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Nokia unveils low-cost Nokia X Android smartphone

Nokia unveils low-cost Nokia X Android smartphone | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Nokia took the wraps off its low-end Nokia X Android smartphone, which is priced around $122 and designed to regain Nokia's eroding position in developing markets.

Via Waseem Jabasini
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You just knew that someone was going to dive into the low end of the SmartPhone market, , Apple's dominance just got threatened again.  Remember the Disruptors Rule, Premium prices invite low cost competitors.

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Implementing an Internet of Things strategy - Information Age

Implementing an Internet of Things strategy - Information Age | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
In the latest Innovation Spotlight, Information Age explores the practicalities of implementing an IoT strategy with World Wide Technology
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Many companies, while aware of the power of the IoT, do not implement an effective IoT strategy. Ben Boswell, area vice president, Europe, at World Wide Technology discusses with Information Age in the latest Innovation Spotlight episode, how to implement an effective IoT strategy in the enterprise.

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Google buys another startup, Senosis, to turn smartphones into health monitoring devices 

Google buys another startup, Senosis, to turn smartphones into health monitoring devices  | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Google buys another startup, Senosis, to turn smartphones into health monitoring devices with no extra equipment required
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Primarily aimed at heart monitoring, it enables smartphones not just to monitor heart rates, but also blood makeup, such as haemoglobin counts.  The new acquisition would logically come under Google's parent company Alphabet's Verily subsidiary, which specialises in technology to help us live "longer and happier".  However, it appears that isn't the case, and it's as yet unclear whether the company will stand alone, become part of Google, or even join the firm's AI division DeepMind, which has its own healthcare interests, including the Streams patient data monitoring platform used in a number of London hospital departments.  Senosis Health is the brainchild of serial tech entrepreneur Shwetak Patel, whose last company, an energy sensor company called Zensi, was bought by Belkin, and won him a coveted MacArthur Genius Grant in 2011.  Patel has always been clear that he doesn't believe in the need for additional equipment beyond the smartphone for many body sensing techniques and so far his range of apps includes SpiroSmart, SpiroCall, HemaApp and OsteoApp. All are awaiting FDA approval.

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Android Things Developer Preview 5 is Now Available

Android Things Developer Preview 5 is Now Available | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Android Things is coming soon, and with that comes a new future in smart home technology and the potential for more out of your home.
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Android Things is Google’s take on the Internet of Things (IoT) initiative, wherein the objective is any standard electrical appliance can exchange data with others once supported. Following this, it’s Google’s attempt at a “smart home” operating system. The idea of having Android Things is that we can expand our list of smart devices, and thanks to it being Android, have a sense of familiarity with it wherever it goes. A smart fridge running Android Things could still in theory use adb, still be understood by Android app developers and has the added benefit of being able to connect to any other Android Things or Android device with full cross compatibility. It is basically a stripped down version of Android, aimed at slightly more capable devices than the likes of smart lights. Devices it may be used in are dishwashers, smart TVs, and alarm clocks. It is also aimed at being used in security systems, such as CCTV cameras.

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Samsung India launches first Internet of Things-enabled washer-dryer

Samsung India launches first Internet of Things-enabled washer-dryer | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Samsung FlexWash will be available at Samsung outlets and other major retailers from 15 August and will be priced at Rs1.45 lakh
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Samsung India, the local arm of South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, announced the launch of its first Internet of Things or IoT-enabled washer-dryer on Friday.  The new product, called FlexWash, will be available at Samsung outlets and other major retailers from 15 August and will be priced at Rs1.45 lakh.

