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Uber suspends operations in Vienna after unfavorable judgment

Uber was forced to temporarily suspend its activities in the Austrian capital after an unfavorable verdict in court. But the company ensures that this is only part of the discount.

The bad news is accumulating for Uber in Europe: after the suspension of its service in Athens and Bratislava , its difficulties in maintaining its activities in London and the judgment of the Court of Justice of the Union to allow regulators to consider the society as a regulation of transport companies , and not of services, it is from Austria that a new trap has come.

FILING COMPLAINT

The US company specializing in bringing individuals into contact with drivers offering a transport service has been banned from offering UberX, UberBlack and UberVan services in Vienna, the Austrian capital, through justice. A ban that the group however intends to fight, she said in a statement taken by AFP .

”  We are working hard to change our practices to be able to offer our services again in a few days,  ” she says. Uber was faced with a lawsuit filed in the Vienna Commercial Court by a local taxi company that believes the US group’s offer constitutes unfair competition.

The vandalism of self-service bicycles, a problem not so French

Degradation, theft, negligence: self-service transport is being abused by users, not only in France. In the United States, companies are trying to fight against vandalism that spares neither scooters, bicycles, electric or not.

In the United States, people are damaging and stealing self-service electric scooters, the Washington Post reported on   April 19. The American companies  Bird Rides , LimeBike , Spin and Waybots are facing theft and vandalism problems that can also be found on the European side. So, is the public ready for the technology that is available to them and that could significantly change urban transportation?

STICKS IN THE WHEELS OF SELF-SERVICE

The Anglophone media discusses the difficulties faced by American communities in apprehending these new services. For example, the city of Austin, Texas, reportedly seized more than 50 self-service electric scooters. As for San Francisco, California,  66 scooters were seized  and the city had to send a cease and desist order , which mentions a ”  public nuisance endangering the health”. and public safety.  ”

On the European side, last February,  the Hong Kong company Gobee.bike stopped its self-service bike service in France for theft and vandalism. Bikes were found at the bottom of the Seine or severely damaged. In total, nearly 3,400 bicycles were vandalized and more than 1,000 stolen.

On its website, Gobee.bike notes that ”  the very large number of thefts and degradations [have] forced them to close [their] doors in Europe  “. The company also failed to win in Brussels, Belgium. The same is true of companies operating overseas. Where does this problem seem to inevitably hit these companies.

 

There will only be 3 big operators in the United States

The US telecoms market is entering a concentration phase: T-Mobile and Sprint announce their intention to merge. If successful, there will be only three major operators on the other side of the Atlantic.

Not so long ago, the US telecom market could have been the new frontier for the ambitions of some French operators. We remember that in 2014, the parent company of Free, Iliad, had submitted an offer to take 56% of T-Mobile. However, the offer was not considered sufficient by its owner, the German group Deutsche Telekom, leading Iliad to throw in the towel .

This perspective is now dead and buried. Across the Atlantic, it’s a very different path that has been taken by the market since T-Mobile has announced its intention to merge with one of its rivals, Sprint. If the operation succeeds, which requires not only the approval of the shareholders but also the agreement of the regulatory authorities, there will be only three major operators in the US.

THREE BIG OPERATORS

In addition to T-Mobile (the name of Sprint will disappear during the merger process of the two companies), the sector will include AT & T and Verizon. By way of comparison, France has four main operators: Orange, SFR, Bouygues Telecom and Free. According to the two American companies, this merger will be beneficial for the customers, with eventually lower subscription prices.

It will obviously remain to be seen whether this concentration will actually lead to greater price competition or, on the contrary, will not lead to a stronger status quo. In France, it is the introduction of a fourth player, Free, in the mobile phone market, which caused a tariff battle in 2012, which resulted in a sharp drop in the bill.

What to clean with a steam cleaner?

Small revolution in the world of household tools, the steam cleaner is placed on the front of the stage to eliminate dirt and odors in the blink of an eye. Versatile and environmentally friendly accessory, focus on 5 ways to use this jewel of cleanliness.

Uses:

– Clean glass and mirrors
– Furniture with steam cleaner
– Clean the kitchen completely
– Clean floor to ceiling
– Textiles from home to steam cleaner

1. Clean glazing and mirrors

The steam cleaner is a great success especially to maintain the glass surfaces of the house. Faster than a rag and especially more effective to say goodbye to traces, it is used without moderation!

