As the smart home heats up, players at the high end are going downmarket with products that help consumers automate their homes without having to play with complicated software. Read more »
What can the internet of things learn from modern farming? Plenty given that the industry is well on its way to building viable businesses around connectivity and data analysis. Read more »
Building a connected washing machine requires not only connectivity, but careful thought about the ways that connected appliances can make our lives better. Berg shows off its Cloudwash concept. Read more »
The conflict in Syria has led to internet blackouts, but this article reveals the more pernicious censorship that’s ongoing. Most content gets through, but a focus on blocking instant messaging and scouring social networks for certain key words means that citizens are censored in their day-to-day web surfing.
Kevin has a pair of Google Glass in prescription strength and an overclocked car. This, plus new ways to think about the connected car on this week’s podcast. Read more »
So far if you want a connected kitchen your primary option is a Bluetooth-enabled food scale. Adaptics launches with Drop, a new entrant into the category with a slight twist. Read more »
Only a small percentage of the population needs the Cozy connected radiator cover, which makes it an interesting test case for building niche products and crowdfunding a business. Read more »
Appearing on CNBC Monday morning, Verizon’s CEO Lowell McAdam said his company has been discussing some type of peering agreement with Netflix for over a year, and he believes some type of agreement could be reached. This isn’t surprising given that Verizon users have also been complaining about their video streaming service and that Comcast and Netflix just announced their own interconnection agreement. While ISPs will tout this as a win for the industry, there are plenty of competitive issues that should give people who care about the internet pause.
The interconnection agreement Comcast and Netflix signed isn’t a violation of network neutrality, but it continues a troubling precedent for the internet and has anti-competitive overtones. Read more »
The top brass at both companies sat down at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to negotiate the peering agreement confirmed Sunday by Comcast and Netflix. Read more »
It’s officially confirmed. Comcast customers will likely have a better Netflix experience thanks to the Comcast and Netflix signing a direct interconnection agreement. Read more »
It looks like Comcast and Netflix have resolved their peering dispute, but it’s unclear how. Comcast customers should rejoice because the quality of their video streams should get better. Read more »
I snapped this picture of an iControl employee wearing a Pebble and showing off Time Warner Cable’s connected home app on the watch this week. My first thought was that the interface is too cramped to make this a great option, but then I realized for someone (like me) who never has a smartphone, it might actually be handy. I also think using the watch to send crucial notifications (your garage door is open or someone just opened your gun safe) with a gentle buzz would be useful.
Oral-B launched a connected toothbrush that should be available this summer. But does the world need quantified brushing? The answer is no — not in this format. Read more »
Austin, the home of three potential gigabit networks is also getting a speed boost form its incumbent cable provider, Time Warner Cable. Residents will soon see their speeds hit up to 300 Mbps. Read more »
Manoj Saxena, the former head of IBM’s Watson business unit has joined The Entrepreneur’s Fund, a Silicon Valley venture firm that makes early stage investments. There Saxena will lead investments in cognitive computing apps, especially those built on the Watson data analytics platform. We’ve covered the launch of cognition as a service and machine learning in multiple stories, and can’t wait to see those investments. Saxena will also act as advisor to IBM’s own Watson fund and co-invest with it.
The trend toward delivering ever more complicated processes as services is well established in the computing world, but CircuitHub wants to bring it into product manufacturing. Read more »
This is the age of seed-stage funding and the incubator/accelerator model. But for those trying to invent a new optical interconnect or chip architecture, funding is harder to find than ever. SK Telecom’s new incubator wants to help. Read more »
“Like any media and communications giant, Comcast has spent a great deal of time and treasure building relationships in the nation’s capital. If the government approves its purchase of Time Warner Cable, that investment will have been worth it.”
Municipal areas in eight states are under consideration for new Google Fiber rollouts, as the pressure to prepare for a post Comcast/TWC world increases. Read more »
The AllSeen Alliance, which is attempting to build an open platform for connected devices to discover and communicate to one another without lengthy one-off programming, has added 10 new members. They are AT&T Digital Life, Affinegy, GOWEX, iControl Networks, Kii, Muzzley, Patavina Technologies, 2lemetry, Tuxera and Vestel Group. While I’d still like to see Samsung, Nest/Google or another large consumer brand here, the addition of AT&T and iControl signal that homes using service provider automation will adopt the AllJoyn protocol. That’s a large market as iControl provides the base for Comcast and Time Warner Cable’s home automation products. And in the platform game, the more end consumers you have using the standard, the better.
Connecting your home may seem daunting, but is there enough value in connecting a lamp or a coffee maker to make smart outlets an entry point to the internet of things for mainstream consumers? Read more »
Intel has launched its latest top-of-the-line chips for servers. These are the bruisers that make up the silicon in high performance computing and super fast financial transactions. The Xeon E7v2 class of chips features up to 15 cores, a massive amount of in-memory data capacity to make processing large amounts of data on chip possible, and performance that’s twice the average of the previous generation of chips. These processors hold a few surprises, as the Register details in its in-depth exploration of the silicon and the business case.
