Bracelet That Could Help Women Get Pregnant

Women who are having a hard time getting pregnant might have a solution soon with the help of a fertility tracking bracelet. This is not like your fancy authentic stingray bracelets but a device with scientific functions. As of writing, clinical trials are being done by Ava, a medical technology company, together with University Hospital of Zurich located in Switzerland. They are hoping that this will answer some question on the efficacy of the gadget.

The trial is conducted with the help of 50 women participants suffering from irregular menstrual cycles. They are using the bracelet made by Ava which tracks their cycle. The trial also includes women that are diagnosed to have PCOS or polycystic ovary syndrome.

The bracelet is equipped with sensor technology as well as algorithms that have been tested on laboratories to determine the duration of time when the user is fertile.

According to the trial’s lead investigator and a reproductive endocrinology professor working at University of Zurich, Dr. Brigitte Leeners, said that the parameters measured by the bracelet is noninvasive. These are parameters concerning the hormonal cycle of a women and the device is designed to get the best measurement.

As of writing, there are already bracelets out in the market but it is only advisable for women with menstrual cycles lasting between 24 and 35 days.

New trials are to be conducted in order to develop bracelets that will be suitable for women whose menstrual cycles are not within the range.

Leeners said that their databank for normal cycles is very large thus they are employing an algorithm that is intended to achieve the same prediction quality they have in testing irregular cycles.

Ava is also conducting tests in order to determine if the bracelet can be used as a contraceptive device which is non-hormonal.

According to Ava, the bracelet should be worn by the women every night. The sensor technology of the device is gathering data from the skin temperature of the user, the pulse rate, sleeping patterns, breathing rate and movement among many others. This can be used alongside with fancy jewelries such as authentic stingray bracelets.


Wall Tiles Dislodging From 700 Residential Units In Singapore

There are currently 700 cases of wall tiles dislodging that are being faced by HDB (Housing and Development Board) in Singapore. The number of cases included starts from the beginning of this year alone. Over half of the complaints are wall tiles that were installed by the agency itself. Many of the residents are looking to rock tiles for the wall as an alternative because of the incidents.

According to the board’s spokesperson, the number of cases that has been recorded is almost the same as the ones that have been documented in the last few years. The number of dislodged tiles is higher when the country is experiencing the cold season.

In a statement released by the HDB, the tiles’ dislodgement is because of the natural deterioration of the material coupled with the changes in the weather which causes the tiles to expand or contract. When this happens, the adhesive that applied to the screed surface in order to install the tiles is eventually lost.

The spokesperson clarified that because of the significant highs and lows in the temperature, the tiles are put under stress and this is one factor that affects the adhesion.

He added that this is more than the industry standard which gives one year grace period for the Defect Liability Period. HDB will help all residents that have been affected by providing flat inspections, adding a protective sheet on the wall where the tiles are dislodged and giving them a list of contactors whom they can coordinate with.

Lawrence Wong, the minister for national development, said in the parliament in April of 2017 that the owners of the flats should be the one to answer the maintenance of their units which covers the usual wear and tear that needs repair.

He further explained that the Defect Liability Period last for only one year wherein the developers will answer if there are cases of dislodged tiles. There are developers that are offering free repair for up to three years but it is not stated in the contract but rather their own goodwill.

Some of the flat owners are considering turning to rock tiles for the wall to see if it will be able to withstand temperate changes to avoid the yearly repair and maintenance.


Travel Experts Share Tips On How To Get Free Room Upgrade

If you are a regular guest, it is more likely for a hotel to provide you some favours. One example is free upgrade in Bangkok hotel deal to enjoy a room with the city skyline as the backdrop. Another way to enjoy rewards and additional perks is to book directly with the hotel website. You can book now to take advantage of the promotions offered for the coming Chinese New year.

If you are travelling to Thailand, there are some easy ways to enjoy upgrades without the extra price. Travel experts share some useful tips on how to be upgraded to a larger room with a better view and a more spacious bath.

