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Sony's Tiny Activity Tracker Is Adorable and... Emotional?

Sony's Tiny Activity Tracker Is Adorable and... Emotional? | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Sony just got into the wearable activity tracker game, with their new product, The Core. The Core--which looks like it's about one inch long by half an inch wide--can be worn in a pocket or placed into a sleek wrist band.
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Interesting adder to the Sony lineup, we shall see if they can take this technology to the next level by integrating it into the rest of the system and any cool use cases that they can find that others haven't discovered (we can only hope)?

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Competitive Intelligence - Comparing Corporate Innovation Practices

This is an extended and longitudinal analysis of Samsung and Intel that began in 2003 to 2018. Since I began writing this analysis in November 2013, it didn't…
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How did Samsung beat Intel to become #1 in Semiconductors, read the presentation that does the comparison

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Next Generation Spectre - Multiple new Intel CPU flaws revealed, several serious  

Next Generation Spectre - Multiple new Intel CPU flaws revealed, several serious   | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
New flaws and even more patches - "Spectre Next Generation" is just around the corner. According to information exclusively available to c't, researchers have already found eight new security holes in Intel processors.
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I somehow missed this key piece of knowledge on the severity and danger of a Next Generation "Spectre" - (CPU Flaws).  According to information exclusively available to c't, researchers have already found eight new security holes in Intel processors.

The vulnerabilities known as Spectre and Meltdown shook the IT world to its foundations: researchers proved that there is a fundamental design flaw in all modern processors with serious repercussions for system security. After several patches were released, it seemed everything would be fine after all, although some experts warned that more revelations could follow. But the hope remained that the manufacturers could solve the problem with a few security updates.  As it turns out, we can bury that hope. A total of eight new security flaws in Intel CPUs have already been reported to the manufacturer by several teams of researchers. For now, details on the flaws are being kept secret. All eight are essentially caused by the same design problem – you could say that they are Spectre Next Generation.  c't has exclusive information on Spectre-NG, which we have been able to verify in several ways – we double and triple checked all the facts. Nonetheless, we will not publish technical details as long as there is still a chance that manufacturers will get their security updates ready before the details of the flaws become public. However, we will use our information to report about future releases of patches and provide background information.
Eight new security flaws: Each of the eight vulnerabilities has its own number in the Common Vulnerability Enumerator (CVE) directory and each requires its own patches. It is likely that each vulnerability will receive its own name. Until then, we will jointly call these flaws Spectre-NG in order to distinguish them from the previously uncovered issues.  So far we only have concrete information on Intel's processors and their plans for patches. However, there is initial evidence that at least some ARM CPUs are also vulnerable. Further research is already underway on whether the closely related AMD processor architecture is also susceptible to the individual Spectre-NG gaps, and to what extent. Intel is already working on its own patches for Spectre-NG and developing others in cooperation with the operating system manufacturers. According to our information, Intel is planning two waves of patches. The first is scheduled to start in May; a second is currently planned for August.  Knowing that Google Project Zero discovered one of the Spectre-NG flaws gives us an idea of when to expect the first patch. Googles elite hackers are scrupulous about observing the 90-day deadline that is meant to give companies time to address flaws after they have been notified – but they have no qualms about going public when the deadline ends, even if a patch has yet to be released. Time will run out on May 7 – the day before the next Windows patch day. Intel itself expects that information about a second flaw could be published any day now. Therefore, we can expect to see patches for these two vulnerabilities sooner rather than later. There are signs that Microsoft is also preparing for CPU patches. Originally the Redmond based company expected the problems would be solved through microcode updates. Now it seems the fixes (or mitigations) will be distributed as (optional) Windows updates. PC manufacturers are simply taking too long to provide BIOS updates. Microsoft is also offering up to $250,000 in a bug bounty program for Spectre flaws. Linux kernel developers are continuously working on hardening measures against Spectre attacks as well.

