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AMD and Qualcomm join forces to power higher-end connected PCs

AMD and Qualcomm join forces to power higher-end connected PCs | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Qualcomm may have found a worthy ally in its quest to take on the PC market. After unveiling a new stable of Snapdragon 835-powered "Always Connected" PC
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After unveiling a new stable of Snapdragon 835-powered "Always Connected" PCs from HP and ASUS, the chip-maker revealed a surprise partner: AMD. The two companies are teaming up to make Always Connected PCs on AMD's "Ryzen" mobile platform while using Snapdragon LTE modems to enable gigabit connection speeds. On gigabit LTE, you could potentially download a feature-length movie over cellular data in less than 30 seconds.  AMD unveiled its Ryzen mobile chips, which feature integrated Radeon Vega graphics, in October. Ryzen CPUs were designed to provide desktop-class performance while still allowing for a small enough footprint for thin-and-lights. The company has revealed two Ryzen mobile processors so far, both of them quad-core chips with eight threads -- a similar architecture to Intel's eighth-generation laptop chipsets.

The higher-end Ryzen has 10 Vega graphics cores, helping it blow away Intel's integrated graphics on benchmarks that AMD ran. For gamers on the go, the Ryzen chipsets can provide decent frame rates for midrange games like League of Legends or Overwatch. Intel's chipsets can go up to 4.2GHz, though, while the higher-end model can only reach 3.8GHz, so AMD's chips may not be as fast in bursts.

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Microsoft launches Windows 10 on ARM, with HP and ASUS promising 20+ hours of battery life

Microsoft launches Windows 10 on ARM, with HP and ASUS promising 20+ hours of battery life | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Windows laptops and tablets have traditionally run on X86 processors from the likes of Intel and AMD. Microsoft experimented with using ARM-based processors..
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Does not bode well for #1-Samsung and #2-Intel if they don't have ARM Technology being built in their factories. --> Windows laptops and tablets have traditionally run on X86 processors from the likes of Intel and AMD. Microsoft experimented with using ARM-based processors when it launched the Surface RT and Windows RT in 2012 — and it cost the company dearly. The failure of the Surface RT was mostly due to software, though. The system could only run a small subset of applications that had been specifically compiled for it — and hence you couldn’t just install Chrome or Photoshop, for example. It didn’t help that Microsoft’s marketing for the Surface RT was confusing for many consumers.  Fast-forward to today and Microsoft is ready to give ARM on laptops another try. But this time, you will be able to run any program you wish. Windows 10 for ARM is officially launching today, and while Microsoft itself isn’t launching an ARM-based Surface device just yet, the company has partnered with the likes of HP to launch a new class of laptops that Microsoft officially brands as “Always Connected Devices.”  The promise of using ARM-based chips (and we’re mostly talking Qualcomm Snapdragon processors here), is that you’ll get the kind of user experience that you’ve become accustomed to from your smartphones. That means these devices will turn on almost immediately, feature wireless LTE connectivity and — maybe most importantly — offer the kind of battery life that’ll let you get through a day or two (and, in the future, maybe a week) of work without having to recharge.

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What You Need to Know About the Internet of Things and Medical Devices

