How Europe Is Competing With Silicon Valley

In 2008 Silicon Valley was named the most influential technology hotspot in the world by silicon.com. It’s no surprise given that Apple, the richest company in the world and the company that all technology fans are looking at, is based there and is making strides in both hardware and software development.

People in Europe will be pleased to know that it isn’t all happening in California though – Europe has its own share of innovation within technology, which could of course lead to more IT jobs.

London ranked third in silicon.com’s poll thanks to its status as a capital in media and world banking, and the smart use of technology in businesses that are based in the English capital. Cambridge was listed sixth on the panel. It’s considered a high tech hub in Britain thanks to close links between Cambridge University and some of the biggest names in technology.

Most noticeable about the list wasn’t the countries that were included, but those that weren’t. Italy, France and Germany were all omitted, but Germany seems set to change that.

Berlin is home to software maker Metaversum, which is situated right next door to the Game Academy. Game Academy is Europe’s first ever school for aspiring programmers. Most refreshing is that Metaversum is home to dozens of young adults aged 25-35 – a pinball machine in the hallway reaffirms its fresh outlook – and the company develops Twinity, a 3D virtual world mirroring the real world, complete with real people and places. Twinizens, as the virtual people are called, rent flats, socialise with films and music, go shopping and run businesses. Berlin and Singapore versions are currently in beta testing, and other cities including London are planned also.

Metaversum’s founder and CEO moved to Berlin from Brussels because he thinks the city is full of talent and other software makers, a fact represented by the 2,600 software companies in Berlin. In the 12 years since the millennium that number has more than doubled, and is so rapidly growing that software is the fastest-growing sector in the city’s economy.

Beyond Metaversum, Berlin has 38,000 people employed in IT, with the industry turning over seven billion euros a year. Not only that, but Berlin is also the centre for video games and mobile entertainment. Indeed, the German capital has become something of a home for start-up technology businesses, with new companies springing up seemingly all the time. The audio sharing site SoundCloud began in Berlin, and it isn’t alone. Berlin has some unique features that are facilitating this growth: it has a thriving alternative scene and relatively cheap real estate, making it a place that’s easy for youngsters to get established.

A new project called The Factory has recently begun, which aims to put various companies under one roof, SoundCloud included. This move will allow people from different companies to share company of other people, providing a typical working office environment but with a twist – co-workers will be from other organisations. This plan could have a tremendous positive impact on creativity and new ideas and organisations. Betahaus is an existing place where many technology workers already go to spend time in the company of like-minded people, so The Factory has in a sense been able to use that as its market research. Betahaus is a coffee shop that has become a hub for the tech crowd, and has somewhere they can exchange ideas, talk over plans and even loan office space. The boom in start-ups in Berlin has taken root to such an extent that people are moving there solely to get involved with their own company, meaning the boom is likely to continue indefinitely.

So while Silicon Valley may be number one right now, Europe isn’t going to rest on its laurels. If Berlin continues in the vain it has for the past few years, Silicon Valley could be knocked from its perch soon.

Door Locks and Latches – Important Door Accessories

How safe is your home? Are your door accessories durable enough to secure your door and home property? Securing one’s property is a concern of every individual especially homeowners. Having a door locks and latches in your home could help secure your property. This product of Architectural Ironmongery have been used hundreds of years ago and is evident that it was developed in the Egyptian, Greek, and Roman Civilization.

In our own times, we used Architectural Ironmongery products all throughout the day. We almost encounter this metal instruments everyday. Just like the door locks and latches. We always see and used it in times when we need to get in and out of the house. To better know how door locks and latches made of, their history and uses, let me define and state it below.

First of all, door locks is a mechanical or electrical device which is used to enclosed property such as the door of your house, or vehicle. It may be mechanical in a way that it can be released by using key and electrical by using remote control to released the door locks. Wooden locks and keys were developed 4000 years ago. Modern locks is what we’re using up to this days. It may be made of stainless steel, brass, or chrome.

There are different types of locks that we are using today. First is the Pin-Tumbler Locks which is mostly used in the Western World. It has been around since 2000 B.C. This lock was large, heavy, and made of wood, with pins made of metal usually bronze but sometime iron. Next type is the Wafer Locks. It is also known as Disc Tumbler Lock. It is often used in automobiles and cabinetry. This is usually made of die-casted zinc alloy. Next is the Lever Locks. It was invented in Europe in the 17th century. This is built of very strong materials and a popular lock type for safety. This is widely used door locks in some countries.

There are many types of door locks and the above mentioned are the most common. Now, we proceed to door latches. Stated below are the most common types of door latches and its function.

Door latches is a type of mechanical fastener that is used to join two or more objects together while allowing for the regular or eventual separation of the objects. This is different with the door locking mechanism of doors and windows. Door latches typically engaged another piece of hardware on the other mounting surface. There are different type of door latches. First is the Slam Latch. Slam latch uses spring and is by slamming of the door. Its mechanism is to hold the door closed. It is very ideal for industrial and construction application. Next is the Cam lock. This is a type of latch with a base and a cam. The base is where the key is used to rotate the cam. These were the most common latches together with deadbolt latch, spring latch and rotary latch.

There are wide range of door locks and latches available, each corresponding to a specific use. If you are going to hunt or to look for a door locks and latches which you will going to incorporate on your doors, just visit your local Architectural Ironmongery online or in store shops.