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Metal ink could ease the way toward flexible electronics

Scientists are reporting the development of a novel metal ink made of small sheets of copper that can be used to write a functioning, flexible electric circuit on regular printer paper.
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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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Elon Musk's Broadband-From-Space Plan Clears Crucial U.S. Hurdle

Elon Musk's Broadband-From-Space Plan Clears Crucial U.S. Hurdle | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Google said it plans to acquire Xively, a unit of LogMeIn Inc., in a bid to capture sales from businesses that manage a growing number of devices connected to the internet.
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Elon Musk’s SpaceX moved closer to another orbital frontier as regulators advanced its application to launch a low-orbit constellation of satellites and join a jostling field of operators trying to cash in on broadband service from space.  Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Wednesday recommended the agency approve Space Exploration Technologies Corp.’s application to provide broadband services using satellite technologies in the U.S. and on a global basis. The proposal now goes to Pai’s four fellow commissioners for consideration at the agency which earlier approved three international operators for satellite-broadband operations: OneWeb, Space Norway AS and Telesat Canada.

“To bridge America’s digital divide, we’ll have to use innovative technologies,” Pai said in an emailed statement. “Satellite technology can help reach Americans who live in rural or hard-to-serve places where fiber optic cables and cell towers do not reach.”  The FCC’s move comes as U.S. politicians call for improved internet service in rural areas. President Donald Trump’s infrastructure proposal lists broadband, or high-speed internet service, as eligible for funding alongside traditional projects such as roads and bridges. Some Democratic lawmakers have criticized the lack of dedicated broadband funding.

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2019 Veloster N might be the best-sounding Hyundai ever

2019 Veloster N might be the best-sounding Hyundai ever | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The fellas over at The Straight Pipe got a preproduction Veloster N and drove the pants off of it to see how it sounds.
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The CNET guys like to think that they're pretty well informed when it comes to the happenings in the automotive world, but to be honest, we were caught off-guard when Hyundai dropped the Veloster N on everybody at the Detroit Auto Show. The N has an incredible spec sheet, and from the moment we saw it, we had to know how it sounded. Thankfully, the wait to do so wasn't as long as we thought it would be. Just to refresh your memory, the 2019 Hyundai Veloster N makes 275 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. It has independent rear suspension, a six-speed manual gearbox and an electronic limited-slip front differential. It's a serious contender for the hot hatch crown.

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This electronic skin can heal itself — and then make more skin

This electronic skin can heal itself — and then make more skin | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
In a quest to make electronic devices more environmentally friendly, researchers have created an electronic skin that can be completely recycled. The e-skin can also heal itself if it’s torn apart.
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The device, described today in the journal Science Advances, is basically a thin film equipped with sensors that can measure pressure, temperature, humidity, and air flow. The film is made of three commercially available compounds mixed together in a matrix and laced with silver nanoparticles: when the e-skin is cut in two, adding the three compounds to the “wound” allows the e-skin to heal itself by recreating chemical bonds between the two sides. That way, the matrix is restored and the e-skin is as good as new. If the e-skin is broken beyond repair, it can just be soaked in a solution that “liquefies” it so that the materials can be reused to make new e-skin. One day, this electronic skin could be used in prosthetics, robots, or smart textiles.  Many labs around the world are developing e-skins. One created in Europe allows users to manipulate virtual objects without touching them, by using magnets. Another one developed in Japan can turn a smart shirt into a video game motion controller. This latest e-skin is special because it’s recyclable — and that’s an important added bonus if you consider that in the US alone, 16 billion pounds of electronic waste was created in 2014. All these circuit boards, transistors, and hard drives can contain toxic chemicals that need to be disposed of properly.

 
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FedEx raises, bonuses to inject large amount of capital in Memphis community

FedEx raises, bonuses to inject large amount of capital in Memphis community | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Thousands of Mid-South workers are getting a boost to their paychecks. 
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$3.2B increase in pay for all FedEx personnel with a huge inflow of that cash into the Memphis area. 

