SimpliSafe home security launches in the UK

first_img Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house CNET Smart Home Post a comment Share your voice 2:29 On the Amazon front, the company teamed with Travelers Insurance last year to offer Echo Dot-centric home security packages in the US. I asked if Amazon had any plans to introduce something similar in the UK, but a spokesperson told me that they couldn’t comment on the roadmap.As for Amazon-owned Ring, the company already sells video doorbells and cameras in the UK, but its professionally monitored Ring Alarm security system is still a US-only offering. That stands to change, though, with a Ring spokesperson telling me that Ring Alarm “will be available for the UK later this year.”Meanwhile, the team at Abode, makers of one of our top-rated SimpliSafe alternatives, tells CNET that it, too, is working to bring professionally monitored DIY security kits to the UK and to other markets outside of the US by the end of 2019.  Whether or not that adds up to enough of a head start to give SimpliSafe the lead it’s looking for remains to be seen, but it’s shaping up to be the same fascinating fight for customers that we’ve seen in the US. Per a recent SimpliSafe survey, just 13 percent of UK households already have a professionally monitored security system — which leaves about 23.7 million households up for grabs.Originally published April 2 at 4 a.m. PT.Update, 6:55 a.m. PT: Now includes updated comment from Ring on UK availability of the Ring Alarm security system.   Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) Nest Google Assistant Alexa Amazon Google SimpliSafe’s DIY home security system looks better than… reading • SimpliSafe home security launches in the UK SimpliSafe Home Security SimpliSafe’s install-it-yourself home security system is one of our top picks here on CNET, and today, the brand is launching in the UK — its first expansion outside of the US. SimpliSafe suggested that the move was in the works this past June, when the company secured a majority investment from the private equity firm Hellman & Friedman valued at $1 billion.A 10-year-old startup based out of Boston, SimpliSafe offers a variety of customizable home security kits. Each uses wireless sensors that you stick up around your home to monitor for things like motion, door openings or the sound of glass breaking, along with optional accessories like smart locks, video doorbells and cloud-connected cameras. Once everything’s in place, you’ll arm and disarm the system using a keypad, a keychain fob, app controls or by using voice commands via Alexa or Google Assistant. Now, with kits ranging from £279 to £504 currently up for sale on SimpliSafe’s UK website, that pitch has made it across the pond. The system requires no contracts and offers 24/7 professional monitoring starting at £13 per month. Make that £20 per month if you want to add in the full suite of features, including app and voice controls, text alerts, cloud storage of your camera footage and video verification of alarms. • CNET Smart Home Smart Home Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Tags Aug 31 • The best coffee grinders you can buy right now See All Review • Editors’ Choice: SimpliSafe’s new system is better than ever 0 SimpliSafe sees opportunity with the move, citing rising burglary rates in the region and calling itself the first company to sell “wireless, self-install technology with the complete protection of professional monitoring” in the UK.That’s not to say that SimpliSafe won’t face competition. Professionally installed home security providers such as ADT and Verisure already have millions of customers in the UK. Meanwhile, a number of DIY systems from names like Yale, SmartThings and Hive are available, too — though none of those that I’ve seen offer an option for professional monitoring.Still, the field won’t be quite as crowded as it is in the States — for now, anyway. One key competitor that’s missing in the UK: The Google-owned Nest Secure DIY system. Nest didn’t have anything to share when I asked about the possibility of expanding to the UK — that echoes what the company told its users in January when it wrote, “We do not have anything to announce regarding plans to bring the Nest Secure anywhere outside of the US.” You’re using your security system wrong: Tricks for a safer smart home (pictures) 17 Photos Now playing: Watch this:last_img

BMWs new smart glasses can put technical drawings right in front of

first_img 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Post a comment Review • 2019 BMW X2 M35i review: A fun, potent little crossover BMW 84 Photos Now playing: Watch this: More about 2019 BMW X2 M35i Preview • 2019 BMW X2 M35i first drive: High-riding hot hatch Enlarge ImageIf this tech prevents me from having to pound a third cup of dealership coffee while I twiddle my thumbs, great. BMW It’s been a long time since Google Glass arrived and promptly departed from the world, but automakers think they have a much smarter solution for smart glasses, and BMW is the latest to show off this tech.BMW announced on Tuesday that it has developed a new set of smart glasses for its dealership technicians. The TSARAVision Smart Glasses, named after BMW’s new online case-reporting system TSARA, can be used to speed up diagnostic and repair procedures by offering up everything a tech needs without having to thumb through physical manuals or pick up a phone. The glasses, which don’t really resemble glasses in the traditional sense, have the ability to put step-by-step instructions or technical drawings right in front of a technician’s eyes. The glasses can also take screenshots, and they’re capable of zooming in on photos to get a little extra detail when necessary. In the event a problem proves too tricky, a tech can also uses the smart glasses to phone home to Germany, where engineers can get a live look at the problem to better work through it. If the tech needs to open up a new document, he or she can do so with just their voice, keeping hands free for the actual nitty-gritty work.BMW says this new tech should be at all BMW dealers by June. It’s not the first company to try something like this, though. We got to experience Porsche’s Tech Live Look smart glasses last year, which look equally silly but are built with the same goal in mind — speeding up the repair process from every angle possible. More From Roadshow 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything bettercenter_img 3:07 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 BMW M8 Coupe and Convertible deliver big horsepower and luxury Share your voice Auto Tech Car Industry Tags BMW 0 Porsche’s AR glasses help us fix a car in cyberspacelast_img

