IoT

  • Apple prepping Siri SDK and Echo-like home assistant gadget

    Apple prepping Siri SDK and Echo-like home assistant gadget

    Apple is preparing an SDK that would allow developers much greater access to Siri — and the improved assistant will power a stationary hub device like Amazon’s Echo. A report from The Information tallies with what we’ve heard over the last few weeks; expect an announcement, if not the device itself, at WWDC in June. Read More

  • Twilio ramps up mobile play with programmable SIMs for IoT and handsets with T-Mobile

    Twilio ramps up mobile play with programmable SIMs for IoT and handsets with T-Mobile

    Twilio stormed into the telecoms market several years ago with a set of services that turned core communications features once controlled by carriers, like text messages and phones numbers, into API-based services that any developer could easily customize and use in whatever app or site she or he chose. Today, the company is unveiling its next step in its bid to take on more telecoms… Read More

  • Camellia Labs debuts single-cup chai brewer, Chime

    Camellia Labs debuts single-cup chai brewer, Chime

    In the world of kitchen appliances, everyone wants to be the next Keurig, it seems. First, there were single-cup coffee brewers that followed and claimed to be better than Keurig, from Nespresso, Mr. Coffee and Lavazza to name a few. Later came cold drink machines like the Bartesian for cocktails, or PicoBrew for craft beer. And most recently, the Juicero cold press juice machine promised to… Read More

  • Rethinking security for the Internet of Things Crunch Network

    Rethinking security for the Internet of Things

    Many people scoffed in January 2014 when Cisco CEO John Chambers pegged the “Internet of Everything” as a potential $17 trillion market, five to 10 times more impactful on society than the Internet itself. Two years later, it seems that Chambers’ prediction for the phenomenon more commonly known as the Internet of Things (IoT) could be on the conservative side. Read More

  • A closer look at Samsung’s connected Family Hub Refrigerator

    Imagine for a moment that you’re a fly on the wall of a Samsung executive board meeting. It’s pretty easy to imagine why the Family Hub Refrigerator seemed like a great idea. Someone probably said something about leveraging the smart home and disrupting the kitchen and they were off to the races. And sure, there are certainly pieces of the fancy new smart refrigerator that make a… Read More

  • France’s SigFox will expand its dedicated IoT network to 100 U.S. cities

    France’s SigFox will expand its dedicated IoT network to 100 U.S. cities

    SigFox, the French startup that is building dedicated cellular networks for Internet of Things objects from connected smoke alarms and refrigerators to interactive billboards, traffic systems and factory robots, has announced a big move into the U.S. market. The company said that it would be taking its services into 100 cities, in partnership with unnamed “strategic site… Read More

  • Microsoft acquires Italian IoT platform Solair

    Microsoft acquires Italian IoT platform Solair

    Microsoft today announced that it has acquired Solair, an Italy-based IoT service that was founded in 2011 (and not the U.S.-based company that makes retractable awnings). Solair already used Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing platform to offer its services, so it’s no surprise that Microsoft plans to integrate its technology into the Azure IoT Suite. For now, though… Read More

  • SAM Labs raises $4.5M to turn kids into IoT-mavens

    SAM Labs raises $4.5M to turn kids into IoT-mavens

    London-based SAM Labs just announced that it raised $4.5M from a group of investors led by Imperial Ventures. In addition, the round was padded out with smart money from a number of angels specializing in high growth education technology. The investment will help the company continue its mission to introduce the Internet of Things to kids. Read More

  • Google brings IFTTT support to its OnHub routers

    Google brings IFTTT support to its OnHub routers

    Google’s OnHub routers are getting a little bit smarter today with the help of IFTTT, the online tool that allows you to easily connect different online services and platforms. Thanks to this, you can now automatically prioritize traffic from your Apple TV or Xbox when you want to watch a movie for example. To do this, you simply create an IFTTT recipe that gives those devices… Read More

  • How IoT security can benefit from machine learning Crunch Network

    How IoT security can benefit from machine learning

    Computers and mobile devices running rich operating systems have a plethora of security solutions and encryption protocols from which to choose that can protect them against the multitude of threats they face as soon as they become connected to the Internet. Such is not the case with IoT. Read More

