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Special Operations Command technology shopping list includes sensors, SIGINT, computers, and biometrics

Special Operations Command technology shopping list includes sensors, SIGINT, computers, and biometrics | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
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Admiral McRaven posts his shopping list to the world for the Spec Ops Command

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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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The Internet of Things, explained

The Internet of Things, explained | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Everybody’s talking about it, billions are being spent on it, and it will impact all of our lives sooner rather than later. Our primer explains what all the fuss is about.
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The Internet of Things aims to seamlessly integrate all aspects of one’s life into useful, manageable data. We’re in the midst of the earliest days of the Internet of Things, and the market is a bit like the wild west. New ideas—and new companies—are popping up left and right, and bigger players are swooping in to snap up some of the pioneers.  Some aspects offer societal benefits as well. The city of Boston recently commissioned a smartphone app called Street Bump to help its road maintenance crews learn where the worst potholes are. Bostonians download the app to their smartphones and keep it open while they drive. The accelerometers in citizens’ phones detect when the car goes over a particularly bad bump, and the app uploads the data to a city-owned database. The information helps the city make the most effective use of its citizens’ tax dollars. - The Internet will remain what it was invented to be: a worldwide network of computers. But the computers on that network are becoming tinier, larger in number, and more highly specialized than anyone ever predicted. 

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10 Home Robots to Lighten your Domestic Chores

10 Home Robots to Lighten your Domestic Chores | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
In 2014, a new crowd of scrubbing, vacuuming, mowing and entertaining models reached the market.

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FAA expresses concerns over drones

FAA expresses concerns over drones | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
As sales of drones soar, the FAA is worried about the safety problems they'll cause. Bob Orr reports on how the agency is trying to keep the airspace safe.
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The question we haven't been asking enough: Will Apple Watches and Fitbits make us sick?

The question we haven't been asking enough: Will Apple Watches and Fitbits make us sick? | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
An offhanded comment from Diane von Furstenberg got us thinking.
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Many agree the simplest cautionary measure is to maintain some physical distance from our radiation-emitting devices—but clearly that will be much more difficult when the device is strapped to one’s body. 

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Dr. Evil Schooling North Korea on How to Be Evil - Hilarious

Dr. Evil (Mike Myers) interrupts Sam Smith's (Taran Killam) Christmas special to address North Korea and Sony Pictures directly about the hack. Get more SNL ...
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A little bit of fun about this whole N. Korea hack of Sony Pictures - bring back the laughter  and make the bad guys look like amateurs. Have a great week - thanks to SNL and Mike Meyers

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Review of the best Chromebooks so far: Acer C720 and Chromebook 13

Review of the best Chromebooks so far: Acer C720 and Chromebook 13 | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Acer's Chromebook 13 and updated Chromebook C720 offer incredible battery life and performance, respectively -- and they aren't too pricey, either.
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One absurd tests is to open more and more YouTube videos simultaneously until the browser crashes. The Chromebook C720 ran 56 YouTube tabs before it gave up the ghost. That’s insane. The Chromebook C720 ran 56 YouTube tabs before it gave up the ghost. That’s insane. Importantly, it can run multiple heavy web apps like Asana, Slack, and Google Drive, all while Gmail, YouTube, and a bunch of other apps are open.

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MacBook to Chromebook: Still no regrets

MacBook to Chromebook: Still no regrets | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Two years on, switching from a MacBook Pro to a Chromebook was the right answer for this geek. Read on for hints and tips
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Apple likely to be smarting from this analysis

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Always On "OK Google" Voice Search is Coming To Chromebooks

Always On "OK Google" Voice Search is Coming To Chromebooks | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
You know that nifty little feature on the Nexus 5 and other Android handsets that let's you voice summon Ok Google from any screen? Well, according to Google's François Beaufort, you'll soon be able to do just that on your Chromebook as well.
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One more nice piece of mobile tech migrating to the Chromebook, still in development but will be a winner too.  This could also help to disrupt the high end of microprocessor platforms as well, we shall have to wait and see.

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Thermoelectric power plants could offer economically competitive renewable energy

Thermoelectric power plants could offer economically competitive renewable energy | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
(Phys.org)—A new study predicts that large-scale power plants based on thermoelectric effects, such as small temperature differences in ocean water, could generate electricity at a lower cost than photovoltaic power plants.