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MSFT Surface Phone Transforms From a Small Hand-Held To a Large Tablet

MSFT Surface Phone Transforms From a Small Hand-Held To a Large Tablet | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
If speculations are correct, the highly anticipated Surface Phone could be arriving later this year.
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The Surface Phone, Microsoft's entry into the mobile hardware niche, is one of the highly anticipated smartphones in the industry. While the software giant has not acknowledged nor confirmed the gadget, the hints and clues that the company might be developing the mobile device in secret continue to mount. For instance, Microsoft's patent for the foldable phone of foldable phones has just been approved, while the latest talks suggest that its announcement is imminent with some excited fans even suggesting that a 2018 release might be possible.

Surface Phone Might Be Foldable:  Microsoft was just awarded the patent about a mysterious foldable mobile device or devices that excited tech watchers who quickly assumed it to be the rumored Surface Phone. The mobile device can be transformed into various configurations thanks to triple hinges detailed in the patent filing If a user wants a handy version of the mobile device, it can be folded to phone-like dimensions for ease of use and even easier storage. The device also has a "tent" mode which offers stability when placed on top of any flat surface and ideal for movie or TV watching. In addition, an even bigger screen size is possible by unfolding the device entirely to create a larger tablet.

Just a warning to all excited fans other there though, patents do not necessarily mean that an actual Surface Phone might follow. There is always the possibility that Microsoft is just protecting future ideas or prototypes which may or may not see actual production.

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Inside Nintendo's secretive creative process

Inside Nintendo's secretive creative process | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Nintendo’s ‘conductor’ takes us behind the game giant’s inner workings, how it finds talent and the philosophy that sparks its eccentric ideas
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The history of Nintendo is one of eccentric ideas. It has pioneered touchscreens, virtual reality, analogue control sticks, motion control, portable games consoles, second screens and wireless controllers – sometimes successfully, sometimes not. Unusual features of Nintendo’s consoles are often what inspire and enable unusual innovations in its games. Often, technology feels strangely distant from the creative things that it enables; the language of technology, of CPUs, GPUs and 4K resolution, is nothing like the language of imagination. At Nintendo, console and game design are intertwined.  “We have the software team and the hardware team working very closely together,” elaborates Takahashi. “From the hardware perspective, they will sometimes come to the software group and say, ‘We have this particular chipset that we’re thinking about using in our next system, can you take advantage of this?’ But sometimes, the software team goes to hardware team and says, ‘We’re working with this theme, can you look into the technical possibilities, and see if you can come up with hardware features to accommodate it?’

Inside Nintendo's Labo toy factory: 'Creating and learning are fun!'  “This is the advantage we have at Nintendo as a software/hardware integrated organisation – when we do research for our new hardware systems, our software developers, our artists, our programmers and our hardware engineers all get together and decide what we should aim for. We’ve been doing that for many years.”  Nintendo Labo – the company’s most recent big idea, which uses the Switch console to turn cardboard models into interactive toys - is emblematic of Nintendo’s preference for finding new ways to use old or cheap technology, rather than rushing to keep up with cutting edge. (This idiosyncracy has hindered Nintendo as well as helped it; being underpowered compared to its rivals didn’t knock the Wii, but it did harm its successor the Wii U, which could not compete against the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.) Instead of spending millions researching new graphics technology, Nintendo’s R&D department has spent two years figuring out how to make working toys out of cardboard.
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T-Mobile and Sprint Mega-Merger Is Official: What You Need to Know

T-Mobile and Sprint Mega-Merger Is Official: What You Need to Know | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Here's what we know about the $26 billion deal combining the third- and fourth-largest carriers.
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Your choice in phone carriers is about to drop by one, as T-Mobile and Sprint announced their long-awaited plans to merge today (April 29).  The $26 billion deal will combine the third- and fourth-largest carriers in the U.S. and create what one T-Mobile executive touted as the nation's highest-capacity network. John Legere, T-Mobile's CEO who will remain in charge of the combined company, says that the newly merged T-Mobile will have 30 times the network capacity that it does today once the deal closes.

