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New magnetic behavior in nanoparticles could lead to even smaller digital memories

New magnetic behavior in nanoparticles could lead to even smaller digital memories | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Electronic devices such as mobile phones and tablets spur on a scientific race to find smaller and smaller information processing and storage elements.
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Important to read if you're in the Solid State HD space, this could make a bunch of changes happen in the future of that product / technology space

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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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Russia has underwater nuclear drones, newly leaked Pentagon documents reveal

Russia has underwater nuclear drones, newly leaked Pentagon documents reveal | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The Russian military has been diversifying its nuclear capabilities for decades.
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Russia possesses an underwater nuclear drone capable of carrying a 100-megaton nuclear warhead, a recently leaked draft of the Pentagon's Nuclear Posture Review confirmed. The weapon, referred to in the document as an “AUV,” or autonomous underwater vehicle, is featured in a chart that lays out Russia's multiple nuclear delivery vehicles.  Pentagon officials warn in the Posture Review that Russia has actively diversified its nuclear capabilities, a strategic advantage it has over the United States: In addition to modernizing "legacy" Soviet nuclear systems, Russia is developing and deploying new nuclear warheads and launchers. These efforts include multiple upgrades for every leg of the Russian nuclear triad of strategic bombers, sea-based missiles and land-based missiles. Russia is also developing at least two new intercontinental range systems, a hypersonic glide vehicle and a new intercontinental, nuclear-armed undersea autonomous torpedo.  The draft of the Posture Review was obtained and published by The Huffington Post.  In a statement, the Pentagon did not deny that the draft is authentic:  "Our discussion has been robust and several drafts have been written. However, the Nuclear Posture Review has not been completed and will ultimately be reviewed and approved by the President and the Secretary of Defense. As a general practice, we do not discuss pre-decisional, draft copies of strategies and reviews.

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The one thing everybody forgets about Gartner's hype cycle, even in Marketing Technology

The one thing everybody forgets about Gartner's hype cycle, even in Marketing Technology | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
At the peak of inflated expectations, you want to avoid overspending on technology and overpromising results. You don’t want to ignore the movement entirely, since there is fire smoldering below the smoke. But you want to evaluate claims carefully, run things with an experimental mindset, and focus on real learning.

In the trough of disillusionment, that’s when you want to pour gas on the fire. Leverage what you learned from your experimental phase to scale up the things you know work, because you’ve proven them in your business.

Via marketingIO, massimo facchinetti
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At the peak of inflated expectations, you want to avoid overspending on technology and over-promising results. You don’t want to ignore the movement entirely, since there is fire smoldering below the smoke. But you want to evaluate claims carefully, run things with an experimental mindset, and focus on real learning.  In the trough of disillusionment, that’s when you want to pour gas on the fire. Leverage what you learned from your experimental phase to scale up the things you know work, because you’ve proven them in your business.

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The one thing everybody forgets about Gartner's hype cycle, even in martech - Chief Marketing Technologist

 

Spot on advice, and really the only way to capitalize on the Hype Cycle.

 

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

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Chinese Cybercriminals Develop Lucrative Hacking Services

Chinese Cybercriminals Develop Lucrative Hacking Services | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Underground cybercrime profits in China have likely already exceeded US$15.1 billion caused more than $13.8 billion worth of damage.

Via Constantin Ionel Milos / Milos Constantin
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Underground cybercrime profits in China have likely already exceeded US$15.1 billion caused more than $13.8 billion worth of damage

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A Breakdown of Robot Sales in 2017

A Breakdown of Robot Sales in 2017 | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
What hardware is making automation happen, what does it mean for jobs, and what is this doing to the skills gap?
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The highest number of orders for robots ever recorded happened in the first nine months of 2017. 27,294 orders of robots valued at approximately $1.473 billion were sold in North America. These figures represent growth of 14% in units and 10% in dollars compared to the first nine months of 2016. Automotive-related orders are up 11% in units and 10% in dollars, while non-automotive orders are up 20% and 11%, respectively. The hottest industries were metals (54%), automotive components (42%), and food and consumer goods (21%). The article breaks down what that means for manufacturers.

