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Intel & Axeda develop Internet of Things Solutions - M2M Magazine

Intel & Axeda develop Internet of Things Solutions - M2M Magazine | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
  Axeda Go Developer Kit Now Available for Intel Quark Lower-Power, Extended Temp Product Line FOXBORO, Mass. - April 2, 2014 - Axeda, the
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Axeda and Intel have also developed an Axeda Go developer kit for connecting an Intel Galileo development board to the Axeda Machine Cloud, provisioning the device on the Axeda Machine Cloud developer site, and installing the Axeda Agent code into a Galileo workspace.  The Intel® Galileo board is based on the Intel® Quark™ SoC X1000, a 32-bit Intel Pentium®-class system on a chip (SoC) and is software-compatible with the Arduino Software Development Environment.  This enables according to the two companies the ability to extend the reach of the IoT, broaden options available to customers, and reduce the cost and complexity of connecting and developing intelligent products.


Organizations need more innovative ways to harness ever-increasing amounts of data from the physical world and use it to drive smarter decisions, enable new services and business models, and reduce costs In analyzing machine data and enable predictive maintenance. They are implementing business rules, alarms and alerts at the edge and in their enterprise business systems to automate field service, spare part deployment and other maintenance tasks.  Machines are being designed with more processing power and being instrumented with temperature, infrared, acoustic, vibration, battery-level and sound sensors to optimize performance and monitor conditions that can be early indicators for the need for maintenance. These sensors are inputs into sophisticated rules for predicting service needs and illustrate the need for more processing power at the edge where the data is being collected.

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Samsung SDI to Buy Cheil for $3.3 Billion in Shares

Samsung SDI to Buy Cheil for $3.3 Billion in Shares | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Samsung SDI Co., a supplier of batteries to Apple Inc., agreed to buy Cheil Industries Inc. for about 3.5 trillion won ($3.3 billion) in stock to add chemical and electronic material businesses.
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Samsung Display division going vertical.  The deal to combine two members of the Samsung GroupSouth Korea’s largest business group, expands the reach of SDI’s lithium-ion battery business through the chemical and materials supply chain of Cheil. Samsung is seeking a larger share of growing demand for rechargeable powercells in electric vehicles while also pushing to gain control of organic light-emitting diode technology used in displays.

“In the long run it’s a good buy for SDI because the merger will create synergies for both in areas such as cars and OLEDs,"

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Apple lays out its new case against Samsung, says 50 patents could have been at stake

Apple lays out its new case against Samsung, says 50 patents could have been at stake | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Apple provided an overarching vision of its legal attack against Samsung today, a case it's filed to win $2 billion in damages, and get Samsung's products removed from store shelves. Once again...
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One of Google’s top Android lieutenants comes to Samsung’s defense against Apple

One of Google’s top Android lieutenants comes to Samsung’s defense against Apple | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The lawsuit between Apple and Samsung does not have Google's name attached to it, but that hasn't kept the company from being involved. Hiroshi Lockheimer, the company's current VP of engineering...
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On Galaxy S5 Launch, Smartphones Have Become The Model For Innovation Everywhere

On Galaxy S5 Launch, Smartphones Have Become The Model For Innovation Everywhere | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
In 125 countries today you can go out and buy a new Galaxy S5. If you're an observer of the smartphone industry then you've witnessed business at hyper-speed, while sitting in the front row. Apple growing its developer ecosystem to the hundreds of thousands in two years; Google following suit. [...]
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Speed of Product Development / Rapid NPD cycles are well known by practitioners in the field of Lean and Systematic Innovation, but sometimes the press just wakes up to this kind of thing.  Oh well at least some of them see it now.

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The 5 Fundamental Rules For Resolving Big Problems

The 5 Fundamental Rules For Resolving Big Problems | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The fundamental rules of engagement from award-winning entrepreneur Carine Strom Clark that she uses to address every work related or personal challenge she faces.
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The best, most sincere, and genuine advice that I've read in a long time - well worth the the read

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Apple’s Ive Taking Control of Software, VP Greg Christie Out

Apple’s Ive Taking Control of Software, VP Greg Christie Out | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Greg Christie, a veteran software designer for Apple, is leaving the company and Apple Senior Vice President Jony Ive will assume his duties as a vice president in Apple’s design department.  The team that was working under Christie and reporting directly to Senior Vice President Craig Federighi will now report to Ive.
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Christie’s departure stems from a rift between him and Ive over the design direction of Apple’s highly overhauled iOS 7. The latest iteration of iOS 7, which will relatively soon see its first major update, did away with the textures of Christie’s original iPhone vision in favor of Ive’s flatter, brighter look.

