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GM’s Mary Barra on looking back while moving forward

GM’s Mary Barra on looking back while moving forward | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it

Just a few weeks after Mary Barra became CEO of GM in January, disaster hit. A defect in millions of the auto maker’s vehicles caused a number of deadly crashes and tarnished the company’s image.

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Great quote from GM CEO Mary Bara  -  "Just because you have been… in the industry for 100 years doesn’t mean you have the right to be here tomorrow.”

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ITC to Probe Nvidia Patent Claims Against Samsung

ITC to Probe Nvidia Patent Claims Against Samsung | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Nvidia claims various Samsung smartphones and tablets infringe on its GPU patents.
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Silicon Wars:  Nvidia asked the ITC "to block shipments of Samsung Galaxy mobile phones and tablets containing Qualcomm's Adreno, ARM's Mali, or Imagination's PowerVR graphics architectures." The patent infringement suit also names Qualcomm for alleged infringements involving GPU technologies which are being used in Samsung products without license.  Nvidia's Tegra mobile processors with GPU functionality compete with Qualcomm's Snapdragon and Samsung's Exynos chips.

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Hewlett-Packard Is Said to Be Planning a Split of Businesses

Hewlett-Packard Is Said to Be Planning a Split of Businesses | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The company is expected to divide into two entities — one that consists of its PC business and another that is more enterprise-focused, people familiar with the matter said.
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CEO Meg Whitman appears to have decided, HP needs greater speed and agility that might come with two smaller and more focused companies. In recent months HP has attempted to strengthen its own cloud computing portfolio, aimed at convincing businesses not to move everything to Amazon Web Services or Google.

“It’s a good idea for them to do this,” said Patrick Moorhead, an independent computer industry analyst. “HP is such a massive company, and they must have looked at the company and decided that the benefits of moving at the right speed outweigh the cost savings.”

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Stripe's mobile technology may sound death knell for PayPal

Stripe's mobile technology may sound death knell for PayPal | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Mobile payments are having a heyday. Apple Pay has been splashed across the news and 20-somethings are paying for taxis with their smartphones. Yet one stalwart risks being left out of
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PayPal still working on it's mobile payments strategy to stay relevant against Apple's Pay and Google's Wallet.  According to Citigroup "Competitors will be forced to counter Apple's smart phone advantage...We see good merchant and consumer adoption over time." 

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Nokia Here claims lead in navigation systems

Nokia Here claims lead in navigation systems | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
At Paris Auto Show, the Finnish company boasts of its successes winning over automakers who pay to use the mapping technology in their vehicles.
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In the auto industry, Nokia's Here customers include BMW, Daimler, Fiat-Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan, Peugeot, Renault, Volkswagen and Volvo. More than 50 million cars globally are equipped with it.

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ARM announces mbed -- an Internet of Things (IoT) platform

ARM announces mbed -- an Internet of Things (IoT) platform | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
There are a lot of technology buzzwords and phrases being thrown around lately, such as
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ARM is saying all the right things and has partnered with some significant players. However, if the Internet of Things will be as popular as many believe, there will be a lot of competition. Even if this platform makes sense, the question should be, who put ARM in charge anyway? I'm sure many other companies have their own ideas on how the Internet of Things should be handled. Quite frankly, we will probably see many competing platforms and live in incompatibility hell for years until one platform "wins". - We agree

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Firefox-powered ‘Matchstick’ aims to take a shot at Chromecast

Firefox-powered ‘Matchstick’ aims to take a shot at Chromecast | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The Firefox OS-powered dongle, dubbed "Matchstick," could end up bringing significant new competition to the streaming market.
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the Matchstick’s hardware specs to rise above those found in other streaming sticks, the developers integrated a powerful dual-core Rockchip 3066 processor, added 4GB of onboard storage, and dropped in 1GB of DDR3 memory. According to Matchstick, “the bigger processor and increased memory gives you a much better video playback cache and increased performance for whatever games and custom overlays you might dream up.” And that’s really the crux of the Matchstick: it’s a completely open hardware and software platform, which translates to lower production costs, smaller installs, and more personalized apps, all without the need for app approval or oversight.

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Cisco Adds 30 New Partners, $1 Billion to Intercloud

Cisco Adds 30 New Partners, $1 Billion to Intercloud | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
By aligning with these companies, Cisco takes a quantum leap toward its plans to address customer demands for a globally distributed, highly secure cloud platform that can meet the needs of the Internet of Everything. Cisco’s open approach to the Intercloud is designed for high-value application workloads, with real-time analytics and “near infinite” scalability and promises local hosting and local provider options that enable data sovereignty.

Zeus Kerravala, principal analyst at ZK Research, told us to think about Cisco’s Intercloud like a mini-Internet of clouds. As such, he said, its success depends on how many partners it has.
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“You can have the best plan but if you don’t have many partners it doesn’t add much value, This is a good example of the network effect, where the value of the network is proportional to the square number of nodes on it. With more nodes the value grows exponentially. If you are a multinational looking to do some sort of hybrid cloud service, you are almost certain to find Cisco certified services in the companies you are in.”

