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"The Path of the Disruptor": Netflix (a.k.a. The Red Menace)

"The Path of the Disruptor": Netflix (a.k.a. The Red Menace) | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Just when Hollywood thought it had Netflix figured out that red envelope company flipped the script creating a playbook for any business that aspires...
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"The Path of the Disruptor" - this article very nicely outlines the disruption process and we must admit to smirk on our faces to watch the cable companies and the networks squirm in response (with anti-customer tactics like ABC last week demanding that users log in with cable company id) that will ultimately fail against a disruptor.  


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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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Pay Phones In NYC To Be Replaced With Up To 10,000 Free Wi-Fi Kiosks Next Year

Pay Phones In NYC To Be Replaced With Up To 10,000 Free Wi-Fi Kiosks Next Year | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
There were about 2.2 million pay phones in the U.S. as of 2000 and now there are under 500,000, according to the American Public Communications Council. The decline in pay phone usage is largely attributed to the ubiquity of mobile phones. The city of New York plans to replace its pay [...]
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The city of New York plans to replace its pay phones with up to 10,000 free public Wi-Fi kiosks that have speeds of up to a gigabit (1,000 Mbps). This plan is called LinkNYC.  Aside from Wi-Fi, the kiosks will also offer free domestic phone calls including 911 and 311. Android-based touchscreen tablets control the kiosks, which can be used for accessing directions, public service announcements and city services. Charging stations for mobile devices will be built into the kiosks too.

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What a great idea!

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LittleBits Introduces Internet of Things Enabled Smart Home Kit

LittleBits Introduces Internet of Things Enabled Smart Home Kit | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The Internet of Things (or connected home) is pretty sweet. You can turn on lights from the couch or across the country. You can start a delicious stew in a crook pot... Keep reading →

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BlackBerry signs up Samsung, others, in new mobile services push

BlackBerry signs up Samsung, others, in new mobile services push | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
BlackBerry and Samsung will offer a ‘highly secure mobility solution’ for Samsung’s Android devices starting in early 2015
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BlackBerry and Samsung, the world’s No. 1 smartphone maker, will offer a “highly secure mobility solution” for Samsung’s Android devices starting in early 2015. The system will wed BlackBerry’s security platform with the South Korean company’s own security software for its Galaxy devices. BlackBerry also touted a string of improvements to its existing products, including mobile video-conferencing via its messaging app and the ability to divide usage costs between employer and employee.

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Norm! Quirky Challenges Nest with New Thermostat

Norm! Quirky Challenges Nest with New Thermostat | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
A new multi-room thermostat was among the seven new devices Quirky announced for its Wink Smart Home portfolio.
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Quirky's Norm, is an unassuming white box that fits where your regular thermostat would go. Unlike most other thermostats, which provide readouts of the temperature, the Norm just has a single button on its face; you're meant to control it using a smartphone app. Norm, which costs $80, can connect to other Norms throughout your house, or other Quirky Wink devices, many of which also have temperature and humidity sensors. Users can tell the system to turn on their air conditioning or heating based on the temperature in one room, or on an average of all the temperatures throughout your house. Like many other Wink products, users will need to have installed the Wink Hub ($50) or Wink Relay Touchscreen Controller ($300) in order to interact with the Norm.

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Apple's enterprise assault gets into higher gear

Apple's enterprise assault gets into higher gear | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Apple Inc is embarking on its most aggressive expansion yet onto corporate turf, hiring a dedicated sales force to talk with potential clients like Citigroup Inc and working in concert with a dozen or so developers, two sources familiar with its plans say.
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Three months after unveiling a partnership with IBM to develop apps for corporate clients and sell them on devices, the iPhone maker’s plans to challenge sector leaders Hewlett-Packard, Dell Inc, Oracle and SAP are starting to take shape.  Details remain scant, but some industry experts say that the tie-up with Big Blue gives Apple an opportunity to begin to challenge Hewlett Packard's and Dell's dominance of office IT, and Oracle and SAP's command of work applications.

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Intel Announces Winners from it's Make It Wearable Challenge

Intel Announces Winners from it's Make It Wearable Challenge | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Huge innovations are being made with wearable technology. Do you have an idea to #makeit #wearable? Get involved now at makeit.intel.com
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What is the Intel Edison for?

What is the Intel Edison for? | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it

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Unfortunately according to this analysis from IDTechEx not much can be said for the $50 Edison compared to the $4 Arduino Nano. people are also comparing the Edison to the Raspberry Pi but its main shortcoming there is lack of video output. The Raspberry Pi has a GPU with HD video output via HDMI. The Edison has nothing at all. Intel staff has been unable to give us a clear idea of what the Edison can achieve in the market place in the high volumes a huge company like Intel must seek. An ARM-based SoC with all the usual sensors integrated would be far more interesting in the view of IDTechEx.

