Indiegogo, the crowdfunding marketplace popular with hardware projects, has added some celebrity investors including Sir. Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin Group, to its $40 million round announced in January. Other well-known names include Pay Pal Founder Max Levchin; Maynard Webb, the chairman of Yahoo; Tim Draper, the founding partner at Draper Fisher Jurvetson; and Dawn Lepore, the former chairman and CEO of Drugstore.com. The are the people behind some big name consumer brands. Perhaps they can help Indiegogo expand to a broader audience.
How does one build a search engine for connected devices? Even though we call it the internet of things, there’s more things than a network right now. Read more »
Mobile payments can be challenging, but Portland, Oregon-based startup PayRange wants to make it less complicated when it comes to vending machines. Read more »
Brining consumer grade tech into the healthcare world doesn’t have to hurt, but a successful startup needs to keep the process of mining data hidden from patients and it’s hospital customers. Read more »
The FCC is sticking to its guns on net neutrality, voting to approve a framework for rules that could create an internet fast lane, while trying to patch up the loopholes that would make that fast lane possible. Read more »
Customer service is becoming more painful for consumers who have more devices and a DIY ethos. StepOne offers software that can pick up context clues to figure out who’s calling and what she is calling about. Read more »
Want to know what we’ll need the cloud to handle in the next three to five years? Come to Structure June 18 and 19 to learn how the cloud must adapt for video and genomic workloads. Read more »
You can control your lights and appliances based on time of day, but a Kickstarter that launched Wednesday wants to add daylight to the mix via a connected sensor and closed system. Read more »
A Pew report details a wide range of opinions on how our connected future will coalesce and how it will benefit (and harm us). But we have more options than many may think. Read more »
Customers of AT&T’s GigaPower service could end up paying more than double the $29 advertised cost to keep Ma Bell from monitoring their web surfing if they elect to get video with their broadband. Read more »
Sonos is launching its new universal search feature for Android. We discuss that and whole home audio on this week’s podcast. You’ll learn about different standards, how open Sonos plans to be and a connected speaker hack. Read more »
The National Science Foundation just gave $15 million to three research projects trying to reinvent the internet. Here’s what those projects are doing and why they matter. Read more »
Here comes a connected device that can measure fertility, testosterone, vitamin D and inflammation, while testing you for the flu. But how valuable is this data without rigorous science backing up the tests? Read more »
Bulbs that can change color when a spouse calls? Retail lighting that tracks you while you shop? Philips is using LEDS to make lighting perform new functions, including a project to increase indoor crop production. Read more »
Building a connected pill bottle used to require a cellular connection and a monthly service fee. But a European startup shows us how to build one using Bluetooth with an optional service fee. Read more »
The backlash against the FCC’s proposed plan to implement “net neutrality” by bifurcating internet traffic is growing, with venture firms and two commissioners calling for the agency to fall back, or at least delay the scheme. Read more »
Big names in the tech scene have gathered together to sign a letter protesting the proposed net neutrality rules the FCC is considering ahead of its May 15 meeting. Read more »
I tried out a MyQ connected garage door opener, and found it worth buying. But it would be even better if it could talk to the other gear in my home. Read more »
In this part of our special report on reinventing the internet, a look at how its growth of the internet, in terms of connected devices, content and its importance, has researchers and analysts searching for new business models and technical ways to improve the network. Read more »
Fire up those portfolios, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has filed to raise $1 billion through an initial public offering. But analysts expect that amount to go much higher. Read more »
D-Link, the maker of routers, cameras and other Wi-Fi gear is following rival Belkin into the smart home with a $50 connected plug. The smart plug may be a gateway into a connected home, but I’d like to see it come with extra sensors, presence awareness or energy consumption data. D-Link’s plug seems fine, offering a thermal sensor to shut off devices if they overheat and energy consumption data. I also like a Kickstarter that launched Tuesday for the SAM plug. That plug contains an array of sensors that make it a bit different.
