Ecobee has had a healthy reputation over the years with their smart technology such as Smart Sensor, Smart Thermostat and Contact Sensor models. Intuitive tech for the household is Ecobee’s strong suit and with their latest smart camera, Ecobee has begun venturing into new territory. Still in home security, let’s breakdown the quality of Ecobee’s Smart Camera and how it fares against the rest of its technology.
The device is a 1080p home security camera that has the ability to capture video at 300FPS on with a 180 degree periphery. The device stands at 5.4 inches and is 2.2 inches wide and encompasses a white exterior with a black faceplate. Not the flashiest look aesthetically when cameras are concerned, but it can be wall mounted and placed on any flat surface. The camera feature comes with infrared LEDs to detect movement in the dark, dual-band Wi-fi and even a siren to keep you on your toes when you’re not at home.
The “smart” part of this camera comes in two forms: the first being Haven - a surveillance option that is connected to all Ecobee devices. The caveat is that it does require a monthly subscription fee, but the user gets a ton of benefits from it. From your phone, you can monitor all motion that your devices pick up on and the video (up to 14 days) will immediately be stored in a cloud for your discretion. On top of that, you can remotely activate or deactivate all Ecobee equipment and have live footage when you are out and about.
If you’re not that fussed about these perks, the individual benefits that the app alone can give you include images instead that get uploaded onto the cloud instead of video; literally doing what an ordinary camera is meant to do. Granted, users will still get notifications via the app if any activity occurs within the home, but knowing that there is a better version available barred behind a wall of monthly transactions can be a huge bummer - considering the camera retails at USD179.
The second perk that lives up to its namesake is its built-in Alexa feature. With this, your voice would be recognised and will do as you command within the ability of the camera. A neat little plus point is that it is equally compatible with Apple HomeKit. The camera’s two-way talk feature allows for communication between the person at home and you - although the device is still a camera and does not break records with its speaker quality. If you are looking for prolonged conversations, you’d be better off using your phone.
Home security cameras are on the rise in popularity and it isn’t only a matter of safety. Being gone from your child/children or even your pets may cause distress at times and keeping tabs on them while you’re out could be important to them. An increasing number of security systems have been on the market and many are incorporating “smart” software that allow the user to sync up to their phone, but the array of services Ecobee’s Smart Camera provides, coupled with Haven sets the standard for an all encompassing home security package.
Having video playback, speakers, two-way communication and Alexa built into one small camera is an impressive feat that puts other competitors to shame, but if Haven isn’t on your priority list, this camera falls into the saturated security crowd of being simply whelming. If you’re looking for a versatile and well-rounded package to start surveillance at home, this is a great device to start with - just don’t expect too much from its non-camera focused features.
The giant tech companies whose services are woven into the fabric of social life are now the targets of a widening assault by government competition enforcers. Regulators filed landmark antitrust lawsuits Wednesday against Facebook, the second major government offensive this year against once seemingly untouchable tech behemoths.
The Federal Trade Commission and 48 states and districts sued the social network giant, accusing it of abusing its market power to squash smaller competitors and seeking remedies that could include a forced spinoff of Facebook’s prized Instagram and WhatsApp messaging services. The company’s conduct has crimped consumers’ choices and harmed their data privacy, the regulators charged.
Once lionized as innovators and job creators — and largely left alone by Washington for nearly two decades — Big Tech companies have seen their political fortunes plummet. Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple have come under scrutiny from Congress, federal regulators, state attorneys general and European authorities. Their once-considerable political support in Congress has eroded.
Lawmakers of both major parties are championing stronger oversight of the industry, arguing that its massive market power is out of control, crushing smaller competitors and endangering consumer privacy.
There’s little likelihood the pressure will ease up. President-elect Joe Biden has said the breakup of Big Tech giants should be seriously considered.
Lawmakers and consumer advocates have accused Facebook of anticompetitive behavior, most starkly in buying up aspiring smaller rivals like Instagram and WhatsApp and by copying features introduced by competitors. Critics say such tactics squash competition and could limit viable alternatives for consumers looking, for instance, for comparable services that do less tracking for targeted advertising. Businesses, including mom and pop shops, might have to pay more for ads if they have fewer choices to reach consumers online.
The new lawsuits were announced by the FTC and New York Attorney General Letitia James, culminating separate investigations over the past year and a half.
