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Laptops and Tablets to Get Depth-Sensing Cameras in 2014 Thanks to Intel | MIT Technology Review

Laptops and Tablets to Get Depth-Sensing Cameras in 2014 Thanks to Intel | MIT Technology Review | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Controlled with gestures, these depth-sensing devices will appear in the second half of 2014.
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Interesting but where is the use case that really takes this to the next level of application for someone to use and gain benefit from?   Seems to be another tech in search of a use, or does someone see it differently?

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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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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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Ford is throwing $11 billion at its electric car problem

Ford is throwing $11 billion at its electric car problem | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
More than doubling its investment in EVs in bid to catch up with GM and other major automakers
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Ford Motor Company said Sunday that it would more than double its investment in the production of electric vehicles, promising to spend $11 billion on the technology by 2022. The auto giant will roll out 16 fully electric cars within five years, the first of which would arrive in 2020.  It was a dramatic escalation in Ford’s crosstown rivalry with General Motors, which has seen its stock prices rise thanks to its commitments to both electrification and autonomy. GM has said it plans to roll out at least 20 new electric cars by 2023, a goal that puts it in a position to bring battery-powered driving to the mainstream. Last week, it unveiled a concept autonomous car without steering wheel or pedals.

the Blue Oval has had a challenging 2017"  Meanwhile, the Blue Oval has had a challenging 2017. It remains strongly profitable, but its sale are stagnant, its costs have increased faster than expected, and its margins have failed to meet targets. In May 2017, Mark Fields was replaced by Jim Hackett as CEO amid a larger management shuffle. Most of the big automakers have said in the past year that they plan on pivoting to all-electric lineups. Daimler AG, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, said it will produce electrified versions of all of its cars by 2022. Volvo announced it would phase out gas-only car production by 2019, while the Volkswagen Group is going to make everything electric in some shape or form by 2030. And China’s rising prominence in the auto market, in addition to that country’s restrictions on manufacturing fossil-fuel burning vehicles, is certainly putting pressure on the entire industry to go electric.
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Alaska Airlines' parent finishes buying Virgin America, but the airlines will operate separately for now

Alaska Airlines' parent finishes buying Virgin America, but the airlines will operate separately for now | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
A week after the Justice Department cleared Alaska Airlines parent company to buy Virgin America, the carriers announced some new consolidation steps.
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With the parent company of Alaska Airlines closing its deal to buy Virgin America, the now fifth-largest domestic carrier is set to do battle to be the dominant airline on the West Coast.

Alaska Air Group closed the $2.6-billion acquisition of Burlingame, Calif.-based Virgin America on Wednesday, a week after the Justice Department gave the deal its blessing.  Even though the two airlines’ operations won’t be combined immediately, travelers can buy Virgin America tickets on the Alaska Airlines website starting Monday.  Alaska Airlines executives said the newly merged airline will focus on becoming the dominant West Coast carrier, with a combined fleet of 286 planes and 18,800 employees. Together, the two airlines operate 289 daily flights from California. On Dec. 21, Alaska plans to announce new daily flights from San Francisco to Santa Ana, Minneapolis and Orlando, Fla.  The purchase of Virgin America by Alaska Air Group represents the latest in a series of airline combinations that have raised the ire of antitrust activists and came after a bidding war with New York-based JetBlue.

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Volkswagen boosts size of Jetta, Atlas in hunt for greater U.S. market share

Volkswagen boosts size of Jetta, Atlas in hunt for greater U.S. market share | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
With the goal of increasing its U.S. market share, Volkswagen tweaked the design of its 2019 Jetta and and Atlas mid-size SUV.
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With the goal of increasing its U.S. market share, Volkswagen tweaked the design of its 2019 Jetta and and Atlas mid-size SUV.

"The Atlas is aimed right at the heart of the SUV market with the size, comfort and features that Americans expect," said according to Volkswagen North American Region CEO Hinrich J. Woebcken. "Even the name was specifically chosen for America."  The North American version of the SUV is longer and roomier than its European counterpart.  Volkswagen unveiled its new Jetta at Detroit's Garden Theater during a special even Sunday, Jan. 14, and again at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit's Cobo Center on Monday, Jan. 15.

