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7 Biggest Innovations in Health Care Technology in 2014

7 Biggest Innovations in Health Care Technology in 2014 | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Healthcare technology is forever impacting the way Americans receive care on a daily basis. Here are the most disruptive healthcare technologies of 2014.
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Harvard's Michael Porter: Service Leaders Will Be Hard Hit by IoT Revolution

Harvard's Michael Porter: Service Leaders Will Be Hard Hit by IoT Revolution | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The Internet of Things transformation will have a big impact on the service and maintenance industries. Here are 4 ways service leaders must adapt.
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Porter, along with Jim Heppelmann, president and CEO of PTC, summarized their findings from a November 2014 HBR article about how the Internet of Things (IoT) is disrupting various industries, field service included. The pair also spoke about ongoing research on the implications for company strategy and organization, which will be published in HBR later this year.

“Not only is the product changing, the product change is feeding back and changing how companies operate today,” Porter said. “How you run a company is going to change much more dramatically than in previous generations of IT.” 

1. Service businesses will shift from reactive to proactive:  There will be a transformation in the way service businesses are run and organized, as connected products allow technicians to diagnose the problem, or even perform service, remotely. Companies will be able to push updates to products in the field, and analyze product usage data to improve service efficiency and warranty management. As new IoT-enabled technologies take hold, service companies will move beyond the repair model to data-enabled advanced services that add value to customers. Ultimately, Porter said, this model will evolve to “product-as-a-service” as companies design new functionality and extend product life cycles. 

2. Big data will create an entirely new section of the value chain:    Companies will find ways to create value from the constant data stream from both internal and external factors. (Internal data could be product usage and equipment performance information, while external data could include weather conditions.)  Porter and Heppelmann said that, rather than having each division deal with its own data separately, companies need to create a “unified data group,” led by a chief data officer, that can store, aggregate and analyze the data — and work closely with other divisions to uncover insights that create customer value.

3. Product design will require a long-term, integrative approach:  Product design will become “evergreen,” said Porter, meaning products will be continuously re-designed and serviced via remote connections and services once they’re in the field. As a result, companies must find a new approach to product design that accounts for everything that happens after the sale is closed.  In addition, increased connectivity will require manufacturers to look at products within a larger, networked system. A “smart” tractor, for example, will have its own data analytics connections, but it must also interface with other smart machines on the farm.

4. Expect more consolidation and a war for talent: Porter frames the changes led by the IoT as an opportunity for companies to broaden their offerings and lead with innovative product functionality. There are two choices: cling to business as usual, or adapt. Companies that don’t react will have their products subsumed by companies that do. Porter predicts this will lead to further consolidation across industries, allowing companies to expand their market and products through data and IoT functionality. - But the biggest hurdle, Porter said, is likely to be the war for talent. There are currently too few people with the necessary mix of skills to tackle the new challenges presented by the IoT era.



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Hisense H7 4K UltraHD TV rocks budget price and 50-inch screen

Hisense H7 4K UltraHD TV rocks budget price and 50-inch screen | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
A new TV will be landing in Walmart stores next month that sports 4K resolution an impressively low price called the Hisense H7 Series 4K UltraHD Smart TV.
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Not only does the 50-inch TV support 4K resolution of 3840 x 2160, it also has smart features integrated for streaming programming without having to use other devices. Integrated 2×2 Dual-Band WiFi keeps the TV online. The H7 series TV up-converts to 4K resolution on all inputs and all inputs are HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2 compliant.  - The best part of the new on this TV is that the set is very affordable at $598. Hisense also fits the TV with dual speakers for optimal sound without having to use external sound bars. The TV will land in Walmart locations in June.

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INTERNET OF CARING THINGS | Trend Briefing

INTERNET OF CARING THINGS |  Trend Briefing | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Why consumers will embrace connected objects with a clear mission: to actively care for them.
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Interesting and informative list

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The Next Roomba May Recognize All Your Crap

The Next Roomba May Recognize All Your Crap | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
iRobot CEO Colin Angle says his company will bring a home-mapping robot to market by the end of the year.
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“This idea that the Internet of Things is going to simplify our lives—I think it will, but we’re going to need some technology that doesn’t yet exist in order to take the benefits,” iRobot CEO Colin Angle said. “What you don’t want is eight gazillion apps on the phone for every single component… What we need to do to improve things rather than make them more complicated is to have our homes be able to track the intent of the people living in it. And then do the right thing.”

