Samsung SmartThings Hub and sensors Photograph: SamsungThe Internet of Things – where seemingly ordinary devices connect to each other and the internet to make them more than the sum of their parts think fridges that know when you re out of milk and then order more for you – is still more a concept than a reality for many.Samsung s SmartThings hub hopes to be that central pin that connects them all.Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the GuardianIt supports home-network based devices, plugging into your router to control them through fixed or Wi-Fi networks, as well as two of the most broadly used wireless home-automation standards, ZigBee and Z-Wave.It means that the Hub can talk to almost every product currently available on the market that doesn t use an isolated proprietary system.
If the funds in the account go below an agreed limit, the band kicks in.It can also work with smart meter Nest to turn down the heating and save energy bills if funds are low.Chief executive David Webber told the BBC the idea was about consumer choice.He dismissed the idea that the concept is too controlling.The Pavlok wristband "shock" function can also be deactivated, Mr Webber added.'Road to hell'However Prof Alan Woodward, a cybersecurity expert from Surrey University, said the more connections which are made between devices, the greater the risk of a security weakness.
Simply put, if it has an IP address, an identifier and internet connection then it is an IoT-enabled solution.Ashton has described the potential of the IoT saying that today's computers, and therefore the Internet, are almost wholly dependent on human beings for information."Nearly all of the roughly 50 petabytes a petabyte is 1,024 terabytes of data available on the Internet were first captured and created by human beings by typing, pressing a record button, taking a digital picture or scanning a bar code."He then says that the problem is the fact that people have limited time, attention and accuracy, "all of which means they are not very good at capturing data about things in the real world"."If we had computers that knew everything there was to know about things, using data they gathered without any help from us, we would be able to track and count everything and greatly reduce waste, loss and cost.The industrial IoT, the sort of IoT version for the industrial and manufacturing industries, is expected to add to the world's GDP something between $10tr to $15tr between today and 2035.
Secondly, Assertive Display allows screens to adapt to changes in light, overcoming brightness limitations and reducing power consumption.Finally, Assertive Camera improves the performance of technology, with ARM in a statement citing "high dynamic range, noise reduction and colour management."These solutions rely on the creation of dedicated image computing solutions and Apical's technologies will play a crucial role in their delivery."Michael Tusch, CEO and founder of Apical said that his company's extensive research into human vision and visual processing had led the way with new imaging technologies."The products developed by Apical already enable cameras to understand their environment and to act on the most relevant information by employing intelligent processing," he said."These technologies will advance as part of ARM, driving value for its partners as they push deeper into markets where visual computing will deliver a transformation in device capabilities and the way humans interact with machines."
Big Blue researchers demonstrate reliable phase-change memory PCM Scientists at IBM Research said they have for the first time reliably stored 3 bits of data per cell and retained the information at elevated temperatures , a technical advance that makes phase-change memory PCM an alternative to flash storage.Long Time ComingIBM Stand MWC 2016IBM scientists in Zurich first introduced PCM technology way back in 2011, when they presented a whitepaper at the 3rd IEEE International Memory Workshop in Monterey, California.Researchers believe this means it could be used in either standalone PCM, as well as hybrid applications that combines PCM and flash storage together, with PCM acting as an extremely fast cache.This is how re-writable Blue-ray Discs store videos, said IBM Phase change memory is the first instantiation of a universal memory with properties of both DRAM and flash, thus answering one of the grand challenges of our industry, said Dr. Haris Pozidis, an author of the paper and the manager of non-volatile memory research at IBM Research – Zurich.Reaching 3 bits per cell is a significant milestone because at this density the cost of PCM will be significantly less than DRAM and closer to flash.The chip consists of a 2 2 Mcell array with a 4- bank interleaved architecture.
Deemed by many as the ultimate technology for a smart IoT world, artificial intelligence AI is intelligence exhibited in software that allows machines, devices, services and other 'things' to learn and behave like a human.AI's main goal is to find solutions to problems.This is done through reasoning, planning, natural language processing, perception, and others.Other branches include, but are not limited to, genetic programming, heuristics, ontology, planning, and machine learning from experience and inference.According to Gartner, by 2020 85% of customer interactions will be managed without the need of human intervention.Over $325m have been invested in the last few years on AI startups.
