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Bluetooth 5 is out: Now will home IoT take off?

Bluetooth is aiming straight for the internet of things as the fifth version of the wireless protocol arrives with twice as much speed for low-power applications. Bluetooth Low Energy, which gains the most from the new Bluetooth 5 specification, can now go as fast as 2Mbps (bits per second)

Written by Stephen Lawson08 Dec. 16 12:33

AT&T means business with a 5G trial at Intel

5G and its multi-gigabit cellular speeds probably won’t exist until 2020, but one corporate customer of AT&T -- Intel -- is about to taste what it may be like.

Written by Stephen Lawson06 Dec. 16 12:53

NetSuite's going global under Oracle's flag

As part of Oracle, cloud software provider NetSuite plans to localize its products for many more countries while expanding its data-center capacity, sales operations, partner channel and other assets to reach customers in those new areas.

Written by Stephen Lawson02 Dec. 16 11:31

2016 will be 1 second longer: Google can help you cope

Like a man eager to show off his new watch, Google is encouraging anyone running IT operations to ask it for the time. The company will let anyone use its NTP (Network Time Protocol) servers, a move to help IT shops cope with the next “leap second,” which will be tacked onto 2016.

Written by Stephen Lawson01 Dec. 16 10:39

How to make home IoT more secure: Assume the worst

A report by the internet advisory group BITAG on Tuesday identified common security problems in home IoT products and recommended steps vendors should take from now on.

Written by Stephen Lawson23 Nov. 16 12:39

IBM is on a push to offer IoT from development to production

The internet of things is so complex that some enterprises would rather turn to one vendor to determine the business case for an IoT deployment, design the system, roll it out and operate it as a service. At least that’s what IBM believes.

Written by Stephen Lawson22 Nov. 16 06:52

IoT gear will need better security to win a Z-Wave badge

Tighter security will soon be mandatory for IoT devices that use the popular Z-Wave wireless protocol. Starting next April, the Z-Wave Alliance will require all products to include its S2 (Security 2) framework before they can be certified as Z-Wave compliant.

Written by Stephen Lawson18 Nov. 16 05:55

GE Digital is taking Predix out to the edge of IoT

Dividing up data and processes between private data centers and the cloud can be complicated, especially in IoT. On Tuesday, GE Digital introduced a system for enterprises to spread out IoT tasks to be more effective.

Written by Stephen Lawson16 Nov. 16 02:00

GE is on an IoT buying spree

It turns out GE Digital’s acquisition of ServiceMax on Monday wasn’t its only recent move to expand its industrial IoT expertise. Two deals for small startups, completed recently and announced on Tuesday, add other interesting technologies.

Written by Stephen Lawson16 Nov. 16 02:00

GE buys ServiceMax for US$915M to boost its IoT power

General Electric’s US$915 million acquisition of field service management company ServiceMax on Monday should help enterprises combine what GE does for industrial products and assets with more tools for those who work on them.

Written by Stephen Lawson15 Nov. 16 07:38

That private network on the Wi-Fi band? Won't happen

Satellite service provider Globalstar has dropped its controversial plan to launch a wireless network in the U.S. in part of an unlicensed band that Wi-Fi and Bluetooth use.

Written by Stephen Lawson11 Nov. 16 11:42

InfiniBand will reach 200-gigabit speed next year

InfiniBand is set to hit 200Gbps (bits per second) in products that announced Wednesday, potentially accelerating machine-learning platforms as well as HPC (high-performance computing) systems.

Written by Stephen Lawson11 Nov. 16 00:30

Facebook and AT&T herald a new day of open networking

On Tuesday at the Structure 2016 conference in San Francisco, Facebook announced its most powerful modular data-center switch yet, and AT&T gave an update on its huge migration from dedicated servers to a software-based architecture.

Written by Stephen Lawson09 Nov. 16 12:24

Carriers are going virtual to give enterprises more freedom

On Monday, the French global carrier Orange launched its virtualized network services program, called Easy Go Network. It joins AT&T, Verizon and other operators that are selling or developing such programs.

Written by Stephen Lawson08 Nov. 16 09:28

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