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Surprising changes in semiconductor equipment market share in 2017

Surprising changes in semiconductor equipment market share in 2017 | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Through three quarters of calendar year 2017, market shares of top semiconductor equipment manufacturers indicate large gains by Tokyo Electron and Lam Research.
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Through three quarters of calendar year 2017, market shares of top semiconductor equipment manufacturers indicate large gains by Tokyo Electron and Lam Research, (both firms are hiring like mad) according to the report “Global Semiconductor Equipment: Markets, Market Shares, Market Forecasts,” recently published by The Information Network, a New Tripoli-based market research company.   Market leader Applied Materials lost 1.3 share points, dropping from 28.2% in 2016 to 26.9% YTD (year to date). Gaining share are Tokyo Electron Ltd., which gained 2.4 share points while rising from 17.0% in 2016 to 19.4% in 2017 YTD. Lam Research gained 1.6 share points and growing from a 19.0% share in 2016 to a 20.6% share in 2017 YTD.

On a competitive basis, Applied Materials competes against both competitors in conductor and dielectric etch equipment and in deposition equipment (atomic layer deposition [ALD] and non-tube low pressure chemical vapor deposition [LPCVD]). TEL also competes against Screen Semiconductor Solutions, which dropped 1.4 share points, in photoresist track and wet clean equipment. According to SEMI, the industry consortium, semiconductor equipment grew 41% in 2017.

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Largest recall program in U.S. history expands due to faulty Takata air bag inflators

Largest recall program in U.S. history expands due to faulty Takata air bag inflators | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Honda and Toyota are issuing recalls on more than 1 million additional U.S. vehicles to take care of air bag inflators made by Takata.
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Honda and Toyota are issuing recalls on more than 1 million more U.S. vehicles to take care of air bag inflators made by Takata. The company has already filed for bankruptcy protection over its faulty inflators that have been blamed for at least 20 deaths and 280 injuries worldwide.  Since recalls began on Takata airbag inflators in 2008, 19 automakers have been affected. According to The Associated Press, 69 million inflators in 42 million vehicles have needed to be repaired. The inflators can explode during a crash, sending shrapnel into people as the air bag deploys.  More than 600,000 Toyotas and over 460,000 Hondas are part of this latest round of recalls. In all, the largest recall program in U.S. history is being expanded by 3.3 million inflators, according to Consumer Reports.


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“Low-Quality Patents Fall Into the Hands of Patent Trolls”

“Low-Quality Patents Fall Into the Hands of Patent Trolls” | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Noting the correlation between quality of patents and patent trolls, which typically rely on software patents and attempt to drag every legal dispute to the Eastern District of Texas
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 “If you’ve read our coverage of the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s “Stupid Patent of the Month” series,” he said, “you know America has a patent quality problem. People apply for patents on ideas that are obvious, vague, or were invented years earlier. Too often, applications get approved and low-quality patents fall into the hands of patent trolls, creating headaches for real innovators.”   What the chart basically shows is constant growth in the number of patents. Is this really desirable? Well, when one is in the business of patents (lawsuits etc.), then yes… it’s desirable. But at whose expense? Many companies and even trolls now sue with bogus patents, at times driving legitimate businesses into bankruptcy. Thankfully, in several areas and notably in the software domain, the USPTO is making improvements. Not only patent quality is sometimes being improved; forum shopping, burden of legal fees etc. get challenged, owing primarily to the Supreme Court. Here’s a new example of attorney fee award. What we have here is assertion of bogus patents causing or costing a great deal to the plaintiff:

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2018's Top 5 Cars Owners Wouldn’t Buy Again | Consumer Reports

2018's Top 5 Cars Owners Wouldn’t Buy Again
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The big surprise was Lexus to have a vehicle to come from this venerable brand end up on this list.  Hopefully (some of) these companies will do better in their next gen designs. 

 

Remember design and manufacturing folks that a "Value Buy" is the baseline that you need to meet when delivering a product to market, don't hit that mark, and you risk showing up on a Consumer Reports video, the equivalent of ending up on 60 Minutes as an unflattering expose of your product. - Not Good

 

Nissan got two of the spots on the 5 worst cars to by, Chevy, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz also made this list. 

