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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 Abandons Plans to Build a Smartwatch (IoT)

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 time being. 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)

Google Drive: Business with a Single Point of Failure

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)

Hertz: An Unqualified Success in Customer Service

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)

Video in 140 Characters?

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)