Tech News Today Notes June 23; SMR382; Google Nest, Dropcam, Google Lobby, Quirky, privacy laws


Google IO Conference Keynote coming up.

Google Nest to buy Dropcam for a $555 million deal. If Google plans on only building a home security business with Dropcam, then the deal is not worth it. Home Security tends to have a lot of problems with cameras and network connectivity and configurations.

Nest would better use Dropcam tabs for its sensors that can be placed in doors and windows to detect motion. You could place one on your laptop and be alerted to a theft. Also home automation is a growing business and Dropcam will bring Google Nest to the forefront of this emerging technology.

Nest wants to separate their brand from Google, so people stop calling it a division of Google. They have their own agenda to follow that is separate from Google. However, people question the influence that Google will still have over Nest. What will happen 5 to 10 years from now? Google could very well absorb Nest back in to their company and collect data within your home for marketing purposes.

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Samsung has come out with another smart watch. The last one was called Gear 2, which ran on a Tyzan platform. Before that, there was the Galaxy Gear, which ran an Android platform.

The new watch called, SMR382, will be a smaller watch. It’s called Android Wear and will run the Tyzan platform. Samsung will use several software platforms to maintain a diverse collection of technologies. They even used one called Bota.

The FCC showed the new Samsung device as being a square shape. Many people seem to wish for a more round appearance as watches are normally constructed. This Smart Band might be a little more rectangular.

The will use a low power Qualcomm Chip.
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Google has become a powerful lobbying organization in Washington DC. A few years ago, they virtually ignored politics. It wasn’t until the FTC commission in 2012 that caused Google to become more politically involved.

Google now spends $3 million each quarter, or $12 per year on lawyers and lobbyists to fight for their interests in technology. Google also spends large sums of money across the Nation at the City Council levels to introduce their new tech ideas and proposals. For example, they opened up an exploratory committee in Portland to get approval to plan out Google Fiber in the city.

Google has an immense political reach. The Lobby in California is to bring clarity to the privacy and security debates.

Google is always challenging users to think about their new tech. The culture has to change their habits to embrace the tech. It takes a lot of effort to break down barriers and get people to accept the new driverless cars, Google Glass and Home Automation.

Other tech companies, who have ignored politics, may follow in Googles footsteps to lobby for their own interests. Many political decisions are made about the way technology can and should operate. To send lobbyists can help bridge a gap for technology and politics.
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GM has come out with a new Android app that lets you scan someone’s license plate and then text them. There all kinds of privacy concerns with this design. People question how it will be used and that road rage may be a big factor in people making more use of the app.

There have been incidents where a hacker was able to hack someone’s phone and question why he was cut off in traffic the other day.
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Light poles are to be packed with sensors for tracking Smart Phones. Intel, the company behind some of the sensor tech, promises that no cameras will be installed. The light pole sensors will primarily be used to track Smart Phones.

Perhaps these sensors can improve our quality of life while they detect air purity, traffic in the area, and collect bird droppings. The sensors will be different from the Home Automation sensors.
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Quirky is a leader in Home Automation technology. They did it again with another invention called, “Wink”. It is an $80 wink hub that will communicate over WiFi and other modems. Wink is setting the standards. If you look at the Quirky store, much of their approved products are focused on home automation.

IFundThatShow: has seen a lot of home automation products.
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Debate: is the mandatory kill switch a good idea or not? The answers point to yes. It is better to allow hackers the chance to brick all our phones, rather than let criminals steal them from us. End of debate.

One more thing, kill switches don’t stop all reasons to steal a phone.

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