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Google poaching Apple engineers as it ramps up work on in-house chip development

Google poaching Apple engineers as it ramps up work on in-house chip development | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
A recent report from The Information details Google’s efforts to grow its chip development efforts, which in turn is costing Apple some considerable talent. The report explains that Google has hire…
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A recent report from The Information details Google’s efforts to grow its chip development efforts, which in turn is costing Apple some considerable talent. The report explains that Google has hired several key chip engineers from Apple, including well-regarded chip designer John Bruno.  At Apple, Bruno was responsible for the silicon competitive analysis group. This group is Apple’s way of ensuring it stays ahead of other chipmakers in terms of performance. Bruno also served at AMD and was one of the lead developers of the Fusion processors for PCs.

Bruno has confirmed the move on his LinkedIn page, where he says he’s working as a System Architect at Google. He served at Apple for five years and joined Google just this month.  This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of Google’s efforts to poach Apple engineers. Earlier this year, it was reported that Googe had hired Manu Gulati, an engineer who served at Apple for eight years and was instrumental in the development of the company’s A-series of chips.  Today’s report also notes that Google has hired Wonjae (Gregory) Choi and Tayo Fadelu from Apple, as well as engineers from Qualcomm.  According to the report, Google’s recent hires come as the company is trying to build its own chipsets for the Pixel line of devices.

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Gen 10 and larger flat panel display capacity to grow at 59% CAGR to 2022

Gen 10 and larger flat panel display capacity to grow at 59% CAGR to 2022 | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Gen 10 and larger fabs to account for 26 percent of large-area capacity by 2020 from 4 percent in 2017.
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“The majority of all new incremental capacity for producing FPD televisions and other large area applications will be added at Gen 10.5 in the future,” said Charles Annis, senior director at IHS Markit. “The new Gen 10.5 fabs will install 735,000 substrates per month of capacity by the end of 2022. This is enough capacity to produce more than 60 million 65-inch televisions a year.”  Gen 8 and 8.6 fabs that currently account for the bulk of large-area dedicated supply were designed to produce 55- and 58-inch panels respectively, but suffer from inefficiency at bigger sizes. Now with premium televisions rapidly moving to larger sizes as prices fall, FPD makers are racing to build Gen 10.5 factories that are highly optimized for 65- and 75-inch panels.  Gen 10.5 factories, which use enormous 2940 x 3370 mm glass substrates, require high capital outlays to construct. Based on panel makers’ public announcements, total project costs of a Gen 10.5 LCD fab with a monthly capacity of 60,000 substrates will range between $3.4 billion and $6 billion, varying by maker and process to be adopted. To help finance such expensive factories panel makers in most cases are turning to regional governments for support.  Outfitting these fabs is creating unprecedented opportunities for the supply chain that supports them, particularly for equipment makers. According to the Display Supply Demand & Equipment Tracker by IHS Markit, FPD equipment spending will reach a record high of more than $20 billion in 2018, of which new Gen 10.5 factories are a major contributing factor.

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Increase in the wafer size drives wafer mounter equipment market

Increase in the wafer size drives wafer mounter equipment market | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The global wafer mounter equipment market is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 4% from 2017-2021, according to a new market research report by Technavio.
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“Manual wafer mounters are the most preferred wafer mounters by semiconductor device manufacturers. Leading vendors such as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, United Microelectronics, and SMIC are undertaking capital investments to meet the rising requirements for chips as new applications such as the IoT, factory automation, and automobile automation are emerging. The market will slowly transition from manual wafer mounters to automatic wafer mounters as manufacturers look to automate various processes,” says Chetan Mohan, a lead analyst at Technavio for semiconductor equipment research.  Global wafer mounter equipment market: competitive vendor landscape

The semiconductor industry is witnessing significant technology transitions in the manufacturing process such as the shift to smaller nodes, the multi-patterning technology, and the growth of MEMS and NEMS devices. To address these requirements of the customers, some of the equipment manufacturers are expected to develop new fabrication equipment that is in line with these technological advances. The semiconductor market is predicted to be driven by the growth of the IoT market, which will increase the demand for sensors, controllers, and embedded non-volatile memory.