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HP Stream 13.3 and 11.6 Hands-On: Full Windows on a $200 Budget

HP Stream 13.3 and 11.6 Hands-On: Full Windows on a $200 Budget | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Need a bottom-of-the-bargain bin Windows machine? HP has just revealed a pair of incredibly cheap laptops, the 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch HP Stream.
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The 13.3-inch ($230) and the 11.6-inch ($200) models  are completely fanless thanks to their low-voltage Intel Celeron processors, and each come with 32GB of storage, 2GB of RAM and a low-res 1366x768 display. You'll find the usual array of ports: USB 2.0 and 3.0, HDMI, an audio jack and an SD card reader. - these are competitors to the Chromebook offering - Unlike its Chromebook competitors, these laptops don't rely on an internet connections and can run full Windows applications. 

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Intel Invests $1.5B in Chinese Mobile Chipmakers

Intel Invests $1.5B in Chinese Mobile Chipmakers | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The U.S. semiconductor giant will invest up to $1.5 billion for a 20 percent stake in two Chinese mobile chipmakers.
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According to Intel CEO B. Krzanich, "This partnership will also enhance our ability to support a wider range of mobile customers in China and the rest of the world by more quickly delivering a broader portfolio of Intel architecture and communications technology solutions," Adding.the move will "accelerate the technology development and further strengthen the competitiveness and market position of Chinese semiconductor companies."

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That bendable iPhone 6 Plus screen isn't a feature

That bendable iPhone 6 Plus screen isn't a feature | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Not sure if you want to hide your shiny new iPhone's newfangled design in a bulky case? Maybe you should -- apparently, it's quite pliable. iPhone 6 and
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Some might call this a significant defect, what is also known as the cost of poor quality when releasing a product to market before it's ready.  No data yet on how many, if not all iPhone 6's Pluses are affected.  I think this is rather unfortunate for Apple after so much marketing hoopla and anticipation and then this issue comes up.  At a minimum this is going to require some internal redesign of the case to address the bendyness. 

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MediaTek Launches New IoT and Wearables Initiative

MediaTek Launches New IoT and Wearables Initiative | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
MediaTek has introduced a new initiative to assist developers of IoT and wearable tech devices.
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MediaTek's new program is being built on the company's Aster (MT2502) chipset and the LinkIt Development Platform for small, robust devices with support for various communications protocols like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.  Besides hardware and software development kits the company said makes it simple for IoT and wearables designers to add sensors, peripherals, and Arduino Shields connectivity boards to their "fully featured device prototypes." 

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HTC Releases Action Camera

HTC Releases Action Camera | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Those claims that HTC is making an action camera just got much more concrete. The company has posted both a RECamera teaser site and a video (below)
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Named “Re,” the waterproof camera is on sale for $199 at the company’s website and Best Buy Co. stores in the U.S. before being carried by wireless operators and Amazon.com Inc. by the end of the year. Unveiled at an event in New York, the device features a wide-angle lens and 16-megapixel sensor, and will compete with GoPro and Sony for sales of action cameras, a market forecast to grow 16 % annually through 2018.

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Samsung braces for more cost cuts, shake-up

Samsung braces for more cost cuts, shake-up | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Samsung, South Korea's biggest company by market capitalization, is facing stiff competition from Chinese handset makers who are aggressively launching cheaper phones. In the high-end smartphone market, it is battling Apple Inc. , which last month unveiled new iPhones with bigger screens that are popular with consumers.

Samsung's weak guidance further highlighted the company's overdependence on the mobile division to generate earnings growth.
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3rd-quarter operating profit likely fell as much as 62% from a year earlier, hit by weak smartphone sales. This would mark its fourth consecutive decline in operating profit and its steepest year-over-year decline in the past five years.

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Eric Schmidt Talks Tim Cook, Online Security, The NSA And Minorities In Tech

Eric Schmidt Talks Tim Cook, Online Security, The NSA And Minorities In Tech | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
CNNMoney has a short interview with Google's Eric Schmidt where he answers some questions about some of Tim Cook's comments concerning Google
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Brief discussion. Eric Schmidt attempting to counter Apple CEO Tim Cook's assertion about Google turning people into the product for advertisers.  