The FTC said Facebook has engaged in a “a systematic strategy” to eliminate its competition, including by purchasing smaller up-and-coming rivals like Instagram in 2012 and WhatsApp in 2014.
At a news conference, James said “it’s really critically important that we block this predatory acquisition of companies and that we restore confidence to the market.”
“For nearly a decade Facebook has used its dominance and monopoly power to crush smaller rivals and snuff out competition, all at the expense of everyday users,” said James, a Democrat. “They reduced choices for consumers. They stifled innovation, and they degraded privacy protections for millions of Americans.”
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Facebook called the government’s claims “revisionist history” that punishes successful businesses and noted that the FTC cleared the Instagram and WhatsApp acquisitions years ago. “The government now wants a do-over, sending a chilling warning to American business that no sale is ever final,” Facebook general counsel Jennifer Newstead said in a statement.
Antitrust skeptics point to newer social media services such as TikTok and Snapchat as rivals that could “overtake” older platforms like Facebook.
Facebook is the world’s biggest social network with 2.7 billion users and a company with a market value of nearly $800 billion. CEO Mark Zuckerberg is the world’s fifth-richest individual and the most public face of Big Tech swagger.
James alleged that Facebook had a practice of opening its site to third-party app developers, then abruptly cutting off developers that it saw as a threat. The lawsuit — which includes 46 states, Guam and the District of Columbia — accuses Facebook of anti-competitive conduct and using its market dominance to harvest consumer data and reap a fortune in advertising revenues.
Online ads make up the bulk of the company’s revenue, which reached over $70 billion last year.
North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein, who was on the executive committee of attorneys general conducting the investigation, said the litigation could alter the communications landscape much the way the breakup of AT&T’s local phone service monopoly did in the early 1980s.
“Our hope is to restructure the social networking marketplace in the United States, and right now there’s one player,” Stein told reporters.
Antitrust expert Rebecca Allensworth, a law professor at Vanderbilt University, said it is “hard to win any antitrust lawsuit and this one is not any different.” But as far as antitrust cases go, she added, the government has a strong one.
“These lawsuits mark an important turning point in the battle to rein in Big Tech monopolies and to reinvigorate antitrust enforcement,” said Alex Harman, competition policy advocate for Public Citizen, a nonprofit consumer advocacy group.
The Justice Department sued Google in October for abusing its dominance in online search and advertising — the government’s most significant attempt to buttress competition since its historic case against Microsoft two decades ago.
That suit, announced just two weeks before Election Day, brought accusations of political motivation from some quarters. It was filed by a cabinet agency headed by an attorney general seen as a close ally of President Donald Trump, who has often publicly criticized Google.
The FTC, by contrast, is an independent regulatory agency whose five commissioners currently include three Republicans and two Democrats. Two of the three Republicans, Noah Phillips and Christine Wilson, voted against the agency’s action against Facebook. And the coalition of 48 states and districts that sued Facebook is bipartisan.
Instagram and WhatsApp are among some 70 companies that Facebook has acquired over the past 15 years. But they are the ones most frequently held up by Facebook critics as properties that should be split off.
Facebook paid a mere $1 billion for Instagram — considered one of the cleverest deals ever in the industry — bolstering the social network’s business a month before its stock went public. At the time, the photo-sharing app had about 30 million users and wasn’t producing any revenue. A few years later, Facebook acquired WhatsApp, an encrypted messaging service, for $19 billion.
Zuckerberg vowed both companies would be run independently, but over the years the services have become increasingly integrated. Users are now able to link accounts and share content across the platforms. Instagram now has more than 1 billion users worldwide. Such integration could make it more difficult to break off the companies.
The popular social media Facebook’s Messenger went down on Thursday afternoon.
Users are unable to send messages and are instead seeing a message indicating that the app is “waiting for network”, reports UK based news media Independent.
The technical issues arrived at the same time as Instagram was seemingly hit on its own direct massages service, which made it hard to send or receive new chats.
The outage also comes at a difficult time for Facebook, arriving just hours after it was announced that the company was being hit by lawsuits that threatened to break up its services, Instagram and WhatsApp.
The problems particularly affected people in Europe, according to tracking website Down Detector, though that might be a result of where its users are based and online.
The Covid-19 pandemic has left little window for Bangladesh to celebrate its Victory Day this year on December 16.
The day is usually celebrated with beautiful precessions, stunning military parades, and hundreds of floral tributes placed at the National Mausoleum in Savar.
