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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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Implementing an Internet of Things strategy - Information Age

Implementing an Internet of Things strategy - Information Age | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
In the latest Innovation Spotlight, Information Age explores the practicalities of implementing an IoT strategy with World Wide Technology
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Many companies, while aware of the power of the IoT, do not implement an effective IoT strategy. Ben Boswell, area vice president, Europe, at World Wide Technology discusses with Information Age in the latest Innovation Spotlight episode, how to implement an effective IoT strategy in the enterprise.

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Google wants to own the future of TV ad infrastructure

Google wants to own the future of TV ad infrastructure | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Google is looking to wedge into the TV advertising business by displacing Comcast's ad technology. The company has signed on the likes of CBS and Bloomberg.

Via Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com
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Google is looking to wedge into the TV advertising business by displacing Comcast's ad technology. The company has signed on the likes of CBS and Bloomberg

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Huawei Mate 10 Pro Hands-on: AI That Outsmarts Samsung

Huawei Mate 10 Pro Hands-on: AI That Outsmarts Samsung | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Thanks to its Kirin 970 AI processor and dedicated neural processing unit, the Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro can do things other flagships simply can’t.
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Fire up the dual Leica cameras on either the Mate 10 or Mate 10 Pro, and aim them at a plate of food or fauna, and you’ll see that the phones instantly recognize what they are shooting using real-time scene and object detection. The phones then change the camera mode and post processing settings on the fly. You can tell thanks to a little icon for a knife and fork or a flower that pops up right on the live view.   The results I saw during my hands-on time with Huawei’s new phones were pretty impressive, too: the Mate 10 delivered richer colors when shooting a vase of flowers, while the same image shot by the Galaxy S8 looked flat by comparison. When shooting food, I noticed a boost in contrast compared to what I saw with the naked eye. Other scenes the Mate 10’s cameras can detect include water, cats, dogs, plants and outdoor landscapes.   With the specialized Neural Processing Unit on the Kirin 970, Huawei claims that the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro also deliver 20 percent better performance for AI-related tasks. This includes translating foreign languages super fast with Microsoft’s Translator app, which comes preloaded on both phones. I pointed the Mate 10 at a Chinese sign, and it instantly translated the phrase. Huawei says it will be working with third-party developers to optimize their apps as well for the Kirin 970 chip.

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ARM and The Operating System for Internet of Things

ARM and The Operating System for Internet of Things | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Did you know how the IoT (Internet of Things) is being led by ARM whose processors are powering in more than 95% of mobile phones?
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The key feature to their success is their exceptionally low energy demands. They have proven themselves time and again. They resisted bloating the silicon with Thumb and Jazelle – both use a lookup table. So, every instruction is actually executed as a 32 bit (and now 64 bit) ARM instruction within the processor. More recently they have added onboard GPUs aimed at the lower end handsets. But as always, low-power has been the chief aim.  All of the lessons learned from the handset (and SIM) designs either by them or by others who have obtained licenses. It gives them the confidence to write an OS for systems that cost cents rather than dollars per unit. They are already part of the team behind the BBC Micro. It is a pico computer with a 16MHz ARM Cortex M0+ with 16 Kbytes of RAM and 256 Kbytes of ROM. Every school child in the UK is given one of these tiny machines in their first year in secondary education.  The Operating System for Internet of Things  -- Considering ARM’s history of long-term investment, teaching a generation to learn their new Mbed Operating System which is currently in its 5.5 release IS long-term but is giving notice to the world. This is a new departure for ARM and happily, they have avoided the pitfalls of closed development. I’m sure many readers can attest that being an independent developer normally entitles you to ZERO technical support. Not so with MBed. Free to join the community and a console-like (from my experience) technical support. The people who support you are the people writing the OS!

