Posts Tagged ‘internet of things’

Google is Investing Heavily in AI, the Internet of Things

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Scott Raynovich of CMS Wire recently wrote, “Boston Dynamics, Nest and DeepMind. In the past month, Google has gone on yet another acquisition binge, spending at least $4 billion on a trio of startups that seem only loosely connected — robotics, home automation and artificial intelligence, respectively. Is there a central strategy, and what does it mean to the future of Google, the Internet of Things and Customer Experience? Based on a pattern of deals and feedback from leading experts, it appears Google believes the future is heavily connected to data gathering, machine learning and automation, which all of these companies have in common. ‘In a broader pattern, if Google is focusing on artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, how is this kind of semantic understanding going to help us make decisions faster and do our jobs,’ said David Schubmehl, a research director with International Data Corp. (IDC).” Read more

10 Considerations for Securing the Internet of Things

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Mark O’Neill, VP of Innovation at Axway recently wrote for Silicon Angle, “Welcome to the future, where smart meters monitor your home appliance usage, where fitness devices on your wrist track your heart-rate, and where electric vehicles can take commands from your wristwatch. What does all of this have in common? These innovations are all part of the Internet of Things (IoT). While the Internet of Things is going through a rosy honeymoon period at the moment, security issues are slowly creeping to the surface. There’s a growing awareness that IoT devices are riddled with vulnerabilities, and securing these weaknesses will soon become one of the major priorities for both manufacturers and the people who use them. Let’s examine the top 10 things to consider in detail.” Read more

Semantic Web Jobs: Siemens

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Siemens is searching for a Research Scientist – Web of Things in Berkeley, CA. According to the post, “The Web of Things research group has been newly established in Berkeley, California as part of Corporate Technology, a division of Siemens Corporation… The Web of Things research group… has an immediate opening for a full-time Research Scientist position to work on R&D projects in applying semantic technologies to embedded systems for enabling Internet of Things applications in industrial and health contexts. The candidate will have extensive knowledge and experience in semantic technologies (ontologies, rules), semantic web services, knowledge representation and reasoning formalisms (RDF/OWL).” Read more

What is Google Up to With Nest Labs?

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Ron Callari of Inventor Spot recently wrote, “OK, so a $3.2 billion acquisition is nothing to sneeze at! However, when your current stock price on the Nasdaq exchange is trading at $1148 per share, and your coffers are overflowing in excess of $57 billion in cash and marketable securities – $3.2 is more or less chump change for an Internet giant. But exactly what’s Google’s end game in acquiring a company that few of us knew about? Nest, according to Tony Fadell, its founder and CEO was started humbly with one device in 2010 – the lowly unglamorous thermostat. While it seemed like ‘a crazy idea at the time – it made all the sense in the world to us,’ Faddell asserted.” Read more

Google Purchases Nest Labs for $3.2 Billion

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Nathan Ingraham of The Verge reports, “Google has just purchased Nest Labs, the maker of the Nest Learning Thermostat and Protect smoke detector, for $3.2 billion in cash. According to a Google press release, Nest will continue to operate independently under the leadership of co-founder and CEO Tony Fadell; co-founder Matt Rogers will also make the move to Google. While the transaction is subject to the usual regulatory review, Google says it expects the sale to close within the next few months. Google Ventures had already invested over $100 million in Nest, so the company has been on Mountain View’s radar for some time now. It’s not yet clear exactly how Google plans to use Nest, but the company obviously sees it as an important part of its future. A combination of Nest’s home solutions coupled with Google’s language recognition could give Google its strongest path yet into your home.” Read more

The Internet of Things is All Around You

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Drew Hendricks of Sys-Con recently wrote, “Over the course of the past decade, there’s been a lot of hype pertaining to the Internet of Things (IoT) and how China leads the U.S. in this technology – yet many who are active on the Internet are still unaware of its existence. In its simplest form, IoT is an evolving wireless network of objects and devices that will eventually all be connected with each other. Using RFID, Bluetooth, GPS and other emerging semantic technology, and working in tandem with cloud computing, Web portals and back-end systems, in essence our “things” will be be able to “talk” with each other.” Read more

LG Home Chat Tells Your Appliances What to Do with NLP

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Leslie Horn of Gizmodo reports, “LG has a new messaging service that lets you tell all of your appliances—from washing machines to ovens—what you need them to do. The service was announced at the company’s CES press conference, and should go into effect in the next few months with the release of the LG’s newest line of smart appliances. Say you need to turn your oven on or you need to stop the dryer. Message via Home Chat and you can get these things done. It uses natural language processing to understand what you’re saying to your smart appliances in a text message. You don’t have to use commands—just speak naturally. So in terms of real-world application, you can text the washer and ask ‘what are you doing?’ and it’ll say ‘spin cycle’ or whatever it’s up to. Or you can check with your fridge to see what’s inside, instead of forgetting something at the grocery store. It’s just like texting with your machines.” Read more

AllSeen Alliance Working to Standardize the Internet of Things

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Richard Adhikari of Linux Insider reports, “The Linux Foundation on Tuesday announced the formation of the AllSeen Alliance, a cross-industry consortium working on a standard of interoperability among devices connected to the Internet of Things. Alliance members include LG Electronics, Panasonic, Sharp, Silicon Image, Qualcomm, HTC, Cisco, D-Link and Sears Brand Management. LG will incorporate the Alliance’s technology into the smart TVs it offers next year. The alliance’s technology framework is based on Qualcomm’s AllJoyn open source project. It runs on regular and embedded versions of Linux, Android, iOS and Microsoft Windows.” Read more

Import.io Turns Any Website Into an API for Free

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Max Smolaks of Tech Week Europe reports, “Andrew Fogg, co-founder of the UK start-up Import.io, thinks every web resource should have an Application Programming Interface (API). In order to make online data more accessible, his company turns any website into a spreadsheet or an API, for free. Fogg claims that in the past few months, the users of this service have created more Web APIs than the rest of the Internet combined. Jerome Bouteiller has interviewed the entrepreneur at LeWeb 2013 conference in Paris, where the two discussed the future of the company and the idea of the Semantic Web, proposed by the ‘father of the Internet’ Sir Tim Berners-Lee.” Read more

Should Microsoft Consider Bill Ruh for Its New CEO?

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Anders Bylund of the Motley Fool recently wrote an article for Daily Finance, stating, “Microsoft is looking for a new CEO as current leader Steve Ballmer polishes his golden scepter to a high shine. Ballmer will retire before August 2014, and it’s high time to find a replacement. Reuters claims to have the inside track on a few hot names. The news bureau’s anonymous sources say Microsoft’s headhunters started out with more than 40 external candidates and plenty of insiders on their wish list but have narrowed it down to a handful of internal names and about five outsiders.” Read more

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