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 »
A funny commercial promises Google Fiber service in mid-October for Provo, Utah residents. The citizen-made commercial shows how good Google is at getting people pumped about gigabit service. Read more »
Revolution, the investment firm behind the $450 million Revolution Growth Fund which has made investments in LivingSocial and Revolution Money, now has raised $200 million for an early stage venture fund. Revolution Ventures will be headquartered in Washington DC and the press release makes a huge deal about it investing outside Silicon Valley. However, its only other office is in San Francisco. Revolution’s previous early stage investments, RunKeeper, BenchPrep, HomeSnap and Booker Software will be rolled into this fund.
When you add thousands of devices to a network it’s going to be impossible to program in the same way we program computers today. IBM is working on Node-RED a tool to help “wire” the internet of things. Read more »
The Stir Kinetic Desk is a height-adjustable, connected desk that wants to be part of the quantified self movement. But at almost $4,000 it seems like furniture for a tech bubble — or at least the 1 percent. Read more »
Thingsquare, the company behind the lightweight Contiki OS for the internet of things has released development kits that let people build products that go directly online, without going through a hub first. Read more »
Mediacom, a U.S. cable company, has turned to Qwilt, a three-year-old startup to solve its over-the-top video woes. Qwilt thinks it can cut costs and solve the business problems of delivering online video. Read more »
Rural wireless provider C Spire is taking a page from Google and announcing a contest to offer a gigabit fiber-to-the-home network for a Mississippi town. It’s not as odd as you might think. Read more »
Srinivas Krishnamurti, the former head of VMware’s mobile effort, including its Horizon suite of products that were designed to make mobile file sharing and collaboration easier, has left VMware to try his hand at a yet-to-be-disclosed enterprise mobile startup. Sure, he’s just one of many leaving VMware as it flounders, but I can’t wait to see what Krishnamurti is cooking up.
Applied Materials and Tokyo Electron are merging to become a $29 billion chip equipment maker as the semiconductor industry undergoes a radical shift. Here’s what’s behind the deal. Read more »
Want to buy a connected door lock? Kickstarter is one venue, but thanks to news announced Tuesday the most complete package for connected devices might soon be Staples. Read more »
Attention connected device companies, Staples has a smart home hub product and software that it hopes to build into an ecosystem of devices. With its retail stores and marketing muscle it hopes to drive consumers to the internet of things. Read more »
Perhaps sick of the people who look askance at gigabit connections and ask, “Why does anyone need a gig?” the US Ignite broadband effort and Google Fiber are launching a competition for people who think they have the next gigabit application. This is your chance to invent the equivalent of email for the 21st century, y’all! You’ve got until next Monday to submit your idea as an individual or as part of a team. Make me proud.
Oracle and Freescale have teamed up to make a universal translator appliance for the many protocols used by the internet of things. The first appliance will be aimed at the smart home. Read more »
Farming is undergoing a shift as more people consume locally grown food and a younger generation of farmers are bringing technology to the field. Agriculture is meeting the internet of things. Read more »
Randall Munroe, the man who writes web comic xkcd, also runs a series called What If in which he offers the answer to questions using data gleaned from the web and physics. On Tuesday the he tackled the question “If all digital data were stored on punch cards, how big would Google’s data warehouse be?” The result is a speculative blog post that estimates Google’s server count (between 1.8 million and 2.4 million) total storage (10 exabytes) and tells you how to find the search giant’s secret data center locales (go read it to find out.)
Plaid, a startup seeking to give developers access to financial data has raised $2.8 million. With services like Plaid we could see the emergence of a new breed of Quicken-like products or new connected devices. Read more »
Microsoft has signed a deal with AT&T to let corporate cloud customers connect to the Azure cloud using AT&T’s private network. With the idea that concerns about security have kept enterprises out of the public cloud, this deal emphasizes how none of the corporate assets will touch the public internet. The partnership lets people use AT&T’s virtual private network service to connect their data centers to Azure and presumably gives Azure a leg up in advertising itself as an enterprise-focused cloud.
Marc Hedlund, the former SVP Product Development & Engineering at Etsy, is joining Stripe as VP of engineering. Hedlund, or his engineering staff are a fixture at scaling and devops conferences explaining how they build things at Etsy. Hedlund is also behind Etsy’s successful push to bring in more female engineers at the company and a passionate advocate for getting more people to code. As a fixture in the developer community Hedlund is well placed, given Stripe’s focus on the developer market.
The web is chock full of data, but it’s locked away in the form of websites. A startup called Import.io that hopes to unlock that data, won the Structure Europe Launchpad event on Wednesday. Read more »
Research shows that Europe is becoming the new hub for global bandwidth as broadband consumption in Africa and the Middle East grow. Read more »
HP has hired Microsoft’s former open source evangelist to lead its converged cloud computing products. Can Bill Hilf help HP see the value in using the cheapest possible gear in its cloud? Read more »
Many people are excited about iBeacons in iOS7 that let your iPhone receive notifications based on its proximity to a transmitter. But a Canadian startup has discovered a loophole that turns that idea on its head. Read more »
Faster broadband isn’t just something to brag about, it gives you an economic edge. Data from Ericsson suggests a boost from 4 MBps to 8Mbps leads to a $120 rise in monthly income. Read more »
Attending a concert or any live performance is already an immersive event. You are in the same room or arena as the artist, but what if you hooked the artist and stage up with sensors? Read more »