1. And it seems to me that in the coming world of sensor-driven applications and devices, an increasing number of services will automatically infer sufficient context to take actions like payment on our behalf.

    — What Amazon, iTunes, and Uber teach us about Apple Pay - O’Reilly Radar

  2. She was eventually given the more impressive title of “chief of staff.” During the dotcom era, she moved out on her own to set up an ill-fated business. She was in charge of Intel’s move into operating data centers that could be outsourced to other companies.

    Under James’ plan, Intel would set up data centers with the same discipline and precision that it did with its chip manufacturing plants. It would build out the huge server rooms in giant warehouses and then rent the computing power to smaller companies. The business was much like Amazon’s huge web services business today. But Intel was too early and on the wrong side of the dotcom crash. When things fell apart in 2001, so did Intel’s appetite for noncore businesses. Intel shut down James’ baby.

    — How Intel’s new president Renee James learned the ropes from the legendary Andy Grove

  3. Though it can carry less data, microwave can travel distances in roughly half the time of even the most advanced fiber-optic cables.

    — Don’t Tell Anybody About This Story on HFT Power Jump Trading - Bloomberg

  4. The Affordable Care Act now lets employers charge employees different health-insurance rates, based on whether they exercise, eat healthful foods and other “wellness” choices they make outside of work.

    Employees (and insured family members) who don’t submit to the screening and participate in wellness programs face steep penalties; they may have to pay up to 30 percent more for their share of health-insurance costs. The law calls this a “reward” for participation. Flip it around and it’s a penalty for not authorizing your employer to manage and monitor how you live outside of work.

    — In the future, insurance companies will make sure that you exercise

  5. There also obvious class implications. The rich will be able to afford gold-plated insurance plans that come free of prying eyes, while the poor will only be able to afford insurance plans that come equipped with onerous behavior modification shackles.

    — In the future, insurance companies will make sure that you exercise

  6. I think the point here is that we all like to rail against insurers for marking us down and not paying what we think we should get, but the reality is that they are only paying on facts. The current insurance systems enable us to fudge these facts when an event occurs many times simply by not being able to provide the relevant information, hence we are probably getting payouts that are, most probably, not covered by the policy.

    — Insurance: The defining model of The Internet of Things?

  7. The upshot of this may be simply that if you want to continue to have the benefit of doubt you pay a higher risk premium because you are by definition of greater risk.

    — Insurance: The defining model of The Internet of Things?

  8. let’s say that your insurance provider for your home gave you a special pricing model based on your installation and use of a home security system. They would also be connected to your smoke alarms, key locks, window locks and so on. They may well know the cause of a fire before the police do, based on the iron that you left on all day and abrogate your payout on that basis, or they might detect and intruder through the security system and be connected to the monitoring centre, thereby organising faster response and possible apprehension of the burglars before they steal anything.

    — Insurance: The defining model of The Internet of Things?

  9. Are these all just the hobbies of astonishingly rich men who’d like to find a way not to die (and a good place for dinner)? Or is there a masterplan? What does Google want?

    — Death, drones and driverless cars: how Google wants to control our lives

  10. When the truck is driven manually, the lights shine white. But in auto-driving mode, the lights switch to a pulsing blue to alert nearby motorists.

    — Mercedes’ self-driving truck

  11. Finally, we visited Cisco’s Global Innovation Lab, where more technologies-in-development were on display, including mobile phone-controlled home appliances and even micro-chip tracking of Songdo’s children—so they don’t get lost. (Chips would be implanted in children’s bracelets, bringing to mind a 1984-type future.)

    — Songdo, South Korea: City of the Future?

  12. Viewed from the 12th floor of the brand new, environmentally conscious Sheraton Incheon Hotel (the first LEED-certified hotel in South Korea), Songdo resembled an architect’s model. Unlike the crowded and colorful streets of Seoul, the scene below was polished, spacious, sparse—not quite artificial, but not quite broken in yet either. It was more like the manifestation of a designer’s master plan than an evolved metropolis, with layers of lived-in depth.

    — Songdo, South Korea: City of the Future?

  13. New frameworks for devices to interact with the physical world have arrived and will further Apple’s lead. These are important to the growth of the platforms. These include BLE, iBeacon, NFC and other areas adjacent to discovery and the purchase funnel. These short range technologies (when made developer-friendly through APIs) allow phones to connect with the nearby world (the ‘edge’ or last 50 feet), much like GPS allowed phones to connect with the outdoor sky 10 years ago. This short range RF stack is maturing rapidly, but it’s still a little bit like GPS was 5-10 years ago. Back then the apps sucked—remember the first Garmin device you had to plug in to your cigarette lighter, which had no real apps or expansion capability? Or the first time you used maps on a Nokia series 40 phone? The applications were bad, the devices sucked, and the developer tools were non-existent. Now every single app you download uses location and you can get a car delivered to your house in 5 minutes, all enabled by GPS.

    — On The Future of Apple and Google

  14. Android is now the operating system of the world. It dominates any non-Apple, non-PC application. We still think of Android as a smartphone OS. But almost everything truly smart will run Android – new TVs, IoT devices, your home appliances etc.

    — On The Future of Apple and Google

  15. What hasn’t happened yet, but could, if this pattern progresses, is IoT devices becoming a required part of a health insurance policy.

    — Insurance Vultures and the Internet of Things - The Baffler