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Panasonic unveils wearable 4K camcorder

Panasonic unveils wearable 4K camcorder | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Panasonic unveiled a product Monday that combines two big tech trends — ultra HD and wearable devices— with a portable, camera that hooks onto your ear and records in ultra-high definition 4K video.
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Wasn't expecting to see this, but it's an Interesting intersect,and has play with other use cases other than entertainment that we can see.
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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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Hidden network packet sniffer found in millions of iPhones, iPads

Hidden network packet sniffer found in millions of iPhones, iPads | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Plus host of spying tools. But Apple's backdoor not totally open for all, expert tells us
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More NSA shenanigans, this time on your iPhone

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2nd Generation Six Sigma the Breakdown (at Samsung)

This breakdown of the different methods used by Samsung in the development of their 2nd generation Six Sigma program are compelling. I've already published wi…
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This breakdown of the different methods used by Samsung in the development of their 2nd generation Six Sigma program are compelling. I've already published widely on the benefits Samsung has derived from using TRIZ (theory of inventive problem solving), in it s product and process development domains. What I thought might add some additional clarity and understanding for readers would be other aspects to their 2nd generation six sigma program that has gained them significant value - they do of course drive a value driven strategy.

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Google brings on Ford exec, leaves no doubt it's serious about cars

Google brings on Ford exec, leaves no doubt it's serious about cars | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
If Google hasn't already proved it's all in when it comes to Android Auto, this should cinch it.
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Great choice Alan Mulally - may just be able to help, time will tell.

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Samsung acts on child labor allegations, suspends business with supplier

Samsung acts on child labor allegations, suspends business with supplier | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Days after Samsung was hit by allegations of child labor at a facility operated by one of its suppliers, the Korean tech giant has announced it's suspending business with the company concerned while it investigates the matter further.
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Samsung likely dealing with the Hawthorne Effect, what they don't see the supplier isn't going to show them.  -  China Labor Watch has uncovered several children employed without labor contracts, working 11 hours per day and only being paid for 10 of those hours.” - Samsung has moved quickly to exclude the factory from its roster of suppliers, while at the same time claiming that three inspections at the Shinyang factory – the most recent of which took place on June 25 – revealed no cases of child labor 

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Netflix CEO explains why he’s trashing your ISP

Netflix CEO explains why he’s trashing your ISP | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Netflix has really gotten under some major ISPs' nerves over the past few months by picking high-profile fights with both Verizon and Comcast.
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What Netflix is arguing about with Comcast and Verizon is which party should foot the bill to upgrade those connections so that Netflix’s traffic doesn’t get bottled up at choke points and can flow more freely to end users.

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TSMC Shipments Signal the Start of Production for New Apple Products - Mobile Marketing Watch

TSMC Shipments Signal the Start of Production for New Apple Products - Mobile Marketing Watch | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Mobile Marketing Watch TSMC Shipments Signal the Start of Production for New Apple Products Mobile Marketing Watch TSMC Shipments Signal the Start of Production for New Apple Products 300x251 TSMC Shipments Signal the Taiwan Semiconductor...
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Big Win for TSMC - it's now shipping processors for the iPhone6

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Acer launches the first useful Chromebook with an Intel Core i3 CPU | ExtremeTech

Acer launches the first useful Chromebook with an Intel Core i3 CPU | ExtremeTech | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Acer recently announced that it will be shipping the first Chromebook featuring an Intel Core i3 processor, and it will only cost about $350. As Chrome OS and Chromebook hardware both become more capable, the more Microsoft and Apple need to worry. Combined with Intel's dogged support for Chromebooks, this latest push by Acer shows that Chromebooks can be much more than just cheap laptops for kids.
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Google hasn’t quite lived up to the promise of the Chromebook just yet, but with more powerful hardware and a stronger focus on snappy local apps will turn Chrome OS into a real contender - Letting Acer (the system integrator), and Intel (the h/w engine designer) have a go at this is likely better than just letting Samsung do this, having design teams compete is sometimes a very good way for managers to spur engineer's competitive juices

