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Why Driverless Cars Are Here to Stay

Driverless cars are the ultimate disrupter. Heck, Ford executives now make regular trips to Silicon Valley to meet with executives running startups a millionth Ford’s size. But I was recently asked if driverless cars are any different than the Segway. Let’s review…

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

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

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...

Are We Really As Smart As We Think?

We humans are a smart bunch. At least, we think we are. I mean, we have smartphones, smart watches, smart meters, and smart cars, among other things. Yet, for all this smart stuff, we’re finding it trickier to operate one of our longtime tech mainstays. The television. Far from embracing new-age smart TVs, Greg Miller...

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...

How to Hunt Down a Unicorn

As mythical as its namesake, a “unicorn” is a highly promising company – typically an entrepreneurial tech-based startup – with a market valuation of $1 billion or more, despite not yet having an established performance record. The term is derived from an article by venture capitalist and Founder of Cowboy Ventures, Aileen Lee. In her...