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Who needs house keys? Use a hands-free fob instead!

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jul 28, 2015 5:30 pm

A startup company from Germany wants you to forget about your regular house keys, and use a hands-free fob that has been named the Kiwi Ki.




The system operates using radio-frequency identification (RFID) and unlocks a house door as the resident approaches. The mechanism is available for less than $450, and each key fob requires a monthly fee.


"It is much more secure than a normal key. A normal key can be copied easily, sometimes just from a photograph," said Henryk Ploetz, a security analyst, in a statement to Euronews. "With this one you can't do that. That is the case for all contactless keys, but this one is as secure or more secure than all other contactless systems."

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Google announces 1Gbps Google Fiber for low-income housing, for free

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jul 21, 2015 7:29 am

With many Americans wanting to get their grubby mitts on Google Fiber, there are going to be many simultaneously excited and disappointed with the news that Google is set to deliver its super-fast 1Gbps service to low-income properties.




Google will be rolling its Fiber service out to low-income housing in markets where it offers its Google Fiber service, including Atlanta, Durham, Nashville, and Kansas City. Best of all, it's going to be offered for, free. Yes, $0. Nothing. Nada. The Mountain View-based giant notes that households earning under $30,000 per year, roughly 26% of those have no Internet access at all.


A recent trial program pushed more than 90% of the residents in one public housing property sign up for Google Fiber. But offering up some free 1Gbps Internet for free, is going to be huge for the service, and those in low-income housing.

One in four millennials have at least one smart item installed at home

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jun 29, 2015 8:20 pm

Read a recent news announcement regarding connected items in the apartment or household and wonder about it? Well, it turns out millennials are interested, as we are "twice as likely" to have a connected smart home product already.




Smart products range from network connected security and monitoring devices to smart lighting, power, system controllers, appliances, and other Internet-enabled technologies. Many of these products have some form of mobile app, so they can be remotely controlled by a smartphone or tablet.


Twenty-three percent of millennials have at least one in their household, whereas just 12 percent of the overall population currently own smart tech.

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5G standard will be up to 20Gbps, with 1GB/sec capable on your phone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jun 21, 2015 2:31 am

If you thought your current 4G speeds were good, they won't even begin to compare to what 5G will offer. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has agreed on the preliminary definitions of the future 5G standard, where the 12-member delegation decided on the new specification.




5G compliant networks will be capable of providing speeds of up to 20Gbps, or over 2GB/sec, which is 20x faster than the 1Gbps specification for 4G. This means that consumers will enjoy speeds of up to 1GB/sec on your smartphones, with the region being between 100MB/sec and 1GB/sec, which is insanity. This is a 10x to 100x increase in the speeds available on typical 4G networks.


This huge increase in speeds will usher in a new era of connectivity, allowing 4K resolution video streaming and beyond being more than capable from a 5G-capable smartphone. The final 5G standard will be confirmed in October, with the 193 ITU member countries all voting on the final spec. 5G should be tested in 2018 at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games.

Elon Musk wants to provide everyone on Earth with Internet, from space

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jun 11, 2015 12:44 pm

Elon Musk has asked the Federal Communications Commission for permission for SpaceX to built a constellation of 4,000 satellites that would blast Internet to even the most remote regions of Earth.




The plan would see SpaceX turn into an Internet service provider, a company that would compete directly with giants like Verizon and Comcast. Musk teased the plan earlier this year during a SpaceX event, but he didn't formally ask the FCC's permission until just last month. SpaceX would use their Falcon 9 rocket to launch the satellites into orbit, and then start broadcasting Internet signals to various points around the planet.


SpaceX is requesting permission from the FCC to test out if their antenna technology is strong enough to blast signals to devices on Earth, and if their permission is granted, they could begin testing this out by next year. If the testing all goes to plan, SpaceX could be your ISP within the next five years.


During a speech in January, Musk said that project as big as this would "be a real enabler for people in poorer regions of the world", as well as helping out the Internet in the United States, "where people are stuck with Time Warner or Comcast".

