More people are on the internet and overall global broadband connection speeds are faster. That’s the good news from Akamai’s quarterly State of the Internet report. Read more »
Connecting devices into a truly interoperable system isn’t as easy as some of the hype masters touting the internet of things would have you believe. But Peter Semmelhack has a few ideas. Read more »
Getting devices online and sharing their data is the raison d’etre of a variety of new startups. Now Bug Labs is offering its own modular tool set for the internet of things. Read more »
For fitness tracker enthusiasts looking for the next new thing, Withings has added a sensor that tracks your respiration to its upgraded Pulse O2 activity tracker. Read more »
AT&T is creating a streaming video service thanks to a $500 million joint venture with the Chernin Group, a producer of a variety of television and media content. Read more »
Korner, a Seattle startup building a home security system, has managed to rethink the open/close sensor, create an app and build a security set up that goes for $99. Read more »
Hey, Ma Bell! Your peering policies are so lame, your fiber network is slower than DSL! That’s essentially the insult that Netflix is flinging at AT&T in a shareholder letter accompanying the streaming video service’s first quarter financials. The gist of the accusation is that by refusing to sign an interconnection deal with Netflix, AT&T’s customers are getting a streaming experience that sucks. It’s the same tactic Netflix employed with Comcast, putting the customer in the middle of an esoteric fight about internet interconnection agreements. Absent FCC intervention, we’ll see if the Netflix strategy works a second time around.
AT&T plans to possibly bring speeds of up to a gigabit to 21 new cities. But before these cities get too excited it’s time to call Ma Bell out for its gigawashing. Read more »
Even Microsoft has to work really hard to compete with Google on search. So how might Leap.it, a small startup of Kansas City, take on the world’s biggest search engine? Read more »
When a billion sensors meet the cloud, OpenSensors hope that companies and municipalities reach for its software as the base layer to manage how and to whom those sensors report. Read more »
When it comes to cloud infrastructure, the underlying hardware and applications are only becoming more numerous and far flung. How then will concepts important to enterprise computing hold together? Read more »
We’re answering some tough questions this week on the podcast starting with what’s that up in the sky and ending with, why hasn’t my smart lock shipped yet. Read more »
Home builders are getting hip to the smart home, with Lennar signing a deal to put Savant’s smart home control software in one of its developments and KB Homes apparently installing an energy management system that will lay the groundwork for later home control upgrades in all new homes it builds. An article in the Silicon Valley Business Journal has an interview with a KB Homes VP about how the homebuilder has so far implemented technology into its homes, and the user reaction. I wish there was indication on how open KB’s systems are, but it’s still worth a read.
Google Fiber started as a project to show how broadband could be improved in the U.S. On its earnings call yesterday its CFO shared a statement that shows it had accomplished that mission. Read more »
Bringing everyday physical objects online is going to shake up the chip industry in a major way. There are new opportunities for startups and even Intel knows it has to change. Read more »
U.S. Sen. Al Franken has written to Netflix asking its opinion on Comcast’s efforts to buy Time Warner Cable, implying that Netflix is a good indicator of the potential consumer and content harms of the deal. In his letter, Franken touches on peering challenge, noting that Comcast implied that it was no big thing in its hearing before the Senate Judiciary committee. Since Netflix wasn’t at the hearing, perhaps Sen. Franken just wants to get Netflix’s comments on the record. And while, we aren’t Netflix, if Sen. Franken is interested, here’s how we think regulators should view the deal.
If Comcast buys Time Warner Cable many more Americans will find themselves with a broadband cap. We take a look at how many might join the capped majority if the deal goes through. Read more »
Woohoo! SmartThings has added support for TCP Lighting, Quirky Pivot Power Genius, and my personal favorite, the ecobee thermostat. This will allow people who currently use apps to control these devices to control them through the SmartThings app, cutting down the number of places you have to go to control your home and giving users a way to set automation plans that incorporate the newly supported gadgets. I’m excited because I’ll now be able to program an away mode that will lower my thermostats, cut my lights off, lock my doors and shut my blinds.
The conditional rule setting service, If This Then That (IFTTT) is on a roll with some new channels for internet of things lovers. The site has new options for the connected Quirky products that use the Wink app. So now your connected egg tray, piggy bank, A/C unit or even your power supply can tie into your email or other web services. I haven’t shelled out (heehee) for the Egg minder yet, but if I did I’d set up a recipe connecting it to Evernote so when I’m close to empty I could add eggs to my grocery list.
Like many of its chipmaking competitors, Texas Instruments is really stoked about the promise of connected devices. It all boils down to more chips sold. So TI has built out a partner program for the internet of things to help manufacturers link together devices and services from different companies. Participants in TI’s ecosystem include 2lemetry, ARM, Arrayent, Exosite, IBM, LogMeIn (Xively), Spark, and Thingsquare. Basically if a company buys TI chips they’ll work with software, hardware or cloud offerings from the above vendors.
Runscope, a startup providing API debugging tools for developers and enterprises, has raised $6M in first found funding led by General Catalyst Partners. Read more »
Another day, another crowdfunding campaign for a smart home hub. This one uses Android and has a cellular radio that makes it a more reliable home security choice. Read more »
Home automation company iControl has purchased BlackSumac, the maker of the Piper connected home security device. The move gets iControl into the DIY market and is a successful exit for an Indiegogo-backed hardware startup. Read more »
Google Fiber won’t start connecting customers in Austin until much later this year. A local news station has discovered that and where Google has so far applied for permits. Read more »
Comcast kicked off the federal regulatory review of it’s merger with Time Warner Cable. Regulators should view this deal through eyes that recognize how IP has changed communications, not through the old paradigm. Read more »
There aren’t a lot of companies seeking to get into the chip design business nowadays, but Ineda Systems is bucking that trend with a new architecture aimed at wearables and the data center. Read more »
Bridging the protocols and different data formats spoken by our connected devices is going to take a lot of integration, or maybe just some pattern recognition software and contextual analysis. Read more »
I can talk to my house, but it doesn’t yet know what I’m saying. Plus, we chat with a well-funded, 8-year-old company that wants to package the internet of things as a service. Read more »
There are many companies trying to solve problems with the internet of things, but few of them have over $100 million in funding when they are only eight years old. Read more »
Philips has a been a steady innovator when it comes to connected devices, so I try to discover how the consumer products giant is thinking about the opportunity connectivity presents. Read more »
It’s likely that the FCC will take a close look at the peering issue, and it will begin that process as part of its review of the Comcast purchase of Time Warner Cable. Read more »
“[The internet of things] is not necessarily about the Internet, or connectivity. Instead, it’s about recognizing that you can’t replace everything in your life with a mobile app, and embracing that dedicated physical objects and interfaces are usually better tools than touch screens. Everything has a brain, now, and everything is speaking relatively understandable languages.” Some great thoughts here. Go read it.
Nest is halting the sales of its smoke detector product while it tries to fix a flaw that could delay the alarm notifying the homeowner of a fire. A solution could take months. Read more »
Meal logging and calorie counting is still a pretty painful process, but SRI is working on an image recognition technology that could change that. Read more »
As the internet of things heats up, so do the number of businesses hoping to claim a piece of the pie. Senaptics has launched to help municipalities connect their cities. Read more »
Apple has set the timing for its World Wide Developers Conference and you have to apply to be randomly selected to attend. Read more »
Do you love the connected home and Samsung? then the consumer electronics giant has a home automation story you’ll love. Everyone else will have to wait. Read more »
The Andromeda virtualized network that underlies some of Google’s services is now available to certain customers of Google’s Compute Engine with more zones coming on in the coming months. Read more »