A Guide to Help You Pick the Best Air Purifier for Your Loved Ones

Holidays are around the corner. This is the time of year when people start purchasing gifts for their loved ones. If you are going to purchase an air purifier for someone you love, we have some helpful tips for you. If you want to purchase the best unit, you may be able to use this guide to your advantage. Read on to find out more.

1: Set Your Budget

Just like anything you purchase, make sure you have set your budget first. The price of the unit will vary based on a lot of factors, such as the capacity, filter type, features, and brand of the unit. If you don’t have a flexible budget, we suggest that you go for a product that is available to purchase for less than $300.

2: Consider the Needs of the Recipient

Your next move is to consider the needs of your recipient. If you are going to purchase this unit for everyday use, we suggest that you go for a unit that comes with a HEPA filter. On the other hand, if your loved one has a specific need, we suggest that you consider a specialized unit.

For example, if they are more prone to respiratory issues, such as allergies and infections, we suggest that you get a UV purifier for them. The devices are designed to neutralize viruses and bacteria.

3: Think About the Available Space

Another primary factor is to consider the available space in the office or house of the recipient. For example, if they need a general-purpose unit for a small apartment, you may want to consider a filterless unit.

On the other hand, if they have plenty of free space, you may consider a bigger unit that features a higher airflow rating. These units are powerful enough to cover a large face.

4: Consider Extra Features

Lastly, we suggest that you consider additional features that they will just love. For example, some units come with an indicator that turns on when the filter needs to be replaced. This will allow the user to change the filter so that the device continues to work properly.

So, you may want to consider these features before you place your order. These features may not be important to you, but your friend may just be over the moon.

Long story short, we suggest that you consider these four tips if you are going to purchase a gift for your loved one on these holidays. Since the air is full of pollution during winter days, nothing can make a better gift than an air purifier. Therefore, you should consider these tips before looking for an online or physical store to make your purchase decision.

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The Exciting Future of Electric Cars

These cars will not only reduce the damage to our environment, but it will come along with more helpful advancements as we are going to learn from this article. Car manufacturers are all up in gear to come up with the best version of these types of cars to eat the competition in the market. This will at long last benefit the customer since they will be spoilt for choice in terms of which cars from what company has better appealing characters suiting their needs.

These vehicles are already in the market already but in selected countries in the world. The real realization of more cars in our streets is expected to be in early 2018. Companies such as General Motors is said to be preparing to release their Chevrolet EV within weeks from now. Nissan is also said to have gearing closer to releasing their EV before 2020.

Volkswagen showcased their electronic car model which they are calling it e-Golf I.D recently in an exhibition in France. It is one of the first one to be produced by their group- Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB) that deals specifically electric cars. They are set to release it in 2020 with its reproduction set to begin in 2025.

It is expected to have a 400-600km of range. The I.D electric motor is expected to be placed in the back of the car. This will allow the front while to have a lighter turning circle. The I.D will also have a pilot mode. This means that the car will have an option for self-drive. This will give the driver time to chat with passengers or do other stuff.

Its horsepower will be placed in the rear will have zero emotions and with very little noise which is great for environment preservation.

Amazingly the I.D will have no door mirrors commonly known as a side mirror. It will have an inbuilt camera in the front giving you the picture of how your rear, right and left look like.

The headlights are the one thing that will leave you excited. They look at the driver when approaching and signal when in I.D pilot mode. They will also look at the pedestrians and other road users as well as turning to the direction the car wants to move. Isn’t that amazing? That is the great future we are soon to see.

These are just some of the advancements that we are hoping to see and confront with as these cars hit our roads fully in the near future. Be ready to find more designs as competition will call for more unique and amazing details.

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Explaining Ethanol-Fueled Car Engines

Now it’s easier than ever to adopt Eco-friendly and “green” driving practices, and save some money while doing it. We are talking about bio-fuels! Ethanol-fueled cars have made an impressive introduction into the automotive market recently. This is because they are a wonderfully viable and cheaper alternative to gasoline engines and vehicles. Although fairly similar to gasoline-powered vehicles, ethanol engines are different because they are capable of utilizing bio-fuel. This is what makes them a fantastic option for eco-friendlier driving and commuting.

Do you want to make the switch to a flex-fuel vehicle, or hybrid car? If so, then catching up on some ethanol fuel information is in your best interest! Better prepare yourself for what to expect from a bio-fuel powered vehicle! Continue reading to learn more about ethyl alcohol fuel and car engines.

Ethanol Fuel

Ethanol is essentially an alcohol fuel. It is extracted from plants, like corn and sugarcane, and then refined into an alcohol. This alcohol is the ethanol fuel! Ethyl alcohol fuels is known best for its high octane and performance levels, increased torque, and improved horsepower; which is why several national racing teams use it for competitions.

