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How Underdogs Can Win

How Underdogs Can Win | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Online version of the weekly magazine, with current articles, cartoons, blogs, audio, video, slide shows, an archive of articles and abstracts back to 1925
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A lengthy but worthwhile read from Malcom Gladwell - Bottom Line: Don't play by the other guys' rules and you can win 63.5% of the time, this is based on you and your firm's capability not necessarily the effort, and only in specific areas of your opponent's blind spots

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Yes, long story, but really interesting. Change the way the game is played, or the business is done, and you increase your chances of winning.

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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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Google Is Readying Its Own OS For Running the IoT

Google Is Readying Its Own OS For Running the IoT | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
It's a little late to the party, though things are still getting started.
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It's codenamed "Brillo" for now, though it emerge under the Android brand, reports The Information. It will be able to run on as little as 64MB or 32MB of RAM, with or without a screen.  -  Those minimum specs explain the need for a whole new OS for the fledgling Internet of Things—these lightweight, low-powered, low-cost devices don't have the processing oomph to run Android or iOS.   -  Anyone expecting a clean and open fight to become the dominant software provider is likely to be disappointed. At this point, in fact, the best we can hope for is that the companies' competing formats all decide to play nicely with one another. But where's the profit in that?

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Asus ZenFone 2 with Intel inside launches May 19 in U.S. for $299

Asus ZenFone 2 with Intel inside launches May 19 in U.S. for $299 | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Is it finally Intel's time to shine in mobile devices with an inexpensive off-contract phone that has 4 GB of memory and a quad-core Atom processor?
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Unless the phone vastly under-performs its potential, it represents a great value. It may not be quite up to par with the Samsung Galaxy S6, HTC One M9 or Nexus 6, for example, but it costs less than 1/2 of those handsets.  -  The ZenFone 2 also presents Intel with a chance to finally shine in mobile devices.

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PTC- Redesigning Itself, Products and Services for the IoT

PTC- Redesigning Itself, Products and Services for the IoT | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Nearly everyone agrees the Internet of Things will create unprecedented business opportunities that will dramatically change the way almost every industry operates. There is also universal agreement that the IoT will force organizations to rethink the fundamental nature of their products and services. One company that has become a leader in the rapidly evolving IoT market is PTC.
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PTC has recognized that a different type of product and service design process is required to fulfill the promise of IoT. In the brave new world of IoT, products and services must be connected, possess the ability to capture data securely, transmit commands to remote objects, operate at scale, and evolve quickly to keep pace with users' changing needs and expectations.  -  In the same way, traditional, or legacy, software was not designed to satisfy the more dynamic needs of today's enterprise application users. SLM and PLM independent software vendors now are being challenged to provide a new generation of solutions to satisfy the emerging demands of IoT.  -  PTC is making a big bet on the IoT opportunity. It wants to be in the forefront of helping organizations create smart products and services, systems and operations.  -  This means changing the way products and services are designed, so they can provide continuous feedback about how they actually are used. It also means developing more agile design systems and skills to quickly respond to changing customer and market requirements.

Recognizing that it would be very difficult to retool its own operations and retrain its existing staff to respond to the IoT demands, PTC has initiated a bold acquisition strategy to reposition the company.In January 2014 acquired ThingWorx, a small but quickly growin1g IoT platform provider, for US$112 million. ThingWorx's platform enables organizations to develop software applications that create, connect and track network-enabled products and services.  PTC last August acquired Axeda, a machine-to-machine IoT data lifecycle management company, for approximately $170 million. PTC's latest acquisition is Coldlight, a predictive analytics company, for $105 million.  While company executives admit they intend to make more acquisitions, they also are aggressively building a partner ecosystem and application marketplace to enhance their IoT capabilities and extend their reach into specific IoT market segments.   -  Because many of PTC's traditional customers are still trying to understand the business implications of IoT, the company also has embarked on an ambiguous thought-leadership campaign in conjunction with legendary corporate strategist Michael Porter, who authored the highly regarded book,Competitive Strategy.   -  PTC's efforts have quickly produced some impressive results. It reported that it is on pace to easily exceed its target of 200 new IoT customers during its current fiscal year. It has more than 1.5 million devices connected by its ThingWorx platform. It also has more than 160 partners worldwide, and is working with 250 university programs to train a new generation of IoT professionals.  