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Meet the Cruise AV Self-Driving Car (Video)

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GM's new driver-less car slated for full deployment in 2019

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GM moves to deploy driverless car fleet in 2019

GM moves to deploy driverless car fleet in 2019 | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
General Motors seeks federal approval to launch a fleet of cars without steering wheels or gas pedals in yet-to-be-named city.
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The first market-ready self-driving car is poised to come from General Motors Co., which submitted its federal safety proposal Thursday to put a robotic vehicle with no steering wheel or gas pedal on public roads in 2019.  The petition filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration seeks permission to deploy the autonomous cars, built on the Chevrolet Bolt EV platform, next year. It also asks permission to meet 16 safety requirements “in a different way,” Paul Hemmersbaugh, GM’s chief counsel and public policy director for transportation and service, said on a conference call.  The Detroit automaker is gearing up to meet its deadline for deploying a driverless ride-hailing service next year in a yet-to-be-named city. If the federal safety highway agency approves GM’s petition, the automaker could build up to 2,500 of these vehicles per year, though the automaker has not committed to a firm production plan.

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What Intel, Nvidia, AMD and Qualcomm Announced At CES

What Intel, Nvidia, AMD and Qualcomm Announced At CES | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Nvidia, Intel, AMD and Qualcomm debuted new products for video gamers, self-driving cars and AI programs at the CES show in Las Vegas.
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The Big 4 US Semiconductor Companies - Nvidia, Intel, AMD and Qualcomm report out what they're working on for 2018 and beyond.

Nvidia: The main focus at CES was on Nvidia’s autonomous car effort and its Xavier chipset, announced last year and now ready for manufacturers to test. The microprocessor packs 9 billion transistors onto a chip in a small package that can power all of a car’s self-driving features. Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang bragged that it took 2,000 engineers and cost $2 billion to develop Xavier. Volkswagen said it would use Nvidia chips for its self-driving vehicles and Uber disclosed it has been using Nvidia in its fleet of autonomous Volvos.  Nvidia Gamers got a new streaming service called “GeForce Now” that will let them play titles with the most complex imagery even on laptops without powerful graphics chips. Nvidia will do the massive calculating needed on graphics cards running on cloud servers and then send the result that determine what the laptop should display on the screen back to the game player over the Internet. That should allow even a laptop with a relatively wimpy built-in graphics card to run complex games (but is still in beta). The company also introduced a new PC gaming monitor standard dubbed the Big Format Gaming Display, or BFGD, which allows games to run on 65-inch screens at 4K resolution with support for a broader range of colors known as high dynamic range. The end result should be larger, sharper and better looking gaming images on a big screen.

AMD:  New central processors based on last year’s ground-breaking Ryzen design that also integrate built in graphics chips are coming this month for laptops and next month for desktop computers. A second generation of Ryzen chips that will be even faster arrives in April, while an update to AMD’s super-speedy Threadripper processor, best for handling complex tasks like video and photo editing, are expected for the second half of the year.  AMD also said that by the end of the year it would be able to reduce the scale of its Vega graphics chips to just 7 nanometers, down from 12 and 14 nanometer designs now in use. The smaller scale allows more transistors to be packed into the same space, speeding up performance and likely saving energy.

Intel: The big surprise 1st unveiled in November was the teaming up with AMD, Intel said it would sell five versions of a chip aimed at laptops that combine its own central processor with AMD’s Vega graphics chip.  A number of new partnerships in the automotive industry. Some 2 million cars made by BMW, Nissan and Volkswagen will collect data with technology from Mobileye, the Israeli sensor company Intel acquired last year, to create low cost, high definition maps, he said.

Qualcomm:  Created a kit for hardware makers that want to incorporate smart digital voice assistants into new devices. Its stated effort would be compatible with all three major assistants on the market: Amazon Alexa, Microsoft Cortana and Google Assistant.  The company also announced deals to supply chips and antennas to bring gigabit speed and faster cellular service to upcoming smartphones made by Google, HTC, LG, Samsung, and Sony. Noticeably missing from the announcement, however, was the world’s most profitable smartphone maker, Apple, which has been increasingly relying on Intel for the cellular components in iPhones.  On the automotive front, Qualcomm unveiled deals to add more technology to cars from Honda and Land Rover. The 2018 Honda Accord will feature Internet connectivity, navigation and entertainment systems powered by Qualcomm chips. And Land Rover will use Qualcomm chips to offer cellular Internet connectivity in some of its models, too.

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Security hole in AMD CPUs' hidden secure processor code revealed ahead of patches

Security hole in AMD CPUs' hidden secure processor code revealed ahead of patches | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Googler drops bug bomb in public – but don't panic
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Cfir Cohen, a security researcher from Google's cloud security team, on Wednesday disclosed a vulnerability in the fTMP of AMD's Platform Security Processor (PSP), which resides on its 64-bit x86 processors and provides administrative functions similar to the Management Engine in Intel chipsets.  This sounds bad. It's not as bad as you think.  The fTMP is a firmware implementation of the Trusted Platform Module, a security-oriented microcontroller specification. Cohen said he reported the flaw to AMD in late September last year, and the biz apparently had a fix ready by December 7. Now that the 90-day disclosure window has passed seemingly without any action by AMD, details about the flaw have been made publicA firmware update emerged for some AMD chips in mid-December, with an option to at least partially disable the PSP. However, a spokesperson for the tech giant said on Friday this week that the above fTMP issue will be addressed in an update due out this month, January 2018.

