Alphabet shows strong growth in non-ads business, reporting $2.17B in "other revenues" from segments like enterprise, Google Play, and hardware, up 33% YoY (Mark Bergen/Recode)
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Alphabet shows strong growth in non-ads business, reporting $2.17B in “other revenues” from segments like enterprise, Google Play, and hardware, up 33% YoY — Looking to the cloud. — Facebook isn't the only tech giant keeping Wall Street happy.
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Amazon Web Services posts $2.88 billion in revenue in Q2 2016, up 58% from last year (Jordan Novet/VentureBeat)
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Amazon Web Services posts $2.88 billion in revenue in Q2 2016, up 58% from last year — Ecommerce company Amazon today disclosed that its Amazon Web Services (AWS) public cloud division generated $2.88 billion in revenue in the second quarter of this year. That's 58 percent more than AWS generated in the second quarter of 2015.
The world’s largest shipping container firm, Maersk Line, has brought two thirds of its vessels online in a partnership with Ericsson.
It took the Swedish networking giant four years to bring the fleet online. Ericsson built a floating DSM network that can track individual cargo loads and provide real-time information back to Maersk Line customers.
“Ericsson managed to transform the capabilities from a shore-based DSM network provider into what we needed—and that was the world’s largest floating DSM network,” Niels Bruus, head of fleet management at Maersk Line said.
Bruus sees this as the start of a long partnership with Ericsson, as the two companies attempt to bring the shipping industry from “the stone ages” by using IoT tech already implemented on land.
Ericsson claims that 90 percent of the world’s cargo is delivered by sea, but most of the cargo is not easily trackable and customers are unable to find information on the temperature and stability of the container.
With Ericsson’s Maritime ICT Cloud platform, all that will change. Maersk Line customers will have better oversight of their container.
A connected vessel fleet may reduce time spent preparing a delivery, since routes can be pre-mapped by a software program ahead of time. Ericsson believes we could see a reduction in fuel usage, alongside more productivity from the vessels.
“One of the things the solution has enabled for Maersk Line is for us to monitor the fleet live as the vessels are conducting the voyage,” Bruus said. “So that means every time there is an incident that is less than optimal for the most optimal production of the voyage, we can interfere immediately and be proactive and change the behavior as it happens.”
In a recent report from the United Nations ITU, it said that Scandinavian countries are surging ahead of the rest of the world in IoT deployment. This is another one of those occasions, with a Danish and Swedish company collaborating to build the first IoT network for the sea.
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Alphabet beats expectations with net profit of $4.88B, up 24% YoY, on revenue of $21.5B, up 21% YoY (Jack Nicas/Wall Street Journal)
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Alphabet beats expectations with net profit of $4.88B, up 24% YoY, on revenue of $21.5B, up 21% YoY — Google parent Alphabet Inc. rode strong advertising demand to a 24% increase in profits, as it continues to capture users and advertisers shifting to mobile.
Amazon beats expectations in Q2 with $1.78 earnings per share vs. $1.11 expected and $30.4B in revenue vs. $29.55B expected (Katie Roof/TechCrunch)
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Amazon beats expectations in Q2 with $1.78 earnings per share vs. $1.11 expected and $30.4B in revenue vs. $29.55B expected — Amazon shattered expectations when it reported second quarter earnings after the bell on Thursday. Adjusted earnings per share came in at $1.78, when Wall Street was forecasting $1.11.
Amazon.com Announces Second Quarter Sales up 31% to $30.4 Billion — SEATTLE—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2016. — Operating cash flow increased 42% to $12.7 billion for the trailing twelve months …
Alphabet Announces Second Quarter 2016 Results — Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG, GOOGL) today announced financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2016. — “Our terrific second quarter results, with 21% revenue growth year on year, and 25% on a constant currency basis reflect …
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General Motors is confident it will have an autonomous, all electric car on the road sooner than most expect, available on Lyft’s ride-sharing app.
Speaking to Tech Insider, Pam Fletcher, the chief engineer of autonomous tech at GM, hinted that the tech is progressing faster than most expected and a consumer model could be coming soon.
“We have not made that announcement yet, but what I would say is this is all coming much faster than people anticipate, so I’ll say that much,” said Fletcher. “We are working on an on-demand ride-sharing network with Lyft, it’s not something we are thinking about, it’s something we are very much readying for consumer use.”