What You Need to Know About the Internet of Things and Medical Devices | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
IoT capabilities are enabling users to interact with medical devices in ways we never even imagined, posing new questions for medical device developers.
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What is the value? - We first need to understand the value of IoT and who realizes it. A connected tongue depressor is probably meaningless; but what about a connected tongue depressor dispenser, with a fulfillment model that means it will never be empty? The clinic never needs to worry about reordering. Meanwhile, the vendor takes on the burden of monitoring quantity and ensuring that customers have an adequate supply. This is a trivial example affecting the “availability” of the device, but it’s also an example of how connecting a device “container” could change how a device is supplied. In this illustration, the clinic gets the benefit of not having to worry about ordering, and the manufacturer gets the benefit of being able to monitor customer use and getting to leverage automatic “reordering.” There isn’t a direct change to the device, but there are changes in availability to a service being provided by the manufacturer.
More direct value propositions? - There are a number of areas to explore. In the case of a therapeutic device, or a device which monitors patient therapy compliance, there is clear value to both the caregiver and the patient. The caregiver has data on patient compliance and has an input to help assess the effectiveness of treatment. The patient can be provided a gentle reminder, a message from the caregiver, or other feedback to better engage them. In some cases, a family member can be included in the information/feedback loop to assist in compliance. For any device, the ability to monitor it in the field, getting to understand how it is being used and how it is performing, can provide real value to the manufacturer. There are sometimes unseen obstacles to adoption. By building in monitoring and reporting back to the manufacturer, issues can be detected early and possible correction can be applied. Perhaps training was inadequate or the device has an issue in the environment, but remote monitoring is less expensive than a survey and can provide far better data. This is clearly of value to the manufacturer. There will likely be a few different dimensions that can provide value. The evolution of these capabilities will enhance what we are doing now, and enable treatment and feedback that were not previously possible.
What is the downstream value? - As we collect data via IoT devices, curation will become significant. Longitudinal data in a specific treatment will be invaluable to understand efficacy. To realize this value, we must address consent, privacy, and security. An example is the progression of chronic conditions which may be affected by both treatment and lifestyle. Not only is this of interest in aggregate for research, it can be of immediate interest to the patient.
What about security? - Before people start to fear security, they should remember that many millions of credit card transactions happen online every day. With the development of protection methods and protocols over the years, we seem to have achieved an acceptable level of security. Now, we need to think about securing the function and data of a connected device at the start of the product cycle. We can bifurcate into two main areas: patient information and cyber-security.

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HPE partners with ABB to merge IT and OT

HPE partners with ABB to merge IT and OT | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The partnership should accelerate data processing in industrial settings.
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HPE is teaming up with the operational technology vendor ABB to bring more intelligence directly into industrial facilities, the companies announced today.  The partnership will bring ABB Ability -- ABB's portfolio of digital services that includes physical asset performance management and smart sensors for motors -- to hybrid platforms like HPE ProLiant for Microsoft Azure Stack. ABB Ability was initially developed and built on the Azure platform. Extending it to hybrid platforms will enable customers to run applications either on Azure or on HPE infrastructure within their industrial plants and data centers.  The partnership comes as HPE aims to broaden its presence at the "intelligent edge" -- in industrial settings but also in workplaces, retail and smart cities.  ABB, for its part, has an installed base of 70 million connected devices, 70,000 digital control systems and 6,000 enterprise software solutions. It competes with other OT vendors like GE, Siemens and Bosch.  "This alliance between two global leaders is unprecedented in terms of breadth and depth, and it will be ground-breaking for the progress of the Industrial Internet of Things," HPE CEO Meg Whitman said in a statement. "Together with ABB, we will shape a digital industrial future where everything computes, equipping machines with intelligence to collaborate, allowing plants to flexibly adapt to changing demands, and enabling global supply chains to instantaneously react to incidents. This partnership will create exciting business opportunities for our joint customers."  In addition to expanding the footprint of ABB Ability, the two companies also plan to work together to provide joint services for data centers. These include a data center automation service that combines the ABB Ability Data Center Automation service with HPE OneView,

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AMD Working On GDDR6 Memory Technology For Upcoming Graphics Cards

AMD Working On GDDR6 Memory Technology For Upcoming Graphics Cards | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
A rumor recently surfaced involving the LinkedIn page of an AMD technical engineer that listed the company working on a GDDR6 memory controller. I reached out to some people and can confirm that AMD is indeed working on the GDDR6 standard and will be actively using it in future graphics cards. As for the question …
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AMD is indeed working on GDDR6 memory technology and will be adopting it.   The next obvious question becomes when and where will we see it used, to that, the only reply I got was that AMD will still be sticking with HBM technology in high end graphics cards in 2018. Samsung, Micron and SK Hynix all have roadmaps that show their GPU SKUs rolling out by the end of 2017 or early 2018. In either case it looks like video card manufacturers will have access to the incredibly fast memory standard from Q1 2018. Since pricing will almost certainly be expensive in the beginning and it remains to be seen just how it fares in comparison with HBM.  In any case, we do know for sure the company will be sticking with HBM technology for all its high end graphics cards indicating that either they will not be rolling out any GDDR6 based cards in 2018, or keeping it limited to mid-end or the professional side of things.  Samsung, Micron and SK Hynix have all officially stated that they will be producing the fastest and lowest-power DRAM for next generation products.  Samsung has currently listed a 16Gb GDDR6 DRAM in their portfolio but that can be expanded upon in the future when production hits full swing. With a transfer rate of 16Gbps, the DRAM will be able to pump out 64 GB/s bandwidth (per chip). The memory operates at just 1.35V.

