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Level Touch the New Way to Lock a Door

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Starting Aug.25, 2020 the company Level Home has invented a brand new innovative idea. The Level Touch is the company’s second product in one year to hit the market. It has the same intelligent and smooth design as the Level Bolt.

Level The company was able to secure $71 million in investment funds from Walmart and Lennar Homes. Using the funding the company has been working on ways to better people’s lives. What better way to do that than to invent helpful products.

The Level Home innovative products — like the Level Bolt and now the Level Touch — transforms any standard deadbolt or lock into a modern-day smart lock. The company unveiled its Level Lock system on Oct.15, 2019.

Level Home was founded in late 2016 by the company’s CEO John Martin and the CTO Ken Goto. Martin has gone on record saying “Many smart home products on the market today overemphasize technology and as a result, complicate our everyday lives.”

They came up with their technological design to improve the lives of people all over the world. According to the Level’s website the new level Touch costs around $329. The Touch uses the same interior structure as the Bolt.

The two systems allow the users to add a capacitive touch to lock or unlock a door. The system uses Bluetooth LE to authenticate the authorization to enter the premises. The combination of the two allows a person to enter with just a simple touch.

The Touch — like the Bolt — has no bulky battery packs or motors attached to the door itself. The system does not use fingerprint scanners or keypads outside the building. The Level emphasizes the simplicity of installing their locking systems — all one needs is a screwdriver— by saying it only takes roughly 10 minutes.

The company says they have used the highest standards for their stainless steel locks. The system also uses Near-Field-Communication (NFC) cards to unlock. They have included two of these cards with their locking systems.

The NFC cards are programmed by downloading the Level app onto a phone device. This allows the user to remotely revoke or wipe the cards if they happen to be lost or stolen. The company is in the works of upgrading their mobile app features.

They plan on adding a vacation mode in which to extend the battery level of the locking system while one is away. They also plan on having their system recognize the person’s device as it approaches or leaves. The plan is for the system and the mobile app to recognize each other causing the lock to either open or lock.

At this time both of the Level’s products are compatible with Apple Homekit. Unfortunately, the company has yet to support Google Home or Amazon Alexa. The downside to the Touch is that the keys one has with their original locks will no longer work.

The company is currently working on partnerships with other companies to embed their smart locks into door handles and levers of high-end handle manufacturers. The ingenious technology established by the Level is the one needed if one wishes to keep their smart locks on the down-low.

Written by Sheena Robertson


The Verge: Level’s latest smart lock can be unlocked with a touch

Level: Introducing Level Home, the Company Redefining the Smart Home

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‘Grand Dame of Television’ Betty White Celebrates 99th Birthday [Video]




When Betty White says she “doesn’t need anyone’s permission,” she is not joking. At 99 years old, she has earned that privilege. On her birthday, Jan. 17, 2021, this tiny little powerhouse says she will be staying up as late as she wants.

She is looking forward to a quiet day in her Los Angeles home. White’s longtime friend and agent, Jeff Witjas, will be bringing her flowers and her birthday meal —  a hot dog and french fries.

WhiteAt 5-foot-four, the diminutive comedienne has been honing her craft since the 1930s. Her sparkling blue eyes light up when she packs a punchline or zings someone with her saucy one-liners.

White, also known as The Grand Dame of Television, has had the longest TV career of any performer on their list, explains the writers of in their updated 2020 compilation.

On May 8, 2010, at the tender age of 88, White hosted “Saturday Night Live.” To date, she holds the title of being the oldest person ever to host the comedy/variety program currently in its 46th season.

In an interview with “Parade,” she claims to hold no secrets to her longevity. However, the iconic actress says she does not plan on retiring. White says:

I just love to work, so I’ll keep working until they stop asking.

Watching clips of her on YouTube is an entertaining activity — especially watching her bloopers and any skit with sexual undertones.

