Samsung Rolls Out Internet of Things Network


Samsung is rolling out a network dedicated to the internet of things in South Korea. The network is a collaboration between Samsung and SK Telecom to create the wireless network which will serve as infrastructure for various public services and businesses.

The network will facilitate the gathering and sharing information between devices, allowing them to make use of information such as weather and traffic.

The first city to receive the network will be The Korean city of Daegu which will serve as a test bed for national availability. It will be rolled initially next month and country-wide next year.

The testing phase will focus on setting up the infrastructure for renewable energy, cloud platforms, electric autonomous vehicles and analytics of healthcare and medical service data.



Is Internet of Things a Threat to Your Job

An article on recently discussed the potential the internet of things has to unleash economic disruption.tesla

One of the biggest ways our lives will be changed probably in the near future is the advancement of cars. The article highlighted that Tesla was in the midst of the “advancements” taking place. A Tesla SIM connection allows Tesla cars to connect to the internet in Australia.

Another app helps graziers manage stock by alerting them when gates are left open. Driverless cars are another development that we’ve seen emerge and with driverless cars, there will be no need for professional drivers. There also be little need for people to own their own cars.

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Key Growth Driver In Hardware Could Soon Be The Internet Of Things

chipGiven that it’s  been 10 years since Apple unveiled the groundbreaking iPhone, it makes sense that the next big thing in the technology industry will have to do with the internet of things. Although the smartphone has been the driver of innovation in the technology industry, for chip makers, the pressure has been to produce smaller, more powerful components for each generation of phones.

But now that the era of smartphone innovation is slowing, the key growth driver in hardware may soon be the Internet of Things.

It has been predicted that over the next decade the industry will produce tens of billions of connected sensor devices to be used around the world for everything from highways to arteries.

As an article posted on highlighted, this redirection will reshape the technology hardway industry profoundly. It may also reverse many of the changes brought about by the smartphone era.

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These Are The New Areas Of Security Vulnerability Created By Internet of Things

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Progress is inevitable however with the coming of the age where products themselves are computerised and connected to the web, but something we may not have considered are the new cyber security challenges also present themselves.

Some of the threats that the Internet of Things raises includes the ability to remotely manipulate automobiles from anywhere around the globe.

As more and more products are connecting to the internet, these security threats could manifest in a number of way.



Turning Your Home into a Smart Home

smarthomeAccording to an article on, the internet of things refers to a number of tiny, energy-efficient gadgets with WIFI connectivity, quickly consuming our lives. These include kettles connected to the internet, power boards, appliances, sprinkler systems etc.

But as the writer highlights, the term also refers to technology standards and infrastructure that allow these devices to exist, and to communicate with each other and the web, basically what allows us to have “smart homes”.

There are massive ranges of products which are growing daily to help you achieve a smarter home using the internet of things.

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What is Amazon’s Dash Button?


Have you heard of the Dash Button from Amazon? Well basically they’re an invention that’s going to make your life easier.

The invention will help you resupply specific household items at the press of an internet connected button called a Dash Button.

Now Amazon has expanded their idea with the AWS IoT Button, which can perform a number of internet of things functions.

Each button is linked to a brand and when you’re supply runs low, you press the button to order more. Source:

Google Facing Massive EU Fine


Google is facing a massive Euro 3billion fine from the European Commission after being accused of promoting its shopping service in internet searches, to the detriment of rival services. The case has been dragging on since 2010.

According to British sources cited by The Telegraph, officials are close to announcing a fine but a final amount has not yet been decided upon.

The search giant will also be banned from continuing to manipulate search results to favour its own services and gain an upper hand on rivals.


Australian Craig Wright The Real Creator of Bitcoin?

bitcoin-custom-340-dataAn Australian tech entrepreneur Craig Wright who has long been suspected of creating the Bitcoin currency, has confirmed his identity to 3 publications, putting an end to years of speculation.

During an interview with BBC, Dr Wright provided proof that he was in fact the creator of the cryptocurrency.

Bitcoin is a digital cryptocurrency that doesn’t have government backing like other currencies do. Instead it is decentralised and operates using a peer-to-peer network.


Driverless Cars on Australian Roads

driverless carsDriverless cars will be developed and tested in Western Sydney after the state government set up a research lab to test the emerging technology.

The region already boasts the third biggest economy in Australia, so developments like this one are important.

 Ford, Google and Volvo have already made working models of driverless cars.

 In South Australia Volvo has successfully tested an autonomous vehicle in South Australia. They have estimated driverless cars could be on our roads by 2020.