GIGABYTE offers up GB-BXBT-3825 IoT gateway for the Internet of Things

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jun 3, 2015 8:58 am

Computex 2015 - GIGABYTE wants to evolve into a hardware company known for supporting the Internet of Things (IoT), and has introduced its GB-BXBT-3825 IoT gateway. The gateway has been designed to provide connectivity between legacy devices and intelligence IoT infrastructures.




The new system is powered by the Intel Atom E3825 processor, and is being promoted by GIGABYTE as "the idea building block for a fast development of intelligence vending machines." The GB-BXBT-3825 provides connectivity that bridges legacy equipment to the cloud, and hardware security root that provides trust, data encryption, and software protection.


The GIGABYTE GB-BXBT-3825 has the following specifications: GIGABYTE MZBAYAD motherboard, 1.33GHz Intel Atom E3825 CPU, 1x BGA 1170, 1x SO-DIMM slot supporting up to 8GB RAM, 1x GbE LAN port, Intel HD graphics, Realtek ALC283 audio, 1x SATA III 6 Gb/s port, and 1x 2.5" HDD/SSD internal bay.

Interested in USB 3.1? So is ASUS, check out what they have on offer

By: Chris Smith | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jun 2, 2015 11:31 am

Computex 2015 - There's no doubt that every company is racing to integrate USB 3.1 into everything they produce - laptops, cases, motherboards and accessories are all being announced with USB 3.1 support and ASUS is helping lead the charge.




As part of its Computex 2015 display, ASUS has shown off a myriad of USB 3.1 ready products and what you are about to learn about is the extensions and accessories line of products on offer.


Firstly is the USB 3.1 UPD panel and the USB 3.1 enclosure, with ASUS' UPD panel providing up to 100W of power as per USB Type-C limitations and the enclosure providing a USB 3.1 Type-A experience for all consumers.

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Analogix displays the power of USB Type-C, the future of connectivity

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Jun 2, 2015 9:35 am

Computex 2015 - Analogix always has something to impress me wherever we are, but it was their various demos and prototypes of USB Type-C products that had me impressed at Computex this year.




The company was showing off its new chips in the ANX7428, ANX7816+, ANX7418 and ANX7688 which provide DisplayPort, USB 3.0 and Power Delivery all over the same, tiny little cable. That tiny little cable we mentioned, is thanks to a tiny little chip, which is pictured above.






Analogix was showing off the Apple MacBook Air, which will see future cables using their technology to output to various other outputs or devices.

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Verizon wants to be well prepared for the ongoing IoT evolution

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: May 29, 2015 8:00 am

Verizon Enterprise Solutions doesn't want to miss out on more consumers and hardware manufacturers embracing the Internet of Things (IoT), strategically preparing new partnerships and alliances.




The enterprise IoT market already has more than 1 billion devices, and that number is expected to dramatically grow in the coming years. Also, the consumer market - with end users purchasing more Things - will provide a great opportunity for Verizon and other wireless carriers to provide Internet connectivity to more products.


"With limited resources, municipal leaders are being tasked with finding ways to make their communities more efficient," said Dan Feldman, director of IoT Smart Cities for Verizon, in a statement. "Towns and cities can start with projects like energy-efficient smart streetlights, car sharing and smart parking. The cost savings and revenue from those projects can then be used to help fund bigger projects, including tackling pollution and upgrading transit infrastructure."

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The Woz shows concern of an Internet of Things bubble that could burst

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: May 28, 2015 10:15 pm

The Internet of Things (IoT) already is proving disruptive, and will only continue to pick up momentum in the years to come. The IoT market could emerge into a $290 billion market by 2017, with 30 percent year-over-year growth, as more consumers and companies embrace connected technology.




Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is excited about IoT development, but wonders if the IoT market could one day face the same problems the dotcom era did when it crashed in the late 1990s: "I feel it's kind of like a bubble because there is a pace at which human beings can change the way they do things. There are tons of companies starting up," Wozniak recently said during the World Business Forum.


Even with concern of an IoT bubble from Wozniak, that certainly isn't stopping companies. Google has its Brillo OS, while Huawei also is developing an IoT-centric software platform - and there are plenty of hardware and software developments currently underway.

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