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Microsoft's post-PC dilemma couldn't be clearer in Mary Meeker's latest slide show

Microsoft's post-PC dilemma couldn't be clearer in Mary Meeker's latest slide show | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
FORTUNE -- Kleiner Perkins' Mary ("Queen of the Net") Meeker gave her annual Internet Trends presentation at Stanford University Monday night, and as always her slide deck is a trove of cleverly presented data.

The chart above builds on the work of Asymco's Horace Dediu to show the rise and fall of what for decades seemed the unassailable duopoly of computing: Microsoft (MSFT) Windows running on Intel (INTC) chips. Now it's being rapidly overtaken by mobile devices running Apple's (AAPL) iOS or Google's (GOOG) Android.
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Open Compute Keynote de Philippe Dewost a USI 2015 Unexpected Sources of Inspiration - Philippe Dewost's light sources

Open Compute Keynote de Philippe Dewost a USI 2015 Unexpected Sources of Inspiration - Philippe Dewost's light sources | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

L'édition 2015 de la Conference USI (Unexpected Sources of Inspiration) s'est tenue début Juillet au Carrousel du Louvre et a confirmé son statut de meilleure Conference Tech sur Paris, combinant un site exceptionnel, une audience de plus de 1200 participants très diverse et de très bon niveau, et une palette de speakers dans plusieurs disciplines délivrant une quarantaine d'interventions sur les deux jours. La Caisse des Dépôts était de nouveau partenaire de cette édition avec plus d'une cinquantaine de participants dans le cadre de son programme de transformation digitale.

François Hisquin, CEO d'Octo et Curateur de la conférence, m'avait demandé d'intervenir sur la thématique d'Open Compute, dont la contribution aux enjeux de la transition énergétique n'est toujours pas correctement appréciée en Europe alors même que nous hébergeons des entreprises extrêmement talentueuses dans ce domaine.

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Keynote en video et slideshare pour ceux qui n'ont pas le son

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CHECy's curator insight, November 25, 2015 5:15 PM

Intervention de Philippe Dewost, Président d'honneur du CHECy, lors de la conférence USI 2015.

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Algolia just brought on a key former Salesforce exec as it works to pick up Google's slack

Algolia just brought on a key former Salesforce exec as it works to pick up Google's slack | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Google is great and all, but it has some limitations, when you stop to think about it. It's fabulous at searching the whole web at once — there's nobody better at trawling humankind's vast combined storehouse of knowledge to quickly tell you how to make a hamburger.But it's less great at searching within any individual website or app. Sure, you can use Google to search within a site, but really it's just going back out to Google's master index, and then back to you.It's slower than it has to be, and it's not really applicable to searching inside, say, your own text messages on your own phone.Enter Algolia, a San Francisco-based startup that gives developers and businesses the tools to build their own search experience, their own way, for their own sites and apps.So far, Algolia has raised $21 million from investors including Accel Partners, the Y Combinator and 500 Startups accelerator programs, and Docker founder Solomon Hykes. And customers like Medium, Twitter's Periscope, and Microsoft's soon-to-be-discarded calendar app Sunrise are using Algolia's tech to power search in their own services.Today, Algolia announces that Kendall Collins, the former CEO of Salesforce Cloud and current CMO of $1.9 billion startup AppDynamics, has signed on to its board to guide the company towards the future and help bring the product to bigger businesses
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Congratulations to Algolia that looks set to be one of the next big #FrenchTech success !
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Why The Unicorn Financing Market Just Became Dangerous...For All Involved — On the Road to Recap by Bill Gurley

In February of last year, Fortune magazine writers Erin Griffith and Dan Primack declared 2015 “The Age of the Unicorns” noting — “Fortune counts more than 80 startups that have been valued at $1 billion or more by venture capitalists.” By January of 2016, that number had ballooned to 229. One key to this population growth has been the remarkable ease of the Unicorn fundraising process: Pick a new valuation well above your last one, put together a presentation deck, solicit offers, and watch the hundreds of million of dollars flow into your bank account. Twelve to eighteen months later, you hit the road and do it again — super simple.

While not obvious on the surface, there has been a fundamental sea-change in the investment community that has made the incremental Unicorn investment a substantially more dangerous and complicated practice. All Unicorn participants — founders, company employees, venture investors and their limited partners (LPs) — are seeing their fortunes put at risk from the very nature of the Unicorn phenomenon itself. The pressures of lofty paper valuations, massive burn rates (and the subsequent need for more cash), and unprecedented low levels of IPOs and M&A, have created a complex and unique circumstance that many Unicorn CEOs and investors are ill-prepared to navigate.