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Apple's HomeKit Gets Support From Broadcom’s IoT Platform

Apple's HomeKit Gets Support From Broadcom’s IoT Platform | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ:BRCM) has become the first company to launch an SDK that enables WiFi and Bluetooth Smart accessories to support Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) HomeKit platform.
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Broadcom has announced it is joining Apple’s HomeKit, its Internet of Things initiative. Broadcom Corporation now has confirmed its new Software Development Kit (SDK) for the IoT will now support HomeKit, making it the first company to do so.  -  The SDK will enable WiFi and Bluetooth Smart accessories to support HomeKit while Broadcom’s Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices (WICED) platform can now be used to by developers to create apps for HomeKit.

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Samsung formally launches Artik chips for the IoT

Samsung formally launches Artik chips for the IoT | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Samsung Electronics President Young Sohn says the products, which combine hardware and software, are a complete system for building devices that connect to the Internet.
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There are three variations of Artik: Artik 1, Artik 5 and Artik 10, with each subsequent chip packing in faster processing and more complex capabilities. The chips will range from less than $10 to less than $100,  Samsung Electronics president and chief strategy officer Young Sohn said, and will be aimed at everything from simple trackers to drones and smart-home hubs. Both the chips and the SmartThings Open Cloud are available today to be used in new Internet of Things devices.

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Yahoo Adds Apple Watch Analytics To Mobile Developer Suite

Yahoo Adds Apple Watch Analytics To Mobile Developer Suite | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Powered by Flurry Analytics, new data set offers real-time user behavior insights for Apple Watch apps.

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​Ubuntu jumps into Internet of Things with Acer, GE, and MSFT

​Ubuntu jumps into Internet of Things with Acer, GE, and MSFT | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Yes, you read the headline correctly. Microsoft and Canonical are partnering up on IoT.
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Yet another joins the fray of IoT.   That wasn't a typo. Canonical and Microsoft, which were already working together on bringingCanonical's Juju DevOps tools to Windows and bringing Windows Server to OpenStack, are working with DataArt on an IoT industrial predictive maintenance solution. It will combine the three companies' IoT, cloud, big data, machine learning, and Docker efforts. To integrate all of this they'll be using "Snappy" Ubuntu apps, DeviceHive, and Juju Charms. Microsoft will also use an Azure service to manage and capture machine data.


"With devices becoming smarter, smaller, and cost points dropping with increasing scale and demand, we are seeing exciting innovation in the IoT market," said Anko Duizer, Microsoft EMEA's Director Technical Evangelism & Development. "Smart industrial systems need secure information flow from and to millions of devices and systems to gain and act on data driven insights. DataArt, with their development of the DeviceHive platform, combines specialized technology and vertical expertise that can now be easily consumed via the Microsoft Azure Marketplace."

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The Internet Of Things On The Factory Floor

The Internet Of Things On The Factory Floor | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Stocks Analysis by Monty Guild covering: Splunk Inc, Cognex Corporation, Rockwell Automation Inc, Cisco Systems Inc. Read Monty Guild's Stocks Analysis on Investing.com
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How nations are engaging their industry to embrace the IoT for competitive advantage, mentioned China and US policies and support for IoT - still at a nascent stage.

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ASE to team up with TDK to churn out wearable device components

ASE to team up with TDK to churn out wearable device components | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Taipei, May 9 (CNA) Taiwan-based Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. (ASE,日月光), the world's largest integrated circuit packaging and testing services provider, has agreed to team up with Japanese electronics maker TDK Corp. to set up a joint venture to produce components for wearable and portable devices.
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ASE said that it will invest US$20.14 million in the joint venture to take a 51 percent stake in the new company, which will make IC embedded substrates utilizing TDK's SESUB technology.

ASE will pay US$19.35 million as a down payment for the royalty fees for the SESUB technology licensed by TDK.  Who has the strength in manufacturing inductive devices and magnetic heads for hard disk drives, it has developed its proprietary SESUB technology by taking advantage of its signature technologies in ultrafine processing and materials.  The company added that TDK's SESUB technology enables semiconductor chips to be thinned down and embedded in a four-layer plastic substrate.

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Google, Apple and Microsoft will be competing with existing systems and manufacturers such as...

