For developers, the company plans to make Android Auto open-source, a move that will let car manufacturers customize the system for their own dashboard controls, from radios to instrument clusters to even HVAC systems.Android Auto is going open sourceDrowning Apple CarPlay in a sea of Android Auto is likely what Google has in mind, and it s inviting automakers to help.These additions will help car makers and other third parties incorporate the source code for native integration into the vehicle, rather than running an entirely separate operating system with Android Auto as an accessory application.If Android Auto is baked directly into cars, that might leave a little less room—and motivation—to support Apple CarPlay.A concept of the software will be on display at I/O inside a Maserati Ghibli.Finally, indeed: We ve been clamoring for this feature since we reviewed the platform last year.
In a note to its would-be backers when it cancelled its Kickstarter campaign, the team said while its campaign was unsuccessful, the exposure it garnered lead to a sizable number of large and exciting strategic and distribution partners to contact us.There are several new water heater models on the market with smart features, but when you consider than this type of appliance can last anywhere from eight to 12 years if properly maintained, it doesn t make a lot of sense to toss a working model just to buy one that s connected to the cloud.According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating water is the second-most energy-intensive activity in the tAnd while Sears recently introduced a water-heater controller, it can only be used to retrofit a limited number of Sears models.Although Aquanta does not currently have an open API, Carlson says the company s cloud architecture is designed to be integrated into smart-home systems as well.The controller will take longer to pay for itself if you have a gas appliance, because gas is less expensive than electricity.Carlson said Aquanta s product roadmap includes tying the controller into a motorized shut-off valve, so that the incoming water can be automatically shut off in the event of a leak.
Chemicals off-gassed from product manufacture, smog from cars and trucks, and bacteria and viruses all get trapped inside; ironically, better insulation means 21st century buildings are doing a fantastic job at keeping us surrounded by those pollutants whenever we're indoors.Since the 1940s, the gold standard for air filtration has been HEPA - high-efficiency particulate arrestance - though few people know why it was developed.Worst case scenario: your household HVAC filter is actually one big petri dish that you're sucking air through to distribute to every room.Locking the air purifier in a sealed glass chamber, they introduced pure toluene - a VOC found in paint and solvents, and one of the trickier "aromatic hydrocarbons" to remove since HEPA filters won't catch it - and then turned the system on.White papers and various test results will be available on the company's site, for those smarter than I to sift through, though it's been enough to convince the Environmental Protection Agency EPA , which has partially funded Molekule's development.That's based on ongoing effectiveness rather than just a countdown of time; Molekule will provide them on a subscription basis, automatically shipping out as many as your filtering needs require for $99 a year.
As ever more connected homes come online, a new study predicts the market for smart thermostats will quadruple to $4.4 billion over the next 10 years.Navigant Research just released a report entitled Communicating Thermostats, Smart Thermostats, and Associated Software and Services: Global Market Analysis and Forecasts.Meanwhile, smart thermostats are increasingly being used by utilities to help meet demand-side management DSM and energy efficiency requirements.Additionally Navigant sees other emerging distribution channels as playing an increasing role in the growth of smart thermostat sales.Telecommunications and broadband service providers, home security companies, and heating, ventilating, and air conditioning HVAC installers are racing to incorporate advanced thermostats into their solutions, said Navigant in a release.The report from August Home and Comcast s Xfinity Home includes survey results that indicate as many as 30 million U.S. households are poised to add home-focused smart tech over the next 12 months.
It is a round disk with a diameter of 8.4cm and a depth of 3.2cm that is either mounted to the wall or stuck in a tabletop stand.It can be either wirelessly connected to the Heat Link and your boiler, or wired if you have an existing fixed thermostat.Once hooked up the thermostat is easy to control.Your standard home heating schedule can also be switched off when no one is in the house.This works well and saves on heating an empty house.ObservationsA green leaf is displayed when you ve chosen a temperature that s energy efficient based on the current weather, which helps save you moneyThe auto-away feature works well and saves you money if your schedule is a bit erraticThere s no multi-zone temperature control – just one temperature for the whole houseIt acts as a night light in darkness, activating when you come near itThe wireless connection has been rock solidI had it connected to a modern combi, but it can control hot water production and has OpenTherm integration if your boiler supports itIt continues to work when the internet goes downA button on the Heat Link enables manual control when all else failsIf you change the temperature too rapidly – set one and then change your mind immediately – the Nest adds a small delay to its controls over the boiler to protect it from being turned on and off again too quicklyEmail digests show you how much energy you ve used over the last monthThe automatic scheduler worked quite well, requiring only a little bit of tweakingCompared to a standard thermostat, I saw a 20% reduction in energy use, mainly because of the Nest s auto-away featureThe free Nest app for Android and iOS provides remote control, but also makes fine-tuning your schedule and reviewing your energy use quick and easy.
