ email from P&O. Having checked through the details provided I could see no obvious change to the trip and rather than play spot the difference, I called P&O.

I was initially told that this was just an update to their vaccination policy and that there were no material changes to the cruise. ‘We just need everyone travelling to be vaccinated now’ the P&O rep said. Not a problem was my reply but obviously children can’t be vaccinated yet. ‘I think that’s ok’ she said ‘let me just go and check…’

After a short hold the rep comes back to explain that ALL passengers, regardless of age, need to be vaccinated. How is it possible to comply with this policy – you have to be a UK resident and be fully vaccinated to travel – but under 18’s (now under 16’s) cant receive the vaccination. 

Sorry, that’s the policy. If you can’t travel you’ll have to cancel but it’s in the terms and conditions so you may not receive a refund…

Through to another person P&O, this one very, very unhelpful: ‘Well it’s not our fault, it’s the government for not allowing children to receive the vaccine!’. Refused to see sense and allow me to cancel the booking.

After another few phone calls the next rep from P&O explains that the current cruises are really just ‘Adults Only’ and that their systems ‘Should never have allowed us to book with children’. Furthermore, she knows that the company have been refunding hundreds of customers in a similar position.  Thankfully, this lady was really helpful and agreed to cancel and refund all the money.

I’m still waiting to receive my refund though!

So, if you’re considering booking a cruise from the UK at the moment, check carefully what the Covid 19 and Vaccination policy are. Currently P&O, Princess and Cunard have this policy in place – they’ll allow you to book and take your money, but under 18’s wont be able to meet the vaccination policy!

 

 

 

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By August 8, 2019 Read More →

Best Affordable Video Doorbells

In today’s market, technology has become an essential component of every aspect of life. From cellphones, Smart TVs, and robotic vacuum cleaners, it is nearly impossible to run into a device that has not been enhanced by the applied sciences. Recently, technology has even found its way to our porches with the creation of video doorbells. Video doorbells provide consumers with convenient at home security that can protect them even as they go to open the door. While some video doorbells can be a little pricy, devices such as the Akaso and Scout Video Doorbells make the desire to own a video doorbell system more attainable than ever.

 

Possibly the cheapest video doorbell ever

If you are looking to get the most out of your dollar, the Akaso Video Doorbell is the product for you. Right now, you can get this device for only £64. Essentially you can try a brand new at front porch security system for the price of a pair of new shoes. Whether you live in an affluent or sort of sketchy neighborhood, crime is everywhere.

By purchasing the Akaso Video Doorbell you can get a feel for the benefits of owning a video doorbell for a fraction of the cost. At almost a half its original price, this  affordable system offers a variety of features. These features include, two way audio, night vision, Passive Infrared (PIR) Motion Detection, Alexa compatibility and two power options: existing doorbell wiring or included rechargeable batteries.

Despite not being the best product on the market, the quality of features you get for the price you are paying is unbeatable. Unlike its competitors, it is a bit bulky, so it does require a bit of patience in regards to installation. Nevertheless, with a quick video tutorial set up will not be a hassle for you. Also, it must be noted that there is no local storage option so you will most likely need to use cloud storage to save any video or snapshots you take which might add up to a pretty penny. Overall, if you just want to do a test trial and see how the video doorbell can benefit your daily life, I say give the Akaso Video Doorbell a shot. 

 

Feature-packed and still cheap

On the other hand, if you are interested in investing in a video doorbell with more advanced setting for a reasonable price I would suggest the Scout Video Doorbell. The Scout Video Doorbell is appropriate for the consumer that has done their research and is committed to an at smart home security device long term. Scout’s doorbell installs with existing standard analog doorbell wiring. Three faceplates (white, black, and silver) are in the box, so you don’t have to choose when you order. The case is IP65-weatherproof rated, so you don’t need to be concerned about rain, sleet, or snow.

 

Slightly more expensive if you want all features

The Akaso and Scout Video Doorbells are two devices that you can purchase to ensure at home security. Despite their differences, both products offer a wide array of features for an affordable price. However, if you think these affordable options are not suitable for you, have a look at the NEST Hello video doorbell which is feature-packed but comes at a price of £167.

If you have other NEST products at home, like the thermostat or indoor cameras, it may make sense to buy a NEST doorbell too as it’s easy to integrate with its sister devices. Each device mentioned has qualities that target a variety of needs, after assessing yours I am sure you will be able to select the best product for you!