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The legal battle between Apple and Qualcomm just went retro

The legal battle between Apple and Qualcomm just went retro | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The chipmaker owns several patents related to Palm and webOS, and is accusing the iPhone X of copying its user interface.
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The same day that Apple filed a countersuit against Qualcomm, alleging that the chipmaker illegally used Apple battery management technology in Snapdragon processors that went into rival phones, Qualcomm filed three new complaints relating to 16 additional patents against Apple, including asking for the iPhone X to be bannedBut Qualcomm is bringing up a blast from the past in its complaint: the cult classic Palm Pre.   It turns out, Qualcomm in 2014 purchased several patents from Palm, including technology relating to its webOS operating system and user interface. While the Palm Pre, which debuted in 2009 as the purported "iPhone killer," never met the initial hype, Qualcomm is bringing it back as a weapon against Apple.

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 FDA approves pill with sensor that digitally tracks if patients have ingested their medication  #esante #hcsmeufr #digitalhealth

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the first drug in the U.S. with a digital ingestion tracking system. Abilify MyCite (aripiprazole tablets with sensor) has an ingestible sensor embedded in the pill that records that the medication was taken. The product is approved for the treatment of schizophrenia, acute treatment of manic and mixed episodes associated with bipolar I disorder and for use as an add-on treatment for depression in adults.

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the first drug in the U.S. with a digital ingestion tracking system. Abilify MyCite (aripiprazole tablets with sensor) has an ingestible sensor embedded in the pill that records that the medication was taken. The product is approved for the treatment of schizophrenia, acute treatment of manic and mixed episodes associated with bipolar I disorder and for use as an add-on treatment for depression in adults.  The system works by sending a message from the pill’s sensor to a wearable patch. The patch transmits the information to a mobile application so that patients can track the ingestion of the medication on their smart phone. Patients can also permit their caregivers and physician to access the information through a web-based portal.

“Being able to track ingestion of medications prescribed for mental illness may be useful for some patients,” said Mitchell Mathis, M.D., director of the Division of Psychiatry Products in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “The FDA supports the development and use of new technology in prescription drugs and is committed to working with companies to understand how technology might benefit patients and prescribers.”  It is important to note that Abilify MyCite’s prescribing information (labeling) notes that the ability of the product to improve patient compliance with their treatment regimen has not been shown. Abilify MyCite should not be used to track drug ingestion in “real-time” or during an emergency because detection may be delayed or may not occur.

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Apple claims Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors use its patented technology

Apple claims Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors use its patented technology | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Apple and Qualcomm’s legal battle continues today with a new claim of patent infringement focused on some of Qualcomm’s top processors.
Apple claims that Qualcomm is infringing eight batter
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Apple claims that Qualcomm is infringing eight battery life patents with its processors. In particular, it singles out the Snapdragon 800 and the Snapdragon 820. Those aren’t Qualcomm’s most recent processors, but they’re part of Qualcomm’s flagship line and powered high-end phones as recently as a year ago.  The patents cover technologies that help a processor draw as little power as necessary and allow a processor to quickly increase and decrease its power usage. The new claims were first reported by Reuters. A smaller battle in Apple and Qualcomm’s larger legal fight  The new claims are a late counter-strike to patent infringement claims that Qualcomm made over the summer. Qualcomm alleges that Apple is in violation of six of its own patents, also having to do with battery life, and is trying to get iPhones banned as a result.