The concept alone grabbed many—first-person parkour game built around running at nearly-superhuman speeds across the rooftops of buildings and over vertigo-inducing chasms—and led to no small amount of digital ink spilled at WIRED.And indeed this was the case, but only if you d already played the level 9 or 10 times and had thus committed to memory each jump, each somersault, each maximally efficient way to deal with the pattern of obstacles.And while Mirror s Edge Catalyst opens up the city rather than confining you to discrete levels, its design woes feel precisely like the original.In my experience, for most of the time-trial missions, even though there might be multiple ways to get somewhere, you pretty much had to find the perfect golden path if you wanted any chance of success.It s still a challenging experience, but without the cognitive dissonance that plagues the rest of Catalyst s design.Who would force you to make split-second decisions without giving you the information you need to do so?
I'm starting a HVAC company and I'm wondering if anyone has any suggestions on which PPC campaign I would benefit from when starting out Google Ads, Facebook Ads, Yelp Ads?I have worked with google and facebook ads and have a budget of 100 a month and know alot of testing is involved, but I'm wondering which media is good for an HVAC company.
The most straightforward way to go hooning is to vacuum up the straights until, so close to the next corner, the area around your tailbone is twitching, and then rely on the excellent brakes to shed speed and thus help avoid body roll or understeer.That's even without the road-surface scan system, which uses cameras to spot bumps in the asphalt ahead and plan the suspension settings accordingly.Soft, supple leather; gentle warmth; and the insistent pulsing of pseudo-shiatsu massage at your back.Mercedes thankfully includes a reasonable number of dedicated buttons and switches, including the basics for the HVAC system, audio, and seat adjustment, but if you stop there you miss out on many of the more thoughtful touches.The "Dynamic Multicontour Seats" for instance, which individually and swiftly inflate the side bolsters to support you as you're cornering, are so pleasing that I've missed them on every car since.The buttons have just the right degree of dampening and resistance; the detailing of things like the knurled vent controls, the etched metal window switches, and the copious quantities of carefully stitched leather is sublime.
AP ImagesAmazon just racked up two more fines—amounting to a total of $130,000—from the FAA for improperly shipping dangerous chemicals.The fines Amazon picked up this week stem from two events in 2014.In one instance, Amazon failed to properly mark a package of Simple Air EZ Green HVAC Cleaner, a flammable gas.This news arrives just 10 days after the FAA fined Amazon $350,000 for shipping Amazing!It call comes down to regulations that Amazon didn t follow.So the fines aren t exactly going to break the Bezos bank.
Amazon has racked up two more fines — amounting to a total of $130,000 £100k — from avian authorities for improperly shipping dangerous chemicals.The fines Amazon picked up this week stem from two events in 2014.In one instance, Amazon failed to properly mark a package of Simple Air EZ Green HVAC Cleaner , a flammable gas.This news arrives just 10 days after the US FAA fined Amazon $350,000 £253k for shipping Amazing!It call comes down to regulations that Amazon didn t follow.So the fines aren t exactly going to break the Bezos bank.
In a move that hasn t attracted a lot of attention online, Angie s List followed through on their March announcement and removed their paywall last week.Anyone can now become a member without paying the previous $40/year fee, and reviews are now accessible by anyone.This change, which did fly under the radar, does have strong implications for the online reputations of many businesses.Angie s List has always done well in the home services market: think plumbing, landscaping, HVAC, roofing, concrete and the like.And while Angie s List did have an impact on their reputations, less than one percent of the US population were members, which meant the vast majority of people couldn t see the rating or reviews posted on a company profile.Unlike Yelp, businesses could get by with bad Angie s List scores and negative reviews because a lot of people couldn t see them.
While its collection of artwork, $18 million in renovations, 1905 landmark preservation status, and energy-saving HVAC system are all impressive selling points, its most enticing feature could be the fact that every room at Hotel Grand Union New York will come with an iPad, as well as wireless charging technology, thanks to Fli Charge.Wireless charging technology has been slow to catch on.Android device manufacturers inconsistently implement the technology in smartphones and tablet, but when added there s still a lot of downsides that don t make the cordless feature worth it.Primarily, it hasn t been as fast as plugging a device in, but that s what Fli Charge claims it succeeds at — and it s running an Indiegogo campaign to bring its slew of devices to market.We covered Fli Charge when it launched its campaign mid-June, and with four days left it s clearly a success — the company has raised nearly double its goal of $100,000.That means it s able to deliver more power, allowing you to charge multiple devices all at the same speed as plugging your phone into a wall outlet.
