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Razer Joins the Band, Launches a New Wearable Device | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

Razer Joins the Band, Launches a New Wearable Device | Gadget Lab | Wired.com | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Though it tracks your steps and sleep, Razer's Nabu band is more than just a body monitor. It also functions like a smartwatch by pairing to your phone and serving notifications from connected services.
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OK so it's different than the rest in a better than kind of way, but how come we still get the feeling that this is still kitchy stuff, and not all that uber useful?  (Because we don't think the real use cases have been captured and thus we suggest waiting for version2.0 instead)

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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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Microsoft Aims To Kill Google Chromebooks With $149 Windows 10 Laptops

Microsoft Aims To Kill Google Chromebooks With $149 Windows 10 Laptops | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Despite a lacklustre start, Chromebooks are becoming relatively popular in the super-budget end of the portable market. This has worried Microsoft for some time. After all, with a Google-centric experience, not to mention an operating system in the form of Chrome OS, there's little if anything to be gained here by Microsoft [...]
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They’re no MacBook killers and don’t expect them to play GTA V. According to tech rumour site www.Digitimes.com, these laptops are geared primarily towards emerging markets, education and the super-low end market, which includes users whose tasks are limited to web browsing, word processing and social media use.  

This is an important move for MSFT, as Google has a habit of making things work and with Chromebooks gaining traction, especially during the hard financial times of the last few years, it has to meet it head-on.  - The laptops are reported to use Intel’s Bay Trail platform – a low power processor that’s enjoyed much success in the tablet market with products such as the Asus Transformer Book and Lenovo ThinkPad 10. The initial launch will likely see an 11.6in model released – the same size as most current Chromebooks, but with Google already offering 13in and 15in Chromebooks, it’s highly likely Microsoft will follow suit.  

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Round 2 of Google - WSJ spat: Google responds to the Journal's report on FTC

Round 2 of Google - WSJ spat: Google responds to the Journal's report on FTC | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) on Friday shot back at Wall Street Journal for carrying a report, which mentioned that the Federal Trade Commission did not tacking action
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Google countered the Journal’s reports. The ‘Wall Street Journal,’ owned by Australian-born CEO of News Corp., carried a report that FTC did not sue the company despite recommendations from staff.

“One of your newspapers, the Wall Street Journal, accused Google of wielding undue political influence,” said Google.  - Google claims the tech firm visited the WhiteHouse aimed at assisting the HealthCare.gov website and for YouTube interviews of the President.  - Instead of a serious response, Google has opted for a funny and sarcastic response, which clearly sent a message to the WSJ for bringing in more credibility for its reports. 

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'Internet of Things' Accelerator Takes Root In Michigan, With Help From Some Big Names

'Internet of Things' Accelerator Takes Root In Michigan, With Help From Some Big Names | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Grand Rapids is creating an ecosystem that unites entrepreneurs with corporate know-how to tackle life in a physical world where everything is connected
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It’s a topic that’s been on the mind of Jim Keane, chief executive of Steelcase, which for 120 years has been trying to turn insights about the way people work into innovations for office space. “What happens as smart objects make their way into  the workspace?,” Keane said. “How can we use them to amplify the performance of people?” Steelcase can use outside help, he said.  - Interestingly Steelcase, Amway, Faurecia, Meijer, Spectrum Health and Priority Health have joined Start Garden, the unconventional, early-stage, venture capital fund founded by Rick DeVos, an heir to the Amway fortune, to create the Seamless Coalition and Accelerator, which will help startups and entrepreneurs develop the next generation of connected devices.