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Facebook is building a team to design its own chips

Facebook is building a team to design its own chips | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it

Facebook looks to be in the early stages of developing its own silicon to power its devices and servers. The company joins other tech giants in pursuing ways of being more self-reliant

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Facebook looks to be in the early stages of developing its own silicon to power its devices and servers. The company joins other tech giants in pursuing ways of being more self-reliant.  Facebook looks to be in the early stages of developing its own silicon to power its devices and servers, according to a new report from Bloomberg. The company is looking to hire a manager tasked with assembling an “end-to-end SoC / ASIC, firmware, and driver development organization.” So the plan is only coming together, but Facebook’s interest in becoming more self-reliant — and less dependent on outside companies like Qualcomm — makes it the latest tech giant to start down this path.  Apple already has self-branded chips inside its iOS devices and is reportedly planning to replace the Intel processors in Mac computers with its own. Google produces custom AI chips and included its first consumer-focused silicon (an image processor) in the Pixel 2 last year. It’s likely that the company has much bigger ambitions as part of its hardware rivalry with Apple. Amazon is said to be developing chips to improve Alexa’s AI smarts.  Facebook’s job listings are under the category of infrastructure, so it’s very probable that the chip team will be putting its efforts toward the company’s artificial intelligence servers. Right now the servers, which train Facebook’s AI systems, are Nvidia-powered. Mark Zuckerberg has said that AI will eventually play an even bigger role in flagging inappropriate content across the social network than it does currently, though it’s really not a viable solution for the company’s deeper issues.

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MIT Uses mHealth to Help Cancer Patients Improve Chemotherapy Care

MIT Uses mHealth to Help Cancer Patients Improve Chemotherapy Care | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
MIT researchers are working on an mHealth device that would help cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy improve care management at home.

Via Florian Morandeau
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MIT researchers are working on an mHealth device that measures white blood cell levels through the base of the fingernail.

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MIT researchers are working on an mHealth device that measures white blood cell levels through the base of the fingernail.

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Google Buys Xively to Expand in Market for Connected Devices

Google Buys Xively to Expand in Market for Connected Devices | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Google said it plans to acquire Xively, a unit of LogMeIn Inc., in a bid to capture sales from businesses that manage a growing number of devices connected to the internet.
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Google said it plans to acquire Xively, a unit of LogMeIn Inc., in a bid to capture sales from businesses that manage a growing number of devices connected to the internet.  The internet giant agreed to pay $50 million for the business, which generated $3 million in revenue during the most recent quarter, LogMeIn said Thursday on a conference call. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter and 45 Xively employees are joining Google. 

Alphabet Inc.’s Google has made a series of small acquisitions for its cloud unit, a rival to market leaders Amazon.com Inc. and Microsoft Corp. Xively sells software for managing Internet-of-Things devices such as smoke alarms and water heaters. That may help Google score new corporate customers like large manufacturers that rely on connected hardware and sensors.

Earlier this week, Injong Rhee, a top Samsung Electronics Co. executive, said he was moving to Google to work on Internet-of-Things services for its cloud business. On Google’s last earnings call, the search company said its cloud unit is now generating $4 billion in annual sales. That includes cloud storage, computing power and software applications for companies.
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Samsung’s chip business is now worth more than Intel’s

Samsung’s chip business is now worth more than Intel’s | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Samsung’s semiconductor division is now bigger, in revenue terms, than Intel’s processor manufacturing.
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Intel has been the dominant company in chip manufacturing for literally decades, but in 2017 it ceded its crown to Samsung, as evidenced by the two companies’ annual financial reports.

 

First noted by Bloomberg, the change of leadership was signalled by Intel’s $62.8 billion in annual revenue being surpassed by the $69.1 billion generated by Samsung’s semiconductor division. It’s not a straightforward comparison to make, since Intel’s focus is on x86 processors, where it remains the leader by a great distance, and Samsung’s strength is in producing memory and flash storage — but in monetary terms, the latter business is now bigger.

 

Beyond the financials, Samsung’s memory business also looks to be far more important and fundamental to the future of technology than Intel’s traditional CPUs. These days, you’ll struggle to find a smartphone or tablet without Samsung RAM inside it, and the company also commands more than a third of the solid state drive storage market. In its latest quarterly report, Samsung anticipates growing “demand for high-density memory products for cloud servers and for chipsets required for automotive electronics and AI.” So not only is Samsung omnipresent in the devices we buy today, it’s ideally positioned to capitalize on the hardware and services that are to come.

