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Linksys Revives a Classic Design For Its Newest Wireless Router

Linksys Revives a Classic Design For Its Newest Wireless Router | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Linksys' WRT54G is considered to be the best selling wireless router of all time. And its iconic black and blue design has become synonymous with such hardware--just look at the image used on this generic wireless router Wikipedia page.
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If you like good wireless routers this updated version from Linksys, (Belkin bought them out) is likely gonna rock.  but for $300 it had better stand up and sing the can can with a fluffy frilly dress and all

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Amazon paying its staff to quit

Amazon paying its staff to quit | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Amazon CEO uses instant payout gamble to test loyalty of employees.
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'The goal is to encourage folks to take a moment and think about what they really want,” he writes. “In the long run, an employee staying somewhere they really don't want to be isn't healthy for the employee or the company.”

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Samsung Group, 'Chaebols' Face Scrutiny for Dominance, Lack Transparency

Samsung Group, 'Chaebols' Face Scrutiny for Dominance, Lack Transparency | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The Samsung Group and other chaebols, corporate conglomerates, faced increasing scrutiny this week for their dominance in the South Korean economy and for instances of lack of transparency. Newsjel...
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The chaebols, including Samsung Group, now face penalties for price collusion and rigged bids in connection with contracting for construction of Korea’s canal system. The South Korean equivalent of the Fair Trade Commission in the US, levied fines totaling $94 million against engineering and construction companies, some connected to the chaebols.

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Google details its ambitious Project Ara modular smartphone | PCWorld

Google details its ambitious Project Ara modular smartphone | PCWorld | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The system will be based around a basic $50 skeleton with customizable modules
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Through Ara, Google hopes to not only bring smartphones to more people but to increase the size and competitiveness of the hardware market, reduce the time it takes to develop a phone and make it easier for companies to enter the marketplace.  Google plans to supply a bare-bones handset with a screen, battery, processor and WiFi module and leave the rest up to the market

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How to be among the 2 per cent of innovation projects that don’t fail

How to be among the 2 per cent of innovation projects that don’t fail | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Most innovation attempts end in failure because businesses ask the wrong questions or deliver the wrong solutions
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We are a fan of Darrell Mann, he's featured in Who’s Who in the World, Darrell now implements his systematic innovation approach across many high tech firms including Intel, Hewlett Packard, Procter & Gamble, General Motors, Nestle and Samsung.


He says true understanding of customers means anticipating their current and future needs. “It also means understanding intangible and unspoken desires as well as their known tangible ones.”


And we agree - well worth it to get Darrell for your firm or your next industry speaking event on innovation

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Innovation Excellence | Microsoft out-innovates Apple & Google

Innovation Excellence | Microsoft out-innovates Apple & Google | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Microsoft has become more innovative and can take advantage not only of current and upcoming customer trends, but has set its strategy for long-term growth.
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Some excellent plays being done by MSFT to catch up and overtake their rivals - good analysis

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User-Led Innovation Can't Create Breakthroughs; Just Ask Apple and IKEA

User-Led Innovation Can't Create Breakthroughs; Just Ask Apple and IKEA | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The user is king. Its a phrase thats repeated over and over again as a mantra: Companies must become user-centric. But theres a problem: It doesnt...
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COMPANIES SHOULD LEAD THEIR USERS, NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND.

- Users insights can't predict future demand  

User-centered processes stifles creativity (I would actually say that they can stifle creativity, but not necessarily)  

- User focus makes companies miss out on disruptive innovations   

User-led design leads to sameness


"This isn't a theoretical point, most industries are characterized by very similar products and brand positions, partially because companies have listened too much to their users. Branding is really about differentiation, about standing out. User centeredness leads to the opposite, similarity.It's time for brands to step up and trust themselves again.


