Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Europe

Netatmo enters the smart door lock space with programmable NFC keys

Netatmo enters the smart door lock space with programmable NFC keys

Netatmo, the French startup that got acquired by Legrand, is announcing a new device at CES, the Netatmo Smart Door Lock. You can install it as a replacement to any cylinder door lock, which are more common in Europe than U.S.-style deadbolts. Compared to many smart door locks, Netatmo isn’t as heavy-handed as other solutions…
Watch The Sun Turn Into a Ring of Fire Here Tonight

Watch The Sun Turn Into a Ring of Fire Here Tonight

The May 20 2012 annular solar eclipse photographed in New MexicoPhoto: Kevin Baird (Wikimedia Commons)The last solar eclipse of the decade—and the only annular solar eclipse of the year—will be visible in Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa starting just a few hours after this article’s publication.Annular solar eclipses, like total solar eclipses, occur when the…
A pop-up YouTube account might have locked down Rolling Stones rarities for decades

A pop-up YouTube account might have locked down Rolling Stones rarities for decades

A collection of at least 75 rare performances by the Rolling Stones briefly appeared on a brand-new YouTube account on New Year’s Eve, then vanished just a day later, as spotted by Variety. The uploads could have been the work of a dedicated pirate, but copyright lawyers have another theory: ABKCO Music & Records, which…
Disney+ to launch a week early in Europe

Disney+ to launch a week early in Europe

Image caption Star Wars spin-off The Mandalorian has been a hit thanks in part to a character nicknamed Baby Yoda The new streaming service Disney+ is to launch on 24 March in the UK, a week earlier than originally planned.Pricing has also been revealed - it will cost £5.99 per month or £59.99 a year,…
Smoking ban: Austria’s cafe society calls time on cigarettes

Smoking ban: Austria’s cafe society calls time on cigarettes

Image caption The door to the renowned Café Rüdigerhof in Vienna now displays a no smoking sign Austria was once dubbed "the ashtray of Europe" but has finally banned smoking in restaurants, bars and cafes. The decision came after years of controversy. Austria had been on the verge of bringing in a total ban last…
August Home ditches the bridge and Yale launches a smart lock in Europe

August Home ditches the bridge and Yale launches a smart lock in Europe

Assa Abloy, the world’s largest lock maker and the parent company of August Home and Yale, announced some new products at CES this week. The company didn’t talk about doorbell cameras at all — it could be related to recent Ring’s controversies. As a well-known brand when it comes to smart lock in the U.S.,…
Airbnb avoids tougher regulation in Europe as EU court rules it’s not an estate agent

Airbnb avoids tougher regulation in Europe as EU court rules it’s not an estate...

Airbnb has won a court battle in the EU affecting how the company is regulated in the future. The EU’s top court has ruled that Airbnb is not an estate agent but an “information society service,” meaning it can avoid certain responsibilities. The challenge to Airbnb was brought by a French tourism and hotel association,…
Here’s everything PlayStation’s Sony Worldwide Studios is working on

Here’s everything PlayStation’s Sony Worldwide Studios is working on

Source: Sony Interactive Entertainment / Android Central The PlayStation 4 generation was an interesting one for Sony Worldwide Studios. It saw internal teams double down on blockbuster, cinematic games while also retaining experimentation from the smaller groups. U.K. developers at Evolution Studios and Guerrilla Cambridge were shut down, while Insomniac Games — longtime associate and…

New archaeology findings are redefining human history faster than ever

In 1924, a 3-year-old child’s skull found in South Africa forever changed how people think about human origins. The Taung Child, our first encounter with an ancient group of proto-humans or hominins called australopithecines, was a turning point in the study of human evolution. This discovery shifted the focus of human origins research from Europe…
Research: Germany’s gender pay gap is a result of its lack of innovation

Research: Germany’s gender pay gap is a result of its lack of innovation

Technology has been blamed for a lot recently. Automation and artificial intelligence have supposedly led to substantial job losses, reduced bargaining power for workers, and increased discrimination. It’s even blamed for growing income and wealth inequality and, as a result, the presidency of , Brexit, the rise of far-right populism in Europe, and the specter…