Delving deeper into Scout’s features, in addition to a 1080p full HD resolution video camera with infrared night vision to record high-resolution video 24/7, the doorbell’s also come with a camera that has 180-degrees horizontal field vision integrated two-way audio, and People Detection technology.

One of the most distinguishable features of this doorbell security system in comparison to the Akaso Video Doorbell is it’s use of the People Detection technology. People Detection technology does not only give the Scout Video Doorbell the ability to detect motion, but it takes it one step further my adding the ability to recognize human movement and send an alert to a cellphone associated the Scout mobile app.

As an added bonus, if you also own the Scout Security system along with the doorbell, you gain the ability to use Amazon Alexa video commands. Finally, unlike the Akaso Video Doorbell cloud storage for video access is not necessary. Amazingly enough this doorbell system is available on the Scout Alarm website for just £81. When you think about all this device has to offer, you can rest assured that this purchase will pay for itself in a matter of weeks.

 

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By September 7, 2017 Read More →

The rise of vegan digital marketing and affordable SEO consultant firms

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Ever since the evolution of the internet ways of doing business are continuing to change. A rapid technological advance in the telecommunication sector has a direct impact on online marketing.  The way marketing is done is different and more advanced than a few decades ago, if you want to learn the new marketing strategies, then consider hiring these local seo services. If you want your business to be successful in this era, then the internet is the right tool for you. People now spend more time connected to the internet.

Other marketing channels such as televisions, radios, physical copies (magazines and newspapers) are being overshadowed by the internet. The web can reach millions of people anytime and anywhere. That is why it is given much attention. Marketers are creating digital ads and content to put online targeting potential customers. That’s why IT consulting is in demand. To avail of IT consulting services, visit lumoscloud.com. Online advertising revenue has been on the rise recently due to an increase in the number of ads. Casino also went digital now you can now online casino players can play the games anywhere anytime.

TV shows, movies, music, games and other forms of entertainment are being accessed more online. Research shows that 76% of people watch their favorite shows online. Most video ads pop up during these shows and this is a perfect marketing strategy of the 21st century according to the Top Boise marketing companies.

Recently, YouTube expanded its streaming to reach new markets and also to increase its revenue obtained from ads. Social media companies generate their revenues from online ads including programmatic advertising, companies pay to advertise on these platforms. In addition, creating a social media profile helps businesses to inform and interact with their customers. According to scott services, you must come up with strategies to ensure that your products and services are well known.

According to SEO Agency Sydney, website visits now determine the success of your marketing strategies. Digital marketing is a success story of this era, businesses and clients are now efficiently connected worldwide. You can reach your customers anytime and anywhere. And for services like online casino south Africa you can complete transactions regardless of the time.

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By December 16, 2016 Read More →

Lexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual Slot Reader Unboxing

image18The Lexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual Slot Reader Compatible with SD and UDMA Flash Memory Card is a professional-level, portable USB reader that leverages SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology to deliver blazing-fast transfer speeds from card to computer, with a USB interface speed up to 500MB/s (reads up to 5 times faster than USB 2.0).

It lets you leverage the performance capabilities of the latest UDMA CompactFlash (CF) (including UDMA 7 CF 6.0) and SD, SDHC, SDXC, and SD UHS-I and UHS-II (SD 3.0) memory cards. The reader is also compatible with standard CF and SD cards and USB 2.0.

By December 13, 2016 Read More →

The Toilet Training Etiquette Guide

2016-12-12-2As a mum of two boys I know exactly how frustrating it is to walk into the bathroom and find a complete mess and puddles of urine after your little one has used the toilet. Unfortunately, teaching your boy to aim, is a stage every mother will have to go through (and for any women who live with older men too) but with a little bit of creative imagination, it can be done. You can ask one of the house cleaners to keep an eye after he goes, but eventually he will have to learn.

