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Tips on Getting Brooklyn Tattoos You’ll Love

Getting a tattoo is a big decision. Especially if we are talking about your fist one. Because you are stuck with it for life (yes, you can laser remove it later, but that is way more painful and expensive than getting a tattoo), you want to make a good choice. Here are some great tips on getting the tattoo you love when in Brooklyn.

Think it through 

Don’t rush it. I mean it, do not ever make a hasty decision when thinking about getting tattooed. Don’t even think about getting one while drunk, because you might regret it the next day. So, take your time. No one is rushing you; you have all the time in the world to choose your perfect design. And another piece of advice – do not get tattooed while young and never ink your boyfriend’s or girlfriend’s name.

Find the perfect idea

The process of finding the perfect tattoo can be lengthy, especially if you do not have something specific in mind. Some know that they want dragons, others the picture of their favorite pet or flowers. Even then, when you know what you want, you should take your time and do your research. Let’s say, for example, that you want to get a rose. Because there are so many stages of a rose, you should look up all of them and see which one suits you best. Don’t forget about the color – although red is the most frequent choice, you might want to go with pink, yellow or even blue. You will get some good advice on finding the perfect tattoo idea right here: https://tatring.com/getting-tattooed/TattooAdvice-2

The size always matters

The size of the tattoo is also very important and no one can decide that other than you. Think about how big you want it to be. If you do not want it to stand out so much, go for a small one. Do not exaggerate and do not just imagine how it will look like. Find a drawing you like and print it to see how it looks like on your body.

Where do you want it? 

After size, there’s placement. It’s not the same if you get your tattoo on your back (which will be covered most of the time) or your wrist. How visible do you want it to be? Think about other aspects such as your job – in cases such as teaching, for example, tattoos can be frowned upon. Also, the pain level when getting a tattoo varies depending on the area.

Find the perfect Brooklyn tattoo artist for you

Once you’ve decided that you really want a tattoo, you must start searching for a good artist. You do not want it to be made by an artist friend who does not have any experience in the field – no matter how nice of you that would be, remember that your tattoo will stick with you forever. This is why you need the best tattoo artist in town. Even if you are not from Brooklyn, you can travel there to check out tattoo shops like Hand of Glory Tattoo. You need an experienced artist, open to answer all your questions.

This is why you should first think about booking an appointment with the artist. Tell him about your vision and if you have only some sketches, he might help you get the drawing done. He will help you with any questions tattoo and pricing-related, but it is not his job to choose the final variant of the tattoo. That is totally up to you.

Take good care of your new tattoo 

When you leave the tattoo shop, make sure to ask for some tending advice. To heal properly, a tattoo must be taken good care of. You should neither expose the tattoo to sun rays nor bathe while it is still healing. You can also read some more on the subject here. It’s important to know how to attend to your tattoo from the very beginning. If you believe that it is not healing properly, you can revisit your tattoo artist to get his opinion on the matter, but if you follow his advice and take good care, everything should be alright. It’s time to enjoy your new tattoo! 

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LA DESIGN COMMUNITY

LA Architect and UCLA Professor Abeer Sweis designs (and remodels) homes to better withstand fires. She also uses sustainable materials.

Changing seasons have increased fire hazards, so she uses the latest fire grade materials to better prepare homeowners. A home designed by Sweis in Ojai’s fire zone survived. When the Thomas Fire blazed through, it reached the property, but it didn’t burn it down. https://www.sweiskloss.com/fire Feel free to ask questions. Sweis is available on the phone and on location here in LA. About SweisKloss

Abeer Sweis | design partner

At heart, Abeer is both an architect and interior designer. While she also has intimate knowledge of construction and structural engineering, it is her innate ability to look at a potential project and see the myriad of design possibilities that has helped make her company a success.

Abeer knew at a young age that she wanted to be an architect. When she was 10, her family moved from her native Amman, Jordan to Los Angeles, where she went on to receive her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Woodbury University. While working as a designer at a small architecture firm, she acquired the technical knowledge and business skills to build her own company. In 1998, she started her own design firm, and in 2006 she partnered with her husband Jeff Kloss to create the construction side of the company, fulfilling their design + construct vision.

