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Top Tips for Deterring Burglars

One of the best ways of deterring burglars is to demonstrate that your home has active security. Highly visible alarm boxes and/or security cameras that can be seen from the street will act as deterrence before a thief commits themselves to breaking in.

Having good quality locks is a must, since a door, regardless of its sturdiness, is only as secure as its lock. It is advisable to have two different locks on external doors, one latch type lock that will secure the door automatically and a mortise or deadlock that should be used whilst the house is empty and before going to bed at night. Sliding patio doors should be fitted with anti-lift devices along with removable track locks.

Because burglars will take the path of least resistance, it is important to ensure that windows, especially on the ground floor, are kept closed when the home is unoccupied. Ladders should be stored inside a garage or shed. If you do not have a secure place to store them, then they should be protected by a lock and chain. Shrubbery should be trimmed regularly to avoid providing concealment for burglars and branches that might afford access to upper story windows should be cut off.

Deter Burglars from Your Home

Having good external lighting is an excellent deterrence. While motion detecting lighting is popular, it can be triggered by wildlife, or if incorrectly set by passing pedestrians or cars. An alternative option is low energy lighting fitted with photo-electric cells that automatically activate when the daylight level reaches a certain point. An added bonus with this system is that it will activate even if you are away. Although people commonly leave a spare key hidden outside, it is not a wise thing to do. A better option is to leave a key with a trusted neighbor.

If you have a basement it is a good idea to fit sturdy wire screens to the windows, and always leave the basement door locked, this also applies to doors that lead from a garage to the house. The use of timers to switch on and off lights while you are away is recommended. Never leave a light burning constantly since this is a dead giveaway that the premises are empty.

How to Deter Burglars?

Arrange for mail and newspapers to be picked up by a friend or neighbor or canceled for the duration of your absence. If you are getting work done to your car only gives the mechanics the key to the car and supply your business address not your home one. Make sure you do not leave valuables lying in full view. Store jewelry away out of sight since a burglar is less likely to break in if there is little available reward.

Having a dog is a great deterrence but having on simply to protect your property is not a fair thing to do. Having a system that uses recorded barking may also be deployed. Even if the burglar is uncertain about whether you have a dog or not they are less likely to break in just in case. Always keep the doors and windows locked and carefully check identification before allowing anyone into your home.

Light up to Deter Burglars

Do not announce your absence by leaving a message on your answering machine saying you are not home. Leave a message asking for their name and number and that you will get back to them. Even if you have a security burglar alarm system fitted it is important to follow good security practices since an alarm is not a guarantee that you will not be burgled. It simply makes a burglar less likely to choose your property.Dreambox DM7080 HD PVR
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Oracle Sales Erode as Startups Embrace Souped-Up Free Software

Dan Wagner, the chief executive officer of U.K.-based mobile payments company Powa Technologies Ltd., poses a challenge for database giant Oracle Corp.

Wagner’s company last year began shifting away from pricey products from Oracle and International Business Machines Corp., replacing them with open-source software, which is freely available and can be modified. Now, Wagner said the closely held company is converting virtually all of its operations to free database software.

“They scale and operate extremely well and they don’t cost anything,” Wagner said.

Other companies share Wagner’s view and are shifting to software whose code is public. While the threat to Oracle has been around for years, it’s becoming more intense with recent improvements that make open-source technology more reliable — and appealing to a new generation of multibillion-dollar startups, said Terilyn Palanca, an analyst at Gartner Inc.

“There was pessimism for a decade on whether those things could stand up. The question is largely resolved,” she said. “This open source, this open core model, is something we’re going to see growing and growing through the years.”

Sales Decline

The impact shows up in Oracle’s sales of new software licenses, which have declined for seven straight quarters compared with the period a year earlier. New licenses made up 25 percent of total revenue in fiscal 2014, down from 28 percent a year earlier — a sign the company is becoming increasingly dependent on revenue from supporting and maintaining products at existing customers and having a harder time finding new business. Oracle reports fiscal fourth-quarter earnings next week.

To blunt this, the Redwood City, California-based company is expanding efforts in cloud computing, which will let it sell packaged high-margin services to customers. That may help balance the slowdown in the basic business. It also operates an open-source database called MySQL.

