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Learning in the Networked Society

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We are on the brink of a fundamental shift in society – and in our journey towards the Networked Society, we are unlocking the full potential of learning and education. Learning has been transformed into an industry. In its report, Understanding Knowledge Societies, the United Nations describes “knowledge economies” as those societies in which information and the creation of knowledge have replaced industrial production as the main contributor to GDP. As part of this development, businesses and governments are integrating ICT into their core processes to increase efficiency, expand scope and improve productivity. One result of this development has been the rapid digitisation of information and knowledge. Technology improves educational opportunities by enabling personalised study, while enhancing the potential for learning through community-based education and access to educational resources, even in remote rural schools.


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Disruption in education - teachers better get better and embrace this thing called the internet

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The Corporate Innovator - Samsung

How Samsung does innovation systematically and systemically, repeatably and reliably.
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How Samsung does innovation systematically, systemically, repeatably and reliably

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Precise Biometrics Receives Frost & Sullivan Award for Software

Precise Biometrics Receives Frost & Sullivan Award for Software | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Fingerprint biometrics developer Precise Biometrics has received a prestigious award for its technology. Growth consultancy firm Frost & Sullivan has awarde
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In a statement, Frost & Sullivan praised the software for having been used last year in the first Android smartphone to employ a touch fingerprint sensor, and a spokesperson said that Precise Biometrics’ technology “offers superior convenience and security”, and “is critical for mobile device manufactures to ensure the transition to the new authentication paradigm.” The new paradigm being, of course, the one in which major smartphone makers are trying to install biometric authentication systems in their devices in anticipation of the boom in mPayment use over the coming months and years.

To some extent the award represents a major validation of Precise Biometrics’ business strategy over the last several months, the company having announced late last summer that it would place a strong focus on the mobile fingerprint biometrics market. Of course, the company’s mobile fingerprint technology has applications beyond the consumer smartphone market as well.

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Symantec, Intel, Cisco share biggest security issues in 2015

Symantec, Intel, Cisco share biggest security issues in 2015 | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The risks from data breaches and Internet of Things devices, and the need for government support, are on the minds of executives leading into the RSA conference.
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This year will be an important year for technology, as Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which covers government surveillance, expires at the end of May. The stakes have also risen from data breaches, which have now become fireable offenses for CEOs.  The issues raised by the companies in their points are spot on, worth it to recognize the challenges.

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How developers can profit from the Internet of Things

How developers can profit from the Internet of Things | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Developers who have the right mix of Internet of Things skills and experience will soon command big bucks, but the time to start acquiring those skill is now.
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Internet of Things: Skills

Mobile skills are important because much of the "thing" technology — such as chipsets and techniques like battery optimization — come from the mobile world, Rasalan says.  -  VisionMobile's survey found that the most common areas for IoT development are in smart home devices, wearables and the retail industry. That's significant because mobile companies are active in all those areas.

- In the smart home area, for example, Samsung acquired early market leader SmartThings. Meanwhile, Apple acquired HomeKit and Google recently bought Nest. In Wearables there's Apple's HealthKit, Google Fit and Samsung's S Health—not to mention Android Wear, Samsung Gear and the forthcoming Apple Watch. On the retail side, Apple is busy with iBeacons and Apple Pay, while in the connected car space, Google has Android Auto and Apple has its CarPlay system.  - Rasalan adds that big data analytics and cloud skills are also important because IoT sensors tend to send large amounts of data in real time.  -  But the most important skills developers will need is proficiency in cloud, mobile and data analytics.  -  "You can't just be conversant in each skill, you need experience in how to use them together," he says. "Moving forward, developers need to be able to hit the trifecta of these skills. If you can demonstrate the ability to program with multiple technologies, then you may command a better salary." 

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TSMC Cuts Capex by $1 Billion

TSMC Cuts Capex by $1 Billion | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) is cutting its planned capital expenditure for this year by $1 billion, citing improvements in capital efficiency and a faster-than-expected migration to its leading-edge 16nm process technology.
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TSMC’s slashed spending plan follows Intel, which earlier this week pared about $1.3 billion from its 2015 capex budget to a revised $8.7 billion. IC Insights earlier this year forecast that Samsung would take the number-two spot with a capex budget of $11.3 billion. The downward revisions come with a weaker outlook for the global economy.

