Want to see the zany world of FCC enforcement? Check out this tale of recalcitrant hair salon owner Ronald Bethany, his interference-producing fluorescent lights and AT&T’s affected 700 MHz spectrum. After AT&T noticed interference near a San Antonio strip mall an engineer tracked it down to some lights hanging in Bethany’s salon. Bethany contacted GE over the offending lights and GE offered to replace them. But Bethany wanted cash instead. Now the FCC is involved to force the light replacement. I guess Bethany has a Verizon phone.
For the last few years Intel has had a small line of business manufacturing other companies’ chips — mostly expensive custom chips for companies like Altera and Tabula. This foundry business is getting a publicity boost today as Altera said Intel will let it embed ARM-based cores in chips made on Intel’s hallowed x86 production lines. This is a big deal, not because ARM is Kryptonite to Intel, but because it could signal that Intel under its new CEO is ready to open its fab operations and make that a bigger part of its business. That’s the huge shift for Intel, not that it might make a few ARM-based chips.
A third of businesses are already creating products associated with the internet of things but the evolution of connected networks will likely evolve faster in the corporate, rather than the consumer world. Read more »
Big data, the internet of things, digitizing medicine and even more marketplaces to drive efficiency all were themes at Tuesday’s Techstars Austin demo day. Read more »
If we’re going to build out an easy-to-use internet of things, we’re going to have to figure out how to avoid constantly changing sensor batteries. Which is why Driblet has developed a water sensor that harvests its own energy. Read more »
As the internet of things gathers steam, Cisco creates a new business unit to tackle the opportunity. It plans to do so in traditional Cisco style. Read more »
Connecting your home isn’t just about your lights or thermostat. In this week’s podcast we interview Streetline CEO Zia Yusuf and try to figure out how to connect Kevin Tofel’s chair and discuss connected parking. Read more »
As the Federal TradeCommission looks into privacy and data sharing rules for the internet of things, Google’s chief internet evangelist Vint Cerf will keynote the workshop. Read more »
A new report shows us once again that U.S. customers pay more money for less broadband than many other cities in the world. The conclusion is we need more competition. Read more »
A world where computing is embedded in everyday devices will cause a huge shift in how we advertise to people. Commercials and banner ads don’t make sense with wearables and the internet of things. So what does? Read more »
My morning chuckle came from this irritated post over at BusinessWeek, where Drake Bennett complains that everything automated isn’t a robot. His attempt to get to the bottom of the robot-labeling craze lays the blame on the internet of things, the human tendency to anthropomorphize things and a lack of a clear definition for robots. Basically robots can sense their environment and then affect that environment, but as humans we tend to see any automated thing rolling around and declare it a robot. This irks Bennet. Maybe he’ll write a diatribe against the misuse of the word hacker next.
The FTC is contemplating how it should regulate the internet of things. A recent legal opinion as well as a look at some of the comments filed ahead of the meeting offer a glimpse into the regulatory future. Read more »
We all should probably drink more water. I know that when I track my consumption, I’m barely getting 32 ounces, nowhere near the recommended amount. Sure there are bottles like this one, where you can just flick a counter mechanism to track consumption, or you can log it via an app, but I always forget. That’s why this Kickstarter for connected water bottle with an accelerometer and weight sensor caught my eye. At $70 this is pricey, but I love the automated water tracking. And hopefully over time, that price goes down.
As our devices multiply and our home broadband (and mobile) connections get faster the middle mile and backhaul networks have to keep up. That’s why Comcast’s test of a 1-terabit-per-second network matters. Read more »
Fastly is launching a new streaming media content delivery service. The CDN startup is taking its expertise in small files to handle a large portion of video streams, especially to mobile devices. Read more »
The podcast gets a facelift and we run an interview with Eben Upton from the Raspberry Pi Foundation on the history of the Pi and what’s next. Read more »
As the internet of machines matures, companies seeking ways to connect devices directly to the cloud instead of through a smartphone or a computer, are adding support for 6LoWPAN — an ugly acronym with a big purpose. Read more »
Most hard drives store data using magnetic properties, but unfortunately those are only good for about 10 years. This might be great for your status updates, but if you’re storing photos or government documents, your best bet for a long-term future might be archival paper (or stone and a chisel). But MIT Tech Review reports that scientists have figured a way to etch data onto sheets of tungsten and silicon nitride in the form of QR codes to store data for the theoretical long term — like a million years. Whether or not we’ll have software to decode it then is another problem altogether.
