Who Said Standards Development is Slow?

June 30, 2015
Most engineers shudder at the idea of getting involved in a new standards development project. Getting a group of competitors in the same room to discuss the solutions to industry problems probably means a lengthy time commitment, as these competitors are going to defend their company’s interest. Or does it? In today’s world of fast-paced innovation, can standards be developed quickly to support an industry need while maintaining a consensus-based atmosphere? The answer is yes. In just over two months, CEA’s DTV Interface Subcommittee launched, balloted and published CEA-861.3, Static HDR Metadata...

Cracking the Code for Breaking the Tech Sector Glass Ceiling

June 24, 2015
Media reports indicate that women in technology are dealing with the outdated disconnect of an industry mindset that relegates women to second-class status, rather than maximizing their contributions. I spent the first seven years of my career at what is now the Consumer Electronics Association – working the entire time with Gary Shapiro, who has been leading the organization since 1991. While no one who knows Gary would say that he’s a teddy bear of a boss, I never knew him to lead with any gender bias. While that was nearly three decades ago, I thought Gary might have some insight into practical actions the industry can take to change this dynamic. I dropped him an email...

Everyone Wants To Get Into Wireless Mobile Payment

June 23, 2015
Sitting U.S. Presidents and foreign monarchs usually do not carry cash or credit cards. When heads of state try to use plastic for payment, as President Obama did last October at a restaurant in New York, it doesn’t always work out. His credit card was rejected. He later said, “I guess I don’t use it enough and they thought there was some fraud going on.” Even if you don’t have Secret Service agents on hand to provide a loan, you can still leave your wallet at home by using a mobile phone equipped with Apple Pay, Samsung Pay or Google Wallet (for Android phones). NFC Technology Just place your phone within a few inches of the Near Field Communication (NFC)...

Smart Home Tech Adds Value in Real Estate Market

June 15, 2015
Many of us remember searching for our first home with a realtor. Maybe the granite countertops or exterior lighting was the feature that convinced us this was our dream home. But today things have changed. Technology is connecting homes and it is starting to make a difference in how they are bought and sold.   The consumer electronics (CE) industry is delivering on the promise of the smart home with easier-to-use products, systems and services to help consumers manage their homes often from their smartphones. Connected to the Internet through a home network for remote access, monitoring and control, these devices bring homeowners convenience, security, accessibility, entertainment...

Powerful Answers Awards

June 08, 2015
The Powerful Answers Award is a multi-million dollar challenge for entrepreneurs, companies and innovators worldwide to provide innovative solutions in transportation, emergency response and the Internet of Things. Run by Verizon, the Powerful Answers Awards is committed to finding innovative solutions that go beyond Verizon’s traditional portfolio of products and that support social responsibility. This program is a beneficial platform for bright and innovative minds to share solutions for some of the world’s most pressing issues. At the same time, it is an opportunity to work together with Verizon to help further those ideas. Judges include executives from innovative...

Inaugural CES Asia Sets the Bar High

June 05, 2015
The inaugural CES Asia took place in Shanghai on May 25-27. The event, produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® and co-produced by INTEX, featured more than 200 exhibitors from 16 countries. More than 20,000 attendees - including more than 1,200 members of the media - graced the show floor spanning 20,000 gross square meters. Highlights of the show included conference sessions and keynotes from companies including Audi, Intel, Suning Commerce Group, Twitter, Volkswagen and more. Visit CESAsia.cn to find more information about the smashing success that was the inaugural CES Asia, including product announcements, the Best of CES Asia Awards and watch videos of the...

International Focus: China

June 01, 2015
Twitter Opens Hong Kong Office Social networking site Twitter opened an office in Hong Kong in March headed by Twitter executive Peter Greenberger. The company aims to off er Chinese companies a path to marketing their products and services to customers overseas. The decision to focus—at least initially—on international marketing prospects rather than compete with homegrown social networking services such as Sina Weibo and Renren resembles that of Facebook, which also functions as an international marketing tool. The Hong Kong off ice was the second branch opened in Asia by Twitter, following an off ice in Jakarta opened one week before. PlayStation 4 Arrives in China...

Health Data: Disruptive Transformation

May 29, 2015
The quantity and velocity of data being generated by businesses, consumers, healthcare providers and patients is increasing at epic levels. Consider the popularity of wearable fitness health devices. These devices often connect to a ‘system’ that collects and captures data and personal analytics. What does the data say about my current health and wellness based on analytics and what can it predict about my well-being?   Recently eClinicalWorks, an ambulatory electronic health records (EHR) vendor launched its Health and Online Wellness (Healow) platform that allows for...

Innovation in China

May 18, 2015
The inaugural International CES Asia takes place in Shanghai on May 25-27. The event, with more than 15,000 exhibitors expected, showcases global innovation. i3 looks at two very different Chinese companies that are innovative leaders in their unique spaces: China Mobile with IoT and JD.com with e-commerce. China Mobile M2M is a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Mobile Limited founded in September 2013. The company headquarters is located in the National IoT Industrial Park in Chongqing, China and employs more than 300 specialized talented professionals. China Mobile M2M’s strategic objective is to become...
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