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21st Century Technology Skills Are a Core Competency for Today’s Graduates

21st Century Technology Skills Are a Core Competency for Today’s Graduates | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it

Our students need to be comfortable with the information technologies that are inextricably linked to the 21st century skills the work place requires, and teachers need to help pave the way.


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I've always said that the most portable and vital thing for gent is their skill set, much more portable than $, wives,/girlfriends and houses, and that goes the other way for the ladies too, no hating here

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Jean-Claude Domenjoz's curator insight, November 15, 2013 1:19 AM

Liste des compétences:

http://www.imls.gov/about/21st_century_skills_list.aspx

 

VISUAL LITERACY

Demonstrate the ability to interpret, recognize, appreciate, and understand information presented through visible actions, objects and symbols, natural or man-made

 

Peter Evans's curator insight, November 26, 2013 8:47 AM

I'd suggest a lot of the more innovative university programmes are already doing much of what is suggested here. One thing to emphasise is supporting students to use digital tools specifically for learning as they generally already know how to use these tools. In otherwords, while students may often be digitally competent, they are often less digitally literate in terms of learning processes. Also, what refer to PDAs - surely old tech?

Miep Carstensen's curator insight, December 1, 2013 11:14 PM

Sound advice for teachers to incorprate these core competencies in their teaching programmes.

 

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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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MSFT buys firm that boosts sales through games

MSFT buys firm that boosts sales through games | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
[SAN FRANCISCO] Microsoft announced on Monday that it has bought a startup with a winning way of using game play to boost the performance of sales teams. Read more at The Business Times.
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FantasySalesTeam will be woven into Microsoft's Dynamics CRM (customer relationship management) offering aimed at businesses.  

The platform allows managers to try to ramp up sales numbers through fantasy sports-style competitions among their representatives.  "They've disrupted the old sales incentive model with an original twist that combines gamification with fantasy sports and expertly applies it to a sales setting," Microsoft corporate vice-president Bob Stutz said in a blog post announcing the acquisition.

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LinkedIn Starts Building a Syndicated Content Network

LinkedIn Starts Building a Syndicated Content Network | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
There's no money involved. But no reason there couldn't be, one day.
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LinkedIn has gotten a lot of mileage out of the free content that famous people like Richard Branson write for the social network. Now it wants to get more: The company wants to syndicate that content for publication on other sites.  LinkedIn is emailing the 500 people it calls its “Influencers” and asking them for permission to automatically hand their stuff to other sites that want to republish it in full. Sites like Quartz routinely publish LinkedIn posts, but right now each article has to be manually approved by the author, which makes it a multistep process.  -  There’s no money trading hands here — Influencers write for LinkedIn for free, and LinkedIn lets other sites use those posts for free — but there’s still an obvious value exchange: Influencers get more distribution for their names and ideas, along with the notion that LinkedIn says they are “influencers.” And LinkedIn gets to advertise LinkedIn. Still, assuming LinkedIn gets most of its heavy hitters to opt in to this, it could be a good head start on what might be an interesting content syndication business, with obvious opportunities for revenue share and other money-making schemes.


And people wonder why I don't often publish on LinkedIn, rather opting to post other people's content with my commentary instead. Creating good content takes time out of other activities, and quite frankly LinkedIn should actually have to pay for that, just like any other journalistic platform does and should.

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Danger For Samsung As Smartphone Profits Fall

Danger For Samsung As Smartphone Profits Fall | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
This week saw Samsung post its fifth quarterly drop in profits in a row, and the biggest drag on the company line? The mobile division, which saw profits fall by 37.6%. If Samsung's quarterly reports follow their annual cycle, Q3 is going to see another drastic fall. Will Samsung change course?
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This week saw Samsung post its 5th quarterly drop in profits in a row. Guidance at the start of July suggested that profits would fall by 4.2%. The actual drop was 8% year-on-year.  No matter the shine put on the statement, Samsung’s mobile division profits fell by a 3rd, in a quarter where the lions share of flagship smartphone sales would have been expected. Looking forward to the 2nd half of the year, Samsung is expecting to see the tablet market contract as a whole in the second half of 2015, and growth in the smartphone sector to slow down.  The mobile division, which saw profits fall by 37.6%.  The good news is that the mobile business is still turning a profit, and in the competitive smartphone market that should not be ignored. But the trend is clearly downwards, and if Samsung’s quarterly reports follow their annual cycle, Q3 is going to see another drastic fall. 