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WSJ and Google spat unfolds "Microsoft visited the White House more than we did"

WSJ and Google spat unfolds "Microsoft visited the White House more than we did" | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Earlier this week, The Wall Street Journal published a critique of Google’s close-ties with the White House. Today, Google responded to some of the allegations in the piece, taking the time to clarify some of the points, as well as pointing the finger at other companies.
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A Long-Standing Beef:  Google and News. Corp., the Rupert Murdoch-owned parent company of the Wall Street Journal, have a long, combative history, and this latest spat is just a continuation of it. The main beef in the WSJ’s report relates to meetings specifically in 2012, around the time Google faced an anti-trust investigation from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over allegedly favoring its own products in search results. The FTC ultimately voted to settle with Google in 2013.
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Google loses bid to block Safari privacy lawsuit in the UK

Google loses bid to block Safari privacy lawsuit in the UK | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Back in February 2012, the Wall Street Journal revealed how Google was able to quietly bypass privacy settings in Safari and track the sites people were
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Back in February 2012, the Wall Street Journal revealed how Google was able to quietly bypass privacy settings in Safari and track the sites people were browsing. The company eventually paid a $22.5 million penalty to the FTC, and now a group of Brits is seeking similar compensation. Google has been trying to appeal a High Court decision that means their case can be heard in the UK, but today the bid was effectively thrown out.

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Q&A: Belkin/WeMo CMO Kieran Hannon On The IoT

Q&A: Belkin/WeMo CMO Kieran Hannon On The IoT | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
As the Internet of Things and home automation have grown as a category, Belkin introduced the WeMo line of products to bring connectivity to products from light switches to coffeepots and slow
cookers (via partnerships with Mr. Coffee and Crock-Pot).
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Excellent Q&A with our Darkhorse favorite firm for the ioT - interesting


Q: At this point, how much of your WeMo marketing efforts have to go toward consumer education?

A: As the leader in that space, we are educating people about how to use these products and how they can benefit your life. If you go to WeMo.com, that’s a great example of the many things that are available to help educate the marketplace. We’re doing a lot of education in the marketplace -- not only in general marketing, but much more importantly in-store and in thought leadership across the board.


Q: Why establish a WeMo brand vs. using Belkin as a home automation brand?

A: WeMo was a product that was developed as a Belkin brand. It’s just in a slightly different space than the Belkin brand. Belkin is in the space of “We don’t make your devices. We make your devices better.” It’s a slightly different space [than in home automation]. It’s a different consumer premise. So we made a decision to pull WeMo out as its own stand-alone brand, and give it the focus attention and resources to blossom in the marketplace.

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Koneckt uses Kickstarter to 'Democratize' the Internet of Things for Developers

Koneckt uses Kickstarter to 'Democratize' the Internet of Things for Developers | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
For most connected devices, the Internet of Things should really be called "Internet of Things That Are Connected to WiFi." If wireless is unavailable or unreliable, the device is no longer...
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"Konekt Dash continues our efforts to democratize the cellular IoT space by giving makers, hackers and OEMs of all sizes access to enterprise level infrastructure in a super accessible, turnkey, open source package," said Ben Forgan, co-founder and CEO of Konekt.

The Dash toolkit comes with pre-loaded global cellular service, APIs, and a management portal for billing and activation, offering developers a one-stop-shop for launching an IoT project. But, most importantly, the toolkit comes equipped with unparalleled security features, including cloud access to firmware updates.

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Samsung SDI and ABB form strategic microgrid commercial alliance

Samsung SDI and ABB form strategic microgrid commercial alliance | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
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The two companies will establish a global commercial alliance to develop and market modular and scalable microgrid solutions, utilizing lithium-ion batteries for energy storage.  - ABB’s global presence and knowledge in microgrid will pave the way for Samsung SDI to gain better access to microgrid systems and markets. At the same time, Samsung SDI’s leading position and expertise in battery and materials will enable ABB to expand business horizon to energy storage systems.

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Samsung Group To Acquire Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. And Battle Industry Giants

Samsung Group To Acquire Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. And Battle Industry Giants | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Samsung (OTCMKTS:SSNLF)'s potential acquisition of AMD (NASDAQ:AMD) could potentially unseat industry giants Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) and Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM).
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Samsung looking to go head to head with Intel and Qualcomm.  The claims stem from a South Korea report stating that the Seoul-based conglomerate is supposedly pursuing a buyout of AMD in an attempt to contest the two largest industry giants. When considering what the two parties have to offer one another, the alleged Samsung purchase of AMD seems increasingly reasonable.