Many have noted that the aggregate shareholder value created by all of the Unicorns will vastly overshadow the losses from the inevitable failed unicorns. This likely truism is driven by the clear success of this generation’s transformational companies (AirBNB, Slack, Snapchat, Uber, etc). While this could provide some sense of comfort, most are not exposed to a Unicorn basket, and there is no index you can buy. Rather, most participants in the ecosystem have exposure to and responsibility for specific company performance, which is exactly why the changing landscape is important to understand.

Perhaps the seminal bubble-popping event was John Carreyrou’s October 16th investigative analysis of Theranos in the Wall Street Journal. John was the first to uncover that just because a company can raise money from a handful of investors at a very high price, it does not guarantee (i) everything is going well at the company, or (ii) those shares are permanently worth the last round valuation. Ironically, Carreyou is not a Silicon Valley-focused reporter, and the success of the piece served as a wake-up call for other journalists who may have been struck by Unicorn fever. Next came Rolfe Winkler’s deep dive “Highly Valued Startup Zenefits Runs Into Turbulence.” We should expect more of these in the future.

In late 2015, many public technology companies saw a significant retrenchment in their share prices primarily as a result of a reduction in valuation multiples. A high performing, high-growth SAAS company that may have been worth 10 or more times revenue was suddenly worth 4-7 times revenue. The same thing happened to many Internet stocks. These broad-based multiple contractions have an immediate impact on what investors are willing to pay for the more mature private companies.

Late 2015 also brought the arrival of “mutual fund markdowns.” Many Unicorns had taken private fundraising dollars from mutual funds. These mutual funds “mark-to-market” every day, and fund managers are compensated periodically on this performance. As a result, most firms have independent internal groups that periodically analyze valuations. With the public markets down, these groups began writing down Unicorn valuations. Once more, the fantasy began to come apart. The last round is not the permanent price, and being private does not mean you get a free pass on scrutiny.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

A must read article for anybody feeling sometimes we are playing Lego without the notice.

The conclusion below shall not relieve you from going through Bill Gurely's analysis of how this is different from the internet bubble :

"The reason we are all in this mess is because of the excessive amounts of capital that have poured into the VC-backed startup market.

This glut of capital has led to (1) record high burn rates, likely 5-10x those of the 1999 timeframe, (2) most companies operating far, far away from profitability, (3) excessively intense competition driven by access to said capital, (4) delayed or non-existent liquidity for employees and investors, and (5) the aforementioned solicitous fundraising practices. More money will not solve any of these problems — it will only contribute to them.

The healthiest thing that could possibly happen is a dramatic increase in the real cost of capital and a return to an appreciation for sound business execution."

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Microsoft Moves Away from Data Center Containers | Data Center Knowledge

Microsoft Moves Away from Data Center Containers | Data Center Knowledge | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
The cloud will not be housed in data center containers.Google has taken the container route for building out data center capacity in the past but eventually decided against it. Now, Microsoft has also found that containers just aren’t the best way for it to scale.The Redmond, Washington-based giant went through multiple generations of data center containers, from standard shipping containers it stacked two-high at its Chicago data center years ago to custom-designed ITPACs, which it had been deploying in data centers from Quincy, Washington, to Boydton, Virginia, since 2010.But because it has placed so much focus on growing its cloud services in recent years, Microsoft has had to expand data center capacity around the world at a pace that couldn’t be achieved with containers, Kushagra Vaid, general manager for hardware infrastructure at the company’s cloud and enterprise division, said in an interview.Amazon also has used data center containers to host its cloud infrastructure. In a conference presentation in 2011, one of its top infrastructure engineers James Hamilton showed a picture of two containers, one stacked on top of the other. The presentation was a rare look inside the cloud giant’s computing platform. The company is extremely secretive about its infrastructure strategy, and it’s unclear whether that strategy still includes containers.About two years ago, Microsoft’s infrastructure team made a radical change to its hardware approach, going from different product teams making their own hardware decisions to standardizing on a handful of server designs that took cues from server specs Facebook open sourced through its Open Compute Project initiative.
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Interesting article about the possible end of containerization for large datacenters, and more generally MSFT back-end hardware play including their support to Open Compute #HardwareIsNotDead
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Pouring Saltwater Over Graphene Generates Electricity

Pouring Saltwater Over Graphene Generates Electricity | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
A team of Chinese scientists did an impossible-sounding thing. They created electricity simply by dragging a droplet of saltwater across a layer of graphene. No big fires, no greenhouse gases, no fuss. They created energy with just a miracle material and one of the most plentiful substances on Earth.The science behind the effect is actually quite simple. When the droplets of saltwater sat static on the graphene, they carried an equal charge on both sides. But, when moved across the surface of the graphene, the electrons in the saltwater were desorbed on one end of the graphene and absorbed on the other, generating a measurable voltage along the way. The faster the water moves, the higher the voltage it generates—although the total voltage was still pretty low, about 30 millivolts. A standard AA battery, by comparison, produces about 1.5 volts. It helps that graphene is insanely conductive.
Philippe J DEWOST's insight:
30mV that may pave the way for nano generators ? Graphene continues to be one of the most promising materials that will provide many edges to those who will master its production and usages..
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How Machines Destroy (And Create!) Jobs, In 4 Graphs

