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A new hub to help make sure that all the new items joining the Internet of Things (IoT) can connect seamlessly with each other has been introduced by technology company Samsung.An announcement of this nature has been expected since Samsung acquired the IoT company SmartHome back in April 2014. Creating a hub of this nature means that the Korean company will be directly competing with Apple and Google, who have already launched similar products. While details are tightly restricted, it is believed that Amazon is also working on a hub for interconnectivity, with a release date or name yet to be confirmed.Samsung has also committed to making 100 per cent of its products able to connect to the IoT by 2020, meaning that the potential applications of the new hub could grow exponentially in the near future.The hub will be able to connect with a wide variety of SmartHome products, as well as some third-party software. There will also be the option for other companies to adopt a development model that will make their products compatible with the hub.Launching the product,Samsung’s president of UK and Ireland Andy Griffiths said: “We believe a connected home will provide users [with] more information, more piece of mind and more control in their lives - but privacy is fundamental.“The whole thing is encrypted end-to-end - think bank-level security - while we have continuous security checks and third-party auditing. Only you will have access to any data stored in the cloud.”It is hoped that the device will contribute to “swarm intelligence”, allowing different connected devices within a household to share information to tailor their functions to a user’s precise needs. All of the services can be controlled from a SmartHome app, which will be available on a wide range of platforms.The hub will go on sale from September 10th, and consumers can expect to pay £199 for a starter pack that includes a door closer sensor, a motion sensor, a presence sensor and a power outlet switch.Posted by Steve Wilkins for Comms Express
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Last Updated: 2015-09-03 16:00:00
Tales from the 'Comms Blog'
Do you like your emoji's? I’m sure many of you reading this blog are asking what an emoji is when it is at home?! That said the chances are if you have not delved too far into the world of the emoji, you’ll have used a smiley face or two.   I have to be honest I am not one to use them regularly myself like most I have used the aforementioned smiley face but I am mindful that with emojis becoming almost more commonplace than actual words, it would seem that I should be moving with the times and at a fast pace so that I do not get left behind!   Well in the course of my research it would appear if you’re in the habit of using a symbol or two then you’re in for a treat come 2016. Thirty eight new emoji are under consideration by the Unicode Consortium, the organisation which designs and approves emoji, for inclusion in its next release. Unicode 9, an updated official list of approved emoji, is expected to be released around the summer of 2016. Once a Unicode update is released, Apple, Google and Microsoft are then free to design the new emoji to add to their operating systems (hence why emoji vary between platforms – we are full of facts!). So what can we expect from the new thirty eight? Well, new emoji candidates include a pregnant woman, bacon and a partner for the dancing emoji woman in the red dress. The new emojis have been designed by graphic designer and illustrator Joshua M Jones. We have to say they look great! And yet there is still no lion, a little bizarre.

However you emoji fans out there do not celebrate just yet! In addition to the thirty eight emoji to reach the “candidate stage” of consideration, 15 more emoji have also been submitted to the Consortium. It is likely that not all will make the cut for next year. We can only imagine with their ever increasing usage what future conversations will look like. They will have text-savvy heavy hitters forgoing words altogether. I will have to get an emoji dictionary!! Is there such a thing? However this statement from Joshua Evans really made me stop and think. Of course we have used symbols for hundreds and hundreds of years to communicate.   “As a visual dialect emoji has effectively far overshadowed hieroglyphics, its antiquated Egyptian forerunner which took hundreds of years to create”, Evans said. So it is progress of a kind, but really with a huge historical bent. I just need to move with the times!     Until next time. ...

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Last Updated: 2015-09-02 16:49:27
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