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Industrial Applications Will Help Quadruple 3D Printing Market

Industrial Applications Will Help Quadruple 3D Printing Market | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
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Bottom Line:  3D printer companies often sell formulated materials at a steep mark-up – 10 times to 100 times. This approach was tolerable when companies only used 3D printers for prototyping, but it remains a major impediment to the use of 3D for production parts, as leaders such as 3D Systems, Stratasys, and EOS restrict third-party materials suppliers from entering the market.

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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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Google, Dropbox partner up to make security technology and tools simpler to use

Google, Dropbox partner up to make security technology and tools simpler to use | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
In this day and age of data breaches and government snooping, there’s a few things you can do to keep your data safer from prying eyes. Yet security solutions often require more figuring out and extra steps that most people …
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The companies are starting a new initiative called Simply Secure which aims to security technology more transparent to end users.  “We believe that people shouldn’t have to make a trade-off between security and ease of use."  - It may be a while until we see the first fruits of this collaboration, but the focus is on avoiding redundancy and working on helping developers integrate existing security technologies to work seamlessly on the background of existing online services.

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ARM/Amlogic attempt to addess the Ultra High Definition TV Challenge

ARM/Amlogic attempt to addess the Ultra High Definition TV Challenge | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it


ARM®, the world’s leading semiconductor IP supplier and Amlogic, a leading fabless semiconductor company providing advanced solutions for a wide range of consumer applications, today announced the launch of a system on chip (SoC) developed to deliver advanced graphics performance and Ultra High Definition resolutions to class-leading consumer electronics.


Based on a six-core ARM Mali™-450 MP graphics processing unit (GPU) and a quad-core ARM Cortex®-A9 central processing unit (CPU), both implemented with ARM Artisan® Physical IP, the AML8726-M8 boasts the highest number of cores seen to date in an ARM Mali-450 MP GPU.


Linear performance scaling and a focus on maximizing processing efficiency, even when rendering at four times Full Scene Anti-Aliasing (4xFSAA), ensures superior image quality and provides a perfect solution for 2K and 4K screen resolutions.



Via Andre Bontems
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The six-core GPU implementation has been specifically designed to supply the graphics performance needed to bring ultra-high screen resolutions and complex content to consumers whilst effectively controlling memory bandwidth and system power consumption which also brings top-of-the range 2D and 3D graphics acceleration to consumer electronics.

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What's Next? V2V (Vehicle-to-Vehicle) Communication with Connected Cars

What's Next? V2V (Vehicle-to-Vehicle) Communication with Connected Cars | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
There’s plenty of buzz around the connected car these days. The reason? The cloud. There is a common refrain heard from nearly everyone gathered in Detroit to attend the World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems this week: Connected cars will be the ultimate Internet of Things. They will collect and make sense of massive amounts of data from a…

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Ericsson discontinues development of modems - shifts part of investment into radio networks

Ericsson discontinues development of modems - shifts part of investment into radio networks | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it

Ericsson today announced it will discontinue future development of modems and shift parts of resources in modems to radio network R&D to better capture growth opportunities in this area. The change in strategy for modems comes as the company completes its previously communicated evaluation of the future of the modems business. News [...]

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Micron Introduces New Top-Line Solid State Drive

Micron Introduces New Top-Line Solid State Drive | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
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Micron nails the Use Case for SSD - The new drive is being positioned on the high-end of Micron’s client segment.  Micron is pitching the new drive to mobile Relevant Products/Services computing applications, including ultrabook platforms and tablets, and performance-oriented PC desktops and video capture systems.  The M600 will draw less than 2 mW in sleep mode and average 150mW during active use, a boon to laptop battery life. Typical laptop hard drives require exponentially more power when idle (130mW) and 10 times as much power while they spin their platters to access data during active use (1400mW to 2000mW). The drive also comes with adaptive thermal monitoring, dynamically adjusting power consumption based on system temperature, which should prove ideal for ultra-small, thermally constrained systems. 