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The Internet of Things is not paying the rent

The Internet of Things is not paying the rent | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Purportedly, the market opportunity for the Internet of things is gargantuan -- but development in the space clearly isn't paying off yet
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Professionally speaking I would argue that the reason that the reason behind why the IoT isn't paying the rent, is an incorrect approach to design of IoT devices and services that is the root cause of the problem, the real underlying value elements and the proposition not being properly articulated and in saying so, I don't mean that like it's some kind of salesman speak.  


Two reasons cited in the article are more of an effect rather than a cause: A big market, but underserved unfortunately, much of that value never gets realized, both because a dearth of IoT standards has logjammed its potential and because most IoT data simply isn’t used.  

It is definitely not the customer's fault, the responsibility for the correct design, always falls upon the designer, and the firm that hires them to do the job.  What the article says, albeit in an indirect and long winded fashion is the following.

(1)  IoT developers, in other words, are guessing.  

(2) For far too many companies, IoT remains a science project. This reveals itself in how they’re funding their IoT initiatives and what they’re building.  

(3) Others still are trying to sell IoT-related software but, as VisionMobile notes, “The market is not yet mature and too many people are building generic solutions to device connectivity and management problems.”


But to tap IoT's $11 trillion potential, developers need to get real about what they’re selling and to whom.


An interesting article, and with lots of interesting points, but it's efforts to appreciate the challenges of the IoT are superficial, sorry that's my call on it, and not in a snarky way.  


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Nvidia recalls some Shield tablets due to battery fire fears

Nvidia recalls some Shield tablets due to battery fire fears | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Nvidia Corp said it was recalling some of its Shield 8-inch tablets in the United States as the battery in these devices can overheat, posing a fire hazard.The Android-based tablet, which has a price
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Nvidia said it would replace Shield tablets with battery types that test Y01 it sold in the United States since the product's launch in July 2014.  -  "Products containing lithium-ion batteries have been the subject of numerous recalls across the electronics industry,"  The chipmaker has received 4 reports of batteries overheating due to thermal runaway, including two reports of damage to flooring, according to the CPSC statement.  The recall does not affect any other Nvidia product.


Nvidia did not disclose Shield tablet sales in other markets, though a statement on U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's (CPSC) website states that about 5,000 were sold in Canada.  - Stifel Nicolaus and Co analyst Kevin Cassidy, who owns a Shield tablet, estimated that the optional recall may cost Nvidia $1 million at the most. Cassidy said he has asked the company for a replacement.  Nvidia has asked owners to use the tablet only to initiate a replacement process on the company's website and to back up data.   - This is the way a product recall is supposed to be done, now if the industry could just move away from Li-ion batteries or make them less dangerous

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IoT Tech Updated Landscape And New Rankings

IoT Tech Updated Landscape And New Rankings | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Internet Of Things: IoT Tech Landscape And Rankings - New Report One of the most important aspects of any tech analysis is analyzing which players have quantifiably demonstrated their tech leadership in the relevant technological fields.
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Now you too can see with greater clarity who is a trying to be a winner, patent strength will be a key lynch pin in the new IoT frontier.  Kinda funny, or not depending on your p.o.v., that none of the incumbents, let alone the rest, don't seem to be able to create effective patents to garner important IP space to get their profitability and market segment share.  

The metrics in this report are based on granted U.S. patents and inventions for which U.S. patent applications are pending.  These patents include those invented in-house and those acquired by assignment from third parties. The Portfolio Filing Score on the X axis is a metric of the total number of issued and pending IoT patents by company.  The Portfolio Quality Score on the Y axis is based on LexInnova’s proprietary algorithm that adapts the methodology set forth by Mark A. Lemley, Kimberly A. Moore, John R. Allison, and R. Derek Trunkey in their research paper, “Valuable Patents” to calculate the quality of inventions.   The IoT Tech Incumbents are “players which have a good patent portfolio in terms of quality but miss out on the filing front.”  There is currently no company in the Leadership quadrant (green), due to lower numbers of patent filings relative to some of the higher-filing players (shown in the orange quadrant). However, according to LexInnova’s analysis, Nokia, Somfy, Microsoft and Intel are poised to move into the Leadership quadrant if they increase the number of high-quality patent filings. Also, Ericsson, Qualcomm and LG have the highest number of filings relative to the group, but relatively lower portfolio scores, which kept them from qualifying for placement in the “Leaders” quadrant under the analytics used in this report.  

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Now you too can see with greater clarity who is a trying to be a winner, patent strength will be a key lynch pin in the new IoT frontier.  Kinda funny, or not depending on your p.o.v., that none of the incumbents, let alone the rest, don't seem to be able to create effective patents to garner important IP space to get their profitability and market segment share.  