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AMD Embedded Radeon Targets Multiple 4K Displays

AMD Embedded Radeon Targets Multiple 4K Displays | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The company’s latest platforms targets multiple 4K displays with small footprint, fanless solutions.
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AMD’s high-end GPUs not only deliver high-performance graphics, but are heavy-duty compute engines as well. Of course, there is a tradeoff for this performance and flexibility that is not always worthwhile for embedded applications, where displays are the name of the game and computing chores are not as heavy. In this case, embedded GPUs without OpenCL support are more applicable. These display-oriented applications are where AMD’s new Embedded Radeon solutions fit.  The AMD Embedded Radeon E9170 is available in MCM, MXM, and PCI Express (PCIe) form factors. It delivers embedded display support in a compact package with a sub-40 W TDP. The top end can support up to five 4K displays simultaneously to provide an immersive multimedia environment for applications ranging from medical to gaming. The outputs support HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.4.   The GPU has eight computational units and the boards come with 4 Gbytes of 128-bit GDDR5 memory. Although the systems do not support GPU computation applications, they do support 4K HEVC/H.265 and AVC/H.264 decode and encode.

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Tesla fires hundreds of workers even as Model 3 production ramps up

Tesla fires hundreds of workers even as Model 3 production ramps up | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The company says the firings are due to performance, and are not layoffs
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Tesla has fired hundreds of employees across both its Palo Alto, California headquarters and its Fremont vehicle production factory, according to a report from The Mercury News. Citing interviews with former and current employees, the report puts the firings at between 400 and 700 people, and they affected everything from factory workers to engineers to managers. According to The Mercury News, workers were not given advance notice of the decision.  Tesla, in a statement, cited a company-wide annual review and said that it had not laid employees off, but rather that it let employees go based on lackluster job performance. “As with any company, especially one of over 33,000 employees, performance reviews also occasionally result in employee departures,” a company spokesman told The Mercury News. “Tesla is continuing to grow and hire new employees around the world.” Tesla says it plans on filling a “vast majority” of the vacancies with new hires.  Tesla claims most of the employees let go were in sales and administration, and that the firings will have little effect on the roughly 10,000-strong factory workforce in Fremont. Still, Tesla is currently behind on production of its Model 3 sedan. CEO Elon Musk decided to delay the announcement of Tesla’s new Semi truck product to November to focus on getting the Model 3, which is Tesla’s most affordable and mass market car, out the door. More than half a million people are currently on the waiting list for the Model 3, which starts at $35,000.

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Tim Cook says the tech “doesn’t exist” for quality AR glasses yet

Tim Cook says the tech “doesn’t exist” for quality AR glasses yet | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it

Cook compared AR’s rise to that of the App Store in scope and importance.

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Cook compared AR’s rise to that of the App Store in scope and importance. What Tim Cook went on to say - "Think back to 2008, when the App Store went live. There was the initial round of apps, and people looked at them and said, "this is not anything, mobile apps are not going to take off." And then, step by step, things start to move. And it is sort of a curve, it was just exponential–and now you couldn't imagine your life without apps. Your health is on one app, your financials, your shopping, your news, your entertainment–it's everything. AR is like that. It will be that dramatic.   iOS 11, the latest software release for iPhones and iPads, included ARKit, a framework for developing augmented reality applications around the iPhone's robust suite of sensors and cameras. It doesn't enable anything that has never been done before in AR, but it is intended to greatly increase ease of development of AR applications for one of the most robust software markets in the world—the iOS App Store.

Because handsets as far back as the iPhone 6S are supported, smartly designed AR apps based on ARKit will find a large and mature market of consumers. Cook believes his company is providing a sort of garden for growing great AR ideas. He's quoted saying: "The way that you get lots of great ideas is for us to do the heavy lifting of the complexity of locational things and software, and put those in the operating system... And then you have all the developers that are able to put their energy into their passion." Cook also said that he believes day-to-day experiences like shopping will be "entirely" changed by AR.

Ars' iPhone 8 review called it "the best mass-market AR platform we've yet seen." But the best mass-market platform is not necessarily the most advanced. Even as many developers are creating AR apps for ARKit on iPhones or for Google's ARCore platform, others are focused on platforms like Microsoft's HoloLens and Windows Mixed Reality platform, which have some capabilities the iPhones don't. Some of these competing concepts are worn like goggles over your eyes.

