Vudu coming to Panasonic Blu-ray players

Vudu coming to Panasonic Blu-ray players – High-definition video streaming service Vudu has been adding a surprising number of partners to its service this year, and it’s just landed another: beginning November 24, owners of Panasonic’s 2010 line of Viera Cast-enabled Blu-ray players will be able to tap into the Vudu streaming service. There is no separate fee to tap into the Vudu service, although Vudu customers have to pay rental fees for TV and movies they want to stream: prices range as low as $0.99 with some movies available for as little as $2; new releases can run as high as $19.99 and $24.99. Customers new to Vudu on Viera Cast will get a $5.99 credit, so in many cases they’ll be able to watch their first HD selection for free.

“Connected TV will continue to become an increasingly important feature for consumers and Panasonic is working tirelessly to build upon the already robust entertainment and connectivity experiences our Virea Cast customers can enjoy,” said Panasonic North America VP, Merwan Mereby, in a statement.

Panasonic’s Viera Cast IPTV features already have access to Netflix, Amazon Video-on-Demand, and YouTube, along with services like Skype, Pandora, Twitter, Picasa, and sports and weather services.

The Viera Cast partnership marks another high-profile partnership for Vudu: last week, the service launched on the Sony PlayStation 3. Vudu has also announced deals that put it on Sharp Internet-connected TVs and the Boxee Box. ( )

Keeping Mold at Bay

Keeping Mold at Bay — Indoor mold can lead to allergy and respiratory problems that can prove deadly.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) offer these suggestions for keeping mold growth in your home under control:

  • Keep the indoor humidity level at less than 40 percent. A hygrometer can help you monitor indoor humidity. A dehumidifier and/or air conditioner may be needed, especially in damp areas of the home.
  • Fix the source of any water leaks that allow mold spores to grow on windowsills or in refrigerator drip pans.
  • Identify areas where molds and mildew reside on hard surfaces, and clean these areas with a bleach-based product.
  • Make sure your home has adequate ventilation. Use exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom, and ventilate clothes dryers to the outside.
  • Clean your shower curtain frequently.
  • Minimize the number of live indoor plants.
  • Keep windows closed, if possible.
  • Do not carpet bathrooms and basements, especially if there are mildew problems in these rooms.

Lichen Planus Triggers Skin Rash

Lichen Planus Triggers Skin Rash — Lichen planus is a disease that results in a rash on the skin or inside the mouth. While its exact cause isn’t known, it’s believed triggered by an allergic or immune system reaction.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine says common symptoms of lichen planus include:

  • Lesions on the tongue, cheek or gums.
  • Bluish white bumps in the mouth.
  • Mouth sores that may progress to painful ulcers.
  • Lesions on the skin that can itch, look scaly or shiny, and may form an ulcer or blister.
  • Dryness of the mouth.
  • Ridges that form in the nails.
  • A metallic taste in the mouth.
(HealthDay News)