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Tale of two thermostats: Nest vs Honeywell teardown

Tale of two thermostats: Nest vs Honeywell  teardown | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
I conducted a side-by-side teardown of two IoT thermostats to compare how they were made. This is a summary of those results.
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Good review of the functionality of these two competitive products.  "My feeling is that the Honeywell device is an old design with network connectivity added as a remote interface. There is no utilization of the network's ability to log data, correlate with other information sources, or the like. The Nest seems to be a true IoT design, with network connectivity an integral part of its operation and features."

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Will the Internet of Everything be the end of the checkout line?

Will the Internet of Everything be the end of the checkout line? | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Retail Dive recently talked with Shaun Kirby, CTO of Cisco Consulting Services, about IoE and how it can be used to streamline purchases. 
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CTO of Cisco shares his p.o.v. about the direction of IoT/IoE in the retail space, interesting

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Mio Provides Heart Rate Technology to Garmin's First GPS Running Watch with Wrist-based Heart Rate

Mio Provides Heart Rate Technology to Garmin's First GPS Running Watch with Wrist-based Heart Rate | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
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How Mio Heart Rate Technology Works:  The built-in optical sensor shines light into the user's skin and measures the amount of light returned. The sensor is designed to detect slight changes as blood pumps through the wrist, using an advanced filtering process to produce a reliable and accurate heart rate.

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Gartner: Chromebook sales up 24% over 2014, still huge in education

Gartner: Chromebook sales up 24% over 2014, still huge in education | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Gartner today released the results of a report finding that Chromebooks in 2015 have continued to see double-digit year-over-year growth for Google with education still as the primary market for br...
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Despite interest among SMBs (small and medium-sized businesses), the Chromebook’s entrance into the business market has been slow coming. Gartner believes, however, that Google’s increased investment of resources and marketing into the Chromebook for Work suite of applications – Drive, Google Apps for Business, etc – combined with many small businesses’ lack of significant resources to invest in IT, will stoke increased sales to the workplace.  -  “Chromebooks will become a valid device choice for employees as enterprises seek to provide simple, secure, low-cost and easy-to-manage access to new web applications and legacy systems, unless a specific application forces a Windows decision,” said Isabelle Durand, a principal analyst at Gartner.

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When Hardware Met Software: The “Killer Advantage”

When Hardware Met Software: The “Killer Advantage” | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it

From Amazon to Zynga, many companies glean powerful business insights from slicing, sorting and analyzing data. But GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt says it is the combination of big iron and big data that gives his company “a killer competitive advantage.”

Speaking yesterday at the Electrical Products Group Conference in Florida, an annual gathering of industrial executives, Wall Street analyst and investors, Immelt said that as a maker of both machines and software like Predix, GE’s “ability to combine the knowledge of the assets, the physics and the analytics,” gave an edge to its customers and to itself...Read More....


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Nice to see someone else make the case for the H/W and S/W combo is the best way to go strategically in the new era of the IoT.

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The Internet Of (Some) Things

The Internet Of (Some) Things | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
In 2015, a modern-day gold rush has taken the technology sector by storm. A recent study discovered that 75 percent of executives surveyed said that Internet..
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Good Op-Ed piece on the IoT, a lot of points that I definitely agree with.   Strategies are meaningless without measurable outcomes. Before embarking on a mission to garner more data and more insights just because you can, make sure what you are enabling can be explicitly linked to improved business processes or impact.  “Connect” with Care:  Contrary to popular opinion, not every device, object, or person needs to be Wi-Fi-enabled or embedded with other whiz-bang gadgetry.  Be secure, vigilant, and resilient – not just with the devices themselves, but with the seams between devices representing how they communicate, make decisions, and take action. Cyber should be a discipline considered from ideation through roll-out, helping to reach the point of acceptable risk.  Beware of the “Big Data” Effect:  IoT efforts can learn from the hype cycle surrounding big data. Both are based on advances in technology that unquestionably drive business improvements. But, because of the grandiosity of what could be in scope and the magnitude of the potential impact, progress can be stalled while trying to solve for the big picture.  


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3 Biometric Solutions That Work Across Devices

3 Biometric Solutions That Work Across Devices | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Three Biometric Solutions That Work Across Devices

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The IdentityX Platform offers the freedom to integrate existing security systems into an overall security scheme and includes the choice to add new technologies as they become available. You can select from a number of entirely different authentication systems and manage them as part of a holistic security approach. You can even pick and choose your preferred security factors and transition from one authentication system to another in a controlled manner. Daon’s IdentityX Mobile Framework/SDK makes it possible to integrate these biometric features across smartphones, tablets, etc.