How Machines Destroy (And Create!) Jobs, In 4 Graphs | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
How Machines Destroy (And Create!) Jobs, In 4 GraphsFor hundreds of years, people have been talking about machines taking jobs from people. Less often discussed: machines creating new jobs.In the first part of the 20th century, agricultural technology — the tractor, chemical fertilizers — meant a single farmer could suddenly grow much more food. So we didn't need as many farmers. Technology destroyed a huge number of farming jobs.But that technology also made food cheaper, so people had more money to spend on other things, like TVs and radios and newly invented appliances. Factory jobs boomed. Other sectors grew as well; the midcentury economy had lots of midskill white-collar jobs like secretary and bookkeeper.The next wave of major technological change came in the latter part of the 20th century. Robots in factories and computers in offices automated away many of the jobs that earlier technologies had created in the earlier part of the century. You can see the rise and fall of these sectors in the graph below.In the past several decades, as factories became more automated, manufactured goods got cheaper. That left many Americans with more money to spend on services — eating out more, spending more on health care and education. These sectors are still labor-intensive and have continued to add jobs. But that may change as computers get smarter and more ubiquitous.
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There are always two sides in a (Bit)coin !
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17 charts that show just how scary Amazon's $275 billion business really is

17 charts that show just how scary Amazon's $275 billion business really is | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Most people think of Amazon as an online shopping store, but it's actually much more than that.

Over the past 22 years, Amazon has turned itself into a $275 billion juggernaut that sells everything from cloud-computing services to its own hardware gadgets.

It will even be making approx $10 Bn in revenue this year from its cloud computing enterprise services.

These 17 charts show just how scary its business really is.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Which of these charts is the most surprising / amazing to you ?

(I picked and display #13 as the growth of AWS is to me absolutely astounding and beyond imaginable proportions)

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Agrupa Consultores's curator insight, March 31, 8:23 AM

Which of these charts is the most surprising / amazing to you ?

(I picked and display #13 as the growth of AWS is to me absolutely astounding and beyond imaginable proportions)

Daphne L Kinzig's curator insight, March 31, 6:17 PM
Considering the way I purchase from Amazon, it's no surprise how big the company has grown.  It is my go to for most everything if I can wait two days for prime shipping.    Cloud computing growth - interesting...

Considering the way I purchase from Amazon, it's no surprise how big the company has grown.  It is my go to for most everything if I can wait two days for prime shipping but must be most economical as well.   Cloud computing growth - interesting & amazing! 

 
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Considering the way I purchase from Amazon, it's no surprise how big the company has grown.  It is my go to for most everything if I can wait two days for prime shipping.    Cloud computing growth - interesting...

Considering the way I purchase from Amazon, it's no surprise how big the company has grown.  It is my go to for most everything if I can wait two days for prime shipping but must be most economical as well.   Cloud computing growth - interesting & amazing! 

 
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Altice, Sigfox Join Forces in French IoT Battle

Altice, Sigfox Join Forces in French IoT Battle | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

International cable group Altice has unveiled plans to use the network technology developed by Sigfox to support a range of Internet of Things (IoT) services in France and other markets. 

The strategic alliance promises to pit Altice against French rivals Orange (NYSE: FTE) and Bouygues Telecom in France's fast-developing IoT sector. (See Orange Hails LoRa Breakthrough as Bouygues Ups IoT Game .)

Both Orange and Bouygues have announced IoT plans based around the use of LoRa, a rival to Sigfox in the market for so-called low-power, wide-area (or LPWA) network technologies. 

Owned by French-Israeli billionaire Patrick Drahi, Altice controls Numericable-SFR , France's second-biggest operator, as well as Portugal Telecom SGPS SA (NYSE: PT), US cable operator Suddenlink Communications and businesses in several smaller markets. It is also trying to finalize a $10 billion takeover of Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC), another US cable company. 

Altice initially appears to be focused on IoT opportunities in France, where Sigfox already claims to cover about 92% of the population with its network, but says it will ultimately bring Sigfox services to all of its markets, including Portugal, the US and Israel. 

Boasting that its 4G network was available to 64% of the French population at the end of 2015, Numericable-SFR is positioning Sigfox as a low-bandwidth "complement" to connectivity services based on 4G and WiFi technologies. 

Like LoRa, Sigfox is designed to support IoT services that require small amounts of bandwidth and more energy-efficient solutions. Market leader Orange claims that LoRa is about 15 times as energy-efficient as cellular technologies and that special LoRa lamps it has developed for use inside buildings are able to carry signals over a distance of one kilometer in rural settings. (See LoRa May Not Be for Long Haul at Orange.)