Since 1995, Abeer has taught at UCLA Extension, Cal Poly Pomona, Pierce College, Woodbury University and other Los Angeles area design schools. A leader in her community, she is a distinguished past president of the Kiwanis Club of Santa Monica and an involved parent of two rapidly growing children.

Jeff Kloss | construction partner

A licensed general contractor and go-to guy for all things construction, Jeff has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Woodbury University where he and Abeer met. While he was pursuing his degree, he worked for a local construction company and discovered his appreciation for building.

Jeff went on to manage the construction of exclusive restaurants, high-end retail projects and custom homes for the Marshall Group before leading institutional projects at CW Driver such as The Cerritos Public Library, Jewish Home for the Aging and the Torrance YMCA. He also oversaw multiple modernization projects for the La Crescenta Valley and El Segundo School Districts.

After learning all aspects of construction on a variety of large-scale jobs, Jeff started to miss collaborating with a team and working on projects that were more intimate and personal for the end user. Thus, the perfect opportunity presented itself to join forces with Abeer to create their full-service design + construct  firm. Jeff is an active parent, coach and mentor in Boy Scout Troop T2 and AYSO Soccer. From leading a hike or canoe trip, to refereeing soccer games, he enjoys spending time with his son and daughter.

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2020 World Economic Forum

Cities Leverage the Fourth Industrial Revolution to Accelerate Achievement of the Global Sustainable Development Goals at the 2020 World Economic Forum

January 22, 2020 Lunch 12:00-14:00 Belvedere Hotel in Davos, Switzerland

This event will catalyze and advance a number of concrete, action-oriented projects on the 4IR and SDGs in cities. One is a major demonstration initiative on the 4IR and SDGs fully supported by the municipal leadership of Nairobi and Los Angeles, with generous seed funding provided by the Hilton Foundation. In addition, leadership from The Connective, the United States’ first smart region, highlights a model partnership between industry, the public sector, and academia as a way to accelerate the co-creation, testing, and delivery of technological solutions. Unlike many “smart city” initiatives, The Connective is designed to address its region’s most pressing societal and environmental problems from the bottom up.

The World Economic Forum has made a powerful case that we are in the midst of a 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR), characterized by a range of powerful, converging technologies that are transforming human life, business dynamics, government practices, citizen engagement, cultures and the environment. While technology has been a driver of economic prosperity, previous industrial revolutions also resulted in significant social inequalities and ongoing damage to our natural world.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were agreed to by the 193 member states of the United Nations in September 2015. The Secretary-General of the UN pointed out to the UN General Assembly in September 2019 that, given the current rate of progress, the world will fail to meet the goals by 2030. The Secretary-General called upon government at all levels, the private sector, civil society, media, and academia to dramatically increase their efforts and mobilize the corresponding resources towards achieving the SDGs, marking 2020 the start of a “decade of action.”

While nation-states were the signatories to the SDGs, it is the world’s cities that represent the greatest source of positive action in the decade ahead. Cities are the engines of the global economy and generate 80% of global wealth. It is estimated that 66% of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050 with 90% of the increases coming in Africa and Asia. The achievement of virtually all of the 2030 global goals and targets requires concerted and comprehensive action in cities.

Indeed, many cities all around the world have already adopted, adapted, actioned and innovated on the SDGs. However, the emerging technologies of the 4IR enable cities to do much more, and the work can be done better, faster, and on a far greater scale. This event is designed to bring 50 global leaders from across sectors together to provoke new thinking on cities as drivers of more sustainable and equitable development, and cities as incubators for transformational 4IR technologies.

We stand at a critical juncture with an opportunity to put in place the multi-stakeholder partnerships, governance architectures, policy frameworks, and concrete actions by the private, public and non- government sectors that are needed to harness the 4th Industrial Revolution to accelerate the achievement of the SDGs, especially in cities. Join us and support a new movement for tangible action and catalyze innovative partnerships for positive change driven by technology.