  • Practise, Practise, Practise – Before you even get near the toilet there are a couple of tricks you can teach your boy to help him ‘get his eye in.’ When they’ve finished taking a shower, allow them to pee and aim at the drain. You can even create a point scheme with the highest points rewarded when they never miss the drain. This may not be to everyone’s taste but its better a mess in the shower or bath which you can wash away by using the best handheld shower head, than on your tiling or wallpaper!
  • Turn it into a game – Little boy’s minds can wander very easily, and whilst they should be concentrating on their aim into the toilet, they can easily drift off and start thinking about other things… Many mothers will no doubt agree that they are fed up with the cleaning aftermath of their children going to the bathroom so capture their imaginations by transforming the toilet into an activity zone. This was exactly why I invented Pisher, a fun electronic toilet target that projects a spaceship onto the exact spot boys should be aiming for. To really improve their manners this nifty gadget will also applaud and congratulate them when they shut the lid. For extra fun add a drop of washing up liquid into the bowl before he pees. Then when he does the water will create lots of little bubbles which should make the whole process that bit easier.

 

  • Offer Praise – It’s an age old technique but one that’s highly successful. By creating a reward scheme and offering encouragement to your child when they’re learning to be neat and tidy in the bathroom they’ll be far more inclined to do a good job! Whether you decide to create a simple gold sticker chart or you offer them a treat after each trip to the loo, your son or daughter will quickly learn that good behaviour equals a good reward.

 

  • Extra Support – Sometimes it’s not necessarily the boys fault that his aim isn’t up to scratch. It could be that he’s just not quite tall enough to have a clear visual of where he should be peeing. Give him that extra support he needs and purchase a simple stool or step that will mean he doesn’t have to struggle and he can lean his body to just the right position to help him in his mission.

 

  • Like Father Like Son – Young children learn by example so sometimes a live demonstration from Dad helps them understand the proper aiming technique. The big toilet can be scary so if Dad can offer that extra bit of support and companionship the experience may be less daunting – it’s also a good bonding experience for both.

Author: Sarit Nahum, mum of two and founder of Pisher (www.pisher.net)

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By October 7, 2016 Read More →

A new dimension for the Vivitek H5098 Home Cinema Projector

A home cinema experience to remember is the dream delivered by Vivitek’s new H5098, a professional-grade projector for home cinema enthusiasts from a leading brand of visual display products. Comprising all that’s needed to create the big screen experience at home, the H5098 majors on both performance and flexibility – as well as Vivitek’s reputation for reliability and environmental-friendliness – to ensure a thrilling visual experience.

Image quality is assured thanks to its Full HD 1080p resolution and 50,000:1 contrast features. The H5098 leverages DLP® technology with BrilliantColor™ for accurate, long-lasting colour and improved efficiency in illumination optics to provide a wide colour gamut capable of creating over 1 billion colour shades. Combined with its 2,000 ANSI lumens and RGBRGB colour wheel, the H5098 delivers the ultimate performance in video projection in just about any environment, albeit in dark or ambient light.

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This cinematic image quality is backed up by the H5098’s flexibility, as it can be installed on the ceiling with a choice of five different lenses, to cover the different projection throw ratio distances, making it ideally suited to designated cinema rooms in premium properties or for city dwellers in compact apartments. It can be incorporated easily into existing home cinema settings, while its centre lens with horizontal and vertical lens shift and quick touch lens release design further aids its easy installation.

Film buffs will come to appreciate the enhanced viewing experience the H5098 offers thanks to its VividMotion frame interpolation function. This has been engineered to reduce motion judder to create a fluid and flawless video stream, providing a finely detailed viewing experience when fast paced movie-scenes or sports games are being enjoyed. For the home cinema enthusiast enjoying a 3D performance, the H5098 will pull you right into the scenes, even allowing 2D to 3D conversion to always guarantee the visual performance desired.

As users have come to expect from Vivitek, the H5098 is highly flexible, enabling users to enjoy full HD resolution images from Blu-ray players or game consoles with dual HDMI ports to connect them simultaneously.

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Key Features/ Specifications:

  • DLP® technology with BrilliantColor™ for accurate, long-lasting colour.
  • Full HD resolution and 50,000:1 contrast ratio for vibrant and dazzling images.
  • Enjoy great colour reproduction thanks to 6 segment RGBRGB colour wheel.
  • Enhance viewing experience with Vivid Motion frame interpolation function, which reduces motion judder and provides a cleaner viewing of film.
  • Great installation flexibility with 5 optional lens and lens shift capacity.
  • Built-in 12V trigger for screen or blinds control.