Via Paulo Gervasio, S. Diez de Medina
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As Liu explains, thermoelectric power plants would work by harvesting the energy of ocean waves to pump cold water from a few hundred meters deep up through a long channel. As the cold water nears the surface, it enters a heat exchanger where it is heated by surface water on the outside. The heat exchanger acts as an electric generator, as its tubes are made of thermoelectric materials that can transfer heat through their walls and directly convert temperature differences into electricity.
Large-scale, ocean-based thermoelectric power plants would have many advantages. For one, the "fuel" or temperature differences are free, unlimited, and easily accessible. Also, the plants do not take up space on land. Because they have no moving solid parts, they would have low maintenance costs. In addition, the power output does not depend on the time of day or season. And finally, the method is green, as it does not release emissions.



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Is this the future of bionics?

Is this the future of bionics? | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
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The Centre for Blast Injury Studies is taking this further with the use of motion capture technology to analyse how an amputee's bones and muscles function in order to make them a better prosthetic.

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Google aiming to go straight into car with next Android

Google aiming to go straight into car with next Android | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
SAN FRANCISCO/DETROIT (Reuters) - Google Inc is laying the groundwork for a version of Android that would be built directly into cars, sources said, allowing drivers to enjoy all the benefits of the Internet
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If successful, Android would become the standard system powering a car's entertainment and navigation features, solidifying Google's position in a new market where it is competing with arch-rival Apple Inc. Google could also potentially access the valuable trove of data collected by a vehicle. - Direct integration into cars ensures that drivers will use Google's services every time they turn on the ignition, without having to plug in the phone. It could allow Google to make more use of a car's camera, sensors, fuel gauge, and Internet connections that come with some newer car models. 

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December 25: The Day Internet of Things Devices Go Online En Masse

December 25: The Day Internet of Things Devices Go Online En Masse | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
They see you when you're sleeping. They know when they're awake.
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Donna Hoffman, a marketing professor at George Washington University, said that beyond security, there’s a more basic issue as shoppers gift smart devices this holiday season: customer support.

"People are going to take these devices home and they’re not going to work as advertised, and then there’s going to be a lot of dissatisfaction," Hoffman says. "The challenge for the industry is going to be how to manage consumer expectations, because I think they’re not prepared for the onslaught."

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“Internet of Moving Things” Startup Eyes U.S. Cities – Next City

“Internet of Moving Things” Startup Eyes U.S. Cities – Next City | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Coming soon to a bus, taxi or garbage fleet near you.

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“We aim to turn every vehicle into a WiFi hotspot,” says Barros. (Other company founders include Susana Sargento, Roy Russell and Robin Chase of Zipcar.)

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Camera technology in police cruisers allows for "time travel"

Camera technology in police cruisers allows for "time travel" | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
In Palo Alto, five cameras installed in every regular beat officer's patrol car captures a 270-degree field of view that can be used for evidence and accountability. As Bob Orr reports, the city's police chief says the camera system is already making a difference.
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Improvements in using cameras helping to assure safety for police officers and the public.  

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New Innovative Technology that will charge your Gadgets without a Cord

New Innovative Technology that will charge your Gadgets without a Cord | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Innovative Technology will charge your Gadgets without a Cord
An exciting new technology is on the horizon that will recharge devices without a cord.
Right now, wireless charging requires direct con

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The number of smart homes in Europe and North America reached 10.6 million in 2014

The number of smart homes in Europe and North America reached 10.6 million in 2014 | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it

According to a new research report from Berg Insight, the number smart homes in Europe and North America reached 10.6 million in 2014... 


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The most successful products on the smart home market include smart thermostats, security systems, smart light bulbs, network cameras and multi-room audio systems from vendors such as Nest, Ecobee, eQ-3, ADT, Vivint, Philips, LIFX, D-Link and Sonos. Point solutions of this type – products that have been designed for one specific functionality – outsold the more comprehensive whole-home systems by a factor of six to one in 2014 and stood for 59 percent of the total smart homes revenues in Europe and North America. Point solutions have previously been lacking interoperability and customers that were looking for more comprehensive home automation have had to choose a whole home system from the start 

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Why Internet of Things 'standards' got more confusing in 2014

Why Internet of Things 'standards' got more confusing in 2014 | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Multiple industry groups formed in 2014, and there will probably be just as many a year from now.
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HP Stream 13 Review: A Low-Cost Windows Alternative to Chromebooks

HP Stream 13 Review: A Low-Cost Windows Alternative to Chromebooks | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
How much laptop does $230 get you?
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MSFT not laying down for Google's Chromebook's - the biggest benefit of the Stream 13 over Chromebooks is a larger selection of apps, and the fact that you can access them without an Internet connection. (If you’re unfamiliar with Chromebooks, the laptops run on Google’s Chrome OS and largely require being connected to the Internet since many of the apps are Web-based. Google has added support for more offline apps over the years, but the number is still small compared to Windows.)  - On the downside, running some of those apps on the Stream 13 can be a poky experience. As one might expect, the cheaper price means there are trade-offs, and in this case they come in the form of computing power, onboard storage and screen resolution.