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TALKING TRENDS WITH FASHION GURU, KELLY HELFMAN

On February 5th,  leaders and tastemakers in the fashion industry will descend upon Las Vegas for MAGIC, the most comprehensive fashion marketplace in the U.S. Over three days,  fashion insiders will look at what’s to come in apparel, footwear, accessories and even manufacturing.

We caught up with Kelly Helfman to hear about the latest in trends for women. Helfman is President of West Coast Women’s including several shows – WWDMAGIC, PROJECT WOMENS, STITCH and POOL, and has a deep love of all things fashion related. She is absolutely one to watch when it comes to trends!

“At MAGIC, fashionistas will see the most-chic brands and the hottest emerging designers all under one roof. It’s a can’t-miss shopping experience complete with live music, happy hours, networking events, and speakers like Tori Spelling, Delilah and Amelia Hamlin, The Bella Twins, Camila Coelho and more.”

Below are a few highlights Helfman shared with us:

BURNT ORANGE

Orange is still the new black! No doubt about it. It all began in 2018, with rust and a smoky shade of copper, and in 2020 it’s a stunning burnt orange. Not Halloween orange but a tasteful orange take on rust.  Its bold-but-not over the top and its fun while also very chic.  Give it a try in the new decade.  Branch out.

STATEMENT COATS

The statement coat serves a purpose (keep you warm) and should add a dash of style and personality. I say go for a coat that is unforgettable, brave and fun! With a killer statement coat, what’s underneath can be extremely simple. Let the coat do the talking.

SKIRTS WITH SLITS

This can be worn a zillion different ways. From mini to maxi and everything in between – this silhouette is flattering and omnipresent. It can take you from coffee to shopping to date night and still look perfect. Do NOT be afraid of a high dramatic slit. Give it a go.

THE TURTLENECK

Turtlenecks are here with a vengeance. It’s a chic classic that always delivers. Steve Jobs loved a good turtleneck, as did Audrey Hepburn. It’s gone from alternative cool to preppy to chic and now it’s SO 2020!

The Harley-Davidson Museum Kickstarts 2020


The return of Milwaukee Museum Week, Monster Jam drivers and more events and displays make this the perfect time to visit the crossroads of 6th & Canal.

Cabin fever doesn’t stand a chance in Milwaukee this month as Milwaukee Museum Week (MMW) returns for its second installment, with even more special programming as well as free admission for kids on Monday, Jan. 20th at participating museums – including the H-D Museum. The Harley-Davidson Museum is ready to roll out the orange carpet with fun events and special programming during MMW. Read below and start planning your trip to the H-D Museum campus for even more fun ways to shake those winter blues.   

EVENTS / PROMOTIONS

Monster Jam Drivers Meet & Greet and Ticket Giveaway at the Harley-Davidson Museum®

Friday, Jan. 17, noon-1 p.m.
Come on down to the Harley-Davidson Museum on Friday, January 17 from noon to 1 p.m. to meet drivers from the Monster Jam Triple Threat series, get autographs and pose for pictures with a Monster Jam driver. And feel good while you’re doing it by donating new winter accessories to Milwaukee Public School’s Mitten Tree Drive. The first 100 folks to show up and donate new or hand-made winter accessories to the MPS Mitten Tree Drive will receive a free ticket voucher to Monster Jam Triple Threat Series playing at Fiserv Forum (Saturday, January 18 and Sunday, January 19) and entrance into the Harley-Davidson Museum for Friday, January 17th.

Free Admission Friday

Friday, Jan. 17, 5-9 p.m.
Visit the H-D Museum for FREE on Friday, Jan. 17. Presented by the Historic Third Ward Association, Gallery Night & Day is the two-day premier art event in Milwaukee for both the experienced artist and beginning admirer. Tonight, be sure to check out “Building a Milwaukee Icon: Harley-Davidson’s Juneau Avenue Factory,” the H-D Museum’s newest exhibit, which provides a snapshot of Harley-Davidson’s formative years and illustrates a chapter of Milwaukee history when the city was known as the “Machine Shop to the World.” Free Friday night H-D Museum admission from 5-9 p.m.; regular admission prices apply on Saturday.

