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Almost 1bn TV sets will be online by 2020

The world is becoming ever more connected, and it’s not going to slow down any time soon. According to a new report from the company Digital TV Research, the number of TV sets connected to the internet will reach 965 million by 2020 – up from 103m at the end of 2010 and the 339m expected by the end of …

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Stuart O'ConnorAlmost 1bn TV sets will be online by 2020
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Getting spooked by the Internet of Things

As our homes get more automated, we’re delegating more and more tasks over to machines. And the machines would never hurt us… right? There’s nothing to worry about? Today I got a taste of what could soon become a regular phenomenon when all of our gadgets are internet connected: It was my very own HAL 9000 moment. I was sitting …

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James O'MalleyGetting spooked by the Internet of Things
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Panasonic previews the future at IFA2014

The future will be in extreme high definitition, and every device in our lives will be connected and smart, according to Panasonic. Yesterday I took a brief tour around Panasonic’s booth at the IFA tech conference in Berlin, and was somewhat taken with the amount of innovation on show. Most of that innovation could be seen in the “home of …

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Stuart O'ConnorPanasonic previews the future at IFA2014
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Jawbone shows how people were affected by San Francisco earthquake

Over the weekend San Francisco was hit by a major earthquake. The South Napa quake was apparently the strongest to hit Northern California in 25 years – and what’s amazing is that thanks to wearable technology, we’re able to see exactly how people felt it. In a blog post on the Jawbone site, the company posted a chart showing how …

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James O'MalleyJawbone shows how people were affected by San Francisco earthquake
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Samsung acquires SmartThings

Samsung has just announced it has acquired Internet of Things firm SmartThings, which is one of the major connected home platforms. What SmartThings allows you to do is control your home – in an integrated way. You can connect all of your smart devices to their system, be they sensors, security cameras, locks, lightbulbs and everything but the kitchen sink …

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James O'MalleySamsung acquires SmartThings
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LightFreq wifi lightbulb with built in speaker smashes Kickstarter goal

A crazy new wifi lightbulb called LightFreq has smashed its Kickstarter goal of $50,000 by raising (at time of writing) over $84,000 – with over 23 days to go. LightFreq calls itself “the lovechild of Phillips Hue and Jambox Boom”, and is certainly an unusual combination of technologies. First and foremost it is a lightbulb – albeit on that connects …

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James O'MalleyLightFreq wifi lightbulb with built in speaker smashes Kickstarter goal
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IFTTT adds support for Android Wear, Nike+, Yo and others

Great news for users of the internet’s biggest open secret, IFTTT: The company has added support for nine more channels. If you’ve not used “If This, Then That” – or IFTTT – before, then you should really sort that out as it could change your life. Essentially, what the clever service does is link together other services so that you …

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James O'MalleyIFTTT adds support for Android Wear, Nike+, Yo and others
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London will have 5G by 2020, says mayor Boris Johnson

Most of us still struggle to get a decent 3G signal in London, and 4G has barely begun to have an impact (or be affordable). But London mayor Boris Badenov … sorry, Johnson … reckons that London will have a 5G mobile network by 2020. Yes, that’s right, Just six years away. Talk about an optimist. Johnson told The Daily …

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Stuart O'ConnorLondon will have 5G by 2020, says mayor Boris Johnson
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Canadians invent hitch-hiking robot. Because why not?

Meet HitchBot. Sadly not a robotic reanimation of the late Christopher Hitchens, but a hitch-hiking robot that will be travelling across Canada over the next few weeks. A creation of a number of Canadian universities, the hybrid art-project/social experiment/folly is capable of talking and interacting in conversations with the people who pick it up along the way. Perhaps it is …

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James O'MalleyCanadians invent hitch-hiking robot. Because why not?