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The White House finally responded to a petition, signed by more than 100,000 people, that called on it to let Tesla sell cars directly in all 50 states. Read more »
Kosta Grammatis, who believes broadband is a fundamental human right that should be available to everyone, has a new startup and business model. The startup, Oluvus, buys bandwidth from an undisclosed telco and then offers free mobile phone service to the U.S. The hope is that people will shell out for extra services and fund broadband services for other parts of the world. The model reminds me of Toms Shoes, where each purchased pair of shoes pays for a pair for a needy child. Whether or not Grammatis succeeds, the Wired article detailing his efforts and failures is worth a read.
Getting developers to try — and then buy — new tools can be tricky. Codeship is hoping a new full-access freemium model will help. Read more »
The agreement will make it easier for companies using Thinfilm’s NFC barcodes and sensor-equipped labels on their products to manage the data flowing from those items, through Evrythng’s identity management platform. Read more »
A newly-published list of GCHQ tools that were in operation or being developed a couple years back, provides a fascinating insight into modern propaganda and disinformation techniques. Read more »
This week we are all about internet of things standards and certifications as we welcome the head of the AllSeen Alliance to the show and discuss a new radio certification introduced by Samsung, Nest, ARM and others. Read more »
Does the smart home need a new network? Some really big companies have created Thread, a new standard that aims to supplant Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and ZigBee as the ideal radio tech for the home. Read more »
That didn’t take too long: Star Trek fans with Android Wear smartwatches can already download and install a free watchface based on the fictional LCARS computer interface of the U.S.S. Enterprise from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Daniele Bonaldo created and uploaded the “Starwatch” app to Google Play on Monday night, announcing the custom design on his Google+ page. The watch face displays the time, date and — just for kicks — the Unix Epoch, which is the total number of seconds (not counting leap seconds, of course!) since 0:00:00 Coordinated Universal Time on January 1, 1970.
The close of an FCC comment period revealed an important difference in how big and small tech companies are approaching the net neutrality debate. Read more »
Researchers at the University of Washington, Tacoma, have built a machine learning system capable of predicting readmission risks for congestive heart failure patients. It has shown good results in a pilot deployment, and now the team hopes to commercialize the technology. Read more »
Now for sale at Amazon, Radioshack and Staples, 3D printers are getting less and less difficult to find. Home Depot became the latest retailer to offer 3D printers today when it began selling MakerBots online and in 12 stores nationwide. The store is selling three printer models, plus MakerBot’s 3D scanner and filament. The 12 stores are located in California, Illinois and New York. “Imagine a world where you can 3D print replacement parts and use 3D printing as an integral part of design and building work,” MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis said in a release.
Many acknowledge the need to manage mobile content, but there is currently no consensus on how to do so. Enter the mobile content management software market, which holds a number of strategies and tactical approaches for vendors with important go-to-market decisions. Read more at Gigaom Research »
San Francisco-based IoT startup Aether Things is delaying the shipping date of its Cone connected loudspeaker. The Cone, which is supposed to learn from your listening habits and automatically mix music based on past preferences, was scheduled to ship by July 15. On Monday, the company informed prospective buyers via email that it won’t meet that deadline: “We’ve come across some delays in finalizing Cone, which means we are unfortunately postponing the ship date. We’re very sorry to have to extend the wait,” the email reads, without providing an estimate for a new shipping date.