Google announced it this evening at its Google I/O 2016 Developer Conference.It s that thing on the right, if you hadn t already guessed, which is also fair because it looks so unassuming.Powering Google Home is Assistant, Google s scarily intelligent new AI which allows you to have a conversation with it as though it were human.GoogleWhat s going to make Home really powerful is Brillo, the operating system that Google has developed for Internet of Things devices.Once Brillo starts to appear on the next-generation of home products from light switches to air-conditioning units Home will truly be able to control every aspect of your house.Of course that s on top of the fact that if you own an Android smartphone Home already knows your commuting routes, your friend s birthdays and that Indian takeaway place that you love to order from on a Friday.
Google's annual developers conference is taking place in CaliforniaGoogle unveils its ambitions to extend virtual reality for smartphones beyond Cardboard and into a headset and controller combination via new platform DaydreamerLaunches new messaging and video apps Allo and Duo, designed to offer quick and fun responses to videos generated by the app itself.It is primarily a game of strategy and imagination, and the number of possible games is vast 10 761 compared to 10 120 possible in chess .Defeating a professional human player at Go has been seen as one of the "holy grails" of artificial intelligence research, due to its fiendish complexity.Good evening, and welcome to our live blog of Google I/O 2016, the company s developer conference, at which it is expected to unveil a series of new products and inventions.We re likely to hear about developments with Android, the internet of things, Google Play, AI and more.Click here for a round-up of everything to expect
Cisco just reported its third quarter earnings and we're examining them now.It reported:EPS Q3 EPS $0.57 versus expectations of $0.55, that's a beat.Revenue of $12 billion versus expectations of $11.97 billion, another slight beat.Investors are also happy with Cisco's solid guidance.It expects the next quarter to show 0%-3% Y/Y growth which excludes the set-top business that Cisco sold and EPS of $0.59-$0.61.Analysts were expecting actual revenue to decline 3.3% and EPS of $0.58.The stock is up about 5% in after hours trading.Here's the full press release.Cisco Reports Third Quarter EarningsSolid Quarter Driven by Strong Execution; Continued Strong Margins and Momentum in Growth AreasQ3 Revenue : $12.0 billionGrowth of 3% year over year -- Q3 guidance was 1% to 4% growth year over year normalized to exclude the SP Video CPE Business for Q3 2015 Q3 Earnings per Share: $0.46 GAAP; $0.57 non-GAAPQ4 Guidance:Revenue: 0% - 3% growth year over year normalized to exclude the SP Video CPE Business for Q4 2015 Earnings per Share: GAAP $0.48 - $0.53; Non-GAAP: $0.59 to $0.61Cisco today reported third quarter results for the period ended April 30, 2016."We delivered a strong Q3, executing well despite the challenging environment," said Chuck Robbins, Cisco chief executive officer.A reconciliation between net income and EPS on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis is provided in the table following the Consolidated Statements of Operations.Cisco continued to build a greater mix of recurring revenue as reflected in deferred revenue.Days Sales Outstanding in Accounts Receivable DSO -- was 33 days at the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2016, compared with 33 days at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2016, and compared with 37 days at the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2015.Other Financial HighlightsIn the third quarter of fiscal 2016, Cisco declared and paid a cash dividend of $0.26 per common share, or $1.3 billion.The remaining authorized amount for stock repurchases under this program is approximately $16.2 billion with no termination date.AcquisitionsDuring the third quarter of fiscal 2016, Cisco completed the following acquisitions:Jasper Technologies -- provides a cloud-based Internet of Things IoT service platform to help enterprises and service providers launch, manage and monetize IoT services on a global scale.Acano -- provides on-premises and cloud-based video infrastructure and collaboration software.Synata -- will enable us to deliver search capabilities for collaboration cloud applications.Leaba -- a fabless semiconductor company whose semiconductor expertise is expected to help to accelerate Cisco'snext generation product portfolio and bring new capabilities to the market faster.CliQr -- provides an application-defined cloud orchestration platform that is expected to help Cisco customers simplify and accelerate their private, public and hybrid cloud deployments.Business Outlook for Q4 Fiscal 2016 Cisco estimates that GAAP EPS will be $0.48 to $0.53 which is lower than non-GAAP EPS by $0.08 to $0.11 per share in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016 as follows: Q4 2016 Share-based compensation expense $0.05-$0.06Amortization of purchased intangible assets and other acquisition-related/divestiture costs 0.03- 0.05 Total $0.08-$0.11 Share-based compensation expense is expected to impact Cisco's results of operations in similar proportions as the third quarter of fiscal 2016.
