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These IoT networks are 'unapologetically slow'

These IoT networks are 'unapologetically slow' | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Low-power WANs are far-reaching, highly efficient and achingly slow
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LPWANs solve the problem of how to reach large numbers of connected devices without having to saddle them with relatively large and energy-hungry cellular radios. Those devices, such as sensors, smart meters and location trackers, may have to stay on for months or years but don’t have room for bulky batteries.


“I expect that the overall IoT networking space will remain very confused for several years, and at least 10 different networking technologies will gain significant traction for IoT applications,” Gartner analyst Nick Jones said via email. Long-range IoT networks are even more immature than other parts of that unsettled industry, he wrote. “I see the market in what you might call a land-grab phase. Everyone is trying to get ahead to establish their presence.”

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5 Key Car Technology Trends

5 Key Car Technology Trends | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Automakers make their presence felt at the tech show.
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Intelligent analysis - my favorite was Nvidia's announcement of the X1. X1 processor provides the horsepower for Nvidia's new Drive PX Auto-Pilot Car Computer , which can take data from any sensor and crunch it using "deep neural learning" to recognize a wide range of objects: street signs, pedestrians, cyclists and even differentiate between types of vehicles. Over time Drive PX can learn about the driving environment instead of having to be programmed to recognize specific objects, like existing driver assistance systems.
The system can also recognize traffic lights and road signs and even empty parking spots before a driver does. Think of Nvidia's Drive PX as a co-pilot that sees all but says nothing to help avoid accidents, and a technology that will help pave the way for fully autonomous cars.

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Consumers Loving Mobile Apps, Especially When it Comes to Shopping

Consumers Loving Mobile Apps, Especially When it Comes to Shopping | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The mobile app shopping sector saw big growth in 2014. Not only are consumers using apps more, they're extremely hungry for e-commerce apps. On the flip side of usage, mobile gaming apps appear to be maturing.
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So far these are the winners for consumers, helping them make decisions

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Razer launches Android TV micro-console

Razer launches Android TV micro-console | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
USA TODAY's Mike Snider interviews Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan and talks about the Forge TV, a high-performance Android TV micro-console that brings Android games from the Google Play store and hard-core PC gaming to the living room.
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Interesting video with CEO of Razer. one cool thing I noted was an OSVR which is an open source software and hardware for virtual reality, that's a first that will likely kick in the teeth of those who are seeking to have their own IP protected software for Virtual Reality.  

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The Last CES: Gadget fatigue will be its undoing |

The Last CES: Gadget fatigue will be its undoing | | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
By the end of the decade the Consumer Electronics Show will be no more.
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But the honest truth is that few truly interesting and disruptive products are being shown, and quite frankly with the economy being what it is, the annual expo for the consumer electronics industry has reduced itself to a race to the bottom for many of what were once traditionally very strong brands

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Android Auto, Apple CarPlay Coming to Volkswagen Vehicles in 2015

Android Auto, Apple CarPlay Coming to Volkswagen Vehicles in 2015 | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Volkswagen is bringing more connected car innovations to its vehicles in the U.S., including Google's Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay services.
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Android Auto, developed by Google, uses USB as an interface. And Android Auto lets drivers and passengers use various apps, such as Google Maps, Google Play, WhatsApp and Spotify, inside vehicles using touch-screen operation or through Google Voice control using the vehicle's multifunction steering wheel, according to Volkswagen.  Volkswagen showed off these and other innovations in a fleet of vehicles at CES—including computer-controlled drive systems, app and smartphone integration, intuitive vehicle operation, and autonomous and semi-autonomous driving.

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Antivirus is dead, says maker of Norton Antivirus

Antivirus is dead, says maker of Norton Antivirus | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
...but that's not quite true.
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To combat new threats, Norton and other security software companies are rolling out new offerings designed to shut down specific attack avenues, such as tools that protect against spam and phishing attempts, malicious websites, and social media shenanigans. Security companies have also begun dabbling in supplemental software like password managers, mobile VPN apps, and secure cloud storage services—none of which fall under the classic "antivirus" banner.

In other words, antivirus isn't quite dead, despite the bold words of Symantec's VP—it's still important to have AV protecting your PC. Only now, antivirus is just one of many tools needed to keep your computer safe against increasingly savvy attackers.