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The No BS Rule

The No BS Rule | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
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"was just reading an article that talks about the importance of being likable at work and essentially coaches you to fake it. It says, for example, that to be more likeable, you should “seem trustworthy and authentic” by “behaving in a way that feels natural and comfortable.”


That’s so wrong on so many levels, I’m not sure where to start. Let’s see.  Don’t you think it would be a lot better if you actually were trustworthy and authentic instead of trying to contort your personality to appear that way? And don’t you think it’s better to actually be natural and comfortable, instead of trying to fake it?"


And that's no BS

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Commercial Excellence in Engineered Products

Commercial Excellence in Engineered Products | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
A benchmarking study of commercial excellence at 25 Europe-based engineered-product companies suggests ways for companies to set themselves apart in the highly competitive market.
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"The sales approach is frequently based more on intuition than fact, given that many salespeople tend to rely heavily on relationships and persuasion in pursuing and closing deals. Because top sellers are often rewarded on the basis of volume, they are incentivized to offer price promotions and giveaways and to negotiate informal deals. This traditional approach often results in lower profitability and a higher cost to serve, as well as lost opportunities to improve customer lifetime value and satisfaction."

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The Six Juiciest Documents From the Apple-Samsung Trial This Week

The Six Juiciest Documents From the Apple-Samsung Trial This Week | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
If you consider internal strategy presentations, emails and usability studies "juicy," that is.
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Revealed: Apple and Google's wage-fixing cartel involved dozens more companies, over one million employees

Revealed: Apple and Google's wage-fixing cartel involved dozens more companies, over one million employees | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it

pe “‘Masters are forbidden to poach workers from other members of the craft.' - British medieval ordinances of Bristol cobblers in 1364’” — 
    

This week, as the final summary judgement for the resulting class action suit looms, and companies mentioned (Intuit, Pixar and Lucasfilm) scramble to settle out of court....court documents show shocking evidence of a much larger conspiracy, reaching far beyond Silicon Valley.

    

Confidential internal Google and Apple memos...clearly show that what began as a secret cartel agreement between Apple’s Steve Jobs and Google’s Eric Schmidt to illegally fix the labor market for hi-tech workers, expanded within a few years to include companies ranging from Dell, IBM, eBay and Microsoft, to Comcast, Clear Channel, Dreamworks, and London-based public relations behemoth WPP.

All told, the combined workforces of the companies involved totals well over a million employees.


Read the full article here.


According to multiple so


Via Deb Nystrom, REVELN
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Sad but true..  And people wonder why so many leave the high tech corporate world to do start-ups and go it alone rather than be a slave.  This article convinced me that Steve Jobs  was never a good manager, while I could over look some of idiosyncrasies, and still other failings to emotional immaturity Steve in effect became the very thing he hated in other's, a corporate slaver.  

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, April 8, 12:25 PM

This is sobering, especially with Google's "Don't be evil" informal corporate motto.  What nefarious dealings ARE THESE to keep the IT folks down, while large profits are enjoyed by executives?    

If this all pans out as it reads in the media, it's not good, tech companies, not good at all.  ~  D 

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5 Ways Leaders Enable Innovation In Their Teams

5 Ways Leaders Enable Innovation In Their Teams | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Leaders are accountable to assemble teams and lead them to optimal performance outcomes. An effective leader recognizes the importance of embracing differences in people and knows how to connect the dots amongst those differences to get the best outcomes from the team. This is what cultivates a workplace environment of continuous improvements, innovation and initiative. Leaders must foster a commitment from the team to embrace an innovation mindset where each employee learns to apply the differences that exist in one another for their own success and that of the organization. Here are 5 immediate things leaders can do with their teams to foster an environment of innovation and initiative. They apply whether you are forming a new team or revamping an existing one.
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Kind of sad really, but excellent advice nonetheless.  It might just be my pessimism about others coming out here, because while some will read this, not many will follow it and why you might ask?  Fear, the fear of being the best leader that you or they can be, because leadership requires courage and as was recently pointed out to me was that not many use it in their day to day jobs or lives  

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Silicon Valley Isn't Innovative, It's Iterative: Four Proof Points