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Cellphone Radiation May Be Dangerous, California Health Officials Warn

Cellphone Radiation May Be Dangerous, California Health Officials Warn | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The health risks of cell phone radiation, including cancer, are still unknown. But California has new guidelines on how to reduce exposure.
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The science is still out on whether the long-term use of cell phones—which emit electromagnetic radiation when they send and receive signals from towers or WiFi devices—can affect human health. But for people who want to reduce their exposure to this type of energy, the California Department of Public Health has published new guidelines on how to do just that.  The guidelines, issued last week, note that “some laboratory experiments and human health studies have suggested the possibility that long-term, high use of cell phones may be linked to certain types of cancer and other health effects.” These include brain cancer, tumors of the acoustic nerve and salivary glands, lower sperm count, headaches and effects on learning, memory, hearing, behavior and sleep. But scientists disagree on how real—or how serious—these risks really are, and studies have not established any definitive links between health problems and radiofrequency (RF) energy, the type of radiation emitted by cell phones. “This document is intended to provide guidance for people who want to reduce their own and their families’ exposure to RF energy from cell phones,” the guidelines state, “despite this uncertainty.”

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Make Apple, er, America Great Again: iGiant to bring home profits, pay $38B in repatriation tax

Make Apple, er, America Great Again: iGiant to bring home profits, pay $38B in repatriation tax | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Triumphant Trump touts terrific tax tactic

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Normally I don't post anything related to Mr. Trump, that being said this seemed to warrant it. Apple announced today it will start to repatriate back to America some of the massive profits it accumulated outside the USA – and will use the cash to Make America Great Again.   We’re using the Trump catchphrase because Apple’s action is only possible thanks to the new tax arrangements that the US president campaigned on, namely a one-off discount on repatriating foreign profits. American companies with offshore operations previously faced the odd situation of having to pay tax in jurisdictions they make their money, then pay US taxes at 35 per cent on those profits too. Rather than pay twice, plenty left their cash offshore.

Uncle Sam's beancounters simply labeled those piles of dosh as “deferred” taxes, however, corporations were happy to defer for ages: Apple accumulated over US$250bn offshore, and showed little interest in bringing it home. Then, the Trump-friendly tax reform bill passed late last year offering a one-off discount rate of 15.5 per cent for repatriated profits.

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Tom's Guide CES Best of 2018 Awards

Tom's Guide CES Best of 2018 Awards | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
From a 4K TV that rolls up like a newspaper, to Google's Echo killers, to a robot that helps you sleep, this is the best tech of CES 2018.
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#1 Tom's Guide Pick for Best of CES 2018 Show: - a TRIZ inspired and designed - LG Display Rollable 4K OLED TV - Other winners were Google's Echo killers, to a robot that helps you sleep, this is the best tech of CES 2018

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Senior citizens will lead the self-driving revolution

Senior citizens will lead the self-driving revolution | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Largest retirement community in the US gets robot taxis courtesy of startup Voyage

Via Karolina Maria Chachulska
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Self-driving startups get to boast about providing a real service for people in need, while seniors get to lord over their grandchildren about being early adopters of a bold new technology. They’re also getting something a little more valuable: Voyage is giving the owners of The Villages and the smaller San Jose development equity stakes of 0.3% and 0.2%, respectively, according to The Information.

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"Self-driving startups get to boast about providing a real service for people in need, while seniors get to lord over their grandchildren about being early adopters of a bold new technology. They’re also getting something a little more valuable: Voyage is giving the owners of The Villages and the smaller San Jose development equity stakes of 0.3% and 0.2%, respectively, according to The Information."

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Week In Wearables: CES Highlights, HTC Vive Pro, Garmin's Latest, Philips SmartSleep Helmet

Week In Wearables: CES Highlights, HTC Vive Pro, Garmin's Latest, Philips SmartSleep Helmet | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it

An improved VR headset, a helmet that interacts with your sleep and gadgets to help those with limited sight or vision are among this week’s wearable tech news.