  • Digital data and the fine line between you and your government Crunch Network

    Digital data and the fine line between you and your government

    What if the government decided they wanted to see what your device could see and hear? Or gain real-time access to the easily digitized information that surrounds a growing crop of connected devices? The Internet of Things (IoT) is producing reams of data about our daily lives — data that could prove incredibly valuable to law enforcement once they figure out a way to harness it. Read More

  • AI is not a threat to humanity, but an Internet of ‘Smart’ Things may be! Crunch Network

    AI is not a threat to humanity, but an Internet of ‘Smart’ Things may be!

    After more than 60 years since its conceptual inception — and after too many hype-generating moments — AI is yet again making its presence felt in mainstream media. Following a recent WEF report, many perceive AI as a threat to our jobs, while others even go so far to assert that it poses a real threat to humanity itself. What is clear for the time being is that there are many… Read More

  • Making sense of enterprise security Crunch Network

    Making sense of enterprise security

    Until recently, I knew nothing about enterprise security beyond some of the more widely-publicized breaches in the United States. That said, after spending most of 2016 immersed in the space, I’ve come to appreciate just how challenging and broad an issue security has become to enterprises. I’ve also come to believe that our best hope for solving security is by understanding… Read More

  • Naked Labs enters the fitness tech fray with body-scanning mirror

    Naked Labs enters the fitness tech fray with body-scanning mirror

    What if your reflection in the mirror could tell you to get your lazy butt back to the gym? We have the technology. A San Francisco startup called Naked Labs began taking preorders for its 3-D body scanning system today. CEO and co-founder Farhad Farahbakhshian says the company’s Naked 3D Fitness Tracker was designed for individuals or families who want to measure their progress on… Read More

  • What can a toothbrush teach us about IoT business models? Crunch Network

    What can a toothbrush teach us about IoT business models?

    E-commerce has become increasingly popular as a business model for the Internet of Things in the consumer space. A toothbrush example, as simple as it may sound, helps demonstrate. Read More

  • Is it time to invest in IoT? Crunch Network

    Is it time to invest in IoT?

    I published my first book, The End of Software, in 2004. At the time, I was president of Oracle On Demand, which served as a starting point for Oracle’s billion-dollar cloud business. In the book I discussed the fundamental economic reasons software should be delivered as a service. It’s 12 years later. Some have said that enterprise software is a mature business; CEM, ERP, HR… Read More

  • How to deal with IoT challenges through abstraction Crunch Network

    How to deal with IoT challenges through abstraction

    The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the tech industry. Yet the way IoT is evolving raises serious concerns: There are too many complexities, moving parts, diversities and competing trends and technologies that must be managed when developing IoT solutions. One practical approach that could help deal with the complexities of IoT would be the use of the concept… Read More

  • Intel acquires Italy’s Yogitech to improve functional safety of autonomous cars, IoT systems

    Intel acquires Italy’s Yogitech to improve functional safety of autonomous cars, IoT systems

    The concept of the Internet of Things is getting a big boost from emerging industries like autonomous cars and robotics, and today Intel announced an acquisition that could help it make sure that its own developments and products in this market are fault-free: it is acquiring Yogitech, a small company based out of Italy that works on functional safety for semiconductors. Terms of the deal… Read More

  • An insider’s handbook for IoT startups Crunch Network

    An insider’s handbook for IoT startups

    Tips are everywhere. There’s an abundance of generic advice available for how to build teams and culture, how to fundraise, how to be productive, how to stay above the noise… But what about specific advice? Specific tips for what differentiates the leaders from the followers. And even more specifically, a guide to differentiate and succeed as a hardware startup. Read More

  • IoT and the development of a circular economy Crunch Network

    IoT and the development of a circular economy

    Few topics receive greater hype in the media today than the Internet of Things (IoT), and still a report produced by McKinsey & Co. last summer argued that the potential impact of IoT technologies might actually be understated. An estimated economic impact of $3.9-11.1 trillion a year by 2025 was the bottom line of McKinsey’s research. Read More

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