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UK government is working on a plan B in case the Brexit talks will not go as planned

The British government is working on a B plan for the possibility of just in case the negotiations between the UK and the European Union on Brexit, will not unfold as planned, said Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday.

During an interview with the BBC May said that she believes her Florence speech from last week gave impetus regarding the talks for Brexit, adding that she deeply hopes to reach to an agreement with the EU officials in order to finalize the divorce procedure by March 2019.

“The government is working on what should be implemented if there is no agreement. We also work to have a fair deal for the United Kingdom. Government departments are looking to see what changes are needed and what we need to implement”, added Theresa May.

The big investment banks that have their European headquarters in London initiated their plans of creating new trading hubs in other parts of the region in anticipation of Brexit despite Britain’s commitment to a two-year transition period after March 2019, according to sources familiar with the situation, quoted by Bloomberg.

They are not sure that agreement will be reached with the EU, and waiting for such an agreement would generate very high costs.

Technology

The vision of Dieter Zetsche, president of Mercedes-Benz Cars

Mercedes-Benz continued its series of premieres at the Frankfurt Motor Show, where the focus was mainly on the electric car segment.

Dieter Zetsche, chairman of Daimler’s board of directors and president of Mercedes-Benz Cars, and Britta Seeger, a member of Daimler’s board of directors, spoke about the changes from the automotive industry and the future of diesel engines.

The main novelty of Mercedes-Benz was the announcement that they will launch 50 different electric models by 2022.

The German carmaker will cover all existing classes as well as the full range of vehicles produced under the smart brand.

More specifically, all smart cars will be electric in five years

The announcement is part of Daimler’s plans to take the electric vehicle segment to 25% of total sales.

In this respect, the company presented the smart Vision EQ fortwo concept, a fully autonomous electric car for car-sharing.

Even though the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE attracted attention in Frankfurt, the German manufacturer also brought the EQA concept – the Electric version of the Class A model.

The EQA series version will come into production in 2020, and even if the car does not look like the presented concept, there are chances the design will give an indication of the range of electric power that Mercedes-Benz will launch in the next few years.

The EQA concept has two electric motors that generate a combined 268-horsepower power and is equipped with a battery that provides up to 400 kilometers of autonomy.

An interesting feature is the fast loading, which promises a 100-kilometer autonomy in just 10 minutes.

Technology

The first airline in the world who will tell you anything you want to know about your flight on… WhatsApp

KLM WhatsApp

KLM WhatsApp

 

This pilot program is a really bold move for WhatsApp

The messaging application was launched in several countries already and the service will become widely available in the upcoming weeks.

WhatsApp and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines have launched this premium test which is supposed to confirm if the new service offered by WhatsApp it’s going to be successful or not.

KLM now offers worldwide booking information, check-in notifications, boarding, flight status update, and answers in 10 different languages ​​directly on WhatsApp through the WhatsApp Business official application.

KLM is one of the first companies and the first airline in the world with a confirmed WhatsApp Business account.

“I am very proud because KLM is the first airline in the world with a WhatsApp Business account. We want to be where our customers are and, given the 1 billion users, you have to be on WhatsApp. our customers around the world are a safe way of receiving flight information and asking questions 24/7. This is certainly an important step in our social media strategy”, said KLM President and CEO Pieter Elbers.

Providing flight information to customers through the WhatsApp account makes access to information easy by making it available in the airport, on the road or at home.

Customers can also directly contact KLM agents 24/7 via the app. The service is available to customers booking tickets or connecting via KLM.com and choosing the option to receive information through WhatsApp.

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Ikea acquires TaskRabbit, the American start-up which provides customers with handymen

 

Ikea will acquire the TaskRabbit start-up, which creates links between “craftsmen” and people who need their services, the most sought service offered by the platform being the assembly of the furniture produced by Ikea, writes Quartz.

TaskRabbit creates connections between customers who require assembly services and people who, for the right price, provide such services.

Transforming the start-up in a branch of the company will help Ikea deliver both delivery and assembly services.

It is not clear how much Ikea has paid in order to acquire the start-up, which so far has gathered $50 million on a crowfunding platform.

Sources familiar with the situation have told Recode that TaskRabbit is able to operate independently under Ikea’s oversight and has the freedom to conclude other partnerships, such as collaboration with Amazon.

The transaction will be terminated by the end of the week.

TaskRabbit is one of the big players in the demand-offer service industry, and was founded in Boston in 2008.

There are startups that wash your clothes, get you a drink, walk your dog or give you massages.

Most of the workers involved in such start-ups are hired as contractors, without benefits and with relatively low incomes.

DIY (Do-it-yourself) is a term that defines a behavioral current based on the need and pleasure of people to be their own craftsmen.

Technology

The demand of robots in most industrial sectors reported an incredible rise in 2017

A World Robotics Report 2017 estimates a rise of 18% increase in the process of implementing robotic solutions in 2017.

Universal Robots welcomes the news that collaborative robots will determine the evolution of the every single sector in the near future.

World Robotics Report 2017, a report released today by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) estimates an 18% increase in industrial robotics equipment for 2017 and around 15% between 2018 and 2020.

Global growth overtaking forecasts, accelerating economic cycles, increasing demand diversification, and the emergence and expected expansion of industry-leading “Industry 4.0” concepts contribute to these optimistic estimates.

This is not exactly a novelty for Universal Robots, whose forefront role is to design collaborative robots (dwarfs), devices expected to score a major evolution in the sector.

The “robot-man collaboration” is already a predominant trend, along with issues such as simplification, ease of installation and use, reduced weight, mobility and affordability.

These factors are essential characteristics of the guys in the vision of Universal Robots, the world market leader in the segment of guys.

“The latest predictions of the World Robotics report practically coincide with our own expectations – and our own vision of the company”, says Esben Østergaard, CTO (Chief Technical Officer, Technical Director) and co-founder of Universal Robots.