The Consumer Electronics Association and LonMark International teamed up on two Internet of Things standards that have each won approval from the American National Standards Institute. "These two new ANSI/CEA standards will help drive a new level of interoperability into the home and building automation sector with applicability to many other sectors including smart outdoor lighting, smart cities and the smart grid," CEA's Dave Wilson said in a statement.
California state senators reversed an earlier vote on Thursday and agreed to require smartphone-makers to install "kill switch" technology that would allow users to lock their phones after they are stolen. The bill now heads to the state's General Assembly. Major wireless industry companies have agreed to a voluntary anti-theft program, rather than one that is mandated.
Advances in cognitive computing will come when research shifts to embrace the more organic concepts of neuroscience and psychology, according to participants at IBM's annual Almaden Institute conference. The brain learns by making mistakes, something that isn't possible with today's software instruction-based AI research, according Dr. Gerald Edelman, director of the Neurosciences Institute.
Hard-core gamers likely will snap up every PlayStation 3 console Sony Corp. can make when it's released in November, but will its relatively high price entice less-devoted consumers over the long haul? Sony says the superior technology inside the product is worth the price.