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Like in the movie title, "there will be blood", as IoT network solutions accelerate in collision course mode.

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LoRa May Not Be for Long Haul at Orange

LoRa May Not Be for Long Haul at Orange | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

On the face of it, Orange has made a pretty strong commitment to LoRa, one of a crop of low-power, wide-area (or LPWA) network technologies designed to support more rudimentary Internet of Things (IoT) services. 

In November, the French incumbent revealed it was building a LoRa network in 17 of France's biggest cities and would gradually roll out the network on a nationwide basis thereafter. A few months earlier, its venture capital arm, Orange Digital Ventures, stumped up $3 million of the $25 million in funding then raised by Actility, a French company developing OSS and BSS functionality for LoRa deployments. (See Telcos Invest in IoT Tech Startup.)

Yet Orange (NYSE: FTE) has acknowledged that LoRa is far from ideal. As an "open" technology, it holds strong attractions for the service provider over Sigfox, another LPWA technology that is fully proprietary. But this openness combined with LPWA's reliance on unlicensed spectrum is also problematic, admits Luc Bretones, the executive vice president of Orange's Technocentre-named product and design facilities.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

May LoRa be as transitional as it looks promising ? Orange's indoor push through combining LoRa lamps with employee crowd-deployment is interesting nonetheless, as is its ambition to cover France by the end of 2016.

But with Intel reportedly readying a line of LTE-narrowband chips in the "couple of bucks" price range we could see the IoT landscape continue to evolve fast as Telcos will try to regain control.

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Emmanuel HAVET's curator insight, March 18, 10:16 AM

May LoRa be as transitional as it looks promising ? Orange's indoor push through combining LoRa lamps with employee crowd-deployment is interesting nonetheless, as is its ambition to cover France by the end of 2016.

But with Intel reportedly readying a line of LTE-narrowband chips in the "couple of bucks" price range we could see the IoT landscape continue to evolve fast as Telcos will try to regain control.

michel verstrepen's curator insight, March 18, 12:53 PM

May LoRa be as transitional as it looks promising ? Orange's indoor push through combining LoRa lamps with employee crowd-deployment is interesting nonetheless, as is its ambition to cover France by the end of 2016.

But with Intel reportedly readying a line of LTE-narrowband chips in the "couple of bucks" price range we could see the IoT landscape continue to evolve fast as Telcos will try to regain control.

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Twitter and Paris’ Plume Labs launch pigeons with air pollution sensors over skies of London

Twitter and Paris’ Plume Labs launch pigeons with air pollution sensors over skies of London | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Perhaps it was only a matter of time before Twitter actually started working with real, live birds.

The company with a bird logo that gave us the “tweet” has partnered with Plume Labs of Paris and DigitasLBi to launch a flock of Internet-connected pigeons to monitor air pollution in London.

Plume Labs is an IOT company that uses a network of sensors around the world to deliver targeted pollution reports to people’s smartphones. DigitasLBi is a global marketing and technology agency.

Yesterday was the first of three days during which the group plans to launch a team of 10 pigeons wearing small pollution-monitoring backpacks. The sensors were specially designed by Plume Labs and are stuffed in small vests that are placed on the pigeons.

 

The sensors are able to monitor levels of nitrogen dioxide and ozone, the two main ingredients in urban air pollution, according to a press release from Plume.

 

The results of the “Pigeon Air Patrol” are posted directly onto the project’s Twitter account. Residents can also follow the birds on the Pigeon Patrol website, which will also show their location.

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Congratulations to Romain Lacombe for deploying real birds and monitor our air. Very interesting combination of IoT + SmartCity + BigData approach

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Google and Facebook Team Up to Open Source the Gear Behind Their Empires

Google and Facebook Team Up to Open Source the Gear Behind Their Empires | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Half a decade ago, Jonathan Heiliger compared the world of Internet data centers to Fight Club.

It was the spring of 2011, and the giants of the Internet—including Google, Amazon, and Microsoft—were erecting a new kind of data center. Their online empires had grown so large that they could no longer rely on typical hardware from the likes of Dell, HP, and IBM. They needed hardware that was cheaper, more streamlined, and more malleable. So, behind the scenes, they designed this hardware from scratch and had it manufactured through little-known companies in Asia.

This shadow hardware market was rarely discussed in public. Companies like Google saw their latest data center hardware as a competitive advantage best kept secret from rivals. But then Facebook tore off the veil. It open sourced its latest server and data center designs, freely sharing them with the world under the aegis of a new organization called the Open Compute Project. “It’s time to stop treating data center design like Fight Club and demystify the way these things are built,” said Heiliger, then the vice president of technical operations at Facebook. 

Google was the first company to rethink data center design for the modern age.