Apple is filing these new patent infringement claims in an attempt to get Qualcomm’s patent claims dismissed. Apple says it began filing for battery life patents long before Qualcomm went after its own battery life patents, and it says that Qualcomm’s infringement claims appear “to be a blatant effort to take credit for the innovation of others.” The company’s filing goes on to claim that Qualcomm selectively gained patents that covered technologies that might be inside Apple products “much like a common patent troll.”

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BMW pops the top on its wild hybrid sports car

BMW pops the top on its wild hybrid sports car | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Everything you need to know about the 2019 BMW i8, including impressions and analysis, photos, video, release date, prices, specs, and predictions from Roadshow.
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BMW launched its i8, and i brand, as a means of testing future engineering in a production vehicle, but it didn't skip the fun. The i8 model can drive under fully electric power and also offers an engaging sport experience, along with an out-of-this world design.  At the Los Angeles Auto Show, BMW doubles down on the i8, adding a Roadster variant with retractable cloth roof to the existing Coupe model. The i8 retains the innovative carbon fiber structure from when it launched in 2014, along with its gasoline-electric plug-in hybrid drivetrain, making this 2019 model year version more of a refresh than a major update. However, the new open-top variant adds significant variety. On both Roadster and Coupe, the doors lift up and out, gull wing-style. However, the Coupe retains hatchback cargo space and rear seats, while the Roadster only offers two seats. The lack of a hatchback gives the i8 Roadster two cool-looking aero-ridges behind each seat, reminiscent of 1950s automotive design.

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Microsoft: We're razing our Redmond campus to build a mini city

Microsoft: We're razing our Redmond campus to build a mini city | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
No more cars, new soccer and cricket fields, cafes, bike tracks, bridges, light rail, and more.
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U.S. Line MRO Specialist Expects Augmented Reality To Gain Traction

U.S. Line MRO Specialist Expects Augmented Reality To Gain Traction | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
FEAM COO foresees the technology playing a major part in the business.
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The big advantage of augmented reality tools, for either training or supporting aircraft maintenance, lies in the ability to bridge long distances. Long distances are a special challenge for an MRO that specializes in line maintenance and must do inspections and possibly repairs in many locations.  At line MRO FEAM, chief operating officer Dan Allawat expects augmented reality to play a major part in his business. “We think it is inevitable that these tools become part of the everyday fabric of maintaining aircraft,” Allawat says. “FEAM is closely monitoring the developments of these​ tools in order to ascertain best applications ​for our segment of the industry.”  The FEAM chief notes that his firm now does line maintenance in 28 locations, using more than 700 maintenance personnel who support 30 different airline customers. Each of those airline customers has its own set of locations for its expert engineering staff.

In light of all this geographical dispersion, Allawat sees strong benefits in the new tools. “The ability to leverage augmented reality technology to provide remote technical support and reporting​, as well remote training applications, will greatly enhance our capabilities and services to our customers.” 

On hardware and software choices, Allawat says only, “we are in the early stages of reviewing the various options that are coming out on the market.”  But things could start to move rapidly: “As with most emerging technologies, the advancements in augmented reality are happening at a very fast pace. We think within the next few years this technology will be commonplace within our industry.”​

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Intel Patches Major Flaws in the Intel Management Engine

Intel Patches Major Flaws in the Intel Management Engine | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Intel has released a new set of updates for the Intel Management Engine. There are multiple significant security vulnerabilities i
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Intel has acknowledged and patched a new suite of security problems affecting its Intel Management Engine. This subsystem controls many low-level capabilities of the SoC, and can be used for features like remote access and Intel’s Trusted Execution Engine. The company has released a list of 10 vulnerabilities across multiple products that are addressed by recent driver updates. Potentially affected systems include:

  • 6th, 7th & 8th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Family
  • Intel® Xeon® Processor E3-1200 v5 & v6 Product Family
  • Intel® Xeon® Processor Scalable Family
  • Intel® Xeon® Processor W Family
  • Intel® Atom® C3000 Processor Family
  • Apollo Lake Intel® Atom Processor E3900 series
  • Apollo Lake Intel® Pentium™
  • Celeron™ N and J series Processors

