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You don't want your sex life monitored by Internet of Things, do you?

You don't want your sex life monitored by Internet of Things, do you? | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
A new study shows that people want their health monitored by gadgets. Just not all of their health.
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No, our inner proclivities and vulnerabilities are not yet ready for prime Internet time.

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Are Enterprises Ready for Billions of Devices to Join the Internet?

Are Enterprises Ready for Billions of Devices to Join the Internet? | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
There are currently more devices connected to the Internet than there are people in the world. The Internet now connects a staggering 10 billion devices today. And this number will continue to grow, as more devices gain the ability to directly interface with the Internet or become physical representations of data accessible via Internet systems.…
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M2M networks were originally built around proprietary or industry specific protocols then “bridged” over to Enterprise IP networks and applications via purpose built network gateways.  IoT-enabled networks on the other hand make it easier to build these industry-specific “smart solutions” on standard network protocols and platforms for simpler, easier and more cost-effective deployment.

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Kevin Ashton Describes

Kevin Ashton Describes | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The innovator and author, who coined the term, weighs in on epiphanies, undervalued inventors and what human life will be like a century from now
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Interesting p.o.v.

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Hearables - the next big thing in wearable tech

Hearables - the next big thing in wearable tech | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Forget smartwatches and the Google Glass -- 2015 may be the year of the ear for wearable technology.
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Not new and not necessarily the next big thing, just another avenue of gathering / disseminating information using one of the 5 senses.

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

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

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

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Camera technology in police cruisers allows for "time travel"

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

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New Innovative Technology that will charge your Gadgets without a Cord

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Internet Of Things Is Not A Shiny New Toy

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

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Apple patents a smart pen that could copy your handwriting onto an iPad

Apple patents a smart pen that could copy your handwriting onto an iPad | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Apple was granted a patent on Tuesday for a "communicating stylus" that would transfer handwritten notes and drawings an Apple device.
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Similar "smart" pens already exist. The LiveScribe 3, for example, can digitally capture written notes, as long as users write on a special type of paper. What would set the Apple stylus apart is that it could work on any surface, thanks to 3D motion sensors. Theoretically, someone could write on a table or even in the air, and the words would be transferred to a digital device. 

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'Internet of things' is soft target for hackers

'Internet of things' is soft target for hackers | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Cyberattacks launched through toasters, dishwashers, watches and refrigerators are among the threats information security professionals anticipate as the “Internet of things” becomes a reality
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There have already been recorded instances of other home appliances across the country being exploited by hackers. Earlier this year, 750,000 spam e-mails were traced back to a “thingnet” of more than 100,000 gadgets that included televisions, home entertainment centers and at least one refrigerator. - Meanwhile, conventional digital breaches like the recent Sony hack are predicted to become more common.

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Why 2015 will be the year of the Internet of Things

Why 2015 will be the year of the Internet of Things | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
It's the latest buzzword dominating technology conversations but this is one trend that's the real deal.
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A study conducted by Forrester Research on behalf of Zebra Technologies, reported that IoT deployment in businesses increased over 3X since 2012. Nearly 65 % of its survey respondents have deployed IoT technologies in the enterprise in 2014, compared to only 15 % in 2012.

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Researcher Steals Fingerprints Germany's Minister of Defense Using Only a Camera

Researcher Steals Fingerprints Germany's Minister of Defense Using Only a Camera | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The Chaos Computer Club replicated the fingerprint of Germany's Federal Minister of Defense using only a camera.
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Earlier this year, meanwhile, researchers from Germany's Security Research Labs (SRLabs) revealed "how flaws in the implementation of fingerprint authentication in the Samsung Galaxy S5 expose users' devices, data, and even bank accounts to thieves and other attackers." - The news comes as more major phone makers - from Samsung to Apple - have added fingerprint scanners to their smartphones. 

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The Internet of Things, explained

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

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10 Home Robots to Lighten your Domestic Chores

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

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FAA expresses concerns over drones

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

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

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

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

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

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

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MacBook to Chromebook: Still no regrets

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

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

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

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