“Does the cloud-related business grow quickly enough to offset any long-term weakness in new software licenses? To us the answer is yes,” said Bill Kreher, an analyst at Edward Jones & Co., who has a buy rating on Oracle. “I would expect to see Oracle continue to gain market share within the cloud.”

Deborah Hellinger, a spokeswoman for Oracle, declined to comment.

Companies contemplating a move away from traditional database sellers such as Oracle have essentially two options: hire internal engineers to corral various free open-source databases, or pay the startups behind the free technologies for some must-have features. Licensing Oracle’s database can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, depending on which of its numerous features customers choose to use.

Free Programs

One of the open-source technologies is the Cassandra database, which was created last decade and has been widely used by companies such as Apple Inc. and Netflix Inc. Though some companies develop and run Cassandra themselves, others go to the main backer, the startup DataStax Inc., for technical features they may not have the expertise to develop themselves.

DataStax, for example, has a customer that paid about $500,000 in Oracle software licenses and now spends $90,000 with DataStax for a similar project, said Matt Pfeil, DataStax’s co-founder. That price difference has started to have a major effect in the industry.

“I think I’ve been in this industry too long to use Oracle,” says Kellan Elliott-McCrea, chief technology officer of Etsy Inc. “I saw so many of my peers in the late ’90s crashing and burning and spending all of their money on Oracle.” Instead, Etsy, an online marketplace for hand-crafted goods, runs on a hodge-podge of open-source databases, primarily MySQL.

‘Sweet Spot’

Not all applications are well-suited to open source, as the systems made by Oracle and others still have capabilities far in excess of the free systems, Palanca said.

“You’re still going to have a class of applications for which these open-source solutions are not yet ready, and that is the continued sweet spot for Oracle,” she said.

Even some really big customers are finding ways to increase their reliance on upstarts. Open source is changing the type of technologies Goldman Sachs Group Inc. deploys in systems relating to messaging and databases, said Don Duet, the co-head of technology at Goldman Sachs. Many of these technologies became “standard parts” of Goldman’s computing infrastructure in the last two years, he said.

“It’s hard not to go into our datacenter and see a tremendous amount of open source running our applications and middleware,” he said. Goldman Sachs recently invested in a funding round for MongoDB Inc., another open source database provider.

Startups’ Shift

A Bloomberg survey of 20 startups valued at more than $1 billion supports the trend. The survey, which included companies such as Cloudflare Inc. and Pinterest Inc., found they placed open-source technologies at the heart of their businesses, with the exception of DocuSign, which had built around Microsoft’s SQL Server.

None of the companies surveyed indicated they had a large Oracle database deployment for their main services, though many used bits of Oracle software to run aspects of their organizations. Uber Technologies Inc., the car service, has committed heavily to Oracle via a worldwide rollout of the company’s E-Business Suite software, but job listings and presentations by Uber employees indicate it relies on a customized version of the free MySQL for its software.

“A lot of the startups now go with MySQL or less expensive options,” said David Wolff, the CEO of Database Specialists, a database consultancy. “The only thing that people complain about with Oracle is how much it costs.”

Extra Features

Companies can pay Oracle to get extra features of MySQL for $2,000 to $10,000 per computer it runs on, but none of the companies indicated this was the case. Others including Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., Facebook Inc., and Google Inc. have even built on MySQL to create their own free variant called WebScaleSQL.

Still, Oracle has its fans. Zach Nelson, the CEO of NetSuite Inc., a cloud enterprise resource planning company, described Oracle’s software as “the best transaction database,” and said it made sense to use it.

“It only costs us 6 percent of revenue, and that’s nothing,” Nelson said.

As open-source databases continue to improve, there may be less reason to pay for Oracle’s products.

“I think more and more organizations are starting to realize the reason Oracle is charging that much is because there’s incredibly sophisticated technology in Oracle,” Palanca said. “Organizations are realizing they don’t need that for everything anymore.”Dreambox DM7080 HD PVR
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New Ride Services Forge Own Specialized Paths

When Trae Vassallo’s children hop in the car to head to their after-school sports practice in the San Francisco Bay Area several times a week, it is not Ms. Vassallo, a full-time working mother of three, who drives them. Nor is it her husband, a nanny or any other caregiver.