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Internet Of Things: Shifting From Proprietary To Standard

Internet Of Things: Shifting From Proprietary To Standard | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
If tech companies are going to be successful in the so-called "Internet of Things" (IoT), they'll have to find a way to get along.
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IBM to Spend $3 Billion to Research the Future of Chips, Systems

IBM to Spend $3 Billion to Research the Future of Chips, Systems | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The industry can continue to shrink conventional silicon chips to 7nm over the next several years, IBM says, but what comes after that is unclear.
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What IBM is doing now is something the company has done throughout its history—used its researchers to anticipate major changes in the industry and create solutions to address challenges that may be five or 10 years down the road,  The challenges are many. Cloud and big data applications are putting pressure on systems for better performance, greater bandwidth capacity and more memory, while businesses also are demanding computers that consume less power. As chip dimensions shrink  to 7nm the challenges and complexities become daunting. That's where the new technologies and materials like carbon nanotubes, graphene and silicon photonics, as well as new computing models like quantum and neuromorphic computing come into play.

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Samsung hits smartphone growth plateau -

Samsung hits smartphone growth plateau - | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
With investors clamouring for higher returns from its $60bn gross cash pile, Samsung Electronics has clung resolutely to the defence that it remains a growth company. That argument was dented on Tuesday as the world’s biggest technology company by
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Excellent article by the Financial Times - Samsung’s third consecutive decline in quarterly operating profit, firmly closing the door on a 2-year period of consistently earnings - Their vertical integration – a key factor behind the success of its smartphone business, which has relied on components sourced internally – helped to exacerbate the impact of the downturn in smartphone sales, with the smartphone processor and display panel businesses both hurt.  Competitors in China like Lenovo and Xiaomi seek to provide customers with "high end, but low cost" have taken MSS from Samsung.

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4 Myths About Apple Design, From An Ex-Apple Designer

4 Myths About Apple Design, From An Ex-Apple Designer | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
What's life really like designing for Apple? An alum shares what he learned during his seven years in Cupertino.
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"It's actually the engineering culture, and the way the organization is structured to appreciate and support design. Everybody there is thinking about UX and design, not just the designers. And that's what makes everything about the product so much better . . . much more than any individual designer or design team."

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Microsoft Joins Qualcomm Collective for 'Internet of Things' Standard

Microsoft Joins Qualcomm Collective for 'Internet of Things' Standard | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The AllSeen Alliance initiative, which is seeking to develop an industry standard for connected devices, now comprises more than 50 companies.
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"All these things need a standard. Nobody wants to buy a TV and have to make sure their speakers are compliant, But we're in an experimentation phase with the Internet of Things. It's early days and nobody knows what it's eventually going to look like." - Protocol's / gateways are a big gap in IoT architecture that stands in the way of wider adoption of many technologies 

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Samsung and Digital Signage

Samsung and Digital Signage | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
If business trips are fun for you, you are a lucky person. But many people will agree that business trips tend to be tiring and exhausting… right? Therefore, people are always looking for better services from hospitality businesses.
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An imaginary use case by Samsung on how to use their digital signage solutions across multiple aspects of a business trip - interesting value proposition

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Schools Are Gobbling Up Chromebooks: 1 Million Sold in 3 Months

Schools Are Gobbling Up Chromebooks: 1 Million Sold in 3 Months | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Schools bought more than 1 million Chromebooks -- budget laptops that run Chrome OS -- in the second quarter of 2014, Google announced on Monday.
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Major win for Google, HP, Samsung, Acer and Intel, all of whom have made major bets in this direction.  The reason why Public Schools are buying these over others -  "The affordability and easy maintenance of Chromebooks clinched the deal — we could buy three Chromebooks for the price of a single desktop computer and the district’s small IT team wouldn’t have to struggle to keep up with the repairs and updates on aging PCs,"  "We would also save on support time and costs since Chromebooks update automatically"

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Product Development Lessons from "Coolest Cooler"

Product Development Lessons from "Coolest Cooler" | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
A cooler with built-in blender, Bluetooth and more becomes a Kickstarter sensation, giving new meaning to the word "cool"
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The 2 Big Lessons and the Latent Opportunity 

First make sure that the timing of the product matches the mood of the market (season to buy) - it was originally pushed to the market in winter.  