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Google to punish mobile-unfriendly sites

Google to punish mobile-unfriendly sites | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Experts warn of a "Mobile-geddon" as the online titan prepares to change the way its search engine ranks websites on mobile devices. Businesses failing to go mobile-friendly could face extinction.
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Google has the power to make or break businesses. Even the slightest tweak to its complex algorithm can catapult a company to instant Internet stardom, or forever banish it to the bottomless pit of irrelevance.  -  As the online giant gets ready to roll out the latest modification to its secret search formula, "mobile-unfriendly" businesses should be shaking in their boots - or work through the weekend to get with Google's program.  -  They have until Tuesday, when the world's leading search engine will begin ranking sites according to their "mobile-friendliness."

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Intel's Investing Heavily in the Internet of Things

Intel's Investing Heavily in the Internet of Things | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) recently started breaking out revenue and operating profit for its Internet of Things group. This business unit, according to the company's latest earnings release, "includes platforms designed for embedded market segments including retail, transportation, industrial, and buildings and home," in addition to "a broad range of other market segments." This business unit saw sales grow 18.9% last year, but operating profit grew just under 9.6%.
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Intel's IoT business unit according to the company's latest earnings release, "includes platforms designed for embedded market segments including retail, transportation, industrial, and buildings and home," in addition to "a broad range of other market segments."  -  This IoT BU saw sales grow 18.9% last year, but operating profit grew just under 9.6%. Further, in the company's most recent quarter, it saw sales grow 10.58% year over year, but operating profit actually declined by a staggering 24.34%.  -  Although the operating margin compression that the business unit seems to be suffering from might be viewed as a bad sign, this is actually a sign that the company is beginning to invest more seriously in this area. This is actually a good thing for the long-term health of the business.


Intel said at its investor meeting that it expects an uptick in the growth rate for the Internet of Things group this year from an already high 18.9% in 2014. There are still three quarters to go in the year, but given that the Internet of Things group grew "just" 10.5% year over year, the business is going to have to see growth accelerate significantly during the balance of the year to hit Intel's original targets.



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Take that, Google: Microsoft apps will be bundled on Cyanogen's Android phones

Take that, Google: Microsoft apps will be bundled on Cyanogen's Android phones | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The company that wants to 'take Android away from Google' just signed a deal to bundle Microsoft apps with its operating system.
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Cyanogen CEO Kirt McMaster has publicly complained about how deeply Google integrates its services into Android. Phone manufacturers have to follow strict rules concerning the prominent placement of Google’s apps on homescreens.  -  Cyanogen—a more flexible fork of stock Android—stands to differentiate itself from the masses of devices running official Android builds by integrating third-party services, though it remains to be seen if buyers are willing to embrace an Android device without Google apps. Amazon’s Fire Phone was a flop, but it was released in North America, while Cyanogen-powered phones are more likely to appear in developing nations, where Google doesn’t have the stranglehold it commands in the U.S.

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Samsung Group Creates Super Team To Boost Apple’s Display Capacity

Samsung Group Creates Super Team To Boost Apple’s Display Capacity | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Reuters reports that SAMSUNG ELECT LTD (F) (OTCMKTS: SSNLF) has formed a team of 200 employees who are going to solely work on developing screen solutions for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL).
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After Samsung and Apple buried the hatchet  - The companies dropped all lawsuits against each other, and are in business collaboration without hard feelings. The lawsuits outside of the US have also been dropped. The iPhone maker is now the largest external customer for Samsung’s components.  -  Jerry Kang, a Englewood analyst, stated: “The new exclusive team for Apple implies that the relationship between Samsung and Apple has improved, this also suggests that Samsung Display will win screen orders from Apple, such as for the Apple Watch.” - If this is the case, that Samsung is doing this, we know without doubt or bias that Samsung will be staffing that exclusive 200 person team with TRIZ (systematic innovation method) trained engineers and problem solvers. Throwing their talent at helping their ex-rival.

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Only 6% of Americans Plan To Buy An Apple Watch

Only 6% of Americans Plan To Buy An Apple Watch | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
About 6 percent of U.S. adults plan to buy Apple Inc's smartwatch according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, with men twice as likely as women to purchase Apple boss Tim Cook's first new major product....
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The poll showed the watch, marketed by Apple as a high-fashion item as well as a new frontier in technology, appealed to fewer than 4% of women compared with 9% of men.  -  Ipsos polled 1,829 U.S. adults online between April 8 and 14 about the watch, which opened for preorders last week. The poll had a credibility interval of plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.  -  If calculated based on 2014 U.S. Census projections, and excluding younger teens, this could mean potential sales of about 15 million watches, if those who said they intended to buy follow through with an actual purchase.