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2018 Kia Stinger – Latest TRIZ Design?

The Stinger is a rear or all-wheel drive, Nürburgring-tuned sports sedan sculpted from hood to trunk with serious grand touring style. It’s also a Kia. As
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Is the 2018 Kia Stinger a TRIZ designed and inspired concept when they planned this  product? - I don't know for certain, but I do know that Kia does use TRIZ on more than a few of their designs, product lines, and their brand has clearly become enhanced since they began using it in 2008.  Here's the review of the Kellly BlueBook review of the Stinger, this is more of a features and functions provided as a part of buying this sport car driving platform.. Next up the Consumer Reports analysis and see if the car has increased functionality and performance that competitive offerings in the market.

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Reaction to surprise Bombardier tax ruling

Reaction to surprise Bombardier tax ruling | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Politicians and unions respond to a US decision to overturn a huge tax on aerospace firm's C-Series jet.
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 Bombardier won a major trade case in the US.

It had been anticipated that the manufacturer would fail in its bid to overturn a ruling to impose big tariffs on US imports of its C-Series jet.  The ruling, by the US International Trade Commission (ITC), means that a tax of almost 300% will not now be imposed on orders of C-Series planes by American carriers.

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Microsoft challenges Chromebooks with $189 Windows 10 laptops for schools

Microsoft challenges Chromebooks with $189 Windows 10 laptops for schools | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
And a big education push for 2018
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Microsoft is making a bigger push to keep students and teachers using Windows this week. At the annual Bett education show in London, Microsoft is revealing new Windows 10 and Windows 10 S devices that are priced from just $189. The software giant is also partnering with the BBC, LEGO, NASA, PBS, and Pearson to bring a variety of Mixed Reality and video curricula to schools.

Lenovo has created a $189 100e laptop. It’s based on Intel’s Celeron Apollo Lake chips, so it’s a low-cost netbook essentially, designed for schools. Lenovo is also introducing its 300e, a 2-in-1 laptop with pen support, priced at $279. The new Lenovo devices are joined by two from HP, with a Windows Hello laptop priced at $199 and a pen and touch device at $299. All four laptops will be targeted towards education, designed to convince schools not to switch to Chromebooks.

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Intel's New Mini PC Is a Pint-Sized VR Powerhouse

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Intel's NUC 8 Enthusiast, aka Hades Canyon, is a pint-sized mini-PC capable of VR, thanks to 8th-Gen Core CPUs with Radeon Vega graphics.
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Intel's upcoming gaming mini PC, the NUC 8 Enthusiast (aka Hades Canyon), is definitely for hobbyists, but we can't help but be impressed. With Intel's Kaby Lake-G for desktops featuring Radeon graphics, high-end NUC 8 Enthusiast is ready to support an Oculus Rift. It's got a ton of ports and an innovative heating solution, packing a ton of tech into such a tight space.

Sure, you'll need to bring your own RAM, storage and OS, but you won't find anything smaller that's as powerful (or that has a customizable skull pattern, which you can sync with your computer's processes). This is a glimpse at what powerful computers could look like in the future.

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Android Things 1.0 arrives to help IoT developers leverage Google Assistant and machine learning

Android Things 1.0 arrives to help IoT developers leverage Google Assistant and machine learning | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Google today released version 1.0 of Android Things, letting manufacturers build and maintain Internet of Things (IoT) devices using its technologies. The first stable release of Android Things means IoT developers can leverage the Android partner ecosystem, Google Assistant, and Google’s machine le…
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Google today released version 1.0 of Android Things, letting manufacturers build and maintain Internet of Things (IoT) devices using its technologies. The first stable release of Android Things means IoT developers can leverage the Android partner ecosystem, Google Assistant, and Google’s machine learning capabilities.  Android Things is an Android-based embedded OS aimed to be used with low-power and memory-constrained IoT devices. It supports Bluetooth Low Energy, Wi-Fi, and the Weave protocol, which these devices use to communicate with other devices. Every Android device can automatically recognize any Android Things or Weave-using device.  This launch has been a long time coming. The first Android Things developer preview arrived in December 2016, an enhancement and rebranding of Google’s codename Brillo, which was first made available via an early access program for developers in October 2015.

