Netease Smart Manufacturing Launched a New Smart Speaker to Create a Hardware Version of Strict Sele

Netease's intelligent manufacturing model tends to make some breakthrough designs based on the quality of single products, and conforms to the demand characteristics of the Internet era, trying to give the outside world a preliminary impression that the quality of Netease hardware products is good. This is consistent with the strictly selected playing method and concept of Netease.

In the past two years, when intelligent hardware was blown into the air, Internet companies of all sizes, such as Xiaomi, Alibaba, Tencent, Baidu and JD, announced that they would layout the field of intelligent hardware. However, the great aspirations of various manufacturers have not been translated into sales, and the whole intelligent hardware market has maintained a tepid state.

Nowadays, most of them have no sound except that several large Internet companies are still operating in a low-key way. On the contrary, Netease has frequently acted in the field of intelligent hardware recently, which makes many people unable to understand. What is Netease doing?

Does Netease Zhizao want to make a hardware version of Netease strict selection?

We can see that Netease has not only recently launched five products, including smart patch panel, small square box smart patch panel, portable charger, fast charging Apple data cable and fast charging Android data cable. Recently, Netease Zhizao announced that it will launch two new products - "Easy Magic Cube Speaker" and "Gemini star speaker". The main selling points of these two speakers are compactness and sound quality, with prices ranging from 238 yuan to 288 yuan.

Netease also said that in the future, it will continue to develop intelligent hardware products such as purifiers, VR cameras and micro projectors, and move step by step towards the road of "Netease intelligent manufacturing". Here, Netease's specific ideas can be said to have gradually become clear. In my opinion, Netease may want to create a hardware version of Netease strict selection.

Netease yanxuan is an e-commerce brand that focuses on ODM mode. Its mode is as follows: Netease finds ODM manufacturers of some international famous manufacturers. ODM is the original design manufacturer mode, which means that after a product is designed by the manufacturer, it is selected by the brand side, coupled with the brand name or slightly improved for mass production.

Netease will buy their product prototypes, find manufacturers for OEM, and sell them on strict election at half or even one-third of the price of brand goods. Compared with traditional brands, the advantage of Netease's strict selection of this model is that it can eliminate the brand premium and the intermediate links caused by dealers at all levels and shopping malls. Similar quality and design, but the price is about 1 / 3 of the big brand. This model has opened up a situation for Netease's self operated e-commerce.

Now, Netease smart manufacturing is also taking this road: just a while ago, Netease announced that "Netease smart manufacturing", as Netease's first independent brand in the field of intelligent hardware, began to raise the intelligent hardware business sector to a strategic position, and combined with Netease's strict selection to create Netease's self operated electric commodity brand matrix.

We know that in the past two years, some entrepreneurs launched many intelligent hardware products with pseudo intelligence and low practical value. In addition, they are in a difficult situation due to their poor control of the supply chain. But after several years of development, the bubble and the concept of virtual fire fade, intelligent hardware industry also ushered in a new stage of development.

However, there is no mature big brand manufacturer in the intelligent hardware industry, so it's impossible to cut in too early or too late. Too early, immature supply chain capability and unclear user demand; Too late, others may lose their advantage by establishing competitive barriers. This requires a relatively accurate judgment of the whole industry to see whether the supporting facilities of upstream and downstream suppliers are mature and whether the business model of the industry is promising.

Relatively speaking, compared with Netease's strict selection, Netease's intelligent manufacturing will be more difficult, because in the field of intelligent hardware, there are no mature brand manufacturers such as Muji, UNIQLO, Adidas and Zara. This puts forward higher requirements for the ability of Netease hardware team to tap user needs and find high-quality manufacturers.

But the advantage of this point in time is that the whole intelligent hardware supply chain has been relatively mature. Because when smart hardware was popular in 2014, the whole industry experienced wars such as smart bracelets, routers, smart bicycles, smart TVs and smart watches. The industry has experienced a reshuffle, and many start-ups have withdrawn.

