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Bose SoundTouch Is a Simple, Sonos-Like Wireless Music System

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Meet Bose SoundTouch, a combination of hardware and software aimed at making the easiest, most seamless wireless music system ever. It's a direct shot at Sonos's excellent system from one of the most recognizable names in consumer audio.


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More on the Bose SoundTouch that others have tried to do, it's good to see that Bose made a stab at this, it is more likely going to be successful in getting adoption / acceptance of the wireless music throughout the home than others due to the fact that it's married to an actual product that people already like.....One of the strategies for successful adoption a new tech (when attempting to move up the S-curve of adoption) is to marry it with another technology that is already being accepted by the marketplace. 

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The ability to stream your music all over the house looks fantastic.
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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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Sony's Smartphone Success Demands Marketshare Is Sacrificed

Sony's Smartphone Success Demands Marketshare Is Sacrificed | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Sony's Android handsets have proven to be well received by the critics, but sales are not backing up the reviews. With the Mobile Division's lower than expected results dragging down Sony's overall financial performance, the Japanese company is rethinking its approach to the smartphone market.
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Not an entirely bad approach

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BlackBerry will pay you to dump your iPhone for a Passport

BlackBerry will pay you to dump your iPhone for a Passport | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
BlackBerry will basically pay you $50 to trade in your iPhone 6 for a BlackBerry Passport.
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Instead of mobile carriers, now it's the hardware providers giving incentives to buyers to switch to their offerings

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What is the Internet of Things (IoT)

What is the Internet of Things (IoT) | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Is hype for the Internet of Things (IoT) justified? Learn how IoT data can be analyzed to complete tasks, answer questions and predict future scenarios.
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  • Intelligent transport solutions speed up traffic flows, reduce fuel consumption, prioritize vehicle repair schedules, and save lives.
  • Smart electric grids more efficiently connect renewable resources, improve system reliability and charge consumers based on smaller usage increments.
  • Remote health care monitoring provides convenient access to health care, raising its quality and reach, and saving money.
  • Sensors in homes and airports, or even shoes and doors, improve security by sending signals when they are unused for a certain period of time – or if they are used at the wrong time.
  • Machine monitoring sensors diagnose – and predict – pending maintenance issues, near-term part stockouts, and even prioritize maintenance crew schedules for repair equipment and regional needs.
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FCC Airwaves to be Sold for over $34 billion

FCC Airwaves to be Sold for over $34 billion | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The Federal Communications Commission auctioned a wireless spectrum license. The FCC Airwaves are part of the highest auction in the commission's history.
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The auction has currently reached $34 billion, 3X more than the last auction conducted by the FCC, back in 2008.

One of the main reasons behind the large amount of cash that companies are willing to pay for these airwaves is the explosive popularity of devices that use wireless connections, reported in the last few years. Bids are expected to go even higher, since the auction does not have an end date and might go on for days or even weeks.- Out of the six blocks of airwaves, two are in the 1695 to 1710 megahertz band, while the other four are between frequencies of 1755 to 1780 megahertz and also 2155-2180 megahertz.  Higher frequencies are not as liked by the public because they usually have problems with passing buildings. However, they have the ability to carry a lot of data, that being a really important factor when it comes to wireless broadband and the new devices that are expected in the IoT, IoE, IIoT and M2M space

 

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10 big predictions for The Internet of Things and M2M Industry 2014

10 big predictions for The Internet of Things and M2M Industry 2014 | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
10 big predictions for The Internet of Things and M2M Industry 2014

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Multiple takes, worthwhile read

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Samsung's Video Streaming Alternative: Meet Milk Video

Samsung's Video Streaming Alternative: Meet Milk Video | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Let's hope it's not another ho-hum Galaxy exclusive.
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"Milk Video is simply Samsung’s latest lukewarm attempt to break into the already crowded media landscape. Its previous try, Milk Music, still can't come close to music-streaming giants Pandora and Spotify. Milk Video begins life with no shortage of competitors either, from YouTube, DailyMotion and others, up to premium services like Netflix and Hulu.  Another concern with Milk Video: If it's following in Milk Music's footsteps, will it also start charging people for extras? The latter was completely free when it debuted too—in fact, Samsung made a big deal about reducing "pain points" for end users. Then just three months later, the company decided pain points weren't so bad. It began charging for extra features, asking users to cough up $3.99 per month for offline listening, unlimited song skipping and a sleep timer." 