GM has already tested ridesharing apps for autonomous cars at its test facilities, but bringing that to public roads would require quite a hefty change in the legislation regarding autonomous cars.
Transport Secretary Anthony Foxx has hinted at federal regulations for autonomous cars in the near future, but we suspect driverless vehicles will remain off limits, at least in urban areas, after the Tesla Model S fatality has changed a lot of people’s opinions on self-driving.
It does show that GM could be the dark horse in the autonomous race, surpassing early favorites Google, Tesla, and Uber. In the past year, GM has invested $500 million in Lyft and $1 billion to purchase Cruise Automation, bulking up its autonomous prowess.
The automaker started testing its autonomous tech on public roads as well, bringing two customized Chevrolet Bolt EV cars to California earlier this year for testing.
Instead of selling the car, GM appears to be looking into a new driverless fleet that works inside the Lyft app. Uber, Lyft’s main rival in the U.S., is reportedly planning similar functionality for its self-driving fleet.
Google and Tesla may also be planning ridesharing or car-loaning services, instead of customers purchasing a car outright. That might not excite customers wanting to own their own autonomous car, but may provide means for millions to get around the city in a car for the first time, boosting mobility and productivity for all.
Manufacturers of products across the consumer spectrum have by and large read the writing on the wall by now: go IoT, or go home.
In the near future, pretty much everything more complicated than a paper clip will assume the prefix of ‘smart’, and join the ranks of connected, communicative, hitherto inanimate objects.
As this process continues to unfold and products are overhauled to stay relevant in an IoT world, it will behoove companies to remember that a product ceases to be smart if manufacturers don’t plan, or ideate, with certain elements of usability in mind. Sure, you can call anything “smart” by slapping it with sensors and a Bluetooth module. But is it actually smart for your company and your consumers?
There is a difference between being connected – and being smart. Smart product design and development involve several key factors on the user-facing side of things which must be taken into consideration.
The overarching principle when considering usability of your smartened product is not maximizing the amount of platforms to which it is compatible, or even how seamlessly it syncs with the internet in general. Chief on your list of concerns should be how operational aspects will affect and engage the end user. Unintuitive? Perhaps, but to prove this we can look to any tech gadget of the last 20 years, well before IoT took over. Products that succeeded – and of course I’m looking mostly at Apple here – were those whose tech advances were surpassed only by their intuitive and easy usability.Usability features are critical
Great care should then be taken when considering these usability features. The location, shape, material, and placement of electrical components can greatly affect overall design, and subsequent consumer reception. Similarly, manufacturers must have a deep understanding of smart component pricing so as to build a cost-effective IoT product and keep prices reasonable for customers. Integrating the world’s most premium electrical components can add a competitive edge to your brand, but an unaffordable final product will defeat the entire purpose.
Finally, before moving on to production, you must experience the smart capabilities of your new product and iteratively operate, test, re-evaluate, and optimize all components – placement, electronics, behaviors, and performance – until you are positive that your dream product is coming to life as expected. Naturally, this step entails a working prototype of your smart product.
IoT-adaptation is a fascinating science of equipping the tools of yesterday with the intelligence of tomorrow, and this leaves plenty of opportunity for creative functionality overhaul. By making the right decisions in usability, components, and design, manufacturers can steer their products into the coveted zone of global consumer ubiquity.
The author co-founded Seebo in 2012 and serves as the CEO. Previously he successfully launched and managed Playfect with his brother Liran, delivering value to investors, employees and the market. His innate understanding of complex technical issues combined with an ability to analyze markets has allowed him to intuit “where the ball is going” – especially in the rapidly changing field of IoT.
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Google introduces add-ons for Docs and Sheets on Android; initial integrations include DocuSign and Scanbot (Saurabh Gupta/Official Google ...)
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Google introduces add-ons for Docs and Sheets on Android; initial integrations include DocuSign and Scanbot — Posted by By Saurabh Gupta, Product Manager, Google Apps — We know many of you consider your mobile device as your primary tool to consume business information …
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IDC: Smartphone shipments flat for second quarter in a row; Samsung widens lead over Apple in Q2 2016 (Emil Protalinski/VentureBeat)
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IDC: Smartphone shipments flat for second quarter in a row; Samsung widens lead over Apple in Q2 2016 — Smartphone vendors shipped a total of 343.3 million smartphones worldwide last quarter. This figure is up just 0.3 percent from the 342.4 million units in Q2 2015. Sound familiar?