The metrics in this report are based on granted U.S. patents and inventions for which U.S. patent applications are pending.  These patents include those invented in-house and those acquired by assignment from third parties. The Portfolio Filing Score on the X axis is a metric of the total number of issued and pending IoT patents by company.  The Portfolio Quality Score on the Y axis is based on LexInnova’s proprietary algorithm that adapts the methodology set forth by Mark A. Lemley, Kimberly A. Moore, John R. Allison, and R. Derek Trunkey in their research paper, “Valuable Patents” to calculate the quality of inventions.   The IoT Tech Incumbents are “players which have a good patent portfolio in terms of quality but miss out on the filing front.”  There is currently no company in the Leadership quadrant (green), due to lower numbers of patent filings relative to some of the higher-filing players (shown in the orange quadrant). However, according to LexInnova’s analysis, Nokia, Somfy, Microsoft and Intel are poised to move into the Leadership quadrant if they increase the number of high-quality patent filings. Also, Ericsson, Qualcomm and LG have the highest number of filings relative to the group, but relatively lower portfolio scores, which kept them from qualifying for placement in the “Leaders” quadrant under the analytics used in this report.  

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MSFT Partners With Jasper To Up Its Game In The IoT

MSFT Partners With Jasper To Up Its Game In The IoT | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella addresses shareholders during Microsoft Shareholders Meeting December 3, 2014 in Bellevue, Washington. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images) While Microsoft is spending most of its time this week making sure the launch of Windows 10 goes as smoothly as possible, the Redmond software giant is also making moves into [...]
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On Thursday, Microsoft and startup Jasper announced a partnership to integrate their cloud-based software for customers hooking up everything from cars to oil rigs to vending machines.

Jasper sells backend software for companies specifically to manage cellular connections embedded in devices. It’s integrating this software with Microsoft’s cloud offering, Azure. Microsoft sells an Internet of Things Azure suite, which allows companies to perform big data analytics on how their machines are performing.

Integrating these two backend systems will simplify things for customers, said Macario Namie, a vice president of strategy at Jasper. Customers can manage their cellular-connected devices using Jasper’s “Control Center” software while also accessing Microsoft’s analytics prowess.  “Today, we have two different systems. Customers have to move back and forth between two pieces of software to see how their product is performing and managing it on the network,” Namie said. “This integration gives a holistic view of a connected product.”  -  With this integration, for example, a car maker would be able to manage its customer subscriptions in cellular-connected car, and then also use Microsoft’s analytics to see if the car needs maintenance.

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ARM buys Israeli company Sansa Security for $85M

ARM buys Israeli company Sansa Security for $85M | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Sansa Security, which develops mobile and flash memory security solutions, will become ARM's Israel development center.
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The Israeli company has developed security solutions for cellular devices and flash memory. According to the IVC database, Sansa Security has raised $32 million since it was founded in 2000, meaning that the investors will make back about double their money. Prominent investors in the company over the years include the Sequoia Capital, Accel Partners, Genesis Partners, Pitango Venture Capital, and Poalim Ventures funds.  ARM will make the company its development center in Israel. ARM's market cap on Nasdaq is $22 billion.

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The Israeli company has developed security solutions for cellular devices and flash memory. According to the IVC database, Sansa Security has raised $32 million since it was founded in 2000, meaning that the investors will make back about double their money. Prominent investors in the company over the years include the Sequoia Capital, Accel Partners, Genesis Partners, Pitango Venture Capital, and Poalim Ventures funds.  ARM will make the company its development center in Israel. ARM's market cap on Nasdaq is $22 billion.

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Gartner Says the IoT Is Creating New Software Vendors who don't Get the Money

Gartner Says the Internet of Things Is Creating New Software Vendors
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The IoT is turning many manufacturers of "things" into first-time software vendors that need licensing and entitlement management (LEM) solutions, according to Gartner, Inc. By shifting product value from device hardware to the software running on the device and applying an appropriate licensing strategy, manufacturing product strategists can maximize revenue potential. 


"The IoT is creating a new type of software vendor for whom LEM is vital to protect, differentiate and monetize their offerings," said Laurie Wurster, research director at Gartner. "We expect that by 2020, a failure to put in place a LEM system will result in a 20 percent drop in potential revenue generated from software for device manufacturers connecting to the IoT." 

The issue is that many makers of "things" still apply a traditional "box" mentality to products and do not consider the extra revenue opportunities of licensing-controlled embedded software and applications. Most of these companies are first-time software providers, mainly device manufacturers and OEMs that can now monetize their software as well as the devices via the IoT. For these companies, the IoT represents a significant market opportunity. 