Google has just had its 2016 annual developer conference and a number of exciting new innovations were announced.Here are the most interesting takeawaysGoogle just had its 2016 Google I/O developer conference and a lot of exciting stuff has been announced, although some of the predictions about what was expected to be covered haven't quite come true, and instead, the internet giant has managed to surprise the tech industry with new technologies and innovations to existing products.Google also says that it has improved the Google Assistant to provide even better search that provides accurate answers immediately and works better than existing assistants on the market.Then there's Duo, which offers instant video calling that is also end-to-end encrypted and offers a much better video quality by proactively monitoring network quality several times a second and seamlessly switches between data and Wi-Fi.A demo showing the new Daydream VR controller being used to wave a magic wand in a VR game appA demonstration of the controller in action playing games looks really positive and Google says that users will also be able to watch IMAX films as immersive experiences on Daydream as well as enjoying watching all standard videos from YouTube in a new way.A key part of this is its improved Vulkan graphics processor, as well as the new Just In Time JIT compiler, which is able to install apps 75% faster and reduce the size of compiled code by 50%.
Project Mainstream is global project targeting areas of sustainability thwarted by complexities such as e-waste, using a circular economy model.One example, IBM is working to keep industrial products in continuous loops to maximize residual value and ensure that end-of-lease and client-owned IT equipment is refurbished, resold, disassembled or sold as parts, to be used for repair and maintenance work.The fishermen, many of whom are unable to read or write, are being trained to use the smartphones and are being provided with local charging facilities.The research is being led by CSIRO and aims to improve honey bee pollination and productivity on farms, as well as help understand the drivers of bee Colony Collapse Disorder CCD , a condition decimating honey bee populations worldwide.Using proprietary algorithms, TreeTAG generates a one-time code that captures precise data on the potential maximum yield of each tree, as well as the species, time, date, and exact location where each tree is felled.In Italy, researchers at SUNRISE are also working to enable seas, lakes and rivers to be digital highways for data transfer from sensors, robots, and underwater vehicles capable of performing tasks too dangerous for humans.
On top of that, we really have to think about what wearables are going to become to make sure that we're thinking about them in the right way today.One company that's targeting its omnichannel customers and working to meet shoppers wherever they are is retail home improvement chain Lowe's.Since the majority of wearables are tied to an app, marketers can use those mobile applications to get permission from consumers and provide disclosure on that collected data.The data tied to wearable devices will be leveraged, Edwards continues, to build predictive models that will ultimately be part of a larger interconnected ecosystem that will be comprised of Internet of Things hardware and software, emotive robotics, and mixed reality — such as virtual reality and augmented reality — in order to create immersive and highly contextual solutions for the brand marketers of the future.As wearable tech becomes more ubiquitous, Barrett Glasgow says that there'll be even more attention centered on the data that these devices are collecting, displaying, and distributing.Don't focus on the wearable part.
After Apple s recent milestone, I posed the following question to a panel of business owners from Young Entrepreneur Council YEC :What do you see Apple reinventing next, and how will this change the markets in which they operate?Siri continues to be integrated into Apple products as exemplified by the most recent integration of Siri into Apple TV.The Automotive IndustryApple will either acquire Tesla or create their own hybrid electric and solar powered vehicle, which will of course be self-driving as well.IoT for Home AutomationAutomating and connecting the home as part of the IoT industry continues to be a growing market.While Apple has done some things related to home networking related to entertainment, they might consider getting into other aspects of the home related to the atmosphere, security and functionality.It s a billion dollar industry, probably more, so more people rely on travel and tech than ever.