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9 awesome features of Samsung’s Galaxy Note Edge (10 if you count ‘WOW’)

9 awesome features of Samsung’s Galaxy Note Edge (10 if you count ‘WOW’) | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Samsung launched the Galaxy Note Edge earlier this week. The device and its cascading screen is quickly becoming the darling of IFA.
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The curved screen provides a lot of the secret sauce of the product, even if it is a bit on the spendy side

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Google buying health technology startup Lift Labs

Google buying health technology startup Lift Labs | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Google Inc. is acquiring health technology startup Lift Labs to add to its Google X research unit, as the company pursues methods to address neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's.
Terms weren't disclosed. San Francisco's Lift Labs sells a handheld stabilizing device, with attachments such as a fork, spoon or key holder, to help people with tremors eat and unlock doors, according to the company's website. The technology, called Liftware, uses sensors to detect tremors and responds quickly to keep the device from shaking too much.
"Their tremor-canceling device could improve quality of life for millions of people," Google said on its website.
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"Their tremor-canceling device could improve quality of life for millions of people," "We're also going to explore how their technology could be used in other ways to improve the understanding and management of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's disease and essential tremor."

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Amazon Cuts Struggling Phone’s Price to 99 Cents

Amazon Cuts Struggling Phone’s Price to 99 Cents | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Analysts said the drastic cut was inevitable, but wondered if it would help spur sales that have been disappointing so far.
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“If history is any indication, (cutting the price to $ 0.99) doesn’t usually work,” said Wayne Lam, a senior analyst with IHS Technology. He noted that the so-called Facebook phone quickly dropped to 99 cents last year but never gained a foothold in the market. The price cut gets the Fire phone closer to the company’s classic model of giving away hardware in the expectation that users will order enough from Amazon to make it worthwhile. Buyers of the phone still get a year of free Prime, Amazon’s shipping and video club, which normally costs $99.

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IBM wants to kill the hard drive it invented

IBM wants to kill the hard drive it invented | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Saving files to memory is something that's supposed to be mostly invisible for the end user. We don't need to think about it; it just has to work. But
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The IBM team has been able to demonstrate the advantages of this new storage solution by applying it to existing flash memory chips. His team was able to generate about "250 of these magnetic domain walls in one racetrack" which, when applied to flash, could increase storage capacity by a factor of 100. And, what's more, it won't ever wear out, meaning it'd be infinitely rewritable. That's something flash memory simply cannot do in its current state.

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Intel Releases 8-core Desktop Processors for Power Users - Zacks.com

Intel Releases 8-core Desktop Processors for Power Users - Zacks.com | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
bit-tech.net Intel Releases 8-core Desktop Processors for Power Users Zacks.com Chipmaker Intel Corporation (INTC - Analyst Report) recently unveiled the Core i7-5960X processor Extreme Edition, its first 8-Core desktop central processing unit...
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The Core i7-5960X is based on Intel’s Haswell architecture and costs $999. It consists of 8 cores or 16 processor threads, 20 MB of cache and supports DDR4 memory. The processors also offer hyper-threading, which enhances performance of tasks including video editing and rendering. This perfect mix of speed, cores, overclocking and platform capabilities combined with the new Intel X99 chipset enables enthusiasts to maximize the speed and performance of the system for content creation, gaming and multitasking.

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Intel announces new packaging and test technologies for foundry customers

Intel announces new packaging and test technologies for foundry customers | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Intel Corporation has announced two new technologies for Intel Custom Foundry customers that need cost-effective advanced packaging and test technologies.
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These two technologies just made it easier for Intel to compete  at the 14nm process node, (lower cost to produce) which is far better than TSMC's and Samsung's current 20nm process node

  1. Instead of an expensive silicon interposer with TSV (through silicon via), a small silicon bridge chip is embedded in the package, enabling very high density die-to-die connections only where needed. Standard flip-chip assembly is used for robust power delivery and to connect high-speed signals directly from chip to the package substrate. EMIB eliminates the need for TSVs and specialized interposer silicon that add complexity and cost.
  2. High Density Modular Test (HDMT) platform. HDMT, a combination of hardware and software modules, is Intel's test technology platform that targets a range of products in diverse markets including server, client, system on chip, and Internet of Things. "We developed the HDMT platform to enable rapid test development and unit-level process control. This proven capability significantly reduces costs compared to traditional test platforms. HDMT reduces time to market and improves productivity as it uses a common platform from low-volume product debug up to high-volume production," 

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"Every 'thing' can and will become a consumer electronics product": A period of innovation for Internet of Things

"Every 'thing' can and will become a consumer electronics product": A period of innovation for Internet of Things | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The Internet of Things has been much-hyped trend promising Jetson-style home automation, but the reality of internet-connected gadgets is already upon us with devices that 'talk' to each other.
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A lot of people talk about these grand things like turning your air conditioning on before you come home and the internet on the fridge. Those things aren’t really that useful, they are very gimmicky, novel." - and IoT devices “are a lot harder to control so the management of the ecosystem is crucial,” 


Besides the last item we see of significant importance, we actually see the networked home to be more about managing the consumables, monitoring, and maintenance aspects of your home, those are real Jobs-To-Be-Done. Anything outside of that is likely only for those souls who are too lazy to get off the couch to turn the lights or ceiling fan on, or off. 

