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Do condo dwellers have a better shot at keeping fit?

The majority of Canadians consider themselves fairly healthy. They think this because they eat homemade meals, including fruit and vegetables, at least once a day, according to new research by the marketing intelligence firm Mintel. The perception of being healthy varies with different age groups, demographics, sex and income, but most think their lifestyle is pretty healthy. Two-thirds say they find the time to exercise at least once a week, while about 20 per cent do so once a day. The research was done with marketing possibilities in mind. A “lifestyle analyst” at Mintel, Jason Praw, said in the release about this research that marketers and sports-related organizations could take ... Read More »

When police and privacy rights clash

These days when we hear the word “privacy” we tend to think in terms of sophisticated cybercrime and all the latest high-tech forms of snooping used by police and governments to spy on citizens and suspected criminals. We shouldn’t forget the old-fashioned ways our privacy can be violated, however. A nosy neighbour—or building superintendent—can make trouble just as surely as an electronic spy. As a condo owner found out, apparently, when the superintendent came in to fix a leak in his suite. The story, as reported in Canadian Property Management, tells that the super noticed “suspicious materials” in the condo, which he reported to the property manager, who duly called ... Read More »

Security trumps gadgets, home entertainment for smart home customers


One way or the other, your home is going to get smarter. If you’re a tech enthusiast, and roughly one-third of us are,  it will happen sooner than later, but even “disenthusiasts” might agree about one thing: better security in the home is a good thing, and if “smart” means more secure, then they’re in. That’s what home technology company icontrol Networks reports after polling about one thousand consumers. They found that home owners are not as interested in having all kinds of gadgets connected in their personal internet of things as they are in home security. Nearly 90 per cent put personal and family security at the top of ... Read More »

Home appliance care: maintain appliances to extend their value

Purchasing a condo is one of the biggest investments you make in a lifetime. Part of that significant investment includes the everyday appliances that care for your clothes, dishes and food. Whether your condo comes with brand new appliances or ones that have seen some use, all appliances can benefit from a little TLC to keep them at their best. Not only will regular maintenance on appliances like refrigerators, dishwashers and laundry machines help them work better, it will also help extend their lifespan while improving efficiency. Here are a few simple tips to keep your appliances running smoothly for years to come. Clean inside and out One of the ... Read More »

Lack of communication threatens IT security: report

It’s ironic that one of the biggest weaknesses threatening the security of the Internet, the world’s greatest communications system, is lack of communication. A new report on the state of the world’s IT security says that a lack of communication between IT security professionals and company executives is helping cybercriminals attack organizations around the world. While it may be natural for workers in any given field to believe that their bosses don’t give them the resources they need to do their jobs properly, there is widespread concern, the report says, that security systems aren’t keeping up with the criminals. The Ponemon Institute security survey highlights that “a lack of communication, education ... Read More »

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