Google, Apple and Microsoft will be competing with existing systems and manufacturers such as... | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
First we saw Rock Hudson's bachelor pad, which could dim the lights, drop a record on the turntable and convert the couch into a bed with the flip of a single switch, in the 1959 movie Pillow Talk.
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Google, Apple and Microsoft will be competing with existing systems and manufacturers such as:

• AT&T -- Digital Life

• ADT -- Pulse

• Comcast -- Xfinity Smart Home

• LG Appliances -- Smart ThinQ

• Lowe's -- Iris

• Samsung -- Smart Home

• Staples -- Connect Hub

• Time Warner Cable -- IntelligentHome

• Whirlpool -- Smart

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This $9 computer wants to 'work, play and everything in between'

This $9 computer wants to 'work, play and everything in between' | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
A $9 computer seeking crowd-funding right now is making waves in the technology world because of its promise of being able to do anything an ordinary computer could do, while still fitting with ease into the palm of your hand and carrying that low price.
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Named CHIP and developed by Next Thing Co, the tiny circuit board is described as "built for work, play, and everything in between." Clearly designed to draw on the success of the Raspberry Pi, CHIP is a remarkably powerful invention which wants to target everyone including "students, teachers, grandparents, children, artists, makers, hackers and inventors."   this, CHIP is surprisingly powerful. It has a 1GHz Allwinner A13 processor with 512MB of RAM which gives it enough performance to enable it to run its own tailored open-source distribution of a full Debian-based Linux operating system. Graphics come from a Mali400 GPU, often used in Android phones.

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Uber bids $3B for Nokia's answer to Google Maps

Uber bids $3B for Nokia's answer to Google Maps | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Taxi service Uber has submitted a $3bn bid for Nokia's map business HERE, the New York Times reported citing people with knowledge of the offer.
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Finland's Nokia said last month it had started a strategic review of HERE, a competitor to Google Maps, after announcing a planned takeover of network equipment rival Alcatel-Lucent SA.Uber is competing against a consortium of automakers, including BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz, the newspaper said, citing people with knowledge of the offer.The German automakers are teaming up with the Chinese search engine Baidu on the offer, while a private equity firm has submitted a separate bid, the report said, adding Nokia, whose shares rose 4.6pc by 0707 GMT, is expected to announce the sale of HERE by the end of May.Uber and Nokia declined comment.
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Canon Joins the AllSeen Alliance as Premier Member

Canon Joins the AllSeen Alliance as Premier Member | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
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Canon joins 11 premier members -- Electrolux, Haier, LG, Microsoft, Panasonic, Qualcomm Connected Experiences, Inc., Qeo, a Technicolor company, Sharp, Silicon Image, a Lattice Semiconductor company, Sony and TP-Link -- and more than 140 community members in the Alliance.

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Huawei's LiteOS looks to play central role in IoT

Huawei's LiteOS looks to play central role in IoT | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The new operating system can work on everything from wearables to connected vehicles, Huawei said during a press conference on Wednesday.
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Huawei's move is to profit from the software needs of those products. Unlike Intel and Samsung, which want to handle components, Huawei is most concerned with being the driver for connectivity through its LiteOS operating system. Indeed, the China-based company said on Wednesday during its press conference in Beijing that its Internet of Things offerings will cater to companies around the world.  -  To bolster its appeal to companies, Huawei also announced plans to build out its "Agile Network Architecture" to provide all of the infrastructure companies would need to build out connectivity in their devices. At the core of that effort are two services it's calling Agile IoT Gateway and Agile Controller. Those services, the company says, will reduce the workload that will be placed on wireless data networks that would need to accommodate the explosion in Internet-connected devices. Indeed, Huawei predicts that by 2025, 100 billion connections will be generated around the world.

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Apple acquires yet another navigation company in effort to bolster mapping services

Apple has purchased yet another company to bolster its mapping and navigation efforts. Coherent Navigation, a Bay Area firm working on high-accuracy GPS and navigation technologies, can now call...
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Apple has purchased yet another company to bolster its mapping and navigation efforts. Coherent Navigation, a Bay Area firm working on high-accuracy GPS and navigation technologies, can now call Apple home.  It is unclear whether the acquisition was primarily for talent or technology, but Coherent joins a long list of mapping and navigation startups that have been subsumed by Apple. That list includes Locationary, Embark, Hop Stop, WifiSLAM, and BroadMap.