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Young Intel inventor stuns with high-tech gadgets

Young Intel inventor stuns with high-tech gadgets | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
As Intel’s youngest intern, 17-year-old Joey Hudy travels the globe while showing off his latest gadget to kids young and old. Jim Axelrod reports.
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Joey's motto "Don't be bored, make something" 

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Facebook, ARM, x86, and the future of data centers

Facebook, ARM, x86, and the future of data centers | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it

What’s the future of the data center look like? Complex and evolving. ARM CPUs are going to have a part to play, but creating a full server ecosystem around these products and achieving mass-market penetration is going to take years. Facebook’s Group Hug platform could kneecap traditional server vendors, but it only threatens Intel if it can’t build cheap processors that offer better performance per watt than its competition. At the Open Compute Summit last week, all of the vendors on question were confident that their own solutions would prove to be the best option for powering next-generation servers.

 

AMD has the fruits of its SeaMicro acquisition, new 64-bit ARMv8 processors in the works, and next-generation 28nm chips based on its Jaguar core launching this year, though there’s no information on whether or not Kabini and Temash will show up in servers. Intel has its own server Atom products and will refresh those chips with 22nm processors based on the first quad-core, out-of-order Atom that debuts later in 2013. ARM, of course, has server vendors like Calxeda as well as companies like X-Gene, which plans to ship its own 64-bit ARMv8 design by the second half of this year.

 

 

The winner will be decided by manufacturing, design, and scalability as much as CPU architecture. Historically, Intel has had a better handle on those issues than any other vendor on the planet. (See: Deliberate excellence: Why Intel leads the world in semiconductor manufacturing.) ARM may force Intel to innovate, but the chances of a wholesale takeover are exceedingly small.


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Google testing drones that could provide Internet access to remote lands

Google testing drones that could provide Internet access to remote lands | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Google bought Titan in April, with plans to integrate the company into Project Loon, Google's initiative to deliver Internet access from balloons to parts of the world with limited connectivity. Google is also reportedly planning to deploy low-orbit satellites to provide Internet access. Titan's drones are powered by solar energy and can stay aloft for up to five years, as we reported in a profile on the company last year.
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Google bought Titan in April, with plans to integrate the company into Project Loon, Google's initiative to deliver Internet access from balloons to parts of the world with limited connectivity. Google is also reportedly planning to deploy low-orbit satellites to provide Internet access. Titan's drones are powered by solar energy and can stay aloft for up to five years, as we reported in a profile on the company last year.

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Smart Home Devices Key to Reducing Energy Consumption -

Smart Home Devices Key to Reducing Energy Consumption - | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
A whitepaper from SQS argues that the evolution of smart devices enabling real-time control of home energy, such as via smart appliances, lights, and thermostats, is the most significant tool to reduce consumption. Whitepaper authors Angus Panton and Trevor Loveday note, “The capacity to connect smart devices creates possibilities for an unprecedented degree of control…

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Samsung SGR-A1 Robot Sentry Is One Cold Machine

Samsung SGR-A1 Robot Sentry Is One Cold Machine | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
A Samsung Group subsidiary has worked on a robot sentry that they call the SGR-A1, and this particular robot will carry a fair amount of weapons that...
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A $200,000, all weather, 5.56 mm robotic machine gun also sports an optional grenade launcher. It will make use of its IR and visible light cameras to track multiple targets and remains under the control of a human operator from a remote location. 

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The miniature radio that could link the Internet of Things

The miniature radio that could link the Internet of Things | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
A Stanford professor has produced a working radio-on-a-chip that costs pennies to make, is incredibly small and doesn't require any batteries to run, coming soon to a connected device near you.
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“How do you put a bi-directional wireless control system on every lightbulb? By putting all the essential elements of a radio on a single chip that costs pennies to make.”   100 of these radios-on-a-chip have already been fabricated by French firm STMicroelectronics to prove their viability. 

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AT&T says the connected car is the future of the wireless industry

AT&T says the connected car is the future of the wireless industry | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Hot on the heels of AT&T's recent announcement that it would be beefing up its connected car offerings, Ralph de la Vega, who's now the chief
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Cisco has been saying the same thing, now many others are jumping on board, a very likely and viable direction for technology to take off, assuming they can keep the costs down.