Secondly, the first rev of  product is usually never market ready, it always needs some tweaks to make it better/improved.   

Latent Opportunity:  A suggestion for Rev 3 might be connected to the internet with audio/video streaming, as this is yet another domain of undiscovered territory for the IoT - news, weather reporting, on a larger screen than a smartphone.


All we can say now is that we wish all the best to creator Ryan Grepper 

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Comcast May Have Quietly Acquired Skydog WiFi Router Maker PowerCloud Systems

Comcast May Have Quietly Acquired Skydog WiFi Router Maker PowerCloud Systems | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
 Comcast — the cable, broadcasting and Internet giant that is in the middle of buying Time Warner cable for $45 billion – is also honing the products that will help it sell more broadband services when (and if) that deal gets completed.
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“This would be a good move for Comcast as it instruments the home, first with connections, then with sensors, then with the apps that help a customer understand how everything is moving through their pipes, their home, their electrical wires,” James McQuivey, an analyst at Forrester Research, says about the acquisition. “The question is whether Comcast would want to own this asset only to use it in service of its limited network or whether it would try to scale it beyond Comcast’s network. Feels like a shame not to reach outside of its footprint, which is a general problem Comcast has — the question of how to get outside of its footprint so it can compete with the big guys: Google, Apple, Amazon, even Microsoft.” 

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MakerBot Comes To Select Home Depot Stores

MakerBot Comes To Select Home Depot Stores | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
 Home Depot is redefining the term DIY now that MakerBot printers and scanners are available in some retail locations.
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This move into Home Depot should introduce 3D printing to a different demographic largely unaware of the advantages and limitations associated with 3D printing. In and of itself will not replace home centers like Home Depot. But soon, the capabilities of 3D printing will be mature enough that the retailer can simply point customers to the devices if they do not stock some obscure item. “Need an odd hinge? Print it yourself!”
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TSMC is finally making 20nm parts for Apple’s next-gen iPhone, iPad

TSMC is finally making 20nm parts for Apple’s next-gen iPhone, iPad | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it

TSMC has reportedly begun shipping Apple 20nm chips in volume, setting the stage for an introduction and launch later this year. The iPhone 6 will be the first 20nm SoC on the market — will Apple use that advantage to extend its lead over its rivals? http://www.peepstalks.com/tsmc-is-finally-making-20nm-parts-for-apples-next-gen-iphone-ipad/


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Exactly how much of Apple’s business is shifting to TSMC is still unknown. The A8 will be the first 20nm SoC available on the market; companies like Qualcomm aren’t expected to introduce their own 20nm hardware until 2015. That gap gives Apple first-mover momentum and it’s undoubtedly part of what the company paid for in its agreements with TSMC. It’s possible that this shift could spark other companies to move production to other facilities — companies that compete with Apple at TSMC could conceivably move business to Samsung or GlobalFoundries if they think the Taiwanese foundry won’t be able to keep up with demand.

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Intel decides Chromebooks are key to beating ARM in the mobile market

Intel decides Chromebooks are key to beating ARM in the mobile market | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
At an event yesterday, Intel revealed the rather surprising next stage of its strategy for squeezing into the mobile market: Chromebooks! Following the failure of its smartphone efforts, and a slow start in the Windows 8 and Android tablet spaces, Intel now appears to targeting netbooks of all things. The more things change, the more things stay the same, I guess. Furthermore, not only was Google on hand at the event to trumpet its new allegiance with Intel and x86, but it also took the opportunity to stick a knife in the back of Chrome OS's support for ARM. I wouldn't be surprised if, as part of this renewed partnership with Intel, Chrome OS slowly shifts to an x86-only OS.
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It's not some odd reason - fanless / low power design that gets around MSFT bloatware that Intel has had to carry for sometime.now.  A lower cost system that supports the needs of users, still more work will be necessary in order to make Chromebooks good enough to compete against ARM

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Apple Inc. Good, Bad, and Worse News

Apple Inc. Good, Bad, and Worse News | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it

Good news for ApplThere is not much good news for Apple, with its iWatch being delayed and it losing ground in the PC market.

