Items tagged with smart lock

You win some and you lose some, and unfortunately for Otto, a smart lock startup that was ever-so-close to shipping its first product, the door is now slammed shut on the company. Otto founder and CEO Sam Jadallah stated in long-winded Medium post that an acquisition deal crumbled at the least minute, leaving the startup in shambles and forcing it to shut down despite having shown off its smart lock product just months earlier. Otto's fate is a cautionary tale to other startups. Sadly for Jadallah and company, the decision to move away from investments and go all-in with an acquisition offer proved fatal, as the company's hands were tied during the buyout process that never came to fruition.... Read more...
Over the past two decades, Amazon has grown to become the dominant force in the online retail space, and has changed our expectations for how fast we receive items with 2-day Prime shipping. That has expanded with services like Prime Now, which can have a package on your front door within 1 hours of placing an order. Now, the retail giant is taking those efforts one step further with Amazon Key, which is a new service that allows couriers to deliver a package inside your home while you are away. The benefits of such a service are readily apparent. If you have a high-dollar item like a flat-screen TV or an expensive notebook being delivered to your home, but you work a regular to 9-to-5 job, you'd... Read more...
Smartphone security is a double-edged sword. If you're lax with security and leave your phone unlocked all the time, you're inviting mischief. And if you lock it down with a passcode or some other method, you'll have to unlock it each time you use it. Or do you? Turns out Google's working on a new Smart Lock mode that can detect when you're holding or carrying your phone.Called "On-body detection," the new feature uses your phone's accelerometer to detect whether you've laid your phone down or if you're carrying the device, either in your hand or in your pocket. As long as you're carrying your handset in your hand or your pocket, the feature will keep it unlocked, saving you from having to punch... Read more...