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Modified GPS Helps Track Quakes and Floods | MIT Technology Review

Modified GPS Helps Track Quakes and Floods | MIT Technology Review | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Data synthesis and sensor coverage make for better monitoring of natural disasters.
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And now a useful contribution to the smart technology that we've been seeing come out of CES this year, and this one actually help out mankind, perhaps save some lives too.

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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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The Internet Of Things' Best-Kept Secret

The Internet Of Things' Best-Kept Secret | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
PTC may well be the Internet of Things’ best-kept secret. In the last five years, PTC has been going through a transformation, not unlike the products it helps its customers create, operate, and service.
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PTC CEO Hepplemann chiming in - " Products are created today very differently than in the past, with the help of “a whole new technology stack, Today, part of the product is hardware and part of it is software and part of the software is in the product and part of it is in the cloud and the cloud has a whole new computing architecture. You need a data center before you can sell the first widget now.” - From what we've seen and begun development on we would have to agree that Hepplemann is not far off the mark.

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“Secret Santa” deputies spread Christmas spirit

“Secret Santa” deputies spread Christmas spirit | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
A Missouri sheriff's department has been out pulling over motorists this month in a sting operation the likes of which this country has never seen. Steve Hartman has the story of how not every traffic stop is a bummer.
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Completely off topic of what I typically post, but try not to be emotionally effected by this short video, it's not been a good year for Law Enforcement, this was a bright spot.

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Maybe Apple Really Is Serious About Enterprise IT

Maybe Apple Really Is Serious About Enterprise IT | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Apple and IBM have delivered the first batch of enterprise-class apps for iOS, rolling out 10 apps that cover key industry verticals like banking and finance, travel and transportation, retail, insurance, telco and government. The companies have pledged to deliver more than 100 such apps. The apps are the first proof point in the "unprecedented" partnership.
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Unprecedented 

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How to Understand the Google-Apple Smartphone War

How to Understand the Google-Apple Smartphone War | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The global smartphone war is a much more complex competition than simple market-share numbers suggest, and both top smartphone platforms face challenges.
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Telus launches IoT Marketplace

Telus launches IoT Marketplace | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Telus announced the launch of its IoT Marketplace today, an online platform that will give start-ups and other Internet of Things innovators a launching pad to commercialize their technology and give customers a one-stop-shop for IoT solutions. Among the 78 companies across Canada already signed on are Greater Vancouver’s Mojio, creators of an after-market device…
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CommandWear’s solution, which is designed for public safety and security and is being used by police departments, fire services and other emergency services as well as private security firms, allows organizations to track team members or employees through GPS on wearable devices or smartphones, send text-based messages and alerts and share pictures and videos from the field.

“The old way of doing things was just relying on the radio and that has not worked well at all,”

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Wireless charging for tablets is finally coming next year

Wireless charging for tablets is finally coming next year | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
We’re still waiting for the Rezence standard to bring wireless charging to laptops, but Freescale is taking a big step towards making that a reality.
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Freescale just announced a new wireless product that’s powerful enough to recharge tablets, portable medical devices, and other large gadgets. The 15-watt system, which should hit the market early next year, offers 3X as much electrical power as Freescale’s phone charging solution. It also plays nicely with other standards like the Wireless Power Consortium’s Qi technology,

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Hachette to sell books on Twitter

Hachette to sell books on Twitter | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Hachette, which publishes best-selling authors like James Patterson, Michael Connelly and Malcolm Gladwell, announced Monday that it would partner with Gumroad, a company that allows creators to sell their products directly to their social media followers without leaving the Twitter platform. Hachette is kicking off the experiment this month, with just a handful of books by authors who have large Twitter followings.
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Hachette's new (potential) nascent strategy to work around Amazon, they're testing whether a tweet from an author can directly trigger a sale. Hachette, which publishes best-selling authors like James Patterson, Michael Connelly and Malcolm Gladwell, announced Monday that it would partner with Gumroad, a company that allows creators to sell their products directly to their social media followers without leaving the Twitter platform.

Hachette is kicking off the experiment this month, with just a handful of books by authors who have large Twitter followings. 

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Consumer Reports: Best cell phone services

Consumer Reports: Best cell phone services | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The vast majority of people get their cell phone service from one of the four major wireless providers — Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint.
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3 companies—Ting, Consumer Cellular and Republic—were the only carriers in the Consumer Reports' survey to receive the highest marks for value for the money. The lowest ratings for value among contract plans went to AT&T, Sprint and Verizon.

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UPS 3D Prints Sex Toys to Compete With Internet Companies

UPS 3D Prints Sex Toys to Compete With Internet Companies | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
UPS to join the financial bandwagon of 3D printed sexual toys.