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Meggitt Bluetooth Sensor Helps Prevents Tire Failures

Meggitt Bluetooth Sensor Helps Prevents Tire Failures | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Meggitt is working with Textron Aviation to earn STC approvals for installing remote Bluetooth tire pressure sensors on a wide variety of Citations and King Airs that will enable pilots to check tire pressures by means of an iPhone app.
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Meggitt is working with Textron Aviation to earn STC approvals for installing remote Bluetooth tire pressure sensors on a wide variety of Citations and King Airs that will enable pilots to check tire pressures by means of an iPhone app. Crews can receive tire pressure indications up to 30 meters from the tires, providing easy access to essential tire pressure data during preflight inspections.  Each Meggitt tire pressure sensor adds about 25 grams of net weight to a wheel. Meggitt expects to develop STCs for a wide range of business aircraft in addition to the current offerings from Textron Aviation.  How critical is checking tire pressure on a frequent basis? Under-inflation is the prime reason why tires scuff excessively, if not blow out at high ground speeds. Underinflated tires under-perform on wet or contaminated runways. Proper tire inflation is critical to flight safety on some aircraft. The FAA, for instance, issued an Airworthiness Directive in 2010 that requires Learjet 60 tire pressures to be checked every 96 hours.

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Jet Airways confirms order for 75 Boeing aircraft

Jet Airways confirms order for 75 Boeing aircraft | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Jet Airways said on Wednesday it had agreed to buy 75 Boeing 737 Max aircraft, and that it could purchase another 75 to help it expand in a booming Indian market. Jet said in a statement that deliveries of the single aisle jets are expected to start in mid-2018. Reuters reported in June that Jet, which
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Jet Airways said on Wednesday it had agreed to buy 75 Boeing 737 Max aircraft, and that it could purchase another 75 to help it expand in a booming Indian market.  Jet said in a statement that deliveries of the single aisle jets are expected to start in mid-2018. and a decision on adding an equal number of narrow-body aircraft "will be made over the coming few months".  An order for 75 737 MAX 10 jets would be worth as much as $9.3 billion based on list prices, although airlines typically get discounts for large orders.

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SpaceX successfully launches and recovers third reused Falcon 9 rocket

SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 today, its 15th rocket launch of this year. The rocket took off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, carrying a..
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The launch for LC-39A occurred at the beginning of SpaceX’s two-hour window, which opened at 6:53 PM EDT. Its payload was a communications satellite capable of broadcasting on both the Ku-band for client EchoStar, and the C-Band fro SES.–

SpaceX also managed to recover the first stage yet again, meaning it could have a third try to fly the used Falcon 9, provided everything’s in good condition. The landing took place in the Atlantic Ocean, aboard the SpaceX drone ship ‘Of Course I Still Love You.’ This is the 18th successful landing of a Falcon 9 first stage for SpaceX.

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New Audi A8 2018 review - the most high-tech car ever?

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This is the all-new Audi A8. The fourth generation of Audi’s luxury limousine could be one of the most technologically advanced cars ever produced - so I put its gadgets to the test in this first drive review. Find out what it’s like to drive, what it’s like to be driven in, and how well the rear quarters double as a dining room

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GM’s self-driving unit just bought its own LIDAR manufacturer

GM’s self-driving unit just bought its own LIDAR manufacturer | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The Strobe effect
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More on the GM acquisition of Cruise.   Cruise, the self-driving startup acquired by General Motors last year, is now gobbling up companies of its own. Today, the company announced its plan to buy Strobe, a startup that makes LIDAR sensors that help autonomous vehicles “see” their surroundings.  THE WHOLE LIDAR ARRAY REDUCED TO A SINGLE CHIP    The particularly attractive thing about Strobe, according to Cruise CEO Kyle Vogt, is that it has successfully reduced the LIDAR array down to a single chip, which will help reduce production costs by nearly 100 percent. This will help speed the manufacturing and deployment of self-driving cars to all communities, such as suburban and rural areas “where ride sharing is less common today,” Vogt said in a post on Medium.  Cruise is currently operating a self-driving taxi service in San Francisco, but only for its own employees. By purchasing Strobe, Cruise hopes to ramp up this service for more cities and people. Vogt says Strobe’s sensors provide distance and velocity data that can be checked against their other sensors, like radar for redundancy. “When used together, cameras, LIDARs, and RADARs can complement each other to create a robust and fault-tolerant sensing suite that operates in a wide range of environmental and lighting conditions,” he says.