Instead, Ms. Vassallo, a venture capitalist with her own firm, has scheduled regular rides for her children using Shuddle, a start-up that lets parents book trips around town for their offspring. In Silicon Valley parlance, Shuddle is the Uber for kids.

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“It’s obviously leveraging the infrastructure that companies like Uber have figured out how to do well,” Ms. Vassallo, a former partner at the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers who has invested in Shuddle, said of the start-up.

Shuddle is just one of a growing number of services to piggyback on the groundwork laid by Uber, the popular ride-hailing service that lets users request cars with a few taps of their smartphone. Apart from an Uber-like service for the under-16 set, there is now also a service for Bay Area commuters (Chariot), a service for Manhattan (Via) and even a service for vans (Leap Transit).

But unlike Uber, Lyft and Sidecar, which are disrupting the transportation market with all-purpose ride-booking services, these new companies focus on specific markets.

The new companies are being fueled by venture capitalists, who are pouring money into these mini-Ubers and mini-Lyfts. In March, Shuddle raised $9.6 million and has amassed a total of more than $12 million. Via, a car-pooling app serving only Manhattan, garnered $27 million in venture capital in April. Chariot, a car-pooling app aimed at commuters, has been operating in the Bay Area for less than a year and has raised $3 million for early expansion.

In total, American transport-related start-ups like Uber and others have raised $7.1 billion in financing since 2010, according to CB Insights, an investment research firm.

“Look at the economics of all of this,” Ms. Vassallo said, pointing to Shuddle and the ubiquitous need for child care and general transport services for children. “It really makes sense not only in the Bay Area but everywhere.”

Yet many of the start-ups face tough odds of success: Uber and Lyft have big head starts in many markets. Uber operates in more than 300 cities worldwide, while Lyft is in about 60 markets in the United States. Trips on those services can go for as little as a few dollars, depending on distance and time. The competition led Hailo, a British ride-booking service similar to Uber, to withdraw from the United States recently.

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Chariot, a service for commuters, dropped off a man in the city’s financial district.
Chariot, a service for commuters, dropped off a man in the city’s financial district.Credit Peter Earl McCollough for The New York Times

The founders of some smaller, niche start-ups said their companies could work even though they concentrate on a subset of the market because they could develop loyal, repeat customers in a handful of cities and expand across the country over time.

They added that they could learn from where Uber failed, altering their business models and best practices to win new users. Uber, for instance, faced criticism for its driver vetting process after several rape and assault allegations against some drivers.

Shuddle said it conducted a rigorous background check and an in-person interview and required two employer references before hiring drivers. It also monitors employee insurance and license records. Shuddle is primarily a child-care service that costs $9 a month for membership and mileage-based fares per ride. The company said that more than 95 percent of its drivers were women because it tended to attract female applicants. “For women drivers on other services, there’s a perception that it might be unsafe,” said Nick Allen, founder and chief executive of Shuddle. “Our average driver is a 50-year-old mom.”

To make their services work as businesses, Leap Transit and Loup, a shuttle-based ride service, have targeted services like Uber and the greater public transit industry, focusing on relatively low fixed prices and standardized routes along commuter lines. That way, commuters may pay slightly more than they would for a public transit ride, yet avoid the potentially higher cost of taking an Uber or Lyft.

Leap Transit, the van-pooling start-up backed by the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, has luxury shuttles catering to fixed routes and is offering rides for $2 for a limited time to gain traction.

Via, a car-pool service that is restricted to most of Manhattan, will drive users anywhere between 110th Street and 14th Street for a fee of $5 to $7, depending on how passengers pay. The service also works with commuter benefits programs offered by some employers, which lets users buy ride credits with pretax income.

Chariot, a ride service app for commuters in the San Francisco Bay Area, runs 14-passenger vans equipped with Wi-Fi along fixed, high-traffic commuter routes. Trips cost $3 to $5, depending on the number of prepaid rides purchased, which is slightly more than the $2.25 cost to ride the local MUNI bus and rail transportation.