Production hardware and software updates:  Now that version 1.0 is available, Google is promising “a robust platform that does the heavy lifting with certified hardware, rich developer APIs, and secure managed software updates using Google’s back-end infrastructure, so you can focus on building your product.” The supported platforms page is worth examining in detail.

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Amazon opens up in-skill purchases to all Alexa developers

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Amazon today launched in-skill purchasing to all Alexa developers, along with Amazon Pay for skills. That means developers have a way to generate revenue from their voice applications on Alexa-powered devices, like Amazon’s Echo speakers. For example, developers could charge for additional pa…
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Amazon today launched in-skill purchasing to all Alexa developers, along with Amazon Pay for skills. That means developers have a way to generate revenue from their voice applications on Alexa-powered devices, like Amazon’s Echo speakers. For example, developers could charge for additional packs to go along with their voice-based games, or offer other premium content to expand their free voice app experience.  The feature was previously announced in November 2017, but was only available at the time to a small handful of voice app developers, like Jeopardy!, plus other game publishers.  When in-skill purchasing is added to a voice application – Amazon calls these apps Alexa’s “skills” – customers can ask to shop the purchase suggestions offered, and then pay by voice using the payment information already associated with their Amazon account. 

Developers are in control of what content is offered at which price, but Amazon will handle the actual purchasing flow. It also offers self-serve tools to help developers manage their in-skill purchases and optimize their sales.  While any Alexa device owner can buy the available in-skill purchases, Amazon Prime members will get the best deal.

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Airbus Upbeat As P&W Fixes Arrive

Airbus Upbeat As P&W Fixes Arrive | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The aircraft maker looks to make up ground after problems with the A320neo engines.
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Airbus is seeking to move on from problems with A320neo engines that caused it to miss delivery targets in the first quarter.

The manufacturer says Pratt & Whitney has started to deliver PW1100G engines that incorporate a knife-edge seal fix, and that CFM is catching up on production delays for its LEAP engine.

The engine issues and associated delivery delays for A320neo aircraft saw Airbus’s Q1 pre-tax profit fall 65% to €199 million, while its free cash flow plummeted to negative €3.6 billion ($4.3 billion). “The first quarter performance reflects the shortage of A320neo engines and back-loaded aircraft deliveries,” said Airbus CEO Tom Enders.  “It’s a challenging situation for all but based on the confidence expressed by the engine makers and their ability to deliver on commitments, we can confirm our full-year outlook,”

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Powerful 2nd Generation AMD Threadrippers And New APUs With Zen+ Looming On The Horizon

Powerful 2nd Generation AMD Threadrippers And New APUs With Zen+ Looming On The Horizon | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
As their naming suggests, the upcoming 2nd Generation Ryzen Threadripper 2900X, 2920X, and 2950X are likely to maintain the same 8, 12, and 16 core configurations of the current 1900X, 1920X, and 1950X, but feature higher clocks and all of the other refinements offered by Zen+.
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AMD revealed many of the details regarding its Zen+ processor architecture all the way back in January during the Consumer Electronics Show. The Zen+ architecture isn’t totally new, but rather is a refinement of the Zen architecture that debuted with the original line-up of Ryzen processors last year and propelled AMD back into a competitive position with Intel up-and-down its entire desktop processor stack.  Zen+ features a more opportunistic turbo boost algorithm, that will boost CPU core clocks speeds higher and longer than the originals, power and thermals permitting. Zen+ also accesses all caches and system memory with lower latency (i.e. more quickly), it is capable of higher clocks, and it is manufactured using a more advanced 12nm+ process. All told, the refinements offered by Zen+ don’t result in any generational leaps in performance, but in aggregate they result in a more responsive, somewhat faster processor, in roughly the same power envelope. And AMD continues to be aggressive with pricing. The first wave of 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen 2000 series processors arrived a few weeks ago and proved to be extremely strong products at their respective price points.