The FlexWash comes with two drums—a 3.5kg top load and a 21kg drum at the bottom—to give consumers the flexibility to choose different wash cycles simultaneously.  It also uses three concepts that Samsung has created called EcoBubble, Bubble Soak and Vibration Reduction Technology. While the first two make the machine more effective in creating foam for faster and more effective cleaning, the last one is aimed at making it noiseless.  Samsung’s new machines can also be operated remotely using its Smart Control app since they are IoT enabled. The firm is ready to adopt IoT across its product portfolio, it said in a statement.  “This is an all-in-one washing machine which gives you three unique benefits – flexibility (two drums), performance benefits (EcoBubble, Bubble Wash, vibration reduction) and a smart connect (IoT),” Samsung India’s director of consumer electronics, Rishi Suri, said in an interview at a press conference on Friday.

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​Toyota, Intel, Ericsson, NTT form connected car big data consortium

​Toyota, Intel, Ericsson, NTT form connected car big data consortium | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The Automotive Edge Computing Consortium will propose standards, best practices, and architecture to connect big data from autos to the cloud.
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The Automotive Edge Computing Consortium includes Denso, Ericsson, Intel, NTT, NTT Docomo, and Toyota. The consortium is aiming to build an ecosystem revolving around connected car data.  This data will ultimately connect to cloud computing networks to support real-time maps, driving assistance and other services. The Automotive Edge Computing Consortium will focus on new architectures to support what's expected to be 10 exabytes a month from connected cars.  Networking between the cloud and automobiles will be a focus and the group plans to propose standards, best practices, and architecture plans.

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Airbus Testing Health Monitoring For A320 Avionics Fans

Airbus Testing Health Monitoring For A320 Avionics Fans | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Vibration monitoring could help head off in-service failures.
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Airbus is testing a health-monitoring system for A320 avionics bay fans that have been triggering in-service issues, including diversions, due to premature bearing failures.  Word of the system comes in an Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) report an EasyJet A320 diversion this past January. The aircraft, 1.5 hrs. into a flight from Paphos, Greece, to London Gatwick, was diverted to Athens when the flight crew detected a “whirring noise,” vibration from below the cockpit, and “a distinct electrical burning smell,” the AAIB report details. The culprit: a seized cooling extractor fan due to a bearing failure. Airbus and supplier UTC Aerospace Systems (Hamilton Sundstrand) have introduced improvements, including swapping ceramic bearings for the original steel bearings. “Despite the change to ceramic bearings, although better than the conventional bearings, they remain the parts in the fan assembly which tend to wear first and are the main failure mode,” 

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Microsoft dismisses Consumer Reports’ Surface complaints

Microsoft dismisses Consumer Reports’ Surface complaints | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Microsoft says it respectfully disagrees with Consumer Reports’ findings on its Surface range of laptops and tablets. Consumer Reports has removed its "recommended" badge from Microsoft’
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Microsoft says it respectfully disagrees with Consumer Reports’ findings on its Surface range of laptops and tablets. Consumer Reports has removed its “recommended” badge from Microsoft’s entire lineup of Surface PCs because the hardware was found to be less reliable than other PC brands. In a surprise reportConsumer Reports surveyed 90,000 tablet and laptop owners and found roughly 25 percent of Surface users have encountered issues by the end of the second year of ownership.

Microsoft disagrees with Consumer Reports’ findings, and Surface chief Panos Panay says the company stands “firmly behind the quality and reliability of the Surface family of devices.” In a blog post, Panay says the Consumer Reports survey is disappointing. “While we respect Consumer Reports, we disagree with their findings,” says Panay. “In the Surface team we track quality constantly, using metrics that include failure and return rates — both our predicted 1-2-year failure and actual return rates for Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book are significantly lower than 25 percent.”