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Inside Airbus' modular plane concept 

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New video series Next Level with senior technology editor Lauren Goode, getd the exclusive first look inside what multinational aviation company Airbus has been working on in its Silicon Valley labs: modular airplane cabins, ones that can be swapped out in less than an hour to give commercial flyers the experience of spas, gyms, and day care centers while they’re in flight.

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GLOBALFOUNDRIES introduces new automotive platform to fuel tomorrow’s connected car

GLOBALFOUNDRIES introduces new automotive platform to fuel tomorrow’s connected car | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
GLOBALFOUNDRIES today unveiled AutoPro, a new platform designed to provide automotive customers a broad set of technology solutions and manufacturing services that minimize certification efforts and speed time-to-market.
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GLOBALFOUNDRIES today unveiled AutoPro, a new platform designed to provide automotive customers a broad set of technology solutions and manufacturing services that minimize certification efforts and speed time-to-market. The company offers the industry’s broadest set of solutions for a full range of driving system applications, from informational Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) to high-performance real-time processors for autonomous cars.  Today, the automobile semiconductor market is approximately $35 billion, and is expected to grow to an estimated $54 billion by 2023. This is driven by a need for new technologies that promise to enhance the driving experience such as navigation, remote roadside assistance and advanced systems that combine data from multiple sensors with high-performance processors that make control decisions. “As vehicles move rapidly toward greater autonomy, auto manufacturers and parts suppliers are designing new ICs,” said Gregg Bartlett, senior vice president of the CMOS Business Unit at GF. “GF’s diverse automotive platform combines a range of technologies and services that meet the complexity and requirements for applications that enable connected intelligence for the automotive industry.”  Building on 10 years of automotive experience, the company’s AutoPro technology platform includes offerings in silicon germanium (SiGe), FD-SOI (FDX), CMOS and advanced FinFET nodes, combined with a broad range of ASIC design services, packaging and IP. 

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Not Good: Just 45,000 iPhone X Units Available at Launch?

Not Good: Just 45,000 iPhone X Units Available at Launch? | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Analysts have warned the iPhone X is well behind its production schedule, and the complexities of producing the TrueDepth facial recognition camera system are reportedly to blame.
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A story published by Xinhuanet.com, by way of DigiTimes, claims manufacturer Foxconn only shipped roughly 46,500 units globally to retailers in its initial batch. That's well short of the 100,000-unit target, and analysts say the TrueDepth camera system is to blame.  More specifically, it's rumored the problem pertains to the front-facing camera's dot projector. The projector casts 30,000 dots onto the user's face, in order to build a comprehensive 3D map for authentication purposes, as well as augmented reality features like Animoji.    Late last week, Nikkei Asian Review cited this component as Foxconn's primary roadblock in production, while also stressing that other manufacturers have run into similar issues producing 3D depth-sensing arrays for other products as well.  The TrueDepth camera system which enables Face ID is perhaps the iPhone X's most defining feature, as it encompasses everything from locking and unlocking the device to confirming transactions through Apple Pay.  DigiTimes says Foxconn has increased its output target to 400,000, but investors are still doubtful that will be sufficient to satisfy the phone's high demand. The iPhone X becomes available for preorder on October 27, and begins shipping on November 3. 