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Renault Launches Car-Sharing Service For Ikea Customers

Renault Launches Car-Sharing Service For Ikea Customers | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Ikea shoppers in France will be able to rent Renault vans from self-service stations.
Via Karolina Maria Chachulska
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Renault is rolling out the service at the Paris-Villiers Ikea store but hopes to make car sharing available at all French Ikea stores by September. The service is an expansion of Renault Mobility, which already has 180 self-service, 24/7 rental locations in France. Customers can rent a vehicle starting at €7 ($8.53 at current exchange rates) per hour. Vehicles must be returned to Ikea or Renault Mobility stations at the end of the rental.

Ikea customers will be able to rent Renault Trafic, Kangoo, and electric Kangoo ZE vans. Renault will also offer the tiny Zoe electric hatchback, although that doesn't seem like the ideal car for an Ikea trip. Renault plans to have 300 vehicles available to Ikea customers by September. While the fleet will start with a mix of internal-combustion and electric vehicles, Renault wants to go all electric by 2020.  Renault isn't the only automaker interested in car sharing. General Motors operates car-sharing services under its Maven brand in North America, and BMW and Daimler are prioritizing car sharing as part of a major joint mobility-service push. These initiatives serve as contingency plans against competition from services like Zipcar, and the possibility that autonomous cars will erode new-car sales.

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Three New iPhones To Rescue Disappointing iPhone X

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Will Apple’s three new iPhone models reverse the falling sales figures of its smartphones in 2018?

Via TechinBiz
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The latest examination of Apple’s iPhone portfolio and the chances of its future success comes from RBC Capital Markets analyst Amit Daryanani. His latest research note (reported on by BGR) reinforces the idea of three new models coming to Cupertino’s portfolio this year.  One of them will be an update to the iPhone X. The presumptively named iPhone X2 will continue the physical size and form factor of the iPhone X as Apple continues to push the bezel-reduced full screen design with the contentious notch.  The second model will be the equivalent of an iPhone X Plus, carrying forward the design cues of the 2018 flagship but in a larger screen that pushes the notch design into the phablet space. Finally, the third model would retain the LED screen technology of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, but within a 6.1 inch screened device. That makes it awkward to carry the iPhone SE designation, so we could be looking at variously the iPhone X SE, the iPhone 9, or perhaps even just ‘iPhone’.

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Huawei Is in Talks to Build a Blockchain-Ready Smartphone

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Huawei Technologies Ltd., the world’s third-biggest handset maker, is considering developing a mobile phone that will be able to run blockchain-based applications, according to two people familiar with the plans.
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Huawei Technologies Ltd., the world’s 3rd-biggest handset maker, is considering developing a mobile phone that will be able to run blockchain-based applications, according to two people familiar with the plans.  Shenzhen, China-based Huawei is in talks to license Sirin Labs’ operating system, called SIRIN OS, to run blockchain applications alongside Alphabet Inc.’s Android system, said the people, who asked not to be named because the talks are private. Talks are preliminary and no agreement has been signed, the people said. Representatives of Huawei and Sirin Labs confirmed the companies have met, though they declined to comment further.  The plans would mark the first foray of a major smartphone maker into blockchain, the decentralized ledger used to record cryptocurrency transactions, potentially bringing the technology closer to the mass market. Even after slumping this year, the cryptocurrency market has grown 15 times to about $350 billion in the past 12 months, but everyday use of digital assets is still limited.

