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Intel Corporation (INTC) Buys Basis Science For $100 Million [REPORT]

Intel Corporation (INTC) Buys Basis Science For $100 Million [REPORT] | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) has outbid all others to buy Basis Science for about $100 million, sources close to the deal told TechCrunch.
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Intel gets Basis Science to challenge Texas Instruments, Qualcomm, Apple and Samsung in the wearable watch domain

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Google Glass-wearing woman posts video of alleged S.F. bar attack

Google Glass-wearing woman posts video of alleged S.F. bar attack | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
A San Francisco woman who says she was attacked at a bar on Haight Street after refusing to stop wearing Google Glass has released video footage of the incident that she filmed with the new technology that spurred the confrontation in the first place.
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The debate on video camera recording in public domains isn't over yet, but those that oppose it seemingly have something to hide

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With Free Version of Windows, Microsoft Gives In to the Google Way | Wired Business | Wired.com

With Free Version of Windows, Microsoft Gives In to the Google Way | Wired Business | Wired.com | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Another day, another report of a Windows price cut. Having lost the war for mobile computing, Microsoft is finally trading operating system revenue for ubiquity -- Google style.
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Finally MSFT gets with the program

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Survey – iPhone 5s Proves to Be Resilient, While iPhone 5c “Losing Ground” in Smartphone Space

Survey – iPhone 5s Proves to Be Resilient, While iPhone 5c “Losing Ground” in Smartphone Space | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
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Still more bad news for Apple's iPhone 5C

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Apple-Samsung silicon union still strong, chip expert says

Apple-Samsung silicon union still strong, chip expert says | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
For all the bad blood over smartphones, a coziness remains when it comes to Samsung-made chips, says the chief of VLSI Research. 'Apple has been ... learned how to work that relationship.' Read this article by Brooke Crothers on CNET News.
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"More interesting is that Samsung is working with Globalfoundries to try to keep Apple out of TSMC," he said. "There's a relationship [with Globalfoundries] that's extending beyond the Common Platform," a collaboration between IBM, Samsung and Globalfoundries, "It makes sense," he said, "because Global and Samsung have very similar [production] processes. And it makes sense if you're Samsung. TSMC is the world's largest foundry, they're the most profitable foundry, the 800-pound gorilla."

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Volvo, Mercedes, and Ferrari demo Apple's CarPlay in Geneva - Apple 2.0 -Fortune Tech

Volvo, Mercedes, and Ferrari demo Apple's CarPlay in Geneva - Apple 2.0 -Fortune Tech | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
In the race to control your car's OS, Apple pulls ahead of Google and Microsoft.
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Apple ahead of Google and others in proliferating across the automotive market

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All hail the next meh from Samsung

All hail the next meh from Samsung | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Samsung unveiled the latest iteration of their flagship smartphone, the S5. Jack Wallen explains why he believes the S5 will go the way of the S4, which resulted in declining sales for their flagship line.
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According to this reviewer the bottom line is that the S5 is only at best incremental innovation compared to the S4 even though it has a powerful processor, plenty of space, a beautiful display, and even introduces waterproofing (for those prone to spillage and droppage). "Same old, same old "  

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Google’s Project Ara $50 Modular Smartphone Could Change The Way We Buy Phones Starting Next Year | TechCrunch

Google’s Project Ara $50 Modular Smartphone Could Change The Way We Buy Phones Starting Next Year | TechCrunch | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Google's Advanced Technology and Projects Division just announced its first developer event for Project Ara, a modular smarpthone, yesterday, and a new..

Via David Christopher Bilas
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"Google wants to get the price point on the base Ara hardware to $50, but you wont’ get much in exchange for that – the only connectivity on board will be Wi-Fi at that price point. But the point is that users could build it up however they liked, rather than being stuck with whatever they got when they signed up. But that entails additional expense: Depending on what you want your phone to be able to do, it’s easy to see the price rising quickly."

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Samsung Gets Into Fitness Tracking With New Smartwatch - PSFK

Samsung Gets Into Fitness Tracking With New Smartwatch - PSFK | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The technology brand hopes to attract consumers with active lifestyles in latest launch of wearable devices.

Via Pekka Puhakka
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"The Gear Fit is more ergonomic than its predecessor; curved face and changeable, adjustable thin rubber straps. also has an IP67 rating for water-resistance, meaning it can stay under water for up to 30 minutes, and the battery will reportedly keep the watch alive for 3 to 4 days. Bad news is the new Gear watches will only work with Samsung Galaxy phones.  By incorporating features to the Gear Fit that contend with the likes of Fitbit, Jawbone and Nike, 


Samsung could attract those who were waiting for a ‘smarter’ fitness band that can let them live tweet their morning run."  (Pretty sure that tweeting my run is the last thing I'm gonna want to do)

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ARM-based SoC family adds memory options for advanced smart energy, home automation

ARM-based SoC family adds memory options for advanced smart energy, home automation | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Silicon Labs (Austin, TX) expanded its ARM-based Ember ZigBee system-on-chip (SoC) portfolio delivering desirable wireless performance, energy efficiency and reliability for the Internet of Things (IoT).
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A lot of savings and performance potential with this design for IoT for ARM....hmmm....what will the competition do now?


