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Siemens and Streetscooter have announced that they will work cooperatively to equip a new class of modular electronics and software technologies into Streetscooter’s short distance electric vehicles.

Siemens and Streetscooter have announced that they will work cooperatively to equip a new class of modular electronics and software technologies into Streetscooter’s short distance electric vehicles. The technologies themselves were developed as part of the RACE project (Robust and reliable Automotive Computing Environment for future eCars), a German business/academic/government partnership dedicated to ...

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With its earlier acquisition of ThingWorx, PTC made it very clear that it sees the Internet of Things to be at the core of next-generation product (PLM) and service (SLM) lifecycle management. To further deliver on this vision, the company has now added another key piece in Axeda, which it has agreed to acquire for ...

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Software and Domain Knowledge Trump Commodity Hardware for Precision Ag Drone Suppliers, Endusers

Remote sensing services provider Agribotix recently posted a blog entry entitled Agribotix Takeaways From the 2014 Precision Aerial Ag Show in Decatur, IL”. The title, while not exactly clickbait, aptly describes the topic of the entry. More importantly, in the blog proper the authors make several valid points concerning the use of small aerial ...

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NVIDIA officially announced its SHIELD Tablet, with a July 29th release date in the US – the SHIELD Tablet is also NVIDIA’s first gaming device (end-to-end product) to ship outside North America (August 14th in Europe and later in 2014 for other markets).  Priced at $299 and $399 for the 16 GB ...

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Founded by Cynthia Breazeal, Jibo is exactly the type of robot that will usher in the age of personal robotics.  The reason for this is simple - the price will be about $500.  This is in line with a task robot like an iRobot Roomba.  It combines many of the features that are ...

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Today’s news about the launch of Thread Group is worth a look that’s lengthier than your average tech-news look. In brief, the goal of this initiative is to create a new wireless connectivity technology that is designed ground-up for IoT devices, especially the ones operating in a smart-home environment. This seems to mean that Thread ...

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There continues to be more developments and questions raised about NFC and mobile payments.  As might be expected, when you get into discussions about who pays what, and gets what cut of what fees and revenues then things get bogged down.  It is very rare that any technology is win-win for all stakeholders ...

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Launched this week, Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) is the latest attempt to sort out the interoperability issue that is looming over the Internet of Things. The consortium’s founding members include Atmel, Broadcom, Dell, Intel, Samsung, and Wind River (a subsidiary of Intel), and its mission is to collaboratively develop a new open standard for device ...

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Samsung recently announced late 2014 will mark the end of its Plasma TV line and LG has expressed (albeit not entirely official) a similar sentiment and timeline – Panasonic ended Plasma TV production earlier this year.  Reviewers time and time again rated Plasma TVs as among the best performing TVs and many have recently ...

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Two weeks ago Android for Work was announced at Google I/O. Beginning with Android ‘L’ devices, followed by updates to Android Ice Cream Sandwich and higher (4.0), Android smartphones will have Android for Work capabilities. Of particular interest was the announcement of Samsung Knox contribution. Now it remains unclear what exactly *contribution* means ...

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