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Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram – The Growth Of Social Media [INFOGRAPHIC]

Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram – The Growth Of Social Media [INFOGRAPHIC] | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
You know that social media thing?
It’s getting pretty big. Collectively, Facebook.

Via Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com
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Finally I see it - Social Media is the buzz, just like the dotcom bubble, do not expectt to get any revenue here, but they are communication channels to be used,

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Hrhug's curator insight, November 17, 2013 1:58 PM

#1 is Twitter, followed by Google+ and Facebook. Good stats broken down by age.

Human@s's curator insight, November 19, 2013 6:28 AM

Gráfico del aumento del uso de redes sociales

Núria Rabassa's curator insight, April 21, 2015 1:46 PM

Aquest post ens parla de com les noves xarxes socials més populars del moment han anat creixent entre els anys 2004 i 2013.

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73% of Executives Are Researching & Launching IoT Projects In 2017

73% of Executives Are Researching & Launching IoT Projects In 2017 | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
73% of senior executives are either researching or currently deploying IoT. The IoT platform market is expected to grow 35% per year to $1.16B by 2020. These and many other fascinating findings are from Verizon’s State of the Market: Internet of Things 2017, Making way for the enterprise
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Key takeaways from the study include the following:

  • Manufacturing-based IoT connections grew 84% between 2016 and 2017, followed by energy & utilities (41%). Transportation and distribution (40%), smart cities and communities (19%) and healthcare and pharma (11%) are the remaining three industries tracked in the study who had positive growth in the number of IoT connections. The following graphic compares year-over-year growth by industry for the 2016 to 2017 timeframe.
  • Manufacturing is predicted to lead IoT spending in 2017 with $183B invested this year. Verizon’s study predicts that transportation and utilities will have the second and third-largest capital expenses in IoT this year. Insurance, consumer and cross-industry IoT investments including connected vehicles and smart buildings will see the fastest overall growth in 2017.
  • The IoT platform market is expected to grow 35% per year to $1.16B by 2020. From well-established enterprise service providers to startups, the platform market is becoming one of the most competitive within the global IoT ecosystem. The design objective of all IoT platforms is to provide a single environment for enabling API, Web Services and custom integrations that securely support enterprise-wide applications. Please see the post What Makes An Internet Of Things (IoT) Platform Enterprise-Ready? for an overview of the Boston Consulting Group’srecent IoT study, Who Will Win The IoT Platform Wars?
  • Improving the customer experience and excel at customer service by gaining greater insights using IoT leaders enterprises’ investment priorities. 33% of enterprises interviewed prioritize using IoT technologies and the insights it’s capable of providing to excel at customer service. 26% intend to use IoT technologies to improve asset management and increase Return on Assets (ROA) and Return on Invested Capital (ROIC). Consistent with how dominant manufacturing’s investment plans are for IoT this year, production and delivery capabilities are the top deployment priority for 25% of all businesses interviewed.
  • IoT has the potential to revolutionize pharmaceutical supply chains by drastically reducing drug counterfeiting globally. It’s estimated that counterfeit drugs cost the industry between $75B to $200B annually. The human costs of treating those who have been sold counterfeit drugs back to health are incalculable. IoT platforms and systems have the potential to drastically reduce the costs of counterfeiting, both on a personal impact and market standpoint. Drug manufacturers operating in the United States have until November 2017 to mark packages with a product identifier, serial number, lot number and expiration date, plus electronically store and transfer all transaction histories, including shipment information, across their distribution supply chains. Pharmaceutical manufacturers have a high level of urgency to make this happen and stay in compliance with the US Drug Supply Chain Security Act. IoT solutions are flourishing in this industry as a result.
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Global semiconductor sales increase 21.9% YoY in October