Savvy in microprocessors, chipsets, graphics products/accessories, AMD has become one of the market benchmarks for tech enthusiasts and performance seekers. The company plays a huge role in its sector, and is one of the world’s largest suppliers for x86 architecture and GPU’s. Its Radeon GPU series, “Zen” CPU architecture, and 64 bit ARM “K12” have garnered a large amount of attention for its high-end products, and AMD’s well maintained relationships with big-name PC suppliers has earned the company a considerable amount of credibility despite poor fiscal showings.

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Clay Christensen Talks About The Innovator's Dilemma in Academia

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Clay is quite strong in his opinions on the lack of academia of addressing the needs of business, and why they are out of touch with business and are being disrupted by internal sourcing (internal universities inside of companies).  Academia needs to revisit its approach, moving from correlation to causality in it's theories.  We have to agree  

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How The Internet Of Things Fundamentally Transforms Marketing

How The Internet Of Things Fundamentally Transforms Marketing | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
My rule of thumb for what inspires me to write a blog post, just like what triggered awareness of change when I was an analyst, is when some sentence or quote sticks with me for more than a millisecond. That happened to me a few weeks back when I saw [...]
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Some excellent advice for those in Marketing, others could learn something from this too.


*  Device innovation is slowing. The evolution of screen-based devices, from TVs to even mobile phones, is reaching a natural maximum. New features and functions are being tucked into these pocket-sized and wall-mounted devices, but the most recent innovations – 3D, 4K, retina displays, touchscreens – are amazing advances, but they don’t fully accelerate the functionality of these electronics.
*  Internet of things proliferates. Things connected to the internet – thermostats, key locks, cars, and coffee makers – will all be revolutionized by the advances made in chip an screen design that allows more devices to use what was device innovation to change the functionality of everything from cars to diapers to ice cubes.
*  The challenge for marketers will further shift from ads to experience. Future screens will be small, functional and task specific, not large and roomy like a flat screen or full size tablet. The new Audi dashboard or Tesla’s iPad-like controls could easily carry messages for food, gas or other retail in the near future. The creative challenge to make an ad or message fit the context of these screens will make addressable TV advertising complexity seem simplistic in short order.

*  Personify the product. What gazillions of kitty videos and thousands of Nests and Nespresso machines have shown us is that a product with a personality matters. Its not a panacea, but when a consumer interacts with a product they need to get a brand experience that bonds them. That doesn’t mean rampant anthropomorphism, but it does mean that everything from instruction guides to packaging strategies needs to fit into the brand story.

*  Invest in audience-specific messaging. Ads will still run, and brands will still have to move pallets of goods from that. But getting the story in front of the right audience, not just in line with a type of content, will require more ad production to make it real.
*  Attach unexpected adjacent services to the core product. Tide’s dry cleaners, Apple AAPL -2.61%’s Siri, and the Johnnie Walker Blue Label’s “smart bottle”, all add to the core offering with something that provides unique differentiated value. I recently got my folks to start using Fitbits, because I wanted to make sure I knew they were moving everyday and could see that from our connected Fitbit accounts.

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Decisyon Joins Industrial Internet Consortium

Decisyon Joins Industrial Internet Consortium | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
STAMFORD, Conn., March 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Decisyon, Inc., creator of Decisyon 360, the industry's only unified...
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Decisyon, Inc., creator of Decisyon 360, has joined the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) which was founded by AT&T, Cisco, General Electric, IBM, and Intel

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Diving into data: WeMo & IoT

Diving into data:  WeMo & IoT | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The annual SXSW festival has yet to begin when The Drum meets with Belkin’s chief marketing officer, Kieran Hannon at the Four...
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Belkin CMO Kieran Hannon discusses how Belkin is using the data it receives through its connected products, saying the company needs to "sift through" the abundance of data to create insights from it.  - "In most cases there are seven or eight key data points that really help you to understand behaviour and so what will those key insights be? For a lot of packaged goods companies, this is a phenomenal way to understand how people interact with their products. They don't have a real-time mechanism for understanding that. You think of fast food or brands that have home appliances that are passive that pushes stuff out based on their user treatment. Now they have got to be able to talk to each other in a way that makes it all meaningful."

