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GE, Bosch and open source could bring more IoT tools

Partnerships that could shape the internet of things for years are being forged just as enterprises fit IoT into their long-term plans. No one vendor can meet the diverse IoT needs of all those users, so they're joining forces and also trying to foster broader ecosystems. General Electric and Germany's Bosch did both on Monday.

Written by Stephen Lawson27 Sept. 16 10:55

Companies say IoT matters but don't agree how to secure it

A majority of enterprises say the internet of things is strategic to their business, but most still take a piecemeal approach to IoT security. Those results from a global IDC survey conducted in July and August reveal both the promise and the growing pains of IoT.

Written by Stephen Lawson24 Sept. 16 10:34

Citigroup is cutting costs by making storage simpler

Citigroup is using software-defined storage to build an infrastructure that could last 25 years – while generations of hardware come and go. By simplifying its architecture, Citigroup expects to slash its operational expenses, which make up most of its storage costs.

Written by Stephen Lawson23 Sept. 16 03:49

Can Wi-Fi and LTE-U live together? The tests are ready

On Wednesday, the Wi-Fi Alliance released a test plan for LTE-Unlicensed products, which would bring 4G cellular to unlicensed spectrum bands that Wi-Fi users depend on.

Written by Stephen Lawson22 Sept. 16 05:02

Industrial IoT is inching toward a consensus on security

The Industrial Internet Consortium, a group that includes some of the biggest players in the internet of things, took action on Monday to clear the air around industrial IoT security. It rolled out the Industrial Internet Security Framework, a set of best practices to help developers and users assess risks and defend against them.

Written by Stephen Lawson20 Sept. 16 11:05

Self-driving cars won't make us more productive

Self-driving cars are raising hopes that we’ll all get a lot done when we don’t have to drive anymore. According to a University of Michigan study, that’s about as likely as a parent finishing two memos and a big presentation while taking a teen-age learner out to drive.

Written by Stephen Lawson15 Sept. 16 09:41

Violin, still pushing flash speeds, looks to the cloud

In flash storage these days, it takes more than speed to win over many enterprises. Flash pioneer Violin is introducing its fastest arrays yet but also bringing its Concerto OS to the cloud.

Written by Stephen Lawson15 Sept. 16 03:22

IoT keeps pushing analytics closer to the edge

On Tuesday, Silicon Valley startup FogHorn Systems introduced the Lightning software platform, which is designed to bring cloud-type analytics functions down to edge devices, including IoT gateways and even very low-powered processing components built into industrial products.

Written by Stephen Lawson14 Sept. 16 11:52

5 ways Cisco could become an iPhone's best friend

Favored status for Apple iPhones and iPads on Cisco Systems networks starts Tuesday, giving users better Wi-Fi roaming, integrated VoIP calls and priority for the most important business apps. Here are five new capabilities that may prove most useful.

Written by Stephen Lawson13 Sept. 16 22:00

The 5G mobile challenge: Selling a dream

The mobile industry doesn't yet know what application will create a mass audience for super-fast, sustained wireless performance. That makes its 5G crusade a little harder.

Written by Stephen Lawson10 Sept. 16 08:50

Ireland to Europe: No, Apple doesn't owe us

Ireland will join Apple in appealing the European Commission’s finding that Apple owes the country more than US$14 billion in back taxes.

Written by Stephen Lawson08 Sept. 16 08:38

LTE is hitting the field in the IoT game

The low-power IoT standard LTE Category M1 is making a big splash at the CTIA Super Mobility show in Las Vegas this week after AT&T and Verizon said they would start using later this year.

Written by Stephen Lawson07 Sept. 16 05:56

Qualcomm's all-in-one VR design aims for a sweet spot

Hard-core virtual reality enthusiasts can shell out for a high-end display and a gaming PC, while casual users buy cheaper headgear that relies on their smartphones. This week, Qualcomm unveiled a reference design for self-contained systems that would use its Snapdragon 820 mobile processor.

Written by Stephen Lawson02 Sept. 16 00:30

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