By Vinnie Lauria, Golden Gate Ventures The Silicon Valley stereotype is one of rugged American individualism and Darwinian survival: the brilliant inventor who risks it all to build a billion dollar company from a parent’s garage or a college dorm room. Outside-the-box thinking and self-reliance are viewed as fundamental to the [...]
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The combination of iterative business models, execution, and geographic network effects has created a dynamic environment in which entrepreneurs can build upon each other’s successes and failures. That is not to discount the value of traditional scientific innovation and basic R&D as important “real drivers” of progress. However, the Valley’s comparative advantage has not been in innovating. Rather, it provides the environmental and cultural incentives necessary for companies to commercialize products and technologies through a process of constant iteration.

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Microsoft Developing Windows For Smart Devices And Robots With Intel Quark and Galileo - HotHardware

Microsoft Developing Windows For Smart Devices And Robots With Intel Quark and Galileo - HotHardware | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Microsoft is getting into the smart devices business. The company’s BUILD conference is happening this week in San Francisco, and it appears that someone at Microsoft made a new “Windows on Devices” website live before they were supposed to, because it was only up for a few hours (and somehow The Verge spotted it) before...
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Windows on Devices effort would jibe with Microsoft’s projects. For example, it’s widely assumed that the company is developing wearables such as a smartwatch, and we’ve already seen what sort of terrific tech Microsoft can develop with its “blades” for the SurfaceMicrosoft is reportedly using Intel’s intriguing Galileo development board and Quark SoC to power some of its smart devices

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Samsung Group Selects 40 Projects for Future Technology Promotion Programs

Samsung Group Selects 40 Projects for Future Technology Promotion Programs | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The Samsung Group announced on April 10 that 40 research projects were selected by the Samsung Future Technology Promotion Foundation as this year’s first support projects.
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3 of the 40 programs are future technology promoting programs aimed at nurturing future technology with an investment of US$1.4 Billion in basic science, materials technology, and ICT convergent creative projects for 10 years.  

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Samsung Group crushing Android rivals with 65% of global market

Samsung Group crushing Android rivals with 65% of global market | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Samsung isn’t the first smartphone manufacturer in the world, but over the past few years, it has been consolidating its leadership with many smartphones in an attempt to cover all segment (in terms of price and hardware specifications) of the market. The success of Samsung is not a secret, and recently DigiTimes says in a…
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Intel unveils tiny $99 MinnowBoard Max open SBC

Intel unveils tiny $99 MinnowBoard Max open SBC | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Intel and CircuitCo revealed a smaller, faster, second-gen MinnowBoard SBC featuring an Atom E3800 SoC, revised I/O, and both Android 4.4 and Linux support.
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Revising the original post since I got feedback that the previous one was not accurate about the changes - check it out

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Fail Your Way To Amazing Things

Fail Your Way To Amazing Things | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Our definition of failure, and our path in life, is shaped by three things: Passion, Purpose, and Attitude. We need to re-define what failure means to us.
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We humans can show amazing courage in the face of some of the most incredible challenges in life, and yet, we can be easily stopped by a simple emotion such as fear of failure. We logically realize, that failure to fail in life stands in the way of us executing on our full potential. And yet we allow someone else’s definition of success or a fear of being judged consume us and prevent us from realizing our dreams.

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These 5 Manufacturing Trends Are No Joke | Workforce content from IndustryWeek

These 5 Manufacturing Trends Are No Joke | Workforce content from IndustryWeek | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Recent statistics measuring economic performance have put many in the manufacturing sector in a dour frame of mind. Fortunately, however, factory managers aren't sitting idle.
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Wrote the article on the 1st two trends in 2010, the Economic Innovation Dilemma (http://www.circuitsassembly.com/cms/component/content/article/159/10290-globalsourcing) and the last three have been ongoing trends for the last 10 years. 


(1) Increased reliance on automation and robots

(2)  Reshoring

(3) Rapid Prototyping

(4) Smaller orders

(5) Leaner factories


Compete or die

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How Veterans Could Help Manufacturing Fix The Skills Gap

How Veterans Could Help Manufacturing Fix The Skills Gap | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
This is an all-too-familiar story: a young man or woman enlists in the U.S. military, completes their service — whatever that might be — and then finds themselves in a difficult period of transitioning back into civilian life. Sometimes, they’re carrying burdens from that service. Sometimes, they think the skills and qualities instilled into them through the military can’t translate to the lives that most Americans are living. And, in many cases, they truly struggle to find good work, which is fundamental to stabilizing the overall transition.
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There are certain qualities instilled in the military — “leadership ability, decision-making ability, integrity and being accountable” — that translate across all career fields and all positions. So, even if there’s a little more training involved, there’s a better guarantee that the veteran candidate will have the intangible qualities necessary to make the best - Hire a vet today, it might even do your heart a bit of good too.