Therefore, from another point of view, some pits stepped by the intelligent hardware industry have marked the latecomers to avoid detours. From the internal and external environment, the industrial chain of intelligent hardware is relatively mature. If Netease can go deep into the manufacturing supply chain and get familiar with the supply chain, it may have the exclusive possession of high-quality suppliers and walk a different road.

Why does Netease choose smart speakers after the patch panel?

From the current overall environment, the dark war of international and domestic giants trying to compete for the entrance of smart home from the sound has already started. For example, Amazon has launched the smart voice assistant speaker echo, and apple has added the homekit platform in ios10 to improve Siri's conversation ability, hoping to play a greater role in smart home life.

Google has also launched a new voice controlled smart speaker, Google home, which integrates the function of Google smart assistant, which can work together with smart home accessories. In China, Alibaba has cooperated with Philips to launch "Xiaofei", JD has jointly released "dingdong" with iFLYTEK, and Qihoo 360 and Dongdong speakers have also cooperated to launch relevant intelligent products.

The imagination space of speaker products is that it can provide a new interactive entrance for enterprises and consumers, and can derive some consumption behaviors such as music and household consumption peripheral products, as well as the potential to realize collaborative connection with other household products.

However, the premise of whether intelligent audio products can open the market is still the audio products themselves. When talking about and designing intelligent hardware products, many manufacturers in the industry often go into a misunderstanding, overemphasizing the connection with mobile app and ignoring the quality of the product itself and the needs of users.

Compared with before, there have been many wireless speakers that support NFC function and mobile phone connection, but only this. The audio has become the external speaker of the mobile phone, but it ignores the core needs of users for audio products, namely sound quality and portability.

At present, the general situation is that the intelligent audio on the market is either not enough sound effect, or not well designed, or not portable enough. The user's demand for sound quality has never changed. The consumer group corresponding to audio products is also a consumer class pursuing music quality experience to a large extent. To reach this user group, how to improve the traditional sound and match the needs of the current user group is very important for mobile portability, intelligence and sound quality.

The speakers launched by Netease today are roughly the idea of breaking through these current pain points to make products, because the traditional hi fi high fidelity speakers are huge, bulky and expensive, while the small volume speakers in the current market are generally poor in sound quality and simple in technology. The reason is that the small volume single speaker speaker is difficult to achieve hi fi high fidelity sound quality due to body limitations.

How to achieve the unity of sound effect and small volume and portability? The practice of Netease smart manufacturing team is to introduce a double detachable box into the Gemini speaker, break the single pattern, and creatively design a left-right channel stereo separation design, so that people can enjoy a more three-dimensional sound effect. In terms of portability design, Gemini has made a breakthrough in highly integrating active and passive speakers, high-capacity battery power supply system, wireless Bluetooth decoding and power amplification system into a small box of 6 * 7.6 * 6cm.

Another easy cube Bluetooth speaker launched by Netease will also give full play to its lightness, with a volume of 8 * 8.5 * 9 cm. It is as small as a cube. It can be directly put into the pocket. At the same time, in order to meet the balance between small speaker and sound quality, Netease adopts IESP acoustic technology to provide strong air pressure for sound playback; And 100% full pulp horn technology is adopted to realize that the playing horn can adapt to the size of easy magic cube.

Generally speaking, the main selling points of "Easy Magic Cube Speaker" and "Gemini speaker" are small and sound quality, which are targeted to meet the needs of users to carry and enjoy high-quality sound quality anytime and anywhere in the era of mobile Internet.

In addition, Netease's choice of speakers this time should also be related to Netease's software and hardware layout. As early as early as 2016, some data said that Netease may have invested more than 2 billion yuan in the three years since cloud music was launched. Netease obviously has bigger ideas about the music business.

We know that Amazon echo supports third-party services on multiple music, radio and audio reading platforms. Netease launched the speaker at this time. It may also want to cut into the vertical hardware through a combination of software and hardware to provide music recommendation services for speaker products at the software level. For example, Netease Bluetooth speakers have been configured with NFC fast connection function. Mobile phones and speakers can be connected at one touch within 10 cm back to back to realize wireless transmission of music sharing data. This will expand the scene from indoor to anytime, anywhere, in line with the fragmentation characteristics of the mobile Internet era. This also has new imagination space for Netease cloud music's business promotion and user growth.

