When your watch, your phone, your jewelry and your socks are all going to need charging, how on earth will we have enough plugs? We discuss SXSW and wireless power in this week’s podcast. Read more »
Let go of your transistors. A physicist from SLAC who spoke at SXSW interactive has proposed using the state changes in the orbits of electrons as a way to build faster computers. Read more »
It’s cold and rainy during SXSW and people are demanding Uber — or some other form of on-demand transport to help them get around the festival. I wish they wouldn’t. Read more »
In the seven years since Twitter made it big at SXSW Interactive the event has grown attendance five fold. But in 2014 attendance is expected to be flat while the events are farther apart. Read more »
How creative can a computer be? By teaching its Watson artificial intelligence system to recognize food, IBM is hoping to show that even though it’s a computer, Watson can also be creative. Read more »
Searching through web video sucks, with most of the data coming from tags. But Op3nvoice wants to make audio from video searchable in the same way that the text-based web is today. Read more »
Move over Snapchat or Secret, there’s a new social app that wants to combine ephemeral chat with anonymity. Banter is a new app from the creator of iChat. Read more »
Connected devices need to connect to more than just the internet, they need to connect to each other. And while an open API can help, popularity is more likely to result in that next level of connectivity. Read more »
Home security is one of those emerging areas where the crowdfunding crowd sees an opportunity to provide something smarter, cheaper and disruptive to the existing industry. With $10 million, Canary hopes to invade the biz. Read more »
Steve Mollenkopf became the third CEO of Qualcomm Tuesday, ending the reign of the Jacobs family over the 28-year-old business. Mollenkopf replaces Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, who will become the executive chairman as part of a transition plan that was announced in December. Paul Jacobs had risen to CEO in 2005 after his father and the inventor of CDMA, Irwin Jacobs, stepped down from the role. Qualcomm has managed to continue growing the company even as its CDMA technology has become a casualty of time and GSM networks, and Mollenkopf will see it expand beyond mobile into the internet of things.
Everyone is trying to be a platform company these days, but in this weeks podcast we explore the challenges affiliated with building a business around integrating various APIs and the need for a magical user experience. Read more »
Connecting devices to the internet, or to each other carriers significant security risks. While it may not be a core feature of a consumer product, how we tackle security is going to affect how the internet of things develops. Read more »
In hopes of making it’s proposed merger with Time Warner Cable sweeter for regulators to swallow, Comcast is extending its low-cost broadband access program and announcing that 300,000 households have signed up. Read more »
February 2014 will mark a turning point for the internet thanks to a historic peering agreement and the FCC capitulating on net neutrality. Let’s let Verizon’s CEO share what the future internet will be. Read more »
When it comes to the internet, most Americans use it every day and view it as a beneficial source of communications in their lives. Four in ten adults view it as absolutely essential to their lives. As part of the 25th anniversary of the world wide web, Pew has taken a look at how the web and internet have changed our lives. The results won’t surprise you, but they are worth noting.
As the smart home heats up, players at the high end are going downmarket with products that help consumers automate their homes without having to play with complicated software. Read more »
What can the internet of things learn from modern farming? Plenty given that the industry is well on its way to building viable businesses around connectivity and data analysis. Read more »
Building a connected washing machine requires not only connectivity, but careful thought about the ways that connected appliances can make our lives better. Berg shows off its Cloudwash concept. Read more »
The conflict in Syria has led to internet blackouts, but this article reveals the more pernicious censorship that’s ongoing. Most content gets through, but a focus on blocking instant messaging and scouring social networks for certain key words means that citizens are censored in their day-to-day web surfing.
Kevin has a pair of Google Glass in prescription strength and an overclocked car. This, plus new ways to think about the connected car on this week’s podcast. Read more »
So far if you want a connected kitchen your primary option is a Bluetooth-enabled food scale. Adaptics launches with Drop, a new entrant into the category with a slight twist. Read more »
Only a small percentage of the population needs the Cozy connected radiator cover, which makes it an interesting test case for building niche products and crowdfunding a business. Read more »
Appearing on CNBC Monday morning, Verizon’s CEO Lowell McAdam said his company has been discussing some type of peering agreement with Netflix for over a year, and he believes some type of agreement could be reached. This isn’t surprising given that Verizon users have also been complaining about their video streaming service and that Comcast and Netflix just announced their own interconnection agreement. While ISPs will tout this as a win for the industry, there are plenty of competitive issues that should give people who care about the internet pause.