Global semiconductor sales increase 21.9% YoY in October | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
October marked the global industry's largest-ever monthly sales total.
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The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) today announced worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $37.1 billion for the month of October 2017, an increase of 21.9 percent from the October 2016 total of $30.4 billion and 3.2 percent more than last month’s total of $36.0 billion. October marked the global industry’s largest-ever monthly sales total. All monthly sales numbers are compiled by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization and represent a three-month moving average. Additionally, the latest WSTS industry forecast was revised upward and now projects annual global market growth of 20.6 percent in 2017 and 7.0 percent in 2018. “The global semiconductor market continued to grow impressively in October, with sales surpassing the industry’s highest-ever monthly total and moving closer to topping $400 billion for 2017,” said John Neuffer, president and CEO, Semiconductor Industry Association. “Market growth continues to be driven in part by high demand for memory products, but combined sales of all other semiconductor products were up substantially as well, showing the breadth of the market’s strength this year.” Regionally, year-to-year sales increased in the Americas (40.9 percent), Europe (19.5 percent), China (19.1 percent), Asia Pacific/All Other (16.3 percent), and Japan (10.7 percent). Compared with last month, sales were up more modestly across all regions: the Americas (6.8 percent), China (2.6 percent), Europe (2.6 percent), Japan (1.8 percent), and Asia Pacific/All Other (1.5 percent).

Additionally, SIA today endorsed the WSTS Autumn 2017 global semiconductor sales forecast, which projects the industry’s worldwide sales will be $408.7 billion in 2017. This would mark the industry’s highest-ever annual sales, its first time topping $400 billion, and a 20.6 percent increase from the 2016 sales total

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MIT Is Building a Better 3D Printer

MIT Is Building a Better 3D Printer | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Traditional desktop 3D printing technology has effectively hit a wall. The line between a $200 and a $1000 printer is blurrier now than ever before, and there’s a fairly prevalent argument in…
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As anyone who’s pushed their 3D printer a bit too hard can tell you, the first thing that usually happens is the extruder begins to slip and grind the filament down. As the filament is ground down it starts depositing plastic on the hobbed gear, further reducing grip in the extruder and ultimately leading to under-extrusion or a complete print failure. To address this issue, MIT’s printer completely does away with the “pinch wheel” extruder design and replaces it with a screw mechanism that pulls special threaded filament down into the hot end. The vastly increased surface area between the filament and the extruder allows for much higher extrusion pressure. An improved extruder doesn’t do any good if you can’t melt the incoming plastic fast enough to keep up with it, and to that end MIT has pulled out the really big guns. Between the extruder and traditional heater block, the filament passes through a gold-lined optical cavity where it is blasted with a pulse modulated 50 W laser. By closely matching the laser wavelength to the optical properties of the plastic, the beam is able to penetrate the filament and evenly bring it up to nearly the melting point. All without physically touching the filament and incurring frictional losses.  There are still technical challenges to face, but this research may well represent the shape of things to come for high-end printers. In other words, don’t expect a drop-in laser hot end replacement for your $200 printer anytime soon; the line is about to get blurry again.  Speeding up 3D printing is a popular topic lately, and for good reason. While 3D printing is still a long way off from challenging traditional manufacturing in most cases, it’s an outstanding tool for use during development and prototyping. The faster you can print, the faster you can iterate your design.

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Utilite Linux Mini PC Launches With Prices Starting From Just $99 ...

Utilite Linux Mini PC Launches With Prices Starting From Just $99 ... | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The Utilite Linux Mini PC comes in single, dual, and quad-core versions of Freescale's ARM Cortex-A9 processor supported by 2GB of RAM.

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If you are in the market for a new Linux mini PC you might be interested in the Utilite Linux Mini PC which has just launched and is available to purchase starting at just $99.  The Utilite Linux Mini PC comes in single, dual, and quad-core versions of Freescale’s ARM Cortex-A9 processor supported by 2GB of RAM, together with 4GB of internal storage and microSD card slot, WiFi, and Gigabit Ethernet for the $99.

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Weimj's curator insight, May 20, 2014 11:11 PM

Giayee $46 quad core Ubuntu Mini PC hit the market again after Raspberry Pi and Beaglebone

 

In early 2008 PC World named Ubuntu the "best all-around Linux distribution available today".

Since hackers have figured out how to run Ubuntu and other Linux-based software on android or other portable devices. We’ve seen no shortage of low-powered, low-cost mini PCs hit the market.

 

Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone Black, the ODroid-X, FXI Cotton Candy,  and Via’s APC lineup are all truly affordable and compact computing devices. They all share one thing in common – their CPU hardware is based on ARM’s Cortex-A series of processors. Intel may be the still dominant company in PC and Windows markets, but it’s having a much tougher time in the mobile world.