As AMD explains it, the PSP – referred to as AMD Secure Technology – monitors the security environment for the processor, managing the boot process, initializing security mechanisms, and checking for suspect activity. It is described in detail from page 156 of this official developer manual.

It includes an embedded ARM micro-controller, cryptographic co-processor, local memory, registers, and interfaces, not to mention the Environment Management Control block that oversees processor security checking. It runs the Trustonic TEE (Trusted Execution Environment) as its security kernel. It can also access system RAM and IO.

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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

Intel's New Mini PC Is a Pint-Sized VR Powerhouse | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
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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A Ford Mach 1 Battery Electric Performance Car Is Coming In 2020

A Ford Mach 1 Battery Electric Performance Car Is Coming In 2020 | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Ford has promised a Ford F-150 Hybrid and a battery electric performance car to be called the “Mach 1” for 2020. The company’s presentation at the Detroit Auto Show inferred the car would be a Mustang variant, but now Ford’s people imply it’s an SUV instead.
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Ford has promised a Ford F-150 Hybrid and a battery electric performance car to be called the “Mach 1” for 2020. The company’s presentation at the Detroit Auto Show inferred the car would be a Mustang variant, but now Ford’s people imply it’s an SUV instead.  We’re working on getting more details at this event, but for now, there’s no concept or even a mockup image to be seen. All we know is the name, and that it’ll be an electrified performance car. Whether that means fully electric or hybrid remains to be seen.  Based on what little was said tonight, we initially thought this very well could be the hybrid Mustang that Ford promised us a year ago. But interestingly Ford Executive Vice President Raj Nair told Jalopnik that “a Mustang-inspired crossover is certainly something you can expect to come out of Team Edison,” Team Edison being Ford’s battery electric division.

When asked if it will be based on the Mustang, Nair said that because the Mach 1 will be battery electric, it will be built on a unique platform.

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Spectre, Meltdown: First Real Signs Of The Hit On Windows 10, Intel Performance Trickle In

Spectre, Meltdown: First Real Signs Of The Hit On Windows 10, Intel Performance Trickle In | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
We're getting a clearer picture of the performance hits on PCs from the Spectre/Meltdown vulnerability patches.
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Getting a slightly clearer picture of the performance hits on PCs from the Spectre/Meltdown vulnerability patches. First things first: see this great explanation of Spectre/Meltdown. Great because it's brief but informative. An overly-simplistic explanation is: the vulnerabilities allow programs to steal data by reading data from other programs (which is typically not permitted). "So, a malicious program can exploit Meltdown and Spectre to get hold of secrets stored in the memory of other running programs."

These attacks affect browsers where malicious JavaScript deployed through a webpage or advertisement could access information, according to Microsoft's explanation.

Gaming in the cloud takes a hit: Epic Games gives us one of the best illustrations of the havoc the patches are wreaking on the cloud in its "Services & Stability Update" for its Fortnite game, which runs on Windows, among other platforms.  (Epic Games reference first appeared in Wired.)  All of our cloud services are affected by updates required to mitigate the Meltdown vulnerability. We heavily rely on cloud services to run our back-end and we may experience further service issues due to ongoing updates." Windows PCs take a hit in some operations: The next bit of testing comes from PC World's Gordon Mah Ung who saw storage throughput slowdowns on his Surface Book after he installed the firmware patches. The sequential read and write performance doesn’t change much...But...4K performance ain’t pretty. While 4K read performance was similar, the write performance dropped by 26 percent.Far worse, though, 4K read and write with high queue depth take a performance hit of 42 percent and 39 percent, respectively. Ouch". --PC World, "Here's how much the Meltdown and Spectre fix hurt my Surface Book performance"  January 13, 2018  In exchanged emails with Gordan Ung. - how this might affect older Intel-based systems (e.g., laptops running Haswell or Broadwell processors) but there isn't a lot of real-world data on that.He said we should have a better idea when there's more widespread testing, adding: "This will go on for months if not years."