The interconnection agreement Comcast and Netflix signed isn’t a violation of network neutrality, but it continues a troubling precedent for the internet and has anti-competitive overtones. Read more »
The top brass at both companies sat down at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to negotiate the peering agreement confirmed Sunday by Comcast and Netflix. Read more »
It’s officially confirmed. Comcast customers will likely have a better Netflix experience thanks to the Comcast and Netflix signing a direct interconnection agreement. Read more »
It looks like Comcast and Netflix have resolved their peering dispute, but it’s unclear how. Comcast customers should rejoice because the quality of their video streams should get better. Read more »
I snapped this picture of an iControl employee wearing a Pebble and showing off Time Warner Cable’s connected home app on the watch this week. My first thought was that the interface is too cramped to make this a great option, but then I realized for someone (like me) who never has a smartphone, it might actually be handy. I also think using the watch to send crucial notifications (your garage door is open or someone just opened your gun safe) with a gentle buzz would be useful.
Oral-B launched a connected toothbrush that should be available this summer. But does the world need quantified brushing? The answer is no — not in this format. Read more »
Austin, the home of three potential gigabit networks is also getting a speed boost form its incumbent cable provider, Time Warner Cable. Residents will soon see their speeds hit up to 300 Mbps. Read more »
Manoj Saxena, the former head of IBM’s Watson business unit has joined The Entrepreneur’s Fund, a Silicon Valley venture firm that makes early stage investments. There Saxena will lead investments in cognitive computing apps, especially those built on the Watson data analytics platform. We’ve covered the launch of cognition as a service and machine learning in multiple stories, and can’t wait to see those investments. Saxena will also act as advisor to IBM’s own Watson fund and co-invest with it.
The trend toward delivering ever more complicated processes as services is well established in the computing world, but CircuitHub wants to bring it into product manufacturing. Read more »
This is the age of seed-stage funding and the incubator/accelerator model. But for those trying to invent a new optical interconnect or chip architecture, funding is harder to find than ever. SK Telecom’s new incubator wants to help. Read more »
“Like any media and communications giant, Comcast has spent a great deal of time and treasure building relationships in the nation’s capital. If the government approves its purchase of Time Warner Cable, that investment will have been worth it.”
Municipal areas in eight states are under consideration for new Google Fiber rollouts, as the pressure to prepare for a post Comcast/TWC world increases. Read more »
The AllSeen Alliance, which is attempting to build an open platform for connected devices to discover and communicate to one another without lengthy one-off programming, has added 10 new members. They are AT&T Digital Life, Affinegy, GOWEX, iControl Networks, Kii, Muzzley, Patavina Technologies, 2lemetry, Tuxera and Vestel Group. While I’d still like to see Samsung, Nest/Google or another large consumer brand here, the addition of AT&T and iControl signal that homes using service provider automation will adopt the AllJoyn protocol. That’s a large market as iControl provides the base for Comcast and Time Warner Cable’s home automation products. And in the platform game, the more end consumers you have using the standard, the better.
Connecting your home may seem daunting, but is there enough value in connecting a lamp or a coffee maker to make smart outlets an entry point to the internet of things for mainstream consumers? Read more »
Intel has launched its latest top-of-the-line chips for servers. These are the bruisers that make up the silicon in high performance computing and super fast financial transactions. The Xeon E7v2 class of chips features up to 15 cores, a massive amount of in-memory data capacity to make processing large amounts of data on chip possible, and performance that’s twice the average of the previous generation of chips. These processors hold a few surprises, as the Register details in its in-depth exploration of the silicon and the business case.
The nitty gritty details on how the deep internet works may not entice a lot of people, but those details — including submarine cables, fiber backhaul and governmental policies to encourage competition — all determine demand for bandwidth and its cost. Read more »