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  1. British Gas unveils Hive Active Plug and window sensors for the smart home

    British Gas unveils Hive Active Plug and window sensors for the smart home

    British Gas spin-off Hive has launched two new smart products that will allow you to control your home wherever you are. The Hive Active Plug and Hive Window or Door Sensor will work in Hive’s smart home platform Honeycomb, and pair with Hive’s Active Heating thermostat, which is already in 250,000 UK homes. The Active Plug enables you to switch appliances on and off using a companion app, manually as well as automatically, with up to six daily time slots available for scheduling.

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  2. Wind River Teams with IBM to Accelerate Edge-to-Cloud IoT Deployments for Industrial Customers

    Wind River Teams with IBM to Accelerate Edge-to-Cloud IoT Deployments for Industrial Customers

    Wind River is collaborating with IBM to advance IoT deployments for industrial customers with new “edge-to-cloud” recipes designed to simplify and accelerate the development of smart connected devices.  The new recipes guide customers on how to integrate services from IBM Watson IoT Cloud Platform with products from the Wind River HelixTM portfolio. Industrial customers using the recipes will now be able to connect industrial devices running Wind River software to the IBM Watson IoT Cloud Platform and access IBM Bluemix cloud services and analytics, allowing IoT developers to more quickly and easily develop smart connected devices. More specifically, recipes for …

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  3. Control4 Rolls Out New Line of Smart Home Solutions Starting at $600

    Control4 Rolls Out New Line of Smart Home Solutions Starting at $600

    Control4 has launched a new lineup of affordably priced smart-home controllers, dubbed the EA Series. The line includes the entry-level EA-1 (which comes bundled with the SR-260 remote for $600, shown here), the EA-3 ($1,000), and the EA-5 ($2,000). The new line is powered by the Control4 Operating System which manages entertainment sources from hundreds of the world’s leading brands, streams popular music services, and controls and automates lighting, security systems, thermostats, door locks, cameras, and more, all with a single remote or app.

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  4. Waze to Scoop up More Data through New Partnerships

    Waze changed how millions of people drive by convincing them to share their locations in return for real-time, crowdsourced traffic information. The Israel-based company, acquired by Alphabet Inc.’s Google in 2013 for $1 billion, unveiled new software Tuesday to scoop up more of this information from some very active drivers.

    The Waze Transport SDK lets other companies weave Waze’s mapping, traffic and driver-guidance data more deeply into their own mobile apps. It launched with six partners, including ride-sharing company Lyft Inc., emergency-dispatch technology provider The Genesis Group and JustPark Parking Ltd. of the U.K., whose app matches …

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  5. Seebo Raises $8.5M To Help Bring Your IoT Product To Life

    Seebo, the Tel Aviv, Israel-founded startup that offers an Internet of Things (IoT) end-to-end platform to help companies launch smart products faster, has closed $8.5 million in Series A funding. The round, which was led by Carmel Ventures with participation from existing investors, including TPY Capital, brings the total raised by the company to $14 million.

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  6. mPrest Raises $20M to Expand Industrial and Commercial IoT Solutions

    mPrest, a global provider of mission-critical monitoring and control software for the Internet of Things (IoT), announced today that it has raised a $20 million Series A round of funding. The round was led by GE Ventures, the venture arm of GE, and OurCrowd, one of the world’s leading equity crowdfunding platforms. mPrest will use the investment to expand its international presence in the industrial and commercial markets and rapidly scale to meet the soaring needs of the IoT world.

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  7. Forget Early Adopters: These People are Happy to Be Late

    Many people are late adopters or know one. When it comes to technological adoption, as much as 16% of the population is considered to be in the “laggard” category, with another 34% encompassing a “late majority,” according to a landmark 1962 studyabout the spread of new ideas and technology by the late University of New Mexico professor Everett Rogers.

    Late adopters are emerging as an untapped marketing force, with important things to tell companies about the role new products should play. Because they tend to be highly critical, late adopters can be useful to companies perfecting their wares.

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  8. Silicon Valley’s $585 Billion Problem

    Silicon Valley’s $585 Billion Problem

    VCs have pumped up the value of the “unicorn” startups. Now tech IPOs are in trouble. Good luck getting out.

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    To be fair, some major tech IPOs have soared in recent years, among them LinkedIn, Tesla Motors, and, after a rocky and controversial start, Facebook. But these are the exceptions. The detritus far outnumber the success stories, raising the question, Is the method by which companies go public as broken and inequitable as it ever was? That would certainly seem to be the case. And the problem is especially acute when it comes to tech companies for which relentless forward …

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  9. Kii Announces Investment From Cisco Investments

    Kii, a platform company enabling mobility and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions for global customers, has announced that Cisco Investments (Cisco’s corporate venture capital arm) is making an investment in Kii.

    Kii’s global platform enables device manufacturers and Internet of Everything (IoE) solution providers to create connected solutions with new data sources generated from IoT to be integrated into cloud service and analytics-driven application models in a wide range of IoE use cases.