Jan 31

Your business relies on your applications and your employees to stay in business. Whether you develop apps or manage business critical apps that help fuel your business, what happens when users experience sluggish performance? You and all technical teams across the organization – application, network, operations, among others, as well as, those outside the organization, like ISPs and third-party providers – are called in to solve the problem.

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Jan 31

SYS-CON Events announced today that Fusion, a leading provider of cloud services, will exhibit at SYS-CON’s 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Fusion, a leading provider of integrated cloud solutions to small, medium and large businesses, is the industry’s single source for the cloud. Fusion’s advanced, proprietary cloud service platform enables the integration of leading edge solutions in the cloud, including cloud communications, cloud connectivity, and cloud computing. Fusion’s innovative, yet proven cloud solutions lower customers’ cost of ownership, and deliver new levels of security, flexibility, scalability, and speed of deployment.

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Jan 31

An anonymous reader writes: You just plug in the HDMI feed, and you’re in the cockpit of the drone,” the CEO of the new Drone Racing League tells Wired. “Everyone from Oculus on is expecting to have VR headsets in every home for entertainment consumption, and we’re a natural use for it.” In anticipation of a new mass entertainment, the Drone Racing League released new footage Thursday highlighting one of their complicated competition courses, “a concrete steampunk torture chamber with cast-iron columns and massive hulking turbines from another era” described as The Gates of Hell. “[T]hese young drone pilots are not just enjoying themselves, but also inventing a new sport,” reports one technology site, asking whether we’ll ultimately see “drone parks” or even drone demolition derbies and flying robot wars. In an article titled “When Video Games Get Real,” they quote one pilot who says it feels like skateboarding in the 1990’s, “with a small group of people pushing the envelope and inventing every day” — this time wearing virtual reality googles to experience the addictive thrill of flying.

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Jan 31

I often write about the Internet of Things, or the soon-to-be-cliché IoT. You know, the smart-fridges, smart-cars, smart-thermostats, healthcare devices, wearables and any of those connected devices that have a sensor, gathers data and reports back to some entity. You are able to control these devices (and see the data) with mobile apps or even your own voice and gestures. They are all the rage and sitting at the top of the Gartner Hype Cycle.

But it’s all the various sensors inside those devices that are doing the actual measuring, calculating, tracking and reporting. Each has its own specialty providing specific functionality. I’ve always wondered about what’s inside some of the wearables so let’s take a look at a few.

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Jan 31

Most people haven’t heard the word, “gamification,” even though they probably, and perhaps unwittingly, participate in it every day.
Gamification is “the process of adding games or game-like elements to something (as a task) so as to encourage participation.” Further, gamification is about bringing game mechanics – rules, constructs, processes, and methods – into the real world in an effort to engage people.
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Robert Endo, owner and engagement manager of Intrepid Data, discussed how wearables, analytics, and geospatial technologies can be combined to transform the world into the ultimate game board. Organizations can grasp consumer, employee, or client intrinsic interest by setting up cool, collaborative, and rewarding systems using the IoT.

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Jan 31

Machine-to-machine (M2M) technology has impacted the healthcare sector heavily, unlike the trivial impact of the technology on an array of other verticals. M2M connected healthcare, which operates in an IT ecosystem, enables a range of healthcare service offerings, such as easy sharing of healthcare-related data pertaining to the medical history, personal information, diagnostic results, prescription information, clinical data, and other data regarding patients. The other uses of M2M connected healthcare lie in home monitoring, assisted living, clinical monitoring, and telemedicine.

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Jan 30

The Internet of Things is slowly building up its core capabilities to start solving problems that can really benefit from it. Let’s talk about the manufacturing vertical and why the Internet of Things may open up doors previously impossible to crack open.
I love having conversations that are specific. Although being open and having a 10,000 ft. overview sometimes helps, it’s the nitty-gritty of things that makes them more interesting. Manufacturing is one of the founding pillars of any full-grown and stable economy. World economic output through manufacturing alone touches a multiple trillion dollars per year. China holds over 22% of the world’s manufacturing capacity. Staggering! The United States follows with over 15% of the world’s manufacturing attributed to it. A key vertical, manufacturing drives economies and essentially a large part of the world. You could also say that manufacturing drives all other verticals, as everything produced through manufacturing is used in other industries to produce other outputs. Manufacturing itself depends on manufacturing to exist. Does that make sense?

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Jan 30

On January 4, General Motors announced a $500 million investment in Lyft, the #2 player in the rapidly growing ride sharing market. To quote the press release[1]:
“We see the future of personal mobility as connected, seamless and autonomous,” said GM President Dan Ammann. “With GM and Lyft working together, we believe we can successfully implement this vision more rapidly.”

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Jan 30

With microservices, SOA and distributed architectures becoming more popular, it is becoming increasingly harder to keep track of where time is spent in a distributed application when trying to diagnose performance problems. Distributed tracing systems attempt to address this problem by following application requests across service boundaries, persisting metadata along the way that provide context for fine-grained performance monitoring.

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Jan 30

Gone are the days of limited connectivity—at least that’s the plan this year. According to Wireless Design Magazine, The Broadband Alliance has announced plans to hosts a world Wi-Fi-day. This global initiative has teamed up with more than 135 technology companies to help encourage all utilize the IoT and IIoT to its fullest, by taking steps to help business, industry and neighborhoods have access to quality wireless.
Now as you reach for your smart device, smart machine or connected thing, hold on tight wireless is taking you to the deep end. Don’t worry you can handle it. Enjoy this week’s reading, and as always tell us what we missed!

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