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Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram – The Growth Of Social Media [INFOGRAPHIC]

Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram – The Growth Of Social Media [INFOGRAPHIC] | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
You know that social media thing?
It’s getting pretty big. Collectively, Facebook.

Via Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com
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Finally I see it - Social Media is the buzz, just like the dotcom bubble, do not expectt to get any revenue here, but they are communication channels to be used,

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Hrhug's curator insight, November 17, 2013 1:58 PM

#1 is Twitter, followed by Google+ and Facebook. Good stats broken down by age.

Lenovo Global Social Media Practice's curator insight, November 18, 2013 5:45 AM

great infographic and useful stats

Human@s's curator insight, November 19, 2013 6:28 AM

Gráfico del aumento del uso de redes sociales

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The Internet of Things and M2M – Some Predictions for a Bubbly Next Few Years | Blue Hill Research

The Internet of Things and M2M – Some Predictions for a Bubbly Next Few Years | Blue Hill Research | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
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The best prognostication so far on IoT, where it is going and who is going to be using it - Definitely a worthwhile read

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Cheryl Palmer's curator insight, February 19, 9:41 PM

INTERNET OF THINGS - Blog post by Tony Rizzo,  a Blue Hill Researcher on where the Internet of Things is headed in the next year or two. Has links to source information and further research. Well written with data to back up predictions.  A really interesting post that makes me think about how the IoT will change the way we do business.

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IoT drives changes in security systems models for the better

IoT drives changes in security systems models for the better | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
How the 'Internet of Things' is ushering in a new era for the industry
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From a systems configuration perspective, previously disparate edge devices (both IP and even analog) can now truly integrate with one another. Although there continues to be much talk of integrated systems, the reality of the situation is that the majority of devices in a networked system don’t actually share internal information and data with one another. Access control devices and power supplies are a perfect example. They connect via the network – but they don’t necessarily integrate in the truest sense of the definition to enable remote access and control of internal programming and diagnostic data. In other words, being connected is not the same as being integrated. 

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Smart gadgets to revolutionise pharma in the hunt for cures

Smart gadgets to revolutionise pharma in the hunt for cures | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The cure for cancer has not yet been found. But ways to detect the disease much earlier are within sight. A consortium led by the World Health Organisation believes it has found a way to identify one particular form of cancer long before it normally becomes apparent.

Via Philippe Marchal/Pharma Hub, Lionel Reichardt / le Pharmageek
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A chip is being developed that sits in the bottom of an ordinary lavatory. It monitors urine as it enters the water, testing it for traces of blood that are so small they would be invisible to the naked eye but may be an indication of early stage bladder cancer, one of the fastest growing strands. Once identified, the tumour can be easily removed – as it is still the size of a wart – avoiding any other treatments.

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As IoT Drives Demand for Low Cost Electronics, a Study of Roll-to-Roll Printed Organics Reveals an Inkron Product as a Preferred Material of Choice

As IoT Drives Demand for Low Cost Electronics, a Study of Roll-to-Roll Printed Organics Reveals an Inkron Product as a Preferred Material of Choice | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
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In a publication in the January 2015 issue of Organic Electronics, authors by VTT and BASF highlighted Inkron's IPC-114 product as the preferred material for the fabrication of the gate metal layer in a R2R printed organic transistor process. A key benefit of this product is its solvent-less nature thereby avoiding damage to the underlying organic device layers (e.g. dielectric and/or semiconductor) that often degrades the transistor performance when traditional solvent-based metal inks are being used. Further, the IPC-114 product is fully compatible with a R2R rotary screen-printing process and temperature-sensitive substrates, and provides metal films with electrical conductivity well exceeding the current requirements of printed organic transistors and circuitry. Inkron's novel material platform provides solutions for a number of printed electronics applications and includes printable and/or photo-patternable dielectrics in addition to a variety of metallization products suitable for different processes (e.g. screen printing, ink jetting etc.) and applications.