"By controlling product functionality and the features and capacities of Internet-connected devices via flexible licensing, device manufacturers will be better able to compete in current and new markets. They will also be able to come to market quicker with new products, new feature combinations and product enhancements," said Ms. Wurster. "Moreover, software-controlled configuration gives manufacturers more flexibility to regionalize their offerings and develop niche solutions for specific markets without having to manufacture separate product stock keeping units (SKUs). Overall, this reduces the number of SKUs produced, lowering overall manufacturing costs while enhancing manufacturers' ability to customize and regionalize products."


Gartner research indicates that the vast majority of device manufacturers do not have, or have yet to implement, commercial LEM systems to monetize the IoT. This is because, historically, they had little or no software IP to protect. Initially, they will look to build LEM capabilities in-house as they already have a technical and engineering background that developed the hardware, and they often believe that these internal resources can also build an efficient LEM system.  "For some, recognizing the need for a LEM solution is a viable first step.

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How Markets and Vendors Are Evaluated in Gartner Magic Quadrants

How Markets and Vendors Are Evaluated in Gartner Magic Quadrants | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Magic Quadrants offer visual snapshots, in-depth analyses and actionable advice that provide insight into a market's direction, maturity and participants. Understanding our methodology will help you when evaluating a market, choosing a technology or service provider or managing vendor relationships.

Via Bonnie Hohhof, Marc Wachtfogel, PhD, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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A lot of companies could benefit by truly understanding what this quadrant tool is telling them, namely if you can't execute (As Measured By: Financial Results and Product Outcomes), and then go change their organizations to actually achieve what they want and not let the status quo old school mentality prevail and prevent the decline of a firm's performance.  It is as Einstein has often been quoted as saying "what got you to where you are at, will not be what you will need to do to get where you really want to go."

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I scooped this because it is an interesting take on organizational leadership.  I hope that someday I will learn how to best navigate all of the quadrants of leadership to maximize learning results and be an effective leader. 

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I scooped this because it is an interesting take on organizational leadership.  I hope that someday I will learn how to best navigate all of the quadrants of leadership to maximize learning results and be an effective leader. 

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Intel And Micron Announce Breakthrough Faster-Than-Flash 3D XPoint Storage Technology

Intel And Micron Announce Breakthrough Faster-Than-Flash 3D XPoint Storage Technology | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
A new class of memory storage was announced today by Intel and Micron. It marks a rare introduction of a new class of memory and each one has had large, wide-ranging impacts on the technology industry. 3D XPoint technology claims to be 1,000 times faster, has 1,000 times greater durability and [...]
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The technology is a fundamental breakthrough in the memory storage industry, offering massive benefits over current NAND-based storage, which is used in devices such as solid state disks (SSDs) and smartphones. For example, current SSDs that are based on NAND memory have limited write cycles, with a portion of the storage space being used essentially as a backup when memory cells die. A 1,000-fold increase in memory durability could have a profound impact on a range of devices, as well as hard disk sales.  There are breakthrough materials used in 3D XPoint too that allow for greater density and performance. Memory is stored in a fundamentally different way. Property changes – not phase-changes, in the storage material itself are used – completely different to alternative electron-based storage. The technology uses a binary change in the resistance of the material, moving from high to low resistance.  The memory is able to be written at the bit-level, meaning that in certain circumstances, traditional garbage collection on SSDs won’t be needed and there are no transistors used in the storage of the individual memory cells.

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I wonder if this means that we will have TB options for USB drives!
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GE FirstBuild Launches Indiegogo Campaign For Next Generation Icemaker

GE FirstBuild Launches Indiegogo Campaign For Next Generation Icemaker | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
It’s the biggest innovation in ice in nearly twenty-five years, according to General Electric (a company that knows a thing or two about ice). It’s called..
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OK so I pay attention to a lot of different corporate open innovation platforms efforts, like the one GE is doing here on Indiegogo.  Here is one of their examples:  Dreamed up by the crowdsourced community GE has harnessed through its FirstBuild initiative, the Opal makes a heretofore inaccessible ice cube available to John Q Public (unless they were a Wonder Twin).   The ice nugget (Opal’s only output), has been available for commercial consumption at roadside Dairy Queens, Sonics, and other fast food chains for years, but the machinery responsible for such frosty, chilly nuggets of icy goodness was too expensive for a home.  -  For those that are interested, there’s also a quick run-through of the magic of making a new ice maker.