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The only good news for Apple, was Samsung's Tizen has faltered, However Apple's smartwatch expected in the fall, at best the release will be pushed out to late November, and its lost MSS to Lenovo, Dell and HP on the PC/Laptop side of the business

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4 Internet of Things consortiums draw 'lines in the sand' for next big battle

4 Internet of Things consortiums draw 'lines in the sand' for next big battle | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
You know a new technology has evolved past the embryonic phase when three or more teams of tech players close ranks to decide how to make use of it.
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The path to any IoT will pass through someone's intellectual property, so the goal of most, if not all, of the member companies of these consortia, is to place some stake in whatever route may turn out to be the most expedient.  Whether it is recognized or not by these companies is that the end-user/customer wants security and accessibility regardless of the device manufacturer, adding IP royalty costs to those device manufacturers in order to gain access to these standards will not be embraced....- just saying 


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Samsung, Intel and Dell partner in connected home framework |

Samsung, Intel and Dell partner in connected home framework | | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Samsung is partnering with Intel and Dell to create a standardised model for the connected home, as Apple and Google continue alone
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The battle of the home networks.  Four camps - (1) Apple and (2) Google each on their own, (3) Qualcomm, LG and MSFT in the AllSeen Alliance and (4) Samsung, Intel and Dell in the Open Interconnect Consortium.  We noted previously that gateways are the biggest obstacle to adoption (integration, security and accessibility) by the market.  OEM's need to pull out from these individual camps and agree on a common set of standards, just like they did for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, etc....otherwise they only hurt themselves and their own product lines.  

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Qualcomm Not Ceding "Internet of Things" to Intel or Anyone Else

Qualcomm Not Ceding "Internet of Things" to Intel or Anyone Else | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The Internet of Things will look a lot like the smartphone market, says CEO Steve Mollenkopf.
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While Intel, Microsoft and BlackBerry are all aiming to seize on the “Internet of Things” after largely missing out on mobile, Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf   “I think a lot of it will borrow the smartphone technology almost directly,” further elaborating "the things that made Qualcomm strong in phones — top-notch modem technology, power management and experience with all the major operating systems — will serve it well.

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Microsoft and Canon Agree to License Patents

Microsoft and Canon Agree to License Patents | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Picture this. The companies enter into a cross-licensing agreement to boost one another's R&D efforts.
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"Microsoft believes cooperative licensing is an effective way to accelerate innovation while reducing patent disputes,"  Since Microsoft kicked off its IP licensing program in December 2003, the company has sealed 1,100 such deals. 

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IBM supercomputer whips up new recipes for the kitchen

IBM supercomputer whips up new recipes for the kitchen | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON DC, July 2 — Putting a chef’s hat on its Watson supercomputer, IBM and the magazine Bon Appetit unveiled a new initiative yesterday that seeks to use Big Data for gastronomy.

A new app unveiled in test version called “Chef Watson with
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“Chef Watson with Bon Appetit” aims at helping cooks “draw on Watson’s advanced cognitive capabilities to create entirely new recipes and gastronomic combinations that have previously never been conceived, These systems can understand vast amounts of data, compounds, and formulas as well as learn from interactions with people and information, in a far more intuitive way,”  Nice dessert recipes already too "Watson offered up a berry cobbler with lemon zest, sour cream, buttermilk and the unusual addition of marjoram, which according to the magazine was among the favourites of testers."


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