ARM based SoC EM358x provides:

  • A mesh networking platform for next-generation ZigBee applications for the IoT, which today often incorporate multiple processors.
  • Additional flash and RAM memory options to meet the needs of larger, more complex smart energy and home automation designs.
  • USB connectivity and a local storage bootloader to help developers reduce bill of material (BOM) cost and system complexity.
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ReSound Reveals 'Made for iPhone' LiNX Hearing Aid

ReSound Reveals 'Made for iPhone' LiNX Hearing Aid | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The LiNX hearing aid hooks up to an iOS device to help control the volume of music and voice communication.
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"powerful enough to address 90 percent of all hearing losses."

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MWC 2014: Internet of Things consortium chair warns of Google's Android effect - Marketing

MWC 2014: Internet of Things consortium chair warns of Google's Android effect - Marketing | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
MWC 2014: Internet of Things consortium chair warns of Google's Android effect Marketing Liat Ben-Zur, who chairs the non-profit Internet of Things consortium AllSeen Alliance, has warned of the dangers of Google replicating its Android operating...

Via Pekka Puhakka
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Some very good points being made about what is truly open source and what is not.  The Google hegemony with Android, versus the Apple iOS one, has a legitimate challenger here, and we suspect that Google will try and fight this, much like MSFT did against Linux

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Fujitsu Develops Tablet With Sensory Touchscreen - Re/code

Fujitsu Develops Tablet With Sensory Touchscreen - Re/code | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
LAPTOP Magazine (blog)
Fujitsu Develops Tablet With Sensory Touchscreen
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The company has developed a prototype tablet with new haptic technology that allows you to feel different textures on the touchscreen.

Via Pekka Puhakka
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Intel and others have been developing the same technology, we expect to see some IP battles over this as time progesses

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Building the Ultimate Flying Machine

Building the Ultimate Flying Machine | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Jet engines come in all shapes and
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Cool technology that uses 3-D printing technology to make it.  This solution looks to lower the consumption of jet fighter fuel, we wonder if there is commercial aircraft benefit as well?  despite there being different use profiles between the different aircraft designs.  

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Android Overtakes Apple In 2013 Tablet Sales With 68 Percent Growth

Android Overtakes Apple In 2013 Tablet Sales With 68 Percent Growth | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Android's march into the tablet space continues with strong growth at the lower price points, while Apple shows strong growth in unit sales, according to today's report from Gartner.
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While the market share of the iPad is down (52.8% in 2012 to 36% in 2013), the unit sales of Apple’s tablets have risen from 61.5 million units to 70.4 million units. while many will cite the loss of market share and the number one position as bad news for Apple, I think those thoughts would be misplaced. Apple is selling at the high end, with a significant profit margin on the iPad and iPad Mini devices, and continues to dominate the profits made in the tablet market.

In any case they are still the leading vendor  on 36% market share. Samsung is in second place but their fleet of tablets only muster 19.1% of the market.

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Google, Samsung Strategy against Microsoft-Nokia deal over fear of escalating IP license fees

Google, Samsung Strategy against Microsoft-Nokia deal over fear of escalating IP license fees | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Google and leading Android device maker Samsung have asked Chinese regulators to ensure that Microsoft's bid to acquire Nokia''s phone business did not lea - Tech2
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Allies combining to attack mutual competitors, a very interesting move by these two

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Apple Preparing for Full on Attack on Android

Apple Preparing for Full on Attack on Android | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
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Apple has added several hundred new engineers and operations staff in China over the past two years, with a blitz of hiring that began in mid-2013. The total number of engineers and operations staff in China now exceeds 600, they said. 

Social Media HR Strategy: Last August, Apple used the professional networking website LinkedIn to reach out individually to engineers at HTC and its Taiwanese suppliers Inventec Corp. and Quanta Computer Inc., among others.  “Apple is building an engineering team in Taipei to drive new iPhone product development,” Apple also has been hiring for its main Asian base in Shanghai, where the company is juggling more projects than ever against the industry’s shortening product cycle.


Low-cost rival Android devices are eroding Apple’s smartphone market share, and the company is trying to fight back with more devices. Apple’s global smartphone market share fell to 17.9% in the fourth quarter from 20.9% a year earlier, according to market-research firm IDC.

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Tim Cook tells climate change sceptics to ditch Apple shares

Tim Cook tells climate change sceptics to ditch Apple shares | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
BusinessGreen: Chief executive angered by right wing think tank’s questions about the profitability of renewable energy investments
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“Too often investors look at short-term returns and are unaware of corporate policy decisions that may affect long-term financial prospects,” he said. “After today’s meeting, investors can be certain that Apple is wasting untold amounts of shareholder money to combat so-called climate change. The only remaining question is: how much?  “The company’s CEO fervently wants investors who care more about return on investments than reducing CO2 emissions to no longer invest in Apple. Maybe they should take him up on that advice.”

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Don’t Expect To Use Google Maps With Apple CarPlay | TechCrunch

Don’t Expect To Use Google Maps With Apple CarPlay | TechCrunch | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it

NotHopefully iPhone owners have gotten used to Apple Maps by now because it's likely going to be the only mapping solution available through CarPlay. Apple..