The nitty gritty details on how the deep internet works may not entice a lot of people, but those details — including submarine cables, fiber backhaul and governmental policies to encourage competition — all determine demand for bandwidth and its cost. Read more »
IBM and AT&T are teaming up to share and analyze smart city and utility data so municipalities can react to traffic incidences, energy demand and other potential problems in real time. Through the partnership AT&T will handle the sensor communications and tracking happening over the cellular network and IBM will bring its analytics platforms into play. The two companies are going to build out apps for cities, so right now there’s not a lot to see here except for the possibilities.
The early adopter set and tech darlings can’t stop talking about the internet of things, but the normal consumers of the world aren’t getting excited about connected diapers or coffee makers just yet. Read more »
Could data and connected devices make personal trainers obsolete? Fitness equipment and quantified self gear is coming on the market armed with algorithms that know if your crunches are correct and how effective your squats are. Read more »
The fiber is barely in the ground and already Google is thinking about next generation gigabit networks, with the advertising company researching ways to get to 10Gbps on its Google Fiber networks. Its CFO Patrick Pichette spoke at an investor conference this week and noted the efforts while telling people to stay tuned about future network expansions. google’s need for speed isn’t exclusive to it. Verizon has been testing 10 Gbps using XG PON technology since 2010.
It’s highly likely that regulators will approve the massive deal to combine the nation’s top two cable companies. This is a bad deal for consumers, innovation and even U.S. broadband. Read more »
When the nation’s largest cable companies merge there are going to be some serious shake ups in the market. We look at who wins and who loses. Read more »
Cisco reported financial results Wednesday and while the company saw a drop in both revenue and profits, the company is investing in the internet of things. Cisco said it has allocated $100 million to invest in early stage companies to help it move the connected world forward. The company has already said it expects the internet of everything to drive growth in its services revenue from 20 percent of total sales to 30 percent, and has announced, but not delivered an entirely new architecture for a world of connected devices speaking to the cloud.
According to venture legend John Doerr, Google is designing its own silicon for its data centers. But he stopped short of confirming rumors that the search giant was designing ARM-based chips as was reported in December. Doerr, speaking at a chip conference, also said that Facebook would be next. He’s right. Computing is the primary cost for Google, Amazon Web Services and Facebook and designing their own silicon could lower that cost. And thanks to more modular designs and advances in the ARM architecture, the cost of designing custom chips has fallen into a range where the benefits outweigh design costs.
MIT has developed a system that will help robots act together in uncertain environments that takes into account multiple agents and unreliable communication. It might help make your home smarter too. Read more »
Watches, garages and data privacy are all topics of discussion in this weeks podcast featuring The Pebble Steel, a connected garage door opener and Sam Ramji of Apigee discussing business models for the internet of things. Read more »
Netflix updated its list of ISP rankings Monday, and the online video provider shows that Comcast and Verizon are continuing to fall in its custom rankings. That’s possibly because of peering practices put in place by those ISP’s, but the data corroborates independent data provided by testing platform Measurement Lab, which I reported on last week. Disturbingly, Netflix says the speeds delivered for Brazil, Colombia and Chile are higher than the speeds experienced by end users in the United States, which has seen its average speeds trend downward since October.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is close to announcing his plan for dealing with a recent court decision that gutted the agency’s network neutrality order. Read more »
The smart home is fine, but I’m still waiting for it to learn and anticipate my needs as opposed to me having to program them. The team behind an Indiegogo product called Webee feels the same way. Read more »
Building a gigabit network is unfortunately not a fast proposition. It takes time and money to dig trenches or string fiber. But in an op-ed over at Ars Technica, the CEO of Wicked Broadband in Lawrence, Kansas suggests that if Google really wanted to drive broadband competition and gigabit networks it would teach cities how Google thinks about the problem and costs of building fiber. Then, municipalities could take on the act of building out the infrastructure and help roll out gigabit fiber faster. I’ve made a similar suggestion myself.
If you have a smart home and want to make it a bit more automated, modes might be your new best friend. Here’s how to take advantage of them. Read more »
Mozilla and the National Science Foundation have created a $300,000 Gigabit Community Fund, to help support people in Kansas City, Kan. and Chattanooga Tenn. create apps that will showcase novel uses for gigabit networks. The open source software developed under the program will take advantage of the advanced networks in both cities, and hopefully offer up some great use cases for people who ask, why does anyone need a gig. Last summer Mozilla provided some funding for 22 ideas that competed as part of a U.S. Ignite event to showcase gigabit apps. Check ‘em out.