Milwaukee Museum Week

Saturday, Jan. 18-Sunday, Jan. 26
The Harley-Davidson Museum is proud to participate in the second annual Milwaukee Museum Week January 18 – 26. Milwaukee Museum Week returns with fun events, interesting programs and special experiences at 17 participating Milwaukee museums. This special week has been created to bring to light the meaningful impact these museums have for our residents, tourism and the economy, and to forming Milwaukee’s well-rounded cultural community. More than a hundred programs or events will be offered during the week and people are encouraged to support their local museums by participating.

On Monday, Jan. 20 thanks to the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, all children 18 and under receive FREE admission to the H-D Museum with an adult.

On Tuesday, Jan. 21 (and every Tuesday through April), the H-D Museum offers $10 Tuesdays with $10 admission for adults, two-for-$10 admission for kids, $10 Taco Tuesday at MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant and 10% off clearance items in The Shop. Guests to the Museum are also invited to participate in #MuseumSelfie day on Jan. 21.

On Thursday, January 23, the H-D Museum Curatorial staff has created a special program, Museum Mystory #1: Dial M for Motorcycle. Come and join an interactive story adventure inside the Harley-Davidson Museum. Follow cryptic clues, solve puzzles, and uncover a mystery through this fun hunt through museum galleries. Join the mysterious fun for all ages! This program is offered all day (10 a.m.-6 p.m.) and is included in your admission.

#MuseumSelfie Day

Tuesday, Jan. 21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Grab the selfie stick and put on a happy face because #MuseumSelfie Day returns to the Harley-Davidson Museum on Tuesday, Jan. 21 during Milwaukee Museum Week. There’s no better backdrop for a selfie than the unrivaled collection at the H-D Museum. Visitors are encouraged to share their best pics on the Harley-Davidson Museum’s social pages. #HDMuseum @HDMuseum

$10 Tuesday are back!
Don’t forget: Museum admission on Tuesdays from October through April is just $10 and kids are just two for $10, too! At The Shop, take another 10% off clearance items. Plus, a Hamilton gets you the delicious chef’s choice Taco Tuesdays at MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant.

NEW INSTALLATIONS

“Building a Milwaukee Icon: Harley-Davidson’s Juneau Avenue Factory” (open now)

A recently recovered cache of architectural drawings includes plans for the original Juneau Avenue facility. The pencil drawings, along with archival photographs, demonstrate the whirlwind pace of the company’s early growth. While building an international business—going from producing just over 1,000 motorcycles in 1909 to manufacturing 27,000 motorcycles in 1920—the company’s Milwaukee factory experienced near-constant expansion. Construction through this relatively brief period created the buildings that today, a century later, are still the proud home of Harley-Davidson.

“Building a Milwaukee Icon” provides a snapshot of Harley-Davidson’s formative years and illustrates a chapter of Milwaukee history when the city was known as the “Machine Shop to the World.”

Experience Gallery: Model Year 2020 Harley-Davidson motorcycles

Always a favorite photo opportunity for riders and non-riders alike, the H-D Museum’s Experience Gallery has been revamped to feature five 2020 Harley-Davidson motorcycles – including the all-new, all-electric LiveWire™!

Custom Culture Installation: “Blackbird”

Blackbird, from the minds of Bobby Greene and Justin Walls, pays homage to Joe Petrali’s 1936 EL landspeed motorcycle. Elements of Petrali’s machine are imitated in this contemporary custom bike. Both vehicles use Harley-Davidson handlebars and forks made for board trackers; both have hillclimber frames; and their wheels are the same design and size. On display for a limited time, race fans will be thrilled to get an up-close look at this tribute to historic motorcycle landspeed racing.

