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Fundamental Teacher Apps ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Fundamental Teacher Apps ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
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Important for the teacher in our modern age

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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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IoT's Root Causes of its Cyber Security Problems - Drilling into the details

IoT's Root Causes of its Cyber Security Problems - Drilling into the details | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Is there anything that can’t be connected to the Internet? For example, where I once wore a $10 pedometer clipped to the waistband of yoga pants, I now wear a $130 fitness tracker on my wrist. In the past, I just took a look at the numbers on the pedometer to see how many steps I’d taken; now I need to log onto an app on my smartphone to see how far I’ve walked and how many calories I’ve burned and even how well I’ve slept. Or, if I wanted to, I could turn on any light in the house from the comf
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Excellent description of the underlying issues beyond the typical surface treatment of how and why IoT security and privacy issues exist - well worth the read.

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The IoT is going to be a legal challenge

US regulators know that the internet is exploding into something new and strange, and they want to keep it safe for consumers. They just don't fully know how to do it yet.
Today the Federal Trade...
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For now, it seems like the FTC believes self-regulation is the best bet — as long as Congress beefs up higher-level privacy protections for consumers.

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How Your Connected Devices Could Get You Fired or Ruin Your Credit

How Your Connected Devices Could Get You Fired or Ruin Your Credit | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
There's probably something you do right now you wouldn't really want everyone to know about. Maybe you're letting a Fitbit gather dust while you eat Doritos and watch The Good Wife (understandable). Maybe you're in the habit of driving around at 3 AM when you can't sleep. Whatever you do, if you're doing it while using "internet of things" devices, those private vices may not be so private.
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More on the FTC's current report about the IoT and it's impact upon consumers

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14 Sensor Innovations Driving Digital Health

14 Sensor Innovations Driving Digital Health | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Amazing innovative sensors that are creating new and exciting ways to monitor health and wellbeing.

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A lot of wearable technology applications for health care, very interesting

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The Human Impact Of The Industrial Internet Of Things

The Human Impact Of The Industrial Internet Of Things | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Will digital technology be positive for workers and jobs? Amid today’s public debate about the consequences of artificial intelligence and advanced..
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In short, the outcome economy has arrived, where partnerships between companies and their respective workers inspire more bespoke and varied solutions for customers. Small wonder, then, that 86 percent of the 1,400 business leaders we polled think the industrial Internet of things will be a net creator of jobs.

There is already evidence that workforce transformation is happening. A Maryland steel company used automation and robotics coupled with analytics, which led to more knowledge-intensive work. The result? A safer, more engaging work experience alongside higher productivity and quality. By making digital investments, the steel company was able to significantly increase hourly pay and experienced growing demand that led to an increase in hires.

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Ford To Focus On Connectivity And Autonomous Cars At New Silicon Valley Research Center

Ford To Focus On Connectivity And Autonomous Cars At New Silicon Valley Research Center | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The experiments are part of the Smart Mobility Plan Ford unveiled at CES earlier this month. Intended to advance the company in what it considers to be key areas of technology, it will encompass 25 "global mobility experiments" conducted around the world. This is supposed to help the Blue Oval put a fully-autonomous car on sale in the near future,
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We also see this as significant effort on the part of Ford to team up and tie into semiconductor industry, definitely a good idea.  - The experiments planned for the new Research and Innovation Center are part of the Smart Mobility Plan Ford unveiled at CES earlier this month. Intended to advance the company in what it considers to be key areas of technology, it will encompass 25 "global mobility experiments" conducted around the world. This is supposed to help the Blue Oval put a fully-autonomous car on sale in the near future,  

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How the CIA made Google : Inside the secret network..

How the CIA made Google : Inside the secret network.. | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Inside the secret network behind mass surveillance, endless war, and Skynet — part 1

Via Constantin Ionel Milos / Milos Constantin
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INSURGE INTELLIGENCE, a new crowd-funded investigative journalism project, breaks the exclusive story of how the United States intelligence community funded, nurtured and incubated Google as part of a drive to dominate the world through control of information. Seed-funded by the NSA and CIA, Google was merely the first among a plethora of private sector start-ups co-opted by US intelligence to retain ‘information superiority.’