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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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Wicked small

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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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Google Search Maybe Replaced By Bing Or Yahoo On Apple Devices In 2015

Google Search Maybe Replaced By Bing Or Yahoo On Apple Devices In 2015 | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
We all like to think of Apple and Google being at loggerheads. After all they are immortal enemies, right? Well, no not really, and it certainly has not al
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One way that Apple is taking back ground that it has previously ceded to Google.  Nothing is a sacred cow when it comes to competition 

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Google's gigabit-Internet service in Austin priced at $70 per month

Google's gigabit-Internet service in Austin priced at $70 per month | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The broadband service is already in Kansas City and Provo, Utah
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$300 one time construction fee, no monthly charge for 5Mbps download / 1Mbps upload (low end of tiered offerings). The tricked out plan will be priced at $130 per month. That includes the 1Gbps Internet service and 1TB cloud storage, as well as more than 150 TV channels and the ability to record up to 8 shows at once.  

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Intel Has 30% Upside

Intel Has 30% Upside | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Intel has a 3 ½ -year lead on rivals in chip-making technology, which should pay off in prolonged growth. A 2.7% yield adds to the stock’s allure.
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NOW THE BAD NEWS: Intel is on track to ship a promised 40 million tablet chips this year, versus just a million or so two years ago. But its mobile division will likely lose about $4 billion in the process. That’s partly due to “contra revenues,” which are effectively rebates to spur demand while Intel closes the cost gap to rivals on low-end multifunction chips. - Next year Intel expects the division’s loss to shrink by only $800 million. But by then, it expects to sell a full range of tablet chips, ranging from cheap models called SoFIA, which have integrated wireless function, to pricier Cherry Trail chips for zippy performance at low power. Analysts see the mobile unit achieving positive gross profit margins by 2016.

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Samsung demands NVIDIA sales ban in patent retort

Samsung demands NVIDIA sales ban in patent retort | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it

ilisonSamsung has shown it's not afraid to chase big legal injunctions when it believes its patents are at stake, and now it's NVIDIA facing a US sales block at the

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Here we go folks, round #2 of Silicon Patent Wars between NVIDIA and Samsung.  

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How Millennials Created the IoT Without Even Knowing

How Millennials Created the IoT Without Even Knowing | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The buzz surrounding the Internet of Things (IoT) has been constant, even if discordant.
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There are many reasons for this: Generation Y is connected by choice: the majority spend a minimum of 6 hours online a day and more than two-thirds of them, globally, have smartphones, according to a recent Telefónica study. Harshly impacted by the 2008 recession, rising property prices and increased student debt , Generation Y are also pioneers of the sharing economy and prone to renting, borrowing or sharing – instead of buying high-value assets. They also expect to interact with their service provider in an inherently digital way.

Unlike the boomers or Generation X before them, Generation Y is showing us an entirely new way to relate to the consumption and ownership of assets. From Zipcar to BMW to Mercedes, the pay-as-you-go model is becoming increasingly lucrative. The service model has been around for a while as Rolls Royce had all but stopped selling jet engines in the 1980s and has started selling “power by the hour” – a fixed cost service package over a fixed term.  A.K.A. Selling the functionality, also being seen in the Chromebook offering of Google giving 1TB with a new Chromebook purchase

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How Apple Wants Us To Use Its Watch

How Apple Wants Us To Use Its Watch | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
This week the Apple Watch made a big step towards reality, with the release of WatchKit for developers of watch apps. Hidden within a fairly mundane document are plenty of glimpses at how Apple envisions smartwatches fitting in with our lives.

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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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