SAVE THE DATES

Date Nights, Thursdays in February
“Around the Corner” Season 9 Preview Party, March 3

About the Harley-Davidson Museum

A walk through the Harley-Davidson Museum® is a walk through the history of America. With an unrivaled collection of Harley-Davidson® motorcycles and memorabilia, a 20-acre, park-like campus, and a calendar full of activities, the H-D Museum™ is one of Milwaukee’s top tourist destinations for visitors from around the globe. A visit to the H-D Museum™ is an experience that will stay with you for a lifetime. Make your plans to visit the Harley-Davidson Museum® at H-DMuseum.com.

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TOYOTA – WOVEN CITY

At CES, Toyota revealed plans to build a prototype “city” of the future on a 175-acre site at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan.

Called the Woven City, it will be a fully connected ecosystem powered by hydrogen fuel cells.

Envisioned as a “living laboratory,” the Woven City will serve as a home to full- time residents and researchers who will be able to test and develop technologies such as autonomy, robotics, personal mobility, smart homes and artificial intelligence in a real-world environment.

“Building a complete city from the ground up, even on a small scale like this, is a unique opportunity to develop future technologies, including a digital operating system for the city’s infrastructure. With people, buildings and vehicles all connected and communicating with each other through data and sensors, we will be able to test connected AI technology… in both the virtual and the physical realms … maximizing its potential,” said Akio Toyoda, president, Toyota Motor Corporation.

Toyota will extend an open invitation to collaborate with other commercial and academic partners and invite interested scientists and researchers from around the world to come work on their own projects in this one-of-a-kind, real-world incubator.

“We welcome all those inspired to improve the way we live in the future, to take advantage of this unique research ecosystem and join us in our quest to create an ever-better way of life and mobility for all,” said Akio Toyoda, president, Toyota Motor Corporation.

For the design of Woven City, Toyota has commissioned Danish architect, Bjarke Ingels, CEO, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). His team at BIG have designed many high-profile projects: from 2 World Trade Center in New York and Lego House in Denmark, to Google’s Mountain View and London headquarters.

“A swarm of different technologies are beginning to radically change how we inhabit and navigate our cities. Connected, autonomous, emission-free and shared mobility solutions are bound to unleash a world of opportunities for new forms of urban life. With the breadth of technologies and industries that we have been able to access and collaborate with from the Toyota ecosystem of companies, we believe we have a unique opportunity to explore new forms of urbanity with the Woven City that could pave new paths for other cities to explore.” Bjarke Ingels, Founder and Creative Director, BIG.

Design of the City

The masterplan of the city includes the designations for street usage into three types: for faster vehicles only, for a mix of lower speed, personal mobility and pedestrians, and for a park-like promenade for pedestrians only.  These three street types weave together to form an organic grid pattern to help accelerate the testing of autonomy.

The city is planned to be fully sustainable, with buildings made mostly of wood to minimize the carbon footprint, using traditional Japanese wood joinery, combined with robotic production methods. The rooftops will be covered in photo-voltaic panels to generate solar power in addition to power generated by hydrogen fuel cells.   Toyota plans to weave in the outdoors throughout the city, with native vegetation and hydroponics.

Residences will be equipped with the latest in human support technologies, such as in-home robotics to assist with daily living. The homes will use sensor-based AI to check occupants’ health, take care of basic needs and enhance daily life, creating an opportunity to deploy connected technology with integrity and trust, securely and positively.

To move residents through the city, only fully-autonomous, zero-emission vehicles will be allowed on the main thoroughfares. In and throughout Woven City, autonomous Toyota e-Palettes will be used for transportation and deliveries, as well as for changeable mobile retail.

Both neighborhood parks and a large central park for recreation, as well as a central plaza for social gatherings, are designed to bring the community together. Toyota believes that encouraging human connection will be an equally important aspect of this experience.