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AT&T and Audi To Wirelessly Connect All 2016 model year vehicles

AT&T and Audi To Wirelessly Connect All 2016 model year vehicles | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
All 2016 Model-year Audi Vehicles will come with AT&T Connectivity. AT&T and Audi of America today announced an agreement in which all 2016 model-year Audi vehicles equipped with Audi connect® will come with AT&T 4G LTE or 3G coverage*. AT&T and Audi enabled the first-ever in-vehicle 4G LTE data connection in North America with the …

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Connected models include: A3, S3, Q3, A4, S4, allroad, A5, S5, Q5, SQ5, A6, S6, A7, S7, RS7, TT, TTS, A8, and S8.  - Available high-speed connectivity also supports enhanced traffic information and navigation, over the air map updates, social media and mobile app integration with access to more than 7,000 Web radio stations as well as internet radio in vehicles with 4G/LTE hardware 

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Researchers Achieve Record-Smashing Wireless Connection Speeds

Researchers Achieve Record-Smashing Wireless Connection Speeds | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it

Do you know what wireless speeds of one terabit per second gets you? One hundred full-length movies downloaded onto your phone in just three seconds. Researchers in the U.K.


Via Waseem Jabasini
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The speed is more than 65,000 times faster than average 4G download speeds (that’s just 15 megabits per second, or Mbps). And it also smashes the previous 5G (or fifth generation) speed record achieved last October in tests: Samsung's 7.5 gigabits per second (Gbps), BBC reports, is less than one percent of the Surrey team's speed. 

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Systems Thinking with Dr. Russell Ackoff - videos and text summary

Systems Thinking with Dr. Russell Ackoff - videos and text summary | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it

In the following three videos Russell Ackoff provides a very understandable introduction to Systems Thinking.


Via Jürgen Kanz, Philip Marris
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The text summary beneath videos is a good primer for those not familiar with Systems Thinking.  The points that most overlook and misunderstand the importance of that Ackoff illustrates:

  • Performance of a system depends on how the parts interact, never on how the parts act separately.
  • The fundamental thing that management in the new age must learn is how the parts of the system they manage interact, not how they act separately.
  • There is no way of running a risk-less transformation or revolution.
  • If you want to create a transformation in an organization you must be willing to run the risk of initiating radical ideas and taking the consequences good or bad that will come with that.
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How to Build a Safer Internet of Things

How to Build a Safer Internet of Things | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Illustration: J. D. King
Imagine a criminal using your nanny cam to watch your house or to scream at your child—or even to post footage of your home on a crime boss’s website.

Via Vikram R Chari
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Defensive Weapons: Rules-based filtering uses a small set of policies—such as no unauthorized remote updates of embedded firmware—to block dangerous commands from getting past a simplified firewall. Rules-based filtering systems can also consult white lists of trusted computers so that only “good guys” have access to certain functions. A “bump in the wire” approach relies on a small, dedicated piece of hardware and software that sits between an IoT device and the Internet; a bump in the wire can shield devices that don’t have built-in protection.

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The installed base of connected vending machines grew by 18% in 2014

The installed base of connected vending machines grew by 18% in 2014 | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The global installed base of connected vending machines grew by 18.4 percent to 1.16 million units in 2014. Around 0.56 million of these machines have been installed in North America, whereas 0.15 million of the machines were located in Europe. The number of connected vending machines in other parts of the world was 0.45 million, …

Via M2M World News
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The connected vending market has gained momentum as vending operators have started to deploy cashless payment systems and vending telemetry solutions at a larger scale. The main market driver is currently cashless payments, which has become more and more important as the world moves from coins and bills to electronic payments such as credit cards and mobile wallets. Vending telemetry solutions are expected to have a more transformational effect on the industry in the coming year

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With Mesh, Bluetooth Strengthens Case As Key Internet Of Things Technology

With Mesh, Bluetooth Strengthens Case As Key Internet Of Things Technology | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Bluetooth Smart made Bluetooth sexy again and created additional demand for the technology. By adding mesh, the Bluetooth industry again sees a whole new wave of growth on the horizon.
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The group is assessing many user scenarios that would benefit from mesh. Lighting, HVAC control, asset tracking and security are all areas on the table.  While practically everybody and their brothers and sisters are touting technologies for the Internet of Things (IoT), Powell says Bluetooth has a leg up in that it consumes the least amount of power and is the "lowest cost and most widely available wireless solution enabling IoT today," he said in the release. "Bringing mesh networking to the Bluetooth specification will propel the technology to entirely new market segments."

