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 »
Popular service If this Then That has added an Android channel to its line up of web-and-physical-device-based triggers. Let’s have some fun. Read more »
The proposed network neutrality rules the FCC is settling on don’t appear neutral at all. Here’s the conversation we should be having if the FCC really thinks our network policies need a rewrite. Read more »
Nine months after IBM opened up its Power architecture, it is launching a new line of servers based on the technology and showing off a server built by Tyan that uses the processor too. Read more »
The need for speed (and scale) is driving the growth of private networks owned by companies like Facebook, Google, Amazon and Microsoft. While the public internet is still larger, the private one is growing. Read more »
More people are on the internet and overall global broadband connection speeds are faster. That’s the good news from Akamai’s quarterly State of the Internet report. Read more »
Connecting devices into a truly interoperable system isn’t as easy as some of the hype masters touting the internet of things would have you believe. But Peter Semmelhack has a few ideas. Read more »
Getting devices online and sharing their data is the raison d’etre of a variety of new startups. Now Bug Labs is offering its own modular tool set for the internet of things. Read more »
For fitness tracker enthusiasts looking for the next new thing, Withings has added a sensor that tracks your respiration to its upgraded Pulse O2 activity tracker. Read more »
AT&T is creating a streaming video service thanks to a $500 million joint venture with the Chernin Group, a producer of a variety of television and media content. Read more »
Korner, a Seattle startup building a home security system, has managed to rethink the open/close sensor, create an app and build a security set up that goes for $99. Read more »
Hey, Ma Bell! Your peering policies are so lame, your fiber network is slower than DSL! That’s essentially the insult that Netflix is flinging at AT&T in a shareholder letter accompanying the streaming video service’s first quarter financials. The gist of the accusation is that by refusing to sign an interconnection deal with Netflix, AT&T’s customers are getting a streaming experience that sucks. It’s the same tactic Netflix employed with Comcast, putting the customer in the middle of an esoteric fight about internet interconnection agreements. Absent FCC intervention, we’ll see if the Netflix strategy works a second time around.
AT&T plans to possibly bring speeds of up to a gigabit to 21 new cities. But before these cities get too excited it’s time to call Ma Bell out for its gigawashing. Read more »
Even Microsoft has to work really hard to compete with Google on search. So how might Leap.it, a small startup of Kansas City, take on the world’s biggest search engine? Read more »
When a billion sensors meet the cloud, OpenSensors hope that companies and municipalities reach for its software as the base layer to manage how and to whom those sensors report. Read more »
When it comes to cloud infrastructure, the underlying hardware and applications are only becoming more numerous and far flung. How then will concepts important to enterprise computing hold together? Read more »
We’re answering some tough questions this week on the podcast starting with what’s that up in the sky and ending with, why hasn’t my smart lock shipped yet. Read more »
Home builders are getting hip to the smart home, with Lennar signing a deal to put Savant’s smart home control software in one of its developments and KB Homes apparently installing an energy management system that will lay the groundwork for later home control upgrades in all new homes it builds. An article in the Silicon Valley Business Journal has an interview with a KB Homes VP about how the homebuilder has so far implemented technology into its homes, and the user reaction. I wish there was indication on how open KB’s systems are, but it’s still worth a read.
Google Fiber started as a project to show how broadband could be improved in the U.S. On its earnings call yesterday its CFO shared a statement that shows it had accomplished that mission. Read more »
Bringing everyday physical objects online is going to shake up the chip industry in a major way. There are new opportunities for startups and even Intel knows it has to change. Read more »