What are the odds of Netease Zhizao crossing the river by touching the stone?

It can be seen that Netease's intelligent manufacturing model tends to make some breakthrough designs based on the quality of single products, and conforms to the demand characteristics of the Internet era, trying to establish a preliminary impression to the outside world. The quality of Netease hardware products is good. This is consistent with the strictly selected playing method and concept of Netease.

The core of Netease's strict selection model is its own strategy, which saves many expenses such as online diversion and promotion, and focuses more on the creation of products and quality. The proven path and model of "Netease's strict selection" is now being repeated and upgraded by Netease's intelligent creation. As mentioned earlier, unlike daily necessities, intelligent hardware does not have world-class brands such as "Muji", "UNIQLO", so it requires higher requirements for the ability of Netease intelligent manufacturing product team to tap demand and find high-quality manufacturers. But correspondingly, due to the lack of benchmark brands in the industry, Netease Zhizao has no competitors in front of it. It belongs to crossing the river by feeling the stone. Once it is done, there is more room for rise and imagination.

In general, Netease smart manufacturing actually includes the ambition of Netease's combination of software and hardware and the demand for the gradual growth and consumption upgrading of the current middle class. With the development of mobile Internet, speakers pursue the integration of pure sound quality and exquisite design, which is obviously related to consumption upgrading. Not long ago, Credit Suisse, a Swiss investment bank, said that the number of middle-class people in China reached 109 million last year. This group is regarded as a new engine driving consumption upgrading, and their consumption investment is quite imaginable.

Of course, Bluetooth speakers will certainly not be the end of Netease smart manufacturing. It wants to take the layout of several imaginative product categories as the vanguard, create brands and relevant standards, find out the supply chain, and then spread out the follow-up series of products to create a Muji style grocery store in the field of intelligent hardware. Of course, this can also promote the transformation of some traditional manufacturing enterprises to some extent, because the e-commerce model is more valuable for online retail channels. If we can replicate a strictly selected model in the hardware field, go deep into the upstream to participate in the supply chain transformation, ensure product quality and optimize product cost, or help to improve the overall efficiency of the hardware manufacturing field, So NetEase has the first mock exam in the field of intelligent hardware through this mode.

