Gesture control will be integral in controlling the smart home, but it’s still up in the air how it might be implemented. NinjaBlocks uses EMF instead of a camera. Read more »
Tom Wheeler, the chairman of the FCC, has a message for Silicon Valley. He’s on your side, in both caring about the issues and his seeming reluctance to make actual regulations. Read more »
The U.S. has the most broadband subscribers in OECD countries, but that’s because we’re the biggest. The OECD’s new broadband penetration stats showcase how far we need to come in future-proof broadband tehcnology. Read more »
The former president and co-founder of Gigabit Squared, a company that has apparently lost a contract to help bring gigabit broadband to Seattle, has resigned from any role in the company’s operations. Read more »
After buying thousands of dollars in connected devices, plus a hard reset of my Hue light bulbs, I wonder how we’re going to uninstall the connected devices in our homes. Read more »
The Staples Connect platform promises some support for cool devices and more radio protocols. Meanwhile Lowe’s’ Iris platform adds some energy conservation products and voice control. Read more »
Forget your connected bracelets or mattress pads. The folks at Select Comfort have a Sleep Number connected bed so you can track your sleep. All for $8,000. Read more »
Adrian Cockcroft, Netflix’s cloud architect, has joined Battery Ventures as a technical fellow where he will work with startups in a variety of areas, from enterprise computing to the internet of things. Read more »
Building a smart home is still tough, and making it work is even tougher. This week we discuss All Joyn, IFTTT and IVEE’s voice macros to make life a little easier. Read more »
AT&T’s Sponsored Data plan is a potentially new advertising and revenue model for the wireless industry. But is it a problem that regulators or startups should fear? Not on mobile networks. Read more »
In a time-honored tradition, former Federal Communications Chairman Julius Genachowski has joined private equity giant Carlyle Group as a managing director, according to Variety. Carlyle is well-known for attracting former government officials to its ranks, and it’s nice to see a former FCC commissioner that isn’t heading to Comcast or an industry lobbying group. Genachowski was in the private equity world prior to his tenure at the FCC as a co-founder at startup incubator LaunchBox Digital and as an advisor to General Atlantic.
Lightbulbs, routers and WeMo maker kits, oh my! Belkin has a lot up its sleeve at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Read more »
Withings is adding the Aura sleep system to its line of scales, baby monitors and activity trackers. The $299 device tracks your movements and your environment, and then uses sound and lighting to improve your sleep. Read more »
I spent the last few days playing with the voice controlled Honeywell Thermostat (just the voice control, not the temperature control stuff) and learned a few things about how one might want to use voice for the smart home. Read more »
Heapsylon, the company that’s making sensor-packed smart clothing, has signed a deal to sell its smart socks alongside Vivobarefoot shoes. This is a good-sized retail opportunity for the startup. Read more »
Next week the internet of things will star at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas. Ahead of all the hubbub my guest, Chester Pipkin, the CEO of Belkin and I discuss what we’re going to see. Read more »
As the courts get closer to an opinion on the net neutrality case, many wonder how the current FCC chairman Tom Wheeler will handle the issue. Read more »
The holidays were great for Amazon and lousy for UPS. The two are linked and are a good illustration of two problems we’ll face more often as the web meets the real world. Read more »
Hey cord cutters! Are you searching for a holiday yule log to brighten your Christmas morning and maybe warm up your New Year’s Eve? I checked out the options and wish I could get these in 4K. Read more »
ARM server maker Calxeda has hit the skids after raising more than $100 million. The company said it will restructure but news reports have the firm shutting down. Read more »
Forget Zigbee and Z-wave, here’s a startup that wants to make Bluetooth the mesh networking protocol of choice for the smart home. But can Bluetooth deliver a mesh? Read more »
With more people carrying smartphones with high definition cameras and fast connections, ResolutionTube has raised a seed round to turn those handsets into a powerful collaboration tool out in the field. Read more »
The company behind many popular cable home automation systems is opening up to outside devices and developers. For now, a limited number of devices work with iControl’s OpenHome Partner Program, but it’s a start. Read more »
As the internet giants and telecommunications providers collide, their business models are adapting. The next big battle ground may play out in how we buy gigabit broadband. Read more »
Getting from the current petascale supercomputers to the exascale machines is proving to be pretty rough. But research into low-power, on-chip photonics might help supercomputers hit that elusive exascale goal. Read more »
The connected home has some kinks, but Kevin and I discuss how to solve some of them. We also chat with a CEO who has built a connected office to learn how he did it. Read more »
Philips has come up with a slim LED light bulb design that eliminates the heavy heat sink associated with today’s LED bulbs. Could this design tweak lead to a cost improvement that helps drive LED adoption? Read more »
Avago Technologies has agreed to buy LSI Corp. for $11.15 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at $6.6 billion. The deal will add LSI’s enterprise storage capabilities to Avago’s networking and industrial businesses. As the data center consolidates and becomes more virtualized the chip industry is reacting with more integration. This deal can be seen as an extension of that trend.
