Technology August smart locks can now let the delivery driver into your home

05:01  10 january  2018
05:01  10 january  2018 Source:   Engadget

'A bit unusual': Frozen locks halt six ships near Kahnawake

  'A bit unusual': Frozen locks halt six ships near Kahnawake The vessels should be moving "within the next day or so." They were stationed in the canal near the locks to be sheltered from more adverse weather conditions. "We don't want anyone to be under the mistaken notion that there's some kind of unusual risk present," he said.In the meantime, Seaway employees are keeping in contact with the Coast Guard, and scraping the ice buildup off the lock walls and gates, Bogora said. With the weather influencing this final set of vessels passing through the locks, their closing has been pushed back until further notice, Bogora said.

Walmart is hoping you trust the company enough to let its delivery drivers into your home even if you're not in. The retailer has teamed up with smart home accessories-maker August Home to test a new delivery method in Silicon Valley

Amazon delivery drivers will be able to let themselves into our homes and drop off packages in the hallway starting in November. Granting remote access to your home is nothing new. Smart lock companies like August already offer such For now , these include smart locks by Yale and Kwikset.

a man sitting on a table © Provided by Engadget While Amazon continues to toy with the idea of granting delivery drivers one-time access to your front door (or car trunk) to safely stow packages away from nimble-fingered thieves, August Home has gone ahead and added the functionality to its line of smart locks. The company announced on Tuesday that it is teaming with same-day delivery service, Deliv, to offer in-home package drops.

Dubbed "August Access" the new feature will work on all August Smart Locks, as well as Yale residential locks and a smattering of commercial ones (ie the ones at the main entrance of apartment complexes). So, if you order same-day delivery from a website that's partnered with Deliv, you'll have the option to opt in for in-home delivery. Doing so generates a one-time password that the delivery driver can use to open the August lock and gain access. And to make sure that there's no shenanigans taking place, customers can watch the delivery take place in real time or view a recording of it later.

CES showed us smart displays will be the new normal .
Before the start of CES 2018, the only real smart speakers with a display were the Amazon Echo Show and the Echo Spot. But now that Google has partnered with several manufacturers to make a whole line of Echo Show rivals, a bona fide new device category has been born: the smart display. The simple reason for this argument is that the display makes such devices much more useful. Sure, you could have Alexa or Google Assistant tell you there's a Starbucks 1.5 miles away from you. But wouldn't it be nice to actually see where it is on a map? Or if you wanted to know the time, you could just, you know, look at the screen.

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