With the Open Compute Project, Facebook aimed to create a whole community of companies that would freely share their data center designs, hoping to accelerate the evolution of Internet hardware and, thanks to the economies of scale, drive down the cost of this hardware. That, among other things, boosts the Facebook bottom line. It worked—in a very big way. Microsoft soon shared its designs too. Companies like HP and Quanta began selling this new breed of streamlined gear. And businesses as diverse as Rackspace and Goldman Sachs used this hardware to expand their own massive online operations. Even Apple—that bastion of secrecy—eventually joined the project.

Two big holdouts remained: Google and Amazon. But today, that number dropped to one. At the annual Open Compute Summit in San Jose, California, Google announced that it too has joined the project. And it’s already working with Facebook on a new piece of open source hardware.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Open Compute has been transformative since day 1, and with Google finally joining, the number of missing elephants in the room has dramatically reduced.

What still puzzles me is the loud silence of European players in the field although we have a tremendous breed of companies and talent in that space. #HardwareIsNotDead

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Gerald Black's curator insight, March 10, 2:27 PM

Open Compute has been transformative since day 1, and with Google finally joining, the number of missing elephants in the room has dramatically reduced.

What still puzzles me is the loud silence of European players in the field although we have a tremendous breed of companies and talent in that space. #HardwareIsNotDead

George Goodman's curator insight, March 10, 3:09 PM

Open Compute has been transformative since day 1, and with Google finally joining, the number of missing elephants in the room has dramatically reduced.

What still puzzles me is the loud silence of European players in the field although we have a tremendous breed of companies and talent in that space. #HardwareIsNotDead

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Battle... or not battle? - la Blockchain vue par Les Napoléons

#Blockchain : Battle... or not battle? Avec @pdewost (@CaissedesDepots) & @StanChavanat (@AmericanExpress) pour @LesNapoleons
Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

La #Blockchain mise en Battle par les Napoléons

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La #Blockchain mise en Battle par les Napoléons
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La #Blockchain mise en Battle par les Napoléons
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La #Blockchain mise en Battle par les Napoléons

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Facebook starts Telecom Infra Project with Intel, Nokia, Deutsche Telekom, EE, Equinix, Globe, HCL, others

Facebook starts Telecom Infra Project with Intel, Nokia, Deutsche Telekom, EE, Equinix, Globe, HCL, others | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
At the 2016 Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona today, Facebook announced the formation of the Telecom Infra Project (TIP), an effort that resembles the Open Compute Project (OCP) that Facebook kicked off five years ago, but which is narrowly focused on the development of new telecommunications networking hardware.This isn’t just another internal effort on the part of Facebook. As it did with the Open Compute Project, Facebook is announcing TIP with a bunch of partners, including telcos like Deutsche Telekom of Germany, BT subsidiary EE of the United Kingdom, Globe Telecom of the Philippines, and SK Telecom of South Korea.
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Interesting #MWC16 developments in open source hardware with #4G4All featuring 3 unknown #FrenchTech gems : Amarisoft, AW2S and SDS are building and showcasing a next generation Open Telecom Tower for the other 3 billion...
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Drivy Grabs $35 more million for its car rental marketplace

Drivy Grabs $35 more million for its car rental marketplace | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
French startup Drivy has raised another $35 million (€31 million) from Cathay Innovation, Nokia Growth Partners and existing investors Bpifrance, Via-ID and Index Ventures. If you don’t already know Drivy, the company wants to rethink the way car rental works today.If you have a car, chances are you don’t use it every day. Sometimes you can even spend long periods of time without using it thanks to public transportation. Instead of having a useless car, you can rent it to someone else. In other words, you become a sort of car rental company for your own car.On the other side of the equation, if you live in a big city, chances are you don’t need a car. Having a car could even slow you down. But sometimes, you want to go on vacation and a car would be useful. Sure, you could rent a car from any of the existing car rental company. But Drivy lets you rent a car from someone else for less.This way, you could find big cars, small cars, give back your car on a Sunday and more. Drivy wants to be more flexible than your average car rental company.
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A great investment for the #EcoTech fund managed by our subsidiary #BPIfrance for the Investments For the Future Program (disclosure: I represent Caisse Des Dépôts as the L.P)
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Nokia to buy smartwatch firm Withings for £131m (Wired UK)

Nokia to buy smartwatch firm Withings for £131m (Wired UK) | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Nokia is buying digital health and wearables company Withings for €170 million (£131 million).The deal, which Nokia said would be the start of "a new chapter" for the company, will create a digital health business within Nokia, headed by Withings CEO Cédric Hutchings."We have said consistently that digital health was an area of strategic interest to Nokia, and we are now taking concrete action to tap the opportunity in this large and important market," Rajeev Suri, Nokia's president, said in a statement.Founded in 2008 Withings, based in France, has 200 staff in Paris and Massachusetts and Hong Kong.The company produces a range of health and lifestyle products, including smartwatches, air monitors for houses, smart thermometers, and an Aura sensor that tracks your movements while you sleep
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Congratulations to Eric CARREEL who pioneered and ignited the #IoT revolution in France. Glad to see a #FrenchTech success morphing into #EuropeanTech !
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CVSTENE's curator insight, April 28, 1:19 PM