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I bought Neutrogena Acne Mark Fading Peel today. I just used it for the first time tonight but I've heard good things. It costs about $12 at cvs. Other people say cocoa butter works, vitamin e oil, mederma, neutrogena visibly even, and bio oil. Its all about what you want to try. Good luck!.1. im a preteen, so how can I earn money so I can buy own stuff such as, skin care products , and makeup?babysit dog walk paper/flyer route shouldnt your mom buy you skin care? garage sale allowance lawn care working in library bake sales water plants house sit washing cars2. Tips on healthy habits(food,exercise etc) please?Actually, in these polluted times, you are better off using makeup than not using it. Just be sure and wash it off like religion every night. Almost any brand is ok, find the type for your skin type, oily, dry, whatever. L'Oreal is great. The same company makes Lancome. Neutrogena makes a great line of skin care products, whether oily or dry. Shampoo and conditioner? Pantene is probably the best for the bucks. And deodorant? I like Secret. And if you are talking about "feminine hygiene" deodorant, DON"T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT - there has been a direct link between the use of those and ovarian cancer. That area of your body naturally cleanses itself3. Why are there different face/skin care products for men/women?First of all, there are different products used for different types of skin. I would never ever buy a skin product directed to only men or only woman because most of the time that means it has fragrance in it which is a deff. skin irritant!4. Do skin care products like neutrogena and proactiv work? ?look up "tea tree oil" it is all natural and really works. I really recommend this5. What should I look for in skin care products?Garnier Pure Active :) Hope it works6. Good skin care products for red skin?I have the same problem! I use Eucerin Redness Relief underneath my foundation and it help a lot. I am pretty sure you can get it at Walmart. And as for the eyelids i do not really know but i guess you could put it on their too. :)7. What is the best moisturizer for the eye area that's organic & for younger, dry skin?Moisturizers or beauty products DOES NOT prevent you from getting wrinkles. Sorry! Beauty Enemy #1: Parabens Parabens are preservatives used in most store-bought cleansing and beauty products. Parabens are also estrogen mimickers. This means that these toxins act to increase the production estrogen in your body. Over a dozen university studies have linked these parabens to BREAST CANCER, increased body weight in the form of belly and thigh fat, and accelerated aging, specifically women between the ages of 22 and 67. Beauty Enemy #2: Nanos Nanos may sounds like something out of a science fiction movie, but for your skin, they are scarier than a horror movie. Nanos cause a normal skin cell growth to break down, which results in early wrinkling, and DEEPENING THE WRINKLES you already have. Here's the shocking part: nanos are usually found in anti-aging skin lotions. It's scary that the creams we ladies are using to look younger can actually make us look older! Nanos are also found in the majority of sunscreen lotions, so beware. FYI: In the beauty industry, there is no industry-agreed meaning for terms like 'organic' or 'natural'. Unlike the food industry, these terms are not regulated for cosmetics which means companies can use these terms pretty freely. Also, products like shampoo, conditioner and body wash are mostly made of water so therefore are mostly natural (because water is natural, right?). So if a shampoo is 90% water, then a company can simply claim "90% organic or natural" and be telling the truth. Certainly, this is not in the spirit of what people believe organic to mean, but it is within the law. Do not believe the hype: "For skin care products, 'organic is not enough,. Some organic products are fabulous, and some are not." Dr. Lisa Chipps , M.D. specializes in removing skin cancer & repairing the resultant wound (laser therapy whiz) in Rodeo Drive. "Organic skin care products are trendy, but that does not mean nonorganic ones are dangerous," Wendy E. Roberts, M.D. past president of the Women's Dermatologic Society. Glamour May 2012 Example 100% additive-free natural tobacco, labeling as required by the FDA: Organic tobacco does NOT mean a safer cigarette. No additives in our tobacco does NOT mean a safer cigarette. Are cosmetics made with "organic" ingredients safer for consumers than those made with ingredients from other sources? No. An ingredient's source does not determine its safety. For example, many plants, whether or not they are organically grown, contain substances that may be toxic or allergenic. For more on this subject, see FDA Poisonous Plant Database. Under the FD&C Act, all cosmetic products and ingredients are subject to the same safety requirement: They must be safe for consumers under labeled or customary conditions of use (FD&C Act, section 601(a). Companies and individuals who market cosmetics have a legal responsibility to ensure that their products and ingredients are