That’s Intel’s entire product line dating back to the introduction of Skylake. According to Intel, attackers could impersonate the Intel Management Engine, Server Platform Services, and/or the Trusted Execution Engine, load and execute arbitrary code without the user or OS being aware of it, and destabilize or crash a system altogether.  Intel’s admission of multiple vulnerabilities is likely to raise eyebrows, given the company’s previous conduct regarding IME. Intel goes to great lengths to hide exactly how IME works and there’s no way for the main x86 chip to even snoop on what the IME is doing (the IME has previously run on an embedded 32-bit Argonaut RISC core, though it’s not clear if this is still the case). This means there’s effectively a second operating system running on every single Intel processor, and there’s no way for the user to control it or shut it off (disabling the IME on a motherboard with IME enabled will result in a non-booting system until the capability is re-enabled). While a research team did find a way to turn the function off by setting a single bit, they note that actually doing so could permanently brick a system. Also, it doesn’t work until the system has actually booted and the main CPU has started. As of this writing, Intel has not offered a safe, reliable method for anyone to disable the Intel Management Engine.

 

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Spaceflight's Next Big Leap? SpaceX Cargo Mission Offers a Glimpse

Spaceflight's Next Big Leap? SpaceX Cargo Mission Offers a Glimpse | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
If you want to make the case that spaceflight is about to take a giant leap, SpaceX's next cargo run to the International Space Station for NASA could be Exhibit A.
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SpaceX and its billionaire founder and CEO, Elon Musk, have long prioritized the development of reusable rockets and spacecraft, stressing that such technology will slash the cost of spaceflight and thereby open the heavens to greater exploration.

Musk's company has made a lot of progress toward turning that vision into reality. To date, SpaceX has successfully brought Falcon 9 first stages back to Earth 19 times during orbital missions, and three of those landed boosters have flown again.

SpaceX has also relaunched a Dragon to the ISS once. This past June, a Falcon 9 lofted a Dragon that also visited the orbiting lab in September 2014. But that rocket was completely new, so the upcoming resupply flight will break new ground in reusability if NASA does indeed greenlight the use of a pre-flown Falcon 9 first stage. (The Dragon that will lift off next month previously launched toward the ISS in April 2015, on SpaceX's sixth contracted cargo mission for NASA. Next month's launch will initiate resupply run number 13.)   Dragon, by the way, is the only currently operational cargo vehicle capable of being re-flown. The capsule comes back to Earth for soft, parachute-aided ocean splashdowns; all other uncrewed freighters are designed to burn up in our planet's atmosphere after their time at the ISS is done.

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Consumer Reports ranks iPhone 8/8 Plus over iPhone X after battery and durability differences

Consumer Reports ranks iPhone 8/8 Plus over iPhone X after battery and durability differences | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Consumer Reports has published its 2017 iPhone comparison and in it the publication has somehow rated the iPhone X below the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, but there’s certainly no need to trade…
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Consumer Reports has published its 2017 iPhone comparison and in it the publication has somehow rated the iPhone X below the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, but there’s certainly no need to trade down if you’re an iPhone X owner. While there’s nothing wrong with either iPhone 8 model, CR points to differences in battery life and durability testing for its ranking that may not apply to real world usage.  The ranking cites durability through its drop test as a small part of the recommendation decision: "We tumbled three samples of the iPhone X. The first was fine after 50 drops, but the glass on the back was significantly cracked after 100. The other two phones ended up with malfunctioning displays after 50 drops. Though the front glass didn’t crack, several bright green bars stretched across the screens from top to bottom."  iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X are each glass front and back phones of varying sizes, however, so recommending one over another for this reason isn’t likely to have a real world impact, and I would guess that most people use cases anyway.