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Wow, who would've thought

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"Smart guns" could bring transparency to police shootings

"Smart guns" could bring transparency to police shootings | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Law enforcement in California is testing smart pistols equipped with technology that alerts police dispatchers whenever their gun is unholstered or fired. Bob Orr reports on the experimental technology that’s meant to protect police and provide detailed insight into officer involved shootings.
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Another aspect of the Internet of Things, video courtesy of CBS news. 

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Google Unseats Apple In U.S. Classrooms As Chromebooks Beat iPads

Google Unseats Apple In U.S. Classrooms As Chromebooks Beat iPads | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Google's emphasis on utility and data may be more in sync with the needs of students today than Apple's promises of creative individuality and fun.
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This is a huge win for Google in a market historically dominated by Apple and Microsoft. According to the Financial Times and IDC, “Google shipped 715,500 of the low-cost laptops into US schools in the third quarter, compared with 702,000 iPads.” Even more striking, the $199 and up Chromebooks have gone from zero to a quarter of the educational market in only two years. 

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Le poder de los google apps! 

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A Beautiful Visual Explaining The Internet of Things

A Beautiful Visual Explaining The Internet of Things | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Margarida Sá Costa
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Charles BEUZIT's curator insight, December 1, 7:17 AM

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This infographic describes the "Internet of Things" and what the future may hold.

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The Intel of things: How the chip giant plans to own IoT

The Intel of things: How the chip giant plans to own IoT | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Intel is trying to move swiftly to capitalize on its investment in the Internet of Things. Basis Science, the wearable smart watch company that the chip maker brought earlier this year for a reported $100 million, is set to launch a new device, and Intel is looking to leverage all the data devices like it generate in the era of the quantified self.
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The trick will be how to use such data in a “constructive rather than subversive” way, said Della Torre, referring to the Glasshole backlash against Google’s device. Part of that solution will depend on the answer to, “What data are you comfortable with me sharing to customize the experience?"

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“Project Goliath” Could Change the Internet Completely

“Project Goliath” Could Change the Internet Completely | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
It seems Sony, and lawyers from the MPAA, along with other major Hollywood studios such as Universal, FOX, Paramount, Warner Bros., and Disney could be uniting in a campaign to fight online piracy. The information has surfaced from a handful of leaked emails from Sony to the other studios as part of the much bigger Sony Pictures hack. The union is working on something called Project Goliath and if it comes into action, could completely change the Internet, and not for the better.
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“Goliath,” as the group are calling it, is apparently their biggest adversary in the fight against online piracy, and though it’s not known for sure, it seems “Goliath” is the groups code name for Google. In a series of emails sent among the group and the MPAA in January highlight their concerns that in order to stop piracy, they have to take down Google. - The emails sent in January, “lays out a series of legally and technically ambitious new tools, including new measures that would block infringing sites from reaching customers of many major ISPs,” The Verge reported. “If successful, the result would fundamentally alter the open nature of the internet.”

To further add weight to what the studio super group is doing, in the emails MPAA general counsel Steven Fabrizio wrote, “We start from the premise that site blocking is a means to an end.” Suggesting that in order to truly stop file sharing sites being viewed by the public, is to go on the attack to stop file-sharing links appearing in Google search rankings.

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Google wants to advance the Internet of things, offers grants for 'open innovation' research proposals

Google wants to advance the Internet of things, offers grants for 'open innovation' research proposals | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Google is setting up an open innovation and research program to formalize and push forward much of the research, standards, security, systems, and more that will feed into the "Internet of things."
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Kicking off the new “Open Web of Things” program, Google is inviting research proposals from academics interested in embarking on a “cross ­disciplinary expedition intended to address the complex challenges and opportunities before us as we explore the next generation of systems, services and Internet­ connected devices.”

More specifically, Google wants proposals that address things like user interface and application development, privacy and security, and systems and protocols.

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The Internet of Things Is Changing How Your Food Is Grown -- and That's a Good Thing

The Internet of Things Is Changing How Your Food Is Grown -- and That's a Good Thing | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Source: Deere. The agriculture industry, just like any other business, is always looking for ways to maximize yield, minimize risk, and improve.
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Some excellent use cases on how sensors, software, performance analytics in an IoT network to make the business of growing food more efficiently and thus more sustainable.   