Based on what we know, ARM looks set to retain its lead for the foreseeable future. Thus, Ubuntu ARM mini pc is booming.

 

With the success of comparable projects such as Raspberry Pi and Beaglebone, miniature PCs are apparently all the rage these days. Now, Giayee is throwing yet another option into the ring, an ARM-based Mini PC running Ubuntu(it can also run android,your choice) called P105 (http://www.giayee.com/android-pc/p105-mini-pc.html).

 

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The Giayee P105 mini PC is equipped with a Rockchip RK3188 Quad core ARM Cortex A9 1.6GHz CPU.By comparison, the Raspberry Pi is powered by a single-core 700MHz ARM 11 CPU ,BeagleBone Black use a 1GHz AM335x Cortex-A8 chip,  and Via’s APC lineup base on a 800MHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor. Besides, P105 Mini PC features 2GB of RAM, and  comes with 8GB or 16GB of storage,support for 802.11b/g/n WiFi, 10/100M Ethernet.

 

Additionally, there are more outputs than the Raspberry Pi for increased flexibility and compatibility with other hardware. There are 3 USB hosts on P105 while Raspberry Pi just has one.

 

As for the price, it's much more cheaper than ordinary desktop computers, starts from $46 while ordinary desktop computers sold at $200~300.

 

Mini PC is finding some growth within Ubuntu OS. Intel describes it as a large potential market. In the future, it can serve as an affordable first computer for people in developing countries, or as an environmentally friendly choice as a secondary computer for people in developed countries.

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SolidRun's $45 CuBox-i mini PC runs both Linux and Android

SolidRun's $45 CuBox-i mini PC runs both Linux and Android | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it

Via Jorge Hontoria Jiménez
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Mini computers exist thanks in no small part to Moore's Law, but one running Linux and Jelly Bean is pretty unique. Developer SolidRun isn't new to the market either

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How Marketers Think AI Is Going to Affect the Industry

How Marketers Think AI Is Going to Affect the Industry | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Eight in 10 business-to-business marketing executives believe AI is poised to “revolutionize” the marketing industry by 2020.

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Infographic: How Marketers Think AI Is Going to Affect the Industry - AdWeek

 

This news comes to you compliments of marketingIO.com. #MarTech #DigitalMarketing

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Top 5 predictions for the IIoT in 2018

Top 5 predictions for the IIoT in 2018 | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Adoption of the IoT and IIoT into 2018 shows no signs of slowing down. If anything, adoption and implementations will only increase. Sastry Malladi, CTO of FogHorn Systems, has shared his top five predictions for

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Adoption of the IoT and IIoT into 2018 shows no signs of slowing down. If anything, adoption and implementations will only increase. Sastry Malladi, CTO of FogHorn Systems, has shared his top five predictions for

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Propaganda war: Weaponizing the internet

Propaganda war: Weaponizing the internet | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it

In the Philippines, paid trolls, fallacious reasoning, leaps in logic, poisoning the well – these are only some of the propaganda techniques that have helped shift public opinion on key issues- The photo was taken in Brazil, not the Philippines.

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MANILA, Philippines – On Saturday, September 3, 2016, the day after the Davao bombing, at least one anonymous Facebook account began to share a March 26, 2016 Rappler story, "Man with bomb nabbed at Davao checkpoint." It was quickly picked up and shared by Facebook political advocacy pages for President Rodrigo Duterte. Other websites took the entire dated story and reposted on their sites, like newstrendph.com, which is linked to Duterte News Global (the post has since been taken down). Other Facebook pages, such as Digong Duterte and Duterte Warrior, became active participants in this disinformation campaign. Soon after, these pages manually altered their times of postings.  This is disinformation because it led readers to think the man with the bomb was captured that day, September 3, when President Duterte declared a state of lawlessness in the aftermath of the bombing. Readers were duped into sharing a lie because the context changed the old headline. That lie served a dual purpose: it led you to believe the government’s draconian measure was justified and that it acted just in the nick of time; but, it also hit the credibility of a trusted news source - which was the way these pages represented the story once Rappler alerted our community about it.  It was such an effective campaign that despite the developing news about the Davao bombing, this old story trended number 1 and stayed in the top 10 stories in Rappler for more than 48 hours.  Take another example: a post by Peter Tiu Lavina, Duterte's campaign spokesman, who attacked critics of the government's "war on drugs" with his statement about a 9-year-old girl who was raped and murdered. These are only some of the many disinformation campaigns we’ve seen since the election period: social media campaigns meant to shape public opinion, tear down reputations, and cripple traditional media institutions.  This strategy of "death by a thousand cuts" uses the strength of the internet and exploits the algorithms that power social media to sow confusion and doubt.