Australian Tech News

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  1. NSW is trialling bank card tap-ons for public transport. We can expect this pay method on buses, trains and ferries in Sydney by 2017.
  2. NSW will have driverless cars within the next five years. If you thought self-driving cars were only found at Google, think again.
  3. Australia Post is testing drones to deliver parcels
  4. Stone and Chalk have identified the first 5 Asian cities for its new program.

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How Fibre Optics Are Speeding Up The Internet

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Fibre optics are making it easier to get super fast internet at your fingertips, allowing data to travel at the speed of light.

It does have its limitations though, the amount of data that can be send along the optic fibre is limited to how much information you can encode into the light wave travelling through it.

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U.S. says China Internet Censorship Bad for Businesses

Web cam use for elearning assessmentsThe United States has spoken out against China’s censorship of the internet, labelling it as a trade barrier in a report.

The government says the increasing online restrictions were damaging the business of U.S. companies.

 Over the past year, since the Great Firewall, it appears the restrictions are worsening, eight of the top 25 most trafficked global sites now blocked in China.



How Australians are Utilising The Internet

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The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) detailed in its biannual report the internet activity among Australians.

According to the report, there were approximately 12.9 million Australians internet subscribed as of December 2015. This number is up by 2 per cent a year ago.

This means there are 12.9 million subscribers across Australian and 99.3% of them are using broadband connections. The remaining percentage are still using dial-up internet.

Mobile wireless is the most popular, with over 6 million subscribers.

ADSL subscribers are 5.03 million.

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Battery Free Wireless Computers

Powering the internet of things has been a challenge, especially with limited computer battery life.

Powering the Internet of things and updating devices is hard and changing a billion batteries in wearable electronics would be impossible. Weak security and interoperability have limited the IoT with gadgets like cameras, wireless speakers and light bulbs.

Now there’s a battery free computer that’s powered and reprogrammed wirelessly.

The computer took decades of research to build, using modified communication protocol from radio frequency identification (RFID) tags.

Software on the computer is updated remotely, like it is on your phone.

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Folding Bike Prototype Taps into Internet of Things

Folding bikes have grown in popularity because they are convenient, have less chance of being stolen (because you take them inside with you) and save space, but one London bike manufacturer is taking bikes to the next level introducing an internet connected prototype of its folding bike.

Brompton bike makers are tapping into the internet of things of their new folding bike prototype.

 The makers apparently set out to make a smarter, safer and more accessible folding bike model to provide users with a better riding experience.

Bluetooth’s Role in The Internet of Things

bluetoothWith the advent of low power networks many people are wondering what the future of Bluetooth will be.

Ericsson invented Bluetooth in the 1990s and it became standardized in 1999,operating in the 2.4GHz band using frequency hopping spread spectrum.

The writer of a post on believes Bluetooth has kept up with advancing technologies and the “internet of things”, with some uses including smart homes and wearables.

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China To Tighten Controls on the Internet

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There are concerns that China’s internet may soon be sealed off from the rest of the world, as the country considers measures to tighten its control on the internet.

The country has rolled out draft rules to ban web domains that haven’t been approved by local authorities, including .com and .org addresses.

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology is looking for feedback on regulations proposing that internet domain names offering “domestic access” should only come from services supervised and approved by the government.


5G to Support the Internet of Things


The Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week highlighted the advancements in implementing 5G, the version of mobile wireless networks to replace the current 4G network.

According to the experts, 5G will bring with it huge improvements in data rates with speeds of up to 10Gbps. This would allow the downloading of an HD movie in a matter of seconds.

It will also minimise the amount of time information takes to get from one place to another. The 5G network will allow for many more connections than 4G networks.

Another major benefit is that 5G will consume less power and take less energy from devices due to an updated protocol.

Expect it to be available by 2020.


Web Cam to provide new levels of online training ID verification

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Group Of Students In E-Learning Class

Since the introduction of elearning and online training which arguably started in 1999, the platform and methodology to improve training efficiencies has undeniably made huge inroads into the training industry. Yet one of the enduring objections and concerns revolves around determining the identification of the learner and thus being able to validate that it was actually that person who completed A) the course content, and more importantly B) the assessment.

For general interest and self improvement style courses, this is not so much of a problem of course, but when  you consider safety training, mandatory professional training, and even things like psychometric assessments for high risk roles, the ability to be more certain of the students’ ID and the validity of their assessment increases significantly.