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At CES 2015, Asus doubles down on Intel phones

At CES 2015, Asus doubles down on Intel phones | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Asus unleashes more phones, more tablets, more joy on the world.
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The highlight of note is that Asus' phones will be two of the few phones on the market running an Intel processor for more than its 4G modem. It will use Intel’s Z3580 Atom processor, which Mr Shih said had “easily outperformed” rival octacore processors in Asus’s own benchmarking. 

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International CES: The Internet of Things Hits Homes

International CES: The Internet of Things Hits Homes | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Household devices that link together through the Internet are likely to energize this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
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The NYT's overview of what's going to be hot at this year's Consumer Electronics Show - go figure internet of things and wearables

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Why Businesses And Cities Will Be The Largest Adopters Of The 'Internet of Things'

Why Businesses And Cities Will Be The Largest Adopters Of The 'Internet of Things' | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
A short, exclusive video on our Internet of Things research.

Via jean-luc scherer
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Explanatory video and decent point made about Business and cities being the majority of adopters, the devices themselves won't be pretty. 

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Analyzing the Internet of Things Investment Landscape


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Moov Fitness Device Review by Sweat&Fuel

Moov Fitness Device Review by Sweat&Fuel | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Review of the Moov fitness gadget by Sweat & Fuel. Strenghts and weaknesses, available features and a look into the running, swimming and boxing apps.
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A personal review of how the product works, a better more comprehensive review than I've seen elsewhere.

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IFTTT: ' We're building an Intelligence Layer for the Internet of Things'

IFTTT: ' We're building an Intelligence Layer for the Internet of Things' | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Connecting social signals with physical devices, If This Then That is aiming for the mainstream with its endlessly useful control panel for the internet
Could 2015 be the year that IFTTT goes mainstream?

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Emeric Bailleul's curator insight, January 5, 10:04 AM

Les utilisateurs de l'app IFTTT seront d'accord...

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This is your future smart home — and no, it doesn't look like 'The Jetsons'

This is your future smart home — and no, it doesn't look like 'The Jetsons' | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
LAS VEGAS — In just a few years, you'll awake in the morning to the sound of your alarm, and the hidden sensors in the room will know you're getting up.
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An interesting and not too far fetched vision of the future 

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Four things to know about the Gogoro electric scooter

Four things to know about the Gogoro electric scooter | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Gogoro made an impact at CES this year, with their electric scooter concept taking shape. But what is Gogoro? Is it a simple plug-in scooter you’ll be able to
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Firms are selling the “Internet of Things” hard at this year’s CES. But are consumers buying it?

Firms are selling the “Internet of Things” hard at this year’s CES. But are consumers buying it? | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Short summary of story
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For the majority of average consumers, the answer right now is “no, thank you.” In a new survey by Nielsen’s Affinnova group, just over 40 percent of U.S. adults said that the smart products they’ve seen so far seem like gimmicks, and 59 percent said they need real value to spend money on a smart product, not just novelty.

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The innovative, the odd and the ugly | CES

The innovative, the odd and the ugly | CES | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
[UPDATED] From the incredible to incredibly odd, CES showcases them all.
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So, why does the new Sony Walkman cost $1,120?

So, why does the new Sony Walkman cost $1,120? | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
So, what is Hi-Res Audio, anyway? It refers to a group of very high-quality digital audio formats that try to banish lower-quality CD and MP3 formats to the pedestrian audio player market.
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Might be a tough sell 

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Bang & Olufsen's wooden touch interface music player is like magic

Bang & Olufsen's wooden touch interface music player is like magic | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Bang & Olufsen has unveiled a new kind of home music player that blends wood with the now familiar world of touch interfaces.
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Kind of a cool, but B&O doesn't sell inexpensively, this design and ease of use doesn't come cheap. The BeoSound Moment will be available at Bang & Olufsen stores on Jan. 30 for $2,795.

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Facebook Acquires Voice Recognition Startup Company Wit.ai

Facebook Acquires Voice Recognition Startup Company Wit.ai | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Facebook has purchased a startup company called Wit.ai that helps make everyday language intelligible to smart devices. Wit.ai's software translates sentence...
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There's no indication what exactly the world's biggest social network plans to do with its new acquisition, nor how much it paid, but voice recognition is a popular feature on mobiles, and special Facebook-specific commands could be useful. 

