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Billions of trainers tagged in “biggest” IoT deployment

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Avery Dennison, provider of RFID technology to the retail clothing sector, has teamed with IoT data systems firm Evrythng to connect 10 billion clothing and footwear products for major brands to cloud-based product ID and tracking services. The IoT deployment will use Evrythng’s Janela platform to provide digital identity and data management capabilities to consumer products at the point of ...

UK robotics to get summer showcase

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UK tech industry will highlight the importance of robotics this summer with a nationwide programme of events for the first ever UK Robotics Week (25 June – 1 July 2016). Events will include open labs, schools and academic competitions and hackathons, and the build-up to UK Robotics Week will begin at the Imperial Festival 2016 on Saturday May 7th and ...

Microsoft combines BBC micro:bit and Bloodhound in skills initiative

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The BBC micro:bit educational computing module is the focus of a Model Rocket Car design competition for schoolchildren. Microsoft is behind the technology education initiative and it has joined with the Bloodhound landspeed record Project, along with the British Army and Buckingham Palace to create ‘Race for the Line’, a competition designed to encourage pupils from across the UK to ...

Google increases IoT user privacy with Eddystone beacon

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Google announced a new more secure version of its Eddystone beacon format to protect user privacy, called Eddystone-EID. Eddystone-EID protects user privacy in an app by broadcasting secure beacon signals, including website address URLs, using what’s termed a ‘rotating ephemeral identifier’. According to Google, this will allow manufacturers to manage access to beacons to avoid unpermitted access, and guard against ...

Google and IBM servers to reduce data centre power

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Google and IBM are leading a group of 200 companies starting projects to address the challenges of processing and storing big data in the world’s data centres. Under the banner of the OpenPOWER Foundation, Google is developing a new server as part of the Open Compute Project. The OpenPOWER Foundation supports the ecosystem for POWER CPUs, system platforms, firmware and middleware ...

Facebook’s Open Compute Project wants servers to run cooler

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Using thermal simulation to improve the thermal design of the Open Compute Project’s Intel-based servers, writes Tom Gregory of 6SigmaET. The Open Compute Project Foundation is challenging itself to successfully scale computing infrastructure in a way that is both efficient and economical. Founded by Facebook, the foundation is fostering a fast-growing community of talented engineers around the world who are tasked ...

Open source encrypted app is key to security for Facebook

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Moxie Marlinspike, a co-developer of the Signal encrypted mobile messages app, is seeing his security technology used by Facebook’s messaging service, WhatsApp. Encryption is a key technology for social media websites such as Facebook, and the technology developed by Moxie Marlinspike (the name is a pseudonym) and now marketed by his company Open Whisper Systems in the Signal app, is playing ...

Europe’s largest digital printing expo opens in Amsterdam

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The FESPA Digital show opens at the RAI Exhibition Centre in Amsterdam today. It is Europe’s largest exhibition of digital printing and signage technologies and applications. Three halls will contain digital print technology including equipment, consumables, software and applications from international and local manufacturers. This year the exhibition will include it largest showing of digital signage technologies and products. The European ...

MWC: EU wants to co-ordinate global plans for 5G spectrum

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Plans for a global roll-out of 5G mobile by 2020 are starting to take shape. This week at Mobile World Congress the European Union (EU) and Brazil signed an agreement to develop 5G, the next generation of communication networks. Mobile World Congress: Your Electronics Weekly guide » This agreement follows similar cooperation initiatives with South Korea, Japan and China and EU ...