Since USB was first introduced in 1996, a bevy of wired connectivity standards have fallen by the wayside. Now, USB 3.1 and USB Power Delivery will help to firmly establish the mobile device leadership position in the marketplace.
With the forthcoming Type-C port, mobile adoption of the USB 3.0 standard should accelerate significantly.
Introducing the first annual SXSW Music Hackathon Championship — presented by AT&T U-verse with GigaPower — where world-class hackers and designers will have 24 hours to create new tech innovations in the music space for artists, industry, and fans.
The SXSW Music Hackathon is FREE and open to the public (with approved RSVP), and will take place over a 24-hour period.
via SXSW 2014
The South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive festival welcomes more than 30,000 registrants to Austin, Texas each year and has become an effective launching pad for creative and tech startups. It’s also a hunting ground for VC investors and a showcase for forward-thinking ideas.
Once again, I’ll be covering the event as a member of the Technology, Media and Telecom press. As an example of what to expect at SXSWi, last year my story was entitled “SXSW 2013: Cloning Successful Entrepreneurs.“
via GeoActive Group
The value of the mobile industry rivals that of the health care industry. Both are worth more than $1.6 trillion — and mobile is expected to become a multi-trillion dollar industry in the next decade.
It includes phone makers, network equipment makers, wireless service providers, chip makers, software developers and Internet services.
In most cases, to stay truly competitive, hiring the best talent means looking beyond a company’s 50-mile radius. But not all organizations may be ready to expand beyond their existing four walls.
These days, your best job candidates could be 5,000 miles away. With the right attitude and plan in place, relocation packages may be a thing of the past.
via Fast Company
The latest OECD estimates of research & development (R&D) expenditure growth show that China has edged ahead of the European Union for the first time in terms of investment in R&D. China invested 1.98% of its GDP in R&D in 2012, compared to 1.97% for the European Union.
The data also shows that South Korea ranks first among OECD countries in terms of R&D spending to GDP — a position long held by Israel.
Heavy construction and mining equipment is going online, thanks to M2M apps and the Internet of Things. Although the penetration of telematics in the industry is low, operators are beginning to realize the benefits.
Most heavy-duty vehicle operators cite the tracking capability of their telematics systems as providing the most immediate initial benefit to their businesses.
While 2G subscribers declined for the first time in 2013, falling 3 percent to 4.8 billion, they still accounted for 70 percent of the world’s 6.8 billion mobile subscribers.
However, by 2018, TeleGeography forecasts that 2G will no longer account for the majority of the mobile market, representing 42 percent of global subscribers.
Digital start-ups are bubbling up in an astonishing variety of services and products, penetrating every nook and cranny of the economy. They are reshaping entire industries and even changing the very notion of the firm. “Software is eating the world,” says Marc Andreessen.
This digital feeding frenzy has given rise to a global movement. Most big cities now have a sizeable digital start-up ecosystem.
via The Economist
Mobile device hardware security is becoming a priority as maturing applications for finance or government use increasingly demand more secure communication. Trust hardware and secure boot — for trusted execution environments — are necessary elements for such industries.
Without this security assurance, applications for mobile commerce, mobile money or wallet will have some difficulty developing and reaching adoption.