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Intel's Rumored Acquisition Of Altera Could Protect Its Massive Monopoly In Servers

Intel's Rumored Acquisition Of Altera Could Protect Its Massive Monopoly In Servers | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that chipmaking giant Intel is in talks to buy Altera. If this deal goes through, it'll be one of the largest deals Intel has ever made -- Altera's market cap stood at $13.36 billion when markets closed on Friday. But this deal is well worth it, said technology analysts Patrick Moorhead, as it will help protect [...]
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"Some companies have begun plugging Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) chips made by Altera–and by its chief competitor Xilinx–into their data centers. FPGAs are reprogrammable chips that can run specific tasks faster than Intel’s processing chips on their own.


Companies like Microsoft and Baidu have begun using Altera’s FPGAs along with Intel’s processing chips to good results. Intel is already the manufacturer of Altera’s FPGAs, but by buying the company, Intel could more closely integrate the FPGA onto its chip and get even better performance". 


Another factor Intel could be considering is that companies running big servers like Microsoft and Baidu could integrate FPGAs with ARM-based processing chips — the ARM chip architecture stands as the possible main threat to Intel’s x86 domination in the server industry. “If Intel owns Altera, the chance of that happening is 0%,”

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Microsoft acquires LiveLoop to reinvent Office productivity on the Web

Microsoft acquires LiveLoop to reinvent Office productivity on the Web | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Microsoft has officially acquired LiveLoop in an effort to build and boost their productivity lineup, by offering more collaborative functionality.
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LiveLoop will essentially enable Microsoft users to use and work with the same documents, spreadsheets, and even presentations without complicated task of emailing, sharing, or downloading extra software. All users would need to share is a link, and ultimately a presentation could be shared without any hassle or confusion.

Microsoft has been working furiously over the last several months to overhaul their productivity apps really. Whether it was reinventing the Office suite for iOS and Android or acquiring various productivity apps along the way to make their calendar or email platforms better – this has been the trend for the company.

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The Big Idea: Before You Make That Big Decision…

The Big Idea: Before You Make That Big Decision… | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Dangerous biases can creep into every strategic choice. Here’s how to find them—before they lead you astray.
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The real challenge for executives who want to implement decision quality control is not time or cost. It is the need to build awareness that even highly experienced, superbly competent, and well intentioned managers are fallible. Organizations need to realize that a disciplined decision-making process, not individual genius, is the key to a sound strategy. And they will have to create a culture of open debate in which such processes can flourish.

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BlackBerry announces lowest quarterly sales in 8 years

BlackBerry announces lowest quarterly sales in 8 years | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
BlackBerry posted its lowest quarterly sales in more than eight years on Friday, as the Canadian smartphone maker struggled to find new revenue sources to offset dwindling sales of its handsets. The pioneering Canadian smartphone maker is trying to
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"BlackBerry announced revenues of $660m in the final three months of its fiscal year, a drop of about a third compared with same time last year and its lowest quarterly sales figure since 2007.

Wall Street analysts had typically expected the company to report revenues of $782m, having already downgraded their expectations in the days leading up to the company’s earnings release. At its zenith in 2011, the Canadian-based smartphone maker reported more than $5bn in quarterly revenues." - The Financial Times reports

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Intel, Micron Join Shift to 3-D Storage Chips

Intel, Micron Join Shift to 3-D Storage Chips | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Intel and Micron Technology said they are shipping samples of jointly designed chips that stack circuitry in layers to boost storage capacity rather than packing smaller components on to a flat square of silicon.
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Now they’re playing the game in three dimensions, and Intel Corp. and Micron Technology Corp. are the latest to push upward.

The longtime collaborators on Thursday announced they are shipping samples of jointly designed chips that stack circuitry in layers—like floors in a skyscraper—to boost storage capacity rather than packing smaller components on to a flat square of silicon.

Their target is flash memory, the mainstay medium for storing data in smartphones, tablets, digital cameras and other portable devices. Competitors in that fast-growing market have long worried that transistors would stop reliably storing data as they shrank to smaller dimensions.

