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Why You Should Wear Gloves In Winter… Even If They Are Inconvenient

Wearing gloves should be a no-brainer. They keep our hands warm and protected and can be a highly fashionable accessory. But there’s a reason they get annoying these days. Gloves and touchscreens just don't get along. Touchscreens need your electricity I only recently found out why touch-screens don’t work when you're using gloves. Inessence, there are two types of touch-screens. The first is “resistive”. That refers to the old-school technology – like at the ATM – where you can actually feel the screen being pushed in. The technology detects your touch from the resistance. The touchscreens that our phones and tablets have, however, use a more advancedtechnology: capacitive. These screens are constructed from materials that conductelectricity. When you touch them,...

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How To Choose The Perfect Winter Coat

Winter is bearing down on us fast, and it’s time once again to pick out a winter coat. If you're lucky, you found one years ago that has remained fashionable and hardy through multiple winters. But the chances are you're sick of what you wore non-stop for a good 3 months or more, even if it’s as warm as ever. As I’m sure you're aware, there’s an endless array of coats available at vastly differentprices. All retailers make the same promises: warmth, style, and comfort. In the past, I’ve been all too willing to believe them. The first coat that looked nice and fit my price range, I’d buy. Inevitably, I’d be disappointed. “Warm” is relative, and I’d end up...

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Down vs Synthetic Insulation: Which is Better in a Winter Coat?

The ultimate winter coat needs to keep you warm throughout the season. At the very least, it must be warm enough for the climate where you live. At best, it should keep you comfortable when you're hiking in the mountains or at a ski resort. One of the major factors you'll have to look at when deciding on a winter coat is whether it has down or synthetic insulation. Neither can be said to be better than the other, but they are each suited to different conditions. Let’s take a look at down first, and then we will compare its synthetic counterpart. What is down? Pose this question to the average person and they'll tell you that down refers to...

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Your Guide to Beating the Winter Blues

As the long winter months approach and the days become shorter, moods start to decline as fast as the temperature outside. As discussed in our article; “Why it can be harmful to stay indoors during winter”, the combination of lack of sunlight, reduced outings, and the overall unpleasantness of the cold weather are big contributors to the onset of S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder), better known as the winter blues or winter depression. Here are some tips that will keep the winter blues away this winter: Go Outside And Get Some Sun   It has been shown time and time again that a lack of sunlight is one of the largest contributors to the onset of winter depression, especially for those...

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