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HBO Hacker Leaks Message From HBO Offering $250,000 ‘Bounty Payment’

HBO Hacker Leaks Message From HBO Offering $250,000 ‘Bounty Payment’ | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The HBO hacker has struck yet again. Variety has obtained a copy of another message released Thursday by the anonymous hacker to select journalists in which HBO is apparently responding to the initial video letter that was sent informing the Time Warner-owned company of the massive data breach.
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Variety has obtained a copy of another message released Thursday by the anonymous hacker to select journalists in which HBO is apparently responding to the initial video letter that was sent informing the Time Warner-owned company of the massive data breach. The message from HBO, dated July 27, features the network’s offer to make a “bounty payment” of $250,000 as part of a program in which “white hat IT professionals” are rewarded for “bringing these types of things to our attention.” It also opened the possibility that a $250,000 payment would be enough to appease the hacker and avert the kind of leak that impacted other companies, from Sony to Netflix.  The message also implores the hacker to extend a ransom-payment deadline for one week while the $250,000 payment is made and the necessary amount of bitcoin can be secured. “You have the advantage of having surprised us,” the message reads. “In the spirit of professional cooperation, we are asking you to extend your deadline for one week.”

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Microsoft Laptops & Tablets Not Recommended by Consumer Reports

Results of a recent Consumer Reports? subscriber survey show poor predicted reliability for Microsoft laptops and tablets compared to most other brands
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Now this is definitely not a good thing for Microsoft, getting a really bad review from Consumer Reports, it's almost the equivalent of having 60 Minutes interview your company's CEO and they acted like an idiot during the interview.  

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How the hospitality industry will profit from the IoT

How the hospitality industry will profit from the IoT | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The hospitality industry is well positioned to benefit from the IoT. That’s because the IoT is poised to improve the customer experience while also reducing costs.
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The IoT is more significant than just adding connectivity to existing products or services. In fact, it is about changing the way products and services deliver value. In the process, products are becoming services, and services are becoming more intelligent.  

The hospitality industry is not immune to this evolution, and, in fact, it is well positioned to benefit from IoT. That’s because the industry is poised to improve the customer experience while simultaneously reducing costs.

The modern hotel room is far from modern in that it is mostly disconnected. Hotel operations rely on property management systems that require mostly manual entries to track resources. Much of this work centers around the front desk — a once-critical part of the hotel stay that is on the verge of obsolescence.

IoT: Taking the Temperature

Many hotels already use IoT to control in-room thermostats. By switching to a connected thermostat, hotels can adjust room temperatures at check-in and checkout. The connected thermostat eliminates the cost of cooling or heating vacant rooms. It also reduces the likelihood of marring the first impression of a room with an uninviting, uninhabitable temperature.

Taking heating and cooling a bit further, when hotels combine the thermostat with other sensors, the air conditioning can turn off automatically when a guest opens a window or balcony door. Another opportunity is to tie in automated window coverings that can mitigate temperature swings due to afternoon sunshine. Time of day or temperature sensors could activate these environmental adjustments.

Too much automation can make guests uncomfortable, however, so algorithms could differ depending on whether or not the guest is in the room. This development requires occupancy detection, which could provide several additional benefits.

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IoT-device swarm intelligence: Think about security before it's too late

IoT-device swarm intelligence: Think about security before it's too late | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Researchers warn that security is historically an afterthought. With everything from thermostats to drones likely belonging to IoT-device swarms in the near future, that's not wise.
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Learn from past mistakes

As exciting as IoT-device swarm intelligence seems, Vahidalizadehdizaj, Jadav, Tao, and Qiu are concerned; they feel we have not learned from past mistakes when it comes to emergent technologies. "We tend to think about security issues after the technology becomes popular," write the co-authors. As evidence, the team's paper refers to cloud computing and all the after-the-fact effort required to secure the technology.

The Pace University team members are wondering if the following issues may be overlooked once again:

  • Device authentication/identification: Identifying and authenticating IoT devices comprising the swarm.
  • Confidentiality and integrity: Protecting and allowing only authorized methods of manipulating the data.
  • Service availability: Only authorized personnel have access, and access is not maliciously denied.
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Intel Announces 18-Core i9 CPU Specs Ahead of AMD Theadripper Launch

Intel Announces 18-Core i9 CPU Specs Ahead of AMD Theadripper Launch | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Intel is adding core counts to its Core i9 lineup in a major way, with 12-core chips shipping in
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Intel is still pricing these cores substantially above what AMD delivers on a per-core basis, with $1,999 buying an 18-core Intel chip compared with the Threadripper 1950X, which will deliver 16 cores at $999. As for how they’ll perform in comparison to one another, we’ll have to wait and see.

