Amazon Investing In Tado Smart Home Tech

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Smart home technology company, Tado, which has products including smart thermostats that contact providers like Capital Plumbing & Heating, has recently secured $50m in funding from its investors, including e-commerce titan Amazon, via their Alexa Fund.

The investment was also supported by the energy company Energy Innovation Capital, E.O.N, European Investment Bank, Inven Capital and, Total Energy Ventures.

This additional funding ups the company’s funding up to $102m. The new investment will then be used for the strengthening of the company’s position, as well as extending its service offerings.

As part of their deal, Tado’s smart thermostat products are now available to purchase from Amazon, with a starting kit costing £199.

Notably, this investment in smart home technology is not the first time that Amazon has invested into prop tech. The Alexa Fund provides up to $100m in venture capital funding for the voice technology investments for developers, manufacturers as well as companies. In September of 2018, the Alex Fund invested in prefab housing company Plant Prefab.

Director Paul Bernard, of the Alexa Fund, says that voice is now the method of choice for customers when it comes to interacting with the tech in their homes, as it provides a natural, seamless way to control everything, from lights to even security systems, even appliances and thermostats. One of the more popular smart home experiences with Alexa are with climate control systems, and that is why, Bernard says, the Alexa Fund is excited to support Tado as they bring their devices to more people across Europe, all of which are Alexa-compatible.

CEO Toon Bouten says that they are convinced they hope that every building will have intelligent heating and cooling, and that the market climate is great for raising capital as well as to utilize to position them as a market leader.

Tado’s smart thermostats connect heating and air conditioning systems to the internet, allowing for them to connect to providers like Capital Plumbing & Heating, for services like Geofencing, Weather Adaptation, and Boiler Repair Services, among others. The thermostat’s ability to detect the presence of people allow to save energy in the home, set the temperature efficiently, as well as save up on heating costs thanks to access to weather forecasts and adapting algorithms.

Cincinnati Inc. Demos 3D-Printed Press-Brake Tooling At 2018 FABTECH

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Harrison, Ohio company, Cincinnati Inc., will be showcasing something new at this year’s iteration of FABTECH, held at Atlanta, Georgia, on the 6th to the 8th of November.

The company will be showing off a new productive link between metal fabrication and additive manufacturing, using 3D printing technology for a new pressbrake upgrade, which they will display at their booth. CI will be showing a trio of 3D printed press brake process enhancements at their booth, B5543, in the FABTECH Additive Pavilion.

The three 3D printed pressbrake upgrade enhancement cover upper and lower air-bend tooling, back gauge fingers, and new inspection gauges.

The plastic used for the 3D printed tools is polylactic acid, a thermoplastic polymer that’s made from renewable resources, such as corn starch and/or sugar cane, classified as a biodegradable bioplastic. The milk-based plastic used to print these parts offer benefits, more than in production and manufacturing thanks to their renewable nature.

The manufacturing industry has tested 3D printed tools, discovering the products of the process to be great for specialized and short production job; the technology is ideal for prototype fabricators working 12-gauge or thinner materials, as well as those that make smaller specialty machine parts. 3D printed tools also allow suppliers to bypass the engineering and production tasks, as well as their associated costs, which have a tendency to getting such production runs and jobs from proceeding in a timely manner.

According to CI Senior Product Specialist of Vertical Motion Products, Mark Watson, the company has been working closely with additive and press-brake tooling ever since 2014, with the objective of improving the efficacy of forming with 3D-printed pieces. He says that they have long heard thatit’s impossible to find the link that connects the additive to the fabrication process, which is why they’ve visited Atlanta with the aim of proving otherwise.

Watson added that 3D printed technology is very much a design tool, one that opens a lot possibility for the industry at large. He says that customers will also be able to reap the benefits from this new technology, and he hopes that this demo will be something akin to a ‘light-bulb moment’.

Reasons Why Homeowners Must Splurge On Splashbacks

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When it comes to choosing a kitchen splashback, it is better to splurge than skimp. Custom cabinets, snazzy appliances and a well-equipped island are the pride of homeowners but what will likely catch the attention of visitors is the small stretch of wall above the sink that is more popularly known as the splashback. Do not miss on the opportunity to make a grand statement through kitchen splashback tiles mosaic in different colours and patterns.