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An improved VR headset, a helmet that interacts with your sleep and gadgets to help those with limited sight or vision are among this week’s wearable tech news.

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SEMI data projects new highs in fab equipment spending

SEMI data projects new highs in fab equipment spending | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The year-end update to the SEMI World Fab Forecast report reveals 2017 spending on fab equipment investments will reach an all-time high of $57 billion.
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While many companies, including Intel, Micron, Toshiba (and Western Digital), and GLOBALFOUNDRIES increased fab investments for 2017 and 2018, the strong increase reflects spending by just two companies and primarily one region.

SEMI data shows a surge of investments in Korea, due primarily to Samsung, which is expected to increase its fab equipment spending by 128 percent in 2017, from US$8 billion to US$18 billion. SK Hynix also increased fab equipment spending, by about 70 percent, to US$5.5 billion, the largest spending level in its history. While the majority of Samsung and SK Hynix spending remains in Korea, some will take place in China and the United States. Both Samsung and SK Hynix are expected to maintain high levels of investments in 2018

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Good news (for once) about the ozone hole is even better than you think

Good news (for once) about the ozone hole is even better than you think | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
New research involving NASA satellite data shows a sharp reduction in levels of atmospheric ozone during the Antarctic winter.
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Some very good news for once — in the form of satellite data showing that the worrisome ozone hole in the atmosphere over Antarctica is slowly healingThe data, from NASA's Earth-orbiting Aura satellite, indicate that depletion of the protective ozone layer over Antarctica was about 20 percent lower during the 2016 Antarctic winter (early July to mid-September) than during the same period in 2005.  Experts say the mending of the hole is attributable to series of international regulations on chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) — the man-made chemicals known to promote the breakdown of ozone molecules (O3) — that were adopted beginning in 1987. CFCs were once found in aerosol sprays, refrigerants, solvents, and other products.  "We may have turned the corner on O3 depletion," Dr. Susan Strahan, an atmospheric scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and the lead author of a paper about the satellite data, told MACH in an email. "But it's important that all the nations of the world continue to abide by the Montreal Protocol (and its amendments) that ban CFC production."

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The 2018 Chromebook Runs Android Apps, Microsoft Office: Time To Switch?

The 2018 Chromebook Runs Android Apps, Microsoft Office: Time To Switch? | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
I'm a Chrome OS convert. The Google PixelBook made the conversion easy.
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In 2018, the switch to a Chromebook is simple. First, do a quick inventory of the essential apps you're using on Windows 10 or the macOS and see if they're available on the Google Play Store.

If you're satisfied, the next thing to do is pick up a Chromebook. I would highly recommend the Google Pixelbook but if $999 is too steep, there's the excellent HP Chromebook 13 G1 (starting at $499) or Samsung Chromebook Pro ($549) and a bunch of Chromebooks priced between $199 and $399. (Hey, for $399 the Chromebook could be a great second laptop!) After turning on (very quick, by the way) a Chromebook, all the basic apps are already there like Google Drive, Play Store, Google Maps, Google Photos etc.  So, the next step is to go to the Play Store and get the apps you need. For me that meant Microsoft Office (which isn't the full-blown Office but surprisingly full featured), OneDrive, Skype, Kindle, Polarr (images), social networking apps, HP Print for Chrome, and other apps I use on my Pixel 2 phone or MacBook Pro or Windows 10 laptops. Installation is quick for most apps (typically quicker than Windows or the Mac).

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These experts figured out why so many bogus patents get approved

These experts figured out why so many bogus patents get approved | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Empirical research reveals three big problems with how patents are vetted.
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Why don't more low-quality patents get rejected?recent paper published by the Brookings Institution offers fascinating insights into this question. Written by legal scholars Michael Frakes and Melissa Wasserman, the paper identifies three ways the patent process encourages approval of low-quality patents:

  • The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is funded by fees—and the agency gets more fees if it approves an application.
  • Unlimited opportunities to refile rejected applications means sometimes granting a patent is the only way to get rid of a persistent applicant.
  • Patent examiners are given less time to review patent applications as they gain seniority, leading to less thorough reviews.