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How To Manage An Imperfect Boss

How To Manage An Imperfect Boss | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Over the last 20 years, Karin Hurt rose up the ranks at Verizon, spending her first decade there in various human resources posts before becoming a call center customer service director, a sales director, and then for the last three years, the executive director of the company’s strategic partnership channel, [...]
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"There are no perfect bosses, says Hurt. Just because they have climbed the ladder above you, it doesn’t mean they are infallible. The most important lesson she’s learned: Take charge of the situation and initiate communication that addresses the boss’s challenges and failings."

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Talent Is Overrated

Talent Is Overrated | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Instead of looking to hire those who meet predetermined job specifications, we need to start developing people who can transcend them.
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Thank God I worked in so many groups and positions before driving the innovation thing - Product Development, Operations, Technology Development, R&D, Process Development, Manufacturing and even IT because "History as well should caution us against excessive focus on one particular area. Great breakthroughs—from Darwin’s natural selection to Einstein’s relativity to Watson and Crick’s discovery of the structure of DNA—tend to be the product of synthesizing domains.  The evidence is incontrovertible.  More diverse knowledge produces superior results." 

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WSJ: Amazon Is Working On A 3-D Smartphone

WSJ: Amazon Is Working On A 3-D Smartphone | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
It's said to launch late in 2014.
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Microsoft Developing Windows For Smart Devices And Robots With Intel Quark and Galileo - HotHardware

Microsoft Developing Windows For Smart Devices And Robots With Intel Quark and Galileo - HotHardware | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Microsoft is getting into the smart devices business. The company’s BUILD conference is happening this week in San Francisco, and it appears that someone at Microsoft made a new “Windows on Devices” website live before they were supposed to, because it was only up for a few hours (and somehow The Verge spotted it) before...
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Windows on Devices effort would jibe with Microsoft’s projects. For example, it’s widely assumed that the company is developing wearables such as a smartwatch, and we’ve already seen what sort of terrific tech Microsoft can develop with its “blades” for the SurfaceMicrosoft is reportedly using Intel’s intriguing Galileo development board and Quark SoC to power some of its smart devices

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Samsung Group Selects 40 Projects for Future Technology Promotion Programs

Samsung Group Selects 40 Projects for Future Technology Promotion Programs | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The Samsung Group announced on April 10 that 40 research projects were selected by the Samsung Future Technology Promotion Foundation as this year’s first support projects.
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3 of the 40 programs are future technology promoting programs aimed at nurturing future technology with an investment of US$1.4 Billion in basic science, materials technology, and ICT convergent creative projects for 10 years.  

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Samsung Group crushing Android rivals with 65% of global market

Samsung Group crushing Android rivals with 65% of global market | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Samsung isn’t the first smartphone manufacturer in the world, but over the past few years, it has been consolidating its leadership with many smartphones in an attempt to cover all segment (in terms of price and hardware specifications) of the market. The success of Samsung is not a secret, and recently DigiTimes says in a…
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Intel unveils tiny $99 MinnowBoard Max open SBC

Intel unveils tiny $99 MinnowBoard Max open SBC | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Intel and CircuitCo revealed a smaller, faster, second-gen MinnowBoard SBC featuring an Atom E3800 SoC, revised I/O, and both Android 4.4 and Linux support.
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Revising the original post since I got feedback that the previous one was not accurate about the changes - check it out

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Google Spotted Heartbleed Bug, Kept it Secret for Weeks

Google Spotted Heartbleed Bug, Kept it Secret for Weeks | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The Heartbleed Bug has been silently exposing a lot of the Internet to untraceable data theft for two years, only...
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What's really kind of scary is how much power keeping things like the Heartbleed Bug secret gives the people or companies or government agencies who discover them. Ideally, it wouldn't matter because they would all cooperate to make the average user safe from hackers. In reality though, it's impossible to guess when a flaw will be discovered or how it will be used.

"Things like Heartbleed can't stay secret too long, they're too big," the software engineer said. "Changing your passwords every so often is still a good idea though."