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Test-drive the Toyota Mirai, the car that Elon Musk hates

Test-drive the Toyota Mirai, the car that Elon Musk hates | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
You expect a certain sort of magic from a car like Toyota's Mirai, the world's first mass-market, hydrogen-powered all-electric named after the Japanese word for "future." But behind the wheel of the four-door Mirai, which California drivers can buy in October for around $50,000, what you get is something much more, well, boring: a smooth, quiet, mid-size sedan you wouldn't find out of place in a school pick-up circle. And that's what makes it so fascinating.
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It will take only five minutes to refuel -- if you can find a hydrogen station.

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Good analysis on what is needed for hydrogen cell cars to become real.Key argument is the ability to refuel in 5 minutes and 300 miles range

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Google, Facebook Could Surpass Apple In the IoT Space: Maxim Group

Google, Facebook Could Surpass Apple In the  IoT Space: Maxim Group | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Maxim Group believes Google and Facebook are better positioned than Apple to perform in the Internet of Things arena.
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The analyst believes that Google’s top line numbers for calendar year 2015 (CY15) will beat the 11% year-over-year (YoY) growth rate forecast issued by the Street. Mr. Shokshi goes on to make his case by pointing out Google is about to increase its operating system (OS) market share in all three markets, i.e. computers, tablets, and smartphones, by 118%, 20%, and 3%, respectively.  The analyst also shares the anecdotes given by CEOs at the Global Technology Distribution Council (GTDC) held on May 7. Of those execs, one CEO pointed out that Google’s chromebooks are growing at the expense of the iPad.  The analyst believes that the Internet of Things could happen to be a threat to Apple in the long run. Maxim Group initiated its recommendation on Apple last month with a Hold rating and $144 price target. Mr. Chokshi is of the opinion that the most feasible route to monetize the IoT is through the synthesis of data streams instead of selling items at a premium pricing strategy, like Apple currently does.  The analyst said that both Facebook and Google have “advanced machine-learning technology algorithms, rich troves of personal-profile data, and more efficient data centers than what Apple has built.” On this basis, his stance is that Facebook and Google are in a better position to synthesize the existing data streams, than Apple

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Bosch CEO Remakes Company Around ‘IoT’

Bosch CEO Remakes Company Around ‘IoT’ | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Engineering giant Robert Bosch aims to connect all its appliances, electronics and tools via the Internet, embracing a leading role for the conglomerate in everything from “smart” homes, cars and factories.
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Unlike many German executives and politicians who see Google Inc. and Silicon Valley as threats, Mr. Denner says German manufacturers can learn from U.S. Internet companies. He has even ruffled feathers at home by joining a U.S.-led Internet initiative.  -  The American lesson for traditional German companies is “to increase speed” while adopting an “innovative spirit,” Mr. Denner said in a recent interview.  -  That means being more willing to make—and learn from—mistakes. If a company is “too execution-focused, based on thinking, analyzing and planning,” Mr. Denner said, “failure is usually not part of the story.” Some parts of Bosch have little tolerance for failure. But in areas linked to Internet technologies, he says, “it’s simply the standard.”

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GE steps up Cloud Foundry collaboration for industrial IoT

GE steps up Cloud Foundry collaboration for industrial IoT | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
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GE Software said it would launch its Industrial Dojo, which is an effort with the Cloud Foundry Foundation to teach developers core technologies, agile development and contributing code.  GE said it would work with Cloud Foundry developers to contribute open source code revolving around industrial messaging protocols. The partnership with Cloud Foundry is one way GE is looking to speed up software development for industrial applications and leverage the open source community.  -  GE Software's big focus is the so-called industrial Internet, which aims to connect various parts of industry and overlay intelligence and analytics. GE's primary effort is Predix, a software platform designed to manage and operate the industrial Internet. Predix is based on Pivotal Cloud Foundry.

In addition, GE said that it will work with Pivotal on what it calls a TCP Router that will connect machines and IT networks via non-HTTP protocols. GE will donate the code to the Cloud Foundry Foundation, which only supports HTTP protocols today.