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SIGFOX and NarrowNet Announce IoT Network Rollout in Portugal

SIGFOX and NarrowNet Announce IoT Network Rollout in Portugal | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
SIGFOX and NarrowNet announced that NarrowNet, a network operator launched by Kaisaras Group will become the exclusive SIGFOX network operator in Port
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“Portugal has an active, fast-growing Internet of Things market, and our partnership with NarrowNet is a significant part of SIGFOX’s plan to establish a global cellular network dedicated to the IoT,” said Rodolphe Baronnet-Frugès, executive vice president international business development. “This partnership highlights once again how the SIGFOX Network Operator program allows local providers to quickly and economically offer Internet of Things connectivity and services.” 

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Bosch pulls ahead in MEMS top 30 ranking

Bosch pulls ahead in MEMS top 30 ranking | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
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Important to note this if you're in the high tech sector of sensors, SoC's, IoT products and wearables space, MEMS is a technology that is major thrust to break logjams in design that straight semiconductor technology (SoC's) cannot do on it's lonesome. - Take heed managers and designers 

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Samsung Group and LG Electronics Racing Ahead in Display Technology

Samsung Group and LG Electronics Racing Ahead in Display Technology | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The Korean giants, Samsung Elect Ltd (F) (OTCMKTS:SSNLF) and LG Display Co Ltd (ADR)(NYSE:LPL) are in the process of developing ground breaking display technology.
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In the past few years, both these Korean companies have made sure they research and develop groundbreaking technology.   A new phone would comprise four states that are: Curved, bent, foldable and rollable. Curved and bent phones have already entered the market, but the real challenge would be to create a foldable and rollable phone.  - LG has already entered the market with flexible displays and they are currently working on the transparent screen technology. LG has developed the transparent screen technology and the only delay is due to the limitations of the factory equipment for mass production. Once the testing phase is over, LG may roll out its transparent display phones in the near future.  Both of these design initiatives by both Samsung and LG are driven by TRIZ forecasting methods.

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Amazon Takes All Wraps Off, Offers Sky's-the-Limit Storage

Amazon Takes All Wraps Off, Offers Sky's-the-Limit Storage | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
After a free three-month trial, users will pay either $1 or $5 per month for unlimited storage of anything digital they can name.
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The Unlimited Photos Plan, after the free three-month trial, costs $11.99 per year. Users may store an infinite number of photos in Cloud Drive; they can upload existing collections and store all future photos automatically as they are shot. This plan also includes 5GB of additional storage for videos or other documents and files. The Unlimited Everything Plan (a free three-month trial, then $59.99 per year—equivalent of less than $5 per month) enables users to store an infinite number of new and existing photos, videos, files, documents, movies and music in Cloud Drive. 

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Wozniak: A $10K Watch is 'Not the Apple that Moved the World Forward'

Wozniak: A $10K Watch is 'Not the Apple that Moved the World Forward' | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Steve Wozniak is a gadget guy. He drives a Tesla, rides a Segway, has a remote controlled device that lights up his luggage at baggage claim, and even uses a toothbrush holder that sticks to the...
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Wozniak's keynote, titled What's Next--The Future of Technology, touched on a number of topics surrounding tech and their future implications. He commented on On bitcoin...On education...On advice for entrepreneurs with big ideas...On the technologies that will bring the greatest level of change...On 3D printing...On the future of robotics...On if Apple has lost innovation since Steve Jobs... See the article, an interesting pov 

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Facebook extends Parse to build IoT apps

Facebook extends Parse to build IoT apps | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
New SDKs are designed to make it easier for outside developers to build apps that interface with Internet-connected devices.
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By opening Parse to IoT, Facebook hopes to strengthen its ties to a wider group of developers in a growing industry via three new software development kits aimed specifically at IoT, unveiled Wednesday at the company's F8 developer conference in San Francisco.  -  The tools are aimed at making it easier for outside developers to build apps that interface with Internet-connected devices. Garage door manufacturer Chamberlain, for example, uses Parse for its app to let people open and lock their garage door from their smartphones

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Create your first Internet of Things application in under 30 minutes with IBM Bluemix

Create your first Internet of Things application in under 30 minutes with IBM Bluemix | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Yes, I am not kidding, and you’ll see how it’s done as you follow through the steps in this article.  Even non-technical folks can try out. To get a quick
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