MRF Bombay Dyeing Titan ICICI Prudential Life hit new 52week high Idea

first_imgEmployees walk in a lobby at the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) during the announcement of the annual budget in Mumbai February 28, 2013 (representational image).Reuters fileMRF hit Rs 57,958.65 but ended at Rs 57,040, still 7.66 percent higher from its previous close. Tyre stocks are poised for a bull run after it was reported that imports of tyres from China may pause as the country eyes America that is reportedly planning to lift anti-dumping duty on Chinese tyre imports.”China has raised their TBR (truck, bus and radial) tyre prices for Indian market by 10-15%, rendering them unattractive. Our checks indicate that Chinese factories have nearly stopped catering to tyre demand from India as US markets were more lucrative,” Nitesh Sharma and Dhawal Doshi of Philip Capital said in their note, reported the Economic Times.Ceat ended 2.85 percent higher at Rs 1,258 after hitting an intraday high of Rs 1,270, Apollo Tyres gained 4.58 percent to close at Rs 194 and JK Tyre & Industries was up 3.51 percent higher at Rs 128.New 52-week-highs of other stocks include Titan (Rs 467), ICICI Prudential Life Insurance (Rs 378.95), Bombay Dyeing (Rs 70.15), L&T Financial Holdings (Rs 122.80), Adani Enterprises (Rs 122.85) and Can Fin Homes (Rs 2,122.40).The Sensex closed 45 points lower at 29,398 while the Nifty ended almost flat at 9,091.The rupee is on a gaining spree. After hitting a 16-month high of 65.82 to the US dollar on Tuesday, it gained further and was trading at 65.44 on Wednesday. The appreciation in the domestic currency affected share prices of Indian IT companies, since they derive a large part of their revenues in dollars.The proposed sale of tower business by Idea Cellular is seen as a positive sign for the Aditya Birla Group company.”The sale of the towers business to ATC will help Idea monetize some of its assets ahead of the proposed merger with Vodafone. It is expected that the Vodafone merger may be announced soon. In fact, Idea has already surged by over 50% in the last couple of months since the proposed merger with Vodafone was announced. Its recently launched Idea Select plan also aided sentiments,” brokerage Angel Broking said in a note on Wednesday.Gold ended Rs 250 lower to close at Rs 28,650 per 10 gm while silver closed at Rs 40,300 per kg, down Rs 500.last_img

Celebrating the legacy

first_imgAs part of its ongoing series of Sanchayan – screening of archival films and video recordings, Sangeet Natak Akademi presented the screening of the most celebrated Odissi dancer and guru Kelucharan Mohapatra’s performance on Saturday, December 27 at Sangeet Natak Akademi’s Meghdoot Complex, Copernicus Marg in the Capital. This screening was of the performance from the Swarn Samaroh that was held in 1997 at New Delhi.Kelucharan Mohapatra was among the great makers of dance in our times, an outstanding representative of India’s classical dance heritage and the well-known pioneer associated with the recreation of its Orissan bani. He was born in 1926 in the village of Raghurajpur in Puri district of Orissa in a family of Patachitrakars. He was groomed as a dancer by Pankaj Charan Das and Dayal Saran. He also mastered various percussion instruments, especially Pakhawaj, learning from Agadhu Moharana, Khetra Mohan Kar, and Harihar Rao.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’He joined Kala Vikas Kendra, Cuttack, in 1956 and enriching Odissi dance as a guru and choreographer. A dedicated teacher and prolific creator, Kelucharan Mohapatra trained a large number of dancers over the last four decades. Kelucharan created a number of dance compositions extending the technique and repertoire of the Odissi style. Together with his contemporaries and his teacher Shri Pankaj Charan Das, Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra was responsible for establishing Odissi as a vibrant language of Indian classical dance. He was honoured with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1966), the Padma Shri (1972), the Padma Bhushan (1988), Kalidas Samman (1989), and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship (1991).last_img

In 2 weeks MCG commissioner transferred

first_imgGururgam: In a surprise move, Vinay Singh, the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) Chief, who assumed office on June 14, has been transferred.The reason for his posting has not been given. His work will be presently seen by Amit Khatri till the new MCG Chief is appointed. According to sources, the tough stand taken by Singh was not favoured by the councillors and employees that has led to the move. Vinay Singh who was earlier the commissioner of Hissar division has now been entrusted with the responsibility of being the of new Municipal Corporation of Gurugram ( MCG) commissioner. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSingh is the officer from IAS (2003) Haryana cadre besides being the MCG commissioner, Singh is also holding the responsibility of being the secretary of Haryana government’s forest department. He has earlier served as the deputy commissioner of Sonepat. Co-incidentally he was transferred to the senior post of commissioner in Hissar only in February this year. He replaced Yashpal Yadav who will now be the deputy commissioner of Palwal. The HCS officer who became the MCG commissioner in March 2018 was earlier the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA).last_img