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3 reasons why the Internet of Things (still) doesn’t make sense

3 reasons why the Internet of Things (still) doesn’t make sense | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The productivity gains are outweighed by cost and security concerns.
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Washington Post's really spot on analysis on the IoT - There are three big issues that need to be resolved before we can realistically talk about the Internet of Things. The Internet of Things won’t work unless prices come down, the interoperability issues gets resolved and people figure out all the security and privacy issues.

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Google cooks up a food-truck model to sell Project Ara smartphones

Google cooks up a food-truck model to sell Project Ara smartphones | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The first Project Ara trucks will be deployed in Puerto Rico
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Users will be able to design and assemble their smartphones in under five minutes at the mobile trucks, The idea was inspired by Lego, and Google is relying partly on external developers to make antennas, batteries, cameras and other components. If a camera or antenna stops functioning, the module can be swapped out, eliminating the need to buy a new phone. 


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How Mobile Tech is Revolutionizing Patient Health Management

How Mobile Tech is Revolutionizing Patient Health Management | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Advances in mobile technology have given way to the healthcare industry taking big strides to provide patients with safer and more efficient services.

Via Alex Butler, Pekka Puhakka
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Part of the large appeal and value apps hold for physicians is the way they easily integrate into their daily to-dos: info is delivered as and when needed, after a few taps. - Not to mention what the technology does for patients.  - Most well-known medical apps provide a level of flexibility which makes them an ideal choice no matter what smartphone device physicians are using. 

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The Internet of Things gets its own congressional caucus

The Internet of Things gets its own congressional caucus | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The Internet of Things is headed to Washington, D.C.
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Now we should be concerned when congressional reps start getting involved in the IoT

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Hands-on with Intel’s new mini-desktops: Faster, smaller, more expandable

Hands-on with Intel’s new mini-desktops: Faster, smaller, more expandable | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
New NUCs start launching this month and serve as a showcase for Broadwell-U.
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NUC's (Next Unit Computing) with upgrades.  NUCs exist somewhere between classic DIY computer-building projects and ready-made systems from OEMs. Intel supplies a motherboard inside of a box, and you get to pick what RAM and SSD you want to use and install them yourself. Intel will be refreshing all of its high- to mid-end NUCs in the next few months, and these boxes will serve both as systems for people who want a small but fairly capable PC and as a showcase for the new features in Broadwell-U. 

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The Internet of Things is just the internet

The Internet of Things is just the internet | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The IoT will deliver new usage models, but it's basically just the same old internet, argues V3 technical editor Dan Robinson
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Intel's perspective on the matter is instructive; it regards the IoT as the next step in the embedded market, using the internet as the plumbing to connect all kinds of devices that already have a processor inside, but are not necessarily wired for communication today.  So long as you keep that in mind, the IoT doesn't seem too mysterious or confusing.

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Finally, mHealth is the winner : Software as a drug?

Finally, mHealth is the winner : Software as a drug? | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it

Gradually, both will become integrated across the continuum of care. The reality is that, mHealth has succeeded and it has emerged as the winner and is changing the rules of healthcare.


A mhealth app (mobile based application) for managing diabetes is now US FDA approved, and has been allocated a ‘drug code’, which means that doctors can now prescribe an mHealth app in a similar manner as medicines ( drugs) and this will be reimbursed by the insurance companies. Now mHealth apps have the same status as drugs in the United States !

Areas where mHealth can deliver huge impact :

# Mother and Child Health
# Rural Health – Remote diagnosis / consultation with specialists
# Management of chronic diseases
# Training of Health care workers / professionals
# Epidemiology , program monitoring and supervision
# Vaccination alerts
# Management of TB
# Emergency Care / Trauma

• Timely data received with technology driven care will help send the right interventions thus saving lives. Also, this will help in big data generation and analytics which will be crucial for outcome driven care.