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Sesame Opens Homes with Instant Smart Lock

Sesame Opens Homes with Instant Smart Lock | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Sesame's instant smart lock fits over existing deadbolts to unlock your door using Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or even a custom knock.
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The "instant" aspect comes from Sesame's use of a single strip of 3M command tape to secure its housing over your current deadbolt. The super sticky tape comes applied to the top of the lock, and after removing the backing, fits over the deadbolt and attaches to the door with a strong but non-destructive grip. Now your deadbolt is connected to your phone without ever needing tools or new hardware.  Sesame maker Candy House promises that its smart lock will work with almost every deadbolt found in the United States, Canada or Australia. Powered by a lithium battery, the lock should last around 500 days on a single charge, the company says.

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Nanotechnology quick test for Ebola

Nanotechnology quick test for Ebola | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it

When diagnosing a case of Ebola, time is of the essence. However, existing diagnostic tests take at least a day or two to yield results, preventing health care workers from quickly determining whether a patient needs immediate treatment and isolation.A new test from MIT researchers could change that: The device, a simple paper strip similar to a pregnancy test, can rapidly diagnose Ebola, as well as other viral hemorrhagic fevers such as yellow fever and dengue fever...Read More....



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A Color-coded test:   Currently, the only way to diagnose Ebola is to send patient blood samples to a lab that can perform advanced techniques such as polymerase chain reaction (PCR), which can detect genetic material from the Ebola virus. This is very accurate but time-consuming, and some areas of Africa where Ebola and other fevers are endemic have limited access to this kind of technology.
The new device relies on lateral flow technology, which is used in pregnancy tests and has recently been exploited for diagnosing strep throat and other bacterial infections. Until now, however, no one has applied a multiplexing approach, using multicolored nanoparticles, to simultaneously screen for multiple pathogens.

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Volvo announces "one-of-a-kind" public tests for self-driving cars

Volvo announces "one-of-a-kind" public tests for self-driving cars | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
News: Swedish car manufacturer Volvo has revealed plans to test 100 self-driving vehicles on city streets with members of the public by 2017. (more…)

Via Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com
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Collaborating with legislators and transport authorities, Volvo is hoping to conduct the tests "around 2017" in the Swedish city of Gothenburg. It is the first time that a scheme involving the transportation of "ordinary people" in self-driving cars around an uncontrolled urban environment has been proposed.

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LG Electronics' Strategy To Beat Samsung

LG Electronics' Strategy To Beat Samsung | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
LG Electronics Inc. (KRX:066570) unveiled its premium TV lineup in Seoul today; the company plans to overtake the market with its new strategy.
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The tech giant lags behind rival Samsung Electronics. LG, however, has an aggressive strategy in place to introduce newer models in 2015. The company is also focusing to push its new lineup of PRIME UHD TV, thus helping to expand the market and create a new segment altogether. The company is banking on the popular adoption of its quantum dot TV technology to take flight, the same technology that it displayed during the Consumers Electronics Show 2015 in Las Vegas earlier this year. With 4K TVs and displays fast becoming popular, LG believes its new strategy will help the company to capture a greater share of the market. LG plans to release around 11 new models of Super Ultra HD TV and at least five new models of the OLED version. - The last point is the most interesting from my innovation manager pov, reminds me of the Honda - Yamaha war in the 1980's where Yamaha introduced more models for a wider demographic of users, and won that skirmish.

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Ubisoft's therapeutic video game Dig Rush treats 'lazy eye'

Ubisoft's therapeutic video game Dig Rush treats 'lazy eye' | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it

Ubisoft, the maker of games like Assassin’s Creed, and healthtech startup Amblyotech have teamed up to create Dig Rush, a therapeutic video game that can help treat a condition known as “lazy eye.” With “lazy eye,” patients see out of one eye instead of two.