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Toyota: ‘Autopilot’ Not Ready for Takeoff

Toyota: ‘Autopilot’ Not Ready for Takeoff | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
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The popular phrase “co-pilot,” or the similar “autopilot.”  Chuck Gulash, senior executive engineer at the Toyota Technical Center, has eschewed both.  -  “If I’m in an airplane with a co-pilot, and I see someone from the cockpit going back to the restroom, I feel OK,”  “But I don’t want to be in my vehicle thinking it will be truly a complete co-pilot for quite a few years. I use the term ‘teammate’ because I think that’s important for the U.S. society in general to understand.”  Yes, automated-driving technology isn’t quite ready for prime time, or at least always ready to let the driver kick back and relax while the car does all the work.   Gulash and the rest of his team at Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Center have been thinking about this issue a lot lately, and they have identified a number of factors before vehicles can reach the much-talked-about fully autonomous level of driving. In-car intelligence needs to improve, via better sensors and 3D maps, better decision-making abilities in the name of safety and by achieving greater cooperation between the driver and vehicle in a variety of traffic conditions.

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The popular phrase “co-pilot,” or the similar “autopilot.”  Chuck Gulash, senior executive engineer at the Toyota Technical Center, has eschewed both.  -  “If I’m in an airplane with a co-pilot, and I see someone from the cockpit going back to the restroom, I feel OK,”  “But I don’t want to be in my vehicle thinking it will be truly a complete co-pilot for quite a few years. I use the term ‘teammate’ because I think that’s important for the U.S. society in general to understand.”  Yes, automated-driving technology isn’t quite ready for prime time, or at least always ready to let the driver kick back and relax while the car does all the work.   Gulash and the rest of his team at Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Center have been thinking about this issue a lot lately, and they have identified a number of factors before vehicles can reach the much-talked-about fully autonomous level of driving. In-car intelligence needs to improve, via better sensors and 3D maps, better decision-making abilities in the name of safety and by achieving greater cooperation between the driver and vehicle in a variety of traffic conditions.

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Apple, BMW in courtship with an eye on car collaboration

Apple, BMW in courtship with an eye on car collaboration | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
BMW and Apple may rekindle a courtship put on hold after an exploratory visit by executives of the world's top maker of electronic gadgets to the headquarters of the

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BMW and Apple may in fact rekindle a courtship put on hold after an exploratory visit by executives of the world's top maker of electronic gadgets to the headquarters of the word's biggest seller of premium cars.  Apple CEO Tim Cook went to BMW's headquarters last year and senior Apple executives toured the carmaker's Leipzig factory to learn how it manufactures the i3 electric car, two sources familiar with the talks told Reuters.    

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Since the visit, there has been a reshuffle at the top of BMW, with Harald Krueger, appointed BMW Chief Executive in May, in favor of establishing his own team and his plans for BMW by year end, before engaging in new projects, a person familiar with his thinking told Reuters.   -  A further complication was the departure of BMW's board member for development Herbert Diess, who played a leading role in initial discussions with Apple. He defected to Volkswagen in December.  Diess, who declined to comment for this piece, oversaw the development of BMW's "i" vehicles which are built using light weight carbon fiber, using a radical approach to design and manufacturing.  Car technology has become a prime area of interest for Silicon Valley companies ranging from Google, which has built a prototype self-driving car, to electric car-maker Tesla Motors .

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$600 premium Android phones are getting harder and harder to sell

$600 premium Android phones are getting harder and harder to sell | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The two big phone announcements of the week featured new Android devices -- the OnePlus 2 and the Moto X Style -- with specs that compete well with $600-plus premium phones, yet cost between $300 and $400. We also heard that Samsung plans to "adjust" (read: reduce) the price of its $600 - $700 Galaxy S6 phone after weaker than expected sales.
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At the same time we’re seeing a smartphone market where Samsung still sells the most phones worldwide, followed by Apple. But Apple is unique in that it sells just a handful of smartphones, and they’re all premium phones. The margins on premium phones are much higher, and Apple uses its tremendous brand power to get people to pay the high price. A recent report said that Apple captures 92 percent of the profit made worldwide from selling smartphones.  Perhaps the best and only way for Android phone makers to capture more of that pool of profit is to offer devices that are comparable to the iPhone but at a much lower price. The Moto X Style and the OnePlus 2 may be on the front end of a trend toward much less expensive “premium” Android phones.  Current Analysis analyst Avi Greengart agrees that $600 phones aren’t going away, but they’re becoming a harder sell.

“As long as you have some vendors willing to sell phones near cost through a low-cost channel (direct to consumers), vendors selling at higher price points will need to have clear differentiation that justifies their added expense.” Both of the Moto and OnePlus phones mentioned above are sold directly to consumers, without having to cut in a reseller or a carrier.  Technalysis Research analyst Bob O’Donnell says the premium phone crunch is bigger than Android, and will increasingly affect Apple, too.  “The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have sold very well just because people were dying for larger screens,” O’Donnell says. “But now that consumers already have a big phone they’re content, and they’re not feeling the need to upgrade as frequently as they have in the past.”