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GE Loses Major Contract: American Airlines To Insource CFM56-5B MRO After GE Contract Expires

GE Loses Major Contract: American Airlines To Insource CFM56-5B MRO After GE Contract Expires | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
Engine repair will be brought inhouse next year.
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American Airlines plans to bring its CFM56-5B engine maintenance in-house starting in October 2018. “Today, that engine overhaul work is performed by our GE Engine partners,” says David Seymour, the airlines’ senior vice president-integrated operations. American Airlines’ base in Tulsa, Oklahoma will perform the maintenance, repair and overhaul work and expects to input 45 CFM56-5B engines per year after it sets up the capability. The airlines’ contract for the CFM56-5Bs MRO is set to expire next year so the airline bid it out to GE, other vendors and its inhouse shop.After the bidding process, American determined its internal “team who does the -7B work so well should perform the same work on the -5, especially given the high degree of commonality of the two engine variants,” says Seymour.

It operates a total of 318 CFM56-5Bs that power 151 of its fleet of 392 Airbus A230-family aircraft.  To accommodate the -5B, Americans plans to add 80 positions to the Tulsa engine shop, which already performs CFM56-7B overhauls—in 53 days.

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Chinese Tech Titans Baidu and Xiaomi announce A.I. and Internet of Things partnership

Chinese Tech Titans Baidu and Xiaomi announce A.I. and Internet of Things partnership | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The collaboration will see the two businesses establish in depth cooperation.
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Two of China's biggest tech companies, internet search giant Baidu and smartphone maker Xiaomi, have entered into a partnership that will see them "establish in-depth cooperation."

The businesses said Tuesday that the partnership would leverage their strengths in both artificial intelligence (AI) and the internet of things (IoT) to provide "an enhanced experience" to users of consumer electronics and smart devices.  In an announcement, the firms said they would "explore cooperation opportunities" in a range of areas including deep learning, voice recognition and conversational AI. 

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Mercedes benchmarked and dismantled a Tesla Model X in the weirdest way ahead of launching its own electric SUV

Mercedes benchmarked and dismantled a Tesla Model X in the weirdest way ahead of launching its own electric SUV | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
It’s not rare for automakers to buy vehicles from competitors in order to reverse-engineer or benchmark them as part of their R&D effort, but Mercedes-Benz reportedly used a particularly …
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It’s not rare for automakers to buy vehicles from competitors in order to reverse-engineer or benchmark them as part of their R&D effort, but Mercedes-Benz reportedly used a particularly strange and arguably shady way to do it for the Tesla Model X.  It makes sense for the German automaker to be interested in the Model X at this point since it’s the only all-electric SUV on the market and they are about to launch their own all-electric SUV: the Mercedes EQC.  But instead of simply buying one from Tesla or a used one, the automaker reportedly rented one from a Bavarian couple through the car rental company Sixt. According to the German magazine Spiegel (German and paywall), the couple was going on vacation for a few weeks and decided to loan their Model X to the company, which in turn rented it to Daimler, Mercedes-Benz’s parent company.  Unknown to the actual owner of the car, Mercedes then proceeded to thoroughly test the electric vehicle and then dismantle it before rebuilding it again and giving it back to Sixt.  According to the company, Mercedes drove the Model X at their test track in Sindelfingen near Stuttgart in Germany and put it through heat and vibration tests. They also reportedly drove it all the way to Barcelona in Spain.  Sixt says that this kind of use goes against their rental agreement and while they reportedly compensated the owners, they say that Daimler should pay for the damage incurred on the vehicle, which they estimate to be “in the five digits.”

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A Boeing miss? the 100 seat Regional Jet that they gave up to Bombardier and Airbus

A Boeing miss? the 100 seat Regional Jet that they gave up to Bombardier and Airbus | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
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On May 23, 2006, Boeing delivered the last two 717-200 jetliners to customers at its Long Beach, California factory. It marked to the end of a program filled with promise but that had ultimately failed to capture the interest of airlines. Even Boeing's well-oiled sales operation could only manage to muster up 156 orders for the little 100-seat, short-haul-airliner. Currently, the 717 is operated primarily by four airlines; Delta, Hawaiian, Qantas, and Spanish low-cost carrier Volotea. With 91 of the planes in its fleet, Delta is the by far the type's largest operator.  Incredibly, a decade after being axed from Boeing's lineup, airlines are scouring the planet looking for available Boeing 717s.  "These guys keep begging me to give them more 717s," Dinesh Keskar, Boeing's senior vice president of sales for the Asia Pacific and India, told Business Insider. "But that era over and it's not going to happen." (or so it is assumed)  So how did a plane Boeing couldn't sell become an aircraft that airlines can't get enough of?