Toyota plans to populate Woven City with Toyota Motor Corporation employees and their families, retired couples, retailers, visiting scientists, and industry partners. The plan is for 2000 people to start, adding more as the project evolves.

The groundbreaking for the site is planned for early 2021.

Interested in partnering with Toyota on the development of Woven City? Visit: Woven-city.global

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3 Important Points You Need To Ace Your Dream Home Design

On average, American home buyers spend 124 hours browsing for a house that would be a good fit for them. Hence, it’s no wonder people just want to get a custom home built instead of going through the time-consuming process of finding a good pre-made house that meets their needs. So, how do you get started on the process? If you’re looking to build your own custom home, it’s important to ace these three points to achieve the best results. 

Find a Good Building Contractor

Finding the home builder that’s right for you can be a bit of a mission, as home builders can vary in terms of experience, specialization, and of course, pricing. To get a good handle on the average amount of cash you’d need to put forward, get quotes from multiple contractors. However, that isn’t all you’d need to do to determine the right builder for the job.

You’d also need to background-check the contractors that you’re eyeing. This is to verify their experience and qualifications, as well as if they specialize in the biggest parts of your home design. It’s also important to get to know the builders themselves, to gauge if they’re trustworthy enough to be transparent about expenses and project time frames. 

Renting Construction Equipment

Costs for custom home building average at around $200 per square foot. This includes everything from materials and building tools to personnel. Building contractors have enough basic tools and some heavy equipment to begin construction, but most projects would need even heavier or more specialized equipment to complete the job up to specifications. Such equipment includes heavy-duty concrete mixer trucks and dump trucks and an aerial equipment rental fleet

When renting such equipment, it’s important to look at the rental options that equipment rental services offer and see if they match up with your needs and budget. For example, it may turn out that your building project would need a certain piece of equipment for a shorter or longer time than expected. In that event, flexible rental options that only charge per day are ideal. 

Perfecting the Future-Proof Design

Many custom-built homes follow current-day aesthetic trends rather than practical designs, and so their homes quickly become obsolete when it comes to catching up with future circumstances. As an example, many custom homes were made to facilitate the life of a bachelor or a young couple, with little consideration for when the owners marry or start a family. All too often that results in homeowners selling their homes because it is no longer compatible with their new lifestyle.

To avoid such an outcome, it’s important to find an experienced architect or designer. You would need to coordinate closely with them to get advice on how to incorporate features to your build in anticipation for the future, as well as recommendations on practical industry trends. The right architect can not only future-proof your home and fill it with plenty of quality-of-life features, but will also prevent you from spending extra on renovations in the long run.

Custom houses provide aspiring homeowners with tailor-made solutions that production homes just can’t provide most of the time. While it may seem that custom houses take a lot more effort, you need only get the above points down to a T to achieve the house of your dreams. 

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FUNAI Android TV

Funai further expands range of Android TV devices in North America with 2K, 75-inch and Hands-free voice control later in the year

Funai Corporation, Inc. today announced the expansion of their 2019 Android TVTM device line-up with the Google Assistant. The range will be extended with small screen 2K 5505-Series and large screen UHD 5704-Series, and in the second half of 2020 with the Hands-free voice controller 6705 Series (43- to 75-inch). All products will be available in the United States and Canada. The 5-Series features seven display sizes ranging from 32-inch to 75-inches, and the 6-Series offers five displays ranging from 43-inch to 75-inch — and all will be unveiled at CES 2020, January 7-10, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Philips Android TV televisions deliver the most technologically-advanced viewing experience, providing access to apps, games, and more, right from the TV. Users can access over 500,000 movies and shows and over 5,000 apps and games from the Google Play Store (Subscriptions may be required for certain content providers.) Easy-to-use voice search and personalized recommendations mean users spend more time being entertained and less time hunting for something good. With Chromecast built-in, users can easily cast movies, shows, and photos from their Android or iOS device to the TV.