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Fisker patents car battery with 500 mile range - Charges Car in 1 Minute flat


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1 minute - this is a WTH moment - when you can reduce a normal charging time of 30 mins for 80% charge  - 8 - 16 hours on a home charging, down to 1 minute, you've just make the technology easier to adopt and use - Just saying Tesla, Nissan, et al,.....please pay attention to the Main Parameters of Value within the Job-To-Be-Done by the User is trying to get done when you do your next design. 

 

Note:  Charging times will depend on which country you're in - for an EV with a range of 100 miles you're looking at around six to eight hours in the UK but 16 to 20 hours in the USA. To speed things up wherever you live, you can install a home charging unit at an additional cost - around £800 ($1100 US)-1,000 ($1400 US) at the moment. These guarantee safety and can charge the car around 2.5X faster than even a standard UK socket.

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Turns Out This Fitness App May Be Leaking US Base Locations And National Security Secrets

Turns Out This Fitness App May Be Leaking US Base Locations And National Security Secrets | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Sensitive national security information appears to have been exposed by a popular fitness tracking app.
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Man give a brother a break on this, please help me up onto my soapbox for sec, if you will permit.  Look I'm a vet and when you see that the US govt and the companies that serve serviceman can't keep important data like their exercise data secure, well you've got to ask yourself, are we doing enough on cyber security in our system's design process up front?!  - What we can say is that we are not doing the necessary, and proactive stance of designing in security up front.  Look folks we are in a brand new world with all of this high tech stuff all over and embedded in our lives and lifestyles, we've got to do a better job on this.  --  So here's the story, sensitive information about the locations of known and unknown American military bases and overseas operations centers, as well as the regular activities of U.S. military personnel, appears to have been exposed by a fitness tracking appThe interactive Global Heat Map, published by Strava last November, highlights the fitness activities of its 27 million global users, including mobile app users and people with fitness devices. This weekend, analysts discovered that the map is detailed enough to reveal regular movement at military installations, according to multiple reports.  In less developed regions, such as the Middle East, American and other foreign military installations tend to light up like Christmas trees on Strava’s new map.  The map, a new feature for the popular exercise app used by military personnel and civilians alike, was created to show hot routes for runners and cyclists, but analysts have noticed that in addition to tracking down bases, Strava’s global fitness map can also be used to identify regular patrol routes.

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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.

 

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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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How Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Works - A Case Study For Entrepreneurs

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Finally a tell all on what and how BitCoin and Cryptocurrency works, who benefits and what it does.  Well worth the viewing

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URGENT:  The FBI, CIA and NSA say American citizens shouldn't use Huawei or ZTE phones

URGENT:  The FBI, CIA and NSA say American citizens shouldn't use Huawei or ZTE phones | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
U.S. intelligence agencies have issued a stern warning to Americans: Do not buy smartphones made by Chinese tech companies Huawei or ZTE.
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Top officials from the CIA, NSA, FBI and the Defense Intelligence Agency testified in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday that the Chinese smartphone makers posed a security threat to American customers. Republican Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas asked the group to raise their hands if they would recommend private American citizens use products or services made by Apple competitor Huawei or smartphone maker ZTE. None of them did. FBI Director Chris Wray explained why it is an issue for companies and local governments to use Huawei or ZTE products and services.  There is a risk of letting any company "beholden to foreign governments" inside the country's telecommunications infrastructure, he said. Huawei is a global leader in networking equipment, and the government has previously blocked it from selling technology to some federal agencies

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Qualcomm's flagship Snapdragon 845 is a graphics powerhouse