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Google admits it's reading your emails

Google admits it's reading your emails | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Updates its small print with a peep tweak
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"Our automated systems analyse your content (including emails) to provide you personally relevant product features, such as customised search results, tailored advertising, and spam and malware detection," it added. "This analysis occurs as the content is sent, received, and when it is stored."  -- Yep not really a surprise but that is part of the reason why Google can sell all the stuff it does, keep that in mind.

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Google wooed Titan Aerospace to help blanket the world in internet connectivity

Google wooed Titan Aerospace to help blanket the world in internet connectivity | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
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This acquisition follows Google's buy of a spread of robot companies last year to help it develop technologies for airborne data gathering, factory work, and automobile logistics. It also bought Boston Dynamics, which made killer robots for DARPA.

 

Titan Aerospace makes solar-powered drones that fly at heights of up to 19.8km above sea level. The New Mexico startup says its drones may be able to fly continuously for years at a time thanks to rechargeable batteries fed by solar panels on the aircraft's  wings, but it has not demonstrated this yet.

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5 Workplace Dynamics That Fuel An Employee Identity Crisis

5 Workplace Dynamics That Fuel An Employee Identity Crisis | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
When employees become too much of an accumulation of what their colleagues think or say they should be, it can disrupt their ability to contribute in ways that come most naturally to them. The result: an employee identity crisis that is making it difficult for organizations to enable growth, innovation and opportunity.
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All 5 of these are spot on the money - definitely a worthwhile read if you've got any talented employees at all


1.  Your Boss Doesn’t Really Know (or understand) You

2.  Feedback is Disruptive  - When you receive feedback, consider the source.  Often times the feedback we receive from our workplace supervisors and/or colleagues disrupt our ability to improve performance. High-potential employees, in particular, are looking for ways to get discovered and want to co-exist within a workplace culture that gives them latitude and freedom of expression.    When employees are around colleagues that don’t have their back and are inauthentic with their feedback, they become tired of the rat-race and their loyalty towards the organization becomes vulnerable.

3.  Organization Lacks a Strong Leadership Identity

4.  Business Necessity and the Urgency of Now

5.  The Lack of Cultural Integrity

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Why I quit writing internet standards

Why I quit writing internet standards | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
After contributing to standards organizations for more than seven years, engineer Vidya Narayanan decided it was time to move on. Although she still believes that these organizations make the Internet a better place, she wonders about the pace of change versus the pace of organizations.
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Sad story but saw this same issue some time back on why earlier versions of the "wired / wireless home" weren't being implemented - standard's bodies and their internal politics - here's the reason why - self interest and siloed attempts by participants instead of agreeing up front how and what the standard's body will achieve are being delayed and the benefits and value are minimized or a complete waste of time


We too have been involved in standards bodies a couple times and sometimes a maverick has to come in and say what needs to be said and does what needs to be done, without worrying about being liked.  Because we've found it a truism that Dr. Peter Drucker said a while back, "Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results, not attributes"  

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Samsung says future of Smartphone Technology is Evolution, not Revolution

Samsung says future of Smartphone Technology is Evolution, not Revolution | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
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Samsung says future of smartphone technology is evolution, not revolution
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TORONTO - If tech reviewers say Samsung's new Galaxy S5 isn't as awe-inspiring as some of the company's older phones that's fine with Paul Brennan.

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The Power of Synthesis and the Problem with Experts

The Power of Synthesis and the Problem with Experts | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The irony of many great discoveries is that they really weren't discoveries at all, at least not in the sense that Columbus discovered America. In actuality, they came from people who took well established concepts and applied them to new domains.
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Excellent read - in fact Robert Greene's recent book "Mastery" says the same thing.  The real problem with experts lies not between people, but within people.  Very few people are prepared enough with a broad enough background on how to integrate new technology because so few have done more than one thing.   -- As technology changes, the problem is becomes acute.-- Those who have toiled for decades using traditional  approaches are amazingly daft when it comes to new media, tools, methods, frameworks, etc....while specialists in those areas suffer from ignorance of decades of accumulated wisdom (and are often even more daft).  - Interestingly enough there some at Samsung, Intel, GE, Siemens, Dow, and Philips (there are a few others too) who understand that when it comes to effective innovation you had better be x-functional and x-disciplinary and they still struggle with it, some of the old guard thinking on this still has certain power positions that need to educate themselves about this - it flies in the face of the alleged conventional wisdom and everything that they've devoted themselves to.  