safe for the intended use. Example: "That's what I get for trying out an organic shampoo / conditioner containing eucalyptus oil, tea tree oil, peppermint oil and a bunch of other ingredients, plus it's also 100% paraben, 100% sulfate free, one of which I am apparently allergic to. Back to the chemicals!" Showing photo of her rash, around her neck, face, etc. When I started using body wash that was 100% natural, paraben free, grapefruit scent, every thing was ok until it was 3/4 empty that I started feeling itchy & nauseated I could no longer stand using it, I just started rinsing off the min. I put it on, & got rid of the bottle.. GOOD skin care, GOOD genes, AND good healthy diet from Mother Nature, not products made by man, and avoiding the sun & avoiding soaking in the tub or pool = good healthy skin. SENSITIVE SKIN? Skip the gels and waterproof formulas. They contain more alcohol, as well as an ingredient called propylene glycol, which many people are allergic to. Water just can not get in (sunscreen for ex.) but sweat also can not get out - which can cause breakouts. If your SKIN IS DRY, use a good sunscreen. Best sunscreen: wear dark, thicker clothing, floppy hat,, or sun clothing embedded with UPF 50, or umbrella (which protects you up to 80% of the UV rays that cause sun damage penetrate clouds, according to the EPA).. They were invented to protect us from the elements. Your hair suffers also, so cover your hair before leaving the house. Use hats, scarves, bandanas or umbrella to protect your hair from harmful rays. During winter, floppy hat, gloves, scarves, jacket are your best sunscreen. Think 1930's fashion. Karolina Kurkova: "I am more of a you-are-what-you eat kind of person. It's about healing from the inside out." Google: FIVE FOODS TO EAT FOR BEAUTIFUL SKIN All the vitamins & minerals you need for good skin care comes from all the healthy foods you eat from Mother Nature. Google: 8 Foods that Give You Gorgeous Skin 7-10-13. Sources: Google: What Does Organic Mean for Beauty Products? The less ingredient list you see on labels, the BETTER. The longer they are, like hair dyes, the more chemicals they are. Example it should be as short as this gel: made with rosemary, cranberry, cucumber, and calendula. 5 decades of great skin care savvy, started from age 9. 63 is the new 30. I have not used moisturizer for 15 years, my skin is the same as if I used them.
What Is Your Best Defense Against Joy?
Soften our hearts like a meat tenderizerCriticizing is a cozy defense against joy.It's a strategy that we use to protect our egos and assert our intelligence and make ourselves feel strong.When really, we are just attached to our own cleverness. Hanging onto it like a life preserver, believing that without it we will surely drown.After all, who are we without all of our brilliant remarks and precious opinions? We simply must be spectacular to be safe in this world. We simply must play our special role as the insightful outsider who observes and judges everything. Otherwise we will be forgotten and left behind.The other option is to choose. To surrender into the moment. To ease into our humanity. And to allow the world to soften our hearts like a meat tenderizer.It's a much more vulnerable place to be, but as long as we suspend our critical minds long enough, joy can have free reign. Bruyere, the famous moralist and philosopher, once said that the pleasure of criticizing robs us of the pleasure of being moved by some very fine things.And so, the choice is always ours.We can enjoy the things other people create, without the compulsive need to spot check everything for imperfections and inconsistencies.We can cry and let our tears honor the things we love, without draining everything of its power to affect us. We can allow ourselves to experience the aesthetic arrest of beauty, without always asserting our opinions and judgments.It depends how vulnerable we are willing to be. Sure, it's much easier to be a critic than a celebrator. But then again, how many critics do you remember from the last century?The point is, enjoying is one of those gifts we give to ourselves. And so, next time you reach for your critical arrow, consider making yourself open, raw, tender and real by loving something instead.LET ME ASK YA THIS…* * * *Scott GinsbergThat Guy with the NametagAuthor. Speaker. Strategist. Inventor. Filmmaker. Publisher. Songwriter. scott@hellomynameisscott. comwww. nametagscott. comIt's the world's first, best and only product development and innovation gameshow!Tune in and subscribe for a little execution in public.Join our community of innovators, artists and entrepreneursWhy does the Christian god need our approval and permission in order to bring us peace and joy?There is nowhere in the scriptures that requires worship for joy and fulfillment in our lives. Good luck in your searchOh joy, how much would you expect a 5'7", athletically built, teenage girl to weigh?Well I think that that is a perfectly good weight! my friend is 5'9'' and she weighs 155 lbs and is very healthy looking! Its just b/c your tall and therefore have more bone weight added in, also if your athletic you have larger muscle mass which