The rules for who can stream internet TV are up in the air in light of a new appeals court decision over “Dish Anywhere,” which is remarkably like the Aereo technology that the Supreme Court shut down last month. Read more »
A terrible Google+ experience keeps me from using Windows Phone handsets full time. This weekend, I tried gPlus — a Metro client for Google’s social service — and it (along with Windows Phone 8.1) is good enough for me to keep my SIM in a Lumia 930. Read more »
BitTorrent is looking to hire folks for a new BitTorrent TV product that could finally make use of its live streaming technology. Read more »
Startup BloomSky is making personal weather stations that link to a larger crowdsourced climate network. It hopes one day to tell you temperature and rainfall on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood level. Read more »
After its “Scroogled” ad campaign against Chromebooks, Microsoft is now reiterating it has “a great value proposition against” Google’s Chrome OS laptops. Look for $99 Windows tablets and sub-$200 Windows laptops later this year as Microsoft rallies the troops. Read more »
Even streams of the Netflix kids show Turbo Fast are very slow for Verizon FIOS customers: The ISP continues to decline in Netflix’s monthly speed index. Read more »
Secret pulled in $25 million in new funding and took a few steps to help it reach a wider audience. Read more »
Scale up computational resources for financial services data sets at lower cost. This white paper outlines how you can leverage HPC resources on the AWS Cloud to allocate capacity on demand without up-front planning or major infrastructure investments. Read more. Read more »
Launching third-party Android Wear apps by voice doesn’t always work and searching through menus to get at them isn’t ideal either. Enter Wear Mini Launcher, a touch-friendly app launcher for Google-powered smartwatches. Read more »
The German parliamentary committee investigating NSA activities in the country may use non-connected, mechanical typewriters to protect its work, committee chairman Patrick Sensburg suggested on Monday. Sensburg also said he was advising members to check their smartphones, after the uncovering of spies working for the U.S. The committee is looking into the revelations of Edward Snowden and other whistleblowers. In response, committee member Martina Renner of The Left party tweeted: “Before I use a typewriter [and] burn notes after reading, I’d rather abolish the secret services.” Russian spies also reacted to Snowden by investing in typewriters — largely due to their utility in tracking leaks.
Moves like SolarCity’s vertical integration of rooftop solar signal an industry that has actually matured. Meanwhile major players hinted at their respective smart-home strategies. Read more at Gigaom Research »
British blogger Brown Moses, also known as Eliot Higgins, has become a leading source of fact-checked information about military activity in Syria and elsewhere, despite having no journalistic training. And now he wants to bring those skills to others through a site called Bellingcat. Read more »
Apple has put a dedicated beacon device through FCC testing, but as it is outlined in the documents, the product seems clunky and odd. Read more »
One of the product leads behind both Google Glass and Google’s smart contact lenses is moving on to Amazon. What new project might Jeff Bezos be cooking up that might focus on giving vision to products? Read more »
Ultracapacitors are showing promise in some early electric vehicle applications. Will they ever replace batteries? Read more »
Osmo combines real-world play with the iPad, and I was blown away when I saw a demo in May. This week, I had a chance to take it to the test. Read more »
As enterprises look to manage the holistic user experience, they need a content-management system that does more than scheduling and publishing. But with many options in the market, how can they decide which WCM system is best for their enterprise? Read more »
Production challenges for a 5.5-inch handset could see Apple launch just a single new iPhone model this year says one analyst. That’s not necessarily a problem: Apple may not need to debut two larger iPhones for continued success. Read more »
The battle between Amazon and Hachette has come to seem symbolic of a lot more than a fight between two companies. Read more »
Samsung has suspended business with a supplier called Dongguan Shinyang Electronics, after China Labor Watch (CLW) exposed the apparent use of child labor in Shinyang’s factory (along with other labor violations including a lack of necessary safety equipment) four days ago. On Monday, Samsung said it had regularly audited the factory and found no cases of child labor, but an investigation following the CLW report showed “evidences of illegal hiring practices.” If the investigation concludes child labor was used, Samsung said it will scrap its contract with Shinyang. Chinese authorities are also examining the allegations, the manufacturer added.
The Raspberry Pi Model B+ is different enough to warrant new cases, and has valuable new features, but the processor and RAM are the same as the Model B. The price remains the same too, at $35. Read more »
All the big guys – Adobe, IBM, Salesforce, Oracle – have a suite of marketing tech platform tools they call marketing clouds. Social media marketing is the obvious focus, but what else is required for these platforms? Read more »
Big players like Adobe, Salesforce, IBM and Oracle offer suites of tools for managing marketing technology. Some call them “marketing clouds.” Give us your thoughts on what forces are shaping the industry, and which companies might be best-positioned to harness them. Read more »
Coming soon from Amazon Web Services: ERP? CRM? E-mail ? I’m betting yes, well, because, why not? The week in cloud. Read more »
As more Amazon Web Services users report fraudulent use of their accounts, it’s time to batten down the hatches, security-wise. Here are a few tips. Read more »
Got a Linux box at home or at work? Now you can access it remotely through the Chrome browser or from a Chrome OS device. On this week’s podcast, we discuss the new beta support for Linux in the Chrome Remote Desktop app. Read more »