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Cyborg Unplug Finds and Boots Google Glass Pervs

Cyborg Unplug Finds and Boots Google Glass Pervs | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Inspired by wary women, creator of Glasshole.sh creates tech to easily boot Google Glass from local Wi-Fi.
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Julian Oliver released Glasshole.sh, a free piece of code that can detect Google Glass on a Wi-Fi network and automatically boot it.  Glasshole.sh was immediately popular particularly among women.  The ($85) Cyborg Unplug doesn't just boot potentially thieving Google Glass users, it can also boot Wi-Fi-enabled drones, Dropcams and even some wireless mics -- a useful product for thwarting potential concert and movie thieves. 

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Increase in food prices - ripple effect - people spending 1/3 less on discretionary spending

Overall prices on popular household food items have been on the rise since the spring. A survey found that 59 percent of Americans reported spending more on groceries this summer. CBS News business analyst Jill Schlesinger explains what may be causing the rise in food prices.
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Prices increasing drought, agricultural issues, already high gas prices, USDA predicts that inflationary prices on food to continue for the next year. With 45% spending more on core items, gas included, and 1/3 less on discretionary spending which is not good when it comes to growth

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AMD launches new 8-core FX-series processors, drops prices on high-end chips

ValueWalk AMD launches new 8-core FX-series processors, drops prices on high-end chips PCWorld (blog) While Intel was announcing a high-end unlocked 8-core CPU based on its Haswell architecture last week, AMD was briefing the press on new unlocked...
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Apparent bid by AMD to counter Intel and Samsung's 8-core processors. better performing by lowering the cost. 

Intel builds its 4th-generation Core processors using a 22nm manufacturing processor, AMD still relies on a 32nm process to build it FX-series parts. And the 5th-generation Core processors Intel is about to launch are built using a 14nm process. AMD also lags badly on power consumption. Intel’s most powerful consumer CPUs, the Haswell-E series, have thermal design power (TDP) ratings of 140 watts. AMD’s best CPU, FX-9590, has a TDP of 220 watts. AMD’s new FX-8370 fares a little better, with a TDP of 125 watts; and its FX-8370E and FX-8320E both have TDPs of 95 watts.

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Everyone loves Tesla Motor S except thieves: Here's why

Everyone loves Tesla Motor S except thieves: Here's why | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Car thieves find the prospect of stealing Tesla Motors' electric vehicles an unappetizing venture. Car thefts are falling in general, but a security expert warns that Tesla's security tech could be used against its drivers someday.
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The ability for owners to track and remotely disable their electric vehicles were some of the factors that help Tesla Motors' automobile achieve the distinction of being the least stolen automobiles by volume (theft rate is 0.15 per every 1,000 vehicles produced).  The industry average, is ~3.5 vehicles stolen per 1,000 manufactured. 


3G chips, Nitesh Dhanjani, a security expert, says the wireless tech could be used against the electric vehicle manufacturer one day -- the cars have already suffered from glitches.  "Given the serious nature of this topic, we know we can't attempt to secure our vehicles the way we have attempted to secure our workstations at home in the past by relying on static passwords and trusted networks," 

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Google testing delivery-by-drone down under

Google testing delivery-by-drone down under | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Page and Brin to Bezos: Can your 'copters do this rope trick?
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Australia was chosen as a test location because local legislation makes trials of such craft rather easier than is possible in the USA. Amazon.com has written to US authorities asking them to help it keep the company's Prime Air program stateside by relaxing regulations. Google seems to have just hopped on a plane, rather than asking for permission. Google is also asking around for “partners who can help us bring this technology to the world safely.”

 - Flight paths for drones high enough above ground without obstructing law enforcement or getting in the way of flight paths of other aircraft is going to be one challenge.  Potentially some kind of "smart" sensing to avoid problems is going to be necessary

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California Wine Country Quake losses in the Billions - Possible Solutions for the Future?

California Wine Country Quake losses in the Billions - Possible Solutions for the Future? | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
NAPA Calif. (Reuters) - A strong earthquake that jolted residents of California's Napa Valley wine country from their beds on Sunday caused insured property damage likely in the hundreds of millions of
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Unfortunate loss for the Wine Country perhaps there are some solutions to help address future quake challenges - by example "TRIZ And Taguchi Methods At A Winery & Vineyard"

(http://www.triz-journal.com/archives/1999/02/b/default.asp) - the solutions suggested are for barrel storage and grape trellis'. The analysis, done back in 1998, perhaps some other vintners could use a similar approach to help protect against the next quake. 

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