So said Ed Healy, CEO at data centre management company RF Code.He said that it is essential for a provider to understand their total capacity from a power perspective to keep customers updated of how much of it they are using and when.This capacity planning will also help data centres improve their scalability and flexibility by giving them insights into business needs.According to Paul Lewis, data centre manager at colo Aegis Data, "the growth of IoT will force colocation facilities to adopt greater flexibility".Lewis said: "In order to accommodate the sheer volume of IoT we will see clients increasingly demanding greater scalability capabilities from their providers.In the commercial data centre sector IOT is changing customer expectations.
At this point, most of the discussion is mere speculation because it will be months before Google s currently nameless assistant will be in a ready-to-ship form later this year.The lack of details about privacy is ironic considering Google, of all cloud companies, routinely raises privacy flags the most.Smart home securityGoogle IO 2016 Sundar PichaiBoth of these issues are critical because privacy and security get very short shrift in the vast and unregulated Internet of things.Other devices that are now populating home and office networks, including smart refrigerators, smart lightbulbs and smart white boards, are often bereft of any provision for security or any means to protect the information they transmit on the network.That information could be in their hands in a matter of seconds, but it gets even worse.The chances are actually pretty good that Google will embed some actual security into their Home device when it ships later this year, but then the next question becomes how well it can protect data on an insecure network.
Ernst & Young EY and GE Digital have partnered to develop and deliver Industrial Internet of Things IIoT services.The alliance intends to help industrial firms achieve increased productivity from capital assets and processes linked in the cloud.GE and EY will help industrial firms to enhance productivity of their existing assets and reshape their enterprises.It now joins GE's ecosystem of global alliance partners, offering its members access to digital tools and domain expertise from across GE.EY global sector head for technology and leader for the GE alliance Jeff Liu said: "With data and digital technology impacting every industry, businesses are under tremendous pressure to adapt in almost real time."Our expanded relationship with GE and approach to digital operations will enable us to bring innovative IIoT services to market to help clients dramatically improve productivity, reduce cost and increase revenues."
The cybersecurity industry could see a boost in venture capital, thanks to new threats the Internet of Things IoT provide to smart homes, autonomous cars, and future factories.Investment in cybersecurity rose by 78 percent in 2015 to $228 million and Lux Research expects it to reach $400 million this year, in part because of the rapid adoption of IoT devices.Over $800 million has been raised since 2000 for the 77 startups assessed in research and advisory firm s report.Better security is a necessity as we move toward a connected age, where our cars, homes, and money are all controlled by computers.The stakes are much higher, as hackers will be able to attack not just our PayPal and Facebook accounts but our cars and homes.Analysts suspect on the hacker s side that ransomware, a hacker s favorite that invades your system and forces you to pay to take back control, might become more prevalent as hackers attempt to hack your electricity or smart car.
A Los Altos startup called Afero raised $20.3 million in a new round of venture funding to secure connected devices, from toys and arcade games to medical equipment.The company s technology works even when WiFi isn t, employing 4GLTE and other radio sensors.The chips, which have been licensed to and are being manufactured by Murata, become identifiers for the gadgets they re installed in.Samsung Catalyst Fund led the Series A investment in Afero joined by Presidio Ventures, Sanshin Electronics Co. Ltd., SoftBank, Fenox Venture Capital, Assembly Fund and Linear Technology co-founder Robert C. Dobkin.According to Fenox Venture Capital General Partner and CEO Anis Uzzaman, investors expect Afero to use their newly raised capital to sell their system to category leading makers of smart devices and hardware components.The company has already inked deals with Bandai and Infocom, both limited partners in Fenox funds.
To succeed in this disruptive environment, successful organizations will need to offer compelling new experiences, establish new focus, build new expertise and devise new ways of working.According to research by the IBM Institute for Business Value:60 percent of global CEOs are expecting more competition from outside their industry.Incorporate external stakeholders in these sessions, such as partners, customers and others to discourage business-as-usual thinking.Build a foundation of capabilities both internally and externally that supports the ability to scale with speed, either by building upon successful innovations, or winding down unsuccessful ones.As limitations are identified, adopt a continuous strategy to build new or extend existing capabilities that are needed.4 Orchestrate: Embrace holistic reinvention rather than a series of point-by-point solutions by maintaining a clear focus on deep needs, aspirations or desires of customers, and the ecosystem of partners necessary to create and deliver on that promise.