adds weight! And also considering that you say you are "mature" that adds in as well! Its low trust me! I am sure no one will care anyway, just stay confident! Devon What are the little joys in life that everyone should experience?All the little joys in life are part of a large, infinite and eternal infinite joy.If we could find our Human purpose in life and collect, aim all the little joys along the axis leading towards that final purpose, and then all the people would also attach their little joys to it while we all make effort for sensing, appreciating each other's joys instead of our own, we could assemble and then all feel an unprecedented, infinite, never ending joy.How Can We Attain Infinite Pleasure? | Laitman. com.Why are Joy Division so revered and spoken of so highly?Having recorded 2 highly unusual, critically acclaimed, post punk rock albums, lead singer songwriter Ian Curtis commited suicide at the age of 23. The second album's cover art depicts 3 figures apparently grieving over a fourth figure lying on a bed. The band have stated that the cover was decided upon before Curtis's death and the album was released 2 months after with the title Closer. Make of that what you will. Rock has had its tragedies but nothing quite like this.Neither album was exactly easy listening but Closer had one track, A Means to an End, which was about as close to straight forward rock as they would get. The recording of the drum track was slowed and the guitar sound is sparse and distorted but it provides some light relief from tracks like Atrocity Exhibition and Decades. The shortest track on the album, Isolation, is positively sunshine filled compared to those and may be pointing the way to things to come when the band became New Order and they moved toward electronic dance music. This is one serious album which may have been lost forever if New Order had flopped but the release of Blue Monday and its massive success saw to it that Joy Division will always be remembered and revered
Roseman: Heating and Cooling Systems Can Fail in New Homes
I’m getting complaints about heating and air conditioning systems installed in brand-new homes. Buyers say it’s hard to get repairs done under warranty when the equipment doesn’t work properly. Bonnie and Don Pollock have a Keeprite air conditioning system, which they feel was faulty from the time they bought their home in St. Catharines, Ont. When they first turned on the cooling in spring 2007, they got nothing but hot air.“We placed a call to the builder, who in turn called the heating contractor who originally installed the system, Heritage Heating (Niagara),” Don said.In 2010, the builder sent Heritage Heating to fix the cooling system again. The same problem recurred in June of this year. The builder said their home warranty had expired. And the contractor said the compressor could be fixed only if they paid the labour cost ($339).“My wife and I were upset. We’d built a new home and had problems with our air conditioning system three times in a period of just over three years,” Don said. “And in that period, the system was not used very much.”Mike Dufour, a spokesman for International Comfort Products (ICP), which makes Keeprite, agreed to cover the labour cost when I contacted him.Keeprite didn’t inspect the compressor when it first broke down in 2007, Dufour said.If the manufacturer had done so, it wouldn’t have denied full compensation when the part failed again this year.Homebuilders tend to install low-cost heating and air conditioning systems, leading to premature breakdowns. Some homebuilders don’t even buy them, but rent them from an outside supplier.Bev Craddock has a five-year-old Toronto home. She was forced to sign a 10-year rental contract with morEnergy Services Inc. for heating and cooling equipment in order to close the deal.She’s had problems ever since. But she’s tried without success to get the builder and Tarion Warranty Corp. to address her complaints, such as a huge temperature difference between the basement and the top floor bedroom.Finally, she went to the License Appeal Tribunal to challenge Tarion’s decision that the rented equipment fell outside her home warranty.The tribunal agreed with her, saying that rented equipment was not excluded from home warranty coverage. It awarded her $40,000 to fix the problems.“I won, but there’s no end in sight,” she says. “Why won’t Tarion help me?”When Craddock asked why she hadn’t received the promised compensation, Tarion president Howard Bogach said he was waiting for the end of the appeal period (Nov. 21) before processing her award payment.“The matter of the rental of essential items within a home is relatively new,” Bogach wrote. “We are further examining the implications and are not in a position to completely waive our right of appeal.”Craddock feels the issue is about protecting homebuilders and Tarion from other such claims.She hired an expert, Dara Bowser of Bowser Technical Inc., who specializes in inspecting faults in residential heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.“Tarion has been aware of the problem since 2009,” he said, referring to substandard systems installed in thousands of new Ontario homes.Bowser contacted the Ontario consumer ministry, which is responsible for the legislation that governs Tarion, in August 2010. He didn’t get a response.I’d like to hear from owners of newly built homes. Did you have heating or cooling system problems that weren’t addressed by the builder and Tarion? I’ll follow up in a future column. Ellen Roseman writes about personal finance and consumer issues. You can reach her at