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Component Warranty Claim Denial Common For Airlines

Component Warranty Claim Denial Common For Airlines | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Airlines deal with warranty claim denials frequenty. Here’s why and what to do.
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Airlines always expect service centers and OEMs of rotable components to make a reasonable effort to stand behind their products or repairs, as stated in the written warranties. But as customers are learning, “some restrictions may apply.”

Warranty claim denials are not uncommon. The issue was raised by several international airlines and included in the program of the inaugural ARINC Mechanical Maintenance Conference (MMC), held Nov. 7-9 in Cleveland.  In the conference’s program, KLM states that it has long experienced warranty repair denials from OEM or other repair shops on the basis of claimed “customer-induced damage” (CID) or similar reasons or that damage found by the repair facility was “not normal wear and tear” (NNWT). KLM argues that such reasons for denials are not always substantiated.  “KLM’s opinion is that when a warranty is denied, the denying party (NOT the operator!) must provide solid proof of CID or NNWT, supported by clear pictures and explanations. And if in any doubt, the repair station should grant (the) warranty or, in some cases, come to some sort of agreement with the operator.” KLM also suggests that a formal NNWT definition/regulations document should be published and available globally. KLM did not respond to requests for comment.  Yann Cambier, senior manager at ICF in London, points out that a warranty claim may be turned down when the repair facility or OEM believes the unit’s failure is due to misuse, customer-induced damage or if the unit has been used outside of its operating envelope.

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Learn how to create Arduino wearables, robotic projects, and more with this e-book collection

Learn how to create Arduino wearables, robotic projects, and more with this e-book collection | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
This ebook collection covers Arduino development for Android and iOS too.
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If you haven’t gotten on the Arduino train, now is a good time. The open-source platform is used for building some amazing electronics projects, using just a programmable circuit board and simple software. It’s awesome for those just starting out with electronics because it doesn’t require any other hardware to upload code (unlike other programmable circuit boards) and it uses an easy-to-learn version of C++. 

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ZD Net Predicting more people wearing robots at work in 2018

ZD Net Predicting more people wearing robots at work in 2018 | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Long a novelty, exoskeletons are finally ready for their big moment, and they will change the way people work in a number of industries.
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Exoskeleton markets are set to reach $2.8 billion by 2023, up from $299.8 million in 2017, according to a global forecast by ReportsnReports.  That's an enormous spike -- and I'd guess a slightly inflated one. But the signs are hard to ignore: Exoskeleton technology is market-ready, and a variety of industries are looking seriously at adopting the technology.

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Artificially Intelligent Robot Predicts Its Own Future by Learning Like a Baby

Artificially Intelligent Robot Predicts Its Own Future by Learning Like a Baby | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
For toddlers, playing with toys is not all fun-and-games—it’s an important way for them to learn how the world works. Using a similar methodology, researchers from UC Berkeley have developed a robot that, like a child, learns from scratch and experiments with objects to figure out how to best move them around. And by doing so, this robot is essentially able to see into its own future.
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A robotic learning system developed by researchers at Berkeley’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences visualizes the consequences of its future actions to discover ways of moving objects through time and space. Called Vestri, and using technology called visual foresight, the system can manipulate objects it’s never encountered before, and even avoid objects that might be in the way.  Importantly, the system learns from a tabula rasa, using unsupervised and unguided exploratory sessions to figure out how the world works. That’s an important advance because the system doesn’t require an army of programmers to code in every single possible physical contingency which, given how complicated and varied the world is, would be a hideously onerous (and even intractable) task. In future, scaled-up versions of this self-learning predictive system could make robots more adaptable in factory and residential settings, and help self-driving vehicles anticipate future events on the road.