Deuxième acquisition "française" pour Nokia, après Alcatel-Lucent, avec Withings. Nokia accèlere dans le domaine de l'IoT après celui du Mobile Backend As A Service (MBaaS). L'objectif de Nokia est de proposer une large gamme de produits connectés (smart sensors) intégrés et d'offrir aux consommateurs des services "smart santé" dédiés dans son cloud. Si l'IoT est encore un marché "marginal" chez Nokia, l'entreprise note qu'avec un CAGR de 27% sur 2015-2020, le marché de l'IoT pour la santé est un segment stratégique sur lequel se développer. 

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Cars Have Become Complicated, Hackable Computer Systems On Wheels

Cars Have Become Complicated, Hackable Computer Systems On Wheels | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Cars are no longer what they seem to be. On-board computers and their algorithms have invaded all organs, making cars better, but also more susceptible to hacks and invasions of privacy.

Having driven Route 85 between Cupertino and Mountain View a few thousand times, I’m familiar with every rift and gap in the concrete, every subtle camber shift as I follow an habitual, gradual arc through curves and lane changes. Some early Chevrolet episodes aside, I’m behind the wheel of a European vehicle, silent, good lungs, surefooted, precise, the kind of car that translates the driver’s steering motion into a smooth trajectory, no ifs or buts, no need for correction as the suspension takes its time to settle. After 31 years of driving this pleasant road, the feeling doesn’t get old.

A few weeks ago, I drove the familiar route in a new vehicle freshly delivered from Sindelfingen. Something is wrong: The first curve line is “dirty”, it lacks Germanic rigor. At the next curve the steering wheel argues with me, politely but clearly demanding a different trajectory.

When I get back home I look around the dashboard and notice two red indicators that had been hidden by the steering wheel while I was driving. The walkthrough tech at the dealership had set the vessel to autopilot. In retrospect, I should have seen the argumentative steering coming: I had ordered the autopilot and other geeky features that were unknown when I bought my previous chariot just five years ago. On the road, the autopilot had interpreted my steering ‘optimizations’ as daydreaming lane drift and had stepped in to keep me in line.

I disconnect the autopilot and go for a drive; the familiar pleasant feeling returns.

In a 1957 essay about the Citroën DS (pronounced “Déesse”, goddess) Roland Barthes hailed the modern car as

“…the exact equivalent of the great Gothic cathedrals: I mean the supreme creation of an era, conceived with passion by unknown artists…it excites interest less by its substance than by the junction of its components. ”

The striving, energetic copulation of the arts and technologies, the ‘junction of components’ has continued. Cars are now nearly completely penetrated by automation and algorithms.

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Google may be considering Swift for use on Android

Google may be considering Swift for use on Android | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
About the time Swift was going open source, representatives for three major brands — Google, Facebook and Uber — were at a meeting in London discussing the new language. Sources tell The Next Web that Google is considering making Swift a “first class” language for Android, while Facebook and Uber are also looking to make Swift more central to their operations.Google’s Android operating system currently supports Java as its first-class language, and sources say Swift is not meant to replace Java, at least initially. While the ongoing litigation with Oracle is likely cause for concern, sources say Google considers Swift to have a broader “upside” than Java.
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Convoy of self-driving trucks completes first European cross-border trip

Convoy of self-driving trucks completes first European cross-border trip | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
‘Platoon’ of wireless-linked trucks arrives in Netherlands port city of Rotterdam, giving a glimpse of the future of road haulage
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Self-driving rucks are already on the roads.
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Sigfox Announces Collaboration with Microsoft's Azure IoT Hub

Sigfox Announces Collaboration with Microsoft's Azure IoT Hub | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
The collaboration allows Sigfox customers to use Microsoft Azure IoT for real-time analytics and automation of operations, while also utilizing Sigfox’s low-power, wide area communications network (LPWAN) to make an IoT system affordable and reliable.“Integration with Microsoft Azure IoT Hub in Sigfox’s Cloud is a key step in the evolution of the IoT, providing customers with a great alternative to investing large amounts of resources to develop and manage data storage and management themselves,” said Stuart Lodge, Sigfox executive vice president of global sales and partners to Business Wire.Sigfox already provides its dedicated network to 14 countries, including Britain, France, and the United States. It installs small base stations to connect IoT devices to its network, and uses the 900 MHz band to send tiny bits of data at 100 bits per second. The low-power ensures that IoT devices can run for years on a single set of batteries, lowering the long term costs. Sigfox is banking on this low-energy approach winning businesses that don’t want to spend hundreds of thousands on an IoT system.“Our collaboration with Sigfox enables Microsoft Azure IoT customers to more easily integrate devices connected to the Sigfox network in their existing solutions,” said Steve Guggenheimer, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of developer platform.
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40 Years Later: Apple 3.0

40 Years Later: Apple 3.0 | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

In the past 40 years our personal computers have, of course, become immensely more powerful and convenient, but the roots of our interest in personal computing haven’t changed. And, against many odds Apple, has become a giant, world-spanning, immensely rich company.