  • Be loyal to the hotel and be friendly to the staff. Hotels reward return guests with special favours. A little bit of respect and friendliness to hotel staff will be rewarded with free perks.
  • If you check-in late, there is a possibility for the hotel to run out of their standard rooms. It is very likely that you will be bumped to a better room. However, there are several disadvantages to late check-in particularly during peak tourist season in Bangkok. If you have not made advance reservations, the hotel might have run out of available rooms.
  • Social media is very important to hotel promotions. Make sure to inform the receptionist that you will be writing a review on the hotel with photographs posted on Instagram. The receptionist might give you a better room in exchange for online exposure; however, make sure to keep to your promise.
  • If you book the cheapest room, it is very unlikely for a hotel to upgrade your room. The more money you pay for accommodations, the more that the hotel will value you as a customer. Freebies and upgrades are often the reward to valuable guests.

Fantastic deals are offered by hotels like free upgrade in Bangkok hotel deal if you reserve for accommodations using the promo code posted at the hotel’s website. The earlier you book the better are the chances of discounts on rooms. Booking 15 days in advance usually results to more discounts per night including complimentary buffet breakfast and unlimited Wi-Fi.


DWP Congress Held In Astounding Hotel Wedding Events In Phuket

The official Host Partner is the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) along with other partners and sponsors including The Wedding Bliss, Angsana Laguna Phuket, Banyan Tree Phuket and Laguna Phuket. This will be held in the best hotel wedding events in Phuket for this year.

Thailand is the very first country to host this event in Asia, which gathers high-end destination wedding planners to do business with the most unparalleled destinations, lavish hotels, resorts and venues along with the world’s top wedding suppliers and creative partners such as, photographers, fashion designers, jewellery partners, furniture rentals, cake designers and more.

The event also includes themed gala dinners, lavish luncheons, ritzy cocktail receptions, networking functions, ground-breaking conference sessions, all innovated to assist participants to take advantage of this multi-billion-dollar industry held in one of the most affluent hotel wedding events in Phuket today.

The list of confirmed speakers include AleitSwanepoel, Joann Gregoli, SumantJayakrishnan, Janine Closs, Kevin Lee, Joanne Brown, FunkeBurknor-Obruthe, BhavneshSawhney, Christina Holt, InnavatKhubchandani, Michelle Rago, Matthew Oliver, Alison Hotchkiss, Evelyn Mills, Bryan Rafanelli, Wendy El Khoury, Joe Blackman, MohomedMorani, Marcy Blum, Koby Bar Yehuda, Katherine Apostolidis, and Preston Bailey.

Preston Bailey has been into planning and design of weddings for royal families, celebrities, athletes and CEOs for over 33 years. He has worked with famous names like Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Donna Karan, Jennifer Hudson, to name a few.

Kevin Lee’s celebrity clients include Oprah Winfrey, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Drew Barrymore, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston. He is also believedas an inspiration to the character Franck in the 1990 movie ‘Father of the Bride’.

Evelyn Mills manages Marriage Maestros, which specializes in innovating signature weddings in China, Bali, Hong Kong and across Asia.

Meanwhile, Bryan Rafanelli operates Rafanelli Events, one of the largest event design and planning companies in the US since 1996. His clients include Hollywood star Matt Damon, President Obamaand Chelsea Clinton.

The DWP Congress was organized by QNA International in Dubai in one of the most prominent hotel wedding events in Phuket, and was previously held in Italy, Mauritius and Greece.

According to the TAT Governor, “This will be the very first Destination Wedding Planners Congress to be hosted in Asia. We anticipate that the Congress will provide a marvellousimage of Thailand as a global wedding destination, and feature outstanding destinations and venues, including incomparable products and services that make each event extraordinary and unforgettable.”


Thailand To Focus On ASEAN Tourism

A lot of taking the bus from Bangkok to Koh Phangan, or sightseeing around Thailand are international visitors, usually from Europe or China, with the occasional ASEAN tourist being sighted. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) however, is looking to increase the number of ASEAN tourists in the country in 2018, with a goal of hitting 10M within the year.

