Plug-in electric vehicles to communicate with electric companies via the cloud

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A two-way communication platform would allow plug-in electric vehicles to work with power grids.

Ford Motor Company and seven global automakers have joined together for a first-ever test of technology that will allow utility companies to communicate with plug-in electric vehicles via the cloud, an advancement that would help manage energy use and improve the efficiency of the power grid.

 

 

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The rapidly changing world of IT sparks a war for developers

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War for developers

The emergence of next-generation social, mobile, analytics and cloud technology has sparked a war for developers able to continue the fast pace of innovation. Enterprises that want to remain in business tomorrow would be wise to make the right changes today.

 

 

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Big Brother is watching your streaming music

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Music consumers migrated to streaming music services that live in the cloud in accelerating numbers.

How does the surveillance state consolidate control? By living in “the cloud” — where all our pertinent data is stored on computer servers operated by the likes of Google and Amazon and Microsoft — becomes too seductive to avoid and too cheap not to afford.

 

 

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The Cloud might be the most disruptive innovation ever

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What makes the cloud so disruptive is that it compels legacy players to change their business models.

In Harvard professor Clayton Christensen’s 1997 management classic The Innovator’s Dilemma, he coined the term disruptive innovation.  The central premise was that a change in technology can completely transform the basic economics of an business.

 

 

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The internet of things is big data’s latest killer app

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Synapse’s system is like a real-time monitor, reminding people to wash their hands.

A Huntsville, Ala.-based sensor-network company called Synapse Wireless is moving from the machine-to-machine world into cloud platforms and big data. Here’s how it did it and how it thinks its work could actually end up saving lives.

 

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Where does the Internet of Things stand?

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Like the Cloud in 2012, the Internet of Things is about to come on strong.

Google bought Nest for an incredible amount of money a few weeks ago. Do you know what Nest is or what they do? More specifically, do you have any idea what Nest is trying to do or what platform they are built upon? If the answer to all those questions is no, don’t worry, you’re not alone.

 

 

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Github doubled its repositories from 5 million to 10 million in 2013

GitHub hosts millions of developers’ repositories in the cloud.

For those of you new to the coding world, Github has become the goto place in the cloud where developers store their code. For many, it has become the replacement for traditional resumes, because prospective employers can view their latest projects in great detail.

Less than a year ago, in January, GitHub was closing in on the 5 million repos* milestone. Today, the company announced it’s hosting 10 million repos and counting. (”Repo” is short for “repository.” “Repository” is where your code lives. GitHub hosts millions of developers’ repositories in the cloud, where they can be shared globally and accessed from anywhere.)

 

 

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20 expert predictions for the future of customer service

“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” ~ John F. Kennedy

Preferences and expectations are changing and growing among consumers just as quickly as advancements in technology, encouraging (if not demanding) that brands embrace a strategy of non-stop adaptation to the next generation and the next big thing.

 

 

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Is connecting your product to the Internet of Things a good business decision?

Companies today are more excited than ever about the Internet of Things thanks to widespread Internet adoption and over 10 billion connected devices around the world. Nearly every business, including those from traditionally low-tech industries, wants to get on the cloud, track a group of devices, and gather data. The question is why would a company is connect a previously “dumb” product to the cloud. Or stated differently, if a company invests in making my toaster talk to my lawnmower, is that really a good business decision and why?

 

 

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Starbucks connects fridges, coffee machines to the Internet of Things

The coffee machine knows you probably don’t want whipped cream on your venti non-fat latte.

Starbucks refrigerators and coffeemakers are about to get a whole lot smarter.  Starbucks reportedly plans to connect its devices to the Internet of Things within the next year. Fridges will now tell employees when a carton of milk has gone bad, and cloud-based Clover coffeemakers will track what recipes customers prefer, and alert workers to the machine’s performance. The move is an attempt to improve productivity as well as customer service.

 

 

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Cloud to dominate data center traffic in 2013: Study

Percentage of Data Center Traffic in the Cloud, 2012-2013

More than two-thirds of global data center traffic will be represented by cloud-based traffic by 2017.  Cloud traffic will have grown more than fourfold from 2012 to 2017. Cloud-based traffic is already poised comprise the majority of traffic within the next few months.

 

 

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