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Kennedy Space Center team delves into wearable tech in space

Kennedy Space Center team delves into wearable tech in space | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
A young KSC team aims to design a Google Glass-like system for space operations.
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The KSC team was one of four winners of a NASA competition that encouraged "early career" employees to propose innovative technologies. The Integrated Display and Environmental Awareness System project, or IDEAS, was selected from among 28 proposals and awarded up to $2 million.

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Will the ‘Internet of Things’ take off in 2015?

Will the ‘Internet of Things’ take off in 2015? | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The Internet of Things promises to eradicate most of the annoyances of the 21st century homeowner. Is 2015 finally the year that the long-heralded potential of a house full of connected devices starts to materialize?
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Early-adopter types who have installed several devices are a good source of feedback on the limitations and frustrations of the smart home. Sometimes, “my Nest thermostat learns things I don’t want it to learn, like during a vacation week, when your behavior changes and you’re doing things differently.” A week spent sleeping late, for instance, can result in cold mornings once it’s time to return to work. - Setting devices up can be a headache, and so can ensuring that they remain hooked up to the W-Fi network. An Internet-connected bathroom scale — it can share your weight loss or lack thereof on Facebook as an incentive to stick to your diet — has to be reconnected every few weeks. Not everything works exactly as you would hope. Installed heated gutters and a snow sensor at a Bedford, N.H., home, he found “it only applied the heat when it was actively snowing, which isn’t when ice dams are a problem.” Instead, the owner had to put in a switch that lets him turn on the heaters with his smartphone. But now, finds juggling several different iPhone apps for various home devices a headache.

The solution may be a “hub” that connects numerous devices, and allows them to be controlled with a single app. — not every device you purchase will work with every hub.

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The Importance of IPv6 and the Internet of Things

The Importance of IPv6 and the Internet of Things | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Security professionals need to increase their understanding of IPv6 and the new threats that it and the Internet of Things (IoT) will bring.

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The Internet of Things: Sizing up the opportunity | McKinsey & Company

The Internet of Things: Sizing up the opportunity | McKinsey & Company | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The semiconductor industry has been able to weather the fallout from the global financial crisis and realize several years of healthy growth—in part because of the widespread adoption of smartphones and tablets, which created demand for mobile and wireless applications. The industry’s average annual growth rate between 2010 and 2013 was about 5 percent. Could the same sort of growth result from widespread adoption of the Internet of Things? Many semiconductor players have been asking themselves just this question.

The Internet of Things refers to the networking of physical objects through the use of embedded sensors, actuators, and other devices that can collect or transmit information about the objects. The data amassed from these devices can then be analyzed to optimize products, services, and operations.


Perhaps one of the earliest and best-known applications of such technology has been in the area of energy optimization: sensors deployed across the electricity grid can help utilities remotely monitor energy usage and adjust generation and distribution flows to account for peak times and downtimes. But applications are also being introduced in a number of other industries. Some insurance companies, for example, now offer plans that require drivers to install a sensor in their cars, allowing insurers to base premiums on actual driving behavior rather than projections.


And physicians can use the information collected from wireless sensors in their patients’ homes to improve their management of chronic diseases. Through continuous monitoring rather than periodic testing, physicians could reduce their treatment costs by between 10 and 20 percent, according to McKinsey Global Institute research—billions of dollars could be saved in the care of congestive heart failure alone....


Via Jeff Domansky
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Well thought through analysis - very relevant if you're in a high tech firm

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, December 22, 2014 10:43 PM

Good overview of Internet of Things trends

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Ten Predictions for Internet of Things and M2M in 2015

Ten Predictions for Internet of Things and M2M in 2015 | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Tweet Scoop.it Tweet Every year Machina Research makes a set of predictions for what will happen in the world of IoT/M2M. We asked some of their thought leaders to give us a sneak preview of predictions for 2015. 1. Enterprises will get cracking in IoT. Right now enterprises are wondering what this IoT thing is. [...]
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Thoughtful list

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