**Optional lenses**

Lens Name Short-Throw Short Throw Zoom Standard Long Throw 1 Long Throw 2
Zoom Fixed Zoom 1x 1.18x 1.25x 1.5x 1.67x
F Number 2.5 2.05 – 2.27 2.46 – 2.56 2.5 – 3.1 2.2 – 2.5
Focal Length (f) 11.46 mm 16.64 – 19.54 mm 22.8 – 28.5 mm 28.5 – 42.75 mm 44.5 – 74.19 mm
Throw Ratio 0.78:1 1.10 – 1.30:1 1.54 – 1.93:1 1.93 – 2.89:1 3.00 – 5.01:1
Aspect Ratio 16:9 16:9 16:9 16:9 16:9
Image Size 47″ – 290″ 35″ – 369″ 36” – 300” 32” – 468” 28″ – 301″
Projection Distance 0.8 – 5 m 1 – 9 m 1.5 -10.2 m 2 – 20 m 3 – 20 m

Pricing and availability:

The Vivitek H5098 is available immediately at a MSRP excl. VAT of £2199

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By October 6, 2016 Read More →

KARMA – Much More Than a Drone

d5Much More Than a Drone. Karma features a compact, fits-in-a-small-backpack design and includes an image-stabilization grip that can be handheld or mounted to vehicles, gear and more. Karma makes it easy for anyone to capture amazingly smooth, stabilized video during almost any activity. Karma features a painless out-of-the-box experience unlike any other drone in the market:
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  • Compact and foldable, the entire system fits into the included backpack that’s so comfortable to wear during any activity, users will forget they’ve got it on.
  • A game-style controller features an integrated touch display, making it fun, fast and easy to fly without the need for a separate phone or tablet t o see what your drone sees.
  • The 3-axis camera stabilizer can be removed from the drone and attached to the included Karma Grip for capturing ultra-smooth handheld and gear-mounted footage.Karma will be available October 23rd in the following bundles:
  • Karma without a GoPro camera for $799.99 MSRP
  • Karma bundled with HERO5 Black for $1099.99 MSRP
  • Karma bundled with HERO5 Session for $999.99 MSRP (available in early 2017)
  Learn more about Karma HERE.
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By August 23, 2016 Read More →

Smart home tech is the future

SAS-CLALARM10_3Online electronics and tech retailer, reichelt.co.uk, has seen sales of smart home products boom by 21 per cent, highlighting that the trend shows no sign of slowing down – and is set to continue revolutionising our homes.

The security category has been a key driving factor with a noticeable surge around the summer holiday period, with alarm devices up by 11 per cent, signifying people are taking additional steps to protect their homes whilst on holiday.

Sales show no sign of slowing down, with reichelt.co.uk predicting a 25% rise as we head into 2017.

From decor-friendly gadgets and wireless power controls, right through to sophisticated security systems, advances in technology continue to make it easier to make homes smarter and safer, and it seems consumers are seeing the value.

Some of the most popular and innovative products have been:

  • Konig Smart Home Security Set – A reliable security system enabling you to manage your home security devices and appliances from anywhere in the world, via an app
  • Olympia Glass Break Detector – With buzzer plate technology, this wireless module instantly detects glass breakage
  • m-e Smoke Detector – A wireless smoke detector with an integrated heat sensor
  • Eurotronic Energy-Saving Controller – With Z-Wave technology, this intelligent energy-saving controller helps to manage heating within the home and monitor energy output
  • Konig Wireless Surveillance System – Supplied with a 4-channel recorder and an integrated 7” colour monitor, this surveillance system allows home observation without the hassle of all the cables to set it up

Product Manager of Home & Security, and Tools of reichelt.co.uk, Holger Engelbrecht, says, “As an innovative retailer in the tech and electronics space, we’ve long been aware of consumers’ desire to discover products that make their homes smarter and safer, and day-to-day household tasks simpler. We’re seeing more exciting smart home products available than ever before, and this is reflected in the range we have available. From wireless video intercom systems through to infrared motion detectors – reichelt.co.uk boasts a large and exciting range of home tech.”

As well as its smart home range, reichelt.co.uk offers a wider variety of tools, components, tech accessories and more – offering many items up to 20% cheaper than elsewhere in the UK.