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Microsoft partners with Dropbox for online file-sharing

Microsoft partners with Dropbox for online file-sharing | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Microsoft said it teamed up with online file-sharing company Dropbox to allow Office software users to manage and share files through Dropbox's website and mobile app.
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Microsoft said the functionality would be included in the next updates to the Office mobile apps, to be rolled out in the next few weeks, and online accessibility would be available in the first half of 2015.  Microsoft already has a file-sharing service called OneDrive, but partnering with Dropbox will allow it to tap more than 200 million users of the Silicon Valley startup's services.

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Internet of Things component market set for rapid growth

Internet of Things component market set for rapid growth | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
According to Gartner, the Internet of Things (IoT) market is set to grow rapidly -- especially within the processor, sensor and communications segments.
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Gartner forecasts almost 30% growth through 2020 for IoT semiconductor revenue. Deeper investigation shows that the majority of IoT devices are commodity offerings. The truth is that inexpensive devices are one of the biggest enablers of IoT.  However while this revenue spans every conceivable industry and is driven by the immense scale of low-cost devices, and as some believe this growth will transform the semiconductor industry - a race to the bottom of the lowest cost devices, which will not make those who build those devices very happy.  Commoditization of products is not a happy thing to discuss with shareholders

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Salesforce’s Service Cloud 1 Is A Wearable Technology Trojan Horse

Salesforce’s Service Cloud 1 Is A Wearable Technology Trojan Horse | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
 Imagine a scenario in which an oil rig worker suddenly hears an alarm sound from somewhere on the rig. The adrenaline rush begins and the worker knows he has to move fast.
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Excellent example of use case development by Salesforce.com on how they're developing wearable tech for business and industry, where we believe the real break-throughs of wearable tech will start from.

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Richard Platt's curator insight, November 2, 3:11 AM

Excellent example of use case development by Salesforce.com on how they're developing wearable tech for business and industry, where we believe the real break-throughs of wearable tech will start from.

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Bad News for Amazon: Google Play Movies and TV Are Now on Roku

Bad News for Amazon: Google Play Movies and TV Are Now on Roku | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
By adding its video service to Roku devices, Google is going after more streaming-content purchases while trying to get a leg up on Amazon.
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Adding that app to Roku’s roster makes sense to Google in terms of streaming revenues. With more than 10 million Roku devices out there, Google immediately gains 10 million potential points of sale for streaming-video sales and rentals. While Roku is the best overall option for a standalone set-top box at this point—its strengths being the sheer range of available channels and content, its simplicity, and the fact that it’s a mature platform—the Nexus Player seems a compelling if unproven alternative. 

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Reliability survey: Infotainment 'plagues' new cars

Reliability survey: Infotainment 'plagues' new cars | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Consumer Reports says infotainment systems appear to be the most troublesome feature in 2014 vehicles. And those problems suggest the vehicle as a whole could be unreliable. "Infotainment system problems
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Electronic issues also can be a signal that the vehicle may have other problems, the magazine said. According to CR, first-year models from Infiniti, Jeep, Fiat, Ram, Cadillac, Ford and Honda all have suffered significant rates of complaints due to infotainment bugs and glitches. CR said the worst example of the infotainment phenomena in this year's crop of new models is the In Touch system in the Infiniti Q50 sedan. More than 20% of owners said it didn't work right. 

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How Flip Phones Could Return In A Big Way

How Flip Phones Could Return In A Big Way | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
A decade ago, flip phones ruled the world. 
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Smaller is better for some, especially since it smaller is easier to hide in your pocket, away from thieves prying ways. Samsung to offer more flexible displays in the mobile space coming up.

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Motorola Keylink Locates Lost Valuables

Motorola Keylink Locates Lost Valuables | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Say goodbye to flipping couch cushions and turning over tables looking for lost keys.
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The Motorola Keylink is a small Bluetooth device you hang from your keychain. It syncs up with the free Motorola Connect app (on iOS and Android), which can be activated using a button on the Keylink. If your phone goes missing, you can make it ring with just a click of the Keylink button, as long as it's no farther than 100 feet away.

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Why Wearables Should Be Free

Why Wearables Should Be Free | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Why Wearables Should Be Free

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Brands should rethink their value proposition, make wearable devices free, and monetize the data, or risk losing out on the possibility of mass-market adoption.

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Samsung Simband, Flow, Gear VR and Project Beyond: What you need to know about today's Samsung announcements

Samsung Simband, Flow, Gear VR and Project Beyond: What you need to know about today's Samsung announcements | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
A wearable, VR headset, and camera, oh my: here's what you missed at today's Samsung developers conference in San Francisco.
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Updates on two projects, the Simband wearable and the Gear VR Innovator Edition were announced, and an entirely new device -- the Project Beyond camera -- debuted. It wasn't all hardware news, however. Samsung's Flow software platform is accessible to developers today, and allows users to easily move between devices.

