Apple HomeKit Requires ID Chip
News & Analysis 7/28/2015 7 comments
Apple requires an ID chip in devices using its HomeKit software, one of several observations in a talk on platforms for the Internet of Things at ESC SV.
Rocket Refuels for Student Mission
News & Analysis 7/23/2015 1 comment
After a technical setback in May, a group of Boston University students is raising funds to launch next summer the first amateur rocket to reach space.
Google Reveals Data Center Net
Slideshow 6/18/2015 1 comment
Google revealed details of Jupiter, its Openflow-based data center network as a leading example of traction for in software-defined networks.
Google Defines an IoT Layer
Blog 6/16/2015 11 comments
TCP/IP is very good at facilitating communication, but what the end nodes say to each other has largely been left as an exercise for the user. It may be about time for that to change.
Facebook Likes Open Networks
News & Analysis 6/16/2015 Post a comment
A Facebook engineer called for more work on open-source networking hardware and open-source comms software to keep pace with expanding data centers.
22 Views of an Augmented World
Slideshow 6/12/2015 2 comments
This year's Augmented World Expo generated a lot of creative energy and cool demos, attracting Google and Intel, but so far no killer smartglasses, depth sensors or mainstream apps.
Google Rolls Android M, IoT OS
News & Analysis 5/28/2015 2 comments
Developers were audibly excited by the bevy of improvements and added features on the newest Android release, Android M. Google is unlikely to have satisfied hardware engineers, who may have been hoping for a next-generation device.
13 Views of IoT World
Slideshow 5/13/2015 5 comments
Plans for thousands of high end WiFi kiosks and low data rate Sigfox base stations were highlights 0f the Internet of Things World event here.
IoT Feels Samsung's Artik Breeze
News & Analysis 5/12/2015 3 comments
Samsung announced a new series of modules designed for the Internet of Things as well as handful of partnerships to grow the open development community. The three modules, dubbed Artik, are complete hardware and software systems with built-in security.
Carriers Race to Flexible Nets
Blog 5/6/2015 1 comment
Telecom carriers are racing to develop open source virtualization code to create cheaper, more flexible networks with cultural and reliability hurdles ahead.
Microsoft Demos HoloLens
News & Analysis 4/29/2015 Post a comment
In what was otherwise a developer lingo-heavy event, Microsoft showcased updates to its HoloLens virtual reality platform running on Windows 10. The demos were part of Microsoft’s Build developer conference, held here April 29-March 1.
Thread, ZigBee Knit IoT Stacks
News & Analysis 4/2/2015 4 comments
The Thread group and the ZigBee Alliance will define a spec to run the application-level Zigbee Cluster Library over native–IP Thread networks.
Linux Seeks Security, Unity
News & Analysis 3/27/2015 3 comments
Linux needs greater security, unity and interoperability to meet its potential in the emerging Internet of Things said speakers at the Embedded Linux Conference.
Drones Eyed for Aid Missions
News & Analysis 3/25/2015 Post a comment
About a dozen volunteers have formed The Syrian Air Project in an effort to find a way to use drones to deliver medical goods and food to civilians under siege.
Google, Intel, TAG Heuer Plan Smartwatch
News & Analysis 3/20/2015 2 comments
Google, Intel, and TAG Heuer on Thursday announced plans to collaborate on a Swiss smartwatch based on Intel electronics and Google's Android Wear software. The Swiss watch industry faces a challenge from Apple, which plans to launch the Apple Watch next month.
BBC Plugs Kids into Programming
Blog 3/16/2015 14 comments
The BBC will give a new development board for budding Makers to every 11-year-old in the UK next fall, echoing its BBC Micro initiative a generation ago, and raising similar hopes and controversies.
Facebook Unveils Servers, Switches
Slideshow 3/11/2015 2 comments
Apple and Hewlett-Packard were the latest to join the Open Compute Project at its annual gathering where Facebook showed its latest server and switch designs.
Apple Watch: Time Will Tell
Blog 3/9/2015 15 comments
Apple showcased significant software and hardware engineering behind its new Watch and Macbook, but the products don’t establish new categories.
VR is New Reality at GDC
Slideshow 3/5/2015 1 comment
Oculus, Sony, Google and an open source project showed virtual reality offerings at the Game Developer Conference where analyst Jon Peddie sized up the traditional games hardware market.
Graphics API Gets Makeover
News & Analysis 3/3/2015 Post a comment
With new proprietary graphics interfaces out from AMD, Apple and Microsoft, Khronos Group is previewing Vulkan as an open follow on to OpenGL.
IoT Security: The Road Ahead
News & Analysis 2/10/2015 1 comment
In the wake of its acquisition of Offspark, an ARM executive responsible for securing Internet of Things products gave his views on the future of IoT security.
Arm Buys IoT Security Firm
News & Analysis 2/9/2015 2 comments
ARM bought Offspark, a provider of Transport Layer Security ARM will fold into its mbed operating system for Cortex-M cores aimed at the Internet of Things.
iPhone Dials Up Record Apple Sales
News & Analysis 1/27/2015 6 comments
Apple announced record financial results for the first quarter of its 2015 fiscal year. Record revenues, shipments, and a general bullish attitude were due in great part to iPhone, iPad, and Apple Pay.
Windows 10: Compact OS Does Holograms
News & Analysis 1/21/2015 20 comments
Microsoft demonstrated several applications for Windows 10 at a live event today, highlighting the operating system’s cross-device compatibility and ease of use in new areas of technology such as holographics.
IoT in Protocol War, Says Startup
News & Analysis 12/30/2014 13 comments
The Internet of Things is enmeshed in a war of protocols in which Zigbee’s future appears dim, says the CTO of Enlighted, a building controls startup.
WiFi to Switch on IoT Appliances
News & Analysis 12/22/2014 20 comments
Electrolux says it is one of several white goods vendors about to roll out smart appliances that use WiFi, Linux and AllJoyn to connect to each other and the cloud
Design 2.0: A New Moore’s Law
Blog 12/8/2014 12 comments
Something I am calling Design 2.0 is bubbling up in the engineering community, injecting new energy into the profession. In many ways, it's the new Moore’s Law.
HP Signals Itanium’s Decline
News & Analysis 12/2/2014 7 comments
Hewlett-Packard announces versions of its high-end, Itanium-based servers running on x86 chips, presaging a shift away from the processor it co-developed with Intel.
12 Startups I Saw at Demo
Slideshow 11/21/2014 9 comments
The consumer Internet of Things sector is getting crowded and maybe a bit ahead of itself, a Nest co-founder said at the Demo event, where a handful of smart-home startups showed their wares.
Is Sony Too Big to Succeed?
News & Analysis 11/18/2014 12 comments
Big spenders and financial analysts gathering for Sony's investor relations event next week in Tokyo are preoccupied with one big question: Does Sony's management team have the medicine to cure its ailing electronics business?