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The Xbox One is getting a major update today, including a faster dashboard

The Xbox One is getting a major update today, including a faster dashboard | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Microsoft has been gradually improving its Xbox One dashboard to make the experience a lot faster to use. While the original Xbox One launched with Kinect and voice controls, much of th
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Microsoft has been gradually improving its Xbox One dashboard to make the experience a lot faster to use. While the original Xbox One launched with Kinect and voice controls, much of the navigation with a controller was slow and clunky. Microsoft started addressing some of those performance issues with some updates earlier this year, but today’s Xbox One dashboard goes a step further.   Microsoft is once again moving the guide so it’s ordered horizontally. You can switch between different sections using the Xbox controller bumpers or left thumbstick and d-pad. Sign-in, achievements, parties / LFG, friends, Home, messages, broadcasts, and a new action center (with settings) now form part of the updated guide. It works very similar to how it has in the past, but it’s much quicker to switch sections with the controller now.

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SDO Simplifies the IoT-Cloud Connection

SDO Simplifies the IoT-Cloud Connection | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Intel’s Secure Device Onboard is an automated service designed to link Internet of Things devices to cloud services in a standardized fashion.
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I have worked with a number of IoT development kits that get connected to cloud-based services, and the process is pretty much the same in terms of linking devices together. There is a way to set up an account on the cloud and then an entry must be created for the device under test. There are usually some keywords, passphrases, or other forms of identification involved that must be set in the device or obtained from the device and entered in the cloud. This essentially provides the secure link information to the software.  Of course, the developer needs to know what URLs are involved in the sign-up process, as well as what information is involved. The process works and is not bad for a developer, but definitely isn’t much fun for a customer.  Intel’s Secure Device Onboard (SDO) is an automated service is designed handle this linkage of IoT devices to cloud services in a secure, standardized fashion . Everything starts with a device that is given an Enhanced Privacy ID (EPID) when it is created. The EPID is essentially a private crypto key that can be used to generate secure credentials. A device and EPID are paired with a 128-bit Globally Unique Identifier (GUID). GUIDs have been used for a long time to identify everything from an object to a software service. A device’s GUID is effectively its public name while the EPID is the secret.

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Microsoft built tree houses for its employees

Microsoft built tree houses for its employees | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
They include a fireplace, wood canopies, and an outdoor Wi-Fi network
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Microsoft has built some tree houses for its employees. One sits in a Pacific Northwest Douglas fir, while another is 12 feet above the ground and features charred-wood walls and a high ceiling complete with a skylight. Microsoft describes it as having a “gingerbread-house” feel, which I’m guessing can only mean good things because it’s Christmas-y and Christmas is warm and fuzzy.  There are three tree houses in total: two are open, and the third is a sheltered lounge space, which is due to be completed later in the year. They feature meeting rooms which employees can use, or they can pop in and work away casually in other parts of the tree houses if they wish. They were created by Pete Nelson, who’s known for his building work on TV show Treehouse Masters. The buildings will last at least 20 years and are made to expand as the trees grow, which is pretty wild.  The tree houses are a part of Microsoft’s “outdoor districts” which are connected to buildings around its Redmond campus. They feature weatherproof benches, hatches that hide electricity sockets, rustproof rocking chairs, a fireplace, wood canopies, and an outdoor Wi-Fi network. There are ramps built in for those who need them. If you get hungry, there’s also an indoor cafeteria that’s extended outside and a barbecue restaurant built into a shipping container.  Microsoft said it had been planning renovations and surveyed employees to see what they cared about the most. Employees said if they were given the opportunity, they would work outside more.

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Google's TensorFlow Lattice ensures your machine learning models follow global trends

