Heidi Vogt: Uber battles locals for future of African taxis

NAIROBI, Kenya -- In the traffic-clogged, potholed streets of Kenya’s capital city, there is a battle waging for the future of the African taxi ride that is pitting local startups eager to become the “Uber of Kenya” against, well, Uber.

The winner will help answer a question dogging those who work in technology in the developing world: whether chaotic, impoverished cities like Nairobi will create the tools that bring the “bottom billion” online, or if apps that have already taken off in the U.S. and Europe can be exported here..

Steve Lohr: Bringing the internet of things to the poor

The timing and technology are right to bring the power of digital sensing to the poor to improve health, safety and education.

That is the driving assumption behind a new project led by Unicef and ARM, the British chip designer whose microprocessors power most smartphones and tablets. They are being joined by Frog, the San Francisco-based design firm, along with people described as coaches and advisers from companies and organisations including Google, Orange, Singularity University, the Red Cross and the Senseable City Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Michael Kan: Huawei launches its own OS for the Internet of Things

Huawei's LiteOS is meant to run on a minimal power and work on a wide range of hardware.

On Wednesday, Huawei launched the OS to help third-party vendors break into the emerging Internet of Things space. The whole industry is eyeing opportunities to turn household objects and industrial equipment into connect devices, but the development costs still remain high, according to the Chinese company.

Gildas Avoine: The April Report of the RFID Security and Privacy Lounge

The April Report of the RFID Security and Privacy Lounge. Three references have been put on the lounge last month. You will find the summary below and the complete references on the Lounge.

NEW REFERENCES ON THE LOUNGE:

[01] Nasour Bagheri, Parvin Alenaby And Masoumeh Safkhani. A new anti-collision protocol based on information of collided tags in- RFID systems. (International Journal of Communication Systems, May 2015)

Molly McHugh: The Internet of Things can automate romance. Is that bad?

A FEW YEARS ago, there was really no way to know how we would use the Internet of Things. A handful prescribed functions for home devices like Nest and Philips Hue made immediate sense. But beyond the gadget-specific actions that blink our lights, lock our doors, and kick on our air conditioners lie scores of automated tasks that can be used to manipulate hearts and minds.

Thomas Claburn: Internet Of Things: 6 Obstacles

The Internet of Things (IoT) may be the sum of smart devices, but it doesn't necessarily add up for companies creating IoT technology.

A report released this month by McKinsey & Company and the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) found that semiconductor executives had mixed opinions about the potential of IoT, which is widely seen as a source of growth for a broad set of technology companies.

The report was overseen by a steering committee of 11 senior executives from GSA member companies and McKinsey.

Aaron Tiley: Qualcomm: The Internet Of Things Is Already A Billion Dollar Business

The emerging world of every object connected to the internet — the “Internet of Things” — is getting plenty of attention, but it’s frustratingly opaque. For all the endless research reports and tech pundit hype machine, it’s hard to see much substance. Qualcomm QCOM +0.79% provided a bit of guidance on Thursday about exactly how big this sector is for the San Diego chipmaker. At an event at San Francisco’s Masonic Center, Qualcomm said it made $1 billion in revenue last year on chips used in a variety of city infrastructure projects, home appliances, cars and wearables.

Kieren McCarthy: Back to the Future: the internet of things as imagined in 1985

IoT World 2015 There's a peculiar thing going on at the Internet of Things World 2015 conference this week.

As the buzz around this nebulous concept has reached fever pitch, it seems that dozens of tinkering dads across the US have looked up from their newspaper, exclaimed "my time has come!" rushed down to the basement, and pulled out the box containing their brilliant 1985 prototype.

A quick dust off, print up news leaflets and it's off to San Francisco and fortune!

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