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Sierra Wireless to acquire Numerex to boost IoT capabilities

Sierra Wireless to acquire Numerex to boost IoT capabilities | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Sierra Wireless is boosting its IoT portfolio with the acquisition of Numerex. Numerex will become a subsidiary of Sierra Wireless
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According to Clive Longbottom, analyst at IT research company Quocirca, vendors such as Sierra Wireless have needed to differentiate themselves and IoT was the obvious place to go.

“There is a major need for M2M capabilities in both the wired and wireless environments. Sierra seems to be at the forefront of making such a transformation: its acquisitions are creating a reasonably comprehensive and interesting portfolio for the IoT,” he said.  “We will have to see how much further through the IoT stack Sierra decides that it needs to go – and whether it will do this through further acquisitions or through strategic partnerships with those providing full business analytics, AI, deep learning and so on,” he added, before suggesting that Sierra could also choose to go further down into the device arena, even though Numerex has some device capability, particularly in its tank systems.  “I would suggest that anything much further [in the device space] would be predominantly through partnerships with the likes of Honeywell, GE and others who have a long history there,” 

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Telit Communications chief fired after fraud allegations

Telit Communications chief fired after fraud allegations | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Telecoms company dismisses Oozi Cats after investigators found an Uzi Katz was named as fugitive defendant in US in 1990s
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The chief executive of a London telecoms company has been fired after it alleged that he had been lying about his true identity for at least 17 years and was on the run from US police.

Oozi Cats, 56, was dismissed on Monday by Aim-listed Telit Communications after the company’s private investigators found that he was in fact Uzi Katz, named by Boston’s district court as a “fugitive defendant” wanted in connection with an alleged 1990s property scam. Telit, which has lost more than half of its stock market value over the past week, said there was considerable anger that Cats had sought to hide his past from the company he had worked at since 2000.  Cats, who has earned £18m from Telit since 2009 and is understood to live at the company’s expense in a villa on the grounds of a 12th-century castle on the outskirts of Rome, did not respond to requests for comment. Lawyers said to be representing Cats also failed to respond to requests for comment.

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Fighting pollution from the 'cloud': How Microsoft helps companies track carbon emissions

Fighting pollution from the 'cloud': How Microsoft helps companies track carbon emissions | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Microsoft is doing its part in making the earth pollution free by offering companies an environment-friendly platform called 'Smart Energy Azure Demonstration' that can help firms track their energy emissions on a nearly real-time basis. Available on its Cloud computing service Azure, Microsoft's 'green' platform uses technology from WattTime—a US-based company that brings clean energy to Internet Of Things (IoT) and buildings —which uses data from the power grid operators around the country and allow companies to track carbon emissions. 
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Microsoft is doing its part in making the earth pollution free by offering companies an environment-friendly platform called 'Smart Energy Azure Demonstration' that can help firms track their energy emissions on a nearly real-time basis.  Available on its Cloud computing service Azure, Microsoft's 'green' platform uses technology from WattTime—a US-based company that brings clean energy to Internet Of Things (IoT) and buildings —which uses data from the power grid operators around the country and allow companies to track carbon emissions. 

"Microsoft's partnership with WattTime will give power users the freedom to choose when and potentially where they want their electricity to come from," TexasMonthly website quoted Rob Bernard, Microsoft's Chief Environmental and Cities Strategist, as saying.   "For the first time, customers can know the carbon footprint of the power generator that will be tapped when they flip on a switch. This allows customers to optimize when and where they use power in order to reduce their emissions," 

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Do Your Customers Really Want a ‘Smart’ Version of Your Product? 