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New report says medical technology can save UK economy £500M

New report says medical technology can save UK economy £500M | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
A new report by the British not-for-profit organisation Medical Technology Group (MTG) has found that eight medical technologies could save...Rea
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A new report by the British not-for-profit organisation Medical Technology Group (MTG) has found that eight medical technologies could save the UK economy about £476m in terms of decreased long-term health costs and benefit payments.

The amount is equivalent to an additional 20,000 nurses or 10.5 million general practitioner (GP) visits.  Highlighting the potential of medical technology to help the National Health Service (NHS), the report studied data related to coronary angioplasty, hip replacements, implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICDs), insulin pumps, diagnostics, fibroid embolisation, pain management, and wound care. More than a fifth of savings are reported to come from coronary angioplasty and in 2015 alone 100,000 procedures were performed, enabling 32,456 patients to become economically active again. The savings in benefits for those returning to work is said to be equivalent to £123.3m per year and is repeated annually for the rest of the patients’ working lives.  MTG further reported £70m savings per year associated with hip replacements, £3m due to ICD implantations, £13.8m by insulin pumps, and £76m with better access to fibroid embolisation. In addition, using a spinal cord stimulator for pain management is expected to save £3.8m per year, chronic wounds management would provide £25.3m, and quick diagnosis for suspected sepsis could result in £160m annual savings.

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Ranking: Top 20 Companies Enabling Predictive Maintenance

Ranking: Top 20 Companies Enabling Predictive Maintenance | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Predictive Maintenance is a leading use cases for the Industrial IoT and Industry 4.0. These are the top 20 predictive maintenance companies
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In a nutshell, predictive maintenance strategies are based on the combination of traditional condition monitoring enhanced with analytics algorithms, thus enabling the prediction of machine failures before they occur. IoT and advances in analytics are driving market adoption with users of the technology reporting 25%-30% efficiency gains, according to research.

As part of our research, we identified 110 of the technology firms that have worked on Predictive Maintenance implementations in the past, stemming from five different segments:

  • Condition Monitoring Hardware
  • Industrial Automation Hardware
  • Connectivity
  • Storage & Platform
  • Analytics

We also analyzed startups, most of which offer software solutions for Predictive Maintenance, including platform and analytics.

To better understand how active individual companies are in the domain of Predictive Maintenance, we calculated a company ranking for Predictive Maintenance companies – based on the same methodology as the popular IoT Company Ranking and based on data from 2016.

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$55.9B semiconductor equipment forecast: New record with Korea (Samsung) at the Top

$55.9B semiconductor equipment forecast: New record with Korea (Samsung) at the Top | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Today, SEMI, the global industry association representing the electronics manufacturing supply chain, released its Year-end Forecast at the annual SEMICON Japan exposition.
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Today, SEMI, the global industry association representing the electronics manufacturing supply chain, released its Year-end Forecast at the annual SEMICON Japan exposition. SEMI projects that worldwide sales of new semiconductor manufacturing equipment will increase 35.6 percent to US$55.9 billion in 2017, marking the first time that the semiconductor equipment market has exceeded the previous market high of US$47.7 billion set in 2000. In 2018, 7.5 percent growth is expected to result in sales of US$60.1 billion for the global semiconductor equipment market – another record-breaking year.

The SEMI Year-end Forecast predicts a 37.5 percent increase in 2017, to $45.0 billion, for wafer processing equipment. The other front-end segment, which consists of fab facilities equipment, wafer manufacturing, and mask/reticle equipment, is expected to increase 45.8 percent to $2.6 billion. The assembly and packaging equipment segment is projected to grow by 25.8 percent to $3.8 billion in 2017, while semiconductor test equipment is forecast to increase by 22.0 percent to $4.5 billion this year.  In 2017, South Korea will be the largest equipment market for the first time. After maintaining the top spot for five years, Taiwan will place second, while China will come in third. All regions tracked will experience growth, with the exception of Rest of World (primarily Southeast Asia). South Korea (the majority being Samsung) will lead in growth with 132.6 percent, followed by Europe at 57.2 percent, and Japan at 29.9 percent.  SEMI forecasts that in 2018, equipment sales in China will climb the most, 49.3 percent, to $11.3 billion, following 17.5 percent growth in 2017. In 2018, South Korea, China, and Taiwan are forecast to remain the top three markets, with South Korea maintaining the top spot at $16.9 billion. China is forecast to become the second largest market at $11.3 billion, while equipment sales to Taiwan are expected to approach $11.3 billion.

