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If you imagine 50 billion connected devices all consuming a few milliwatts of power, it adds up. With that in mind, we brought Oleg Logvinov, director, market development at ST Microelectronics and who currently serves on the IEEE Standards Association Corporate Advisory Group, on this week's podcast to discuss strategies from the silicon up for making the internet of things more energy efficient.

Before Logvinov discusses both technologies and standards for cutting electricity usage and makes the case that even wired devices should consume less, Kevin Tofel and I talk about the previous week's news including the August lock, the future of Bluetooth as a standard in the connected home, and Qualcomm's planned buy of CSR. Stay tuned.

Host: Stacey Higginbotham
Guests: Kevin Tofel and Rafi Haladjian, CEO of Sen.se.

Direct download: IOT_102014_01-AudioMp3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00 AM

Another week, another Structure Show podcast. In this week's installment, Gigaom reporter Jonathan Vanian and I cover a broad spectrum of issues, from the Poodle bug to the Microsoft-Docker relationship, and the growing attempt by big data companies to prove their technologies can run nicely in the cloud.

And because a week can't go by without some OpenStack news, we also touch on the acquisition of OpenStack startup Cloudscaling by storage giant EMC.

Max Schireson. Source: MongoDB
Max Schireson. Source: MongoDB

Our guest this week is Max Schireson, the vice chairman of MongoDB who ceded his CEO role earlier this summer in order to spend less time traveling and more time with his family. Two months after the move was announced, we speak with him about how it's going, the reaction he received to a viral blog post about his decision, and the importance of understanding that fathers are important members of the family, too.

Coming on the heels of some interesting moves by MongoDB -- including a new cloud management service announced this week -- we also speak about the company's history, its strategy and its ultimate role in a database market worth many billions of dollars.

 

Direct download: 101514_01-AudioMp3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:56 AM

We've discussed Google's long-term Chrome strategy for more than a year, suggesting that the Chrome browser would become a framework for Google to boost desktop engagement. This week saw another step towards that goal with a standalone Hangouts app for Windows and Chrome OS with support for Mac OS X in the works. A clue in the Chromium tracker indicates that Google Play Music may be the next such app.

We talk about this in more detail in our weekly Chrome Show podcast, also chatting about some Chromecast developments as well as an easier way to get Android apps running on your own Chrome OS device using a -- you guessed it -- standalone Chrome app.

SHOW NOTES:

Hosts: Janko Roettgers and Kevin C. Tofel

Direct download: 101413-01-AudioMp3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:27 AM

Almost a decade ago Rafi Haladjian saw that ubiquitous Wi-Fi in homes and cheap electronics meant that the internet could become part of everything, so he built Nabaztag, a connected bunny that would interact with people. It was meant to be a connected conversation piece and the thought was that the home might be filled with such connected devices. By 2008 he realized that the connected world would evolve a bit differently and so started building out Mother, a connected hub with generic motion sensors that could be programmed to perform specific tasks with the toggle of the app.

Now the CEO of Sen.se, which makes the Mother, Haladjian discusses his thought evolution and where he thinks the internet of things is headed on this week's podcast. Before that, Kevin Tofel and I talk about GE's big industrial internet news, my tests of the Mother and answer a reader's question about buying a smart coffee maker.

Host: Stacey Higginbotham
Guests: Kevin Tofel and Rafi Haladjian, CEO of Sen.se.

Direct download: 101314_02-AudioMp3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:03 PM

johnsons

This week's show concludes with an interview with Ann and Bobby Johnson, the husband and wife behind a new analytics startup called Interana. We covered the company earlier this week, but dive even deeper in the podcast, including with a discussion about why, for the Johnsons at least, it was easier to start a business together than many might imagine.

But the really interesting part of Interana is the technology and the vision, much of which stems from the work Bobby and third co-founder Lior Abraham did during their tenures at Facebook. Interana is a custom-built engine for storing, analyzing and visualizing massive amount of event data, and it's meant to be usable by large numbers of employees.

So listen up. You might just learn something about analytics, corporate divestitures and even ... love.

Direct download: 100914_01-AudioMp3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:09 PM

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Category:Technology -- posted at: 4:15 PM

Backup cameras, adaptive steering, lane guidance systems and even automated parallel parking exist in today's cars, which means that by any definition they are smart. But they can't yet drive themselves, which is why we had Kristen Parrish, a researcher at Texas Instrument's Kilby Labs come on the podcast this week to talk about when we'll reach the tipping point for automated vehicles.Parrish explains some of the technologies involved, and covers some of the technical and regulatory elements we'll have to contend with as our vehicles learn to drive themselves.