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Ruggedized Acer C740, C910 highlight new round of Chromebooks set to be announced at CES 2015

Ruggedized Acer C740, C910 highlight new round of Chromebooks set to be announced at CES 2015 | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Chromebooks have taken the bottom of the market sub-$300 category of laptops by storm over the last couple of years, and they're expected to continue with that trend going into 2015. One of the dev...
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The device is expected to have a “rugged” design, which would make sense considering this affordable Chromebook is going to be heavily pushed at the education market (and will likely be tossed around in a classroom). The overall design of the new laptop will supposedly feature “brushed iron metal,” and reinforced hinges and display, making it sound to me like it would be prepared for the battlefield.

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BMW's fully-automated valet assistant allows you to summon your car via smartwatch

BMW's fully-automated valet assistant allows you to summon your car via smartwatch | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
BMW's fully-automated valet assistant allows you to summon your car via smartwatch

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BMW has announced that it will show off a 360-degree collision avoidance and fully-automated parking system at CES 2015. This technology will be baked into a BMW i3 and uses four laser scanners to record and identify objects surrounding the car. This data is combined with a digital site plan and enables the car to park itself without any outside input from the driver in places like multi-storey parking lots 

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The Internet Of Things Is Not A Shiny New Toy

The Internet Of Things Is Not A Shiny New Toy | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The Internet of Things is the latest, greatest new buzzword du jour and every major technology company, industrial manufacturer, big retailer and health..
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In other words, let's focus on the value add versus the hype and marketing of IoT and other tech and get the benefit

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UK Chief Scientific Advisor Reports: The IoT a 2nd digital revolution worth trillions

UK Chief Scientific Advisor Reports: The IoT a 2nd digital revolution worth trillions | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The government’s chief scientific adviser has released his long awaited review on the internet of things (IoT), which was commissioned by the Prime Minister earlier this year.
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UK govt Chief Scientific Advisor Report on the IoT its focus is on how practical applications of IoT can deliver benefits to key areas such as energy, healthcare, agriculture, transport and buildings. The report calls for government to take action in a variety of areas including: a strong leadership role on IoT; facilitating the creation of open, interoperable standards; the development of a roadmap for IoT infrastructure; encouraging public bodies to make their data open and available for real time analysis; and encouraging flexible regulatory frameworks in those domains affected by IoT so they can keep pace with technological developments.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Tipped to Sport Full Aluminium Body, Dual-Edge Display

Samsung Galaxy S6 Tipped to Sport Full Aluminium Body, Dual-Edge Display | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The rumoured Samsung Galaxy S6 has been tipped to feature a dual-edge curved display.
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Samsung's Galaxy S6 and Galaxy A series making sure that they don't have a their own "bend gate"

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How big data is beginning to change how medicine works

How big data is beginning to change how medicine works | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it

The face of medical care is rapidly changing thanks to major advancements in the capture, proliferation, and analysis of medical data. Technologies like the electronic health records (EHRs) and personal health records (PHRs) are drastically improving the way data is aggregated and shared.


Now the hope is that big data analytics will help to make sense of seemingly endless streams of medical information.


As many doctors are painfully aware, outcome-oriented care is no longer a buzzword but a reality. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has started to implement a program where payments are based on the ability of providers to meet key National Quality Strategy Domains (e.g. care criteria). Public payers are testing this new methodology, and private payers are expected to soon follow.


These big data analytics applications can also be relevant for the FDA, which may want to see how drugs perform in a non-test environment to ensure the appropriate patient populations are receiving the drug. I also expect pharmaceutical companies to actively scour this data to track drug efficacy post-release or identify markets that could “benefit” from increased penetration.


I am eager to see how the data evolution improves outcomes for doctors and patients.




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The Internet of Things and the Connected Person

The Internet of Things and the Connected Person | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
One of the interesting things about the Internet of Things (IoT): It’s not really about the things. The IoT is a developing technological marvel. It is estimated that by the year 2020, 50 to 100 billion devices will be electronically connected in the globally emerging IoT. But at the center of the innovation that is unfolding…
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the IoT is so broad and complex that no single standards organization has the possibility of being the one entity to pull it all together. Multi-dimensional collaboration — across industries and markets, across pre-standards research, formal standards development and market implementation — is necessary if requirements globally are to be addressed and standards and technology development is to progress rapidly and cost-efficiently.

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