But the Victory Day Parade will not be held this year due to the pandemic, said the liberation war affairs ministry.
So, global short video creation and sharing platform Likee is going to launch a special campaign to mark the Victory Day of Bangladesh.
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The campaign will begin on December 10 and will continue till December 17 to encourage users to make videos.
Likee has designed a special H5 game for this campaign. Users can win virtual flowers by completing tasks like signing in to their accounts, joining the hashtag to make videos, sharing videos on social media, following designated Likee accounts, and watching shows.
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Collected flowers can be used to pay tributes to the virtual monuments to match Victory Day’s gravity.
Lucky participants will have the chance to win cellphones and cash prizes, alongside attractive background visual effects, coupons of boost, special Victory Day badge, and thank-you letters, reads a press release.
Most Likee users are youths who prefer to stay trendy with all of their social activities.
Joy, Likee Bangladesh’s head of operations, said: “The youths today like to stay colourful with all their activities. Our Victory Day special campaign has been designed to merge both the importance of the event and the youth’s priorities.”
SpaceX launched its shiny, bullet-shaped, straight-out-of-science fiction Starship several miles into the air from a remote corner of Texas on Wednesday, but the 6 1/2-minute test flight ended in an explosive fireball at touchdown.
It was the highest and most elaborate flight yet for the rocketship that Elon Musk says could carry people to Mars in as little as six years. Despite the catastrophic finale, he was thrilled.
“Mars, here we come!!” he tweeted.
This latest prototype — the first one equipped with a nose cone, body flaps and three engines — was shooting for an altitude of up to eight miles (12.5 kilometers). That’s almost 100 times higher than previous hops and skimming the stratosphere.
Starship seemed to hit the mark or at least come close. There was no immediate word from SpaceX on how high it went.
The full-scale, stainless steel model — 160 feet (50 meters) tall and 30 feet (9 meters) in diameter — soared out over the Gulf of Mexico. After about five minutes, it flipped sideways as planned and descended in a free-fall back to the southeastern tip of Texas near the Mexican border. The Raptor engines reignited for braking and the rocket tilted back upright. When it touched down, however, the rocketship became engulfed in flames and ruptured, parts scattering.
The entire flight — as dramatic and flashy as it gets, even by SpaceX standards — lasted six minutes and 42 seconds. SpaceX broadcast the sunset demo live on its website; repeated delays over the past week and a last-second engine abort Tuesday heightened the excitement among space fans.
Musk called it a “successful ascent” and said the body flaps precisely guided the rocket to the landing point. The fuel tank pressure was low, however, when the engines reignited for touchdown, which caused Starship to come down too fast.
“But we got all the data we needed!” he tweeted.
Musk had kept expectations low, cautioning earlier this week there was “probably” 1-in-3 chance of complete success.
Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, who founded the Blue Origin rocket company, offered swift congratulations.
“Anybody who knows how hard this stuff is is impressed by today’s Starship test.”
Two lower, shorter SpaceX test flights earlier this year from Boca Chica, Texas — a quiet coastal village before SpaceX moved in — used more rudimentary versions of Starship. Essentially cylindrical cans and single Raptor engines, these early vehicles reached altitudes of 490 feet (150 meters). An even earlier model, the short and squat Starhopper, made a tiny tethered hop in 2019, followed by two increasingly higher climbs.
Wednesday’s test followed SpaceX’s latest space station supply run for NASA by three days, and the private company’s second astronaut flight by less than a month from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center.
Starship is actually the upper stage of Musk’s envisioned moon- and Mars-ships. It will launch atop a mega booster still in development known as the Super Heavy. The entire vehicle will tower 394 feet (120 meters) — 31 feet (9.4 meters) taller than NASA’s Saturn V rocket that hurled men to the moon a half-century ago.
SpaceX intends to use Starship to put massive satellites into orbit around Earth, besides delivering people and cargo to the moon and Mars. Earlier this year, SpaceX was one of three prime contractors chosen by NASA to develop lunar landers capable of getting astronauts on the moon by 2024.
Right before Wednesday’s launch, NASA announced the 18 U.S. astronauts who will train for the Artemis moon-landing program.
While accepting an award in Berlin last week, Musk said he’s “highly confident” of a human flight to Mars in six years — “if we get lucky, maybe four years.” But Musk is the first to admit his timelines can be overly optimistic.