In the bathroom or any other humid space in the home, the accumulation of moisture can

In the bathroom or any other humid space in the home, the accumulation of moisture can cause real problems. Not only can it encourage mold and mildew growth that can cause issues with your drywall, insulation, and roof beams, but it can also leave the room uncomfortably warm. A ventilation fan helps alleviate many of these problems by drawing moisture and odors out of the space. It then deposits them outdoors to improve the air quality inside your bathroom, attic, or laundry room. It can even be reversed to draw cooler dry air into your home for temperature regulation.  Peruse our handy shopping guide for all the information you need to find the best ventilation fan for your home. We’ve included some specific product recommendations, too, including our top choice, the Panasonic WhisperSense Ceiling-Mounted Fan, which offers easy installation, outstanding performance, and quiet operation. Considerations when choosing ventilation fans Type An exhaust fan is the most common type of built-in ventilation fan. It’s effective for ridding excess moisture and condensation from your bathroom, kitchen, or any other space that tends to become humid. An attic fan is a ventilation...

Tesla Intensifies Thrust Into Europe As Model 3 Enters U.K. Market

The Tesla Model 3 is now on sale in Britain, completing its presence in Western Europe’s key markets with right-hand drive versions, and its impact on electric as well as conventional sports sedans moves up a gear. Nobody is surprised that Tesla, despite being the new kid on the block, has been an attractive purchase for first electric car adopters. After all, its technology is much admired as being ahead of the pack, and there is so far not much competition. But the fact that it has also been stealing sales from Germany’s much admired compact and internal combustion engined (ICE) hot-rod sedans like the BMW 3 Series, the Audi A4 and Mercedes C-class will be a cause for concern at various corporate headquarters. It has been an iron rule of automotive marketing that the German premium makers are unassailable in Europe because of their long heritage of top quality and peerless performance. Many mass car makers bear the scars of trying to win sales from BMW, Audi, Mercedes and Porsche with hot versions of their bread-and-butter sedans. It always ends in tears, price cuts and destroyed shareholder funds. But the Model 3 is doing the impossible; challenging the Germans on ICE car per...

Bosch launches latest generation of biometric fingerprint reader

Bosch, a leading technology company, has launched its latest hardware generation of biometric fingerprint reader – BioEntry W2. The new system allows full integration into the Access Engine of the Building Integration System (BIS) and the Access Management System for easy enrolment and configuration, further to including features such as fake finger detection for increased security. Due to this ability, procedures such as fingerprint enrolment, assignment of cardholder data as well as access control can all be managed via the two software alternatives, making the enrolment and configuration very convenient. In addition, fingerprint templates can be stored either in the database of these two software alternatives or on the reader itself, ensuring functionality even if the server fails. The BioEntry W2 reader is a dual frequency smartcard reader that supports both low frequency (125Khz) and high frequency (13.56MHz) RFID technology including iClass and Mifare Desfire EV1, allowing the customer to use the reader with the credentials of his requirements. The support of Bosch coded credentials allows for maximum security. Thanks to its IK09 vandal-resistant structure coupled wi...

125 KHz based proximity cards (aka “prox” cards) have been susceptible to cloning for several years.

125 KHz based proximity cards (aka “prox” cards) have been susceptible to cloning for several years. Instructional videos abound, and equipment can easily be purchased on Amazon, eBay or elsewhere. While this is old news for the hacker population, the word has apparently not reached many in the security community; in fact, getting a prox card or key fob cloned is easier and more convenient than ever. Jim Elder, President of security consulting firm Secured Designs, recently asked me if I was aware of the KeyMe Kiosks that are springing up in places such as grocery stores and pharmacies (see www.Key.me). “I just used it to duplicate a 35bit Corporate 1000 prox card, and no one seems to be aware of (the kiosks’) existence – integrators included,” Elder told me. “I was visiting one of the best integrators in town a couple of weeks ago, and he is still selling prox.” You do not have to look very hard to find a KeyMe kiosk – they can be found in stores such as Safeway, Bed Bath and Beyond, and Kroger, just to name a few. They are convenient machines that enable a user to create a duplicate traditional key in a matter of minutes. Recently, however, the company has expanded its duplica...

