Source: “Even as websites, wearable computers and, increasingly, every piece of technology we touch gathers and analyzes our data, there’s still hope that privacy will survive. Making that case, however, might mean working from a different definition of privacy than we’re used to. One cold, hard fact about data privacy is that the data-collection ship sailed long ago, never to return. With limited exceptions, consumers can’t really stop tech companies from collecting data about them. When we log into web services,
Source: “Harman had a big presence at CES, as it always does considering its portfolio includes AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, and several other well-known brands. Some of the most interesting new products at its booth this year were gesture-controlled headphones, active noise-cancelling earbuds, and an update to its Harman Kardon Wireless HD Audio System.
Harman Kardon Wireless HD Audio System: Harman describes its multi-room audio system as “HD” because
Source: “There are many technology trends that could impact the insurance business over the next few years, but the most potentially disruptive is the “Internet of Things.”
The Internet of Things is emerging because so many things are becoming IP-enabled, including automobiles, homes and facilities. This will also include humans through wearables like Google Glass, Apple Watch, and embedded processors in shoes and clothing. There could easily be more than 100 billion things, and billions of people, linked to the Internet by the end of this decade.
Source: “The Internet of Things (IoT) has a data problem. Well, four data problems. Walking the halls of CES in Las Vegas last week, it’s abundantly clear that the IoT is hot. Everyone is claiming to be the world’s smartest something. But that sprawl of devices, lacking context, with fragmented user groups, is a huge challenge for the burgeoning industry. What the IoT needs is data. Big data and the IoT are two sides of the same coin. The IoT collects data from myriad sensors; that data is classified, organized, and used to make automated decisions; and the IoT, in turn, acts on it.
Source: “If you're driving a five- or six-year old vehicle, you might find the cars in today's showrooms virtually unrecognizable -- at least from a technological standpoint. Today, most every entry-level car offers big, colorful touch screens, voice-controlled navigation, and adaptive cruise control that can speed up and slow the car along with the flow of freeway traffic. That, however, is just the beginning of what cars will soon offer. Now that automakers have mastered smartphone-to-car connectivity, they're eager to leverage the tech inside the smart devices we've come to rely upon.”
Source: “People are embracing connected objects that are actively caring for them. As the decades have gone on, we’ve seen everything around us advance technologically at a rapid pace. Looking at Moore’s law, you can see the observation that the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit doubles approximately every two years. This in turn has allowed faster innovation in technology in every sector, from social networks, search engines and banking, to name a few. Despite all of this innovation, the healthcare sector has been slow to adapt.
Source: "HANDY is creating a big business out of small jobs. The company finds its customers self-employed home-helps available in the right place and at the right time. All the householder needs is a credit card and a phone equipped with Handy’s app, and everything from spring cleaning to flat-pack-furniture assembly gets taken care of by “service pros” who earn an average of $18 an hour. The company, which provides its service in 29 of the biggest cities in the United States
Source: “Unless you've been living off the grid for a decade, you've probably heard of the "Internet of Things" by now. Sites like Barron's have hailed it as "The Next Industrial Revolution." And Wired says we can't even fathom how transformational the Internet of things (IoT) will ultimately be. It's just too early. But if it's hard to extrapolate how far this technology will reach, it's a little easier to see the specific applications that could be revolutionary in just a few years. We asked three Motley Fool contributors
Source: Technological optimism is buzzing at the Consumer Electronics Show this week. Prototypes of autonomous cars, wearable technology, and Internet of Things innovations are taking center stage. But not everyone is sold on the coming IoT utopia. Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman, Edith Ramirez, laid out three main concerns facing the Internet of Things in her CES keynote:
Source: “Bonaverde, a coffee start-up out of Berlin, gave me a look at its new coffee machine at CES 2015. This machine roasts, grinds, and brews coffee in one shot, giving you a super fresh cup of coffee every time. To use the machine, take green, un-roasted coffee purchased from Boaverde, place it in the roasting chamber on the top of the device, and scan the included RFID tag. The machine will automatically roast, grind, and brew you coffee using a “rain shower” (drip) brewing method.
Source: “Pennsylvania State Police issued a warning about high-tech pickpockets — thieves who steal credit card information without even having to look inside a victim’s wallet.
“I am not aware of any reports of digital pickpocketing in our area. It is, however, something that people definitely should be aware of in order to protect themselves,” said Trooper Shannon Yorke, of the state police’s Community Services Unit at Troop N in West Hazleton.
Although the chance of being scammed by a digital pickpocket is low, police explained
Source: “Without government supported initiatives in the UK, these companies may be tempted to move their business overseas, and the UK would lose some of its advantage. There is still a risk this could happen if momentum isn’t sustained. The UK has a short window of opportunity to do this well. The government strategy for the IoT needs to be followed by more investment in research and development. To convert this investment into an Internet of Important Things, there need to be new efforts to couple test beds with active
Source: “The Internet of Things may be in its early stages but it's evolving rapidly -- and experiencing some difficult growing pains. As expected, the Internet of Things was one of the dominant themes at the Consumer Electronics Show. Everyday devices packed with sensors and radios that allow them to collect and transmit data to other gadgets were everywhere. But I was still surprised by the tremendous diversity of such devices on display. For example, I saw a tea kettle from
Source: “On Tuesday afternoon, Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez offered sobering perspective to CES' unbridled enthusiasm for consumer products that gather data on you around the clock. Just the evening before, CES keynote speaker and Samsung Consumer Products CEO Boo-Keun Yoon had breathlessly described the future in the Internet of Things (IoT). But, while hundreds of companies are eager to sell consumers a plethora of connected devices, the FTC has been working to remind those companies
Source: “2015—Standards group GS1 US has released its Tagged-Item Performance Protocol (TIPP), a guideline that includes a scale for grading the performance of EPC ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID tags when used on specific products and in specific environments, as well standardizing the testing conducted to identify that grade. The TIPP guideline—a set of four documents developed by GS1 US's Item Level RFID Workgroup—is intended to make it easier for both retailers and suppliers