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Airlines and airports prepare for Google Eddystone beacons

Airlines and airports prepare for Google Eddystone beacons | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, SITA and Mexia discuss the opportunities presented to airlines and airports by Google’s Eddystone beacon format.
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“I think the biggest impact of this is it confirms to everybody that beacons are here to stay,” he said. “It’s not just a flash in the pan idea that Apple has had. When you have Apple and Google and Samsung (which has its own beacon offering called Placedge) all trying to use beacons to solve this indoor proximity problem you know that the technology has got a future.” Eddystone is not, though, an “iBeacon killer”, he said. “”I think the two technologies are here to stay.”

Among the carriers that see great potential in beacon technology is United Airlines, and Tarek Abdel-Halim, the airline’s Managing Director of eCommerce & Passenger Systems, told FTE that the introduction of Eddystone “is good for the market and helps broaden the interest in driving contextual experiences”.

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“I think the biggest impact of this is it confirms to everybody that beacons are here to stay,” he said. “It’s not just a flash in the pan idea that Apple has had. When you have Apple and Google and Samsung (which has its own beacon offering called Placedge) all trying to use beacons to solve this indoor proximity problem you know that the technology has got a future.” Eddystone is not, though, an “iBeacon killer”, he said. “”I think the two technologies are here to stay.”

Among the carriers that see great potential in beacon technology is United Airlines, and Tarek Abdel-Halim, the airline’s Managing Director of eCommerce & Passenger Systems, told FTE that the introduction of Eddystone “is good for the market and helps broaden the interest in driving contextual experiences”.

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The IoT now includes the grocery store's frozen-food aisle

The IoT now includes the grocery store's frozen-food aisle | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Supermarket giant Kroger uses temperature sensors to keep frozen foods frozen -- and makes its first foray into the Internet of Things.
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Chris Hjelm, CIO at Kroger, the $108 billion supermarket chain says says temperature spikes in refrigerator cases can make cold goods go bad, and there are lots of circumstances that can lead to spikes: A compressor may go out, defrost cycles could run too long, a door might have a bad seal, or someone could leave a door ajar.  Working with his R&D team decided to try to ward off such problems by turning to Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. He equipped refrigerated containers with sensors that check temperatures every 30 minutes--instead of having employees manually check thermometers twice a day--and then alert store managers and facilities engineers if the mercury hits unsafe levels.

"It's something every food retailer will have," Hjelm predicts.

Today, Kroger's IoT temperature monitoring system cuts down on the number of cold products that go bad and have to be thrown out, reduces labor and saves energy. And happy customers enjoy better ice cream and other cold and frozen foods.  A typical Kroger store's temperature monitoring system has more than 220 tags connected to a network that uses the ZigBee low-bandwidth wireless network protocol. Nearly half of the chain's 2,600 stores have the technology; a complete rollout is expected by early 2016.

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Microsoft bests Google in patent case appeal

Microsoft bests Google in patent case appeal | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Federal appeals court upholds patent licensing decision that set low licensing rate for Wi-Fi and video-related patents
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A federal appeals court has handed Microsoft a win against Google in a long-running lawsuit over patent licensing that was originally filed against Motorola in 2010. The dispute began after Motorola sent a letter to Microsoft asking it to pay as much as $4 billion per year to license patents relating to the 802.11 standard that underpins Wi-Fi and the H.264 video encoding standard. Since then, Google purchased Motorola Mobility and its patent portfolio, including the patents at issue in this case. It then sold Motorola Mobility to Lenovo while retaining ownership of the patents.

The patent negotiations were complicated because Motorola was under contract with the IEEE and International Telecommunications Union to provide licenses to other companies under “reasonable and non-discriminatory” terms. Microsoft alleged that Motorola had breached that contract and sued. The lower court judge conducted a bench trial to determine a fair licensing rate, which ended up being a fraction of Motorola’s original request.  -  In addition to the decision about licensing rates, the appeals court also upheld a jury’s decision to award $14.5 million in damages to Microsoft in a related trial. Motorola took issue with that decision in part because Microsoft was able to introduce the lower court’s calculated patent licensing rate to the jury. Motorola argued that introducing the rate (which was significantly lower than Motorola’s proposed royalty) led the jury to rule in favor of Microsoft.

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9 New Predictions And Market Assessments For The IoT

9 New Predictions And Market Assessments For The IoT | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
A number of new reports on the Internet of Things (IoT) provide a fresh look at the state of this hot market and forecasts for its future impact on the world’s economy.
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Profound list of drivers and trends that have been identified in the unfolding development of the IoT, a very worthwhile read.