According to Deputy Governor Tanes Petsuwan, TAT Marketing Communications, revealed the TAT’s plans to encourage tourism from the region, and adds that Thailand and the TAT has opened about 30 new overland border checkpoints for visitors coming in from the region, particularly Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia and Cambodia. Additionally, Thailand four friendship bridges with Laos, and two with Myanmar, with more to follow.

All of these developments are aimed at encouraging visitors from the ASEAN region to visit Thailand. Mr. Tanes says that the ASEAN highway is growing at an incredible pace, and will soon be providing road connectivity beyond just the closest land-neighbouring country, but also to China and India.  Rail travel, he adds, will be the next step in land transport infrastructure, with high-speed links currently undergoing designing and planning.

Marine connectivity and air connectivity are also on the rise, with the former being seen in places like Phuket, Pattaya, and KohSamui, and neighbouring islands, which are now home to several marinas for those who want to forego the bus from Bangkok to KohPhangan, and travel by boat. Ferries bringing in people from Malaysia and other nearby countries is also growing and is expected to continue doing so.

According to Mr. Tanes, ASEAN countries account for the largest part of Thailand’s Asian visitor source market, supplying 9 million visitors back in 2017, with Malaysia being the largest contributor, with 3.35M arrivals, despite a drop in volume from 2016.

The TAT predicts that ASEAN visitors into Thailand will hit 10M in 2018, thanks to increased airline capabilities and promotions from operators.

Part of the TAT’s efforts to boost ASEAN tourism, is the “Experience Thailand and More” programme, which has four notable experiences which seek to enhance ASEAN connectivity. This programme has key experiences, which cover ASEAN history. One of these routes connect Northern Thailand with the historic trails located in the Northern areas of the ASEAN region. The other routes connect Thailand’s cultural hotspots with the nearby locations from other ASEAN countries.

All of these are aimed at stimulating Thailand’s economy via the tourism industry by bringing in international and domestic visitors, with a target of Bt10B in income generated.


Apple Reveals Details On Chip Flaws

Owners of iPhones  and iPads might want to head down for some computer repairs in Perth or anywhere close, as the tech behemoth reveals in a statement a security flaw affecting all iPhones, Macintosh computers, and even their Apple TV, which has left them all vulnerable to intrusion and espionage by hackers, as a result of two computer chip flaws in Apple’s design, that was revealed earlier in January of 2018.

Apple made the statement on the 5th of January, 2018, and added that only the Apple Watch was left unaffected by the flaws, though they did say that they had already rolled out software fixes for the other products.

The reveal came following the Alphabet’s Google Project Zero project releasing their data, which showed and detailed two notable security flaws in Apple computer chips which date back to 1995.

The two vulnerabilities were names Meltdown and Spectre, by academics and experts in the field, could potentially allow hackers to acquire sensitive and vital information regarding the users of the devices, and affected all sorts of chips, numbering in the millions, including, but not limited to Intel and AMD chips.

Apple confirmed that its major products were made vulnerable due to the security issues, but reassured customers that no data had yet been stolen.  According to a statement made by the company, all Macintosh OS and iOS devices were affected by the issue, but there are no known exploits that are troubling customers at present. The company added that exploiting the holes in security required a malicious app, the best thing to do is to only download software from trusted sources, such as the Apple App Store.

For those looking to head for some computer repairs in Perth in order to deal with the issue, however, Proofpoint’s Ryan Kalember, VP for  Cybersecurity Strategy has some advice, saying that customers are more likely to be hurt by phishing e-mails rather an exploit of Meltdown or Spectre, and added that, as long as customers ensured that they have the latest software updates and avoided downloading unauthorized programs, they’ll be fine.

Kalember says that the key thing is that both Meltdown and Spectre can only be exploited if the attacker can run code on whatever device they’re attacking.