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To Speed Services Deployment for the Internet of Things, Freescale Demonstrates an IoT Gateway Platform for a One Box Solution

To Speed Services Deployment for the Internet of Things, Freescale Demonstrates an IoT Gateway Platform for a One Box Solution | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it

Working with Oracle and ARM, Freescale defines a scalable, standards-based platform to support the secure delivery of IoT services. 


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Freescale plans to offer the new platform in Q4 2014 with a software suite that integrates and pre-validates security and connectivity components, allowing developers to add value through application software development and connectivity of new edge node products.


Powered by a Freescale i.MX 6 applications processor built on the ARM Cortex®-A9 core, the platform runs Oracle Java SE Embedded and is suitable for basic networking and sensor connectivity.


The solution supports the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth® low energy and 802.15.4 wireless interfaces. The initial Freescale IoT gateway platform also includes Oracle Event Processing for Oracle Java Embedded to facilitate quick reactions at the gateway level, as well as ARM Sensinode™ NanoServices software and Freescale-based processing.


For $159 the Key features of the first product platform to be released:

  • Fan-less gateway based on the low power i.MX 6 series processor measuring just 5.3″W x 3.9″D x 0.8″T
  • Supports 802.11b/g/n out of the box with Bluetooth low energy and 802.15.4 (including ZigBee protocol) accessories and software available
  • System can be configured as a Continua® Healthcare Compliant gateway for interoperability with home health products
  • Pre-integrated Oracle software including Oracle Java SE Embedded as an application development framework, and Oracle Event Processing for Oracle Java Embedded, for building embedded applications to filter, correlate and process events in real-time
  • ARM Sensinode’s NanoServices, providing end-to-end web services optimized for resource-constrained edge nodes
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Internal Apple Document Shows Worries iPhone Growth Could Stall

Internal Apple Document Shows Worries iPhone Growth Could Stall | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The planning document was introduced Friday in the Apple-Samsung trial.
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Four Ways to Unlock Value from the Internet of Things - IT Business Edge

Four Ways to Unlock Value from the Internet of Things - IT Business Edge | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
IT Business Edge Four Ways to Unlock Value from the Internet of Things IT Business Edge "As the Internet of Things grows rapidly, it is linking millions of assets, including devices, people and places, to deliver and share information, enhancing...

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 "Any company operating remote devices has opportunities to use this same model. Remote assets that require manual rounds for the purposes of emptying or replenishment, such as recycling bins or vending machines, can benefit from the same approach the hospital took. The underlying commonality is the business case to reduce the costs from doing the rounds by connecting assets to monitor status."

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Intel closes Costa Rica operation, cuts 1,500 jobs

Intel closes Costa Rica operation, cuts 1,500 jobs | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Chipmaker Intel, struggling with a shrinking personal computer market, is shutting its assembly and test operation in Costa Rica and eliminating 1,500 jobs, a spokesman said on
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"Intel dominates the PC chip industry, but it has been slow to adapt its processors for smartphones and tablets, markets now dominated by rivals like Qualcomm Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd." - not good for some of my former students.  "Still, Intel will continue to have over 1,000 engineers finance and human resources employees in Costa Rica and do some research and development there. The chipmaker expects to add another 200 "high-value positions" in Costa Rica later this year, "

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Five Lessons CIOs Should Take From Their Peers At Technology Companies

Five Lessons CIOs Should Take From Their Peers At Technology Companies | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Chief information officers at technology companies can have it tough. For one, IT operates as a group of technologists in a sea of technologists. Often the engineers in the traditional "business" functions think of themselves as doing more important work than that of the IT department, which leads to the [...]
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What these executives and others have mentioned as remedies to the traditional issues plaguing CIOs can be encapsulated in five lessons: 

  1. Change your mindset from order taker to essential advisor 
  2. Recognize the advantage of breadth
  3. Become customer one to the enterprise
  4. Develop a “semester abroad” program
  5. Develop ideas with financial impact
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