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Ericsson forecasts 20 billion connected IoT devices by 2023

Ericsson forecasts 20 billion connected IoT devices by 2023 | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The latest edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report suggests that the number of connected IoT devices should increase at a CAGR of 19 percent up to 2023. More than 20 massive IoT cellular networks have

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The latest edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report suggests that the number of connected IoT devices should increase at a CAGR of 19 percent up to 2023. More than 20 massive IoT cellular networks have been commercially deployed across several regions.  20 billion connected IoT devices by 2023: By 2023, over 30 billion connected devices1 are forecast, of which around 20 billion will be related to the IoT. Connected IoT devices include connected cars, machines, meters, sensors, point-of-sale terminals, consumer electronics2 and wearables. Between 2017 and 2023, connected IoT devices are expected to increase at a CAGR of 19 percent, driven by new use cases and affordability.  Short-range and wide-area segments:  In the figure IoT is divided into short-range and wide-area segments. The short-range segment largely consists of devices connected by unlicensed radio technologies, with a typical range of up to 100 meters, such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Zigbee. This category also includes devices connected over fixed-line local area networks and powerline technologies.

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Gigabyte updates BRIX mini-PC lineup with Haswell chips

Gigabyte updates BRIX mini-PC lineup with Haswell chips | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Gigabyte is updating its line of tiny Windows computers by adding 4th generation Intel Core processors. The Gigabyte BRIX is a mini-computer that looks a lot like Intel's NUC (Next Unit of Computing), but which often have a ...

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Gigabyte is updating its line of tiny Windows computers by adding 4th generation Intel Core processors. The Gigabyte BRIX is a mini-computer that looks a lot like Intel’s NUC (Next Unit of Computing), but which often have a few options you won’t find in an NUC — such as an optional AMD processorGigabyte’s new models are all Intel-powered, but they feature chips based on Intel’s new Haswell architecture, offering better performance and lower power consumption than their predecessors.

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We have a tiny, Haswell-powered PC from Intel—what should we do with it? - Ars Technica

We have a tiny, Haswell-powered PC from Intel—what should we do with it? - Ars Technica | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
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We have a tiny, Haswell-powered PC from Intel—what should we do with it?
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Part of the fun of tiny PCs is that they can go just about anywhere—the NUC can be strapped to the back of a monitor to create a makeshift all-in-one, but it also doesn't look out of place in a TV stand. Many people will probably put some form of Windows on it, but it should (in theory) have no trouble running your favorite Linux distribution. Tell us where in your home a tiny PC would fit and what you'd like to do with it, and we'll incorporate some of your questions and suggestions into the review itself. The NUC shouldn't be confused with smaller, ARM-based boards like the Raspberry Pi—it's several times more expensive and several times more powerful. The finished cost of our box comes to somewhere between $600 and $700, so it's perhaps not the most cost-effective way to get a basic computer. Still, it's a fun little box with a lot of potential for tinkerers, and we're excited to try out some of the things you guys come up with.

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The Internet of Insecure Things

The Internet of Insecure Things | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
An article by León Markovitz, Marketing Manager at Netonomy. From home appliances to health applications and security solutions, everything we use at home - and outside of it, is getting connected to the Internet, becoming the

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There are many attack vectors and vulnerabilities to worry about in the Connected Home. From poor design decisions and hard-coded passwords to coding flaws, everything with an IP address is a potential backdoor to cyber crimes. Traditional cybersecurity companies reacted slowly and failed to provide defense solutions to the expanding universe of IoT devices. However, novel approaches with Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning – such as analyzing and understanding network behaviors to detect anomalies, are now available to defend against these new threats.

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Rodrigo Duterte Turned Facebook Into a Weapon, With a Little Help From Facebook

Rodrigo Duterte Turned Facebook Into a Weapon, With a Little Help From Facebook | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
It’s social media in the age of “patriotic trolling” in the Philippines, where the government is waging a campaign to destroy a critic—with a little help from Facebook itself.
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It’s social media in the age of “patriotic trolling” in the Philippines, where the government is waging a campaign to destroy a critic—with a little help from Facebook itself.