The fee system creates perverse incentives to approve patents

Three revenue sources pay for about 85 percent of the USPTO's patent operating budget, according to the researchers. There's an application fee paid when an application is filed. There's an issuance fee paid when a patent is approved. And there are renewal fees paid during a patent's term. If fee revenues fall, the patent office can face a budget shortfall.  The issuance fee creates an obvious potential conflict of interest for patent office administrators. When money is tight, the USPTO has an incentive to grant more patents to get more issuance fees. And in a 2013 paper summarized in their new report, Frakes and Wasserman found empirical evidence that this is exactly what happens. The researchers used freedom-of-information requests to gather data about patent office decisions on millions of patent applications filed between 1983 and 2010. This large data set allowed them to compare the patent office's behavior before and after 1991—the year Congress first made the patent office dependent on fees to fund its patent operations.  The researchers did something more sophisticated: they compared changes for patent categories that generate a lot of fee revenue to categories that are less lucrative for the patent office.  One category they considered is patents held by large companies. Patents filed by large entities are lucrative for the patent office because large companies pay the full fee while smaller companies get discounts on patent fees. The other category the researchers studied is patents from technology categories—like semiconductors and communications equipment—where patents get renewed (generating renewal fees) more often than average.   "Our findings suggest the PTO is preferentially granting patents on technologies with high renewal rates and patents filed by large entities," the researchers wrote in 2013. The researchers found that this effect was strongest in years when the budget office was facing the prospect of a budget shortfall. When money was tight, the patent office started becoming relatively more generous to bigger companies that paid higher fees—relative to other companies and individual investors who paid less. When the budget picture improved, this bias diminished.

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Two incredible smartphone innovations in the works, and their likelihood of becoming real

Two incredible smartphone innovations in the works, and their likelihood of becoming real | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
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  • Smartphone manufacturers are working on some futuristic innovations, including foldable smartphone displays and fingerprint scanners that can work under a phone's display.
  • At least one of these features may debut in a 2018 smartphone, with the OnePlus 6 rumored to have an in-display fingerprint scanner.
Foldable displays: Unlikely 

Samsung has been working on a device with a foldable display from as early as 2013 (actually it was concieved of much much earlier than 2013, more like 2003). The phone referred to by many as the "Samsung Galaxy X" is supposed to bend in the middle — but a recent Samsung press release suggests the device associated with the rumored phone's model number may not be the Galaxy X, but rather a rugged smartphone intended for professional settings and not the average consumer.  And so, with the so-called "Galaxy X" debunked for now, there's no indication Samsung plans to release a device with a foldable display in 2018.  Samsung is just one of many smartphone makers that have submitted dozens of technology patents that would allow smartphone displays to bend, fold or even roll up into a tube, but a functional product has yet to release to market. The closest smartphone users have seen to a foldable display smartphone is the ZTE Axon M, which is actually two separate display panels connected in the middle by a hinge.   So far, Samsung has released several device models featuring displays with curved edges, the most recent being the Galaxy Note 8, which folds over on its right and left sides. However, the feature is covered in protective glass and has been proven as more stylish than functional.

In-display fingerprint scanners: Likely 

Unfortunately, many manufacturers have admitted that producing display-embedded fingerprint sensors is hard. Manufacturing of this technology has been plagued with quality control issues, mainly since fingerprint sensors become much less accurate when you place a layer of screen on top of it.  The sensors are expected for in only some 2018 smartphones: Recent reports suggest Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus may introduce its OnePlus 6 phone with an in-display fingerprint scanner in 2018, which would be the first major flagship phone to have the feature. Sensor maker Synaptics has also confirmed that its Clear ID FS9500 in-display fingerprint sensors will be featured on a device by another Chinese manufacturer, Vivo, but the availability of that device is still unclear at this point.

