Everything you need to to know about the updates to Bluetooth as it relates to the internet of things, plus a few gifts for those far more fortunate await you on this week’s podcast. Read more »
Qualcomm has handed its AllJoyn protocol for the internet of things over to the Linux Foundation in hopes of establishing a universal standard. The effort has legs, but still has a ways to go. Read more »
Managed DNS provider Dyn is trying to grow after raising $38 million last year. To manage that growth it has hired its first chief financial officer, Tim O’Toole. Read more »
Since the start of 2012, home automation startups have raised $468M across 56 deals. Surprisingly, most of those have not been the recent flurry of smaller rounds for SmartThings ($12.5 million), Zonoff ($3.8 million) or Revolv ($4 million), but from companies like Alarm.com ($136 million) and Nest ($80 million) raising really large rounds. Check out the CB Insights story for a nifty chart!
Yesterday I wrote about Intel’s great big telecommunications market takeover plan, and on Wednesday the chip giant unleashed a networking chip that can offer some pretty intense competition for the network processors from the established vendors. Highland Forest is the third generation of Intel’s networking processors and can process up to 255 million packets per second. Rose Schooler, a VP and GM in Intel’s Data Center Group, says Intel currently has 17 pilots in the telecommunications space with seven of those being public today.
Bluetooth is getting a software update that will make it friendlier for connected devices including room for IPv6 support and the ability to act as a hub, instead of only as a peripheral. Read more »
Wouldn’t it be cool to use any handset to control your TV or to share media around your home? A deal to put Qualcomm’s AllJoyn protocol on LG Smart TVs brings that reality closer. Read more »
It’s been a while since 1996, so Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), chairman of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. Greg Walden, chairman of the Communications Subcommittee, said Tuesday that it’s time to rewrite the Communications Act. The plan is to start generating hearings, white papers and the discussions necessary to start this process in 2015. This is a law that governs how communications infrastructure operates, and has its roots in railroad legislation from the 1800s. Since we’re moving beyond the dial-up modems of ’96 and into gigabit connections, an update makes sense. For those who want to follow the legislative action there’s a hashtag (#commsactupdate). Of course.
Intel’s mobile ambitions aren’t focused solely on the smartphone — it wants Intel inside the gear running telco networks. The chip giant sees a $16 billion opportunity in the networking and communications gear business. Read more »
Netflix said it would be the first customer of a new European internet exchange in New York. The news covers two trends — the growth of the European exchange model and the launch of an effort to bring that model to U.S. shores. Read more »
The holidays are here, and in this week’s podcast we talk about how to connect your tree, build a water sensor and stop people like me from unwrapping their gifts early and in secret. Read more »
Buying connected devices or bringing the internet of things into your home doesn’t have to be a daunting process. Here are some tips I’ve picked up along the way. Read more »
We at Gigaom believe we’re on the cusp of an era in which all of the things in your life become connected, for better or worse. Here’s a summary of our guide to this lifestyle. Read more »
We at Gigaom believe we’re on the cusp of an era in which all of the things in your life become connected, for better or worse. Here’s a summary of our guide to this lifestyle as part of your home. Read more »
We may think we’re used to the potential harms of sharing too much data on social networks, but what happens when passive data collection from sensors can be shared –sometimes without your knowledge? Read more »
Want a project board that lets you build Bluetooth Low Energy into a variety of places? The LightBlue Cortado project by Punch Designs is just the ticket. Read more »
Others have long been able to build controls for the popular WeMo line of connected outlets, switches and motion sensors, but Belkin is considering a change to that unfettered access. Read more »
How will children play when the first toy they often get is an iPhone or an iPad. We discuss the future of connected toys on this week’s podcast. Read more »
The smart home gets another boost as startup Revolv raises a $4 million round. The money will help the company serve the customers who ordered its device when it launched earlier this month. Read more »
It’s good to be a microcontroller vendor or even a low-end chip firm right now as the world demands smarter devices. Next up to benefit the chip industry is smarter appliances. Read more »
Last summer’s rumors of cable consolidation are back in the spotlight. But if the industry consolidates, it’s not about television, but about what you’ll pay for broadband that regulators should focus on. Read more »
Any day now the DC Circuit Court is expected to rule on Verizon’s case against the FCC’s open internet order — the network neutrality rules. Most analysts expect the court to reverse many parts of the FCC’s order, which would be a devastating blow to consumers and tech firms. But Stifel Nicolaus, a DC investment bank, notes that the expected confirmation for three new Democratic appointees to the D.C. Circuit Court will give the FCC a better chance of winning if it appeals the decision the current 3-judge panel makes. Which basically means more waiting.