“I asked people, ‘Why aren’t you taking an Uber?’ ” said Ali Vahabzadeh, chief executive of Chariot. “They would pull out their phone and Uber would be at a two or three times surge price,” he said, referring to Uber’s practice of increasing fares during times of high demand. “Instead of taking a $2 bus ride, it was comparable to a $20 Uber ride.”

Uber declined to comment.

The start-ups are still working out kinks. Leap Transit recently suspended its service in San Francisco after the California Public Utilities Commission sent the company a cease-and-desist order for operating in the state without a license. The company said on its Facebook page that it would remain offline until it worked through the regulatory issues.

Other ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft have faced similar regulatory hurdles and are slowly changing regulators’ opinions. Uber has won approval from officials in Colorado, California, Oregon and New York, among dozens of the other cities where it does business. But historically, Uber and its ilk have often operated with or without lawmakers’ blessings.

Uber and Lyft are not taking the proliferation of new competitors lying down and are adding new services. Each company now offers a car-pool service, Uber Pool and Lyft Line, that picks up and drops off multiple passengers in one trip, cutting the cost of a trip to a fraction of what it would have been for one rider.

In March, Lyft’s chief executive, Logan Green, said Lyft Line rides accounted for a majority of rides taken in San Francisco, and the company was experimenting with “hot spots,” high-trafficked areas for pickup, similar to some of the commuter start-up methods.

Others say that ride-booking is not a winner-take-all market and the various types of ride services that are popping up are only the beginning.

“Travelers are becoming more multimodal, having different needs for different trips and corresponding mobility choices,” said Susan Shaheen, co-director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley and an adjunct professor at the university. “There is no silver bullet to solving urban passenger transportation issues.”

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Uber is using GPS to punish drivers in China who get too close to protests

Uber is using their tracking devices to identify, and threaten, drivers loitering by taxi protests in China, the Wall Street Journal reports.

For months, there’s been tension in the country between ride-share companies and taxi drivers, who fear the new companies will make it even harder for them to make a living. Bloomberg View’s Adam Minterpointed out the severity of the situation:

“Drivers have not hesitated to disrupt the public’s daily life. In January, when drivers in at least six major cities decided to strike, they didn’t just stop working; they blocked traffic, and even besieged private carsassociated with taxi hailing apps. In at least one instance, riot police were forced to intervene.”

That anger has prompted China to come down especially hard on Uber, says Minter:

“China’s crackdown on Uber, in other words, may have less to do with protecting the owners of politically powerful taxi services than placating the taxi industry’s increasingly volatile labor force.”

So Uber’s been in a shaky place, both with the government and with the taxi-driving community, for a long time now. But the incident that prompted Uber to explicitly warn drivers away from participating in protests, however, happened on Friday. On that day, a local official in Guangzhou reportedly hailed a car driven by one of Uber’s ride-share competitors, Didi Kuaidi. The official tried to arrest the driver, and set another major protest in motion. Quartz describes the scene:

“Dozens of Didi Kuaidi drivers who apparently caught news of the attempted sting surrounded the vehicle, waving signs in support of Didi and demanding the official, who was inside the car, let the driver off the hook. The mass of supporters blocked traffic, and police arrived to break up the crowds, photos posted on Sina Weibo (log-in required) show.”

The next day, Uber told its drivers to keep away from such protests. TheFinancial Times reports that Uber drivers in Hangzhou received a message imploring them: “Please don’t wreck the good urban environment you have all worked so hard to help build… If you are at the scene, leave immediately.”

More damningly, the message added that there would be consequences for those who didn’t follow instructions, and that Uber would track drivers’ GPS devices to make sure they comply. These measures, reports the WSJ, are intended to “maintain social order.” Not something you want to hear from an employer.

An Uber spokesperson in Beijing told Quartz that “we firmly oppose any form of gathering or protest, and we encourage a more rational form of communication for solving problems.”

It makes sense for Uber to tread lightly in China, where it is reportedly planning a rapid expansion, with a price tag of more than one billion dollars. Maybe Uber should spend some of that money figuring out how to deal with its (many) privacy issues, first.Dreambox DM7080 HD PVR
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How Facebook is eating the $140 billion hardware market

It started out as a controversial idea inside Facebook. In four short years, it has turned the $141 billion data-center computer-hardware industry on its head.

