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  • Amazon Echo vs. Google Home: Who's the Real Winner in Voice?

    Amazon Echo vs. Google Home: Who's the Real Winner in Voice?

    New voice-enabled devices have proven to be a breakout hit with consumers in 2016. For many, this opportunity represents a land grab as large and important as when Apple first opened the iOS App Store in 2008. Google now processes roughly 40,000 search queries every second. This translates to

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  • Connected Vehicles Can Protect Drivers, Brands

    Connected Vehicles Can Protect Drivers, Brands

    There are a lot of risks for companies that have to operate fleets as part of their operations — from insurance issues to potential damage to brand reputation. Fleet vehicles branded with a company’s logo are driving billboards.

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  • On Our Radar: WiSilica

    On Our Radar: WiSilica

    We continue our look into companies to watch in 2016 today with WiSilica, which offers an Internet of Things (IoT) platform that helps companies connect to Bluetooth and Wi-Fi protocols. Last week, we began the series with a peek at Cotap, Affectiva and Localytics  and a look into

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  • UK Wants to Lead Worldwide IoT Efforts

    The British government plans to pump more than $13 million into the creation of a new interdisciplinary Research Hub in an effort to make the UK the world leader in the development of the Internet of Things (IoT).

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  • Why Small Businesses Should Tap the IoT

    The Internet of Things (IoT) is big and getting bigger. Fueled by some incredible buzz, the IoT is driving big data analytics and helping companies make some big money in the process. Almost every day a new startup bursts onto the scene with a new IoT product or service.

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  • One Happy Family: Marketing, Messaging Apps and the IoT

    One Happy Family: Marketing, Messaging Apps and the IoT

    Marketing and creativity has typically gone hand-in-hand. But many of the marketing folks I know are also innovative — and strike me as far more Silicon Valley than Madison Avenue.  There's no argument that marketing departments want to get their messages in front of as many people as possible.

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  • The IoT Challenge: Protecting Privacy in a Connected World

    The IoT Challenge: Protecting Privacy in a Connected World

    Just thinking about the Internet of Things (IoT) can make your head spin. Through sensors and pervasive connectivity, we open ourselves to a wide range of ideas that can improve our daily activities and add a much richer context to just about everything we do … if we let them.

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  • London Firm Bets Money on the Internet of Things

    London Firm Bets Money on the Internet of Things

    Gartner expects the Internet of Things (IoT) will be driven by small entrepreneurs rather than big tech companies. And that means funding for those entrepreneurs is going to be crucial.

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  • Start-Ups - Not 'Enterprise Elephants' - Lead the Internet of Things

    Start-Ups - Not 'Enterprise Elephants' - Lead the Internet of Things

    The Internet of Things (IoT) was a hot topic at last week's Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2014 in Orlando, Fla. and the focus of new research released during the event. Pete Basiliere, research vice president at Gartner, said the organization’s latest Maverick research shows innovators, tinkerers and entrepreneurs — otherwise known as

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  • Casting Light on the Internet of Things

    Casting Light on the Internet of Things

    Smart bulbs were among the first products to have commercial success in the connected home. While simple in theory, they have the very practical application of allowing users to control electric lights from smartphones or tablets. Interactivity is one of their key features.

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  • Do You Really Want to Give Google Your Health Data?

    Do You Really Want to Give Google Your Health Data?

    (Update: Google took on Apple in the health arena yesterday with the launch of Google Fit. The company announced the new initiative at its Google I/O Developers Conference in San Francisco. Google Fit is an open fitness and health tracking platform. The platform SDK will be available in just a few weeks. The news comes just a few weeks after after Apple announced HealthKit at its Worldwide Developers Conference. HealthKit, which will be bundled with Apple's new iOS 8, is a hub where you can monitor daily health stats and track data over time.) If reports are right, Google will announce its second attempt to tap into health data at its annual developer-focused

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  • Do We Really Want Apple to Corner the Smart Home Market?

    Do We Really Want Apple to Corner the Smart Home Market?

    The home is where we spend our time, living, sleeping, socializing — and, yes, working. That being said, it's no surprise there has been a significant amount of innovation around the smart home concept in recent years.

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  • Siri, Dim the Lights #WWDC

    The Internet of Things (IoT) continues to pick up steam, as Apple briefly -- and we mean briefly -- discussed HomeKit, its smart home service, at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2014 this week in San Francisco. Apple’s SVP of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi, reportedly spoke about HomeKit for

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  • Apple's iBeacons Could Reinvigorate Retail

    Apple's iBeacons Could Reinvigorate Retail

    Brick-and-mortar store locations are declining — and online retail continues to devour market share. Could Apple's iBeacon technology be the catalyst that slows the slide of traditional stores or even stops their predicted demise? It’s no secret the majority of physical retail locations have trouble competing with online retailers.

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