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SAP turns Internet of Things for smarter manufacturing

SAP turns Internet of Things for smarter manufacturing | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The firm wants to streamline manufacturing processes and processes for the retail, chemical, and oil and gas industries
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SAP's aim is to derive intelligence out of information at different data points and develop protocols, which would further develop apps and functionalities in the manufacturing sector, Srikanth Gopalakrishnan, vice-president, product management, SAP Labs.  "We look to change the nature of businesses with the Internet of Things through experimentation," Gopalakrishnan said. "Manufacturing will be a main focus area," "The question is what could be added to the enterprise resource planning layer to transform business? We want to be a key player in that space," 

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Zappos revamps company structure

Zappos revamps company structure | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Online retailer Zappos is trying a new approach to management - holocracy. As Jericka Duncan reports, the system involves getting rid of job titles and decentralizing power.
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Holocracy a new management approach where self management and self organization take precedence over the old school approach to managing an organization, where role, contribution and merit count more than your title or position that you hold in the organization.   Zappos offered at least three months of severance to any employee who wanted to leave and buy-in to the new direction by the end of April, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday. Around 210 workers, or 14% of all 1,500 employees, accepted the offer. Interesting development in management to say the least.

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Cisco Making Preparations For Tackling IoT With Tropo Purchase

Cisco Making Preparations For Tackling IoT With Tropo Purchase | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Cisco has acquired Tropo, which provides cloud-based API platforms. Thanks to the acquisition, Cisco will be able to offer a 'collaboration platform-as-a-service.'
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Thanks to the acquisition, Cisco will be able to offer a "collaboration platform-as-a-service" (CPaaS). This, in turn, will enable both developers and consumers to sell and develop new communication services with negligible developmental effort.  "Tropo's robust APIs and its 200K+-strong developer network gives Cisco the ability to extend the power of its collaboration technologies to third-party applications and end-points,"   -  Tropo's technological prowess will allow developers to create apps that can integrate seamlessly into current communication infrastructure of the service provider. This will not only give the service provider an edge over other OTT rivals, but also provide ways of generating new income sources.

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Strong Growth for Cirrus Logic

Strong Growth for Cirrus Logic | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Cirrus Logic, just released their 4th-quarter earnings. They outstripped all expectations, seeing 70% year over year growth.
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Apple, as in years past, remained Cirrus’ largest client, amounting to about 65% of the company’s overall revenue. This chunk of the pie is actually a bit smaller than last year, when Apple made up nearly 78% of Cirrus’ revenue.  -  In the recent earnings report, Cirrus stated that its second-largest client is helping the company earn 15% of its overall revenue, but did not mention any specific names due to customer relationship issues. Many suspect that Cirrus’ second-largest client is actually Samsung, and that the South Korea-based Apple competitor will only continue to source more products from Cirrus

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Intel Launches Xeon E7 v3, OEMs Are Quick to Adopt the Chips

Intel Launches Xeon E7 v3, OEMs Are Quick to Adopt the Chips | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Here's a look at Intel's new E7 v3 processors and some of the new servers that will be based on these chips.
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The new chips address the demand for greater data analytics and real-time processing, where organizations need to quickly analyze the massive amounts of data being created to make better business decisions. The Xeon E7 v3 processors, with their 5.7 billion transistors, also will give organizations more incentive to migrate their high-end workloads from Unix systems that run atop IBM's Power8 and Oracle's SPARC platforms, Intel officials said. A broad array of OEMs also launched systems based on the new chips.

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Amazon and Apple: Two Approaches To Capital Investment

Amazon and Apple: Two Approaches To Capital Investment | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
acknowledge there might be other factors other than just simply investment rates (such as the sheer size of Apple now versus 10 years ago) but it is something to keep an eye on nonetheless.
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Overall, you can see in the data that Amazon and Apple have very different strategies when it comes to what to do with operating earnings. Amazon is constantly reinvesting, which can lead to disappointing quarterly earnings if you don’t adjust for intangibles, while Apple has moved to a much more investor-friendly strategy in recent years. One thing to keep an eye on for Apple is if by choosing to increase shareholder distributions rather than increasing investment will this lead to lower growth in the future. There are early indications that this may be happening. Growth in sales per share, EPS, BV per share, and cash flow per share has averaged an astonishing 36% or more per year over the past 10 years. However, over the past three years growth in these metrics has slowed to a more pedestrian (but still impressive) 20% growth rate as the amount distributed to shareholders has increased. We acknowledge there might be other factors other than just simply investment rates (such as the sheer size of Apple now versus 10 years ago) but it is something to keep an eye on nonetheless.

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