Do Your Customers Really Want a ‘Smart’ Version of Your Product?  | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
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Here are five questions I’d urge consumer product companies to ask themselves before committing to smart products:

  • Does this feature solve a real problem? So far, most connected products have been solutions in search of problems to solve.
  • Do my customers genuinely want this? Don’t assume everyone is clamoring for connectivity just because it’s all over the news. Talk to your customers, and listen to what they say.
  • Have I fully weighed the economics involved? Software in its current state creates opportunities, as well as many new expenses.
  • Should I keep the work in-house or outsource it? We began by outsourcing the work but found ourselves being charged for every detail. But doing it in-house is a huge commitment. Weigh the ramifications of both options.
  • Can I ensure a good customer experience? Be prepared to deal with your customers in an entirely new way. They’ll have different levels of technological expertise, and they’ll have questions that can only be answered by people who really understand the technology—and who may speak an entirely different language than other employees at your company.
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BlackBerry hopes to power internet of things

BlackBerry hopes to power internet of things | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
JAKARTA -- For a decade or so before the market for touchscreen smartphones took off around 2010, BlackBerry's hand-held communication devices were ub
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After several recent failed attempts to launch new phones and operating systems to compete against Apple, Google and Samsung Electronics products, the company that "made the modern cellphone," as BlackBerry's CEO John Chen puts it, is hoping to become the main supplier of secure applications and software for the next generation of internet-linked devices -- the much- touted "internet of things" -- from web-connected self-driving cars to "smart" domestic appliances that are expected to take off over the coming decade.  "It's going to be very much driven by securing end-point communications," Chen told the Nikkei Asian Review. "We want to be the number one secure communications in IoT. We have signed a deal with Ford for seven years to help them build their next generation cars."  Chen told an event in Jakarta organized by the American and Canadian chambers of commerce that using BlackBerry technology means "you can never be eavesdropped on."

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How Startups Can Capitalize on IoT's New Co-Economy

How Startups Can Capitalize on IoT's New Co-Economy | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Collaboration is no longer an option.
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Co-innovatin is easy to want, but hard to do.  While 95 percent of startups say they want to develop long-term corporate partnerships, according to a recent BCG study, only 57 percent of them have done so. Co-innovation between a startup and a large enterprise can be tricky. Differences in size, culture, expectations and behavior often get in the way of a truly collaborative and productive partnership. Another recent study found that half of startups that do work with corporations rate these experiences as mediocre or worse. This dismal record is not because corporations do not value the contributions of their startup partners -- 82 percent said their interactions with startups were somewhat important to very important, and almost a quarter of them viewed their startup relationships as mission critical.

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Mercedes-Benz gets reality check from Tesla owners after asking fans if they want electric cars

Mercedes-Benz gets reality check from Tesla owners after asking fans if they want electric cars | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Mercedes-Benz’s company-owned retail network in the UK took to Twitter to ask its followers if they would consider buying an electric car. The automaker, which recently discontinued its only …
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Mercedes-Benz used to offer an all-electric version of its B-Class which they never actually tried to sell. The vehicle, which had a Tesla powertrain, was treated as a compliance car by the German automaker.  Nonetheless, it was the brand’s only offering in the segment and now it’s gone. To be fair, they plan to reenter the segment in a more important way with their first electric vehicles built from the ground up to be electric instead of converting an existing model.Those new vehicles are coming starting in 2019 with an all-electric SUV under their new EQ sub-brand. Now Mercedes-Benz’s retail arm ask if people would even consider those cars:  The brand got over 400 responses and they overwhelming were positive about EVs.  A surprising number of responses were from former Mercedes owners telling the company that they already switched to a Tesla because they were too slow to move into all-electric vehicles:

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Air Force secretary: We're 'too small for the missions' expected of us

Air Force secretary: We're 'too small for the missions' expected of us | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
At a time when North Korea tensions are escalating, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson is warning about readiness.
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"The United States Air Force is too small for the missions that the nation is expecting of it. And as a result, we are stretched very thin," Heather Wilson told CNBC in an interview that aired Thursday.