The styling is certainly mini-X5, the upright proportions emphasized by a shorter wheelbase than the outgoing car.All the extra glass helps brighten the interior, too, especially when you have the optional panoramic sunroof.I'm a fan of the cabin, with its seats that look more like they should come from a modernist design store than a car dealership, and a clean, tidy dashboard.BMW still likes buttons, so there are plenty of dedicate switches for the radio and HVAC, and while there's a fair amount of plastic it feels suitably premium.A non-touch display perches on top of the dashboard and at turns pleases and frustrates.However the menu structure can be deeply confusing, you don't get Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, and there were many times I wished I could just reach out and tap the screen rather than figuring out the scrolling, sliding steps required just to punch in an address.
A tequila brand and car company joining forces isn t exactly a marriage made in marketing heaven.So what brought Ford and Jose Cuervo together?On Tuesday, the two companies announced a partnership to explore how the tequila distributor s leftover agave plant fibers can be used to produce more sustainable bioplastic parts in the automaker s vehicles.Currently, Ford and Jose Cuervo are testing the agave-derived bioplastics for parts including wiring harnesses, HVAC units and storage bins.Initial feedback from this pilot stage shows that agave has strong durability and aesthetic qualities for the aforementioned interior and exterior parts.If the plant winds up being used on Ford s cars permanently, it could further reduce vehicles weight and lower energy consumption across its lineup.
Didn't manage to snag a fan on Amazon Prime Day?Fear not, we've found a great price on the excellent Dyson Hot Cool Fan Heater just in time for the UK heatwave.Dyson makes pretty much the best fans around, and its super-stylish Hot Cool Fan Heater is no exception.We gave it a nearly perfect 8/10 score in our Dyson Hot Cool Fan Heater review, and we're still massive admirers of this product – many of us own these ourselves because of the superb build quality and great range of heating/cooling functionality.Normally, pricing for this particular model clears £300, but today you can grab a manufacturer refurbished unit over on eBay for less than £200 – a fantastic bargain just when you need it most!BUY NOW: Dyson Hot Cool Fan Heater AM05 for under £200 – save over £100
Putting a multi-million dollar, cutting-edge artificial intelligence in charge of your thermostat might not seem an obvious use, but it's helping Google make big savings on its electricity use.The AI in question is DeepMind, which Google acquired back in 2014 for an estimated $600m , with one of the learning computer's new roles being management of its data centers.When you're an operation on the scale of Google, any cut in electricity use in your core infrastructure can turn out to be a big deal.The company has facilities around the world, each demanding power not only for the servers, but for the HVAC systems required to keep them cool.It's that cooling process which DeepMind has made surprising cuts on, since Alphabet-owned Google allowed it access to a bevy of related systems."It controls about 120 variables in the data centers," DeepMind Co-Founder Demis Hassabis told Bloomberg.
The pick-up in demand in Europe and the savings helped to improved earnings. Also, sales grew faster than expected. indoor climate of buildings and pipe systems supplier Uponor's operating profit rose in April-June EUR 26.5 million in the comparison period to 22.5 million euros. Operating profit excluding items affecting comparability rose to EUR 30.7 million in the comparative period to 23.3 million euros. Profit was clearly better than expected, as the analysis of the service according to Factset analysts expected on average, the comparable operating profit of EUR 26.6 million. According to a summary of the US HVAC market performance continued to be strong, and also inconsistent demand in Europe picked up in a number of markets.
Here's one of those gadgets you might want to have around, just in case.This wireless inspection camera is ideal for HVAC inspection, cable routing, automotive inspection & maintenance, or for anybody who just likes to drop things into dark confined spaces.Simply put, this waterproof camera/scope lets you see into those hard-to-see spaces.The camera is flexible, 3.2 ft in length, and roughly the size of a 2 pencil.It has an adjustable high-intensity LED light and an attachable hook, mirror, and magnet.Everything you need for the annoying nooks and crannies in your life.
Here's one of those gadgets you might want to have around, just in case.This wireless inspection camera is ideal for HVAC inspection, cable routing, automotive inspection & maintenance, or for anybody who just likes to drop things into dark confined spaces.Simply put, this waterproof camera/scope lets you see into those hard-to-see spaces.The camera is flexible, 3.2 ft in length, and roughly the size of a 2 pencil.It has an adjustable high-intensity LED light and an attachable hook, mirror, and magnet.Everything you need for the annoying nooks and crannies in your life.
Let s pretend we re all old dudes in bad shirts at a car show and take a bit to appreciate the crap out of Nash, in six huge ways.Nash wasn t the absolute first to come up with a unibody car design – that honor probably goes to the 1922 Lancia Lambda.Unibody cars dispense with a separate frame and as a result are far lighter, more efficient, and, if you ll look around, by far the most popular way to build mass-market cars today.Sure, a few others did it first, but Nash was the first manufacturer to jump into unibody in a big way, paving the way for literally everybody else.Flow-through ventilation and modern car HVAC systemsAre you a fan of not dying of heatstroke in your car?
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