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Uber's Net Loss Widens to $4.5B for Tumultuous 2017

Uber's Net Loss Widens to $4.5B for Tumultuous 2017 | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Uber also cut fourth-quarter net loss by 25 percent as new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi moves to make the company profitable ahead of planned stock offering next year
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Ride-hailing giant Uber's full-year net loss widened to $4.5 billion in 2017 as the company endured a tumultuous year that included multiple scandals, a lawsuit alleging the theft of trade secrets and the replacement of its CEO.  The results also showed that Uber cut its fourth-quarter net loss by 25 percent from the third quarter as new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi moves to make the company profitable ahead of a planned initial public stock offering sometime next year.  The full-year loss grew from $2.8 billion in 2016, a year with results skewed by a gain from the sale of Uber's unprofitable business in China. Uber also said its U.S. ride-hailing market share fell from 82 percent at the start of last year to 70 percent in the fourth quarter. Uber said the share has now stabilized.  Gross revenue for the year rose 85 percent over 2016, to $37 billion.  For the fourth quarter, Uber's net loss was $1.1 billion, down from $1.46 billion it lost in the third quarter. Bookings from fares rose 14 percent to just over $11 billion for the quarter.

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Consumer Reports Quick Review: 2018 Kia Stinger  - TRIZ Designed?

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So my last post was asking the question was the 2018 Kia Stinger a TRIZ designed product?  -  don't know for sure myself, but I like fast sports cars in the value end of the market, and it looks like on the surface, to me at least, that they would've had to use TRIZ, to come in at the low end in cost in the high performance market of where the steadfast Audi's and BMW's play.  Consumer Reports does a good job of "Value Engineering Analysis" presented in its video format.  The written write up, you'll need to see CR's write up on their site.

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Google began selling its Clips camera today

Google began selling its Clips camera today | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
But you’ll have to jump on a wait list
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Clips, a small device that uses artificial intelligence to take the right picture when it sees something interesting. The company hasn’t said much about the device, but it quietly began selling it today.  The camera costs $249 and comes with free shipping, but at this point, Google appears to have stopped taking orders for the device. It’s directing potential customers to jump on a wait list, and will e-mail them a notification when the device is available again. According to Engadget, those who were able to place an order for one saw delivery dates ranging from February 27th to March 5th. We’ve reached out to Google to find out when the company will begin taking orders again, and we’ll update if we hear back.Clips is a different type of camera, one that Google is marketing towards parents who take a lot of pictures of their kids. The idea is that the camera sits in the background, waiting for the right moment to take a picture. Not everyone is onboard with the idea of a Google camera that’s always watching them, but the company has pointed out that the device does all of its work with its own hardware, and doesn’t send anything out to external servers.

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Intel data center sales surge, warns of potential security flaw fallout

Intel data center sales surge, warns of potential security flaw fallout | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Intel Corp (INTC.O) on Thursday gave a bullish forecast and blew past Wall Street expectations for the fourth quarter on the strength of data center sales, the business it sees as key to its transformation from a PC supplier.
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Intel Corp on Thursday gave a bullish forecast and blew past Wall Street expectations for the fourth quarter on the strength of data center sales, the business it sees as key to its transformation from a PC supplier.

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Intel is coming out with a new fix for Spectre and Meltdown, because the original caused unexpected reboots

Intel is coming out with a new fix for Spectre and Meltdown, because the original caused unexpected reboots | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The original fix may have been a little rushed, and it was causing some PCs to unexpectedly reboot.
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  • Intel now says users should avoid installing and partners should stop distributing the patch it issued to protect against the Meltdown and Spectre attacks.
  • The company had already acknowledged that the patch could lead to unexpected reboots, but had previously publicly advised users to install it anyway.
  • The company has found the root cause of the problem — at least for some of its chips — and is working on a new patch.
  • Intel is offering mixed messages — telling users to keep their computer systems up-to-date, but to avoid this fix.
  • Consumers who have been trained to install any and all security updates may find it difficult to figure out how to avoid installing this particular patch.


When it comes to protecting computers from the Spectre and Meldown attacks, Intel issued some new advice Monday: customers and companies should avoid installing and its partners should stop distributing the fix it issued to address them.

Unfortunately for consumers, that may be easier said than done.

Intel previously acknowledged that the software patch it issued appeared to be causing some customers' computers to reboot more frequently than normal. Intel said Monday it had identified the root cause of the reboot problem and is working on a new patch. In the meantime, the company said users shouldn't install the old one.

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