Dropcam is launching image recognition technology associated with its line of Wi-Fi-enabled cameras as well as a line of sensors. Read more »
Consumer Reports has tackled the smart home and its recommendations are mostly on point. Readers aren’t likely to rush out to buy a connected device after reading. Read more »
Celebration Health is tracking its nurses as they move throughout the day to help set employee-friendly schedules, cluster patients more effectively and manage costs. Learn how on this week’s podcast. Read more »
AMD has unveiled what it calls its ambidextrous computing roadmap — a strategy to combine both the x86 and ARM architectures to build products that are substantially different than what any other vendor can offer. Read more »
Level 3 is accusing 5 U.S. ISPs of using their market power to limit the amount of traffic that can get on their networks, thus degrading the consumer broadband experience in hopes of charging content providers money. Read more »
Mozilla thinks it has found a way to ensure true network neutrality without going back and reclassifying broadband. Will its regulatory sleight of hand find support? Read more »
Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. has agreed to acquire BendBroadband, a broadband and data center provider in Bend, Oregon for $261 million. BendBroadband is a cable provider that offers data center operations, 100Mbps broadband service, and also offered a wireless broadband offering for rural areas that is now discontinued. It had revenue of $70 million in 2013. Given the spirit of experimentation around rural broadband, and a need for new services, I expect this market to see more deals in the coming year. Last year, TDS purchased Baja Broadband, a regional provider in the Southwestern U.S.
Highway1, the hardware incubator founded by Irish manufacturing giant PCH, is offering its next class of startups $50,000 in seed money, up from $20,000, and has moved into larger digs in the Potrero Hill area of San Francisco. It also opened the application process for its fall program (for more on the program read our story on its launch), so ship yours in before June 20 if you have a hot hardware startup idea you want to bring to reality. Based on the number of hardware ideas in my inbox, hundreds will likely enter and 15 will be chosen.
Yesterday Cox president Pat Esser, told Bloomberg the cable operator would deliver a gigabit network in some residential markets this year. The interview was cagey on how, but an Ars Technica story notes that Cox has spread doubts about FTTH tech on its web site. Last year, I covered how next-generation DOCSIS technologies can deliver gigabit service and last year Comcast even showed off a 3 Gbps connection. But as cable providers use more of their network capacity and for IP delivery, they will also run up against a tough business problem — namely how to keep subscribers from dumping pay TV packages in favor of web-based alternative.
We’re surrounded by data, but it’s locked away in a lot of apps. If you think this is a problem, Numerous might be the personal dashboard for you. Read more »
Cisco is investing $150 million into the internet of things, including new investments in Ayla Networks, EVRYTHNG and Alchemist Accelerator. Read more »
I’ve been playing with voice recognition and the smart home for weeks with only a little luck. Here’s how Ubi integrates with SmartThings. Read more »
As more companies release connected gadgets for the home, startups selling one-off devices are coming up against those who want to integrate everything into their own applications. What’s a consumer to do? Read more »
Is it different building a connected device in Europe? Where are wearables heading?What are the risks of hacked smart home integrations? We discuss these questions and more on the podcast this week. Read more »
Amazon is building a chip design center for its Amazon Web Services cloud business in Austin, Texas according to sources, job listings and LinkedIn profiles. Read more »
Building more powerful user interfaces isn’t just about software, such as the newly launched product from Aquifi, but about providing more context. This will make UIs better and programming harder. Read more »
Security is the entry point for the mainstream consumer looking to connect their home, according to sales of Staples Connect devices. That’s why the program is adding more IP cameras. Read more »
While the internet debates the death of network neutrality, the Comcast and Time Warner Cable merger back-and-forth continues. Sen. Al Franken released Netflix’s response to his request for its thoughts on the proposed merger. Netflix, needless to say, doesn’t like it. In details that have not been aired publicly, the letter accuses Comcast of abusing its market power to charge Netflix an interconnection fee to reach its customers — the first time Netflix has ever paid such a fee to an ISP. However, if the FCC has its way on net neutrality, this may just be one of many fees Netflix will find itself paying.
Here’s the FCC’s current plan to protect network neutrality. It hopes to create a set of rules by the end of the year, and in doing so, could open the door for prioritization of internet traffic. Read more »