The new Android TV 5-Series televisions all include the Google Assistant, with a Google Assistant voice button on the remote control, allowing customers to do more with their TV. The Google Assistant allows users to quickly access favorite movies, shows, or music with their voice. Easily find and enjoy vacation photos on the big screen. Control devices around the home like dimming the lights from the comfort of the couch, or asking your personal Google Assistant questions and get answers, including the weather report or sport scores. Users can even manage tasks like viewing their schedule and adding appointments without picking up another device. Just press the Assistant button on the remote to get started.

The 6-Series televisions include an integrated far-field, echo-cancelling microphone array giving users hands-free voice-activated access to the Google Assistant, so there’s no need to touch the remote control to control your TV. Dual noise-cancelling microphones are embodied at the bottom bezel of the television, capturing voice commands while eliminating background noise – including the TV’s own audio.

The integrated Auto Echo Cancellation has been fully integrated with the quad core TV IC to optimize the response time and accuracy of the Google Assistant. In the center of the microphones are four LED to inform users of the status of Google Assistant, even if the main display is powered off. In addition, users can ensure privacy with a mute button that when engaged cuts off the power to the microphones and illuminates in orange providing you with full privacy control.

Users simply say, “Hey Google,” to activate their personal Google Assistant to quickly search and access entertainment, ask questions, control other smart home devices, such as the Philips Hue Play, Nest thermostat as well as other Google Assistant compatible products. And even add products to their Google Express cart from anywhere in the room. With Chromecast built-in, users can wirelessly cast photos, movies, apps and more directly from their smartphone. The built-in Google Assistant is ready to control all smart home devices.

“These new Philips TVs deliver an unmatched level of convergence between television, entertainment and multi-zone connected home control,” said Peter Swinkels, Director Product Planning, Funai Corporation, Inc. “This new series gives users instant access to their favorite entertainment programs in 4K, while also offering convenient, centralized voice control smart lights, thermostats, cameras, and more.”

The Philips 4K UHD Android TV series also features HDR 10 and is equipped with Bright Pro, a backlight boost that brightens the image by up to ten percent compared to standard LED displays, delivering exceptional brightness and contrast even in brightly lit rooms.

Connectivity options include HDMI, antenna RF, Wireless 802.11ac dual-band MIMO, Ethernet and USB multimedia, and audio options include digital optical and Bluetooth 5.0 for optional headphone, keyboard or other accessory connectivity.

To learn more about Funai’s latest smart home entertainment technology, and to see the full range of new and award-winning lifestyle technology products, visit www.funai.us.

For more information, please visit https://www.usa.philips.com/.

About Funai Corporation, Inc.

Funai Corporation, Inc., located in Torrance, Calif., is a subsidiary of Funai Electric Co., Ltd. and is the exclusive licensee for Philips consumer televisions and home video products, with marketing and distribution rights in North America. Funai Electric Co., LTD. established in 1961, and headquartered in Osaka, Japan, is listed in the Tokyo Securities Exchange First Section (Ticker 6839), as a designer and manufacturer of innovative consumer electronics and OEM products. The diverse product and technology portfolio is composed of televisions, Blu-ray players, thermal inkjet modules, microfluidics dispensers, and electric vehicle modules.

Google and Android TV and Chromecast are trademarks of Google LLC.
All trademarks and copyrights are the property of the respective owners.

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Starting Your New Year With Best Home Makeover Tips

Everyone prays that this New Year brings prosperity, love and prayers for the ones they care about. They greet them with all the affection they can exhibit. The first day in both the Gregorian and Julian Calendar holds a special moment for people all around the world. And it is the time of the year when you can get almost anything you desire, from Q-Tip to Moon Rock.

People plan to give the best outlook to their house before making it their residence. They make a list of plans from which only a tiny portion gets done. And the rest of them becomes an idea on your sticky notes. So, this time, on the occasion of New Year, we have collected the best views on Starting Your New Year with Best Home Makeover Tips.