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The Little Plane War | Boeing vs Bombardier

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If you were wondering where and why this little plane war got started and all of the hype in the news about Boeing getting the US government to slam a 300% tariff on Bombardier aircraft, that eventually will hurt Boeing because of their efforts to stop them making sales in the US market. Interesting, entertaining and informative short video.

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Build fast, fix later: speed hurts quality at Tesla, some workers say

Build fast, fix later: speed hurts quality at Tesla, some workers say | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
After Tesla's Model S sedans and Model X SUVs roll off the company's Fremont, California assembly line, the electric vehicles usually make another stop - for repairs, nine current and former employees have told Reuters.

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The luxury cars regularly require fixes before they can leave the factory, according to the workers. Quality checks have routinely revealed defects in more than 90 percent of Model S and Model X vehicles inspected after assembly, these individuals said, citing figures from Tesla’s internal tracking system as recently as October. Some of these people told Reuters of seeing problems as far back as 2012.   Tesla said its quality control process is unusually rigorous, designed to flag and correct the tiniest imperfections. It declined to provide post-assembly defect rates to Reuters or comment on those cited by employees.  The world’s most efficient automakers, such as Toyota, average post-manufacturing fixes on fewer than 10 percent of their cars, according to industry experts. Getting quality right during initial assembly is crucial, they said, because repairs waste time and money.  At Tesla “so much goes into rework after the car is done ... that’s where their money is being spent,” a former Tesla supervisor said.  The Silicon Valley automaker said the majority of its post-assembly defects are minor and resolved in a matter of minutes.

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Jim Beam is selling a smart decanter that pours whiskey on command

Jim Beam is selling a smart decanter that pours whiskey on command | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
April 1st isn’t for another five months
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Jim Beam makes bourbon, but it seems that the distillery is looking to make the jump into the tech industry with the release of its new product Jim, a “smart” decanter. But instead of telling you the weather or setting alarms, Jim pours whiskey.

In fact, that’s pretty much all Jim does. The smart decanter does seem to have some kind of built-in voice control if the video is to be believed, but instead of offering contextual responses, you’re pretty much just going to get recordings of the voice of Fred Noe, a master distiller at Jim Beam.

 

It seems like JIM is actually a real product  

 

While Jim does look a whole like like an April Fools’ Day gag that’s meant to poke fun at the recent boom of products like the Echo or Google Home, it seems like Jim is actually real. Jim Beam is purportedly selling it on its site for $34.90 — which, fun fact, is actually more than a bottle of Jim Beam. It’s promising deliveries in time for the holidays, although it’s currently sold out. Jim appears to function off integrated 3G service for voice recognition, and the product page notes that it’ll expire about six months after purchase, leaving you with an ordinary, Jim Beam-branded decanter.  While it’s entirely possible that this whole thing is just a marketing stunt, Jim Beam has actually sold real products for the express purpose of mocking tech companies before. As AdWeek points out, the company sold wearable Jim Beam Apple-branded

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Amazon is previewing an IOT security service

Amazon is previewing an IOT security service | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
As one of its last announcement on a day chock-full with new tools and features, Amazon previewed a new security device for the internet of things. Called..
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As one of its last announcement on a day chock-full with new tools and features, Amazon previewed a new security device for the internet of things.  Called IOT Device Defender, the new service will monitor policies around devices to look for anomalies in device activity and support customized rules and auditing policies that a customer would want to put in place.

The service will also provide real-time detection and alerts based on variations from the normal device behavior defined by the rules provided by customers.  Finally, the new service will provide tools like contextual information so customers can investigate and mitigate the damage from any breaches.  Information like device information and device statistics are available through customized alerts, and users can remotely reboot a device, revoke its permissions, reset it or push security fixes through the coming Amazon service.