(1) The economic impact of the IoT will re-shape the world’s economy:  The IoT has a total potential economic impact of $3.9 trillion to $11.1 trillion a year by 2025. At the top end, that level of value—including the consumer surplus—would be equivalent to about 11% of the world economy (MGI). The IoT market will expand from $780 billion this year to $1.68 trillion in 2020, growing at a CAGR of 16.9%.  Sensors/modules and connectivity account for more than 50% of spending on IoT, followed by IT services at more than 25% and software at 15%. (IDC).

(2)  There will be almost 30 billion of IoT devices in 2020:   In 2015, 4,800 connected end points are added every minute. This number will grow to 7,900 by 2020. The installed base of the Internet of Things devices will grow from 10.3 billion devices in 2014 to 29.5 billion in 2020. 19 billion of these devices will be installed in North America in 2020 (IDC). The number of IoT devices installed in cities will increase by more than 5 billion in the next four years (BI).

(3)  The IoT will be primarily an enterprise market:  In 2018, the IoT installed base will be split 70% in the enterprise and 30% in the consumer market, but enterprises will account for 90% of the spending (IDC).

(4) Over the next few years, North America will still be the focal point for the IoT:   The IoT has a large potential in developing economies, but it will have a higher overall value impact in advanced economies because of the higher value per use.

(5)  The telecommunication industry leads other sectors in IoT investments:  The Telecommunications, banking, utilities, and securities/investment services industries are the leading sectors investing in IoT in 2015 (IDC)

(6) IoT adoption is gaining momentum worldwide:  36% of companies in North America have IoT initiatives in 2015 (IDC).

(7) Costs and customers are the key drivers of IoT investments:  Lower operational costs and better customer service and support lead the list of significant drivers of current IoT initiatives. In large companies, business process efficiency/operations optimization and customer acquisition and/or retention also top the list (IDC). 

(8) Security, culture change, determining priorities, and optimizing ROI are key IoT concerns:  Security issues top the list of current barriers to IoT adoption (especially with larger companies), followed by funding the initial investment at the scale needed, determining the highest priority use cases, and changing business processes (IDC). 

(9) Microsoft leads the IoT market

The top 5 vendors mentioned as the IoT provider companies “plan to work with within the next 2 years” are: Microsoft, AT&T, Verizon, Cisco, and IBM. For large companies (more than 1000 employees), Microsoft and Cisco lead the list (IDC).



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Google Partners With Privacy-Centric Smartphone Maker

Google Partners With Privacy-Centric Smartphone Maker | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
As more employees conduct business and personal activities on the same smartphone or tablet, companies are scrambling to figure out how to secure their data. A partnership between Google and Silent Circle, the Geneva-based maker of privacy-centric phones, is an attempt to capitalize on that concern.
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A partnership between Google and Silent Circle, the Geneva-based maker of privacy-centric phones, is an attempt to capitalize on that concern.  Silent Circle’s Blackphone, which encrypts calls, texts and data, is part of a wave of privacy tools that emerged in the wake of Edward Snowden‘s revelations about the U.S. government’s pervasive intelligence gathering. The company is so concerned about data security that it doesn’t even keep track of its own customers’ names.  -  Under the partnership, the next version of Blackphone will come equipped with Google’s Android for Work software, according to Silent Circle and Google. The latter, of course, collects huge amounts of user data to sell advertising.

Released earlier this year, Android for Work is a software suite that allows users to compartmentalize personal and professional use. It also comes with corporate features for managing employee access to company information as well as Google productivity apps including Gmail, Contacts, Calendar, Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

For Google, the partnership is an opportunity to address security concerns that have hampered adoption of its Android mobile operating software in the workplace. Corporate information technology managers often view Android devices, which come from a variety of companies, as less secure than devices that are controlled by a single manufacturer such as iPhones or Blackberries, said Tyler Shields, an analyst with the market research firm Forrester.

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AllSeen Alliance Welcomes Philips as Premier Member

AllSeen Alliance Welcomes Philips as Premier Member | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
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The AllSeen Alliance, a cross-industry collaboration to advance the Internet of Things (IoT) through an open source software project, today announced that Philips has joined as a premier member. Philips joins more than 170 members of the AllSeen Alliance, including premier members Canon, Electrolux, Haier, LG, Microsoft, Panasonic, Qeo (a Technicolor company), Qualcomm Connected Experiences, Inc., Sharp, Silicon Image (a Lattice Semiconductor company) and Sony.

