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Wondering What Happened to the Venerable PC? It turned into a Steam Box

Wondering What Happened to the Venerable PC? It turned into a Steam Box | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Last night, Valve announced and showed off a collection of 13 different third-party Steam Boxes at its CES event. What Valve didn't do was rank them for you.
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This rather cheeky critique of these Steam Boxes - an up-powered version of the PC that runs on the Steam OS - (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steam_Machine). If you think about it Windows 8, (which we dislike almost as much as we did Vista), was such an utter failure for the market that it prompted more to enter into the OS space - and heretofore the relatively unknown Valve Corporation. Some will say we already know about this, but I can bet you that just about everyone else hasn't who isn't a gaming / high performance power user has yet to hear of it.
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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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SHOCK and AWS: The fall of Amazon's deflationary cloud

SHOCK and AWS: The fall of Amazon's deflationary cloud | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Just as Jeff Bezos did to books and CDs, Amazon's rivals are now doing to it
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Amazon Web Services takes a major hit when Google cut cloud prices by up to 53 per cent across parts of its Google Compute Engine infrastructure, undercutting Amazon. and MSFT followed suit dropping their cloud prices, forcing Amazon to do the same.  And the Winner is the Consumer -   Yaaayyy

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HP Drops $50M on Hortonworks' Hadoop - Big Data support

HP Drops $50M on Hortonworks' Hadoop - Big Data support | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
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Big Move for HP in the IoT:  The open-source Apache Hadoop is a framework for processing large data sets. It is intended to provide insights into large stores of structured and unstructured data.  HP and Hortonworks will integrate their engineering strategies and work together to enable HP customers to deploy the Hortonworks Data Platform as the Hadoop component of HP HAVEn.  The HP CTO joins Hortonworks Board to assist in integration and development work

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Another Failure of the IoT Market: Belkin’s Smartphone-Controlled Crock-Pot

Another Failure of the IoT Market: Belkin’s Smartphone-Controlled Crock-Pot | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
“OMG, you’re such a nerd.”
That’s the response I got from my brother when I told him I was testing a smartphone-controlled Crock-Pot this week. But I couldn’t have been more excited.
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This review and the one for the  smartphone-controlled coffee makers: is that you’re paying a premium for a device that doesn’t offer much benefit over a regular slow cooker." - We take major issue with companies that design like this - the use case doesn't show a value add for consumers / buyers- this is kitsch and not very good- it solves no real problems.  The Lesson: May we suggest some process improvement professionals be included on the design team next time?

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Samsung and Digital Signage

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

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

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

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Product Development Lessons from "Coolest Cooler"

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

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

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

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


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

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Comcast May Have Quietly Acquired Skydog WiFi Router Maker PowerCloud Systems

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

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MakerBot Comes To Select Home Depot Stores

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

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

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


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

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

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

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Apple Inc. Good, Bad, and Worse News

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

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

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

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

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


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Apple Doubles Down on Personalized Radio With Swell Acquisition

Apple Doubles Down on Personalized Radio With Swell Acquisition | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
If that $3 billion acquisition of Beats didn't have you convinced, Apple is getting serious about the radio business.
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Recent study found that iTunes Radio is now the 3rd most popular streaming service out there, it has nothing on Pandora’s traction. Not accustomed to being beaten at its own game, Apple is now putting its full heft behind building a better streaming service. - the possible Swell deal—valued at $30 million—suggests Apple is approaching the space from all angles, targeting not just music, but podcasting as well. Swell lets users personalize their podcasts based on their interests and learns more about them based on the podcasts they skip or listen to.

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Will police body cams change the face of law enforcement?

Will police body cams change the face of law enforcement? | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Alleged police brutality caught on camera in New York and Los Angeles has prompted public outcry for better police officer training. But in some cases, authorities say the full story isn't always shown. As Teri Okita explains, police departments are responding to social media with some high-tech tools of their own.
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Wearable tech helps everyone to act better. Drops in claims of police brutality, when folks know they are on camera. Even the ACLU endorses the body cameras.  - This is another excellent use case of where issues are being resolved by the use of wearable tech.  

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Jimmy Kimmel proves that we’ll buy iWatch just because it’s made by Apple

Jimmy Kimmel proves that we’ll buy iWatch just because it’s made by Apple | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Jimmy Kimmel is messing with Americans again. This time, he passed off a $20 Casio watch as the upcoming Apple iWatch.
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The Power of Brand recognitionWhen asked what they liked about the (fake Apple) smartwatch, (a Casio with an Apple sticker on the back)  the majority said they liked that it was from Apple. “If it’s Apple it’s good, right?”  

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Apple, Samsung lose ground in cooling tablet market

Apple, Samsung lose ground in cooling tablet market | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Apple and Samsung have lost ground in the tablet computer market as growth cools in the once-hot segment, the research firm IDC said Thursday.
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The biggest gains came from China's Lenovo, which boosted its market share to 4.9 percent on 67 percent sales growth. Taiwan-based Asus, which makes some Google-branded tablets, saw its market share edge up to 4.6 percent. "The market is still being impacted by the rise of large-screen smartphones and longer than anticipated ownership cycles,


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Hidden network packet sniffer found in millions of iPhones, iPads

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

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2nd Generation Six Sigma the Breakdown (at Samsung)

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

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

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

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Samsung acts on child labor allegations, suspends business with supplier

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

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Netflix CEO explains why he’s trashing your ISP

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

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

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

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

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

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Internet Of Things: Shifting From Proprietary To Standard

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

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

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