The title from the French game publisher is part of a trend of “games for health,” or those that can be used to treat health problems, and it is being unveiled today at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Its creators say that the treatment is 90 percent effective, and it takes only four to six weeks to retrain your brain to use both eyes instead of one eye, based on clinical testing.


Via Olivier Janin
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Amblyopia, or “lazy eye,” is where one eye dominates a person’s vision to the point where they don’t have much depth perception and see life effectively through a single eye. The condition affects 3 percent of the population, or about 9 million people in the U.S.

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Olivier Janin's curator insight, March 5, 9:52 AM

Congrats ! 

Un partenariat entre Ubisoft, l'université McGill de Montréal et la société Amblyotech a permis la mise au point d'un traitement original de l'amblyopie

ChemaCepeda's curator insight, Today, 11:18 AM

Que una compañía de videojuegos de las grandes empiece a interesarse por aplicar la gamificación a la salud, es un paso importante

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‘Immature’ Internet of Things hackable with primitive methods - E & T Magazine

‘Immature’ Internet of Things hackable with primitive methods - E & T Magazine | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The emerging Internet of Things lags massively behind conventional computers in terms of cyber security with manufacturers failing to implement basic security practices, a researcher has demonstrated.
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“The maturity of the Internet of Things is about where PCs where more than ten years ago,” he said. “While exploiting a modern Windows 8.1 system or even the latest Windows 10 is exceedingly difficult and requires some really advanced skills, to hack a CCTV camera the way I just did is staggeringly easy. You can go to Google, find it, copy and paste it, run it and it just works.” - 

Lyne believes, is the fact that the market is driven by innovation and focused on marketable features instead of security and privacy concerns. “The companies should improve software quality just as they did with the traditional technology.”

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A 'Building Code' For Internet of Things Security, Privacy

A 'Building Code' For Internet of Things Security, Privacy | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
In the fast emerging IoT, medical device safety is reaching a critical juncture. Here are three challenges Infosec professionals should begin to think about now.
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Interesting points - Not all solutions lie within the device itself, however. In order to use individual health data to draw conclusions about a population in general, a secure means of data sampling may also evolve. This approach is explained in “RAPPOR: Randomized, Aggregatable, Privacy-preserving Ordinal Response,” a technology for crowdsourcing statistics from end-user client software, anonymously, with strong privacy guarantees that allows “the forest of client data to be studied, without permitting the possibility of looking at individual trees.”

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Cisco, Deutsche Telekom and Intel Announce Joint IoT Startup Program

Cisco, Deutsche Telekom and Intel Announce Joint IoT Startup Program | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Today at Mobile World Congress, Cisco, Deutsche Telekom and Intel announced Challenge Up!, a joint Internet of Things (IoT) accelerator for startups from the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. The program aims at helping innovative IoT startups go-to-market faster through joint projects, mentoring, high-value networking and corporate assets. Selected companies may also receive …

Via M2M World News
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Challenge Up! is designed for early-stage startups creating solutions for the Internet of Things/Everything (IoT/IoE) and related areas, including connected and smart solutions (smart home, smart city, smart energy, connected cars, wearables, Industry 4.0), information security, big data, analytics, connectivity and cloud computing.

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Cheap and ultraslim circuits could make the internet of things a reality

Cheap and ultraslim circuits could make the internet of things a reality | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
From medicine to legal documents, cheap microcircuits could revolutionise how we interact with everyday objects
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“If you look at what can be done using conventional electronics, it is always going to be constrained by physical form factor [size] and cost,” he said, saying that when people talk of connecting objects at present, the price is prohibitive. “What they are actually talking about is relatively expensive objects that you can afford to put a very clever piece of electronics on there, that is going to cost - at the lowest level - tens of cents to add on to something.”  - Once that cost factor disappears - White claims the technology to be 10 times and sometimes up to 100 times cheaper than silicon - the possibilities for integrating the electronics increase.  

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World’s 1st grid-connected wave power station switched on in Australia

World’s 1st grid-connected wave power station switched on in Australia | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it

The world’s first grid-connected wave power station has been activated off the coast of Western Australia (WA).