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China Goes All In on the Transit Revolution

China Goes All In on the Transit Revolution | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Just one city's fleet of electric buses is bigger than the five largest North American bus fleets combined.
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In 2009, the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen rolled out its first electric city bus. As of May of this year, it had 14,500 of them on the road -- and by the end of this month, the city plans to have an all-electric fleet. Shenzhen’s efforts are another example of how China is leading the way in transforming urban transportation.

Shenzhen’s effort is striking in its scope. The largest city bus fleet in North America is in New York City, whose 5,700 buses put it well ahead of Los Angeles, New Jersey, suburban Chicago and Toronto. These five fleets total 14,200 buses. Shenzhen’s fleet of electric buses is bigger than the five largest North American bus fleets combined. Not their electric bus fleets -- their entire bus fleets.
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Diagnosis in the Comfort of Your Home!

Diagnosis in the Comfort of Your Home! | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Everybody knows that checking up on a doctor on a regular basis is fundamental for our health. However, sometimes we don't seem to find the time for a medical
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Everybody knows that checking up on a doctor on a regular basis is fundamental for our health. However, sometimes we don’t seem to find the time for a medical appointment for several reasons. AND, even if we do, a simple diagnosis can cost us several visits to the doctor. Luckily, technological innovations are daily delivering sophisticated services that will shift our lives to a new level of conveniences. YO Sperm Test will be a great tool for men who need to check out the fertility of their sperms. But why is that? Well, men and fertility related issues can still be somehow a taboo. Nevertheless, with this new home test kits they can save some visits to their urologist and do their testing privately at home. YO was developed by the team of Medical Electronic System that is also responsible for the Sperm Quality Analyzer (SQA´s) line. The device is compatible with many kinds of different devices and provides the user with a “step by step” guide. The user is able to check their analysis and results – through the YO app – that consists of 97% of accuracy in their performance! Pretty handy, right?

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Fake news and botnets: how Russia weaponised the web

Fake news and botnets: how Russia weaponised the web | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The digital attack that brought Estonia to a standstill 10 years ago was the first shot in a cyberwar that has been raging between Moscow and the west ever since
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The digital firepower arrayed against Estonia was massive and intense. One thousand data packets per hour were travelling through the country’s networks on the first day. On the second day, it was 2,000 per hour. At its highest point, it was 4m per second. Ordinary computer users, many of them with no prior hacking experience, volunteered to become “script kiddies,” wielding premade freeware code scripts to contribute to the attack. Botnets cost money, and this was funded by online accounts that anyone could pay into. The attacks seemed somehow to have been outsourced, with the cost of the aggression crowdfunded.  The government was baffled. Were the attacks the opening moves of a military invasion? Estonia had recently joined Nato, despite the vocal protests of its Russian neighbour. Should it activate Article 5, the mutual defence clause of the security group’s charter?  Finally, on 19 May, 2007, the attacks were stopped. The Estonians had implemented a simple, almost absurdly sad solution: they pulled the plug. The most wired country in the world severed its international electronic connections and largely disappeared from the internet, bringing what military historians now call the first internet war to an abrupt halt. It was a decisive victory for whoever had perpetrated the attacks. No one has ever claimed responsibility, but it soon became apparent to Priisalu and many others that Russia was responsible. Russia had an obvious, and publicly stated, political motive: its opposition to the removal of the statue. More importantly, the events in Estonia helped crystallise an emerging consensus that cyber-attacks could constitute warfare. The attacks on its digital infrastructure had paralysed parliament, shut down banks, and fuelled violence in the streets. It was, Priisalu concluded, undoubtedly an act of war.

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The installed base of wireless IoT devices in agriculture reached 17.0 million in 2016

