Inside IoT - February 26th, 2018

Inside IoT (Feb 26th, 2018)

Samsung S9 / India IoT support / Discover payments / Tokyo Olympics

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Discover cardholders can now make contactless payment transactions by wearing an Internet of Things device powered by FitPay. The two companies struck an agreement that applies to Discover cardholders and alliance partner cards, such as Diners Club International. Discover cardholders will be able to pay for products using near field communication, with a simple tap. The process is made possible by tokenization, which replaces cardholders' account information and instead gives them a one-of-a-kind digital identifier to make the payment more secure. Apple Pay and Google Pay are among the companies that use this technology. — FINEXTRA

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Samsung unveiled its Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus Sunday at a MWC 2018 press conference. The new phone maintains many of the features that Apple abandoned with its iPhone X; it retains the headphones jack and features a fingerprint sensor to unlock the phone.It does, however, sport a high-quality, professional-level camera, much like iPhone X. Its "ARemoji" emoji feature allows people to take a selfie and then the S9 will create an avatar of the person's face. Users can then customize the avatar with skin tones, hairstyles and outfits. The phone can also turn your face into an animated GIF. The ARemoji is similar to Apple's Animoji feature on the iPhoneX. — CNET

Nine out of 10 people living in India are in favor of managing IoT devices remotely. A new report from Tata Communications finds about 65 percent of  Indians suffer anxiety over leaving the lights on when they are not home. About 54.5 percent said they forgot to stock up on groceries such as milk at least once a month; nearly a quarter said they run out of supplies weekly. A technology that would allow them to never worry about restocking the fridge would be welcome, Indians said in the report. — GADGETS NOW

Samsung has partnered with PTC to expand its ARTIK Internet of Things platform into more industrial settings. The move will further the ARTIK platform in the areas of manufacturing, health care devices and home automation. Using PTC's Thingworx platform, according to Samsung, will improve security for software, modules and cloud services. — ZDNET

The day the 2018 Winter Olympics ended in Pyeongchang, South Korea, technology companies announced plans to turn the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo into a 5G tech hub. Tech companies are planning to turn Tokyo into a smart city, with more video streams, internet-connected devices, 4K video in moving cars, and "facial recognition” for stadium access and security. This year's Winter Olympics used 5G technology throughout Pyeongchang and companies such as Toyota, Qualcomm, Intel and others will be looking to expand on those efforts in Tokyo. — QUARTZ

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