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    Freescale Intros Smallest, Most Accurate Tire Pressure Monitoring System for Trucks

    By Murray Slovick | April 30, 2015

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    Freescale Semiconductor has expanded its tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) portfolio with the addition of the wireless FXTH8715 family, said to be the industry’s smallest fully integrated package and highest pressure accuracy system for trucks and other large vehicles

    The system integrates a dual-axis accelerometer, motion sensor, RF transmitter, low frequency receiver, pressure and temperature sensor and a microcontroller – all housed in a 7 x 7 mm package.

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      PSA Peugeot Citroën and IBM Partner to Develop New Services Based on Connected Cars

      By Murray Slovick | April 30, 2015

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      Peugeot Connect apps and services

      PSA Peugeot Citroën and IBM have entered into a partnership to create an ecosystem enabling industries within the Internet of Things (IoT) economy to deliver new services from connected vehicles.

      Announcing the agreement Brigitte Courtehoux of PSA Peugeot Citroën said:.“In partnership with IBM, we are unleashing connected services to the masses, so consumers can experience a new level of comfort and convenience from their cars, while industries seize new opportunities to deliver personalized services.” So-called “Smart Cities” also could benefit from the partnership, the two companies said in the announcement, by developing an advanced communication service that warns of roadwork, new traffic patterns or congestion right in the car.

      Internet of Things

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        China’s Tencent OS seeks Internet of Things connections

        By Richard Wallace | April 29, 2015

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        If you talk about the Internet of Things in terms of raw numbers of potential connected users, applications and devices, the numbers get very large, very fast. Have the same IoT discussion in China? The raw numbers start becoming astronomical, the market stakes enormously attractive.

        But for western technology companies, especially giants like Google, Apple and most of the world’s phone makers, China’s home turf is a huge, intensely complex and competitive landscape, especially in the current Internet of Things land grab.

        Smart Wearable Things

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          Apple delivery stumble helps LG Urbane: wearable now

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          The LG Watch Urbane is an all-metal ‘luxury’ Android Wear smart watch.

          While Apple Watch fine tunes its ‘pre-order delivery’ schedules and enforces its up-market luxury caché via a ban on certain noxious apps, one of the watch maker’s biggest Android competitors, LG of South Korea, can now claim something still beyond Apple’s present market reach: in stock availability.

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            2016 BMW 7 Series adds remote control parking, gesture control

            By Murray Slovick | April 24, 2015

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            The new 2016 BMW 7 Series (a camouflaged prototype is shown above) is the world’s first series-produced car that owners will be able to maneuver in or out of parking spaces or garages without anyone at the wheel. Using the newly developed BMW Display Key, which acts as a “remote control” for the car, the driver can prompt the car to enter or exit a parking space fully automatically (nose-in parking only).

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              nVidia: A dark horse takes the inside lane in the automotive semiconductor sweepstakes

              A bid for the soul of a new machine

              April 23, 2015

              nVidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang shows off “a supercomputer on a motherboard”

              It’s well known that nVidia’s graphics processing units (GPUs) power the expansive, touch-screen infotainment console in the Tesla Model S. But Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s presence, last month, at nVidia’s GPU confab wasn’t about infotainment; rather, Musk was there to lend—tacit — support to the chipmaker’s ambitions in self-driving cars.

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                10 cool Earth Day ideas on Kickstarter to help the planet

                By Richard Wallace | April 22, 2015

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                As the world recognizes Earth Day 2015, the ‘build smart things’ community has taken note, with engineers, designers, makers, and innovative entrepreneurs around the globe taking to their drafting boards – and Kickstarter – to field an interesting mix of planet-friendly product campaigns, all with a nod, if not a deep bow, to the exigencies of Earth’s endangered ecosystem.