1. Revamp Your Entry.

The first thing that any trespasser or visitor will see is the door of your home. Forget them, and it is the first thing that you know when you enter — the way from your porch to your foyer that needs to be maintained. Make proper shoe stand, dog leashes, hang decorative and shiny ribbons on the front to make every visitor feel like celebrating. After some time, replace them with small and stencils.

2. Refurnish Your Garden Space.

Everyone loves a garden in their home. A big-sized garden or small-terrace area, the garden gives the soothing sensation that everybody loves. Cover the garden area with glass walls so that the water when sprinkled washes down as compared to non-washable brick or wood. Cover your balcony or your terrace with glass walls so that they increase the level of beauty from outside, and plants get proper sunlight too.

Growing creepers over your entrance or your stairs give a better look than the rest of the places. Snake plant, Pothos, Dracaena, Spider Plant, Bromeliad are some of the most in-houseplants you can go for. Check for the plants which release carbon dioxide at night to avoid suffocation. Orchids and Snake plants do the opposite and emit oxygen in the night, which can be put in your bedroom. Keep small pot or hanging plants in your workplace.

3. Add Some Art to Your Walls.

It’s the first day of refreshing 365 days period, and everyone will be coming to take a look at their neighbor’s decor. And the first thing that they see after your sweets is the walls of your home. Your walls glorify a lot about the order of mindset that you take within yourself. The images, the graphics, the wall paintings, and posters all add up to the scenery. And what’s more comfortable than preparing a set of portraits with your family photos who dignify what you are.

Try CanvasPop. The best quality collage prints can make the best use of your wall space. Showing love to your walls and connecting your feelings with them, CanvasPop makes the human as well as pet portraits at its best. Many Background Styles from Woodcut Plates to Synthetic Cloth Outlets to choose from. No necessity of a well-maintained copy. Even the photos from your social media account can be processed. The final piece that you will see will be enough to make you and everyone who sees it gasp for a moment.

4. Update Your Light Fixtures.

The fourth most important thing anyone observes is the lighting. Take proper lighting measures in the kitchen and drawing-room. Try setting the light in the middle of the room to maximize the glow at every corner. Use LEDs instead of table lamps under the covering. Look at the types of light for which you can buy one for your own home.

 1. Ambient: The light with overall illumination. 

 2. Task: The light present over the kitchen island or a reading nook.

 3. Accent: The decorative ones.

5. Streamline the Stuff.

Whether you like it or not, you have to purge your home of necessary items. All the clothes you don’t wear old furniture and everything that adds up in little to contribute to the big. Never start clearing out the clutter from your storeroom. It will demotivate you. Remove all the empty boxes from your kitchen cabinets. You can also make your cabinets look new by applying a new coat over them. Try keeping it in the dark and retro look so that it looks mesmerizing.

For rooms, Try from your bedroom instead. This time, bring those items that cheer you up and fills positivity in the home. Prevent any broken item in the house that drains energy. DVDs, Remote, Chargers, and those shoes you still imagine they fit you all of these falls under the section of cluttering. Keep smaller yet those things that you can connect yourself to.

6. Your Floor Need Care Too.

There might be a hard chance that your house doesn’t have tiles in any section. And as many years pass by, we forget them to clean, and they become dull and ugly. Try bringing in professional in yourself and make them shine like new with a mixture of baking soda, water, and some lemon juice. For hard tiles on your driveway, vinegar can be added to the solution to remove old tire prints.

7. Last but Not the Least, Your Bedroom.

Your bedroom needs the most attention; after all, this is your favorite spot in the house. Keep light-colored curtains on windows to ensure proper light comes from outside. Make your bed look bigger by removing the extra cushions. Keep bolsters to help your back problems from small cushions. Make leveled folds in your mattress to give a classic look. Put one mirror at least in your bedroom or every room in your house. Mirror bounces the light in the room and maintains the energy level.

We have tried to cover almost every part of your house. From the entrance to your kitchen, from the bathroom to your bedroom, every place needs some love and care like humans. Try sharing some affection with your house this year and awaits you the rain of calmness and a lot of appraisals from everyone that steps to your doorsteps.

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