• Amazon, Google Want Drone Shopping Delivery Regulated
    Drone-based delivery may still be far from an everyday reality, but likely players including Google and Amazon are already thinking about traffic control. According to Bloomberg, Google, Amazon, Verizon and Harris Corp. are among 14 companies that have signed agreements with NASA to help create a drone air traffic control system.
  • Shopping from Wearables Growing Rapidly
    The potential of wrist-based payments is already in evidence via radio frequency identification bands at festivals and live events, with the demand expected to double this year and cashless payments a key application.Payment transaction volume on wearables will reach $501 billion by 2020, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 177 percent and representing 20 percent of total mobile proximity transaction volume, according to a new report from Tractica.
  • Amazon to Help Marketing of New Gadgets
    Amazon is lending some of its considerable power and reach to startups. The online retail giant launched Amazon Launchpad on Tuesday, a program to help young companies with sales and distribution. After the excitement of a successful Kickstarter campaign dies down, a startup needs to get their product manufactured. They also have to find customers and ship those thousands of "Internet of Things" things, smart oven mitts, or revolutionary make-up removers.
  • Wearables May Soon Allow More Shopping Time
    NASA researchers have now developed a type of WiFi reflector chip that does not require the use of traditional transmitters, and that is now showing a massive amount of potential for improving the experience associated with wearable technology. Through the use of this chip, it makes data transfer as much as three times as fast as it would be through regular WiFi connections, and it uses notably less power. When you put this into context through its use with wearable technology, what it means is that it will allow for considerably greater battery life, and a notably faster performance. Since these …
  • Advertisers Create Tailored IoT Experiences
    The digital advertising industry is already undergoing something of a transformation. While facing an existential threat from the ascendant ad blocker, advertisers are leading the charge to create ever more tailored advertising experiences. The proliferation of connected devices under the internet of things (IoT) promises to disrupt the industry further by increasing the number of opportunities for advertisers to learn about and sell to consumers.
  • Wider Marketing of Smart Appliances Seen in Market
    A microwave that accepts voice-over-recipes, a washing machine that takes commands from a smartphone app and a Wi-Fi enabled air conditioner connected to a smartphone—Appliance makers in India plan to put these innovations together to create smart Indian homes for consumers. Internet of Things (IoT) that enables machines to interact with each other with minimal or no human intervention has spread across various consumer domains. Home appliance makers in India are keen on implementing IoT to everyday used home appliances.
  • Retailers Begin to Market Smart Devices
    Target’s Open House in a shopping center near Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco is tucked underneath the retailer’s own City Target. The space isn’t huge, but it’s effective. Interactive displays pop up when you approach to give you speech bubbles that tell you what each product can do. The Sears connected home showcase down the road in San Bruno is an even more effective display, largely because the retailer sells the kinds of appliances — stoves, ovens, washers and dryers, refrigerators, water heaters — that serve in a major way as a home’s connective tissue.
  • Congress Takes Up Issues Around IoT
    The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet is holding a hearing on the Internet of Things this Wednesday. The subcommittee's jurisdiction is quite broad, including "judicial ethics, patent and trademark law, information technology, other appropriate matters as referred to by the Chairman, [Rep. Darrell Issa]." Given the breadth of its jurisdiction, it is unclear what precisely the subcommittee is looking for in its examination of the IoT but it's likely that privacy and security issues are on the list.
  • Android Auto Makes Car Screen Like Media Center
    We just got to spend a week with an Android Auto car (our huge review is right here), and as part of our research to figure out how it works, we ran into quite a few things that are in the app but don't work yet. Android Auto houses non-functional interface mock ups for several new features, along with a whole host of sensor code that Google hasn't talked about. What Google really intends to do with these is anyone's guess, but it's rare that Google ships non-functional code that doesn't someday become functional. So while we're personally not guaranteeing anything, this could be a peek into the …
  • Smartwatches Open to More than Marketing
    Through a series of studies into IoT security, HP has found that smartwatches with network and communication functionality are an open frontier for cyber attacks. The study conducted by HP Fortify, evaluated ten of the top smartwatches on today's market from an attacker's perspective along with their paired Android or iOS mobile device and application. The most common and easily addressable security issues reported include insufficient user authentication and authorisation, insecure interfaces, software and firmware, and privacy concerns.
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