Internet of Things

Think Cash Is King? You’re Wrong… It’s This

Think Cash Is King? You’re Wrong… It’s This

If you needed any further proof that patents are invaluable, we got it on Monday. In one of the biggest tech mergers of the year, Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp. (SFTBY), announced that it’s acquiring British chip designer, ARM Holdings Plc (ARMH). As my colleague Greg Miller detailed yesterday, the $32 billion tie-up makes eminent sense...

SoftBank Bets Big on the Internet of Things

SoftBank Bets Big on the Internet of Things

What does $32 billion buy you these days? For Japanese mobile communications firm SoftBank Group Corp. (SFTBY), it’s provided a route into one of the most lucrative up-and-coming technology fields. On Monday, the company ponied up the cash to buy British chip designer ARM Holdings Plc (ARMH). And Softbank’s Chairman, Masayoshi Son, isn’t shy about...

How to Overcome Smart Home Downsides

How to Overcome Smart Home Downsides

Over the past few weeks, I’ve featured a mini-series here on the Smart Home and how it could be on the cusp of widespread adoption. As you probably know by now, Smart Homes are the latest in a string of “Smart” things to enter our lives – after smartphones, smartwatches, smart meters, smart cars, and...

Startup Firm Notion Hits Connected Home Market

Startup Firm Notion Hits Connected Home Market

While tech analysts and fans are excited about the potential that home automation brings, most consumers aren’t yet feeling the vibe. Sure, products like Amazon.com Inc.’s (AMZN) Echo device and the imminent arrival of Google Home from Alphabet Inc. (GOOG) have generated a lot of press and excitement, but the kinds of products they control...

Google Home Wants to Control Your Home

Google Wants to Control Your Home

In my article here last week, I discussed how Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL) unveiled a range of updates and new innovations at its recent Google I/O conference. Among them was Google Home – a dedicated in-home device similar to Amazon.com Inc.’s (AMZN) Echo, combined with a huge expansion to Google Now, which has been renamed Google...

Two Firms Set to Profit From the IoT

Two Firms Set to Profit From the IoT

The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to be the next Big Thing in technology. If you don’t believe me, believe the industry insiders instead: Gartner says the number of connected “things” will surge by 30% year over year to 6.4 billion in 2016. And by 2020, the research firm estimates there will be 20.8 billion...

The Future of the Industrial Internet of Things

The Future of the Industrial Internet of Things

In the digital age, we’re constantly on the lookout for the next big thing in technology – whether for personal use or to invest ahead of the curve. But having the keen eye to spot that Unicorn before the rest of the world takes tremendous insight. Many believe that the Internet of Things (IoT) is...

Internet of Things: Nest Retires Revolv

Internet of Things: Nest Retires Revolv

At the height of the personal computer revolution in the 1980s, several companies saw the boom approaching and tried to profit from it by writing the operating software and making the machines that would lead the charge. The winners, of course, were Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) with its DOS software and Windows operating system, Intel Corp....