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Nokia buys Alcatel to take on Ericsson in telecom equipment

Nokia buys Alcatel to take on Ericsson in telecom equipment | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
HELSINKI/PARIS (Reuters) - Nokia is to buy Alcatel-Lucent in an all-share deal that values its smaller French rival at 15.6 billion euros ($16.6 billion), building up its telecom equipment business to
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With about 114,000 employees and sales of around 26 billion euros, the combined company will rank a strong second in mobile equipment, with global market share of 35 percent, behind Ericsson at 40 percent and ahead of Huawei's 20 percent, according to Bernstein Research.  -  The new Nokia will have stronger exposure to the important North American market, with major AT&T and Verizon contracts.

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Movidius raises $40M to make visual sensors for the Internet of Things

Movidius raises $40M to make visual sensors for the Internet of Things | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Movidius makes chips that enable smart devices to sense the environment and send alerts to bikers or drivers.
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The investment is one of the biggest in a chip design company in the past couple of years, and it shows there’s still room for startups in a $300 billion industry dominated by giant companies. The Internet of Things requires innovation, and it’s creating that opening for startups.  -  San Mateo, California-based Movidius designs chips that can be used to sense the environment around you. They can be used for applications like self-driving cars or bicycle helmets that can detect road hazards.

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Internet Of Things? We've Been Doing That For 25 Years

Internet Of Things? We've Been Doing That For 25 Years | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Since before it had a name, the IoT has been helping industrial companies make processes more reliable, efficient and safe.
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Those of us who have long labored in this field know that wringing value from the IoT involves significant challenges, which some industries may not overcome. The IoT’s maturation process will therefore be checkered and evolutionary – more like the prolonged development of the Industrial Revolution than the introduction of a new killer app.

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How MSFT's fast track Azure will help businesses conquer IoT

How MSFT's fast track Azure will help businesses conquer IoT | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
A new Quick Start program is being offered
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The plan is to pass on what Microsoft has learned from helping larger companies build IoT systems – like Transport for London's asset tracking and predictive analytics, NEC's FieldAnalyst system that does facial recognition, analyses the age and gender of visitors and tells you more about traffic patterns, or the system Rockwell Automation uses to monitor oil wells and petrol pumps – to smaller businesses who don't have those kind of resources.  -  The IoT Suite brings together some existing Azure services and some new services that will come out later this year, for a single price.

"What we're enabling with this is simplified solutions as well as extremely simple billing and we're making this available very broadly when before it has only been available to larger companies. Customers can quickly provision solutions for asset management, remote monitoring and predictive maintenance. It includes Event Hubs, Stream Analytics, HD Insight, Storm, Azure ML, map-reduce … Power BI for rich visualisation will be part of the suite.

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Netflix launches hilarious fictitious wearable technology

Netflix launches hilarious fictitious wearable technology | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
wearable technology in order to be able to draw more attention to its video streaming services.The commercial pretends to be introducing a new smartwatch
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Despite the fact that April Fool’s Day has come and gone, this video has still been well received and many are getting quite a laugh out of one of the funniest little pranks that the company has ever released. - Still we notice that the fictitious smartphone on the wrist is exactly what people would be looking for, as of yet, no one can seemingly get all of the wireless functionality into the size of a smartwatch and to be able to give you the functionality that Dick Tracy had on his watch.

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Water energy conservation using the IoT

Water energy conservation using the IoT | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
This article is part of the Smart Water Solution series. Before explaining the solution let me give a view of how water flows into the taps in your houses.
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This solution will ensure that the right amount of water is present in the reservoirs or overhead tanks at minimum cost of operation to the pump houses. To achieve this a combination of Internet of Things (IoT), predictive analytics, and optimisation techniques are used.  -  To begin with, level sensors are deployed in reservoir and overhead tanks. Level sensors are devices that ascertain the level of water or any liquid in a container, and communicate this reading to a central server. (To get a better understanding of Internet of Things you can go through this article “Create your first Internet of Things application in under 30 minutes with IBM Bluemix.”)