"We've asked to increase the end-strength in the United States Air Force, but we're also putting money into immediate readiness, and then medium and long-term modernization."  Wilson said the Air Force has "turned the corner" in the 2018 budget proposal on "trying to restore" readiness."  The Air Force said it requested a top-line budget of $132.4 billion for investments, including more airmen, readiness, nuclear deterrence operations and cyber capabilities.  Earlier this year, the White House proposed an additional $54 billion in military spending, which would represent a nearly 10 percent increase overall for defense to $603 billion.

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Aim-listed Telit CEO requests leave amid probe into fraud allegations

Aim-listed Telit CEO requests leave amid probe into fraud allegations | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
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Internet-of-things specialist Telit Communications has said its chief executive will take a leave of absence while it investigations allegations he is a fugitive from a fraud indictment in the US. On Tuesday morning Telit said that its board of directors had “appointed independent solicitors to conduct a thorough review of this matter.” It added that the board had agreed to Oozi Cats’ own request for a leave of absence while the lawyers probe the allegations. A report in Italy’s il Fatto Quotidiano suggested that Mr Cats was indicted by the district court in Boston, Massachusetts in 1992 on counts of wire fraud. Shares in the company, which was valued at more than £500m on London’s junior AIM exchange earlier this year after it rode a wave of investor excitement about Iot technology, fell by a third on Wednesday morning. Telit sells hardware that it says enables devices from concrete-mixer trucks to parking meters to communicate wirelessly. Its share price hit an all time high of 375p in April, having more than quadrupled in the preceding three years.

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Tesla has been working on a backup plan in case its self-driving promises fail

Tesla has been working on a backup plan in case its self-driving promises fail | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Tesla has quietly developed a new hardware suite with more computing power to help achieve its goal of full automation, according to Electrek. The updated onboard computer, dubbed "HW 2.5,
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Tesla has quietly developed a new hardware suite with more computing power to help achieve its goal of full automation,  according to Electrek. The updated onboard computer, dubbed “HW 2.5,” would seem to contradict the previous vow by Tesla CEO Elon Musk that all vehicles released since October 2016 would have the hardware necessary to achieve “full self-driving capabilities.”   Last year, Musk promised that once Tesla’s Autopilot system had accumulated enough real-world telemetry and data, the company would push out an over-the-air software update to all Tesla vehicles to enable full autonomy. The announcement conjured up a fantastical vision of Musk flipping a switch to suddenly transform all of the Tesla vehicles on the road into self-driving robots. Now it appears that Tesla is hedging its bets by holding this new hardware suite in the wings in the off-chance its current system proves inadequate.  On its website and in its dealerships, Tesla offers the option of “full self-driving capability” for $48 a month or $4,000 after delivery for the Model S. “Please note that Self-driving functionality is dependent on extensive software validation and regulatory approval, which may vary widely by jurisdiction,” the automaker notes on its website.

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How to save a cool $100 million. Each year.

How to save a cool $100 million. Each year. | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Manufacturers are moving past data generation—to data crunching. Wading into the‘data swamp’
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Manufacturers are moving past data generation—to data crunching. Wading into the‘data swamp’ - A major aerospace equipment manufacturer struggled to balance supply and demand. The failure resulted in long lead times, high inventory, rising costs and an inability to meet customer demand. The manufacturer risked loss of market share.  The answer? Leveraging mounds of data the company already had—to identify problems during production, Steve Shepley, principal, manufacturing at Deloitte, said.“The value to the customer was in getting the product quicker,” he said.  The value to the manufacturer: delivery times reduced by 45%, total inventory reduced by 22% and production savings of $100 million a year.   The value might also come in preventing equipment failure.  In the last few years, GE’s aviation clients saw that some FAA-certified GE airplane engines were degrading at faster rates than expected, Jeremiah Stone, vice president and asset performance manager at GE Digital, said.