Oral Contraceptives and Heart Disease?
greater beneficial threat--Stroke (probable) in females who take severe-dose Oral Contraceptives and convey different stroke threat factors. Uncommonly, oral contraceptives could make contributions to greater beneficial blood tension, blood clots, coronary heart attack, and stroke1. SMOKING.... and how it contributes to heart disease?!?!?!?!?!?!?When you smoke your blood takes carbon monoxide into it. ( a similar situation would be to get into your car and put the exaust pipe in through the window! ) It is not the nicotine that is the killer but the CO. When you sleep your body renews its self. BUT if theres CO in your blood however much you rest your heart will not. It will be working super hard to rid your body of that poisionous CO, pumping so hard to get it out when it should be resting, So if you smoke for a long time just think of all the extra work your heart will have to do.then think hy it may fail 20-40 yrs down the line!.2. Could dolphins or whales transmit a disease onto a human when handled and/or consumed?There are marine parasites that can be transmitted to humankind. It isn't common to hear of it, normally it would be expected from under cooked animal foods. And that is the crux. The more you cook animal foods the worse they are for you, but the less you cook them the more likely you will get a parasite, or pathogen. Most marine life is infested with industrial pollution. BPA from plastics and various heavy metals. A strong link to autism is found to be related to marine animal products and one kind of kelp. It is recommended that women abstain from sea foods for at least 1 year prior to pregnancy. Optimally 5 years, to avoid buildup of mercury in their own bodies to pass to the unborn.Avoiding Fish for 5 Years Before PregnancyAnimal based foods are all associated with a higher risk for congestive heart disease and stroke. I don't think shellfish have LDL fats on the same level as fish or mammals, but they will still absorb the pollution.People who traditionally eat high levels of whale, seal, and marine foods in general are not found to have lower risk of heart disease, so to avoid possible disease from any animal product, including marine mammals, total abstention or limited to bi-monthly, with lots of whole foods in between to help wash out the toxins. To eliminate these possibilities altogether, more vigorous overall lifestyle adaptions need to be made. How Not to Die:.3. why are men more prone to developing coronary heart disease?Bit too obscure to offer a clever answer. Chest soreness or soreness for sure, and breathlessness. however the respond is complicated, in a male even completely unrelated indicators which includes ED could be an early marker for coronary heart sickness. in case you have any indicators that difficulty you notice your GP!.4. Are Indians more prone to heart disease?I am no medical practitioner. It is said, that as a race, indians have a slightly smaller cross- dimensional area of our blood vessels and are more susceptible and vulnerable to heart diseases. So it is all the more necessary to be extra vigilant in our activities5. Is SOY good for you? I read somewhere that until the 1940s, it was banned from human consumption.?Soy protein is a complete protein, which means it contains all nine essential amino acids. Nutrient-dense whole soybeans are low in saturated fat and are considered a superfood. Whole soy helps promote heart and bone health and other health benefits. The effects are so impressive that the U.S. government is currently spending more than 10 million dollars on research into the skeletal benefits of isoflavones, a key component of soybeans. Soy in your diet can lower cholesterol. There are many scientific studies that support this conclusion. In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) agreed that 25 grams per day of soy protein, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease . Soy may also reduce symptoms of menopause and the risk of osteoporosis . Soy products may possibly prevent certain hormone-dependent cancers, including breast cancer, endometrial cancer, and prostate cancer . Not all soy protein products contain the same amount of protein. The following list ranks some popular products from greatest amount of soy protein to lowest: Soy protein isolate (added to many soy food products, including soy sausage patties and soybean burgers) Soy flour Whole soybeans Tofu The best way to find out about protein content is to look on the product's Nutrition Facts label to see the percentage of soy protein. Also look at the list of ingredients. If a product contains isolated soy protein (or soy protein isolate), the protein content should be fairly high. Some