Sunday, January 14, 2018

IoLT: Internet of Living Things

Besides of many mechanical devices that are being tracked by IoT,
more and more animals, both domestic and wild now provide research data.

Snowy Owl research and conservation - Project SNOWstorm

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The Internet of Living Things - Scientific American Blog Network

Internet of Everything

ARM + LTE 2-in-1 laptops

PC-phone convergence is happening, but not how you think - CNET
"...rather than phones becoming more like computers, computers are becoming more like phones.
...Qualcomm Snapdragon systems announced:
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...they'll cost $600 and up, the same as many mainstream laptops in the US. Instead, they promise some very high-end features, including always-on LTE connectivity (like a phone) and 20-plus hours of battery life with weeks of standby time, which also sounds more like a phone than a PC."
(or like iPad Pro, just with better price, and running Windows apps :)

"release in Q2, priced at $799 with the stylus and keyboard attachment"

Dogecoin vs. US banks

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Such Cryptocurrency. So Amaze. : Planet Money : NPR

Dogecoin was created for learning about crypto-currency, and giving money to charity.
It is now worth $1.4 B. And as other blockchain system, it enables almost instant and fee transfer of money.

On the other side, US banks are still using ancient system from 1970's, written in COBOL and running on mainframe computers, that takes up to 5 days to transfer money, and the service is expensive for users. But it is very profitable for the banks, so it stays that way, for now at least, until some "Amazon of banking" takes off. 

It is not technical reasons that hold back, in UK similar money transfers take seconds!

Episode 489: The Invisible Plumbing Of Our Economy : Planet Money : NPR