Facebook’s extraordinary Open Compute Project is doing for hardware what Linux, Android, and many other popular products did for software: making it free and “open source.”

That means that anyone can look at, use, or modify the designs of the hugely expensive computers that big companies use to run their operations — all for free. Contract manufacturers are standing by to build custom designs and to build, in bulk, standard designs agreed upon by the group.

In software, open source has been revolutionary and disruptive. That movement created Linux, which is the software running most data centers around the world, and Android, the most popular smartphone platform in the world. Along the way, massively powerful companies like Microsoft, Nokia, and Blackberry were disrupted —some to the brink of extinction.

OCP threatens to do the same to decades-old hardware companies like Cisco.

Since it launched in 2011, OCP has:

  • Saved Facebook $2 billion.
  • Cut Fidelity Investments’ data center electric bill by 20%.
  • Nabbed Microsoft as a board member, meaning Microsoft is using OCP hardware in its huge data centers and contributing back to the designs.
  • Ditto for Apple.
  • Created better careers for hardware designers, who can now collaborate instead of being forbidden to share trade secrets.
  • Launched an ecosystem of products and startups.
  • Created a more than $1 billion business for at least one Chinese manufacturer.
  • Put networking giant Cisco on notice.
  • Convinced HP to stop fighting the movement and join it.

An inspiration

Jonathan Heiliger dreamed up OCP in 2011 back when he was leading Facebook’s infrastructure team. Those are the people who oversee the technology that keeps Facebook up and running. (Heiliger is now a VC.)

Jonathan HeiligerLinkedIn/Jonathan HeiligerJonathan Heiliger.

It started off with Facebook’s data centers.

A data center is a huge warehouse-like building filled with thousands and thousands of computer servers and various other pieces of hardware, like racks and switches, that connect them.

Most companies lease space in already existing data centers. But for huge tech companies like Google, Microsoft, Apple, and Amazon, it’s more efficient to build their own.

In 2011, Facebook joined that club.

The computers in Facebook’s data centers ARE Facebook. Everything you do, every picture you store, every status update you post, is computed and stored there.

The trouble was, in 2011, data centers were becoming known as one of the dirtiest, carbon-spewing parts of the tech industry.

Facebook built its state-of-the-art data center in Prineville, Oregon, where it invented ways to use less electricity. So Facebook published the Prineville designs to contribute to the green data-center movement.

Then it occurred to Heiliger: Why not share all of the Facebook’s hardware designs?

“I wrote a short paper, circulated it to Zuck and the rest of team,” he remembers, referring to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Heiliger argued that the technology, particularly the hardware, “is not our competitive advantage.” and that “open source should be a core tenet at Facebook.”

There are some huge advantages to making hardware open source.

Hardware engineers, no matter who they work for, could collaborate. Ideas would flow. New tech would be invented more quickly. Difficult tech problems are fixed faster. And everyone would to share equally in the results.

It would be 180 degrees from the classic culture of patents and lawsuits and trade secrets that has ruled the tech industry for decades. But Facebook didn’t make hardware, so there was no risk to its business.

Zuck was in. One argument was particularly persuasive: “A company in Mountain View thinks their tech was a differentiator. We didn’t believe that,” Heiliger says, referring to the fact that Google builds much of its own hardware and a lot of its own software and keeps most of that stuff a closely guarded secret.

Google’s top guy is not terribly impressed

Now that OCP has become a phenomenon, Google’s top hardware-infrastructure guy (a legend in his world), Urs Hölzle, offers a begrudging respect for the project.

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When asked about OCP, Hölzle told us, “It actually makes a lot of sense because it’s open source for hardware. It’s relatively basic today,” he said. “It could be the start of something a little bit deeper.”

But he simultaneously pooh-poohed how important OCP will ultimately be.

“I think in the long term it’s less important because most people should not use their own racks even if it’s Open Compute. It solves a short-term problem, so for a while it will be relevant because there are a lot of legitimate use cases where you don’t have another choice. In that sense, it competes with the Dells of the world … It will be relevant only for the very, very large companies — for the Facebooks, the Ebays, the Microsofts.”