products also list how many grams of soy protein are in one serving of the product. On the other hand, there are side affects on some conditions.For individuals who are not allergic to soy, no serious short-term or long-term side effects have been reported from eating soy foods. Common mild side effects include stomach aches, constipation, and diarrhea. Soybeans also contain moderate amounts of a natural substance called purine. Purines can make gout worse. Persons with gout should not eat alot of soy products.In adults , 25 grams per day of soy protein may reduce the risk of heart disease. Soy foods and soy-based infant formula are widely used in children, but no studies have shown whether isolated soy protein or isoflavone supplements are useful or safe in this population. Therefore, isolated soy products are not recommended for children at this time.
Is It Easy to Change Locks?
Easy? Yes, in fact, it is a very simple job and only requires one tool. A phillips screwdriver. Unscrew the two screws on the inside part of the door. Remove both handles pulling them away from each other. Unscrew the two screws on the edge of the door where the lock is itself. Pull it out. Put the new one in the same direction. This is the most important part. You want the slanted side to be facing the door jam, otherwise it will not shut without turning the handle. Once you have it back into place, tighten it up with the screw provided. Now put your new door knobs on and tighten them up. Guess what? You are done. You have officially just completed a simple home maintenance job. Congratulations. Seriously though, this is a very simple job and can be completed in a matter of minutes. One suggestion: If you are replacing both the front and back door locks, get them keyed alike. This is much simpler to only have one key.1. Should a native american have dread locks or is that dumb?WASPs wear them, why not you?2. Car doors with no power locks?Yes, there is secret switch located right next to the oscillation adjustment screw3. Locks of love... my hair!?its super cutee. I got one today too xD4. How to tell if your locks are bump proof?This technique is very efficient and it's scary to learn how easy it is for burglars to enter your home this quickly and virtually without any noise or sign of forced entry .Anyway, there are some things you can do to prevent this from happening to you: -Modifying your existing locks and deadbolts is a cost effective way to make your locks more secure. A certified locksmith is able to make modifications.This option makes bumping somewhat more difficult but not impossible. -If security is paramount and you want to sleep comfortably with the knowledge that your house is officially bump-proof, you can install new high security locks. -Another option is installing non tumbler locks such as rotating disk locks, or magnetic / electronic locks. These are just a brief introduction, for more detailed info visit this. link5. do cyber goths have to wear dread locks?What amazes me is this puzzling goth BS is coming from somebody who references Jesus of their Yahoo identity. what is happening there? it relatively is a secret in basic terms Jesus ought to resolve6. how do we cut locks?You need to go to the experts for this one. Go to the local police station. Those guys will help you7. computer locks up after running scan disk?sir your boss computer is in real trouble because it shows that you boss hard drive have BAD Clusters which may turn into bad sectors i recommend you to buy an HIREN'S ALL IN ONE DISK and use HDD RE GENERATOR to check and remove BAD SECTORS SO, Hurry UP8. Why are my power locks not working?sound like dey broke9. my computer locks after a few minutes?right-click on the desktop and go to properties. select screen saver tab and under the tab, uncheck lock computer after...secs. retype your password and click OK and Apply.10. Any questions that are unanswerable? :)?Why is there only ONE Monopolies Commission? Why does "slow down" and "slow up" mean the same thing? Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker? Why does an alarm clock "go off" when it begins ringing? Why is not phonetic spelled the way it sounds? Why did not Noah swat those two mosquitoes? Why are hemorrhoids called "hemorrhoids" instead of "asteroids"? Why is it called tourist season if we can not shoot at them? Why is the alphabet in that order? Is it because of that song? Does a fish get cramps after eating? Why are there interstate highways in Hawaii? Why are there flotation devices under plane seats instead of parachutes? Why are cigarettes sold in gas stations when smoking is prohibited there? Why do fat chance and slim chance mean the same thing? If you can not drink and drive, why do you need a driver's license to buy liquor, and why do bars have parking lots? Have you ever imagined a world with no hypothetical situations? How does the guy who drives the snowplow get to work in the mornings? If 7-11 is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, why are there locks on the doors? If a cow laughed real hard, would milk come out her nose? If nothing ever sticks to TEFLON, how do they make TEFLON stick to the pan?