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Jimmy Kimmel Convinces People That An Old Casio Is Apple’s iWatch

Tech Crunch - 26 min 47 sec ago
 Want to convince people that you’ve smuggled Apple’s top secret smartwatch out of the labs and onto your wrist? You could burn hundreds of man hours rigging up a semi-believable fake.. or, if you’re Jimmy Kimmel, you could just stick an Apple sticker on the back of an old Casio and call it a day. Read More
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Lawn Love Wants To Bring The Whole “Software Eating The World” Thing To Your Own Backyard

Tech Crunch - 42 min 6 sec ago
 Lawncare and landscaping are areas that have remained largely un-”disrupted” in the whole software eating the world trend that’s been going on in recent years. If you’re in one of the 80 percent of American households that have a lawn, chances are that you either take care of mowing and upkeep yourself, or you have hired a local lawncare provider you’ve found the… Read More
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Fixed Raises $1.2 Million For A Mobile App That Fights Your Parking Tickets For You

Tech Crunch - 45 min 47 sec ago
 Fixed, the clever mobile application that helps you fight your parking tickets just by snapping a photo of the ticket with your mobile phone, has now closed on $1.2 million in seed funding. Investors in the round include Y Combinator, Merus Capital, Scott Banister, John Cobbs, Mark Randolph, Matt Humphries, Eric Wu, and David King. Headquartered in San Francisco, which also serves as its… Read More
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Microsoft Brings OneNote To Amazon’s Android App Store

Tech Crunch - 48 min 19 sec ago
When Microsoft said that it wanted to take its products and services to other platforms, it appears that the company meant it: Today the software firm brought OneNote, its EverNote competitor, to Amazon’s Android App Store. So, if you have a Kindle Fire or a Fire phone, you can now take OneNote on the road with you. Microsoft recently made OneNote free everywhere. Before, it had a mixed… Read More
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The Smart Key Chain Will Store Your Files, Check Your Email, And Find Your Keys

Tech Crunch - 2 hours 2 min ago
 Because everything is getting smarter, it would be silly to think that keychains would be exempt. The Smart Keychain has four uses in one small package: USB file storage, upcoming calendar alerts, incoming email notifications, and a key locator. Read More
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Maybe Asia-Pacific Developers Will Deliver The Internet Of Things

Read Write Web - 2 hours 9 min ago

Demand, meet supply. The world is in dire need of millions of Internet of Things developers within the next few years. The good news? According to a new Evans Data survey, 17% the world's software developers are already working on IoT applications; those in the Asia-Pacific region are particularly active.

See also: The Internet Of Things Will Need Millions Of Developers By 2020

The bad news? This developer population doesn't have a strong history of software and cloud services innovation.

Asia-Pacific: A Hotbed Of Activity

To reprise: Evans Data's recent global survey of over 1,400 software developers found that 17% are working on applications for connected devices for IoT, while an additional 23% expect to begin work on them in the next 6 months. Given that so much of the world's electronics are produced in Asia-Pacific, it's perhaps not surprising that it's the region with the most aggressive IoT developers. 

In fact, nearly 23% of APAC developers are currently developing software for Internet of Things. Only 20% of APAC developers say that they have no such plans, compared to 36% in North America and 49% in EMEA. 

But the real question for APAC developers is whether they'll repeat their errors of the past few decades: building great hardware and neglecting to connect that hardware with software and services. Sensors, it turns out, are somewhat pointless.

More Devices, More Connected

The number of 'things'—30 billion devices connected to the Internet by 2020, according to Gartner, compared to 7.3 billion personal devices—is impressive but not the real story. Soon enough, as Gartner suggests, these devices "will ... be able to procure services such as maintenance, cleaning, repair, and even replacement on their own." They will be able to interact without human intervention, creating all sorts of possibilities, not to mention security vulnerabilities.

Developers are making this happen, developers that believe in and are helping to shape a connected future:

Due to the convergence of cloud, embedded systems, real-time event processing and even cognitive computing, developers are blessed with a perfect storm of low-cost devices and the ability to intelligently connect them. That in turn will yield revenue-generating services, which is where the real IoT money is.

Opening Up The Internet Of Things In APAC

While 31% of developers associate the Internet of Things with cloud computing, according to the Evans Data survey, the connections that bring device data to the cloud are much more important. As Intel Internet of Things business leader Ton Steenman complains, companies currently spend 90% of their IoT budgets "stitching things together," when that number should be closer to 10%.

APAC hasn't traditionally been good at such "stitching."

That stitching is hard both because developers haven't trusted third-party networks to carry their device data, but also because connectivity hasn't been built into devices and sensors at the pace needed, as data from Berg Insight suggests:

• Wireless connectivity has been incorporated into just 1/3 of point-of-sales terminals sold in 2013

• 27% of ATMs in North America are connected to cellular networks while only 5% to 10% are connected in Europe

• The number of "oil and gas" devices with cellular connectivity hovered at 93,000 in 2013 but will jump to 263,000 new units by 2018

There are signs that this is changing, particularly in APAC, which was an early pioneer in mobile communications. Just looking at the prevalence of connected smart electricity meters, APAC has the lead, despite lagging considerably in 2011.

Companies in APAC have struggled to build compelling software (e.g., Sony smartphone interfaces) or cloud services (e.g., Samsung cloud sync and back-up services). While this is changing, it's an open question whether APAC will be able to take the lead in developing connected experiences across devices.

One place to start is by opening up APIs.

As Rob Wyatt argues, "It is the open, local API that is missing from the Internet of Things." To make the it work anywhere, and particularly in Asia-Pacific, it's not enough for "vendors ... to provide dumb 'smart' devices with a select handful of 'strategic' integrations within their pay-walled garden."