Google's TensorFlow Lattice ensures your machine learning models follow global trends | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Google's TensorFlow team released TensorFlow Lattice today to help developers ensure that their machine learning models adhere to global trends even when..
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Google released TensorFlow Lattice today to help developers ensure that their machine learning models adhere to global trends even when training data is noisy. Lattice draws from the concept of lookup tables to simplify the process of defining macro rules to restrict models.  A lookup table is a representation of data that includes inputs (keys) and outputs (values). It’s easiest to conceptualize with a single key linking to a single output, but there can be multiple keys in the case of more complex multi-dimensional functions. Roughly speaking, the TensorFlow team’s approach is to train the lookup table values using training data to maximize accuracy given constraints.  Operating this way offers a number of benefits. As previously mentioned, it makes it easier to define monotonic relationships. This is really just a fancy way of saying that it allows developers to ensure that as inputs move in a single direction, outputs move in the same direction.   The team gives the example of cars and traffic — more cars results in more traffic. In a situation like this, monotonicity is being represented as constraints on the lookup table parameters. These constraints utilize prior knowledge to improve outcomes, particularly when models are applied to similar, yet unique, problems.  Additionally, computation is expensive and sometimes it’s more efficient to use a reference table and estimate (interpolate) between missing values rather than compute for every input/output pair. Having a lattice table also means that developers have access to greater transparency than alternative approaches traditionally offer

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Amazon’s Alexa can now recognize different voices and give personalized responses

Amazon’s Alexa can now recognize different voices and give personalized responses | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Your Echo just got smart enough to tell you apart from the people you live with
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You can set up voice recognition using the Echo, Echo Dot, or Echo Show. Users are asked to read aloud 10 phrases, and Alexa will then use that data to create a voice profile. After that’s done, voice profiles work across other Echo devices and “most” third-party party Alexa-enabled devices.

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Why Boeing vs. Bombardier Is Really About China

Why Boeing vs. Bombardier Is Really About China | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Bombardier’s China strategy amounts to aiding and abetting Chinese mercantilism in commercial aviation.
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In May 2017, the Financial Times reported that Comac and Bombardier held talks about Chinese entities buying a stake in Bombardier Commercial Aircraft or the C Series, quoting an unnamed source as saying, “everything is on the table.” That included Chinese access to Bombardier’s technologies and its marketing, distribution and support infrastructure. This potential collaboration with China is, in my opinion, the principal but unspoken reason behind Boeing’s trade complaint.    As a Canadian company, Bombardier is entitled to preferences under the North American Free Trade Act (NAFTA) that sharply restrict U.S. trade actions so long as the product qualifies as NAFTA-origin. Indeed, Canada’s entitlement to arbitration under NAFTA’s Section 19 may be its last resort in the C Series dispute short of taking its case to the World Trade Organization. Not surprisingly, the U.S. wants to eliminate Chapter 19 in the renegotiation of NAFTA now underway.  So long as components add up to 50% of transaction value or 60% of net cost, a product qualifies for NAFTA preference. What if Chinese aerospace companies gained access to those same NAFTA preferences?

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Qualcomm fined $774 million for abusing monopoly on smartphone modems in Taiwan

Qualcomm fined $774 million for abusing monopoly on smartphone modems in Taiwan | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
It intends to appeal
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Qualcomm has been hit with a nearly $774 million fine by Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission, which said today that the chip maker abused its monopoly over smartphone modems to squeeze higher licensing fees and better terms out of its customers. Taiwan is only the latest country to go after Qualcomm over its expensive and onerous licensing terms: China and South Korea have both fined the company in the past two years, and Apple is now engaged in a series of global lawsuits against Qualcomm over many of the same practices.  The commission said that Qualcomm’s dominance in CDMA and LTE chips, as well as its major patent holdings for both technologies, let the company abuse its position and refuse to license necessary patents. It’ll now be required to end those practices and parts of unfavorable deals it forged with other companies.

Qualcomm disagrees with the ruling and says that it plans to appeal both the ruling and the fine. “The fine bears no rational relationship to the amount of Qualcomm’s revenues or activities in Taiwan, and Qualcomm will appeal the amount of the fine and the method used to calculate it,” the company writes in a statement.

At this point, things aren’t looking great for Qualcomm. While you’re most likely to have heard of the company because of its Snapdragon processor line, which powers most major Android phones, Qualcomm makes most of its money from licensing patents. That business is now under attack around the world, as companies and governments get fed up with the company’s allegedly improper licensing practices and begin to take them to court.