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How Many Automation Devices Are Available for the Industrial IoT?

How Many Automation Devices Are Available for the Industrial IoT? | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
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This focus on connectable devices allows us to ground our assessments in our large database of primary research, a database that covers the range of process automation, discrete automation, and network infrastructure devices used to automate virtually all types of industrial machinery and processes. Focused specifically on connected devices used in manufacturing production, our analysis excludes connected end devices such as automobiles, jet engines, or television sets.  -  While we expected this approach to yield more conservative figures, the results generate a total available market of over 200 million devices worth over US$280 billion by 2019. These large figures were generated in spite of the relatively short five year forecast time frame, plus the inherently slow rate of change in industrial automation. Industrial manufacturers have already accepted the value proposition inherent in connected devices, so the potential to take the next step and connect these devices to the IIoT is evident. Retrofits of installed equipment as well as annual shipments of connected devices will both have a significant impact.

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How the 'IoT' Is Transforming the Meaning of Product

How the 'IoT' Is Transforming the Meaning of Product | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
This week, I attended the PTC Global Live conference. I learned that the transformation of the word “product” continues to accelerate as the already fast-paced evolution of product development technology has been put on steroids by the Internet of Things (IoT). The result is that almost every manufacturer has had to rethink what they are making and selling. Now product can mean a device, a service such as Dropbox powered by software or other technology, a service provided by people, a flow of da
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The research defined five stages of increasing service models that Oxford Economics called the service continuum:

1. Product Model: Selling the product is the focus. (Lagging.)
2. Service Parts: Parts are sold but maintenance is done by the customer. (Formative.)
3. Field/Service: The manufacturer takes responsibility for break/fix and maintenance when service is required. (Moderate.)
4. Service Contracts: The manufacturer maintains products to meet a specific SLA. (Advanced.)
5. Outcomes-Based Services Model: The manufacturer provides the outcome such as air at 72 degrees or working jet engines. (Best in Class.)

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Camgian Microsystems and Vanderbilt University Prototype Portable IoT Solution for Smart Healthcare Market

Camgian Microsystems and Vanderbilt University Prototype Portable IoT Solution for Smart Healthcare Market | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
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Camgian Microsystems Corporation and Vanderbilt University’s School of Engineering and School of Medicine have collaborated through the engineering school’s senior design program to prototype a new smart wheelchair system for monitoring the health of postoperative patients. In additional to in-patient care, the portable system could also allow outpatients to provide their vital signs and other key wellness metrics to their healthcare professionals in real-time from the comfort of their home.  - Camgian’s new Egburt platform was utilized by a senior design team to quickly retrofit a wheelchair to monitor patient blood pressure, oxygen saturation, pulse and temperature. Egburt was selected for its ability to run on battery power and to provide a more complete picture of the patient’s health by combining data from a wide variety of sensors. Systems that are portable, simple and cost-effective will better enable a broader group of physicians, nurse practitioners, and pharmacists to provide more frequent service to their patients from remote locations.

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DASBox IoT Sensor System

DASBox IoT Sensor System | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Makers, developers and hobbyists that are building Internet of Things projects might be interested in a new robust Internet of Things sensor system called the DASBox
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The DASBox project is an initiative to help manufacturers and fabricators gather precious data from their product, machine and equipment. The manufacturing sector needs to benefit from the IoT tendency that is hitting us now. By enabling manufacturers to integrate a DASBox into their machine we are promoting a higher level of knowledge to be gained from delivered manufactured products.  -  The manufactured goods can now talk back to us. Giving us precious feedback on its usage, behavior and service performances. Whether manufacturers wish to track machine usage and performances, or are looking to prevent costly down time, the DASBox allows you to measure and log on our cloud: Any kind of pressure, temperature, movement, humidity level, rpm, etc…  -  We currently have a gamut of 15 sensor types. We have a few working prototypes, and we are working hard at completing our Cloud based application. The working prototype is already sending information to our Cloud servers. We still have to work on the graphic interface so that the user can configure his personalized views. We should be done and ready by August for a first release.”

