The Internet of Things is Inspiring a New World of Partnerships
When it comes to the smart home, big names like Nest and Dropcam have gotten
most of the attention due to their product success and lucrative acquisition
But as impressive as these products have been, there are a multitude of other
unknown products ranging from door locks to basic thermostats that require
connectivity and back end cloud services.
Stepping into this market niche are a wave of Internet of Things (IoT)
platform providers that work with manufacturers to provide both hardware
(modules with a processor and a wifi chip) and software services like
iOS/Android integration, APIs, and cloud services.
While big players like GE and Cisco likely will make a play for this space,
particularly on the industrial side, the early startups include Electric Imp,
Ayla Networks, Xively and Arrayent.
The events in Egypt over the past few days made me think about an article I
was compelled to write back in late June 2006. It pondered the question,
“Can any traditionally organized government withstand the ideological
forces of a technologically empowered proletariat?” Call them blogmobs,
txtmobs, tweetmobs or simply publishers, everyone in Egypt has a voice –
and no matter how the government tries to silence them, in the Information
Age, information will find a way. Here’s what I’ve been thinking about:
Throughout history, the Estates of the Realm have come under various attacks.... (more)
Big security vendors have been pushing the same technology for over 25 years.
Yet every day these technologies are proven to be ineffective and easily
breached. If you’re in charge of security at your company and you’re
using anti-virus and tokens and you think you’re safe, this is your wake-up
Week after week of reported security breaches should be forcing businesses to
re-evaluate the methods they use to prevent these now routine occurrences.
Most recently, a team of scientists produced a report explaining how they
extracted a key from an RSA token in just 13 minutes, ex... (more)
Andrew Hessel is always fun to talk to. He looks and talks like a mad
scientist. He’s the closest person you’ll meet to a comic book super
villain. He’s tall and lean and has a habit of laughing nervously
Andrew is a synthetic biologist that talks about using viruses to infect
people with genetic modifications. Before you light up the Bat Signal or call
for Spiderman, I should also tell you that Andrew is also on a mission to
cure cancer, and he’s doing it for free. He’s a co-founder of Pink Army
Cooperative, a group of cancer fighters who pioneer open-source cance... (more)
There are lots of music subscription services that let people listen to all
the songs they want for $10 a month. Apple thinks that price is too high.
Sources say Apple is talking to the big music labels about a new set of
rights and features it would like to include in a revamped version of the
Beats Music service it bought earlier this year. Among the things Apple wants
is a new pricing structure that would allow it to sell the service for less
than the $10 level it’s at now. Discussions are in their early stages,
sources say, and Apple isn’t planning on overhauling Beats Music... (more)