Of course this field is not exclusive to online training.  The practices of invigilation or proctoring have been around for decades, where particularly university students are strictly supervised during Examinations.  Various services exist for so-called “online proctoring” which extends this concept into an “online class” environment where an online invigilator undertakes the process of carefully monitoring an online candidate while they complete an assessment or online examination of some kind.

However this style of monitoring is highly time intensive and costly, especially for the vocational education sector, (known as the VET sector in Australia).

Recently, an innovative elearning company in Brisbane Queensland have been working on the development of a web cam based assessment fraud prevention system, which they are planning to build into their signature White Card course.  The system uses a computer’s built-in webcam to take initial snap-shots of the students face and ID documents, such as their Driver License.  Then, as the student progresses through the course and assessment, random snap-shots are taken of the student completing the assessment.  This system is already in place for the company’s “replacement White Card” service.

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These images are stored within the Training Management System and are available for the assessor to peruse, and make sure the student is always facing the computer.

Another objection to online learning is the use of often easy-to-guess, simple multiple choice assessment systems.  An example is a “Yes/No” answer set that gives the student a second attempt if they get the question wrong the first time.  So their first answer is wrong, and they get a second attempt… but how could it be anything other than the opposite to their first answer!  So this would not be regarded as a valid or quality assessment.

However the new assessment methodology will produce random questions, or components of questions, which means that different students get presented with different assessment questions, so that no two students can be pre-informed of the answers.

Do these measures make online learning and assessment infallible?  Of course not.  Indeed, Face-to-Face, classroom based training and assessment is most certainly far from infallible and 100% reliable either. But these innovations certainly introduce some massive barriers to online assessment cheating, fraud and sharing of answers!


5G To Speed Up The Internet of Things

5gThe Mobile World Congress is underway in Barcelona and the biggest topic on the agenda – 5G.

5G is expected to speed up the internet massively, making the internet of things even more of a reality. Imagine driverless cars and appliances that talk back to you.

During the congress, experts warned that there are some obstacles still to overcome but the fifth generation mobile networks will allow devices to connect over the internet.

There is a global race on at the moment to develop 5G, which is an improvement on 4G, which was an improvement on 3G.


Top 10 Internet of Things Technologies for 2017 and 2018


According to predictions made by Gartner, these are the top 10 internet of things technologies for next year and 2018,

  1. The internet of things (IoT) security. Security technologies will be required to protect IoT devices and platforms from an increasing number of threats.
  2. IoT Analytics. The development of business models to take advantage of the internet of things. The growth of the internet will demand new analytical approaches.
  3. IoT Device (Thing) Management.The development of tools capable of managing and monitoring thousands and perhaps even millions of devices.

The remaining predictions include:

  1. Low-Power, Short-Range IoT Networks
  2. Low-Power, Wide-Area Networks
  3. IoT Processors
  4. IoT Operating Systems
  5. Event Stream Processing
  6. IoT Platforms
  7. IoT Standards and Ecosystems


The Internet of Things will result in Junking Expensive Appliances More Often

fridge picThe internet of things may be the reason you’ll have to fork out money for new domestic appliances more often.

The issue was recently highlighted by an article on which discussed how domestic appliances are colliding with computer and internet technology, improving what they can do but shortening their lifespan.

More and more appliances are being retired to the refuse dump because consumers are being told they cannot be repaired because appliances are changing and advancing so quickly. Parts to repair appliances are being discontinued, forcing consumers to purchase entire new appliances more often, and at much greater expense.

While the internet is great, should our appliances be subject to ‘the internet of things’?

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How Every Job Will Be Changed by The Internet of Things

internetthings#2According to a recent post on every job will eventually change because of the internet of things.

According to the post, traditional jobs will become hybrids. In other words jobs like medical IT, agriculture robotics, etc. will begin emerging.

There will also be sensors on everything, helping your boss watch you and your productivity constantly.

We’re also likely to see cheaper and greener manufacturing and we’ll be saving time and money daily. Your smart phone will be integral in this, acting as a sort of “remote control” for your life, helping you juggling your private and professional life.

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Facebook Study Reveals 3.2 Billion People Online


A Facebook study has revealed that while 3.2 billion people are now online, 4.2 billion are still unable to get online.

The study also revealed that while urban areas are online, rural areas still don’t access to the internet.

Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg said in light of the findings that he will continue to push on with his free internet crusade.

According to the second annual ‘State of Connectivity’ report, released last week, 200 million people gained access to the internet for the first time in 2015. This can be attributed to more affordable data and the rising global incomes.

The report highlighted the need to help the remaining world population gain access to the internet, given that it opens doors of economic opportunity.