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Edward Snowden made an app to protect your laptop

Edward Snowden made an app to protect your laptop | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Wait, Snowden built an app?
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Earlier this year, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden met with Jacqueline Moudeina, the first female lawyer in Chad and a legendary human rights advocate who has worked tirelessly to bring former dictator Hissène Habré to justice. Habré was convicted of human rights abuses — ordering the killing of 40,000 people, sexual slavery, and rape — by a Senegalese jury in 2016.

Snowden told Moudeina that he was working on an app that could turn a mobile device into a kind of motion sensor in order to notify you when your devices are being tampered with. The app could also tell you when someone had entered a room without you knowing, if someone had moved your things, or if someone had stormed into your friend’s house in the middle of the night. Snowden recounted that pivotal conversation in an interview with the Verge. “She got very serious and told me, ‘I need this. I need this now. There’s so many people around us who need this.’”  Haven, announced today, is an app that does just that. Installed on a cheap burner Android device, Haven sends notifications to your personal, main phone in the event that your laptop has been tampered with. If you leave your laptop at home or at an office or in a hotel room, you can place your Haven phone on top of the laptop, and when Haven detects motion, light, or movement — essentially, anything that might be someone messing with your stuff — it logs what happened. It takes photos, records sound, even takes down changes in light or acceleration, and then sends notifications to your main phone. None of this logging is stored in the cloud, and the notifications you receive on your main phone are end-to-end encrypted over Signal.

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Tesla Model X is the worst of them all - Consumer Reports 2018 Least Reliable Cars

Consumer Reports each year asks subscribers whether they've had problems with their cars. That data, which this year comes from 640,000 vehicles, forms ou
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Least Reliable Car for 2018 - Tesla Model X, specifically doors, fit and finish and there is all of the issues that had been highlighted in my previous post about a whole host of poor workmanship issues at the Tesla plant is manifesting in the finished product, despite Tesla's claims that it isn't a problem for them to fix these issues as they attempt to tidy things up before a unit is shipped.  

 

What Can Tesla Do about this: 

#1 - Commit the Design and Manufacturing teams to a rigorous and well grounded DFMA (Design for Manufacturability and Assembly) program - this will provide better design outcomes in the production process.  And definitely do not use a DFM lite approach as I've seen some companies rather stupidly embrace and call it good, using the DFM Lite approach only leaves problems and money on the table. 

#2 - Continuous Improvement of the Production Process, this is not just SPC, but a TQM approach, Pareto those issues and start driving discipline into the process.  The modern version of this is called Lean Six Sigma, but I have seen where even the LSS approach is inadequate for the task of cleaning up tough production problems, and for that you will need additional, and more effective tools, like TRIZ to find and get the breakthroughs. 

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Industry enters the age of WOW

Industry enters the age of WOW | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The semiconductor industry has been there before, with large increases in investments followed by dramatic downturns. While the most dramatic downturns, 2001 and 2009, were due to, in a large part, acro-economic factors, the industry has typically observed one to two years of increased investment spending followed by a down period. This time around, the industry will achieve a “WOW” with three consecutive years of fab investment growth, a pattern not observed since the mid-1990s.
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The semiconductor industry has been there before, with large increases in investments followed by dramatic downturns. While the most dramatic downturns, 2001 and 2009, were due to, in a large part, macro-economic factors, the industry has typically observed one to two years of increased investment spending followed by a down period. This time around, the industry will achieve a “WOW” with three consecutive years of fab investment growth, a pattern not observed since the mid-1990s.  Why are things different this time? A diverse array of technology drivers promise more robust long-term growth, such as Mobile applications, Internet of Things (IoT), Automotive & Robotics, Industrial, Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality (AR&VR), Artificial Intelligence (AI), and 5G networking. Each of these new technologies inspires a big “WOW” as the industry embarks on the beginning of a promising journey of growth.  Driven by these technologies, on average the semiconductor revenue CAGR from 2016 to 2021 is forecasted to be 6 percent (in comparison to the previous 2011-2016 CAGR of 2.3 percent). For the first time in the industry’s history, semiconductor revenues will exceed the US$400 billion revenue milestone in 2017. Demand for chips is high, pricing is strong for memory, and the competition is fierce. All of this is spurring increased fab investments, with many companies investing at previously unseen levels for new fab construction and fab equipment

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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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