Underdog chip company AMD reported a profit during its third quarter financial results in part because the Sony PlayStation 4 and the Microsoft Xbox One consoles carrying its chips are getting ready to hit shelves. The highly-anticipated consoles contain custom-built AMD chips from a new group inside AMD, the Embedded and Custom Semi group. AMD estimates that group will generate a fifth of its sales this year, and apparently is already improving the bottom line.
The connected home may not need sensors everywhere. Instead they’ll probably sit at strategic points and convey information generated by an algorithm. Neurio is a Kickstarter project that has this philosophy. Read more »
CenturyLink is planning to upgrade parts of its network to gigabit speeds with fiber to the home deployments in Las Vegas and Omaha, Neb. In an interview, CenturyLink CTO Matt Beal explains why. Read more »
Intel isn’t letting rivals take all the business in the gold rush that is the internet of things. With a new family of chips, a Hadoop distribution and several acquisitions, Intel’s making a big play. Read more »
Revolv, a Boulder, Colo.-based startup, is one of the finalists in GigaOM’s upcoming Mobilize Showcase. It wants to be a hub for your existing connected devices. Read more »
A future of ubiquitous computing — in traditional devices but also in everyday appliances and home goods — is near. Ahead of our Mobilize even next week we asked 10 thought leaders what this means for us. Read more »
When you combine open platforms with many interdependent parts — like today’s online video marketplace or the internet of things — you risk losing accountability for failures in the customer experience. How can industry solve this problem? Read more »
CenturyLink is expanding its gigabit network pilot program to Las Vegas. And in a price reversal, getting a gig and TV will cost you $20 less than buying a stand-alone gigabit connection. Read more »
So far this year GE has made $290 million in revenue from its industrial internet products. The two-year effort gets new partners Wednesday, and we learn how it plans to stay open and still build a barrier to entry. Read more »
Intel joins other major companies such as GE and Qualcomm in promoting a platform for the internet of things. The chip giant says that it will offer a Wind River-based IoT platform and detailed several ways that its own use of sensors and data analytics have saved it money on the manufacturing floor. It plans on pushing both Atom and Quark processors for this platform and offered details on the upcoming Quark family of processors as well as a new Atom SoC. The first Quark processor core is a 32-bit, single core, single-thread, Pentium-compatible CPU operating at speeds up to 400MHz.
Using Amazon’s Spot Instances well requires a mix of business and technology strategy that has fundamentally makes assessing your computing portfolio a lot like creating a balanced financial portfolio. Here’s how to make it work. Read more »
We’ve got connected locks, so it’s no wonder there’s a connected doorbell or two out there. In this week’s podcast we chat with the inventor of the DoorBot to learn about smart homes and retail. Read more »
The heads of technology organizations that maintain the standards and connections underlying the internet met in Uruguay to address the recent (and not-so-recent) challenges facing the net. Here’s what they said. Read more »
The smart home is getting smarter every day, but what it really needs help with is fine-grained presence detection to deliver more context. Thankfully, we’re getting closer. Read more »
With the looming threat of not-one, but two, gigabit networks planned for Austin, Texas, Time Warner Cable has announced that it has blanketed the city in Wi-Fi with 900 hot spots. The plan is to grow that number to 1,350 hotspots and offer the network free to subscribers. This could be savvy marketing because it’s likely that Google and AT&T will deploy their networks in limited areas, which means that those without a gigabit option choose Time Warner over the existing AT&T service. Of course, it’s possible that Google or At&T could sweeten the pot with Wi-Fi access too.
Keeping wireline and cellular service up in the Bahamas poses some unique challenges — from careless hunters to sharp anchors. The local Bahamian telco asks people to please stop shooting birds on its wires. Read more »
Monsanto says it will pay almost $1 billion to bring Climate Corp.’s data analytics in house. The acquisition is an example of how the marriage of data and sensors will rapidly change established industries. Read more »
Elliptic labs can turn a smartphone into a gesture-sensing device with a couple of additional microphones and cheap transceiver. With three handset makers already trying the tech, is this a future feature? Read more »
An Irish company thinks the world is ready to start aggregating their broadband subscriptions to provide faster access and redundancy. So it’s launched an Indiegogo campaign for the Multipath router. Read more »
Smart homes don’t have to require a lot of consumer effort, if the consumer is willing to fork over a service fee to their ISP. In this week’s podcast we chat with a Comcast executive about how it views the internet of things. Read more »
Illiad, the company behind the Free mobile and Free broadband services, is upgrading its top tier of service to offer one gigabit downstream and 200 Mbps up. Read more »
AT&T says it will open its gigabit network on Dec 1, but for the first six or seven months residents will only get 300 Mbps speeds. Read more »