Intel has purchased the wireless assets of Mindspeed Technologies in an effort to get the radio technology it needs to serve the telecommunications market. Read more »
The mix of younger doctors and new gesture-based or wearable technology means that BYOD will soon become a trend in the operating room. Read more »
First it was rumors of Google building ARM-based servers, and now a post on the blog dedicated to Facebook’s HipHop Virtual Machine for PHP
code notes how its translation engine plays a “crucial in our efforts to get hhvm running on ARM processors.” Indeed if Facebook wants to implement ARM-based cores it will have to ensure its hhvm code runs on top of them. Facebook has floated the idea of other architectures for years, testing Tilera chips and also deploying a board design that makes it easy to swap out processors. It’s really only a matter of time before we see a lot of ARM in places only x86 used to be.
Does the internet of things need a Google-like search engine? The creators of UK startup Umbrellium think so, and have launched Thingful so people can share their devices and data those devices produce with others. Read more »
A report says Google is building its own ARM-based custom server chips. This rumor has surfaced a few times in the last few years, but now the economics and technology are right for it to happen. Read more »
Good news for the iPhone-toting If This Then That lovers out there. The service has added a native iOS location tracking channel, which means you can make recipes based on where you are (or rather where your phone is). So you can get the weather of a city you are traveling to when you land, or tell your WeMo, Hue or SmartThings-enabled lights to come on when you get home. IFTTT also has a FourSquare channel for those who might want to use location but don’t have an iPhone. It’s just a wee bit less automated.
Mocana, a company that provides security for enterprise computing and is branching out into securing connected devices, has scored a $15 million round of funding led by GE Ventures. Existing investors Shasta Ventures, Southern Cross Venture Partners, Symantec and Trident Capital also participated in the round. Getting GE as a strategic investors is a coup for the company as GE is heavily investing in the internet of things on the corporate side. Mocana’s cryptography engines are in five of the top seven Android handset makers and inside devices from Panasonic and Honeywell.
Connected home hubs are hot right now, but which one should you buy? I tried four and here’s how they compare. Read more »
AT&T plans to charge $70 a month for its gigabit service in Austin if users agree to let AT&T track their searches. This is a relatively new model for an ISP, although it has been tried elsewhere. Read more »
As AT&T preps its fiber to the home launch in austin, we offer a lowdown on the technologies it plans to use to eventually deliver a gigabit. Read more »
Thanks to a UBS note from Monday we now have some good data on broadband usage at Time Warner Cable. The investment bank issued a note saying that TWC’s CEO-designate Rob Marcus said online viewing is up (although not a replacement for pay TV), and is increasing the demand for broadband. That demand is up 40 percent year over year with an average consumption of 50 GB per month and a median of 20 GB per month. That’s driving the introduction of faster tiers, although TWC will keep usage caps at the low end to appeal to more price-sensitive subscribers.
Everything you need to to know about the updates to Bluetooth as it relates to the internet of things, plus a few gifts for those far more fortunate await you on this week’s podcast. Read more »