Coming just before the industry heads for Friedrichshafen, Muc-Off has lifted the lid on two new

Coming just before the industry heads for Friedrichshafen, Muc-Off has lifted the lid on two new parts washers with eco-credentials. “Traditional parts washers use a lot of energy and pump out solvents into the environment, so we were stoked to be able to develop an alternative, more eco-friendly solution,” said Muc-Off CEO Alex Trimnell. Utilising natural bioremediation cleaning power, Muc-Off claim their parts washer is safer and healthier to use for workshop staff. On top of this, it saves on energy costs as the temperature required for effective cleaning is lower than traditional parts washers at just 38°C. Aside from the green-credentials, we’re told Muc-Off’s creation should offer better longevity than traditional units. “There is reduced need for regular draining or filter cleaning and changing as the units are self-cleaning; fluid and filters both lasting on average three-times longer than solvent-based washers,” said the PR. “The 100-litre unit has two permanent filters which don’t ever need replacing, only a quick rinse with water once per month.” The Eco Parts Wash fluid is an active aqueous solution with specific surfactant giving degreasing results. It’s formulated...

Gerhard Wagner Brisbane murder: Accused bought acid-proof boots before murder

A QUEENSLAND man, accused of murdering his wealthy uncle almost two decades ago, told a shop assistant why he was buying such hardy boots. Murder victim Gerhard Wagner went missing in 1999. Source: News Corp Australia.Source:News Corp Australia A BRISBANE man accused of murdering his wealthy uncle almost two decades ago reportedly admitted to an acquaintance he had “knocked him off”. Robert James Wagner pleaded not guilty to killing Gerhard Wagner in January 1999 on the opening day of his trial in the Brisbane Supreme Court on Tuesday. But crown prosecutor Philip McCarthy said evidence from witnesses would draw the jury to the “irresistible conclusion” he had murdered his uncle. Mr McCarthy claimed a shop employee would testify that Wagner made “significant purchases” less than 10 days after his uncle’s disappearance. They included a landscaping broom, goggles, protective boots, gloves and a mask. He said the employee would claim Wagner told him he was “working with acids to clean a garage wall”. The court heard Gerhard’s body and the motorbike he was riding on the day he disappeared have never been found. Gerhard Wagner was last seen by one of his closest friends. Source: News...

Bohle America, Portals Hardware to Launch New Products at Upcoming Shows

Bohle America and Portals Luxury Hardware will be appearing at the two premier trade shows this fall- GlassBuild America in Las Vegas, NV in September and glasstec in Dusseldorf, Germany in October.  At these events, Bohle America and Portals will have their lines of products on display and will be debuting their latest technology. This high-tech complete solution for sliding door systems impresses with a revolutionary operation and noticeable ease of movement. Traditional sliders require a pushing effort to open and close a door. Not so with the new Bohle MasterTrack FT sliding system. The carriages run exceptionally quiet and give the feeling as if the glass door is floating when opening and closing. In addition, the entire assembly requires only a few steps. The installation is correspondingly fast, intuitive and therefore cost-saving. To mount the glass in the clamping mechanism no measurement is required. The clamp is simply placed flush with the edge of the glass. Special clamping inserts provide a secure and firm hold of the disc. This revolutionary sliding door system works with the same profile in every weight category. So even with high weight classes up to 150 kg, the...

Mimaki counts down for the introduction of a new model that combines 2D and 3D printing.

Mimaki counts down for the introduction of a new model that combines 2D and 3D printing. The new large format flatbed UV inkjet printer Mimaki JFX200-2513 EX, which will be launched in May, opens the door for high efficiency, value-added production and creative applications. Mimaki, the leading brand of digital inkjet printing and cutting solutions, is expanding their product portfolio with an innovative model. The new large format flatbed UV inkjet printer JFX200-2513 EX brings value-added printing to a different dimension with a printing and dyeing technology that goes beyond 2-dimensional print, creating a 2.5D effect in prints. Enabling high productivity, this new Mimaki model was announced to be launched in May 2019. Mimaki continues to expand their product portfolio in UV LED printing. JFX200-2513 EX is added next to JFX200-2513, which is still exhibiting a successful sales chart with competitive prices and technical features in Turkish market. The new model is extending the JFX200 series; it is capable of directly printing on a wide variety of materials including white board, transparent/coloured board, wood, cardboard, and metal with a size of up to 2,500mm x 1,300mm. Th...