We need more student Dr Evils to succeed in the Internet of Things

Who could fail to be excited by commanding an army of machines

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Does the IoT need better eyes – or something else?

It is almost a commonplace now that we – and our stuff – is making an awful lot of data. According to IBM, 90% of all data that there has ever been was produced in the last two years.

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Industrial IoT opportunity is behind Intel’s bid to acquire Altera, says IHS

According to a report in The Wall Street Journal (Friday, March 27, 2015) Intel is in talks to buy Altera. Here, Tom Hackenberg, IHS‘s principal analyst, embedded processing, explains that the Industrial Internet of Things is a key motivation for the deal.

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SWARM IntelligenceTM The new Edge paradigm

The power of SWARM intelligence is visible in nature, where the collective efforts of very simple creatures like ants, bees and termites can produce highly sophisticated results. Termites build enormous mounds in which internal temperatures are regulated to within a degree, even when temperatures outside the mound vary by 40oC or more.

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M2M – giving a helping hand to the next generation of parents

As a father myself I am always grateful for useful devices that make parenting a little bit easier.  The kind of M2M devices available have moved on significantly since the days when I returned from paternity leave myself not so long ago, contemplating the virtues of automated M2M connected nappies. Here are some of the most

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Securing the Identity of Things (IDoT) for the Internet of Things

In its recent report, The Identity of Things (IDoT) for the Internet of Things, Gartner lays out how it believes the Internet of Things (IoT), or what is often now referred to as the Internet of Everything (IoE), cannot and will not prosper unless organisations knuckle down and come to grips with how to manage

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Are M2M providers ready for rapid growth?

We’ve had a rip-roaring start to 2015 with predictions of economic growth and falling costs of living.

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Where wearables went wrong: The smart watch dilemma

(Blog): The product upgrade cycle for smartphone and tablet technology is moving at a glacial pace compared to wearable tech, yet just 9% of US consumers currently own a smart watch.

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New sensor technologies will take wearables from hype to commercial success, says IDTechEx

There will be over 3 billion sensors in wearable technology devices by 2025, with more than 30% being emerging sensors types, says James Hayward of IDTechEx. This is one of the main conclusions from the company’s latest market research report, Wearable Sensors, 2015 – 2015.

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We must settle consumer fears about the Security of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is already revolutionising consumers’ lives. Smart meters and thermostats are reducing energy bills, and wearable tech is helping to make us healthier. But for IoT to truly take off, Sean Lorenz at LogMeIn believes the industry needs to allay consumer fears about security.

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Don’t worry, you’re too boring for Big Brother to watch you!

In a previous rant, Richard Hobbs wrote about how we had an inherent level of data security because of the sheer numbers involved.In other words, your odds of being hacked if you use basic security is small because of the sheer amount of data/people out there. The same holds true for Big Brother…

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Fashion disaster: What the launch of Apple Watch could mean for the health of your network

(Blog): Alessandro Porro, vice president of International Sales at Ipswitch, comments on what businesses should do to prepare the network for the much anticipated launch of the Apple Watch and other wearable technology launches this year.

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A security checklist to protect sensitive customer and user data in the Internet of Things

(Blog): With the recent release of the FTC report on IoT device security, now is the time to start evaluating the security of devices, says Don Schleede of Digi International. This includes how they are manufactured. 

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Can anyone fine tune the Energy Union on an industrial scale?

If there’s one company with the right platform it could be GE Software.

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Revolutionise the modern utilities infrastructure with a dose of analytics

(Blog): Humans are often reluctant to take the steps they need to improve their lives. When our tooth aches we put off the dentist, hoping the pain will subside by itself. We struggle to change our fitness or eating habits even though we know they have lifelong benefits, says Oracle‘s Mike Ballard.

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Economics and Big Data Analytics

I’m not wild about articles that philosophize about technology: they tend to be pretentious, their primary purpose being self-aggrandisement. I’ve never gone down that road, but while reading an amazing book titled “23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism”, I changed my mind.  Ha-Joon Chang, a vocal critic of the failures of our economic

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