In retrospect, we can see three Apple eras.

 

Apple 1.0 was a turbulent period: The rise of the Apple ][, its loss to the IBM PC and Microsoft; the hope and trouble with the Macintosh; Jobs forced out followed by a succession of “professional” CEOs and progressively deteriorating finances.

In retrospect, Jobs’ departure from Apple was one of the best things that happened to him and the company he co-founded. If hadn’t left for an outside tour, the Pixar success and the NeXT technical achievements and business challenges, he wouldn’t have been able to return and jump start the company’s next phase.

 

Apple 2.0 began in late 1996 when Jobs managed what turned out to be a reverse acquisition of Apple. We owe much gratitude to then-CEO Gil Amelio who unwittingly saved the company hiring Steve to “advise” him. Jobs’ advice? Show Amelio the door and install himself as “interim” CEO. Jobs then made an historic deal with Bill Gates which gave him time to let his team of NeXT engineers completely rebuild the Mac OS on a modern Unix foundation. Steve also rummaged through the company and found Jony Ive who gave us the colorful iMacs, the first of a series of admired designs.

What followed is recognized as the most striking turnaround story in any industry, one that has been misunderstood and pronounced as doomed at almost every turn. The list of Jobs’ “mistakes” includes killing the Macintosh clone program by canceling Mac OS licenses; getting rid of floppies and, later, CD/DVD-ROMs (mostly); entering the crowded MP3 player field; introducing iTunes and the micropayment system; the overpriced, underpowered $500 iPhone; the stylus-free iPad (ahem)…

We’ve seen the punishment for these mistakes: Apple sells approximately $250B worth of iPhones every year, that’s six phones every second manufactured and delivered to more than 130 countries.

Despite it’s enormous size and influence, Apple’s business remains simple to understand. The company makes personal computers, as illustrated in this telling line-up:

 

Personal computers, small, medium and large.

Everything else Apple does — from iTunes to iCloud storage, apps and accessories — has one and only one raison d’être: Push up the volumes and margins of the company’s personal computers.

Steve Jobs left us in early October 2011, Too Soon, as I wrote in my heartfelt homage to the once unmanageable co-founder who turned into a manager extraordinaire, captain of industry, and editor-in-chief of a team of designers, engineers, supply-chain managers, and finance experts.

We’re now in the Apple 3.0 era, under Tim Cook’s leadership.

 

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"Apple sells approximately $250B worth of iPhones every year, that’s six phones every second manufactured and delivered to more than 130 countries." A nice and very well written happy birthday anticipated note as Apple is turning 40 and keeps being both exciting, challenging, and not fully predictable. By one of my former board members.

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"Apple sells approximately $250B worth of iPhones every year, that’s six phones every second manufactured and delivered to more than 130 countries." A nice and very well written happy birthday anticipated note as Apple is turning 40 and keeps being both exciting, challenging, and not fully predictable. By one of my former board members.

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"Apple sells approximately $250B worth of iPhones every year, that’s six phones every second manufactured and delivered to more than 130 countries." A nice and very well written happy birthday anticipated note as Apple is turning 40 and keeps being both exciting, challenging, and not fully predictable. By one of my former board members.

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Andrew S. Grove 1936 – 2016 | Intel Newsroom

Andrew S. Grove 1936 – 2016 | Intel Newsroom | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
SANTA CLARA, Calif, March 21, 2016 – Intel announced that the company’s former CEO and Chairman Andrew S. Grove passed away today at the age of 79.
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I had the honor -- and sometimes challenge -- to work with Dr. Grove at his family foundation. Andy was, to the end, an intensely brilliant person with a drive to improve the lives of those with Parkinson's Disease (which he also had) and to enjoy life.

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Need Help in Grep

Need Help in Grep | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Over the past years, I have found AppleScript very efficient when it comes to manipulate and process Contact or Agenda information on a Mac, either to detect and process duplicates, as well as for updating dozens of contacts when corporate mail domaine changes, building and maintaining mailing lists through specific tags in the "Notes" field, or processing boucing emails "en masse" to clean up address book after season's greetings.

 

ics-file-cleaner is An AppleScript designed to process and trim (organizers, attendees, requests) .ics files sent from Outlook before importing them in iCal.

