Microsoft breaks down the IoT language barrier with Open Translators to Things

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Microsoft knows of the compatibility issues between connected devices, and wants to help break down the language barrier between them with the launch of their 'Open Translators to Things' (OpenT2T) initiative. Developers are being invited to collaborate on the project and build 'translators' which should make it easier to build...

By Ryan Daws, 06 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Industry, IoT, Languages, Microsoft, Platforms.

Opinion: Developing for a connected future

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As the Internet of Things (IoT) becomes a pervasive part of our lives, individuals are increasingly gaining the ability to use their “things” (data in other words) to improve their lives and businesses, and we should all be preparing for a truly connected future. When it comes to IoT in particular, what this means is a future driven by data, whereby it is collected by...

By Liam Kelly, 07 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, IoT.

IBM launches Quark tool for IoT development

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IBM has launched an open source tool called Quark, offering help to programmers and manufacturers looking to build applications based on IoT sensor data.

Quark is based on IBM Streams, a product for processing large amounts of live data. Juniper Research predicts the number of IoT devices – each creating new data –...

By Ryan Daws, 16 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, IoT.

Hardware partners Weave onto Google's Project Brillo

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Project Brillo is Google's attempt to unify the internet-connected "things" which make up the Internet of Things we keep hearing about, but until now we've not heard of many products which have supported the new standard. As of CES 2015, this narrative has changed, and now we have several companies putting their weight behind Project...

By Ryan Daws, 07 January 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Devices, IoT, Platforms.

Nuance introduces 'Mix' developer platform

The Nuance Mix platform enables developers to create customised speech experiences for wearables and other consumer electronics.

The platform was first launched through the Nuance Developers programme as a limited-release beta. It enables developers and device makers to create customised natural language and voice interfaces for the next-generation of IoT, including smart home, fitness, consumer health, robotics, and gaming applications.

Nuance Mix features a completely new natural language development tool....

By Developer, 16 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Platforms.

Huawei plans to launch 'HiLink' SDK for IoT devices

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Huawei is looking to grab a slice of the IoT pie, and has announced their intention to launch a protocol called 'HiLink' next year to control all your smart devices using a variety of communication technologies.

Planned to launch in Q2 2016, the HiLink protocol will make use of Zigbee, WiFi, and Bluetooth to make linking devices easier. HiLink will come with an SDK for...

By Ryan Daws, 14 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, IoT, Platforms.

Seven evolving trends in software development

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What’s the difference between a fad and a trend? A fad is ephemeral and burns out shortly after it ignites. For example, every holiday season we witness how some new and novel toy takes the market by storm–remember the Tamagotchi? But soon enough, few people care about these toys anymore, and in no time, you’ll likely find them cluttering the corners of a playroom or crammed in boxes at a garage sale. Trends, on the other hand, reflect movements with staying power....

By Ciklum, 22 September 2015, 2 comments. Categories: IoT, Mobile.

IBM integrates IoT platform with ARM to boost offering

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IBM has integrated its Internet of Things (IoT) platform, known as IBM IoT Foundation, with ARM to allow customers to benefit from collection, analysis and decision-making with regard to data from devices such as industrial appliances, weather sensors and wearable monitoring devices. Developed on the SoftLayer infrastructure, the platform supports a range of fully managed, cloud-hosted offerings.

The IBM IoT Foundation provides security systems that protect IoT data and offer decision...

By Developer, 10 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, IoT, Platforms, Wearables.

Opinion: Forget connected fridges, it's time to get serious about the IoT

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The Internet of Things (IoT) was the most hyped technology of 2014 according to Gartner, and it’s easy to see why. Cisco’s recent IoT study suggests that the number of connected devices is expected to grow to 50 billion by 2020, leading to a global economic impact of $10 trillion.

Connected devices are set to change the very fabric of the world we live and work in. However, the buzz around gadgets such as connected fridges and smart kettles being developed...

By Sukamal Banerjee, 29 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Industry, IoT.

Four core ways that IoT will improve technology

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is just as much a platform as it is a new standard for technological development and integration. Just as the personal computer enabled new use cases and gave end users new ways to be productive and be entertained, IoT will enable a number of digital improvements to the status quo. All these potential improvements and use cases belong to one of four main uses, much in the way...

By Ciklum, 23 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Development Tools, Enterprise, Industry, IoT.

Which beacon shines brighter: Eddystone or iBeacon?

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It always made sense that Google would eventually enter the beacon space. In many ways, it’s surprising that Google didn’t get there first. After all, the technology is essentially putting cookies into physical spaces and bringing many of the same technology we use on the web to the physical world. The tracking, advertising, contextual aware potential of the technology made it a Google...

By Mike Crooks, 21 July 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Android, API, IoT, Location.

IoT and Developers: Is reality meeting expectation?

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The Internet of Things (IoT) has successfully made the transition from futurist buzzword to a tangible reality. The wearable phenomenon and the promise of a connected fridge or toaster in every ‘smart home’ are proving to be the earliest drivers, with the ecosystem likely to broaden over time. In fact, for a relatively new market, the IoT is growing and maturing quickly:

By Mark Armstrong, 17 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, IoT.

IoT and the enterprise: What has the industry got to do to kick-start growth?

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The analysts and researchers are in agreement; the Internet of Things (IoT) market will become the largest device market in the world. The question is simply when.

Berg Insight argues that in the industrial automation sector, the number of wireless IoT devices will hit 43.5 million by 2020. In the overall market, the numbers are almost frighteningly big: BI...

By James Bourne, 12 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Security.

The privacy implications of the Internet of Things

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The term “Internet of Things” refers to the use of the Internet for monitoring, tracking, controlling, and interconnecting everyday objects. For example, home appliances can be connected to the Internet to facilitate household activities. In this context, it is worth mentioning that refrigerators that allow the users to access the Internet are already commercially available.

According to ABI Research, a...

By Daniel Dimov, 04 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

Couchbase launches N1QL query language, combining SQL with JSON for IoT power

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NoSQL database provider Couchbase has announced N1QL, described as a “breakthrough” query language enabling developers to more easily build enterprise web, mobile and Internet of Things  (IoT) applications on its database.

The move was announced at the Couchbase Connect conference:

Couchbase previews breakthrough query language N1QL at #CBConnect http://t.co/2uR32JHZFM

— Couchbase (@couchbase)

By James Bourne, 03 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Enterprise, IoT, JavaScript.