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LG G7 development might have been restarted from scratch by LG CEO

LG G7 development might have been restarted from scratch by LG CEO | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
According to a new report from South Korean outlet The Investor, LG's VP and CEO Jo Seong-jin has ordered the company's mobile division to start work on its upcoming flagship device from scratch. Citing an anonymous LG official, following CES 2018 the team responsible for the development of the upcoming flagship device which might not be called the G7 after all has been instructed to cease the development and review the project from the groun
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According to a new report from South Korean outlet The Investor, LG's VP and CEO Jo Seong-jin has ordered the company's mobile division to start work on its upcoming flagship device from scratch. Citing an anonymous LG official, following CES 2018 the team responsible for the development of the upcoming flagship device which might not be called the G7 after all has been instructed to cease the development and review the project from the ground up.  It seems that the development team received word on these recent developings promptly after LG's CEO revealed that the company won't be launching new devices for the sake of it just to have an answer ready for its direct competitors, namely Samsung, which is a dire decision intended to stop LG's mobile division from spilling red ink. This almost certainly means that the G7 or whatever the next smartphone is called won't be announced at the upcoming MWC trade show which has been an LG tradition for the past few years.

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Fiat Chrysler to invest more than $1 billion in Michigan plant and give $2,000 bonuses in response to tax reform

Fiat Chrysler to invest more than $1 billion in Michigan plant and give $2,000 bonuses in response to tax reform | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
CEO Sergio Marchionne said in a statement that these announcements reflect the company's ongoing commitment to manufacturing in the U.S.
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Fiat Chrysler announced Thursday that it will up its investment in the United States and pay some of its employees special bonuses after the recent tax code overhaul.  CEO Sergio Marchionne said in a statement that these announcements reflect the company's ongoing commitment to manufacturing in the U.S. He also cited the recently signed tax bill as an opportunity to share the savings with Fiat Chrysler employees.  The automaker said it will invest more than $1 billion in a Michigan plant and relocate production of its Ram Heavy Duty truck in 2020. That model is currently being produced in Saltillo, Mexico.  Fiat Chrysler said this decision would create about 2,500 jobs in addition to the ones that have been previously announced.  The company said it will also pay 60,000 of its U.S. employees bonuses of $2,000 each. Fiat Chrysler said these bonuses would not include senior leadership.

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Behind the Smart Gadgets, Amazon and Google Are Waging War

Behind the Smart Gadgets, Amazon and Google Are Waging War | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The flash of the CES technology show in Las Vegas is all about robots, drones and smart gadgets. But its subtext is all about Google versus Amazon.
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Google versus Amazon.Both companies usually shun conventions like CES, preferring to debut gadgets at their own press events. But these tech giants have built an imposing presence here this year as they work to weave their voice-operated digital assistants more deeply into our personal lives.

Google has plastered digital billboards and the Las Vegas Monorail with the "Hey Google" wake-up command. It's announced a range of new gadgets featuring its assistant on everything from smart displays to pressure cookers. And it's sent out the clowns — a jumpsuit-wearing army of advertising associates wearing brightly-colored Converse sneakers and hovering around partner firms' booths to explain how Google's technology works. Amazon, which grabbed an early lead in this market, opted for a more subtle approach. Instead of an advertising blitz, its Alexa digital assistant has merely been popping up regularly in "smart" products across the convention — everything from mirrors and toilets to headphones and car dashboards. Executives from both companies have also been turning up at press conferences held by other companies such as Panasonic, LG and Toyota. "What we're seeing is heavy competition between all the personal assistants," says Gartner analyst Brian Blau.

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Alabama Chosen as Site of Toyota and Mazda Plant

Alabama Chosen as Site of Toyota and Mazda Plant | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Toyota and Mazda will build their $1.6 billion autoplant in Alabama, employing up to 4,000 people, according to sources.
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The plant, which will employ up to 4,000 people and produce about 300,000 vehicles a year, will be located in Huntsville, Alabama, and is a boon for the state, where Toyota has a large engine plant and an existing network of automotive suppliers.

The new plant –in a state Trump won by 28 points in 2016 — could be a political boost to the Republican president, who has urged automakers to build plants in the United States and add jobs. The companies said they expect the plant to open in 2021.

Trump tweeted in March he wanted “new plants to be built here for cars sold here.” The White House did not immediately comment on Tuesday.  The announcement also comes at a time of declining U.S. auto industry sales, so it could exacerbate overcapacity and add pressure to cut prices. U.S. new vehicle sales fell 2 percent in 2017, after hitting an all-time record high in 2016, and are expected to fall further in 2018.  Details of an anticipated tax and incentive package for the investment were not yet known. It has been reported the companies sought at least $1 billion in incentives.

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