These level sensors will be sending information about the water levels at the reservoirs and the overhead tanks on a periodic basis. By knowing the level of water, it is possible to calculate the volume of water present in the tanks and reservoirs.  - The next part would be to determine the demand of water a city would require for the next day. City authorities can calculate this by using predictive analytics. Predictive analytics can forecast the water requirement for a city based on historical consumption, as well as, taking into consideration the weather, holidays, events, etc.

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Ten New Members Join AllSeen IoT Alliance

Ten New Members Join AllSeen IoT Alliance | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Ten new members have joined the AllSeen Alliance, a group dedicated to a common, open source platform for the Internet of Things (Though the group calls it the
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The new members are a diverse crew, including a major US-based telecommunications company (CenturyLink), a nonprofit advocating for ICT standardization (TTA), and a smart home solutions developer (Viva Labs). 

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'Connected Home' Key to Intel's Lantiq Deal

'Connected Home' Key to Intel's Lantiq Deal | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Intel has formed a freshly minted Connected Home Division, which will become a home for Lantiq's employees and those who are currently working at Intel's Service Provider Division.
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“At Intel, we have a lot of different pieces that make IoT come to life at home,” said Greg Bryant. (Intel’s corporate vice president in the Client Computing Group and general manager of desktop client platforms.)  Bryant sees the home gateway as “the heart of the new connected home.” The new group, he said, holds the key to “making everything smart and connected,” by transferring broadband routers into “smart gateways” for a number of devices.

Dan Artusi (former CEO of Lantiq) added, “As broadband takes a center stage, we will have the most complete technology/product portfolio — ranging from cable to DSL, fiber and LTE — for our customers, including OEMs, service providers and consumers.”

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Intel Chairman Andy Bryant: Don’t Just Check Off Career Boxes

Intel Chairman Andy Bryant: Don’t Just Check Off Career Boxes | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The chairman of Intel says people are successful when they have jobs in which they are intellectually and emotionally engaged.
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Andy says: “The thing I learned is that if you’re not doing the job you want to do, it will reflect on your performance. You’re better off to take a job you’re excited about than to do the one you think somebody wants you to do.” People are successful when they’re intellectually and emotionally engaged as opposed to when they’re checking the box."

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AMD reports 1st-quarter loss, misses expectations, shares dip in late trade

AMD reports 1st-quarter loss, misses expectations, shares dip in late trade | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. on Thursday reported a loss of $180 million in its first quarter.
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AMD posted revenue of $1.03 billion in the period, missing forecasts, analysts expected $1.05 billion.  -  A year ago the company lost $20 million, or 3 cents per share, on revenue of $1.4 billion.  -  Looking ahead, AMD said it expects revenue in the current quarter to be flat to down by up to 6 percent sequentially. Analysts surveyed by FactSet expect $1.13 billion, which would represent growth of 10 percent from the quarter ended in March.  -  Shares of the company slid 10 percent, or 30 cents, to $2.57 in extended trading. A year ago, they were trading at $3.76

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Jawbone Reveals UP4 Tracker With Mobile Payment Support

Jawbone Reveals UP4 Tracker With Mobile Payment Support | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Charge your AmEx with the flick of a wrist using the UP4; Jawbone also introduced the UP2 sans mobile payments.
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With the UP4, users can tap to pay anywhere Amex contactless payments are accepted. "We believe this unique technology will delight our active, digitally savvy card members in a powerful way and drive a new type of engagement at hundreds of thousands of merchant locations nationwide," said Leslie Berland, EVP of Digital Partnerships and Development at American Express.  -  Expected to launch this summer for $199.99, the Jawbone UP4 features the same slim design and multi-sensor platform of its predecessor, but adds advanced sleep and activity tracking and heart monitoring. It also includes Jawbone's UP app and Smart Coach system. 

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Huawei P8 specs, features, and price announced

Huawei P8 specs, features, and price announced | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
At its light-themed event in London today, Huawei introduced its newest flagship creation, the P8.

The Huawei P8 (the “Ascend”branding has been dropped) is a 5.2-inch Full HD device that impresses through its sleek metallic design and intriguing camera features. The device follows the well-received Ascend P7 from last year, a phone that we appreciated for its design, great display, and powerful front camera. It remains to be seen whether the P8 remedies the issues we highlighted in our review,
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The Huawei P8 will run you ~$530, the Max model around $581.   