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Study: Connected Cars to Cause Mobile Network Traffic Jams

Study: Connected Cars to Cause Mobile Network Traffic Jams | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Rush hour could see data traffic double in certain cells, presenting major challenges to network planning and optimization teams. A new independent study from Machina Research today reveals the network management challenges that connected cars will present to mobile operators. The report, commissioned by network assurance and analytics company TEOCO, reveals that rush hour will ...

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Matt Hatton, founder and CEO, Machina Research:  “In terms of overall data volumes, connected cars don’t present much of a problem. But network resource management is not based on total traffic volume, it’s based on particular cell sites during peak times of network use. If connected cars regularly cause network traffic spikes in a particular location that can’t be met, there are implications for operators in meeting SLAs and delivering a positive quality of experience.”

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Canadian City CIO offers an IoT reality check

Canadian City CIO offers an IoT reality check | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
To say Shari Wallace was trash-talking the Internet of Things would not be entirely accurate, but she certainly demonstrated an interesting use
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Shari Wallace, CIO, City of Burnaby commenting about how the IoT can enable better city management.  “What we’d like to get to is really to start thinking of these sensors more out of the optimization of the business process to how we can do things better as a city,” she said. This could include smarter traffic flows, remote proactive information before infrastructure fails, or being able to email citizens or send out tweets about something important happening in their area.  -  Other use-case scenarios for sensor-based technologies today is on the City of Burnaby’s pump stations, which Wallace said are used to remotely monitor things like pressure flow and depth. “What really interests me is the education piece: if your water usage has gone up for 20 percent, for example, this is what it means for our reservoir,” she said. “Some of these things we’re doing were not called the Internet of Things. They were just things good cities did.”  -  Besides reducing costs and increasing revenues, Wallace said the Internet of Things also opens up the potential to share more information with citizens and engage them in a dialogue that wasn’t possible otherwise. On the flip side, she pointed out that privacy, big data challenges and shadow IT all represent risks that will need to be carefully thought through.

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Always interested in this mode of thinking. The development of sensors is exponential however the need to have a common real time remote monitoring platform at an affordable price is the key. Thus my interest in working in Vantage Point Technologies who have the solution.

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Cisco's IoE keeps abreast of cancer

Cisco's IoE keeps abreast of cancer | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
iTBra developed with customer Cyrcadia is a sensor-based wearable for early detection
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The iTBra is made up of patches placed under a normal bra that collect up to 12 hours of normal and abnormal cellular activity associated with breast cancer. The iTBra bra is designed to take tissue density, a gating factor in the accuracy of mammography screening, out of the detection equation.  Mammography false negative results increase dramatically with patient tissue density, Cyrcadia says, but the iTBra does not rely on varying tissue densities in its screening. Instead, the iTBra measures temperature variances to identify abnormalities at early stages of abnormal cell growth and proliferation.  Patented predictive analytics process and report abnormal cellular change, and in some cases lesion location, to the physician remotely. A smartphone or other mobile device can receive these alerts and other personal data, and share it with a big data/predictive analytics database on the back end.  “The technology can go from fitness, to wellness, to individual health, to highly scalable” cancer detection analytics, says Rob Royea, Cyrcadia CEO.

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This is what consumers want from their connected car — and how they want to pay

This is what consumers want from their connected car — and how they want to pay | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Connected-car services could generate $152 billion in revenue in 2020.
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Business Insider selling their analysis services via a report, some interesting points though: Key takeaways from the report:


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Easy instructions on how to use connected car services is the key to the bang and the buck. This is the ultimate in mobile learning.

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Revealed: The NSA's plan to 'hijack' Android app stores

Revealed: The NSA's plan to 'hijack' Android app stores | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The goal was to exploit the connection between smartphones and app stores to allow the NSA to inject malware into phones, according to the documents.
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It's not clear whether the plan was ever carried out; the documents are apparently from internal workshops. But they highlight the security agencies' interest in finding new ways to hack into individual smartphones.  The agencies were also interested in exploiting the app stores for purposes other than data collection.

But the agencies wanted to do more than just use app stores as a launching pad to infect phones with spyware. They were also keen to find ways to hijack them as a way of sending “selective misinformation to the targets’ handsets” as part of so-called “effects” operations that are used to spread propaganda or confuse adversaries. Moreover, the agencies wanted to gain access to companies’ app store servers so they could secretly use them for “harvesting” information about phone users.  The documents also suggest that the agencies uncovered security vulnerabilities within UC Browser, an Android browser extremely popular in Asia.

UC Browser apparently makes large amounts of user data accessible, which the documents describe as creating "opportunity where potentially none may have existed before.”