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By August 16, 2016 Read More →

ADAM elements presents premium flash drives, cables, adapters

ADAM elements_ROMA_GRAY128_02At IFA 2016 in Berlin from 2 to 7 September, ADAM elements will showcase its latest premium dual-connector flash drives, cables and adapters for iPhone, iPad and USB-C devices. The GoHealthy line of smart eHealth products will also be present at the ADAM elements stand in the iZone (hall 12, booth 140). In addition, the manufacturer will join the UX Design Awards at booth 118 in hall 9 with its nominated product iKlips DUO, a premium dual-connector flash drive. One day before the official opening of the fair, selected journalists can already get an exclusive look at the ADAM elements IFA lineup in the south entrance area of the fair grounds.ADAM elements_iKlips DUO_03

Award-winning dual-connector flash drives
In 2015, dual-connector flash drive iKlips won the Red Dot Design Award. The new iKlips DUO will now be competing at the UX Design Awards at IFA 2016 (hall 9, booth 118). iKlips DUO is simply plugged into the iPhone’s, iPad’s or iPod’s Lightning port, which instantly expands the device’s storage capacity with up to 256 GB of additional memory. It can then be removed and shared with other iOS devices. Even better, the flash drive boasts a USB-A connector on its other end, which also allows for data sharing with PCs or Macs, all without using the internet, cloud storage or iTunes. iKlips DUO comes in a redesigned premium aluminium body with connector caps that cannot get lost. Premium flash drive ROMA with USB-C and USB-A connectors will be at IFA as well: an ideal companion for the latest MacBook and other USB-C compatible devices.ADAM elements_BP1

 

Health management with GoHealthy
Another highlight at the IFA booth will be the GoHealthy line of health management products, which all work together seamlessly with the free GoHealthy smartphone app. The app allows users to track health trends, set goals, create alarms, share data with family members, and even send medical alerts. At IFA 2016, three GoHealthy products will be presented: the Body Fat Analyzer (BF1), the Blood Pressure Monitor (BP1) and the Infrared Ear & Forehead Thermometer (EF1).

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Premium adapters and cables
The CASA and PeAk lines by ADAM elements offer robust and exquisitely designed cables to users of MacBooks, iPhones and USB-C devices. The USB-A-to-USB-C adapter CASA F13, for example, allows users to connect a mouse, keyboard, printer or any other standard USB-A peripheral with the latest MacBook or other computers with USB-C connectors. The CASA HDMI and VGA adapters, on the other hand, are perfect for connecting the MacBook and other USB-C devices to computer monitors, TVs or projectors. Users of iPhones, iPads and iPods can look forward to the PeAk 120B, a braided and Apple MFi certified Lightning sync & charging cable for iOS devices, which comes in an appealing design, available in different colours such as rose gold, gold and red.
Will you be attending IFA 2016? Are you interested in a personal interview appointment with the ADAM elements team at the booth? Please let us know by responding to this e-mail.

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By August 13, 2016 Read More →

Sennheiser demonstrates audio excellence at the London 2016 CanJam

c898089a_CJL15_Announcement_Web_01a2016 London CanJam will see audio specialist Sennheiser and digital audio recording specialist Apogee demonstrating their new bundle that brings together Sennheiser’s HD 650 open, dynamic hi-fi stereo headphones with the Apogee Groove – a high-performance USB DAC and headphone amp. This combination lets Mac and PC users enjoy the full dynamic range and ultra-low distortion levels of one of the classics of Sennheiser’s audiophile headphone world powered by the legendary sound quality of Apogee.

Groove features Apogee’s Quad Sum DAC design which utilises four digital-to-analog converters per channel to achieve the highest dynamic range and lowest distortion (THD+N) of any device in its class. Crafted with handpicked components for incredibly narrow tolerances, special acoustic materials and exceptional engineering, the HD 650 delivers reference-class fidelity and a balanced sound with crisp bass, excellent mid frequency response and a gentle, pleasantly natural treble.

Designed to deliver every sonic detail from streaming music services like Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal and Google Play Music as well as exceptional playback quality for high-res files like WAV, AIFF and FLAC, Groove teams with Sennheiser for the ultimate listening experience wherever you are.

Sennheiser has an Instagram and Twitter competition running throughout the event. For a chance to win HD 650 & Groove, CanJammers need to just visit the stand snap a photo of themselves with a pair of Sennheiser headphones #Sennheiser #CanJamLondon2016

CanJam takes place at The Park Plaza, Westminster Bridge. Sennheiser will be demonstrating the latest range of audiophile and consumer products.

 

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