He doesn’t think its useful for businesses beyond huge internet companies, even those that run their own data centers today, like Citibank.

“Not even Citibank. I think five years from now, my goal is that all the CIO’s of the Citibanks of the world are GCP [Google Cloud Compute] customers. Not because they were forced to but because they realize it’s far better than doing it themselves. … We have financial customers — they are some of the eager adopters, not reluctant adopters.”

Three smart moves

Hölzle is turning a blind eye to the fact that the financial companies are already involved in OCP in a big way today.

That’s because Helinger did several smart things when he started this project.

First, he hired Frank Frankovsky away from Dell to help Facebook invent hardware and to lead Open Compute Project. Frankovsky quickly became its face and biggest evangelist.

Frank Frankovsky FacebookFacebookFacebook open-source hardware guru Frank Frankovsky.

 

Next, he got Intel, a much older company with lots of experience in open source, on board. Intel’s legal team set up OCP’s legal structure so that all companies could share technology without fear that they would forced to share secrets they didn’t want to expose.

“Intel, their legal team are incredibly savvy about IP law,” Frankovsky says. After they set up that up, Intel signed on as a founding member.

Then, he asked Goldman Sachs’ Don Duet to join the board.

Duet tells us, “We knew the team at Facebook for several years, before people like Frank and others joined. In 2007 and 2008, Facebook was starting to grow and they called on us to help and advise them on how to run infrastructure.” (Goldman Sachs helped Facebook raise a late-stage investment round and was one of the bankers involved in its IPO.)

Duet liked the idea of OCP. He thought the hardware industry was lagging because it was dominated by a few huge hardware vendors. “It felt bespoke,” he describes.

He knew they were onto something almost immediately at OCP’s first conference.

“We thought maybe 50 people would show up.” Instead over 300 came. “That was incredible,” he remembers.

Flash forward to March 2015: Over 2,500 people came to US conference held at the San Jose Convention Center, OCP’s new full-time CEO Corey Bell tells us.

The financial industry is on board

Goldman has been happy to buy OCP servers.

Goldman Sachs Don Duet Goldman SachsGoldman Sachs managing director Don Duet.

“We started at mid-point last year purchasing OCP servers,” he says. Now Goldman has committed that “80% of its servers would be OCP.” It will only buy regular commercial servers for oddball, outlier applications, where it doesn’t make sense to spend time on custom designs.

Duet says Godman will never go back to buying servers the old way. “We’ve been clear to the vendor community. There’s no reason to go backwards. We didn’t go back after adopting open-source operating systems.”

With Goldman as a marquee user of OCP, Frankovsky shrugs off Hölzle’s slam.

“If you’re using 100 to 200 computers, that’s 80% of everyone on the Internet, you should use the cloud. The question always comes up, when should you exit the cloud? When you’re spending enough money on your cloud bill that a small fraction of that should pay for an engineering team.”

For instance, Citibank, Goldman Sachs, and other financial services companies will spend nearly $200 billion combined on tech in 2015 alone.

“The fascinating thing is that industry most ravenous to adopt OCP has been the finance world,” Frankovsky says.

In fact, another huge financial tech firm recently went public with its use of OCP: Fidelity Investments. Fidelity says OCP hardware has reduced its data center energy bill by 20%, among other benefits.

A $1 billion business in just a couple of years

By 2013, just two years into the project, Heiliger knew it would be a hit.
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Alibaba to launch Netflix-like video streaming service called TBO or Tmall Box Office in about two months in China

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA.N) will launch an online video streaming service in China in about two months, hoping to emulate the U.S.’s Netflix Inc (NFLX.O) and HBO, the firm’s head of digital entertainment said on Sunday.

The service will be called ‘TBO’, or Tmall Box Office, with content bought from China and other countries, as well as in-house productions, Alibaba’s Patrick Liu told reporters in Shanghai.

TBO will launch into a competitive online video market in China, where companies are spending billions of dollars to buy media content to attract enough viewers to become dominant.