It can be used to power ethanol engines, hybrid cars, flex-fuel engines, and other vehicles too! Its works in the same way that gasoline does, by injecting fuel straight into the engine. It’s cheaper than standard oil-based fuels, and it produces substantially less air pollution than gasoline when burned. There are a few downsides to ethyl alcohol fuel, like the fact that it get slightly less gas mileage. But this is combatted with cheaper fuel costs!

Ethanol fuel usage has climbed the charts, drastically, in the past twelve years. It was recorded that ethanol fuel use in 2001 was around 1.7 billion gallons, while just a few years ago (2013) it exceeded 13 billion! Many gas stations now offer ethanol fuel as an option. It is a wonderful alternative to gasoline because it produces less air pollution and costs less to fill a tank. Although gas mileage is not the best, ethyl alcohol fuel is a fantastic start to eco-friendly awareness and productivity. We should expect many vehicles to run on ethanol-based fuels in the future!

Key Differences Between Ethanol and Gasoline:

Ethanol comes from corn. Gas comes from fossils.
Ethanol is a more environmentally friendly fuel option.
Ethanol is water soluble and biodegradable.
Ethanol can only be used in specially-designed vehicles.

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Buying the Dip: El Salvador Makes Bitcoin Legal Tender

ANNOUNCING A HISTORIC MONETARY DECISION DURING A BITCOIN CONFERENCE
El Salvador has long been affected by insecurity and gang violence. After the Covid-19 pandemic, the country has dealt with an economic contraction, a large fiscal deficit, and a high debt burden. There are also increasing concerns about president Nayib Bukele’s dismantling of democratic institutions and fraught negotiations with the IMF for a $1.3 billion loan agreement.

The U.S. dollar has been El Salvador’s national currency since January 1, 2001. On June 6, 2021, President Bukele announced the country would adopt bitcoin as legal tender in a pre-recorded address in English for the Bitcoin 2021 conference in Miami.

Bukele’s decision caught Salvadorans by surprise. Until then, El Salvador’s main crypto experiment had been Bitcoin Beach, a pilot in the Pacific surf town of El Zonte. Some businesses accepted payments in crypto, and 2 ATMs allowed users to convert bitcoin to U.S. dollars.

A BITCOIN ENTREPRENEUR WRITES THE BITCOIN LAW
Crypto evangelist Brock Pierce has been in contact with officers in the Bukele administration since June. Jack Mallers, founder of the bitcoin payment platform Strike, helped write the Bitcoin Law. The Salvadorean Assembly rubber-stamped the 3-page legislation on June 9, 2021.

The Bitcoin Law mandates that “all economic agents must accept bitcoin as a means of payment” (art. 7) except for “those who have no access to the necessary technology” (art. 12). The law also establishes that “taxes cam be paid in bitcoin” (art. 4). However, the U.S. dollar remains the country’s “accounting reference unit” (art. 6). “Continuing to use USD as a parallel currency is sensible, especially as many Salvadoreans use physical cash, but it could delay business adoption of BTC [bitcoin],” tweeted banking and finance commentator Frances Coppola.

NO POPULAR BUY-IN
The law passed amid strident opposition:

A poll from Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Canas found that 95.9% of respondents said bitcoin usage should be voluntary, 82.8% said they had little or no trust in bitcoin, 67.9% disapproved of the Bitcoin Law, and 66.7% said the Assembly should repeal it.
A survey by the country’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry found that 96% of business owners did not want to be obliged to accept bitcoin in payments, and 77% reported they would only use U.S. dollars.
A poll by Universidad Francisco Gavidia shows that 52.1% of Salvadoreans disagreed about using bitcoin in payments, and 43.6% said it would worsen the country’s economic situation.
A poll by LPG Datos found that 65% of the population disapproved of using bitcoin as legal tender, and 72% said they wouldn’t receive bitcoin as a payment instrument. Women, the elderly, and people with low-income levels had the highest rejection rates.
There was barely any discussion about the law and its implementation:

“[The adoption of] bitcoin was a very big economic decision, and it was done totally illogically, sent to congress and passed the same day. We are going through a profound fiscal crisis with high cost of living and the government’s response, instead of serious economic policy, is to adopt Bitcoin as legal tender,” said opposition assembly member Claudia Ortiz.
The Bukele government was “preparing more of a brand or product launch than public policy,” said Leonor Selva, executive director of the National Association of Private Firms (ANEP).
“We don’t know anything about bitcoin. The president did not explain anything; he didn’t ask if we wanted it. I would have said no. How can I accept it, if I know nothing about it? As sellers, we are very frustrated,” said merchant Elba Santos.
“We all understand that cryptocurrency is the future, but you can’t foster it by forcing everyone to use it,” said Jorge Hasbún, head of El Salvador’s Chamber of Commerce.
FINANCIAL EXCLUSION IN EL SALVADOR
The Bukele administration argues that Bitcoin might help lower the cost of receiving remittances. In 2020, remittances reached 24.1% of El Salvador’s GDP. Kiara Hueso, a 27-year-old beauty products saleswoman, said it had been “easier and faster” to withdraw $75 sent by her father in the United States – after two days of trying.