Qualcomm's flagship Snapdragon 845 is a graphics powerhouse | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Qualcomm recently let journalists benchmark the upcoming Snapdragon 845 on its own reference smartphone, and the results look promising for the Galaxy S9 an
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Qualcomm recently let journalists benchmark the upcoming Snapdragon 845 on its own reference smartphone, and the results look promising for the Galaxy S9 and other new devices. On the one hand, CPU improvements were merely incremental, despite a switch to new ARM Cortex designs. On the other, Qualcomm's new Adreno 630 GPU performed impressively, especially considering the power draw, putting rivals like Samsung and Huawei on notice. "There is need for more radical change to keep up with Qualcomm," said Anandtech. The Adreno 630 provides a one-two-three punch for the Snapdragon 845, offering 30 percent better performance and 2.5 times faster display output, all with 30 percent estimated power reduction. While no one was able to test the power draw, the chip pretty much smoked all rivals on most benchmarks. "Qualcomm current generations of SoCs are simply unmatched and the gap is so wide that I do not expect upcoming rival solutions to be able to catch up this year," Anandtech said. The one phone that did best it in a couple of graphics tests from GFXBench was Apple's iPhone X. And when it comes to an overall score, the iPhone X with its A11 Bionic processor still blow away the Snapdragon 845 by a good 15 percent on Geekbench's tests, Tech Advisor noted. It did gain a slight edge over its the iPhone X on Antutu's combined tests, however. On the Android side, however, Qualcomm's new chip is over 20 percent faster than its rivals.

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The Swift Rise of a Chinese Battery Giant

The Swift Rise of a Chinese Battery Giant | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
The key to overtaking Tesla by 2020? Lots of government help for EVs.
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The next global powerhouse in the auto industry comes from a small city in a tea-growing province of southeast China, where an unheralded maker of electric-vehicle batteries is planning a $1.3 billion factory with enough capacity to surpass the output of Tesla and dwarf the suppliers for battery-powered cars by GM, Nissan and Audi.  Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd., or CATL, already sells the most batteries to the biggest electric-vehicle makers in the biggest EV market: China. Now it wants to use proceeds from a pending initial public offering backed by Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to get under the hoods of more European marques and secure customers in the U.S.  The company plans to raise 13.1 billion yuan ($2 billion) as soon as this year by selling a 10 percent stake, at a valuation of about $20 billion. The share sale would finance construction of a battery-cell plant second in size only to Tesla Inc.’s Gigafactory in Nevada—big enough to cement China as the leader in the technology replacing gas-guzzling engines.  The new assembly lines would quintuple CATL’s production capability and make it the world’s largest electric-vehicle battery cell manufacturer, ahead of Tesla, Warren Buffett-backed BYD Co. in China and South Korea’s LG Chem Ltd., according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The factory could go fully online as soon as 2020, an opportune time as China targets a sevenfold increase in new-energy vehicle sales by 2025 and ponders a course for phasing out fossil-fuel vehicles altogether.

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Tesla pushes even more states to upend auto dealer-friendly laws

Tesla pushes even more states to upend auto dealer-friendly laws | Internet of Things - Technology focus | Scoop.it
Tesla lawyer: "The law shouldn't be used to block new companies."
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more than 20 states already allow the California automaker to sell its own vehicles, while others have set up a system that at least partially bans manufacturers from direct sales and effectively protects auto dealers. Those states include Texas, Michigan, West Virginia, and Utah, among others. Last year, court rulings and changes in the law in Arizona, Missouri, Indiana, and other states have paved the way for Tesla to sell directly to the public.

In Nebraska, the new bill under consideration is known as LB 830. It has been met with opposition from existing dealers who are concerned that other manufacturers like GM or Ford will want a similar arrangement.

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Tesla's Premium Competition Up and Comer Fisker EMotion Concept - Seen at CES 2018

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Man this is one cool car, mostly carbon fibre, Perelli tires. butterfly doors, electrochromatic roof, muscular and elegant.  Tightly proportioned - meaning handles well when you drive it.--- Tesla has their hands full given all of their technical quality issues of late

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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

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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.
Richard Platt's insight:

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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