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Obama’s Call for Net Neutrality Sets Up Fight Over Rules

Obama’s Call for Net Neutrality Sets Up Fight Over Rules | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Virtually everyone agrees that some rules written to regulate telephone service should not apply to the Internet but there are disagreements about what rules should survive.
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President Obama has urged Tom Wheeler, right, chairman of the F.C.C., to reclassify broadband Internet service to treat it more like a utility.

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OriginGPS Launches World’s Smallest GPS Module

OriginGPS Launches World’s Smallest GPS Module | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it

The New Nano Spider Breaks the Size Barrier to Provide Real-Time Positioning Data for Ultra-Compact Applications with a 47 Percent Smaller Size. 


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Wrist Drones, Robotic Hands, Smart Pendants: The Future of Wearable Tech Has Arrived

Wrist Drones, Robotic Hands, Smart Pendants: The Future of Wearable Tech Has Arrived | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
On Monday, Intel announced the winners of its Make It Wearable contest. The top wearable? Nixie, a quadcopter camera that flies off your wrist to take your picture, like a selfie on steroids.
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 What each wearable has in common is that it was developed using Intel’s Edison computer-on-a-chip prototyping platform.  A panel of seven judges from the technology, retail, and fashion worlds evaluated dozens of entries, picked 10 finalists, and then selected first, second, and third place winners, who divided $800,000 in funding between them. 

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The Internet of Things will cost companies more than they're ready for

The Internet of Things will cost companies more than they're ready for | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it

GThough the Internet of Things era has only just started, it may already be broken.


Like generals fighting the last war instead of the next one, many companies working to build the Internet of Things seem to be stuck in the smartphone and tablet era, embracing approaches that will soon be obsolete, if they aren’t already.


Today, smartphones are powerful hubs surrounded by less intelligent objects. Each device is managed and operated from a few centralized data centers. This is not yet a major issue as devices currently last only a year or two before being decommissioned. The cost of managing data centers is limited in duration and underwritten by a constant flood of replacement devices with short lives.


Not so in the Internet of Things era: an LED lightbulb has an expected life of 20+ years; aircraft are expected to remain in service for decades; the average car on the road in the US is now more than a decade old.


Applying a centralized cloud-based business model to these devices will mean decades of expense without decades of associated revenue. At IBM we already see clients that are struggling with device-related services that have failed to meet revenue targets, but cannot be switched off for fear of angering an installed base....


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IBM's version of how to make the IoT work 

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, August 26, 2:01 AM

Here's a thoughtful look at the Internet of things and how a business needs to pivot in order to survive.

Jeff Domansky's curator insight, August 26, 10:53 AM

Here's an invaluable perspective for companies looking to jump into the wearable technology marketplace.

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Nest thermostat update drives efficiency, utility cost savings

Nest thermostat update drives efficiency, utility cost savings | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Nest has released an update to its smart thermostat software, offering a number of new features. Nest claims the update will help users save up to 6 percent on heating and cooling bills.
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"What the update is going to do, is it will learn from your preferences better. It is going to adjust better to the weather outside and the occupancy of the home. All-in-all, we are going to deliver 6%  more energy savings than what we were delivering with the previous auto schedule."

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Google’s Android Begins to Top Out

Google’s Android Begins to Top Out | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Google’s dominance over the smartphone landscape appears to be topping out, but the company is gaining more control over the devices that run its Android mobile operating system.
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“Android’s global smartphone market share is peaking,” said Neil Mawston, executive director of Strategy Analytics. “Unless there is an unlikely collapse in rival Apple iPhone volumes in the future, Android is probably never going to go much above the 85% global market share ceiling.”

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Five ways Samsung can overhaul its ailing smartphone business

Five ways Samsung can overhaul its ailing smartphone business | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Hyun-Joon Kim
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Here are the 5 Suggestions from CNET

1. Cut back on the # of  models

2. Partner more closely with the local companies in key markets such as China and India

3. Focus more on software and services 

4. Figure out it's end goal

5. Move faster but don't panic

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Lenovo closes deal to buy Motorola from Google

Lenovo announced Thursday it has completed its acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google, a move strengthening the Chinese giant's position in the smartphone market.
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By adding Motorola, Lenovo positions itself among the top global smartphone makers behind Samsung and Apple.  Lenovo will operate the Chicago-based headquarters and adding some 3,500 employees, including 2,800 in the United States.

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Comcast: Broadband battleground

Comcast: Broadband battleground | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Ralph Roberts, the 94-year-old co-founder of Comcast, was seriously ill last year, spending 85 days in bed after being stricken by double pneumonia. His son, Brian, Comcast’s chief executive, visited regularly to check on him and update him about
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Great business history of how Comcast came into being

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