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Intel unveils its IoT strategy, prepares to go head-to-head with Qualcomm

Intel unveils its IoT strategy, prepares to go head-to-head with Qualcomm | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
In an opening salvo of what is surely to be a barrage of internet-of-things (IoT) announcements next month at CES, Intel has announced its IoT Platform, focusing on a horizontal approach to building an interoperable ecosystem for the IoT. The platform aims to simplify connectivity and increase security of data to and from from IoT devices, two key areas that need considerable improvement to scale deployment of IoT devices and networks.
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The main competition for Intel in IoT is arguably Qualcomm, which has become a dominant player in mobile chips and is now leveraging that position and its considerable experience and IP in mobile communications technology in the IoT space. The company is ahead of Intel with its platform and ecosystem, announcing it’s AllJoyn open source platform last year and turning it over to the Linux foundation. Qualcomm’s AllSeen alliance already boasts over 70 companies that include Microsoft, Cisco, Panasonic, Sony, and many others

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Intel links up IoT agenda with new platform

Intel links up IoT agenda with new platform | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Doug Davis, vice president and general manager of Intel's Internet of Things group, stated that the business itself is expected to deliver $2 billion in revenue this year.
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Reflecting the fragmented ecosystem of connected devices (including wearables) already on the market, Intel boasted that the development of this platform should provide businesses with a streamlined framework for deploying "limitless solutions."

Davis posited that the technology industry has been "evolving up to this point," but he acknowledged a trio of economic factors have played into the recent IoT explosion. The cost of sensors have dropped 2X over during the last decade, while bandwidth and processing costs have dropped 40X and 60X during the same time frame as well.

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Broadcom's dual-band Wi-Fi audio chip targets Internet of Things

Broadcom's dual-band Wi-Fi audio chip targets Internet of Things | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Broadcom Corporation has introduced what the company claims is the industry's first dual-band Wi-Fi audio chip into its Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices (WICED) portfolio.
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Cost reduction of SoC's will dominate in the IoT.  Broadcom's BCM43907 SoC reduces cost for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) by integrating all needed functionality onto a single device. As the first audio SoC to implement dual-band Wi-Fi, Broadcom's BCM43907 reduces interference and delivers a cleaner overall sound to wireless streaming devices such as portable speakers, 5.1 multi-speaker systems, sound bars and media players. Devices with dual-band Wi-Fi experience fewer interruptions and benefit from a significant network performance boost by operating on two bands

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Google Cloud Delivers Microsoft-Friendly Functionality Customers Have Been Calling For

Google Cloud Delivers Microsoft-Friendly Functionality Customers Have Been Calling For | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Google announced on Monday Microsoft-enabling capabilities to its cloud platform, including free software-licensing migrations and Windows Server 2008 R2. Page: 1
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"Our customers, large and small, have put a number of things on their holiday wish lists, including better support of their Windows-based workloads, leveraging the performance and scale of Google datacenters," blogged Martin Buhr, a Google business product manager.  -"Today, we're releasing three additional enhancements to Google Compute Engine that make it a great place for customers to run highly performance Windows-based workloads at scale,"

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The Internet of Things and the Mythical Smart Fridge

The Internet of Things and the Mythical Smart Fridge | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
RT @chaione: The Internet of Things and the Mythical Smart Fridge http://t.co/gJxnUCy78p via @uxmag #IoT
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Great article, had the same conversation about 9 months ago about the IoT fridge, here are the details that need to be worked out.

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Amazon's New Cloud Prices Show That Google Is Now a Threat

Amazon's New Cloud Prices Show That Google Is Now a Threat | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Both Google and Amazon hand out discounts to customers that regularly use a lot of cloud computing power, but since March, there’s been a big difference in the way the two companies billed things out.
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No upfront fees at Google prompted Amazon to follow suit.

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Intel buys PasswordBox to make passwords less painful

Intel buys PasswordBox to make passwords less painful | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Passwordbox offers one-click login to multiple sites.
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PasswordBox lets users store login credentials in what the company calls a virtual safety deposit box. When surfing the Web, users can click on the sites they want to login to and PasswordBox handles the login.  - The tool, which has over 14 million downloads, will become a part of the Safe Identity organization within Intel’s Security Group.  Which is planning to use PasswordBox’s one-click login system for mobile devices and browsers to reduce what it calls “password fatigue.”

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Digital Transformation and IT: The CIO´s balancing act

Digital Transformation and IT: The CIO´s balancing act | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
With the “consumerization of IT” trend emerging a few years back, the industry saw a shift of IT investment decision power away from IT and toward lines of business.

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Where is the Internet of Things heading in 2015?

Where is the Internet of Things heading in 2015? | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The Internet of Things (IoT) in 2015 will be about trying to tackle standardisation, bandwidth and security challenges, according to analysts.
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Excellent read - more than a few analysts thought that we'd be further down the road with standardization, bandwidth and security issues, even going as far as saying they were expecting a clear winner by this time last year.  Clearly not so

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