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Elon Musk has asked the Federal Communications Commission for permission for SpaceX to built a constellation of 4,000 satellites that would blast Internet to even the most remote regions of Earth.
The plan would see SpaceX turn into an Internet service provider, a company that would compete directly with giants like Verizon and Comcast. Musk teased the plan earlier this year during a SpaceX event, but he didn't formally ask the FCC's permission until just last month. SpaceX would use their Falcon 9 rocket to launch the satellites into orbit, and then start broadcasting Internet signals to various points around the planet.
SpaceX is requesting permission from the FCC to test out if their antenna technology is strong enough to blast signals to devices on Earth, and if their permission is granted, they could begin testing this out by next year. If the testing all goes to plan, SpaceX could be your ISP within the next five years.
During a speech in January, Musk said that project as big as this would "be a real enabler for people in poorer regions of the world", as well as helping out the Internet in the United States, "where people are stuck with Time Warner or Comcast".
Computex 2015 - GIGABYTE wants to evolve into a hardware company known for supporting the Internet of Things (IoT), and has introduced its GB-BXBT-3825 IoT gateway. The gateway has been designed to provide connectivity between legacy devices and intelligence IoT infrastructures.
The new system is powered by the Intel Atom E3825 processor, and is being promoted by GIGABYTE as "the idea building block for a fast development of intelligence vending machines." The GB-BXBT-3825 provides connectivity that bridges legacy equipment to the cloud, and hardware security root that provides trust, data encryption, and software protection.
The GIGABYTE GB-BXBT-3825 has the following specifications: GIGABYTE MZBAYAD motherboard, 1.33GHz Intel Atom E3825 CPU, 1x BGA 1170, 1x SO-DIMM slot supporting up to 8GB RAM, 1x GbE LAN port, Intel HD graphics, Realtek ALC283 audio, 1x SATA III 6 Gb/s port, and 1x 2.5" HDD/SSD internal bay.
Computex 2015 - There's no doubt that every company is racing to integrate USB 3.1 into everything they produce - laptops, cases, motherboards and accessories are all being announced with USB 3.1 support and ASUS is helping lead the charge.
As part of its Computex 2015 display, ASUS has shown off a myriad of USB 3.1 ready products and what you are about to learn about is the extensions and accessories line of products on offer.
Firstly is the USB 3.1 UPD panel and the USB 3.1 enclosure, with ASUS' UPD panel providing up to 100W of power as per USB Type-C limitations and the enclosure providing a USB 3.1 Type-A experience for all consumers.
Computex 2015 - Analogix always has something to impress me wherever we are, but it was their various demos and prototypes of USB Type-C products that had me impressed at Computex this year.
The company was showing off its new chips in the ANX7428, ANX7816+, ANX7418 and ANX7688 which provide DisplayPort, USB 3.0 and Power Delivery all over the same, tiny little cable. That tiny little cable we mentioned, is thanks to a tiny little chip, which is pictured above.
Analogix was showing off the Apple MacBook Air, which will see future cables using their technology to output to various other outputs or devices.
Verizon Enterprise Solutions doesn't want to miss out on more consumers and hardware manufacturers embracing the Internet of Things (IoT), strategically preparing new partnerships and alliances.
The enterprise IoT market already has more than 1 billion devices, and that number is expected to dramatically grow in the coming years. Also, the consumer market - with end users purchasing more Things - will provide a great opportunity for Verizon and other wireless carriers to provide Internet connectivity to more products.
"With limited resources, municipal leaders are being tasked with finding ways to make their communities more efficient," said Dan Feldman, director of IoT Smart Cities for Verizon, in a statement. "Towns and cities can start with projects like energy-efficient smart streetlights, car sharing and smart parking. The cost savings and revenue from those projects can then be used to help fund bigger projects, including tackling pollution and upgrading transit infrastructure."
The Internet of Things (IoT) already is proving disruptive, and will only continue to pick up momentum in the years to come. The IoT market could emerge into a $290 billion market by 2017, with 30 percent year-over-year growth, as more consumers and companies embrace connected technology.
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is excited about IoT development, but wonders if the IoT market could one day face the same problems the dotcom era did when it crashed in the late 1990s: "I feel it's kind of like a bubble because there is a pace at which human beings can change the way they do things. There are tons of companies starting up," Wozniak recently said during the World Business Forum.
Even with concern of an IoT bubble from Wozniak, that certainly isn't stopping companies. Google has its Brillo OS, while Huawei also is developing an IoT-centric software platform - and there are plenty of hardware and software developments currently underway.
With this new device connecting to any large screen through HDMI, Lenovo stated in its recent press release that "80 percent of people are using tablets at home with 52 percent of them using tablets to watch TV," pointing out a market in which they wish to capitalize on.
The Lenovo Cast is a first foray into media casting for this technology giant. When Lenovo comes to mind, most firstly think about education or industrial computers and laptops, however Lenovo are looking to break this stereotype.
This 50 gram pocket sized device utilizes dual frequency Wi-Fi with a range of up to 20 meteres, boasting that the signal strength is great enough to travel through walls.
Chinese company Huawei announced its Agile Network 3.0 Architecture during its Network Congress 2015 - with a specific interest in the Agile Internet of Things (IoT) solution. Company officials noted its platform as a free and open standard, so it's even easier to make devices connect - and communicate - with the Internet.
"Standardizing infrastructure will foster the development of Internet applications, including 'IoT' applications," said William Xu, chief strategy and marketing officer at Huawei, in a statement to the media.
Looking ahead, Huawei predicts there will be 100 billion connections by 2025, with two million new sensors deployed every hour. Huawei has increased focus of its IoT efforts in the past couple of years, as buildings, vehicles, factories, retail stores, critical infrastructure, and other products become connected.
Just how popular is the HDMI standard? According to Jim Rossner from ShapeTechnology who reached out to us, there are over 4 billion HDMI-enabled devices around the world.
This year alone, 700 million HDMI-compliant devices are estimated to be shipped. The HDMI organization has plenty more in store for the standard, where we expect it to really take off with VR headsets right around the corner. HDMI has gone through considerable changes since its inception, with HDMI 2.0 capable of 4K 60FPS.
The Internet of Things (IoT) has hardware companies and software developers excited, as long as they have properly prepared for the growing craze. Chip maker Qualcomm says it has already generated $1 billion in revenue during 2014 in IoT-related business, with more than 120 million smart home units powered by Qualcomm.
Starting this year, Qualcomm believes 10 percent of its chip division revenue will be from products other than smartphones - as the IoT market continues to develop.
"The investment we've made in the Snapdragon business is necessary to drive our mobile business," said Derek Aberle, president at Qualcomm, in a statement to Forbes. "We've also made some investments in automotive-grade Snapdragon chips, but it's not like we have to create entirely new processors and chips. We can leverage our previous investments and come through with higher margins."