In most kitchens, the splashback is the integral key to overall aesthetics. According to Alissa Bennett, design manager of Kolter Homes in Florida, the prime location of the splashback must incorporate something that is unique and fun. Aside from enhancing aesthetics, the splashback serves a functional purpose like protecting kitchen walls from dirt and stains.

Meanwhile, David Yowell of David Yowell Construction in McKinney, Texas suggests that splashbacks must complement the countertops and add colour, depth and beauty to a room. The easily washable surface will ensure that the kitchen looks cleaner.

According to Houzz Kitchen trends study that was published this year, it was revealed that 9 out of 10 homeowners who have undertaken kitchen renovations have upgraded their splashbacks. In 2017, the most popular colours were white, multicoloured and gray. White splashbacks are more likely to appear in kitchens of baby boomers as well as millennials.

However, other homeowners prefer ceramic, porcelain or glass tiles including natural stone like marble, travertine, granite or quartz. Others go for kitchen splashback tiles mosaic that is more colourful and prominent.

The two more popular splashback trends for 2018 include the scalloped or fish-scale pattern tile that offers more movement and a little more interest than the traditional rectangular tile and the splashback that looks like wallpaper sans the paper. There are elaborate patterns that are durable enough to withstand detergents.

Many homeowners are also moving from natural stone to the brightly coloured kitchen splashback tiles mosaic that looks beautiful and realistic. The design is perfect for homeowners who desire texture and patterns that will contrast with the simplicity of the countertop surfaces. Furthermore, the mosaic maintains a classic and trendy look that will not date very quickly.

Chinese Army Heads For Sydney Harbour For Military Exercise

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China’s People’s Liberation Army surrounded Sydney Harbour recently, not for war, but to foster cooperation between them and the Australian armed forces.

For the second time ever in history, the Australian army played host for its Chinese counterparts for team building in Australia, with the training exercise named PANDAROO.

On a cool, grey, overcast day, teams of soldiers, from Australia and China, paddled 60km down the New South Wales coast on kayaks to enter the Sydney Harbour. The weather didn’t change anything, however, as soldiers were still expected to capsize themselves into the cold Australian waters, and then cooperate in order to get themselves upright again, despite the language barrier.

Commander of the 6th Brigade, Australian Army; Brigadier Susan Doyle says that trust is the basis of militaries all around the world, built on friendships gained from such activities like adventure training for team building in Australia, and in other places. She says that the they will make friends for like, as she believes is the case with friendships born through adversity.

The People’s Liberation Army’s Ou Feng described their Aussie counterparts as brave and hardworking, saying that they teach her and the other Chinese soldiers climbing, as well as kayaking, and that the Aussie soldiers were professional and responsible throughout it all.

Operation Panderoo started in Canberra earlier in September, with a traditional welcome in Canberra, before the soldiers headed over to the Blue Mountains, for a series of rock climbs. The exercise programme places focus on basic training rather than military training, in contrast to the war games of Exercise Kakadu, which took place earlier in September in Darwin.

All these exercises for team building in Australia follows both governments’ attempts to rebuild diplomatic relations following a period of tension, with the AU’s Defence Minister Marise Payne meeting the top Chinese top diplomat on the sidelines of the United Nations meeting on the 25th of September.

Chinese media were reportedly watching Exercise Pandaroo closely, with George Yang, Chief Correspondent for Australia for HK’s Phoenix TV, saying that China-Australia relations are currently quite bumpy, which is why the Chinese media were watching the exercises.

Exercise Panderoo ended at the last week of September 2018.

Expat Students Turning To Tuition Centers

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All over the world, Singapore has been tagged as the tuition nation. In fact, surveys have shown that parents and students are spending around $1.1 billion annually enrolled in home tuition Singapore which is not surprising at all. This so-called tuition bug used to affect only the local students and parents but latest reports indicate that even international students now have tuition too.

According to different tuition agencies and centers in the country, they have seen rapid growth in the number of expat students enrolled in international schools that are going to them looking for help as they are about to their exams for International General Certificate of Secondary Education or their IB which stands for International Baccalaureate.

In an interview with the founder of a tuition agency, Mr. Rum Tan, he said that in 2014 less than 50 expat students have been enrolled in the programs in his agency. Their number is not even 5 per cent of the total number of students they have.