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The careful consideration of facts using your own reasoning is always important, therefore the value of repeatable experiments is enormous. Collaboration is also important, in reference to the article's mention that some discoveries were not actually discoveries at all... truly funny! The concept of the latest ideas crossing fields outside of renaissance Europe's coffee shops, a society blooming with classical antiquity knowledge, excites me to no end.

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Google amps up fight against malicious apps with enhanced Android security

Google amps up fight against malicious apps with enhanced Android security | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Security enhancement continually checks Android apps for vulnerabilities that could be introduced at any time, instead of only at the time of installation
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Google getting in on the mobile app s/w security front - I wondered when they would do this, esp with the recent issue of "Heartbleed" this is good news

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Intel & Axeda develop Internet of Things Solutions - M2M Magazine

Intel & Axeda develop Internet of Things Solutions - M2M Magazine | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
  Axeda Go Developer Kit Now Available for Intel Quark Lower-Power, Extended Temp Product Line FOXBORO, Mass. - April 2, 2014 - Axeda, the
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Axeda and Intel have also developed an Axeda Go developer kit for connecting an Intel Galileo development board to the Axeda Machine Cloud, provisioning the device on the Axeda Machine Cloud developer site, and installing the Axeda Agent code into a Galileo workspace.  The Intel® Galileo board is based on the Intel® Quark™ SoC X1000, a 32-bit Intel Pentium®-class system on a chip (SoC) and is software-compatible with the Arduino Software Development Environment.  This enables according to the two companies the ability to extend the reach of the IoT, broaden options available to customers, and reduce the cost and complexity of connecting and developing intelligent products.


Organizations need more innovative ways to harness ever-increasing amounts of data from the physical world and use it to drive smarter decisions, enable new services and business models, and reduce costs In analyzing machine data and enable predictive maintenance. They are implementing business rules, alarms and alerts at the edge and in their enterprise business systems to automate field service, spare part deployment and other maintenance tasks.  Machines are being designed with more processing power and being instrumented with temperature, infrared, acoustic, vibration, battery-level and sound sensors to optimize performance and monitor conditions that can be early indicators for the need for maintenance. These sensors are inputs into sophisticated rules for predicting service needs and illustrate the need for more processing power at the edge where the data is being collected.

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Samsung SDI to Buy Cheil for $3.3 Billion in Shares

Samsung SDI to Buy Cheil for $3.3 Billion in Shares | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Samsung SDI Co., a supplier of batteries to Apple Inc., agreed to buy Cheil Industries Inc. for about 3.5 trillion won ($3.3 billion) in stock to add chemical and electronic material businesses.
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Samsung Display division going vertical.  The deal to combine two members of the Samsung GroupSouth Korea’s largest business group, expands the reach of SDI’s lithium-ion battery business through the chemical and materials supply chain of Cheil. Samsung is seeking a larger share of growing demand for rechargeable powercells in electric vehicles while also pushing to gain control of organic light-emitting diode technology used in displays.

“In the long run it’s a good buy for SDI because the merger will create synergies for both in areas such as cars and OLEDs,"

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Apple lays out its new case against Samsung, says 50 patents could have been at stake

Apple lays out its new case against Samsung, says 50 patents could have been at stake | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Apple provided an overarching vision of its legal attack against Samsung today, a case it's filed to win $2 billion in damages, and get Samsung's products removed from store shelves. Once again...
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One of Google’s top Android lieutenants comes to Samsung’s defense against Apple

One of Google’s top Android lieutenants comes to Samsung’s defense against Apple | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The lawsuit between Apple and Samsung does not have Google's name attached to it, but that hasn't kept the company from being involved. Hiroshi Lockheimer, the company's current VP of engineering...
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