Have you ever heard of a bat-friendly city? Me neither. But the Dutch town of Zuidhoek-Nieuwkoop is claiming to be the first – and probably only – bat-friendly town in the world. The town is home to many rare and vulnerable plant and animal species, among them a number of rare bat-species. And apparently, bats, although being blind, are bothered by streetlights. The light that’s emitted from typical streetlights disturbs bats’ internal sensors and rhythms and affects their feeding patterns, inner compass, and general nocturnal behavior. Bats typically feed on a variety of insects, and these tend to swarm around lights. Signify (the new company name of Philips Lights, since May 2018) has developed the special streetlights used in Zuidhoek-Nieuwkoop. Along with the University of Wageningen and other NGO’s active in conservation, they’ve designed the special light recipe that emits a red color and uses a wavelength that doesn’t interfere … [Read more...] about This Dutch town uses high-tech streetlights to keep their bats happy
The Dutch company RemetzCar has some history modifying Teslas, making an elegant hearse that was allegedly the first stretched Tesla ever. Now, by commission from “Dutch collectioneur Floris de Raadt” (what the hell is a “collectioneur?”) they’ve made what they’re calling a Tesla Model S Shooting Brake, even though this thing is clearly a wagon and not a shooting brake. The conversion’s design was handled by Dutch designer Niels van Roij, but the fundamental concept was from de Raadt, who tells us in RemetzCar’s press release: “The idea was to translate my Tesla Model S into a dynamic and sporty yet elegant Shooting Brake, rather than creating a car with maximum luggage space. Niels van Roij Design developed several options for the conversion, focusing on premium design combined with limited conversion costs: thus making coach building available for a larger group of connoisseurs. Our favourite was the option called ‘Bold … [Read more...] about This Tesla Model S Shooting Brake Is Beautiful But Not A Shooting Brake
The new series which will be released this month, includes Android Mini figures which can be taken apart and mixed and matched. Heavily robot themed, the new series will be called the ‘robot revolution’ and should, if past series are anything to go by, feature 16 Android figures. In this Part 4 post, we see another three, but before we get there keen eyed Android mini fans will have noticed an unannounced one in the header of the last post. Standing atop the box of Androids was this drone toting droid: But on with the new ‘Droids’ starting with “WONK-3” from Dutch design duo LouLou & Tummie. Wonk-3 will be available in 1/16 ratio, with a limited edition chase colour variant as well. Onwards to an Android figure that speaks to me with the “RECLAIMER” from Dead Zebra Inc who describe it as ‘a robot… of death!’ Reclaimer will appear once in every box of 16, and just looks the business as a skeleton painted droid. … [Read more...] about Dead Zebra announces May 10th release for Robot Revolution series of Android Minis
Look at that notch in the image at the top of the screen, Samsung fans. You thought you had escaped it, didn’t you? You thought that somehow, some way, Samsung was going to be the one major player in the smartphone market that didn’t shameless copy Apple’s latest iPhone design. But alas, it appears as though old habits can be difficult to kick. Samsung is a company that rose to the top of the smartphone industry by shamelessly copying every Apple product it could. The company literally wrote the book on copying Apple. And now, it appears as though Samsung is going back to its old playbook by working on a new smartphone design that blatantly copies Apple’s tenth-anniversary iPhone. Don't Miss: This $99 robot vacuum on Amazon will clean your house without cleaning out your wallet Hardcore Android fans hate the notch. They really, really hate the notch. That makes sense, of course, since it’s a design feature that Apple popularized. Sadly, it looks like … [Read more...] about Shocker: Samsung is working on a phone design that copies the iPhone X’s notch
You can find some quirky holiday rentals on Airbnb from a mermaid-themed seashell house to a Dr. Seuss-inspired home but now there's a new listing that's caught holidaymakers' attention. That's because this very luxurious apartment boasts a unique location... inside a former industrial crane. The impressive Yays-Crane Apartment is three-storeys high and boasts everything you'd expect from a glamorous flat - think lush interiors, amazing views, large open spaces and huge comfortable beds. Basically, total bliss. The eye-catching crane is situated in the heart of Amsterdam's man-made KNSM Island, a former industrial harbour turned into a residential area packed with shops, restaurants and art galleries. The Figee crane once served to help unload cargo, but nowadays it's a swanky penthouse suite where tourists can spend the night for an unforgettable break. Designed by famous Dutch designer Edward van Vliet, the property includes two bedrooms, a large open plan living room and a … [Read more...] about You can now spend the night inside a crane in Amsterdam
Technology Rory Cellan-Jones Technology correspondent @BBCRoryCJ on Twitter 30 March 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with Messenger Share this with Messenger Share this with Email Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-43596004 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel What happens when you take part in a Facebook quiz? As the row grows over how much data the social media giant is sharing, Tech Tent explores what marketers … [Read more...] about Tech Tent: Facebook’s quiz question
Business By Matthew Wall Technology of Business editor 23 March 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with Messenger Share this with Messenger Share this with Email Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42963408 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Finnish start-up Varjo has developed a prototype virtual reality (VR) headset that its makers claim gives an image 50 times sharper than most other headsets currently on the … [Read more...] about Virtual reality as sharp as the human eye can see?
Business By Chris Baraniuk Technology reporter 20 March 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with Messenger Share this with Messenger Share this with Email Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link http://www.bbc.com/news/business-43259905 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel With the world's population likely to reach 11 billion by the end of this century, there will be increasing pressure on farmers to maximise their use of agricultural land, and also on … [Read more...] about Would you eat chicken grown in a lab?
When and where is it on? When: Thursday 12th April Where: Bank of Ireland Grand Canal Square Time: 18:00-20:00 What was the inspiration to start it? This is a collaboration between the eCommerce Association of Ireland (ECAI) and RockBoost growth hacking agency on how new and innovative growth techniques can be leveraged in eCommerce to deliver more value to the end customer and ultimately, increase revenue. Introduction What can you learn from the early days of eBay, Amazon, and Shopify? It seems hard to believe today, but there was a time when eBay was a lowly startup only used by hardcore thrifters, buyers and sellers, Amazon was a niche website frequented only by bookworms searching for an obscure novel, and Shopify was a lean and scrappy startup holding meetings in coffee shops for the free wifi! So how did these companies grow from such modest origins into the colossal eCommerce heavyweights we know today? Was it magic or something else? Despite what many believe, their incredible … [Read more...] about How to Boost your eCommerce Sales with Growth Hacking
AMSTERDAM—Walking into De Ceuvel feels a bit like walking into a post-apocalyptic utopia. A dozen or so houseboats litter the ground around a gathering place, where a rusted hull has been cut in half and converted into benches. Slanted solar panels pepper the rooftops of structures built out of recycled materials, all of which are overlooked by an elevated greenhouse. Just north of central Amsterdam, this shared work space is an experiment in how to take an entire community off the grid. It’s beautiful. De Ceuvel got its start in 2012, when it secured at 10-year lease on a plot of land that had been a polluted shipyard. The new tenants quickly transformed the space into what they call a “Cleantech Playground.” That means almost everything within De Ceuvel’s walls is recycled, and folks working there seek to reuse everything from wastewater to heat. The Dutch call this circular living, and if De Ceuval is any indicator, it can work remarkably well, even … [Read more...] about This Rusty Old Shipyard Might Be the Greenest Place in Europe