Alibaba’s new service will go up against the likes of Tencent Holdings Ltd (0700.HK), Baidu Inc’s (BIDU.O) iQiyi, Sohu.com Inc (SOHU.O) and Leshi Internet Information & Technology Corp Beijing (LeTV) (300104.SZ).

“Our mission, the mission of all of Alibaba, is to redefine home entertainment,” said Liu. “Our goal is to become like HBO in the United States, to become like Netflix in the United States.”

It was not immediately clear how the service would fit with Youku Tudou Inc (YOKU.N), one of China’s biggest video streaming platforms in which Alibaba bought a 16.5 percent stake last year.

However, unlike the majority of domestic rivals, about 90 percent of TBO’s content will be paid for, either by monthly subscription or on a show-by-show basis, Liu said. The remaining 10 percent would be free.

Netflix itself is also considering an entry into China, a notoriously difficult task for foreign Internet companies.

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GSM/GPRS Transformer Alarm System

GSM/GPRS Transformer Alarm System
Name:GSM/GPRS Transformer Alarm System
Model:YL-007P2
Memo:GSM alarm system,transformer alarm system,electronic alarm system ,security alarm,safety alarm

products introduction

This is an electronic alarm system.. It can monitor the base stations,substations,power distribution rooms,oil fields,mines,docks,street lamps,billboards,farms,orchards, fishponds,forests,transformer stations , GSM stations, Weather Stations, Control rooms, Oil and Gas pipelines monitors, River Monitoring Flood Controls, Valve controls ,Pumping Stations, Power Stations Monitoring and other unattended positions. The MMS function of YL-007P2 has been won the national utility models patent, (patent number: ZL2003 2 0107152.9)

 

  • Adopt tri-band GSM 900/1800/1900 MHz wireless network, no distance limit to alarm.
  • Support GSM/CDMA mobile phone, compatible Chinese / English message function, long distance to receive alarm and arm / disarm.
  • Can per-set 5 alarm phone numbers with room number, can send alarm signal to owners, policeman and the monitoring center.
  • Password operation to ensure system security, SMS password settings, remote arm/disarm.
  • User can remotely control the system , 3 output and home appliance via phone or mobile phone.
  • The host has 3 wired input ports, convenient to connect a variety of alarm device.
  • The host has 1 relay output port, convenient to connect power and video when alarming.
  • The host has internal siren port, can switch between the silence and alarm voice .
  • Anti-destroy alarm function, if open the machine chassis, the host will send alarm SMS .
  • Can work with SMS monitoring center via network .
  • Built-in 7AH battery ( optional ) , automatically recharge .

 

Technical parameters:

  • Static Current :30 mA
  • Power Supply :DC12 V
  • Working Temperature: -40℃ ~ +55℃
  • Support GSM 900/1800/1900 MHz tri-band mode
  • Support PHASE2/2 & protocol  (Including data services)
  • Transmission Power: (2W)/EGSM900, (1W)/GSM1800 GSM1900
  • Input Ports : 3
  • Power Voltage : AC 380V (3-phase 4-wire )  AC220V (2-phase 2-wire)
  • Size:280*230*95mm

Standard pack components

1 main panel, 1 manual

 