• Telemedicine and mHealth care are the best tools during disaster management

# Made in India campaign will encourage MNCs to make Point of care diagnostics products in India, and India can become an exporter of medical devices and telemedicine services


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FTC Recommends Limits on Data Collection Via Internet of Things

FTC Recommends Limits on Data Collection Via Internet of Things | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Internet-connected wearables, cars, thermostats, ad infinitum are all the rage in Silicon Valley. But those devices can come with security and privacy holes that leave consumers exposed, regulators warned.
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In a much-anticipated report on the so-called-Internet of Things, the Federal Trade Commission laid out steps businesses can take to protect consumers’ privacy. 1st is to build security into devices at the outset, rather than as an afterthought. Other recommendations include: vetting partners for how they handle consumer data, taking measures to keep unauthorized users from accessing personal information stored on the network, and monitoring and patching connected devices throughout their expected life cycle.

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The secrets behind successful Wearables In Fashion

The secrets behind successful Wearables In Fashion | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Wearables In Fashion about a hungry market waiting fashionable wearables, wearable technology that makes their owners look cool and trendy.

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Here are the Secrets (that aren't so secret):

  • Deliver Real Value
  • Price And Affordability
  • Image And Aesthetics
  • Durability
  • Cultural Acceptance
  • Developer Support
  • Full Integration – Be Smarter
  • Battery Life
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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, January 26, 11:39 PM

Once this highly practical fashion trend gains traction, you won't care how strange it looks.  Imaging not having to recharge your digital devices from clumbsy wall "warts" or having your smartphone die because you forgot to charge it.  With solar cells integrated in your clothing, you can charge your digital devices as you go about your business, walk to work, or even jogging to keep in shape.  A win-win for everyone.  Aloha, Russ.

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Unmanned Drones May Have a Major Impact on US Food Supply and Lower Prices

Unmanned Drones May Have a Major Impact on US Food Supply and Lower Prices | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
We are all quite accustomed to hearing about drones in the context of military and police activities. Drones or technically unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) are a type of aircraft without a human pilot and have indeed been traditionally deployed for military and special operations. Recently, however, drones have been used in a growing number of […]
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Drones have been used in a growing number of civil applications beyond policing such as the inspection of power lines, disaster relief, oil, gas and mineral exploration, scientific research and other such activities. It seems then that the use of drones to revolutionize our agriculture industry is only a natural extension. - the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems Interations predicts that the use of drones for agricultural purposes may one day account for 80% of all commercial drone use.

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Google Wireless Service Aims to Switch Between Carriers, Sources Say

Google Wireless Service Aims to Switch Between Carriers, Sources Say | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Google Inc.’s upcoming wireless service would aim to end subscribers’ reliance on a single carrier, instead giving them the ability to pick the best signal from a variety of sources, people familiar with the plan said.
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The move challenges the wireless industry’s prevailing model in which service is supplied via exclusive agreements with individual carriers like Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. While the approach has helped carriers amass the steady income needed to support massive investments in their networks, critics say it leads to higher prices and sometimes worse service. 

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Reimagining Business With the Industrial Internet of Things

Reimagining Business With the Industrial Internet of Things | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
It could add more than $10 trillion to the global economy by 2030.
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So far, businesses have made progress in applying the Industrial IoT to reduce operational expenses, boost productivity or improve worker safety. Drones, for example, are being used to monitor remote pipelines, and intelligent drilling equipment can improve productivity in mines. Although these applications are valuable, they are reminiscent of the early days of the Internet, when the new technology was limited primarily to speeding up work processes. As with the Internet, however, there is more growth, innovation and value that can be derived with smart IIoT applications.

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IBM Reveals Proof of Concept for Blockchain-Powered Internet of Things

IBM Reveals Proof of Concept for Blockchain-Powered Internet of Things | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
IBM has debuted ADEPT, the distributed, blockchain-powered Internet of Things proof of concept designed in partnership with Samsung.
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According to the draft paper, blockchains deployed within the ADEPT system would serve as a ledger of existence for billions of devices that would autonomously broadcast transactions between peers in a three-tier system of peer devices and architecture. By using an implementation of the bitcoin protocol, ADEPT could serve as a bridge between many devices at low cost. - IBM and Samsung chose three protocols – BitTorrent (file sharing), Ethereum (smart contracts) and TeleHash (peer-to-peer messaging) – to underpin the ADEPT concept.