She responds with grace when placed in awkward positions, such as the “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” clip when she and Jason Momoa are guests. Momoa shows off his muscular Men’s Health cover during the program, and White responds in her sassy fashion. Ken Saclo commented:

Dude, I know Conan is hilarious, but cmon you gotta give it up to Betty White, who at age 92, is still so sharp, witty, and funny as hell. I highly doubt I will make it to 92, much less be that cool!! She is awesome!

Happy birthday, Queen of Comedy!

Written by Cathy Milne-Ware


AP: Betty White To Mark 99th Birthday By Feeding Ducks, Staying Up Late; by Lynn Elber
IMDb: Betty White Biography 10 Oldest Living Actors in the World (Updated 2020)
History: Betty White becomes oldest “Saturday Night Live” host

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Western Lowland Gorillas Positive for COVID-19 at San Diego Zoo Safari




Members of a lowland gorilla troop tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Earlier this month, two of them began coughing. Since California is experiencing the highest daily rate of infections right, the vet decided it prudent to have them tested. In the Jan. 11, 2021 press release, the USDA and National Veterinary Services Laboratories confirmed the primates were positive for the virus.

Even though three gorillas tested positive for COVID-19, the vet has not ruled out the virus’s presence in other members of the troop. Lisa Peterson, the park’s executive director, explained the primates were doing well. They have some congestion and coughing. The troop is quarantined together. “We are hoping for a full recovery,” she added.

COVIDPeterson said they believe the primates contracted COVID-19 from an asymptomatic staff member even though the park follows the recommended precautions as detailed by the CDC and S.D. Health Department. Staff members always wear PPE when near the gorillas.

Studies have shown that some non-human primates are susceptible to COVID-19 —however, this the first known case of natural transmission to gorillas. Vets do not know if they will experience any serious reaction to the virus.

The park has been closed to the public since Dec. 6, 2020. Since the gorillas are kept a safe distance from visitors at all times, there is no public health risk.

In addition to the gorillas, natural infections have been confirmed in six other animal species, tigers, lions, mink, snow leopards, dogs, and domestic cats. Even though there are verified cases of mink to human COVID-19 transmission in Denmark and the Netherland, there is no evidence that other species can infect humans.

Unfortunately, the news of the COVID-19 infections at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park confirms earlier research that western lowland gorillas and several other rare or endangered species facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild are susceptible to SARS-CoV-2.

“The potential for COVID-like disease outbreak in either captive or wild populations of endangered primates is pretty high,” states Harris Lewin, professor of ecology and evolution at the University of California Davis.

Written by Cathy Milne-Ware


AP: Gorillas test positive for coronavirus at San Diego park; by Julie Watson
National Geographic: Several gorillas test positive for COVID-19 at California zoo—first in the world; by Natasha Daly

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House Votes to Impeach Donald Trump for Inciting the Jan. 6th Insurrection




In a historic move, the House of Representatives will hold President Trump accountable for inciting the insurrection on January 6th using the power of impeachment — for the second time during his four-year term. On Jan. 13, they voted to impeach Donald Trump.

ImpeachDuring three hours of debate, many Republicans and Democrats spoke from their fear. Several GOP House members spoke about the anguish of speaking out against the president; they are afraid of attacks on their families.

When the verbal vote was called, it was not clear which group was louder. As a result, they moved to electronic voting.

At 4:36 p.m. ET., there were 10 Republicans who voted in favor of impeaching the president who joined 232 Democrats — five House members did not cast votes; one Democrat and four Republicans.

McConnell sent a letter to the Senators stating he would not be calling them back before January 19. Therefore, Trump will remain in office no matter what the outcome is today. If Trump is convicted, it will be after he leaves office.

Written by Cathy Milne-Ware


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CNN: READ: The House of Representatives’ article of impeachment against Donald Trump
The New York Times: House poised to impeach Trump for second time: ‘Incitement of insurrection;’ by Rebecca Shabad

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