Before we discuss cars, Kevin Tofel and I answer a reader's question about what type of garage door monitoring system he should use and talk about Google's plans to build a URL-based framework for finding connected devices that are nearby. I like the idea, but am curious how it could play out. Kevin and I also discussed some new HVAC technology, including a Kickstarter project that gives your old window A/C unit Nest-like learning and remote-temperature-control capabilities. Check it out.

Host: Stacey Higginbotham
Guests: Kevin Tofel and Kristen Parrish, a researcher at TI's Kilby Labs.

Direct download: 100614_01-AudioMp3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:12 AM

Back in the day -- say a decade ago -- tech startups spent a huge chunk of their funding on servers and commercial software. That was very good for the Sun Microsystems and Oracles of the world, but not so great for the startups themselves. Fast forward to the era of inexpensive-yet-reliable Amazon Web Services cloud and open-source tools, the cost of developing even sophisticated applications has plummeted.

Just ask Talko Co-founder Matt Pope who said his company, with 10 employees, has been able to bring its easy-to-use VoIP app (backed by a serious array of cloud-and-open-source firepower) to market at a fraction of what it would have cost in the pre-cloud era. At this stage, his last company, Groove Networks, had probably more than 100 people and had spent a heckuva a lot more.

Pope, who founded the [company]Talko[/company] with Ray Ozzie and Eric Patey talks about what Talko's new app does, and how it can help people in the break-and-fix business; on sales teams, or any sort of distributed team work smarter and, oh by the way, make actual voice calls that don't sound like crap. And why it is important to build that app so that the workloads can be moved, as necessary, between [company]Amazon[/company], [company]Microsoft[/company] clouds to take advantage of the best technology and pricing.

Talko Co-Founder Matt Pope
Talko Co-Founder Matt Pope

Speaking of cloud pricing, in the first 15 minutes, Derrick Harris and I discuss  the latest [company]Google[/company]  cloud price cuts, announced Wednesday which, by the time you read this, may have been met by Microsoft Azure and/or AWS. Another hot topic was the series of cloud reboots -- by AWS, [company]Rackspace[/company] and [company]IBM[/company] -- that made this a very busy week (and weekend) in cloud.

Derrick also weighs in on what's up with Zappos' Founder Tony Hsieh's Downtown project in Las Vegas. It's a lively one so settle in and listen.

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SHOW NOTES

Hosts: Barb Darrow and Derrick Harris

Direct download: 100114_01-audio.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:24 AM

The Chromebook-killers are almost here: This week HP introduced a pair of low-cost laptops that run Microsoft Windows 8.1 with Bing. From a hardware perspective, they're similar to Chromebooks. And Microsoft is wisely bundling some items that add value to the computers, which start at $199. You'll get to access Microsoft Office 365 Personal and 15 GB of OneDrive storage for a year, which is a shot across the bow at Google and its Chromebook offers.

 

How well will this play out for Microsoft? There's potential there but we'll have to see how the experience is on the new laptops. We discuss that as well as Photoshop on Chromebooks and Mozilla's new Chromecast competitor on this week's Chrome Show podcast.

 

Hosts: Janko Roettgers and Kevin C. Tofel

Direct download: 100114_01-AudioMp3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:22 PM

How do you make something as complicated as programming -- robots or the smart home-- both easy enough for a novice to get into it and complicated enough that the novice can keep the same tools and expand their skill set to higher levels? Joachim Horn, the founder of SAM, a prototyping kit for makers or anyone struggled with this very question as part of the design process for his product.

Horn and I discussed how he tackled what we ended up calling "graceful acceleration" and how it might apply to the smart home in this week's podcast. But before we talked about education, makers and design problems, Kevin Tofel and I talked about intercom systems and the marketing problems that the smart home has. We are also opening up the call to our listeners for their Halloween connected project ideas that we'd like to feature on a show (Horn starts us off at the end of his segment. If you have an idea send it to stacey at gigaom dot com. Enjoy the show.

Host: Stacey Higginbotham
Guests: Kevin Tofel and Joachim Horn, founder of SAM.

  • Kevin thinks intercoms are ready for some IP disruption
  • We discuss what people want in a smart home and why it's a tough sell
  • Meet SAM, a prototyping tool for future engineers and anyone interested in tech
  • Why graceful acceleration should be as important as graceful degradation in smart home design
  • Our first connected Halloween project idea ends the show
Direct download: 092914_01-AudioMp3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:41 PM