FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Pokes Hornet’s Nest As Cable Industry Torches Cable Box Proposal

It’s hard to believe that anyone in the United States expects the cable industry to react quickly to anything; be it customer complaints, innovation, or even something as simple as showing up on time for a scheduled service appointments. However, if you threaten a steady revenue stream for America’s cable giants, there’s sure to be a swift

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As you might expect, the cable industry is fuming mad and issued lightning quick retorts to the proposal. According to the cable industry: The proposal, like prior federal government technology mandates, would impose costs on consumers, adversely impact the creation of high-quality content, and chill innovation. It also flies in the face of the rapid changes that are occurring in the marketplace and benefitting consumers. — Mark Hess, Comcast SVP, Office of the Chief Technology Officer, Business and Industry Affairs.  Customers that want to keep the status quo and rent a cable box could still do so if they wish. In essence, it would be similar to what’s possible now with Internet service provided by cable companies — you can either rent a cable modem or purchase your own and save on monthly rental fees. The only difference between the FCC proposal and the cable companies offering is that you’d pay a relatively low, one-time cost for the hardware (which would pay for itself in roughly a year if we take into account monthly cable box rental fees) instead of paying the same $7.43 monthly (a fee that has risen 185 percent in the past twenty years) for the rest of your life.  FCC chairman Tom Wheeler is showing a rather icy resolve to this blowback from the cable industry and exhibits no signs of melting under pressure. He hit back hard, saying the FCC proposal is “all about whether the standard for set-top boxes should be a closed standard or an open standard.  “99% of pay-TV customers lease set-top boxes from there cable, satellite, or telco providers. There is no competitive market.” Wheeler went on to reiterate that the cost of cable box hardware and rental fees have skyrocketed while the price of other consumer electronics (like PCs and smartphones) have decreased by 90 percent during the same time period.  – Me thinks the Cable Companies doth protest too much

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Sony Grabs Israeli Chipmaker Altair for $212M To Boost IoT Biz

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Sony Corp. ust snapped up Altair Semiconductor for $212 million to get a running start. Israel-based Altair makes modem chip technology and develops software for LTE, the standard data Relevant Products/Services communications protocol on most smartphones. Industry watchers expect LTE to be the connector of devices in the rising IoT market. Sony expects to complete the acquisition early next month.  “Going forward, more and more ‘things’ are expected to be equipped with cellular chipsets, realizing a connected environment in which ‘things’ can reliably and securely access network services that leverage the power of cloud Relevant Products/Services computing,” Sony said in a statement.

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Sony Announces ‘Multifunctional Light’ For The Smart Home

With CES no longer about new smartphone launches, a number of tech companies and consumer electronics vendors from across the world took the opportunity to

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Sony’s latest offering is an overhead light fixture, rather unimaginatively named the Multifunctional Light. It is a connected device that’s capable of communicating with other gadgets in a smart home, like smart air conditioners, thermostats and televisions, Sony claims that the device can also double up as an intercom system. The light fixture is apparently also able to read data from smart thermostats, and comes with a motion sensor and a microSD card slot. It is said to use its motion sensor to detect human presence in the room and accordingly, turn the TV on and off via infrared, but the utility of the microSD card slot has not yet been detailed by the Japanese consumer technology giant. Either way. all that sounds fairly interesting especially if you’re into the 21st century smart home trend that is tipped to become a multi-billion dollar industry over the next few years.

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Your Algorithmic Self Meets Super-Intelligent AI

As humanity debates the threats and opportunities of advanced artificial intelligence, we are simultaneously enabling that technology through the increasing use of personalization that is understanding and anticipating our needs through sophisticated machine learning solutions.

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As humanity debates the threats and opportunities of advanced artificial intelligence, we are simultaneously enabling that technology through the increasing use of personalization that is understanding and anticipating our needs through sophisticated machine learning solutions.

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The Past Ten Years in Smart Textiles – The Pros and Cons

In this article we are specific to smart textiles that contain electronics. There has been extreme progress in the chemical side of manufacturing textiles that can repel odors, stains, as well asprotect against impact, and even change color and shape. These new findings have affected the global progress of smart textiles evolution; yet do not fall into the category of wearables -unless stimulated with the power of electrons.

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An overview of Smart Textiles projects that have been developed over the last 10 years, worthwhile read

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Alphabet introduces Verily, a new name for its Google Life Sciences division

In a video introduction, Google has announced a new name for its Life Sciences division, recently placed under the Alphabet umbrella. The division will now be an independent entity known as “Verily”…

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Verily are now going to be the folks who are developing the smart contact lense technology for diabetics and likely other applications

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Artificial Intelligence and IOT are inseparable

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We’ve been thinking about the Internet of Things all wrong.

    • Big data analytics for IOT software revenues will experience strong growth, reaching $81 billion by 2022 says Strategy Analytics
    • Smart Cities will use 1.6 billion connected things in 2016 says Gartner 
    • By 2025 IOT will be a $1.6 trillion opportunity in Healthcare alone says McKinsey
    • 50 billion+ connected devices will exist by 2020 says Cisco
    • Data captured by IOT connected devices will top 1.6 zettabytes in 2020 says ABI Research
    • There are 10 major factions fighting to become the interoperating standard for IOT

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A Smartphone in Your Bag May Be Able to Track Your Heart

A smartphone may be able to measure your heart and breathing rates, even if you’re not directly touching it, researchers say.

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Biophone is exploring the possibility of using commercially available phones to monitor your heart and breathing rates, even if the devices are in your pockets or bags.

The idea is to rely on a phone’s accelerometer and gyroscope to pick up even small vibrations and body movements that come from your heart beating and from the rise and fall of your chest as you breathe.

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When Technology is Commoditized, Technology Must Become a Service

When Technology is Commoditized, Technology Must Become a Service

By Erik Flowers | January 11, 2016
The notion of great service has been around since the first caveperson offered to pick you up on their own dinosaur and take you somewhere in exchange for a sabertooth tusk, rather than you having to own a dinosaur yourself.

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Designing for service is not new, and people who are exceedingly adept at designing for fantastic services aren’t new either. Entire industries are built upon service experience. The question is, why does there seem to be an explosion of interest service design as a field now, when great service is nothing new? New conferences are popping up by major organizers; Adaptive Path is on its 3rd service experience conference, Service Experience Chicago just had it’s 2nd year, and the O’Reilly Design Conference is new this year with only one speaker showcasing service design. If you look for books on service design, there are a few recent publications that are relevant to the landscape today, but these are very recent and just starting to tackle this idea of integrating service design into what we do outside of service industries.  It’s not hard to find examples of great service from long before service design was a discipline or something that had a proper name. Looking at the 20th century, many industries strived to deliver customer experiences that were well planned and filled with deliberate moments of delight; early commercial air travel, ocean cruises, full service resort hotels, fine dining, spas. Or, look at an elaborate and well planned wedding that is a choreographed event – people have long had the mind, knowhow, and ability to create these top rate “end-to-end” experience.

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