Douglas Rodriguez, president of the Reserve Bank of El Salvador, said, “We don’t see any risks [with bitcoin]. Perhaps, upside risks. [Bitcoin will] become a payment system, a system for financial inclusion […] For us, Bitcoin is simply a payment method.”

In 2017, only 30.4% of Salvadoreans had a bank account. That year, only 18.9% of the population had a debit card, and 5.7% had a credit card. In 2019, nearly 22.8% of households lived below the poverty line. In 2020, 59% of adult Salvadoreans had internet access. However, more than 90% of rural households have no internet access, according to a 2020 report from the Interamerican Development Bank and Microsoft.

German Martínez, a 61-year-old Uber driver, said that Bitcoin is “like credit cards. We got used to using plastic, and now we need to start using crypto. The world has to evolve.” However, having a digital wallet is not an option for all.

“We live day to day with whatever coins I get. That dough [bitcoin] is only going to make us poorer. If we can’t afford a smartphone, bitcoin is not for people like us, the poorest,” said Francisca Rivas, a 75-year-old street seller in San Salvador who makes less than $100 a month.
“In my country, there are a lot of people who cannot read, and barely has a cellphone, not a smartphone, but an old phone. They are not going to use bitcoin,” said Jeanette Sandoval, 70.
“The truth is that here as the poor people that we are, we don’t understand [bitcoin]. I’m worried,” said José López, 81, a shoe shiner in San Salvador.
B IS FOR BITCOIN, B IS FOR BUKELE, B IS FOR BIG BROTHER
Critics are shocked by the Bitcoin community’s cavalier disregard concerning president Bukele’s authoritarianism and the potential misuse of the Chivo wallet for state surveillance and other nefarious purposes.

“Bitcoin’s spirit when it was designed was to not let governments intervene, so why is the government of El Salvador using it? It’s like handling over your phone to the state intelligence agency,” said Roberto Dubon, a digital activist concerned about potential data misuses.
Bitcoin fans “should reflect about what kind of government they are really supporting. This is an authoritarian government that has orchestrated coups, which has negotiated with gangs, which has co-opted the armed forces and the police. It is a very peculiar government,” said Salvadoran economist Tatiana Marroquín. “It seems that for them El Salvador is just a tool to promote their cryptocurrency. El Salvador isn’t just a means to an end – for us, El Salvador is the end,” added Marroquín.
“The same technology of freedom could become part of a new technological dystopia,” said Lane Rettig, entrepreneur and former senior programmer at the Ethereum Foundation.
“What Bukele is doing is not bitcoin, but a centralized, state-run banking system. It is the antithesis of the principles of bitcoin champions,” said Mario Gómez, a computer scientist, and critic of Bukele’s bitcoin policy who was briefly arrested on September 1.

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Musk keeps tweeting about Dogecoin in latest crypto craze

“Ideally, Doge speeds up block time 10X, increases block size 10X & drops fee 100X. Then it wins hands down,” Elon Musk (a.k.a. the Dogefather) said in the latest tweet to light up the crypto world.
He was responding to another post from @itsALLrisky, a self-described former #Bitcoin maximalist who took the #DOGE Pill. “Elon is choosing $DOGE because Dogecoin is better than #Bitcoin in many fundamental ways. #Dogecoin has faster transaction speeds, lower fees, and less environmental impact than #BTC. #DOGE is affordable for regular folks because of its high supply.”
Adam Back, CEO of Blockstream and inventor of Hashcash, is not having any of it. “That’s not how any of this works, @elonmusk would be like someone wading into spaceX with ideas for a cuboid rocket fueled by water.”
Dogecoin (DOGE-USD) has barely moved on the news, trading around $0.51, but other cryptos have been diverging over the last 24 hours. Bitcoin (BTC-USD) -1.2% to $48,624. Ethereum (ETH-USD) -5.1% to $3,707.18. Ripple (XRP-USD) +13.1% to $1.53. Stellar (XLM-USD) +9.5% to $0.75. Cardano (ADA-USD) +2% to $2.33.
“Working with Doge devs to improve system transaction efficiency. Potentially promising,” tweeted Musk on Friday, which sent the crypto up 30% to $0.53 on 24-hour volume of $21.5B.

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