Specs of the Huawei P8 include a Kirin 930 processor (made by Huawei), featuring eight 64-bit cores in a big.LITTLE arrangement, four Cortex A53 cores at 2GHz and four Cortex A53 at 1.5GHz. 3GB of RAM and storage space starting from 16GB (expandable) complete what should be a decent experience.  -  Huawei managed to cram a 2,680 mAh battery in the 144.9 mm x 71.8 mm x 6.4 mm body (144 grams) and – impressively – the camera on the back doesn’t stick out like it does on many high-end devices these days. Speaking of which, you get a 13MP rear camera with optical image stabilization and a dual-LED flash, while the front shooter is a 8MP unit. Huawei is promising some intriguing software features for the camera, including a “light painting” mode that lets you record light graffiti, a “movie director” mode, a time lapse mode, and the obligatory beautification features. Technical tidbits include a image processor that Huawei claims rivals DSLR offerings, as well as a “world’s first” four-color 13MP image sensor.

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Case Against Google May Be Undercut by Rapid Shifts in Tech

Case Against Google May Be Undercut by Rapid Shifts in Tech | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
As the antitrust case against Microsoft showed, the giants that look most unbeatable can falter in ways that have nothing to do with the actions of government regulators.
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The similarities in the cases against Microsoft and Google are striking. MSFT once had a dominant position in the worldwide market for computer operating systems: Windows was installed on nearly 90% of desktop computers. Google’s current position in the market for web search engines looks similarly unbeatable: The company claims 90% of searches in Europe.  -  In 1999, a federal judge ruled that Microsoft had abused its operating system monopoly by pushing users into some of its other products, especially its web browser, Internet Explorer. The court found many instances of unfair competition against Intel, Apple, IBM and Netscape. Among other bits of mischief, Microsoft blocked Netscape Navigator, then the dominant browser, from getting crucial technical hooks into Windows.

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Domino.IO Offers An Open Hardware WiFi Platform For IoT Projects

Domino.IO Offers An Open Hardware WiFi Platform For IoT Projects | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
A new Internet of Things open hardware low-cost, high-performance 802.11 bgn WiFi platform has been unveiled this week in the form of Domino.IO
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A new Internet of Things open hardware low-cost, high-performance 802.11 bgn WiFi platform has been unveiled this week in the form of Domino.IO. -  Domino.IO is a 802.11n WiFi module based on Qualcomm/Atheros AR9331 WiSoC and has been designed to provide a surface-mountable single-sided WiFi-enabled Linux module.  -  The creators of Domino.IO based in Hong Kong explain that their tiny board featuring the lowest power consumption in the industry. The Domino core module only requires a single 3.3 V power supply, and features a maximum power consumption of only 0.5W only.

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IoT drives Intel revenues

IoT drives Intel revenues | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Intel made more than half a billion dollars from the “internet of things” in the last quarter, the latest sign that the heavily hyped market is starting to become a significant revenue driver for tech companies. Breaking out sales for the first time
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Breaking out sales for the first time from what Intel calls “embedded” systems in retail, transport, industrial and domestic products, the chipmaker said that the $533m from connected devices helped to offset “lower than expected demand” for business desktop PCs in the first quarter of 2015.  Total revenues were flat at $12.8bn in the three months ending in March, with net income up 3 per cent to $2bn and earnings per share 8 per cent higher than a year ago at 41 cents, all broadly in line with market expectations.  -  “These results reinforce the importance of continuing to execute our growth strategy,” said Brian Krzanich, Intel’s chief executive.

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What Does Google Suddenly See In Enterprise Security?

What Does Google Suddenly See In Enterprise Security? | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Google Ventures keeps taking interesting approaches with its investments.
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Because, it turns out, enterprise security is a really big deal, according to Google Ventures partner Karim Faris. Faris has been hammering this enterprise security theme for several years now, leading Google to invest in ThreatStream, Ionic Security, Shape Security, and Duo Security, a 2FA company that now has over 5,000 customers, including Box, Facebook, NASA, Toyota, and Twitter.  -  This focus on security—particularly things like 2FA that make it somewhat simple for end-users—is critical. (2FA typically requires a user to log in with both a password and a secondary authorization code, often delivered via text message or a small electronic gadget.) Studies, like this one from Aruba Networks, keep showing that enterprise users mostly don't care about securing enterprise data.

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