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Elizabeth Warren's Plan to Break Up Big Tech

March 8, 2019


Elizabeth Warren penned her detailed opinion today, telling us it is time to break up Amazon, Google and Facebook, implying they are defacto monopolies. She is correct, they are. Whether they meet the classical definition today or not is secondary, they all have enough market power to effectively block competition and continue to wipe out current foes.

We agree in principle but not with many of the specifics. Here is the objective analysis of the salient points of her writings:

In the 1990s, Microsoft — the tech giant of its time — was trying to parlay its dominance in computer operating systems into dominance in the new area of web browsing.




After Bomb Cyclones and Tornadoes, is Your Company Prepared?

March 6, 2019

In the last few weeks alone the United States alone has witnessed numerous catastrophic weather events from bomb cyclones in the Midwest to tornadoes in Alabama and Georgia.

Sadly, many businesses are not prepared for such events – too many rely on a single location without proper backup systems to run their company when the weather or other emergency hits like ransomware or worse, something like the NotPetya attack which made files inaccessible forever. This single piece of malware alone caused over $10 billion in damage based on corporate public filings.

Triton Industrial Cyber Attacks are Coming and We're Not Ready

March 5, 2019



In 2017, a Middle Eastern petrochemical facility had the unfortunate distinction of being the first known victim of malware specifically targeted at process safety systems. Thanks to this malicious software named TRITON, the oil and gas industry became ground zero for the convergence of SIS process safety and ICS cybersecurity. Suddenly, the relatively obscure world of process safety systems, which had never seriously been considered a cyber vulnerability, was in the spotlight.

This malware is thought to have come from the Russian government - it can cause catastrophic accidents and it is spreading around the world.

The hackers appear to have been inside the petrochemical company’s corporate IT network since 2014. From there, they eventually found a way into the plant’s own network, most likely through a hole in a poorly configured digital firewall that was supposed to stop unauthorized access.






A Foldable Phone More Than $1,500 is Just Stupid

March 5, 2019



It brings tears to our eyes, but we really don't need a foldable phone. We were blown away by Samsung's entry into the space, the Galaxy Fold and the Huawei Mate X with its even larger screens blew us away again (below).



There seems to be great concern about the durability of these new plastic, foldable phones. Will they hold up to key scratches when they are in your pocket or purse? Will there eventually be a line or crease where the fold is, distracting from the user experience?





StaffAlerter Adds Personal Alerting Device for Enhanced Safety

March 4, 2019

Instant communication is becoming more important in business, schools, municipalities and the federal government. After 9/11 this became more apparent than ever and school shootings and other emergencies have only reinforced the need.

Yet most schools and cities haven't solved the problem. Why? Perhaps because they don't know what company to turn to. 

UCONN Gets Cybersecurity Lab

March 1, 2019

Great news for Connecticut and New England as The University of Connecticut launches a new Cybersecurity Instructional Lab funded by alumni brothers Samuel ’50 and Stephen Altschuler ’54, who earned bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering. 



The Altschuler brothers with scholarship recipients. 

The $1 million Altschuler Cybersecurity Lab will be located on the first floor of the Information Technology Engineering (ITE) Building, this summer.

“We chose to make this gift because of the support we received from UConn when we were engineering students in the early 1950s,” said the brothers in a joint statement. “Our training enabled us to advance our careers to the point where we are financially able to make a gift of this size.








New Tesla $35,000 Model 3 Revolutionizes The Market

February 28, 2019

Tesla continues to revolutionize the auto market. Sit in any of their vehicles, press the accelerator, listen to the lack of engine noise and pollution and you realize, Silicon Valley is changing everything.

The long-awaited $35,000 Model 3 has arrived with a 0-60 time of 5.6 seconds - pretty respectable. Did we mention the gobs of torque thanks to electric motors?

For this $35K you get 220 miles of range which is a deal-breaker for some as well as a top speed of 130 mph.



For $37k you get a 0-60 of 5.3 seconds, 240 miles of range and a top speed of $37,000. That's a pretty good ROI on an extra $2,000 investment.

The real amazing stuff: 

To achieve these prices while remaining financially sustainable, Tesla is shifting sales worldwide to online only.











Layoffs at Telit, an Annual Event?

February 28, 2019



Sources tell us IoT company Telit has laid off 38 people. We have reached out to the company for details and did not immediately hear back. One person affected by the layoffs says this move has affected morale within the organization - obviously, not for the better.

This seems to be an annual event as last year, around the exact same time the company laid off 100 people in India and the U.S.

This news should not have any effect on the real or perceived growth of the IoT space.

IoT Evolution took place earlier this month in Fort Lauderdale, FL. and the optimism level on the show floor and in conferences was very high.







The Case for Edge Computing gets Stronger as IIC and OpenFog Unite

February 20, 2019

Edge computing has a very bright future - it is absolutely inevitable.

If you are unconvinced, we invite you to read until the end.

For the sake of this post - we will use edge and fog computing interchangeably. This is becoming a less controversial position based on a recent exclusive interview with Chuck Byers, OpenFog CTO.



The OpenFog Consortium announced at an IoT Evolution Expo keynote in Fort Lauderdale, Florida last month, that their merger with the Industrial Internet Consortium or IIC was finalized. Both Carl Ford and Ken Briodagh with IoT Evolution have interesting insights on this merger, as does Matt Vasey, Chairman and President of OpenFog Consortium.

Suffice it to say, this combining of resources makes a great deal of sense as it helps the adoption of edge/fog computing. Here are some of the benefits and issues of fog-computing and OpenFog contributions.

Latency

Chuck discussed that apps should run in the cloud if possible but there are often impediments.













Pareteum on What iPass Merger Means

February 18, 2019

We told you last year Pareteum wants to let carriers and companies quickly integrate global mobile services. They abstract the communications companies and users need, allowing a focus on applications and services, not the underlying network.

To that end, last year, Pareteum procured a worldwide license to embed iPass technology as part of its connectivity strategy.

You may recall, in 2008 we were pretty impressed with how iPass helped create a communications skin first discussed by the head of Bell Labs. Specifically, they allowed a single login and password to access a network of global WiFi devices.

Now, the two companies are involved in M&A meaning the best of both companies can be harnessed by customers worldwide.

In an exclusive interview, CEO Vic Bozzo explained, Vic said, "Wireless is eating everything. Demand is growing and carriers can't keep up." He continued, "Pareteum provides flexible, elastic, cloud-based management of all of these streams of communications."

Our most recent video interview with Vic Bozzo


With iPass, they get a top-notch connectivity manager allowing customers to toggle easily between wireless and WiFi. In addition, they get access to 65 million global hotspots and over 500 Fortune 1,000 customers.

"Customers can now connect anywhere and everywhere," he exclaimed.

He went on to explain, companies are taking advantage of their open APIs to take advantage of more flexible communications and the smart-city space is beginning to heat up as a customer segment.

It's a great story with impressive synergies - a further abstraction of communications, allowing companies and developers to focus on solutions and apps, while ensuring connectivity is handled in the most efficient manner.


















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