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Samsung paid MSFT $1Billion in 2013 to build Android phones

Samsung paid MSFT $1Billion in 2013 to build Android phones | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Microsoft says Samsung is trying to avoid its future payments.
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Another look into the Licensing Wars this time for Android and MSFT devices.  - Samsung is one of 25 companies that pay MSFT to use its technology in Android products. Others include HTC, Acer and Barnes & Noble. Analysts have estimated that MSFT makes more money indirectly from the sale of Android devices than it does from selling Windows Phones - “By virtue of the Android licensing program, approximately 80% of the Android-based smartphones sold in the U.S. are licensed to use MSFT patents,” 

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Dirk Slama (Bosch) Keynote on The Internet of Things

Dirk Slama (Bosch) Keynote on The Internet of Things | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
In this video from the ISC Big Data'14 Conference in Heidelberg, Dirk Slama from Bosch presents: The Internet of Things.
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Worth watching - Funny and informative speech about IoT and it's applications and how Bosch is implementing their approach

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Intel pushes factory IoT with $9 million cost savings at plant

Intel pushes factory IoT with $9 million cost savings at plant | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Increased equipment uptime and productivity may help convince manufacturers
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Referring to a collaborative pilot project as a "proof of concept" using IoT technology in which Intel generated US$9 million in cost savings at its plant in Penang, Malaysia. - CPU tester modules in a semiconductor manufacturing line at the plant were retrofitted with sensors. They then sent data to Mitsubishi Electric C Controller gateway devices powered by Intel Atom chips. After some filtering, the data were then processed using software from Revolution Analytics.  Putting the data results into practice resulted in a reduction in component failures, increased equipment up-time and productivity, according to Intel. Mitsubishi Electric said the approach can also reduce energy costs at manufacturing facilities.

Industrial IoT applications could begin in areas such as heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) services. Equipping commercial air conditioners with low-cost sensors and communications capability, for instance, would produce an enormous volume of data that could predict when units will need service.

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From parking to computer printers, M2M is coming up with new ways for us to pay

From parking to computer printers, M2M is coming up with new ways for us to pay | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
You are here: HomeInfrastructureFrom parking to computer printers, M2M is ...
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Here comes the smartcity: Deutsche Telekom and Kiunsys have installed a new service on Piazza Carrara, a square beside the river Arno - a short walk from the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the cathedral - that is used as a public car park. - Sensors on the floor of each parking spot detect whether they are free or occupied. The system is integrated in Pisa's existing app which drivers can download to take them directly to a unoccupied parking space and pay for it via the app. 


The city (Pisa) is already collecting traffic data and will use the information from the new parking system to work out improvements to traffic management. - That's just one sign of the growth of the internet of things that already connects 4.4 billion devices and will grow to more than 10 billion in four years, according to research carried out for Vodafone. 

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Why the writing may be on the wall for Redbox Instant

Why the writing may be on the wall for Redbox Instant | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Redbox Instant hasn’t been able to sign up new users for three months due to a credit card fraud issue that may fasten the video service’s demise.
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Content is king in VOD space and Redbox has been unwilling to pay for that, as well as the necessity to promote the service like Netflix or Amazon has, looks like it's down for the count

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How Good Is A iPhone 6 - Benchmarks

How Good Is A iPhone 6 - Benchmarks | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
We measure the performance of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus display, CPU, graphics and more. Here's how it stacks up against the iPhone 5s and Galaxy S5.
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Comparisons for those who seek to know the difference / benefit of whether you really should upgrade / buy an iPhone6 

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Samsung president: Mobile division will bounce back quickly

Samsung president: Mobile division will bounce back quickly | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
"In Europe, we will be discontinuing sales of laptops including Chromebooks for now. This is specific to the region -- and is not necessarily reflective of conditions in other markets. We will continue to thoroughly evaluate market conditions and will make further adjustments to maintain our competitiveness in emerging PC categories."
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The Korean electronics giant, which posted a 25% drop in operating profits, says the second half of 2014 "will remain a challenge" as price competition in smartphones hurts profitability.  Additionally in Europe, Samsung is discontinuing sales of laptops including Chromebooks for now. This is specific to the region -- and is not necessarily reflective of conditions in other markets. We will continue to thoroughly evaluate market conditions and will make further adjustments to maintain our competitiveness in emerging PC categories."

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BlackBerry, Unveils Its Newest Smartphone

BlackBerry, Unveils Its Newest Smartphone | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The company, whose chief executive, John S. Chen, arrived in November, is hoping that the new Passport phone will put BlackBerry back on the board, even if only modestly.
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Mr. Chen plans to aim sales efforts for the Passport toward BlackBerry’s traditional customers base — regulated industries like banks, health care and governments, particularly law enforcement and the military. The security concerns of such users makes them far less concerned about price than many buyers.  BlackBerry cannot sell the Passport as an executive phone that commands an unusually high price. Apple, most analysts agree, has set the ceiling for smartphone prices. The Passport, when bought without a carrier subsidy or large corporate buyer’s discount, will cost $600 in the United States, $50 less than the basic iPhone 6.

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ARM gives Internet of Stuff a piece mind of its mind – the Cortex-M7

ARM gives Internet of Stuff a piece mind of its mind – the Cortex-M7 | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
New 32-bit core packs extra DSP for VIP IoT
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ARM gets into more detail about it's Cortex M7 SoC for IoT applications.  

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