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 #Equifax website borked again, this time to redirect to #fake #Flash update

 #Equifax website borked again, this time to redirect to #fake #Flash update | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Malware researcher encounters bogus download links during multiple visits.

Via Constantin Ionel Milos / Milos Constantin
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Malware researcher encounters bogus download links during multiple visits

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The end of the Chinese miracle 

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China's economic miracle is under threat from a slowing economy and a dwindling labor force. The FT investigates how the world's most populous country has reached a critical new chapter in its history.

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Nvidia says its new supercomputer will enable the highest level of automated driving

Nvidia says its new supercomputer will enable the highest level of automated driving | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
No steering wheels, no pedals, no mirrors
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More on the most recent big move by NVIDIA.  Nvidia, one of the world’s best known manufacturers of computer graphics cards, announced a new, more powerful computing platform for use in autonomous vehicles. The company claims its new system, codenamed Pegasus, can be used to power Level 5, fully driverless cars without steering wheels, pedals, or mirrors.

The new iteration of the GPU maker’s Drive PX platform will deliver over 320 trillion operations per second, which amounts to more than 10 times its predecessor’s processing power.

Pegasus will be marketed to the hundreds of automakers and tech companies that are currently developing self-driving cars starting the second half of 2018, the company says.   NVIDIA’S PROMISE OF LEVEL 5 AUTONOMY SHOULDN’T BE TAKEN LIGHTLY.

 

Most automakers and tech companies speak carefully about the levels of autonomy, avoiding claims on which they may not ultimately be able to deliver. Nothing on the road today that’s commercially available is higher than a Level 2. Audi says its new A8 sedan is Level 3 autonomous — but we have to take the company’s word for it because present regulations won’t allow the German automaker to turn it on. Most car companies have said they will probably skip Level 3 and 4 because it’s too dangerous, and go right to Level 5. So for Nvidia to state definitively it can deliver the highest level of autonomous driving starting next year is pretty staggering — and maybe a little bit reckless.

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Telit and Husqvarna Collaborate on Robots for Urban Park Sustainability Program

Telit and Husqvarna Collaborate on Robots for Urban Park Sustainability Program | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Telit's end-to-end IoT solutions are enabling real-time sensor data from robotic lawnmowers that offers valuable insight into green-space environmental conditions and park maintenance. Telit, today announced that Husqvarna is using a wireless sensor device co-developed by

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Telit’s end-to-end IoT solutions are enabling real-time sensor data from robotic lawnmowers that offers valuable insight into green-space environmental conditions and park maintenance.

Telit, today announced that Husqvarna is using a wireless sensor device co-developed by Telit and Wireless System Integration (WSI), an award-winning Sweden-based design house developing wireless products and systems, in their city robotic mower pilot program.  Cities are using the Husqvarna mowers to collect data about the environment, the quality of air, water, and levels of light and sound, while maintaining the cities’ green spaces, saving time and money, reducing emission and noise pollution.  The mowers cut the grass daily, within a boundary wire, rain or shine, keeping the grass cut and collecting data 24 hours a day from the sensors. The sensors collect real-time data on UV radiation, air quality, ambient noise, luminosity and vibration. The sensor box, designed by Telit, is a first for the industry. The sensor box mounted on top of the mowers, uses the robots’ main battery for power supply, thereby recharging whenever the robot returns to its base. The sensor box transmits the data using Telit’s HE910 cellular module and Telit’s global IoT connectivity data plans (MVNO). The Telit IoT Platform seamlessly connects, manages and delivers the environmental data in a ready-to-use format. In cooperation with Husqvarna, Quantified Planet, an organization that links innovation to science, receives the data and publishes it for citizens to review. The cities can then analyze the environmental data sent by the robots and implement programs to improve the health of its citizens, based on these insights.

Maja Brisvall, CEO, Quantified Planet, said:  “Collecting this city data gives researchers the opportunity to explore and research the health of urban public spaces in a way that has never been done before. By using the Quantified Planet data exploration platform, this new data can provide insights and innovation on how to develop and improve sustainable open green spaces which impact the citizens living nearby.”

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