gsm security alarm system

2012 hot auto-dial SMS alarm system with LCD display YL-007ZX

products introduction

This product can choose many kinds of languages such as: French, Spanish, Polish and etc
100 wireless and 8 wire defense zones.
At most 8 wireless remote control codes.
Blue backlighting graphic display for clear information.
6 groups of voice alarm phones (mobile phone), and 2 groups of phones in alarm receipt center.
Built-in perpetual calendar and clock; automatic logging of alarm cases by time sequence.
Message recording playback: human recording, synchronous playback for recording effect in audition.
More defense modes: remote defense, keypad defense, and non-local remote defense by telephone; stay-in defense, timing defense, and individual defense in zones.
Programming of defense zone type: all zones could be programmed via keypad for immediate, delayed, 24-hour and bypass alarm modes.
Alarm Position Programming: Intelligent automatic speech recognition: SOS alarm, fire alarm, gas leak, magnetic contact alarm, hall alarm, window alarm, balcony alarm, and perimeter alarm
Timing defense and withdrawal: console features automatic timing defense and withdrawal.
Intelligent Music Alarm: full voice prompt. During defense at home, console music and voice alarm, external siren mute; during defense in the absence, console voice alarm, loud external siren alarm.
Password Recovery: Whether the console is in defense or withdrawal, the lost password can be recovered.
Intelligent learning code: intelligent learning code, newly added with detector which is prompt and efficient, and convenient and simple.
Console status memory: automatic console memory for defense and withdrawal, which could enable the console to automatically recover defense or withdrawal before power cut after the reset upon power cut or shut down.
Event Log Query: console automatically records 45 pieces of all information concerning defense, withdrawal and alarm events.
Line priority alarm: the console will cut the busy call and switch to priority alarm in case of the alarm during ongoing call, no matter incoming or outgoing call.
Phone disconnection detection: automatic detection and alarm warning in line disconnection, for anti-sabotage of telephone lines.
Remote control: through remote phone (cell phone) dial-up, many operations could be realized, like defense, withdrawal and on-site monitoring by the console in the remote control form.
Console is equipped with battery box, with optional AAA NI-HM rechargeable battery. Console meets 3C safety standards and national standard GB12663-2001
Compatible with internationally accepted protocol of alarm receipt center: Ademco Contact ID alarm communication protocol.

GSM security alarm

GSM alarm system with RFID & APP control and Touch keypad

GSM alarm system with RFID & APP control and Touch keypad
GSM alarm system with RFID & APP control and Touch keypad
GSM alarm system with RFID & APP control and Touch keypad
Name:GSM alarm system with RFID & APP control and Touch keypad
Model:YL-007M2G
Memo:

products introduction

  Features:
  Multi-languages voice; system volume is adjustable (low, medium and high);
  99 RFID cards to arm, disarm, and control the relay;
  SMS notification for disarm by RFID card; SMS content (of the first 10 cards) is editable;
  12-second voice message: by control panel or remotely;
  Broadcast system time and play voice message;
  Use panel as a telephone to make calls;
  Set the system by control panel, SMS or remote calls;
  10 remote controls, 99 wireless and 2 wired defense zones;
  Sensor low power alert and tamper alert;
  Some of SMS alarm contents are editable;
  SMS alert for control panel tamper, low power, power failure/ recovery;
  Remotely control the relay.

GSM security alarm

3G Remote Alarm Camera

3G Remote Alarm Camera
3G Remote Alarm Camera
Name3G Remote Alarm Camera
ModelYL-3G-04
Memo3G camera, 3G monitor, ,Wireless outdoor system, Anti-theft moniter system

products introduction

Features:

  • Use USIM card, and support WCDMA 3G network;
  • Built-in 2.0 Mega pixels CMOS camera and infrared light;
  • Built-in PIR Detection: automatic detect after setting defense;
  • Built-in MIC and speaker: enables two-way intercom;
  • Remote control by mobile message;
  • SMS alarm, call alarm with video, and voice call alarm;
  • Alarming process automatic record into T-Flash card;
  • Use wireless remote-control handle to make video call;
  • Support 15 wireless alarming sensors;
  • Can preset 11 mobile numbers that would receive alarms;
  • Assort the suction pad bracket, can be used in vehicles;
  • Built-in replaceable LI battery AC-DC shift, automatically recharge.

Technical parameters:

Power adaptor: Input 100V~240V/50Hz  Output DC 5.5V/2A
Working temperature: -10℃~+45℃
Storage temperature: -20℃~+60℃
Relative humidity: 10-90%,Non-condensing
Working band: HSDPA/UMTS 850/1900/2100 MHz
EDGE/GPRS/GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Wireless sensor receiving mode: ASK
Wireless sensor receiving frequency: 315/433 MHz
Wireless sensor Baud rate: 500-2500bps
Max. wireless sensor: 15
Effective distance of remote control: 50m
Video format:MP4
Camera shooting angel: 67 degree (the max can make120 degree)
Best shooting distance at night: ≤6m (right side)
Built-in Lithium battery: 1000mAh
The standby time of battery: 24 hours when infrared light is off

GSM security alarm system