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Not a big surprise on this move by Apple to outflank Google in the car market

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Review: Samsung Galaxy S5 offers pleasing advances but no revolution - FT.com

Review: Samsung Galaxy S5 offers pleasing advances but no revolution - FT.com | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Samsung Galaxy S5 (rating 4/5) Despite some cool new features that deserve a warm welcome, Samsung’s new handset demonstrates how smartphone manufacturers are finding it harder to introduce radical design changes. As a group, Galaxy phones form the
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Actually customers want "eye popping" technology and meaningful innovation, and we agree, now if we only could get companies to agree to actually do this.

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5 Attributes to Look for in High-Performing Employees

5 Attributes to Look for in High-Performing Employees | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Finding impactful staff members takes a lot of hard work. Here are the attributes one company screens for in their candidates.

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Abso-bloody-lutely

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Marty Koenig's curator insight, February 28, 1:31 PM

Right on the money.

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Apple Outguns Intel

Apple Outguns Intel | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
When Intel (INTC) launched its next generation "Merrifield" processor for smartphones, it provided the following chart in which it claimed performance "superiority" to Apple's (AAPL) A7 chip:(click to enla
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Ouch. 1 of Apple's CPU cores is faster than 2 of Intel's "Silvermont" cores found in the Z3480. Two of these Apple-designed beauties is of course, twice as fast as Intel's chip and should be roughly on par with the quad core Moorefield product that is slated to hit the shelves in 2H 2014. 


if the benchmark is even *remotely* credible, then it's pretty breathtaking how Apple's CPU team executed with this product. Geekbench could be broken and the benchmark may not be valid, More investigation into this issue is required 


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With Galaxy S5 Samsung Sees A New Way To Win

With Galaxy S5 Samsung Sees A New Way To Win | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The decision by Samsung to hold a low key launch for its new Galaxy S5 phone could have dampened enthusiasm for the new smartphone. What are the early indications?
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Strategy that has emerged since the launch is that Samsung will hang its hat on health and fitness. Shortly after the launch the company announced SDK’s for its Gear 2 and Neo smartwatches and for its Gear Fitband. It also announced an SDK for the S Health application on the Galaxy range.

Samsung attempting to create a developer ecosystem around health and mobility to go with its new social media prowess. Samsung is leading the way in smart TVs. You can easily see a line being drawn between home health and fitness, for example on consoles and through content, and mobility. It is a major piece of connected thinking that could drive a different kind of sales logic.

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Twelve (12) Rising Innovation Trends From the 50 Most Innovative Companies of 2014 - Fast Co.

Twelve (12) Rising Innovation Trends From the 50 Most Innovative Companies of 2014 - Fast Co. | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it

The culture of innovation across the globe is more robust than ever. Here are 5 innovation trends excerpted from the full list of 12 from Fast Company's World's 50 Most Innovative Companies of 2014:

   

1)  EXCEPTIONAL IS EXPECTED   ..today's smartest businesses tend to laser-focus on just a few goals.... Yet from Google Fiber to Google Glass to investing in new health technologies, Google executes at a high level repeatedly. That's why it tops the list.

    
2.   INNOVATION IS EPISODIC   ....From breakthrough change at Philips (No. 50), development of LED lighting has been under way there for 50 years--and a specific 11-month deadline provided the essential innovative exclamation point.
     

3.  MAKING MONEY MATTERS….great businesses are self-sustaining. Dropbox (No. 4) and Airbnb (No. 6) are darlings of the venture set, but they also charge real customers real money for a product with real value. Unlike …pre-2008 whose business models rely on advertising for revenue (Facebook, Twitter, et al.), these enterprises are transaction based--and are reaping the rewards.  


5.  SUSTAINABILITY HAS FOUND A NEW GEAR…Today, energy efficiency, alternative fuels, and recycling are core advantages for successful enterprises. 


Via Deb Nystrom, REVELN
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Pretty sure that I don't agree with some of what's on this list, but hey have a look, everybody's entitled to an opinion

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, February 10, 7:08 AM

These qualities are a good list to compare to other global company innovation lists, such as from Forbes.  Money is high on the list of 12, yet other qualities bear a look, compared to Forbes rankings based on the difference between their market capitalization and a net present value of cash flows from existing businesses.  ~  Deb

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, February 26, 12:18 PM

This is a good list to compare to other global company innovation lists, such as from Forbes.  Money is high on the list of 12, yet other qualities bear a look, compared to Forbes rankings based on the difference between their market capitalization and a net present value of cash flows from existing businesses.  ~  D

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Pirates, eat your heart out: Rolls-Royce envisions crewless drone freight ships

Pirates, eat your heart out: Rolls-Royce envisions crewless drone freight ships | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Rolls-Royce is testing drone ships for international freight. The self-piloted ships would save on shipping costs and be less impactful on the environment.

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Now if they'd only weaponize them w/ a few 50 caliber M2 's bow, stern and amidships I am thinking the pirates won't be messing around with any of these boats.  

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