For Internet of Things applications to work, device vendors need to provide open APIs so that other developers can hack services around and into them. 

If APAC developers do this, they'll win the war. Again, the battle won't be won by building nice devices. It will be won by creating compelling developer cloud-services experiences that span a wide array of devices—all of which can start with open APIs on those devices so that developers, both within APAC and outside it, can hack the future.

Lead image by Flickr user Ed Coyle, CC 2.0

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Instagram’s “Bolt” Leak Could Be A New Facebook App Or An App Install Ad Test

Tech Crunch - 2 hours 12 min ago
 Some Instagram users are reporting having briefly seen a banner advertisement within the Instagram application which pointed to a new app called “Bolt,” described as a “one tap photo messaging” app. Next to the app’s name and description, a download button linked out to a non-functional URL on the Google Play store. The current speculation being shared around the… Read More
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Apple Makes OS X Yosemite Beta Download Available To Testers

Tech Crunch - 2 hours 14 min ago
 Apple has flipped the switch on the OS X Yosemite Beta today as promised, and if you’ve already signed up and been accepted to the Beta program, you can head to the Apple site for the preview to get a Mac App Store redemption code for the new build now. If you haven’t yet signed up, you can try now, but remember that Apple has a ceiling of one million members for this all-new… Read More
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Square Now Works With IFTTT

Tech Crunch - 2 hours 17 min ago
 Imagine a venn diagram with two big circles: “People who use Square”, and “People who use IFTTT”. If you sit in the overlap between the two — Hurray! Today is your day. Square now plays friendly with IFTTT. If you’re left wondering WTF IFTTT is, here’s the tl;dr: IFTTT (short for If This Then That) lets you connect online services together to… Read More
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An Automatic Parachute Will Keep You From Being Hit With a Drone

Gizmodo UK - 2 hours 39 min ago
DJI is rolling out a new feature called DropSafe to ensure that a falling drone doesn't fall too hard.
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There’s an Actual Piece of the Wright Flyer Inside Bremont’s New Watch

Gizmodo UK - 2 hours 54 min ago
It's gonna be a pricey piece, considering it contains a piece of American history the Smithsonian doesn't even have in its collection.
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Google Folds Its Workforce Management Tool, Maps Coordinates, Into Maps Engine Pro

Tech Crunch - 2 hours 55 min ago
 Last year, Google launched Maps Engine Pro, a service that aims to make it easier for businesses to create, manage and share maps to visualize their data. Until now, this offering was purely about map creation, but today, Google is adding Maps Coordinate into the $5 per month and user Maps Pro subscription service and is building it right into the existing Maps Engine Android app. Read More
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Hands-On With The Revamped iOS App For We Heart It, The Feel-Good Social Photo Site

Tech Crunch - 3 hours 3 min ago
 We Heart It, the Pinterest-meets-Tumblr social image sharing platform that’s attracted a large and passionate user base among teens and the under-25 set, today rolled out a completely rebuilt and redesigned iOS app. We Heart It president Dave Williams swung by TechCrunch‘s San Francisco headquarters to give us a hands-on first look at the app, which has been overhauled from the… Read More
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Hitpost Founder, Designer Aaron Krane Joins Khosla Ventures As An EIR

Tech Crunch - 3 hours 6 min ago
 Aaron Krane, the designer-founder who started Hitpost, a sports-centric mobile company that Yahoo later acquired, is joining Khosla Ventures as an entrepreneur-in-residence. He’s close with some of Khosla’s recently hired consumer-focused VCs like former Square COO Keith Rabois and Ben Ling, who both have come on in the last two years. Krane worked alongside Rabois at Slide. Krane… Read More
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Secret Escapes Acquires My City Venue To Add More Events To Luxury Travel Club

Tech Crunch - 3 hours 15 min ago
 Secret Escapes, the UK luxury travel ‘flash sales’ site that offers members heavy discounts on luxury hotels and holidays, has quietly acquired 3 year old My City Venue to bolster the events side of its business. Read More
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Oculus Starts Shipping Its Next-Gen Rift VR Headset A Bit Later Than Expected

Tech Crunch - 3 hours 17 min ago
 It’s a bit later than they originally hoped, but the second pre-release version of Oculus’ $350 virtual reality headset is finally finding its way onto the delivery trucks. Read More
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SilverPush Says It’s Using “Audio Beacons” For An Unusual Approach To Cross-Device Ad Targeting

Tech Crunch - 3 hours 22 min ago
 A number of companies are trying to help advertisers bridge the gap between devices — i.e. to identify when the same person is accessing the web or apps from the desktop, phone and tablets. Now a mobile advertising startup called SilverPush says it has created the most accurate approach yet. Making those connections is particularly important for advertisers because of the lack of cookies… Read More
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Imoji For iPhone Lets You Turn Any Image Into A Custom Emoji

Tech Crunch - 3 hours 24 min ago
 With the rise of smartphones and messaging apps, emoji and stickers have also grown in popularity, and are now a part of our everyday conversations. But the standard set of emoji that come pre-installed on the iPhone can be limiting. Today, a new application called imoji launches in hopes of changing that, by allowing you to turn any image into a custom sticker or emoji for use with… Read More
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Looks Like Instagram is Working on a Snapchat Rival

Gizmodo UK - 3 hours 24 min ago
Some Instagram for Android users are reporting links posted to a "one tap photo messaging app" called Bolt.
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Blink Is An Affordable Wireless Security Cam For Your Home

Tech Crunch - 3 hours 27 min ago
 Security conscious types with a hankering to pepper their homes with sensor-packed cameras to keep remote tabs on their stuff should point their eyes at Blink: a wireless connected security camera with a relatively cheap price-tag vs the extant competition. Read More
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