The exponential increase was noted starting January of 2017 until October of the same year when the number of expat students they have assigned for private tutoring reaches almost a thousand. Now their total number makes up 20 per cent of the entire client population of the tuition agency.

Majority of these expat students are from Australia and Britain and they are enrolled in schools such as Tanglin Trust Schoo, United World College South East Asia and Anglo-Chinese School which is an independent school.

A number of tuition centers and agencies have also reported that they have seen a sudden increase in the number of their expat students. The trend of supplementing regular schooling with tuition stems from the fact that there is stiff competition from the students. Both locals and expats are vying for slots in schools as well as to be able to apply in the universities they want.

These reasons alone are what drive the tuition bug even to international students. The sentiments of home tuition Singapore is that there is not enough time spent in school in order for the students to learn what they need to.

What To Do To Taste International Cuisine In Rayong

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Thailand is a traditional country rich in culture and history. The official language of the country is Thai though you find people speaking in Chinese or Malay. In key cities like Bangkok, the English language is well spoken and understood. People here are mostly Buddhists and you’ll find their strong family values. You’ll find out how the locals live in Thailand, especially when you get to taste international cuisine in Rayong.

The delectable Thai international cuisine in Rayong can provide a glimpse of the marvellous Thai culture. You can also find here a host of international cuisines that you’ll like to sample. Thai cuisine is noted for spices and they are usually served with rice. Here you’ll value the importance of sauces and gravies in Thai cuisine.

For your Thailand tour package, you can start at the Democracy Monument to celebrate the country’s first constitution. You can go next to the Grand Palace in Bangkok to see the ethnic style showing the importance of Thai culture. Today, it’s now a museum to enjoy the cultural heritage of the country.

If you travel to Rayong, you’ll find a wide variety of economical inns to boutique and luxury hotels.  You’ll definitely enjoy the various types of accommodation you choose as hotel staff are extremely friendly and hospitable. You’ll also find nearby shopping malls to buy famous brands and souvenirs to take home. You can also enjoy popular restaurants that serve international cuisine in Rayong to fill your hungry stomachs.

Also, in Thailand, you’ll find various people of different ethnic backgrounds. It’s your chance to mingle with them while enjoying your trip. So, ensure that you get to see the various places of this very diverse country. So, choose a Thailand package that will make you have a fun and worthwhile experience here.

To come to Thailand especially in cities like Bangkok and Rayong, you’ll have plenty to do here. So, if you’re now planning a Bangkok tour package, ensure you have arranged it with a reputed travel operator to see the best places. They can also arrange for some thrilling and exciting adventure activities. You can also enjoy international cuisine in Rayong with the whole family should you come here.

How To Keep Millennials Coming To Some Football Stadiums

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The younger generation may leave the football stadiums if they can’t stay connected with football games. Hence, sports teams are now improving their fan experience by embracing technology. Just picture yourself walking down the stadium, and using your smartphone to buy a premium seat upgrade or order a pork sandwich and imported beer delivered right at your seat. You then want to capture your favorite player’s touchdown score, and use it to watch instant replays at variable angles. The app also shows you the direction to the nearest restroom without waiting in line.

These aren’t futuristic football stadiums experiences. You can find one in few venues, and there are other people rushing to add the millennial digital systems that anyone can attend the game and have an immersive, connected experience.

Connecting the Race

Three reasons are why stadiums are forcing to encourageconnectivity:

  • Modifying demographics
  • Attracting fans to come to the stadiums rather than spending it on a home TV
  • Promoting more revenues

Whether you’re starting from scratch or trying to fit current facilities, football stadiums have a powerful competition with each other just to have the most recent technologies.

Competing with the Big Screen TV

Teams accept the reality that watching the big game in a fan’s family room is cheaper and easier. So, teams need to make the football games appear more appealing so the fans will choose to watch the games live at the stadium. A recent study shows that around 57% of fans like to watch the game at home.

Many say that it will feel more comfortable and convenient to watch the event or competition at home, especially with your own big TV and bathroom.  But thankfully, technology has provided the addition of connectivity and apps to make the fan experience done at the stadium, rather than watching at home.

With the use of Wi-Fi, the fan can experience watching at the football stadiums, that haven’t been tried elsewhere. And the best thing about it is bragging their friends on social media to watch the real thing. This can really be great as everyone gets to see the football game live.