Connecting consumers with the smart home will take recipes created for specific personas and educating them on why this is so useful. Plus, Kevin and I discuss security and connecting my garage. Read more »
A single connected device is less than the sum of its parts in an open ecosystem. Here’s how Birdi is trying to make consumers see the value in a $119 smoke detector. Read more »
I thought I wrote a lot about network neutrality, but this in-depth post over at Kotaku by Comcast gadfly and game industry executive Andre Vrignaud and Public Knowledge’s Michael Weinberg tackles the threat a court’s decision to kill net neutrality poses for gamers. It also spends a good chunk of verbiage on the problems with data caps too.
A report out from the OECD takes a look at connected televisions and what it will mean for broadband networks, peering, set-top-box makers and consumers. Read more »
Consumers complaining of poor Netflix and YouTube streams on certain ISP networks are the pawns in a fight over internet business models. Too bad knowing why this happens doesn’t fix this problem. Read more »
The internet of things is an entirely new way of building out networks and services, so why would we use old client-server or even cloud-tested forms of security? What comes next? Read more »
When everything’s connected how can we take people out of the middle of the billions of devices and let them talk to each other without us getting involved? The Wireless Registry has an idea. Read more »
Chip startup Adapteva raised a $3.6 million Series B round today, but the interesting story is how long it took to get here and how it almost didn’t get the funds. Read more »
In a speech today the FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said he “intends to fight” the court ruling that on Tuesday gutted most of the FCC’s Open Internet Order governing network neutrality. Speaking at a Washington DC event he said, “Using our authority we will re-address the concepts in the open Internet order, as the court invited, to encourage growth and innovation and enforce against abuse.” So now the question is will he reclassify broadband as a Title II service or rely on the 706 clause in the Telecommunications Act? And will he do this via a formal proceeding or on a case by case basis that he had formerly preached?
The U.S. is taking a beating in the price of broadband in a recent series of charts issued by research firm Point Topic. It ranks 58 out of 90 countries for cost of broadband. Read more »
A new company wants to build the equivalent of domain names and the DNS system for the internet of things. It fills a need, but is it the right approach? Read more »
This data from CB Insights covers a huge swath of technologies from home automation products and health tracking apps to sensors and networking chip firms. So it’s no surprise that Intel is the top investor while Qualcomm and Cisco are also on the list. Check it out.
Disclosure: True Ventures is an investor in the parent company of this blog, Giga Omni Media. Om Malik, founder of Giga Omni Media, is also a venture partner at True.
Google’s acquisition of Nest is about energy, the smart home and expanding it’s expertise and interest in robots. Why? Because the smart home will be comprised of many robots working together. Read more »
The courts invalidated much of the FCC’s net neutrality rules. While consumers will lose, the winners may surprise you. Read more »
Given the options facing the FCC in the wake of a court vacating most of the net neutrality rules the agency put in place, it’s likely we’ll see a double-sided market for broadband emerge. Read more »
We’ve been hosting a conference about mobile connectivity since 2008, but for 2014 we’re unveiling a new name that helps showcase how ubiquitous connectivity has become. We hope you’ll join us at Structure Connect. Read more »
After Google said it would acquire Nest, we scrapped our post CES round up to talk about the deal’s implications. Check out the podcast to see if Kevin is keeping his Nest. Read more »
Charter offered to buy Time Warner Cable in a deal valued at more than $61 billion. So far Time Warner Cable has said no thanks, but here’s what’s behind John Malone’s persistence. Read more »
Google intends to buy a connected thermostat that knows when you’re home and where you are within it. Given Google’s quest to index all the world’s information, this deal should jumpstart the conversation about privacy and the internet of things. Read more »
I usually look to chips to inform me about the future capabilities of our electronic devices, but this year at CES I looked to deals about sharing APIS and SDKs instead. Read more »
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 »