This week Amazon acquired smart home company Ring for a reported $1 billion. This comes after a mid-2016 attempt by Amazon to buy August Home for $100 million. It’s the latest attempt to make a business off of letting people come inside your house. Remember when people scoffed at the idea of getting into cars with strangers, but then ridesharing apps like Uber and Lyft became juggernaut businesses? Remember when the idea of staying at the home of a stranger you met online used to be weird, but then Airbnb brought hundreds of millions of people into each other’s homes? The same softening of attitudes, this time about letting people into your home, is what Amazon and Assa Abloy, the world’s biggest manufacturer of locks, are counting on. Smart locks can be used to let Airbnb guests inside your property, allow deliveries to be placed inside your home, and grant access to professional services like a plumber or carpenter to finish a job when you’re away from … [Read more...] about AI Weekly: Amazon’s Ring acquisition is about letting a giant through your front door
Welcome to "On This Day ... in Space!" where we peer back in our archives to find historic moments in spaceflight and astronomy. So enjoy a blast from the past with Space.com's Hanneke Weitering to look back at what happened on this day in space! On March 4, 1979, NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft took the first photos of rings around Jupiter. This was the first time anyone had seen Jupiter's rings. Because the rings are so thin and faint, it's extremely difficult to see them from Earth with ground-based telescopes. Even for a spacecraft out near Jupiter, the rings essentially invisible unless the cameras look at them edge-on or from an angle where sunlight shines directly through them. Jupiter's Rings from the Inside! First-Ever View Captured by Juno Jupiter's Rings Made in the Shade Here's NASA accountof the first photo of Jupiter's rings: "First evidence of a ring around the planet Jupiter is seen in this photograph taken by NASA's Voyager 1 on March 4, 1979. … [Read more...] about On This Day In Space! March 4, 1979: Jupiter’s Rings Discovered
Amazon has acquired Ring, maker of smart home doorbells, cameras, and security systems, GeekWire reports. The company was acquired for more than $1 billion, according to Reuters. The acquisition may be announced later today and was likely made to fuel its fight for the emerging in-home delivery and in-home services market. Amazon debuted its in-home delivery service Key and Cloud Cam in October 2017. Then Assa Abloy, owner of some of the world’s largest lock companies, acquired August Home, following the start of its in-home delivery trial. August Home began to experiment with in-home services in 2015 to grant access to repair personnel or plumbers, as well as to facilitate vacation rentals from companies like Airbnb and HomeAway. Amazon reportedly wanted to acquire August Homes for $100 million in 2016, according to The Information. The Ring acquisition could also support the spread of Alexa to more smart home devices. Amazon’s move follows Google’s effort to … [Read more...] about Amazon acquires smart doorbell maker Ring, reportedly for over $1 billion
About 700 years ago, a bronze ring depicting St. Nicholas — the saint who inspired the modern-day figure of Santa Claus — slipped off the finger of its owner, likely either a crusader or a pilgrim traveling to the Holy Land. The ring lay buried in the dirt for hundreds of years, until a gardener in Israel found it last week while weeding in Lower Galilee. The gardener, Dekel Ben-Shitrit, 26, turned the unusual ring over to Israel's National Treasures Department, where archaeologists dated the metal artifact to between the 12th and 15th centuries, during the Middle Ages. [The Holy Land: 7 Amazing Archaeological Finds] "This special ring is amazingly well preserved and will contribute a great deal to science," Yana Tchekhanovetz, an archaeologist with the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) who specializes in the Byzantine period, said in a statement. A preliminary analysis suggests that the ring, which depicts the face of a bald man next to a staff, shows … [Read more...] about Possible Crusader Ring Depicting St. Nicholas Unearthed in Israel
It looks like a costume contact lens for Halloween — an eerie white ring in a woman's eye. But this unusual eye problem was the result of a rare autoimmune condition, according to a new report of the woman's case. The 24-year-old woman in Portugal had a long history of eye problems — for 10 years, she had experienced periods of eye redness and sensitivity to light, according to the report, published yesterday (Feb. 28) in The New England Journal of Medicine. But eventually, her vision troubles sent her to the doctor. An eye exam revealed inflammation and "crystalline deposits" in part of her cornea, the clear, dome-shaped surface that covers the front of the eyeball, according to the report. Doctors diagnosed her with a condition called interstitial keratitis, which is inflammation in the middle layer of the cornea. ['Eye' Can't Look: 9 Eyeball Injuries That Will Make You Squirm] The condition is usually caused by an infection, such as from syphilis or herpes simplex … [Read more...] about What Caused This Eerie White Ring in a Woman’s Eye?