Sensors are everywhere, but if we can build a generation of more efficient energy-harvesting chips, sensors could go in even more places. Here’s how researchers are trying to make that happen. Read more »
BIME, a business intelligence software company, has raised $4 million in first round funding and opened a U.S. headquarters in Kansas City. Read more »
Parts of the Lotus team’s F1 cars are printed using a 3D printer, and each car has more than 300 sensors generating 25 MB of data. Read more »
Google posted a little update on its Fiber blog noting that it’s wiring Austin for fiber over the next few months, and reminding residents to get out and ask their neighbors to sign up for the fiber service in order to get access in their neighborhood. Google notes that while it doesn’t have a date, the sign up process will take place next year. Meanwhile AT&T has already announced four neighborhoods where it will deploy fiber at 300 Mbps speeds beginning in December.
As people throw more connected devices into their homes, home modems and gateways need a box with more networking oomph. Qualcomm is building the silicon for that box. Read more »
The FCC Chairman has signaled that he intends to take on the transition from copper networks to all-IP networks starting next year. As the agency preps for this transitions here’s what you should know. Read more »
The FTC is taking a close look at the internet of things, but how it should regulate the potential for security breaches, consumer privacy and transparency around personal data is still a mystery. Read more »
SmartThings, the startup that offers people a hub and sensors so they can connect devices within their home, has fewer than 10,000 people using its hubs since its launch in June (one of which is mine). What’s more interesting is that those homes generate 150 million data points a day according to Jeff Hagins, the CTO of SmartThings, who shared those stats during a question and answer session on the internet of things hosted by the Federal Trade Commission. That’s a lot of data, and the FTC today is wondering what that data availability means for privacy and security.
August, a smart lock company that hopes to launch its product in the spring has raised $8 million in first round capital led by Maveron. But are such locks ready for prime time? Read more »
This week’s episode features two connected devices that at first glance seem frivolous, but could change our scientific knowledge about our bodies and those of our pets’. Read more »
A seattle-based startup has built a tracker that knows when you are sitting or standing. The goal is to help people stand more and sit less. But is it necessary? Read more »
Companies that rent out data center floor space to companies are seeing their business boom as more services move to the cloud. Yet, not all markets or players are created equal. Read more »
We’re not fans of ISPs capping broadband here at Gigaom, so we’re keeping a close eye on how those caps evolve and who they affect. Check out our updated list on who’s capping your broadband. Read more »
The television industry is in the middle of a shift, but so far most consumers are content to keep both their pay TV subscription and shell out of over-the-top services. How long will that be true? Read more »
As people attempt to connect their homes, different protocols post a challenge. Some vendors, like ConnectSense, are doing away with that drama by embracing only Wi-Fi. Read more »
Under Armour has acquired MapMyFitness, an Austin, Texas-based company that uses a phone’s GPS to let people map their runs, bike rides and other workouts and share them among a community for $150 million. It’s akin to the RunKeeper app. Is this the beginning of consolidation in the quantified self arena? Will the market split along sporty and medical lines — leaving room for authentication, provable algorithms and other elements a diagnostic style app or activity tracker might need?
Updated to reflect that RunKeeper is not owned by Nike.
Quirky has raised $79 million in funding with $30 million coming from GE. The two companies are expanding their partnership to bring connected devices into the home and now selling them at Home Depot. Read more »