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Talking virtual traffic lights could trim commute by 40%

Talking virtual traffic lights could trim commute by 40% | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Traffic lights that are projected onto your windshield and change color according to the actual road conditions rather than a preset pattern could cut commute
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It actually involves vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications. The cars will periodically announce their location, direction, speed, and other metrics to those nearby, as well as a general set of traffic management rules, intersections could be dynamically managed. Rather than necessarily require actual lights at the junction, the customized instructions might be projected onto the windshield or shown on some sort of dashboard display. 

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10 Mobile Predictions For 2015 - Forbes

10 Mobile Predictions For 2015 - Forbes | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Several weeks ago, I posted several of my prediction for 2014 as a research note in the Lopez Research syndicated service  (see below). This was before the bevy of announcements at CES.

Via Pekka Puhakka
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My favorite of Maribel's analysis #3 Contextual services emerge and flop. The combination of mobile, sensor data and new analytics provide a foundation to deliver contextual services. Market leaders will use these tools to deliver the right information, on the right device at the right moment. Lopez Research calls these new contextual services Right-time Experiences because they provide information and services when they’re most useful. However technology availability doesn’t ensure success. Contextual services require linking various information sources together in near real time to deliver specific information and services. Meanwhile, most companies operate in application and process silos. Mobile-enabling an application doesn’t equate to changing a process or breaking down information silos. Hence, contextual services can’t be created until companies address larger process issues. - this last part is why is why I like this one of her predictions.

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Wearable technology was the biggest let down : CES 2015

Wearable technology was the biggest let down : CES 2015 | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Every year Rachel Arthur, a technology and fashion writer, makes a pilgrimage to Las Vegas in the hope that the technology industry will have finally produced some stunning wearables to show off at CES. Why is she perennially disappointed?
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Despite the hype, these gizmos disappointingly failed to deliver for another year. Designs are still clunky and basic functionality of most attempts remain unchanged. In short, what we've got is a series of "me too" devices – items that match in both what they look like and do. Yes there are a handful of designs certainly more geared towards women than in 2014, which is perhaps the most positive takeaway from all this, but even those aren't overly worth shouting about.

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Fire chiefs see benefits of wearable tech with their own eyes

Fire chiefs see benefits of wearable tech with their own eyes | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
WEARABLE technology could change the decades-old practice of gauging the colour of smoke and relying on third-hand information to fight fires and save lives.

Via Anne Bartlett-Bragg
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Saw this Use Case some time back, a wearable camera is only part of the entire system they would need, but this is the beginning of the Use Case as they see it so far

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Anne Bartlett-Bragg's curator insight, January 12, 9:36 PM

A quasi-wearable - strapping a video camera to a helmet - but conceptually a great idea! Now just imagine if they were using Google Glass... 

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WeMo Beefs Up Smart Home Lineup With Four New Sensors

WeMo Beefs Up Smart Home Lineup With Four New Sensors | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Right now, piecing together a smart home, your very own domicile outfitted to perfectly fit your life, is a confusing cobweb of wireless standards, compatibility, and brands—lots and lots of brands.

Via @zbutcher, Pekka Puhakka
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WeMo's philosophy isn't radically different from other stalwart smart home competition, primarily Samsung's own home automation arm SmartThings. Similar to what SmartThings introduced with its massively successful Kickstarter in 2012, WeMo offers a similar piecemeal approach to giving your house or apartment, whether brand new or decades old, a few more IQ points. WeMo already offers bunches and bunches of smart switches and plugs that can let you control sprinklers, lights, televisions, or whatever through WeMo's free app. These four new sensors improve WeMo's currently limited smarts to offer awareness of not only what's going on in your home but also the people who are living in it

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