This is the only way to avoid iCal resending or confirming invites via Outlook, or canceling an invent and notifying attendees while you just removed it from iCal.

 

The following AppleScript is triggered by a mail rule and process the .ics file content before opening it with iCal/Calendar app - which results in an import.

 

It has been posted on GitHub so it can be forked and improved beyond my basic and remnant AppleScript skills.

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Need help on #grep : I am almost done automating line / tag removal on .ics files for certain attributes (like meeting attendees email addresses) yet am stuck in making the grep command wrap properly on long .ics lines, resulting in truncated email adresses garbage remaining on some lines.

Thx in advance for any enhancements you can bring directly on GitHub or any grep advice you can DM me !

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Devialet wants its sound tech in everything you use

Devialet wants its sound tech in everything you use | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

While the Phantom is a product that’s actually for sale in places such as the Apple store, its real purpose is to showcase Devialet’s audio technologies. In a recent interview, Devialet CEO Quentin Sannié explained that the company’s ultimate goal is to get its technology into everything from phones, to cars, to television sets — really, anything that outputs audio.

The Phantom is a showcase for two of Devialet’s developments: a software-based technology called Speaker Active Matching (SAM) and a hardware-based amplification system that combines an analog amp with a digital one. Sannié says that the SAM algorithm could be implemented into any digital signal processor, even the one in your phone, and can improve the sound quality of hundreds of devices. The algorithm is developed by measuring the behavior of each speaker and then creating a mathematical model to control how the speaker behaves. This measurement process can be done in about 10 minutes using special, laser-based tools the company developed for it.

The Phantom is a showcase for Devialet's technologies

Sannié says that a system using SAM can reproduce lower frequencies without changing its hardware at all, and it can even enable noise-cancellation without the need for a subwoofer. It’s part of the reason that the Phantom’s relatively small drivers move so quickly when the volume is cranked up and have little to no distortion. Sannié claims that SAM could even be used by a streaming service to optimize audio before it’s even delivered to a listener. A user could tell the service what kind of speakers or headphones they are using and the sound would be tailored just for them.

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Devialet Chief Maestro details his grand music sheet in this interesting feature. La French Tech has a voice !

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Devialet Chief Maestro details his grand music sheet in this interesting feature. La French Tech has a voice !

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OOCar is the personal trainer for your car

OOCar is the personal trainer for your car | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Imagine there was a device that could help make your car run quicker, cheaper and help you save the environment? Well that’s what OOCar is offering with its latest service.

The company has a small dongle that you attach to your car’s diagnostics port – every vehicle made after 2001 has one. Once there, it then tracks your car’s performance and sends it to the OOCar app where it can give you tips and advice on how to save cash.

The startup claims it can save you as much as 30 percent on fuel costs and 40 percent on insurance premiums. Not bad.

When the dreaded engine warning light comes on, it can give you a breakdown of the damage and also a rough cost of repairs, so you can tell if a mechanic is trying to pull a fast one. The app is only available in France right now, but the team hopes to start expanding across Europe soon.

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You shall watch this startup and project carefully...

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You shall watch this startup and project carefully...

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The meteoric rise of iOS and Android in one chart

The meteoric rise of iOS and Android in one chart | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Last week, WhatsApp announced it would shut down support for some of the older smartphone operating platforms, including Blackberry 10, which was released just 3 years ago."We want to focus our efforts on the mobile platforms the vast majority of people use," WhatsApp said in a blog post.WhatsApp's decision makes sense if you look at the changing landscape of smartphone operating systems. As this chart from Statista shows, the smartphone market is dominated by Google's Android and Apple's iOS, each accounting for 81.6% and 15.9%, respectively.That's a complete reversal from 2009, when smartphones were just starting to emerge: almost 80% of smartphones sold at the time had operating systems offered by non-iOS and Android players, like Blackberry and Nokia. Today, 99.5% of the smartphones run on operating systems offered by Google, Apple and Microsoft, according to WhatsApp.
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Streamroot evidences the business case for P2P video streaming

Streamroot evidences the business case for P2P  video streaming | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Streamroot harnesses the latest web technologies (HTML5 and WebRTC) and powerful proprietary algorithms to offer state-of-the-art P2P streaming.


Streamroot improves on traditional unicast video delivery by decentralizing exchanges and providing content via multiple sources. 

With Streamroot, viewers begin loading video content directly from your server. At the same time, they connect to the Streamroot tracker, retrieve an intelligently selected list of peers, and establish a direct connection with them to exchange video segments. 

Segments come from the source that provides them most quickly, improving exchanges, heightening reliability and better managing traffic.

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P2P has often been too easily associated with its early "uses cases" that often involved unauthorized content distribution. Streamroot reminds us that technology is neutral and apparently has found an interesting business model.

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