  • Windows and glazing: Ideal for windows without traces, the jet of steam is used on the windows while the dry steam eliminates the dust on the frames or the blinds.
  • Mirrors: The steam is applied a few seconds before wiping the surface with a clean cloth and voila!
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2. The furniture with steam cleaner

It is not always easy to clean your interior furniture, especially when it is not removable. This is where the steam cleaner comes in to effortlessly maintain these everyday objects.

  • The mattress: When the amount of water used is less than 10%, the superheated steam is ideal for disinfecting it. It eliminates dust mites and bed bugs.
  • Sofa and chairs: Powerful, steam removes stains here without damaging the fabrics. It penetrates any type of fiber – even leathers , to dislodge dirt.

3. Clean the kitchen completely

A true disinfectant, the steam cleaner proves formidable against dirt in damp rooms and sometimes greasy like cooking.

  • Fridge and freezer: yes, we can clean these two conservation monsters with steam. Safe for food, it eliminates bacteria and mold in every nook and cranny, even on rubber seals.
  • Oven and barbecue: here also the steam cleaner is effective since it degreases in a healthy way the smallest parts of our cooking appliances.
  • Washbasin and piping: it is associated with a few drops of lemon to descale deep where the sponges do not reach the deposits.

 

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4. Clean floor to ceiling

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The steam has the power, according to its degree of intensity, clean the house from cellar to attic whatever coatings that are installed.

  • Tiles, stone or parquet: in dry steam for wood or combined with a microfibre cloth for porous floors, the steam offers an immediate result without effort.
  • Walls and ceilings: even delicate, some coatings like wallpaper can be steam cleaned. It’s all about temperature for a safe cleaning so that every surface can be used.

5. Home Textiles with Steam Cleaner

Freshness at wish for home textiles, it’s possible! It cleans and purifies by combining several elements such as essential oils in the steam cleaner.

  • The carpets: clean and disinfected, they find a second youth with the power of steam while keeping their volume.
  • Curtains and sheers: for a 100% springtime atmosphere, essential oils or lemon are combined with steam to obtain a fresh and perfumed cleansing.

 

5 grandmother’s tips for cleaning carpets

Real dust nests (and dust mites!), Carpets require regular maintenance. If for you, taking care of them is a real chore, wait to discover the tricks of grandmother that we found for you. Demonstration.

Tip # 1: Vacuuming

In order not to have to go into great cleaning every six months, be aware that the maintenance of a carpet is a matter of everyday! Place the  twice a week brushing mode is one of the easiest ideas to realize. Warning: if your carpet is old and very fragile, avoid the brush mode to avoid damaging it and suck smoothly.

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Tip # 2: An infusion of potato peels

If you can not afford a professional to renovate your carpet, do it yourself with this effective grandmother tip! Start by brewing a concentrated infusion of potato peels, then scrub your carpet with a sponge impregnated with your preparation. Leave on for a few hours then rinse with clear water with a sponge. Finally, let it dry by avoiding to move on it.

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Tip 3: Soda water and baking soda

Your carpet has lost its beautiful original color and some tasks are installed here and there? Use sparkling water and baking soda ! Using a sponge, coat the carpet with sparkling water and rub gently with a brush. Let it dry for half an hour and then sprinkle all of your carpet with baking soda. Once the baking soda is dry, vacuum and enjoy the result!

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Tip 4: dishwashing liquid and white vinegar

White vinegar is the miracle cure of the house. these uses are multiple to cleanse, deodorize and detach! Do not panic if your carpet is dirty or stained with grease, first pour white vinegar on a clean cloth and rub the stain. Leave for 15 minutes. Then pour a mixture of water and dishwashing liquid, mounted in foam with an electric mixer or whisk. Rub this mixture on the carpet with a brush, then rinse with clear water. Wipe the carpet with a clean cloth and allow to dry.

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Tip 5: Stained carpet and shaving foam

As surprising as it may seem, shaving cream is an ally for detaching textiles. Use it as a stain remover by applying a thick layer on the carpet surface. Leave for at least an hour and rub vigorously with a sponge. You can also let the foam work all night, then vacuum the next morning.

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A last minute tip: always test your preparation on a corner of your carpet to be sure that it will not spoil it!