Via S. Diez de Medina
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The company says its system is “different from other wave energy devices as it operates under water where it is safer from large storms [and corrosion] and invisible from the shore”.  The round, submerged buoys are tethered to seabed pump units, which are installed at a depth of between 25 and 50 metres. Waves crashing into the buoys drive the pumps, which push pressurised seawater through a pipeline beneath the ocean floor to an onshore hydroelectric power station. Here, the high-pressure water drives a turbine and generates electricity.

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, March 1, 10:40 AM

Renewable is gaining ground everywhere and in every direction. It's a must or climate change will be out of control beyond repair, hopefully we're not that far yet.

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New Firm Combines Wearables And Data To Improve Business Decision Making

Humanyze, a new MIT Media Lab spinoff, has developed a system that uses a smart employee badge to collect employee behavioural data, which it links to specific metrics with the goal of improving business performance. It has announced $1M in seed funding


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Wearable Device Allows Clinicians to See "Through" A Patient's Skin

Wearable Device Allows Clinicians to See "Through" A Patient's Skin | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Wearable Device Allows Clinicians to See “Through” A Patient’s Skin

Via Tictrac, Lionel Reichardt / le Pharmageek
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Evena’s point-of-care Eyes-On system is the first vein detection device to deliver clear, anatomically accurate, real-time imaging in a wearable, easy-to-use, hands-free and cart-free system. The system has telemedicine capabilities to share images remotely and interfaces with a hospital’s EMR systems for seamless documentation.

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Android share of smartphone profits plummets to 11%

Android share of smartphone profits plummets to 11% | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Apple's iOS now controls approximately 89 percent of the smartphone industry's worldwide operating profits.
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Unlike Apple, which makes a handful of smartphones, there are a slew of Android devices by various hardware makers all vying for customer attention. And with price points ranging from free to a few hundred dollars on contract and so many companies trying to attract customers, it's hard for any one company to generate a sizable profit. 

"Apple's strategy of premium products and lean logistics is proving hugely profitable," Strategy Analytics executive director Neil Mawston said.  He went on to say that Google might be a little worried by his company's findings. He argued that if major vendors, like Samsung, continue to have trouble generating "decent profits from the Android ecosystem, they may be tempted in the future to look at alternative platforms such as Microsoft, Tizen or Firefox."

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Samsung Ramps UFS 2.0 Smartphone Memory

Samsung Ramps UFS 2.0 Smartphone Memory | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Your next smartphone could have memory that's nearly three times faster than today's flagship handsets.
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Samsung said Wednesday that it is now mass producing its first 128GB ultra-fast embedded memory based on the next-generation Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 2.0 standard. "With our mass production of ultra-fast UFS memory of the industry's highest capacity, we are making a significant contribution to enable a more advanced mobile experience for consumers. In the future, we will increase the proportion of high-capacity memory solutions, in leading the continued growth of the premium memory market," Jee-ho Baek, Senior VP of memory marketing at Samsung.  Samsung said its new UFS products perform 19,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS) for random reading, or 2.7 times the IOPS of current eMMC 5.0-based memory. The new memory "delivers a sequential read and write performance boost up to SSD levels" while drawing 50 percent less system power than current-generation mobile device memory, the company said.  These performance and energy efficiency gains are largely driven by the UFS 2.0 standard's utilization of "Command Queue" technology, which "accelerates the speed of command execution in SSDs through a serial interface, significantly increasing data processing speeds compared to the 8-bit parallel-interface-based eMMC standard,

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Future of Internet at stake in net neutrality vote

Future of Internet at stake in net neutrality vote | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The Federal Communications Commission is set to conclude the debate over net neutrality with a vote on Thursday. Don Dahler reports on what the FCC has proposed and why some are concerned about the vote's outcome.
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Meet Kevin Ashton, Father of the Internet of Things

Meet Kevin Ashton, Father of the Internet of Things | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The Internet of Things is like religion: Everywhere and hard to explain.
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Interesting story on how smart tags (RFID) got started at P&G in 1995 that kicked off at least part of this Internet of Things.  Personally I saw BMW using the same concept applied in their manufacturing processes in 2000.  In any event this IoT thing hasn't been around for all that long.

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