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Samsung licenses SRI's Iris Biometric-Embedded Products for Mobile B2B Applications

Samsung licenses SRI's Iris Biometric-Embedded Products for Mobile B2B Applications | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
SRI International today announced an exclusive license of Iris on the Move® (IOM) technologies to Samsung for use in Samsung mobile products.

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This Glass Toaster Can Cook Shrimp & Steak

Italian appliance company Bugatti showed off a new glass toaster that uses semiconductors inside glass to heat everything from toast to meat.

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The functional advantage is that instead of the air around your toast heating the toast, now Bugatti is doing it with glass in direct contact with the food being heated.  Less burning of the food than other kinds of ovens or burners, at least that is the promise of this technology.

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NTT DoCoMo unveils smartphone with iris scan security

NTT DoCoMo unveils smartphone with iris scan security | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Move over Knock Codes and fingerprint scanners, Japan’s NTT DoCoMo has unveiled its new Arrows NX F-04G smartphone that uses iris scanning as its security method of choice.

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Iris scanning now on mobile

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Cops scan social media to help assess your ‘threat rating’

Cops scan social media to help assess your ‘threat rating’ | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Failure to update who lives at a particular residence, for example, could transform a green rating into a red rating -- turning a midday knock on the front door into a nighttime SWAT raid.
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Perhaps the most serious issue is that such systems may be used as pretext in unconstitutional investigations. John Shiffman and Kristina Cooke reported for Reuters last year that a secretive Drug Enforcement Administration unit regularly funnels information to other law enforcement agencies in order to launch criminal investigations. This information is frequently acquired via intelligence intercepts, wiretaps and informants. As the FirstNet national wireless network rolls out, federal-state coordination will likely increase opportunities for police to receive sensitive information from powerful federal agencies.  -  Data-mining gives police significantly more information to create reasonable suspicion for suspects that federal agencies flag. Officers could receive a search or arrest warrant with the help of information gleaned from Beware and other databases, like those tracking license plates. If an arrest follows, data-mining helps provide the police with the legal pretext to engage in these fishing expeditions. Defendants will likely have no opportunity to challenge the legality of the original surveillance that led to their arrest.  -  As predictive policing investment ramps up, and local police and federal agencies increasingly coordinate, more secrecy becomes more valuable. Local police and prosecutors often refuse to disclose how they gain information about defendants because federal agencies prohibit them from discussing these technologies. In Baltimore, for example, police recently dropped evidence against a defendant rather than reveal information about cellphone tracking that the FBI did not want disclosed in court.

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IoT M&A activity surges

IoT M&A activity surges | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Companies have already spent more on mergers and acquisitions related to the Internet of Things in 2015 than was spent in all of 2014.
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"While the Internet of Things is still in its infancy in terms of industry adoption, the deal-making accelerates unabated, and we see no end in sight. The IT service and infrastructure leaders of the future will require broad and deep competencies in IoT, and those bets are being made now," said Brian Partridge, VP of the 451 Research mobility team. "The 2015 numbers left little time to even question our prediction that market forces would accelerate deal activity beyond 2014."   -  Semiconductor-related acquisitions have accounted for the bulk of movement so far. ARM, Intel and NXP have eached announced two or more deals driven by IoT position taking. The biggest deal was NXP's $11.8 billion acquisition of Freescale Semiconductor that will increase the firm's reach in key IoT markets, with connected cars at the forefront.  -  Other companies making deals related to IoT in 2015 include Amazon, ARM, Brocade, PTC, Silver Spring Networks and British Gas.

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Apple's In-Depth Fingerprint Related Patent Describes new Functionality for Security, Gaming, Scrolling & Beyond

Apple's In-Depth Fingerprint Related Patent Describes new Functionality for Security, Gaming, Scrolling & Beyond | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Our first patent report this morning was titled "Apple Advances their OS X "Quick Look" Feature for iOS iDevices using an Intense Touch Gesture." In this second report, we see Apple extending their thinking from the first patent that we covered. In this patent filing Apple delivers a mind boggling overview of where fingerprint technology may go as Touch ID was just the tip of the iceberg.
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Apple notes that in some other embodiments, the Home Button could be a virtual button and a specific gesture detected by fingerprint sensor causes activation of the button.  Whether Apple will choose to start with the design above and then evolve the Home Button to becoming a pop-up gaming joystick as Apple revealed in a patent in January is unknown at this time.

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