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Google rumored to launch its wireless service as soon as this week

We've been hearing about Google's rumored wireless service for a little while now, but rumor has it that the Mountain View-based search giant may reveal its wireless service as soon as... tomorrow.

 

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The Wall Street Journal is the source of the rumor according to their sources, with the wireless service also working on Sprint and T-Mobile's networks, and only on the Nexus 6 for now. The Google-powered network should be capable of switching between the two networks depending on which one is feeding your Nexus 6 with a stronger signal.

 

Customers will reportedly be able to pay for just the data they use, versus having to buy an allotted amount and then wasting it if they don't use it all by the end of the month. At Mobile World Congress last month, Google's Senior VP Sundar Pichai said: "We don't intend to be a carrier at scale. I think we're at the stage where we need to think of hardware, software, and connectivity together. We want to break down the barriers on how connectivity works".

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Google's ambitious wireless service reportedly called 'Project Fi'

Google wants to offer a wireless service to people in the United States, but it looks like their plans of unveiling this as a semi surprise have been popped.

 

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A recent look at the firmware image for the Nexus 6 has teased that there will soon be a service that offers consumers the option of paying for only what they use, with the future service provided with a logo, and a temporary name: Project Fi. Android Police noticed an app called "Tycho" that housed numerous clues to Project Fi, with the app looking to provide the option of activating the service, but giving consumers additional options, too.

 

These options include putting the account on hole, resuming it, or closing it down completely, without needing the consumer to call a customer care number. Project Fi users can also port their own number to the service, or they can use their number from a separate Google Voice system, too.

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IBM invests $3B to help develop Internet of Things infrastructure

IBM plans to invest $3 billion in an operation to develop an Internet of Things (IoT) division tasked with handling data from smartphones, tablets, connected vehicles, and other Things. The platform will be open so manufacturers can ensure their apps and connected devices are optimized for IoT connectivity.

 

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The company understands that the majority of data generated and collected cannot be analyzed, as there is no proper infrastructure to do so - but will work with partnering companies to develop tools and services for app developers.

 

"Our knowledge of the world grows with every connected sensor and device, but too often we are not acting on it, even when we know we can ensure a better result," said Bob Picciano, SVP of IBM Analytics. "IBM will enable clients and industry partners apply IoT data to build solutions based on an open platform. This is a major focus of investment for IBM because it's a rish and broad-based opportunity where innovation matters."

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IDC: Smart buildings to balloon to $17.4 billion in 2019

There is much media attention focused on the Internet of Things (IoT) for consumers, but it looks like businesses are greatly adopting smart technology. Smart buildings and infrastructure is expected to boom, reaching $17.4 billion in 2019, as competitive pricing and tech advances help adoption, according to IDC.

 

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The economy is further recovering, so adoption is expected to ramp up in 2015 and over the next four years, while energy costs remain a huge concern for companies. If more companies pledge to improve sustainability and energy management, then there is even more potential for strong growth in smart building solutions.

 

"While the 'Internet of Things' is a topic of much speculation in the consumer market, smart building technology has steadily been increasing its footprint and impact among commercial buildings," said Jill Feblowitz, VP of Energy Insights at IDC. "Smart building solutions are valuable technologies for deploying energy management strategies that generate operational efficiencies, cost containment, and sustainability benefits that appeal to key stakeholders in building management."

FTC creates a new office to analyze Internet of Things

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) wants to keep a close eye on the growing Internet of Things (IoT) boom, as more connected Things access the Internet.

 

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The FTC will task the newly-created Office of Technology Research and Investigation with a high-level approach to analyzing IoT. It will focus on studying "privacy, data security, connected cars, smart homes, algorithmic transparency, emerging payment methods, big data, and the Internet of Things."

 

The IoT provides great potential for connectivity everywhere a person goes, but the FTC has concerns related to privacy and security.

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Gartner: Smart cities will use 1.1 billion connected 'things' in 2015

There will be 1.1 billion connected things accessing the Internet of Things (IoT) to help power smart cities in 2015, according to the Gartner research group. That figure will increase up to 9.7 billion by 2020, as more products and services rely on the Internet.

 

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Forty-five percent of total connected things in use will be smart homes and smart commercial buildings - and that figure will rise up to 81 percent by 2020. The new opportunity provides great sales pipelines for manufacturers trying to provide connected solutions to customers.

 

"Smart cities represent a great revenue opportunity for technology and services providers (TSPs), but providers need to start to plan, engage and position their offerings now," said Bettina Tratz-Ryan, research VP at Gartner. "The majority of Internet of Things (IoT) spending for smart cities will come from the private sector."

Internet of Things helping businesses cut energy consumption, costs

Smart appliances connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) could help businesses cut energy consumption, yielding financial savings that can be used for other business ventures, supporters say. A growing number of connected sensors, which are dropping in price, provide more choices for business leaders when embracing smart technology.

 

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Businesses can embrace smart tech that is able to provide additional details regarding energy consumption, where and when it is happening the most, and how to save money. New offerings provide minute-by-minute metering, a unique metric that holds great potential for the future.

 

"Energy costs for businesses, particularly small businesses, are always a big challenge - especially if that business is energy intensive," said Rob McNamara, executive director of SmartGrid GB, in a statement published by The Guardian. "So any technologies, products and services that can help them reduce their energy costs are typically going to be welcome. And things like smart metering, in particular, can provide them with tangible benefits."

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Sponsored Video: Siemens announces its Sirius Act signaling devices

Siemens has done something unique to unveil its new commanding and signaling devices, with a mockumentary on its new Sirius Act modular system. Sirius Act features a new strong design with an IP69K degree of protection, high-quality looks and easy-to-use operation.

 

 

The big point of the new Sirius Act devices is that we have a wide variety of pushbuttons and emergency stop buttons, selector and key switches, as well as acostic and optical indicators. The new parts are connected to the controller through an AS-Interface, IO-Link or standard cables. The new system is easy to deploy, and better yet - without errors, even if the holes are not keyed.

 

One of the other key features of the new Sirius Act commanding and signaling devices is that we have IP69K protection, which keeps the Sirius Act safe from dust, oils, caustic solutions and serious (get it?) environmental situations, where it can be easily cleaned with a high-pressure jet, even at high temperatures. This means that the Sirius Act products can be used in the harshest environments, without having to worry about breakdown over time.

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AT&T wants connected homes and vehicles to better communicate

AT&T is strengthening its connected technology offering, saying it will link car and smart home technologies to provide even better service to customers. The company didn't provide financial revenue figures related to IoT, but said it has sold around 20 million connected sensors, while creating new partnerships with US automakers.

 

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"Once you've told your home when the car is (for instance) within 20 feet of the house to please open the garage door, put the lights on, turn the alarm off, move the thermostat up, you can have those inanimate objects, the home and your car, really taking care of you," said Glenn Lurie, chief executive of AT&T Mobility, in a statement to Reuters.

 

There is a growing fight among ISPs and wireless carriers to help power connected services, as AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Google, and other major companies jump into the market.

Google announce LTE-A, a Google-powered mobile network

In an interesting, but not so surprising announcement, Google has announced Google LTE-A. Google LTE-A is a "next generation cellular network, brought to you by Google".

 

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Yes, in the future you will be able to connect to a Google mobile network, instead of your usual cellular network like AT&T or T-Mobile. Google has said that this could be the Nexus of the mobile network market, but we don't yet know if they'll operate as their own MVNO or not yet. The Mountain View-based search giant has opened up a Twitter account for Google LTE-A, but as soon as we have more information on it, we'll report it as it breaks.

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