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Samsung Bets on SmartThings Home Automation

Posted by Sam Churchill on August 18th, 2014

SmartThings has been acquired by Samsung for a reported $200 million, and will operate as an independent company within Samsung’s Open Innovation Center group. Their home automation kits allow you to connect devices like lights and doorlocks from your phone. The SmartThings app lets your smartphone control all of the smart devices in your home. […]

Qi Wireless Charging Extends Range and Power

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 31st, 2014

Qi a wireless charging standard created by the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) says later this year its standard, adopted by over 200 manufacturers and carriers, will allow you to charge your device from nearly two inches away. Mobile device manufacturers using the Qi standard include Asus, HTC, Huawei, LG Electronics, Motorola Mobility, Nokia, Samsung, BlackBerry, […]

Internet of Things: Divided or United?

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 9th, 2014

Intel, Broadcom, Samsung, Dell, Atmel and others have joined forces to launch the Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC), an organization that will set standards for connecting billions of household gadgets and appliances. OIC intends to initially target the smart home and office. The Internet of Things (IoT), aka Machine to Machine (M2M) or the Internet of […]

900MHz Standard for Smartwatches?

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 8th, 2014

The IEEE 802.11ah standard is the new PHY and MAC design that operates in the 900MHz band. It is intended to support extended range WiFi, and the Internet-of-everything (IoE) devices. It would compete with other technologies for home automation such as Zigbee and Z-wave which also use the 900 MHz band. The 11ah standard is […]

Cluster of 37 Satellites Launched

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 1st, 2014

A Russian Dnepr launch vehicle launched 37 spacecraft last month, marking a new record for the most spacecraft launched by a single rocket. A fleet of 11 Flock 1c small satellites were launched on a mission to generate virtually live high-resolution images of Earth with resolutions of three to five meters. The satellites are designed, […]

Cisco 2014 Report: You’ll Need a Bigger Boat

Posted by Sam Churchill on June 10th, 2014

Cisco’s 2014 Visual Networking Index, released today, predicts there will be 53 million Wi-Fi hotspots globally by 2018, with both cable and wireless carriers extending their reach by employing Wi-Fi hotspots. Cisco predicts Wi-Fi and mobile connected devices will generate 61 percent of all IP traffic in four years and that Wi-Fi will account for […]