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Google's IoT Eddystone 'Beacons', More Open Than Apple's

Google's IoT Eddystone 'Beacons', More Open Than Apple's | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Google has added another set of nuts and bolts to the mechanics of the Internet of Things (IoT) with the launch of its Eddystone technology. Named after the Eddystone Lighthouse off of the English coast in the county of Cornwall, Google’s Eddystone is an open source cross-platform Bluetooth LE (BLE) [...]
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Google has added another set of nuts and bolts to the mechanics of the Internet of Things (IoT) with the launch of its Eddystone technology. Named after the Eddystone Lighthouse off of the English coast in the county of Cornwall, Google’s Eddystone is an open source cross-platform Bluetooth LE (BLE) beacon format. Apple’s iBeacon technology for iPhones and other iOS devices, which sits in the same BLE space technically, is a comparatively closed platform.   -  When users get to connect with IoT beacon technology they can get what the industry likes to call ‘better proximity contextual experiences’. The Eddystone specification itself includes a number of ‘broadcast frame’ types (or data payloads, if you prefer) including Eddystone-URL, which the firm says is the backbone of the Physical Web.


How IoT beacons work:  Beacon transmitters like those ascribing to the Eddystone format broadcast one-way information via Bluetooth to smartphones or tablets (it’s not usually going to be a laptop) typically while users are mobile on foot.  “Beacons can be deployed at fixed places such as airports, museums, and bus stops, and also to movable objects such as bicycles and taxis,” says Google.  -  The data may be ‘absorbed’ by the user’s device via direct user-initiated connection or by more passive ‘always on’ connection if the user’s device is set up to establish a more constant relationship. Stores and shops could use beacons to send out promotions, special event locations could send out directions and warnings, travel locations could send out transport news, timetables or alerts and so on. Basically, it’s the way you imagine the truly connected Internet of Things world to work when it all does.


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IBM Launches New IoT Community for Developers

IBM Launches New IoT Community for Developers | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
IBM today announced the launch of a new community, IBM developerWorks Recipes, designed to help developers – from novice to experienced – quickly and easily learn how to connect Internet of Things (IoT) devices to the cloud and how to use data coming from those connected devices. Users of developerWorks Recipes can tap into IBM’s ...

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Users of developerWorks Recipes can tap into IBM’s platform-as-a-service, Bluemix, to implement step-by-step tutorials for embedding advanced analytics and machine learning into IoT devices and applications. Examples include:

  • Understanding vehicle performance by analyzing data from its On-Board Diagnostic system.
  • Linking real-time machine condition monitoring with IBM asset management to monitor everything from the health of household appliances to wheels on a railroad car.
  • Spotting trends and obtaining solutions to common problems through graphical representation of historical and real-time data from IoT devices.
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Servers.com Brings Its Bare-Metal Servers To The US

Servers.com Brings Its Bare-Metal Servers To The US | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Servers.com, a hosting company with a focus on dedicated bare-metal servers that launched in Europe in 2005, today announced the opening of its first U.S...
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Until now, Servers.com was mostly focused on its Amsterdam location. But as the company’s COO Nick Dvas told me, he believes that while the U.S. is very different from Servers.com’s home market, “with a way tougher competition,” it’s also “way more rewarding in terms of market size.”  He also believes that there is still lots of room for a dedicated server business in the U.S. That’s partly driven by the current move to containers, he said. “Containers are particularly important because they are easy to use, close to the hardware and have less overhead,” he said. “So they allow you to get all of the benefits of a bare metal server.”  In addition to containers, though, he also sees demand for standing up private VMware and OpenStack clouds on the service. One thing Dvas argues makes his service stand out is that it offers private 40 GBPS networking between servers, which can potentially speed up your overall cluster when you need to send a lot of data back and forth between machines. In addition, the company also offers 20 GBPS private networking between its European and U.S. data centers.

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Amazon wants dedicated airspace for delivery drones

Amazon wants dedicated airspace for delivery drones | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
It’s no secret that Amazon is seriously considering using drones to deliver packages across short distances, and now the company has taken a clearer step towards reaching the goal. The…
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The Amazon proposal suggests high-speed drones be limited to an area covering a height of 200 to 400 feet off the ground. Another 100-foot area above this corridor would be designated as a no-fly zone to act as a buffer against other aircraft.  The company unveiled the plans at the NASA UTM Convention in California, and included five features for drones that would be able to fly in the zone:

  • An advanced GPS system to pinpoint their location in real-time along with any nearby drones
  • Reliable internet to maintain communications with GPS data and other devices
  • Online flight planning to predict and communicate flight paths
  • The ability to communicate with other drones to ensure they avoid each other
  • Sensors to avoid obstacles including birds, buildings and cables
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