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Major Purchases in the Aviation Maintenance Repair Overhaul Business

Major Purchases in the Aviation Maintenance Repair Overhaul Business | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
A rundown of some of the key MRO acquisitions in 2017.
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  1. Rockwell Collins Finalizes BE Aerospace Buyout for $8.3 billion acquisition of B/E Aerospace in April 2017. The deal was completed six months after it was first announced that the U.S. avionics giant was looking to buy Florida-based cabin interior specialist B/E.
  2. GE Buys UK Robotics Specialist OC Robotics, a manufacturer of snake-arm robotics hardware, will draw on its expertise to aid its services division.
  3. Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services (AMES), a subsidiary of Air Transport Services Group (ATSG), acquired Florida-based MRO and passenger-to-freighter specialist PEMCO.
  4. Californian private equity firm Platinum Equity snapped up UK-based Pattonair, a provider of supply chain services for MRO and airframe manufacturer customers. The transaction is expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2017.
  5. United Technologies Pays $30 Billion For Rockwell Collins In a proposed $30 billion industry mega deal, the avionics and interiors specialist will combine with United Technologies to create a new business division named Collins Aerospace Systems.
  6. Consultancy Oliver Wyman  purchased UK-based AVISA Aviation Safety Systems in September for an undisclosed sum to expand its European aviation technical services. AVISA services will be integrated into Oliver Wyman's Cavok aviation services technical consulting division.
  7. AAR announced in September that it had struck a deal to acquire two MRO facilities from Canada's Premier Aviation. The move, driven by a desire from AAR to capture more work in the Canadian market.
  8. StandardAero Snaps Up Vector Aerospace from Airbus in November 2017. The buyout will bring about an expansion of U.S.-based StandardAero's capabilities, with the company adopting turboprop MRO capabilities for Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6s and PW100s.
 
 
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HP Caught Installing Spyware on Windows 10 PCs Without Permission

HP Caught Installing Spyware on Windows 10 PCs Without Permission | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
HP is pushing an update (possibly through Windows Update itself) that installs a telemetry tracker on your system -- an
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Do we really need to be doing this sort of thing, yet again, ugghhh?  -   HP has been caught installing a new telemetry-gathering system on its Windows 10 PCs without informing users it was doing or so requesting permission to gather data. In a recent update (it’s not clear if HP or Microsoft pushed out the software), multiple HP owners have reported the “HP TouchPoint Analytics Client” is connecting on a daily basis to upload various information to HP’s servers.

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Apple’s latest AI research explores the problem of mapping systems for self-driving cars

Apple’s latest AI research explores the problem of mapping systems for self-driving cars | Internet of Things - Company and Research Focus | Scoop.it
The academic paper focuses on how to squeeze more information out of patchy mapping data
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Apple’s ambitions to build a self-driving car have reportedly shifted gears over the years, but we know the company is focusing on the software side of the equation. This June, CEO Tim Cook said the iPhone maker is building autonomous systems that could power a range of different vehicles (rather than, say, working on its own Apple-branded SUVs). “We sort of see it as the mother of all AI projects,” said Cook.  Now, new research from the company’s machine learning team confirms this direction, with a paper published on pre-print server arXiv describing a mapping system that could be put to a range of uses, including powering “autonomous navigation, housekeeping robots, and augmented / virtual reality.” Though, to be clear, this is just academic research: it doesn’t indicate that Apple is working on these particular use-cases.  The system in question is called VoxelNet, and it’s all about improving the data we get from the eyes of most self-driving systems: LIDAR sensors. These components are integral to lots of autonomous vehicles, and work by bouncing lasers off nearby objects to build a 3D model of their surroundings. They offer better depth information than regular cameras, but produce patchy maps, with large sections often rendered invisible by objects blocking the laser’s path. This leads to maps that are “sparse and have highly variable point density,” as Apple’s researchers put it. In other words, it’s not good for safe self-driving.

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