“That’s bad—you never want an engine to perform differently than expected,” he said.  Digging into the data revealed that the degradation was not due to manufacturing issues. Instead, the problems correlated with planes that frequently flew through the Far East, where there are high amounts of particulate pollution in the air, and the Middle East, which has an abundance of sand, Stone said. Those atmospheric conditions caused friction that led to faster-than-expected degradation of the fan blades.

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Apple reveals plans to put health records on the iPhone

Apple reveals plans to put health records on the iPhone | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The company aims to pull all healthcare information, such as labs and medications, into one place.

Via Skip Boykin, Esposito Christelle, Lionel Reichardt / le Pharmageek
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Unnamed sources told CNBC Apple is looking at startups in the cloud-hosting space to give it a foothold in healthcare. 

The company has already acquired personal health data startup Gliimpse, which has a secure platform for consumers to manage and share their own medical records.  The entrepreneur Anil Sethi, who built Gliimpse and sold it to Apple three years later, is now working at Apple. His title, according to his LinkedIn page, is Director, Apple Health.  More recently, Apple recruited Sumbul Desai, MD, from Stanford, where she has been involved in several successful digital projects. Apple executives have not released what role Desai will play, whether she might join the team working on ResearchKit, HealthKit and CareKit, or work on another project altogether.  Also, Apple insiders reportedly talked with people at The Argonaut Project, which is promoting the adoption of open standards for health information, and to "The Carin Alliance," an organization that advocates for giving patients a central role in controlling their own medical data.

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When Will the Tech Bubble Burst?

When Will the Tech Bubble Burst? | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Every decade experiences an unrealistic stock market mania, and it feels like we might be deep into one now.
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Three critical signals to watch for.

The first is regulation. The tech giants are seen today as monopolizing internet search and commerce, and they are angling to take over industries such as publishing and automobiles, raising alarms at antitrust agencies in Europe and the United States. Fear that new internet technologies are doing more to waste time and brainpower than to increase productivity has already provoked a backlash in China, where officials recently criticized online gaming as “electronic heroin.” A regulatory crackdown on tech giants as either monopolies or productivity destroyers could pop the allure of tech stocks.

The other signals are more familiar. Going back to the “nifty 50” stocks of the 1960s, nearly every big market mania ended after central banks tightened monetary policy and many people who had borrowed to get in the game found themselves in trouble. The dot-com bubble peaked in 2000, after the Federal Reserve had increased interest rates multiple times. The current boom will likewise be at risk if an increase in inflation compels the Fed to raise interest rates beyond the modest rise the market currently expects.

Finally, watch for tech earnings to start falling short of analyst forecasts. The dot-com boom was driven in part by increasingly optimistic predictions for technology company earnings, and it imploded when earnings started to miss badly. Investors realized then that their expectations about profits from the internet revolution had become unreal.  Of course, no two booms will unfold exactly the same way. We are now eight years into this bull market, making it the second longest in history, behind only the run-up of the late 1990s. No bull market lasts forever, and while it is clear that we are entering the late stages of this cycle, it is impossible to say whether this moment is like 1999, or 1998 — or earlier.

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Global M2M, IoT & Wearable Technology Ecosystems Market 2017 : Nike, Northwest Analytics, Google, Adidas, Samsung, Sony 

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Producers Analysis and Top Sellers of Global M2M, IoT & Wearable Technology Ecosystems Market 2017 :
1. Motorola Solutions
2. Nike
3. Google
4. Adidas
5. Samsung
6. Sony
7. Zephyr Technology
8. AGT International
9. Carriots
10. Cisco
11. Davra Networks
12. Flutura
13. IBM
14. ILS Technology
15. Maven Systems
16. Northwest Analytics
17. SAP

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