The installed base of wireless IoT devices in agriculture reached 17.0 million in 2016 | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The installed base of wireless IoT devices in agriculture reached 17.0 million in 2016
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According to a new research report from the M2M/IoT analyst firm Berg Insight, the installed base of wireless IoT devices in agricultural production worldwide reached 17.0 million connections in 2016. The number of wireless connections is forecasted to grow at compound annual growth rate of 10.0 percent to reach 27.4 million in 2021. There is a broad range of wireless technologies used in agricultural production with different characteristics and use cases. 802.15.4-based standards comprise the most employed wireless technology due to its wide adoption in dairy cow monitoring applications. The main application areas for cellular communication are machine telematics and remote monitoring via in-field sensor systems. Cellular connections amounted to 0.8 million at the end of 2016 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 30.2 percent to reach 3.1 million in 2021. LPWA technologies are expected to achieve the highest growth rate and realise a significant market position in the remote monitoring and control segment.  Berg Insight's outlook for the agricultural technology market is positive as agricultural production remains greatly under-penetrated by wireless IoT solutions. Manufacturers of farm and dairy equipment have traditionally chosen to partner with smaller and specialised players but increasingly focus on developing proprietary technologies. In the crop production sector, a group of companies have emerged as leaders on the market for precision agriculture solutions. Major providers include Deere & Company, Trimble, Topcon Positioning Systems and Raven Industries. Other significant vendors include AGCO, Ag Leader Technology, DICKEY-john and Hexagon. In the milk production sector, the world's largest dairy equipment vendor DeLaval offers its in-house developed activity monitoring system along with its milking and dairy farming infrastructure solutions. Important providers of sensor systems for dairy cow monitoring furthermore include Netherlands-based Nedap and The Allflex Group subsidiary SCR which both sell their systems to a number of leading dairy equipment manufacturers and genetics companies.  "Leading providers are now investing in technical platforms capable of supporting integration with third-party hardware and software solutions as agricultural equipment are becoming parts of broader systems", said Fredrik Stålbrand, IoT Analyst, Berg Insight. The increasingly complex technological environment that farmers operate in also demands dealers to offer a greater extent of services to integrate and support the range of technologies that are utilised in advanced production systems. "As interoperability between systems remains as a challenge, the need for services and technical support from local dealers is likely to increase with continued adoption of precision farming solutions, in-field sensor systems and animal monitoring technologies", concluded Mr. Stålbrand.

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Most U.S. airlines set to limit use of 'smart bags'

Most U.S. airlines set to limit use of 'smart bags' | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Delta and Alaska follow American Airlines in banning popular new smart bags, and United and Southwest are weighing their own bans.
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"Smart bags, also known as smart luggage, have become more popular over the last few months, and they are expected to be a popular gift this holiday season," said American Airlines. "However, smart bags contain lithium battery power banks, which pose a risk when they are placed in the cargo hold of an aircraft."  The bags generally have USB ports where customers can recharge their phones and other devices. They might also have GPS to track the bag's location in case it gets lost, electronic locks and a weight scale to prevent overpacking. Some even a motor to propel the bags so that they can double as a scooter or just follow their owner around the airport.  Airlines are worried that the batteries could cause a fire in the cargo hold that would go undetected. Most of the bans will allow fliers to check the bags if the battery can be removed and carried by the passenger in the cabin. But many of the bags already on the market have batteries that can't be removed.

American was the first U.S. carrier to announce a new policy Friday to require passengers checking smart luggage to remove the lithium ion batteries. If the bag will be traveling in the cabin, the battery can remain installed as long as it is powered off.

Now Delta Air Lines and Alaska Airlines have announced similar policies set to take effect on Jan. 15. Both airlines will requiring that even carry on bags must have the batteries that removed.

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Electric Dreams for the Aviation Industry

Electric Dreams for the Aviation Industry | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Some of the industry's biggest players are setting their sights on electric aircraft and engines.
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This week’s announcement of a new electric-engine project comes several months after Easyjet said it wanted to introduce an electric aircraft within 10 years.  The latest project, a collaboration between Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Siemens, has the more achievable goal of flying a hybrid-electric engine on board a BAE 146 test aircraft in 2020.  Crucially, the other three engines of the regional jet will be standard powerplants, although the project does envisage replacing a second engine in time. Nonetheless, it is extremely unlikely that any standard commercial flight will use electric engines within the next few decades – at least until a quantum leap in battery technology delivers vastly superior power-to-weight ratios from the best current technology.

That being the case, the best Easyjet can hope to achieve in the next 10 years is perhaps an air taxi to ferry a handful of passengers.  For the latest E-Fan X demonstrator, Rolls-Royce will be responsible for the turbo-shaft engine, two megawatt generator, and power electronics. Along with Airbus, which will cover overall system integration, Rolls-Royce will also work on the fan adaptation to the existing nacelle and the electric motors.

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