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Just three months after Nest co-founder Tony Fadell left the company and new CEO Marwan Fawaz took over, Alphabet's troubled smart home division, Nest, is apparently experiencing another shakeup. According to a report from Fortune, Google is "absorbing" Nest's software engineers in order to form a "unified Internet of things platform."
Hiroshi Lockheimer, the current head of Android, will lead the group.
Enlarge (credit: Dennis Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Lab)
As the US transitions to an increased reliance on renewable energy, most of the action has been on the West Coast, where both Hawaii and California have set targets of 50 percent renewable energy by 2030. But, in an effort to keep the pace, New York recently announced that it, too, would be aiming to get to 50 percent renewables by that date.
As in California, that level of intermittent renewable energy can pose a challenge for the grid.
Google is preparing to expand a San Francisco carpooling program in a move that could that could set up a showdown with its one-time ally, the popular ride-hailing service Uber.
The plans will build upon a test service that Google's navigation app Waze launched three months ago in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The program allows anyone using the Waze app to offer a ride to a limited pool of people trying to get to work or home.
Now, only people working at six companies, including Google, Wal-Mart Stores and Adobe Systems, can request rides.
Cold supply chains that ferry vaccines and commodities could see a reduction in loss rate if they switched from incumbent systems to an Internet of Things (IoT) solution.
That’s according to a new report from Lux Research, which investigates the return on investment (ROI) for cold supply chains if they switch.
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Vaccines and rare seafoods would see the highest ROI when switching from current systems to IoT, while cheap produce and chemicals will take longer to pay for the IoT upgrade costs.
Reducing losses require smarter containers
For items like bananas or farmed salmon, Lux Research says the decision will depend on the loss rate.
Two Canadian tech firms are developing secure Internet of Things (IoT) communications using blockchain technology.
The Waterloo Record reports on the partnership between Waterloo-based Terepac Corp. and Toronto’s Nuco Inc.
The two firms recently launched a platform to secure internet-connected IoT devices using blockchain.
Blockchain technology, upon which Bitcoin was built, provides secure, tamper-proof communications and transactions.
“Blockchain is expected to transform almost every institution and every company,” said Terepac CEO Ric Asselstine.