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Internet of Things Standards Groups Merge

IoT standards groups merge

The AllSeen Alliance and rival group Open Connectivity Foundation have announced a merger to speed up the adoption of connected devices. But key players Apple, Amazon and Google still remain out on their own.

The problem with three hyper-competitive holdouts is that none of them seem particularly interested in having their devices work well with the others’ ecosystem. The stated goal of the new OCF, on the other hand, is to ensure that most of the billions of devices out there can and will talk to each other when appropriate.

Read the full article on Fortune

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LG unveils its Windows 10 Smart Fridge

LG Windows 10 Smart Fridge

LG has unveiled a Windows 10 smart fridge at the IFA this week in Berlin. Tom Warren from The Verge is intrigued…

It’s actually really impressive to simply look at, and it’s fast and fluid to use. LG’s own Windows 10 apps are designed so you can stick notes to the fridge, set a timer, add recipes and healthy information about meals, or simply mark food that you can see through the translucent display.

Read the full article on The Verge

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OCF and Thread Group Alliance gives Windows 10 a Boost

OCF & Thread Group Alliance

A recent agreement between standards bodies the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) and the Thread Group means the two groups will work together on improving interoperability between smart home and IoT devices. As members of the OCF, this is a huge boost for Microsoft and Windows 10’s place in the smart home.

The alliance will benefit smart-home customers, with less guesswork involved in getting devices to work together. The alliance between OCF and Thread Group will help Windows 10 devices natively support and communicate with products from companies like Nest Labs, an Alphabet company.

Read the full article on PCWorld

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GE’s Internet of Things Platform to Run on Microsoft Azure

GE IoT to run on Microsoft Azure

GE’s Predix software platform, which enables industrial machines to connect to the “industrial internet,” will soon be moving to Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform, allowing users to analyse and share data using Microsoft applications. A big win for Microsoft in the battle for the best IoT cloud platform.

The partnership will allow Predix customers to access Microsoft Azure capabilities such as natural language processing, artificial intelligence, data visualization and integration with Microsoft’s Office 365 suite of online workplace productivity apps and other software.

Read the full article on the Wall Street Journal

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What’s behind Microsoft’s IoT magic mirror?

Microsoft's IoT Magic Mirror

The idea of a smart mirror has been around for a while, but now Microsoft have revealed details of how you can build your very own ‘Magic Mirror’, relatively cheaply, to display information like the time, date, weather, stocks and traffic using Microsoft services – while you’re shaving. ZDNet show you how to get reflective, with a Raspberry Pi, Windows 10 IoT and Microsoft Azure

Microsoft wants you to tap Azure and its artificial intelligence to create your own networked magic mirror… Instead of reaching for the phone when you’re rushing to prepare for work in the morning, Microsoft would have you simply look into the magic mirror for key details to help get the day started, such as stock prices, weather and traffic information.

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The 5 biggest markets the IoT is poised to disrupt

IoT Battlegrounds Infographic

Consulting firm Bain & Company recently published a new report that focuses on “the major emerging battlegrounds” in the IoT that enterprises need to be aware of. Mike Wheatley at SiliconANGLE takes a look at these battlegrounds;

  • Consumer IoT
  • The Industrial Internet
  • Networking
  • Real-time Analytics
  • Self-driving Cars & Robots

Read the full article on SiliconANGLE