Internet of Things (IoT)
Every physical object or “thing” that can be embedded with sensors will
be embedded with sensors. Whether you call it the Internet of Things, the
Internet of Everything, M2M, a smarter planet, the Industrial Internet or
something else, the trend is clear. With so much activity and interest, it is
unfortunate that a de facto communications standard has not emerged. However,
there is progress (or managed conflict) in the right direction.
The AllSeen Alliance and the Open Interconnect Consortium are just two of the
major organizations vying for IoT superiority. AllSeen Alliance’s
certification program is now open, with the AllJoyn framework. The latest
estimates are that 120 million products built with AllJoyn are in the market
(or will be upgraded to meet certification standards). They’re facing off
against the Open Interconnect Consortium, wh... (more)
HTC has abandoned plans to make a smartwatch Pocket-lint has learnt. Sources
familiar with the matter have told us that although the company was planning
to launch a smartwatch for customers, it has now abandoned the idea for the
Our source has no official confirmation as to why the project has been
ditched, but believes rising costs and a lack of wow factor have played a
huge part in the decision.
The watch, which was rumoured to be a reworking of the Qualcomm Toq, clearly
hasn’t met that expectation.
The Toq was launched earlier in the year for developers to get a... (more)
You could think of Google Drive as Google’s answer to Dropbox or
Microsoft’s SkyDrive or any one of a dozen cloud storage systems, but
it’s not. Google Drive is so integrated with Google Apps for Business,
Google Docs and Google that it is destined to become the seminal point of
“the” paradigm shift to business in the cloud. Or, as I like to think
of it, business with a single point of failure.
The allure of Google Drive is so great, that I am thinking about dumping
Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Office (specifically Outlook) and taking our
relatively insignificant Gmail accoun... (more)
A few weeks ago, while cruising the highways of Southern California in the
Ford Mustang GT500 I rented from Hertz, I was forced to skip two unmanned
tollbooths. As crimes and misdemeanors go, this loathsome act probably
would not have landed me on the “most wanted tollbooth skipper” list.
But I hated the fact that I owed California $2.50 ($1.25 for each toll), and
I wanted to do the right thing. I also knew that both tollbooths took a
picture of me and my license plate, so there was no way I was going to get
away with my heinous crimes.
When I finally exited The Toll Roads sy... (more)
According to Wikipedia, “Twitter is an online social networking service and
microblogging service that enables its users to send and read text-based
messages of up to 140 characters, known as ‘tweets.’”
Twitter’s brand personality is that of a service that allows us to
communicate with each other in short, text-based messages. One could argue
that it has fundamentally changed the way people communicate around the
world. Twitter has also been cited as an important factor in the Arab Spring
and other political protests. That is an amazing attribute that brands that
have been aroun... (more)